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.”
Round Four of Nielsen Audio PPM Data Released. The fourth and final batch of Nielsen Audio March 2015 PPM ratings information has been released. The latest numbers are for the 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. The March survey period covered February 26 – March 25. You can see all the 6+ ratings from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” below.
1) Milwaukee – Not only does WRIT put an end to its mini-slide, iHeartMedia‘s “Oldies 95.7″ completely regains the eight-tenths it lost in February to inch up from fourth to third (12.2 – 7.0 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+). Co-owned WMIL “Milwaukee Country – FM 106.1″ put together a powerful one-two punch in January and February with back-to-back increases of +1.0 and +.9 (8.8 – 9.8 – 10.7, 6+). Although flat in March at 10.7, WMIL repeats at #1. Entrenched in the runner-up spot for eight straight sweeps before reaching #1 in January – the first time holding the lead position since last May – WTMJ dropped six-tenths in February and sputters by twice that much in March (10.9 – 10.3 – 9.1, -1.2, 6+). Nonetheless, the Journal talker finds itself in its familiar #2 slot. The six-share advantage it enjoyed in January over iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WISN is down to 2.5 shares as WISN (#4) is up for the third straight time (4.3 – 4.9 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+). This is also the third consecutive up-trend for Saga-owned WKLH “Milwaukee’s Classic Rock,” which creeps up from seventh to sixth (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.1, 6+). Sharing a nearly identical three-sweep profile is rock sibling WHQC “Channel 96-1″ (4.1 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.7, 6+) as it moves from eighth to seventh.
2) Indianapolis – It is a mixed bag for the Emmis cluster, as on one hand, country WLHK “Hank” turns in a whopping +1.2 to cruise from fourth to first with its best 6+-stat since August 2013’s 7.6 (6.2 – 7.4, 6+). Conversely, it dislodges adult contemporary sibling WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7,” which is off by -1.1, and slips from #1 to a tie at #3 (7.3 – 6.2, 6+). In addition, their talk cluster-mate WIBC falters by one full-share, tumbling from third all the way to eighth (6.6 – 5.6, 6+). Over the past 18 survey periods, WOLT has been within the 3.7 – 4.6 range, but iHeartMedia-owned “Alt 103.3 – Indy’s Alternative” erupts with a +1.6 (3.9 – 5.5, 6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). Dropping one-half share in February, WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” saw its streak of up or flat trends end at four (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+), but the Entercom CHR puts up a +.8 to 6.2 and climbs from #7 to a tie at #3. Down or flat the past four surveys for a combined -1.6 (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 5.3, 6+), Cumulus Media country WFMS bumps up by four-tenths to 5.7 (eighth to seventh); February’s 5.3 (6+) was the station’s lowest in its PPM history. In January, co-owned WRWM catapulted from #13 all the way to #1. It was off by one-half share in February to slide to second and in March, “Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 – The Beat” regresses by -1.1 (7.3 – 6.2, 6+), dropping to fifth. Sibling WNTR “Indy’s Best Music Mix” picked up one-half share in February, but forfeits all of it (plus two-tenths) as it returns to #13 from #11 (3.5 – 4.0 – 3.3, 6+). Prior to February’s +.5, “Indy’s Best Music Mix” had been down or flat the previous five ratings periods for a combined -1.2 (4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.6, 3.6 – 3.5, 6+).
3) Providence – After back-to-back (modest) gains of two-tenths (4.5 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC WSNE “Coast 93-3″ dials up a +1.0 to 5.9, inching up from sixth to fifth. Frozen at 5.5 in the “Holiday” 2014 report and in January, co-owned rocker WHJY notched a +1.2 in February. It follows that with an eight-tenths gain (5.5 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+) but “94 HJY” remains at #4. Co-owned classic hits-oldies cluster-mate WWBB “B-101″ improves by one-tenth to 4.8 (steady at #7), thus curtailing five consecutive negative or flat sweeps, which combined for a -3.5 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 4.7, 6+). February and March represent the only times “B-101″ has not registered at least a five-share (6+) in its PPM history. Down another one-half share after February’s -.6 (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.3, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” is nonetheless #1 for the third consecutive ratings period. It now shares the penthouse, however, with adult contemporary sibling WWLI “Lite Rock 105,” which gains four-tenths. Second-ranked in February, “Lite Rock” is trending (15.2 – 8.6 – 8.9 – 9.3, 6+). Wild fluctuations continue for Entercom all-sports WVEI: It was down nine-tenths in the “Holiday” sweep; rebounded with a massive +2.1 in January; sputtered by -1.1 in February; and drops one full-share in March (4.1 – 3.1) to slip from eighth to ninth. Moreover, before the -.9 in the “Holiday” ratings period, WVEI had five successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+).
4) Raleigh – Improving by one full-share is Capitol Broadcasting‘s WCMC, which climbs from #14 to #11 (3.2 – 4.2, 6+). The last time “ESPN 99.9 – The Fan” reached the four-share level (6+) was just over two years ago (4.0 in January 2013). Prior to February’s +1.0, iHeartMedia‘s WRDU had three straight downtrends (4.5 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), but “Classic Rock 100.7″ adds six-tenths to February’s +1.0 (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+) as it stays in ninth-place. The 6+-variations for Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR continue to be interesting. Between August 2014 and March 2015, for example, the station is 11.4 – 9.4 (-2.0); 9.4 – 10.6 (+1.2); 10.6 – 11.4 (+.8); 11.4 – 9.4 (-2.0); 9.4 – 8.2 (-1.2); 8.2 – 9.4 (+1.2); 9.4 – 8.8 (-.6) and 8.8 – 8.2 (-.6). Those moves notwithstanding, “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country” finishes first for the third straight sweep. Runner-up in each of those three monthlies is public WUNC (7.8 – 7.0, -.8).
5) Norfolk – Bragging rights for top honors in this Virginia market are usually confined to WVKL – and for obvious reason. Over and above being an even 20th time in the last 21 monthlies it is in double-digits, this is the 33rd successive ratings period that the Entercom urban AC is #1. That status though might be in danger as WVKL plummets by -2.2 (12.2 – 10.0, 6+) and now holds onto a slim three-tenths advantage over iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz,” which hangs out a strong +1.2 to 9.7. WOWI last hit the nine-share level in October (9.0, 6+). With a +.8 in February, “103 Jamz” stymied four straight down or flat trends (9.0 – 8.7 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.7, 6+), which had resulted in a cumulative -1.3. Improving by seven-tenths each are Saga classic rocker WAFX “The Fox” (4.6, ninth to seventh) and iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN 107.7″ (2.8, #12 to #11). Having rebounded from January’s -1.3 with a +.9 in February, Entercom rhythmic CHR WNVZ “Z-104″ adds to the forward momentum with a one-half share gain (5.0 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+) and inches up from seventh to sixth. Hot AC cluster-mate WPTE “The Point” though falters by nine-tenths to drop from a fifth-place tie to seventh (5.4 – 4.5, 6+). After January’s +.8, iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “The Beat” added another +1.1 in February, but the former urban AC (WKSA) coughs up eight-tenths of it; “The Beat” is steady at #10 (2.5 – 3.6 – 2.8, 6+).
6) Nashville – In addition to posting its third consecutive uptrend (a +1.0), iHeartMedia‘s WNRQ “105.9 – The Rock” creeps up from seventh to fifth (4.9 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 6.3, 6+). Adding seven-tenths to February’s potent +1.2 is Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9,” which reigns at #1 for the 36th successive monthly. “Mix” has been in double-digits (6+) for all but four of the last 34 ratings sweeps (10.0 – 11.2 – 11.9, 6+). Adult hits sibling WCJK though falters by six-tenths (7.7 – 7.1, 6+), but “Jack-FM” remains in third-place. All three “Music City USA” FM country stations stumble month-to-month. Although it declines by one-half share, Cumulus Media‘s WKDF “Nash” remains at #8 (4.9 – 4.4). Sibling WSM-FM “Nash Icon,” which in February, halted a three-month slide that resulted in a cumulative -1.8 (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 3.8, 6+), loses seven-tenths (4.3 – 3.6), as it falls from ninth to tenth. Off by four-tenths (3.8 – 3.4), iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ is now out of the top ten (#10 to #12). These three country outlets’ combined 6+ total (11.4) is less than that of “Mix” (11.9). Their rankers were the same in January and February: WKDF (#8), WSM-FM (#9), and WSIX-FM (#10).
7) Greensboro – Albeit a two-station contest rather than Nashville’s three-way, Greensboro is home to its own spirited country tussle. Up one-half share in January, Entercom‘s WPAW “The Wolf” regressed by seven-tenths in February and nearly doubles that decline in March with a -1.3, as it spirals from fourth to ninth (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.1, 6+). Not only is 5.1 the lowest 6+-stat in WPAW’s PPM history, it represents the first time “The Wolf” has fallen below a 6.0-share. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia‘s WTQR “Q-104.1 – New Country” improves by seven-tenths to 6.8 and inches up from sixth to fourth. In their last 12 head-to-head battles, “The Wolf” has prevailed eight times (May, June, August, September, December, “Holiday” 2014, January 2015, and February); “Q104.1″ was victorious in July, October, November, and now in March 2015. Its 1.7 advantage over “The Wolf” (6.8 – 5.1) is the second-best in that period, trailing the 2.2-share lead “The Wolf” had in September (9.0 – 6.8). When WSMW hit 10.1 in January, it was the first time in its PPM history that “Simon” reached double-digits (6+). Owing to a +1.1, the Entercom adult hits outlet does it again and moves into first-place after being #2 in February (9.4 10.5, 6+). Unseated from #1 is urban AC sibling WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (10.2 – 9.9, -.3, #1 to #2). These cluster-mates are getting accustomed to changing places with each other, as WSMW and WQMG were #1 and #2, respectively, in January. Following four consecutive negative monthlies (11.5 – 11.0 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.6, 6+), WQMG gained six-tenths in February. Curtailing its run of four straight downward moves that had totaled a combined -1.9 (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+), Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL, “The #1 Hit Music Station” regained virtually all of it in February with a +1.8 and now adds one-tenth to 6.4 as it remains at #5. After 22 successive ratings periods at #9, iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” advanced to #8 in February, and now inches up to #7 (5.6 – 5.9, +.3).
8) Jacksonville – Simultaneous with the robust +1.2 by iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country 99.1″ (7.3 – 8.5, 6+), cross-town Renda Broadcasting‘s WGNE “Gator Country 99.9″ dips by one-half share (7.3 – 6.8). The country rivals were tied at #4 in February; however, WQIK advances to #2, while WGNE slides to #5. In a somewhat similar vein, as iHeartMedia CHR WKSL “Kiss-FM” improves by nine-tenths (4.8 – 5.7, 6+) to progress from ninth to sixth, Renda adult contemporary WEJZ falters by that margin. This is the third straight rather significant decline by WEJZ for a cumulative -6.9 (17.9 – 12.9 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+), but it remains at #1 for the tenth consecutive ratings period. Also in the iHeartMedia cluster, urban-rhythmic oldies WSOL “V-101.5″ gains one-half share to 4.7 (#11 to #9), although urban contemporary sibling WJBT “The Beat” sputters by seven-tenths to 5.1, backtracking from seventh to eighth.
9) Memphis – Included in iHeartMedia‘s #1 – #2 – #3 finish is urban AC KJMS posting a +.9 as “V-101″ is the market’s pacesetter for the third successive sweep (9.5 – 10.4, 6+). Meanwhile at #2 and #3, urban contemporary WHRK (8.0 – 7.9, -.1) and gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” (8.1 – 7.8, -.3) swap places. Co-owned talker WREC has its second straight one-half share gain to inch up from #14 to #12 (1.8 – 2.3 – 2.8, 6+). Down or flat the past five survey periods (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+), yet another iHM cluster-mate – WEGR “Rock 103″ – notches a three-tenths gain to 2.3 (#15 to #13). Locked on 3.5 (6+) in January and February, Cumulus Media rocker WXMX “98.1 – The Max” busts out with a +.7 to 4.2 to advance from tenth to ninth. The third straight downward trend for Entercom adult contemporary WRVR is a -.8 (11.5 – 7.2 – 6.9 – 6.1, 6+). Ever since the “Holiday” 2014 report, “The River” – which skids to fifth from a fourth-place tie in February – is a combined -5.4. Following four successive positive trends (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4 -1.7 – 1.8, 6+), country sibling WLFP “The Wolf” registers a one-tenth loss to 1.7 (#16 to #17).
10) Hartford – For the third successive ratings period, iHeartMedia’s WHCN-FM is either up or flat. This time, it is a gain of +1.2 (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.6 – 6.8), enabling “The River” to flow from seventh to sixth. This represents the strongest 6+-performance for “The River” since December 2013 (also 6.8). Co-owned CHR WKSS “Kiss 95-7″ dials up a +.8 (6.7 – 7.5) as it moves up from fifth to fourth. Progressing by six-tenths to 10.2 is WRCH “Lite 100.5,” which was stalled at 9.6 in January and February (after its 15.2 in “Holiday” 2014). This is the sixth successive sweep at #1 for the CBS Radio adult contemporary facility. Cluster-mate talker WTIC-AM though declines by eight-tenths (8.1 – 7.3, second to fifth), while Connoisseur Media classic rocker WDRC “The Whale” falters by nine-tenths (5.3 – 4.4, steady at #8). Six-tenths separates the market’s second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-place finishers.
Sean Shannon Succeeds Jon Pinch at Cumulus Atlanta. Former vice president and market manager for Entercom Sacramento – Sean Shannon – is tapped to replace Jon Pinch in a similar position at Cumulus Atlanta. Cumulus senior vice president Jeff Brown comments, “Sean has a track record of innovation and topnotch results. He is a passionate marketer and a strong, determined coach. We are excited to be adding Sean to our talented team in Atlanta.” Shannon remarks, “I could not be more excited about the opportunity to lead these world-class brands in this world-class city. I love this medium and am honored to have a chance to lead this team.” Prior to his Sacramento duties, Shannon, who holds an MBA from the Foster School at the University of Washington, was director of sales for Entercom Seattle. He begins his new assignment in Atlanta next Monday (4/20). Pinch announced his retirement on April 16. He retired from his previous corporate role at Cumulus five months ago but was coaxed into leading the company’s Atlanta station group.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Indianapolis cluster of Cumulus Media, country WFMS program director Mark Hamlin exits. There’s no word from the company of a replacement programmer at this time…..Entercom names Lance Richard the new VP/market manager for Entercom Sacramento. Richard, a 28-year radio and media veteran, has been with Entercom since 2009, serving as corporate vice president of integrated sales and most recently as vice president of sales at Entercom Sacramento.
iHeartMedia Williamsport Damaged by Allegedly Drunk Listener. The damage to the facilities of iHeartMedia’s Williamsport, Pennsylvania is estimated at about $19,000, according to a story on PennLive.com, after 30-year-old Crystal Michele Glantz Lock Haven, PA crashed a rental car into the building and tried to set it on fire. According to police, Glantz’s blood alcohol was .167 – more than twice the legal limit. The story notes that Glantz had been a regular caller to one of the station’s disc jockeys who is no longer with the station and does not live in the area. Glantz also filed a civil suit against then-Clear Channel in 2013 but that suit was dismissed and her appeal was denied.
Cumulus Media Extends ‘American Country Countdown’ Brand in Deal with Bob Kingsley to Launch ‘American Country Countdown Rewind.’ The company is calling it an extension of its “American Country Countdown” brand as it strikes a deal with Bob Kingsley to create a new, nationally syndicated weekend program called, “American Country Countdown Rewind with Bob Kingsley.” Country Radio Hall of Famer Kingsley also hosts the long-running “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40,” syndicated by Westwood One. Commenting on the new show, Kingsley says, “I am first and foremost a fan of country music and I’m delighted that we’re opening the vaults of ‘ACC’ during one of country’s great eras. These shows spotlight both Hall of Famers and exciting young acts and, as always, my role is part tour guide, part storyteller. What could be better than being part of the weekend of millions of country fans? How about doing it twice? I’m looking forward to the launch of ‘American Country Countdown Rewind’ with me!”
Beasley Shows Off Remote Studio in Las Vegas’ Container Park. With the NAB Show in La Vegas, Beasley Media Group took the opportunity to show off its new remote broadcasting studio in the city’s trendy Downtown Container Park. The studio is made out of shipping containers and located adjacent to the park’s outdoor amphitheater. Beasley says this is a perfect spot for its five Las Vegas radio stations to be part of the local music scene. The new studio, which is sponsored by Cox, features Wheatstone’s new virtual console technology and WheatNet-IP audio networking. Beasley Las Vegas market manager Tom Humm explains, “In radio, it’s all about the community. What better way to entertain and serve our community than through a visible, completely functioning radio studio in the Downtown Container Park? We can hardly wait for our first live broadcast in the Beasley Media/Cox Business Broadcasting Studio!” Beasley says the Downtown Container Park’s inaugural year brought in more than one million visitors and welcomed artists such as Sheryl Crow, Cults, Belmont Lights and Cayucas. Pictured here (from l-r) are: Beasley chief technology officer Mike Cooney, EVP/CFO Caroline Beasley, Las Vegas DOS Cory Cuddeback, Humm, and Las Vegas chief engineer Lamar Smith.
MAGIC! Sits in on ‘Weekend Top 30.’ This weekend RCA Records recording artists MAGIC! is guest hosting the “Weekend Top 30” with Hollywood Hamilton. The group will count down the top 30 songs and chat about the amazing success of their debut album Don’t Kill The Magic. Currently, MAGIC! is on tour opening for Maroon 5 and will head to Europe with the band next month. Pictured here are (from l-r): Alex Tanas, Mark Pelli, “Weekend Top 30” producer Michelle Parisi, Nasri, and Ben Spivak.
April 22 is High School Radio Day. Next Wednesday is the 4th Annual High School Radio Day and organizers say they hope that, since there are so few high schools with radio stations, they hope the day will raise a greater awareness of the ones that are still broadcasting over the air and newer ones streaming online. A website has been created to publicize the activities planned by participating stations on April 22 at www.highschoolradioday.com. Schools can register their stations on that site. Also on the site are links to participating high schools with links to their websites and online streams of their programming; notable high school radio grads; links to other high school stations nationwide; and a resource page with information pertinent to high school broadcasters. This even was created after College Radio Day launched in 2011. Though College Radio Day did allow high school stations to register, organizers felt that high school stations should have their own day. High School Radio Day founder – Pete Bowers (station manager, WBFH-FM, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) scheduled the first HSRD in May 2012.
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 and Matt James from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9,” and 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, 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 (4/8) includes such names as: Rihanna, Karmin, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth, CHIC, Nile Rodgers, The Martinez Brothers, Bernard Edwards, Jason Derulo, Nate Ruess, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Allen Stone, Glass Animals, Peter Rivera, The Pocket Gods, Mark Christopher Lee, Blur, Faith No More, Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, David Clayton-Thomas, Lou Pomanti, Ray Scott, Toby Keith, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Parker McCollum, Lloyd Maines, Audra McLaughlin, Shawn Lacy, Hayseed Dixie, Hot Chip, Boxed In, Mew, The Chainsmokers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
iHeartMedia to Unveil Programmatic Ad Buying Platform. Enlisting Jelli to help devise the new platform, iHeartMedia announces it’s set to debut the programmatic radio ad-buying platform for its 850-plus radio stations in addition to making the technology available to other industry operators via its sales subsidiary Katz Media Group. Using cloud-based technology from Jelli, the platform will offer automated broadcast radio ad buying which it says is “the foundation for iHeartMedia to be able to offer its ad inventory to advertisers and agencies looking to leverage programmatic and automated technology including private market place and exchange environments to improve the buying process and reduce administrative hurdles and delays.” Further, the company asserts, “the new, programmatic solution will also allow iHeartMedia to apply its rich data and insights to the planning process and will utilize data sets to enable unique forms of targeting, such as music-based psychographic groups, weather and traffic patterns, purchase behavior and other environmental, population and consumer trends.” Additionally, Katz Media Group, the top national sales firm representing more than 275 radio broadcasters including iHeartMedia, Cumulus, Entercom, Cox Media Group and others, will launch ‘Expressway from Katz,’ the first industrywide programmatic buying ad exchange at scale for the radio industry’s most important players, which also uses the same technology. Katz Media Group president Mark Rosenthal says, “As the top national sales firm representing many great radio companies, we felt it was critical that radio take the lead. Expressway from Katz will deliver the capabilities and speed of automation and programmatic to all of our radio companies as we bring the power of radio to advertisers, providing unprecedented scale and customer knowledge.” Entercom president and CEO David Field comments, “This partnership is an innovative milestone for the radio industry. Radio has always provided unmatched value, and now we can bring today’s data sources, targeting at scale and the speed, ease and precision of programmatic buying to our advertising partners, matching or exceeding the capabilities of any other media sector.”
Marty White Retires from WXBM, Pensacola. After a 42-year career of which 37 years was spent on the radio in Pensacola, Marty White is retiring from his gig on Cumulus Media’s country WXBM “NASH FM 102.7.” White has been a fixture on Pensacola morning radio, having woken up Pensacola area listeners via his “Hometown Morning Show” for more than 20 years. Over the last year, he co-hosted WXBM’s afternoon drive show with Lindsey Marie, who will remain with the afternoon show. Cumulus says White has “performed diligently throughout his career, always believing the reason the radio station’s tower was erected was to serve the community. He has spent many hours away from his family during threatening storms to ensure the safety of lives and property, keeping listeners informed with his calm and confident style. He spent many more hours and days on the air after those storms ensuring the community would recover, and rendering factual and pertinent information. Marty White has been the consummate professional– always ready to lend a hand and provide air time when needed. He is recognized as one of the most talented and loved air personalities to have worked in Pensacola radio.” White comments, “The folks here have been really good to me and my family and for that I will always be extremely grateful. Now it’s time to enjoy life while I am still young enough to do that. I plan to do some fishing, hunting, play a little golf and get some things done around the house. Thanks for listening. I appreciate it.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Good news for WODS, Boston “103.3 AMP Radio” morning show personalities TJ Taormina and Loren Raye as the two ink a multi-year contract extension to stay with the CBS RADIO CHR station…..Urban radio pro Thomas “DJ 33 1/3” Johnson is named program director for iHeartMedia’s WMIB, Fort Lauderdale “ 103.5 The Beat.” Johnson comes to South Florida from the company’s Chicago cluster where he was with hip hop WGCI…..KOOL-FM, Phoenix personality Steve Goddard exits the classic hits station. CBS RADIO chose not to renew the contract of Valley radio pro after eight years with the station. Goddard had worked the PM drive shift and tells AZCentral he was not blindsided by the company’s decision and there are no hard feelings – just a little disappointment…..J Will joins the iHeartMedia Hudson Valley cluster where he is now the program director and afternoon drive personality for CHR WPKF “96.1 Kiss FM,” as well as PD of sister rock outlet WBWZ “Rock 93.3.” Will most recently worked at Pamal’s crosstown hip hop WAJZ as PD and morning drive host…..Derek Fogel is promoted from executive producer to program director for Max Media-owned sports talker WXLT, Marion, Illinois “103.5 ESPN Southern Illinois.” Fogel will also serve as morning drive sports anchor for Max Media’s sister news/talk WJPF.
Stan Freberg Dead at 88. RadioInfo mourns the passing of radio and advertising legend Stan Freberg, who died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California at the age of 88. Freberg’s career covered just about all of the media bases – radio, television, publishing, records and advertising – and his humor was deemed as effective no matter into which medium he delved. RadioInfo executive editor Kevin Casey observes, “For those who may be under the impression that the video age has diminished the effectiveness of the audio arts, one need only look to the supremely creative work of Stan Freberg to see how wrong that impression is. He was, and still is, an inspiration to any who are working to create attention-grabbing audio.” See The New York Times’ obituary of Freberg here.
Can and Should You Censor a Political Ad? RadioInfo legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman writes today about the case involving Chicago’s ABC TV outlet and its refusal to run a political ad from a PAC. The case raises the issues of just what are the legal responsibilities of a broadcast outlet when I comes to political advertising? Does a station even have to accept political advertising at all? These and more questions are addressed by Weisman in the murky arena of political advertising on broadcast stations. Read it here.
CBS Radio News VP Harvey Nagler to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Talkers New York 2015. The editorial board of RadioInfo’s sister trade publication, TALKERS magazine, has named longtime radio news executive Harvey Nagler, VP of CBS Radio News, the recipient of the publication’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Nagler during the Awards Ceremony at the forthcoming Talkers New York 2015 convention on Friday, June 12. Nagler, a native of Brooklyn, New York began his distinguished career in 1966 as a reporter for WCTC-AM, New Brunswick, NJ upon graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in American History. He was named Vice President, CBS News Radio in January, 1998. In this position, he is responsible for CBS News’ radio operations worldwide, including news gathering and programming and its relationship with its thousands of affiliated stations around the country. In his distinguished career, Nagler had served as general manager, CBS Radio News (1997-98). During his tenure at CBS Radio News, the network has won dozens of national and international awards. He was chosen Radio News Executive of the Year in 2006 and 2008 in a poll taken by Radio & Records magazine. In 2010, CBS Radio News won the coveted Edward R. Murrow “Overall Excellence Award” from the Radio Television News Directors Association for the fourth year in a row. In March, 2010, Nagler was honored with the RTNDA’s First Amendment Service Award, which is presented to a person of distinction who works in an off-air, management capacity. In 2014, he received the Radio Television Digital News John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual’s contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press. Prior to joining CBS Radio News, Nagler was director, news and programming for WCBS-AM, New York “Newsradio 88,” (1987-97). During that time, the station achieved record ratings and was honored with many national and local awards for excellence in reporting. Nagler developed and implemented several practices which have since been adopted or imitated by hundreds of stations across the country, including the slogan, “traffic and weather, together on the ‘eights’” and “guaranteed weather,” as well as the broadcast of the Standard & Poor’s future numbers in each morning’s business report. He joined WCBS-AM from the United Stations Radio Networks, where he had been VP, news and sports (1985-87) and director of news operations (1979-84, when it was the RKO Radio Networks). The network grew from a small group of stations to a news organization serving 500 affiliates. Before that, Nagler worked for the ABC Radio Network in a variety of capacities (1968-79). Upon making the announcement of the board’s decision, TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison stated, “What a wonderful choice! Harvey is the face of and force behind one of the finest operations in all of radio. At a time when the very reputation of journalism is in jeopardy and its role as a distinguished, vital institution in a great nation is in flux, CBS Radio news has stood proudly and strong as a bastion of consistency, quality and dependability. We are all indebted to Harvey Nagler for being a champion of all that is good about our business, not to mention humanity in general. We are honored that he will be attending our event and receiving this award.” Former recipients of this award include Norm Pattiz, Jim Bohannon, Barry Farber and Don Barrett. The award will be presented at Talkers New York 2015 along with awards for Humanitarian of the Year, Woman of the Year and Freedom of Speech, WOLB, Baltimore host Larry Young has been named recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award. The recipients of the other two will be named in the coming days. Talkers New York 2015 is on the verge of a sell-out. For information, call 413-565-5413 or click here.
Michael Harrison Chats with Dr. Joy Browne on Podcast “Up Close and Far Out” – Also Discusses the Relationship Between Information and the Fabric of Reality. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison engages in a fascinating, candid dialogue with syndicated radio psychologist Dr. Joy Browne on the fifth and latest installment of his weekly podcast series “Up Close and Far Out” on the platform, PodcastOne.com. Harrison and Browne tackle a variety of issues including the impact of the digital age on human thinking and social relationships, as well as the past, present and future of advice-giving in talk media. They talk about the importance of credentials, transparency and credibility in “doctor” shows, generational differences in the modern era and the state of the cinema and live theater in America. The podcast also includes Harrison’s ongoing observations about the relationship between media, technology and the wiring of the human nervous system. He boldly suggests that the “digital era,” in which we are rapidly becoming immersed, will not last as long as the “analogue era” from which we are exiting and that an even larger, more important era of human technological development is waiting in the wings, perhaps only 20 years down the road. Harrison states that this next era (that he cites on the podcast) will create changes in humanity that will make the current digital period seem quaint and primitive by comparison. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” player located in the right-hand column of the TALKERS and RadioInfo websites.
Update: HD Radio Passes Benchmark. Several more car models – including the Mazda Miata MX-5, Nissan Maxima, and the Scion iA and iM – will have iBiquity Digital‘s HD Radio as standard equipment. That brings HD Radio’s total to over 200 vehicle models and iBiquity Digital chief operating officer Jeff Jury comments, “This is a tremendous milestone. More listeners are tuning in than ever before. Millions of new vehicle owners will get to enjoy HD Radio broadcasting. A record number of HD Radio-equipped vehicles have been sold this year. This is another step toward complete standardization of digital radio across North America.” The announcement was made at last week’s New York International Auto Show. Other vehicles that will offer HD Radio are the Honda Civic, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Optima, Lexus RX, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Toyota RAV4. More than 100 vehicle models are integrating digital radio technology as standard equipment.
Bold Gold Broadcast and Media Foundation Names Board of Directors. In an effort to “help prepare tomorrow’s frontline communicators,” Bold Gold Media – operator of nine commercial radio stations in Northeast Pennsylvania and Upstate New York – is establishing the Bold Gold Broadcast and Media Foundation. The foundation will focus its efforts on providing funding and resources to educational organizations that train tomorrow’s broadcast and media leaders. Now, Bold Gold president Vince Benedetto announces the board of directors for the foundation. It includes: Benedetto; Ashok Divecha, business manager, Bold Gold Media Group; Bob Soper, president, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority; Justin Moon, president, Kahr Arms; Mike Bean, president, Mohegan Sun Pocono; Doug Fink, president, Pennsylvania Paper & Supple Company; Kevin Tinkelman, owner, Kevin’s Worldwide; Doug Thomas, president, Gateway Ford; Josh Sheard, president, Sage Investments; Bud Williamson, president, Digital Radio Engineering/ Neversink Media Group; Michael Harrison, publisher & editor, TALKERS and RadioInfo; and Jimmy Wayne, musician/writer/performer/author, president, Barbershop Tours, Project Meet Me Half Way.
Cumulus Media and Programmer McVay Renew Vows. With Cumulus Media since September of 2011, programming and management pro Mike McVay agrees to a contract extension with Cumulus Media in which he takes on the new title senior vice president, content & programming for the company. His old title was SVP, corporate/programming. McVay reports directly to EVP, content & programming John Dickey. In a press statement, Cumulus notes that McVay is “a 40-year programming professional with consulting, management, ownership, sales, programming and on-air experience, and has developed and launched several nationally syndicated programs. He has programmed more than 800 stations around the world, including stations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Grand Cayman and Puerto Rico. In 1984, McVay and his wife Doris McVay launched McVay Media, a programming consultancy recognized around the world as the leader in its field. He has also owned or managed radio stations in Honolulu, Cleveland, Naples, Key West and Flint, Michigan. McVay was also one of the founding partners of Listener Driven Radio (now Futuri Media). McVay comments, “I’m thrilled to continue to work for John and Lew and with the entire corporate programming team. Cumulus has added, and continues to add, some brilliant minds to the management and programming teams. The platform we have, the products and brands we’re developing, and what’s on the horizon makes this one of the best companies to work at in this industry…worldwide. We’re having fun!”
Brevard County, Florida Gets New Rocker. Ditching sports talk and cuing up the rock tunes is Cumulus Media’s WSJZ-FM, Melbourne, Florida. The company says the station will serve Brevard County as the “All-New 95 Rock, Brevard’s Rock Station.” Previously, WSJZ and sister WLZR-AM simulcast sports talk and the latter will remain “Sports Radio AM 1560 The Fan” and continue serving as the Space Coast’s ESPN affiliate. The lineup on rock WSJZ “95 Rock” starts with Bubba the Love Sponge in mornings, Marci Wiser in middays, Pyke@Night, and “Loveline” with Dr. Drew Pinsky and Mike Catherwood for late nights. The station announces it is beginning a search for its new program director/PM drive personality. Get those digital files and resumes to: email@example.com with the subject line: 95 Rock. Cumulus’ corporate program director/ rock formats Troy Hanson comments, “We are delighted (yep, I’m bringing that word back) to bring rock back to Melbourne with ‘Brevard’s Rock Station 95 Rock.’ The Space Coast is ready to wake up with Bubba and his talented crew, and will now get a full dose of great bands like Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Guns n’ Roses, The Black Keys, AC/DC, Nirvana and more.”
Three Join Hubbard’s Phoenix Alternative KDKB. The newly re-launched alternative rock outlet KDKB “ALT AZ 93.3” announces it has brought three new personalities to the air: Christy Taylor is the new midday host and music director; Dustin Carlson joins the station for afternoon drive duties and Phoenix-area native Monique “Mo” Rodriguez recently became the evening jock. KDKB programmer Mike Tierney says, “I couldn’t be more excited about the team we’re building, both collectively and as individuals. Christy, Dustin, and Mo each have distinctive backgrounds and skill sets that are varied and unique. All three of them have done winning radio at format-leading stations. This is a huge leap forward in the evolution of ‘ALT AZ,’ and we think we’ve stuck the landing three times.” Tierney reports that Taylor comes from KTWN, Minneapolis “Go 96.3,” where she helped launch the station’s new alternative format as music director and digital director. Carlson joined ‘ALT AZ’ in March from Boston, where he did evenings and imaging at CHR WODS. He is also a veteran of the alternative format and the desert, having logged over seven years as the afternoon host, imaging director, and assistant program director at KXTE, Las Vegas. Rodriguez joins from sister active rock station KUPD, Phoenix.
Mike Fadelli Promoted at Cumulus San Francisco. Sales pro Mike Fadelli is promoted to vice president, sales for San Francisco music-formatted stations KFOG, KSAN and KSJO. He has 13 years experience in radio sales management in the Bay area and was previously general sales manager of Cumulus sports talkers KNBR, San Francisco and KTCT, San Francisco. Prior to that, he was general sales manager at Entercom’s crosstown San Francisco sports station KGME-FM.
Dwight Douglas Pens Provocative Work of Theological Fiction. Noted veteran broadcaster and writer Dwight Douglas – VP marketing, RCS Sound Software — has written and published a fictitious book that takes on and explores some of the core issues of theology and philosophy. Titled, If God Could Talk… The Diary of a TV Journalist (CreateSpace 2015), the story involves a fictitious cable TV talk show in which the concept and question of what God would say if He could talk through the vehicle of such a platform is explored. In it, Douglas amply displays his knowledge about modern talk media in addition to his personal thoughts on the deeper issues of existence. He presents the questions why do most of the world’s great religions act as middlemen and interpreters of what God intends for humanity? Why can’t God just speak for Himself directly and if he did, what might he say? RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison states, “Dwight Douglas has always been an extremely independent and creative ‘idea guy’ all the way back to his days as a major rock radio programmer. He really shines as a writer – as indicated by this powerful, courageous book — and as a marvelous guest discussing it on both radio and TV talk shows — and music radio morning shows. Considering the central role religion plays in most of today’s tense international issues, this book couldn’t be more timely for radio conversation.” To learn more about If God Could Talk… The Diary of a TV Journalist and scheduling Dwight Douglas as a radio show guest, please click here.
Michael Harrison Discusses Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk, Rips Presidents and Politicians of Both Parties, and Interviews Linda Ronstadt. The fourth in the new weekly podcast series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” is posted at PodcastOne (PodcastOne.com). It presents the publisher of TALKERS and RadioInfo reflecting upon the recent TED Talk delivered by Monica Lewinsky. The famous – perhaps, infamous — White House intern who found herself embroiled in the center of one of the most sensational presidential scandals in history surfaces with compelling personal insights about her experiences as a 22-year old from the perspective of being a 40-year old, and sheds new light on the internet’s impact on what she describes as the “shame industry.” Harrison, known for his steadfast adherence to a non-partisan political posture other than his staunch support the First Amendment, springboards off Lewinsky’s remarks and shares provocative comments about his distrust of politicians – left and right – and admonishes the media that ganged up on Lewinsky for giving “figurative oral sex” to presidents and politicians of both parties for years. Harrison also presents his recent, compelling interview with Linda Ronstadt and talks about his days as a golden-eared radio PD who has come to recognize how difficult it is to accurately predict what kind of music anyone will really like in a media-fractured marketplace. The podcast can be heard directly by clicking here or by clicking on the special “Up Close and far Out with Michael Harrison” player located in the right hand column of both the TALKERS and RadioInfo websites.
Andy Grammer Performs on Adam Bomb Show. Pop sensation Andy Grammer (left) made a recent appearance on the Westwood One-syndicated Adam Bomb Show to chat about his current tour and new single, “Honey, I’m Good.” Not only was Grammer happy to talk with Adam Bomb (right) about the meaning behind the song, he even performed it live on the show for Adam Bomb’s listeners. Bomb comments, “He had more energy before 11:00 am than any other artist we’ve had in the studio.”
Jury to Thicke, Williams: ‘Got to Give it Up.’ You are not alone if you perceive a striking similarity between Marvin Gaye‘s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up” and 2013’s smash “Blurred Lines.” On Tuesday (3/10), an eight-member U.S. District Court jury in Los Angeles ruled “Blurred Lines” infringed on “Got to Give It Up” and awarded approximately $7.4 million to Gaye’s children. After a more than one-week trial that focused on the similarities between the two songs, jurors began deliberating Thursday afternoon (3/5) and rendered a decision against “Blurred Lines'” singer-songwriters Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. Among those called to the stand was a musicologist who analyzed the songs and concluded there was a “constellation” of eight similar elements. In several interviews, Thicke supposedly claimed that he suggested to Williams that they write something similar to “Got to Give It Up.” That was brought out in the trial, as was a quote allegedly attributed to Williams that he was “trying to pretend” he was Marvin Gaye when he (Williams) was writing “Blurred Lines.” It was Williams’ contention, however, that “Blurred Lines” may have had the “feel” of Marvin Gaye and the late-1970s, but the 2013 song was original. Thicke appeared to be distancing himself from his involvement in the process by saying he wrongly took credit for being a co-writer of “Blurred Lines” and that when he spoke about any Marvin Gaye influence, he was intoxicated (vodka) and/or on drugs (Vicodin). This decision has obvious far-reaching ramifications and Howard King – the attorney for Thicke and Williams – declared, “This affects creativity of young musicians who hope to stand on the shoulders of other musicians – let my clients go forth and continue to do their magic.” To put in perspective just how much money a “hit” song of this magnitude can generate, “Blurred Lines” raked in $8 million in publishing revenue; roughly $5.5 million for the record company (Star Trak/Interscope); an estimated $5.6 million payday for Thicke; and $5.2 million for Williams. The Gaye Family was seeking in excess of $25 million in royalties and damages. While the jury found Thicke and Williams borrowed heavily from “Got to Give it Up,” they did not rule adversely against rapper T.I. (real name – Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.), who was also named as a party in the suit. Not that it will be any consolation, the jury noted the infringement by Williams and Thicke was not willful, but also not innocent. Breakout of the damages awarded to the Gaye family partially consists of more than $1.7 million in Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” profits; more than $1.6 million in Williams’ profits from the song; and statutory damages of $9,375. Marvin Gaye was 44 years old when he died in Los Angeles nearly 31 years ago (April 1, 1984).
Mancow Returns to FM Music Radio as Morning Host of WLUP-FM, Chicago. After a tryouts stunt by Cumulus Media’s classic rock WLUP-FM, Chicago for a new morning drive personality, it’s being reported by numerous Chicago media outlets that today, Erich Mancow Muller will get the gig and an official announcement will follow. Others who spent a week on the air in hopes of landing the position included: Liz Wilde, Abe Kanan and Shadoe Stevens. After exiting alternative WKQX, Chicago in 2006, Mancow reinvented himself as a young-skewing conservative talk personality and was syndicated by TRN-FM for a number of years. He’s been off radio since last fall.
Radio One’s Houston Exec Abernethy to Exit for Post with Entercom. According to a story in the Houston Chronicle, Doug Abernethy is exiting his 11-year post with Radio One in Houston to take an executive role with Entercom Communications. Abernethy tells the paper he’s very proud of the work he and his staff have accomplished at the Radio One Houston stations – especially hip hop KBXX “The Box 97.9” and urban contemporary KMJQ. “We were able to take Radio One from mediocre performance to outstanding performance. We built a team that has led this market the last 10 years, and it’s been a fantastic run.” The Chronicle quotes Abernethy saying his one disappointment was not getting all news KROI off the ground as he’d hoped. “It was disappointing that there was no appetite for news in the fourth-largest city in America. We had incredible content and gathered some of the most talented people that we could find, and it didn’t work.”
Gloria Named Evening Personality at CBS RADIO’s ‘ENERGY 103.7’ in San Diego. Most recently working part time at crosstown CHR XHITZ, Alexia Gloria moves over to CHR KEGY “ENERGY 103.7” to host the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight program. KEGY program director Chris Patyk comments, “When we set out to find out our next night star, we wanted to find a personality that reflected the lifestyle of our listener. Alexia lives the life. She’s passionate about music and has the drive to be number one. We’re so excited to have her as a part of our team!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Upped to music director at Adams Radio’s adult contemporary WWFW, Fort Wayne “Soft Rock 103.9” is Eric Austin. He’s been with the station in afternoon drive since September of 2014…..Miss Monique moves from her music director post at iHeartMedia’s Augusta, Georgia cluster to the company’s Albany, Georgia station group to serve as program director for hip hop WJIZ and urban contemporary WMRZ “98.1 Kiss FM.”
Saga Communications Q4 2014 Radio Net Operating Revenue Up 6.3%. The latest financials from Saga Communications have been released and for the radio division, the fourth quarter of 2014 was a good one, with net operating revenue up 6.3%. For all of 2014, Saga’s radio division reports net operating revenue was up 3.4% on revenue of $113.6 million.
REACH Media Debuts “Nightly Spirit.” The four-hour (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, ET) Willie Moore Jr.-hosted weeknight program, which features “inspirational music,” was unveiled last night (Monday, 3/9). Radio One subsidiary REACH Media chief executive officer David Kantor explains, “We have worked with Willie Moore Jr. both on air and at REACH Media events; we have witnessed his incredible connection with his audience. Willie’s enthusiasm and passion are the essential elements to make this a successful show for affiliates and the show’s advertisers.” According to Moore Jr., “I am so excited – this is an awesome opportunity to inspire the nation every night. God‘s best gifts are not things, but opportunities, and with this opportunity, we will flat-out change the world.” Performer and motivational speaker Moore has worked with Joyce Meyer Ministries, Bishop Gary Macintosh, and Bishop Dale C. Bronner’s Word of Faith Ministries. His latest album, “Best of Both Worlds,” earned a “Stellar” award nomination. Most recently, Moore hosted syndicated radio show “The Praise Mix Down,” and was executive producer of “The Willie Moore Jr. Live Flat-out” television show.
Boston’s “Magic” Receives Two “Gracie” Awards. Recognition is for the “Exceptional Women” program originated by Greater Media Boston adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7.” The show’s co-hosts – Candy O’Terry and Sue Tabb – will be presented with Gracie Allen awards (“Gracies“) from the Alliance for Women in Media in the categories of “Portrait/Biography Series” and “Best Soft News.” The latter is for “Love Is All Around,” a series about three Boston-based charities. WMJX general manager Mary Menna comments, “We are so proud of our ‘Exceptional Women’ – Candy O’Terry and Sue Tabb – for their dedication to advancing the great work of women in New England who are making a difference in the lives of others. Since its inception, ‘The Magic Exceptional Women’ series has won a total of 43 awards.” Created by O’Terry in 1992, the program airs Sunday mornings at 7:30 am on “Magic 106.7.” O’Terry, Tabb, and producer Tina Gao will accept their awards in New York City in a little over three months (6/22).
Beasley Las Vegas to Open Radio Studio at ‘Downtown Container Park’ Destination. The partnership between Beasley Media Group Las Vegas and D&C Entertainment will soon bring to fruition the “Beasley Media/Cox Business Broadcasting Studio” to the city’s Downtown Container Park (pictured here) – what will be the first and only radio broadcasting studio in the park – an open-air shopping center and entertainment venue featuring almost 40 shops, restaurants and bars. Beasley says its Las Vegas VP and market manager Tom Humm, along with D&C Entertainment “recognized the value in creating a visual and interactive location for not only live radio broadcasts, but also interviews with entertainers, celebrities and local dignitaries. The space was selected for its close proximity to the stage. With Cox Business onboard as a Studio Sponsor, the vision became a reality the first part of this year. Construction began February 17, 2015 and the completion of the Beasley Media/Cox Business Broadcasting Studio is expected in early April, 2015.” The completed facility will be a fully functional radio broadcasting studio featuring state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment from the Wheatstone Company. Humm comments, “We envision bringing and supporting live events at the Downtown Container Park. Through our five radio stations, Beasley Media Group Las Vegas reaches over 1 million local residents weekly. There’s a terrific synergy between our audience, D&C Entertainment’s ideas and the size and popularity of Downtown Container Park. We’re confident that once completed, our radio broadcasting facility will be a major highlight to the downtown area. In radio, it’s all about the community. What better way to entertain and serve our community than through a visible, completely functioning radio studio in the Downtown Container Park.”
Chet Buchanan and The Morning Zoo Re-Up with KLUC, Las Vegas. The long-running “Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo” will remain on CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC, Las Vegas for a number of years to come after the two sides inked a new, multi-year deal. The program has been in the AM drive slot since 1999 and program director Cat Thomas comments, “We are beyond excited that the longest-running and most successful morning show in Las Vegas has decided to stay at KLUC! Their ability to be such a major part of our community on a daily basis has brought them to the pinnacle of success in one of the most competitive radio markets in the country. Like all of Las Vegas, we love them and are so happy to continue to work with the amazing talents that are Chet, Lauren and Spence.
Kauffman Named Entercom Sacramento GSM. Inbound from Chicago where she was local sales manager for Hubbard Broadcasting classic rocker WDRV “The Drive,” Stacey Kauffman is appointed general sales manager for Entercom Sacramento. Vice president and market manager Sean Shannon states, “We are proud to welcome Stacey to our market-leading portfolio of brands. Entercom’s commitment to compelling live and local content continues to pay dividends as we enjoy a dominant position in delivering ratings and results to our advertisers.” Vice president of sales Lance Richard comments, “Stacey was a trailblazer in Chicago media on the integration of radio and digital media. We look forward to putting her expertise immediately to use in the growing Sacramento market.” Kauffman remarks that she is “excited” about the chance to join Entercom’s Sacramento team. “Entercom is a forward-thinking company with outstanding leadership at both the corporate and local market levels. [The company] has a reputation for providing high-quality content to audiences and results-driven solutions to advertisers.” Kauffman started her radio career with Emmis; she previously was a Merck pharmaceutical sales representative. Entercom’s six-station Sacramento cluster consists of KCTC “ESPN 1320,” CHR KDND “The End,” alternative KKDO “Radio 94.7,” KRXQ “98 Rock,” classic rock KSEG “The Eagle,” and hot AC KUDL “Star 106.5.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Terri Avery exits the Beasley Media Group Charlotte cluster where she was OM and program director for hip hop WPEG :Power 98” and urban AC WBAV “V101.9.” Avery had been with the stations’ previous owner CBS RADIO for the past 14 years…..Baltimore urban personality Tim Watts exits after 17 years with Radio One’s urban adult contemporary WWIN “Magic 95.9” and the old WQSR “V103.”
Alpha Media San Antonio Has An App For That. Alternative arrives in San Antonio as Alpha Media places “The App 103.3″ on K277CX Terrell Wells. Executive vice president of programming Scott Mahalick explains that San Antonio is “ground zero for the first station using our national service mark, ‘The App.’ Alpha Media continues to innovate by launching the first app with a radio station attached to it. Many stations have an app, but only one app has a radio station attached to it.” According to vice president of programming Phil Becker, “The broadcast paradigm has changed. True convergence has arrived, so much so that it is our name.” Director of operations Greg Martin remarks “103.3 The App” fills a void in San Antonio and states, “This is a very exciting new sound unlike any heard in this market in many years.” Program director Pat Cerullo is “thrilled” to be programming the market’s “exclusive home for alternative music. So many hit records have been absent [here] over the past few years – that is finally going to change. We have positioned the station as the first app with a terrestrial FM signal. Prior to our launch, listeners had to seek out this format [elsewhere].” In addition to “The App,” Cerullo programs co-owned rhythmic CHR KTFM and adult hits KJXK “Jack-FM.” Targeting 18-44s, “The App” debuts with the intent of playing roughly 10,000 songs commercial-free.
Radio One Reports 2014 Q4 Net Revenue Dips 1.7%. The final quarter of 2014 saw net revenue at $109.7 million for Radio One – a decrease of 1.7% from the same period in 2013. Station operating income was approximately $42.5 million, an increase of 8.6% from the same period a year ago. Net revenue for the entire year of 2014 was $441,387,000 – a decrease of 1.6% over all of 2013. Radio One president and CEO Alfred Liggins III comments, “Our radio business showed sequential improvement from the third quarter, with revenues -2.8%. During the quarter we changed format from news to classic hip hop in our Houston market; excluding Houston our radio revenues for the fourth quarter were +1.1%. Adjusting for a timing difference of our Women’s Empowerment event in Raleigh, Q1 2015 core radio revenues are currently pacing 1.8%, having weakened throughout January. Our Washington, DC cluster continues to underperform the market, and we recently announced a new general manager of the Washington, DC market cluster by expanding the responsibilities of our own Jeff Wilson, senior regional vice president. Excluding our Washington, DC cluster, our core radio revenues are currently pacing up about 1% compared to the same time last year.”
Galante Honored with Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award. Country music record executive Joe Galante was honored with the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Tuesday evening. His work with numerous country music legends over the past 40-plus years “has transformed the perception of Nashville as a music center and helped propel country music into the global phenomenon it is today.” Galante ran the labels RCA and Sony Music Nashville and many country superstars came out to honor him at the event which served as a beneficiary for The Opry Trust Fund. Pictured here are (from l-r): Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher, Galante, Bob Kingsley, and Kenny Chesney.
BFoA Announces Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards Recipients. The recipients of the 2015 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards from the Broadcasters Foundation of America have been announced. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 15 at the Foundation’s annual breakfast at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Recipients this year include: David Barrett, director, Hearst Corporation; Don Curtis, chairman & CEO, Curtis Media Group; Herb McCord, president & owner, Granum Communications Corp.; Jane Mago, former EVP & general counsel, National Association of Broadcasters; Al Primo, creator, Eyewitness News, Education Television Fund, Inc.; and Jeff Warshaw, CEO, Connoisseur Media. The Leadership Awards are given annually by the Broadcasters Foundation in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large, and are named in honor of iconic broadcaster Ward L. Quaal.
PPM Analysis: Adult Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents this analysis of the adult contemporary with its performance in the recent Nielsen Audio 2014 Holiday PPM survey. Kinosian writes, “No other ratings sweep sees the wild (positive) fluctuations as the Holiday period; however, January typically reflects massive declines for stations enjoying huge Holiday increases. Some hot AC, classic hits-oldies, contemporary Christian, country, and urban AC outlets engage in the programming strategy, but for the most part, adult contemporary was the originator and it is still the largest all-Christmas music proponent. For that reason, it is the first format highlighted in our exclusive Holiday 2014 overview.” See Kinosian’s entire analysis here.
Jim Lawson Takes on Regional Manager and OM Duties in Colorado. The iHeartMedia vice president of programming of Hispanic media and brand manager for national programming platforms will expand his duties to include regional manager for iHeartMedia Colorado and operations manager for Colorado Springs and Pueblo, effective February 2. In these additional roles, Jim Lawson will oversee all programming operations for the Colorado stations. His duties as operations manager will include managing the strategy and execution of Colorado Springs and Pueblo’s eight combined stations. He will continue his duties as vice president of programming for Hispanic media and brand manager for national programming platforms.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Adding music director to her title is CHR WPXY, Rochester afternoon drive personality Emily Wild. Wild has been with the Entercom cluster for the past three years…..At non-comm alternative KCMP, Minneapolis “89.3 The Current,” midday personality Barb Abney exits the Minnesota Public Radio station. Taking over the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show is station staffer Jade Tittle…..Moving across town from Townsquare Media’s adult contemporary WHOM, Portland where he co-hosted mornings to an AM show cast member gig at Binnie Media’s classic hits WFNK “107.5 Frank FM” is Teddy McKay. McKay partners up with current WFNK morning personalities Stan Bennett and Heidi Knight…..At the CBS RADIO Pittsburgh cluster, Katie Zak (pictured here at far right with country WDSY’s Jimmy and Monty) is promoted from the KDKA-FM events team to producer for the “Jimmy and Monty in the Morning” program…..Josh Egoff leaves the radio biz and his gig as promotions manager for iHeartMedia’s rock WJRR and sports WYGM in Orlando…..David Israel is leaving Total Traffic & Weather Network’s Miami offices where he serves as operations manager for a position outside of radio. Israel came to the organization in June of last year after serving as VP/GM of Cox Media’s Jacksonville station group.
Senate Commerce Committee Chair Thune Seeks Communications Act Overhaul. Speaking before an audience at the American Enterprise Institute, Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune (R-SD) said he will kick-start the process of reviewing and updating the country’s communications laws, last done in 1996. From a story at The Hill, Thune admits his efforts will require support from Democrats but says it’s very early in the process. He told the crowd the very legal framework that could allow broadband internet to be classified a utility is obsolete. He criticized the FCC’s rulemaking process with regard to “net neutrality” and said its agenda is being nudged by “an increasingly imperious president.” He said, “With the FCC poised to reclassify broadband due to a lack of clear statutory authority, we can readily see the consequences of that obsolescence and the need for action.” Getting support from Democrats prior to the 2016 election may be all but impossible but Thune says trying to update the Act that was last modernized when the Internet was in its infancy is necessary.”