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Monday, September 15, 2014

| September 15, 2014

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kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR and Rhythmic Hot AC.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents this analysis of the rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC formats based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio.  In addition to tracking the performances of these stations over the past six PPM surveys, the piece also takes a look at fluctuations from the July PPM, changes compared to the August 2013 PPM survey, station market rank, plus a comparative chart tracking the performances of mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC.  See Mike Kinosian’s complete story here.

wittmayerjustinWittmayer Named Cumulus San Francisco Market Manager.  The new vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media’s San Francisco station group is Justin Wittmayer who joins from Clear Channel’s Miami cluster where he was VP of sales.  Wittmayer also worked for Clear Channel in the Bay Area as GSM and market manager for that company’s San Jose stations.  Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati says, “Our business in San Francisco is very complex.  The assortment of formats, which now include Nash FM, coupled with three major sports teams requires a leader who understands how to maximize revenue and cash flow from each.  Justin not only understands what it takes to drive revenue, he knows how to run a business.  His years of experience in the Bay Area will serve us well with the relationships he’s established in the ad community and with recruiting top talent.  We are thrilled to welcome Justin to the Cumulus family – now at the helm of our San Francisco operations.”

biakelseyBIA/Kelsey Study Indicates Social Media an Important Means of Promotion for Small and Medium Businesses.  The study from BIA/Kelsey is called Local Commerce Monitor and the full findings of the study will be presented to clients attending the firm’s LEADING IN LOCAL: SMB Digital Marketing conference taking place September 22-24, in New Orleans.  What’s relevant to radio is the growing importance of marketing via social media to small- and medium-size businesses.  The study surveyed 546 local businesses and determined that almost 75% report using social media to market their businesses with those businesses using 21.4% of their marketing budgets on social media.  As suspected, Facebook is the dominant form of social media, with 55.1% of SMBs reporting they have a Facebook page for their business.  LinkedIn came in second at 31%.  But other social media that are being used for marketing by SMBs include Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

virgintimCumulus Begins Rebuilding ‘The Loop’ in Chicago.  On Friday, Cumulus Media said goodbye to nine-year afternoon personality Patrick Capone, morning man Maxwell and other staffers and brought in former WLUP-FM, Chicago jock Tim Virgin for the afternoon drive show.  Also joining the station formarielyndsey middays is Lyndsey Marie, who comes from her most recent gig at the company’s rock WNNX, Atlanta, and Pyke, who is the new evening personality.  The station is beginning the search for a new morning show.  EVP, programming and content John Dickey says, “This is a part of the continuing evolution of WLUP.  Chicago is a city known for great personalities and this new lineup continues that tradition.”  Station PD Wade Linder adds, “Chicago has a high expectation for the personalities on ‘The Loop,’ so we’re thrilled to have Tim, Lyndsey and Pyke join us.  Now, we start our search for Loop’s next amazing morning team.”

maxxmelissaKLOS, Los Angeles Ups Maxx to Middays.  Giving program director Derek Madden more time to focus on PD duties is part of the reason evening personality Melissa Maxx moves up to the midday show at Cumulus Media’s LA rock outlet KLOS.  Maxx has been with KLOS since 2010 and was previously executive producer and VJ for the first made-for-mobile music video channel, Altitude.  She has also appeared in numerous TV shows and commercials as both a host and an actress.  Before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 she was the co-host of the nightly “Deek and Melissa Show” on WBCN in Boston.  Madden says of Maxx, “Melissa has done a tremendous job in nights for the past year, doing a heavily interactive show that has garnered a really unique fan base.  I’m excited to share this show with an even larger audience during daylight hours.”

blackleycarsonCarson Moves to CC’s Pittsburgh Country Station.  Filling in the air talent at Clear Channel’s new Pittsburgh country station WPGB-FM “Big 104.7,” the company moves Carson Blackley from its Raleigh CHR outlet WDCG “G105” to become the midday jock.  The station, which flipped from talk this summer, will air Premiere’s Bobby Bones in morning drive.

Giessinger Named GSM for CC Minneapolis.  Taking the role of GSM for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Minneapolis station group is Grant Giessinger.  He joins the company from CBS RADIO’s Minneapolis cluster.  He’s worked for Clear Channel in the past, having served as sales manager and VP/GM for the company’s North Dakota stations.

gunhillroadHarrisonEvery 40 Years.  That’s the amazingly apt name of the soon-to-be released third album of the legendary band GUNHILL ROAD whose first two LPs (Mercury and Kama Sutra) were “turntable” favorites back on FM rock radio in the early 1970s.  Pop music observers will remember the one AM radio hit single these collections yielded titled, “Back When My Hair Was Short,” which still gets airplay on classic hits stations around the country including SiriusXM’s “70s on 7.”  After a colorful few years of concerts, airplay and television appearances, the trio faded from the scene in the mid-70s going their separate ways into different fields of endeavor.  However, they remained friends and in contact during the decades that followed.  To make a long (but fascinating) story short, GUNHILL ROAD recently got back together and went into the studio where the band recorded an album of 19 brand new original songs.  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison, who along with then-station mates Richard Neer, Dennis Elsas and the late Pete Fornatale, championed the group back in his days as morning show host on WNEW-FM, New York (1972-73), describes this new music as “a pop cultural archeological treasure yielding 19 category-busting songs that would have been considered major league even back in the day when the music really mattered on so many levels.”  Harrison further describes GUNHILL ROAD as “one of the greatest bands from the golden era of album rock that, for reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with their talent, didn’t make it to the really, really big time that their art so richly warranted.”   Harrison says, “It is a miraculous turn of events that we will all have another chance to experience GUNHILL ROAD when Every 40 Years is released next month – absolutely miraculous!”  Meantime, the group played a very special pre-release reunion concert this past Saturday night (9/13) to a packed, wildly enthusiastic house of Boomers and Millennials at New York City’s legendary club The Bitter End where it all began for them more than four decades ago.  The show was introduced by Harrison and filmed by movie director Eric Goldrich’s A2A Productions for inclusion in a feature-length retrospective set for release in 2015 chronicling GUNHILL ROAD’s journey from the early days of the Greenwich Village music scene to their unlikely 21st century rebirth.  Interesting note:  Back in 1972, to show appreciation for playing their album and first single “42nd Street,” GUNHILL ROAD presented then-22 year old DJ Mike Harrison with a homemade gold record with the inscription, “Hearing you play 42nd Street on WNEW-FM is worth a million to us.”  According to Harrison, “That was the first ‘award’ I had received in the music business and it absolutely blew me away.  Even though I went on to receive dozens and dozens of RIAA certified gold and platinum records in my career that followed, nothing touchedgunhillroadoldpic my heart as much as that homemade gold paint-sprayed, drugstore-framed plaque – and it hung on my wall for decades and decades to follow right next to Bruce Springsteen, Supertramp and Fleetwood Mac.”  Pictured above and left at Saturday’s concert is the band presenting Harrison with a new homemade plaque with a gold paint-sprayed CD of the forthcoming “Every 40 Years” album.  Pictured (l-r):  GUNHILL ROAD main songwriter/lead singer/lead guitarist Glenn Leopold; keyboardist/singer Steve Goldrich; Harrison; and bass guitarist/singer Paul Reisch.  Stay tuned to RadioInfo for a major feature story about the odyssey of GUNHILL ROAD by Mike Kinosian and the release of Every 40 Years coming in October.  For more information about this most unusual band, please click here.  Pictured at bottom right (from left to right) are Glenn Leopold, Steve Goldrich and Paul Reisch during the first incarnation of GUNHILL ROAD.

wgee Duke logoWGEE, Green Bay Goes Country with DUKE FM.  With the flip of Midwestern Communications WGEE-FM, Green Bay from rock to country, the station is now airing the Envision Networks and Kroeger Media Inc. country format DUKE FM.  Midwest Communications VP of programming Jeff McCarthy says, “Country music continues to progress with boundless new artists and songs, but we can’t ignore the amazing artists and songs that have come before.  With country leader ‘Y100’ supplying today’s hits, ‘DUKE FM’ generates a home for the legends of country music throughout Northeast Wisconsin.  ‘DUKE FM’ and ‘Y100’ are a wonderful complement to each other and we’re honored to have them on the same team.”

wzlr logoCox Dayton Classic Hits Outlet ’95.3 The Eagle’ Goes Commercial Free on Weekends.  Taking a page from CBS RADIO’s “92.3 AMP Radio” in New York which went commercial free on weekends during the summer, Cox Media Group classic hits station WZLR, Dayton “95.3 The Eagle” is clearing its air of commercials on Saturdays and Sundays in hopes people will listen on weekends to the commercial-free station, decide they like the music and listen more during the week.  The company’s VP of marketing and branding, Nick Roberts, tells the Dayton Daily News that he doesn’t know of any other station in the country that is currently doing this.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

| September 11, 2014

cookeholland‘The Golden Age of Audio Consumption.’ Reporting from Indianapolis, media consultant Holland Cooke summarizes some of the sessions he’s attended at both the RAIN Summit and the 2014 Radio Show.radioshow14  Edison Research president Larry Rosin is quoted referring to the current era as the “golden age of audio consumption” noting that, according to his company’s research, Americans spend roughly a fourth of their day listening to some form of audio.  While this may be true, how this falls out for AM/FM radio is open to interpretation.  Is it an opportunity for AM/FM radio or just a sign that other forms – read: digital – are poised to overtake AM/FM’s dominance in the near future.  That is THE topic being discussed at the NAB/RAB-produced Radio Show this week.  Read Holland Cooke’s entire column here.

americasgreatesthitsScott Shannon Syndicated Classic Hits Show to Debut.  In a program development from CBS RADIO, WCBS-FM, New York morning personality and radio legend Scott Shannon will host a new weekend, syndicated classic hits show titled, “America’s Greatest Hits.”  The program will debut the weekend of October 18-19 on 10 of CBS RADIO’s classic hits O&Os across the country, including on WCBS-FM.  It will also be distributed nationally by United Stations Radio Networks.  The four-hour show will be highlighted by artist interviews, song countdowns, one-hit-wonders and commentary from Shannon himself, among other features.  CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero says, “Scott has established himself as one of the leading authorities on music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and is among the best storytellers to ever grace the airwaves – it’s why he’s been so successful anchoring the lineup at WCBS-FM.  Today’s announcement takes what he does on a day-to-day basis and expands it to millions of listeners nationwide.”

kimberybeckbroweeseClear Channel Flips Classic Rock ’95.1 The Brew’ to ‘Radio 95.1’; Oldies WODX Becomes ‘107.3 The Bull.’  Two format flips and talent changes take place at Clear Channel’s Rochester cluster where classic rocker WQBW becomes “Radio 95.1” – a format the company is calling “an innovative rock and personality-based station.”  Coming to the station for afternoon drive there after being let go from their most recent role at Entercom’s crosstown rock WBZA “98.9 The Buzz” are Kimberly & Beck.  The two were fired from WBZA after commenting on a news story about the city’s health care plan paying for gender reassignment surgery in a way management felt was “hateful.”  In addition to their 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift at WQBQ, Kimberly & Beck will host a one-hour evening show on sister news/talk WHAM at 8:00 pm.  And, flipping from oldies to country is WODX which becomes “107.3 The Bull, Rochester’s New Hit Country.”  The station is playing 10,000 songs in a row commercial free and will feature Premiere NetworksBobby Bones show in morning drive later this fall. Pictured here with WQBW morning personality Brother Weese (center), are Kimberly (left) and Beck (right).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the San Antonio Alpha Media cluster, Mark Landis exits his program director position for CHR KTFM and adult hits KJXK “Jack FM.”  Prior to Alpha Media’s purchase of the stations, Landis was Border Media Partners’ director of English programming…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3,” Kevin King is named program director for the station, taking over for Mike Hammond who recently exited the radio business.  King leaves ADX Communications‘ country WYCT, Pensacola “Cat Country 98.7” where he was operations manager to move to Knoxville…..Clear Channel brings Josh Klinger to Washington from the company’s Atlanta operations to serve as evening host at alternative WWDC “DC101.”…..Alpha Media names Rachel Davis promotions director for its Richmond cluster.  Davis moves south from her previous post at Albany Broadcasting where she was also promotions director.

dickeyjohnzacksangPartying with Westwood One.  The 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show is the scene of a lot of industry parties, including the one last night presented by Westwood One.  Pictured here are Cumulus Media EVP, content and programming John Dickey (left) and Zach Sang, host of the WYD Media-produced and WW1-distributed “Zach Sang and the Gang” syndicated CHR program (right).  At the party, attendees were entertained by country acts Chase Rice and Montgomery Gentry, numerous WW1 personalities were on hand to mingle with guests and network partners.  The network gave away a pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLIX and a pair of tickets to the NCAA Final Four.

trainorechosmith‘PLANET 102.3’ Brings Meghan Trainor and Echosmith to Corpus Christi for ‘Back to School’ Concert.  CHR outlet KKPN, Corpus Christi is treating listeners to a free double-bill concert featuring Meghan Trainor and Echosmith on Wednesday, September 24.  The Convergent Broadcasting-owned station says, “This caliber of talent is almost unheard of in a market the size of Corpus Christi.  And to add to that, ‘PLANET 102.3’ is putting on the show absolutely FREE to our listeners!”  Trainor’s “All About the Bass” and Echosmith’s “Cool Kids” are in heavy rotation on CHR stations across the country.  The station is giving away free tickets to the concert at remote broadcasts throughout the market beginning next week.

joynerMcDsTom Joyner Sets Lunch Record at Jackson Affiliate.  The power of the Tom Joyner show was on display as the ReachMedia-syndicated personality broke a record at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Jackson, Mississippi serving more than 400 cars – shattering their previous record according to local McDonald’s owner MyJoy Inc – and serving up free lunch to his listeners from radio station WKXI, Jackson “Kixie 107 FM.”  Joyner (pictured here at the drive-thru window) and his crew are on a tour of his affiliate stations and are visiting four this week including KMEZ, New Orleans; KQXL, Baton Rouge; and KJMS, Memphis.  The show is visiting other affiliates every other week through November.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

| August 26, 2014

nashicon logo“Nash Icon Is to Country What Hot AC Is to CHR.” That was among the nuggets gleaned from an approximately 45-minute conference call conducted yesterday (Monday, 8/25) by Cumulus Media executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey, who gave an overview of the company’s new country offering and an overall status report of the format. Opining that today’s mainstream country is really “top 40 country,” he declares most mainstream country stations play very little gold product.  “It is extremely current-driven – there is no ‘hot AC’ in country.”  An oldies faction exists in thedickeyjohn format, but as Dickey explains, that’s classic country.  “Every week in country radio, we wake up to a potentially new #1 hit record.  As that music works its way up and down country radio stations, there is no repository for that music to exist in markets.”  It is his contention that most country facilities have libraries with no more than 150 songs in active rotation, which is “very reminiscent” of CHR.  “Most top 40 stations are under 100 [gold titles], and those are very tight libraries,” Dickey remarks.  In the next year or two, he anticipates that more non-country stations will question why they should be the third or fourth station in a format when they, “can be a broad-based coalition format very much like ‘Jack-FM’ did when it came on the scene.”  While likening Nash Icon to adult hits “Jack-FM,” Dickey “firmly” believes Nash Icon possesses “a lot more staying power, better fundamentals, and much less gimmickry.  A Nash Icon station can carve out huge audiences all to itself.” Dickey concedes this will take time to prove; Cumulus has already converted 15 of its stations into the Nash Icon format.  “Many people will take notice and see this as a viable format,” he predicts.  Starting “almost immediately,” Cumulus’ Westwood One will offer Nash Icon to affiliates, with Dickey pointing out the format will be up-and-running in the fourth quarter. “It is time for country to have a hot AC version of the country format.”

Country Artists React Favorably to Nash Icon. In fact, Cumulus Media executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey maintains country artists have “phenomenally welcomed” the company’s Nash Icon approach to the country format and the Nashville community has done “back-flips over it.”  Nash Icon is already brooksgarth“resonating big-time,” he states, and it “will only snowball.”  Artists are “grateful” that there is “interest again in what they do,” Dickey comments.  “They are not only appreciative but anxious to see this platform play out.  They are interacting with large, loyal audiences they have built up over the years.  They know this demand is out there.”  Many country artists have been “frustrated” with where the country format is today and Dickey contends, “It is difficult for them to participate,” but Nash Icon allows them “to have a place alongside the newer, younger guns” so they may “showcase what they have done in a contemporary way.”  Stressing that Nash Icon is not about nostalgia, retrospective, or what he calls “ESPN‘s version of ‘Where Are They Now,?’  Dickey explains, “These artists are alive, well, and they look great.”  Some or most are approaching age 50.  “They are in peak shape and at the peak of their careers creatively; they still have a lot left in the tank,” he emphasizes.  Achieving radio airplay has been a “dead-end street” for them so he imagines that they are “sitting on” a lot of music,chesneykenny since there is no motivation for them.  “Not too long ago, even Garth [Brooks] went through that about radio airplay.”  The difference of where Nash Icon is today and where Cumulus could be six months to a year from now with it is, in Dickey’s opinion, several solid ratings stories.  Representative artists of the Cumulus format, which has launched on 15 of the company’s properties, include the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Judds, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Mary carpentermarychapinChapin Carpenter, and Lorrie Morgan.  “If you were to add up all the artists in a 25-year span [mid-1980s to the early-2000s] who have sold more than one million tickets and have had six to ten #1 hits, you would be amazed at how deep the list goes,” Dickey comments.  As a result, he does not expect Nash Icon will be at a loss for music, artists, or depth.  “This is a very contemporary format in its own right,” notes Dickey, who envisions it as being competitive among 25 – 34s and that it will “find a sweet spot” among 30 – 50s.  “It will be a very efficient format for advertisers and I expect it will have a similar male/female balance as country has today – perhaps a little more female.”  He looks for it to attract comparable cume to that of mainstream country.  “Just as hot AC is, we are a current-driven format.  Right now, we are about 25% current-driven and depending where the music comes in, over time, we might be as much as 40% current-driven.” When “exciting” country music comes out, Dickey states that Nash Icon will play it.  He made the comments yesterday (Monday, 8/25) in an industry conference call.

Dickey Delivers Country History Lesson. The country format has experienced an amazing journey the last 25 – 30 years.  Cumulus Media executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey emphasizes that this is “an historic time” for the format.  Until the mid- 1980s, he recounts that – in most markets – country was not well-received by the advertising community.  “Very little was understood about the power of the audience,” notes Dickey who conducted an industry conference call yesterday (Monday, 8/25) to discuss his company’s Nash Icon format.  “Stereotypes of the format were alive and well.  Most people tried to position the format as ‘America’s favorite music.’  As the music started to transform, the business of country started to come full circle.”  Calling country one of the “most explosive formats in our business,” Dickey says it reaches approximately 100 million people in the United States.  “I am not making up or throwing out numbers,” he insists.  “If you take unduplicated cume of all country stations in the United States across 200+ [rated] markets, you get close to 85 – 90 million country listeners on that merit alone.  Country is probably the largest format in terms of appeal and market share.”  One of the strongest messages Dickey gave yesterday was that country is the last format of its size that has not fragmented.  “Rock has fragmented in so many different directions that it has created a state of emergency in that format – rock is in a tough spot,” he cautions.  For some reason, country has “resisted the urge to fragment.”  Extremely current-intensive, country is among the “last great multi-generational formats that is programmed as top 40.”  As far as broadcast radio is concerned, Dickey states that, “Artists who helped propel foundationally the business of where it is today have – by and large – lost their place in the format’s relevancy.” Cumulus, he says, is taking “a very active role” in the business of country.  It was not a question with Dickey of if country would fragment, it was a matter of when it would do so and he proclaims, “That time has come.”  The entire idea around Nash Icon, he emphasizes, is “to create a parallel universe” in the country format.  “It is not a [flanker], but another platform for those artists [who] were extremely prolific in the mid-1980s to the early-2000s.  That music is testing exceptionally well.”  Those particular country singers are Facebook fans and Twitter followers yet Dickey explains, “They are not represented in the format today.”  Dickey recalls that years ago with “hot country” or “thunder country” stations were “trying to make differences based on being more aggressive attitudinally than mainstream country.”  Nash Icon, he says, is based on the “appeal and attraction of artists and the low-burn of their music.”  When those factors “conspire and come together, you have the makings of a format that has legs.  It can be built on a solid foundation and can stand side-by-side with mainstream country.”  Dickey does not believe Nash Icon will cannibalize country’s total share, but instead will grow it.  “Two well-programmed country stations going head-to-head grow the country share in a market – they do not take it away,” he maintains.  “We have seen it in Detroit with our station and CBS Radio; it is the same thing in Minneapolis with CBS Radio and Clear Channel.”  Specifically, Cumulus’ WDRQ “Nash FM – Detroit’s New Country Music Leader,” ranks #17 July 2014 (2.5), while CBS Radio’s WYCD “Detroit’s #1 for New Country” finishes #4 (6.0).  CBS Radio Minneapolis’ KMNB “Buz’n Country” finishes #6 July 2014 (6.6), while Clear Channel Minneapolis-owned KEEY “K-102 – Today’s Country” is #5 (6.7).  “Nash Icon, the hot AC version of country, will only help accelerate the process,” Dickey forecasts.  The radio industry is often chastised for not taking chances and he admits that, to some extent, there is no incentive to do that.  “It is a tough environment out there; everyone is trying to be as rational as possible.  They want to minimize risk.  We are confident that over time, there will be a successful fragmenting and growing of the wonderful [country] format.  It is going to be very exciting for the business of country to have these superstar artists back in the game.”

houstonlanceHouston to Boston from Baltimore. Early next month, 18-month WPOC, Baltimore program director Lance Houston will transfer from the country outlet to Boston in a similar capacity at Clear Channel‘s co-owned WBWL “The Bull – Boston’s New Hit Country.”  Clear Channel Boston vice president of programming for media and entertainment Dylan Sprague enthuses that WBWL “has found its visionary – Lance is that perfect combination of a great programming strategist, incredible musicologist, and successful on-air talent.  His vision, creativity, positive attitude, and energy make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.”  Houston – who will also do 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on-air duty at “The Bull” – comments, “I am excited and ready to lead the team in Boston into a battle.  America’s greatest city deserves a young, hip country station.”  For six years, Houston was assistant program director and afternoon drive personality at Atlanta’s WUBL “The Bull.”  His past programming assignments have been for WYGC, Gainesville and WBAM, Montgomery Alabama; he began his country career in 1995 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at WTXT.  Dance-formatted WEDX “Evolution” transitioned to country WBWL “The Bull” a little more than two months ago (6/13).

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adamslisaAdams Returns to Seattle to Program “Click.” Boise, Idaho KAWO “Wow Country,” hot AC KCIX “Mix 106,” and adult contemporary KXLT “Lite-FM” operations manager and program director Lisa Adams relocates to Seattle to program Hubbard hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9.” Hubbard Radio Seattle market manager Marc Kaye comments, “We are thrilled to have Lisa back in our hallways.  The time she spent here [2005 - 2006] was highly successful.  Her spirit and work ethic permeated the building.  We know with her programming skills and thorough knowledge of the market, she is the right person to take ‘Click 98.9′ to the next level.”  Adams remarks, “I am so incredibly excited and blessed to be able to return to a city I love and work with such a talented team.  Here’s to an amazing and successful journey with a wonderful company.”  Prior to her OM/PD duties at Townsquare Media Boise, Adams worked for CBS Radio Portland, and in Seattle for Entercom, Infinity, and Sandusky Radio (which was acquired by Hubbard).

mallorytamikaCumulus Names Mallory Community Affairs Director at ‘Radio 103.9’ in New York.  Nationally renowned civil rights activist Tamika D. Mallory has been appointed community affairs director for Cumulus Media’s WNRB, New York “Radio 103.9.”  The company reports that by working with the station’s local management and on-air hosts, as well as nationally syndicated programs including “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” and the D.L. Hughley show, “Mallory will help deepen Radio 103.9′s relationship with local listeners and continue to connect the station with the community the station serves through a series of citywide community-service-oriented programs and events.”  In addition to this post, Mallory will continue operating her strategic planning firm Mallory Consulting.  Cumulus New York VP and market manager Kim Bryant comments, “I am proud to be working with somebody like Tamika Mallory who is so respected and involved with the community.  I look forward to her positive influence on our station, community and Cumulus as a whole.”

julianomikeJuliano Named DOS at Greater Media Detroit.  Jumping from Entercom’s Boston cluster to the Detroit operations of Greater Media, Mike Juliano is named director of sales for the company’s Motor City properties that include rock WRIF, classic rock WCSX and sports talk WMGC “Detroit Sports 105.1.”  Greater Media Detroit market manager Steve Chessare states, “We are absolutely thrilled to have Mike join the Greater Media Detroit family.  His vast experience, combined with his leadership skills and passion for our industry, made him the perfect choice to take our sales team to the next level.”  Juliano comments, “In our business there are very few companies like Greater Media and very few leaders like chairman & CEO Peter Smyth and market manager Steve Chessare.  From the top on down, the leadership in this company is as solid as it gets.  I am looking forward to working with the Greater Media Detroit team to put the assets that we possess to work providing results-oriented solutions for our clients.”

lopezmarioClear Channel Re-Ups with Mario Lopez.  The new deal includes the continuation of the “On with Mario Lopez” program syndicated by Premiere Networks (on which Lopez’s wife Courtney serves as co-host).  But the new deal – terms not disclosed, of course – also will mean an expansion of the iHeartRadio Countdown weekend program designed for hot AC stations.  The company says that beginning next month, Lopez and Courtney will welcome a different A-list artist or celebrity each week to count down the top 20 hot AC songs on iHeartRadio’s Ultimate chart, which incorporates iHeartRadio airplay, top weekly song/artists from user-generated iHeartRadio Custom stations, weekly listener “thumbs-up,” social and sales data.  Lopez will also continue to work with Clear Channel on a variety of multimedia projects and events, including the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival.

alt983 logoNew Alternative Format Appears on Nashville Translator and HD Channel.  The newest alternative-formatted station to hit the air from Clear Channel Media + Entertainment is in Nashville and can be heard on the HD2 channel of classic rock WNRQ and on translator W252CM at 98.3.  Dubbed “ALT 983,” the station will feature artists including: The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers.  The signal will also be the FM home for Vanderbilt University football.  CCM+E Nashville OM Michael Bryan says, “The Music City has been missing this very important genre of music, much of which is made right here.  We’re excited to offer Nashville a new home for everything alternative.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Clear Channel’s Memphis cluster, Eric Jewell is named the new director of sales.  Jewell comes to Memphis from his most recent gig at Entercom’s Gainesville, Florida cluster…..Dan Dunlap exits the afternoon drive slot at Renda’s adult contemporary WSHH, Pittsburgh “Wish 99.7 FM” after a 30-year career with the station.  As a result, morning personality and PD Ron Antill moves to afternoons while director of marketing and promotions and AM news anchor Chris Shovlin partners with Cris Winter for the “Cris & Chris in the Morning” program…..Tony Tecate exits FM Idaho-owned hip hop KWYD, Boise “WiLD 101.1” where he was music director/APD and morning drive host.

bombadamtretterRyan Tedder Visits ‘Nights Live.’  The OneRepublic frontman stopped in to the Westwood One studios to join host Adam Bomb (right) on his nationally syndicated show “Nights Live with Adam Bomb.”  WW1 reports Ryan Tedder (left), played music, shared great stories, and entertained the audience all night long.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

| August 6, 2014

cumulus logoCumulus Media Q2 Net Revenue Up 2%.  That figure is pro forma – the actual net revenue is up 21.4% but that number is so high because it’s affected by the acquisition of Westwood One and the Townsquare transaction.  Breaking down the radio side of things for Cumulus Media, the numbers tell the story of a challenging second quarter.  The company reports “broadcast advertising revenue decreased by $4.0 million, primarily due to a $9.4 million decrease in network spot revenue, a $9.8 million decrease in local spot revenue and a decrease of $2.6 million in national spot revenue.  These decreases were partially offset by a $2.9 million increase in revenue from the addition of two radio stations being operated under a local marketing agreement in the Chicago market and the benefit from $14.9 million of reduced producer revenue shares at Westwood One.”

ppmunitRound Two of July 2014 PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of Nielsen Audio‘s July 2014 PPM ratings has been released for the 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The July survey period covered June 19 – July 16. Complete numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways.”

TenTakeaways

  • Boston – When someone is asked to rattle off a list of country music hotbeds, “Beantown” will probably not jump to mind. Some might be surprised to know, however, that in the fall of 1995 – when Arbitron issued quarterly ratings reports rather than present day’s monthly trends – Boston actually had two top 20 country stations: wklb logoEvergreen Media‘s WKLB at 105.7 (2.7, #13) and Greater Media’s WBCS at 96.9 (1.9, #19). Fast-forward to last July (2013) and August when WKLB (now owned by Greater Media and at 102.5) reached #1 6+ in the Hub. Such an accomplishment certainly did not go unnoticed by Clear Channel executives since, roughly one week prior to the start of the July 2014 monthly (6/13), the company transitioned dance WEDX to WBWL “Boston’swbwl logo New Hit Country – The Bull.” Results indicate “The Bull” more than doubles WEDX’s June numbers (1.2 – 2.6, +1.4) with “Boston’s New Hit Country” advancing from #20 to #16. Conversely, WKLB “Today’s New Hit Country” is off by one full-share (7.0 – 6.0), dipping from second to fourth. It will be interesting to see the format tussle there, as well as what happens with the virtually identical station slogans. In a different genre, Greater Media’s WROR “Boston’s Greatest Hits” posts a one-share gain to 6.3, as it rockets from sixth to the runner-up slot formerly held by sibling WKLB. Up by three-tenths to 8.2, Clear Channel CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” occupies the top spot for the seventh straight ratings period. The fourth successive gain for WZLX is a +.4 (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.8 – 6.2), enabling the CBS Radio classic rocker to inch up from #4 to #3. Its news-talk hybrid sibling WBZ-AM though declines by eight tenths (5.9 – 5.1), sliding from third to sixth. In Boston’s always intriguing sports radio battle, Entercom-owned Boston Red Sox flagship WEEI-FM has back-to-back downward trends (3.4 – 3.3 – 3.0), but is steady at #12. Meanwhile, WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” (key station for the Bruins, Celtics, and New England Patriots) is also down for the second straight time (5.1 – 2.9 – 2.6), tumbling from #14 to #16; 2.6 matches the lowest (6+) showing for “The Sports Hub” in three years (2.6 in July 2011).
  • Miami – Filed under the “Some Things Never Change” department, Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot whqt logo105″ is #1 for the 38th straight time, (7.9 – 8.2, +.3). By notching a one-half share gain to 2.9 (#19 in June to #16), Clear Channel urban contemporary WMIB “The Beat” halts a streak of four downward trends (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.4). SBS tropical WXDJ falters by seven-tenths (4.4 – 3.7) to slide from sixth to eighth. Tropical WXDJ “El Zol 106.7″ is down seven tenths (4.4 – 3.7), and falls from sixth to eighth. Six Spanish talk outlets – all on AM and combining for 8.4 shares (6+) – appear in print. Univision‘s WAQI (3.5, -.4, #11) leads the field, followed by WURN (1.6, +.6, #20); WWFE (flat at 1.6, #20); WSUA (flat at 1.2, #22); WQBA (.4, +.1, #25); and WRHC (flat at .1, #28).
  • Seattle – A one-half share gain by CHR KQMV “Movin’ 92.5″ (5.9 – 6.4), combined with a six-tenths decline by KRWM “Warm” (6.3 – 5.7) eventuates in the Hubbard cluster-mates swapping places at #1 and #2, respectively. kqmv logoIt is actually déjà vu for those two, since “Warm” and KQMV traded #1 and #2 positions in June. “Warm” is not the lone Seattle outlet to fall by six-tenths month-to-month. Others include Bonneville talker KIRO-FM (4.0 – 3.4, #8 to #10); public KUOW with the identical 4.0 – 3.4, #8 to #10 move; and Bonneville all-sports KIRO-AM (3.7 – 3.1, #11 to #16). Owing to a -1.1 (5.2 – 4.1), CBS Radio‘s KZOK fell from fourth to seventh in June. It was the classic rocker’s third consecutive downward trend (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.1), but KZOK rebounds with a one-share gain to 5.1 and sits at #3.  Dating back to the “Holiday” 2013 report, Entercom rocker KISW (#4 in June to #7 in July) had put together a string of four straight up trends(4.4 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.6), but it is now down for the third time in a row (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.5 – 4.2).
  • Phoenix – Hot AC grabs the headline, as Clear Channel‘s KMXP “Mix” falters by eight-tenths to 5.0 (#3 to #4), while KMVA “Hot 103.9″ follows up June’s +.6 to 4.0 (#13 to #7) with another +.6 to 4.6 (#5). Thus, the 1.8-share kool-fm logo(6+) advantage “Mix” held in June over “Hot” is down to just four-tenths. Meanwhile, CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits” (+.2) is not only up or flat for the seventh straight ratings period (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.9), it overtakes Clear Channel country KNIX (6.2 – 5.6, -.6) at #1 (6+). A Clear Channel property had been #1 in Phoenix for eight straight sweeps; June was the first-ever time ever KNIX was in the top spot. After taking a three-tenths May – June dip to 3.2, Clear Channel talker KFYI rebounds with a +1.1 to 4.3 and is back in the top ten (#12 to #7). Its adult contemporary sibling KESZ though falters by seven-tenths (6.0 – 5.3), sliding from second to third.
  • Minneapolis – There is noteworthy movement involving the Twin Cities’ two major country players. In June, Clear Channel’s KEEY “K-102″ had a nine-tenths spike to 7.8, as it zoomed from fifth to second, but it ktcz logorelinquishes that (and a bit more) as it returns to fifth (7.8 – 6.7, -1.1). On the other hand, with a +.6 (6.0 – 6.6, #7 to #6), CBS Radio‘s KMNB “Buz’n@102.9″ whittles the 1.8-share (6+) lead “K-102″ had in June to a mere one-tenth. KTCZ “Cities 97″ makes it back-to-back strong +.8 monthlies (4.6 – 5.4 – 6.2). The Clear Channel property has improved from #12 (May), to #9 (June), to #8 (July). Also gaining eight-tenths is Minnesota Public KCMP (3.1 – 3.9), as it progresses from #12 to #11. Eight-tenths though is bad news for CBS Radio adult hits KZJK “Jack-FM” (7.2 – 6.4, -.8, #6 to #7) and Cumulus rocker KXXR “93-X” (5.8 – 5.0, -.8, #8 to #9). Although off by one-half share (8.9 – 8.4), Clear Channel CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” is #1 for the second straight time; it was in the top spot January through April.
  • San Diego – At this time last month, the top-four rankers were separated by four-tenths, compared to eight-tenths khts logonow. Improving by six-tenths (5.1 – 5.7), Clear Channel CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3″ (#2 in June) supplants CBS Radio adult contemporary KYXY (5.2 – 5.0, -.2, #1 to #3) at #1. June was the first time since “Holiday” 2011 that KYXY was the market’s (6+) pacesetter. Fellow AC – Lincoln Financial Media‘s KIFM (5.0 – 5.2) – leapfrogs KYXY as it progresses from fourth to second. KIFM sibling, alternative KBZT “FM 94/9,” notches a six-tenths gain to 3.8 and it sails from #15 to #10. Off by one-half share each are adult alternative KPRI (2.3 – 1.8, #21) and regional Mexican XHTY (1.9 – 1.4, #23).
  • Tampa – On the heels of registering an impressive +1.2 to 10.6, Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV adds another eight-tenths, taking it to 11.4. In addition to being #1 for the 20th straight survey period, WDUV has wduv logoits most potent 6+-number since “Holiday” 2013 (14.1). Clear Channel‘s WXTB “98 Rock” improves by six-tenths (4.4 – 5.0), zooming from tenth to sixth. It is an off-month for CHR in the market: Clear Channel’s WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel” (6.9 – 6.5, -.4) slides from second to third and Cox Media Group’s WPOI “Hot 101.5″ (5.8 – 5.0, -.8) drops from fourth to sixth. Dating back to January, WFLZ had a string of five straight positive trends which yielded a cumulative increase of two (6+) shares (4.9 – 5.0 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.9).
  • DenverLincoln Financial Media country KYGO-FM is steady at 6.2 and is #1 for the third successive survey kygo logoperiod. With a seven-tenths spike to 3.9 (6+), Clear Channel rocker KBPI “Rocks the Rockies” (#18 in June to #12) puts an end to four consecutive down or flat monthlies (4.2 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.2). Adult alternative cluster-mate KBCO “World Class Rock” curtails back-to-back (May and June) stays at 4.6 by ringing up a +.6 to 5.2 (#7 to #5). After a +.7 to 4.6, which put it in a three-way tie at #7, Wilks classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105″ regresses by nine tenths to 3.7 and is now in a three-way tie at #13.
  • Baltimore – In the May and June reports, Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ and Clear Channel‘s WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” placed first and second, respectively (6+). With a whopping +1.1 in July wpocthough, WPOC (7.3 – 8.4) overtakes “Magic 95.9″ (8.1 – 7.8, -.3), which slides to second. The -.3 concludes five consecutive positive trends for “Magic.” In that span, it gained 2.5 shares (5.6 – 6.3 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.9 – 8.1, 6+). Clear Channel adult hits WQSR registers a seven-tenths increase (3.5 – 4.2) to inch up from tenth to eighth. It is extremely noteworthy though that at least seven stations that appeared in print in June are missing in July. The common thread is they are all CBS Radio-owned outlets: hot AC WWMX (#4 in June, 6.1); adult contemporary WLIF (#5, 4.9); sports WJZ-FM (#10, 3.5); rhythmic CHR WPGC-FM (#15, 1.8); news WNEW (#17, 1.2); tropical WLZL (#20, .8); and sports WJZ-AM (.2).
  • St. Louis – Despite a three-tenths dip, heritage CBS Radio talker – and Cardinals flagship – KMOX (7.6 – 7.3) makes it four straight months at #1. After three successive down trends, Radio One urban contemporary WHHL kmox“Hot 104.1″ is up for the second successive month, this time by eight-tenths (4.4 – 5.2) to progress from #11 to #7. After a May- June gain of six-tenths to 4.0, public KWMU tacks on another seven-tenths to 4.7 (#13 to #11). Both of the market’s country stations are off: Hubbard‘s WIL-FM “Get Your Country On” declines one-half share (7.5 – 7.0) but remains at #2, while Clear Channel‘s KSD “The Bull,” which was 5.1 – 6.0 – 6.5 (April – May – June, 6+), regresses by seven-tenths to 5.8 (#3 to #5). Falling by eight-tenths is KEZK (4.9 – 4.1, #8 to #13). Over and above being the CBS Radio adult contemporary station’s third straight downward trend (6.1 – 5.4 – 4.9 – 4.1), it is the lowest-ever 6+-stat under PPM methodology for “Fresh 102.5.”

5 secondsDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (8/6) includes such names as: 5 Seconds of Summer, Troye Sivan, Shawn Mendes, Ella Henderson, Kasabian, Fence, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Banks, Fearless Vampire Killers, The Bots, Tyler Farr, Jon Langston, Ben Rush, Southern Experience Band, Danika Portz, Stevie Wonder, C2C, Sam Smith, Prince Fox, Charlene Soraia,and Panic City,among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

pembletonelizabethPembleton Names Allentown VP/MM at Cumulus Media.  Moving up from her director of sales post for country WCTO and adult contemporary WLEV in Allentown to vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media’s Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton station group is Elizabeth Pembleton.  Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati says, “This was a natural move elevating Liz to the VP/market manager level within Cumulus.  The performance in the market speaks for itself.  Liz has done amazing work assembling an award-winning team of broadcast professionals within Cumulus of Allentown.  We look forward to many years working with Liz in her new role.”  Pembleton comments, “I’m both honored and excited to continue in this new role with Cumulus Media, and specifically my Allentown team.  I literally have lived and breathed these formats for more than a decade.  Thirty years after selling my first radio spot, I still love the medium and am passionate about the expanding digital platforms that provide free access to our audiences…anywhere!  Most of all, I am incredibly fortunate to have the best team in radio, mentors in Gary Pizzati, SVP and Ron Giovanniello, RVP as well as the support from an exceptional senior leadership team at Cumulus.”

soniaknataliaNatalia Named PD at Entercom’s ‘Z104’ in Norfolk.  Longtime WNVZ, Norfolk “Z104” staffer Natalia Soniak is promoted from her acting PD role at the Entercom rhythmic CHR outlet to program director.  She had been acting PD since Mike Klein left the station, assuming that role after serving as APD and midday personality.  She continued to host the midday program.  Entercom Norfolk VP and market manager Bennett Zier states, “Natalia is a ‘Z104’ expert who lives the lifestyle and has a wonderful perspective on our target audience and brand.”

charles-cowanSales Staffers Appointed at Emmis NYC.  Two changes to the sales department at Emmis New York as the company announces Gwynet Charles-Cowan is named sales manager of events & major sponsorships.  Charles-Cowan has been with the Emmis cluster for the past 10 years serving in capacities including AE, local sales manager and director of Incite.  During this time she’s been credited with launching outreach programs for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, targeting key health initiatives such as HIV testing, teen mental health awareness, smoking cessation and more.  She’s also been instrumental in major sponsorships for Hot 97’s Summer Jam.  Emmis New York director of sales Doug James comments, “Gwynet has demonstrated that she is a rainmaker, who understands the power and value that our events, such as Hot 97′s Summer Jam and WBLS & WLIB’s Circle of Sisters, bring to our sponsors.  We believe she is the perfect person to drive this business for Emmis New York.”  Charles-Cowan says, “Producing major events is becoming a huge part of the radio business, and I am excited and honored for the opportunity to lead this special department at Emmis New York.  WQHT-FM is the home of the iconic HOT 97 Summer Jam festival, with nearly 60,000 fans coming together to celebrate hip hop each year.  Now, with the addition of sister stations WBLS’ and WLIB’s Circle of Sisters, a staple family pastime of NYC osgoodchrisfor 10 years, attended by over 50,000 loyal consumers, Emmis is a dominant purveyor of events and customer engagement.”  Also, the company announces Chris Osgood is named the new local sales manager for WQHT “Hot 97 FM.”  The 26-year radio pro operates his own concert production company and marketing consultation firm.  He’s worked at such major market stations as KRBE and KLOL in Houston and WSB-AM and WZGC in Atlanta.  He says, “I am honored to be joining the dynamic management team at Emmis New York, and to work with Doug James and Deon Levingston.  Emmis is undoubtedly the premier radio company to work for in our industry, and ‘Hot 97’ is an international brand and one of the most legendary radio stations around the country.  I look forward to contributing to the storied history of this iconic property and developing the best sales staff in New York City.  Growing up in the New York tri-state area and having my career come full circle is a dream come true.  I can’t wait to get started.”

mookie‘Mookie’ Assumes Music Director Role at KPRI, San Diego.  Joining the Compass Media triple A outlet KPRI, San Diego is Marc “Mookie” Kaczor who is named music director and air personality.  Kaczor comes to San Diego from Laguna Radio’s KXRN, Laguna Beach “KX 93.5” where he was music director and PM drive host.  KPRI program director Matt Stone says, “I am thrilled to be bringing such a talented, true music fan to the staff at KPRI.  Mookie is truly passionate about the music and he will be a stellar addition to our lineup both on-air and in the programming department.”  Kaczor comments, “Joining the KPRI family is an incredible opportunity to work in the market that I love.  They’re passionate radio people.  I want to help KPRI blaze trails within the triple A format.  I want to give San Diego something real.  Now it’s time to get to work!”

danielschase2Correction.  Yesterday (8/5), RadioInfo published the wrong picture of new WQNY, Ithaca “Q Country 103.7” afternoon host Chase Daniels.  Instead we published a photo of WNTR, Indianapolis “107.9 The Mix” morning host Chase Daniels.  RadioInfo regrets the error.  The Chase you see here is the one joining Saga Communications’ WQNY.

Friday, July 25, 2014

| July 25, 2014

sarahtymichelleSarah, Ty & Mel Show in for Mornings at WRQX, Washington.  The makeover at Cumulus Media’s CHR WRQX, Washington “All the Hits 107.3” continues with today’s announcement that, beginning July 30, Sarah Fraser, Ty Bentli and Melanie Glazener will start hosting “The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show.”  The station says show “features the young and lively voices of Fraser, Bentli, and Glazener, who promise an interactive, informative, and inspirational show that will connect with the DMV’s listeners through real stories and phone calls.  The show will have a robust presence across social media, and will offer special podcasts to its listeners.”  Fraser was co-host of “The Kane Show” at crosstown CHR WIHT for six years.  Bentli also worked in Washington at country WMZQ and in Baltimore at country WPOC.  Glazener alsowrqx logo previously worked on “The Kane Show.”  Cumulus EVP of programming Mike McVay comments, “We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to assemble a team like Sarah, Ty and Mel for mornings.  There is a high level of competition in DC.  I believe in Gillette.  He believes in the team.  That makes me a big believer in this show.”  Meanwhile, program director Gillette adds, “Sarah, Ty and Mel are all in the demo — and are fully plugged into the lifestyle of fellow Millennials. These are down-to-earth people who will talk about their lives with listeners and share their experiences in a completely authentic way.  The show will be fun and edgy, but totally relatable. No fake prank calls or canned humor here.  We’re getting real with our listeners and believe the show will be a breath of fresh air and unlike anything that’s on the air.”

beasley logo longBeasley Q2 Revenue Down 3.6%.  This morning’s release of Beasley Broadcasting Group’s 2014 Q2 financials conforms to many experts’ conclusions about the second quarter of the year: Ad spending in radio was down across the country.  BBGI reports the net revenue figure of $25.9 million for the 2nd quarter of 2014 (compared to $26.9 million during the same period in 2013) “primarily reflects lower advertising revenue at the company’s Philadelphia, Wilmington and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market clusters.  The decline in net revenue was partially offset by $0.7 million in other revenue, resulting from an agreement with an electronics company and its affiliate concerning the use of our and their respective logos.”  Chairman and CEO George Beasley comments, “Second quarter beasleygeorgerevenue levels reflect slower advertising spending across most markets where we operate which led to declines in seven of our eleven markets and lower station operating income.  Overall, we outperformed in our five market clusters that report to Miller Kaplan.  In these markets, which accounted for approximately 78% of total second quarter revenue, Beasley station cluster revenue declined 5.2%, compared with the total revenue for all reporting radio stations in these markets which were down 6.0% for the quarter.  Our year-over-year revenue decline is partially attributable to difficult comparisons with 2013 second quarter results when we generated double-digit revenue gains in markets including Philadelphia and Las Vegas.  However, our initiatives to expand our digital offerings are delivering results as we recorded an approximate 24% rise in digital revenue during the quarter.  Notwithstanding the challenges faced in the second quarter, our market positions remain healthy based on our organization-wide focus on strong core programming and targeted localism. This focus is vital to the company’s ratings strength and long-term success.”

townsquare logoTownsquare Media IPO Raises $91 Million.  It’s hard to judge the IPO of a radio and digital media company that’s so young in corporate terms, but the sale of 8.3 million shares of class A stock made the company a little more than $91 million – short of the $125 million the company was hoping to raise.  Some analysts are noting that the IPO price was not in the low teens dollar figure the company had hoped for and even the $11 share price was a bit too high as the sale didn’t take off until the price dropped to $10.74.  Still, the offering results in a cash infusion for Townsquare Media.  Only time will tell if Townsquare’s plan to build revenue with small and medium market radio stations augmented by its stable of digital publications will pay off for investors and the company.

wqhtEmmis Names Jay Dixon WQHT, New York PD.  After serving as interim program director at Emmis Communications’ hip hop WQHT, New York “Hot 97” since Ebro Darden relinquished the post to focus on his morning show duties, the company officially names Jay Dixon program director.  Dixon was with Emmis previously, serving as program director for urban AC WRKS “98.7 Kiss FM” prior to the company leasing that signal to ESPN as WEPN-FM.  He also worked for Cox Media Group as that company’s national urban format coordinator.  WQHT GM Deon Levingston states, “Jay’s extensive knowledge of radiodixonjay broadcasting and ratings, as well as his familiarity with the Emmis brand, makes him the perfect fit for WQHT.  Over the past few months, Dixon has initiated innovative and creative ideas to the ‘HOT 97’ platform, further demonstrating his capabilities of leading and continuing to expand the global presence ‘HOT 97’ has in hip hop and music.  We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Emmis family.”  Dixon comments, “I am excited to be back with Emmis and to continue my work with WQHT.  I’d like to thank Rick Cummings, Jimmy Steele, Deon Levingston, Ebro Darden and the entire Emmis community for this opportunity.  Look out of big things ahead for WQHT, hip hop, and New York.”

russellchrisRussell to Program WMXO, Olean, New York.  Joining Pembrook Pines-owned CHR WMXO “Mix 101.5” as program director is Chris Russell.  The company announces the 15-year radio industry pro most recently served with Colonial Media & Entertainment in Olean and, before that, was a programmer for Cromwell Radio Group in Effingham, Illinois.  Russell says of his new gig, “I can’t tell you how excited I am at the opportunities our hot AC format provides us here in the market, and what a fantastic group of radio folks I get to hang out with every day!  And we have some BIG surprises in store for our great listeners and clients!”

arickaj‘K105’ Fort Wayne Names Aricka J Midday Personality.  Moving from South Bend where she’s been with Artistic Media Partners-owned CHR WNDV “U93” to Federated Media’s country WQHK “K105” in Fort Wayne is Aricka McCauley a.k.a. Aricka J.  She takes over the slot vacated by Heather Cruise when she moved to Los Angeles.  Program director Dave Michaels says, “The long nationwide search is over, and an exceptional, talented individual will soon be entertaining the ‘K105’ listeners.  Aricka will be a great addition to the ‘K105’ lineup!”  McCauley says, “I am very sorry to be leaving South Bend and U93 so soon, they treated me very well.  However I am very excited to start a new journey with Federated Media and a longtime heritage station like ‘K105’ and I’m looking forward to the smiling faces of Fort Wayne.”

mckaydanaMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  The new evening personality at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM” is Dana McKay.  She was most recently with the company at hot AC WHFS, Tampa “Play 98.7.”…..Zach Ledbetter exits the evening show at Cookeville Communications-owned country outlet WGSQ, Cookeville, Tennessee “Country Giant 94.7.”…..Joanna Huff is promoted to permanent morning show producer and co-host at Reising Radio Partners’ country WYGB, Franklin, Indiana “Korn Country 100.3”

harrisonherald2RadioInfo Publisher Michael Harrison Sounds Off on Boston Herald Radio Interview.  The Boston Herald newspaper launched an online talk radio station – “Herald Radio” – on August 1, 2013.  In commemoration of the forthcoming one-year anniversary, the station interviewed RadioInfo/TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison (pictured here on Herald Radio) about his take on the state of radio in general.  Although the 25-minute conversation focused primarily on Harrison’s opinions about talk radio, he also made a number of comments about his take on the challenges facing terrestrial music radio in the advancing digital era.  In addition to whimsically sharing recollections of his personal early-career as a rock radio DJ and PD at such legendary signals as WLIR, Long Island; WNEW-FM, New York; KPRI, San Diego; and KMET, Los Angeles, Harrison states that he is concerned about music radio’s ability to stand up against 21st century competition because it has “abandoned its franchise of personality.”  Harrison continues, “And you really can’t compete in today’s multimedia music audio market if you don’t have personality, because then you’re just a Pandora.” To read media reporter Jessica Heslam’s coverage of the visit and to hear the entire interview, please click here.

hangar19KUBQ, La Grande, Oregon Adds ‘Hangar 19’ Metal Show.  The classic metal show “Hangar 19,” distributed by Envision Networks and hosted by Cutter, is added to the weekend program lineup at Pacific Empire Radio Corporation’s KUBQ, La Grande, Oregon.  The program is described by Envision as a show that “relives the glory days of classic metal and features music from the artists and groups who built this explosive genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson.”  KUBQ program director Cliff Turner says, “’98.7 The Rock of Eastern Oregon’ is ready to rock hard with Hangar 19.  Cutter has managed to weld together a solid blend of metal from the legends and promising bands of today!”

Friday, July 11, 2014

| July 11, 2014

johnsonkenCumulus Rounds Out Programming Staff at ‘Radio 103.9’ in New York.  The new urban adult format Cumulus Media recently debuted in the New York market on WNBM “Radio 103.9” names its PD.  The company announces Ken Johnson will serve as program director.  Other new staffers include: assistant program director/music director Raphael George; creative services director Ghost; and web and social wfas-fm new logocontent director Aliya Faust.  Cumulus states Johnson’s CV includes his work as the company’s VP of urban programming, director of urban programming for ABC Radio Networks, director of urban programming for Clear Channel in Philadelphia, as well as experience in markets such as Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, North Carolina.  George previously served as assistant program director at Radio One’s WPHI, Philadelphia.  Ghost most recently served as multi-format imaging director for Pat Garrett Creative Services.  Faust comes to WNBM from her promotions/digital assistant role at Radio One Philadelphia’s WWPZ “Praise 103.9,” WPHI “Hot 107.9” and WRNB “Old School 100.3.”

elliottseanSean Elliott, Jonathan Monk and Dianna Kelly Join Cumulus Des Moines.  More news from Cumulus Media as the company brings Sean Elliott aboard to serve as operations manager and program director at classic rock KGGO.  Award-winning broadcaster Jonathan Monk takes on the program directormonkjonathan responsibilities at country KJJY where he’ll also host the afternoon drive show, and Dianna Kelly is the new news director at news/talk KWQW “98.3 The Torch.”  Elliott comments, “I am very appreciative of this amazing opportunity to join the talented team at Cumulus Des Moines as operations manager.  Thanks to John Dickey, Mike McVay, Aaron Roberts and Troy Hanson for believing in me to guide our market leading stations into the future. I am especially excited to program the classic rocker I grew up listening to – ‘95 KGGO.’”  Monk says, “I’m simply thrilled to be working with the incredibly talented programming and sales team at Cumulus.  It’s an honor to join a group of media professionals that truly care about the communities and clients they serve.”

palmieridougMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Clear Channel’s heritage rock outlet WHJY, Providence, Doug Palmieri moves up from his director of production/imaging post to the program director position.  Palmieri served for six years with the station as APD and evening host before leaving for work in Boston.  He returned to WHJY in 2013…..The popular morning team of Bill Bevins and Shelley Perkins will return to the air in Richmond at SummitMedia’s adult contemporary WHTI “Easy 100.9 FM” later this summer.  The duo has been off the air in the market since last December after working together for 13 years…..Kenny Hobbs is out as creative services director at Clear Channel’s Dayton cluster in what appears to be a budget-related move.

Round Three of June PPM Data Released.  The third of four rounds of June 2014 PPM data has been released by Nielsen Audio for the 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  See complete market numbers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways.”  The June survey period covered May 22 – June 18.

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  • PortlandClear Channel‘s KLTH “Oldies 106.7″ enjoys back-to-back increases of nine-tenths (5.5 – 6.4 – 7.3) helping it to overtake co-owned adult contemporary KKCW “K-103″ at #1; “K-103″ (6.8 – 6.6, -.2) drops to #3. klth logoCountry rivals go in different directions in June, with Entercom‘s KWJJ “The Wolf” building from a +.6 (April – May) to a +.7 as it inches up from sixth to fifth (6+). Meanwhile, however, Alpha Media‘s KUPL “The Bull” – which registered a 6.4 in February, March, and April – followed by a 6.3 in May, suffers a -1.1 to 5.2, dropping it from third to sixth. Entercom classic rocker KGON advances by eight-tenths (4.1 – 4.9), as it jumps from #10 to #8. There is some softness in the spoken-word arena. For example, Alpha Media talker KXL-FM drops one-half share (3.4 – 2.9, #14 to #16) and Clear Channel foe KEX declines by eight-tenths (2.9, – 2.1, #17 to #19). Furthermore, two sports outlets that gained one-half share each in May are in negative territory: Entercom’s KFXX “The Fan” is -.5 (2.0 – 1.5, #17 to #21) and Clear Channel’s KPOJ “Rip City Radio 620″ is -.7 (1.3 – .6, #18 to #24).
  • Charlotte – Seven-tenths proves to be lucky for a trio of stations all in a row, beginning with CBS Radio‘s WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” (6.8 – 7.5, +.7, steady at #2); Clear Channel classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” (6.2 – 6.9, wsoc logo+.7, #4 to #3); and Clear Channel’s country WKKT “The Kat” (5.9 – 6.6, +.7, #5 to #4). It is unlucky though for Radio One-owned WPZS “Charlotte’s Inspiration Station,” which was off by a startling -1.3 (6+, 5.8 – 4.5, March – April); bounced back with a +.9 to progress from #10 to #7 in May; and now regresses by seven-tenths to 4.7 (#9). Although down by three-tenths (8.0 – 7.7), CBS Radio urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98″ remains #1 for the third consecutive month.
  • Pittsburgh – On the strength of a full-share improvement to 8.0, Clear Channel rocker WDVE (#3 in May) puts wdvean end to sibling classic hits-oldies WWSW’s seven-month stay at #1; “3WS” (8.0 – 7.6, -.4) slips to #2. The last time WDVE occupied the top spot was this past November when it registered an 8.9 (6+). After four straight months in the 6.5 – 6.9 range, CBS Radio-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108″ advances by seven-tenths to 7.6 (#2). Notwithstanding that it falters by a robust -1.2 (4.0 – 2.8), Clear Channel alternative WXDX manages to remain at #10; 2.8 is the lowest 6+-share for “The X” since last September (also 2.8).
  • San Antonio – Country is the headline here. Specifically, Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Today’s Country” (#3 to #2) is up or flat for the fifth straight time (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 7.0), with May – June’s +.6 easily the kcyy logomost significant of the bunch. In March, Clear Channel‘s KAJA “KJ-97″ suffered a -2.1 (7.6 – 5.5, 6+), dropping the country facility out of the top spot it occupied in January and February all the way to sixth. “KJ-97″ rebounded with a one-half share gain (5.5 – 6.0) in April; more than doubled that improvement in May (+1.2, 6.0 – 7.2) to advance from fourth to second; but regresses by nine-tenths (6.3, #4). Inching up from #4 to #3 is Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat,” which adds seven-tenths (6.2 – 6.9). Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM emerged on top in May by way of a strong +1.1 (6.3 – 7.4) and “KONO 101.1″ remains at #1 with a modest one-tenth gain (to 7.5).
  • Cincinnati – There does not seem to be anything to stop WUBE “B-105.1.” The Hubbard country facility follows up an impressive +.9 to 9.1 in May (6+) with an even more noteworthy +1.2 to 10.3, marking the first-ever time “B-105.1″ has reached double-digits (6+) in its PPM history. Moreover, this is its sixth successive up trend (6.5 – 7.1 -wube logo 7.8 – 8.1 – 8.2 – 9.1 – 10.3) since the “Holiday” 2013 sweep and it delivers a cumulative +3.8. For the fourth straight time, WUBE is second behind Clear Channel heritage talker/Reds’ flagship WLW (11.8 – 11.6, -.2), which occupies the lead position for the sixth successive monthly. Cumulus Media classic rocker WOFX “The Fox” actually has a greater (6+) month-to-month improvement than WUBE by advancing +1.3 (5.0 – 6.3, #4) and enters six-share territory (6+) for the first time. Of all stations in the 12 PPM markets released on Thursday, the greatest (6+) month-to-month decline (-1.6) is felt by Hubbard hot AC WKRQ (7.5 – 5.9), although “Q-102″ is still in the top five (#3 to #5).
  • Salt Lake City – After a -.7 to 4.4 and a #10 finish in May, Broadway Media CHR KUDD storms back with a full-share increase (5.4), enabling “Mix 107.9″ to zoom to #7. Prior to May’s 4.4, “Mix” had 12 straight (6+) kuddshowings in the five-share range. Results though for alternative cluster-mate KXRK “X-96″ are not quite as cheery: It spikes by -1.3 (5.7 – 4.4), sliding from fifth to ninth. May’s fourth-place finisher – Clear Channel CHR KZHT (6.3 – 6.7, +.4) – displaces Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3″ (7.3 – 6.5, -.8, #2) from the lead position. The last time KZHT was #1 was last September. With the exception of this past April when its talk sibling KSL ranked first, “FM 100.3″ was on top (6+) in every survey period since last September.
  • Las Vegas – Even though it posts a hearty +.6 to 7.0, CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix” sees its four-month run at #1 come to an end. “Mix” slips to #2, trading places with Clear Channel AC KSNE “Sunny 106.5,” which returns ksneto the top of the leader board for the first time since January. After being off by eight-tenths in May (3.2 – 2.4), Lotus-owned KOMP “The Rock Station” rebounds with a full-share improvement (3.4) and vaults from #17 to a three-way tie at #10. Contemporary Christian KSOS – which was a cumulative +2.0 March – May (3.9 – 5.6 – 5.9), drops nine-tenths (5.9 – 5.0), as it slips from third to sixth. Beasley urban-rhythmic oldies KOAS “Old School” falls by eight-tenths (5.2 – 4.4, #6 to #8).
  • Kansas City – Not only does KFKF “Country 94.1″ post its fourth straight negative trend for a cumulative -2.5 (9.0 – 8.8 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 6.5, 6+), the Wilks Broadcasting-owned facility has its consecutive #1 streak snapped atkfkf 14. It trades places with Cumulus classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” (#2 in May) which is actually down two-tenths from a month ago (6.9 – 6.7); “The Fox” leads KFKF by just two-tenths. Showing a three-tenths increase to 5.9 is Entercom country outlet WDAF-FM “The Wolf” (#5 to #4), while “Country 94.1″ sibling KBEQ “Q-104, #1 For New Country” gains two-tenths to 5.4 (#7 to #6). Progressing by seven-tenths are Entercom hot AC KZPT “The Point” (4.1 – 4.8, #9 to #8) and co-owned sports/Royals flagship KCSP (2.9 – 3.6, #17 to #13). After it had advanced by six-tenths in May (3.5 – 4.1, 6+), noncommercial contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5″ registers a nine-tenths decrease to 3.2, faltering from a three-way tie at #9 in May to #15.
  • Orlando – Despite dropping six-tenths to 7.3, contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3″ is #1 for the fourth successive monthly – however – it is sharing the lead with Cox Media Group urban AC “Star 94.5″ (6.8 – 7.3, wmmo logo+.5). Following three straight downward trends (6.2 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 5.0), CMG rock AC WMMO rings up a +.6 to 5.6 and jumps from #8 to a three-way tie at #5. Also in that Cox cluster, country WWKA “K-92.3″ endures a -1.1 (7.0 – 5.9), sliding from second to third, while sibling talker WDBO-FM regresses by six-tenths to 3.4 (#12 to #13). The 5.9 (6+) is the lowest for “K-92.3″ since the “Holiday” report (also 5.9), while 3.4 represents the weakest 6+-stat for WDBO-FM since March 2013′s 3.0.
  • Columbus – It was a brief (May only) stay at #1 for Clear Channel country WCOL-FM, which drops nine-tenths (11.0 – 10.1) and exchanges places with CHR sibling WNCI (10.7 – 11.0). WNCI has been #1 in 12 of the last 14 wnci logosurveys and the heritage CHR has posted double-digits (6+) 16 straight times. Registering a full-share increase to 6.4, Radio One urban contemporary WCKX “Power 107.5″ applies the brakes to a string of four straight downward trends (6.6 – 6.2 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+) and inches up from fourth in May to third. Since March, Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WODC has taken a combined hit of -1.2. It recoups that and a little more though with a 4.2 – 5.6 progression (+1.4), jumping from #7 to a three-way tie at #4.

fullmetaljackieRadioInfo Affiliate Roundup.  The Saturday evening Envision Networks-syndicated heavy metal show “Full Metal Jackie Radio,” featuring host Jackie Kajzer, is added to the lineup at Townsquare Media’s KRNA-FM, Cedar Rapids…..Cumulus Media adds “America’s Morning Show” with host Blair Garner to four new NASH-branded stations: KSJO, San Jose/San Francisco; KBBM, Columbia, Missouri; WSJR, Wilkes-Barre; and WJCL, Savannah…..The weekly DOR Productions-syndicated show “Dennis Mitchell’s Breakfast With The Beatles” adds new affiliates classic hits KKPR-FM, Kearney/Grand Island, Nebraska; classic rock KNDK-FM, Langdon, North Dakota; and classic rock KAUJ-FM, Grafton, North Dakota.

bobsheriRVBob & Sheri Go RV Crazy; Take Show on the Road.  Nationally syndicated and WLNK, Charlotte-based AC morning show personalities Bob & Sheri celebrated the great American road trip as they took their program on the road for the “RV Crazy Tour” that started on July 3 and wraps up today in New Mexico.  It started with Sheri Lynch traveling across the country in an RV with her family and making stops along the way at multiple affiliate radio station locations.  Bob Lacey broadcast from the studio until Thursday, July 10 when he joined Sheri on location in Grand Junction, Colorado to do the show with Sheri live from KMXY.  Today they wrapped the tour broadcasting from the RV in Albuquerque and will then make an appearance in Roswell, NM at “The Alien Zone.”  Pictured here are Bob Lacey (third from right) and Sheri Lynch (fifth from right) along with Lynch’s family and the show’s crew.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

| July 8, 2014

wdrc-FMConnoisseur’s Connecticut Closing.  Given that Connoisseur Media is headquartered in the Constitution State (Westport, Connecticut), corporate executives will not have far to travel to check on their newest properties.  There is a flurry of activity as the company officially closes on five Hartford stations it acquires from Buckley.  Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general manager Kristin Okesson takes on oversight of the Hartford group replacing VP/GM Eric Fahnoe; Connoisseur Southernconnoisseur media logo Connecticut operations manager Keith Dakin adds regional programming duties for Hartford talker WDRC-AM; and Connoisseur Southern Connecticut assistant PD Kevin Begley becomes program director of Bridgeport adult contemporary WEZN “Star 99.9″ and classic rocker WFOX “95.9 The Fox.”  Stu Gorlick – who was Buckley Hartford’s director of sales – adds New Haven rocker WPLR and urban AC WYBC.  Elsewhere, Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general sales manager Andy Alcosser is upped to director of sales for WEZN and WFOX, while CSC music director Allan Lamberti becomes assistant PD for WDRC-AM, WDRC-FM, and WPLR. In addition, Lamberti will do afternoon drive on WDRC-FM, with Ed D’Oliveira inheriting Lamberti’s WFOX midday slot.  Okesson notes, “We are extremely excited about acquiring such a legendary station as WDRC.  We are anxious to make it even bigger and better by adding some of our key talented players into the mix.”  The Hartford stations involved in the Connoisseur transaction with Buckley are talkers WDRC-AM, WSNG, WMMW, and WWCO (all using “The Talk of Connecticut” slogan); and classic hits WDRC-FM.  Out at WDRC-FM with the change are program director and air personality Grahame Winters and jocks Mike Stevens, Rockin’ Ron Sedaille, and Floyd Wright.

wkys logoRadio One Shuffles Talent, Adds Shorty Da Prince at WKYS, Washington.  There’s a talent shuffle at Radio One urban contemporary WKYS, Washington, DC as the station bringsshortydaprince Shorty Da Prince aboard to host the evening show.  As a result, EZ Street now follows the Russ Parr morning show from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Ange Ang moves to the afternoon drive slot from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Deja Perez remains host of “Kiss After Dark” from 12:00 midnight to 2:00 am.  Shorty Da Prince comes to DC from Radio One in Cleveland.  He is also the former host of BET’s “106 & Park.”  WKYS program director Neke Howse comments, “This a very exciting time for WKYS.  Everyone brings their own uniqueness and energy.  I’m sure the DMV will love them as much as I do.”

stubbskeithMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Taking over for former CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres, New Jersey and AC WWZY, Long Branch, New Jersey “Fun 107.1” PD Matt Kelso is Mike Ryan, who makes a return to the Press Communications-owned stations.  In the past, Ryan was APD/MD and evening host at WBBO.  Ryan was most recently serving as producer for WKTU, New York’s Cubby & Cindy morning show…..At Broadway Media’s country KEGA, Salt Lake City, “The Eagle,” Keith Stubbs rejoins the station he left in May of 2013 to partner with Jon Watkins for the Jon & Keith show.  Stubbs replaces Amanda Jones who exited to devote her attention to motherhood.  The station also promotes Chantel Lauren to the on-air producer position for the program…..Doug the Slug (Sluggo) is back on the air in Los Angeles as a personality on the 80s alternative-formatted KROQ-HD2 where he holds down the 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm show.  Doug exited KROQ-FM two years ago.

historyofrocknroll logoAward-Winning Radio Show Producer Gary Theroux Seeks Syndication Deal.  On the heels of nabbing a Best Online Radio Program award from the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, producer and host Gary Theroux is shopping the “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” for a syndication deal.  Theroux reports that the daily 2 ½ minute feature is currently heard only on the internet three times a day, Monday through Friday over rewoundradio.com and supernovaradio.co.  He also wrote and co-produced the epic, 52-hour Billboard award-winning “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and is seeking a partner to market both the shortform daily feature version and a new, two-hour weekly ongoing series incarnation of “The History” to broadcast radio stations.  He says each fast-paced episode of the daily feature interweaves excerpts from three sequential classic hits by an artist with revealing interview clips.  “It’s fascinating fun.  Once you learn the true facts behind the songs and stars you thought you knew, they become all that much more special — because now you know the sometimes silly, sometimes sad, often incredible and always unforgettable inside stories.”  Each weekly episode of the two-hour version will explore a different facet of pop music history, allowing time to play the key hits in full amid the fun facts and star commentary.

bohannonbeatlescakeLet Them Eat Cake.  With all the Beatlemania half-century anniversary stuff going on this year, this blast from the past – courtesy of Westwood One talk star Jim Bohannon – will certainly take you back.  It was January 1, 1965, and KICK, Springfield, Missouri disc jockeys Michael Wolfgang (l) and Jim Bohannon (the nerd on the right), both 20,  decided to send the Beatles an 8’ by 3’ cake with their pictures in the icing, to commemorate release of the “Beatles 65″ album.  Bohannon tells RadioInfo, “We traded out the box, the cake, and Campbell’s Express shipping company for publicity, which made the national wires.  We even carried the darned thing through the streets of Springfield with police escort to a local retailer’s show window, where it was displayed for a week.  Standing between us is Springfield singer Della Rae, promoted at the time as the next Brenda Lee.  The Sporty 1340 wasn’t a bad little station then, including Les Garland and newsman Charles McCord.  That’s a fair staff for $1.87 an hour.”

webbcarterHangin’ with Austin Webb.  That’s KFKF, Kansas City morning host and program director Dale Carter (right) with Streamsound Records country recording artist Austin Webb (left) hanging out together before Webb’s appearance headlining the station’s “Red, White and Blue Springs 4th of July” extravaganza held on the campus of Blue Springs High School at Peve Stadium in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

| June 19, 2014

martinezangieAngie Martinez Signs with ‘Power 105’ After Exiting ‘Hot 97’  In addition to moving from Emmis’ hip hop WQHT, New York “Hot 97” where she’s been heard for some 20 years to crosstown competitor WWPR “Power 105,” Angie Martinez will be heard on Clear Channel’s WMIB, Miami “103.5 The Beat.”  A day after Martinez announced she was leaving the Emmis station, Clear Channel says she’s joining its hip hop stations to host afternoon drive.  As a result of the move, DJ Prostyle moves from PM drive to middays.  Clear Channel SVP of programming major markets Thea Mitchem says, “Angie is the Queen of New York City radio — she is an incredible talent who continues to blaze trails and we are excited to have her join the team at ‘Power 105.1’ and ‘The Beat’ in Miami.  Angie has a long, successful history and we look forward to expanding her distinctive style and compelling content to more of our listeners.”

klingpjCumulus Inks WKQX, Chicago’s PJ Kling to Multi-Year Deal.  Programmer PJ Kling has the backing of his Cumulus Media bosses as the company gives him a new, multi-year contract.  The WKQX, Chicago program director has been with that station since 2012 after having been interim PD at WLUP-FM,wkqx logo new Chicago.  Troy Hanson, Cumulus corporate programming/rock formats, states, “It became evident quite quickly upon acquiring WKQX earlier this year that PJ was a tremendous asset for Cumulus as we continue to build our content creation arsenal.  We look forward to tapping into his wealth of knowledge and acumen in digital and interactive strategies for Alternative for years to come.”  Kling comments, “After a great conversation with Troy and Mike McVay, they showed me the direction Cumulus was headed in, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it.  This is an amazing city full of great people, many of whom work in this building.  I’m so glad I get to continue to call Chicago home!”

eddieandjoboAre Eddie & Jobo Returning to the Air in Chicago?  The story from Chicago media writer Robert Feder is that Ed Volkman and Joe Colborn – better known as “Eddie & Jobo,” are days away from joining Cumulus Media’s classic hits WLS-FM, Chicago for morning drive.  The duo has been off the air in the Windy City since exiting CBS RADIO’s classic hits WJMK “K-Hits 104.3” in December of 2012.  Previously they worked at that company’s CHR WBBM-FM “B96.”  Feder reports that Volkman is ready to go but Colborn is weighing whether he wants to return to the early morning grind.  Read Feder’s story here.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At active rocker WXTB, Tampa, “98 Rock,” afternoon personality Jesse Kage exits the Clear Channel station where he’s been on air for the past seven years…..Announcing via Facebook that he’s headed for an undisclosed morning radio gig, Sam Nugget is leaving Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR KHTT, Tulsa “106.9 K-Hits.”  Nugget has been the evening personality at the station since moving there from WJFX, Fort Wayne “Hot 107.9.”…..At Cumulus Media’s Syracuse station group, “The Morning Mess” with Marty and Shannon replaces “The Robinson Show” (which exited on 6/13) at active rock WAQX “95X.”  Marty and Shannon have worked both as a pair and individually at several Syracuse outlets in the past including at Clear Channel’s CHR WWHT “Hot 107.9.”

piolineddieCalifornia Judge Orders Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo to Pay Legal Fees of Former Staffers.  The legal case surrounding Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo’s exit from Univision (he’s now heard on SiriusXM) gets another twist as a Los Angeles judge orders him to pay some $100,000 in legal fees to the six former fellow staffers he accused of engaging in extortion and false claims of sexual harassment.  Sotelo sued the six but that case was thrown out in March of this year.

cookehollandNJBA Convention Report.  Media consultant Holland Cooke reports from Atlantic City where the New Jersey Broadcasters Association just wrapped its annual convention.  Among the topics covered: The Great Debate – Internet Pure-Plays versus AM/FM Broadcasters; the still-high consumption of audio content in a multi-media universe; and selling audio content in the current era.  Cooke reports that while Connoisseur chief Jeff Warshaw admits that “radio hasn’t been its own best friend lately,” many radio people believe that digital audio services are hot not necessarily because they are good, but because they exist on the “shiny new object” that is the smartphone or tablet, thereby making them de facto “cool.”  Read more of Holland Cooke’s NJBA report here.

edisonshareofearEdison Research: Broadcast Radio Grabs 52% of Audio Listening.  According to a new study of 2,096 Americans ages 13+ that the company calls the “Share of Ear” measurement, Americans spend more than four hours per day listening to audio from all sources and AM/FM broadcast audio (heard on all of its platforms) has a 52% audience share of listening.  The study asked the panel about its audio listening habits including radio, internet delivered radio, pure-play digital services, and consumers’ own music collections.  The study is based on a 24-hour listening diary recorded last month.  Edison Research president Larry Rosin comments, “Edison’s ‘Share of Ear’ study is a response to the many requests from all corners of the audio industry and investment community for ‘total share of everything’ figures that did not previously exist.  Edison reported last September that America is in a ‘golden age of audio consumption.’  Seeing that Americans spend roughly a fourth of their waking day listening to some sort of audio confirms it.”

alphamedia logoAlpha Media’s Portland Stations to Use Clip Interactive Technology.  Calling it a first for the Portland, Oregon market, Alpha Media announces it signs on with Clip Interactive to have the company’s technology allow listeners to be “interactive” with its six stations that include: talk KUFO-AM “Freedom 970,” CHR KBFF “Live 95.5,” country KUPL “98.7 The Bull,” sports talk KXTG-AM “750 The Game,” news/talk KXL “FM News 101” and triple A KINK.  The station says that new apps loaded with the Clip technology have been pushed out and that with “Clip Interac-tive’s technology, these apps now enable our listeners to access a live feed of what’s playing, listen to the stations streams and browse the content aired in the past hour.  Users can also interact with what they hear by rating music, entering contests, accessing special offers and more.”  Alpha SVP and market manager Milt McConnell adds, “Clip Interactive has been an important partner of Alpha Broadcasting and we are excited to implement their new technology, which greatly benefits our listeners, advertisers and other partner companies.  These apps will enable us to further engage our listener base while quantifying the effectiveness of our advertisers’ campaigns.”

Friday, May 30, 2014

| May 30, 2014

kwav logoBuckley Waving Goodbye to Monterey AC. Another heritage adult contemporary outlet is about to have a new owner.  This time, it is in market #86, Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz, where Mapleton Communications is acquiring KWAV “K-Wave 96.9 FM” from Buckley Communications.  Here yesterday, we reported on a multi-station transaction, which included Midwest Communications picking up three highly successful South Central adult contemporary properties: WJXA, Nashville; WJXB, Knoxville; and WIKY, Evansville, Indiana. Regarding the KWAV deal, Buckley president/chief executive officer Joe Bilotta comments, “For over 30 years, we have owned this wonderful facility.  Our ability to compete in the highly consolidated Monterey market with a free standing FM was a significant reason to entertain and eventually sell KWAV to Mapleton Communications.  With this acquisition, Mapleton will be even more of an impact player in Monterey.  They are very excited to have the Buckley station as part of their growing company.  Mapleton president/chief executive officer Jim Shea states that he has “always admired” KWAV.  “They have been great competitors and I am truly thrilled for the opportunity to work with them.”  Adult contemporary KWAV will join a Mapleton Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz cluster consisting of fellow AC KBOQ “B-103.9,” CHR KCDU “Today’s Hit Music,” classic rock KHIP “The Hippo,” and adult hits KKHK “Bob-FM.” Buckley’s radio holdings will consist of one Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz station, KIDD “ESPN 630,” as well as three stations in Bakersfield; two in Hartford; two in Merced; and one in Fresno. Financial terms of the KWAV deal – subject to FCC approval – were not announced.

kboq logoMapleton to Sell ‘B103.9’ in Monterey to Mount Wilson.  In order to comply with FCC ownership regulations to allow the purchase of KWAV, Mapleton Communications is selling adult contemporary KBOQ, Monterey “B103.9” to Saul Levine’s Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters.  No price was announced.

nash fmKRST, Albuquerque Takes ‘NASH FM’ Brand; ‘America’s Morning Show’ Added.  The latest Cumulus Media country station to assume the “NASH FM” brand is KRST, Albuquerque – now known as “NASH FM 92.3.”  The other big change at the station is the replacement of “The Get Up Gang” morning show featuring Simon, Rachel and Scott, with the Nashville-based “America’s Morning Show” with Blair Garner, Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks.  The station already carries the company’s “NASH Nights Live” with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith and “Kickin’ It with Kix” with Kix Brooks and Suzanne Alexander.  Cumulus EVP and co-COO John Dickey states, “We are pleased to introduce NASH FM 92.3 KRST to New Mexico as the NASH brand continues to expand throughout the country.  The NASH brand will complement the already robust country-driven content that 92.3 listeners have come to love.”  KRST PD Kris Abrams adds, “Integrating the multi-media star power of NASH into a heritage station like KRST just makes sense.  Pairing Blair Garner and his AMS team, Kix Brooks, and Shawn Parr with 20 year Albuquerque personality Juan Velasco made it natural to put a little more Nashville in our name.”

kxxn logoWichita Falls Gets Urban AC Outlet at ‘K96 Jamz’ Debuts Under LMA.  A new urban format hits the air in Wichita Falls as former Carter-Sherman Broadcast Group EVP Denise Sherman leads KXXN, Iowa Park, Texas as “K96 JAMZ…Your True R&B Experience” under an LMA with Falls Media LLC.  Sherman is managing partner of Intrepid Radio Networks LLC and the station will air Intrepid’s Grown Folk JAMZTM format that has been in the research and development mode for the past few years, airing on GrownFolkJAMZ.com, Live365, and the Grown Folk JAMZTM Super App.  The format is described by Intrepid as “R&B fromshermandenise today and back in the day with some Old School genres sprinkled in targeting the 25-54 age group.”  Sherman adds, “’K96 JAMZ’ is the only R&B radio station in the Falls.  We are pleased to super-serve this un-served demographic.  Intrepid is currently looking for additional LMA or syndication opportunities to launch our business model where there is an R&B format void and the expense of starting or continuing to staff a traditional R&B radio station is not financially feasible.”  Todd Reynolds serves as the network’s program director.  He comments, “Today’s R&B radio listener is multi-dimensional.  Grown Folk JAMZTM provides a unique experience for the R&B listener.  We simply change the channel for ya!”  The lineup is: “T-O Double Todd Reynolds JAMZ Morning Show”; “Don Sherman’s Midday Grown Folk PARTAY!”; “Afternoon Hot Spot w/The Entertainer John Blaze”; “Prime Time w/DJ Richy” in evenings; and “Joyful Sounds w/Gospel Sista Carla Eckels” on Sunday mornings.

trapperjohnCumulus Ups Trapper John to APD at KSCS.  Adding assistant program director to his duties at country KSCS, Dallas “New Country 96.3” is John Morris a.k.a. Trapper John.  At the Cumulus Media station, Morris will continue to work on air with the Hawkeye and Dorsey morning show.  He’s been with KSCS for almost six years.  His past experience includes time at KKND, New Orleans; WGKX, Memphis; and WFMS, Indianapolis.  Cumulus Media Dallas/Fort Worth operations manager J.R. Schumann says, “Trapper’s experience and passion make him a tremendous asset to this radio station.  He will also continue as part of the Hawkeye and Dorsey morning show.  I’m looking forward to seeing Trapper grow, not only as part of this great radio station, but with Cumulus as a whole!”  Morris comments, “Thanks to J.R. Schumann and Dan Bennett for the opportunity to be more involved in the legendary KSCS.  It’s gonna be fun to help Cumulus expand its Sasquatch-like country footprint in DFW.”

fabinijjFabini Named PD at WXKE, Fort Wayne.  In the Fort Wayne market, Adams Radio announces that JJ Fabini is named program director for classic rock WXKE “Rock 104.”  Fabini is also to be responsible for programming standards WGL-AM.  Fabini has served as operations manager for WXKE since 2006.  Adams is acquiring WXKE, WGL-AM as well as hip hop WHNT from Summit Media.  Adams Radio Group president and CEO Ron Stone states, “You don’t find talent like JJ often these days.  Our industry has done an amazing job of eliminating tenure — and it’s a shame.  I am thrilled to have a guy that has 25 years of history in the same building, in the same format, working with us to continue building a legendary station.”  Fabini comments, “I am extremely excited to be a part of the new Adams Radio Group in Fort Wayne and part of what I believe will be the most exciting time for radio in Fort Wayne’s history.”

danielsdougDaniels Exits KNEV, Reno.  Program director and morning show personality Doug Daniels announces his departure from Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary KNEV, Reno “Magic 95.5.”  Daniels says, “I want to thank Mike McVay for giving me a seat back on the radio bus two years ago and to Emily Boldon for helping me take my game to the next level.  I am so proud of the work my team was able to do in such short order, making ‘Magic 95.5’ a great sounding, bright AC station.  I am available immediately as a PD, ops manager, air personality, imaging or combination thereof.”  Reach out to Doug as dougshares@aol.com and 775-412-7417.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Moving from the radio business to public service is program director Mike Hammond, who will exit Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3” to serve as the Knox Country criminal court clerk beginning September 1…..Mike Herald is named director of programming for Centennial Broadcasting’s group of stations that includes: hot AC WINC-FM, Winchester, Virginia and its news/talk sister WINC-AM, country duo WXBN, Berryville and WZFC, Strasburg, Virginia “B105 Big Country.”

summerjam14 logoTribune’s WPIX-TV Partners with Emmis ‘Hot 97’ for ‘Summer Jam’ Programming.  The annual hip hop concert produced by Emmis hip hop outlet WQHT, New York “Hot 97” – taking place this year at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on June 1, is getting some television attention from Tribune’s WPIX-TV.  The two companies announce that tomorrow (5/31), PIX11 will air “Road to HOT 97’s Summer Jam” – a 30-minute special hosted by PIX11’s Sukanya Krishnan and Kori Chambers that will look back at highlights from past Summer Jam concerts and provide teasers for Sunday’s concert.  The show will feature interviews with HOT 97’s Ebro Darden, executive producer of Summer Jam; Angie Martinez, Grammy-award nominated singer and HOT 97 afternoon drive personality; hip hop artist Troy Ave; and Mack Wilds, a Grammy-nominated recording artist and actor.  Then, on June 8, PIX11 will air “Best of HOT 97’s Summer Jam” – a 30-minute special hosted by PIX11’s Tamsen Fadal and Kori Chambers, who will be on stage at the event.  The show will feature performances and exclusive backstage interviews from the 2014 show. The concert performers will include: Nas, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj featuring Young Money & Lil Wayne, The Roots & Friends, Wiz Khalifa, Troy Ave, Action Bronson, Kid Ink, Trey Songz, DJ Mustard, Ty Dolla $ign and more.

neighborhoodawards14Voting Opens Next Week for Steve Harvey’s 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards.  This year’s program is the 12th annual awards program hosted by Premiere Networks syndicated morning host Steve Harvey designed to “recognize community leaders, businesses, education and churches across the nation” with a star-studded evening of entertainment in August.  After an outpouring of nominations from fan submissions, Harvey’s show kicks off voting on the top 48 finalists, beginning Monday, June 2 and ending Tuesday, June 17.  Also kicking off June 2, Harvey ushers in a new event for the weekend with the launch of the 2014 Neighborhood Awards Church Choir Competition presented by JCPenney.  The Neighborhood Awards winners will be announced by celebrity presenters on August 9 including David Mann, Holly Robinson Peete, LisaRaye, Shemar Moore, Stephen A. Smith, Yolanda Adams, Hill Harper and more in a glittering evening of laughs and community celebration with award-winning musical entertainment from Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, India.Arie, Johnny Gill, Ray Chew, and Tamela Mann.  The 2014 Neighborhood Awards Weekend takes place August 7 – 10 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center and Philips Arena.

michaelsnickNick Michaels Adds Two Clients.  Voiceover pro Nick Michaels’ voice will be heard both across the pond and in the desert Southwest as American Voice Corp announces a couple of new gigs for Nick Michaels Studio.  First, Michaels’ voice will be heard in program elements of “The Great American Songbook,” a program that features the best music from America’s greatest songwriters and singers and airs Sunday evenings from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight throughout the UK on Smooth Radio.  Also, Michaels has been chosen by Phoenix classic rock station KSLX, to provide specialized imaging.

kasemcaseyBill to Give Children Access to Ailing Parents Moves Forward.  It’s not named after radio legend Casey Kasem, but bill number AB 2034 certainly was the result of work between California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Kasem’s daughter Kerri.  Broadcasters are aware of the problems Kasem’s children have faced trying to see their father who is struggling with a form of dementia called Lewy Body Disease.  Jean Kasem has refused to allow visits from Kasem’s children from his first marriage.  Bill AB 2032 passed the Assembly on a 70-0 vote.  The bill seeks to protect children from being denied access to a parent by a parent’s future spouse or child.  Assemblyman Gatto says, “Conflict among family members is the last thing our loved ones want to see as they approach their final hours.  I hope this bill will help decrease the heartache and stress of families already facing difficult circumstances…The law must do more to keep up with the changing norms of modern families.  AB 2034 brings the law into the 21st century and allows family members to focus on caring for their loved ones.”

hermandaveDave Herman Dies in Jail at Age 79.  Former WNEW-FM, New York personality and rock radio icon Dave Herman died on May 29 – apparently from an aneurysm – while in custody at the Essex County Jail in Newark, New Jersey.  Herman was awaiting transfer to federal custody to face the charge of attempting to transport a minor to engage in sexual activity.  Herman’s case was brought to light last fall after a sting operation busted him allegedly trying to set up a meeting with a seven-year-old girl from New Jersey and her mother, for the purpose of having sex with the child.  The arrest happened in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where Herman had a home.  He could have faced anywhere from 10 years to life if convicted.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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duanedoobie graphicLive Music as Community Involvement.  We constantly hear about the importance of “community involvement” in building a successful radio station that is well-rooted.  Community involvement is an invaluable component in our medium’s formula for success – regardless of format… music or spoken word.  In music radio, community involvement (in addition to public service initiatives) means being connected to everything having to do with live presentations of your station’s genre of music in your market — from local unknown struggling acts appearing at hole-in-the-wall clubs, public schools and area churches to the biggest superstars playing at your most prestigious venues… and everything in between.  Of course, effectivelymhcopsSD1973 pulling this off requires a cooperative effort between the station’s programming and sales departments.  Just keep in mind that, 1) almost everything happening (musically) in your market has the potential to be monetized; but, 2) that shouldn’t be a requirement to qualify it as being part of your musical street presence.  Ratings and goodwill equate to money, too.  In a new column posted today (5/28) RadioInfo’s Duane Doobie uses a local concert he attended over Memorial Day weekend in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts to illustrate this point.  In the piece, he shines the spotlight on local Clear Channel country music outlet WRNX (100.9 FM) KIX Country and their very cool involvement at a city musical event to raise money for veterans.  He also goes on to reveal the identity of the scary looking hippie pictured here who was trying to keep the police from shutting down a radio station-sponsored free concert in San Diego in 1973 because it had no security force in place to keep the 5,000-plus attendees from engaging in a pot riot.  To read the entire piece, please click here.

correspondentsDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (5/28) includes such names as: Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Clean Bandit, Magic!, Correspondents, M.I.A.,the Partysquad, Lizzo, Karmin, Nova Rockafeller, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Mark Ballas, Eden Brent, Asylum Street Spankers, Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Steve Fisk, Dirty Heads, The Wind + The Wave, D-PRYDE, Dada Life, Sebastian Bach, Blinders, Porter Robinson, Bipolar Sunshine, American Longspurs, Sunny Sweeney, Joe Lasher, Jr., Blane Howard and Austin Webb among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

gravesspencerDelmarva Broadcasting Suspends WSTW, Wilmington’s Spencer Graves.  “Wakeup Crew” personality Spencer Graves is spending a few days off the air at Delmarva Broadcasting’s hot AC WSTW, Wilmington after being suspended for his handling of a local photo controversy.  Graves was made aware of a photo snafu from a local high school’s yearbook in which an action shot of a cross country runner revealed the boys genitals – apparently published accidently.  Graves and crew did a bit based on it, requesting “embarrassing high school moments” but Graves also posted the photo online and that’s where the trouble started.  Delawareonline reports Delmarva VP/GM Michael Reath says the yearbook photo was a legitimate story but that “Graves went too far.”  Graves apologized for his part in the matter and will return to the air on Thursday, May 29.

rikkiandbrandoWARH, St. Louis Adds Ricki for PM Drive.  Radio personality Ricki (Genevieve Frazelle) (left) joins Brando (right) for afternoon drive on Hubbard St. Louis Radio Group adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” beginning June 2.  The new show will be called “The Ricki & Brando Show.”  Frazelle comes to Hubbard St. Louis from her most recent gig at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s hot AC WNNS, Springfield, Illinois where she co-hosted the morning drive show.  She comments, “I cannot wait to make the St. Louis area and Hubbard Radio my new home.  I am truly blessed to work with the talented team at ‘106.5 The Arch!’”  Program director Kevin Robinson adds, “This combo will add spice to the drive home in St. Louis.  Their unique personalities will create an interesting take on what’s happening locally in St. Louis and in pop culture!”

mullinsmoonMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Hall of Fame country radio personality and programmer Moon Mullins announces he’s retiring from the business after a 52-year career.  He’ll wrap up his current gig at Townsquare Media’s WBKR, Owensboro, Kentucky on June 18 where he’s morning drive host and brand manager…..At Entercom’s country KWJJ, Portland “99.5 The Wolf,” Mike Chase and Amy Faust are back in the morning drive slot, replacing “Fitz in the Morning.”  Chase returns to Portland after a brief stint at Capitol Broadcasting’s AC WRAL, Raleigh…..Louie Diaz exits the program director role at Alpha Media’s CHR KBFF, Portland “Live 95.5.”…..Air personalities Dave Westrich, Julie Michaels, Johnny Kincaid, and Gavin Eddings appear to be on their way out as Townsquare Media‘s oldies WJLT, Evansville, Indiana prepares to flip to sports in the near future…..Faith Broadcasting announces broadcast pro Daniel Wolfe is the new vice president and general for WGAB-AM, Evansville, Indiana and WMTA-AM, Central City, Kentucky.

cantoncountryClear Channel Brings Country to Canton.  Flipping the programming on translator W295BW from adult contemporary to country, Clear Channel announces the debut of “99.7 Canton’s New Country.”  The station is airing the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones morning show and for the rest of the month will air commercial free music.  CC regional programming manager Keith Kennedy says the station is the first Canton-focused country outlet to appear in the market in 15 years.

baisdenmichaelCumulus Sues Michael Baisden for $1 Million in Overpayments.  In a suit filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Cumulus (suing as Radio Networks LLC) is trying to get back $1 million it claims it overpaid to its former syndicated personality Michael Baisden.  Saying it was due to an accounting error, Cumulus alleges Baisden received an up-front $1 million payment in 2011 as his contract amendment stipulated.  However, the complaint goes on to allege that an accounting error resulted in Baisden’s company receiving 15 payments of $66,666.67 – which totals about $1 million.  The complaint alleges Baisden knew about the overpayment and when approached to return it, his company refused.  Baisden and Cumulus did not reach agreement on a contract renewal and they parted in March of 2013.  Cumulus is seeking the $1 million plus interest and attorneys’ fees.

pettengillthefrayWPLJ, New York Kicks Off Summer.  At last weekend’s “Summer Kick-Off 2014,” held at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, Cumulus Media hot AC WPLJ entertained listeners as “The Todd Show” hosted The Fray, Kacey Musgraves, Hot Chelle Rae, and MAGIC!  Thousands of fans turned out for the show.  Pictured here is WPLJ morning drive personality Todd Pettengill (center with vest) surrounded by his morning show crew and members of The Fray.

Historic Memphis Station KWEM to Return.  At first, the return of KWEM, West Memphis, Arkansas will be online, but operator Mid-South Community College is promising to have it on the FM band at 93.3 by the end of the summer, according to the Associated PressChristina Huynh.  KWEM operated from 1947 to 1960 and is famous for allowing wannabe stars to pay $15 dollars for the chance to perform live on the station and enjoy the chance to be discovered.  Many stars did just that, including: B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Ike Turner.  KWEM’s original frequency was 990 AM – currently the location of talk outlet KWAM, Memphis.  Read the full story here.

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