Jury to Thicke, Williams: ‘Got to Give it Up.’ You are not alone if you perceive a striking similarity between Marvin Gaye‘s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up” and 2013’s smash “Blurred Lines.” On Tuesday (3/10), an eight-member U.S. District Court jury in Los Angeles ruled “Blurred Lines” infringed on “Got to Give It Up” and awarded approximately $7.4 million to Gaye’s children. After a more than one-week trial that focused on the similarities between the two songs, jurors began deliberating Thursday afternoon (3/5) and rendered a decision against “Blurred Lines'” singer-songwriters Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. Among those called to the stand was a musicologist who analyzed the songs and concluded there was a “constellation” of eight similar elements. In several interviews, Thicke supposedly claimed that he suggested to Williams that they write something similar to “Got to Give It Up.” That was brought out in the trial, as was a quote allegedly attributed to Williams that he was “trying to pretend” he was Marvin Gaye when he (Williams) was writing “Blurred Lines.” It was Williams’ contention, however, that “Blurred Lines” may have had the “feel” of Marvin Gaye and the late-1970s, but the 2013 song was original. Thicke appeared to be distancing himself from his involvement in the process by saying he wrongly took credit for being a co-writer of “Blurred Lines” and that when he spoke about any Marvin Gaye influence, he was intoxicated (vodka) and/or on drugs (Vicodin). This decision has obvious far-reaching ramifications and Howard King – the attorney for Thicke and Williams – declared, “This affects creativity of young musicians who hope to stand on the shoulders of other musicians – let my clients go forth and continue to do their magic.” To put in perspective just how much money a “hit” song of this magnitude can generate, “Blurred Lines” raked in $8 million in publishing revenue; roughly $5.5 million for the record company (Star Trak/Interscope); an estimated $5.6 million payday for Thicke; and $5.2 million for Williams. The Gaye Family was seeking in excess of $25 million in royalties and damages. While the jury found Thicke and Williams borrowed heavily from “Got to Give it Up,” they did not rule adversely against rapper T.I. (real name - Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.), who was also named as a party in the suit. Not that it will be any consolation, the jury noted the infringement by Williams and Thicke was not willful, but also not innocent. Breakout of the damages awarded to the Gaye family partially consists of more than $1.7 million in Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” profits; more than $1.6 million in Williams’ profits from the song; and statutory damages of $9,375. Marvin Gaye was 44 years old when he died in Los Angeles nearly 31 years ago (April 1, 1984).
Mancow Returns to FM Music Radio as Morning Host of WLUP-FM, Chicago. After a tryouts stunt by Cumulus Media’s classic rock WLUP-FM, Chicago for a new morning drive personality, it’s being reported by numerous Chicago media outlets that today, Erich Mancow Muller will get the gig and an official announcement will follow. Others who spent a week on the air in hopes of landing the position included: Liz Wilde, Abe Kanan and Shadoe Stevens. After exiting alternative WKQX, Chicago in 2006, Mancow reinvented himself as a young-skewing conservative talk personality and was syndicated by TRN-FM for a number of years. He’s been off radio since last fall.
Radio One’s Houston Exec Abernethy to Exit for Post with Entercom. According to a story in the Houston Chronicle, Doug Abernethy is exiting his 11-year post with Radio One in Houston to take an executive role with Entercom Communications. Abernethy tells the paper he’s very proud of the work he and his staff have accomplished at the Radio One Houston stations – especially hip hop KBXX “The Box 97.9” and urban contemporary KMJQ. “We were able to take Radio One from mediocre performance to outstanding performance. We built a team that has led this market the last 10 years, and it’s been a fantastic run.” The Chronicle quotes Abernethy saying his one disappointment was not getting all news KROI off the ground as he’d hoped. “It was disappointing that there was no appetite for news in the fourth-largest city in America. We had incredible content and gathered some of the most talented people that we could find, and it didn’t work.”
Gloria Named Evening Personality at CBS RADIO’s ‘ENERGY 103.7’ in San Diego. Most recently working part time at crosstown CHR XHITZ, Alexia Gloria moves over to CHR KEGY “ENERGY 103.7” to host the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight program. KEGY program director Chris Patyk comments, “When we set out to find out our next night star, we wanted to find a personality that reflected the lifestyle of our listener. Alexia lives the life. She’s passionate about music and has the drive to be number one. We’re so excited to have her as a part of our team!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Upped to music director at Adams Radio’s adult contemporary WWFW, Fort Wayne “Soft Rock 103.9” is Eric Austin. He’s been with the station in afternoon drive since September of 2014…..Miss Monique moves from her music director post at iHeartMedia’s Augusta, Georgia cluster to the company’s Albany, Georgia station group to serve as program director for hip hop WJIZ and urban contemporary WMRZ “98.1 Kiss FM.”
Saga Communications Q4 2014 Radio Net Operating Revenue Up 6.3%. The latest financials from Saga Communications have been released and for the radio division, the fourth quarter of 2014 was a good one, with net operating revenue up 6.3%. For all of 2014, Saga’s radio division reports net operating revenue was up 3.4% on revenue of $113.6 million.
REACH Media Debuts “Nightly Spirit.” The four-hour (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, ET) Willie Moore Jr.-hosted weeknight program, which features “inspirational music,” was unveiled last night (Monday, 3/9). Radio One subsidiary REACH Media chief executive officer David Kantor explains, “We have worked with Willie Moore Jr. both on air and at REACH Media events; we have witnessed his incredible connection with his audience. Willie’s enthusiasm and passion are the essential elements to make this a successful show for affiliates and the show’s advertisers.” According to Moore Jr., “I am so excited – this is an awesome opportunity to inspire the nation every night. God‘s best gifts are not things, but opportunities, and with this opportunity, we will flat-out change the world.” Performer and motivational speaker Moore has worked with Joyce Meyer Ministries, Bishop Gary Macintosh, and Bishop Dale C. Bronner’s Word of Faith Ministries. His latest album, “Best of Both Worlds,” earned a “Stellar” award nomination. Most recently, Moore hosted syndicated radio show “The Praise Mix Down,” and was executive producer of “The Willie Moore Jr. Live Flat-out” television show.
Boston’s “Magic” Receives Two “Gracie” Awards. Recognition is for the “Exceptional Women” program originated by Greater Media Boston adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7.” The show’s co-hosts – Candy O’Terry and Sue Tabb – will be presented with Gracie Allen awards (“Gracies“) from the Alliance for Women in Media in the categories of “Portrait/Biography Series” and “Best Soft News.” The latter is for “Love Is All Around,” a series about three Boston-based charities. WMJX general manager Mary Menna comments, “We are so proud of our ‘Exceptional Women’ – Candy O’Terry and Sue Tabb – for their dedication to advancing the great work of women in New England who are making a difference in the lives of others. Since its inception, ‘The Magic Exceptional Women’ series has won a total of 43 awards.” Created by O’Terry in 1992, the program airs Sunday mornings at 7:30 am on “Magic 106.7.” O’Terry, Tabb, and producer Tina Gao will accept their awards in New York City in a little over three months (6/22).
Beasley Las Vegas to Open Radio Studio at ‘Downtown Container Park’ Destination. The partnership between Beasley Media Group Las Vegas and D&C Entertainment will soon bring to fruition the “Beasley Media/Cox Business Broadcasting Studio” to the city’s Downtown Container Park (pictured here) – what will be the first and only radio broadcasting studio in the park – an open-air shopping center and entertainment venue featuring almost 40 shops, restaurants and bars. Beasley says its Las Vegas VP and market manager Tom Humm, along with D&C Entertainment “recognized the value in creating a visual and interactive location for not only live radio broadcasts, but also interviews with entertainers, celebrities and local dignitaries. The space was selected for its close proximity to the stage. With Cox Business onboard as a Studio Sponsor, the vision became a reality the first part of this year. Construction began February 17, 2015 and the completion of the Beasley Media/Cox Business Broadcasting Studio is expected in early April, 2015.” The completed facility will be a fully functional radio broadcasting studio featuring state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment from the Wheatstone Company. Humm comments, “We envision bringing and supporting live events at the Downtown Container Park. Through our five radio stations, Beasley Media Group Las Vegas reaches over 1 million local residents weekly. There’s a terrific synergy between our audience, D&C Entertainment’s ideas and the size and popularity of Downtown Container Park. We’re confident that once completed, our radio broadcasting facility will be a major highlight to the downtown area. In radio, it’s all about the community. What better way to entertain and serve our community than through a visible, completely functioning radio studio in the Downtown Container Park.”
Chet Buchanan and The Morning Zoo Re-Up with KLUC, Las Vegas. The long-running “Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo” will remain on CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC, Las Vegas for a number of years to come after the two sides inked a new, multi-year deal. The program has been in the AM drive slot since 1999 and program director Cat Thomas comments, “We are beyond excited that the longest-running and most successful morning show in Las Vegas has decided to stay at KLUC! Their ability to be such a major part of our community on a daily basis has brought them to the pinnacle of success in one of the most competitive radio markets in the country. Like all of Las Vegas, we love them and are so happy to continue to work with the amazing talents that are Chet, Lauren and Spence.
Kauffman Named Entercom Sacramento GSM. Inbound from Chicago where she was local sales manager for Hubbard Broadcasting classic rocker WDRV “The Drive,” Stacey Kauffman is appointed general sales manager for Entercom Sacramento. Vice president and market manager Sean Shannon states, “We are proud to welcome Stacey to our market-leading portfolio of brands. Entercom’s commitment to compelling live and local content continues to pay dividends as we enjoy a dominant position in delivering ratings and results to our advertisers.” Vice president of sales Lance Richard comments, “Stacey was a trailblazer in Chicago media on the integration of radio and digital media. We look forward to putting her expertise immediately to use in the growing Sacramento market.” Kauffman remarks that she is “excited” about the chance to join Entercom’s Sacramento team. “Entercom is a forward-thinking company with outstanding leadership at both the corporate and local market levels. [The company] has a reputation for providing high-quality content to audiences and results-driven solutions to advertisers.” Kauffman started her radio career with Emmis; she previously was a Merck pharmaceutical sales representative. Entercom’s six-station Sacramento cluster consists of KCTC “ESPN 1320,” CHR KDND “The End,” alternative KKDO “Radio 94.7,” KRXQ “98 Rock,” classic rock KSEG “The Eagle,” and hot AC KUDL “Star 106.5.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Terri Avery exits the Beasley Media Group Charlotte cluster where she was OM and program director for hip hop WPEG :Power 98” and urban AC WBAV “V101.9.” Avery had been with the stations’ previous owner CBS RADIO for the past 14 years…..Baltimore urban personality Tim Watts exits after 17 years with Radio One’s urban adult contemporary WWIN “Magic 95.9” and the old WQSR “V103.”
Alpha Media San Antonio Has An App For That. Alternative arrives in San Antonio as Alpha Media places “The App 103.3″ on K277CX Terrell Wells. Executive vice president of programming Scott Mahalick explains that San Antonio is “ground zero for the first station using our national service mark, ‘The App.’ Alpha Media continues to innovate by launching the first app with a radio station attached to it. Many stations have an app, but only one app has a radio station attached to it.” According to vice president of programming Phil Becker, “The broadcast paradigm has changed. True convergence has arrived, so much so that it is our name.” Director of operations Greg Martin remarks “103.3 The App” fills a void in San Antonio and states, “This is a very exciting new sound unlike any heard in this market in many years.” Program director Pat Cerullo is “thrilled” to be programming the market’s “exclusive home for alternative music. So many hit records have been absent [here] over the past few years – that is finally going to change. We have positioned the station as the first app with a terrestrial FM signal. Prior to our launch, listeners had to seek out this format [elsewhere].” In addition to “The App,” Cerullo programs co-owned rhythmic CHR KTFM and adult hits KJXK “Jack-FM.” Targeting 18-44s, “The App” debuts with the intent of playing roughly 10,000 songs commercial-free.
Radio One Reports 2014 Q4 Net Revenue Dips 1.7%. The final quarter of 2014 saw net revenue at $109.7 million for Radio One – a decrease of 1.7% from the same period in 2013. Station operating income was approximately $42.5 million, an increase of 8.6% from the same period a year ago. Net revenue for the entire year of 2014 was $441,387,000 – a decrease of 1.6% over all of 2013. Radio One president and CEO Alfred Liggins III comments, “Our radio business showed sequential improvement from the third quarter, with revenues -2.8%. During the quarter we changed format from news to classic hip hop in our Houston market; excluding Houston our radio revenues for the fourth quarter were +1.1%. Adjusting for a timing difference of our Women’s Empowerment event in Raleigh, Q1 2015 core radio revenues are currently pacing 1.8%, having weakened throughout January. Our Washington, DC cluster continues to underperform the market, and we recently announced a new general manager of the Washington, DC market cluster by expanding the responsibilities of our own Jeff Wilson, senior regional vice president. Excluding our Washington, DC cluster, our core radio revenues are currently pacing up about 1% compared to the same time last year.”
Galante Honored with Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award. Country music record executive Joe Galante was honored with the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Tuesday evening. His work with numerous country music legends over the past 40-plus years “has transformed the perception of Nashville as a music center and helped propel country music into the global phenomenon it is today.” Galante ran the labels RCA and Sony Music Nashville and many country superstars came out to honor him at the event which served as a beneficiary for The Opry Trust Fund. Pictured here are (from l-r): Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher, Galante, Bob Kingsley, and Kenny Chesney.
BFoA Announces Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards Recipients. The recipients of the 2015 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards from the Broadcasters Foundation of America have been announced. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 15 at the Foundation’s annual breakfast at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Recipients this year include: David Barrett, director, Hearst Corporation; Don Curtis, chairman & CEO, Curtis Media Group; Herb McCord, president & owner, Granum Communications Corp.; Jane Mago, former EVP & general counsel, National Association of Broadcasters; Al Primo, creator, Eyewitness News, Education Television Fund, Inc.; and Jeff Warshaw, CEO, Connoisseur Media. The Leadership Awards are given annually by the Broadcasters Foundation in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large, and are named in honor of iconic broadcaster Ward L. Quaal.
PPM Analysis: Adult Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents this analysis of the adult contemporary with its performance in the recent Nielsen Audio 2014 Holiday PPM survey. Kinosian writes, “No other ratings sweep sees the wild (positive) fluctuations as the Holiday period; however, January typically reflects massive declines for stations enjoying huge Holiday increases. Some hot AC, classic hits-oldies, contemporary Christian, country, and urban AC outlets engage in the programming strategy, but for the most part, adult contemporary was the originator and it is still the largest all-Christmas music proponent. For that reason, it is the first format highlighted in our exclusive Holiday 2014 overview.” See Kinosian’s entire analysis here.
Jim Lawson Takes on Regional Manager and OM Duties in Colorado. The iHeartMedia vice president of programming of Hispanic media and brand manager for national programming platforms will expand his duties to include regional manager for iHeartMedia Colorado and operations manager for Colorado Springs and Pueblo, effective February 2. In these additional roles, Jim Lawson will oversee all programming operations for the Colorado stations. His duties as operations manager will include managing the strategy and execution of Colorado Springs and Pueblo’s eight combined stations. He will continue his duties as vice president of programming for Hispanic media and brand manager for national programming platforms.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Adding music director to her title is CHR WPXY, Rochester afternoon drive personality Emily Wild. Wild has been with the Entercom cluster for the past three years…..At non-comm alternative KCMP, Minneapolis “89.3 The Current,” midday personality Barb Abney exits the Minnesota Public Radio station. Taking over the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show is station staffer Jade Tittle…..Moving across town from Townsquare Media’s adult contemporary WHOM, Portland where he co-hosted mornings to an AM show cast member gig at Binnie Media’s classic hits WFNK “107.5 Frank FM” is Teddy McKay. McKay partners up with current WFNK morning personalities Stan Bennett and Heidi Knight…..At the CBS RADIO Pittsburgh cluster, Katie Zak (pictured here at far right with country WDSY’s Jimmy and Monty) is promoted from the KDKA-FM events team to producer for the “Jimmy and Monty in the Morning” program…..Josh Egoff leaves the radio biz and his gig as promotions manager for iHeartMedia’s rock WJRR and sports WYGM in Orlando…..David Israel is leaving Total Traffic & Weather Network’s Miami offices where he serves as operations manager for a position outside of radio. Israel came to the organization in June of last year after serving as VP/GM of Cox Media’s Jacksonville station group.
Senate Commerce Committee Chair Thune Seeks Communications Act Overhaul. Speaking before an audience at the American Enterprise Institute, Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune (R-SD) said he will kick-start the process of reviewing and updating the country’s communications laws, last done in 1996. From a story at The Hill, Thune admits his efforts will require support from Democrats but says it’s very early in the process. He told the crowd the very legal framework that could allow broadband internet to be classified a utility is obsolete. He criticized the FCC’s rulemaking process with regard to “net neutrality” and said its agenda is being nudged by “an increasingly imperious president.” He said, “With the FCC poised to reclassify broadband due to a lack of clear statutory authority, we can readily see the consequences of that obsolescence and the need for action.” Getting support from Democrats prior to the 2016 election may be all but impossible but Thune says trying to update the Act that was last modernized when the Internet was in its infancy is necessary.”
Entercom Greenville-Spartanburg Sets New Roles for Hendrix, Stone, McLain. Several noteworthy personnel moves take place at Entercom-owned stations in Greenville-Spartanburg, a South Carolina cluster the company refers to as “Entercom Upstate.” For openers, rock WTPT “93.3 The Planet” and WROQ “Classic Rock 101.1″ operations manager/program director Mark Hendrix takes on additional duties as operations manager for talk WYRD-FM “Word 106.3,” as well as the sports simulcast of WORD-AM and WYRD-AM. He will continue to program WORD-AM and WYRD-AM, both branded as “ESPN Upstate.” He succeeds Bob McLain as OM for “Word 106.3″; however, McLain carries on as the station’s 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm talent and is named operations manager emeritus. Meanwhile, “Classic Rock 101.1″ assistant program director Jay D. Stone is boosted to program director. Stone continues as APD of “The Planet” and maintains his “Classic Rock 101.1″ 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm “The Stoneman” on-air shift. According to Entercom Greenville vice president and market manager Steve Sinicropi, “Mark Hendrix has done an outstanding job programming ‘Classic Rock 101.1′ and ‘93.3 The Planet/WTPT-FM.’ He has coached ‘The Rise Guys’ on ‘The Planet’ to the top of many key morning demos. Hendrix will build on Bob McLain’s excellent work on ‘Word 106.3,’ developing stimulating local talk. I am also pleased that Bob will continue his very popular show. I am happy Jay D. Stone has been elevated to the well-deserved position of program director at ‘Classic Rock 101.1.’ He is the heart and soul of that station.” Hendrix comments, “I am thankful for the great opportunities that Entercom has afforded me over the years. I look forward to working with our talented staffs to deliver exceptional, locally focused programs to our upstate audiences.” McLain remarks, “Entercom Upstate has given me great opportunities to engage with listeners, discuss controversial and important issues, and establish a thought provoking radio brand.” Stone declares that, “Having the opportunity to head up the legendary call letters of WROQ is a big deal. All I can say is that, after working with the top-shelf staff at Entercom Upstate for the past 12 years, the winning tradition will continue at ‘Classic Rock 101.'” Hendrix has been with the company since August 2001, when he became program director of WTPT. McLain began his career at Winston-Salem’s WTOB. Stone was named music director of “Classic Rock 101.1″ in 2003, after holding similar duties at Des Moines classic rocker KGGO.
Bonneville Announces KSWD, Los Angeles Morning Team. Here’s an update with some details from Bonneville about the new morning show featuring Mark Thompson (formerly of KLOS’ Mark & Brian show) on its classic rocker KSWD “100.3 FM The Sound.” The new program will debut on February 2. In early December it was announced that KSWD personality Andy Chanley will be part of the show. Now, the station adds that Gina Grad, who has been featured as guest co-host, panelist, news anchor and field reporter on numerous radio shows throughout Southern California, comes aboard as does Thompson’s 22 year-old daughter, Katie, who will serve as the show’s “Chick On The Street.” Thompson comments, “As my previous 25-year LA run has taught me, a great morning show takes more than just one guy and a microphone. Being funny and entertaining at 6:00 am ain’t easy, but Andy and Gina have kept me laughing all week as we have been working (if you want to call it that) on plans for the show. That’s a very good sign. Plus, we’ve got great classic rock music, and that stuff never fails to get the old morning motor revving.”
Marshall’s Multiple Roles with MacDonald Garber. Simultaneous with being named operations director for all MacDonald Garber Broadcasting AM stations, Greg Marshall is appointed general manager for the company’s Cadillac, Michigan cluster. President and chief executive officer Trish MacDonald Garber comments, “Greg’s vast experience with broadcasting and his great passion for it can only contribute to our continued success. As the current acting general manager in Cadillac, I am leaving Greg in capable hands with an upward trajectory that I know he and the team will capitalize on.” Marshall states, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the great staff at the Cadillac stations and the AM radio stations in the company. I am looking forward to this amazing opportunity.” Among the stations in the Cadillac group are hot AC WLXV “Mix 96,” sports WKAD “93.7 FM The Ticket,” and talk WATT “Rush Radio 1240.” Over and above these two new duties, Marshall will continue doing his daily 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm talk show on the company’s WMKT “The Talk Station,” Traverse City-Petoskey, Michigan; the program will soon be simulcast on WATT as well.
Tom Joyner Vows to Continue ‘Meeting Every Listener.’ In 2014 Tom Joyner was determined to meet more listeners and visited 40 markets where his program is carried. This year, Joyner continues his “Meet Every Listener” tour, beginning today (1/19) in Houston. This week, Joyner will visit KMJQ, Houston; KTCX, Beaumont, Texas; KVMA, Shreveport, Louisiana; and wrap up the week at KOKY, Little Rock. Each month this year, Joyner, along with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown, will broadcast live from a different region of the country from local radio station affiliates, meet and greet listeners and sponsors, and generally have a great time meeting thousands of people. The tour is sponsored by America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses and UnitedHealthcare.
Your Note to “Radio’s Best Friend” Couldn’t Hurt. One of the genuinely great people in the industry isn’t doing well. Just like giving a bowl of chicken soup to someone with a cold or the flu, sending a get-well wish to Art Vuolo certainly couldn’t hurt, and based on a message he posted today (Sunday, 1/18) on his Facebook page, it might go a long way in boosting the spirits of the man widely-regarded as “Radio’s Best Friend.” Coming off organizing yet another wildly successful Los Angeles radio get together, Vuolo underwent knee replacement surgery this past Tuesday (1/13), but he admits, “I hurt a lot. It is difficult for me to sit up in bed to type these words. Hoping I will feel better soon, but right now, my pain level is elevated. All prayers are welcomed.” One of radio’s greatest ambassadors and a countless times videographer of record, Vuolo is in room #154 of the Maple Manor Rehabilitation Center,31215 Novi Road, Novi, Michigan 48377.
Klein In As PD of WNOW. While he will not begin his new duties until a bit later this month (1/26), Mike Klein is set to program Radio One Indianapolis CHR WNOW-FM “Radio Now 100.9.” Vice president and general manager Chuck Williams observes, “We are all looking forward to having Mike on our team to play a key role in the continued growth of our staff and our top 40 station. He is a great fit for our team.” Klein comments, “I am very excited to be the next leader of ‘Radio Now.’ I cannot wait to work with the amazing team to continue to grow [the station’s] brand on air and online.” In addition to his “Radio Now” PD duties, Klein will do an on-air shift. He succeeds Leo Baldwin, who is operations manager of Digity Media‘s West Palm Beach cluster. Most recently, Klein programmed WNVZ “Z-104. It was his second tour-of-duty at the Entercom Norfolk rhythmic CHR – he previously worked there for approximately seven years (1999 – 2006). His other PD credits include Louisville’s WLGX and WNRW, as well as WBVD, Melbourne, Florida. In addition, Klein has worked at iHeartMedia CHR outlets WHTZ “Z-100,” New York; WIHT “Hot 99.5,” Washington, DC; and WFLZ, Tampa. WNOW changed its call letters from WNOU roughly seven months ago.
Beasley Broadcast Group Bumps Up Monahan to CRO. Seven-year executive vice president of sales Heather Monahan is elevated to chief revenue officer – a newly created Beasley Broadcast Group position, where she will oversee all sales of BBG’s core radio, digital, and non-traditional revenue opportunities. President and chief operating officer Bruce Beasley remarks, “As the radio broadcasting industry continues to offer a wider variety of ways in which we service advertisers, it became evident that having one person at corporate oversee and coordinate these various facets would be beneficial. Heather has proven her loyalty to Beasley over the years and has further shown us her ability to manage the sales process.” According to Miami resident Monahan, “What most excites me is the opportunity to define a holistic strategy that optimizes and unites our entertainment brands, engaged consumers, and marketing partners. At Beasley, our local market teams strive to create a dynamic local presence through our on-air and digital brands. Our continued evolution enables us to further maximize the collective power of our radio brands and connect consumers with marketing partners in an enhanced and more significant way. I am looking forward to delivering improved results for our partners through this new role.” Before joining Beasley Broadcast Group in 2003 as director of sales for the company’s Fort Myers-Naples cluster, Monahan held general manager and sales manager positions for a number of Michigan and Massachusetts stations. The Worcester native is a graduate of Clark University in that Massachusetts city.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Morning personality Cindy Simmons exits Lincoln Financial Media’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “Star 95” after six years hosting the morning drive show…..The Bubba the Love Sponge show is added to the program schedule at JVC Media’s recently acquired country WOTW, Orlando “103.2 The Wolf.” This is the second JVC country station to add the show – it also airs on WTRS, Gainesville “102.3 MyCountry.”…..At the Cape Cod Broadcasting-owned hot AC WQRC “99.9 The Q,” Ralphie Marino replaces Sean Doherty alongside Karen Blake on “The Morning Q.” Marino moves from mornings at sister country outlet WKPE “Cape Country 104” to middays in order to handle both shifts. At WKPE, Cat Wilson becomes morning drive host.
Judge McMahon Not Reversing Turtles-SiriusXM Ruling. In what can be described as another blow to SiriusXM – and potentially numerous other digital pure plays – on the issue of allegations of state copyright violations for pre-1972 song recordings, New York federal judge Colleen McMahon denied the satcaster’s request to reconsider her November ruling. In that decision, McMahon rejected SiriusXM’s argument that Flo & Eddie Inc (which controls the music of The Turtles) don’t have the performing rights to their music in the state of New York. Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (pictured here) – as Flo & Eddie Inc – are suing SiriusXM in Florida and California as well for copyright violations in those states. A Reuters story by Jonathan Stempel reports that Flo & Eddie Inc attorney Harvey Geller says his client will “formally seek class action certification on behalf of itself and other artists, rather than accept McMahon’s alternative of an immediate ruling on liability in its favor.” See the rest of the Reuters story here.
Delay Arises in Entercom’s Deal to Acquire Lincoln Financial Media Stations. The acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media’s 15 radio stations operating in four markets for $105 million will be delayed as Entercom notes in an 8-K filing with the SEC. The company “voluntarily withdrew its notification and report forms filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended…Entercom notified the DOJ that it intends to resubmit the HSR Filing within two days after the date of withdrawal. Entercom’s resubmission of the HSR Filing will have the effect of providing the FTC and the DOJ an additional 30 days from the date of resubmission to review the transactions contemplated by the Stock Purchase Agreement.” After the deal is consummated, Entercom will take ownership of Atlanta outlets hot AC WSTR and sports talk WQXI; Denver stations country KYGO, rhythmic CHR KQKS, oldies KRWZ, sports talk KEPN and KKFN, and comedy-formatted translator K276FK; San Diego signals alternative KZBT, country KSON and KSOQ, and adult contemporary KIFM; and Miami outlets AC WLYF, classic hits WMXJ, and sports talk WAXY-AM/FM.
Chris Jamison Visits WBZZ, Pittsburgh’s ‘Bubba Show.’ Steel Town native and Republic recording artist Chris Jamison was part of the recent “Bubba Show Breakfast” in WBZZ, Pittaburgh’s 84 Lumber Theater. Jamison performed live before a few dozen “100.7 Star” listeners and posed for this shot with the staff. From left to right are: WBZZ OM/PD Mark Anderson, station promotion manager John D’Amico, Bubba Show’s Melanie Taylor, Jamison, Bubba Show’s Shelley Duffy, Bubba, and creative services director Ron Ahern.
Cool Job Opportunity. KRNB, Dallas seeks an afternoon drive personality. Are you a multi-dimensional, superstar media personality? Do you “live” and “breathe” the “Smooth R&B” 25-54 lifestyle? Can you captivate listeners on-air, on social media and in-person? Have you mastered PPM and appointment listening? Do you seek every opportunity to engage listeners where they live, work and play? If so, Service Broadcasting may have a rare career opportunity for you. Our new KRNB afternoon drive personality must know how to connect emotionally with listeners to positively impact ratings and relationships. This is a position for an “entertainer,” not a jock. You should also: be a brand builder; display the passion and desire to win every time you open the mic; conduct compelling interviews; connect strongly with the community; be highly engaged and real-time relevant on social media; have strong podcasting and blogging skills (written and video); and possess creative production skills (experience with Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, Vegas and Vox Pro are a plus). Send your mp3, resume, references and social media links to: SBG HR manager, Debbie Henry at: jobs@KRNB.com. No phone calls please. Service Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Howard B. Price: Preparedness, Vigilance and Training Important in Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack. The horrific assault on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo serves as a sad reminder that attacks on media outlets are not only possible, they happen on an all-too-frequent basis. In a piece published in RadioInfo, ABC Television Network director, business continuity Howard B. Price writes that “even with the best security resources and procedures in place, no broadcast facility is immune from criminal acts or terrorism. And being in a small place doesn’t necessarily reduce the risk. But, there are common sense things we all can do to help deter such incidents, mitigate their impact and help assure an investigative trail in the event one takes place.” Read Price’s very important piece here.
Saga Communications and Nielsen Audio Reach Settlement. The settlement between Nielsen Audio and Saga Communications over allegations by the former that Saga violated copyright law by using its ratings data without being a subscriber means Saga becomes a client. Announcing the deal on 1/7, Nielsen issues the following statement: “The lawsuit was filed as part of an ongoing Nielsen Audio initiative to protect its intellectual property rights. As part of the agreement, Saga has taken a PPM license for its stations in Milwaukee-Racine, Columbus, and Norfolk, Virginia. Saga also licensed diary services in Des Moines and Manchester, New Hampshire. This agreement protects Nielsen Audio’s intellectual property rights for audience estimates, data, and software.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Baltimore adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” – a CBS RADIO property – names Gina Crash co-host of the morning show alongside Greg Carpenter. Crash had most recently been doing on-air work at Greater Media’s rock WMMR, Philadelphia but had worked in the market at the old rock WHFS-FM…..Local and network radio pro Todd Michaels is named night jock at Beasley Broadcasting’s country KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote.” Michaels’ arrival bumps Paul Knight to the overnight slot…..At Apex Broadcasting’s country WCKN, Charleston, South Carolina “Kickin’ 92.5,” Andy Webb and Jessica Chandler are named the morning drive team. Webb comes to the station from his most recent gig at Blakeney Communications’ classic rock WXRR, Hattiesburg, Mississippi “Rock 104.” Chandler recently worked at Cumulus’ crosstown country WIWF “NASH FM 96.9.”…..Armando “El Chiquilin” Ulloa is named morning drive host at CBS RADIO‘s regional Mexican KMVK, Dallas “La GRANDE 107.5,” effective Monday, January 12.
CES 2015: Is Your Station Merely ‘the Linear Feed?’ Radio consultant Holland Cooke continues his reporting for RadioInfo from the giant Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas and today (1/8) he focuses on the disruption TV is feeling at the hands of technology that has made about half of television program viewing delayed or on demand. “The linear feed” means live programming in the order that it’s broadcast and Cooke writes that as consumption of media continues to change, radio must address that “the linear feed” only isn’t going to be good enough. Read his piece here to find two ways radio stations can deal with this conundrum.
BUZ’N@102.9 in Minneapolis Announces BUZ’N Half DUZ’N Concert Lineup. This is the third annual BUZ’N Half DUZ’N concert presented by CBS RADIO’s country KMNB, Minneapolis and will take place on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm, in the Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. As in the past, tickets are not sold to the general public for the concert – the only way to get into the concert is to win tickets on BUZ’N@102.9. Acts to perform include: Cole Swindell, Montgomery Gentry, Maddie & Tae, Chase Bryant, Jon Pardi and Sam Hunt. KMNB OM Lauren MacLeash states, “This will go down as one of the most exciting and memorable concert experiences of 2015. Six power hitters together on one stage, one night…and it’s all free for BUZ’N listeners — we can’t wait to share this night and show our appreciation for all their support of BUZ’N@1029.”
‘The Live Ride’ Joins KNEI, Waukon, Iowa. The Envision Networks-syndicated country show “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is now airing on Wennes Communications’ KNEI, Waukon, Iowa “103.5 Bluff Country” on Sundays at 6:00 pm. “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is a two-hour radio show hosted by 25-year country radio veteran Marty McFly. Envision describes the show as “a weekly ‘concert’ featuring live performances of current and recent chart hits by today’s biggest acts. As a Nashville insider, McFly provides the most up-to-date country news, concert information and artist interviews along with the perfect soundtrack for country radio listeners to relive their favorite country concert experiences!”
Entries Being Accepted for “World’s Best Radio Programs.” Several new categories have been added to the 30-plus-year-old international competition, including “Best Innovation,” “Best Journalist,” and “Best Music Program Host.” New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards executive director Rose Anderson remarks, “Our categories for ‘Sound Art’ and ‘Best Innovation’ recognize the limitless advances of creativity. Our ‘Best Journalist,’ and ‘Best Music Program Host’ categories honor the artistry and dedication of the individuals at the mic.” Advisory board grand jury member/Geller Media president Valerie Geller works with broadcasters in 35 countries “to become more powerful storytellers and communicators.” Geller comments, “Stories are how we track our lives, learn about others, and develop empathy and understanding of the world. At its best, broadcasting informs, entertains, inspires, and persuades. Most importantly, it connects people to one another through our stories. It is satisfying on every level to have the opportunity and honor to hear the amazing work that news, documentary and program teams throughout the world are producing/creating.” NYFIRPA entries are received from radio stations, networks, and independent producers. Among the 2014 winners were the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“Broadcaster of the Year”) and TBI Media UK (“Production Company of the Year”). Deadline for entering the competition is a little more than two months away (3/19); the awards ceremony will take place Monday, June 22 at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse.
Lincoln Financial to Exit Radio Biz; Entercom to Acquire LFM Assets in Four Markets. The deal announced this morning will see Entercom Communications Corp. acquire Lincoln Financial Media from Lincoln Financial Group for $105 million plus working capital. Entercom expects to take over operation of the LFM stations in late January and should close on the purchase in the second quarter of 2015. The agreement includes 15 radio stations in the Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Diego markets, and it will expand Entercom’s station portfolio to more than 130 stations in 26 markets. The deal allows Lincoln Financial to get out of the media business and focus on its “core lines of business.” Entercom president and CEO David Field comments, “We are excited to announce the acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media and welcome the addition of their outstanding brands and talented broadcasters to Entercom. LFM is a great organization that has done an excellent job serving its listeners, customers and communities over many years and we look forward to building on that tradition. LFM is a perfect fit for us as it bolsters our position in Denver and expands our footprint into Atlanta, Miami and San Diego with terrific brands that have significant growth potential. Furthermore, it fulfills our disciplined acquisition criteria as it enhances our company’s competitive position and growth and should be accretive to shareholders in 2015 while having a minimal impact on leverage.” The stations to be acquired include: Atlanta outlets hot AC WSTR and sports talk WQXI; Denver stations country KYGO, rhythmic CHR KQKS, oldies KRWZ, sports talk KEPN and KKFN, and comedy-formatted translator K276FK; San Diego signals alternative KZBT, country KSON and KSOQ, and adult contemporary KIFM; and Miami outlets AC WLYF, classic hits WMXJ, and sports talk WAXY-AM/FM. The transaction is structured as an acquisition of the stock of LFM with a tax election that allows Entercom to receive a step-up in the tax basis of the station tangible and intangible assets providing additional future tax shields and enhancing future free cash flow. The $105 million purchase price will be paid in the form of $77.5 million in cash and $27.5 million in new perpetual cumulative convertible preferred stock that will be issued to Lincoln. Entercom expects to finance the cash portion of the purchase price through a combination of its existing $50 million revolver, cash on hand, and through other financing sources, if necessary.
November PPM Analysis: Adult Hits. This month, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three gold-intensive formats: classic hits-oldies, classic rock, and adult hits. Today’s focus is on adult hits and is based on Nielsen Audio’s November PPM data. The fluctuations in share of adult hits stations from October to November shows nearly half of this adult hits panel (48%) is down October – November (6+); 39% of the stations are up; and the remaining 13% are flat. Kinosian also notes that “approximately one in four adult hits stations listed here is found in the top five in their respective markets (6+) in November (26%), while slightly less than half (48%) are able to crack the top 10.” Read Mike Kinosian’s entire analysis for shares for the past six PPM surveys, October to November fluctuations, performance comparisons to PPM ratings from November of 2013, market rank for adult hits stations, and share comparisons with classic hits-oldies and classic rock competitors. Click here.
‘Mojo in the Morning’ Airs on WYDL, Corinth, Mississippi. The Envision Networks-syndicated “Mojo in the Morning” program is now being heard on Flinn Broadcasting-owned classic rock WYDL, Corinth, Mississippi “ROCK 100.” The program emanates from iHeartMedia’s CHR WKQI, Detroit “Channel 955.” WYDL program director Mike Brandt says, “Having grown up in Detroit, I was familiar with Mojo and the show. I was ecstatic when I saw the email announcing that his show was now in syndication. It was an instinctive decision to add the show to my station – I knew the quality and consistency. We’ve imaged the entire station around ‘Mojo in the Morning.’ It’s not just for CHR – we’re a rock station and it sounds great on ‘ROCK 100.’”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The Premiere Networks-syndicated Johnjay & Rich show is now the morning program at iHeartMedia’s KTOZ, Springfield, Missouri “ALICE 95.5.”…..At CBS RADIO’s CHR KZON, Phoenix “LIVE 101.5,” Christopher Hernandez is promoted to APD and music director for the station. Operations manager and PD Tim Richards makes the announcement elevating Hernandez from his most recent post as assistant music director and mixer. Hernandez has been with the station since 2007…..Tony Lynn is moving across the country from his longtime home in Albuquerque to Upstate New York where he’s joining Community Broadcasters to serve as OM for country WLFK, Gouverneur “95.3 The Wolf,” news/talk WQTK, Ogdensburg and sports talk WSLB, Ogdensburg. Lynn will also serve as morning host at “95.3 The Wolf.”
A Somber Anniversary. Today, December 8, 2014, marks the 34th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, who was shot to death at the hands of a cold-blooded assassin on the sidewalk in front of his New York City apartment building in 1980. Noted record producer Rob Stevens, who has been directly involved in the production, mixing and A&R’ing of much of Lennon’s posthumously released material, has written a brief-but-poignant RadioInfo thought piece, posted today, commemorating this historic event that shocked the world and changed the course of music history. To read it, please click here.
WBZZ, Pittsburgh’s Flick Honored by Salvation Army. Afternoon drive personality Flick (right) is pictured here with Pittsburgh Salvation Army Major William Bode (left) at the recent 2014 Allegheny County Doing the Most Good Dinner. Flick – host at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7” – was honored with the Doing The Most Good Award. The annual ceremony draws some 500 people each year to pay tribute to those in the Pittsburgh region who go above and beyond in their support of The Salvation Army.
Be a Champion. RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie strikes again with a thoughtful and provocative column published today (11/11). In it, the Doob asks those of you working in music radio to be a “champion.” He doesn’t mean dust off your soapbox derby trophy and display it proudly; he means be proactive instead of passive about the music you’re presenting. “Each and every one of us should strive to be a champion. In that process, we should apply the word as a verb and make it our business to ‘champion’ stuff. Our friends in talk radio have made that idea an intrinsic part of the very fabric of the format – talk show hosts stand for things. They are not just impartial observers of the passing parade. The successful ones are passionate proselytizers of causes, concepts, ideals, people and parties. They have a take. They stick their necks out. Once upon a time music radio did the same thing. DJs not only played records and used their voices as an interstitial element between songs and commercials as most do today. They were passionate missionaries of their stations’ musical genres as well as of individual artists – seeking to grow awareness and appreciation for the form and its accompanying cultural lifestyle within the larger setting of the world at large.” Read more about what the Doob has to say here.
Tierney Takes KDKB Programming Chair. After more than 40 years as a rocker, KDKB, Phoenix switched to alternative two months ago. Now, Mars Organic partner/consultant Mike Tierney is named program director of Hubbard-owned “Arizona’s Alternative.” Vice president and market manager Trip Reeb remarks, “It is exciting to have someone with Mike’s breadth of experience join the team. The staff here has us off to a great start, and I know Mike will help us build on our early success.” According to Tierney, “Connecting fans with artists and music has always been my passion, and there has never been a medium that does that better than radio. That is why [this] feels like home to me. I am thrilled to join this station, and excited to help build the team that will make the station a leader in Phoenix and the format.” In addition to Mars Organic, Tierney’s other background includes programming New York’s WXRK “K-Rock” and Boston alternative WFNX, as well as a general manager stint at Rocket Music Entertainment. He will begin his new assignment at “Arizona’s Alternative” in about three weeks (Monday, 12/1).
Marty Brooks to Host Mornings on ’94.1 The Wolf’ in Memphis. The new Entercom country outlet in Memphis – WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” – has a morning host as Marty Brooks is named to the post. Brooks was most recently with Cumulus Media’s Grand Rapids stations CHR WHTS and country WTNR. WLFP program director Chris Michaels comments, “After a nationwide search for the perfect candidate for ‘The All New 94.1 The Wolf,’ Marty was exactly what I was looking for. His passion, energy, and talent make him the perfect fit for ‘The Wolf.’ He’s competitive and will hit the ground running when he arrives in Memphis.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Adams Radio operations in New Mexico, Larry Stevens a.k.a. Big Red, is named the new program director and morning drive personality at KGRT, Las Cruces “Your Country 103.9.”…..In Nashville, Mike Creel, a.k.a. SQueeGEE, moves from the overnight slot at Cromwell-owned alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” to the midday show.
Finalists Announced for Inaugural ‘American Country Countdown Awards’ Show. The awards show will air on Fox TV on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 pm ET and will be hosted by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. The new awards show is based on Westwood One’s long-running “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.” The finalists are: ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton; MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Blake Shelton; FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Danielle Bradbery, Miranda Lambert, Cassadee Pope, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood; GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR: The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band; SONG OF THE YEAR: “When She Says Baby” – Jason Aldean, “Beat Of The Music” – Brett Eldredge, “Lettin’ The Night Roll” – Justin Moore, “Drink To That All Night” – Jerrod Niemann, “Chillin’ It” – Cole Swindell; COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR: “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan, “Small Town Throwdown” – Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” – Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, “My Eyes” – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian, “We Were Us” – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert; ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Crash My Party – Luke Bryan, The Outsiders – Eric Church, Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line, Just As I Am – Brantley Gilbert, Platinum – Miranda Lambert; DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR: “Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean, “Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan, “Play It Again” – Luke Bryan, “Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line, “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan; BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Fan-voted Award via Twitter): Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell.
Cumulus Media Reports Flat Q3. The third quarter of 2014 turned out to be flat on a pro forma basis for Cumulus Media. On an actual basis, net revenue was up $51.4 million – or 19.4% — but that was due primarily to the addition of the operations of Westwood One. Digging a little deeper, the company reports that “broadcast advertising revenue decreased by $12.5 million. Net broadcast advertising revenue was down due to ongoing weakness in several large local markets that began in the second quarter of 2014; however, we believe that weakness has now largely dissipated into the early portion of the current quarter. National spot advertising was generally flat as we continued to take share from small competitors. Network advertising continued to see disruption following the acquisition of Westwood One in December 2013. We believe that process of reorganizing our network sales verticals is also now completed. Digital advertising revenue increased by $6.7 million, primarily due to increased Rdio user generation activity and digital commerce generated by our Sweetjack platform. Political advertising revenue increased by $2.9 million due to additional activity associated with mid-term and gubernatorial elections and license fees and other revenue increased by $2.8 million.” For the first three quarters of 2014, Cumulus’ net revenue was up 1.8% on a pro forma basis.
All-Christmas Music Oasis in Phoenix. As the crush of stations transitioning to all-Christmas music is about to head into full swing, Riviera Broadcasting Phoenix adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis” got a head start by going wall-to-wall holiday favorites last Thursday (11/6). In addition, “The Oasis” and the Safeway Foundation are teaming to provide turkey dinners at a local (St. Mary’s) food bank for Thanksgiving. Chief operating officer Jose Rodiles comments, “Our listeners are eager to jump into the holiday spirit – we are excited to help them do just that. We are featuring the very best music throughout the season, so whether listeners are shopping for gifts or toasting this special time of year, our unique blend of holiday music is certain to appeal to everyone. KOAI – which converted from Spanish contemporary KVIB three months ago – is Christmas music-intensive 55 minutes each hour and it will remain that way through Christmas Day. Its representative Christmas music artists include Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., Amy Grant and Johnny Mathis.
SiriusXM Teams with YouTube for EDM Show. A new weekly EDM show will debut on SiriusXM as the satcaster is partnering with YouTube to launch “The YouTube EDM 15.” The program’s music selections will feature trending electronic dance songs based on YouTube viewership data. SiriusXM says, “The all-new EDM show builds on the success of ‘The YouTube 15,’ a collaboration between SiriusXM and YouTube that launched earlier this year, and is hosted by the wildly popular Jenna Marbles.” EDM duo The Chainsmokers will host the new show that premiers on November 21.
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, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (11/05) includes such artists as: Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Taylor Swift, Heather Jeanette, OK Go, Gunhill Road, Julia DeMato, Who, George Ezra, DEC3, You+Me, Lolawolf, Lenny Kravitz, King Tuff, Smashing Pumpkins, Dallas Smith, 32 Below, Wade Bowen, Kane Brown, High Valley, Talking Heads, Golden Pony, Tenterhook, Christina Perri, Addal, among many others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Urban Adult Contemporary. This month, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three urban formats: urban AC, urban contemporary and urban-rhythmic oldies. The October PPM data from Nielsen Audio indicates the month was pretty good to the urban AC stations subscribing to the ratings company’s service: 60% of those stations went up from September to October, led by Entercom’s WVKL, Norfolk “95.7 R&B FM,” which posted a 2.2 share jump. In this report, see more September to October share fluctuations, comparisons to PPM ratings from October of last year, market rank for urban AC stations, and market share for the past six ratings periods. See Mike Kinosian’s entire story here.
Seattle’s ‘107.7 The End’ Adds Millennial Marketing Specialist. The Entercom alternative station brings Sean Pollock aboard to serve in the newly created position millennial marketing specialist. Pollock comes to Entercom from a 10-year stint in the marketing field working with both national and local clients at Remer Inc. in Seattle. Entercom Seattle VP and general manager Jack Hutchinson comments, “We are thrilled Sean has joined our team where he will immediately begin working with our clients on all of their marketing needs targeted at the Millennial consumer. This is part of our 360 Degree Immersion Concept that will help our advertisers unravel the Millennial consumer decision-making process, especially how they select products or services.”
The Remarkable Return of GUNHILL ROAD. Tomorrow (11/5) marks the official release of the brand new 19-track album by the early seventies band GUNHILL ROAD titled, Every 40 Years (Gunhill Road Records). Pop music and radio historians remember the group as a “one-hit wonder” for the infectiously clever song “Back When My Hair Was Short” (Kama Sutra). However, album rock radio veterans remember them as a great three-man band of the golden era that produced two outstanding albums yielding several “turntable hits” (“42nd Street,” “Sailing,” “She Made A Man Out Of Me,” and more) that simply fell through the cracks as the years rolled by. In its heyday, GUNHILL ROAD was a regular at the legendary NYC nightclub, the Bitter End sharing the stage with some of the biggest name acts of the era. After touring into the mid-seventies, the group finally called it quits with each of the three members going their separate ways. Glenn Leopold became a successful writer of stories and music for some of TV’s best-known animated features; Steve Goldrich became the accomplished CEO of a thriving manufacturing firm; and Paul Reisch continued as a professional musician and painter. Inspired to record again after a brief, well-received appearance three years ago at a benefit concert for their former manager (and Bitter End owner) Paul Colby, the trio finally decided to give it another shot, if for no other purpose than their own satisfaction. Exactly one year ago, they went into the studio where they became immersed for months in an outpouring of decades worth of pent up creativity and emerged with a massive collection of 19 meticulously honed songs covering a wide range of contemporary styles from CHR to triple-A. Standout tracks include the album’s first single, “Selling Apples” (featuring Paul Shaffer on the Hammond B3), a reggae-flavored tune that deals with overcoming the anxiety of unemployment during tough economic times and “Everything Passes” – a Beatles-ish reflection on “When I’m 64” told from today’s perspective of someone who’s “traveled far and wide but is still a boy inside.” (NOTE: All RadioInfo subscribers will receive a link to download the entire album in tomorrow’s email blast.) The fascinating story about the unlikely re-emergence of GUNHILL ROAD after four decades — written by RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian — has been posted today (11/4). To read it in its entirety, please click here.
Mr. G Retires from WCBS-FM, New York. Revered New York City meteorologist Irv Gikofsky – known affectionately as Mr. G – announced his retirement from his gig on CBS RADIO’s classic hits outlet WCBS-FM. Gikofsky has been serving as the morning meteorologist on the station for the past 37 years, working with such talent as Harry Harrison, Dan Taylor and Scott Shannon. Gikofsky will continue to report the weather on WPIX-TV’s 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm newscasts.
Journal Broadcast Group Adds More Digital Christmas Formats. Last week RadioInfo wrote about the expanding Christmas music offerings from pure plays like Pandora and satcaster SirusXM. Now, Journal Broadcast Group reports that “following last year’s record-breaking audience on ‘The Christmas Station’ digital radio stream,” the company is launching two addition Christmas stations: “Country Christmas” and a contemporary Christmas station named “Hitsmas.” Last year “The Christmas Station” streamed worldwide on Journal Broadcast Group websites and apps, via Radionomy and through the TuneIn app. It was ranked as the top Radionomy-powered station in the United States on Christmas day. J. Pat Miller serves as director of marketing & innovation for Journal’s Milwaukee Radio Operations, and he says, “When listeners need a little shot of holiday cheer they can click over to one of our Christmas music stations. Adding three channels to the Radio League app allows the music focus that streaming music listeners expect. From Bing Crosby to Mannheim Steamroller, it’s all there!”
Magnum Communications Closes on Wisconsin Station Acquisitions. The sale of four radio stations in Wisconsin from Bliss Communications – publisher of the Janesville Gazette and parent company of Racine Broadcasting and West Bend Broadcasting – to Magnum Communications has closed. Bliss transferred news/talk WRJN and AC WEZY in Racine and country WBWI and news/talk WBKV in West Bend to Magnum for $2.25 million.
Mighty Met Acoustic Flashback to Benefit Pat ‘Paraquat’ Kelley. Next month the “Mighty Met Acoustic Flashback Benefit Concert” will be held at the Canyon Club in Agoura, California to benefit longtime Los Angeles radio personality Pat “Paraquat” Kelley. A jock on the legendary album rock station KMET, Kelley was diagnosed in 2003 with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Kelley is in the advanced stages of the disease and award-winning musicians, KMET alumni and friends are bringing their talents and efforts together for a one-night special event in recognition of Pat’s unstoppable spirit and courage. Confirmed performers include George Thorogood, Janiva Magness, Paul Barrere, Waddy Wachtel, Peter Stroud, Dan Navarro, Kiki Ebsen, Michael Ann Azoulai, Bill Champlin, Prescott Niles, Christina La Rocca, Julian Sha-Tayler, Riley Biederer, Angeles Band and special guests to be announced. KMET alumni Cynthia Fox and Jeff Gonzer will be among the evening’s emcees and there will be a special appearance by SiriusXM host and legendary Southern California radio personality Jim Ladd. In addition to an entire evening of very special acoustic performances and collaborations, a silent auction featuring rock ‘n’ roll royalty donations, including an Eagles personalized guitar, and an exclusive getaway vacation.” Kelley’s wife Melody Rogers-Kelley comments, “Pat and I are deeply touched and honored by this out pouring of love. Borrowing a line from the Beatles, ‘There’s been some time in preparation, a splendid time is guaranteed for all.’” The event is December 14 at 7:30 pm and tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. For updates, up to the minute info go to www.canyonclub.net. Contact for the event: Rich Piombino, 404-512-2850.