Entercom Greenville-Spartanburg Sets New Roles for Hendrix, Stone, McLain. Several noteworthy personnel moves take place at Entercom-owned stations in Greenville-Spartanburg, a South Carolina cluster the company refers to as “Entercom Upstate.” For openers, rock WTPT “93.3 The Planet” and WROQ “Classic Rock 101.1″ operations manager/program director Mark Hendrix takes on additional duties as operations manager for talk WYRD-FM “Word 106.3,” as well as the sports simulcast of WORD-AM and WYRD-AM. He will continue to program WORD-AM and WYRD-AM, both branded as “ESPN Upstate.” He succeeds Bob McLain as OM for “Word 106.3″; however, McLain carries on as the station’s 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm talent and is named operations manager emeritus. Meanwhile, “Classic Rock 101.1″ assistant program director Jay D. Stone is boosted to program director. Stone continues as APD of “The Planet” and maintains his “Classic Rock 101.1″ 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm “The Stoneman” on-air shift. According to Entercom Greenville vice president and market manager Steve Sinicropi, “Mark Hendrix has done an outstanding job programming ‘Classic Rock 101.1′ and ‘93.3 The Planet/WTPT-FM.’ He has coached ‘The Rise Guys’ on ‘The Planet’ to the top of many key morning demos. Hendrix will build on Bob McLain’s excellent work on ‘Word 106.3,’ developing stimulating local talk. I am also pleased that Bob will continue his very popular show. I am happy Jay D. Stone has been elevated to the well-deserved position of program director at ‘Classic Rock 101.1.’ He is the heart and soul of that station.” Hendrix comments, “I am thankful for the great opportunities that Entercom has afforded me over the years. I look forward to working with our talented staffs to deliver exceptional, locally focused programs to our upstate audiences.” McLain remarks, “Entercom Upstate has given me great opportunities to engage with listeners, discuss controversial and important issues, and establish a thought provoking radio brand.” Stone declares that, “Having the opportunity to head up the legendary call letters of WROQ is a big deal. All I can say is that, after working with the top-shelf staff at Entercom Upstate for the past 12 years, the winning tradition will continue at ‘Classic Rock 101.'” Hendrix has been with the company since August 2001, when he became program director of WTPT. McLain began his career at Winston-Salem’s WTOB. Stone was named music director of “Classic Rock 101.1″ in 2003, after holding similar duties at Des Moines classic rocker KGGO.
Bonneville Announces KSWD, Los Angeles Morning Team. Here’s an update with some details from Bonneville about the new morning show featuring Mark Thompson (formerly of KLOS’ Mark & Brian show) on its classic rocker KSWD “100.3 FM The Sound.” The new program will debut on February 2. In early December it was announced that KSWD personality Andy Chanley will be part of the show. Now, the station adds that Gina Grad, who has been featured as guest co-host, panelist, news anchor and field reporter on numerous radio shows throughout Southern California, comes aboard as does Thompson’s 22 year-old daughter, Katie, who will serve as the show’s “Chick On The Street.” Thompson comments, “As my previous 25-year LA run has taught me, a great morning show takes more than just one guy and a microphone. Being funny and entertaining at 6:00 am ain’t easy, but Andy and Gina have kept me laughing all week as we have been working (if you want to call it that) on plans for the show. That’s a very good sign. Plus, we’ve got great classic rock music, and that stuff never fails to get the old morning motor revving.”
Marshall’s Multiple Roles with MacDonald Garber. Simultaneous with being named operations director for all MacDonald Garber Broadcasting AM stations, Greg Marshall is appointed general manager for the company’s Cadillac, Michigan cluster. President and chief executive officer Trish MacDonald Garber comments, “Greg’s vast experience with broadcasting and his great passion for it can only contribute to our continued success. As the current acting general manager in Cadillac, I am leaving Greg in capable hands with an upward trajectory that I know he and the team will capitalize on.” Marshall states, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the great staff at the Cadillac stations and the AM radio stations in the company. I am looking forward to this amazing opportunity.” Among the stations in the Cadillac group are hot AC WLXV “Mix 96,” sports WKAD “93.7 FM The Ticket,” and talk WATT “Rush Radio 1240.” Over and above these two new duties, Marshall will continue doing his daily 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm talk show on the company’s WMKT “The Talk Station,” Traverse City-Petoskey, Michigan; the program will soon be simulcast on WATT as well.
Tom Joyner Vows to Continue ‘Meeting Every Listener.’ In 2014 Tom Joyner was determined to meet more listeners and visited 40 markets where his program is carried. This year, Joyner continues his “Meet Every Listener” tour, beginning today (1/19) in Houston. This week, Joyner will visit KMJQ, Houston; KTCX, Beaumont, Texas; KVMA, Shreveport, Louisiana; and wrap up the week at KOKY, Little Rock. Each month this year, Joyner, along with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown, will broadcast live from a different region of the country from local radio station affiliates, meet and greet listeners and sponsors, and generally have a great time meeting thousands of people. The tour is sponsored by America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses and UnitedHealthcare.
Your Note to “Radio’s Best Friend” Couldn’t Hurt. One of the genuinely great people in the industry isn’t doing well. Just like giving a bowl of chicken soup to someone with a cold or the flu, sending a get-well wish to Art Vuolo certainly couldn’t hurt, and based on a message he posted today (Sunday, 1/18) on his Facebook page, it might go a long way in boosting the spirits of the man widely-regarded as “Radio’s Best Friend.” Coming off organizing yet another wildly successful Los Angeles radio get together, Vuolo underwent knee replacement surgery this past Tuesday (1/13), but he admits, “I hurt a lot. It is difficult for me to sit up in bed to type these words. Hoping I will feel better soon, but right now, my pain level is elevated. All prayers are welcomed.” One of radio’s greatest ambassadors and a countless times videographer of record, Vuolo is in room #154 of the Maple Manor Rehabilitation Center,31215 Novi Road, Novi, Michigan 48377.
Klein In As PD of WNOW. While he will not begin his new duties until a bit later this month (1/26), Mike Klein is set to program Radio One Indianapolis CHR WNOW-FM “Radio Now 100.9.” Vice president and general manager Chuck Williams observes, “We are all looking forward to having Mike on our team to play a key role in the continued growth of our staff and our top 40 station. He is a great fit for our team.” Klein comments, “I am very excited to be the next leader of ‘Radio Now.’ I cannot wait to work with the amazing team to continue to grow [the station’s] brand on air and online.” In addition to his “Radio Now” PD duties, Klein will do an on-air shift. He succeeds Leo Baldwin, who is operations manager of Digity Media‘s West Palm Beach cluster. Most recently, Klein programmed WNVZ “Z-104. It was his second tour-of-duty at the Entercom Norfolk rhythmic CHR – he previously worked there for approximately seven years (1999 – 2006). His other PD credits include Louisville’s WLGX and WNRW, as well as WBVD, Melbourne, Florida. In addition, Klein has worked at iHeartMedia CHR outlets WHTZ “Z-100,” New York; WIHT “Hot 99.5,” Washington, DC; and WFLZ, Tampa. WNOW changed its call letters from WNOU roughly seven months ago.
Beasley Broadcast Group Bumps Up Monahan to CRO. Seven-year executive vice president of sales Heather Monahan is elevated to chief revenue officer – a newly created Beasley Broadcast Group position, where she will oversee all sales of BBG’s core radio, digital, and non-traditional revenue opportunities. President and chief operating officer Bruce Beasley remarks, “As the radio broadcasting industry continues to offer a wider variety of ways in which we service advertisers, it became evident that having one person at corporate oversee and coordinate these various facets would be beneficial. Heather has proven her loyalty to Beasley over the years and has further shown us her ability to manage the sales process.” According to Miami resident Monahan, “What most excites me is the opportunity to define a holistic strategy that optimizes and unites our entertainment brands, engaged consumers, and marketing partners. At Beasley, our local market teams strive to create a dynamic local presence through our on-air and digital brands. Our continued evolution enables us to further maximize the collective power of our radio brands and connect consumers with marketing partners in an enhanced and more significant way. I am looking forward to delivering improved results for our partners through this new role.” Before joining Beasley Broadcast Group in 2003 as director of sales for the company’s Fort Myers-Naples cluster, Monahan held general manager and sales manager positions for a number of Michigan and Massachusetts stations. The Worcester native is a graduate of Clark University in that Massachusetts city.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Morning personality Cindy Simmons exits Lincoln Financial Media’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “Star 95” after six years hosting the morning drive show…..The Bubba the Love Sponge show is added to the program schedule at JVC Media’s recently acquired country WOTW, Orlando “103.2 The Wolf.” This is the second JVC country station to add the show – it also airs on WTRS, Gainesville “102.3 MyCountry.”…..At the Cape Cod Broadcasting-owned hot AC WQRC “99.9 The Q,” Ralphie Marino replaces Sean Doherty alongside Karen Blake on “The Morning Q.” Marino moves from mornings at sister country outlet WKPE “Cape Country 104” to middays in order to handle both shifts. At WKPE, Cat Wilson becomes morning drive host.
Judge McMahon Not Reversing Turtles-SiriusXM Ruling. In what can be described as another blow to SiriusXM – and potentially numerous other digital pure plays – on the issue of allegations of state copyright violations for pre-1972 song recordings, New York federal judge Colleen McMahon denied the satcaster’s request to reconsider her November ruling. In that decision, McMahon rejected SiriusXM’s argument that Flo & Eddie Inc (which controls the music of The Turtles) don’t have the performing rights to their music in the state of New York. Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (pictured here) – as Flo & Eddie Inc – are suing SiriusXM in Florida and California as well for copyright violations in those states. A Reuters story by Jonathan Stempel reports that Flo & Eddie Inc attorney Harvey Geller says his client will “formally seek class action certification on behalf of itself and other artists, rather than accept McMahon’s alternative of an immediate ruling on liability in its favor.” See the rest of the Reuters story here.
Delay Arises in Entercom’s Deal to Acquire Lincoln Financial Media Stations. The acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media’s 15 radio stations operating in four markets for $105 million will be delayed as Entercom notes in an 8-K filing with the SEC. The company “voluntarily withdrew its notification and report forms filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended…Entercom notified the DOJ that it intends to resubmit the HSR Filing within two days after the date of withdrawal. Entercom’s resubmission of the HSR Filing will have the effect of providing the FTC and the DOJ an additional 30 days from the date of resubmission to review the transactions contemplated by the Stock Purchase Agreement.” After the deal is consummated, Entercom will take ownership of Atlanta outlets hot AC WSTR and sports talk WQXI; Denver stations country KYGO, rhythmic CHR KQKS, oldies KRWZ, sports talk KEPN and KKFN, and comedy-formatted translator K276FK; San Diego signals alternative KZBT, country KSON and KSOQ, and adult contemporary KIFM; and Miami outlets AC WLYF, classic hits WMXJ, and sports talk WAXY-AM/FM.
Chris Jamison Visits WBZZ, Pittsburgh’s ‘Bubba Show.’ Steel Town native and Republic recording artist Chris Jamison was part of the recent “Bubba Show Breakfast” in WBZZ, Pittaburgh’s 84 Lumber Theater. Jamison performed live before a few dozen “100.7 Star” listeners and posed for this shot with the staff. From left to right are: WBZZ OM/PD Mark Anderson, station promotion manager John D’Amico, Bubba Show’s Melanie Taylor, Jamison, Bubba Show’s Shelley Duffy, Bubba, and creative services director Ron Ahern.
Cool Job Opportunity. KRNB, Dallas seeks an afternoon drive personality. Are you a multi-dimensional, superstar media personality? Do you “live” and “breathe” the “Smooth R&B” 25-54 lifestyle? Can you captivate listeners on-air, on social media and in-person? Have you mastered PPM and appointment listening? Do you seek every opportunity to engage listeners where they live, work and play? If so, Service Broadcasting may have a rare career opportunity for you. Our new KRNB afternoon drive personality must know how to connect emotionally with listeners to positively impact ratings and relationships. This is a position for an “entertainer,” not a jock. You should also: be a brand builder; display the passion and desire to win every time you open the mic; conduct compelling interviews; connect strongly with the community; be highly engaged and real-time relevant on social media; have strong podcasting and blogging skills (written and video); and possess creative production skills (experience with Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, Vegas and Vox Pro are a plus). Send your mp3, resume, references and social media links to: SBG HR manager, Debbie Henry at: jobs@KRNB.com. No phone calls please. Service Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Howard B. Price: Preparedness, Vigilance and Training Important in Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack. The horrific assault on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo serves as a sad reminder that attacks on media outlets are not only possible, they happen on an all-too-frequent basis. In a piece published in RadioInfo, ABC Television Network director, business continuity Howard B. Price writes that “even with the best security resources and procedures in place, no broadcast facility is immune from criminal acts or terrorism. And being in a small place doesn’t necessarily reduce the risk. But, there are common sense things we all can do to help deter such incidents, mitigate their impact and help assure an investigative trail in the event one takes place.” Read Price’s very important piece here.
Saga Communications and Nielsen Audio Reach Settlement. The settlement between Nielsen Audio and Saga Communications over allegations by the former that Saga violated copyright law by using its ratings data without being a subscriber means Saga becomes a client. Announcing the deal on 1/7, Nielsen issues the following statement: “The lawsuit was filed as part of an ongoing Nielsen Audio initiative to protect its intellectual property rights. As part of the agreement, Saga has taken a PPM license for its stations in Milwaukee-Racine, Columbus, and Norfolk, Virginia. Saga also licensed diary services in Des Moines and Manchester, New Hampshire. This agreement protects Nielsen Audio’s intellectual property rights for audience estimates, data, and software.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Baltimore adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” – a CBS RADIO property – names Gina Crash co-host of the morning show alongside Greg Carpenter. Crash had most recently been doing on-air work at Greater Media’s rock WMMR, Philadelphia but had worked in the market at the old rock WHFS-FM…..Local and network radio pro Todd Michaels is named night jock at Beasley Broadcasting’s country KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote.” Michaels’ arrival bumps Paul Knight to the overnight slot…..At Apex Broadcasting’s country WCKN, Charleston, South Carolina “Kickin’ 92.5,” Andy Webb and Jessica Chandler are named the morning drive team. Webb comes to the station from his most recent gig at Blakeney Communications’ classic rock WXRR, Hattiesburg, Mississippi “Rock 104.” Chandler recently worked at Cumulus’ crosstown country WIWF “NASH FM 96.9.”…..Armando “El Chiquilin” Ulloa is named morning drive host at CBS RADIO‘s regional Mexican KMVK, Dallas “La GRANDE 107.5,” effective Monday, January 12.
CES 2015: Is Your Station Merely ‘the Linear Feed?’ Radio consultant Holland Cooke continues his reporting for RadioInfo from the giant Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas and today (1/8) he focuses on the disruption TV is feeling at the hands of technology that has made about half of television program viewing delayed or on demand. “The linear feed” means live programming in the order that it’s broadcast and Cooke writes that as consumption of media continues to change, radio must address that “the linear feed” only isn’t going to be good enough. Read his piece here to find two ways radio stations can deal with this conundrum.
BUZ’N@102.9 in Minneapolis Announces BUZ’N Half DUZ’N Concert Lineup. This is the third annual BUZ’N Half DUZ’N concert presented by CBS RADIO’s country KMNB, Minneapolis and will take place on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm, in the Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. As in the past, tickets are not sold to the general public for the concert – the only way to get into the concert is to win tickets on BUZ’N@102.9. Acts to perform include: Cole Swindell, Montgomery Gentry, Maddie & Tae, Chase Bryant, Jon Pardi and Sam Hunt. KMNB OM Lauren MacLeash states, “This will go down as one of the most exciting and memorable concert experiences of 2015. Six power hitters together on one stage, one night…and it’s all free for BUZ’N listeners — we can’t wait to share this night and show our appreciation for all their support of BUZ’N@1029.”
‘The Live Ride’ Joins KNEI, Waukon, Iowa. The Envision Networks-syndicated country show “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is now airing on Wennes Communications’ KNEI, Waukon, Iowa “103.5 Bluff Country” on Sundays at 6:00 pm. “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is a two-hour radio show hosted by 25-year country radio veteran Marty McFly. Envision describes the show as “a weekly ‘concert’ featuring live performances of current and recent chart hits by today’s biggest acts. As a Nashville insider, McFly provides the most up-to-date country news, concert information and artist interviews along with the perfect soundtrack for country radio listeners to relive their favorite country concert experiences!”
Entries Being Accepted for “World’s Best Radio Programs.” Several new categories have been added to the 30-plus-year-old international competition, including “Best Innovation,” “Best Journalist,” and “Best Music Program Host.” New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards executive director Rose Anderson remarks, “Our categories for ‘Sound Art’ and ‘Best Innovation’ recognize the limitless advances of creativity. Our ‘Best Journalist,’ and ‘Best Music Program Host’ categories honor the artistry and dedication of the individuals at the mic.” Advisory board grand jury member/Geller Media president Valerie Geller works with broadcasters in 35 countries “to become more powerful storytellers and communicators.” Geller comments, “Stories are how we track our lives, learn about others, and develop empathy and understanding of the world. At its best, broadcasting informs, entertains, inspires, and persuades. Most importantly, it connects people to one another through our stories. It is satisfying on every level to have the opportunity and honor to hear the amazing work that news, documentary and program teams throughout the world are producing/creating.” NYFIRPA entries are received from radio stations, networks, and independent producers. Among the 2014 winners were the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“Broadcaster of the Year”) and TBI Media UK (“Production Company of the Year”). Deadline for entering the competition is a little more than two months away (3/19); the awards ceremony will take place Monday, June 22 at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse.
Lincoln Financial to Exit Radio Biz; Entercom to Acquire LFM Assets in Four Markets. The deal announced this morning will see Entercom Communications Corp. acquire Lincoln Financial Media from Lincoln Financial Group for $105 million plus working capital. Entercom expects to take over operation of the LFM stations in late January and should close on the purchase in the second quarter of 2015. The agreement includes 15 radio stations in the Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Diego markets, and it will expand Entercom’s station portfolio to more than 130 stations in 26 markets. The deal allows Lincoln Financial to get out of the media business and focus on its “core lines of business.” Entercom president and CEO David Field comments, “We are excited to announce the acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media and welcome the addition of their outstanding brands and talented broadcasters to Entercom. LFM is a great organization that has done an excellent job serving its listeners, customers and communities over many years and we look forward to building on that tradition. LFM is a perfect fit for us as it bolsters our position in Denver and expands our footprint into Atlanta, Miami and San Diego with terrific brands that have significant growth potential. Furthermore, it fulfills our disciplined acquisition criteria as it enhances our company’s competitive position and growth and should be accretive to shareholders in 2015 while having a minimal impact on leverage.” The stations to be acquired include: Atlanta outlets hot AC WSTR and sports talk WQXI; Denver stations country KYGO, rhythmic CHR KQKS, oldies KRWZ, sports talk KEPN and KKFN, and comedy-formatted translator K276FK; San Diego signals alternative KZBT, country KSON and KSOQ, and adult contemporary KIFM; and Miami outlets AC WLYF, classic hits WMXJ, and sports talk WAXY-AM/FM. The transaction is structured as an acquisition of the stock of LFM with a tax election that allows Entercom to receive a step-up in the tax basis of the station tangible and intangible assets providing additional future tax shields and enhancing future free cash flow. The $105 million purchase price will be paid in the form of $77.5 million in cash and $27.5 million in new perpetual cumulative convertible preferred stock that will be issued to Lincoln. Entercom expects to finance the cash portion of the purchase price through a combination of its existing $50 million revolver, cash on hand, and through other financing sources, if necessary.
November PPM Analysis: Adult Hits. This month, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three gold-intensive formats: classic hits-oldies, classic rock, and adult hits. Today’s focus is on adult hits and is based on Nielsen Audio’s November PPM data. The fluctuations in share of adult hits stations from October to November shows nearly half of this adult hits panel (48%) is down October – November (6+); 39% of the stations are up; and the remaining 13% are flat. Kinosian also notes that “approximately one in four adult hits stations listed here is found in the top five in their respective markets (6+) in November (26%), while slightly less than half (48%) are able to crack the top 10.” Read Mike Kinosian’s entire analysis for shares for the past six PPM surveys, October to November fluctuations, performance comparisons to PPM ratings from November of 2013, market rank for adult hits stations, and share comparisons with classic hits-oldies and classic rock competitors. Click here.
‘Mojo in the Morning’ Airs on WYDL, Corinth, Mississippi. The Envision Networks-syndicated “Mojo in the Morning” program is now being heard on Flinn Broadcasting-owned classic rock WYDL, Corinth, Mississippi “ROCK 100.” The program emanates from iHeartMedia’s CHR WKQI, Detroit “Channel 955.” WYDL program director Mike Brandt says, “Having grown up in Detroit, I was familiar with Mojo and the show. I was ecstatic when I saw the email announcing that his show was now in syndication. It was an instinctive decision to add the show to my station – I knew the quality and consistency. We’ve imaged the entire station around ‘Mojo in the Morning.’ It’s not just for CHR – we’re a rock station and it sounds great on ‘ROCK 100.’”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The Premiere Networks-syndicated Johnjay & Rich show is now the morning program at iHeartMedia’s KTOZ, Springfield, Missouri “ALICE 95.5.”…..At CBS RADIO’s CHR KZON, Phoenix “LIVE 101.5,” Christopher Hernandez is promoted to APD and music director for the station. Operations manager and PD Tim Richards makes the announcement elevating Hernandez from his most recent post as assistant music director and mixer. Hernandez has been with the station since 2007…..Tony Lynn is moving across the country from his longtime home in Albuquerque to Upstate New York where he’s joining Community Broadcasters to serve as OM for country WLFK, Gouverneur “95.3 The Wolf,” news/talk WQTK, Ogdensburg and sports talk WSLB, Ogdensburg. Lynn will also serve as morning host at “95.3 The Wolf.”
A Somber Anniversary. Today, December 8, 2014, marks the 34th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, who was shot to death at the hands of a cold-blooded assassin on the sidewalk in front of his New York City apartment building in 1980. Noted record producer Rob Stevens, who has been directly involved in the production, mixing and A&R’ing of much of Lennon’s posthumously released material, has written a brief-but-poignant RadioInfo thought piece, posted today, commemorating this historic event that shocked the world and changed the course of music history. To read it, please click here.
WBZZ, Pittsburgh’s Flick Honored by Salvation Army. Afternoon drive personality Flick (right) is pictured here with Pittsburgh Salvation Army Major William Bode (left) at the recent 2014 Allegheny County Doing the Most Good Dinner. Flick – host at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7” – was honored with the Doing The Most Good Award. The annual ceremony draws some 500 people each year to pay tribute to those in the Pittsburgh region who go above and beyond in their support of The Salvation Army.
Be a Champion. RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie strikes again with a thoughtful and provocative column published today (11/11). In it, the Doob asks those of you working in music radio to be a “champion.” He doesn’t mean dust off your soapbox derby trophy and display it proudly; he means be proactive instead of passive about the music you’re presenting. “Each and every one of us should strive to be a champion. In that process, we should apply the word as a verb and make it our business to ‘champion’ stuff. Our friends in talk radio have made that idea an intrinsic part of the very fabric of the format – talk show hosts stand for things. They are not just impartial observers of the passing parade. The successful ones are passionate proselytizers of causes, concepts, ideals, people and parties. They have a take. They stick their necks out. Once upon a time music radio did the same thing. DJs not only played records and used their voices as an interstitial element between songs and commercials as most do today. They were passionate missionaries of their stations’ musical genres as well as of individual artists – seeking to grow awareness and appreciation for the form and its accompanying cultural lifestyle within the larger setting of the world at large.” Read more about what the Doob has to say here.
Tierney Takes KDKB Programming Chair. After more than 40 years as a rocker, KDKB, Phoenix switched to alternative two months ago. Now, Mars Organic partner/consultant Mike Tierney is named program director of Hubbard-owned “Arizona’s Alternative.” Vice president and market manager Trip Reeb remarks, “It is exciting to have someone with Mike’s breadth of experience join the team. The staff here has us off to a great start, and I know Mike will help us build on our early success.” According to Tierney, “Connecting fans with artists and music has always been my passion, and there has never been a medium that does that better than radio. That is why [this] feels like home to me. I am thrilled to join this station, and excited to help build the team that will make the station a leader in Phoenix and the format.” In addition to Mars Organic, Tierney’s other background includes programming New York’s WXRK “K-Rock” and Boston alternative WFNX, as well as a general manager stint at Rocket Music Entertainment. He will begin his new assignment at “Arizona’s Alternative” in about three weeks (Monday, 12/1).
Marty Brooks to Host Mornings on ’94.1 The Wolf’ in Memphis. The new Entercom country outlet in Memphis – WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” – has a morning host as Marty Brooks is named to the post. Brooks was most recently with Cumulus Media’s Grand Rapids stations CHR WHTS and country WTNR. WLFP program director Chris Michaels comments, “After a nationwide search for the perfect candidate for ‘The All New 94.1 The Wolf,’ Marty was exactly what I was looking for. His passion, energy, and talent make him the perfect fit for ‘The Wolf.’ He’s competitive and will hit the ground running when he arrives in Memphis.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Adams Radio operations in New Mexico, Larry Stevens a.k.a. Big Red, is named the new program director and morning drive personality at KGRT, Las Cruces “Your Country 103.9.”…..In Nashville, Mike Creel, a.k.a. SQueeGEE, moves from the overnight slot at Cromwell-owned alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” to the midday show.
Finalists Announced for Inaugural ‘American Country Countdown Awards’ Show. The awards show will air on Fox TV on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 pm ET and will be hosted by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. The new awards show is based on Westwood One’s long-running “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.” The finalists are: ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton; MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Blake Shelton; FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Danielle Bradbery, Miranda Lambert, Cassadee Pope, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood; GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR: The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band; SONG OF THE YEAR: “When She Says Baby” – Jason Aldean, “Beat Of The Music” – Brett Eldredge, “Lettin’ The Night Roll” – Justin Moore, “Drink To That All Night” – Jerrod Niemann, “Chillin’ It” – Cole Swindell; COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR: “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan, “Small Town Throwdown” – Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” – Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, “My Eyes” – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian, “We Were Us” – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert; ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Crash My Party – Luke Bryan, The Outsiders – Eric Church, Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line, Just As I Am – Brantley Gilbert, Platinum – Miranda Lambert; DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR: “Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean, “Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan, “Play It Again” – Luke Bryan, “Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line, “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan; BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Fan-voted Award via Twitter): Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell.
Cumulus Media Reports Flat Q3. The third quarter of 2014 turned out to be flat on a pro forma basis for Cumulus Media. On an actual basis, net revenue was up $51.4 million – or 19.4% — but that was due primarily to the addition of the operations of Westwood One. Digging a little deeper, the company reports that “broadcast advertising revenue decreased by $12.5 million. Net broadcast advertising revenue was down due to ongoing weakness in several large local markets that began in the second quarter of 2014; however, we believe that weakness has now largely dissipated into the early portion of the current quarter. National spot advertising was generally flat as we continued to take share from small competitors. Network advertising continued to see disruption following the acquisition of Westwood One in December 2013. We believe that process of reorganizing our network sales verticals is also now completed. Digital advertising revenue increased by $6.7 million, primarily due to increased Rdio user generation activity and digital commerce generated by our Sweetjack platform. Political advertising revenue increased by $2.9 million due to additional activity associated with mid-term and gubernatorial elections and license fees and other revenue increased by $2.8 million.” For the first three quarters of 2014, Cumulus’ net revenue was up 1.8% on a pro forma basis.
All-Christmas Music Oasis in Phoenix. As the crush of stations transitioning to all-Christmas music is about to head into full swing, Riviera Broadcasting Phoenix adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis” got a head start by going wall-to-wall holiday favorites last Thursday (11/6). In addition, “The Oasis” and the Safeway Foundation are teaming to provide turkey dinners at a local (St. Mary’s) food bank for Thanksgiving. Chief operating officer Jose Rodiles comments, “Our listeners are eager to jump into the holiday spirit – we are excited to help them do just that. We are featuring the very best music throughout the season, so whether listeners are shopping for gifts or toasting this special time of year, our unique blend of holiday music is certain to appeal to everyone. KOAI – which converted from Spanish contemporary KVIB three months ago – is Christmas music-intensive 55 minutes each hour and it will remain that way through Christmas Day. Its representative Christmas music artists include Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., Amy Grant and Johnny Mathis.
SiriusXM Teams with YouTube for EDM Show. A new weekly EDM show will debut on SiriusXM as the satcaster is partnering with YouTube to launch “The YouTube EDM 15.” The program’s music selections will feature trending electronic dance songs based on YouTube viewership data. SiriusXM says, “The all-new EDM show builds on the success of ‘The YouTube 15,’ a collaboration between SiriusXM and YouTube that launched earlier this year, and is hosted by the wildly popular Jenna Marbles.” EDM duo The Chainsmokers will host the new show that premiers on November 21.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (11/05) includes such artists as: Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Taylor Swift, Heather Jeanette, OK Go, Gunhill Road, Julia DeMato, Who, George Ezra, DEC3, You+Me, Lolawolf, Lenny Kravitz, King Tuff, Smashing Pumpkins, Dallas Smith, 32 Below, Wade Bowen, Kane Brown, High Valley, Talking Heads, Golden Pony, Tenterhook, Christina Perri, Addal, among many others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Urban Adult Contemporary. This month, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three urban formats: urban AC, urban contemporary and urban-rhythmic oldies. The October PPM data from Nielsen Audio indicates the month was pretty good to the urban AC stations subscribing to the ratings company’s service: 60% of those stations went up from September to October, led by Entercom’s WVKL, Norfolk “95.7 R&B FM,” which posted a 2.2 share jump. In this report, see more September to October share fluctuations, comparisons to PPM ratings from October of last year, market rank for urban AC stations, and market share for the past six ratings periods. See Mike Kinosian’s entire story here.
Seattle’s ‘107.7 The End’ Adds Millennial Marketing Specialist. The Entercom alternative station brings Sean Pollock aboard to serve in the newly created position millennial marketing specialist. Pollock comes to Entercom from a 10-year stint in the marketing field working with both national and local clients at Remer Inc. in Seattle. Entercom Seattle VP and general manager Jack Hutchinson comments, “We are thrilled Sean has joined our team where he will immediately begin working with our clients on all of their marketing needs targeted at the Millennial consumer. This is part of our 360 Degree Immersion Concept that will help our advertisers unravel the Millennial consumer decision-making process, especially how they select products or services.”
The Remarkable Return of GUNHILL ROAD. Tomorrow (11/5) marks the official release of the brand new 19-track album by the early seventies band GUNHILL ROAD titled, Every 40 Years (Gunhill Road Records). Pop music and radio historians remember the group as a “one-hit wonder” for the infectiously clever song “Back When My Hair Was Short” (Kama Sutra). However, album rock radio veterans remember them as a great three-man band of the golden era that produced two outstanding albums yielding several “turntable hits” (“42nd Street,” “Sailing,” “She Made A Man Out Of Me,” and more) that simply fell through the cracks as the years rolled by. In its heyday, GUNHILL ROAD was a regular at the legendary NYC nightclub, the Bitter End sharing the stage with some of the biggest name acts of the era. After touring into the mid-seventies, the group finally called it quits with each of the three members going their separate ways. Glenn Leopold became a successful writer of stories and music for some of TV’s best-known animated features; Steve Goldrich became the accomplished CEO of a thriving manufacturing firm; and Paul Reisch continued as a professional musician and painter. Inspired to record again after a brief, well-received appearance three years ago at a benefit concert for their former manager (and Bitter End owner) Paul Colby, the trio finally decided to give it another shot, if for no other purpose than their own satisfaction. Exactly one year ago, they went into the studio where they became immersed for months in an outpouring of decades worth of pent up creativity and emerged with a massive collection of 19 meticulously honed songs covering a wide range of contemporary styles from CHR to triple-A. Standout tracks include the album’s first single, “Selling Apples” (featuring Paul Shaffer on the Hammond B3), a reggae-flavored tune that deals with overcoming the anxiety of unemployment during tough economic times and “Everything Passes” – a Beatles-ish reflection on “When I’m 64” told from today’s perspective of someone who’s “traveled far and wide but is still a boy inside.” (NOTE: All RadioInfo subscribers will receive a link to download the entire album in tomorrow’s email blast.) The fascinating story about the unlikely re-emergence of GUNHILL ROAD after four decades — written by RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian — has been posted today (11/4). To read it in its entirety, please click here.
Mr. G Retires from WCBS-FM, New York. Revered New York City meteorologist Irv Gikofsky – known affectionately as Mr. G – announced his retirement from his gig on CBS RADIO’s classic hits outlet WCBS-FM. Gikofsky has been serving as the morning meteorologist on the station for the past 37 years, working with such talent as Harry Harrison, Dan Taylor and Scott Shannon. Gikofsky will continue to report the weather on WPIX-TV’s 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm newscasts.
Journal Broadcast Group Adds More Digital Christmas Formats. Last week RadioInfo wrote about the expanding Christmas music offerings from pure plays like Pandora and satcaster SirusXM. Now, Journal Broadcast Group reports that “following last year’s record-breaking audience on ‘The Christmas Station’ digital radio stream,” the company is launching two addition Christmas stations: “Country Christmas” and a contemporary Christmas station named “Hitsmas.” Last year “The Christmas Station” streamed worldwide on Journal Broadcast Group websites and apps, via Radionomy and through the TuneIn app. It was ranked as the top Radionomy-powered station in the United States on Christmas day. J. Pat Miller serves as director of marketing & innovation for Journal’s Milwaukee Radio Operations, and he says, “When listeners need a little shot of holiday cheer they can click over to one of our Christmas music stations. Adding three channels to the Radio League app allows the music focus that streaming music listeners expect. From Bing Crosby to Mannheim Steamroller, it’s all there!”
Magnum Communications Closes on Wisconsin Station Acquisitions. The sale of four radio stations in Wisconsin from Bliss Communications – publisher of the Janesville Gazette and parent company of Racine Broadcasting and West Bend Broadcasting – to Magnum Communications has closed. Bliss transferred news/talk WRJN and AC WEZY in Racine and country WBWI and news/talk WBKV in West Bend to Magnum for $2.25 million.
Mighty Met Acoustic Flashback to Benefit Pat ‘Paraquat’ Kelley. Next month the “Mighty Met Acoustic Flashback Benefit Concert” will be held at the Canyon Club in Agoura, California to benefit longtime Los Angeles radio personality Pat “Paraquat” Kelley. A jock on the legendary album rock station KMET, Kelley was diagnosed in 2003 with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Kelley is in the advanced stages of the disease and award-winning musicians, KMET alumni and friends are bringing their talents and efforts together for a one-night special event in recognition of Pat’s unstoppable spirit and courage. Confirmed performers include George Thorogood, Janiva Magness, Paul Barrere, Waddy Wachtel, Peter Stroud, Dan Navarro, Kiki Ebsen, Michael Ann Azoulai, Bill Champlin, Prescott Niles, Christina La Rocca, Julian Sha-Tayler, Riley Biederer, Angeles Band and special guests to be announced. KMET alumni Cynthia Fox and Jeff Gonzer will be among the evening’s emcees and there will be a special appearance by SiriusXM host and legendary Southern California radio personality Jim Ladd. In addition to an entire evening of very special acoustic performances and collaborations, a silent auction featuring rock ‘n’ roll royalty donations, including an Eagles personalized guitar, and an exclusive getaway vacation.” Kelley’s wife Melody Rogers-Kelley comments, “Pat and I are deeply touched and honored by this out pouring of love. Borrowing a line from the Beatles, ‘There’s been some time in preparation, a splendid time is guaranteed for all.’” The event is December 14 at 7:30 pm and tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. For updates, up to the minute info go to www.canyonclub.net. Contact for the event: Rich Piombino, 404-512-2850.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters including,this week: Tommy Star,WDNS, Bowling Green, KY; Candy Gunn,WRFN, Nashville; Karoline Kramer Gould,WJCU, Cleveland; Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; The Iceman; Bill Phipps,WSIG, Mt. Jackson, VA;and Jay Lindly,KDQN, De Queen, AR; 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 (10/29) includes such names as: Catey Shaw, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Matt Nathanson, Lolo, Avicii, Robbie Williams, Lack of Afro, Jack Tyson-Charles, DEC3, Stone Senate, OK GO, Grizfolk, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, James Carothers, Blane Howard, Toby Keith, Doobie Brothers, Sara Evans, Adam Wayne, Jared Blake, Erica Nicole, Alt-J, Lido, Nick Jonas, Ugo, Ariana Grande, Laura Zocca,andChris Meid,among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Round Two of October PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of October 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. The survey period was August 14 through September 10. You can find all of the numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.
- Boston – Sports is October’s ratings headline in Beantown, given that both of the market’s all-sports FMs are up dramatically (6+) from September. This time last month, for example, CBS Radio-owned WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” displayed a +.9 to 3.6, enabling the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Celtics flagship to catapult from #17 all the way to #9. Apparently though, “The Sports Hub” was just getting warmed up, as it tacks on another +1.1 to 4.7 (#7). To say that the 2013 defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox just concluded a dreadful 2014 season would actually be generous. Even so, Entercom-owned flagship WEEI-FM manages to increase September’s 3.2 by one full-share in October (4.2) and zooms from thirteenth to ninth. Moreover, WEEI-FM’s 4.2 is the station’s highest (6+) share in nearly a year – it hit 5.0 last November. iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” (6.9 – 7.0, +.1) occupies the pacesetter position for the tenth consecutive ratings period. Yo-yo numbers continue for public WGBH, which gained one-half share in August; dropped eight tenths in September; and now improves by a half-share (2.1 – 2.6) to advance from #19 to #17. CBS Radio classic rocker WZLX declines by eight-tenths (6.4 – 5.6) and drops from a third-place tie to fifth.
- Detroit – Over and above being #1 for the sixth consecutive sweep, CBS Radio’s all-sports WXYT-FM “The Ticket” does so in convincing manner with a +.9 (7.4 – 8.3). This is the most potent (6+) performance for “The Ticket” since it notched an 8.9 two years ago (October 2012). WMXD “Mix 92.3″ faltered by a hefty -1.1 in August (6.4 – 5.3); rebounded with a +1.1 in September to jump from sixth to third; and now the iHeartMedia urban AC delivers a one-half share gain to 6.9 as it assumes the runner-up slot. Urban contemporary WGPR though registers a -.7 (3.4 – 2.7) as it slides from #14 to #16. Dropping from sixth in September to seventh, CBS Radio-owned WYCD “Detroit’s Country” is down for the fourth straight sweep (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 4.8 – 4.7) and a combined -1.5 in that period.
- Miami – For the seventh time in the last eight sweeps – including the past five – iHeartMedia CHR WHYI “Y-100″ is in the four-share range. Even though it remains in fifth-place, “Y-100″ gains one-half share (4.4 – 4.9), while Cox Media Group CHR WFLC “Hits 97-3″ drops one-tenth to 3.5 (tenth to eleventh). Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105″ relinquishes the four-tenths it gained in September (7.7 – 8.1 – 7.7), but retains its #1 ranking for a stunning 41st straight monthly report. Adult contemporary enjoys an overall six-tenths gain in Miami with Lincoln Financial Media‘s WLYF “Lite-FM” improving by two-tenths 6.9 – 7.1 and Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1″ picking up four-tenths (5.5 – 5.9); “Lite-FM” and “Easy 93.1″ remain second and fourth, respectively. iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WMGE “Mega 94.9″ dips by one-half share (3.2 – 2.7) and drops from #14 to #16.
- Seattle – Among the four Seattle outlets that gain one-half share (6+) from September is Bonneville talker KIRO-FM (4.6 – 5.1), which inches up from fourth to third. Conversely, after progressing by eight-tenths in September to 4.5, sports sibling KIRO-AM “710 ESPN” drops one-half share to 4.0 to slide from sixth to seventh. Others – in addition to KIRO-FM – improving by one-half share are Hubbard CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.3 – 6.8); public KPLU “NPR News and All That Jazz” (2.3 – 2.8); and Bonneville talker KTTH (2.1 – 2.6). Also noteworthy for KQMV is that “All the Hits” is #1 for the fourth consecutive time. Sinclair hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5″ declines by six-tenths to 3.3, falling from tenth to thirteenth.
- Phoenix – KFYI’s fourth successive up-trend is a +.6, taking the iHeartMedia talker from sixth to a tie for second. Since June, KFYI has trended 3.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 for a cumulative +1.9. The last time KFYI reached a five-share was January 2013 (5.0). As Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ “La Tricolor” (#17) advances by six-tenths (1.8 – 2.4), Univision‘s similarly-programmed KHOT “La Nueva 105.9″ (#18) falters by that margin (2.9 – 2.3). Albeit off by three-tenths (6.2 – 5.9), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits” remains on top for the fourth straight month. In terms of Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, the last time KTAR-AM appeared in print was this past January (1.3), but the Bonneville sports-formatted outlet resurfaces with a .8 (#30). Riviera Broadcast Group rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power 98.3″ falters by one-half share (3.1 – 2.6), dipping from #14 to #16.
- Minneapolis – There is plenty of (6+) September – October fluctuation in the Twin Cities and KFXN is at the forefront of it. Not only does “K-Fan Sports Radio” make it four straight up-trends, the iHeartMedia outlet scores an impressive +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5) to progress from #12 to #8. Since June, KFXN has trended 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 5.5, yielding a combined +2.6. Public KMOJ “The People’s Station” explodes with a full-share gain to 2.5, its highest (6+) share since the (identical) 2.5 it recorded in the “Holiday” 2013 report. Advancing by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia CHR KDWB (7.5 – 8.2); Minnesota Public-owned KNOW (3.6 – 4.3, #12); and iHeartMedia talker KTLK-FM (1.9 – 2.6, #15). This is the fourth time in the last five monthly reports that KDWB finishes first. Following four consecutive up trends (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.3), Minnesota Public-owned KCMP regresses by -1.2 to 3.1, as it falls from #11 to #14. Country competitors KMNB “Buz’email@example.com″ and KEEY “K-102″ were tied for sixth-place (6.3) in August, but CBS Radio‘s KMNB gained one-half share to 6.8 (fourth) in September, while iHeartMedia’s “K-102″ remained at 6.3. “Buz’firstname.lastname@example.org″ slips by two-tenths (6.6, fifth) in October, while “K-102″ tumbles by eight-tenths to 5.5 and ranks eighth.
- Tampa – CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WLLD “WiLD 94.1″ puts up a strong +.9 (4.9 – 5.8) to vault from sixth to third; 5.8 is the highest (6+) share for “WiLD” since January 2011’s 6.0. WDUV keeps on rolling by adding another three-tenths (6+). This marks the sixth consecutive positive trend and a combined +4.4 in that timeframe for the Cox Media Group adult contemporary (8.5 – 9.4 – 10.6 – 11.4 – 11.5 – 12.6 – 12.9). In addition, WDUV is #1 for the 23rd straight survey period and has its highest 6+-number since “Holiday” 2013’s 14.1. Co-owned talker WHPT “The Bone,” however, suffers a -1.4 (4.6 – 3.2), as it spirals from a three-way tie at #8 to #14. “The Bone” dropped Bubba the Love Sponge in late-August/early-September. After back-to-back 4.2 showings in August and September, iHeartMedia‘s WXTB “98 Rock” experiences an eight-tenths erosion to 3.4 (#11 to #13). In August, Cox Media Group CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5″ added one-half share to 5.5; was flat in September; but now drops four-tenths to 5.1 (third to fifth). Meanwhile, format rival – iHeartMedia’s WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel” – curtails three straight down trends (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.9 – 5.3) with a +.1 to 5.4 and remains in fourth-place. September was the first time since February that “Hot 101.5″ (5.6 in February – 6+) had beaten “The Hit Music Channel” (5.0 in February).
- Denver – October stats in the “Mile High City” produce a bone fide top 25-market rarity – a four-way tie at #1. If that were not tight enough, the fifth-ranked station is just one-tenth behind; the sixth-place station is only two-tenths behind; and the seventh-ranked station – iHeartMedia talker KOA (+.7 to 5.0) – is just three-tenths off the top. In fact, a mere 1.3 shares (6+) separate the top 13 stations. First-place occupants – all at 5.3 – are Entravision Spanish adult hits KJMN “Jose 92.1″ (#1 in September as well, but down by one full-share in October); public KCFR (even, up from #3); Entercom classic rocker KQMT (even, up from #3); and Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO (even, up from #3). As a refresher, “Jose 92.1″ put up a whopping +1.7 in September, hitting the six-share level for the first time in its PPM history, while KCFR had a +1.5, enabling it to rocket from #15 to #3. Notching six-tenths gains each are Wilks classic hits-oldies facility KXKL “Kool 105″ (3.4 – 4.0, #17 to a three-way tie at #11) and Lincoln Financial Media sports outlet KKFN “The Fan” (1.8 – 2.4, #21 to a tie at #18). After three straight positive trends (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.5), Wilks hot AC KIMN “Mix 100″ falters by eight-tenths to 3.7 (#9 to #14). Unable to capitalize though is Entercom’s similarly-programmed KALC “Alice” (#14 to #16), which was -.7 in August; -.5 in September; and is now -.5 in October for a combined -1.7 (4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.2).
- Baltimore – Stuck on 3.8 in August and September, CBS Radio sports facility WJZ-FM “The Fan” erupts with a +1.3 (3.8 – 5.1) and bolts from tenth to sixth. This is the best (6+) showing for Baltimore’s “Fan” since January’s 5.8. Hearst Television talker – and Orioles flagship – WBAL (sixth to fifth) adds seven tenths to the eight-tenths it registered in September (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.7). A “no-show” in the last three monthlies, Radio One talker WOLB “Where Information Is Power” returns with a .5 (#23). Urban contemporary sibling WERQ “92-Q Jams” though declines by seven-tenths (6.8 – 6.1), slipping from second to third. In September, “92-Q Jams” had its string of progressive trends halted at four (6.6 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5 – 7.8). For 12 straight monthlies, WZFT “Z-104.3″ was in the four-share range, but with a +1.1 in September, it reached 5.2. The iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR, however, gives all of it back (4.1 – 5.2 – 4.1) as it tumbles from fifth to ninth. Notwithstanding a three-tenths dip to 7.9, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” repeats at #1.
- St. Louis – Hubbard‘s WXOS “101 ESPN” hangs out a +.8 (3.0 – 3.8) to inch up from #17 in September to #16. In addition to being the third straight up-trend for “101 ESPN” (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.8), this is the station’s highest (6+) share since last November when it reached 4.6. Simultaneously with CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK “Fresh 102.5″ gaining one-half share (4.2 – 4.7) and returning to the top 10 (#14 to #10), co-owned hot AC KYKY “Y-98″ suffers an eight-tenths loss (6.4 – 5.6) as it leaves the runner-up spot and finishes fourth. After Emmis talker KFTK gained six-tenths (2.6 – 3.2) in September to climb from #18 to #16, it drops one-half share to 2.7 and slips to #17. Heritage CBS Radio talker KMOX adds another three-tenths to 8.9 and is the market’s (6+) leader for the seventh straight month. In addition to being the third successive up-trend for KMOX – with a cumulative +1.6 (7.3 – 7.8 – 8.6 – 8.9) – it is the strongest 6+ showing for the Cardinals’ flagship since November when it registered 9.6.
RadioInfo Career Moves. The new morning personality at Cumulus Media’s country WMDH, Muncie, Indiana “NASH FM 102.5” is Deacon. He takes over for Jeff Sloan who exited the radio biz. Deacon most recently was midday host at Entercom’s CHR WZPL, Indianapolis…..In the Salisbury, Maryland market Bill Baker and Jessica Martinez exit Great Scott-owned hip hop WOCQ “OC 104” where they hosted the morning show. Baker also served as program director and music director. Martinez recently rejoined Baker on the radio after being in television for the previous 18 months. The rumor is the two will re-appear on another station in the area soon.
Bressler: Ad World Moving to Buy ROI. During yesterday’s investor conference call, iHeartMedia president and CFO Rich Bressler spoke at length about the company’s plans to become the number one multi-platform media company – the underlying company goal that was the force behind the name change from Clear Channel to iHeartMedia. But from a sales standpoint, Bressler told analysts that, “The advertising world is moving to buy ROI – return on investment – not ratings or impressions as it does today, and we stand to greatly benefit from this trend since we provide huge ROI reflecting our audience size, our scale and the impact we have, none of which have been fully monetized.” The goal of reaching Millennials is important to Madison Avenue and Bressler noted the 4th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, held last month in Las Vegas, saw social media impressions double from the previous year “reaching over five billion which is on par with the Academy Awards and more than twice the size of the Halftime Show of the Super Bowl.” He says 80% of social media posts related to the festival came from the 18-35 demographic. Bressler delivered the latest data about the iHeartRadio platform saying it now has 56 million registered users and total listening hours are up 10% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Looking at the financials, iHeartMedia reported a net revenue increase of 1% and Bressler said that although the radio industry experienced a soft Q3, the company outperformed the markets based on Miller Kaplan data.
Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson to Perform at National Radio Hall of Fame Induction. This is the first Los Angeles induction ceremony after 24 years of the National Radio Hall of Fame event taking place in Chicago. On November 9 at the Cicada in downtown Los Angeles, Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Stanley E. Hubbard, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead and Dick Orkin will be inducted. Performing at the event will be Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson. In addition, a special tribute to Casey Kasem will take place. National radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “This is an event that brings us all together to honor and celebrate the best in our business. We have an opportunity to show our support and ensure the vitality of this institution by attending. And if that’s not possible, please consider making a donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which provides a showcase for the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago year round.” Noted broadcasters participating in the ceremony will include Ryan Seacrest, Larry King, Rick Dees, Delilah, Michael Jackson, Kerri Kasem and more.
iHeartMedia’s Hartley Adkins Elected RAB Board of Directors Chairman. At its annual board of directors meeting the Radio Advertising Bureau announced new officers and iHeartMedia EVP major markets Hartley Adkins was elected chairman. Also on the board are (RAB duties noted in parentheses): Hubbard Radio chair and CEO Ginny Morris (vice chair); Cox Media Group EVP radio Kim Guthrie (finance chair); Commonwealth Broadcasting president and CEO Steve Newberry (secretary); Cromwell Group president and founder Bud Walters (immediate past chair). Newly elected board members are: Hubbard Radio president and COO Drew Horowitz; Alpha Media EVP southern region Bill McElveen; Emmis COO and CFO Pat Walsh; and Journal Broadcast Group EVP Steve Wexler.
“Music Industry Reunion New York” a Smash! After two successful Music Industry Reunions in Los Angeles over the past couple of years, organizer (and music industry promotional icon) Jon Scott responded to numerous requests and “took the party to New York.” The result was an extraordinary, emotion-packed event that drew more than 200 prominent music industry and radio friends to Manhattan’s Hill Country Barbecue this past Wednesday evening (10/15). Some of the folks that attended are retired giants of the business, some seasoned legends still vigorously playing an active role in the industry, and a number of young up-and-comers that showed up to share the good cheer as well as the priceless knowledge and wisdom packed into the room. In the words of Scott, “It was a non-stop hug-fest!” (Pictured here at right are music business legends Johnny Barbis, and Ron Alexenburg, right.) Throughout the weepy, huggy, kissy, happy, and yappy evening, a number of participants took to the stage to say a few words of tribute to and about each other and express the powerful sentiments that permeated the festivities. One of the speeches that resonated with the crowd big-time was delivered by Paul “Rap” Rappaport — former Columbia Records exec and current co-owner (with Judy Libow) of classic rock promotion and marketing firm, Classics Du Jour. (See story below for more details and full text of the speech.) Jon Scott sums it up as follows, telling RadioInfo, “We all gathered together to share the friendships and stories that developed during the incredible period of music that helped shape contemporary cultural history as we know it. The Music Industry Reunion committee that organized this with me is to be commended: Judy Libow, Roxy Myzal, Harvey Leeds, Steve Leeds, Jimmy Del Balzo, Jessie Scott, Wayne McManners, Peter Gidion, Greg Lee, and Ted Utz.” Scott says because of the success and numerous requests, another party is already on the drawing boards for 2015. Jon Scott can be emailed at email@example.com. (Pictured above, from left to right, are: Jon Scott, music business impresario George Cappelini, USRN exec Roxy Myzal and former WBCN, Boston GM Tony Berardini.)
Paul Rappaport Delivers Knock Out Speech at “Music Industry Reunion New York.” As indicated in the story above, a number of people made compelling speeches at last Wednesday evening’s (10/15) reunion of music and radio industry professionals in New York City (see story above) – one of the highlights being the impassioned words delivered by the ever-popular Paul Rappaport, former Columbia Records VP and current co-owner of promotion/marketing firm Classics du Jour. “Rap” tells RadioInfo, “I just wanted us all to remember a time when art and creativity mattered first, and the money mattered second. And not to forget a time when something like a magical segue could just stop everyone in their tracks in pure appreciation of the art of radio, and how it filled us with so much joy and shared understanding, all feeling as one.” To read the entire text of Rappaport’s address, please click here. Rappaport is pictured here at left with Jimmy Del Balzo (center) and Jerry Lembo (right).
iHeartMedia Ups Mark Adams to PD at KIOI, KYLD in San Francisco. This move brings Mark Adams south from his VP of programming post at iHeartMedia’s Portland station group to San Francisco to serve as program director for hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3” and CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9.” Adams is taking over for Cat Collins who’s been elevated to the corporate National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services division. iHeartMedia San Francisco VP of programming Don Parker says, “I’m thrilled to have Mark return to the Bay area and lead these two legendary stations. His track record speaks for itself and his prior experience programming in San Francisco make him the ideal candidate to take the reins of ‘Star’ and ‘WiLD.’”
Entercom Names Lamadrid to VP Post. This is a newly created position at Entercom Communications and Carlos Lamadrid comes to the vice president of national sales and strategic partnerships post from his most recent position with TC Media where he was senior vice president. Entercom station group president Weezie Kramer says, “We are thrilled to have someone of Carlos’ experience join our team. His sales, business, and marketing acumen are market tested and will help us elevate the conversation with our customers.” Entercom says Lamadrid’s focus will be on “increasing revenue in the company’s national sales channel as well as developing integrated partnerships with leading national advertisers.”
Claudine Cazian Promoted to VP of Programming and Branded Entertainment for Premiere Networks. This moves up the person in charge of production for Premiere Networks programming including “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” “American Top 40” and “Direct from Hollywood” to vice president of programming and branded entertainment for all Premiere products. Premiere EVP of programming Jennifer Leimgruber says Cazian will “work closely to develop and oversee entertainment programming and content, while identifying and developing opportunities to strengthen our brands, and support our partners.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Radio One’s Cleveland hip hop signal WENZ “Z107.9,” Peter Parker is the new afternoon drive personality. Parker comes to Radio One from his most recent gig at CBS RADIO’s hip hop WPGC, Washington…..“Rolls” Royce Stevenson is promoted to APD at Entercom’s hip hop KDGS, Wichita “Power 93.5.” Stevenson is also afternoon drive personality and music director…..It’s a return to radio after a six –year absence for Julie Haskell Gade who is named general manager for Digity Media’s Lincoln, Nebraska cluster. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Gade takes over for Joy Patten who stays with the company to serve as sales manager. Gade worked for the stations when they were owned by Three Eagles Communications.
SF Stations Implement Royal Playlist Adjustments. On the eve of MLB‘s 2014 “Fall Classic,” which will feature the San Francisco Giants against the Kansas City Royals, 17-year-old New Zealand-born singer Lorde finds herself in the middle of a bit of a baseball-related brouhaha. Lorde, of course, has the hit single “Royals,” a title one might imagine would not go over very well this week in the Bay Area. In fact, at least two San Francisco outlets – Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” and Cumulus Media adult alternative KFOG – have decided to delete the song from their playlists for at least the duration of the series. KFOG’s tweeted statement indicates the station will be a “‘Royals’- free zone,” while KOIT-FM indicates the song “will be removed” until the series concludes. In an interview with NBC Bay Area, KFOG program director Jim Richards rhetorically asks, “Why send any positive vibes to Kansas City – why not give the song a rest? No one is going to get hurt over it.” Earlier this year, Lorde received an autographed jersey from Royals Hall of Famer George Brett and she maintains it is “one of the coolest things” she owns. The series gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/21) in Kansas City and we can’t help but wonder if Kansas City stations might retaliate by temporarily tinkering in a similar fashion with the music of a well-known Giants fan – Steve Perry.
Radio Express to Distribute Akon Show Globally. The weekly radio program “Stadium Live Radio,” produced by hip hop artist and producer Akon, is going to be distributed outside the U.S. by Burbank, California-based Radio Express. The company says, “‘Stadium Live’ connects radio audiences to the world of hit music through the personality and the voice of Akon. The show features the biggest charting and downloaded songs from the four corners of the world and exclusive remixes straight from the studio to the listener.”
Westwood One Producer Jaan McCoy Dies. Lifelong radio pro Jaan McCoy died at his studio in Dallas over the weekend. McCoy was a producer for Westwood One’s 24-hour Classic Hits format. McCoy started in radio at age 16 on WFBL, Syracuse. His radio adventure has taken him to gigs in the Hamilton/Toronto and Ottawa markets in Canada, then to Dallas for FM classic rock, rock hits on the ABC Radio Network, and 20 y ears as morning host of “The Breakfast Club,” with 10 of those years at WLGZ’s sister station KAAM. Most recently he was one of the principals in the ownership of country and classic hits stations in Greenville, Texas. He is survived by his wife and six children. David Felker, Westwood One’s classic hits program director, says, “Jaan loved radio and anything to do with music and programming. We’d talk for hours about it. He was dedicated, hard-working, always willing to be there to help out, and he always did it with a smile. Jaan was a true professional, an inspiration and a friend to us all. He’ll be missed.”
iHeartMedia and Omnicom Media Announce Partnership. In a deal that the two sides say could be worth $200 million, iHeartMedia and ad giant Omnicom Media Group announce they will work together in a way that will “result in increased access to exceptional creative services and campaign ideation for Omnicom Media Group’s vast array of advertising clients.” In a press release, the companies say they will also “collaborate on developing new, groundbreaking audio and cross-platform opportunities for clients that leverage technologies and insights from both companies.” iHeartMedia president, national sales, marketing and partnerships Tim Castelli states, “At iHeartMedia we’re constantly searching for ways to utilize our unparalleled reach and insights into our consumers to help our advertising partners cultivate creative and cost-effective individualized marketing campaigns. What makes this new partnership with Omnicom so exciting is that it allows us to do that and more. Ultimately, our collective goal is to leverage iHeartMedia’s technologies, insights, and comprehensive media offerings to provide Omnicom clients with richer media and marketing campaigns. We believe that with this new partnership, Omnicom Media Group clients will have the ability to leverage their partnerships with us to accomplish bigger and more impactful solutions.”
iHeartMedia Appoints GSMs in San Francisco and D.C. There are two GSM appointments within iHeartMedia to report. Suzy Rufail is named general sales manager for the San Francisco station group, while Todd Freundlich has been tapped for similar duties at the company’s Washington, DC cluster. iHeartMedia major market executive vice president of operations Hartley Adkins declares, “Suzy will be a great addition to the San Francisco sales team. Her extensive experience creating personalized, creative and strategic cross-platform marketing solutions for clients will be an amazing asset for the cluster. Suzy is an accomplished sales and marketing leader with a successful track record. She will be a valued member of the San Francisco sales leadership team as we continue to provide a greater reach than any other media company.” Market president Katie Wilcox comments, “Suzy has a robust background in senior management, experience in complimentary formats and a successful record of leading high performing organizations. I am confident she will be a vibrant contributor to the San Francisco team.” Rufail remarks, “I am honored to join a company that I have long admired for its strategy and innovation. I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with a dynamic leader like Katie Wilcox and the exceptional team of talent she has brought together in this thriving market.” On the opposite coast, iHeartMedia Washington, DC and Baltimore vice president of sales Ken Roberts observes of Freundlich, “Todd is a terrific leader whom I have admired for years. I am proud to add his professionalism and market expertise to our stellar management team. His passion and focus for clients fits perfectly in our culture.” Freundlich states, “It is a privilege to be able to join iHeartMedia – a cutting edge company with products and platforms second to none. I look forward to working alongside the iHeartMedia DC sales team and contributing to the high standards and strong foundation they have created in this market.” For the past nearly three years, Rufail was American General Media’s Albuquerque market manager and director of sales. She previously worked as senior account manager for Cox Orlando rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3″; was general sales manager for Univision Radio Albuquerque; and general manager of Ramar Communications Albuquerque’s KRTN-LP and KTEL-LP. For the last five years, Freundlich was general sales manager of Cumulus Media Washington, DC talker WMAL.
Greater Media’s WMJX, Boston Snags Ciaramello. This is a return to Greater Media for Allyson Ciaramello as she jumps from CBS RADIO’s CHR WODS, Boston “AMP Radio” to the position of senior account executive for WMJX “MAGIC 106.7.” Ciaramello’s been with “AMP Radio” since it launched in 2012. She previously worked for Greater Media’s WROR.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s CHR WKSE, Buffalo “Kiss 98.5,” Jud Heussler is promoted to APD. He’s the music director and afternoon drive personality who’s been with the station since 2012…..Cher Ames exits the director of marketing and promotion position at CBS RADIO’s WBBM-AM and WCFS, Chicago. She’d been with the stations for 14 years…..Bo Reynolds exits the morning show at Wilks-owned country KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf” after eight months in the position. The Denver market pro moved from the company’s classic hits KXKL to take the morning gig at “The Wolf.”…..At Sebago Broadcasting’s WCTG, Chincoteague, Virginia, Shawn Murphy is named station manager for the adult hits station…..Blue Sky Broadcasting promotes Marie McCalister from her promotions director and on-air post to program director for triple A KPND, Spokane.
RIP Marshall Phillips. Longtime Dayton rock radio personality Marshall Phillips died over the weekend at age 58. According to the Dayton Daily News, the former WTUE, Dayton evening jock was found in his apartment by a neighbor who noticed his front door was open. Phillips was a well-known rock jock at WTUE in the 1980 and 1990s. He also worked in the sales department for iHeartMedia’s Dayton station group. The paper reports Phillips had battled liver and other health issues recently.
Cool Job Opportunity. Digity Media seeks morning show co-host for male-leaning show in Myrtle Beach. Here’s the scoop: Our long time co-host of 8½ years is leaving for an opportunity in TV. That means you have a rare chance to replace her, move to the beach and be a part of a long-running, winning morning show. Here’s some of the things we are looking for: Proficient in Cool Edit/Adobe Audition, able to find a story in anything, energetic, self-motivated, connected to what’s happening now and a Rolodex of guests wouldn’t hurt either. Morning show experience not required but helpful. Send resume and aircheck (preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to: 1016 Ocala Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Attention: B.J. Kinard. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Digity Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.