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Seacrest, Usher Engage in “Intimate Conversation.” Notwithstanding “American Idol” has concluded its final season, the talent competition’s host – Ryan Seacrest – still has a plethora of other responsibilities that keep him busy. Earlier this week, for example, the morning personality of iHeartMedia Los Angeles mainstream CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” was in Paris during the Cannes Lions Festival, where he discussed “hustle” and entrepreneurship with eight-time Grammy winner Usher. Introduced by iHeartMedia chair/chief executive officer Bob Pittman, the “Intimate Conversation with Usher” focused on the path to success and what it takes to build a lasting career. “Even though I created a benchmark to start,” Usher states, “I found new motivation in creating diversity as an artist. If I call myself an entertainer, then that means I should be able to do it all, I should be able to reach out, to have an understanding of different genres and to have an idea about how music is made.” He stresses that the point is to evolve. “We all individually are brands – the more we diversify and reach into other areas the more we grow.” Invoking the term “hustle,” the host of Premiere Networks’ “AT40” asks Usher to define it and the singer candidly states, “You’ve got to have chutzpah and defy the ideas that were set before you. If I continue to push on my vision, eventually somebody other than [me] will believe it too. It only takes one star to light the universe.” As far as the entrepreneurial spirit is concerned, Usher emphasizes, “Be willing to be the first there and the last to leave. Stand strong and be benevolent in your pursuit of what you believe in.” In what is bound to be music to the ears of radio programmers throughout the United States, Usher graciously maintains that the medium is “the only tool” in his opinion that “still matters with making a genuine connection with the consumer. Radio program directors and personalities have the ability and the responsibility to curate the story of the artists in the right way.” Touring is “definitely on the horizon” for Usher, while Seacrest explains that he (Seacrest) is “someone who thinks that where there is a void, I need to fill it. I am trying to have patience and a little bit of discipline. I am waiting to host the ‘Olympics’ this summer, do a bunch of things with NBC, and after that – see if there is something else to do.”
New Jersey Broadcasters Association Annual Conference a Success in Atlantic City. The 69th annual NJBA convention just wrapped up two-days at Caesars Atlantic City (6/22-23) and by all measures was a successful event. Several hundred broadcasters from the Garden State and beyond gathered to discuss the state of the radio industry both regionally and nationally. The theme of the conference was “The Power of Broadcast” and it included sessions on programming, sales and technology as well as an awards ceremony, Hall of Fame induction and radio row. TALKERS/RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay was in attendance and provides coverage of the sessions and speakers. To read it in its entirety, please click here.
Page Ends Mid-day Search. After having worked weekend and swing shifts at Cumulus Media Atlanta’s WNNX “Rock 100.5,” Alyssa Page will join KNDD “107.7 The End” for mid-day duty the middle of next month. Page succeeds former music director-mid-day talent “Pepper,” who left the Entercom Seattle alternative station four months ago. KNDD program director Leslie Scott comments, “Alyssa’s sense of humor, grit, and passion make her the perfect addition to our already strong team. I cannot wait for Seattle to get to know her.” Page remarks, “It’s not everyday you get to go work for your dream station. ‘The End’ is unique and extremely authentic in everything they do and I have so much respect for the brand. I am thrilled and honored to be joining such a tremendous team.” Down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+), “The End” finishes at #15 in Seattle’s May 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report; Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV is #1 with a 6.2 (6+).
Townsquare Media Atlantic City & The Shore Officially Names Ruble Market President. It is “official,” in that, Michael Ruble had been market president and chief revenue officer for Townsquare Media‘s Atlantic City & The Shore’s (New Jersey) properties on an interim basis. He now handles both of those responsibilities without the “interim” prefix. Senior vice president of operations Rob Williams notes that, “Mike has been an exceptional leader in Atlantic City for years, building a terrific team that has consistently performed at a high level. In Toms River, we have a team with significant strengths and talents; wonderful brands; and the foundation to grow to new heights with Mike’s leadership.” Three of the company’s Monmouth and Ocean County stations include talkers WOBM-AM, WADB, and WPGG. The rest of its outlets in that area are adult contemporary WOBM-FM “Soft Rock 92.7”; hot AC WJLK “The Point”; AC WFPG “Lite Rock 96.9”; sports WENJ “97.3 ESPN“; hot AC WSJO “SOJO 104.9”; classic rock WCHR “The Hawk”; and WPUR “Cat Country 107.3.” Ruble joined Townsquare Media five years ago as market manager-general sales manager. He previously was a market manager-general sales manager with Millennium Radio Group; national sales manager for Citadel Broadcasting; and an account executive with Spring Broadcasting.
Led Zep’s Stairway to Vindication. A jury in Los Angeles yesterday (Thursday, 6/23) ruled that Led Zeppelin did not pilfer any portion of its most famous track – “Stairway to Heaven” – from the 1968 Spirit instrumental “Taurus.” According to a statement issued on behalf of Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, “We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years. We appreciate our fans’ support and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.” A Warner Music Group spokesperson notes, “Supporting our artists and protecting their creative freedom is paramount. We are pleased that the jury found in favor of Led Zeppelin, re-affirming the true origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest bands in history. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are peerless songwriters who created many of rock’s most influential and enduring songs.” Owing to a legal matter, the jury was not allowed to listen to original “Stairway to Heaven” and “Taurus” recordings to determine their verdict. Instead, an expert performed both songs based on the original sheet music. Page and Plant testified they did not remember ever hearing Spirit’s “Taurus.” The original complaint against Led Zeppelin was filed just over two years ago (May 2014) on behalf of the trust of the late Randy Craig Wolfe, a Spirit guitarist.
“Brexit” Fallout Felt in U.S. Following yesterday’s “Brexit” vote by Brits to separate from the European Union (Thursday, 6/23), several major United States-based media companies such as Fox, Viacom, Netflix, and Apple opened their stateside trading days down billions of dollars in stock valuation. Netflix and Apple though were among those surging back within the first 10 minutes of the U.S. trading day. The Pound dropped to its lowest valuation in decades, and stock prices overseas sunk. British Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped down, vowing there will be a new PM in place by October. In a statement of support from the White House, President Barack Obama comments, “The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision. The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy.” Given economic implications domestically and abroad, this is bound to be a big topic today – even on FM music-intensive outlets.
Nash Harmonizer. The winner from the fifteenth – and final – season of “American Idol,” Trent Harmon visited WNSH “Nash FM,” New York yesterday (Thursday, 6/23) to chat with 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm personality Jesse Addy . Currently working on his first album, Harmon performed some of his songs, including “What Are You Listening To,” “Falling,” and “There’s a Girl” for station listeners.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Six-year WNOW “100.9 Radio Now,” Indianapolis morning show talents Kyle & Rachel have done their final broadcast on the Radio One CHR. On his Facebook page, Kyle Smelser writes, “Simply put, we were not renewed for another year and they want to go [in] a different direction.” Meanwhile, Radio One notes that the market “has been a breeding ground for the nation’s top talent” and the company acknowledges it has “the perfect opportunity for an air personality to gain notoriety locally and industry respect for leading our morning show.” With a goal of transforming “the landscape of morning radio in Indianapolis,” it seeks “to hire the brightest talent, with a winning spirit we can find who demonstrates passion for our shared mission.”
WMMR Struts Its Stuff. This past Monday (6/20), Greater Media Philadelphia rocker WMMR kicked off its series of lunchtime performances at Ardmore Music Hall. There was a limited number of tickets for the invitation-only show to see the young British band The Struts, who performed “Could Have Been Me” and “Kiss” from their current album (“Everybody Wants”); a spontaneous meet-and-greet followed. Pictured with The Struts are WMMR personalities Blake Dannen (far left), Jacky Bam Bam (far right), and “Rabbi” (front).
Cumulus Makes Change at CFO Role; Abbot Succeeds Hannan. There has been chatter in the industry lately about looming personnel changes in the corporate tier at Cumulus Media and now the company reveals a new face in the chief financial officer post. John F. Abbot is appointed executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer effective July 1. He replaces Joseph P. “J.P.” Hannan, who the company says resigned his position after six years in order to pursue other interests. Hannan will assist the company for several months to ensure a smooth transition. Abbot comes to Cumulus from his most recent position as EVP and CFO of Telx Holdings Inc., a provider of connectivity, co-location and cloud services in the data center industry. Abbot’s experience also includes spent as EVP/CFO for cable’s Insight Communications Company, Inc. and as managing director for the Global Media and Communications Group of the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley. Abbot says, “I am excited to join Mary [Berner] and the senior leadership team at this important juncture in the company’s evolution. I join Cumulus with an appreciation for the headway that has already been made around the company’s four key strategies as well as a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to using my skills and experience to help maximize value as we work to deliver on the turnaround.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Tucson rhythmic oldies KTGV “The Groove” is adding Krystal Pino to the air staff to host the morning drive show beginning in July. Pino joins the Scripps-owned station from her most recent gig working for Westwood One’s 24/7 music format division as a personality and programmer…..Cumulus Media promotes Jiggy to program director for its rhythmic CHR simulcast KWIN, Lodi/KWNN, Turlock in the Modesto-Stockton market. Jiggy was APD under former PD MoJoe Roberts who’s now with Alpha Media at country KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull.”…..Premiere Networks manager of affiliate marketing Brittany Brodbeck is leaving the company after seven years to deal with health issues.
WABC’s Joan Hamburg Honored with Lifetime Achievement Gracie. The 41st Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon took place at Cipriani on 42nd in New York yesterday (6/21). The ceremony was presented by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. Host Robin Meade led the program alongside presenters Beverly Bond, Emme, Erica Hill and Ginger Zee. The Gracie Awards were presented to honorees which were previously announced on March 21 in recognition of their successes in the media industry. Lifetime Achievement Honoree Joan Hamburg was presented her award by close friend Alan Alda (pictured at right). Ginger Zee was not only a presenter but an acceptor for Good Morning America’s win for Outstanding Talk Show- News. In presenting Hamburg with her honor, Alda said, “In a media industry where talk radio is overwhelmingly dominated by men, Joan is a woman’s voice that is graceful and lively but authoritative.” As part of the program, Canadian singer/songwriter Ruth B performed her viral hit “Lost Boy” and her unreleased single “In My Dreams.”
Legendary WMCA ‘Good Guy’ Dandy Dan Daniel Dies. Legendary DJ and one-time WMCA “Good Guy” Dandy Dan Daniel died suddenly on Tuesday (6/21). Dandy Dan got his start on the radio back in 1955 on KXYZ, Houston. He landed on WMCA, New York in 1961 and stayed there for nine years. After leaving WMCA he worked in New York on WHN (now WEPN), WYNY-FM, and WCBS-FM. See Art Vuolo’s video tribute to Dandy Dan here.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin Performs at iHeartMedia-MediaLink’s VIP Dinner. This is the fifth year that iHeartMedia and MediaLink have hosted the intimate VIP Dinner at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Last night (6/21), Chris Martin of Coldplay performed song including “Viva,” “Clocks,” “Fix You,” and “Up & Up.” He also did renditions of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret,” David Bowie’s “Life and on Mars,” and – as you see in the photo here – he pulled Will Smith (left) on stage to beatbox to the song “Men in Black” while he played piano (right).
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California; Internet sensation The Iceman; and Bill Phipps, the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; provide 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, and country. This week’s selection posted today (6/1) includes such names as: Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Idris Elba, Justin Timberlake, DNCE, Bitter’s Kiss, OneRepublic, The Shelters, Violent Femmes, Foy Vance, Brett Eldredge, Rudy Parris, Cole Swindell, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
‘Hot 97’ New York’s ‘Nessa On Air’ Goes National. WQHT, New York afternoon drive personality Nessa is going into national syndication via Benztown. Her show, “Nessa On Air,” starts airing on its first affiliate next week. The five-hour daily show is produced for CHR, rhythmic CHR and urban stations and designed to air in any daypart. CBS RADIO’s KMVQ, San Francisco has signed on and CBS RADIO SVP, programming Michael Martin says, “Nessa is such a superstar! The Bay has missed her but now she’s back and I couldn’t be happier to have her back on 99.7!”
Zaragoza to Afternoons at KBLX, San Francisco. At urban AC KBLX, San Francisco, Entercom moves Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza from the morning show cast to host of the afternoon drive daypart. Taking over for Zaragoza on the “Morning Dream Team” is on-air pro Tony Sculfield, who is expected to join the station on June 6. Entercom San Francisco OM/PD Elroy Smith says, “I am excited for Victor Zaragoza’s return to afternoon drive. He is electrifying, fun, and engaging. Victor’s spirit is contagious to everyone who hears him.”
Beasley Names McCurdy VP of Sales. Radio sales pro Bob McCurdy is joining Beasley Media Group, Inc. as vice president of sales. McCurdy, who most recently was president of the sales consultancy firm Upping the Volume, will be based at the company’s headquarters in Naples, Florida. McCurdy has held sales and management positions in the radio industry for decades. He became president of Katz Radio in 1990. In 2009, he was named president of Katz Marketing Solutions. McCurdy says, “I’ve known the Beasley folks for a long time and I am thrilled to be joining their team. They have a terrific lineup of stations around the country, staffed by talented people. It’ll be a privilege to be able to work even more closely with their sales and management teams, as we move forward.” Beasley interim CEO Caroline Beasley comments, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Bob to Beasley’s corporate office. He is a champion for the radio industry, and well known by both advertisers and agencies.”
Mueller Appointed Market Manager at Alpha Media Amarillo. Twenty-five year radio pro Robert Mueller, a.k.a. Cisco Kidd, is named to the market manager position at Alpha Media’s Amarillo, Texas that includes country KGNC-FM, classic hits KXGL “100.9 The Eagle,” and news/talk KGNC-AM. Muller has most recently been with Alpha Media at the corporate level as a product manager working closely with VP of interactive Stefan Brock rolling out digital initiatives across multiple markets. Before that, he served with Citadel in Oklahoma City in numerous management capacities. Alpha Media EVP of the Western Division, Larry Bastida, says, “I’ve worked with Robert in varying capacities for over 16 years and he’s always delivered. He’s smart and competitive. Radio and digital run in his blood. More than anything, he has always had great appreciation for his fellow teammates, as well as being mindful of the obligation we have to our advertising partners. Not only am I excited for Robert to have this great opportunity, I’m excited for Alpha to have him in Amarillo!”
Bold Gold Media Group CEO Vince Benedetto Interviewed on ‘Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.’ One of the rising young stars of radio station group ownership, Vince Benedetto, is the guest on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” Benedetto, who just turned 40, bought his first station at 29. In slightly more than a decade, he has built Bold Gold Media Group into a chain that owns and operates nine radio stations, fifteen broadcast frequencies, and multiple digital media platforms throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. Benedetto is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a former Air Force captain and Air Force OSI special agent, where he worked on counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism and felony level investigative efforts for the Department of Defense. In 2013, Bold Gold was nominated for a Pennsylvania Governor’s ImPAct Award for Entrepreneurialism and Vince was recently named by RadioInk magazine as one of the “Top 30 Under 40 Rising Stars in the Radio Industry.” Benedetto also established and runs a non-profit foundation providing support for young people entering broadcasting and studying the U.S. Constitution. In the podcast, Harrison and Benedetto discuss the extremely positive aspects of radio ownership that still exist in 2016 and analyze broadcast radio’s transition into the digital era. They examine the differences between the Boomer and Millennial generations (as well as Generations X and Y) and Benedetto applies his experience in the US intelligence community to the principles of operating a media business as well as commenting on the nation’s present positioning in the struggle against international terrorism. To listen to the entire podcast please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Cumulus Media Appoints Dimick Vice President/Programming Operations. Former Lincoln Financial Media senior vice president of programming and operations John Dimick joins Cumulus Media as vice president of programming operations. Cumulus Media senior vice president of content and programming Mike McVay remarks, “John Dimick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position. He joins Doug Hamand and Greg Frey as a [vice president of programming operations]. Those three, along with our format specialists and analysts, will provide even more tools to our managers and program directors to employ when programming their stations.” Dimick – who begins his new assignment next Wednesday (6/1) – jokes, “I am very happy that Mike McVay would not buy my ‘retirement from the industry’ thinking. The new senior management team at Cumulus is building [something that] is extraordinary and compelling. I am flattered [corporate believes] I can help advance the growth and success of the stations and the remarkable Cumulus platform. Joining the corporate programming team with people like Greg Frey, Doug Hamand and the other pros at Cumulus is very exciting.” For the past 11 months, Dimick was franchise owner of the Dimick Automotive Group. In addition to Lincoln Financial stations in San Diego, Dimick has programmed Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97,” New York; KPLZ, Seattle; KISN, Salt Lake City; and WNCI, Columbus.
Schneekloth Named GSM at WMJX. Following a 12-year run as vice president and manager of the Katz Radio Group, Brian Schneekloth becomes general sales manager of Greater Media Boston adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7.” Greater Media Boston vice president and market manager Mary Menna comments, “Brian’s exceptional client relationships and expertise in the radio and digital space make him the perfect addition to the Greater Media Boston family.” In addition to his Katz Radio Group management role, Schneekloth was director of sales for Katz Digital. Prior to that, he held sales management roles at CBS Radio Boston’s WBCN and classic rock WZLX. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s April 2016 PPM report, “Magic 106.7” finished second (7.2), eight-tenths behind co-owned classic hits-oldies WROR (8.0, 6+).
“Sugar Mom” Marshall’s Meaningful Marking. While “voiceover artist,” “audio producer,” and “author” are apt summations of Robin Marshall, the most important depiction of the Dallas-based talent is that she is a one-year cancer survivor. Marshall will release recordings of “Lemons to Lemonade” blogs, which she wrote while undergoing aggressive ovarian cancer treatment. Those episodes will be part of the “Sugar Mom” podcast, leading up to National Cancer Survivors Day next Sunday (6/5). Starting next month, Marshall will distribute her audio book “The Diary of a Sugar Mom: Don’t Tell the Kids” free via her “Sugar Mom” podcast on various podcast directories. Marshall comments, “I want women and men who subscribe to my podcast and/or visit my Facebook page to understand what the concept of a ‘Sugar Mom’ really is, and more importantly, what it is not. If you can try one new thing a day, you are headed towards becoming who you used to be and now want to be again.” The “Sugar Mom” podcast releases new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays. Marshall spent 20 years as a New York City on-air talent and she is the imaging voice for several radio stations. Since being diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer, she underwent weekly chemotherapy treatments in Dallas; she is in full remission.
Alan, McCoy in Special Salute. Country artist Neal McCoy and Premiere Radio Networks’ personality Cody Alan treated more than 200 (Phoenix area) Luke Air Force Base service members and their families to an evening of music and conversation last night (Thursday, 5/26). The event marked the first stop on this year’s “Super 8 Salutes” tour, a multi-city effort created by Super 8 and Premiere Networks, providing access to events and concerts with country music stars. McCoy states, “I am always excited to spend time with the women and men of our military and their families. Whether it is entertaining them overseas or here at home, it is the highlight of my year. I thank Super 8 and my buddy, Cody Alan, for inviting me to join in this salute to the hard work they do every day at Luke Air Force Base.” Thursday night’s Alan-hosted function included a “Q & A” with McCoy, followed by an acoustic set and a meet and greet. “Super 8 Salutes” is in its second year and will make three stops; last year the tour included visits to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and West Springfield, Massachusetts. Alan is host/executive producer of “CMT After MidNite,” “CMT Radio Live,” and “CMT All Access.” Included among McCoy’s 15 albums are three that went platinum and one gold.
To Tell the Truth – It’s Dierks Bentley. As part of a promotional tour for his album “Black,” which comes out today (Friday, 5/27), Dierks Bentley visited “America’s Morning Show.” During yesterday’s visit (Thursday, 5/26), the country singer agreed to enter the program’s “TruthBooth,” where he was given a sealed envelope with questions that he swore to answer honestly.
Millennials Account For 66.5 Million Radio Users. This is not a homogeneous group with a common set of beliefs, interests, and behaviors; ungrouping millennials can help advertisers, agencies, and radio stations understand each group more closely. Nielsen‘s Q4 2015 “Total Audience Report” separated 18-34s into three groups: “Dependent Adults” (those living in someone else’s home); “On Their Own” millennials (those living in their own home without children); and “Starting a Family” millennials” (those living in their own home with children). The data shows 97% of 18-year-olds live in someone else’s home. By their mid-30s, 90% of millennials live in their own home, and more than half have children. Radio is an important part of a millennial’s life and they listen to it in many ways. In the average week, radio reaches about 92% of “Starting a Family” millennials; 90% of “Dependent Adult” millennials”; and 89% of “On Their Own” millennials. CHR is the number one format for all three groups, but “Dependent Adult” millennials, who tend to live at home with their parents or another adult, listen to more classic rock, classic hits-oldies, and urban AC than the overall millennial group. “Dependent Adult” millennials listen to these formats because they are exposed to them by older adults in the home. “On Their Own” millennials are the least ethnically diverse group and they show a preference for non-ethnic formats like hot AC and alternative. They also listen to sports stations more than the other two millennial groups. Radio reaches 90% of all 18-34 African-Americans each week with urban AC the top format among this group. “Starting A Family” millennials include the highest percent of Hispanic and Spanish-speaking listeners. In this group, regional Mexican has the third-highest share of listening time. Overall, 16% of this group’s listening is spent with a Spanish language format. That is more than three times the amount of “On Their Own” millennials.
Getting Together with Smaldone. For almost 24 years, Valerie Smaldone was the mid-day talent at market dominant adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM,” New York. More recently, she has been hosting/producing a variety of projects. The latest for the imaging voice of CBS Radio New York all-newser WINS is “Hit Makers: Music Icons in Performance and Conversation”; Tommy James (“Tommy James & The Shondells“) was her first guest and he sang several of his hits. In addition, Smaldone interviewed him about his book “Me, The Mob, and the Music,” as well as his days with Roulette Records. For the past two years, Smaldone’s weekly, three-hour Envision Networks’ talk show “America Weekend with Valerie Smaldone & Friends” is heard in 15 markets.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Effective next Tuesday (5/31), Entercom San Francisco rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102” mid-day talent “Freska” will transition to afternoon drive on adult contemporary sibling KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday.” Taking her place at “Q-102” is Billy Vidal, who is promoted from weekends. KOIT-FM program director Brent Carey comments, “Freska’s unique delivery, community relationships, and creative show ideas will build a strong connection for our listeners.” The changes come about as former KOIT-FM PM driver Brent Carey exits.
Sirius XM’s “The Pulse” To Air “Live In The Vineyard” Concert Special. The three-hour feature will run this (Memorial Day) weekend. It was captured at the seventeenth installment of the “Live In The Vineyard” music festival in Napa Valley, California early last month (4/7-10) and will include acoustic performances by Andy Grammer, Ingrid Michaelson, Cold War Kids, Lukas Graham, Ben Rector, Daughtry, Zella Day, Tor Miller, Brendan James, Shawn Hook, The Strumbellas, AudioDamn!, Pentatonix and SafetySuit. SiriusXM “The Pulse” host Jim Ryan remarks, “It is an incredible weekend of wine, food, and ‘Pulse’ music that our listeners respond to in overwhelming numbers to try to attend the event twice a year. It is great to be able to bring the experience to listeners on the radio, especially for those that are not able to attend.” The special premieres tonight (Friday, 5/27) at 7:00 pm (ET) on channel 15 and it will rebroadcast tomorrow (Saturday, 5/28) and Sunday (5/29) at various times. Created eight years ago by Bobbii Jacobs and Claire Parr, “Live In The Vineyard” will take place again in November.
Beasley Broadcast Group Board Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend. It is for $0.045 per share of its “Class A” and “Class B” common stock. The dividend is payable on July 8 to shareholders of record on June 30. While Beasley Broadcast Group intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the foreseeable future, all subsequent dividends will be reviewed quarterly and declared by the board at its discretion.
Kristie McIntyre Returns to ‘Mix 107.3’ in Washington for Nights. Washington, DC and Baltimore-area radio personality Kristie McIntyre is named the night personality at Cumulus Media’s hot AC WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3,” effective May 2. McIntyre worked on air at the station from 2005 through 2010. Most recently she’s been with Hearst Television’s Baltimore news/talk WBAL-AM as news anchor and reporter. She’s also worked for CBS RADIO in the market as a personality on hot AC WIAD “94.7 Fresh FM,” and as a reporter on the former all-news WNEW-FM (now business news WDCH). WRQX program director Louie Diaz comments, “We are very excited to welcome Kristie McIntyre back home to DC and ‘MIX 107.3.’ Kristie is another great veteran air personality and is a fantastic addition to our live-and-local air staff at ‘MIX 107.3.’”
JB King Takes On CBS RADIO Las Vegas OM Post. Longtime Las Vegas radio pro JB King is shucking his on-air role at CHR KLUC (more on that below) and is accepting the promotion to operations manager for the CBS RADIO cluster in Vegas. King – with KLUC since 1998 – will continue to program KLUC and urban contemporary KXQQ “Q100.” CBS SVP and market manager Tony Perlongo states, “After a national search for the next amazing operations manager, we found that with JB King. With years of experience from learning from the best, JB is more than ready to take on the responsibility of overseeing our six great radio stations, as well as our six HD2 stations.”
John Moug Named Afternoon Jock at KLUC, Las Vegas. The Sin City native has been working at CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC for more than six years – most recently as evening personality. Now, John Moug takes over the afternoon drive daypart for JB King, who was recently promoted to operations manager for the company’s Las Vegas station group. King says, “I am excited to promote and pass along afternoon drive on 98.5 KLUC to an excellent talent. John Moug grew up in Las Vegas and has lived and breathed KLUC for almost his entire life. His work ethic, dedication and passion for KLUC is matched by few, and I am confident about his success in afternoon drive.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Nathan Reed has exited iHeartMedia’s Toledo station group where he was SVP of programming. He’d been with the cluster since 2008, joining as program director of CHR WVKS “92.5 Kiss FM.”…..Morning drive personality John Harry is promoted to program director at NRG Media’s country WYTE, Marshfield, Wisconsin (Wausau-Stevens Point market). Harry’s been in the AM drive slot for the past two years…..Reach Media replaces morning drive Gospel personality Yolanda Adams with Erica Campbell. Adams and her cast mates – comedian Marcus D. Wiley and minister Anthony “A.V.” Valary – said goodbye to their listeners last week. Now, Campbell begins hosting “Get Up! Mornings Erica Campbell” for the network.
WBBG, Youngstown Goes Country as ‘106.1 The Bull.’ After a recent tweak from oldies to classic hits, iHeartMedia completely changes direction and turns Youngstown market signal (licensed to Niles, Ohio) WBBG into “106.1 The Bull” playing new country. The move puts WBBG into direct competition with Cumulus Media’s market-leading (12+) country outlet, WQXK “K105.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. WHKX, Bluefield, West Virginia “106.3/107.7 Kicks Country” morning personality Lori Charles (pictured at left with Hokies mascot) ran in last weekend’s Remembrance Run at Virginia Tech in honor of the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on the campus nine years ago. More than 10,000 people took part in the run. The Alpha Media talent comments, “It was an honor to broadcast live at Virginia Tech for ‘106.3/107.7 Kicks Country.’ We are a proud affiliate of the Hokies and it was truly a great day to stand with 10,300 other runners, fans, graduates and students to respectfully remember the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on campus nine years ago.”…..CBS RADIO’s KROQ, Los Angeles announces the lineup for the final “KROQ Weenie Roast” at the Irvine Meadows venue where it’s been held for the past 23 years. On the bill are: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Empire of the Sun, Panic! At the Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Miike Show, Lukas Graham, The Strumbellas, Nothing But Thieves, Bishop, and Bear Hands.
Joe Piscopo Discusses Talk Radio, Stand Up Comedy, Sinatra, SNL, and NJ Politics on ‘Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.’ RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison says, “I’ve never laughed so much doing a podcast – this guy just overflows with humor and great pop media stories,” referring to the newly posted PodcastOne episode of “Up Close and Far Out” in which he interviews Joe Piscopo – the celebrated morning host of Salem Media’s New York outlet, WNYM “AM 970 The Answer.” Piscopo talks about his early years as a student in theater and college radio and his eventual stand-up comedy work at NYC’s legendary Improv club that led to his becoming a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980. He goes on to discuss his success over the past few years as a conservative news/talk morning host with Salem and his continuing love for his home state of New Jersey. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
iHeartMedia and Creditors Still at Odds Over Asset Shift. According to a report from Bloomberg, iHeartMedia and a number of its creditors have broken off talks to try to resolve the rancor over iHeartMedia’s shift of 100 million shares of Clear Channel Outdoor to a new subsidiary called Broader Media. Creditors including D. E. Shaw, Canyon Capital, Franklin Advisers and Franklin Mutual sued iHeartMedia over the move claiming that it violates the debt covenants. iHeartMedia argues that’s not the case and the move is designed to allow the company to deal more effectively with its $20 billion in debt. iHeartMedia told a Texas judge that if the creditors’ bond defaults are allowed to proceed, it would cause as much as $15 billion of the company’s debt to come due quickly and that would force the company into bankruptcy protection. The creditors argue that is not what they are trying to accomplish. iHeartMedia SVP and treasurer Brian Coleman says the company’s maneuvers are part of its Project Indigo, a long-term strategy designed to allow it to study ways to deal with its debt.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Air personality Tammy Lively moves from Cumulus Media’s country WFMS, Louisville back to her home state of Indiana to host the afternoon drive show on the company’s WWKI, Kokomo “100.5 KI.” Lively takes over for Sherry Foxx who recently moved to mornings to co-host “The Morning Fixx” with Nick Livingston…..Steel City Media’s Kansas City adult contemporary KCKC “KC 102.1” is announcing its new talent lineup. Bryan Truta is PD and morning co-host, partnered up with Jennifer Johnson. In middays it’s Jacqui Lucky, and Natalie R. holds down the afternoon drive daypart…..Syndicated adult contemporary morning show “Murphy, Sam and Jodi” adds six new affiliate stations including KQXT, San Antonio; WDMX, Parkersburg, West Virginia; and WISM-FM, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Toledo hot AC WWWM re-brands, ditching the “Star” moniker and debuting “Channel 105.5.” The Cumulus Media station’s talent lineup remains the same. RVP and market manager Andy Stuart says, “The ‘Star’ name never took hold in the market and did not convey all of the improvements we made to the station, especially the announcers and music selection. The brand name ‘Channel’ gives us a real opportunity to show that we are making Toledo radio great again.”…..Broadcast traffic solutions provider Radiate Media enters into an option agreement with Global Traffic Network – supplier of traffic information to broadcasters in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the UK – granting GTN an exclusive option agreement to buy substantially all of the assets of Radiate. Radiate CEO Chris Rothey says, “With Radiate’s data and technology coupled with GTN’s global presence, we will be able to significantly improve the experience of traffic consumers in the US and abroad.”…..The Envision Networks-syndicated country feature, “The Stories That Made the Music” with creator/host Nick Michaels, is added to the program lineup at Bardstown Radio Team, LLC-owned WBRT, Bardstown, Kentucky…..Black Crowes founding member Chris Robinson is hosting a new, monthly SiriusXM show on the Jam On channel called “Chris Robinson’s Gurus Galore.” The program will “feature Robinson digging into his vast record collection to showcase psychedelic music across various genres and eras. Each episode will feature a different theme. SiriusXM listeners will hear artists like Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Daevid Allen, Canned Heat and more. Robinson quips, “It’s the only radio show in the cosmos that dares ask you the musical question…do YOU guru?”
Reports: KFOG, San Francisco Staff Let Go; ‘Evolution’ Underway. Yesterday’s announcement of the hiring of new KFOG and KSAN program director Bryan Schock hinted that changes are coming to Cumulus Media’s venerable triple A KFOG and that includes the dismantling of the air staff, which was, according to numerous local media reports, dismissed on Thursday (3/31). We’ll have to wait until April 20 to find out what the new format will be but it’s a safe bet triple A is gone. The station is running jockless, airing various rock and pop artists. KFOG has been a consistent performer with the triple A format. It’s (6+) Nielsen Audio PPM ratings have hovered steadily around a 2.0 share for the past six months, however it ranked #17 in the San Francisco market and #20 in the San Jose market.
Scott Shannon Holds ‘Morning Zoo’ Reunion. Today, WCBS-FM, New York morning personality Scott Shannon welcomed New Yorkers to a live, remote broadcast remembering and celebrating the Morning Zoo from his time at WCBS-FM in the 1980s. It took place at the Adorama Live Theatre in Manhattan as his current program, “The Big Show” met the “Morning Zoo.” Current co-hosts Patty Steele, Joe Nolan, John Elliot and Brad Blanks performed for the crowd with Shannon’s old co-hosts, Ross Brittain, Claire Stevens, Jonathan B. Bell and Mr. Leonard. CBS RADIO New York SVP and market manager Marc Rayfield said, “Millions upon millions of New Yorkers grew up with Scott Shannon and the Morning Zoo. This occasion illustrated local radio at its best, and WCBS-FM is proud to be Scott’s home.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At New Orleans alternative WZRH “106.1 The Underground,” program director John Boyle adds the PM drive air shift to his responsibilities…..Suburban Chicago hot AC WZSR, Woodstock, Illinois promotes weekend personality Jimmy Styx to full-time evening host, handling the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight shift.
Westwood One Broadcasts ‘Backstage at the ACMs.’ Today and tomorrow, Westwood One and Cumulus Media are presenting “Westwood One Backstage at the ACMs” from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in advance of Sunday evening’s Academy of Country Music awards telecast. WW1 says the backstage event will “welcome more than 80 of country music’s biggest artists over the two-day event, including Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Martina McBride, and will present an exclusive one-on-one session with ACM hosts Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, with performances by country artists Brett Young, Canaan Smith and Tucker Beathard.” The events will take place from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm today and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday.