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Thursday, February 28, 2013

| February 28, 2013

crs2013Country Radio Seminar 2013: Research Study Presented to Packed House.  At the first day of the three-day Country Radio Seminar 2013, radio consultant and CRS research chairman, Joel Raab presented the findings of this year’s ‘Ethnographic Study’ to attendees.  Some of the conclusions drawn about the lives andraabjoel attitudes of country radio fans: 1) Radio’s competition is no longer only between stations. The fight today is against all of the other media: television (outlets like CMT/GAC/TCN), YouTube, Pandora, and even personal mobile devices; 2) People are choosing to listen to the device that presents the path of least resistance.  In the car, that remains radio.  At home or in the workplace, there is a much more competitive situation: television, in particular, at home and the internet at work; 3) If one listens to radio today, it is often devoid of emotion.  And yet when you talk to people in their homes, they place the emphasis on the emotions that country music elicits; 4) One maynebillof the challenges that radio faces is the fact that country fans don’t spontaneously equate country music strictly to country radio like they used to.  This poses a challenge to radio to provide talented DJs/hosts to guide the listeners in a more personal manner.  CRS executive director Bill Mayne states, “Their results yielded from this highlyharrisonmichael personal and rarely used ethnographic methodology exposes continued challenges for country radio in the coming years.  We are optimistic that the points brought to light in this study will yield considerable discussion in radio circles in the months ahead.”  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison adds, “Although these findings are indeed sobering, it is a very good thing for the radio industry to come face-to-face with the realization that we must make our medium as attractive and competitive as possible – not by beating the heck out of each other, but by making radio THE source of valuable input and entertainment when compared to all the new and exotic competition it faces from the outside.  The findings of this study do not just apply to country radio but to all music-based formats.  We MUST retake ownership of the music culture and bring the human element back to music radio big-time.”  You can find the entire study at www.EdisonResearch.com.

crhof20132013 Country Radio Hall of Fame Class Inducted at CRS in Nashville.  The class of the 2013 Country Radio Hall of Fame in both the Radio and On-Air categories were officially inducted during a ceremony and dinner Tuesday evening at the Nashville Convention Center.  Gaylon Christie was inducted in the Radio category and Dr. Don Carpenter, Crook & Chase, Eddie Edwards and Bill “Dex” Poindexter were the On-Air category inductees.  Other awards presented during the ceremony included the CRS Career Achievement Award, given to George Strait and the CRS President’s Award, presented to Bob Romeo.  Pictured here are the 2013 class of the Country Radio Hall of Fame (from l – r, back row): Charlie Chase and Lorianne Crook, CRS executive director Bill Mayne, Eddie Edwards; ACM executive director Bob Romeo, Bill “Dex” Poindexter, CRS president Mike Culotta.  (front) Gaylon Christie.  Not pictured here is Dr. Don Carpenter.

kinosianmikeToday: Part Four of the Five-Part RadioInfo Mega-Special “The State of Adult Contemporary Radio” Focuses on “Corporate and Creative.”  In today’s installment of Mike Kinosian‘s masterful overview of one of music radio’s most enduring, yet chameleon-like, formats, RadioInfo focuses the spotlight on the corporate history of AC radio over the past two-decades following its evolution from pre-consolidation to its present status.  Today’s massive segment includes comparative ratings numbers and a special extra excursion into the career and thoughts of adult contemporary’s most prolific songwriter, the phenomenal Diane Warren.  To read this informative radio industry blockbuster, click here.

demaybrianCumulus Providence Names Brian Demay PD of AC WWLI “Lite Rock 105.”  Brian Demay comes to Cumulus Media’s WWLI, Providence from Beasley Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WJBR, Wilmington, Delaware where he was PD.  He assumes the position left open since the departure of Tony Bristol.  Demay says, “The minute I walked into the Providence cluster, I knew I had found a home.  The energy and enthusiasm of the team Barbara Haynes and Davey Morris have assembled is second to none.  I have missed working in an environment like this, and I’m excited to be a part of the Cumulus family.  I’m also very enthused to be working with my friend and mentor Mike McVay again and to work with AC corporate PD and VP/Stratus Music Emily Boldon.”  Boldon states, “WWLI is a heritage AC.  Brian has worked with a few of these in his career.  He understands the responsibility that goes along with programming a station that’s already at the top of the ratings heap.”

hastingskeithGreater Media Names Keith Hastings PD of WCSX, Detroit.  Programmer Keith Hastings has been overseeing the programming end of the Motor City classic rock station since November and now Greater Media names him permanent PD.  Market manager Steve Kosbau says, “We knew that Keith had a great track record when he joined us as a consultant last fall.  During his time here, he has demonstrated the tremendous vision and leadership that will keep WCSX Detroit’s dominant classic rock station well into the future.  We are thrilled to have him.”  Hastings’ rock radio pedigree is strong having served 18 years with Saga Communications at several of its rock stations. He also programmed Entercom’s WAAF, Boston from 2002 to 2005.  He says of his new gig, “My thanks to Peter Smyth, Steve Kosbau, Buzz Knight, Fred Jacobs, and Greater Media for welcoming me to one of America’s truly great classic rock brands.  With assets like the unmatched musical heritage of Detroit, our veteran personalities, top-shelf digital platforms, and commitment to being the best at what we do, I’m excited and honored to embrace this new opportunity at WCSX-FM.”

mckinzierothMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  McKinzie Roth joins Cumulus Media’s hot AC WRWM, Indianapolis “i94” for middays.  She has served in the market for 10 years as morning co-host on Radio One’s CHR WNOU “RadioNow 100.9”…..Changes at Clear Channel’s Cleveland stations include CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” PM drive host Java Joel adding assistant PD and music director duties.  He continues to be music director for adult hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake.”  Miles Hlivko is upped to assistant program director at rock WMMS.  He’s beenbartlettjim handling creative services for the station…..Mid-West Family’s adult contemporary WMGN, Madison “Magic 98” promotes Jim Bartlett to afternoon drive from his previous weekend post.  He takes over for Jim McGaw who left the station last month…..DJ Oreo exits the night shift at Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR KHTT, Tulsa “106.9 K-Hits.”…..DJ Severe exits the afternoon shift at Palm Beach Broadcasting’s hip hop WMBX, West Palm Beach “X102.3” after 10 years with the station.

jelli logoJelli and Entercom Strike Group-Wide Deal.  Radio group Entercom and social radio platform creator Jelli agree to terms that will see the former use Jelli’s advertising platform across 104 ofentercom its radio stations in 23 markets.  Jelli says its service enables real-time ad serving and listener engagement across social, mobile and broadcast platforms, creating unique insights for advertisers.  According to a statement from Jelli, its “network now reaches 23.5 million unique listeners weekly.  Radio ad impressions served by the Jelli Platform have grown to an over 1.7 billion annual run-rate, which is a greater than 1,300 percent growth rate year-over-year.”  Entercom regional president Weezie Kramer states, “We saw the benefit of connecting our stations to a cloud-based platform that will generate new and incremental national advertising dollars.”

bfoa2013Broadcasters Foundation of America Raises $375,000 at “Golden Mike Award” Ceremony.  The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised $375,000 to help broadcasters in need at the BFoA 2013 Golden Mike Award ceremony honoring David J. Barrett, chairman and CEO of Hearst Television, Inc at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Monday evening.  The event was hosted by legendary sports broadcaster and voice of the San Francisco Giants Jon Miller.  Joining him as presenters were popular media personalities Steve Harvey and Dr. Mehmet Oz along with Barrett’s son Casey, former president and CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations.  Also taking part were 2011 Golden Mike winner Alan Frank and Hearst Television president Jordan WertliebEllen DeGeneres provided some laughs via a video presentation, as did Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.  Singer Darlene Love provided entertainment.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Phil Lombardo, chairman, Broadcasters Foundation of America; Steve Harvey; Jim Thompson, president Broadcasters Foundation; Dr. Mehmet Oz; Darlene Love; 2013 Golden Mike Award Recipient David J. Barrett and Jon Miller.  The Broadcasters Foundation has provided millions of dollars in aid to colleagues who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy.  Individual membership is only $150 a year.  Donations also can be made to the Guardian Fund, and corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative.  For more information, to apply for a grant, or to make a contribution, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org or call 212-373-8250.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

| October 4, 2012

More PPM Monthlies.  Our recap of the September monthlies continues with snapshots of Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, and Minneapolis; summaries for the top ten metros were posted earlier this week on RadioInfo….. In Detroit, this is the second straight month that CBS Radio controls the top four spots; however, WYCD (+.5 from August) trades places with sports sibling WXYT-FM, which is down one full share. The 7.7 for #1″Detroit’s Country” is its most potent 6+-share since August 2011 when it hit 7.9…..In Miami, seven of the top nine register August-September gains. The most substantial is nine-tenths by WHQT, which is the front runner for the 14th successive month…..In Seattle, flat from August, KISW (“The Rock of Seattle”) repeats as the (6+) market leader. Just eight-tenths of a share separates the #8 station from #19.….In Phoenix, Clear Channel adult contemporary KESZ (flat from August at 5.4) is #1 for the first time since “Holiday.”  KFYI (#2) is up one full share to 5.3, which is the Clear Channel talk station’s best (6+) showing since October 2009’s 6.3.  Following a 4.8 – 6.0 July – August surge which took KZON (“101.5 Jamz”) all the way to #1, the CBS Radio rhythmic CHR endures a 1.6-share loss and falls to sixth…..In Minneapolis, as soon as CBS Radio transitioned WLTE to country in December 2011 as KMNB, the Twin Cities became a rare top 50 market without a mainstream adult contemporary outlet. That lasted until this past April when Cumulus‘ WGVX evolved to AC from oldies. “Love 105” (#13) gains seven-tenths and enjoys its finest (6+) stat since July 2010’s 3.5. For comprehensive Mike Kinosian coverage of these PPM markets and more, click here.

2012 Radio Mercury Awards Winners Announced – JWT San Juan Wins Best of Show – WGN Snags Radio Production Award.  Winners for the 2012 Radio Mercury Awards were announced last evening (10/3) at the 21st annual awards reception at the Highline Ballroom as part of the 2012 Advertising Week Conference in New York. This year’s Best of Show Award was awarded to JWT San Juan for their campaign, “The Most Popular Song” for client Banco Popular de Puerto Rico by JWT San Juan/Medianet, marking the first time a Spanish language spot and/or campaign has won Best of Show. “’The Most Popular Song,’ by JWT San Juan was truly the most thought provoking, creative and effective submission we heard,” said Bill Ludwig, chairman and CEO, Campbell Ewald, and chief judge for the 2012 Radio Mercury Awards. “This campaign helped reinvent the way clients use radio as an advertising medium, and most importantly found a unique way to directly connect with consumers.”  RAB president/CEO Erica Farber adds, “This was a stellar year for radio creative, the winning brands showcase the array of radio’s advertisers. This is a true testament to radio’s ability to engage consumers, build awareness and influence culture.”  The lively ceremony hosted by Clear Channel’s Q104.3, New York morning show host, Jim Kerr, also featured appearances by many of radio’s leading personalities including: CBS Radio’s Ty Bentli, NOW 92.3 and Wayne Cabot, WCBS 880; and Emmis Radio Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds. DJ Whutevva, from Clear Channel’s Power 105 served as the guest DJ for the night.  Among the winners from radio is Tribune’s WGN, Chicago in the category “$5,000 Radio Station Produced Winner” for “Shifty Eyes” – for the sponsor, Oak Park Natural Pet & Fish.”  Pictured here is Erica Farber of the RAB and Bill Ludwig of Cambell Ewald presenting the $50,000 “Best of Show” check to Jaime Rosado of JWT-San Juan (center).

2013 Country Radio Hall of Fame Inductees Announced. The CRS board of directors has announced the class of the 2013 Country Radio Hall of Fame in both the Radio and On-Air categories.  Gaylon Christie is the Radio category inductee, and Dr. Don Carpenter, Crook & Chase, Eddie Edwards and Bill “Dex” Poindexter are the On-Air category inductees.  The class of 2013 will be officially inducted at a dinner ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at 6:00 pm at the Nashville Convention Center.  The Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony unofficially kicks off Country Radio Seminar each year.  CRS 2013 is held Feb. 27-March 1, 2013.  “Induction into the Country Radio Hall of Fame signifies a lifetime of excellence and achievement, and this year’s class of inductees personifies those qualities at the highest level,” said CRS Hall of Fame committee chairman Charlie Morgan.

Steph Duran Joins KEZK, St. Louis for Middays.  CBS Radio St. Louis announces Steph Duran will return to the company as the “Fresh 102.5” midday personality, effective Monday, October 8.  KEZK and KYKY program director Marty Linck says, “Steph has great name recognition in the city and lots of experience in the format.  She is witty, in tune with the community and on top of pop culture, so I know she will be a great companion for our listeners during the work week.”  Duran spent time on the air in St. Louis at crosstown adult hits WARH doing evenings  but is best known for her role as a morning personality on CBS Radio’s “Phillips and Company Morning Show” on KYKY from 2000 to 2005.  She says, “I’m thrilled beyond measure to be joining the team and terrific air staff at Fresh 102.5 and CBS Radio St. Louis!  It’s a great feeling to come home and I just can’t wait to get started!”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Entercom moves Nikki Nite to Sacramento from Austin to take on the station manager program director role at CHR KDND and AC KBZC.  Nite was programming hot AC KAMX, Austin for Entercom.  She takes over for Dan Mason who was wooed away from Entercom Sacramento to take the PD role at CBS Radio’s CHR WODS, Boston “103.3 Amp Radio.”…..Shawn Parr returns to the morning drive slot on Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters’ country KKGO, Los Angeles “Go Country 105” after two years in the midday slot.  The Orange County Register’s Gary Lycan reminds us Parr was ousted from the morning show in late 2010 for Jay Coffey, followed five weeks later by Ginny Harman and then Ryan Fox with Ashley Paige.  The thought then was more music and less personality in AM drive.  Now, Parr gets another chance to bring personality to the morning show…..Cox Media’s WFEZ, Miami “Easy 93.1” promotes afternoon host Jeanne Ashley to music director…..Clear Channel-owned CHR WZEE, Madison “Z104” parts company with program director Hunter Quinn who’d been with the station for the past five years.

City of Naples, Florida, Recognizes B103.9.  WXKB (B103.9 “The Number One Hit Music Station”), Naples received an official proclamation from the City of Naples in recognition of its raising awareness of a wide variety of local charities. Mayor John F. Sorey III proclaimed yesterday (10/3) as “B103.9 Day” in Naples.  Pictured is the mayor presenting the B103.9 staff with the key to the city and proclamation.


HOT NEW PROGRAM: Envision Radio Networks Debuts “The Core” – a Two-Hour Weekly 1990s Rock Show.  In the 1990s a new class of rock artists emerged and created a sound that defined a generation. Often displaced because it didn’t fit the mold of classic rock or new rock, an entire decade of revolutionary music has found a home in a new syndicated show titled “The Core” from Envision Radio Networks.  The show is hosted by veteran personality Meltdown and programmed by Steve Black from rock powerhouse WRIF, Detroit.  The program offers music and updates from the rock artists including Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, and U2.  “The Core” creator Steve Black tells RadioInfo, “The 90s-era represents one of the biggest shifts of a musical direction in rock history. If you were 15 when Green Day released “Dookie” in 1994, you’re now 33 years old. If you were a senior in high school when Nirvana re-shaped the music world, you’re 38 years old and more than ready to reflect on those days gone by.” Black is also the mastermind behind the successful syndicated shows “The Chop Shop,” “Chop Shop Classic,” and “Classic Rock Live.” Meltdown is the staple afternoon drive host at WRIF, where he has worked for the past 17 years. He tells RadioInfo, “This is the music that encompasses the ‘core’ of my radio career. I played these songs when they were new. Once I heard the concept for this new weekly program, I had to jump on board.” As one of the first nationally syndicated shows to specifically follow the PPM format, “The Coreallows the music to speak for itself with only two commercial breaks an hour. The program uses weekly benchmark features to dig deeper into the roots of the bands that formed their sound in the 90s by highlighting interview clips and actualities in the “Artist Profile,” playing rare acoustic and live versions with “Core Performance,” and remembering the big musical event of this week in history with the “Core Sample.”  Stations interested in more information can visit www.envisionradio.com or contact Melissa Bachtel at 216-831-3761 or melissab@envisionradio.com.

Changes at the Top at Blue Star Media Group.  Effective immediately, Blue Star Media Group president and CEO Michael Metter exits to pursue interests outside the radio business and former executive vice president Jeff Weber returns to the company to lead it as consulting operations executive.  Blue Star owns and operates Business TalkRadio Network; Lifestyle TalkRadio Network; WLFP, Pittsburgh; WGCH, Greenwich, Connecticut and recently sold KNUU, Las Vegas.  Weber, who resigned from Blue Star in December of 2011 after 10 years of running the operations, says, “What a great opportunity to return to work with our exceptional staff and the fine content product we provide our more than 1,000 affiliates and the outstanding programs our owned stations air for their listeners.”

TeleSouth Communications Launches New Satellite Platform.  Attention radio station tech wizards:  Clear Channel Satellite a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc., announces the deployment of the first XtremeSat Media satellite broadcast distribution platform for TeleSouth Communications Inc. TeleSouth purchased the system to deliver 10 high quality audio channels to its affiliates and company owned radio stations from its uplink located in Jackson, Mississippi. TeleSouth has also entered into a multi-year agreement with Clear Channel Satellite to provide satellite capacity for the distribution of its programming, and with the new technology, they were able to significantly reduce their occupied satellite bandwidth and monthly recurring costs.  “Recent technology advancements have made it much less expensive to operate your own multi-channel satellite network,” remarks Mike Hagans, president, Clear Channel Satellite. “The new uplink and receiver platform allows syndication providers who have their own uplinks to replace their aging and inefficient receivers and head-end gear with a system that is much more bandwidth efficient. The new system has dramatically reduced monthly recurring costs, while providing advanced features like AAC audio, spot insertion, and an intelligent fallback feature that automatically uses an alternate carrier, streaming audio or receiver-stored content when needed.”

Entercom Market Winner Wednesday.  Entercom Communications Corp. is the big broadcast sector winner Wednesday, closes up .07 (+6.86%) at 7.32 as the market closes slightly higher.  Sirius XM Radio, which releases third quarter results on October 30,  enjoys a good day up 0.11 (+4.20%) at 2.73.  Saga Communications, announcing a special cash dividend in December, closes  up 1.03 (+3.18%) at 42.15.

FCC Approves Nassau Transfers to WBIN Media.  The commission approves the assignment of 17 Nassau Broadcasting III, LLC Debtor-in-Possession stations to New England operator Bill Binnie’s WBIN Media Co. (part of his Carlisle Capital Corporation).  Transfers include oldies/news/talk WLAM-AM, Lewiston, Maine; oldies/news/talk WLVP-AM, Gorham (Portland), Maine; country WTHT-FM, Auburn (Portland), Maine; and an FM translator in  Portland; country WBQQ-FM, Kennebunk, Maine; classic rock WHXR-FM, Scarborough, Maine; classical WBQX-FM, Thomaston, Maine; classical WBQI-FM, Bar Harbor, Maine; classic hits WBYA-FM, Islesboro, Maine; classic hits WFNK-FM, Lewiston, Maine; news/talk WEMJ-AM, Laconia, New Hampshire; classic hits WFNQ-FM, Nashua; CHR WLNH-FM, Laconia; CHR WJYY-FM, Concord; country WNHW-FM, Belmont, New Hampshire; oldies WNNH-FM, Henniker, New Hampshire; country WZLF-FM, Bellows Falls, Vermont; and country (simulcast of WZLF) WXLF-FM, Hartford, Vermont.  Binnie bid $12.5 million for the stations in May.  Last year he purchased independent WBIN-TV in Derry, New Hampshire and a low-powered television station WYCN-LP in Nashua…..Elsewhere, the FCC grants a new Auction 84 AM station at 1100 kHz in Lebanon, Oregon to Jessica Lund.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:  Art Laboe Still Going Strong at 87.  One of the seven honorees to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame next month (11/10) in Chicago received a Hollywood Walk of Fame “Star” in July 1981 and has a mile-long inventory of other impressive awards and significant resume credits.  A trailblazing entrepreneur, highly-accomplished Los Angeles program director, and multi-decade air talent, he sold several of his Fresno and Tucson radio holdings to Clear Channel in 2001 for $17 million.  Listeners enjoy his five-hour, one-of-a-kind on-air presentation six nights a week on a 16-station network, as well as on Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio. From the time he was eight years old, this individual wanted to be a radio personality.  In and of itself, that is hardly noteworthy, as it mirrors the tale of so many of broadcasters in the business.  What does make Art Laboe‘s narrative so extraordinary is that when he was eight, the year was 1933 so as the Utah native points out, “Radio itself was only about 10 years old.  In those days, there was movies and radio.  If you wanted to be in show business – that was it.”  To read Mike Kinosian’s complete profile of the legendary Art Laboe, click here.