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‘The Golden Age of Audio Consumption.’ Reporting from Indianapolis, media consultant Holland Cooke summarizes some of the sessions he’s attended at both the RAIN Summit and the 2014 Radio Show. Edison Research president Larry Rosin is quoted referring to the current era as the “golden age of audio consumption” noting that, according to his company’s research, Americans spend roughly a fourth of their day listening to some form of audio. While this may be true, how this falls out for AM/FM radio is open to interpretation. Is it an opportunity for AM/FM radio or just a sign that other forms – read: digital – are poised to overtake AM/FM’s dominance in the near future. That is THE topic being discussed at the NAB/RAB-produced Radio Show this week. Read Holland Cooke’s entire column here.
Scott Shannon Syndicated Classic Hits Show to Debut. In a program development from CBS RADIO, WCBS-FM, New York morning personality and radio legend Scott Shannon will host a new weekend, syndicated classic hits show titled, “America’s Greatest Hits.” The program will debut the weekend of October 18-19 on 10 of CBS RADIO’s classic hits O&Os across the country, including on WCBS-FM. It will also be distributed nationally by United Stations Radio Networks. The four-hour show will be highlighted by artist interviews, song countdowns, one-hit-wonders and commentary from Shannon himself, among other features. CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero says, “Scott has established himself as one of the leading authorities on music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and is among the best storytellers to ever grace the airwaves – it’s why he’s been so successful anchoring the lineup at WCBS-FM. Today’s announcement takes what he does on a day-to-day basis and expands it to millions of listeners nationwide.”
Clear Channel Flips Classic Rock ’95.1 The Brew’ to ‘Radio 95.1’; Oldies WODX Becomes ‘107.3 The Bull.’ Two format flips and talent changes take place at Clear Channel’s Rochester cluster where classic rocker WQBW becomes “Radio 95.1” – a format the company is calling “an innovative rock and personality-based station.” Coming to the station for afternoon drive there after being let go from their most recent role at Entercom’s crosstown rock WBZA “98.9 The Buzz” are Kimberly & Beck. The two were fired from WBZA after commenting on a news story about the city’s health care plan paying for gender reassignment surgery in a way management felt was “hateful.” In addition to their 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift at WQBQ, Kimberly & Beck will host a one-hour evening show on sister news/talk WHAM at 8:00 pm. And, flipping from oldies to country is WODX which becomes “107.3 The Bull, Rochester’s New Hit Country.” The station is playing 10,000 songs in a row commercial free and will feature Premiere Networks’ Bobby Bones show in morning drive later this fall. Pictured here with WQBW morning personality Brother Weese (center), are Kimberly (left) and Beck (right).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the San Antonio Alpha Media cluster, Mark Landis exits his program director position for CHR KTFM and adult hits KJXK “Jack FM.” Prior to Alpha Media’s purchase of the stations, Landis was Border Media Partners’ director of English programming…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3,” Kevin King is named program director for the station, taking over for Mike Hammond who recently exited the radio business. King leaves ADX Communications‘ country WYCT, Pensacola “Cat Country 98.7” where he was operations manager to move to Knoxville…..Clear Channel brings Josh Klinger to Washington from the company’s Atlanta operations to serve as evening host at alternative WWDC “DC101.”…..Alpha Media names Rachel Davis promotions director for its Richmond cluster. Davis moves south from her previous post at Albany Broadcasting where she was also promotions director.
Partying with Westwood One. The 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show is the scene of a lot of industry parties, including the one last night presented by Westwood One. Pictured here are Cumulus Media EVP, content and programming John Dickey (left) and Zach Sang, host of the WYD Media-produced and WW1-distributed “Zach Sang and the Gang” syndicated CHR program (right). At the party, attendees were entertained by country acts Chase Rice and Montgomery Gentry, numerous WW1 personalities were on hand to mingle with guests and network partners. The network gave away a pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLIX and a pair of tickets to the NCAA Final Four.
‘PLANET 102.3’ Brings Meghan Trainor and Echosmith to Corpus Christi for ‘Back to School’ Concert. CHR outlet KKPN, Corpus Christi is treating listeners to a free double-bill concert featuring Meghan Trainor and Echosmith on Wednesday, September 24. The Convergent Broadcasting-owned station says, “This caliber of talent is almost unheard of in a market the size of Corpus Christi. And to add to that, ‘PLANET 102.3’ is putting on the show absolutely FREE to our listeners!” Trainor’s “All About the Bass” and Echosmith’s “Cool Kids” are in heavy rotation on CHR stations across the country. The station is giving away free tickets to the concert at remote broadcasts throughout the market beginning next week.
Tom Joyner Sets Lunch Record at Jackson Affiliate. The power of the Tom Joyner show was on display as the ReachMedia-syndicated personality broke a record at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Jackson, Mississippi serving more than 400 cars – shattering their previous record according to local McDonald’s owner MyJoy Inc – and serving up free lunch to his listeners from radio station WKXI, Jackson “Kixie 107 FM.” Joyner (pictured here at the drive-thru window) and his crew are on a tour of his affiliate stations and are visiting four this week including KMEZ, New Orleans; KQXL, Baton Rouge; and KJMS, Memphis. The show is visiting other affiliates every other week through November.
Sarah, Ty & Mel Show in for Mornings at WRQX, Washington. The makeover at Cumulus Media’s CHR WRQX, Washington “All the Hits 107.3” continues with today’s announcement that, beginning July 30, Sarah Fraser, Ty Bentli and Melanie Glazener will start hosting “The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show.” The station says show “features the young and lively voices of Fraser, Bentli, and Glazener, who promise an interactive, informative, and inspirational show that will connect with the DMV’s listeners through real stories and phone calls. The show will have a robust presence across social media, and will offer special podcasts to its listeners.” Fraser was co-host of “The Kane Show” at crosstown CHR WIHT for six years. Bentli also worked in Washington at country WMZQ and in Baltimore at country WPOC. Glazener also previously worked on “The Kane Show.” Cumulus EVP of programming Mike McVay comments, “We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to assemble a team like Sarah, Ty and Mel for mornings. There is a high level of competition in DC. I believe in Gillette. He believes in the team. That makes me a big believer in this show.” Meanwhile, program director Gillette adds, “Sarah, Ty and Mel are all in the demo — and are fully plugged into the lifestyle of fellow Millennials. These are down-to-earth people who will talk about their lives with listeners and share their experiences in a completely authentic way. The show will be fun and edgy, but totally relatable. No fake prank calls or canned humor here. We’re getting real with our listeners and believe the show will be a breath of fresh air and unlike anything that’s on the air.”
Beasley Q2 Revenue Down 3.6%. This morning’s release of Beasley Broadcasting Group’s 2014 Q2 financials conforms to many experts’ conclusions about the second quarter of the year: Ad spending in radio was down across the country. BBGI reports the net revenue figure of $25.9 million for the 2nd quarter of 2014 (compared to $26.9 million during the same period in 2013) “primarily reflects lower advertising revenue at the company’s Philadelphia, Wilmington and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market clusters. The decline in net revenue was partially offset by $0.7 million in other revenue, resulting from an agreement with an electronics company and its affiliate concerning the use of our and their respective logos.” Chairman and CEO George Beasley comments, “Second quarter revenue levels reflect slower advertising spending across most markets where we operate which led to declines in seven of our eleven markets and lower station operating income. Overall, we outperformed in our five market clusters that report to Miller Kaplan. In these markets, which accounted for approximately 78% of total second quarter revenue, Beasley station cluster revenue declined 5.2%, compared with the total revenue for all reporting radio stations in these markets which were down 6.0% for the quarter. Our year-over-year revenue decline is partially attributable to difficult comparisons with 2013 second quarter results when we generated double-digit revenue gains in markets including Philadelphia and Las Vegas. However, our initiatives to expand our digital offerings are delivering results as we recorded an approximate 24% rise in digital revenue during the quarter. Notwithstanding the challenges faced in the second quarter, our market positions remain healthy based on our organization-wide focus on strong core programming and targeted localism. This focus is vital to the company’s ratings strength and long-term success.”
Townsquare Media IPO Raises $91 Million. It’s hard to judge the IPO of a radio and digital media company that’s so young in corporate terms, but the sale of 8.3 million shares of class A stock made the company a little more than $91 million – short of the $125 million the company was hoping to raise. Some analysts are noting that the IPO price was not in the low teens dollar figure the company had hoped for and even the $11 share price was a bit too high as the sale didn’t take off until the price dropped to $10.74. Still, the offering results in a cash infusion for Townsquare Media. Only time will tell if Townsquare’s plan to build revenue with small and medium market radio stations augmented by its stable of digital publications will pay off for investors and the company.
Emmis Names Jay Dixon WQHT, New York PD. After serving as interim program director at Emmis Communications’ hip hop WQHT, New York “Hot 97” since Ebro Darden relinquished the post to focus on his morning show duties, the company officially names Jay Dixon program director. Dixon was with Emmis previously, serving as program director for urban AC WRKS “98.7 Kiss FM” prior to the company leasing that signal to ESPN as WEPN-FM. He also worked for Cox Media Group as that company’s national urban format coordinator. WQHT GM Deon Levingston states, “Jay’s extensive knowledge of radio broadcasting and ratings, as well as his familiarity with the Emmis brand, makes him the perfect fit for WQHT. Over the past few months, Dixon has initiated innovative and creative ideas to the ‘HOT 97’ platform, further demonstrating his capabilities of leading and continuing to expand the global presence ‘HOT 97’ has in hip hop and music. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Emmis family.” Dixon comments, “I am excited to be back with Emmis and to continue my work with WQHT. I’d like to thank Rick Cummings, Jimmy Steele, Deon Levingston, Ebro Darden and the entire Emmis community for this opportunity. Look out of big things ahead for WQHT, hip hop, and New York.”
Russell to Program WMXO, Olean, New York. Joining Pembrook Pines-owned CHR WMXO “Mix 101.5” as program director is Chris Russell. The company announces the 15-year radio industry pro most recently served with Colonial Media & Entertainment in Olean and, before that, was a programmer for Cromwell Radio Group in Effingham, Illinois. Russell says of his new gig, “I can’t tell you how excited I am at the opportunities our hot AC format provides us here in the market, and what a fantastic group of radio folks I get to hang out with every day! And we have some BIG surprises in store for our great listeners and clients!”
‘K105’ Fort Wayne Names Aricka J Midday Personality. Moving from South Bend where she’s been with Artistic Media Partners-owned CHR WNDV “U93” to Federated Media’s country WQHK “K105” in Fort Wayne is Aricka McCauley a.k.a. Aricka J. She takes over the slot vacated by Heather Cruise when she moved to Los Angeles. Program director Dave Michaels says, “The long nationwide search is over, and an exceptional, talented individual will soon be entertaining the ‘K105’ listeners. Aricka will be a great addition to the ‘K105’ lineup!” McCauley says, “I am very sorry to be leaving South Bend and U93 so soon, they treated me very well. However I am very excited to start a new journey with Federated Media and a longtime heritage station like ‘K105’ and I’m looking forward to the smiling faces of Fort Wayne.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The new evening personality at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM” is Dana McKay. She was most recently with the company at hot AC WHFS, Tampa “Play 98.7.”…..Zach Ledbetter exits the evening show at Cookeville Communications-owned country outlet WGSQ, Cookeville, Tennessee “Country Giant 94.7.”…..Joanna Huff is promoted to permanent morning show producer and co-host at Reising Radio Partners’ country WYGB, Franklin, Indiana “Korn Country 100.3”
RadioInfo Publisher Michael Harrison Sounds Off on Boston Herald Radio Interview. The Boston Herald newspaper launched an online talk radio station – “Herald Radio” – on August 1, 2013. In commemoration of the forthcoming one-year anniversary, the station interviewed RadioInfo/TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison (pictured here on Herald Radio) about his take on the state of radio in general. Although the 25-minute conversation focused primarily on Harrison’s opinions about talk radio, he also made a number of comments about his take on the challenges facing terrestrial music radio in the advancing digital era. In addition to whimsically sharing recollections of his personal early-career as a rock radio DJ and PD at such legendary signals as WLIR, Long Island; WNEW-FM, New York; KPRI, San Diego; and KMET, Los Angeles, Harrison states that he is concerned about music radio’s ability to stand up against 21st century competition because it has “abandoned its franchise of personality.” Harrison continues, “And you really can’t compete in today’s multimedia music audio market if you don’t have personality, because then you’re just a Pandora.” To read media reporter Jessica Heslam’s coverage of the visit and to hear the entire interview, please click here.
KUBQ, La Grande, Oregon Adds ‘Hangar 19’ Metal Show. The classic metal show “Hangar 19,” distributed by Envision Networks and hosted by Cutter, is added to the weekend program lineup at Pacific Empire Radio Corporation’s KUBQ, La Grande, Oregon. The program is described by Envision as a show that “relives the glory days of classic metal and features music from the artists and groups who built this explosive genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson.” KUBQ program director Cliff Turner says, “’98.7 The Rock of Eastern Oregon’ is ready to rock hard with Hangar 19. Cutter has managed to weld together a solid blend of metal from the legends and promising bands of today!”
Connoisseur’s Connecticut Closing. Given that Connoisseur Media is headquartered in the Constitution State (Westport, Connecticut), corporate executives will not have far to travel to check on their newest properties. There is a flurry of activity as the company officially closes on five Hartford stations it acquires from Buckley. Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general manager Kristin Okesson takes on oversight of the Hartford group replacing VP/GM Eric Fahnoe; Connoisseur Southern Connecticut operations manager Keith Dakin adds regional programming duties for Hartford talker WDRC-AM; and Connoisseur Southern Connecticut assistant PD Kevin Begley becomes program director of Bridgeport adult contemporary WEZN “Star 99.9″ and classic rocker WFOX “95.9 The Fox.” Stu Gorlick – who was Buckley Hartford’s director of sales – adds New Haven rocker WPLR and urban AC WYBC. Elsewhere, Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general sales manager Andy Alcosser is upped to director of sales for WEZN and WFOX, while CSC music director Allan Lamberti becomes assistant PD for WDRC-AM, WDRC-FM, and WPLR. In addition, Lamberti will do afternoon drive on WDRC-FM, with Ed D’Oliveira inheriting Lamberti’s WFOX midday slot. Okesson notes, “We are extremely excited about acquiring such a legendary station as WDRC. We are anxious to make it even bigger and better by adding some of our key talented players into the mix.” The Hartford stations involved in the Connoisseur transaction with Buckley are talkers WDRC-AM, WSNG, WMMW, and WWCO (all using “The Talk of Connecticut” slogan); and classic hits WDRC-FM. Out at WDRC-FM with the change are program director and air personality Grahame Winters and jocks Mike Stevens, Rockin’ Ron Sedaille, and Floyd Wright.
Radio One Shuffles Talent, Adds Shorty Da Prince at WKYS, Washington. There’s a talent shuffle at Radio One urban contemporary WKYS, Washington, DC as the station brings Shorty Da Prince aboard to host the evening show. As a result, EZ Street now follows the Russ Parr morning show from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Ange Ang moves to the afternoon drive slot from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Deja Perez remains host of “Kiss After Dark” from 12:00 midnight to 2:00 am. Shorty Da Prince comes to DC from Radio One in Cleveland. He is also the former host of BET’s “106 & Park.” WKYS program director Neke Howse comments, “This a very exciting time for WKYS. Everyone brings their own uniqueness and energy. I’m sure the DMV will love them as much as I do.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Taking over for former CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres, New Jersey and AC WWZY, Long Branch, New Jersey “Fun 107.1” PD Matt Kelso is Mike Ryan, who makes a return to the Press Communications-owned stations. In the past, Ryan was APD/MD and evening host at WBBO. Ryan was most recently serving as producer for WKTU, New York’s Cubby & Cindy morning show…..At Broadway Media’s country KEGA, Salt Lake City, “The Eagle,” Keith Stubbs rejoins the station he left in May of 2013 to partner with Jon Watkins for the Jon & Keith show. Stubbs replaces Amanda Jones who exited to devote her attention to motherhood. The station also promotes Chantel Lauren to the on-air producer position for the program…..Doug the Slug (Sluggo) is back on the air in Los Angeles as a personality on the 80s alternative-formatted KROQ-HD2 where he holds down the 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm show. Doug exited KROQ-FM two years ago.
Award-Winning Radio Show Producer Gary Theroux Seeks Syndication Deal. On the heels of nabbing a Best Online Radio Program award from the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, producer and host Gary Theroux is shopping the “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” for a syndication deal. Theroux reports that the daily 2 ½ minute feature is currently heard only on the internet three times a day, Monday through Friday over rewoundradio.com and supernovaradio.co. He also wrote and co-produced the epic, 52-hour Billboard award-winning “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and is seeking a partner to market both the shortform daily feature version and a new, two-hour weekly ongoing series incarnation of “The History” to broadcast radio stations. He says each fast-paced episode of the daily feature interweaves excerpts from three sequential classic hits by an artist with revealing interview clips. “It’s fascinating fun. Once you learn the true facts behind the songs and stars you thought you knew, they become all that much more special — because now you know the sometimes silly, sometimes sad, often incredible and always unforgettable inside stories.” Each weekly episode of the two-hour version will explore a different facet of pop music history, allowing time to play the key hits in full amid the fun facts and star commentary.
Let Them Eat Cake. With all the Beatlemania half-century anniversary stuff going on this year, this blast from the past – courtesy of Westwood One talk star Jim Bohannon – will certainly take you back. It was January 1, 1965, and KICK, Springfield, Missouri disc jockeys Michael Wolfgang (l) and Jim Bohannon (the nerd on the right), both 20, decided to send the Beatles an 8’ by 3’ cake with their pictures in the icing, to commemorate release of the “Beatles 65″ album. Bohannon tells RadioInfo, “We traded out the box, the cake, and Campbell’s Express shipping company for publicity, which made the national wires. We even carried the darned thing through the streets of Springfield with police escort to a local retailer’s show window, where it was displayed for a week. Standing between us is Springfield singer Della Rae, promoted at the time as the next Brenda Lee. The Sporty 1340 wasn’t a bad little station then, including Les Garland and newsman Charles McCord. That’s a fair staff for $1.87 an hour.”
Hangin’ with Austin Webb. That’s KFKF, Kansas City morning host and program director Dale Carter (right) with Streamsound Records country recording artist Austin Webb (left) hanging out together before Webb’s appearance headlining the station’s “Red, White and Blue Springs 4th of July” extravaganza held on the campus of Blue Springs High School at Peve Stadium in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Buckley Waving Goodbye to Monterey AC. Another heritage adult contemporary outlet is about to have a new owner. This time, it is in market #86, Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz, where Mapleton Communications is acquiring KWAV “K-Wave 96.9 FM” from Buckley Communications. Here yesterday, we reported on a multi-station transaction, which included Midwest Communications picking up three highly successful South Central adult contemporary properties: WJXA, Nashville; WJXB, Knoxville; and WIKY, Evansville, Indiana. Regarding the KWAV deal, Buckley president/chief executive officer Joe Bilotta comments, “For over 30 years, we have owned this wonderful facility. Our ability to compete in the highly consolidated Monterey market with a free standing FM was a significant reason to entertain and eventually sell KWAV to Mapleton Communications. With this acquisition, Mapleton will be even more of an impact player in Monterey. They are very excited to have the Buckley station as part of their growing company. Mapleton president/chief executive officer Jim Shea states that he has “always admired” KWAV. “They have been great competitors and I am truly thrilled for the opportunity to work with them.” Adult contemporary KWAV will join a Mapleton Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz cluster consisting of fellow AC KBOQ “B-103.9,” CHR KCDU “Today’s Hit Music,” classic rock KHIP “The Hippo,” and adult hits KKHK “Bob-FM.” Buckley’s radio holdings will consist of one Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz station, KIDD “ESPN 630,” as well as three stations in Bakersfield; two in Hartford; two in Merced; and one in Fresno. Financial terms of the KWAV deal – subject to FCC approval – were not announced.
Mapleton to Sell ‘B103.9’ in Monterey to Mount Wilson. In order to comply with FCC ownership regulations to allow the purchase of KWAV, Mapleton Communications is selling adult contemporary KBOQ, Monterey “B103.9” to Saul Levine’s Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters. No price was announced.
KRST, Albuquerque Takes ‘NASH FM’ Brand; ‘America’s Morning Show’ Added. The latest Cumulus Media country station to assume the “NASH FM” brand is KRST, Albuquerque – now known as “NASH FM 92.3.” The other big change at the station is the replacement of “The Get Up Gang” morning show featuring Simon, Rachel and Scott, with the Nashville-based “America’s Morning Show” with Blair Garner, Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks. The station already carries the company’s “NASH Nights Live” with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith and “Kickin’ It with Kix” with Kix Brooks and Suzanne Alexander. Cumulus EVP and co-COO John Dickey states, “We are pleased to introduce NASH FM 92.3 KRST to New Mexico as the NASH brand continues to expand throughout the country. The NASH brand will complement the already robust country-driven content that 92.3 listeners have come to love.” KRST PD Kris Abrams adds, “Integrating the multi-media star power of NASH into a heritage station like KRST just makes sense. Pairing Blair Garner and his AMS team, Kix Brooks, and Shawn Parr with 20 year Albuquerque personality Juan Velasco made it natural to put a little more Nashville in our name.”
Wichita Falls Gets Urban AC Outlet at ‘K96 Jamz’ Debuts Under LMA. A new urban format hits the air in Wichita Falls as former Carter-Sherman Broadcast Group EVP Denise Sherman leads KXXN, Iowa Park, Texas as “K96 JAMZ…Your True R&B Experience” under an LMA with Falls Media LLC. Sherman is managing partner of Intrepid Radio Networks LLC and the station will air Intrepid’s Grown Folk JAMZTM format that has been in the research and development mode for the past few years, airing on GrownFolkJAMZ.com, Live365, and the Grown Folk JAMZTM Super App. The format is described by Intrepid as “R&B from today and back in the day with some Old School genres sprinkled in targeting the 25-54 age group.” Sherman adds, “’K96 JAMZ’ is the only R&B radio station in the Falls. We are pleased to super-serve this un-served demographic. Intrepid is currently looking for additional LMA or syndication opportunities to launch our business model where there is an R&B format void and the expense of starting or continuing to staff a traditional R&B radio station is not financially feasible.” Todd Reynolds serves as the network’s program director. He comments, “Today’s R&B radio listener is multi-dimensional. Grown Folk JAMZTM provides a unique experience for the R&B listener. We simply change the channel for ya!” The lineup is: “T-O Double Todd Reynolds JAMZ Morning Show”; “Don Sherman’s Midday Grown Folk PARTAY!”; “Afternoon Hot Spot w/The Entertainer John Blaze”; “Prime Time w/DJ Richy” in evenings; and “Joyful Sounds w/Gospel Sista Carla Eckels” on Sunday mornings.
Cumulus Ups Trapper John to APD at KSCS. Adding assistant program director to his duties at country KSCS, Dallas “New Country 96.3” is John Morris a.k.a. Trapper John. At the Cumulus Media station, Morris will continue to work on air with the Hawkeye and Dorsey morning show. He’s been with KSCS for almost six years. His past experience includes time at KKND, New Orleans; WGKX, Memphis; and WFMS, Indianapolis. Cumulus Media Dallas/Fort Worth operations manager J.R. Schumann says, “Trapper’s experience and passion make him a tremendous asset to this radio station. He will also continue as part of the Hawkeye and Dorsey morning show. I’m looking forward to seeing Trapper grow, not only as part of this great radio station, but with Cumulus as a whole!” Morris comments, “Thanks to J.R. Schumann and Dan Bennett for the opportunity to be more involved in the legendary KSCS. It’s gonna be fun to help Cumulus expand its Sasquatch-like country footprint in DFW.”
Fabini Named PD at WXKE, Fort Wayne. In the Fort Wayne market, Adams Radio announces that JJ Fabini is named program director for classic rock WXKE “Rock 104.” Fabini is also to be responsible for programming standards WGL-AM. Fabini has served as operations manager for WXKE since 2006. Adams is acquiring WXKE, WGL-AM as well as hip hop WHNT from Summit Media. Adams Radio Group president and CEO Ron Stone states, “You don’t find talent like JJ often these days. Our industry has done an amazing job of eliminating tenure — and it’s a shame. I am thrilled to have a guy that has 25 years of history in the same building, in the same format, working with us to continue building a legendary station.” Fabini comments, “I am extremely excited to be a part of the new Adams Radio Group in Fort Wayne and part of what I believe will be the most exciting time for radio in Fort Wayne’s history.”
Daniels Exits KNEV, Reno. Program director and morning show personality Doug Daniels announces his departure from Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary KNEV, Reno “Magic 95.5.” Daniels says, “I want to thank Mike McVay for giving me a seat back on the radio bus two years ago and to Emily Boldon for helping me take my game to the next level. I am so proud of the work my team was able to do in such short order, making ‘Magic 95.5’ a great sounding, bright AC station. I am available immediately as a PD, ops manager, air personality, imaging or combination thereof.” Reach out to Doug as firstname.lastname@example.org and 775-412-7417.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Moving from the radio business to public service is program director Mike Hammond, who will exit Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3” to serve as the Knox Country criminal court clerk beginning September 1…..Mike Herald is named director of programming for Centennial Broadcasting’s group of stations that includes: hot AC WINC-FM, Winchester, Virginia and its news/talk sister WINC-AM, country duo WXBN, Berryville and WZFC, Strasburg, Virginia “B105 Big Country.”
Tribune’s WPIX-TV Partners with Emmis ‘Hot 97’ for ‘Summer Jam’ Programming. The annual hip hop concert produced by Emmis hip hop outlet WQHT, New York “Hot 97” – taking place this year at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on June 1, is getting some television attention from Tribune’s WPIX-TV. The two companies announce that tomorrow (5/31), PIX11 will air “Road to HOT 97’s Summer Jam” – a 30-minute special hosted by PIX11’s Sukanya Krishnan and Kori Chambers that will look back at highlights from past Summer Jam concerts and provide teasers for Sunday’s concert. The show will feature interviews with HOT 97’s Ebro Darden, executive producer of Summer Jam; Angie Martinez, Grammy-award nominated singer and HOT 97 afternoon drive personality; hip hop artist Troy Ave; and Mack Wilds, a Grammy-nominated recording artist and actor. Then, on June 8, PIX11 will air “Best of HOT 97’s Summer Jam” – a 30-minute special hosted by PIX11’s Tamsen Fadal and Kori Chambers, who will be on stage at the event. The show will feature performances and exclusive backstage interviews from the 2014 show. The concert performers will include: Nas, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj featuring Young Money & Lil Wayne, The Roots & Friends, Wiz Khalifa, Troy Ave, Action Bronson, Kid Ink, Trey Songz, DJ Mustard, Ty Dolla $ign and more.
Voting Opens Next Week for Steve Harvey’s 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards. This year’s program is the 12th annual awards program hosted by Premiere Networks syndicated morning host Steve Harvey designed to “recognize community leaders, businesses, education and churches across the nation” with a star-studded evening of entertainment in August. After an outpouring of nominations from fan submissions, Harvey’s show kicks off voting on the top 48 finalists, beginning Monday, June 2 and ending Tuesday, June 17. Also kicking off June 2, Harvey ushers in a new event for the weekend with the launch of the 2014 Neighborhood Awards Church Choir Competition presented by JCPenney. The Neighborhood Awards winners will be announced by celebrity presenters on August 9 including David Mann, Holly Robinson Peete, LisaRaye, Shemar Moore, Stephen A. Smith, Yolanda Adams, Hill Harper and more in a glittering evening of laughs and community celebration with award-winning musical entertainment from Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, India.Arie, Johnny Gill, Ray Chew, and Tamela Mann. The 2014 Neighborhood Awards Weekend takes place August 7 – 10 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center and Philips Arena.
Nick Michaels Adds Two Clients. Voiceover pro Nick Michaels’ voice will be heard both across the pond and in the desert Southwest as American Voice Corp announces a couple of new gigs for Nick Michaels Studio. First, Michaels’ voice will be heard in program elements of “The Great American Songbook,” a program that features the best music from America’s greatest songwriters and singers and airs Sunday evenings from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight throughout the UK on Smooth Radio. Also, Michaels has been chosen by Phoenix classic rock station KSLX, to provide specialized imaging.
Bill to Give Children Access to Ailing Parents Moves Forward. It’s not named after radio legend Casey Kasem, but bill number AB 2034 certainly was the result of work between California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Kasem’s daughter Kerri. Broadcasters are aware of the problems Kasem’s children have faced trying to see their father who is struggling with a form of dementia called Lewy Body Disease. Jean Kasem has refused to allow visits from Kasem’s children from his first marriage. Bill AB 2032 passed the Assembly on a 70-0 vote. The bill seeks to protect children from being denied access to a parent by a parent’s future spouse or child. Assemblyman Gatto says, “Conflict among family members is the last thing our loved ones want to see as they approach their final hours. I hope this bill will help decrease the heartache and stress of families already facing difficult circumstances…The law must do more to keep up with the changing norms of modern families. AB 2034 brings the law into the 21st century and allows family members to focus on caring for their loved ones.”
Dave Herman Dies in Jail at Age 79. Former WNEW-FM, New York personality and rock radio icon Dave Herman died on May 29 – apparently from an aneurysm – while in custody at the Essex County Jail in Newark, New Jersey. Herman was awaiting transfer to federal custody to face the charge of attempting to transport a minor to engage in sexual activity. Herman’s case was brought to light last fall after a sting operation busted him allegedly trying to set up a meeting with a seven-year-old girl from New Jersey and her mother, for the purpose of having sex with the child. The arrest happened in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where Herman had a home. He could have faced anywhere from 10 years to life if convicted.
Live Music as Community Involvement. We constantly hear about the importance of “community involvement” in building a successful radio station that is well-rooted. Community involvement is an invaluable component in our medium’s formula for success – regardless of format… music or spoken word. In music radio, community involvement (in addition to public service initiatives) means being connected to everything having to do with live presentations of your station’s genre of music in your market — from local unknown struggling acts appearing at hole-in-the-wall clubs, public schools and area churches to the biggest superstars playing at your most prestigious venues… and everything in between. Of course, effectively pulling this off requires a cooperative effort between the station’s programming and sales departments. Just keep in mind that, 1) almost everything happening (musically) in your market has the potential to be monetized; but, 2) that shouldn’t be a requirement to qualify it as being part of your musical street presence. Ratings and goodwill equate to money, too. In a new column posted today (5/28) RadioInfo’s Duane Doobie uses a local concert he attended over Memorial Day weekend in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts to illustrate this point. In the piece, he shines the spotlight on local Clear Channel country music outlet WRNX (100.9 FM) KIX Country and their very cool involvement at a city musical event to raise money for veterans. He also goes on to reveal the identity of the scary looking hippie pictured here who was trying to keep the police from shutting down a radio station-sponsored free concert in San Diego in 1973 because it had no security force in place to keep the 5,000-plus attendees from engaging in a pot riot. To read the entire piece, please click here.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (5/28) includes such names as: Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Clean Bandit, Magic!, Correspondents, M.I.A.,the Partysquad, Lizzo, Karmin, Nova Rockafeller, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Mark Ballas, Eden Brent, Asylum Street Spankers, Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Steve Fisk, Dirty Heads, The Wind + The Wave, D-PRYDE, Dada Life, Sebastian Bach, Blinders, Porter Robinson, Bipolar Sunshine, American Longspurs, Sunny Sweeney, Joe Lasher, Jr., Blane Howard and Austin Webb among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Delmarva Broadcasting Suspends WSTW, Wilmington’s Spencer Graves. “Wakeup Crew” personality Spencer Graves is spending a few days off the air at Delmarva Broadcasting’s hot AC WSTW, Wilmington after being suspended for his handling of a local photo controversy. Graves was made aware of a photo snafu from a local high school’s yearbook in which an action shot of a cross country runner revealed the boys genitals – apparently published accidently. Graves and crew did a bit based on it, requesting “embarrassing high school moments” but Graves also posted the photo online and that’s where the trouble started. Delawareonline reports Delmarva VP/GM Michael Reath says the yearbook photo was a legitimate story but that “Graves went too far.” Graves apologized for his part in the matter and will return to the air on Thursday, May 29.
WARH, St. Louis Adds Ricki for PM Drive. Radio personality Ricki (Genevieve Frazelle) (left) joins Brando (right) for afternoon drive on Hubbard St. Louis Radio Group adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” beginning June 2. The new show will be called “The Ricki & Brando Show.” Frazelle comes to Hubbard St. Louis from her most recent gig at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s hot AC WNNS, Springfield, Illinois where she co-hosted the morning drive show. She comments, “I cannot wait to make the St. Louis area and Hubbard Radio my new home. I am truly blessed to work with the talented team at ‘106.5 The Arch!’” Program director Kevin Robinson adds, “This combo will add spice to the drive home in St. Louis. Their unique personalities will create an interesting take on what’s happening locally in St. Louis and in pop culture!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Hall of Fame country radio personality and programmer Moon Mullins announces he’s retiring from the business after a 52-year career. He’ll wrap up his current gig at Townsquare Media’s WBKR, Owensboro, Kentucky on June 18 where he’s morning drive host and brand manager…..At Entercom’s country KWJJ, Portland “99.5 The Wolf,” Mike Chase and Amy Faust are back in the morning drive slot, replacing “Fitz in the Morning.” Chase returns to Portland after a brief stint at Capitol Broadcasting’s AC WRAL, Raleigh…..Louie Diaz exits the program director role at Alpha Media’s CHR KBFF, Portland “Live 95.5.”…..Air personalities Dave Westrich, Julie Michaels, Johnny Kincaid, and Gavin Eddings appear to be on their way out as Townsquare Media‘s oldies WJLT, Evansville, Indiana prepares to flip to sports in the near future…..Faith Broadcasting announces broadcast pro Daniel Wolfe is the new vice president and general for WGAB-AM, Evansville, Indiana and WMTA-AM, Central City, Kentucky.
Clear Channel Brings Country to Canton. Flipping the programming on translator W295BW from adult contemporary to country, Clear Channel announces the debut of “99.7 Canton’s New Country.” The station is airing the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones morning show and for the rest of the month will air commercial free music. CC regional programming manager Keith Kennedy says the station is the first Canton-focused country outlet to appear in the market in 15 years.
Cumulus Sues Michael Baisden for $1 Million in Overpayments. In a suit filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Cumulus (suing as Radio Networks LLC) is trying to get back $1 million it claims it overpaid to its former syndicated personality Michael Baisden. Saying it was due to an accounting error, Cumulus alleges Baisden received an up-front $1 million payment in 2011 as his contract amendment stipulated. However, the complaint goes on to allege that an accounting error resulted in Baisden’s company receiving 15 payments of $66,666.67 – which totals about $1 million. The complaint alleges Baisden knew about the overpayment and when approached to return it, his company refused. Baisden and Cumulus did not reach agreement on a contract renewal and they parted in March of 2013. Cumulus is seeking the $1 million plus interest and attorneys’ fees.
WPLJ, New York Kicks Off Summer. At last weekend’s “Summer Kick-Off 2014,” held at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, Cumulus Media hot AC WPLJ entertained listeners as “The Todd Show” hosted The Fray, Kacey Musgraves, Hot Chelle Rae, and MAGIC! Thousands of fans turned out for the show. Pictured here is WPLJ morning drive personality Todd Pettengill (center with vest) surrounded by his morning show crew and members of The Fray.
Historic Memphis Station KWEM to Return. At first, the return of KWEM, West Memphis, Arkansas will be online, but operator Mid-South Community College is promising to have it on the FM band at 93.3 by the end of the summer, according to the Associated Press’ Christina Huynh. KWEM operated from 1947 to 1960 and is famous for allowing wannabe stars to pay $15 dollars for the chance to perform live on the station and enjoy the chance to be discovered. Many stars did just that, including: B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Ike Turner. KWEM’s original frequency was 990 AM – currently the location of talk outlet KWAM, Memphis. Read the full story here.