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.
Kim Guthrie Named to Replace Retiring Bill Hoffman as President of Cox Media Group. After 38 years with Cox, Bill Hoffman is retiring from his Cox Media Group president post at the end of the year. Taking over in January will be current executive vice president of national ad platforms and president of Cox Reps, Kim Guthrie. Cox Enterprises president and CEO John Dyer says, “Kim has been with Cox for nearly 20 years and is an inspirational leader who has helped our media properties transform. She played a key role in the successful creation of Cox Media Group in 2008 and has been recognized as one of the media industry’s most influential leaders. She is a natural fit to ensure Cox Media Group continues to deliver innovative products and compelling news content.”
Lew Dickey Pens Book on Changing Media Landscape. The book is published by Tourbillion International – a subsidiary of the Dickey family-owned Modern Luxury Media – and is titled, The New Modern Media – Remaking Media for a Mobile Culture. We now know what Lew Dickey has been doing since he was ousted from the Cumulus CEO role last year. The book is described as “an indispensable guide to the profound and disruptive changes rocking the media industry. It examines the implications of a new, mobile culture and challenges the widely held belief that most media companies’ true source of profits is their content. It makes the case for the importance of distribution as a key driver of firm value in the legacy media business model, be it a newspaper, magazine, record label, television network, local broadcast television or radio station.” In the book Dickey makes the case for why traditional “radio broadcasters will be unlikely to benefit from subscription revenue for their core service, leaving them highly exposed to the ad markets.” iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman is quoted reviewing the book, “I’ve spent my entire professional life in the media business, and today technology is enabling media to evolve at an ever-faster pace to meet consumers’ changing needs. Lew’s book is a timely resource for anyone working or investing in the media industry – shedding an important light on some of the critical challenges and opportunities inherent in today’s vibrant and complex media landscape.” Pittman’s iHeartRadio just announced a two-tier subscription service last week – clearly another step in the grand plan to transform iHeartMedia from a legacy radio company to a competitor in the digital entertainment industry. But getting back to Lew’s book, it’s a safe bet this will be the talk of the radio business this week.
Report: CBS RADIO to Take on $1.5 Billion in Debt. This report from Reuters, says that sources are telling it that CBS RADIO is preparing to take on as much as $1.5 billion in debt ahead of its initial public offering that’s expected to take place but still has no firm time frame. According the report, the bulk of the proceeds would be paid back to parent CBS Corp. with the rest to be used by CBS RADIO for “general corporate purposes.” In its report, Reuters notes that “a radio company IPO may be a tough sale as new digital competitors have emerged and depressed advertising sales for the medium for years.” Read the Reuters story here.
KRBQ, San Francisco Names Box Kev Night Jock. After promoting “Hoodrat” Miguel to the afternoon drive daypart on its Bay Area rhythmic oldies station, Entercom names area radio personality Box Kev the host of the evening show at KRBQ “The Throwback Station.” Box Kev got his start in radio at iHeartRadio’s crosstown hip hop KMEL as an intern and rose to host his own “The Hot Box” program. KRBQ OM Elroy Smith says, “It’s an honor to name Box Kev as Q102’s nighttime personality. He is extremely talented, creative, and entertaining, and is going to bring a fresh vibe to nights on Q.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Media figure Dwight Douglas announces he’s retiring from his vice president of marketing position at RCS and Media Monitors after 16-year career with the company. Douglas is well known in the radio biz for his 20-year career with legendary radio consulting firm Burkhart-Abrams & Associates. Prior to that he programmed WDVE and WYDD in Pittsburgh and WWDC, Washington…..Caleb James is named program director and afternoon personality at NRG Media’s rhythmic CHR KOPW, Omaha “POWER 106.9.” James moves in from the company’s Lincoln, Nebraska operations…..Connoisseur Media ups Moss Jacobson from digital sales manager and GSM to director of digital sales at CHR WPST, Trenton. Also, Suzanne Montoya is promoted to the general sales manager post.
RadioInfo Tidbits. St. Louis country outlet “92.3 WIL” is presenting JingleFest on Friday, December 16 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. This 14th annual holiday concert presented by the Hubbard Radio station will this year feature: Chase Rice, Granger Smith, Maren Morris, and Kane Brown…..Jodesha Broadcasting has launched a new signal – KNBQ, Central Park, Washington – that is currently airing non-stop Christmas and holiday favorites throughout Thurston, Pierce, Grays Harbor, and South King Counties. The All-Christmas format is programmed by Ken Moultrie’s The New Broadcast Partners.….GatesAir announces three important wins in Vietnam that signify the over-the-air TV and radio transformation taking shape across the Asia-Pacific region. Vietnam Television recently placed two orders for transmitter network expansions. On the radio side, Vietnam is investing in existing FM infrastructure with improvement and expansion projects. Voice of Vietnam, the national radio broadcaster, recently ordered five Flexiva air-cooled solid-state transmitters — two 5kW and three 10kW models — for VOV4, which serves as the broadcaster’s Ethnic Languages Channel.
Backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. The sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival is in the books. It took place over the weekend in Las Vegas with the evening performances taking place – hosted by Ryan Seacrest – at the T-Mobile Arena featuring artists including: U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, twenty one pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Usher and more, plus this year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Los 5. The CW Network also exclusively live streamed both nights of the festival via CWTV.com and The CW App, and will broadcast a two-night television special on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET. Pictured above are (from l-r) “Sixx Sense” co-host Jenn Marino and recording artists Brad Shultz and Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant. Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia.
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.”