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Sisanie Named Co-Host of ‘On-Air with Ryan Seacrest.’ Replacing Ellen K as co-host of the KIIS-FM, Los Angeles-based CHR AM drive show “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest” is Sisanie. She moves from her position as midday personality at KIIS-FM to the morning show and will continue her role as music coordinator for KIIS-FM. Seacrest made the announcement at KIIS-FM’s Jingle Ball 2015 on Saturday night (12/5). Seacrest comments, “I was lucky to have such a talented co-host in Ellen K for the last 11 years, and she’s irreplaceable in so many ways. Sisanie has dedicated her career to being a top radio on-air talent. She’s worked so hard and, and no matter what job they put her in at KIIS-FM over the last decade, she did it great, and with a smile. Her skill, passion and persistence have paid off in spades. She’s from Orange County and has grown up listening to KIIS-FM. Like me, she fell in love with radio when she was young, and really has never looked back. I’m excited that she is joining the show as co-host, because frankly, I can’t think of anyone more qualified or who has more passion for radio and our show than Sisanie.”
Kelly Ford Moves to Morning Show at ‘NASH FM 94.7’ in New York. She was the first live voice heard on WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” after Cumulus flipped the station to country, and now Kelly Ford is moving from her midday slot to the nationally syndicated “America’s Morning Show” alongside host Blair Garner and fellow cast members Chuck Wicks and Robin Meade. Ford says, “I am beyond thrilled to co-host ‘America’s Morning Show’ with my friends Blair Garner and Chuck Wicks and to continue to be part of the NASH brand I love so much. My whole country radio career has lead up to this fabulous opportunity to wake up loyal and passionate country fans across the United States. Big thanks to Mike McVay, Maire Mason, Chad Lopez and John Foxx for believing in me and in the continued growth of NASH in Nashville, New York and beyond.” Cumulus has not announced its plans for replacing Ford in the midday daypart.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Las Vegas hip hop KVEG “HOT 97.5,” Kemp Broadcasting brings Kali Kat aboard for the midday show. Kat was most recently with Riviera Broadcasting’s hip hop KKFR, Mayer, Arizona “Power 98.3.”…..Andrew “Icky” Rosborough joins Cumulus Media’s hot ACKEHK, Eugene, Oregon “Star 102.3” for the program director position. Rosborough previously was executive producer of the “Ryan and Shannon Morning Show on Hubbard’s KSTP-FM, Minneapolis “KS 95.” He’ll also host the afternoon drive show…..LM Communications gives new duties to WKLC, Charleston, West Virginia “ROCK 105” program director Chili Walker. He is named operations manager and begins programming sister classic hits simulcast WMXE, Charleston/WWQB, Westwood, Kentucky, as well.
Nielsen Client Conference Wrap-Up. Radio consultant Holland Cooke files his final report summing up the events at the Friday sessions of the Nielsen Audio Client Conference. In this piece, he reports on Edison Research president Larry Rosin’s one-on-one with progressive talk personality Stephanie Miller; Arnold Worldwide Global creative officer Jim Elliott’s presentation about creating advertising that works; a report on the music habits of Millennials from Nielsen Entertainment VP Insights and Analytics Julianne Schiffer; plus thoughts about the radio business from Millennial Zach Sang and Baby Boomer Mark Thompson. Read Holland Cooke’s entire report here.
RIP Brad Saul. Radio pro Brad Saul passed away at his home in Chicago on Friday, December 4 at age 55 after a 25-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Saul was president and CEO of WebTalkRadio.net and was CEO of radio syndicator Matrix Media. He is survived by his wife Debbie, and his 16-year-old triplets, Gabrielle, Brennan and Griffen. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian writes more about Saul and his career here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Denver iHeartMedia station group, Tim Hager is promoted to market president, taking over for Pat Connor. Hager was most recently the SVP of sales for the cluster. He’s also served as general sales manager, and sports sales director…..Milwaukee CHR WXSS “KISS-FM” names DJ Gee-A the new host of the evening daypart. He joins the Entercom station from iHeartMedia’s crosstown urban contemporary WKKV “V 100” where he was a part-time air personality…..Matt Stone is exiting Local Media San Diego’s alternative XETRA, San Diego “91X” to move back to the East Coast for personal reasons. Stone’s been with “91X” for a year as APD and morning drive host…..Beasley Media Group announces Jeff Reynolds is the new afternoon drive personality on country WKXC, Augusta, Georgia “Kicks 99.” Reynolds takes over for Bryan Axelson, who recently moved to morning drive on the station as part of the “Kicks Wake Up Krew.” Reynolds most recently was afternoon personality at Emmis’ WTHI, Terre Haute, Indiana “HI-99.” Beasley Augusta OM Chris O’Kelley states, “We are excited to welcome Jeff to ‘Kicks 99.’ His boundless energy, innovative ideas and on-air presence make him an ideal fit for our on-air team!”…..The NAB names Alison Neplokh to the vice president of spectrum policy position. Neplokh comes to the NAB from the Federal Communications Commission where she was deputy chief technologist…..Eight-year Alpha Media staffer Matt Marchand is promoted to director of sales for the company’s Peoria, Illinois station group.
Cooke: C.T.A. in Santa’s Sleigh. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports for RadioInfo from the Consumer Technology Association’s annual preview of the enormous Consumer Electronics Show scheduled for Las Vegas in January. (Yes, the Consumer Electronics Association has changed its name to the Consumer Technology Association.) As Cooke notes, the data from the CTA is instructive for radio people. According to CTA research, the top five items being sought by consumers this year are (in order of desire): TVs, tablets, smartphones, notebook/laptop computers, and videogame consoles. Read Cooke’s entire report here.
‘The Big 98’ and Bobby Bones Announce December Show at the Ryman Auditorium to Benefit St. Jude’s. On Monday, December 7, iHeartMedia country personality Bobby Bones and flagship station WSIX-FM, Nashville “The BIG 98” will present “Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots’ Million Dollar Show For St. Jude.” The live show will be headlined by The Raging Idiots and will feature performances by Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, Cam, Eric Paslay and special guests. All proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over the last 18 months Bones and his crew have raised more than $1.5 million for St. Jude’s via on-air fundraisers, radiothons, and charity concerts.
KMG Networks Syndicates ‘Classic Rock Roll of Honour’ from London. American media firm KMG Networks syndicated coverage of Wednesday evening’s “Classic Rock Roll of Honour” presented by Team Rock/Classic Rock Magazine. The event took place at the historic Roundhouse in London. A who’s-who of legendary artists were in attendance including Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, and Bruce Dickenson of Iron Maiden. Pictured here are (from l-r): KMG founder and CEO Gary Krantz, Coletti Entertainment founder Roger Coletti, Jimmy Page, and KMG’s Ed Robinson.
Jim Ryan Upped to Corporate SVP of Programming. Programmer Jim Ryan is promoted to senior vice president, programming, CBS RADIO. Ryan continues to serve as program director for the company’s classic hits WCBS-FM and hot AC WWFS-FM “Fresh 102.7” as part of his contract extension. In his new post, however, he’ll “serve as a source of programming expertise and develop key initiatives and strategies for all of CBS RADIO’s music stations across the country” and add oversight of the division’s classic hits stations to his responsibilities. CBS EVP of programming Chris Oliviero comments, “Jim is universally recognized as one of the premiere music programming minds in the industry and he surely has the ratings resume to back it up. This well-deserved, expanded role will allow our stations and programmers to benefit from his world class experience and knowledge. I am thrilled that Jim will be helping us craft the future of our industry leading brands and shaping the sound of our stations for years to come.” Ryan’s resume includes time spent at such respected signals as WLTW, New York and WBEB, Philadelphia in addition to having consulted Premiere Networks’ Delilah and the late Casey Kasem and operating his own Jim Ryan Media consulting firm.
Alpha Media Enters Shreveport and Tyler-Longview with Access 1 Acquisition. The nine radio stations owned by Access 1 Communications in the Shreveport, Louisiana and Tyler-Longview, Texas markets are being purchased by Alpha Media for an undisclosed sum. The stations – which Alpha will begin to operate under an LMA effective January 1, are: hip hop KBTT, gospel KOKA, urban contemporary KDKS, oldies KLKL, and classic rock KTAL in Shreveport; and country KKUS, adult contemporary KOOI, regional Mexican KOYE, and country KYKX in Tyler-Longview. Alpha notes that when all pending deals are complete, it will own and operate 83 stations. Alpha chairman Larry Wilson states, “I’ve known [Access 1 president and CEO] Chesley Maddox-Dorsey for a long time. She’s a great person with superb integrity and it’s a tremendous honor for us to be buying stations from Access 1. I’ve been continually impressed with the quality of people I’ve met and their passion for the industry; it fits right in our sweet spot for live and local radio and we are very much looking forward to the acquisition.”
iHeartMedia Seattle Imports Davis as VP of Programming. Mainstream CHR KDWB and hot AC KTCZ “Cities 97,” Minneapolis program director Rich Davis transfers to Seattle where he will be iHeartMedia‘s vice president of programming. He succeeds Keith Cunningham, who exits the cluster. According to iHeartMedia Seattle market president Kent Hael, “Rich is a gifted programmer. He is a leader with a proven track record of building brands that listeners are both passionate about and loyal to. Seattle is an extremely competitive market, but I am confident Rich will thrive. I am thrilled to have him as a new member of our leadership team.” Senior vice president of programming Andrew Jeffries adds, “It is no secret that Seattle is a very challenging market. One thing though has not changed and that is our team’s absolute focus on winning. Rich is a very intelligent, driven person whose determination and track record of success is on a different level. Rich is a huge asset to the iHeartMedia team. It is evident he is ready for the next step in his career – I am beyond happy that he is with us in Seattle.” In addition to his VP/programming duties, Davis will be PD of mainstream CHR KBKS “Kiss-FM.” His previous programming background includes stops in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Nashville.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. As tipped by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, CBS RADIO names Kelly Ransford music director at triple A WXRT, Chicago. Ransford — a veteran of such outlets as KFOG, San Francisco and KMTT and KNDD in Seattle — takes over for John Farneda who is retiring from the station. Farneda also was OM, a post that Mitch Rosen has assumed…..At the iHeartMedia country station WMZQ, Washington, morning show cast member Aly Jacobs moves to middays to host her own program. Jacobs has been with the station on air for the past 18 months.
Classic Hip Hop and R&B Airing in Cincinnati. The hot new format – classic hip hop and R&B – is now airing in the Queen City as iHeartMedia puts “102.3 The Beat, Throwback Hip Hop and R&B,” on FM translator W272BY. Featuring artists including Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, R. Kelly, Aaliyah and Joedci, it “will bring back the fun times of an original hip hop and R&B generation while continuing to serve the local community, playing the music our listeners want to hear,” according to iHeartMedia Cincinnati market president Chuck Fredrick.
iHeartRadio’s Hearbook Tallies Users’ Faves. The year-end Hearbook feature on iHeartRadio gives users the ability to vote for their favorites and that, hopefully, builds loyalty to the platform. The company describes the 2014 Hearbook as a “yearbook filled with memorable moments, milestones, and end-of-the-year awards. This end-of-the-year recap campaign puts iHeartRadio’s user data to good use in determining the year’s biggest songs, artists, events and trends. The individual sections include: Superlatives — these iHeartRadio standouts were chosen by you as the most popular artists of the year. Including: Most popular: Drake & Rihanna; Runners up: Ariana Grande, Maroon5, Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Katy Perry, and Lil’ Wayne; Best clique (bands with the most custom station creates): One Direction, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, One Republic, Paramore; Freshman (artists that barely charted in 2013, but topped the list for station creates in 2014): Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor, Nico & Vinz, 5 Seconds of Summer; Top 10 Songs of 2014 from iHeartRadio platform: Fancy, Iggy Azalea; Dark Horse, Katy Perry; Happy, Pharrell Williams; All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor; Problem, Ariana Grande; Talk Dirty, Jason Derulo; Turn Down for What, DJ Snake and Lil Jon; Drunk in Love, Beyonce and Jay Z; Wiggle, Jason Derulo; and Rude, Magic!. The interactive Hearbook can be found here.
Remembering Bill Burton. Holiday festivities were dampened over the weekend by the news that the industry lost a genuine cheerleader. Particularly to those in Michigan radio sales circles, the name Bill Burton is legendary, as was his insistence that salespeople always “be fabulous.” Cause of death for the 85-year-old Burton was head injuries resulting from a fall at his home this past Tuesday (12/16); he passed away on Saturday (12/20). As president and chief operating officer of the Detroit Radio Advertising Group, Burton’s primary responsibility was to sell radio at the decision-making level. In fact, he preferred to be called a “radio cheerleader,” “professional product mover,” or “people builder,” rather than the aforementioned impressive title he held the past quarter of a century. “Why Radio” was the underlying theme to the countless presentations the Detroit native would make around the country. Credited with originating the line, “An automobile is a radio with four wheels,” Burton would stress 91% of drivers listen in their cars, making them a “captive audience” for advertisers. Radio is the “frequency medium,” he would insist and “frequency is paramount in selling.” Burton started his radio career as an AE at Eastman Radio, where he would eventually become president and chairman. A 2002 Michigan Broadcast Hall of Fame inductee, Burton entered the Adcraft Hall of Fame in 2005. He held a degree in business and economics from Michigan State University (MSU 10 years ago presented him the Lifetime Achievement Award from its Broad College of Business), and Burton attended law school at the University of Michigan, before joining the Army. Among Burton’s many non-industry accomplishments was successfully completing the Boston Marathon.
Bold Gold GM Showers for Charity. There are a lot of holiday fundraising stunts that take place this time of year – some very creative, indeed. Take for example the Bold Gold Media Group stations in the Pocono Lake Region of Pennsylvania where general manager Michael G. Stanton‘s annual “Shower For Charity” raised over $20,000 this year for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau. Stanton (pictured here) and his Bold Gold team came up with the unusually unique idea to take a shower outside in the dead of winter on Main Street in downtown Honesdale where he pledged to stay in the shower until he hit the fundraising goal of $20,000! This year, he stayed in the shower for over three hours in 30-degree weather wearing nothing but his bathing suit until he was bailed out by station listeners and local businesses who supported the effort and pushed him over the goal! To date, “The Michael G. Stanton Shower for Charity” has raised over $170,000 for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau. Additionally, the station group filled more than four pick-up trucks full of toys for needy kids in the region with its “Wayne County Ford & Bold Gold Toys For Tots Challenge.”
Cool Job Opportunity. Greater Media Charlotte is currently looking for a passionate and innovative individual to join our team in the role of Web Developer. This is a big year for Greater Media technology where you can be part of rolling out all-new, state-of-the-art brand experiences for some of the best radio stations in Charlotte: News/Talk 1110 WBT, 107.9 The Link, and The Bob & Sheri Network. You must have a solid grasp of and demonstrated experience with modern web technologies and standards such as HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery. You must also be a proficient developer in PHP and MySQL. Experience with WordPress and WordPress plugin development along with a minimum of 2 years’ experience is required. The daily activities of this position include: Designing and developing new digital experiences, features and functionality for our programming and promotions departments across our radio stations’ web and mobile app properties; Collaborating with our sales department to create and traffic engaging advertising opportunities for our clients; Talking to people. Seriously, you’ll interact in some form or fashion with just about everyone in the company so you’ll need to have “people skills.” So, if you’ve got a great eye for digital design and terms like responsive design, Node.js, git, Bootstrap and API integration get you excited, please reach out to us! Please send your cover letter and resume to: Greater Media Charlotte, WBT/WLNK Human Resources, One Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC 28208. email@example.com 704-338-3079 (fax) No phone calls please. EOE.
Duane 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 (8/20) includes such names as: Taylor Swift, Big Data, Joywave, Tove Lo, Rubblebucket, Bob Seger, Bleachers, Sheppard, Lee Brice, LeAnn Rimes, Angaleena Presley, Brother Virginia, Jack & Jack, Caroline Smith & Lizzo, De Hofnar, Becky G, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
CC Philadelphia Promotes Thomas to Director of Media Integration. Rising from media integration specialist to director of media integration at Clear Channel‘s six Philadelphia stations is Stacey Thomas. CC Philadelphia market manager Richard Lewis comments, “I am so pleased to have Stacey in her new role. She has a strong understanding of our brands and knows this market from all angles. Stacey will continue to do amazing things for our cluster and is a great addition to our senior leadership team.” Thomas remarks that she is “thrilled with the opportunity” and looks “forward to growing and enhancing our powerful radio brands in the Philly market and beyond.” Clear Channel’s Philadelphia cluster consists of smooth jazz WDAS-AM; urban AC WDAS-FM; rhythmic CHR WIOQ “Q-102,” hot AC WISX “Mix 106”; alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5”; and urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99.” Thomas began her radio career in 2000 as an intern at “Q-102”; joined the street team one year later; and later became promotions coordinator for “Power 99 FM.” Additionally, Clear Channel Washington, DC promotions coordinator Angelica Garcia transfers to Philadelphia as promotions director. Garcia previously was an account executive at Clear Channel Baltimore and an Epic Records marketing coordinator.
Nathan Graham New ‘Kiss FM’ Milwaukee Evening Personality. Moving from Journal’s Springfield, Missouri CHR KSPW “Power 96.5” to Entercom’s WXSS “KISS-FM” is Nathan Graham. He becomes the station’s evening jock as of September 15. Graham says of his new gig, “I am so excited to join the ‘KISS-FM’ team! This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the absolute best program directors in radio, Brian Kelly, as well as join a great team of personalities. It’s truly an honor and I cannot wait to meet the wonderful people of Milwaukee!”
Alternative WLUM, Milwaukee Names McCain Afternoon Drive Host. After sitting in the afternoon drive chair since the departure of Jacent Jackson in June, Milwaukee Radio Alliance officially names former evening jock Ian McCain the afternoon personality. At the same time, the station promotes weekender Kelly Katona to full-time evening host. McCain also serves as the station’s digital program director – a position he will continue to hold. Of Katona, program director Michelle Rutkowski says, “Katona’s enthusiasm and positive attitude are contagious. She speaks ‘Wisco’ and she has an uncanny ability to make people laugh until they drop a kidney. Katona also has a deeply nerdy passion for The Sims, which is obviously going to be our secret weapon. She already fits in well here, and I can’t wait for our listeners to get to know her better.”
CRS 2015 Announces Core Panel Moderators. Those overseeing and directing the bulk of the educational panels throughout Country Radio Seminar 2015 will be Journal vice president of programming Beverlee Brannigan; Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB)president and chief executive officer Erica Farber; Falls Media Group’s Dan Halyburton; Country Aircheck editor and publisher Lon Helton; and Gregg Lindahl. CRS executive director Bill Mayne states, “Our development of the core panel of moderators has led to exceptional panel discussions over the past four years. These individuals have been gracious and giving in sharing their talents of facilitation in delivering meaningful panel ‘take away’ results for all attendees.” Next year’s seminar will be held February 25 – 27 in the downtown Nashville Convention Center.
USA Welcomes Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. The tenth anniversary of the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards is roughly ten weeks away, and for the first time ever, the event will be held outside the United Kingdom. Sammy Hagar is tapped to host the (Tuesday, 11/4) ceremony that will originate from noted Hollywood night club/music venue Avalon, near the famous Hollywood and Vine intersection. VH1 Radio and Krantz Media Group‘s KMG Networks will produce programming such as live red carpet and backstage coverage; AdLarge Media is responsible for national radio advertising sales. Krantz Media Group president and chief executive officer Gary Krantz remarks, “We are very excited to bring the excitement of this highly respected awards show to classic rock radio stations [in the United States]. This is an ‘A-List,’ rock star-studded event. KMG will be offering ‘must-have’ multi-platform and social media content never before available in the United States.” AdLarge Media co-founder and chief executive officer Gary Schonfeld explains that, “AdLarge’s national advertisers have access to exclusive live radio coverage and programming that is built around what is shaping up to be one of the biggest annual classic rock events [in this country]. We have created unique sponsorship opportunities that place AdLarge’s advertisers at the center of the excitement across multiple platforms, on-site, on-air, online, and on social media.” Host Hagar comments that this is “one of music’s coolest and most prestigious events. I am really excited to be hosting it for the first time in the United States. My goal is to keep it fun and filled with so many off-the-hook music moments that we put it on the map alongside the Grammys, VMAs, and other awards ceremonies.” VH1’s “On Tap with Nik Carter” will feature two weeks of lead-in programming with “The Road to Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards,” followed by several artist-dedicated shows which will spotlight nominees and performers. A two-hour post-event special will be available to all classic rock stations. Listeners voting for their favorite classic rock station will automatically be entered into a contest to win a “Classic Rock Flyaway” to a future concert of their choice. The awards show event includes the annual “Classic Rock Living Legend” honor; previous winners are Jeff Beck, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Motörhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop, and Rush.
Deal for Statesboro, Georgia Stations Closes. According to the Statesboro Herald, the $600,000 deal that has six stations in the market changing hands has closed. Neal Ardman is operating Radio Statesboro, Inc. and will acquire the stations from Georgia Eagle Media. That company will retain ownership of the towers which will be leased to Radio Statesboro. The stations include: adult contemporary WPMX-FM “Eagle 102.9,” country WHKN, news/talk WMCD-FM, classic rock WZBX, news/talk WWNS and sports talk WPTB. According to the story, the formats on WWNS and WPTB will flip in the near future and Radio Statesboro plans to drop classic rock on WZBX and go CHR.
WQLZ, Springfield, Illinois Adds ‘Hangar 19.’ The ‘80s and ‘90s metal show “Hangar 19” is added to the program schedule at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s WQLZ-FM, Springfield, Illinois. The Envision Networks-syndicated show “relives the glory days of classic metal and features music from the artists and groups who built this explosive genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson. Host Cutter stops down from the nostalgia just long enough to highlight new metal in a weekly “Then and New” segment and interview the metal greats that helped mold the speaker-shredding musical movement such as Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, and George Lynch of Dokken.”
Zach Sang Hosts Demi Lovato. Nationally syndicated pop radio personality Zach Sang (right) poses for a pic with pop star Demi Lovato (left) during her visit to the “Zach Sang and the Gang” program. During the interview, Lovato talked about longtime friend Nick Jonas’ solo career, her 22nd “Kiddie Birthday Party” celebration, and the competitive nature of Hollywood and how she approaches her career in a healthy and relaxed way.
Attention-Grabbing Bit at UK’s ‘BOB fm.’ After hearing about a 14-year-old American runaway who lived in a 24-hour Walmart for two-and-a-half days, “BOB fm” morning personalities Graham Mack and Amy Stevenson – The Mack Pack – decided to send listener Dan (no last name!) to see if he can live in a 24-hour supermarket for five days without getting caught. The station serves the Home Counties region of the UK at 106.7 and 106.9 FM. Not only will Graham and Amy be providing updates during their show, but listeners can follow Dan as he Tweets from inside the store.
Tippling One for LA Lloyd. Pictured here in Austin, Texas are KLBJ-FM program director and host of the nationally syndicated “Notorious 90s” program LA Lloyd (left) and Envision Networks‘ president and CEO Danno Wolkoff (right). Wolkoff and Lloyd are enjoying a cold one to celebrate Lloyd’s birthday.
Diapers Are Expensive and What’s in a Name, Anyway? Detroit’s WDRQ “NASH FM 93-1” is offering to buy the first 93 diapers for the “NASH FM 93-1” listener who a) has a baby over the Labor Day weekend (Fri-Mon.) and b) who is willing to name the child “Nash” (either first or middle name). Cumulus Media’s Motor City country station is presenting the “I’m Already IN Labor-Day Weekend” contest this weekend. Potential winners must show proof of birth with a birth certificate by Tuesday.
Borrell Associates New Study and Forecast Predicts Radio Revenue Flat but Listening Minutes Continue to Decline Over Next Five Years. Research firm Borrell Associates has published a new study titled, “The Future of Legacy Media: With 5 Years of Digital Disruption Ahead, What Happens Next?” As the title implies, it looks at the effect the digital revolution has had over the past five years on time spent with each medium and ad dollars spent and then goes on to predict what is likely to happen over the next five years. The conclusion for AM/FM radio is probably not going to be shocking to most. Borrell predicts that minutes spent with AM/FM radio (which have already dropped from 124.1 in 2008 to 93.5 in 2013, according to the study) will continue to erode even though the number of individuals listening at least once per week (that figure we hear reported by Nielsen Audio so frequently) may remain fairly constant. By 2018 Borrell predicts minutes spent with radio will further drop to 81.9 (for a total decrease from 2008 to 2018 of 34%). On the revenue front, Borrell notes that radio ad spending has dropped by almost a third over the past 13 years and predicts the level the industry is at right now – about $14.3 billion – is roughly where it will be in another five years. Here’s what the study has to say about AM/FM radio’s future: “If trends hold true, traditional radio ad spending will continue to tread water, remaining largely unchanged while growth moves online – especially among national advertisers. Detroit is already equipping some new cars with Pandora service, so even that industry sinecure may have been breached. Losses – where they occur – will be most felt in the larger metros, while suburban and rural areas will still depend on the local flavor of stations that have been good friends to their fathers and grandfathers.” Which media will experience growth in minutes spent with through 2018? Borrell predicts cable TV, out-of-home, video games and pure-play mobile, which it says will have realized a 1,145% increase in minutes spent with during the 10-year period examined in the study. Read more here.
Clear Channel Announces the Austin, Texas iHeartRadio Country Festival. On the success of its Las Vegas-located iHeartRadio Festival that has taken place the last two years in September, the company is announcing a country music festival to take place at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on March 29 featuring such prominent country acts as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida-Georgia Line, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and Dan + Shay. The festival will be emceed by Premiere Networks syndicated morning host Bobby Bones. Naturally, Clear Channel stations across the country will begin offering listeners opportunities to win tickets during the six weeks leading up to the event. CC president of national programming platforms Tom Poleman states, “Country music is experiencing an unprecedented explosion of popularity with music fans across America, and there’s no better way to celebrate that than by building on the incredible success of our annual two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival and creating the biggest dedicated multiplatform event ever featuring the biggest stars in country music. The core of our business is the bond our local stations have with our listeners and an important part of that is to give them extraordinary events no one else can provide. With the largest reach of any country music radio group, we’re thrilled to add this once-in-a-lifetime ‘all things country’ mega festival to iHeartRadio’s exceptional lineup of can’t miss events.”
Clear Channel Moves Matthews to Cincy as VP/Programming. Eleven-year WMMS “The Buzzard” and WAKS “Kiss-FM,” Cleveland program director Bo Matthews transfers from the Clear Channel rock and CHR combo to oversee programming operations of the company’s seven Cincinnati stations. Over and above his vice president of programming title, Matthews will be the day-to-day PD of Cincinnati rocker WEBN. Clear Channel Cincinnati market president Chuck Fredrick states, “Bo’s track record of success and skill set make him the perfect leader for Cincinnati’s iconic brands. His knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the market.” Matthews comments, “I can’t be more appreciative of the people that have given me the opportunity to work with WMMS and WAKS. I have learned so much, and I am eternally grateful. I am excited to get started with the Cincinnati cluster as we take it to new heights.” In addition to WEBN, Clear Channel’s Cincinnati operation consists of alternative WEBN-HD2, CHR WKFS “Kiss 107,” talk WKRC, news/talk WLW, classic rock WOFX “Fox,” and sports WSAI “AM 1360.”
Albuquerque PD Is a Genuine Picazzo. Five-year Cumulus Media rhythmic CHR KVYB “The Vibe,” Oxnard-Ventura, California program director/afternoon drive talent Picazzo Stevens is appointed PD of American General Media Albuquerque CHR KAGM “Power 106.7” and alternative KARS “Area 102.9.” In addition, he will do afternoon drive on “Area 102.9.” Regional director of programming Bob Lewis comments, “Throughout his career, Picazzo has shown his talent as a creative cornerstone of the brands he represents. All of us at AGM are thrilled that Picazzo is leading the charge with ‘Power 106.7’ and the new ‘Area 102.9.’ His expertise and passion are simply unmatched in the industry.” Among those Stevens thanks is American General Media president Rogers Brandon “for his continued support in the growth of my career.” Stevens adds, “It is an exciting opportunity to work alongside market manager Suzy Rufail and Bob Lewis who share the same passion for radio and creativity as I do.” Before “The Vibe,” Stevens spent two years in Austin as assistant PD/afternoon host at KDHT (now KGSR); programmed Bakersfield rhythmic CHR KISV “Hot 94.1”; and he has worked in San Diego, Riverside, Fresno, and Monterey.
Compass Media Brings Research Pro Len Klatt Aboard. Research pro Len Klatt spent the last 16 years with Premiere Networks (ultimately as SVP of research) and 11 years with Westwood One before that. Now, Compass Media Marketing announces it has hired Klatt as a research consultant and advisor, effective immediately. Klatt comments, “It is an incredibly exciting time to be a part of the changing audio entertainment landscape. Compass is well positioned for continued growth and my goal is to work closely with the Compass team to best serve our advertisers, affiliates and programming partners.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Blake Hayes returns home to New England where he’ll co-host the morning show with Eva Matteson on Saga Communications’ Portland, Maine hot AC WMGX “Coast 93.1.” Hayes most recently was AM drive host at CBS Radio’s hot AC KHMX, Houston “Mix 96.5.”…..In Las Vegas, Melanie & Zach exit as morning drive personalities at Clear Channel’s adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5.”…..Eric Holmes has left his music director position at Bonneville’s classic rock KSWD, Los Angeles “100.3 The Sound” as the position is being eliminated and absorbed by other staffers…..Kristie McIntyre leaves her midday jock position at CBS Radio AC WIAD, Washington “Fresh 94.7” where she’s been for the past three years…..At Townsquare Media’s Missoula, Montana operations, Billy Jenkins arrives as operations manager and program director for country KYSS. Jenkins assumes the position held by Rich Summers who just moved to the company’s Boise operations…..In New Bedford, Massachusetts, Michael Rock is upped to brand manager for Townsquare Media’s CHR WFHN “Fun 107,” taking over for Jim “JR” Reitz who left the station last month. Rock also serves as morning drive host and music director.
SiriusXM Reports Total Subscribers Top 25 Million. Satellite radio service SiriusXM announces it ended the year 2013 with 25.56 million subscribers – an addition of 1.66 million net subscribers during the course of the year. The company reports that self-pay net additions in 2013 were 1.5 million for the full year, bringing self-pay subscriptions to over 21 million. SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer states, “SiriusXM had an outstanding 2013, and we expect to meet or exceed all other guidance we have provided for the year. Automotive distribution is hitting on all cylinders and an increasing number of households, at all income levels, are subscribing to SiriusXM. In a world where consumers have many choices, millions of subscribers continue to love our unmatched and easily affordable lineup of exclusive talk, live news, major sports events, and commercial-free and curated music channels.” At the same time, the company offers guidance for 2014 that includes: Net subscriber additions of 1.25 million; free cash flow approaching $1.1 billion; revenue of over $4.0 billion; and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $1.38 billion.
2014 International CES: Day Two. Media consultant Holland Cooke reports from Las Vegas where he’s covering the enormous 2014 International Consumer Electronic Show for RadioInfo magazine. Some tidbits for radio people include how Yahoo! is revamping its content to fit what consumers want with regard to size and frequency and how new global anchor Katie Couric is integrating “citizen reporting” into her work. Also, read what radio execs attending a session on internet radio are saying about building a connection with consumers in Holland Cooke’s piece here.
The Curious Case of Contemporary Christian. While secular stations often thrive around the Christmas season playing Christmas music, many of the country’s contemporary Christian stations don’t enjoy the same ratings lift that – it would seem – would be a natural. In a piece examining the performance of these stations during that time period, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian writes that there are a number of reasons for this and that “the answer comes when looking at the basics. Found in nearly each of the 48 Nielsen Audio PPM markets is a competitive adult contemporary station backed by a deep-pockets owner and boasting a strong metro signal. Contemporary Christian outlets, on the other hand, are less likely to populate each locale. Moreover, their promotion budgets and sticks typically do not compare favorably against their AC counterparts.” For more on Mike Kinosian’s glimpse into this aspect of the local radio business, check out his piece here.
Rick & Bubba Celebrate 20th Anniversary. The nationally syndicated Rick & Bubba show – featuring Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey – celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Syndicated Solutions Inc.-distributed program has special plans to commemorate the show’s birth. Burgess and Bussey, along with cast members Calvin “Speedy” Wilburn, “The Real” Greg Burgess, Michael “Helmsey” Helms, Chris “Eddie Van” Adler, along with past/present show interns and related show contributors, will be performing live before sellout crowds during at least five special one-night only events in concert halls/theaters in select cities beginning in May. SSI reports that “each ‘20th Anniversary Tour’ event will include hilarious, unforgettable Rick & Bubba moments, show favorites such as Good ‘ol Boys Theater, Willie & Wanda, The Giant Game of Rick & Bubba Knowledge, The Wacky World, Fact or Crap, and more. There will be prizes, video tributes reliving the past 20 years, musical performances, special Q&A sessions and more…All behind-the-scenes and on-stage activities will be video recorded so excerpts can be shared during the Rick & Bubba show television/radio broadcast, and a full 20th Anniversary documentary will be available later in 2014.” SSI president Bob Carey states, “Congratulations Rick and Bubba…I am so proud of what you’ve accomplished all these years and the special relationship that we share. Although we’ve been business partners for just nine of your 20 years on air together, the Rick & Bubba show continues to evolve and gets better day after day, which is a testament to you both never taking your successes for granted or never stopping to work hard and improve upon yesterday.” Pictured here are (from l-r): Bill “Bubba” Bussey (sitting), Michael “Helmsey” Helms, Rick Burgess (center/sitting), Calvin “Speedy” Wilburn, “The Real” Greg Burgess and Chris “Eddie Van” Adler.
Iconic Talk Show Host Bob Grant Dead at 84. Just months after retiring from his weekend talk show at WABC, New York, Bob Grant passed away on New Year’s Eve after what’s being described as a brief illness. Grant began his talk radio career at KABC in Los Angeles in the mid-1960s but rose to fame when he came to New York and began a regular talk show at WMCA in 1970. Grant’s career saw him move around the New York radio dial; he worked at WABC and WOR and – for a time – WWDB-FM, Philadelphia. He is regularly cited by today’s conservative talk radio practitioners as the man who pioneered the opinionated, call-it-as-you-see-it style of issues-oriented talk radio upon which the modern era of the format was built. Read more about his legendary career here.
“The Beat” Goes On In Houston. At noon New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, 12/31), Clear Channel transitioned classic rocker KKRW “The Arrow” to “93.7 The Beat – H-Town’s Real Hip Hop and R&B.” According to president/market manager Eddie Martiny, “The Beat” will give Houston listeners, “one-of-a-kind access to up-close artist experiences, exclusive premieres, world-class on air personalities and bigger-than-life promotions. We are ready to write a new chapter in Houston radio history [as ‘The Beat’] defines what real hip-hop and R&B is. Many of the biggest stars in this format live in Houston, so to move the station in this direction was a natural choice. In addition, ‘The Beat’ will perfectly complement the five other radio stations in our cluster by making us more attractive and diverse to our advertising community.” Representative “Beat” artists include Beyonce, Chris Brown, J. Cole, Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Jay-Z. “Don’t Stop Believin'” (Journey) was the last song played on “The Arrow,” which had been in the format for roughly 20 years. Among persons 6+ in December (Nielsen Audio PPM), KKRW registered a 2.4 (#17). The station had a 3.6 in July, but dropped to 2.9 (August), 2.5 (September), 2.4 (October), and 2.3 (November).
Trumper and Riviera’s Phoenix Hot AC Trend. The two groups have joined forces for a simulcast brand dubbed “Hot 97.5 & 103.9 Trending Radio,” which debuted at 12:01am New Year’s Day. The Phoenix hot AC operation unites Trumper Communications’ KMVA “Hot 97.5” with Riviera Broadcasting‘s KEXX “My103.9.” Trumper Communications president/chief executive officer Jeff Trumper points out that, “By combining resources, we are able to extend the reach of the ‘Hot’ radio brand and give our audience more of what it wants. We will be serving the hottest trends in music, along with hip and engaging lifestyle events that will appeal to music fans, foodies, fashionistas, and families. We are confident our listening audience will be energized by this change and will feel an even stronger connection to this newly-combined station.” Riviera chief operating officer Jose Rodiles comments, “This newly-created mega-station will not only benefit the Phoenix radio audience, but will also bring tremendous value to the advertising community. With a focus on live and local, ‘Hot 97.5 &103.9 Trending Radio’ will engage listeners with the hottest music and trends not only from around the country but also right here in the Valley.” Trumper and Rodiles indicate “Trending Radio” can be heard from Flagstaff to Tucson and the Mexican border. Among persons 6+ this December (PPM), Trumper’s KMVA ranked #15 (2.8) and Riviera’s KEXX finished #23 (1.9).
Jagger Returns to ‘The Edge’ in Dallas on Monday. Chris Jagger brings his “Jagger Mafia” morning drive show to Clear Channel’s alternative rocker KDGE, Dallas “102.1 The Edge” beginning Monday, January 6. Joining him are cast members Jasmine, Mondo and Dean. Jagger’s first stint at KDGE ran from 1998 to 2006, after which he worked at sports talk KRLD, Dallas; WIOQ, Philadelphia and Clear Channel’s sister hot AC KDMX, Dallas “102.9 NOW.”
Staff Changes in Atlanta and Chicago. The end of the year typically brings a flurry of high-profile personnel moves and it was no exception this past week. For example, after 16 months programming Clear Channel, Atlanta CHR WWPW “Power 96.1” and alternative WRDA “Radio 105-7,” Rick Vaughn departs. Prior to working in Atlanta, Vaughn previously programmed co-owned Chicago CHR WKSC “Kiss-FM,” as well as similarly-programmed WIOQ, Philadelphia, and WKSS, Hartford. Meanwhile in Chicago, midday talent Trish Biondo parts ways with WUSN “US 99.5.” In her lengthy tenure with the CBS Radio country outlet, Biondo served in a variety of capacities including research director, promotions director, and music director. She also did mornings prior to mid-day duties. Laura Taylor will replace her. In the same (CBS Radio, Chicago) cluster, evening talent Tom Marker brings to a close his 33-year association with adult alternative WXRT. He formerly programmed WJKL, Elgin, Illinois.
Boston’s “River” Promotes Phipps to PD. RadioInfo teased this story before the holidays but here’s a little more on WXRV, Boston “92.5 The River” naming music director and afternoon drive talent Matt Phipps PD at the Northeast Broadcasting adult alternative outlet. General manager Don St. Sauveur states, “He is simply one of Boston’s brightest stars. Matt shares our independent and entrepreneurial spirit. His respect for the product and The River’s audience is rivaled only by his passion for music and his willingness to innovate and have fun. Matt has quietly been improving the station’s music mix over the past year and a half, leading the radio station to all-time listenership highs in the Boston DMA. His fellow on-air hosts respect him enormously, and I am thrilled to offer Matt this promotion.” Phipps comments, “This is truly my dream job. How many stations in Boston can boast that they are locally owned, independent, solar-powered and committed to a format based on new artists, singers and songwriters? It is an honor to be part of one of the most experienced and passionate groups of on-air hosts in Boston.” Before joining “The River” in May 2012, Phipps worked for Metro Networks as assistant director of operations, was morning traffic host on Boston’s WHDH-TV, and he spent five years in the market co-hosting morning drive on WBOS.
Coming Next Week: The 2014 International CES. Media consultant and TALKERS columnist Holland Cooke will report from next week’s 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He teases the event asking, “How dizzying is the-pace-of-change?” Media are now asked NOT to refer to this massive, mind-boggling event as “The Consumer Electronics Show,” because whassup here has transcended hardware.
Sure, there’ll be gadgets aplenty in an exhibit hall bigger than 30 football fields, many of ‘em obsoleting whatever seemed so-cutting-edge last year. But many of the ways technology is changing our everyday lives are…invisible, “The Internet of Things.”
Yes, the Amazon drone story was a publicity stunt.
But 62% of Internet traffic is now robots.
Maybe your refrigerator isn’t (yet) auto-ordering milk; and none of us are riding driver-less cars.
Yet already, patients can enable doctors to monitor real-time vital signs.
Soon, your alarm clock could wake you earlier if the route you commute has a traffic tangle. And your thermostat will auto-adjust, based on the changing weather forecast. Traditional radio information hooks are no longer franchises. If you think I’m exaggerating, look at your iPhone.
Come along, virtually…
Look for my coverage here next week in TALKERS and RadioInfo; and follow my real-time Tweets @HollandCooke. I’ll also be reporting for the Jim Bohannon show and “America in the Morning,” and on my client stations.
And it’ll be a ‘Vegas convention two-fer. Again this year, I’ll also be covering NMX, the New Media Expo, formerly “Blogworld,” before-that “The Podcast & New Media Expo,” which, a decade ago, already drew twice-as-many attendees as radio conventions.
With media consumers now in on-demand pick-N-choose mode — and with advertising and marketing money flowing to the digital platform — these internet content creators’ work is now instructive to what TALKERS and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison has termed broadcast stations’ “survival and ‘thrival.’”
December PPM Data. In three installments of 12 PPM markets each since the day after Christmas, Nielsen Audio released December (2013) ratings data. All the numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways.”
- Washington, DC – WASH ends its mini-slide (5.6 – 4.9 – 4.6, September-October-November, 6+) with a +1.7 to 6.3 (#3). It is the Clear Channel adult contemporary outlet’s best showing since January (6.4). Just one month ago (November), WTOP posted a whopping +1.5 (6+), which meant the Hubbard all-news operation was +2.7 since September (6.6 – 7.8 – 9.3). That +1.5, however, is more than wiped out in December as WTOP falls to 7.5 (-1.8, #2). Despite being off by six-tenths (8.3 – 7.7), American University-owned WAMU exchanges places with WTOP at the top.
- Boston – As part of its transition from classic hits-oldies to CHR in June 2012, CBS Radio‘s WODS “Amp” dropped out of the all-Christmas music arena. Nonetheless, it notches the market’s highest November-December (6+) gain (+1.1, 3.4 – 4.5) to vault from #13 to #8; coincidentally, 4.5 is Amp’s strongest 6+ total since June 2012 (4.9). Beantown’s all-Christmas music station was Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic,” which gains nine-tenths (5.8 – 6.7) to zoom from #4 to #2. The sports format here takes a dramatic November-December hit (6+). After a +1.3 (October-November), CBS Radio’s WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” tumbles by -1.6 (6.7 – 5.1, #3 to #7), while World Series champion Boston Red Sox flagship Entercom-owned flagship WEEI-FM regresses from a strong +.8 (October-November) to a stunning -1.8 (5.0 – 3.2), as it slides from #8 in November to #13.
- Detroit – Some markets just love their all-Christmas music and the Motor City is certainly one such example. No longer battling Greater Media‘s WMGC (which earlier this year segued from AC to sports), Clear Channel adult contemporary WNIC “Detroit’s Best Variety” again did the wall-to-wall Christmas music strategy. It completely dominates with an eye-popping +5.1 to 9.8 (#1 from #8 in November), easily outscoring the station’s combined October and November 6+ shares and giving it a three-share advantage over runner-up CBS Radio-owned country WYCD (7.9 – 6.8, #1 to #2). WNIC’s 9.8 is its most potent since “Holiday” 2012 (10.2). As is the case in Boston, sports was ostensibly affected by all-Christmas music as WYCD sibling WXYT-FM “The Ticket” drops one and one-half shares (7.6 – 6.1, 6+), yet only loses one ranker – #2 in November to #3.
- Seattle – After suffering a -.9 (5.4 – 4.5, October-November, 6+), Hubbard adult contemporary KRWM “Warm” bounces back in magnificent style with a +3.0 to 7.5, vaulting from #6 to #1. Playing all-Christmas music, “Warm” racks up its strongest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2012 (14.2). In September and October, AC “Warm” was tied for the top spot with CBS Radio classic rocker KZOK, which falls from the lead in November to second (5.5 – 5.1, 6+). Off by seven-tenths (3.2 – 2.5), KZOK’s country sibling KMPS drops out of the top 20 (#14 in November to #21).
- Phoenix – Yet another adult contemporary facility that played all-Christmas music during the December monthly registers a sizeable (6+) November-December improvement. This time it is Clear Channel‘s KESZ (5.6 – 8.9, +3.3), which regains the #1 spot, up from #2 in November. Relinquishing its hold at #1 to KESZ and placing third is CBS Radio classic hits KOOL, which slips by -1.2 (6.1 – 4.9).
- Minneapolis – Clear Channel classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” jumps from a 5.2 in November (#10, 6+) to 6.6 (+1.4, #5), its best since July’s 7.4. Down for the third successive monthly is KQRS (8.0 – 7.6 – 7.5 – 6.9), but the Cumulus classic rocker only dips from third in November to fourth.
- Tampa – The country race finds Clear Channel’s WFUS “US 103.5” (5.2 – 6.4, +1.2, #3) overtaking CBS Radio rival WQYK (5.4 – 4.5, -.9, #8). In November, WQYK ranked sixth and WFUS was seventh. This marks the fifth time in the last six monthlies that Cox Media Group adult contemporary siblings WDUV “Lite Favorites” (8.5 – 8.8, +.3) and WWRM “Magic” (6.0 – 7.1, +1.1) are the market’s 6+ leaders.
- Denver – Lincoln Financial Media rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS 107.5” improves by eight-tenths (5.2 – 6.0) and inches up from #4 to #2. Hot AC has a strong month in the Mile High City with Entercom‘s KALC “Alice” (4.8 – 5.3, #3) and Wilks Broadcasting‘s KIMN “Mix 100” (3.5 – 4.0, #10) each picking up one-half share. Other outlets registering increases by that amount are LFM-owned country KYGO (4.5 – 5.0, #5) and Clear Channel rocker KBPI (3.6 – 4.1, #8).
- Baltimore – On the heels of an impressive October-November +1.1 (6+), which vaulted it from eighth to fourth, CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF (steady at #4) tacks on another full-share (5.3 – 6.3). One side note is that WLIF drops its “Lite-FM” handle in favor of “Today’s 101.9.” Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” gains eight-tenths (5.6 – 6.4) and remains at #3. Although down by a significant -1.5, Clear Channel country outlet WPOC is #1 for the sixth successive month.
- St. Louis – Score another victory for all-Christmas music, as CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK “Fresh 102.5” leapfrogs from #8 in November (5.1) all the way to #1 (6.8, +1.7, 6+). It is the strongest (6+) share finish for “Fresh” since “Holiday” 2012 (10.7). Progressing by eight-tenths are Hubbard adult hits WARH “Arch” (5.6 – 6.4, #2, up from #5 in November) and Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WFUN “Old School 95.5” (3.7 – 4.5, #12, up from #16 in November). Two spoken-word-formatted outlets have a rough month: Not only does KMOX give up the #1 spot to AC sibling KEZK, the heritage talker is -3.7 (9.6 – 5.9, #5). Meanwhile, four consecutive up trends that WXOS put together since July led to the Hubbard property doubling its 6+ total (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 4.6). That however comes to end in December as “101 Sports” is -1.3 (4.6 – 3.3) and slides from #11 in November to #17.
- Portland – With a November – December +1.6 to 8.6 (6+), Clear Channel adult contemporary KKCW “K103” has its strongest showing since May when it recorded a 9.2 and takes over the top spot. Although gaining one-tenth (7.0 – 7.1), public KOPB – which had been #1 in October and November – trades places with “K103” (#1 to #2). The market’s two country outlets are mildly affected by K103’s all-Christmas music, with Alpha Broadcasting‘s KUPL “The Bull” dipping 6.7 – 6.5 (steady at #3) and Entercom‘s KWJJ “The Wolf” dropping four-tenths to 3.6 (#11 in November to #14). Noteworthy for “The Wolf” is this represents its fourth successive (6+) decline (6.5 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 4.0 – 3.6, August-December); it ranked third in August.
- Pittsburgh – While all-Christmas music certainly did nothing to hinder WWSW “3WS” from progressing from #3 in November to #1, the Clear Channel classic hits-oldies outlet was already on a steady upswing. In fact, since May, “3WS” has not posted a negative trend and that streak continues in dramatic fashion with a +1.7 (6.3 – 6.4 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.1 – 8.8); 8.8 is the station’s highest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2012’s 13.1. News in December however is not as rosy for its talk sibling WPGB (#11), which posts its lowest 6+ total (4.1 – 3.0, -1.1) since PPM became ratings currency in the Steel City.
- Sacramento – Multiple stations went the all-Christmas route here, but in a twist, it was Clear Channel talk outlet KSTE that makes the greatest (6+) month-to-month gain (3.0 – 4.0, +1.0) and advances from #14 to #11. Right behind though in the November-December improvement category are two all-Christmas music participants – CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix” (4.5, +.8, #8) and KSTE sibling KHLX “Classic 93.1” (2.5, +.9, #18). Making matters even more interesting though is that the day after Christmas, KHLX dumped its “Classic Hits of the ’70s and ’80s” brand to simulcast talk KFBK-AM under its new calls – KFBK-FM.
- San Antonio – In the backyard of its corporate headquarters, Clear Channel adult contemporary KQXT “Q101.9” follows up November’s half-share gain with a massive +2.8 (4.4 – 7.2) to climb from #9 to #3, where it is now just four-tenths from the lead. Country rivals KAJA “KJ 97” and KCYY “Y 100” are among those affected by Q101.9’s all-Christmas music, as KQXT sibling “KJ 97” drops six-tenths to 7.6 and Cox Media Group‘s “Y 100” loses one-half share (7.0 – 6.5, #5). “KJ 97” had been in sole possession of first place for 11 straight monthlies, but is now tied at the top by Cox Media classic hits-oldies KONO (7.2 – 7.6).
- Cincinnati – There are month-to-month fluctuations of at least one share for multiple “Queen City” outlets for the third straight time. Leading the way is contemporary Christian WAKW “Star 93.3,” which nearly doubles its November stat and records a positive trend for the fourth consecutive monthly (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 5.2). “Star” played all-Christmas music during the sweep and leapfrogs an astonishing 10 notches – #16 to #6. The Pillar of Fire-owned facility’s previous (6+) high was 4.8 in December 2010. By posting a +1.3 (4.9 – 6.2), Hubbard adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98” inches up from #6 to #5. Imagine how many PPM market operators would love having a 9.0-share (6+). That is where Clear Channel-owned WLW finds itself, yet that figure represents the talk outlet’s lowest ever 6+ PPM stat. Since September, WLW (still the market’s #1 station) has trended 13.7 – 12.3 – 9.8 – 9.0.
- Cleveland – Somewhat analogous to what happened in Sacramento, two Cleveland stations played all-Christmas music but neither registers a particularly large November-December bump. In fact, Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WMJI – although remaining #1 – is actually off four-tenths (9.4 – 9.0), while CBS Radio adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s New 102” notches a six-tenths gain (5.3 – 5.9) and stays at #7. The largest (6+) November-December improvement (+1.0, 6.1 – 7.1) is made by WDOK’s hot AC sibling WQAL “Q104,” which progresses from #6 to #4.
- Salt Lake City – In this traditionally strong all-Christmas music market, Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100” not only remains #1 for the fourth straight month, it tacks on an additional 2.8 (6+) shares (7.1 – 9.9) for its loftiest finish since “Holiday” 2012 (15.4). In addition, “FM 100” outpoints the combined (6+) totals of SLC’s three country players – Cumulus Media‘s KUBL (5.2 – 4.2, #9); independent KSOP (3.3 – 3.0, #13); and Simmons Media’s KEGA (1.9 – 1.8, #19). Conversely, Clear Channel CHR KZHT is -1.1 (6.9 – 5.8, 6+) to fall from a three-way for second in November to fourth.
- Las Vegas – Enjoying its best 6+ performance since “Holiday” 2012 when it scored a 12.8, Clear Channel adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5” puts up a whopping +2.7 from November (4.9 – 7.6) to march from #5 to #1. Declining by at least a full-share are Beasley classic hits-oldies KKLZ (7.0 – 5.4, – 1.6), which drops from first to fourth and Lotus Spanish adult hits KWID (6.6 – 5.6, -1.0, #2 to #3).
- Kansas City – For a variety of reasons, country is the format to watch here. For the eighth straight time, Wilks-owned KFKF is #1 (9.1, +.5, 6+) and is a rare country outlet in a PPM market to adopt the all-Christmas music strategy. Instead of taking a direct hit from KFKF’s holiday music move, the other key principals in that musical genre actually post full-share improvements. Entercom’s WDAF-FM “The Wolf” is 5.6 – 6.6 (#4) while KFKF country cluster-mate KBEQ “Q 104” is 3.6 – 4.6 (#7). After three successive positive trends (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 8.2), Cumulus classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” falls nine-tenths to 7.3 (#2 in November to #3).
- Columbus – Clear Channel has a #1, #2, #3 finish, but it is WODC “Oldies 93.3” at #3 making the most noise, as the all-Christmas music proponent is +2.1 from November (5.3 – 7.4). The last time “Oldies 93.3” was in the seven-share range was this past June (7.9). Wilks classic rocker WLVQ “Q 96” gains seven-tenths (4.1 – 4.8) and progresses from eighth to fifth. Even though it is off by one-half share (11.7 – 11.2), CHR WNCI (#1) is in double-digits (6+) for the ninth straight monthly.
- Austin – Among the wild November-December (6+) fluctuations in the Texas state capital is KKMJ “Majic 95.5” notching a +1.7 to 5.7, as the Entercom adult contemporary vaults from tenth to fourth. Public KUT took a one-share October-November hit (3.8 – 2.8, #14), but – with a one-share gain – it rebounds to 3.8 (#11). Even more coincidental than KUT’s -1.0/+1.0 trend though is the situation involving KFMK “Spirit 105.9,” which is coming off sixth successive positive monthlies (3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 7.1). In fact, the Crista Media-owned contemporary Christian outlet had the distinction of largest (6+) October-November gain (+2.0) of any station in all 48 PPM markets. In the process, it advanced from #6 in October to a tie at #2. Its November-December decline however mirrors the October-November gain, thus “Spirit” returns to 5.1 (-2.0) and again ranks sixth. Tumbling from #7 in November to #13 (6+), Emmis alternative KROX “101 X” is down for the third straight month, this time by -1.1 (5.3 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 3.5).
- Milwaukee – After back-to-back months at 3.9 (September-October), WKKV “V 100.7 Jams” inched up to 4.0 in November but now busts out with a +1.3 to 5.3 (#7) – the Clear Channel urban contemporary facility’s most potent 6+-stat in its PPM history. The rollercoaster ride continues for WMYS, which – in October – nearly tripled its September .4 (6+) to 1.1 (+.7); then dipped eight-tenths to .3 (#16) in November; and now the adult alternative posts a +.9 (1.2, #13). The last two monthlies have been rough for Clear Channel talker WISN (7.5 – 6.5 – 5.6). It ranked second in October, fourth in November, and is now sixth. For the last eight monthlies, WISN country sibling WMIL had posted double-digits (6+), but with a -1.2, it falls to 9.4; nonetheless, WMIL is #1 for the thirteenth straight time.
- Indianapolis – On the strength of a +1.2 to 8.1, Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “B 105.7” registers its best (6+) performance since “Holiday” 2012 (12.9) and progresses from runner-up in November to #1. Radio One rhythmic CHR WHHH “Hot 96.3” puts an end to three consecutive down trends (7.1 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 5.0, 6+) by matching B 105.7’s +1.2 to 6.2 and is in a three-way tie at #2. The heftiest month-month gain though is turned in by Entercom hot AC WNTR “Mix,” which advances +1.3 (3.4 – 4.7, #12 to #10). Meanwhile though, off by -1.4 are Cumulus country WFMS (7.6 – 6.2, #1 to #2) and Clear Channel classic rocker WFBQ (6.5 – 5.1, #4 to #9).
- Providence – Rebounding from a -.5 (October-November), WSNE “Coast 93.3” posts a +2.3 to 8.0. Not only does the Clear Channel hot AC jump from seventh to second, the 8.0 is its highest-ever 6+-stat. All-Christmas music helps Cumulus adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” take a +1.1 to 7.9, as it inches up from #4 to a tie at #3. For five straight monthlies, Entercom‘s WVEI was either up or flat (4.5 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.9 – 6.3), with November’s 6.3 signifying the sports outlet’s strongest (6+) share since January 2011. December however is not as kind and although it takes a whopping -2.3 to 4.1, WVEI only falls from #6 to #8. After Clear Channel classic hits WWBB “B101” had progressed from fifth in October to third in November, it tumbles by -1.8 (7.1 – 5.3), dropping to sixth.
- Norfolk – Obviously undaunted by a seven-tenths October-November falloff, Entercom adult contemporary WWDE “The New 101.3” storms back with a massive +2.6 (to 6.9), taking it from #7 to #2. This is WWDE’s strongest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2012 (8.8). The market’s two major country players appear to be impacted by The New 101.3’s all-Christmas music strategy: Max Broadcast Group‘s WGH-FM “Eagle 97” is down eight-tenths (5.0, #5), while Sinclair Telecable‘s WUSH “US 106.1” drops seven-tenths (4.4, #6).
- Nashville – Cumulus Media‘s WKDF “Today’s Country” enjoys an eight-tenths gain to 4.6 (up from #11 in November to #7), while its format rivals are each down four-tenths. Specifically, Clear Channel‘s WSIX is 6.2 – 5.8 (steady at #4) and WKDF sibling WSM-FM is 4.7 – 4.3 (#8 to #9). After tumbling by eight-tenths to 5.3 (#5 – #7, October-November) Cumulus’ WGFX “The Zone” drops another seven-tenths (5.3 – 4.6); the sports station ranks seventh.
- Greensboro – With a tremendous +3.6 (8.4 – 12.0), Clear Channel-owned WMAG breaks out of a three-way tie at #2 to take over the top spot. Country feels some of the effects of WMAG’s all-Christmas music push, as Entercom‘s WPAW “The Wolf” is down one-half share (8.4 – 7.9, #4), while WMAG cluster-mate WTQR “New Country” is off by seven tenths (7.5 – 6.8, #6). October-November losses for “The Wolf” and “New Country” were -.4 and -1.0, respectively. Although down a significant -1.4 (12.1 – 10.7) and shifting from #1 to #2, Entercom urban AC WQMG is in double-digits (6+) for the thirteenth straight time.
- Jacksonville – In November, WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” was 1.7 shares from being the frontrunner. Owing to a +1.5 (5.8 – 7.3), however, the Clear Channel property now trails Cox Media Group CHR WAPE (7.5 – 7.9) by six-tenths. The 7.3 matches what “Jacksonville’s Country” registered in September 2012. Cox Media talker WOKV is -1.3 to 4.7, as it slips from third to sixth.
- Memphis – Entercom‘s WRVR is another all-Christmas music winner, as “The River” rolls to an awesome +2.9 (5.9 – 8.8) to progress from #6 to #2; 8.8 characterizes The River’s most potent 6+-share since Holiday 2012 (12.3). Meanwhile, WHBQ is off by one full-share (3.4 – 2.4) with the Flinn Broadcasting CHR sliding from #9 in November to #16.
- Hartford – The #3 through #8 stations here are all down month-to-month (6+), although the greatest decline is just four-tenths, 6.7 – 6.3 by CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WZMX (#8). In fact, that is the greatest 6+ November-December change – positive or negative – by any of the market’s listed stations. Eight outlets in print were down month-month, with -1.87 being typical; only two were up (WWYZ by +.3 and WNPR by +.1); and the remaining three were flat. CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite” (10.7 – 10.6) is #1, continuing the top-ranked streak it began in October 2011.
Hawaiian Programmer Kimo Akane Passes Away. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the 58-year-old Hawaiian programmer/air talent had been in a coma for two weeks, after he suffered an apparent heart attack in mid-December. Most recently, Ashton “Kimo Akane” Kaiuwailani programmed Honolulu’s KINE-FM. Commenting in Facebook, former KSSK, Honolulu program director/current KUMU, Honolulu production director Michael Shishido writes, “My radio brother Kimo Akane passed away after being in a coma for a couple of weeks. Friends say he initially suffered cardiac arrest at his home. Kimo and I were always competitors, never having worked together, but over the years, we got to know each other. I respected him immensely as a radio professional. Kimo was a very likable guy – and very smart. Radio has lost a great one. My heart goes out to his family and his radio Ohana. He touched a lot of lives in a positive way and will be greatly missed.” Akane’s past programming credits include Honolulu’s KQMQ “93 Q,” and KHUL. A fundraiser is reportedly being planned to help offset his medical expenses. Surviving Akane are his wife Ellen, four children, and two grandchildren.
Welcome to the Hotel California: Fabulous Forum Returns. A wonderful work of architecture, its name has been the Great Western Forum and The Forum Presented by Chase; however, if you lived in Los Angeles anytime in a roughly 30-year stretch between the late-1960s and late-1990s, you simply referred to it as the Fabulous Forum. Predominantly known as the home of the NBA‘s Los Angeles Lakers the Forum also housed the NHL‘s Kings and WNBA‘s Sparks. It stopped being top-of-mind though when the Lakers, Kings, Sparks, and the NBA’s Clippers relocated to the Staples Center. Madison Square Garden Company bought the 17,500-seat venue in 2012 and fit it with what organizers claim is the world’s largest vinyl record, which a Glendale, California-based promotion company built in 10 days. The 120-foot aluminum truss circle is composed of 250,000 square feet of printed vinyl and approximately 25 tons of materials. Letters on it are as tall as the famous “Hollywood” sign. All of that was done in honor of The Eagles, who will perform at the Forum later this month. They will be the first act to play there since $100 million renovation efforts commenced last year. The Forum’s senior vice president, West Coast business operations Sid Greenfeig was quoted in a CBSLA.com article as saying, “This was the perfect way to highlight to the world that the Forum is back in business. The Eagles continue to be one of the most popular and successful groups touring today, and the first performer to play our iconic venue.” Located virtually in the shadow of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), The Forum is a prominent feature on the landing approach to the airport from the east, thus passengers on nearly 2,000 flights that arrive each day throughout this month can see the 407-foot-wide printed vinyl disc. As a bonus, the disc actually spins at 17 MPH. The “History of the Eagles” concert at The Forum kicks off in less than two weeks (1/15) and will be followed, on January 20, by Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience World Tour.”
Non-Com WKSG, Ocala Flips to Secular Hybrid Format. After 15 years serving the Ocala Florida market airing a contemporary Christian format, Daystar Public Radio-owned WKSG “Daystar Radio 89.5” flips to a “carefully researched and blended mix of big band, smooth jazz and select AAA (Adult Album Alternative) music” and brands itself “The Boulevard.” Consultant Mark Tillery of J. M. Tillery & Associates, P. A. is being retained to implement the new format. He comments, “There is a major void for this type format and one word describes the new format –Class.” Personalities include Don Bruce on air from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and Gene Martin from 10:00 am ‘til 12:00 noon.
Cool Job Opportunity. Do you live and breathe today’s country music? Are you great on air, on the phones, and online? Do you want to do your show from a great city? Townsquare Media is looking for the next star to host “Taste of Country Nights,” airing on over 60 Townsquare stations. This is a great opportunity for a multimedia personality who will integrate music, listeners, and content from TasteOfCountry.com. If that’s you, get your materials to Stephen Giuttari at stephen.giuttari@townsquaremedia today! Townsquare Media is an equal opportunity employer.
World’s Highest-Paid Musical Act? Madonna. According to Forbes, the Material Girl raked in a comfortable $125 million the past year. A huge chunk of that came from Madonna‘s “MDNA” tour, which grossed $305 million. “MDNA” is the title of Madonna’s twelfth studio album. According to Forbes, the Bay City, Michigan native “augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her clothing line and ‘Truth or Dare’ fragrance.” There is quite a dramatic drop-off to the #2 spot – appropriately enough held by Lady Gaga ($80 million), who grossed more than $160 million on her latest tour, before falling victim to an injured hip. “Had she been able to finish, she likely would have topped $200 million,” the Forbes article states. “She could easily reach the #1 spot [next year] with a successful set of concerts, the main driver for most major artists’ earnings. Rounding out the top 20 are: #3 Bon Jovi ($79 million); #4 Toby Keith ($65 million); #5 Coldplay ($64 million); #6 Bruce Springsteen ($62 million); #7 Justin Bieber ($58 million); #8 Taylor Swift ($55 million); #9 Elton John ($54 million); #10 Beyonce ($53 million); #10 Kenny Chesney (also $53 million); #12 Diddy ($50 million); #13 Paul McCartney ($47 million); #14 Calvin Harris ($46 million); #15 Jennifer Lopez ($45 million); #16 Roger Waters ($44 million) #17 Muse ($43 million); #17 Rihanna (also $43 million); #19 Jay Z ($42 million); and #20 One Direction ($42 million). Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z combined for an eye-popping $95 million. Calvin Harris is perhaps the list’s biggest surprise, at least from a U.S. perspective; however, he holds the UK record for most top 10 hits from a studio album – nine. The previous record-holder in that category was Michael Jackson. Conspicuously absent from the top 20 include names such as Katy Perry, who opened last night’s American Music Awards broadcast and multiple honoree (including “Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock,” “Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B,” and “Favorite Album Soul/R&B” for “The 20/20 Experience”) Justin Timberlake. Upon reading the list, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison comments, “Perhaps more radio stations would find that their revenue would increase if they played more of these artists who are raking in the bucks out there in the real world and put their misguided generational biases aside. I find it hard to believe that there are rock stations that think Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Elton John are too old or burned out to be played as main attractions – especially their new stuff…or that Bon Jovi is no longer “cool”… or that CHR listeners are not interested in Madonna anymore.”
Generation Gaps: A Matter of Time Perception. We have all heard people (including ourselves) say that time seems to go faster as you get older. There is nothing new about that universally-experienced perception. Remember when summer vacation between school years seemed to be a lifetime? Isn’t it amazing how much importance we attach to the memories of our high school years as if they took up decades of our experience? When we were young, someone only a year or two older than us seemed so much more grown up and mature. The difference between a freshman and a senior was regarded as reflecting the effects of a gigantic chasm of time. According to RadioInfo music editor/director (and part-time cosmologist) Duane Doobie, there are two major schools of thought as to why this phenomenon exists and an understanding of this fundamental inconsistency between members of different generations is the basis of dealing with today’s cross-demographic programming challenges – especially in an era of widespread ADD. In a new column posted today, the Doober tackles this esoteric concept head on. To read it in its entirety, please click here. Hurry! We haven’t got all day!
O’Brien and Wanek Assume New Sales Positions at Clear Channel, Chicago. Clear Channel national sales director Nancy O’Brien is appointed general sales manager of two Clear Channel Chicago outlets: CHR WKSC “Kiss FM” and hot AC WLIT “My FM.” At the same time, Randy Wanek is named local sales manager for those two stations. Clear Channel Chicago vice president of sales Jason Courtemanche comments, “Nancy O’Brien brings over 18 years of radio sales to our team and is one of the best results-driven sales leaders in this industry. Randy Wanek’s wealth of radio, advertising and management experience makes him the best person to lead and help grow the local sales efforts at WKSC and WLIT.” For the past three years as national sales director, O’Brien has been overseeing national revenue and strategy for Clear Channel properties in Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, and Milwaukee. She previously was GSM and NSM in Chicago (2005 – 2010); O’Brien began her media sales career at Katz Radio. Wanek joined Clear Channel Chicago in 2010 from the company’s Milwaukee cluster where he was general sales manager. He has held AE positions in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Eric Ferguson is taking time off from his wake-up gig at Hubbard’s hot AC WTMX, Chicago “101.9 The Mix” to undergo surgery for spinal stenosis that’s been causing him numbness in his arms and hands…..Jerry Kidd exits Trumper Communications’ hot AC KMVA, Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona “Hot 975” (north of Phoenix) where he was program director and afternoon drive personality…..Matt Sneed joins Beasley Philadelphia for weekend and swing duties at country WXTU “92.5 XTU” and adult contemporary WJBR in nearby Wilmington, Delaware.
Nielsen to Acquire Harris Interactive. The company best known for The Harris Poll – Harris Interactive Inc. – is announcing plans to be acquired by Nielsen Holdings N.V. In a statement, it reports: “Nielsen will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Harris Interactive’s common stock through a wholly owned subsidiary formed for the purpose of making the offer. Holders of outstanding shares of Harris Interactive’s common stock will receive $2.00 per share in cash, subject to adjustment as provided in the merger agreement. The $2.00 per share cash purchase price (which excludes any adjustment which may be required under the merger agreement) represents a 2.0% premium to the volume weighted average closing price of Harris Interactive’s common stock in the 60 consecutive trading days prior to announcement of the transaction, and 8.7% below and 81.8% above the 52-week high and low, respectively.” The final purchase price will be based on Harris Interactive’s average cash (subject to certain adjustments and calculated as specified in the merger agreement) calculated during a 10-day period before and after a reference date expected to occur approximately 20 business days after commencement of the offer. Nielsen president, Americas, John J. Lewis says, “For our existing CPG and media clients, our combined capabilities will provide better and more integrated insights to help them drive business outcomes. Harris Interactive’s strength with other industry verticals allows us to serve these clients with Nielsen’s differentiated solutions in areas such as marketing effectiveness, social and digital to achieve our growth objectives.”
Listening to Lissie. RadioInfo associate publisher Matthew B. Harrison caught a special performance by Fat Possum recording artist Lissie at the Royale Boston Nightclub in Beantown, Friday night (11/22) and met with the artist after her performance. Lissie was a RadioInfo Rock Song Music Chart Red Zone pick back in late-October. RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie is also an admirer of Lissie stating that her most recent single “Sleepwalking” has an “infectious 80s-style pop-rock groove that is reminiscent of some of the best of that genre. Add her lyrical talent and her ability to put on a killer live performance, and you have a must add for your rotation – now and often.” Harrison enjoyed Lissie’s performance saying, “She really rocked the place!”
Fan Photo Campaign Added to One Direction Album Release Party. Tonight’s One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party had social media and out-of-home aspects added to the multi-platform event. The band picked more than one hundred fan photos submitted to them via Tumblr, and Clear Channel Outdoor featured each of these photos on digital billboards across the country over the weekend and today. Today the band is also sharing via social media images that capture the photos on the billboards. The live component of this campaign begins tonight at 9:00 pm ET with an intimate performance by One Direction and a Q&A with Ryan Seacrest. The event is being carried live on iHeartRadio, Yahoo! Screen and on some 90 Clear Channel CHR stations. It will be turned into a TV special on The CW Network at 9:00 pm on December 9 and 25. Photo: Getty Images for iHeartRadio.
CC Brings Smooth Jazz to Chicago Airports. In a deal with the Chicago Department of Aviation, Clear Channel’s Airports division is producing a two-tiered entry into Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports. One aspect is a Fly Green Chicago kiosk developed by Clear Channel Outdoor and the other is the 24-hour smooth jazz audio service called AIR Chicago. Chicagoland Radio and Media reports, “This station plays commercial-free smooth jazz music 24 hours each day. The only exception to the music will be when information is being given out to travelers using O’Hare and Midway airports. These updates are primarily traffic and weather updates from the Clear Channel-owned Total Traffic Network, but can also include news and airport information. (While the music is commercial-free, the Total Traffic reports are sponsored, with the reporters doing live ad reads.) In a statement being released, Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation, said: ‘On behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, we are proud that O’Hare and Midway, in partnership with Clear Channel, are the first airports to offer a radio station specifically devoted to keeping passengers in touch with real-time information. AIR Chicago is a great example of our efforts to provide a ‘best-in-class’ experience for the millions of travelers who fly through our busy transportation hubs.’”
Cumulus Media Networks Produces Remotes from the American Music Awards in L.A. The photo you see here is the Cumulus Media Networks remote crew that worked from LA Live in Los Angeles over the weekend providing 20 stations of various formats from coast to coast supplied with American Music Awards content. Stars including Billy Ray Cyrus, Dave Stewart, Luke Bryan, Lance Bass and Carmen Electra stopped by to appear on the radio broadcasts.
Pandora’s Tim Westergren Responds to Criticism. In a blog post on Pandora’s site, saying that his company has “generally tried to steer clear of debating this issue in the media,” Tim Westergren states, “the volume of misinformation has reached a level where I feel it’s important to set the record straight.” Westergren calls out the RIAA for spreading what he calls the “lie” that Pandora supports an 85% cut in internet royalty rates. “On the contrary, all of the key principals including Cary Sherman (the head of the RIAA) and Mike Huppe (the head of SoundExchange) know that we have been advocating for solutions that would grow total payments to artists. The 85% sound bite preys upon the natural suspicions of the artist community, but it is simply untrue. And although we compete directly with AM/FM radio, which pays zero performance royalties, we have always supported fair compensation to artists.” He explains the difference between a “spin” on Pandora – which reaches one listener (usually) – versus a spin on an AM/FM station which reaches many more, and states the pay per spin on Pandora is always going to sound small compared to AM/FM due to the difference in the way they reach audience. He goes on to state that Pandora, like AM/FM, is a valuable promotion vehicle. Westergren also addresses the publishing royalty issue and states Pandora had agreed in principle to a higher rate with ASCAP but the ASCAP board shot it down. “We did not enter this period looking for a lower rate – we agreed to a higher rate. But in a sad irony, the actions of a few small, but powerful publishers seeking to gain advantage for themselves have caused all songwriters’ royalties to go down. Any characterization of Pandora as being out to cut publishing rates flies in the face of the facts.” You can read Westergren’s entire post here.
James Steele Named APD and Music Director at Clear Channel Norfolk. James Steele comes to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Norfolk/Hampton Roads cluster from his most recent position with Max Media. In this new position he’ll serve as assistant program director for the cluster’s CHR WNOH “Now 105” and urban contemporary WMOV “Movin’ 107.7.” Duties include assisting in all programming for the broadcast and digital operations of the stations as well as responsibility for executing the stations’ imaging and promotional campaigns for both on-air and digital platforms. CC Norfolk OM Matt Derrick says, “We have great brands in Norfolk that are ready to grow to the next level. With James’ knowledge of both formats and his years of experience in the market, I expect huge ratings and revenue growth. His imaging skills can’t be matched in the market, so expect amazing things for ‘Now 105’ and ‘Movin’ 107.7.’”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Air personality Julian moves to Phoenix from his most recent gig at CBS Radio’s CHR WBBM-FM “B96” to handle afternoons/early evenings at Clear Channel’s CHR KZZI “Kiss FM.” Julian will host the 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm program. Clear Channel Phoenix vice president Steve Geoffries says, “We have great talent in Phoenix that keeps growing. Adding a unique talent like this creates a tremendous drive time lineup of Johnjay and Rich in the mornings and Julian during the afternoons. Julian has been on our radar for quite some time. He’s a tremendous talent who brings major market experience in multiple dayparts to our already talented team at ‘Kiss FM’ Phoenix.”…..Stephanie Blue is named production director for Advanced Media Partners’ Peoria, Illinois stations including sports talk WZPN, CHR WPIA “98.5 Kiss FM,” triple A WWCT “Progressive Radio for Central Illinois,” and adult hits WHPI, “101.1 Jack FM.” Blue will also serve as midday personality on WPIA. She comes to Peoria from her most recent position as host on Beasley’s former alternative WJBX, Fort Myers “99X.”…..Weekender Tiffany moves to the full-time evenings slot – 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm – at Malkan Interactive Communications’ CHR KZFM, Corpus Christi “Z95.”
WNSH, New York’s Blair Garner Named to National Radio Hall of Fame. The Chicago-located National Radio Hall of Fame announces the host of “America’s Morning Show on Cumulus Media’s country WNSH, New York is one of the six inductees in the 2013 class joining Steve Dahl, Garry Meier, Paul W. Smith, John Lanigan, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, Charley Steiner, and (posthumously) radio manufacturer Powel Crosley, Jr. Garner, longtime host of “After Midnight with Blair Garner,” recently joined the Cumulus country station “94.9 Nash FM” to host the morning program. Unlike in years past, the class of 2013 was not a result of balloting but was chosen by Hall chairman Bruce DuMont and ratified by the 20-member steering committee.
Drew Lane Begins Podcast Venture. One half of the former WRIF, Detroit Drew & Mike morning drive show – Drew Lane – has partnered up with producers Mike Wolters and Marc Fellhauer to begin producing a podcast called DM&M podcast. Lane’s and Mike Clark’s contracts were not renewed at the Greater Media rock station and former alternative CIMX, Windsor, Canada duo Dave and Chuck the Freak were brought in to take over mornings last month. So far, Mike Clark is not part of the podcast venture.
Nationally Syndicated “In the Studio” Turns 25. The nationally syndicated weekly classic rock program “In the Studio” featuring host Redbeard is celebrating its 25th anniversary today and will continue the celebration all summer. The program first launched the broadcast week of June 27,1988 with rock legends Crosby, Stills & Nash as inaugural guests and program host Redbeard, whose legendary recording artist interviews have helped document the rich history of rock’n’roll for a quarter century while entertaining millions of music fans on broadcast radio. Commenting on the success of the program, Redbeard says, “When ‘In The Studio’ original executive producer Stephen R. Smith conceived 25 years ago of bringing the superstars of the rock format to radio every single week through one-on-one interviews about the stars’ most popular music, he was keenly aware that the rock audience had matured. Now the audience wanted an intimate, direct relationship with the musicians who actually created the soundtrack to their lives, lifting the curtain on the ‘Wizards of Rock.’ Over that time the innate desire of the fans to get closer to the flame of inspiration has only intensified. ‘In The Studio’ rockumentaries have revealed new secrets and breathed new life into the last half century of contemporary music.”
‘Lite 93.9’ Gone in Chicago; ’93.9MyFM’ Takes Over. Clear Channel Chicago picks up the pace on WLIT changing it to a hot AC outlet and branding it “93.9 MyFM – More Variety from the 80s ‘til Now” – leaving the soft AC sounds behind. The new-sound station debuted this morning with Ryan Seacrest introducing it to listeners. Expect a lineup of personalities to be announced in a few weeks.
Clear Channel Fires Up New Hot AC on KNBQ, Seattle. The signal – at 102.9 FM – has been a simulcast of sports talk KJR-AM since November of 2011 but became “The New 102.9 NOW” on Friday, June 14. The station is beginning its life as a hot AC with 10,000 songs in a row commercial free as it begins putting together a talent lineup. In a statement, Clear Channel Seattle vice president of programming Keith Cunningham says, “We’re excited to offer ‘The New 102.9 NOW’ to our listeners. It’s the perfect musical complement to ‘KISS’ and KUBE and will soon feature one of the best talent lineups in the country.” Program director Eric Powers states, “‘The New 102.9 NOW’ fills the need for this programming in the market and is the perfect radio home for artists like Adele, Train, Katy Perry, One Republic, Lady Gaga and more.”
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” Rockets to the Top of the Pop Songs Chart. After only four weeks on the RadioInfo Pop Songs Chart, the catchy attention-getting title track “Blurred Lines” from artist Robin Thicke‘s sixth studio album has rocketed from #14 last week to this week’s top position. The song features performances by artists T.I. and Pharrell and marks what Thicke describes as a more “poppy” sound than most of his previous work. In addition to being very catchy on its musical merits, the song’s controversial lyrics and racy video have raised eyebrows and generated buzz. Heavily influenced by soul and R&B artists such as Al Green, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Robin Thicke, who formerly recorded under the singular name “Thicke,” is the son of actor Alan Thicke.
“How Many Social Media Followers Should I Have?” That question is one of the more commonly asked of digital radio consultant and TALKERS columnist Chris Miller. In a column posted today (6/17) Miller answers that question, as well as some of the most frequently asked, including: “We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest. What other hot new sites should we be on?” “How often should we post? I’m not sure we’re posting enough.” “I have many times more listeners than followers. Why should I waste time with social media?” “I can sell ads on my own air and on my website. There’s no way to monetize Facebook and Twitter. I don’t want to get too involved in it for that reason.” Check out Chris Miller’s answers to these questions and concerns by clicking here.
Clear Channel’s KIIS, Los Angeles Appoints Beata Czechowski APD and Music Director. Beata Czechowski begins her new post at Clear Channel CHR ‘Kiss FM’ in Los Angeles on July 8. She’s worked on the radio and the record label side of the business starting her career with CBS Radio’s WLLD, Tampa “Wild 94.1” and working for Jive Records in the promotions department. She takes over for current APD and MD Julie Pilat and reports to program director John Ivey who says, “I’ve had some great MDs in my career, but I am exhilarated for this new change at KIIS, Beata is the perfect complement for me given her history and connections with both sides of the industry. We are so happy to welcome her to the KIIS and Clear Channel family. She has much to offer the company and I can’t wait to get her started.”
Morning Personality Mike Addams to Retire from WMJX, Boston. Longtime Boston radio personality Mike Addams will officially retire from Greater Media’s AC ‘MAGIC 106.7’ 19 years on the station. His last official day on the air will be Friday, June 28. Addams joined the station back in August of 1994. Prior to that, he worked at WODS, WZOU, WHDH, WROR and WRKO. Greater Media Boston VP and market manager Rob Williams states, “It has been a pleasure to work with a radio pro like Mike Addams. He has had a wonderful career on some of the top stations in America including the last 19 years on ‘Magic 106.7.’ I wish Mike and his family many happy years of retirement.” Greater Media Boston director of programming Cadillac Jack McCartney says, “From the days at WRKO as the exciting Mike Addams to his recent tenure waking up Boston on ‘Magic 106.7,’ Mike has been the consummate professional and has enjoyed a storied career in our ever-changing business. I respect him greatly, and wish him all the best.”
Bobby Fester Exits WALK, Long Island. Weekend and swingman Bobby Fester a.k.a Glenn B. Farrell leaves Aloha Station Trust hot AC WALK, Long Island and says, “I wish nothing but the best for everybody at WALK. PD Patrick Shea and APD Tommy Conway are two of the greatest guys you could ever meet and work with. I was very lucky to be a part of their team. It was a great 13 months and unfortunately it had to come to an end.” Farrell has done stints at SiriusXM’s Hits-1 Channel as well as ‘103.5 KTU’ in New York City, 106.1 WBLI on Long Island, 103.9 WFAS in Westchester, “KC 101” in Connecticut and “PARTY 105” on Long Island. Farrell is ready for his next challenge. If you are looking for a weekender or have a full-time daypart to be filled reach out to him at (954) 732-6666 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Karolyn Mulvaney is promoted from her general sales manager position to market manager at SummitMedia’s Greenville, South Carolina cluster that includes urban contemporary WJMZ and CHR WHZT…..Local pastor Jonathan Coppedge-Henley begins a Sunday evening program called “Road Signs” on Clear Channel’s alternative WEND, Charlotte “106.5 The End” airing from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight…..Mighty Media Group’s country WEBL, Memphis “95.3 The Rebel” and sister classic country WUMY “Y105.5” have a new program director in Rik McNeil. He most recently served at Clear Channel’s Las Vegas cluster.
Arbitron’s RADAR June 2013 Radio Network Ratings Released. Reporting that “nearly 179 million Persons 12 and older, or approximately 68% of this demographic, heard one or more network radio commercials in an average week of the survey period,” Arbitron releases data from 47 radio networks operated by American Urban Radio Networks, Crystal Media Networks, Cumulus Media Networks, Dial Global Inc., Premiere Radio Networks, and United Stations Radio Networks. Premiere Networks places in the top four rank positions with its Premiere Young Influencers Network (dominant formats being rock and CHR) in the #1 position with a cume of 19,418,000.
Kansas City Website Raises Issues Regarding Radio Ratings and the Law. By now you’ve probably heard about the reportedly independent website www.listenlonger.com operating in Kansas City that had been seeking out PPM holders in an effort to save its “favorite Kansas City radio station through education about the ratings system.” The site reports it has been in contact with Arbitron – in fact the ratings company sent a cease and desist letter to the operators and they’ve tweaked their strategy but are not shutting down the site. Now the site operators say they will no longer ask to be contacted by PPM holders but will continue to keep the site going and it appears the operation is not violating any laws. For its part, Arbitron has sent a letter to Kansas City subscribers to assure them the May 2013 PPM data has not been tainted that reads, in part: “During the May report period, a third-party website encouraged Kansas City radio listeners to support an unnamed local station, posted general information about ratings methodology and ratings data, and solicited information on PPM panelists. We want to assure subscribers that the website is not affiliated or endorsed by Arbitron and that Arbitron has taken substantial steps to ensure the integrity of the Kansas City PPM panel and all Arbitron audience estimates for the market…Arbitron monitors social media sites daily, interacts with panelists on a regular basis, and has confidential processes in place to help identify panelists who may have disclosed their participation. We have also taken special measures in light of the Kansas City website to protect the integrity of in-tab panelists included in the recently-released May 2013 Kansas City data.” After being contacted by Arbitron, the following (an excerpt) was posted on the site: “Arbitron has demanded we provide the name of anyone who contacted us regarding this issue, and the names of anyone to whom we passed that information along. ListenLonger.com would like to use this update as written notice to Arbitron that no one has ever contacted us saying they had a PPM except a reporter who posed as a PPM holder in an attempt to surreptitiously gather information…In short, please whatever you do, don’t tell us if you have a PPM. Really. We don’t want to know.” The site operators are fans of an Entercom station in the market as they encourage people to sign up for the “Get My Perks” program Entercom employs and although the site operators say Wilks Broadcasting had questioned the integrity of the May 2013 PPM data as a result, Arbitron ensures subscribers the data was not affected.
Magna Global Releases International Ad Revenue Forecasts for the Rest of ’13 and for 2014; United States Radio to Be Flat. Looking at the really big picture first, Magna Global predicts global ad spending to be up 3% in 2013 and rise to 6.1% in 2014. That said, in the United States, those figures are up just 0.4% for ’13 due to the missing Olympics and political ad spending that occurs in even-numbered years. For 2014 the figure is expected to rise. As for radio, Magna Global predicts 2013 will be flat but for those radio companies also selling digital, there is a ton of opportunity as that category is expected to rise 11.5% and is boosted by the mobile aspect of the category, predicted to go up 61.7%.
WNNT, Richmond Begins Carrying ‘The Country Oldies Show.’ The three-hour, weekly classic country program syndicated by Envision Radio Networks and hosted by Steve Warren is added to the program schedule at Real Media Inc.’s country WNNT, Richmond “River Country.” The station airs the program every Thursday at 6:00 pm ET. “The Country Oldies Show” has been in existence since 1994 and, according to Envision, is the longest-running weekly radio program featuring the greatest country hits from the 1950s to the 1980s. Radio personality Steve Warren has a 50-year pedigree as a host, programmer and radio consultant.
CBS Radio Creates Web Radio Station in Synergy with CBS TV’s “Under the Dome” Series. The Stephen King-created series “Under the Dome” premiere’s next Monday evening on CBS TV and CBS Radio is creating an internet radio channel on its Radio.com to feature music playlists influenced by the show’s characters, conversations with King, weekly interviews with music supervisor Ann Kline, and an array of commentary surrounding each episode and how the plot is developing week to week.
Clear Channel Moves John Hogan to New York City. Most of the company’s high-level executives are already stationed in the Big Apple and not the company’s legal headquarters in San Antonio. Now, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment CEO John Hogan is moving to New York as well. In a filing with the SEC, the company notes that Hogan is also getting a pay increase to make his base salary $1,125,000 in addition to moving expenses and a housing allowance for the next year and a half.