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Monday, September 10, 2012

| September 10, 2012

More Abriton PPMs – Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego.  In Seattle, Entercom‘s rocker KISW (99.9) takes top spot. Big gainer: Bonneville’s sports talk KIRO-AM.  Country stations, Entercom’s KKWF (The Wolf) and CBS’s KMPS (Seattle’s Country) continue slow slide but hold top 10 positions….In Phoenix, CBS’s rhythmic CHR KZON (101.5 Jamz) leads the pack.  Big Gainers:  Clear Channel’s AC KESZ (99.9 FM) and Bonneville’s talker KTAR-FM.  Top 10 country rivals CBS’s KMLE (Country 108) and Clear Channel’s KNIX (102.5) flip rankings.  In Twin Cities, all four top players take a monthly slide.  All four market talkers combine for powerful combined 17.3 (6+) shares….In San Diego, Lincoln Financial Media’s country KSON-FM slips from first to second.  Big gainers:  Clear Channel’s KIOZ (Rock 105.3) and alternative rocker XETRA (91X)…..In Tampa, Cox Radio owns three of the market’s top four stations.  Top Gainer:  Clear Channel’s  country WFUS (US 103.5)….On Long Island, Clear Channel’s AC WALK-FM returns to top spot.  For Mike Kinosian’s detailed analysis of these markets, click here.

Big Hat, No Cattle?  Pandora stock plunged 17% (nearly one-sixth of its value) on Friday after news broke about Apple‘s plans to create its own Pandora-like streaming radio service. While everyone in the industry is still buzzing this morning over what impact these giant internet music streaming goliaths will have upon traditional radio, the ledger indicates it is just as difficult, if not even more so, to make a “mass media” -level profit in the internet advertising game as it is in the old media business.  Truth is, the new century ushered in by a terrible economy is creating a crisis in sustainable direction for the entire business of advertising and marketing – new media as well as old.

“Dish Nation” Premieres Tonight on Fox.  The late-night, syndicated TV show that features radio morning show hosts and teams from all across America hits the air tonight at different times in each market on Fox Television stations.  Among the morning shows featured on the program are: Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill from WPLJ, New York; Atlanta-based, syndicated host Rickey Smiley; Blaine Fowler and Allyson Martinek from WDVD, Detroit; nationally syndicated Kidd Kraddick; and Miami-based DJ Laz.  The show was tested last summer and begins its regular run tonight.  Fox describes the show as “a daily program highlighting the nation’s funniest radio shows; riffing on what’s hot and happening that day in pop culture.”

Townsquare Media Debuts PopCrush 105.7 in Albany.  Reports of a suspected format change to Townsquare Media’s WQSH, Albany become reality as the company shifts the format from 90s music-based “Crush 105.7” to the adult CHR “PopCrush 105.7.”

Saga Flips WZBK, Milwaukee to Rhythmic CHR.  Classic country is gone from Saga Communications’ WZBK, Milwaukee as the company opts for a rhythmic CHR format branded as “Energy 106.9.”  Saga EVP Steve Goldstein comments, “As the CHR format evolves, there are great opportunities for stations that are newer, faster, cleaner and leaner.  We’re proud to be giving Milwaukee a new source of energy.”

The Country’s First “Jack” Station Now Sports.  Front Range Sports Network officially flips KJAC-FM, Timnath, Colorado to a simulcast of its KDSP, Greenwood Village, Colorado sports talk 102.3 ESPN Denver.  KJAC at 105.5 was affected by the Colorado wildfires back in June and went off the air for about 10 days.  KJAC started a trend in jockless music radio that seemingly ignored formatic constrictions and played “whatever we want” back in 2004.  The “Jack” format enjoyed novel popularity for a while but never took off as a bona fide ratings grabber.

Good Karma’s WKNR, Cleveland Hit with $4k Fine for Contest Violation.  The FCC is hitting Good Karma’s sports talk WKNR, Cleveland with a $4,000 forfeiture order for running what it called a “bogus” contest called “Who Said That?” from November 2007 until September 2009.  The contest involved callers having to identify the speaker of a clip played over the air.  The complainant asserted that the station originally talked about offering prizes and then “dropped talking about prizes.”  Good Karma tried to argue that the programming in question was not a contest but was more accurately characterized as a program.  But the commission ruled that the stations did conduct a contest and didn’t “fully and accurately” and “with sufficient frequency” list the prizes that a contestant could possibly win. Good Karma Broadcasting, LLC is headed by Craig Karmazin, the son of Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin.

CBS Radio Participates in 7th Annual Greenfest Philly.  CBS Radio Philadelphia partnered with the Clean Air Council for Greenfest Philly yesterday (9/9) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Headhouse Square in the City of Brotherly Love. Greenfest Philly has become one of Philadelphia’s most popular outdoor summer festivals. In its 7th year, Greenfest Philly’s stated purpose is to create a fun environment to educate the public about steps people can take to be more sustainable in their daily lives. The festival also showcases businesses, regional green innovators, and nonprofits of all sizes with strong commitments to sustainability. CBS Radio’s participation included: KYW Newsradio 1060’s Kidcast Mobile Studio on-site. Children were recorded to sound like real KYW news reporters, with the audio placed on kywkidcasts.com for family and friends to listen.  WPHT (Talk Radio 1210) was on-site with a prize wheel and swag bags. WIP (SportsRadio 94) had Xbox 360 playing the new Madden 2013, a prize wheel and a sound system to broadcast the Eagles game at 1:00 pm and oldies WOGL (98.1) played the Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s before the game and had some swag bags and a prize wheel as well. Radio sponsors included Green Mountain Energy, Real Goods Solar and Rossi Honda.

ESPN O&O WEPN-AM/FM, New York Separate Sports Talk Programming.  English-language sports talk is now heard only on the FM at ESPN O&O WEPN in New York as the sports media giant took the AM side Spanish with the debut of ESPN Deportes Radio Nueva York 1050 on Friday, just in time to broadcast the New York Jets season opener victory over division rival Buffalo in Spanish.  Station GM David Roberts tells RadioInfo, “We are thrilled to add the New York Jets to our solid roster of play-by-play offerings just in time for our launch.  There is tremendous passion for the NFL among the Hispanic community of New York, and this alliance with an elite franchise will further position 1050 AM as the Spanish-language audio destination for the Hispanic sports fan in New York.”  The station debuts two local sports talk shows today.  The first is “Firma ESPN” from 7:00 am to 10:00 am billed as the only radio program devoted to the New York Hispanic sports fan.  It is hosted by ESPN Deportes Radio veteran Renato Bermudez alongside the renowned Ernesto Jerez, the “signature Spanish-language voice of MLB,” plus Jorge Ebro and many other ESPN Deportes Radio experts. The second program is “Zona ESPN NY,” airing from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and hosted by Carolina Guillen, Sebastian Christensen, along with Enrique Rojas.

Spoken-Word Content Aggregator Stitcher Offers Offline Mode.  Stating that 38% of its users indicated they prefer to listen to the service offline to protect against mobile data overages, Stitcher released an offline mode update that enables anytime, anywhere listening for its iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad apps.  “Listeners can now seamlessly access and discover the best of over 10,000 shows at work, at the gym, anywhere, regardless of cellular or WiFi connectivity,” the company states.  CEO Noah Shanok tells RadioInfo, “Our goal is to make on-demand radio more accessible than ever.  Our most requested feature, offline mode, solves the biggest obstacle to listening on the go or when users would prefer to use Wi-Fi and conserve mobile data usage.”  Stitcher bills itself as “the mobile leader in on-demand news, entertainment, sports and talk radio.”

Talk Host Ian Punnett Suffering from Tinnitus; Cuts Back On-Air Hours.  Hubbard Radio morning drive talk host Ian Punnett is cutting his hours on the radio by half in order to curb his exposure to audio that aggravates his tinnitus – a condition he’s been dealing with since 2009.  The Pioneer Press reports Punnett, who co-hosts the morning drive show on KTMY, Minneapolis with his wife Margery, joins her on the air from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.  Margery starts the program at 5:30 with Elizabeth Ries and wraps it up at 10:00 am.  Punnett tells the Pioneer Press he first noticed the intense ringing in his head during a remote broadcast in 2009.  “It never goes away.  It’s the last sound I hear at night, it’s the first sound I hear in the morning.  It often wakes me up in the middle of the night.”  The story notes Punnett and his doctors have decided cutting back on his air time is part of a more aggressive treatment for the condition.

More News.  Former N’Sync band member Lance Bass will begin hosting a daily two-hour entertainment news and celebrity interview show titled “Dirty Pop” on Sirius XM Out Q beginning this Thursday (9/13)….Oscar Rodriguez has been named by the Texas Association of Broadcasters as its president.  He replaces Ann Arnold, who died last week, .  Rodriguez has been VP of the organization for the past 18 years….Melanie Walker is leaving the position of morning show producer at adult album rocker KFOG, San Francisco…..Liberty Media keeps creeping up on Mel’s control of Sirius XM Satellite Radio.  John Malone’s company bought up another 5.5 million shares on Friday (9/7) and as a result gained another percentage point to its ownership share now at 49.3 percent.

Rare Opportunities at Federated Media’s WOWO-AM/FM, Fort Wayne.  Jon Zimney tells RadioInfo that there are two tremendous opportunities at Federated Media’s heritage news/talk WOWO, Fort Wayne.  After the departure of OM and PM drive host Gregg Henson in August, Woody Zimmerman was named PD for the station.  But he’s now been re-assigned to general manager of the company’s Warsaw, Indiana cluster.  In the interim, Zimney, who serves as program director and news director at Federated’s WTRC, South Bend – 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel – is doing double duty programming both stations.  Additionally, WTRC morning host Casey Hendrickson is handling the PM drive duties at WOWO.  Federated Media is looking for two individuals to fill the PD and talk host positions at WOWO.  For the program director position, Zimney is looking for someone who can get the most out of talented talk show hosts and make them even better; has a strong understanding of local news and solid station programming; understands great news writing, presentation, and on-air execution; has a strong sense of news ethics and integrity; embraces and champions new technology in news (web, text, social media, video, etc); has examples of really good marketing, promotion and community involvement projects that they’ve conceived and executed.  For the talk host position, they are looking for “a personality who is well-rounded in politics, social issues and recognizes compelling stories that generate talk.  The ideal host is entertaining, informative and creative…can debate with listeners and guests in a spirited, but respectful manner, follows news like a hawk, expresses passion about local issues as well as national issues and also recognizes how everyday life can contribute to a show that is unique and compliments our winning lineup of Beck, Rush and Sean.”  To apply for either position, e-mail materials to Jon Zimney at: jzimney@federatedmedia.com.