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Friday, May 16, 2014

| May 16, 2014

nielsen logoRound Four: April PPM Data. The fourth and final round of April 2014 ratings from PPM markets is out from Nielsen Audio for markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford.  The April survey period covered March 27 – April 23.  See complete market numbers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.

  • Austin – March stats indicated Clear Channel siblings KASE-FM “Today’s Country” and KVET-FM “All Time Country Favorites” were down by six-tenths and 1.1 shares, respectively. In a double-dose of rebounding, “Today’s Country” gains one-half share to 7.3 (steady at #2) and “All Time Country Favorites” picks up four-tenths to 6.5 to remain at #3. These country cluster-mates continue chasing Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob FM,” which is #1 for the fourth successive time. “Bob,” however, relinquishes the four-tenths it added in March (9.1 – 9.5 – 9.1); the March 9.5 represents its best-ever 6+ stat. Entercom hot AC KAMX “Mix 94.7″ takes a six-tenths bump (3.7 – 4.3) to vault from #13 to #8; “Mix” was last in the top ten in the “Holiday” report (4.1, #9). After more than doubling its February stat (2.0 – 4.2, 6+) to rocket from #18 to #10 (February – March), Univision‘s KLQB “Radio La Jefa” surrenders 1.2 shares (4.2 – 3.0) and finishes at #14. Clear Channel rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat” falters by eight-tenths (5.4 – 4.6), dropping from fourth to seventh.
  • Milwaukee – One of MLB‘s surprise teams thus far this year is the Milwaukee Brewers – currently holding the third-best record in the majors.  The NL Central team’s flagship – WTMJ – boasts the second-highest (6+) month-to-month improvement in all 48 PPM markets with a stunning +2.6 (5.7 – 8.3). The Journal talker trots from fourth to second; 8.3 is the station’s best (6+) since November 2012′s 9.2. Incidentally, there must be something about that NL Central division as overall 6+ month-to-month bragging rights go to Reds flagship WLW, Cincinnati (+2.8). Adding seven tenths (3.0 – 3.7) is adult contemporary WLDB “B-93.3 – Milwaukee’s Best Music” (steady at #11). On the heels of pumping up an impressive +1.3 to 7.6, which boosted it from #3 to #2, Clear Channel‘s WRIT “Oldies 95.7″ sees it all evaporate (6.3 – 7.6 – 6.3); it is back at #3. Co-owned WMIL “Milwaukee Country” registered a 10.7 in February and March, but it suffers a -1.2 to 9.5. This is only the third time in the last 14 ratings sweeps that “Milwaukee Country” has not achieved double-digits (6+). Nonetheless, it is #1 for the fourth straight time.
  • Indianapolis – After consecutive back-to-back 5.7 showings (6+), WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B” hangs out a +1.0 to 6.7, leapfrogging from #6 to #1. The Radio One urban AC had not previously occupied the top spot and its 6.7-share is its strongest since November 2012 (also 6.7). This time last month, Emmis-owned country outlet WLHK “Hank” (6.3 -5.7, #4 to #6) and Cumulus Media‘s similarly formatted WFMS “The Country Station” (6.0 – 5.4, #5 to #8) were each down by six-tenths. Both transition nicely with “Hank” precisely regaining the six-tenths it dropped, while WFMS racks up a +.9, thus placing them in a tie at #5 (6.3). It is actually a three-way deadlock there, since “Hank” adult contemporary cluster-mate WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7″ declines by one-half share to 6.3.
  • Providence –  Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105″ ends three straight finishes in the six-share range (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.9) and boasts a nine-tenths progression to 7.8. In the process, “Lite Rock 105″ moves up from a tie at #3 to a tie at #2. The station with which it shares the runner-up slot is Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ (7.2 – 7.8, +.6). For the fourth straight monthly report, WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” ranks first, although the Cumulus CHR falters by -1.4 to 8.8. Prior to April, it had been in double-figures (6+) in four of the last five sweeps.
  • Raleigh – According to the station’s general manager, the curious mystery surrounding Curtis Media regional Mexican WYMY suffering a 6+ erosion of more than 70% (3.7 – 1.0, February – March) and a drop from #9 to #19 was the unfortunate result of a downed transmitter. Apparently, that has been rectified as WYMY rings up a +1.4 and climbs back from #19 to a three-way tie at #13. Ironically, +1.4 is not the largest month-to-month gain (6+) in “The Triangle.” That accolade goes to co-owned WQDR “Today’s Best Country” – which assumed the #1 slot in February by advancing 7.8 – 8.5 only to reinforce that bump with a whopping +1.5 to 10.0. Amazingly, “Today’s Best Country” tacks on another +1.6 to 11.6, giving the station a +3.1 since February; 11.6 is WQDR’s best-ever 6+-stat. Capitol sports outlet WCMC rebounded from a -.6 (3.0 – 2.4, January – February) with an eight-tenths improvement to 3.2 (February – March); however, it regresses by nine-tenths to 2.3 (#11 in March to #16).
  • Nashville – In a minor bit of statistical oddity, the first eight stations – some by one-tenth and another by 1.1 – are all up when their April 6+ numbers are indexed against comparable March numbers. At the top, WJXA “Mix 92.9″ gains a full share (10.8 – 11.8). The South Central Communications adult contemporary is #1 (6+) for the 24th successive monthly; is in double-digits (6+) for the 22nd consecutive time; and leads runner-up Clear Channel CHR WRVW “The River” (8.1, +.9) by a comfortable 3.7 shares. The always exciting and intriguing “Music City USA” country contest finds Cumulus‘ WKDF “Nash FM 103.3″ kicking up its heels with a solid +1.1 (4.4 – 5.5), taking it from ninth to seventh. It is the strongest 6+ showing for “Nash 103.3″ since August when it recorded a 5.6. “Nash 103.3″ doesn’t seem to impact the market’s other two country FMs since cluster-mate WSM-FM remains at #10 by repeating its 4.0 and Clear Channel’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ is steady at #5 (5.6 – 5.7, +.1). Clear Channel talker WLAC is off by six-tenths (2.3 – 1.7, #14 to #15) and public WPLN loses one-half share (3.9 – 3.4, #11 to #12).
  • GreensboroEntercom has the market’s top four finishers, including urban AC WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School.” Although off by one full share (11.9 – 10.9), this marks the fourth successive ratings period that WQMG is #1 and the eighteenth successive monthly report it is in double-digits 6+. Continuing to track the Piedmont Triad’s two CHRs, we see that after a +.9 to 5.7, Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL “107-5 ‘KZL” declined by -1.3 to 4.4 (#8), but it recovers most of that with a +1.1 (5.5, #8). Meanwhile, format rival – Clear Channel‘s WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” – picks up one-half share (3.9 – 4.4). In doing so, “Kiss-FM” continues one of the oddest streaks we have seen by finishing in the #9 spot for the eleventh successive time. With no ratings data in March, Entercom gospel WPET (.9, #14) is – of course – a +.9. At least as far as 6+ shares are concerned, the tough times continue for WMAG (#4 to #5). Not only is the Clear Channel AC in negative territory for the fourth straight time – this time by eight-tenths – the station’s accumulated downward trend has reached a -10.0 in that period (16.7 – 10.4 – 9.8 – 7.5 – 6.7). That represents an approximately 60% regression (6+).
  • JacksonvilleCox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “The Eagle” (#3 to #2) progresses by one full-share (5.9 – 6.9) and trails CHR sibling WAPE (7.7 – 7.3) by four-tenths. Despite posting a -.4, WAPE dislodges Clear Channel-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” from the penthouse, as WQIK falters by -1.4 (8.0 – 6.6). Adult hits sibling WWJK “Jack-FM,” though advances by nine-tenths (3.4 – 4.3) to inch up from tenth to eighth.
  • Memphis – Four Clear Channel outlets are in the middle of some significant 6+ month-to-month fluctuation. Gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” – which rebounded from a -1.3 (10.2 – 8.9, January – February) by racking up a +1.7 to 10.6 in March – remains at #1, but is down by nine-tenths (9.7). “Halleluiah” holds a one-half share advantage over co-owned urban AC  KJMS “V-101,” which stumbles by -1.2 (10.4 – 9.2), yet remains at #2. On the plus side, in terms of 6+ movement, their urban contemporary cluster-mate WHRK “K97.1″ (steady at #3) posts a robust +1.4 to 8.5; that follows a February – March +.7. Another Clear Channel property – WDIA “The Heart & Soul of Memphis” – rings up a full-share gain (4.6 – 5.6) and zooms from ninth to sixth. Public WKNO is off for the third straight sweep – this time by -.8 (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.2). In addition to falling from #16 to #18, WKNO has its lowest 6+ share since June 2012′s 1.1.
  • Hartford – After plummeting by -1.4 (2.2 – .8, February March), public WFCR manages to recoup virtually all of it with a +1.3 (2.1) but remains at #11. Off by nine-tenths are CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 105″ (9.4 – 8.5) and public WNPR (4.2 – 3.3). WNPR slides from #9 to #10, while “Lite 105″ continues to retain the market’s #1 spot (6+) it has occupied since October 2011.

tylermikeMike Tyler Returns to Florida at Clear Channel Country Outlets.  Leaving Clear Channel’s Springfield, Massachusetts cluster where he programmed country WRNX “Kix 100.9” is Mike Tyler who moves to the Sunshine State where he’ll program the company’s country WCKT, Fort Myers “Cat Country 107.1” and WCTQ, Sarasota “106.5 CTQ Suncoast Country.”  Tyler comments, “This is an awesome opportunity to take my career and family back to Florida after 10 years.  I am so excited to be headed to WCKT and WCTQ to work for two great country stations.”  Tyler takes over for Todd Nixon who left in March.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The “Fitz in the Morning” show that’s heard on Entercom’s country outlet KKWF, Seattle “100.7 The Wolf” is off the company’s Portland country station KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf.”  No word yet on who will be KWJJ’s next morning personality…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR KHTT, Muskogee (Tulsa) “106.9 K-Hits,” morning show personalities Austin Lubeck, Crystal Page and Charlie Money exit.

edonellis logoCBS RADIO to Present ‘Ed On Ellis’ Concert.  Pop sensation Ed Sheeran will play a concert on New York’s Ellis Island as part of his “Multiple Day” promotional gigs consisting of a number of ever-growing, intimate performances in a single day around the globe in anticipation of his new album, x (pronounced ‘multiply’).  The NYC “Ed On Ellis” concert will be the largest in a series of shows during the U.S. installment of “Multiply Day” and “will serve as the conclusion to this thrilling extravaganza celebrating and demonstrating the literal concept guiding his new record.”  CBS RADIO says that “fans attending ‘Ed On Ellis’ will be treated to sweeping views of the New York skyline and Lady Liberty while listening to Sheeran play a variety of hits new and old, 10 days before the release of his new album x, which arrives on Tuesday, June 23 and is preceded by chart-topping lead single ‘Sing.’”  Tickets are only available by winning them from CBS RADIO stations across the country or by visiting Radio.com.  Sheeran announced the show this morning (5/16) on the company’s hot AC WWFS, New York “Fresh 102.7.”

duranelvisMulti-Platform ‘iHeartRadio’ Coldplay Album Release Party Airs Monday.  The Mondaycoldplayghoststories broadcast of the “iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Coldplay” – celebrating the release of Ghost Stories from the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles – will take place not only on the digital platform but will be simulcast on more than 130 Clear Channel CHR, hot AC, alternative and triple A stations across the country and via Yahoo Screen.  The event will feature a performance by Coldplay, including their new single “A Sky Full Of Stars,” plus a Q&A about the making of the record with on-air personality Elvis Duran.

sin1075 logoCBS RADIO Takes EDM Station ‘Sin 107.5’ to the Internet.  The Las Vegas EDM outlet CBS RADIO is airing on alternative KXTE 107.5’s HD2 channel is now streaming online at X1075lasvegas.com, radio.com and all radio.com apps.  “Sin 107.5” was launched in January featuring core EDM artists Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Cash Cash, Martin Garrix, Krewella, Afrojack, Disclosure and more.  Program director Charese Fruge says, “We’re having a blast with ‘Sin 107.5.’  It’s so energetic!  Pure EDM from the sexiest city in the world!  I am thrilled that we can now share it with the world at X1075lasvegas.com or Radio.com.”

territorialairwaves logoHawaiian Music Show Celebrates 35 Years.  The musical passion of radio pro Harry B. Soria, Jr. has been poured into his weekly “Territorial Airwaves” program since 1979.soriaharry  Come June 13, the show will mark its 35th anniversary broadcasting and sharing the history of the genre, continuing his mission to share the archives of 10,000 plus Hawaiian music recordings with the world.  Soria, Jr. represents the third generation in his family to broadcast a Hawaiian music show, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.  The show has been broadcast on 1420 AM KCCN, Hawaiian 105 KINE FM, AM940 All Traditional Hawaiian All the Time, hawaiian105.com, and am940hawaii.com.  The terrestrial broadcasts are heard via SummitMedia and “Territorial Airwaves” shows are now archived on demand at territorialairwaves.com.

Friday, March 15, 2013

| March 15, 2013

cclogoClear Channel Inks Retailer Target for Justin Timberlake Album Release Promotion. The partnership between Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and the Justin Timberlake camp to promote his new “20/20” album involved a multi-media arsenal sponsored by retailer Target. CC timberlakejustinannounces the many aspects of the campaign that centers around the exclusive iHeartRadio album release party with Justin Timberlake at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on March 18. The partnership includes the following elements: 1) Through an on-air contest, 120 Timberlake fans nationwide will be flown in from across the country to Los Angeles for special access to the event. The event will include a live, nationwide 30-minute on-air radio and TV broadcast special, where Justin Timberlake will discuss the making of his upcoming album and perform live with his band; 2) The event will air in target logoits entirety live on 175 Clear Channel stations around the country and stream live on Yahoo! In addition, the party will be recorded and televised on The CW Network the following evening, March 19, plus The CW special will also include an exclusive eight-minute world premiere of Timberlake’s new music video for “Mirrors.”; 3) The release party, station takeover and live stream are currently being promoted extensively by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment across its on-air and digital platforms. The album pre-promotion will culminate with a first-of-its-kind simultaneous two-minute live roadblock on 850 Clear Channel stations introducing Justin’s new music and kicking off the album release party; 4) Clear Channel Outdoor is staging a takeover of its digital billboards — hundreds of digital signs in markets across the country — that will feature a countdown clock to the album release party. Markets include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.; and 5) On March 19, Timberlake will take over all format-appropriate Clear Channel radio stations, websites and iHeartRadio.com, to play his favorite music and tracks from his new album. CCM+E will continue airing short segments with Timberlake discussing the album and how it was created for three weeks following the release, reminding listeners that they can only buy the exclusive deluxe edition of the album at Target.

loren&wallyGreater Media’s WROR, Boston Renews Loren & Wally AM Drive Team.  The longtime morning drive team of Loren Owens (left) and Wally Brine (right) has signed a new multi-year contract with Greater Media’s classic hits 105.7 WROR-FM.  The duo has been a fixture in Boston morning radio since they were first partnered up in 1981 on the 105.7 frequency that’s been home to CHR WVBF-FM, country WKLB and WCLB and, for the past 15 years, on WROR.  The station announces it has also renewed the contracts of show staffers Lauren Beckham-Falcone, Hank Morse, Brian Bell and multi-talented veteran radio personality Tom Doyle.  Boston market manager Rob Williams states, “Loren and Wally represent what’s best about local radio.  They, along with their incredible team, have built an indelibly strong relationship with their fans over the years, which is why they continue to perform at such a high level. We believe the best is yet to come and are excited to continue our partnership with Loren, Wally, and their entire cast of characters.”

streetpaula‘Q105’ Tampa Bay Names Paula Street Midday Personality.  CBS Radio’s classic hits WRBQ, Tampa Bay, “Q105” announces radio personality Paula Street – after a 20-year career in Boston at CBS Radio’s WODS – takes over the midday show.  CBS Tampa SVP and market manager Ben Hill states, “I feel very fortunate towrbq logo have Paula come to CBS Radio Tampa Bay after spending over 20 years at WODS in Boston.  To stay in one market, at one station and in the classic hits format is remarkable and we are glad to have her come to Q105.  It’s a great addition to our station especially as we celebrate 40 years of broadcasting in Tampa Bay.”  Street will follow morning show host Mason Dixon and says of her new post, “I am thrilled to join CBS Radio and become a part of such a heritage radio station like ‘Q105.’  I look forward to working with the ‘Q105’ family of Mason Dixon, Scott Walker and the rest of the ‘Q105’ staff.”

montanadannyWIL, St. Louis Shuffles Talent; Adds Duties for Danny Montana and Derrick Keith.  Hubbard Broadcasting’s country WIL, St. Louis reports that in order to enhance the radio station’s programmingkeithderrick management it is making changes to the daily host lineup beginning Monday, March 18.  The station notes that because of current demands for daily programming flexibility and client promotional needs, along with the increase in concerts and artist appearances, it is promoting Danny Montana to assistant program director and music director for ‘92.3 WIL.’  In order for him to execute these new duties, he’ll move from middays to the evening shift.  With this move, evening personality Derrick Keith slides down to the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm program that will allow him to handle additional station and client appearances.

nikolinaMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  At D.A. Peterson-owned CHR WDJQ, Canton “Q92,” music director and morning drive personality Nikolina is named program director for the station, replacing John Stewart.  Nikolina will also move to the midday shift in order to make time for her new duties.  Other changes at the station include PM drive host Mo taking his “Mo Radio Show” to the mornings with personalities Megan McCrea andbigkess Christian Aleshire.  Evening jock Rob Mackenzie moves to the afternoon drive show and Jeremiah leaves the morning show to handle the evening program…..In Fort Wayne, Summit City-owned hip hop WNHT “Wild 96.3” announces “The Big Kess Show” with Big Kess and Sara Lauer.  As a result, ripplefrancoShady Spencer moves to the afternoon drive show and Alibi is promoted from weekends to the evening program……Programmer Amy Ziebell is giving up her post as PD of Midwest Family’s adult contemporary WMGN, Madison “Magic 98” and oldies WHIT and will ease back to part-time work with the stations…..CBS Radio Tampa Bay names Franco Ripple  to the newly created position of public affairs director for the six-station cluster.  Ripple is a veteran of local and national political campaigns and government and public affairs.  His job will be to lead engagement efforts with the community.

fullmetaljackieEnvision Radio’s ‘Full Metal Jackie’ Adds Chicago-Area Signal.  Staradio Corp.’s WYKT, Wilmington, Illinois becomes an affiliate of the Envision Rock Network as its “The Kat 105.5” adds “Full Metal Jackie” to the Sunday evening lineup.  WYKT program director Freak says, “The Kat is a full-blown, blue-collar rock station made for guys that get dirty for a living on Chicago’s South Side.  We drink beer, ride motorcycles, and play rock and roll.  Jackie has the balls, the liver, and the cred to run with the bands we love, so it’s a no-brainer that she joins the family.  She’s gonna fit in just fine.”

rejoiceradio logoRejoice Networks Signs Dial Global for Ads Sales.  Dallas-based Rejoice Radio Networks enters into an agreement with Dial Global for the latter to handle all of its advertising sales startingDG-logoHorizontal April 1, 2013.  Rejoice offers a 24/7 format available to radio stations called Musical Soul Food which plays a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel music with interviews from gospel artists, nationally ministers and authors.  Rejoice Radio Networks also broadcasts live from major Gospel events like, The Stellar Awards, Rhythm of Gospel Awards and Gospel Superfest.  Dial Global president of programming Kirk Stirland states, “We see great opportunity for advertisers with the Rejoice Radio Networks.  They’re actively signing an impressive stable of giant personalities like Dottie Peoples, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jamal Bryant, Liz Black, Soulfunny and Akintunde, and with Mike Tyler aboard to help with new business development, they’ve grown from 30 affiliates to more than 200 affiliates in five months.”  Mike Tyler says, “With Dial Global handling advertising sales we can focus our attention on growing our network by adding new affiliates and new shows.”

kenttomTom Kent Radio Network Celebrates Five Years.  Music radio program producer and syndicator Tom Kent celebrates five years in the business.  Kent says his company’s journey began on March 16, 2008 with three affiliates and today surpassed the 400-station mark.   CEO Kent says, “From three stations to 408 stations in five years…our cup truly runneth over! We are both amazed and grateful.”  Recent adds for some of his company’s programs include:  Clear Channel’s AC WSUS, New York which added “Ultimate Party” for Saturdays; Sounds Good Inc.’s AC WBRX, Johnstown, Pennsylvania which picked up “C.L.A.S.S.” for Saturday and Sunday afternoons; and Georgia Eagle Media, Inc.’s classic hits WQXZ, Macon, Georgia which added “Tom Kent’s Music Magazine” for weeknights.

greenlennySuperadio and WBLS, New York Put ‘The Quiet Storm with Lenny Green’ Into Syndication.  Superadio Networks announces an agreement with YMF Media New York’s WBLS personality Lenny Green to syndicate the urban AC evening show.  “The Quiet Storm with Lenny Green” is a five-hour superadio logoprogram airing from 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight featuring music designed for listeners to relax and unwind after a long work day.  Lenny welcomes listeners home by playing their favorite R&B slow jams and later in the evening invites them into conversations about love and relationships using social media and other tools to engage the audience on-air and online.  Station affiliations and national advertising sales will be handled by Superadio.  Tony Gray of Gray Communications will serve as a consultant for the show.  WBLS program director Skip Dillard says of the show, “Lenny continues a legacy of smooth/highly produced nighttime radio lost to budget cuts many years ago.   Lenny’s insight, contacts, social networking skills and versatility makes him a fine communicator who continues to raise the bar.  Lenny will deliver a better listening experience to your audience!”  Lenny Green states, “I’m overjoyed and extremely excited to have been given a double blessing.  It’s great to personally connect with my New York, New Jersey and Connecticut listeners on WBLS-FM every weeknight.  But the added advantage is venturing out to the rest of the country with the help of Superadio.”

Lotus logoLotus Reno Stations Raise $50,000 for St. Jude’s.  The Reno, Nevada cluster of Lotus Communications Corp.’s — classic rock KOZZ, sports talk KUUB, and rock KDOT, helped raise $50,000 during its 14th Annual radiothon.  Over the course of those 14 years, the stations have helped raise more than $1 million to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in fundamental basic sciences, translational research, clinical trials and long-term follow-up for patients.  Lotus general manager Dane Wilt states, “Northern Nevada and nearly every community in the world benefits from money raised for St. Jude’s.  The research conducted at their facility is shared with hospitals around the globe.”

wral logoCool Job Opportunity.  Raleigh’s premiere adult contemporary station, “MIX 101.5” WRAL-FM, is in search of a morning show co-host.  If you know what’s important to women 25-54 and can deliver meaningful content to keep them connected, we want to hear from you.  To be considered for this position all candidates must apply online at www.cbc-raleigh.com and email a sample mp3 audio of their work to cbcjobs@cbc-raleigh.com.  Please include position number and title with mp3 email.

Friday, November 16, 2012

| November 16, 2012

RadioInfo Adds Part-Five to Six-Part Series on the State of CHR.  Today – a View of the Element of Personality by Three of its Greats: Scott Shannon, Kris Erik Stevens, and John Landecker.  Over the next two weekdays, in a special series that kicked off on Monday (11/12), RadioInfo spotlights top 40/CHR’s past, present, and future through the collective eyes and minds of a variety of front-line industry experts.  This ambitious set of articles written by Mike Kinosian includes the observations of programmers and talent from the colorful segments of the spectrum including mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR and neighboring hot AC.  CHR is one of the most vibrant, omnipresent formats in radio history and it is going through one of its cyclical hot phases as the music world keeps churning out a veritable galaxy of stars and the PPM kindly reflects fascinating new listener demo patterns such as the “mother/daughter connection.”  RadioInfo speaks with a panel of the genre’s leading practitioners including Tommy Austin, Alan Burns, Tony Gray, Brian Kelly, John Landecker, Joe Puglise, Rob Roberts, Scott Shannon, Jimmy Steal, Kris Erik Stevens, Greg Strassell, Terri Thomas, Kevin Weatherly, Guy Zapoleon and more who share their experiences, opinions and insights to create a picture of what makes the dynamic world of CHR tick in 2012.  The RadioInfo special concludes this coming Monday (11/19) with a comprehensive mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR ratings overview.  Today’s installment presents three of the format’s most influential forces both on the air and behind the scenes.  Scott Shannon discusses his formidable role in the creation of CHR powerhouse WHTZ (Z-100), New York.  Hardly an April Fool’s Day gag, it was another of radio’s noteworthy ironies when “Z100″ rival WPLJ hired Shannon on April 1, 1991 to be its program director/morning talent.  More than 21 years later, Shannon is still at the now Cumulus Media-owned hot AC property.  On-air talent remains a pet subject of the inductee to both the National Association of Broadcasters (2003) and National Radio (2006) halls of fame.  “Frankly, many companies don’t want personalities who rise above the others because of budgets,” declares Shannon, who a number of years ago, was boosted to vice programming of programming for WPLJ.  “I am not saying companies purposefully avoid having personalities, but there really doesn’t seem to be much training going on in the business.  There certainly is not as much as there was before.”  There is a very thin line, Shannon opines, between a good hot AC and a CHR.  “The music might be a little bit different but it is still about passion and excitement,” he stresses.  “Compelling content is more important than ever because everyone now has the same tools.  I listen to CHR radio and, if I had to, I could certainly program it again.  It still is exciting radio.  The problem is that too many stations sound alike.  Stations have the same information and research.  Many stations around the country even have the same personalities.  There are some great ones out there but I am a little concerned about where future ones will come from.  They were able to rear their heads in the past; I hope that will continue.”  Today’s approach is completely different from former WLS, Chicago great Kris Erik Stevens’ remembrances of true personality radio.  “It is not even close,” he flatly declares.  “I don’t recognize radio people as personalities hardly at all today.  You are lucky if you are able to say just your name – it is amazing.  In most cases, they have no personality.  It is another flip-card situation.  You can hear how restricted they are.  No one is allowing personality radio.  There is no reason for you to listen to radio unless you can find a personality but there are not many of them.  To be perfectly honest, I worked with some people in radio who did not have a very good personality.  They were not overly popular on the station but the station was popular.  They had good voices and filled in the blanks but there were others who really made things happen.  That was personality.  When I put it out there, I promise I got it back tenfold.”  Quite often the “good old radio days” can be blown out of proportion but Midwest radio legend John Landecker points out that Chicago’s WLS-AM was “certainly as magical as you remember” – at least for a while.  “There was a time from 1970 to about 1980 that it was very special,” the iconic nighttime personality states.  “There was a synergy, unity, and common purpose among every department at the station.  It included literally everyone from air talent, programming, management, sales, news, engineering, and promotions.  While I cannot speak for everyone else, it certainly appeared to me that we were all having a really, good time.”  Weekend parties were commonplace at the homes of various staff members and people from all departments would attend.  “It was not just air talent hanging out with air talent,” Landecker emphasizes.  “They were all in tandem with one another.  Those of us on the air had an expression that it was our goal to use the radio station as ‘a tool for our amusement.’  If anyone else caught on, that was great.  That however was not the primary directive at the time.”  Anyone lucky enough to have an air-shift on “The Big 89″ when it was a top 40 powerhouse was expected to infuse some kind of personality.  “That applied to everyone in every day-part,” explains the cerebral Landecker, an inductee in the Radio Wing of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  “We goofed on one another and showed up on each other’s shows.  In the late-1980s/early-1990s, FM music station programmers pretty much eliminated any kind of ‘personality’ after morning drive.  It is still that way so people are not afforded the opportunity to do something totally different and unique because stations are not programmed that way anymore.”  Read the entire story here.

Premiere Networks Expands Nikki Sixx-Best Buy Relationship.  The “Sixx Sense Rock: The Best Rock on the Radio” promotion Premiere Networks began with retailer Best Buy back in July is growing and adding Sixx Sense The Magazine to the mix.  This summer, some 700 Best Buy stores put up Sixx Sense Rock displays featuring a collection of rock albums curated by rocker and Premiere radio show host Nikki Sixx.  Now, Premiere Networks and Best Buy announce they are extending the relationship and adding a Sixx Sense-branded mini-magazine to the displays.  The publication features more than 40 pages of exclusive content from the radio show, new interviews with Nikki Sixx, Kerri Kasem, today’s most relevant music artists, and much more.  The magazine will also be available for purchase on www.BestBuy.com starting November 19 through the end of 2012.  Sixx says, “I am really proud and excited to extend the Sixx Sense – Best Rock On The Radio campaign at Best Buy with a first-time-ever Sixx Sense magazine. This is a partnership based on passion and love of music.”

Lady Antebellum Sits in for Blair Garner Next Week.  Country’s Lady Antebellum will guest host Premiere Networks’ “After MidNite” November 22 through 26, giving host Blair Garner some holiday vacation time.  Additionally, the group will join Garner for the program’s Thanksgiving Day special.  Garner says, “As we kick off the holiday season, I am so glad that Lady A, with a new holiday album out, will be sitting in for me so I can start my shopping early and spend some extra time with my family.  Lady A has taken time out of the studio to join us, and the entire ‘After MidNite’ crew is so grateful to these superstars of country!”  “After MidNite with Blair Garner” is heard on more than 230 stations across the country.

Shamrock to Debut “105.3 Martini Radio” in Reno.  The third of Shamrock Radio’s four new FM signals in the Reno market will hit the airwaves soon.  The company announces KZTI will be called “105.3 Martini Radio” and will be a “standards format with a modern twist.”  Shamrock announces the core artists the station will feature saying, “‘105.3 Martini Radio’ is your ultimate lounge act.  Take one part Sinatra, one part Dean Martin, one part Tony Bennett, add a splash of Michael Bublé, Adele, Norah Jones, mix them together to create the smoothest most refreshing Martini you’ve ever had.  Music that’s shaken, not stirred.  From Rat Pack to Brat Pack!  That is what ‘105.3 Martini Radio’ will be!”  So far, Shamrock has debuted news/talk KNEZ “107.3 K-News” and alternative KRZQ.  The format for the fourth FM – KWNZ – is yet to be announced.

Townsquare Media’s KWFS, Wichita Falls Becomes 102.3 Blake FM.  In Wichita Falls, Texas, Townsquare Media drops the “Lonestar 102.3” image and local programming for its country outlet and goes with Folger Media’s syndicated Blake FM country format.  This is the fourth station to pick up Folger Media’s Blake FM after the initial Blake FM — Townsquare’s KQBR, Lubbock, Texas adopted the format several months ago.   Folger Media president Joel Folger created the format.  Joining Folger in consulting Blake FM is country music programming veteran Kevin Christopher, who programs Jake FM in Oklahoma City.  Rick Andrews from Blake FM in Amarillo was instrumental in helping with this launch.

Kenn Brown Named GSM and Mike Cheney Named LSM at Horizon Broadcasting Group.  The six station Horizon Broadcasting Group (HBG) has added two longtime Central Oregon broadcast managers to its roster.  Kenn Brown has been named general sales manager and Mike Cheney has been named local sales manager of the Bend, Oregon-based company’s outlets.  “I am delighted to have Kenn and Mike join our sales management team in Bend,” Keith Shipman, president/ CEO of HBGroup tells RadioInfo.  “They have wonderful perspective of this market and we are looking forward to their leadership of our sales efforts.”  Brown has worked in radio since 1972 managing stations in Oregon, Washington, and Nevada including KGW-AM, Portland. He was GSM for Combined Communications, Inc. in Bend from 1993 until 2011.  Cheney has been in the Central Oregon radio market for over 25 years with KGRL and KXIQ.  He was also GM for Capps Broadcasting stations in Ontario and built and managed KCMB-FM in Baker City and La Grande, Oregon.  He was GM of Combined Communications, Inc.’s radio stations in Central Oregon from 1990 until 2011.  Horizon Broadcasting Group, LLC owns and operates five radio stations in Central Oregon, and operates KBNW-AM (1340 and 104.5) under an LMA with Summit Broadcasting Group, LLC.  HBG’s stations include classic hits KQAK-FM (105.7), hot AC KWPK-FM “The Peak 104.1,” AC KLTW-FM “Lite 95.7,” KWLZ-FM (simulcasting KBNW-AM at 96.5) and country KRCO-AM (690).  HBG also operates www.mycentraloregon.com.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Brent Alberts departs Greater Media’s classic rock WCSX, Detroit after two years at the helm.  Greater Media vice president of program development Buzz Knight is handling the programming of the station for now……Pio Ferro is named program director at Beasley Broadcasting’s rhythmic CHR WPOW, Miami “Power 96.”  Ferro comes to Miami after having served as VP of Spanish programming for CBS Radio and program director at KMVK, Dallas “Mega 107.5”…..Hubbard Radio’s adult hits WARH, St. Louis “106.5 The Arch” promoted weekender Robert Fithen to evening host.

Rejoice Radio Networks Names Mike Tyler VP of Operations.  Mike Tyler is also the owner and operator of Broadcast Affiliate Sales and this new position is structured to allow him to continue that venture.  As VP of operations for Rejoice Radio Networks and Musical Soul Food, Tyler is being charged with overseeing the company’s expansion.  President and CEO Mike Chandler says, “Everyone at Rejoice is ecstatic that we have hired the network veteran Mike Tyler. Rejoice is expanding rapidly by adding daily features, choirs, specials and lots more programming.  We know we have hired the right person to take our network to the next level.”  Tyler states, “I am delighted to be joining Rejoice Radio Networks to help them chart the future of this fabulous radio network.  I see a very bright future for this network…We are seeking new talent for voice work and new shows and we plan to add an unlimited number of motivational and informational daily features. We will be offering service and products to help our affiliates gain audience and revenue. We will be developing partnerships with many companies from, apps, mobile websites, Texting, social media, streaming and all new tech companies. We want to negotiate the very best deals possible with the very best companies possible to help our affiliates.”

Friday, August 31, 2012

| August 31, 2012

 

Reports of Mel Selling Sirius XM Shares Raises Eyebrows.  In a release issued after yesterday’s closing bell, news from Sirius XM Satellite Radio that CEO Mel Karmazin will be selling an additional 30 million shares of the publicly traded company (Sirius XM SIRI) this fall has both Wall Street and radio industry observers speculating as to what it means. Considering the timing involved – Mel’s contract is up this year and major investor Liberty Media (LMCA) is closing in seeking control – there is evidence to support the educated guess that the company’s chief is heading for the door.  Other possibilities include that Mel is simply cashing in his chips for a job clearly well done or that it is a maneuver to throw an obstacle in the way of Liberty taking control.  The price to exercise the 30 million options shares is $0.43. This means the shares will cost Karmazin $12,900,000. If he were to sell them all at $2.50 the price would be a cool $75,000,000, delivering a profit of $62,100,000.  Analyst Spencer Osbourne writes in the Seeking Alpha newsletter, “I can imagine that the news relating to an insider at Sirius XM selling 30,000,000 shares will not be well received by the market. Be prepared, because this news is going to cause some wild speculation and debate. I would not be surprised to see the stock price move down on this news. Between the Liberty cloud and now the Karmazin cloud, the uncertainty is building for Sirius XM.”

Jorge Sedano Joins WQAM as PD and PM Drive Host.  The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports that South Florida sports media personality Jorge Sedano is taking the program director role at Beasley Broadcasting’s sports talk WQAM that was left vacant when Lee Feldman exited for interests outside of the media field.  Sedano, who left Lincoln Financial Media’s WAXY, Miami in April to pursue TV work, will also become the afternoon drive host while current PM drive guy Dan Sileo will move to the 11:00 am to 1:00 pm slot left vacant by Michael Irvin’s recent departure.  South Florida media chatter indicates Sileo was originally being considered for the midday slot but was hired for middays when he became available after exiting WDAE, Tampa and Sid Rosenberg was suddenly let go from the PM drive slot.  Sedano recently was hired to host the pre- and post-game shows for Miami Heat games on the Sun Sports telecasts.  He also is a part-time sportscaster for WFOR-TV, Miami – CBS4.  Sedano tells the Herald, “From a lifestyle perspective, this makes the most sense.  When I left 790, I needed to harness my skills and work on the craft and it’s led me to this position on the TV side, so it obviously paid off.   I felt if I wanted to get back in radio, and it was a perfect situation, I would get back.  This is perfect situation.  I can put my imprint on the radio station.”

Yankees Baseball Stays on WCBS, New York for at Least One More Season.  The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick reported it earlier yesterday and CBS Radio confirms it in a release.  Apparently the Yankees have rejected overtures from ESPN to join the company’s new FM-enhanced sports talk outlet WEPN for they will stay with WCBS for the 2013 season.  Numerous industry watchers had expected to see a big bidding war for Yankees baseball and perhaps we’ll see that next season but if this report is correct, it’ll be another year before CBS Radio and Disney/ESPN battle it out for Yankees rights.

Programmer Rick Vaughn Takes Reins of Power 96.1 in Atlanta.  Vaughn was most recently PD at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s 103.5 Kiss FM in Chicago and now he moves south to head up CC’s new Atlanta CHR.  Clear Channel Atlanta operations manager Brian Michel says in a statement, “I am proud to have Rick Vaughn — one of the most respected programmers in the country and a true Top 40 specialist — take the reins as PD for both the new Power 96.1 and our Rhythmic Top 40 product, WILD 105.7 & 96.7.  I look forward to building great brands with Rick and making Clear Channel Atlanta even better.”

Emmis Delivers Good News to Staff in the Form of Bonuses.  Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan issued an e-mail memo to staffers informing them that they would be receiving cash bonuses to reward their loyalty and dedication to the company during these tough economic times.  Full-time employees will be getting a $1,000 bonus while part-time staffers will each get $250.  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison states, “We need to hear about more such moves in this business.  Jeff Smulyan is not only a radio visionary, he is also an enlightened leader whose sensitivity to the needs and feelings of his employees is a management model worthy of emulation.”

Salem Communications to Pay Q3 Dividend.  The board of directors of Salem Communications declares a dividend for the third quarter of 2012 that will pay shareholders of Class A and Class B common stock 3 and ½ cents per share.  The dividend will be paid to all shareholders of record as of September 14 and will be paid on September 28.

Bill Rehkopf Returns to KDKA, Pittsburgh.  The former morning news man at CBS Radio’s KDKA-AM, Pittsburgh returns to the Steel City after being involved in the start-up of the company’s Washington, DC all-newser WNEW-FM.  Rehkopf was the featured morning drive anchor at the station.  Now, he’ll anchor KDKA-AM’s “KDKA Afternoon News” from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Current anchor Rose Ryan-Douglas remains with the station to work on the PM drive show.  In a statement, Rehkopf says, “Working in the nation’s capital was extremely exciting and rewarding.  However, my family and I have deep roots in Pittsburgh and this is a terrific opportunity at KDKA.  It’s a perfect professional fit for me and works well for my family.  I look forward to providing Pittsburgh with a quality program of essential news, information and entertainment to wrap up their work day.”

Future of Harrisburg Rocker Uncertain in Aftermath of Citadel-Cumulus Merger.  Among the reverberations of the Citadel-Cumulus merger was a Department of Justice edict that Cumulus divest itself of two Harrisburg properties and one Flint, Michigan facility.  That process commenced nearly a year ago and October 1 will mark the 12-month deadline to complete transactions in those metros.  One Harrisburg property, country-formatted “Red 102.3″ (WCAT-FM), is in the process of being sold for $400,000 and, as of last week, an agreement is said to be in-place for Flint’s, “Classic Rock Authority” WRSR-FM.  Still left in a precarious position however is “The Rock of Central PA” – Harrisburg’s WTPA-FM – a facility that has been airing some version of rock programming for the past 32 years.  According to general manager/program director/morning show talent Chris Tyler, “quite a few people” have “kicked the tires” for WTPA, but the station’s trustee, Georgia-based Eddie Esserman, has not been able to come to terms with anyone.  “DOJ wants us to be run separately from the Cumulus stations and we are doing things through Eddie’s guidance,” Tyler tells RadioInfo in an exclusive interview.  “We are at the point now where the DOJ is running out of patience, saying if we do not have a buyer by October 1, they want us to auction off the station.  The FCC does not seem to have the same sense of urgency as the DOJ; Eddie is trying everything he can to put something together.  He has received several bids but thought they were too low.”  The concept that anyone could buy the station and do whatever they wanted with it did not sit well with Tyler so a “Save WTPA” campaign was launched.  “It would be a shame for a new owner to decide to take the station in a new direction,” he comments.  To read the full details of this real life radio drama read today’s RadioInfo feature story by Mike Kinosian by clicking here.

Ryan Seacrest and Partners Exit Bidding for Dick Clark Productions.  According to the Wall Street Journal, after talks, Ryan Seacrest and his equity partners H Lee Partners and Bain Capital have decided not to stay in the running to buy Dick Clark Productions which produces the “American Music Awards,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”  Experts believe the company will eventually sell for a few hundred million dollars.

New Jersey 101.5 Offering Talent Show Prizes from Weekend Music Show.  Although known as one of the first and most successful FM talkers in the nation, Townsquare Media’s WKXW, Trenton (“New Jersey 101.5”) also features a menu of hit music programming on its weekends.  As a matter of fact, the station will be launching into its “Endless Summer Weekend” for Labor Day weekend featuring New Jersey’s “Top 20 Party Songs” from New Jersey artists such as The Four Seasons, Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, and Bon Jovi.   This Sunday night the station presents the “BIG Joe Jersey Talent Show Finals” on the beach at Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach hosted by station weekend DJ BIG Joe Henry. The show will feature the best performers from the on-going summer-long contest hosted by Henry.  This is the biggest year ever in the show’s 10-year history with the grand prize winner taking home $2,000 cash, a piano from Worldwide Piano and a new Honda Civic LX from Open Road Honda of Edison.  Past contestants at this free event on the beach have gone on to perform on American Idol, America’s Got Talent, 0n Broadway and have even been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Affiliation Roundup.  Benztown Radio Network morning show “The Todd N Tyler Radio Empire” hosted by Mike Tyler and Todd Brandt replaces the syndicated version of Mark & Brian at KXFM, Santa Maria/San Luis Obispo.  Station OM Dave Daniels tells, RadioInfo, “We are excited to ‘blow up’ our morning drive with TNT! Todd N Tyler are the only guys with big enough feet to fill Mark & Brian’s shoes.”….. Tom Kent’s lineup of stations grows by five more on The Tom Kent Radio Network. They are WMXW (103.3 FM),  Binghamton; WBBI (107.5 FM) Binghamton; WMTK (106.3 FM), Littleton, NH; WZNJ (106.5 FM), Domopolis, AL;  and KSYZ (107.7 FM), Grand Isle, NE.  Tom Kent tells RadioInfo, “We knew it was going to be a HOT summer with affiliates but somebody hose me down! Our stations keep telling us over and over that we suck far less than all the other guys! Seriously, we do radio with passion and that’s giving us a roster of winners with the same passion for great radio!”

More News. Scott Miller and Jeff Blanchard of the Scott & Jeff show will host what sources in Cleveland are calling a tryout show on Clear Channel’s WTAM, Cleveland Saturday, September 1 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  The duo was the morning show on CBS Radio’s crosstown classic rocker WNCX until the fall of 2010 when they were replaced by Maxwell…..Recent “Amazing Race” contestant Vanessa Macias lands a gig on Cox Media’s country Y100 in San Antonio (KCYY) on the Jeff Roper morning show.  Macias was also a TV personality on KENS-TV in San Antonio…..Midwest Family Broadcasting flips classic hits KOSP, Springfield, Missouri to rhythmic CHR as “The Beat 92.9.”….The Dave Matthews Band launches its own Sirius XM channels this weekend with a live broadcast. “Dave Matthews Band Radio” will launch on Saturday September 1st at 11:00 pm EST and will run through Sunday September 30th on Sirius channel 142 and XM channel 43 and will be available as a 24/7 channel online on channel 714 and through the Sirius XM internet radio app…..Clear Channel is moving all seven of its Portland, OR radio stations and company administrative offices to a new 26,000 square foot home at Triangle Pointe, near Highway 217 and Interstate 5 in Tigard.  The move will be complete by the end of September.

Attention Radio Sales Staffers! Your Job Was Born 90 Years Ago This Week.  This week marks the 90th anniversary of the first sale of radio time.  It was back in 1922 when New York radio station WEAF – owned by Bell Telephone Company – sold a 10-minute commercial to the Hawthorne Court Apartments in Jackson Heights, New York for $50.  At about 5:00 pm on August 28, 1922 a pitch for the apartment complex was made to anyone who happened to be listening and the business of commercial radio was born.  It didn’t take off like a rocket, as radio historians will tell you, but it certainly was the beginning of an industry.  NPR produced a fantastic segment commemorating this event.  Listen to the segment or read the transcript at NPR’s site here. (Photo: MTM Enterprises)