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Friday, November 18, 2016

| November 18, 2016

Scott Roddy Named PD at ‘106.5 The Arch’ in St. Louis.  After serving two months as the acting program director for Hubbard Radio’s adult hits WARH, St. Louis, Scott Roddy gets to remove the “acting” from his title.  Roddy serves as the program director for the company’s country WIL, St. Louis.  Hubbard St. Louis viceroddyscott president and market manager John Kijowski is confident that Roddy can handle the dual role in an official capacity.  “Scott Roddy has done an outstanding job as the acting PD for ‘106.5 The Arch,’ successfully performing the daunting task of programming both The Arch and WIL during our program director search.  Scott won this job for his talent, energy, focus, discipline, work ethic and holding others and himself to a high standard of performance.”  About his new responsibilities, Roddy states, “The live and local, ‘entertainment first’ philosophy of Hubbard Broadcasting makes this opportunity a programmer’s dream.  After an exciting start with WIL and the exceptional market response to the new ‘Bud and Broadway’ morning show on WIL, the chance to also be a part ‘The Arch’ team is an honor.”

Cumulus Promotes VanOsdol at WLUP-FM and WKQX in Chicago.  WLUP-FM and WKQX personality James VanOsdol is being promoted by Cumulus Media to a new position, programming content specialist for the two stations.  The company says that in this expanded role, “VanOsdol will produce content that increases vanosdoljamesinteraction with the social media channels for WLUP and WKQX.”  VanOsdol will continue to produce and host “Demo 312,” the weekly Chicago music show on WKQX and he’ll continue is his role as a part-time on-air personality on WLUP.  VanOsdol says, “Like any Chicago kid, I grew up listening to the Loop. It’s an honor to be part of Chicago’s most legendary rock station and I am honored to serve the station and WKQX in this expanded capacity to create exciting content that listeners will enjoy across the stations’ social platform, as well as on air.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  After a little less than a year at Cumulus Media’s WNSH, New York “NASH FMnathanshila 94.7,” midday personality Shila Nathan exits the station.  There’s no word from Cumulus about its plans for the daypart.  Nathan left CBS RADIO’s WUSN, Chicago “US 99” to take the position at WNSH…..In the Dallas market, Jeff Mitchell is promoted from director of sales to general manager for Salem Media Group’s operations here.  Mitchell previously served with iHeartMedia’s crosstown cluster prior to joining Salem six-and-a-half years ago.

iHeartMedia Goes Adult Contemporary in Dallas.  The former alternative KDGE, Dallas is now adult contemporary “Star 102.1.”  After a two-day stunt, the station reveals it will air an AC format after the holidays.  kdgeFor now, the station has gone all-Christmas.  iHeartMedia says the full programming lineup will be announced soon.  iHM Dallas SVP of programming Patrick Davis says, “We are excited to introduce the New Star 102.1 to our listeners!  We believe this format will resonate well with the Dallas/Fort Worth audience and is a great complement to our other stations in the market.”  As for the fans of the alternative format, the company is adding music from classic alternative acts such as Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, and Red Hot Chili Peppers to the playlist of sister rock KEGL “97.1 The Eagle.”

RadioInfo Tidbits. Four holiday-themed specials are being made available to adult contemporary-formatted stations from Westwood One.  Each show is a one-hour production and is available each Saturday from November 26 through December 17, 2016.  They are: November 26 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra –“Christmas Eve and Other Stories”; December 3 – Train – “Christmas In Tahoe”; December 10 – Rascal Flatts –“The Greatest Gift of All”; and December 17 – Neil Diamond – “Acoustic Christmas.”…..WSIX-FM, Nahsville “The BIG 98” is hosting the second edition of The BIG 98 Presents: Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots’ Million Dollar Show For St. Jude.  The benefit show takes place on January 9 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  This event is a celebration of the fundraising efforts of Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots over the past few years, which has resulted in more than $2.2 million being raised for St. Jude through on-air fundraisers, radiothons and charity concerts…..ABC Radio is producing a two-hour country music special hosted by Grammy Award-winning country star Jennifer Nettles titled “ABC Radio’s Christmas Kick Off with Jennifer Nettles,” and three one-hour specials: “Holiday Survival Guide,” “Shopping For Kids,” and “Holiday Movie Guide.”  All four shows are for air Thanksgiving weekend…..Hubbard Radio’s adult contemporary KRWM, Seattle “Warm 106.9” flips to all-Christmas music through Christmas Day.

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The Class of 2016.  Last night in Chicago, the National Radio Hall of Fame class of 2016 was inducted in a ceremony at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.  This year’s class consisted of: George G. Beasley, Delilah, The Jeff & Jer Showgram (Jeff Detrow, Jerry Cesak, Tommy Sablan), Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart), Steve Harvey, Bob Kingsley, Kidd Kraddick, Tony Roberts, Neil Rogers and Michael Savage.  Pictured above are (from l-r): MBC’s Bruce Dumont, Mix Group president Jason Garte, Tony Roberts, Delilah, Bob Kingsley, Kathy Hart, Eric Ferguson, Tommy Sablan, Jeff Detrow, Jerry Cesak; and NRHOF chairman Kraig Kitchin.

Friday, November 11, 2016

| November 11, 2016

nielsen-meternielsen_logo-2Nielsen Audio Acknowledges Connectivity Issues. Clients were informed yesterday (Thursday, 11/10) that 8% of installed Nielsen Audio devices across its 48 PPM-markets became inactive. The situation began in week one (11/3 – 11/9) of the December PPM monthly survey. According to a Nielsen spokesperson, “Our panel relations specialists have already been in contact with these homes and all affected panelists have now been sent new PPMs; 49% of the replacement meters are back online. We expect the balance to come online in the next several days.” The spokesperson further notes, “We forecast the percentage of installed and fully operational meters eligible for in-tab will be 97% for the month of December and 92% for week one of December across the aggregate of markets; weighting will adjust for demographic and geographic imbalances.” Lower in-tab, the spokesperson stresses, “doesn’t equate to lower ratings; however, temporarily higher weights may contribute to more variation during the period of time it takes for these panelists to be back in-tab.” Nielsen Audio is doing an analysis to evaluate panel representation and impact to audience estimates and the company plans to share those results during the week of November 21.

philips-bobCBS Radio Promotes Philips to Chief Revenue Officer. The company’s senior vice president of sales since late last year – Bob Philips – is elevated to CBS Radio‘s newly created role of chief revenue officer. CBS Radio president Andre Fernandez states, “Bob’s extensive radio and sales experience make him ideal to accelerate our efforts as we enter a new phase of the business. His deep understanding of corporate, customer, category, and channelcbs-radio-logo strategies will be instrumental in generating new revenue opportunities and ensuring our ability to deliver top-tier financial results.” Philips opines, “It is an exciting time for the radio industry. We have never had more assets at our disposal to meet our clients’ needs and extend their iconic brands. Our radio stations, digital assets, and events are only the tip of the iceberg.” Philips, who currently serves on the RAB Advisory Board and is an officer for the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware Broadcasters Association, previously was the 15-year market manager of CBS Radio’s four-station Baltimore cluster, which includes adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9,” hot AC WWMX “Mix 106.5,” and sports outlets WJZ-AM, and WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan.” He has held leadership positions at Infinity Broadcasting and American Radio Systems.

wrdg“The Beat” Goes On in Atlanta. Positioned as “The New Home of Hip-Hop N’ R&B For Atlanta,” iHeartMedia unveils “The Beat,” simulcast on WRDG (96.7), licensed to Peachtree City and translator W222AF (92.3), Marietta. The company’s president of the Atlanta region Justin Schaflander remarks, “This is an exciting and powerful addition to the iHeartMedia Atlanta portfolio. To be able to get into this format in arguably the nation’s capital of hip-hop will be a game-changer for our listeners and our clients.” Expected to be added to the station’s on-air lineup in just over three weeks (12/5) are “The Breakfast Club” and “Big Boy’s Neighborhood.” Senior vice president of programming for the Atlanta region Brian Michel declares, “We are the A’s new home for hip-hop and R&B. To have the station bookended by hip-hop’s crown jewels, ‘The Breakfast Club’ in the morning and ‘Big Boy’s Neighborhood’ in the evening makes for an amazing lineup for our listeners. We are excited to finalize the rest of our lineup with the best and brightest local talent.” As part of its launch, the station is scheduled to play 10,000 songs in a row without commercials. Representative “Beat” artists will include Beyonce, Drake, Future, Jay-Z, 2 Chainz, and Usher. Prior to the format change that happened today (11/11) just before 9:30 am, WRDG was “Atlanta’s Alternative” and did not appear in Nielsen Audio‘s October 2016 sweep, although simulcast partner WRDA (105.7) is at #17 – down for the fourth straight time (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+). There are plenty of urban-flavored signals already in the market, including CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103” (6.4, #2, 6+); Radio One urban contemporary WHTA “Hot 107.9” (5.2, #3, 6+); Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104” (5.1, #4); and Radio One urban AC WAMJ “Majic 107.5” (3.8, #11, 6+). The market leader is Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM (10.1, 6+).       

frankie-pwhyi-logo“Frankie P” Joins WHYI For Nights. Known for his DJ work in Miami and Fort Lauderdale clubs, “Frankie P” (Franco Pagliaro) gets the night slot on iHeartMedia Miami mainstream CHR WHYI “Y-100.” Regional senior vice president of programming Alex Tear comments, “We are excited to bring Frankie and his following to ‘Y-100.’ His local on-air and social passion make him the perfect addition to keep ‘Y-100’ on top.” Pagliaro, who starts his new duties next Monday (11/14), remarks, “This is a dream come true. I grew up listening to ‘Y-100,’ so it is truly an honor to join the iHeart family and become part of such a legendary station in Miami.” He formerly worked on-air at Miami stations WFLC, WPOW, and WKIS. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s October 2016 PPM report for Miami, “Y-100” ranks ninth (3.7), while format rival – Cox Media Group‘s WFLC “Hits 97.3” – is seventh 4.0 (6+). Setting the pace is Entercom adult contemporary WLYF “Lite FM” (7.0, 6+).

drew-cuthbertsonCuthbertson Appointed Entercom Digital Audience Engagement Manager. Midday personality of Townsquare Media Group alternative KMAX “94.3 The X,” Fort Collins-Greeley (Colorado) Drew Cuthbertson is named Entercom‘s digital audience engagement manager. Vice president of digital audience engagement Kim Reis comments, “I am so excited to have Drew on our corporate team. His organizational and analytical skills, combined with his digital creativity and on-air experience, makeentercom him the perfect candidate. I am sure the local teams will be jazzed by Drew’s energy and positive attitude.” Cuthbertson comments, “For my entire professional life, I have been committed to creating great digital content. I am beyond thrilled to bring my passion to a company like Entercom. There are great things on the horizon for us.” Cuthbertson will use data analytics to find opportunities on social media, websites, mobile, apps, database, podcasts, and streaming players. The Colorado State University grad is the founder and director of DC Vocals and was a sales associate and customer service representative for Babies R Us.

cohen-leonardRemembering Leonard Cohen. Singer-songwriter, novelist, poet Leonard Cohen passed away yesterday (Thursday, 11/10). The Montreal-born 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – perhaps best known for his anthem “Hallelujah” – was 82. As a teenager, Cohen learned to play flamenco guitar and formed a country-rock group. He published his first book of poetry, “Let Us Compare Mythologies,” in 1956. Cohen spent a semester at McGill Law School and then a year at New York’s Columbia University; he published his second book of poetry, “The Spice-Box of Earth,” in 1961. Cohen-written “Suzanne” was a hit for Judy Collins and it also was included on the 1967 album “Songs of Leonard Cohen.” A 1991 inductee of the Juno/Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Cohen received a Juno Award for “Male Vocalist of the Year” in 1993 and “Songwriter of the Year” in 1994. Among his other accolades is a 2007 Grammy as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock‘s “River: The Joni Letters.” The song “Nevermind,” from Cohen’s 2014 album “Popular Problems,” was the opening theme for the second season of HBO’s “True Detective.” Surviving Cohen are his daughter Lorca and his son singer-songwriter Adam – both from his relationship with Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Elrod.

ronnie-dunn-shawn-parrRadioInfo Tidbits. To promote his “Tattooed Heart” album, which releases today (11/11), Ronnie Dunn (left) not only visited “Nash Nights Live” co-hosts Shawn Parr (right) and Elaina Smith (center), he gave them matching tattoos ….. Morning host Marilyn Russell exits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben-FM,” Philadelphia. Russell tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that she left the Beasley Broadcast Group adult hits station after it was acquired from Greater Media. Russell’s previous market experience includes stops at WIBF, WPLY “Y-100,” and WMGK ….. Listeners of Hubbard Radio St. Louis adult hits WARH “The Arch” morning drivers Spencer, Ricki and Brando (“Spencer’s Neighborhood”) are being asked to participate in “2,000 for the Troops.” The goal is to collect and send 2,000 cards and letters to injured military heroes so they know how much they are appreciated this holiday season ….. Changes at CBS Radio Cleveland find Glenn Anderson moving from hot AC WQAL “Q-104” to afternoon drive on adult contemporary sibling WDOK “Star 102” and Jeremiah Wilder joining Jeff Kurkjian and Aly Tanner in morning drive on “Q-104” as co-host of the “Jeremiah & Jeff Show” ….. WKKV “V100.7,” Milwaukee will hold its annual family food drive tomorrow (Saturday, 11/12) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to benefit The Salvation Army. The iHeartMedia urban contemporary station has collected non-perishable food items for more than ten years to support local families in-need during the holiday season. Program director Bailey Coleman, Reggie Brown, and Promise will be on site helping organize the food drive ….. One-year director of marketing and promotion Haley Westfcc-logo departs Cumulus country WGKX “Kix 106,” Memphis today (11/11). West, who previously was assistant director of promotions for two years, will pursue an outside opportunity in Houston ….. The FCC has proposed a $15,000 fine against Vasco Oburoni for operating an unlicensed Worcester, Massachusetts FM station at 102.3. The pirate FM interferes with Boston country outlet WKLB, formerly owned by Greater Media – now Beasley ….. Starting next Monday (11/14), Jason Hillery takes on added duties as operations manager for Midwest Communications’ stations in Northeast Wisconsin, which include Green Bay mainstream CHR WIXX “Your #1 Hit Music Station” and Neenah-Menasha country outlet WNCY “Y-100.” Already programming Appleton country station WGEE “Duke FM,” Neenah-Menasha adult hits WYDR “Jack FM,” and sports WNFL, Hillery will program talk WTAQ, as well ….. Fife Communication-owned KLKK, Mason City (Minnesota) is the latest affiliate of Envision Rock Networks’ two-hour Pierre Robert-hosted “Classic Rock Live.” The program has approximately 350 affiliates.

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TagStation Names Burney National Sales Director.  National account executive of iHeartMedia Detroit Mary Burney joins TagStation LLC, the parent of NextRadio, as national sales director. NextRadio vice president of sales Tom Doran comments, “Mary is a perfect fit for this position because she understands broadcast radio consumption, and national advertisers’ need for real time campaign performance. Mary is known for establishing relationships with key decision-makers at national brands and their agencies. The new position of national sales director comes as we are seeing rapid growth in demand for our campaign data. NextRadio data brings detailed insights to advertising campaign effectiveness, helping brands make data-driven decisions about radio buys. Among many others, AllState, Disney, The Home Depot, and Starwood Hotels’ Aloft brands have used NextRadio data to measure audience exposure, lift, demographic reach, and other metrics.” Prior to iHeartMedia, Burney was an account executive with Windsor, Ontario’s Bell Media Radio. She also worked at Clear Channel radio sales; Radio One Detroit; and Interep National Radio Sales.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallAd Man Dave Marinaccio Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  Noted advertising executive and innovator Dave Marinaccio is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  Marinaccio, a 30-plus year veteran of the advertising industry, is the co-founder and creative director of the Arlington, Virginia-based agency LMO Advertising and has been the artistic force behind numerous marketing campaigns for major, household-name companies and product brandsmarinacciodave including restaurants, hotels, rental cars, transportation services, and branches of the military, among others.  He is also a best-selling author, whose most recent book is Admen, Mad Men, and the Real World of Advertising: Essential Lessons for Business and Life (Arcade, 2015).  Marinaccio also wrote All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek (Harmony 1995).  Harrison and Marinaccio discuss changes in advertising techniques and challenges that have occurred during the transition from the analogue era to the digital age including the cultural differences between Boomers and Millennials, the role of music in advertising, the nature of creativity and much more.  And, yes, they also talk a bit about Star Trek and Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future.  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Friday, November 4, 2016

| November 4, 2016

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Classic Hits-Oldies.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the final in his three-part analysis of the performances – in the Nielsen Audio October 2016 PPM survey – of stations airing gold-based formats.  Previously, we looked at adult hits and classic rock.  Today, we turnkcmo-fm to classic hits-oldies.  Two stations stand out with regard to (6+) share increases from September’s survey to October’s: Cumulus Media’s KCMO-FM, Kansas City (rising from a 7.2 to an 8.1) and iHeartMedia’s KLOU, St. Louis (from a 6.4 share to a 6.9).  Year-over-year share increases were dominated by KCMO-FM as the station rockets from a 4.4 share to an 8.1, jumping from #10 in the market in October 2015, to #1.  Seven stations in all airing the format ranked #1 in their respective PPM markets in October.  Find out which ones here.

WKTU, New York Names ‘Lulu & Lala’ to Nights.  The “Lulu & Lala” show debuts on November 14 andlululala16 stars New Jersey-born television and radio personalities (and twin sisters) Marissa and Marianela Gonzalez, better known as “Lulu & Lala.”  iHeartMedia’s WKTU says the show will “feature the dynamic pair’s unique take on pop culture news and fun antics with listeners along with special celebrity guest interviews and KTU’s unique blend of today’s hits and throwbacks.”  Lulu and Lala became popular in New York while appearing on WXNY’s “Luis Jimenez Morning Show.”  Most recently they’ve been afternoons on Cox Media Group’s CHE WFLC, Miami “Hits 97.3.”  WTKU PD Rob Miller says, “We’re excited to welcome Lulu and Lala back home.  Their amazing energy, positivity and charismatic personalities paired with their ability to reach a broad audience on-air and through social platforms make them the perfect choice to keep New York City feeling good all night long on KTU.”

DiModica and Ryder Promoted at Cumulus’ Hot AC ‘Q105.5’ in Toledo.  At Cumulus Media’s Toledo hotdimodicajohn AC WQQO “Q105.5,” John DiModica is promoted to program director and Russ Ryder rises to ryderrussassistant program director.  Longtime Toledo air personality DiModica – who goes by “Johny D” on the air – will continue to host afternoons on WQQO and middays on sister classic country WMIM “98.3 NASH Icon.”  Ryder has been with Cumulus Toledo since August and will also host middays on WQQO.  Cumulus Media Toledo operations director Bill Michaels comments, “I am excited about John and Russ taking over WQQO programming.  The two have a unique energy and work well together.  Paired with their extensive market experience, they are a perfect fit for these positions.”

Classic Rock Magazine Names Best U.S. Classic Rock Stations.  The British magazine Classic Rock – owned by parent Team Rock Ltd, and New York-based KMG Networks, announces the winners of its annual U.S. Best Classic Rock Station awards.  Divvied up into large, medium, and small markets, this year’s winners are: classicrockmag-logolarge market – WAXQ, New York “Q104.3”; medium market – WDVE, Pittsburgh; and small market – WTUE, Dayton.  TeamRock CEO Billy Anderson states, “TeamRock and Classic Rock magazine are delighted to celebrate the winners of the 2016 TeamRock/Classic Rock Awards – US Radio Station of the year.  We know how much everyone puts into broadcasting and integrating rock music into the hearts and minds of all their loyal listeners.  WAXQ, New York; WDVE, Pittsburgh; and WTUE, Dayton displayed a standout performance above all others and we congratulate and thank everyone connected with making this great genre of music so loved.”

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Bruno Mars Joins Hollywood Hamilton in the Studio.  This weekend (11/5-6), Grammy Award-winning superstar Bruno Mars (left) sits in with Hollywood Hamilton (right) as a guest on the Premiere Networks-syndicated “The Weekend Top 30” and “The Remix Top 30” shows.  Bruno is releasing his highly anticipated third album, 24K Magic (Atlantic Records), on November 18.  On the shows, he discusses filming the title track’s music video at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, how he loves to play roulette and craps when he’s in Sin City and, how he once won enough money to buy a yacht!

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Next Friday (11/11), KEGY, San Diego’s AJ Machado begins the 15th Annual AJ’s Kids Crane fundraiser for Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.  The CBS RADIO CHR station invades the parking lot at IKEA in Mission Valley for a week as “ENERGY 103.7” morning show host Machado braves the outdoors day and night, living atop a 60’ crane high above IKEA.  This year, the station will treat attendees to themed event days, prizes and live performances.  The first performance will be by national recording artist Jordan Fisher, who will take time off from rehearsing for Hamilton in New York to help kick things off…..SiriusXM is presenting a new, exclusive program hosted by world renowned hip hop and R&B DJ Kid Capri, debuting tomorrow (11/5) on the Shade 45 channel.  The show is titled “Kid Capri’s Block Party” and features Kid Capri playing his favorite music from the 1990s, 2000s and today, as well as interviewing celebrity guests.  Alicia Keys will be his celebrity guest on Saturday…..Alpha Media stations news/talk WHBC-AM and hot AC WHBC-FM in Canton conducted the “McKinley-Massillon Food Fight” back on October 17 through 28.  The “food fight” pitted rival high schools in the region against each other in a contest to collect the most donations for the Stark County Hunger Task Force.  The event netted 31,516 pounds of food plus monetary donations.  Alpha Media Canton market manager Larry Gawthrop says, “We are very proud of our role in this historic high school football rivalry.  The food fight has continued to grow and has become the charitable component for this community battle.”

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Selfie with Garth Brooks.  Taken at Wednesday evening’s 50th Annual Country Music Awards, Cumulus/Westwood One personality Blair Garner (right) – fresh off the launch of his new, late night syndicated country radio show – takes a selfie backstage with Garth Brooks (left) and (l-r) actress Jennifer Garner, The Blair Garner Show’s Off Eric, and actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

Friday, October 28, 2016

| October 28, 2016

FCC Orders Hearing for Renewal of Entercom’s License for KDND, Sacramento.  This review by the FCC of Entercom’s 2013 application for renewal of KDND, Sacramento revolves around the 2007 “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest that was deemed responsible for the death of listener and contestant Jennifer StrangefccnewThe wife and mother of three died of hyponatremia after consuming large amounts of water.  The FCC sums it up, writing, “Information now before the Commission raises serious questions as to whether Entercom operated Station KDND in the public interest during the most recent licensekdnd term.  As discussed below, the record suggests that Entercom formulated, promoted, conducted and aired over the station an inherently dangerous contest in which one listener-contestant died of water intoxication and many others suffered serious physical distress.  This information could lead to the conclusion that Entercom failed to serve the public interest with the Station during the previous license term, warranting denial of the above-captioned renewal applications.  In this Hearing Designation Order and Notice of Opportunity for Hearing, we commence a hearing proceeding before the Administrative Law Judge to determine ultimately whether Entercom’s license for Station KDND should be renewed.”

bekahmikedCumulus Media’s ‘HOT 106’ Providence Announces New Morning Show.  Providence rhythmic CHR WWKX “HOT 106” adds air personality Mike D to the morning drive daypart alongside current morning host Bekah Berger for the new “HOT Morning Show with Bekah and Mike D.”  Cumulus Providence notes that Berger is a Cranston, Rhode Island native who’s been with the station since 2012 and in morning drive since November of last year.  She’s also been a frequent contributor to entertainment news segments on NBC10 and CBS-TV’s, “The Rhode Show.”  Pawtucket, Rhode Island native Mike D has been with the station since 2014.  Cumulus Media Providence VP and market manager Holly Paras comments, “The opportunity to discover and develop local talent was a high priority for us.  We are lucky to have found that in Mike D. He is an exciting and welcome addition to the ‘HOT 106’ morning lineup.”  HOT 106 PD Davey Morris adds, “‘HOT 106’ has always been such an important part of the local community in Providence and keeping it live and local is key to its success.  Bekah and Mike D are homegrown talent that know all the ins and outs of our close-knit community and are a perfect pair to carry on the ‘HOT 106’ brand in the mornings.”

ppmunitRound Four of October 2016 PPM Data Released. The fourth of four rounds of data from Nielsen Audio‘s October 2016 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s October 2016 PPM survey period covered September 8 – October 5.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM markets below.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Austin – Not only does KUT bounce back from September’s -.9 with a potent +1.3 (8.7 – 7.8 – 9.1, 6+), the University of Texas kutat Austin-owned facility progresses to first from the runner-up slot where it had been the past five ratings periods. Significant month-to-month swings are not unusual for KUT, which was +1.2 in December 2015; -.1.0 in April; +.7 in July; +1.3 in August; -.9 in September; and now +1.3 in October. Prior to August, the lastklqb time KUT crossed the eight-share barrier (6+) was February 2011 when it reached 8.5. On top each month this calendar year, Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob” (8.3 – 8.0, -.3, 6+) segues to second. By gaining four-tenths in June, “Bob” halted three successive downward trends that produced a combined -1.3 (9.4 – 9.1 – 8.6 – 8.1, 6+). “Bob” regressed by -.5 in July; rebounded with a +1.1 in August; and declined -.8 in September. Gaining eight-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (2.9 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3” enters the top ten (#11 to #9). “Que Buena” last reached the four-share level exactly one year ago (4.0, October 2015). Also improving by eight-tenths (2.5 – 3.3, 6+) is Crista Media contemporary Christian KFMK “Spirit 105.9,” which inches up from #15 to #14. Improving by six-tenths each are Emmis regional Mexican KLZT (5.5 – 6.1, fourth to third, 6+) and the HD-3 channel of Entercom-owned KKMJ, which posts its fourth straight gain (2.0 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+) to climb from #14 to #12. It was exactly three years ago when KLZT “107.1 La Z” last crossed the six-share level (6.1, 6+, October 2013). Sputtering by one-half share each are iHeartMedia-owned KASE “Today’s Country” (4.6, fifth to eighth, 6+) and format rival Genuine Austin Radio‘s KOKE “Austin’s Country Alternative” (2.5 – 2.0, #15 to #18, 6+). “Today’s Country” was locked on 5.1 (6+) in August and September; co-owned KVET-FM “All Time Country Favorites” is up one-tenth (5.8 – 5.9, 6+), but backslides from third to fourth. After recording three successive negative trends that yielded a -.8 (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+), rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WPEZ “102.3 The Beat” dialed up a +.7 in September but forfeits one full-share in October (3.7 – 4.4 – 3.4, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #13).

2) Milwaukee – Bettering their September 6+-stats by one-half share each are Scripps-owned talker WTMJ (6.3 – 6.8, third to wtmjsecond, 6+); Saga‘s WHQG “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” (5.6, steady at #7, 6+); and iHeartMedia sports outlet WOKY “The Big 920” (.8, #20, 6+). With a +.5 in August, WTMJ pulled the plug on three straight (modest) dips (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, 6+); the flagship of the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packerswhqg was -.6 in September. “The Hog” was frozen on 5.1 (6+) in August and September, while “The Big 920” was stuck on .3 in July, August and September. On top for the 19th straight sweep is WOKY classic hits-oldies sibling WRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits,” although it is without an increase for the fourth straight sweep (10.4 – 10.4 – 9.3 – 8.7 – 8.4, 6+) for a cumulative loss of two full-shares since June. Recent (hefty) fluctuations for “Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” include +1.7 (October 2015); -.7 (November 2015); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2015); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); +1.1 (April); -.6 (May); -1.1 (August) and -.6 (September). Forfeiting the eight-tenths it gained in September (3.1 – 3.9 – 3.1, 6+), CHR sibling WRNW “97-3 Now” slides from #12 to #13; “Now” was -.6 in August. Unchanged at #14, WUWM is without a loss for the fifth straight time and is +1.2 since May (1.8 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee station crosses the three-share level (6+) for the first time since May 2014 when it hit 3.2. Following three successive positive trends that netted a +.6 (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” relinquishes all of it (5.9, -.6, 6+) and falls from #2 to a three-way logjam at #4. On the heels of a six-tenths loss, Scripps’ WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” falters by another half-share (2.8 – 2.3, 6+) but remains at #15. It is, however, the lowest 6+-share for WKTI since it transitioned from adult hits WLWK “The Lake” to country in late-May 2015. Prior to September’s -.6, “KTI Country” had been positive or flat the previous four sweeps (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+).

3) Indianapolis – Down or flat the past three ratings periods including a -1.5 in July (5.9 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+), Radio One whhhrhythmic CHR WHHH “Hot 96.3” registers a +.9 to 5.2, jumping from tenth to seventh. Recapturing one-half of September’s -1.2, co-owned urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” carries on at #4 (7.7 – 6.5 – 7.1, +.6, 6+). Also improving by six-tenths is Emmis-owned sports outlet WFNI “The Fan” (2.1 – 2.7, 6+), which inches up from #15 to #14.wtlc Without an increase in the past four sweeps for a combined -1.6 since May (6.3 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+), country cluster-mate WLHK “97.1 Hank” (eighth to seventh) picks up one-half share to 5.2 (6+). One full-share ahead of “Hank” is Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station,” which notches its fourth successive positive trend (5.3 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+). In September, “The Country Station” (steady at #5) reached the six-share level (6+) for the first time since January 2015 (6.3). One-half share separated the top three finishers in September and now the top four are within one-half share of each other. Adding two-tenths to September’s +.3, Cumulus Media’s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” (7.1 – 7.4 – 7.6, 6+) advances from second to first, succeeding Entercom CHR WZPL (7.8 – 7.3, -.5, 6+), which falls to third. Up or flat for a combined +1.5 in four straight sweeps (6.4 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 7.9, 6+), WZPL lost three-tenths in August, slipping to second from first (where it was in June and July). WZPL regained the top spot in September from WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader.” With a +.2 in August, WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7” ended three straight declines (7.1 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+). The Emmis AC is now up for the third successive time (6.4 – 6.6 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+) and moves from third to second. It is the strongest 6+-share for “B-105.7” since February (7.6). Up a combined +1.2 since June via three straight increases (4.4 – 4.5 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WOLT surrenders nine-tenths and skids from sixth to ninth (4.7, 6+).

4) Providence – Nine-tenths is a mixed bag in October for Cumulus Media stations with the WPRO calls. After a loss of wpro-amone-half share in September, talk WPRO-AM improves by nine-tenths and progresses from seventh to sixth (4.6 – 4.1 – 5.0, 6+). On the other hand, co-owned CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music,” up six-tenths in September, drops nine-tenths (8.5 – 9.1 – 8.2, steady at #2, 6+). While September’s 9.1 was the best 6+-statwsne for WPRO-FM since February (also 9.1), October’s 8.2 is the lowest 6+-showing for “Today’s Hit Music” since the “Holiday” 2015 report (7.4). The 4.1 by WPRO-AM in September was its weakest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2013 (4.0). A member of the Boston Red Sox radio network, Entercom sports outlet WVEI trots out a gain of eight-tenths (2.7 – 3.5, 6+) and carries on at #8; 3.5 (6+) matches what WVEI registered in May. With a +.3 in September, WVEI halted three straight declines that yielded a -1.1 (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+). Down a combined -1.1 since July (6.1 – 5.4 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3” gains one-half share to 5.5 (6+), climbing from sixth to fifth. Stymied at 2.6 (6+) the past four sweeps, Cumulus Media rhythmic CHR sibling WWKX “Hot 106.3” gains four-tenths to 3.0 (6+) but remains at #9. Over the course of seven straight up or flat trends (.3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .8 – .8 – .8, 6+) public WELH (steady at #11) nearly triples its 6+-stat. After three straight progressive trends for a combined gain of one-half share (9.4 – 9.6 – 9.7 – 9.9, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” dips one-tenth to 9.8 (6+), but is #1 for the twelfth successive ratings period. A +.2 in July put an end to three consecutive downward stats totaling -2.7 (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+); June’s 9.4 was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite Rock” since November’s 8.7. Unchanged at #3, iHeartMedia rocker WHJY “94-HJY Providence’s Home of Rock and Roll” falters by one-half share (8.5 – 8.0, 6+). Following three successive declines (9.2 – 8.9 – 8.7 – 8.4, 6+), WHJY added one-tenth in September. Owing to a -.1 to .6 (6+), Cumulus Media talker WPRV (#12 to #13) curtails four straight positive trends which more than tripled its 6+-share (.2 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+).

5) Raleigh – Over the course of Raleigh’s October 2015 – September 2016 ratings reports, Capitol Broadcasting adult wfxccontemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5” has been in sole possession of first-place seven times and shared it three times; Radio One urban AC WFXC “Foxy” was #1 on three occasions and shared top honors once (in July with WRAL). In tandem with “Mix” dropping onewcmc full-share (8.6 – 7.6, first to third, 6+) and “Foxy” improving by seven-tenths (7.5 – 8.2, 6+), WFXY returns to #1 (from #4). “Foxy” was -.6 in September. Recent sweeping monthly (6+) swings for “Mix” include +.5 November 2015; +.6 December 2015; +5.7 Holiday 2015; -7.2 January 2016; +.6 February; +.6 March; -.6 April; +.5 May; +.5 July; +.9 September and +1.0 October. Co-owned sports outlet WCMC “The Fan” adds seven-tenths to September’s one-half share gain (2.6 – 3.1 – 3.8, 6+) to improve from #14 to #12. The September increase ended five straight downward trends accounting for -2.3 or roughly -47% of its 6+-share (4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Following three consecutive declines totaling -1.6 (6.3 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” bounces back with a +.6 to 5.3 (ninth to seventh, 6+). Entering the July sweep, “K-97.5” was without a decrease in five straight ratings periods for a cumulative +1.5 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Similarly, iHeartMedia FM talker WTKK, -1.2 in September, answers with a one-half share gain (6.3 – 5.1 – 5.6, steady at #6, 6+). By adding four-tenths in June, WTKK curtailed three straight downward trends which yielded a cumulative -1.2 (5.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). Despite flashing a positive trend for the fourth time in a row netting a +1.6 (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+), Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “Radio 96.1” must settle for a move of seventh to eighth; 5.2 (6+) matches what it recorded in November 2015. It is still a wild rollercoaster ride for CHR sibling WDCG, which was +.6 in July; -.6 in August; +1.3 in September; and now -.9 in October (7.0 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 8.3 – 7.4, 6+), as “G-105” slips from second to fourth. Prior to September, “G-105” last reached the eight-share level (6+) more than four years ago (8.4, July 2012).

6) Norfolk – On the heels of a +.6 in August and then a -.7 in September, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI responds wowiwith an impressive +1.1 (6.7 – 7.3 – 6.6 – 7.7, 6+) and “Jamz 103” is in the runner-up slot for the tenth straight time. Back in June, WOWI was -1.3 to 6.3, the first time it had been below a seven-share (6+) since April 2014 (6.8). Once again ahead of “Jamz 103” – and #1 for the 53rd consecutive ratings period – is Entercom urban AC WVKL “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today,” whichwnvz falters by one-half share (12.7 – 12.2, 6+). The last time WVKL was not in double-digits (6+) was when it registered a 9.8 in January 2014. Stuck on 4.0 (6+) in August and September, rhythmic CHR sibling WNVZ “Z-104” (unchanged at #6) picks up one-tenth to 4.1and is in four-share range (6+) for the tenth straight time. Albeit steady in fifth-place, this marks the third successive decline for Saga Communications’ WAFX “106.9 The Fox” (5.9 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.4), which is -1.5 since July. After four modest gains (.8 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6), Norfolk State University-owned urban contemporary WNSB “Hot 91.1” is off two-tenths to 1.1 (#12 to #13, 6+). Thirteen (13) stations appear in print, as for the third straight sweep, Max Broadcast Group Norfolk stations are no longer Nielsen Audio subscribers. With data cited from the June 2016 ratings period, they are classic hits-oldies WVBW (#3, 6.0); country WGH-FM (5.0, #7); CHR WVHT (#9, 3.8); sports WVSP (#12, 2.3); and gospel WGH-AM (#15, 1.9).

7) Nashville – Over and above displaying its third consecutive improvement resulting in more than doubling its 6+ share since wgfxJuly (3.7 – 4.0 – 5.4 – 7.8, 6+), Cumulus Media sports outlet WGFX “104.5 The Zone” boasts the largest (6+) September 2016 – October 2016 increase (+2.4) by any station in the 48 PPM-markets. Leaping from sixth to second, “The Zone” boasts its most potent 6+share share since December (also 7.8). Moreover, thewqqk Tennessee Titans flagship now trails market pacesetter – Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA – by just six-tenths. Notwithstanding that it is #1 for the 56th consecutive ratings period, “Mix 92.9” erodes by -1.3 to 8.4 (6+), following September’s +1.3. A gain of two-tenths in August by “Mix” pulled the plug on seven straight downward trends (15.6 – 10.7 – 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.6 – 9.1 – 8.3 – 8.2, 6+) that yielded a net loss since the “Holiday” 2015 report of -7.4. Dating back to April, WQQK “92-Q” has been trending 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.3 (6+), but the Cumulus Media urban AC advances from eighth to sixth by rolling out a one-half share gain to 5.8, its best 6+-performance since December 2014 (also 5.8). Drifting from third to ninth, iHeartMedia‘s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” is without an increase for the sixth straight sweep for a combined -1.7 (7.0 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+). This is the lowest 6+-share for “The Rock” since February 2015 (also 5.3). Cumulus Media country siblings WSM-FM “Nash Icon” (6.0, fourth to fifth, 6+) and WKDF “Nash 103.3” (3.6, #13 to #12, 6+) improve by one-tenth and three-tenths, respectively. Meanwhile, stuck on 4.0 (6+) in June and July and then on 4.5 (6+) in August and September, iHeartMedia’s “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country” slips by one-tenth to 4.4 but stays at #10. Having registered its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat (5.9) in June, “Nash Icon” had been a combined -1.4 since July.

8) Greensboro – Among the market’s several major (6+) month-to-month shifts is the second straight +1.1 by Entercom-owned wqmgurban AC WQMG, which repeats in the runner-up slot. Recent ratings history for “The Best R&B and Old School” includes three straight increases totaling +2.5; followed by three successive decreases yielding a -2.6; and back-to-back gains of +1.1 in September and October (8.1 – 9.2 – 10.3, 6+). Whereas 10.7 (May)wjmh was its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014 (10.7), 8.1 (August) was its weakest since “Holiday” 2015 (7.7). Owing to four straight gains, rhythmic CHR sibling WJMH “102 Jamz” (#1 in September and October) improves by two full-shares since June (8.6 – 9.8 – 10.0 – 10.1 – 10.6, 6+). Dusting itself off from a massive -1.8 in September, co-owned adult hits WSMW “Simon” regains one-third of that loss (8.7 – 9.3, +.6, 6+) and remains at #3, giving Entercom a #1 – #2 – #3 (6+) finish for the tenth successive sweep. In September, “Simon” departed the top spot it held in June, July, and August; it has achieved double-digits (6+) four times with July’s 10.9 the best-ever in its PPM-history. A one-half share gain (3.9 – 4.4, 6+) advances iHeartMedia talker WPTI from ninth to eighth. Although remaining at #5, CHR sibling WMKS “100.3 Kiss FM The Triad’s Hit Music Station” falters by -1.2 following a +.8 in September and a +1.0 in August (4.7 – 5.7 – 6.5 – 5.3, 6+). The 1.9-share September advantage co-owned WTQR “New Country Q-104.1” enjoyed over its rival – Entercom-owned WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” – is reduced to just one-tenth as “Q-104.1” erodes by -1.4 (#5 to #6, 6+) and “The Wolf” picks up four-tenths (4.6 – 5.0, unchanged at #7, 6+). Down for the third successive monthly (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+), “Q-104.1” is -2.1 since July. Meanwhile, “The Wolf” had been in 4.2 – 4.8 range (6+) the past eight sweeps. With a +.3 to 2.3 (6+), Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY applies the brakes to seven successive sweeps in which it was either down or flat (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+). As in each of those situations, “La Ley 101” stays at #11. Recent (6+) movement for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG (7.5 – 6.9, flat at #4, 6+) is -.9 (March); +.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.3 (June); -.7 (July); -.5 (August); +.7 (September); and -.6 (October).

9) West Palm Beach – Progressing from fifth to third, iHeartMedia CHR WLDI flaunts its seventh successive up or flat wldimonthly (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+) for a net gain of +2.4. It is the first time that “WiLD 95.5” has reached the five-share level (6+) since the “Holiday” 2013 report (5.3). Off by a combined nine-tenths since July (4.7 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+), Alpha Media urban ACwmbx WMBX “X-102.3” gains back one-half share to 4.3 and stays at #8 (6+). Following back-to-back increases of +.8 (August) and +1.1 (September), hot AC sibling WRMF stumbles by eight-tenths (7.2 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 8.3, 6+) but is #1 for the third straight time. WRMF fell to second in July, after 23 successive sweeps at #1. In June, WRMF gained three-tenths to end four successive decreases yielding a cumulative -2.2 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+); 9.1 in September was its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 9.3. It is a rough sweep for the market’s two adult contemporary FM outlets, as WRMF sibling WEAT “Sunny 107.9” regresses by -1.3  (7.6 – 6.3, unchanged at #2) while iHeartMedia-owned WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” drops nine-tenths (third to fourth, 6+). The last four fluctuations for “Kool” have been by +1.5 (July); -1.0 (August); -.8 (September); and -.9 in October (6.0 – 7.5 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 4.8, 6+). The 7.5 in July was its highest 6+-stat since 7.7 in April 2015. After having wiped out a -.7 in August with a +.7 in September, classic rock cluster-mate WKGR “Gater 98.7” now flounders by one-half share (4.9 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+) and dips from fourth to sixth.

10) Jacksonville – Three consecutive improvements (May – June – July) gave Renda Broadcasting‘s WGNE “99 Gator Country” a wgnecombined +1.2 (4.9 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+). It, however, surrendered virtually all that gain in August (-1.1, 6+) only to post a +.7 in September and +.9 in October (5.0 – 4.3 – 5.2, 6+); “99 Gator Country” advances from eighth to seventh. In addition to notching its fifth consecutive improvement for a cumulative +1.8 (5.2 – 5.5 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJBTwjbt “93.3 The Beat” (sixth to fifth) has its strongest 6+-stat in exactly three years (also 7.0, October 2013). Powered by a gain of seven-tenths (6.5 – 7.2, 6+), Cox Media Group talker WOKV progresses from fifth to fourth. It is the best 6+-stat for WOKV since December’s 7.7. The third consecutive increase by co-owned WFXJ is one-half share (.1 – .2 -.3 – .8) with “Sports Radio 930” climbing from #17 to #15. Also improving by one-half share are Cox Media Group-owned CHR WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” (8.6 – 9.1, third to second, 6+) and its format rival – iHeartMedia’s WKSL “97.9 Kiss-FM” (tenth to ninth, 6+) – which was without an increase since June (4.9 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+). Bouncing back from a -.7 in September, WAPE had a one-month stay at #1 in August and now trails Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” by just one-tenth. Repeating at #1, “Lite 96” (9.4 – 9.2, -.2, 6+) rebounded from a -1.3 in August with a +.5 in September. Prior to August, “Lite” had been #1 the previous nine sweeps and in fact, before dropping to #2 in November 2015, it was on top the previous 17 sweeps; 9.2 is its lowest 6+-share since December (also 9.2). The one-half share Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “96.9 The Eagle” gained in September is more than wiped out in October by a -1.2 (8.8 – 9.3 – 8.1, 6+). Within one-tenth of “Lite 96.1” in September, “The Eagle” slides from second to third; September’s 9.3 marked the first time in its PPM-history that “The Eagle” crossed the nine-share threshold (6+). Stuck on 3.2 (6+) in July, August, and September, its urban contemporary HD-2 channel (WJGL-HD2) drops six-tenths to 2.6 but remains at #14. Also eroding by six-tenths are iHeartMedia’s WQIK “99.1 Jacksonville’s Country (fourth to sixth, 6+) and public WJCT (4.2 – 3.6, 6+). Without an increase since February, “Jacksonville’s Country” is down two full-shares in that period (8.7 – 8.7 – 8.4 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 7.3 – 6.7, 6+). WJCT departs the top ten (#9 to #11). By way of four consecutive declines (5.7 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WWJK “107.3 Jack-FM” erodes by -2.7 and falls from #12 to #13.

11) Memphis – Back-to-back modest declines in August and September by Cumulus Media’s WRBO produced a combined wrboloss of six-tenths (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.8, 6+), but “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” wipes out virtually all of it with a one-half share gain to 8.3 and finishes second for the fifth straight survey period. It is 1.6 shares behind iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101,” which is #1 for the eighth consecutive monthly – but-2.6 in fivewmc-fm successive downtrends (12.5 – 11.6 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 10.2 – 9.9, 6+). This is the first time since February (8.3) that “V-101” is not in double-digits (6+). Progressing from fifth to fourth, Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” records its fourth successive improvement for a net gain of +1.4 (5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 6.0 – 6.4, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing since May 2015 (also 6.4). Unchanged at #8, Cumulus Media rocker WXMX “98.1 The Max” is nonetheless up for the sixth straight time and has netted +2.4 since April (2.8 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+). Although sibling WGKX is flat at #9, a +.3 to 4.3 (6+) curtails three successive negative trends that produced a -.7 for “Kix 106 Today’s Best Country” (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0, 6+). May through September (6+) trends for WRVR “Continuous Soft Rock The River” are 7.9 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.7 – 7.1 (6+). The Entercom adult contemporary follows up September’s -.6 with a -.8 to 6.3 to dip from fourth to fifth. This is the lowest 6+-stat for “The River” since August 2015’s 6.0.

12) Hartford – The market’s (6+) spoken-word share gets a boost from Connecticut Public Broadcasting‘s WNPR (up one full-wtic-amshare, ninth to eighth, 6+) and CBS Radio-owned talker WTIC-AM (up six-tenths, steady at #3, 6+). This is the fourth straight gain for WNPR (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 5.0, 6+) for a net +1.9 and the third consecutive improvement for WTIC-AM (7.0 – 8.0 – 8.3 – 8.9, 6+)wrch – also yielding a +1.9. WTIC-AM’s 8.9 matches what it registered in June. The four-tenths lead iHeartMedia-owned WWYZ “Country 92-5” had over CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” in September is reversed as “Lite” gains three-tenths (9.3 – 9.6, second to first, 6+) while “Country 92.5” sputters by one-half share (9.7 – 9.2, first to second, 6+). Entering the September sweep, “Lite” had been on top for 23 of the previous 24 sweeps – including the past 15 – but it declined by -1.1 and dropped to second-place. “Lite” had been in double-digits (6+) for 13 straight ratings periods; 9.3 was its lowest  6+-showing since August 2015, when it recorded an 8.7. Ironically, WWYZ took over the top spot with a -.4, which halted five straight positive or flat monthlies (7.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.1, 6+). “Country 92-5” was up nearly three full-shares since March and had been in the runner-up slot the past three sweeps. Within 7.2 – 7.8 range (6+) the past five ratings periods, CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WZMX “Hot 93.7” falters by -1.2 to 6.2 (6+) and slips from fourth to sixth. This is the softest 6+-showing for “Hot” since July 2015’s 6.1. Without an increase for the fourth successive time (6.5 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia mainstream CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7 – All the Hits” remains at #7. This is also the fourth consecutive time that Connoisseur Media classic rocker WDRC-FM (eighth to ninth) hasn’t had positive movement (6.0 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+); 4.7 is its lowest 6+-share since May 2015 (also 4.7). Returning in print for the first time since February 2012 when it registered a 4.1(#9, 6+) is Red Wolf alternative WMRQ (2.5, #10, October 2016, 6+); co-owned Spanish tropical WMRQ-HD2 (2.4, 6+) is right behind it, debuting at #11.

SiriusXM Reports Q3 Net Income Up 16%.  On Thursday (10/27), SiriusXM reported its third quarter financial numbers and announced net income was $194 million – up 16% from the same period in 2015.  Quarterly siriusxmrevenue was $1.3 billion, up 9% from the third quarter of 2015.  The company is also declaring its first quarterly dividend – a penny per share.  CEO Jim Meyer says in the press release, “SiriusXM’s performance in the third quarter was exemplary.  We grew self-pay subscribers by 385,000 and turned in record quarterly high levels of revenue and adjusted EBITDA…We remain dedicated to bringing the best audio entertainment in an easy-to-use bundle of programming to a nation of listeners.  In recent months, we’ve strengthened areas where we are leaders, such as country music, added new talent in talk programming, and held special, one-of-a kind live music events for subscribers and listeners nationwide, all content you can only find at SiriusXM.”

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Bert Show’s Kristin Klingshirn Sits Down with Bruno Mars.  Pictured above is “The Bert Show” co-host Kristin Klingshirn (left) in New York City holding an exclusive, one-on-one interview with pop star Bruno Mars (right).  “The Bert Show” says the singer/songwriter granted a rare interview and opened up to the show, touching on everything from his new album featuring his hit single “24K Magic” to wanting to do Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.  When asked about his hit single “24K Magic,” Mars said, “My objective was it just needs to feel good non-stop for three minutes and thirty seconds. I’ve just got to punish it…you know punish the dance floor.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The Birmingham market has its first all-Christmas station as SummitMedia flips soft AC-formatted FM translator W271BN “Easy 102.1 FM” to the format.  Program director John Olsen says, “This has been such an emotionally difficult year and Christmas music brings so much joy, we wanted to offer listeners the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit early this year.”…..Country duo LOCASH is hosting a Westwood One holiday program titled, “A Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration with LOCASH.”  The syndicator says the show “will be stuffed with cuts from their new album The Fighters, music from their A-list friends, and bountiful holiday memories.”  The four-hour special will feature songs from Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, and more…..Alpha Media’s rock WIIL, Waukegan-Kenosha recently partnered with Liberty Auto City and raised $2,150 for homeless veterans with its 4th Annual Jeep Rally.  WIIL program director John Perry – a certified Jeep freak – led the rally.  Perry says, “This was a wonderful day of cruising around the countryside with a huge parade of Jeeps while helping to raise money for homeless veterans!  This was the best one ever and I can’t wait until next year’s Jeep Rally.”…..The fifth annual National Student Electronic Media Convention was held  October 20-22 in Philadelphia and was widely praised by its attendees.  The NSEMC is America’s top convention dedicated exclusively to the interests of student TV/video outlets, radio stations, and webcasters.  Highlights of the convention included intensive workshops on LPFM, hosted in conjunction with the Prometheus Radio Project and REC Networks, and Adobe Creative Suite, hosted by an Adobe Education Leader.  The convention also featured a MusicMaster Genius Day, tours of local radio and television facilities, a keynote address from Glenn Schuck of all-news 1010 WINS, New York and the presentation of the National Student Production Awards.

John Zacherle Passes at 98.  Iconic television and radio personality John Zacherle – most famous for his “Roland” character who hosted WCAU-TV, Philadelphia’s “Shock Theater” in the 1950s and as “Zacherley the Cool Ghoul” on WABC-TV, New York in the 1960s – died on Thursday (10/27) at age 98.  Zacherle also worked in film zacherleyas an actor but was known to New Yorkers as well for his time on the radio at rock outlets WNEW-FM and WPLJ.  TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison comments, “John Zacherle was an important pioneer of progressive rock radio back in New York in the 1970s, first at WNEW-FM – where I had the honor of briefly working with him when I was a young DJ there in 1971 – and then for 10 years at crosstown rival WPLJ.  However, I must say he made an extraordinary impact on me and most of my friends much earlier – back in the 1960s when he hosted the campy ‘Shock Theater’ horror movie program on WABC-TV Channel 7.  He was quirky and unpredictable.  Even when he mumbled, he was pure fun.  I loved his character as a kid – which made meeting and knowing him later, as a radio colleague, a really big deal.  He was a true one-of-a-kind media personality and holds a special place in my heart.”

Friday, October 14, 2016

| October 14, 2016

WPLJ, New York Inks Race Taylor to New Deal.  Midday personality Race Taylor signs a multi-year contract extension with Cumulus Media to remain with New York’s hot AC “95.5 PLJ.”  The station notes thattaylorrace Taylor has been part of the “95.5 PLJ” on-air team since October 1999.  Prior to that, he hosted PM drive and was assistant program director for “Mix 102.9” KDMX, Dallas/Fort Worth, and was PM drive host and APD “Q102” WKRQ, Cincinnati.  He’s also been a prominent voice on ABC Television for wpljmany years where he’s heard daily on “The View,” “The Chew,” “General Hospital,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”  Taylor’s voice work also airs regularly on primetime television shows including: “Dancing With The Stars,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “The Bachelor,” “Castle,” “Scandal,” “Nashville” and many others.  WPLJ program director Gillette states, “In the hallways, Race is the definition of ‘professional,’ ‘gentleman’ and ‘esteemed colleague.’  On the air, he is the consummate communicator.  He actually may have invented the concept of engagement.  He can take the simplest break and make it a drop the mic moment.  We’re thrilled to continue our partnership.  He’s been such an important part of this brand’s heritage and is an even more important part of 95.5 PLJ’s future.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Music radio pro Steve Serrano is elevated to program director for Steelserranosteve City Media’s CHR KMXV, Kansas City “MIX 93.3.”  Serrano has been serving with the station as assistant program director, music director and evening personality.  Station VP and general manager Marc Harrell says, “Steve is the definition of hard-work-leads-to-great-success.  I’ve watched Steve grow from intern to on-air personality, MD to APD, and now to PD of one of the top Top 40 stations in rothrobinthe country.”…..San Diego media pro Robin Roth joins Midwest Television’s rock KFMB-FM for on-air work, beginning with her first air shift this Sunday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm…..Neuhoff Media announces the appointment of Matt Moore to the general sales manager position at the company’s Lafayette, Indiana station group that includes: country WKOA, classic hits WASK-FM, and sports talk WASK-AM “ESPN 1450AM.”  Moore has most recently been serving as regional account manager for Entercom’s Indianapolis cluster.

emmisEmmis Finds Buyer for Texas Monthly.  Just two days after Emmis Communications’ announcement that it found buyers for its stations in Terre Haute, Indiana, the company reports it has signed a deal with Genesis Park to sell the assets of Texas Monthly for $25 million, subject to working capital adjustments.  The press release indicates that “Genesis Park is a regional private equity firm that has built successful communications and technology businesses in Texas for many years.  Examples includetexasmonthly CapRock Services, Alpheus Communications and Vivante GMP.”  It was founded by Paul Hobby.  Emmis chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan states, “Texas Monthly has been a member of the Emmis family for 18 years, so today is bittersweet.  We want to thank all of our employees for their dedication and hard work.  This transaction allows us not only to de-lever our balance sheet, but puts TM in the capable hands of one of Texas’ great families, the Hobbys.” Emmis is still exploring opportunities to sell four other publications and New York radio signal WLIB-AM.

Alpha Media Sells Salina-Manhattan, Kansas Cluster to Rocking M Media.  This divestiture of stations is the first on record for Alpha Media, as far as RadioInfo can tell.   The company is selling its stations in the Salinaalphamedia and Manhattan, Kansas markets to local operator Rocking M Radio for an undisclosed price.  The five stations in the deal are: news/talk KSAL-AM, Salina; classic hits KSAL-rockinmmediaFM, Salina; standards KABI-AM, Abilene; country KYEZ-FM, Salina; and adult contemporary KBLS-FM, North Fort Riley.  Alpha Media CEO/president Bob Proffitt comments, “We’re happy for our employees in Salina to be joining such a great company. Rocking M Media is a strong force in Kansas radio and media.”  Because Rocking M already owns three signals in the market, it goes over the FCC cap and is announcing that it will spin KBLS-FM to Manhattan Broadcasting Company for an undisclosed sum.

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NASH Shows Visit Garth in Texas.  “NASH Nights Live” and “America’s Morning Show” personalities visited with country superstar Garth Brooks at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as he announced his new single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” and his partnership with Frito-Lay.  Pictured here (from l-r) are: John Shomby, director of programming, NASH Network; Kelly Ford, co-host, “America’s Morning Show”; Elaina Smith, co-host, “NASH Nights Live”; Brooks; Shawn Parr, co-host, “NASH Nights Live”; Chuck Wicks, co-host, “America’s Morning Show”; and Ty Bentli, co-host, “America’s Morning Show.”

WBT, Charlotte Seeks Talk Host and Digital Content Editor.  Charlotte’s heritage news/talker WBT-AM/FM is seeking a talk show host and management has clear ideas about what it wants and what it doesn’t want.  Here’s what the station says: “Charlotte’s News Talk 1110 and 99.3 WBT is looking for personalities that can lead a wbtlogoconversation while being entertaining.  Be serious when needed.  Embrace the Carolina lifestyle.  Someone who is not angry at the world.  If you want to talk politics for 3 hours a day please don’t waste your time applying for this role.  If you have to lean on guests to get through 3 hours a day we don’t want you.  If you get your show prep from Drudge you won’t fit in.  This is the perfect opportunity for you if you’re stuck on a cookie-cutter talk station or if you’re a music personality looking to extend your career.  Show us what you got. Email your resume and a short aircheck to hired@wbt.com now.  No phone calls please.  Simultaneously, the station is also seeking a digital content editor.  It says: “What do you get when you mix part writer, editor, news and political junky, student of social media and add a dash of video creator?  The making of News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT’s newest Digital Content Editor.  Our new team member will be a self-starter that creates, aggregates and maintains content, including text, video, photos and graphics, driving traffic and conversations to our news-talk radio station website, social and mobile efforts and builds communities. Writing and editing succinct, fact-filled content in a compelling and active tone for wbt.com are at the core of this positions duties.”  Also apply for that position at hired@wbt.com.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

| October 13, 2016

emmisEmmis Sells Terre Haute Signals in Three-Way Deal.  In this three-way transaction, Emmis Communications is, as had been promoted during the lead-up to the company’s go-private bid, selling off its Terre Haute, Indiana radio stations for a total price tag of $5.2 million.  Here’s how it breaks down: Midwest Communications is buying country WTHI and the intellectual property of classic rock WWVR “The River” for $4.3 million; the WWVR assets (minus the intellectual property), sportsmidwestcomm-logo WFNF-AM and its translator W258BA, plus hot AC WFNB, Brazil, Indiana goes to Dave Crooks-owned DLC Media for $900,000.  Since the acquisition would put Midwest over the FCC limit, Midwest will sell country WDKE, Seelyville, Indiana to DLC Media for an undisclosed smulyanjeffsum.  Emmis chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan says, “The sale of our stations in Terre Haute, while difficult, will help us further our goal of de-levering our balance sheet.  We are thrilled the buyers value radio and have long traditions of success in smaller markets, like Terre Haute.  I’d also like to thank our people at these stations.  They have been tremendous stewards of their brands and wonderful ambassadors of Emmis’ culture.  We wish them continued success.”  The deal is expected to close in 2017.

Jagger Named PD at iHeartMedia’s Connecticut CHRs.  Hit radio programming pro and air personality Jagger is named to the program director position for iHeartMedia’s Connecticut CHR outlets – WKSS,jagger Hartford “Kiss 95.7” and WKCI, New Haven “KC101.”  Jagger moves to Connecticut from his role with iHeartMedia’s New York CHR WHTZ “Z100” where he’s been music director and from his evening jock role at rhythmic hot AC WKTU.  Jagger is also host of the syndicated show, “The Weekend Throwdown with Jagger.”  About his new gig, Jagger says, “I am thrilled to become a part of iHeartMedia’s family in Hartford and New Haven.  I am excited to have my name added to the list of legendary program directors at ‘Kiss 95.7’ and ‘KC101.’”

iHeartMedia Chicago Names New Night Jocks.  Air personality Erik Zachary moves over from nights at zacharyerikiHeartMedia’s country WEBG “BIG 95.5” to host the evening show at sister CHR WKSC “Kiss 103.5,” and the company promotes promotions director and part-time personality Emily Bermann to the evening show at “BIG 95.5.”  iHeartMedia Chicago SVP of programming Tommy Austin says, “Erik is a top-notch talent who grew up in the Chicagoland area.  He understands the needs of our listeners and the community.”

Pete McNair Named PD at Scripps’ KICT and KFXJ in Wichita.  Rock programmer Pete McNair joins E.W. Scripps’ Wichita station group where he’ll program the company’s rock KICT “T-95” and classic rock KFXJ mcnairpete“104.5 The Fox,” effective October 17.  McNair comes to Scripps from Lotus Communications’ rock KFMA, Tucson “Rock 102.1” where he was APD and music director.  Scripps Wichita OM Justin Case says, “Pete has great enthusiasm for rock music, programming and a strong commitment to developing talent.  In addition to his solid insights on programming, he is well connected in the rock industry.  We welcome his experience with station-produced rock events.”

Riehl Upped to Corporate Controller for Beasley Broadcast Group.  Rising from her position asriehlrobin business manager at Beasley Media Group’s Fayetteville, North Carolina cluster is Robin Riehl.  She becomes the corporate controller for the company, effective November 1, based at its headquarters in Naples, Florida.   Riehl comments, “The radio business is my passion and I am honored to fulfill my dream of working with Beasley in the corporate office!  The Beasley Media Group is my professional home and I remain deeply grateful for my start with Beasley in our outstanding Fayetteville cluster.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In Minneapolis morning drive personality Fish is leaving Hubbard Radio’s hot AC KSTP-FM “KS95,” telling listeners he’s will be traveling across the country with his wife to see family and friends.  Ryan, Bangs and Rudy continue hosting the morning show…..At Local Media San Diego’s CHR XHITZ-FM “Z90,” afternoon personality Tre adds imaging director duties to his role with the station.  He’ll move to the mid-afternoon shift and evening host Pandar will expand his on-air presence to 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm…..Alpha Media hot AC WSSR-FM, Joliet, Illinois “Star 96.7” adds Lisa Jordan to the morning show alongside current host Josh Cooper.  She takes over for Jamie Bell who recently left for opportunities in California…..Paladin is the new afternoon drive jock and assistant program director at Little Falls Radio’s adult contemporary KFML, Little Falls, Minnesota…..At Entercom Sacramento, Justine Roller is named general sales manager for the six-station cluster.  She reports to Stacey Kauffman, who was recently promoted to director of sales.

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Wilson Brothers on ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox.’ The brothers Wilson – actors Owen, Luke and Andrew – were in the KLOS, Los Angeles studios yesterday (10/12) sitting in on the “Jonsey’s Jukebox” show hosted by punk legend Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols fame.  Jones’ two-hour daily show (12:00 noon to 2:00 pm) “encompasses everything from groundbreaking, new music from his personal collection to current topic discussions and guest interviews of all varieties – all with a living room-conversation vibe.”  Pictured are (from l-r): Andrew Wilson, Luke Wilson, Jones, and Owen Wilson.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The second annual BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting scholarship competition is now open to broadcasting students nationwide.  The program will award up to $5,000 for the best original essay response entry.  Aspiring radio newscasters, announcers, sales executives, program directors, etc. are encouraged to apply.  Established in 2015, the award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded Broadcast Music, Inc. in 1939 with the mission to provide a competitive source for music licensing and an open-door policy to songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. Each year, the program recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio.  Entrants must be current students at accredited U.S. colleges or universities, between the ages of 17 and 24 at the time of entry, and degree candidates in Broadcast Communications or related majors.  For more information and to apply, please click here.…..Envision Networks’ Westar Music Library announces it’s expanding its growing collection of music beds to include more than 248,000 sound effects.  The Westar Music online commercial library now includes all of the sound effects from The Hollywood Edge and Serafine.  The company says the library also offers more than 15,000 royalty-free music tracks.

lecorchickjimErie Radio Personality Jim LeCorchick Dead at 69.  Longtime Erie, Pennsylvania radio personality Jim LeCorchick passed away this morning (10/13) after collapsing at the Connoisseur Media studios.  According to GoErie.com, LeCorchick, who hosted the morning show at news/talk WJET-AM, walked into the studio of sister rock outlet WRKT “Rocket 101” and asked the jocks to call 911.  GoErie.com reports that LeCorchick was a commentator for both WJET-AM and the WFNN-AM “Sports Blitz” afternoon show.  He also served as a play-by-play and color commentator for area college and high school sports games over the years.

Monday, October 10, 2016

| October 10, 2016

cma-50th-yearCMA Announces Broadcast Award Winners. Those capturing Country Music Association accolades received the news via a phone call from format superstar Garth Brooks. On the syndicated level, Westwood One “Country Countdown USA” host Lon Helton is named “National CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year.” Locally, Chris Carr, Jeff “Maverick” Bolen, & Kia Becht of KEEY, Minneapolis’ “Chris Carr & Company” are “Major Market Personality of the Year” and David Chandler, Chelsie Shinkle, & Jason Statt of WUBE, Cincinnati’s “The Big Dave Show” are “Large Market Personality of the Year.” Meanwhile, Gator Harrison, Greg “Styckman” Owens, & “Cowboy” Kyle Croft of WUSY, Chattanooga’s “The Gator & Stykman Program” are “Medium Market Personality of the Year” and Eddie Foxx & Sharon Green of WKSF, Asheville, North Carolina’s “The Eddie Foxx Show” are “Small Market Personality of the Year.” Station honorees are Cox Media Group Houston’s KKBQ “93-Q” (“Major Market”); Hubbard Broadcasting Cincinnati’s WUBE “B-105.1” (“Large Market”); iHeartMedia Chattanooga’s WUSY “US-101″(“Medium Market”); and Scripps Springfield, Missouri’s KTTS “94.7 Country’s Best” (“Small Market”). Winners will be recognized during the broadcast of ABC-TV‘s “50th Annual CMA Awards” from Nashville in just over three weeks (11/2).

drakeDrake Draws 13 AMA Nominations. That actually represents a record number of American Music Award nominations. The information was revealed this morning (Monday, 10/10) on ABC-TV‘s “Good Morning America.” Here is the complete list of the AMA nominees. “Artist of the Year”: Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd. “New Artist of the Year”: Alessia american-music-awards-1-300x161Cara, The Chainsmokers, Dnce, Shawn Mendes, and Zayn. “Collaboration of the Year”: The Chainsmokers featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down,” Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance,” Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $Ign “Work From Home,” Rihanna featuring Drake “Work,” and Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” “Tour of the Year”: Beyoncé, Madonna, and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. “Video of the Year”: Justin Bieber “Sorry,” Desiigner “Panda,” and Rihanna featuring Drake “Work.” “Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock”: Justin Bieber, Drake, and The Weeknd. “Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock”: Adele, Selena Gomez, and Rihanna. “Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock”: The Chainsmokers, Dnce, and Twenty One Pilots. “Favorite Album – Pop/Rock”: Adele “25,” Justin Bieber “Purpose,” and Drake “Views.” “Favorite Song- Pop/Rock”: Adele “Hello,” Justin Bieber “Love Yourself,” and Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance.” “Favorite Male Artist – Country”: Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and Blake Shelton. “Favorite Female Artist – Country”: Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, and Carrie Underwood. “Favorite Duo or Group – Country”: Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, and Old Dominion. “Favorite Album – Country”: Luke Bryan “Kill The Lights,” Chris Stapleton “Traveller,” and Carrie Underwood “Storyteller.” “Favorite Song – Country”: Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y,” Tim McGraw “Humble And Kind,” and Thomas Rhett “Die A Happy Man.” “Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop”: Drake, and Fetty Wap. “Future Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop”: Drake “Views,” Drake & Future “What A Time To Be Alive,” and Fetty Wap “Fetty Wap.” “Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop”: Desiigner “Panda,” Drake “Hotline Bling,” and Fetty Wap “679.” “Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B”: Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, and The Weeknd. “Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B”: Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, and Rihanna. “Favorite Album – Soul/R&B”: Beyoncé “Lemonade,” Rihanna “Anti,” and Bryson Tiller “T R A P S O U L.” “Favorite Song – Soul/R&B”: Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance,” Rihanna featuring Drake “Work,” and Bryson Tiller “Don’t.” “Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock”: Coldplay, Twenty One Pilots, and X Ambassadors. “Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary”: Adele, Rachel Platten, and Meghan Trainor. “Favorite Artist – Latin”: J Balvin, Enrique Iglesias, and Nicky Jam. “Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational”: Lauren Daigle, Hillsong United, and Chris Tomlin. “Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (Edm)”: The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, and Major Lazer. “Top Soundtrack”: Purple Rain, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Suicide Squad: The Album. The American Music Awards will be telecast by ABC-TV next month (11/20).

bush-billyNBC-TV Suspends Bush. By now, you know it was a rough weekend for former radio talent Billy Bush, who was believed to be groomed as a possible replacement for Matt Lauer on NBC-TV‘s “Today Show.” The network has suspended the ex-“Access Hollywood” host for his role in a 2005 video with Donald access-hollywoodTrump that surfaced on Friday (10/7). Bush is heard laughing and encouraging the now Republican presidential nominee as they engaged in a vulgar conversation about women. The Washington Post published the tape of Trump, who is heard on a hot microphone boasting to Bush about kissing, groping, and having sex with women, saying that, “When you’re a star, they let you do anything – I don’t even wait.” At first, it seemed Bush was going to appear on “The Today Show” this morning (10/10) to apologize, but by last night, NBC decided he would not go on the show; instead, executive Noah Oppenheim issued the suspension. There is no immediate information about how long it will last. “Let me be clear,” Oppenheim writes in a staff memo, “There is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape. NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.” In a statement he released on Friday, Bush notes he is “embarrassed and ashamed” of his role in the 2005 video. “This happened 11 years ago. I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along.” His weeknight (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm) “Billy Bush Show” debuted on April 14, 2008; Westwood One ended production of it in late-December 2014. Prior to that radio project, a mix of music and celebrity banter targeted to CHR and hot AC stations, Bush did wakeup duty on WWZZ “Z-104,” Washington, DC (now Radio One‘s WPRS “Praise 104.1”). In advance of starting his senior year at Maine’s Colby College, Bush scored a summer internship at Bill O’Shaughnessy’s WVOX in Westchester, New York.

bid-for-breast-canceriHM Philly Breast Cancer Auction Starts Today.  An online “Bid for Breast Cancer” auction coordinated by iHeartMedia‘s Philadelphia properties to benefit the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) commences at noon today (10/10) and will run through next Monday (10/17). In addition, Goo Goo Dolls will perform a benefit concert at Harrah’s Philadelphia later this month (10/22). Vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia Brian Check states, “We have pulled together all the resources of our stations to create an auction that has something for everyone to benefit a cause that’s close to our hearts. AACR is known nationally and internationally for bringing together the greatest minds in cancer research, serving as a catalyst to propel cancer research and treatment forward to help patients worldwide. As a go-to resource in cancer, the AACR’s expertise has helped guide vice president Joe Biden and the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.” AACR Foundation executive director Mitch Stoller explains that, “Cancer touches nearly everyone. It is incumbent upon us to fund innovation so that we can eradicate this insidious disease; however, cancer is not just one disease, rather it is more than 200 diseases. The AACR and its 37,000 members are at the forefront of the quest to prevent and cure all types of cancer, including breast cancer, which is the second most common cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States. Thanks to this exceptional effort by iHeartMedia Philadelphia and the support of the community in this ‘Bid for Breast Cancer,’ the AACR will be able to help support the research needed to save more lives from cancer.” Auction items include a variety of guitars autographed by Meghan Trainor, Coldplay, Green Day, and Bon Jovi; a Philadelphia Phillies’ prize pack; Philly International Records 40th Anniversary box set autographed by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff; and shoes autographed by Patti LaBelle. Other autographed items include a poster signed by Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler and a coffee table book signed by Lady Gaga. There are “special experiences” such as New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas with Maroon 5; New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas with Bruno Mars; a day with Andy Grammer; and lunch with Shaggy. Online bids can be placed on the websites of iHeartMedia Philadelphia stations WDAS-AM “Smooth Jazz JJZ”; urban AC WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B”; CHR WIOQ “Q-102”; hot AC WISX “Mix 106.1”; alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5”; and urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99.”

morgan-treyMorgan Moves to KPLX, Dallas as Morning Co-Host. Joining KPLX “The Wolf” co-host Lisa Taylor on Cumulus Media Dallas’ 5:00 am – 10:00 am “Wake Up with the Wolf” morning show is Trey Morgan, who arrives from CBS Radio New York hot AC WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7,” where he did afternoon drive.kplx KPLX program director Mac Daniels remarks, “Trey brings a high level of talent, experience, and results across multiple platforms to the top-rated ‘Wake Up with the Wolf’ morning show. His fresh perspective will be a great addition to one of America’s leading country music brands.” Morgan states, “I am excited to return to my hometown and join the talented team at KPLX. I have had the chance to learn from some of the best in the business and I am thrilled to bring my experience to the city [in which] I grew up. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the wildly talented Lisa Taylor in one of America’s fastest-growing cities.” University of Massachusetts, Amherst alum Morgan, who begins his new duties the last day of this month (10/31), previously worked at iHeartMedia New York City CHR WHTZ “Z-100” and co-hosted “The Weekend Throwdown with Jagger.” Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s September 2016 Dallas PPM, KPLX “The Wolf” (5.8) edges out CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV (5.7) by one-tenth to rank first.

rigginsRiggins Rises to VP/P for The Ace & TJ Network. Having worked his way up from intern in the more than a decade he has been with the “Ace & TJ Show,” one-name personality “Riggins” is promoted to vice president of programming for the Ace & TJ Network. According to Radio Button Network president and chief executive officer Adam Goodman, “Riggins provides both the Ace & TJ Network and The Radio Button Network areas for growth vital in developing new audiences via social media and attention-grabbing initiatives. This position is also a long overdue public acknowledgement of the numerous contributions Riggins adds to The Ace & TJ Show.” Riggins remarks, “Getting the opportunity to work with two of the most influential radio broadcasters of the last 25 years is nothing short of an honor and a privilege. Ace and TJ gave me my first job out of college. Now, five years later, I am beyond thrilled to accept the position of vice president of programming.” In addition to producing responsibilities and social media development, Riggins has been a performer on The Ace & TJ Show as well as doing digital development for the Charlotte-based show, the network, and other programs on Radio Button.

hughes-cathyhoward-logoHughes’ Howard University Honor. In a ceremony that will take place one week from this Sunday (10/23), Howard University‘s School of Communications will be renamed the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, as a tribute to Radio One‘s founder and chairperson. The announcement comes after a multi-million dollar gift to the Washington, DC school from Hughes’ son, Radio One president and chief executive officer Alfred C. Liggins III. Howard University president Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick comments, “The Howard community is thrilled that Mr. Liggins has chosen to honor his mother in this manner for her pioneering work in the field of communications. The gift will have a transformational impact on the school’s commitment to serve the communications industry and as a high-level producer of diverse media specialists.”

caldwell-meghanCox Media Group Tampa Boosts Caldwell to Digital Sales Manager. Two-year Cox Media Group Tampa digital media strategist Megan Caldwell is promoted to digital sales manager for the company’s six-station cluster. Vice president and market manager Keith Lawless remarks, “Megan knows the digital cox-media-group-tampaspace, knows our marketing partners, and knows what it takes to compete and win in this competitive, fast moving space.” Director of sales Jason Meder comments, “We are so excited to have Megan lead our digital sales efforts in Tampa. With a background in digital content, Megan brings unique experience to this role. Her knowledge – combined with her ability to create solutions for advertisers – is an amazing resource for Cox Media Group Tampa.” Caldwell adds, “I am beyond excited to be leading our team in digital. As the digital sales manager, I will be focused on driving initiatives that help us continue to build long-term relationships with our clients.” The 2012 University of Central Florida graduate previously spent two years as Cox Media Group Tampa’s digital producer and was social media manager for New Age Skincare. With their September 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM 6+ AQH share and market rank in parentheses, CMG Tampa consists of adult contemporary WDUV “Lite Favorites” (9.3, #1); WXGL “Classic Hits 107.3 The Eagle” (6.0, #3); adult contemporary WWRM “Magic 94-9” (5.3, #6); CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5” (4.7, #7); talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone” (2.3, #18); and alternative WSUN “97-X” (2.3, #18).

nash-nextCumulus Media Announces Finalists in NASH Next Challenge. The ten finalists were selected by a judging panel that includes Big Machine Label Group founder-president-CEO Scott Borchetta; Westwood One “American Country Countdown” host Kix Brooks (of Brooks & Dunn); Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts; and Danielle Bradbery, the season four winner of “The Voice.” A “fan judge” will join these panelists to select the NASH Next Challenge 2016 winner. Cumulus Media and Westwood One senior vice president of content and programming Mike McVay states, “We are extremely excited for the ten finalists to take the stage at our finals event – it is going to be a great show. Each finalist is incredible and exactly what we envisioned when we launched this competition. It is our mission to discover the best up-and-coming country talent in America. I am proud of all the contestants and especially the finalists.” In addition to receiving airplay on Cumulus Media stations across the country, the winner will receive a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group and Jay DeMarcus will produce their original song. The ten national finalists are: Alexis Gomez (Cincinnati); Murphy’s Ford (Columbia, Missouri); Jake Dodds (Indianapolis); Todd O’Neill (Lafayette, Louisiana); Brittany Pfantz (Lake Charles, Louisiana); Trey Teem (Macon, Georgia); The Young Fables (Nashville); Spinn (New York City); Billy Shaw Jr. (Tucson); and Ashley Jordan (Worcester, Massachusetts). The three-hour (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm) finals event takes place in two weeks (Tuesday, 10/25) at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge.

thomas-danresults-radioThomas Tapped As Results Radio Chico OM. Former KKBZ, Fresno program director Dan Thomas returns to California as operations manager for Results Radio‘s four-station Chico cluster. He succeeds Robert Benjamin, who exited approximately three months ago. Results Radio senior vice president Dave Shakes comments, “Our Chico market manager, Jon Graham, and I are excited to bring Dan into the company. We think he will be a great fit and positive leader for the programming team.” Thomas – who begins his new assignment today (10/10) – remarks, “Results Radio is a unique company that works hard and still manages to have fun; I am ready to dive in head first.” Thomas’ previous experience includes being Townsquare Media Grand Junction, Colorado’s operations manager and programming in Anchorage, Alaska at KWHL. The Results Radio Chico quartet consists of adult hits KBQB “92.7 Bob”; CHR KCEZ “Power 102”; rock KRQR “106.7 Z-Rock”; and classic rock KTHU “Thunder 100.7.” In addition to his OM duties, Thomas will be the program director of KRQR. The Nielsen Audio market leader for Chico in spring 2016 is Deer Creek‘s KHSL “Hit Country – The Blaze” (8.4, 12+). KTHU and KCEZ are tied at #3 (both with 4.9, 12+), while KRQR and KBQB are locked at #7 (each with 3.9, 12+); Results Radio owns KKCY “Country 103.1” (#12, 2.0, 12+) there as well.

djbonics“DJ Bonics” Joins KWEE, Portland for PM Drive. The official “DJ” for Wiz Khalifa‘s Taylor Gang Entertainment – “DJ Bonics” (real name – Brandon Glova) – takes over 4:00 – 7:00 pm duties next Monday (10/17) on Portland rhythmic CHR KWEE “WE 96.3,” owned by 3 Horizons LLC and operated by Alpha Media through an LMA. Alphakwee Media vice president of programming Phil Becker comments, “Very few broadcast companies are willing to commit to authentic hip-hop. Nationally, the format is underserved and ‘WE’ are here to change that. ‘Bonics’ brings genuine credibility and star power to Portland’s true hip-hop station.” Program director Chris Stewart notes, “‘Bonics’ is a pro-bowler and ‘WE’ are excited to have the opportunity to draft him. I have no doubt that, with him on the roster, ‘WE’ will do big things.” According to University of Pittsburgh graduate ‘Bonics’/Glova, “I am so excited to move to Portland to work with Alpha Media – especially with Phil Becker. With his vision and my experience in radio, ‘WE’ will create something special, not just for Portland, but for the world.” Glova’s previous on-air work includes stops at WRDW “Wired 96.5,” Philadelphia and WKST “Kiss 96.1,” Pittsburgh. Licensed to West Linn (Oregon), “WE 96.3” does not appear in Nielsen Audio‘s September 2016 survey period that is led by iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” (8.6, 6+); “K-103” rhythmic CHR sibling KXJM “Jam’N’ 107.5” is #17 (2.6, 6+).

x-107-5-holiday-havoc-2016RadioInfo Tidbits. Two-year WFLZ, Tampa program director John Mayer exits the iHeartMedia CHR. Mayer previously spent three years at WRVW, Nashville and seven years in New Haven, Connecticut at WKCI “KC-101” ….. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold for CBS Radio Las Vegas alternative KXTE’s “Holiday Havoc” will be donated to the Nevada SPCA. Night one (12/8) of the two-part “X-107.5” concert will feature Blink 182Jimmy Eat WorldPierce the VeilWeathers, and The Hunna. Appearing the following night (12/9) are Weezer, Grouplove, Saint MotelThe Moth & The Flame, and 888 ….. Over the course of a two-day radio-thon last month (9/29 & 9/30), Alpha Media Columbus, Nebraska raised over $15,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. Alpha Media market manager Lisa Cherry comments, “Behind every dark cloud is a ray of sunshine. The volunteers at Alpha Media Columbus did their best to spread hope and some sunshine to those needing it at the Children’s Hospital in Omaha.”

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

| October 5, 2016

Dave Adams Appointed SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Tucson. Programmer Dave Adams takes on a new role with iHeartMedia, moving west to become SVP of programming for the company’s Tucson clusteradamsdave that includes CHR KRQQ, hot AC KMIY “My 92.9,” hip hop KOHT “Hot 98.3,” country KYWD “97.1 The Bull,” news/talk KNST, talk KTZR, and Tejano KXEW.  Adams most recently was serving as brand manager for classic hits KLOU, St. Louis.  iHeartMedia EVP of programming Steve Geofferies states, “What a great hire for the Arizona region and the Tucson market.  Experience, steady hand, and a history of success. I’m looking forward to getting Dave to Tucson.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  A new personality joins the morning show at Cherry Creek Media’s CHRconnornikki KWWW, Wenatchee, Washington “KW3.”  The company brings Nikki (left) aboard to partner with current morning host Connor (right) for “The KW3 Breakfast Burrito” (pictured here).  In a press release, Connor says, “Nikki is the perfect complement to our morning audience, and with no local television in the market, we are the way for young adults to start their day in The Wenatchee Valley.”…..American General Media’s rhythmic CHR KAGM, Albuquerque tweaks its format, leaving behind the “WiLD 106.7” brand and taking on “106.7 The River” in a new format described as hybrid triple A.  Matt Hernandez, a.k.a. DJ Ecto 1, is the new program director, taking over for Picazzo Stevens…..Sales pro Michael Weiss joins SiriusXM as senior advisor to advertising sales from his most recent position as president of sales for CBS RADIO.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses of performances of urban-based stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s September PPM survey.  Today’s look at urban contemporary outlets includes charts showing ratings (6+) fluctuations from last month to this and from September of 2015 to September 2016.  Eleven urban contemporary stations ranked in the top five in their respective markets in September with four – WVEE, Atlanta; WBTP, Tampa; WERQ, Baltimore; and WOWI, Norfolk – ranking #2.  See Kinosian’s entire report here.

kfwbdesiLotus to Buy KFWB-AM, Los Angeles for $11.2 Million.  The former Los Angeles heritage news signal (more recently sports talk before the March 1, 2016 sale) KFWB has been airing a Bollywood music format since Universal Media Access acquired it officially just seven months ago for $8 million.  Now, Lotus Communications is agreeing to buy the signal for $11.2 million.  It’s unknown what Lotus’ format plans are for the station.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Alternative icons Green Day appeared earlier today on SiriusXM’s Howard Stern show performing songs from their 30-year career and new music from their upcoming album Revolution Radio.  The band will also record a special edition of SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series — answering questions from a select group of SiriusXM listeners at the SiriusXM studios in New York City.  The “Town Hall” special will air Friday (10/7)…..Alpha Media Savannah-Hilton personality Karen “Red” Daiss, from country WUBB “Bob 106.9,” lit up the dance floor at the “9th Annual Dancing with the Savannah Stars” event to support CASA.  $115,000 was raised at this year’s event and will go towards helping abused and neglected children.  Red, with the help of her dancing partner Joseph Marion, took home the award for “Best Female Dancer.”…..Morning shows from five of CBS RADIO’s Chicago station group will be broadcasting live from Wrigley Field prior to that evening’s game one of the Chicago Cubs National League Division Series versus either the Giants or the Mets.  Broadcasting will be WSCR’s Mully and Hanley show, WJMK’s Dave Fogel, WBBM-FM’s “The J Show,” WUSN’s Stylz and Roman, and WXRT’s Lin and Mary…..Superadio Networks is now handling affiliate and national advertising sales for the “Streetz! Slow Lane with DJ Young Music” show produced by DJ Young Music Group.  The program is targeted to the audience of urban and rhythmic radio stations that don’t program a traditional Quiet Storm show…..iHeartMedia’s alternative KDGE, Dallas “102.1 The Edge” announces the lineup for the station’s 17th annual “How The Edge Stole Xmas” concert event taking place on December 6 at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas.  Performing will be: headliner Weezer along with Awolnation, Dirty Heads, Kongos, Capital Cities and Judah and the Lion.

First Media Sells Five More.  This is the second sale by First Media announced within the last week.  Recently, Pennsylvania-based Forever Media bought two Maryland FM signals from the company for $6.5 million.  Forever will take ownership of adult contemporary WCEI and country WINX in the Easton, Maryland market.  Now, Seven Mountains has a deal to acquire five Pennsylvania stations from First Media for $4.5 million.  The stations are: country WOWQ, Du Bois; hot AC WQYK, Clearfield; classic rock WZDB Sykesville; rock WZDD, Strattanville; and oldies WCPA, Clearfield.

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Trace Adkins at The Cutting Room.  Country star Trace Adkins (right) is pictured here on stage at New York City’s The Cutting Room last Friday (9/30) during a private, sold-out performance.  The evening was hosted by WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” personality Jesse Addy (left) who is seen here on stage with Trace during the “Q&A session.”

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

| September 27, 2016

nielsen-logoRound One of September PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 PPM ratings survey has been released for first of four rounds of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 survey period covered August 11 – September 7.  You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) New York – Inching up from sixth to fifth, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU “103.5 The Beat of New York” registers its wktufifth straight increase (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+) and is a cumulative +1.5 in that stretch. The market’s mainstream CHR (6+) share has a modest three-tenths improvement, with WKTU sibling WHTZ “Z-100” up one-tenth (5.3 – 5.4, third to second, 6+) and CBS Radio-owned WBMP “Amp” picking up two-tenthswltw-logo-january-2015 (2.9 – 3.1, #13 to #12, 6+). With a -.2 in August, “Z-100” ended five straight monthlies without a decrease for a combined +.8 (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). As CBS Radio all-news WCBS-AM gains four-tenths (2.8 – 3.2, #15 to #11, 6+), co-owned similarly formatted WINS declines by that margin (4.4 – 4.0, unchanged at #8, 6+). This represents the strongest 6+-performance for WCBS-AM since March 2015 (also 3.2, 6+). On top the previous four ratings periods before falling to #2 in July, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” returned to first-place in August and – with a gain of four-tenths (6.1 – 6.5, 6+) – repeats there. Its +.1 in August halted four successive sweeps without an increase for a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0, 6+). The 6.0 by “Lite” in July was its lowest 6+-share since November 2014 (5.6). Tumbling for the third successive sweep is Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ, which is a combined -1.4 since June (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+); “Mega 97.7” drifts from third to sixth. It has a 1.5-share advantage over Univision Radio Spanish tropical WXNY “X-96.3” – up two-tenths following a -.6 in August (3.5 – 2.9 – 3.1, #13 to #12, 6+). The market’s hot AC battle tightens again as CBS Radio’s WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) drops three-tenths to 2.8 (#11 – #15, 6+), while Cumulus Media’s WPLJ (off one-half share in August) picks up one-tenth (2.4 – 2.5, 6+) and is steady at #16; the two rivals were tied at #13 in July. This is the 21st successive sweep that WPLJ has recorded a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.9 (6+). For the sixth successive time, talk cluster-mate WABC (#21) has not managed an increase (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+).

2) Los Angeles – It is a healthy month for the market’s two CHR combatants: CBS Radio‘s KAMP “Amp” posts a +.4 (3.1 – 3.5, kiis6+), vaulting into the top ten (#12 to #8), while iHeartMedia-owned KIIS “Kiss-FM” notches a +.3 (4.6 – 4.9, 6+), climbing from fourth to a second-place tie. “Amp” was up in June and July for a cumulative +.7 before surrendering the entire seven-tenths in August. Up or flat for the third straight time are CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101” (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+, steady at #2) and Entercom classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7, #16 to #14, 6+). Jumping from #17 to #14, KKGO “Go Country 105” has its fourth consecutive up or flat trend (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.7, 6+). After seven successive down or flat trends (.9 -.8 -.8 -.7 – .7 – .6 -.5 – .5, 6+), Salem Media Groupkamp contemporary Christian KFSH “The Fish” adds one-tenth to .6 (#38 to #36, 6+). Notching an increase of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” checks in at #27. This past Sunday (9/25), Vin Scully called his last home game on the Dodgers’ flagship; Scully is retiring after an astonishing 67 years as voice of the NL West team. Setting the pace for the eleventh successive sweep, adult contemporary cluster-mate KOST “Coast 103.5” – a combined +.5 in July and August (5.3 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+) – dips by two-tenths to 5.6 (6+). Without a decrease the past three monthlies (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+) co-owned urban contemporary KRRL “Real 92.3” slips by three-tenths (back to 3.1, 6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). After being up the past three ratings periods for a +1.1 (2.2 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” loses one-tenth to 3.2 (6+) – but – actually improves from a tenth-place tie to a ninth-place tie. A decrease of four-tenths to 2.6 (#13 to #16, 6+) curtails four straight up or flat trends for Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106” (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+). In a three-way tie at #18 (up from #19), CBS Radio alternative KROQ is down or flat for the fifth successive sweep (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed KYSR-FM “Alt 98.7” is off by three-tenths (3.4 – 3.1, 6+) and – like KRRL – departs the top ten (#8 to #11). This is the sixth consecutive time that co-owned talker KFI (#15 to #16) is without an increase (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+). Since April, the (6+) trend for CBS Radio all-news KNX (#12 to #13) is 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.9.

3) Chicago – The combination of a one-tenth loss by CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM (6.1 – 6.0, 6+) and a steady performance by webgiHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” (6.0 – 6.0, 6+) results in a tie at #1. WBBM-AM had been on top from January through May and slipped to second in June. Prior to recording a +.4 in August, “V-103” was down or flat the previous three sweeps (6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+). Not only is WRME up or flat for the fifth straight time (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), “MeTV 87.7” cracks the top 20 in a three-way tie at #16. Applying the brakes to three consecutive (slight) downward trends (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE adds one-tenth to 2.5wscr-cubs (6+) to progress from #17 to #15 and it is within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 29th straight monthly. Although off by three-tenths to 5.2 (6+), hot AC cluster-mate WTMX “101.9 The Mix” nonetheless finishes in third-place for the seventh straight time. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed WLIT “My-FM” (#9 to #11, 6+) is without an increase for the eighth successive month. “My-FM” is -10.7 (roughly -77%) in that stretch (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+). This is the ninth consecutive ratings period that iHeartMedia-owned WEBG (#16 to #13) is either up or flat for a combined gain of one full-share (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+). “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country” now trails cross-town format foe – CBS Radios WUSN “US-99.5” – by just one-tenth (2.9 – 2.8, -.1, 6+); WUSN is #12 for the third straight time. Following three modest declines (4.2 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.7, 6+), the flagship of the Chicago Cubs – WSCR “670 The Score” – roars back with a +.8 to 4.5, its best-ever 6+-performance under PPM-methodology. The CBS Radio sports outlet advances from seventh to fifth. Powered by a +.6 (3.0 – 3.6, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s WLS-FM breaks into the top ten (#11 to #9); 3.6 is the strongest 6+-showing for “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” since February 2015 (3.7). On the other hand, CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3” (#14 to #16) is either down or flat for the eighth consecutive ratings period for a cumulative loss of one full-share (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+). Other streaks continue: This is the seventh successive ratings period in which Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican WLEY “La Ley 107.9” (steady at #26) posts a loss (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+) and sixth straight time Univision Radio‘s similarly programmed WOJO (#13 to #14) is without an increase (3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+). Eight-tenths of a share is the difference between ranker #12 and ranker #23 (6+).

4) San Francisco – Unchanged at #5, CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7 New Hit Music” is up or flat for the fifth successive kmvqsweep (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0, 6+) for a combined gain of one full-share. Flashing a +.3 to 3.6 (6+), iHeartMedia‘s KMEL “#1 for Hip-Hop & R&B” ends six straight ratings periods without an increase (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). As a result of a +.6, Cumulus Media talker KSFO (#16 to #13, 6+) matches the 2.9 (6+) it recorded in January. With either a 3.8 (6+) or 3.9 (6+)kioi over the course of the last seven sweeps, iHeartMedia hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3” busts out a +.6 to 4.3, moving up from a three-way tie at #5 to #4. A combined -.8 in six consecutive monthlies without an increase (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.0, #12, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG picks up three tenths to 3.3 (6+) and cracks the top ten (#12 to #10). Spoken-word stations hold the top three spots in the Bay Area for the seventh successive sweep; however, the order has changed from August. In addition to suffering a loss of eight-tenths, Cumulus Media-owned KNBR drops from a first-place tie to third. Moreover, it is the fourth successive decline for “The Sports Leader” resulting in a cumulative loss of nearly two full-shares (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+). It is the lowest 6+-showing for the San Francisco Giants flagship since March (also 4.9, 6+); KNBR had been #1 since April. Taking over sole possession of #1 (after sharing it in August with KNBR) is public KQED. Whereas KNBR is down for the fourth straight time, KQED boasts four straight gains (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 5.9, 6+) and enjoys its highest 6+-stat since December 2012’s 5.0. Advancing from third to second, CBS Radio all-news KCBS-AM is trending 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+. Owing to a +.2 to 1.3, Entercom‘s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (#26 to #24) halts four consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.1, 6+). An August gain of one-half share enabled KISQ “98.1 – The Breeze Relaxing Favorites at Work” to reach the four-share level, but like KNBR, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility regresses by eight-tenths (3.5 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+), freefalling from #4 to #11. This is the fifth straight sweep without an increase for CBS Radio alternative KITS “Live 105” (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5, #22, 6+).

5) Dallas – Just as in August, four-tenths of a share separates the top three finishers. For the first time since May 2014 (when it kplxregistered a 6.6, 6+), KPLX “The Wolf” occupies the top spot. Over and above that, the Cumulus Media country outlet, which was second in August, is without a decrease for the seventh successive sweep (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.7 – 5.8, 6+) and is a cumulative +1.5 since February. After three successive months at 3.5 (6+), co-owned and similarlykrld-fm programmed KSCS “New Country 96.3” posts its third straight 3.3 (6+) and climbs from #11 to #9. Ousted from #1 and slipping to third is iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” (5.8 – 5.4, -.4, 6+). Jumping from ninth to seventh, CBS Radio‘s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” registers its seventh straight gain for a combined +1.8 (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.6, 6+) and the Texas Rangers’ flagship matches November’s 3.6. With a +.2 to 2.9 (6+), cross-town competitor – Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket” (#18 to #14) pulls the plug on three straight negative trends that yielded a -.8 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 2.7, 6+). Up or flat for the fourth straight time (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9” inches up from sixth to fifth, while format rival – CBS Radio-owned KVIL (#13 to #16) – has an up/down pattern since May of 2.6 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.8 (6+). Without a decrease for the fourth straight sweep are CBS Radio news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4, #20, 6+) and First Dallas Media contemporary Christian KCBI (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.1, #21, 6+). A -.8 (4.6 – 3.8, 6+) drops iHeartMedia classic rocker KZPS from fourth to sixth; 3.8 is the lowest 6+-figure for “Lone Star 92.5” since March 2015 (also 3.8).

6) Houston – Posting a 3.6 (6+) in three of the last four monthly reports, CBS Radio Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101” not klolonly explodes with a +.9 to enter the top ten (#12 to #7), it registers a 4.5, its strongest-ever (6+) PPM stat. The format picks up another six-tenths from Univision Radio‘s KAMA “Latino Mix 104.9” (2.4 – 3.0, 6+), which zooms from #20 to #15. The last time “Latino Mix” crossed the three-share threshold wasksbj “Holiday” 2011 (3.2, 6+). Returning to #9 from #11, noncommercial contemporary Christian KSBJ “God Listens” betters August’s 3.8 by four-tenths (to 4.2, 6+), thus stopping four straight decreases that produced a combined -1.8 since April (5.6 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). The market’s top three stations are separated by two-tenths: Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN is off three-tenths (6.7, 6+) but repeats at #1; Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KGLK “Houston’s Eagle” moves up to second from third (+.4, 6+); and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” (-.4, 6+) slips from second to third. The -.3 by KLTN curtails five successive gains that yielded a combined increase of more than two full-shares (4.9 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+). It is the seventh straight time “Eagle” is in 6.1 – 6.6 range (6.6 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.6, 6+). Without an increase for the fifth straight sweep (7.7 – 7.4 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.5, 6+), “Sunny” ranked first in 23 consecutive ratings periods before dipping to second in August. On the heels of boasting its strongest 6+-share in more than two years (4.5, May 2014), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KQBT “93.7 The Beat” completely forfeits the eight-tenths it gained in August (3.7 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+), as it departs the top ten (#8 to #11). After posting a +.7 in July to 5.9, its best 6+-showing in exactly one year (6.4, 6+, July 2015), Cox Media Group country KKBQ “The New 93-Q” surrendered all of that gain in August and now sputters by another one-half share (5.2 – 5.9 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+), but remains at #5 for the fourth successive sweep. Declining for the third straight time (4.0 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+) is its country rival – CBS Radio’s KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull,” which is steady at #14.

7) Philadelphia – Owing to an improvement of six-tenths to 7.4 (6+), Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” wbebreturns to #1 after a two-month hiatus. In addition, the +.6 halts three successive downward moves for a combined loss of one full-share (7.8 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+). Prior to July, “More FM” occupied the market’s top spot for 12 consecutive survey periods. Even though it is flat at 6.9 (6+), CBS Radiowrff classic hits-oldies WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” is dislodged from the top and segues to the runner-up slot, occupied by WBEB in July and August. Following three straight declines that resulted in a combined -.7 (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5” records a one-half share increase to jump from eighth to sixth (5.0, 6+). Following seven straight monthlies without an increase which resulted in a more than 50% loss of its 6+-share (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), Greater Media-owned WPEN-FM “The Fanatic” adds two-tenths to 1.7 (6+) and advances from #20 to #17. It trails rival WIP-FM (3.8 – 4.0, +.2, 6+) by 2.3 shares though, as the CBS Radio-owned Philadelphia Phillies flagship returns to the top ten (#11 to #10). A loss of six-tenths (5.3 – 4.7, 6+) drops co-owned WXTU “92.5 Philadelphia’s Country Station” from sixth to seventh. Faltering by one-half share each are sibling WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” (3.5 – 3.0, #12 to #15, 6+) and public WHYY (2.6 – 2.1, unchanged at #17, 6+). Both stations were up seven-tenths this time last month. The +.7 by WHYY in August ended six straight sweeps without an increase which resulted in the loss of approximately one-half of its 6+-share (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+). As for WPHT, it was the first time “Talk Radio 1210” crossed the three-share threshold (6+) in more than four years (3.0, May 2012). Flat at 1.2, Temple University classical outlet WRTI (#22 to #21) is without an increase for the eighth successive sweep and -1.6 since January (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.2 -1.2, 6+).

8) Atlanta – Not only does WKHX secure bragging rights for heftiest (6+) August 2016 – September 2016 increase among all wkhxstations in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released Monday, the Cumulus Media country property is the only station in any of these metros to register a gain of at least one full-share (3.9 – 5.3, +1.3, 6+). “Kicks 101.5” cruises from #11 to #5 and notches its most potent 6+-share since April 2011 (5.2 as well, 6+). Its challenger – iHeartMedia-ownedwpze WUBL “94.9 The Bull Atlanta’s New Country Leader” – posts a +.3 (3.8 – 4.1, 6+) and climbs from #12 to #11. Recapturing seven-tenths of the eight-tenths it lost in August (4.2 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+), Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” progresses from #13 to #11, where it is tied with “The Bull” (also -.8, 6+, in August). Public WABE replicates its August one-half share increase (2.5 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+) and advances from #15 to #14. Also leaping by one-half share is Radio One urban AC WAMJ “Majic 107.5” (3.2 – 3.7, #14 to #13, 6+); however, co-owned WUMJ disappears from print after logging a 1.1 (6+) in August. Despite being down by one-half share (9.4 – 8.9, 6+), Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM holds the top spot for the eighth straight month; a +1.3 in August gave WSB-AM a 9.4 – its highest 6+-share in the PPM-era. Stuck on 4.2 (6+) in July and August, Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ “Q-100 All the Hits” sputters by eight-tenths to 3.4 (6+), plummeting from #10 to #15. With two 4.5-showings (6+) sandwiched between a 4.7 (6+) in May and August (6+), format rival – iHeartMedia-owned WWPR “Power 96.1” – drops four-tenths to 4.3 as it slips from seventh to tenth. Although steady at #3, Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104.1” falters by six-tenths (6.2 – 5.6, 6+). After hanging out a +.6 in August, CBS Radio sports outlet WZGC “92.9 The Game” (#15 to #16) surrenders one-half share of it (2.4 – 3.0 – 2.5, 6+).

9) Long Island – Up or flat for the sixth straight time (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+), CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp” wbmp(+.6, 6+) bumps up from #15 to #13. “Amp” had been in 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) the past 38 ratings periods. Advancing from #14 to #12, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU adds one-half share (3.0 – 3.5, 6+). Notwithstanding it is down two-tenths to 6.2 (6+), co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100” is on top in Long Island for the eighth successive sweep. A -.3 in August erased fourwqht straight sweeps where “Z-100” was up or flat (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.7, 6+). This is the 21sth straight sweep that Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” (2.0 – 2.3, +.3, #22 to #19, 6+) is in 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+). While Fordham University‘s WFUV-FM remains at .7 (6+, #27), the stream of that triple A station – which had a 1.1 (6+) in August – disappears from print. Stymied at 3.5 (6+) in April, May, and June, iHeartMedia talker WOR dropped to 3.3 in July; rebounded with a one-half share increase in August; but regresses by eight-tenths in September (3.8 – 3.0, 6+) as the New York Mets flagship spirals out of the top ten (#8 to #15). After being up or flat the past six times for a cumulative +1.1 (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.6, 6+), CBS Radio hot AC WNEW “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) falters by seven-tenths to 1.9 (6+) and drops from a three-way tie at #16 to #22. Steady at #16, New York City format rival – Cumulus Media‘s WPLJ – bounces back from a -.6 in August with a +.1 (3.2 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). Yet another hot AC – Connoisseur Media‘s WALK-FM (unchanged at #4) is without an increase for the fourth consecutive sweep (5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+) for a combined -1.2. Following four successive progressive trends (3.0 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+), Cox Media Group CHR WBLI (steady at #2) is off by one-tenth to 4.8 (6+).

10) Riverside – Regional Mexican outlets KSCA (5.2, 6+) and KRQB (2.8 – 3.6, 6+) each improve by eight-tenths. Univision kscaRadio‘s KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” remains at #4 and Liberman Broadcasting‘s KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” advances from seventh to sixth. “Zona MX 101.9” was down or flat the past three Inland Empire monthlies (5.5 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+). Regressing by a whopping nine-tenths (8.1 – 7.2, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is nevertheless #1 for the tenth consecutive ratings period. Following a one-sharekrqb increase in June, which halted back-to-back downward trends that produced a combined -.4, “Jose” fell by two-tenths in July but bounced back with a +.8 in August. It has a three-tenths lead over Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, which is up or flat for the fifth straight time (4.9 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 6.9, 6+) for a net gain of two full-shares. Prior to July, KOLA last crossed the six-share threshold (6+) this past November (6.9). After registering a 3.9 (6+) in June, July, and August, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5” is up one-tenth to 4.0 (6+) and ranks fifth for the fourth successive time. This is the seventh straight time CBS Radio country outlet KXFG has a .1 and it again finishes at #21, while Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KCAL-AM – which had been at .2 the past seven monthlies – slips to .1 (#19 to #21).

11) San Jose – In light of the fact that both stations gain one-tenth to 5.7 (6+), the tie at #1 between Univision Radio Spanish kgmzadult hits KBRG “100.3 Mas Variedad” and CBS Radio all-news operation KCBS-AM continues. A massive +1.2 in August catapulted KCBS-AM from sixth in July to that first-place tie in August. Prior to August, “Mas Variedad” was in the runner-up slot the previous four sweeps. Rebounding from a -.6 in August, Entercom-ownedkezr Oakland A’s flagship KGMZ “95.7 The Game” trots out a +.9 (1.1 – .5 – 1.4, 6+) and climbs from #26 to #25. Following three successive up-trends that netted eight-tenths (4.6 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), Alpha Media hot AC KEZR coughed up a -1.2 in August, but “Mix 106.5” regains two-thirds of that loss (4.2 – 50, +.8, 6+), climbing from sixth to fifth. Frozen on 3.0 (6+) in June and July, KSOL “Que Buena” gained one-tenth in August and now the Univision Radio regional Mexican outlet tacks on six-tenths (3.1 – 3.7, 6+) to enter the top ten via a three-way tie at #9 (from #12 in August). Before a September gain of one-tenth to .4 (6+), in four straight down or flat trends (2.4 – 1.9 – 1.2 – .3 – .3, 6+), Empire Broadcasting-owned news-turned-classic country property KLIV “1590 Country Gold” (unchanged at #27) was a combined -2.1. Included in a quartet of stations declining by one-half share each are Entercom classic rock KUFX “98.5 The Fox” (4.5 – 4.0, fifth to seventh, 6+); Cumulus Media talker KGO (2.4, #13 to #14, 6+); triple A sibling KFOG “The Bay Area’s Original” (#18 to #23, 6+); and iHeartMedia‘s KMEL “The #1 for Hip-Hop & R&B” (2.4, #13 – #14, 6+). KGO was +1.2 in August, after being 1.7 (6+) in April, May, and July. KMEL was up or flat the past four sweeps (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9, 6+) for a combined +1.0. In three straight sweeps without a decline, KFOG netted a +.7 (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 2.1, 6+).

12) Middlesex – On the strength of a +.9 (2.5 – 3.4, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT “93.1 wpatAmor” rockets from a tie at #19 to a deadlock at #11. On top for the ninth consecutive ratings period, Townsquare Media talker WKXW wipes out an August -.6 with a September increase of seven-tenths (8.1 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+). Owing to a four-tenths gain in July, “New Jersey 101.5” halted four straight negative trends that had resulted in a combined -1.4 (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5wkxw – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+). Following three straight advances of two-tenths each (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 5.8, 6+), WLTW “Lite-FM” regressed by nine-tenths in June and by another seven-tenths in July. The iHeartMedia adult contemporary property bounced back in August with a gain of six-tenths, but sputters by one-half share in September (5.8 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+) and remains at #6; 4.2 was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite-FM in Middlesex since May 2013 (4.1). Also faltering by one-half share is Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” (4.6 – 4.1, sixth to seventh, 6+), which was up seven-tenths in August. This is the seventh successive ratings period that sports WEPN (#24 to #25) is either down or flat (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+).

Talent Flip at WPLJ, New York.  At Cumulus Media’s New York City hot AC WPLJ, evening personalitytorresmelony Ralphie trades air shifts with music director and late night host Melony Torres.  Ralphie is now heard from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am and Torres takes over the 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm daypart.  Program ralphiedirector Gillette says, “Melony is an integral part of the 95.5 PLJ programming team and this flip now assures even more daily collaboration between Mel, APD Mike Allan and myself.  In addition, Ralphie will now enjoy the schedule flexibility to participate in even more high-profile entertainment and red carpet events for which he has become legendary.  In one move, we have elevated all 95.5 PLJ programming assets: On air, online/social and on-site experiential.”

Lori Bennett Named OM for Cumulus Media Grand Rapids.  Detroit radio pro Lori Bennett is moving from Cumulus Media’s Motor City cluster to the Grand Rapids five-station group to take on the operations manager position.  Bennett has been serving as program director and afternoon drive personality for hot AC bennettloriWDVD, Detroit.  In the past, she’s also been on air at country WDRQ and held the promotions director/feature anchor role at news/talk WJR.  In Grand Rapids, she’ll oversee the programming at classic rock WLAV, sports talk WBBL-FM, CHR WHTS, country WTNR, and news/talk WJRW.  Additionally, she’ll program WTNR “Nash 94-5” and host the afternoon drive show.  Cumulus Grand Rapids vice president and market manager Jeff Cartwright states, “We are thrilled to have Lori join our Grand Rapids team.  She is a true broadcast professional who brings a positive energy along with new programming ideas to our cluster.  I am excited to see what the future holds for our five stations with Lori here.”  Bennett replaces John Crenshaw, who was promoted to Cumulus’ Youngstown, Ohio cluster in July.

Mikey Adams Joins Binnie Media for Regional Show.  For 10 years a part of Entercom’s WEEI, Bostonadamsmikey hosting the evening program (also seen on New England Cable News during the 1990s) before exiting in June of this year, Mikey Adams is beginning a regional afternoon drive show on Binnie Media’s classic rock outlets WFNQ, Nashua, New Hampshire “106.3 FRANK-FM,” WFNK, Portland “107.5 FRANK-FM,” and WBYA, Rockland, Maine “105.5 FRANK-FM.”

kplviHeartMedia Turns ‘The Party’ into ‘The Mountain’ in Las Vegas.  Gone from the 93.1 frequency in Las Vegas is iHeartMedia’s CHR KPLV “The Party” and in is adult hits “93.1 The Mountain.”  The station’s premier talent is David Black who comes to Vegas from the company’s classic rock KDZA, Colorado Springs.  Personalities previously heard on “The Party” are remaining with the company.  Roxy Romeo is now heard on hip hop simulcast KPLV-HD2/K280DD “Real 103.9” and Johiah Hall becomes morning show producer for AC KSNE’s “Marco in the Morning.”

Autopsy Indicates Cocaine Contributed to Death of WQYK, Tampa’s Dave McKay. The results of themckaydave final autopsy on country WQYK, Tampa morning personality Dave McKay indicate that in addition to cardiovascular disease, alcohol and cocaine were contributing factors in his death back on August 4 at age 55.  McKay, a.k.a. Dave Ehmke, was much loved in the Tampa community.  In fact the city council of Pinellas Park has already approved the plan for a portion of 81st Avenue North to be named “Dave McKay Way.”

Madd Maxx Hammer Retires from Radio Biz.  Rock radio pro Madd Maxx Hammer is announcing hehammermaddmaxx will retire from the industry by year’s end.  Hammer started his career at KIBS, Bishop, California in 1976.  He joined the Z-Rock network in 1986, working with Wild Bill Scott on-air and handled programming duties.  He also hosted the nationally syndicated “Z-Rock 50” hard rock and heavy metal weekly countdown show.  Most recently, Hammer has been with DSN Radio’s digital RockRadio KDKT on air and served as an A&R rep for DSN Music’s rock division.  Hammer will continue in an advisory and consulting role for DSN as he winds down his tenure in broadcasting to pursue spiritual endeavors and deal with recent health concerns.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

| September 13, 2016

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallA Walk Down Pop Music Memory Lane with Freddy Cannon.  One of the true legends of the pop rock ‘n’ roll era, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon is this week’s featured guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  Cannon rose to international stardom in the early 1960s with a string offreddysvengouliimage memorable hit singles that included “Tallahassee Lassie,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” and “Palisades Park” among many others.  His records were known for their pounding drums, rhythmic guitars and vibrant Bob Crew (Four Seasons) production.  Cannon has remained active as a rock ‘n’ roll oldies act to this very day.  He has just cannonfreddyreleased a novelty song (video and audio) titled “Svengoolie Stomp” for Halloween – dedicated to the iconic Saturday night television horror movie host Svengoolie seen nationally on MeTV (where it debuted last week).  Harrison and Cannon talk about the early 60s pop era, amusement parks, horror films and more in a delightful, invigorating conversation that spans the coasts and the decades. Not to be missed by rock ‘n’ rollers of all ages!  To hear the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Dombroski Assumes Digital/ Social Role at ‘America’s Morning Show.’  New to the Westwood Onedombroskibailey nationally syndicated morning program is Bailey Dombroski, who comes from the Grand Ole Opry to take on the coordinator of digital and social media position.  With her arrival at “America’s heanyericMorning Show,” digital and social media pro Eric Heany takes his talents to the company’s Blair Garner show where he’ll be assistant producer.  NASH Network director of programming John Shomby comments, “Bailey’s knowledge of the social media space is very impressive.  She is an excellent addition to ‘America’s Morning Show.’  And as Blair Garner assembles the new Blair Garner Show, Eric will be there to continue his expertise with social media when the show launches in late October.”

SBS Los Angeles Boosts Carrillo to VP/GM. The promotion of general sales manager Chris Carrillo to vice president and general manager means the ten-year Spanish Broadcasting System Los Angeles sales carrillochrismanagement executive will supervise all facets of the company’s City of Angels cluster, which consists of regional Mexican KLAX “La Raza 97.9” and Spanish contemporary KXOL “Mega 96.3.” According to SBS chief operating officer Albert Rodriguez, “Chris’ radio experience andklax acumen are a matter of indisputable record. We are confident of his leadership abilities in taking our stations to the highest level of operational excellence. He knows radio; he knows the advertisers; he knows the company and its people; and he is intimately familiar with our west coast stations. No one is more qualified to take over the reins of SBS Los Angeles.” SBS radio revenue chief officer & general manager of SBS New York Eric Garcia states, “Chris has consistently [been] a top performer in every role kxolthat he has served at SBS during his ten plus years and he has proven to be a tremendous leader. I am confident that Chris will take our Los Angeles operations to new heights.” Carrillo comments, “I am honored to be named to this position, which is a clear endorsement of the soundness of our strategy, the value of our assets, and the depth of the incredible team we are building. I look forward to pursuing the vision we share as we continue to push the boundaries of the definition of entertainment, giving our audience what they want.” Before becoming SBS Los Angeles’ general sales manager, Carrillo was its local sales manager and senior account executive. He previously was senior account executive at cross-town Clear Channel (now iHeart Media). Among persons 6+ in Los Angeles’ latest (August 2016) Nielsen Audio PPM report, “La Raza” and “Mega” are tied at #20 – each with 2.2; it is the third successive increase for “Mega” (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 22. 6+). Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5” is #6 (4.0, 6+) and its regional Mexican sibling KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” is #10 (3.3, 6+); iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” is #1 (5.8, 6+).

KMLE, Names Castles Night Jock.  Taking over the 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight show at CBS RADIO’scastlesnatasha country KMLE, Phoenix on September 19 is air personality Natasha Castles. Most recently, Castles was afternoon personality on the company’s sister CHR KALV “Live 101.5.”  CBS RADIO Phoenix VP of programming Tim Richards says, “Natasha is an amazing talent that brings a unique energy to everything she does.  I believe she will be a fantastic addition to the KMLE team.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  KFMA, Tucson adds the Envision Networks-syndicated “Full Metalfullmetaljackie Jackie Radio” program to its weekend lineup…..Dale O’Brian exits the Cumulus Lexington, Kentucky station group where he was programming country WLXX “NASH FM” and classic country WVKL “NASH Icon.”…..At the West Virginia Radio Corp., Crash Poteet exits the PD position at country WKWS, Charleston, West Virginia “96.1 The Wolf” after a two-year stint.  Taking over the programming is Johnny Vincent who will also host afternoons and handle the programming of sister station oldies WKAZ…..Burlington, Vermont radio personality Chantal is hired by Vox Communications to host the afternoon drive show on its hot AC WEZF “STAR 92.9.”  She previously was morning host on crosstown CHR WXXX “95 Triple X.”…..Sun Broadcast Group announces that Christine Jordan joins the company’s affiliate relations team.  She’s spent the past seven years in a similar capacity with United Stations Radio Networks.

Peake Celebrates 37 Years with KOOL-FM in Phoenix.  Thirty-seven years isn’t usually an anniversary that’s celebrated, but in the radio biz, 37 years at one station is pretty impressive and that’s the magic numberpeaketom midday personality Tom Peake is recognizing.  Tom Peake joined CBS RADIO’s classic hits KOOL-FM, Phoenix on September 1, 1979 as a part-timer.  From there he was named production director in the early 80s and was promoted to evening host in 1981.  He’s been music director since 1985 and has served as morning host, afternoon host and program director.  Peake says, “I honestly don’t know where the time went.  Looking back over the last 37 years, I think I’ve been the luckiest person in radio to have spent it all at such a legendary station as 94.5 KOOL FM!”

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