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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

| November 16, 2016

Cumulus Moves Rob Roberts to DC; Louie Diaz Heads to Atlanta.  Programmers Rob Roberts and Louierobertsrob Diaz swap markets in new roles with Cumulus Media.  Current hot AC WRQX, Washington program director Diaz heads to Atlanta to serve the cluster as operations manager and to program CHR WWWQ diazlouie“Q100.”  At the same time, Roberts leaves the Atlanta cluster and will take on the WRQX program director position as well as the newly created corporate post, vice president/hot AC.  Cumulus Media SVP content & programming Mike McVay states, “We’re fortunate to be able to tap the great brains inside of Cumulus programming and apply the theory of ‘Highest and Best Use’ to their skills and match them with where they can be most effective.  Rob brings a wealth of experience to our corporate programming platform and a fresh set of eyes for WRQX.  Louie has done a great job with WRQX and his fresh vision on ‘Q100’ will provide even greater upside to an already successful station.”


Mike Miller to Program iHeartMedia’s ‘Z 104.3’ in Baltimore.  Programmer and air-talent Mike Miller ismillermike moving from iHeartMedia’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania station group to Baltimore to serve as program director and afternoon personality at the company’s CHR WZFT “Z 104.3”  He has been serving in that same role with WHKF “99.3 KISS FM” where he’s been since the station debuted in 2001.  He starts at WZFT on December 12.  iHeartMedia Northeast Division EVP of programming Meg Stevens states, “We look forward to having Mike join our Washington, D.C./Baltimore team.  He is an exceptional on-air talent and leader, which makes him the perfect choice to lead ‘Z 104.3.’”

Entercom Secures Greg Hill to Long-Term Deal at Rock WAAF, Boston.  Boston rocker WAAF will continue to be the home of the “Hill-Man Morning Show” well into the future with the signing of morning radio hillgregpro Greg Hill to a new, long-term contract.  Hill’s morning show is in its 26th year and also features fellow personalities Lyndon Byers, Danielle Murr and producer Rob Stevens.  Hill says the goal of the show has always been to “find that element in any topic that everyone can laugh about.  Our job is to minimize the misery our listeners feel when waking up each morning so they have a good laugh by the time they get to work.”  Speaking about his new deal, he adds, “I am honored to work for a company like Entercom that, in this day and age, continues to value the contributions of its employees and was as eager as I was to extend our relationship.  The value they put on personality radio is unique in our industry.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At hot AC WQAL, Cleveland “Q104,” Jeremiah Widmer joins the morning show with fellow station personalities Jeff Kurkjian and Aly Tanner for the new “Jeremiah and Jeff” show.  Also at the CBS RADIO cluster, Glenn Anderson moves from WQAL to sister adult contemporary WDOK to serve as the afternoon host…..Miami radio personality and well-known DJ Franco “Frankie P” Pagliaro is named the evening host at iHeartMedia’s CHR WHYI, Miami “Y100.”


Westwood One Announces ‘American Music Awards’ Programming.  There’s plenty of content being made available from this weekend’s American Music Awards from national radio partner Westwood One.  Westwood One Backstage Live at the AMAs will feature three days of special programming, including exclusivenoyesmaty amasbackstage live performances with Republic Records recording artist Maty Noyes (pictured), who will be performing Friday (11/18); Radio Row on Friday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm PT; Z Entertainment/Sony artist Aaron Carter and Friends closing out Radio Row with a performance Saturday; and a broadcast companion show on Sunday (11/20).  More than 20 radio stations from around the country, plus Westwood One’s nationally syndicated “Zach Sang Show” and the “Adam Bomb Show,” will broadcast remotely from backstage on Microsoft Theater’s event deck, aggregating audio, video, and social media content to share with listeners nationwide.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Nationally syndicated Premiere Networks personality Delilah is pictured here (center)delilaheasy16 with the staff of affiliate WFEZ, Miami “EASY 93.1” as part of a special “Easy Live” event.  The promotion was hosted by weekday morning host Giselle at the station’s performance studio.  It featured a candid Q&A with Delilah about her life and career, followed by a meet and greet with many of her loyal South Florida area fans…..Up-and-coming country artist Todd O’Neill – winner of the “NASH Next 2016 Challenge” – spent some time in New York City this week, appearing oneilltoddtimessq16on the Madison Square Garden stage Monday night to introduce Rascal Flatts at their concert.  O’Neill also paid a visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square where he played an acoustic set and sampled some New York pizza before making his way to Madison Square Garden for the show.  He’s pictured at left with WNSH, New York staffers above Times Square…..A holiday radio show is available from Silverfish Media and Compass Media Networks with Country with Carson midday host Carson and artist Kacey Musgraves.  The Carson Christmas special features Musgraves in the studio to share Christmas memories and her new album, “A Very Kacey Christmas.”  The three-hour special for broadcast between Thanksgiving and Christmas with Carsen and Kacey Musgraves is delivered commercial free.

wbtwlnk-duo-logoCool Sales Opportunity.  Entercom is seeking a director of sales for news/talk WBT-AM/FM and hot AC WLNK-FM in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The right candidate must possess a strong desire to win, must lead by example, and have a track record of revenue success.  The director of sales must have a strong background in running successful stations.  Candidate must be an exceptional sales trainer, be a creative thinker, and be able to recruit and hire the best in the business.  Primary responsibilities: Oversee all aspects of the sales operation; Implementation and compliance with CRM tools; Set rates through yield management tools; Meet or exceed all revenue goals; Work as a coach, leader and problem solver;  and understand the digital space and present a specific plan for its growth.  Please submit your cover letter and resume to hired@wbt.com or hired@1079thelink.com or mail to: Human Resources, WBT/WLNK, Entercom Charlotte, One Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC  28208. EOE.

Friday, November 11, 2016

| November 11, 2016

nielsen-meternielsen_logo-2Nielsen Audio Acknowledges Connectivity Issues. Clients were informed yesterday (Thursday, 11/10) that 8% of installed Nielsen Audio devices across its 48 PPM-markets became inactive. The situation began in week one (11/3 – 11/9) of the December PPM monthly survey. According to a Nielsen spokesperson, “Our panel relations specialists have already been in contact with these homes and all affected panelists have now been sent new PPMs; 49% of the replacement meters are back online. We expect the balance to come online in the next several days.” The spokesperson further notes, “We forecast the percentage of installed and fully operational meters eligible for in-tab will be 97% for the month of December and 92% for week one of December across the aggregate of markets; weighting will adjust for demographic and geographic imbalances.” Lower in-tab, the spokesperson stresses, “doesn’t equate to lower ratings; however, temporarily higher weights may contribute to more variation during the period of time it takes for these panelists to be back in-tab.” Nielsen Audio is doing an analysis to evaluate panel representation and impact to audience estimates and the company plans to share those results during the week of November 21.

philips-bobCBS Radio Promotes Philips to Chief Revenue Officer. The company’s senior vice president of sales since late last year – Bob Philips – is elevated to CBS Radio‘s newly created role of chief revenue officer. CBS Radio president Andre Fernandez states, “Bob’s extensive radio and sales experience make him ideal to accelerate our efforts as we enter a new phase of the business. His deep understanding of corporate, customer, category, and channelcbs-radio-logo strategies will be instrumental in generating new revenue opportunities and ensuring our ability to deliver top-tier financial results.” Philips opines, “It is an exciting time for the radio industry. We have never had more assets at our disposal to meet our clients’ needs and extend their iconic brands. Our radio stations, digital assets, and events are only the tip of the iceberg.” Philips, who currently serves on the RAB Advisory Board and is an officer for the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware Broadcasters Association, previously was the 15-year market manager of CBS Radio’s four-station Baltimore cluster, which includes adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9,” hot AC WWMX “Mix 106.5,” and sports outlets WJZ-AM, and WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan.” He has held leadership positions at Infinity Broadcasting and American Radio Systems.

wrdg“The Beat” Goes On in Atlanta. Positioned as “The New Home of Hip-Hop N’ R&B For Atlanta,” iHeartMedia unveils “The Beat,” simulcast on WRDG (96.7), licensed to Peachtree City and translator W222AF (92.3), Marietta. The company’s president of the Atlanta region Justin Schaflander remarks, “This is an exciting and powerful addition to the iHeartMedia Atlanta portfolio. To be able to get into this format in arguably the nation’s capital of hip-hop will be a game-changer for our listeners and our clients.” Expected to be added to the station’s on-air lineup in just over three weeks (12/5) are “The Breakfast Club” and “Big Boy’s Neighborhood.” Senior vice president of programming for the Atlanta region Brian Michel declares, “We are the A’s new home for hip-hop and R&B. To have the station bookended by hip-hop’s crown jewels, ‘The Breakfast Club’ in the morning and ‘Big Boy’s Neighborhood’ in the evening makes for an amazing lineup for our listeners. We are excited to finalize the rest of our lineup with the best and brightest local talent.” As part of its launch, the station is scheduled to play 10,000 songs in a row without commercials. Representative “Beat” artists will include Beyonce, Drake, Future, Jay-Z, 2 Chainz, and Usher. Prior to the format change that happened today (11/11) just before 9:30 am, WRDG was “Atlanta’s Alternative” and did not appear in Nielsen Audio‘s October 2016 sweep, although simulcast partner WRDA (105.7) is at #17 – down for the fourth straight time (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+). There are plenty of urban-flavored signals already in the market, including CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103” (6.4, #2, 6+); Radio One urban contemporary WHTA “Hot 107.9” (5.2, #3, 6+); Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104” (5.1, #4); and Radio One urban AC WAMJ “Majic 107.5” (3.8, #11, 6+). The market leader is Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM (10.1, 6+).       

frankie-pwhyi-logo“Frankie P” Joins WHYI For Nights. Known for his DJ work in Miami and Fort Lauderdale clubs, “Frankie P” (Franco Pagliaro) gets the night slot on iHeartMedia Miami mainstream CHR WHYI “Y-100.” Regional senior vice president of programming Alex Tear comments, “We are excited to bring Frankie and his following to ‘Y-100.’ His local on-air and social passion make him the perfect addition to keep ‘Y-100’ on top.” Pagliaro, who starts his new duties next Monday (11/14), remarks, “This is a dream come true. I grew up listening to ‘Y-100,’ so it is truly an honor to join the iHeart family and become part of such a legendary station in Miami.” He formerly worked on-air at Miami stations WFLC, WPOW, and WKIS. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s October 2016 PPM report for Miami, “Y-100” ranks ninth (3.7), while format rival – Cox Media Group‘s WFLC “Hits 97.3” – is seventh 4.0 (6+). Setting the pace is Entercom adult contemporary WLYF “Lite FM” (7.0, 6+).

drew-cuthbertsonCuthbertson Appointed Entercom Digital Audience Engagement Manager. Midday personality of Townsquare Media Group alternative KMAX “94.3 The X,” Fort Collins-Greeley (Colorado) Drew Cuthbertson is named Entercom‘s digital audience engagement manager. Vice president of digital audience engagement Kim Reis comments, “I am so excited to have Drew on our corporate team. His organizational and analytical skills, combined with his digital creativity and on-air experience, makeentercom him the perfect candidate. I am sure the local teams will be jazzed by Drew’s energy and positive attitude.” Cuthbertson comments, “For my entire professional life, I have been committed to creating great digital content. I am beyond thrilled to bring my passion to a company like Entercom. There are great things on the horizon for us.” Cuthbertson will use data analytics to find opportunities on social media, websites, mobile, apps, database, podcasts, and streaming players. The Colorado State University grad is the founder and director of DC Vocals and was a sales associate and customer service representative for Babies R Us.

cohen-leonardRemembering Leonard Cohen. Singer-songwriter, novelist, poet Leonard Cohen passed away yesterday (Thursday, 11/10). The Montreal-born 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – perhaps best known for his anthem “Hallelujah” – was 82. As a teenager, Cohen learned to play flamenco guitar and formed a country-rock group. He published his first book of poetry, “Let Us Compare Mythologies,” in 1956. Cohen spent a semester at McGill Law School and then a year at New York’s Columbia University; he published his second book of poetry, “The Spice-Box of Earth,” in 1961. Cohen-written “Suzanne” was a hit for Judy Collins and it also was included on the 1967 album “Songs of Leonard Cohen.” A 1991 inductee of the Juno/Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Cohen received a Juno Award for “Male Vocalist of the Year” in 1993 and “Songwriter of the Year” in 1994. Among his other accolades is a 2007 Grammy as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock‘s “River: The Joni Letters.” The song “Nevermind,” from Cohen’s 2014 album “Popular Problems,” was the opening theme for the second season of HBO’s “True Detective.” Surviving Cohen are his daughter Lorca and his son singer-songwriter Adam – both from his relationship with Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Elrod.

ronnie-dunn-shawn-parrRadioInfo Tidbits. To promote his “Tattooed Heart” album, which releases today (11/11), Ronnie Dunn (left) not only visited “Nash Nights Live” co-hosts Shawn Parr (right) and Elaina Smith (center), he gave them matching tattoos ….. Morning host Marilyn Russell exits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben-FM,” Philadelphia. Russell tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that she left the Beasley Broadcast Group adult hits station after it was acquired from Greater Media. Russell’s previous market experience includes stops at WIBF, WPLY “Y-100,” and WMGK ….. Listeners of Hubbard Radio St. Louis adult hits WARH “The Arch” morning drivers Spencer, Ricki and Brando (“Spencer’s Neighborhood”) are being asked to participate in “2,000 for the Troops.” The goal is to collect and send 2,000 cards and letters to injured military heroes so they know how much they are appreciated this holiday season ….. Changes at CBS Radio Cleveland find Glenn Anderson moving from hot AC WQAL “Q-104” to afternoon drive on adult contemporary sibling WDOK “Star 102” and Jeremiah Wilder joining Jeff Kurkjian and Aly Tanner in morning drive on “Q-104” as co-host of the “Jeremiah & Jeff Show” ….. WKKV “V100.7,” Milwaukee will hold its annual family food drive tomorrow (Saturday, 11/12) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to benefit The Salvation Army. The iHeartMedia urban contemporary station has collected non-perishable food items for more than ten years to support local families in-need during the holiday season. Program director Bailey Coleman, Reggie Brown, and Promise will be on site helping organize the food drive ….. One-year director of marketing and promotion Haley Westfcc-logo departs Cumulus country WGKX “Kix 106,” Memphis today (11/11). West, who previously was assistant director of promotions for two years, will pursue an outside opportunity in Houston ….. The FCC has proposed a $15,000 fine against Vasco Oburoni for operating an unlicensed Worcester, Massachusetts FM station at 102.3. The pirate FM interferes with Boston country outlet WKLB, formerly owned by Greater Media – now Beasley ….. Starting next Monday (11/14), Jason Hillery takes on added duties as operations manager for Midwest Communications’ stations in Northeast Wisconsin, which include Green Bay mainstream CHR WIXX “Your #1 Hit Music Station” and Neenah-Menasha country outlet WNCY “Y-100.” Already programming Appleton country station WGEE “Duke FM,” Neenah-Menasha adult hits WYDR “Jack FM,” and sports WNFL, Hillery will program talk WTAQ, as well ….. Fife Communication-owned KLKK, Mason City (Minnesota) is the latest affiliate of Envision Rock Networks’ two-hour Pierre Robert-hosted “Classic Rock Live.” The program has approximately 350 affiliates.


TagStation Names Burney National Sales Director.  National account executive of iHeartMedia Detroit Mary Burney joins TagStation LLC, the parent of NextRadio, as national sales director. NextRadio vice president of sales Tom Doran comments, “Mary is a perfect fit for this position because she understands broadcast radio consumption, and national advertisers’ need for real time campaign performance. Mary is known for establishing relationships with key decision-makers at national brands and their agencies. The new position of national sales director comes as we are seeing rapid growth in demand for our campaign data. NextRadio data brings detailed insights to advertising campaign effectiveness, helping brands make data-driven decisions about radio buys. Among many others, AllState, Disney, The Home Depot, and Starwood Hotels’ Aloft brands have used NextRadio data to measure audience exposure, lift, demographic reach, and other metrics.” Prior to iHeartMedia, Burney was an account executive with Windsor, Ontario’s Bell Media Radio. She also worked at Clear Channel radio sales; Radio One Detroit; and Interep National Radio Sales.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallAd Man Dave Marinaccio Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  Noted advertising executive and innovator Dave Marinaccio is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  Marinaccio, a 30-plus year veteran of the advertising industry, is the co-founder and creative director of the Arlington, Virginia-based agency LMO Advertising and has been the artistic force behind numerous marketing campaigns for major, household-name companies and product brandsmarinacciodave including restaurants, hotels, rental cars, transportation services, and branches of the military, among others.  He is also a best-selling author, whose most recent book is Admen, Mad Men, and the Real World of Advertising: Essential Lessons for Business and Life (Arcade, 2015).  Marinaccio also wrote All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek (Harmony 1995).  Harrison and Marinaccio discuss changes in advertising techniques and challenges that have occurred during the transition from the analogue era to the digital age including the cultural differences between Boomers and Millennials, the role of music in advertising, the nature of creativity and much more.  And, yes, they also talk a bit about Star Trek and Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future.  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

| November 9, 2016

iHeartMedia Shows 1.2% Rise in Third Quarter Revenue.  Reporting third quarter financial numbers, iHeartMedia’s revenue was $857 million – up 1.2% from the same period in 2015.  For the first nine months of the iheartmedia-logo-tinyyear, iHM revenue was $2.46 billion – an increase of 3.3% over 2015.  In a statement, chairman and CEO Bob Pittman touts some of the company’s initiatives and events.  “We continue to grow our audiences across our broadcast radio, outdoor, digital, social, mobile and events platforms, whilepittmanbob advancing our transformation as a digital-facing, data-rich company built on the power of broadcast radio and out-of-home.  “This quarter, we were excited to announce the reimagining of live radio with our two new subscription services, iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access, set to debut in January 2017.  In addition, at both iHeartMedia and outdoor, we continue to invest in programmatic buying platforms and research analytics tools to leverage our assets for the benefit of our marketing and advertising partners, and at Americas outdoor and International outdoor, we continue to realign our resources to expand our digital out-of-home networks.”

Cumulus Media Dips 1.1% in Third Quarter.  That figure is for the company as a whole and is a percentage change based on net revenue of $286.1 million for the third quarter of 2016.  For the first nine months of this year, revenue is $841.9 million, down 2.1% from the nine month-period in 2015.  Cumulus breaks the company into two cumulus-logosegments – the Radio Station Group, and Westwood One.  The latter has been the most troublesome for Cumulus.  Westwood One net revenue was down 5.5% over the same period in 2015 while the Radio Station Group was basically flat – up just 0.7% on revenue of $206 million.  President and CEO Mary Berner says, “A year into our turnaround effort, we have made considerable progress against our operational priorities while leading the industry in ratings growth.  Though our performance in the quarter was negatively impacted by headwinds which have challenged us all year, we see evidence that our work is paying off financially as we gained share this quarter for the first time in at least four years.  As we seek to maintain the momentum of our initial strategies, we have now also launched a focused effort to improve sales execution as the next logical step in our turnaround plan.”

Press Communications Names Dalesio COO and Market President.  New Jersey’s Press Communications announces that is has named Don Dalesio chief operating officer and market president.dalesiodon  Dalesio has most recently been serving as market president and chief revenue officer for Townsquare Media.  Press operates five radio stations in New Jersey: country WKMK, Eatontown; oldies WHTG-AM, Eatontown; hot AC WWZY, Long Branch; CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres; and classic hits WBHS, Tuckerton.  During his career, Dalesio has also served with Nassau Broadcasting as COO.  Press Communications CEO Robert McAllan comments, “We are very excited to welcome Don to our Press team.  Not only will Don help us diversify our product lines, but also Don will help us drive the effectiveness of our advertiser relationships by providing his valuable insights and successful sales selling strategies.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Former hot AC KRSK, Portland afternoon personality Daria is back with the Portland Entercom cluster co-hosting the afternoon show on alternative KNRK “94/7fm.”  Daria joins longtime KNRK personality Gustav for the “Alternative Afternoons with Daria and Gustav” program…..Norfolk-Hampton Roads radio pro Chuck Doud is exiting iHeartMedia’s rhythmic AC WMOV to take on the director of radio and audience strategy at local public radio outlets classical WHRO and news/talk WHRV.

Beasley’s SEC Filing Details Q3 Results.  The company announced last week that its net revenue of $27.7 million in the third quarter of this year represents a 5.6% increase over the same period a year ago.  The Form 10-beasley-logoQ filed with the Securities Exchange Commission includes information about what constituted the $1.5 million year-over-year increase.  Beasley Broadcast Group notes, “Significant factors affecting net revenue included a $1 million increase in advertising revenue from our Tampa-Saint Petersburg market cluster, a $0.4 million increase in advertising revenue from our Charlotte market cluster, and a $0.3 million increase in advertising revenue from our Fayetteville market cluster – partially offset by a $0.2 million decrease in advertising revenue from our Wilmington market cluster.  Net revenue for the [quarter]…also included $0.5 million of political advertising from the 2016 elections.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The parade of stations flipping to all-Christmas music is getting more crowded.  But it comes with a twist as iHeartMedia’s progressive talk WXXM-FM, Madison flips to the holiday format as “92.1 BEST FM.”…..Alpha Media announces that its Grays Harbor, Washington stations that promoted and presented the 11th Annual Tee It Up for Tots golf tournament that took place back on September 9 helped raise more than $25,000 for the United Way of Grays Harbor and the Grays Harbor Community Foundation Pediatric Fund…..On Friday, iHeartMedia rock outlet WNNJ, Newton, New Jersey is turning over control of its programming to 10 local veterans who will each play an hour of music as part of the “Vets Rock” special.  The station says that throughout “Vets Rock,” the hosts will share stories about their time in the military…..In the Twin Cities, Cumulus Media’s rock KQRS will present “KQ’s Military Takeover” on Friday featuring a series of guests, including World War II veterans, Purple Heart recipients, and members of the Freedom Alliance and The Real Warriors. KQRS will also talk with representatives from the American Legion about its “Shop, Ship & Share” initiative in which consumers can donate needed items to the troops and have them shipped overseas during the holidays.  Following the “KQ Morning Show,” the “Takeover” begins with every hour hosted by a different Minnesota military veteran…..Premiere Networks is presenting the exclusive Thanksgiving special for country stations with CMT personality Cody Alan.  The four-hour, commercial-free “CMT Thanksgiving Special with Cody Alan” will be highlighted by interviews with country music’s biggest stars, as well as a mix of chart-topping and holiday-themed songs…..On Monday (11/14), more than 40 Chicago market radio stations will simultaneously air a 30-minute broadcast conversation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a “Chicago Radio Town Hall Meeting.”  The member stations of the Illinois Broadcasters Association will break format at 6:00 pm on Monday to air the show, moderated by IBA Hall of Fame broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis.  Programmers from a number of the participating stations are collaborating to produce the program while general managers have cleared the time to air the program commercial free…..Compass Media Networks is offering “Uncle Joe’s Rockin’ Christmas Show” – a four-hour classic rock Christmas program with faves, rare tunes, and artists’ stories.  The program is created and produced by longtime Southern California air personality, Joe Benson.  Interested stations can contact Doug Ingold or Adam Wilbur at Compass…..WAQY, Springfield, Massachusetts “Rock 102” morning duo Bax & O’Brien – Mike Baxendale and John O’Brien – recently presented their fourth live stage show at the City Stage Theater.  Bax checks in with RadioInfo to report that they, again, sold out the almost-500-seat venue.

Monday, November 7, 2016

| November 7, 2016

Entercom Reports Q3 Net Revenue Up 5%.  It was a rosy third quarter for Entercom Communications as it reports net revenue was $120.5 million during the period – up 5% from the same period a year ago.   Station operating income increased 12% to $37.9 million, and adjusted net income per share increased 8% to $0.27. entercomEntercom president and CEO David Field states, “Entercom delivered another solid quarter of organic top-line and bottom-line growth, demonstrating the strength of our great local brands and our outstanding team.  We are also very pleased to have just completed a highly successful refinancing that will lower our annual interest expense by more than $10 million and to have announced a terrific, value-creating acquisition of four stations in Charlotte.  We are excited by the opportunities ahead as we look to finish the year on a strong note and get off to a great start in 2017.”  Entercom is acquiring news/talk WBT-AM/FM, hot AC WLNK, and sports talk WFNC in Charlotte from Beasley.  Currently it is operating WBT-AM/FM and WLNK under an LMA and expects to close on the stations by the first of the year.  If the purchase of the stations from Beasley doesn’t close by then, it will start operating WFNZ under an LMA, as well.

cbsradioCBS RADIO Reports Flat Q3.  As parent company CBS Corp. prepares to issue an initial public offering on CBS RADIO stock and create a separate company out of the radio segment, it is breaking out the radio numbers from the Local Broadcasting segment.  CBS RADIO’s performance was basically flat comparing the third quarter of 2016 to the same period a year ago.  Net revenue was $319 million compared to $318 million in 2015.

Beasley Broadcast Group Retains Dan Finn to Lead New Jersey Stations.  On the heels of last week’s closing on the Greater Media stations, Beasley Broadcast Group announces that it is formally bringingfinndan executive Dan Finn into the company’s fold as senior vice president and market manager for the New Jersey cluster.  Finn had been with Greater Media since 2001, first as VP and regional general manager, then as SVP and regional general manager since 2007.  Finn comments, “It’s an honor and privilege to now be a part of the Beasley team.  My staff and I are excited to continue working with these heritage properties for such a legendary broadcasting company.”

iHeartRadio Names Peterson and Murphy to SVP Positions.  Joining iHeartMedia’s digital platform iHeartRadio are Chris Peterson, to serve as senior vice president of podcasting, and Beth Murphy, as the newpetersonchris senior vice president of marketing.  The company says Peterson will oversee iHeartRadio’s overall murphybethpodcast strategy and grow its profile in the podcast community.  He will guide content partnerships, advise the product team on its podcast roadmap, and work with sales to monetize podcast efforts.  He most recently was content partnerships manager for TuneIn.  He’s also worked as director of operations for The Blaze and the director of affiliate relations for Premiere Networks.  Murphy’s charge is to manage brand messaging and the user lifecycle process, as well as optimize user acquisition and retention.  She will work closely with iHeartRadio’s Chris Williams, chief product officer and Adam Denenberg, chief technology officer to oversee iHeartRadio’s overall streaming music and live digital radio strategy.  Murphy has previously served as chief marketing officer at Deezer and Stitcher.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At its Dayton cluster, iHeartMedia brings Josh Martinez in from its Cedar Rapids, Iowa CHR KOSY “Y957FM” to serve as program director for CHR WCHD “Channel 999” and country WLQT “B945,” effective November 17…..Andy Webb is taking on the program director gig at Apex Media’s country WCKN, Charleston, South Carolina.  He’s going to leave his current role as morning show co-host and become afternoon drive personality.  At the same time, well-known Charleston radio personality TJ Phillips will partner with current AM co-host Jessica Chandler to host “The Low Country’s Big Show with Jessica & TJ in the Morning.”…..Overnight personality Michael Burns exits Beasley Broadcast Group’s adult contemporary WMJX, Boston “Magic 106.7.”

Monday, October 31, 2016

| October 31, 2016

Entercom CEO David Field Issues Statement on KDND License Review.  On Friday, RadioInfo reported on the FCC’s order for a Hearing for Renewal for Entercom’s KDND, Sacramento as a result of the 2007 death of “Hold your wee for a Wii” contestant Jennifer Strange.  On Friday, Entercom CEO David Field issued thefielddavid following statement: “What happened at KDND in 2007 was a terrible tragedy that pains us deeply.  Throughout our 48-year history, we have had a steadfast commitment to being a caring and entercomresponsible corporate citizen, firmly committed to public service.  We take great pride in all of the work we have done to serve our communities.  Nonetheless, we fully recognize that all of our good work cannot undo that tragic event nine years ago.  We do believe it is important to note that the jury that heard this case concluded that Entercom Communications Corp. was not negligent.  What happened was the result of unauthorized and appalling actions by certain station employees who violated corporate procedures.  None of that diminishes our sadness and we remain committed to continuous improvement in our efforts to serve the public.”

Hubbard Radio Names Jeff England VP/Market Manager for Chicago.   The company is promoting from within to fill the vacancy at VP/market manager in Chicago with the September exit of John GallagherHubbard Radio president/COO Drew Horowitz announces Jeff England is moving from the company’senglandjeff Phoenix cluster to Chicago to lead hot AC WTMX “The Mix,” classic rock simulcast WDRV/WWDV (Zion, Illinois) “The Drive,” and adult contemporary WSHE.  Horowitz says, “We are thrilled to have someone with Jeff’s experience and competitive spirit assuming the leadership mantle in our largest market.  What makes our choice of Jeff even more gratifying is we were able to promote from within which is always our preference.”  England has been serving as VP/director of sales for Hubbard Radio Phoenix.  Prior to joining Hubbard, England was the president/market manager and DOS in Phoenix for iHeartMedia.  England says, “I am beyond thrilled with this opportunity.  We have legacy brands and great people at Hubbard Chicago.  I look forward to working with our team to grow our audiences, our clients’ businesses, and serve our community.  I will also be shopping for a new winter wardrobe!”

Alpha Media Promotes Milt McConnell to National Sales Role; Lisa Decker Joins Portland Stationmcconnellmilt Group.  This promotion of the company’s Portland, Oregon market manager necessitates new faces in deckerlisathat cluster to assume vacant positions and that’s exactly what’s happened in the market that serves as the company’s corporate base.  Portland SVP and market manager Milt McConnell is upped to the corporate role of VP, national and group sales strategy.  Radio sales and management pro Lisa Decker – who’s served with CBS RADIO and iHeartMedia in addition to her most recent post as director of corporate sponsorships at classical KING-FM, Seattle – joins Alpha Media as SVP and market manager.  Amy Leimbach moves up from her regional director of business development post at the cluster to VP sales, Portland – Live Performanceleimbachamy Lounges.  Company president and CEO Bob Proffitt comments, “This is an exciting time for Alpha Media.  With our major growth in 2016, we have been focused on recognizing key players and evolving to the next level.  Milt has always been a high performer, even back in the Citadel days.  In his new role, he will work closely with our national rep firms as well as our business development team.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The search is on for a new afternoon drive personality at CBS RADIO’s alternative KITS, San Francisco “LIVE 105” after the departure of Greg Beharrell.  While the station searches for that talent, PD Jacent Jackson is handling middays and Danica Lopez is hosting afternoons…..Country KSNI, Santa Maria, California morning drive co-host Jay Turner is named program director for the station.  He takes over for Pepper Daniels, who remains director of country and news/talk programming for American General Media…..E.W. Scripps Tulsa is bringing Jacob “Chubbs” Day aboard to co-host the morning show on CHR KHTT “106.9 K-HITS” with current AM drive personality Aly Presser, effective December 5.  “Chubbs” was a longtime personality on the syndicated Billy Madison rock morning show and most recently has been hosting mornings at Magic Broadcasting’s CHR WILN, Panama Beach, Florida…..Beasley Broadcasting Group’s rhythmic CHR WLLD, Tampa “WiLD 94.1” names Kenzie midday personality…..Alpha Media’s CHR WMYB, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina “Energy 92.1” adds the syndicated “Brooke & Jubal” show for mornings.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Programmer and midday personality NuYork – heard on Apex Media’s hip hop WBHJ,nuyork-id Birmingham “95.7 Jamz” and WALJ, Tuscaloosa “105.1 Jamz” – was the victim of an assault after stopping to aid what appeared to be a motorist with a wrecked vehicle.  When NuYork asked the man – identified by the police as 20-year-old Roderick Ruthus McCloud Jr. – if needed assistance, he brooksgarthlopezabc16said he did not and then allegedly attempted to steal her car.  She was able to get back in her vehicle before he was able to take it but he then began to attack her as she sat in the driver’s seat.  Another motorist stopped and McCloud fled on foot.  He was later apprehended by police…..“GMA After Hours” host Lynda Lopez (right) is pictured here with country star Garth Brooks (left) after the two spoke about Brooks’ new box set — including the new, all-star version of the song “Friends In Low Places” that’s being released to commemorate the song’s 25th anniversary…..Cumulus Media’s KLSZ, Fort Smith, Arkansas flips from classic country airing the “NASH Icon” format to contemporary country branded as “NASH FM 100.7.”  The station is airing “America’s Morning Show” and the new Blair Garner overnight program…..Entercom Atlanta give the market 24/7 Christmas music beginning today.  “The Star Christmas Channel” is available on WSTR’s HD2 channel featuring classic and contemporary Christmas music all the way through Christmas Day.

blairgarnershow16Blair Garner’s Overnight Show Launches Tonight.  Back in August, Cumulus Media announced that Ty Bentli would take over the host role on its “America’s Morning Show” and that Blair Garner would return to hosting an overnight country show to be distributed by Westwood One.  The latter begins this week and the company says the new overnight show will launch on 150 stations.  The show will air Monday through Sunday from 12:00 midnight to 5:00 am from the NASH Campus in Nashville.  Garner’s first guest will be country legend George Strait.  Garner states, “Fifteen million Americans work the late and overnight shifts – 15 million!  These folks are the backbone of our country — the ones who dig a little deeper to get ahead and get the job done.  We owe them a lot and this show is our attempt to thank them for all that they do.  They are a special bunch that deserve more than jukebox radio.”


‘Y108’ Pittsburgh’s ‘Girls with Guitars’ Charity Concert Rocks Heinz Field.  Last week’s “Girls with Guitars” concert at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh benefitted the local Glimmer of Hope charity that benefits breast cancer research and prevention.  It was presented by CBS RADIO’s country WDSY “Y108.”  Pictured here are: Standing left to right – station evening personality Elista; APD/MD/afternoon personality Wookie; Brooke Eden; Runaway June; Jessie James Decker; Brandy Clark; The Band Perry; station promotion manager John D’Amico; and SVP/market manager Michael Young.  Crouching left to right are: OM/PD Mark Anderson; promotion assistant Amanda Silay; morning co-host Andy Davis; promotion assistant Michelle Benincasa; and midday personality Maria D’Antonio.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

| October 18, 2016

Entercom to Acquire Four Charlotte Signals from Beasley for $24 Million.  In order to stay under the FCC ownership cap in the Charlotte market, Beasley Broadcast Group has to sell some of its holdings that would wbtwlnk-duo-logoput if over the cap after the previously announced Greater Media acquisition deal closes.  Now, Beasley announces that Entercom will acquire news/talk WBT-AM/FM, hot ACwfnz WLNK-FM (all three currently owned by Greater Media) plus sports talk WFNZ-AM and its accompanying FM translator.  The company says that Entercom will begin operating WBT-AM/FM and WLNK-FM upon the closing of the Greater Media deal, pursuant to a time brokerage agreement.  Back on July 19, Beasley and Greater Media entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Beasley will acquire all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media for an aggregate consideration of approximately $240 million, subject to adjustments.

Entercom to Refinance Debt.  The Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania-based broadcaster announces it is meeting with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC and entercomWells Fargo Securities, LLC today to discuss a refinancing of its senior and senior unsecured debt.  In a press statement, Entercom Communications says it expects to enter into a $520 million senior secured credit facility that will include a $60 million revolving credit facility with a five-year maturity, plus a $460 million term loan with a seven-year maturity.  Entercom will use the term loan to refinance $225 million in existing senior secured bank debt, plus it will buy back $220 million in 10.5% senior subordinated notes.

iHeartMedia Flips Rhythmic CHR KBWX, St. Louis to Alternative as ‘Alt 104.9.’  And the morningwoodyshow-logo drive show at the new alt rocker will be KYSR, Los Angeles-based “The Woody Show.”  Woody’s program was previously heard on crosstown KPNT “105.7 The Point” in the market and iHeartMedia region president Beth Davis says, “St. Louis has been very eager for a new alternative rock brand.  We are excited to deliver on that request as well as the return of ‘The Woody Show’ – I’m excited to watch how quickly Woody will reinstate his relationship with both listeners and advertisers here in St. Louis.”

ebrolauraAlpha Media Names Ebro & Laura Stylez Afternoon Hosts.  It’s another gig for Ebro Darden and Laura Stylez as the duo will host the 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm show on Alpha Media Portland’s hip hop KWEE, Portland “WE 96.3.”  Ebro also currently hosts Apple’s Beats 1 and does mornings on Emmis’ WQHT, New York “HOT 97” with Stylez.  Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker says, “One of the core values of Alpha Media is our relentless effort to create new content in ways that others might have overlooked.  One example of this was during the creation of ‘WE 96.3’ by using Ebro Darden to narrate the brand.  Now with the addition of Laura Stylez, WE have even more opportunities to push the brand forward while welcoming Ebro back to Portland.”  Darden comments, “Portland is an awesome city and being on #TeamWe to bring real hip hop back to the radio in this city is super exciting.”

CBS RADIO Renews KITS, San Francisco AM Talent Kevin Klein.  Citing very positive ratings numbers for its morning drive show on alternative KITS, CBS RADIO announces it is signing air personality Kevin Klein kitsto a new, multi-year contract.  The station says that since debuting in September of 2014, “Kevin Klein LIVE” – with co-host Ally Johnson – has grown to attract “record-breaking numbers for the station, finishing the last quarterly book #1 among P18-34 and #3 among P18-49.”  Program director Jacent Jackson comments, “In just two years, ‘Kevin Klein Live’ has become a defining voice for a new generation of Bay Area listeners.  They sound like nothing else on the dial.  We are thrilled by their accomplishments and look forward to continued success for ‘Kevin Klein Live’ on ‘Live 105.’  The future for this show is bright.”

Yonni ‘Rude’ O’Donoghue Named OM for Radio One Richmond.  Urban programmer Yonni ‘Rude’ O’Donoghue is named the new operations manager for Radio One’s four-station cluster in Richmond, effectiveodonoghueyonni October 24.  The company says O’Donoghue has “nearly 20 years of urban radio programming experience…a keen ear for music, sharp mind for metrics and music research and a creative spirit for audio and digital content, including social media management.” He’s previously served with both Beasley Broadcast Group and Cumulus Media.  He’ll oversee programming at mainstream urban WCDX “IPower,” urban AC WKJS “Kiss,” inspiration WPZZ “Praise,” and news/talk WTPS-AM.

Michael Baisden to Return to Airwaves Via Superadio.  Urban media personality Michael Baisden has been teasing a return to the radio on social media and now it’s official that he’ll again be doing an afternoon drive baisdenmichaelprogram via Superadio.  There’s no official start date set but at least week’s NABOB “Power of Urban Radio Conference,” it was announced the deal involves Baisden’s company, American Urban Radio Network, Perry Broadcasting and Superadio.  Baisden went off the radio three years ago after his relationship with Cumulus Media imploded.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  CHR WPLW, Raleigh “PULSE 96.9 & 102.5” program director Mike Biddle is exiting his role with the Curtis Media Group station to take a marketing position outside of the radio biz…..Doug Daniels, a.k.a. Douglas Holzmeier, is named the operations manager at Evans Broadcasting’s country KWFP, classic rock KURK, and news/talk KKFT in Reno as well as its country KCMY-AM, Carson City.  He’d been with the stations in sales with Wilks prior to their sale to Evans.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallCBS News Icon Charles Osgood Is the Subject of this Week’s Harrison Podcast.  Legendary CBS News radio and television giant Charles Osgood is the guest on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” posted today (10/18).  Osgood has been hosting (and continues to host) the four-osgoodcharlestimes-per-weekday morning feature “The Osgood Files” on radio stations across the nation since 1971.  He also retired several weeks ago from a 24-year stint as the anchor of television’s CBS News “Sunday Morning” program. Harrison and Osgood talk about changes in media and journalism over the years culminating with a provocative analysis of the current presidential election. To listen to the podcast in its entirety please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Alternative KNDD, Seattle “107.7 The End” announces the lineup for the December 6 “Deck the Hall Ball” at the Key Arena:  Featured acts will be: Empire of the Sun, The Head and the Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Glass Animals, Band of Horses, Coin, and My Goodness…..Hot AC KLLC, San Francisco “Radio Alice @ 97.3” is presenting the “Alice in Winterland” show on December 1 at the Masonic.  On stage will be: OneRepublic, Train, and Los Bandoleros…..CBS RADIO’s KLUC, KMXB and KXQQ in Las Vegas announced New Year’s shows at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas that will feature The Weeknd performing on December 30 and Sting on December 31.  CBS RADIO is offering fly-away contests and is promoting the shows across 23 of its stations nationwide…..North Carolina State University’s WKNC, Raleigh is upgrading to an HD signal.  General manager Emily Ehling says, “The benefits of broadcasting in HD are the overall sound quality improvement and the fact that we will eventually be able to multi-cast.  Only about a dozen or so college radio stations broadcast in HD, which makes us even cooler since we’re ahead of the curve!”

Monday, October 17, 2016

| October 17, 2016

Rob Kruz Named PD for CHR WFLZ, Tampa.  Programmer Rob Kruz is appointed to the program director position at iHeartMedia’s CHR WFLZ, Tampa.  He takes over for John Mayer, who resigned to relocate to New York for family reasons.  Kruz was most recently PD and afternoon jock at iHM’s WZFT, Baltimore “Z 104.3.”kruz  iHeartMedia Tampa SVP of programming Travis Daily states, “I could not be more excited for Rob to join our team at ‘93.3 FLZ,’ which already amazes and humbles me on a daily basis.  Rob is the perfect fit for this family and we can’t wait for him to help write the next chapter in the history of a very special radio station.”  In addition to his work at WZFT, Kruz also was an air talent at WITH, Washington and WQAL, Cleveland.  He began his radio career in Detroit at WDRQ while he attended the University of Michigan.

Corey B. Named Evening Host at ‘B96’ in Chicago.  Air personality Corey B. is the new evening jock at CBS RADIO’s CHR WBBM-FM, Chicago “B96.”  Most recently with Entercom’s WEZB, New Orleans “B97” coreyband, prior to that iHM’s WFLZ, Tampa, Corey B. takes over for Eric Tyler who was promoted to afternoons at “B96” with the move of Stylz & Roman to mornings on the company’s country WUSN.  CBS RADIO Chicago VP of programming Todd Cavanah says, “We believe we’ve uncovered a true diamond in the rough with Corey B.  In addition to driving the station over the air at night, Corey’s skill and creativity on social media is off the charts.  We can’t wait to introduce him to Chicagoland later this month.”

Berger Named ‘Power 106’ Los Angeles’ Imaging Director.  Imaging pro Andrew Berger is named imaging director for Emmis Communications’ hip hop KPWR, Los Angeles “Power 106.”  Berger rose to be singled out kpwr-logoby DJ Enuff of WQHT and joined him as imaging director and producer for DJ Enuff’s weekly show, “The Heavy Hitters,” on SiriusXM’s SHADE 45 channel.  Emmis VP of programming Jimmy Steal comments, “We did an extensive search for this position and Andrew Berger was beyond impressive with his amazing imaging skills, great work ethic, and high energy.  He’s the perfect fit for our talented team.”  Berger comments, “I can’t wait to join the ‘Power 106’ family.  Emmis is where I fell in love with radio and now to have the opportunity to contribute to this legendary station as its imaging director is a dream come true!  I look forward to working alongside the great talent that makes ‘Power 106’ the leading brand in radio.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In San Diego, Entercom inks country KSON midday personality Amber Rainey to a new, multi-year contract.  Rainey took over the daypart after Brooks O’Brian transitioned to off-air responsibilities in 2015…..Jay Morris is exiting his brand manager role with Midwest Communications’ Kalamazoo station group where he programmed alternative WZOX, news/talk WKZO, and sports talk WQLR for a gig outside of the radio biz.  Cluster director of operations and programming Steve Mills assumes PD duties on an interim basis…..Amani Abraham transitions from the anchor/reporter role at Rubber City Radio’s country WQMX and news/talk WAKR in Akron to WKYC-TV, Cleveland to serve as a reporter…..Spotify’s Martin Lorentzon relinquishes the chairman role at the digital pure play but will remain vice chairman of the board.  Chief executive officer Daniel Ek is taking over the chairman position…..Alpha Media names Bob Rose the new market manager for its Mankato, Minnesota station group that includes CHR KEEZ, country KYSM, and rock KMKO.

emmisJeff Smulyan’s Go-Private Bid Fails.  The CEO of Emmis Communications extended this offer deadline three times, but that still wasn’t enough for the special committee of independent directors and his $4.10 per share offer to take the company private failed.  As the Indianapolis Business Journal smulyanjeffreports, this was the third time over the last 10 years that Jeff Smulyan had bid to take the company private.  Emmis stock closed at $3.99 on Friday (10/14).  The IBJ also notes that Smulyan’s offer represented a 25% premium to Emmis’ average closing share price over the 90 days prior to the announcement of the deal, but investors obviously felt the offer was way too low.  Smulyan appears to be finished trying to take the company private and writes to shareholders that he looks “forward to continuing to work with you as we move Emmis forward as a public company.”

Ed Levine’s Galaxy Communications to Buy Western Massachusetts Radio Group.  Syracuse, New York-Based Galaxy Communications announces it has signed a definitive agreement to buy the six-station radio group operating as Berkshires Media Group from parent company Gamma Broadcasting for an undisclosed sum.  galaxycommunicationsThe stations are: hot AC WBEC-FM, Pittsfield; news/talk WBEC-AM, Pittsfield-AM; classic hits WUPE-AM/FM, North Adams; AC WSBS-AM, Great Barrington; and AC WNAW-AM, North Adams.  Levine says, “These six radio stations do a tremendous job of serving their communities with great local radio. They have thrived under the ownership of Gamma Broadcasting, which has done a wonderful job. I look forward to working with market manager Peter Barry and the entire staff of radio professionals.”  Gamma president Bruce Danziger adds, “We feel confident placing our terrific stations and people in Ed Levine’s capable hands.  This is a special group, led by Peter, and we know Ed’s oversight will continue to bring good results for our people and the community.”

CBS to Break Out Radio Performance During Quarterly Reports.  As the company states, this is in advance of its separating the CBS RADIO segment from the rest of the company and the expected initial public offering for cbsradiothe new radio company.  The company explains that “beginning with the filing of the Company’s Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2016, the Company’s previously reported operating segment, Local Broadcasting, will be separated into the following two operating segments: (1) Local Media and (2) Radio.  In connection with this new segment presentation, the presentation of intercompany revenues has been revised, including station affiliation fees paid by Local Media to the CBS Television Network. The following financial information reflects the new segment and intercompany presentations for all periods presented.”  What we’re seeing in the report is that although radio segment revenue has been down slightly over the last six quarters, station operating income has improved.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

| October 6, 2016

J.D. Crowley Named EVP Digital for CBS RADIO.  Moving over from the CBS Television division where he was SVP and GM of digital media is J.D. Crowley, who takes on the EVP of digital role for CBS RADIO.  The digital efforts he’ll be in charge of include: market-focused local websites operated jointly with CBS TV stations, local music and entertainment station websites, the streaming service Radio.com, podcast network Play.it, event crowleyjddiscovery business Eventful, mobile apps, and social media outreach.  Crowley is expected to develop and lead the future strategy of these properties while collaborating on their present operations with CBS Local Digital Media, a division of CBS Corporation which currently manages the assets.  In connection with its separation from CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO plans to continue to collaborate with CBS Local Digital Media via a joint digital services agreement.  Crowley says, “Local stations are the bedrock of any radio company and through our digital portfolio we are able to enrich listeners’ daily experience by reaching them wherever and whenever.  With a focus on world-class products and industry-leading storytelling and experiences, I’m confident our digital efforts will help pave our road to success while retaining the personal connection with our audience that radio has always delivered.  I am honored and excited to join CBS RADIO and look forward to working with the team to reimagine our future.”

Marty Bender to Program WOFX, Cincinnati.  Classic rock programming pro Marty Bender will serve as program director and host the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm show on Cumulus Media’s WOFX, Cincinnati “92.5 The Fox,” effective Monday (10/10).  Although he was most recently programming Hubbard Radio’s adultbendermarty contemporary WSHE, Chicago, Bender has served in the past as VP of programming for Premiere Networks, executive producer for the “Bob & Tom” show, OM for iHeartMedia’s WFBQ/WRZX/WNDE in Indianapolis, and PD/morning host at iHeartMedia’s rock WFTK, Cincinnati “96 ROCK.”  Cumulus Media Cincinnati operations manager Keith Mitchell states, “I can’t explain how excited we are to bring in a programmer of Marty’s caliber to lead ‘The Fox.’  With years dedicated to the format and working with the ‘Bob and Tom’ show at WFBQ, it’s exciting to see what’s in store for ‘The Fox’ and classic rock listeners in Cincinnati.  With the recent addition of Laura Steele and now, with Marty in the PD chair, ‘The Fox’ is poised for bigger and better things.”

Cumulus Brings Selena Robinson Aboard for WLEV, Allentown.  Former “Froggy 101” Scranton morning personality Selena Robinson signs on with Cumulus Media to co-host the “Selena and Scott” robinsonselenamorning show on adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown with Scott Evans.  To make room for Robinson, former morning show co-host Josh Gears moves to afternoon drive and Kelly K hosts middays.  Robinson comments, “I’m so excited to be a part of the warm and welcoming Lehigh Valley community and to get real with my new morning work hubby Scott Evans.”

WALK, Patchogue Adds Jamie Morris to AM Show.  Air personality Jamie Morris is returning to Connoisseur Media’s hot AC WALK, Patchogue on Long Island to serve as morning drive co-hostmorrisjamie with Mark Daniels, effective October 20.  Morris takes over for Cindy who is exiting the station after 16 years for personal reasons.  Morris has been serving with iHeartMedia’s New York City station group as morning drive traffic personality and weekend jock on CHR WKTU and AC WLTW.  WALK program director Tommy Conway states, “I am thrilled to have Jamie join us for mornings on WALK.  She is talented, energetic and a perfect fit for our audience.  She will make an impact right away.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Morning personality Greg Hewitt inks a multi-year contract extension withhewittgreg CBS RADIO’s adult contemporary KEZK, St. Louis.  Program director Marty Linck states, “Greg has been a St. Louis radio staple for decades, so it’s exciting to know we’ll have him on board for many years to come.  He’s a life-long St. Louisan who really understands what makes this city tick!”…..Victor Giacomelli has been named director of sales for Emmis New York’s hip hop WQHT “HOT 97,” urban AC WBLS and Gospel WLIB.  During his career, Giacomelli has served as general sales manager for Bell Media and vice president of sales for Corus Radio.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban AC.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses of the performances of urban-based stations based on Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 PPM survey.  Yesterday, we published the report on urban contemporary, today the focus is on urban adult contemporary.  In looking at how urban AC stations performed in the recent survey compared to the same period a year ago, Kinosian notes, “Eight stations on our panel better their September 2015 6+ numbers by at least one full share, compared to six that decline by at least one full share year-to-year.  On the strength of a +1.9 (4.6 – 6.5, 6+, September 2015 – September 2016), Radio One Indianapolis’ WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” jumps from ninth to fourth.  A year-to-year +1.5 to 8.5 (6+) meanwhile powers Baltimore sibling WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” from fourth to first.”  Entercom’s WVKL, Norfolk; iHeartMedia’s KJMS, Memphis; and WVAZ, Chicago were the three other urban AC stations to rank #1 in their respective markets in September.  See Kinosian’s entire report here.

emmis-logoEmmis Fiscal Q2 Radio Net Revenue Down 3.3%.  The fiscal second quarter numbers from Emmis Communications come as tomorrow’s deadline for Emmis chairman Jeff Smulyan’s $4.10 per share offer to take the company private approaches.  Regarding the company’s second quarter performance, Smulyan says, “Across the board, this was a difficult quarter.  Third quarter radio revenues are currently pacing flat to the prior year.  We are hopeful that we will see political advertising tailwinds strengthen as we move through October.  We are increasing marketing spend at some of our largest brands to boost ratings and to give us a competitive advantage.”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

| October 4, 2016

Hubbard to Reunite ‘Sherman & Tingle’ on WDRV, Chicago.  More changes are coming to the lineup at Hubbard Radio’s classic rock WDRV, Chicago “The Drive.”  Program director Rob Cressman is replacing the current morning show – Pete McMurray, Scott Miller and Kathy Voltmer – with Brian Sherman andwdrv shermanandtingleSteve Tingle, effective October 31.  The Sherman & Tingle show aired on crosstown alternative WKQX from 2007 through 2011.  Tingle has since served with Beasley’s WRDW, Philadelphia and Entercom’s WSTR, Atlanta.  Sherman took a break from the business before returning to join WFXF, Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Cressman comments, “This is a very exciting new chapter for ‘The Drive.’  We are eager to welcome Brian and Steve back to Chicago and look forward to offering our region’s commuters a fresh take on classic rock, captivating entertainment and local information each morning.”

CBS RADIO and Programmer Kevin Weatherly Ink Contract Renewal.  Programming pro Kevin Weatherly and CBS RADIO announce they’ve agreed to a contract renewal to continue working together for years to come.  Weatherly serves as SVP of programming for the company and program director for alternativeweatherlykevin KROQ, CHR KAMP, and adult hits KCBS-FM in Los Angeles.  CBS says that Weatherly will “continue to be closely involved with the company’s diverse content initiatives.  Weatherly also advises the Company’s rock, alternative and adult hits stations across the country as format captain, and contributes to the brand strategy of the company both on-air and digitally.”  CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero adds, “Kevin’s influence and impact on the content development of our company, and particularly our LA music stations, over the last 25 years is unmatched.  We couldn’t be happier that he’ll continue on his journey with CBS RADIO as a key contributor to the ongoing evolution and growth of our programming platforms.”

iHeartMedia Creates New Southwest Division; Kevin LeGrett Named President.  This realignment will create a new division within iHeartMedia – a Southwest Division that will include many regions formerly in iheartmedia-logo-smallits Central Division.  Other former Central Division Regions will be moved into the West and Midwest/Southeast Divisions to better align them with the right resources and operating structure, according to the company.  Kevin LeGrett, formerly iHeartMedia’s Los Angeles region president, becomes president of the new Southwest Division which now includes the Los Angeles, San Diego/Riverside, Arizona, Red River, Houston, Dallas and Austin/San Antonio regions.  Helegrettkevin will continue to report to Greg Ashlock, president of iHeartMedia West, and will also become a member of the company’s senior executive Operating Committee.  In addition to overseeing the new Southwest Division, Ashlock will add the Denver, Western Great Lakes and Omaha regions to his existing West Division.  The St. Louis, Nashville and Mid-South regions will move to the Midwest/Southeast Division under president Tom McConnell.  The Pittsburgh region, formerly part of the Midwest/Southeast Division, will now move to the Northeast Division under president Hartley Adkins.  Both LeGrett and Ashlock will continue to operate from iHeartMedia West’s headquarters in Los Angeles.

Zakk Babb in for Nights at ‘STAR 94.1’ in Atlanta.  A new evening personality is named at Entercom’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “STAR 94.1” as Zakk Babb takes over the 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight shift.  Babb wasbabbzakk previously with Cumulus in Indianapolis hosting afternoons at classic hip hop and R&B WRWM “93.9 The Beat.”  WSTR program director Tony Lorino says, “We’re excited to welcome someone with Zakk’s engaging personality to ‘STAR,’ and thrilled to have him bring a new level of energy to our night show.”  Babb comments, “After talking with Tony about his vision for the station, I quickly realized his passion for success and that’s what I’m most excited about being a part of.  I can’t wait to work alongside the Jeff & Jenn show, Heather Branch, Mike Marino, and the rest of the team at the station that is continually making its mark in Atlanta.”

kajmAlex Santa Maria Returns to Rhythmic Oldies ‘Mega 104.3’ in Camp Verde, Arizona.  This will be the third time Alex Santa Maria has served with Sierra H Broadcasting’s KAJM, Camp Verde, Arizona “Mega 104.3.”  He previously hosted the afternoon drive position as well as mornings.  On rejoining the station, he comments, “Even though I really enjoyed sleeping past four in the morning every day, I didn’t realize how much I would miss the daily interaction with the listeners.  After everything I’ve been through, I am so excited to come back and reconnect with everyone that supported my career through the years.”

Colleen Addair Exits WIVK, Knoxville.  After a 28-year career with Cumulus Media’s country WIVK,addaircolleen Knoxville, Colleen Addair is leaving the station effective this Friday (10/7).  Announcing her resignation via Facebook, Addair says, “Last week, I made the decision to hand in my resignation, and I gotta tell you, the reaction was not what I expected.  Management was kind and generous and asked me to take a week to make sure it’s what I wanted.  Which makes it even harder to walk away and hang up my headphones.”

ollingerstephanieWYTE, Wausau-Steven Point Personality Stephanie Ollinger Dies at 31.  Co-workers at NRG Media’s Wausau-Stevens Point station group are shocked by the sudden death of 31-year-old air staffer Stephanie Ollinger – who went by Stevi on the radio.  Ollinger hosted the midday shift on country WYTE and voice-tracked the evening show on sister station adult hits WBCV.  The Wausau Daily Herald reports that Ollinger was celebrating her second wedding anniversary with her husband in the Wisconsin Northwoods when she died suddenly.  Authorities are awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.  A celebration of her life will be held in Stevens Point Saturday, October 15.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallThe Amazing Kreskin Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  One of the world’s most prolific performers and established pop cultural icons, The Amazing Kreskin, is interviewed on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  Harrison and Kreskin dive into an in-depth conversation about how the power of persuasion can shape the public’s perception.  According to Kreskin,kreskin there is no such thing as hypnosis, per se – but, rather, people can be made to believe things and take action by a charismatic personality who knows how to engage in psychological manipulation.  He points out that the larger the number of people in an audience, crowd, mob or population, the easier it is for them to relinquish individual responsibility for their actions and follow the pack.  This is a compelling conversation of significance to anyone involved in talk media – especially during election season.  To hear this conversation in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

| September 28, 2016

ppmunitRound Two of September PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of September 2016 PPM ratings information from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s September survey period covered August 11 – September 7. You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all of these PPM markets.


1) Washington, D.C. – Without an increase in the last three sweeps – including a hefty loss of one full-share in August (3.9 – weta3.9 – 3.5 – 2.5, 6+) – Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications classical WETA responds with a +.7 to 3.2 (6+), jumping from #17 to #13. Also advancing by seven-tenths is iHeartMedia-owned WBIG “Big 100 Washington’s Classic Rock”wbig (3.5 – 4.2, 6+), which climbs from eighth to seventh. While both stations that were tied at #1 in August are down in September, the deadlock is nonetheless resolved as American University‘s WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” (9.1 – 9.0, -.1, 6+) takes sole possession of the top spot, while Hubbard Broadcasting-owned all-news WTOP segues to second-place. Prior to tying WTOP at #1 in August, WAMU had been in the runner-up slot the previous seven sweeps. Among the recent trends for WAMU are -1.2 in March; +.7 in May; +.5 in July and +.5 in August. Without an increase for the fourth straight time for a combined -1.6 (10.3 – 10.3 – 9.4 – 9.1 – 8.7, 6+), WTOP, in May and June, registered a 10.3 – the station’s most potent 6+-share in over five years (10.6, March 2011). Before dropping from first to second in the “Holiday” 2015 sweep, WTOP occupied the top spot the previous 12 ratings periods. Declining by one-half share each are Radio One-owned WMMJ “Majic 102.3” (5.9 – 5.4, unchanged at #4) and iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH (steady at #6, 6+). With a -.2 in August, “Majic 102.3” had its consecutive streak of monthlies without a decrease end at five (3.9 – 4.7 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 5.9, 6+). Its July 6.1 was the station’s strongest 6+-share in more than six years (6.2, June 2010). Format rival – Howard University‘s WHUR – is off by three-tenths (to 6.6, 6+), thus curtailing its successive string of up or steady trends at six (4.8 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.9, 6+). Meanwhile, WASH had been up or flat the past three survey periods for a net gain of six-tenths (4.4 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.0). In the market’s hot AC contest, CBS Radio’s WIAD “94.7 Fresh” dials up a +.1 to 3.6 (6+), ending a mini-slide (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+) yet actually backsides from eighth to tenth; Cumulus Media’s WRQX “Mix 107.3” (3.2 – 3.1, -.1, 6+) slips from #12 to #14. This marks the fifth straight decline for CBS Radio Spanish tropical WLZL “El Zol 107.9” (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5, #19 to #20, 6+).

2) Boston – Posting a gain for the third straight sweep netting a +.8 (3.7 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+), CBS Radio‘s WZLX “Classic Rock wzlx100.7″ inches up from eighth to seventh. Following five successive downward trends totaling a -.7 (2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+), public WCRB added three-tenths in August. “Classical Radio Boston” now improves by one-half share to 2.4, its strongest 6+-share since January 2011 (also 2.4) to climb from #19 to #18.wbqt Although off by a combined one-half share in August and September (8.6 – 8.4 – 8.1, 6+), Greater Media-owned WROR “Boston’s Classic Hits” is #1 for the ninth successive monthly; its 8.6 in July was the strongest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history. In second-place for the sixth consecutive sweep, adult contemporary sibling WMJX “Magic 106.7” is down or flat for the third straight time for a combined -1.2 (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Its -.6 in July halted a successive string of five increases for a cumulative +1.2 (6.3 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). Also in that cluster, rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9” (unchanged at #9) notches its fourth successive up or flat trend (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.2, 6+). With a negative trend in each of the last four sweeps, Entercom sports outlet WEEI-FM is a combined -1.1 (5.9 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+) as the Red Sox flagship slips from fifth to sixth. Similarly formatted, CBS Radio-owned WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” is flat at 4.4 (6+), but the New England Patriots’ flagship slides from seventh to eighth. This is the third consecutive decline for iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.3, 6+) for a combined -1.6. Cross-town rival – CBS Radio’s WODS “Amp” is flat at 3.5 (6+) to drop from #11 to #12. Frozen at 7.0 (6+) in February and March, “Kiss 108” dropped one full-share in April; bounced back with a +.7 in May and +.2 in June, but was -.8 in July. It finishes in third-place for the sixth successive time. In June, “Amp” had its string of successive monthlies without a loss end at three (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+).

3) Detroit – An improvement of six-tenths (5.4 – 6.0, 6+) enables CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOMC “Detroit’s Greatest Hits” to womcadvance from fourth to second. Flashing gains of one-half share each are news sibling WWJ (5.0 – 5.5, seventh to fourth, 6+) and Cumulus Media country WDRQ “Nash FM 93.1” (steady at #14, 6+). A +.4 by WWJ in August stopped six successive months without an increase (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5wwj – 5.7 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.6, 6+) that led to a combined -3.2. The all-news operation was the market leader (6+) in January and February. In addition to being the fourth successive monthly that “Nash FM” is up or flat yielding a full-share increase (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+), 3.5 is the highest 6+-share for that frequency since December 2012 (also 3.5) when WDRQ was adult hits. Conversely, WDRQ rival – CBS Radio-owned WYCD – is without a gain for the fourth straight time for a cumulative -.9 (5.3 – 5.3 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+) and “Detroit’s Country 99.5” is unchanged at #9. Down in June, July, and August (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 4.9, 6+), Greater Media‘s WCSX “94.7 Detroit’s Classic Rock” (eighth to sixth) gains three-tenths to 5.2 (6+). After a one-month hiatus, CBS Radio’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (7.8 – 7.7, -.1, 6+) returns to #1 (from the runner-up slot in August). “The Ticket” was on top in April, May, June, and July, before being dislodged in August by Greater Media urban-rhythmic oldies WMGC “The Bounce.” It was a meteoric rise to #1 for “The Bounce,” which transitioned from sports on July 1 and quickly posted back-to-back gains totaling a (combined) mammoth +7.3, vaulting from #23 (June, .7, 6+) to #15 (July, 3.1, 6+) to #1 (August, 8.0, 6+). Not only is it a short (one month) stay at #1, but “The Bounce” sputters by -2.7 to 5.3 (6+) and settles in at #4. Checking in at #21, alternative CIMX “89-X” dials up a +.3 to 1.6 (6+) to curtail four consecutive sweeps without an increase (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3, 6+). Owing to July’s +.1 (6+), Cumulus Media’s WJR halted three successive negative trends which had accounted for a -1.6 (6.7 – 6.2 – 5.3 – 5.1, 6+). The talk station added another six-tenths in August, but forfeits all of it plus three-tenths (5.1 – 5.2 – 5.8, 4.9, -.9, 6+) and drifts from third to seventh. Back in March, WJR notched a 6.7, the station’s best ever 6+-stat in PPM-methodology.

4) Miami – Commencing in May, Cox Media Group CHR WFLC trended 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.8 (6+). A whopping +1.3 to 5.1 wflc(6+) though puts an end to that pattern and “Hits 97.3” leapfrogs from tenth to fifth. It is the first time WFLC reaches the five-share level since April 2015 (5.0, 6+). Format competitor – iHeartMedia‘s WHYI “Y-100” – is off for the thirdwbgg successive sweep (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 6+) and remains at #13. Within 5.4 – 5.9 range (6+) the past seven monthlies, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WAMR “Amor 107.5” climbs from fourth to third by breaking out a +.9 to 6.5, its strongest 6+-share in nearly two years (6.5, 6+, October 2014). Unchanged at #11 (and with a 3.7, 6+, for the fourth straight time), iHeartMedia classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9” makes it nine successive ratings periods without a decline (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+). Albeit the net gain is just three-tenths, CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WPOW “Power 96” is nonetheless without a decrease for the fifth straight time (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+). After a (May and June) mini-slide resulting in a loss of eight-tenths (8.7 – 8.2 – 7.9, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WLYF notched a +.2 in July; added three-tenths in August; and is flat in September (7.9 – 8.1 – 8.4 – 8.4, 6+); “101.5 Lite FM” is #1 for the third straight time. In the runner-up slot for the same duration after finishing first in June, Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” has its third successive dip (8.2 – 8.0 – 7.2 – 7.1, 6+). After hanging out a full-share increase in August, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WXDJ relinquishes all of it plus one-tenth and drops from sixth back to eighth (4.2 – 5.2 – 4.1, -1.1, 6+); 5.2 in August was the first time “El Zol 106.7” crossed the five-share threshold (6+) since March 2014 (5.0, 6+). Co-owned Spanish contemporary WCMQ “Zeta 92.3” returns August’s one-half share increase (4.8 – 5.3 – 4.8, 6+) and slips from fifth to seventh. Despite recording its fifth straight decline (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), CBS Radio’s WKIS “New Country 99.9” climbs from #20 to a tie at #19. Moody Bible Institute‘s WRMB (#29) is without an increase for the ninth consecutive ratings period (.8 – .7 – .7 – .6 -.5 -.4 -.4 .3 -.3 -.2, 6+).

5) Seattle – Following July‘s eight-tenths gain, Entercom‘s country-formatted KKWF “100.7 The Wolf” relinquished three-kkwfquarters of it in August but roars back with another +.8 in September (3.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 4.1, 6+) to zoom from #13 to #7. Meanwhile, CBS Radio‘s similarly programmed KMPS (3.5, -.1, 6+) drops out of the top ten (#10 to #11); its +.3 in August halted three straight decreaseskqmv which yielded a net loss of one full-share (4.3 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+). Off by six-tenths in August, Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” regains all of it plus one-tenth (6.3 – 5.7 – 6.4, +.7, 6+) and ranks first for the ninth consecutive sweep. Also gaining seven-tenths are adult contemporary cluster-mate KRWM “Warm 106.9” (4.4 – 5.1, fifth to third, 6+) and Bonneville‘s KIRO-AM “ESPN 710″ (2.5 – 3.2, #20 to #16, 6+); “Warm” has its best 6+-showing since February’s 5.4. Coming to an end is Entercom rhythmic hot AC KHTP’s string of seven straight up or flat trends which netted a +1.6 (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+), as “Hot 103.7” falters by seven-tenths to 3.7 to drift from a three-way tie at #5 to #9. Frozen on 3.1 (6+) in April and May and then on 3.5 (6+) in June and July, alternative sibling KNDD “107.7 The End” (#9 to #11) notched a +.6 in August only to surrender all of it in September (3.5 – 4.1 – 3.5, 6+). Regressing by one-half share each are iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” (4.3, fourth to sixth, 6+) and Bonneville talker KTTH (2.4, #18 to #20, 6+). Tied for second in July, “95.7 The Jet” was off nine-tenths in August; 4.3 is its lowest 6+-share since May 2015 (3.9). The -.5 by KTTH (following a +.7 in August) halts three straight increases that yielded a cumulative +1.0 (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.9, 6+).

6) Phoenix – The 1.2-share (6+) advantage Univision Radio regional Mexican KHOT “Que Buena 105.9” enjoyed in August kmvaover Entravision‘s similarly programmed KLNZ “La Tricolor 103.5” is whittled down to three-tenths as KLNZ posts a +.8 (2.4 – 3.2, #18 to #14, 6+), while KHOT is off one-tenth to 3.5 (#11 to #13, 6+). “La Tricolor 103.5” had been in two-share range the past 12 sweeps. Improving by six-tenths each are Thekesz Yucaipa Companies’ hot AC KMVA “Hot” (#13 to #12, 6+) and rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KKFR “Power” (3.1, #17 to #15, 6+). As the result of six straight increases (1.9 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+), “Hot” has nearly doubled its 6+-share, while “Power” ends four successive flat or down trends (3.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.5, 6+). Owing to a one-half share increase to 6.9 (6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ not only breaks the deadlock at #1, it halts three straight setbacks that yielded a cumulative -1.7 (8.1 – 7.5 – 6.9 – 6.4, 6+). It is the 24th successive ratings period at #1 for KESZ, which shared the top spot in August with Hubbard Broadcasting classic rocker KSLX. Even though KSLX gains one-tenth (6.4 – 6.5, 6+), it slides to second, where it resided for five straight ratings periods before advancing to a first-place tie in August. Cracking the top 20 (#23 to #20) is KESZ’s format rival, The Yucaipa Companies’ KOAI “The Oasis,” which is up or flat for the seventh successive time (.6 – .6 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+) and has more than tripled its 6+-share since February. Locked on 2.8 (6+) in May and June and then on 3.1 (6+) in July and August, iHeartMedia talker KFYI sputters by -1.3 to 1.8 (6+), plummeting from the top 20 (#13 to #22). Eroding by seven-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL (5.4 – 4.7, third to fourth, 6+) and Entravision Spanish adult hits KVVA “Jose” (#26), which has its third consecutive decline (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share shrinks by four-tenths as iHeartMedia-owned KNIX “102.5 #1 for New Country” is -.3 (4.3 – 4.0, seventh to eighth, 6+) and CBS Radio’s KMLE “Country @ 107.9” is -.1 (4.0 – 3.9, eighth to ninth, 6+). Prior to July‘s -.9, KMLE had put together four straight increases for a cumulative +1.9 (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+).

7) Minneapolis – On the heels of a one-half share gain in August, iHeartMedia‘s KFXN flaunts a +1.4 (4.8 – 5.3 – 6.7, 6+), vaulting kfxnfrom tenth to fourth. It is the best 6+-stat for “FM 100.3 Sports Radio K-Fan” since January (also 6.7). In tandem with a one-half share increase by CHR cluster-mate KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” (7.6 – 8.1, 6+) and a massive -1.2 by Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95” (8.9 – 7.7, 6+), the two stations swap places at #1 and #2, respectively. It is the best 6+-showing for KDWB since June 2015’s 8.5. “KS-95”kdwb had been #1 the past eight sweeps and has its weakest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2015 (6.3). Up eight-tenths in August, rival KTCZ “The Cities” doesn’t capitalize in September as the iHeartMedia hot AC is off one-tenth (5.4 – 5.3, 6+) and segues from ninth to tenth. Prior to July, “The Cities” avoided a decrease for six straight sweeps and registered a combined +1.6 (3.9 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). The streak though was halted in July when it floundered by nine-tenths; 4.6 was its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2015 (3.9). While unchanged at #3, co-owned classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” falters for the third straight ratings period for a combined -1.2 (8.0 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 6.8, 6+). Off a cumulative nine-tenths in the last three sweeps (7.1 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” drops from fourth to fifth. Country has little September 2016 movement with iHeartMedia’s KEEY “K-102” flat at 5.5 (seventh to eighth, 6+) and CBS Radio‘s KMNB “BUZ’N @102.9” down two-tenths (4.3 – 4.1, flat at #13, 6+).

8) San Diego – Owing to a +.6 to 4.7, Entercom‘s KSON “New Country” has its finest 6+-showing since December (5.4) and ksonprogresses from seventh to fifth. Registering gains of one-half share each are iHeartMedia-owned KGB “San Diego’s Classic Rock” (3.3 – 3.8, #14 to #11, 6+) and co-owned KLSD “San Diego Sports Radio” (.4 – .9, #23, 6+). KGB is in 3.0 – 3.8 range (6+) for the ninth successivekgb time. Off the past three survey periods (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary-turned-hot AC KYXY picks up three-tenths to 4.0 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #10). Down or flat the past five sweeps (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – .9 – .8 -.7, 6+), UniRadio regional Mexican XHTY gains one-tenth to .8 (6+), yet slips from #24 to #25. Following six consecutive positive or steady trends producing a combined +1.7 (4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.6 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI dropped three-tenths in August and is off by one-half share in September. Nonetheless, “Star 94.1” is #1 for the fourth straight time. Prior to rising to the top spot in June, “Star” was last on top in July 2015. In addition to KMYI, classic hits-oldies XPRS-FM “Max 105.7 San Diego’s Greatest Hits” (2.7 – 2.2, #18 to #19, 6+) and alternative XTRA “91-X” (2.0, #19 to #20, 6+) are also down by one-half share. Although only a combined +.5 in that stretch, “91-X” had been up or flat the past five sweeps (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.5, 6+). Without an increase for the sixth consecutive time (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies XHRM “Magic 92.5 The Beat of San Diego” slides from fifth to sixth. For the 15th straight sweep, KOGO has a 6+-share between 3.1 – 3.8 (3.7 – 3.6, -.1, 6+); the iHeartMedia talker remains at #13.

9) Tampa – Bouncing back after not having an increase the past four sweeps (3.5 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned wdaeWDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” trots out a +.9 to 3.3 to inch up from #17 to #15. A combined -1.0 owing to three successive downward trends (5.7 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.7, 6+), Beasley Media Group‘s country WQYK answers with a +.7 to 5.4 (6+) to progress from eighth to fifth. The country format improves by another six-tenths as iHeartMedia’s WFUS trends 4.0 – 4.6 (#11 towqyk #8, 6+). Adding one-half share to the four-tenths it registered in August and two-tenths in July (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WRBQ “Q-105” inches up from fifth to fourth. Meanwhile, Cox Media Group‘s similarly programmed WXGL “Classic Hits 107-3 The Eagle” is up four-tenths to 6.0 and is #3 for the third straight sweep. Adult contemporary sibling WDUV is #1 for the 47th successive ratings period, however, “Lite Favorites” regresses by six-tenths (9.9 – 9.3, 6+). In addition to WDUV, University of South Florida-owned WUSF (5.1 – 4.5, fifth to ninth, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR WFLZ “93-3 The Hit Music Channel” (4.8 – 4.2, #7 to #11, 6+) are also down by six-tenths. The -.6 represents 50% of the lofty +1.2 (6+) WUSF scored in August. For the third straight sweep, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WBTP is in the runner-up slot and by posting a +.4 to 6.2 (6+), “The Beat” closes five consecutive down or flat trends (5.8 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). In four consecutive down or flat trends, hot AC sibling WMTX “Mix 100.7” (#12 to #14) is a combined -1.2 (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+).

10) Denver – Although unchanged at #18, with a +.1 to 2.4 (6+), Entravision regional Mexican KXPK applies the brakes to six kxpksuccessive down or flat trends that produced a -1.0 (3.3 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+). Public jazz outlet KUVO regains six-tenths of the seven-tenths it lost in August (1.3 – .6 – 1.2, 6+) to advance from #28 to #24. Down or flat the past four ratings periods for a combined -1.1 (2.5 – 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+), Max Broadcast Group rhythmic hot AC KJHM “Jammin’ 101.5” isktcl +.3 to 1.7 and continues at #21. After notching a one-share increase in August, iHeartMedia‘s KTCL “Modern Rock Channel 93-3” adds three-tenths and repeats at #1 (5.3 – 6.3 – 6.6, 6+). Prior to August, the last time “Channel 93-3” reached the six-share level (6+) was just over one year ago (6.0, 6+, August 2015). The station “Channel 93-3” replaced at #1 in August – Entercom-owned classic rock KQMT “The Mountain” – is down for the third straight sweep but actually climbs from third to second. Following three straight downward trends (6.3 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 4.9, 6+), “The Mountain” was +1.5 in February; +.5 March; -.2 April; +.3 in May; +.6 in June; -.7 in July; -.8 in August; and now -.1 in September (6.4 – 6.9 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 6.0, 6+). A -.8 (6.2 – 5.4, 6+) sends KSE Radio Ventures classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105” from second to fifth. Falling out of the top ten (#10 to #11), iHeartMedia triple A KBCO “World Class Rock” has its third straight decline (4.8 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.8, 6+) for a net loss of one full-share. The 6+ hot AC share in the “Mile High City” shrinks by three-tenths as KSE Radio Ventures’ KIMN “Mix 100.3” is 4.0 – 3.9 (-.1, #11 to #10, 6+) and Entercom’s KALC “Alice 105.9” is 3.5 – 3.3 (-.2, #12 to #15, 6+). Without an increase for the fifth consecutive sweep (3.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLDV “K-LOVE” remains at #17. Something noteworthy that hasn’t happened in August or September is a move of seven-tenths by Colorado Public Radio outlet KCFR, which has been +.7 in January; -.7 in February; +.7 in March; -.7 in April; -.1 in May; -.7 in June; and +.7 in July.

11) Baltimore – Over and above climbing from seventh to sixth, Hearst Television‘s WIYY “98 Rock” displays an impressive +.9 wiyyto 5.3 (6+), thus curtailing four straight decreases that accounted for a net loss of -1.1 (5.5 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+). Similarly, this time last month, WRBS-FM “95.1 Shine” picked up two-tenths to halt six successive downward trends (5.7 – 5.6 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+) which eroded roughly 50% of its 6+-share (andwrbs a combined -2.9). Now, the Peter & John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian outlet tacks on an additional six-tenths (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.6, 6+) and enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Unchanged at the top – in both AQH and ranker – are Radio One urban AC and urban contemporary cluster-mates WWIN “Magic 95.9” (8.5, 6+) and WERQ “92-Q” (8.4, 6+). Prior to August’s -.8, “92-Q” was up or flat the previous five times for a cumulative +2.3 (6.9 – 7.3 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 8.4 – 9.2, 6+), and it had been in first-place in April and May. The last time “92-Q” reached the nine-share level was June 2013 (9.0). A -1.2 in July caused “Magic 95.9” to segue from the top spot, and to take over the runner-up slot, vacated by “92-Q.” Prior to July’s -1.2, “Magic 95.9” put together four straight increases for a combined +3.7 (6.1 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 8.2 – 9.8, 6+). Other than Radio One’s WOLB at #23 (.3 – .2, -.1, 6+), the market’s four other talkers are lumped together and are a combined -1.8, with each down August 2016 – September 2016. Specifically, WCBM (3.8 – 3.2, -.6, 6+) is #12; Hearst Television’s WBAL (3.6 – 3.1, -.5, 6+) is #13; public WYPR (2.5 – 2.1, -.4, 6+) is #14; and American University‘s WAMU (1.6 – 1.3, -.3, 6+) is #15. Although steady at #3, CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” (7.8, -.4, 6+) has its string of successive increases – which netted a +1.1- end at three (7.1 – 7.4 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). This is the fourth straight monthly without an increase for iHeartMedia’s WPOC (7.7 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.8, 6+); “Baltimore’s #1 for New Country” remains at #4.

12) St. Louis – Boasting the largest (6+) August 2016 – September 2016 increase of any station in the 24 PPM-markets whose data whhlhas been released thus far this week, Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1” vaults all the way from #12 to #3 (4.9 – 6.5, +1.6, 6+). The last time “Hot” crossed the six-share threshold (6+) was December 2014 (6.4). While this constitutes the fifth consecutive ratings period that Hubbard Broadcasting‘s WIL-FM iswil-fm without a decrease (4.4 – 4.4 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+), the country outlet backslides from fifth to sixth. Down or flat for the third consecutive sweep (9.2 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 8.1, 6+), Emmis rocker KSHE is nonetheless #1 for the ninth straight time. When KSHE lost one-half share in May, it ended a streak of nine successive ratings periods in which it hadn’t had a decrease for a combined +2.4 (6.2 – 6.2 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.1 – 7.7 – 7.9 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.6, 6+). Within 5.0 – 5.9 range (6+) seven of the last eight ratings periods, CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK (#10 to #12) regresses by seven-tenths to 4.3, its lowest 6+-share since August 2015 (also 4.3). Following five consecutive gains for a net +1.1 (3.8 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KWMU (like KEZK) is off by seven-tenths (4.2, #12 to #13, 6+). Meanwhile, a loss of one-half share (to 4.8, #7 to #11, 6+) ends the streak of successive gains by Gateway Creative Broadcasting contemporary Christian KLJY at three (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.3, 6+). In August, “99.1 JOY-FM” – which was a combined +1.4 since May (6+) – reached the five-share level (6+) for the first time since last November’s 5.0.

Air Talent Changes at Cox Media Orlando.  Starting with Cox Media Group’s country WWKA, Orlandodiazobie “K92.3,” Obie Diaz joins Ashley Stegbauer as co-host of the morning drive program starting on djnailzOctober 10, bumping current morning personality AJ Maguire to the afternoon drive slot.  Diaz moves over from the “Obie & Lil Shawn” morning show on sister hip hop WPYO “Power 95.3.”  Filling his shoes on WPYO’s AM show is Marc “DJ Nailz” Dixon.  Operations manager Stevie DeMann states, “These moves are the direct result of a shared vision – a vision of growth and development of talent and evolution our brands.”

Salem’s Russ Whitnah to Retire.  At the Philadelphia station group, Salem Media Group’s market manager Russ Whitnah is retiring at the end of this year after 23 years leading the operations.  Salem acquired WFIL back in 1993 and turned it into a Christian teaching outlet.  Whitnah started as general manager the following year and shortly thereafter the company added what is now news/talk WNTP to its portfolio.  A memo to staff from Salem broadcast media president David Santrella notes that Whitnah began his radio career while in college at Oklahoma State University.  He’s worked in sales at KMOD and KTOK in Oklahoma City and has experience in the Colorado Springs, Harrisburg, and Quad Cities markets.  Whitnah comments, “I look forward to passing the baton to the next generation of leadership in Philadelphia.  Serving alongside my co-workers and our ministries for the past 23 years has been a tremendous joy and privilege.  Working for Salem Media Group has been the most rewarding work experience of my life.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The John Tesh-hosted “Intelligence For Your Life” show renews with Westwood One.  The program also features Connie Sellecca and Gib Gerard.  WW1 has syndicated the showladyla for the past 15 years…..Morning personality Lady La announces she’s leaving the radio business – and her gig at CBS RADIO’s CHR KALV, Phoenix “LIVE 101.5” – after this Friday’s program to pursue new career opportunities…..Portland, Oregon sales pro Mike Maloney is named director of sales for Entercom’s cluster in that market.  Maloney’s been with the company serving in Entercom’s Smart Reach Digital division.

londoncallingimageNew Installment of ‘London Calling with Graham Mack’ Posted to TalkersRadio.  A brand new installment of the international radio talk show “London Calling with Graham Mack” has been posted today (9/28) to TalkersRadio – the experimental radio platform provided by TALKERS magazine for producers of exciting new programming concepts.  This new episode emanating from Great Britain features the godfather of British blues, John Mayall.  There are also guest appearances by American radio legend Jonathon Brandmeier and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice). Topics covered include the Royal visit to Canada and the British version of “Dancing With The Stars.”  To listen to the program please click here.

powersradioSeattle Radio Personality Eric Powers Launches PowersRadio.com.  Branded “#1 for Power Hits and Throwbacks,” the new digital project from Seattle radio pro Eric Powers launches Friday (9/30).  Powers has worked in the Seattle market at such venerable signals as KUBE, KNDD and non-com KNHC.  He says this project is about music and local service.  “I’m excited to curate a music format that tons of listeners have asked for from Seattle to Tacoma.  This gives me the opportunity to connect the music, artists and listeners together.  We have developed a 90s meets 2000s rhythmic/hip hop/top 40 format with surprises.  I have LIVED this format for the past 25 years and have amazing untold stories – from 2Pac to Eminem – that I want to share.  It’s all about the MUSIC, Listeners and being LOCAL!”

bfoalouisiana16Broadcasters Foundation of America Donates $85,000 to Louisiana Flood Victims.  The recent floods that ravaged parts of Louisiana affected numerous broadcasters who work in the area.  The Broadcasters Foundation of America – a non-profit that works to provide assistance to broadcasters in need – donated checks for $1,000 to some 85 people whose lives were negatively impacted by the storm damage.  Pictured here are (from l-r) Emily Barratt of the BFoA, Louisiana Broadcasters Association CEO and president Polly Prince, and BFoA president Jim Thompson.  To find out more about the Broadcasters Foundation of America and to donate, click here.

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