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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

| March 11, 2014

nielsen logoNielsen’s March 2014 RADAR Report Says Radio Listening Up.  According to the soon-to-be-released March 2014 RADAR 120 National Radio Listening Report from Nielsen, total radio listening has increased in the past 12 months by 1.2 million weekly listeners.  Stating that radio now reaches 244.4 million Americans, Nielsen also breaks it down a bit adding that “the national audience aged 18 to 34 grew by more than half a million compared to the previous year, reaching 91.9% of all 18 to 34 year-olds.”  As far as time spent listening is concerned, the report indicates the average total time spent listening to AM/FM radio is 2 hours and 41 minutes (persons 12+), a figure that remains steady from the time documented last March.

vaughnrickVaughn Moves on From Beasley’s WRDW, Philadelphia.  There’s no detailed explanation from Beasley Broadcasting’s Philadelphia cluster where programmer Rick Vaughn is exiting his PD post at hip hop WRDW “Wired 96.5” after a month on the job – just that the two sides have mutually agreed to part amicably.  Vaughn came to WRDW from his most recent gig at Clear Channel’s Atlanta group where he had programmed CHR WWPW “Power 96.1” and alternative WRDA “Radio 107.5.”

maynebillCRB/CRS Mayne Man Earns An Extension.  More specifically, that would be five more years for Bill Mayne as executive director of the Country Radio Broadcasters and Country Radio Seminar.  CRB/CRS president Charlie Morgan comments that under Mayne’s leadership, “The Country Radio Seminar has experienced a true renaissance, with annual growth in attendance, sponsorship and engagement from all involved.  His tireless dedication, boundless energy, and contagious enthusiasm for CRB/CRS have driven the success we are enjoying.  We are thrilled to know Bill will continue to be our leader for the next half-decade.”  Mayne remarks, “To be able to work with and learn from the most united group of strong and incredibly talented core staff is humbling. Our board’s leadership is extremely focused in vision and benefits for our constituents. These two factors not only support – but empower – all of our efforts to provide the absolute best and affordable experience possible for all who engage at CRS.”  Before overseeing the non-profit organization’s operations since 2011, Mayne was on its board of directors.

mesnickmollyMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  There’s a new co-host on the “Bender Nation” morning show at Clear Channel’s CHR KBKS, Seattle “106.1 Kiss FM” as former “The Bachelor” cast member Molly Mesnick becomes part of the crew on March 17…..Also in Seattle at Hubbard Radio’s alternative KLCK “Click 98.9,” Jackie Cunningham joins the morning program.  Cunningham had worked at crosstown KBKS as Bender’s co-host in morning drive…..Radio One moves Eddie Harrell from his VP/GM role at the Columbus cluster to the same post at its Cleveland operations.  He takes over for Jeffrey Wilson who was recently promoted to regional vice president for the company’s Midwest stations…..Jon Daniels is promoted to program director/brand manager at Connoisseur Media’s adult contemporary WKJY, Hempstead, New York “K98.3.”  He continues his afternoon drive duties and assumes the PD gig from “K98.3” morning host Steve Harper who continues in that role…..At Main Line Broadcasting’s country WLFV, Richmond “93.1 The Wolf,” Braden Smith is named program director and afternoon personality.  Smith most recently was PM drive jock and APD at Telemedia Broadcasting’s country WGRX, Fredericksburg, Virginia “Thunder 104.5.”…..Clear Channel expands the reach of the WMMS, Cleveland-based “Rover’s Morning Glory” show to its rock WTFX, Louisville “93.1 The Fox.”

wape logoPicking Songs in Jacksonville.  At the Cox Media Group cluster in Jacksonville, Anthony “Kobe” Fargo (air name “Kane”) works with program director Todd Shannon selecting music that will air on CHR WAPE.  He tells RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian that “every station in Cox is handled in a unique and independent situation,fargoanthony although we do share information.  Songs that get played in Long Island on CHR WBLI won’t always be the same as those in Tampa on WPOI and the ones in Tampa might be different from those in Jacksonville.  Tampa is not like Jacksonville and Long Island is not like Jacksonville.”  Fargo says he takes pride in having good ears for picking hits and says he has a pretty good batting average to back it up.  This comes in an era when a lot of the industry is programmed from the corporate top down.  To read more about Fargo’s take on selecting music, click here.

khhm logoSacramento’s “Hot 103.5” Transitions to Rhythmic CHR.  At Entravision’s Sacramento cluster, the company evolved mainstream CHR KHHM “Hot 103.5” to rhythmic CHR. Representative artists on the station will include Beyonce, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Pharrell, and Pitbull.  Senior vice president of integrated marketing solutions Angelica Balderas comments that, “Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in America.  KHHM’s music and on-air personalities reflect the vibrant and diverse community that we serve.  KHHM is a beloved radio station in the Sacramento market, and we look forward to building upon our existing success with our new programming and talent line-up.”  That roster includes Sugabear, Amanda, and Karli (morning drive); Andrea Gomez (middays); JayMarZZ (afternoon drive); and Soosh*e (nights).  Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s January 2014 monthly, KHHM registers a 3.0.  Its December-“Holiday”-January (6+) trend is a very consistent 3.0 (#14) – 3.1 (#15) – 3.0 (#14).  Entercom mainstream CHR KDND “The End” is #1 in January with a 7.8, while CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KSFM “KS-FM” ranks sixth (4.9).

kseq logoBuckley Sells Lone Fresno FM to Lotus.  It is Buckley Broadcasting’s only Fresno signal and president and CEO Joe Bilotta says the pending sale of hip hop KSEQ “Q97” came about after some reflection.  “Our ability to compete in the highly consolidated Fresno market with a free-standing FM was a significant reason to entertain and eventually sell KSEQ to Lotus Communications.  For over 20 years, we have owned this wonderful facility and want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the many people who have and do contribute to our success.”  The terms of the deal have not been announced yet.  With this acquisition, Lotus Communications owns five stations in the market including: regional Mexican KLBN-FM, classic rock KKBZ-FM, Spanish KHIT-FM, and Spanish KGST-AM.

wrat logoGreater Media’s Rock WRAT, Point Pleasant, New Jersey Adds Translator.  Jersey Shore rocker WRAT “95.9 The Rat,” licensed to Point Pleasant is now simulcasting its programming on translator W300AO licensed to Manahawkin, New Jersey (about 40 miles south of Point Pleasant).  The company is also making WRAT available on the HD2 channel of AC WJRZ in Manahawkin.  SVP and regional general manager Dan Finn states, “WRAT already broadcasts from the optimum geographic location near the Monmouth-Ocean border on 95.9 FM.  Now, by simulcasting on 107.9 FM in Manahawkin, it allows us to increase The Rat’s footprint on Long Beach Island and the surrounding area.  We’re absolutely thrilled and are confident the listeners will be too.”

kinosianmikeClassic Rock, Rock and News PPM Market Comparisons.  How you view the shift in programming and the audience response that takes place every December when AC stations go into holiday mode is a matter of philosophy – some consider it a natural part of the format while others view it as a “departure.”  To some, the January PPM can feel like a “reset” while to others it’s just another part of the programming “continuum.”  Regardless of your perspective, ratings changes from month to month can be informative so today RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian is comparing how classic rock, rock and news stations fared as some of the audience changed its listening habits in January.  Read his analysis here.

darinjohnJohn Darin Succumbs to Cancer at 74.  Los Angeles radio veteran John Darin died at age 74 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  During his career, Darin had worked at stations including: KRLA, KDAY, KROQ, KNAC, KGOE, KNX, KGIL, KJOI, and KBLA.  Darin worked on the air and as a program director before expanding to the television news business and working as an anchor and field reporter.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

| September 5, 2013

trn logoTalk Radio Network Companies Issue Official Statement on Cumulus Acquisition of Dial Global.  Radio industry watchers are aware of the pending suit filed by Talk Radio Network involving a number of the parties and people involved with Dial Global (now Westwood One and from now on referred to in this publication by that name) and few would be surprised that TRN is against the acquisition of Westwood One by Cumulus.  Today, TRN issued this official statement: “Over the past five years, Dial Global has become a monopoly.  Dial engaged in a long list of illegal and unethical behavior, including failing to pay us our share of advertising revenues generated by our programming.  We have detailed that conduct in two cases pending against Dial (and others) in federal court in Manhattan and Oregon.  Dial’s illegal conduct has continued recently, as it has refused even to pay to us our advertising revenues, which Dial collected as our ad rep.  We believe that discovery in our actions will show that Dial’s conduct was part of a deliberate strategy to acquire or destroy viable companies by interfering with revenue streams that Dial controls as a result of its monopoly power.  Dial’s history shows that all members of the industry should be concerned about, and should act to prevent, Cumulus’ proposed acquisition of Dial.  In our view, if the transaction goes forward, the combined company could dominate both the radio station platforms in the top 100 markets and the talk and news content for broadcast in those markets.  At the same time, we are concerned that Dial’s history of illegal and unethical conduct could infect Cumulus and affect the way the merged entity does business.  The threat that this merger poses is not just to us.  It is to every independent content provider, to many other members of the industry, and more generally to a vibrant marketplace of ideas on radio.  We will continue to pursue our claims against Dial vigorously, and we will take all necessary actions to oppose Cumulus’ proposed acquisition, including in our pending litigation with Dial, with appropriate governmental authorities, and in the media.  We have heard from other members of the industry with similar concerns.  Given the implications for others, we encourage all independent content providers and other affected members of the industry to rise up and express opposition in every proper forum.”

figulabrianEntercom San Franciso AC KOIT Names Brian Figula PD.  Entercom announces it has found a replacement for longtime KOIT, San Francisco adult contemporary programmer Andy Holt, who exited the station earlier this summer, and announces Brian Figula assumes the position on Tuesday, September 10.  Figula comes to the station branded “Better Music for a Better Workday” after having programmed WMGC, Detroit for Greater Media (now sports talk “Detroit Sports 105.1) as well as WDVD, Detroit and WGER, Saginaw.  Vice president and general manager Dwight Walker states, “We are thrilled to have Brian, one of the premier AC programmers in the country, join us to build on the outstanding legacy left by Andy Holt at KOIT.  Brian has demonstrated creativity and innovation in connecting with listeners in Michigan.  Now KOIT’s 1.5 million Bay Area weekly listeners are about to experience it. ”  Figula adds, “Congratulations to Andy Holt and the entire 96.5 KOIT team on building the Bay Area’s number one radio station.  KOIT is such a heritage brand with an amazing audience, talented air staff, and great advertising partners. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to join the Entercom family.”

zukodanDan Zuko Upped to PD at Clear Channel’s Country WCOL, Columbus.  Dan Zuko moves up from his assistant program director and music director role at “Columbus’ Continuous Country” to program director.  He’s been the AM drive host for the past 10 years and will remain in that role.  He ultimately replaces John Crenshaw who exited the station nine months ago in a budget-related move.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Former triple A KFOG, San Francisco program director Dennis Constantine becomes part of digital music service Live365 in a consultant capacity…..Andre Covington rejoins Greg Hoffman as on-air partner, this time on Buckley Broadcasting’s rhythmic CHR KSEQ, Fresno “Q97.1” for the “Greg & Dre” morning drive show.  The two previously worked together at Clear Channel’s crosstown hip hop KBOS “B95.”…..Rob Kruz joins Clear Channel’s CHR WZFT, Baltimore “Z104.3” for the afternoon on-air slot as well as assistant program director and MD.  He most recently worked as the night jock at the company’s WIHT, Washington “Hot 99.5.”…..At S.O. 2000-owned hip hop KBLZ, Tyler-Longview, Texas, “The Blaze,” programmer and afternoon jock Luscious Ice moves to Townsquare Media’s crosstown urban contemporary KISX “Hot Jamz 107.3.”  Taking over the PD role at KBLZ is sister CHR KAPW programmer Dave Moreland.

yatestomLegendary Programmer Tom Yates: “Rock Radio is Not a Continuum” – Expresses Frustration but Says Situation Benefits His Station.  Responding to Tuesday’s Duane Doobie RadioInfo rant about the shockingly slow additions received out-of-the-box by Paul McCartney‘s brand new song “New” over the Labor Day weekend, veteran programmer Tom Yates – co-owner of Marconi Award-winning rock station KOZT, Fort Bragg, California (The Coast) — tells RadioInfo, “Yes, we’re playing ‘New’ and yes, acknowledging Paul McCartney’s ongoing creativity and drive.  He’s definitely not in it for the money — just has to keep doing it.  Also, no artist I know of is more self-critical than Paul.  He continues to entertain and occasionally amaze.”  Yates adds, “The ‘rock radio problem’ is even bigger than was exposed by so many stations absolutely missing the huge Labor Day weekend opportunity presented by the release of this very special song.  It’s not just Paul, but look at the lack of play on artists like Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Petty, Seger, Fogerty — on and on!  Unlike ‘the good old days,’ rock radio is not a continuum.  It starts wherever it starts for whatever reason with little or no nod to the past and to the continuing contributions of some giants that built the format and continue to excel.”  Yates concludes that this situation helps his station stand out and do well – not just locally but online across the country: “Frustrating, but it does give stations like ‘The Coast’ a very broad and very popular ballpark in which to play.”

raytomDISURBING TREND: Where Are All the Radio Engineers?  Multi-lettered radio engineer Tom Ray – principle of Tom Ray Consulting – writes about what sees as a trend that bodes ill for the radio business: a dearth of qualified radio engineers.  In this piece published today, Ray states, “Because of the shortage, there are stations hiring IT people and sending them to the transmitter site.  Sure, many things at the transmitter are IT based these days.  But the output of the transmitter and the antenna system isn’t.  These people are untrained at working around high voltage and RF.  Someone is eventually going to get badly hurt or killed because they do not know how to work around high voltage and current.”  Ray enumerates the long list of duties today’s engineer is expected to handle – not to mention the wide array of technologies about which he’s expected to have expertise – and it becomes pretty clear the future of radio station facilities could be in deep doo-doo.  Read Tom Ray’s column here.

ppm altAugust PPM Data – Part Two. Arbitron on Wednesday (9/4) released August 2013 PPM ratings data for: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. All the numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo’s Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.

  • Washington – After a one-half share June-July gain, Radio One gospel WPRS “Praise 104.1” adds another seven-tenths to 3.8 (6+) to jump from #14 (July) to #9 (August). The 3.8 is the station’s best since March’s 3.9. One of the country’s most interesting format tussles is the urban AC contest between Howard University-owned WHUR and Radio One’s WMMJ. The latest round finds WHUR progressing 5.5 – 5.8 (#4), while WMMJ “Majic 102.3” adds one-tenth to 5.7 (#5). Over the last 12 monthlies, WHUR has come out on top nine times – in October (6.7 – 4.6); November (6.1 – 4.4); December (6.0 – 4.7); “Holiday” (5.9 – 4.3); January (5.5 – 3.8); February (5.4 – 4.7); March (5.3 – 4.7); May (5.3 – 4.8); and August (5.8 – 5.7). “Majic” has been victorious in April (5.3 – 5.2); June (5.8 – 5.4); and July (5.6 – 5.5).
  • Boston – Even though the Red Sox have been in first place in the AL East virtually every day since Memorial Day, there are times when – while unfathomable – it appears the team has to fight to keep what had been its heretofore unquestionably rabid fan base engaged. Things might be shifting though as Entercom-owned flagship WEEI-FM tacks on six-tenths, progressing to 3.8 (6+, #9), its most potent performance since last September’s 4.1, which is also the last time WEEI-FM was in the top ten (#9 as well). Meanwhile, cross-town CBS Radio format foe WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” is off by six tenths (4.5 – 3.9) and remains at #8. WBZ-FM’s June-July trend was 6.1 – 4.5, so it has lost 2.2 shares since June; its 3.9 is the weakest for “The Sports Hub” since exactly one year ago (3.7). After back-to-back months at 2.8, CBS Radio CHR WODS “Amp” adds six-tenths to 3.4, inching up from #14 to #13. Although down three-tenths from July (8.1 – 7.8, 6+), Greater Media country WKLB remains #1 for the second straight month.
  • DetroitCBS Radio‘s WXYT-FM “The Ticket” sends out a message that it will be extremely difficult for its latest sports rival – Greater Media‘s WMGC – to catch it. “The Ticket” explodes by +1.1 from 6.1 to 7.2. In the process, it vaults from fourth (July) to second and the 7.2 is The Ticket’s highest (6+) share since last November’s 7.9.  Adult contemporary WMGC transitioned to sports on August 12, two days before the August ratings report concluded. Taking declines of six-tenths are Clear Channel urban contemporary WJLB “FM 98” (4.9 – 4.3, #10, 6+) and CBS Radio CHR WDZH “Amp” (4.0 – 3.4, #13).
  • Miami – After experiencing consecutive (6+) down trends (5.3 – 4.4 – 4.2), Clear Channel CHR WHYI “Y100” notches a +.8 to 5.0, advancing from #7 (July) to #6. Co-owned classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9” improves by six-tenths to 3.6, its strongest (6+) stat since exactly one year ago (3.9). After an adult contemporary-to-hot AC format modification, Cox Media Group‘s WFLC “Coast” advanced six-tenths (3.9 – 4.5, 6+), jumping from tenth in June to sixth in July; however, in August – it returns to 3.9 and to #10.
  • SeattleSandusky adult contemporary KRWM “Warm” posts a +.7 to 5.2 (6+), matching its May’s performance; “Warm” progresses from #6 (July) to #4. It is a tough month for country in the Emerald City, as Entercom‘s KKWF “The Wolf” is off eight-tenths (3.9, #8) and CBS Radio‘s KMPS, which was down one-half share June-July, declines by six-tenths (4.1 – 3.5, #11).
  • Phoenix – Only in Phoenix could a station that increases by a sizzling +1.8 (5.2 – 7.0, #2 in July to #1) have call letters that are (CBS Radio classic hits) KOOL, while another that declines by nine-tenths (3.6 – 2.7, #14) have (Univision regional Mexican) KHOT calls. The +1.8 by KOOL is the strongest (6+) July-August increase in any of the 24 PPM markets released thus far. Not only does Clear Channel hot AC KMXP “Mix” fall by 1.1 shares (5.0 – 3.9), it tumbles out of the top ten (#3 to #11). Clear Channel adult contemporary KESZ “99.9 KEZ” (6.0 – 5.6), #1 for eight of the previous nine monthlies, slips from the top to second.
  • Minneapolis – Both of the Twin Cities’ country outlets post one-half share July-August gains (6+). For Clear Channel‘s KEEY “K102,” this is its third successive up trend (6.7 – 7.5 – 7.7 – 8.2, #3), while CBS Radio format rival KMNB “Buz’n” registers its fourth consecutive positive trend (4.8 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 6.0 – 6.5, #5). Exchanging places at #1 and #2, respectively, are Hubbard hot AC KSTP-FM “KS 95” (7.9 – 8.5, +.6) and Clear Channel CHR KDWB (8.4 – 8.3, -.1).
  • Denver – Following three successive months at 3.1 (6+), Wilks-owned classic hits KXKL “Kool 105” busts out with a +.8 to 3.9 (#11 – up from #15 in July). With a somewhat similar scenario – but with a more significant ranking – is Clear Channel rhythmic CHR KPTT “The Party,” which progresses from back-to-back 4.6 shares (June-July, 6+) to a 5.3, allowing it to leapfrog from #8 all the way to a three-way tie at #1. Also in the (6+) #1 mix are Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO (5.8 – 5.3, -.5) and Clear Channel talk KOA (5.5 – 5.3, -.2)
  • Baltimore – Unlike what happened in “The Mile High City,” there is no longer a #1 deadlock in Baltimore. For the sixth consecutive month, Clear Channel country WPOC posts a positive trend (6.8 – 7.0 – 7.1 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 8.8 – 9.2) and pulls ahead of Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92 Q,” which is flat at 8.8 and dips from a first-place tie with WPOC to #2. As Shamrock classic rocker WZBA “The Bay” is improving by seven-tenths (4.6 – 5.3, #5), CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Lite” tumbles by a full share (5.5 – 4.5, #6).
  • St. Louis – Based on a July-August +1.1, KYKY “Y98” registers its highest 6+ share (6.0) since July 2012’s 6.1. The CBS Radio hot AC jumps from ninth to fifth. On the heels of nifty back-to-back (6+) gains of +.6 (3.8 – 4.4, May-June) and +.5 (4.4 – 4.9, June-July), Emmis classic hits KIHT “K-Hits” continues its hot streak with a +.8 to 5.7. “K-Hits” has advanced from #14 in May; #12 in June; #9 in July; and #6 in August. Off by -1.2 (6.2 – 5.0), Clear Channel country KSD “The Bull” falls from fifth to tenth.

hamiltontimberlakeJustin Timberlake and Selena Gomez Guest with Hollywood Hamilton.  On Premiere Networks’ “The Remix Top 30 Countdown” and “Weekend Top 30” with Hollywood Hamilton this weekend, Justin Timberlake (pictured here (r) with Hamilton) and Selena Gomez will be celebrity guests.  Premiere notes that Timberlake will join the programs to talk about the September 30 release of his album “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2”; his recent appearance and four wins at the 2013 MTV VMA Awards, as well as his reunion with ‘N SYNC and Miley Cyrus’ controversial performance; his new movie “Runner Runner” and what it was like to work with co-star Ben Affleck, and much more.  Gomez, hot off her VMA “Best Pop Video” Award win for “Come & Get It” and her first #1 album on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with her fourth studio album “Stars Dance,” will appear to talk about her latest film “Getaway” with Ethan Hawke.

hankfm logoL&L Broadcasting’s WGCO, Savannah Becomes ‘Hank FM.’  Envision Radio Networks and Kroeger Media Inc. announce WGCO, Savannah is the newest affiliate of the “HANK FM” format.  The station re-brands airing the Country Legends version of the format.  Envision states that HANK FM comes from the creator of the variety hits format and BOB FM, Kroeger Media.  “’HANK FM’ breaks the mold with a unique mix of over 1,000 tested titles spanning from the 80s, 90s, 00s and today.  This wide and unique music library can be molded into three distinct HANK flavors that can be customized to meet any market’s needs: HANK Plays Everything Country, HANK Classic Hit Country, and HANK Plays New Country.”

kqlx logo‘Thunder 106.1’ in Fargo Shifts to Country Legends Format.  With the help of Ken Moultrie at The New Broadcast Partners, Great Plains Integrated Media’s country KQLX, Fargo shifts from its “we play everything” country format to a country legends-based format.  Moultrie says, “With two current-based country formats in the market already, this is a great fit for Fargo.  The format is centered in the 89-94 ‘Garth era’ plus more recent hits and the true classics that have stood the test of time with country music fans of all ages.  We have also added a fun ‘Grab Bag’ category for fun and variety.”  GPIM operations manager Chris Hulsether adds, “Ken and Broadcast Partners have been great to work with!  We have something that our community really wants and that’s country music variety before 2005.  We have mixed in a little attitude and now we have something for our large male country listenership!”

‘Hold Your Wee for a Wii’ Defendant Must Pay Own Legal Bill.  Former KDND, Sacramento part-timer Matt Carter will have to pay his own attorney fees racked up in his defense after the infamous “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest that ended in the death of 28-year-old Jennifer Strange due to hyponatremia.  Carter and the rest of the morning crew that conducted the contest were fired but promised legal counsel by Entercom.  Carter, however, sought his own attorney and when all was said and done, was presented with a bill for more than $800,000.  The company’s insurance company refused to pay.  A trial court agreed Carter is on the hook and the Court of Appeal has also ruled the bill is his responsibility.

cc9-11Clear Channel Again Partners with 9/11 Day.  Clear Channel Media and Entertainment was the media partner with 9/11 Day for the inaugural 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance in 2011 and will serve in that capacity again this year.  MyGoodDeed is the respected 9/11 nonprofit which annually organizes the federally recognized 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.  Over the last three years, Clear Channel has committed over $10 million in support, the single largest media contribution by any 9/11 Day partner.  Now through September 11, Clear Channel’s 840 radio stations will air a series of on-air public service messages in support of 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.  Listeners who want to participate can choose options including volunteering, donating to charities of their choice, or simply making a voluntary pledge to dedicate time on 9/11, or another day, to performing good deeds that help others in need.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

| August 22, 2013

cclogoSeven AEs Sue Clear Channel Claiming Civil Rights Violations.  In a suit filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana by seven current and former AEs working at Clear Channel’s New Orleans stations, the group charges that after the economic downturn of 2008, accounts were redistributed at a meeting in Gonzales, Louisiana in February of 2009 in such a way that helped ease the financial hit Caucasian AEs were taking through the redistribution.  The complaint alleges many of the redistributed accounts had been built up by African American AEs.  The complaint – filed jointly by Wil Watson, Gary Watson, Prixie Montgomery, Ave Gaines, Darnetta Mahaffy-Nelson, Dinah Campbell, and Brandin Campbell – details salaries before and after the redistribution and concludes, “As a result of the redistribution of accounts, whether intentional or negligent, African-American account executives were disparately, and negatively, impacted, to their severe economic detriment as compared to their Caucasian counterparts…Overall, African-American account executives lost on average more than 40% of their 2008 income in 2008-9.  On information and belief Caucasian account executives lost no more that about 15% of their 2008 income, on average, during the same period of time.”  Three of the seven were fired, they allege, after complaining about the practices.  The seven seek relief, punitive damages, general damages, attorneys’ fees and statutory remedies.

michaelsjayClear Channel Names Jay Michaels KDGE, Dallas PD.  Programmer Jay Michaels, already in charge of the company’s sister hot AC KDMX, Dallas “Mix 102.9,” adds PD duties for alternative KDGE “102.1 The Edge.”  In making the announcement, CC Dallas vice president of operations Patrick Davis states, “Jay has earned this opportunity and has been a major contributor to the station’s programming since the beginning.  He and ‘The Edge’ staff have done an outstanding job this year and are seeing the benefits of their hard work.”  Prior to joining CC Dallas, Michaels served as operations manager at Sinclair’s Norfolk operations and was program director for alternative WROX “96 X” and rhythmic AC WNRJ “Energy 106.1.”

hoffmangregGreg Hoffman to Mornings at Hip Hop KSEQ, Fresno.  After more than 17 years at Clear Channel’s Fresno rhythmic CHR outlet KBOS “B95,” Hoffman recently exited the station.  Now, he finds a home at Buckley Broadcasting’s crosstown KSEQ “Q97.1” where he’ll host the morning drive program.  Buckley EVP Kathy Baker states, “The continuation of bringing top-ranked people in all capacities to KSEQ will enable us to better serve the audience we entertain and inform and the advertisers we solicit.  Greg Hoffman will be a very welcome addition to our team.”  KSEQ general manager John Sterling adds, “Greg is a veteran radio personality and programmer.  I’ve always admired his incredible passion for our community.  We are thrilled to have someone of his talent and experiences join ‘Q97.1’ as morning show host.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Jackie Selby is the new evening personality at the Entercom classic rock simulcast “K-Fox” on KUFX, San Jose and KUZX, San Francisco.  She takes over for Laurie Roberts who remains with the company for weekend duties…..Sun Broadcasting names Anthony “Roach” Proffitt assistant program director and music director at its alternative WXNX, Sanibel, Florida in the Fort Myers-Naples market…..Sharon Wingfield is promoted to full time at Summit Media’s triple A WURV, Richmond “103.7 The River” to host the midday show.

classicrocklive logoWRBZ, Montgomery Adds Envision’s “Classic Rock Live” to Saturday Schedule.  KMS, Inc.-owned classic hits outlet WRBZ, Montgomery “Kool Classic Hits” adds Envision Radio Networks’ two-hour weekly “Classic Rock Live” program to its weekend program schedule airing Saturdays at 8:00 pm.  The show features live performances by classic rock artists and is hosted by WMMR, Philadelphia rock radio legend Pierre Robert.  Envision states, “Robert has attended more than a thousand shows all over the globe. No one is better suited to bring an audience great classic rock moments and personal experiences from the most renowned tours.”

lucasalexAlex “El Genio” Lucas Morning Show Adds Two Stations.  Syndicated Spanish-language morning host Alex “El Genio” Lucas is added to KUNX, Oxnard-Ventura and KKZZ, Santa Paula – both branded “Radio Formula.”  The program is syndicated to about 45 stations via AL & CM Broadcasting.  Company CEO Carlos Moncada states, “I am thrilled and delighted that Alex Lucas can now be heard on ‘Radio Formula KUNX’ and ‘Radio Formula KKZZ’ – two premier Spanish stations that are highly respected in the California’s predominantly Hispanic community.  We are happy to bring programming of this caliber to a greater number of people.  Alex Lucas listeners are very loyal and his show typically drives up time spent listening – a metric that advertisers seek in today’s economy because it produces greatly increased retail activity.  Alex Lucas is a proven ratings winner, and he is a natural fit for ‘Radio Formula KUNX’ and ‘Radio Formula KKZZ!’”

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Journal’s KFDI, Wichita Honored by Kansas Association of Broadcasters.  The news team at the Journal Broadcast Group country outlet was honored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters with the following awards in the annual competition: Best Large Market Complete Severe Weather Coverage: George Lawson, John Wright, Marc LaVoie, Matthew Harding, Jacob Weston and Kyle McCaskey; Best Large Market Spot News Coverage: Marc LaVoie, “McConnell AFB KC-46A Announcement”; and Honorable Mention Large Market Complete Newscast: Dan Dillon and John Wright, “Wichita Gas Leak.”  The awards will be presented at the KAB convention on October 21.  Journal Wichita operations manager Justin Case states, “We are honored to have our news professionals recognized for their success and commitment to our community.  This accomplishment is a real testament to the dedication and excellence our team brings to their work every day.  We are proud of these accomplishments and remain committed to keeping our listeners informed and safe.”

losttrailersCountry Act The Lost Trailers Cuts Custom Theme Music for Dial Global’s “Sunday Night Football.”  The theme music to Dial Global’s “Sunday Night Footbal” this season is a tweaked version of The Lost Trailers’ single “It’s Goin’ Down Tonight” that features football highlights, sound bites and customized lyrics.  The company announces, “The new theme music, performed by The Lost Trailers and powered by Early Shares Music, will debut during the first regular season NFL broadcast on Thursday, September 5 which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET.  The highly anticipated season opener between the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos will feature Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason behind the microphones.”  The band’s founding member Stokes Nielson states, “We are truly excited to be a part of the NFL broadcasts on Dial Global.  We are huge sports fans and we can’t wait to help the announcers kick off every Sunday night game, because it’s goin’ down tonight, every Sunday night, all over America!”   The band previously collaborated with Dial Global Sports, customizing their top 10 single “Holler Back” for the network’s opening montage in Super Bowl XLIII.

Monday, April 22, 2013

| April 22, 2013

genachowskiFCC Defuses F-Bomb. In giving all the broadcast outlets that inadvertently ran Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz a “fleeting expletive” pass for carrying his uttering the so called “F-Bomb” during his impassioned speech at Fenway Park Saturday, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has significantly defused the power of America’s favorite dirty word.bigpapi  According to TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, “Regardless of the highly subjective ‘fleeting expletive’ criteria, Genachowski has changed the nature of ‘fuck’ forever as a forbidden word through the legal power of precedents.  I can remember when words like ‘hell,’ ‘damn,’ ‘bitch,’ ‘piss’ and even ‘suck’ were broadcast no-no’s. Now you hear them regularly and very few even raise an eyebrow. The English language, as we all know, is an organic, changing system of communication…as is the concept of ‘community standards.’  So, we have witnessed the wheel turn another click in this regard with the chairman’s pronouncement.  The big daddy of dirty words has been demoted to secondary status on the filth chart – sort of like ‘shit’ – and can be used under the right subjective circumstances to express politically correct outrage.  Whatever are we going to do now?  We need a new forbidden word to take its place!”

Boston’s Radio Stations to Go Silent at 2:50 Today.  The Boston radio stations owned by CBS Radio, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Entercom and Greater Media will observe a minute of silence at 2:50 today to honor the victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombing.  National Association of Broadcasters president and CEO Gordon Smith says, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were impacted by the horrific act that took place in Boston.  This moment of silence will serve as a time of reflection, honoring those lost and injured in this tragic event, and recognizing the countless acts of heroism and kindness that we saw on Monday and which continue today.  As first informers in times of crisis, broadcasters want to take this opportunity to salute the first responders and the many unsung heroes who do so much during emergency situations.”


wjrz logoGreater Media Unveils Classic Hits WJRZ, Manahawkin, New Jersey.  The station flips from its former AC Magic 100.1 to a classic hits format that the company says “will play the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s.  Artists include The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Chicago, Barry White, The Doobie Brothers, The Supremes, Madonna, Elton John and many more from this incredible music era.”  SVP and general manager of Greater Media New Jersey Daniel A. Finn says, “WJRZ-FM is now playing the heritage soundtrack of the Jersey Shore.  We’re returning to the legacy of WJRZ’s roots.”  Greater Media says the station will remain jock-free until the first week of May, concentrating on the music that “our listeners grew up with. The new on air line-up will be announced in the near future.”

millerchrisChris Miller:  Media Isn’t the Issue – Content Is.  According to noted digital radio consultant and RadioInfo columnist Chris Miller, when it comes to understanding our role in the new digital world and application of its new and exciting tools, we broadcasters tend to become preoccupied with the means and lose sight of the all-important ends.  In a new article posted today (4/22) he suggests we use the term “social content” as opposed to “social media.”  He sees radio as having a significant advantage over many other forms of communication in this new environment and believes we have done a disservice to program directors by beginning to label them as “brand managers.”  To read Chris Miller’s entire column, click here.

rosarioangelinaAngelina Rosario Named Local Sales Manager at Cox Media Miami.  Angelina Rosario has worked at Cox Media Group’s hip hop WEDR “99 Jamz” and rhythmic CHR WHQT, Miami “Hot 105 FM” as a media consultant for the past seven years.  Now, general sales managers Francisco Luciano and Jo Castro promote her to local sales manager for the cluster that also includes soft AC WFEZ “Easy 93.1” hot AC and WFLC “97.3 The Coast.”  Castro states, “This is truly a great day at Cox Media Group.  I’ve seen Angelina morph into a great leader over the years, and I am extremely proud of her career growth.”

jamesbarryBarry James Retires from ‘Rewind 100.3’ Chicago. James, who serves as program director for adult hits WILV, Chicago “Rewind 100.3,” announces he’ll retire from his post with Hubbard and from radio on his 20th anniversary with the company on May 17. Barry James joined the company as PD of hot AC WTMX “Mix 101.9” in 1993 and became vice president of programming in 1996. He added WILV programming duties in 2004. James will pursue his lifelong obsession with motor sports taking a position with VMP Superchargers based in Central Florida. Hubbard Chicago VP of programming and operations Greg Solk states, “BJ has had a run most broadcasters dream of. In between Barry’s many passions that include aviation, scuba diving, motorcycles, playing the drums and racing cars, Barry has been a dear friend and a brilliant programming partner to me and our Chicago teams for two decades. We are thrilled for Barry and his next chapter.”

shannaMore RadioInfo Career Moves. At Clear Channel’s Albany cluster, air personality Shanna joins hot AC WRVE “99.5 The River” as morning drive co-host alongside Kevin Rush. At the same time, D Scott is upped to assistant program director of the cluster’s sister CHR WKKF “Kiss 102.3” where he serves as afternoon personality…Tommy Del Rio joins Mapleton Communications’ Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz cluster where he’ll program its CHR KCDU “101.7 The Beach” and its AC KBOQ “B103.9.” Del Rio was most recently with Buckley Broadcasting’s CHR KSEQ, Visalia, California…Magic Broadcasting’s CHR WILN, Panama City, Florida names Jeremiah Wood afternoon drive jock. Wood comes to the station from 6 Johnson Road Licenses’ WSPK, Poughkeepsie “K104” where he was the evening personality.