Entercom Reports 2015 Net Revenue Up 8%. 2015 was a good year for Entercom. The company reported net revenue for the fourth quarter was $117.7 million – up 16% from the same period a year ago. For the year of 2015 net revenue was $411.4 million, an increase of 8%. These figures include the impact of the transaction with Lincoln Financial Media and the station exchange with Bonneville International Corporation which started in July. But the impressive revenue hike is not just the result of additional signals; president and CEO David Field notes that the company’s stations performed well. “I am pleased to report that Entercom’s performance continued to accelerate into the fourth quarter, capping a very successful 2015…Fourth quarter same-station revenue increased by 5%, excluding political advertising. This marked the second straight quarter of mid-single digit organic growth. We are very well positioned for success in 2016 with an expanded market footprint, strong station ratings growth, and enhanced digital and customer marketing capabilities. Our pacings look strong and we are optimistic about our potential to deliver excellent results for our shareholders in 2016 and the years ahead.”
Five iHeartMedia Programmers Boosted. Trading in their titles of senior vice president of programming to become division executive vice president of programming for iHeartMedia‘s national programming group are Tony Coles, Steve Geofferies, Andrew Jeffries, Thea Mitchem, and Meg Stevens. Along with fellow division executive vice president of programming Gene Romano, they will report to iHeartMedia national programming group executive vice president and general manager Brad Hardin. According to national programming group president Tom Poleman, “Great programming is the foundation of our stations. We are fortunate to have an amazing group of local program directors leading our brands. The collaboration between local programming and the iHeartMedia national programming group unlocks the unparalleled scale and assets of iHeartMedia, providing us with unmatched resources which benefit each and every one of our stations.” Formerly organized into major and regional market groups, iHM is now comprised of four geographic divisions, each led by a division president. Jeffries and Geofferies are working in the West division with Greg Ashlock; Coles is in the Central with Matt Martin; Mitchem and Stevens in the Northeast with Hartley Adkins; and Romano is teamed with Tom McConnell in the Midwest-Southeast division.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Urban programmer Hector Hannibal is named program director of Howard University-owned urban contemporary WHUR, Washington – the station he programmed from 1993 through 2002. Hannibal had most recently been serving with Reach Media as vice president of programming…..Curtis Media Group names Robert Wallace general sales manager for Raleigh outlets classic hits WKIX “KIX 102.9” and oldies WPTK-AM. Wallace most recently was GSM for crosstown adult contemporary WRAL…..Scott Meier is the new general manager at Midwest Family Broadcasting’s Springfield, Missouri station group that includes classic rock KKLH, active rock KQRA, CHR KOSP, and country KOMG. He most recently served with Cumulus Media Detroit as regional vice president.
Westwood One to Present ‘Backstage at the GRAMMYs.’ On Friday and Saturday (2/12-13), Westwood One will welcome stations from coast to coast and around the world participating in “Westwood One Backstage at the GRAMMYs” during rehearsals for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards taking place Monday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. International stations and groups representing countries including China, Italy, Japan, Nigeria and Paraguay will join more than 25 U.S. radio stations and Westwood One’s national shows, “Zach Sang & The Gang” and “The Adam Bomb Show” broadcasting from the two-day radio row. More than 100 artists and celebrities will be attending to conduct interviews for broadcast and digital and social extensions. The event will also include daily performances.
Bentley Moves Across Town to Buffalo’s ‘103.3 The Edge.’ Alternative radio personality Tiffany Bentley crosses town to join Cumulus Media as music director and afternoon drive jock at WEDG, Buffalo “103.3 The Edge.’ She was most recently morning personality at Entercom’s alternative WLKK “Alternative Buffalo.” Prior to joining WLKK, Bentley was a freelance journalist in New York City for publications including The Syndicate. She also programmed and hosted a free-form music radio show, “The Blend,” on non-com WDIY, Allentown, Pennsylvania. WEDG program director James Kurdziel comments, “We’re thrilled to be able to work with someone of Bentley’s reputation and obvious talent…As the heritage rock alternative station in Western New York, it was important we hire the perfect person and we did. Bentley will be a great addition to our long-standing team of great Buffalo personalities and she’s going to be an outstanding music director. We’re very excited for her and her future.”
Cumulus Names Mac Daniels Dallas Country Programmer. Moving from the company’s San Jose country outlet KSJO “NASH FM 92.3,” is Mac Daniels. He’ll take over the programming duties at both heritage country KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” and KSCS “New Country 96.3,” replacing J.R. Schumann, who recently left the company to head up country programming at SiriusXM. Daniels’ programming experience includes stops at: WMZQ, Washington; WYCD, Detroit; KSKS, Fresno; and KASE and KVET, Austin. Cumulus Media VP and market manager Dan Bennett comments, “The KSCS/KPLX job called for someone with an impressive major market track record in country and Mac’s accomplishments and experience are just what we need. His experience programming two competitive country stations in the same market owned by the same company fits perfectly with our situation in Dallas.”
Rosenthal to Lead Scripps Boise Radio Operations. This is a return to the Boise radio group for Bob Rosenthal. He led the stations when they were a Journal Broadcast Group property and he again becomes the vice president and general manager under E.W. Scripps ownership. The cluster consists of triple A KRVB, classic rock KJOT, rock KQXR, and classic hits KTHI. Scripps radio VP Steve Wexler states, “I’m thrilled to welcome Bob back to our company. Bob’s deep ties to the community and his knowledge of the market make him the perfect choice to lead our stations forward.” Rosenthal had most recently been serving as director of sales for Cumulus’ Boise operations.
Stephanie Blue Joins WSWT, Peoria for AM Drive. New to the morning show at hot AC WSWT, Peoria is air personality Stephanie Blue. She partners with “Mix 106.9” morning host Randy Rundle, effective February 15. She most recently was with crosstown CHR WPIA “KISS FM.” Rundle, who also serves as program director for the station, says, “I’m super excited to bring Stephanie’s up-tempo talent and creativity to ‘Mix 106.9’ as we continue to build the popularity of the already highly rated ‘Morning Mix.’”
RadioInfo Tidbits. Boston country station WKLB “Country 102.5” is a finalist in the Major Market Station category for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. The awards are handed out on Sunday, April 3 in Las Vegas with CBS TV airing the program that evening. Greater Media Boston vice president and market manager Mary Menna says, “We are so grateful to the ACM for this nomination. ‘Country 102.5’ has been providing great content and ratings, breaking and developing country artists and helping our community for over two decades.”…..NextRadio is partnering with Intercollegiate Broadcasting System to run a college student contest for the best 60-second radio spot promoting NextRadio. IBS and NextRadio say the entrants will get valuable experience creating a spot and the winner will get incredible exposure for themselves and the spot they created. Interested students can find out more at: www.nextradioapp.com/collegecontest…..Cumulus Media Indianapolis stations WRWM “93.9 The Beat” and WJJK – in partnership with Midwest Food Banks, Metro PCS, and TV partners WXIN-TV and WTTV-TV – collected much-needed bottled water for the citizens of Flint, Michigan. They succeeded in collecting more than 205,000 bottles of water and more than 20,000 gallons of water, plus thousands of dollars in cash donations, to benefit Flint residents in need…..Cumulus Media Dallas reports its charitable works for the calendar year 2015 totaled more than $1.2 million. It’s stations – country KSCS “New Country 96.3,” “99.5 The Wolf,” news/talk WBAP, “The New Hot 93.3,” sports radio KCTK-AM/FM “The Ticket,” news/information KLIF, and sports talk KESN “ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM” – together raised funds, supplies and awareness for multiple charitable organizations through events and on-air and online promotions throughout 2015, including: $205,449 for Cook Children’s Hospital of Fort Worth; $303,157 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and Norm-A-Thon, which raised $500,400 for Austin Street Center.
Michael Harrison Interviews Television Historian Jim Benson, Host of Radio’s Syndicated ‘TV Time Machine.’ In a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from “What’s My Line?” to the future of television and time travel, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison discusses the role and impact of television in our society with historian Jim Benson. Benson is the host of the long-running KCBQ, San Diego radio show “TV Time Machine” that has just gone into national syndication. Since 2003, Benson has been exploring TV’s past, present and future on radio and has tremendous insights into how the medium has impacted generations of Americans and how each generation – from the Boomers to the Millennials – approach it differently. 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 of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Jeff Dauler Named Morning Host at ‘Star 94’ in Atlanta. Two months after announcing his exit from the crosstown WWWQ-based “Bert Show” (hosted by Bert Weiss), Jeff Dauler is officially named morning drive host at Entercom’s CHR WSTR “Star 94.” Upon exiting “The Bert Show,” it was announced Dauler would join WSTR but in what capacity was not announced. The current morning drive show of Drex, Cassiday and Tingle will move to afternoons and current PM drive personality Mike Marino will join Dauler’s program. The station also says it is beginning a nationwide search for Dauler’s co-host. Entercom Atlanta VP/market manager Mike Fowler says, “We are taking ‘Star 94’ to the next level by investing in great talent and live and local content. I am thrilled to bring Jeff’s smart and creative style to mornings and I think our new lineup will provide the best in radio programming in Atlanta.”
John Shomby Joins Cumulus as Director of Programming for NASH Network. Programmer John Shomby is named director of programming for the NASH Network. This is a newly created position in which Shomby will oversee all NASH programming through the Nashville network and syndication operations. He’ll be based at the NASH Campus in Nashville and will report to Cumulus Media SVP of content and programming Mike McVay. Shomby was most recently director of programming for Max Media’s five-station cluster in Norfolk/Virginia Beach – including country WGH-FM. He serves on the board of directors for the Country Radio Broadcasters and the PD advisory board for ESPN Radio.
Two Upped to Music Director at Alpha Media Portland. Country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” and CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” have new music directors as Danny Dwyer and Amanda “ICE” Habrowski assume the positions, respectively. Dwyer has been with the station for the past 18 years serving in such capacities as the official “Man On The Street” in the Mornings, night jock, promotion director, and most recently, midday host. Habrowski is currently midday jock at “Live 95.5” after joining the station as evening personality in July of 2014. She’s been in radio for 10 years and got her DJ moniker from Flavor Flav while appearing on VH1’s “Flavor of Love 3.” Alpha Media EVP programming Scott Mahalick comments, “We’re proud to be able to grow and advance people from within the company. Danny is a star whose capabilities run very deep. I’m excited to have him represent Alpha to the Nashville country music community. ICE’s passion for music and our industry will benefit everyone involved with “Live 95.5.’”
‘B-Dub’ Named APD/MD at KMLE, Phoenix. At CBS RADIO’s country KMLE, Phoenix, Bryan “B-Dub” Washington is named assistant program director/music director and PM drive personality at the “New KMLE @ 107.9.” B-Dub takes over for Chris Matthews who moves to the morning drive program. B-Dub comes to Phoenix from his most recent gig as midday jock and music director at Alpha Media’s KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull.” CBS RADIO Phoenix VP of programming Tim Richards comments, “B-Dub is a remarkable on-air talent and programmer. His obvious love for radio makes him a fantastic fit for KMLE. We are looking forward to creating radio magic with B-Dub on the team!”
Ragland Promoted to Director of Marketing and Promotions for SummitMedia Birmingham. This promotion moves Justin Ragland from marketing director for country WZZK, classic rock WBPT, and adult contemporary WEZZ to director of marketing and promotions for all of SummitMedia Birmingham. His responsibilities expand to include SummitMedia’s urban contemporary WBHK, Gospel WAGG, and hip hop WBHJ. SummitMedia Birmingham president John Walker states, “Justin has done an amazing job over the years and has proven himself to be an invaluable member of this team. Justin’s hard work, dedication, passion and desire to win makes him the perfect fit to continue and improve upon our dominance in the market place.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the corporate level, Greater Media promotes Edward R. Nolan Jr. to senior vice president/chief financial officer. Nolan had been with Greater Media since 1989 and most recently was serving as vice president and chief financial officer…..iHeartMedia Chattanooga SVP of programming and country WUSY “US101” PD Gator Harrison is named a brand coordinator for the iHeartCountry brand led by Rod Phillips…..Josh Venable moves from afternoons to mornings at Stephens Media-owned alternative KMYZ, Tulsa “Z104.5 The Edge.” Venable is also PD for the station. He co-hosts the morning show with Chuck Stikl.
PPM Analysis: Country. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of radio station performances based on ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2015 PPM survey. Already addressed are adult contemporary and hot AC. Today, Kinosian delves into the country format. The Holiday survey is traditionally a time when AC and hot AC stations get a ratings bump from the infusion of Christmas music into their playlists. While five country formatted stations saw their 6+ AQH share go up during the survey, the rest were either flat or saw some degree of ratings dip. See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.
StreamGuys-Cox Media Group Partnership Produces Platform for Digital Broadcasts and On-Demand Content. Streaming media provider StreamGuys and Cox Media Group have partnered to produce a “turnkey SaaS streaming platform for live ad-supported broadcasts, on-demand podcasts, and detailed business metrics and reporting across its entire radio network.” The platform is now live across all 60 CMG radio stations in 11 markets. A statement from the companies indicates StreamGuys has “built a rich toolset around its robust, reliable cloud-based content management and delivery network in alignment with the broadcaster’s goals. [Stream Guys’] SaaS approach cleanly and cost-efficiently integrates several recent, innovative StreamGuys SGsuite products and services into the network that enrich streaming player data, accelerate podcast creation, enhance royalty reporting, and monetize streaming initiatives.” CMG senior director of digital audience Tim Clarke comments, “In StreamGuys, we have found an ideal technology partner that understands the same opportunities we see to evolve our radio products. Their infrastructure and technology, along with competitive pricing and expertise in broadcasting, give us incredible flexibility in the management and delivery of our network-wide streaming initiatives.” Clarke also states that StreamGuys’ HTML5 multimedia player – SGPlayer – has rich metadata support that “delivers the relevant information that online audiences seek alongside the audio stream, including song/artist data, album art, recently played tracks and social media links for sharing the experience with other listeners. SGplayer is also an approved Nielsen SDK player, delivering client-side analytics that offer greater insight into online listener demographics than what was possible before.” For on-demand content, StreamGuys’ SGrecast software allows multiple operators to quickly turn linear broadcasts into podcasts and side channels of any length, with near-immediate turnaround to consumers. Clarke notes SGrecast has been “a phenomenal success,” and is used for brief news, traffic and weather in every market; and 24/7 rebroadcasts of high-profile shows after initial airings. StreamGuys EVP Jason Osburn says, “We are elated to deliver a comprehensive SaaS [software-as-a-service] service that, along with our turnkey support, will at once help Cox Media Group solve problems and generate new ideas to push online radio and podcasting forward.”
PPM Analysis: Adult Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents an analysis of the performances of adult contemporary stations in the recent Nielsen Audio Holiday 2015 survey. This is the period when so many AC stations either flip to all-Christmas music or inject a heavy dose of the music into their playlists. Kinosian notes that the programming change has often resulted in huge ratings increases for many AC stations. But the trend is not necessarily an ever-upward trend. “Not every adult contemporary station playing all-Christmas music during the Holiday sweep is continuing to improve. Numbers though, do speak for themselves, and two especially piercing statements are that an AC is once again #1 in a stunning 35 of 48 PPM markets (Holiday 2015) and an AC has just established the all-time record for highest 6+-share ever under PPM methodology in this most recent sweep (KKCW, Portland).” Read all of Kinosian’s analysis here.
WDRV, Chicago Names Rob Cressman Program Director. Classic rock radio programmer Rob Cressman recently announced his exit from iHeartMedia’s Indianapolis cluster for a gig-yet-to-be-announced. Today (1/28), Hubbard Radio named Cressman the new PD for classic rock WDRV “The Drive.” Cressman was vice president of programming at iHeartMedia Indy since October of 2013 and served for five years prior to that as PD at Saga Communications-owned classic rock WAQY “Rock 102” and rock WLZR “Lazer 99.3” in Springfield, Massachusetts. Curtiss Johnson exited WDRV as PD in December. Cressman comments, “I am thrilled to have been invited to join the incredible talents at Hubbard Radio Chicago and ‘The Drive.’ WDRV has always represented the platinum standard for classic rock radio and I am anxious to uphold and amplify its legendary foundation.”
WHTI, Richmond Flips to Classic Hits. Gone from SummitMedia’s WHTI, Richmond is the adult contemporary format and the “Easy 100.9” brand and in is classic hits and the new “Star 100.9” brand. In a press statement, station programmer Buddy Van Arsdale comments, “People who grew up with top 40 music wanted a station more in line with what they remember from high school and college days. So we’re giving them just that with the new Star 100.9.” WHTI keeps current morning drive team Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins in place.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Moving on from Entercom’s alternative KNDD, Seattle “107.7 The End” is midday personality Pepper. She’ll exit the station after February 19 for a gig outside the radio industry…..Also from the Entercom alternative format ranks is an opening for a morning drive show at WLKK, Buffalo “107.7/104.7 Alternative Buffalo” as Bentley exits the station…..Madison country outlet WMAD “96.3 Star Country” announces Matt Gapske is the new APD and midday personality. He moves to iHeartMedia’s Madison cluster from his post with the company’s CHR WBNW, Binghamton, New York where he was program director and afternoon drive personality. He replaces Abby Zellmer, who exited in August.
Cool Job Opportunity. No calls please for this one, but Saga Communications has a rare operations manager/program director opening in Harrisonburg, Virginia for legendary CHR WQPO “Q101” and classic hits-oldies WWRE Rewind 105.1, as well as operations responsibilities for WSIG “Country Legends 96.9” and hot AC WMQR “More 96.1.” If you know how to make magic come out of the speakers with more than just the music; you still enjoy being on the air; can coach talented morning shows; love creating exciting promotions; and are passionate about writing imaging that says more than just “The Best Hit Music,” then the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains await you. Great people, great manager, great stations, great benefits, GREAT company. Email your resume and audio of you and your station to: Bob Lawrence, vice president of programming firstname.lastname@example.org. Saga Communications is an EOE.
Sam Hunt Visits ‘NASH Nights Live.’ Grammy-nominated country artist Sam Hunt (center) stopped by the NASH Campus studios to chat with “NASH Nights Live” co-hosts Elaina Smith (left) and Shawn Parr (right) on Wednesday (1/27). He talked about his upcoming Grammy Awards performance with Carrie Underwood and his two nominations – one for Best New Artist and Best Country Album. He also thanks the fans who took part in Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Playa” four-night country concert vacation on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The shows were headlined by Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell, with performances from Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton and Craig Campbell.
Kenny Walker Named AM Host at WMXJ, Pompano Beach, Florida. Miami Dolphins radio voice Kenny Walker is joining Entercom’s classic hits WMXJ, Pompano Beach “102.7 The Beach” to host the morning drive show. The company says that Walker “has been making South Florida radio listeners smile for over 20 years” and has helped raise more than $1.6 million dollars for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. He begins this new gig today (1/11) and says, “I am thrilled to be joining ‘102.7 The Beach.’ I love the energy of the station and I am excited to be working with program director Pattie Moreno to help build this brand and connect with our audience online and through social media and within our amazing community.”
Kristi Lee’s Exit from Bob & Tom Show Official. On December 16, RadioInfo reported that there were rumors Bob & Tom Show cast member Kristi Lee might not return to the program after the holiday break due to a negotiations breakdown. Now, comes word via the Indianapolis Star that Lee has officially left the show, though her statement to the paper indicates she exited “to pursue new opportunities.” Bob Kevoian retired from the show in December and the nationally syndicated program is continuing with Tom Griswold and Chick McGee. The Star reports WTHR, Indianapolis news anchor Pat Carlini – a former Bob & Tom cast member – has been filling Lee’s role on the show, but there’s no indication whether or not the move is permanent.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio personality Brian Moote joins the cast of the syndicated, WWWQ, Atlanta-based “The Bert Show” featuring host Bert Weiss and co-host Kristin Klingshirn…..Spanish music outlet KLOL, Houston “MEGA 101 FM” inks a multi-year contract renewal with program director Tony Luna. CBS RADIO Houston says that Luna “has been the driving force, taking the station to its highest weekly cume for Spanish radio in the market.”…..iHeartMedia CHR KPTT, Denver “95.7 The Party” parts ways with longtime midday personality Issa Lopez.
iHeartMedia Announces Third Country Music Festival Scheduled for April 30 in Austin. The iHeartCountry Festival returns to Austin, Texas’ Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, April 30 for the third straight year. The lineup will include: Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, and more to be announced. iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes comments, “This year’s incredible roster of artists is unquestionably a country music dream team. These performers are all living testaments to why country is one of music’s most popular genres and we have them all one night, on one stage.”
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; and internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (1/6) includes such names as: Adele, Jason Derulo, AudioDamn!, Hermitude, Big K.R.I.T., Mataya, Young Tapz, R. City, Chloe Angelides, Rob Gillette, Radiohead, Run River North, AWOLNATION, Courtney Barnett, Langhorne Slim & The Law, City and Colour, The Wild Feathers, John Stevens Jr., Mersi Stone, Drake White, Cole Swindell, Chemical Brothers, and Beck among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Curtiss Johnson to Exit Hubbard’s ‘The Drive’ in Chicago. As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, classic rock WDRV program director Curtiss Johnson is leaving the station. He’s not out yet – he’ll stay on the job as Hubbard Radio seeks his replacement and he looks for his next opportunity. Johnson joined the station in June of 2014, replacing Patty Martin who’d been in the post for 13 years. Johnson says in a memo to his staff, in part, “After many long conversations with [SVP of programming and operations] Greg [Solk] regarding the future of The Drive the decision has been made to part company. I’ve enjoyed my year and half here at The Drive. I’ve never worked with a nicer and more genuinely talented group of people. I will come away from the experience with many true friends, not just friends in the business.” Feder quotes the most recent Nielsen Audio PPM survey noting that “The Drive” tied for 11th place in the market with a 3.0 share (Persons 6+) and a 3.7 share in the Men 25-54 demo, landing in 8th place.
Dustin Kross Named KLIF-FM, Dallas PD/Morning Personality. Coming to the Dallas/Fort Worth market from Orlando is programmer Dustin Kross, who will host the AM drive show on Cumulus Media’s CHR KLIF-FM “HOT 93.3” and serve as PD. In Orlando, he worked for CBS RADIO at CHR WJHM “101.9 AMP Radio” as morning host and APD. Cumulus Dallas/Houston RVP Dan Bennett states, “Former HOT 93.3 PD Louie Diaz [who left to program Cumulus’ 107.3 in Washington, DC] did an outstanding job for the station. He turns over the reins to Dustin Kross, who brings a great background and passion for the CHR format. Dustin will work with KRBE Houston PD Leslie Whittle to elevate the CHR battle in Dallas and put HOT 93.3 in the best position to win.”
KBIU, Lake Charles Flips to Rhythmic CHR as ‘HOT 103.3.’ The former adult contemporary station flips to rhythmic CHR using the new brand “HOT 103.3.” Cumulus Media VP of programming Val Garris states, “Our goal is to have a local connection with the community and give the listeners what they have been asking for by playing the hits from Drake, The Weeknd, Pitbull and Chris Brown. Brandin Shaw will lead the programming efforts in Lake Charles, working with corporate PD Davey Morris, and our amazing local staff.” Vice president and market manager Elizabeth Blackstock adds, “Lake Charles was missing a rhythmic top 40 station and we are thrilled to bring this great energy and music to listeners and to deliver this 18-34 audience to our advertisers.”
Entercom Elevates Freeman to GSM of Miami Combo. Regional account manager Amy Freeman is boosted to general sales manager of Entercom Miami adult contemporary and classic hits-oldies combo WLYF “Lite-FM” and WMXJ “The Beach.” Vice president and market manager Doug Abernathy comments, “It is exciting to grow our staff from within and give Amy this well-deserved opportunity. Her proven leadership – coupled with her impressive track record of success – makes her the perfect choice to lead our revenue growth in Miami.” Freeman remarks, “I am excited for the opportunity to return to the role of general sales manager and I am thrilled to work with Entercom South Florida on two of their legendary Miami-based radio stations. It has been tremendous to work alongside such an exceptional team that is dedicated to our radio stations, the community, and our clients.” Freeman’s past credits in her 20-year career include being vice president/director of sales for iHeartMedia Los Angeles. Just this past Friday (1/1), WMXJ jettisoned its “Magic” handle in favor of “The Beach.” Among persons 12+ in the latest (December 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM report for Miami, “Lite-FM” ranks first for the eighth straight sweep (8.0), while WMXJ is eleventh (3.7).
Deon Levingston Exits GM Role at Emmis’ Urban Trio in NYC. Radio management pro Deon Levingston had been general manager for urban contemporary WBLS and gospel WLIB in New York when they were owned by YMF Media. After Emmis acquired the duo to add to its NYC portfolio – joining hip hop WQHT “HOT 97” – the company kept Levingston in the GM role for the three stations. There’s been no official word from Emmis about Levingston’s departure but numerous reports from the Big Apple indicate Levingston’s contract was not renewed at the end of 2015.
PPM Analysis: Adult Hits. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three format analyses based on data from the December 2016 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. Focusing on gold-based formats, Kinosian has presented a look at classic rock and classic hit-oldies. Today we turn to adult hits. KPBA, Austin “Bob FM 103.5” has the distinction of being the only adult hits-formatted station to rank #1 (Persons 6+) in its market this survey, although four other adult hits outlets finished within the top five in their respective markets. In this report also find charts showing ratings fluctuations from December 2014 to December 2015, changes from November 2015 to December 2015, plus a chart comparing the performances of classic rock, classic hits-oldies and adult hits stations. Read more here.
New York Festivals 2016 International Radio Program Awards Opens Entry Process. In addition to the announcement that the New York Festivals 2016 International Radio Program Awards are open for entries, comes news that there are three new categories this year. Those include: Biography/Profiles, Climate Change & Sustainability, and Music. The worldwide competition honoring the World’s Best Radio Programs℠ has been taking place since 1982 and receives entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from 32 countries around the globe. Radio program awards executive director Rose Anderson states, “New York Festivals recognizes the ever-evolving nature of the radio industry. Time does not stand still in the radio industry – new ways of reaching listeners and new ways of telling the important stories of our day drive change. So, every year, we work with our advisory board and we update some categories as well as create new ones. It is an organic ecosystem. We embrace the new while keeping the best practices of what has come before.” Anderson says the three new categories will provide a platform for those with a distinctive voice and point of view regarding issues and topics of interest. Anderson continues, “In our ever-changing world, radio is the original social media. There is a universal language of radio which connects us all – giving us the ability to meet directly in each other’s imagination and guided by the textures of sound to understand each other.” New York Festivals Radio Awards enlists jurists from all over the world to become members of the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury includes some of the most recognizable voices and captivating programming producers in the industry. Entries are judged on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity, and use of the medium. The ceremony for the World’s Best Radio Programs takes place at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York on June 20. The deadline for entries is March 18. To enter, log in here and find all the information you need. Inquiries can go to Gayle Mandel at: email@example.com.
CES 2016: Home and Health. Radio consultant Holland Cooke is in Las Vegas reporting from the enormous Consumer Electronics Show and today he files a story tipping us to some of the new technology and gadgets that some believe will be ubiquitous in both our homes and our cars in the not-too-distant future. Cooke writes that many of the technological helpers for around the home can be operated from the “remote” device most of us already carry – the smartphone – and that device is where “smart broadcasters are also publishing.” Read today’s full report here.
Entercom Promotes Three Programmers to Vice Presidents. Three Entercom Communications programmers are awarded vice president stripes today: Jim Fox in Sacramento, Mike Moore in Portland and Bob Barnett in Rochester, New York are promoted to VP of programming for their respective markets. Jim Fox joined Entercom in Sacramento as station manager of active rock KRXQ in 2003 and began overseeing all Entercom Sacramento brands as OM in 2013. Mike Moore joined Entercom to program country KWJJ in Portland and was upped to operations manager for the cluster in January 2013. He also serves as Entercom’s director of country programming. Bob Barnett is a 33-year programmer who oversees all programming for Entercom Rochester. Entercom president of programming Pat Paxton comments, “Jim, Mike and Bob are outstanding leaders with impressive track records of success in their markets. They have each earned this recognition. I could not be happier for them and look forward to many more years of working together.”
KFMB-FM Shifts to “True Variety That Rocks.” When RadioInfo reported former two-year KNDD “107.7 The End,” Seattle program director Garett Michaels was appointed PD of San Diego hot AC KFMB-FM, the headline to that (12/9/2015) story rhetorically asked, “Format Change Forthcoming?” It took several weeks, but the answer is yes, as “Jack-FM” rebrands itself as rock-alternative “KFM-BFM, True Variety That Rocks.” In somewhat of the “Playing Anything We Want” attitude of most stations using the “Jack” handle, “KFM-BFM” vows to play “whatever – whenever.” Representative artists will include AC/DC, the Clash, Green Day, INXS, Pearl Jam, and the Ramones. According to Michaels, “We already have the market’s #1 morning show [Dave, Shelley & Chainsaw] as the foundation, and I am honored to have the opportunity to create a new radio station. It is super cool that we’re bringing back the station’s proper name and using the iconic call letters.” In San Diego’s current (December 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM report, iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1” is up one-tenth to 5.0 (6+) and ranks third (4.5), while fellow hot AC – CBS Radio-owned KYXY – finishes fifth with a 4.7. Meanwhile, KFMB-FM is off by two-tenths to 3.0 (#15, 6+). Prior to December’s decline, “Jack” registered three straight up-trends for a combined +.9 (2.3 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+); 3.2 was its best 6+- share in nearly two years (also 3.2, in January 2014). KFMB-FM parent Midwest Television has a joint operating agreement with Local Media San Diego LLC, forming SDLocal. It appears “KFM-BFM” will now principally challenge iHeartMedia’s KIOZ “Rock 105.3” (#7, 4.2, 6+, December 2015); Entercom alternative KBZT “It’s About the Music” (#15, 3.0, 6+); independent XTRA “91-X” (#19, 2.4, 6+); and perhaps iHeartMedia-owned KGB “San Diego’s Classic Rock” (#17, 2.9, 6+). From a ratings standpoint, all of these stations are chasing Entercom country outlet KSON-FM (#1, 5.4, 6+) and adult contemporary sibling KIFM (#2, 5.3, 6+).
Scripps Names Shane PM Drive Personality at Country WKTI, Milwaukee. The nine-month-old country outlet in Milwaukee launched by E.W. Scripps announces the addition of new personality Shane Parkey to its lineup. WKTI – branded as “94.5 KTI COUNTRY” – brings Parkey up from Orlando where he’d been hosting the evening program at CBS RADIO’s CHR WJHM “AMP 101.9.”
Cumulus Tweaks KQOB, Oklahoma City to Classic Hits. The station has been airing classic rock since last summer but now adjusts its format to become a rock-leaning classic hits outlet branded as “FUN 96.9.” Cumulus Media’s KQOB, Oklahoma City will air a “mix of pop and rock hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80’s. Core artists heard on FUN 96.9 FM include: The Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, and Journey.” Program director Jeff Couch states, “With the incredible lineup of on-air talent, together with the greatest hits of all time, this truly will be FUN on the radio!”
PPM Analysis: Classic Hits-Oldies. The second of three PPM analyses from RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian looking at gold-based rock formats today focuses on classic hits-oldies. Yesterday’s report addressed classic rock and you can see that here. There are five classic hits-oldies outlets that ranked #1 in their markets (persons 6+) during Nielsen Audio’s December PPM survey – KLUV, Dallas; KQQL, Minneapolis; KONO-FM, San Antonio; WMJI, Cleveland; and WRIT, Milwaukee. In this report you can find charts comparing station performances from December 2014 to December 2015, fluctuations from November 2015 to December 2015, plus a chart illustrating performances of both classic rock and classic hits-oldies stations. Read the whole analysis here.
Alpha Appoints Taylor to Promotions Role in Louisville. Louisville marketing and promotions pro Jessica Taylor is the new director of urban promotions for Alpha Media’s hip hop WGHL, hip hop WGZB, and urban contemporary WMJM. Taylor takes over for Valerie Sickles, who was promoted to Alpha Media’s corporate marketing manager position in December. Alpha Media Louisville SVP and market manager Dale Schaefer comments, “We are very excited to have someone as talented, creative and energetic as Jessica to join our promotions team. She will bring a lot of unique and practical experience to our programming and sales efforts that will help us succeed on many levels.”
Settlement in Nielsen vs Bubba Case ‘Unlikely.’ According to the most recent court filings that detail the schedule for the discovery process and pre-trial hearings in the civil fraud case being brought against Bubba the Love Sponge by Nielsen Audio, the two sides seem to agree on one thing: a settlement in the $1 million lawsuit is “unlikely.” Nielsen is suing Bubba on civil charges of fraud, conspiracy to defraud, interfering with business and contractual relations and violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Practices Act as the result of his tampering with the PPM ratings process in the Tampa market. Although Bubba admitted to the tampering he says Nielsen is unable to prove damages and the $1 million figure was pulled out of thin air. Nielsen wishes to depose Bubba for up to 14 hours over two days and Bubba says he’s not willing to do that so the court will have to rule on the deposition schedule. If this does go to trial as it’s expected to do, it’ll be in January of 2017.
CES 2016: Radio vs Robots. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports from Las Vegas and the annual Consumer Electronic Show. As Cooke says, driverless cars are one of the big “oh wow” items at the show. How the car of the future will affect our hunger for the information and entertainment radio provides while driving isn’t certain yet, but the possibilities they suggest should cause radio people to think about their product. Read Cooke’s report here.
Michael Harrison set to Address Radiodays Europe Conference. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison has been named one of the key solo speakers at the forthcoming Radiodays Europe conference set for Paris, France March 13-15 at Le Palais des Congrès de Paris. Billed as “The World’s Greatest International Radio Conference,” Radiodays Europe is an annual gathering for radio professionals with 1,300 participants from 60 countries. It is the meeting point for the European radio industry, both private and public, and a destination for radio people from around the world. Harrison’s presentation, titled “Lessons Learned by American Radio at the Dawn of the Digital Era,” will cover both the successes and failures experienced by US radio during its transition into the digital era. Harrison will offer insight into the radio industry’s challenge of successfully integrating its assets and services into an internet-based culture while preserving and enhancing its iconic role as the primary audio medium. Can it be done? Harrison states, “Of course, it can! I intend to lay out the big picture of radio’s path forward with realistic and cautious optimism. I look forward to this opportunity to speak with broadcasters from around the world.” For registration and other information about Radiodays Europe, please click here.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: John Elias, board chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at CFRM, Little Current, Ontario, Canada “The Island”; Rob Banks of WYRK, Buffalo; Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana; provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (12/09) includes such names as: Adele, Jason Derulo, Robin Schulz, Francesco Yates, Psy, Red Velvet, James Bay, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Stitched Up Heart, Animal Collective, Tor Miller, Bloc Party, Coldplay, Aurora, Chris Lane, Houston Bernard Band, AJ Kross, Carrie Underwood, Drake White, Pegboard Nerds, Sex Whales, Roee Yeger, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Michaels Named PD of San Diego’s “Jack”; Format Change Forthcoming? Former two-year KNDD “107.7 The End,” Seattle program director Garett Michaels is returning to San Diego, where he will become PD of KFMB-FM “Jack-FM.” KFMB-FM parent Midwest Television has a joint operating agreement with Local Media San Diego LLC, forming SDLocal. Strongly hinting a change in direction is imminent at the current hot AC, SDLocal vice president and general manager Gregg Wolfson comments, “We welcome Garett back home to San Diego. With his large market experience; knowledge of San Diego; and his proficiency in CHR, adult contemporary, alternative, triple A, rock, and country, he is the perfect fit for the future format of KFMB-FM.” Michaels states that, “After spending the last few months exploring my strategic options, I couldn’t be more excited to return to San Diego. It is an honor to be a part of KFMB-FM; these call letters have such an important history and heritage here. I am stoked to be working with the legendary Dave, Shelley & Chainsaw, San Diego’s best, and highest-rated morning show.” In November 2002, Michaels was the founding program director of San Diego’s KBZT, a position he held until June 2012. The Saint Cloud State University (Minnesota) alum has previously programmed in Philadelphia (WPLY “Y-100”); Detroit (WPLT “The Planet”); and Seattle (KYPT “The Point” and KNDD “The End”). Three San Diego outlets classify themselves as hot AC. In the latest (November 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM report, CBS Radio‘s KYXY ranks #4 with a 4.8, its highest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2014 (7.0) and iHeartMedia‘s KMYI “Star 94.1” is #6 (4.5). Meanwhile, KFMB-FM “Jack-FM” is #15 with a 3.2, its third straight up-trend (2.3 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+) and best 6+- share in nearly two years (also 3.2, in January 2014). All of them are chasing the market leader – Entercom country outlet KSON-FM (#1, 5.2, 6+).
‘2 Guys Named Chris’ Morning Show Begins Syndication Run. The WKRR, Greensboro, North Carolina-based “2 Guys Named Chris” show – featuring Chris Kelly and Chris Demm – launches a syndication effort with the signing of its first affiliate station, Max Media-owned classic rock simulcast WZPR, Nags Head and WFMZ, Hertford, North Carolina. Kelly and Demm have been at Dick Broadcasting’s WKRR for the past 15 years and the station says the show has been “#1 with Men 25-54 for 35 consecutive ratings periods. WKRR recently became an Eastlan Ratings subscriber and the program is enjoying the same success in Eastlan.” Max Media of the Carolinas VP/GM Mike Smith states, “As the radio world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the classic rock format Max Radio of the Carolinas is proud to be the first classic rock affiliate of a morning show that talks about classic rock…sometimes…and rarely plays any of the music!” Global Media Services is the exclusive syndication representative for the show. Interested stations can contact Tony Garcia at 303-557-1961.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Moving up at iHeartMedia’s CHR WHTZ, New York “Z100” is Maxwell, who goes from the 10:00 pm to 2:00 am show to the 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm program. In a statement, “Z100” programmer Mark Medina says, “Maxwell is one of the premier on-air talents in the country. His connection with the artists, superior interviewing skills, deep relationship with our listeners, and his star power contribute to ‘Z100’ as a world-class brand and we’re thrilled to have him move into prime time.”…..Local Media San Diego announces market personality Tommy Hough is the new morning drive host at alternative XETRA, San Diego “91X.” Hough was most recently heard on former crosstown triple A KPRI prior to its sale and flip to a religious format. Hough says, “It’s pretty unbelievable to be coming to ‘91X.’ This is the station that’s been tenderizing the ears of San Diego since 1983 and has played a large part in molding the tastes and musical vibe of the San Diego community with a sound we take for granted today. ‘91X’ has been the region’s ears, musical conscience and tastemaker for three decades, and continues to play that role.”
Alpha Media Names Jeff Beck OM for Fredericksburg Cluster. In the Fredericksburg, Virginia market, Alpha Media operates country WFLS, classic rock WWUZ “96.9 The Rock,” CHR WVBX “99.3 The Vibe,” and news/talk/sports simulcast WNTX-AM/W243BS at 96.5 FM. Now, the company announces that Jeff Beck is officially promoted to operations manager for the cluster. Alpha Fredericksburg market manager Ralph Salierno comments, “Jeff has been doing most of this job already and has proven to be an invaluable asset to our radio station group. This is a well-deserved promotion for one of radio’s professionals.”
Peterson Promoted at Entercom Denver. Programmer Mike Peterson has been programming adult contemporary KALC, Denver and serving as operations manager for the cluster since 2012. Now, Peterson is named vice president of programming and operations. In Denver Entercom also operates hip hop KQKS “KS 107.5,” classic rock KQMT “The Mountain 99.5,” adult standards KEZW, oldies KRWZ, and comedy K276FK at 103.1 FM. Entercom Denver VP and general manager Amy Griesheimer says, “I am thrilled to have a great programming partner like Mike Peterson to lead the way in Denver. Through the years Mike has proven to be a dynamic visionary leader and a huge addition to the team.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Promotions pro Joe DeAngelis is upped from his director of promotions position at iHeartMedia New York to director of marketing and promotions in which he’ll lead the team that plans, organizes and executes station promotions and events. He’ll also manage external marketing campaigns for all iHeartMedia New York stations and work closely with the programming team on content development…..Matt Stone takes on the operations manager role at Apex Broadcasting’s Fort Walton Beach Florida cluster. He’ll also serve as program director for rock WZLB “103.1 The Blaze.” Apex also operates country WHWY “Highway 98.1,” adult hits WWAV “102.1 The Wave,” and CHR WECQ “Q92” in the market. Stone was most recently morning personality and APD at Local Media San Diego’s alternative XETRA “91X.”
Breaking Southwest Wins NASH Next Competition. The Dallas-based country trio Breaking Southwest was the winner of the 2015 NASH Next competition produced by Cumulus Media. The final competition and the naming of the grand prize winner took place at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville on Thursday, December 3. Cumulus says the “unique competition discovers and releases music from the most promising country talent, with the winner signed to the new NASH Next record label and the top 10 finalists all participating in a national tour next year.” Country fans nominated and voted for their favorite new country acts – with more than 450 million social media impressions in the last three months alone and more than 1.4 million visitors to NASHNextCountry.com. The NASH Next nationwide talent search included an extensive series of competitions that challenged contenders to showcase their musical and creative talents. This included a cover song performance, multiple songwriting competitions and the creation of an original Instagram video, a PicCollage project and a fully produced original music video. The winner was decided based on a combination of feedback from the music industry judges, online fan voting and an original “Spin Index” of social media activity. The judges for the competition were legendary music producer James Stroud, award-winning country music artist and radio personality Kix Brooks and Cumulus SVP of content and programming Mike McVay. Big Machine Label Group CEO and founder Scott Borchetta served as mentor who guided the finalists through the last challenge to produce an original music video. McVay comments, “This innovative talent competition showed the strength of the country music fan community. We are delighted that we were able to connect with millions of enthusiastic country music lovers and will now be able to take 10 artists and bands on the first NASH Next tour in just a few months.” Pictured here (from l-r) are: Mike McVay, Scott Borchetta, Breaking Southwest members Lauren Hall, Kent Bell and Kyle Gaston, “NASH Nights Live” personalities Elaina Smith and Shawn Parr.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Adult album alternative KFOG, San Francisco announces it helped raise more than $27,000 for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and Toys for Tots via its “KFOG’s Concert for Kids” at the Fox Theater in Oakland featuring headliner Gary Clark, Jr., with Houndmouth and Greg Holden…..Country KPLX, Dallas “99.5 The Wolf” helped raise more than $303,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during its “Hunt for a Cure, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon.” The Wolf air staff broadcast live from 6:00 am until 7:00 pm, on Thursday and Friday (12/3-4) with Skip Mahaffey, Lisa Taylor, Smokey Rivers and Mark Phillips sharing heart-warming, inspiring stories about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the children and families affected by St. Jude…..PodcastOne announces a new, music-centric podcast series hosted by respected music journalist Steve Baltin. He’s written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, MOJO, the Los Angeles Times, and countless other magazines and newspapers. The program is called “Riffing With” and is described as “an unscripted and uncensored, fly-on-the-wall conversation with influential and inspirational, multi-platinum artists, that features timeless stories straight from the mouths of music’s legends.” PodcastOne chairman and CEO Norm Pattiz says, “I’m particularly excited about this podcast because it takes me back to Westwood One’s rock ‘n’ roll roots. We started as a music company and made a lot of history in that genre. I think ‘Riffing With,’ with Steve Baltin, gives us the credibility to do the same at PodcastOne.”
The Importance of Musical Soundtracks to Films. Two of modern cinema’s leading composers, the multi-award-winning brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna, join Michael Harrison in this week’s installment of PodcastOne’s international hit, “Up Close and Far Out.” The Danna Brothers composed the stunning soundtrack of the new Disney/Pixar animated feature “The Good Dinosaur” and discuss the techniques that went into creating a soundscape for the larger-than-life computer imagery generated in this latest animated epic. The fascinating conversation also delves into the role movie music plays in manipulating the emotions of the viewer as well as the rise of “World Music” as a genre influencing pop culture in Western society. To hear the entire conversation please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player boxes in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.