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Pop, rock, AC and urban can take a creative lead from country
By Rob Stevens
One Stone Productions, Ltd.
NEW YORK — I’m in the music making side of the record biz. Exec producer, producer, mixer, musician, etc. Eleven Billboard #1s. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Herbie Hancock, John Lennon (posthumous anthology), ONO’s recent string of dance hits, and scores of current top shelf EDM performers and remixers.
I’m also a big fan. I’ve got high school and teenage kids who turn me on to the rare artist I haven’t yet turned them on to.
So I’m a hybrid. Not some putt-putt Prius; more like one of those new Lexus power ‘brids, or my beloved “05 Accord hybrid with the 270 hp internal combustion engine AND a battery to make acceleration from 30-60 feel like you’re in a banal looking Porche.
So much for my street and corner office cred.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — That seems to sum up where the losses of all-Christmas music stations went. There was a little something for every format.
Taking its turn to go under the January 2014 ratings microscope is hot AC, which joins previous subjects adult hits, CHR, classic rock, news, and rock.
Mirroring previous guidelines, hot AC stations featured in this 6+, full-week scoreboard had to have finished in the top 20 in their respective markets in the January 2014 report; only Nielsen Audio subscribers appear in their printed data and consequently here as well.
BY Walter Sabo
NEW YORK – This past Friday (10/18) over 3000 people attended the College Music Journal Festival at New York University sponsored by CMJ. www.cmj.com/marathon
In my opinion, it is the best organized music/music radio conference, with a robust agenda covering radio, music and tech. Stunning performances by hundreds of bands including the powerful group Dismemberment.
Cumulus Revenue Up 3.1% in Q2. As Cumulus Media prepares to hold an investors’ conference call this morning at 11:00 am ET, the company releases Q2 revenue figures that highlight a 3.1% increase in net revenue on $289.7 million compared to the same quarter one year ago. The company notes, “This increase was attributable to a $4.3 million increase in local advertising revenue, a $3.9 million increase in revenue related to digital initiatives and a $2.8 million increase in revenue due to the addition of stations in the Bloomington and Peoria markets we acquired from Townsquare Media in July 2012. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $2.3 million in cyclical political revenue.” Chairman and CEO Lew Dickey issued the following statement, “This was a solid quarter earmarked by revenue growth and strong expense management. Our targeted growth initiatives are ramping on schedule and our merger integration and problem market turnarounds are largely complete.”
CCM&E Parent Clear Channel Media Holdings Names Richard Bressler President and CFO. Richard Bressler has served as chief financial officer of Time Warner and Viacom and managing director at Thomas H. Lee Partners. His installment as president and CFO of Clear Channel Media Holdings means he replaces Tom Casey, who served in that position for the past three years. The company says, “As president of CC Media Holdings, Inc. and Clear Channel Communications, Inc., Bressler will work closely with Bob Pittman on the further development of strategies and initiatives to ensure that Clear Channel capitalizes on its unique assets.” In a statement, Pittman comments, “I know Rich very well, and we have even worked together – twice – at Time Warner. He has been an invaluable strategic partner for us in his position at Thomas H. Lee Partners, and now he will play an even bigger role in helping Clear Channel fully maximize our unparalleled assets, working closely with me, John Hogan and William Eccleshare and the rest of our leadership team to continue to build the leading multi-platform media and entertainment company in the U.S. with global reach. I recruited Rich for this role because there are few people who have as deep an understanding as he does of our company and the opportunities we have to lead the industry in helping marketers meet the demands of increasingly connected consumers. I’m confident that he’ll add another layer of expertise and experience as we take the company to its next level of growth, and will be a tremendous leader for our financial team. His keen strategic, financial and analytical skills will be a huge asset to all of Clear Channel.” In reporting this story The Wall Street Journal notes that “CC Media reported that its  first-quarter loss sharply widened as revenue dropped, while sister company Clear Channel Outdoor logged a wider loss amid higher expenses tied to interest, depreciation and amortization.”
Kidd Kraddick Had Enlarged Heart and Blocked Arteries. The preliminary autopsy report from a Louisiana coroner’s office indicates that nationally syndicated morning personality Kidd Kraddick had an enlarged heart and arterial blockage and that he probably developed an irregular heartbeat, according to a report published on MSN. Jefferson Parish deputy coroner Dr. Granville Morse is quoted saying that the autopsy is not final because toxicology tests are not back. He notes that Kraddick’s heart was enlarged by cardiac disease and three coronary arteries were 40% to 80% blocked and that those conditions can lead to an irregular heartbeat and collapse. Initial reports had speculated Kraddick may have suffered a brain aneurysm. Kraddick collapsed while being driven to the emergency room after becoming ill during a golf tournament in a New Orleans suburb. Doctors tried to revive him at the hospital.
Music Radio without DJs Is Like Listening to Someone Else’s Very Limited Capacity iPod That’s Been Infected with Commercials. That is what legendary, multi-award-winning radio producer/writer Gary Theroux says in a new exclusive RadioInfo opinion piece posted today (7/30) inspired by yesterday’s Duane Doobie column, “Bring Back the Disc Jockey.” Theroux brings up some powerful points that the architects of today’s hot music formats should heed in strategizing exactly what music radio must do to retake ownership of music culture here in the 21st Century. To read the entirety of Theroux’s compelling piece, please click here.
Journal Broadcast Group Names Natalie Randall to KSPW, Springfield, MO PD Gig; Ron Harris Named OM at Boise Cluster. Journal Broadcast Group announces two big hires. First, at CHR KSPW, Springfield, Missouri “Power 96.5,” Natalie Randall is named program director. Randall comes to Journal from Midwest Communications’ CHR WMGI, Terre Haute where she was brand manager and served as both midday and afternoon personality during her time there. Prior to that, she was music director for Entercom’s CHR WFBC, Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina “B93.7” where she was voted “Favorite Radio Personality” twice. Journal Springfield OM Valorie Knight states, “It wasn’t easy to find an individual that can lead a successful heritage station as well as manage and coach a #1 morning team. Natalie is a talented programmer, has a great personality and loves to do great radio! I look forward to working with her and having great success with her leadership.” At Journal’s Boise cluster, the company announces Ron Harris is the new operations manager where he’ll be in charge of classic hits KTHI “107.1 K-Hits,” triple A KRVB “94.9 The River,” rock KQXR “100.3 The X,” and classic rock KJOT “Variety Rock 105.1.” Harris most recently served as OM with Cherry Creek Radio in the Tri-Cities market. He’s also worked for Clear Channel in the Yakima, Washington market and was an air personality at Seattle’s famous KNDD “107.7 The End.” Harris comments on his new gig, “I am beyond thrilled to be moving to Boise and to have the opportunity to work for one of the finest companies in our industry, Journal Broadcast Group. It would be a massive understatement to say that I am stoked!”
Tripp West Named Night Personality at ‘B98.5’ Atlanta. Cox Media Group announces Tripp West is the new evening personality at adult contemporary WSB-FM, Atlanta “B98.5” effective today (7/30). Part of West’s duties include his serving as sister news/talk WSB-AM’s overnight operator. WSB-FM program director Chris Eagan says, “Tripp brings extensive studio and operations knowledge to WSB and a terrific on-air delivery to ‘B98.5.’ I have no doubt he will be an outstanding addition to both teams as we strive to inform, inspire, entertain and improve the Atlanta community.” West has worked in the Atlanta market for the past 16 years and served most recently at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WYAY. He says, “What a great opportunity with a terrific company. ‘B98.5’ is such a strong Atlanta radio brand, and I’m thrilled and honored to be part of the team.”
Matt Bell to Run Clear Channel’s Lima-Marion, Ohio Stations. Clear Channel announces Matt Bell will serve as the market manager for its eight radio stations in the Lima and Marion, Ohio markets. Bell, who most recently served with Cumulus as general sales manager of rock WCGX and CHR WNCI, returns to the company he began his career with as an account executive eight years ago. Bell says in a statement, “I’m so excited to take what I’ve learned in Columbus back home to Lima and Marion. I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue to grow my career in the market where it started. I’m confident I will lead our cluster to continued revenue growth and ratings success for years to come.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Tom “Jake” Jacobsen is the new general manager at Pamal Broadcasting’s five-station cluster in Glens Falls, New York. He makes the move after six-plus years at Townsquare Media’s country WGNA, Albany as brand manager and PM drive host…..Centennial Licensing names Scott Brady music director, APD and midday personality at hot AC WINC, Winchester, Virginia…..PD and morning drive host Mike Logan (Michael Czarnecki) leaves Bi-Coastal Media’s CHR KIFS, Medford , Oregon “107.5 Kiss FM” after a little more than four months in the position.
MEDIA BROKER SPOTLIGHT: Roger Rafson of CMS Station Brokerage. In this week’s installment of Media Broker Spotlight, Sandi Bergman of RadioTVDeals.com interviews media broker Roger Rafson of CMS Station Brokerage in Pittsburgh. Rafson has been in radio since he was 11 years old and has a passion for the medium. He is also optimistic about the deal business and agrees with this publication’s philosophy that now is a good time for out-of-work top executives and first-time entrants to get into ownership and roll up their sleeves at some really fine local opportunities. His company specializes in small- and medium-market station sales. He says, “I’ve never felt comfortable pontificating about the state of the media brokerage/station sales category as a whole. What I can tell you about is what comes across my desk. Yes, we are busy. We sold 14 stations in 2012 and already in 2013 we’ve sold nine. I do get the sense that the worst of the recession is behind us. Better days lie ahead.” He offers up several of these opportunities as well. To read the entire installment of Media Broker Spotlight, please click here.
Boston Radio Pro George Knight to Join Emerson College’s WERS, Boston. Boston radio personality George Knight – who’s worked at Boston stations including WBOS, WKLB and WMJX – joins Emerson College to host the morning show on its radio station WERS where he will mentor students at the station and co-host its morning program weekdays from 6:00 am to 10:00 am. The school says that “while professional staff have overseen management and operations at WERS since 1949, Knight will be the station’s first professional on-air staff member.” Station general manager Jack Casey comments, “Collaboration is a long tradition at WERS, and we believe it’s the best way to serve our students and our listeners. We’re delighted to welcome George Knight to the WERS team. He is passionate about music, is a fan of the station’s music format, and brings a wealth of experience that will greatly benefit those students who want to become part of the radio industry.” Most recently, Knight has been the evening show host and station voice at pubcaster WUMB, Boston, an NPR affiliate based at UMass Boston.
Greg Kihn to Publish New Novel Rubber Soul. Rock artist and longtime radio personality Greg Kihn is preparing to publish his latest novel that takes place in a rock ‘n’ roll setting – actually, a pretty famous rock ‘n’ roll setting: the lives of The Beatles. The book is titled Rubber Soul (Premier Digital Publishing 2013) and, according to the publisher, “asks the question ‘Were The Beatles almost assassinated in Manila in 1966?’ Rubber Soul is part murder mystery, part coming-of-age story, and a 100% action-packed ride through Beatlemania. With historical details that are 100% accurate, Rubber Soul offers a thrilling ‘it could have happened’ scenario of an alleged plot by Ferdinand Marcos loyalists to assassinate The Beatles in Manila, Philippines, after they snubbed the Marcos family, blowing off a reception at the palace and narrowly avoiding an international incident. It could have happened.” The book will be published in paper and digital formats on September 3. Kihn will appear at The Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago August 9-11 to promote the novel.
Comedian Sheryl Underwood to Host Afternoons at Hip Hop ‘The Juice FM 107.3’ in Toledo. Welch Communications announces comedian, “The Talk” cast member and Steve Harvey show contributor Sheryl Underwood will begin hosting the drive time radio show “Sheryl Underwood in the Afternoon” on its hip hop outlet WJUC, Toledo “The Juice FM 107.3” August 2 in what sounds like the beginning of a syndication effort. The station says in a statement, “Sheryl and the crew, broadcasting from ‘The Juice’ studios, will be live the entire month of August, putting their particular spin on the topics people are talking about…According to Sheryl the show fits right in to the taping schedule for ‘The Talk,’ which she co-hosts on CBS Television, and her philanthropic endeavors.” Underwood comments, “I am excited and proud to be working in Toledo, especially at this station. I feel like I’ve got new friends and a new family. I’m looking forward to being on the radio again. I’ve wanted to do this for a while. I believe that there is room on the radio for diverse voices. The radio experiences that I had with the ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show,’ and hosting ‘The Sheryl Underwood Show’ on Jamie Foxx’s ‘The Foxxhole’ (on SiriusXM) as well as my current role as a contributor on ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show,’ have brought me to this place.” The press release goes on to say, “Underwood, along with her ‘Super Producer,’ will lead an on-air cast that includes the talented comedian Kyle Erby and The Juice’s own Tisha Lee and Charlie Mack.”
Get Credit for Your Hard Work, Audit Your PPM Encoding. Bonneville Seattle creative director Chris Pendl writes in this RadioInfo column that it’s a very wise move to take the time to audit your PPM encoding ASAP. Pendl says, “With radio audiences fragmented on different distribution platforms, it’s important to confirm all of our published content has the proper encoding to receive listening credit. Regardless if you’re simulcasting commercials on your digital platforms, if you’re not using PPM-encoded audio to distribute content you’re missing out.” In this must-read piece targeted to programmers, Pendl details why this is so important and provides a step-by-step plan for working with the good folks at Arbitron to make sure your PPM encoding is up to snuff. Read his entire column here.
The Conclave Is Off and Running in Minneapolis. The nation’s longest-running national radio conference is in full swing in Minneapolis. Conclave 38 featured a multi-dimensional, all-afternoon presentation yesterday (7/17) by Fred Jacobs‘ Jacobs Media titled “Jacobs Media Summer School.” This morning (7/18), RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison delivered the keynote (pictured here). In it he addressed the future role of talent as radio continues to evolve and adapt itself to the new digital era. He drew applause when he stated that music radio must bring back the active disc jockey and reclaim ownership of the music culture – just as news/talk radio has claimed ownership of the political culture and sports talk radio has claimed ownership of the sports culture – in order to survive. Look for extensive coverage of the three-day event including a video of Harrison’s speech shortly in RadioInfo.
Management Re-Alignment at Entercom Sacramento Eliminates Curtiss Johnson’s Station Manager Position. The management at Entercom’s Sacramento cluster announced to staffers that 18-year programmer Curtiss Johnson’s position is being eliminated and he’ll exit the stations Friday. Vice president and market manager Sean Shannon stated in a memo, “I regret to announce that as part of re-engineering our programming department, Curtiss Johnson’s station manager position will be eliminated. Curtiss will be assisting with the transition through this Friday, July 19.” As part of the transition, classic rock KSEG “Eagle 96.9” assistant PD Brian Lopez is taking over the PD role there and will also be responsible for sports talk KCTC (the simulcast of KNBR, San Francisco). Johnson says in a statement, “It was an incredibly successful 18 years in Sacramento as brand manager for KRXQ, KWOD and KSEG professionally. But the part I will cherish and miss the most is the people I worked with. So many will be friends for life. Entercom Sacramento is a special place with a chemistry in the building that few places in the radio industry can match.”
Entercom Boston Snags Andrew Kaiser for Imaging Director at Rock WAAF. Andrew Kaiser is leaving his role at Red Wolf Broadcasting’s alternative WMRQ, Waterbury/Hartford “Radio 104” to join Entercom’s rock WAAF, Boston effective August 5. WAAF program director Ron Valeri states, “Andrew’s high energy, passion for his craft and creative ideas will make an immediate, material difference for the WAAF on-air and online brands.” WAAF says Kaiser brings a wealth of industry experience from his time at ‘Radio 104’ where he served as both creative services director as well as morning drive and evening host of the alternative format station. Kaiser’s duties with the station will include the audio production of the creative elements, adding his spin to the overall sound of WAAF. Kaiser says, “WAAF is one of the great rock stations in the country and to say I’m excited about this opportunity would be a massive understatement. I’m looking forward to working with and achieving much success with my team at WAAF and my new colleagues at Entercom Boston.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Marcus D. Najera exits CBS Radio’s hot AC KLLC, San Francisco “Alice@97.3” where he’d been APD and afternoon host since 2008…..Clear Channel brings Josie Lane aboard to co-host the morning drive show with Dan McClain at country WDRM, Huntsville “Country 102.”…..Program director Picazzo Stevens leaves Cumulus Media’s hip hop KVYB, Santa Barbara, California “103.3 The Vibe.”
Midwest Communications Latest Company to Face Copyright Infringement Complaint. The bottom line for radio station website operators here is that if you didn’t take the picture, pay the copyright holder for the photo or receive it as a promotional photo from the copyright holder or owner, then you don’t have permission to use it and you may end up negotiating a settlement that will cost you money. That’s more than likely what Midwest Communications will end up doing after BWP Media filed a complaint in United States District Court Western District of Wisconsin alleging country WBFM, Sheboygan, Wisconsin “B93” posted a copyrighted photo on its website without permission. As is usual in these cases, BWP is seeking $150,000 per infringement but it will probably be settled out of court for much less and that will remain confidential. The photo in question was of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend in a bathing suit with the caption “Hugh Hefner’s Girlfriend Looks Like a Pregnant Barbie Doll.” Many station websites feature – or have in the past featured – these copyrighted photos and continued the practice because no complaint was filed. Now more than ever though, companies such as BWP Media are actively patrolling the web to catch violators in order to protect their property. Radio station digital brand managers must be vigilant in staying within the law.
Finding Radio Advertising Solutions. Radio is fighting for its piece of the American ad budget pie and numerous industry experts have been calling for better creative and better production in order to compete with the trend that is moving tremendous amounts of ad dollars to the digital frontier. In a piece published today (7/17), RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian offers a brief shout-out to a couple of the industry’s legendary creative talents and then spotlights Cumulus Media’s marketing initiative Sound Solutions. In this story he speaks with EVP/COO Jon Pinch and production manager Robin Marshall about how the company is using this division to woo advertisers to a medium that has a strong history of creating memorable spots that deliver results. Read his story here.
KLOS, Los Angeles Mega-Blood Drive Takes Place Next Week. The 32nd Annual KLOS Blood Drive, what’s being termed “the largest media blood drive event in the country,” has a renewed lifesaving purpose for 2013 – to beat back the crippling effects of the current summer blood shortage. The Cumulus Media station states that “once again, the American Red Cross and ‘95.5 KLOS’ are gearing up to rock Southern California’s airwaves and donor locations with a massive, five-day blood collection effort aimed at stabilizing the region’s seriously low blood supply for more than 160 hospitals. The five-day, twenty-site tour begins Tuesday, July 23, and wraps on Saturday, July 27. Rock lovers across the Southland are invited to donate at any of the blood drive locations throughout San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.” New PD Derek Madden will broadcast his show live from the Pomona site on Tuesday, July 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Gary Moore will be live in Upland on Thursday, July 25 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Greater Media Detroit Stations Present ‘Paws at The Hill.’ This multi-purpose pet-centered event takes place on Saturday, July 27 at Freedom Hill County Park where Greater Media’s Detroit stations classic rock WCSX, rock WRIF, and AC WMGC cooperate to present the daylong promotion that features entertainment, pet adoptions, education, shopping, food and beverages. Among the entertainment will be the Disc Dogs of Michigan High Flying Dog Show featuring World Champion Frisbee Dogs! Michigan Search and Rescue is primarily a missing person’s response team. Their dogs are trained to trail the scent of a specific person from their last known location. Dogs are also trained to look for any human scent. Michigan Search and Rescue teams will demonstrate how their hounds put their senses to work. Several location charities will be on site with over 200 cats and dogs available for adoption.
Country’s Doug Briney to Perform at Relay for Life Benefit. 2013 Independent Country Music Association award winner Doug Briney will be performing at the Chester County, Tennessee ‘Relay For Life Benefit” on Wednesday, July 24 where he’ll perform from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Michael Stover of MTS Management Group says, “Doug is one of the most charitable artists that I know. He has performed for Wounded Warriors events, Support Our Troops, St. Jude’s, plus his work with his church. He definitely believes in the ideals of paying it forward and giving back to the community. I hope everyone in the area will come out to support this tremendous event.” At ‘Relay For Life’ events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. Doug Briney’s debut album, “It’s All Country” spent eight months on the Roots Music Report charts, receiving worldwide airplay. His follow up, his first with Tate Music Group, will be released later this year.
Boston Marathon Tragedy Sparks Immense Coverage and Conversation on Talk Radio and Music Radio Morning Shows. One never knows when the next big news story will break and yesterday’s horrific tragedy in Boston is yet another example of the world being one way, one moment — and another way, the next. The Boston Marathon bombing has consumed radio conversation across the board on all-news, talk, sports and music radio morning shows and will likely play a major role as a content generator for days and weeks to come.
Boston Bombing: How Radio Can Help…Or Hurt. Radio consultant Holland Cooke analyzes the media impact of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon as well as what radio can do well and what it should avoid trying to do during tragic breaking news events like these. Cooke writes, “One way radio can help is to ask ‘Could YOU be Boston’s Zapruder?’ Radio everywhere should ask, because people come from everywhere, from all around the world, to this event. And because the internet and that-thing-in-our-pocket-we-used-to-call-a-phone makes everywhere ‘here.’ You don’t even need to be a friend of a friend in the social media age. Radio should ask everyone to ask everyone: ‘Were you in Boston? Look carefully, at all your pictures and videos. Someone saw something.’” For radio station programmers, Cooke advises what he believes radio can do very well that Twitter can’t. Read his entire piece here.
Arbitron’s March 2013 PPM Data Released. The first 12 markets of PPM data were released by Arbitron last night for markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Middlesex, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), New York, Philadelphia, Riverside, San Francisco, and San Jose. See those numbers here. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian highlights the Ten Takeaways from the first batch:
- Up one-half share from February, New York CHR WHTZ “Z100″ has its strongest 6+ stat (5.6, #3) since last August (6.1)
- After three successive 1.7 showings (December – Holiday – January), KSWD “The Sound” advanced to 2.2 in February and now adds three-tenths to 2.5, which is the Los Angeles classic rocker’s most potent (6+) performance in the last 39 monthlies (February 2010, 2.8)
- Chicago’s WGCI-FM “#1 For Hip-Hop & R&B” registers its third successive up trend (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.2) and ranks fifth
- Public outlet KQED-FM (+.3 to 5.8) progresses from second to first in San Francisco
- Making one-half share gains in Dallas are regional Mexican KLNO (4.0 – 4.5, #2) and adult hits KJKK (2.9 – 3.4, #12)
- With a three-tenths improvement to 8.0, rhythmic CHR KBXX “The Box” widens its lead as Houston’s #1 (6+) outlet
- Philadelphia rocker WMMR (+.7, #4) continues its upward trend (4.2 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.6)
- Adult contemporary powerhouse WALK-FM, Long Island (#1) gains nine-tenths to 7.2
- For the first time since February 2012, Riverside-San Bernardino “Family Friendly” contemporary Christian KSGN (+1.3, #5) is in the four-share range (4.2)
- Spanish adult hits KBRG (+.5) and country KRTY (+.1) trade places at #1 and #2, respectively
Arbitron Settles Copyright Infringement Suit Against Gannett. Ratings company Arbitron announces it has settled a copyright infringement suit against Gannett-owned television station WKYC in Cleveland. The suit was filed on January 25 of this year and alleged that WKYC-TV copied and distributed Arbitron’s copyrighted audience estimates without Arbitron’s permission, and that WKYC-TV improperly used Arbitron’s federally registered trademarks to create the false impression that non-Arbitron audience estimates for internet radio service Pandora were genuine Arbitron products. This stems from WKYC teaming up with Pandora for a co-operative sales venture that went awry. Sales kits were distributed that used Arbitron’s AQH data for a number of radio stations in the Cleveland market. The idea was to show Pandora’s reach by comparison. In the initial suit, Arbitron was seeking $150,000 per copyright infringement. The terms of the settlement are not being disclosed so we’ll never know how much Gannett paid to make this mistake go away.
SiriusXM Unveils MySXM. The customization app for SiriusXM’s internet radio platform gives the service a more “Pandora-like” feel. In a press release, SiriusXM says the new MySXM “empowers listeners with the fusion of personalization and SiriusXM’s curated commercial-free music and comedy channels to create radio’s best listening experience. Enhanced music discovery, increased library size, and many more channel-specific user controls allow listeners to easily create over 100 variations of each of more than 50 SiriusXM channels for unlimited hours of listening.” Putting more control into the hands of listeners, the company says the app “allows users to create the multiple variations on the channels by adjusting characteristics like library depth, familiarity, music style, tempo, region, and multiple other channel-specific attributes.” The company also says it plans to add more channels to the MySXM channel lineup over time. This service applies only to the internet version of SiriusXM and not the satellite radio platform.
Greater Media Names John Mullett Marketing Director at Alternative WBOS, Boston. John Mullett comes to Greater Media’s alternative “Radio 92.9” from Northeast Broadcasting’s triple A WXRV “92.5 The River” licensed to nearby Andover, Massachusetts where he “worked in the traffic department and served as the ‘go to’ person for the sales, programming, and engineering departments at ‘The River’ and ‘The Point’ in Burlington, Vermont.” WBOS program director Ken West states, “John will fit in well with Greater Media and the ‘Radio 92.9’ staff. He impressed us with his passion for music, his understanding of connecting people to the ‘Radio 92.9’ brand, and his positive attitude. We look forward to having John take on all facets of moving the ‘Radio 92.9’ brand forward and creating experiences and stories for our fans and clients.”
WRIF, Detroit Begins Narrowing Down Contestants in Rock Girl Search. Greater Media’s rock WRIF, Detroit has the “Sexy Sixteen” posted on its website as the 16 contestants will be winnowed down to the finalist who will be the WRIF Rock Girl, receive a $40,000 salary and represent the station at concerts, VIP events and on the air. Of course, making remote appearances out of the contest is what it’s all about so the 16 are visiting local establishments to “meet the voters” before they are reduced to the “Erotic Eight” in voting that ends on Sunday, April 21. Then the “Erotic Eight” will hit the town before being reduced to the “Final Four.” They’ll be whisked away to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a photo shoot and one lucky WRIF listener will get to go along on the trip. Finally, on May 16 at the Hard Rock Café in Detroit the Final Four party will take place and the 2013 Rock Girl will be crowned. At the party, Buckcherry will perform an acoustic set.
Tom Joyner’s 14th Fantastic Voyage Carries Almost 3,000 Passengers. The recently completed Fantastic Voyage cruise upon the Carnival Glory – presented by Ford – sold out in less than 21 days and carried almost 3,000 passengers. The promotion benefits the Tom Joyner Foundation which primarily supports students attending historically black colleges and universities. Pictured here at the top left is actor Jamie Foxx (l) with Tom Joyner (r) at the Bon Voyage party held on the pool deck of the ship. Hip-hop legends, R&B stars, and comedians including Lil Kim, Trey Songz, Biz Markie, Too Short, Tank, MC Lyte, Rodney Perry, Guy Torry and more joined Foxx on stage to give guests a thrilling send off. In addition to all the fun, the Tom Joyner Foundation not only raised money with the cruise, but also hosted art auctions to generate funds for scholarships and other initiatives to contribute to keeping students in HBCUs. Empowering seminars presented by sponsors of the cruise drew huge crowds. Ford, AARP, Crest, Gain, Southwest Airlines, and Walmart presented seminars encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting self-awareness, caring for yourself and loved ones as they age, and much more. During the cruise, Snoop Doog (pictured at right) performed on the pool deck backed by Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band.
Industry Mourns Eileen M. Herskovitz. The radio industry mourns the passing of longtime broadcasting figure Eileen M. Herskovitz who died early morning yesterday at her home in Bradenton, Florida. She was the wife of veteran radio executive Al Herskovitz, president of Florida-based marketing firm, H&H Broadcasting, and marketing director of RadioInfo. Eileen Herskovitz served as executive VP of H&H. After attending Ithaca University, Eileen entered the media field as a commercial copywriter for Goldman & Walter advertising agency of Albany, NY where she advanced to become its VP and media director. She also worked at several radio stations during her early career. The Herskovitz’s had recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison states, “Eileen Herskovitz was an immensely bright radio professional and a truly marvelous human being. All of us at RadioInfo consider ourselves blessed to have known her and we will sorely miss her.”
By Holland Cooke
BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Even as Americans were still processing the Oregon mall shootings came unthinkable new violence in Connecticut.
As the story unfolded, it was uncanny to witness how-far-ahead Twitter was, compared to all the news apps on my iPhone. Not hearsay, but fact-checked posts, first from Connecticut-based media who were first on-site; then from stations and newspapers from neighboring states. By 6:30 pm ET, letter-networks’ anchors were in-place for evening newscasts this gripping story dominated.