KJR-FM, Seattle’s Bob Rivers Announces Retirement from Morning Radio. This morning legendary morning radio personality Bob Rivers (pictured here during this morning’s show) announced that August 8 will be his final morning as host of the wake-up show on Clear Channel’s classic rock KJR-FM. The station covers the news on its website – including video of the announcement – by saying, “This morning at 7:40 am, after 42 years on radio, 33 in morning drive and 25 years here in Seattle, the legendary Bob Rivers announced he was stepping away from morning radio to pursue other projects. The Bob Rivers Show will now broadcast a series of farewell shows leading up to their finale on Friday, August 8. It’s a sad day for fans and all of us here at ‘95/7 KJR,’ but our hearts and minds will forever be filled with memories of how ‘The Bob Rivers Show’ so marvelously served and entertained Seattle for over two decades.” Watch the video here.
PD Maynard Moves On From Hubbard Combo. Six-year program director of Seattle CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ and hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9″ Maynard resigns from the Hubbard combo to join Clear Channel as a vice president of programming. “Maynard has been an integral part in so many ways contributing to the success of these operations,” vice president and general manager Marc Kaye writes in a memo to staff. “I will never be able to express my gratitude to him for the huge effort he has put forth every day he has been here. I wish him nothing but great success in the future; I will miss him more than anyone can imagine.” Maynard, whose real name is Brandon Cohen, arrived at the Seattle stations after programming Spokane hot AC KZZU. He previously was assistant program director-music director-night talent for Portland CHR KKRZ “Z-100.”
Michel Wright Assumes Midday Role at ‘Majic 102.3’ in Washington. The new midday personality at Radio One-owned urban contemporary WMMJ “Majic 102.3” is Michel Wright, who makes the move from Howard University-owned crosstown urban contemporary WHUR. Wright had been hosting weekends and doing fill-in work at WHUR. She previously worked at CBS RADIO’s Washington hip hop outlet WPGC and has done work for Premiere Networks, Starz on SiriusXM, BET Networks, DC Cable Television, Colgate, Mercedes Benz, SHOWTIME Television and MHZ TV Networks. Radio One Washington VP and market manager Alan Leinwand comments, “This is big! Michel is a star with a wealth of top-flight experience and strong relationships in the music industry. We have no doubt that she will have an immediate impact on our listeners, our community, and on our advertising partners. Her powerful brand extends throughout the DMV and beyond.”
Stoney Richards to Exit WDSY, Pittsburgh Roles to Pursue Acting Career. Forty-six year radio pro Stoney Richards will exit his APD, music director and afternoon air talent gig at CBS RADIO’s country WDSY, Pittsburgh “Y108” after September 10 to pursue his acting career. He’s recently secured some TV and movie roles. The company states that Richards will continue to host his weekend talk show, “Live From The Centre,” on sister news/talk KDKA-AM and will guest host on WDSY. The company adds, “Stoney has been a great programming partner and strong brand ambassador for ‘Y108’ during his nearly 18 years with the station and 21 years with our organization. He has earned a tremendous amount of admiration and respect from listeners, the country music recording industry, and by his peers in radio.” CBS RADIO is seeking his replacement and notes that internal candidates may review the qualifications and apply at cbsandyou.com; external candidates may do the same at cbsradio.com/careers.
Jack Diamond Headed to AM Drive at WLS-FM, Chicago? That’s what Chicago media writer Robert Feder is suggesting is the likely scenario as longtime Washington, DC personality Jack Diamond is sitting in on the morning show alongside current morning host Brant Miller at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WLS-FM all this week. Feder reports that Jan Jeffries – PD for WLS-FM and SVP of corporate programming for Cumulus – told him, “Jack worked with me in Washington and Atlanta, and it seemed like it would be fun to put him in with Brant for a week.” Corporate PDs don’t do things like this on a lark and this is obviously an on-air tryout. Miller, in addition to his WLS-FM work, is chief meteorologist at NBC-owned WMAQ-TV. As for Diamond, he exited Cumulus’ CHR WRQX in the spring of 2013 after some 24 years on the air there. Read Feder’s entire column here.
Alpha Media Names Marconi Co-Host at KINK, Portland. Joining Sheila Hamilton at Alpha Media’s triple A KINK, Portland “101.9 KINK” is Marconi Bologna for the soon-to-be-renamed morning show, “Sheila and Marconi in the Morning.” The new show debuts August 11. KINK program director Chris Mays states, “I’ve worked at the same companies with Marconi in both Seattle and Portland and know him to be sweet, funny and wildly creative. Sheila Hamilton and Marconi are going to wake up Portland in a whole new way! His Portland history at KNRK and KUFO-FM has created many Marconi fans who will be happy to have him back in town. I’m very excited to work with him to create great radio at KINK.” Marconi comments, “I’ve worked in Portland radio for a long time. I recently lived in Denver for almost four years. That whole time I missed being on Portland radio, walkable neighborhoods, food carts and great restaurants, local music, and most of all, the people here. Portland is my heart. KINK is my station.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s CHR WNVZ, Norfolk “Z104,” acting program director Natalia is now the permanent PD of the station. She assumed the PD duties after the exit of Mike Klein. She’d been the station’s APD and midday personality – a daypart she’ll continue to host…..Jeff Roper is returning to San Antonio to host the KSAT-TV afternoon program “SA Live” beginning September 8. That means he’s exiting his current gig as OM/PD and morning personality at Qantum’s country WGTR, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina “Gator 107.9.” Roper served in San Antonio previously as morning jock, APD and MD at Cox Media Group’s country KCYY “Y100.”
Sittin’ in for Lon Helton. A trio of country stars are sitting in for Lon Helton on this week’s edition of Westwood One’s “Country Countdown USA.” Pictured here are (from left to right) Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, and Luke Bryan. The three are currently on the road on Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” tour with Brice and Swindell as supporting acts. On the show, trio share backstage stories from the tour as they count down the week’s Top 30 country songs. Helton returns to “Country Countdown USA” next week with co-host Brad Paisley.
Clear Channel Announces Lineup for iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014. The lineup of acts for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival taking place in Las Vegas September 19-20 has been announced by Clear Channel. Major acts include: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mötley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, and Steve Aoki. As part of the weekend, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village will return to The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday afternoon with live performances by Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Nico & Vinz, Lil Jon and more to be announced. In addition to the Las Vegas concert event, the festival will be broadcast live on Clear Channel radio stations, exclusively streamed live on Yahoo Screen, and will see television exposure as a two-night special on The CW network on September 29 and 30. Clear Channel chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “Each year we bring the music of the iHeartRadio app to life at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, redefining the live music experience for fans across America with once-in-a-lifetime performances and incredible collaborations that nobody else can provide. It’s the ultimate celebration of artists and music, and for the fourth year in a row the festival will make history with an extraordinary lineup of the biggest names in music across all genres.”
CBS Local to Acquire Event Discovery Site ‘Eventful.’ In a move that will provide a platform to tie into other CBS-owned platforms, CBS Local Media is entering into an agreement to acquire Eventful, Inc. a leading digital media company in the events discovery, communication and personalization business. Describing the service, CBS states, “Eventful connects consumers with information on millions of concerts, movies listings and local events by using its proprietary algorithms to aggregate, and deliver an ever-growing volume of content from across the United States and around the world. Serving its users via multiple platforms, including online, mobile and email, Eventful creates fan interest profiles and delivers highly personalized recommendations on behalf of artists, publishers and marketers to each of their more than 21 million registered users.” CBS Local Media COO Anton Guitano comments, “By offering audiences comprehensive local information all in one place, Eventful has amassed an engaged community that is passionate about finding experiences that match their lifestyle and personal tastes. This strategy reflects that of CBS Local Media, making this union a terrific complement to our growing digital business. Broadcast and online audiences will now have more insight into more events. Simultaneously, we are thrilled to offer our clients more options to reach their target customer.”
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 (7/23) includes such names as: Pierce Wagner, Evolution Beat, Fifth Harmony, Delta Spirit, Griswolds, Jenny Lewis, Perfume Genius, Young Rising Sons, Death from Above 1979, Maddie & Tae, Maggie Rose, Dwight Yokam, Troy Bullock, Slaptop, District 78, and Steffalooamong others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Adult Hits. There aren’t as many adult hits-formatted stations in Nielsen Audio‘s 48 PPM markets as there are classic hits-oldies and classic rock but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian notes in this third-of-three analysis that, unlike the other two formats scrutinized in this series, slightly less than half of the adult hits stations in the survey were flat or up with the rest dipping. Just one adult hits station – Emmis’ KBPA, Austin “Bob 103.5 Austin” – ranked #1 in its market in June (persons 6+), while 16 out of the adult hits stations in the survey ranked in the top 10 in their markets in June. Check out the performance comparisons over the past six PPM surveys as well as the chart comparing performances of all three formats – classic hits-oldies, classic rock and adult hits – in Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.
Entercom Chief David Field Asks Employees to Embrace Change, Lists Accomplishments in Mid-Year Memo. In his twice-annual memo to staffers, Entercom president and CEO David Field writes that everyone in the radio business must embrace change and innovate and challenges employees to do so within the guidelines of what Entercom believes in. He goes on to list those beliefs which start with its dedication to “building the best local radio stations with the best local personalities.” Also, Field speaks about the company’s accomplishments and points to the launch of new radio stations, the debut of its SmartReach Digital local marketing arm, and the “two-minute” promise at Seattle’s alternative “The End” which limits spots to six minutes per hour on the station with never more than 2 minutes of commercials at one time. Read his entire memo here.
Pandora Hires Record Industry’s Lars Murray as VP/Industry Relations. In an effort to work more efficiently with the recording industry, digital pure play Pandora announces the appointment of Lars Murray to the new position VP/industry relations. The company reports that, in this new position, Murray will “oversee the company’s strategic collaboration with a broad coalition of music industry stakeholders.” Murray will report to chief strategy officer Sara Clemens. He comes to Pandora from his most recent post as VP/digital media with Columbia Records. Pandora chairman, president & CEO Brian McAndrews comments, “Pandora is committed to building a vibrant, sustainable future for the music industry. With this hire, we’ve added a widely respected thought leader to help take us there. Lars’ extensive knowledge, broad industry relationships, and deep passion for music will further shape our approach to realizing a truly productive collaboration with all industry stakeholders.”
Jake McCann Joins Cumulus Washington as VP of Sales. Radio sales pro Jake McCann is named vice president of sales for Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC stations CHR WRQX and news/talk WMAL-AM/FM. McCann comes to Washington from Philadelphia where he was director of sales for Greater Media’s operations there. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati comments, “We are thrilled to have Jake at the helm of our cluster in Washington. He is a natural leader and a relentless recruiter. Jake spent the majority of his career in sales management on the East Coast both in radio and cable. He’s developed strong regional advertiser relationships during that time which will be beneficial to us. We look forward to his contribution.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Last week RadioInfo reported that Anthony “Kobe” Fargo had exited his APD gig at Cox Media Group’s WAPE, Jacksonville. Now we learn that he’s returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to serve as a social media consultant with The Media Beast. Additionally, he’ll be doing part-time on air work at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WBZZ “100.7 StarPittsburgh.”…..Christian broadcaster WAY Media announces it has named Rob Wagman program director for its Christian CHR WAY-FM Network. Wagman most recently was afternoon personality at Salem Communications-owned KFSH, Los Angeles “95.9 The Fish.”…..Steve Cannon takes on more duties with Midwest Communications as he becomes brand manager for country WDWQ, Terre Haute “Q102.7.” Cannon already serves as brand manager for the Terre Haute cluster’s adult contemporary WBOW and classic country WDKE “95.9 Duke FM.”
SHOUTcast Launches Streaming Service with Audience Monetization. The recent addition of SHOUTcast to the Radionomy family is producing a new service that includes effective audience monetization with the integration of the TargetSpot ad network. The company adds that “additional tools and capabilities to support the needs of today’s online radio stations are also part of this new service. These enhancements are built on the tradition and reliability of SHOUTcast and are available today to selected SHOUTcast broadcasters, and CDN partners.” The new features include: audience monetization regardless of how they listen – using SHOUTcast’s new server-side targeted ad injection and the TargetSpot ad network; streaming – high-quality stream hosting at no cost; unlimited listeners – no more maxing out slots, SHOUTcast now supports unlimited listeners; built-in listener analytics (stats tools); and more. Radionomy VP/business development – US Country manager Thierry Ascarez says, “Our team has been working very hard to reinvigorate the SHOUTcast platform with the most advanced and professional tools currently available in the market.”
Jason Aldean Agrees to Charity Show with The Raging Idiots. During an appearance on the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show, two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean performed his new song “Burnin’ It Down,” (the first single from his new album due out later this year). During the interview, Aldean agreed to play a show with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, if the show could raise $50,000 for Susan G. Komen. Pictured here (from left to right) are: show cast member Lunchbox, Bones, show cast member Amy and Aldean.
Nielsen ‘Audio Demand Landscape’ Study Puts Listeners into Six Categories. The Audio Demand Landscape study was unveiled at Nielsen’s Consumer 360 Conference on June 24. Nielsen concludes from the online survey of a panel of 4,950 Americans between the ages of 18-74 (conducted in English in March) during March 2014 about their audio listening attitudes, motivations, behaviors, habits and preferences, that there are basically six types of audio consumers. (Note that in parentheses is what Nielsen deems each group to be as a percentage of the U.S. population.) They are: “Music Loving Personalizers” (23%) who are passionate music listeners mainly seeking an emotional benefit by listening. They prefer free services and often play music in the background; “Discriminating Audiophiles” (18%) are highly engaged consumers who listen to and prefer a wide variety of audio, and are willing to pay for specific content; “Convenience Seeking Traditionalists” (17%) prefer broadcast radio, listening to their favorite stations and hosts, and they routinely listen in the car; “Information Seeking Loyalists” (15%) are heavy broadcast listeners who usually listen to their favorite talk programs for news, education and to stay informed of current events; “Background Driving Defaulters” (14%) are less engaged and typically have the radio on in the car for background entertainment or occasionally news and information; and “Techie Audio Enthusiasts” (13%) are avid consumers of many types of audio. These listeners are early adopters of new platforms to satisfy their audio needs. Nielsen says that when considering these groups based on the percent of all audio hours of listening they represent, the “Information Seeking Loyalists” and the “Music Loving Personalizers” account for nearly half (47%) of all audio consumption. See more here.
Rob, Arnie & Dawn Will Stay with Entercom. Yesterday, Entercom filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal with the United States District Court Eastern District of California to drop its suit against Williams Broadcasting (the Rob Williams-run company that owns the Rob, Arnie & Dawn show). This comes after the two sides sat down and agreed to terms on a new five-year deal that will keep the morning show with Entercom’s rock KRXQ, Sacramento “Rock 98.” Clear Channel had been wooing the trio and a legal skirmish over whether Williams Broadcasting and Entercom had followed proper contractual procedure regarding the right to match competing offers issue as well as the legal status of the contract between the two.
Tyrene ‘TJ’ Jackson Takes Brand Manager Role at ‘Jammin’ 98.3’ in Milwaukee. Taking over the programmer role at Saga Communications-owned urban contemporary WJMR, Milwaukee “Jammin’ 98.3” is Tyrene “TJ” Jackson. She replaces Lauri Jones and begins her new gig on July 7. Milwaukee Radio Group GM Annmarie Topel says, “We had a lot of interest in this position, including some big names in urban radio. Tyrene stood out for many reasons. With roots in Milwaukee, a clear respect from the community, and the kind of work ethic and values that we look for, she was the obvious and best choice.” Jackson comments, “I am excited to be a part of the ‘Jammin’ 98.3’ family and dedicated to enhancing an already great radio station. I look forward to bringing my community experience and knowledge of the format to Jammin’ to produce the best product on air, on line and in the community.” Jackson worked across town at urban talk/music hybrid WMCS for 18 years before exiting when the station flipped formats.
SBG Names Rivera-Searles SVP Digital Initiatives; Teases ‘Brand New Day for Radio.’ With the announcement that Edwin Rivera-Searles is named the company’s new SVP of digital initiatives, Sun Broadcast Group, Inc. also promises news later this summer that CEO Jason Bailey is “the first stage in what will be a brand new day for radio. It was crucial that we brought in the very best to help implement this amazing plan and Ed Rivera is exactly that. He truly ‘gets it’. You won’t find a more well-respected, passionate person in this business and I couldn’t be more excited to finally welcome him to our family!” Rivera comes to SBG from his most recent post as SVP of ad sales for Westwood One. Rivera comments, “Joining the executive team of Sun Broadcast Group is a tremendous opportunity and I’m thrilled to be part of this new phase of growth and development for the company. I’m impressed by what Jason and his team have accomplished in their short history in the network radio space. I look forward to introducing our customized digital solutions to our agency and client partners later this summer.”
Jorge Lopez Named Evening Host at CBS RADIO’s KMVK, Dallas. The Regional Mexican outlet KMVK, Dallas “La GRANDE 107.5 FM” announces Jorge ‘El Bolillo’ López is the new host of the 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm show. López comes to KMVK from his most recent gig at Univision’s KLQB, Austin where he hosted afternoon drive. KMVK program director Jimmy Gonzalez comments, “Jorge has a great track record of influence in each of the markets he has worked in across Texas. It will be great to work with him again here in Dallas at ‘La GRANDE.’”
Bruce DuMont Steps Aside; Kraig Kitchin Named Chairman of National Radio Hall of Fame. Following through on plans he announced last fall to ease back from some of his responsibilities to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 70-year-old Bruce DuMont announces he’s resigned from the chairman position of the National Radio Hall of Fame and named new board of directors member Kraig Kitchin to the chairman position. Kitchin, who served as president of Premiere Networks for years, operates his own consulting firm Sound Mind LLC. In his letter to the NRHOF committee, DuMont writes: “I appointed new MBC Board member Kraig T. Kitchin to replace me as Chairman — naming MBC Board members Dennis Green and Karole White as vice chairs of the committee. As you know Kraig, Dennis and Karole have all been longtime members of the NRHOFSC. This important move comes in the wake of our recent announcement concerning the November 9th NRHOF induction ceremony taking place in Los Angeles. It underscores the truly national scope of the NRHOF and will extend our reputation more broadly and hopefully our base of support as well.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Compass Broadcasting-owned triple A KPRI, San Diego, Chris Cantore is the new morning drive personality. This marks his return to the station he left two years ago to become director/lifestyle and entertainment at the San Diego Union Tribune. Previously he was music director and afternoon host…..Nine-year SiriusXM programmer Tim Sabean exits the satcaster where he was most recently SVP of entertainment and comedy. Sabean programmed former CBS RADIO rock WYSP, Philadelphia before joining Sirius as SVP of the Howard Stern channels…..Programmer Matt Walker jumps from his PD role at Clear Channel’s classic rock WBFX, Grand Rapids “101.3 The Brew” to the company’s sister country WBCT “B93” to co-host the morning drive show with Neal Dionne. His previous country experience includes midday personality at WKKT, Charlotte “96.9 The Kat” and morning host at WKIS, Miami “Kiss Country.” As a result of the move, WBCT PD Dave Taft adds WBFX programming responsibilities…..At the Adams Radio Group Fort Wayne cluster, Hannah Rupert is named marketing and promotions director. She had been marketing consultant for the operations recently acquired by ARG.
SCBA’s Thom Callahan Addresses Digital ‘Fraud’ in Column. The mandate from marketing departments and ad buyers that more and more money be spent on “digital” platforms is a serious problem for traditional media ad sellers. Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan addresses the issue in a blog post titled, “A Responsibility to the Truth.” In the post, Callahan cites a report by web security firm Incapsula that states in its latest annual reports on web traffic that: 1) 61.5% of all web traffic is NON-HUMAN or Bot traffic as it’s called; 2) 38.5% of all web traffic is Human; and 3) 48.1% of all video ads are not heard or seen by humans. Callahan goes on to say that the big problem is there is no transparency in digital advertising. “The sheer size and scope of this fraudulent behavior is costing advertisers over $6 billion a year in wasted advertising to these non-human sites, according to the ad fraud detection firm, White Ops.” Read more of Callahan’s blog post here.
Forbes Releases 2014 Celebrity 100 List; Ryan Seacrest Ranks. The highest ranking radio personality on this year’s Forbes 2014 Celebrity 100 list – based on fortune and fame – is Premiere Networks-syndicated star Ryan Seacrest (estimated income $65 million), who tied with Sean “Diddy” Combs at #31. Premiere Networks host and TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck comes in close behind at #39 with an estimated income of $90 million. Premiere Networks superstar Rush Limbaugh lands at #59 this year with estimated income of $66 million and SiriusXM icon Howard Stern follows at #62 with $95 million in estimated income. Premiere Networks and Fox News Channel star Sean Hannity rounds out the radio people this year at #86 with $30 million in estimated income.
Michael Martin Named SVP, Programming and Music Initiatives for CBS RADIO. San Francisco-based programmer Michael Martin is being promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president, programming and music initiatives for CBS RADIO. While taking on these new duties, Martin will continue to serve as program director for hot AC KLLC “Alice@97.3” and CHR KMVQ “99.7 NOW.” The company says that in this role, Martin will be CBS RADIO’s lead executive liaison with the music industry, labels, managers and artists across all formats, working hand-in-hand with the division’s format vice presidents and program directors. He’ll also be responsible for the development and integration of music content across CBS RADIO’s live events and the Radio.com digital platform. Chad Fitzsimmons, director, music initiatives will report to Martin. CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero states, “Michael has a deep understanding of radio and its audience, coupled with solid relationships in the business, and an unmatched enthusiasm for all things music. As we continue to evolve our long-standing and mutually beneficial partnership with the music industry, having Michael as our driving force and ambassador will produce immediate results for everyone involved. Plus he also likes to stay out late so this makes him even more qualified for the position.”
Clark Takes Helm of Journal’s Tucson Radio Stations. Assuming the VP/GM position at Journal Broadcast Group’s Tucson operations is Leon Clark, who comes to the company from his most recent post as sales manager for the digital audio aggregator TuneIn. Journal operates four stations in the market: adult contemporary KMXZ “94.9 Mix FM,” news/ talk KQTH-FM, rhythmic oldies KTGV “106.3 The Groove,” and sports talk KFFN “ESPN Tucson.” Journal EVP – Radio Steve Wexler comments, “Leon’s broadcast and digital experience, as well as his strong leadership track record, makes him a great fit with Journal and our Tucson team. He embodies our core values of integrity, excellence, determination and innovation and I’m thrilled to welcome him to our company.” Clark comments, “I am honored to lead the Tucson team forward and to become part of a broadcast group that shares the same core values that I do. We have some incredible opportunities ahead of us and I look forward to much success for our Tucson team.”
Classic Hits WLS-FM, Chicago Will Not Be Home to Eddie & Jobo. As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, the team of Ed Volkman and Joe Colborn will not be taking over the morning drive slot at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WLS-FM, Chicago – in fact, the team will likely not work together again as Volkman wanted take the two-and-a-half-year offer but Colborn did not. The story indicated the deal offered by Cumulus was for $200,000 each through January and half a million each for the next two years, but Colborn’s heart wasn’t in returning to morning radio and the company wanted the pair – not just Volkman. In this radio climate it’s hard to imagine anyone turning down that kind of money but Eddie & Jobo’s loss could be someone else’s gain. Read Feder’s column here.
Frazer Smith Returns to KLOS – Renowned “Too Hip” Phrase is Back! One of the most recognizable names in LA rock radio during the golden era – Frazer Smith – has returned to one of his original homes, KLOS, where he is now heard on the Cumulus rocker Sunday early-evenings 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Smith, a multi-media comedic performer and veteran of KLOS, KMET and KROQ during some of their most colorful years, has not been on Southern California radio for approximately a decade, but RadioInfo correspondents on the ground in LA report after only six weekends back in action, “The Fraze” is better than ever and still commands a following of loyal listeners with the potential to gather a new generation of radio fans. In the words of RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison (who hired Smith while PD at KMET), “When KLOS let Fraze go in 1984, I grabbed him and never had a reason to regret that decision for one second. This extremely talented guy was one of the hardest-working and most-prepared air personalities I ever worked with and stands out as a great example of DJ-as-entertainer.” To read RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian’s profile on Frazer Smith, please click here.
Geary Exiting Entercom Communications Post. Citing his desire to return to the political communications end of the business, Entercom director of strategic communications Kevin Geary announces he’s leaving his position with the company to focus full time on his political communications firm, Independence Strategy. Geary’s been with Entercom for the past three years and, during that time, he’s kept his own company in business. But he says he misses the political communications biz and wants to return. “The closer we got to the 2014 elections it was clear just how much I missed it. With 3 ½ years in corporate and media communications, I know I can offer clients a unique combination of political, business perspectives.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. More apparent budget-related cuts at Clear Channel as program director Joe Bonadonna leaves the Miami station group where he programmed classic rock WBGG “Big 105.9.” He’d been in the post for the past four years. At Clear Channel he was also a classic rock brand coordinator…..Mike Klein exits the PD position at Entercom’s CHR WNVZ, Norfolk, “Z104.” Klein had worked at the station for seven years prior to rejoining it in February of 2012. He also served as afternoon personality.
Entercom Sues to Keep Rob, Arnie & Dawn from Jumping to CC; Court Dismisses Suit and TRO. This is not the end of the matter, though. The suit and temporary restraining order to prevent the Rob Williams-owned Rob, Arnie & Dawn Show, until recently heard on classic rock KRXQ, Sacramento “98 Rock,” from jumping to competitor Clear Channel has been dismissed without prejudice and the TRO denied, but on jurisdictional grounds and Entercom is being given 10 days to amend its complaint. So, expect that to happen quickly. At issue is whether or not Entercom and Williams both followed the letter of their contract with regard to the latter’s presenting Clear Channel’s offer to Entercom as required and whether the former adequately matched the offer made by Clear Channel. In its complaint, Entercom alleges Williams is in breach of the contract by rejecting the company’s right to match CC’s offer and by wrongly declaring the contract expired.
Borrell Associates Releases Political Advertising Outlook; Radio’s Share to Shrink. But that’s not entirely unexpected by those who’ve been involved in political ad buys over the past few years. Even though Borrell estimates the total ad spend this year alone to be $8.3 billion, the media that will see an increase are cable and online. TV will lose market share at the expense of cable – due, Borrell concludes, to the more highly targetable nature of cable’s niche programming. While online is expected to see a big increase, it’s still a small part (3.3%) of the total political ad spend for 2014. Radio’s share is shrinking – from 6.5% of the total ad spend in 2010 to an estimated 5.8% this year. But that money — $485 million – is money the industry is banking on. Another item of note from Borrell is that 54% of the total ad spend comes in September and October. The ability to narrowly define a medium’s audience helps a political ad buy and if radio executives can show campaigns that they have a desired audience, the likelihood of getting the buy increases. For more information, see the Borrell Associates site here.
Compass Media’s Nancy Abramson Enjoys Free Beer & Hot Wings. When Compass Media Networks-syndicated morning show “Free Beer & Hot Wings” visited WCHR, Manahawkin, New Jersey “105.7 The Hawk” for a remote broadcast last week, Compass VP of affiliate sales and strategic partnerships Nancy Abramson came down from her New York base for the show. Pictured here at the Townsquare Media-owned classic rocker’s remote are (from left to right): Producer Joe, co-host Eric Zane, Abramson, Chris “Hot Wings” Michels, Gregg “Free Beer” Daniels, and Producer Steve.
Bill Rock Celebrates 10th Anniversary of SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio. It’s been 10 years since Elvis Radio debuted on SiriusXM and radio personality and show producer Bill Rock is preparing to celebrate the occasion with a special show that looks back at that first broadcast and reviews 10 years of the channel’s Saturday night show, dubbed “A Decade of Great Rockin’ Saturday Nights – Elvis Radio’s 10th Anniversary.” Rock says guests will include TCB band guitarist James Burton, Red West – an actor and childhood friend of Elvis, Rob Lyons – who plays Carl Perkins in the jukebox review “Million Dollar Quartet,” Jack Soden – CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, and Elvis Presley’s close friend Jerry Shilling. The special show airs on July 5 and 7:00 pm ET.
Georgia State University Seeks Translator for ‘Album 88.’ A new partnership between Georgia State University-owned WRAS, Atlanta “Album 88 Georgia State” and Georgia Public Broadcasting begins today that will have public radio news/talk programming from NPR and PRI air on the station during the daytime hours where music has been heard for so many years. Students and fans of the college radio station had vowed to stop the change, but to no avail. As a result, the college is promising to search for options that will allow the music programming to air on a local FM translator during the day. As it stands now, the music programming will be heard on WRAS from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am but music fans will have to hear the shows via the internet. It’s interesting to note that in an era when young people are thought by so many to care so little about over-the-air radio that the reaction to the programming changes was so strong and that the school is willing to pursue an FM signal for the daytime music programming.
iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party Rocks the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The third annual iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party presented by VISIT FLORIDA – the two-day musical weekend – was held in Miami Beach on Friday and Saturday (6/27-28). More than 150 iHeartRadio contest winners joined the rest of the crown for the festival hosted by Nick Cannon. Pictured here are the Neon Trees performing. In addition to iHeartRadio’s house DJs, major acts playing over the weekend included: Tiësto, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, Jennifer Lopez, and Magic! Photo: Larry Marano/Getty Images for Clear Channel.
Backstage at the BET Awards Radio Broadcast. The BET Awards Show took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles last night and over the weekend, Westwood One produced the BET Awards Show radio broadcast. Stars such as Jennifer Hudson (pictured here) was among the performers to speak to radio listeners across the country via the WW1 programming. Also taking part were such artists as B.O.B., Liv Warfield, Ne-Yo, TI, T Pain, and Trey Songz.
Radio Takes a Beating, But Potential Legislation Is a Long Way Off. After the June 10 hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, numerous radio and music industry observers said it’s not a matter of if radio loses its exemption from paying royalties to performance copyright holders, but when. After yesterday’s second hearing before the same subcommittee, those same observers may agree with the statement that “when” could be a long time from now. It would be surprising if Congress moved quickly on any aspect of the multitude of intellectual property rights and licensing issues that surround the radio and music industries. But since the numerous parties with a stake in the business – AM/FM radio, satellite radio, digital pure-plays, musicians and composers, record labels, performance rights organizations and others – are very unlikely to come up with a solution they can mutually agree upon, Congress will probably ultimately craft legislation that all the parties will dislike. When that might happen is anyone’s guess.
Charles Warfield and Ed Christian Not Surprised by Reception at Hearing. Yesterday, RadioInfo published portions of the testimony NAB’s Charles Warfield and Radio Music Licensing Committee chairman Ed Christian presented at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet hearing. Both went into the day fully aware that the brief time they would be allotted to make their cases – both that radio provides enormous PR for record sales and that there’s much more wrong with the system for compensating artists and copyright holders that needs to be addressed – would change few minds, but testify they did and they received the expected flak about the royalty exemption that is considered by critics to be antiquated in the digital era of soft record sales. The reality is probably that neither the radio nor the record industries really want legislators to dig too deep into their practices for fear they might discover just how closely the two sides work together to get music on the radio to build sales. The record industry’s history of writing contracts that benefit the labels far more than the artists is fairly well known (consolidation in that industry has not helped the artists, either). Deals for digital plays are notoriously complex, as are the accounting practices that purport to pay the artists and copyright holders. For now, though, there doesn’t appear to be a move afoot in Washington to fully examine the radio, internet and recording industries and bring the parties together for meaningful resolution.
Cumulus Celebrates WFAS-FM Move to Urban Format in NYC Market. As RadioInfo reported recently, Cumulus Media is flipping Westchester County hot AC WFAS-FM to an urban contemporary format and will target the New York City market. The station celebrated the coming change with a party at Sylvia’s restaurant in Harlem on Wednesday evening (6/25) that featured new station personalities Tom Joyner (right) and D.L. Hughley (left). Cumulus says the new “Radio 103.9” will feature “New York’s best mix of R&B with an urban adult format that extends the station’s signal to reach listeners across the New York metropolitan area, including 80% of the region’s African American population.” The official launch of the station will be July 7. Cumulus New York VP/market manager Kim Bryant states, “Women ages 35-44 who enjoy urban format music and stars from the last few decades through today are underserved in the Big Apple and we’re changing that now with an urban radio renaissance.” Bryant told Crain’s Business New York the loss of urban WRKS “Kiss FM” (which became sports talk WEPN-FM) created an opening, “That audience scattered. We believe a void is out there in the market, and that is the void we would like to fill.” WFAS-FM program director Ken Johnson comments, “New York is the greatest city in the world and the radio programmers and personalities that came before me are a part my philosophy on radio today. The only thing greater than my love for New York radio is my respect for its listeners.” Reach Media syndicated Joyner will be heard in mornings and Hughley in afternoons. The station’s local shows include “LaLoca” with host Sharon “La Loca” Montero, who joins “Radio 103.9” from “Power 95.3” in Orlando, and “Hanging Downtown” with Marc Clarke, a host widely known for his three years hosting the popular “Hang Suite” on WHUR, Washington, DC. Meanwhile, First Amendment rights advocate and community-minded operator William O’Shaughnessy writes a piece this morning that crystallizes the philosophy of serving the local community which he says his stations – WVIP-FM and WVOX-AM in New Rochelle – do so well. O’Shaughnessy uses the occasion of saying goodbye to WFAS-FM as it concentrates on the New York City market to reach out to advertisers and the listening community. Read it here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At Buffalo adult contemporary WJYE “JoyFM,” Townsquare Media names Dave Universal program director. Universal programmed Entercom’s CHR WKSE, Niagara Falls “Kiss 98.5” before jumping across the border to program the former CKEY, Toronto…..Clear Channel promotes Reid Spivey and moves WHQC, Charlotte “Channel 96.1” APD and air talent to its Savannah station group where Spivey will serve as program director and evening personality at WAEV “97.3 Kiss FM.”…..Operations manager Greg Tillotson takes over the programming duties at Mapleton Communications’ country KDRK, Spokane as Sharon Bonds gives up her PD role to become director of promotions for the company’s seven-station cluster there.
SiriusXM Teams with YouTube for New Music Show. Taking advantage of the relationship between young discoverers of new music and the place young people are finding new music – YouTube – satellite broadcaster SiriusXM announces the creation of a new show titled, “The YouTube 15,”starring Jenna Marbles. SiriusXM says the “new weekly show featuring the top emerging and breakout songs is based on YouTube data of the previous week and selected by SiriusXM for the Hits 1 audience. The YouTube 15 represents SiriusXM and YouTube’s shared goal of supporting great new music from today’s biggest names and emerging stars.” “The YouTube 15” will air each week starting July 11 on Fridays at 6:00 pm on SiriusXM Hits 1 and replay throughout the weekend. Marbles was chosen to host the show because of her success on the YouTube platform where she has more than 13 million subscribers. SiriusXM notes that her YouTube channel and her videos have been viewed more than 1.5 billion times. Marbles comments, “I’m incredibly excited to be working in a new medium with SiriusXM. I think we are going to make a really cool show, and I’m honored that they picked me to do it.”
Veteran Programmer Takes Issue with Doobie on Recollection of Historic Details. Longtime pop music radio programmer Paul Ciliano — who has programmed stations in Los Angeles, Tampa and Honolulu — takes issue with some of the historic details presented in the current RadioInfo column by Duane Doobie (“The Optimal Length of Songs”) posted yesterday (6/25) in which the Doob references a move by a major top 40 PD (saying it might have been Rick Sklar, Bill Drake or Paul Drew) in the golden era (60s/70s) to limit the length of 45 rpm records acceptable for airplay to under three minutes. Doobie used it to illustrate a point within the context of programmers’ concern for listener attention span down through the decades. Ciliano says otherwise. He states, “My recollection of the short song mandate was that it was RKO so that would mean Drew. It was three minutes, not two and change and I believe it could be violated for the right reasons. And it had nothing to do with attention spans. It was about fitting in more songs.” Doobie’s response, “Paul might be right – but ultimately squeezing in more records per hour and concern for attention span eventually come under the umbrella of ‘let’s keep it moving or people will tune out’ so it doesn’t interfere with the greater point of the column.” To read Duane Doobie’s provocative but possibly flawed piece, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian continues his three-part analysis of the PPM market performances of urban-formatted stations with today’s look at the urban contemporary format. (Yesterday, we published his urban AC analysis and the final report for urban-rhythmic oldies will be the third installment.) Among the data Kinosian presents are charts detailing performance over the last five PPM surveys, ratings fluctuation from the month prior and from one year ago, how the stations ranked in their markets and performance comparison alongside urban AC stations. Check out Mike Kinosian’s full analysis here.
Four Named to Broadcasters Foundation of America Board of Directors. Four distinguished broadcast industry leaders are named to the Broadcasters Foundation of America board of directors. They are: Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations; David T. Lougee, president, Gannett Broadcasting; Elizabeth (Beth) Neuhoff, president & chief executive officer, Neuhoff Communications; Michael (Mike) O’Neill, president & chief executive officer, BMI. BFoA chairman Phil Lombardo says, “The addition of these four prominent broadcasters to our board will further enhance awareness of the work that we do and increase our ability to help more broadcasters in need. Their dedication to helping those in our industry who need it most is an inspiration that I hope will motivate everyone in our profession to make a donation and become involved with our cause.”
Marlin Broadcasting Chairman Alex Tanger Dies at 94. The broadcasting career of Alexander Tanger started after his return from World War II service when he became vice president of WHDH-TV and WHDH-AM in Boston. He bought WLKW, Providence and operated it for many years. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he convinced General Cinema Corporation to buy FM radio stations – among them WIFI-FM, Philadelphia; KRBE-FM, Houston; WGZC-FM, Atlanta; WHUE-FM Boston; WGCI-FM, Cleveland; and WEFM-FM, Chicago, where he won a landmark case in the U.S. Court of Appeals that freed broadcasters from government oversight of programming. In the 1980s and 1990s, Tanger built the WBACH Classical Music network of FM stations in Maine and served as the chairman of the board of Marlin Broadcasting, Inc. and Marlin Broadcasting, LLC from 1979 until his passing.
Alternative ‘107.7 The End’ in Seattle Makes the ‘2-Minute Promise.’ Vowing it is “re-imagining the radio experience entirely,” Entercom’s KNDD, Seattle, “107.7 The End,” is announcing what it calls “an unconventional move to redefine how it presents radio to its listeners” and is unveiling the “2 Minute Promise,” never playing more than two minutes of commercials at a time. It goes on to say, “‘The End’ will not only play half the commercials compared to other radio stations in Seattle, but will also play the most music of any station in the market.” Program director Garett Michaels adds, “Since its inception, ‘The End’ has been a leader in new music discovery and a radio innovator. The time has come for a radio station to make a stand for our listeners and our advertisers.” Station VP/GM Jack Hutchinson comments, “We are proud to be the first station in the United States to offer this bold, innovative approach to radio. We know our listeners will be more than excited about this change and we are just as excited we can provide our clients an incredibly unique platform to showcase their message to our End listeners.”
Alternative Rocker ‘X107.1’ Debuts in Altanta. Taking over on the 107.1 frequency previously occupied by country WTSH, Rome, Georgia “South 107,” is alternative rock “X107.1” from Cox Media Group. The new format comes after Cox enters into an LMA with Woman’s World Broadcasting to operate the country outlet which it moved to the 93.5 frequency serving the Rome, Georgia market as “South 93.5” The alternative format will be heard on 107.1 in the Rome market and on translator W296BB, Jonesboro at 107.1 just southeast of downtown Atlanta. CMG says “X107.1, an ‘Alt40’ format, is the city’s new alternative station featuring popular artists dominating today’s airwaves including Lorde, Fitz and The Tantrums, Imagine Dragons, Passion Pit, Avicii, The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend and many more.” Cox VP of programming Steve Smith adds, “The 18-34 year old audience is an extremely appealing demographic to advertisers and that audience has a strong attraction to alternative music today. Our research tells us that Atlanta is ripe for an Alt40 radio station like X107.1.” The station is playing 10,000 commercial-free songs in a row.
Jess Jennings Joins ‘Bob 106.9’ in Savannah. Moving from Riverbend Communications’ country KTHK, Idaho Falls “105.5 The Hawk” to L&L Broadcasting’s country WUBB, Savannah “Bob 106.9” is Jess Jennings who will serve as midday personality and music director. Jennings says, “I’m so excited to make Savannah my family’s home and work with Gigi South, Gabe Reynolds, T.C. Michaels, and the L&L staff. Special thanks to Larry Wilson, Bob Proffitt, Scott Mahalick, and Bill McElveen for this opportunity. I’m thrilled to contribute to the growth of L&L Broadcasting and our mission to provide the best local radio and build profitable relationships with our clients.” WUBB program director T.C. Michaels comments, “Jess’ warm sound, hilarious personality, and music directing skills are a perfect fit for WUBB. Her passion and enthusiasm punches through the speakers, which will easily connect with our key Savannah/Hilton Head demos. Her music directing talent will positively contribute to L&L Broadcasting’s objective to provide the best local radio for our listeners and advertising opportunities for our growing client list. I’m very excited to have Jess a part of our team and family.”
Tim & Willy to Wrap Self Syndicated Show on Friday. After parting company with longtime home KMLE, Phoenix in July of 2012, Tim Hattrick and Willy D. Loon launched their own Arizona-syndicated show. Now, however, the duo announces that running their own operation has taken its toll and the show will end on Friday, June 27. In a press release, Tim, Willy and Andrea Hiland write, “For more than 10 years we dreamed of building our own radio company; a place where we could be the genuine ‘Tim & Willy Show’ again — unrestricted, fun, connected with our audience and free from all the overthinking that made the radio business so strange and unrecognizable. We did it. It wasn’t easy. But it was so fun and satisfying. In many ways our show was poised to be a huge success. The unfortunate reality is that the cost of starting and running our own company took its toll. Being our own bosses was hard! We found ourselves wearing so many hats – we just didn’t have enough heads! We spent too much time on things we’re not good at and it robbed us from the thing we do best. For this and other reasons we made the very difficult business decision to bring an end to our venture.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Journal Broadcast Group’s hip hop WKHT, Knoxville “Hot 104.5,” Mean Jean joins the station as evening personality and music director…..Former triple A KINK, Portland personality Dave Scott is now the afternoon drive personality at Entercom’s classic rock KGON, Portland…..Denver radio pro Scott Curtis is named midday personality at classic rock outlet “93.7 The Rock” airing on K229BS, Lakewood, Colorado located due west of downtown Denver…..Jim Bosh exits Great Eastern Radio’s country simulcast WKKN, Keene/WXXK, Lebanon in New Hampshire “Kixx Country” to pursue other opportunities. Bosh has been morning drive host at the station.
Adams Radio Group Launches ‘Soft Rock 103.9’ in Fort Wayne. After a frequency shuffle that moved sister classic rock WXKE down to the 96.5 frequency, Adams Radio Group announces WWFW at 103.9 debuts as AC “Soft Rock 103.9.” Adams president and CEO Ron Stone says in a statement, “We spent a great deal of time, starting in November, researching the market and determining what listeners really wanted. It was amazing to us how strong the response was for a soft AC. We are very excited to fill this void for Fort Wayne. The reaction has already been overwhelming.”
Horizon Broadcasting’s KLTW, Bend, Oregon Re-Brands. The station will remain an adult contemporary outlet but effective immediately, Horizon Broadcasting Group’s KLTW, Bend, Oregon drops the “Continuous LITE Rock LITE 95.7” moniker and takes on the “95.7 MY FM – Bend’s Best Variety” brand. Horizon president and CEO Keith Shipman says, “Today’s 35-54 year old woman in our digital world wants things newer, with variety, fresh and her way – and they want it now. Today’s woman has her own career, her own Facebook page, Twitter account and they want a radio station that they can perceive as their own. That’s exactly what ‘95.7 MY FM’ has become – the Bend’s Best Variety focusing on contemporary music from the 80s to now – meeting all of the criteria of a radio station for today’s 35-54 woman.”
Rock Band “Madison Rising” Blows Them Away at Talk Radio Conference. The rock ‘n’ roll ensemble Madison Rising – a group that bills itself as “America’s Most Patriotic Rock Band” – has a video version of its performance of the National Anthem that was played for an SRO crowd at the start of the recent (6/20) “Talkers New York 2014” radio convention. According to eye-and-ear witnesses in attendance, the crowd of radio and television talk show hosts and broadcast management at the event were blown away by the quality of the music and the powerful images in the video. TALKERS (and RadioInfo) publisher Michael Harrison introduced the video by saying that in his opinion, “This is the best rock interpretation and performance of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ to come down the pike since the late Jimi Hendrix did it in the late sixties.” Check it out for yourself. The video is now playing on RadioInfo TV located in the box on the upper right portion of this page.
Hubbard Names Curtiss Johnson PD at Classic Rock ‘The Drive 97.1” in Chicago. The new program director at Hubbard Radio’s Chicago classic rock WDRV “The Drive 97.1” is rock radio pro Curtiss Johnson. He takes over the 13-year WDRV PD Patty Martin who announced last month that she would resign her position with the station. Hubbard SVP of programming Greg Solk comments, “The idea of replacing Patty Martin — the only programmer at ‘The Drive’ in our 13 rockin’ years was daunting, but we believe we have hit the jackpot. Curtiss is a brilliant programmer, but he’s down to earth. He’s artsy and scientific. But most importantly, Curtiss shares my desire to produce local radio that surprises and delights. Curtiss will begin that mission at Chicago’s ‘Drive’ on Monday!” Johnson says of his new gig, “I’m ecstatic. To work for one of the most highly regarded companies in our industry, programming one of the nation’s premier rock stations in a world-class city like Chicago is a dream job. I’m truly honored and humbled by the confidence Greg Solk and Drew Horowitz have shown in allowing me to be in the next leader of ‘The Drive’ and its legendary staff.” Johnson has worked with Entercom as format captain for its rock and classic rock stations. He also programmed rock KUPD, Phoenix. He begins the new position Monday, June 23. He can be reached at CJohnson@WDRV.com.
May’s Los Angeles PPM Concerns Reportedly Rectified. On rare occasions, ratings results are recalled; however, last Monday (6/9), Nielsen Audio was in the equally unusual position of delaying the release of a data report for the country’s second-largest market. Explanation for the postponement was that the company needed to “conduct additional quality control reviews.” The outcome of those evaluations was that one Los Angeles PPM household was removed, owing to “quality concern issues,” while another metered household was eliminated after it was determined there was a media affiliation to Univision Los Angeles regional Mexican outlet KSCA. According to Univision Radio president Jose Valle, “Univision is fully committed to quality data. Nielsen recently reached out to inform us that a media-affiliated household had been identified in Los Angeles, and that it was connected to a Univision Radio employee [working at] KSCA. We commenced an investigation and took immediate action by terminating the employee based on our findings. We are cooperating fully with Nielsen to ensure the industry has quality data. A radio station employee related to a Nielsen participant seriously undermines the industry and is unacceptable. We will continue to cooperate fully and ensure the efficacy of our internal training and compliance programs, which will be ongoing across all Univision stations.” A prepared Nielsen Audio statement mentioned that, “The behavior of a media-affiliated household not self-reporting is a serious violation of data integrity standards. Nielsen Audio is committed to upholding the highest standards of data integrity and acts swiftly to meet those standards. We will be taking a number of actions to minimize the risk of reoccurrence. Additionally, we will be implementing an immediate and aggressive review of our policies and procedures to protect integrity of our panels. We will be transparent with the industry and share our plans as quickly as possible.” Los Angeles May (2014) PPM data is now scheduled to be released later today (Tuesday, 6/17).
What Would Jerry Del Colliano Do if He Owned a Radio Station Now? Inside Music Media publisher and longtime industry observer/analyst Jerry Del Colliano candidly shares the 17 things he would do if he were in the situation of owning and operating a commercial radio station for profit today. In a provocative piece posted today (6/17) in TALKERS and RadioInfo, Del Colliano addresses: sales department size, sales commission structure, commercial price structuring, handling (or not handling) eight-minute stop sets, appealing to a generation obsessed with video games, and strategizing the digital component as it relates to radio. He also introduces a radical new way of dealing with hits and music discovery and much more. To read Jerry Del Colliano’s entire article, please click here. Also meet Jerry Del Colliano at Talkers New York 2014 on Friday of this week (6/20).
Smith Staying at NAB. Gordon Smith signs a contract extension that will keep the NAB president/chief executive officer in that position through 2018. NAB Joint Board chair – and YMF Media senior advisor – Charles Warfield comments, “Gordon Smith has been tested under fire. He has proven himself a remarkable unifying voice for America’s ‘free and local’ radio and television stations. His integrity is unquestioned, and his determination to fight for broadcasters in the public policy arena is undiminished.” Remarking that he is “thrilled to accept” a new NAB contract, Smith states that, “Free and local broadcasting is the indispensable ‘one-to-everyone’ communications technology that is always reliable in a fragmented media world. It is worth fighting for, and I’m honored by the faith that the NAB Board is putting in me to continue leading the charge.” A former two-term (1996-2008) Oregon Republican Senator, Smith joined the NAB in November 2009. During his Senate tenure, Smith sat on the Commerce Committee, the panel that oversees broadcast-related legislation. After leaving the Senate, Smith joined the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, where he remained for 10 months before accepting the NAB offer.
NAB Radio Show ‘Leadership Breakfast’ Announced. At this September’s NAB Radio Show in Indianapolis, the annual “Leadership Breakfast” will take place on Thursday (9/11). Titled, “Capitalizing on Radio’s Potential,” the panelists will include: Wells Fargo Securities managing director and senior equity analyst Marci Ryvicker, Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey, Digity LLC CEO Dean Goodman, Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan; Univision Radio president Jose Valle, and Pillsbury partner Lew Paper.
Richard Named VP of Sales at Entercom Sacramento. Moving from his position as VP of integrated sales for Entercom to vice president of sales for the Entercom Sacramento station group is Lance Richard. The company says that in his new role, he’ll oversee sales for hot AC KUDL “Star 106.5,” sports talk KCTC “ESPN 1320,” CHR KDND “107.9 The End,” alternative KKDO “Radio 94.7,” rock KRXQ “98 Rock” and classic rock KSEG “96.9 The Eagle.” Entercom VP/market manager Sean Shannon says, “I am thrilled to have Lance Richard lead our sales team. With the largest, most powerful and most valuable radio audiences in the market, we are always looking to improve our team and do the best for our clients. Lance is a proven performer whose talent, experience and passion for excellence made him the clear choice to lead our sales team.” Lance Richard comments, “I am excited to join the Entercom Sacramento team. All the pieces are in place for a market-leading performance: great brands, strong management and outstanding account executives. At the end of the day, it’s all about creating campaigns that deliver for clients, and we’ve got the best platform in the market to do just that.”
Houston Promoted at Rocker WAAF, Boston. The Entercom rock outlet announces Matt Houston is promoted from his senior sales executive role to station sales manager. Houston joined WAAF, Boston as an AE in 2011 after a six-year stint as an infantry squad leader in the United States Army. While in the Army he was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Entercom Boston VP/market manager Phil Zachary says, “Matt has functioned at the highest levels of performance and leadership in his three years with us. He is respected by his peers, beloved by his customers and trusted by our management team. It’s a privilege to elevate Matt to this essential leadership position at Boston’s last true rock radio station.” Houston joins Melissa Capuano, Kelly Sutton and Dana Panepinto as recent sales management promotions at Entercom Boston. Houston adds, “I am overjoyed to be part of the extraordinary team of managers and sellers within the organization, and look forward to the next chapter as we continue the winning traditions here at Entercom Boston.”
Nick & Kristen Take Over Mornings on Country ‘101.9 The Wolf’ in Sacramento. Officially named the morning show at Entravision Communications’ country KNTY, Sacramento “101.9 The Wolf” are Nick Steele and Kristen Flowers – Nick & Kristen. The duo debuted on June 2. Entravision Sacramento VP of integrated market solutions Angelica Balderas states, “We are thrilled to welcome this creative and captivating duo to the Sacramento market. KNTY is such a terrific station, we wanted a great morning show and we found it with Nick and Kristen. The addition of this team demonstrates Entravision’s commitment to building upon the station’s existing success with new and vibrant local content.” The station says that both are originally from Southern California and met while working in talk radio there. After separate stints in Texas and Ohio, they reunited in Indiana, teaming up for their signature morning show prior to their relocation to the Sacramento market.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Sonoma Media Group’s hot AC KHMX, Santa Rosa, California “Mix 104.9,” Courtney Gail is upped from part-timer to midday personality. She takes over for Katie Barr who left the station for work outside of radio…..DJ Montague and Dozer are collaborating to host “frEQ,” a new EDM show to air on Shamrock Communications’ alternative KRZQ, Reno. The show debuts this evening and will air Wednesdays from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight…..At Clear Channel CHR WDCG, Raleigh “G105,” air personality Carson Blackley is promoted to the daily 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm show…..Rick Hall is named program director for Pillar of Fire-owned Christian contemporary WZAZ, Zarephath, New Jersey “Star 99.1″ (New York market).
Tour Stop in the Windy City. Making a stop at CBS RADIO’s country outlet WUSN, Chicago “U99.5” is country star Kristian Bush, who is on the road promoting his first solo record with the single “Trailer Hitch.” The Streamsound Records artist will release the single on July 28. In the meantime, he’s on the road with his 2014 PUT YOUR SOUL IN IT Tour, backed by a five-piece band. Streamsound reports that in between shows, he is in the studio working with longtime producer Byron Gallimore on his forthcoming album. Pictured here are (from left to right): Streamsound’s Denise Roberts, WUSN music director Marci Braun, Bush, Streamsound’s Teddi Bonadies and Eric Beggs.
‘Sixx Sense’ Partners with ‘Ask Anything’ for Artist Interviews. The nationally syndicated Premiere Networks show “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx” begins working with chat platform Ask Anything to connect listeners with artists. Ask Anything is described as “the first chat platform created to maximize an artist’s social media fan base.” Premiere Networks says the connection with Sixx’s three million weekly listeners will “help promote Ask Anything’s fan-driven, video chats with today’s top rock music artists and bands by driving awareness on-air, online and across social media.” In addition, www.SixxSense.com will now host these exclusive, candid conversations featuring fan-submitted questions. Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band Linkin Park will kick off the partnership by participating in a chat on June 17. Additional rock artists scheduled to participate include Judas Priest (July 8) and Theory of a Deadman (July 29).
‘The Country Oldies Show’ Celebrates 20 Years. The nationally syndicated “Country Oldies Show” is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary next month. The Envision Networks program was first broadcast in 1994 on WYNY-FM, New York. Envision is celebrating the milestone by offering the show to all stations for free for the week of July 1. Host Steve Warren comments, “Ever since I grew up in Indiana, I was around country music. Over the years, I’ve worked as a DJ at a dozen country stations. As the country music artists started getting younger, I felt that it was important to never let go of the heritage artists. So in 1994, in a sea of radio stations playing ‘hot,’ ‘young’ or ‘new’ country, the folks at WYNY in New York decided that putting an oldies show on Sunday couldn’t hurt. The show quickly became one of the top-rated weekend time slots.” Some longtime friends of the program will stop by to share their memories and kudos on the 20th anniversary, including: Willie Nelson, Janie Fricke, the Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Wariner and many more! Stations interested in signing up for the special should contact Hannah Rosenthal at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clear Channel Updates iHeartRadio App. The newest version of the app for Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio digital music and talk service is being released. The 5.0 verion for iOS and Android is being touted by the company to bring “iHeartRadio users an even more personalized listening experience with enhanced algorithms. Among the new algorithm updates to the digital radio service is the ‘For You’ feature, which adds a genre selection tool for improved, more tailored station recommendations. iHeartRadio 5.0 will also include a sleeker, more beautiful and intuitive UI, improved search and simplified controls.” CC president of digital Brian Lakamp comments, “iHeartRadio 5.0 features a significant upgrade to the way we serve our listeners. We’ve been working diligently to personalize iHeartRadio and give our listeners more of the artists, the music and the kind of listening experience they want. iHeartRadio 5.0 accomplishes that by introducing recommendations, more intelligent design and a better user experience overall.”
Nielsen’s RADAR June 2014 Quarterly Report Released. The quarterly RADAR radio network ratings report from Nielsen for June 2014 has been released and, once again, the report concludes that network radio listening remains consistent from a cume standpoint. Some data from the report includes an estimate of national audience listening – the national audience that heard a network radio commercial during an average week stands at 181.3 million Americans aged 12+. Nielsen goes on to say, “That’s nearly 70% (68.0) of all Americans aged 12+ who heard a network radio commercial during an average week.” It also reports that, in the top 25 DMAs, network radio reached more than 94 million listeners, more than 70% of the 12+ population in those markets; and that more than 70% of Americans aged 25-54 listened to network radio each week. Nielsen notes the data here reflects listening to subscribing networks and does not include all network radio listening.
Lucky Seven National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees. When the 2014 National Radio Hall of Fame inductees are honored in five months (11/9), the ceremony will take place in Los Angeles, rather than Chicago where every other such event has been held. The NRHOF class of 2014 includes Charlie Brown (Jack Woods) & Irv Harrigan (Paul Menard) better known as “Charlie & Harrigan,” Barry Farber, Stanley Hubbard, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead (posthumous), Dick Orkin, and “This American Life” host Ira Glass. Museum of Broadcast Communications founder and president Bruce DuMont confirms that, “The National Radio Hall of Fame is taking the show on the road this year. Many Radio Hall of Famers and several 2014 inductees live in southern California, so it seems like a great time to try something different.” Charlie & Harrigan were first paired in 1966 in Dallas at KLIF. They would later enjoy success in Cleveland, Houston, and San Diego. Farber’s radio career began in the 1950s in New York when he joined WNBC-AM as a producer. He had a 15-year association with New York’s WOR and more than 10 years at cross-town WMCA. He has had national exposure on the ABC Radio Network and – since 2008 – on CRN Digital Talk Radio. Hubbard Broadcasting founder Stanley Hubbard launched WAMD, Minneapolis in 1923. The following year, he started what might have been radio’s first regularly scheduled daily news broadcast, which aired at 6:00 pm each evening. Seven-year San Francisco Giants radio voice Miller (on Bay Area KNBR) has had additional MLB play-by-play experience with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, and Texas Rangers. He had a two-decade run with ESPN TV, anchoring “Sunday Night Baseball,” and he covered 13 consecutive World Series for ESPN Radio. Known to many as “Endora” on the TV series “Bewitched,” Moorehead began her career as a singer on St. Louis heritage station KMOX. She passed away more than 40 years ago (April 1974). Orkin attended the Yale School of Drama and he is the creator of the longest-running radio serial of all time, “Chickenman,” which chronicled the exploits of a mild-mannered shoe salesman-turned-crime-fighter. Since 1978, Orkin has created radio commercials through his California-based Radio Ranch production company. “This American Life” host/producer Glass launched the show in November 1995 as “Your Radio Playhouse” on Chicago’s WBEZ. The next summer, it had been picked up for national syndication and the show has won two George Foster Peabody awards. A number of women of the National Radio Hall of Fame will be honored at this year’s NRHOF induction ceremony. They include Eve Arden (“Our Miss Brooks“), Virginia Payne (“Ma Perkins“), Shirley Bell (“Little Orphan Annie“), and Virginia Clark and Julie Stevens (“The Romance of Helen Trent“). Other females to be recognized include comedians Gracie Allen and Jane Ace; Marian Jordan (“Fibber McGee and Molly”) and Gertrude Berg (“The Goldbergs”). Other ladies to be saluted that night are producer Lynne “Angel” Harvey (Paul’s wife) and Cathy Hughes; journalists Ann Compton (ABC News) and Susan Stamberg (NPR);interviewer Terry Gross; singer Kate Smith; urban radio personality (and now daytime TV talk host) Wendy Williams; Chicago talents Yvonne Daniels and Terri Hemmert; and jazz pianist-composer-writer Marian McPartland. Premiere Radio Networks will produce/distribute the broadcast in association with the MBC. Premiere’s nighttime adult contemporary “Love Songs” personality Delilah will host the Hall of Fame ceremony; Westwood One‘s Jim Bohannon will be the announcer.
Miss Janay to ‘Hot 107.9’ in Fort Wayne. At Adams Radio Group’s CHR WJFX, Fort Wayne “Hot 107.9,” Miss Janay is named the new evening personality. She was most recently the midday jock on the company’s now defunct hip hop outlet WNHT “Wild 96.3.” Adams president and CEO Ron Stone comments, “Janay is one of Fort Wayne’s hottest air personalities. She has a passion unlike anyone else in the business! Her incredible personality and tell-it-like-it-is approach has created one of the most interactive, engaging radio shows in Fort Wayne…a rare talent. She reaches listeners on both a personal and realistic level.” Janay began her radio career at Radio One in Detroit hosting a talk show titled, “The Makings of a Woman.”
Angelone Named GSM at ‘Rock 100.5’ in Atlanta. Radio sales pro Hope Angelone joins Cumulus Atlanta to serve as general sales manager for rock WNNX “Rock 100.5.” Angelone comes to Cumulus from her most recent gig as director of sales for Entercom’s Norfolk cluster. She also worked for Clear Channel at its Hartford station group. Cumulus SVP Jeff Brown states, “Hope was a key part of my team in Norfolk some years back and her results speak for themselves. She will be a huge asset to ‘Rock 100.5’ WNNX. Hope has an incredible work ethic and an intense focus on winning. She expects a lot from her team and gives even more.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s adult contemporary KOSI, Denver, Jonathan Wilde joins the air staff for middays. Wilde most recently served with Wilks in the market programming that company’s country KWOF “92.5 The Wolf.” In the Denver market he’s also worked at Wilks’ classic hits KXKL and Lincoln Financial Media’s country KYGO…..At Martz Communications Group’s Upstate New York properties, Billy Teed joins to program the company’s CHR WYUL, Chateaugay “94.7 Hits,” country WVNV, Malone “Wild Country 96.5,” and classic hits WICY “Oldies 1490.”
The Future of Music Licensing to Be Addressed in Congress; List of Witnesses Revealed. According to a story in Billboard, the witness list for two hearings scheduled this month before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet (one on June 10, the other reportedly scheduled for June 25) includes NAB’s Charles Warfield; David Israelite, president and CEO of the National Music Publishers Association; Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy; Michael O’Neill, CEO of BMI; Lee Knife, the executive director of Digital Media Association; Lee Thomas Miller, president of the Nashville Songwriters Association International; Jim Griffin, managing director at OneHouse LLC; Paul Williams, president and chairman of the board, ASCAP; Cary Sherman, chairman and CEO at Recording Industry Association of America; Rosanne Cash appearing on behalf of the Americana Music Association; Delida Costin, general counsel at Pandora; David Frear, executive VP and CFO at SiriusXM Radio; Mike Huppe, president and CEO at SoundExchange; and Darius Van Arman, board member at the American Association of Independent Music. Warfield will try to pre-empt any legislation that would take away broadcast radio’s performance copyright exemption by pointing to radio’s promotional value to artists and labels. He’ll be opposed by most of the other witnesses who are seeking a change in the way music is licensed to adapt to the changes in the ways the public is consuming music.
The ‘Big Bus’ Returns to ‘Jammin’ Z90’ in San Diego. San Diego hip hop outlet XHITZ “Jammin’ Z90” has its bus back! The station reports that back in the 1990s, the station’s “Big Bus” was “its biggest promotional vehicle ever” – a 50-foot bus that “cruised around in its colorful enormity turning heads and showing up at station and community events… and sometimes, at competitors’ events!” The bus was sold after new owners took over but now, new program director R Dub!, who recently bought a new bus to promote his nationally syndicated “Sunday Night Slow Jams” show, partnered with the Local Media San Diego-owned station to make it a station vehicle. Jammin’ Z90’s Big Bus is sponsored by Pepsi, and is outfitted with a full broadcast studio and media center inside. The station says, “’The people’s bus’ travels to a variety of locations at listeners’ requests and treats San Diegans to free prizes such as concert tickets, cash, and a busload of free Pepsi. The Jammin’ Z90 Big Bus not only appears at major events and concerts, but also makes surprise visits to bake sales, charity carwashes, quinceañeras, and more.” R Dub! adds, “It’s about time San Diego radio shakes things up again! Since I’ve been here I’ve heard, ‘Whatever happened to the Big Bus?’ a million times. It was such an integral part of the ‘Jammin’ Z90’ DNA for so many years and was definitely a force to be reckoned with! But the bus isn’t just about looking awesome and crashing other radio stations’ remotes. We’ll be using it as a way to connect with listeners and support important local charities by promoting non-profit events as our commitment to doing good for our community. But yeah, crashing our competitors’ remotes will be awesome, too!” Pictured here is R Dub! (pointing) with station staffers in front of the bus.
Celebrate! Commemorate! Coronate! Don’t Constipate! RadioInfo’s Duane Doobie was motivated by the passing of a radio legend to express his views about a vanishing radio staple. In a tell-it-like-it-is column posted today (6/4) he writes, “A great man in our industry – Tom Rounds — died this week at 77. Many glowing words have appropriately been published about him in the trades these past couple of days. The man, obviously, had many, many friends in the business as evidenced by the endless parade of heartfelt testimonies on his behalf. He clearly touched a number of lives both in radio and out there in the real world, sonically bathed by its magical airwaves. The only thing I have to add to the discussion of Rounds and his significant contributions to both the art and the commerce of radio is my appreciation of the role he played in making the concept of the ‘special,’ well, special.” Doobie continues, “Yes, radio used to have special guys who produced ‘special’ shows. Still does, but hardly as many… nor are the shows they produce as special.” To read this timely piece in its entirety, please click here.
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 (6/4) includes such names as: Bella Thorne, Pixie Lott, Jessi Smiles, Nicole Scherzinger, Young Rising Sons, Nick Cage, X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons, Josh Nolan, Scott Foley, Sage + The Saints, Mat D and the Profane Saints, Truckstop Honeymoon, Red Eye Gravy, Bingo Players, Gorgon City featuring Laura Welsh,and War among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Bland Becoming Branding and Programming Director at Orlando’s WWKA. “KMLE Country@107-9″ midday talent/music director Drew Bland will be departing the CBS Radio Phoenix outlet to join similarly-programmed Cox Music Group Orlando’s WWKA “K-92.3″ as director of branding and programming. “K-92.3″ and co-owned rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3″ operations director Stevie DeMann states he is “so excited” that Bland is arriving to “represent” WWKA. “The time is right and the time is now for Drew to take the next step in his career. He will be a great leader to the ‘K-92.3′ staff. We look forward to his vision and leadership of our amazing brand.” According to Bland, “I am beyond excited for this opportunity to lead the ‘K92.3′ brand.” Bland – also known as “Bo Hunter” – was with CBS Radio Phoenix for 10 years. During that time, he held several different titles, including a seven-year run as KMLE’s assistant program director; evening talent; morning show producer; and was twice the station’s interim program director. He begins his Orlando assignment two weeks from today (6/18).
Jordan Joins Morning Show at WLEV, Allentown. Lehigh Valley adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown adds Tommy Jordan to the morning show alongside current air staffer Scott Evans for the “Tommy & Scott in the Morning” show. Jordan comes to the Cumulus station from his most recent gig at Manning Broadcasting’s hot AC WAFY, Frederick, Maryland. He also served for years at Connoisseur Media’s CHR WPST, Trenton. WLEV program director Laura St. James says, “There are few people more passionate about winning than Tommy. He’s a tireless talent who loves radio completely. I’m personally excited to hear him and Scott together in mornings.” Jordan adds, “Thank you to Manning Broadcasting for a great three years in Frederick at ‘Key 103.’ I’m very happy to be returning to the Allentown market as part of Cumulus Media. Thank you to Laura St. James, Mike McVay, Emily Boldon, and Ron Giovanniello for making it all possible.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Leaving his position as program director of Shamrock’s classic rock WEZX, Wilkes-Barre “Rock 107” is Jim Rising. He previously worked in the market for Entercom as operations manager for its cluster there. Though he exits WEZX, he remains in his post with Opus Broadcasting programming triple A WQTL, Tallahassee “106.1 The Path.”…..Corey Carpenter exits Tiger Communications’ alternative WTGZ, Auburn, Alabama “Tiger 93.9” where he was hosting the mid-afternoon show…..Jay Cruze is named program director at Clear Channel’s country WSCG, Augusta, Georgia “G105.7.”…..At Reising Radio Partners’ country WYGB, Edinburgh, Indiana “Korn Country 100.3,” Robb Reel is the new OM/PD and morning drive host.
Department of Justice to Review ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees. Responding to concerns from within the music and publishing industries that the consent decrees governing the operations of the two publishing organizations are outdated due to changes in technology and consumption of music, the Department of Justice is embarking on a review of both. As noted by the DOJ, the original consent decrees were signed in 1941, but ASCAP’s was updated in 2001 and BMI’s was last updated in 1994. Radio industry insiders are well aware that songwriters and artists are claiming that today’s technology has made it very hard for them to earn a living due to the seismic drop in sales of CDs and digital downloads combined with what many claim are too-small rates for digital spins. Of course, digital pure-plays claim they can’t make money with the current rates, hence the something’s-gotta-give conclusion many observers have come to. Both BMI and ASCAP would rather see the consent decrees eliminated but they are expected to instead propose easing the rate-setting process and allowing discrimination when licensing some members’ catalogs to music services. Currently, rate-setting is time consuming and expensive as it ends up in the courts. ASCAP and BMI would like to see 90-day limits in an arbitration setting. The DOJ is seeking comment through August 6. See the DOJ’s statement about the issue here.
WRIF, Detroit Announces Lineup for ‘Rocktober Throwdown.’ Motor City rock outlet WRIF announces Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat will headline the Greater Media station’s “Rocktober Throwdown” scheduled for the Compuware Arena on October 8. Also on the bill for the event are Hellyeah and Nothing More.
Pandora Releases Final Monthly Metrics Report; Claims 9.13% of U.S. Radio Listening. Pure-play digital music service Pandora just issued its listening metrics for the month of May – the final monthly report it will issue (quarterly reports will continue to be delivered) – and the digital music subscriber leader reports listening hours rose from that same period a year ago by 28% to 1.73 billion. Pandora’s share of the radio listening audience is a figure that’s been very controversial. It’s been challenged by radio executives and recently questioned by some advertising industry players as well. Still, Pandora reports that this figure is now at 9.13%, up from 7.29% during the same period a year ago. The company is also reporting an increase in active listeners of 9%.