KVRQ Names Monroe APD. Having had previous market experience at Entercom alternative KNDD “The End,” Kim Monroe returns to Seattle as assistant program director/on-air talent for Hubbard Radio‘s KVRQ “Rock 98.9.” Monroe states, “I have always imagined myself coming back to this amazing city – I just was not sure how or when. Given this incredible opportunity to return to the city I love and resume my
radio career at KVRQ is like a dream. I am beyond excited to work side-by-side with well-respected programmer Dave Numme. I know we are going to do great things together. I especially want to thank my new radio family at Hubbard Radio Seattle, particularly [vice president and market manager] Marc Kaye.” In addition to KNDD, Monroe’s other credits include being an original content producer/programmer at SiriusXM; programming alternative WXTM, Cleveland (now CBS Radio sports outlet WXRK); music director/on-air talent at WEND, Charlotte; and doing record promotion for Sony/RED. Roughly five months ago (mid-March), Hubbard flipped hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9” to rock, changing its calls to KVRQ. In the July 2016 sweep, “Rock 98.9” was off two-tenths to 2.5 (#19, 6+, Nielsen Audio PPM) and is 3.8 shares behind CHR cluster-mate KQMV “MOVin’ 92.5” (6.3, #1, 6+).
Williams Wings to Denver’s KQKS for Mid-Days. Making a significant market size leap, Bryan Broadcasting CHR KNDE “Candy 95.1,” Bryan – College Station (Texas) mid-day talent Ebony Williams will transition to a similar assignment at Entercom Denver rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5.” In just over two weeks (Monday, 8/29), she will succeed Tony V, who segued to afternoons earlier this year. According to “KS-107.5” program director Victor Starr, “Ebony’s commitment to community involvement and command of social media will make her a game changer in Denver. Her great personality and fantastic listener engagement is perfect for mid-days at KQKS.” Williams comments, “I am ready to bring more flavor to a growing city while working alongside some of the best in the industry.” Three years after doing television weathercasts on KTBY-TV, Anchorage (Alaska), Williams shifted to radio, working for Anchorage stations KMVV and KFAT before landing at “Candy 95.1” Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report for Denver, “KS-107.5” is tied for ninth-place with a 4.3; classic rock cluster-mate KQMT “The Mountain” (6.9, 6+) sets the pace at #1.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three hit-based formats based on ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2016 PPM survey. Posted yesterday (Thursday, 8/11) was an overview of rhythmic hot AC, while a similar July 2016 mainstream CHR recap is coming next week. The focus today though is rhythmic CHR. In the nation’s largest radio market, nine-tenths of a share separates iHeartMedia‘s WKTU “The Beat of New York” and Emmis-owned WQHT “Hot 97.” It is the third straight gain for WKTU, while “Hot 97” registers a 3.5 (6+) for the third time in the last four sweeps. For much more, including charts illustrating (6+) ratings fluctuations from last month to this; July 2015 – July 2016 comparisons; and July 2016 market rank (no rhythmic CHR ranks first), click here.
AURN’s ”The Afternoon Rush” Adds Colyar. Former co-host of the syndicated “Rickey Smiley Show” – comedian Michael Colyar – joins Ebony Steele and sidekick Loni Swain on American Urban Radio Networks’ 3:00 – 7:00 pm (ET) “The Afternoon Rush.” Mike Love oversees programming for the show and comments, “We are delighted to add the comedic talents of Colyar. He is funny, politically astute, and his adult approach to the issues of our time make him the perfect fit.” Chicago native Coyer was the original host of “BET Live from LA” and he is a motivational speaker. “The Afternoon Rush” replaces the long-running program hosted by Doug Banks, who passed away four months ago.
Wright Choice for Mornings on KVRV. Onetime KIOI, San Francisco morning talent Danny Wright joins Amaturo Sonoma Media Santa Rosa (California) classic rocker KVRV “97.7 The River” for wakeup duty. Amaturo Sonoma Media vice president of programming and operations Jim Murphy remarks, “Danny Wright’s passion for – and knowledge of – contemporary pop culture, and sports will bring lots of dimension to the show. He will add to our commitment of live and local community radio.” Program director Mike Watermann notes that Wright’s morning drive program “will be bright and fast-paced. It will include plenty of great classic rock songs from artists like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Rush, and many others for which ‘The River’ is famous.” No stranger to Amaturo Sonoma Media, Wright – who begins his new duties one week from Monday (8/22) – previously worked for Santa Rosa cluster-mates hot AC KMHX “Mix 104.9” and CHR KHTH “Hot 101.7,” as well as for KZQZ, San Francisco; XHTO, El Paso; and KSXY, Santa Rosa.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Maryland prosecutors have dropped assault charges against iHeartMedia syndicated personality/co-owned Washington, D.C. CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5” morning talent Kane (real name – Peter Deibler). A judge’s ruling last month lifted a protective order obtained by the person filing the charges – Kane’s wife Natasha Deibler – and questioned whether the allegations rose to the level of second-degree assault. In last month’s protective order hearing, Montgomery County judge Terrence McGann stated the two sides had “wildly different” accounts of the May 25 incident and that the Deiblers “detest and loathe each other.” Investigators tried and failed to interview Natasha Deibler, so based on her resistance to cooperate, the frontline prosecutor believed the case should not be prosecuted. The Deiblers are going through a divorce. ….. Nine-year KMXV “Mix 93.3,” Kansas City program director and morning co-host “Ponch” exits. All told, “Ponch” had been with the Steel City CHR for the last 17 years. ….. Numerous lineup alterations at CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KSFM, Sacramento find Tony Tecate, who had been voice-tracking a nightly shift from Hawaii, relocating to Sacramento to do morning drive, where he will be teamed with midday personality Bre Ruiz. Tecate & Ruiz succeed Wayne, Jay, & Megan with Megan replacing Ruiz in mid-days; Wayne and Jay exit. Finally, New York City CHR sibling WBMP “92.3 Amp Radio” morning co-host Nina takes over voice-tracking the KSFM night shift vacated by Tecate. ….. After one year as program director of Scripps Tulsa CHR KHTT “K-Hits 106.9,” John Roberts exits. Meanwhile, mid-day talent Tabatha Grammer is upped to assistant PD and nighttime personality Aly Presser is promoted to mornings. Also within that cluster, production director Terry Cooper departs, as do talk KFAQ morning co-host Eddie Huff and morning anchor Richard Linihan. ….. There’s more news from that Oklahoma market: Three months after leaving iHeartMedia-owned country KTGX “106.1 The Twister,” Tulsa as program director, Kristina Carlyle will join cross-town format rival – Scripps‘ KVOO “Today’s Country Variety” – next Monday (8/15) as assistant program director/music director. Carlyle previously was assistant program director/music director of Cox Media Group Tulsa’s country-formatted KWEN “Today’s Country 95.5″ and she spent eight years with Cumulus Media Albuquerque’s country KRST. ….. Nashville is the site of this year’s Radio Show produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). In less than six weeks, Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles will perform at the NAB Marconi Radio awards dinner & show (9/22). NAB executive vice president of radio John David states, “Jennifer Nettles is a truly phenomenal country music performer with awards and accolades recognizing both her voice and songwriting abilities. We thank Big Machine Label Group and Scott Borchetta for connecting us; I look forward to what will surely be an unforgettable performance.”
Local Radio Networks, Rocking M Media Sign Multi-Station Deal. Through the arrangement, Local Radio Networks (LRN) will provide eight full-time music formats to Rocking M Media‘s 21 music stations – all of which are located in Kansas. Rocking M Media president Christopher Miller maintains that, “If I had to rate the level of support and quality of product we have received from Local Radio Networks on a scale of one to 10, it would be a 12.” Recently added to the list of LRN formats are CHR, classic hits, and mainstream rock. Its other formats are adult contemporary, hot AC, country, classic country, classic rock, and oldies. AdLarge Media provides national advertising sales representation for all LRN audio formats.
Soon-to-be-Released Book About Talk Radio Discussed on Harrison Podcast. Veteran talk radio producer, Bernadette Duncan, appears as the guest on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” talking about her forthcoming book, scheduled for publication in September, titled Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books 2016). The book chronicles Duncan’s 26-year career “behind the glass” as a New York City-based talk radio producer in the “golden era” between the eighties and first decade of the 21st century. Duncan (who is also married to Michael Harrison) served as a producer for some of the biggest names in talk radio during that period. They include Larry King, Sally Jessy Raphael, Gil Gross, Tom Snyder, Lou Dobbs, Charles Osgood and more. The book explores the quirky egos of radio’s top performers and often-neurotic guests and is set against the dramatically changing backdrop of America’s pre- and post-9/11 realities. It is full of anecdotes and insights about the industry, its people and processes. Duncan explores the complex office politics in this offbeat arena of show business capturing what it takes to be a radio producer – a role she describes as “the most under-rated, under-paid and under-appreciated job in commercial media.” On the podcast, Harrison and Duncan specifically discuss her experiences working with Sally Jessy Raphael – one of the true pioneers of talk radio who paved the way for countless others and was Duncan’s earliest inspiration to enter the field. Duncan talks about the personal growth she achieved working across the glass from Larry King during his media heyday as well as the fiery drama that took place behind the scenes of The Lou Dobbs Show that she helped launch as executive producer. On completing the podcast Harrison says, “There are so many stories and people written about in this book that we hardly scratched the surface in this advance interview – but there will be plenty of time to get deeper into it all when Bernadette goes on tour promoting it next month. Meantime, it was enormously fun having her as a guest on the podcast and I think radio pros and media freaks alike will love it.” To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Hill Climbs to Program Miami’s “Big.” Transferring in from iHeartMedia Portland – where he was senior vice president of programming the past two years – Dave Hill takes over as program director of co-owned Miami classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9”; he will do a weeknight on-air shift as well. According to regional senior vice president of programming Alex Tear, “After an extensive search, we are excited to welcome Dave to the Miami team. Dave’s programming experience and extensive multi-format knowledge – ranging from top 40 and rock to news-talk, country, and more – make him the perfect person to lead ‘Big 105.9’ to the next level.” Hill, who begins his new assignment in two weeks (8/22), comments, “I am excited for the next chapter of my life in Miami and helping to guide one of the most legendary brands in the industry.” Hill’s resume includes being operations manager of Hearst Broadcasting Baltimore and programming its WIYY “98 Rock” there. In addition, he has programmed and been on-air at WMRQ, Hartford and in Albany (New York) on WQBK and WQBJ. Tied for tenth-place in Miami’s latest (July 2016) Nielsen Audio PPM ratings sweep, “Big 105.9” extends its successive streak of not having a decrease to seven and is a cumulative +1.1 in that stretch (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+). Setting the pace is Entercom adult contemporary WLYF “Lite-FM” (8.1, 6+).
Emmis Indianapolis Names Williams SVP/MM. Eleven-year Radio One Indianapolis market manager Chuck Williams joins cross-town Emmis as senior vice president and market manager of its four-station cluster as well as its statewide news service, Network Indiana. Williams succeeds Charlie Morgan, who served in that capacity the past seven years before being named interim market manager of Emmis New York earlier this year. Emmis president and chief operating officer Patrick Walsh explains, “We have competed against Chuck throughout his career and always viewed him as a gifted, high integrity leader uniquely positioned to build on our foundation of success in Indianapolis. We are thrilled he has agreed to lead our team. With his deep knowledge of the Indianapolis radio market and the advertisers it serves, we expect him to jump right in and assist our talented team to continue to grow and prosper.” Williams comments, “I have long been an admirer of the Emmis culture, their people and their unfailing pride and leadership in the industry and their communities. Charlie Morgan built outstanding heritage stations with very talented people. I am looking forward to joining [Emmis Indianapolis vice president of sales] Tracey Bean, [VP/programming] Bob Richards, and the whole team at Emmis.” Before joining Radio One, Williams was general manager of Bonneville Chicago; he is the past chair of the Indiana Broadcasters Association. With each station’s share and market rank in parenthesis, here’s how the four Emmis Indianapolis outlets performed in the July 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report: adult contemporary WYXB “B-105.7” (6.4, #4, 6+); country WLHK “Hank” (5.1, #7, 6+); talk WIBC (3.8, #11, 6+); and sports WFNI “The Fan” (2.1, #15, 6+).
Robinson Named VP/Sales for iHeartMedia D.C. After having worked as general sales manager for iHeartMedia St. Louis, James Robinson relocates to Washington, D.C. as vice president of sales for the company’s cluster in the nation’s capital. Mid-Atlantic region senior vice president of sales Aaron Hyland states, “I am excited to welcome James to our Washington, D.C. sales management team. James has an exceptional track record, professionalism, and experience that will allow him to play a key role as we take our team to the next level.” Robinson remarks, “It is an honor to be part of the great team in Washington, D.C. I look forward to continuing to be an important asset to iHeartMedia and working with its team and iconic radio brands in Washington, D.C.” Robinson has held other sales management positions in Atlanta, Columbus, Memphis, and New Orleans. The five-station iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. cluster consists of mainstream CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5” (#5, 5.7, 6+, Nielsen Audio PPM, July 2016); adult contemporary WASH (#6, 4.6, 6+); WBIG “Big 100 Washington’s Classic Rock” (#8, 3.6, 6+); WMZQ “#1 for New Country” (#12, 3.4, 6+); and alternative WWDC “DC-101” (#17, 2.6, 6+).
WFMT GM Robinson to Exit. After 16 years as executive vice president and general manager of Chicago’s WFMT, Steve Robinson will depart the Window to the World classical outlet next month (9/30). Robinson joined WFMT in 2000 after 10 years with the Nebraska Public Radio Network. WFMT president and chief executive officer Dan Schmidt notes, “It is with great regret that we bid farewell to an indispensable member of our WFMT family. It is difficult to imagine the station without his unflagging energy, endless creativity, and deep knowledge of classical music and radio operations. He will be greatly missed; I know I speak for all of us when I wish him success in his future endeavors.” Robinson comments, “Working at WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network has been the greatest privilege and challenge of my career. Everyone at WFMT is immensely creative, knowledgeable, and passionate about their work – all I have really done is try to harness this incredible talent to move the station forward. If it has progressed at all in the 16 years I’ve been here, it is because of them, and I will always be grateful.” Robinson previously worked in Boston at public stations WBUR, WGBH, and WCRB; KPFA, San Francisco; and at WBGO, Newark-New York. Up the last three Nielsen Audio PPM sweeps for a combined +.7 (.8 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), WFMT is in a tie at #24 (6+, July 2016).
WUSN Rebrands to “Chicago’s Hottest Country.” Changes continue at Chicago’s WUSN, where longtime morning show team Ray Stevens & Lisa Dent recently exited, as did night talent Joel Lisinki. Now the CBS Radio-owned station typically referred to as “US-99” adopts “Chicago’s Hottest Country” as its handle. Commenting to Chicago media correspondent Robert Feder, WUSN program director Jeff Kapugi states, “It is important that we reflect today’s country listener in everything we do. The artists, music, and concerts are hot; and now, so is ‘US-99’ Chicago’s hottest country.” CBS Radio Chicago vice president of programming Todd Cavanah tells Feder that “some exciting new changes” are forthcoming to WUSN. According to 6+ stats from Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM survey, six-tenths of a share separates the market’s two country outlets – WUSN (3.0, #12, 6+) and iHeartMedia‘s WEBG “Big 95.5 – Chicago’s New Country” (2.4, three-way tie at #18, 6+). WUSN is up four-tenths from June and matches its best 6+-share since December, while “Big 95.5” hasn’t had a decrease in the last seven sweeps for a combined +.7 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+). With a 5.8 (6+), WUSN all-news cluster-mate WBBM-AM is #1.
Malone Moves to KC as “X-105.1” APD. KURQ, San Luis Obispo (California) assistant program director and on-air talent Matt Malone departs the El Dorado Broadcasters‘ alternative station to join Cumulus Media Kansas City’s similarly formatted KCJK “X-105.1” as assistant program director and afternoon drive (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) host. Cumulus Media midwest regional vice president Donna Baker comments, “Matt’s passion for – and extensive knowledge of – the alternative format and his connection to listeners are the ideal fit for ‘X-105.’ Operations manager Lance Tidwell and I are thrilled to welcome Matt back to Cumulus and the tremendous opportunity ahead for Matt and the ‘X-105’ team.” Columbia College (Chicago) graduate Malone remarks, “There are no words to cover how excited I am to get back with Cumulus, and to build this new alternative brand at ‘X-105.1’ in Kansas City. The opportunity to join [this] team is a dream come true. I am beyond ready to help make something special happen.” Prior to his KURQ tenure, Malone was Cumulus Media’s Chicago-based corporate programming assistant; assistant program director for the company’s classic hits-oldies outlet WLS-FM, Chicago; and was an on-air talent at Milwaukee Radio Alliance alternative WLUM “FM 102.1.” Previously adult hits using the “Jack-FM” moniker, KCJK transitioned to alternative in mid-June (2016). Among persons 6+ in the July 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report for Kansas City, “X-105.1” ranks #17. It is off by one full-share for the second straight sweep – following a +.9 in May (3.6 – 4.5 – 3.5 – 2.5, 6+). Flat at 7.4 (6+), co-owned classic rock KCFX “The Fox” is the market leader for the third successive ratings period.
Hughes To Be Inducted Into The Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame. Over and above that honor, Radio One founder/chair Cathy Hughes will receive the Music Living Legends Award as well. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame founder and chief executive officer Lamont Robinson comments, “It is going to be an honor to enshrine Cathy Hughes into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame class of 2016 and to honor her with the Rhythm & Blues Music Living Legends award. Ms. Hughes is definitely a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She has opened so many doors for many rhythm & blues artists and entertainers.” Hughes states, “There are so many noted artists, musicians, producers, and others whose impact has not only shaped the African-American musical landscape, but also significantly influenced music and culture in this country and around the world. I am humbled and honored that my life’s work with Radio One, especially in the Motor City, is being recognized as part of their collective legacy.” This year’s other inductees (some posthumously) include: Bootsy Collins, Fats Domino, Eddie Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, and Dionne Warwick. The fourth annual induction ceremony and concert will take place one week from this Sunday (8/21) at Detroit’s Ford Performing Arts Theater.
KILT-FM Officially Names Russo Afternoon Driver. Performing the role on an interim basis the past two months, Nick Russo is now formally the afternoon drive personality for CBS Radio Houston’s country KILT-FM “The Bull.” Program director Bruce Logan notes that, “Nick has done a tremendous job and his social media web contributions are invaluable to helping us achieve our goals. His rise with CBS Radio Houston has been impressive. In the span of about two years, Nick has moved from part-time for ‘The Bull’ and [co-owned CHR KKHH] ‘Hot’ to fulltime night host, and now to PM drive.” With Russo promoted to PM drive, “The Bull” is now looking to fill his on-air evening vacancy. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report, “The Bull” finishes in a tie at #11 (3.6), 3.4 shares behind market pacesetter iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny” (7.0, 6+).
Jimenez Returns to KZZO. It is a homecoming at KZZO “Now 100.5,” as former assistant program director/music director Sonia Jimenez reclaims her former position at the CBS Radio Sacramento hot AC. According to vice president of programming Chad Rufer, “Sonia was instrumental in the launch of ‘Now’ and she played a huge part in the station’s early success before leaving [for channel 40 KTXL-TV, Sacramento]. She will work with the music community to assist in booking talent for various shows and work side-by-side with co-assistant program director Chad Skinner on strategic promotions and marketing opportunities for the station.” In 4.6 – 4.9 range (6+) the past four sweeps, “Now 100.5” finishes fifth (4.7, 6+) in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report; on top with a 10.3 (6+) is Entercom classic rock KSEG “The Eagle.”
Fenway Parks as APD at Augusta’s WHHD. Two-year WWST “Star 102,” Knoxville music director/night show talent “Fenway” (Chris Daugherty) exits the Scripps mainstream CHR to become assistant program director/music director/afternoon driver at Beasley Media Group CHR WHHD “HD-98.3 All the Hits,” Augusta (Georgia). Program director Kris Fisher states, “‘HD-98.3’ is ready to follow-up our best ratings book in the history of the station with such a strong addition to our HD entourage.” Fenway remarks that he is “honored” to join the Beasley Family and is “looking forward to help ‘HD-983’ grow even bigger and better.” After gaining three-tenths (4.3 – 4.6, spring 2015 – fall 2015, 12+), “HD-983” erupted to a 5.9 (+1.3, 12+) in Nielsen Audio‘s spring 2016 book and ranks fourth. On top with 7.9 each (12+) are iHeartMedia urban AC and adult contemporary siblings WKSP “Kiss-FM” and WBBQ “Most Music-Best Variety.”
Reckless NYC Interview. Promoting her new album entitled “Reckless,” artist Martina McBride yesterday (Monday, 8/8) visited with Cumulus Media New York City country outlet WNSH “Nash-FM 94.7” 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm air talent Jesse Addy. McBride discussed the album, as well as her upcoming (8/25) New Brunswick, New Jersey concert.
RadioInfo Tidbits. In a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for flood victims in his home state of West Virginia, Arista Nashville artist Brad Paisley helped to bring in $250,000. In addition, pharmaceutical company Mylan and MedExpress are donating $1.75 million to West Virginia flood relief through the Brad Paisley Foundation ….. Former WQNU, Louisville morning co-host Chris Diaz joins Steel City Media hot AC WLTJ “Q-92.9,” Pittsburgh for morning drive duties ….. Radio One Richmond operations manager/program director Jeff Anderson is appointed to similar duties for Beasley Media Group Charlotte urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” and urban AC WBAV “V-101.9,” where he succeeds Jamilliah “Jam” Muhammad, who left three months ago ….. A car accident last night (8/8) has claimed the life of Curtis Media Group Raleigh-owned country WQDR promotion director Dede Wakefield. According to reports, Wakefield was killed when her car was hit from behind, causing her vehicle to push into the car in front of her.
Cool Job Opportunity. In light of the fact program director Haley Jones is leaving at the end of this month, Emmis Austin triple A KGSR is on the hunt for a replacement. First and foremost, vice president of programming & operations/director of special projects Chase Rupe is “looking for a great programming leader.” The ideal candidate, according to Rupe, should be “someone who understands how to work with multiple stakeholders and balance the demands of competing in the ratings, organizing and executing massive events, coaching talent, and is committed to helping the revenue team as much as the product team.” KGSR’s strongest (6+) showing in Nielsen Audio‘s last 12 Austin PPM reports was a 3.4 in September. Off a combined eight-tenths since January, the station has been down or flat the past six ratings periods (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+) and is currently in a tie at #16; co-owned adult hits KBPA “Bob” is the market leader (8.0, 6+, July 2016).
SiriusXM Reports Q2 Revenue Up 10%. The satellite radio service is reporting 2016 second quarter revenue of $1.2 billion, up 10% from the same quarter in 2015. CEO and director Jim Meyer notes that SiriusXM added 580,000 net new subscribers during the quarter, bringing the satcaster’s total subscriber base to 30.6 million. During yesterday’s investor conference call, Meyer spoke about the company’s efforts to continue advancing the service’s technology. He says they are investing in the new SiriusXM17 “next-generation platform” 360 L, short for 360-degree listening. Meyer says, “360 L is proceeding ahead and gaining traction with OEMs. I’m very pleased at the progress we are making building and deploying this platform. 360 L breaks down the big barrier we live with today as a one-way broadcaster by integrating satellite radio with two-way cellular connectivity. It lets us offer non-linear content to our subscribers, such as customized music playlists, on-demand content and personalized recommendations based on the tastes of our individual subscribers.” Meyer also outlined the company’s continuing work expanding its connected vehicle services.
Nielsen Revenue Up; Net Income Dips. Ratings giant Nielsen reported 2016 second quarter financial numbers yesterday and while revenue was up 2.4% during the period compared to the same period a year ago (4.5% in constant currency), net income was down 1.7% because of foreign exchange. Nielsen says audio revenue grew 1.7% on a reported and constant currency basis.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Rising through the ranks of iHeartMedia’s programming department is A.J., who is named SVP of programming for the company’s St. Louis station group. A.J. comes to St. Louis from the company’s Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia markets where he was also SVP of programming…..Fresno adult contemporary KSOF “Soft Rock 98.9” brings Jason Hurst aboard to co-host the morning show with current station personality Teri Ann Schlesser. iHeartMedia notes that Hurst has worked in the market for the past 15 years. The “Jason and Teri Ann Morning Show” launches on August 1…..Programmer and air talent Cliff Smithers is returning to the Toledo market to serve as program director and morning host at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WRQN. Smithers began his career with Cumulus Media in Toledo working there from 1989 through 2010 at WTOD-AM, WKKO and WRQN. He’s also worked at WOMC, WYCD, and WGRV in Detroit and WIOG, Saginaw. Cumulus Media Toledo OM Bill Michaels says, “We are thrilled to have Cliff come on board as PD/morning talent for WRQN. Cliff’s market heritage, knowledge of the format and social media skills make him the perfect fit!”…..After announcing their departure from Titan Broadcasting’s country KBKB, Burlington, Iowa for a gig in California, we now know that Andrew Kirby and Tory Wuychuck – Drew and Tory – are debuting in mornings on Momentum Broadcasting’s country KJUG, Visalia, effective August 10. They are taking over for Lisa Hamilton who left the station for family reasons.
The Podcasting Session from TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations Posted Today. One of the highlights of the recent TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations convention – The Podcasting Session – is posted today on Talkers.com. The panel discussion was part of the 19th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important national convention that took place May 20 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Moderated by PodcastOne founder and CEO, Norm Pattiz, speakers include (in alphabetical order): Andy Bowers, chief content officer/co-founder, Panoply/The Slate Group; Tom Cuddy, program director, WOR, New York; Greg Strassell, SVP programming, Hubbard Radio; and Tom Webster, VP strategy, Edison Research. The session is introduced by Brad Shepard, general manager/host, Pioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA. To view the panel discussion in its entirety, please click here. Stay tuned to Talkers.com for more videos from Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations that will be posted in the days and weeks to come.
Radio Biz Figure Jim Carnegie Dies at 66. Radio pro and longtime publisher of the trades RBR and TVBR Jim Carnegie has died at the age of 66. Carnegie’s RBR/TVBR was acquired by Eric Rhoads’ Streamline Publications in 2013, a year after Carnegie’s wife and business partner Cathy unexpectedly passed away from complications due to a brain aneurysm.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At the iHeartMedia Chicago station group, Ashley “AC” Trybula is named digital program director. In this role, she’ll work with the programming and sales departments for all six stations – country WEBG “BIG 95.5,” hip hop WGCI, urban adult contemporary WVAZ “V103,” CHR WKSC “KISS 103.5,” hot AC WLIT “MYfm93.9,” and gospel WGRB. Trybula comes to iHM from Radio One where she was a regional online editor…..Entercom Atlanta replaces the afternoon drive show on hot AC WSTR “STAR 94.” Off the air are Drex, Cassiday, and Tingle and in for the 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm shift is Mike Marino who left his role on the “Jeff & Jenn” morning show for the new daypart.
iHM Launches Classic Hits Outlet in Eau Claire. Gone from WBIZ, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and translator W245CN, Eau Claire is “Sports Radio 1400” and now airing is the classic hits format branded “98.7 The Brew.” The station posted the following message on its Facebook page, “Thank you for listening. We have now changed to Eau Claire’s Classic Hits 98-7 THE BREW. We will continue to air some of the BEST local sports only now on the FM dial too! Stay tuned for more details.” The iHeartMedia station will continue to air some sports play-by-play programming.
Is There (Extra-)Terrestrial Life Beyond Terrestrial Radio? Michael Harrison Catches Up With Former Radio Programmer Laurie Cantillo. Former talk radio program director (WTOP, WABC, KFYI, XTRA, KTAR) Laurie Cantillo is the guest interviewee on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne program, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” The past recipient of the TALKERS Woman of the Year Award left all-news WTOP, Washington, DC a year-and-a-half ago in a fascinating change of career course and became a public affairs officer in the planetary sciences division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Since joining NASA, Cantillo has been involved in communicating information to the media about a variety of colorful projects including the recent New Horizons fly-by of Pluto and the current Juno Mission to Jupiter. Harrison and Cantillo discuss a wide range of subjects and issues including the state of commercial radio, the impact of today’s media on the news, the relationship between young people and social media and, of course, leading edge discoveries and NASA projects in science. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box in the right-hand column of every page on Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
iHeartRadio to Be Featured on Iconic NYC Billboard. The logo for iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio will soon appear over the New York City skyline on one of the city’s most iconic billboards. It sits atop the old Ruppert Ice House overlooking the Triboro/RFK Bridge leading into Manhattan and out of The Bronx. The billboard displays the company’s iHeartRadio logo and is one of only eight brands to grace this historic billboard over the last 80 years. They are: Knickerbocker Beer (1952-1962), City Services Gasoline (a.k.a. Citgo, 1962- early 70s), Kent Cigarettes (early 70s – late 70s), Golden Lights Cigarettes (early 80s – late 80s), Newport Cigarettes (early 90s – 1999), and HISTORY Channel (2000-2015). The more than 8,000 square foot billboard will include a digital display that will promote iHeartMedia’s New York City-based station brands — Z100, Power 105, KTU, Lite FM, Q104.3 and WOR — and upcoming events such as the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour and the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
RadioInfo Tidbits. At this September’s ReelMIX 2016 conference (9/28-29) for imaging and v/o pros at The LOFT in Miami, voice-over artists Dr. Dave Ferguson, Dave Foxx and Rachel McGrath are joining for the “VO from the VO’s POV” segment. The two-day event is a joint production of ReelWorld and The Mix Group. The Mix Group president Jason Garte says, “Imaging producers will directly benefit by learning how to better work with their VO talent to get the reads that really make their production pop!”…..Alpha Media Portland’s country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” is showing its support for all the men and women in uniform serving the Portland and SW Washington area with the “98.7 The Bull Evening for Law Enforcement.” The benefit will be held at the company’s Skype Live Studio on July 21 and will feature a performance from this year’s “American Idol” winner, Trent Harmon, along with several other surprise celebrity cameos…..Last week, the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show enlisted its loyal audience to help honor wounded U.S. Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis who lost her leg serving as a helicopter door gunner. After hearing her story, Bones and his on-air crew revealed they wanted to donate proceeds from the sale of “America Strong” t-shirts on BobbyBones.com to purchase an all-terrain, tracked wheel chair for Ennis. It took less than a week to raise the $20,000 necessary and Ennis appeared on the program yesterday (7/18) to get the good news.
Beasley’s ‘Star 107.9’ in Las Vegas Adds ‘Brooke & Jubal’ for Mornings. The KQMV, Seattle-based “Brooke & Jubal” morning show – hosted by Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg – is adding another affiliate station; this time it’s Beasley Media Group’s KVGS, Las Vegas “STAR 107-9.” The program debuts on the station on July 21 and current KVGS morning host Aimee is staying on to provide hourly local content. KVGS operations manager John Candelaria says, “Brooke & Jubal’s impressive success in Seattle and Portland really sealed the deal for us. I’m thrilled we’ve found the perfect morning show. We’re combining a lot of fun and engaging top-shelf content with local Las Vegas elements from Aimee, our own rising superstar!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Tonya Campos exits Mt. Wilson Broadcasters’ country KKGO, Los Angeles “Go Country 105” where she’s been the PD for most of the past nine years…..At the Sacramento station group of Entercom, Patrick Olsen, a.k.a. Cooper, leaves his assistant program director position for alternative KKDO “RADIO 94.7.” In the interim, sister active rock KRXQ “98ROCK” personality Andy Hawk will serve as acting APD…..Director of promotion Sarah Lanieu takes on additional responsibilities at the CBS RADIO Miami cluster, adding country WKIS “KISS 99.9,” sports talk WQAM, and rhythmic CHR WPOW “POWER 96” to her charge and assuming the expanded title, director of marketing and promotions…..Air personality Jeremy Gold is the new evening jock at Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver KS1075, taking over for Ya Girl Cedes…..After six years programming Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown, Laura St. James exits the PD position. St. James will continue to host weekend shows at the company’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7.”
‘Qfm96’ Columbus Personality Joe Show Dies Unexpectedly at 56. Hearts are heavy at Saga Communications’ Columbus Radio Group after WLVQ afternoon drive personality Joe Pasternak, a.k.a. Joe Show, passed away unexpectedly at age 56 on Friday morning. Pasternak was the afternoon drive jock on the rock outlet where he’d worked for the past 27 years. Columbus Radio Group president and general manager Chris Forgy says, “Joe Show’s radio family is heartbroken with the news of his passing. Joe Show was the face of ‘Qfm96’ and represented the ‘Q’ family as only he could. Everyone who knew Joe has their own special memory and undoubtedly their own Joe story. He will forever be missed.” Details of his passing are not being made public at this time. He leaves a wife and two adult children.
RadioInfo Tidbits. For the third year in a row, iHeartMedia is presenting the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, November 5. The mega-concert will celebrate the best in Latin music with performances by Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Nicky Jam, Yandel, Gente de Zona, Intocable, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Pitbull. And for the second straight year, the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina will also include a special TV re-broadcast on TELEMUNDO in later in November…..SiriusXM is presenting a special invitation-only show by Coldplay for SiriusXM listeners on Sunday, August 7 at a secret location. The performance will also air live on SiriusXM’s The Spectrum channel and will feature the band playing songs from their 20-year career, including music from the new album, A Head Full of Dreams. SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein says, “We couldn’t be more excited that Coldplay, one of the most acclaimed bands working today, will step away from its global tour playing stadiums and arenas to present an intimate event for SiriusXM at a special location.”…..CBS RADIO Baltimore is announcing the debut of its new entertainment venue, UpClose Performance Studio – a state-of-the-art space, that the radio stations in the cluster will use to present invitation-only concerts and special events to its listeners. Officially opening on July 20, the studio will host performers and other celebrities for concerts, talks and various “meet & greet” opportunities. Upcoming performances include: singer/actress Sofia Carson (July 20) the band Magic! and singer/songwriter Gnash (July 22) and Jordan Smith (July 27), last year’s winner of season nine of the TV show “The Voice.”
4th Annual Radio Talent Workshop Begins Today at WKU. Today begins the 4th annual Kentucky Broadcasters Association Western Kentucky University Radio Talent Institute with 35 broadcasters discovering and preparing young talent with a strong desire to be in the broadcast industry. Twenty four students from across the state and region have been accepted into the Institute and all will be taking the RAB course to become certified as Radio Marketing Professionals. They’ll also learn from broadcasters about other aspects of radio, including: on-air, sports, news, production, promotions and digital/social media. Some of the guest professional faculty are: Steve Newberry, president of Commonwealth Communications; Bud Walters, president of Cromwell Radio Group; Chris Hillard, president of Forever Communications; Kristin Cantrell, owner/CEO of CapCity Communications and Seven Mountains Media; Mike Tarter, president and Terry Forcht, chairman/CEO of Forcht Broadcasting; and Lynn Martin, president of LM Communications. The Ben Davis and Kelly K show (pictured here at last year’s Institute) from WDJX, Louisville will broadcast live from WKU on Friday morning.
Dave Daniels to Host Mornings at KHAY, Oxnard-Ventura. On-air pro Dave Daniels is named the morning host on Cumulus Media’s Oxnard-Ventura country outlet KHAY, effective July 18. Cumulus Oxnard-Ventura operations manager Chris Cox says, “We are thrilled to have Dave on board. Dave’s country radio background and total commitment to making the listener become the star of the morning show is just what KHAY needs to continue to be Ventura County’s best choice in the morning.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s Buffalo alternative rocker WLKK “Alternative Buffalo 107.7|104.7,” air personality Brandi is promoted to midday host, holding down the 11:00 am to 2:00 pm slot…..Gabriela Loredon, a.k.a. Lady G, is promoted to program director for Kemp Broadcasting’s CHR KVGQ “Q106.9” and rhythmic CHR KVEG “HOT 97.5” in Las Vegas. Loredon is a morning drive personality on KVEG and serves as that station’s music director. She’s been interim PD at the Kemp outlets since Sherita Saulsberry exited…..Ray Michaels joins Townsquare Media’s Grand Junction, Colorado station group as operations manager. He’s also hosting the afternoon show on rock KKNN “95 Rock.”
PPM Analysis: Triple A. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian wraps his three-part look at the performances of rock-formatted stations based on data from the June 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM survey. Previously, we’ve looked at alternative rock and mainstream or active rock. Today, Kinosian turns his focus to adult album alternative or triple A. While there are only 10 triple A stations in PPM markets that finished in the top 20 in their respective markets, the audience for the format can be very loyal. However, just one station – Alpha Media’s KINK, Portland – ranked in the top five in its market in the June survey. See how the triple A stations performed over the last six surveys, ratings fluctuations from a year ago, plus a chart detailing the performances of alternative, rock and triple A stations in their markets. It’s all here.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The folks who run the charity Kars4Kids are launching a cool promotion based on the notoriety of their ubiquitous radio and TV jingle. They write, “After receiving death threats to our jingle writer and being bombarded with cries for help from the torture our listeners are enduring, we decided to create a platform that would give our listeners an outlet to vent out all that anger and frustration…We just launched the official Kars4Kids Jingle Fever Game at karsforkidsjingle.com. Listeners can now actually get a chance to kill the jingle once and for all and truly bring back peace of mind to mankind. Our jingle plays in all major markets across the US with a reach of an estimated 80 million listeners/viewers.” Check out the creative video that promotes the game – and the charity – here…..SummitMedia’s urban contemporary WBHK, Birmingham “98.7 Today’s Kiss” in cooperation with the City of Birmingham is hosting the inaugural “Silence the Violence Rally” tomorrow (7/16) inside Kelly Ingram Park from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The station says, “With all the recent events around the country and in our own Birmingham neighborhoods, ‘98.7 Kiss FM’ will rally the community together with this special event that will provide music with Ruben Studdard, special words from Mayor William A. Bell, inflatables for kids, and much more.”…..Country star Kelsea Ballerini – along with alt-rockers Cage the Elephant – performed for Entercom programmers and execs on Monday (7/11) in Park City, Utah at the Entercom national programming meetings. Ballerini performed her hit songs “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs” and Cage the Elephant closed the evening with a full, 90-minute set exclusively for Entercom’s market managers and programming team. Pictured here are (from l-r): Mike Preston, program director KKWF, Seattle; Entercom Communications president & CEO David Field; Ballerini; Mike Moore, program director KWJJ, Portland; and Entercom president of programming Pat Paxton.
Round Three of June PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of June 2016 PPM ratings information has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio‘s June 2016 PPM survey period covered May 19 – June 15. You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.
1) Portland – Results from the April 2016 sweep placed KINK at #16 (6+). In a dramatic and relatively sudden turn of events, however, the Alpha Media triple A notched a full-share increase in May to climb to #12 and now outdoes that with a +1.1, rocketing all the way to #5 (3.0 – 4.0 – 5.1, 6+). Displaying gains of one-half share each are Entercom country and classic rock siblings KWJJ “Great Country for the Great Northwest 99.5 The Wolf” (in third-place for the sixth straight sweep, 6+) and KGON (4.4 – 4.9, eighth to sixth, 6+). This is the third successive increase for “The Wolf” yielding a cumulative +1.0 (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.5, 6+). Coming off a +1.2 in March, country rival – Alpha Media’s KUPL “The Bull” – was up a combined eight-tenths in April and May but falters by four-tenths in June (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 4.9, 6+). “The Bull” drops from fifth to a three-way tie at sixth, which includes KGON. Prior to the +1.2 in March, “The Bull” had four consecutive monthlies without an increase that produced a combined -2.3 (5.6 – 4.8 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). Steady at #14, Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP is either up or flat for the sixth consecutive time for a net gain of nine-tenths (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+). Finishing fourth for the fifth time in a row, iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KKRZ “Z-100” is either up or flat for the seventh consecutive time for a cumulative +1.2 (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.4, 6+). While it is #1 for the 24th time in the last 26 ratings periods, adult contemporary sibling KKCW “K-103” suffers the greatest 6+ May 2016 – June 2016 erosion (8.7 – 7.1, -1.6, 6+) by any station in the 36 PPM markets whose data has been released. Moreover, this is the lowest 6+-share for “K-103” in two years (6.6, June 2014). By dialing up a one-tenth gain in May, KKCW ended four straight sweeps without an increase (21.4 – 9.5 – 8.8 – 8.6 – 8.6, 6+). Its 2.3-share lead in May over Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s KOPB is whittled down to four-tenths as KOPB – which was a combined -1.6 in April and May (8.0 – 7.3 – 6.4, 6+) – picks up three-tenths to 6.7 (6+). Winding back to the “Holiday” 2015 report, “K-103” enjoyed a 16.1 lead over KOPB (21.4 versus 5.3, 6+). Declining by one-half share each are “K-103” cluster-mate KPOJ “Rip City Sports Radio 620” (.9 – .4, #25, 6+) and Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” (2.5, #17 to #18, 6+). “The Fish” had been up or flat the past three sweeps (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+), while KPOJ has its lowest 6+-share since October (also .4).
2) Charlotte – On the heels of a +1.1 in May, iHeartMedia classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” adds another six-tenths (6.0 – 7.1 – 7.7, 6+) and repeats at #1; 7.7 is the strongest 6+-share for “The Fox” since August 2014 (also 7.7). Jumping from ninth to fifth, Beasley Media Group urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” follows up a +.8 in May with a one-half share increase (4.7 – 5.2, 6+). The +.8 in May by “Power 98” curtailed five straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a combined -1.6 (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+). Returning approximately one-half of the hefty +1.1 it registered in May (5.9 – 7.0 – 6.4, -.6, 6+), iHeartMedia country outlet WKKT “The Kat” nonetheless remains at #2, where it is joined by its rival – Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits” (6.6 – 6.4, -.2, 6+). “Country’s Greatest Hits” occupied the #1 spot the first four months of this year before dropping to third-place in May. Owing to a +.3 in April, “The Kat” curtailed seven consecutive trends without an increase that yielded a cumulative -4.2 (9.8 – 9.6 – 8.8 – 8.5 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.6, 6+). After holding down third-place the previous five sweeps, “The Kat” climbed to second this time last month. Off by one-half share to 4.6 – its lowest 6+-share since May 2015 (also 4.6), Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7 More Music Better Variety” drifts from a three-way tie at #6 to #9. Down one-tenth (5.9 – 5.8, 6+) and remaining in fourth-place, urban AC sibling WBAV extends its streak of registering a 6+-share in 5.1 – 5.9 range to 11 straight ratings periods. It remains a tight CHR contest as iHeartMedia’s WHQC “Channel 96.1” picks up four-tenths and is steady at #10, while Beasley Media Group-owned WNKS “Kiss 95.1″ improves by three tenths to 3.9 (6+), climbing from #12 to #11. Prior to its +.4, Channel 96.1” was down or flat the past four sweeps (4.4 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+). Following five consecutive gains for a +1.7 (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+) Greater Media hot AC-talk hybrid WLNK “The Link” flounders by four-tenths to 4.9 (6+) to fall from fifth to eighth.
3) Pittsburgh – Appearing in print for the first time since February 2012, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7” surfaces at #7 with a 5.8 (6+). Three consecutive major increases by CBS Radio‘s KDKA-FM “The Fan” produce a cumulative +2.7 (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.8 – 7.5, 6+) as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ flagship advances from fifth to third; 7.5 is the highest 6+-stat for “The Fan” since October’s 10.1. Owing to April‘s -.8 (after a +.9 in March), co-owned country WDSY “Y-108” had its consecutive string of progressive trends ended at three (3.9 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.8 – 5.0, 6+), but “Pittsburgh’s Country” (unchanged at #6) bounces back with a combined +1.2 in May and June (5.0 – 5.7 – 6.2, 6+). After seven successive sweeps without a decrease for a net +1.8 (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s WPGB “Big 104.7 #1 for New Country” dips by two-tenths to 4.1 (6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #11). While it is #1 for the fifth successive ratings period, classic hits-oldies sibling WWSW “3WS” has back-to-back negative trends totaling -1.2 (10.9 – 10.9 – 9.7, 6+). Without a decrease for the fourth straight monthly (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), co-owned alternative WXDX nonetheless backslides from seventh to eighth; 5.6 in May and June is the highest 6+-share for “The X @ 105.9” in more than four years (6.2, April 2012). Off for the fifth straight time for a combined -4.2 and a nearly one-half 6+-erosion (8.8 – 8.2 – 6.9 – 6.0 – 4.9 – 4.6, 6+), CBS Radio talker KDKA-AM drops from eighth to ninth.
4) Sacramento – An increase of one-half share (6.6 – 7.1, 6+) enables CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” to advance from third – where it was the past four sweeps – to a second-place tie with iHeartMedia news-talk hybrid KFBK. It is the strongest 6+-performance by “Mix” since January’s 9.0, while KFBK is down for the third time in a row (9.1 – 7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+) for a net loss of -2.7. “Mix 96” hot AC cluster-mate KZZO “Now 100.5″ (fifth to fourth) picks up three-tenths to 4.9 (6+), thus halting three successive negative trends (5.0 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.6, 6+). Unchanged at #7, Entercom CHR KDND “107.9 The End” is up or flat for the third straight time (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+). “Mix” and KFBK are 2.3 shares (6+) behind Entercom classic rocker KSEG “The Eagle” (9.4, -.4, 6+), the market frontrunner for the fifth straight ratings period. When “The Eagle” faltered by eight-tenths in May, it witnessed an end to three consecutive increases (8.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.6, 6+) that netted a combined +1.7. Prior to the April 2016 sweep (when “The Eagle” soared to 10.6, 6+), the only other instances of a Sacramento outlet achieving double-digits (6+) were “Mix 96” (11.7) and KSEG (10.0). Stumbling from fourth to sixth is “Eagle” cluster-mate KRXQ “98 Rock,” which declines by one-half share (5.1 – 4.5, 6+). Without a decrease the past five ratings periods (.9 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+), Capital Public Radio classical KXPR regresses by three-tenths to .9 (#21 to #23). Dating back to January – and including its current June stat – the 6+-line for Entravision-owned country KNTY is 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.3; “101.9 The Wolf” remains at #17. Ahead of it are fellow country outlets CBS Radio’s KNCI “New Country 105.1” (4.3 – 4.6, +.3, seventh to fifth, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KBEB “B-92.5 #1 For New Country” (3.3 – 3.0, -.3, flat at #12).
5) San Antonio – Even with a gain of six-tenths (4.5 – 5.1, 6+), Cox Media Group‘s KISS “99.5 Rocks San Antonio” cannot seem to avoid three-way ties as it advances to one at #8 in May to a similar situation at #5 in June. After being up or flat in four consecutive sweeps (7.8 – 8.4 – 9.0 – 9.0 – 9.1, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling KONO-FM faltered by seven-tenths in May but regains three-tenths (8.4 – 8.7, 6+) and is #1 for the sixth straight sweep. Before dropping from first to second in the “Holiday” 2015 report, KONO-FM was #1 in 17 of the previous 22 sweeps. The 9.1 it registered in April is the loftiest 6+-share for “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” in more than six years (9.2, March 2010). While neither displays May – June growth (6+), country rivals KCYY and KAJA are again inseparable at #2 and #3, respectively. Specifically, Cox Media Group’s “Y-100” drops one-tenth to 6.2 (6+), while iHeartMedia’s “KJ-97” rings up a 5.4 (6+) for the third time in the last four sweeps. These two country rivals are typically within close 6+-share/rank proximity but “Y-100” has managed to win 14 of the last 15 head-to-head battles. Locked on 1.5 (6+) in April and May, Alpha Media regional Mexican KLEY (#24) sputters by seven-tenths to .8, its weakest 6+-showing in roughly two years (.6 in July 2014). The similarly formatted HD3 side channel of iHeartMedia’s KQXT drops one-half share (2.4 – 1.9), dipping from #15 to #17. Six straight increases since December by Alpha Media adult hits KJXK accounted for a combined +2.4 (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+) but San Antonio’s version of “Jack” falters by two-tenths to 4.8 (6+), stumbling from a fifth-place tie to eighth. The 5.0 in May was the strongest 6+-performance for “Jack” in nearly four years (5.3, August 2012).
6) Cincinnati – On the heels of posting a one-half share gain in May, iHeartMedia talker WKRC adds seven-tenths (3.5 – 4.0 – 4.7, 6+) to progress from tenth to eighth; 4.7 is the loftiest 6+-share for WKRC since December 2013 when it reached 5.0. Also notching a seven-tenths spike is Hubbard Broadcasting rhythmic hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9” (4.6 – 5.3, seventh to fifth, 6+), which has its best 6+-stat since last October (5.4). Without a decrease in the last six ratings periods, Cumulus Media country outlet WNNF “94.1 Nash FM” (#14 to #12) is a combined +1.2 in that stretch (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 3.1, 6+). Conversely, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WYGY “97.3 The Wolf” – unchanged at #18 – has its fourth straight (albeit modest) decline (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+). “Nash FM” and “The Wolf” are chasing Hubbard’s WUBE “B-105,” which remains at #3. Commencing with the “Holiday” 2015 report, country “B-105” put together four straight up-trends (5.9 – 6.1 – 7.9 – 8.1 – 8.6, 6+) but is off in back-to-back sweeps by two-tenths each (8.6 – 8.4 – 8.2, 6+). While co-owned hot AC WKRQ “Q-102” holds the #4 spot for the tenth straight time, it follows up May’s six-tenths’ decline with a -.7 in June (8.1 – 7.5 – 6.8, 6+). The -.6 in May ended four straight positive trends that yielded a combined +1.9 (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 8.1, 6+). Until a +.8 in January, “Q-102” was without a gain the previous four sweeps (7.2 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+). Heritage iHeartMedia talker/Cincinnati Reds flagship WLW is in double-digits (6+) for the 29th successive sweep and at #1 for the sixth time in a row (11.0 – 10.8, -.2, 6+). Within 4.1 – 4.9 range (6+) the past eight survey periods – and flat or (modestly) up the past three (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), rock sibling WEBN sputters by six-tenths to 3.7 (eighth to tenth, 6+). In May, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR “103.5 WGRR” flashed a +.9 to 10.3, thus joining WLW, WUBE, and co-owned adult contemporary WRRM as the only Cincinnati stations in the PPM-era to boast double-digits (6+). Notwithstanding that it coughs up roughly half of that +.9, WGRR remains at #2 (10.3 – 9.8, -.5, 6+). Cincinnati Public Radio classical outlet WGUC has its fifth straight negative trend (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.2 – 19 – 1.8, 6+) but remains at #16.
7) Cleveland – After not suffering a decrease in the previous seven sweeps (4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” regressed by one-half share in May but quickly rebounds with a whopping +.9 (4.6 – 5.5, 6+), returning to the top ten (#11 to #9). This is the best 6+-stat for “Kiss” in more than four years (5.6, May 2012). Improving by seven-tenths each are co-owned adult hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake” (third to second, 6+) and CBS Radio–owned WNCX “Cleveland’s Classic Rock” (6.2 – 6.9, seventh to fifth, 6+). “The Lake” enjoys its fourth straight monthly without a decrease (6.6 – 6.8 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 8.4, 6+) and highest 6+-share since May 2015 (8.7). Steady at #8, Radio One urban contemporary WENZ improves by six-tenths to 5.8, the strongest 6+-showing for “Z-107.9” in exactly two years (5.9, June 2014). Retaining the top spot for the sixth successive sweep, iHeartMedia-owned WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” notches its third straight gain for a cumulative +1.0 (10.3 – 10.7 – 10.9 – 11.3, 6+). By posting a +.4 in April, it halted three consecutive downward trends (12.3 – 11.5 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 10.7, 6+); WMJI was #1 for eight straight months before giving way in “Holiday” 2015. Off by eight-tenths in April, CBS Radio sports outlet WKRK rebounded with a +.9 in May only to drop seven-tenths in June (3.2 – 4.1 – 3.4, 6+) but “92.3 The Fan” remains at #12. May’s increase put an end to three straight losses for “The Fan,” which was -1.7 since January (4.9 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+). Experiencing losses of one-half share each are co-owned adult contemporary WDOK “Star 102” (7.8 – 7.3, second to fourth, 6+); iHeartMedia rocker WMMS (4.7 – 4.2, #10 to #11, 6+); Ideastream‘s WCPN (2.5 – 2.0, flat at #13, 6+); and co-owned classical WCLV (1.7 – 1.2, #14 to #15). WCPN was -.7 in May, while WCLV was +.8.
8) Salt Lake City – Four-tenths of a share separates the market’s top four finishers. Stymied at 5.2 (6+) in April and May, iHeartMedia-owned KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” absolutely explodes with a +1.4 to 6.6 (6+), zooming from sixth to a first-place tie. KODJ last crossed the six-share threshold (6+) in July 2015 (6.2). Sharing the top spot with “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” is Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music, flat at 6.6 (6+). Owing to a +.6 in May, “Now” ended three straight downtrends (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.0, 6+). It recorded a +1.1 in January to stop seven consecutive down or flat sweeps (8.1 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+). Showing an improvement for the fourth straight sweep, this time by a robust +1.1, Cumulus Media country outlet KUBL “B-Bull 93 FM” vaults from #11 to #5 (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.5, 6+) and has its finest 6+-share in exactly two years (5.6, June 2014). Seven-tenths has become a common theme for KZHT, given that “Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” was -.7 in April; -.7 in May; and +.7 in June (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.7 – 6.4, 6+). The iHeartMedia CHR segues from a three-way tie in the runner-up slot to sole possession of third-place. Within 5.3 – 5.7 range (6+) the past four sweeps, Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3” logs a one-half share increase to 6.2, yet actually falls to #4 from that May three-way logjam at #2. On the heels of an impressive +.8, iHeartMedia’s KAAZ “Rock 106.7” relinquishes nearly twice that gain (3.7 – 4.5 – 3.1, -1.4, 6+) as it departs the top ten (#10 to #13). The last time KAAZ reached the four-share level was nearly two years ago (4.0, July 2014); “Rock 106.7” was up by one-half share in April. Somewhat similarly, following a May increase of six-tenths, rhythmic CHR KUUU “U-92” hands over nine-tenths (1.9, #16 to #18, 6+); “U-92” had been up the past three monthlies (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.8, 6+). Unchanged at #5, Bonneville talker KSL is down or flat for the fifth straight survey period for a combined -1.4 (6. 9 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). Over the course of five successive negative trends (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed KNRS (seventh to tenth) is off by a combined -1.5. With a -.5 to 1.9 (6+), the string of up or flat trends for Cumulus Media-owned KBER ends at three (1.9 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4, 6+) with “Utah’s Rock Station” dropping from #17 to #18.
9) Las Vegas – Owing to a strong +1.3 (3.9 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s KWNR “New Country 95.5 The Bull” charges from tenth to sixth. It was exactly one year ago that Vegas’ “Bull” last reached a five-share (June 2015, 5.0, 6+). With its fourth straight up-trend for a combined +2.5 (2.9 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.4, 6+), Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “SOS Radio For Life” continues to be on a roll, progressing from seventh to fourth. Up by lucky seven-tenths each are Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KRGT “Latino Mix 99.3″ (1.5 – 2.2, #20 to #18, 6+) and public KCNV “Classical 89.7,” which doubles its .7 to 1.4 (6+) to finish at #22; KCNV was without an increase the past four sweeps (1.6 – 1.5 – 1.1 -.7 -.7, 6+). Seven-tenths though proves to be unlucky for iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE, which falters by that margin (8.1 – 7.4, -.7, 6+) but is #1 for the 22nd straight time. “Sunny” picked up four-tenths in April to put an end to three straight declines which resulted in an approximately 55% erosion of its 6+-share (15.7 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 7.1, 6+) and then added six-tenths in May. Beasley Media Group‘s classic hits-oldies KKLZ regresses by six-tenths (6.1 – 5.5, 6+) and is in the runner-up slot for the sixth successive sweep, but now shares it with Lotus-owned classic rock KXPT “97.1 “The Point,” which hasn’t had a decrease in the past five sweeps (4.4 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). Up or flat the past four ratings periods, including healthy back-to-back increases of +.9 in April and +1.1 in May, KXPT cluster-mate KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” surrenders May’s +1.1 in its entirety and freefalls from fifth to ninth (2.7 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.8 – 3.7, 6+). Prior to May, the last time KOMP reached the four-share level (6+) was August 2013 (4.3). Declining by nine-tenths (4.0 – 3.1, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KISF “Zona MX 103.5” falls out of the top ten (#9 to #13).
10) Kansas City – Powered by a gain of one full-share (4.9 – 5.9, 6+), Carter Broadcast Corporation urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103” jumps from fifth to second. It is the finest 6+-showing for “Hot 103” since October’s 6.4. Not only does Cumulus Media classic rock KCFX “The Fox” repeat at #1, it posts its third straight increase for a cumulative +1.5 (5.9 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.4, 6+). Also improving by six-tenths is Entercom alternative KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” (sixth to fifth), which has its fourth successive sweep without a decrease (4.4 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 5.4, 6+) and best 6+-stat since last July’s 6.1. Returning the nine-tenths it gained in May (and one-tenth more), Cumulus Media adult hits KCJK “Jack” plummets from a three-way deadlock at #8 to #15 (3.6 – 4.5 – 3.5, -1.0, 6+). With a -.9 to 5.3 (6+), co-owned classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM has its successive string of up or flat trends ended at four (5.2 – 5.4- 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+). On top in February, March, and April – Entercom hot AC KZPT dropped to second in May and to third in June. In the last two sweeps, “99.7 The Point” is a combined -1.2 (6.9 – 6.2 – 5.7, 6+). Cluster-mate KCSP “610 Sports” follows up big gains in April (+1.4) and May (+.9) by being flat (2.4 – 3.8 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+) as the Kansas City Royals flagship remains at #7; it finished at #19 in March. Country stations rank #11 (Steel City Media‘s KBEQ “Q-104 #1 for New Country,” 4.1 – 4.3, +.2, 6+); #12 (co-owned KFKF “Country 94.1,” 3.7 – 3.9, +.2, 6+); and #13 (Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf,” 4.2 – 3.8, -.4, 6+). “The Wolf” was +1.1 in May; “Q-104” was +.5; and “Country 94.1” was -.6.
11) Orlando – As noted above, (Wednesday) June 15 was the final day of the June 2016 survey period. That is particularly significant for Orlando ratings information as it was on (Sunday morning) June 12, when a 29-year-old American security guard killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at an Orlando nightclub. Just several days later, an alligator at a Walt Disney resort killed a two-year-old boy. Among talk outlets, Cox Media Group‘s WDBO-FM gains four-tenths to 4.0 (6+), but actually slips from #10 to #11; iHeartMedia‘s WTKS is flat at 3.5 (6+) moving from #12 to #13; public WMFE is up three-tenths to 2.3, climbing from #15 to #14 (6+); and iHeartMedia-owned WFLF is off three-tenths to 1.4 (6+) but stays at #16. WDBO-FM and WMFE were each -.5 in May, while WTKS and WFLF were both flat. Busting out from a string of three consecutive monthlies without a gain (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Cox Media Group rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3” dials up a +1.1 to 4.6 (6+) and cracks the top ten (#12 to #8). For the third straight time, iHeartMedia boasts a one-two-three finish (6+), but there are changes from May. On the strength of a +1.2 to 10.6 (6+), Spanish tropical WRUM shifts from second to first; “Rumba” had been down or flat the past three monthlies (10.3 – 10.3 – 9.8 – 9.4 (6+). Advancing from second to third is co-owned CHR WXXL “XL-106.7,” up for the third successive ratings period for a combined +1.9 (7.3 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.2, 6+). Ousted from the top spot and falling to third is adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” (9.6 – 8.8, 6+), which in the last 10 sweeps is trending +.5 (October); -1.0 (November); +1.6 (December); +5.2 (“Holiday” 2015); -4.7 (January); -1.2 (February); +1.3 (March); +.7 (April); +.6 (May) and -.8 (June). Down a combined -1.4 in March and April (6.2 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB rebounded in May with a +.6 and replicates that in June (5.4 – 6.0, 6+) as “Star 94.5” rises from seventh to sixth. Owing to a one-half share increase to 4.1 (6+), iHeartMedia’s WJRR “Orlando’s Rock Station” (steady at #10) pulls the plug on four straight negative trends with a net loss of -2.4 (6.0 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+). Sliding from sixth to seventh, CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOCL “Sunny” drops seven-tenths to 5.4 (6+). After four straight gains for an overall +2.2 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.5 – 7.6, 6+), hot AC sibling WOMX was off two-tenths in May and now falters by six-tenths (7.4 – 6.8, 6+); “Mix 105.1” segues from fourth to fifth. April’s 7.6 was its most potent 6+-share since May 2013 (8.6).
12) Columbus – Following a full-share increase in May, Saga Communications’ classic rock WLVQ “Q-FM 96” lops on another nine-tenths (4.5 – 5.5 – 6.4, 6+), inching up from fifth to fourth. Having logged a 10.7 (6+) in January and February, 10.5 (6+) in March, 11.4 (6+) in April, and a 12.3 (6+) in May, iHeartMedia‘s WCOL notches double-digits (6+) for the sixth successive sweep (11.8). Despite the one-half share decline, the country outlet is #1 for the third straight time. Unchanged at #6, classic hits-oldies-turned adult hits sibling WODC “The Bus – We Play Anything” boasts its fifth straight improvement for a net +1.6 (3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+). Ping-ponging 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.6 the past four sweeps, Radiohio‘s WBNS-FM sputters by one full-share to 3.6, slumping from seventh to ninth (6+). It is the lowest 6+-share for “Sports Radio The Fan” since July 2015 (3.6 as well). While off six-tenths and dropping out of the top ten (#10 to #11, 3.7 – 3.1, 6+), public (Ohio State University) WOSU-FM is in three-share range for the eleventh consecutive time. Off by one-tenth to 2.9 (6+), Saga-owned adult hits WNND “Rewind Columbus’ Greatest Hits” (#11 to #12) halts five successive progressive trends (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 3.0, 6+). Dating back to the “Holiday” 2015 report, “Rewind” had more than doubled its 6+-share for a cumulative +1.6. Down by one-tenth each are iHeartMedia talker WTVN (fourth to fifth, 6+) and River Radio Ministries contemporary Christian WCVO “Uplifting & Encouraging 104.9 The River” (flat at #13, 6+). This is the fourth straight dip for both WTVN (7.3 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+) and “The River” (4.4 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+).
Entercom Names DJ Holiday Music Director at ‘102.7 The Beach’ in Miami. Afternoon personality DJ Holiday is adding music director duties at Entercom’s classic hits WMJX, Miami “102.7 The Beach.” The station says Holiday is taking on the MD role “due to his extensive knowledge of Miami’s music scene. He has worked as a club DJ, host, and emcee for various events all across South Florida.” Station PD John O’Connell says, “It was clear from the start that DJ Holiday was the perfect fit to serve as our music director at ‘102.7 The Beach.’ He embodies the definition of South Florida and has an unparalleled knowledge of the music that made Miami great during the 1970s and 1980s.”
Kristi Lee Returns to ‘The Bob & Tom Show.’ In a statement from syndicator Westwood One, there’s no mention of why the longtime “Bob & Tom Show” cast member parted company with the program back in January, nor what events brought about her return to the show, but return she shall. Effective July 11, Kristi Lee joins Tom Griswold and cast members Chick McGee, Donnie Baker, Scott Polanski, and “an ensemble of comedy hosts and guests as the show continues to entertain morning audiences across the country and worldwide on the American Forces Radio Network.”
Craig Stevens Upped to Format Captain for Spoken Word at iHM Allentown-Harrisburg; Jimmy Steele Named PD and AM host. Big changes at the Allentown and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania operations of iHeartMedia as SVP of programming Craig Stevens is also named format captain for the company’s spoken word stations in seven markets. At the same time, the company promotes Jimmy Steele to program director for adult hits WRFY “Y102” and “Rumba 92.3 FM,” stations Stevens was programming. Additionally, Steele becomes part of the “Y102” morning show alongside Andi Kurzweg. Stevens assumes responsibility for the programming and day-to-day operations of: WAEB-AM, Allentown; WHP-AM, Harrisburg; WILM-AM, Wilmington, Delaware; WDOV, Dover, Delaware; WRAK, Williamsport, PA; WTKT, Harrisburg; WSAN, Allentown; WWTX, Wilmington, WTGM, Salisbury, Maryland and WJDY, Salisbury. About his new gig Steele says, “I’m grateful to iHeartMedia and excited for the opportunity to program our FM brands and host mornings on such a heritage brand as Y102. This takes me home to where my kids live and it’s where I want to live and work…I’ve had a blast over the past year working in Delmarva and my successor will inherit a great team.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At iHeartMedia’s country WGTR-FM, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina “Gator 107.9,” Adam Dellinger is named program director, removing the interim tag that’s been in front of that for the past year. Dellinger continues as co-host of “The Gator Morning Show with James and Adam.” Dellinger says, “I am very grateful for the opportunity to program Myrtle Beach’s leading country station and I’m thankful that market president Jimmy Feuger and SVP of programming Ron Roberts would take a chance with me.”…..Programming pro Craig Russell joins Black Diamond Broadcast Group’s Houghton Lake, Michigan operations where he’s programming classic hits WUPS and sister country outlet WTWS “92.1 The Twister.” Russell assumes the programming roles from the company’s COO and CFO Norm McKee.
KMXZ, Tucson News and Traffic Reporter Bruce Daniels Dies. Radio news pro Bruce Daniels had been expecting to return to the airwaves at Scripps’ Tucson adult contemporary “94.9MIXfm” after convalescing from injuries sustained in a car accident several weeks ago. But, unfortunately, Daniels took an unforeseen turn for the worse last weekend and passed away. The station posted news of Daniels’ passing this week.
‘Kevin & Brenda’ Named Morning Hosts on ‘101.9 The BULL’ in Boise. Boise market radio personalities Kevin and Brenda Mee are joining Impact Radio Group’s country KQBL, Boise, “101.9 THE BULL.” The couple has worked in the market since 1998 on signals including crosstown country KIZN and adult contemporary KXLT. Impact CEO Darrell Calton says, “We are beyond thrilled to have Kevin and Brenda coming home to country radio on ‘The Bull.’ Kevin and Brenda are seasoned professionals. To be able to put this heritage morning duo on the #1 country radio station in the Treasure Valley, in a format where they have a long, successful history, is a match made in radio heaven! We are just as excited for their loyal listeners now that Kevin and Brenda are home where they belong, in country music.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the iHeartMedia Nashville station group, Morgan Huelsman is named digital program director. The company says that in this role she will work with the cluster’s programming and sales teams to manage and grow the online and mobile content strategy for its six stations and its station personalities. Huelsman previously served as the digital content director for the company’s Wichita station group…..Programmer Russ Williams exits New South Radio’s country WUSJ, Jackson, Mississippi “US 96.3” where he was program director and an air personality for the past 10 years…..E.W. Scripps adult contemporary KSRZ, Omaha “Star 104.5” brings Terry McCormick aboard to co-host the morning show with Chris Chapman. McCormick – most recently music director and air personality at Entercom’s KKMJ, Austin “MAJIC 95.5” – takes over for Rickey Woods…..In the Erie market, Mark Richards joins Erie Radio Co.-owned CHR WEHP “HAPPI 92.7” as music director and afternoon drive host.
BIA Kelsey Releases State of Radio Industry Report. As part of its state of the radio industry report, BIA Kelsey releases “The Position of Local Radio Stations: Trends for 2016 & Beyond.” Using data from Nielsen Audio, Edison Research, Miller Kaplan, and more, the study looks at AM/FM radio’s reach and revenue over the past five years and projects where radio is likely to be five years down the road. It notes recent industry-wide dips in local station revenue. “We believe local radio stations will be able to turn around this negative over-the-air revenue growth slightly. As long as the economy maintains moderate growth in the next few years, we expect total radio advertising to grow in the 1.0 % to 1.25 % CAGR range.” The BIA Kelsey study also points to digital and live events as pieces of the radio revenue pie that have helped AM/FM survive spot sales declines that will continue to be crucial to radio’s bottom line in the years ahead.
TALKERS 2016 Video Presentations Launch Today! A special feature presenting Livestream video recordings of the recent TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations gathering launches today on Talkers.com. The 19th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest running and most important national convention took place on the fabulous campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Friday, May 20. Beginning today, the industry will be able to view the event’s main panels and presentations kicking off with three outstanding sessions – event emcee, Dr. Joy Browne’s “Welcoming Remarks;” media consultant Holland Cooke’s presentation, “Talk Media: The Next Generation;” and Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel talk radio and television star Sean Hannity being interviewed by Michael Harrison in a one-on-one “Fireside Chat.” More speeches, panels and presentations from the dynamic event including WFAN, New York icon, Mike Francesa’s “Morning Sports Radio Keynote;” the TALKERS “Awards Ceremony;” the “Talk Rumble” and much more will be added in the days and weeks to come. To view this must-see presentation, please click here.
RadioInfo Tidbits. There’s new programming coming from a strategic sales and radio programming effort by ABC Radio, SLS Las Vegas and Skyview Networks. Designed to reach Millennials, the first collaboration from this new relationship is “Go with the Flo—Fourth of July Vegas Style,” recorded at SLS Las Vegas featuring Atlantic Records recording artist Flo Rida. The three-hour radio special, performed before a live audience, features nearly a dozen of Flo Rida’s dance hits plus exclusive party mixes by Foxtail Nightclub crowd favorite, DJ Ikon. The Flo Rida special will be followed on July 16 by “POP EDM,” a weekly, four-hour Saturday night show that features exclusive mixes of EDM, hosted by Vic Latino…..WLNK, Charlotte-based, syndicated morning team Bob & Sheri recently hosted the “World’s Ugliest Dog Contest,” for the fourth consecutive year. Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch hosted the event that’s covered by more than 3,000 media outlets around the world, including NBC’s “Today Show.” Sheri says, “It’s such a hoot to meet all of these goofy dogs – some of them look more like little monsters than dogs! The contest is not only a blast for everyone involved, it does a great job of promoting animal rescue organizations.” Lynch (left) is pictured here with champion ugly dog SweePea Rambo (center with owner) and Lacey (right)…..Philadelphia rock outlet WMMR kicked off its series of live, lunch-time performances last Monday (6/20) at Ardmore Music Hall with “Pierre Presents The Struts.” WMMR’s Pierre Robert conducted a brief interview highlighting the young British band’s journey. The band then performed a collection of songs from its current album, Everybody Wants. Pictured here with The Struts are WMMR personalities Blake Dannen (far left), Jacky Bam Bam (far right) and Rabbi (front).
Seacrest, Usher Engage in “Intimate Conversation.” Notwithstanding “American Idol” has concluded its final season, the talent competition’s host – Ryan Seacrest – still has a plethora of other responsibilities that keep him busy. Earlier this week, for example, the morning personality of iHeartMedia Los Angeles mainstream CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” was in Paris during the Cannes Lions Festival, where he discussed “hustle” and entrepreneurship with eight-time Grammy winner Usher. Introduced by iHeartMedia chair/chief executive officer Bob Pittman, the “Intimate Conversation with Usher” focused on the path to success and what it takes to build a lasting career. “Even though I created a benchmark to start,” Usher states, “I found new motivation in creating diversity as an artist. If I call myself an entertainer, then that means I should be able to do it all, I should be able to reach out, to have an understanding of different genres and to have an idea about how music is made.” He stresses that the point is to evolve. “We all individually are brands – the more we diversify and reach into other areas the more we grow.” Invoking the term “hustle,” the host of Premiere Networks’ “AT40” asks Usher to define it and the singer candidly states, “You’ve got to have chutzpah and defy the ideas that were set before you. If I continue to push on my vision, eventually somebody other than [me] will believe it too. It only takes one star to light the universe.” As far as the entrepreneurial spirit is concerned, Usher emphasizes, “Be willing to be the first there and the last to leave. Stand strong and be benevolent in your pursuit of what you believe in.” In what is bound to be music to the ears of radio programmers throughout the United States, Usher graciously maintains that the medium is “the only tool” in his opinion that “still matters with making a genuine connection with the consumer. Radio program directors and personalities have the ability and the responsibility to curate the story of the artists in the right way.” Touring is “definitely on the horizon” for Usher, while Seacrest explains that he (Seacrest) is “someone who thinks that where there is a void, I need to fill it. I am trying to have patience and a little bit of discipline. I am waiting to host the ‘Olympics’ this summer, do a bunch of things with NBC, and after that – see if there is something else to do.”
New Jersey Broadcasters Association Annual Conference a Success in Atlantic City. The 69th annual NJBA convention just wrapped up two-days at Caesars Atlantic City (6/22-23) and by all measures was a successful event. Several hundred broadcasters from the Garden State and beyond gathered to discuss the state of the radio industry both regionally and nationally. The theme of the conference was “The Power of Broadcast” and it included sessions on programming, sales and technology as well as an awards ceremony, Hall of Fame induction and radio row. TALKERS/RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay was in attendance and provides coverage of the sessions and speakers. To read it in its entirety, please click here.
Page Ends Mid-day Search. After having worked weekend and swing shifts at Cumulus Media Atlanta’s WNNX “Rock 100.5,” Alyssa Page will join KNDD “107.7 The End” for mid-day duty the middle of next month. Page succeeds former music director-mid-day talent “Pepper,” who left the Entercom Seattle alternative station four months ago. KNDD program director Leslie Scott comments, “Alyssa’s sense of humor, grit, and passion make her the perfect addition to our already strong team. I cannot wait for Seattle to get to know her.” Page remarks, “It’s not everyday you get to go work for your dream station. ‘The End’ is unique and extremely authentic in everything they do and I have so much respect for the brand. I am thrilled and honored to be joining such a tremendous team.” Down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+), “The End” finishes at #15 in Seattle’s May 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report; Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV is #1 with a 6.2 (6+).
Townsquare Media Atlantic City & The Shore Officially Names Ruble Market President. It is “official,” in that, Michael Ruble had been market president and chief revenue officer for Townsquare Media‘s Atlantic City & The Shore’s (New Jersey) properties on an interim basis. He now handles both of those responsibilities without the “interim” prefix. Senior vice president of operations Rob Williams notes that, “Mike has been an exceptional leader in Atlantic City for years, building a terrific team that has consistently performed at a high level. In Toms River, we have a team with significant strengths and talents; wonderful brands; and the foundation to grow to new heights with Mike’s leadership.” Three of the company’s Monmouth and Ocean County stations include talkers WOBM-AM, WADB, and WPGG. The rest of its outlets in that area are adult contemporary WOBM-FM “Soft Rock 92.7”; hot AC WJLK “The Point”; AC WFPG “Lite Rock 96.9”; sports WENJ “97.3 ESPN“; hot AC WSJO “SOJO 104.9”; classic rock WCHR “The Hawk”; and WPUR “Cat Country 107.3.” Ruble joined Townsquare Media five years ago as market manager-general sales manager. He previously was a market manager-general sales manager with Millennium Radio Group; national sales manager for Citadel Broadcasting; and an account executive with Spring Broadcasting.
Led Zep’s Stairway to Vindication. A jury in Los Angeles yesterday (Thursday, 6/23) ruled that Led Zeppelin did not pilfer any portion of its most famous track – “Stairway to Heaven” – from the 1968 Spirit instrumental “Taurus.” According to a statement issued on behalf of Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, “We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years. We appreciate our fans’ support and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.” A Warner Music Group spokesperson notes, “Supporting our artists and protecting their creative freedom is paramount. We are pleased that the jury found in favor of Led Zeppelin, re-affirming the true origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest bands in history. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are peerless songwriters who created many of rock’s most influential and enduring songs.” Owing to a legal matter, the jury was not allowed to listen to original “Stairway to Heaven” and “Taurus” recordings to determine their verdict. Instead, an expert performed both songs based on the original sheet music. Page and Plant testified they did not remember ever hearing Spirit’s “Taurus.” The original complaint against Led Zeppelin was filed just over two years ago (May 2014) on behalf of the trust of the late Randy Craig Wolfe, a Spirit guitarist.
“Brexit” Fallout Felt in U.S. Following yesterday’s “Brexit” vote by Brits to separate from the European Union (Thursday, 6/23), several major United States-based media companies such as Fox, Viacom, Netflix, and Apple opened their stateside trading days down billions of dollars in stock valuation. Netflix and Apple though were among those surging back within the first 10 minutes of the U.S. trading day. The Pound dropped to its lowest valuation in decades, and stock prices overseas sunk. British Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped down, vowing there will be a new PM in place by October. In a statement of support from the White House, President Barack Obama comments, “The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision. The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy.” Given economic implications domestically and abroad, this is bound to be a big topic today – even on FM music-intensive outlets.
Nash Harmonizer. The winner from the fifteenth – and final – season of “American Idol,” Trent Harmon visited WNSH “Nash FM,” New York yesterday (Thursday, 6/23) to chat with 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm personality Jesse Addy . Currently working on his first album, Harmon performed some of his songs, including “What Are You Listening To,” “Falling,” and “There’s a Girl” for station listeners.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Six-year WNOW “100.9 Radio Now,” Indianapolis morning show talents Kyle & Rachel have done their final broadcast on the Radio One CHR. On his Facebook page, Kyle Smelser writes, “Simply put, we were not renewed for another year and they want to go [in] a different direction.” Meanwhile, Radio One notes that the market “has been a breeding ground for the nation’s top talent” and the company acknowledges it has “the perfect opportunity for an air personality to gain notoriety locally and industry respect for leading our morning show.” With a goal of transforming “the landscape of morning radio in Indianapolis,” it seeks “to hire the brightest talent, with a winning spirit we can find who demonstrates passion for our shared mission.”
WMMR Struts Its Stuff. This past Monday (6/20), Greater Media Philadelphia rocker WMMR kicked off its series of lunchtime performances at Ardmore Music Hall. There was a limited number of tickets for the invitation-only show to see the young British band The Struts, who performed “Could Have Been Me” and “Kiss” from their current album (“Everybody Wants”); a spontaneous meet-and-greet followed. Pictured with The Struts are WMMR personalities Blake Dannen (far left), Jacky Bam Bam (far right), and “Rabbi” (front).