Tag: "Entercom"

Monday, December 8, 2014

| December 8, 2014

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entercomLincoln Financial to Exit Radio Biz; Entercom to Acquire LFM Assets in Four Markets.  The deal announced this morning will see Entercom Communications Corp. acquire Lincoln Financial Media from Lincoln Financial Group for $105 million plus working capital.  Entercom expects to take over operation of the LFM stations in late January and should close on the purchase in the second quarter of 2015.  The agreement includes 15 radio stations in the Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Diego markets, and it will expand Entercom’s station portfolio to more than 130 stations in 26 markets.  The deal allows Lincoln Financial to get out of the media business and focus on its “core lines of business.”  Entercom president and CEO David Field comments, “We are excited to announce the acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media and welcome thelfm logo addition of their outstanding brands and talented broadcasters to Entercom.  LFM is a great organization that has done an excellent job serving its listeners, customers and communities over many years and we look forward to building on that tradition.  LFM is a perfect fit for us as it bolsters our position in Denver and expands our footprint into Atlanta, Miami and San Diego with terrific brands that have significant growth potential.  Furthermore, it fulfills our disciplined acquisition criteria as it enhances our company’s competitive position and growth and should be accretive to shareholders in 2015 while having a minimal impact on leverage.”  The stations to be acquired include: Atlanta outlets hot AC WSTR and sports talk WQXI; Denver stations country KYGO, rhythmic CHR KQKS, oldies KRWZ, sports talk KEPN and KKFN, and comedy-formatted translator K276FK; San Diego signals alternative KZBT, country KSON and KSOQ, and adult contemporary KIFM; and Miami outlets AC WLYF, classic hits WMXJ, and sports talk WAXY-AM/FM.  The transaction is structured as an acquisition of the stock of LFM with a tax election that allows Entercom to receive a step-up in the tax basis of the station tangible and intangible assets providing additional future tax shields and enhancing future free cash flow.  The $105 million purchase price will be paid in the form of $77.5 million in cash and $27.5 million in new perpetual cumulative convertible preferred stock that will be issued to Lincoln.  Entercom expects to finance the cash portion of the purchase price through a combination of its existing $50 million revolver, cash on hand, and through other financing sources, if necessary.

kinosianmikeNovember PPM Analysis: Adult Hits.  This month, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three gold-intensive formats:  classic hits-oldies, classic rock, and adult hits.  Today’s focus is on adult hits and is based on Nielsen Audio’s November PPM data.  The fluctuations in share of adult hits stations from October to November shows nearly half of this adult hits panel (48%) is down October – November (6+); 39% of the stations are up; and the remaining 13% are flat.  Kinosian also notes that “approximately one in four adult hits stations listed here is found in the top five in their respective markets (6+) in November (26%), while slightly less than half (48%) are able to crack the top 10.”  Read Mike Kinosian’s entire analysis for shares for the past six PPM surveys, October to November fluctuations, performance comparisons to PPM ratings from November of 2013, market rank for adult hits stations, and share comparisons with classic hits-oldies and classic rock competitors.  Click here.

mojomorninggroup‘Mojo in the Morning’ Airs on WYDL, Corinth, Mississippi.  The Envision Networks-syndicated “Mojo in the Morning” program is now being heard on Flinn Broadcasting-owned classic rock WYDL, Corinth, Mississippi “ROCK 100.”  The program emanates from iHeartMedia’s CHR WKQI, Detroit “Channel 955.”  WYDL program director Mike Brandt says, “Having grown up in Detroit, I was familiar with Mojo and the show.  I was ecstatic when I saw the email announcing that his show was now in syndication.  It was an instinctive decision to add the show to my station – I knew the quality and consistency.  We’ve imaged the entire station around ‘Mojo in the Morning.’  It’s not just for CHR – we’re a rock station and it sounds great on ‘ROCK 100.’”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The Premiere Networks-syndicated Johnjay & Rich show is now the morning program at iHeartMedia’s KTOZ, Springfield, Missouri “ALICE 95.5.”…..At CBS RADIO’s CHR KZON, Phoenix “LIVE 101.5,” Christopher Hernandez is promoted to APD and music director for the station.  Operations manager and PD Tim Richards makes the announcement elevating Hernandez from his most recent post as assistant music director and mixer.  Hernandez has been with the station since 2007…..Tony Lynn is moving across the country from his longtime home in Albuquerque to Upstate New York where he’s joining Community Broadcasters to serve as OM for country WLFK, Gouverneur “95.3 The Wolf,” news/talk WQTK, Ogdensburg and sports talk WSLB, Ogdensburg.  Lynn will also serve as morning host at “95.3 The Wolf.”

stevensrob studentA Somber Anniversary.  Today, December 8, 2014, marks the 34th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, who was shot to death at the hands of a cold-blooded assassin on the sidewalk in front of his New York City apartment building in 1980.  Noted record producer Rob Stevens, who has been directly involved in the production, mixing and A&R’ing of much of Lennon’s posthumously released material, has written a brief-but-poignant RadioInfo thought piece, posted today, commemorating this historic event that shocked the world and changed the course of music history.  To read it, please click here.

flickSalvationArmyWBZZ, Pittsburgh’s Flick Honored by Salvation Army.  Afternoon drive personality Flick (right) is pictured here with Pittsburgh Salvation Army Major William Bode (left) at the recent 2014 Allegheny County Doing the Most Good Dinner.  Flick – host at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7” – was honored with the Doing The Most Good Award.  The annual ceremony draws some 500 people each year to pay tribute to those in the Pittsburgh region who go above and beyond in their support of The Salvation Army.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

| November 11, 2014

duanedoobie graphicBe a Champion.  RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie strikes again with a thoughtful and provocative column published today (11/11).  In it, the Doob asks those of you working in music radio to be a “champion.”  He doesn’t mean dust off your soapbox derby trophy and display it proudly; he means be proactive instead of passive about the music you’re presenting.  “Each and every one of us should strive to be a champion.  In that process, we should apply the word as a verb and make it our business to ‘champion’ stuff.  Our friends in talk radio have made that idea an intrinsic part of the very fabric of the format – talk show hosts stand for things.  They are not just impartial observers of the passing parade.  The successful ones are passionate proselytizers of causes, concepts, ideals, people and parties.  They have a take.  They stick their necks out.  Once upon a time music radio did the same thing.  DJs not only played records and used their voices as an interstitial element between songs and commercials as most do today.  They were passionate missionaries of their stations’ musical genres as well as of individual artists – seeking to grow awareness and appreciation for the form and its accompanying cultural lifestyle within the larger setting of the world at large.”  Read more about what the Doob has to say here.

tierneymikeTierney Takes KDKB Programming Chair.  After more than 40 years as a rocker, KDKB, Phoenix switched to alternative two months ago.  Now, Mars Organic partner/consultant Mike Tierney is named program director of Hubbard-owned “Arizona’s Alternative.”  Vice president and market manager Trip Reeb remarks, “It is exciting to have someone with Mike’s breadth of experience join the team. The staff here has us off to a great start, and I know Mike will help us build on our early success.”  According to Tierney, “Connecting fans with artists and music has always been my passion, and there has never been a medium that does that better than radio. That is why [this] feels like home to me. I am thrilled to join this station, and excited to help build the team that will make the station a leader in Phoenix and the format.”  In addition to Mars Organic, Tierney’s other background includes programming New York’s WXRK “K-Rock” and Boston alternative WFNX, as well as a general manager stint at Rocket Music Entertainment. He will begin his new assignment at “Arizona’s Alternative” in about three weeks (Monday, 12/1).

brooksmartyMarty Brooks to Host Mornings on ’94.1 The Wolf’ in Memphis.  The new Entercom country outlet in Memphis – WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” – has a morning host as Marty Brooks is named to the post.  Brooks was most recently with Cumulus Media’s Grand Rapids stations CHR WHTS and country WTNR.  WLFP program director Chris Michaels comments, “After a nationwide search for the perfect candidate for ‘The All New 94.1 The Wolf,’ Marty was exactly what I was looking for.  His passion, energy, and talent make him the perfect fit for ‘The Wolf.’ He’s competitive and will hit the ground running when he arrives in Memphis.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Adams Radio operations in New Mexico, Larry Stevens a.k.a. Big Red, is named the new program director and morning drive personality at KGRT, Las Cruces “Your Country 103.9.”…..In Nashville, Mike Creel, a.k.a. SQueeGEE, moves from the overnight slot at Cromwell-owned alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” to the midday show.

americancountrycountdownawards14Finalists Announced for Inaugural ‘American Country Countdown Awards’ Show.  The awards show will air on Fox TV on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 pm ET and will be hosted by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard.  The new awards show is based on Westwood One’s long-running “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.”  The finalists are: ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton; MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Blake Shelton; FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Danielle Bradbery, Miranda Lambert, Cassadee Pope, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood; GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR: The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band; SONG OF THE YEAR: “When She Says Baby” – Jason Aldean, “Beat Of The Music” – Brett Eldredge, “Lettin’ The Night Roll” – Justin Moore, “Drink To That All Night” – Jerrod Niemann, “Chillin’ It” – Cole Swindell; COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR: “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan, “Small Town Throwdown” – Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” – Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, “My Eyes” – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian, “We Were Us” – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert; ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Crash My Party – Luke Bryan, The Outsiders – Eric Church, Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line, Just As I Am – Brantley Gilbert, Platinum – Miranda Lambert; DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR: “Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean, “Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan, “Play It Again” – Luke Bryan, “Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line, “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan; BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Fan-voted Award via Twitter): Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell.

cumulus logoCumulus Media Reports Flat Q3.  The third quarter of 2014 turned out to be flat on a pro forma basis for Cumulus Media.  On an actual basis, net revenue was up $51.4 million – or 19.4% — but that was due primarily to the addition of the operations of Westwood One.  Digging a little deeper, the company reports that “broadcast advertising revenue decreased by $12.5 million.  Net broadcast advertising revenue was down due to ongoing weakness in several large local markets that began in the second quarter of 2014; however, we believe that weakness has now largely dissipated into the early portion of the current quarter.  National spot advertising was generally flat as we continued to take share from small competitors.  Network advertising continued to see disruption following the acquisition of Westwood One in December 2013.  We believe that process of reorganizing our network sales verticals is also now completed.  Digital advertising revenue increased by $6.7 million, primarily due to increased Rdio user generation activity and digital commerce generated by our Sweetjack platform.  Political advertising revenue increased by $2.9 million due to additional activity associated with mid-term and gubernatorial elections and license fees and other revenue increased by $2.8 million.”  For the first three quarters of 2014, Cumulus’ net revenue was up 1.8% on a pro forma basis.

koaixmasAll-Christmas Music Oasis in Phoenix. As the crush of stations transitioning to all-Christmas music is about to head into full swing, Riviera Broadcasting Phoenix adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis” got a head start by going wall-to-wall holiday favorites last Thursday (11/6).  In addition, “The Oasis” and the Safeway Foundation are teaming to provide turkey dinners at a local (St. Mary’s) food bank for Thanksgiving.  Chief operating officer Jose Rodiles comments, “Our listeners are eager to jump into the holiday spirit – we are excited to help them do just that. We are featuring the very best music throughout the season, so whether listeners are shopping for gifts or toasting this special time of year, our unique blend of holiday music is certain to appeal to everyone.  KOAI – which converted from Spanish contemporary KVIB three months ago – is Christmas music-intensive 55 minutes each hour and it will remain that way through Christmas Day.  Its representative Christmas music artists include Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., Amy Grant and Johnny Mathis.

siriusxmSiriusXM Teams with YouTube for EDM Show.  A new weekly EDM show will debut on SiriusXM as the satcaster is partnering with YouTube to launch “The YouTube EDM 15.”  The program’s music selections will feature trending electronic dance songs based on YouTube viewership data.  SiriusXM says, “The all-new EDM show builds on the success of ‘The YouTube 15,’ a collaboration between SiriusXM and YouTube that launched earlier this year, and is hosted by the wildly popular Jenna Marbles.”  EDM duo The Chainsmokers will host the new show that premiers on November 21.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

| November 5, 2014

stefaniBabyDon'tDuane 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 (11/05) includes such artists as: Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Taylor Swift, Heather Jeanette, OK Go, Gunhill Road, Julia DeMato, Who, George Ezra, DEC3, You+Me, Lolawolf, Lenny Kravitz, King Tuff, Smashing Pumpkins, Dallas Smith, 32 Below, Wade Bowen, Kane Brown, High Valley, Talking Heads, Golden Pony, Tenterhook, Christina Perri, Addal, among many others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban Adult Contemporary.  This month, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three urban formats: urban AC, urban contemporary and urban-rhythmic oldies.  The October PPM data from Nielsen Audio indicates the month was pretty good to the urban AC stations subscribing to the ratings company’s service: 60% of those stations went up from September to October, led by Entercom’s WVKL, Norfolk “95.7 R&B FM,” which posted a 2.2 share jump.  In this report, see more September to October share fluctuations, comparisons to PPM ratings from October of last year, market rank for urban AC stations, and market share for the past six ratings periods.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire story here.

pollockseanSeattle’s ‘107.7 The End’ Adds Millennial Marketing Specialist.  The Entercom alternative station brings Sean Pollock aboard to serve in the newly created position millennial marketing specialist.  Pollock comes to Entercom from a 10-year stint in the marketing field working with both national and local clients at Remer Inc. in Seattle.  Entercom Seattle VP and general manager Jack Hutchinson comments, “We are thrilled Sean has joined our team where he will immediately begin working with our clients on all of their marketing needs targeted at the Millennial consumer.  This is part of our 360 Degree Immersion Concept that will help our advertisers unravel the Millennial consumer decision-making process, especially how they select products or services.”

gunhillrdCoverThe Remarkable Return of GUNHILL ROAD.  Tomorrow (11/5) marks the official release of the brand new 19-track album by the early seventies band GUNHILL ROAD titled, Every 40 Years (Gunhill Road Records).  Pop music and radio historians remember the group as a “one-hit wonder” for the infectiously clever song “Back When My Hair Was Short” (Kama Sutra).  However, album rock radio veterans remember them as a great three-man band of the golden era that produced two outstanding albums yielding several “turntable hits” (“42nd Street,” “Sailing,” “She Made A Man Out Of Me,” and more) that simply fell through the cracks as the years rolled by.  In its heyday, GUNHILL ROAD was a regular at the legendary NYC nightclub, the Bitter End sharing the stage with some of the biggest name acts of the era.  After touring into the mid-seventies, the group finally called it quits with each of the three members going their separate ways.  Glenn Leopold became a successful writer of stories and music for some of TV’s best-known animated features; Steve Goldrich became the accomplished CEO of a thriving manufacturing firm; and Paul Reisch continued as a professional musician and painter.  Inspired to record again after a brief, well-received appearance three years ago at a benefit concert for their former manager (and Bitter End owner) Paul Colby, the trio finally decided to give it another shot, if for no other purpose than their own satisfaction.  Exactly one year ago, they went into the studio where they became immersed for months in an outpouring of decades worth of pent up creativity and emerged with a massive collection of 19 meticulously honed songs covering a wide range of contemporary styles from CHR to triple-A.  Standout tracks include the album’s first single, “Selling Apples” (featuring Paul Shaffer on the Hammond B3), a reggae-flavored tune that deals with overcoming the anxiety of unemployment during tough economic times and “Everything Passes” – a Beatles-ish reflection on “When I’m 64” told from today’s perspective of someone who’s “traveled far and wide but is still a boy inside.”  (NOTE: All RadioInfo subscribers will receive a link to download the entire album in tomorrow’s email blast.)  The fascinating story about the unlikely re-emergence of GUNHILL ROAD after four decades — written by RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian — has been posted today (11/4).  To read it in its entirety, please click here.

gikofskyirvMr. G Retires from WCBS-FM, New York.  Revered New York City meteorologist Irv Gikofsky – known affectionately as Mr. G – announced his retirement from his gig on CBS RADIO’s classic hits outlet WCBS-FM.  Gikofsky has been serving as the morning meteorologist on the station for the past 37 years, working with such talent as Harry Harrison, Dan Taylor and Scott Shannon.  Gikofsky will continue to report the weather on WPIX-TV’s 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm newscasts.

radioleague logoJournal Broadcast Group Adds More Digital Christmas Formats.  Last week RadioInfo wrote about the expanding Christmas music offerings from pure plays like Pandora and satcaster SirusXM.  Now, Journal Broadcast Group reports that “following last year’s record-breaking audience on ‘The Christmas Station’ digital radio stream,” the company is launching two addition Christmas stations: “Country Christmas” and a contemporary Christmas station named “Hitsmas.”  Last year “The Christmas Station” streamed worldwide on Journal Broadcast Group websites and apps, via Radionomy and through the TuneIn app.  It was ranked as the top Radionomy-powered station in the United States on Christmas day.  J. Pat Miller serves as director of marketing & innovation for Journal’s Milwaukee Radio Operations, and he says, “When listeners need a little shot of holiday cheer they can click over to one of our Christmas music stations.  Adding three channels to the Radio League app allows the music focus that streaming music listeners expect.  From Bing Crosby to Mannheim Steamroller, it’s all there!”

Magnum Communications Closes on Wisconsin Station Acquisitions.  The sale of four radio stations in Wisconsin from Bliss Communications – publisher of the Janesville Gazette and parent company of Racine Broadcasting and West Bend Broadcasting – to Magnum Communications has closed.  Bliss transferred news/talk WRJN and AC WEZY in Racine and country WBWI and news/talk WBKV in West Bend to Magnum for $2.25 million.

mightymetacousticflashbackMighty Met Acoustic Flashback to Benefit Pat ‘Paraquat’ Kelley.  Next month the “Mighty Met Acoustic Flashback Benefit Concert” will be held at the Canyon Club in Agoura, California to benefit longtime Los Angeles radio personality Pat “Paraquat” Kelley.  A jock on the legendary album rock station KMET, Kelley was diagnosed in 2003 with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.  Kelley is in the advanced stages of the disease and award-winning musicians, KMET alumni and friends are bringing their talents and efforts together for a one-night special event in recognition of Pat’s unstoppable spirit and courage.  Confirmed performers include George Thorogood, Janiva Magness, Paul Barrere, Waddy Wachtel, Peter Stroud, Dan Navarro, Kiki Ebsen, Michael Ann Azoulai, Bill Champlin, Prescott Niles, Christina La Rocca, Julian Sha-Tayler, Riley Biederer, Angeles Band and special guests to be announced.  KMET alumni Cynthia Fox and Jeff Gonzer will be among the evening’s emcees and there will be a special appearance by SiriusXM host and legendary Southern California radio personality Jim Ladd.  In addition to an entire evening of very special acoustic performances and collaborations, a silent auction featuring rock ‘n’ roll royalty donations, including an Eagles personalized guitar, and an exclusive getaway vacation.”  Kelley’s wife Melody Rogers-Kelley comments, “Pat and I are deeply touched and honored by this out pouring of love.  Borrowing a line from the Beatles, ‘There’s been some time in preparation, a splendid time is guaranteed for all.’”  The event is December 14 at 7:30 pm and tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.  For updates, up to the minute info go to www.canyonclub.net.  Contact for the event: Rich Piombino, 404-512-2850.

Monday, November 3, 2014

| November 3, 2014

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icemanInternet Broadcaster Robert “The Iceman” Golomboski Emerging as Influence in Grassroots Country Music Discovery.  Providence, Rhode Island-based internet radio personality Robert Golomboski, who goes by the name “The Iceman” (pictured here) is being described by industry observers as “the Wolfman Jack of country.”  His internet radio station, BestCountryRadio.com and daily Top 40 Country show are becoming significant online audience magnets and the subject of social media buzz.  In a story by RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay posted today (11/3), the Iceman tells RadioInfo, “It is all about finding the hits before they become hits.  My show is all new country artists, great music that you’re not going to hear on traditional radio stations.  What separates me from other shows is my passion.  I love what I do, but it’s also the time.  I have a library of songs of just new country artists.  I spend three to five hours each day looking for that music to play.  I go down to Nashville once each month in the trenches visiting the honkytonks and the clubs in search of new music.  I’m in the trenches, and I don’t think there’s any other personality that deals with new country that’s getting into the trenches and seeking out up-and-coming artists like I do.  I also go to Texas and the Carolinas and other small places to find these artists that otherwise would just be playing every weekend and can’t catch a break.”  To read the entire article, please click here.

steinhauercharlesSteinhauer Inks Multi-Year Renewal with Westwood One.  Syndication giant Westwood One agrees to terms for a multi-year contract renewal with chief operating officer Charles Steinhauer.  He’ll continue to oversee the management of the company’s day-to-day operations, including programming, technology, distribution, sports, marketing, affiliate services, research, compliance and strategy, and will report directly to Lew Dickey, chief executive officer for Cumulus Media.  In addition to his role at Westwood One, Steinhauer serves as a director on the board of the Media Ratings Council and was chair of the Network Radio Research Council (NRRC).  He is also an ARF Ambassador, a member of the RAB Council, and serves on the Nielsen Advisory Board.  Lew Dickey says, “Charles is an exceptional talent and a key member of our executive leadership team.  We’re excited to extend his contract and look forward to his important contribution as we build Westwood One into the world’s leading audio content company.”

wfas-fm logoMary DeSilva Named WFAS-FM, Westchester PD.  After flipping the longtime Westchester County adult contemporary to urban contemporary and moving the 103.9 frequency (with new calls WNBM) into the NYC metro, Cumulus Media resurrected the AC format and WFAS-FM brand on translator W232AL licensed to Pomona, New York.  Now, the company announces Mary DeSilva is brought aboard to program the station and serve as morning host.  Cumulus Westchester market manager Marty Sheehan comments, “A heritage radio station calls for a heritage radio broadcaster, and I am happy to work with Mary once again.  Mary brings passion, experience, humor and a much needed ear to our desire to be the region’s home for music, entertainment and information.”

wzeb logoBaker and Martinez Surface on WZEB, Salisbury “Power 101.7.”  The new owner of WZEB, Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland – Voice Radio Networks – splits the hot AC simulcast of WZEB and WKDB and launches new hip hop outlet “Power 101.7” with former crosstown WOCQ programmers and morning duo Bill Baker and Jessica Martinez joining the station.  Baker is serving as program director and morning host and Martinez is morning show co-host and assistant PD.

westwood one NEWWestwood One Promotes Five at 24-Hour Formats Division.  Five programmers in Westwood One’s 24-hour formats division are promoted.  Kristopher Jones and Cheri Marquart are named vice presidents, programming and network formats, respectively, and Scot Kirk is named vice president, production.  They join David Felker and the recently hired George King in roles on the senior programming team at Westwood One.   At the same time, Melody Morgan and Penny Mitchell are named program directors of Mainstream Country and Hot Country, respectively.  Marquart, in addition to programming the AC format, will now oversee the programmers of other current-based formats, including Hot AC, Hits Now, The Touch, and Rock 2.0.  Jones, a key part of the Company’s Westwood One Custom brand of 24-hour formats, will now lead the music schedulers that produce that service.  Scot Kirk will direct the producers that image and produce formats, shows, and services at Westwood One.  Melody Morgan will focus on Mainstream Country, Westwood One’s largest format.  Penny Mitchell has been on-air talent and an assistant PD; she will now have oversight of Hot Country exclusively.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the iHeartMedia Dallas operations, Kelly Parker is named vice president of sales.  She is promoted from her vice president of sales for Premiere Networks in the Southwest region position…..At the Radio One Indianapolis cluster, programmer Leo Baldwin exits his posts as PD of CHR WNOW-FM “Radio Now 100.9” and sister hip hop WHHH “Hot 96.3.”  The word is Baldwin will announce his next career stop soon…..Joining the Alpha Media San Antonio cluster is Pat Cerullo who becomes program director for CHR KTFM-FM and adult hits KJXK-FM “102-7 JACK FM.”…..Sarah Sullivan becomes part of the morning drive show on Saga Communications’ country WPOR, Portland alongside host Jon Shannon and Nick the Intern…..At Crawfordsville Radio, Nina Munroe moves up from news director to program director for the company’s three Crawfordsville, Indiana stations – rock WIMC “Thunder 103.9,” country WCDQ “106.3 Country for the Heartland,” and oldies WCVL “Cool Oldies.”

entercomEntercom Announces Q3 Net Revenue Up 1%.  On revenue of $99.8 million during the third quarter of 2014 Entercom is reporting the figure amounts to a 1% increase compared to the same period a year ago.  The quarter also saw station expenses increasing 3% and stationfielddavid operating income dipping 3%.  Entercom president and CEO David Field states, “Entercom’s performance accelerated during the third quarter, highlighted by a robust September during which revenues increased 7%, up 5% excluding political.  Overall, third quarter revenues were up 1.4%, overcoming a weak August.  We continue to focus on working to enhance our value to listeners and customers and to increase our growth potential for the future.  To that end, we believe our competitive position, execution, and capabilities have all significantly improved over the past year and should enable enhanced performance in the year ahead.”  Entercom is presenting an investor’s conference call today.

nash fmSix More NASH Stations for Cumulus Media.  On Friday, Cumulus Media re-branded six stations to take the NASH moniker – three are taking on the contemporary country NASH brand andnashicon logo three become NASH Icon stations.   The three new NASH stations are KTOP-FM, Topeka; KATC-FM, Colorado Springs; and KBUL-FM, Reno.  The company’s “America’s Morning Show” will also be heard on KTOP.  Stations adopting the classic country NASH Icon format and brand are: WORC-FM, Worcester; WOGT-FM, Chattanooga, TN – both formerly programmed as classic hits – and WVLK-FM, Lexington which ends its simulcast with news/talk station WVLK-AM.  These moves bring the number of NASH branded stations to 40 and the number of NASH Icon stations to 20.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

| October 29, 2014

ok goDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters including,this week: Tommy Star,WDNS, Bowling Green, KY; Candy Gunn,WRFN, Nashville; Karoline Kramer Gould,WJCU, Cleveland; Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; The Iceman; Bill Phipps,WSIG, Mt. Jackson, VA;and Jay Lindly,KDQN, De Queen, AR; 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 (10/29) includes such names as: Catey Shaw, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Matt Nathanson, Lolo, Avicii, Robbie Williams, Lack of Afro, Jack Tyson-Charles, DEC3, Stone Senate, OK GO, Grizfolk, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, James Carothers, Blane Howard, Toby Keith, Doobie Brothers, Sara Evans, Adam Wayne, Jared Blake, Erica Nicole, Alt-J, Lido, Nick Jonas, Ugo, Ariana Grande, Laura Zocca,andChris Meid,among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

ppmunitRound Two of October PPM Data Released.  The second of four rounds of October 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 August 14 through September 10.  You can find all of the numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.

Ten Takeaways

  • Boston – Sports is October’s ratings headline in Beantown, given that both of the market’s all-sports FMs are up dramatically (6+) from September. This time last month, for example, CBS Radio-owned WBZ-FM “The Sports wbz-fm logoHub” displayed a +.9 to 3.6, enabling the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Celtics flagship to catapult from #17 all the way to #9. Apparently though, “The Sports Hub” was just getting warmed up, as it tacks on another +1.1 to 4.7 (#7). To say that the 2013 defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox just concluded a dreadfulweei logo 2014 season would actually be generous. Even so, Entercom-owned flagship WEEI-FM manages to increase September’s 3.2 by one full-share in October (4.2) and zooms from thirteenth to ninth. Moreover, WEEI-FM’s 4.2 is the station’s highest (6+) share in nearly a year – it hit 5.0 last November. iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” (6.9 – 7.0, +.1) occupies the pacesetter position for the tenth consecutive ratings period. Yo-yo numbers continue for public WGBH, which gained one-half share in August; dropped eight tenths in September; and now improves by a half-share (2.1 – 2.6) to advance from #19 to #17. CBS Radio classic rocker WZLX declines by eight-tenths (6.4 – 5.6) and drops from a third-place tie to fifth.
  • Detroit – Over and above being #1 for the sixth consecutive sweep, CBS Radio’s all-sports WXYT-FM “The Ticket” does so in convincing manner with a +.9 (7.4 – 8.3). This is the most potent (6+) performance for “The wxyt-fm logoTicket” since it notched an 8.9 two years ago (October 2012). WMXD “Mix 92.3″ faltered by a hefty -1.1 in August (6.4 – 5.3); rebounded with a +1.1 in September to jump from sixth towmxd logo third; and now the iHeartMedia urban AC delivers a one-half share gain to 6.9 as it assumes the runner-up slot. Urban contemporary WGPR though registers a -.7 (3.4 – 2.7) as it slides from #14 to #16. Dropping from sixth in September to seventh, CBS Radio-owned WYCD “Detroit’s Country” is down for the fourth straight sweep (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 4.8 – 4.7) and a combined -1.5 in that period.
  • Miami – For the seventh time in the last eight sweeps – including the past five – iHeartMedia CHR WHYI “Y-whyi logo100″ is in the four-share range. Even though it remains in fifth-place, “Y-100″ gains one-half share (4.4 – 4.9), while Cox Media Group CHR WFLC “Hits 97-3″ drops one-tenth to 3.5 (tenth to eleventh). Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105″ relinquishes the whqt logofour-tenths it gained in September (7.7 – 8.1 – 7.7), but retains its #1 ranking for a stunning 41st straight monthly report. Adult contemporary enjoys an overall six-tenths gain in Miami with Lincoln Financial Media‘s WLYF “Lite-FM” improving by two-tenths 6.9 – 7.1 and Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1″ picking up four-tenths (5.5 – 5.9); “Lite-FM” and “Easy 93.1″ remain second and fourth, respectively. iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WMGE “Mega 94.9″ dips by one-half share (3.2 – 2.7) and drops from #14 to #16.
  • Seattle – Among the four Seattle outlets that gain one-half share (6+) from September is Bonneville talker kirofm logoKIRO-FM (4.6 – 5.1), which inches up from fourth to third. Conversely, after progressing by eight-tenths in September to 4.5, sports sibling KIRO-AM “710 ESPNdrops one-halfkqmv logo share to 4.0 to slide from sixth to seventh. Others – in addition to KIRO-FM – improving by one-half share are Hubbard CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.3 – 6.8); public KPLU “NPR News and All That Jazz” (2.3 – 2.8); and Bonneville talker KTTH (2.1 – 2.6). Also noteworthy for KQMV is that “All the Hits” is #1 for the fourth consecutive time. Sinclair hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5″ declines by six-tenths to 3.3, falling from tenth to thirteenth.
  • Phoenix – KFYI’s fourth successive up-trend is a +.6, taking the iHeartMedia talker from sixth to a tie for second. Since June, KFYI has trended 3.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 for a cumulative +1.9. The last time KFYI reached a kfyifoxnewsfive-share was January 2013 (5.0). As Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ “La Tricolor” (#17) advances by six-tenths (1.8 – 2.4), Univision‘s similarly-programmed KHOT “La Nueva 105.9″ (#18) falters by that margin (2.9 – 2.3). Albeit off by three-kool-fm logotenths (6.2 – 5.9), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits” remains on top for the fourth straight month. In terms of Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, the last time KTAR-AM appeared in print was this past January (1.3), but the Bonneville sports-formatted outlet resurfaces with a .8 (#30). Riviera Broadcast Group rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power 98.3″ falters by one-half share (3.1 – 2.6), dipping from #14 to #16.
  • Minneapolis – There is plenty of (6+) September – October fluctuation in the Twin Cities and KFXN is at the forefront of it. Not only does “K-Fan Sports Radio” make it four straight up-trends, the iHeartMedia outlet kdwb logoscores an impressive +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5) to progress from #12 to #8. Since June, KFXN has trended 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 5.5, yielding a combined +2.6. Public KMOJ “The People’s Station” explodes with a full-share gain to 2.5, its highest (6+) share since the (identical) 2.5 it recorded in the “Holiday”kfxdlogo 2013 report. Advancing by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia CHR KDWB (7.5 – 8.2); Minnesota Public-owned KNOW (3.6 – 4.3, #12); and iHeartMedia talker KTLK-FM (1.9 – 2.6, #15). This is the fourth time in the last five monthly reports that KDWB finishes first. Following four consecutive up trends (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.3), Minnesota Public-owned KCMP regresses by -1.2 to 3.1, as it falls from #11 to #14. Country competitors KMNB “Buz’n@102.9″ and KEEY “K-102″ were tied for sixth-place (6.3) in August, but CBS Radio‘s KMNB gained one-half share to 6.8 (fourth) in September, while iHeartMedia’s “K-102″ remained at 6.3. “Buz’n@102.9″ slips by two-tenths (6.6, fifth) in October, while “K-102″ tumbles by eight-tenths to 5.5 and ranks eighth.
  • TampaCBS Radio rhythmic CHR WLLD “WiLD 94.1″ puts up a strong +.9 (4.9 – 5.8) to vault from sixth to third; 5.8 is the highest (6+) share for “WiLD” since January 2011’s 6.0. WDUV keeps on rolling by adding another wlld logothree-tenths (6+). This marks the sixth consecutive positive trend and a combined +4.4 in that timeframe for the Cox Media Group adult contemporary (8.5 – 9.4 – 10.6 – 11.4 – 11.5 – 12.6 – 12.9). In addition, WDUV is #1 for the 23rd straight survey period and has its highest 6+-number since “Holiday” 2013’s 14.1. Co-owned talker WHPT “The Bone,”wduv logo however, suffers a -1.4 (4.6 – 3.2), as it spirals from a three-way tie at #8 to #14. “The Bone” dropped Bubba the Love Sponge in late-August/early-September. After back-to-back 4.2 showings in August and September, iHeartMedia‘s WXTB “98 Rock” experiences an eight-tenths erosion to 3.4 (#11 to #13). In August, Cox Media Group CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5″ added one-half share to 5.5; was flat in September; but now drops four-tenths to 5.1 (third to fifth). Meanwhile, format rival – iHeartMedia’s WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel” – curtails three straight down trends (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.9 – 5.3) with a +.1 to 5.4 and remains in fourth-place. September was the first time since February that “Hot 101.5″ (5.6 in February – 6+) had beaten “The Hit Music Channel” (5.0 in February).
  • Denver – October stats in the “Mile High City” produce a bone fide top 25-market rarity – a four-way tie at #1. If that were not tight enough, the fifth-ranked station is just one-tenth behind; the sixth-place station is only two-kqmt logotenths behind; and the seventh-ranked station – iHeartMedia talker KOA (+.7 to 5.0) – is just three-tenths off the top. In fact, a mere 1.3 shares (6+) separate the top 13 stations. First-place occupants – all at 5.3 – are Entravision Spanish adult hits KJMN “Jose 92.1″ (#1 in September as well, but down by one full-share in October); public KCFR (even, up from #3); Entercom classic rocker KQMT (even, up from #3); andkygo logo Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO (even, up from #3). As a refresher, “Jose 92.1″ put up a whopping +1.7 in September, hitting the six-share level for the first time in its PPM history, while KCFR had a +1.5, enabling it to rocket from #15 to #3. Notching six-tenths gains each are Wilks classic hits-oldies facility KXKL “Kool 105″ (3.4 – 4.0, #17 to a three-way tie at #11) and Lincoln Financial Media sports outlet KKFN “The Fan” (1.8 – 2.4, #21 to a tie at #18). After three straight positive trends (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.5), Wilks hot AC KIMN “Mix 100″ falters by eight-tenths to 3.7 (#9 to #14). Unable to capitalize though is Entercom’s similarly-programmed KALC “Alice” (#14 to #16), which was -.7 in August; -.5 in September; and is now -.5 in October for a combined -1.7 (4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.2).
  • Baltimore – Stuck on 3.8 in August and September, CBS Radio sports facility WJZ-FM “The Fan” erupts with a +1.3 (3.8 – 5.1) and bolts from tenth to sixth. This is the best (6+) showing for Baltimore’s “Fan” since January’s wzft logo5.8. Hearst Television talker – and Orioles flagship – WBAL (sixth to fifth) adds seven tenths to the eight-tenths it registered in September (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.7). A “no-show” in the last three monthlies, Radio One talker WOLB “Where Information Is Power” returns with a .5 (#23). Urban contemporary sibling WERQ “92-Q Jams” though declines bywbal seven-tenths (6.8 – 6.1), slipping from second to third. In September, “92-Q Jams” had its string of progressive trends halted at four (6.6 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5 – 7.8). For 12 straight monthlies, WZFT “Z-104.3″ was in the four-share range, but with a +1.1 in September, it reached 5.2. The iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR, however, gives all of it back (4.1 – 5.2 – 4.1) as it tumbles from fifth to ninth.     Notwithstanding a three-tenths dip to 7.9, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” repeats at #1.
  • St. LouisHubbard‘s WXOS “101 ESPN” hangs out a +.8 (3.0 – 3.8) to inch up from #17 in September to #16. In addition to being the third straight up-trend for “101 ESPN” (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.8), this is the station’s highest (6+) kmoxshare since last November when it reached 4.6. Simultaneously with CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK “Fresh 102.5″ gaining one-half share (4.2 – 4.7) and returning to the top 10kezk logo (#14 to #10), co-owned hot AC KYKY “Y-98″ suffers an eight-tenths loss (6.4 – 5.6) as it leaves the runner-up spot and finishes fourth.  After Emmis talker KFTK gained six-tenths (2.6 – 3.2) in September to climb from #18 to #16, it drops one-half share to 2.7 and slips to #17. Heritage CBS Radio talker KMOX adds another three-tenths to 8.9 and is the market’s (6+) leader for the seventh straight month. In addition to being the third successive up-trend for KMOX – with a cumulative +1.6 (7.3 – 7.8 – 8.6 – 8.9) – it is the strongest 6+ showing for the Cardinals’ flagship since November when it registered 9.6.

bakerbillRadioInfo Career Moves.  The new morning personality at Cumulus Media’s country WMDH, Muncie, Indiana “NASH FM 102.5” is Deacon.  He takes over for Jeff Sloan who exited the radio biz.  Deacon most recently was midday host at Entercom’s CHR WZPL, Indianapolis…..In the Salisbury, Maryland market Bill Baker and Jessica Martinez exit Great Scott-owned hip hop WOCQ “OC 104” where they hosted the morning show.  Baker also served as program director and music director.  Martinez recently rejoined Baker on the radio after being in television for the previous 18 months.  The rumor is the two will re-appear on another station in the area soon.

iheartmedia logoBressler: Ad World Moving to Buy ROI.  During yesterday’s investor conference call, iHeartMedia president and CFO Rich Bressler spoke at length about the company’s plans to become the number one multi-platform media company – the underlying company goal that was the force behind the name change from Clear Channel to iHeartMedia.  But from a sales standpoint, Bressler told analysts that, “The advertising world is moving to buy ROI – return on investment – not ratings or impressions as it does today, and we stand to greatly benefit from this trend since we provide huge ROI reflecting our audience size, our scale and the impact we have, none of which have been fully monetized.”  The goal of reaching Millennials is important to Madison Avenue and Bressler noted the 4th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, held last month in Las Vegas, saw social media impressions double from the previous year “reaching over five billion which is on par with the Academy Awards and more than twice the size of the Halftime Show of the Super Bowl.”  He says 80% of social media posts related to the festival came from the 18-35 demographic.  Bressler delivered the latest data about the iHeartRadio platform saying it now has 56 million registered users and total listening hours are up 10% compared to the same quarter a year ago.  Looking at the financials, iHeartMedia reported a net revenue increase of 1% and Bressler said that although the radio industry experienced a soft Q3, the company outperformed the markets based on Miller Kaplan data.

nrhof 14Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson to Perform at National Radio Hall of Fame Induction.  This is the first Los Angeles induction ceremony after 24 years of the National Radio Hall of Fame event taking place in Chicago.  On November 9 at the Cicada in downtown Los Angeles, Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Stanley E. Hubbard, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead and Dick Orkin will be inducted.  Performing at the event will be Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson.  In addition, a special kitchinkraigtribute to Casey Kasem will take place.  National radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “This is an event that brings us all together to honor and celebrate the best in our business.  We have an opportunity to show our support and ensure the vitality of this institution by attending.  And if that’s not possible, please consider making a donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which provides a showcase for the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago year round.”  Noted broadcasters participating in the ceremony will include Ryan Seacrest, Larry King, Rick Dees, Delilah, Michael Jackson, Kerri Kasem and more.

rabiHeartMedia’s Hartley Adkins Elected RAB Board of Directors Chairman.  At its annual board of directors meeting the Radio Advertising Bureau announced new officers and iHeartMedia EVP major markets Hartley Adkins was elected chairman.  Also on the board are (RAB duties noted inadkinshartley parentheses): Hubbard Radio chair and CEO Ginny Morris (vice chair); Cox Media Group EVP radio Kim Guthrie (finance chair); Commonwealth Broadcasting president and CEO Steve Newberry (secretary); Cromwell Group president and founder Bud Walters (immediate past chair).  Newly elected board members are: Hubbard Radio president and COO Drew Horowitz; Alpha Media EVP southern region Bill McElveen; Emmis COO and CFO Pat Walsh; and Journal Broadcast Group EVP Steve Wexler.

Monday, October 20, 2014

| October 20, 2014

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MIreunion logo“Music Industry Reunion New York” a Smash!  After two successful Music Industry Reunions in Los Angeles over the past couple of years, organizer (and music industry promotional icon) Jon Scott responded to numerous requests and “took the party to New York.”  The result was an extraordinary, emotion-packed event that drew more than 200 prominent music industry and radio friends to Manhattan’s Hill Country Barbecue this past Wednesday evening (10/15).  Some of the folks that attended are retired giants of theMIreunion johnny and ron business, some seasoned legends still vigorously playing an active role in the industry, and a number of young up-and-comers that showed up to share the good cheer as well as the priceless knowledge and wisdom packed into the room.  In the words of Scott, “It was a non-stop hug-fest!”  (Pictured here at right are music business legends Johnny Barbis, and Ron Alexenburg, right.)  Throughout the weepy, huggy, kissy, happy, and yappy evening, a number of participants took to the stage to say a few words of tribute to and about each other and express the powerful sentiments that permeated the festivities.  One of the speeches that resonated with the crowd big-time was delivered by Paul “Rap” Rappaport — former Columbia Records exec and current co-owner (with Judy Libow) of classic rock promotion and marketing firm, Classics Du Jour.  (See story below for more details and full MIreunionJonGeorgeKappRoxytext of the speech.)  Jon Scott sums it up as follows, telling RadioInfo, “We all gathered together to share the friendships and stories that developed during the incredible period of music that helped shape contemporary cultural history as we know it. The Music Industry Reunion committee that organized this with me is to be commended: Judy Libow, Roxy Myzal, Harvey Leeds, Steve Leeds, Jimmy Del Balzo, Jessie Scott, Wayne McManners, Peter Gidion, Greg Lee, and Ted Utz.”  Scott says because of the success and numerous requests, another party is already on the drawing boards for 2015.  Jon Scott can be emailed at jonpaulscott@gmail.com.  (Pictured above, from left to right, are: Jon Scott, music business impresario George Cappelini, USRN exec Roxy Myzal and former WBCN, Boston GM Tony Berardini.)

MIreunionPaulJerryPaul Rappaport Delivers Knock Out Speech at “Music Industry Reunion New York.”  As indicated in the story above, a number of people made compelling speeches at last Wednesday evening’s (10/15) reunion of music and radio industry professionals in New York City (see story above) – one of the highlights being the impassioned words delivered by the ever-popular Paul Rappaport, former Columbia Records VP and current co-owner of promotion/marketing firm Classics du Jour.  “Rap” tells RadioInfo, “I just wanted us all to remember a time when art and creativity mattered first, and the money mattered second.  And not to forget a time when something like a magical segue could just stop everyone in their tracks in pure appreciation of the art of radio, and how it filled us with so much joy and shared understanding, all feeling as one.”  To read the entire text of Rappaport’s address, please click here.  Rappaport is pictured here at left with Jimmy Del Balzo (center) and Jerry Lembo (right).

adamsmarkiHeartMedia Ups Mark Adams to PD at KIOI, KYLD in San Francisco.  This move brings Mark Adams south from his VP of programming post at iHeartMedia’s Portland station group to San Francisco to serve as program director for hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3” and CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9.”  Adams is taking over for Cat Collins who’s been elevated to the corporate National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services division.  iHeartMedia San Francisco VP of programming Don Parker says, “I’m thrilled to have Mark return to the Bay area and lead these two legendary stations.  His track record speaks for itself and his prior experience programming in San Francisco make him the ideal candidate to take the reins of ‘Star’ and ‘WiLD.’”

lamadridcarlosEntercom Names Lamadrid to VP Post.  This is a newly created position at Entercom Communications and Carlos Lamadrid comes to the vice president of national sales and strategic partnerships post from his most recent position with TC Media where he was senior vice president.  Entercom station group president Weezie Kramer says, “We are thrilled to have someone of Carlos’ experience join our team.  His sales, business, and marketing acumen are market tested and will help us elevate the conversation with our customers.”  Entercom says Lamadrid’s focus will be on “increasing revenue in the company’s national sales channel as well as developing integrated partnerships with leading national advertisers.”

cazianclaudineClaudine Cazian Promoted to VP of Programming and Branded Entertainment for Premiere Networks.  This moves up the person in charge of production for Premiere Networks programming including “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” “American Top 40” and “Direct from Hollywood” to vice president of programming and branded entertainment for all Premiere products.  Premiere EVP of programming Jennifer Leimgruber says Cazian will “work closely to develop and oversee entertainment programming and content, while identifying and developing opportunities to strengthen our brands, and support our partners.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Radio One’s Cleveland hip hop signal WENZ “Z107.9,” Peter Parker is the new afternoon drive personality.  Parker comes to Radio One from his most recent gig at CBS RADIO’s hip hop WPGC, Washington…..“Rolls” Royce Stevenson is promoted to APD at Entercom’s hip hop KDGS, Wichita “Power 93.5.”  Stevenson is also afternoon drive personality and music director…..It’s a return to radio after a six –year absence for Julie Haskell Gade who is named general manager for Digity Media’s Lincoln, Nebraska cluster.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Gade takes over for Joy Patten who stays with the company to serve as sales manager.  Gade worked for the stations when they were owned by Three Eagles Communications.

lordeBrettjerseySF Stations Implement Royal Playlist Adjustments. On the eve of MLB‘s 2014 “Fall Classic,” which will feature the San Francisco Giants against the Kansas City Royals, 17-year-old New Zealand-born singer Lorde finds herself in the middle of a bit of a baseball-related brouhaha. Lorde, of course, has the hit single “Royals,” a title one might imagine would not go over very well this week in the Bay Area. In fact, at least two San Francisco outlets – Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” and Cumulus Media adult kfog logoalternative KFOG – have decided to delete the song from their playlists for at least the duration of the series. KFOG’s tweeted statement indicates the station will be a “‘Royals’- free zone,” while KOIT-FM indicates the song “will be removed” until the series concludes. In an interview with NBC Bay Area, KFOG program director Jim Richards rhetorically asks, “Why send any positive vibes to Kansas City – why not give the song a rest? No one is going to get hurt over it.” Earlier this year, Lorde received an autographed jersey from Royals Hall of Famer George Brett and she maintains it is “one of the coolest things” she owns. The series gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/21) in Kansas City and we can’t help but wonder if Kansas City stations might retaliate by temporarily tinkering in a similar fashion with the music of a well-known Giants fan – Steve Perry.

radioexpress logoRadio Express to Distribute Akon Show Globally.  The weekly radio program “Stadium Live Radio,” produced by hip hop artist and producer Akon, is going to be distributed outside the U.S. by Burbank, California-based Radio Express.  The company says, “‘Stadium Live’ connects radio audiences to the world of hit music through the personality and the voice of Akon.  The show features the biggest charting and downloaded songs from the four corners of the world and exclusive remixes straight from the studio to the listener.”

mccoyjaanWestwood One Producer Jaan McCoy Dies.  Lifelong radio pro Jaan McCoy died at his studio in Dallas over the weekend.  McCoy was a producer for Westwood One’s 24-hour Classic Hits format.  McCoy started in radio at age 16 on WFBL, Syracuse.  His radio adventure has taken him to gigs in the Hamilton/Toronto and Ottawa markets in Canada, then to Dallas for FM classic rock, rock hits on the ABC Radio Network, and 20 y ears as morning host of “The Breakfast Club,” with 10 of those years at WLGZ’s sister station KAAM.  Most recently he was one of the principals in the ownership of country and classic hits stations in Greenville, Texas.  He is survived by his wife and six children.  David Felker, Westwood One’s classic hits program director, says, “Jaan loved radio and anything to do with music and programming.  We’d talk for hours about it.  He was dedicated, hard-working, always willing to be there to help out, and he always did it with a smile.  Jaan was a true professional, an inspiration and a friend to us all.  He’ll be missed.”

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

| October 7, 2014

iheartmedia logo smalliHeartMedia and Omnicom Media Announce Partnership.  In a deal that the two sides say could be worth $200 million, iHeartMedia and ad giant Omnicom Media Group announce they will work together in a way that will “result in increased access to exceptional creative services and campaign ideation for Omnicom Media Group’s vast array of advertising clients.”  In a press release, the companies say they will also “collaborate on developing new,omnicom logo groundbreaking audio and cross-platform opportunities for clients that leverage technologies and insights from both companies.”  iHeartMedia president, national sales, marketing and partnerships Tim Castelli states, “At iHeartMedia we’re constantly searching for ways to utilize our unparalleled reach and insights into our consumers to help our advertising partners cultivate creative and cost-effective individualized marketing campaigns.  What makes this new partnership with Omnicom so exciting is that it allows us to do that and more.  Ultimately, our collective goal is to leverage iHeartMedia’s technologies, insights, and comprehensive media offerings to provide Omnicom clients with richer media and marketing campaigns.  We believe that with this new partnership, Omnicom Media Group clients will have the ability to leverage their partnerships with us to accomplish bigger and more impactful solutions.”

rufailsuzyiHeartMedia Appoints GSMs in San Francisco and D.C.  There are two GSM appointments within iHeartMedia to report.  Suzy Rufail is named general sales manager for the San Francisco station group, while Todd Freundlich has been tapped for similar duties at the company’s Washington, DC cluster. iHeartMedia major market executive vice president of operations Hartley Adkins declares, “Suzy will be a great addition to the San Francisco sales team.  Her extensive experience creating personalized, creative and strategic cross-platform marketing solutions for clients will be an amazing asset for the cluster.  Suzy is an accomplished sales and marketing leader with a successful track record.  She will be a valued member of the Sanfreundlichtodd Francisco sales leadership team as we continue to provide a greater reach than any other media company.”  Market president Katie Wilcox comments, “Suzy has a robust background in senior management, experience in complimentary formats and a successful record of leading high performing organizations.  I am confident she will be a vibrant contributor to the San Francisco team.”  Rufail remarks, “I am honored to join a company that I have long admired for its strategy and innovation.  I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with a dynamic leader like Katie Wilcox and the exceptional team of talent she has brought together in this thriving market.”  On the opposite coast, iHeartMedia Washington, DC and Baltimore vice president of sales Ken Roberts observes of Freundlich, “Todd is a terrific leader whom I have admired for years.  I am proud to add his professionalism and market expertise to our stellar management team.  His passion and focus for clients fits perfectly in our culture.”  Freundlich states, “It is a privilege to be able to join iHeartMedia – a cutting edge company with products and platforms second to none.  I look forward to working alongside the iHeartMedia DC sales team and contributing to the high standards and strong foundation they have created in this market.”  For the past nearly three years, Rufail was American General Media’s Albuquerque market manager and director of sales.  She previously worked as senior account manager for Cox Orlando rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3″; was general sales manager for Univision Radio Albuquerque; and general manager of Ramar Communications Albuquerque’s KRTN-LP and KTEL-LP.  For the last five years, Freundlich was general sales manager of Cumulus Media Washington, DC talker WMAL.

ciaramelloallysonGreater Media’s WMJX, Boston Snags Ciaramello.  This is a return to Greater Media for Allyson Ciaramello as she jumps from CBS RADIO’s CHR WODS, Boston “AMP Radio” to the position of senior account executive for WMJX “MAGIC 106.7.”  Ciaramello’s been with “AMP Radio” since it launched in 2012.  She previously worked for Greater Media’s WROR.

judheusslerMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Entercom’s CHR WKSE, Buffalo “Kiss 98.5,” Jud Heussler is promoted to APD.  He’s the music director and afternoon drive personality who’s been with the station since 2012…..Cher Ames exits the director of marketing and promotion position at CBS RADIO’s WBBM-AM and WCFS, Chicago.  She’d been with the stations for 14 years…..Bo Reynolds exits the morning show at Wilks-owned country KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf” after eight months in the position.  The Denver market pro moved from the company’s classic hits KXKL to take the morning gig at “The Wolf.”…..At Sebago Broadcasting’s WCTG, Chincoteague, Virginia, Shawn Murphy is named station manager for the adult hits station…..Blue Sky Broadcasting promotes Marie McCalister from her promotions director and on-air post to program director for triple A KPND, Spokane.

RIP Marshall Phillips.  Longtime Dayton rock radio personality Marshall Phillips died over the weekend at age 58.  According to the Dayton Daily News, the former WTUE, Dayton evening jock was found in his apartment by a neighbor who noticed his front door was open. Phillips was a well-known rock jock at WTUE in the 1980 and 1990s.  He also worked in the sales department for iHeartMedia’s Dayton station group.  The paper reports Phillips had battled liver and other health issues recently.

digityCool Job Opportunity.  Digity Media seeks morning show co-host for male-leaning show in Myrtle Beach.  Here’s the scoop: Our long time co-host of 8½ years is leaving for an opportunity in TV.  That means you have a rare chance to replace her, move to the beach and be a part of a long-running, winning morning show.  Here’s some of the things we are looking for: Proficient in Cool Edit/Adobe Audition, able to find a story in anything, energetic, self-motivated, connected to what’s happening now and a Rolodex of guests wouldn’t hurt either.  Morning show experience not required but helpful.  Send resume and aircheck (preferred) to myrtlebeachjobs@digity.me or via mail to: 1016 Ocala Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Attention: B.J. Kinard.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Digity Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

| October 2, 2014

cbsradio logoCBS RADIO-Beasley Station Swap Announced.  It’s sort of close to some of the rumors that had been moving through the industry about CBS RADIO and Beasley Broadcasting Group swapping Florida and Philly stations.  Here’s what the companies are announcing:  Beasley will take ownership of: sports talk WIP-AM, Philadelphia; in the Tampa market it gets sports talk duo WHFS-AM and WHFS-FM, hip hop WLLD, country WQYK, classic hits WRBQ, and Spanish WYUU-FM; in the Charlotte market it acquires urban contemporary WBAV, sports talk duo WBCN-AM and WFNZ-AM, AC WKQC, CHR WNKS, hip hop WPEG, and country WSOC-FM.  In exchange, CBS RADIO will take ownership of five stations.  They are the three Miami market signals: hip hop WPOW, country WKIS and sports talk WQAM; and Philadelphia outlets country WXTU, and hip hop WRDW.  Despite CBS RADIO’s major market tradition, this move will give it its first Miami holdings.  CBSbeasley logo long RADIO president and CEO Dan Mason states, “This transaction reinforces our strategy to concentrate on large-market properties.  We already have television duopolies in both Philadelphia and Miami, so these new stations will be a terrific complement to our existing local broadcasting portfolio, and a welcome addition to the overall CBS family.”  BBG chairman and CEO George Beasley says, “Throughout Beasley Broadcast Group’s 53-year history, we have actively managed our station portfolio with the goal of serving the local communities where we operate, diversifying our operations, managing risk and improving financial results.  The asset exchange agreement with CBS RADIO addresses all of these strategic objectives as, upon completion, we will expand our station base by nine stations and add completed clusters in Tampa and Charlotte which complement our already strong mid-Atlantic presence.  Furthermore, the transaction is also consistent with our long-term strategy to operate leading clusters in large- and mid-size markets.”  These are straight-up swaps — no cash involved — and, obviously, are pending FCC approval.

moreiraadrianRCA Juggernaut Championing More Music via Radio Allies – Senior VP Promotion, Adrian Moreira, Profiled.   Currently working nine records at adult alternative; one-half dozen at hot AC; and four at mainstream adult contemporary, heritage label RCA Records is hot, hot, hot.  This is due in part to having a powerful roster of talent backed up and supported by a well-coordinated team of promotion professionals.  According to RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie, “A great part of RCA’srca logo success is the company’s ongoing recognition of radio as a vital component in the music promotion and discovery process.”  In a feature story posted today (10/2), Doobie profiles one of the dynamic music industry executives driving the well-oiled organization that is the modern day incarnation of the historic label – senior vice president of promotion Adrian Moreira.  He tells RadioInfo, “I am so fortunate to be working with such an assemblage of really outstanding professionals on all levels of this amazing company.  That, of course, includes our chairman Peter Edge, our president Tom Corson, and our GM and head of promotion Joe Riccitelli – a truly great teacher.”  Moreira concludes, “I still pinch myself when I am called up to listen to music in Clive Davis‘ office; hanging backstage with a band I have admired from afar; or to hear an arena full of people singing along to a song I may have played a small part in getting uncovered.  It is all a gift and I try not to take any of it for granted.”  To read the entire story, please click here.

nielsen logoRound Three of September PPM Data Released.  The third of four rounds of September 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  The survey period was August 14 through September 10.  You can see the numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.

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  • Portland – Owing to a +.8 to 3.3, Salem contemporary Christian KFIS “The Fish” bids farewell to three straight downward trends (3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.5) and swims from #17 to a three-way tie at #14. Even though Entercom kych logoadult hits KYCH declines by eight-tenths (4.9 – 4.1), “Charlie” remains at #9. Advancing by six-tenths each are Alpha Media adult alternative KINK “Discover Music” (2.9 – 3.5, #14 to #12);co-owned talker KXL-FM (making exactly the same move as KINK); and Salem’skxl logo WRYP “El Rey” (1.2 – 1.8, #20 to #18). Regional Mexican “El Rey” was stuck on 3.2 (6+) in April, May, and June; lost eight-tenths in July; and witnessed its 6+-share split in half (2.4 – 1.2) in August. iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103″ (8.3 – 8.1, -.2) finishes first for the third consecutive month. In each of those months, co-owned KLTH has been in the runner-up spot but classic hits-oldies “The Eagle” is off six-tenths (6.8 – 6.2). Also dropping six-tenths is Alpha Media country KUPL “The Bull” (6.4 – 5.8, third to fourth). Albeit flat at 5.8, country rival – Entercom’s KWJJ “The Wolf” – “The Bull” as it inches up from fifth to fourth.
  • Charlotte – September stats indicate the market’s two country stations are going in different directions. On the plus side, CBS Radio-owned WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” (7.7 – 6.3 – 7.7) rebounds from August’s -1.4 with a wsoc logo+1.4, enabling it to reposition from fifth to first. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia‘s WKKT “The Kat,” which staggered from first to third in August owing to a -1.1, drops an additional six-wkkttenths (7.0 – 6.4) to tumble to fifth. Knocked out of the top spot is WKKT adult hits sibling WLKO “The Lake,” which registered three successive up trends producing a cumulative +3.2 (4.6 – 5.1 – 7.3 – 7.8), before dropping four-tenths in September to 7.4; “The Lake” segues to third. Also in the iHeartMedia cluster, classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” regresses by nine-tenths (7.7 – 6.8), as it shifts from second to fourth; in August, “The Fox” was just one-tenth away from the lead position. With a strong +.8 (6.8 – 7.6), CBS Radio urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98″ applies the brakes to three consecutive negative trends and a cumulative -1.2 (8.0 – 7.7 – 7.2 – 6.8) to jump from fourth to second. The third straight down month for WOSF “Old School 105.3″ is a -.7 (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 4.7), but the Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies facility remains at #8.
  • Pittsburgh – Less than one week before the August sweep concluded, iHeartMedia flipped talk WPGB to country as “Big 104.7.” It does not take long to see fallout, as “Big” improves by +1.1 (2.4 – 3.5) and inches up wpgb countryfrom #12 to #10. The 3.5 by “Big” is the highest 6+-stat on that frequency sincewdsy logo November’s 4.1. Cross-town rival, CBS Radio‘s WDSY “Y-108,” stumbled by eight-tenths in August to 6.5 and now loses another one-half share (6.5 – 6.0); “Y-108″ dips from fifth to sixth and is a cumulative -1.6 since June. There is, however, positive news in the CBS Radio cluster now that WPGB is out of the talk format: Heritage talker KDKA-AM spikes by eight-tenths (5.4 – 6.2) and transitions from seventh to fifth. In addition to “Y-108,” iHeartMedia alternative outlet WXDX “The X” is off by one-half share (3.8 – 3.3), moving from tenth to eleventh. Despite back-to-back one-tenth declines, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS” is #1 for the third straight month.
  • Sacramento – Following six successive months without an up-trend (5.2 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0), CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KSFM “KS-FM” busts out with a +.7 (4.7) to progress from ninth to seventh. Entercom ksfm logohot AC KUDL “Star 106.5 – Today’s Music Variety” improves by six-tenths (3.4 – 4.0) as itkudl enters the top ten (#11 to #9). Despite enduring a robust -1.1 (7.9 – 6.8), KUDL’s classic rock sibling KSEG is the market’s 6+ pacesetter for the fifth straight month. The 7.9 registered by “The Eagle” in July and August represents its most potent 6+-share under PPM methodology. It has an eight-tenths lead over co-runners-up (at 6.0) – CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96″ (-.4, steady at #2) and iHeartMedia talker KFBK (+.3, up from #4). CBS Radio’s KNCI “New Country 105.1″ improved by nine-tenths in July; regressed by one-half share to 4.1 in August; and now falters by seven-tenths in September (4.1 – 3.4, eighth to tenth).
  • San Antonio – Whenever a station improves by more than three shares month-to-month (6+), one of the first questions usually asked is, “When did it start playing all-Christmas music?” It is a classic rock-to-rhythmic CHR kzep logoformat change – not seasonal music – that enables iHeartMedia‘s KZEP “Hot 104.5″ to hang out an eye-popping +3.8, more than doubling its August (6+) stat (3.1 – 6.9). As a result, it leapfrogs from a three-way tie at #13 all the way to #2. As for 6+-share, this is the strongest for that dial position in more than four years: KZEP reached 7.9 in March 2010 as a classic rocker. Directly affected is Univision‘s similarly-formatted rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” which plummets by two full-shares (6.8 – 4.8) as it slides from second to fifth. “The Beat” heretofore inkbbt logo PPM methodology had not recorded a (6+) share below 5.0. “Hot” switched formats (8/8) approximately one week prior to the start of the September sweep. With KZEP ktkx logoabandoning classic rock, Cox Media Group‘s KTKX “The Eagle” is a clear benefactor, evidenced by a +1.8 (2.2 – 4.0); “The Eagle” soars from #17 to #10. In 23 of the last 24 monthly sweeps, “The Eagle” was locked in the two-share range (6+) – the exception was a 1.9 last December. Following a one-half share gain in August to 4.9, Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3″ regresses by nine-tenths to 4.0, repositioning from fifth to ninth; “Magic” had just ended a mini-slide of being down or flat for three straight months (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.4). This not only marks the sixth successive month at #1 for KONO-FM (7.8 – 7.9, +.1), but the CMG classic hits-oldies facility boasts its highest 6+ share in about four years (matching its 7.9 in August 2010).
  • Cincinnati – This is the ninth successive time iHeartMedia talker WLW finishes in first-place (6+) and sixth straight time the Reds flagship is in double-figures, but “The Big One” is off by one full-share (12.1 – 11.1). Co-webn logoowned rocker WEBN though gains a whopping +1.8 (3.3 – 5.1) and progresses from ninth to seventh. It marks WEBN’s best (6+) showing in exactly one year: It posted a 5.2 in September 2013. Picking up one-half share each – although remaining where they ranked in August – are Hubbard hot AC WKRQ “Q-102″ (6.6 – 7.1, steady at #4) and iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107″ (4.1 – 4.6, steady at #8). “Q-102″ country sibling WUBE “B-105.1″ has its successive streak of (6+) double-figures ended at three as it follows August’s -.5 with a -1.1 (10.7 – 10.2 – 9.1). Nonetheless, “B-105.1″ is the market’s runner-up station for the seventh consecutive time.
  • Salt Lake City – Albeit that they are modest increases, Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100″ is up for the third straight month (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.0) and repeats at #1. Gaining one-half share each are “FM 100″ ksfi logotalk sibling KSL (6.4 – 6.9, steady at #2) and BYU-owned classical KBYU (2.1 – 2.6, steady at #16). Bonneville’s KRSP “Arrow” falters by seven-tenths (4.7 – 4.0), and the classic hits-oldies outlet drops out of the top ten (eighth to eleventh). Four Salt Lake City all-sports stationsksl logo account for 3.3 total shares (6+). While hardly ratings giants, they offer an interesting format story in a market without a MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL franchise. Broadway Media‘s KALL “ESPN 700″ improves by six-tenths to 1.2. It is tied at #22 with Larry Miller‘s KZNS-AM “The Zone,” which gains one-half share. Cumulus’ KFNZ “The Fan” is up by two-tenths (.5, #27), while Larry Miller’s KZNS-FM is steady at .4 (#29).
  • Las Vegas – Although unchanged at 7.4 (6+), CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix” finishes first for the third straight time. Meanwhile, the third consecutive up-trend (3.9 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 5.6) for KXPT “The Point” is an kmxbimpressive +1.2, propelling the Lotus classic rocker from seventh to fifth. Owing to a +.6 to 4.3, Faith Communications’ contemporary Christian KSOS (#11 to #8) halts its three-month downward skid (5.9 – 5.0 – 3.8 – 3.7). Entravision regional Mexican KQRT erodes by one full-share to 1.7 (#16 to #19), while iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5″ falters by nine-tenths to 5.7, downshifting from second to fourth.
  • Kansas City – This past Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals made their first postseason appearance (beating the Oakland A’s in extra innings) since winning the 1985 World Series. The AL Central team’s flagship kcsplogo- Entercom‘s all-sports KCSP – hangs out a +.9 to 4.2 as it inches up from #14 to #12. The 4.2 is the station’s best (6+) number since this time last year (4.5 in September 2013). Public KCUR improves by one-half share (2.5 – 3.0) and moves from #18 to #16. In August, KFKF put an end to five straight negative trends kfkf(which had resulted in a cumulative -3.2) by storming back with a +1.0 to 6.8. The Steel City Media-owned property gains three-tenths in September and is #1 for the second straight month. After four consecutive sweeps in the six-share range (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 6.5), preceded by three successive in the seven-share range (7.0 – 7.6 – 7.0), Carter Broadcast urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103″ falters by one full-share to 5.5, sliding from third to fourth.
  • Orlando – It is not often an HD channel grabs headlines, but WPOZ-HD3 is doing something noteworthy. Albeit that it is toward the bottom of the pack, WPOZ-HD3 triples its 6+-share for the second straight monthly. wpozThe first one was .2 to .6 (July – August), but August – September sees a meatier .6 – 1.9 improvement (+1.3). That puts the Central Florida Educational Foundation-owned facility at #18. Prior to its one-tenth gain  in August (6.7 – 6.8), co-owned contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3″ had dropped a cumulative -1.4 in three straight down monthlies (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.7). Now with another modest gain (6.8 – 7.0, +.2), WPOZ moves up from a second-place tie to unseat Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5″ (6.1, -.6, #1 to #3). Public WMFE scores a strong +1.2 (2.3 – 3.5) to advance from #15 to #13. Ever since registering a 3.0 in April 2013, WMFE followed with 17 straight performances in the two-share range (6+). On the heels of a lofty +1.2 in August, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7″ relinquishes 75% of it (-.9 to 5.9) and slips from second to fourth.

w235ba logoiHeartMedia Debuts ‘Rock 94.9’ in Williamsport.  The translator W235BA, licensed to Williamsport, had been airing the signal of iHeartMedia’s news/talk WRAK, but now the company drops that simulcast and debuts active rock “Rock 94.9” featuring core artists: Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Metallica, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Motley Crue, The Black Keys, Guns N’ Roses and more.  Programming will include the WMMS, Cleveland-based “Rover’s Morning Glory” and the Premiere Networks-syndicated “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx.” Ops manager Eric White comments, “It’s time Williamsport had a true rock station.  We are thrilled to bring rock fans the music they want to hear and offer other options for fans, partners and advertisers.”

hentscheldanMorning Moves at Cumulus Arkansas Country Stations.  Beginning next Monday, October 6, Cumulus Media’s country KAMO, Fayetteville, Arkansas “NASH 94.3” will begin featuring “America’s Morning Show” with host Blair Garner and co-hosts Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks.  Current KAMO AM driver Dan Hentschel is moving to the company’s classic country KRMW, Fayetteville “94.9 Nash Icon” and sister station KLSZ, Fort Smith, Arkansas.    Cumulus Fayetteville and Fort Smith market manager Dale Daniels says, “Big Dan is an old friend the community of Northwest Arkansas has grown up with and is the perfect host for ‘Nash Icon’ as he himself is truly an icon in the market.  This along with ‘America’s Morning Show’ on ‘NASH 94.3’ gives Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley an outstanding morning show lineup.”

halldonnaNew Market Managers for CMG in Atlanta, San Antonio and Tulsa.  There are three new market leaders for Cox Media Group to announce today.  In Atlanta, former Cox Media group VP Donna Hall is named VP and general manager.  She’s been with Cox since 1987.  Ben Reed moves from the Atlanta VP/GM post to the same position at the San Antonio station group.  And Dan Lawrie jumps from the San Antonio cluster to CMG’s Tulsa properties to serve as VP/GM.  CMG EVP of radio Kim Guthrie states, “We are thrilled that we can tap such phenomenal internal talent across Cox for these important leadership positions.  Ben, Dan and Donna are proven leaders who know how to build strategic, award-winning teams.”

lynnstaceyMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Philadelphia CHR WIOQ “Q102” has a new evening host as the iHeartMedia station brings Raphael in from his most recent gig at Entercom’s CHR WPXY, Rochester.  In addition to nights on “Q102,” Raphael will also be heard on iHeartMedia’s Rochester CHR WKGS “Kiss 106.7.”…..Portland market pro Stacey Lynn will be the afternoon personality on iHeartMedia’s AC KKCW “K103” beginning October 13.  Lynn had been with Alpha Media’s crosstown CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” where she was APD, music director and afternoon jock…..Pritchard Broadcasting names Jeff “Doc” Holliday program director and afternoon jock on rock WQKQ, Burlington, Iowa “KQ92.”  He comes to the station from his most recent gig as late morning talk host on WEUS, Orlando “Big 810.”…..At Empire Broadcasting’s triple A WRNR, Grasonville, Maryland (about 15 miles east of Annapolis), Carrie Neuman is named interim music director replacing Alex Cortright who exited last month…..Jim Condron will remain with the company that acquired his longtime charges, AC WALK-FM and oldies WALK-AM on Long Island.  With Connoisseur’s acquisition of the two stations it appeared Condron was out but now it’s learned that he’ll stay with the company as SVP of regional strategies.

bomb5sosBackstage with 5SOS.  Nationally syndicated radio host Adam Bomb (far left) is pictured here with the members of 5 Seconds of Summer backstage at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  The host of Westwood One’s “Nights Live with Adam Bomb” chatted with the members of the band which is on tour with pop sensation One Direction.

Monday, September 29, 2014

| September 29, 2014

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cookehollandTo Reach Millennials, Get Real.  In a column posted today (9/29), media consultant Holland Cooke reports from the recent Maine Association of Broadcasters conference where a major topic of conversation was reaching the Millennial generation.  Cooke writes that the news for radio operators today with regard to this generation is a good news/bad news scenario:  The good is that Millennials like the idea of an audio-only medium but the bad news is they don’t want it to sound like it did for generations past – they have very different media sensibilities.  “Keeping it real” is the mantra for this generation as comments from the “How Millennials Use Media” panel indicate.  Cooke reports college-age panelists said things like, “People our age find radio gimmicky,” and, “Authenticity is a huge factor.”  Read Cooke’s entire column here.

entercomKansas City Woman’s Court Victory at Entercom’s Expense Serves Up Lessons for Broadcasters.  Friday’s court victory for a Kansas City law student who was incorrectly identified as a “local porn star” by the “Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz” show on Entercom’s alternative KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” provides more lessons for broadcasters in how to avoid falling victim to a (in this case) $1 million dollar penalty for something that could have been avoided.  As you are probably aware by now, Ashley Patton was misidentified by the morning show as a “local porn star” after confusing her name with that of a text-message suggestion by a listener who wrote to the show that Ashley Payton put pornographic images of herself online.  On Friday, the jury awarded $250,000 in actual damages and the two sides agreed to punitive damages of $750,000, which Entercom will not appeal.  Entercom had believed that its hosts had not actually engaged in negligent behavior since the identification of Patton was accidental and the station fixed the mistake as soon as it found out about it, as reported in the Kansas City Star’s coverage of the case.  But that’s not exactly what happened.  It stands to reason the station may have been able to avoid further angering Patton – and avoid the subsequent lawsuit – if it had acted quickly when Patton spoke with program director Scott Geiger hours after the bit aired.  According to court records, during that conversation, Geiger questioned Patton’s statement that she was not a porn star, even asking her, “How do you know that you’re not a porn star?”  He also promised to call her back after investigating the incident but never did.

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wkqk logoWKQK, Memphis Transitions to Country.  In the Memphis market, Entercom jettisons classic hits on WKQK in favor of country-formatted “94.1 The Wolf.”  Vice president and market manager Dan Barron comments, “We are thrilled to introduce the highly successful ‘Wolf’ brand to Memphis.  There is a huge appetite for today’s country music and we are proud to share this with Memphians.  ‘The Wolf’ is the perfect complement to our local Entercom stations including sports WMFS-AM ‘ESPN 790,’ sports WMFS-FM ‘ESPN Radio,’ hot AC WMC-FM ‘FM 100,’ and adult contemporary WRVR ‘The River.'”  According to program director Chris Michaels, “‘The Wolf’ will be locally focused on music that country fans want.  We are excited to bring this great brand and the most new country to Memphis.”  After reaching a 4.1 (#10) in June (6+, Nielsen Audio PPM), WKQK notched a 3.5 (#11) in July and August (steady at #11). It was the market’s lone classic hits station and had been in the format the past six years, before making the switch last Friday (9/26) at 6:00 pm. “The Wolf” now joins a country field that includes Cumulus’ WGKX “Kix 106″ (8.0 in August, #4, 6+) and Mighty Media Group‘s WEBL “The Rebel” (1.3, #18).

wgue logoMighty Media Adds Classic Hits to Translator in Memphis.  Responding to the departure of the classic hits format on WKQK, Mighty Media Group LP begins airing the classic hits format already heard on WGUE-AM, Memphis on translator W257CY at 99.3 FM.  Positioned as “GUESS FM 99.3,” Mighty Media points out that the station limits the amount of commercials that air on the station.  Program director Tom Freeman says, “We couldn’t be more excited to have the new ‘GUESS FM 99.3’ super-serve the legion of established loyal classic hits listeners here in Memphis.  According to the latest Nielsen ratings, the last classic hits station has been averaging about 175,000 loyal listeners every week and we hope to transition and grow that audience with extra features and the added local appeal of ‘GUESSFM 99.3.’”  Sales manager Curt Peterson adds, “I am pleased that commercial breaks will be short and infrequent so that advertiser messages will stand out and listeners can enjoy the most hits per hour.”

curtis media group logoCurtis Media Flips WFNL-AM, Raleigh to Bluegrass.  Last year the International Bluegrass Music Association moved its annual convention to the Raleigh area.  Figuring the region’s connection to the genre is important, Curtis Media Group announces it is flipping former comedy-formatted WFNL-AM to all bluegrass.  This year’s convention begins tomorrow (9/30) and runs through the week.  Curtis Media EVP Trip Savery comments, “Our commitment to bluegrass started when WPTF hired Flatt & Scruggs in 1952.  We are very proud to bring a part of our heritage back to the airwaves.”

handaangieHanda Joins ‘NASH FM 92.3’ in San Francisco.  KBBY, Ventura, California program director and air personality Angie Handa heads north to become the APD and midday jock at Cumulus Media’s country KSJO, San Jose “NASH FM 92.3.”  Handa will hold down the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm slot at the station and will work with program director Mac Daniels on production, imaging and music scheduling.  Daniels says of Handa, “Angie brings a high degree of talent and broadcast experience on and off air with a fresh perspective that will continue to grow the ‘NASH’ brand in the San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose Bay Area.  I am very proud and excited to have her joining the team.”

nonameMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Air personality No Name exits the afternoon drive slot at CBS RADIO’s alternative KITS, San Francisco “Live 105.”  No Name announces his departure via his blog and says there are too many people with whom he’s worked at CBS for whom he has love and respect so he’swellingcody choosing not be negative about the change.  He can be reached at noname138@comcast.net…..Moving from middays at American General Media’s CHR KKXX “Hits 93.1” to the company’s sister hip hop KISV “Hot 94.1” where she’ll be the new evening jock is Monisha “Mo” Mann…..Mike Scott is named program director at Adams Radio’s country WBTU, Fort Wayne “US 93.3” and W277AK “Great Country 103.3.”…..Cody Welling is promoted from GSM to director of sales for the Cumulus Media Toledo/Monroe cluster.

katz mg logoKatz-Commissioned Study: Radio Effective Way to Reach Swing Voters.  A study commissioned by Katz Media Group shows swing voters are regular radio users – 81% of those identified as swing voters report listening to AM/FM radio regularly.  Moreover, voters across the political spectrum report that radio ads are more credible than the ads they see on the internet by a 56-35 margin, which increases to a 62-38 margin among low-turnout voters.  The survey was handled by Vox Populi Polling to examine how much influence radio has in the electoral marketplace.  The sample size for the survey was voxpopulipolling logo1,059 active voters.  Other results from the study include: Swing voters spend 10% more time with radio daily than the average American voter; 67% of swing voters listen to FM regularly, while 14% are exclusively AM radio listeners; 65% of low-turnout Republicans and Democrats say they listen to FM music on a regular basis; and 61% of swing voters agree that radio is a good way for political candidates to reach them.  KMG EVP of strategy, analytics & research Stacey Lynn Schulman says, “This research illustrates that radio is both a habitual and influential medium for reaching voters who can make the difference on Election Day.  In the race for credibility, radio outshines online advertising by a wide margin in the minds of still impressionable voters.”

cbsradioCBS RADIO Opens DC Performance Space Sponsored by DC Lottery.  Gearing up for the first performance, CBS RADIO Washington, DC and the DC Lottery are announcing the grand opening of “DC Lottery Live,” a state-of-the-art, street-level studio and performance space that the company says will “serve as an entertainment showcase in the heart of the trendy Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.”  Pop rock artist Gavin DeGraw will headline the facility’s first-ever event with a private show on Thursday, October 9.  The DC Lottery Live venue is part of CBS RADIO’s new broadcast home for WPGC-FM, WIAD “94.7 FRESH-FM,” WJFK-FM “106.7 The FAN,”WLZL “El Zol 107.9,” WNEW-FM, “All News 99.1 WNEW,” WJFK-AM, “1580 CBS Sports Radio.”  CBS RADIO SVP and market manager Steve Swenson comments, “We are proud to unveil this unique venue that will showcase a variety of live events and appeal to the entire community, whether they enjoy music, sports, entertainment or interacting with today’s newsmakers.  With DC Lottery as our partner we can bring our brands closer to the audience and enhance their experience.”

kzzl logoMoscow, Idaho’s ’99.5 Bull Country’ to Hold Radio-A-Thon.  For the third year in a row Inland Northwest Broadcasting-owned country outlet KZZL, Moscow, Idaho “99.5 Bull Country” is holding the “Bull Country Community Cares Radio-A-Thon” sponsored by the local Sam Dial Jewelers.  The fundraiser takes place on Thursday and Friday, October 9 and 10. During the past two years the station has raised more than $17,000 for the United Way of Pullman, Washington and United Way of Moscow/Latah.

collegeradiodayFourth Annual College Radio Day Is Friday.  Now in its fourth year, the college radio event founded by William Paterson University associate professor of communications Dr. Rob Quicke is set for Friday, October 3.  This year’s CRD president, Peter Kreten, GM of WXAV, Chicago (St. Xavier University), expects hundreds of college radio stations to take part.  Among the highlights for this year will be: The LumineersJeremiah Fraites, Andrew W.K., Sean Astin, Ty Segall, the Dropkick MurphysMatt Kelly, Marko from Sugarcult, all available for exclusive interviews; plus, the first-ever College Radio Day Simulcast takes place at 1:00 pm ET with more than 50 college stations broadcasting the specially produced one-hour show.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

| September 25, 2014

mcmahonbillBill McMahon: Perhaps We Should Focus on What We are Good at and That Which the Public Still Wants and Needs. In a new opinion piece posted in RadioInfo today (9/25) by veteran radio consultant and talent coach Bill McMahon, the following questions are presented to radio broadcasters: What business are you in? Does your business have a future? He says, “These seem like fundamental questions radio broadcasters should be asking themselves right now.” In it McMahon adds his voice to the chorus of industry opinions supporting the preservation of audio-only media as one of — if not the — major products of “radio” in the emerging unified multi-media platform marketplace. McMahon sarcastically says, “This vision for the future seems perfect for radio broadcasters who create precious little content of any kind. It makes total sense to go compete with everyone in the entertainment business. Sure, why not? Go take on Disney and Live Nation. You have all kinds of talent and experience creating video entertainment. You’ll be great at creating and promoting massive concert events. This is the kind of stuff your current customers have come to expect from you. You have lots of resources ready to commit to these enterprises. They’ll no doubt drive lots of additional listening to your AM and FM radio stations. Like Nike says, you should ‘just do it!’” He concludes on a serious note, “Yikes! Let’s get real! What’s wrong with the business you’re in right now? What’s wrong with the audio entertainment business? Doesn’t it have a future? Audio entertainment is unique and powerful. It involves the consumer in creating the experience it provides. Sound generates pictures and emotions in minds and hearts. The effect is deeper and more memorable than anything on a screen. When you hear someone laughing or crying you don’t need to see them to fully experience their joy or sorrow. Music can change your mood instantly. The sound and the lyrics create a vibe. Music is mind altering, heart penetrating, and memory making. Audio entertainment can be consumed while you’re doing other things like walking, running, driving, or making love. Audio entertainment will never go out of style. Americans spend more than four hours per day with audio entertainment according to the “Share of the Ear” study from Edison Research. Audio entertainment has an enduring future as long as great audio entertainment is created. Radio broadcasters are in the audio entertainment business. Why not stay there? Why not focus your limited resources on creating extraordinary audio entertainment? Why not be really good – even exceptional – at something, rather than average or mediocre at everything. Your current consumers are predisposed to using and appreciating audio entertainment. Why not concentrate on creating new audio entertainment content that surprises, amazes, and delights them. Hire gifted artists who love creating content for the theater of the mind. Create content in all shapes and sizes and distribute it on the platform that fits it best. That’s a future that makes sense for radio broadcasters. To read Bill McMahon’s entire piece, please click here.

adweek14Radio to Be on Hand at Advertising Week Conference in NYC Next Week.  When Advertising Week kicks off in New York City next week, radio will be a segment of the media industry presenting during the four-day conference.  One of the panel highlights will be titled, “Voices of the Original Social Media,” hosted by the RAB and moderated by RAB president and CEO Erica Farber, on Tuesday, September 30 at 11:30 am ET.  This session will feature both nationally syndicated airfarbererica talent and local stars relating their experiences with listeners and brand partners and how that’s being leveraged over the airwaves and on digital platforms.  The panel will include: NBC Sports Radio toomeramaniNetwork’s Amani Toomer, Premiere NetworksBobby Bones, WQHT, New York “Hot 97” morning personality Ebro Darden, and WMIB, Miami “103.5 The Beat” midday personality Angie MartineziHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman will take part in a panel titled, “Loss of Serendipity” on Wednesday, October 1 alongside MediaLink chairman and CEO, Michael Kassan and Google SVP global marketing Lorraine Twohill during which they will “explore the flip side of data-tailored content creation and distribution by considering the importance of serendipity.”  Entercom president and CEO David Field will moderate a panel titled “Evolution or Revolution Part II” on Thursday, October 2.  His panelists will include: Enterprise Group president Jim Doyle, The New York Times EVP of advertising Meredith Kopit Levien, TBWA president and CEO Troy Ruhanen, Centaur Media CEO Andria Vidler, and Shelly Palmer of Shelly Palmer Digital Living.  They will talk about “disruption, real-time reinvention, retaining and growing share, and balancing today with tomorrow.”

cecilbobHearst Baltimore’s Cecil to Exit.  Director of sales Bob Cecil has shared his decision to leave Hearst Baltimore’s two-station combo.  President and general manager Cary Pahigian comments that Cecil has “contributed immeasurably” to the Baltimore tandem “for several decades,” but “after careful consideration” he will “step away and enjoy time with his family.  We thank Bob for his extraordinary efforts and wish him only the best.”  In a staff memo, Cecil writes, “It has been a great privilege teaming with the Ravens, Orioles, Naval Academy, and so many other terrific business partners throughout my career.  I am appreciative of the support of Cary Pahigian and look forward to his – and your – great success in the years ahead.”  Hearst Baltimore consists of WIYY “98 Rock” and talker WBAL.  Cecil joined the stations 14 years ago; his last day there will be one week from Friday (10/3).

freelancestarSalierno Named Interim GM of Star Radio Group.  Longtime radio sales executive Ralph Salierno is promoted to interim general manager of the Star Radio Group based in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  For the past two years, Salierno has served as director of sales for the station group.  He’s also worked in the industry in Orlando, Virginia Beach, Oklahoma City and Memphis.  Star Radio Group is part of The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company which was purchased at a bankruptcy auction in May of this year by Sandton Capital Partners for $30.2 million.  The radio stations are: country WFLS, hip hop WVBX, classic rock WWUZ, and news/talk WNTX-AM and translator W243BS at 96.5 FM.  Free Lance-Star and Star Radio Group publisher and CEO Gene Carr states, “Ralph has been a key member of the Star Radio group and has earned this internal promotion.  In his new duties as interim GM, he will continue to serve as the director of sales as well.  Ralph has done a great job in driving revenue growth.”  At the same time, the station announces Jeff Beck is promoted to program director for WFLS and WWUZ.  He’ll also have a supervisory role over WVBX and WNTX.  Carr adds, “Jeff brings years of service and industry knowledge to the team.  This new management team will help to position the company for further growth.”

envisionnetworks newWCKX, Columbus ‘Power 105.7’ Adds ‘Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks.’  The Radio One-owned hip hop outlet is the newest affiliate for Envision Networks-distributed Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks, the daily prank phone call for radio stations’ use on-air, online and on demand.  WCKX program director Big Bink comments, “These Phone Checks will definitely keep my audience engaged and laughing on the way to work!  We are excited to be the only station in Columbus with Clairissa!”  Envision says the morning show bit produced by Clairissa Jenkins  takes phone scams to the next level with her loud, politically incorrect, in-your-face style.  “No one is safe from Clairissa’s wrath and some of her recent targets have experienced unexpected telephonic calamity including rabid dog attacks, fireplace cremations, and giving birth over the phone.”  Envision also says listeners can set up their friends, family, and co-workers to be phone checked by Clairissa via the web, cultivating listener engagement and driving web traffic to affiliated station websites.

krallwallflowerDiana Krall Postpones Tour, Album Release Due to Illness.  Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is suffering from a severe case of pneumonia and the affliction is keeping her off the road this fall and postponing the release of her new record Wallflower (Verve Records).  Wallflower was due for North American release on October 21 and the U.S. leg of her “Wallflower World Tour” was to kick off in Phoenix on November 7.  Her condition has worsened after first being diagnosed and she’s under orders not to travel or undertake promotional activities for at least two months.  She says in a statement, “I’m deeply saddened that I will have to postpone the release of my new album.  Performing is both a privilege and joy for me.  When I go out on stage I want to be able to give it everything.  Taking this time to rest and recuperate will allow me to do that.”

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