Britt Waters New Evening Personality on ’94.7 Fresh FM’ in DC. The newest voice on CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM” is Britt Waters, who takes over the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight daypart on Wednesday, October 5. Waters started her career on the nationally syndicated “Russ Parr Morning Show” where she served as on-air talent and producer for three years. Waters also hosts the weekly DC Network show, “The Sound,” in which she hosts and speaks with local musical artists from the Washington scene. CBS RADIO Washington VP of programming Steve Davis comments, “I am very excited to have Britt join the ‘Fresh’ family. Britt is an incredible, smart young talent with amazing potential. There is no doubt in my mind, she is a future star!”
Big Red Returns to Adams Radio at ‘K107’ in Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland. Programming pro Larry Wnorowski, a.k.a. Big Red, had most recently programmed Adams Radio Group’s country KGRT, Las Cruces, New Mexico before leaving the company. Now, he’s back with the company to serve as PD and afternoon host at country WKHI, Salisbury-Ocean City “K107.” Adams Radio CEO Ron Stone comments, “There are times when an amazing employee leaves for all the right reasons. And sometimes they come home. We could not be happier than to have Big Red back home. Red did an incredible job for us in Las Cruces, sets the standard for ‘team player’ and I have no doubt we will see a repeat of his success in Maryland.”
Ellison Promoted at Entercom Madison. Radio pro Myra Ellison is named director of marketing, promotions & web for Entercom’s Madison station group. She had most recently been with the company as promotions director for hot AC WNTR, Indianapolis “107.9 The Mix.” Cluster OM Chase Daniels says, “After a nationwide search, we have finally found the person who will be able to handle marketing, promotions, and web for Entercom Madison. I have been lucky enough to have worked with Myra in both Atlanta and Indianapolis. Myra is total radio. She has worked in several departments, making her perfect for this role.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s San Francisco adult contemporary KOIT, Charly Kayle exits the morning show, leaving Andrew Hart in the AM drive daypart solo for now…..Nicole Ortega, a.k.a. Nicki G, exits her midday jock position at Wine Country Radio’s CHR KSXY, Santa Rosa, California “Y100.9” to join Entercom’s San Francisco station group as a sales assistant…..After two years with Radio One’s urban AC WMMJ, Washington hosting the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show, Michel Wright exits. No replacement has been announced, yet.
NAB/RAB Radio Show: ‘A Snapshot of Where the Radio Industry Is At.’ Radio consultant Holland Cooke is in Nashville covering the NAB/RAB Radio Show for RadioInfo and he presents a compact report of some of day one’s key takeaways. Among them are sound bites from radio’s captains of industry and key players from the “Broadcast Finance Forecast 2016 Leadership Breakfast.” Also included are Cooke’s notes from Edison Research’s “Share the Road: The Changing In-Car Audio Space” report presented at Tuesday’s RAIN Summit and David Oxenford’s invaluable “Legal Snapshot: Issues for Audio Services” presentation from that event. See it all here.
Scott Shannon’s ‘True Oldies Channel’ Returns to Radio Syndication. This deal with United Stations Radio Networks brings Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel” back into radio syndication after a two-year hiatus. Shannon and USRN note that “The True Oldies Channel” was originally launched by the ABC Radio Network which then evolved into Citadel Media, and during its original run the channel was heard on approximately 100 radio stations. The new distribution technology – cloud-based distribution developed by Synchronicity, Inc – has been beta tested in four different markets, and is now ready for a national rollout. The “True Oldies Channel” was developed by Shannon in 2004 after he noticed the classic hits stations modernizing their playlists and leaving “true oldies” behind.
Job Opportunities at WBT and WLNK in Charlotte. There are three positions available at Greater Media’s Charlotte operations. First, News Talk 1110 WBT is looking for a fun, outgoing, hands-on and dedicated individual with entry level event planning experience for a full-time position in our Marketing and Promotions Department. This position works to ensure the timely and successful execution of promotions, contests and events through teamwork and coordination with other departments and staff. See more about that position here. Second, WBT/WLNK seek part-time Event Relations Team Members. They are committed to providing extraordinary customer service to WBT/WLNK radio station listeners and event guests at WBT or WLNK sanctioned events. Find more here. And last, News Talk 1110 WBT and 107.9 The Link is looking for an outgoing, sharp, dedicated individual for a full-time, seasonal position as our Ice Rink Project Leader. The project leader will help in the planning, building, operation, and execution of the Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink, to ensure the successful execution of the promotion through guidance, teamwork, and coordination with other staff. Find out more about that here.
KVRQ, Seattle Names Jeetz PM Drive Host. Programming and on-air pro Joe ‘Jeetz’ Reder is the new afternoon drive personality at Hubbard Radio’s rock KVRQ “Rock 98.9.” He’s no stranger to Seattle having spent eight and a half years at rock KISW, Seattle. During his career he’s programmed alternative KZND, Anchorage, been morning host/producer at KHTP, Seattle and most recently was co-host of the “Marco and Jeetz” show on CBS RADIO’s alternative KXTE, Las Vegas. Jeetz says, “Obviously to anyone who knows me, the chance to return to Seattle was an extremely attractive opportunity for me. Not only because it’s where I was born and raised, but the chance to do radio for the Seattle rock listeners, who I consider some of the most passionate in the country, seemed like a great fit. To top it off, my meetings with Dave Numme and Marc Kaye at Hubbard blew me away! Both were first class from the moment I met them. The station flat out ROCKS and I couldn’t be any more excited to join ‘Rock 98-9!’”
RadioInfo Career Moves. The new program director at Bonneville’s country KYGO, Denver is John E. Kage, who leaves his most recent gig at Cox Media Group’s CHR WPOI Tampa “HOT 101.5” to head back to the Mile High city where he previously programmed Entercom’s CHR KQKS…..Caitlin “CJ” Johnson is promoted to afternoon jock and music director at Cox Media Group’s CHR WAPE, Jacksonville. She’s been evening host at the station and also worked in sales…..Denver rock radio personality Dan Mitchell joins Westwood One to host the afternoon daypart on the syndicator’s classic rock 24-hour format, currently airing on 129 stations. Mitchell spent the last eight years on Entercom’s KQMT “99.5 the Mountain.”
Alpha Media Flips WNGY, Peoria to Classic Hip Hop and R&B. Another Alpha Media-owned signal is going classic hip hop and R&B with the “G” brand, this time it’s not a translator but former CHR WNGY, Peoria that becomes “G102.3.” Alpha Media Peoria SVP and market manager Mike Wild states, “‘G102.3’ will be an extremely fun and exciting station that brings back hits from 10 and 20 years ago when top 40 was highly rhythm-driven. It’s music from the period when urban became suburban.”
Hubbard Seeks Major League Adult Hits Programmer. In St. Louis, Hubbard Radio is seeking a programmer for WARH “106.5 The Arch” to turn its “market-leading cume into #1 AQH share A25-54.” Vice president and market manager John Kijowski says, “We want a passionate leader who coaches, inspires and builds winning teams – a great communicator, highly competitive, and who is committed to excellence.” The company says the research, marketing, and resources the program director needs – along with the support of a product-oriented company that invests in talent to entertain audiences – awaits the right candidate at Hubbard Radio. “The next ‘106.5 The Arch’ programmer must execute the adult hits format with precision and be the biggest advocate possible for the audience to grow the brand. This position requires a minimum five years of successful programming experience. For more information regarding the search for the future ‘106.5 The Arch’ program director, please contact John Kijowski via the Hubbard St. Louis main phone number at 314-982-6000.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Last week’s fundraiser for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago by WTMX, Chicago’s morning show personalities Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart collected $986,673. This was the 17th annual fundraiser by Eric & Kathy’s Kids for Lurie Children’s effort…..Cumulus Media’s NASH NEXT 2016 Country Challenge Showcase sponsored by WNSH, New York “NASH 94.7” wrapped on September 14 with local country duo SPINN winning the competition. SPINN was one of eight area country artists that performed an original song in the live challenge event that is the next step for participants in Cumulus’ national country music talent competition. The WNSH judging team was comprised of WNSH personalities Shila Nathan and Jesse Addy, assistant program director Mike Allan, senior meteorologist for WABC-TV Bill Evans, and a station listener selected the area semi-finalist at the culmination of the live music competition…..On Friday (9/16), iHeartMedia hosted R&B artist Usher for another iHeartRadio Album Release Party on AT&T Live. Fans were able to exclusively hear his new music live on the day his new album Hard II Love was released. Also, the program was broadcast rhythm, urban and CHR radio stations, was streamed on iHeartRadio and televised on the AUDIENCE Network on DirecTV.
America’s Morning Show at Ford Field. The crew of Cumulus Media’s Nashville-based country morning program “America’s Morning Show” visited Detroit on Sunday (9/18) as the Lions hosted the Tennessee Titans at Ford Field. The nationally syndicated show is also heard on Cumulus’ WDRQ, Detroit. Pictured here are (from l-r): co-hosts Ty Bentli, Kelly Ford, NASH Detroit program director Robby Bridges, show personality Chuck Wicks, and WDRQ jock Renee Vitale.
Round Four of August PPM Data Released. The fourth of four rounds of Nielsen Audio PPM ratings information has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen August 2016 PPM survey period covered July 14 – August 10. View all of the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM markets.
1) Austin – While July’s top four is unchanged, the distance KVET (5.7, -.2, #3, 6+) and Emmis’ KLBJ-FM “93.7 The Rock of Austin” (5.7 – 5.5, -.2, #4, 6+) need to go to catch the top two is expanded. Regarding iHeartMedia-owned country KVET, its -.2 in August ends three straight up-trends that produced a +1.3 (4.6 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.9, 6+). Directly in front of KVET “98.1 All-Time Country Favorites” and KLBJ-FM is public KUT, which tacks on a whopping +1.3 to the +.7 it gained in August (6.7 – 7.4 – 8.7, 6+); KUT holds the runner-up position for the fourth straight time. The last time the University of Texas at Austin-owned property crossed the eight-share barrier (6+) was February 2011 when it reached 8.5. Shaking off three successive downward trends that produced a combined -1.3 (9.4 – 9.1 – 8.6 – 8.1, 6+), Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob” gained four-tenths in June; regressed by one-half share in July; but roars back in August with a +1.1 (8.1 – 8.5 – 8.0 – 9.1, 6+). “Bob” is on top for the eighth consecutive time and its 9.1 (6+) matches what it notched in March. By recording a +.1 to 2.4 (6+), triple A sibling KGSR “93.3 Radio Austin” halts six monthlies without an increase that produced a combined loss of eight-tenths (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+). Faltering by one-half share each are Entercom hot AC KAMX “Mix 94.7” (4.6, steady at #8, 6+) and Univision Radio‘s KLJA “107.7 Mas Variedad” (#18 to #20, 6+). Ended at five is the successive string of up-trends “Mix” put together (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 5.1, 6+) that netted a +1.5. Moreover, 5.1 in July was the best 6+-stat for “Mix” (+.7 in July) since February 2012 (5.3). With its fourth successive decline, “Mas Variedad” (-1.9 in that stretch) has lost roughly 60% of its 6+ share (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.2, 6+). Over the course of five straight gains (2.9 – 3.2 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.6, 6+), Emmis regional Mexican KLZT nearly doubled its 6+-share (+2.7). The streak ends though as “107.1 La Z” is off two-tenths to 5.4 (6+) and slips from fifth to sixth. After registering a 1.2 (6+) in the July sweep, Total Austin Sports Radio’s KTXX-HD2 is listed in August at 0.0.
2) Milwaukee – This is among several PPM-markets where multiple talk stations performed particularly well in this August sweep. Specifically in Milwaukee, iHeartMedia‘s WISN rockets from eighth to fourth by hanging out a +1.2 to 6.1 (6+), its strongest 6+-showing since February’s 6.7. With a +.3 in July, WISN curtailed four straight declines that accounted for a combined -2.1 (6.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.6, 6+). Also in the talk format, Scripps-owned WTMJ improves by one-half share to 6.9 to stop three straight (modest) dips (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, 6+). The flagship of the Milwaukee Brewers remains at #2. In addition to WTMJ, other Milwaukee outlets gaining one-half share from July are Saga Communications’ WHQG “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” (4.6 – 5.1, 6+) and its urban AC sibling WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3 Today’s R&B and Old School” (3.6 – 4.1, #12 to #11, 6+). Steady at #10, “The Hog” was off by six-tenths in July. The last five fluctuations for “Jammin’ are +.7 (April); +.5 (May); -.6 (June); -.8 (July); and +.5 (August). Eroding by a hefty -1.1 to 9.3 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” nonetheless occupies the market’s top spot for the 16th straight sweep. Similar to Saga’s “Jammin,” “Big FM” is no stranger to wild month-to-month shifts. They include +1.7 (October); -.7 (November); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2015); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); +1.1 (April); -.6 (May); and -1.1 (August). This is the third consecutive time co-owned WMIL is without an increase (6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.7, 6+) as “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” shifts from third to fifth; it is the lowest 6+-share for WMIL since the “Holiday” 2015 report (5.4). On the other hand, format rival – Scripps’ WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” – is up or flat for the fourth straight sweep (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4, #14 to #13, 6+). Returning all but one-tenth of July’s +.6 (3.0 – 3.6 – 3.1, -.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WRNW “97-3 Now” moves from #12 to #14; 3.6 was its best 6+-performance since April 2014 (3.8).
3) Indianapolis – May and June proved to be tough months for iHeartMedia‘s WOLT, which saw its 6+-share erode by -2.6 (7.0 – 6.2 – 4.4, 6+). Things improved a bit with a July gain of one-tenth and now “Alt 93-3 Indy’s Alternative” displays an impressive +.9 to 5.4 (6+), climbing from ninth to seventh. Owing to a gain of one-tenth to 3.2 (6+), Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM applies the brakes to four successive down or flat sweeps (3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), but “93.9 The Beat” remains at #13. In a similar vein, with a +.2 to 6.6 (6+), Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7” ends three straight declines (7.1 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+) and carries on at #4. Following four straight up or flat trends for a combined +1.5 (6.4 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 7.9, 6+), Entercom CHR WZPL not only drops three-tenths to 7.6 (6+), “99-5 ZPL” exits the #1 slot it held in June and July, falling to second. Taking over at the top – advancing from third-place with a +.6 to 7.7 – is Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader,” which boasts its strongest 6+-share since November’s 8.2. While unchanged at #14, public WFYI adds one-half share (2.2 – 2.7, 6+). Conversely, Cumulus Media’s WJJK (second to third) regresses by one-half share to 7.1 (6+);”Classic Hits 104.5″ was locked on 7.6 (6+) in June and July.
4) Providence – Up one-tenth (9.6 – 9.7, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” is #1 for the tenth successive ratings period. A +.2 in July put an end to three consecutive downward trends totaling a -2.7 (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+); 9.4 in June was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite Rock” since November’s 8.7. In five straight up or flat trends (.3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .8, 6+) public WELH (steady at #11) nearly triples its 6+-stat. After three successive gains that yielded a cumulative +1.2 (7.0 – 7.2 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” returns all of it (7.0, -1.2, 6+), sliding from third to fourth. July’s 8.2 was the best 6+-performance for “Cat Country” since last September’s 8.9. Although unchanged at #6, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101” regresses by eight-tenths (5.8 – 5.0, 6+). It is the weakest 6+-share for “B-101” since the “Holiday” 2015 report when it registered 4.5. Up or flat the past three survey periods for a combined +.9 (5.2 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), co-owned hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3 Southern New England’s Hit Music” sputters by seven-tenths to 5.4 but remains in fifth-place. Also in that cluster, WHJY “Providence’s Home of Rock and Roll” is off by eight-tenths in three successive declines (9.2 – 8.9 – 8.7 – 8.4, 6+) as it falls from second to third.
5) Raleigh – On the heels of July’s half-share increase, iHeartMedia FM talker WTKK piles on an additional eight-tenths (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.3, 6+) and advances from seventh to fifth. Adding four-tenths in June, WTKK curtailed three straight downward trends which yielded a cumulative -1.2 (5.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). Cross-town Curtis Media Group‘s similarly formatted WPTF meanwhile regains the one-half share it lost in June (1.1 – .6 – 1.1, 6+) and remains at #20. Jumping by six-tenths each are its country and classic hits-oldies siblings WQDR “94.7 Today’s Best Country” (5.6 – 6.2, steady at #6, 6+) and WPTK “Just Right Radio” (1.1 – 1.7, unchanged at #18, 6+). July’s tie for the penthouse is resolved as the co-leaders go in different directions – each by two-tenths. A +1.5 in May propelled WFXC “Foxy” from fourth to first. The Radio One urban AC remained there in June and it was deadlocked for the top spot in July with Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5.” As “Foxy” improves by two-tenths to 8.1 (6+), “Mix” drops by that amount to 7.7 (6+) and slips to second. Prior to May, the last time “Foxy” crossed the seven-share level (6+) was November and October with a 7.1 each time. There have been some large monthly (6+) swings recently for “Mix,” including +.5 October – November; +.6 November – December; +5.7 December – Holiday; -7.2 “Holiday” – January; +.6 January – February; +.6 February – March; -.6 March – April; +.5 April – May; and +.5 June – July. Notwithstanding that it returns July’s +.6 in its entirety (7.0 – 7.6 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WDCG “G-105” stays at #4. In back-to-back sweeps (April-May-June), G-105 was off by a combined seven-tenths (7.7 – 7.2 – 7.0, 6+). Entering the July sweep, Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” was without a decrease in five straight ratings periods for a cumulative +1.5 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). It declined by six-tenths in July and is now off by one-half share (5.7 – 5.2, 6+), skidding from fifth to seventh. As the result of five straight downward trends, Capitol Broadcasting sports outlet WCMC “The Fan” is -2.3 or down roughly 47% (4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+); it remains at #15.
6) Norfolk – A +.6 (6+) in May halted three straight down or flat trends by WVKL “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today” (12.1 – 12.1 – 11.7 – 11.6, 6+). Off by two-tenths (6+) in both June and July, the Entercom urban AC bounces back in August with a +.7 (12.2 – 12.0 – 11.8 – 12.5, 6+) and is #1 for the 51st consecutive ratings period. The last time “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today” was not in double-digits (6+) was when it registered a 9.8 in January 2014. For the eighth straight ratings period, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI is right behind WVKL in the runner-up slot – this time with a +.6 (6.7 – 7.3, 6+). In June, “Jamz 103” was -1.3 to 6.3, the first time it had been below a seven-share (6+) since April 2014 (6.8). No sooner does Saga classic rocker WAFX “106.9 The Fox” (unchanged at #3) register a one-half share increase to 5.9, its highest 6+-share since May 2014 (5.9, as well), than it coughs up six-tenths to 5.3. As a result of faltering by one-half share (5.3 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WWDE “2WD” slips from fourth to fifth. Negative streaks end for two iHeartMedia cluster-mates. CHR WNOH “Now 105” (steady at #9) is up two-tenths to 2.3 (6+), halting three successive downward trends (2.8 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+), while urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “92.1 The Beat” (flat at #10) picks up one-tenth to 2.0 (6+) – “The Beat” had been without an increase the past five sweeps (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+). Effective with the July 2016 sweep, Max Broadcast Group pulled its five stations as Nielsen Audio subscribers. With their June 2016 6+-rank and 6+-share in parentheses, the stations involved are classic hits-oldies WVBW (#3, 6.0); country WGH-FM (5.0, #7); CHR WVHT (#9, 3.8); sports WVSP (#12, 2.3); and gospel WGH-AM (#15, 1.9).
7) Nashville – This is another market where at least two talk stations performed quite well in August, as Cumulus Media‘s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” dials up an impressive +1.3 (4.6 – 5.9, 6+) to inch up from eighth to seventh, while public WPLN adds six-tenths (4.4 – 5.0, 6+) and is steady at #9. Over and above that, both stations achieve their best-ever 6+-stats in the PPM-era, with WPLN reaching a five-share (6+) for the first time. Plenty of activity in the country arena produces a mixed bag. While iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98 #1 For New Country” gains one-half share (4.5, flat at #10, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WSM-FM “Nash Icon” (6.6, second to third, 6+) and sibling WKDF “Nash FM 103.3” (3.2, #12 to #13, 6+) are off by seven-tenths and one-half share, respectively. In June, “Nash Icon” registered its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat (5.9) and then added a +1.4 in July (7.3, 6+). Sputtering by seven-tenths this time last month, iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “The River” answers with a +.8 (7.5 – 6.8 – 7.6, 6+) and returns to second (from third). Recording its third successive gain (.7 – .9 – 1.2 – 1.7, 6+), Nashville Public Radio classical outlet WFCL has more than doubled its 6+share and moves from #19 to #17. By adding two-tenths to 8.4 (6+), Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9” curtails seven straight downward trends (15.6 – 10.7 – 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.6 – 9.1 – 8.3 – 8.2, 6+) that yielded a net loss since the “Holiday” 2015 report of -7.4. “Mix” is #1 for the 54th consecutive ratings period. Adult hits sibling WCJK “Jack FM” falters by seven-tenths (6.8 – 6.1, 6+) to skid from third to fifth.
8) Greensboro – Sandwiching a June 4.8 (6+) between 4.7 shares (6+) in May and July, iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss FM The Triad’s Hit Music Station” (seventh to sixth) explodes with a full-share improvement to 5.7, its strongest 6+-showing since October (also 5.7). Co-owned FM talker WPTI gains half of much (3.7 – 4.2, +.5, 6+) to inch up from ninth to eighth. Owing to a +.2 in July, WPTI ended three straight negative trends that resulted in a -1.2 (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 3.5, 6+). On top for the third straight sweep, Entercom adult hits WSMW “Simon” is off four-tenths to 10.5 (6+), thus halting its string of four straight gains for a cumulative +2.8 (8.1 – 8.6 – 9.2 – 10.7 – 10.9, 6+). “Simon” achieved double-digits three times previously (10.7, 10.5, and 10.1), but 10.9 in July was the best-ever 6+-stat in its PPM-history. After posting a full-share gain in May, urban AC cluster-mate WQMG was -.7 in June; -.6 in July; and now flounders by an eye-popping -1.3 (9.7 – 10.7 – 10.0 – 9.4 – 8.1, 6+) but remains at #3. In advance of June’s decrease, “The Best R&B and Old School” had a cumulative increase of three full-shares via six consecutive up or flat monthlies (7.7 – 7.7 – 8.2 – 9.1 – 9.3 – 9.7 – 10.7, 6+). Whereas 10.7 was its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014 (10.7), the 8.1 (6+) in August is its weakest since “Holiday” 2015 (7.7). After July’s loss of seven-tenths, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG erodes by an additional one-half share (8.0 – 7.3 – 6.8, 6+), dropping from fourth to fifth. This is the sixth straight time Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101” is either (modestly) down or flat (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+) as well as the sixth successive sweep that it finishes at #11. The last eight Greensboro stations in print (five AM/three FM) combine for a (6+) total of 1.4.
9) West Palm Beach – Powered by a +1.1 to 7.9, Alpha Media‘s WEAT “Sunny 107.9” enjoys its finest 6+-showing since its 8.9 in the “Holiday” 2015 report as “Sunny” progresses from third to second. One-tenth ahead of “Sunny” is hot AC cluster-mate WRMF, which trots out a +.8 (7.2 – 8.0, 6+) and is back at #1 after a one-month hiatus. It fell to second in July, after 23 successive sweeps at #1. In June, WRMF gained three-tenths to end four successive decreases yielding a cumulative -2.2 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+). The station that displaced WRMF – iHeartMedia adult contemporary WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” not only relinquishes first-place honors (and slips to third), it hands back two-thirds of July’s massive +1.5 (6.0 – 7.5 – 6.5, -1.0, 6+); 7.5 was its loftiest 6+-stat since 7.7 in April 2015. This is the fifth successive up or flat monthly for CHR cluster-mate WLDI “WiLD 95.5” (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), which remains at #7, and sixth consecutive sweep without a decrease for public WLRN (1.8 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4, 6+), steady at #9. In three straight improvements (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 2.2, 6+), talk WFTL (+.7, 6+) nearly doubles its 6+-share and marches from #14 to #11. Seven-tenths though is unlucky for iHeartMedia classic rock WKGR “Gater 98.7” (4.9 – 4.2, fourth to fifth, 6+) and Alpha Media urban AC WMBX “X-102.3” (4.7 – 4.0, fifth to sixth), as both are off by that margin; “X-102.3” was up one-half share in July.
10) Jacksonville – Huge news here finds Cox Media Group-owned CHR WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” (8.8 – 9.3, +.5, 6+) unseating Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” (10.2 – 8.9, -1.3, 6+) at #1. Following back-to-back #2 performances, WAPE regressed by eight-tenths in June but answered with a +.9 in July. A fluctuation of 1.3 is familiar to “Lite” as it was -1.3 in June but bounced back with a +.8 in July. “Lite” had been #1 the last nine sweeps and in fact, before dropping to #2 in November, it was on top the previous 17 sweeps; 9.4 in June was its lowest 6+-share since December’s 9.2. Helping to dislodge “Lite” is WAPE adult contemporary cluster-mate WEZI “Easy 106.5,” which scores a +.9 to 3.5, its best 6+-stat since September’s 4.2; “Easy” inches up from #14 to #13. After compiling a cumulative -1.3 in four straight negative trends (6.8 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+), talk sibling WOKV regains nearly all of it with a stunning +1.2 to 6.7, progressing from seventh to fifth. Down in back-to-back sweeps for a combined -.7 (4.3 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+), public WJCT picks up one-half share (4.1, 6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). Three consecutive improvements netted Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE a combined +1.2 (4.9 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+), but “99 Gator Country” surrenders virtually all that gain (6.1 – 5.0, -1.1, 6+) to tumble from fifth to eighth. Having been without a decrease the past three sweeps for a +1.5 (7.4 – 8.2 – 8.2 – 8.9, 6+) and notching its best-ever (6+) PPM-era stat (July’s 8.9), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL 96.9 The Eagle” (second to third) slips by one-tenth to 8.8 (6+).
11) Memphis – Over the course of four straight progressive trends (2.8 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.7, 6+), Cumulus Media rocker WXMX is a combined +1.9; “98.1 The Max” climbs from ninth to eighth. While flat at #4, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1” posts a gain of three-tenths to 7.1 (6+) and, as a result, halts a streak of three consecutive losses that resulted in a decline of two full-shares (8.8 – 8.3 – 7.4 – 6.8, 6+). Despite eroding by -2.0 in three successive downtrends (12.5 – 11.6 – 10.7 – 10.5, 6+), urban AC cluster-mate KJMS “V-101” is #1 for the sixth straight time. In addition to dropping from fifth to seventh, co-owned WDIA “1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis” (6.2 – 5.5, -.7, 6+) has its string of consecutive gains netting a combined +1.8 end at five (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+); July’s 6.2 was its strongest 6+-share since September (6.6). Following a gain of four-tenths in July, Entercom-owned country WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” sputters by -.6 (2.9 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #13). Notwithstanding that it carries on at #18, co-owned sports outlet WMC-AM improves to .2 (6+), ending nine straight survey periods at .1 (6+).
12) Hartford – Without a decrease for the fifth straight ratings period (7.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WWYZ is up nearly three full-shares since March; “Country 92-5” is in the runner-up slot for the third consecutive sweep. Five straight decreases dating back to February by WZMX “Hot 93.7” accounted for a combined -2.9 (10.1 – 9.4 – 8.6 – 7.8 – 7.7 – 7.2, 6+). The CBS Radio rhythmic CHR ends that streak by picking up three-tenths to 7.5 (6+). Ironically, when “Hot” was off by one-half share in July, it moved up from fourth to third, yet with an increase in August, “Hot” segues from third back to fourth. February’s 10.1 was its best-ever 6+-share in the PPM-era. Continuing a rollercoaster ride, talk sibling WTIC-AM hauls out a +1.0 to 8.0 (6+), climbing from fourth to third. After back-to-back May and June gains that netted a +2.4 (6.5 – 8.8 – 8.9, 6+), WTIC-AM turned over most of it with a whopping -1.9 in July. Also in the talk arena, Connecticut Public Radio‘s WNPR gains six-tenths (3.3 – 3.9, 6+) to continue in ninth-place, while Connoisseur Media‘s WDRC-AM (.8 – .7 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+) is down or flat for the fourth successive time (unchanged at #11). Notwithstanding a loss of two-tenths (10.6 – 10.4, 6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” is on top for the 23rd time in the last 24 sweeps – including the past 15. Owing to a +.3 in April, “Lite 100.5” halted a three-month slide that resulted in a combined decline of nearly seven shares (17.8 – 12.1 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+).
RadioInfo Career Moves. Thirty-year programming pro TJ Holland joins Goodratings Strategic Services as a consultant. The company says he’ll serve both as an adviser, full-service consultant, and – when needed – a short-term program director. During his career, Holland has programmed such signals as WRRM, Cincinnati and WSNY, Columbus…..Entercom’s rhythmic oldies KRBQ, San Francisco “Q102.1 The Throwback Station” moves afternoon personality Mia Amor to the Joey V. morning drive show and slides evening jock “Hoodrat” Miguel to the afternoon drive daypart. The station is searching for its new evening host.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The New York State Broadcasters Association has filed an amicus brief with the New York State Court of Appeals in the Flo and Eddie v Sirius XM case. Previously, a federal district court ruled that New York State Law recognizes a right to a performance fee for music recorded prior to 1972. The case has been appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. That Court referred the case to the New York State Court of Appeals on the question of whether New York State Law recognizes such a right. The NYSBA says it does not and that the lower court’s ruling is unsupported by prior case law…..The City of Austin proclaimed yesterday (9/1) “John Aielli Day” in recognition of the KUT, Austin personality’s 50 years on the air. Aielli started working at KUT in September 1966 and the pubcaster is celebrating the anniversary by offering John Aielli bobble-head dolls as a thank you gift during its membership drive. Aielli hosts of “Eklektikos” Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 9:00 am “connecting Austinites to the local and touring arts scene, including singers, musicians, composers, choreographers and authors, through live interviews and live performances. A sampling of his interviews over the past 50 years includes: musicians Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Phillip Glass, Chris Isaak, Graham Nash, Pepe Romero, Rufus Wainwright, and diva, soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf; writers Michael Chabon, James Ellroy, Jonathan Saffron Foer, Richard Ford, Alan Furst, Sebastian Junger, Dan Rather, Colm Tóibín; and actor Matthew McConaughey…..TuneIn partners with AEG Live, the concert promoter for Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and sound system manufacturer Sonos to bring Sonos users a live, human-hosted station programmed with music from every artist performing at the festival that starts today (9/2) and runs through Sunday…..WEND, Charlotte “106.5 The End” program director and midday personality Jack Daniel celebrated his 40th year on the air in Charlotte yesterday (9/1). During his career, Daniel has programmed successful Charlotte stations WPEG, WROQ, WBCY, WRFX , WEND and WLKO…..The Tom Kent Radio Network adds new affiliate stations for its programs. They include: classic hits WTKU, Atlantic City adds “Ultimate Party”; classic hits KKOR, Seattle adds “Music Magazine”; KLBB, Lubbock adds “Classic Hits Countdown”; and classic hits WLKX/WQPM, Minneapolis adds “C.L.A.S.S.”
New Sales Managers Named at Entercom Boston. Moving over from her sales manager position at Entercom’s news/talk WRKO to the same post at rock WAAF is Alison Harris. Assuming the open sales manager post at WRKO is Denise DiLuca, who returns to Entercom from her most recent gig with iHeartMedia as VP of sales in Providence. DiLuca worked in the business development department at Entercom Boston before joining iHeartMedia in 2012. Entercom New England VP/market manager Phil Zachary says both Harris and DiLuca embody the cluster’s inexorable work ethic. “Alison and Denise are natural sales leaders. Both are highly regarded in the marketplace for their uncompromising integrity, outstanding training skills, intensity of focus and ability to recruit the very best local sellers. I have no doubt our Boston cluster will continue to outperform the market with these proven professionals in key roles.”
Michael Saunders to Program ’93.7 The Beat’ in Houston. Urban programming pro Michael Saunders – most recently PD at Cox Media Group’s urban AC WCFB, Orlando – joins iHeartMedia in Houston to program urban contemporary KQBT and to serve as urban brand coordinator for the company’s national programming group. This isn’t his first go-round with iHeartMedia; he was previously VP of programming for its Detroit stations and programmed WWPR, New York “Power 105.1.” Marc Sherman, region senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Houston, says, “Michael is a proven leader who will bring incredible results to iHeartMedia. We are excited to bring a programmer of his caliber to Houston and are eager to make history as we transition to this exciting new chapter of THE BEAT.”
Cumulus Ups Hach to VP, Digital for San Francisco. After serving as digital and integrated sales manager for Cumulus Media’s San Francisco and Minneapolis clusters, Justin Hach is promoted to vice president, digital for the company’s San Francisco station group that includes sports talk KNBR, triple A KFOG, classic rock KSAN, news/talk KGO, news/talk KSFO and Asian KSJO. Hach’s charge will be to lead a team that is responsible for all digital and social strategies, development, content and revenue. Vice president and market manager Justin Wittmayer says, “I’m really proud of the team that Justin has built and the way that they’re connecting our brands and fans. His content strategy is driving database growth, engagement, revenue and, most important, a better user/client experience.”
Jess Hanson to Head Up Horizon Broadcasting’s Central Oregon Station Group. Most recently with Townsquare Media’s Abilene, Texas operations, Jess Hanson heads north to join Horizon Broadcasting Group’s Central Oregon media properties as market manager/general sales manager. He’ll oversee the company’s five radio stations – classic hits KQAK-FM, hot AC KWPK “The PEAK 104.1,” AC KLTW “95.7 MY FM,” news/talk simulcast KBNW-AM/FM, and classic country KRCO – as well as the company’s digital assets and event productions. Horizon president and CEO Keith Shipman states, “I am pleased to hand over the day-to-day operations of our Central Oregon assets to an experienced and successful leader. Jess has demonstrated his passion for the radio industry over the past three decades and has built successful sales and programming teams throughout his career. He has a proven track record in broadcast, digital and event sales – all of which are key to our clients’ marketing plans.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Afternoon drive personality Tim Virgin signs a contract extension to remain with Cumulus Media’s classic rock WLUP-FM, Chicago “97.9 The Loop.” He posted this message to listeners, “Well Chicago…You’re stuck with me for a couple more years! So happy, honored and excited to extend my time at the greatest rock station in the land 97.9 The Loop!”…..In San Diego, Greg Raneiri is named music director at country KSON, adding that responsibility to his night jock duties. Entercom also gives hot AC KXSN afternoon personality Gene Knight music director duties for his station…..Afternoon drive personality Zakk exits Cumulus Media’s rhythmic AC WRWM, Indianapolis “93.9 The Beat” for a new, yet-to-be announced gig.
KVRQ Names Monroe APD. Having had previous market experience at Entercom alternative KNDD “The End,” Kim Monroe returns to Seattle as assistant program director/on-air talent for Hubbard Radio‘s KVRQ “Rock 98.9.” Monroe states, “I have always imagined myself coming back to this amazing city – I just was not sure how or when. Given this incredible opportunity to return to the city I love and resume my
radio career at KVRQ is like a dream. I am beyond excited to work side-by-side with well-respected programmer Dave Numme. I know we are going to do great things together. I especially want to thank my new radio family at Hubbard Radio Seattle, particularly [vice president and market manager] Marc Kaye.” In addition to KNDD, Monroe’s other credits include being an original content producer/programmer at SiriusXM; programming alternative WXTM, Cleveland (now CBS Radio sports outlet WXRK); music director/on-air talent at WEND, Charlotte; and doing record promotion for Sony/RED. Roughly five months ago (mid-March), Hubbard flipped hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9” to rock, changing its calls to KVRQ. In the July 2016 sweep, “Rock 98.9” was off two-tenths to 2.5 (#19, 6+, Nielsen Audio PPM) and is 3.8 shares behind CHR cluster-mate KQMV “MOVin’ 92.5” (6.3, #1, 6+).
Williams Wings to Denver’s KQKS for Mid-Days. Making a significant market size leap, Bryan Broadcasting CHR KNDE “Candy 95.1,” Bryan – College Station (Texas) mid-day talent Ebony Williams will transition to a similar assignment at Entercom Denver rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5.” In just over two weeks (Monday, 8/29), she will succeed Tony V, who segued to afternoons earlier this year. According to “KS-107.5” program director Victor Starr, “Ebony’s commitment to community involvement and command of social media will make her a game changer in Denver. Her great personality and fantastic listener engagement is perfect for mid-days at KQKS.” Williams comments, “I am ready to bring more flavor to a growing city while working alongside some of the best in the industry.” Three years after doing television weathercasts on KTBY-TV, Anchorage (Alaska), Williams shifted to radio, working for Anchorage stations KMVV and KFAT before landing at “Candy 95.1” Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report for Denver, “KS-107.5” is tied for ninth-place with a 4.3; classic rock cluster-mate KQMT “The Mountain” (6.9, 6+) sets the pace at #1.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three hit-based formats based on ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2016 PPM survey. Posted yesterday (Thursday, 8/11) was an overview of rhythmic hot AC, while a similar July 2016 mainstream CHR recap is coming next week. The focus today though is rhythmic CHR. In the nation’s largest radio market, nine-tenths of a share separates iHeartMedia‘s WKTU “The Beat of New York” and Emmis-owned WQHT “Hot 97.” It is the third straight gain for WKTU, while “Hot 97” registers a 3.5 (6+) for the third time in the last four sweeps. For much more, including charts illustrating (6+) ratings fluctuations from last month to this; July 2015 – July 2016 comparisons; and July 2016 market rank (no rhythmic CHR ranks first), click here.
AURN’s ”The Afternoon Rush” Adds Colyar. Former co-host of the syndicated “Rickey Smiley Show” – comedian Michael Colyar – joins Ebony Steele and sidekick Loni Swain on American Urban Radio Networks’ 3:00 – 7:00 pm (ET) “The Afternoon Rush.” Mike Love oversees programming for the show and comments, “We are delighted to add the comedic talents of Colyar. He is funny, politically astute, and his adult approach to the issues of our time make him the perfect fit.” Chicago native Coyer was the original host of “BET Live from LA” and he is a motivational speaker. “The Afternoon Rush” replaces the long-running program hosted by Doug Banks, who passed away four months ago.
Wright Choice for Mornings on KVRV. Onetime KIOI, San Francisco morning talent Danny Wright joins Amaturo Sonoma Media Santa Rosa (California) classic rocker KVRV “97.7 The River” for wakeup duty. Amaturo Sonoma Media vice president of programming and operations Jim Murphy remarks, “Danny Wright’s passion for – and knowledge of – contemporary pop culture, and sports will bring lots of dimension to the show. He will add to our commitment of live and local community radio.” Program director Mike Watermann notes that Wright’s morning drive program “will be bright and fast-paced. It will include plenty of great classic rock songs from artists like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Rush, and many others for which ‘The River’ is famous.” No stranger to Amaturo Sonoma Media, Wright – who begins his new duties one week from Monday (8/22) – previously worked for Santa Rosa cluster-mates hot AC KMHX “Mix 104.9” and CHR KHTH “Hot 101.7,” as well as for KZQZ, San Francisco; XHTO, El Paso; and KSXY, Santa Rosa.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Maryland prosecutors have dropped assault charges against iHeartMedia syndicated personality/co-owned Washington, D.C. CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5” morning talent Kane (real name – Peter Deibler). A judge’s ruling last month lifted a protective order obtained by the person filing the charges – Kane’s wife Natasha Deibler – and questioned whether the allegations rose to the level of second-degree assault. In last month’s protective order hearing, Montgomery County judge Terrence McGann stated the two sides had “wildly different” accounts of the May 25 incident and that the Deiblers “detest and loathe each other.” Investigators tried and failed to interview Natasha Deibler, so based on her resistance to cooperate, the frontline prosecutor believed the case should not be prosecuted. The Deiblers are going through a divorce. ….. Nine-year KMXV “Mix 93.3,” Kansas City program director and morning co-host “Ponch” exits. All told, “Ponch” had been with the Steel City CHR for the last 17 years. ….. Numerous lineup alterations at CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KSFM, Sacramento find Tony Tecate, who had been voice-tracking a nightly shift from Hawaii, relocating to Sacramento to do morning drive, where he will be teamed with midday personality Bre Ruiz. Tecate & Ruiz succeed Wayne, Jay, & Megan with Megan replacing Ruiz in mid-days; Wayne and Jay exit. Finally, New York City CHR sibling WBMP “92.3 Amp Radio” morning co-host Nina takes over voice-tracking the KSFM night shift vacated by Tecate. ….. After one year as program director of Scripps Tulsa CHR KHTT “K-Hits 106.9,” John Roberts exits. Meanwhile, mid-day talent Tabatha Grammer is upped to assistant PD and nighttime personality Aly Presser is promoted to mornings. Also within that cluster, production director Terry Cooper departs, as do talk KFAQ morning co-host Eddie Huff and morning anchor Richard Linihan. ….. There’s more news from that Oklahoma market: Three months after leaving iHeartMedia-owned country KTGX “106.1 The Twister,” Tulsa as program director, Kristina Carlyle will join cross-town format rival – Scripps‘ KVOO “Today’s Country Variety” – next Monday (8/15) as assistant program director/music director. Carlyle previously was assistant program director/music director of Cox Media Group Tulsa’s country-formatted KWEN “Today’s Country 95.5″ and she spent eight years with Cumulus Media Albuquerque’s country KRST. ….. Nashville is the site of this year’s Radio Show produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). In less than six weeks, Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles will perform at the NAB Marconi Radio awards dinner & show (9/22). NAB executive vice president of radio John David states, “Jennifer Nettles is a truly phenomenal country music performer with awards and accolades recognizing both her voice and songwriting abilities. We thank Big Machine Label Group and Scott Borchetta for connecting us; I look forward to what will surely be an unforgettable performance.”
Local Radio Networks, Rocking M Media Sign Multi-Station Deal. Through the arrangement, Local Radio Networks (LRN) will provide eight full-time music formats to Rocking M Media‘s 21 music stations – all of which are located in Kansas. Rocking M Media president Christopher Miller maintains that, “If I had to rate the level of support and quality of product we have received from Local Radio Networks on a scale of one to 10, it would be a 12.” Recently added to the list of LRN formats are CHR, classic hits, and mainstream rock. Its other formats are adult contemporary, hot AC, country, classic country, classic rock, and oldies. AdLarge Media provides national advertising sales representation for all LRN audio formats.
Soon-to-be-Released Book About Talk Radio Discussed on Harrison Podcast. Veteran talk radio producer, Bernadette Duncan, appears as the guest on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” talking about her forthcoming book, scheduled for publication in September, titled Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books 2016). The book chronicles Duncan’s 26-year career “behind the glass” as a New York City-based talk radio producer in the “golden era” between the eighties and first decade of the 21st century. Duncan (who is also married to Michael Harrison) served as a producer for some of the biggest names in talk radio during that period. They include Larry King, Sally Jessy Raphael, Gil Gross, Tom Snyder, Lou Dobbs, Charles Osgood and more. The book explores the quirky egos of radio’s top performers and often-neurotic guests and is set against the dramatically changing backdrop of America’s pre- and post-9/11 realities. It is full of anecdotes and insights about the industry, its people and processes. Duncan explores the complex office politics in this offbeat arena of show business capturing what it takes to be a radio producer – a role she describes as “the most under-rated, under-paid and under-appreciated job in commercial media.” On the podcast, Harrison and Duncan specifically discuss her experiences working with Sally Jessy Raphael – one of the true pioneers of talk radio who paved the way for countless others and was Duncan’s earliest inspiration to enter the field. Duncan talks about the personal growth she achieved working across the glass from Larry King during his media heyday as well as the fiery drama that took place behind the scenes of The Lou Dobbs Show that she helped launch as executive producer. On completing the podcast Harrison says, “There are so many stories and people written about in this book that we hardly scratched the surface in this advance interview – but there will be plenty of time to get deeper into it all when Bernadette goes on tour promoting it next month. Meantime, it was enormously fun having her as a guest on the podcast and I think radio pros and media freaks alike will love it.” To listen to the entire podcast, 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.
Hill Climbs to Program Miami’s “Big.” Transferring in from iHeartMedia Portland – where he was senior vice president of programming the past two years – Dave Hill takes over as program director of co-owned Miami classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9”; he will do a weeknight on-air shift as well. According to regional senior vice president of programming Alex Tear, “After an extensive search, we are excited to welcome Dave to the Miami team. Dave’s programming experience and extensive multi-format knowledge – ranging from top 40 and rock to news-talk, country, and more – make him the perfect person to lead ‘Big 105.9’ to the next level.” Hill, who begins his new assignment in two weeks (8/22), comments, “I am excited for the next chapter of my life in Miami and helping to guide one of the most legendary brands in the industry.” Hill’s resume includes being operations manager of Hearst Broadcasting Baltimore and programming its WIYY “98 Rock” there. In addition, he has programmed and been on-air at WMRQ, Hartford and in Albany (New York) on WQBK and WQBJ. Tied for tenth-place in Miami’s latest (July 2016) Nielsen Audio PPM ratings sweep, “Big 105.9” extends its successive streak of not having a decrease to seven and is a cumulative +1.1 in that stretch (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+). Setting the pace is Entercom adult contemporary WLYF “Lite-FM” (8.1, 6+).
Emmis Indianapolis Names Williams SVP/MM. Eleven-year Radio One Indianapolis market manager Chuck Williams joins cross-town Emmis as senior vice president and market manager of its four-station cluster as well as its statewide news service, Network Indiana. Williams succeeds Charlie Morgan, who served in that capacity the past seven years before being named interim market manager of Emmis New York earlier this year. Emmis president and chief operating officer Patrick Walsh explains, “We have competed against Chuck throughout his career and always viewed him as a gifted, high integrity leader uniquely positioned to build on our foundation of success in Indianapolis. We are thrilled he has agreed to lead our team. With his deep knowledge of the Indianapolis radio market and the advertisers it serves, we expect him to jump right in and assist our talented team to continue to grow and prosper.” Williams comments, “I have long been an admirer of the Emmis culture, their people and their unfailing pride and leadership in the industry and their communities. Charlie Morgan built outstanding heritage stations with very talented people. I am looking forward to joining [Emmis Indianapolis vice president of sales] Tracey Bean, [VP/programming] Bob Richards, and the whole team at Emmis.” Before joining Radio One, Williams was general manager of Bonneville Chicago; he is the past chair of the Indiana Broadcasters Association. With each station’s share and market rank in parenthesis, here’s how the four Emmis Indianapolis outlets performed in the July 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report: adult contemporary WYXB “B-105.7” (6.4, #4, 6+); country WLHK “Hank” (5.1, #7, 6+); talk WIBC (3.8, #11, 6+); and sports WFNI “The Fan” (2.1, #15, 6+).
Robinson Named VP/Sales for iHeartMedia D.C. After having worked as general sales manager for iHeartMedia St. Louis, James Robinson relocates to Washington, D.C. as vice president of sales for the company’s cluster in the nation’s capital. Mid-Atlantic region senior vice president of sales Aaron Hyland states, “I am excited to welcome James to our Washington, D.C. sales management team. James has an exceptional track record, professionalism, and experience that will allow him to play a key role as we take our team to the next level.” Robinson remarks, “It is an honor to be part of the great team in Washington, D.C. I look forward to continuing to be an important asset to iHeartMedia and working with its team and iconic radio brands in Washington, D.C.” Robinson has held other sales management positions in Atlanta, Columbus, Memphis, and New Orleans. The five-station iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. cluster consists of mainstream CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5” (#5, 5.7, 6+, Nielsen Audio PPM, July 2016); adult contemporary WASH (#6, 4.6, 6+); WBIG “Big 100 Washington’s Classic Rock” (#8, 3.6, 6+); WMZQ “#1 for New Country” (#12, 3.4, 6+); and alternative WWDC “DC-101” (#17, 2.6, 6+).
WFMT GM Robinson to Exit. After 16 years as executive vice president and general manager of Chicago’s WFMT, Steve Robinson will depart the Window to the World classical outlet next month (9/30). Robinson joined WFMT in 2000 after 10 years with the Nebraska Public Radio Network. WFMT president and chief executive officer Dan Schmidt notes, “It is with great regret that we bid farewell to an indispensable member of our WFMT family. It is difficult to imagine the station without his unflagging energy, endless creativity, and deep knowledge of classical music and radio operations. He will be greatly missed; I know I speak for all of us when I wish him success in his future endeavors.” Robinson comments, “Working at WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network has been the greatest privilege and challenge of my career. Everyone at WFMT is immensely creative, knowledgeable, and passionate about their work – all I have really done is try to harness this incredible talent to move the station forward. If it has progressed at all in the 16 years I’ve been here, it is because of them, and I will always be grateful.” Robinson previously worked in Boston at public stations WBUR, WGBH, and WCRB; KPFA, San Francisco; and at WBGO, Newark-New York. Up the last three Nielsen Audio PPM sweeps for a combined +.7 (.8 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), WFMT is in a tie at #24 (6+, July 2016).
WUSN Rebrands to “Chicago’s Hottest Country.” Changes continue at Chicago’s WUSN, where longtime morning show team Ray Stevens & Lisa Dent recently exited, as did night talent Joel Lisinki. Now the CBS Radio-owned station typically referred to as “US-99” adopts “Chicago’s Hottest Country” as its handle. Commenting to Chicago media correspondent Robert Feder, WUSN program director Jeff Kapugi states, “It is important that we reflect today’s country listener in everything we do. The artists, music, and concerts are hot; and now, so is ‘US-99’ Chicago’s hottest country.” CBS Radio Chicago vice president of programming Todd Cavanah tells Feder that “some exciting new changes” are forthcoming to WUSN. According to 6+ stats from Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM survey, six-tenths of a share separates the market’s two country outlets – WUSN (3.0, #12, 6+) and iHeartMedia‘s WEBG “Big 95.5 – Chicago’s New Country” (2.4, three-way tie at #18, 6+). WUSN is up four-tenths from June and matches its best 6+-share since December, while “Big 95.5” hasn’t had a decrease in the last seven sweeps for a combined +.7 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+). With a 5.8 (6+), WUSN all-news cluster-mate WBBM-AM is #1.
Malone Moves to KC as “X-105.1” APD. KURQ, San Luis Obispo (California) assistant program director and on-air talent Matt Malone departs the El Dorado Broadcasters‘ alternative station to join Cumulus Media Kansas City’s similarly formatted KCJK “X-105.1” as assistant program director and afternoon drive (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) host. Cumulus Media midwest regional vice president Donna Baker comments, “Matt’s passion for – and extensive knowledge of – the alternative format and his connection to listeners are the ideal fit for ‘X-105.’ Operations manager Lance Tidwell and I are thrilled to welcome Matt back to Cumulus and the tremendous opportunity ahead for Matt and the ‘X-105’ team.” Columbia College (Chicago) graduate Malone remarks, “There are no words to cover how excited I am to get back with Cumulus, and to build this new alternative brand at ‘X-105.1’ in Kansas City. The opportunity to join [this] team is a dream come true. I am beyond ready to help make something special happen.” Prior to his KURQ tenure, Malone was Cumulus Media’s Chicago-based corporate programming assistant; assistant program director for the company’s classic hits-oldies outlet WLS-FM, Chicago; and was an on-air talent at Milwaukee Radio Alliance alternative WLUM “FM 102.1.” Previously adult hits using the “Jack-FM” moniker, KCJK transitioned to alternative in mid-June (2016). Among persons 6+ in the July 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report for Kansas City, “X-105.1” ranks #17. It is off by one full-share for the second straight sweep – following a +.9 in May (3.6 – 4.5 – 3.5 – 2.5, 6+). Flat at 7.4 (6+), co-owned classic rock KCFX “The Fox” is the market leader for the third successive ratings period.
Hughes To Be Inducted Into The Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame. Over and above that honor, Radio One founder/chair Cathy Hughes will receive the Music Living Legends Award as well. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame founder and chief executive officer Lamont Robinson comments, “It is going to be an honor to enshrine Cathy Hughes into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame class of 2016 and to honor her with the Rhythm & Blues Music Living Legends award. Ms. Hughes is definitely a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She has opened so many doors for many rhythm & blues artists and entertainers.” Hughes states, “There are so many noted artists, musicians, producers, and others whose impact has not only shaped the African-American musical landscape, but also significantly influenced music and culture in this country and around the world. I am humbled and honored that my life’s work with Radio One, especially in the Motor City, is being recognized as part of their collective legacy.” This year’s other inductees (some posthumously) include: Bootsy Collins, Fats Domino, Eddie Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, and Dionne Warwick. The fourth annual induction ceremony and concert will take place one week from this Sunday (8/21) at Detroit’s Ford Performing Arts Theater.
KILT-FM Officially Names Russo Afternoon Driver. Performing the role on an interim basis the past two months, Nick Russo is now formally the afternoon drive personality for CBS Radio Houston’s country KILT-FM “The Bull.” Program director Bruce Logan notes that, “Nick has done a tremendous job and his social media web contributions are invaluable to helping us achieve our goals. His rise with CBS Radio Houston has been impressive. In the span of about two years, Nick has moved from part-time for ‘The Bull’ and [co-owned CHR KKHH] ‘Hot’ to fulltime night host, and now to PM drive.” With Russo promoted to PM drive, “The Bull” is now looking to fill his on-air evening vacancy. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report, “The Bull” finishes in a tie at #11 (3.6), 3.4 shares behind market pacesetter iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny” (7.0, 6+).
Jimenez Returns to KZZO. It is a homecoming at KZZO “Now 100.5,” as former assistant program director/music director Sonia Jimenez reclaims her former position at the CBS Radio Sacramento hot AC. According to vice president of programming Chad Rufer, “Sonia was instrumental in the launch of ‘Now’ and she played a huge part in the station’s early success before leaving [for channel 40 KTXL-TV, Sacramento]. She will work with the music community to assist in booking talent for various shows and work side-by-side with co-assistant program director Chad Skinner on strategic promotions and marketing opportunities for the station.” In 4.6 – 4.9 range (6+) the past four sweeps, “Now 100.5” finishes fifth (4.7, 6+) in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report; on top with a 10.3 (6+) is Entercom classic rock KSEG “The Eagle.”
Fenway Parks as APD at Augusta’s WHHD. Two-year WWST “Star 102,” Knoxville music director/night show talent “Fenway” (Chris Daugherty) exits the Scripps mainstream CHR to become assistant program director/music director/afternoon driver at Beasley Media Group CHR WHHD “HD-98.3 All the Hits,” Augusta (Georgia). Program director Kris Fisher states, “‘HD-98.3’ is ready to follow-up our best ratings book in the history of the station with such a strong addition to our HD entourage.” Fenway remarks that he is “honored” to join the Beasley Family and is “looking forward to help ‘HD-983’ grow even bigger and better.” After gaining three-tenths (4.3 – 4.6, spring 2015 – fall 2015, 12+), “HD-983” erupted to a 5.9 (+1.3, 12+) in Nielsen Audio‘s spring 2016 book and ranks fourth. On top with 7.9 each (12+) are iHeartMedia urban AC and adult contemporary siblings WKSP “Kiss-FM” and WBBQ “Most Music-Best Variety.”
Reckless NYC Interview. Promoting her new album entitled “Reckless,” artist Martina McBride yesterday (Monday, 8/8) visited with Cumulus Media New York City country outlet WNSH “Nash-FM 94.7” 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm air talent Jesse Addy. McBride discussed the album, as well as her upcoming (8/25) New Brunswick, New Jersey concert.
RadioInfo Tidbits. In a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for flood victims in his home state of West Virginia, Arista Nashville artist Brad Paisley helped to bring in $250,000. In addition, pharmaceutical company Mylan and MedExpress are donating $1.75 million to West Virginia flood relief through the Brad Paisley Foundation ….. Former WQNU, Louisville morning co-host Chris Diaz joins Steel City Media hot AC WLTJ “Q-92.9,” Pittsburgh for morning drive duties ….. Radio One Richmond operations manager/program director Jeff Anderson is appointed to similar duties for Beasley Media Group Charlotte urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” and urban AC WBAV “V-101.9,” where he succeeds Jamilliah “Jam” Muhammad, who left three months ago ….. A car accident last night (8/8) has claimed the life of Curtis Media Group Raleigh-owned country WQDR promotion director Dede Wakefield. According to reports, Wakefield was killed when her car was hit from behind, causing her vehicle to push into the car in front of her.
Cool Job Opportunity. In light of the fact program director Haley Jones is leaving at the end of this month, Emmis Austin triple A KGSR is on the hunt for a replacement. First and foremost, vice president of programming & operations/director of special projects Chase Rupe is “looking for a great programming leader.” The ideal candidate, according to Rupe, should be “someone who understands how to work with multiple stakeholders and balance the demands of competing in the ratings, organizing and executing massive events, coaching talent, and is committed to helping the revenue team as much as the product team.” KGSR’s strongest (6+) showing in Nielsen Audio‘s last 12 Austin PPM reports was a 3.4 in September. Off a combined eight-tenths since January, the station has been down or flat the past six ratings periods (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+) and is currently in a tie at #16; co-owned adult hits KBPA “Bob” is the market leader (8.0, 6+, July 2016).
SiriusXM Reports Q2 Revenue Up 10%. The satellite radio service is reporting 2016 second quarter revenue of $1.2 billion, up 10% from the same quarter in 2015. CEO and director Jim Meyer notes that SiriusXM added 580,000 net new subscribers during the quarter, bringing the satcaster’s total subscriber base to 30.6 million. During yesterday’s investor conference call, Meyer spoke about the company’s efforts to continue advancing the service’s technology. He says they are investing in the new SiriusXM17 “next-generation platform” 360 L, short for 360-degree listening. Meyer says, “360 L is proceeding ahead and gaining traction with OEMs. I’m very pleased at the progress we are making building and deploying this platform. 360 L breaks down the big barrier we live with today as a one-way broadcaster by integrating satellite radio with two-way cellular connectivity. It lets us offer non-linear content to our subscribers, such as customized music playlists, on-demand content and personalized recommendations based on the tastes of our individual subscribers.” Meyer also outlined the company’s continuing work expanding its connected vehicle services.
Nielsen Revenue Up; Net Income Dips. Ratings giant Nielsen reported 2016 second quarter financial numbers yesterday and while revenue was up 2.4% during the period compared to the same period a year ago (4.5% in constant currency), net income was down 1.7% because of foreign exchange. Nielsen says audio revenue grew 1.7% on a reported and constant currency basis.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Rising through the ranks of iHeartMedia’s programming department is A.J., who is named SVP of programming for the company’s St. Louis station group. A.J. comes to St. Louis from the company’s Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia markets where he was also SVP of programming…..Fresno adult contemporary KSOF “Soft Rock 98.9” brings Jason Hurst aboard to co-host the morning show with current station personality Teri Ann Schlesser. iHeartMedia notes that Hurst has worked in the market for the past 15 years. The “Jason and Teri Ann Morning Show” launches on August 1…..Programmer and air talent Cliff Smithers is returning to the Toledo market to serve as program director and morning host at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WRQN. Smithers began his career with Cumulus Media in Toledo working there from 1989 through 2010 at WTOD-AM, WKKO and WRQN. He’s also worked at WOMC, WYCD, and WGRV in Detroit and WIOG, Saginaw. Cumulus Media Toledo OM Bill Michaels says, “We are thrilled to have Cliff come on board as PD/morning talent for WRQN. Cliff’s market heritage, knowledge of the format and social media skills make him the perfect fit!”…..After announcing their departure from Titan Broadcasting’s country KBKB, Burlington, Iowa for a gig in California, we now know that Andrew Kirby and Tory Wuychuck – Drew and Tory – are debuting in mornings on Momentum Broadcasting’s country KJUG, Visalia, effective August 10. They are taking over for Lisa Hamilton who left the station for family reasons.
The Podcasting Session from TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations Posted Today. One of the highlights of the recent TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations convention – The Podcasting Session – is posted today on Talkers.com. The panel discussion was part of the 19th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important national convention that took place May 20 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Moderated by PodcastOne founder and CEO, Norm Pattiz, speakers include (in alphabetical order): Andy Bowers, chief content officer/co-founder, Panoply/The Slate Group; Tom Cuddy, program director, WOR, New York; Greg Strassell, SVP programming, Hubbard Radio; and Tom Webster, VP strategy, Edison Research. The session is introduced by Brad Shepard, general manager/host, Pioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA. To view the panel discussion in its entirety, please click here. Stay tuned to Talkers.com for more videos from Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations that will be posted in the days and weeks to come.
Radio Biz Figure Jim Carnegie Dies at 66. Radio pro and longtime publisher of the trades RBR and TVBR Jim Carnegie has died at the age of 66. Carnegie’s RBR/TVBR was acquired by Eric Rhoads’ Streamline Publications in 2013, a year after Carnegie’s wife and business partner Cathy unexpectedly passed away from complications due to a brain aneurysm.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At the iHeartMedia Chicago station group, Ashley “AC” Trybula is named digital program director. In this role, she’ll work with the programming and sales departments for all six stations – country WEBG “BIG 95.5,” hip hop WGCI, urban adult contemporary WVAZ “V103,” CHR WKSC “KISS 103.5,” hot AC WLIT “MYfm93.9,” and gospel WGRB. Trybula comes to iHM from Radio One where she was a regional online editor…..Entercom Atlanta replaces the afternoon drive show on hot AC WSTR “STAR 94.” Off the air are Drex, Cassiday, and Tingle and in for the 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm shift is Mike Marino who left his role on the “Jeff & Jenn” morning show for the new daypart.
iHM Launches Classic Hits Outlet in Eau Claire. Gone from WBIZ, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and translator W245CN, Eau Claire is “Sports Radio 1400” and now airing is the classic hits format branded “98.7 The Brew.” The station posted the following message on its Facebook page, “Thank you for listening. We have now changed to Eau Claire’s Classic Hits 98-7 THE BREW. We will continue to air some of the BEST local sports only now on the FM dial too! Stay tuned for more details.” The iHeartMedia station will continue to air some sports play-by-play programming.
Is There (Extra-)Terrestrial Life Beyond Terrestrial Radio? Michael Harrison Catches Up With Former Radio Programmer Laurie Cantillo. Former talk radio program director (WTOP, WABC, KFYI, XTRA, KTAR) Laurie Cantillo is the guest interviewee on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne program, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” The past recipient of the TALKERS Woman of the Year Award left all-news WTOP, Washington, DC a year-and-a-half ago in a fascinating change of career course and became a public affairs officer in the planetary sciences division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Since joining NASA, Cantillo has been involved in communicating information to the media about a variety of colorful projects including the recent New Horizons fly-by of Pluto and the current Juno Mission to Jupiter. Harrison and Cantillo discuss a wide range of subjects and issues including the state of commercial radio, the impact of today’s media on the news, the relationship between young people and social media and, of course, leading edge discoveries and NASA projects in science. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box in the right-hand column of every page on Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
iHeartRadio to Be Featured on Iconic NYC Billboard. The logo for iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio will soon appear over the New York City skyline on one of the city’s most iconic billboards. It sits atop the old Ruppert Ice House overlooking the Triboro/RFK Bridge leading into Manhattan and out of The Bronx. The billboard displays the company’s iHeartRadio logo and is one of only eight brands to grace this historic billboard over the last 80 years. They are: Knickerbocker Beer (1952-1962), City Services Gasoline (a.k.a. Citgo, 1962- early 70s), Kent Cigarettes (early 70s – late 70s), Golden Lights Cigarettes (early 80s – late 80s), Newport Cigarettes (early 90s – 1999), and HISTORY Channel (2000-2015). The more than 8,000 square foot billboard will include a digital display that will promote iHeartMedia’s New York City-based station brands — Z100, Power 105, KTU, Lite FM, Q104.3 and WOR — and upcoming events such as the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour and the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
RadioInfo Tidbits. At this September’s ReelMIX 2016 conference (9/28-29) for imaging and v/o pros at The LOFT in Miami, voice-over artists Dr. Dave Ferguson, Dave Foxx and Rachel McGrath are joining for the “VO from the VO’s POV” segment. The two-day event is a joint production of ReelWorld and The Mix Group. The Mix Group president Jason Garte says, “Imaging producers will directly benefit by learning how to better work with their VO talent to get the reads that really make their production pop!”…..Alpha Media Portland’s country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” is showing its support for all the men and women in uniform serving the Portland and SW Washington area with the “98.7 The Bull Evening for Law Enforcement.” The benefit will be held at the company’s Skype Live Studio on July 21 and will feature a performance from this year’s “American Idol” winner, Trent Harmon, along with several other surprise celebrity cameos…..Last week, the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show enlisted its loyal audience to help honor wounded U.S. Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis who lost her leg serving as a helicopter door gunner. After hearing her story, Bones and his on-air crew revealed they wanted to donate proceeds from the sale of “America Strong” t-shirts on BobbyBones.com to purchase an all-terrain, tracked wheel chair for Ennis. It took less than a week to raise the $20,000 necessary and Ennis appeared on the program yesterday (7/18) to get the good news.
Beasley’s ‘Star 107.9’ in Las Vegas Adds ‘Brooke & Jubal’ for Mornings. The KQMV, Seattle-based “Brooke & Jubal” morning show – hosted by Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg – is adding another affiliate station; this time it’s Beasley Media Group’s KVGS, Las Vegas “STAR 107-9.” The program debuts on the station on July 21 and current KVGS morning host Aimee is staying on to provide hourly local content. KVGS operations manager John Candelaria says, “Brooke & Jubal’s impressive success in Seattle and Portland really sealed the deal for us. I’m thrilled we’ve found the perfect morning show. We’re combining a lot of fun and engaging top-shelf content with local Las Vegas elements from Aimee, our own rising superstar!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Tonya Campos exits Mt. Wilson Broadcasters’ country KKGO, Los Angeles “Go Country 105” where she’s been the PD for most of the past nine years…..At the Sacramento station group of Entercom, Patrick Olsen, a.k.a. Cooper, leaves his assistant program director position for alternative KKDO “RADIO 94.7.” In the interim, sister active rock KRXQ “98ROCK” personality Andy Hawk will serve as acting APD…..Director of promotion Sarah Lanieu takes on additional responsibilities at the CBS RADIO Miami cluster, adding country WKIS “KISS 99.9,” sports talk WQAM, and rhythmic CHR WPOW “POWER 96” to her charge and assuming the expanded title, director of marketing and promotions…..Air personality Jeremy Gold is the new evening jock at Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver KS1075, taking over for Ya Girl Cedes…..After six years programming Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown, Laura St. James exits the PD position. St. James will continue to host weekend shows at the company’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7.”
‘Qfm96’ Columbus Personality Joe Show Dies Unexpectedly at 56. Hearts are heavy at Saga Communications’ Columbus Radio Group after WLVQ afternoon drive personality Joe Pasternak, a.k.a. Joe Show, passed away unexpectedly at age 56 on Friday morning. Pasternak was the afternoon drive jock on the rock outlet where he’d worked for the past 27 years. Columbus Radio Group president and general manager Chris Forgy says, “Joe Show’s radio family is heartbroken with the news of his passing. Joe Show was the face of ‘Qfm96’ and represented the ‘Q’ family as only he could. Everyone who knew Joe has their own special memory and undoubtedly their own Joe story. He will forever be missed.” Details of his passing are not being made public at this time. He leaves a wife and two adult children.
RadioInfo Tidbits. For the third year in a row, iHeartMedia is presenting the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, November 5. The mega-concert will celebrate the best in Latin music with performances by Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Nicky Jam, Yandel, Gente de Zona, Intocable, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Pitbull. And for the second straight year, the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina will also include a special TV re-broadcast on TELEMUNDO in later in November…..SiriusXM is presenting a special invitation-only show by Coldplay for SiriusXM listeners on Sunday, August 7 at a secret location. The performance will also air live on SiriusXM’s The Spectrum channel and will feature the band playing songs from their 20-year career, including music from the new album, A Head Full of Dreams. SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein says, “We couldn’t be more excited that Coldplay, one of the most acclaimed bands working today, will step away from its global tour playing stadiums and arenas to present an intimate event for SiriusXM at a special location.”…..CBS RADIO Baltimore is announcing the debut of its new entertainment venue, UpClose Performance Studio – a state-of-the-art space, that the radio stations in the cluster will use to present invitation-only concerts and special events to its listeners. Officially opening on July 20, the studio will host performers and other celebrities for concerts, talks and various “meet & greet” opportunities. Upcoming performances include: singer/actress Sofia Carson (July 20) the band Magic! and singer/songwriter Gnash (July 22) and Jordan Smith (July 27), last year’s winner of season nine of the TV show “The Voice.”
4th Annual Radio Talent Workshop Begins Today at WKU. Today begins the 4th annual Kentucky Broadcasters Association Western Kentucky University Radio Talent Institute with 35 broadcasters discovering and preparing young talent with a strong desire to be in the broadcast industry. Twenty four students from across the state and region have been accepted into the Institute and all will be taking the RAB course to become certified as Radio Marketing Professionals. They’ll also learn from broadcasters about other aspects of radio, including: on-air, sports, news, production, promotions and digital/social media. Some of the guest professional faculty are: Steve Newberry, president of Commonwealth Communications; Bud Walters, president of Cromwell Radio Group; Chris Hillard, president of Forever Communications; Kristin Cantrell, owner/CEO of CapCity Communications and Seven Mountains Media; Mike Tarter, president and Terry Forcht, chairman/CEO of Forcht Broadcasting; and Lynn Martin, president of LM Communications. The Ben Davis and Kelly K show (pictured here at last year’s Institute) from WDJX, Louisville will broadcast live from WKU on Friday morning.