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Round Three of Holiday 2015 PPM Ratings Released. The third of four rounds of Holiday 2015 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. Nielsen’s Holiday 2015 survey period covered December 3 – 30. You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets.
1) Portland – “No more calls – we have a winner,” is what was commonly uttered when on-air ticket giveaways were being conducted. That verbiage applies in the case of iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103,” which establishes the record for loftiest 6+-share ever in any PPM in any ratings sweep. Its target demo numbers must be positively staggering, but the bottom line to the “beauty contest” 6+-stat is that “K-103” blows the roof off the market with a 21.4 – a gain of 10 full-shares! (Rarely are exclamation points used in these “Takeaway” summaries but this feat warrants an exception.) It is hardly a common occurrence that the #1 station in a market laps the combined total of the next four finishers, but “K-103” accomplishes that. By way of perspective, the closest any other station has come to a 20.0 share (and remember, KKCW now sits at 21.4) is a 19.3 by Salt Lake City adult contemporary KSFI and an 18.6 by Nashville adult contemporary WJXA; ironically, both of those happened in the same sweep – “Holiday” 2013. In its past six “Holiday” performances (6+), KKCW has logged an 18.1 (2014); 15.1 (2013); 15.8 (2012); 14.0 (2011); 17.7 (2010); and 14.9 (2009). After four successive sweeps without an increase (6.3 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.5 – 4.2, 6+), co-owned CHR KKRZ “Z-100” gains two-tenths (to 4.4, 6+) inching up from ninth to sixth. Similarly, rhythmic CHR sibling KXJM “Jam’n 107.5” picks up one-tenth (to 3.6, #13 to #10, 6+), thus halting four straight down or flat monthlies (4.5 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.5, 6+). A +.6 to 3.6 (6+) enables Entercom‘s KGON to leapfrog from #16 to #10; in December, the classic rocker was down one full-share to 3.0, the station’s lowest 6+share under PPM methodology. Now the bad news: Here is an overview of the stations most impacted by the “K-103” juggernaut. The country share erodes by -3.5, as Entercom’s KWJJ “The Wolf” declines by -2.1 (7.2 – 5.1) and Alpha Media-owned KUPL “The Bull” by -1.4 (4.8 – 3.4); “The Wolf” slides from second to fourth and “The Bull” from #7 to #12. Prior to December‘s -2.1, “The Wolf” enjoyed four successive positive trends (7.0 – 8.2 – 8.3 – 8.7 – 9.3, 6+) for a combined +2.3; “The Bull” had successive gains of four-tenths in October and November before a -.8 in December. Off by six-tenths in December, Entercom adult hits KYCH “Charlie” is -1.1 (3.8 – 2.7, 6+) to tumble from #12 to #15, where it is tied with Alpha Media triple A KINK, which is down from #11 (3.9 – 2.7, -1.2). Despite losing seven-tenths, Oregon Public Broadcasting-owned KOPB advances from third to second; KOPB is down or flat for the fourth straight time (6.7 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+). Faltering by nine-tenths and six-tenths, respectively, are Entercom hot AC and alternative siblings KRSK “The Buzz” (5.2 – 4.3, sixth to seventh, 6+) and KNRK (3.1 – 2.5, #15 to #17, 6+). Before a full-share gain in December, “The Buzz” did not have an increase in the previous three sweeps (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.2, 6+). Following four straight up-trends producing a cumulative +1.2 (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+), public KQAC “All Classical Portland” drops six-tenths to 2.8, but actually inches up from #14 to a tie at #13.
2) Charlotte – Stuck on 5.8 (6+) in October and November, WKQC “K-104.7” registered a +.8 in December to reach 6.6. The Beasley Media Group adult contemporary doubles that 6.6 to 13.2 (+6.6, 6+) and marches from #3 to #1. For the first time in its PPM-history, Davidson College classical WDAV crosses the two-share threshold (1.7 – 2.5, +.8, 6+) and improves from #16 to #15. Mirroring what happened in Portland (see above), the mega-gain made by an adult contemporary property playing all-Christmas music throughout the “Holiday” sweep has a huge impact on country. In this case, iHeartMedia‘s WKKT not only slumps by a whopping -2.6 (8.5 – 5.9, 6+), “The Kat” scampers from first to third. Following a -1.3 in December, Beasley Media Group’s WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits” further erodes by -1.4 (8.8 – 7.5 – 6.1, but remains in the runner-up spot behind AC sibling “K-104.7”; WSOC was +.8 in November. Off by six-tenths each are iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “The Lake” (eighth to ninth, 6+) and Beasley Media Group’s WFNZ “Sports Radio 610 The Fan” (1.7 – 1.1, #16 to #18, 6+). Albeit that it accounted for (only) a total gain of eight-tenths, nonetheless “The Fan” did not have a decrease in the past 10 ratings periods (.9 – .9 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+). “The Lake” is down or flat for the fifth successive time for a combined -1.9 (5.6 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+). Having ranked #12 the past six monthlies, Radio One gospel WPZS “Praise – Charlotte’s Inspiration Station” falters by one-half share (3.4 – 2.9, 6+) and drops to #14.
3) Pittsburgh – Not only does WWSW apply the brakes to four straight decreases for a combined -2.4 (10.8 – 10.1 – 9.3 – 8.9 – 8.4, 6+), “3WS” rings up a +5.8 to 14.2 and progresses from third to first. The iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet displaces cluster-mate WDVE (10.0 – 9.6, -.4, 6+), which slips to second. The runner-up slot is familiar to WDVE as, prior to November, WDVE spent seven successive months there; the rock station was +1.1 in November and -.9 in December. By picking up one-tenth (to 2.6, 6+), country sibling WPGB “Big 104.7” not only curtails three consecutive sweeps without a gain (3.2 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), it cracks the top ten (#11 to #10). This marks the 18th straight time that public outlet WESA (1.8 – 1.9, +.1, 6+) finishes at #12. After three straight gains producing a +2.0 (6.7 – 7.7 – 8.5 – 8.7, 6+), Steel City Media adult hits WRRK “Bob-FM” sputters by -1.6 to 7.1, moving from second to third. A massive -1.8 (8.4 – 6.6, 6+) drops CBS Radio talker KDKA-AM from third to fourth; it is the lowest 6+-share for KDKA-AM since August (6.1). Also in that cluster, WDSY “Y-108 Pittsburgh’s New Hit Country” (flat at #9) is off for the fourth successive sweep (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), while sports sibling KDKA-FM (steady at #6) is down for the third consecutive monthly (10.1 – 6.5 – 5.9 – 5.3, 6+). Eroding by six-tenths each are the market’s two hot ACs – KDKA sibling WBZZ “Star 100.7” (4.9 – 4.3, seventh, 6+) and “Bob-FM” cluster-mate WLTJ “Q-92.9” (2.9 – 2.3, #10 – #11, 6+). By picking up seven-tenths (to 2.9) in December, “Q-92.9” ended five successive monthlies without an increase (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+).
4) Sacramento – Having each advanced by one-half share in December, CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” and Entercom hot AC KUDL “Star 106.5” now take center stage in the “Holiday” report. “Mix 96” improves by more than five full-shares to zoom from #3 to #1, while “Star” notches a gain roughly half that of “Mix” (2.5 – 3.0 – 5.6, +2.6) and rockets from #12 all the way to #4. This is the fourth successive improvement producing a combined +7.2 for “Mix” (4.5 – 5.5 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 11.7, 6+), which replaces Entercom classic rock KSEG “The Eagle” (9.5 – 9.1, -.4) at #1. “The Eagle” ranked on top the first ten months of 2015; was edged out by KFBK in November; and returned to #1 in December. Regarding KFBK, the iHeartMedia news-talk hybrid suffers a -1.3 (8.3 – 7.0, 6+) and slips from second to third. The -.7 it posted in December ended three consecutive increases that yielded a combined +1.6 (7.4 – 7.6 – 8.4 – 9.0, 6+). Prior to November, KFBK last reached the nine-share level (6+) nearly six years ago (February 2010, 9.1). Locked on 4.7 (6+) in October, November, and December, CBS Radio’s KNCI sputters by one full-share to 3.7 as “New Country 105.1” skids from fourth to eighth. Off by eight-tenths (2.7 – 1.9, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KXSE “Jose” moves from #15 to #17. Regressing by seven-tenths each are Entercom cluster-mates CHR KDND “107.9 The End” (4.5 – 3.8, fifth to seventh, 6+) and KRXQ “98 Rock” (seventh to tenth, 6+). After seven straight ratings periods without registering an increase (6.3 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.1, 6+), “The End” gained four-tenths in December; it is the third straight loss for “98 Rock” (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 3.7, 6+). In 4.1 – 4.7 range the past seven sweeps, CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KSFM “KS-102.5” drops six-tenths to 3.5 (seventh to ninth, 6+).
5) San Antonio – Following December’s +1.2, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT tacks on four-and-one-half shares (4.9 – 6.1 – 10.6, 6+), propelling “Q-101.9” from third to first. Up one-tenth (4.3 – 4.4, 6+), co-owned CHR KXXM “Mix 96.1” progresses from an eighth-place tie to a sixth-place tie. Even though the net gain is four-tenths, Texas Public Radio classical KPAC (#20 to #18) is up or flat for the third consecutive time (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+). Dropping from first to second is Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” (8.5 – 7.8, -.7, 6+), which had been #1 in 17 of the last 22 sweeps. A loss of nine-tenths (4.6 – 3.7, 6+) drives Univision‘s KXTN “107.5 Tejano & Proud” from the top ten (#7 to #11). Locked on 4.8 (6+) in November and December, iHeartMedia talker WOAI sputters by eight-tenths to 4.0 (sixth to tenth, 6+). Off by one-half share each are co-owned KQXT-HD3 (2.2 – 1.7, #16 to #19, 6+) and Cox Media Group classic country KKYX “Country Legends” (#21 – #22, 6+); “Country Legends” erodes for the third straight time for a cumulative -1.4 (2.5 – 2.4 – 1.6 – 1.1, 6+).
6) Cincinnati – Actually down in December – but by a mere one-tenth – Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98” roars back by more than doubling December’s 5.8 (11.9, +6.1, 6+) to advance from #5 to #1. History repeats itself, as the last time “Warm 98” reached #1 was “Holiday” 2014 when it succeeded WLW, which went on to stay on top for the next 12 ratings periods. Even though WLW posts a +.6, it falls to #2, but is in double-digits (6+) for the 23rd straight sweep (10.7 – 11.3, 6+). Having already spiked by -1.2 in December, Hubbard country outlet WUBE erodes by a robust -1.4 and “B-105” (third to fifth) is down for the fourth consecutive time for a combined -3.6 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 7.3 – 5.9, 6+). Also regressing by -1.4 and shifting from second to third is Cumulus Media‘s WGRR (8.2 – 6.8, 6+). Steady at #6, classic rock cluster-mate WOFX “The Fox” forfeits one full-share (5.7 – 4.7, 6+). Country sibling WNNF “Nash 94.1” (1.9, #14 to #16, 6+) and Hubbard rhythmic hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9” (unchanged at #7, 6+) are each down by six-tenths. It is the first loss for “Nash” in the last five sweeps (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.5, 6+), while “Mix” is down or flat for the third straight time (5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.6, 6+). Remaining in fourth-place, Hubbard Hot AC WKRQ “Q-102” is without an increase for the fourth successive ratings period (7.2 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+).
7) Cleveland – Mirroring what happens in Cincinnati, this Ohio market also has two stations in double-digits (6+). Specifically, CBS Radio adult contemporary WDOK “Star “102” adds nearly four full-shares to December’s +1.2 (7.3 – 8.5 – 12.4, +3.9, 6+) and proceeds from #2 to #1. Even though its eight-month run at #1 ends, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI (#1 to #2) manages to register a +1.9 (10.4 – 12.3, 6+). Larger than normal (6+) fluctuations (up and down) are not foreign to “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits.” Since April, the station has been -2.2; +.1; +1.1; +1.0; -.2; +.4; -1.3; +1.4; -1.8; and now +1.9. The 12.3 share (6+) it records in “Holiday” 2015 is its best ever under PPM methodology. Meanwhile, co-owned country WGAR is off by more than two full-shares (7.2 – 5.1, -2.1, 6+) and falls from fifth to sixth. This is the fourth consecutive sweep that Radio One urban AC WZAK (third to fourth) is without a gain (8.4 – 7.9 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 6.8, 6+). Surrendering one-half share each are urban contemporary sibling WENZ “Z-107.9” (ninth to tenth, 6+) and iHeartMedia talker WTAM (5.4 – 4.9, seventh to eighth, 6+); “Z-107.9” is down or flat for the fourth successive ratings period (5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+). With a +.1 to 4.6 (6+), iHeartMedia CHR WAKS (#10 to #9) curtails six sweeps without an improvement; “Kiss-FM” was a combined -.9 in that time (5.4 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+).
8) Salt Lake City – Flaunting the second best (6+) December 2015 – “Holiday” 2015 gain from among these particular 12 PPM–markets is Bonneville‘s KSFI “FM 100.3” (+7.1), which remains at #1 and posts its third straight increase (6.0 – 6.4 – 8.5 – 15.6, 6+). Naturally, any station would gladly take a 15.6 share, but it is actually 2.3 lower than the 17.9 KSFI registered in “Holiday” 2014. In December, KLO Broadcasting adult contemporary KSQN more than doubled November’s .9; “Sunny 103” now adds eight-tenths (2.0 – 2.8, 6+) to jump from #19 to #14. Public KRCL “90.9 Community Connection – Music Discovery” notches a +.5 (.4 – .9, 6+) and checks in at #25. The streak of monthlies without an increase for Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.7” and iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KODJ “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” reaches seven. Steady at #3, “Now 97.7” is a combined -2.4 in that stretch (8.1 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+), while “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” is off by over three full-shares (6.3 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.5 – 2.9, 6+); KODJ drops out of the top ten (#9 to #13). Co-owned hot AC KJMY “My 99.5” sputters by -1.4 (4.9 – 3.5, 6+) and drifts from a three-way tie at #5 to #10. After three successive up or flat trends (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+), Bonneville-owned KRSP “Utah’s Classic 103.5 The Arrow” surrenders -1.2 to 3.7, tumbling from fifth to ninth. Slumping by seven-tenths each are Broadway Media CHR and adult hits siblings KUDD “Mix 107.9” and KYMV “Rewind 100.7” (1.5, 6+), as well as Cumulus Media adult contemporary KBEE “B-98.7” (2.3 – 1.6, #17 to #19, 6+). “Mix” was stuck on 4.1 (6+) in September and October and then on 4.5 (6+) in November and December yet actually moves from ninth to eighth; “Rewind” (#18 to #20) was up or flat the past three sweeps (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+). Shaking loose from three straight months at 1.6 (6+), “B-98.7” notched a +.7 in December. Even though Broadway Media alternative KXRK is -.6 and down for the third successive time, (4.7 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+), “X-96” manages to improve from #12 to #11. Without an increase for the sixth consecutive time (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .6, 6+), KSOP-AM has its 6+-share cut by 75%; “Classic Country 1370” freefalls to #28. Also off by one-half share are co-owned KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country” (4.9 – 4.4, fifth to sixth, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR KZHT (5.2 – 4.7, fourth to fifth, 6+).
9) Las Vegas – Following three successive down trends, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5” rebounds with back-to-back gains of +2.2 (December) and +5.1 (“Holiday”) and is #1 for the 16th straight time (9.6 – 9.4 – 8.9 – 8.4 – 10.6 – 15.7, 6+). Over the course of four straight up-trends (2.9 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.3, 6+), Univision regional Mexican KISF is a combined +1.4 and jumps from #12 (December) to #6. Owing to a +.4 (to 4.9, 6+), CBS Radio-owned KLUC “Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” (fifth to fourth) curtails three straight declines that produced a cumulative -2.3 (6.8 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.5, 6+). Off by seven-tenths in December, Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ declines by twice that much in “Holiday” (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.0, -1.4, 6+) as it slips from second to third. It is a similar story for CBS Radio rhythmic hot AC KXQQ “Q-100.5,” which lost one-half share in December and is now down one full-share (4.0 – 3.0, 6+). Debuting with a .5 in September, “Q-100.5” exploded to 2.8 in October; progressed to 4.5 in November (6+); but now drops out of the top ten (#7 to #11). Also off by one full-share is Beasley Media Group country KCYE “The Coyote” (2.8 – 1.8, #14 to #19, 6+). Enduring losses of nine-tenths each are CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix” (6.1 – 5.2, 6+) and Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “Radio for Life” (3.8 – 2.9, 6+). “Mix” has its streak of consecutive increases snapped at four (4.9 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 6.1, 6+), but actually inches up from third to second. Prior to its +.8 in December, “Radio for Life” had four straight down or flat monthlies (3.8 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+); it exits the top ten (#9 to #12). Slight consecutive drops (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+) by Beasley Media Group hot AC KVGS preceded December’s +.9, giving “Star 107.9” its strongest 6+-showing since the “Holiday” 2014 report; however, it drops one-half share (3.2 – 2.7, 6+) and remains at #13.
10) Kansas City – Without an increase for seven straight sweeps (4.6 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC posted a +1.3 in December. Continuing on that positive track, “KC-102.1 Kansas City’s Christmas Station” improves by more than four full-shares in the “Holiday” report, making the most dramatic ranker move in the 36 PPM-markets we have analyzed – #16 all the way to #2. Leading the field is Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet KCMO-FM “Your #1 Choice for Christmas Music,” which zoomed from #11 to #2 in December (6.0 – 8.9, +2.9, 6+). Before that, KCMO-FM had been in the 4.1 – 4.9 range (6+) the previous 11 ratings periods. The station it unseats from the penthouse is co-owned classic rocker KCFX “The Fox,” down or flat for the third straight time (7.7 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 7.2, #3, 6+). Owing to a +.1 to 3.9 (6+), Entercom‘s KQRC “The Rock” (#12 to #10) pulls the plug on three straight downtrends that yielded a combined -1.7 (5.5 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). A December gain of nine-tenths enabled University of Missouri-owned KCUR to enter the top ten, but the public station relinquishes all of it (3.2 – 4.1 – 3.2, 6+) and plummets from #10 to #15. Also declining by nine-tenths – following a +.6 in December – is KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz.” The Carter Broadcast Group urban contemporary was -1.3 in November, after being up or flat the previous five sweeps (4.8 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 6.4, 6+); KPRS (5.1 – 5.7 – 4.8, 6+) skids from third to sixth. Two of the market’s three FM country properties take a hit, with Steel City Media’s KFKF “Country 94.1” down seven-tenths (4.6 – 3.9, seventh to tenth, 6+) and Entercom’s WDAF “The Wolf” -.6 (4.3 – 3.7, #9 to #12, 6+). Having added one-half share in December, Steel City Media’s KBEQ “Q-104 #1 For New Country” tacks on three-tenths (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). Among those surrendering one-half share are Cumulus Media CHR KCHZ “The Vibe” (3.4, #11 to #13); co-owned adult hits KCJK “Jack-FM” (3.1, #15 to #16); Entercom talker KMBZ-FM (3.3, #12 to 14); talk sibling KMBZ-AM (2.6, #17 to #18); and sports cluster-mate KCSP (2.5, #18 to #19). KMBZ-AM was up seven-tenths in December after being down or flat the previous four sweeps (1.8 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+). “Jack-FM” notched a +1.4 this time last month. Boasting a +4.8 in November enabling it to rank first and to reach (6+) double-digits for the first time in its PPM history (10.6), KCSP “610 Sports Radio” sunk to 3.3 (-7.6), nose-diving from #1 to #18; 2.5 is the station’s weakest 6+-stat since March (also 2.5).
11) Orlando – With so many downward moves across-the-board, it is unusual to find a scenario with four successive increases, but iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” (repeating at #1) gets it started with a +.5.2 (7.7 – 12.9, 6+). Its recent (6+) trending includes +.5 in October; -1.0 in November; and +1.6 in December. Previous penthouse occupant – Spanish tropical sibling WRUM “Rumba” – gains seven-tenths (7.2 – 7.9, 6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. After adding six-tenths in December, contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3 Safe for the Little Ears” doubles that increase (5.0 – 5.6 – 6.8, +1.2, 6+) and climbs from sixth to third. Down or flat the past three sweeps (6.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.6, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” notches a +.8 to 6.4 and inches up from sixth to fourth. Locked on 5.6 in November and December, sibling WMMO, however, sputters by -1.2 to 4.4 and drops from sixth to eighth (6+). Slumping by -1.1 each are iHeartMedia CHR WXXL “XL-106.7” (6.8 – 5.7, third to fifth, 6+) and CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOCL “Sunny” 105.9 (fifth to seventh, 6+). It is the third successive slip for “Sunny” (7.3 – 7.0 – 5.7 – 4.6, 6+) for a combined -2.7. Contrasted to the -1.1 by “XL-106.7,” CBS Radio’s WJHM “Amp Radio” gains seven-tenths (3.1 – 3.8, 6+) to jump from #14 to #11. Up eight-tenths the past two monthlies (5.4 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+), hot AC cluster-mate WOMX “Mix 105.1” returns it all (5.4, fourth to sixth, 6+). On the heels of December’s -.6, Cox Media Group country WWKA “K-92.3” coughs up another full-share (5.0 – 4.4 – 3.4, 6+) and falls out of the top ten (10 to #12). With six successive monthlies without a decrease, WFLF more than doubled its 6+-share (1.1 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.4, 6+), but the iHeartMedia talker regresses by seven tenths to 1.7 and drops from #15 to #17. Elsewhere in the spoken-word arena, cluster-mate WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” (flat at #13) is off for the fifth straight time (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+) resulting in a net loss of -2.3, while Cox Media Group talker WDBO-FM is also down by one-half share (3.9 – 3.4, #12, 6+). In the 2.0 – 2.9 range the past 14 sweeps, public WMFE adds four-tenths (2.2 – 2.6) to move from #16 to #15.
12) Columbus – Leaping from eighth to fifth in December with a +2.6, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WODC almost doubles that gain and takes over the market’s leader board (4.0 – 6.6 – 11.5, +4.9, 6+). Before December’s +2.6, WODC had six successive negative trends for a cumulative -1.4 (5.4 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.0, 6+). It succeeds co-owned WNCI – off eight-tenths in December and now by a whopping -1.7 (11.8 – 11.0 – 9.3, #2, 6+). WNCI was #1 for three consecutive sweeps after occupying the runner-up spot 16 straight ratings periods. Ranked fourth for nine successive ratings periods, Saga adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95” busts out a +1.7 to 8.4 and climbs to third; “Sunny” was locked on 6.7 (6+) in November and December. Classic hits-oldies sibling WNND “Rewind” (#14 to #15) though is down or flat for the fourth straight time (2.6 – 2.5 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.4, 6+), losing roughly 50 of its 6+-share. Advancing from #11 into the top ten (#8), contemporary Christian WCVO “The River” improves by one full-share to 4.2, its highest 6+-share since June (4.3). Having registered positive trends for five consecutive monthlies producing a combined +2.9 (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.9 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+), RadiOhio-owned sports outlet WBNS-FM “The Fan” slumps by -1.9 to 4.6 and drops from sixth to seventh. After regressing by -1.5 in December, Radio One urban AC WXMG “Magic” continues to spiral with a -1.6 (4.6 – 3.1 – 1.5, 6+) and freefalls from #7 (November) to #12 (December) to #14 (“Holiday”). Without an increase for the sixth consecutive sweep (8.0 – 8.0 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia talker WTVN (-1.7 in that period) backslides from third to fifth. Right behind it is Wilks Broadcasting classic rocker WLVQ “Q-FM 96, which is down seven-tenths (5.5 – 4.8, 6+) yet improves from seventh to sixth. A cumulative -4.9 (6+) since July, iHeartMedia country outlet WCOL (#2 to #4) posts a negative trend for the sixth consecutive sweep (12.9 – 11.5 – 10.8 – 10.1 – 9.5 – 8.5 – 8.0, 6+); up until October, WCOL ranked #1 for nine successive months. Co-owned alternative WXZX “105.7 The X,” which had declined in each of the last three ratings periods (2.9 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.5, 6+), picks up three-tenths to 1.8 (#15 to #13).
The top 12 gainers for the 12 PPM-markets shown above in the Holiday 2015 report are: 1 KKCW, Portland (+10.0); 2 KSFI, Salt Lake City (+7.1); 3 WKQC, Charlotte (+6.6); 4 WRRM, Cincinnati (+6.1); 5 WWSW, Pittsburgh (+5.8); 6 KYMX, Sacramento (+5.3); 7 WMGF, Orlando (+5.2); 8 KSNE, Las Vegas (+5.1); 9 WODC, Columbus (+4.9); 10 KQXT, San Antonio (+4.5); 11 KCKC, Kansas City (+4.1); and 12 WDOK, Cleveland (+3.9).
Shila Nathan Lands at ‘NASH 94.7’ in NYC. We knew Shila Nathan had somewhere to go when she departed CBS RADIO’s country WUSN, Chicago late last year. Now, Cumulus Media announces she’s joining WNSH, New York “NASH 94.7” for the midday role. Nathan takes over for Kelly Ford who’s in Nashville now co-hosing the company’s syndicated “America’s Morning Show” program. Cumulus New York VP and market manager Chad Lopez states, “Shila is a tremendous talent. Her enthusiasm for the country format and listener is exactly what the NASH brand in New York represents. We’re excited about the impact she’s going to make in the community and in the building!”
Marv Nyren to Lead Sales Effort at Pubcaster WBEZ, Chicago. As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Chicago radio pro Marv Nyren is entering the public radio sphere. The former WLUP-FM and WKQX general manager is assuming the president of corporate sponsorships role at Chicago Public Media, which operates WBEZ-FM. In this role he’ll oversee the sales staff. Nyren worked for Emmis for seven years and exited when WLUP-FM and WKQX were sold. He’s been with Tribune Broadcasting as director of group sales and marketing for television division since last July. Read Feder’s story here.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. San Bernardino’s new CHR KHTI “HOT 103.9” is announcing its new jock lineup. The All Pro Broadcasting-owned station dropped the alternative format (as well as old calls KCXX “X1039”) just before Christmas. “X1039” holdover Nick Valdez hosts mornings. Kasee Garcia exits KPWR, Los Angeles to host middays. John DeSantis is the new PM drive personality, and Christen Limon – formerly of KAMP, Los Angeles – is the new night jock…..Los Angeles radio sales pro John Mentesana is named general sales manager at Mt. Wilson Broadcasters – operator of country KKGO “Go Country 105,” classical KMZT “K-Motzart 1260,” and jazz KKJZ “KJazz 88.1.”
Industry Pro Tony Garcia Launches Spot Shoppe. Having the capability to produce good creative quickly has become a growing issue for radio. This is especially true as bottom line pressure increases and head count at stations decreases. To help stations overcome this challenge, 35-year industry veteran Tony Garcia’s Global Media Services (www.globalmediaservices.co) has begun offering a service called Radio Spot Shoppe. The concept for Spot Shoppe was the result of conversations Garcia had with broadcasters about the pressing need for better creative and the shortage of time, resources and manpower at the station level. He tells RadioInfo, “At some point, the conversation always comes around to creative. We hear the same voices on spot after spot. We lean on the same voices, the same production staff, and the same people to write all of the commercials we air. Spot Shoppe gives stations the ability to outsource some of their stuff, freeing up staff as well as bringing new voices to their stations.” He explains that Radio Spot Shoppe gives stations the ability to select from three levels of service depending upon their needs: script writing, commercial production, and imaging. Scripts and produced commercials will be delivered on a next-business-day basis. Imaging clients will receive one page of imaging per week. “I know there are other services available to broadcasters,” says Garcia. “The difference is we are 100% custom. We write and produce everything from scratch. We don’t cut and paste or recycle commercials from other markets. Our goal is to provide custom creative and a high level of affiliate service,” he concludes. Radio Spot Shoppe is available to stations on a market-exclusive barter or cash basis. Stations wanting to learn more can visit www.radiospotshoppe.com or contact Tony Garcia directly at 303-557-1961, or Tony@globalmediaservices.co.
Jim Benson’s ‘TV Time Machine’ Radio Show Hits on Television’s Past, Present, and Future. The weekly, one-hour syndicated radio show produced by Jim Benson may sound from its title like an homage to television’s Golden Era, but Benson says his program is “a radio show about television’s past, present, and future.” In a story published today (1/22), Benson is profiled by RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian. He says his highly produced radio show about TV requires thought and preparation. “There is the challenge of translating something that is visual to an audio medium. If you do it correctly, it works. That is what makes the show unique, entertaining, and intimate.” Like radio, the face of television is changing with the times and Benson says his curiosity about what’s out there drives him to interesting discoveries. “I want to be comprehensibly well versed in all aspects of television, especially current-day TV. In addition, it allows me to discover great television – sometimes long before the mainstream audience does. I interviewed [the creator of AMC drama series ‘Mad Men’] Matt Weiner before the show became such a huge phenomenon. Our 90-minute interview was during its first season. My wife was in advertising on Madison Avenue for 20 years. I knew she would have tremendous insights he would appreciate, so we had a three-way conversation about advertising.” Read more about Benson’s career in television history and his approach to his weekly radio show here.
Cool Job Opportunity. WDST (“Radio Woodstock”), Woodstock, NY (serving the Poughkeepsie metro market at 100.1 FM) has an opening for a dynamic sales executive to join its broadcast and digital sales team. Are you interested in working in the beautiful Hudson Valley, less than two hours north of New York City at a legendary rock station owned by Chet-5 Broadcasting? Are you a radio sales professional working in another market who wants to return home to the Hudson Valley? Legendary “Radio Woodstock” is special and unique in the market, on-air for more than 35 years in the Hudson Valley. Very involved with the community, it is the market’s only live, local, and independent radio station. Candidates should have broadcast and digital sales experience, be comfortable with prospecting and cold calling, and have an Associate’s/Bachelor’s business/marketing-related degree or equivalent experience. Send resume and cover letter to: Marisa Perez-Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Media Re-Brands KTFM, San Antonio. San Antonio CHR KTFM unveiled its new brand yesterday afternoon, becoming “Energy 94.1.” Alpha Media says “the switch to ‘Energy 94.1’ will breathe new life into the KTFM brand while continuing to connect closely with the San Antonio audience. Loyal listeners will hear their same favorite deejays of KTFM including, Blondie and Nugget in the Morning, DJ Grooves in middays, Tony Cortez in afternoons, and Auggie 5000 in the evenings. Program director Pat Cerullo adds, “By launching ‘Energy 94.1’ we believe we can generate enough noise to differentiate ourselves in a crowded San Antonio top 40 marketplace. The birth of this new brand will also reinforce Alpha Media’s commitment to live and local radio. San Antonio is a unique market, and this presented us with the perfect opportunity to custom design a radio station that truly sounds like the community it serves.”
Kibler Named iHeartMedia’s EVP Multi-Cultural Marketing. Executive vice president of operations for iHeartMedia‘s Texas major markets Kelly Kibler is appointed executive vice president of multi-cultural marketing. According to iHeartMedia chair and chief executive officer Bob Pittman, “Kelly has been a constant innovator in this company. She is the perfect choice to head up our focused multi-cultural advertising efforts at the market level. Her success as executive vice president of operations, as well as in her role as a sales leader and market president and her leadership of numerous iHeartMedia initiatives, have enabled her to grow her career with us. We look forward to her using all of her experience and relationships to build this new capability for our company.” The bilingual Kibler comments, “I could not be more excited to take on this new position at iHeartMedia, using the tools and experience we’ve developed in Texas and applying them across our 150 markets in a space that continues to grow in both importance and footprint across America.” Kibler began her career in 1991 at Telemundo. Before becoming iHeartMedia’s executive vice president of operations for the company’s major markets in Texas, she was a market president in Dallas, San Diego, and Las Vegas.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programming pro Bob Walker is promoted at Hall Communications to vice president of programming. Walker is PD at the company’s country WCTK, Providence “Cat Country 98.1” and with the promotion begins oversight of Hall’s 21 stations across New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Florida…..The Savannah-Hilton Head cluster of Alpha Media announces it has named Allyson Hillman director of business development. Hillman’s 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry include 22 years in the Detroit market with both Cumulus and as a manager with iHeartMedia…..Radio One hip hop outlet WERQ, Baltimore “92Q” is getting a new afternoon drive personality – none other than operations manager Vernon Kelson. He’ll assume the daypart with the move of “The Fam with QuickSilva and Lil’ Mo” to the company’s Washington urban contemporary WKYS later this month.
Emmis Confirms Layoffs; Executive Pay Cuts. After a fiscal third quarter report that showed a 5.1% drop in radio net revenue, Emmis Communications is confirming that it has laid off 32 company staffers and instituted pay cuts for corporate senior executives. During the recent conference call with investors, Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan stated, “We’ve made some changes and they’re very painful changes. This is always very, very hard for us.” The moves are designed to trim some $5.3 million from the radio sector’s budget.
Radio’s Hot New (Old) Format: ‘The Puddle.’ In an opinion piece published today (1/8), ABC Television director of business continuity Howard B. Price writes about the sensational amount of global interest in Periscope’s “The Puddle” – a camera shot at a puddle of water in the U.K. Price says the people watching the puddle on their smartphones have “rediscovered the magic of radio…If you really believe all radio is local – and GREAT local radio is all about making compelling content out of the everyday events and observations in the communities it serves — then ‘the puddle’ can be seen as a metaphor for what radio’s core mission has always been, and which it used to execute better than any other medium.” Read his entire piece here.
CES 2016 Wrap Up. Radio consultant Holland Cooke files his final report from Las Vegas where this week he’s been attending the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Today he writes about the ubiquitous phone camera, drones, the head-on challenges facing television, and new technologies that are doing what radio stations traditionally helped people do. Read Holland Cooke’s entire report here.
Pittman to Receive BFoA Golden Mike Award. Jackson, Mississippi native Bob Pittman began his radio career at the age of 15 and the iHeartMedia chair/chief executive officer is set to be honored with the Broadcasters Foundation of America‘s 2016 “Golden Mike” award. Broadcasters Foundation vice chair Dan Mason declares, “Bob is an extraordinary broadcaster. As an architect of today’s iHeartMedia, Bob’s focus on innovation – and his deep belief in broadcast radio – has expanded radio into new areas and platforms. We are proud to recognize his contributions to broadcasting.” Pittman states that, “Radio reaches more Americans than any other medium. [It is] the best friend in the seat next to them and their trusted companion and information source across multiple platforms. I feel extremely fortunate to be in broadcasting during the most exciting time in our industry’s history. I am grateful to the Broadcasters Foundation for this honor, and I thank them for their deep commitment to supporting our broadcast colleagues in their times of need.” Pittman programmed WMAQ, Chicago and famously became program director at WNBC, New York at the age of 23. Also included on his impressive, extensive resume is being co-founder/programmer of the team that created MTV; CEO of MTV Networks; AOL Networks; Six Flags Theme Parks; Quantum Media; Century 21 Real Estate; and Time Warner Enterprises. He was chief operating officer of America Online and later of AOL Time Warner. Pittman was named one of Advertising Age‘s “10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture”; received the Robert F. Kennedy “Ripple of Hope” award; and he was named one of LIFE Magazine‘s “Five Original Thinkers of the 1980s.” He will receive his “Golden Mike” award next month (2/29) at New York City’s Plaza Hotel.
Broadcaster Poe Declares Congressional Candidacy. Former Florida Democratic Party chair Bob Poe made his intentions official yesterday (Thursday, 1/7) that he is seeking to represent Florida’s 10th congressional district, which is based in west Orlando. The 61-year-old Poe comments that, “Many people are aware that I’ve been blessed with a tremendous amount of success in my life – but what most people don’t know is that my success had some humble beginnings. I come from this community. I became successful because of what I learned in this community, and I think I bring a very different perspective of how we grow the economy. I didn’t graduate from college, but I built a technology business that I’m proud of and that keeps people safe, because I never quit. Too many politicians today are too busy playing the game of musical chairs – running for one office and then another – to truly stand up and fight for us.” Prior to a nine-year run as president of Emergency Communications Network, Poe spent three years as vice president and general manager of WMMO, Orlando; four years as director of broadcasting and sponsorship sales for the NBA‘s Orlando Magic; and 12 years as vice president and general manager of Orlando talk station WKIS and the Florida Radio Network.
Top Management Changes at CBS RADIO Chicago; Tim Pohlman to Lead Cluster as Zimmerman and Day Exit. Today, CBS RADIO COO Scott Herman announced that Tim Pohlman is assuming the SVP and market manager position at the company’s Chicago cluster. This news comes a day after the staff was notified that Rod Zimmerman was let go as was VP and director of sales Mark Day. Pohlman has served with CBS in the same capacity at its Phoenix station group for the past six years. The initial press release from CBS did not mention Day’s exit though the company later announced it does not have a replacement for him yet. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that the changes are the result of underwhelming fiscal performances by the stations in the group. The 63-year-old Zimmerman had been with CBS RADIO since 1978. He ascended to the market manager position in 2003. CBS RADIO operates all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, sports talk WSCR, CHR WBBM-FM “B96,” country WUSN “US 99.5,” triple A WXRT, and classic hits WJMK. CBS says news of Pohlman’s replacement in Phoenix will come at a later date. Read Feder’s account here.
Greater Media Adds Ramiro Torres to the ‘HOT 96.9’ Boston AM Show. Joining the “GetUP Crew” morning show at Greater Media’s urban contemporary WBQT, Boston “HOT 96.9” is former crosstown WJMN personality Ramiro “The Freakin’ Puerto Rican” Torres. He’ll work with current morning personalities Pebbles, Melissa and Wiggy. Station director of programming Cadillac Jack says, “Ramiro is quick-witted, a quick study, and an all-out superstar. Greater Media remains committed to building out our team of ‘A’ talent, and this addition truly testifies to that, further bolstering our already strong lineup!” Torres comments, “To say I’m excited about joining Pebbles, Melissa and Wiggy on ‘HOT 96.9’ would be a MASSIVE understatement! I’d like to thank everyone at Greater Media including Peter Smyth, Mary Menna, Scott Morello and the man who’s been responsible for every single opportunity I’ve had in my career — Cadillac Jack.”
Berk Joins WLS-FM, Chicago Morning Show. Returning to the market where she spent part of her childhood, radio personality Kim Berk is being partnered with Brant Miller as co-host of the WLS-FM, Chicago morning show. Berk joins the Cumulus Media classic hits station after having most recently been on air at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WWFS, New York “Fresh 102.7” for the past five-plus years. Cumulus Chicago VP and market manager Peter Bowen states, “We are fortunate that a phenomenal talent like Kim was available to join Brant and the morning team on WLS-FM. This is another piece of the puzzle that will bring WLS back to the top.” Program director Brian Thomas adds, “I’m already a big fan because of hers, because she was top five when we worked together in New York while I was the PD of ‘Fresh 102.7’ New York.”
Emmis’ Fiscal Q3 Radio Revenue Down 5.1%. In announcing its fiscal third quarter figures, Emmis reports that its radio net revenue for the period was down 5.2% compared to local radio market revenue which rose 0.2%. The company says the battle in Los Angeles between its hip hop KPWR and iHeartMedia’s recently launched competitor KRRL has affected revenue there and was “substantially all of our radio division’s shortfall against its markets.” The Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Austin clusters all beat their markets for the quarter. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan states, “Radio industry growth has been disappointing in 2015. Our markets are down 2.4% through the first eleven months of 2015. This general decline, coupled with the competitive situation in Los Angeles, led us to take a series of steps yesterday, including staff reductions and pay cuts for senior executives, to restructure our expenses to better align them with the current operating environment. We remain confident that we have the best team in media and the solution, in NextRadio, to return the radio industry to growth. Our ratings are quite strong in most of our markets, and our investments in content, sales hiring and training, and NextRadio and Digonex will begin to yield stronger results in 2016.”
Harrell Hired to Program Seattle’s ‘Warm.’ Former director of music programming for CBS Radio Dallas Ron Harrell will join Hubbard Radio Seattle adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9” later this month (1/18) as program director. Hubbard Seattle market manager Marc Kaye states, “Ron’s leadership at adult contemporary and hot AC brands across the country has established him as the right person to lead ‘Warm 106.9’ into the new year. He is an impressive talent coach and team builder. [In addition], he understands where pop radio for [women 25 – 54] is going. Everywhere I turned in this search, Ron’s name kept coming up with the qualities that we were looking for.” Harrell remarks, “The commitment to success by the Hubbard Seattle team is impressive. The talent, creativity and resources are strong. I am honored to lead this programming staff through an exciting year of brand development.” Past management and programming credits of the Abilene Christian University alum include regional operations director/program director for Cumulus Media Detroit; station manager of WDVD & WDRQ, Detroit; operations manager/program director for Infinity Broadcasting Denver; and program director of WRMX, Nashville. Among persons 6+ in Seattle’s December 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM report, KRWM jumps from fifth to second (6.5); “Warm” trails CHR sibling KQMV by nine-tenths.
Progress Report on AC – The All-Christmas Format. Earlier this week, we posted in-depth overviews of December 2015 PPM results for classic rock (Monday, 1/4); classic hits-oldies (Tuesday, (1/5); and adult hits (Wednesday, 1/6). We could not let the December sweep go by however without sharing the progress of adult contemporary, the format predominantly involved in the all-Christmas music strategy. Wall-to-wall Christmas music is not implemented on 100% of ACs between Thanksgiving and Christmas, of course, but nearly every PPM-market adult contemporary outlet does utilize this philosophy. “Holiday” 2015 results will prove to be far more conclusive and meaningful, but based on December results, it looks as if this programming approach is far from losing steam. Here is a taste of how the adult contemporary format as a whole performed in PPM markets in Nielsen Audio‘s December 2015 PPM ratings period. Among Nielsen Audio adult contemporary subscribers ranking in the top 20 (6+), a whopping 83% show November – December improvement, only 9% are down; and 8% remain flat. Typical increases are more than three times that of average losses, +1.24 versus -.30. The top ten (6+) November – December adult contemporary gainers are KKCW, Portland (7.8 – 11.4, +3.6); WNIC, Detroit (4.5- 8.0, +3.5); KESZ, Phoenix (6.0 – 9.5, +3.5); WMAG, Greensboro (6.9 – 9.9, +3.0); WBEB, Philadelphia (8.0 – 10.7, +2.7); KSNE, Las Vegas (8.4 – 10.6, +2.2); KSFI, Salt Lake City (6.4 – 8.5, +2.1); WYXB, Indianapolis (6.5 – 8.6, +2.1); KOST, Los Angeles (5.0 – 7.0, +2.0); and WWLI, Providence (8.7 – 10.7, +2.0). Two of three adult contemporary facilities on our sample (66%) are up year-to-year (December 2014 – December 2015); three of ten are down (30%); and the other 4% are flat. Representative gains (+1.02) and losses (-1.14) are both strong. KEZK, St. Louis jumps from eighth in December 2014 to first in December 2015 (6+). These five adult contemporary outlets register the largest (6+) year-to-year growth: WRCH, Hartford (8.7 – 11.9, +3.2); WWLI, Providence (7.6 – 10.7, +3.1); KEZK, St. Louis (4.9 – 7.2, +2.3); WBEB, Philadelphia (8.5 – 10.7, +2.2); and WLIF, Baltimore (7.0 – 9.1, +2.1). An adult contemporary outlet finishes at #1 in nearly half the PPM markets (48%, December 2015, 6+). The typical 6+-rank for an AC in December 2015 is a lofty #4.00; an impressive 81% of our panel ranks in the top five in their respective markets. With their December 2015 6+-shares (and month-to-month fluctuations) noted, these 23 adult contemporary stations (in descending market order) rank first in the latest sweep: WLTW, New York (8.0, +1.2); KOST, Los Angeles (7.0, +2.0); KODA, Houston (8.0, +.3), WBEB, Philadelphia (10.7, +2.7); WMJX, Boston (8.0, Flat); WNIC, Detroit (8.0, +3.5); WLYF, Miami (8.0, +.4); KESZ, Phoenix (9.5, +3.5); WDUV, Tampa (9.3, +.8); WLIF, Baltimore (9.1, +1.5); KEZK, St. Louis (7.2, +1.3); KKCW, Portland (11.4, +3.6); KSFI, Salt Lake City (8.5, +2.1); KSNE, Las Vegas (10.6, +2.2); WMGF, Orlando (7.7, +1.6); KBAY, San Jose (6.7, -.9); WYXB, Indianapolis (8.6, +2.1); WWLI, Providence (10.7, +2.0); WRAL, Raleigh (8.6, +.6); WJXA, Nashville (11.2, +.6); WMAG, Greensboro, (9.9, +3.0); WEJZ, Jacksonville (10.3, +1.1); and WRCH, Hartford (11.9, +.3). For the third straight ratings period, CBS Radio Hartford’s WRCH “Lite 100.5” possesses the format’s highest 6+-share; WEJZ, Jacksonville led in August and September. The following is December 2015’s top ten, with all outlets shown finishing first (6+) in their respective markets. WRCH, Hartford (11.9); KKCW, Portland (11.4); WJXA, Nashville (11.2); WBEB, Philadelphia (10.7); WWLI, Providence (10.7); KSNE, Las Vegas (10.6); WEJZ, Jacksonville (10.3); WMAG, Greensboro (9.9); KESZ, Phoenix (9.5); and WDUV, Tampa (9.3). Approximately this time next month, RadioInfo will have a complete “Holiday” 2015 ratings overview of adult contemporary (as well as full scoreboards for hot AC and country).
Postell Promoted to Senior VP Sales. Director of sales Ann Postell is boosted to senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia Sacramento. According to iHeartMedia Sacramento market president Sara McClure, “Ann has demonstrated that she possesses the leadership skills needed to successfully lead a sales organization in today’s environment. As senior vice president of sales, Ann will be the centerpiece in the growth of our business in the years ahead. I look forward to working with her in that effort.” Executive vice president of operations Hartley Adkins comments, “Ann’s sales talent and leadership will be a true asset to the iHeartMedia Sacramento team. She has demonstrated the desire and motivation to lead the sales efforts; I know she will inspire the team to not only meet but to exceed revenue expectations.” Postell remarks, “I am fortunate to advance in such a dynamic media company. I look forward to working with Sara McClure and the iHeartMedia team in developing solutions for existing and new clients. I am thrilled to be a part of iHeartMedia’s visionary strategy.” Prior to working for iHeartMedia Sacramento, Postell held sales and sales management positions in New York City, San Francisco, and Boston. With each station’s 6+ December 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM share and market rank in parentheses, iHM Sacramento’s cluster includes news-talk KFBK (#2, 8.3); urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101.1 (#10, 3.6); adult hits KQJK “Jack-FM” (#14, 2.8); KBEB “B-92.5 #1 New Country” (#16, 2.6); and talk KSTE (2.4, #17).
CES 2016: Disrupt, or Be Disrupted. Radio consultant Holland Cooke continues his reporting from Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show 2016. In today’s report, Cooke presents highlights from presentations by the Consumer Technology Association’s Gary Shapiro, Netflix’ Reed Hastings, and General Motors’ Mary Barra. It was during Barra’s presentation that the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV (pictured) was rolled out. For those broadcasters watching the evolution of the “connected car,” Cooke writes that this vehicle syncs with the owner’s smartphone as you approach it and “Apple Play and Android Auto are built-into a dashboard screen ‘bigger than iPad air.’” Read Cooke’s entire report here.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; and internet sensation The Iceman, 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 (1/6) includes such names as: Adele, Jason Derulo, AudioDamn!, Hermitude, Big K.R.I.T., Mataya, Young Tapz, R. City, Chloe Angelides, Rob Gillette, Radiohead, Run River North, AWOLNATION, Courtney Barnett, Langhorne Slim & The Law, City and Colour, The Wild Feathers, John Stevens Jr., Mersi Stone, Drake White, Cole Swindell, Chemical Brothers, and Beck among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Curtiss Johnson to Exit Hubbard’s ‘The Drive’ in Chicago. As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, classic rock WDRV program director Curtiss Johnson is leaving the station. He’s not out yet – he’ll stay on the job as Hubbard Radio seeks his replacement and he looks for his next opportunity. Johnson joined the station in June of 2014, replacing Patty Martin who’d been in the post for 13 years. Johnson says in a memo to his staff, in part, “After many long conversations with [SVP of programming and operations] Greg [Solk] regarding the future of The Drive the decision has been made to part company. I’ve enjoyed my year and half here at The Drive. I’ve never worked with a nicer and more genuinely talented group of people. I will come away from the experience with many true friends, not just friends in the business.” Feder quotes the most recent Nielsen Audio PPM survey noting that “The Drive” tied for 11th place in the market with a 3.0 share (Persons 6+) and a 3.7 share in the Men 25-54 demo, landing in 8th place.
Dustin Kross Named KLIF-FM, Dallas PD/Morning Personality. Coming to the Dallas/Fort Worth market from Orlando is programmer Dustin Kross, who will host the AM drive show on Cumulus Media’s CHR KLIF-FM “HOT 93.3” and serve as PD. In Orlando, he worked for CBS RADIO at CHR WJHM “101.9 AMP Radio” as morning host and APD. Cumulus Dallas/Houston RVP Dan Bennett states, “Former HOT 93.3 PD Louie Diaz [who left to program Cumulus’ 107.3 in Washington, DC] did an outstanding job for the station. He turns over the reins to Dustin Kross, who brings a great background and passion for the CHR format. Dustin will work with KRBE Houston PD Leslie Whittle to elevate the CHR battle in Dallas and put HOT 93.3 in the best position to win.”
KBIU, Lake Charles Flips to Rhythmic CHR as ‘HOT 103.3.’ The former adult contemporary station flips to rhythmic CHR using the new brand “HOT 103.3.” Cumulus Media VP of programming Val Garris states, “Our goal is to have a local connection with the community and give the listeners what they have been asking for by playing the hits from Drake, The Weeknd, Pitbull and Chris Brown. Brandin Shaw will lead the programming efforts in Lake Charles, working with corporate PD Davey Morris, and our amazing local staff.” Vice president and market manager Elizabeth Blackstock adds, “Lake Charles was missing a rhythmic top 40 station and we are thrilled to bring this great energy and music to listeners and to deliver this 18-34 audience to our advertisers.”
Entercom Elevates Freeman to GSM of Miami Combo. Regional account manager Amy Freeman is boosted to general sales manager of Entercom Miami adult contemporary and classic hits-oldies combo WLYF “Lite-FM” and WMXJ “The Beach.” Vice president and market manager Doug Abernathy comments, “It is exciting to grow our staff from within and give Amy this well-deserved opportunity. Her proven leadership – coupled with her impressive track record of success – makes her the perfect choice to lead our revenue growth in Miami.” Freeman remarks, “I am excited for the opportunity to return to the role of general sales manager and I am thrilled to work with Entercom South Florida on two of their legendary Miami-based radio stations. It has been tremendous to work alongside such an exceptional team that is dedicated to our radio stations, the community, and our clients.” Freeman’s past credits in her 20-year career include being vice president/director of sales for iHeartMedia Los Angeles. Just this past Friday (1/1), WMXJ jettisoned its “Magic” handle in favor of “The Beach.” Among persons 12+ in the latest (December 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM report for Miami, “Lite-FM” ranks first for the eighth straight sweep (8.0), while WMXJ is eleventh (3.7).
Deon Levingston Exits GM Role at Emmis’ Urban Trio in NYC. Radio management pro Deon Levingston had been general manager for urban contemporary WBLS and gospel WLIB in New York when they were owned by YMF Media. After Emmis acquired the duo to add to its NYC portfolio – joining hip hop WQHT “HOT 97” – the company kept Levingston in the GM role for the three stations. There’s been no official word from Emmis about Levingston’s departure but numerous reports from the Big Apple indicate Levingston’s contract was not renewed at the end of 2015.
PPM Analysis: Adult Hits. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three format analyses based on data from the December 2016 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. Focusing on gold-based formats, Kinosian has presented a look at classic rock and classic hit-oldies. Today we turn to adult hits. KPBA, Austin “Bob FM 103.5” has the distinction of being the only adult hits-formatted station to rank #1 (Persons 6+) in its market this survey, although four other adult hits outlets finished within the top five in their respective markets. In this report also find charts showing ratings fluctuations from December 2014 to December 2015, changes from November 2015 to December 2015, plus a chart comparing the performances of classic rock, classic hits-oldies and adult hits stations. Read more here.
New York Festivals 2016 International Radio Program Awards Opens Entry Process. In addition to the announcement that the New York Festivals 2016 International Radio Program Awards are open for entries, comes news that there are three new categories this year. Those include: Biography/Profiles, Climate Change & Sustainability, and Music. The worldwide competition honoring the World’s Best Radio Programs℠ has been taking place since 1982 and receives entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from 32 countries around the globe. Radio program awards executive director Rose Anderson states, “New York Festivals recognizes the ever-evolving nature of the radio industry. Time does not stand still in the radio industry – new ways of reaching listeners and new ways of telling the important stories of our day drive change. So, every year, we work with our advisory board and we update some categories as well as create new ones. It is an organic ecosystem. We embrace the new while keeping the best practices of what has come before.” Anderson says the three new categories will provide a platform for those with a distinctive voice and point of view regarding issues and topics of interest. Anderson continues, “In our ever-changing world, radio is the original social media. There is a universal language of radio which connects us all – giving us the ability to meet directly in each other’s imagination and guided by the textures of sound to understand each other.” New York Festivals Radio Awards enlists jurists from all over the world to become members of the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury includes some of the most recognizable voices and captivating programming producers in the industry. Entries are judged on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity, and use of the medium. The ceremony for the World’s Best Radio Programs takes place at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York on June 20. The deadline for entries is March 18. To enter, log in here and find all the information you need. Inquiries can go to Gayle Mandel at: email@example.com.
CES 2016: Home and Health. Radio consultant Holland Cooke is in Las Vegas reporting from the enormous Consumer Electronics Show and today he files a story tipping us to some of the new technology and gadgets that some believe will be ubiquitous in both our homes and our cars in the not-too-distant future. Cooke writes that many of the technological helpers for around the home can be operated from the “remote” device most of us already carry – the smartphone – and that device is where “smart broadcasters are also publishing.” Read today’s full report here.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: John Elias, board chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at CFRM, Little Current, Ontario, Canada “The Island”; Rob Banks of WYRK, Buffalo; Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana; 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 (12/09) includes such names as: Adele, Jason Derulo, Robin Schulz, Francesco Yates, Psy, Red Velvet, James Bay, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Stitched Up Heart, Animal Collective, Tor Miller, Bloc Party, Coldplay, Aurora, Chris Lane, Houston Bernard Band, AJ Kross, Carrie Underwood, Drake White, Pegboard Nerds, Sex Whales, Roee Yeger, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Michaels Named PD of San Diego’s “Jack”; Format Change Forthcoming? Former two-year KNDD “107.7 The End,” Seattle program director Garett Michaels is returning to San Diego, where he will become PD of KFMB-FM “Jack-FM.” KFMB-FM parent Midwest Television has a joint operating agreement with Local Media San Diego LLC, forming SDLocal. Strongly hinting a change in direction is imminent at the current hot AC, SDLocal vice president and general manager Gregg Wolfson comments, “We welcome Garett back home to San Diego. With his large market experience; knowledge of San Diego; and his proficiency in CHR, adult contemporary, alternative, triple A, rock, and country, he is the perfect fit for the future format of KFMB-FM.” Michaels states that, “After spending the last few months exploring my strategic options, I couldn’t be more excited to return to San Diego. It is an honor to be a part of KFMB-FM; these call letters have such an important history and heritage here. I am stoked to be working with the legendary Dave, Shelley & Chainsaw, San Diego’s best, and highest-rated morning show.” In November 2002, Michaels was the founding program director of San Diego’s KBZT, a position he held until June 2012. The Saint Cloud State University (Minnesota) alum has previously programmed in Philadelphia (WPLY “Y-100”); Detroit (WPLT “The Planet”); and Seattle (KYPT “The Point” and KNDD “The End”). Three San Diego outlets classify themselves as hot AC. In the latest (November 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM report, CBS Radio‘s KYXY ranks #4 with a 4.8, its highest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2014 (7.0) and iHeartMedia‘s KMYI “Star 94.1” is #6 (4.5). Meanwhile, KFMB-FM “Jack-FM” is #15 with a 3.2, its third straight up-trend (2.3 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+) and best 6+- share in nearly two years (also 3.2, in January 2014). All of them are chasing the market leader – Entercom country outlet KSON-FM (#1, 5.2, 6+).
‘2 Guys Named Chris’ Morning Show Begins Syndication Run. The WKRR, Greensboro, North Carolina-based “2 Guys Named Chris” show – featuring Chris Kelly and Chris Demm – launches a syndication effort with the signing of its first affiliate station, Max Media-owned classic rock simulcast WZPR, Nags Head and WFMZ, Hertford, North Carolina. Kelly and Demm have been at Dick Broadcasting’s WKRR for the past 15 years and the station says the show has been “#1 with Men 25-54 for 35 consecutive ratings periods. WKRR recently became an Eastlan Ratings subscriber and the program is enjoying the same success in Eastlan.” Max Media of the Carolinas VP/GM Mike Smith states, “As the radio world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the classic rock format Max Radio of the Carolinas is proud to be the first classic rock affiliate of a morning show that talks about classic rock…sometimes…and rarely plays any of the music!” Global Media Services is the exclusive syndication representative for the show. Interested stations can contact Tony Garcia at 303-557-1961.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Moving up at iHeartMedia’s CHR WHTZ, New York “Z100” is Maxwell, who goes from the 10:00 pm to 2:00 am show to the 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm program. In a statement, “Z100” programmer Mark Medina says, “Maxwell is one of the premier on-air talents in the country. His connection with the artists, superior interviewing skills, deep relationship with our listeners, and his star power contribute to ‘Z100’ as a world-class brand and we’re thrilled to have him move into prime time.”…..Local Media San Diego announces market personality Tommy Hough is the new morning drive host at alternative XETRA, San Diego “91X.” Hough was most recently heard on former crosstown triple A KPRI prior to its sale and flip to a religious format. Hough says, “It’s pretty unbelievable to be coming to ‘91X.’ This is the station that’s been tenderizing the ears of San Diego since 1983 and has played a large part in molding the tastes and musical vibe of the San Diego community with a sound we take for granted today. ‘91X’ has been the region’s ears, musical conscience and tastemaker for three decades, and continues to play that role.”
Alpha Media Names Jeff Beck OM for Fredericksburg Cluster. In the Fredericksburg, Virginia market, Alpha Media operates country WFLS, classic rock WWUZ “96.9 The Rock,” CHR WVBX “99.3 The Vibe,” and news/talk/sports simulcast WNTX-AM/W243BS at 96.5 FM. Now, the company announces that Jeff Beck is officially promoted to operations manager for the cluster. Alpha Fredericksburg market manager Ralph Salierno comments, “Jeff has been doing most of this job already and has proven to be an invaluable asset to our radio station group. This is a well-deserved promotion for one of radio’s professionals.”
Peterson Promoted at Entercom Denver. Programmer Mike Peterson has been programming adult contemporary KALC, Denver and serving as operations manager for the cluster since 2012. Now, Peterson is named vice president of programming and operations. In Denver Entercom also operates hip hop KQKS “KS 107.5,” classic rock KQMT “The Mountain 99.5,” adult standards KEZW, oldies KRWZ, and comedy K276FK at 103.1 FM. Entercom Denver VP and general manager Amy Griesheimer says, “I am thrilled to have a great programming partner like Mike Peterson to lead the way in Denver. Through the years Mike has proven to be a dynamic visionary leader and a huge addition to the team.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Promotions pro Joe DeAngelis is upped from his director of promotions position at iHeartMedia New York to director of marketing and promotions in which he’ll lead the team that plans, organizes and executes station promotions and events. He’ll also manage external marketing campaigns for all iHeartMedia New York stations and work closely with the programming team on content development…..Matt Stone takes on the operations manager role at Apex Broadcasting’s Fort Walton Beach Florida cluster. He’ll also serve as program director for rock WZLB “103.1 The Blaze.” Apex also operates country WHWY “Highway 98.1,” adult hits WWAV “102.1 The Wave,” and CHR WECQ “Q92” in the market. Stone was most recently morning personality and APD at Local Media San Diego’s alternative XETRA “91X.”
Breaking Southwest Wins NASH Next Competition. The Dallas-based country trio Breaking Southwest was the winner of the 2015 NASH Next competition produced by Cumulus Media. The final competition and the naming of the grand prize winner took place at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville on Thursday, December 3. Cumulus says the “unique competition discovers and releases music from the most promising country talent, with the winner signed to the new NASH Next record label and the top 10 finalists all participating in a national tour next year.” Country fans nominated and voted for their favorite new country acts – with more than 450 million social media impressions in the last three months alone and more than 1.4 million visitors to NASHNextCountry.com. The NASH Next nationwide talent search included an extensive series of competitions that challenged contenders to showcase their musical and creative talents. This included a cover song performance, multiple songwriting competitions and the creation of an original Instagram video, a PicCollage project and a fully produced original music video. The winner was decided based on a combination of feedback from the music industry judges, online fan voting and an original “Spin Index” of social media activity. The judges for the competition were legendary music producer James Stroud, award-winning country music artist and radio personality Kix Brooks and Cumulus SVP of content and programming Mike McVay. Big Machine Label Group CEO and founder Scott Borchetta served as mentor who guided the finalists through the last challenge to produce an original music video. McVay comments, “This innovative talent competition showed the strength of the country music fan community. We are delighted that we were able to connect with millions of enthusiastic country music lovers and will now be able to take 10 artists and bands on the first NASH Next tour in just a few months.” Pictured here (from l-r) are: Mike McVay, Scott Borchetta, Breaking Southwest members Lauren Hall, Kent Bell and Kyle Gaston, “NASH Nights Live” personalities Elaina Smith and Shawn Parr.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Adult album alternative KFOG, San Francisco announces it helped raise more than $27,000 for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and Toys for Tots via its “KFOG’s Concert for Kids” at the Fox Theater in Oakland featuring headliner Gary Clark, Jr., with Houndmouth and Greg Holden…..Country KPLX, Dallas “99.5 The Wolf” helped raise more than $303,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during its “Hunt for a Cure, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon.” The Wolf air staff broadcast live from 6:00 am until 7:00 pm, on Thursday and Friday (12/3-4) with Skip Mahaffey, Lisa Taylor, Smokey Rivers and Mark Phillips sharing heart-warming, inspiring stories about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the children and families affected by St. Jude…..PodcastOne announces a new, music-centric podcast series hosted by respected music journalist Steve Baltin. He’s written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, MOJO, the Los Angeles Times, and countless other magazines and newspapers. The program is called “Riffing With” and is described as “an unscripted and uncensored, fly-on-the-wall conversation with influential and inspirational, multi-platinum artists, that features timeless stories straight from the mouths of music’s legends.” PodcastOne chairman and CEO Norm Pattiz says, “I’m particularly excited about this podcast because it takes me back to Westwood One’s rock ‘n’ roll roots. We started as a music company and made a lot of history in that genre. I think ‘Riffing With,’ with Steve Baltin, gives us the credibility to do the same at PodcastOne.”
The Importance of Musical Soundtracks to Films. Two of modern cinema’s leading composers, the multi-award-winning brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna, join Michael Harrison in this week’s installment of PodcastOne’s international hit, “Up Close and Far Out.” The Danna Brothers composed the stunning soundtrack of the new Disney/Pixar animated feature “The Good Dinosaur” and discuss the techniques that went into creating a soundscape for the larger-than-life computer imagery generated in this latest animated epic. The fascinating conversation also delves into the role movie music plays in manipulating the emotions of the viewer as well as the rise of “World Music” as a genre influencing pop culture in Western society. To hear the entire conversation please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player boxes in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Sisanie Named Co-Host of ‘On-Air with Ryan Seacrest.’ Replacing Ellen K as co-host of the KIIS-FM, Los Angeles-based CHR AM drive show “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest” is Sisanie. She moves from her position as midday personality at KIIS-FM to the morning show and will continue her role as music coordinator for KIIS-FM. Seacrest made the announcement at KIIS-FM’s Jingle Ball 2015 on Saturday night (12/5). Seacrest comments, “I was lucky to have such a talented co-host in Ellen K for the last 11 years, and she’s irreplaceable in so many ways. Sisanie has dedicated her career to being a top radio on-air talent. She’s worked so hard and, and no matter what job they put her in at KIIS-FM over the last decade, she did it great, and with a smile. Her skill, passion and persistence have paid off in spades. She’s from Orange County and has grown up listening to KIIS-FM. Like me, she fell in love with radio when she was young, and really has never looked back. I’m excited that she is joining the show as co-host, because frankly, I can’t think of anyone more qualified or who has more passion for radio and our show than Sisanie.”
Kelly Ford Moves to Morning Show at ‘NASH FM 94.7’ in New York. She was the first live voice heard on WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” after Cumulus flipped the station to country, and now Kelly Ford is moving from her midday slot to the nationally syndicated “America’s Morning Show” alongside host Blair Garner and fellow cast members Chuck Wicks and Robin Meade. Ford says, “I am beyond thrilled to co-host ‘America’s Morning Show’ with my friends Blair Garner and Chuck Wicks and to continue to be part of the NASH brand I love so much. My whole country radio career has lead up to this fabulous opportunity to wake up loyal and passionate country fans across the United States. Big thanks to Mike McVay, Maire Mason, Chad Lopez and John Foxx for believing in me and in the continued growth of NASH in Nashville, New York and beyond.” Cumulus has not announced its plans for replacing Ford in the midday daypart.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Las Vegas hip hop KVEG “HOT 97.5,” Kemp Broadcasting brings Kali Kat aboard for the midday show. Kat was most recently with Riviera Broadcasting’s hip hop KKFR, Mayer, Arizona “Power 98.3.”…..Andrew “Icky” Rosborough joins Cumulus Media’s hot ACKEHK, Eugene, Oregon “Star 102.3” for the program director position. Rosborough previously was executive producer of the “Ryan and Shannon Morning Show on Hubbard’s KSTP-FM, Minneapolis “KS 95.” He’ll also host the afternoon drive show…..LM Communications gives new duties to WKLC, Charleston, West Virginia “ROCK 105” program director Chili Walker. He is named operations manager and begins programming sister classic hits simulcast WMXE, Charleston/WWQB, Westwood, Kentucky, as well.
Nielsen Client Conference Wrap-Up. Radio consultant Holland Cooke files his final report summing up the events at the Friday sessions of the Nielsen Audio Client Conference. In this piece, he reports on Edison Research president Larry Rosin’s one-on-one with progressive talk personality Stephanie Miller; Arnold Worldwide Global creative officer Jim Elliott’s presentation about creating advertising that works; a report on the music habits of Millennials from Nielsen Entertainment VP Insights and Analytics Julianne Schiffer; plus thoughts about the radio business from Millennial Zach Sang and Baby Boomer Mark Thompson. Read Holland Cooke’s entire report here.
RIP Brad Saul. Radio pro Brad Saul passed away at his home in Chicago on Friday, December 4 at age 55 after a 25-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Saul was president and CEO of WebTalkRadio.net and was CEO of radio syndicator Matrix Media. He is survived by his wife Debbie, and his 16-year-old triplets, Gabrielle, Brennan and Griffen. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian writes more about Saul and his career here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Former Beasley Miami market manager Joe Bell joins Brewer Media in Chattanooga where he’ll serve as market manager for that company’s five station cluster. Bell served with Beasley in Miami for 15 years prior to Beasley’s asset swap with CBS RADIO. In Chattanooga, Brewer Media operates rhythmic oldies WMPZ “Groove 93,” hip hop WJTT “Power 94,” country WPLZ “Big 95.3,” sports talk WALV “ESPN Chattanooga,” and “Cat Country 106.9” on translator W295BI…..Jay Gleason is the new operations manager for Adams Radio Group’s Delmarva region rock stations — active rock WZBH, Georgetown, Delaware “93.5 The Beach” and classic rock WGBG, Seaford, Delaware “Big 98.5.”…..Tracy Taylor joins Max Radio’s rhythmic oldies KJHM, Denver “Jammin’ 101.5” for weekends…..CodComm-owned adult hits WFRQ, Harwich Port, Massachusetts “Frank 93.5” (Cape Cod market) brings married radio duo Dave and Ana Fesmire aboard to host “The Frank Morning Show,” replacing the exiting Stephanie Viva who returns to crosstown hot AC WCOD to reunite with former partner Dan Mahoney for the “Dan and Stephanie Morning Show” beginning Monday (11/23). Viva exited WCOD in 2014.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The Grammy Award-winning band Train will perform at the official opening of CBS RADIO’s new New York performance space on Tuesday (11/24). The company announces the opening of the Adorama Live Theatre in Hudson Square in Manhattan, saying it will “serve as a showcase for artists, newsmakers, top athletes and other special guests.” It will play host to events from its six New York market radio stations. The company says that in the coming weeks the theatre will present performances by Southside Johnny and Shaggy, as well as live interviews with Chris Martin from Coldplay and Charles Osgood, host of “CBS Sunday Morning” and the syndicated radio feature “The Osgood Files.” Today’s announcement marks the launch of CBS RADIO’s 11th performance space, joining outlets in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Detroit, among others…..The “Lamont & Tonelli Morning Show” (pictured here with Lamont on the left and Tonelli on the right) from Cumulus Media’s rock KSAN, San Francisco “107.7 The Bone” is holding its 22nd annual “Do Not Drink & Drive Show” on Monday, November 23. During the program, the duo will drink alcohol while periodically being monitored by a member of the San Francisco Police Department – via Breathalyzer – to demonstrate how quickly a person can exceed the legal blood alcohol limit and replace common sense with foolish and reckless behavior that endangers lives…..Tony Zazza, host of “Zazza Mornings with Cheree” on WAOA, Melbourne, Florida “107.1 WA1A,” through his non-profit Zazza Community Foundation, is presenting the Jingle Jet promotion that benefits local families who’ve met hardships and have been nominated by family members and friends. Families flying on the Jingle Jet will depart Orlando Melbourne International Airport with non-stop service to Santa’s North Pole. After a quick flight around the skies of the Space Coast, Jingle Jet will return to the airport where upon arrival, the families will enter a designated area that has been transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painters, snowmen, balloon artists and more. Each family will also be presented with their own Christmas tree, gifts and holiday trimmings.
New Fantasy Sports Platform Provides Radio with Turnkey Method of Tapping into Booming DFS Industry. Tampa, Florida-based FantasyNXS is providing a custom-designed way for radio stations, networks, and personalities to generate revenue from the booming fantasy sports industry. FantasyNXS is the first online mall for daily fantasy sports (“DFS”). According to company president and CEO, David B. Hirsch, “Our platform enables radio stations, networks and personalities to get into the DFS business at no cost and provides them with a new and engaging way to monetize their audience.” Hirsch adds, “When a broadcast entity joins FantasyNXS as a partner, we create a customized hub or ‘storefront’ for them that features their branding, content and contests. It also has its own, easy-to-remember URL on our site, which facilitates off-line promotion and advertising.” What distinguishes FantasyNXS from the current big dogs in the fantasy sports business – DraftKings and FanDuel? Hirsch tells TALKERS that FantasyNXS provides a different business model, more game formats and free-to-enter promotional contests. He states, “Our business model is completely different. Think of us as the first online shopping mall for daily fantasy sports. Our platform enables third parties to get into the DFS business for themselves. We build a customized hub or storefront for our partners on our website. We then create contests for them designed to appeal to their target audience. These contests appear in their hub and in the general game lobby for all FantasyNXS members to play. Our partners promote their contests by driving prospects to their hub. We administer the contests and take care of all compliance and back-office operations. We then split the net proceeds we earn from each contest with our partners.” Hirsch explains, “We also offer more game formats than anyone in the business, including Salary Cap, No Cap and Top-X. We also offer all three of these formats in our proprietary ‘Beat the Pro’ setting, which is ideally suited for radio celebrities. In ‘Beat the Pro,’ all of the contest’s entrants compete head-to-head, but collectively against the celebrity show host. Everyone who beats the celebrity splits a portion of the prize pool. ‘Beat the Pro’ offers a fantastic way for radio personalities to personally engage their audiences.” How do participating broadcasters make money? According to Hirsch, “FantasyNXS works off of a revenue split. Our partners earn a portion of the net proceeds we earn from the contests they promote. Also, our partners are credited as the referring affiliate for all FantasyNXS members who sign-up through their hub. This means recurring revenue every time one of these members enters any cash-entry contest in FantasyNXS. Our turn-key system can put a station into the DFS business with no cost.” Hirsch advises, “We can put radio entities into the DFS business, but they will have to actively promote their contests and drive prospects to their hub. The more they promote, the more money they’ll make.” Broadcasters licensed to states that forbid DFS or have network listeners banned from playing due to their local state laws can become involved in another, non-monetary version of the FantasyNXS platform that specializes in “social gaming.” Has the recent negative news about some states’ stances on fantasy sports impacted the millions of people who regularly play fantasy sports? “Of course,” states Hirsch. “In particular, the recent cease and desist letter presented to FanDuel and DraftKings by the New York State Attorney General has left a lot of fantasy sports fans on the sideline. In the coming months, you’re going to see more of this type of activity as our society comes to grips with the daily fantasy sports phenomenon. We ultimately believe that DFS will continue to thrive, but in a regulated environment.” Broadcasters interested in learning more about FantasyNXS can email Brad Fain at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more information.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; John Elias, board chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at CFRM, Little Current, Ontario, Canada “The Island”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Rob Banks of WYRK, Buffalo; Lauren Haslett of The Galleon, University of Portsmouth’s (UK) official fortnightly newspaper; and Internet sensation The Iceman, 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 (11/11) includes such names as: The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, twenty one pilots, Justin Bieber, Olly Murs, Zara Larsson, Coldplay, The Crookes, Aurora, Cage The Elephant, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Bronze Radio Return, Best Coast, Disclosure, Lorde, Doc West, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Church, Justin Moore, Frankie Ballard, Houston Bernard Band, Chris Lane, Ryan Kinder, GL, OIJ, Feed Me, Kill The Noise, among others. To check out this valuable information, please here.
Jack Diamond Returns to Cumulus Media’s WRQX, Washington; Station Returns to ‘MIX 107.3 Brand.’ New WRQX, Washington programmer Louie Diaz nixed all the local DJs upon arriving at Cumulus Media’s Washington CHR WRQX “D.C.’s 107.3” earlier this week and now we know why. The old morning show’s been disassembled and the station is bringing Jack Diamond and crew back to the daypart effective Friday (11/13). Diamond’s former on-air partners Jimmy Alexander and Erica Hilary will rejoin him. At the same time, the station is returning to the “MIX 107.3” brand but announces it will kick off “the holiday season with 100% Christmas music.” Morning personality Sarah Fraser remains with WRQX hosting the midday show. Co-host Ty Bentli stays with the company anchoring special award show Backstage broadcasts for Westwood One, and current midday talent Melony Torres heads up I-95 to New York City to join the staff at hot AC WPLJ. On returning to WRQX, Diamond comments, “Washington, DC is my hometown. To have been able to build an amazing brand like ‘Mix 107.3’ and the ‘Jack Diamond Morning Show’ and ride that wave for 24 years was an absolute gift from you to all of us who contributed to that project. Yes, you can go home again and if you’re lucky enough, you have a chance to make it even better the second time.”
Cat Thomas to Program Hubbard Radio’s WSHE, Chicago. A little more than eight months ago, Hubbard Radio changed the calls and re-branded hot AC WILV “Chicago’s 100.3” as “100.3 WSHE.” Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports the station has a new program director as Cat Thomas takes over after Marty Bender exited that post for personal reasons back in July. Thomas had been with Entercom in Austin as vice president of programming until he exited the cluster in July. Paul Webber has been serving as interim program director and he’ll serve as assistant program director for WSHE as well as sister classic hits WDRV. Thomas says in a statement, “I am beyond excited about this opportunity with the best company in the business — Hubbard Radio. The programming team in Chicago has done a fantastic job of launching and branding WSHE. I’m looking forward to collaborating with everyone on the team and leading SHE to even bigger successes, accomplishing all our goals and setting new ones.”
Rich ‘The Bull’ Gaenzler Named Morning Host at Classic Rock WGRF, Buffalo. Replacing market legend Larry Norton will be a challenge for Cumulus Media and the company fills his role from within its Buffalo cluster moving Rich “The Bull” Gaenzler over from rock WEDG “Rock Radio 103.3 The Edge” to classic rocker WGRF “97 Rock.” Norton retires on December 4 and Gaenzler will lead the morning cast of Rob Lederman, Christine Klein and producer Steve Tripi, beginning Monday, December 7. Gaenzler also hosts a daily sports talk show on the cluster’s WHLD “Sports Radio 1270 The Fan” from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. He started his radio career at WCMF, Rochester back in 1988, as a production intern for Larry Norton. Prior to joining WEDG almost 18 years ago, he was at WCMF-AM “Sports Radio 990” where he did news/sports/traffic for Brother Wease and later produced the show. Gaenzler comments, “It’s such a massive opportunity. I have to thank the Cumulus organization both at our headquarters in Atlanta and locally here for putting their faith in me to maintain and grow such a great product. Playing QB essentially for such a storied franchise with so much history is an incredible undertaking. Hopefully, my 18 years in Buffalo with ‘The Edge,’ ‘The Fan,’ and the Bills Radio Network has prepared me for this next stop on my radio journey. Ultimately, the hope is that who and what you’re talking about day-to-day will start with us in the mornings on ‘97 Rock.’”
Cox Names Kara Leigh Night Jock for ‘B98.5’ Atlanta. The Atlanta native and one-time WSB-FM intern returns to full-time radio in the market hosting the evening show on Cox Media Group’s hot AC WSB-FM “B98.5.” Cox Atlanta director of branding and programming Chris Eagan says, “Kara previously did middays at ‘95.5 The Beat’ from 2007 to 2010. It’s great to have her back on the air full time entertaining Atlanta.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The Tulsa radio cluster of E.W. Scripps names David Abel the new vice president and general manager. Abel moves to Tulsa from his most recent position with Apex Broadcasting’s Charleston and Hilton Head, South Carolina operations. In Tulsa, Scripps operates country KVOO and KXBL, classic hits KBEZ, CHR KHTT and news/talk KFAQ…..iHeartMedia personality Michelle Buckles is the new midday jock at the company’s country KBEB, Sacramento “B92.5.” She’ll continue to host her afternoon show at country KZSN, Wichita “102.1 The Bull” by voice tracking it. The company’s KEEY, Minneapolis-based Amy James had been voice-tracking the KBEB show…..At non-commercial triple A KCMP, Minneapolis “The Current,” Andrea Swensson is the new host and producer of the station’s Sunday evening “The Local Show,” effective January 10, 2016. Swensson is a music writer who pens the Local Current blog.
Radio Programmer Kristopher Jones Launches M:3 Consulting Firm. The new “independent custom music programming firm” M:3 MERGE MUSIC MEDIA is headed by Kristopher Jones, a 22-year programming pro who’s worked at Jones Radio Networks, Dial Global and Westwood One. Jones comments, “Dynamic change is occurring in our industry right now. Some programming providers have eliminated music programming choices. I’m excited about M:3 because it’s more than just custom programming, it’s individualized expert help. Our goal is to merge the broadcaster’s vision and my experience with their unique competitive situation.” M:3 is being repped by independent affiliate relations firm The Show Must Go On!
By Howard B. Price
ABC Television Network
Director, Business Continuity
As The New York Times reported, the outage – triggered by the failure of a relay at a Canadian power station – was the result of a cascading failure across the northeast power grid. Systems were overloaded – and in some cases, automatically shut down – plunging New Jersey, New York and New England into darkness for as long as 13 hours. Some 30 million people across 80,000 square miles were impacted.