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KJ Bland Re-Signs with KRNB, Dallas. At Service Broadcasting’s Dallas urban contemporary outlet KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7,” midday personality KJ Bland signs a new, two-year contract to remain with the station. Brand manager and program director Kevin Gardner says, “KJ is a passionate, multi-platform personality and a social-media savvy entertainer who easily turns listeners and clients into friends and fans. We are happy to have her continue her winning contributions to the ‘Smooth R&B 105.7’ team and the Service Broadcasting family.”
iHeartMedia Debuts ‘Tailgate Country 103.7’ on Translator. There’s a new country format in Portland as iHeartMedia debuts “Tailgate Country 103.7” on translator K297BO. The 34-Watt signal is licensed to Portland, sits on the city’s southeast side and its primary signal covers a fair portion of the metro. The company says the station will feature contemporary country artists such as Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line. The station will present the format commercial free. SVP of programming Brad Hardin says, “‘Tailgate Country’ features the hottest contemporary country artists and no commercials. It’s the perfect station for crankin’ up while sitting on your tailgate and watching the Ducks pull out another win.”
Envision Networks’ Westar Music Library Gets Updated Site. In an announcement from Envision Networks, the company’s Westar Music Library gets a website update for the service that features a streamlined experience for users to search, organize and download thousands of royalty free music tracks and sound effects. The company says the Westar Music commercial library currently offers more than 11,000 royalty-free music tracks sourced from the broadcast industry standard as well as more than 113,000 sound effects, with more constantly being added. Westar Music sales manager Peter Alexander says, “With new features and benefits that our users asked for, we believe the new WestarMusic.com is quite simply the most seamless, easiest to navigate website available for high quality production music and professional sound effects.”
More Taylor Swift Promotion Happening This Week. With today’s release of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album, the PR machine behind the country-turned-pop starlet kicks into another gear. Last week RadioInfo reported the album release-related appearances by Swift across the iHeartMedia platforms. Now, we learn Swift will be a telephone guest on Westwood One’s syndicated “Nights Live with Adam Bomb.” She’ll also appear on SiriusXM’s Town Hall series where she’ll appear with a select group of listeners for a Q&A with SiriusXM Hits 1 personalities Nicole Ryan, Stanley T, Rich Davis and Ryan Sampson. The show will air live on Wednesday (10/29) at 2:00 pm ET.
Florida Georgia Line Visit WW1’s Ryan Fox. It’s always cool to have one of the hottest acts in the country on your network but it’s especially cool if that act is hosting the new awards show your company is producing. Westwood One’s Ryan Fox (center) poses for a shot with Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard (left) and Brian Kelley (right) after the duo appeared on his “Now with Ryan Fox” show on Hot Country and Mainstream Country Local formats produced by the network. Florida Georgia Line is hosting the “American Country Countdown Awards” on Fox TV on Monday, December 15 live from Nashville’s Music City Center. Westwood One will have a big backstage presence at the ACC Awards as part of its exclusive Red Carpet Radio event coverage.
Legendary Rock Radio Personality Dennis Elsas Bringing His “Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Forgets” Live Multimedia Show to NJ. After more than 40 years of hosting radio shows on great radio stations in the Northeast, veteran rock DJ Dennis Elsas (pictured here) is still going strong. The longtime favorite of New York-area music radio fans that remember him from his major presence at groundbreaking album rocker WNEW-FM during its glory days, is still spinning quality sounds during PM drive at triple-A formatted WFUV in the Big Apple and is heard nationally on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “Classic Vinyl” program. Well known for his creative programming skills and history-making interviews with some of music’s greatest legends, the man described by Michael Harrison as “one of pop culture’s finest raconteurs” has been wowing live audiences around the New York Metropolitan area for years with an in-person multimedia show titled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Forgets.” In it, he plays excerpts from key conversations he had back in the day with such legends as John Lennon, Elton John, Jerry Garcia and so many more, highlighted by rare video clips and airchecks of legendary broadcasts. He also shares his insights and memories of growing up in one of the greatest radio markets of all, New York City, where he heard some of the best top 40 DJs of all time. Next stop for this traveling extravaganza will be its first visit to New Jersey – this coming Saturday, November 1 at the Montclair Art Museum at 7:00 pm. For more information, please click here.
Taylor Swift Album Promotion Moves into Overdrive at iHeartMedia. Yesterday, RadioInfo reported about the Taylor Swift “Secret Session” program set to air on digital platform iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia CHR stations. Now, the company announces even more appearances by Swift – sponsored by Diet Coke – on the company’s shows as she plugs the release of her new album 1989. Here’s a rundown of the country-turned-pop star’s scheduled appearances: She’ll guest host “American Top 40” this weekend and be featured on “Direct From Hollywood with Ryan Seacrest” on October 27. She will also appear as a special guest during “On with Mario Lopez” on October 29. On October 30, Swift is co-hosting “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” for the show’s entire four-hour broadcast live from New York City. iHeartMedia says this will be the first time an artist has co-hosted the entire radio program, as well as the first time the full show is presented by a single brand (Diet Coke). Diet Coke is hosting the Ultimate 1989 Fan Party LIVE from iHeartRadio’s NYC studios during the broadcast. Additionally, Swift will make appearances on other iHeartMedia shows including: Elvis Duran, “The Kane Show” and the Johnjay & Rich show. She’ll also appear on the “iHeartRadio Countdown with Romeo” and be a featured guest on “iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez,” “Weekend Top 30 with Hollywood Hamilton,” “Saturday Night Online Live with Romeo,” and on “Club Kane.”
WQBU Transitions to Regional Mexican. After just seven months, WQBU “Univision America New York” jettisons Spanish Talk in favor of regional Mexican as “92.7 FM Nueva York.” Univision’s “El Show de Raul Brindis” airs 6:00 am – 8:00 am and it is followed – until 1:00 pm – by “El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo.” Univision Radio president Jose Valle explains, “Our mission is to give audiences what they want and we heard them loud and clear. We are now bringing the best regional Mexican music, along with our top two morning shows from across the country to our audience in New York.” WQBU was the first FM to air the Univision America format. “Nueva York” is expected to target adults 18 – 49. Spanish contemporary WXNY “X-96.3″ and Spanish talk WADO are the company’s other two New York City stations. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s August and September monthly reports for New York City, Garden City-licensed WQBU registered a .1; it has a .1 as well in September’s Long Island monthly.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Joining Digity Media as director of revenue development is Jeffrey A. Schatz, most recently president of Total Marketing Solutions. Prior to his work there, Schatz served as vice president of sales for Gapwest Broadcasting…..At CBS RADIO’s Charlotte CHR outlet WNKS “Kiss 95.1,” Kelly Meyers exits the midday host position after her contract there was not renewed…..Alpha Media’s triple A KINK, Portland parts company with Marconi Bologna who’d joined Sheila Hamilton on the morning show in July. PD Chris Mays writes on KINK’s Facebook page that the pairing didn’t “strike the right chord” for many listeners.
Michael Harrison Tapped to Write Liner Notes for New GUNHILL ROAD album, “Every 40 Years.” RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison, whose relationship with legendary seventies band GUNHILL ROAD goes back to 1971 when he played their records as one of his favorites on WNEW-FM, New York, has penned an essay titled “Back When My Hair Was Long” to be specifically used as liner notes on the trio’s new album, “Every 40 Years.” The album, which will be officially released the first week in November, marks the group’s first recorded project in more than four decades! The name of the essay is a play on the title of the group’s classic hit single, “Back When My Hair Was Short,” which still gets airplay on classic hits stations. Harrison states, “I was delighted at the opportunity to write these liner notes for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I have always loved this band – they represent so much of the fabulous, timeless music we played ‘back in the day’ that has unfortunately fallen through the cracks of changing times, but more so because of changing media. Now, they have a really fantastic new collection of 19 tracks! I also welcome the opportunity to talk a bit about my days as a jock on that amazingly, historic station – something I don’t have that much of an opportunity to do still being active on the front lines of today’s radio and music scene. When I hosted mornings at WNEW-FM — the home of broadcasting icons Scott Muni, Alison Steele and Jonathan Schwartz — I was one of four extremely young DJs in our early 20s working there – who in addition to myself included Richard Neer, Dennis Elsas and the late, great Pete Fornatale – and we all played the heck out of GUNHILL ROAD as well as a bunch of acts that made it to our smokin’ hot turntables simply because we thought they were good and our listeners would like them.” Harrison writes, “By today’s standards, we were eclectic to an extreme. However, back then, in our quest to play really good ‘progressive’ music, it seemed normal and an obvious way to reach our target audience. ‘Rock’ was not sonically specific. It was more of an attitude than any one singular sound. We even included hip comedy tracks…and it all fit.” To read the entire essay, please click here. The photo here was taken in the WNEW-FM air studio in 1971 and shows (from left to right): DJs Dennis Elsas, Michael Harrison, Richard Neer, and Pete Fornatale. Photo courtesy of DennisElsas.com.
WQRS, Olean, New York Now Airing ‘The Core.’ Western New York rock outlet WQRS, Olean adds the Envision Networks-syndicated “The Core” to its weekend program schedule. Program director Chris Russell says, “As we take ‘98 Rocks’ to the next level programming-wise, it made perfect sense to add “The Core” to our lineup. No one in the market delivers the type of rock we do, and this show delivers the goods!” Envision describes “The Core” as “a weekly two-hour program featuring the music and artists that thrived in the 90s.” The program is hosted by Meltdown and programmed by Steve Black from Detroit’s rock powerhouse WRIF. Envision says the program is one of the first nationally syndicated shows to follow the PPM format and is programmed with extended music plays and only two commercial breaks an hour.
WCSX, Detroit and Bob Seger Help Replace Firefighters’ Equipment. After the Detroit Fire Department’s Ladder Company 22 had its saws stolen while responding to a blaze, WCSX, Detroit morning team Jim O’Brien and Trudi Daniels decided to help replace the $2,000 tools. The Greater Media classic rock station says O’Brien and Daniels were so upset by the news that they reached out to Detroit native and friend Bob Seger to see if he would sign a guitar that they could auction off. Seger had a different plan. He offered to buy the replacement saws for the department. The saws in question are used to breach roofs to vent buildings during a fire.
“Music Industry Reunion New York” a Smash! After two successful Music Industry Reunions in Los Angeles over the past couple of years, organizer (and music industry promotional icon) Jon Scott responded to numerous requests and “took the party to New York.” The result was an extraordinary, emotion-packed event that drew more than 200 prominent music industry and radio friends to Manhattan’s Hill Country Barbecue this past Wednesday evening (10/15). Some of the folks that attended are retired giants of the business, some seasoned legends still vigorously playing an active role in the industry, and a number of young up-and-comers that showed up to share the good cheer as well as the priceless knowledge and wisdom packed into the room. In the words of Scott, “It was a non-stop hug-fest!” (Pictured here at right are music business legends Johnny Barbis, and Ron Alexenburg, right.) Throughout the weepy, huggy, kissy, happy, and yappy evening, a number of participants took to the stage to say a few words of tribute to and about each other and express the powerful sentiments that permeated the festivities. One of the speeches that resonated with the crowd big-time was delivered by Paul “Rap” Rappaport — former Columbia Records exec and current co-owner (with Judy Libow) of classic rock promotion and marketing firm, Classics Du Jour. (See story below for more details and full text of the speech.) Jon Scott sums it up as follows, telling RadioInfo, “We all gathered together to share the friendships and stories that developed during the incredible period of music that helped shape contemporary cultural history as we know it. The Music Industry Reunion committee that organized this with me is to be commended: Judy Libow, Roxy Myzal, Harvey Leeds, Steve Leeds, Jimmy Del Balzo, Jessie Scott, Wayne McManners, Peter Gidion, Greg Lee, and Ted Utz.” Scott says because of the success and numerous requests, another party is already on the drawing boards for 2015. Jon Scott can be emailed at email@example.com. (Pictured above, from left to right, are: Jon Scott, music business impresario George Cappelini, USRN exec Roxy Myzal and former WBCN, Boston GM Tony Berardini.)
Paul Rappaport Delivers Knock Out Speech at “Music Industry Reunion New York.” As indicated in the story above, a number of people made compelling speeches at last Wednesday evening’s (10/15) reunion of music and radio industry professionals in New York City (see story above) – one of the highlights being the impassioned words delivered by the ever-popular Paul Rappaport, former Columbia Records VP and current co-owner of promotion/marketing firm Classics du Jour. “Rap” tells RadioInfo, “I just wanted us all to remember a time when art and creativity mattered first, and the money mattered second. And not to forget a time when something like a magical segue could just stop everyone in their tracks in pure appreciation of the art of radio, and how it filled us with so much joy and shared understanding, all feeling as one.” To read the entire text of Rappaport’s address, please click here. Rappaport is pictured here at left with Jimmy Del Balzo (center) and Jerry Lembo (right).
iHeartMedia Ups Mark Adams to PD at KIOI, KYLD in San Francisco. This move brings Mark Adams south from his VP of programming post at iHeartMedia’s Portland station group to San Francisco to serve as program director for hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3” and CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9.” Adams is taking over for Cat Collins who’s been elevated to the corporate National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services division. iHeartMedia San Francisco VP of programming Don Parker says, “I’m thrilled to have Mark return to the Bay area and lead these two legendary stations. His track record speaks for itself and his prior experience programming in San Francisco make him the ideal candidate to take the reins of ‘Star’ and ‘WiLD.’”
Entercom Names Lamadrid to VP Post. This is a newly created position at Entercom Communications and Carlos Lamadrid comes to the vice president of national sales and strategic partnerships post from his most recent position with TC Media where he was senior vice president. Entercom station group president Weezie Kramer says, “We are thrilled to have someone of Carlos’ experience join our team. His sales, business, and marketing acumen are market tested and will help us elevate the conversation with our customers.” Entercom says Lamadrid’s focus will be on “increasing revenue in the company’s national sales channel as well as developing integrated partnerships with leading national advertisers.”
Claudine Cazian Promoted to VP of Programming and Branded Entertainment for Premiere Networks. This moves up the person in charge of production for Premiere Networks programming including “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” “American Top 40” and “Direct from Hollywood” to vice president of programming and branded entertainment for all Premiere products. Premiere EVP of programming Jennifer Leimgruber says Cazian will “work closely to develop and oversee entertainment programming and content, while identifying and developing opportunities to strengthen our brands, and support our partners.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Radio One’s Cleveland hip hop signal WENZ “Z107.9,” Peter Parker is the new afternoon drive personality. Parker comes to Radio One from his most recent gig at CBS RADIO’s hip hop WPGC, Washington…..“Rolls” Royce Stevenson is promoted to APD at Entercom’s hip hop KDGS, Wichita “Power 93.5.” Stevenson is also afternoon drive personality and music director…..It’s a return to radio after a six –year absence for Julie Haskell Gade who is named general manager for Digity Media’s Lincoln, Nebraska cluster. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Gade takes over for Joy Patten who stays with the company to serve as sales manager. Gade worked for the stations when they were owned by Three Eagles Communications.
SF Stations Implement Royal Playlist Adjustments. On the eve of MLB‘s 2014 “Fall Classic,” which will feature the San Francisco Giants against the Kansas City Royals, 17-year-old New Zealand-born singer Lorde finds herself in the middle of a bit of a baseball-related brouhaha. Lorde, of course, has the hit single “Royals,” a title one might imagine would not go over very well this week in the Bay Area. In fact, at least two San Francisco outlets – Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” and Cumulus Media adult alternative KFOG – have decided to delete the song from their playlists for at least the duration of the series. KFOG’s tweeted statement indicates the station will be a “‘Royals’- free zone,” while KOIT-FM indicates the song “will be removed” until the series concludes. In an interview with NBC Bay Area, KFOG program director Jim Richards rhetorically asks, “Why send any positive vibes to Kansas City – why not give the song a rest? No one is going to get hurt over it.” Earlier this year, Lorde received an autographed jersey from Royals Hall of Famer George Brett and she maintains it is “one of the coolest things” she owns. The series gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/21) in Kansas City and we can’t help but wonder if Kansas City stations might retaliate by temporarily tinkering in a similar fashion with the music of a well-known Giants fan – Steve Perry.
Radio Express to Distribute Akon Show Globally. The weekly radio program “Stadium Live Radio,” produced by hip hop artist and producer Akon, is going to be distributed outside the U.S. by Burbank, California-based Radio Express. The company says, “‘Stadium Live’ connects radio audiences to the world of hit music through the personality and the voice of Akon. The show features the biggest charting and downloaded songs from the four corners of the world and exclusive remixes straight from the studio to the listener.”
Westwood One Producer Jaan McCoy Dies. Lifelong radio pro Jaan McCoy died at his studio in Dallas over the weekend. McCoy was a producer for Westwood One’s 24-hour Classic Hits format. McCoy started in radio at age 16 on WFBL, Syracuse. His radio adventure has taken him to gigs in the Hamilton/Toronto and Ottawa markets in Canada, then to Dallas for FM classic rock, rock hits on the ABC Radio Network, and 20 y ears as morning host of “The Breakfast Club,” with 10 of those years at WLGZ’s sister station KAAM. Most recently he was one of the principals in the ownership of country and classic hits stations in Greenville, Texas. He is survived by his wife and six children. David Felker, Westwood One’s classic hits program director, says, “Jaan loved radio and anything to do with music and programming. We’d talk for hours about it. He was dedicated, hard-working, always willing to be there to help out, and he always did it with a smile. Jaan was a true professional, an inspiration and a friend to us all. He’ll be missed.”
‘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.