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Monday, February 17, 2014

| February 17, 2014


duanedoobie graphicDOOBIE:  It Takes More than Knowing the Number of “Spins” to Determine If a Song Is a Hit, Not to Mention How to Program It.  This is especially true if the number of spins is based to a measurable degree upon a promotional buy within the context of a radio/record company deal as opposed to a research or quality judgment based on competitive programming.  RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie tells it like it is in a new column posted today (2/17) in which he writes, “When it comes to selecting music for airplay on a competitive station, the term ‘hit’ is extremely subjective.  There are no magical criteria or empirical truths that a programmer can completely count on when it comes to measuring the value of any given song at any given time to be an element that will attract and keep listeners.  There are so many other elements (and terms) that come into play beyond determining whether a recorded piece of music is a ‘hit’ or has the potential to become one…including, of course, the human element.  Anyone who is in a position of programming music on competitive radio should make it their business to understand the meaning of terms and concepts (some of which haven’t been used in years) such as ‘stiff,’ ‘burn out,’ ‘hype,’ ‘turntable hit,’ ‘golden ears,’ ‘charts,’ ‘research,’ ‘rotation,’ ‘payola,’ ‘plugola, ‘cross-over,’ ‘recurrent,’  ‘gold,’  ‘platinum,’ ‘oldie, and (a really important one) ‘radio wars.’”  Doobie explains, “There are more…but let it suffice, at least for the point of this article, that the 16 terms listed above (17 if you count the re-occurring term, ‘competitive’) carry great meaning in understanding the process of programming music on a radio station that realizes the world owes it neither an audience nor a living.  Here’s a fact of life that today’s mega-corporate radio does not seem to understand: When it comes to ‘competitive’ music radio – how you play it and say it makes all the difference in the world in determining whether you win or lose!”  To read Doobie’s entire piece, please click here.

naiveswigoDuane 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 (2/17) includes such names as: N-A-I-V-E-S, Icona Pop, Cherub, Justin Bieber, Jesse Scott, Nick Nittoli, Art Alexakis, Anna Calvi, PJ Harvey, Paramore, Jimi LaLumia, The Psychotic Frogs, ? & The Mysterians, The Glitch Mob, Imagine Dragons, Sander van Doorn, Max Elto, Giorgio Moroder, Michael McDonald, Daft Punk, Five Finger Death Punch, Pharrell, The Animals, Big Data, Joywave, Sun Kil Moon, Ben Gibbard, Bipolar Sunshine, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, The Civil Wars, Zac Brown Band, Clare Bowen, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and HoneySuckle Ridge among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

nashmagazineCumulus Announces Partnership with Country Weekly.  Today’s New York Post is reporting that Cumulus Media is buying a 50% stake in American Media Inc. – publisher of the Country Weekly magazine – but in today’s press release from Cumulus, there is no mention of a purchase.  The term used is a “partnership,” with no mention of finances.  But beginning with the February 24 issue of Country Weekly (circulation 505,000, according to the New York Post), the magazine will contain a 16-page color section called “NASH.”  American Media Inc. chairman, president and CEO David Pecker says, “This agreement is a transforming event for Country Weekly.  Partnering with Cumulus Media and combining their reach and voice with our expertise in print media will deliver an extraordinary consumer experience that is unmatched in the industry.”  The press statement says the supplement is “designed to provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at some of today’s hottest country stars, industry news, and the personalities behind its popular radio broadcasts.  The partnership leverages two of country music’s leading brands to create the ultimate destination for news, insights, and access in a way that no other media property can.”  Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey adds, “We are excited to be partnering with AMI as we bring the NASH brand to life in print.  The talented and dedicated staff at Country Weekly has consistently informed the passionate base of country music across America.  We look forward to leveraging both brands to create an unparalleled experience for country music fans and another important point of engagement for our clients.”  Cumulus Media reports it will also introduce a website that “will provide an in-depth and unique look at both the business and lifestyle aspects of the country music industry.  The website will be built in collaboration with the launch of the partnership.”

steveleeanaTrickery Will Almost Always Come Back to Haunt You.  It seems to the editors here at RadioInfo that’s the real lesson to be learned from the “K98.3” Long Island “gay parents” episode.  By now you probably are aware that Connoisseur Media has suspended WKJY, Hempstead, New York morning show duo Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson (pictured here) after the two admitted to, without management’s approval, creating a hoax in order to shed light on anti-gay bigotry.  The pair concocted a phony scenario in which a child’s birthday party invitation from a girl whose parents are two gay men is returned with a message from another child’s mother stating she doesn’t approve of their lifestyle and therefore her son won’t be attending the party.  They even made a fake invitation – with the scrawled message from “the mom” – and posted photos on their Facebook page.  Apparently, internal talk about the issue led management to learn the story was fake and Harper and Karlson came clean with the public on Saturday.  In the duo’s apology to their listeners, they state their goal was to foster a discussion about anti-gay bigotry and that they meant no harm.  Fast-forward to today: the two are suspended by Connoisseur and their future status with the station is unknown.  Management says regardless of their intent, their actions violated the culture of the company.  Obviously, the story is getting a lot of play in the consumer press.  As RadioInfo sees it, the takeaway here is a long-held radio maxim: Don’t be phony.  As is almost always the case in these situations, the truth gets out and you will get burned.  Most programmers would agree that there’s enough controversy in the world to talk about without having to make it up.

melendezmaraMiami’s Mara Melendez Moves to Houston to Program “The Beat.” Self-described “radio guru” Mara Melendez transfers to program Clear Channel Houston urban contemporary KQBT “The Beat” from Miami, where she was program director of co-owned, similarly formatted, and identically branded WMIB.  She becomes the first PD of Houston’s “Beat” since it changed formats from classic hits KKRW “Arrow” this past New Year’s Eve.  The station’s on-air lineup includes “The Breakfast Club” with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God (5:00 am – 9:00 am); UB Rodriquez (9:00 am – 2:00 pm); Rudy Rush (2:00 – 6:00 pm); and Devi Dev (6:00 pm – 10:00 pm).  Vice president of programming Marc Sherman comments, “We are excited to have Mara lead ‘The Beat’ in Houston.  Her incredible track-record combined with her ability to connect with local artists will be keys to our success.”  Prior to her stint at Miami’s “Beat,” Melendez worked in New York City at another Clear Channel urban contemporary outlet, WWPR “Power 105.1” (from whence “The Breakfast Club” originates) and she was music coordinator at Emmis New York City rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97.”

jelli logoJelli Names Schoppmann VP/Ad Sales. New York-based Teresa Schoppmann is appointed vice president of advertising sales for Jelli.  The company’s co-founder and chief executive officer Mike Dougherty comments, “Terry’s deep experience and relationships with the largest radio ad buyers will help us continue to rapidly grow the adoption of our programmatic advertising platform for radio.”  According to Schoppmann, “Jelli’s explosive growth over the last 12 months supports my belief that we will help clients enter a new era of rapid execution, increased compliance, real-time data and higher ROI.  Jelli has created a totally hassle-free way for marketers to move into programmatic buying with our RadioSpot platform, which is a game-changer for network radio.”  Schoppmann’s previous background includes positions at TheBlaze Network, Dial Global, WestwoodOne, Chancellor Media, and Emmis.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  After announcing last week that he would be leaving Stephens Media’s alternative WZNE, Rochester “94.1 The Zone,” we learn that Axe is the new evening personality on Entercom’s alternative WLKK, Buffalo “Alternative Buffalo 107.7.”  He will also host the Sunday evening new music program, “The Underground Collective.”…..Elise Rossi is promoted to music director at JVC Media’s CHR WMFQ, Ocala-Gainesville “Q92.”…..Clear Channel names Brent Henslee operations manager for its six-station cluster in Macon, Georgia.

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Michael Harrison to Speak in Keynote Session at National Religious Broadcasters Convention.  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison will serve as a keynote speaker next week at the NRB International Christian Media Convention 2014 in Nashville.  The event, which runs February 22-25 and is preceded by a one-day Digital Media Summit on February 21, is billed as an event that networks thousands of Christian communicators, from program producers to authors, pastors to engineers, directors to vendors presenting outstanding internationally known speakers and musicians and giving attendees the opportunity to attend numerous educational sessions on radio, TV, film, church media, internet and leadership, and receive helpful industry training.  Harrison, whose two-hour session will take place on Monday, February 24 at 2:00 pm, states, “I am really looking forward to participating in this event and spending time getting to better know people from the faith-based sector of the radio and media industries.  It will certainly give me the opportunity to embellish one of the key points of my own personal view of what radio needs to do to be a viable and productive entity in the digital era – and that is to never miss any opportunity to be a hero…to literally serve the community… to spread hope and inspiration…to talk about the many crisis and challenges facing people in everyday life and help them cope.  I recommend this course of action to all broadcasters – but this is a community where it is already proven to be a winning strategy.  I am honored to be a part of this event.”  The conference will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.  For more information please click here.

wehp logoOne Erie Station Could Have Unhappy Fall Book Ending. Upon its discovery that five in-tab Erie metro diaries were returned from a media-affiliated household, Nielsen Audio is re-issuing the fall 2013 diary-based book for that Pennsylvania market.  It is believed audience estimates for Erie Radio Company-owned CHR WEHP “Happi 92.7” may be substantially affected. Owing to sample balancing procedures, estimates for other Erie stations could be slightly adjusted.  While the revised book is scheduled to be released this Wednesday (2/19), a spot check from the original release and what is now posted on Nielsen Audio’s website already indicates several differences.  Based on a comparison of the two reports, rankings for the top nine – including Cumulus adult contemporary WXKC “Classy 100” at #1 and Connoisseur CHR WRTS “Star 104” at #2 – though remain the same; WEHP is not listed on either list.

jaysonmariahWBLI’s Jayson Takes Mariah Carey’s Valentine’s Day Advice.  As you can see here, WBLI, Patchogue, New York (Long Island) morning drive co-host Jayson (right) sported a candy bra and took a selfie for his boyfriend since the two would be apart on Valentine’s Day.  He did so based on advice from pop star Mariah Carey (left) who appeared on the WBLI’s “Dana & Jayson in the Morning” show to talk about what she would be doing for Valentine’s Day and said she and hubby Nick Cannon would be apart for the holiday but she would still wear something sexy and let Nick see it.  Carey told Jayson, “All of us who have our significant others somewhere else…even if you just take a selfie and post it…I mean just look GOOD.”

Monday, November 19, 2012

| November 19, 2012

RadioInfo Presents Final Segment Today of Mega-Special “The State of CHR” with Detailed Arbitron Ratings Overview.  Each day last week, RadioInfo detailed challenges facing contemporary hit radio programmers; differences between mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR, and hot AC; intricacies of taking on an entrenched format player; and the function of talent in today’s contemporary hit radio.  The now-posted feature includes candid commentary from a panel of the genre’s leading practitioners including Tommy Austin, Alan Burns, Tony Gray, Brian Kelly, John Landecker, Joe Puglise, Rob Roberts, Scott Shannon, Jimmy Steal, Kris Erik Stevens, Greg Strassell, Terri Thomas, Kevin Weatherly, Guy Zapoleon and more who share their experiences, opinions and insights to create a picture of what makes the dynamic world of CHR tick in 2012.  Today, the critical element of ratings performance is presented in the sixth and final installment of this ambitious article, written by Mike Kinosian, with a comprehensive mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR ratings overview.  In order for a station to qualify in this multi-faceted recap, it needed to appear within the top 20 (6+) in any of Arbitron’s 48 PPM-measured markets (October 2012). Listed is each Arbitron subscriber’s  6+ performance over the last four (4) PPM monthlies. Click here to read this installment.

Most Popular Mainstream and Rhythmic CHR Monikers.  The word Kiss is the most popular mainstream CHR radio station moniker followed closely by Now or a combination of words including Now such as Radio Now and Hit Music Now and then Hot, Amp, Channel and Mix.  The word Hot leads the pack as the most popular handle for rhythmic CHR stations followed closely by a variation on the word Jam such as Jamz, Jam’n, or Jammin’ and then Power.  These are just some of the many findings about contemporary hit radio in America revealed in the extensive six-part article “The State of CHR” now posted at www.RadioInfo.com.  To read it, click here.

Monday Morning Hot Music Snapshot.

According to RadioInfo, the top five pop songs for airplay on mainstream CHR and hot AC stations are:  1) “One More Night” by Maroon 5, 2) “Too Close” by Alex Clare, 3)  “Die Youngby Ke$ha, 4Diamondsby Rihanna, and 5) “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift.  Hot jumpers include “Let Me Love You” by Ne-Yo and “I Cry” by Flo Rida.  Highest pop songs red zone (#’s 41-50) debut: “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch.  To see entire RadioInfo Pop Songs Chart click here.

The top five rock songs for airplay on mainstream rock, alternative, active and triple A stations are: 1) “Madness” by Muse, 2) “Little Black Submarines” by The Black Keys, 3) “Take a Walk” by Passion Pit, 4) “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons, and 5) “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers.  Hot jumpers include:  “Absolute Zero” by Stone Sour and “Tightrope” by Walk the Moon. Highest rock songs red zone (#’s 41-50) debut: “Same Old Trip” by Chevelle.  To see entire RadioInfo Rock Songs Chart click here.

The top five Christian songs for airplay on contemporary Christian music stations are: 1) “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave, 2) “I Need a Miracle” by Third Day, 3) “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman, 4) “One Thing Remains” by Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill, and 5) “Forgiveness” by Matthew West. Hot jumpers include “You Are I Am” by MercyMe, “Whom Shall I Fear” by Chris Tomlin, and “Gift of Love” by Ashes Remain.  Highest Christian songs red zone (#’s 41-50) debut: “Yours Forever” by Dara McLean. To see entire RadioInfo Christian Songs Chart click here.

Arbitron Releases Report Clearly Showing Increase in Radio Listenership During Super Storm Sandy.  Radio listening data released by Arbitron for the New York Metro during hurricane Sandy shows how strong radio listening is during a natural disaster and the ability for radio to keep communities informed even when the power goes out.  The report provides data for the entire New York Metro as well as a breakout of counties hardest hit by the storm as it made landfall during the evening of Monday, October 29.  It shows a 70% general increase in listening as the storm hit the coast and an even greater percentage of increase along the coastal communities hardest hit.  When the lights went out, when TV and desktop PCs were no longer available, many New York area residents turned on their battery powered radios.  Many radio stations along the path of the storm, regardless of their regular format, revamped their programming to provide their listeners with weather updates, news and emergency information.  In the wake of the storm, radio remained an information lifeline to the residents of New York, particularly in the coastal areas of the market.  Average radio listening on Tuesday, October 30 in New York was 1,525,500 persons in any given quarter hour between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight, up 8% from 1,406,700 persons 6-plus the week before.  The average audience in the NY coastal communities (Monmouth, Fairfield SN, Nassau-Suffolk, Staten Island and Middlesex) totaled 670,200 on the Tuesday (6a-Mid) following landfall (10/30) which is 38% higher than the average of all Tuesdays year to date.  The Average in the NY coastal communities (Monmouth, Fairfield SN, Nassau-Suffolk, Staten Island and Middlesex) totaled 651,200 on the Wednesday (6a-Mid) following landfall (10/31) which is 35% higher than the average of all Wednesdays year to date.  For full details on this important story click here.

New Formats in Erie and Raleigh.  New CHR WEHP, Erie, Pennsylvania “Happi 92.7” debuts as Erie Radio Company put the new station on the air November 16 at 12:00 noon.  In Raleigh, Clear Channel brings alternative to the market putting “95 X New Alternative Rock” on from CHR WDCG’s HD-2 channel via a translator at 95.3 FM.  Another translator is scheduled to air the station in the near future.  Operations manager Chris Edge is overseeing the programming of the station.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  CBS Radio names Jimmy “J.D.” Gonzalez program director for KMVK, Dallas “Mega 107.5” and gives him the title vice president of Spanish programming.  Gonzalez comes to CBS from Univision Communications in Dallas where he spent six years as senior vice president of programming.  CBS Radio Dallas SVP and market manager Brian Purdy says, “Jimmy is a leader in our industry and an expert in this format.  We’re going to benefit from his experience, and he will help us continue to propel MEGA forward in North Texas.”…..Entercom’s hot AC KAMX, Austin “Mix 94.7” announces Sara Osburn takes over the PM drive slot formerly held by Nikki Nite.  Osburn will still contribute to the station’s JB & Sandy AM drive show…..Sinclair’s alternative WROX, Virginia Beach “96X” names Lee Foster midday host.  Foster moves up from his weekend/imaging assistant post to take the slot Kristi Michaels held until she moved to the company’s country WUSH.  Program director James Steele says of Foster, “Nineteen-year-old Foster is not only the quickest learner I’ve ever encountered, but he has more passion for the business than the entire radio industry combined.  I am sure he will soon be taking all of our jobs simultaneously in the not-too-distant future.”

Tribune Gets FCC Cross-Ownership Waivers; Chicago Market Granted Permanent Waiver.  The Federal Communications Commission granted the cross-ownership waivers in five markets that the media company needs to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The commission granted a permanent waiver in Chicago while allowing one-year waivers in Los Angeles, New York, South Florida and Hartford.  Technically, the one-year waivers in the four markets cited mean Tribune will have to sell either its newspaper or broadcast outlets there within the year but the FCC is working on loosening the restrictions against cross-ownership in the top 20 media markets and industry observers seem to believe the change will take effect soon.  The permanent waiver in Chicago means Tribune is not necessarily forced to sell a media outlet – many suspected its lone radio property news/talk WGN would be the first to go on the block.  However, what Tribune’s plans are after it exits bankruptcy are unknown and a sale of WGN, Chicago and/or any of its newspaper and TV holdings are a distinct possibility.

New Jersey Broadcaster Collects $10,000 in Food Donations.  This photo is a shot of the food loaded on a bus that was collected by Rio Grande, New Jersey’s Coastal Broadcasting headed for the Lunch with Lynch Foundation.  The broadcaster collected $10,000 worth of food staples as part of Operation Save Our Shore held at the Cape May County Administration Building on Saturday, November 17.  Coastal Broadcasting news director Denis Brown says items collected included canned goods, cleaning supplies, pet food, toys, and gift cards.  Coastal operates AC WCZT “98.7 The Coast” and rock WJSE.

Shania Twain Welcomed to Caesar’s Palace.  Beasley Broadcasting’s KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote” welcomes Shania Twain to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas!  KCYE was the official host radio station at the welcome event on the Las Vegas Strip.  The station reports Las Vegas Blvd. was literally closed down for a few minutes as a stampede of horses led Shania (who was on a beautiful black horse herself) to the front of Caesar’s Palace where a crowd of more than 1,000 waited for her big entrance.  Pictured here are (from l-r): KCYE’s Rick Kelly, Melissa T, Twain, and Cadillac Jack.