Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters including,this week: Tommy Star,WDNS, Bowling Green, KY; Candy Gunn,WRFN, Nashville; Karoline Kramer Gould,WJCU, Cleveland; Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; The Iceman; Bill Phipps,WSIG, Mt. Jackson, VA;and Jay Lindly,KDQN, De Queen, AR; provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (10/29) includes such names as: Catey Shaw, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Matt Nathanson, Lolo, Avicii, Robbie Williams, Lack of Afro, Jack Tyson-Charles, DEC3, Stone Senate, OK GO, Grizfolk, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, James Carothers, Blane Howard, Toby Keith, Doobie Brothers, Sara Evans, Adam Wayne, Jared Blake, Erica Nicole, Alt-J, Lido, Nick Jonas, Ugo, Ariana Grande, Laura Zocca,andChris Meid,among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Round Two of October PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of October 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. The survey period was August 14 through September 10. You can find all of the numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.
- Boston – Sports is October’s ratings headline in Beantown, given that both of the market’s all-sports FMs are up dramatically (6+) from September. This time last month, for example, CBS Radio-owned WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” displayed a +.9 to 3.6, enabling the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Celtics flagship to catapult from #17 all the way to #9. Apparently though, “The Sports Hub” was just getting warmed up, as it tacks on another +1.1 to 4.7 (#7). To say that the 2013 defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox just concluded a dreadful 2014 season would actually be generous. Even so, Entercom-owned flagship WEEI-FM manages to increase September’s 3.2 by one full-share in October (4.2) and zooms from thirteenth to ninth. Moreover, WEEI-FM’s 4.2 is the station’s highest (6+) share in nearly a year – it hit 5.0 last November. iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” (6.9 – 7.0, +.1) occupies the pacesetter position for the tenth consecutive ratings period. Yo-yo numbers continue for public WGBH, which gained one-half share in August; dropped eight tenths in September; and now improves by a half-share (2.1 – 2.6) to advance from #19 to #17. CBS Radio classic rocker WZLX declines by eight-tenths (6.4 – 5.6) and drops from a third-place tie to fifth.
- Detroit – Over and above being #1 for the sixth consecutive sweep, CBS Radio’s all-sports WXYT-FM “The Ticket” does so in convincing manner with a +.9 (7.4 – 8.3). This is the most potent (6+) performance for “The Ticket” since it notched an 8.9 two years ago (October 2012). WMXD “Mix 92.3″ faltered by a hefty -1.1 in August (6.4 – 5.3); rebounded with a +1.1 in September to jump from sixth to third; and now the iHeartMedia urban AC delivers a one-half share gain to 6.9 as it assumes the runner-up slot. Urban contemporary WGPR though registers a -.7 (3.4 – 2.7) as it slides from #14 to #16. Dropping from sixth in September to seventh, CBS Radio-owned WYCD “Detroit’s Country” is down for the fourth straight sweep (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 4.8 – 4.7) and a combined -1.5 in that period.
- Miami – For the seventh time in the last eight sweeps – including the past five – iHeartMedia CHR WHYI “Y-100″ is in the four-share range. Even though it remains in fifth-place, “Y-100″ gains one-half share (4.4 – 4.9), while Cox Media Group CHR WFLC “Hits 97-3″ drops one-tenth to 3.5 (tenth to eleventh). Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105″ relinquishes the four-tenths it gained in September (7.7 – 8.1 – 7.7), but retains its #1 ranking for a stunning 41st straight monthly report. Adult contemporary enjoys an overall six-tenths gain in Miami with Lincoln Financial Media‘s WLYF “Lite-FM” improving by two-tenths 6.9 – 7.1 and Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1″ picking up four-tenths (5.5 – 5.9); “Lite-FM” and “Easy 93.1″ remain second and fourth, respectively. iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WMGE “Mega 94.9″ dips by one-half share (3.2 – 2.7) and drops from #14 to #16.
- Seattle – Among the four Seattle outlets that gain one-half share (6+) from September is Bonneville talker KIRO-FM (4.6 – 5.1), which inches up from fourth to third. Conversely, after progressing by eight-tenths in September to 4.5, sports sibling KIRO-AM “710 ESPN” drops one-half share to 4.0 to slide from sixth to seventh. Others – in addition to KIRO-FM – improving by one-half share are Hubbard CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.3 – 6.8); public KPLU “NPR News and All That Jazz” (2.3 – 2.8); and Bonneville talker KTTH (2.1 – 2.6). Also noteworthy for KQMV is that “All the Hits” is #1 for the fourth consecutive time. Sinclair hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5″ declines by six-tenths to 3.3, falling from tenth to thirteenth.
- Phoenix – KFYI’s fourth successive up-trend is a +.6, taking the iHeartMedia talker from sixth to a tie for second. Since June, KFYI has trended 3.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 for a cumulative +1.9. The last time KFYI reached a five-share was January 2013 (5.0). As Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ “La Tricolor” (#17) advances by six-tenths (1.8 – 2.4), Univision‘s similarly-programmed KHOT “La Nueva 105.9″ (#18) falters by that margin (2.9 – 2.3). Albeit off by three-tenths (6.2 – 5.9), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits” remains on top for the fourth straight month. In terms of Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, the last time KTAR-AM appeared in print was this past January (1.3), but the Bonneville sports-formatted outlet resurfaces with a .8 (#30). Riviera Broadcast Group rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power 98.3″ falters by one-half share (3.1 – 2.6), dipping from #14 to #16.
- Minneapolis – There is plenty of (6+) September – October fluctuation in the Twin Cities and KFXN is at the forefront of it. Not only does “K-Fan Sports Radio” make it four straight up-trends, the iHeartMedia outlet scores an impressive +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5) to progress from #12 to #8. Since June, KFXN has trended 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 5.5, yielding a combined +2.6. Public KMOJ “The People’s Station” explodes with a full-share gain to 2.5, its highest (6+) share since the (identical) 2.5 it recorded in the “Holiday” 2013 report. Advancing by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia CHR KDWB (7.5 – 8.2); Minnesota Public-owned KNOW (3.6 – 4.3, #12); and iHeartMedia talker KTLK-FM (1.9 – 2.6, #15). This is the fourth time in the last five monthly reports that KDWB finishes first. Following four consecutive up trends (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.3), Minnesota Public-owned KCMP regresses by -1.2 to 3.1, as it falls from #11 to #14. Country competitors KMNB “Buz’firstname.lastname@example.org″ and KEEY “K-102″ were tied for sixth-place (6.3) in August, but CBS Radio‘s KMNB gained one-half share to 6.8 (fourth) in September, while iHeartMedia’s “K-102″ remained at 6.3. “Buz’email@example.com″ slips by two-tenths (6.6, fifth) in October, while “K-102″ tumbles by eight-tenths to 5.5 and ranks eighth.
- Tampa – CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WLLD “WiLD 94.1″ puts up a strong +.9 (4.9 – 5.8) to vault from sixth to third; 5.8 is the highest (6+) share for “WiLD” since January 2011′s 6.0. WDUV keeps on rolling by adding another three-tenths (6+). This marks the sixth consecutive positive trend and a combined +4.4 in that timeframe for the Cox Media Group adult contemporary (8.5 – 9.4 – 10.6 – 11.4 – 11.5 – 12.6 – 12.9). In addition, WDUV is #1 for the 23rd straight survey period and has its highest 6+-number since “Holiday” 2013′s 14.1. Co-owned talker WHPT “The Bone,” however, suffers a -1.4 (4.6 – 3.2), as it spirals from a three-way tie at #8 to #14. “The Bone” dropped Bubba the Love Sponge in late-August/early-September. After back-to-back 4.2 showings in August and September, iHeartMedia‘s WXTB “98 Rock” experiences an eight-tenths erosion to 3.4 (#11 to #13). In August, Cox Media Group CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5″ added one-half share to 5.5; was flat in September; but now drops four-tenths to 5.1 (third to fifth). Meanwhile, format rival – iHeartMedia’s WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel” – curtails three straight down trends (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.9 – 5.3) with a +.1 to 5.4 and remains in fourth-place. September was the first time since February that “Hot 101.5″ (5.6 in February – 6+) had beaten “The Hit Music Channel” (5.0 in February).
- Denver – October stats in the “Mile High City” produce a bone fide top 25-market rarity – a four-way tie at #1. If that were not tight enough, the fifth-ranked station is just one-tenth behind; the sixth-place station is only two-tenths behind; and the seventh-ranked station – iHeartMedia talker KOA (+.7 to 5.0) – is just three-tenths off the top. In fact, a mere 1.3 shares (6+) separate the top 13 stations. First-place occupants – all at 5.3 – are Entravision Spanish adult hits KJMN “Jose 92.1″ (#1 in September as well, but down by one full-share in October); public KCFR (even, up from #3); Entercom classic rocker KQMT (even, up from #3); and Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO (even, up from #3). As a refresher, “Jose 92.1″ put up a whopping +1.7 in September, hitting the six-share level for the first time in its PPM history, while KCFR had a +1.5, enabling it to rocket from #15 to #3. Notching six-tenths gains each are Wilks classic hits-oldies facility KXKL “Kool 105″ (3.4 – 4.0, #17 to a three-way tie at #11) and Lincoln Financial Media sports outlet KKFN “The Fan” (1.8 – 2.4, #21 to a tie at #18). After three straight positive trends (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.5), Wilks hot AC KIMN “Mix 100″ falters by eight-tenths to 3.7 (#9 to #14). Unable to capitalize though is Entercom’s similarly-programmed KALC “Alice” (#14 to #16), which was -.7 in August; -.5 in September; and is now -.5 in October for a combined -1.7 (4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.2).
- Baltimore – Stuck on 3.8 in August and September, CBS Radio sports facility WJZ-FM “The Fan” erupts with a +1.3 (3.8 – 5.1) and bolts from tenth to sixth. This is the best (6+) showing for Baltimore’s “Fan” since January’s 5.8. Hearst Television talker – and Orioles flagship – WBAL (sixth to fifth) adds seven tenths to the eight-tenths it registered in September (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.7). A “no-show” in the last three monthlies, Radio One talker WOLB “Where Information Is Power” returns with a .5 (#23). Urban contemporary sibling WERQ “92-Q Jams” though declines by seven-tenths (6.8 – 6.1), slipping from second to third. In September, “92-Q Jams” had its string of progressive trends halted at four (6.6 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5 – 7.8). For 12 straight monthlies, WZFT “Z-104.3″ was in the four-share range, but with a +1.1 in September, it reached 5.2. The iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR, however, gives all of it back (4.1 – 5.2 – 4.1) as it tumbles from fifth to ninth. Notwithstanding a three-tenths dip to 7.9, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” repeats at #1.
- St. Louis – Hubbard‘s WXOS “101 ESPN” hangs out a +.8 (3.0 – 3.8) to inch up from #17 in September to #16. In addition to being the third straight up-trend for “101 ESPN” (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.8), this is the station’s highest (6+) share since last November when it reached 4.6. Simultaneously with CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK “Fresh 102.5″ gaining one-half share (4.2 – 4.7) and returning to the top 10 (#14 to #10), co-owned hot AC KYKY “Y-98″ suffers an eight-tenths loss (6.4 – 5.6) as it leaves the runner-up spot and finishes fourth. After Emmis talker KFTK gained six-tenths (2.6 – 3.2) in September to climb from #18 to #16, it drops one-half share to 2.7 and slips to #17. Heritage CBS Radio talker KMOX adds another three-tenths to 8.9 and is the market’s (6+) leader for the seventh straight month. In addition to being the third successive up-trend for KMOX – with a cumulative +1.6 (7.3 – 7.8 – 8.6 – 8.9) – it is the strongest 6+ showing for the Cardinals’ flagship since November when it registered 9.6.
RadioInfo Career Moves. The new morning personality at Cumulus Media’s country WMDH, Muncie, Indiana “NASH FM 102.5” is Deacon. He takes over for Jeff Sloan who exited the radio biz. Deacon most recently was midday host at Entercom’s CHR WZPL, Indianapolis…..In the Salisbury, Maryland market Bill Baker and Jessica Martinez exit Great Scott-owned hip hop WOCQ “OC 104” where they hosted the morning show. Baker also served as program director and music director. Martinez recently rejoined Baker on the radio after being in television for the previous 18 months. The rumor is the two will re-appear on another station in the area soon.
Bressler: Ad World Moving to Buy ROI. During yesterday’s investor conference call, iHeartMedia president and CFO Rich Bressler spoke at length about the company’s plans to become the number one multi-platform media company – the underlying company goal that was the force behind the name change from Clear Channel to iHeartMedia. But from a sales standpoint, Bressler told analysts that, “The advertising world is moving to buy ROI – return on investment – not ratings or impressions as it does today, and we stand to greatly benefit from this trend since we provide huge ROI reflecting our audience size, our scale and the impact we have, none of which have been fully monetized.” The goal of reaching Millennials is important to Madison Avenue and Bressler noted the 4th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, held last month in Las Vegas, saw social media impressions double from the previous year “reaching over five billion which is on par with the Academy Awards and more than twice the size of the Halftime Show of the Super Bowl.” He says 80% of social media posts related to the festival came from the 18-35 demographic. Bressler delivered the latest data about the iHeartRadio platform saying it now has 56 million registered users and total listening hours are up 10% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Looking at the financials, iHeartMedia reported a net revenue increase of 1% and Bressler said that although the radio industry experienced a soft Q3, the company outperformed the markets based on Miller Kaplan data.
Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson to Perform at National Radio Hall of Fame Induction. This is the first Los Angeles induction ceremony after 24 years of the National Radio Hall of Fame event taking place in Chicago. On November 9 at the Cicada in downtown Los Angeles, Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Stanley E. Hubbard, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead and Dick Orkin will be inducted. Performing at the event will be Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson. In addition, a special tribute to Casey Kasem will take place. National radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “This is an event that brings us all together to honor and celebrate the best in our business. We have an opportunity to show our support and ensure the vitality of this institution by attending. And if that’s not possible, please consider making a donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which provides a showcase for the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago year round.” Noted broadcasters participating in the ceremony will include Ryan Seacrest, Larry King, Rick Dees, Delilah, Michael Jackson, Kerri Kasem and more.
iHeartMedia’s Hartley Adkins Elected RAB Board of Directors Chairman. At its annual board of directors meeting the Radio Advertising Bureau announced new officers and iHeartMedia EVP major markets Hartley Adkins was elected chairman. Also on the board are (RAB duties noted in parentheses): Hubbard Radio chair and CEO Ginny Morris (vice chair); Cox Media Group EVP radio Kim Guthrie (finance chair); Commonwealth Broadcasting president and CEO Steve Newberry (secretary); Cromwell Group president and founder Bud Walters (immediate past chair). Newly elected board members are: Hubbard Radio president and COO Drew Horowitz; Alpha Media EVP southern region Bill McElveen; Emmis COO and CFO Pat Walsh; and Journal Broadcast Group EVP Steve Wexler.
“Music Industry Reunion New York” a Smash! After two successful Music Industry Reunions in Los Angeles over the past couple of years, organizer (and music industry promotional icon) Jon Scott responded to numerous requests and “took the party to New York.” The result was an extraordinary, emotion-packed event that drew more than 200 prominent music industry and radio friends to Manhattan’s Hill Country Barbecue this past Wednesday evening (10/15). Some of the folks that attended are retired giants of the business, some seasoned legends still vigorously playing an active role in the industry, and a number of young up-and-comers that showed up to share the good cheer as well as the priceless knowledge and wisdom packed into the room. In the words of Scott, “It was a non-stop hug-fest!” (Pictured here at right are music business legends Johnny Barbis, and Ron Alexenburg, right.) Throughout the weepy, huggy, kissy, happy, and yappy evening, a number of participants took to the stage to say a few words of tribute to and about each other and express the powerful sentiments that permeated the festivities. One of the speeches that resonated with the crowd big-time was delivered by Paul “Rap” Rappaport — former Columbia Records exec and current co-owner (with Judy Libow) of classic rock promotion and marketing firm, Classics Du Jour. (See story below for more details and full text of the speech.) Jon Scott sums it up as follows, telling RadioInfo, “We all gathered together to share the friendships and stories that developed during the incredible period of music that helped shape contemporary cultural history as we know it. The Music Industry Reunion committee that organized this with me is to be commended: Judy Libow, Roxy Myzal, Harvey Leeds, Steve Leeds, Jimmy Del Balzo, Jessie Scott, Wayne McManners, Peter Gidion, Greg Lee, and Ted Utz.” Scott says because of the success and numerous requests, another party is already on the drawing boards for 2015. Jon Scott can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Pictured above, from left to right, are: Jon Scott, music business impresario George Cappelini, USRN exec Roxy Myzal and former WBCN, Boston GM Tony Berardini.)
Paul Rappaport Delivers Knock Out Speech at “Music Industry Reunion New York.” As indicated in the story above, a number of people made compelling speeches at last Wednesday evening’s (10/15) reunion of music and radio industry professionals in New York City (see story above) – one of the highlights being the impassioned words delivered by the ever-popular Paul Rappaport, former Columbia Records VP and current co-owner of promotion/marketing firm Classics du Jour. “Rap” tells RadioInfo, “I just wanted us all to remember a time when art and creativity mattered first, and the money mattered second. And not to forget a time when something like a magical segue could just stop everyone in their tracks in pure appreciation of the art of radio, and how it filled us with so much joy and shared understanding, all feeling as one.” To read the entire text of Rappaport’s address, please click here. Rappaport is pictured here at left with Jimmy Del Balzo (center) and Jerry Lembo (right).
iHeartMedia Ups Mark Adams to PD at KIOI, KYLD in San Francisco. This move brings Mark Adams south from his VP of programming post at iHeartMedia’s Portland station group to San Francisco to serve as program director for hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3” and CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9.” Adams is taking over for Cat Collins who’s been elevated to the corporate National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services division. iHeartMedia San Francisco VP of programming Don Parker says, “I’m thrilled to have Mark return to the Bay area and lead these two legendary stations. His track record speaks for itself and his prior experience programming in San Francisco make him the ideal candidate to take the reins of ‘Star’ and ‘WiLD.’”
Entercom Names Lamadrid to VP Post. This is a newly created position at Entercom Communications and Carlos Lamadrid comes to the vice president of national sales and strategic partnerships post from his most recent position with TC Media where he was senior vice president. Entercom station group president Weezie Kramer says, “We are thrilled to have someone of Carlos’ experience join our team. His sales, business, and marketing acumen are market tested and will help us elevate the conversation with our customers.” Entercom says Lamadrid’s focus will be on “increasing revenue in the company’s national sales channel as well as developing integrated partnerships with leading national advertisers.”
Claudine Cazian Promoted to VP of Programming and Branded Entertainment for Premiere Networks. This moves up the person in charge of production for Premiere Networks programming including “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” “American Top 40” and “Direct from Hollywood” to vice president of programming and branded entertainment for all Premiere products. Premiere EVP of programming Jennifer Leimgruber says Cazian will “work closely to develop and oversee entertainment programming and content, while identifying and developing opportunities to strengthen our brands, and support our partners.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Radio One’s Cleveland hip hop signal WENZ “Z107.9,” Peter Parker is the new afternoon drive personality. Parker comes to Radio One from his most recent gig at CBS RADIO’s hip hop WPGC, Washington…..“Rolls” Royce Stevenson is promoted to APD at Entercom’s hip hop KDGS, Wichita “Power 93.5.” Stevenson is also afternoon drive personality and music director…..It’s a return to radio after a six –year absence for Julie Haskell Gade who is named general manager for Digity Media’s Lincoln, Nebraska cluster. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Gade takes over for Joy Patten who stays with the company to serve as sales manager. Gade worked for the stations when they were owned by Three Eagles Communications.
SF Stations Implement Royal Playlist Adjustments. On the eve of MLB‘s 2014 “Fall Classic,” which will feature the San Francisco Giants against the Kansas City Royals, 17-year-old New Zealand-born singer Lorde finds herself in the middle of a bit of a baseball-related brouhaha. Lorde, of course, has the hit single “Royals,” a title one might imagine would not go over very well this week in the Bay Area. In fact, at least two San Francisco outlets – Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” and Cumulus Media adult alternative KFOG – have decided to delete the song from their playlists for at least the duration of the series. KFOG’s tweeted statement indicates the station will be a “‘Royals’- free zone,” while KOIT-FM indicates the song “will be removed” until the series concludes. In an interview with NBC Bay Area, KFOG program director Jim Richards rhetorically asks, “Why send any positive vibes to Kansas City – why not give the song a rest? No one is going to get hurt over it.” Earlier this year, Lorde received an autographed jersey from Royals Hall of Famer George Brett and she maintains it is “one of the coolest things” she owns. The series gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/21) in Kansas City and we can’t help but wonder if Kansas City stations might retaliate by temporarily tinkering in a similar fashion with the music of a well-known Giants fan – Steve Perry.
Radio Express to Distribute Akon Show Globally. The weekly radio program “Stadium Live Radio,” produced by hip hop artist and producer Akon, is going to be distributed outside the U.S. by Burbank, California-based Radio Express. The company says, “‘Stadium Live’ connects radio audiences to the world of hit music through the personality and the voice of Akon. The show features the biggest charting and downloaded songs from the four corners of the world and exclusive remixes straight from the studio to the listener.”
Westwood One Producer Jaan McCoy Dies. Lifelong radio pro Jaan McCoy died at his studio in Dallas over the weekend. McCoy was a producer for Westwood One’s 24-hour Classic Hits format. McCoy started in radio at age 16 on WFBL, Syracuse. His radio adventure has taken him to gigs in the Hamilton/Toronto and Ottawa markets in Canada, then to Dallas for FM classic rock, rock hits on the ABC Radio Network, and 20 y ears as morning host of “The Breakfast Club,” with 10 of those years at WLGZ’s sister station KAAM. Most recently he was one of the principals in the ownership of country and classic hits stations in Greenville, Texas. He is survived by his wife and six children. David Felker, Westwood One’s classic hits program director, says, “Jaan loved radio and anything to do with music and programming. We’d talk for hours about it. He was dedicated, hard-working, always willing to be there to help out, and he always did it with a smile. Jaan was a true professional, an inspiration and a friend to us all. He’ll be missed.”
iHeartMedia and Omnicom Media Announce Partnership. In a deal that the two sides say could be worth $200 million, iHeartMedia and ad giant Omnicom Media Group announce they will work together in a way that will “result in increased access to exceptional creative services and campaign ideation for Omnicom Media Group’s vast array of advertising clients.” In a press release, the companies say they will also “collaborate on developing new, groundbreaking audio and cross-platform opportunities for clients that leverage technologies and insights from both companies.” iHeartMedia president, national sales, marketing and partnerships Tim Castelli states, “At iHeartMedia we’re constantly searching for ways to utilize our unparalleled reach and insights into our consumers to help our advertising partners cultivate creative and cost-effective individualized marketing campaigns. What makes this new partnership with Omnicom so exciting is that it allows us to do that and more. Ultimately, our collective goal is to leverage iHeartMedia’s technologies, insights, and comprehensive media offerings to provide Omnicom clients with richer media and marketing campaigns. We believe that with this new partnership, Omnicom Media Group clients will have the ability to leverage their partnerships with us to accomplish bigger and more impactful solutions.”
iHeartMedia Appoints GSMs in San Francisco and D.C. There are two GSM appointments within iHeartMedia to report. Suzy Rufail is named general sales manager for the San Francisco station group, while Todd Freundlich has been tapped for similar duties at the company’s Washington, DC cluster. iHeartMedia major market executive vice president of operations Hartley Adkins declares, “Suzy will be a great addition to the San Francisco sales team. Her extensive experience creating personalized, creative and strategic cross-platform marketing solutions for clients will be an amazing asset for the cluster. Suzy is an accomplished sales and marketing leader with a successful track record. She will be a valued member of the San Francisco sales leadership team as we continue to provide a greater reach than any other media company.” Market president Katie Wilcox comments, “Suzy has a robust background in senior management, experience in complimentary formats and a successful record of leading high performing organizations. I am confident she will be a vibrant contributor to the San Francisco team.” Rufail remarks, “I am honored to join a company that I have long admired for its strategy and innovation. I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with a dynamic leader like Katie Wilcox and the exceptional team of talent she has brought together in this thriving market.” On the opposite coast, iHeartMedia Washington, DC and Baltimore vice president of sales Ken Roberts observes of Freundlich, “Todd is a terrific leader whom I have admired for years. I am proud to add his professionalism and market expertise to our stellar management team. His passion and focus for clients fits perfectly in our culture.” Freundlich states, “It is a privilege to be able to join iHeartMedia – a cutting edge company with products and platforms second to none. I look forward to working alongside the iHeartMedia DC sales team and contributing to the high standards and strong foundation they have created in this market.” For the past nearly three years, Rufail was American General Media’s Albuquerque market manager and director of sales. She previously worked as senior account manager for Cox Orlando rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3″; was general sales manager for Univision Radio Albuquerque; and general manager of Ramar Communications Albuquerque’s KRTN-LP and KTEL-LP. For the last five years, Freundlich was general sales manager of Cumulus Media Washington, DC talker WMAL.
Greater Media’s WMJX, Boston Snags Ciaramello. This is a return to Greater Media for Allyson Ciaramello as she jumps from CBS RADIO’s CHR WODS, Boston “AMP Radio” to the position of senior account executive for WMJX “MAGIC 106.7.” Ciaramello’s been with “AMP Radio” since it launched in 2012. She previously worked for Greater Media’s WROR.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s CHR WKSE, Buffalo “Kiss 98.5,” Jud Heussler is promoted to APD. He’s the music director and afternoon drive personality who’s been with the station since 2012…..Cher Ames exits the director of marketing and promotion position at CBS RADIO’s WBBM-AM and WCFS, Chicago. She’d been with the stations for 14 years…..Bo Reynolds exits the morning show at Wilks-owned country KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf” after eight months in the position. The Denver market pro moved from the company’s classic hits KXKL to take the morning gig at “The Wolf.”…..At Sebago Broadcasting’s WCTG, Chincoteague, Virginia, Shawn Murphy is named station manager for the adult hits station…..Blue Sky Broadcasting promotes Marie McCalister from her promotions director and on-air post to program director for triple A KPND, Spokane.
RIP Marshall Phillips. Longtime Dayton rock radio personality Marshall Phillips died over the weekend at age 58. According to the Dayton Daily News, the former WTUE, Dayton evening jock was found in his apartment by a neighbor who noticed his front door was open. Phillips was a well-known rock jock at WTUE in the 1980 and 1990s. He also worked in the sales department for iHeartMedia’s Dayton station group. The paper reports Phillips had battled liver and other health issues recently.
Cool Job Opportunity. Digity Media seeks morning show co-host for male-leaning show in Myrtle Beach. Here’s the scoop: Our long time co-host of 8½ years is leaving for an opportunity in TV. That means you have a rare chance to replace her, move to the beach and be a part of a long-running, winning morning show. Here’s some of the things we are looking for: Proficient in Cool Edit/Adobe Audition, able to find a story in anything, energetic, self-motivated, connected to what’s happening now and a Rolodex of guests wouldn’t hurt either. Morning show experience not required but helpful. Send resume and aircheck (preferred) to email@example.com or via mail to: 1016 Ocala Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Attention: B.J. Kinard. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Digity Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
CBS RADIO-Beasley Station Swap Announced. It’s sort of close to some of the rumors that had been moving through the industry about CBS RADIO and Beasley Broadcasting Group swapping Florida and Philly stations. Here’s what the companies are announcing: Beasley will take ownership of: sports talk WIP-AM, Philadelphia; in the Tampa market it gets sports talk duo WHFS-AM and WHFS-FM, hip hop WLLD, country WQYK, classic hits WRBQ, and Spanish WYUU-FM; in the Charlotte market it acquires urban contemporary WBAV, sports talk duo WBCN-AM and WFNZ-AM, AC WKQC, CHR WNKS, hip hop WPEG, and country WSOC-FM. In exchange, CBS RADIO will take ownership of five stations. They are the three Miami market signals: hip hop WPOW, country WKIS and sports talk WQAM; and Philadelphia outlets country WXTU, and hip hop WRDW. Despite CBS RADIO’s major market tradition, this move will give it its first Miami holdings. CBS RADIO president and CEO Dan Mason states, “This transaction reinforces our strategy to concentrate on large-market properties. We already have television duopolies in both Philadelphia and Miami, so these new stations will be a terrific complement to our existing local broadcasting portfolio, and a welcome addition to the overall CBS family.” BBG chairman and CEO George Beasley says, “Throughout Beasley Broadcast Group’s 53-year history, we have actively managed our station portfolio with the goal of serving the local communities where we operate, diversifying our operations, managing risk and improving financial results. The asset exchange agreement with CBS RADIO addresses all of these strategic objectives as, upon completion, we will expand our station base by nine stations and add completed clusters in Tampa and Charlotte which complement our already strong mid-Atlantic presence. Furthermore, the transaction is also consistent with our long-term strategy to operate leading clusters in large- and mid-size markets.” These are straight-up swaps — no cash involved — and, obviously, are pending FCC approval.
RCA Juggernaut Championing More Music via Radio Allies – Senior VP Promotion, Adrian Moreira, Profiled. Currently working nine records at adult alternative; one-half dozen at hot AC; and four at mainstream adult contemporary, heritage label RCA Records is hot, hot, hot. This is due in part to having a powerful roster of talent backed up and supported by a well-coordinated team of promotion professionals. According to RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie, “A great part of RCA’s success is the company’s ongoing recognition of radio as a vital component in the music promotion and discovery process.” In a feature story posted today (10/2), Doobie profiles one of the dynamic music industry executives driving the well-oiled organization that is the modern day incarnation of the historic label – senior vice president of promotion Adrian Moreira. He tells RadioInfo, “I am so fortunate to be working with such an assemblage of really outstanding professionals on all levels of this amazing company. That, of course, includes our chairman Peter Edge, our president Tom Corson, and our GM and head of promotion Joe Riccitelli – a truly great teacher.” Moreira concludes, “I still pinch myself when I am called up to listen to music in Clive Davis‘ office; hanging backstage with a band I have admired from afar; or to hear an arena full of people singing along to a song I may have played a small part in getting uncovered. It is all a gift and I try not to take any of it for granted.” To read the entire story, please click here.
Round Three of September PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of September 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. The survey period was August 14 through September 10. You can see the numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.
- Portland – Owing to a +.8 to 3.3, Salem contemporary Christian KFIS “The Fish” bids farewell to three straight downward trends (3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.5) and swims from #17 to a three-way tie at #14. Even though Entercom adult hits KYCH declines by eight-tenths (4.9 – 4.1), “Charlie” remains at #9. Advancing by six-tenths each are Alpha Media adult alternative KINK “Discover Music” (2.9 – 3.5, #14 to #12);co-owned talker KXL-FM (making exactly the same move as KINK); and Salem’s WRYP “El Rey” (1.2 – 1.8, #20 to #18). Regional Mexican “El Rey” was stuck on 3.2 (6+) in April, May, and June; lost eight-tenths in July; and witnessed its 6+-share split in half (2.4 – 1.2) in August. iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103″ (8.3 – 8.1, -.2) finishes first for the third consecutive month. In each of those months, co-owned KLTH has been in the runner-up spot but classic hits-oldies “The Eagle” is off six-tenths (6.8 – 6.2). Also dropping six-tenths is Alpha Media country KUPL “The Bull” (6.4 – 5.8, third to fourth). Albeit flat at 5.8, country rival – Entercom’s KWJJ “The Wolf” – “The Bull” as it inches up from fifth to fourth.
- Charlotte – September stats indicate the market’s two country stations are going in different directions. On the plus side, CBS Radio-owned WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” (7.7 – 6.3 – 7.7) rebounds from August’s -1.4 with a +1.4, enabling it to reposition from fifth to first. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia‘s WKKT “The Kat,” which staggered from first to third in August owing to a -1.1, drops an additional six-tenths (7.0 – 6.4) to tumble to fifth. Knocked out of the top spot is WKKT adult hits sibling WLKO “The Lake,” which registered three successive up trends producing a cumulative +3.2 (4.6 – 5.1 – 7.3 – 7.8), before dropping four-tenths in September to 7.4; “The Lake” segues to third. Also in the iHeartMedia cluster, classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” regresses by nine-tenths (7.7 – 6.8), as it shifts from second to fourth; in August, “The Fox” was just one-tenth away from the lead position. With a strong +.8 (6.8 – 7.6), CBS Radio urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98″ applies the brakes to three consecutive negative trends and a cumulative -1.2 (8.0 – 7.7 – 7.2 – 6.8) to jump from fourth to second. The third straight down month for WOSF “Old School 105.3″ is a -.7 (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 4.7), but the Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies facility remains at #8.
- Pittsburgh – Less than one week before the August sweep concluded, iHeartMedia flipped talk WPGB to country as “Big 104.7.” It does not take long to see fallout, as “Big” improves by +1.1 (2.4 – 3.5) and inches up from #12 to #10. The 3.5 by “Big” is the highest 6+-stat on that frequency since November’s 4.1. Cross-town rival, CBS Radio‘s WDSY “Y-108,” stumbled by eight-tenths in August to 6.5 and now loses another one-half share (6.5 – 6.0); “Y-108″ dips from fifth to sixth and is a cumulative -1.6 since June. There is, however, positive news in the CBS Radio cluster now that WPGB is out of the talk format: Heritage talker KDKA-AM spikes by eight-tenths (5.4 – 6.2) and transitions from seventh to fifth. In addition to “Y-108,” iHeartMedia alternative outlet WXDX “The X” is off by one-half share (3.8 – 3.3), moving from tenth to eleventh. Despite back-to-back one-tenth declines, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS” is #1 for the third straight month.
- Sacramento – Following six successive months without an up-trend (5.2 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0), CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KSFM “KS-FM” busts out with a +.7 (4.7) to progress from ninth to seventh. Entercom hot AC KUDL “Star 106.5 – Today’s Music Variety” improves by six-tenths (3.4 – 4.0) as it enters the top ten (#11 to #9). Despite enduring a robust -1.1 (7.9 – 6.8), KUDL’s classic rock sibling KSEG is the market’s 6+ pacesetter for the fifth straight month. The 7.9 registered by “The Eagle” in July and August represents its most potent 6+-share under PPM methodology. It has an eight-tenths lead over co-runners-up (at 6.0) – CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96″ (-.4, steady at #2) and iHeartMedia talker KFBK (+.3, up from #4). CBS Radio’s KNCI “New Country 105.1″ improved by nine-tenths in July; regressed by one-half share to 4.1 in August; and now falters by seven-tenths in September (4.1 – 3.4, eighth to tenth).
- San Antonio – Whenever a station improves by more than three shares month-to-month (6+), one of the first questions usually asked is, “When did it start playing all-Christmas music?” It is a classic rock-to-rhythmic CHR format change – not seasonal music – that enables iHeartMedia‘s KZEP “Hot 104.5″ to hang out an eye-popping +3.8, more than doubling its August (6+) stat (3.1 – 6.9). As a result, it leapfrogs from a three-way tie at #13 all the way to #2. As for 6+-share, this is the strongest for that dial position in more than four years: KZEP reached 7.9 in March 2010 as a classic rocker. Directly affected is Univision‘s similarly-formatted rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” which plummets by two full-shares (6.8 – 4.8) as it slides from second to fifth. “The Beat” heretofore in PPM methodology had not recorded a (6+) share below 5.0. “Hot” switched formats (8/8) approximately one week prior to the start of the September sweep. With KZEP abandoning classic rock, Cox Media Group‘s KTKX “The Eagle” is a clear benefactor, evidenced by a +1.8 (2.2 – 4.0); “The Eagle” soars from #17 to #10. In 23 of the last 24 monthly sweeps, “The Eagle” was locked in the two-share range (6+) – the exception was a 1.9 last December. Following a one-half share gain in August to 4.9, Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3″ regresses by nine-tenths to 4.0, repositioning from fifth to ninth; “Magic” had just ended a mini-slide of being down or flat for three straight months (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.4). This not only marks the sixth successive month at #1 for KONO-FM (7.8 – 7.9, +.1), but the CMG classic hits-oldies facility boasts its highest 6+ share in about four years (matching its 7.9 in August 2010).
- Cincinnati – This is the ninth successive time iHeartMedia talker WLW finishes in first-place (6+) and sixth straight time the Reds flagship is in double-figures, but “The Big One” is off by one full-share (12.1 – 11.1). Co-owned rocker WEBN though gains a whopping +1.8 (3.3 – 5.1) and progresses from ninth to seventh. It marks WEBN’s best (6+) showing in exactly one year: It posted a 5.2 in September 2013. Picking up one-half share each – although remaining where they ranked in August – are Hubbard hot AC WKRQ “Q-102″ (6.6 – 7.1, steady at #4) and iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107″ (4.1 – 4.6, steady at #8). “Q-102″ country sibling WUBE “B-105.1″ has its successive streak of (6+) double-figures ended at three as it follows August’s -.5 with a -1.1 (10.7 – 10.2 – 9.1). Nonetheless, “B-105.1″ is the market’s runner-up station for the seventh consecutive time.
- Salt Lake City – Albeit that they are modest increases, Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100″ is up for the third straight month (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.0) and repeats at #1. Gaining one-half share each are “FM 100″ talk sibling KSL (6.4 – 6.9, steady at #2) and BYU-owned classical KBYU (2.1 – 2.6, steady at #16). Bonneville’s KRSP “Arrow” falters by seven-tenths (4.7 – 4.0), and the classic hits-oldies outlet drops out of the top ten (eighth to eleventh). Four Salt Lake City all-sports stations account for 3.3 total shares (6+). While hardly ratings giants, they offer an interesting format story in a market without a MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL franchise. Broadway Media‘s KALL “ESPN 700″ improves by six-tenths to 1.2. It is tied at #22 with Larry Miller‘s KZNS-AM “The Zone,” which gains one-half share. Cumulus’ KFNZ “The Fan” is up by two-tenths (.5, #27), while Larry Miller’s KZNS-FM is steady at .4 (#29).
- Las Vegas – Although unchanged at 7.4 (6+), CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix” finishes first for the third straight time. Meanwhile, the third consecutive up-trend (3.9 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 5.6) for KXPT “The Point” is an impressive +1.2, propelling the Lotus classic rocker from seventh to fifth. Owing to a +.6 to 4.3, Faith Communications’ contemporary Christian KSOS (#11 to #8) halts its three-month downward skid (5.9 – 5.0 – 3.8 – 3.7). Entravision regional Mexican KQRT erodes by one full-share to 1.7 (#16 to #19), while iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5″ falters by nine-tenths to 5.7, downshifting from second to fourth.
- Kansas City – This past Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals made their first postseason appearance (beating the Oakland A’s in extra innings) since winning the 1985 World Series. The AL Central team’s flagship - Entercom‘s all-sports KCSP – hangs out a +.9 to 4.2 as it inches up from #14 to #12. The 4.2 is the station’s best (6+) number since this time last year (4.5 in September 2013). Public KCUR improves by one-half share (2.5 – 3.0) and moves from #18 to #16. In August, KFKF put an end to five straight negative trends (which had resulted in a cumulative -3.2) by storming back with a +1.0 to 6.8. The Steel City Media-owned property gains three-tenths in September and is #1 for the second straight month. After four consecutive sweeps in the six-share range (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 6.5), preceded by three successive in the seven-share range (7.0 – 7.6 – 7.0), Carter Broadcast urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103″ falters by one full-share to 5.5, sliding from third to fourth.
- Orlando – It is not often an HD channel grabs headlines, but WPOZ-HD3 is doing something noteworthy. Albeit that it is toward the bottom of the pack, WPOZ-HD3 triples its 6+-share for the second straight monthly. The first one was .2 to .6 (July – August), but August – September sees a meatier .6 – 1.9 improvement (+1.3). That puts the Central Florida Educational Foundation-owned facility at #18. Prior to its one-tenth gain in August (6.7 – 6.8), co-owned contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3″ had dropped a cumulative -1.4 in three straight down monthlies (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.7). Now with another modest gain (6.8 – 7.0, +.2), WPOZ moves up from a second-place tie to unseat Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5″ (6.1, -.6, #1 to #3). Public WMFE scores a strong +1.2 (2.3 – 3.5) to advance from #15 to #13. Ever since registering a 3.0 in April 2013, WMFE followed with 17 straight performances in the two-share range (6+). On the heels of a lofty +1.2 in August, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7″ relinquishes 75% of it (-.9 to 5.9) and slips from second to fourth.
iHeartMedia Debuts ‘Rock 94.9’ in Williamsport. The translator W235BA, licensed to Williamsport, had been airing the signal of iHeartMedia’s news/talk WRAK, but now the company drops that simulcast and debuts active rock “Rock 94.9” featuring core artists: Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Metallica, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Motley Crue, The Black Keys, Guns N’ Roses and more. Programming will include the WMMS, Cleveland-based “Rover’s Morning Glory” and the Premiere Networks-syndicated “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx.” Ops manager Eric White comments, “It’s time Williamsport had a true rock station. We are thrilled to bring rock fans the music they want to hear and offer other options for fans, partners and advertisers.”
Morning Moves at Cumulus Arkansas Country Stations. Beginning next Monday, October 6, Cumulus Media’s country KAMO, Fayetteville, Arkansas “NASH 94.3” will begin featuring “America’s Morning Show” with host Blair Garner and co-hosts Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks. Current KAMO AM driver Dan Hentschel is moving to the company’s classic country KRMW, Fayetteville “94.9 Nash Icon” and sister station KLSZ, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Cumulus Fayetteville and Fort Smith market manager Dale Daniels says, “Big Dan is an old friend the community of Northwest Arkansas has grown up with and is the perfect host for ‘Nash Icon’ as he himself is truly an icon in the market. This along with ‘America’s Morning Show’ on ‘NASH 94.3’ gives Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley an outstanding morning show lineup.”
New Market Managers for CMG in Atlanta, San Antonio and Tulsa. There are three new market leaders for Cox Media Group to announce today. In Atlanta, former Cox Media group VP Donna Hall is named VP and general manager. She’s been with Cox since 1987. Ben Reed moves from the Atlanta VP/GM post to the same position at the San Antonio station group. And Dan Lawrie jumps from the San Antonio cluster to CMG’s Tulsa properties to serve as VP/GM. CMG EVP of radio Kim Guthrie states, “We are thrilled that we can tap such phenomenal internal talent across Cox for these important leadership positions. Ben, Dan and Donna are proven leaders who know how to build strategic, award-winning teams.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Philadelphia CHR WIOQ “Q102” has a new evening host as the iHeartMedia station brings Raphael in from his most recent gig at Entercom’s CHR WPXY, Rochester. In addition to nights on “Q102,” Raphael will also be heard on iHeartMedia’s Rochester CHR WKGS “Kiss 106.7.”…..Portland market pro Stacey Lynn will be the afternoon personality on iHeartMedia’s AC KKCW “K103” beginning October 13. Lynn had been with Alpha Media’s crosstown CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” where she was APD, music director and afternoon jock…..Pritchard Broadcasting names Jeff “Doc” Holliday program director and afternoon jock on rock WQKQ, Burlington, Iowa “KQ92.” He comes to the station from his most recent gig as late morning talk host on WEUS, Orlando “Big 810.”…..At Empire Broadcasting’s triple A WRNR, Grasonville, Maryland (about 15 miles east of Annapolis), Carrie Neuman is named interim music director replacing Alex Cortright who exited last month…..Jim Condron will remain with the company that acquired his longtime charges, AC WALK-FM and oldies WALK-AM on Long Island. With Connoisseur’s acquisition of the two stations it appeared Condron was out but now it’s learned that he’ll stay with the company as SVP of regional strategies.
Backstage with 5SOS. Nationally syndicated radio host Adam Bomb (far left) is pictured here with the members of 5 Seconds of Summer backstage at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The host of Westwood One’s “Nights Live with Adam Bomb” chatted with the members of the band which is on tour with pop sensation One Direction.
To Reach Millennials, Get Real. In a column posted today (9/29), media consultant Holland Cooke reports from the recent Maine Association of Broadcasters conference where a major topic of conversation was reaching the Millennial generation. Cooke writes that the news for radio operators today with regard to this generation is a good news/bad news scenario: The good is that Millennials like the idea of an audio-only medium but the bad news is they don’t want it to sound like it did for generations past – they have very different media sensibilities. “Keeping it real” is the mantra for this generation as comments from the “How Millennials Use Media” panel indicate. Cooke reports college-age panelists said things like, “People our age find radio gimmicky,” and, “Authenticity is a huge factor.” Read Cooke’s entire column here.
Kansas City Woman’s Court Victory at Entercom’s Expense Serves Up Lessons for Broadcasters. Friday’s court victory for a Kansas City law student who was incorrectly identified as a “local porn star” by the “Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz” show on Entercom’s alternative KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” provides more lessons for broadcasters in how to avoid falling victim to a (in this case) $1 million dollar penalty for something that could have been avoided. As you are probably aware by now, Ashley Patton was misidentified by the morning show as a “local porn star” after confusing her name with that of a text-message suggestion by a listener who wrote to the show that Ashley Payton put pornographic images of herself online. On Friday, the jury awarded $250,000 in actual damages and the two sides agreed to punitive damages of $750,000, which Entercom will not appeal. Entercom had believed that its hosts had not actually engaged in negligent behavior since the identification of Patton was accidental and the station fixed the mistake as soon as it found out about it, as reported in the Kansas City Star’s coverage of the case. But that’s not exactly what happened. It stands to reason the station may have been able to avoid further angering Patton – and avoid the subsequent lawsuit – if it had acted quickly when Patton spoke with program director Scott Geiger hours after the bit aired. According to court records, during that conversation, Geiger questioned Patton’s statement that she was not a porn star, even asking her, “How do you know that you’re not a porn star?” He also promised to call her back after investigating the incident but never did.
WKQK, Memphis Transitions to Country. In the Memphis market, Entercom jettisons classic hits on WKQK in favor of country-formatted “94.1 The Wolf.” Vice president and market manager Dan Barron comments, “We are thrilled to introduce the highly successful ‘Wolf’ brand to Memphis. There is a huge appetite for today’s country music and we are proud to share this with Memphians. ‘The Wolf’ is the perfect complement to our local Entercom stations including sports WMFS-AM ‘ESPN 790,’ sports WMFS-FM ‘ESPN Radio,’ hot AC WMC-FM ‘FM 100,’ and adult contemporary WRVR ‘The River.’” According to program director Chris Michaels, “‘The Wolf’ will be locally focused on music that country fans want. We are excited to bring this great brand and the most new country to Memphis.” After reaching a 4.1 (#10) in June (6+, Nielsen Audio PPM), WKQK notched a 3.5 (#11) in July and August (steady at #11). It was the market’s lone classic hits station and had been in the format the past six years, before making the switch last Friday (9/26) at 6:00 pm. “The Wolf” now joins a country field that includes Cumulus’ WGKX “Kix 106″ (8.0 in August, #4, 6+) and Mighty Media Group‘s WEBL “The Rebel” (1.3, #18).
Mighty Media Adds Classic Hits to Translator in Memphis. Responding to the departure of the classic hits format on WKQK, Mighty Media Group LP begins airing the classic hits format already heard on WGUE-AM, Memphis on translator W257CY at 99.3 FM. Positioned as “GUESS FM 99.3,” Mighty Media points out that the station limits the amount of commercials that air on the station. Program director Tom Freeman says, “We couldn’t be more excited to have the new ‘GUESS FM 99.3’ super-serve the legion of established loyal classic hits listeners here in Memphis. According to the latest Nielsen ratings, the last classic hits station has been averaging about 175,000 loyal listeners every week and we hope to transition and grow that audience with extra features and the added local appeal of ‘GUESSFM 99.3.’” Sales manager Curt Peterson adds, “I am pleased that commercial breaks will be short and infrequent so that advertiser messages will stand out and listeners can enjoy the most hits per hour.”
Curtis Media Flips WFNL-AM, Raleigh to Bluegrass. Last year the International Bluegrass Music Association moved its annual convention to the Raleigh area. Figuring the region’s connection to the genre is important, Curtis Media Group announces it is flipping former comedy-formatted WFNL-AM to all bluegrass. This year’s convention begins tomorrow (9/30) and runs through the week. Curtis Media EVP Trip Savery comments, “Our commitment to bluegrass started when WPTF hired Flatt & Scruggs in 1952. We are very proud to bring a part of our heritage back to the airwaves.”
Handa Joins ‘NASH FM 92.3’ in San Francisco. KBBY, Ventura, California program director and air personality Angie Handa heads north to become the APD and midday jock at Cumulus Media’s country KSJO, San Jose “NASH FM 92.3.” Handa will hold down the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm slot at the station and will work with program director Mac Daniels on production, imaging and music scheduling. Daniels says of Handa, “Angie brings a high degree of talent and broadcast experience on and off air with a fresh perspective that will continue to grow the ‘NASH’ brand in the San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose Bay Area. I am very proud and excited to have her joining the team.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Air personality No Name exits the afternoon drive slot at CBS RADIO’s alternative KITS, San Francisco “Live 105.” No Name announces his departure via his blog and says there are too many people with whom he’s worked at CBS for whom he has love and respect so he’s choosing not be negative about the change. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org…..Moving from middays at American General Media’s CHR KKXX “Hits 93.1” to the company’s sister hip hop KISV “Hot 94.1” where she’ll be the new evening jock is Monisha “Mo” Mann…..Mike Scott is named program director at Adams Radio’s country WBTU, Fort Wayne “US 93.3” and W277AK “Great Country 103.3.”…..Cody Welling is promoted from GSM to director of sales for the Cumulus Media Toledo/Monroe cluster.
Katz-Commissioned Study: Radio Effective Way to Reach Swing Voters. A study commissioned by Katz Media Group shows swing voters are regular radio users – 81% of those identified as swing voters report listening to AM/FM radio regularly. Moreover, voters across the political spectrum report that radio ads are more credible than the ads they see on the internet by a 56-35 margin, which increases to a 62-38 margin among low-turnout voters. The survey was handled by Vox Populi Polling to examine how much influence radio has in the electoral marketplace. The sample size for the survey was 1,059 active voters. Other results from the study include: Swing voters spend 10% more time with radio daily than the average American voter; 67% of swing voters listen to FM regularly, while 14% are exclusively AM radio listeners; 65% of low-turnout Republicans and Democrats say they listen to FM music on a regular basis; and 61% of swing voters agree that radio is a good way for political candidates to reach them. KMG EVP of strategy, analytics & research Stacey Lynn Schulman says, “This research illustrates that radio is both a habitual and influential medium for reaching voters who can make the difference on Election Day. In the race for credibility, radio outshines online advertising by a wide margin in the minds of still impressionable voters.”
CBS RADIO Opens DC Performance Space Sponsored by DC Lottery. Gearing up for the first performance, CBS RADIO Washington, DC and the DC Lottery are announcing the grand opening of “DC Lottery Live,” a state-of-the-art, street-level studio and performance space that the company says will “serve as an entertainment showcase in the heart of the trendy Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.” Pop rock artist Gavin DeGraw will headline the facility’s first-ever event with a private show on Thursday, October 9. The DC Lottery Live venue is part of CBS RADIO’s new broadcast home for WPGC-FM, WIAD “94.7 FRESH-FM,” WJFK-FM “106.7 The FAN,”WLZL “El Zol 107.9,” WNEW-FM, “All News 99.1 WNEW,” WJFK-AM, “1580 CBS Sports Radio.” CBS RADIO SVP and market manager Steve Swenson comments, “We are proud to unveil this unique venue that will showcase a variety of live events and appeal to the entire community, whether they enjoy music, sports, entertainment or interacting with today’s newsmakers. With DC Lottery as our partner we can bring our brands closer to the audience and enhance their experience.”
Moscow, Idaho’s ’99.5 Bull Country’ to Hold Radio-A-Thon. For the third year in a row Inland Northwest Broadcasting-owned country outlet KZZL, Moscow, Idaho “99.5 Bull Country” is holding the “Bull Country Community Cares Radio-A-Thon” sponsored by the local Sam Dial Jewelers. The fundraiser takes place on Thursday and Friday, October 9 and 10. During the past two years the station has raised more than $17,000 for the United Way of Pullman, Washington and United Way of Moscow/Latah.
Fourth Annual College Radio Day Is Friday. Now in its fourth year, the college radio event founded by William Paterson University associate professor of communications Dr. Rob Quicke is set for Friday, October 3. This year’s CRD president, Peter Kreten, GM of WXAV, Chicago (St. Xavier University), expects hundreds of college radio stations to take part. Among the highlights for this year will be: The Lumineers’ Jeremiah Fraites, Andrew W.K., Sean Astin, Ty Segall, the Dropkick Murphys’ Matt Kelly, Marko from Sugarcult, all available for exclusive interviews; plus, the first-ever College Radio Day Simulcast takes place at 1:00 pm ET with more than 50 college stations broadcasting the specially produced one-hour show.
Bill McMahon: Perhaps We Should Focus on What We are Good at and That Which the Public Still Wants and Needs. In a new opinion piece posted in RadioInfo today (9/25) by veteran radio consultant and talent coach Bill McMahon, the following questions are presented to radio broadcasters: What business are you in? Does your business have a future? He says, “These seem like fundamental questions radio broadcasters should be asking themselves right now.” In it McMahon adds his voice to the chorus of industry opinions supporting the preservation of audio-only media as one of — if not the — major products of “radio” in the emerging unified multi-media platform marketplace. McMahon sarcastically says, “This vision for the future seems perfect for radio broadcasters who create precious little content of any kind. It makes total sense to go compete with everyone in the entertainment business. Sure, why not? Go take on Disney and Live Nation. You have all kinds of talent and experience creating video entertainment. You’ll be great at creating and promoting massive concert events. This is the kind of stuff your current customers have come to expect from you. You have lots of resources ready to commit to these enterprises. They’ll no doubt drive lots of additional listening to your AM and FM radio stations. Like Nike says, you should ‘just do it!’” He concludes on a serious note, “Yikes! Let’s get real! What’s wrong with the business you’re in right now? What’s wrong with the audio entertainment business? Doesn’t it have a future? Audio entertainment is unique and powerful. It involves the consumer in creating the experience it provides. Sound generates pictures and emotions in minds and hearts. The effect is deeper and more memorable than anything on a screen. When you hear someone laughing or crying you don’t need to see them to fully experience their joy or sorrow. Music can change your mood instantly. The sound and the lyrics create a vibe. Music is mind altering, heart penetrating, and memory making. Audio entertainment can be consumed while you’re doing other things like walking, running, driving, or making love. Audio entertainment will never go out of style. Americans spend more than four hours per day with audio entertainment according to the “Share of the Ear” study from Edison Research. Audio entertainment has an enduring future as long as great audio entertainment is created. Radio broadcasters are in the audio entertainment business. Why not stay there? Why not focus your limited resources on creating extraordinary audio entertainment? Why not be really good – even exceptional – at something, rather than average or mediocre at everything. Your current consumers are predisposed to using and appreciating audio entertainment. Why not concentrate on creating new audio entertainment content that surprises, amazes, and delights them. Hire gifted artists who love creating content for the theater of the mind. Create content in all shapes and sizes and distribute it on the platform that fits it best. That’s a future that makes sense for radio broadcasters. To read Bill McMahon’s entire piece, please click here.
Radio to Be on Hand at Advertising Week Conference in NYC Next Week. When Advertising Week kicks off in New York City next week, radio will be a segment of the media industry presenting during the four-day conference. One of the panel highlights will be titled, “Voices of the Original Social Media,” hosted by the RAB and moderated by RAB president and CEO Erica Farber, on Tuesday, September 30 at 11:30 am ET. This session will feature both nationally syndicated air talent and local stars relating their experiences with listeners and brand partners and how that’s being leveraged over the airwaves and on digital platforms. The panel will include: NBC Sports Radio Network’s Amani Toomer, Premiere Networks’ Bobby Bones, WQHT, New York “Hot 97” morning personality Ebro Darden, and WMIB, Miami “103.5 The Beat” midday personality Angie Martinez. iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman will take part in a panel titled, “Loss of Serendipity” on Wednesday, October 1 alongside MediaLink chairman and CEO, Michael Kassan and Google SVP global marketing Lorraine Twohill during which they will “explore the flip side of data-tailored content creation and distribution by considering the importance of serendipity.” Entercom president and CEO David Field will moderate a panel titled “Evolution or Revolution Part II” on Thursday, October 2. His panelists will include: Enterprise Group president Jim Doyle, The New York Times EVP of advertising Meredith Kopit Levien, TBWA president and CEO Troy Ruhanen, Centaur Media CEO Andria Vidler, and Shelly Palmer of Shelly Palmer Digital Living. They will talk about “disruption, real-time reinvention, retaining and growing share, and balancing today with tomorrow.”
Hearst Baltimore’s Cecil to Exit. Director of sales Bob Cecil has shared his decision to leave Hearst Baltimore’s two-station combo. President and general manager Cary Pahigian comments that Cecil has “contributed immeasurably” to the Baltimore tandem “for several decades,” but “after careful consideration” he will “step away and enjoy time with his family. We thank Bob for his extraordinary efforts and wish him only the best.” In a staff memo, Cecil writes, “It has been a great privilege teaming with the Ravens, Orioles, Naval Academy, and so many other terrific business partners throughout my career. I am appreciative of the support of Cary Pahigian and look forward to his – and your – great success in the years ahead.” Hearst Baltimore consists of WIYY “98 Rock” and talker WBAL. Cecil joined the stations 14 years ago; his last day there will be one week from Friday (10/3).
Salierno Named Interim GM of Star Radio Group. Longtime radio sales executive Ralph Salierno is promoted to interim general manager of the Star Radio Group based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. For the past two years, Salierno has served as director of sales for the station group. He’s also worked in the industry in Orlando, Virginia Beach, Oklahoma City and Memphis. Star Radio Group is part of The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company which was purchased at a bankruptcy auction in May of this year by Sandton Capital Partners for $30.2 million. The radio stations are: country WFLS, hip hop WVBX, classic rock WWUZ, and news/talk WNTX-AM and translator W243BS at 96.5 FM. Free Lance-Star and Star Radio Group publisher and CEO Gene Carr states, “Ralph has been a key member of the Star Radio group and has earned this internal promotion. In his new duties as interim GM, he will continue to serve as the director of sales as well. Ralph has done a great job in driving revenue growth.” At the same time, the station announces Jeff Beck is promoted to program director for WFLS and WWUZ. He’ll also have a supervisory role over WVBX and WNTX. Carr adds, “Jeff brings years of service and industry knowledge to the team. This new management team will help to position the company for further growth.”
WCKX, Columbus ‘Power 105.7’ Adds ‘Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks.’ The Radio One-owned hip hop outlet is the newest affiliate for Envision Networks-distributed Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks, the daily prank phone call for radio stations’ use on-air, online and on demand. WCKX program director Big Bink comments, “These Phone Checks will definitely keep my audience engaged and laughing on the way to work! We are excited to be the only station in Columbus with Clairissa!” Envision says the morning show bit produced by Clairissa Jenkins takes phone scams to the next level with her loud, politically incorrect, in-your-face style. “No one is safe from Clairissa’s wrath and some of her recent targets have experienced unexpected telephonic calamity including rabid dog attacks, fireplace cremations, and giving birth over the phone.” Envision also says listeners can set up their friends, family, and co-workers to be phone checked by Clairissa via the web, cultivating listener engagement and driving web traffic to affiliated station websites.
Diana Krall Postpones Tour, Album Release Due to Illness. Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is suffering from a severe case of pneumonia and the affliction is keeping her off the road this fall and postponing the release of her new record Wallflower (Verve Records). Wallflower was due for North American release on October 21 and the U.S. leg of her “Wallflower World Tour” was to kick off in Phoenix on November 7. Her condition has worsened after first being diagnosed and she’s under orders not to travel or undertake promotional activities for at least two months. She says in a statement, “I’m deeply saddened that I will have to postpone the release of my new album. Performing is both a privilege and joy for me. When I go out on stage I want to be able to give it everything. Taking this time to rest and recuperate will allow me to do that.”
Consultant Fred Jacobs Encourages Radio Talent to Learn and Exploit Expanded Array of Available Media Tools. Reaction and commentary continues to buzz throughout the industry on the topic of the role of the aural media arts (non-visual radio and music) in the increasingly multi-media/visual environment of the digital era – instigated largely last week by comments made by TALKERS and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison in the aftermath of the Clear Channel name/branding change to iHEARTMEDIA. According to Harrison, “I am delighted by the enormous number of responses – mostly overwhelmingly positive – that my comments sparked. Of course, there were those who immediately jumped to the conclusion that I am against the word ‘media’ or that I do not believe radio should be involved in internet, satellite or visual media at all. This is, of course, preposterous! The name of our company that owns TALKERS is Talk Media, Inc.; the name of our convention was the New Media Seminar way back in 1998; TALKERS magazine’s slogan is The Bible of Talk Radio and the New Talk Media; I have championed a concept known as “The Media Station” for more than a decade and the list goes on. All I am saying is we should remain sensitive and respectful to the idea that there is a very important place in this emerging mix for pure audio-only radio and music in terms of the fundamentals of these processes – and that by doing so, we will be serving the best interests of our industry, the people who work in it and the consumers who love radio and music on their basic terms.” Harrison continues, “My friend, noted radio consultant/researcher Fred Jacobs, CEO of Jacobs Media, — also an industry voice who is outspoken on this most compelling issue — has written and posted a blog today (9/22) that I believe adds an important dimension to the subject that warrants attention. Jacobs makes a case, somewhat counterpoint (but not contradictory) to mine, that I find inspirational.” In the blog, Jacobs writes, “I started thinking about this notion that the proliferation of screens will narrow the field for talkers, DJs, and hosts who are great with words, but not so wonderful visually. As he [Michael Harrison] notes, screens of all sizes are becoming dominant parts of how people consume media. Thankfully, radio has been able to participate on most of those screens, whether on smartphones or tablets. Over time as autonomous driving becomes more common, those who ride in these cars will gravitate to entertainment that is visual in origin – at least at a higher percentage than they are able to consume now while dangerously texting and driving. So is this the beginning of the end for radio, or is it simply the beginning of the beginning? Because as we have explored in this blog during the past few years, disruption forces old stars to adapt while bringing new ones to the center stage. Notably, two of the “Best Motion Picture” Oscars in just the past few years have focused on this topic. The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth was a story about changing technology, as the King of England was forced to learn how to communicate on the radio. Of course, he struggled, but in the end he was able to adapt. And in The Artist, the film’s silent film star refused to adapt to ‘talkies’ and is eventually displaced by a new brand of movie icons. Change is uncomfortable and it can be bitter, as depicted in this amazing film. The ending eventually become a happy one, but the road was arduous and difficult because of the tech disruption caused by the advent of movie sound. Change is hard, especially for those who have enjoyed the status quo. It tests everyone in all strata of the organization and the industry. Accepting, adapting, and adjusting is hard work. It can be quite uncomfortable in workplaces that were once always fun and even kind of easy. But these are the necessary skills that radio people need to exude in order to make the transition. We see signs of this every day in broadcast radio. Those who have the ability to connect with audiences – in person and in social spaces – have a unique edge. The old paradigm of the DJ hermit, locked down the hall in the air studio, is breaking apart. Today’s air talent need to be able to mix it up with listeners, clients, and community leaders. Not every film star is handsome. The public appreciates an interesting face, whether it’s Peter Dinklage on Game of Thrones or Linda Hunt on NCIS. They may be exceptions, but they stand out because they’re different, captivating, and worthy of our attention. They’re also immensely talented actors. And the same will be the case on the radios of the future. While good-looking DJs like Ryan Seacrest or Bobby Bones may have inherent advantages, Howard Stern proves that must-hear content trumps a pretty face. And he’s not alone. Words matter, and they will continue to in a media ecosphere that is now dominated by visuals. Screens or not, it’s the thought that counts. These are changes that radio need to roll with. Let’s open up new visual doors, new avenues, and new paths for our content. And let’s embrace them because it’s truly a media world.” To read Fred Jacobs’ entire blog, please click here.
“The Beat” Goes on in Columbus. The transition of iHeartMedia’s WCGX, Columbus from alternative to urban comes as vice president of programming Michael McCoy announces the creation of urban contemporary WZCB “106.7 The Beat.” Premiere Networks’ “The Breakfast Club,” with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne tha god, begins on “The Beat” in two weeks (10/6). “Premium Choice” (i.e. voice tracking) will air on the station middays, while local talent will handle afternoon drive and evenings. Alternative continues on co-owned WBWR-HD2. Among persons 6+ in the latest (August 2014) Nielsen Audio PPM report, WCGX ranks #11; it had its second straight two-tenths’ downward trend (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.2) and registered 12 straight trends in the 2.1 – 2.9 range. Meanwhile, cross-town alternative competitor WWCD “CD 102.5″ ranks tenth (2.3).
Radio Management Pro Warren Named VP/MM for Cumulus Nashville. Jumping from the Austin cluster of Entercom where she was director of sales and taking on the vice president and market manager role at Cumulus Media Nashville is Allison Warren. Cumulus SVP Jeff Brown comments, “Allison was a key part of my team in Denver some years back. She did great work there and has since built a portfolio of successes in vibrant radio markets including Austin, Madison and Milwaukee. Her results-driven, collaborative leadership style will infuse our Nashville operations with the energy and focus needed at this pivotal point in the cluster’s growth. Allison will be an incredible asset to Cumulus’ leadership team.” Warren also served with Entercom at its Madison and Milwaukee clusters as well as with CBS RADIO in Denver. Cumulus operates six stations in the market as well as the Tennessee Titans Radio Network.
Applebee Transfers to WNOK As PD. Four-year hot AC KJMY “My 99.5,” Salt Lake City assistant program director Greg Applebee will relocate to Columbia, South Carolina next Wednesday (10/1) to become program director of iHeartMedia CHR sibling WNOK “104.7 – All the Hits.” He succeeds Jonathan Reed, who exited to program two of the company’s Austin properties – mainstream CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM,” and rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat.” Prior to his KJMY duties, Applebee was imaging and promotions director of Bahakel Communications-owned alternative KRXP, Colorado Springs.
Denny Schaffer Returns to Toledo Airwaves. Well-known Toledo radio personality Denny Schaffer is back on the air in the market this morning after joining Cumulus Media’s hot AC WWWM “Star 105.” Schaffer was most recently with iHeartMedia hosting the morning drive program on WRNO, New Orleans. In Toledo he’s worked at CHR WVKS “Kiss FM” and news/talk WSPD. Joining him on air at “Star 105” are Tricia Courtney Tischler and Suzie Moser – both members of his “Breakfast Show” cast on WVKS. Cumulus Toledo VP and market manager Andy Stuart comments, “Denny is a magnificent talent. His ability to engage an audience is rare and we are all looking forward to working with him on the new ‘Star 105.’ Our desire to bring him back to Toledo is further evidence of the commitment Cumulus Media has to attracting great talent to our company.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. In Indianapolis, Cumulus Media moves midday personality McKinzie Roth to the afternoon drive daypart at hot AC WRWM “i94” effective today (9/22)…..San Diego market pro Steve West pops up at Lincoln Financial Media-owned alternative outlet KBZT “FM 94/9” to host the Sunday morning show “Legends of Alternative.” West spent almost 30 years with crosstown alt-rocker XETRA “91X” before exiting in July of this summer…..Changes in the Tri-Cities, Washington market as Chuck Hall and Patti Banner move across the hall at the James Ingstad-owned properties from country KIOK “94.9 The Wolf” to classic hits KKSR to host “The Morning Blend.” Back at KIOK, Kendra & Adam are the new morning duo…..Grahame Winters is the new midday jock at Codcomm-owned CHR WHYA, Cape Cod “Y101.” She comes to the station from her most recent on-air gig at classic hits WDRC-FM, Hartford and takes over for Jessica Cally who left for the PM drive gig at iHeartMedia’s country WBWL, Boston “101.7 The Bull.”…..Skeeter Nash is the new morning drive personality at JMJ Broadcasting’s classic country KTPK, Topeka, effective next Monday (9/29). To make room, Marc Bradley moves to a programming and promotions role with the station.
Local On-Air Talent CAN Become Indispensable. Media consultant Holland Cooke revisits (and expands upon!) the point he made the “pages” of our sister publication TALKERS magazine four years ago that “if you’re in RADIO, you’re in SALES” in a column published today at RadioInfo (9/22). It’s easy to pick apart the effectiveness of another medium’s advertising components but radio must look in the mirror for, as Cooke writes, criticism of a lot of radio’s not-so-great spots is justified because “at many stations, including some in major markets, there’s no creative department. Reps write their own copy, a task that’s not sellers’ core competency.” Effectiveness is directly related to quality, so how to up the quality? Cooke offers some suggestions and you can check them out here.
CBS RADIO Announces ‘We Can Survive’ Concert. The concert set for the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, October 24 will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Young Survival Coalition, two organizations dedicated to supporting and educating women and families who have experienced breast cancer. CBS RADIO announces the acts for the show from which $2 from every ticket sold will go to the aforementioned charities. Playing the annual concert fundraiser this year are: Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Lady Antebellum, Iggy Azalea, Paramore and Sia, with a special appearance by Gwen Stefani. The show will be hosted by CBS RADIO’s Carson Daly.
BIA/Kelsey Forecast for 2015 Local Media Revenue: Up 1.6%. But, of course, the increase comes as beneficial for those in the online/digital media realm (+13.1%) and, not surprisingly, traditional media is expected to see another dip (-1.7%). BIA/Kelsey is presenting these results and more at its Leading in Local: SMB Digital Marketing conference in New Orleans this week. The company predicts that in 2015, online/digital will account for more than one-quarter (25.2%) of total local media revenues in 2015. Revenues for online/digital are expected to grow from $31 billion in 2014 to $35 billion in 2015, representing a 13.1% growth rate. Other forecasts include: Mobile local ad revenues will grow from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2015; Local social media revenues will grow from $2.5 billion in 2014 to $3.6 billion in 2015; Local search revenues will grow from $7.1 billion in 2014 to $7.2 billion in 2015; Local display revenues will grow from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $4.9 billion in 2015; and Local online video revenues will grow from $2.3 billion in 2014 to $3.0 billion in 2015.
Lineup for ‘Y98 Mistletoe Show’ Announced. The acts set to perform at the “Y98 Mistletoe Show” presented by CBS RADIO hot AC outlet KYKY, St. Louis “Y98-FM” on December 6 includes: Daughtry, Sarah McLachlan, Andy Grammer, Echosmith, and Jonathan Jackson. The station is selling tickets to the public during a special concert pre-sale starting on September 25.
Backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. The two-day music festival produced by iHeartMedia and dubbed the iHeartRadio Music Festival took place on Friday and Saturday (9/19-20) in Las Vegas and, for the third straight year, major music acts invaded the city. Pictured here with WHTZ, New York and Premiere Networks syndicated star Elvis Duran (left) is Jason Derulo (right) after the two did an interview for Duran’s program backstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Clear Channel Becomes iHeartMedia. This is a major name change for a heritage radio company, but, as the press release indicates, it reflects the company’s belief that it’s become a “one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company” that has moved beyond just radio. Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices. We have massive consumer reach and influence across our platforms because we know how to program the live content people want to hear, see and share right now, we are the largest mobile media company in existence — more than 60 percent of our broadcast usage is out of home, compared to just 30 percent for other mobile devices — and we deliver more live programming than any other media company today, built on the national and local on-air personalities who are the heart of our powerful broadcast radio franchises. Combined with Clear Channel Outdoor’s reach of over half a billion people worldwide across 30 countries and five continents, it’s clear that no other company can match our reach or broad spectrum of media platforms.” Clear Channel Outdoor will retain its name. Pittman adds, “In a world where 2x ROI is judged as successful, Nielsen has shown that radio delivers 6x ROI on average. It’s because we combine the power and predictably of mass reach with the immediacy and relevance of live programming and the unique and powerful engagement that consumers have with their favorite radio stations and personalities. The opportunity for the new iHeartMedia is to use all of these industry-leading assets together in new ways — extending our massive reach and cultural influence across radio, outdoor, digital, social and live events to make it easier for advertisers to deliver the most relevant, real-time messages across all our platforms at scale, amplified by social media and mobile, to get a superior ROI to other media.”
Michael Harrison: “The Systematic Abandonment of ‘Radio’ by ‘Radio’ is a Disturbing Trend.” TALKERS and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison warns of what he terms “a disturbing half-baked trend, that although understandable in the big picture of communications, poses an unnecessarily sped-up threat to the livelihoods of everyone in the radio business – not to mention the fundamental role of audio-media in both the spoken-word and musical arts.” Harrison acknowledges, “The move away from the word ‘radio’ in the lexicon of our industry is certainly understandable from a sales and marketing standpoint and it makes total sense to create unified multi-media platforms for today’s mega-consolidated, corporate behemoths to compete effectively in the ‘noisy’ world of the emerging digital era. However, those who work in the media arts that are fundamentally built upon aural foundations – spoken-word shows and music creation – will face increasingly limited opportunities to present their wares to an interested consumer base as venues and business opportunities evaporate at an exponential rate.” Harrison observes, “As we move more and more into a world of screens and not speakers, the only talent that will have a chance to survive in a bottom-line driven, corporate environment will be those whose assets are visually gifted. That does not bode well for the brilliant wordsmiths and musical geniuses who most likely do not have faces for television. It also does not hold much of a future for the deeper aspect of communication that is aurally based – a means of expression that runs deep within our very humanity, holding a unique and special place within our brains.” Harrison concludes, “Those of us who are still proud of and value the role of ‘radio,’ audio-oriented music, and the theater of the mind, must give considerable consideration as to what the role, if any, audio-only media will have in this new age. It can and must be respected and preserved within this inevitable, emerging grid or we face the likely prospect of devolving overnight from making great radio and music to extremely cheesy television.”
Gosselin Moves to San Antonio to Program iHeartMedia Country Duo. Coming to the San Antonio cluster from iHeartMedia’s New Orleans station group where he was operations manager is Don Gosselin, who will handle the programming duties at country KAJA “KJ 97” and classic country KRPT “92.5 K-BUC.” Gosselin comments, “There are very rare times in our careers when the perfect opportunity becomes available at the perfect time. ‘KJ 97’ is a legendary station, currently nominated for two CMA awards, in one of the strongest country markets in the US. Between that and K-BUC’s legacy, I look forward to leading these two brands to even greater success.” At the same time, Bree Wagner, currently music director, adds APD stripes for the two stations.
‘SupaDave’ to Program Entercom Greenville CHR and AC Outlets. Moving from SummitMedia’s crosstown cluster, Dave Jackson, a.k.a. “SupaDave,” is named program director for Entercom’s CHR WFBC, Greenville, South Carolina “B93.7” and sister AC WSPA-FM “MAGIC 98.9.” Entercom Greenville VP/market manager Steve Sinicropi says, “Dave has years of in-market programming experience that will help make our great stations even better. He knows most of the team at ‘B93.7,’ our market-leading top 40, including the talent on our dominant Hawk & Tom morning show. I am also excited about the energy and ideas he will be bringing to ‘MAGIC 98.9,’ the only true market AC.”
American General Media’s Albuquerque-Santa Fe Operations Management Restructured. In the Albuquerque-Santa Fe markets, American General Media makes some management changes to its operations with Bill Kruger now serving as regional director in charge of the Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Four Corners properties. Kruger will oversee all stations and related business activities for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe groups as well as his continued oversight of the stations in the Four Corners communities. Also, Matt Rader is named director of operations and marketing for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe stations. He’ll oversee all areas of programming, promotions, marketing and event marketing.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Erie Radio Company’s CHR WEHP, Erie “Happi 92.7,” Mark Feather resigns as program director and afternoon drive personality for the station…..Jonathan West is the new afternoon personality at Townsquare Media-owned country WWJO, St. Cloud, Minnesota “98 Country.” West comes from Leighton Broadcasting’s crosstown country outlet KZPK “Wild Country 99.”
KLKK, Mason City Adds ‘Notorious 90s’ to Weekend Lineup. At Fife Communnications-owned classic rock KLKK-FM, Mason City, Iowa, the two-hour weekend 90s rock show “Notorious 90s” joins the program schedule. The Envision Networks program, hosted by LA Lloyd and produced by Joe Kelly of AV Deli and Sun City Café, features such artists as Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Godsmack, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Green Day and more. Station PD James Sherman says, “I was looking for a show, not just a syndicated version of voice tracking. I wanted a show that was entertaining, fun, and featured the music I grew up with. ‘Notorious 90s’ fit the bill perfectly!”
PPM Analysis: Spanish Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents this analysis of the Spanish contemporary format based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio. Spanish contemporary stations are concentrated in roughly one-fourth of the PPM markets and limited to the states of California, New York-New Jersey, Texas, Florida, and Nevada. In this piece, Kinosian tracks the performances of these stations over the past six PPM surveys, the piece also takes a look at fluctuations from the July PPM, changes compared to the August 2013 PPM survey, station market rank, plus a multi-format comparison including the performances of mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC stations. See Mike Kinosian’s complete story here.
SCBA and Nielsen Audio Team for Presentation. The presentation for Southern California clients and ad agencies will take place on October 30. The Southern California Broadcasters Association is partnering with Nielsen Audio to “showcase the value of Southern California radio and spotlight new research findings from Nielsen on the link between audio advertising and its impact on ROI as well as its effectiveness.” SCBA president Thom Callahan states, “We wanted to create a compelling event that would significantly enhance broadcast radio’s value to our clients and agencies by showcasing Nielsen’s recent ROI findings. The economic effectiveness of radio can now be fully proven with Nielsen mining its deep arsenal to demonstrate the power of radio and to help our clients understand how audio advertising drives business results.” The SCBA says the event is a “call to action” to the ad industry to change the question from “should we use Radio” to “how we should use Radio.” It will take place at iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank.
The Conclave Announces Student Scholarships. Continuing the scholarship program that’s been part of The Conclave’s mission since 1979, the 2014 Conclave Scholarships are announced. The five scholarships available from educational institutions include: The Bill Gavin Memorial Scholarship which includes application fees, books & supplies and tuition valued at $16,200, awarded by the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Media Arts, Southfield, MI. Competition for this scholarship will begin shortly with details forthcoming; The Dennis Becker Memorial scholarship which is a half tuition scholarship valued at $17,000, awarded by the Sanford Brown College, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis; The Conclave Music Industry Scholarship which is a 25-50% tuition discount valued up to $20,000 awarded by the McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, Minnesota; and details regarding The Marc Birger Memorial Scholarship to Kean University and The Doug Lee Memorial Scholarship will be announced soon. For information about the 39th Conclave visit www.http://theconclave.com.
Dennis Constantine Named Director of Broadcasting at Live365. Former KFOG, San Francisco and KINK, Portland programmer Dennis Constantine is upped from his director of programming post at Live365 to director of broadcasting. Constantine has been with Live365 since February of this year. He comments, “Live365 offers listeners a completely unique experience. We are music curation. When you listen to a music mix on Live365, you are listening to a very personal musical experience. It’s not based on algorithms, but rather on music from a trusted tastemaker — an individual that is enthusiastic, even passionate, about their craft. One of my roles will be to bring new visionary broadcasters on board, show them how they can express their art, and even make some money while doing it!” Live365 recently announced the return of Mark Lam to the organization as CEO. Lam adds, “We have some very exciting new initiatives in the wings for our broadcasters and our listeners. We are excited and fortunate to have someone with Dennis’ expertise at the helm of our broadcasting department.”
Chase Daniels Named PD at ‘107.9 The Mix’ in Indy. Citing the success of the station and Chase Daniels’ role in that success, Entercom Indianapolis operations manager JR Ammons announces Daniels is promoted to program director for hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix.” Ammons says, “Over the past 15 months, ‘The Mix’ has become the leading hot AC station in Indianapolis and has consistently ranked in the top 5 with adult females. Chase has been an integral part of that success. Entercom is a company that believes in ‘earning your stripes’ and Chase has earned his. He has the knowledge base, the drive and the talent necessary to be a great leader for ‘The Mix.’”
Walker to Program Alpha Media Savannah Stations. In addition to serving as program director for Alpha Media’s Savannah outlets hot AC WXYY “Y100” and classic hits WRWN “Rewind 107.9,” Rob Walker will also be afternoon personality on “Y100.” Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick states, “Rob is a dynamic force in the industry today. His skills and passion for radio will help get ‘Y100’ and ‘Rewind’ to the next level.”
Lane to Middays at ‘The Wolf’ in Fresno. Market pro Greg Lane is named midday jock at Clear Channel’s country KHGE, Fresno “102.7 The Wolf.” Lane has 22 years of experience in the Fresno market, most recently having worked at Cumulus Media’s crosstown country station KSKS “93.7 Kiss Country.” Lane says, “I am beyond excited to be back on the air in Central California. I feel really connected to the area and can’t wait to be a part of listeners’ daily lives once again.”
Global Media Services Partners with Jim Brickman’s ‘Your Weekend.’ The long-running AC weekend program “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” – a production of the Brickhouse Radio Network – joins forces with Tony Garcia’s Global Media Services to further the industry penetration of the show currently heard on more than 80 affiliates nationwide. At the same time, the program adds Brynne Deppas from Media One Group who joins Brickhouse Radio Network as show writer and co-producer. Garcia will serve as affiliate relations rep for Brickhouse Radio Network. Brickman comments, “I love radio and I love what I do. Par for the course has never been my goal in radio or in my music. Striving for excellence to stand above the norm is what entertainment is all about, and that is why I am so excited to bring two new team members on board to ‘Your Weekend.’ With the addition of Tony and Brynne, ‘Your Weekend’ can continue to evolve in a positive direction with the combination their expertise and creative, forward thinking.”
Talent Lineup Changes at ’96 Rock’ in Cincinnati. The Cumulus Media-owned rocker WFTK, Cincinnati “96 Rock” makes changes to its lineup moving program director Michael Walter a.k.a. Fin to the midday slot and importing Compass Media-syndicated morning show “Free Beer & Hot Wings.” Local personality Mistress Bridget handles local information and traffic during the AM drive daypart.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Midwest Communications’ Wausau, Wisconsin station group, Nikki Montgomery is promoted from assistant brand manager at country WDEZ to brand manager for sister rock outlet WOZZ “Rock 94.7.”…..Alpha Media hip hop station WDHT, Dayton “Hot 102.9” picks up Premiere Networks’ “The Breakfast Club” for morning drive…..Greater Media Boston vice president and market manager Rob Williams adds a new item to his CV as he’s named to the University of Massachusetts Center for Collaborative Leadership Board of Advisors.
Clip Interactive Announces Revenue Successes in Portland and Indy Markets. Saying that it measures its success based on the new advertising dollars that its interactive radio apps bring to its station partners, Clip Interactive announces its apps developed for Alpha Media and Salem Broadcasting in Portland and Cumulus Radio in Indianapolis have generated more than $1 million in new revenue to date in 2014. Further, the company says Clip Radio-powered stations are producing $100,000 of new revenue within 30-45 days of launch and Clip says this shows not only that radio advertising works, but also proves that an innovative and revenue-generating mobile solution is now available and radio advertisers embrace it. Moreover, Clip says this net new revenue is coming from multiple sources including advertisers who are completely new to radio and returning advertisers who previously left radio for digital media. Alpha Media’s president and CEO Bob Proffitt comments, “We are now able to attract advertisers that had previously abandoned the medium for alternative digital solutions. Through the Clip Radio-powered apps, we are able to build a stronger relationship with both our listeners and our advertisers, providing both groups with compelling content that they cannot find anywhere else. We are eager to expand our interactive radio capabilities to our other Alpha Media markets.”
Atlanta, Nashville to Host Next Radio Shows. Radio Show 2014 is not yet in the history books, but organizers have already set the date/locations of the 2015 and 2016 confabs. Next year’s event will be held at Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis (9/30 – 10/2), while the 2016 Radio Show will take place in Nashville September 21 – 23 at the Omni. More immediately, this year’s Radio Show starts tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/10) in Indianapolis and runs through this Friday (9/12). The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) produce the Radio Show.
SiriusXM’s Limited-Run Streisand Channel Debuts Friday. Satcaster SiriusXM this Friday (9/12) will introduce a “Barbra Streisand Channel,” that will highlight music from the Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony award-winning artist. SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein comments, “Barbra Streisand is the very definition of the word ‘icon.’ Her original voice, songwriting, performances, and life’s work have made her a universal star and humanitarian leader. Along the way, she has created some of the best-selling albums of all time, as well as being an award winning actress known for her work on stage, film, and TV. Our exclusive channel celebrating Ms. Streisand is a truly comprehensive, deep dive into the music of one of the world’s most important artists ever.” The channel will run for four weeks (through Friday, 10/10) on Sirius channel 69 and XM channel 73. Jay Landers will host “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Barbra Streisand” this Sunday (9/14) at 12:00 pm (ET), where the singer will participate in a question-and-answer session with several listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York. Streisand’s “Partners” album will be released one week from today (Tuesday, 9/16).
ABC News Radio Chats with Gavin Rossdale. Out promoting his band’s new album is Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (left) pictured here with ABC News Radio’s Andrea Dresdale (right) who spoke with him about the new record. Dresdale’s conversation is available to ABC News Radio affiliates.