Cumulus Moves Rob Roberts to DC; Louie Diaz Heads to Atlanta. Programmers Rob Roberts and Louie Diaz swap markets in new roles with Cumulus Media. Current hot AC WRQX, Washington program director Diaz heads to Atlanta to serve the cluster as operations manager and to program CHR WWWQ “Q100.” At the same time, Roberts leaves the Atlanta cluster and will take on the WRQX program director position as well as the newly created corporate post, vice president/hot AC. Cumulus Media SVP content & programming Mike McVay states, “We’re fortunate to be able to tap the great brains inside of Cumulus programming and apply the theory of ‘Highest and Best Use’ to their skills and match them with where they can be most effective. Rob brings a wealth of experience to our corporate programming platform and a fresh set of eyes for WRQX. Louie has done a great job with WRQX and his fresh vision on ‘Q100’ will provide even greater upside to an already successful station.”
Mike Miller to Program iHeartMedia’s ‘Z 104.3’ in Baltimore. Programmer and air-talent Mike Miller is moving from iHeartMedia’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania station group to Baltimore to serve as program director and afternoon personality at the company’s CHR WZFT “Z 104.3” He has been serving in that same role with WHKF “99.3 KISS FM” where he’s been since the station debuted in 2001. He starts at WZFT on December 12. iHeartMedia Northeast Division EVP of programming Meg Stevens states, “We look forward to having Mike join our Washington, D.C./Baltimore team. He is an exceptional on-air talent and leader, which makes him the perfect choice to lead ‘Z 104.3.’”
Entercom Secures Greg Hill to Long-Term Deal at Rock WAAF, Boston. Boston rocker WAAF will continue to be the home of the “Hill-Man Morning Show” well into the future with the signing of morning radio pro Greg Hill to a new, long-term contract. Hill’s morning show is in its 26th year and also features fellow personalities Lyndon Byers, Danielle Murr and producer Rob Stevens. Hill says the goal of the show has always been to “find that element in any topic that everyone can laugh about. Our job is to minimize the misery our listeners feel when waking up each morning so they have a good laugh by the time they get to work.” Speaking about his new deal, he adds, “I am honored to work for a company like Entercom that, in this day and age, continues to value the contributions of its employees and was as eager as I was to extend our relationship. The value they put on personality radio is unique in our industry.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At hot AC WQAL, Cleveland “Q104,” Jeremiah Widmer joins the morning show with fellow station personalities Jeff Kurkjian and Aly Tanner for the new “Jeremiah and Jeff” show. Also at the CBS RADIO cluster, Glenn Anderson moves from WQAL to sister adult contemporary WDOK to serve as the afternoon host…..Miami radio personality and well-known DJ Franco “Frankie P” Pagliaro is named the evening host at iHeartMedia’s CHR WHYI, Miami “Y100.”
Westwood One Announces ‘American Music Awards’ Programming. There’s plenty of content being made available from this weekend’s American Music Awards from national radio partner Westwood One. Westwood One Backstage Live at the AMAs will feature three days of special programming, including exclusive backstage live performances with Republic Records recording artist Maty Noyes (pictured), who will be performing Friday (11/18); Radio Row on Friday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm PT; Z Entertainment/Sony artist Aaron Carter and Friends closing out Radio Row with a performance Saturday; and a broadcast companion show on Sunday (11/20). More than 20 radio stations from around the country, plus Westwood One’s nationally syndicated “Zach Sang Show” and the “Adam Bomb Show,” will broadcast remotely from backstage on Microsoft Theater’s event deck, aggregating audio, video, and social media content to share with listeners nationwide.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Nationally syndicated Premiere Networks personality Delilah is pictured here (center) with the staff of affiliate WFEZ, Miami “EASY 93.1” as part of a special “Easy Live” event. The promotion was hosted by weekday morning host Giselle at the station’s performance studio. It featured a candid Q&A with Delilah about her life and career, followed by a meet and greet with many of her loyal South Florida area fans…..Up-and-coming country artist Todd O’Neill – winner of the “NASH Next 2016 Challenge” – spent some time in New York City this week, appearing on the Madison Square Garden stage Monday night to introduce Rascal Flatts at their concert. O’Neill also paid a visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square where he played an acoustic set and sampled some New York pizza before making his way to Madison Square Garden for the show. He’s pictured at left with WNSH, New York staffers above Times Square…..A holiday radio show is available from Silverfish Media and Compass Media Networks with Country with Carson midday host Carson and artist Kacey Musgraves. The Carson Christmas special features Musgraves in the studio to share Christmas memories and her new album, “A Very Kacey Christmas.” The three-hour special for broadcast between Thanksgiving and Christmas with Carsen and Kacey Musgraves is delivered commercial free.
Cool Sales Opportunity. Entercom is seeking a director of sales for news/talk WBT-AM/FM and hot AC WLNK-FM in Charlotte, North Carolina. The right candidate must possess a strong desire to win, must lead by example, and have a track record of revenue success. The director of sales must have a strong background in running successful stations. Candidate must be an exceptional sales trainer, be a creative thinker, and be able to recruit and hire the best in the business. Primary responsibilities: Oversee all aspects of the sales operation; Implementation and compliance with CRM tools; Set rates through yield management tools; Meet or exceed all revenue goals; Work as a coach, leader and problem solver; and understand the digital space and present a specific plan for its growth. Please submit your cover letter and resume to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Human Resources, WBT/WLNK, Entercom Charlotte, One Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC 28208. EOE.
iHeartMedia Shows 1.2% Rise in Third Quarter Revenue. Reporting third quarter financial numbers, iHeartMedia’s revenue was $857 million – up 1.2% from the same period in 2015. For the first nine months of the year, iHM revenue was $2.46 billion – an increase of 3.3% over 2015. In a statement, chairman and CEO Bob Pittman touts some of the company’s initiatives and events. “We continue to grow our audiences across our broadcast radio, outdoor, digital, social, mobile and events platforms, while advancing our transformation as a digital-facing, data-rich company built on the power of broadcast radio and out-of-home. “This quarter, we were excited to announce the reimagining of live radio with our two new subscription services, iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access, set to debut in January 2017. In addition, at both iHeartMedia and outdoor, we continue to invest in programmatic buying platforms and research analytics tools to leverage our assets for the benefit of our marketing and advertising partners, and at Americas outdoor and International outdoor, we continue to realign our resources to expand our digital out-of-home networks.”
Cumulus Media Dips 1.1% in Third Quarter. That figure is for the company as a whole and is a percentage change based on net revenue of $286.1 million for the third quarter of 2016. For the first nine months of this year, revenue is $841.9 million, down 2.1% from the nine month-period in 2015. Cumulus breaks the company into two segments – the Radio Station Group, and Westwood One. The latter has been the most troublesome for Cumulus. Westwood One net revenue was down 5.5% over the same period in 2015 while the Radio Station Group was basically flat – up just 0.7% on revenue of $206 million. President and CEO Mary Berner says, “A year into our turnaround effort, we have made considerable progress against our operational priorities while leading the industry in ratings growth. Though our performance in the quarter was negatively impacted by headwinds which have challenged us all year, we see evidence that our work is paying off financially as we gained share this quarter for the first time in at least four years. As we seek to maintain the momentum of our initial strategies, we have now also launched a focused effort to improve sales execution as the next logical step in our turnaround plan.”
Press Communications Names Dalesio COO and Market President. New Jersey’s Press Communications announces that is has named Don Dalesio chief operating officer and market president. Dalesio has most recently been serving as market president and chief revenue officer for Townsquare Media. Press operates five radio stations in New Jersey: country WKMK, Eatontown; oldies WHTG-AM, Eatontown; hot AC WWZY, Long Branch; CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres; and classic hits WBHS, Tuckerton. During his career, Dalesio has also served with Nassau Broadcasting as COO. Press Communications CEO Robert McAllan comments, “We are very excited to welcome Don to our Press team. Not only will Don help us diversify our product lines, but also Don will help us drive the effectiveness of our advertiser relationships by providing his valuable insights and successful sales selling strategies.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Former hot AC KRSK, Portland afternoon personality Daria is back with the Portland Entercom cluster co-hosting the afternoon show on alternative KNRK “94/7fm.” Daria joins longtime KNRK personality Gustav for the “Alternative Afternoons with Daria and Gustav” program…..Norfolk-Hampton Roads radio pro Chuck Doud is exiting iHeartMedia’s rhythmic AC WMOV to take on the director of radio and audience strategy at local public radio outlets classical WHRO and news/talk WHRV.
Beasley’s SEC Filing Details Q3 Results. The company announced last week that its net revenue of $27.7 million in the third quarter of this year represents a 5.6% increase over the same period a year ago. The Form 10-Q filed with the Securities Exchange Commission includes information about what constituted the $1.5 million year-over-year increase. Beasley Broadcast Group notes, “Significant factors affecting net revenue included a $1 million increase in advertising revenue from our Tampa-Saint Petersburg market cluster, a $0.4 million increase in advertising revenue from our Charlotte market cluster, and a $0.3 million increase in advertising revenue from our Fayetteville market cluster – partially offset by a $0.2 million decrease in advertising revenue from our Wilmington market cluster. Net revenue for the [quarter]…also included $0.5 million of political advertising from the 2016 elections.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. The parade of stations flipping to all-Christmas music is getting more crowded. But it comes with a twist as iHeartMedia’s progressive talk WXXM-FM, Madison flips to the holiday format as “92.1 BEST FM.”…..Alpha Media announces that its Grays Harbor, Washington stations that promoted and presented the 11th Annual Tee It Up for Tots golf tournament that took place back on September 9 helped raise more than $25,000 for the United Way of Grays Harbor and the Grays Harbor Community Foundation Pediatric Fund…..On Friday, iHeartMedia rock outlet WNNJ, Newton, New Jersey is turning over control of its programming to 10 local veterans who will each play an hour of music as part of the “Vets Rock” special. The station says that throughout “Vets Rock,” the hosts will share stories about their time in the military…..In the Twin Cities, Cumulus Media’s rock KQRS will present “KQ’s Military Takeover” on Friday featuring a series of guests, including World War II veterans, Purple Heart recipients, and members of the Freedom Alliance and The Real Warriors. KQRS will also talk with representatives from the American Legion about its “Shop, Ship & Share” initiative in which consumers can donate needed items to the troops and have them shipped overseas during the holidays. Following the “KQ Morning Show,” the “Takeover” begins with every hour hosted by a different Minnesota military veteran…..Premiere Networks is presenting the exclusive Thanksgiving special for country stations with CMT personality Cody Alan. The four-hour, commercial-free “CMT Thanksgiving Special with Cody Alan” will be highlighted by interviews with country music’s biggest stars, as well as a mix of chart-topping and holiday-themed songs…..On Monday (11/14), more than 40 Chicago market radio stations will simultaneously air a 30-minute broadcast conversation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a “Chicago Radio Town Hall Meeting.” The member stations of the Illinois Broadcasters Association will break format at 6:00 pm on Monday to air the show, moderated by IBA Hall of Fame broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis. Programmers from a number of the participating stations are collaborating to produce the program while general managers have cleared the time to air the program commercial free…..Compass Media Networks is offering “Uncle Joe’s Rockin’ Christmas Show” – a four-hour classic rock Christmas program with faves, rare tunes, and artists’ stories. The program is created and produced by longtime Southern California air personality, Joe Benson. Interested stations can contact Doug Ingold or Adam Wilbur at Compass…..WAQY, Springfield, Massachusetts “Rock 102” morning duo Bax & O’Brien – Mike Baxendale and John O’Brien – recently presented their fourth live stage show at the City Stage Theater. Bax checks in with RadioInfo to report that they, again, sold out the almost-500-seat venue.
Entercom Reports Q3 Net Revenue Up 5%. It was a rosy third quarter for Entercom Communications as it reports net revenue was $120.5 million during the period – up 5% from the same period a year ago. Station operating income increased 12% to $37.9 million, and adjusted net income per share increased 8% to $0.27. Entercom president and CEO David Field states, “Entercom delivered another solid quarter of organic top-line and bottom-line growth, demonstrating the strength of our great local brands and our outstanding team. We are also very pleased to have just completed a highly successful refinancing that will lower our annual interest expense by more than $10 million and to have announced a terrific, value-creating acquisition of four stations in Charlotte. We are excited by the opportunities ahead as we look to finish the year on a strong note and get off to a great start in 2017.” Entercom is acquiring news/talk WBT-AM/FM, hot AC WLNK, and sports talk WFNC in Charlotte from Beasley. Currently it is operating WBT-AM/FM and WLNK under an LMA and expects to close on the stations by the first of the year. If the purchase of the stations from Beasley doesn’t close by then, it will start operating WFNZ under an LMA, as well.
CBS RADIO Reports Flat Q3. As parent company CBS Corp. prepares to issue an initial public offering on CBS RADIO stock and create a separate company out of the radio segment, it is breaking out the radio numbers from the Local Broadcasting segment. CBS RADIO’s performance was basically flat comparing the third quarter of 2016 to the same period a year ago. Net revenue was $319 million compared to $318 million in 2015.
Beasley Broadcast Group Retains Dan Finn to Lead New Jersey Stations. On the heels of last week’s closing on the Greater Media stations, Beasley Broadcast Group announces that it is formally bringing executive Dan Finn into the company’s fold as senior vice president and market manager for the New Jersey cluster. Finn had been with Greater Media since 2001, first as VP and regional general manager, then as SVP and regional general manager since 2007. Finn comments, “It’s an honor and privilege to now be a part of the Beasley team. My staff and I are excited to continue working with these heritage properties for such a legendary broadcasting company.”
iHeartRadio Names Peterson and Murphy to SVP Positions. Joining iHeartMedia’s digital platform iHeartRadio are Chris Peterson, to serve as senior vice president of podcasting, and Beth Murphy, as the new senior vice president of marketing. The company says Peterson will oversee iHeartRadio’s overall podcast strategy and grow its profile in the podcast community. He will guide content partnerships, advise the product team on its podcast roadmap, and work with sales to monetize podcast efforts. He most recently was content partnerships manager for TuneIn. He’s also worked as director of operations for The Blaze and the director of affiliate relations for Premiere Networks. Murphy’s charge is to manage brand messaging and the user lifecycle process, as well as optimize user acquisition and retention. She will work closely with iHeartRadio’s Chris Williams, chief product officer and Adam Denenberg, chief technology officer to oversee iHeartRadio’s overall streaming music and live digital radio strategy. Murphy has previously served as chief marketing officer at Deezer and Stitcher.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At its Dayton cluster, iHeartMedia brings Josh Martinez in from its Cedar Rapids, Iowa CHR KOSY “Y957FM” to serve as program director for CHR WCHD “Channel 999” and country WLQT “B945,” effective November 17…..Andy Webb is taking on the program director gig at Apex Media’s country WCKN, Charleston, South Carolina. He’s going to leave his current role as morning show co-host and become afternoon drive personality. At the same time, well-known Charleston radio personality TJ Phillips will partner with current AM co-host Jessica Chandler to host “The Low Country’s Big Show with Jessica & TJ in the Morning.”…..Overnight personality Michael Burns exits Beasley Broadcast Group’s adult contemporary WMJX, Boston “Magic 106.7.”
Entercom CEO David Field Issues Statement on KDND License Review. On Friday, RadioInfo reported on the FCC’s order for a Hearing for Renewal for Entercom’s KDND, Sacramento as a result of the 2007 death of “Hold your wee for a Wii” contestant Jennifer Strange. On Friday, Entercom CEO David Field issued the following statement: “What happened at KDND in 2007 was a terrible tragedy that pains us deeply. Throughout our 48-year history, we have had a steadfast commitment to being a caring and responsible corporate citizen, firmly committed to public service. We take great pride in all of the work we have done to serve our communities. Nonetheless, we fully recognize that all of our good work cannot undo that tragic event nine years ago. We do believe it is important to note that the jury that heard this case concluded that Entercom Communications Corp. was not negligent. What happened was the result of unauthorized and appalling actions by certain station employees who violated corporate procedures. None of that diminishes our sadness and we remain committed to continuous improvement in our efforts to serve the public.”
Hubbard Radio Names Jeff England VP/Market Manager for Chicago. The company is promoting from within to fill the vacancy at VP/market manager in Chicago with the September exit of John Gallagher. Hubbard Radio president/COO Drew Horowitz announces Jeff England is moving from the company’s Phoenix cluster to Chicago to lead hot AC WTMX “The Mix,” classic rock simulcast WDRV/WWDV (Zion, Illinois) “The Drive,” and adult contemporary WSHE. Horowitz says, “We are thrilled to have someone with Jeff’s experience and competitive spirit assuming the leadership mantle in our largest market. What makes our choice of Jeff even more gratifying is we were able to promote from within which is always our preference.” England has been serving as VP/director of sales for Hubbard Radio Phoenix. Prior to joining Hubbard, England was the president/market manager and DOS in Phoenix for iHeartMedia. England says, “I am beyond thrilled with this opportunity. We have legacy brands and great people at Hubbard Chicago. I look forward to working with our team to grow our audiences, our clients’ businesses, and serve our community. I will also be shopping for a new winter wardrobe!”
Alpha Media Promotes Milt McConnell to National Sales Role; Lisa Decker Joins Portland Station Group. This promotion of the company’s Portland, Oregon market manager necessitates new faces in that cluster to assume vacant positions and that’s exactly what’s happened in the market that serves as the company’s corporate base. Portland SVP and market manager Milt McConnell is upped to the corporate role of VP, national and group sales strategy. Radio sales and management pro Lisa Decker – who’s served with CBS RADIO and iHeartMedia in addition to her most recent post as director of corporate sponsorships at classical KING-FM, Seattle – joins Alpha Media as SVP and market manager. Amy Leimbach moves up from her regional director of business development post at the cluster to VP sales, Portland – Live Performance Lounges. Company president and CEO Bob Proffitt comments, “This is an exciting time for Alpha Media. With our major growth in 2016, we have been focused on recognizing key players and evolving to the next level. Milt has always been a high performer, even back in the Citadel days. In his new role, he will work closely with our national rep firms as well as our business development team.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The search is on for a new afternoon drive personality at CBS RADIO’s alternative KITS, San Francisco “LIVE 105” after the departure of Greg Beharrell. While the station searches for that talent, PD Jacent Jackson is handling middays and Danica Lopez is hosting afternoons…..Country KSNI, Santa Maria, California morning drive co-host Jay Turner is named program director for the station. He takes over for Pepper Daniels, who remains director of country and news/talk programming for American General Media…..E.W. Scripps Tulsa is bringing Jacob “Chubbs” Day aboard to co-host the morning show on CHR KHTT “106.9 K-HITS” with current AM drive personality Aly Presser, effective December 5. “Chubbs” was a longtime personality on the syndicated Billy Madison rock morning show and most recently has been hosting mornings at Magic Broadcasting’s CHR WILN, Panama Beach, Florida…..Beasley Broadcasting Group’s rhythmic CHR WLLD, Tampa “WiLD 94.1” names Kenzie midday personality…..Alpha Media’s CHR WMYB, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina “Energy 92.1” adds the syndicated “Brooke & Jubal” show for mornings.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Programmer and midday personality NuYork – heard on Apex Media’s hip hop WBHJ, Birmingham “95.7 Jamz” and WALJ, Tuscaloosa “105.1 Jamz” – was the victim of an assault after stopping to aid what appeared to be a motorist with a wrecked vehicle. When NuYork asked the man – identified by the police as 20-year-old Roderick Ruthus McCloud Jr. – if needed assistance, he said he did not and then allegedly attempted to steal her car. She was able to get back in her vehicle before he was able to take it but he then began to attack her as she sat in the driver’s seat. Another motorist stopped and McCloud fled on foot. He was later apprehended by police…..“GMA After Hours” host Lynda Lopez (right) is pictured here with country star Garth Brooks (left) after the two spoke about Brooks’ new box set — including the new, all-star version of the song “Friends In Low Places” that’s being released to commemorate the song’s 25th anniversary…..Cumulus Media’s KLSZ, Fort Smith, Arkansas flips from classic country airing the “NASH Icon” format to contemporary country branded as “NASH FM 100.7.” The station is airing “America’s Morning Show” and the new Blair Garner overnight program…..Entercom Atlanta give the market 24/7 Christmas music beginning today. “The Star Christmas Channel” is available on WSTR’s HD2 channel featuring classic and contemporary Christmas music all the way through Christmas Day.
Blair Garner’s Overnight Show Launches Tonight. Back in August, Cumulus Media announced that Ty Bentli would take over the host role on its “America’s Morning Show” and that Blair Garner would return to hosting an overnight country show to be distributed by Westwood One. The latter begins this week and the company says the new overnight show will launch on 150 stations. The show will air Monday through Sunday from 12:00 midnight to 5:00 am from the NASH Campus in Nashville. Garner’s first guest will be country legend George Strait. Garner states, “Fifteen million Americans work the late and overnight shifts – 15 million! These folks are the backbone of our country — the ones who dig a little deeper to get ahead and get the job done. We owe them a lot and this show is our attempt to thank them for all that they do. They are a special bunch that deserve more than jukebox radio.”
‘Y108’ Pittsburgh’s ‘Girls with Guitars’ Charity Concert Rocks Heinz Field. Last week’s “Girls with Guitars” concert at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh benefitted the local Glimmer of Hope charity that benefits breast cancer research and prevention. It was presented by CBS RADIO’s country WDSY “Y108.” Pictured here are: Standing left to right – station evening personality Elista; APD/MD/afternoon personality Wookie; Brooke Eden; Runaway June; Jessie James Decker; Brandy Clark; The Band Perry; station promotion manager John D’Amico; and SVP/market manager Michael Young. Crouching left to right are: OM/PD Mark Anderson; promotion assistant Amanda Silay; morning co-host Andy Davis; promotion assistant Michelle Benincasa; and midday personality Maria D’Antonio.
Entercom to Acquire Four Charlotte Signals from Beasley for $24 Million. In order to stay under the FCC ownership cap in the Charlotte market, Beasley Broadcast Group has to sell some of its holdings that would put if over the cap after the previously announced Greater Media acquisition deal closes. Now, Beasley announces that Entercom will acquire news/talk WBT-AM/FM, hot AC WLNK-FM (all three currently owned by Greater Media) plus sports talk WFNZ-AM and its accompanying FM translator. The company says that Entercom will begin operating WBT-AM/FM and WLNK-FM upon the closing of the Greater Media deal, pursuant to a time brokerage agreement. Back on July 19, Beasley and Greater Media entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Beasley will acquire all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media for an aggregate consideration of approximately $240 million, subject to adjustments.
Entercom to Refinance Debt. The Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania-based broadcaster announces it is meeting with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC today to discuss a refinancing of its senior and senior unsecured debt. In a press statement, Entercom Communications says it expects to enter into a $520 million senior secured credit facility that will include a $60 million revolving credit facility with a five-year maturity, plus a $460 million term loan with a seven-year maturity. Entercom will use the term loan to refinance $225 million in existing senior secured bank debt, plus it will buy back $220 million in 10.5% senior subordinated notes.
iHeartMedia Flips Rhythmic CHR KBWX, St. Louis to Alternative as ‘Alt 104.9.’ And the morning drive show at the new alt rocker will be KYSR, Los Angeles-based “The Woody Show.” Woody’s program was previously heard on crosstown KPNT “105.7 The Point” in the market and iHeartMedia region president Beth Davis says, “St. Louis has been very eager for a new alternative rock brand. We are excited to deliver on that request as well as the return of ‘The Woody Show’ – I’m excited to watch how quickly Woody will reinstate his relationship with both listeners and advertisers here in St. Louis.”
Alpha Media Names Ebro & Laura Stylez Afternoon Hosts. It’s another gig for Ebro Darden and Laura Stylez as the duo will host the 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm show on Alpha Media Portland’s hip hop KWEE, Portland “WE 96.3.” Ebro also currently hosts Apple’s Beats 1 and does mornings on Emmis’ WQHT, New York “HOT 97” with Stylez. Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker says, “One of the core values of Alpha Media is our relentless effort to create new content in ways that others might have overlooked. One example of this was during the creation of ‘WE 96.3’ by using Ebro Darden to narrate the brand. Now with the addition of Laura Stylez, WE have even more opportunities to push the brand forward while welcoming Ebro back to Portland.” Darden comments, “Portland is an awesome city and being on #TeamWe to bring real hip hop back to the radio in this city is super exciting.”
CBS RADIO Renews KITS, San Francisco AM Talent Kevin Klein. Citing very positive ratings numbers for its morning drive show on alternative KITS, CBS RADIO announces it is signing air personality Kevin Klein to a new, multi-year contract. The station says that since debuting in September of 2014, “Kevin Klein LIVE” – with co-host Ally Johnson – has grown to attract “record-breaking numbers for the station, finishing the last quarterly book #1 among P18-34 and #3 among P18-49.” Program director Jacent Jackson comments, “In just two years, ‘Kevin Klein Live’ has become a defining voice for a new generation of Bay Area listeners. They sound like nothing else on the dial. We are thrilled by their accomplishments and look forward to continued success for ‘Kevin Klein Live’ on ‘Live 105.’ The future for this show is bright.”
Yonni ‘Rude’ O’Donoghue Named OM for Radio One Richmond. Urban programmer Yonni ‘Rude’ O’Donoghue is named the new operations manager for Radio One’s four-station cluster in Richmond, effective October 24. The company says O’Donoghue has “nearly 20 years of urban radio programming experience…a keen ear for music, sharp mind for metrics and music research and a creative spirit for audio and digital content, including social media management.” He’s previously served with both Beasley Broadcast Group and Cumulus Media. He’ll oversee programming at mainstream urban WCDX “IPower,” urban AC WKJS “Kiss,” inspiration WPZZ “Praise,” and news/talk WTPS-AM.
Michael Baisden to Return to Airwaves Via Superadio. Urban media personality Michael Baisden has been teasing a return to the radio on social media and now it’s official that he’ll again be doing an afternoon drive program via Superadio. There’s no official start date set but at least week’s NABOB “Power of Urban Radio Conference,” it was announced the deal involves Baisden’s company, American Urban Radio Network, Perry Broadcasting and Superadio. Baisden went off the radio three years ago after his relationship with Cumulus Media imploded.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. CHR WPLW, Raleigh “PULSE 96.9 & 102.5” program director Mike Biddle is exiting his role with the Curtis Media Group station to take a marketing position outside of the radio biz…..Doug Daniels, a.k.a. Douglas Holzmeier, is named the operations manager at Evans Broadcasting’s country KWFP, classic rock KURK, and news/talk KKFT in Reno as well as its country KCMY-AM, Carson City. He’d been with the stations in sales with Wilks prior to their sale to Evans.
CBS News Icon Charles Osgood Is the Subject of this Week’s Harrison Podcast. Legendary CBS News radio and television giant Charles Osgood is the guest on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” posted today (10/18). Osgood has been hosting (and continues to host) the four-times-per-weekday morning feature “The Osgood Files” on radio stations across the nation since 1971. He also retired several weeks ago from a 24-year stint as the anchor of television’s CBS News “Sunday Morning” program. Harrison and Osgood talk about changes in media and journalism over the years culminating with a provocative analysis of the current presidential election. To listen to the podcast in its entirety please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Alternative KNDD, Seattle “107.7 The End” announces the lineup for the December 6 “Deck the Hall Ball” at the Key Arena: Featured acts will be: Empire of the Sun, The Head and the Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Glass Animals, Band of Horses, Coin, and My Goodness…..Hot AC KLLC, San Francisco “Radio Alice @ 97.3” is presenting the “Alice in Winterland” show on December 1 at the Masonic. On stage will be: OneRepublic, Train, and Los Bandoleros…..CBS RADIO’s KLUC, KMXB and KXQQ in Las Vegas announced New Year’s shows at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas that will feature The Weeknd performing on December 30 and Sting on December 31. CBS RADIO is offering fly-away contests and is promoting the shows across 23 of its stations nationwide…..North Carolina State University’s WKNC, Raleigh is upgrading to an HD signal. General manager Emily Ehling says, “The benefits of broadcasting in HD are the overall sound quality improvement and the fact that we will eventually be able to multi-cast. Only about a dozen or so college radio stations broadcast in HD, which makes us even cooler since we’re ahead of the curve!”
J.D. Crowley Named EVP Digital for CBS RADIO. Moving over from the CBS Television division where he was SVP and GM of digital media is J.D. Crowley, who takes on the EVP of digital role for CBS RADIO. The digital efforts he’ll be in charge of include: market-focused local websites operated jointly with CBS TV stations, local music and entertainment station websites, the streaming service Radio.com, podcast network Play.it, event discovery business Eventful, mobile apps, and social media outreach. Crowley is expected to develop and lead the future strategy of these properties while collaborating on their present operations with CBS Local Digital Media, a division of CBS Corporation which currently manages the assets. In connection with its separation from CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO plans to continue to collaborate with CBS Local Digital Media via a joint digital services agreement. Crowley says, “Local stations are the bedrock of any radio company and through our digital portfolio we are able to enrich listeners’ daily experience by reaching them wherever and whenever. With a focus on world-class products and industry-leading storytelling and experiences, I’m confident our digital efforts will help pave our road to success while retaining the personal connection with our audience that radio has always delivered. I am honored and excited to join CBS RADIO and look forward to working with the team to reimagine our future.”
Marty Bender to Program WOFX, Cincinnati. Classic rock programming pro Marty Bender will serve as program director and host the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm show on Cumulus Media’s WOFX, Cincinnati “92.5 The Fox,” effective Monday (10/10). Although he was most recently programming Hubbard Radio’s adult contemporary WSHE, Chicago, Bender has served in the past as VP of programming for Premiere Networks, executive producer for the “Bob & Tom” show, OM for iHeartMedia’s WFBQ/WRZX/WNDE in Indianapolis, and PD/morning host at iHeartMedia’s rock WFTK, Cincinnati “96 ROCK.” Cumulus Media Cincinnati operations manager Keith Mitchell states, “I can’t explain how excited we are to bring in a programmer of Marty’s caliber to lead ‘The Fox.’ With years dedicated to the format and working with the ‘Bob and Tom’ show at WFBQ, it’s exciting to see what’s in store for ‘The Fox’ and classic rock listeners in Cincinnati. With the recent addition of Laura Steele and now, with Marty in the PD chair, ‘The Fox’ is poised for bigger and better things.”
Cumulus Brings Selena Robinson Aboard for WLEV, Allentown. Former “Froggy 101” Scranton morning personality Selena Robinson signs on with Cumulus Media to co-host the “Selena and Scott” morning show on adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown with Scott Evans. To make room for Robinson, former morning show co-host Josh Gears moves to afternoon drive and Kelly K hosts middays. Robinson comments, “I’m so excited to be a part of the warm and welcoming Lehigh Valley community and to get real with my new morning work hubby Scott Evans.”
WALK, Patchogue Adds Jamie Morris to AM Show. Air personality Jamie Morris is returning to Connoisseur Media’s hot AC WALK, Patchogue on Long Island to serve as morning drive co-host with Mark Daniels, effective October 20. Morris takes over for Cindy who is exiting the station after 16 years for personal reasons. Morris has been serving with iHeartMedia’s New York City station group as morning drive traffic personality and weekend jock on CHR WKTU and AC WLTW. WALK program director Tommy Conway states, “I am thrilled to have Jamie join us for mornings on WALK. She is talented, energetic and a perfect fit for our audience. She will make an impact right away.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Morning personality Greg Hewitt inks a multi-year contract extension with CBS RADIO’s adult contemporary KEZK, St. Louis. Program director Marty Linck states, “Greg has been a St. Louis radio staple for decades, so it’s exciting to know we’ll have him on board for many years to come. He’s a life-long St. Louisan who really understands what makes this city tick!”…..Victor Giacomelli has been named director of sales for Emmis New York’s hip hop WQHT “HOT 97,” urban AC WBLS and Gospel WLIB. During his career, Giacomelli has served as general sales manager for Bell Media and vice president of sales for Corus Radio.
PPM Analysis: Urban AC. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses of the performances of urban-based stations based on Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 PPM survey. Yesterday, we published the report on urban contemporary, today the focus is on urban adult contemporary. In looking at how urban AC stations performed in the recent survey compared to the same period a year ago, Kinosian notes, “Eight stations on our panel better their September 2015 6+ numbers by at least one full share, compared to six that decline by at least one full share year-to-year. On the strength of a +1.9 (4.6 – 6.5, 6+, September 2015 – September 2016), Radio One Indianapolis’ WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” jumps from ninth to fourth. A year-to-year +1.5 to 8.5 (6+) meanwhile powers Baltimore sibling WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” from fourth to first.” Entercom’s WVKL, Norfolk; iHeartMedia’s KJMS, Memphis; and WVAZ, Chicago were the three other urban AC stations to rank #1 in their respective markets in September. See Kinosian’s entire report here.
Emmis Fiscal Q2 Radio Net Revenue Down 3.3%. The fiscal second quarter numbers from Emmis Communications come as tomorrow’s deadline for Emmis chairman Jeff Smulyan’s $4.10 per share offer to take the company private approaches. Regarding the company’s second quarter performance, Smulyan says, “Across the board, this was a difficult quarter. Third quarter radio revenues are currently pacing flat to the prior year. We are hopeful that we will see political advertising tailwinds strengthen as we move through October. We are increasing marketing spend at some of our largest brands to boost ratings and to give us a competitive advantage.”
Hubbard to Reunite ‘Sherman & Tingle’ on WDRV, Chicago. More changes are coming to the lineup at Hubbard Radio’s classic rock WDRV, Chicago “The Drive.” Program director Rob Cressman is replacing the current morning show – Pete McMurray, Scott Miller and Kathy Voltmer – with Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle, effective October 31. The Sherman & Tingle show aired on crosstown alternative WKQX from 2007 through 2011. Tingle has since served with Beasley’s WRDW, Philadelphia and Entercom’s WSTR, Atlanta. Sherman took a break from the business before returning to join WFXF, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Cressman comments, “This is a very exciting new chapter for ‘The Drive.’ We are eager to welcome Brian and Steve back to Chicago and look forward to offering our region’s commuters a fresh take on classic rock, captivating entertainment and local information each morning.”
CBS RADIO and Programmer Kevin Weatherly Ink Contract Renewal. Programming pro Kevin Weatherly and CBS RADIO announce they’ve agreed to a contract renewal to continue working together for years to come. Weatherly serves as SVP of programming for the company and program director for alternative KROQ, CHR KAMP, and adult hits KCBS-FM in Los Angeles. CBS says that Weatherly will “continue to be closely involved with the company’s diverse content initiatives. Weatherly also advises the Company’s rock, alternative and adult hits stations across the country as format captain, and contributes to the brand strategy of the company both on-air and digitally.” CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero adds, “Kevin’s influence and impact on the content development of our company, and particularly our LA music stations, over the last 25 years is unmatched. We couldn’t be happier that he’ll continue on his journey with CBS RADIO as a key contributor to the ongoing evolution and growth of our programming platforms.”
iHeartMedia Creates New Southwest Division; Kevin LeGrett Named President. This realignment will create a new division within iHeartMedia – a Southwest Division that will include many regions formerly in its Central Division. Other former Central Division Regions will be moved into the West and Midwest/Southeast Divisions to better align them with the right resources and operating structure, according to the company. Kevin LeGrett, formerly iHeartMedia’s Los Angeles region president, becomes president of the new Southwest Division which now includes the Los Angeles, San Diego/Riverside, Arizona, Red River, Houston, Dallas and Austin/San Antonio regions. He will continue to report to Greg Ashlock, president of iHeartMedia West, and will also become a member of the company’s senior executive Operating Committee. In addition to overseeing the new Southwest Division, Ashlock will add the Denver, Western Great Lakes and Omaha regions to his existing West Division. The St. Louis, Nashville and Mid-South regions will move to the Midwest/Southeast Division under president Tom McConnell. The Pittsburgh region, formerly part of the Midwest/Southeast Division, will now move to the Northeast Division under president Hartley Adkins. Both LeGrett and Ashlock will continue to operate from iHeartMedia West’s headquarters in Los Angeles.
Zakk Babb in for Nights at ‘STAR 94.1’ in Atlanta. A new evening personality is named at Entercom’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “STAR 94.1” as Zakk Babb takes over the 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight shift. Babb was previously with Cumulus in Indianapolis hosting afternoons at classic hip hop and R&B WRWM “93.9 The Beat.” WSTR program director Tony Lorino says, “We’re excited to welcome someone with Zakk’s engaging personality to ‘STAR,’ and thrilled to have him bring a new level of energy to our night show.” Babb comments, “After talking with Tony about his vision for the station, I quickly realized his passion for success and that’s what I’m most excited about being a part of. I can’t wait to work alongside the Jeff & Jenn show, Heather Branch, Mike Marino, and the rest of the team at the station that is continually making its mark in Atlanta.”
Alex Santa Maria Returns to Rhythmic Oldies ‘Mega 104.3’ in Camp Verde, Arizona. This will be the third time Alex Santa Maria has served with Sierra H Broadcasting’s KAJM, Camp Verde, Arizona “Mega 104.3.” He previously hosted the afternoon drive position as well as mornings. On rejoining the station, he comments, “Even though I really enjoyed sleeping past four in the morning every day, I didn’t realize how much I would miss the daily interaction with the listeners. After everything I’ve been through, I am so excited to come back and reconnect with everyone that supported my career through the years.”
Colleen Addair Exits WIVK, Knoxville. After a 28-year career with Cumulus Media’s country WIVK, Knoxville, Colleen Addair is leaving the station effective this Friday (10/7). Announcing her resignation via Facebook, Addair says, “Last week, I made the decision to hand in my resignation, and I gotta tell you, the reaction was not what I expected. Management was kind and generous and asked me to take a week to make sure it’s what I wanted. Which makes it even harder to walk away and hang up my headphones.”
WYTE, Wausau-Steven Point Personality Stephanie Ollinger Dies at 31. Co-workers at NRG Media’s Wausau-Stevens Point station group are shocked by the sudden death of 31-year-old air staffer Stephanie Ollinger – who went by Stevi on the radio. Ollinger hosted the midday shift on country WYTE and voice-tracked the evening show on sister station adult hits WBCV. The Wausau Daily Herald reports that Ollinger was celebrating her second wedding anniversary with her husband in the Wisconsin Northwoods when she died suddenly. Authorities are awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death. A celebration of her life will be held in Stevens Point Saturday, October 15.
The Amazing Kreskin Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. One of the world’s most prolific performers and established pop cultural icons, The Amazing Kreskin, is interviewed on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” Harrison and Kreskin dive into an in-depth conversation about how the power of persuasion can shape the public’s perception. According to Kreskin, there is no such thing as hypnosis, per se – but, rather, people can be made to believe things and take action by a charismatic personality who knows how to engage in psychological manipulation. He points out that the larger the number of people in an audience, crowd, mob or population, the easier it is for them to relinquish individual responsibility for their actions and follow the pack. This is a compelling conversation of significance to anyone involved in talk media – especially during election season. To hear this conversation in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.