Nielsen Audio-Voltair Debate Rages On. The industry is still aflutter with chatter – and quite a few blogs – over Tuesday’s Nielsen Audio webinar in which the ratings giant told clients its tests of Telos Alliance’s Voltair audio processor showed no conclusive evidence that the unit positively impacted the PPM unit’s ability to pick up the embedded codes in any way that could affect ratings. Although Nielsen did admit that in some circumstances, Voltair did give the watermark a boost that would allow the PPM to pick up more codes. Broadcasting consultant Randy Kabrich responded to that conclusion in a recent blog post in which he explained that – due to the U.S. system of Quarter Hour measurement – picking up some extra codes via Voltair which might have gone undetected without it, still would not increase ratings because the Media Rating Council testing done on PPM concluded the measurement system “hears” enough of the codes to get an accurate record of listening. The Voltair unit has only been in the field for less than a year and it appears there isn’t enough data, available publicly anyway, to produce sound conclusions about whether – or exactly how – the unit affects the audio and the PPM’s reception of it across all radio formats. Even Telos Alliance doesn’t seem to have all the answers about its product as Kabrich points out in today’s blog post that focuses on contrary opinions about whether certain music “encodes well” for PPM. Read it here.
WYMS Lifts Lee to PD. Six-year WYMS, Milwaukee assistant program director Jordan Lee is elevated to program director of the Milwaukee Public Schools-owned/Radio Milwaukee-managed noncommercial triple A outlet. He succeeds Sean Demery, who relocates to Utah, but will work with the station as a consultant. Radio Milwaukee executive director Mary Louise Mussoline comments, “Sean worked very hard for us and set the stage for our continued growth. Jordan has consistently done exceptional work; led the program team in implementing changes; and encouraged excellence from the team. He has been developing strong industry contacts and worked with top national bands for our ‘Studio Milwaukee’ on-air shows. Jordan is a rising star.” Lee remarks, “We have done great work over the last eight years and we are making a real difference in the community. I think I can help bring even more listeners to the station, which will help us make an even greater impact in Milwaukee.” The station’s morning drive talent since December 2008, Lee will no longer host a daily show. After consecutive .8 showings in April and May (Nielsen Audio PPM, 6+), WYMS registers a 1.1 in June (#19); it is the first time it reaches at least a one-share (6+) since last July’s 1.0.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. There’s a new voice on iHeartMedia’s hip hop WJMN, Boston “Jam’n 94.5” as Frankie V, a.k.a. Frank Vinci, joins current morning show co-host Ashlee Feldman for AM drive duties. Frankie V takes over for Ramiro “The Freakin’ Puerto Rican” Torres who exits…..Taryn Daly is promoted at Entercom rocker KISW, Seattle. She moves from her weekend gig to full-time night jock and social media director. Daly takes over for Jolene, who recently exited her evening show position after an 11-year stint to pursue opportunities outside the radio business…..At Staradio’s country WXNU, Kankakee, Illinois, midday personality Denny Case is promoted to program director after current PD and PM drive personality Maggi Mayfield announces she’ll leave the station on August 14 to pursue her stand-up career full time…..Night jock Kid Jay adds music director duties to his role with iHeartMedia’s rhythmic CHR KGGI, Riverside, California.
Cumulus-Commissioned Study Indicates Radio Advertising Helped Drive Awareness of Amazon Prime Day. The Ipsos study commissioned by Cumulus Media/Westwood One analyzing how advertising drove awareness of the July 15 Amazon Prime Day was done to “understand how effective advertising and radio is to drive online purchases.” The study concluded that: 81% of Americans aware of Amazon Prime said they were exposed to some form of advertising for the event; one out of five Americans reported making a purchase during Amazon Prime Day because of advertising; three out of five Amazon Prime subscribers (18-49) exposed to advertising said they purchased something during Amazon Prime Day; and radio advertising was the most effective at converting awareness into Prime Day purchases when compared to TV and online. Of those exposed to radio ads, 52% made a purchase versus TV (39%) and online (48%). Cumulus and Westwood One chief marketing officer Pierre Bouvard comments, “Advertising put Amazon Prime Day on the map, and radio was the most effective at converting awareness into purchases. The greatest Amazon Prime Day purchases occurred among Millennials, households with children, and those with a full-time job — precisely the profile of the American radio listener.”
KMJO, Fargo Airing ‘DUKE FM’ Country Format. The classic country format from Envision Networks and Kroeger Media Inc is now heard on Midwest Communications’ KMJO-FM, Fargo as the station re-brands as “104.7 DUKE FM.” Midwest Communications vice president of programming Jeff McCarthy states, “Stars such as George Strait, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson were not getting airplay and furthermore, the legends like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were without a home on the radio, until now. ‘DUKE FM at 104.7’ now delivers the massive hits from the legendary artists.”
Nick Michaels’ ‘Deep End’ Programs to Air on KRDG, Redding. New affiliate KRDG, Redding, California adds two show from Nick Michaels’ American Voice Corporation. The weekly “The Deep End With Nick Michaels” and the daily short-form feature “Stories From The Deep End” will begin airing on the Mapleton-owned classic hits station on August 9.
iHeartRadio ICONS Series Hosts Jimmy Page. Rock giant and Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page (left) sits down with WAXQ, New York and iHeartMedia personality Jim Kerr (right) at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City for a recent edition of the iHeartRadio ICONS. In celebration of the release of digitally re-mastered editions of Led Zeppelin albums Presence, In Through the Out Door and Coda, Page took part in a Q&A with Kerr and played the first public airing of an alternate take on “When the Levee Breaks” titled, “If it Keeps on Raining,” (which is included on the Coda record). Photo: The Browyoungs for iHeartRadio.
Cool Job Opportunity. Arlington Independent Media seeks a Radio Coordinator for its new low-power FM. The Radio Coordinator (RC) is responsible for coordinating the activities of WERA, Arlington. The RC will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the station, will assist the AIM Board of Directors, the WERA/LPFM Committee, and the AIM Executive Director in the long-term and strategic planning for the future health and growth of the station, and will work with the Executive Director and the LPFM/WERA, Facilities, Marketing, and Fundraising Committees to promote the station, solicit programs, raise funds, and seek sponsorships and underwriting. The RC reports to the AIM Operations Manager. For job requirements and to apply, click here.
Scott Herman Promoted to COO of CBS Radio. President Andre Fernandez announces EVP of operations Scott Herman has been promoted to chief operating officer for CBS RADIO. The company says that in this new role, Herman will continue to report to Fernandez and lead local operations across the division’s 117 major market stations. CBS RADIO’s market managers will now report to Herman. Fernandez states, “Scott has a tremendous reputation in the industry, and is a distinguished representative for radio. He understands CBS RADIO’s vision for the future and will provide strength to our senior leadership team as we move forward with a variety of key growth initiatives. Having someone with Scott’s experience collaborating directly with our station management will result in new value for CBS RADIO and our partners.” The company notes that, because of this experience, Herman “works particularly close with the division’s news and talk stations, and his expertise in this area has allowed CBS RADIO to retain its leadership position in the format.” Herman was promoted to EVP, Eastern Region for CBS in 2003. Prior to that, he was senior vice president, market manager for the division’s New York properties, including all-newsers WINS and WCBS plus sports talk WFAN. Herman was vice president and general manager of WINS from 1994-2003 and WNEW-FM on two different occasions during the 1990s.
Lorino, McNabb Tapped to Program Entercom Outlets. Four-year KZPT “99.7 – The Point,” Kansas City program director Tony Lorino is transferring from the Entercom hot AC to program newly-acquired (from Lincoln Financial Media), similarly-formatted Atlanta property WSTR “Star 94.” Entercom Atlanta vice president and market manager Mike Fowler comments, “Tony is the perfect choice for ‘Star 94.’ He has done an incredible job in Kansas City and he will bring that same leadership and passion to ‘Star 94′ – he will make an immediate impact.” Lorino remarks, “I am thrilled to be able to work with this incredibly talented team at ‘Star 94,’ and help the station grow. Atlanta has been a fantastic radio city for many years. I cannot wait to help make some amazing memories with our Entercom Atlanta team.” He starts his new assignment today (7/20). With Entercom since 2006, Lorino’s past credits include assistant program director/morning show producer at Entercom Milwaukee and a stint in Des Moines at KSTZ and KIOA. Beginning next month, “Star” will be simulcast on co-owned WQXI “ESPN 790 The Zone.” Replacing Lorino at Kansas City’s “99.7 – The Point” is Leigh Ann McNabb, who arrives from Entercom Milwaukee mainstream CHR WXSS “103.7 – Kiss FM,” where – for the past five years – she has been assistant program director/music director/mid-day talent. According to McNabb, “I am excited for the next chapter in my career and thrilled it continues with my Entercom family. ‘The Point” has become a force in Kansas City radio under Tony Lorino’s leadership. I am honored to have studied under the best, [‘Kiss’ program director] Brian Kelly.” Before working at Entercom Milwaukee, McNabb was an on-air talent at Illinois stations in Rockford (morning drive at CHR WZOK) and Champaign-Urbana (mid-days at hot AC WLRW), as well as marketing/promotion director at Saga rocker KAZR, Des Moines. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s June PPM report for Atlanta, “Star 94″ – with back-to-back increases (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.8, April – May – June) – finishes #11, while WQXI has a .2 (#29). Meanwhile, in Kansas City, “The Point” ranks third (5.5, 6+).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programming executive John Dimick leaves the radio biz after a 35-year career to begin operating a newly purchased AAMCO Transmissions franchise in Atlanta. Dimick was SVP of programming and operations for Lincoln Financial Media and his exit comes as that company’s stations are acquired by Entercom…..Alpha Media’s WNGY, Peoria “Energy 102.3” is piping in the WIHT, Washington-based “Kane Show” for morning drive. The “Kane Show” is heard on a number of iHeartMedia-owned CHR outlets. ….The “Matty in the Morning” show on iHeartMedia’s CHR WXKS, Boston “Kiss 108” has a new executive producer. Medha Gandhi moves to Boston from Columbus, Ohio where she’d been executive producer of the “Dave and Jimmy” show on the company’s CHR WNCI.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic Hot AC. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the third of three format analyses based on data from the June 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. Previously, we reviewed mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR. Today’s report looks at the rhythmic hot AC format. There are just eight stations airing the format in PPM markets (that are subscribers to Nielsen) and Hubbard Broadcasting’s WREW, Cincinnati “The New 94.9” tops the pack in both share and ranking. In addition to charts showing shares over the past six surveys, and share fluctuations, Kinosian compares the performances of mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC. See the whole report here.
Lady Antebellum Visits ‘America’s Morning Show’ for Fake-A-Song Friday. Country act Lady Antebellum visited the NASH Campus on Friday (7/17) and stopped by the “America’s Morning Show” studios to take part in Fake-A-Song Friday. The band had to draw five words from a basket and was then given 20 minutes to write a song including the five words and perform it in the studio. They drew: jiggy, submarine, massage, pony and diva. Watch the video here to see how they did. Pictured here (from l-r) are: Cumulus Media EVP, content and programming John Dickey; Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, America’s Morning Show’s Chuck Wicks, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, and America’s Morning Show’s Blair Garner.
Entercom Closes on LFM Deal; Begins Operating Bonneville’s KSWD, Los Angeles. On the heels of this week’s announcement that Entercom Communications and the Department of Justice reached an agreement on its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media’s radio stations comes today’s news that the deal has closed and it begins operating the stations today (7/17). Entercom is also beginning operation of Bonneville’s classic rock KSWD, Los Angeles “The Sound” under a Time Brokerage Agreement and Bonneville begins operating the four Denver stations it is acquiring from Entercom as part of the larger deal. Those Denver stations are: adult contemporary KOSI, country KYGO, and sports talkers KKFN-FM and KEPN. Closing of the Bonneville-Entercom station exchange is subject to FCC approval and other customary closing conditions. Entercom expects this transaction to close by the fourth quarter of this year.
Alpha Media Closes on Adelante Deal. The deal between Larry Wilson’s Portland-based Alpha Media and Adelante Media Group for its three Salt Lake City market stations has closed. Alpha takes ownership of Spanish-language music outlets KTUB-AM, KDUT and KBMG (licensed to Evanston, Wyoming). Wilson says, “[Stations manager] Mary Lee Robinson and her team will be a great addition to the Alpha Media Family. We look forward to continuing the live and local message throughout the Latino community in Salt Lake City.” Adelante CEO Jay Meyers adds, “Although I am sad to see the Adelante era end in Salt Lake, I’m very excited that the great things we’ve built will be continued by the special team at Alpha Media. Dealing with Larry Wilson, Bob Proffitt, Donna Heffner and the Alpha Media crew has been a true joy.”
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses based on data from Nielsen Audio’s June 2015 PPM survey. Yesterday, we published his report on mainstream CHR and you can see that here. Today’s focus is on rhythmic CHR where, in the nation’s #1 market, Kinosian writes, “iHeartMedia’s WKTU ‘The Beat of New York’ makes it back-to-back wins over Emmis-owned WQHT ‘Hot 97.’ Three-tenths of a share separates the two Big Apple rhythmic CHRs, compared to one-tenth in May; WQHT came out on top in April by one-tenth.” In this report find charts detailing month-to-month ratings fluctuations, year-to-year ratings fluctuations, market ranks for rhythmic CHR outlets, and a comparison of mainstream and rhythmic CHR stations’ market shares and ranks. See the whole story here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Named to the SVP, political sales and strategy position for iHeartMedia is Kenny Day, who joins the company on July 23. He’ll report to president of national sales Jeff Howard. The company says that in this new role, Day will oversee its “political and advocacy efforts by building a Washington D.C.-based team focused on working with political and issue advertisers as well as advertising agencies to create custom strategies, campaigns and content” that leverage all the company’s platforms. Day was most recently director of platform solutions for unified programmatic video advertising platform BrightRoll…..Following Pete Booker’s recent retirement from his 22-year CEO position at Delmarva Broadcasting, the company announces Jeff Boden is assuming the role. Boden most recently was president and CEO of Chevy Chase, Maryland-based 4S Marketing Solutions, but his radio experience includes time as general sales manager for iHeartMedia’s Washington, DC music stations AC WASH, classic rock WBIG and country WMZQ. Prior to that, he was GM at Cumulus Media’s CHR WRQX and news/talk WMAL for seven years…..Program director Kevin Gardner exits Service Broadcasting’s urban contemporary KRNB, Dallas as the company elects not to renew his contract.
CBS RADIO Inks Perez Hilton to Multi-Platform Deal. Celebrity gossip maven Perez Hilton and CBS RADIO agree to a deal that will bring Hilton’s “Radio Perez” daily feature to 20 CBS RADIO stations across the country. The deal also includes an exclusive podcast hosted by Hilton that will be available on CBS’ Play.it platform.
Luke Bryan Visits ‘NASH Nights Live.’ Country superstar Luke Bryan stopped by the NASH campus in Nashville to go on the radio on “NASH Nights Live” to promote his new album Kill The Lights that debuts on August 7. Bryan also talked about his recent comments about the outlaw country genre that raised the ire of relatives of Waylon Jennings. He said that when he learned of Shooter Jennings‘ response to his apology, he felt like it was the first time he could take a deep breath again. Pictured here (from l-r) are: Elaina Smith, Bryan, and Shawn Parr.
PPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses based on data from Nielsen Audio’s June 2015 PPM survey. Today’s feature looks at mainstream CHR-formatted stations. iHeartMedia’s “Kiss”-branded CHR stations continue to top competitor CBS RADIO‘s stations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago this month. In this report you can see the ratings battles in other markets, as well. Also, you can see (6+) ratings fluctuations from a year ago; market ranks (there are five CHR stations that rank #1 in their market); and which stations have the highest market share. View Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.
Entercom Elevates Nite to Austin’s VP/Programming. In a move that will take her from California’s capital city to a return to Texas’ state capital, Nikki Nite is leaving the programming chair at Entercom Sacramento mainstream CHR KDND “The End” and hot AC KUDL “Star” to succeed Cat Thomas as the company’s vice president of programming and operations in Austin. Entercom Austin vice president and general manager Stephanie Callihan comments, “After [Nikki’s] incredibly successful run at Entercom Sacramento, we are thrilled to welcome [her] back to Texas. Nikki’s experience and leadership will help continue the momentum we have with our stations in the Austin market and help us grow deeper relationships with our listeners and fans.” Nite remarks, “I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to build upon the solid foundation Cat Thomas has put in place. Returning to Austin is not only professionally rewarding, but also personally rewarding. I will be doing what I love, closer to family. Entercom is a company full of talented, good people; I am blessed to be able to continue to grow my career with this team.” Prior to joining Entercom in 2009, Nite worked in Dallas (at KVIL and KMVK); Greenville, South Carolina (at WFBC-FM and WGCV); and in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (at WWXM). In just over two weeks (8/3), she begins her new duties overseeing programming and operations of Entercom Austin adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5″; hot AC KAMX “Mix 94.7″; KKMJ-HD3 “96.3 RnB,” and talk KJCE. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s June PPM ratings sweep, “Magic” ranks #7 (4.8); “Mix” #8 (4.4); KKMJ-HD3 #12 (3.6); and KJCE is #26 (.2).
Marty Bender Stepping Down from PD Post at AC WSHE, Chicago. As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Hubbard Radio programmer Marty Bender is resigning from his role as program director for adult contemporary WSHE “She 100.3” for personal reasons related to the recent death of his brother and other health and family issues. In a memo to staff, Bender says, “A day does not go by when I don’t wake up and wonder if I’m in the right place, for the right reasons. At this time, the right decision for me is to step aside from my day-to-day programming duties at SHE and attend to all of the above, along with the corresponding legal issues that seem to never let up.” Hubbard SVP of programming Greg Solk says the search for Bender’s replacement is underway and Bender has agreed to stay on in an “advisory and consulting role.” He adds, “WSHE is turning into a top-tier station in the market and much of that success can be directly attributed to Marty and his programming touch.” Read Feder’s entire piece here.
Crystal McKenzie Named Midday Personality at Classic Rock WFBQ, Indy. Returning to the station where she got her first radio gig right out of high school, Crystal McKenzie is the new midday personality at classic rock WFBQ, Indianapolis “Q-95.” McKenzie will be on the air from 10:30 to 3:00 pm daily. She says, “It’s a great honor to be asked to do a radio show in my hometown of Indy, and it seems to have come full circle since I am going back to the exact same building where I started my career in the 1980s. Hosting a show for a heritage radio station like ‘Q95’ – with great leadership from the likes of iHeartMedia SVP of programming Rob Cressman and market manager Rick Green – is an absolute dream come true. I am thrilled to have been selected to work for a solid company like iHeartMedia.” McKenzie has worked on air at KZQZ, San Francisco, KCHZ, Kansas City and was the original “80s on 8” afternoon host and music director for XM Satellite Radio.
Wilhoit Joins Cumulus Pensacola as VP of Sales. Advertising executive Davey Wilhoit joins Cumulus Media as vice president of sales for the five-station Pensacola cluster. Wilhoit is a Pensacola native who most recently was multimedia advertising manager for the Pensacola News Journal. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati says, “We’re thrilled to have Davey at the sales helm of our Pensacola group of stations. He has years of experience managing a team of business-to-business sales professionals driving high levels of solution-based sales activity each day. Davey will bring that same pace of business inside the walls of Cumulus in Pensacola. His deep knowledge of digital, newspaper and yellow page sales will bring a new and fresh perspective to radio in this market.” Cumulus operates news/talk WCOA, classic hits WJTQ, AC WMEZ, urban AC WRRX, and country WXBM “NASH FM.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the iHeartMedia Houston operations, air personality Devi Dev, a.k.a. Devon Anjelica, moves from the evening slot to middays at urban contemporary KQBT “93.7 The Beat” and takes on the music director role as well. She fills the daypart that had been voice-tracked by Papa Keith. With Devi Dev’s move to middays, weekender DJ Rogers assumes the night shift…..Assuming the role to be vacated by Kelly Cole (effective August 14) at NAB, Curtis LeGeyt is promoted to EVP of government relations for the organization.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: Kid Kelly, vice president of music programming at SiriusXM; Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS owned WJMK “K-Hits” and WBBM-FM in Chicago; John Marks, director of country programming for SiriusXM; on-air personality Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on-air personality at WCLT, Newark, Ohio “T-100”; Golden-eared music director Karoline Kramer Gould (also known to her followers as Momma K) at WJCU, Cleveland; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Jayn, golden-eared afternoon talent/music director/asst. program director at “Alice 93.7” in San Francisco; plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (7/15) includes such names as: Demi Lovato, Leon Bridges, Pharrell Williams, Max, Hoodie Allen, The Heydaze, Cro, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, Coheed & Cambria, Joy Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Guy, Indigo Girls, Lamb of God, Family of the Year, Beck, Uncle Ezra Ray, Bobby Wills, Carissa Leigh, Clare Dunn, Corey Smith, Alan Jackson, Kygo, Conrad Sewell, Barny Rubble, Nathan Sykes, Jump Smokers!, Coleman Hell, Marcio Lama, Jefferson Airplane, Mr. Belt & Wezol, Freejak, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Major Market Swapping Among Entercom, LFM, Bonneville. Official settlement has been reached between Entercom Communications and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Entercom’s acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media. The proposed transaction involving LFM properties in three markets was announced last December. Another player entered the mix, and as part of the DOJ resolution, Entercom gains entry into the second-largest market by exchanging four Denver stations with Bonneville. Somewhat resembling an MLB mega-swap conducted prior to baseball’s July 31 trading deadline, Entercom is cutting ties with adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock,” KYGO “#1 For New Country,” KKFN “Sports Radio – The Fan,” and sports KEPN “The Zone” in exchange for Bonneville Los Angeles classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” and $5 million in additional consideration. After the dust settles, Entercom will have facilities in four (new for them) top 20 markets – Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, and San Diego. Leading their respective stations there – and all having the Entercom title of vice president and general manager are: Peter Burton (Los Angeles); Mike Fowler (Atlanta); Doug Abernethy (Miami); and Bob Bollinger (San Diego). Amy Griesheimer remains in place as vice president and general manager of Entercom Denver; she has been with the company since 2002. Entercom president and chief executive officer David Field comments, “We are delighted to be moving forward on our long-delayed acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media and adding their terrific brands, markets, and people to our organization. We are also very excited to be acquiring ‘The Sound,’ the fastest growing radio station in Los Angeles, through our station exchange with Bonneville. Adding Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, and San Diego to our footprint will meaningfully enhance our ability to serve our listeners, customers, employees, and shareholders. This is a great day for Entercom that will enhance our competitive position and bolster our growth potential well into the future.” According to Entercom chief operating officer Weezie Kramer, “Lincoln Financial Media, Bonneville, and their teams have built world-class brands. We are excited about the opportunities to continue to grow these stations and to provide our listeners and customers with the best compelling local content and dynamic, integrated marketing solutions. I am excited to welcome Doug, Bob, Mike, and Peter to Entercom. They are great leaders and managers with a proven track record of success. As we enter these vibrant markets, we are thrilled to have such talented and experienced media veterans at the helm. Amy has been a tremendous leader for Entercom Denver. We know her experience, leadership, and vision will continue to drive ratings, revenue, and audience engagement for our stations [there].” Meanwhile, Bonneville president Darrell Brown remarks, “Denver is a vibrant, growing area where we see great opportunity. The stations we are acquiring are legacy brands and provide a powerful cluster in this market. They align well with our existing portfolio, allowing us to expand our regional footprint. Bonneville’s core mission is building and lifting the communities where we own broadcast properties. We have a commitment to provide quality sports, news, and entertainment products and we are thrilled to serve the Denver market.” After spending seven years as director of sales for Lincoln Financial San Diego, New York native Burton joined Bonneville seven years ago. Entercom Los Angeles will consist of KSWD “The Sound,” which in 12 of the last 13 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings periods, has been in the 3.0 – 3.9 range. In the most recent sweep (June 2015), it ranks sixth (3.7, 6+); “The Sound” registered a 3.9 in March, April, and May. Fowler most recently was director of sales for ESPN Chicago. The LFM cluster that Entercom is acquiring in Atlanta is comprised of hot AC WSTR “Star 94,” which has back-to-back increases (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.8, April-May-June, 6+) to finish #11, and WQXI “ESPN 790 The Zone” (.2, 6+). Abernethy joined Entercom three months ago, following ten years as a Radio One regional vice president. Among the three Miami stations Entercom is picking up from LFM is adult contemporary WLYF “Lite-FM,” which – in May – finally unseated Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT at #1. With consecutive up-trends (6.8 – 7.1 – 7.3, April-May-June, 6+), “Lite” remains at #1. The other two Miami stations Entercom is acquiring are classic hits-oldies WMXJ “Magic 102.7″ (4.4, #7, 6+, June 2015) and sports WAXY “The Ticket” (1.9, #20). It was just last week that Bolinger exited CBS Radio San Diego as senior vice president and market manager. As is the case in Miami involving adult contemporary WLYF, Entercom is getting a #1 station (6+) in San Diego with adult contemporary KIFM “Easy 98.1″ (5.5, #1, 6+, June 2015). In addition to “Easy,” the San Diego cluster-mates Bolinger will oversee are KSON “New Country” (4.5, #6) and alternative KBZT “It’s About the Music” (2.6, #16). June 2015 (6+) ratings performances for the properties leaving Entercom and joining Bonneville are 5.3, #4 (fourth successive up trend) for KYGO; 4.7, #6 for KOSI; and 2.0, #19 for KKFN; KEPN does not appear in the June sweep. Stations remaining under the Entercom Denver banner are June 2015 pacesetter classic rock KQMT “The Mountain” (6.6, #1, 6+); hot AC KALC “Alice” (4.0, #9); and adult standards KEZW “Studio 1430 – Timeless Music” (.5, #28). They will be joined by Lincoln Financial Media additions rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5″ (3.5, #12, 6+, June 2015); KYGO-HD2 “Comedy 103.1″ (#18, trending 1.7 – 1.8, 1.9 – 3.0, 6+); and KRWZ “Cruisin’ Oldies – AM 950″ (1.5, #23). Purchase price for Entercom’s Lincoln Financial Media acquisition is $105 million. Approximately three-quarters of it – $77.5 million – is in cash and the remaining $27.5 million in “Series A” perpetual convertible preferred stock held by Lincoln Financial Group. Time Brokerage Agreements will enable Bonneville and Entercom to operate the swapped properties immediately upon closing of the Lincoln Financial Media acquisition. It is anticipated that closing of the Lincoln Financial Media acquisition and beginning of the Bonneville-Entercom TBAs will occur within several business days. Entercom expects the Bonneville transaction will be finalized by fourth quarter.
Connoisseur Media Bought by Management and Petrus Holding Company. Westport, Connecticut-based Connoisseur Media has been bought in a joint effort by the company’s management and Petrus Holding Company, LP, a Perot Company. In a statement issued today, Petrus says existing management team will continue to operate the stations, with Petrus as their financial partner. Connoisseur Media operates 42 radio stations and digital assets in 12 markets across the U.S. Connoisseur CEO Jeffrey Warshaw states, “We are very excited to partner with The Perot Companies to continue our focused and disciplined growth strategy. It is important for us to have a partner who shares our values and supports our long-term growth strategy.” Perot Companies chairman Ross Perot, Jr. says, “The Perot Companies and Connoisseur share common values, an entrepreneurial culture and a long-term approach to operating and building world-class companies. Our investment will allow Connoisseur to continue investing in its people while ensuring it can remain prudently financed, locally focused and innovative.”
Cumulus Announces Major PD Moves; Jeffries to WRQX, Washington and Gillette to WPLJ, New York. Though these moves take programmers Jan Jeffries and Rick Gillette to new markets, Jeffries retains his corporate SVP of programming role and Gillette continues his corporate program director/contemporary position for Cumulus Media. But Jeffries leaves behind his classic hits WLS-FM, Chicago programming position to oversee programming at CHR WRQX, Washington. Rick Gillette heads up I-95 to New York to become program director for hot AC WPLJ. Current WPLJ programmer John Foxx remains with the station as APD. Cumulus begins a search for a new programmer for WLS-FM. Jan Jeffries comments, “The past four years programming WLS-FM have been most rewarding, solidifying its heritage with a legendary air staff and signature sound. Now it is an honor to join WRQX and lead the talented programming team in Washington. My deepest appreciation to John Dickey and Mike McVay.” Gillette says, “DC is a special place. It’s not often you get to rebuild a brand from the ground up, but that’s exactly what we’ve done in the past year. The cast and crew there are nonpareil, and the ratings growth shows the brand is on the move. ‘95.5 PLJ’ is also a special place. John Foxx and I have been working very closely together on this project the past nine months. He’s one of the finest young programmers in the country and we’re blessed to have him on this amazing team. Now, with Chad Lopez firmly ensconced in the corner office, I believe this brand is ready to return to dominance in Gotham.”
Cox Media Group Makes ‘Major Senior Leadership Changes.’ These executive moves affect the National Ad Platforms, radio and digital businesses of Cox Media Group. They include: Kim Guthrie being named EVP of National Ad Platforms and president of CoxReps, the country’s largest television advertising rep firm based in New York City; Bill Hendrich takes over for Guthrie as EVP of radio and CMG research, based in Atlanta; and Marian Pittman becomes the company’s EVP of digital strategy and will oversee digital’s content and sales from her base in Atlanta. Guthrie’s assumption of the CoxReps presidency comes as Jim Monahan retires from the company after 35 years. The company says new radio EVP Bill Hendrich joined CMG Radio in 1996 in Orlando and has led countless award-winning teams that have produced outstanding creative content for CMG’s radio audiences, quantifiable sales results for customers, and internal and external customer service satisfaction for CMG’s employees and clients. The company’s Orlando VP/GM Susan Larkin is promoted to regional VP of Jacksonville and Orlando Radio. Finally, Pittman makes her move after serving with the company as VP of news and marketing for television.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. There’s a new morning host in place at Entercom’s rhythmic oldies KHTP, Seattle “Hot 103.7.” Deanna Cruz moves across the country from her most recent gig as morning personality at iHeartMedia’s hip hop WWKX, Providence “Hot 106.” Cruz replaces the duo Candy & Potter which exited in March of this year after a 14-month run in AM drive…..Air personality Wells Adams is the new afternoon host at iHeartMedia’s classic rock WNRQ, Nashville. He’ll also host mornings on the company’s alternative simulcast WNRQ-HD2 and W252CM “Alt 98.3.”He leaves crosstown triple a WRLT “Lightning 100.”
Nielsen to Talk Voltair with Clients. Ratings giant Nielsen Audio has had a Voltair audio processor unit for about six months now and clients – not to mention the industry as a whole – are probably very excited the company will address the Telos/Alliance-made unit in a webinar for clients on July 21. In a letter to clients, Nielsen says the webinar will focus on “PPM enhancements” and an update on the Voltair testing. Broadcasters working in the field say the Voltair processor allows stations to see the strength of their PPM encoding as it leaves the audio chain and make adjustments in the signal in hopes of getting as much listening credit as the signal is due. Canada’s ratings consortium Numeris has banned the use of Voltair – to ensure a level playing field – while it, too, tests the unit.
WOAD, Jackson Host Percy Davis Honored at 37th Annual Gospel Music Awards. Jackson, Mississippi programmer and radio host Percy Davis was honored at this past Sunday’s 37th Annual Gospel Music Awards where he received the 2015 Gospel Radio Announcer of the Year award. Davis hosts WOAD, Jackson’s morning show and serves as program director. Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick says, “We are truly blessed to have a programmer with Percy’s passion, love and experience with Alpha Media.”
Vance Joy Entertains ‘94.7 Fresh FM’ Washington Listeners. Australian singing sensation Vance Joy is pictured here performing for an exclusive group of WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM” listeners at CBS RADIO Washington’s DC Lottery Live stage. Station personalities Tommy, Jen and Kelly of “The Tommy Show” hosted the event.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: Kid Kelly, vice president of music programming at SiriusXM; Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS owned WJMK “K-Hits” and WBBM-FM in Chicago; on-air personality Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, Ohio; Golden-eared music director Karoline Kramer Gould (also known to her followers as Momma K) at WJCU, Cleveland; Bill Phipps, the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Jayn, golden-eared afternoon talent/music director/asst. program director at “Alice 93.7” in San Francisco; plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (7/8) includes such names as: R. City, Adam Levine, Dr. Luke, Jason Derulo, Janet Jackson, Leon Bridges, The Heydaze, In The Valley Below, Cro, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, The Expanders, Duran Duran, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers, Beach House, Bullet For My Valentine, Lighthouse and The Whaler, Family Of The Year, Beck, Alan Jackson, Cam, Bobby Wills, Luke Combs, Phil Vaught, Uncle Ezra Ray, Mark McGrath, Uncle Kracker, Kevin Griffin, Keith Urban, Kygo, Midas Hutch, Galantis, Slaptop, Ferreck Dawn, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Round One of June 2015 PPM Data Released. The ratings information from Nielsen Audio‘s June 2015 PPM survey has been released for the first of four groups of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). The June survey period covered May 21 – June 17. You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Also, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” below.
1) Los Angeles – This time last month, Los Angeles’ top five finishers were within seven-tenths of each other. Things remain congested in the nation’s second-largest metro, as a miniscule three-tenths separates the first four. Included in that pack is CBS Radio classic hits-oldies outlet KRTH “K-Earth 101,” which, by adding one-tenth (5.1 – 5.2, 6+), breaks May’s first-place tie with iHeartMedia hot AC KBIG “My-FM” (flat at 5.1, first to second). Improving by six-tenths each are “My-FM” adult contemporary sibling KOST “Coast 103″ (4.5 – 5.1, 6+) and Saul Levine-owned KKGO “Go Country 105 FM” (2.4 – 3.0, 6+). The +.6 for “Coast,” which advances from fourth in May to a second-place tie with KBIG, halts five straight down sweeps that had resulted in a combined -7.7 and a more than 60% loss (12.2 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.9 – 4.5, 6+). In a fourth-place tie at #16 in May, KKGO jumps to #12 and registers its strongest 6+-share since December 2012, when it also reached 3.0. With the exception of a 1.8 in “Holiday” 2014, “Go Country 105 FM” was in the 2.0 – 2.9 range throughout that entire stretch. Steady at #5, “K-Earth 101″ smooth AC cluster-mate KTWV “The Wave” regresses by two-tenths (4.4 – 4.2, 6+), thus concluding a string of four straight progressive trends (2.3 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 4.4, 6+) that almost doubled its 6+-stats. May’s 4.4 (6+) eclipsed the 4.0 “The Wave” notched in “Holiday” 2012. Following four straight monthlies at 2.0 (6+), Cumulus Media rocker KLOS dialed up a 2.4 in May and now tacks on another three-tenths to 2.7, improving from #16 to a four-way tie at #15. The market’s two CHR combatants are off slightly: iHeartMedia’s KIIS “Kiss-FM” dips from 5.0 – 4.9, (-.1, third to fourth, 6+) and CBS Radio’s KAMP “Amp Radio” drops two-tenths (3.6 – 3.4) to slip from a seventh-place tie in May to ninth.
2) Chicago – Whereas last year’s Chicago Cubs’ flagship – WGN – improves by one full-share (3.3 – 4.3, 6+), this year’s key outlet of the NL Central team, CBS Radio‘s all-news WBBM-AM, sputters by seven-tenths. It is the fourth straight down trend for WBBM-AM (7.4 – 6.8 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+), which had not fallen below a 5.0-share (6+) in nearly two years (4.9, August 2013). The two most recent occasions WGN reached the four-share level (6+) were in November 2014 and June 2014 (4.0 each time). The Tribune talker vaults from a three-way tie at #8 to #4, while WBBM-AM slides from second to third. The fourth successive up-trend (.1 – .6 – .7 – .9 – 1.6, 6+) for WRME “Me TV Me Music” is a solid +.7, taking the low-power, adult contemporary at 87.7 FM to #25. Gaining by one-half share each are CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3″ (4.0, steady at #6) and iHeartMedia urban contemporary WGCI-FM (3.8, three-way tie at eighth in May to seventh). Off by seven-tenths in April, Cumulus Media‘s WLS-FM “Chicago’s Classic Hits” regained nearly all of it in May, but drops one-half share (2.7 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+) as it tumbles from a three-way logjam at #8 to #14. This time last month, both of Chicago’s country outlets increased – CBS Radio-owned WUSN “US-99.5″ by three-tenths and iHeartMedia’s WEBG “Big 95.5 – Chicago’s Hit Country” by four-tenths. Now, however, “US-99.5″ returns its three-tenths gain (3.0 – 2.7, #14 to #15) while “Big 95.5″ falters by one-half share (2.4 – 1.9); WUSN moves from #14 to #15 and WEBG drops from a three-way tie at #18 to #22. After three successive progressive trends (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+), ESPN‘s WMVP regresses by six tenths to 1.5 (#26). This marks the fifth successive sweep that WSCR “The Score” is either down or flat (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+); the CBS Radio sports outlet/Chicago White Sox flagship is in a three-way tie at #22. Following three straight modest up-trends (6.2 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.9, 6+), WVAZ “V-103″ is now down in back-to-back sweeps (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5, 6+), but the iHeartMedia urban AC remains #1 for the fourth consecutive month.
3) San Francisco – Spoken-word outlets again finish one-two, although Cumulus Media sports outlet/San Francisco Giants flagship KNBR “The Sports Leader” racks up a strong +1.1 (5.1 – 6.2, 6+) and trades places with all-news KCBS-AM (6.3 – 5.9, -.4). It is the best 6+-showing for KNBR since last November’s 8.9, contrasted to the lowest for KCBS-AM since that same November 2014 report when it scored a 5.7 (6+). KCBS-AM had been on top the past six ratings periods. After three straight progressive monthlies (1.7 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s KOSF “Big 103.7″stumbled by seven-tenths in April to 2.2; regained one-half share to 3.4 in May; but sputters by six-tenths to 2.1 (June, 6+). In a three-way deadlock at #12 in May, “Big 103.7″ is now tied for #15. Rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 – The Throwback Station” continues its winning ways as the Entercom property is up or flat for the seventh straight monthly (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+). In that period, “Q102.1″ (steady at #11) has more than doubled its 6+-share. Locked on 4.8 (6+) in April and May, adult contemporary cluster-mate KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” falters by one-half share to 4.3, dropping from third to sixth. The rollercoaster ride continues for iHeartMedia’s KYLD. Improving by one-half share in March to climb from tenth to seventh, “WiLD 94.9″ relinquished all of it in April; added six-tenths in May; and now drops four-tenths in June (3.5 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 4.1 – 3.7, 6+); it slips from a seventh-place tie to eighth. With a one-tenth gain to 2.8, co-owned urban-rhythmic oldies KISQ “98.1 Kiss-FM” applies the brakes to three straight downtrends (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 2.7, 6+) and is steady at #12. Finishing at #26 (down from #25 in May), Cumulus Media talker KGO is down or flat for the fifth consecutive ratings period (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+).
4) Dallas – Two regional Mexican outlets increase by one-half share each: Univision‘s KLNO (3.7, #11 to #7) and Liberman‘s KNOR “La Raza 93.7″ (1.7, #25). Also picking up one-half share are CBS Radio adult hits KJKK “Jack-FM” to 2.9, bumping up from a three-way tie at #15 in May to #12, and iHeartMedia rocker KDGE “102.1 The Edge” to 2.6, jumping from #20 to #14. After four downward trends in a row (5.6 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+), Salem contemporary Christian KLTY “Safe for the Whole Family” manages a +.2 to climb from sixth to a fifth-place tie. There is minimal movement for Cumulus Media‘s country combo, as KPLX “The Wolf” is off by one-tenth (4.7 – 4.6, 6+), while KSCS “New Country 96.3″ adds one-tenth (3.5 – 3.6, 6+); “The Wolf” actually moves up from a fourth-place tie to a third-place tie and “New Country” is steady at #9. Similarly, there is not much month-to-month activity involving the market’s two hot AC facilities: iHeartMedia’s KDMX “Now 102.9″ is -.3 (5.1 – 4.8, 6+), but remains at #2, while CBS Radio’s KVIL (+.1) has its fourth successive progressive sweep (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+) to inch up from eighth in May to a seventh-place tie. This represents the sixth consecutive sweep that Cumulus Media talker WBAP is either up or flat for a net gain of eight tenths (1.7 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+), yet it slips from #14 to #16. Despite a decline of six-tenths (7.8 – 7.2, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” is #1 for the sixth consecutive ratings period. Dropping from #15 to #19, Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies KSOC “Boom 94.5″ is down or flat for the fourth straight time (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s KEGL “The Eagle Rocks” (#13 to #14) is also down or flat for the fourth successive report (3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+). Somewhat similarly, Service Broadcasting urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7″ regresses for the fourth consecutive sweep (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), dipping from tenth to eleventh.
5) Houston – Following six straight down or flat surveys – including four 4.6 showings in a row (5.3 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.6- 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.2, 6+) – Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “The Box” improves by four-tenths to 4.6, climbing from a tie at #8 to a tie at #6. Owing to a +.1, CBS Radio hot AC KHMX “Mix 96.5″ (steady at #11) extends its string of up or flat trends to eight for a combined +1.3 (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.8, 6+). The market’s two mainstream country outlets each dip by one-tenth, although Cox Media Group‘s KKBQ “The New 93-Q” (6.2 – 6.1, 6+) improves from a third-place tie in May to #2, while CBS Radio’s KILT-FM “The Bull” (3.9 – 3.8, 6+) moves from tenth to an eleventh-place tie. “The New 93-Q” had been up in each of the past three reports (5.3 – 5.4 – 6.1 – 6.2, 6+). Albeit down one-tenth (7.7 – 7.6, 6+), adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ makes it nine consecutive monthlies at #1. Prior to June’s -.1, the iHeartMedia facility had been up or flat the past three survey periods (6.9 – 6.9 – 7.4 – 7.7, 6+) for a collective +.8. In the runner-up slot for seven of the previous eight sweeps, Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1″ suffers a one-share decline (6.5 – 5.5, 6+) and drops to fourth. After registering a 5.8 in April 2014, “Majic 102.1″ followed with 14 successive showings in the six-share range. Declining by one-half share each are iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “The Buzz” (seventh to eighth) and CBS Radio’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610″ (1.7 – 1.2, #25). This marks the fifth successive time that “The Buzz” has been down or flat for a cumulative -.9 (5.1 – 5.1 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.2, 6+).
6) Philadelphia – Unaccustomed to finishing anywhere but first, WBEB “More FM” comes roaring back from May’s second-place showing with a robust +1.4 (5.8 – 7.2) to regain the top spot. Prior to being displaced at #1 in May by CBS Radio‘s WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits,” Jerry Lee-owned “More FM” was #1 the past eight sweeps. Moreover, the +1.4 by “More FM” curtails five successive negative monthly reports that produced a combined -9.3 (15.1 – 7.3 – 6.9 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 5.8, 6+). Notwithstanding that WOGL has its fourth straight positive trend (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.9, 6+), it must settle for a first-to-second move – although it trails WBEB by just three-tenths. The third consecutive progressive trend for WOGL’s CHR sibling WZMP is a +.6 (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.6, 6+) as “Amp Radio” zooms from #16 to #11. Conversely though, co-owned sports outlet WIP-FM (#11 to #12) follows May’s -.5 with a loss of eight-tenths and is now trending 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 3.5 (6+) for a cumulative -1.5. The last time WIP was in the three-share range (6+) was last September (3.7). Also declining by eight-tenths (4.8 – 4.0, 6+) is iHeartMedia alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5,” which slides from eighth to tenth; “Radio 104.5″ had been up or flat the past three survey periods (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+). After doubling its share (1.9 – 3.8, November – December), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WPHI “Boom 107.9″ is trending 3.8 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 (6+); it slips from #17 to #18.
7) Atlanta – Not only does WVEE “V-103″ notch its third successive gain (7.8 – 8.5 – 9.0 – 9.2, 6+), the CBS Radio urban contemporary outlet is this market’s pacesetter for the fifth consecutive sweep. Improving by six-tenths each are Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 “The River” (4.3 – 4.9, steady at #8) and Lincoln Financial Media hot AC WSTR “Star 94″ (3.2 – 3.8, #14 to a tie at #11). A model of consistency, “Star 94″ has been in the 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) the past 24 survey periods. This is the fourth straight time that Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104″ (+.5) is up or flat (5.4 – 5.4 – 6.4 – 6.6 – 7.1, 6+), as it advances from third to second. With a -.6, the string of positive trends for Salem contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” ends at three (4.6 – 5.6 – 6.2 – 6.5 – 5.9, 6+), but it remains in fourth-place. Among the trio of stations declining by one-half share are Cox Media Group talk and adult contemporary cluster-mates WSB-AM (7.3 – 6.8, second to third) and WSB-FM “B-98.5″ (steady in fifth-place); “B-98.5″ is off for the third consecutive sweep (6.5 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+) for a combined -.9. The other Atlanta outlet dropping by one-half share from May is CBS Radio’s WZGC “The Game” (#17 to #20), off for the fifth straight ratings period (3.0 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+) for a combined -1.7.
8) Long Island – Despite having its string of up or flat monthlies snapped at five (5.5 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ (-.1) repeats at #1. Co-owned talker WOR (+.1), meanwhile, manages to extend its streak of up or flat sweeps to six (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), more than doubling its 6+-share in that time; the New York Mets flagship is steady at #16. In addition to registering its fourth straight up or flat monthly (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 2.2, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s WNSH “Nash FM” enjoys the market’s largest month-to-month increase (+.8). Since January, “Nash FM” has exactly doubled its 6+-share and it enters the top 20 (#20). Improving by one-half share each are Cox Media Group classic rocker WBAB (#11 to #10); Connoisseur classic hits-oldies WBZO “103.1 Max FM” (3.1 – 3.6, #13 to #11); and CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp Radio” (2.1 – 2.6, #19 to #15). WBAB is up or flat for the sixth straight time (2.6 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.8, 6+). On the heels of May’s -.8, Connoisseur hot AC WALK-FM sputters by -1.1 (6.8 – 6.0 – 4.9, 6+), dropping from second to third; 4.9 is WALK-FM’s lowest 6+-performance since November 2011 (also 4.9). For the past five sweeps, iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ has been up or flat in the Long Island report (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.8, 6+) for a cumulative +1.8; however, it declines by four-tenths to 4.4 to slip from fourth to sixth. Even though CBS Radio’s WFAN “The Fan” drops one-half share (5.5 – 5.0, 6+), it inches up from third to second.
9) Riverside – Boasting the largest (6+) May – June advance of any station in the 12 PPM markets Nielsen Audio released on Tuesday (+1.6), Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA jumps from fourth to second. Not only is 5.9 the best 6+-stat for KOLA since last September’s 6.1, this curtails five consecutive monthly declines that had resulted in a combined -1.3 (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+). Prior to May’s #4 finish, KOLA had been second for eight straight sweeps. Liberman Broadcasting regional Mexican KRQB “Que Buena 96.1″ tacks on a solid +1.1 to the three-tenths it gained in May (3.0 – 3.3 – 4.4) to progress from a fifth-place tie to fourth. After recording a 4.2 (6+) last August, “Que Buena 96.1″ followed with ten consecutive 6+-performances in the 3.0 – 3.9 range. Notwithstanding its fourth straight decline, amazingly each time by the same whopping -.9 for a cumulative -3.6 (12.2 – 11.3 – 10.4 – 9.5 – 8.6, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is #1 in the Inland Empire of Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario for the twelfth successive monthly. Runner-up the past three ratings periods, iHeartMedia CHR KGGI (4.8 – 4.5, -.3) moves to third. This is the sixth consecutive sweep that San Bernardino Community College-owned KVCR (steady at #15) has notched a .6.
10) San Jose – Surpassing even what it did in San Francisco (see above), Cumulus Media‘s KNBR “The Sports Leader” dials up a +1.4, progressing from fifth to second. This is the fourth successive positive trend in the San Jose report for the San Francisco Giants’ flagship (2.7 – 3.5 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 6.4, 6+). Having dipped six-tenths in March and eight-tenths in April, Empire Broadcasting‘s KRTY “Hot Country” rebounded with a +.4 in May and now explodes with a full-share gain (3.0 – 4.0, 6+) to catapult from #14 to #6. Cluster-mate KLIV “Silicon Valley News,” however, sputters by eight-tenths (2.0 – 1.2) and spirals from #21 to #28. Despite being down in back-to-back sweeps, Digity Media adult contemporary KBAY (7.2 – 6.6 – 6.5, 6+) is #1 for the eighth straight month. After adding one-half share in May to the eight-tenths it gained in April (5.2 – 6.0 – 6.5, 6+) all-news KCBS-AM forfeits all of it and returns to 5.2, sinking from second to fourth. Cumulus Media classic rocker KSAN “The Bone” (steady at #24) is off for the fourth successive sweep (3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+) and has lost nearly one-half of its 6+-share since then.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At the CBS RADIO station group in San Diego, market management pro Bob Bolinger leaves his market manager position. General sales manager Tina Rifkin assumes the interim market manager duties…..Classic hits WJGL, Jacksonville morning host and PD Aaron Schachter is swapping his other role as programmer for Cox Media Group‘s sister alternative WXXJ “X102.9” for the director of branding and programming post at clustermate news/talk WOKV. Schachter takes over for Mike Dorwart who was let go from the station after a 25-year career there…..Saga Communications’ classic rock WKLH, Milwaukee adds Dorene Michaels to the Dave Luczak morning show to serve as news anchor just a week after not renewing the contract of longtime morning co-host Carole Caine. Michaels has been handling similar duties at sister rock WHQG…..There’s a new digital program director at iHeartMedia’s Charlotte cluster as Jodi Phillips moves south from her most recent post at CBS RADIO’s Washington, DC station group.
Digital Sales Pro Jeff Miller Named VP/GM of Entercom’s SmartReach Digital. The SmartReach Digital division of Entercom provides the company’s local and regional clients with a broad range of digital marketing solutions, products and services. Now, the company brings Jeff Miller aboard as vice president/general manager of SmartReach Digital. He spent the last seven years with ReachLocal, most recently as senior director of sales for virtual markets. Entercom regional president Michael Doyle comments, “We are excited to find an executive with Jeff’s talent and experience available to help us continue to build our market-leading portfolio of digital products and services. Our focus is on helping local advertisers understand the power of combining the unmatched reach of radio with the best available digital advertising tools to generate outstanding results. Jeff provides us with cutting-edge thinking on both the product development and sales execution sides of the digital business.”
Howard B. Price: Radio’s Role on a ‘Typical Friday Night.’ When important news breaks on a “typical summer Friday night,” even music stations have the opportunity to inform their listeners. ABC Television director of business continuity Howard B. Price writes today about the bevvy of news stories that broke on June 26. “If you were online, or near a TV, or fortunate enough to be within earshot of one of the country’s 31 all-news radio stations on June 26, (and perhaps many news/talk stations, too), you were very much aware of what was going on. You heard history being made at the Supreme Court as same-sex marriage became the law of the land. You heard the president lead thousands in “Amazing Grace,” as he eulogized the nine souls murdered by a racist assassin, in oratory so stirring even some of the president’s critics acknowledged it as some of the best of his or any other presidency. You heard about not one, not two – but THREE bloody terrorist attacks in three different countries. And you heard about the dragnet that cornered and killed one of two murderous escapees from a maximum-security prison in northern New York State. But if you were listening to many music stations, and even some spoken-word stations programmed almost exclusively via satellite and with no local or network news service – you may have heard little or nothing about any of these major news events.” Price was traveling in rural New York State and says that because no local radio station was reporting, he learned about it on the Internet. Read Price’s entire piece here.
Carter Brokaw Joins iHeartMedia as President of Digital Revenue Strategy. In this position, Carter Brokaw will oversee iHeartMedia‘s digital sales efforts, driving digital revenue through new and existing sales channels as well as developing new digital revenue strategies for the company. He assumes the president of digital revenue strategy after serving with Guardian News and Media. He reports to Tim Castelli, president of national sales, marketing and partnerships. The company reports that Brokaw will work closely with Brian Kaminsky, iHeartMedia’s president of programmatic and data operations, to take to market iHeartMedia’s “first-of-its-kind programmatic, real-time ad buying platform launched earlier this year for broadcast radio stations, enriched with unique and proprietary data as well as third-party data.” Castelli comments, “Carter’s impressive track record of developing business strategies and launching national sales organizations for several media companies makes him the perfect person to drive our digital sales strategy. His vision and skill sets will be integral as we continue to build on the success of our digital sales team.”
Country WRNS, Greenville-New Bern, NC Adjusts Programming Staff. With the resignation of current program director Tommy Garrett for personal reasons, Digity-owned country station WRNS “Your Country 95.1” names APD Carletta Blake interim program director. Morning drive co-host Crystal Legends is promoted to music director and cluster operations manager Chris Mann will supervise the programming team. Station GM Larry Weiss notes that Garrett first came to the station in 2006 as music director and was elevated to the PD chair in February 2011. Weiss comments, “We are saddened that circumstances make it impossible for Tommy to continue in his role at WRNS. His personality and voice has been a fixture in thousands of Eastern North Carolina households for the past 10 years. Our staff and family of listeners wish Tommy and his family good luck and good fortune. The entire WRNS staff was blessed to have worked with him.”
Engmann Appointed GSM at iHM Milwaukee. Nine-year Nielsen Audio senior account manager Randy Engmann joins iHeartMedia Milwaukee as general sales manager. Senior vice president of sales Nathan Tonarelli declares, “We are excited to welcome Randy to our winning Milwaukee team. Randy’s leadership, knowledge, and drive will be a great addition to our culture.” Engmann remarks, “I am extremely enthusiastic in joining such a talented team providing a wide variety of offerings with the strong, impactful, high value brands of Milwaukee.” The company’s six Milwaukee properties include talk WISN; urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7 Jams”; WMIL “FM 106.1 Milwaukee Country”; WOKY “Big Sports 920″; WRIT “Oldies 95.7″; and CHR WRNW “Radio Now.” In advance of his Nielsen Audio tenure, Engmann worked at cross-town Entercom Milwaukee as an account executive, general sales manager, and regional account manager.
Huston Heads From Chicago to Greenville. Market #83, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, is the destination for Tim Huston, who is appointed general sales manager of Beasley Media Group‘s six-station North Carolina operation. Director of sales John Sheftic comments, “I could not be more pleased to find a GSM with the innovative ideas and skills to implement not only our market-leading broadcast assets, but also our state-of-the-art digital properties.” Huston – who arrives from Merlin Media Chicago where he was local sales manager – remarks, “It has been a great ride and I have been able to hold onto my valued mentors. I have worked with some of the legends in the business, which makes it even more enjoyable. This industry is in my blood, and it is [exciting] every minute of the day. My family and I are [looking forward] to moving to the warmth of North Carolina. Beasley Media Group has a fantastic reputation – I am so impressed to work with this company, which is filled with such great talent.” Beasley Media Group’s six-station Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville cluster consists of urban AC WIKS “Kiss FM”; adult contemporary WMGV “V-103.3 Carolina’s Best Mix”; urban-rhythmic oldies WNCT-AM “Beach Boogie & Blues Radio”; classic hits-oldies WNCT-FM “The Greatest Hits of all Time”; classic rock WSFL, and alternative WXNR “99.5 The X.” Huston previously held market management and sales management positions for Cumulus Media and Citadel Broadcasting; he began his industry career in the programming department of Chicago outlets WLUP “The Loop,” and WMVP.
Michael Harrison Gets ‘Up Close and Far Out’ with Radio Imaging Master and ‘Deep End’ Host Nick Michaels. This week’s new installment of Podcast One’s international hit podcast for media freaks, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” is posted today (7/7). It features a candid, free-flowing conversation between RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison and legendary radio imaging master Nick Michaels – host of the long-running, syndicated classic rock (and beyond) radio show “The Deep End with Nick Michaels.” The two practitioner/theorists discuss the state of imaging in radio and related media, sea changes in today’s creative approach to advertising, the increasing scarcity of time in the modern world, and serious problems facing music radio in the digital era. Michaels says, “Time is the new currency in today’s over-communicated world” – a concept he defines as ‘too much information traveling through too little time.’” He says that the competition for people’s attention has never been more intense and in order for programmers and advertisers alike to get their messages across they must do so by focusing on the perspective of the recipients of the message, not the presenters. Michaels boldly states, “In this environment, the advertiser’s need to sell a product or get a message out is no longer an annoyance, burden or interruption that this audience is willing to bear!” To hear the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right hand column of every page of RadioInfo.com.
Independent Alternative WWCD, Columbus Begins Crowdfunding Effort to Buy Signal. The Columbus, Ohio alternative rocker has been operated by Randy Malloy since he bought the intellectual property from the previous owner of the station when it was located at 101.1 (Ohio State University now operates that signal as a classical station). He is leasing the 102.1 FM frequency from Southeast Ohio Broadcasting. With the monthly lease escalating each year, Malloy wants to reach out to the station’s loyal fans and supporters via an IndieGogo crowdfunding effort in order to buy the license and reduce the cost of operation. Malloy tells the Columbus Dispatch that the original monthly lease was $12,000. That’s risen to $20,000 and will hit $25,000 in October of next year. “It’s gone up faster than the growth of the station or the potentiality of it. We are sustainable in that we make money, we pay our bills and we pay our employees. If it was still $12,000 a month, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.” The station is offering perks for donations and hopes to raise the $5 million it needs for the license by September 3.
Greater Media Philadelphia Re-Ups with NHL’s Flyers. The new multi-year deal between Greater Media’s Philadelphia cluster and the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers means sports talk WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” will continue to serve as the flagship of the Flyers Radio Network. Flyers games will air on both WPEN-FM and sister rock outlet WMMR. Additionally, Greater Media’s classic rock WMGK and adult hits WBEN-FM will continue to be promotional partners with the team.
iHeartMedia Installs Hispanic Brand Management Team. Led by Hispanic brand manager Ricardo “Gonzo” Otero, iHeartMedia‘s Hispanic brand management team will include brand coordinators Ray Hernandez and Raymond Torres. According to iHeartMedia national programming platforms president Tom Poleman, “We recognize the critical importance of Hispanic programming and we are creating systems to ensure its growth. Under Ricardo’s leadership, the Hispanic brand management team will continue to expand and strengthen iHeartMedia’s brands by providing stations with the best programming and content available to the format. Otero comments, “I could not be more excited and honored with this incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to continuing to learn from the best of the best and keep growing our Hispanic platforms.” Otero continues as both operations manager for the La Preciosa Network and program director of iHeartMedia Fresno’s KFSO “La Preciosa 92.9.” Meanwhile, Hernandez adds brand coordinator duties to his responsibilities as program director of Spanish contemporary WMGE “Mega 94.9,” Miami PD, as does Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba 100.3,” Orlando program director Torres.
Nick Fradiani Entertains at KVGS, Las Vegas Client Party. Las Vegas hot AC KVGS “Star 107.9” presented its new morning show to local advertisers and the media at a private party at Red Rock Hotel & Casino on July 2. Assistant program director/MD and afternoon personality Brian Hammer tells RadioInfo market pro Mark DiCiero, co-host Aimee Montgomery, and producer Mike Mackenzie were introduced and “American Idol” winner Nick Fradiani performed at the party. Pictured here (from l-r) are: (top row) DiCiero, evening host Chad Letts, program director Mike Obrian, and Hammer; (bottom row) Mackenzie, Fradiani, Montgomery, and midday personality Pomai.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: Kid Kelly, vice president of music programming at SiriusXM; on-air personality Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105;” Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, Ohio; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (7/1) includes such names as: Cro, Alpine, Vanessa Carlton, Selena Gomez, A$AP Rocky, Afrojack, Mike Taylor, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, Kaya Stewart, Omi, Felix Jaehn, MKTO, James Taylor, The Front Bottoms, Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell, The Arcs, Royal Blood, Houndmouth, Madison Rising, Eduarda Henklein, Beck, The Heydaze, Atlas Genius, Chase Rice, Macy Maloy, Uncle Ezra Ray, Mark McGrath, Uncle Kracker, Kevin Griffin, Leslie Cours Mather, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, The Chemical Brothers, Q-Tip, Slaptop, Ferreck Dawn, Backstreat Boys, Apashe, Oski, Lennon among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Beasley Names New AM Show at ‘Star 107.9’ in Las Vegas. Next Monday the new morning drive show will debut on Beasley Media Group’s hot AC KVGS “STAR 107.9” and it will be led by the familiar voice of former crosstown KMXB personality Mark DiCiero (center). “Mornings with Mark and Aimee” will also feature Aimee Montgomery (left) and executive producer Mike Mackenzie (right). Beasley notes that DiCiero’s work with CBS RADIO’s KMXB “consistently rated number one in the highly competitive Adults 25 -54 year old demographic. He brings a long list of accolades, including “Best Radio Personality” for 12 consecutive years (Las Vegas Review-Journal’s annual Best of Las Vegas Readers poll). Beasley Las Vegas market manager Tom Humm comments, “Having worked with Mark for many years, I can say he brings entertainment and fun to radio that is unmatched in the Las Vegas market. Mark’s wit, charm and kind demeanor make him a trusted friend to his listeners.”
MRA Boosts Cheng to Group Sales Manager. WLUM “FM 102.1,” Milwaukee senior account executive Tom Cheng is promoted to group sales manager of the alternative outlet and its Milwaukee Radio Alliance siblings (hot AC) WLDB “Trending Radio 93.3″ and rhythmic oldies duo W262CJ-FM “The Party 100.3 FM” & WZTI “1290 AM.” Vice president and general manager Bill Hurwitz declares, “It is with great admiration and respect that I announce Tom Cheng as group sales manager for the Milwaukee Radio Alliance. He is a leader both in the building among his peers, as well as in the marketplace with his valued clients. This is the best of both worlds for us, and for Tom. He will continue to lead, educate, and motivate a group of talented account executives, while still working closely with all of our clients.” Director of sales Keith Bratel comments, “Tom joins the sales management team after 27 years in the industry. His experience covers both agency and direct client interaction. His background has given him an appreciation of the fundamental need to provide exceptional service and meet the individual requirements of clients, from both a pre- and post-sales perspective.” Cheng had been a Milwaukee Radio Alliance senior account executive the past 16 years.
Stevens to Program AGM Albuquerque Duo. It is actually a return to the PD chair at American General Media Albuquerque’s KAGM “Power 106.7″ for Picazzo Stevens, who programmed the rhythmic CHR last year; in addition, he will be PD of co-owned mainstream CHR KDLW “Z-106.3.” AGM regional director Bill Kruger states, “I cannot begin to tell you all how excited I am to have Picazzo back with our company.” In his remarks, Stevens – who will have a daily air-shift on “Power” – thanks AGM president Rogers Brandon and Kruger, “for inviting me to rejoin the company and oversee these great brands. We have hit the ‘reset button’ and have an exciting opportunity to achieve great things in Albuquerque.” Stevens’ previous programming assignments include Bakersfield’s KISV and Oxnard-Ventura’s KVYB. He was assistant program director at Austin’s KDHT and has been on-air in San Diego, Riverside-Ontario-San Bernardino, Fresno, and Monterey.
Air Talent Moves at Cumulus Pensacola’s ‘NASH FM 102.7’ and Soft AC WMEZ. At the Pensacola cluster of Cumulus Media, WMEZ afternoon drive personality Terry Michaels exits his on-air role to focus on his promotion director responsibilities for the entire cluster. That sets in motion several other changes that include: country WXBM “NASH FM 102.7” PD Jeni Lane adding the midday show to her role with Ryan Andrew moving to afternoon drive on the station. Lindsey Marie Addison leaves the PM drive gig on “NASH FM” to become midday personality on WMEZ. WMEZ PD Chuck Whitaker slides from middays to PM drive to take over for Terry Michaels. Cumulus Pensacola operations manager Jerry King comments, “The forward movement of Jeni and Ryan on ‘NASH FM 102.7’ further solidifies our strong NASH branding and marks it as a consistent player on the Gulf Coast. We are delighted that Lindsey Marie will make the jump to ‘Soft Rock 94.1’ to further enhance the brand of our heritage cluster AC. Friendly and natural, Lindsey’s is a strong voice that will speak directly to the busy lifestyle of today’s 25-54 AC listener.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Eleven-year WMYX, Milwaukee morning personality Kidd O’Shea leaves the Entercom hot AC station to move to Washington, DC to be the social media anchor at WJLA-TV’s “Good Morning Washington” program. The station is seeking a new co-host to work with Elizabeth Kay on the morning program…..Promoted to full-time program director at country WBTU, Fort Wayne is Randy Alomar. He’s been serving the Adams Radio Group station as interim PD and afternoon host since Mike Scott exited earlier this year…..David Lewis is the new general manager of Curtis Media Group’s news/talk WPTF, Raleigh. He was most recently Cumulus Media’s market manager for the Myrtle Beach station group and he takes over for Rick Heilmann who left the post late last year to buy his own station.
Forbes Releases 2015 ‘World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities’ List; Stern at #5, Limbaugh at #11. The annual “World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities” list for 2015 from Forbes has been released and radio personalities making the list again include SiriusXM’s Howard Stern at #5 with an estimated $95 million in earnings (he also works for NBC TV); Premiere Networks’ Rush Limbaugh at #11 with an estimated $79 million in earnings; Premiere Networks/iHeartMedia personality Ryan Seacrest at #21 with an estimated $60 million in earnings; and Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel talk host Sean Hannity at #89 with an estimated $29 million.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personalities Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, OH; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana; Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS RADIO’s WJMK “K-Hits” & WBBM-FM in Chicago; plus internet sensation The Iceman, 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 (5/27) includes such names as: David Duchovny, Ed Sheeran, American Authors, Owl City, Britt Nicole, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Maroon 5, Zedd, Jon Bellion, Manika, Veruca Salt, Zella Day, Sublime With Rome, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Peter Rivera, Hozier, James Reeder, Tyler Farr, Jason Aldean, Pat Green, Buddy Brown, Lee Brice, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Chris Stapleton, Matthew Huff, Sam Hunt, Steven Tyler, Chris Janson, Chris Young, Elohim, Disclosure, The Magician, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Richards Rises to CBS Radio Phoenix VP/Programming. KMLE “Country@107.9″ and CHR KZON “Live 101.5 – The Valley’s Hit Music Leader” program director Tim Richards is elevated to vice president of programming for those two CBS Radio Phoenix outlets, as well as that cluster’s classic hits-oldies property, KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits.” Of Richards, senior vice president and market manager Tim Pohlman comments, “Tim has certainly earned the vice president of programming stripes here at CBS Radio Phoenix. I am excited to see his talents applied to the heritage brand of KOOL.” Richards remarks, “I am thrilled to work with our team in this new capacity. We will continue to grow our brands with great local content as the epicenter of our mission.” After joining KMLE in 2013 as program director, Richards was upped to operations manager of KMLE and KZON the following October. His past credits include regional vice president of programming for the former Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia); PD of WKQX, Chicago; assistant program director/music director of CBS Radio Boston hot AC WBMX “Mix 98.5″; program director of Detroit CHR WKQI; PD of Phoenix CHR KZZP; operations manager of Tucson CHR KRQQ; and director for the syndicated “Johnjay & Rich” program. He will continue programming KMLE and KZON, while Dave Shakes carries on as PD of KOOL. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s April 2015 PPM report, KOOL ranks second (5.5); KMLE ninth (4.1): and KZON (3.7) tenth. Setting the pace in Phoenix for the sixth straight survey period is KESZ (7.3). The iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet has been on top since last November when it took over from KOOL.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Evening personality Jolene is exiting her position at Entercom’s rock KISW, Seattle for opportunities outside the radio business. The 11-year staffer also served as music director and host of the Sunday evening local music “Loud & Local” program…..At the Charleston, South Carolina country outlet WCKN, Kickin; 92.5,” Apex Broadcasting unveils the new morning show today (5/26) consisting of personalities Andy Webb and Jessica Chandler. They take over for Dale Desmond who exited the station at the end of last year…..Two new personalities arrive at iHeartMedia’s CHR WNOH, Norfolk, Virginia “NOW 105.” Vice president of programming Matthew Derrick announces that recent Syracuse University grad (and WJPZ-FM general manager) Corey Crockett is the new 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm host while social media celeb Tyler Layne’s “Tyler’s Trending” program will air from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.
Alpha Media to Pay $38,250,000 for Morris and JMJ Stations. From a filing with the FCC, we learn the price for the 36 stations that Morris Communications and JMJ operate in Topeka and Salina, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; Palm Springs and Victor Valley, California; Anchorage and Wasilla, Alaska; Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, Washington and Wenatchee-Columbia River, Washington: $38,250,000. This is not an all-cash deal. Morris will receive $20 million worth of Alpha Holdings private stock (8,196,722 units in the aggregate), $6,585 worth of Alpha Holdings II private stock, and $18,250,000 in cash.
Celebrating #LoveUP with U2. The #LoveUP social media campaign was the result of an auto-correct that Johnjay Van Es (of the syndicated Johnjay and Rich show) found in a text from a friend – “love it” was changed to “love up” – and it was turned into a campaign to pay it forward and spread the love. Donations to the campaign benefit the Johnjay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation. Last week, Johnjay interviewed U2 before the band’s concert in Phoenix – speaking to guitarist The Edge and bassist Adam Clayton. Then Bono joined them to hear more about the show’s #LoveUP campaign. Bono was so impressed he asked the show to bring the band some #LoveUP t-shirts before the concert started. Pictured here are (from l-r): Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., Johnjay, The Edge and Bono.
98 Rock’s ‘Queen’ Sarah Fleischer Gets Farewell Bash. Market rock legend Sarah Fleisher – midday personality at Hearst’s Baltimore rock station WIYY “98 Rock, Baltimore’s Rock Radio” – is being given a royal sendoff on June 4. Fleischer is retiring after 38 years with the radio station and morning show personalities Justin, Scott & Spiegel will emcee the “All Hail the Queen” party at Power Plant Live! The free 21-and-older event is open to the public and will allow listeners the chance to share a hug and a photo with Fleischer at the photo booth, or help support her favorite non-profit, TurnAround, Inc, with the purchase of a commemorative T-shirt or vintage Sarah poster.
PPM Analysis: Active Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian continues his analyses of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. Yesterday (5/20), we published his look at the alternative or modern rock format. Today, Kinosian turns his attention to active rock. The final analysis will be triple A or adult album alternative. In today’s report, see which active rock stations ranked high in their markets and which – of all stations in U.S. PPM markets – had the best AQH. Plus, study the share fluctuations of stations over the past six surveys and from a year ago. Also included is a comparative chart showing both alternative and active rock data. See the whole story here.
Air Personality Changes at Chicago’s Urban Outlets. It appears iHeartMedia is behind the jock changes taking place at its hip hop WGCI and crosstown competitor WPWX “Power 92” – owned by Crawford Broadcasting. iHeartMedia has parted company with WGCI afternoon host UB Rodriguez and midday host Loni Swain. At the same time, Frankie Robinson and Tone, a.k.a. Anthony Mays, exit “Power 92” and are reported to be headed to WGCI. Also, iHeartMedia announces former WVEE, Atlanta “V103” music director and morning show producer Johnnie D joins the programming team as assistant program director for the company’s Chicago urban outlets, serving under director of urban programming Derrick Brown. iHeartMedia has been involved in a couple other high-profile urban talent acquisitions recently – notably the hiring of New York’s Angie Martinez (from Emmis’ WQHT “Hot 97” to its WWPR “Power 105”) and Los Angeles star Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander, (again, from Emmis’ KPWR “Power 106” to iHM’s KRRL “Real 92.3).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio legend Charlie Tuna is full time on KKPR-FM, Kearney, Nebraska – his hometown – after his Black Card Radio-syndicated program is added to the morning drive daypart. He’d been heard on Sundays on the station…..At iHeartMedia’s Dayton hot AC WMMX “Mix 107.7,” Kristi Leigh is back for the midday shift. She’d been morning drive personality at the station, exiting in the spring of 2013…..Cox Media’s country KWEN, Tulsa “K95” has its new afternoon host and APD as Bill Sexauer joins from Coast Radio’s CHR WZNF, Biloxi “95.3 The Gorilla” where he was program director and AM drive host. Sexauer assumes the role vacated by Kristina Carlyle who moved to crosstown country KTGX “106.1 The Twister.”….. Moving across town from his most recent gig as VP/co-market manager for Entercom’s Kansas City station group to Cumulus Media’s operations for the VP of sales post is Herndon Hasty…..At non-com triple A WXPN, Philadelphia morning host Michaela Majoun is stepping away from her radio work after more than a quarter century to devote more time to her writing career.
HD Radio Artist Spotlight Focuses on Robert Earl Keen. Currently working to support his #1 bluegrass album Happy Prisoner, Robert Earl Keen will be the next artist to be featured in the “HD Radio Artist Spotlight” program. iBiquity’s partnership with Robert Earl Keen will build awareness of HD Radio broadcasting and promote Robert’s new album. The program will include radio promotions and contests, as well as a trip for two to Nashville to join Keen at his July 23, 2015 performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium. BMI executive director, strategic partnerships/business development Mason Hunter says, “We are excited to continue to build the HD Radio Artist spotlight program. Robert Earl Keen is a stalwart for BMI and is an artist who has been consistently releasing outstanding music for over three decades. His latest release, Happy Prisoner, is no exception. We are thrilled to have a partner in iBiquity Digital who recognizes his talent and ongoing contribution to songwriting. The HD Radio Experience delivers digital quality sound, unique content, and exposure to artists like Robert in order to enhance the experience of their listeners.”