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Journal 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 build 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.”
Patty 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. G 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!”
CBS 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.”
More 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.
L&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.”
Max 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 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.
iHeartRadio 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 Shakira. Target 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)
DOOBIE: 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.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (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.
Cumulus 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.”
Comrex 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.
Mark 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.
CBS 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.
L&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.
Greater 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.”
Media 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.
WBOS, 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.
Eastlan 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.
Cool 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 (email@example.com) immediately. Townsquare Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
HD 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.
Scott Shannon Lands at Classic Hits WCBS-FM, New York in AM Drive. What seems the most logical New York station for legendary air personality Scott Shannon turns out to be his next gig as he’ll begin wake-up duties at CBS RADIO’s classic hits WCBS-FM on Monday, March 3. In a press statement on the CBS New York website, the new lineup includes current morning man Dan Taylor in middays and Broadway Bill Lee in PM drive. It appears current midday host Ron Parker is the odd man out, though his status with the company is not mentioned in the press statement. CBS New York SVP and market manager Don Bouloukos says, “Not often does a legendary morning drive personality become available with the experience of waking up New Yorkers for more than 25 years. CBS-FM is a heritage station, and the perfect place for Hall Of Famer Scott Shannon. We are thrilled to welcome Scott and his award-winning personality to CBS-FM and the CBS RADIO family.” Program director Jim Ryan adds, “We’ve assembled an enormously talented team to help listeners start their day off right, with all the authenticity and character of a great local New York radio show. That theme continues throughout the day with an ensemble of proven personalities who are beloved by the audience. This is one of the strongest lineups in all of radio.” Joining Shannon on the morning show will be Mr. G providing weather reports and Joe Nolan with all the latest traffic information for morning commuters. Shannon left longtime crosstown home WPLJ several weeks ago where he co-hosted the morning show with Todd Pettengill who now is solo in AM drive on the Cumulus Media hot AC. Rumors in the market had Shannon also talking with Clear Channel about the open AM drive gig at news/talk WOR but Shannon is a DJ and a morning drive talk show just didn’t seem a realistic use of his talents.
Steven Meyers Heads Digital Strategy at Greater Media. This is a promotion for Steven Meyers who joined Greater Media Philadelphia in 2012 as digital manager. Now, in this new director of digital strategy role for all of Greater Media, he will be responsible for helping to grow Greater Media’s audiences and revenue by developing new digital platforms that deepen listener engagement while providing new opportunities to the company’s commercial partners. He comments, “Greater Media understands that ‘digital’ isn’t just a separate line of business, but a foundational component of our brand experiences and client value. I’m very excited to become a larger part of shaping that vision.” Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth adds, “We look forward to having Steve share his valuable knowledge and insight with our teams as we continue to grow and drive our company’s interactive efforts into the future.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. In the Savannah market, Tim Michaels is the new program director for L&L Broadcasting’s country WUBB-FM “BOB 106.9” and classic country WGCO-FM “98.3 Hank FM.” Michaels most recently was on air at Clear Channel’s WUBL, Atlanta “94.9 The Bull.”…..At Staradio’s country WXNU, Kankakee, Illinois “X Country 106.5,” Maggi Mayfield is named program director at the station. Mayfield most recently was on air and a production staffer at Saga Communications’ hot AC WLRW, Champaign, Illinois “Mix 94.5.”…..Kemp Broadcasting’s hip hop KVEG, Mesquite, Nevada (Las Vegas market) names Miggy Santos morning drive host. Santos will team with current midday jock Mia Amor and Lady G (Gabriela Loredon) moves from mornings to middays.
Michael Harrison Speaks at NRB 2014 in Nashville. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison (c) participated as a keynote speaker yesterday afternoon (2/24) at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) conference in Nashville in a general session focused on “Values in American Popular Media.” The presentation included an opening address by Harrison followed by a spirited panel discussion in which he was joined by DeVon Franklin, SVP of production, Columbia Tristar Pictures (l) and Russell Moore, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (r). Harrison used the platform as an opportunity to espouse his personal and professional philosophy that the combination of vigilant community service and high ethical standards equate to good and successful business strategy in the media industries – especially radio. Harrison told the conference, “Radio of all formats – not just Christian specifically – should never miss an opportunity to be a hero and serve the true needs of humanity within its local, national and even global market reach. Why wait for a hurricane or natural disaster to suddenly go into emergency mode? Why limit our potential to just being the ‘Sterno’ of media? Day-to-day life provides a nonstop series of emergencies, pain, fear, sorrow and loss on a very human scale that we have the power to calm and alleviate in addition to providing our regular menus of music and talk entertainment, information and discussion. If we do this with sincerity and authenticity on a consistent level, the communities we serve will amply reward us with both ratings and financial support and the self-fulfilling prophecy about radio being a dying medium will be forestalled for decades to come.” Harrison warned the crowd that “Christian and religious broadcasting has a head start on fulfilling this role because it is woven into the basic fabric of its service – however, in its passion and zeal to compete in the same marketplace of ideas and commerce co-occupied by secular media, it should be careful not to fall into the trap of stifling the First Amendment rights of dissenting voices and lifestyles nor succumb to the present-day widespread practice to seeking victory at the expense of truth for commercial and political advantage.”
Clear Channel Enters into Collaborative Relationship with BandPage. In an effort to better serve music fans at the station level and via iHeartRadio, Clear Channel is working with BandPage “to bring digital artist-curated content and tour information to radio fans across the U.S.” BandPage is described in a statement as “the platform more than 500,000 musicians use as a central online profile to reach, engage and monetize millions of fans.” CCM+E says that the relationship will kick in in the second quarter of 2014 with BandPage powering artist profile content, including bios, photos, tour dates with quick links to buy tickets and more, throughout iHeartRadio and CC’s O&O stations. BandPage CEO J Sider says, “Radio has been a cornerstone of the modern music business for nearly a century and, understandably, musicians have been looking for a way to connect directly to radio fans in the digital era. Partnering with Clear Channel to provide artist-curated content and offers to iHeartRadio and Clear Channel’s radio station websites represents an incredibly powerful way to help artists grow their fan bases, drive additional revenues and, ultimately, build their careers.”
Edison Research to Present ‘Infinite Dial 2014’ Next Week. In a teaser for the free webinar from Edison Research and new partner Triton Digital, the companies report that data from this year’s study shows “31% of Americans 12+ report using the internet radio service Pandora on a monthly basis, up from 27% one year ago. iHeartRadio is used by 9% monthly, while iTunes Radio, which debuted in 2013, comes in third with 8% monthly usage, followed by 6% using Spotify.” The webinar takes place Wednesday, March 5 at 2:00 pm ET. Edison says this is the 22nd study in “The Infinite Dial” series, one of the longest-running research series covering consumer use of media, technology and digital platforms. The webinar will be co-presented by Edison Research VP of strategy Tom Webster, and Triton Digital COO Mike Agovino. Topics covered will include: An update on Internet Audio usage, including new data on iTunes Radio, Beats Music, and other services; recent growth in podcasting; the growth in smartphone ownership, and how it has changed consumer behavior; updates on social media usage for services including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest and more; and the connected car, and in-car usage of digital media.
Greater Media Personalities Spreading Out Through App Platform. The Google Newsstand and Currents platforms are where seven of Greater Media’s radio personalities are making their content available. The company says WROR, Boston morning hosts Loren & Wally, WRIF, Detroit morning show Dave & Chuck The Freak, WBQT, Boston “Hot 96.9” midday personality Melissa and WLNK, Charlotte morning show Bob & Sheri are joining the likes of Forbes, The Huffington Post, Popular Science and TMZ as publishers featured on the Google Newsstand and Currents platforms. Fans of theses popular radio shows can now access a variety of audio, video and written word content on their iPad, iPhone via the Currents app or Android devices via the Google Newsstand app. Greater Media VP of program development Buzz Knight says, “It’s exciting to see Greater Media offer listeners a new way to access content from our talented shows on phone and tablets. We love being available to our audience wherever they want to find us.”
NAB Crystal Award Finalists Announced. The 50 finalists for the 2014 Crystal Awards have been announced and that list can be found here. The National Association of Broadcasters states that since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced and the finalists will be honored at the NAB Radio Luncheon. The Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 8 during the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas. During the luncheon, Yahoo tech columnist David Pogue will present a keynote address and popular national radio personality, television host and best-selling author Steve Harvey will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Cumulus ‘Classic Hits 103.3’ in Baton Rouge Presents ‘Mardi Gras on North Street.’ This Saturday, March 1, Cumulus Media’s Baton Rouge classic hits outlet WRQQ is presenting “Mardi Gras on North Street,” a free music experience to entertain Spanish Town Parade patrons featuring live entertainment by The Bucket List Trio prior to the parade and a mix of the best in classic hits during the parade hosted by WRQQ’s own Jeff Johnson. Cumulus regional vice president and market manager Greg Benefield says, “Mardi Gras on North Street is an event for the city, it’s an opportunity to for us to thank our listeners for their continued support and a chance to meet new friends while enjoying one of the most anticipated parades of the season.”
Journal Tucson Music Stations Partner for ‘Women’s Spa and Wellness Showcase.’ Two of Journal Broadcast Group’s Tucson radio stations – AC KMXZ “94.9 MIXfm’ and rhythmic oldies KTGV “106.3 The Groove” – are partnering with the company’s local television properties KGUN-TV and “The CW Tucson” to present the “Women’s Spa and Wellness Showcase” on Saturday, March 1 at The Courtyard of La Encantada in Tucson. The semi-annual event focuses on bringing attention to women’s total well-being and will be a day to enjoy beauty and health displays, demonstrations and information about massage therapy, nutrition, fitness, skincare and more.
Industry Pro Bill McElveen Leads L&L Southern Region. Radio management pro Bill McElveen is named EVP of the Southern Region for Larry Wilson’s Portland, Oregon-based L&L Broadcasting. In this new position, McElveen will oversee markets including Biloxi/Gulfport, Mississippi; Bluefield, West Virginia; Columbia, South Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and Savannah, Georgia/Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. McElveen has been serving with L&L for the past five months as interim market manager of the company’s Columbia, SC station group. He has served in executive positions with several broadcasting companies during his career including as a regional president for Citadel Broadcasting; executive vice president of Bloomington Broadcasting; and president & CEO of Audubon Broadcasting Company. Larry Wilson comments, “We’ve known Bill McElveen for many years as a great partner in the old Citadel, his amazing work with the NAB, his work with the South Carolina Broadcasters and now as co-chairman of NABPAC. We couldn’t be happier having him join us to super-serve our great people doing great radio in these five markets. McElveen adds, “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to work again with two of broadcasting’s best, Larry Wilson and [L&L president] Bob Proffitt. The company they are building represents everything great about live and local radio and I look forward to helping them every way I can as L&L continues to grow.”
Clear Channel Promotes Rob Anthony in New England. Programmer Rob Anthony is named to the operations manager and program director position at Clear Channel’s Providence cluster that includes rock WHJY, news/talk WHJJ, classic hits WWBB “B101,” and hot AC WSNE “93.3 The Coast.” Anthony has been serving as regional programming manager for New England based out of the company’s Springfield, Massachusetts cluster. He will retain that title which has him overseeing programming at the Springfield, Worcester, and Manchester and Portsmouth, New Hampshire station groups. Anthony says, “I can’t even begin to express my excitement for the opportunity to work with such heritage brands as ‘Coast 93.3,’ ‘B 101,’ ‘NewsRadio 920’ and the mighty ‘94 HJY.’ This is truly an honor, and I can’t wait to get to work. Thank you to Clear Channel’s programming team and [market president] Rhonda Lapham for all their continued support and guidance.”
Cumulus Posts Positive Q4 2013 Revenue News; Dickey Pleased with ‘Core Performance.’ The fourth quarter of 2013 and the year as a whole were seen in a positive light by Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey during yesterday’s investor conference call. Dickey noted at the outset that he was happy that the company was able to meet and, in some aspects, exceed its guidance through “core performance without any impact of” mergers and acquisitions. He also says the company achieved its goals despite 2012 political comps of over $20 million. The company reports Q4 net revenue up 4.5% over the same period in 2013. For the year of 2013, Cumulus net revenue rose 2.4%. Dickey spent a lot of time addressing the “NASH” initiative. He wouldn’t go into any detail about the plans for the video aspect of the “NASH” multi-media initiative, but he reiterated the goal of expanding beyond the current 21 “NASH”-formatted country stations to about 50 by year’s end and some 100 stations by the end of 2015. Dickey also gave insight into his philosophy about the value of Rdio and digital content consumption. “With this exclusive tie-up with Rdio, we now have an important total in the widening digital audio space and a way to participate in the rapidly growing consumer segment for our on-demand music, especially as the model for on-demand music inexorably shifts from ownership to access of content. In other words, the value proposition of the subscription model is superior to the retailing or ownership model when it comes to content of video and audio by the way. Unlimited content that is accessible on virtually any device or platform for one low price. Now something that we believe is not widely understood is the digital technology is now enabling the roughly one-third of audio consumption outside of local broadcast radio listening to now be measured and monitored. For decades, people have always bought music and made their own custom playlist. This hasn’t changed. This audio consumption by consumers however was never measured and now transforms and takes the form of digital audio streaming rather than listening to records, tapes or CDs, it can now be measured and even monetized through the sale of advertising. This is why we say the audio spaces widening and total audio consumption is actually increasing because technology makes it more readily accessible.” Thanks to Seeking Alpha for the transcript. Members can read the whole call here.
FCC to Rework Internet Regulation Rules; Republican Commissioners Question Move. FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler has announced the Commission will revisit the “net neutrality” issue by “proposing rules that will meet the court’s test for preventing improper blocking of and discrimination among internet traffic, ensuring genuine transparency in how internet service providers manage traffic, and enhancing competition. Preserving the internet as an open platform for innovation and expression while providing certainty and predictability in the marketplace is an important responsibility of this agency.” Wheeler states that the recent D.C. Circuit Court ruling affirms Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 giving “the FCC authority to encourage broadband deployment by, among other things, removing barriers to infrastructure deployment, encouraging innovation, and promoting competition. The court recognized the importance of ensuring that so-called ‘edge providers,’ those that use the network to deliver goods and services, can reach people who use the internet.” Republican Commissioner Mike O’Reilly disagrees, saying, “I am deeply concerned by the announcement that the FCC will begin considering new ways to regulate the internet. As I have said before, my view is that section 706 does not provide any affirmative regulatory authority. We should all fear that this provision ultimately may be used not just to regulate broadband providers, but eventually edge providers.” At the same time, Commissioner Ajit Pai adds, “When Congress told us to encourage broadband deployment by removing barriers to infrastructure investment, it also established the policy of the United States to ‘preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet . . . unfettered by Federal or State regulation.’ Whatever the Commission does as it moves forward, it must take that statutory command to heart. The internet was free and open before the FCC adopted net neutrality rules. It remains free and open today. Net neutrality has always been a solution in search of a problem.”
LDR Interactive Launches TopicPulse; Partners with TTWN for Sales. Interactive broadcast technology firm LDR Interactive announces the launch of an upgraded version of its TopicPulse, what it calls “a real-time social media monitoring system for newsrooms and content producers.” LDR Interactive explains: “TopicPulse scans social media including Twitter and Facebook, local message boards, comment boards, and news sources to track trending topics in a local market. In addition to tracking local and national topics, producers can also access trending video and images. The system then produces a user-friendly, real-time report that newsrooms can use to drive local, regional, and national content.” LDR CEO Daniel Anstandig states, “TopicPulse was inspired by feedback from the world’s leading broadcasters, who said they were in critical need of a better way to track and monitor social media to produce news content. With those needs in mind, we built and optimized TopicPulse for broadcast and digital newsrooms and released the system on beta to LDR’s media partners in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen tremendous momentum and positive results from media companies in all market sizes.” In addition to tracking trends, TopicPulse identifies which primary demo (gender and age group) is most inclined to engage with the topic on social media. Newsrooms also have access to a “glance” screen with trending topics for the brand’s target audience, which can be utilized as a “heads up display” of the market. A Tweet Map feature showcases the market’s most popular tweets and hashtags on a local map, enabling producers to create hyper-local content based on up-to-the-minute social trends. LDR Interactive is partnering with Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) as the TopicPulse national sales partner. The TTWN sales team will serve as the major force behind local market integration of the platform in newsrooms across the U.S.
More Stations Join Envision Country Network. Two country stations owned by Whiplash Community Radio are re-branding from the Cat Country Network of stations to Kroeger Media‘s HANK FM, syndicated by Envision Networks. Four more stations in the network will follow this year. Stations making the switch now include KTTE, Springfield, Colorado and KXCT, Goodland, Kansas. Later this year, stations in Limon, Colorado; Kimball, Nebraska; Humboldt, Nebraska; and Liberal, Kansas will “Crank it to Hank!” Whiplash Community Radio president Chris Lash states, “Howard Kroeger thinks out of the box, and we’ve clicked. I think the HANK FM brand means country music like no other brand out there. I’m thrilled to be working with him on this and other future projects.” All the stations will be programmed locally and feature the Alan Kabel morning show and the recent addition of the newly syndicated “Country Legend Nights with Tina Thompson,” created by Lash. The stations will all share one website: www.hankfm.org. The HANK FM format is already established in Linden, Tennessee with Lash and his partners through Last of a Dying Breed Broadcasting.
January PPM Data – Part Two. The second round of data from Nielsen Audio‘s January 2014 PPM ratings is out for markets including Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. All the numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways.” Notwithstanding that you can probably guess it in each instance, but to avoid redundancy, stations that played all-Christmas music during the December and “Holiday” sweeps are noted by an asterisk (*).
- Washington, DC – With a +1.7, Hubbard news facility WTOP segues from second to first, overtaking Clear Channel adult contemporary WASH,* which erodes by six full shares (10.6 – 4.6) to fall to sixth. American University-owned WAMU puts an end to its three straight negative trends (8.6 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 6.2, October – “Holiday,” 6+) by improving +1.4 to 7.6 (#2). After 14 successive monthly reports where it registered a 6+-stat between 5.2 – 5.9, Howard University urban AC WHUR (#5 to #4) gains +1.2 to 6.4. Picking up one full-share (3.3 – 4.3), Cumulus talker WMAL progresses from ninth to seventh. Just after contemporary Christian WGTS added one full-share (3.1 – 4.1) to advance from #13 in December to #7 in “Holiday,” it is down by -1.1 (4.1 – 3.0, #12).
- Boston – Following three consecutive 6.8 (6+) showings (November-December-”Holiday”), Clear Channel CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss” posts a one-half share gain (7.3) to nab the top spot from WMJX* (11.8 – 6.3, -5.5). The Greater Media adult contemporary dips to a second-place tie with country cluster-mate WKLB (4.9 – 6.3 +1.4). FM sports outlets pick up nearly a full-share as CBS Radio‘s WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” improves by four-tenths (5.2 – 5.6, #5), while Entercom‘s WEEI-FM adds one-half share (2.9 – 3.4, #14).
- Detroit – Among all stations of the 24 PPM markets in which Nielsen Audio has released data thus far, three have made “Holiday” – January gains of at least two full shares. Two were in markets whose January stats were released Monday – talk WXKW, Middlesex (+2.4) and news KYW, Philadelphia (+2.0). Joining the list is CBS Radio all-news WWJ (+2.0), which vaults from a third-place tie to first (6.4 – 8.4). This is WWJ’s finest 6+-number since April (8.5). It unseats Clear Channel adult contemporary WNIC,* which loses 59% of its “Holiday” share (13.4 – 5.5, -7.9) and slides to sixth. CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOMC* notches a +1.6 (6.9, #2) and Cumulus talker WJR is +1.2 (5.7, #5).
- Seattle – The “Emerald City’ has a game of “crazy eights” happening. Improving by eight-tenths are Hubbard CHR KQMV, ironically moving from a three-way tie at #4 to a three-way tie at #1 (5.2); public KUOW (5.1, #7 to #4 – just one-tenth from #1); Clear Channel classic hits KJR-FM (4.0, #11 to #9); and its sports sibling KJR-AM (3.0, #22 to #18). Even though Hubbard adult contemporary KRWM* declines by 62% (6+) “Holiday” to January (13.8 – 5.2, -8.6), it remains at #1 – albeit at a three-way tie there. Crista Ministries contemporary Christian KCMS* is off by -1.6 (5.7 – 4.1), dropping from second to eighth. Starting at ranker #11 (Bonneville sports KIRO-AM, 3.4), nine stations are separated by one-half share. In fact – just 2.6 shares separate the #1 station(s) from #20 (Sinclair news KOMO, 2.6).
- Phoenix – Results of the “Holiday” report indicated that the gap between Clear Channel adult contemporary KESZ* and CHR sibling KZZP “Kiss-FM” (then ranked third) was a whopping 10.7 shares. To say it has narrowed would be quite the understatement as Kiss-FM” (+1.2, 5.5) advances to #2 while KESZ plummets 8.7 shares (15.0 – 6.3) but remains #1; thus the margin between the cluster-mates is now eight-tenths. Hot AC takes some KESZ numbers with yet another Clear Channel station – KMXP “Mix” – improving nine-tenths (4.0 – 4.9, #6 to #4) and Trumper‘s newly-formed hot AC combo KMVA & KEXX up eight-tenths (3.0 – 3.8, #11). Conversely, sports is down in the market and presents the end to one of the oddest streaks we have witnessed. For 29 consecutive surveys, Bonneville sports KTAR-AM posted a 6+ share between 2.0 – 2.9, but with a -.8, it falls to 1.3. Co-owned KPKX went through the “Holiday” ratings period as adult hits “The Peak,” but became KMVP-FM “Arizona Sports” five days after the “Holiday” survey concluded. Its debut performance is 2.7 – 1.2 (-1.5); KTAR-AM and KMVP rank #24 and #25, respectively.
- Minneapolis – Out of the top spot (and runner-up) for the “Holiday” survey period, Clear Channel CHR KDWB “All The Hits” (9.2 – 9.4) returns, displacing classic hits sibling KQQL* (13.8 – 6.5, -7.3, #4). Their country cluster-mate KEEY “K-102″ (#7 to #5) rebounds from a -1.7 to a +1.2 (7.0 – 5.3 – 6.4, 6+), while CBS Radio format challenger KMNB (#6 to #9) regresses by one-half share (5.7 – 5.2). In addition to “K-102,” other Twin Cities outlets making notable survey-to-survey gains are Clear Channel adult alternative KTCZ “Cities 97″ (+1.1 to 5.2, #11 to #9); CBS Radio adult hits KZJK “Jack FM” (+1.0 to 6.3, #7 to #6); and CBS Radio talker WCCO (+1.0 to 4.5, steady at #12).
- Tampa – This marks the fifth successive survey period (and seven of the last eight) that Cox Media Group adult contemporary facilities WDUV* (14.1 – 10.0, -4.1) and WWRM “Magic” (6.5 – 7.6, +1.1) rank first and second, respectively. After a -1.5 (December – “Holiday”), Clear Channel country outlet WFUS “US 103.5″ (#7 to #3) progresses by +1.2 (4.9 – 6.1), while CBS Radio-owned WQYK “Tampa Bay’s Country Station” (steady at #12) tacks on one-half share (3.7 – 4.2).
- Denver – Entercom hot AC KALC “Alice 105.9″ (4.7 – 5.6, +.9) catches its adult contemporary sibling KOSI* (11.3 – 5.6, -5.7) at #1. Not only is this the first time “Alice” has reached the top spot, 5.6 is its best-ever PPM share (6+). Following a seven-tenths decline (3.3 – 2.6, #17), EMF contemporary Christian KLDV adds nine-tenths to 3.5 and is in a four-way tie at #14. Lincoln Financial Media sports KKFN “The Fan” is a robust +1.1 (2.1 – 3.2) to advance from #21 to #18.
- Baltimore – As a result of a +.6 to 7.6, Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q” progresses from second to first, ousting CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF* (11.9 – 4.9, -7.0), which drops to fifth. After six straight months at #1, WPOC fell to fourth in the “Holiday” report. The Clear Channel country station’s (6+) October – “Holiday” trend was 9.5 – 9.2 – 7.7 – 5.6 for a combined -3.9; however, that changes with an impressive +1.5 to 7.1 (#2). CBS Radio-owned sports WJZ-FM notches a +1.3 (4.5 – 5.8) progressing from sixth to third.
- St. Louis – Ranked third in the “Holiday” report, CBS Radio heritage talker KMOX is up a whopping +1.7 (5.8 – 7.5) and succeeds adult contemporary cluster-mate KEZK* (11.5 – 5.8, -5.7, #4) at #1. The market’s country outlets have a strong January as Hubbard‘s WIL is +1.3 to 6.8 (#4 to #2) and Clear Channel‘s KSD is +1.4 to 5.5 (#12 to #7). After trending 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 4.1 (October – “Holiday”), Gateway Creative contemporary Christian KLJY “Joy-FM” records a +1.1 (5.2) and vaults from #12 to #8. Meanwhile, Clear Channel classic hits-oldies KLOU* tumbles from second to eleventh (7.4 – 5.0, -2.4).
Dave Herman Indicted on Child Sex Charges. Former WNEW-FM, New York personality and New York market rock radio legend Dave Herman was indicted by a federal grand jury in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday (2/18) on one charge of attempting to transport a minor to engage in sexual activity. The charge stems from a sting operation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in which Herman allegedly believed he was communicating with the mother of a 7-year-old girl in the Virgin Islands when he suggested the trio meet for the purpose of him having sex with the girl. The “mother” was an undercover agent. The 78-year-old former jock was arrested in late October at St. Croix Airport during a trip to meet the “mother.”
The Jacksons Visit Beasley Las Vegas. Ahead of this weekend’s opening of the group’s run at the new RockTells and Cocktails at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, The Jacksons stopped by Beasley Broadcasting’s rhythmic oldies KOAS “Old School 105.7” to visit with music director and afternoon host Connie Breeze. She tells RadioInfo, “Monday, while all of the radio stations in town were closed for President’s Day, I scooped them on the first interview in town with The Jacksons! They are in residence for 480 shows at Planet Hollywood. ‘Old School 105.7’ listeners will have the chance to win a V.I.P. package which includes tickets to the show, dinner for two and a meet & greet with The Jacksons. Breeze (second from right) is pictured here with (from l-r) Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson.
Ryan Seacrest to Participate in Experimental Theatre Reading in New York. Radio and television star Ryan Seacrest will play himself as part of the RAW Reading series at Theatre Now New York on Sunday, March 9, 2014. The reading will be of “Topeka is Turning or The Ryan Seacrest Play” by Stephen Bishop Seely. This new comedy is the story of two friends who get into quite a predicament after an “American Idol” audition that goes terribly wrong in Topeka, Kansas. The show is about enduring friendships, challenging circumstances, and a comedic repartee back and forth. The question remains at the end: Does Ryan Seacrest survive this ride from hell? Scripts presented at the RAW Readings series can be at any point in the developmental process. It is a chance for both Theatre Now and the audience to hear new works presented in a spontaneous and unplanned way. Participation by the audience is an integral part of the process, which serves as an important step in the evolution of new plays or musicals. The raw readings also allow Theatre Now to assess whether or not they wish to move forward in the development of a particular play or musical.
Cool Job Opportunity. Midday Personality/Social Media Expert Wanted. 99-7 DJX, the heritage top 40 in Louisville, Kentucky, is in search of our next great talent. YOU: live the CHR lifestyle on air, online, and on-site, understand the importance of social media, and create content big enough to get people talking.
- Be obsessed with current music, pop culture, and social networking
- Selector experience a plus
- Strong and innovative website/internet creativity is a must.
- Should have an outgoing personality
- The ability to connect with listeners and clients at appearances and sponsored events
- An overall positive winning attitude
Experience with the CHR format preferred. Send resume and aircheck (mp3/under 3 minutes please), social media links and anything else that sells YOU to firstname.lastname@example.org – No phone calls please. Mainline Broadcasting is an EOE.
Former FCC Chair Richard Wiley to Receive BFoA’s Lowry Mays Award. The Broadcasters Foundation of America announces that Richard E. Wiley, chairman of Wiley Rein LLP and a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will receive the 2014 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award to be presented during The Broadcasters Foundation of America Breakfast on Wednesday, April 9, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas during the NAB Show. Wiley heads the 80-attorney communications practice. He served as chairman of the FCC from 1974 to 1977. Wiley played a pivotal role in the development of HDTV in this country, serving for nine years as chairman of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service from 1987 to 1995. He represents a number of major communications-oriented organizations, including Verizon, AT&T, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Motorola, CBS, Belo, Gannett, Sirius/XM, Emmis, Gray Television, and LG. Wiley has been recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington’s 30 “Superstar” lawyers for his role as “the unofficial sixth commissioner” of the FCC (2011) and consistently listed as one of Washington’s “Best Lawyers” and “Top Lawyers” in the magazine. He was named the “most prominent telecommunications lawyer and lobbyist in Washington” by Broadcasting & Cable in 2005, and he was honored with the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award in 2002.
Teen Radio Host Wins Student Category Gracie. The Alliance for Women in Media announces the winners of the 2014 Gracie Awards in the local, online, student and public categories and 16-year-old Florida radio talk host Pavlina Osta wins in the student category Outstanding Anchor – News or News Magazine for her “Pavlina’s Kidz Place Radio Show.” The Port Orange, Florida resident has been hosting a kids-targeted radio program since she was 11 and boasts an impressive list of celebrity interviews including: Katie Couric, Ed Sheeran, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sick Puppies, A Great Big World, and Steve Forbes, to name just a few. Now she can add Gracie Award winner to her resume!
CBS Reports Radio Segment Down 4% in Q4 2013; Company Up 6%. While CBS Corporation CEO, president and director Les Moonves spoke glowingly about the performance of CBS Corporation as a whole during yesterday’s Q4 conference call, the radio segment was not part of the celebration and loss of political advertising was given the lion’s share of the blame. The company’s report indicates that after taking political out of the picture, CBS RADIO was flat compared to the same quarter in 2012. Moonves was upbeat about the radio division saying, “In radio, we continue to put an emphasis on great, local programming, which is leading to bigger audiences. During the most recent ratings period, we had double-digit ranking gains in the highly coveted 25- to 54-year-old demo in many of our major markets, and non-traditional revenue from special events was up double digits over one year ago. Our strategy to combine the company’s local TV and radio websites into a single online presence in every market also continues to pay off. In 2013, revenue was up 21% over the year before, and the momentum is continuing here in ’14, including a new record of nearly 57 million unique users in January. I’m also very pleased with the success of our CBS Interactive business. Revenue was up 14% during the quarter, and we continue to see very rapid growth in mobile ad revenue, which was up 118%, and it helped to increase profit substantially.” Thanks to Seeking Alpha for the transcript. Members can read the whole conference call here.
Nielsen Q4 Revenue Up 11.8%; Rises 5.5% for 2013. Media ratings giant Nielsen Holdings N.V. issues its fourth quarter 2013 and full-year financial reports and states that Q4 revenue was $1.6 billion, an increase of 11.8% over the same period in 2012. For the full year of 2013, the company says its revenue was $5.7 billion, a jump of 5.5% over the full year of 2012. The company reports its free cash flow for 2013 increased 34.5% to $573 million from $426 million in 2012 while cash flow from operations increased 14.9% to $901 million in 2013 from $784 million in 2012. The result is the adjusted net income per share on a diluted basis for 2013 was $2.02, up 19.5% compared to $1.69 in the full year 2012. Nielsen acquired radio ratings firm Arbitron during 2013 and the move paid off. The Arbitron business helped add 9.3% to Nielsen’s Q4 revenue and 2.5% to its 2013 revenue.
Clear Channel Renews Promotional Deal with Relativity. In a statement, Clear Channel says that the renewed cross-media marketing collaboration between it and media company Relativity will include one-of-a-kind campaigns promoting upcoming movies on the part of Clear Channel while Relativity will provide exclusive content created by its filmmakers and talent that will be shared with listeners and viewers through various Clear Channel platforms. “The programs will also include organic promotional support from popular radio personalities such as Ryan Seacrest, Elvis Duran, Dan Patrick and Steve Harvey; naturally integrated film imaging across local stations and iHeartRadio’s national digital and mobile ad units; homepage website takeovers; and national and local on-air commercial inventory.” Clear Channel says previous successful collaborations between the companies included campaigns for the films “Limitless,” “Immortals,” “Act of Valor,” “Safe Haven” and “Free Birds.”
Savannah’s WXYY Names Bristol PD. Former Cumulus Providence operations manager Tony Bristol is appointed program director of L&L Broadcasting, Savannah hot AC WXYY “Y-107.9.” L&L Broadcasting Savannah-Hilton Head vice president and market manager Gigi South remarks, “Tony is a legendary programmer of female formats and we are honored to have him join our growing team of programming pros in Savannah. He is the perfect fit for Savannah’s ‘Y-107.9.” Director of programming Scott Mahalick comments, “Tony is a phenomenal talent and program director. His knowledge and dynamic energy will rock the Savannah market.” In thanking L&L Broadcasting chief executive officer Bob Proffitt, South, Mahalick, and operations manager Gabe Reynolds, Bristol notes that he is happy, “for the opportunity to get back in the game in beautiful Savannah. Live and local radio truly exists. I am honored and excited to be a part of their vision and grateful for their confidence in my contribution to grow their brands.” In addition to his Providence OM duties, Bristol programmed Cumulus CHR WPRO-FM and adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105.” He previously was music director at Hartford hot AC WTIC-FM; Citadel‘s CHR format captain; and he programmed CHR WKCI, New Haven and hot AC WDAQ, Danbury, Connecticut.
Stella Prado Kuipers Lands at Salem Los Angeles. The successful, former KOST, Los Angeles program director joins Salem Communications to serve in the sales department working on multi-media marketing for Christian talk KKLA, Los Angeles. Stella Prado Kuipers made her announcement on her Facebook page where she wrote: “A new chapter in my life has begun and I’m proud to announce as of March 3rd I am an employee of Salem Communications Radio Broadcasting company! My position is multi-media marketing and I am thrilled to be a part of this company! I’m sooooo excited!” Kuipers had been with Clear Channel’s AC KOST for 20 years – eight as program director – before she was let go in December of 2012.
Seigler to Manage Brazos Valley Communications’ Bryan-College Station, Texas Cluster. After serving as sales manager for the cluster since 2012 (he joined the company in 2004) John Seigler is promoted to general manager for the group that includes country KORA, oldies KAPN, hip hop KBXT “101.9 The Beat,” rock KJXJ, and regional Mexican KTAM-AM. Brazos Valley Communications general partner Tommy Vascocu states, “We’re extremely pleased to have John Seigler heading our Bryan-College Station radio group. John’s done outstanding work in building strong relationships with community leaders and business owners in the Brazos Valley. He’s a very talented individual with extensive experience in developing, leading and executing creative, problem-solving solutions for our customers and community partners on behalf of these radio stations. John’s been a valuable contributing member of the Bryan-College Station community for many years. We’re excited for him to lead our talented group of radio professionals.”
Scott Shannon Tells NY Daily News He’ll Be Back on Radio. According to a report by David Hinckley of the New York Daily News, Scott Shannon told him – from a golf course in Florida – that he’s planning to be back on the radio in some form “in a couple of weeks.” The former, longtime WPLJ, New York morning star who left the station last week, tells the paper, “It’s not an option that I will leave radio. I retired from WPLJ, not from radio. I love radio. I love doing a morning show. I love getting to know the listeners.” He says, “I’d be open to satellite radio. I like the idea of talking to people all across the country.” He also tells Hinckley he’s “optimistic” Cumulus will continue to syndicate his True Oldies Channel.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. With the announcement by Emmis that Deon Levingston would manage its soon-to-be three urban stations in New York as it acquires urban AC WBLS and gospel WLIB from YFM Media, current hip hop WQHT “Hot 97” general manager Alex Cameron will exit the Emmis New York offices…..Legendary air personality Pat St. John – currently heard on classic hits WCBS-FM, New York on weekends and on SiriusXM during the week – announces that he’s the new weekday afternoon host on SiriusXM’s “60s on 6” channel. He can be heard from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET…..Marty McFly – until recently both PD and morning host at Cumulus Media’s country WKDF, Nashville – slides across the hall to serve as morning host at co-owned country WSM-FM where he takes over for exiting Rick Marino. Cumulus added Blair Garner’s “America’s Morning Show” to the lineup at WKDF as part of the national rollout of the show…..At Digity-owned hot AC WHBC, Canton, Ohio, morning show cast member and interactive specialist Matt Fantone exits the company with the elimination of his position…..John Gordnier, local AE for Colonial Media & Entertainment’s classic hits WXMT, Smethport, Pennsylvania “The Mountain,” has successfully met the requirements to earn the designation of Radio Marketing Professional (RMP) as certified by the Radio Advertising Bureau. The RMP designation is the first step in a comprehensive, multi-level training and certification program developed and administered by the Radio Advertising Bureau.
NAB to Feature RAB Sales and Marketing Sessions. The Radio Advertising Bureau will present five revenue- and growth-oriented presentations at this year’s NAB Show. RAB president and chief executive officer Erica Farber explains that, “The RAB is in the business of helping sellers on the street close deals and help drive revenue for the radio industry. These sessions will drive home key lessons and tools of the trade. NAB Show attendees will find these sessions invaluable to their future success in the broadcast business.” Specifically, the Radio Advertising Bureau’s focus will be “Lunch and Learn – A Discussion on Radio’s Four Significant Issues;” “Concentrating on Core Radio Revenues;” “Creative Radio Commercial Production and Imaging;” and “Rapid-Fire Revenue Generators for Small and Medium Market Radio.” The NAB Show will be held April 5 – 10 in Las Vegas.
WDVI-FM and WHAM in Rochester Hold Radiothon to Benefit Children’s Hospital. Today and tomorrow Clear Channel Rochester stations hot AC WDVI “100.5 The Drive” and news/talk WHAM are broadcasting the annual “Drive For Miracles Radiothon” to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital live from the lobby of Strong Hospital. Throughout the event, on-air personalities from each station will talk with current and former patients, their families, and the hard-working hospital staff that “creates miracles” every day. Personalities including WHAM’s Chet Walker, Bob Lonsberry, Shari Smith, Joe Lomonaco, and Bob Matthews and WDVI’s Bill Moran, Julie, JP, and “The Mayor” Pete Kennedy will broadcast from the hospital.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (2/3) includes such names as Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kylie Minogue, Pharrell Williams, Austin Mahone, Pitbull, Beth Spangler, Chris Henderson, Scott & Brendo, N.A.S.A., Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Khurt, Emily Underhill, Sebastian Carter, Blink 182, PRFFTT & Svyable, Ozomatli, Dave Stewart, Blood Orange, Prince, Samantha Urbani, Sam Roberts Band, Ben Kweller, The Sheepdogs, Courtney Barnett, The Strypes, The Handsome Family, Whiskey Myers, Amy Ray, The Indigo Girls, Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons, Natalie Stovall and The Drive among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Cumulus Media Announces 11 New ‘NASH FM’ Stations. The following stations are Cumulus O&Os already airing country formats but this week they are being rebranded “NASH FM” and are part of the company’s plan to eventually have some 60 of its country-formatted stations carrying the ‘NASH’ name. Beginning today, stations adopting the “NASH FM” name include: WKDF, Nashville; KRMD, Shreveport; WIWF, Charleston, South Carolina; WKOR, Columbus-Starkville, Mississippi; WXTA, Erie; WFBE, Flint; WYZB, Fort Walton, Florida; WTNR, Grand Rapids; WZCY, Harrisburg; WXBM, Pensacola. On Wednesday, WPSK, Blacksburg, Virginia will assume the “NASH” name.
Bones to Stay in Radio. Well, that was anti-climactic! After tweeting that he would take the weekend to consider his radio future and would make an announcement today (2/3) at 12:00 noon on home base WSIX, Nashville, Premiere Networks nationally syndicated country morning host Bobby Bones posted a video on his YouTube channel on Friday afternoon shot at a hotel room in Los Angeles in which he says he’s going to “stay on the radio and stay with iHeartRadio and Clear Channel.” He says the consideration of a TV gig was not a publicity stunt and that the other offer was “really good but would have taken me off the air. I love being on the air and iHeartRadio has so much awesome stuff coming up that we haven’t even spoken about yet.” Bones did not talk about the specifics of the offer but would simply confirm it was a television deal.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The syndicated “Breakfast Club” program featuring Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy is added to Clear Channel’s rhythmic CHR KUBE, Seattle for morning drive. Seattle personality DJ SupaSam will provide local content throughout the show…..Bryan Slater moves from afternoons to mornings alongside co-host Megan Duley at Gamma Broadcasting’s hot AC WBEC-FM, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Slater takes over for Rob Poulin…..At Sea-Comm’s country simulcast WNTB, Topsail, North Carolina and WLTT-AM, Carolina Beach “The Dude,” Linda Wylde is named co-host of the morning show with Jim Whitmeyer.
To Get Listeners to Your Website, Don’t Threaten to Bore Them! Digital media consultant and RadioInfo columnist Chris Miller wonders why we tend to turn the marketing part of our brains off when we go “online.” We can write good, tempting ad copy for radio but all we’ve learned goes out the window when it comes to our websites. Miller says that one of the worst ways to get someone to your website is to offer them “all of the details” when they get there. Not very tempting is it? More details. Instead, put your marketing skills to work in the same way you would with a spot. “A good commercial will do a better job getting business through a client’s front door than a bad commercial will. It’s the exact same thing getting people to go from your broadcast to one of your digital platforms…or move from one digital platform to another. Opportunity is knocking.” Read Miller’s entire piece here.
L&L Closes on Border Media Trust Stations. Seven Texas radio stations that were in the Border Media Trust are now owned by Larry Wilson’s L&L Broadcasting. The stations include San Antonio-licensed outlets news/talk KTSA, sports talk KZDC, adult hits KJXK “Jack 102.7 FM,” regional Mexican KLEY-FM, Jourdanton, regional Mexican KJAH-AM/FM, Pearsall, and CHR KTSM, Floresville. The station group cost L&L $31 million and puts the company into market #28.
Entercom Promotes Pat Paxton to President of Programming. Fifteen-year programming staffer Pat Paxton is promoted to president of programming for Entercom Communications Corp. Paxton has served as senior vice president of programming since 2001. He began his work with the company in 1999 as OM at the old AC WQSX “Star 93.7.” Entercom president and CEO David Field comments, “Pat has played a vital role in Entercom’s growth and development over his 15 years with the company. He is an energizing leader, a terrific strategist and a deeply knowledgeable programmer. We are truly fortunate to have him on our team.” Paxton says of the promotion, “The past 15 years with Entercom have been tremendously rewarding, both personally and professionally. Our entire Entercom team has worked tirelessly to create one of today’s most admired media companies, which has not happened accidentally. I am proud to have been part of this team and I look forward to continuing to help create the very best audio brands in the industry. Huge thanks to David Field for his vision and leadership that has allowed all of us at Entercom to thrive.”
“Holiday” PPM Data – Part One. The first round of ”Holiday” 2013 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. All the numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this initial group.
- New York – Ever since electronic measurement became currency in New York City, there have been five instances where a station has registered double-digits (6+). The same station – WLTW – has been responsible for accomplishing that feat, and each time it has happened in the “Holiday” survey. This year the Clear Channel adult contemporary outlet notches an 11.9, which represents its second-best (6+) stat (which, of course, also means the market’s second-best ever) and a +4.3 versus December. In the previous four “Holiday” survey periods, “Lite FM” – which plays all-Christmas music during those sweeps – has registered an 11.3 (2012), 11.5 (2011), 12.3 (2010), and 11.6 (2009).
- Los Angeles – Occurrences of stations in the country’s second-largest market achieving a 10.0-share or better (6+) in the PPM era have been even scarcer than in New York City. It has only happened twice in the City of Angels, and mirroring the Big Apple story, a Clear Channel adult contemporary station that plays all-Christmas music in that ratings period is the facility able to make that claim. Specifically, it is KOST “Coast 103,” which in “Holiday” 2013 boasts its finest-ever 6+ number (10.4, +4.1 compared to December). Its previous best was one year ago, “Holiday” 2012 (10.2). Most affected by Coast 103′s “Holiday” gain is CBS Radio‘s KTWV “The Wave” (3.1 – 2.3, -.8), which last year, ironically, was part of the all-Christmas music battle. “The Wave,” however, has evolved from smooth AC to urban AC (“Smooth R&B”) and drops from #10 in December to #18.
- Chicago – A technicality prevents Chicago from being a triple play or hat trick – depending on your sports preference – in joining Los Angeles and New York with similar (6+) double-digit “Holiday” success stories. For the fifth time, a Clear Channel-owned “Windy City” outlet has reached that plateau – each time in a “Holiday” period and by the same station that historically plays all-Christmas music in that sweep. The minor difference is that it is former adult contemporary WLIT – now hot AC “My-FM.” Nonetheless, “My-FM” betters its 6.5 in December (6+, #2) by a whopping +5.1 to 11.6 (#1). Among those most adversely affected by My-FM’s gain is Hubbard‘s WILV “More Music, More Variety.” Off by eight-tenths (2.7 – 1.9), the adult hits facility drops from #10 to #17. For the past 12 monthlies (January – December) WILV had been in the 2.3 – 2.9 range; its 1.9 matches what it had one year ago (“Holiday” 2012).
- San Francisco – After a +.6 to 4.9 (November – December, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM tacks on an additional four full-shares (8.9) to advance from a tie at #3 to #1. Transferring from the top spot to #2 is CBS Radio newser KCBS-AM, off three-tenths to 4.8, its lowest since June (also 4.8). Co-owned CHR KMVQ “Now” loses one-half share (5.0 – 4.5), as it slides from second to third.
- Dallas – CBS Radio pulled a switch in all-Christmas music players this year, substituting classic hits-oldies KLUV for adult contemporary KVIL. On the heels of a November – December +1.7, KLUV adds a +2.0 (5.2 – 7.2), progressing from a tie at #2 to #1. This is the first time KLUV has crossed the seven-share barrier in its PPM history. Making gains of seven-tenths are Salem contemporary Christian KLTY “Safe For The Whole Family” (4.4 – 5.1, #4) and Clear Channel hot AC KDMX “Now” (3.8 – 4.5, #6). Knocked out of the top spot to #2 is Clear Channel CHR KHKS “Kiss” (7.9 – 7.0, -.9).
- Houston – After recording a +1.4 to 8.5 enabling the station to occupy the #1 spot for the first time since “Holiday” 2012 (November – December, 6+), Clear Channel adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ balloons to 12.2 (+3.7). Houston has only witnessed five cases of (6+) double-digits in PPM. “Sunny 99.1″ is credited with all of them – each taking place in a “Holiday” sweep when it airs all-Christmas music. Sunny’s (6+) double-digit “Holiday” numbers include 11.3 (2012), 12.0 (2011), 12.7 (2010), and 11.7 (2009). Off by one-half share apiece in this survey period are Cox Media Group country KKBQ (5.9 – 5.4, but steady at #4) and CBS Radio CHR KKHH (3.7 – 3.2, #12, down from #8 in December).
- Philadelphia – Perhaps rewriting the record book in yet the most significant way among stations in the 12 markets Nielsen Audio released on Monday is Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB. First, a reminder of what took place in December: WBEB claimed top honors for most sizeable November-December gain for this batch of markets (+3.6). “More FM” (formerly known as “B 101″) repeats that accomplishment in an even more eye-popping manner, a +6.3, to a practically unheard of (for a top 10 market in PPM) 17.2. Thus, for the tenth time in PPM methodology, a Philadelphia outlet has hit double-digits (6+). In addition to doing it in this sweep (“Holiday” 2013), “More FM” racked up a 15.9 (“Holiday” 2012), 15.3 (“Holiday” 2011), 15.6 (“Holiday” 2010), and a 16.7 (“Holiday” 2009). In addition, it hit 10.9 (December 2013), 10.0 (December 2011), 11.7 (December 2010), and 12.9 (December 2009). CBS Radio all-news outlet KYW notched a 10.1 in January 2011. The gap between “More FM” and runner-up CBS Radio siblings sports WIP-FM (6.0 – 6.0) and classic hits-oldies WOGL (5.3 – 6.0) is a stunning 11.2 shares. Most notable of the stations taking the brunt of More FM’s +6.3 include Greater Media rocker WMMR (5.6 – 4.5, -1.1, #7), WMMR classic rock cluster-mate WMGK (5.5 – 4.7, -.8, #6), and Beasley country WXTU (5.1 – 4.2, -.9, #8).
- Atlanta – Two stations here are up by at least one full-share (6+) December – “Holiday” 2013; two others decline by at least one full-share. Progressing are Salem contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” (3.8 – 6.4, +2.6, #3) and Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM “B 98.5″ (6.1 – 7.2, +1.1, #2). “The Fish” ranked #11 in December, while “B 98.5″ finished fourth. Conversely, owing to a -1.9 (8.0 – 6.1), CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE tumbles from first to fifth, while talk WSB-AM (7.5 – 6.2, -1.3) slips from second to fourth.
- Long Island – It is highly uncommonly – although not completely unheard of – to have three music-intensive stations of the same format in a market’s top 10. Very rarely though will you witness a format occupying three of the top four slots (6+), as adult contemporary now does in Nassau-Suffolk. Clear Channel siblings WALK-FM (6.1 – 9.2, +3.1, steady at #1) and WLTW (3.8 – 7.1, +3.3, up from #7) are at #1 and #2, respectively, while Connoisseur Media‘s WKJY “K98.3″ (3.4 – 4.7, +1.3) ranks #4 (up from #10 in December). Impacted by this all-Christmas music trio are Cox Media Group CHR WBLI (5.6 – 4.6, -1.0, #5) and CBS Radio-owned siblings WFAN (4.9 – 4.0, -.9, #8) and classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (5.2 – 4.4, -.8, #7).
- Middlesex – There is even more strong news for adult contemporary: The format is #1 and #2 in this New Jersey market (6+), with Greater Media‘s WMGQ “Jersey’s Continuous Soft Rock – Magic 98.3″ (5.5 – 6.6, +1.1) advancing from a fourth-place tie in December to second. Winning ways continue for Clear Channel adult contemporary WLTW (5.0 – 8.5, +3.5). New York City’s “Lite FM” zooms from seventh to first, displacing classic rock sibling WAXQ “Q104.3,” which falls from #1 to #4 (6.4 – 5.7, -.7). Even though WCBS-FM was -.8 in Long Island, it posts a +1.1 here (3.5 – 4.6), progressing from #11 in December to #8.
Clear Channel Appoints Brown PD of St. Louis Combo. Three-year CBS Radio Atlanta urban AC WVEE “V-103″ assistant program director Kathy Brown is moving to St. Louis to program Clear Channel urban AC KMJM “Majic 100.3″ and gospel KATZ-AM “Hallelujah.” Clear Channel regional program manager Steve Stewart points out that, “Kathy has a great track record of creating successful and exciting radio stations. We are thrilled to have someone with Kathy’s level of experience join the team to help lead KMJM and KATZ to higher ratings and revenue success.” As she thanks Clear Channel “for this great opportunity to work with such a heritage brand,” Brown says she is “excited to work with the St. Louis team.” Brown previously spent 14 years with Radio One, Washington, DC in operations and programming.
New Three-Year Deal for KALC, Denver’s Jamie White. The “BJ and Jamie Morning Show” will continue through 2017 on Entercom’s hot AC KALC, Denver “Alice 105.9” as co-host Jamie White has signed a contract extension to remain with the station and continue working with co-host BJ Harris. Entercom Denver market manager Amy Griesheimer says, “I’m thrilled to have Jamie White continue with ‘Alice.’ Jamie’s unique viewpoint on life and being a single mom in the Denver suburbs keeps us all glued to our morning radios. No one embodies Denver females like Jamie…here we go!” White returned to Denver and the airwaves of “Alice 105.9” in January 2012 after several years working in Los Angeles with Danny Bonaduce and most recently in Sacramento hosting her own show. White started her Denver radio career in 1994 when she signed on to co-host the “Alice” morning show with Frosty Stilwell and Frank Kramer, known as the “Frosty, Jamie and Frank Show.”
Programmer Dan Hunt Joins Clear Channel Atlanta. Most recently with Beasley Broadcasting’s hip hop WRDW, Philadelphia “Wired 96.5,” programmer Dan Hunt is headed to Atlanta to serve as PD for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s CHR WWPW “Power 96.1” and alternative WRDA “Radio 105.7.” In a statement, CC Atlanta vice president of programming Brian Michel says, “Dan has the kind of passion and persistence that will help our stations grow and achieve their goals. I am excited to have Dan join our programming team and take ‘Power 96.1’ and ‘Radio 105.7’ to the next level.” Hunt takes over for Rick Vaughn who left the cluster at the end of December.
Air Talent Moves at CBS RADIO’s KMXB and KXTE in Las Vegas. Program director Charese Fruge announces some talent changes at alternative KXTE “X 107.5” and hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” as Nicole Cherry (aka MJ) moves from evenings at “Mix 94.1” to weekday afternoons on “X107.5” At the same time, Heather Schmitz (aka Jade) takes over week nights on “Mix 94.1.” Schmitz is a 10-year radio pro who has been working part time for both stations since last year. Additionally, Pauly Kover is elevated to full-time night personality on “X 107.5.” Fruge comments, “Both MJ and Jade are extraordinary women who are passionate about music, and along with Pauly, they have proven to be A-level players and talent. I’m extremely grateful to be able to promote from within once again.” Cherry says, “This is an incredible opportunity with CBS RADIO to play afternoon drive on the hottest ‘New Rock’ station in Vegas, and I’m thrilled for the chance to play on this rock solid team and be a part of the legacy that is X107.5.” Schmitz adds, “I’m excited to serve the community and have a blast weeknights on ‘Mix 94.1.’ If you want something bad enough, to quote Britney Spears (temporary Vegas resident), ‘You better work.’”
NYMRAD Announces New Executive Committee. At the New York Market Radio Association (NYMRAD), the executive committee of the board of directors has some new additions and changes in titles: Felix Perez, general manager, Univision Radio New York, moves into the chairman slot replacing Clear Channel Music + Entertainment’s Joe Puglise who remains on the board of directors. Jennifer Donohue, director of sales, CBS RADIO New York, replaces Don Bouloukos as vice chairperson and Alex Cameron, SVP and market manager, Emmis New York, remains on the committee as secretary. NYMRAD executive director Deborah Beagan says, “I am very excited about working with Felix during this seamless transition of the executive committee. Felix has infused energy in his contributions to board meetings and under his leadership we will continue to develop initiatives that will advance radio in the vibrant New York marketplace.” Perez adds, “I welcome the opportunity to work with Deborah and our radio colleagues to advance the value of NYMRAD to its members and aggressively increasing the profile and revenue share of New York radio.”
Hartel to Head Up L&L’s Columbia, South Carolina Group. The new SVP and market manager for L&L Broadcasting’s Columbia South Carolina cluster is Mike Hartel – who most recently served as vice president and general manager of Curtis Media Group’s WBBB, Raleigh. L&L CEO Bob Proffitt says of the move, “We had the huge benefit of having Bill McElveen step up as not only an in-market radio veteran, but to help us in the recruitment process to get the very best fit and talent to manage Columbia. Mike Hartel is a great fit for our Columbia cluster with his excellent track record, interactive focus, and competitive nature – a perfect addition to our growing company.” Hartel comments, “I love what Larry and Bob are creating and I’m thrilled to be a part of their team. There is no place I would rather be than with a company that is hyper-focused on using live and local radio to serve our community, our clients, and our employees.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Moving over from his most recent stint at WestwoodOne’s 24/7 hot AC format, Blake Powers becomes the evening personality at CBS RADIO’s AC KVIL, Dallas…..Morning drive host Tim Leary signs a contract extension with L&L Broadcasting’s country WUBB, Savannah, Georgia “New Country Bob 106.9.”
CBS RADIO Unveils GRAMMY Awards Programming. In celebration of the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards taking place in Los Angeles on January 26, CBS RADIO is announcing its related programming. The company says that in partnership with The Recording Academy, GRAMMY Radio powered by Radio.com returns as the official streaming station for the fifth straight year. Featuring performances from the nominated artists, GRAMMY Radio is home to current and popular music from today’s celebrated artists. In addition to the nominated songs, the station includes news and facts about the GRAMMY Awards, as well as reviews and in-depth insight into a variety of pop, rock, urban, country and alternative categories. Fans can listen online at GRAMMY.com or Radio.com. Two CBS RADIO Los Angeles stations – rock KROQ and CHR 97.1 AMP will take over The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live with special musical performances by Young the Giant and GRAMMY Award-nominated Imagine Dragons, on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25, respectively. Fans from cities nationwide will be in attendance for the intimate shows where the artists will perform their latest hits inside the Clive Davis Theater. A live show with GRAMMY Award nominated Capital Cities from the Conga Room will cap off the evening on Saturday.
DOOBIE: It’s Not the SIZE of the Playlist that Counts but Rather the Quality of What’s on it and How it Compares to the Competition Not to Mention How Well it Reflects Some Sort of Reality! That’s the long-but-apt title of a new thought-piece by RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie posted today (1/20). The Doobster is mildly frustrated by the industry buzz generated by an article in this past Thursday’s (1/16) Wall Street Journal by writer Hannah Karp examining the size of radio playlists and the impact they are having on radio’s competitive battle with online music services, radio’s place in the hierarchy of music culture, radio’s impact on the music industry, radio’s impact on music and on and on and on…The article touches on some interesting points but according to Doobarino it does not have the benefit of history to see the bigger picture and thus it (and some of the things a number of radio people are saying and thinking) is ultimately misleading. To read today’s provocative and very important piece, in addition to some valuable RadioInfo picks in the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM, please click here.
Clear Channel Flips to Spanish Contemporary on 105.7 in San Antonio. On translator K289BN in San Antonio, Clear Channel drops the rhythmic CHR branded “WiLD 105.7” and debuts Spanish contemporary “La Preciosa 105.7.” The station will feature the syndicated “El Show de Alex ‘El Genio’ Lucas” in morning drive.
USRN’s ‘The Classics’ Celebrates Beatles Anniversary. The weekly classic rock program “The Classics,” featuring WDRV, Chicago morning personality Steve Downes as host and written and researched by Howie Edelson, is paying tribute to The Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. 50 years ago on the weekend of February 9, 1964. United Stations Radio Networks says the program will be four hours in length and spread out over two weekends – February 1-2 and 8-9 – but will also make all four hours available on the weekend of the 8th and 9th. USRN is making the show available to non-affiliates on a one-time-only basis.
Drum Legend Carmine Appice Debuts New Label; Announces Ethan Brosh Release. Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, and more) is launching the new record label Rocker Records LLC and the first release will be from rock guitar wunderkind Ethan Brosh, due out March 4. Here’s what the label has to say about Brosh: “An honest-to-goodness guitar hero, Brosh, who grew up in Israel, is a daring six-string acrobat who plays with fire and precision, never sacrificing technical proficiency for flashy showmanship – although his dynamic, fleet-fingered solos, furious riffs and complex acoustic figures are wildly entertaining. Having added to his already bulging bag of tricks, the Berklee College of Music graduate, now an instructor at the school, soars to new heights on Live the Dream, pushing the envelope with supernatural guitar wizardry and drawing up stunningly inventive musical designs that are wondrous to behold.” Rocker Records LLC’s Michael Cusanelli says, “Rocker Records and Carmine Appice are excited to be working with one of metal’s up-and-coming young stars.”
L&L Broadcasting Acquires Border Media Trust San Antonio Stations. What’s been rumored to have been in the works turns out to be true as Larry Wilson’s Portland, Oregon-based L&L Broadcasting announces its buying the San Antonio radio stations from the Border Media Business Trust. The stations include adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack FM,” regional Mexican tri-mulcast KLEY “La Ley 95.7,” KSAH-AM/FM, CHR KTFM, news/talk KTSA, sports talk KZDC and Spanish KHHL. The additions put the L&L station count at 43. Wilson says, “This is a great cluster of radio stations located in a beautiful market operated by a very talented group of people. We are excited to add them to our growing company.” Trustee Larry Patrick adds, “We could not be happier to have found a wonderful home for our San Antonio stations. Larry Wilson and his L&L Broadcasting represent the best in broadcasting. We wish him continued great success with this cluster.” Piper Jaffray & Co. assisted L&L Broadcasting in the transaction and Patrick Communications was the broker for the Border Media Business Trust. Larry Wilson delivered the keynote speech and RadioInfo‘s sister publication TALKERS magazine’s Los Angeles conference on Thursday, October 10. The theme of his address was “Radio at the Crossroads.” View his speech on RadioInfo TV on the right side of this page.
McCartney debuts at #1 and #5 on RadioInfo Rock and Pop Song Charts Respectively… Music Editor Duane Doobie Weighs in on the Power Packed by New Material from an Artist of Sir Paul’s Immense Stature. Doobie also explains why programmers should stop playing follow-the-leader and begin following common sense when it comes to programming certain artists, songs and genres of music. To see the Doober’s latest rant as well as his picks to click, here.
DJ Lynnwood and YLA Rock Sun Broadcast Group Upfront. EDM and mix show pioneer DJ Lynnwood (pictured here at center) was one of the radio personalities who appeared at the Sun Broadcast Group’s 2014 Upfront Party at the Penthouse Lounge in New York City on October 11. DJ Lynnwood hosts three new EDM radio programs for the network and was in NYC to represent his programs before the hundreds of media people including agency reps, programmers, station managers, and network suppliers who attended the party. SBG CEO Jason Bailey told the revelers, “I am so humbled as I look around at all the people here supporting us. We’ve been working so hard to be a very different kind of network for all of you over the last five years and tonight you’ve welcomed us into your busy lives with open arms. I can’t thank you enough for standing by us and believing in our mission as we aim to transform radio.” Pictured here with DJ Lynnwood is the pop group YLA which performed at the party.
“Syndicated Radio Is a Horrible Business.” One might expect to hear such an utterance at a convention or after-hours between industry friends, but not necessarily on national television. Nonetheless, that is what renowned investor/Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban declared this past Friday night (10/11) when prominent radio programmer/on-air talent R Dub entered ABC-TV‘s “Shark Tank.” Creator/host of the long-form “Sunday Night Slow Jams,” R Dub was on “Shark Tank” seeking $75,000 in exchange for a 10% equity share in the love songs dedication program heard on 62 radio stations. As a way of more dramatically underscoring the effectiveness of R Dub’s dedications – or “Oral Expressions” – he brought in singer Brian McKnight. After illustrating how an “Oral Expression” sounds on “Sunday Night Slow Jams,” McKnight maintained that owing to the program, “People all over the world fall in love again.” While not mentioned on “Shark Tank,” McKnight is hardly a stranger to radio syndication. In late-January of 2009, he fronted a nightly, five-hour Citadel Media program; two years earlier, he began hosting mornings for CBS Radio, Los Angeles’ KTWV “The Wave.” Insisting that “Sunday Night Slow Jams” already has “amazing ratings,” R Dub requested help from the “sharks” to “help grow” the radio program. That was when Cuban made his less-than-flattering comment about syndicated radio, and he wondered how the Sunday night show allows an investor to make back his or her money. Perhaps somewhat taken aback by Cuban’s statement, The Herjavec Group chief executive officer Robert Herjavec rhetorically asked Cuban, “Where is the love?” Addressing Cuban’s concerns about the “horrible” state of radio syndication, R Dub pointed out that his endeavor is expected to do $350,000 in revenue this year. That was when “The Queen of QVC,” Lori Greiner, admitted her unfamiliarity with radio syndication and asked for a quick primer. Before R Dub could formulate an answer though, Cuban jumped in by assuring everyone he had “a lot of experience” in that area and promptly offered a basic explanation of radio’s barter model. Apparently, that was not enough to convince Greiner, who claimed she “loves romantic music” but feels R Dub needs more of a hook; she was the first to bail. In a response to a question from SoftKey founder Kevin O’Leary (and the Shark Tank’s self-described “Mr. Wonderful”), R Dub emphasized hiring an in-house affiliate sales director would be a huge boost to “Sunday Night Slow Jams.” O’Leary dropped the other major bombshell line by proclaiming, “The radio market as an investment sucks.” He then proceeded to drop out. The most sympathetic “shark” appeared to be Herjavec who acknowledged that R Dub had been in radio 20 years and was making a good living. He however added, “One sales guy doesn’t make the entire business. Give someone a percentage of the business and they will really hustle for you.” Herjavec did not see how R Dub could build a business with “my $75,000″ so he followed suit by withdrawing. Younger listeners are most likely not be the show’s prime demo; however, that was not clarified by R Dub (if so, it was edited from the show), yet Cuban took the stance that young audiences listen to music online and on iPods. R Dub’s radio show, Cuban contended, is not the way “to reach them.” It was Cuban’s feeling that it would be, “tough – if not impossible” to get his money back, so he dropped out as well. Another major turning point in that same demographic vein came when Daymond John asked if 19-20 year-olds listen to the show. The FUBU founder-president-CEO was the last to declare he was “out” when he stated that he, “did not listen to the type of radio” R Dub is “producing.” John added that he has to be “passionate about the businesses” in which he invests. The seven-minute “Shark Tank” segment concluded with R Dub – spurned by all five “sharks” – telling McKnight in a backstage-like setting that, “Even the biggest financial tycoons can’t stop music and they can’t stop love.” Give entrepreneur R Dub credit though for putting syndicated radio in the limelight and for requesting a relatively modest sum – compared to what some others hope for on the ABC-TV show. At the very least, it was interesting to see how five high-profile investors view the radio industry as a whole and the syndication aspect in particular.
Mack Back in Florida. In two weeks (10/28), Clear Channel Nashville CHR WRVW “The River” program director Brian Mack will return to Florida for similar duties in Orlando at co-owned and like-formatted WXXL “XL 106.7.” According to vice president of programming Chris Kampmeier, “Brian has a reputation for excellence, superior creativity, and he has a commitment to the highest level of performance.” Mack states that it has been “an absolute pleasure” to work at Clear Channel Nashville. ”As I leave this prestigious market for another, the experiences I have had here will shape me for continued success in Orlando,” he comments. “I am the luckiest guy in radio.” Mack previously worked in the Sunshine State as assistant program director-music director at yet another Clear Channel CHR, Miami’s WHYI “Y100.”
Bryan Switzer to Exit Cumulus Media Networks. After eight years in the radio business, Bryan Switzer announces he’s leaving his VP of affiliate sales position with Cumulus Media Networks. Switzer started his career in network radio with ABC Radio Networks in April of 2006. During his time in the music industry, he served as VP/GM of Atlantic Records and senior VP of national promotion at Universal South. He says, “Since moving from records to broadcast eight years ago, this is without a doubt the most exciting company I’ve been associated with. I have a great deal of respect for what Lew and John Dickey have built and are building. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time for me to move on and turn a page. I can’t thank Dennis Green enough for the opportunity to continue my role through the Cumulus acquisition of Citadel two years ago. It’s been a privilege to work under his leadership. As for me, it’s time I get back to serving my creative genes, and though I’ve made no commitments as of yet, I’m extremely excited by the prospects!” Switzer can be reached at email@example.com or 615-838-0809.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Jackson Blue is out as evening host at Clear Channel’s CHR WXKS-FM, Boston “Kiss 108” after eight years at the station…..Dave Dahmer is officially named the evening personality at Greater Media’s classic rock WCSX, Detroit…..Kenny J is promoted to music director at Radio One’s rhythmic oldies KSOC, Dallas “Old School 94.5” where he also serves as afternoon personality…..After three months, Scott Gaines exits Townsquare Media’s Tyler-Longview, Texas cluster where he was operations manager. He returns to WestwoodOne’s 24/7 country format in a part-time capacity.
WBBQ-FM and Jodi Koontz Score CMNH Honors. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals names Clear Channel Augusta, Georgia adult contemporary WBBQ-FM its “English Radio Station of The Year.” In addition, Jodi Koontz of WBBQ-FM’s “Murphy, Sam & Jodi” morning show receives recognition as “National Radio Personality of The Year.” Koontz and WBBQ-FM received their awards last week. Clear Channel Augusta market president Ivy Elam comments, “This award is a testament of the generosity of Augusta residents. Our listeners do not sit on the sidelines – they take action to support the critical mission of the Children’s Hospital of Augusta and many other charitable initiatives. We are proud to connect our giving audience to the incredibly talented and dedicated individuals providing critical care to local children.” Clear Channel Augusta’s five-station cluster accounted for $239,000 — the highest amount it has raised in the program’s 12 years. Last year, 37 Clear Channel markets raised nearly $6.4 million for nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which helps to fund 170 children’s hospitals across North America.
Expanded Platform for Clear Channel’s Jingle Ball Concerts. The annual Jingle Ball concert that began 18 years ago at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s WHTZ, New York “Z100” and added tour stops at other CC stations over the years, gets bigger this year as it will include a televised, two-hour special on The CW network. Now called the “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013,” the lineup includes Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Pitbull, Selena Gomez and other acts. Stations and cities hosting the tour are (in chronological order): “106.1 Kiss FM” in Dallas at the American Airlines Center on December 2; “Q102” in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on December 4; “KIIS FM” in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on December 6; “106.1 Kiss FM” in Seattle at the Comcast Arena on December 8; “103.5 Kiss FM’ in Chicago at the United Center on December 9; “101.3 KDWB” in Minneapolis at the Xcel Energy Center on December 10; “Power 96.1” in Atlanta at the Philips Arena on December 11; “Z100” in New York at Madison Square Garden on December 13; “Kiss 108” in Boston at the TD Bank Garden on December 14; “Hot 99.5” in Washington at the Verizon Center on December 16; “93.3 FLZ” in Tampa at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 18; and “Y100” in Philadelphia at the BB&T Center on December 20. The show at Madison Square Garden will be broadcast as a two-hour television special on Wednesday, December 18 at 8:00 pm ET. Other acts included in some of the cities are: Fall Out Boy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paramore, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Austin Mahone, and Flo Rida. Clear Channel president of national programming platforms Tom Poleman states, “Jingle Ball has become a holiday entertainment staple across the country. We’re thrilled to expand the brand — from the launch of Z100′s first Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in 1996, to now hosting a dozen across the country including the first ever ‘103.5 KISS FM’ Jingle Ball in Chicago. Our Jingle Ball events reflect what’s really special about our radio stations and the iHeartRadio digital platform – expert curation of the biggest superstars and the most promising emerging artists in music.”
CC Brings ‘The Beat’ Back to Miami. Adults hits WSHE, Miami flips to hip hop as “103.5 The Beat” and brings artists including Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Rick Ross, Rihanna, J. Cole and more to the signal. Clear Channel senior vice president of urban programming Doc Wynter states, “‘103.5 The Beat’ is back and ready to take back ‘Hip Hop’s Heavy Weight Title’ in Miami. While ‘The Beat’ was ‘away’ we got a little harder and this time around we’re just straight ‘bangin’ hip hop. Many of the biggest stars in the hip hop world live in Miami, so the format was a natural choice for this community.”
Broadcasters Foundation of America Names BMI’s Del Bryant ‘Golden Mike’ Recipient. The Broadcasters Foundation of America announces Broadcast Music Inc. president Del Bryant is its recipient of the 2014 Golden Mike Award. The award will be presented on Monday, February 24, 2014, at a black-tie fundraising gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City to benefit the Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need. BFoA chairman Phil Lombardo says, “Del has been an admirable and inspiring supporter of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation for many years. Well-known and respected across the broadcasting and music industries, his contribution as a longtime member of the Foundation’s board of directors is immeasurable. We are proud to award him the 2014 Golden Mike.” Bryant comments, “I am honored to be recognized by the Broadcasters Foundation of America with the Golden Mike Award. I have always felt strongly about giving back to the community, both from a professional and personal standpoint. It has been a privilege to support the Foundation and to collaborate with them throughout the years. I commend them for the exceptional work they do for broadcasters and the sweet and understanding attitude with which they do it.” The son of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant – the legendary songwriters who penned classics such as “Bye, Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” All I Have To Do Is Dream,” the Tennessee state song, “Rocky Top,” and more – Bryant’s rich musical heritage inspired his accomplishments and passion for the business. He joined BMI in 1972, and worked in numerous areas of the company for 32 years, rising to president and chief executive officer in 2004.
Taylor Swift Visits Bobby Bones. Country and pop music sensation Taylor Swift visited the Premiere Networks nationally syndicated country morning show hosted by Bobby Bones for what he calls an “anything goes” interview. During her first-ever appearance on the program, after winning over the crew with her home-baked mint chocolate chip cookies, they chatted for 30 minutes on a wide range of topics, including the opening of the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday; Swift’s AMA and CMA Award nominations; USA Today’s comparison of Bones and Swift as meteors, and much more. Pictured here are (from l-r): Alayna Messer, Sydney Bottoms, Eddie Garcia, Bones, Swift, Amy, Lunchbox, and Ray.