Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; John Elias, board chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at CFRM, Little Current, Ontario, Canada “The Island”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Lauren Haslett of The Galleon, University of Portsmouth’s (UK) official fortnightly newspaper; and Internet sensation The Iceman; Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana; provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (11/25) includes such names as: Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Manika, Tory and Tia, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Tori Kelly, Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, Cage The Elephant, Lukas Graham, Alabama Shakes, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Coldplay, Aurora, Disclosure, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Drake White, David Fanning, Alexandra Demetree, Eric Church, Houston Bernard Band, Foxtrott, Travelers, Fox Stevenson, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Round Two of November PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of November 2015 PPM ratings information 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. Nielsen’s November 2015 survey period covered October 8 – November 4. You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all of these PPM markets below.
1) Washington, DC – By posting a one-half share gain (2.1 – 2.6), Cumulus Media‘s WRQX “Mix 107.3 – More Music, More Variety” (#18 to #15) has its best 6+-performance since June, when it also reached 2.6. Approximately a week after the November sweep concluded, the station’s former morning talent Jack Diamond returned for wakeup duty – Diamond had been away from the station since 2013. Co-owned WMAL, which improved by seven-tenths in October, is steady at 4.5; the talk station remains at #8. Even though it is off by seven-tenths (8.9 – 8.2, 6+), Hubbard all-news operation WTOP is the market’s pacesetter for the eleventh straight time. This is the seventh consecutive sweep that WTOP is in the 8.0 – 8.9 range (6+). Down a combined six-tenths in October and November (8.0 – 7.8 – 7.4, 6+), American University-owned WAMU nonetheless finishes in the runner-up slot for the twelfth straight ratings period. The 2.9-share (6+) advantage Howard University-owned urban AC WHUR enjoyed over Radio One‘s similarly formatted WMMJ “Majic 102.3” in August completely disappears as “Majic” is flat at 4.7, while WHUR drops one-tenth (4.8 – 4.7). The rivals are part of a three-way logjam at #5, which also includes CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WPGC-FM, which was in sole possession of fifth-place in October. This is the second straight decline for WPGC-FM, after three consecutive increases (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.7), 6+).
2) Boston – The market’s CHR share swells by +1.2, as CBS Radio‘s WODS “Amp” dials up a healthy +.7 (2.4 – 3.1, #17 to #12, 6+), while iHeartMedia‘s WXKS-FM “Kiss” improves by one-half share (5.6 – 6.1, 6+) to advance from sixth to fourth. Prior to a two-tenths uptick in October, “Amp” was down or flat the previous five survey periods for a combined -1.1 (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+). In addition to “Kiss,” Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7” (repeating at #1) also notches a one-half share improvement, which follows October’s impressive +1.2. Stymied at 5.9 in May, June, and July, “Magic” is up or flat for the sixth straight survey period (5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.5 – 8.0, 6+); 8.0 is its highest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2014’s 16.5. Steady at #7, cluster-mate WKLB “New Hit Country 102.5” registers a gain of one-tenth to 5.1 (6+), thus stopping three straight down or flat trends that yielded a combined -1.2 (6.2 – 6.2 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+). In a similar vein, co-owned alternative WBOS “Radio 92.9” (#15 to #14) also improves by one-tenth (to 2.7, 6+), but it is enough to halt four straight downward moves that resulted in a combined -1.3 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.1 – 2.6, 6+). Having strung together three successive progressive trends that produced a cumulative gain of nearly two full-shares (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.4 – 6.3, 6+), Entercom-owned Boston Red Sox flagship WEEI-FM sputters by eight-tenths to 5.5, slipping from fourth to fifth. Its format foe – CBS Radio’s WBZ-FM (#2 to #3) – has a somewhat similar fate: The New England Patriots flagship dips by four-tenths, thus curtailing four consecutive up-trends (3.6 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 6.0 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+) in which “The Sports Hub” nearly doubled its 6+-share. In October, it crossed the seven-share barrier (6+) for the first time in its PPM history. Off by two-tenths this time last month, Northeast Broadcasting triple A WXRV “The River” regresses by another seven-tenths (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.2, 6+) as it freefalls from #12 to #18. Declining by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM (5.4, fifth to sixth, 6+) and public WGBH-FM (2.2, #14 to #18, 6+); WGBH-FM was up by one-half share in October.
3) Detroit – On the heels of a +.7 in October, Cumulus Media talker WJR (steady at #6) tacks on another eight-tenths (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.8, 6+) and enjoys its best 6+-share in exactly three years (5.9 in November 2012). This marks the eleventh straight monthly that CBS Radio controls (at least) the top two rankers (6+), including sports WXYT-FM “The Ticket” (second to first, 7.0 – 7.1, +.1) and WOMC “Detroit’s Greatest Hits” (first to second, 7.2 – 6.8, -.4). Ironically, these two stations swapped places in October, with WOMC moving from second to first and “The Ticket” dropping from first to second. Prior to that, “The Ticket” had been in the driver’s seat in September, August, July, May, and April; WOMC held the top spot in June. As it was in September and October, Greater Media-owned WCSX (flat at #3) is again at 6.7. Moreover, this is the ninth successive ratings period that “Detroit’s Classic Rock” is in the 6.0 – 6.7 range (6+). Tying WCSX at #3 is CBS Radio all-newser WWJ, which is up for the third consecutive survey (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+) for a combined +1.2. Flat at #9, iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3” is down or flat for the fifth straight time (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+), while format challenger – Radio One-owned WDMK “105.9 Kiss-FM” (#10) – declines in back-to-back sweeps (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+). The two urban AC outlets were tied at #9 in October.
4) Miami – Although not quite as wild a fluctuation as September’s -1.3 or what it did in October, Entercom adult contemporary WLYF yoyos by -.7, as “Lite FM” essentially forfeits one-third of October’s massive +2.1. The 8.3 “Lite” registered in October is the strongest 6+-showing for the station in more than four years (8.6 in August 2011). This marks the seventh consecutive month “Lite FM” is at #1, although the 1.9-share advantage it enjoyed over Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” (steady at #2) in October is down to just four-tenths as “Hot” improves by +.8 to 7.2 (6+). Notching a +.4 in October enabled “Hot” to end ten successive sweeps in which it did not register an increase (9.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.0, 6+). Up or flat for the fourth straight ratings period (4.8 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+), Univision Spanish contemporary WAMR “Amor 107.5” is steady at #3. Six-tenths is becoming the theme for iHeartMedia‘s WMGE. Following three straight negative trends (4.3 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.8, 6+), “Mega 94.9” rolled out a +.6 in September; returned all of it in October; and now falters by another six-tenths (3.8 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+). The Spanish contemporary facility spirals from #11 to #16. Hot AC sibling WMIA “My 93.9” (flat at #18) has not registered a gain in the past five sweeps and is off by a combined -1.3 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+).
5) Seattle – Locked on 3.5 (6+) in July, August, and September before progressing to 3.9 in October, KPLZ “Star 101.5” explodes with a gain of eight-tenths to 4.7 (6+) as the Sinclair hot AC not only zooms from tenth to sixth, but crosses the four-share threshold for the first time in nearly three years (4.0 in December 2012). All-news cluster-mate KOMO (#14 to #13) is up or flat for the sixth consecutive time (2.0 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+) for a combined +1.4. This is the ninth straight monthly that CBS Radio adult hits KJAQ (+.5) is in 3.1 – 3.8 territory (3.6 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.4 – 3.1- 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+); the one-half share gain helps “Jack-FM” enter the top ten (#14 to #10). Following three successive sweeps in the runner-up slot, Hubbard CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” busts out a +.9 (6.6 – 7.5, 6+) to advance to #1. Prior to its three-month stay at #2, “MOViN” spent seven months in the driver’s seat (including a July tie with CBS Radio classic rocker KZOK). Dislodged from the penthouse (and trading places with KQMV) is Bonneville talker KIRO-FM, which picked up eight-tenths in September; added six-tenths in October; and is flat in November (5.4 – 6.2 – 6.8 – 6.8, 6+). After three successive increases which produced a combined gain of one full-share (3.3 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.3, 6+), sports cluster-mate KIRO-AM “710 ESPN Seattle” regresses by eight-tenths to 3.5 and drops out of the top ten (#8 to #12). The string of progressive trends for KMPS – which includes October’s +.5 – concludes at three (3.3 – 3.6 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+) as the CBS Radio country outlet sputters by -1.1 to 3.9 (6+) and stumbles from fifth to eighth. Format challenger – Entercom‘s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf” (#9 to #11) – is off for the fourth straight time for a cumulative -2.2 (5.8 – 5.1 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+). Dropping from fifth to seventh, co-owned KISW “99.9 The Rock” declines by six-tenths to 4.4, its lowest 6+-stat since July 2014 (4.2).
6) Phoenix – Simultaneous with a six-tenths drop from 6.6 (6+) by iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ and a four-tenths gain from 5.6 (6+) by CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL, the two stations are tied at #1 (each with 6.0). This is the thirteenth successive ratings period at #1 for KESZ, which had been in the 6.5 – 6.9 range the past six straight monthlies. Back in July, Family Life Radio‘s KFLR ranked #13, but three straight downward trends (3.0 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+) sliced the contemporary Christian outlet’s share by a whopping 60%. It rebounds with a +.7 to 1.9 and checks in at #22. Hot AC declines by a combined eight-tenths: iHeartMedia’s KMXP “Mix 96.9” is off by six-tenths (5.3 – 4.7, fourth to sixth, 6+), while The Yucaipa Companies’ KMVA “Hot” (#13 to #14, 6+) drops two-tenths to 2.9. “Hot” did not have a loss in the past six sweeps (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1, 6+). One of its cluster-mates, KKFR “Power 98.3,” registers a +.6 (2.4 – 3.0, 6+), as it zooms from #18 to #13; “Power” was in the 2.3 – 2.8 range the past eight monthlies. Gaining one-half share and two rankers each are Hubbard-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” (4.9, sixth to fourth, 6+) and iHeartMedia country outlet KNIX (4.5, ninth to seventh, 6+). “Arizona’s Real Rock” was -.6 in October and KNIX was +.6. Prior to October’s +.6, KNIX was off or flat the previous five sweeps for a combined -1.4 (4.8 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+), Contrasted to KUPD and KNIX, eroding by one-half share each are Bonneville talker KTAR-FM (#10 to #12, 6+) and Entravision Spanish adult hits KVVA (1.1, #26, 6+). It is the third straight dip for KTAR-FM (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+).
7) Minneapolis – After stumbling by six-tenths in October, iHeartMedia’s KEEY “K-102” dusts itself off by trotting out a whopping +1.3 (7.3 – 6.7 – 8.0, 6+) to vault from fifth to a first-place tie. The 8.0 is the country station’s strongest performance in more than two years, matching the 8.0 in September 2013. Off by one full-share in August, KSTP-FM “KS-95” regained all of it in September to vault from fourth to first. The Hubbard hot AC dropped one-tenth in October; is down by three-tenths in November (8.4 – 7.4 – 8.4 – 8.3 – 8.0, 6+); and is locked with KEEY at #1. Dual occupancy of the Twin Cities’ penthouse occurs in back-to-back months, as “KS-95” and iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” were deadlocked at #1 in October; “Kool 108,” however, falters by one full-share (8.3 – 7.3, 6+) as it slides to third-place. Picking up eight-tenths (4.4 – 5.2, 6+), CBS Radio adult hits KZJK “Jack-FM” enters the top ten (#11 to #8). Progressing from eighth to seventh, heritage talk sibling WCCO notches its fifth straight increase (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+). Up one-tenth in October, KXXR “93-X” halted three consecutive down sweeps which yielded a cumulative loss of one full-share (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+). The Cumulus Media rocker tacks on another seven-tenths (4.2 – 4.9, 6+) and is part of a three-way logjam at #10. After posting a solid +.9 in October, cluster-mate KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” adds six-tenths (5.7 – 6.6 – 7.2, 6+) to advance from sixth to fourth. For the ninth time in the last ten sweeps, iHeartMedia CHR KDWB (#3 to #6) registers a negative trend. Over that period, “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” is a combined -3.7, which includes November’s -1.1 (10.1 – 9.9 – 9.7 – 9.0 – 8.7 – 8.5 – 8.0 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 6.4, 6+). Regressing by one-half share each are CBS Radio country property KMNB (#7 to #10, 6+) and Northern Lights alternative/Minnesota Twins flagship KTWN (1.3, #17 to #19, 6+). Frozen on 6.5 in August and September, KMNB was -1.1 in October (6.5 – 6.5 – 5.4 – 4.9, 6+). Before October’s -1.1, KMNB was up or flat for four straight sweeps (4.7 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.5, 6+), following four successive negative trends (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.7, 6+).
8) San Diego – One-half share separates the market’s top five stations. As classic hits-oldies XPRS-FM “Max 105.7 Songs That Make You Feel Good” registers a powerful +.8 to 3.6 (#17 to #13, 6+), sports XPRS-AM “The Mighty 1090” sputters by one-half share (#13 to #19, 6+). On one hand, “Max” ends three straight downtrends “Max” (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.8), but on the other, “The Mighty 1090” has its third successive decline (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.6, 6+). Stuck on 3.7 (6+) in September and October, iHeartMedia‘s KIOZ “Rock 105.3” displays a +.6 to 4.3, its best 6+-share since August 2014 (4.4). Moreover, “Rock 105.3” cracks the top ten (#11 to #7). Improving by one-half share each are CBS Radio adult contemporary-turned-hot AC KYXY (three-way tie at #7 to #4, 6+) and iHeartMedia talker KOGO (3.3 – 3.8, #steady at 12, 6+). Having faltered by one-half share in August and two-tenths in September, KYXY recouped one-half share in October (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+). Regressing by one-half share is Entercom adult contemporary KIFM “Easy 98.1” (5.5 – 5.0, 6+), which drops from first-place to third; “Easy” was +1.1 in October, after back-to-back dips that resulted in a combined -1.4 (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+). It yields the top spot to country cluster-mate KSON-FM, which is actually down one-tenth (to 5.2, 6+). Prior to November’s -.1, “San Diego’s #1 For New Country” had three straight upticks (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.3, 6+). In the two-share range the past 19 ratings periods, Midwest Television hot AC KFMB-FM “Jack-FM” (#16 to a three-way tie at #15) picks up three-tenths to cross the three-share threshold (3.2, 6+).
9) Tampa – While PPM results for Tampa Bay were delayed in September and October, they are released right on schedule in November. Owing to a +.4, Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD makes it six successive months with an increase (4.6 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+) for a combined +1.2; “Wild 94.1 The Bay’s Party Station” remains at #3. Down or flat seven straight monthlies for a cumulative -3.7 (11.6 – 11.1 – 11.1 – 9.9 – 9.0 – 8.8 – 8.6 – 7.9, 6+), WDUV “Lite Favorites” rolled out a +.7 to 8.6 in October, but drops one-tenth in November. Nonetheless, the Cox Media Group adult contemporary ranks #1 for the 37th successive sweep. After four successive increases (5.4 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WRBQ “Q-105” declines by three-tenths to 6.2 but remains in second-place for the third consecutive sweep. Inching up from #17 to #16, contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy-FM” shows a gain of one-half share (2.6 – 3.1, 6+). Up or flat the past three sweeps (3.5 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia sports outlet/Tampa Bay Rays flagship WDAE declines by nine-tenths to 3.2 to tumble from #13 to #15. Off by six-tenths each are iHeartMedia urban contemporary WBTP “The Beat” (4.5, 6+); co-owned WXTB “98 Rock” (3.5, steady at #13, 6+); and public WUSF (2.9 – 2.3, #16 to #18, 6+). “The Beat” was up or flat the past four monthlies (4.3 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.1, 6+), but freefalls from #5 to #11; “98 Rock” was locked on 3.9 in July, August, and September before advancing to 4.1 in October. Tied at #5 are country competitors WQYK (5.2 for the third straight month) and WFUS (5.0 – 5.2, +.2). Over the last 12 sweeps, iHeartMedia‘s WFUS “US 103.5 Tampa Bay’s New Country Leader” has prevailed seven times (“Holiday” 2014, January, May, June, July, August, and September); Beasley Media Group-owned WQYK “Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits” has come out on top in February, March, April, and October; and the two are deadlocked in November. Contemporary Christian WBVM (#23) has not had an increase in the last ten sweeps and posts a .4 for the fourth consecutive time (1.0 – .9 – .7- .7 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+).
10) Denver – Boasting the largest (6+) October – November (2015) increase of any station in the 24-PPM markets whose data has been released thus far (3.6 – 5.0, +1.4), Colorado Public Radio’s KCFR (-.8 in October) turns in one of the most impressive month-to-month ranker moves in a non-Christmas music month – (#15 all the way to #2). It is the most potent 6+-stat for KCFR since April’s 5.3. Applying the brakes to three consecutive negative trends that produced a combined -1.6 (4.9 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” kicks out a +.9 to 4.2. While perhaps not as stunning a leap as the one made by KCFR, “Continuous Lite Rock” is back in the top ten, vaulting from #18 to a three-way tie at #9. Following three successive upticks (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 5.3, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLDV “K-Love” relinquishes the entire +1.2 it gained in October and returns to 4.1, plummeting from #2 to #12. The market’s hot AC (6+) share dips by a combined -1.2, with Wilks Broadcasting‘s KIMN “Mix 100.3” taking the majority of the erosion (4.4 – 3.5, -.9, 6+) to spiral from #10 to #17. Down or flat for the third successive time (5.4 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.7, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KALC “Alice 105.9” slips from third to fifth. A nine-tenths decline in October dropped iHeartMedia alternative KTCL from second to fourth; “Channel 93.3” loses another half-share in November (5.8 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+) to fall to seventh. Having rebounded from a -.9 in September with a +.5 in October, Entercom classic rocker KQMT “The Mountain” adds two-tenths and repeats at #1 (6.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.3, 6+).
11) Baltimore – It is somewhat of an overall rarity that the two stations making the most noteworthy month-to-month advances in the same market are religious-focused facilities. Such is the case here though as seventh-ranked Peter & John Radio Fellowship-owned contemporary Christian WRBS “Shine FM” registers a strong +.8 (4.1 – 4.9, 6+), while iHeartMedia gospel WCAO improves by seven-tenths. This is the fourth straight month that “Heaven 600 – The Good News Station” has not had a decrease (2.0 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 3.0, 6+), but it actually slides from #13 to #14. Following three consecutive declines (7.0 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 5.2, 6+) and then three straight increases (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 7.1, 6+), Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” (steady at #4) regresses by -1.2 to 5.9. Urban contemporary sibling WERQ “92-Q” placed second for eight straight monthlies before reaching #1 in October. Not only does “92-Q” sputter by nine-tenths (8.1 – 7.2, 6+), it tumbles to #3. Two stations take the place of WERQ at #1. Down slightly in June and July, CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF rebounded with a +.8 in August; doubled that gain (+1.6) in September; faltered by -1.1 in October; but “Today’s 101.9” adds two-tenths in November to be a co-resident at #1 (6.6 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 6.9 – 8.5 – 7.4 – 7.6, 6+). Meanwhile, on the heels of September’s -.7, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” regressed in October by eight-tenths to 7.2, its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2014 (6.6), and picks up four-tenths (8.7 – 8.0 – 7.2 – 7.6, 6+) to tie WLIF at #1. A solid +.8 in October enabled WJZ-FM “The Fan” to curtail five consecutive down-trends (6.2 – 6.0- 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+); however, the CBS Radio sports outlet/Pittsburgh Pirates flagship declines by six-tenths to 4.5, as it slips from sixth to eighth. This is the fourth successive negative trend (6.1 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+) for Shamrock‘s WZBA “The Bay – Baltimore’s Classic Rock Station,” which falls out of the top ten (#10 to #12). Two streaks by Hearst Television talk and rock siblings conclude: Down by three-tenths and one-tenth, respectively, are WBAL (#9 to #10, 6+) and WIYY “98 Rock” (fifth to sixth, 6+). WBAL had three successive sweeps without a decline (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 4.0, 6+), while “98 Rock” carved out four straight up or flat trends (3.4 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 5.2, 6+). Moreover, “98 Rock” in October crossed the five-share threshold (6+) for the first time in its PPM history. With a -.3 to 3.1, WBAL talk rival WCBM (#12 to #13) sees its string of progressive monthlies end at three (2.2 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+).
12) St. Louis – Winning ways continue for Hubbard’s WXOS “101 Sports,” which improved by six-tenths in September; lopped on another +1.4 in October; and now the St. Louis Rams flagship tacks on another eight-tenths (1.7 – 2.3 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+) to climb from #14 to #12. Having halted four successive downward trends that yielded a combined -1.6 (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WHHL posted a +.4 in October. “Hot 104.1” doubles that with November’s +.8 (3.8 – 4.2 – 5.0, 6+). It enters the top ten from #11 to #8, where it is tied with Gateway Creative contemporary Christian KLJY “Joy FM,” which tumbles by nine-tenths (from 5.9). Up or flat for the fourth successive time (4.8 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 6.0, 6+), CBS Radio hot AC KYKY “Y-98” has its best 6+-stat since September 2014’s 6.4 and jumps from seventh to fourth. Right behind and steady at #5 is its adult contemporary sibling KEZK, which has not had a decline in the past five monthlies (3.8 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 5.9, 6+); KEZK is a combined +2.1 in that stretch. After back-to-back bumps of one-tenth (7.4 – 7.5 – 7.6, 6+), KMOX regresses by eight-tenths to 6.8. The CBS Radio talker/St. Louis Cardinals flagship had been in second-place the past five sweeps, but slips to third. Notwithstanding a -.7 to 7.1, its lowest 6+-stat since January’s 6.4, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU is #1 for the sixth consecutive ratings period. This time last month, the market’s two country facilities were each down by six-tenths. Remaining at #10, Hubbard’s WIL has not had an increase in the last three sweeps (5.8 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s KSD “The Bull” (-.1) slides from #13 to #14 (6+). “The Bull” is down for the fourth straight ratings period (5.6 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+) for a combined -1.6.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Tampa CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5” has a new director of branding as Cox Media Group coaxes John E. Kage to leave Denver and relocate to the Sunshine State for the new role. Kage was most recently PD and digital content director at Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver “KS107.5.” Kage comments, “Having spent many years in Denver with both an amazing radio station and staff, it was going to have to be a pretty special opportunity to move elsewhere. CMG Tampa is exactly that, and every time I get the chance to talk radio with Steve Smith I leave inspired and excited about this business. Most important to me at this stage in my career is a positive team atmosphere, the right tools to win and great brands, and Keith Lawless and the talented CMG Tampa team have done a tremendous job with these brands.” Additionally, the director of branding and programming for sister alternative WSUN “97X” will report to Kage…..Mark Thompson returns to the Palm Springs, California market on Alpha Media’s rock KCLB, Coachella. Thompson was heard in the market from 1998 through 2006 when the KLOS, Los Angeles-based Mark & Brian show aired there. Now, Thompson is solo and based at Entercom’s classic rock KSWD, Los Angeles “The Sound.” KCLB VP/GM Tricia Bastida comments, “Mark’s return is probably the biggest thing to happen to Palm Springs radio since his departure. KCLB will continue to be all about the music, and Mark will create a daily shared experience that rock fans won’t want to miss.”…..Jenn Hobby tells the Atlanta Journal Constitution she’ll take some time to determine what will be best for her family (she recently gave birth to her second child) after exiting Cumulus Media’s country WKHX, Atlanta “Kicks 101.5” and with rumors she may be headed to Entercom’s crosstown CHR WSTR “Star 94.” Prior to joining WKHX, Hobby was part of the WWWQ, Atlanta-based “Bert Show.” Former “Bert Show” personality Jeff Dauler recently exited that show and has joined “Star 94” where he’ll begin on the air in a yet-to-be-announced capacity in February…..Minneapolis radio personality Tony Fly – who spent years on the air at CHR KDWB and alternative KTWN – is going to be the only local jock heard on Cumulus Media’s classic hip hop and R&B trimulcast WGVX/WGVZ/WRXP “105 The Vibe” with a weekly Friday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm show debuting on December 4. The station airs programming from Westwood One…..Jason Newton is named promotions director for hot AC WRAL-FM, Raleigh “Mix 101.5.” Newton comes to WRAL from his most recent post as marketing director for iHeartMedia’s Greensboro station group. Program director Michele Williams says she’s excited to have someone with his experience and passion on her team.
Ashley O Named Morning Host at Alternative ‘104.3 The Shark’ in Miami. South Florida native Ashley O has been serving as assistant producer for the “DJ Laz Morning Show” at Cox Media Group’s crosstown CHR WFLC “Hits 97.3” and production director at the company’s cluster. Now, Ashley O moves to Entercom’s South Florida station group to serve as morning host on its new alternative rock WSFS “104.3 The Shark.” WSFS program director John O’Connell states, “Ashley is one of the most upbeat people that I have come across in the radio business. Her unique brand of humor, coupled with her contagious personality and knowledge of the alternative and pop worlds will keep South Florida glued to their car radios….and hopefully make them late for work on a regular basis!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Cincinnati market hip hop outlet WIZF “101.1 The Wiz” brings DJ Dimepiece aboard to host the afternoon drive show and serve as music director. She has been voice-tracking the midday show at Radio One’s hip hop WCKX, Columbus “Power 107” and will continue those duties in addition to her new roles at the company’s WIZF…..Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. names Elisa Torres head of its AIRE Radio Networks division reporting to SBS chairman, president and CEO Raul Alarcon…..Beasley Media Group announces Bob Turner joins the company’s Southwest Florida radio group to serve as general sales manager. He was most recently president of Azteca America, an international television network and spot sales company. Turner says, “Working with Beasley Media Group is a terrific opportunity. In Southwest Florida, businesses are absolutely thriving. The business surge in this market offers an abundance of untapped potential to my entire sales team. Our timing is ideal for a new level of sales success!”
Radio One Goes ‘Boom 106.3’ in Columbus. The recently announced acquisition of WZOH and WHOK in the Columbus market by Radio One from Wilks, and the former’s move of its urban AC “Magic” brand from WXMG 106.3 to WZOH at 95.5, left industry watchers wondering what Radio One would do with the 106.3 frequency. Now we know! WXMG becomes classic hip hop as “Boom 106.3.” Radio One has installed its “Boom!” format on stations in the Houston, Philadelphia, Dallas and Atlanta markets.
Jesse Ventura Joins Michael Harrison for New Episode of ‘Up Close and Far Out.’ In this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” posted today (11/17), RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison is joined by former Minnesota governor and prolific talk media personality Jesse Ventura for a conversation described by Harrison as, “One of the up-closest and farthest-out episodes of this show ever.” Ventura currently hosts a weekly program on Ora TV titled, “Off the Grid with Jesse Ventura,” (www.ora.tv) in which he serves up an unfiltered dose of his opinions and commentaries on the issues of the day delivered in his trademark tell-it-like-it-is “wrestling rant” style. Ora TV is the trailblazing video platform launched several years ago by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim with Larry King as an internet platform upon which the legendary King could continue his post-CNN hosting career. Harrison – an admitted professional wrestling fan – and Ventura talk about the old days of the entertainment-sport when the future movie star and governor was making his mark as a colorful “bad guy” in the ring and then as the first “heel” color commentator (prior to Ventura, all ring commentators were biased toward the fan favorites – known as “faces.”) Ventura broke new ground as an announcer who openly rooted for the bad guys – know in the profession as “heels.” The conversation moves on to some heavy, controversial and provocative subject matter. Ventura discusses how his high-profile, anti-defamation/unjust enrichment lawsuit against the late Chris Kyle of American Sniper fame (in which the court ruled in his favor) has led to him to presently being blackballed by the mainstream media. Ventura talks about his critical views on U.S. foreign policy, the George W. Bush Administration, hypocrisy, and several conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11 and the war on terror. He talks about his show, “Off the Grid,” and how the title is reflective of his current lifestyle in which he lives part of the year in Mexico, untethered to paved roads, government provided utilities and, to a large extent, the internet. He discusses his turning to atheism and pacifism…and leaves a tantalizing hint that he just might become involved in the forthcoming race for the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party – which has shown interest in him as a possible candidate. To hear the conversation in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Pandora Buys ‘Several Key Assets’ of Rdio. The digital subscription music service Rdio is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will sell “several key assets” to competitor Pandora for $75 million. Rdio has deals with four major record label groups but the operational assets of Rdio are not what Pandora is acquiring. According to Pandora’s statement about the acquisition, it’s getting technology and human resources it will use for “an expanded Pandora listening experience by late 2016.” The speculation is Pandora is readying to enter the subscription, on-demand music service arena. Rdio was available in some 85 countries and had a relationship with Cumulus Media in which the latter agreed to provide $75 million in marketing via its radio stations in exchange for a stake in Rdio.
KRZQ, Reno and Bubba The Love Sponge Help Raise $15,000 for Family of Fallen Deputy. Nationally syndicated morning personality Bubba The Love Sponge (third from right) is pictured here with some of his cast members and staffers from affiliate rock station KRZQ, Reno at a Bikes for Badges event in Reno. The event – plus an affiliated Tour De Bike Association effort – helped raise some $15,000 for the family of fallen Carson City Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Howell.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Denver iHeartMedia station group, Tim Hager is promoted to market president, taking over for Pat Connor. Hager was most recently the SVP of sales for the cluster. He’s also served as general sales manager, and sports sales director…..Milwaukee CHR WXSS “KISS-FM” names DJ Gee-A the new host of the evening daypart. He joins the Entercom station from iHeartMedia’s crosstown urban contemporary WKKV “V 100” where he was a part-time air personality…..Matt Stone is exiting Local Media San Diego’s alternative XETRA, San Diego “91X” to move back to the East Coast for personal reasons. Stone’s been with “91X” for a year as APD and morning drive host…..Beasley Media Group announces Jeff Reynolds is the new afternoon drive personality on country WKXC, Augusta, Georgia “Kicks 99.” Reynolds takes over for Bryan Axelson, who recently moved to morning drive on the station as part of the “Kicks Wake Up Krew.” Reynolds most recently was afternoon personality at Emmis’ WTHI, Terre Haute, Indiana “HI-99.” Beasley Augusta OM Chris O’Kelley states, “We are excited to welcome Jeff to ‘Kicks 99.’ His boundless energy, innovative ideas and on-air presence make him an ideal fit for our on-air team!”…..The NAB names Alison Neplokh to the vice president of spectrum policy position. Neplokh comes to the NAB from the Federal Communications Commission where she was deputy chief technologist…..Eight-year Alpha Media staffer Matt Marchand is promoted to director of sales for the company’s Peoria, Illinois station group.
Cooke: C.T.A. in Santa’s Sleigh. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports for RadioInfo from the Consumer Technology Association’s annual preview of the enormous Consumer Electronics Show scheduled for Las Vegas in January. (Yes, the Consumer Electronics Association has changed its name to the Consumer Technology Association.) As Cooke notes, the data from the CTA is instructive for radio people. According to CTA research, the top five items being sought by consumers this year are (in order of desire): TVs, tablets, smartphones, notebook/laptop computers, and videogame consoles. Read Cooke’s entire report here.
‘The Big 98’ and Bobby Bones Announce December Show at the Ryman Auditorium to Benefit St. Jude’s. On Monday, December 7, iHeartMedia country personality Bobby Bones and flagship station WSIX-FM, Nashville “The BIG 98” will present “Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots’ Million Dollar Show For St. Jude.” The live show will be headlined by The Raging Idiots and will feature performances by Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, Cam, Eric Paslay and special guests. All proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over the last 18 months Bones and his crew have raised more than $1.5 million for St. Jude’s via on-air fundraisers, radiothons, and charity concerts.
KMG Networks Syndicates ‘Classic Rock Roll of Honour’ from London. American media firm KMG Networks syndicated coverage of Wednesday evening’s “Classic Rock Roll of Honour” presented by Team Rock/Classic Rock Magazine. The event took place at the historic Roundhouse in London. A who’s-who of legendary artists were in attendance including Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, and Bruce Dickenson of Iron Maiden. Pictured here are (from l-r): KMG founder and CEO Gary Krantz, Coletti Entertainment founder Roger Coletti, Jimmy Page, and KMG’s Ed Robinson.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; John Elias, board chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at CFRM, Little Current, Ontario, Canada “The Island”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Rob Banks of WYRK, Buffalo; Lauren Haslett of The Galleon, University of Portsmouth’s (UK) official fortnightly newspaper; and Internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (11/11) includes such names as: The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, twenty one pilots, Justin Bieber, Olly Murs, Zara Larsson, Coldplay, The Crookes, Aurora, Cage The Elephant, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Bronze Radio Return, Best Coast, Disclosure, Lorde, Doc West, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Church, Justin Moore, Frankie Ballard, Houston Bernard Band, Chris Lane, Ryan Kinder, GL, OIJ, Feed Me, Kill The Noise, among others. To check out this valuable information, please here.
Jack Diamond Returns to Cumulus Media’s WRQX, Washington; Station Returns to ‘MIX 107.3 Brand.’ New WRQX, Washington programmer Louie Diaz nixed all the local DJs upon arriving at Cumulus Media’s Washington CHR WRQX “D.C.’s 107.3” earlier this week and now we know why. The old morning show’s been disassembled and the station is bringing Jack Diamond and crew back to the daypart effective Friday (11/13). Diamond’s former on-air partners Jimmy Alexander and Erica Hilary will rejoin him. At the same time, the station is returning to the “MIX 107.3” brand but announces it will kick off “the holiday season with 100% Christmas music.” Morning personality Sarah Fraser remains with WRQX hosting the midday show. Co-host Ty Bentli stays with the company anchoring special award show Backstage broadcasts for Westwood One, and current midday talent Melony Torres heads up I-95 to New York City to join the staff at hot AC WPLJ. On returning to WRQX, Diamond comments, “Washington, DC is my hometown. To have been able to build an amazing brand like ‘Mix 107.3’ and the ‘Jack Diamond Morning Show’ and ride that wave for 24 years was an absolute gift from you to all of us who contributed to that project. Yes, you can go home again and if you’re lucky enough, you have a chance to make it even better the second time.”
Cat Thomas to Program Hubbard Radio’s WSHE, Chicago. A little more than eight months ago, Hubbard Radio changed the calls and re-branded hot AC WILV “Chicago’s 100.3” as “100.3 WSHE.” Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports the station has a new program director as Cat Thomas takes over after Marty Bender exited that post for personal reasons back in July. Thomas had been with Entercom in Austin as vice president of programming until he exited the cluster in July. Paul Webber has been serving as interim program director and he’ll serve as assistant program director for WSHE as well as sister classic hits WDRV. Thomas says in a statement, “I am beyond excited about this opportunity with the best company in the business — Hubbard Radio. The programming team in Chicago has done a fantastic job of launching and branding WSHE. I’m looking forward to collaborating with everyone on the team and leading SHE to even bigger successes, accomplishing all our goals and setting new ones.”
Rich ‘The Bull’ Gaenzler Named Morning Host at Classic Rock WGRF, Buffalo. Replacing market legend Larry Norton will be a challenge for Cumulus Media and the company fills his role from within its Buffalo cluster moving Rich “The Bull” Gaenzler over from rock WEDG “Rock Radio 103.3 The Edge” to classic rocker WGRF “97 Rock.” Norton retires on December 4 and Gaenzler will lead the morning cast of Rob Lederman, Christine Klein and producer Steve Tripi, beginning Monday, December 7. Gaenzler also hosts a daily sports talk show on the cluster’s WHLD “Sports Radio 1270 The Fan” from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. He started his radio career at WCMF, Rochester back in 1988, as a production intern for Larry Norton. Prior to joining WEDG almost 18 years ago, he was at WCMF-AM “Sports Radio 990” where he did news/sports/traffic for Brother Wease and later produced the show. Gaenzler comments, “It’s such a massive opportunity. I have to thank the Cumulus organization both at our headquarters in Atlanta and locally here for putting their faith in me to maintain and grow such a great product. Playing QB essentially for such a storied franchise with so much history is an incredible undertaking. Hopefully, my 18 years in Buffalo with ‘The Edge,’ ‘The Fan,’ and the Bills Radio Network has prepared me for this next stop on my radio journey. Ultimately, the hope is that who and what you’re talking about day-to-day will start with us in the mornings on ‘97 Rock.’”
Cox Names Kara Leigh Night Jock for ‘B98.5’ Atlanta. The Atlanta native and one-time WSB-FM intern returns to full-time radio in the market hosting the evening show on Cox Media Group’s hot AC WSB-FM “B98.5.” Cox Atlanta director of branding and programming Chris Eagan says, “Kara previously did middays at ‘95.5 The Beat’ from 2007 to 2010. It’s great to have her back on the air full time entertaining Atlanta.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The Tulsa radio cluster of E.W. Scripps names David Abel the new vice president and general manager. Abel moves to Tulsa from his most recent position with Apex Broadcasting’s Charleston and Hilton Head, South Carolina operations. In Tulsa, Scripps operates country KVOO and KXBL, classic hits KBEZ, CHR KHTT and news/talk KFAQ…..iHeartMedia personality Michelle Buckles is the new midday jock at the company’s country KBEB, Sacramento “B92.5.” She’ll continue to host her afternoon show at country KZSN, Wichita “102.1 The Bull” by voice tracking it. The company’s KEEY, Minneapolis-based Amy James had been voice-tracking the KBEB show…..At non-commercial triple A KCMP, Minneapolis “The Current,” Andrea Swensson is the new host and producer of the station’s Sunday evening “The Local Show,” effective January 10, 2016. Swensson is a music writer who pens the Local Current blog.
Radio Programmer Kristopher Jones Launches M:3 Consulting Firm. The new “independent custom music programming firm” M:3 MERGE MUSIC MEDIA is headed by Kristopher Jones, a 22-year programming pro who’s worked at Jones Radio Networks, Dial Global and Westwood One. Jones comments, “Dynamic change is occurring in our industry right now. Some programming providers have eliminated music programming choices. I’m excited about M:3 because it’s more than just custom programming, it’s individualized expert help. Our goal is to merge the broadcaster’s vision and my experience with their unique competitive situation.” M:3 is being repped by independent affiliate relations firm The Show Must Go On!
CBS RADIO Brings ‘Rat and Puff’ Aboard for Mornings at Detroit’s ‘98.7 AMP.’ Most recently with iHeartMedia at its Philadelphia CHR WIOQ “Q102,” the duo of ‘Rat and Puff’ (a.k.a. Jeff Daly and Josh Foreman, respectively) move to the Motor City to handle the morning drive show on CBS RADIO’s CHR WDZH “98.7 AMP Radio.” CBS Detroit’s SVP and market manager Deb Kenyon says, “I am thrilled to add ‘Rat and Puff’ to the ‘98.7 AMP Radio’ lineup. They bring a new and fresh sound to Detroit. They join a great team and I look forward to watching the evolution of the station as they all work together and take the station to new heights.” The duo has also worked at iHeartMedia stations WFLZ, Tampa; WKSC, Chicago; and WWPW, Atlanta.
Mike O’Reilly Named PD at ‘95.7 The Vibe’ in Kansas City. Programmer Mike O’Reilly is named the new PD and afternoon drive personality at Cumulus Media’s CHR KCHZ, Kansas City “95.7 The Vibe.” For the past eight years, O’Reilly has been the program director at Midwest Television’s San Diego hot AC KFMB-FM “100.7 JACK FM.” He started his radio career at KCHZ in 1998. Cumulus Midwest regional vice president Donna Baker comments, “We are so excited to welcome Mike back home to KC and ‘95.7 The Vibe.’ His programming and on-air expertise, local connection to our community, and passion for leading and winning make him an ideal addition to our talented Cumulus team.”
Entercom Officially Announces Jeff Dauler Joining ‘Star 94.’ Last week, RadioInfo reported the story by the Atlanta Journal Constitition’s Rodney Ho detailing Jeff Dauler’s abrupt exit from the syndicated “The Bert Show” – based at Cumulus Media’s WWWQ, Atlanta “Q100” – and his joining Entercom’s crosstown competitor WSTR. Now, Entercom makes the news official in a press release stating Dauler will appear on the air in February. In the release, Dauler comments, “There is so much to be excited about. I’ll be staying in Atlanta – a city that I love – for the next several years. I get to work with Entercom – an exciting, programming-driven company. And I get to work with Tony Lorino and Pat Paxton to build a brand new show from the ground up, focused on local programming and innovative radio and web content. I’m excited to bring ‘Star 94’ back to top of the Atlanta ratings.” Former Bert Show staffer Jenn Hobby also recently joined WSTR. Bert Weiss clearly feels betrayed by Dauler’s departure, telling the AJC that he won’t comment for fear of saying something he’ll regret.
Cumulus Shuffles Louie Diaz to DC to Program CHR WRQX. Moving from Dallas where he programmed Cumulus Media’s urban contemporary KLIF-FM, “HOT 93.3” to Washington to take the programming reigns of CHR WRQX is Louie Diaz. He joined the company last year after a stint with Alpha Media’s KBFF and KUPL in Portland. The company is now beginning a search for a new PD for KLIF-FM. RadioInfo sources report Diaz’ first order is to suspend all live DJ activity on the station for a week.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Phoenix market adult contemporary KOAI, Sun City West brings Gina Bickett aboard to host afternoons at the Riviera Broadcasting-owned station…..Scott Alexander is the new program director and morning drive personality at Forever Media’s Pennsylvania country station WOGG “Froggy 94.9.” The station serves southwestern PA between Pittsburgh and Morgantown, West Virginia.
Elvis Duran and Big Boy at Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Pictured here at last week’s induction ceremony at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago is Premiere Networks’ WHTZ, New York-based CHR morning drive personality Elvis Duran (left) posing with KRRL, Los Angeles urban morning drive host Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander (right). The two were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame along with Bob & Tom, Clark Howard, Ronn Owens, and Dan Mason.
PPM Analysis: Country. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian wraps his three-part analysis of the performances of stations by format, based on the most recent data from the October 2015 PPM survey by Nielsen Audio. Kinosian reported on the adult contemporary format on Wednesday, hot AC yesterday and today’s report focuses on country. While only two country stations ranked #1 in their market (Persons 6+ AQH share) in October’s survey – Entercom’s KWJJ, Portland and iHeartMedia’s WKKT, Charlotte – there are 18 stations that ranked either #2 or #3 in their markets. In addition to charts showing performance fluctuations from last month to this and from October 2014 to October 2015, Kinosian presents a comparison of the performances of AC, hot AC and country outlets in one chart. See that here.
Bob Kevoian Announces Retirement at National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. One half of the Bob & Tom Show morning team took the opportunity of last night’s induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame to announce his retirement from the business. Bob Kevoian told the gathering in Chicago that he will retire from the nationally syndicated radio program by year’s end. Kevoian said, “I always thought you had to die or be retired for five years to be considered for any hall of fame. Thank God I’m not dead, but I am going to retire at the end of this year and walk away from the mic.” Partner Tom Griswold commented, “It was a huge thrill to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame with my partner Bob. He will always be a part of the Bob & Tom Show, and his presence will continue to be felt as we broadcast the show for many years to come.”
Entercom Q3 Report: Up 3% on Same-Station Basis. This quarter’s financial report from Entercom reflects the new income from its deals with Lincoln Financial Media and Bonneville International that saw Entercom add stations in major and large markets — Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles and San Diego. As a result, the company posts a net revenue increase of 15% on $114.7 million compared to the same period a year ago. Entercom CEO David Field states, “I am pleased to report an outstanding quarter for Entercom driven by strong organic revenue growth across our station group and the seamless integration of our new acquisitions in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, San Diego and Denver. While we are delighted with our progress and opportunities at the new stations, we are particularly pleased by our strong market share gains in the rest of our markets which enabled us to post approximately 3% same-station revenue growth for the quarter, and just over 4% growth when excluding the impact of political advertising. We also achieved strong double-digit growth in free cash flow and adjusted net income per share and believe we are very well positioned for continued strong performance in 2016 and beyond.”
New Cumulus CEO Mary Berner Reports Q3 Financial Data: Net Revenue Dips 7.8%. Chief executive officer Mary Berner has been on the job for less than a month after replacing Lew Dickey and her first quarterly report was full of financial challenges for the company; but as a board member since the spring, she knew all the figures. Cumulus Media stock has been beaten up over the past year, and not without cause. The 2015 Q3 net revenue was $289.4 million, that’s a 7.8% drop versus the same period a year ago. For the first three quarters of the year, net revenue was $859.9 million, down 8% year-over-year. Cumulus also recorded an impairment against intangible assets and goodwill of $565.6 million. For the quarter, broadcast advertising was down 4.3% while digital advertising sunk 35.4%. Berner says, “Despite Cumulus’ recent challenges, my early experiences have reinforced my appreciation for the strength of the company’s aggregate assets, including its people. I was hired by the company’s board of directors to maximize the value of those assets and I believe that, through focused execution, we will be able to capitalize on the operational leverage that appears to exist in the company. While such efforts will not be easy nor, in many cases, immediate, I intend to institute a relentless commitment to improvement over the coming months to drive results for all stakeholders.”
E.W. Scripps Radio Segment Flat in Q3. The Cincinnati-based company got into the radio business as a result of the merger with Journal Communications, acquiring its TV and radio properties (with Journal getting E.W. Scripps’ publication segment). In this third quarter report, Scripps president and CEO Rich Boehne says the radio segment was flat. “Radio revenue and expenses of $20.4 million and $16.3 million were essentially flat with the prior period. Segment profit in the radio division was $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2015, compared to $4.5 million in the 2014 quarter. The company is committed to its digital segment and recently acquired podcast platform Midroll earlier this year. “Digital revenues were $10.9 million, up $3.7 million from the prior period. Excluding Midroll, revenue increased 25%…Segment loss in the digital division was $3.6 million in the third quarter of 2015, compared to $5.6 million in the 2014 quarter.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Indianapolis welcomes Brandon “Buster” Satterfield back to the radio station side of the music business after his recent gig with Atlantic Records. Satterfield is joining Radio One’s Indy cluster as program director for CHR WNOW “Radio Now 100.9.” Satterfield programmed CBS RADIO’s Philly rhythmic CHR outlet WRDW before it transitioned to the company’s mainstream CHR AMP format as WZMP…..Seattle rocker KISW “The Rock” brings market TV personality Alexis Smith aboard as a weekend and fill-in talent. Smith, while currently morning traffic reporter at KIRO-TV, has experience in the rock radio format, starting with her internship at Detroit’s WRIF back in 2002…..Mark Van Allen moves from the Madison cluster to Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s Rockford, Illinois station group to serve as operations manager. Van Allen will also be the program director for the cluster’s hot AC WGFB “B103.”
Radio Personalities Visit White House for ObamaCare Event. The White House calls it the “latest installment of ‘Live from the White House’” with President Obama conducting a round of interviews with radio personalities on the topic of the Affordable Care Act and the importance of reducing the number of people without health insurance. The radio news anchors spent Thursday, November 5 with Obama Administration advisors and the president himself. Taking part were: Mary Shedden of non-commercial WUSF, Tampa; Alice Rios of news/talk KRLD, Dallas; E.J. Becker of news/talk KMBZ, Kansas City; Dave Ross of news/talk KIRO-FM, Seattle; and Ryan Cameron of urban contemporary WVEE, Atlanta “V103.”
Bocephus in the House! Country legend Hank Williams, Jr. is seen here visiting the “NASH Nights Live” program on Cumulus Media’s NASH Campus in Nashville. He spoke about his new album called It’s About Time and says he thinks it’s his best yet. Pictured here are (from l-r): “NASH Nights Live” executive producer Brian Egan; co-host Elaina Smith; Williams, Jr., and host Shawn Parr.
Industry Vet Pat Clawson Dead at 60. Radio industry pro Pat Clawson died at his home in Flint, Michigan recently at the age of 60. Clawson, who worked for CNN in Atlanta and had a non-media career as a private investigator, also served for years as the Washington, DC bureau chief for Radio & Records.
Focus 360 Scores Jelli Deal with Entercom. A deal between Focus 360 and Entercom Communications will add the latter’s 119 stations to the “Powered by Jelli” cloud-based programmatic ad platform that traffics, serves and reports campaigns using Jelli’s RadioSpot. Envision Networks works in conjunction with Focus 360 on affiliate sales for the Jelli technology and CEO Danno Wolkoff comments, “Focus 360 and Entercom are smart to be at the forefront of new technology, which helps relieve stress off of the ‘back-office’ of radio stations, allowing traffic departments to focus on local business; while at the same time giving radio advertisers the accountability and transparency that brands now demand.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. The syndicated KISS, San Antonio-based morning program “The Billy Madison Show” is joining the program schedule at Delmarva’s WZBH, Georgetown, Delaware (Rehoboth Beach market) “93.5 The Beach.” Adams Radio Group owns the station and market manager Phil LoCascio says, “‘93.5 The Beach’ prides itself on being entertaining, interactive, and the only destination for rock music on the Delmarva Peninsula. The minute we heard the show, we knew it was a perfect fit for the market and this radio station.”…..In observance of breast cancer awareness month, CBS RADIO country outlet KILT-FM, Houston “100.3 The Bull,” Hard Rock Café and PODS of Houston teamed up for the 16th Annual Pinktober concert benefiting The Rose – a local breast cancer organization that provides prevention and treatment assistance to low-income women. The show was Sunday, October 25 and featured performances by Kelsea Ballerini and CAM…..iHeartMedia unveils it firsts SoundBoard podcast production with client partner Coca-Cola called First Taste Fridays. The company says, “First Taste Fridays was created to help teens discover and debate new music with their friends over an ice cold Coke. The series launched on 10/9 and consists of casual conversations between our on-air DJ Maxwell and teens, and includes exclusive interviews, world premieres of new tracks and surprise artist drop-ins including Hailee Steinfeld, Grace Potter, Avicii, Conrad Sewell and more. Maxwell and his guests discuss the hottest music, events, and concerts, sharing their own favorites and recommendations for listeners.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. The KKWF, Seattle-based Fitz in the Morning is losing personality Tony Russell. The program is nationally syndicated in addition to its run on the Entercom country station. Though the reason for his exit is not clear, cast member Ellen says in her goodbye to Russell that he wants to stay with the show but circumstances are forcing his hand….In the New Bedford, Massachusetts market, Loren Petisce exits the Townsquare Media CHR WFHN “Fun 107” for a gig-yet-to-be-announced. She’s staying with the station through October 29.
CBS RADIO Produces ‘We Can Survive’ Concert. Over the weekend, CBS RADIO’s “We Can Survive” concert – with title sponsor Chrysler Brand – took place at the iconic Hollywood Bowl with live performances from The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Maroon 5, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas. As a special surprise, the final act at the end of the night was none other than multi-award winning artist, Rihanna. A portion of the proceeds from the sold-out show benefitted Young Survival Coalition, the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. CBS RADIO execs and staffers are pictured here with members of Maroon 5 (wearing lanyards from l-r): SVP of programming Kevin Weatherly, president Andre Fernandez, SVP music and programming initiatives Michael Martin, EVP of programming Chris Oliviero, and WBBM-FM, Chicago “B96” APD and music director Erik Bradley.
Harvey Becomes New Kid on Greenville’s Block. Using syndicated morning talent Steve Harvey as its centerpiece, Entercom Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina transitions CHR W242BX-FM to hip-hop as “The New 96.3 The Block.” Entercom Greenville-Spartanburg market manager Steve Sinicropi comments, “We have high expectations for ‘The Block.’ Until now, there have been limited choices for radio serving African-Americans in the Upstate. The ratings decline of stations serving this market makes it a great time to launch ‘96.3 The Block.’ With superstar Steve Harvey in the morning, fewer commercials, and better music, we expect ‘The Block’ to be a big hit. Adding ‘The Block’ to our portfolio gives us the ability to reach virtually any audience in the Upstate.” According to Premiere Networks’ Harvey, whose first show will be in just over one week (Monday, 11/2), “I couldn’t be more excited to launch in Greenville. I truly feel blessed to be a part of ‘The Block’ and the Entercom Greenville family.” The station debuts by playing roughly 10,000 songs, commercial-free. With summer 2015 12+ shares and market rank in parentheses, Entercom Greenville-Spartanburg’s rated stations are WROQ “Classic Rock 101.1” (6.0, #4); CHR WFBC-FM “B-93.7 All the Hits” (5.9, #5); WYRD “106.3 WORD The Upstate’s Talk Station” (3.8, #9); WTPT “93.3 Planet Rocks” (3.7, #10); adult contemporary WSPA-FM “Magic 98.9” (3.4, #11); and sports WORD-AM & WYRD-AM (.7, #15); translator W242BX-FM is unlisted. The 12+-summer 2015 market leader for Greenville-Spartanburg (Nielsen Audio market #59) is iHeartMedia‘s WSSL “Today’s Best Country” (9.6).
Blake Named PD at Digity’s Country WRNS, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, North Carolina. Moving up from the interim program director position to the official PD post at Digity’s country WRNS, Kinston (Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, North Carolina market) is Carletta Blake. She assumed the PD role after the exit of Tommy Garrett earlier this year. Blake served with Dallas country outlet “Twister 96.7” when it was owned by Citadel (it’s now Cumulus’ sports KTCK-FM). Station GM Larry Weiss states, “Over the past three months Carletta has demonstrated her ability to lead WRNS in the months and years to come and we are confident her leadership will maximize our ability to both meet the challenges ahead and capitalize on the many opportunities we have for growth in this market. We are excited about the potential for WRNS under Carletta’s watch as we move into 2016 and beyond.”
Entercom Parts Ways with JoJo Martinez in Milwaukee. Longtime Entercom Milwaukee programmer JoJo Martinez was dismissed from her position as program director for the company’s hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix.” Before accepting that station’s PD post, Martinez had been assistant PD and music director at sister CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss.” She posted on Facebook: “After 18 proud years at Entercom 99.1 The Mix and 103.7 Kiss Fm, I’m sad to say I was let go today. I’ve learned some amazing lessons over the years but today’s was the hardest. Thank you to all my listeners and all my friends for all your love and support. A new beginning starts today!!!!!”
SiriusXM Reports Q3 Earnings; Net Revenue Up 11%. Satcaster SiriusXM reports its third quarter 2015 financial numbers announcing that revenue was up 11% year-over-year and net revenue was $167 million, compared to $136 million during the same period a year ago. In a statement, Jim Meyer says, “With subscribers at an all-time high of nearly 29 million and record adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin, our third quarter was one of the strongest performances in our company’s history. We are confident of our continued success in the fourth quarter, and we are increasing our guidance for self-pay and total net subscriber additions, revenue, and adjusted EBITDA.” The burning question before SiriusXM is will Howard Stern renew or leave the platform he’s been on for the past 10 years? Meyer would only say in an investors’ conference, “I hope so.” He went on to say, “You should assume we speak quite often and stay tuned for updates. And of course, the best way to hear any news regarding its renewal is to tune into Howard’s show every morning, heck, that’s what I do.”
FAQ: Is There a PD? Radio consultant Holland Cooke writes today about the changing/disappearing role of program director. As he notes in his column published today (10/22) that radio stations are not programmed anymore, they are managed. There are two primary reasons: “Debt service compromises Quality Control. VERY few managers are responsible for a single station. At many talk stations, this manager also does an air shift, before or after Rush. Stations think they can get-away-with-it because… most programming is now non-local. Who’s left to direct? Most talk programming comes off the bird. Music stations are voicetracked or downlinked from the mother ship. Directing is a lost art.” For those managers seeking a real, live PD, read Holland Cooke’s take on what qualities he/she must possess here.
RadioInfo Tidbits. In the Knoxville market, John W. Pirkle-owned WNFZ-FM drops the news/talk format and flips to alternative rock as “94Z.” The “Rude Awakening” morning show with Mike Howard and Terry West remains on the program schedule for the new format – the station is using “Rock & Rude!” as a branding slogan – but it’s unclear what the fates of afternoon personality Russell Smith and Richard Daughtry are…..Futuri releases version 3 of its TopicPulse program. The company says that TopicPulse v3 scans Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, message boards, blogs, and news sources to provide real-time guidance on what’s trending in local social media and the new version allows broadcast newsrooms and content producers to customize the TopicPulse dashboard to their own interests. Further, Futuri says the new predictive Viral Detector reveals which social media topics are likely to have high viral social potential, based on real-time trending; TopicPulse features precise demographic details on who is discussing a topic on social media; and clients will be able to know which competitive media have already covered a story (or not), helping them devise their own strategies…..Now that Nielsen Audio’s Enhanced CBET (Critical Band Encoding Technology) is being rolled out – it started in the Baltimore and Washington markets last week and will hit all 48 PPM markets by November 30 – subscribing stations may see heightened AHQ Persons numbers. This is based on Nielsen test data that indicates the Enhanced CBET showed a 15% AHQ Persons gain. Research Directors, Inc. partners Marc Greenspan and Charlie Sislen authored a blog post stating what they believe this means to radio station operators and what they say broadcasters need to understand. Read that here.