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Friday, August 29, 2014

| August 29, 2014

duanedoobie graphicRadio and Music Should Try the “Smart” Option in Reaching Young Adults.  Doobie: “We Must Escape as Quickly as Possible from the Age of ‘Stupidism.’”  RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie strikes again with a thoughtful and provocative column.  He says that both pop music radio and the music industry are missing the boat by underestimating the intelligence, concentration and real life desires of the Millennial generation.  In a new column posted today, the Doob writes, “There is a misguided, undercooked piece of conventional wisdom floating out there today that would have you believe that Millennials suffer from attention deficit disorder, short term attention spans, and an obsession with frivolity. This fallacy is used to justify shortening songs on the radio and keeping the message of popular music simplistic and vapid.  Perhaps, we are looking at it the wrong way?  Maybe we should make better and more compelling music so Millennials will not spit them out after a handful of bites. If Millennials are so riddled with ADD and limited by shallow concentration – why have they triggered the phenomenon of binge watching on the television side of media things?  And if they are so dumb — as implied by every attempt at music and radio geared by corporate media in the past couple of decades to attract their attention – that it would be considered suicidal to serve them up helpings of meaningful stuff, how do you explain the fact that successful television shows that have earned their loyalty are, in fact, complex as hell?  Shows with multiple story lines and long arches that unfold over multiple seasons!  When TV is smarter and hipper than radio, something is very wrong with the world.”  That’s just part of the story.  You should see what the Doob has to say about Taylor Swift!  To read the entire piece, please click here.

diazlouieLouie Diaz Named ‘i93.3’ Dallas PD.  New York native Louie Diaz is headed to Dallas to take the reign of Cumulus Media’s CHR KLIF-FM “i93.3.”  Diaz most recently was PD at Alpha Media’s CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” and country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” in Portland.  Cumulus SVP of corporate programming Mike McVay says, “Louie continues the drive for Cumulus to add great programming minds to the company.  We are thrilled to have him rejoin our ranks.”

facebooklogoSocial Media Dominator? Facebook. According to NuVoodoo‘s latest “Ratings Prospects Study,” Facebook remains the prevailing social media outlet of choice among those who are 14 – 54 years old.  Moreover, as NuVoodoo vice president of research Leigh Jacobs states, “Despite all the hype surrounding them, both Snapchat and Vine are comparatively small players overall. While other players get more coverage, Instagram has the deepest penetration among teens [14 - 17] after YouTube and Facebook; it is getting traction among [those] 18 – 34.  We found continuing positive momentum for Facebook, even among 14-17-year-olds.  Other platforms have stronger momentum, but given its tremendous reach, Facebook remains a powerful tool for connecting with listeners.”  NuVoodoo executive vice president of marketing Mike O’Connor comments that, “Radio marketing is about influencing the most likely ratings respondents at the lowest cost possible.  It is clear from our findings that heavy users of both broadcast and Pandora can be reached in numbers on Facebook and YouTube that rival the home phone of a decade ago.  Imagine knowing the exact music taste of everyone and then only calling the most likely listeners.  It is that precise targeting and cost-efficiency that makes social media the great equalizer.”  NuVoodoo interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets for this study.

summersmarkRadioInfo Career Moves.  At Entercom’s Milwaukee hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix,” afternoon personality Mark Summers exits the station after a six-month stint.  Summers thanked his listeners via Facebook.  The station announced no firm plans for Summers’ replacement…..In the Monterey-Salinas market, radio pro Bill Lynch is the new VP/market manager at Clear Channel’s station group that includes country KTOM, CHR KDON, rhythmic oldies KOCN “K-Ocean,” Spanish KPRC-FM, and news/talk KION.  Lynch most recently served as GM with Momentum’s Visalia, California operations.

beasleyawards14Beasley Broadcast Group Announces Corporate Award Winners.  At its annual management meeting held at the corporate offices in Naples, Florida this week, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. gathered corporate management and station leadership from the eleven markets in which it operates to celebrate achievements and contributions from individual employees and radio stations over the preceding twelve months. The 2014 honorees include: WXKB-FM, Fort Myers-Naples – Radio Station of the Year; Brad Beasley – General Manager of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; Donna Williams – Business Manager of the Year/Augusta, Georgia; AJ Lurie – Sales Manager of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; Tee Gentry – Program Director of the Year/Augusta; Lamar Smith – Engineer of the Year/Las Vegas; Natalie Conner – CEO Award of Excellence/Executive Vice President.  Founder, chairman and CEO George Beasley states, “It is a sincere privilege each year to honor our company’s highest achievers.  The level of professionalism within Beasley Broadcast is tremendous.  The ladies and gentlemen we recognize for 2014 worked very hard to earn this recognition, and for that they have also earned my respect.  I am very proud of each of them.”  Pictured here at the corporate meetings are (from left to right): VP of programming Justin Chase; EVP of operations Brian Beasley; VP market manager Kent Dunn (Augusta); chairman and CEO George G. Beasley; president and COO Bruce Beasley; EVP and CFO Caroline Beasley; VP of engineering and CTO Mike Cooney; VP market manager Brad Beasley (SW Florida); retiring VP market manager Natalie Conner (Philadelphia); VP of sales Heather Monahan; director of sales AJ Lurie (SW Florida).

ww1icedumpALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wars.  After being challenged by WYD Media’s “Zach Sang and the Gang” to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Westwoodsangicedump One president Steve Shaw and a number of the company’s executives (pictured here, at left) did it out in front of Bar Catalonia in New York City (ice and water, compliments of Bar Catalonia).  At right, you can see Zach Sang and his crew taking the challenge as well.  After executing the challenge, Shaw then nominated Peter Kosann from Compass Media and Bryan Forbes from the Katz Radio Group to follow suit.  Westwood One will be making a donation to the ALS Association.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

| August 27, 2014

rubblebucketDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (8/20) includes such names as: Taylor Swift, Big Data, Joywave, Tove Lo, Rubblebucket, Bob Seger, Bleachers, Sheppard, Lee Brice, LeAnn Rimes,  Angaleena Presley, Brother Virginia, Jack & Jack, Caroline Smith & Lizzo, De Hofnar, Becky G, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

thomasstaceyCC Philadelphia Promotes Thomas to Director of Media Integration. Rising from media integration specialist to director of media integration at Clear Channel‘s six Philadelphia stations is Stacey Thomas.  CC Philadelphia market manager Richard Lewis comments, “I am so pleased to have Stacey in her new role.  She has a strong understanding of our brands and knows this market from all angles.  Stacey will continue to do amazing things for our cluster and is a great addition to our senior leadership team.”  Thomas remarks that she is “thrilled with the opportunity” and looks “forward to growing and enhancing our powerful radio brands in the Philly market and beyond.”  Clear Channel’s Philadelphia cluster consists of smooth jazz WDAS-AM; urban AC WDAS-FM; rhythmic CHR WIOQ “Q-102,” hot AC WISX “Mix 106″; alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5″; and urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99.”  Thomas began her radio career in 2000 as an intern at “Q-102″; joined the street team one year later; and later became promotions coordinator for “Power 99 FM.”  Additionally, Clear Channel Washington, DC promotions coordinator Angelica Garcia transfers to Philadelphia as promotions director. Garcia previously was an account executive at Clear Channel Baltimore and an Epic Records marketing coordinator.

grahamnathanNathan Graham New ‘Kiss FM’ Milwaukee Evening Personality.  Moving from Journal’s Springfield, Missouri CHR KSPW “Power 96.5” to Entercom’s WXSS “KISS-FM” is Nathan Graham.  He becomes the station’s evening jock as of September 15.  Graham says of his new gig, “I am so excited to join the ‘KISS-FM’ team!  This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the absolute best program directors in radio, Brian Kelly, as well as join a great team of personalities.  It’s truly an honor and I cannot wait to meet the wonderful people of Milwaukee!”

mccainianAlternative WLUM, Milwaukee Names McCain Afternoon Drive Host.  After sitting in the afternoon drive chair since the departure of Jacent Jackson in June, Milwaukee Radio Alliance officially names former evening jock Ian McCain the afternoon personality.  At the same time, the station promotes weekender Kelly Katona to full-time evening host.  McCain also serves as the station’s digital program director – a position he will continue to hold.  Of Katona, program director Michelle Rutkowski says, “Katona’s enthusiasm and positive attitude are contagious. She speaks ‘Wisco’ and she has an uncanny ability to make people laugh until they drop a kidney.  Katona also has a deeply nerdy passion for The Sims, which is obviously going to be our secret weapon.  She already fits in well here, and I can’t wait for our listeners to get to know her better.”

crs2015CRS 2015 Announces Core Panel Moderators. Those overseeing and directing the bulk of the educational panels throughout Country Radio Seminar 2015 will be Journal vice president of programming Beverlee Brannigan; Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB)president and chief executive officer Erica Farber; Falls Media Group’s Dan Halyburton; Country Aircheck editor and publisher Lon Helton; and Gregg Lindahl. CRS executive director Bill Mayne states, “Our development of the core panel of moderators has led to exceptional panel discussions over the past four years.  These individuals have been gracious and giving in sharing their talents of facilitation in delivering meaningful panel ‘take away’ results for all attendees.” Next year’s seminar will be held February 25 – 27 in the downtown Nashville Convention Center.

rocknrollofhonourUSA Welcomes Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. The tenth anniversary of the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards is roughly ten weeks away, and for the first time ever, the event will be held outside the United Kingdom.  Sammy Hagar is tapped to host the (Tuesday, 11/4) ceremony that will originate from noted Hollywood night club/music venue Avalon, near the famous Hollywood and Vine intersection.  VH1 Radio and Krantz Media Group‘s KMG Networks will produce programming such as live red carpet and backstage coverage; AdLarge Media is responsible for national radio advertising sales.  Krantz Media Group president and chief executive officer Gary Krantz remarks, “We are very excited to bring the excitement of this highly respected awards show to classic rock radio stations [in the United States].  This is an ‘A-List,’ rock star-studded event.  KMG will be offering ‘must-have’ multi-platform and social media content never before available in the United States.”  AdLarge Media co-founder and chief executive officer Gary Schonfeld explains that, “AdLarge’s national advertisers have access to exclusive live radio coverage and programming that is built around what is shaping up to be one of the biggest annual classic rock events [in this country]. We have created unique sponsorship opportunities that place AdLarge’s advertisers at the center of the excitement across multiple platforms, on-site, on-air, online, and on social media.”  Host Hagar comments that this is “one of music’s coolest and most prestigious events.  I am really excited to be hosting it for the first time in the United States.  My goal is to keep it fun and filled with so many off-the-hook music moments that we put it on the map alongside the Grammys, VMAs, and other awards ceremonies.”  VH1′s “On Tap with Nik Carter” will feature two weeks of lead-in programming with “The Road to Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards,” followed by several artist-dedicated shows which will spotlight nominees and performers.  A two-hour post-event special will be available to all classic rock stations.  Listeners voting for their favorite classic rock station will automatically be entered into a contest to win a “Classic Rock Flyaway” to a future concert of their choice.  The awards show event includes the annual “Classic Rock Living Legend” honor; previous winners are Jeff Beck, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Motörhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop, and Rush.

Deal for Statesboro, Georgia Stations Closes.  According to the Statesboro Herald, the $600,000 deal that has six stations in the market changing hands has closed.  Neal Ardman is operating Radio Statesboro, Inc. and will acquire the stations from Georgia Eagle Media.  That company will retain ownership of the towers which will be leased to Radio Statesboro.  The stations include: adult contemporary WPMX-FM “Eagle 102.9,” country WHKN, news/talk WMCD-FM, classic rock WZBX, news/talk WWNS and sports talk WPTB.  According to the story, the formats on WWNS and WPTB will flip in the near future and Radio Statesboro plans to drop classic rock on WZBX and go CHR.

hangar19WQLZ, Springfield, Illinois Adds ‘Hangar 19.’  The ‘80s and ‘90s metal show “Hangar 19” is added to the program schedule at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s WQLZ-FM, Springfield, Illinois.  The Envision Networks-syndicated show “relives the glory days of classic metal and features music from the artists and groups who built this explosive genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson.  Host Cutter stops down from the nostalgia just long enough to highlight new metal in a weekly “Then and New” segment and interview the metal greats that helped mold the speaker-shredding musical movement such as Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, and George Lynch of Dokken.”

sangzachlovatoZach Sang Hosts Demi Lovato.  Nationally syndicated pop radio personality Zach Sang (right) poses for a pic with pop star Demi Lovato (left) during her visit to the “Zach Sang and the Gang” program.  During the interview, Lovato talked about longtime friend Nick Jonas’ solo career, her 22nd “Kiddie Birthday Party” celebration, and the competitive nature of Hollywood and how she approaches her career in a healthy and relaxed way.

Attention-Grabbing Bit at UK’s ‘BOB fm.’  After hearing about a 14-year-old American runaway who lived in a 24-hour Walmart for two-and-a-halfmackgraham days, “BOB fm” morning personalities Graham Mack and Amy Stevenson – The Mack Pack – decided to send listener Dan (no last name!) to see if he can live in a 24-hour supermarket for five days without getting caught.  The station serves the Home Counties region of the UK at 106.7 and 106.9 FM.  Not only will Graham and Amy be providing updates during their show, but listeners can follow Dan as he Tweets from inside the store.

wolkofflloydTippling One for LA Lloyd.  Pictured here in Austin, Texas are KLBJ-FM program director and host of the nationally syndicated “Notorious 90s” program LA Lloyd (left) and Envision Networks‘ president and CEO Danno Wolkoff (right).  Wolkoff and Lloyd are enjoying a cold one to celebrate Lloyd’s birthday.

Diapers Are Expensive and What’s in a Name, Anyway?  Detroit’s wdrqWDRQ “NASH FM 93-1” is offering to buy the first 93 diapers for the “NASH FM 93-1” listener who a) has a baby over the Labor Day weekend (Fri-Mon.) and b) who is willing to name the child “Nash” (either first or middle name).  Cumulus Media’s Motor City country station is presenting the “I’m Already IN Labor-Day Weekend” contest this weekend.  Potential winners must show proof of birth with a birth certificate by Tuesday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

| August 21, 2014

PPMPPM Analysis: Rock.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian offers the second of three special features recapping July 2014 ratings performances. Following up his alternative recap, Mike’s attention turns to rock – sometimes labeled “mainstream rock,” “active rock,” or long ago, “album oriented rock” (AOR). Typically, a rock station in a PPM market ranks ninth or tenth (#9.63, July 2014, 6+) with roughly a 4-share 6+ (3.99). Exactly half the rockers (50%) in our RadioInfo sample decline June 2014 – July 2014 and nearly the same amount (48%) are off July 2013 - July 2014. For an easy-to-read look at rock facilities over the last six PPM surveys, click here. The third of this three-part series will be an adult alternative ratings overview.

NuVooDooFor Music Satisfaction – Broadcast Radio Beats Pandora. That is a key conclusion from the latest (fourth) “Ratings Prospects Study” conducted by Cincinnati-based NuVoodoo Media Service. Nearly 1100 respondents, between the ages of 14 – 54 in all PPM markets were interviewed. More than six of ten Pandora users (62%) listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. As Pandora experience increases, so does the percentage that listen to it at least 30 minutes; however, the percentage spending at least that much time with broadcast radio did not decrease. According to NuVoodoo president Carolyn Gilbert, “Radio is on a bigger stage than it has been since the advent of television, but it does a great job making great music programming easy for consumers. We have known for years that most people do not want to program their own music. They want to pick something that works for them and enjoy it.” Vice president of research Leigh Jacobs explains, “We wanted to learn whether Pandora’s algorithms do a better job creating an enjoyable playlist for consumers than the researched and carefully curated playlists that broadcast programmers sweat over day in, day out. It is Pandora’s technology against radio’s research and decades of experience. Our data show that broadcast beats Pandora for music satisfaction – big among those who align themselves with rock-leaning formats. While the customization possibilities are endless with Pandora and other digital pure plays, we know that few take advantage of all those possibilities.” Meanwhile, the company’s executive vice president of marketing Mike O’Connor opines, “This new information represents a huge opportunity for radio.” It is Jacobs’ contention that the latest NuVoodoo results “validate our hypothesis that longer experience with Pandora does not equate” to less listening to broadcast radio. “While those who have spent more time with Pandora tend to increase their daily TSL from the service, he remarks, “they claim not to reduce their TSL with broadcast radio.” More of the study’s noteworthy findings – including which social media platforms are getting user traction and which ones are seeing user declines – will be released in the next few weeks.

NFL LogoA Not-So-Super Financial Arrangement. Some radio station officials still wince when they hear the expression, “Pay for Play.” If the NFL gets its way, the next Super Bowl halftime show will have that sort of element attached to it. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the NFL asked the rumored finalists for the plum halftime slot – Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna – to fork over a portion of their post-game tour revenue, or another “type of financial contribution” for the opportunity to appear. Not surprisingly, “chilly” is the way the artists have reacted to the offer. The NFL typically provides travel and production costs to halftime entertainers, but there is little or no actual compensation to them. Having the stars “pay to play” at the event is a completely new wrinkle. From the league’s perspective, it maintains a Super Bowl performance significantly enhances an artist’s profile, as well as spiking record/tour ticket sales. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers were the beneficiaries of last year’s halftime show. The broadcast drew a record 115.3 million viewers, estimated to be twice the size of the Oscars telecast and more than three times the audience generated by the Grammy awards.

mason danDan Mason To Cox Media Group Tampa As OM. To clarify, the Dan Mason appointed operations manager for three Cox Media Group Tampa facilities is the former WODS, Boston program director – not the CBS Radio president and chief executive officer with the same name. CMG vice president and market manager Keith Lawless comments, “Dan’s approach to programming is firmly in line with ours and he is a welcome addition to our team. I am confident his contributions will help us continue to compete and win.” Cox Media Group vice president of programming Steve Smith explains, “We took our time searching for the right fit, and Dan is that guy. He will add his expertise in management and talent development to some of our other super-brands in Tampa. We welcome Dan to the CMG family.” Mason – who begins his new assignment in about two weeks (9/8) – states that he is “thrilled” to join the “fantastic team” in Tampa on “three of the most exciting and unique brands not just within Cox Media Group, but the country. I am grateful to Keith Lawless and Steve Smith for the opportunity to lead the team.” Mason’s Tampa OM duties involve alternative WSUN “97-X,” CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5,” and talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone.” He will also be director of branding & programming for “Hot 101.5.” Mason’s previous programming background includes Clear Channel Miami CHR WHYI “Y-100″; Entercom Sacramento outlets CHR KDND-FM “107.9 The End” and hot AC KBZC “Star 106.5″; and Clear Channel Cleveland CHR WAKS, “96.5 Kiss-FM.”

ebright brentEbright To DC’s WBIG As APD. After two years at North American Broadcasting Columbus rocker WRKZ “The Blitz,” Brent “Bodhi” Ebright heads to Clear Channel Washington, DC classic rocker WBIG “Big 100.3″ for assistant program director and afternoon drive (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) duties. WBIG program director James Howard states, “Bodhi’s talent and work ethic is going to bring a tremendous amount of value to ‘Big 100.3.’” Ebright remarks that he is “beyond excited” for the “huge opportunity” to join “the staff at the station that rocks the Nation’s Capital; James Howard is a talented and creative programmer and I look forward to working alongside him.” Before his stint at “The Blitz,” Ebright programmed SiriusXM channels “Squizz” and “Boneyard.”

Ryan Seacrest Distinction 150Ryan Hopes You Dress With Distinction. Have you ever wondered how much a Ryan Seacrest-type suit or shirt would cost? According to TheNewYorkMag.com, the “American Idol” host, KIIS, Los Angeles “Kiss-FM” morning personality, countdown host, and all-around mega entrepreneur has yet another venture up his proverbial sleeve. He will extend his already ubiquitous brand through “Ryan Seacrest Distinction,” a clothing line debuting this month in 150 Macy’s stores. Reportedly, “Ryan Seacrest Distinction” will be marketed as “a true lifestyle brand.” In addition to suits and dress shirts, the line will feature sweaters, shoes, and watches. To illustrate how it looks, Seacrest will be sporting the clothes bearing his name in men’s-magazine ads, a Macy’s television commercial, and – naturally – on every “American Idol” broadcast. In addition, he will have another opportunity when he fronts CBS-TV’s fashion-music fundraiser “Fashion Rocks.” By the way, the answer to the question posed at the beginning is “from $550″ for a suit in the “Ryan Seacrest Distinction” line and $69.50 for a shirt.

belloboys“At Number Nine on the Countdown, It’s … Me.” Numerous instances exist of singers who have tried their hand at doing a syndicated daily or nightly radio air-shift, or a long-form syndicated weekend feature. It is a rarity though when a musical act is also a traditional countdown show host. One such case happened nine years ago when ABC Radio recruited Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn) to succeed Bob Kingsley as host of “American Country Countdown.” Rick Dees had a mid-1970s novelty smash, “Disco Duck,” that advanced all the way to #1, but it pre-dated his current capacity as a countdown personality. Whether it was on WHTZ “Z-100,” New York; KIIS “Kiss-FM,” Los Angeles; or in his present role as afternoon drive talent (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) on Clear Channel New York rhythmic CHR WKTU, Sean Hollywood Hamilton has been one of the most energetic, creative, skilled and most-listened to personalities in the country. For approximately 15 years, the extremely affable, highly conscientious Nevada native (raised in Reno and Las Vegas) has been heard worldwide through his “Weekend Top 30″ and “Remix Top 30″ countdown shows, now distributed via Premiere Radio. That would be enough to keep most others busy, but Hamilton, whose real name is Timothy Bello, has been ghost-producing EDM/dance music for artists the last five years. “Just recently, my brothers and I decided to make some music for ourselves,” he points out to RadioInfo. Prior to getting into the radio industry, Hamilton — who had a quick stop at a Monterey station with appropriate call letters for him at the time – KIDD — was a musician. “Now I am taking it back to my roots, he remarks. Along with siblings Teddy and KC, Hamilton and the Bello Boys have a top 10 record. “Last Call” on Radikal Records features Kat DeLuna and it sits at #9 (with the all-important “bullet”) this week on Billboard‘s club dance chart. “The song is basically about a group of girls getting out on a Friday night cutting loose and getting crazy,” Hamilton explains. “It is one of those Latin-infused catchy, hooky songs that people seem to gravitate to. The remix package is produced by some of the biggest producers in the business.” Radikal Records owner/president Jurgen Korduletsch declares, “We are delighted that Hollywood Hamilton has chosen [our label] as the home for the debut single. We are even more thrilled that it is generating a tremendous buzz in clubs and on the radio. It is fast developing into a big hit for the über-talented Bello Boys.” While some performers can introduce their own songs on the air, Hamilton may soon be in the position of noting his work’s top ten progress week-to-week on his own countdown show(s).

towers jayTowers Takes On TV Anchor Duties. Beginning next Monday (8/25), Clear Channel Detroit adult contemporary WNIC “Fresh 100.3″ wakeup talent Jay Towers adds WJBK-TV “Fox 2 Morning News” anchor to his resume as he and Anqunette Jamison will form the 6:00 am – 9:00 am tandem. He will continue doing the weekday “Jay Towers in the Morning” program on “Fresh” from the Fox 2 studios. WJBK-TV vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough comments, “Fox 2 viewers have enjoyed Jay’s contagious energy and winning personality on the weekends. We are looking forward to expanding his presence on our station and have no doubt he will enhance our number one morning news team.” This marks Towers’ 10th anniversary at WJBK-TV and he states, “To begin this milestone year in a new and expanded role is a dream come true. The best part is that I can continue my morning radio show on 100.3, and all from one place.” Towers joined WJBK-TV in February 2004; he has been a weekend anchor/feature reporter for the station’s “Fox 2 News Weekend.” Prior to doing morning drive on “Fresh,” he worked at cross-town Cumulus-owned WDRQ (“Jay & Rachael in the Morning”) and CBS Radio Detroit’s all-sports WXYT-FM (“The Jay & Bill Show”).

WOCNThirty-Five Years and Counting. That is how long Cape Cod Broadcasting adult contemporary WOCN “Ocean 104.7,” Cape Cod, Massachusetts morning man Dave Read (pictured center) has been working in radio on the Cape. At a brunch held in Read’s honor, CCB Media owner Greg Bone (pictured right) commended the morning talent’s positive outlook, enthusiasm and camaraderie. “Dave understands the importance of local radio and the connection with listeners, the community, and our clients,” Bone comments. Station general manager Beverly Tilden (pictured left) remarks, “We are honored to work with Dave every day. His connection with the community and dedication to his work is a roadmap for any new talent hoping to be a success in the radio business.” Read states that he enjoys radio’s “creativity and the challenge to keep it fresh and interesting.” The company also honored “Ocean” midday talent Donna Credit for her 20-year anniversary.

BOB Logo 125BOB-FM to the Romantic Rescue. “You’ll hear all sorts of stuff” is the way BOB-FM positions itself and a recent audio clip from the station underscores that positioning statement. This particular BOB-FM though is not an adult hits outlet here in the United States, but a radio station broadcasting at 106.7 and 106.9 in Knebworth, Hertford, Ware, Hatfield, Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City, Welwyn Garden City and Watton-at-Stone. Knebworth most likely gave away the location as the United Kingdom. Reminiscent of something syndicated personality “Delilah” or Karen Sharp on her nightly “Love Songs” show on Los Angeles adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103″ might do, BOB-FM morning talents (or “breakfast presenters,” as they are more elegantly called) Graham Mack and Amy Stevenson came to the aid of a young woman (“Sarah”) yearning to reconnect with her dream man (“Sam”). The back-story is that Sarah met Sam at a music festival that featured Justin Timberlake and it was love at first sight. The snafu was that Sarah didn’t get Sam’s number, so she did what was only logical – call BOB-FM to track him down. Her email to Mack and Stevenson recapped that part of the story and stated her desire to meet the 25-year-old, 6′ 5″ Hertfordshire dog trainer. It took Mack and Stevenson all of two days to locate him. Especially if you are a hopeless romantic, click here to listen to the complete interchange.

marshall robin“Proactive” Patient Will Overcome Ovarian Cancer. That is what Robin Marshall optimistically writes on her Facebook page. Cumulus Media‘s “Sound Solutions” production manager states that, “Short and sweet,” she has stage two or slight stage three Ovarian cancer but “all was removed.” Doctors “did snippets” from her other organs for biopsy purposes and regardless of the results,” Marshall will be treated with “a very strong regiment of chemo.” As she laments, “It is nothing that anyone looks forward to.” Realizing she has a difficult road ahead, Marshall will remain in the hospital until this Saturday (8/23), but she declares, “I have hope.” At the “end of the day,” however, Marshall stresses, she will survive Ovarian cancer because, “I was proactive. There are no options – I want to live.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves. Charleston Wakeup Team Reunites. Tanya Brown, Brooke Ryan and Mike “The Guy” Edwards (“2 Girls & A Guy”) are again set to do morning drive in just over three weeks (9/15) on Apex Broadcasting Charleston, South Carolina hot AC WMXZ “Mix 96.” A single mother of four, Brown is the show’s “voice of reason.” Ryan left Charleston to co-host Jack Diamond‘s wakeup show on Washington, DC hot AC WRQX. Edwards was part of “2 Girls & A Guy” since 2007 before leaving to do a Portland morning show with Brown.

Friday, August 8, 2014

| August 8, 2014

wpgb countryClear Channel Challenges CBS and Keymarket in Pittsburgh Country Battle.  Steel City fans of news/talk staples Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck are probably miffed about the end of WPGB-FM as a news/talk outlet but country fans get another choice as Clear Channel Media + Entertainment flips WPGB-FM to country as “Big 104.7 – Pittsburgh’s New Hit Country.”  CC will be going up against CBS RADIO’s WDSY “Y108” (#4 in the July PPM – persons 6+ — with a 7.3 share) and Keymarket Licenses-owned trimulcast of “Froggy 98” (Keymarket doesn’t subscribe to Nielsen Audio).  Clear Channel’s countrybonesbobby WOVK in nearby Wheeling, West Virginia gets into the southwestern part of the Pittsburgh market but doesn’t give full coverage. The station will air Premiere NetworksBobby Bones show in morning drive and will add local personalities in time.  One thing is for sure, country is hot right now and getting Bobby Bones in market #25 is important to the company.  Clear Channel VP/programming Dave Edgar says of the move, “It’s a great day for Pittsburgh country music fans as we launch ‘Big 104.7,’ a fresh new take on country music.  This station will give our listeners a front-row seat to country’s biggest artists and concerts.  Listeners will also enjoy waking up with the Bobby Bones show and his unique and entertaining insight on country music.  No one is closer to the heart of Nashville than Bobby Bones.”

gallagherjohnJohn Gallagher Returns to Chicago with Hubbard.  Former WLS-AM, Chicago boss John Gallagher is coming back to the Windy City to serve as vice president and market manager for Hubbard Radio’s three-station group that includes hot AC WTMX, classic hits WDRV, and AC WILV.  Hubbard president and COO Drew Horowitz says, “John is the perfect person to lead our great brands in Chicago.  John has a proven track record as an operator and has the benefit of Chicago experience, which gives him insight into the market.  I’m thrilled to have someone of John’s caliber and experience segueing into this very critical position for Hubbard Radio Chicago.”  Most recently, Gallagher has been with Cumulus Media as market manager for its Appleton/Oshkosh and Green Bay, Wisconsin stations.

hansondaveHanson Upped at CMG’s ‘HITS 97.3’ in Miami.  Music director Dave Hanson is promoted to assistant director of branding and programming at Cox Media Group-owned CHR WFLC, Miami “HITS 97.3.”  Director of branding & programming Jill Strada says, “Dave’s talent, drive and years of experience are invaluable as WFLC competes in the highly competitive and fast-paced Miami market.  This promotion is well deserved!”  Hanson has been with CMG for the past 12 years in numerous capacities.  He says of his new gig, “I am honored and feel truly blessed for the opportunity to continue to work with such a supportive team at CMG Miami.  Thanks to Jill Strada for being an innovative leader, mentor and partner in crime, and to VP/market manager Rob Babin for being such a believer in the people of CMG Miami.”

jonesmikeMike Jones Upped to Middays at ‘DC101.’  Leaving his evening shift behind at Clear Channel’s rock WWDC, Washington “DC101” is Mike Jones who takes over the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm shift after three years on the night shift.  Jones worked on the “Elliot in the Morning” show before moving to the evening jock gig.  Program director James Howard says, “Mr. Jones’ talent, skills and work ethic have driven his success.  He will be instrumental in the continued strength of the DC101 brand.”  Jones says of his new gig, “This is going to be a lot of fun, getting to hang out with the ‘DC101’ audience during the day.  Many thanks to James Howard and Meg Stevens for this opportunity.”

robbinrichMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  After 56 years on the air, radio pro Rich “Brother” Robbin is calling it a career.  The afternoon personality on Broadcast Company of the Americas-owned classic hits outlet XHPRS, San Diego “105.7 The Walrus” is doing his last show today (8/8).  Robbin has worked in numerous markets during his career and is well known for his time at KGB and KCBQ in San Diego…..Derric Tanner joins Entercom’s alternative KNRK, Portland “94/7 FM” for the evening shift, taking over for Squid Vicious.  Tanner has worked in San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose…..Summit Media officially launches adult contemporary WHTI, Richmond “Easy 100.9” and returns Bill Bevins and Shelley Perkins to the air in the market as the “Bill and Shelley in the Morning” show kicked off the station’s debut on August 7…..Curtis Booker is the new program director and afternoon drive personality at Clear Channel’s CHR KYYY, Bismarck, “Y93.”  He comes to the station from his most recent gig at rhythmic CHR KEZE, Spokane “Hot 96.9” where he was APD…..Sonoma Media Group brings former “Mark & Brian” show staffer Kelli Gates aboard to co-host the morning show with Big Jon Snyder at classic rock KVRV, Santa Rosa, California “97.7 The River.”  The “Kelli & Big Jon” show replaces the “Bob & Tom” show.

ppmunitFinal Round of July 2014 PPM Data Released.  The fourth and final round of Nielsen Audio July 2014 PPM ratings data is released for markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford.  July’s survey period covered June 19 – July 16.  See complete market numbers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.


  • Austin – On the strength of a +.6 (4.1 – 4.7), Entercom hot AC KAMX “Mix” cruises from ninth to sixth (6+). Its adult contemporary sibling KKMJ “Majic 95.5,” though falters by eight-tenths (3.9 – 3.1) to drop from #12 to #13. kbpaEmmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” is #1 (6+) for the seventh straight month. Speaking of streaks, thiskase logo is the 14th consecutive time that Clear Channel’s KASE “Today’s Country” (7.8 – 7.5) has finished in the runner-up slot. The last occurrence when KASE wasn’t #2 was in June 2013. Univision regional Mexican KLJA has a string of its own going. In addition to repeating June’s +.7, “Mas Variedad” makes it five successive up trends (.7 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 3.1) which takes it from #16 to a three-way tie at #13. By way of perspective, the station ranked #20 in “Holiday 2013,” January 2014, February, March, and April.
  • Indianapolis – Over and above the juggling at the top is the magnitude of the fluctuation for several stations involved. For openers, Cumulus Media‘s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5″ breaks out of a fourth-place tie with a wjjk logorousing +1.6 (6.0 – 7.6), enabling it to trade places with Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” (7.3 – 6.7, -.6), which falls from first to fourth. “Indy’s R&B Leader” had been first in April, May, and June, while “Classic Hits 104.5″ had three straight (6+) down trends (6.9 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.0). Progressing by nine-tenths each are Emmis cluster-mates (adult contemporary) WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7″ (6.3 – 7.2, steady at #3) and (country) WLHK “Hank FM” (5.6 – 6.5, #8 in June to #5). “Soft Rock B-105.7″ ends six successive monthlies in the 6.3 – 6.9 range and it registers its strongest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2013′s 14.3. Likewise, 6.5 is the highest 6+-share for “Hank” since last October’s 6.6. Entercom CHR WZPL remains in the runner-up slot, but owing to a strong +.8 (6.5 – 7.3), “Indy’s Hit Music Station” is only three-tenths from the top, compared to eight-tenths in June. The third consecutive downward trend for WIBC is -.7 (6.6 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.3) and it drops the Emmis talker from fourth to seventh.
  • Providence – After advancing by one-half share in June (7.3 – 7.8, 6+) – taking it from fourth to a second-place tie wctk logo- Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” solidifies its runner-up position by explodingwpro-fm by +1.1 to 8.9. For the seventh straight month, WPRO-FM finishes first (6+). Moreover, it is the third straight positive trend for the Cumulus Media CHR, which has picked up a full-share in that span (8.8 – 8.9 – 9.6 – 9.8). While Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ gains one-half share (7.8 – 8.3), its rock sibling WHJY “94 HJY” declines by that margin (7.3 – 6.8) and remains fourth. Ironically, despite the +.5 for “B-101,” it actually slips from second to third. Entercom sports WVEI tumbles by seven-tenths (4.0 – 3.3), sliding from eighth to ninth.
  • Norfolk – On the heels of June’s +.8 (2.7 – 3.5), Clear Channel rhythmic hot AC WMOV tacks on another nine-tenths to 4.4, thus advancing from ninth to seventh. This marks the best showing for WMOV since its 6.1 in wvkl“Holiday” 2012. Owing to a +.6 (3.7 – 4.3), WVHT “Hot 100.5″ ends its string of four down or flat monthlies (4.3 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7); the Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ CHR inches up from ninth to eighth. Entercom urban AC WVKL “95-7 R&B” (12.1 – 12.5, +.4) continues its dominance, as it ranks first for the 24th straight survey period and 49th time in 51 PPM sweeps. This is the eleventh time in the last 12 ratings periods that WVKL has been in double-digits (6+). In addition to those impressive credentials, with July’s 12.5, “95-7 R&B” can claim Norfolk’s highest-ever 6+ total under PPM methodology. For the second straight month, five Sinclair-owned stations that appeared in May are now unlisted. Specifically, those facilities are country WUSH (#6 in May); adult hits WNOB (#9); talk WNIS (#13); alternative WROX (#14); and talk WTAR (#19).
  • NashvilleSouth Central Communications adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ is #1 (6+) for the 27th consecutive monthly; however, it is down for the third straight time (11.8 – 10.5 – 9.6 – 9.4). In June, its string of wjxa logodouble-digit (6+) showings was snapped at 23; 9.4 is the station’s lowest 6+-stat in exactly two years (8.7 in July 2012). Adult hits sibling WCJK “Jack-FM” though gains six-tenths (5.7 – 6.3) to advance from seventh to fifth; “Jack-FM” logs its best 6+ number since April 2013′s 6.7. Owing to a +.7 to 7.8, Clear Channel urban contemporary WUBT “Thewubt logo Beat” (fourth to third) racks up its most potent 6+ stat since December 2011 (8.2). Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK declines by one full-share (7.0 – 6.0) and drops from fifth to seventh. Among the market’s country stations, Clear Channel’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ notched a +.9 to 6.6 in May and a full-share gain to 7.6 in June. “The Big 98″ (third in June to fifth in July) though gives most of that combined +1.9 back by dropping by -1.3 to 6.3. Cumulus Media country siblings are seemingly unaffected by the huge WSIX-FM drop-off, as WKDF “Nash FM 103.3″ is down one-tenth to 5.0 (steady at eighth) and WSM-FM – after a solid +.9 to 4.9 in June – picks up another one-tenth to tie WKDF at eighth. WSM-FM ranked ninth in June.
  • Greensboro – For the past three monthlies, Entercom properties were the market’s top four finishers, but Clear Channel‘s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ puts an end to that by posting a +.8 (7.5 – 8.3) to advance from fifth to wtqrthird. It has been an extremely good run for WTQR which has now put up five straight (6+) increases (5.1 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.5 – 8.3) resulting in a cumulative +3.2 since February. WTQR overtakes Entercom-owned format rival, WPAW “The Wolf” (7.9 – 8.2, +.3, #3 to #4), whichwpaw had outpointed “New Country” in each of the past 11 monthlies (6+). After experiencing a full-share decline in June, Entercom adult hits WSMW “Simon” gains 90% of it back (7.7 – 8.6) to inch up from third to second. Our fascination continues for Clear Channel CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM,” which – even after dialing up a +.7 (4.2 – 4.9) – finishes ninth for the fourteenth successive time. Following a +.6 to 7.5 in June, “Kiss-FM” adult contemporary cluster-mate WMAG regresses by nine-tenths to 6.6 (fifth to sixth). Experiencing Greensboro’s biggest (6+) month-to-month hit though is Entercom rhythmic CHR WJMH “The Hip-Hop Station,” which plummets by -1.2 from 9.1 – 7.9 (second to fifth). Meanwhile, co-owned WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (10.4 – 9.5, -.9) finishes first for the seventh successive ratings period, although the urban AC station’s consecutive string of (6+) double-digit performances concludes at an even 20.
  • West Palm Beach – Albeit that it is flat at 7.4, Clear Channel adult contemporary/classic hits-oldies hybrid woll logoWOLL “Kool 105.5″ ends the consecutive #1 run of Digity Media hot AC WRMF at four. WRMF (7.7 – 7.1, -.6) – which has been in the 7.0 – 7.7 range each month this calendar year – inherits the runner-up slot vacated by “Kool.” Prior to advancing by a whopping +1.4 in June, “Kool” had three successive downtrends (7.4 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.0). Adding one full-share (4.2 – 5.2, sixth to fourth) is Digity Media country outlet WIRK, which has its best 6+-stat in more than two years (6.0 in May 2012). At this time last month, WAYF inched up from eighth to seventh by notching a +.9 to 4.0. The contemporary Christian outlet though regresses by -1.2 to 2.8 and returns to eighth. American Public Media Group classical-formatted WPBI falters by seven-tenths (#19 – #12) to slide from #12 to #14.
  • Jacksonville – Unlike several instances in certain markets where group owners become non-subscribers to Nielsen Audio (see Norfolk above and Sinclair), Renda Broadcasting returns three stations in print. One of wejz logothem – adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ (9.2 – 8.9, -.3) – surfaces as this Florida market’s top finisher (6+). Other Renda Jacksonville stations reappearing after a multi-year absence are WGNE “Gator Country” (5.4 – 5.5, +.1, #6) and country WMUV “Bull 100.7″ (2.5 – 2.1, -.4, #15). Shown as June’s (6+) leader, Cox Media Group CHR WAPE slips to second (7.2 – 7.3, +.1). After faltering by -1.1 in June, Cox Media’s WHJX “Hot” loses another eight-tenths (4.8 – 4.0), falling out of the top ten (eighth to eleventh). Eight-tenths is also bad news for CMG-owned alternative outlet WXXJ “X-102.9″ (5.3 – 4.5), which dips from seventh to ninth.
  • MemphisClear Channel controls the top three finishers and four of the top six, including urban AC KJMS “V-wgkx logo101″ (8.9 – 9.2, +.3), which repeats at #1. Dialing up the market’s greatest (6+) June – July gain though is Cumulus Media country WGKX “Kix 106,” which adds a +1.4 to June’s 6.0 (7.4) to advance from sixth to fifth. Improving by six-tenths are Clear Channel gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” (7.6 – 8.2, fourth to second) and Mid-South Public classic WKNO (.9 – 1.5, steady at #18). Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “The River” tumbles by eight-tenths (6.1 – 5.3) as it drops from fifth to eighth.
  • Hartford – Up by a modest two-tenths (8.7 – 8.9), CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 105″ extends its wrchconsecutive string of #1 (6+) finishes to 37. Eight-tenths behind in the runner-up position is its hot AC sibling WTIC-FM, which follows June’s robust +.9 to 7.3 with a +.8 to 8.1. Also advancing by eight-tenths (6.3 – 7.1) is Clear Channel CHR WKSS “All The Hits Kiss 95.7,” zooming from seventh to fourth. The yo-yo continues for Connoisseur-owned classic hits-oldies WDRC-FM. After tumbling in May by -1.4 to 5.2 resulting in a fifth to eighth slide, “102.9 DRC” regained nearly all of it with a +1.2 to 6.4 (sixth). In July though, it falters by -1.1 to 5.3 and is back in eighth-place.

iheartradio newNext iHeartRadio Album Release Party? Maroon Five.  A little more than two weeks from today, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment will present the next iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Maroon 5 as the band released its new album V on Tuesday, August 26 at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles.  The actual album release date is September 2.  The band’s new single “Maps” was released in June.  The one-hour special event will air live on the East Coast on from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET on The CW network and will be delayed to the West Coast at the same time PT.  As in the past, the program will air on CC-owned CHR, hot AC and AC stations.

cbsradioCBS RADIO Q2 Revenue Down 3%.  There’s rarely much information from CBS Corp. about its radio division during quarterly conference calls or the press releases about earnings, as the company is so heavily focused on television, films and publishing.  It appears CBS RADIO had a quarter similar to other radio companies in that its net revenue decline of 3% was probably due to the soft advertising climate affecting the industry.

salemcommunicationsSalem Communication Reports Q2 Total Revenue Up 14%; Broadcast Net Revenue Up 1.8%.  The good news for Salem Communications comes as its internet and e-commerce and publishing divisions showed big revenue increases during the second quarter of 2014.  As for the broadcast division, net broadcast revenue was up 1.8% to $47.9 million from $47 million during the same period a year ago.  Station operating income decreased 13.8% to $13.9 million from $16.2 million and same station net broadcast revenue increased 1.1% to $47.6 million from $47 million.

journalbroadcastgroupJournal Broadcast Group Radio Revenue Up 1.6%.  As a whole, Journal Communications revenue was up 4.9% during the second quarter of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013.  On the radio side, Journal Broadcast Group realized a net increase of 1.6% on $20.2 million of revenue.  The company reports radio political advertising revenue was $0.1 million in each of 2014 and 2013.  Local advertising revenue, excluding political, increased 2.3%, primarily due to an increase in home products and automotive advertising.  Digital revenue, which is reported in local revenue, was $0.8 million, up 14.1%.  National advertising revenue, excluding political, decreased 6.3%, primarily due to lower automotive and restaurant advertising.  Excluding political revenue, total revenue was $20.1 million, up 1.5%.  Operating earnings from radio were $4.1 million compared to $3.8 million in 2013, an increase of 6.2%.  Radio operating expenses increased 0.5%.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

| August 6, 2014

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

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


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

5 secondsDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (8/6) includes such names as: 5 Seconds of Summer, Troye Sivan, Shawn Mendes, Ella Henderson, Kasabian, Fence, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Banks, Fearless Vampire Killers, The Bots, Tyler Farr, Jon Langston, Ben Rush, Southern Experience Band, Danika Portz, Stevie Wonder, C2C, Sam Smith, Prince Fox, Charlene Soraia,and Panic City,among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 4, 2014

| August 4, 2014


jessiejgrandeminajCHR Sparked by an Invasion of the Divas.  There’s nothing like a couple of dynamic, upbeat songs by female superstars released the same week in the heart of the summer to add some fresh spark to the playlists of CHR stations across the country.  Such is the case this week with the release last Tuesday (7/29) of “Bang Bang” (Lava/Republic) by the combined forces of label-mates Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj followed by the release last Thursday (7/31) of the music video “This Is How We Do” on Vevo by Katy Perry from her album Prism.  Both songs have received enormous initial online interest and make impressive debuts today (8/4) on the RadioInfo Pop Music Chart with “Bang Bang” breaking in at #1 and “This Is How We Do” debuting at #2.  Pictured here are (from left to right): Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande in an instagram photo posted by Jessie J.

kuzx logoBay Area’s “Fox” Transitions to “The New Q-102.”  Formerly classic rock as “The Fox,” Entercom San Francisco’s KUZX flips to rhythmic hot AC with Trevor Simpson appointed program director of “The New Q-102.”  The format change occurred last Friday (8/1) at 2:00 pm when the station departed from its classic rock simulcast with 98.5 by airing Montell Jordan‘s “This Is How We Do It” as the first song under its new identity.  Vice president and market manager Steve DiNardo comments, “This is an exciting time for our listeners and our advertisers.  ‘The New Q-102′ provides a unique way to reach active and engaged 25-44-year-olds with a new kind of station for the Bay Area.”  Meanwhile, classic rock “The Fox” will remain on 98.5 and it will be re-focused for the South Bay (San Jose) with DiNardo noting that for 23 years the station, “has defined rock radio” there.  “While the Bay Area has been home to many great rock stations over the years, no station has been more successful at creating an enduring listener bond in the South Bay.”  Regarding Simpson, operations manager Stacy Cunningham remarks, “With a deep history in the Bay Area music scene, Trevor brings market and music expertise that will enable us to effectively launch and grow ‘The New Q-102.’” Simpson states, “We are very excited to bring an adult rhythmic-based station to San Francisco. The Bay Area has grown up on the best hip-hop, R&B and dance music over the last 20 years, yet those hit songs have had no current home on the radio dial.  I’m proud to work with Entercom to deliver an energetic, upbeat station.”  Among persons 6+ this June in San Francisco (Nielsen Audio, PPM), KUZX is in a three-way tie at #18 (2.0), while in San Jose it ranks #6 (4.8).

klth logo NEWKLTH Rebrands as “The Eagle.”  Effective last Friday (8/1), Clear Channel Portland’s KLTH replaces its “Oldies 106.7″ handle with “106-7 The Eagle.”  Moreover, the word “oldies” is dropped in favor of “The Pacific Northwest’s Classic Hits.”  Vice president of programming Mark Adams explains that, “Introducing ‘The Eagle’ to Portland is about the continuing evolution of the station.  As our listeners’ tastes have changed, so has the station that plays the music they love.”  KLTH’s weekday on-air roster is comprised of Rick “Bubba” Taylor (6:00 am -12:00 noon); Scott Tom (12:00 noon – 6:00 pm); and Jim E. Chonga (6:00 pm -12:00 midnight).  Representative artists of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s-based “Eagle” include Elton John, Journey, Paul McCartney, and Rod Stewart.  This is hardly a format change, considering that among persons 6+ this June (Nielsen Audio, PPM), KLTH places first (7.3) in Portland; it ranked second in May (6.4), four-tenths behind co-owned adult contemporary KKCW.

jonesmeghanRadioInfo Career Moves.  There’s a new cast member at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KVIL-FM, Dallas as Meghan Jones joins the “Zazza Mornings” show.  Jones was a contestant on the Fox TV show “I Wanna Marry Harry.”…..At South Central Media’s active rock, WVRX, Knoxville, “95.7 The X,” Michael Schoenherr, a.k.a. Hurricane Shane, takes over the program director role from Shane Cox who remains with the company programming its adult contemporary sister WJXB “B97.5.”  Schoenherr was most recently with Com+ LLC-owned triple A WZEW, Mobile as PD and morning drive personality…..Josh Wolff is promoted from his program director and music director gigs at Clear Channel’s Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland station group to operations manager for the six-station cluster.  He’s been PD at hot AC WQHQ “Q105” and music director at country WWFG “Froggy 99.9.”  Wolff takes over the OM role from Susan Groves who exited the cluster in April.

sternhowardHoward Stern Calls in to WCCC, Hartford as Station Memorializes Last Day as Rock Station.  The report of Marlin Broadcasting’s sale of WCCC, Hartford to the Educational Media Foundation was all-but-confirmed last week as staffers were given notice Friday would be their last day as employees.  As a result the station held a daylong farewell to the station that served the Hartford market as a rock outlet forwccc logo decades.  Radio icon Howard Stern called in to the station and reminisced about his time as a staffer at WCCC in 1979 where he was morning host for a brief seven months.  But, Stern told program director Mike Karolyi that he felt he’d hit the big time when he was hired at WCCC.  Years later, when Stern’s program went into national syndication, WCCC became the Howard Stern affiliate in Hartford.  Also appearing on WCCC during the farewell show was Sebastian, who replaced Stern as morning host and worked there until his departure in 1994.

hemmertterriBack to Work for WXRT, Chicago’s Terri Hemmert.  As tipped by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, program director and midday personality Terri Hemmert returns to work today at CBS RADIO’s triple A WXRT, Chicago after being out since June 19 to undergo knee replacement surgery.  Feder reports that the 66-year-old Hemmert has suffered with knee pain since she was a teenager afflicted with rheumatic fever.  Her emailed statement is: “After six weeks of rest, meds, visitors and lots of physical therapy I’m excited to get back to work at XRT Monday morning.  Stopped by to see my co-workers/friends.  That was fantastic.  My parents didn’t raise a slacker so I’m ready to work!  This is the job I dreamed of since I was 15.  Time to get back!”  Read Feder’s column here.

2014 NYC logo 150Interested in What’s Happening on the Talk Radio Side of the Dial?   All 14 sessions, panels, keynotes, and presentations from Talkers New York 2014 – the 17th annual installment of theindustry’s longest running and most important annual talk radio convention are now posted on the website of RadioInfo’s sister trade publication, TALKERS magazine.  According to TALKERS/RadioInfo VP/executive editor Kevin Casey, “These hours and hours of video content recorded by Art Vuolo contain a veritable treasure trove of useful information for broadcasters of all formats – both talk and music.  We are so pleased to make these presentations available at no cost to our RadioInfo readers.”  To access all 14 video files of Talkers New York 2014, please click here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

| July 28, 2014


riversbob stillKJR-FM, Seattle’s Bob Rivers Announces Retirement from Morning Radio.  This morning legendary morning radio personality Bob Rivers (pictured here during this morning’s show) announced that August 8 will be his final morning as host of the wake-up show on Clear Channel’s classic rock KJR-FM.  The station covers the news on its website – including video of the announcement – by saying, “This morning at 7:40 am, after 42 years on radio, 33 in morning drive and 25 years here in Seattle, the legendary Bob Rivers announced he was stepping away from morning radio to pursue other projects.  The Bob Rivers Show will now broadcast a series of farewell shows leading up to their finale on Friday, August 8.  It’s a sad day for fans and all of us here at ‘95/7 KJR,’ but our hearts and minds will forever be filled with memories of how ‘The Bob Rivers Show’ so marvelously served and entertained Seattle for over two decades.”  Watch the video here.

maynardPD Maynard Moves On From Hubbard Combo. Six-year program director of Seattle CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ and hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9″ Maynard resigns from the Hubbard combo to join Clear Channel as a vice president of programming.  “Maynard has been an integral part in so many ways contributing to the success of these operations,” vice president and general manager Marc Kaye writes in a memo to staff.  “I will never be able to express my gratitude to him for the huge effort he has put forth every day he has been here.  I wish him nothing but great success in the future; I will miss him more than anyone can imagine.”  Maynard, whose real name is Brandon Cohen, arrived at the Seattle stations after programming Spokane hot AC KZZU.  He previously was assistant program director-music director-night talent for Portland CHR KKRZ “Z-100.”

wrightmichelMichel Wright Assumes Midday Role at ‘Majic 102.3’ in Washington.  The new midday personality at Radio One-owned urban contemporary WMMJ “Majic 102.3” is Michel Wright, who makes the move from Howard University-owned crosstown urban contemporary WHUR.  Wright had been hosting weekends and doing fill-in work at WHUR.  She previously worked at CBS RADIO’s Washington hip hop outlet WPGC and has done work for Premiere Networks, Starz on SiriusXM, BET Networks, DC Cable Television, Colgate, Mercedes Benz, SHOWTIME Television and MHZ TV Networks.  Radio One Washington VP and market manager Alan Leinwand comments, “This is big!  Michel is a star with a wealth of top-flight experience and strong relationships in the music industry.  We have no doubt that she will have an immediate impact on our listeners, our community, and on our advertising partners.  Her powerful brand extends throughout the DMV and beyond.”

richardsstoneyStoney Richards to Exit WDSY, Pittsburgh Roles to Pursue Acting Career.  Forty-six year radio pro Stoney Richards will exit his APD, music director and afternoon air talent gig at CBS RADIO’s country WDSY, Pittsburgh “Y108” after September 10 to pursue his acting career.  He’s recently secured some TV and movie roles.  The company states that Richards will continue to host his weekend talk show, “Live From The Centre,” on sister news/talk KDKA-AM and will guest host on WDSY.  The company adds, “Stoney has been a great programming partner and strong brand ambassador for ‘Y108’ during his nearly 18 years with the station and 21 years with our organization.  He has earned a tremendous amount of admiration and respect from listeners, the country music recording industry, and by his peers in radio.”  CBS RADIO is seeking his replacement and notes that internal candidates may review the qualifications and apply at cbsandyou.com; external candidates may do the same at cbsradio.com/careers.

diamondjackJack Diamond Headed to AM Drive at WLS-FM, Chicago?  That’s what Chicago media writer Robert Feder is suggesting is the likely scenario as longtime Washington, DC personality Jack Diamond is sitting in on the morning show alongside current morning host Brant Miller at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WLS-FM all this week.  Feder reports that Jan Jeffries – PD for WLS-FM and SVP of corporate programming for Cumulus – told him, “Jack worked with me in Washington and Atlanta, and it seemed like it would be fun to put him in with Brant for a week.”  Corporate PDs don’t do things like this on a lark and this is obviously an on-air tryout.  Miller, in addition to his WLS-FM work, is chief meteorologist at NBC-owned WMAQ-TV.  As for Diamond, he exited Cumulus’ CHR WRQX in the spring of 2013 after some 24 years on the air there.  Read Feder’s entire column here.

bolognamarconiAlpha Media Names Marconi Co-Host at KINK, Portland.  Joining Sheila Hamilton at Alpha Media’s triple A KINK, Portland “101.9 KINK” is Marconi Bologna for the soon-to-be-renamed morning show, “Sheila and Marconi in the Morning.”  The new show debuts August 11.  KINK program director Chris Mays states, “I’ve worked at the same companies with Marconi in both Seattle and Portland and know him to be sweet, funny and wildly creative.  Sheila Hamilton and Marconi are going to wake up Portland in a whole new way!  His Portland history at KNRK and KUFO-FM has created many Marconi fans who will be happy to have him back in town.  I’m very excited to work with him to create great radio at KINK.”  Marconi comments, “I’ve worked in Portland radio for a long time.  I recently lived in Denver for almost four years.  That whole time I missed being on Portland radio, walkable neighborhoods, food carts and great restaurants, local music, and most of all, the people here.  Portland is my heart.  KINK is my station.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Entercom’s CHR WNVZ, Norfolk “Z104,” acting program director Natalia is now the permanent PD of the station.  She assumed the PD duties after the exit of Mike Klein.  She’d been the station’s APD and midday personality – a daypart she’ll continue to host…..Jeff Roper is returning to San Antonio to host the KSAT-TV afternoon program “SA Live” beginning September 8.  That means he’s exiting his current gig as OM/PD and morning personality at Qantum’s country WGTR, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina “Gator 107.9.”  Roper served in San Antonio previously as morning jock, APD and MD at Cox Media Group’s country KCYY “Y100.”

bryanswindellbriceSittin’ in for Lon Helton.  A trio of country stars are sitting in for Lon Helton on this week’s edition of Westwood One’s “Country Countdown USA.”  Pictured here are (from left to right) Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, and Luke Bryan.  The three are currently on the road on Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” tour with Brice and Swindell as supporting acts.  On the show, trio share backstage stories from the tour as they count down the week’s Top 30 country songs.  Helton returns to “Country Countdown USA” next week with co-host Brad Paisley.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

| July 23, 2014

iheartradiofestival 2014Clear Channel Announces Lineup for iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014.  The lineup of acts for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival taking place in Las Vegas September 19-20 has been announced by Clear Channel.  Major acts include: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mötley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, One Direction,swifttaylor Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, and Steve Aoki.  As part of the weekend, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village will return to The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday afternoon with live performances by Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Nico & Vinz, Lil Jon and more to be announced.   In addition to the Las Vegas concert event, the festival will be broadcast live on Clear Channel magic smallradio stations, exclusively streamed live on Yahoo Screen, and will see television exposure as a two-night special on The CW network on September 29 and 30.  Clear Channel chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “Each year we bring the music of the iHeartRadio app to life at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, redefining the live music experience for fans across America with once-in-a-lifetime performances and incredible collaborations that nobody else can provide.  It’s the ultimate celebration of artists and music, and for the fourth year in a row the festival will make history with an extraordinary lineup of the biggest names in music across all genres.”

eventful logoCBS Local to Acquire Event Discovery Site ‘Eventful.’  In a move that will provide a platform to tie into other CBS-owned platforms, CBS Local Media is entering into an agreement to acquire Eventful, Inc. a leading digital media company in the events discovery, communication and personalization business.  Describing the service, CBS states, “Eventful connects consumers with information on millions of concerts, movies listings and local events by using its proprietary algorithms to aggregate, and deliver an ever-growing volume of content from across the United States and around the world.  Serving its users viacbslocalmedia multiple platforms, including online, mobile and email, Eventful creates fan interest profiles and delivers highly personalized recommendations on behalf of artists, publishers and marketers to each of their more than 21 million registered users.”  CBS Local Media COO Anton Guitano comments, “By offering audiences comprehensive local information all in one place, Eventful has amassed an engaged community that is passionate about finding experiences that match their lifestyle and personal tastes.  This strategy reflects that of CBS Local Media, making this union a terrific complement to our growing digital business.  Broadcast and online audiences will now have more insight into more events.  Simultaneously, we are thrilled to offer our clients more options to reach their target customer.”

fifthharmonyDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (7/23) includes such names as: Pierce Wagner, Evolution Beat, Fifth Harmony, Delta Spirit, Griswolds, Jenny Lewis, Perfume Genius, Young Rising Sons, Death from Above 1979, Maddie & Tae, Maggie Rose, Dwight Yokam, Troy Bullock, Slaptop, District 78, and Steffalooamong others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Hits.  There aren’t as many adult hits-formatted stations in Nielsen Audio‘s 48 PPM markets as there are classic hits-oldies and classic rock but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian notes in this third-of-three analysis that, unlike the other two formats scrutinized in this series, slightly less than half of the adult hits stations in the survey were flat or up with the rest dipping.  Just one adult hits station – Emmis’ KBPA, Austin “Bob 103.5 Austin” – ranked #1 in its market in June (persons 6+), while 16 out of the adult hits stations in the survey ranked in the top 10 in their markets in June.  Check out the performance comparisons over the past six PPM surveys as well as the chart comparing performances of all three formats – classic hits-oldies, classic rock and adult hits – in Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.

fielddavidEntercom Chief David Field Asks Employees to Embrace Change, Lists Accomplishments in Mid-Year Memo.  In his twice-annual memo to staffers, Entercom president and CEO David Field writes that everyone in the radio business must embrace change and innovate and challenges employees to do so within the guidelines of what Entercom believes in.  He goes on to list those beliefs which start with its dedication to “building the best local radio stations with the best local personalities.”  Also, Field speaks about the company’s accomplishments and points to the launch of new radio stations, the debut of its SmartReach Digital local marketing arm, and the “two-minute” promise at Seattle’s alternative “The End” which limits spots to six minutes per hour on the station with never more than 2 minutes of commercials at one time.  Read his entire memo here.

pandoralogoPandora Hires Record Industry’s Lars Murray as VP/Industry Relations.  In an effort to work more efficiently with the recording industry, digital pure play Pandora announces the appointment of Lars Murray to the new position VP/industry relations.  The company reports that, in this new position, Murray will “oversee the company’s strategic collaboration with a broad coalition of music industry stakeholders.”  Murray will report to chief strategy officer Sara Clemens.  He comes to Pandora from his most recent post as VP/digital media with Columbia Records.  Pandora chairman, president & CEO Brian McAndrews comments, “Pandora is committed to building a vibrant, sustainable future for the music industry.  With this hire, we’ve added a widely respected thought leader to help take us there.  Lars’ extensive knowledge, broad industry relationships, and deep passion for music will further shape our approach to realizing a truly productive collaboration with all industry stakeholders.”

mccannjakeJake McCann Joins Cumulus Washington as VP of Sales.  Radio sales pro Jake McCann is named vice president of sales for Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC stations CHR WRQX and news/talk WMAL-AM/FM.  McCann comes to Washington from Philadelphia where he was director of sales for Greater Media’s operations there.  Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati comments, “We are thrilled to have Jake at the helm of our cluster in Washington.  He is a natural leader and a relentless recruiter.  Jake spent the majority of his career in sales management on the East Coast both in radio and cable.  He’s developed strong regional advertiser relationships during that time which will be beneficial to us.  We look forward to his contribution.”

fargoanthonyMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Last week RadioInfo reported that Anthony “Kobe” Fargo had exited his APD gig at Cox Media Group’s WAPE, Jacksonville.  Now we learn that he’s returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to serve as a social media consultant with The Media Beast.  Additionally, he’ll be doing part-time on air work at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WBZZ “100.7 StarPittsburgh.”…..Christian broadcaster WAY Media announces it has named Rob Wagman program director for its Christian CHR WAY-FM Network.  Wagman most recently was afternoon personality at Salem Communications-owned KFSH, Los Angeles “95.9 The Fish.”…..Steve Cannon takes on more duties with Midwest Communications as he becomes brand manager for country WDWQ, Terre Haute “Q102.7.”  Cannon already serves as brand manager for the Terre Haute cluster’s adult contemporary WBOW and classic country WDKE “95.9 Duke FM.”

shoutcastSHOUTcast Launches Streaming Service with Audience Monetization.  The recent addition of SHOUTcast to the Radionomy family is producing a new service that includes effective audience monetization with the integration of the TargetSpot ad network.  The company adds that “additional tools and capabilities to support the needs of today’s online radio stations are also part of this new service.  These enhancements are built on the tradition and reliability of SHOUTcast and are available today to selected SHOUTcast broadcasters, and CDN partners.”  The new features include: audience monetization regardless of how they listen – using SHOUTcast’s new server-side targeted ad injection and the TargetSpot ad network; streaming – high-quality stream hosting at no cost; unlimited listeners – no more maxing out slots, SHOUTcast now supports unlimited listeners; built-in listener analytics (stats tools); and more.  Radionomy VP/business development – US Country manager Thierry Ascarez says, “Our team has been working very hard to reinvigorate the SHOUTcast platform with the most advanced and professional tools currently available in the market.”

bonesAldeanJason Aldean Agrees to Charity Show with The Raging Idiots.  During an appearance on the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show, two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean performed his new song “Burnin’ It Down,” (the first single from his new album due out later this year).  During the interview, Aldean agreed to play a show with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, if the show could raise $50,000 for Susan G. Komen.  Pictured here (from left to right) are: show cast member Lunchbox, Bones, show cast member Amy and Aldean.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

| July 10, 2014

nielsen logoNo Reissue of PPM Data for Los Angeles.  A memo to client stations from Nielsen Audio states that after the completion of an impact analysis relative to the presence of a media-affiliated household in the Los Angeles PPM panel for the past year, it has concluded that a reissue of the ratings beyond what has already been done is unnecessary.  The memo states, in part, “After comparing the audience estimates without this home in the panel to those we originally published which included the household, we have decided not to reissue currency Los Angeles data for any prior report periods.  We have concluded that a reissue of prior currency data would be of limited commercial benefit to customers and would result in further disruption to the marketplace.”

ppmunitRound Two of June PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of June 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The survey period was May 22 through June 18.  You can find all the numbers from subscribing stations here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways.”

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  • Washington – This marks the sixth successive sweep that Hubbard all-news operation WTOP (8.1 – 8.2) leads the field (6+). There is minimal movement in the urban AC contest, as Howard University-owned WHUR is off wmzq logoby one-tenth (5.6 – 5.5, #4 to #5), while Radio One‘s WMMJ drops two-tenths (4.5 – 4.3, #6 to #7). It is, however, noteworthy that WHUR is down for the third consecutive time (6.0 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.5) for an accumulated -.5 and WMMJ declines for the fourth successive ratings period (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.3) for an accumulated -1.3. Clear Channel country WMZQ mirrors April – May’s +.5 with another half-share increase (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.1) and catapults from #13 in May to a three-way tie at #8.
  • Boston – The third straight increase for WZLX is a +.7 (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.8), enabling the CBS Radio classic rocker to jump from sixth to fourth (6+). Results for cluster-mate WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” though are hardly as wzlxfavorable: The Boston Bruins flagship suffers the steepest (6+) decline (5.1 – 2.9, -2.2) of any station in the 24 PPM markets released thus far. In addition to freefalling from #6 in May to #14, “The Sports Hub” has its lowest (6+) showing in three years (2.6 in July 2011). Although off one-tenth to 3.3, (sports) WEEI-FM nonetheless overtakes “The Sports Hub” as the Entercom-owned Boston Red Sox flagship remains steady at #12. Clear Channel CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” (7.6 – 7.9, +.3) occupies the top spot for the sixth straight monthly. After a March – April – May trend of a half-share gain/half-share loss (6.5 – 7.0 – 6.5), Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic” regresses by eight-tenths (6.5 – 5.7), sliding from third to fifth.
  • DetroitGreater Media-owned WCSX “Detroit’s Classic Rock” picked up one-half share (3.9 – 4.4) in May to advance from #12 to #8. Its May – June (6+) progression though is nearly twice as significant (+.9, 4.4 – 5.3) and it wcsx logoclimbs to sixth; 5.3 is the strongest (6+) number for “Detroit’s Classic Rock” since August 2011′s 5.4. CBS Radio‘s WYCD “Detroit’s Country” (#5 in May to #4) has its third straight gain (5.1 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 6.2). Several spoken-word outlets hit a bump in June. Cumulus Media talker WJR suffers an erosion of nine-tenths (5.2 – 4.3, 6+) and falls from sixth to tenth. For the fifth successive ratings reports, CBS Radio all-newser WWJ (#4 in May to #5) registers a negative trend, resulting in a cumulative -2.8 (8.4 – 7.9 – 7.2 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.6). After three successive significant up-trends (4.0 – 4.7 – 6.8 – 7.9), WWJ sports sibling WXYT-FM is off by six tenths to 7.3, although “The Ticket” repeats at #1 – three-tenths ahead of co-owned classic hits-oldies WOMC (6.7 – 7.0, +.3).
  • Seattle – A one-half share gain by adult contemporary KRWM “Warm” (5.8 – 6.3), coupled with a three-tenths drop by CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.2 – 5.9) results in the Hubbard cluster-mates swapping places at #1 and #2, krwm logorespectively. KQMV was in Seattle’s (6+) penthouse in March and May; “Warm” in April and now in June. Owing to a -1.1 (5.2 – 4.1), CBS Radio‘s KZOK falls from fourth to seventh; it is the classic rocker’s third consecutive downward trend (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.1). Dating back to the “Holiday” 2013 report, Entercom rocker KISW had put together a string of four straight up trends(4.4 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.6), but it is now down in back-to-back monthlies, this time by one full-share (5.5 – 4.5, #3 to #4).
  • Phoenix – This marks the eighth straight sweep in which a Clear Channel-owned property is found at the top of the (6+) leader board in the “Valley of the Sun.” Making this particular occasion momentous though is the fact it is knix logothe first-ever time for country KNIX (#4 in May), which posts a stunning +1.2 to 6.2. There is another first for “The Best New Country” – it had not previously crossed the six-share threshold (6+). Meanwhile, its cross-town CBS Radio format rival KMLE (3.9 – 4.1, +.2) improves from eighth to sixth. Hot AC has a somewhat similar dual-station success story, as Clear Channel’s KMXP “Mix” adds four-tenths to 5.8 (although it actually falls from second to third), while KMVA “Hot 103.9″ rebounds from a -.5 (April – May) with a +.6 to 4.0 (#13 to #7). “Mix” ends three straight (6+) downward trends (8.1 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.4), which produced a cumulative -2.7 in that stretch. Dislodged from #1 – after back-to-back stays there in April and May – is KNIX and “Mix” adult contemporary sibling KESZ (6.1 – 6.0, -.1), which dips to second. Several talkers decline in this sweep. They include public KJZZ by eight-tenths to 2.0 (#15 – #20); Bonneville‘s KTAR-FM by six-tenths to 3.2 (#9 to #12); and Clear Channel’s KFYI by three-tenths to 3.2 (#11 to a tie at #12 with KTAR-FM). After notching a gain of six-tenths (6+), rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power” drops one-half share to 3.0 (#11 to #14).
  • Minneapolis – Headlining several significant month-to-month shifts is the massive -1.9 by Clear Channel sports facility KFXN-FM (4.8 – 2.9), which drifts from #9 to #14. Ironically, it was this time last month when kqqlKFXN-FM boasted the largest (6+) month-to-month gain (+1.2) of any station in the 12 PPM markets released that particular day. Conversely, classic hits-oldies cluster-mate KQQL “Kool 108″ racks up a +1.3 to 7.3, progressing from #6 to #4. In six of the last seven survey periods, “Kool 108″ had been in the six-share range. With a six-tenths improvement (8.3 – 8.9), Clear Channel CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” takes over the #1 spot it held January through April. Also in that cluster – country KEEY “K-102″ has a nine-tenths spike (6.9 – 7.8) to zoom from #5 to #2. It is the best 6+-stat for “K-102″ since last September’s 8.0. CBS Radio talker WCCO relinquishes all of its April – May +.8 (and then some) with a -1.1 to 4.0 (#9 to #11). Owing to a hearty +.9 (7.5 – 8.4), Cumulus classic rocker KQRS vaulted from third in April to first in May; however, it declines by seven-tenths to 7.7 and slides to third.
  • San Diego – For the first time since “Holiday” 2011 – when it registered an 8.3 – CBS Radio adult contemporary KYXY (4.9 – 5.2, +.3) is the market’s (6+) pacesetter. Speaking of “Holiday” reports, 5.2 is the station’s finest 6+-kyxy logoshowing since “Holiday” 2012 (5.7). There isn’t much distance though between #1 KYXY and April and May’s leader – Clear Channel CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3″ (5.6 – 5.1, #2); Clear Channel hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1″ (5.0 – 5.1, #3 to #2); and Lincoln Financial Media adult contemporary KIFM (5.2 – 5.0, #2 to #4). This time last month, talkers KFMB-AM (2.4 – 2.9, #14) and KOGO (1.9 – 2.4, #20) each gained one-half share; however, KFMB-FM is down six-tenths to 2.3 (#20) and KOGO drops eight-tenths to 1.6 (#23).
  • Tampa – As Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV registers an impressive +1.2 to 10.6, its adult contemporary sibling WWRM “Magic 94.9″ (#5 in May) regresses by nine-tenths to 4.1, plummeting out of the top wduv logoten all the way to #15. In addition to being #1 for the 19th straight survey period, WDUV has its most potent 6+-number (10.6) since “Holiday” 2013 (14.1). For six successive monthlies – beginning last October – WDUV and “Magic” were the market’s #1 and #2 stations, respectively (6+). CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WRBQ-FM “Q-105″ (4.8 – 5.6, #5) narrows the gap on CMG rival WXGL “The Eagle” (6.6 – 6.8, #3) from 1.8 shares (6+) in May to 1.2.
  • Denver – Notching identical seven-tenths gains are Clear Channel classic rocker KRFX “The Fox” and Wilks kxklclassic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105.” Both stations advance 3.9 – 4.6 (#13 to #7). Six-tenths is unlucky for the market’s two hot ACs, as Entercom‘s KALC “Alice” falls from 5.3 – 4.7 (#3 to #6), while KXKL sibling KIMN “Mix” tumbles from 4.1 – 3.5 (#11 to #16). Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO-FM adds one-half share to 6.2 and repeats at #1, although Entercom adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” (5.3 – 5.9, +.6) is just three-tenths behind.
  • BaltimoreRadio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ maintains its winning ways. Up for the fifth wwinconsecutive time, “Magic” gains 2.5 shares in the process (5.6 – 6.3 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.9 – 8.1, 6+) and it repeats at #1. After back-to-back 5.2 showings in April and May (6+), CBS Radio hot AC WWMX “Baltimore’s Best Mix” busts out with a +.9 to 6.1 and remains at #4. By virtue of a stunning -1.6 (May – June), talker WCBM sees a more than 50% erosion of its 6+ share. Regressing for the third straight monthly (3.6 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 1.2), it falls from #13 in May to #17.

carriveaucaraCarriveau Replaces Monzures at Hubbard’s WILV, Chicago.  The adult contemporary station bidsmonzuresjane adieu to Jane Monzures in the afternoon drive slot at Hubbard’s Chicago AC outlet WILV after just six months.  She replaced Brian Middleton in January.  Program director Marty Bender moves evening personality Cara Carriveau up to the afternoon shift and will use fill-in hosts in the evening until a permanent replacement for Carriveau is found.  Prior to her gig at WILV, Monzures had worked alongside both morning host Pete McMurray and PM driver Zakk Tyler at crosstown classic rocker WLUP-FM.

wrqx logoAshley Nickels Moves to DC for Nights at WRQX.  Last week RadioInfo reported Ashley Nickels was leaving Entercom’s CHR KDND, Sacramento “107.9 The End” and nownickelsashley we know that she’s been named the new evening personality at Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC CHR WRQX.  The station says that it “brings an emerging young and buzz-worthy talent to D.C. nights and sets the stage for a lively nighttime show.”  Program director Gillette says, “Ashley is the archetypal ‘night jock’ for the Millennial generation.  She doesn’t just live, eat and drink the lifestyle, she is the lifestyle.  Ashley is the enigmatic embodiment of what the audience craves today: a dynamic entertainer wrapped in a self-effacing BFF that will do shots with you till closing and then help you Uber home.”

douglasmistiMisti Douglas Joins Westwood One to Manage Country Syndication.  Leaving the radio trades business where she was assistant country editor at All Access, Misti Douglas joins Westwood One as manager, country syndication affiliate sales.  In this position, Douglas will develop and manage Westwood One country radio syndication partnerships for “NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr,” “Kickin’ It with Kix Brooks Overnights,” the newly announced “NASH Icons,” “American Country Countdown,” Lia, “Big Time with Whitney Allen,” “America’s Opry Weekend,” “Country Gold with Randy Owen” and “Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton.”  Westwood One SVP/affiliate sales Dennis Green states, “It’s a pleasure to have Misti join our growing affiliate sales team for country programming.  Misti’s knowledge of the industry and the country space will be a major boost as we bring NASH and all of our country products to the marketplace from coast to coast.”

zandermarkZander Exits Next Media’s Chicago Market Rockers.  After a four-year stint with Next Media, programmer and air talent Mark Zander exits the company’s rock WRXQ “QRock 100.7” and classic rocker WERV “95.9 The River” where he was program director and PM drive host at WERV.  This comes just days after Zander and Envision Networks announced the Zander-produced-and-hosted syndicated programs “The Rockin’ 70s” and “The Rockin’ 80s” were being dropped from Envision’s weekend syndication offerings.

scottmikeCC Appoints Mike Scott to Regional Post.  Moving up from his director of sales post at Clear Channel’s West Palm Beach operations is Mike Scott who is now regional market manager for the Mobile-Pensacola, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi and Laurel/Hattiesburg markets.  Scott says, “I am thrilled to become a part of these five amazing markets — they are filled with great people and fantastic stations.  I also owe a big thank you to the incredible West Palm Beach team.”

steeleebonyEbony Steele Leaves Rickey Smiley Show; Teases New Reach Media/Radio One Project.  Cast member Ebony Steele announces she’s done her last show with Rickey Smiley’s Reach Media-syndicated morning drive show.  The seven-year show personality teases that she has a new project coming from the Reach Media/Radio One organization.  She comments, “I am going to do something that I have always wanted to do and it involves expanding my entrepreneurial interests.  I’ve always taught females that at some point in their lives they have to spread their wings, take a risk on faith and grow, no matter what!  Now it is my turn to lead by example. It is equally exciting that I am likely going to be able to pursue my dreams right within the same radio family.”  Rickey Smiley says of Steele’s exit, “We’ll miss her wit, charm and funny personality, and we thank her so much for everything she brought to the show.  She will always be part of my radio family.”

trunkeddiePodcastOne Debuts Eddie Trunk Podcast.  Rock and heavy metal radio and TV personality Eddie Trunk begins a relationship with Norm Pattiz-founded PodcastOne producing the Eddie Trunk Podcast with premiere guest Judas Priest.  The new, weekly podcast will focus on Trunk’s expertise and connections in the world of heavy metal music and will “bring his insight, commentary, reviews and in-depth, unfiltered interviews to the podcast world in a way like never before!”  Trunk comments, “I’ve been asked for many years by fans about adding a podcast to my platforms.  Really excited to finally launch one with PodcastOne and see where this new adventure takes me.  Look forward to connecting with everyone on this exciting new outlet.”

rutkowskimichelleMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  A move that is sure to surprise urban AC listeners in Chicago happens as Ramonski Luv is let go from the evening “The Real Show” program on Clear Channel’s WVAZ.  Luv co-hosted the show with Joe Soto, who remains with the station hosting the show solo.  As Chicago media writer Robert Feder points out, the recently released June PPM ratings show the program had landed in the #1 position with a 5.9 share (6+).  Read Feder’s story here…..Moving up from music director at Milwaukee Radio Alliance-operated alternative WLUM is Michelle Rutkowski, who takes on the program director duties, effective immediately.  An eight-year station vet, Rutkowski also hosts the midday show…..Eileen Collier exits the program director position at Clear Channel Memphis’ urban AC KJMS and sister gospel station WHAL.

kbob-fm logoKBOB, Quad Cities Flips to Country.  The now-former rocker KBOB-FM, Quad Cities is officially country outlet “104.9 The Hawk” as Townsquare Media makes the change after a brief stunt playing all-Christmas music.  As reported in the Quad City Times, Townsquare Media did market research to see what formats might be better than the underperforming rock station and general manager Bruce Law says that led them to the new format.  “’The Hawk’ will be a young-focused, new music, new country station targeted at a young female.”  Out with the change are KBOB morning personalities Dave Levora and Darren Pitra.  Both knew the change was coming and both sides commended each other on accepting and making the change in a business-like manner.   Law tells the paper, “I can tell you both were treated very nicely, very fairly, and they both reciprocated.  They have been gentlemen through this whole thing and they were extremely professional through the whole process.  I really appreciate them stepping up like that.  It doesn’t always happen that way.”  The new station will have live and local talent to be named in the near future.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

| July 1, 2014

nielsen logoNielsen ‘Audio Demand Landscape’ Study Puts Listeners into Six Categories.  The Audio Demand Landscape study was unveiled at Nielsen’s Consumer 360 Conference on June 24.  Nielsen concludes from the online survey of a panel of 4,950 Americans between the ages of 18-74 (conducted in English in March) during March 2014 about their audio listening attitudes, motivations, behaviors, habits and preferences, that there are basically six types of audio consumers.  (Note that in parentheses is what Nielsen deems each group to be as a percentage of the U.S. population.)  They are: “Music Loving Personalizers” (23%) who are passionate music listeners mainly seeking an emotional benefit by listening.  They prefer free services and often play music in the background; “Discriminating Audiophiles” (18%) are highly engaged consumers who listen to and prefer a wide variety of audio, and are willing to pay for specific content; “Convenience Seeking Traditionalists” (17%) prefer broadcast radio, listening to their favorite stations and hosts, and they routinely listen in the car; “Information Seeking Loyalists” (15%) are heavy broadcast listeners who usually listen to their favorite talk programs for news, education and to stay informed of current events; “Background Driving Defaulters” (14%) are less engaged and typically have the radio on in the car for background entertainment or occasionally news and information; and “Techie Audio Enthusiasts” (13%) are avid consumers of many types of audio.  These listeners are early adopters of new platforms to satisfy their audio needs.  Nielsen says that when considering these groups based on the percent of all audio hours of listening they represent, the “Information Seeking Loyalists” and the “Music Loving Personalizers” account for nearly half (47%) of all audio consumption.  See more here.

robarniedawnRob, Arnie & Dawn Will Stay with Entercom.  Yesterday, Entercom filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal with the United States District Court Eastern District of California to drop its suit against Williams Broadcasting (the Rob Williams-run company that owns the Rob, Arnie & Dawn show).  This comes after the two sides sat down and agreed to terms on a new five-year deal that will keep the morning show with Entercom’s rock KRXQ, Sacramento “Rock 98.”  Clear Channel had been wooing the trio and a legal skirmish over whether Williams Broadcasting and Entercom had followed proper contractual procedure regarding the right to match competing offers issue as well as the legal status of the contract between the two.

jacksontyreneTyrene ‘TJ’ Jackson Takes Brand Manager Role at ‘Jammin’ 98.3’ in Milwaukee.  Taking over the programmer role at Saga Communications-owned urban contemporary WJMR, Milwaukee “Jammin’ 98.3” is Tyrene “TJ” Jackson.  She replaces Lauri Jones and begins her new gig on July 7.  Milwaukee Radio Group GM Annmarie Topel says, “We had a lot of interest in this position, including some big names in urban radio.  Tyrene stood out for many reasons.  With roots in Milwaukee, a clear respect from the community, and the kind of work ethic and values that we look for, she was the obvious and best choice.”  Jackson comments, “I am excited to be a part of the ‘Jammin’ 98.3’ family and dedicated to enhancing an already great radio station.  I look forward to bringing my community experience and knowledge of the format to Jammin’ to produce the best product on air, on line and in the community.”  Jackson worked across town at urban talk/music hybrid WMCS for 18 years before exiting when the station flipped formats.

riveraedSBG Names Rivera-Searles SVP Digital Initiatives; Teases ‘Brand New Day for Radio.’  With the announcement that Edwin Rivera-Searles is named the company’s new SVP of digital initiatives, Sun Broadcast Group, Inc. also promises news later this summer that CEO Jason Bailey is “the first stage in what will be a brand new day for radio.  It was crucial that we brought in the very best to help implement this amazing plan and Ed Rivera is exactly that.  He truly ‘gets it’.  You won’t find a more well-respected, passionate person in this business and I couldn’t be more excited to finally welcome him to our family!”  Rivera comes to SBG from his most recent post as SVP of ad sales for Westwood One.  Rivera comments, “Joining the executive team of Sun Broadcast Group is a tremendous opportunity and I’m thrilled to be part of this new phase of growth and development for the company.  I’m impressed by what Jason and his team have accomplished in their short history in the network radio space.  I look forward to introducing our customized digital solutions to our agency and client partners later this summer.”

lopezjorgeJorge Lopez Named Evening Host at CBS RADIO’s KMVK, Dallas.  The Regional Mexican outlet KMVK, Dallas “La GRANDE 107.5 FM” announces Jorge ‘El Bolillo’ López is the new host of the 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm show.  López comes to KMVK from his most recent gig at Univision’s KLQB, Austin where he hosted afternoon drive.  KMVK program director Jimmy Gonzalez comments, “Jorge has a great track record of influence in each of the markets he has worked in across Texas.  It will be great to work with him again here in Dallas at ‘La GRANDE.’”

kitchinkraigBruce DuMont Steps Aside; Kraig Kitchin Named Chairman of National Radio Hall of Fame.  Following through on plans he announced last fall to ease back from some of his responsibilities to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 70-year-old Bruce DuMont announces he’s resigned from the chairman position of the National Radio Hall of Fame and named new board of directors member KraigRHoF logo Kitchin to the chairman position.  Kitchin, who served as president of Premiere Networks for years, operates his own consulting firm Sound Mind LLC.  In his letter to the NRHOF committee, DuMont writes: “I appointed new MBC Board member Kraig T. Kitchin to replace me as Chairman — naming MBC Board members Dennis Green and Karole White as vice chairs of the committee.  As you know Kraig, Dennis and Karole have all been longtime members of the NRHOFSC.  This important move comes in the wake of our recent announcement concerning the November 9th NRHOF induction ceremony taking place in Los Angeles.  It underscores the truly national scope of the NRHOF and will extend our reputation more broadly and hopefully our base of support as well.”

cantorechrisMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Compass Broadcasting-owned triple A KPRI, San Diego, Chris Cantore is the new morning drive personality.  This marks his return to the station he left two years ago to become director/lifestyle and entertainment at the San Diego Union Tribune.  Previously he was music director and afternoon host…..Nine-year SiriusXM programmer Tim Sabean exits the satcaster where he was most recently SVP of entertainment and comedy.  Sabean programmed former CBS RADIO rock WYSP, Philadelphia before joining Sirius as SVP of the Howard Stern channels…..Programmer Matt Walker jumps from his PD role at Clear Channel’s classic rock WBFX, Grand Rapids “101.3 The Brew” to the company’s sister country WBCT “B93” to co-host the morning drive show with Neal Dionne.  His previous country experience includes midday personality at WKKT, Charlotte “96.9 The Kat” and morning host at WKIS, Miami “Kiss Country.”  As a result of the move, WBCT PD Dave Taft adds WBFX programming responsibilities…..At the Adams Radio Group Fort Wayne cluster, Hannah Rupert is named marketing and promotions director.  She had been marketing consultant for the operations recently acquired by ARG.

callahanthomSCBA’s Thom Callahan Addresses Digital ‘Fraud’ in Column.  The mandate from marketing departments and ad buyers that more and more money be spent on “digital” platforms is a serious problem for traditional media ad sellers.  Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan addresses the issue in a blog post titled, “A Responsibility to the Truth.”  In the post, Callahan cites a report by web security firm Incapsula that states in its latest annual reports on web traffic that: 1) 61.5% of all web traffic is NON-HUMAN or Bot traffic as it’s called; 2) 38.5% of all web traffic is Human; and 3) 48.1% of all video ads are not heard or seen by humans.  Callahan goes on to say that the big problem is there is no transparency in digital advertising.  “The sheer size and scope of this fraudulent behavior is costing advertisers over $6 billion a year in wasted advertising to these non-human sites, according to the ad fraud detection firm, White Ops.”  Read more of Callahan’s blog post here.

seacrestryanForbes Releases 2014 Celebrity 100 List; Ryan Seacrest Ranks.  The highest ranking radio personality on this year’s Forbes 2014 Celebrity 100 list – based on fortune and fame – is Premiere Networks-syndicated star Ryan Seacrest (estimated income $65 million), who tied with Sean “Diddy” Combs at #31.  Premiere Networks host and TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck comes in close behind at #39 with an estimated income of $90 million.  Premiere Networks superstar Rush Limbaugh lands at #59 this year with estimated income of $66 million and SiriusXM icon Howard Stern follows at #62 with $95 million in estimated income.  Premiere Networks and Fox News Channel star Sean Hannity rounds out the radio people this year at #86 with $30 million in estimated income.

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