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Monday, July 7, 2014

| July 7, 2014


morrisginnyGinny Morris Transitions to CEO of Hubbard Radio; Bruce Reese to Special Advisor Role.  Since 1996, Bruce Reese had been serving Bonneville as president and CEO prior to the acquisition of the Bonneville stations by Hubbard in 2011.  He kept his president and CEO role and joined Hubbard.  Ginnyreesebruce Morris has been chair of the Hubbard board since 2011.  Now, Reese will step back into a special advisor role and Morris will become chief executive officer.  The company states that Reese has been “instrumental in the transition when the 17 Bonneville radio stations across four markets (Washington, D.C., Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati) were purchased by Hubbard Radio.  The acquisition also meant the addition of 547 Bonneville employees.”  Morris says, “Working with Bruce over these last three-and-a-half years on the integration, first on the Bonneville assets and subsequently those we bought from Sandusky and merged into a new Hubbard Radio, has been a great experience.  Bruce is smart and strategic and he shares hubbardradio logomany of the values that our family holds dear — a commitment to localism, honesty and integrity.  He has helped to establish a great foundation for the company and we are grateful to still have the benefit of his wise counsel.”  Reese comments, “Over the last two decades, I’ve had the opportunity to run two great radio companies.  After Bonneville was brought into Hubbard Radio, we all worked to preserve the values and spirit of both organizations while creating one corporate identity and culture.  The success of the transition has exceeded my hopes, and I am grateful for the trust shown to me by Ginny and the entire Hubbard Radio family.  Our company is performing well, and the time is right for Ginny to step into this role.  I look forward to continuing to work with the Hubbard team in an advisory capacity while eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”

genejulieWRALGene & Julie Show Takes Over Mornings on WRAL, Raleigh.  The new morning drive program in Capitol Broadcasting Company’s adult contemporary WRAL, Raleigh “MIX 101.5” is “The Gene & Julie Show” featuring married co-hosts Gene and Julie Gates.  The duo begins its new gig on July 28. wral-fm logo Station GM Ardie Gregory says, “The Gene and Julie show is smart, funny and real; elements we believe relate to the core ‘MIX’ listener.  This is a proven morning show with great chemistry and a successful track record.  We know that personalities are a powerful asset for traditional radio and are very excited that Gene and Julie are joining us.”  Gene and Julie Gates met in 1995 and have worked in numerous markets, including an eight-year run at CBS RADIO’s KVIL, Dallas where they achieved #1 ratings status in morning drive.  The pair takes over for Mike Chase and Lynda Loveland who exited in May after nine months together.  Chase returned to Portland where he co-hosts mornings at country KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf.”  Loveland had worked at the station for 15 years including with previous longtime morning host Bill Jordan, who retired last August.

torresmelonyMelony Torres Joins WRQX, Washington for Middays/APD-MD Gig.  Moving from the record end of the business back to the radio side is Melony Torres who takes on the midday personality, APD and music director roles at Cumulus Media’s CHR WRQX, Washington “All the Hits 107.3.”  Torres most recently was with Epic Records as national director of rhythm promotion based in Los Angeles.  WRQX program director Rick Gillette says, “Melony is someone I’ve been trying to hire for more than two years.  She’s passionate about music, a gifted student of programming and dynamic and engaging on the air — a true trifecta of talent.  With apologies to FLOTUS, I’m sure it won’t be long until she’s the most powerful woman in Washington.”  Torres comments, “I’m baaaack!  I’m beyond excited for my return to radio and to work alongside Gillette.  He is someone I look up to as one of the best programmers in the business.  I’d also like to thank John Dickey and Mike McVay for giving me such a great opportunity to further my career with Cumulus in the phenomenal DC market.”

p'poolrandiAlpha Media Promotes Portland Cluster Marketing Pro Randi P’Pool to Corporate Position.  This promotion for Portland market director of marketing Randi P’Pool comes shortly after the completed merger of Alpha Broadcasting, L&L Broadcasting and Main Line Broadcasting.  P’Pool’s new title is corporate VP of marketing and promotions.  Alpha Media president/CEO Bob Proffitt states, “I’m very happy Randi has accepted this position, as she has proven to be an invaluable asset to our Portland cluster and now will be true resource to the Alpha Media markets.  She is creative, intelligent, and relentless – perfect qualifications for a corporate VP of marketing and promotions.”  P’Pool comments, “I owe much gratitude to Bob Proffitt, Scott Mahalick and Larry Wilson for giving me the opportunity to be part of this exciting journey not only in radio but within our company.  I look forward to continuing to grow and promote the live and local brand across all of our markets.”  Prior to joining Alpha Broadcasting three years ago, P’Pool served with Citadel Broadcasting in the Salt Lake City market.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Clear Channel’s Tampa cluster, Fernando Bauermeister is promoted from his general sales manager position to vice president of sales for the entire cluster…..KDND, Sacramento “107.9 The End” evening personality Ashley Nickels leaves the station for new frontiers after a three-year stint at the Entercom CHR outlet…..Townsquare Media names Brian Lang market manager for its Portland, Maine station group that includes adult contemporary WHOM, rock WBLM, alternative WCYY and CHR WJBQ “Q97.9.”  Prior to this new gig, Lang was vice president and director of sales for CBS RADIO’s Tampa cluster…..Matt Kelso leaves Press Communications-owned CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres, New Jersey (Monmouth-Ocean market) where he was PD and morning drive co-host.  Additionally, Kelso programmed the company’s adult contemporary WWZY, Long Branch, New Jersey “Fun 107.1.”…..Josh Hooper takes the permanent afternoon drive on-air position at One Connection Media Group-owned Christian contemporary WCVO, Columbus Ohio. He also serves as the station’s director of brand audio.

wfas-fm new logoCumulus Media’s ‘Radio 103.9’ New York Debuts Today.  With the Tom Joyner show holding down the morning drive slot and D.L. Hughley in afternoon drive, Cumulus’ new urban format officially launches today (7/7).  The former WFAS-FM, Westchester is operating under new calls WNBM licensed to Bronxville, New York.

w291by logoEmpire Broadcasting Launches ‘Mix 106.1’ in Albany.  The new format, described by Empire Broadcasting COO Neerav Patel as a modern version of a classic hits station, is airing on translator W291BY, Albany at 106.1.  According to a story in the Albany Business Review, the station is playing hit music from 1980 to 2005 as Empire targets people whose musical tastes developed during that era.  The company had been simulcasting hot AC WAIX on the 106.1 frequency.

murphyjohnWYD Media Ad Sales Debuts.  The New York-based sales venture being launched by WYD Media Management is called WYD Media Ad Sales, LLC and former Westwood One EVP of talk sales John Murphy takes the helm as president.  WYD CEO Ron Hartenbaum announces the company will focus on personality-created spoken word content that’s distributed across multiple platforms such as audio, digital, video and more.  He adds, “Based on his 30-year track record of success in national radio ad sales, specifically in the spoken word format, John is the ideal sales and marketing executive to build WYD Media Ad Sales.”  Murphy, who spent more than a decade with Westwood One, comments, “This is the best time to start a new venture that focuses on monetizing spoken word content as the format expands across numerous distribution platforms.  I look forward to working with WYD’s existing clients as well as creating new partnerships and content opportunities.”  During his career Murphy has repped such talent as: Charles Osgood, Laura Ingraham, Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, Clark Howard, Herman Cain, Mark Levin, Dennis Miller, John Gibson, John Tesh, Brian Kilmeade, Thom Hartmann, Lars Larson, Neal Boortz and more.

stylesjaywalking‘MIX 94.7’ Austin’s Jay Styles to Take ‘Courage Walk’ for Wounded Warrior Project.  Afternoon radio personality Jay Styles is preparing for the coming 100-mile Courage Walk to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and soldiers and veterans battling PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  Styles’ show is heard on Entercom’s hot AC WAMX, Austin “MIX 94.7.”  Beginning Monday, July 28, he’ll walk 20 miles each day hoping to raise $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.  Styles (pictured here training with a full pack) comments, “I have battled depression for the past decade, so depression is a deeply personal issue for me.  I am doing this walk to raise awareness of the consistent growth of the PTSD epidemic with our brave military veterans.  I am a proud American and supporter of the men and women who serve our country.  If I can in some small way be a voice and get more much needed help, I have begun to accomplish my goal.”

wqbk logoCool Job Opportunity.  Are you ready to rock in the capital of New York?  “Q103 Albany’s Rock Station” is ready to find its next great Brand Manager!  If you love the rock and roll lifestyle, sing Metallica in the shower and know a thing or two about radio, then this might just be the gig for you.  It’s all about passion and being able to work as part of a team: Can you brainstorm with the promotions department, work closely with the sales team, evolve into a digital guru and solve problems with the engineering crew?  If you’re ready to embrace this opportunity, get your materials to Stephen Giuttari as soon as humanly possible at Stephen.Giuttari@townsquaremedia.com. Townsquare Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

| July 2, 2014

alphamedia logoAlpha Broadcasting, L&L Broadcasting Become Alpha Media; Main Line Deal Closes. Portland-based L&L Broadcasting operates 43 stations in seven markets; the merged company’s corporate headquarters will continue to be in Portland, where Alpha Broadcasting owns six radio facilities.  In addition to this merger, L&L’s $57 million deal to purchase 19 Main Line Broadcasting stations has been finalized.  Alpha Media chairman Larry Wilson states, “The merger of Portland’s Alpha operation into our newly created Alpha Media results in one company operating all markets.  Our ‘Live and Local’ vision continues to be our focus.  By adding the former Main Line markets, we can continue to develop ourmain line broadcasting footprint with attractive markets operated by great radio people.  We are excited to add them to our growing company.” L&L Broadcasting president and chief executive officer Bob Proffitt remarks, “From the day we visited each Main Line market, we knew they were full wilsonlarryof talented radio broadcasters who understand our vision and how we operate.  We feel our live and local approach will enhance each market’s rating and revenue potential.  Having Portland in the fold allows us to liberally use some of the best brains in the radio business to help listeners, clients, and employees at our other markets throughout the country.”  According to Main Line Broadcasting chief executive officer Marc Guralnick, “It has been a great nine years at Main Line Broadcasting.  I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best people in the industry.  I am excited to have our talented broadcasters now under the leadership of Larry Wilson, Bob Proffitt, and the Alpha-L&L team.  I wish L&L and this tremendous staff much continued success.”  The four markets for Philadelphia-based Main Line are Louisville, Dayton, Richmond, and Hagerstown, Maryland-Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  The company was represented in the transaction by Media Venture Partners.

duanedoobie graphicIndependence!  As a long and meaningful weekend looms, Duane Doobie shares a brief thought about the concept of this holiday – “as it applies to our industry, our art form, and our culture…”  In a new column posted today (7/2) he quills, “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for music radio practitioners to dissolve the destructive repression of malignant corporate-think that has connected them to the growing cultural stagnation and increased social marginality that plagues our once-glorious business, a decent respect to the life, liberty and happiness of those on both sides of the speakers who give a damn about this medium requires that any self-respecting trade publication state the following self-evident truth.”  To read this “truth” and the entire piece, please click here.

evolutionbeatDuane 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 (7/2) includes such names as: Jonathan Mann, Evolution Beat, Belinda, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Alexa Goddard, Sia, George Ezra, My Goodness, Griswolds, Ryan Adams, ASTR, Mausi, The Magician, Years and Years, Slaptop, Elizabeth Lyons, Bruce Robinson and Kelly Willis,and Brian Grilli,among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

daveshellychainsawFour More Years for “Jack,” San Diego Morning Trio.  As a result of a contract extension with Dave-Shelly-Chainsaw (“DSC”), Midwest Television-owned adult hits KFMB-FM “Jack,” San Diego will have its morning team in place for another four years.  Vice president and general manager Gina Landau states, “We are truly excited to extend our partnership with ‘the DSC’ in their 25th year of San Diego radio dominance.  Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw are brilliant talents.  We are honored that their legion of fans will be able to find them on ‘Jack FM’ for many years to come.”  Program director Mike O’Reilly comments, “In the last four years ‘the DSC’ has done so much for all of us at ‘Jack FM’ and for fans all over ‘America’s Finest City’ – going another four was truly a no-brainer.”  Dave Rickards remarks, “I am one of the lucky ones who loves his job and loves the people I’ve worked with for 25 years.”  If the feeling is not mutual, he jokes, “It is their tough toenails.”  According to Shelly Dunn, “I am thrilled to be working with the ‘Jack FM’ family for another four years – I am just horrified at how old I’ll be once these four years are up.”  Cookie Randolph (“Chainsaw”) adds, “My financial guy said I was set for the rest of my life, provided I die next Tuesday.  Therefore, I am thrilled to be back with the best crew I can imagine.”  Among persons 6+ in this May’s Nielsen Audio PPM, KFMB-FM “Jack” ranks #16 (2.7).

leelauraPD Lee Departs WBWR and WCGX.  Six-and-one-half-year WBWR “The Brew 105.7” and “WCGX “X106.7,” Columbus program director Laura Lee leaves the Clear Channel classic rock and alternative combo.  Operations manager Michael McCoy jokes that he will not issue the standard, “We wish her well in her future endeavors” line but instead he comments, “It has been a pleasure to work with Laura.  Her passion, creativity, and infectious personality will be missed in the halls of Clear Channel Columbus.”  Lee’s previous operations manager/programming credits include three Main Line Broadcasting stations in Richmond (WWLB “98.9 Liberty,” WLLB, and WLFV); in addition, she programmed in Madison, Wisconsin for WBZU “105.1 The Buzz.”

anthonysteveSteve Anthony Moves to Mornings on ‘Magic 102.1’ in Athens.  This move keeps Steve Anthony in the company as Cox Media Group brings him from the Jacksonville cluster where he served on air at classic hits WJGL “96.9 The Eagle” and CHR WAPE.  He’ll join Beth Larson as co-host of the AM drive show on adult contemporary WGMG “Magic 102.1.”  Anthony replaces the recently retired Allen Tibbetts.  WGMG program director Jerry Arnold states, “We are all sad to see Allen leave and we greatly appreciate everything that  he has done for Athens, CMG and ‘Magic 102.1’ over the years, but I am absolutely thrilled to have a talent like Steve join the Magic Morning show.  He is an excellent storyteller, a fantastic radio personality, and he brings an infectious positive attitude with him wherever he goes.”  Anthony comments, “I’m extremely excited to be joining the CMG team in Athens.  From my first conversation with Jerry to my first time walking through the facility, I knew this was a group that was passionate about bringing something special to the listeners, with a focus on fun, local radio.  I can’t wait to get there, explore the amazing culture of Athens and take in a few Dawgs games!”

wtmt logoShawn Quinn Named Brand Manager at ‘105.9 The Mountain’ in Asheville.  The new brand manager at Saga Communications-owned rock outlet WTMT, Asheville, North Carolina “105.9 The Mountain” is Shawn Quinn, whoquinnshawn comes to the market from Alpha Media’s rock WQCM, Hagerstown-Chambersburg where he was APD and morning personality.  General manager Chris Wheat states, “Shawn is a very intelligent, unique, creative person who is a natural to lead a team of very talented people in a very unique city – Asheville!  We expect great things from him.”  Quinn comments, “I couldn’t be more excited and honored to join such well-respected broadcasters as the group at ‘The Mountain.’  Asheville is a vibrant, smart, fun city and should expect nothing less from their radio stations.  I am thrilled to start this new chapter in my career with Saga Communications and ready to rock Asheville!”

klbj-fm logoMan Arrested After Facebook Threats Against KLBJ-FM, Austin.  From a report in the Austin Statesman comes news 38-year-old Jeremy Schuster has been charged with making a terroristic threat against station staffers, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.  The report says Schuster became known to station talent after he was a guest on the station to discuss comments he made online about the winner of the station’s “Rock Girl” contest.  Although the bit was contentious, it reportedly ended cordially.  However, later, evening personality Casey Morgan found the following threat allegedly made by Schuster on the station Facebook page: “i (expletive) hate you guys so much. it’s gonna be a bloodbath. maybe even more. i smell gunpowder. i smell assassination. thank dale. i don’t even capitalize his name.”  (Schuster references morning show co-host Dale Dudley.)  The station is providing extra security for staffers in the wake of the incident.

jamesdoreenJames Promoted to DOS at Townsquare Media’s Quincy-Hannibal Operations.  Moving up from her account executive post is Doreen James who takes on the director of sales role for the Quincy, Illinois-Hannibal, Missouri station group owned by Townsquare Media.  General manager Dave Greene states, “Doreen is an outstanding leader.  As terrific as she has been as an account executive, I believe she will be an even better leader for our sales team.  She has a great understanding of our products and our markets and is very well respected within the community.”  James says getting the chance to work with even more local businesses is one of the things she looks forward to most in her new role.  “I look forward to the challenge of taking a leadership role.  We have a great team in place and our mission will continue to be to help our local businesses grow using our live and local radio, cutting edge digital and live event products.”  The company operates country KICK, CHR KRRY “Y101,” news/talk KHMO and adult contemporary WLIQ.

soulcity imageJournal Broadcast Group Adds ‘Soul City’ to Digital ‘Radio League’ Platform.  On the heels of the recent oldies channel addition to its “Radio League” digital music service platform, Journal Broadcast Group Milwaukee announces an R&B, soul and Motown channel called “Soul City.”  The channel features music from the 60s and 70s from artists such as The Spinners, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye and more.  The company added the “Fun Lovin’ Oldies” channel several weeks ago.  Journal teases more formats on the horizon, including rhythmic top 40, classical, Oktoberfest and Christmas music.

nextradiowebinarSprint Push Results in 50,000-plus Downloads for NextRadio.  A “push notification” last week from partner Sprint is being credited for spurring 25,000 downloads of the NextRadio app in one day and more than 50,000 in the week that followed.  The app that allows smartphone users to receive FM radio stations via their phones, is part of a project in conjunction with TagStation – both of which are subsidiaries of Emmis Operating Company.  A post at the TagStation site says, “Another effort from Sprint that will help push consumer awareness was the delivery of a round of promotional NextRadio-enabled phones to 30 disc jockeys throughout the country.  The ‘seed phones’ provide a seeing-is-believing experience to DJs who then promote NextRadio to their listeners both on-air and through social media – encouraging their millions of listeners with Sprint Android phones and all HTC One M8 users to download and take advantage of NextRadio.  And like we discussed before, what better way is there to learn about NextRadio than from your favorite on-air personalities?”  NextRadio is hosting a webinar on July 16 featuring Paul Jacobs and Paul Brenner dubbed “NextRadio and the Connected Car: Growing Listeners with Interactive Content.”  The event is open to all broadcasters interested in learning more about the future of radio in the car’s dashboard.  Visit here for more info.

mathenysamMatheny Named EVP/Chief Technology Officer for NAB.  Joining NAB from Capitol Broadcasting to serve as the new EVP and chief technology officer is Sam Matheny.  His work as part of the corporate staff involvement in several Capitol Broadcasting media ventures: general manager at News Over Wireless, which provided the first local television news applications for wireless carriers; manager of Digital Cinema at Microspace Communications, deploying digital cinema as a viable market for satellite delivery; and vice president & general manager at DTV Plus, which developed and launched the nation’s first DTV datacasting service.  Matheny is currently a member of the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council and is a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.  NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith states, “NAB is thrilled to have Sam Matheny joining the team as our new CTO.  Sam’s roots are in broadcast localism and service to the community, but he is also a technology strategist determined to push broadcasters to embrace digital and Internet opportunities that generate revenue.  Today, tens of millions of our listeners and viewers are legally accessing broadcast programming on platforms and devices that are IP-based, portable and mobile. We believe Sam is the right choice to press these digital strategies forward and lead our industry’s technology future.”

trueoldiesShannon Transitions “True Oldies” to the Net.  Concurrent with Westwood One‘s decision this past Monday (6/30) to discontinue distributing the “True Oldies Channel,” programmer/principal talent Scott Shannon has taken the service online.  Posting on his website, the WCBS-FM, New York morning talent writes, “We didn’t have much time to get something together after we found out that we were getting tossed off the radio.  However, we did manage to get everything needed to set up our own internet station on short notice [so] we are able to continue the True Oldies Channel.”  Shannon launched the “True Oldies Channel” more than 10 years ago (April 2004) on ABC Radio Networks.  Much of the “True Oldies” music is from 1964 – 1979; however, there are titles from 1955 – 1963, as well as some hits from the 1980s. Shannon’s commercial-free stream is at TrueOldiesChannel.com.

marconiawardMeet This Year’s NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists. They are listed below and the list encompasses 21 categories.  The Marconi Radio Awards are given by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to honor excellence in broadcasting. “Legendary Station”:news KCBS-AM, San Francisco; talk KXLY-AM, Spokane; sports WFAN, New York; country WIL-FM, St. Louis; and adult contemporary WLEN-FM, Adrian, Michigan. “Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year”:Bob & Tom, Westwood One; Elvis Duran, Premiere Radio Networks; Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Radio Networks; Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Radio Networks; and Rickey Smiley, Radio One/REACH Media. “Major Market Personality of the Year”:Carter Alan of WZLX, Boston; Big Boy of KPWR, Los Angeles; Kevin & Bean of KROQ, Los Angeles; Preston & Steve of WMMR, Philadelphia; and (Fred) Toucher & Rich (Shertenlieb) of WBZ-FM, Boston. “Large Market Personality of the Year”:Bo Matthews of WIL-FM, St. Louis; Dr. Don (with Rachael and Grunwald) of WYCD, Detroit; Jim “JJ” Johnson of WOMC, Detroit; Larry Richert of KDKA-AM, Pittsburgh; and Ryan & Shannon of KSTP-FM, Minneapolis. “Medium Market Personality of the Year”:Brent Johnson of WTCB, Columbia, South Carolina; Cole Johnson of WNVZ, Norfolk; Kevin Miller of KIDO-AM, Boise, Idaho; Chris Kelly & Chris Demm of WKRR, Greensboro; and Jeff Walker of WKRZ, Wilkes Barre-Scranton. “Small Market Personality of the Year”:Bill Barrett, Tim Fox & Tracy Berry of KKNU-FM, Eugene, Oregon; David Gustafson of KJSK-AM, Columbus, Nebraska; Dottie Ray of KXIC-AM, Iowa City, Iowa; Brian Egan, Rusty Bumper & Amanda Walton of WKWS-FM, Charleston, West Virginia; and Brian Lee & Chris Wolfe of KZOQ-FM, Missoula, Montana. “Major Market Station of the Year”: country KKBQ, Houston; urban AC WBLS, New York; rock WMMR, Philadelphia; hot AC WTMX, Chicago; and country WUSN, Chicago. “Large Market Station of the Year”:adult contemporary KRWM, Seattle; CHR WBLI, Long Island; talk WCCO, Minneapolis; talk WTMJ, Milwaukee; and sports WXYT-FM, Detroit. “Medium Market Station of the Year”:rock KAZR-FM, Des Moines; hot AC KSTZ, Des Moines; country WIVK-FM, Knoxville; talk WOWO-AM, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and country WUSY-FM, Chattanooga, Tennessee. “Small Market Station of the Year”:talkKFGO-AM, Fargo, South Dakota; CHR KNDE-FM, Bryan-College Station, Texas; full-service adult contemporary KYNT-AM, Yankton, South Dakota; country WFRE-FM, Frederick, Maryland; and adult contemporary WLEN-FM, Adrian, Michigan. “Adult Contemporary Station of the Year”:KIFM, San Diego; WBEB, Philadelphia; WILV, Chicago; WMEE-FM, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and WVAF, Charleston, West Virginia. “CHR Station of the Year”:KQKS, Denver; WBBM-FM, Chicago; WNVZ, Norfolk; WPOI, Tampa; and WVAQ, Morgantown, West Virginia. “Country Station of the Year”:KCYY, San Antonio; WIL-FM, St. Louis; WKLB, Boston; WLHK, Indianapolis; and WOKQ, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “News-Talk Station of the Year”:KCBS-AM, San Francisco; KRLD-AM, Dallas; KTMY, Minneapolis; WGCV-AM, Columbia, South Carolina; and WLW, Cincinnati. “(Classic Hits-) Oldies Station of the Year:”WJMK, Chicago; WMJI, Cleveland; WSRZ, Sarasota; WXGL, Tampa; and WOGL Philadelphia. “(Contemporary Christian) Religious Station of the Year”:KKJM, St. Cloud, Minnesota; KKLA, Los Angeles; KLTY, Dallas; KNOM, Nome, Alaska; and WMHK, Columbia, South Carolina. “Rock Station of the Year”:KROQ, Los Angeles; KSWD, Los Angeles; WBAB, Long Island; WDRV, Chicago; and WSUN, Tampa. “Spanish Station of the Year”:KLZT, Austin; WNUA, Chicago; WYUS-AM Milford, Delaware; WYUU, Tampa; and WXSH, Georgetown, Delaware. “Sports Station of the Year”:KDKA-FM, Pittsburgh; KFXN-FM, Minneapolis; WBZ-FM, Boston; WIP-FM, Philadelphia; and WXYT-FM, Detroit. “Urban Contemporary Station of the Year”: KPRS, Kansas City; WGCI-FM, Chicago; WHQT, Miami; WQHT, New York; and WVKL, Norfolk. “Noncommercial Station of the Year”: KPCW, Park City, Utah; KUNV, Las Vegas; WEAA, Baltimore; WRHU Long Island; and WSDP,  Canton, Michigan. Winners will be announced in two months (9/11) at the awards dinner in Indianapolis during this year’s NAB Radio Show.

Monday, June 23, 2014

| June 23, 2014

kknd logoAlternative ‘107.7 The End’ in Seattle Makes the ‘2-Minute Promise.’  Vowing it is “re-imagining the radio experience entirely,” Entercom’s KNDD, Seattle, “107.7 The End,” is announcing what it calls “an unconventional move to redefine how it presents radio to its listeners” and is unveiling the “2 Minute Promise,” never playing more than two minutes of commercials at a time.  It goes on to say, “‘The End’ will not only play half the commercials compared to other radio stations in Seattle, but will also play the most music of any station in the market.”  Program director Garett Michaels adds, “Since its inception, ‘The End’ has been a leader in new music discovery and a radio innovator.  The time has come for a radio station to make a stand for our listeners and our advertisers.”  Station VP/GM Jack Hutchinson comments, “We are proud to be the first station in the United States to offer this bold, innovative approach to radio.  We know our listeners will be more than excited about this change and we are just as excited we can provide our clients an incredibly unique platform to showcase their message to our End listeners.”

wtsh alt 1071 logoAlternative Rocker ‘X107.1’ Debuts in Altanta.  Taking over on the 107.1 frequency previously occupied by country WTSH, Rome, Georgia “South 107,” is alternative rock “X107.1” from Cox Media Group.  The new format comes after Cox enters into an LMA with Woman’s World Broadcasting to operate the country outlet which it moved to the 93.5 frequency serving the Rome, Georgia market as “South 93.5”  The alternative format will be heard on 107.1 in the Rome market and on translator W296BB, Jonesboro at 107.1 just southeast of downtown Atlanta.  CMG says “X107.1, an ‘Alt40’ format, is the city’s new alternative station featuring popular artists dominating today’s airwaves including Lorde, Fitz and The Tantrums, Imagine Dragons, Passion Pit, Avicii, The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend and many more.”  Cox VP of programming Steve Smith adds, “The 18-34 year old audience is an extremely appealing demographic to advertisers and that audience has a strong attraction to alternative music today.  Our research tells us that Atlanta is ripe for an Alt40 radio station like X107.1.”  The station is playing 10,000 commercial-free songs in a row.

jenningsjessJess Jennings Joins ‘Bob 106.9’ in Savannah.  Moving from Riverbend Communications’ country KTHK, Idaho Falls “105.5 The Hawk” to L&L Broadcasting’s country WUBB, Savannah “Bob 106.9” is Jess Jennings who will serve as midday personality and music director.  Jennings says, “I’m so excited to make Savannah my family’s home and work with Gigi South, Gabe Reynolds, T.C. Michaels, and the L&L staff.  Special thanks to Larry Wilson, Bob Proffitt, Scott Mahalick, and Bill McElveen for this opportunity.  I’m thrilled to contribute to the growth of L&L Broadcasting and our mission to provide the best local radio and build profitable relationships with our clients.”  WUBB program director T.C. Michaels comments, “Jess’ warm sound, hilarious personality, and music directing skills are a perfect fit for WUBB.  Her passion and enthusiasm punches through the speakers, which will easily connect with our key Savannah/Hilton Head demos.  Her music directing talent will positively contribute to L&L Broadcasting’s objective to provide the best local radio for our listeners and advertising opportunities for our growing client list.  I’m very excited to have Jess a part of our team and family.”

timandwillyTim & Willy to Wrap Self Syndicated Show on Friday.  After parting company with longtime home KMLE, Phoenix in July of 2012, Tim Hattrick and Willy D. Loon launched their own Arizona-syndicated show.  Now, however, the duo announces that running their own operation has taken its toll and the show will end on Friday, June 27.  In a press release, Tim, Willy and Andrea Hiland write, “For more than 10 years we dreamed of building our own radio company; a place where we could be the genuine ‘Tim & Willy Show’ again — unrestricted, fun, connected with our audience and free from all the overthinking that made the radio business so strange and unrecognizable.  We did it.  It wasn’t easy.  But it was so fun and satisfying.  In many ways our show was poised to be a huge success.  The unfortunate reality is that the cost of starting and running our own company took its toll.  Being our own bosses was hard!  We found ourselves wearing so many hats – we just didn’t have enough heads!  We spent too much time on things we’re not good at and it robbed us from the thing we do best.  For this and other reasons we made the very difficult business decision to bring an end to our venture.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Journal Broadcast Group’s hip hop WKHT, Knoxville “Hot 104.5,” Mean Jean joins the station as evening personality and music director…..Former triple A KINK, Portland personality Dave Scott is now the afternoon drive personality at Entercom’s classic rock KGON, Portland…..Denver radio pro Scott Curtis is named midday personality at classic rock outlet “93.7 The Rock” airing on K229BS, Lakewood, Colorado located due west of downtown Denver…..Jim Bosh exits Great Eastern Radio’s country simulcast WKKN, Keene/WXXK, Lebanon in New Hampshire “Kixx Country” to pursue other opportunities.  Bosh has been morning drive host at the station.

wwfw logoAdams Radio Group Launches ‘Soft Rock 103.9’ in Fort Wayne.  After a frequency shuffle that moved sister classic rock WXKE down to the 96.5 frequency, Adams Radio Group announces WWFW at 103.9 debuts as AC “Soft Rock 103.9.”  Adams president and CEO Ron Stone says in a statement, “We spent a great deal of time, starting in November, researching the market and determining what listeners really wanted.  It was amazing to us how strong the response was for a soft AC.  We are very excited to fill this void for Fort Wayne.  The reaction has already been overwhelming.”

kltw logoHorizon Broadcasting’s KLTW, Bend, Oregon Re-Brands.  The station will remain an adult contemporary outlet but effective immediately, Horizon Broadcasting Group’s KLTW, Bend, Oregon drops the “Continuous LITE Rock LITE 95.7” moniker and takes on the “95.7 MY FM – Bend’s Best Variety” brand.  Horizon president and CEO Keith Shipman says, “Today’s 35-54 year old woman in our digital world wants things newer, with variety, fresh and her way – and they want it now.  Today’s woman has her own career, her own Facebook page, Twitter account and they want a radio station that they can perceive as their own.  That’s exactly what ‘95.7 MY FM’ has become – the Bend’s Best Variety focusing on contemporary music from the 80s to now – meeting all of the criteria of a radio station for today’s 35-54 woman.”

madisonrisingRock Band “Madison Rising” Blows Them Away at Talk Radio Conference.  The rock ‘n’ roll ensemble Madison Rising – a group that bills itself as “America’s Most Patriotic Rock Band” – has a video version of its performance of the National Anthem that was played for an SRO crowd at the start of the recent (6/20) “Talkers New York 2014” radio convention.  According to eye-and-ear witnesses in attendance, the crowd of radio and television talk show hosts and broadcast management at the event were blown away by the quality of the music and the powerful images in the video.  TALKERS (and RadioInfo) publisher Michael Harrison introduced the video by saying that in his opinion, “This is the best rock interpretation and performance of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ to come down the pike since the late Jimi Hendrix did it in the late sixties.”  Check it out for yourself.  The video is now playing on RadioInfo TV located in the box on the upper right portion of this page.

Friday, June 20, 2014

| June 20, 2014

krth logoCBS RADIO Names Chris Ebbott ‘K-EARTH’ LA Program Director.  Taking over for Rick Thomas (now at the company’s “92.3 AMP Radio in New York) as program director of CBS RADIO’s classic hits KRTH, Los Angeles “K-EARTH 101” is Chris Ebbott who comes to LA from Toronto where he’s been PD at CHR CKFM “99.9 Virgin Radio” since 2010.  CBS Los Angeles SVP and market manager Dan Kearney says, “While we talked to many talented candidates, Chris’s track record of success with the classic hits format, success in developing on-air talent and past history with our cluster made him an excellent choice.  I fully expect ‘K-EARTH’ to continue to grow under Chris’s leadership and vision.”  Ebbott’s bio notes that while in Toronto, he guided “Boom 97.3” (CHBM) from 2010 – 2013 and it became the highest-rated adult hits station in core demos soon after his arrival.  Ebbott is returning to Los Angeles where from 2004 – 2010 he helped launch CBS RADIO’s “JACK FM” (KCBS) while he was operations manager.  Ebbott comments, “‘K-EARTH’ is one of the premier radio brands in the world and to be a part of the team responsible for its future success is both an honor and thrill.  Thank you to Dan Kearney and Kevin Weatherly for the opportunity.  CBS RADIO Los Angeles is a second home for me and I’m looking forward to once again working with the whole crew.”

hemmertterriWXRT, Chicago’s Terri Hemmert Recuperating from Knee Surgery.  As tipped by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, WXRT, Chicago midday personality Terri Hemmert is going to be off the air for a number of weeks while she recovers from knee replacement surgery.  The 63-year-old jock at CBS RADIO’s Windy City triple A outlet writes on Facebook: “This will involve weeks of boot-camp-like physical therapy and rest.  I will have to convalesce at my home for several weeks.  I wanted you to know so you wouldn’t panic and think I retired or something unthinkable like that.  No way. I will not be on my midday show for several weeks, and ‘Breakfast With The Beatles’ will have to be a doctor’s orders, one-hour show for a while (except for Ringo’s birthday special July 6th…special dispensation for 2 hours!).”  WXRT personality Frank E. Lee is expected to sit in for Hemmert during her absence.

nyfest smallNew York Festivals Announces Radio Awards Presenters.  When the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards gets underway at Manhattan Penthouse in New York on Monday, June 23, a roster of prominent executives will be on hand to present award segments.  Presenters taking to the stage to honor  2014’s World’s Best Radio Programs include: Natalie Tso – program host, Radio Taiwan International/Radio Awards Grand Jury member; Joe Richman  –  founder & executive producer, Sarah Kramer – contributing producer, Bruce Wallace – contributing producer – Radio Diaries, USA; Chris Brookes – director, Battery Radio, Canada; Tim Collins – CEO, OceanFM, Ireland; Charles Pellett – anchor & reporter, Bloomberg Radio, USA; Ben Manilla  –  president,  Ben Manilla Productions, USA; Clea Conner Chang,  director of marketing/production, Intelligence Squared, USA;  and Therese McIntyre – presenter,  Athena Media, Ireland.

louie103CC Goes Rock on St. Louis Translator.   The urban format is gone from W279AQ, Mascoutah, Illinois (as well as on KLOU-HD2) in the St. Louis market and rock “Louie 103.7” takes over.  The station is using the slogan “Man Up St. Louis” and will feature core artists as disparate as Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Green Day, Sick Puppies and Local H.  Clear Channel regional program director Stephen Stewart comments, “‘Louie 103.7’ will be a real man’s station for guys who like beer, BBQ and really good rock music.  We’re excited to bring a rock station to St. Louis that we know will really resonate with our listeners.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At L&L Broadcasting’s CHR KTFM, San Antonio, Blondie & Nugget are named the new morning drive team.  Blondie comes from Cumulus Media’s WABD, Mobile, Alabama while Nugget was most recently on the air staff at Journal Broadcast Group’s KHTT, Tulsa…..Beth Reynolds is the new evening personality at NextMedia’s classic rock WERV, Aurora, Illinois “95.9 The River.”

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

| June 3, 2014

roundstomRadio Industry Mourns Tom Rounds. With considerable recent focus on the plight and deteriorating health of iconic personality Casey Kasem, it is an unfortunate, eerie twist of irony that the man who in 1970 – with Kasem and producer Don Bustany – launched and marketed “American Top 40 with Casey Kasem” passed away on Sunday (6/1).  To state that Watermark founder Tom Rounds was a broadcasting innovator is actually an understatement.  Many within the industry are still in shock regarding the death of the 77-year-old Rounds (he would have been 78 this coming Friday, 6/6) who expired in Los Angeles, reportedly from complications related to a “minor surgical procedure.”  His wife – Barbara Rounds – was with her longtime husband when he passed away.  By the 1980s, “American Top 40” was heard on more than 500 U.S. radio stations.  Approximately three years following ABC’s 1982 acquisition of Watermark, Rounds founded and was chief executive officer of entertainment program supplier Radio Express; by the late-1990s, Burbank (California)-based Radio Express was producing most of its own product.  It presently handles syndication outside the United States for American radio programs such as “The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40″ and “American Country Countdown.”  Radio Express vice president of sales Jessica d’Agostin notes, “We are deeply saddened by T.R.’s passing.  We will profoundly miss his humor, his wisdom, and his kindness.  He was a great man.  He loved his wife, his family, and radio with all his heart.  We will continue to move forward at Radio Express in his honor and as a living tribute to the example ‘T.R.’ set for excellence in all things.”  Amherst College (Massachusetts) alum Rounds entered radio at the campus station in the late-1950s.  Shortly thereafter in a stunt at Hawaii’s KPOI, he would set a record for staying awake on the air for 260 consecutive hours, while doing his show at a department store.  By the mid-1960s, he landed in San Francisco to program top 40 KFRC.  Among those commenting on Facebook regarding Rounds’ passing is Ed Mann of MannGroup Radio who states, “I’m just sick about it.  Tom was my first producer at MannGroup Radio.  I had the opportunity to work ideas with him for years after.  He was truly one of the great guys in this business.  He was my model as a businessman – such a great combination of creative and manager.  We had not talked in years, but this hurts plenty.  [Mann’s wife] Mindy and I send our condolences to Barbara and the family.”  Former Radio & Records (R&R) country editor/Clear Channel director of production Jim Duncan recounts, “When I first moved to Los Angeles from San Diego to be part of R&R, I had lunch with Tom and [R&R founder/publisher] Bob Wilson.  He tried to get me to come do some production at Watermark.  I chose to work at Westwood One producing shows.  I saw Tom many times over the years and he kept trying to get me to work with him.  Sorry I didn’t – he was somebody very special.”  Veteran programmer and imaging voice Charlie Van Dyke writes, “Tom Rounds, of course, was a successful program director and part of the original Watermark organization that gave birth to ‘American Top 40.’  He was a great friend to me over the years.”  Another legendary voiceover talent, Joe Cipriano, states, “I was honored to co-host with Adrienne Walker the ‘World Chart Show’ for Tom for several years.”  Former KIIS “Kiss-FM”, Los Angeles general manager Wally Clark is among the many to simply remark, “Sorry to hear this news.”  Sabo Media‘s Walter Sabo describes Rounds as a “great gentleman,” while Sonoma Media Group president Michael O’Shea opines that Rounds was, “a great guy.  Radio, as an industry, suffered today.”  Former Radio Et Cetera sales manager and ex-general manager of suburban Los Angeles adult contemporary FM trimulcast KLIT, KNJO, & KXEZ Rick Lemmo remarks that, “Tom was a true gentleman.  I loved working with him in so many ways.”  Ed Scarborough, who has programmed numerous stations, including Los Angeles CHR KKHR and San Antonio adult contemporary KQXT, succinctly declares that Rounds was, “a legend.”  MultiBrand Media International owner/president Bill Pasha reflects that he recently made a new friend.  “His name was Tom Rounds.  Through business, I was fortunate enough to enjoy the wit and wisdom of the man who founded the largest syndication company in the U.S., Watermark.  He was a good friend of my pals – Toby Arnold and Tom Merriman – who passed away before ‘T.R.’  I enjoyed his war stories of the biz we both love. About three weeks ago, I spent almost two hours on the phone laughing, chatting and learning from this wonderful guy who was not too busy to offer me advice on how to grow my business. Good men are never truly gone.  They live on in our hearts and in the contributions they made to our industry.  Tom Rounds was one of those guys.”  Salem Media of Hawaii program director Phil Abbot summarizes his thoughts by declaring, “I am speechless. Thank you ‘T.R.,’ for all the help and the masterful instruction along the way.”  When Norm Garr was on the air in Oxnard-Ventura-Santa Barbara (California), his station was an “AT 40” affiliate.  The station’s on-air talents were allowed to buy a copy of the year-end program.  “After I left radio and moved into TV,” Garr recollects, “I wrote Tom the next year asking if I could buy a copy of the next year’s year-end show.  For the longest time, he sent me a copy at no charge.  What a ‘mensch.'”  One of Rounds’ former employees, Cindy Jo Hinkleman, remarks, “I am in shock to receive this news about Tom Rounds passing.  Working for Radio Express was one of the highlights of my life so far.  He believed in me and gave me the most amazing opportunities to shine.  He will stay dear to my heart.  I will always remember his smile.”  Offering philosophical perspective, Mark Brower writes, “I learned a very difficult lesson today on how precious life is.  The world lost one of the best.  Not only my boss but also a wonderful friend.  He was a wonderful teacher of life, a wonderful storyteller and a wonderful person – definitely my mentor.  He was very passionate and music was definitely his life.  I learned a lot from Tom Rounds – I will never forget you.”  His wife Barbara; a daughter Michelle; a son Tommy; a stepdaughter Debbie; and four grandchildren survive Tom Rounds.  A memorial service will be held this Sunday (6/8) at 5:00 pm at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.  Memorial donations may be made to City of Hope Cancer Center.

boschjtBosch Boosted to Clear Channel Austin VP/Programming. The elevation to vice president of programming enables country KASE and similarly-formatted KVET-FM “K-VET 98.1” program director JT Bosch to also oversee programming for the company’s CHR (KHFI “Kiss-FM”) and rhythmic CHR (KPEZ “The Beat”) properties in the Texas capital city.  Clear Channel Austin market president Pam McKay states that, “JT has done an exceptional job in leading our country brands.  I am confident he will continue to build upon the positive momentum the Austin station group has experienced.  I am equally excited to have him as my programming partner and look forward to much continued success.”  Executive vice president of programming Brad Hardin notes, “This is a well-deserved promotion.  JT is a star programmer and he will drive the necessary innovation and strategy to continue to improve our great brands.  I look forward to his leadership.”  In thanking McKay and Hardin, Bosch expressed appreciation “for their support and belief” in him “to help lead this amazing cluster.  I am so excited to be a part of this team here in Austin.”  Bosch’s radio career started in 1988 at Pittsfield, Massachusetts’ WUPE, where he was a Boston Red Sox board-op/overnight talent.  He has also worked in Albany; Gainesville; Greenville, North Carolina; and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Bosch has programmed Harrisburg outlets WHKF and WRBT, and in 2010, he was named operations manager/regional programming manager of Clear Channel’s central Pennsylvania region (Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading, Allentown, and Williamsport).  Clear Channel will search for someone to program KHFI and KPEZ.

pahigiancaryHearst Baltimore Hires Pahigian as President/GM.  Former Saga Communications Portland, Maine president and general manager Cary Pahigian will succeed Ed Kiernan in the same capacity at Hearst Baltimore talker WBAL and WIYY “98 Rock.”  Kiernan recently announced his retirement. wiyy According to Hearst president Jordan Wertlieb, “Having worked for some of the nation’s most honored radio stations, including most recently overseeing stations of various formats, Cary brings a wealth of experience.  He is a passionate advocate for local broadcasting and understands the importance of community service and how it is the fabric of leading radio stations.”  Prior to his tenure at Saga’s Portland properties, Pahigian was station manager at heritage Boston outlet WBZ-AM; operations manager and program director of Philadelphia sports station WIP-AM; vice president of operations at Sconnix Broadcasting; and vice president and general manager of Boch Broadcasting on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

streamsoundStreamsound Records Names Bonadies VP.  Joining the two-year-old label Streamsound Records in the position of vice president national promotion/strategic marketing is industry pro Teddi Bonadies.  Streamsound CEO Steve Richardson says, “We are excited to have Teddi join our Streamsound team.  Her extensive relationships in radio and successful background will continue to move Streamsound Records to a new level of success.”  Prior to joining Streamsound, Bonadies served as general manager for Rodeowave Entertainment in which their team promoted, bonadiesteddideveloped and delivered Phil Vassar, as well as other artists to country radio and the marketplace.  Following her time at Rodeowave, she served as VP of national promotion for Universal South working with Randy Houser, Joe Nichols and Eli Young Band. After the merge with Showdog, she worked as VP of strategic marketing & promotion working with Toby Keith and Trace Adkins, as well as other artists on the roster.  Bonadies spent over 14 years at Arista Nashville as senior director of national promotion where she helped promote, develop and build the platinum careers of Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Diamond Rio, Lee Roy Parnell, Pam Tillis and Phil Vassar. Bonadies is a Member of the CMA and ACM and is a Leadership Music Alumni and served on the CRB Agenda Committee for multiple years.  Streamsound’s roster includes: Kristian Bush, Austin Webb, Dakota Bradley and Jaida Dreyer.

cainepaulCaine to Bloomberg.  Former WestwoodOne CEO Paul Caine joins Bloomberg Media Group to serve as chief revenue officer.  Caine was with WestwoodOne for not quite a year before that company’s acquisition by Cumulus Media forced him out.  Prior to that, Caine spent 23 years at Time Inc. during which he rose to president and group publisher of the Style & Entertainment Group.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  CHR WAEB-FM, Allentown “B104” program director Kyle Due adds PD duties for sister rocker WZZO effective immediately.  At the same time, promotions director Samantha Layne takes on the APD role for WZZO at the Clear Channel cluster…..At CHR WPIA, Peoria “98.5 Kiss FM,” Liam McCluskey joins the Advanced Media Partners-owned station to serve as director of promotions and evening on-air personality…..Shelly Brown is named executive producer for the Jesse Lozano morning show (with co-host Delana Bennett) at Clear Channel’s hot AC KMYI, San Diego “Star 94.1.”…..In the Savannah market, Mia Amini joins L&L Broadcasting’s hot AC WXYY “Y100” for the midday air shift.  Amini most recently served with Clear Channel at CHR KYYY, Bismarck “Y 93.”…..Nathan Richie moves over from Clear Channel’s alternative WEND, Charlotte “106.5 The End” to adult hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake” for mornings.

wxke logoAdams Drops Hip Hop on WNHT, Fort Wayne; Moves Classic Rock to 96.3.  With the closing on its recent acquisition of several Fort Wayne signals, Adams Media Group drops the hip hop on WNHT at 96.3 FM and moves “Rock 104” – WXKE at 103.9 – to the 96.3 frequency.  In a related move, the company is flipping the oldies format being simulcast on WGL-AM/FM to sports talk on WGL-AM.  WGL-FM has been swapped to Calvary Radio Network for translator W277AK.  The company expects to release information about what format will launch on WXKE’s 103.9 frequency at the end of this month.  It’s running announcements about the move to the 96.3 frequency for the next 10 days or so.

midwestcomm logoPrice Tag for South Central: $72 Million.  The recently announced deal that will transfer nine radio stations in Nashville, Knoxville and Evansville to Wausau, Wisconsin-based Midwest Communications from seller South Central Communications Corp. will cost Midwest $72 million.  For some time earlier this year it was expected that Summit Media would be the buyer for the South Central group but that deal did not come together.  It had been reported that the price of that deal-that-wasn’t was for around $75 million.  Midwest has been something of a surprise to some industry watchers.  It first acquired the James Ingstad cluster of stations in the Fargo market for $25 million that closed in the spring of 2013.  With this purchase it will have spent almost $100 million in the past two years.

kitchinkraigKitchin Elected to Museum of Broadcast Communications Board.  Radio pro and Sound Mind co-president Kraig Kitchin is elected to the board of directors of the Museum of Broadcast Communications.  Downtown Chicago’s MBC has housed America’s only National Radio Hall of Fame since 1992.  MBC founder-president-chief executive officer Bruce DuMont comments that, “Kraig is one of the most talented and respected radio executives in America.  He will bring his energy and vision to the museum, and help raise awareness of our mission nationally.”  Kitchin remarks that for over 25 years, “The Museum of Broadcast Communications has done a remarkable job of recognizing great accomplishments in both radio and television.  I am thrilled to join the MBC board and help chart the future of the museum and the National Radio Hall of Fame.  More than ever, it is important to recognize the great work done by broadcasters behind the microphone and in front of the camera.”  Sound Mind was launched in 2008 and offers management services to radio, television, and production companies.  Kitchin works with radio personalities in both talk and music genres.  He previously was the longtime president/chief operating officer of the Premiere Radio Networks.  Kitchin is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame Steering Committee that supervises the induction process; the NRHOF Class of 2014 will be announced later this week.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

| May 29, 2014

beckerphilBecker Becomes L&L Broadcasting’s VP/Programming.  Former Oasis Radio Fort Wayne, Indiana general manager Phil Becker is appointed vice president of programming for L&L Broadcasting.  “As a continuation of our rapid growth, we have been searching for the ideal candidate to help our programming teams execute strategies for on-air, online, and mobile audience growth,” comments L&L Broadcasting president and chief executive officer Bob Proffitt.  “Phil is the absolute perfect fit for us and will not only be a dynamic addition to our corporate structure, but a welcoming face to our markets as he helps them continue to evolve.” Senior vice president/director of programming Scott Mahalick states, “We are thrilled to have such a alphamedia logovisionary programmer join our team with a winning track record; great passion for the art of the product; business sense; and stellar leadership traits.”  Becker remarks that the L&L Broadcasting team is “truly focused on their brands, as well as hiring the best people.  The direction and vision of the entire corporate team is an exciting and refreshing approach to the industry that I love.”  Prior to becoming Oasis Radio Fort Wayne’s GM, Becker was its operations manager and director of programming.  His previous background includes programming tenures at Cox Radio Group Orlando rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3”; CKEY, Fort Erie Ontario (Buffalo-Niagara Falls); and in Dothan, Alabama for New South Communications.  In April, Larry Wilson announced that Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting would merge into one company – Alpha Media.  When that merger is complete, the company will operate 68 stations.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Total Traffic and Weather Network’s Miami operations, David Israel is named operations manager effective Monday, June 2…..After three years with the NAB as its EVP and chief technical officer, Kevin Gage declines a contract renewal and moves on.  In the interim, SVP Lynn Claudy will handle Gage’s duties…..Tabatha Levrault is promoted to operations manager of Great Plains Media’s Lawrence-Topeka, Kansas cluster.  She continues to program CHR KKSW “105.9 Kiss FM” and serve as afternoon host but will also handle operations for country KMXN “92.9 The Bull” and news/talk KLWM.

midwestcomm logoSouth Central Properties Dealt to Midwest Communications.  Some extremely successful sticks are about to exchange hands as Wausau, Wisconsin-based Midwest Communications is acquiring South Central Communications’ radio stations.  (SummitMedia had announced intentions to buy the group for a rumored price somewhere in the range of $75 million, but that obviously fell apart.)  Among the facilities involved are adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9” and adult hits WCJK “Jack-FM” (both in Nashville); adult contemporary WJXB “Today’s Soft Rock,” rock WVRX “The X,” and classic rock WIMZ (all inwjxa logo Knoxville); and adult contemporary WIKY, country WLFW “The Wolf,” CHR WSTO “Hot 96,” and classic rock WABX (all in Evansville, Indiana).  According to South Central chief executive officer J.P. Engelbrecht, “We have found a great steward for our radio stations in Midwest Communications.  They are good broadcasters who will build upon the legacy created by our outstanding team.”  Midwest Communications chief executive officer Duke Wright comments, “We feel extremely fortunate to be acquiring one of America’s best-run radio groups.  South Central and Midwest are entirely family-owned with both families being in the radio business for well over 50 years.  We feel there is a lot of commonality between the companies – I am certain we will have much to share with each other.”  Nashville AC “Mix 92.9” is that market’s perennial top-ranked powerhouse (6+): In April’s PPM, it registers an 11.8 (#1, 6+).  A similar ratings prowess exists for Evansville AC WIKY, which was #1 (12+) in the fall 2013 book with a robust 16.3.  WSTO finished third (9.1); WABX was fifth (5.0); and WLFW ranked seventh (4.1).  Nashville’s WCJK ranks eighth in April (6+) with a 5.1.  South Central did not subscribe for the latest Knoxville numbers, so its three stations there are not listed.  The Wright Family formed Midwest Communications in 1958.  Midwest Communications presently owns 63 radio outlets in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Terms of the transaction – for which Kalil & Company was the exclusive broker – were not disclosed.

applelogoApple-Beats Deal Is a Go.  The financial analysis community is abuzz with the just-announced deal that will see Apple acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for the princely sum of $3 billion — $2.6 billion in cash and “approximately $400 million that will vest over time.”  How this deal will work out for Apple in the long run remains to be seen, but a number of analysts believe Apple CEO Tim beatsmusic logoCook’s goal is to further entrench itself in the music world.  Perhaps Apple believes the services of Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine (who is exiting his chairman/CEO role at Interscope Geffen A&M to join Apple) and hip hop mogul Dr. Dre, who will stay on in yet-to-be-announced capacities, will help bring the company closer to the players making the music.  Apple’s iTunes Radio is not particularly hot as a music service, based on subscriber numbers (nor is it selling a lot of downloads attributable to iTunes Radio, relatively speaking) and Beats Music has a fairly low number of subscribers compared to Pandora, Spotify, etc.  Electronics experts routinely criticize Beats headphones as dramatically overpriced, saying there are numerous brands that are less expensive and sound just as good or better.  Tim Cook says in a statement, “Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple.  That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”  Still, Apple is flush with cash and maybe the hope is that Iovine and Dr. Dre will help develop a culture around the company that will allow it to outlast its pure-play music service competitors who are still reporting losses on their balance sheets.

wxrvStunting Taking Place at Central Massachusetts Signals.  The simulcast of Boston-market triple A WXRV “92.5 The River” on Northeast Broadcasting’s WFNX-FM and WWBZ-AM in Athol, Massachusetts (serving the north-central part of the state and parts of southern Vermont and New Hampshire) ends as the stations are stunting with a diverse variety of music.  The company is asking for listeners to vote on their music preference online and is promising a new format for the stations to debut on June 8.

Friday, April 18, 2014

| April 18, 2014

nielsen logoRound Three of Nielsen Audio’s March PPM Data Released.  The next round of PPM data from the March 2014 survey by Nielsen Audio has been released for the 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  You can see the complete market numbers here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways.”

  • Portland – With an impressive +1.1 (6.9 – 8.0) public KOPB improves from second to first, ousting Clear Channel-owned adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” (7.5 – 7.0, #2), which had been #1 the past four monthlies. “K-103” CHR sibling KKRZ “Z-100” had registered four straight (6+) up trends (4.7 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 5.9) before January- February’s -.4 to 5.5. It bounces back though with a +.8 (6.3) and remains steady at #4. Declining by nine-tenths is Entercom alternative KNRK (4.2 – 3.3), which tumbles from #9 to #15.
  • Charlotte – While both of the market’s major FM country facilities have a favorable month, it is CBS Radio‘s WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” that claims #1 honors (up from #3 in February); registers a meaty +1.1; and has its finest 6+-stat (7.7) since May 2012 (also 7.7). Meanwhile, Clear Channel’s WKKT “96.9 – The Kat” gains four-tenths (5.1 – 5.5) to inch up from eighth to sixth. Its classic rock cluster-mate WRFX 99.7 – “The Fox” turns in Charlotte’s most potent (6+) month-to-month increase (+1.4 to 6.7), enabling it to zoom from seventh to a third-place tie. It was a short (one-month) stay at #1 for CBS Radio urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98,” which held the top spot for the first time since November, but with a -.4 to 6.7, it dips to #3.
  • SacramentoCBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” ends its mini-slide (9.2 – 5.8 – 5.7, 6+) with a strong +1.2 to 6.9 and advances from fourth to third. After declining by nine-tenths (3.7 – 2.8, January – February, 6+), Clear Channel talker KSTE posts a +.7 to 3.5 and progresses from #15 to #10. A trio of Entercom stations drop by one-half share each: CHR KDND “The End” (8.4 – 7.9, but is still #1 for the third successive monthly); KRXQ “98 Rock” (5.7 – 5.2, #4 to #6); and KCTC “ESPN 1320″ (1.7 – 1.2 #19 to #21); KCTC is coming off a -.8 (January – February).
  • San Antonio – Suffering the most pronounced month-to-month (6+) decline of any station in the 12 markets Nielsen Audio released Thursday is Clear Channel country KAJA “KJ-97,” which regresses by -2.1 (7.6 – 5.5). In the process, it falls out of the top spot it occupied in January and February all the way to sixth. Despite a -.8 to 6.3,  Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” advances from second to first; ironically, 6.3 is The Beat’s weakest 6+ share since last April, when it recorded a 6.2. After eight successive monthly performances in the 2.5 – 2.9 range (August 2013 – February 2014, 6+), Clear Channel‘s KZEP dials up a +.9 to 3.7 and climbs from #14 to #11. It is the best 6+ performance for “San Antonio’s Classic Rock” since March 2012’s 3.9. Nine-tenths though is hardly good news for Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG (5.9 – 5.0, -.9), which slips from #5 to #7.
  • Cincinnati – There’s good news/bad news for WLW: The Clear Channel heritage talker is #1 for the third straight monthly, but its January-February-March line score translates to a cumulative -1.6 (10.4 – 9.7 – 8.8), with 8.8 the lowest 6+-stat the Cincinnati Reds flagship has registered since PPM became Cincinnati’s ratings currency. After back-to-back down monthlies (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.5), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSL “Old School 100.3” enjoys a +.8 to 4.3, zipping from #13 to #9.
  • Cleveland – Not only do three Clear Channel stations retain their first, second, and third rankings from February (6+), each does so with gusto. Adult hits WHLK “The Lake” adds seven-tenths to 9.6 and is #1 (6+) for the third successive time. Classic hits-oldies WMJI (#2) improves by nine-tenths to 9.3, while country WGAR (#3) tacks on one full-share (6.7 – 7.7). Meanwhile, their rock sibling WMMS progresses by eight-tenths to 5.9, jumping from ninth to sixth. Since the “Holiday” report, WMMS has trended 3.5 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 5.9 for a combined +2.4.
  • Salt Lake City – Turning in its third consecutive (6+) up trend, Bonneville classic hits KRSP “Arrow” explodes to 5.6 (+1.3) and zooms from #11 to a three-way logjam at #5. It is the station’s best 6+-performance since last May (also 5.6). Dating back to the “Holiday” report, “Arrow” has gained 2.2 shares (3.4 – 3.9 – 4.3 – 5.6, 6+). This time last month, Clear Channel‘s KJMY “My-FM” dialed up a +1.1 to 4.8, but the hot AC regresses by nine-tenths (3.9) as it slides from #9 to #11. After back-to-back 5.1 shares (6+), fellow hot AC KBZN is off six-tenths to 4.5 (#7 to #9).
  • Kansas City – For the fifth successive monthly report, Carter Broadcast Corporation-owned urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz” (7.0 – 7.6, +.6) occupies the runner-up slot. This is the station’s finest 6+-stat since last May, when it registered an 8.1. Also advancing by six-tenths is Entercom‘s KCSP “610 Sports” (2.1 – 2.7), which proceeds from #18 to a three-way tie at #15. Although down two-tenths (9.0 – 8.8), Wilks Broadcasting‘s KFKF “Country 94.1” is #1 for the twelfth consecutive time.
  • Orlando – Rather incredibly, January – February’s massive +2.1 turned in by Cox Media Group country property WWKA “K-92.3” all but evaporates with a -1.9 to 7.1, as the station slips from first to second. Notwithstanding its two-tenths dip to 7.3, contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3 – Safe for the Little Ears” progresses from third to first. After a robust (6+) “Holiday”-January-February trend of 5.4 – 6.6 – 7.2, Clear Channel CHR WXXL “XL-106.7” regresses by eight-tenths to 6.4, but remains at #4. Even by registering an exceptionally strong +.9 (3.9 – 4.8), CBS Radio hot AC WOMX “Mix 105” is locked at #11.
  • Columbus – Boasting a +.8 to 11.4, Clear Channel CHR WNCI is #1 for the tenth time in the last eleven surveys and posts double-digits (6+) for the thirteenth straight time. Alternative cluster-mate WCGX “X-106.7” improves for the third time in a row – this time by six tenths – (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.9) and it is good enough to crack the top ten (#12 to #10). Similarly-formatted WWCD “CD 102.5 The Alternative Station,” however, has a 40% erosion (3.0 – 1.8, 6+) and dips from #10 to #13.

main line broadcastingLarry Wilson’s Alpha Broadcasting and L&L to Merge; Company to Buy Main Line Broadcasting for $57 Million.  A big two-pronged announcement from Larry Wilson’s Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting: First, the two companies will merge into one to be named Alpha Media.  Second, the company will purchase 19 stations in four markets from Main Line Broadcasting for $57 million.  Here’s what the companies announce.  “The current corporate team for Alpha Broadcasting and L & L Broadcasting will remain and operate the company from the corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon.”  Alpha operates six stations in Portland while L&L operates 43 stations in sevenalpha logo markets.  L&L has been overseeing the operation of the Portland stations for the last year pursuant to a management agreement with Alpha.  Chairman Larry Wilson states, “The merger will be the culmination of a long term plan to ultimately combine the two companies and will allow us to streamline our oversight of all 49 stations to take advantage of the many synergies.”  But wait, there will soon be more than 49 stations.  The announcement that L & L Broadcasting is entering into an agreement to acquire 19 radio stations from Main Line Broadcasting for $57 million will expand L&L logothat to 68 stations.  Main Line Broadcasting is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and operates in the Louisville; Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia; Dayton; and Hagerstown, Maryland-Chambersburg, Pennsylvania markets.  L & L Broadcasting president and CEO Bob Proffitt comments, “We’ve worked hard to maintain strong community involvement and an intimate connection with our listeners and advertisers in all of our markets.  I’m confident that we’ll be able to implement our mission of live and local radio in the Main Line markets.”  Main Line CEO Marc Guralnick adds, “I am extremely proud of all of Main Line Broadcasting’s employees who have done a phenomenal job over the years.  I am pleased to have these great broadcasters now under the leadership and vision of Larry Wilson and Bob Proffitt.  There’s not a better company than L&L Broadcasting to ensure this continued success.”

passengerawardPassenger Honored by Nettwerk for Smash Single.  To commemorate the sale of three million singles of “Let Her Go,” Nettwerk Music Group presented Passenger (a.k.a. Mike Rosenberg) with a plaque at its office in Los Angeles.  The act’s most recent single, “Scare Away The Dark,” will be featured on Passenger’s fifth studio album Whispers due out on June 10.  Pictured here (from left to right) are:  Dan Medland, Passenger’s manager from ie:music; Mark Jowett, Nettwerk Music Group, VP international A&R/publishing; Mike Rosenberg, Passenger; Jeff Ballard, Nettwerk Music Group, national promotions director; and Jack Heine, Nettwerk Music Group, radio promotions coordinator.

jbandsandyJ.B. and Sandy Officially Named Morning Hosts on Austin’s New ‘Fringe’ FM.  The alternative Culture Map Austin has the story as Austin broadcaster and owner of country KOKE Bob Cole makes it official that Monday, April 21 will see the return of J.B. Hager (right) and Sandy McIlree (left) to the market’s airwaves after the two exited Entercom’s crosstown hot AC KAMX “Mix 94.7” last fall.  What is “Fringe Austin?”  According to the piece in Culture Map Austin, the station – airing on translator K287FG at 105.3 FM – will feature “a mix of new rock and indie bands, reflecting the station’s preference for off-center music that falls outside of the corporate radio realm.”

veaumarkVeau Named PD at Classic Hits WORC-FM, Worcester.  Twelve-year Cumulus Media Worcester staffer Mark Veau is upped to program director at the company’s classic hits WORC-FM.  The company says Veau has been on the air as WORC-FM’s afternoon drive personality, hosts the Sunday morning public affairs program for all three stations in the cluster, produces imaging and commercials, and has deep knowledge of and experience with the community WORC-FM serves.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Broadcasters.  Veau says, “I look forward to this new opportunity working on a radio station that I know so well and enjoy so much.”  Cumulus vice president and market manager Bob Goodell adds, “In my six years here, Mark has always been a go-to guy to get things done with his specialized knowledge of the audience and promotional history of WORC-FM.  There is no person with more passion and experience that could assume the duties of PD than Mark Veau.”

legendlonnieMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland hip hop outlet WOCQ “OC104” names Lonnie Legend to the afternoon drive position.  Legend moves up from evenings as Chubb Love, who served askarah APD and afternoon host, exits says program director Bill Baker.  He expects to name a new APD soon…..At Clear Channel’s Houston alt-rocker KTBZ-FM “94.5 The Buzz,” Karah moves from her part-time role to the permanent evening slot.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

| March 25, 2014

radioleague logoJournal Debuts New Streaming Music App.  The new, free music streaming app is called “Radio League” and it’s Journal Broadcast Group’s proprietary entrance into the digital music business.  Radio League features six music stations including country, top 40, adult alternative and Christian hits.  Journal Milwaukee Radio Operations director of marketing & innovation J. Pat Miller created the app to offer listeners more choices in a locally programmed and convenient app.  Journal VP/GM of Milwaukee Radio Operations Tom Langmyer comments, “Our business model is focused on strong local brands.  Our mission is to buildlangmyertom options and unique user experiences that tie directly to local partners and life here in Wisconsin.”  The company says all Radio League stations fit inside a free app and offer streaming listeners a competitive choice that is different from on-air stations and nationally syndicated products.  The Radio League flagship is adult hits, “94.5 The Lake,” one of Milwaukee’s highest-rated radio stations.  The Lake’s flagship status includes on-air promotion for the app and two custom radio stations within the Radio League: Variety and Totally 80s.  Journal VP for interactive Michael Gay adds, “Digital now enables us to provide our audience more music entertainment than any other Milwaukee broadcaster.  We’re proud to be the home of this great radio program, and look forward to having even more stations join the league in the future.”

steelepattyPatty Steele Reunites with Scott Shannon.  The New York market radio pro joins CBS RADIO’s WCBS-FM as the newest cast member of the “Shannon in the Morning” program effective March 27.  Patty Steele – who has worked at WABC, WCBS-AM, WHTZ, WOR, and with Scott Shannon at WPLJ-FM – will provide listeners with news and entertainment reports.  She’s joined by Mr. GWCBS-FM Logo providing weather updates, and Joe Nolan with traffic.  WCBS-FM program director Jim Ryan says, “Patty is not only a fun, compassionate personality, but one of the most credible news people in New York.  That combination, along with her chemistry with Scott, makes her the perfect person for this show.  We are so excited to bring her to CBS-FM.”  Steele comments, “I’m delighted to be reunited with my dear friend Scott Shannon, who has created so many legendary radio stations and morning shows.  To help him bring his brand of magic to an iconic station like CBS-FM is an honor.  There’s no one better to laugh with, cry with, learn with and yes, fight with than Scott.  I can’t wait!”

luikwankeolaCBS RADIO Houston Names Lui-Kwan ‘Hot 95.7’ APD/MD.  Programmer and personality Keola Lui-Kwan is promoted from his gig as APD at CBS RADIO’s country KILT-FM “The Bull” to APD, music director and afternoon drive host at sister CHR KKHH “Hot 95.7.”  In a statement, CBS Houston VP of programming Bruce Logan says, “In my time with CBS Houston, Keola has impressed me with his energetic on-air skills and his use of phones to interact with the audience.  As the APD of ‘The Bull’ he and I worked side-by-side to rebrand and begin the rebuilding process of KILT-FM.  At every turn he exceeded my expectations with his attention to detail and the speed with which he moved through the tasks at hand.”  Lui-Kwan says, “First and foremost I’d like to thank Bruce Logan, Michael Martin and Sarah Frazier for this amazing opportunity.  Everyone at ‘100.3 The Bull’ has become family to me and now it grows, within CBS RADIO Houston, to ‘Hot 95.7!’ I can’t wait to get started.”

dimartilekatieMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  In Reno, Jave Patterson announces his exit from Lotus Radio’s rock KDOT and classic KOZZ where he’s been program director and serving as OM for the cluster…..In the Poughkeepsie market, midday personality Katie DiMartile is leaving CHET5-owned triple A WDST, Woodstock to take advantage of another opportunity in New Jersey that puts her closer to family…..Jiggy moves from evenings to afternoons at Cumulus Media’s rhythmic CHR KWIN/KWNN in Stockton/Modesto, California.  As a result of the move, Nikki moves from late nights to evenings.

warq logoL&L Goes Hot AC on WARQ, Columbia, South Carolina.  Not long after making programming changes to sister classic rock WMFX – now branded “Fox 102.3 Columbia’s Rock Station” – the company shifts former rock outlet WARQ to hot AC as “The New Q93.5 Columbia’s Hit Music.”  Featuring pop hits from the last 15 years, L&L Broadcasting director of programming Scott Mahalick says, “With the recent changes in the Columbia radio landscape, there was a clear opportunity for a hot adult contemporary radio station.  We’re thrilled to be able to fill the void and deliver the hits in a focused presentation with live and local talent.”

kdht logoMax Radio Fires Up New Alternative ‘107X’ in Denver Market.  The “Jack FM” format is gone from Max Radio’s Denver market KDHT (licensed to Bennett, Colorado) as the station flips to alternative as “107X Denver’s Rock Alternative.”  The station’s website is promising 5,000 songs in a row with no commercials (sponsored by Corona!).  The lineup of talent is expected to be announced in the near future.

scba logoSCBA Makes Case for Advertising on Radio in SoCal with Quarterly Market Report.  A case can be made that the Southern California Broadcasters Association is working as hard as any organization can to convince advertisers that their money would be well spent on Southern California radio.  In its latest Quarterly Market Guidance Report, the SCBA draws upon some of the data that’s already been reported this year that indicates: 1) radio listening in the region (persons 12+) is increasing, according to Nielsen Audio data; and 2) advertising revenue in the  region is increasing as per Miller Kaplan Arase reports.  The report, designed to target advertisers and agencies, offers arguments for shifting parts of ad budgets away from television and cable to radio for effective marketing.  See the report here.

shakiraiHeartRadio and Target Host Shakira Album Release.  The iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California was the site of the album release party for Shakira’s 10th studio album, titled ShakiraTarget and Clear Channel co-hosted the party on Monday (3/24).  Ryan Seacrest served as host for the event that was broadcast live across more than 100 Clear Channel radio stations nationwide as part of a 30-minute, on-air radio special.  Shakira discussed the making of her album and performed several new songs as seen in the photo here.  (Photo: Joseph Llanes)

Monday, March 24, 2014

| March 24, 2014


duanedoobie graphicDOOBIE:  It Is Time for the Radio Industry to Innovate New Formats and New Thinking.  RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie warns, “The window is closing.”  In a new column posted today (3/24), the motivational trade publication strategist suggests that now is the time for radio broadcasters to start inventing new ways to present music and entertainment on the radio airwaves “if we will ever have a chance to kick-start radio back to its former position of ‘ownership’ within the pop music culture, let alone even remain in the game on any level of competitiveness over the next half-decade.”  Doobie boldly states, “We see and hear way too many negative cultural references to radio these days in the larger media and public consciousness.  TV commercials tout the sale of CD song collections ‘no longer played on the radio.’  Heck radio is portrayed as being so lame that even the old farts don’t think it’s hip anymore, let alone the coming of age crowd of Gen-Y.  Discussion shows on the music channels and beyond regularly give voice to journalists, musicians, critics and fans further-diminishing the waning influence of radio within the pop world.  They refer to the death of radio’s influence on music culture (not to mention all ends of society, with the exception of sports) with a level of certainty that treats the notion as if it were conventional wisdom. This is entirely unacceptable!”  To read Duane Doobie’s entire column along with his suggested remedies to the problems cited, please click here.

arthurjamesDuane 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 (3/24) includes such names as: Mat D. & the Profane Saints, GWAR, Jessy Lynn Martens, Nico & Vinz, James Arthur, Tove Lo, Chainsmokers, Little Mix, Prince, Zooey Deschanel, Amanda Lear, William Shatner, Crosses, Deftones, Mike Score, Towns, Buffalo Killers, Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, Black Crows, Chris Robinson, Chris Lake, Jareth, Big Boi, Kid Cudi, Stevie Wonder, Gorillaz, Chris Bullen, Killers, Calvin Harris, Indiana, Amy Rose, Albert Lee & Hogans Heroes, Kata Hay, and Jimmer among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

agasepaulCumulus Nabs Agase for VP Sales Post in Chicago.  Chicago market sales pro Paul Agase is named vice president of sales for Cumulus Media’s news/talk WLS-AM “Chicago’s Talk Leader” and classic rock WLUP “97.9 FM The Loop.”  Most recently, Agase was general sales manager at CBS RADIO’s all-news WBBM.  He’s also worked in the market at sports talk WSCR “The Score,” triple A WXRT, WKSC “103.5 Kiss FM,” and WBBM-FM “B96.”  Cumulus EVP and co-COO John Pinch comments, “Paul has made a significant impact driving sales for Chicago radio.  His talents are an ideal match for Cumulus Chicago’s iconic stations and we are excited to welcome him to the company.”

comrexComrex Welcomes Torelli as Market Development Manager.  Multi-disciplined media pro Joe Torelli joins Comrex Corporation as market development manager.  The company says that in this role, Torelli will spearhead awareness and drive acceptance of the Comrex LiveShot products in the broadcast, education, worship and government markets.  Comrex managing director Kris Specht states, “Joe comes to Comrex with extensive experience on both sides of the broadcast industry starting as a photojournalist at WFLA-TV, Tampa where he first used Comrex products.  Capitalizing on his field experience there and over a decade at NBC News covering world events, he transitioned to design and delivery of market focused products at Avid, Quantel and, most recently, Apple products that became standards in the industry.  That background will help Comrex grow the acceptance of the LiveShot products.”  Torelli says, “I see LiveShot as truly amazing technology and I’m no stranger to highlighting new technology and differentiating features to the market.  I’m excited about the opportunity to help extend LiveShot’s appeal and acceptance.”  Comrex LiveShot delivers live video and audio over a range of IP networks.  LiveShot is used by TV stations and networks to deliver high-quality, low-latency, full-duplex video and audio from anywhere internet access is available.

nolanmarkMark Nolan to Replace WMJI, Cleveland’s John Lanigan. Earlier this year, WMJI, Cleveland morning personality John Lanigan announced he’s calling it a career and will retire from full-time work at the oldies station on March 31.  He’ll be honored at the station’s annual “Moondog Coronation Ball.”  The 71-year-old co-host of the “Lanigan and Malone” show worked at WMJI for nearly 30 years.  He arrived in Cleveland in 1970 when he replaced Don Imus at WGAR.  He went to Florida in 1983 and returned to Cleveland in 1985 to work for WMJI.  Lanigan was inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame this past November.  Beginning April 1, current midday personality Mark Nolan will take Lanigan’s place alongside Jimmy Malone.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Midwest Communications’ classic hits WYVN, Grand Rapids “92.7 The Van,” Brent Alan is promoted to brand manager.  Alan has been with the company’s Grand Rapids operations for the past 16 years.  He also serves as morning host on the station…..Scott Laudani is named program director at Binnie Media’s classic hits WFNQ, Nashua, New Hampshire “106.3 Frank FM” and WNNH, Concord, “99.1 Frank FM.”  Laudani was most recently OM/PD at Shamrock Communications’ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton operations…..GatesAir names Ted Nahil business development manager, Intraplex products, Americas.  The move is Nahil’s return to the GatesAir family, preceded by a successful six-year run in Intraplex sales at Harris Broadcast.

kucharzezraCBS RADIO’s Kucharz Promotes Multi-Platform Radio Model in Hypebot Op-Ed.  There is no end in sight to the debate over which models of audio entertainment are “here to stay,” the “wave of the future,” or the “one’s Millennials are adopting.”  And for good reason; it is the most important question broadcasting companies can be asking right now.  In a piece published on Hypebot, CBS RADIO local digital media president Ezra Kucharz, makes his case for the multi-platform model most broadcast companies are employing in some form or another: using broadcast radio tactics, personalities, programming and promotion power to augment AM/FM listening on digital platforms.  His main point is that broadcast radio’s ability to promote effectively is what is driving the success of digital destinations.  Read the Hypebot piece here.

wmfxL&L Columbia Merges Rockers.  In the Columbia, South Carolina cluster L&L Broadcasting takes classic rocker WMFX at 102.3 and rock WARQ at 93.5 and creates a tweaked format featuring rock music that leans closer to current than classic rock but still features classic bands and tracks.  The station is branded “Fox 102.3 Columbia’s Rock Station.”  On the station’s website it says, “Welcome to Columbia’s Rock Station, Fox 102.3!  You may be wondering what this is all about.  We’re taking the best of Fox 102.3 and Rock 93.5 and merging them together into one awesome rock station: Columbia’s Rock Station, Fox 102.3!  Stay tuned for more updates.”  Right now, the format is being simulcast on both signals but given the brand includes the 102.3 frequency, it’s reasonable to assume the 93.5 signal will feature a new format in the near future.

greatermedia logoGreater Media Philly Named a Top Workplace. This is the third successive year the company has earned such recognition from an annual survey conducted by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com.  Hundreds of companies take part in the survey and as Greater Media Philadelphia vice president/market manager John Fullam states, “Great companies start with great employees.  We are fortunate to have an extraordinary team dedicated to serving Philadelphia, our listeners, and advertising partners every day.”  Judges are employees and evaluation for the “Top Workplaces” program is based upon feedback from a fall 2013 employee survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics.  The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a special publication insert yesterday (3/23) to announce the honor.  Greater Media’s four-station Philadelphia cluster consists of adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben-FM,” WMGK “Philadelphia’s Classic Rock,” WMMR “Everything That Rocks,” and sports WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic.”

cookehollandMedia Usage Research (and What You Can Do With It).  Media consultant Holland Cooke pens a brief synopsis of some of the recent media usage research that’s been published recently and takes it a step further and offers some advice that station operators can use to put their best foot forward.  Smart owners and programmers are not getting depressed about the changing media landscape; they are doing their best to adapt to how people are using media.  Cooke offers some thoughts about working with that mindset.  Read it here.

rockrunbostonWBOS, Boston to Present Obstacle Run for Charity.  The “Rock and Run Boston” obstacle race is being presented by Greater Media alternative rock WBOS, Boston “Radio 92.9” and the inaugural race will take place at the newly developed Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts on June 21.  The course for “Rock and Run Boston” will be approximately 3.1 miles long and will feature a mix of fully staffed obstacles such as monkey bars, climbs, hurdles, and walls!  The “Rock and Run Boston” will also feature live musical acts at every mile marker along the course!  After crossing the finish line, runners will be invited to relax at a post- race party featuring a beer garden (21+only) and interactive demos and sampling from event sponsors and partners.  The party will be capped off by an exclusive performance by a national recording artist.  Vice president and market manager Rob Williams states, “The ‘Radio 92.9’ team is excited to bring to Boston what promises to be a physically challenging and hugely entertaining event.  We’re especially happy to raise needed funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.”  The event is open to participants 16 and over.

eastlanratings logoEastlan Adding Three Markets. Tallahassee, Florida; Columbus, Georgia; and Hammond, Louisiana are the metros that the ratings company will begin surveying this spring.  Eastlan president/chief executive officer Mike Gould comments that, “As Eastlan rolls into our fifteenth year, we are grateful to the small and medium market radio leaders who have recognized the value in carefully scrutinizing their radio ratings/vendor relationship.  We never imagined we would be fortunate enough to become the senior radio ratings provider in the United States.” Nielsen Audio is already measuring Tallahassee and Columbus; Hammond was an unrated metro.  Roughly five months ago, Eastlan added 11 other markets in Texas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas.

kbea logoCool Job Opportunity.  Mornings in Quad Cities on Legendary “B100.”  If you’re ready to wake up and touch nearly half a million listeners in the Midwest, then this might be the gig for you!  Long-running CHR powerhouse “B100” is looking for the next great morning show that knows and lives the lifestyle of pop music fans.  Do you know what it means to be a part of the local community?  Are you ready to wake up and entertain your listeners every day?  Can you utilize massive digital assets to extend your reach?  If you think you’ve got what it takes, get your materials to Chuck Armstrong (chuck@townsquaremedia.com) immediately.  Townsquare Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

BTC logoHD Radio Cited in Growth of Broadcaster Traffic Consortium Revenue.  The Broadcaster Traffic Consortium (BTC), is a nationwide broadcasting network that distributes location-based data — including: local traffic, weather, and fuel prices via radio technology to navigation devices and automobile in-dash systems.  The consortium reports that revenue for 2013 continued to grow and it anticipates more growth in 2014.  The consortium was established in 2007 and since that time its total revenue compound annual growth rate is 50.8%.  The addition of HD Radio technology for traffic data in 2011 comprises 20% of the BTC’s total revenue.  Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth says, “Greater Media is now seeing a return on our investment in BTC.  The transmission of traffic data via our HD signals allows us to be an integral part of the digital dashboard.  We are pleased to see that revenue growth is exceeding our expectations.”  Getting traffic data via HD Radio allows users to avoid eating up their allotted data on bandwidth-intense activities like traffic.  The BTC says, “The smooth launch with auto manufacturers Honda and Mitsubishi last year has opened the door for additional automakers to realize the value of HD Radio Data real-time traffic.”  The founding members of the BTC include: Beasley Broadcast Group; Bonneville International Corporation; Cox Radio, Inc.; Emmis Communications; Entercom Communications Corp.; Greater Media; NPR and Radio One.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

| March 5, 2014

wdrc-FMBuckley to Sell Connecticut Stations to Connoisseur.  Led by Hartford classic hits outlet WDRC-FM, the Connecticut stations Buckley Broadcasting is selling to Connoisseur Media also includes talk WDRC-AM and its simulcast AMs WMMW, Meriden; WSNG, Torrington; and WWCO, Waterbury.  The price on this deal is not being made public yet.  Buckley is being represented by Richard A. Foreman Associates.  In a memo to staff, Buckley president and CEO Joe Bilotta says, “After much reflection, the Board of Trustees has decided that the reality of the evolving competitive landscape, and our sincere desire to see this historic brand continue, are cause for a change in the ownership of our Connecticut properties.  Our decision to negotiate with, and eventually sell WDRC-AM/FM to Connoisseur, gives our audience, advertisers, and employees access to the considerable resources of this multi-dimensional media and entertainment company.  For over half of a century Buckley Broadcasting has been the steward of these great call letters and there is not a better company than Connoisseur to ensure the continued and accelerated future success of the WDRC brand.”

tritondigitalTriton Digital Achieves MRC Accreditation for Webcast Metrics Local.  And this is good news for radio nemesis Pandora as it’s been the service’s first customer.  Triton says in a press release, “Webcast Metrics Local (WCML) is a market-specific version similar to Triton’s MRC-accredited national measurement product.  For the first time, this rigorous audit contains a publisher component where each WCML publisher must undergo amrc logo separate audit of their user-declared geographic and demographic listener data.  As the first customer using the solution, Pandora has completed the publisher audit and has been successfully integrated into WCML. Additional publishers are currently in the pipeline.”  This is important because now WCML allows “agencies and advertisers to evaluate relative audience scale within specific markets.” And now Pandora can go to advertisers with traditional audio metrics: Average Quarter Hour (AQH), AQH Rating, Cume and Cume Rating.  They are presented so that ad buyers can evaluate the entire audio marketplace with the same set of metrics.  Publishers leverage the solution to monetize content on a local level.  Triton Digital COO Mike Agovino says, “We have been feeding Webcast Metrics Local data into the agency stewardship systems for several months now.  This greatly simplifies the process of quantifying audiences for agencies, allowing them to compare audio ad delivery across platforms.  Webcast Metrics Local is becoming the currency for digital audio advertising at the local level.  We anticipate the combination of MRC accreditation with Pandora and new publisher additions will further accelerate the growth of the digital audio ad marketplace.”

nielsen logoNielsen’s Cross-Platform Report: Smartphone Use Rising, AM/FM Use Decreasing.  The numbers are nothing astronomical with regard to the decline in use of AM/FM radio, but they show a trend.  According to the March 2014 Nielsen Cross-Platform Report, the hours of use per day for adults 18+ for AM/FM radio have dropped from 2:53 minutes to 2:46 minutes from the fourth quarter of 2011 through the fourth quarter of 2013.  At the same time, use of smartphones has risen from :48 minutes per day to 1:07 minutes per day over the same three-year period.  Again, this is not a dramatic change but it certainly shows that the use of smartphones continues to rise for adults and the use of the AM/FM radio is declining.  You can check out the report here.

edisonresearchAnd Speaking of Smartphones…The increase in usage of smartphones by Americans has risen to 61% (persons 12+), according to Edison Research and Triton Digital – the two companies presenting their “Infinite Dial 2014” webinar today at 2:00 pm ET.  Edison releases this little teaser in advance of today’s event indicating that in 2009 just 10% of Americans owned smartphones.  That number climbed to 44% in 2012 and has soared to 61% in 2014 and Edison estimates that means about 160 million people in raw numbers.

bonesbobbyTalent Shuffle at Clear Channel DC as Bobby Bones Takes Over Mornings on WMZQ.  The Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones country AM drive show is put in place at Clear Channel’s WMZQ beginning March 10.  Current morning host Boxer will move to the midday slot and co-host Aly Jacobs remains in AM drive to deliver local content including traffic and weather.  Moving from WMZQ middays to the company’s AC WASH is Jenni Chase who will serve as midday host there.  WMZQ program director Meg Stevens says, “No one is closer to the heartbeat of Nashville than Bobby Bones.  WMZQ listeners will enjoy waking up with the award-winning Bobby Bones show and his unique and entertaining insight on country music, and so much more!”

wrnw logoDave Adams Remains Program Director at CHR ‘RadioNow 97.3’ in Milwaukee.  That may sound like a strange headline but Adams tells RadioInfo that he originally was going to give up his programming role at WRNW in order to focus on programming oldies WRIT and “other national projects within” the company.  But now, Adams says the company wants him to stay PD at WRNW.  He comments, “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to continue growing the ‘Radio Now’ brand in Milwaukee and I’m truly excited about our potential moving forward!  I’d also like to thank Tony Coles, Kerry Wolfe and Jeff Tyler for their ongoing support and guidance.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Clear Channel’s CHR KJYO, Oklahoma City “KJ103,” Frito moves from evenings to afternoon drive and Brad B is upped to evening personality…..Steve Kostan joins CBS RADIO’s classic hits WOMC, Detroit for Saturday evenings.  Kostan was the night jock at Greater Media’s crosstown classic rocker WCSX for 18 years before being let go last September.

L&L logoL&L Moves Savannah Hot AC ‘Y100’ to 100.1 FM.  This is a move of L&L Broadcasting’s hot AC WXYY, Savannah-Hilton Head from its dial position at 107.9 (and name “Y107”) to the newly acquired WSSJ located at 100.1 FM.  The station changes its brand to “Y100.”  Tony Bristol is serving as program director/PM drive host and the station will still feature “The Bert Show” in mornings and Patty Steele in middays.  L&L VP and market manager Gigi South comments, “We are so excited to acquire WSSJ which enables us to serve even more of the Savannah community.  The switch is on.”  Bristol adds, “We’re very excited to continue to piece together our winning team that Savannah can be proud of and call their hometown radio station.”

langejim‘Radio Guy’ Jim Lange Remembered.  When Jim Lange passed away last week at age 81, he was remembered by most for his role as host of television’s “The Dating Game.”  But as RadioInfo managing editor and bureau chief Mike Kinosian writes, “Jim Lange was one of the finest ambassadors radio could ever hope to have.”  A few years back, Kinosian did a profile of Lange and learned more about his radio career – including why he always kept a radio job even during the heyday of “The Dating Game” and his other TV game shows.  He said that if the TV job failed, he always had radio.   Lange told him, “I noticed that all the game show hosts were radio guys.  They were hired because they could adlib.  There is no script on a game show. You have rules, but that is it.”  Read Mike Kinosian’s story about Jim Lange here.

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