PPM Analysis: Classic Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of the performances of stations airing gold-based formats, based on data from Nielsen Audio’s April PPM survey. Previously, we published reports on the classic hits-oldies and adult hits formats. One chart in this report measures 6+ ratings fluctuations from a year ago (April 2015) compared this year. Hubbard Radio’s KSLX, Phoenix shot up two full shares during the year to jump from #8 in the market to #2. Just two stations in PPM markets ranked #1 in their respective markets in April – both are Entercom-owned stations: KQMT, Denver and KSEG, Sacramento. In this report you’ll also find a chart comparing the performances of classic rock stations, classic hits-oldies outlets and adult hits stations. See Kinosian’s entire report here.
Heather Davis Takes Middays at ‘NASH FM 103.3’ in Nashville. Moving from Curtis Media’s country WQDR, Raleigh to Cumulus Media’s WKDF, Nashville “NASH FM 103.3” is air personality Heather Davis. She’ll handle the midday shift. Cumulus Nashville OM and company VP of country programming Charlie Cook says, “The minute I heard Heather’s audio I knew that she was the sound we need on WKDF. I love her varied on-air experience and she is a social media monster, which is so important today. We are looking forward to Heather joining radio’s best company in one of America’s best cities.”
Donovan Moves to iHeartMedia Tampa as Director of Digital. Digital pro and air talent Brian “Munchie” Donovan re-locates within the iHeartMedia family from its Hartford cluster where he was director of digital and afternoon jock on CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7” to the company’s Tampa station group where he will serve as director of digital. iHeartMedia Tampa president Sam Nein says, “This is a welcome return to Tampa for Brian — he has ‘93.3 FLZ’ in his blood. He has a proven track record across multiple cities, and we’re excited for Brian’s expertise to make a positive impact on our digital strategy.” He assumes the role on July 1.
Foo Fighters Guitarist Chris Shiflett Joins PodcastOne. Los Angeles-based guitarist Chris Shiflett is launching a podcast titled “Walking The Floor” on the PodcastOne platform. The show hosted by the longtime Foo Fighters guitarist “engages a wide range of musical guests with Shiflett’s in-depth, one-on-one interviews exploring their creative inspirations, struggles and successes. With an insider perspective, ‘Walking The Floor’ features some of the biggest names in country, roots, and Americana music, as well as punk rockers, rock’n’rollers, writers, athletes and actors.” Guests include Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Mike Ness and many more. New episodes will be released every other Monday and this week’s edition features an extended interview with country singer Dierks Bentley and explores his history and new album, Black, due out this week. PodcastOne founder and CEO Norm Pattiz says, “It’s great to have the talents of Chris now on PodcastOne. The relationships he brings are an outgrowth of his many years as, quite literally, a ‘player’ in the music business. It’s great to have him aboard.”
National Radio Hall of Fame 2016 Nominees Announced. Today, industry voting begins for the 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame inductees. The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization’s nominating committee. Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of 400 industry professionals, while the other two will be voted on by the public. Public voting commences June 20 for eight nominations for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “The sheer depth of talent in our industry never ceases to amaze me. After much discussion and deliberation, our nominating committee is very proud of this year’s class of nominees. We’re all looking forward to seeing the voter outcome from our industry peers and listeners nationwide.” Inductees will be announced July 11. The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, November 17 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago. Nominees are: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more): Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), San Diego; Charles Laquidara, Boston; Bobby O’Jay, Memphis; and Garland Robinette, New Orleans. Active Local/Regional (10 years or more): Tom Barnard, Minneapolis; BJ & Migs (BJ Shea & Steve Migs), Seattle; Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Chicago; and Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot & Steve Morrison), Philadelphia. Networks/Syndication (10 years or more): American Top 40 & On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest; The Fabulous Sports Babe, Nanci Donnellan; The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey; and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal. Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more): Delilah, Delilah; Gospel Traxx with Walt “Baby” Love, Walt “Baby” Love; The Jim Rome Show, Jim Rome; and The Kim Komando Show, Kim Komando. The following are to be voted on by listeners. Music Format On-Air Personality: Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton; Tom Kent; The Kevin & Bean Show (Kevin Ryder & Gene Baxter); and Bob Kingsley. Spoken Word On-Air Personality: Diane Rehm; Mike Francesa and Chris Russo; Michael Savage; and Sean Hannity.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Adding program director duties for Entercom’s classic hits WMXJ, Pompano Beach, Florida “102.7 The Beach” is John O’Connell. This is in addition to his current role as program director for alternative WSFS, Miami “104.3 The Shark.”…..At Zimmer Radio Group in Joplin, Missouri, Chad Elliot is promoted to market manager for the six-station group. Elliot has been operations manager for the stations in addition to acting as host of news/talk KZRG’s “Morning Newswatch” program. At the same time, the company ups Rob Meyer to operations manager and PD roles for KZRG and promotes Carol Daily to director of sales for the company from her previous national and regional sales manager role…..Cate Carrier moves from Manhattan Broadcasting’s rock KMKF, Manhattan, Kansas to Bahakel Communications’ alternative rock KRXP, Colorado Springs where she’s now midday personality and promotions director…..At Plymouth Rock Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WPLM, Plymouth, Massachusetts “Easy 99.1,” APD Scott Reiniche is promoted to program director. That moves Kevin Cronin from PD/morning host to afternoon personality and Billy Teed is handling AM drive.
Garth Brooks Announces Ticket Sales for Yankee Stadium Concert. Country legend Garth Brooks (right) is pictured here with Cumulus Media SVP of content and programming Mike McVay (left) at Yankee stadium during Tuesday’s press conference announcing tickets for his Yankee Stadium concert go on sale today (5/20). The concert takes place on July 9 and this will be the first-ever country concert at Yankee Stadium. Brooks announced the show last week on “America’s Morning Show.”
2015 Acquisitions Help Entercom to Q1 Net Revenue Hike of 23%. During 2015, Entercom added stations to its portfolio in deals with Lincoln Financial Media and Bonneville. Those deals helped the company’s first quarter 2016 net revenue soar to $96.1 million. Company CEO David Field says, “But the bigger news is that we had another great quarter of organic revenue growth. Same station revenues increased 6% for the quarter… In sum, it was a terrific quarter. What is important to note is that is part of an increasingly consistent pattern of Entercom delivering solid growth quarter-after-quarter. This now marks the fourth consecutive quarter of accelerating organic revenue growth for Entercom.”
When Your Station IS the News. Last week’s attempted takeover of a media outlet in Baltimore by an allegedly deranged man happened at a television station. But, it could just as easily have been a radio station group. ABC Television Network director of business continuity Howard B. Price writes in a column published today (5/2), that “comprehensive, well-resourced and well-rehearsed emergency planning not only assures your continued ability to operate in times of crisis, but more importantly, shows your staff and clients how much you care.” He notes that the Sinclair-owned station and its staffers were prepared and it showed in how the situation was dealt with. Read Price’s valuable advice for preparing for potential emergencies here.
Kenetta Bailey Named SVP of Marketing for CBS RADIO. Joining CBS RADIO as senior vice president, marketing is Kenetta Bailey. She was most recently heading up her own consulting firm – KB Consulting – in which she worked with a variety of start-up businesses on subscriber growth, social media and branding. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez states, “I’m thrilled to welcome Kenetta to our leadership team, and look forward to introducing her creative energy and brand expertise into everything we do. We have a tremendous opportunity to expand the strength of our brands locally and nationwide, as well as define our long range position in the marketplace. I know Kenetta will play an instrumental role in the telling of our story to the industry.” Bailey will be responsible for the marketing and brand positioning of the company, its stations and its digital products. She’ll also provide business-to-business marketing support and work with the division’s market managers and station management to develop and coordinate strategy for their local marketing efforts.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. WMPX, Beaverton, Michigan “Sunny 97.7” morning drive personality Gary Williams retires from the Steel Broadcasting-owned adult contemporary station. Williams had been with the north-central Michigan station for the past 32 years. He’d been working with co-host Chris Schaeffer, who will continue hosting mornings solo…..Beasley Media Group names JoAnn Johnson business manager for its Las Vegas cluster. Johnson has worked in the Las Vegas market for more than two decades…..International radio program distributor Radio Express announces Mike Savage (not to be confused with radio talk host Michael Savage) will host the next generation of its two-hour international hit countdown program titled, “The World Chart Show.” The company is also making the show available to U.S. stations for the first time.
Breaking News: Prince Passes. Fans of Prince are in shock to learn the superstar artist has died. Just last Friday (4/15), Prince had a medical emergency forcing his private jet to make an unscheduled landing in Illinois, but he performed a concert the next day. According to TMZ, Prince was battling the flu and he previously canceled two shows. His body was discovered early this morning (Thursday, 4/21) at his Paisley Park, Minnesota residence. Prince Rogers Nelson was 57. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison recalls, “I remember how much heat we took from so many people in the radio business when I was PD at album rocker KMET, Los Angeles in 1984 for adding Prince’s great song ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ – all because he didn’t have the generally accepted image as a true ‘rocker.’ I said, ‘Let the industry be damned’ and played the heck out of that record. Very few complaints from the listeners – we had one of our best books that period in years. What a lesson there was in that… a lesson this business still needs to fully learn.”
NAB Show Day 3. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports for RadioInfo from Las Vegas and the huge 2016 NAB Show. In today’s column, Cooke reviews the Q&A with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Often accused of being less sensitive to radio’s needs and more concerned with regulating the Internet, Wheeler told the NAB Show attendees that he’s a big fan of radio (NPR is his first choice). He says when asked by interviewer (former NAB TV Board Chair) Marci Burdick about the state of AM/FM in these changing technological times, “The question is whether those managing technology will change with it.” But he says the FCC has worked quickly to process FM translator applications. “Since we opened the window, we have processed over 500 ‘new stations.’” Read the entire report here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Denver-based Cherry Creek Radio names Jonathan Brewster the new CEO, taking over for company founder Joe Schwartz, who in February announced he was leaving the company to pursue new challenges. Brewster was previously senior vice president of Qantum Communications prior to its dissolution in the three-way iHeartMedia–Connoisseur-Qantum deal of 2014. Cherry Creek owns 53 stations in 11 markets…..Cumulus Media’s Boise country outlet KQFC “NASH FM 97.9” names Rick Daniels the new afternoon drive personality. Daniels comes to Boise from Lawrenceburg, Indiana where he was production manager at Wagon Wheel Broadcasting’s country WSCH “Eagle 99.3.”
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses based on data from Nielsen Audio’s March 2016 PPM survey. Yesterday, we published a report on mainstream CHR that you can see here. Noting AQH share improvement (6+) from one year ago, CBS RADIO’s WZMX, Hartford “Hot 93.7” improved 3.7 shares to achieve a 9.4 share and the #2 rank in the market. Other notable year-over-year improvements include: Entercom’s WJMH, Greensboro which rose 1.7 shares to a 9.4 share and the #1 rank in the market; and CBS’ WPGC, Washington which improved 1.5 shares to reach a 4.3 share and leap in rank from #16 to #8. Also in this report is a comparison of the performances of both CHR and rhythmic CHR stations in their respective markets. See it all here.
Music Industry Reunion A Smashing Success. Friendships were strengthened, acquaintances were renewed, and memories of a mostly bygone era were in massive abundance. The event was last night’s (Wednesday 4/20) fourth “Music Industry Reunion,” which has been ping-ponging between Los Angeles and New York City (where there were two more), with last night’s five-hour soiree at the Los Angeles area’s Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. A committee of music industry executives including Jon Scott and Greg Lee organized the reunion with Scott reflecting, “It is hard to put into words the feeling I have with about 400 people who were all a part of the golden age of music. They all had a passion for music and creativity. It was just a special, spectacular night. There were so many people hugging each other – it was really incredible.” While there was no formal agenda at the schmooze fest, Scott (pictured at right) was surprised to receive several awards for his tireless efforts over the decades on behalf of the music industry. “Last night was like an incredible dream,” Scott remarks. “Some of the finest and best music industry people there have ever been were there. To be surprised by the three awards I got put it over the top for me. If you were there, you know what an amazing night it was; if you missed it, we better see you next year.” Industry trade publications RadioInfo and All Access joined forces as co-sponsors of “The Music Industry Reunion.” RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (above left) joined All Access CEO Joel Denver (above right) and other key speakers in addressing the crowd during the course of the fun evening.
Robin Quivers to Host Women of Influence Awards. This year’s 2016 Women of Influence Awards presented by the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research will take place on Friday, May 13, 2016 at The Plaza Hotel in New York. Howard Stern show cast member Robin Quivers will again host the awards celebration that honors “seven outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in business and inspire other women around the globe to live their dreams while balancing work, family, home and health.” The seven honorees are: Ariane Duarte, executive chef and owner at Ariane Kitchen and Bar; Debra Joester, president and owner of The Joester Loria Group; Kristine Johnson, CBS 2 co-anchor 5pm and 11pm newscasts; Dalia-Lamming Tilly, M.B.A., comptroller for the Transport Workers Union Local 100; Nancy Lieberman, NBA assistant coach, Sacramento Kings and Hall of Famer; Ruby Marchand, vice president of international repertoire development at Warner Music Group and vice chair of the Recording Academy; and Sue Phillips, president and CEO of Scenterprises.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The news that Axl Rose is assuming the lead singing duties for AC/DC was predicted by WXXN “ROCK 100.5” morning show host Jason Bailey. Bailey stated on March 22 that Rose would end up fronting the band based on a reliable tip. He says, “It was from a source that has never steered me wrong in the past, I felt the info was strong enough to at least have a conversation about it on the show.” The official Rose and AC/DC announcement came this past weekend, coinciding with an appearance from Angus Young on stage with Guns N’ Roses at the Coachella Music Festival…..Pictured here with the “America’s Morning Show” crew is actress and singer Rita Wilson (and wife of actor Tom Hanks). She stopped by the NASH Campus in Nashville this morning (4/21) to sing songs from her new self-titled album. Pictured are (front row) Blair Garner and Wilson, (back row) Chuck Wicks and Kelly Ford.
Elroy Smith Named OM/PD for Entercom’s San Francisco Urban Stations. Urban radio programmer Elroy R.C. Smith joins Entercom’s San Francisco cluster to serve as operations manager and program director for urban contemporary KBLX and rhythmic oldies KRBQ “Q102.1” as part of what the company is calling “a re-organization to enhance collaboration and natural synergies between brands, as well as operational innovation.” Smith was most recently operations director for Summit Media’s Greenville, South Carolina station group. Entercom San Francisco VP and market manager Steve DiNardo states, “We are thrilled to welcome Elroy to the Bay Area and to the Entercom family. He is a career urban and rhythmic programmer who has competed at the highest levels in major markets like Chicago and Philadelphia. His acumen in both programming and operations will be invaluable to our continued success and momentum in the marketplace.” Smith replaces Stacy Cunningham as OM and Trevor Simpson as PD for KRBQ.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Joining iHeartMedia’s alternative KDGE, Dallas “102.1 The Edge” for morning drive is Texas radio personality Atom Smasher. He replaces Jagger effective May 2..…Chris Randolph exits iHeartMedia’s country WAMZ, Louisville where he was co-hosting mornings with Amy Nic. Station afternoon personality Corey Calhoun is set to join Nic for morning co-host duties.
Nielsen: Urban Contemporary and Classic Hits Rise in March PPMs. Date from Nielsen Audio’s March 2016 PPM survey indicates that the urban contemporary format has continued its steady climb over the past six PPM surveys. According to the March 2016 National PPM Format Trends analysis from the ratings giant, “So far this year, urban contemporary has gained 0.1% each month in Nielsen’s portable people meter ratings, moving 3.5%-3.6%-3.7% from January to March among all listeners (6+). The format has also been climbing among adults 25-54, growing from 4.2% in January to register an all-time high of 4.4% in March. The biggest change since February occurred among urban contemporary’s core audience of adults 18-34, where the share jumped three-tenths of a point to a 6.9% share in March.” As for classic hits, the format enjoyed its best March in three years – 5.3% share (6+) – and is poised to continue the trend as summer is usually good to this format. Read more here.
Entercom Debuts ‘7×7’ Alt Music Discover Program. The seven alternative rock stations owned by Entercom comprise the panel that is choosing a monthly artist to highlight for seven days simultaneously. The program is called “7×7,” and the alternative stations have chosen Descendant Records artist The Wild Wild for this month and will feature his track “When We Were Young.” Next month, 30th Century Records/Columbia artists Maybird, will be featured with their track “Turning Into Water.” Entercom alt rock stations WLKK, Buffalo “Alternative Buffalo”; KRBZ, Kansas City “The Buzz”; WSFS, Miami “The Shark”; KNRK, Portland; KKDO, Sacramento “Radio 94-7”; KBZT, San Diego “FM 94/9”; and KNDD, Seattle “The End.” Entercom president of programming Pat Paxton says, “We’re thrilled to launch this program simultaneously across all of our alternative stations. Our program directors in these markets are the leading taste makers for alternative new music discovery in the country, and this demonstrates how dedicated Entercom is to working with artists, managers and labels to develop great new artists.”
The iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party Returns to Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The annual iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party is back at the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Saturday, May 21. The event is part of Fontainebleau’s BleauLive concert series and featured artists this year include: Flo Rida, DNCE with special guest Hailee Steinfeld, Tinashe, Lukas Graham, Kygo and Jason Derulo, with more performers to be announced. The day begins on Saturday afternoon with an all-day pool party featuring sets by iHeartRadio’s house DJs, including Prostyle. The concert begins in the evening. The audio will aired on iHeartMedia-owned CHE rhythmic CHR and hot AC stations. Also, a one-hour television special will be created from the event and aired on The CW Network on Wednesday, June 1 at 8:00 pm ET.
KISQ, San Francisco Flips to ’98.1 The Breeze.’ Taking aim at Entercom’s adult contemporary KOIT in San Francisco is iHeartMedia, flipping rhythmic oldies KISQ to soft AC as “98.1 The Breeze.” The station says the new on-air talent lineup will be announced soon, but the station is playing 10,000 songs commercial free for now. iHeartMedia San Francisco SVP of programming Don Parker says, “The Bay Area has tremendous heritage with adult contemporary hits, however as various stations evolved over time, almost all of them have vanished from the radio. I’m happy to say that is no longer the case. ‘98.1 The Breeze’ delivers relaxing favorites that are perfect while you work, help you unwind after a long day, or take it easy on the weekend. ‘The Breeze’ is the most refreshing station in the Bay.” In the Nielsen Audio March 2016 PPM survey, KISQ scored a 2.3 share (6+) while KOIT ranked fourth with a 4.6 share (6+).
Round Three of March PPM Ratings Released. The third of four rounds of Nielsen Audio‘s March 2016 PPM ratings information has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. Nielsen’s March 2016 PPM survey period covered February 25 – March 23. See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.
1) Portland – Based on stats from Portland’s “Holiday” 2015 report, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” flaunted one of the greatest leads a #1 station could have over the runner-up, 16.1 shares: 21.4 versus 5.3 for KOPB, 6+. Suddenly though, “The Rose City” is the site for an actual race for the top as “K-103” has its third straight downward trend (21.4 – 9.5 – 8.8, 6+) while Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s KOPB is up-trending for the third successive sweep (5.3 – 6.7 – 7.4 – 8.0, 6+). That means the 16.1-share lead is down to eight-tenths. Nonetheless, “K-103” is #1 for the 21st time in the last 23 ratings periods. In advance of the January sweep, KOPB had been down or flat the previous four monthlies (6.7 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+). This is KOPB’s strongest 6+-performance in exactly two years (8.0, March 2014, 6+). Over and above logging a whopping +1.2 to apply the brakes to four consecutive monthlies without an increase that produced a combined -2.3 (5.6 – 4.8 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+), Alpha Media‘s KUPL “The Bull” catapults from #13 all the way to #6 (3.3 – 4.5, 6+). Meanwhile, format rival – Entercom’s KWJJ “The Wolf” – falters by one-half share to 5.5 (6+), but remains at #3 for the third straight sweep. In February, “The Wolf” relinquished eight-tenths of the +1.7 it registered the previous month. Prior to a -2.1 in December, “The Wolf” enjoyed four successive positive trends (7.0 – 8.2 – 8.3 – 8.7 – 9.3, 6+) for a combined +2.3. While “The Bull” improves by +1.2, talk sibling KXL-FM sputters by nine-tenths to 3.7 – its lowest 6+-share since 3.5 in March 2015 – and it falls out of the top ten (#8 to #12, 6+). Co-owned KBFF “Live 95-5” is off by six-tenths (4.7 – 4.1, 6+), segueing from sixth to ninth. The +1.7 iHeartMedia’s KLTH “The Eagle – Classic Hits” registered in January now vanishes with a -1.2 in February and a -.6 in March (5.3 – 7.0 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+); “The Eagle” drops from fourth to fifth. Registering an increase the past three monthlies for a combined +1.4 since December (3.0 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.4, 6+), Entercom classic rock KGON drops two-tenths to 4.2, yet actually climbs from ninth to eighth; 4.4 is its highest 6+-share since last June (4.7). Notching a .6 (6+) in January, the jazz stream of Mount Hood Community College-owned KMHD disappeared in February but returns in March with a .5 (#26).
2) Charlotte – Off by a combined -2.7 November-December-“Holiday,” Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC recaptured all but two-tenths in January only to drop eight-tenths in February. “Country’s Greatest Hits” has yet another wild shift, a -.9 (8.8 – 7.5 – 6.1 – 8.6 – 7.8 – 6.9, 6+), yet is #1 for the third straight time. This is the fourth successive sweep that cross-town challenger – iHeartMedia‘s WKKT – is in third-place. By remaining flat (at 5.6, 6+) though, “The Kat” curtails six consecutive negative trends that yielded a cumulative -4.2 (9.8 – 9.6 – 8.8 – 8.5 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.6, 6+). Regaining the one-half share it lost in February (and one-tenth more), adult hits cluster-mate WLKO “The Lake” (4.4 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+) returns to #8 (from #10). In January, “The Lake” notched a +.7 to halt its string of five consecutive down or flat trends (5.6 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+); WLKO was a combined -1.9 since August. Mainstream CHR sibling WHQC “Channel 96-1” declines by one-half share (4.3 – 3.8, 6+) and departs the top ten (#8 to #11). Also in that cluster, after being up or flat the past three sweeps for a combined +1.2 (2.5 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+), alternative WEND “The End” falters by four-tenths to 3.3 (6+), sliding from #12 to #13; February’s 3.7 is the highest 6+-share for “The End” since last July’s 3.8. Steady at #6, Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF “Old School 105.3” improves by three-tenths to 4.9 (6+), thus ending a consecutive trio of negative trends (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+). Without an increase for the fourth straight sweep (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.2, 6+), Beasley Media Group urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” stumbles from sixth to ninth.
3) Pittsburgh – An oversimplification would be that iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet WWSW repeats at #1, but there’s so much more to the story than that. For instance, “3WS” was +5.8 in “Holiday” 2015, halting four straight decreases for a combined -2.4 (10.8 – 10.1 – 9.3 – 8.9 – 8.4, 6+). In January, it regressed by -6.3 (14.2 – 7.9, 6+); rebounded with a +1.6 in February; and now tacks on another +1.2 (9.5 – 10.7, 6+). The (6+) country share in “The Steel City” registers a +1.6 spike. Nine-tenths of that +1.6 comes from CBS Radio‘s WDSY “Y-108,” which extends its progressive streak to three (3.9 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.8, 6+) and climbs from eighth to sixth. This is the highest 6+-share for “Y-108” since September 2014 (6.0). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s WPGB (+.7, steady at #10, 6+) is without a decrease for the fifth successive sweep (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.9, 6+) and registers its best 6+-stat since November 2013 (4.1). Faltering by nine-tenths each are Steel City Media adult hits WRRK “Bob” (7.3 – 6.4, fourth to fifth, 6+) and CBS Radio hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7” (5.3 – 4.4, sixth to eighth, 6+). The 6.4 (6+) for “Bob” is its weakest since “Holiday” 2013 (6.3). Most of KDKA-AM’s robust January +2.2 vanishes as the CBS Radio talker was -.6 in February and now posts a -1.3 (6.6 – 8.8 – 8.2 – 6.9, 6+) to slide from third to fourth. KDKA-AM was -1.8 in the “Holiday” report.
4) Sacramento – Inching up from sixth to fifth, Capital Public Radio‘s KXJZ notches its fourth straight increase (3.0 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+) and is +1.8 since December. Without an increase for the past four sweeps – including being locked on .9 (6+) in “Holiday” 2015, January, and February – classical sibling KXPR adds one-tenth to 1.0 (6+) and checks in at #21. Up by one-half share, Entercom-owned classic rock KSEG “The Eagle” not only repeats at #1, it matches the 9.5 (6+) it registered in December. Four-tenths behind at #2 is iHeartMedia news-talk hybrid KFBK, which has its third straight progressive trend and is up more than two full-shares since “Holiday” 2015 (7.0 – 7.3 – 8.7 – 9.1, 6+). Without a decrease four straight times (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.8 – 4.0, 6+), Entravision rhythmic CHR KHHM “Hot 103.5” (#13 to #14) has since regressed by one-half share in January; six-tenths in February; and another one-tenth in March (3.5 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). Ever since “Holiday” 2015, cross-town competitor, CBS Radio‘s KSFM, has been alternating between 3.5 and 3.2 (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+) and is steady at #11. Flat or (modestly) up the past five sweeps (.8 – .9 – .9 – .9 – .9 – 1.2, 6+), “Hot 103.5” regional Mexican cluster-mate KRCX “La Tricolor 99.9” drops three-tenths and is back to .9 (#22). Model of consistently KQEI, .2 (6+) in nine of the last ten sweeps, improves to .5 (#24, 6+).
5) San Antonio – Bragging rights for highest (6+) February – March gain in the 36 PPM-markets released thus far go to KROM “Que Buena 92.9” for its two-share improvement (4.7 – 6.7, 6+). Not only does the Univision regional Mexican station rocket from sixth to second, it is the first time “Que Buena 92.9” crosses the six-share threshold since December 2012 when it reached 6.0 (6+). Sibling KXTN “Tejano & Proud” though is off by one-half share (3.8 – 3.3, 6+) to slip from #12 to #13. Duplicating February’s 9.0 (6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM is again #1. Prior to dropping from first to second in the “Holiday” sweep, KONO-FM was #1 in 17 of the previous 22 sweeps. Moreover, it is the first time “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” has reached the nine-share level (6+) in six years (9.2, March 2010). Dialing up a +.8 (3.9 – 4.7, 6+), classic rock sibling KTKX “The Eagle 106.7” cracks the top ten (#11 to #7). With a +.7 to 5.4 (6+), co-owned KISS “Rocks San Antonio” puts an end to three straight negative trends which yielded a -1.5 (6.2 – 5.8 – 5.4 – 4.7, 6+); KISS climbs from sixth to fourth. For the fourth straight sweep, Alpha Media Group adult hits KJXK notches an increase (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.8 – 4.1, +.7, 6+) as “Jack-FM” moves from #12 to #11 and has its best 6+-stat since May 2014 (also 4.1). Latest results in the market’s country tussle find Cox Media Group’s KCYY “Y-00” (frozen on 7.0 in January and February) off by a whopping -1.3 to 5.7 (second to third, 6+), while iHeartMedia‘s KAJA “KJ-97” is right behind trending 5.2 – 5.4 (third to fourth, 6+). The March +.2 by “KJ-97” curtails five successive sweeps without an increase (7.4 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.2, 6+) that produced a -2.2. While the two stations are typically within close 6+-share/rank proximity, “Y-100” has won 11 of the last 12 head-to-head battles. A loss of seven-tenths forces iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “Mix 96.1” out of the top ten (4.4 – 3.7, #8 to #12, 6+). Adult contemporary sibling KQXT “Q-101.9” is off by six-tenths (4.8 – 4.2, 6+) to spiral from fifth to ninth, while its supplemental HD3 channel sputters by one full-share (3.2 – 2.2, #14 to #15, 6+).
6) Cincinnati – The third straight increase for WGRR is a +.8 (6.8 – 8.5 – 8.8 – 9.6, 6+) and the Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet is +2.8 since “Holiday” 2015. The last time “103.5 WGRR” was in nine-share territory was nearly three years ago (9.2, 6+, April 2013). It trails market pacesetter – iHeartMedia heritage talker WLW (10.4 – 10.1, -.3, 6+) – by just one-half share. After registering four straight increases (10.1 – 10.2 – 10.7 – 11.3 – 11.7, 6+), WLW was -1.3 in February but “The Big One” is in double-digits (6+) for the 26th successive sweep. Two streaks continue for Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ: “Q-102” holds the #4 spot for the seventh straight time and posts a positive trend for the third successive sweep (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.5 – 7.8, 6+). Until a +.8 in January, “Q-102” was without a gain in the previous four sweeps (7.2 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+). Similarly, four consecutive negative trends by cluster-mate WUBE “B-105” for a combined -3.6 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 7.3 – 5.9, 6+) concluded in January when the country outlet posted an increase of two-tenths. WUBE multiplied that gain by nine in February and tacks on two-tenths in March (6.1 – 7.9 – 8.1, 6+) as “B-105” remains at #3. Unchanged at #5, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98” has its third successive decline (11.9 – 7.2 – 6.3 – 6.1, 6+), producing a -5.8 and roughly 49% loss of its 6+-share. Meanwhile, classic rock cluster-mate WOFX “The Fox” (steady at #10) is without a gain for the fifth straight time (6.0 – 5.7 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+) for a -2.2 in that stretch. Flat at #8, iHeartMedia rocker WEBN has its fourth consecutive down or flat sweep (4.9 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+).
7) Cleveland – Stymied at 6.6 (6+) in January and February, CBS Radio-owned WNCX “98.5 Cleveland’s Classic Rock” rolls out – appropriately enough – a +.6 (to 7.2, 6+) and advances from a tie at #4 to a deadlock at #3. This is the strongest 6+-performance for “Cleveland’s Classic Rock” since July 2014 (also 7.2). Following back-to-back January and February gains totaling a combined +1.9 (6.8 – 8.1 – 8.7, 6+), Radio One urban AC WZAK forfeits the bulk of it (7.2, -1.5, 6+) as it slips from second to third. January’s +1.3 halted four straight sweeps without an increase (8.4 – 7.9 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 6.8, 6+). Steady at #8, co-owned urban contemporary WENZ also had four straight down or flat trends (5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+); however, “Z-107.9” turns it around with a trio of progressive sweeps (4.3 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 5.8, 6+) and is four-tenths ahead of where it was when these streaks began in September. Unchanged at #10, iHeartMedia CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” hasn’t had a decrease in the last six sweeps yet is only up a total of four-tenths (4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+). While it doesn’t make it three straight gains of six-tenths, country cluster-mate WGAR adds two-tenths to January’s +.6 and February’s +.6 (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.3 – 6.5, 6+), remaining anchored at #6. Up two-tenths to 6.8 (6+), co-owned WHLK “106.5 The Lake” halts three straight sweeps without an increase (7.4 – 7.4 – 7.3 – 6.6, 6+), yet actually backslides from fourth to fifth. This marks the third consecutive slip for classic hits-oldies sibling WMJI (12.3 – 11.5 – 10.6 – 10.3, 6+), but “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” is #1 – just as it was in January and February. In fact, WMJI occupied the top spot for eight straight months before giving way in “Holiday” 2015. The -.3 in March is very tame, as dating back to last April, fluctuations for WMJI have been -2.2; +.1; +1.1; +1.0; -.2; +.4; -1.3; +1.4; -1.8; +1.9; -.8; -.9; and now -.3. The 12.3 share (6+) it recorded in “Holiday” 2015 is its best ever under PPM methodology. Co-owned talker WTAM is at 5.6 (6+) for the third straight time and remains in seventh-place.
8) Salt Lake City – A change at the top finds KZHT (+1.6 in February) gaining four-tenths to progress from second to first. It is the third straight progressive trend for the iHeartMedia CHR (4.7 – 5.1 – 6.7 – 7.1, 6+) and best 6+-performance for “Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” since last August (7.5). Displaced at #1 is Bonneville talk outlet KSL (6.9 – 6.5, -.4, 6+), which drops to a second-place tie with Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.7” (6.7 – 6.5, -.2, 6+), which recorded a +1.1 in January to stop seven consecutive down or flat sweeps (8.1 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+). Rebounding from February’s -.7, Cumulus Media country KUBL “K-Bull 93” posts a one-half share increase (4.3 – 3.6 – 4.1, 6+) to climb from tenth to eighth. It is in a tie there with similarly formatted independent KSOP “Utah’s #1 Country Z-104,” which is off by six-tenths and falls from seventh in February; 4.1 is the lowest 6+-share for “Z-104” since 3.9 in “Holiday” 2014. Right behind the two country outlets and improving by one-half share (3.3 – 3.8, 6+) is iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY “My 99.5,” which enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Off by seven-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are Broadway Media siblings KUDD “Mix 105.1 – All The Hits” (3.9 – 3.2, #9 to #12, 6+) and adult hits KYMV “Rewind 100.7” (2.7 – 2.2, #14 to #17, 6+).
9) Las Vegas – While not nearly as pronounced as the situation in Portland (see above), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5” enjoyed a commanding 10.7-share “Holiday” 2015 advantage over Beasley Media Group‘s KKLZ (then in third-place). In tandem with the third straight decline by “Sunny” (15.7 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 7.1, 6+) and three successive gains by KKLZ (5.0 – 6.0 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+), the lead shrinks to one-half share. Even so, “Sunny 106.5” is #1 for the 19th straight time. Having pulled the plug on five straight negative trends (5.4 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+) with a one-half share gain in February, Beasley Media Group urban-rhythmic oldies outlet KOAS “Old School 105.7” tacks on an additional seven-tenths to zoom from seventh to fourth (4.3 – 5.0, 6+). Posting gains of six-tenths each but remaining unchanged at #11 and #10, respectively, are hot AC cluster-mate KVGS “Star 107.9” (2.9 – 3.5, 6+) and iHeartMedia‘s KWNR “New Country – The Bull” (3.8, 6+). “The Bull” had been down or flat the past four sweeps (4.4 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.2, 6+); 3.5 is the highest 6+-share for “Star” since it transitioned from adult hits to hot AC in January 2015. Gaining three-tenths and finishing third for the third straight monthly is KVGS’ format rival, CBS Radio-owned KMXB “Mix 94.1” (5.5 – 5.8, 6+). Tied with “Star” at #11 in February, Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “Radio for Life” is up one-half share (2.9 – 3.4, 6+), yet backslides to #12. Stuck on 5.2 (6+) in January and February, CBS Radio’s KLUC “Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” sputters by six-tenths to 4.6 and slides from fourth to sixth. Meanwhile, up or flat for the fifth successive time (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KPLV “93.1 The Party” (#15 to #16) has its best 6+-stat since last July (2.8).
10) Kansas City – Registering gains of six-tenths each are Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies and adult hits siblings KCMO “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” (5.4 – 6.0, fourth to second, 6+) and KCJK “Jack FM” (3.2 – 3.8, #14 to #12, 6+). As far as “Jack” is concerned, 3.8 is its strongest since the 3.9 it recorded in August 2010. Prior to February, KZPT was in the 5.2 – 5.9 range (6+) the previous seven sweeps but “99.7 The Point” exploded with a +1.2 to progress from third to first. Albeit that it is down three-tenths in March (6.8 – 6.5, 6+), the Entercom hot AC repeats at #1. With a loss of four-tenths to 4.2 (6+), cluster-mate KQRC though has its consecutive string of up or flat trends stopped at three (3.8 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.6, 6+) and “Kansas City’s Rock Station” dips from seventh to ninth. There isn’t much activity among the market’s three country FM facilities. Steel City Media‘s “Country 94.1” is unchanged in both 6+-share (4.4) and rank (#8); co-owned KBEQ “Q-104 #1 for New Country” (4.1, -.3, 6+) drops from eighth to tenth; and Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” (3.3, +.1, 6+) slides from #14 to #16. “Q-104” had been up or flat the past four sweeps (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+), while “The Wolf” had not had an increase in the last four ratings periods (4.4 – 4.3 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.2, 6+). Regressing by one-half share each are Cumulus Media’s KCHZ “The Vibe – All the Hits” (4.1 – 3.6, #11 to #15, 6+); Entercom talker KMBZ-AM (3.0 – 2.5, #16 to #18, 6+); and Carter Broadcasting‘s KPRT “Gospel 1590” (1.1 – .6, #23). “The Vibe” was +1.0 in February.
11) Orlando – Dusting itself off from February’s -1.2, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF gains all of it back (and one-tenth more) with a hefty +1.3 (8.2 – 7.0 – 8.3, 6+) as “Magic 107.7” inches up from third to second. Recent (wild 6+) trending for “Magic” includes +.5 in October; -1.0 in November; +1.6 in December; +5.2 in “Holiday” 2015; -4.7 in January; -1.2 in February; and now +1.3 in March. It is two full-shares behind co-owned Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba” (flat at 10.3, 6+), which is #1 for the third straight sweep. Breaking out of a fourth-place tie and climbing to third is CBS Radio hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1,” which registers its third straight gain for an overall +2.1 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.5, 6+). This is the most potent 6+-share for “Mix” since its 8.6 in May 2013. Faltering by -1.2 and -.9, respectively, are Cox Media Group urban AC and rhythmic CHR cluster-mates WCFB “Star 94.5” (6.2 – 5.0, seventh to eighth, 6+) and WPYO “Power 95.3” (4.8 – 3.9, #9 to #12, 6+). “Power” was +.6 in February; 4.8 was its best 6+showing since a 5.2 in February 2015. Unlisted for the third consecutive sweep is contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3 Safe for the Little Ears,” which finished third in “Holiday” 2015.
12) Columbus – Improving by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively are Saga Communications hot AC and adult contemporary siblings WVMX “Mix 107.9” (3.0 – 3.6, unchanged at #10, 6+) and WSNY “Sunny 95” (6.8 – 7.3, fourth to third, 6+). The 3.6 (6+) by “Mix” is its best since returning as a Nielsen Audio subscriber 18 sweeps ago in December 2014. Notwithstanding that it is flat at 11.1 (following a -1.1 in February), iHeartMedia CHR WNCI holds down the top spot for the third straight month. Plummeting by eight-tenths each are co-owned talker WTVN (7.3 – 6.5, third to fourth, 6+) and One Connection Media Group contemporary Christian WCVO “The River – Uplifting & Encouraging” (4.4 – 3.6, fifth to tenth, 6+). “The River” improved by one-half share in February to 4.4, its strongest 6+-performance since last May (4.7). Back in print after a two-month absence are Saga Communications classic rocker WLVQ “Q-96” (4.7 – 4.3, -.4, #6, 6+) and Ohio State University-owned WOSU-FM (3.5 – 3.8, +.3, #8, 6+). Frozen on .5 (6+) the past three sweeps, Radio One gospel WJYD (#14 to #17) nudges up one-tenth to .6; “Joy 107.1” was without a gain the previous four ratings periods (1.2 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .5, 6+).
CBS RADIO Names Chad Fitzsimmons VP of Music Initiatives. Getting vice president stripes at CBS RADIO is Chad Fitzsimmons, who moves up from his director, music initiatives to vice president, music initiatives for the division. Prior to being named director three years ago, Fitzsimmons was director of integrated marketing CHR KAMP “97.1 AMP Radio,” adult hits KCBS-FM “93.1 JACK FM” and alternative KROQ in Los Angeles. CBS RAIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero says Fitzsimmons will be responsible for the creation and execution of the division’s marquee concert series, including annual flagship properties such as “We Can Survive” and “The Night Before.” Olivier comments, “The exponential growth and critical acclaim that our national events have experienced over the last few years is a direct result of Chad’s vision and passion for the unique and powerful marriage of radio and the music industry. Today’s announcement recognizes the significant leadership role he plays and will continue to play as we strengthen the bond between our stations, listeners, clients and of course, artists.”
Johnson Upped to SVP of Programming at iHM Omaha. Programmer Erik Johnson is promoted to the SVP of programming post at iHeartMedia’s Omaha station group that includes: country KXKT “Kat 103.7,” country KFFF “The Wolf 93.3,” classic hits KGOR, CHR KISO “Kiss 96.1,” and news/talk KFAB. Johnson will continue as PD for KGOR, KISO, and KISO-HD2. He’ll also remain afternoon jock on KXKT.
Air Personality Shane Celebrates ‘Milwaukee Day’ on Scripps’ WKTI. Brew Town air personality Shane is undertaking an epic live, remote broadcast on Scripps’ country WKTI, Milwaukee today – “Shane’s Super-Amazing Milwaukee Day Adventure.” He’ll broadcast live from 15 iconic Milwaukee locations in one afternoon show. The tour will stop at historic restaurants, museums, venues and Milwaukee landmarks, including the Harley Davidson Museum, the Miller Brewery and more. Station president and GM Tom Langmyer says, “KTI COUNTRY’ is about being fun and living local, so when the team created the live broadcast tour we jumped at the chance to make it happen. There are so many things to see in do in Milwaukee and we’re excited to share it on-air and online through our website and social media.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. Capitalizing on Emmis’ large urban audience in New York City, ABC Radio is launching ABC Urban Suite with Emmis’ WBLS serving as the first affiliate. ABC Urban Suite is a variety of weekly programming that features profiles of iconic names in entertainment, music and sports, including: Tyler Perry, Beyonce, Anthony Anderson, Misty Copeland, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart, Spike Lee and Lebron James, among others. The ABC Urban Suite also includes web content and promotional opportunities exclusive to Urban affiliates…..Sun Broadcast Group brings the Cromwell Radio Group and Greater Media aboard the Shazam For Radio platform. The interactive radio service is being used on the 20 Cromwell stations and Greater Media’s WBOS-FM…..Alpha Media is working with software provider Aptivada to power its contesting, promotions, and database management. The software allows Alpha to tie everything into one system and have the ability to run national contests, promotions and sales-driven campaigns from the top down.
Curtiss Johnson Named SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Sacramento. Programming pro Curtiss Johnson returns to Sacramento to take the SVP of programming position for iHeartMedia’s six-station cluster. In addition to his recent work as program director of Hubbard Broadcasting’s WDRV, Chicago, Johnson spent 20 years in the Sacramento market serving as station manager and program director for KSEG, KRXQ and KWOD. iHeartMedia market president Sara McClure states, “I’m thrilled to bring Curtiss Johnson back to Sacramento as our SVP of programming. Curtiss’ experience and relationships in Sacramento are perfectly suited for our programming and client needs. I look forward to partnering with him to take iHeartMedia Sacramento to new heights.” The company operates country KBEB “B92.5,”adult hits KQJK “93.7 JACK FM,” classic hip hop and R&B KHYL “V101.1,” talk KSTE, news/talk KFBK, and classic rock K296GB “107.1 The Brew.”
Doc Medek to Mornings at Froggy 101 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. On March 30, RadioInfo reported that Doc Medek was exiting CBS RADIO’s country WXTU, Philadelphia where he’d been co-hosting the morning drive show with Andie Summers for the past six years. Medek had been commuting to the station from Scranton where his wife works. Now we learn that Medek is the new morning host on Entercom’s country WGGY, Scranton. Medek is co-hosting “The Doc Show with Jessie” – referring to partner Jessie Roberts. They take over for the departed Eric Peterson and Selena Robertson. This is a return to WGGY for Medek who hosted mornings at the station from 1999 through 2010.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Affiliate stations of USRN’s “Pulse of Radio” show prep will be treated to more behind-the-scenes coverage of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction than ever before, according to the company. This year, stations will be able to download exclusive backstage images captured by a United Stations photographer. Plus, producer Howie Edelson will be gathering event audio and backstage interviews. This year’s inductees are: Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A., and Steve Miller…..Compass Media Networks-syndicated “Original Country Gold” with Rowdy Yates is making a special one-hour tribute show honoring Merle Haggard available to stations with no network spots, commercial obligations or market exclusivity. Stations interested simply email Adam Wilbur at Compass at: email@example.com…..SiriusXM is honoring Merle Haggard this weekend turning the Willie’s Roadhouse channel into “Merle’s Roadhouse.” After news of Haggard’s death broke, Willie Nelson himself called in during his daughter Paula Nelson’s show and said, “It’s not a happy day for any of us out there, and we all are with Merle’s family and friends and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.” “Merle’s Roadhouse” weekend programming will also include an encore broadcast of the Django & Jimmie album special hosted by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, which was recorded when the album was released in 2015; a two-hour special dubbed “Feeling Haggard” hosted by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel; and a one-hour 2003 conversation between Haggard and Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson from his “Bill Anderson Visits with the Legends” show…..Country artists the Rachel Allyn Band stopped by the WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” studios on April 7 to chat with afternoon personality Jesse Addy. The band’s new EP, Next Year’s Girl, comes out today via iTunes. Allyn told Addy that a mix of Elvis Costello’s “This Year’s Girl” and the hope that she will be “next year’s girl” gave the band the name for their EP. Pictured above, the band performs the single from the EP along with their other songs, “No Second Chances” and “Perfect.”
Michael Harrison and Richard Neer Discuss Broadcasting, Narrowcasting and Podcasting in Sweeping Conversation About Changes in Commercial Media and Pop Icons over the Decades. In a strikingly organic conversation that covers a wide variety of topics from old-time television to the changing morality of superheroes in entertainment to the differences between quantitative and qualitative marketing – WFAN, New York personality, author and pop culture “renaissance man” Richard Neer joins his old friend Michael Harrison as this week’s guest on the PodcastOne international hit, “Up Close and Far Out.” Harrison and Neer have been engaging in “What if?” and “To be Continued” conversations like this on radio, TV, at industry seminars (and even privately for their own entertainment) on a regular basis for almost 50 years. This podcast marks what Harrison loosely calculates as the 2550th time these talkers have met in this manner since October of 1967. To listen to this “media freak’s verbal salad” in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of www.Talkers.com and www.RadioInfo.com.
Fourth Music Industry Reunion in Los Angeles Less Than Two Weeks Away. The fourth “Music Industry Reunion,” set to take place in Los Angeles, is less than two weeks away. It’s happening at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California on Wednesday evening April 20, between 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm and reports are that some 300 music industry people from the past and present are planning to attend. The informal event is open to all members of the music and music-related industries free of charge. The reunion is again being organized by veteran record executives Jon Scott, Greg Lee, and a committee of music industry professionals. These events have become tremendously successful, with each of the first three drawing a larger crowd of colorful legends on both coasts than its organizers originally anticipated. And now, according to Scott, “The demand for a fourth necessitates that we do it again. Not only do past attendees want to come back, but also we are hearing great interest from folks around the country who missed the previous events and are planning to fly to Los Angeles. Last October’s Big Apple installment of the Music Industry Reunion drew more than 250 people, including luminaries such as Ron Alexenburg, Johnny Barbis, Danny Buch, Harvey Leeds, Jim DelBalzo, Paul Rappaport, Judy Libow, Roxy Myzall, Tony Berardini, Patty Martin and so many more. Scott explains, “I really thought the first Los Angeles Music Industry Reunion would just be a one-time event, but it was such a smash and the follow-up in New York was even bigger. Now even more people keep asking, ‘When is the next one?’ I am thrilled that old music friends attend these events and have a wonderful, rare opportunity to connect with colleagues they haven’t seen in years.” The party is free with no host food and bar – but because of space limitations, it is important to make reservations. For those attending from outside the Los Angeles area, a special room rate has been arranged at the nearby Sheraton Agoura Hills ($139). To make a reservation with the host hotel please click: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1602101975&key=2AA0D0FF or call toll free 800-325-3535 and mention Music Industry Reunion. Members of the LA Music Industry Reunion organizing committee include: Jon Scott, Greg Lee, Joel Denver, Michael Harrison, Fred and Kirbie Croshal, Tommy and Luanne Nast, Cary Baker, Ted Cohen, Kenny Ryback, Peter Gidion, Joel Newman, Richard Chemel, Robert and Sue Emmer, and Rick Frio. Organizer Jon Scott sums it up: “Keep in mind, this is not an ‘official’ convention or seminar being put on by an industry trade association or publication. As a matter of fact, we have two leading trade publishers from separate publications on the organizing committee – Joel Denver of AllAccess and Michael Harrison of RadioInfo – and each of their publications are providing grants to help fund the expenses that the event incurs and keep it free for attendees. There is no charge, no fee, no agenda, except for seeing each other!” Scott continues, “Lots of laughs, stories, and the amazingly positive synergy of just hanging with each other!” According to Michael Harrison, publisher/editor of RadioInfo.com, “This bi-coastal annual event is the closest thing we have today to experiencing the magical sense of ‘community’ that made working in this industry so joyous and memorable during its golden era. RadioInfo and I are honored and humbled to be partnering with the great Joel Denver and AllAccess in providing grants to help make it a wonderful free happening.” AllAccess.com president/publisher Joel Denver adds, “Getting members of the music community together at the Music Industry Reunion to celebrate what we do, spreading the joy of music to radio in its many forms — who then share it with the public to keep the creative process going — is something that I so look forward to. My staff at AllAccess.com and I are thrilled to support this event, and to work hand in hand with our good friend Michael Harrison and RadioInfo to help defray the costs of the Music Industry Reunion. We look forward to seeing you!” For more information about the forthcoming fourth Music Industry Reunion coming to Los Angeles, call Jon Scott at 818-981-9876 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To register click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-industry-reunion-los-angeles-42016-tickets-21316522292. To follow and join the Music Industry Reunion LA Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MusicBusinessReunion/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/musicbizreunion Instagram: http://instagram.com/musicbizreunion
Kliesch Joins KKMJ for Morning Drive. Trading-in country for adult contemporary, Ryan “Ryno“ Kliesch will debut next Monday (4/11) as wakeup talent (5:30 am – 10:00 am) on Entercom Austin’s KKMJ “Majic 95.5.” Vice president of programming & operations Nikki Nite comments that, “We are truly excited to welcome Ryan to the Entercom Austin team. He will bring a fresh, contemporary approach to mornings on ‘Majic 95.5.'” Kliesch remarks, “I could not be more thrilled to be joining Entercom Austin and to be a part of this heritage radio station. It is great to finally get the opportunity to work with Nikki Nite and be close to family.” He will be arriving from Bonneville Denver where he did mornings on country KYGO, which until this past November was owned by Entercom. In 2015, Kliesch won the Colorado Association of Broadcasters awards for “Best Morning Show” and “Best Personality.” He previously spent 10 years with iHeartMedia Nashville on country WSIX “The Big 98” and CHR WRVW “107.5 The River.” Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s PPM report for Austin, adult contemporary “Majic 95.5” ranks second (6.0) behind Emmis-owned adult hits KBPA “Bob” (9.4); “Majic” was #1 in “Holiday” 2015 (11.4, 6+).
Kasper to Fill PM Drive Role at ‘US 99.5’ in Chicago. After PM drive personality Shila Nathan left the CBS RADIO country station back in January to move to New York and join Cumulus Media’s WNSH “NASH FM 94.7,” the company announces Mike Kasper is the new afternoon host at WUSN, effective April 20. Kasper has been working for iHeartMedia at its Richmond, Virginia station group where he was afternoon host, APD and music director at CHR WRVQ “Q94.”
‘Twitch’ Promoted to OM for Cumulus Lexington. The newly created operations manager position at Cumulus Media’s Lexington, Kentucky is filled by rock WXZZ program director and morning host Anthony “Twitch” Longo. He’s been with “Z-Rock 103” for the past 12 years and is also heard in syndication via Westwood One. Longo will serve as OM for the cluster’s other four stations: country WLXX “NASH 92.9,” classic country WVLK-FM “NASH Icon 101.5,” CHR WLTO “Hot 102,” and news/talk WVLK-AM. Cumulus Lexington GM Scott Frazier comments, “What we want in an effective OM is someone who is passionate, energetic, creative and a leader experienced in multiple formats. Anthony ‘Twitch’ Longo embodies all of these qualities in one dynamic package. I am excited to be working with him in this position.”
Chris Kenney Named VP/Market Manager for Cumulus Wilkes-Barre. Radio sales and management pro Chris Kenney is promoted from his general sales manager position with Cumulus Media’s Harrisburg station group to vice president and market manager for the company’s five-station Wilkes-Barre cluster. Cumulus regional vice president Ron Giovanniello states, “We are thrilled to recognize Chris’ talent with this opportunity to lead our terrific Cumulus team in Wilkes-Barre. I’m very excited about the energy, enthusiasm and ideas that Chris will bring to our business in Wilkes-Barre and I’m looking forward to his contributions.” Cumulus operates adult contemporary WMGS “Magic 93,” CHR WBHT, rock WBSX “97.9 X,” country WSJR, and sports talk WARM-AM.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At iHeartMedia’s adult contemporary KOST, Los Angeles, Ryan Manno joins the “Ellen K Morning Show” to serve as senior producer. This is a promotion for Manno who has been serving as a weekend personality for sister station KYSR, Los Angeles…..A new executive joins Compass Media Networks as chief financial officer. Hiram Lazar is a former Dial Global and Westwood One executive who will be based out Compass’ Rye, New York headquarters.
Former General Sales Manager Suing CBS RADIO for Age Discrimination. This suit has been filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida by Margaret Carole Bowen who says in her complaint that she was terminated from her GSM post at country WKIS-FM, Miami after a 33-year career there because of her age. She was 59 at the time. In the complaint, Bowen outlines the scenario in which younger, less-experienced staffers were promoted while she was demoted after CBS’ acquisition of the former Beasley Broadcast Group station, despite her excellent employment record. She also cites a statement allegedly made by then-general manager Joe Bell that the acquisition by CBS was “going to be great for the younger employees like Keriann Worley (age 43), director of sales, and Andy King (who is in his twenties).” When Bowen was eventually dismissed, she says she was told her position was being eliminated. Worley was then named to that job. Bowen is seeking back pay, plus damages and attorneys’ fees.
iHeartMedia Announces ‘Daytime Village’ Lineup for iHeartRadio Music Festival. This September 23 and 24 will be the 6th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. iHeartMedia is now announcing the acts that will perform at its Daytime Village at the Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 24 between the two nights of the festival (it will announce the evening performers later in the summer). The Daytime Village performers will include: Panic! At The Disco, Troye Sivan, Hailee Steinfeld, Good Charlotte, Lissie, Cold War Kids, Daya, Cage The Elephant, The Chainsmokers, Jeremih, and previously announced performers Sam Hunt and Alessia Cara. iHeartMedia president of national programming group Tom Poleman comments, “In just three years, the Daytime Village has become the perfect complement to the historic iHeartRadio Music Festival. Fans love the village vibe where they can check out their favorite artists in all different genres while partying on the strip with their favorite iHeartRadio personalities.”
PPM Analysis: Mainstream Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second in a three-part analysis of the performances of rock-formatted stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s February 2016 PPM survey. Yesterday, we presented an analysis of alternative rock that you can find here. Kinosian reports that 61% of rock-formatted stations in PPM markets saw their (6+) AQH share rise from the February 2015 survey to February 2016, led by heritage rockers WVBZ, Greensboro (+2.6); WIYY, Baltimore (+1.9); KSHE, St. Louis (+1.8); WJRR, Orlando (+1.8); WRIF, Detroit (+1.1); and WHJY, Providence (+1.0). Only KSHE, St. Louis ranks #1 in its market (6+), but six other rock stations rank in the top five in their respective markets. See Kinosian’s entire report here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. In the Midland-Odessa, Texas market, Townsquare Media names Chris “Muttley” Stevens operations manager for its five-station cluster that includes: rock KBAT (for which he’ll also serve as brand manager), adult contemporary KODM, country KNFM, hip hop KZBT, and sports talk KMND-AM. Kevin Chase moves from the KBAT brand manager post to morning host on KODM…..Air personality Debbins moves from evenings to the afternoon drive slot at Entercom’s CHR WPXY, Rochester. He fills the slot left open by former PM driver and music director Emily Wild’s transfer to the company’s alternative WLKK, Buffalo…..Jake Sommers joins New Life Media-owned Christian CHR WCIC-FM, Peoria to co-host the afternoon program with current personality Suzanne Happs. Sommers will also manage the station’s production and imaging.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Pictured here at right is country musician Jordan Rager performing in the WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” studios during a chat with station afternoon host Jesse Addy. Rager was a contestant on Season Two of NBC’s “The Voice” at age 17. Rager was on Team Blake and told Addy that Blake Shelton was very helpful to him and called him a “sure-fire country star in the makin’.” Among the songs her performed on the show was his new single “Southern Boy.”…..Former Cap Cities/ABC executive Phil Beuth’s memoir, Limping On Water, is in its second edition and Beuth has generously donated half of the proceeds from the book to the Broadcasters Foundation of America. BFoA chairman Phil Lombardo says about Beuth and the book, “Phil’s story is the tale of a disadvantaged boy, born with cerebral palsy who, through luck, pluck, strength of character, skill, persistence and loyalty, rose to become a top executive at one of America’s most respected and successful media companies, Capital Cities Communications, later ABC/Cap Cities. In fact, Phil was the very first employee at Cap Cities and stayed with the company throughout his entire career, including during his tenure as head of “Good Morning America.” This is a must read for radio and media freaks. Order it through Amazon here…..Community Broadcasters radio stations CHR WNKI “WINK 106” and country WPGI “100.9 the Wolf” in the Elmira-Corning market helped raise more than $96,000 for the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units at Arnot Ogden Medical Center during the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon. The March 9-11 radiothon was hosted by the stations’ air staffs…..SiriusXM announces that actor, screenwriter and musician Jason Schwartzman will host a new, monthly music show on the SiriusXMU channel that will focus on new music. Schwartzman – member of the band Coconut Records – will turn listeners on to his favorite independent music, new and old. It’ll feature the music he’s been listening to lately, vintage indie from his own record collection and the occasional guest appearance…..iHeartMedia is honored by The Shorty Awards for Best of Social Media at a Live Event for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival and a Gold distinction as a finalist in The Shorty Awards Live Events category for the company’s social engagement for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media usage and activation across the web and are produced by New York-based tech firm Sawhorse Media.
Michael Harrison Gets ‘Up Close and Far Out’ with Kurt Hanson. In this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” the RadioInfo publisher conducts a candid and informative conversation with online radio pioneer Kurt Hanson from the convention floor of the recently concluded Radiodays Europe in Paris, France. Hanson wears two feathers in his cap. He is the founder and CEO of the tremendously successful online radio music service, AccuRadio, that provides hundreds of thousands of music fans with a wide spectrum of music genres both old and new. He also is publisher and founding editor of RAIN Enterprises. RAIN provides the industry with two major services, the Radio and Internet Newsletter and its annual RAIN conference on the relationship between radio and the internet held in conjunction with the NAB Radio Show. According to Harrison, “Kurt Hanson is a visionary in the merging fields of radio and digital broadcasting as well as being a heck of an entrepreneur. He’s also a ‘Star Trek’ fanatic and I’m delighted to present our fascinating Paris conversation to the world’s ‘media freaks’ this week.” To listen to the podcast in its entirety please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.