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Friday, August 12, 2016

| August 12, 2016

monroe, kimKVRQ Names Monroe APD. Having had previous market experience at Entercom alternative KNDD “The End,” Kim Monroe returns to Seattle as assistant program director/on-air talent for Hubbard Radio‘s KVRQ “Rock 98.9.” Monroe states, “I have always imagined myself KVRQcoming back to this amazing city – I just was not sure how or when. Given this incredible opportunity to return to the city I love and resume my
radio career at KVRQ is like a dream. I am beyond excited to work side-by-side with well-respected programmer Dave Numme. I know we are going to do great things together. I especially want to thank my new radio family at Hubbard Radio Seattle, particularly [vice president and market manager] Marc Kaye.” In addition to KNDD, Monroe’s other credits include being an original content producer/programmer at SiriusXM; programming alternative WXTM, Cleveland (now CBS Radio sports outlet WXRK); music director/on-air talent at WEND, Charlotte; and doing record promotion for Sony/RED. Roughly five months ago (mid-March), Hubbard flipped hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9” to rock, changing its calls to KVRQ. In the July 2016 sweep, “Rock 98.9” was off two-tenths to 2.5 (#19, 6+, Nielsen Audio PPM) and is 3.8 shares behind CHR cluster-mate KQMV “MOVin’ 92.5” (6.3, #1, 6+).

williams, ebonyWilliams Wings to Denver’s KQKS for Mid-Days. Making a significant market size leap, Bryan Broadcasting CHR KNDE “Candy 95.1,” Bryan – College Station (Texas) mid-day talent Ebony Williams will transition to a similar assignment at Entercom KQKSDenver rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5.” In just over two weeks (Monday, 8/29), she will succeed Tony V, who segued to afternoons earlier this year. According to “KS-107.5” program director Victor Starr, “Ebony’s commitment to community involvement and command of social media will make her a game changer in Denver. Her great personality and fantastic listener engagement is perfect for mid-days at KQKS.” Williams comments, “I am ready to bring more flavor to a growing city while working alongside some of the best in the industry.” Three years after doing television weathercasts on KTBY-TV, Anchorage (Alaska), Williams shifted to radio, working for Anchorage stations KMVV and KFAT before landing at “Candy 95.1” Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report for Denver, “KS-107.5” is tied for ninth-place with a 4.3; classic rock cluster-mate KQMT “The Mountain” (6.9, 6+) sets the pace at #1.

kinosianmike-1PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three hit-based formats based on ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2016 PPM survey. Posted yesterday (Thursday, 8/11) was an overview of rhythmic hot AC, while a similar July 2016 mainstream CHR recap is coming next week. The focus today though is rhythmic CHR. In the nation’s largest radio market, nine-tenths of a share separates iHeartMedia‘s WKTU “The Beat of New York” and Emmis-owned WQHT “Hot 97.” It is the third straight gain for WKTU, while “Hot 97” registers a 3.5 (6+) for the third time in the last four sweeps. For much more, including charts illustrating (6+) ratings fluctuations from last month to this; July 2015 – July 2016 comparisons; and July 2016 market rank (no rhythmic CHR ranks first), click here.

colyar, michaelAURN’s ”The Afternoon Rush” Adds Colyar. Former co-host of the syndicated “Rickey Smiley Show” –  comedian Michael Colyar – joins Ebony Steele and sidekick Loni Swain on American Urban Radio Networks’ 3:00 – 7:00 pm (ET) “The aurn logoAfternoon Rush.” Mike Love oversees programming for the show and comments, “We are delighted to add the comedic talents of Colyar. He is funny, politically astute, and his adult approach to the issues of our time make him the perfect fit.” Chicago native Coyer was the original host of “BET Live from LA” and he is a motivational speaker. “The Afternoon Rush” replaces the long-running program hosted by Doug Banks, who passed away four months ago.

KVRVWright Choice for Mornings on KVRV. Onetime KIOI, San Francisco morning talent Danny Wright joins Amaturo Sonoma Media Santa Rosa (California) classic rocker KVRV “97.7 The River” for wakeup duty. Amaturo Sonoma Media vice president of programming and operations Jim Murphy remarks, “Danny Wright’s passion for – and knowledge of – contemporary pop culture, and sports will bring lots of dimension to the show. He will add to our commitment of live and local community radio.” Program director Mike Watermann notes that Wright’s morning drive program “will be bright and fast-paced. It will include plenty of great classic rock songs from artists like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Rush, and many others for which ‘The River’ is famous.” No stranger to Amaturo Sonoma Media, Wright – who begins his new duties one week from Monday (8/22) – previously worked for Santa Rosa cluster-mates hot AC KMHX “Mix 104.9” and CHR KHTH “Hot 101.7,” as well as for KZQZ, San Francisco; XHTO, El Paso; and KSXY, Santa Rosa.

deibler, peter kaneRadioInfo Tidbits. Maryland prosecutors have dropped assault charges against iHeartMedia syndicated personality/co-owned Washington, D.C. CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5” morning talent Kane (real name – Peter Deibler). A judge’s ruling last month lifted a protective order obtained by the person filing the charges – Kane’s wife Natasha Deibler – and questioned whether the allegations rose to the level of second-degree assault. In last month’s protective order hearing, Montgomery County judge Terrence McGann stated the two sides had “wildly different” accounts of the May 25 incident and that the Deiblers “detest and loathe each other.” Investigators tried and failed to interview Natasha Deibler, so based on her resistance to cooperate, the frontline prosecutor believed the case should not be prosecuted. The Deiblers are going through a divorce. ….. Nine-year KMXV “Mix 93.3,” Kansas City program director and morning co-host “Ponch” exits. All told, “Ponch” had been with the Steel City CHR for the last 17 years. ….. Numerous lineup alterations at CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KSFM, Sacramento find tecate, tonyTony Tecate, who had been voice-tracking a nightly shift from Hawaii, relocating to Sacramento to do morning drive, where he will be teamed with midday personality Bre Ruiz. Tecate & Ruiz succeed Wayne, Jay, & Megan with Megan replacing Ruiz in mid-days; Wayne and Jay exit. Finally, New York City CHR sibling WBMP “92.3 Amp Radio” morning co-host Nina takes over voice-tracking the KSFM night shift vacated by Tecate. ….. After one year as program director of Scripps Tulsa CHR KHTT “K-Hits 106.9,” John Roberts exits. Meanwhile, mid-day talent Tabatha Grammer is upped to assistant PD and nighttime personality Aly Presser is promoted to mornings. Also within that cluster, production director Terry Cooper departs, as do talk KFAQ morning co-host Eddie Huff and morning anchor Richard Linihan. ….. There’s more news from that Oklahoma market: Three months after leaving iHeartMedia-owned country KTGX “106.1 The Twister,” Tulsa as program director, Kristina Carlyle will join cross-town format rival – Scripps‘ KVOO “Today’s Country Variety” – next Monday (8/15) as assistant program director/music director. Carlyle previously was assistant program director/music director of Cox Media Group Tulsa’s country-formatted KWEN “Today’s nettles, jenniferCountry 95.5″ and she spent eight years with Cumulus Media Albuquerque’s country KRST. ….. Nashville is the site of this year’s Radio Show produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). In less than six weeks, Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles will perform at the NAB Marconi Radio awards dinner & show (9/22). NAB executive vice president of radio John David states, “Jennifer Nettles is a truly phenomenal country music performer with awards and accolades recognizing both her voice and songwriting abilities. We thank Big Machine Label Group and Scott Borchetta for connecting us; I look forward to what will surely be an unforgettable performance.”

local radio logorockin' m mediaLocal Radio Networks, Rocking M Media Sign Multi-Station Deal. Through the arrangement, Local Radio Networks (LRN) will provide eight full-time music formats to Rocking M Media‘s 21 music stations – all of which are located in Kansas. Rocking M Media president Christopher Miller maintains that, “If I had to rate the level of support and quality of product we have received from Local Radio Networks on a scale of one to 10, it would be a 12.” Recently added to the list of LRN formats are CHR, classic hits, and mainstream rock. Its other formats are adult contemporary, hot AC, country, classic country, classic rock, and oldies. AdLarge Media provides national advertising sales representation for all LRN audio formats.

YD Cover 1duncan, bernadetteSoon-to-be-Released Book About Talk Radio Discussed on Harrison Podcast. Veteran talk radio producer, Bernadette Duncan, appears as the guest on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” talking about her forthcoming book, scheduled for publication in September, titled Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books 2016). The book chronicles Duncan’s 26-year career “behind the glass” as a New York City-based talk radio producer in the “golden era” between the eighties and first decade of the 21st century. Duncan (who is also married to Michael Harrison) served as a producer for some of the biggest names in talk radio during that period. They include Larry King, Sally Jessy Raphael, Gil Gross, Tom Snyder, Lou Dobbs, Charles Osgood and more. The book explores the quirky egos of radio’s top performers and often-neurotic guests and is set against the dramatically changing backdrop of America’s pre- and post-9/11 realities. It is full of anecdotes and insights about the industry, its people and processes. Duncan explores the complex office politics in this offbeat arena of show business capturing what it takes to be a radio producer – a role she describes as “the most under-rated, under-paid and under-appreciated job in commercial media.” On the podcast, Harrison and Duncan specifically discuss her experiences working with Sally Jessy Raphael – one of the true pioneers of talk radio who paved the way for countless others and was Duncan’s earliest inspiration to enter the field. Duncan talks about the personal growth she achieved working across the glass from Larry King during his media heyday as well as the fiery drama that took place behind the scenes of The Lou Dobbs Show that she helped launch as executive producer. On completing the podcast Harrison says, “There are so many stories and people written about in this book that we hardly scratched the surface in this advance interview – but there will be plenty of time to get deeper into it all when Bernadette goes on tour promoting it next month. Meantime, it was enormously fun having her as a guest on the podcast and I think radio pros and media freaks alike will love it.” To listen to the entire podcast, 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.

Monday, March 4, 2013

| March 4, 2013

DG-logoHorizontalDial Global Restructures Credit Status; Pays Down $15 Million of Existing Term Loan.  The industry has been watching the state of Dial Global’s debt situation and now the company announces that it, its lenders and certain of its stockholders have agreed to recapitalize the company’s existing credit facilities, other obligations and equity interests.  CEO Spencer Brown states, “The new agreements with our lenders represent a significant step forward for the company.  Once these transactions close, we will have delivered our balance sheet and decreased cashbrownspencer interest expense.  The agreements will provide us with greater flexibility to actively manage and grow our business.  We look forward to closing these transactions in April and focusing on serving our clients.”  As part of the recapitalization, the company has entered into an Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, by and among the Company, General Electric Capital Corporation, as administrative agent and collateral agent, and the lenders party thereto which provides for a $15 million paydown of the company’s existing term loan and revolving credit commitments.  That agreement matures on October 21, 2016.  The company is also entering into a Priority Second Lien Credit Agreement among the company, the administrative agent, the syndication agent and the lender party for an additional $31.5 million through a term loan facility to the company, with a maturity date of July 21, 2017.  As part of this Dial Global agrees to issue it penny warrants to purchase 7.5% of the company’s common stock exercisable immediately following the consummation of the recapitalization.  Regarding the existing Second Lien Credit Agreement, dated as of October 21, 2011, lenders agreed to restructure their existing approximately $93 million in second lien obligations by amending and restating that agreement to provide for a $30 million term loan that matures five years after the expected closing of the recapitalization and exchanging approximately $63 million in remaining obligations under the existing Second Lien Credit Agreement for a new series of preferred stock of the Company.  Under various subscription and exchange agreements between the company and the holders of the company’s PIK Notes and Series A Preferred Stock, such holders have agreed, subject to the satisfaction of certain specified conditions, to exchange their PIK Notes and Series A Preferred Stock for equity securities of the company and have further agreed to make an additional equity infusion of $16.5 million.

wtkk logoConstruction Continues at Boston’s “Hot 96.9”; Baltazar Joins AM Drive Show.  Greater Media’s rhythmic AC WTKK, Boston “Hot 96.9” adds Baltazar to the morning show alongside Pebbles for the new Baltazar & Pebbles show.  Baltazar recently exited his position at CBS Radio’s CHR KZZO “Now baltazar100.5” in Sacramento and prior to that served in Beantown at Clear Channel’s hip hop WJMN “Jam’n 94.5.”  Program director Cadillac Jack McCartney says, “2013 is shaping up to be a very good year for the ‘All New Hot 96.9.’  The list is very small of radio personalities in America who would, on day one, already have a raving fan base in Boston, proven chemistry with Pebbles, and a great sense of humor to top it all off.  Baltazar brings that and more to our station.  I am very pleased to be able to add another ‘A’ talent to the team and reunite Baltazar and Pebbles for the first time in over 12 years for the listeners of Boston.”

corcoranjcJC Corcoran to Host AM Drive on Classic Rock KKRW, Houston “The Arrow.”  The longtime St. Louis radio personality is heading south to Houston to become the morning drive host at Clear Channel’s classic rocker “The Arrow.”  As Joe Holleman points out in his column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, JC Corcoran has worked at – and been fired from – a slew of the market’s stations over the past 29 years.  Corcoran tells the paper proudly, “People started trying to run me out of town two weeks after I got here back in 1984.  So I consider it a moral victory that it took them 29 years to do it.”  Corcoran started at rock KSHE in 1984 and has worked at about six other stations in St. Louis.  In the Post-Dispatch story, former co-host John Ulett and former Post-Dispatch critic Eric Mink credit Corcoran with bringing an edge and an irreverent slant to St. Louis radio that previously did not exist.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Ohana Media Group’s Anchorage stations, vice president of programming Tom Oakes takes on the PD role at hip hop KFAT in the wake of programmer Derek Moran’s departure…..Derek “Deek” Kastner – who recently exited alternative KMYZ, Tulsa – joins Jon Williams for the morning show at Butler Broadcasting’s alternative KXNA, Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The two have worked together in the past co-hosting mornings at Clear Channel’s crosstown classic rock KIGL…..Talk host Jim Villanucci’s contract at Cumulus Media’s news/talk KKOB, Albuquerque is not renewed and the highly rated personality exits the station.  PD Pat Frisch holds down PM drive until a replacement is found…..Criswell College-owned Christian contemporary KCBI, Dallas brings Joel Burke aboard as program director.  Burke previously programmed Clear Channel’s country stations KASE and KVET in Austin.

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sirivanPERSONALITY SPOTLIGHT:  Recording Artist Sir Ivan Attracting Interest.  He’s a songwriter and recording artist as well as a philanthropist and one of the most intriguing personalities to emerge on the pop music scene in quite a while.  Sir Ivan, (a.k.a. Ivan L. Wilzig and pictured at left) who’s latest track, “LaLa Land” debuts on the RadioInfo Pop Chart this week at #40 is not cut from the same cloth as most of the talent competing on today’s crop of music competition reality shows.  Actually, he’s somewhat of a caped and costumed real-life super hero-type character dedicated to bringing peace and love to the world.  Born in 1956, Sir Ivan is the son of Holocaust survivors who went on to achieve enormous wealth in the oil industry.  He has created a signature style of music amply displayed on both the audio track and music video of “LaLa Land” combining techno and hippy lyrics that he has dubbed technippy.  The video, described by RadioInfo resident radio historian and music editor Duane Doobie as being “a provocative cross between Fellini and Psy with an irresistibly infectious hook” was recorded on the grounds of his 15,000 foot Sir Ivan’s Castle (that’s right a landmark castle) on Long Island called by many the “Playboy Mansion of the East Coast” because of its reputation as a charity party venue.  Sir Ivan founded The Peaceman Foundation, a non-profit organization that battles hatred, violence and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His personal recording artist royalties from album sales are donated to the Foundation.  As the Foundation’s spokesperson, he dresses as a caped character called Peaceman and sometimes goes out on good-will missions dressed in costume.  The Foundation has made a substantial contribution to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (LGBTQ.) He also financially supports Superheroes Anonymous, an organization of real-life super heroes that perform community service, including feeding the homeless.  To see this week’s RadioInfo Pop Music Chart click here.

millerchrisWelcome to the Concept of Core-Casting.  It is a simple and elegant idea that puts one of the most effective radio broadcasting uses of social media into perspective and focus.  Noted digital radio consultant and RadioInfo columnist Chris Miller writes today (3/4) about how social media provides radio programmers and talent with a pipeline to communicate directly with their most ardent listeners and fans.  Miller writes, “There are companies outside radio who are learning how to use social media to leverage the power of their most valuable customers.  One day, some smart radio group is going to figure out that social media is not just more broadcasting in a different medium.  Neither is it just a matter of getting likes, shares and comments.  While most mass marketing involves some form of trolling for cume, this is different.  This is like the sales department taking its 10 biggest clients on a cruise.   It’s core-casting.”  To read Chris Miller’s entire piece, click here.

raytomRadio Broadcasters Still Learning About IP Codecs.  Last week’s RadioInfo article by technical editor Tom Ray about the proper use and application of IP codecs raised several questions from readers indicating there is still a lot to be learned about this emerging technology that promises to be the next step beyond ISDN in remote audio delivery.  Today (3/4), the industry’s leading technical wizard addresses some of those issues — namely 1) the most important thing to have in place to use IP codecs effectively; 2) how to integrate service between brands of the device made by different manufacturers and get them to “talk” to each other; and 3) how to go about purchasing and testing an IP codec.  To read Tom Ray’s informative article or pass it along to the person at your station or company who manages technical issues and equipment, click here.

wil logoWIL, St. Louis Personalities Take Part in St. Baldrick’s Event for Children’s Cancer Research.  Hubbard Broadcasting’s country WIL, St. Louis is supporting the 10th Anniversary of the largest St. Baldrick’s Foundation annual head-shaving event in St. Louis.  The fund- and awareness-raising party to benefit life-saving children’s cancer research is this Saturday and “The Cornbread Morning Show” personalities Judi Diamond and Cornbread, along with WIL jock Derrick Keith, will be on-site during the marathon head-shaving event, to keep spirits of the participants high and the razors buzzing along.  Cornbread and Derrick are going “head to head” to see who can raise the most money, with Judi serving as team captain and “referee.”  The winner between Derrick and Cornbread will determine who has to shave their head between the radio hosts – even Judi!

horizonmakeawishHorizon Broadcasting Group Radiothon Tops $30k for Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The Bend, Oregon cluster of Horizon Broadcasting Group – oldies KQAK, hot AC KWPK “The Peak 104.1,” and AC KLTW “Lite 95.7” – helped raise $30,369 and added 110, 254 frequent flyer miles that will help grant wishes to children living with life threatening medical conditions in Central Oregon.  The two-day “Make-A-Wish Radiothon”  is in its 12th years and thus far has raised more than $294,000 and generated over 2.3 million air miles since its inception in 2001.  Pictured here are (from l-r): KQAK morning personality Dave Clemens, Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Tracey Lam and Megan Hoy, “The Peak 104.1” personalities Debby Bever and Robin Fox, Horizon promotions director Heather Roberts, Make-A-Wish’s Kara Post, KQAK personality Jim Schoebel and Make-A-Wish CEO Laila Umpleby.