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Thursday, July 10, 2014

| July 10, 2014

nielsen logoNo Reissue of PPM Data for Los Angeles.  A memo to client stations from Nielsen Audio states that after the completion of an impact analysis relative to the presence of a media-affiliated household in the Los Angeles PPM panel for the past year, it has concluded that a reissue of the ratings beyond what has already been done is unnecessary.  The memo states, in part, “After comparing the audience estimates without this home in the panel to those we originally published which included the household, we have decided not to reissue currency Los Angeles data for any prior report periods.  We have concluded that a reissue of prior currency data would be of limited commercial benefit to customers and would result in further disruption to the marketplace.”

ppmunitRound Two of June PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of June 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The survey period was May 22 through June 18.  You can find all the numbers from subscribing stations here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways.”

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  • Washington – This marks the sixth successive sweep that Hubbard all-news operation WTOP (8.1 – 8.2) leads the field (6+). There is minimal movement in the urban AC contest, as Howard University-owned WHUR is off wmzq logoby one-tenth (5.6 – 5.5, #4 to #5), while Radio One‘s WMMJ drops two-tenths (4.5 – 4.3, #6 to #7). It is, however, noteworthy that WHUR is down for the third consecutive time (6.0 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.5) for an accumulated -.5 and WMMJ declines for the fourth successive ratings period (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.3) for an accumulated -1.3. Clear Channel country WMZQ mirrors April – May’s +.5 with another half-share increase (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.1) and catapults from #13 in May to a three-way tie at #8.
  • Boston – The third straight increase for WZLX is a +.7 (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.8), enabling the CBS Radio classic rocker to jump from sixth to fourth (6+). Results for cluster-mate WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” though are hardly as wzlxfavorable: The Boston Bruins flagship suffers the steepest (6+) decline (5.1 – 2.9, -2.2) of any station in the 24 PPM markets released thus far. In addition to freefalling from #6 in May to #14, “The Sports Hub” has its lowest (6+) showing in three years (2.6 in July 2011). Although off one-tenth to 3.3, (sports) WEEI-FM nonetheless overtakes “The Sports Hub” as the Entercom-owned Boston Red Sox flagship remains steady at #12. Clear Channel CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” (7.6 – 7.9, +.3) occupies the top spot for the sixth straight monthly. After a March – April – May trend of a half-share gain/half-share loss (6.5 – 7.0 – 6.5), Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic” regresses by eight-tenths (6.5 – 5.7), sliding from third to fifth.
  • DetroitGreater Media-owned WCSX “Detroit’s Classic Rock” picked up one-half share (3.9 – 4.4) in May to advance from #12 to #8. Its May – June (6+) progression though is nearly twice as significant (+.9, 4.4 – 5.3) and it wcsx logoclimbs to sixth; 5.3 is the strongest (6+) number for “Detroit’s Classic Rock” since August 2011′s 5.4. CBS Radio‘s WYCD “Detroit’s Country” (#5 in May to #4) has its third straight gain (5.1 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 6.2). Several spoken-word outlets hit a bump in June. Cumulus Media talker WJR suffers an erosion of nine-tenths (5.2 – 4.3, 6+) and falls from sixth to tenth. For the fifth successive ratings reports, CBS Radio all-newser WWJ (#4 in May to #5) registers a negative trend, resulting in a cumulative -2.8 (8.4 – 7.9 – 7.2 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.6). After three successive significant up-trends (4.0 – 4.7 – 6.8 – 7.9), WWJ sports sibling WXYT-FM is off by six tenths to 7.3, although “The Ticket” repeats at #1 – three-tenths ahead of co-owned classic hits-oldies WOMC (6.7 – 7.0, +.3).
  • Seattle – A one-half share gain by adult contemporary KRWM “Warm” (5.8 – 6.3), coupled with a three-tenths drop by CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.2 – 5.9) results in the Hubbard cluster-mates swapping places at #1 and #2, krwm logorespectively. KQMV was in Seattle’s (6+) penthouse in March and May; “Warm” in April and now in June. Owing to a -1.1 (5.2 – 4.1), CBS Radio‘s KZOK falls from fourth to seventh; it is the classic rocker’s third consecutive downward trend (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.1). Dating back to the “Holiday” 2013 report, Entercom rocker KISW had put together a string of four straight up trends(4.4 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.6), but it is now down in back-to-back monthlies, this time by one full-share (5.5 – 4.5, #3 to #4).
  • Phoenix – This marks the eighth straight sweep in which a Clear Channel-owned property is found at the top of the (6+) leader board in the “Valley of the Sun.” Making this particular occasion momentous though is the fact it is knix logothe first-ever time for country KNIX (#4 in May), which posts a stunning +1.2 to 6.2. There is another first for “The Best New Country” – it had not previously crossed the six-share threshold (6+). Meanwhile, its cross-town CBS Radio format rival KMLE (3.9 – 4.1, +.2) improves from eighth to sixth. Hot AC has a somewhat similar dual-station success story, as Clear Channel’s KMXP “Mix” adds four-tenths to 5.8 (although it actually falls from second to third), while KMVA “Hot 103.9″ rebounds from a -.5 (April – May) with a +.6 to 4.0 (#13 to #7). “Mix” ends three straight (6+) downward trends (8.1 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.4), which produced a cumulative -2.7 in that stretch. Dislodged from #1 – after back-to-back stays there in April and May – is KNIX and “Mix” adult contemporary sibling KESZ (6.1 – 6.0, -.1), which dips to second. Several talkers decline in this sweep. They include public KJZZ by eight-tenths to 2.0 (#15 – #20); Bonneville‘s KTAR-FM by six-tenths to 3.2 (#9 to #12); and Clear Channel’s KFYI by three-tenths to 3.2 (#11 to a tie at #12 with KTAR-FM). After notching a gain of six-tenths (6+), rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power” drops one-half share to 3.0 (#11 to #14).
  • Minneapolis – Headlining several significant month-to-month shifts is the massive -1.9 by Clear Channel sports facility KFXN-FM (4.8 – 2.9), which drifts from #9 to #14. Ironically, it was this time last month when kqqlKFXN-FM boasted the largest (6+) month-to-month gain (+1.2) of any station in the 12 PPM markets released that particular day. Conversely, classic hits-oldies cluster-mate KQQL “Kool 108″ racks up a +1.3 to 7.3, progressing from #6 to #4. In six of the last seven survey periods, “Kool 108″ had been in the six-share range. With a six-tenths improvement (8.3 – 8.9), Clear Channel CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” takes over the #1 spot it held January through April. Also in that cluster – country KEEY “K-102″ has a nine-tenths spike (6.9 – 7.8) to zoom from #5 to #2. It is the best 6+-stat for “K-102″ since last September’s 8.0. CBS Radio talker WCCO relinquishes all of its April – May +.8 (and then some) with a -1.1 to 4.0 (#9 to #11). Owing to a hearty +.9 (7.5 – 8.4), Cumulus classic rocker KQRS vaulted from third in April to first in May; however, it declines by seven-tenths to 7.7 and slides to third.
  • San Diego – For the first time since “Holiday” 2011 – when it registered an 8.3 – CBS Radio adult contemporary KYXY (4.9 – 5.2, +.3) is the market’s (6+) pacesetter. Speaking of “Holiday” reports, 5.2 is the station’s finest 6+-kyxy logoshowing since “Holiday” 2012 (5.7). There isn’t much distance though between #1 KYXY and April and May’s leader – Clear Channel CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3″ (5.6 – 5.1, #2); Clear Channel hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1″ (5.0 – 5.1, #3 to #2); and Lincoln Financial Media adult contemporary KIFM (5.2 – 5.0, #2 to #4). This time last month, talkers KFMB-AM (2.4 – 2.9, #14) and KOGO (1.9 – 2.4, #20) each gained one-half share; however, KFMB-FM is down six-tenths to 2.3 (#20) and KOGO drops eight-tenths to 1.6 (#23).
  • Tampa – As Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV registers an impressive +1.2 to 10.6, its adult contemporary sibling WWRM “Magic 94.9″ (#5 in May) regresses by nine-tenths to 4.1, plummeting out of the top wduv logoten all the way to #15. In addition to being #1 for the 19th straight survey period, WDUV has its most potent 6+-number (10.6) since “Holiday” 2013 (14.1). For six successive monthlies – beginning last October – WDUV and “Magic” were the market’s #1 and #2 stations, respectively (6+). CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WRBQ-FM “Q-105″ (4.8 – 5.6, #5) narrows the gap on CMG rival WXGL “The Eagle” (6.6 – 6.8, #3) from 1.8 shares (6+) in May to 1.2.
  • Denver – Notching identical seven-tenths gains are Clear Channel classic rocker KRFX “The Fox” and Wilks kxklclassic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105.” Both stations advance 3.9 – 4.6 (#13 to #7). Six-tenths is unlucky for the market’s two hot ACs, as Entercom‘s KALC “Alice” falls from 5.3 – 4.7 (#3 to #6), while KXKL sibling KIMN “Mix” tumbles from 4.1 – 3.5 (#11 to #16). Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO-FM adds one-half share to 6.2 and repeats at #1, although Entercom adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” (5.3 – 5.9, +.6) is just three-tenths behind.
  • BaltimoreRadio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ maintains its winning ways. Up for the fifth wwinconsecutive time, “Magic” gains 2.5 shares in the process (5.6 – 6.3 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.9 – 8.1, 6+) and it repeats at #1. After back-to-back 5.2 showings in April and May (6+), CBS Radio hot AC WWMX “Baltimore’s Best Mix” busts out with a +.9 to 6.1 and remains at #4. By virtue of a stunning -1.6 (May – June), talker WCBM sees a more than 50% erosion of its 6+ share. Regressing for the third straight monthly (3.6 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 1.2), it falls from #13 in May to #17.

carriveaucaraCarriveau Replaces Monzures at Hubbard’s WILV, Chicago.  The adult contemporary station bidsmonzuresjane adieu to Jane Monzures in the afternoon drive slot at Hubbard’s Chicago AC outlet WILV after just six months.  She replaced Brian Middleton in January.  Program director Marty Bender moves evening personality Cara Carriveau up to the afternoon shift and will use fill-in hosts in the evening until a permanent replacement for Carriveau is found.  Prior to her gig at WILV, Monzures had worked alongside both morning host Pete McMurray and PM driver Zakk Tyler at crosstown classic rocker WLUP-FM.

wrqx logoAshley Nickels Moves to DC for Nights at WRQX.  Last week RadioInfo reported Ashley Nickels was leaving Entercom’s CHR KDND, Sacramento “107.9 The End” and nownickelsashley we know that she’s been named the new evening personality at Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC CHR WRQX.  The station says that it “brings an emerging young and buzz-worthy talent to D.C. nights and sets the stage for a lively nighttime show.”  Program director Gillette says, “Ashley is the archetypal ‘night jock’ for the Millennial generation.  She doesn’t just live, eat and drink the lifestyle, she is the lifestyle.  Ashley is the enigmatic embodiment of what the audience craves today: a dynamic entertainer wrapped in a self-effacing BFF that will do shots with you till closing and then help you Uber home.”

douglasmistiMisti Douglas Joins Westwood One to Manage Country Syndication.  Leaving the radio trades business where she was assistant country editor at All Access, Misti Douglas joins Westwood One as manager, country syndication affiliate sales.  In this position, Douglas will develop and manage Westwood One country radio syndication partnerships for “NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr,” “Kickin’ It with Kix Brooks Overnights,” the newly announced “NASH Icons,” “American Country Countdown,” Lia, “Big Time with Whitney Allen,” “America’s Opry Weekend,” “Country Gold with Randy Owen” and “Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton.”  Westwood One SVP/affiliate sales Dennis Green states, “It’s a pleasure to have Misti join our growing affiliate sales team for country programming.  Misti’s knowledge of the industry and the country space will be a major boost as we bring NASH and all of our country products to the marketplace from coast to coast.”

zandermarkZander Exits Next Media’s Chicago Market Rockers.  After a four-year stint with Next Media, programmer and air talent Mark Zander exits the company’s rock WRXQ “QRock 100.7” and classic rocker WERV “95.9 The River” where he was program director and PM drive host at WERV.  This comes just days after Zander and Envision Networks announced the Zander-produced-and-hosted syndicated programs “The Rockin’ 70s” and “The Rockin’ 80s” were being dropped from Envision’s weekend syndication offerings.

scottmikeCC Appoints Mike Scott to Regional Post.  Moving up from his director of sales post at Clear Channel’s West Palm Beach operations is Mike Scott who is now regional market manager for the Mobile-Pensacola, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi and Laurel/Hattiesburg markets.  Scott says, “I am thrilled to become a part of these five amazing markets — they are filled with great people and fantastic stations.  I also owe a big thank you to the incredible West Palm Beach team.”

steeleebonyEbony Steele Leaves Rickey Smiley Show; Teases New Reach Media/Radio One Project.  Cast member Ebony Steele announces she’s done her last show with Rickey Smiley’s Reach Media-syndicated morning drive show.  The seven-year show personality teases that she has a new project coming from the Reach Media/Radio One organization.  She comments, “I am going to do something that I have always wanted to do and it involves expanding my entrepreneurial interests.  I’ve always taught females that at some point in their lives they have to spread their wings, take a risk on faith and grow, no matter what!  Now it is my turn to lead by example. It is equally exciting that I am likely going to be able to pursue my dreams right within the same radio family.”  Rickey Smiley says of Steele’s exit, “We’ll miss her wit, charm and funny personality, and we thank her so much for everything she brought to the show.  She will always be part of my radio family.”

trunkeddiePodcastOne Debuts Eddie Trunk Podcast.  Rock and heavy metal radio and TV personality Eddie Trunk begins a relationship with Norm Pattiz-founded PodcastOne producing the Eddie Trunk Podcast with premiere guest Judas Priest.  The new, weekly podcast will focus on Trunk’s expertise and connections in the world of heavy metal music and will “bring his insight, commentary, reviews and in-depth, unfiltered interviews to the podcast world in a way like never before!”  Trunk comments, “I’ve been asked for many years by fans about adding a podcast to my platforms.  Really excited to finally launch one with PodcastOne and see where this new adventure takes me.  Look forward to connecting with everyone on this exciting new outlet.”

rutkowskimichelleMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  A move that is sure to surprise urban AC listeners in Chicago happens as Ramonski Luv is let go from the evening “The Real Show” program on Clear Channel’s WVAZ.  Luv co-hosted the show with Joe Soto, who remains with the station hosting the show solo.  As Chicago media writer Robert Feder points out, the recently released June PPM ratings show the program had landed in the #1 position with a 5.9 share (6+).  Read Feder’s story here…..Moving up from music director at Milwaukee Radio Alliance-operated alternative WLUM is Michelle Rutkowski, who takes on the program director duties, effective immediately.  An eight-year station vet, Rutkowski also hosts the midday show…..Eileen Collier exits the program director position at Clear Channel Memphis’ urban AC KJMS and sister gospel station WHAL.

kbob-fm logoKBOB, Quad Cities Flips to Country.  The now-former rocker KBOB-FM, Quad Cities is officially country outlet “104.9 The Hawk” as Townsquare Media makes the change after a brief stunt playing all-Christmas music.  As reported in the Quad City Times, Townsquare Media did market research to see what formats might be better than the underperforming rock station and general manager Bruce Law says that led them to the new format.  “’The Hawk’ will be a young-focused, new music, new country station targeted at a young female.”  Out with the change are KBOB morning personalities Dave Levora and Darren Pitra.  Both knew the change was coming and both sides commended each other on accepting and making the change in a business-like manner.   Law tells the paper, “I can tell you both were treated very nicely, very fairly, and they both reciprocated.  They have been gentlemen through this whole thing and they were extremely professional through the whole process.  I really appreciate them stepping up like that.  It doesn’t always happen that way.”  The new station will have live and local talent to be named in the near future.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

| July 1, 2014

nielsen logoNielsen ‘Audio Demand Landscape’ Study Puts Listeners into Six Categories.  The Audio Demand Landscape study was unveiled at Nielsen’s Consumer 360 Conference on June 24.  Nielsen concludes from the online survey of a panel of 4,950 Americans between the ages of 18-74 (conducted in English in March) during March 2014 about their audio listening attitudes, motivations, behaviors, habits and preferences, that there are basically six types of audio consumers.  (Note that in parentheses is what Nielsen deems each group to be as a percentage of the U.S. population.)  They are: “Music Loving Personalizers” (23%) who are passionate music listeners mainly seeking an emotional benefit by listening.  They prefer free services and often play music in the background; “Discriminating Audiophiles” (18%) are highly engaged consumers who listen to and prefer a wide variety of audio, and are willing to pay for specific content; “Convenience Seeking Traditionalists” (17%) prefer broadcast radio, listening to their favorite stations and hosts, and they routinely listen in the car; “Information Seeking Loyalists” (15%) are heavy broadcast listeners who usually listen to their favorite talk programs for news, education and to stay informed of current events; “Background Driving Defaulters” (14%) are less engaged and typically have the radio on in the car for background entertainment or occasionally news and information; and “Techie Audio Enthusiasts” (13%) are avid consumers of many types of audio.  These listeners are early adopters of new platforms to satisfy their audio needs.  Nielsen says that when considering these groups based on the percent of all audio hours of listening they represent, the “Information Seeking Loyalists” and the “Music Loving Personalizers” account for nearly half (47%) of all audio consumption.  See more here.

robarniedawnRob, Arnie & Dawn Will Stay with Entercom.  Yesterday, Entercom filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal with the United States District Court Eastern District of California to drop its suit against Williams Broadcasting (the Rob Williams-run company that owns the Rob, Arnie & Dawn show).  This comes after the two sides sat down and agreed to terms on a new five-year deal that will keep the morning show with Entercom’s rock KRXQ, Sacramento “Rock 98.”  Clear Channel had been wooing the trio and a legal skirmish over whether Williams Broadcasting and Entercom had followed proper contractual procedure regarding the right to match competing offers issue as well as the legal status of the contract between the two.

jacksontyreneTyrene ‘TJ’ Jackson Takes Brand Manager Role at ‘Jammin’ 98.3’ in Milwaukee.  Taking over the programmer role at Saga Communications-owned urban contemporary WJMR, Milwaukee “Jammin’ 98.3” is Tyrene “TJ” Jackson.  She replaces Lauri Jones and begins her new gig on July 7.  Milwaukee Radio Group GM Annmarie Topel says, “We had a lot of interest in this position, including some big names in urban radio.  Tyrene stood out for many reasons.  With roots in Milwaukee, a clear respect from the community, and the kind of work ethic and values that we look for, she was the obvious and best choice.”  Jackson comments, “I am excited to be a part of the ‘Jammin’ 98.3’ family and dedicated to enhancing an already great radio station.  I look forward to bringing my community experience and knowledge of the format to Jammin’ to produce the best product on air, on line and in the community.”  Jackson worked across town at urban talk/music hybrid WMCS for 18 years before exiting when the station flipped formats.

riveraedSBG Names Rivera-Searles SVP Digital Initiatives; Teases ‘Brand New Day for Radio.’  With the announcement that Edwin Rivera-Searles is named the company’s new SVP of digital initiatives, Sun Broadcast Group, Inc. also promises news later this summer that CEO Jason Bailey is “the first stage in what will be a brand new day for radio.  It was crucial that we brought in the very best to help implement this amazing plan and Ed Rivera is exactly that.  He truly ‘gets it’.  You won’t find a more well-respected, passionate person in this business and I couldn’t be more excited to finally welcome him to our family!”  Rivera comes to SBG from his most recent post as SVP of ad sales for Westwood One.  Rivera comments, “Joining the executive team of Sun Broadcast Group is a tremendous opportunity and I’m thrilled to be part of this new phase of growth and development for the company.  I’m impressed by what Jason and his team have accomplished in their short history in the network radio space.  I look forward to introducing our customized digital solutions to our agency and client partners later this summer.”

lopezjorgeJorge Lopez Named Evening Host at CBS RADIO’s KMVK, Dallas.  The Regional Mexican outlet KMVK, Dallas “La GRANDE 107.5 FM” announces Jorge ‘El Bolillo’ López is the new host of the 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm show.  López comes to KMVK from his most recent gig at Univision’s KLQB, Austin where he hosted afternoon drive.  KMVK program director Jimmy Gonzalez comments, “Jorge has a great track record of influence in each of the markets he has worked in across Texas.  It will be great to work with him again here in Dallas at ‘La GRANDE.’”

kitchinkraigBruce DuMont Steps Aside; Kraig Kitchin Named Chairman of National Radio Hall of Fame.  Following through on plans he announced last fall to ease back from some of his responsibilities to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 70-year-old Bruce DuMont announces he’s resigned from the chairman position of the National Radio Hall of Fame and named new board of directors member KraigRHoF logo Kitchin to the chairman position.  Kitchin, who served as president of Premiere Networks for years, operates his own consulting firm Sound Mind LLC.  In his letter to the NRHOF committee, DuMont writes: “I appointed new MBC Board member Kraig T. Kitchin to replace me as Chairman — naming MBC Board members Dennis Green and Karole White as vice chairs of the committee.  As you know Kraig, Dennis and Karole have all been longtime members of the NRHOFSC.  This important move comes in the wake of our recent announcement concerning the November 9th NRHOF induction ceremony taking place in Los Angeles.  It underscores the truly national scope of the NRHOF and will extend our reputation more broadly and hopefully our base of support as well.”

cantorechrisMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Compass Broadcasting-owned triple A KPRI, San Diego, Chris Cantore is the new morning drive personality.  This marks his return to the station he left two years ago to become director/lifestyle and entertainment at the San Diego Union Tribune.  Previously he was music director and afternoon host…..Nine-year SiriusXM programmer Tim Sabean exits the satcaster where he was most recently SVP of entertainment and comedy.  Sabean programmed former CBS RADIO rock WYSP, Philadelphia before joining Sirius as SVP of the Howard Stern channels…..Programmer Matt Walker jumps from his PD role at Clear Channel’s classic rock WBFX, Grand Rapids “101.3 The Brew” to the company’s sister country WBCT “B93” to co-host the morning drive show with Neal Dionne.  His previous country experience includes midday personality at WKKT, Charlotte “96.9 The Kat” and morning host at WKIS, Miami “Kiss Country.”  As a result of the move, WBCT PD Dave Taft adds WBFX programming responsibilities…..At the Adams Radio Group Fort Wayne cluster, Hannah Rupert is named marketing and promotions director.  She had been marketing consultant for the operations recently acquired by ARG.

callahanthomSCBA’s Thom Callahan Addresses Digital ‘Fraud’ in Column.  The mandate from marketing departments and ad buyers that more and more money be spent on “digital” platforms is a serious problem for traditional media ad sellers.  Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan addresses the issue in a blog post titled, “A Responsibility to the Truth.”  In the post, Callahan cites a report by web security firm Incapsula that states in its latest annual reports on web traffic that: 1) 61.5% of all web traffic is NON-HUMAN or Bot traffic as it’s called; 2) 38.5% of all web traffic is Human; and 3) 48.1% of all video ads are not heard or seen by humans.  Callahan goes on to say that the big problem is there is no transparency in digital advertising.  “The sheer size and scope of this fraudulent behavior is costing advertisers over $6 billion a year in wasted advertising to these non-human sites, according to the ad fraud detection firm, White Ops.”  Read more of Callahan’s blog post here.

seacrestryanForbes Releases 2014 Celebrity 100 List; Ryan Seacrest Ranks.  The highest ranking radio personality on this year’s Forbes 2014 Celebrity 100 list – based on fortune and fame – is Premiere Networks-syndicated star Ryan Seacrest (estimated income $65 million), who tied with Sean “Diddy” Combs at #31.  Premiere Networks host and TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck comes in close behind at #39 with an estimated income of $90 million.  Premiere Networks superstar Rush Limbaugh lands at #59 this year with estimated income of $66 million and SiriusXM icon Howard Stern follows at #62 with $95 million in estimated income.  Premiere Networks and Fox News Channel star Sean Hannity rounds out the radio people this year at #86 with $30 million in estimated income.

Monday, June 30, 2014

| June 30, 2014

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martinmichaelMichael Martin Named SVP, Programming and Music Initiatives for CBS RADIO.  San Francisco-based programmer Michael Martin is being promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president, programming and music initiatives for CBS RADIO.  While taking on these new duties, Martin will continue to serve as program director for hot AC KLLC “Alice@97.3” and CHR KMVQ “99.7 NOW.”  The company says that in this role, Martin will be CBS RADIO’s lead executive liaison with the music industry, labels, managers and artists across all formats, working hand-in-hand with the division’s format vicecbsradio logo presidents and program directors.  He’ll also be responsible for the development and integration of music content across CBS RADIO’s live events and the Radio.com digital platform.  Chad Fitzsimmons, director, music initiatives will report to Martin.  CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero states, “Michael has a deep understanding of radio and its audience, coupled with solid relationships in the business, and an unmatched enthusiasm for all things music.  As we continue to evolve our long-standing and mutually beneficial partnership with the music industry, having Michael as our driving force and ambassador will produce immediate results for everyone involved.  Plus he also likes to stay out late so this makes him even more qualified for the position.”

clarkleonClark Takes Helm of Journal’s Tucson Radio Stations.  Assuming the VP/GM position at Journal Broadcast Group’s Tucson operations is Leon Clark, who comes to the company from his most recent post as sales manager for the digital audio aggregator TuneIn.  Journal operates four stations in the market: adult contemporary KMXZ “94.9 Mix FM,” news/ talk KQTH-FM, rhythmic oldies KTGV “106.3 The Groove,” and sports talk KFFN “ESPN Tucson.”  Journal EVP – Radio Steve Wexler comments, “Leon’s broadcast and digital experience, as well as his strong leadership track record, makes him a great fit with Journal and our Tucson team.  He embodies our core values of integrity, excellence, determination and innovation and I’m thrilled to welcome him to our company.”  Clark comments, “I am honored to lead the Tucson team forward and to become part of a broadcast group that shares the same core values that I do.  We have some incredible opportunities ahead of us and I look forward to much success for our Tucson team.”

eddieandjoboClassic Hits WLS-FM, Chicago Will Not Be Home to Eddie & Jobo.  As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, the team of Ed Volkman and Joe Colborn will not be taking over the morning drive slot at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WLS-FM, Chicago – in fact, the team will likely not work together again as Volkman wanted take the two-and-a-half-year offer but Colborn did not.  The story indicated the deal offered by Cumulus was for $200,000 each through January and half a million each for the next two years, but Colborn’s heart wasn’t in returning to morning radio and the company wanted the pair – not just Volkman.  In this radio climate it’s hard to imagine anyone turning down that kind of money but Eddie & Jobo’s loss could be someone else’s gain.  Read Feder’s column here.

smithfrazerFrazer Smith Returns to KLOS – Renowned “Too Hip” Phrase is Back!  One of the most recognizable names in LA rock radio during the golden era – Frazer Smith – has returned to one of his original homes, KLOS, where he is now heard on the Cumulus rocker Sunday early-evenings 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Smith, a multi-media comedic performer and veteran of KLOS, KMET and KROQ during some of their most colorful years, has not been on Southern California radio for approximately a decade, but RadioInfo correspondents on the ground in LA report after only six weekends back in action, “The Fraze” is better than ever and still commands a following of loyal listeners with the potential to gather a new generation of radio fans.  In the words of RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison (who hired Smith while PD at KMET), “When KLOS let Fraze go in 1984, I grabbed him and never had a reason to regret that decision for one second.  This extremely talented guy was one of the hardest-working and most-prepared air personalities I ever worked with and stands out as a great example of DJ-as-entertainer.”  To read RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian’s profile on Frazer Smith, please click here.

entercomGeary Exiting Entercom Communications Post.  Citing his desire to return to the political communications end of the business, Entercom director of strategic communications Kevin Geary announces he’s leaving his position with the company to focus full time on his political communications firm, Independence Strategy.  Geary’s been with Entercom for the past three years and, during that time, he’s kept his own company in business.  But he says he misses the political communications biz and wants to return.  “The closer we got to the 2014 elections it was clear just how much I missed it.  With 3 ½ years in corporate and media communications, I know I can offer clients a unique combination of political, business perspectives.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  More apparent budget-related cuts at Clear Channel as program director Joe Bonadonna leaves the Miami station group where he programmed classic rock WBGG “Big 105.9.”  He’d been in the post for the past four years.  At Clear Channel he was also a classic rock brand coordinator…..Mike Klein exits the PD position at Entercom’s CHR WNVZ, Norfolk, “Z104.”  Klein had worked at the station for seven years prior to rejoining it in February of 2012.  He also served as afternoon personality.

robarniedawnEntercom Sues to Keep Rob, Arnie & Dawn from Jumping to CC; Court Dismisses Suit and TRO.  This is not the end of the matter, though.  The suit and temporary restraining order to prevent the Rob Williams-owned Rob, Arnie & Dawn Show, until recently heard on classic rock KRXQ, Sacramento “98 Rock,” from jumping to competitor Clear Channel has been dismissed without prejudice and the TRO denied, but on jurisdictional grounds and Entercom is being given 10 days to amend its complaint.  So, expect that to happen quickly.  At issue is whether or not Entercom and Williams both followed the letter of their contract with regard to the latter’s presenting Clear Channel’s offer to Entercom as required and whether the former adequately matched the offer made by Clear Channel.  In its complaint, Entercom alleges Williams is in breach of the contract by rejecting the company’s right to match CC’s offer and by wrongly declaring the contract expired.

borrell logoBorrell Associates Releases Political Advertising Outlook; Radio’s Share to Shrink.  But that’s not entirely unexpected by those who’ve been involved in political ad buys over the past few years.  Even though Borrell estimates the total ad spend this year alone to be $8.3 billion, the media that will see an increase are cable and online.  TV will lose market share at the expense of cable – due, Borrell concludes, to the more highly targetable nature of cable’s niche programming.  While online is expected to see a big increase, it’s still a small part (3.3%) of the total political ad spend for 2014.  Radio’s share is shrinking – from 6.5% of the total ad spend in 2010 to an estimated 5.8% this year.  But that money — $485 million – is money the industry is banking on.  Another item of note from Borrell is that 54% of the total ad spend comes in September and October.  The ability to narrowly define a medium’s audience helps a political ad buy and if radio executives can show campaigns that they have a desired audience, the likelihood of getting the buy increases.  For more information, see the Borrell Associates site here.

freebeerhotwingsabramsonCompass Media’s Nancy Abramson Enjoys Free Beer & Hot Wings.  When Compass Media Networks-syndicated morning show “Free Beer & Hot Wings” visited WCHR, Manahawkin, New Jersey “105.7 The Hawk” for a remote broadcast last week, Compass VP of affiliate sales and strategic partnerships Nancy Abramson came down from her New York base for the show.  Pictured here at the Townsquare Media-owned classic rocker’s remote are (from left to right): Producer Joe, co-host Eric Zane, Abramson, Chris “Hot Wings” Michels, Gregg “Free Beer” Daniels, and Producer Steve.

elvisradio logoBill Rock Celebrates 10th Anniversary of SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio.  It’s been 10 years since Elvis Radio debuted on SiriusXM and radio personality and show producer Bill Rock is preparing to celebrate the occasion with a special show that looks back at that first broadcast and reviews 10 years of the channel’s Saturday night show, dubbed “A Decade of Great Rockin’ Saturday Nights – Elvis Radio’s 10th Anniversary.”  Rock says guests will include TCB band guitarist James Burton, Red West – an actor and childhood friend of Elvis, Rob Lyons – who plays Carl Perkins in the jukebox review “Million Dollar Quartet,” Jack Soden – CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, and Elvis Presley’s close friend Jerry Shilling.  The special show airs on July 5 and 7:00 pm ET.

wras imageGeorgia State University Seeks Translator for ‘Album 88.’  A new partnership between Georgia State University-owned WRAS, Atlanta “Album 88 Georgia State” and Georgia Public Broadcasting begins today that will have public radio news/talk programming from NPR and PRI air on the station during the daytime hours where music has been heard for so many years.  Students and fans of the college radio station had vowed to stop the change, but to no avail. As a result, the college is promising to search for options that will allow the music programming to air on a local FM translator during the day.  As it stands now, the music programming will be heard on WRAS from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am but music fans will have to hear the shows via the internet.  It’s interesting to note that in an era when young people are thought by so many to care so little about over-the-air radio that the reaction to the programming changes was so strong and that the school is willing to pursue an FM signal for the daytime music programming.

neontreespoolpartyiHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party Rocks the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.  The third annual iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party presented by VISIT FLORIDA – the two-day musical weekend – was held in Miami Beach on Friday and Saturday (6/27-28).  More than 150 iHeartRadio contest winners joined the rest of the crown for the festival hosted by Nick Cannon.  Pictured here are the Neon Trees performing.  In addition to iHeartRadio’s house DJs, major acts playing over the weekend included: Tiësto, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, Jennifer Lopez, and Magic! Photo: Larry Marano/Getty Images for Clear Channel.

hudsonBETBackstage at the BET Awards Radio Broadcast.  The BET Awards Show took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles last night and over the weekend, Westwood One produced the BET Awards Show radio broadcast.  Stars such as Jennifer Hudson (pictured here) was among the performers to speak to radio listeners across the country via the WW1 programming.  Also taking part were such artists as B.O.B., Liv Warfield, Ne-Yo, TI, T Pain, and Trey Songz.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

| June 26, 2014

house of reps sealRadio Takes a Beating, But Potential Legislation Is a Long Way Off.  After the June 10 hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, numerous radio and music industry observers said it’s not a matter of if radio loses its exemption from paying royalties to performance copyright holders, but when.  After yesterday’s second hearing before the same subcommittee, those same observers may agree with the statement that “when” could be a long time from now.  It would be surprising if Congress moved quickly on any aspect of the multitude of intellectual property rights and licensing issues that surround the radio and music industries.  But since the numerous parties with a stake in the business – AM/FM radio, satellite radio, digital pure-plays, musicians and composers, record labels, performance rights organizations and others – are very unlikely to come up with a solution they can mutually agree upon, Congress will probably ultimately craft legislation that all the parties will dislike.  When that might happen is anyone’s guess.

warfieldcharlesCharles Warfield and Ed Christian Not Surprised by Reception at Hearing.  Yesterday, RadioInfo published portions of the testimony NAB’s Charles Warfield and Radio Music Licensing Committee chairman Ed Christian presented at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet hearing.  Both went into the day fully aware that the brief time they would be allotted to make their cases – both that radio provides enormous PR for record sales and that there’s much more wrong with the system for compensating artists and copyright holders that needs to be addressed – would change fewchristianed minds, but testify they did and they received the expected flak about the royalty exemption that is considered by critics to be antiquated in the digital era of soft record sales.  The reality is probably that neither the radio nor the record industries really want legislators to dig too deep into their practices for fear they might discover just how closely the two sides work together to get music on the radio to build sales.  The record industry’s history of writing contracts that benefit the labels far more than the artists is fairly well known (consolidation in that industry has not helped the artists, either).  Deals for digital plays are notoriously complex, as are the accounting practices that purport to pay the artists and copyright holders.  For now, though, there doesn’t appear to be a move afoot in Washington to fully examine the radio, internet and recording industries and bring the parties together for meaningful resolution.

wfas-fm new logoCumulus Celebrates WFAS-FM Move to Urban Format in NYC Market.  As RadioInfo reported recently, Cumulus Media is flipping Westchester County hot AC WFAS-FM to an urban contemporary format and will target the New York City market.  The station celebrated the coming change with a party at Sylvia’s restaurant in Harlem onhughleyjoyner Wednesday evening (6/25) that featured new station personalities Tom Joyner (right) and D.L. Hughley (left).  Cumulus says the new “Radio 103.9” will feature “New York’s best mix of R&B with an urban adult format that extends the station’s signal to reach listeners across the New York metropolitan area, including 80% of the region’s African American population.”  The official launch of the station will be July 7. Cumulus New York VP/market manager Kim Bryant states, “Women ages 35-44 who enjoy urban format music and stars from the last few decades through today are underserved in the Big Apple and we’re changing that now with an urban radio renaissance.”  Bryant told Crain’s Business New York the loss of urban WRKS “Kiss FM” (which became sports talk WEPN-FM) created an opening, “That audience scattered.  We believe a void is out there in the market, and that is the void we would like to fill.”   WFAS-FM program director Ken Johnson comments, “New York is the greatest city in the world and the radio programmers and personalities that came before me are a part my philosophy on radio today.  The only thing greater than my love for New York radio is my respect for its listeners.”  Reach Media syndicated Joyner will be heard in mornings oshaughnessywilliamand Hughley in afternoons.  The station’s local shows include “LaLoca” with host Sharon “La Loca” Montero, who joins “Radio 103.9” from “Power 95.3” in Orlando, and “Hanging Downtown” with Marc Clarke, a host widely known for his three years hosting the popular “Hang Suite” on WHUR, Washington, DC.  Meanwhile, First Amendment rights advocate and community-minded operator William O’Shaughnessy writes a piece this morning that crystallizes the philosophy of serving the local community which he says his stations – WVIP-FM and WVOX-AM in New Rochelle – do so well.  O’Shaughnessy uses the occasion of saying goodbye to WFAS-FM as it concentrates on the New York City market to reach out to advertisers and the listening community.  Read it here.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Buffalo adult contemporary WJYE “JoyFM,” Townsquare Media names Dave Universal program director.  Universal programmed Entercom’s CHR WKSE, Niagara Falls “Kiss 98.5” before jumping across the border to program the former CKEY, Toronto…..Clear Channel promotes Reid Spivey and moves WHQC, Charlotte “Channel 96.1” APD and air talent to its Savannah station group where Spivey will serve as program director and evening personality at WAEV “97.3 Kiss FM.”…..Operations manager Greg Tillotson takes over the programming duties at Mapleton Communications’ country KDRK, Spokane as Sharon Bonds gives up her PD role to become director of promotions for the company’s seven-station cluster there.

siriusxmSiriusXM Teams with YouTube for New Music Show.  Taking advantage of the relationship between young discoverers of new music and the place young people are finding new music – YouTube – satellite broadcaster SiriusXM announces the creation of a new show titled, “The YouTube 15,”starring Jenna Marbles.  SiriusXM says the “new weekly show featuring the top emerging and breakout songs is based onmarblesjenna YouTube data of the previous week and selected by SiriusXM for the Hits 1 audience.  The YouTube 15 represents SiriusXM and YouTube’s shared goal of supporting great new music from today’s biggest names and emerging stars.”  “The YouTube 15” will air each week starting July 11 on Fridays at 6:00 pm on SiriusXM Hits 1 and replay throughout the weekend.  Marbles was chosen to host the show because of her success on the YouTube platform where she has more than 13 million subscribers.  SiriusXM notes that her YouTube channel and her videos have been viewed more than 1.5 billion times.  Marbles comments, “I’m incredibly excited to be working in a new medium with SiriusXM.  I think we are going to make a really cool show, and I’m honored that they picked me to do it.”

drewpaulVeteran Programmer Takes Issue with Doobie on Recollection of Historic Details.  Longtime pop music radio programmer Paul Ciliano — who has programmed stations in Los Angeles, Tampa and Honolulu — takes issue with some of the historic details presented in the current RadioInfo column by Duane Doobie (“The Optimal Length of Songs”) posted yesterday (6/25) in which the Doob references a move by a major top 40 PD (saying it might have been Rick Sklar, Bill Drake or Paul Drew) in the golden era (60s/70s) to limit the length of 45 rpm records acceptable for airplay to under three minutes.  Doobie used it to illustrate a point within the context ofduanedoobie graphic programmers’ concern for listener attention span down through the decades.  Ciliano says otherwise.  He states, “My recollection of the short song mandate was that it was RKO so that would mean Drew.  It was three minutes, not two and change and I believe it could be violated for the right reasons.  And it had nothing to do with attention spans.  It was about fitting in more songs.”  Doobie’s response, “Paul might be right – but ultimately squeezing in more records per hour and concern for attention span eventually come under the umbrella of ‘let’s keep it moving or people will tune out’ so it doesn’t interfere with the greater point of the column.”  To read Duane Doobie’s provocative but possibly flawed piece, please click here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian continues his three-part analysis of the PPM market performances of urban-formatted stations with today’s look at the urban contemporary format.  (Yesterday, we published his urban AC analysis and the final report for urban-rhythmic oldies will be the third installment.)  Among the data Kinosian presents are charts detailing performance over the last five PPM surveys, ratings fluctuation from the month prior and from one year ago, how the stations ranked in their markets and performance comparison alongside urban AC stations.  Check out Mike Kinosian’s full analysis here.

bfoa logoFour Named to Broadcasters Foundation of America Board of Directors.  Four distinguished broadcast industry leaders are named to the Broadcasters Foundation of America board of directors.  They are: Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations; David T. Lougee, president, Gannett Broadcasting; Elizabeth (Beth) Neuhoff, president & chief executive officer, Neuhoff Communications; Michael (Mike) O’Neill, president & chief executive officer, BMI.  BFoA chairman Phil Lombardo says, “The addition of these four prominent broadcasters to our board will further enhance awareness of the work that we do and increase our ability to help more broadcasters in need.  Their dedication to helping those in our industry who need it most is an inspiration that I hope will motivate everyone in our profession to make a donation and become involved with our cause.”

tangeralexMarlin Broadcasting Chairman Alex Tanger Dies at 94.  The broadcasting career of Alexander Tanger started after his return from World War II service when he became vice president of WHDH-TV and WHDH-AM in Boston.  He bought WLKW, Providence and operated it for many years.  Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he convinced General Cinema Corporation to buy FM radio stations – among them WIFI-FM, Philadelphia; KRBE-FM, Houston; WGZC-FM, Atlanta; WHUE-FM Boston; WGCI-FM, Cleveland; and WEFM-FM, Chicago, where he won a landmark case in the U.S. Court of Appeals that freed broadcasters from government oversight of programming.  In the 1980s and 1990s, Tanger built the WBACH Classical Music network of FM stations in Maine and served as the chairman of the board of Marlin Broadcasting, Inc. and Marlin Broadcasting, LLC from 1979 until his passing.

Monday, June 23, 2014

| June 23, 2014

kknd logoAlternative ‘107.7 The End’ in Seattle Makes the ‘2-Minute Promise.’  Vowing it is “re-imagining the radio experience entirely,” Entercom’s KNDD, Seattle, “107.7 The End,” is announcing what it calls “an unconventional move to redefine how it presents radio to its listeners” and is unveiling the “2 Minute Promise,” never playing more than two minutes of commercials at a time.  It goes on to say, “‘The End’ will not only play half the commercials compared to other radio stations in Seattle, but will also play the most music of any station in the market.”  Program director Garett Michaels adds, “Since its inception, ‘The End’ has been a leader in new music discovery and a radio innovator.  The time has come for a radio station to make a stand for our listeners and our advertisers.”  Station VP/GM Jack Hutchinson comments, “We are proud to be the first station in the United States to offer this bold, innovative approach to radio.  We know our listeners will be more than excited about this change and we are just as excited we can provide our clients an incredibly unique platform to showcase their message to our End listeners.”

wtsh alt 1071 logoAlternative Rocker ‘X107.1’ Debuts in Altanta.  Taking over on the 107.1 frequency previously occupied by country WTSH, Rome, Georgia “South 107,” is alternative rock “X107.1” from Cox Media Group.  The new format comes after Cox enters into an LMA with Woman’s World Broadcasting to operate the country outlet which it moved to the 93.5 frequency serving the Rome, Georgia market as “South 93.5”  The alternative format will be heard on 107.1 in the Rome market and on translator W296BB, Jonesboro at 107.1 just southeast of downtown Atlanta.  CMG says “X107.1, an ‘Alt40’ format, is the city’s new alternative station featuring popular artists dominating today’s airwaves including Lorde, Fitz and The Tantrums, Imagine Dragons, Passion Pit, Avicii, The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend and many more.”  Cox VP of programming Steve Smith adds, “The 18-34 year old audience is an extremely appealing demographic to advertisers and that audience has a strong attraction to alternative music today.  Our research tells us that Atlanta is ripe for an Alt40 radio station like X107.1.”  The station is playing 10,000 commercial-free songs in a row.

jenningsjessJess Jennings Joins ‘Bob 106.9’ in Savannah.  Moving from Riverbend Communications’ country KTHK, Idaho Falls “105.5 The Hawk” to L&L Broadcasting’s country WUBB, Savannah “Bob 106.9” is Jess Jennings who will serve as midday personality and music director.  Jennings says, “I’m so excited to make Savannah my family’s home and work with Gigi South, Gabe Reynolds, T.C. Michaels, and the L&L staff.  Special thanks to Larry Wilson, Bob Proffitt, Scott Mahalick, and Bill McElveen for this opportunity.  I’m thrilled to contribute to the growth of L&L Broadcasting and our mission to provide the best local radio and build profitable relationships with our clients.”  WUBB program director T.C. Michaels comments, “Jess’ warm sound, hilarious personality, and music directing skills are a perfect fit for WUBB.  Her passion and enthusiasm punches through the speakers, which will easily connect with our key Savannah/Hilton Head demos.  Her music directing talent will positively contribute to L&L Broadcasting’s objective to provide the best local radio for our listeners and advertising opportunities for our growing client list.  I’m very excited to have Jess a part of our team and family.”

timandwillyTim & Willy to Wrap Self Syndicated Show on Friday.  After parting company with longtime home KMLE, Phoenix in July of 2012, Tim Hattrick and Willy D. Loon launched their own Arizona-syndicated show.  Now, however, the duo announces that running their own operation has taken its toll and the show will end on Friday, June 27.  In a press release, Tim, Willy and Andrea Hiland write, “For more than 10 years we dreamed of building our own radio company; a place where we could be the genuine ‘Tim & Willy Show’ again — unrestricted, fun, connected with our audience and free from all the overthinking that made the radio business so strange and unrecognizable.  We did it.  It wasn’t easy.  But it was so fun and satisfying.  In many ways our show was poised to be a huge success.  The unfortunate reality is that the cost of starting and running our own company took its toll.  Being our own bosses was hard!  We found ourselves wearing so many hats – we just didn’t have enough heads!  We spent too much time on things we’re not good at and it robbed us from the thing we do best.  For this and other reasons we made the very difficult business decision to bring an end to our venture.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Journal Broadcast Group’s hip hop WKHT, Knoxville “Hot 104.5,” Mean Jean joins the station as evening personality and music director…..Former triple A KINK, Portland personality Dave Scott is now the afternoon drive personality at Entercom’s classic rock KGON, Portland…..Denver radio pro Scott Curtis is named midday personality at classic rock outlet “93.7 The Rock” airing on K229BS, Lakewood, Colorado located due west of downtown Denver…..Jim Bosh exits Great Eastern Radio’s country simulcast WKKN, Keene/WXXK, Lebanon in New Hampshire “Kixx Country” to pursue other opportunities.  Bosh has been morning drive host at the station.

wwfw logoAdams Radio Group Launches ‘Soft Rock 103.9’ in Fort Wayne.  After a frequency shuffle that moved sister classic rock WXKE down to the 96.5 frequency, Adams Radio Group announces WWFW at 103.9 debuts as AC “Soft Rock 103.9.”  Adams president and CEO Ron Stone says in a statement, “We spent a great deal of time, starting in November, researching the market and determining what listeners really wanted.  It was amazing to us how strong the response was for a soft AC.  We are very excited to fill this void for Fort Wayne.  The reaction has already been overwhelming.”

kltw logoHorizon Broadcasting’s KLTW, Bend, Oregon Re-Brands.  The station will remain an adult contemporary outlet but effective immediately, Horizon Broadcasting Group’s KLTW, Bend, Oregon drops the “Continuous LITE Rock LITE 95.7” moniker and takes on the “95.7 MY FM – Bend’s Best Variety” brand.  Horizon president and CEO Keith Shipman says, “Today’s 35-54 year old woman in our digital world wants things newer, with variety, fresh and her way – and they want it now.  Today’s woman has her own career, her own Facebook page, Twitter account and they want a radio station that they can perceive as their own.  That’s exactly what ‘95.7 MY FM’ has become – the Bend’s Best Variety focusing on contemporary music from the 80s to now – meeting all of the criteria of a radio station for today’s 35-54 woman.”

madisonrisingRock Band “Madison Rising” Blows Them Away at Talk Radio Conference.  The rock ‘n’ roll ensemble Madison Rising – a group that bills itself as “America’s Most Patriotic Rock Band” – has a video version of its performance of the National Anthem that was played for an SRO crowd at the start of the recent (6/20) “Talkers New York 2014” radio convention.  According to eye-and-ear witnesses in attendance, the crowd of radio and television talk show hosts and broadcast management at the event were blown away by the quality of the music and the powerful images in the video.  TALKERS (and RadioInfo) publisher Michael Harrison introduced the video by saying that in his opinion, “This is the best rock interpretation and performance of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ to come down the pike since the late Jimi Hendrix did it in the late sixties.”  Check it out for yourself.  The video is now playing on RadioInfo TV located in the box on the upper right portion of this page.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

| June 17, 2014

johnsoncurtissHubbard Names Curtiss Johnson PD at Classic Rock ‘The Drive 97.1” in Chicago.  The new program director at Hubbard Radio’s Chicago classic rock WDRV “The Drive 97.1” is rock radio pro Curtiss Johnson.  He takes over the 13-year WDRV PD Patty Martin who announced last month that she would resign her position with the station.  Hubbard SVP of programming Greg Solk comments, “The idea of replacing Patty Martin — the only programmer at ‘The Drive’ in our 13 rockin’ years was daunting, but we believe we have hit the jackpot.  Curtiss is a brilliant programmer, but he’s down to earth.  He’s artsy and scientific.  But most importantly, Curtiss shares my desire to produce local radio that surprises and delights.  Curtiss will begin that mission at Chicago’s ‘Drive’ on Monday!”  Johnson says of his new gig, “I’m ecstatic.  To work for one of the most highly regarded companies in our industry, programming one of the nation’s premier rock stations in a world-class city like Chicago is a dream job.  I’m truly honored and humbled by the confidence Greg Solk and Drew Horowitz have shown in allowing me to be in the next leader of ‘The Drive’ and its legendary staff.”  Johnson has worked with Entercom as format captain for its rock and classic rock stations.  He also programmed rock KUPD, Phoenix.  He begins the new position Monday, June 23.  He can be reached at CJohnson@WDRV.com.

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ksca logoMay’s Los Angeles PPM Concerns Reportedly Rectified. On rare occasions, ratings results are recalled; however, last Monday (6/9), Nielsen Audio was in the equally unusual position of delaying the release of a data report for the country’s second-largest market. Explanation for the postponement was that the company needed to “conduct additional quality control reviews.” The outcome of those evaluations was that one Los Angeles PPM household was removed, owing to “quality concern issues,” while another metered household was eliminated after it was determined there was a media affiliation to Univision Los Angeles regional Mexican outlet KSCA. According to Univision Radio president Jose Valle, “Univision is fully committed to quality data. Nielsen recently reached out to inform us that a media-affiliated household had been identified in Los Angeles, and that it was connected to a Univision Radio employee [working at] KSCA. We commenced anppmunit investigation and took immediate action by terminating the employee based on our findings. We are cooperating fully with Nielsen to ensure the industry has quality data. A radio station employee related to a Nielsen participant seriously undermines the industry and is unacceptable. We will continue to cooperate fully and ensure the efficacy of our internal training and compliance programs, which will be ongoing across all Univision stations.” A prepared Nielsen Audio statement mentioned that, “The behavior of a media-affiliated household not self-reporting is a serious violation of data integrity standards. Nielsen Audio is committed to upholding the highest standards of data integrity and acts swiftly to meet those standards. We will be taking a number of actions to minimize the risk of reoccurrence. Additionally, we will be implementing an immediate and aggressive review of our policies and procedures to protect integrity of our panels. We will be transparent with the industry and share our plans as quickly as possible.” Los Angeles May (2014) PPM data is now scheduled to be released later today (Tuesday, 6/17).

delcollianojerryWhat Would Jerry Del Colliano Do if He Owned a Radio Station Now?  Inside Music Media publisher and longtime industry observer/analyst Jerry Del Colliano candidly shares the 17 things he would do if he were in the situation of owning and operating a commercial radio station for profit today.  In a provocative piece posted today (6/17) in TALKERS and RadioInfo, Del Colliano addresses: sales department size, sales commission structure, commercial price structuring, handling (or not handling) eight-minute stop sets, appealing to a generation obsessed with video games, and strategizing the digital component as it relates to radio.  He also introduces a radical new way of dealing with hits and music discovery and much more.  To read Jerry Del Colliano’s entire article, please click here.  Also meet Jerry Del Colliano at Talkers New York 2014 on Friday of this week (6/20).

smithgordonSmith Staying at NAB. Gordon Smith signs a contract extension that will keep the NAB president/chief executive officer in that position through 2018. NAB Joint Board chair – and YMF Media senior advisor – Charles Warfield comments, “Gordon Smith has been tested under fire. He has proven himself a remarkable unifying voice for America’s ‘free and local’ radio and television stations. His integrity is unquestioned, and his determination to fight for broadcasters in the public policy arena is undiminished.” Remarking that he is “thrilled to accept” a new NAB contract, Smith states that, “Free and local broadcasting is the indispensable ‘one-to-everyone’ communications technology that is always reliable in a fragmented media world. It is worth fighting for, and I’m honored by the faith that the NAB Board is putting in me to continue leading the charge.” A former two-term (1996-2008) Oregon Republican Senator, Smith joined the NAB in November 2009. During his Senate tenure, Smith sat on the Commerce Committee, the panel that oversees broadcast-related legislation. After leaving the Senate, Smith joined the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, where he remained for 10 months before accepting the NAB offer.

NAB Radio Show ‘Leadership Breakfast’ Announced.  At this September’s NAB Radio Show in Indianapolis, the annual “Leadership Breakfast” will take place on Thursday (9/11).  Titled, “Capitalizing on Radio’s Potential,” the panelists will include: Wells Fargo Securities managing director and senior equity analyst Marci Ryvicker, Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey, Digity LLC CEO Dean Goodman, Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan; Univision Radio president Jose Valle, and Pillsbury partner Lew Paper.

richardlanceRichard Named VP of Sales at Entercom Sacramento.  Moving from his position as VP of integrated sales for Entercom to vice president of sales for the Entercom Sacramento station group is Lance Richard.  The company says that in his new role, he’ll oversee sales for hot AC KUDL “Star 106.5,” sports talk KCTC “ESPN 1320,” CHR KDND “107.9 The End,” alternative KKDO “Radio 94.7,” rock KRXQ “98 Rock” and classic rock KSEG “96.9 The Eagle.”  Entercom VP/market manager Sean Shannon says, “I am thrilled to have Lance Richard lead our sales team.  With the largest, most powerful and most valuable radio audiences in the market, we are always looking to improve our team and do the best for our clients.  Lance is a proven performer whose talent, experience and passion for excellence made him the clear choice to lead our sales team.”  Lance Richard comments, “I am excited to join the Entercom Sacramento team.  All the pieces are in place for a market-leading performance: great brands, strong management and outstanding account executives.  At the end of the day, it’s all about creating campaigns that deliver for clients, and we’ve got the best platform in the market to do just that.”

houstonmattHouston Promoted at Rocker WAAF, Boston.  The Entercom rock outlet announces Matt Houston is promoted from his senior sales executive role to station sales manager.  Houston joined WAAF, Boston as an AE in 2011 after a six-year stint as an infantry squad leader in the United States Army.  While in the Army he was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Entercom Boston VP/market manager Phil waaf logoZachary says, “Matt has functioned at the highest levels of performance and leadership in his three years with us.  He is respected by his peers, beloved by his customers and trusted by our management team.  It’s a privilege to elevate Matt to this essential leadership position at Boston’s last true rock radio station.”  Houston joins Melissa Capuano, Kelly Sutton and Dana Panepinto as recent sales management promotions at Entercom Boston.  Houston adds, “I am overjoyed to be part of the extraordinary team of managers and sellers within the organization, and look forward to the next chapter as we continue the winning traditions here at Entercom Boston.”

nickkristen duoNick & Kristen Take Over Mornings on Country ‘101.9 The Wolf’ in Sacramento.  Officially named the morning show at Entravision Communications’ country KNTY, Sacramento “101.9 The Wolf” are Nick Steele and Kristen Flowers – Nick & Kristen.  The duo debuted on June 2.  Entravision Sacramento VP of integrated market solutions Angelica Balderas states, “We are thrilled to welcome this creative and captivating duo to the Sacramento market. KNTY is such a terrific station, we wanted a great morning show and we found it with Nick and Kristen.  The addition of this team demonstrates Entravision’s commitment to building upon the station’s existing success with new and vibrant local content.”  The station says that both are originally from Southern California and met while working in talk radio there.  After separate stints in Texas and Ohio, they reunited in Indiana, teaming up for their signature morning show prior to their relocation to the Sacramento market.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Sonoma Media Group’s hot AC KHMX, Santa Rosa, California “Mix 104.9,” Courtney Gail is upped from part-timer to midday personality.  She takes over for Katie Barr who left the station for work outside of radio…..DJ Montague and Dozer are collaborating to host “frEQ,” a new EDM show to air on Shamrock Communications’ alternative KRZQ, Reno.  The show debuts this evening and will air Wednesdays from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight…..At Clear Channel CHR WDCG, Raleigh “G105,” air personality Carson Blackley is promoted to the daily 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm show…..Rick Hall is named program director for Pillar of Fire-owned Christian contemporary WZAZ, Zarephath, New Jersey “Star 99.1″ (New York market).

wusnkristianbushTour Stop in the Windy City.  Making a stop at CBS RADIO’s country outlet WUSN, Chicago “U99.5” is country star Kristian Bush, who is on the road promoting his first solo record with the single “Trailer Hitch.”  The Streamsound Records artist will release the single on July 28.  In the meantime, he’s on the road with his 2014 PUT YOUR SOUL IN IT Tour, backed by a five-piece band.  Streamsound reports that in between shows, he is in the studio working with longtime producer Byron Gallimore on his forthcoming album.  Pictured here are (from left to right):  Streamsound’s Denise Roberts, WUSN music director Marci Braun, Bush, Streamsound’s Teddi Bonadies and Eric Beggs.

sixx sense logo‘Sixx Sense’ Partners with ‘Ask Anything’ for Artist Interviews.  The nationally syndicated Premiere Networks show “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx” begins working with chat platform Ask Anything to connect listeners with artists.  Ask Anything is described as “the first chat platform created to maximize an artist’s social media fan base.”  Premiere Networks says the connection with Sixx’s three million weekly listeners will “help promote Ask Anything’s fan-driven, video chats with today’s top rock music artists and bands by driving awareness on-air, online and across social media.”  In addition, www.SixxSense.com will now host these exclusive, candid conversations featuring fan-submitted questions.  Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band Linkin Park will kick off the partnership by participating in a chat on June 17.  Additional rock artists scheduled to participate include Judas Priest (July 8) and Theory of a Deadman (July 29).

countryoldiesshow logo‘The Country Oldies Show’ Celebrates 20 Years.  The nationally syndicated “Country Oldies Show” is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary next month.  The Envision Networks program was first broadcast in 1994 on WYNY-FM, New York.  Envision is celebrating the milestone by offering the show to all stations for free for the week of July 1.  Host Steve Warren comments, “Ever since I grew up in Indiana, I was around country music.  Over the years, I’ve worked as a DJ at a dozen country stations.  As the country music artists started getting younger, I felt that it was important to never let go of the heritage artists.  So in 1994, in a sea of radio stations playing ‘hot,’ ‘young’ or ‘new’ country, the folks at WYNY in New York decided that putting an oldies show on Sunday couldn’t hurt.  The show quickly became one of the top-rated weekend time slots.”  Some longtime friends of the program will stop by to share their memories and kudos on the 20th anniversary, including: Willie Nelson, Janie Fricke, the Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Wariner and many more!  Stations interested in signing up for the special should contact Hannah Rosenthal at 216-831-3761 or hannahr@envisionradio.com.

iheartradio newClear Channel Updates iHeartRadio App.  The newest version of the app for Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio digital music and talk service is being released.  The 5.0 verion for iOS and Android is being touted by the company to bring “iHeartRadio users an even more personalized listening experience with enhanced algorithms.  Among the new algorithm updates to the digital radio service is the ‘For You’ feature, which adds a genre selection tool for improved, more tailored station recommendations.  iHeartRadio 5.0 will also include a sleeker, more beautiful and intuitive UI, improved search and simplified controls.”  CC president of digital Brian Lakamp comments, “iHeartRadio 5.0 features a significant upgrade to the way we serve our listeners.  We’ve been working diligently to personalize iHeartRadio and give our listeners more of the artists, the music and the kind of listening experience they want.  iHeartRadio 5.0 accomplishes that by introducing recommendations, more intelligent design and a better user experience overall.”

nielsen logoNielsen’s RADAR June 2014 Quarterly Report Released.  The quarterly RADAR radio network ratings report from Nielsen for June 2014 has been released and, once again, the report concludes that network radio listening remains consistent from a cume standpoint.  Some data from the report includes an estimate of national audience listening – the national audience that heard a network radio commercial during an average week stands at 181.3 million Americans aged 12+.  Nielsen goes on to say, “That’s nearly 70% (68.0) of all Americans aged 12+ who heard a network radio commercial during an average week.”  It also reports that, in the top 25 DMAs, network radio reached more than 94 million listeners, more than 70% of the 12+ population in those markets; and that more than 70% of Americans aged 25-54 listened to network radio each week.   Nielsen notes the data here reflects listening to subscribing networks and does not include all network radio listening.

Friday, June 6, 2014

| June 6, 2014

nrhof 14 logoLucky Seven National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees.  When the 2014 National Radio Hall of Fame inductees are honored in five months (11/9), the ceremony will take place in Los Angeles, rather than Chicago where every other such event has been held.  The NRHOF class of 2014 includes Charlie Brown (Jack Woods) & Irv Harrigan (Paul Menard) better known as “Charlie & Harrigan,” Barry Farber, Stanley Hubbard, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead (posthumous), Dick Orkin, and “This American Life” host Ira Glass.  Museum of Broadcast Communications founder and president Bruce DuMont confirms that, “The National Radio Hall of Fame is taking the show on the road this year.  Many Radio Hall of Famers and several 2014 inductees live in southern California, so it seems like a great time to try something different.”  Charlie & Harrigan were first paired in 1966 in Dallas at KLIF.  They would later enjoy success in Cleveland, Houston, and San Diego.  Farber’s radio career began in the 1950s in New York when he joined WNBC-AM as a producer.  He had a 15-year association with New York’s WOR and more than 10 years at cross-town WMCA.  He has had national exposure on the ABC Radio Network and – since 2008 – on CRN Digital Talk Radio.  Hubbard Broadcasting founder Stanley Hubbard launched WAMD, Minneapolis in 1923.  The following year, he started what might have been radio’s first regularly scheduled daily news broadcast, which aired at 6:00 pm each evening.  Seven-year San Francisco Giants radio voice Miller (on Bay Area KNBR) has had additional MLB play-by-play experience with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, and Texas Rangers.  He had a two-decade run with ESPN TV, anchoring “Sunday Night Baseball,” and he covered 13 consecutive World Series for ESPN Radio. Known to many as “Endora” on the TV series “Bewitched,” Moorehead began her career as a singer on St. Louis heritage station KMOX.  She passed away more than 40 years ago (April 1974).  Orkin attended the Yale School of Drama and he is the creator of the longest-running radio serial of all time, “Chickenman,” which chronicled the exploits of a mild-mannered shoe salesman-turned-crime-fighter.  Since 1978, Orkin has created radio commercials through his California-based Radio Ranch production company.  “This American Life” host/producer Glass launched the show in November 1995 as “Your Radio Playhouse” on Chicago’s WBEZ.  The next summer, it had been picked up for national syndication and the show has won two George Foster Peabody awards.  A number of women of the National Radio Hall of Fame will be honored at this year’s NRHOF induction ceremony.  They include Eve Arden (“Our Miss Brooks), Virginia Payne (“Ma Perkins), Shirley Bell (“Little Orphan Annie), and Virginia Clark and Julie Stevens (“The Romance of Helen Trent).  Other females to be recognized include comedians Gracie Allen and Jane Ace; Marian Jordan (“Fibber McGee and Molly”) and Gertrude Berg (“The Goldbergs”).  Other ladies to be saluted that night are producer Lynne “Angel” Harvey (Paul’s wife) and Cathy Hughes; journalists Ann Compton (ABC News) and Susan Stamberg (NPR);interviewer Terry Gross; singer Kate Smith; urban radio personality (and now daytime TV talk host) Wendy Williams; Chicago talents Yvonne Daniels and Terri Hemmert; and jazz pianist-composer-writer Marian McPartland.  Premiere Radio Networks will produce/distribute the broadcast in association with the MBC.  Premiere’s nighttime adult contemporary “Love Songs” personality Delilah will host the Hall of Fame ceremony; Westwood One‘s Jim Bohannon will be the announcer.

wjfxMiss Janay to ‘Hot 107.9’ in Fort Wayne.  At Adams Radio Group’s CHR WJFX, Fort Wayne “Hot 107.9,” Miss Janay is named the new evening personality.  She was most recently the midday jock on the company’s now defunct hip hop outlet WNHT “Wild 96.3.”  Adams president and CEO Ron Stone comments, “Janay is one of Fort Wayne’s hottest air personalities.  She has a passion unlike anyone else in the business!  Her incredible personality and tell-it-like-it-is approach has created one of the most interactive, engaging radio shows in Fort Wayne…a rare talent.  She reaches listeners on both a personal and realistic level.”  Janay began her radio career at Radio One in Detroit hosting a talk show titled, “The Makings of a Woman.”

angelonehopeAngelone Named GSM at ‘Rock 100.5’ in Atlanta.  Radio sales pro Hope Angelone joins Cumulus Atlanta to serve as general sales manager for rock WNNX “Rock 100.5.”  Angelone comes to Cumulus from her most recent gig as director of sales for Entercom’s Norfolk cluster.  She also worked for Clear Channel at its Hartford station group.  Cumulus SVP Jeff Brown states, “Hope was a key part of my team in Norfolk some years back and her results speak for themselves.  She will be a huge asset to ‘Rock 100.5’ WNNX.  Hope has an incredible work ethic and an intense focus on winning.  She expects a lot from her team and gives even more.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Entercom’s adult contemporary KOSI, Denver, Jonathan Wilde joins the air staff for middays.  Wilde most recently served with Wilks in the market programming that company’s country KWOF “92.5 The Wolf.”  In the Denver market he’s also worked at Wilks’ classic hits KXKL and Lincoln Financial Media’s country KYGO…..At Martz Communications Group’s Upstate New York properties, Billy Teed joins to program the company’s CHR WYUL, Chateaugay “94.7 Hits,” country WVNV, Malone “Wild Country 96.5,” and classic hits WICY “Oldies 1490.”

warfieldcharlesThe Future of Music Licensing to Be Addressed in Congress; List of Witnesses Revealed.  According to a story in Billboard, the witness list for two hearings scheduled this month before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet (one on June 10, the other reportedly scheduled for June 25) includes NAB’s Charles Warfield; David Israelite, president and CEO of the National Music Publishers Association; Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy; Michael O’Neill, CEO of BMI; Lee Knife, the executive director of Digital Media Association; Lee Thomas Miller, president of the Nashville Songwriters Association International; Jim Griffin, managing director at OneHouse LLC; Paul Williams, president and chairman of the board, ASCAP; Cary Sherman, chairman and CEO at Recording Industry Association of America; Rosanne Cash appearing on behalf of the Americana Music Association; Delida Costin, general counsel at Pandora; David Frear, executive VP and CFO at SiriusXM Radio; Mike Huppe, president and CEO at SoundExchange; and Darius Van Arman, board member at the American Association of Independent Music.  Warfield will try to pre-empt any legislation that would take away broadcast radio’s performance copyright exemption by pointing to radio’s promotional value to artists and labels.  He’ll be opposed by most of the other witnesses who are seeking a change in the way music is licensed to adapt to the changes in the ways the public is consuming music.

z90busThe ‘Big Bus’ Returns to ‘Jammin’ Z90’ in San Diego.  San Diego hip hop outlet XHITZ “Jammin’ Z90” has its bus back!  The station reports that back in the 1990s, the station’s “Big Bus” was “its biggest promotional vehicle ever” – a 50-foot bus that “cruised around in its colorful enormity turning heads and showing up at station and community events… and sometimes, at competitors’ events!”  The bus was sold after new owners took over but now, new program director R Dub!, who recently bought a new bus to promote his nationally syndicated “Sunday Night Slow Jams” show, partnered with the Local Media San Diego-owned station to make it a station vehicle.  Jammin’ Z90’s Big Bus is sponsored by Pepsi, and is outfitted with a full broadcast studio and media center inside.  The station says, “’The people’s bus’ travels to a variety of locations at listeners’ requests and treats San Diegans to free prizes such as concert tickets, cash, and a busload of free Pepsi.  The Jammin’ Z90 Big Bus not only appears at major events and concerts, but also makes surprise visits to bake sales, charity carwashes, quinceañeras, and more.”  R Dub! adds, “It’s about time San Diego radio shakes things up again! Since I’ve been here I’ve heard, ‘Whatever happened to the Big Bus?’ a million times.  It was such an integral part of the ‘Jammin’ Z90’ DNA for so many years and was definitely a force to be reckoned with!  But the bus isn’t just about looking awesome and crashing other radio stations’ remotes.  We’ll be using it as a way to connect with listeners and support important local charities by promoting non-profit events as our commitment to doing good for our community.  But yeah, crashing our competitors’ remotes will be awesome, too!”  Pictured here is R Dub! (pointing) with station staffers in front of the bus.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

| June 4, 2014

duanedoobie graphicCelebrate! Commemorate! Coronate! Don’t Constipate!  RadioInfo’s Duane Doobie was motivated by the passing of a radio legend to express his views about a vanishing radio staple.  In a tell-it-like-it-is column posted today (6/4) he writes, “A great man in our industry – Tom Rounds — died this week at 77.  Many glowing words have appropriately been published about him in the trades these past couple of days.  The man, obviously, had many, many friends in the business asroundstom evidenced by the endless parade of heartfelt testimonies on his behalf.  He clearly touched a number of lives both in radio and out there in the real world, sonically bathed by its magical airwaves.  The only thing I have to add to the discussion of Rounds and his significant contributions to both the art and the commerce of radio is my appreciation of the role he played in making the concept of the ‘special,’ well, special.”  Doobie continues, “Yes, radio used to have special guys who produced ‘special’ shows.  Still does, but hardly as many… nor are the shows they produce as special.”  To read this timely piece in its entirety, please click here.

thornebellaDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (6/4) includes such names as: Bella Thorne, Pixie Lott, Jessi Smiles, Nicole Scherzinger, Young Rising Sons, Nick Cage, X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons, Josh Nolan, Scott Foley, Sage + The Saints, Mat D and the Profane Saints, Truckstop Honeymoon, Red Eye Gravy, Bingo Players, Gorgon City featuring Laura Welsh,and War among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

blanddrewBland Becoming Branding and Programming Director at Orlando’s WWKA.  “KMLE Country@107-9″ midday talent/music director Drew Bland will be departing the CBS Radio Phoenix outlet to join similarly-programmed Cox Music Group Orlando’s WWKA “K-92.3″ as director of branding and programming.  “K-92.3″ and co-owned rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3″ operations director Stevie DeMann states he is “so excited” that Bland is arriving to “represent” WWKA.  “The time is right and the time is now for Drew to take the next step in his career.  He will be a great leader to the ‘K-92.3′ staff.  We look forward to his vision and leadership of our amazing brand.”  According to Bland, “I am beyond excited for this opportunity to lead the ‘K92.3′ brand.” Bland – also known as “Bo Hunter” – was with CBS Radio Phoenix for 10 years.  During that time, he held several different titles, including a seven-year run as KMLE’s assistant program director; evening talent; morning show producer; and was twice the station’s interim program director.  He begins his Orlando assignment two weeks from today (6/18).

jordantommyJordan Joins Morning Show at WLEV, Allentown.  Lehigh Valley adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown adds Tommy Jordan to the morning show alongside current air staffer Scott Evans for the “Tommy & Scott in the Morning” show.  Jordan comes to the Cumulus station from his most recent gig at Manning Broadcasting’s hot AC WAFY, Frederick, Maryland.  He also served for years at Connoisseur Media’s CHR WPST, Trenton.  WLEV program director Laura St. James says, “There are few people more passionate about winning than Tommy.  He’s a tireless talent who loves radio completely.  I’m personally excited to hear him and Scott together in mornings.”  Jordan adds, “Thank you to Manning Broadcasting for a great three years in Frederick at ‘Key 103.’  I’m very happy to be returning to the Allentown market as part of Cumulus Media.  Thank you to Laura St. James, Mike McVay, Emily Boldon, and Ron Giovanniello for making it all possible.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Leaving his position as program director of Shamrock’s classic rock WEZX, Wilkes-Barre “Rock 107” is Jim Rising.  He previously worked in the market for Entercom as operations manager for its cluster there.  Though he exits WEZX, he remains in his post with Opus Broadcasting programming triple A WQTL, Tallahassee “106.1 The Path.”…..Corey Carpenter exits Tiger Communications’ alternative WTGZ, Auburn, Alabama “Tiger 93.9” where he was hosting the mid-afternoon show…..Jay Cruze is named program director at Clear Channel’s country WSCG, Augusta, Georgia “G105.7.”…..At Reising Radio Partners’ country WYGB, Edinburgh, Indiana “Korn Country 100.3,” Robb Reel is the new OM/PD and morning drive host.

bmi logoDepartment of Justice to Review ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees.  Responding to concerns from within the music and publishing industries that the consent decrees governing the operations of the two publishing organizations are outdated due to changes in technology andascap consumption of music, the Department of Justice is embarking on a review of both.  As noted by the DOJ, the original consent decrees were signed in 1941, but ASCAP’s was updated in 2001 and BMI’s was last updated in 1994.  Radio industry insiders are well aware that songwriters and artists are claiming that today’s technology has made it very hard for them to earn a living due to the seismic drop in sales of CDs and digital downloads combined with what many claim are too-small rates for digital spins.  Of course, digital pure-plays claim they can’t make money with the current rates, hence the something’s-gotta-give conclusion many observers have come to.  Both BMI and ASCAP would rather see the consent decrees eliminated but they are expected to instead propose easing the rate-setting process and allowing discrimination when licensing some members’ catalogs to music services.  Currently, rate-setting is time consuming and expensive as it ends up in the courts.  ASCAP and BMI would like to see 90-day limits in an arbitration setting.  The DOJ is seeking comment through August 6.  See the DOJ’s statement about the issue here.

wrif logoWRIF, Detroit Announces Lineup for ‘Rocktober Throwdown.’  Motor City rock outlet WRIF announces Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat will headline the Greater Media station’s “Rocktober Throwdown” scheduled for the Compuware Arena on October 8.  Also on the bill for the event are Hellyeah and Nothing More.

pandoralogoPandora Releases Final Monthly Metrics Report; Claims 9.13% of U.S. Radio Listening.  Pure-play digital music service Pandora just issued its listening metrics for the month of May – the final monthly report it will issue (quarterly reports will continue to be delivered) – and the digital music subscriber leader reports listening hours rose from that same period a year ago by 28% to 1.73 billion.  Pandora’s share of the radio listening audience is a figure that’s been very controversial.  It’s been challenged by radio executives and recently questioned by some advertising industry players as well.  Still, Pandora reports that this figure is now at 9.13%, up from 7.29% during the same period a year ago.  The company is also reporting an increase in active listeners of 9%.

Monday, June 2, 2014

| June 2, 2014

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kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Contemporary.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents this review of the performance of adult contemporary stations ranking in the top 20 in Nielsen Audio’s PPM market surveys (Persons 6+) during the April 2014 survey.  In this report, data from the last five PPM rating periods are shown for the more than four dozen stations that qualify.  Also, share fluctuations, market rank, and comparison with hot AC and country competitors are illustrated.  Check out Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

moorephilPhil Moore Retires from ‘95.5 Magic FM’ in Albuquerque; ‘Simon & Rachel’ Take Over.  After 17 years hosting “The Moore Music Morning Show” on KMGA, Albuquerque “95.5 Magic FM,” and 37 years in the business, Phil Moore does his last show for Cumulus Albuquerque.  With the re-branding of sister michaelsrachelcountry station KRST to “92.3 NASH FM” and the addition of “America’s Morning Show” to that station’s lineup, Scott Simon and Rachel Michaels move over to KMGA to host “Magic in the Morning With Simon & Rachel.”  Cumulus Media Albuquerque operations manager Kris simonscottAbrams says, “Phil had a remarkable run…37 years in one ‘building.’  That dedication is something you don’t see anymore, in any business. We wish him the very best in his retirement and thank him for his significant contributions to our stations, listeners and community.  He is truly one of a kind.  Rachel and Simon are the perfect follow-up to Phil.  In fact, when they sat with Phil on Friday (his last day), you would have thought the three of them had done mornings together for years.”

cumulus logoProgramming Merry-Go-Round at Four Cumulus Markets.  Metros involved are Cincinnati, Boise, Reno, and Topeka.  Getting things started, adult contemporary KMAJ-FM “Majic 107.7″ and classic hits KWIC “The Eagle,” Topeka program director Greg Dunkin transfers to Cincinnati to program Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98.”  Dunkin succeeds Chris Huneke, who now assumes similar duties in the Cincinnati cluster for country WNNF “Nash-FM.”  Boise welcomesdunkingreg Cumulus Media Topeka operations manager/KDVV “V-100″ Topeka’s Rock Leader” PD Forrest Smithkors as program director of classic rocker KKGL “96.9 The Eagle.”  The company moves Ryan Nutter from his leeamberposition as program director/morning talent at Toledo-Monroe, Michigan adult contemporary WMIM to similar duties in Reno at AC KNEV “Magic 95.5.”  Meanwhile in Topeka, “Majic 107.7″ and country KTOP assistant program director Amber Lee is elevated to PD of those two stations, while the company hires Steve Mills from Clear Channel Allentown to program KWIC and KDVV. Regarding this flurry of activity, senior vice president of programming Mike McVay comments, “These promotions and transfers underscore the quality of programmers within Cumulus.  We congratulate Chris, Greg, Forrest, Ryan, and Amber on their new positions and we welcome Steve to the family.”  In addition to his duties programming Cincinnati country facility WNNF, Huneke will continue working with several Cumulus ACs.  He replaces Mike Scott at WNNF, while Nutter succeeds Doug Daniels at KNEV; Scott and Daniels exit the company.

sabotastephanieSabota Upped to GSM at Cox Tampa.  Up from her local sales manager position is Stephanie Sabota who rises to general sales manager at Cox Media Tampa – a role that will have her overseeing revenue planning and execution for CHO WPOI-FM “HOT 101.5” and alternative WSUN-FM “97X.”  In addition, Sabota will work specifically on cluster-wide talent CMG Tampa director of sales Jason Meder states, “Since Joining CMG five years ago, Stephanie has proven her ability to grow both people, and our customers’ results.  We are very proud to be able to promote Stephanie into this position.”

leshnershelAdams Radio Group Names Leshner Fort Wayne Market Manager.  Continuing to build its management structure for the newly acquired Fort Wayne cluster that includes country WBTU “U.S. 93.3,” CHR WJFX, hip hop WNHT, rock WXKE, standards WGL-AM, religion WLYV and two translators, Adams Radio Group names Shel Leshner market manager.  Leshner most recently served as market manager for Artistic Media/South Bend, a group he also ran from 1999 to 2003.  Prior to Artistic, he served as GSM for WJLB and WMXD in Detroit for 17 years.  Adams president and CEO Ron Stone comments, “Shel and I knew each other in the 1990s in Detroit.  We reconnected recently and he became the leading candidate for Fort Wayne.  Shel brings to Fort Wayne a solid radio background and I cannot imagine anyone more prepared to launch the Adams cluster with. I am very excited for Shel and his family.”

averystormMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Returning to Evansville, Indiana to program South Central Media’s country WLFW “93.5 The Wolf” is Storm Avery.  She joins the station from her most recent gig as programmer for Midwest Communications’ alternative WXXR, Terre Haute “X95.9.”…..James Steele exits Clear Channel CHR WNOH, Norfolk “NOW 105” where he was APD and music director…..Prior to today’s closing by Adams Radio Group on the Summit Media Fort Wayne stations, program director and afternoon host Shady Spencer, morning co-hosts Big Kess and Sara Lauer, midday personality Miss Janay and evening jock Alibi all exit hip hop WNHT “Wild 96.3.”…..Personality Chris Atticus moves to the afternoon drive slot at Cromwell’s alternative WBUZ, Nashville “102.9 The Buzz.”  He trades shifts with PD Zigz who takes over the midday show.

wmqx logo‘Blake FM’ Debuts in Muncie Market.  The simulcast of rock on Woof Boom Radio’s WMXQ, Hartford City and WMQX, Alexandria, Indiana is split as WMQX goes country as “96.7 Blake FM.”  The station’s website describes “Blake” this way: “Blake is a trend setter with the best taste in music, which suits him well in the radio business.  He believes that radio is more important than algebra, but calling your mother once a week is more important than BOTH. Blake was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” his senior year at every high school in the surrounding area.  He is the kind of guy any self-respecting girl wants to marry and every guy wants to have a beer with.  Right from the start, Blake knows you will realize that his station is all about NEW country music and playing it fast and hard.  Plus, Blake can more than pull off a pair of blue jeans-that’s just science!”

abacastEntercom Names Abacast Digital Streaming Partner.  The result of this partnership between Entercom and Abacast is that beginning in August of this year, Entercom stations will move to Abacast’s Clarity digital audio streaming and monetization platform.  Entercom will use Clarity for ad insertion, campaign management and reporting, audience metrics, streaming, royalty reporting, and AbaPlay, The Everywhere Player.   Entercom VP digital strategy & enterprise platforms Timentercom Murphy comments, “With the ultimate goal of offering the best listener and advertiser experience, Abacast was the clear choice.  Abacast offers us the most innovative technology in the digital radio industry, and this partnership will allow us to continuously improve the end experience for listeners and advertisers as habits change and move toward mobile and targeted impressions.”  In a statement, the companies say that Abacast Clarity provides Entercom with a cloud-based digital audio monetization service, enabling revenue from in-stream audio ads, synchronized banners for call‐to‐action campaigns, pre-roll video ads, and third‐party ad sales integration.  Later this year, Entercom stations will be equipped with Abacast’s Skip Technology for Live Streams and MusicStart, offering features currently found only in playlist service to live radio streams.  Abacast CEO Rob Green says, “We built our platform with unique targeting and streaming features to serve enterprise customers like Entercom and look forward to a strong partnership.  With Entercom’s wide range of stations and reach combined with Abacast’s industry leading technology we look forward to serving Entercom and providing their entire listener base with a fantastic experience.”

youngbillRemembering Bill Young. Longtime voiceover talent and 15-year (1966 – 1981) KILT, Houston program director Bill Young passed away over the weekend.  Posting on Pop Jocks, Bob Todd notes, “Bill Young grew up in a family of public school teachers.  His radio career began while a senior in a small country school near Lufkin, Texas.  After evening work at KRBA and KTRE, he left for Baylor University and nighttime [on-air work] at WACO in Waco, Texas.  He later became the station’s production director and fell in love with the creative opportunities available in the recording studio.  After a brief stint as morning drive host at KOIL in Omaha, Bill returned to Texas to program a highly regarded daytime-only radio station in Tyler, Texas.  Eventually, the McLendon Corporation from Dallas hired Bill to become PD of KILT.  In 1981, Bill left radio to build his own company, Bill Young Productions, creating radio, TV, and print commercials for the touring concert business.  His voice has appeared on thousands of national concert tour ads for most every artist in the industry, from AC/DC to ZZ Top.  He directed over 70 music videos for major artists including George Strait, Billy Dean, Mark Chesnutt, and others.”  Rick Allen Creative Services owner Rick Allen ordered Young’s “The Rise And Demise of Music Radio” on Thursday.  “It arrived Friday,” the former WQHT, New York production director (Allen) states on Facebook. “I read it Saturday.  It saddens me to hear that Bill Young passed away the same day I was reading about his incredible career journey.  He was a pioneer in radio production.  He will be missed.”  Also on Facebook, noted programmer John Rook writes, “If ever there was a word to describe our friend Bill in every way, both professionally & personally, it would be “GOOD.”  A statement released by Bill Young Productions notes that, “Bill was not only the driving force of our industry, he created it, and most certainly was the voice of it.  We will miss Bill’s incredible voice and big heart every day.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a contribution be made to the Alpha-1 Foundation at www.alpha-1foundation.org, or to the charity of your choice.”

longport logoLongport Media Partner Lewis Katz Dies in Massachusetts Plane Crash.  One of the victims of the private jet crash that happened while the Gulfstream IV was taking off from Hanscom Field near Boston on Saturday, May 31 was Longport Media partner Lewis Katz.  Katz was a New Jersey resident, noted philanthropist and media executive whose company owns the Philadelphia Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com.  Longport Media owns five signals serving the New Jersey market.  Longport Media partner, George Miller, issued the following statement: “We mourn the loss of a business partner, a friend and most importantly an incredibly caring individual who touched an unprecedented number of lives in his quest to make the world a better place.  There was no one who gained greater joy at making life better for others than Lewis Katz.  We’ll miss him as a friend and a partner.  We’ll miss his wise advice and caring friendship.  But we should all feel a little better knowing that the world is a much better place because Lewis Katz was part of it.”  Katz was a former owner of the New Jersey Devils and the New Jersey Nets.  Also perishing in the crash were Katz’s neighbor Anne Leeds, Katz’s childhood friend Susan Asbell, and Drew A. Katz Foundation executive director Marcella Dalsey.

conclaveTen Added to Conclave’s 2014 – 2015 Board of Directors.  Joining the board are Pittsburgh voiceover talent/producer Drake Donovan; Jacobs Media digital/social media strategist Lori Lewis; Lakeland Broadcasting president Steve Linder; Corus, Vancouver brand manager Ronnie Stanton; KEEZ, Mankato, Minnesota program director Brad Steele; sales broker Phil Strider; Nicolet Broadcasting Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin’s Roger Utnehmer; and RadioGeorge.com founder/CEO George Woods.  Veteran smooth jazz programmer Michael Fisher and WCWI-FM, Adams, Wisconsin operations manager Bob Goff rejoin the board. Conclave board chair/RCS sales manager Mark Bolke remarks, “This newly reformed board is a direct result of the industry outreach the Conclave began over the winter, soliciting the help of interested individuals in helping the organization rise to new challenges.  We are thrilled that so many extremely talented and respected individuals have chosen to come on board for the next year.  The new members, including professionals who are actively engaged in ownership, management, programming, sales, production, research, and new media, add a wealth of experience and perspective to the Conclave.”  Incumbent board members include Bolke; Jane Dyson; Vallie-Richards-Donovan consultant Harv Blain; Conclave executive director emeritus Tom Kay, and BMI vice president of industry relations Dan Spears.

emersonHoFEmerson College Radio Honors Industry Veterans at Boston Alumni Weekend.  The sixth annual  WERS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place this past Saturday (5/31) and four more former students who went on to “make it big” in the industry were honored.  Pictured at the induction ceremony (l-r): Gary Krantz ’81, president/CEO of Krantz Media Group; Florence Markoff ’37, long-time Rhode Island radio personality on WEAN, WJAR, WICE and WLKW; Jacquie Gales Webb ’77, host, “Sunday Afternoon Gospel,” 96.3 WHUR, Washington, DC;  and Chet Tart ’74, VP/GM, WSVU (Seaview Radio), North Palm Beach.  Emerson College is nationally respected and recognized for having an outstanding radio and television broadcasting department.

y100swonbrosThe Swon Brothers Visit ‘Y100’ and the Frozen Tundra!  Country act The Swon Brothers visited Midwest Communications’ country WNCY, Neenah-Menasha, Wisconsin (Green Bay-Appleton market) “Y100” to perform at its “Y100 Fresh Faces of Country” session.  The performance was an exclusive one for contest winners only.  Pictured here (from left to right) are: WNCY brand manager Dan Stone, Colton Swon, morning show host and music director Charli McKenzie, Zach Swon, and afternoon drive host Mike DuBord.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

| May 28, 2014

duanedoobie graphicLive Music as Community Involvement.  We constantly hear about the importance of “community involvement” in building a successful radio station that is well-rooted.  Community involvement is an invaluable component in our medium’s formula for success – regardless of format… music or spoken word.  In music radio, community involvement (in addition to public service initiatives) means being connected to everything having to do with live presentations of your station’s genre of music in your market — from local unknown struggling acts appearing at hole-in-the-wall clubs, public schools and area churches to the biggest superstars playing at your most prestigious venues… and everything in between.  Of course, effectivelymhcopsSD1973 pulling this off requires a cooperative effort between the station’s programming and sales departments.  Just keep in mind that, 1) almost everything happening (musically) in your market has the potential to be monetized; but, 2) that shouldn’t be a requirement to qualify it as being part of your musical street presence.  Ratings and goodwill equate to money, too.  In a new column posted today (5/28) RadioInfo’s Duane Doobie uses a local concert he attended over Memorial Day weekend in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts to illustrate this point.  In the piece, he shines the spotlight on local Clear Channel country music outlet WRNX (100.9 FM) KIX Country and their very cool involvement at a city musical event to raise money for veterans.  He also goes on to reveal the identity of the scary looking hippie pictured here who was trying to keep the police from shutting down a radio station-sponsored free concert in San Diego in 1973 because it had no security force in place to keep the 5,000-plus attendees from engaging in a pot riot.  To read the entire piece, please click here.

correspondentsDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (5/28) includes such names as: Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Clean Bandit, Magic!, Correspondents, M.I.A.,the Partysquad, Lizzo, Karmin, Nova Rockafeller, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Mark Ballas, Eden Brent, Asylum Street Spankers, Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Steve Fisk, Dirty Heads, The Wind + The Wave, D-PRYDE, Dada Life, Sebastian Bach, Blinders, Porter Robinson, Bipolar Sunshine, American Longspurs, Sunny Sweeney, Joe Lasher, Jr., Blane Howard and Austin Webb among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

gravesspencerDelmarva Broadcasting Suspends WSTW, Wilmington’s Spencer Graves.  “Wakeup Crew” personality Spencer Graves is spending a few days off the air at Delmarva Broadcasting’s hot AC WSTW, Wilmington after being suspended for his handling of a local photo controversy.  Graves was made aware of a photo snafu from a local high school’s yearbook in which an action shot of a cross country runner revealed the boys genitals – apparently published accidently.  Graves and crew did a bit based on it, requesting “embarrassing high school moments” but Graves also posted the photo online and that’s where the trouble started.  Delawareonline reports Delmarva VP/GM Michael Reath says the yearbook photo was a legitimate story but that “Graves went too far.”  Graves apologized for his part in the matter and will return to the air on Thursday, May 29.

rikkiandbrandoWARH, St. Louis Adds Ricki for PM Drive.  Radio personality Ricki (Genevieve Frazelle) (left) joins Brando (right) for afternoon drive on Hubbard St. Louis Radio Group adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” beginning June 2.  The new show will be called “The Ricki & Brando Show.”  Frazelle comes to Hubbard St. Louis from her most recent gig at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s hot AC WNNS, Springfield, Illinois where she co-hosted the morning drive show.  She comments, “I cannot wait to make the St. Louis area and Hubbard Radio my new home.  I am truly blessed to work with the talented team at ‘106.5 The Arch!’”  Program director Kevin Robinson adds, “This combo will add spice to the drive home in St. Louis.  Their unique personalities will create an interesting take on what’s happening locally in St. Louis and in pop culture!”

mullinsmoonMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Hall of Fame country radio personality and programmer Moon Mullins announces he’s retiring from the business after a 52-year career.  He’ll wrap up his current gig at Townsquare Media’s WBKR, Owensboro, Kentucky on June 18 where he’s morning drive host and brand manager…..At Entercom’s country KWJJ, Portland “99.5 The Wolf,” Mike Chase and Amy Faust are back in the morning drive slot, replacing “Fitz in the Morning.”  Chase returns to Portland after a brief stint at Capitol Broadcasting’s AC WRAL, Raleigh…..Louie Diaz exits the program director role at Alpha Media’s CHR KBFF, Portland “Live 95.5.”…..Air personalities Dave Westrich, Julie Michaels, Johnny Kincaid, and Gavin Eddings appear to be on their way out as Townsquare Media‘s oldies WJLT, Evansville, Indiana prepares to flip to sports in the near future…..Faith Broadcasting announces broadcast pro Daniel Wolfe is the new vice president and general for WGAB-AM, Evansville, Indiana and WMTA-AM, Central City, Kentucky.

cantoncountryClear Channel Brings Country to Canton.  Flipping the programming on translator W295BW from adult contemporary to country, Clear Channel announces the debut of “99.7 Canton’s New Country.”  The station is airing the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones morning show and for the rest of the month will air commercial free music.  CC regional programming manager Keith Kennedy says the station is the first Canton-focused country outlet to appear in the market in 15 years.

baisdenmichaelCumulus Sues Michael Baisden for $1 Million in Overpayments.  In a suit filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Cumulus (suing as Radio Networks LLC) is trying to get back $1 million it claims it overpaid to its former syndicated personality Michael Baisden.  Saying it was due to an accounting error, Cumulus alleges Baisden received an up-front $1 million payment in 2011 as his contract amendment stipulated.  However, the complaint goes on to allege that an accounting error resulted in Baisden’s company receiving 15 payments of $66,666.67 – which totals about $1 million.  The complaint alleges Baisden knew about the overpayment and when approached to return it, his company refused.  Baisden and Cumulus did not reach agreement on a contract renewal and they parted in March of 2013.  Cumulus is seeking the $1 million plus interest and attorneys’ fees.

pettengillthefrayWPLJ, New York Kicks Off Summer.  At last weekend’s “Summer Kick-Off 2014,” held at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, Cumulus Media hot AC WPLJ entertained listeners as “The Todd Show” hosted The Fray, Kacey Musgraves, Hot Chelle Rae, and MAGIC!  Thousands of fans turned out for the show.  Pictured here is WPLJ morning drive personality Todd Pettengill (center with vest) surrounded by his morning show crew and members of The Fray.

Historic Memphis Station KWEM to Return.  At first, the return of KWEM, West Memphis, Arkansas will be online, but operator Mid-South Community College is promising to have it on the FM band at 93.3 by the end of the summer, according to the Associated PressChristina Huynh.  KWEM operated from 1947 to 1960 and is famous for allowing wannabe stars to pay $15 dollars for the chance to perform live on the station and enjoy the chance to be discovered.  Many stars did just that, including: B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Ike Turner.  KWEM’s original frequency was 990 AM – currently the location of talk outlet KWAM, Memphis.  Read the full story here.

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