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September PPM Data and RadioInfo‘s ‘Twelve Takeaways.’ Rather than distributing ratings information for 12-PPM markets apiece over a four-day period as it generally does, Nielsen Audio doubled up its September 2015 schedule. It released data from 23 markets this past Tuesday (Tampa is being delayed) and 24 markets the following day (Wednesday, 9/30). See all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here. Simultaneous with that, RadioInfo enthusiastically unveils an augmented modification of our already powerful ratings coverage as managing editor Mike Kinosian expands his “Top Ten Takeaways” to encompass all markets every month. In this fourth and final “Twelve Takeaways” overview of September 2015 results, we focus on noteworthy happenings in Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Middlesex-Somerset-Union, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. The September 2015 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.
1) Milwaukee – You don’t often see a market dominant station suddenly change its logo and on-air moniker but that is just what iHeartMedia‘s WRIT has done, dropping “Oldies 95.7” in favor of “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits.” Not only does “Big FM” rank first for the fourth straight sweep, it racks up its seventh successive positive trend (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 9.5 – 10.1 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 11.2, 6+). All this as the classic hits-oldies station continues getting closer to its recent best, a 12.2 in the “Holiday” 2014 report, when WRIT played all-Christmas music. Since February, “Big” has improved by exactly five full-shares. Following four straight downward trends for a cumulative -3.7 or roughly a loss of 37% (10.1 – 8.4 – 8.0 – 7.1 – 6.4, 6+), Scripps talker/Milwaukee Brewers flagship WTMJ picks up three-tenths (to 6.7), jumping from fifth to a tie at #2. Up or flat the past six sweeps (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+), urban contemporary sibling WKKV “V-100.7 Jams” decreases by seven-tenths to 5.4, but remains at #7. The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 – The Mix,” which was -.9 in July; +.8 in August; and now -.7 in September (6.7 – 5.8 – 6.6 – 5.9, 6+); “Mix” slips from fourth to sixth. Both FM country outlets keep their August rankers in a basically flat month: Scripps’ WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” adds one-tenth to 3.4 (#12), while iHeartMedia’s WMIL “Milwaukee’s Best Country” (#2) is down or flat for the seventh consecutive sweep for a net loss of four full-shares (10.7 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 9.5 – 8.4 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.7, 6+).
2) Indianapolis – After seven straight decreases for a cumulative loss of 3.7 shares and approximately -48% (7.7 – 7.2 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM “93.9 The Beat” dials up a +.6 to 4.6 and re-enters the top ten (#12 to #9). In advance of a -.2 in July, WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” gained a combined +2.3 by being up or steady in eight of the previous nine ratings periods (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 7.6, 6+). The Entercom CHR follows up August’s strong +1.1 with a +.2 (to 8.7) and repeats at #1. Displaced by WZPL at the top spot in August, Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7” falters by six-tenths in September (8.3 – 7.9 – 7.3, 6+), sliding from second to third. Up six-tenths in August and seven-tenths in July, iHeartMedia‘s WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” forfeits that combined total (plus two-tenths) to move from fourth to fifth (5.8 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 5.6, 6+). Prior to July’s +.7, WFBQ had been down or flat in the preceding three sweeps (6.4 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 5.8, 6+).
3) Middlesex – Notwithstanding that it registers a gain of six-tenths (6.1 – 6.7, 6+), CBS Radio New York City classic hits-oldies outlet WCBS-FM is evicted from the penthouse after three straight months. “New York’s Greatest Hits” swaps places with Townsquare Media talker WKXW “New Jersey 101.5,” which explodes by +1.5 (6.0 – 7.5, 6+). This is the strongest 6+-share since March (7.7) for “New Jersey 101.5,” which had been down or flat the past three sweeps (6.8 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.0, 6+). By gaining nine-tenths, Greater Media adult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3” erases the majority of August’s -1.1 (4.7 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+), thus returning to seventh from tenth. Owing to its September -1.1 (4.0 – 2.9, 6+), Cumulus Media New York City country outlet WNSH “Nash FM” has its lowest 6+-performance since March (2.8) and plummets from #8 to #13. Frozen on 2.2 (6+) in July and August, co-owned talker WABC skids by nine-tenths to 1.3, dropping from #19 to #23. Down or flat the fourth successive sweep for a combined -1.2 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 2.5, 6+), Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” spirals from #11 to #18.
4) Providence – Albeit off by (a scant) one-tenth (9.0 – 8.9, 6+), Hall Communications country property WCTK “98.1 Cat Country” ranks first for the fifth consecutive ratings period. Owing to a robust gain of eight-tenths (to 7.7), Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” applies the brakes to seven straight down or flat trends that yielded a cumulative -3.5 (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 6.9, 6+). “Today’s Hit Music” jumps from sixth to a tie for second-place with iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101,” which drops three-tenths – thus curtailing six successive progressive or flat monthlies for a combined +3.3 (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.9 – 6.5 – 7.2 – 8.0 – 8.0, 6+). Following an August improvement of seven-tenths, “B-101” hot AC cluster-mate WSNE “Coast 93.3” returns six-tenths (6.3 – 7.0 – 6.4, 6+) of it to slide from fifth to sixth. Even though it still operates under a one-share, talk sibling WHJJ has not had a negative trend in the past six sweeps (.5 – .5 – .6 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .8, 6+). For the fifth consecutive time, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI (third to fifth) is in negative territory (10.4 – 9.2 – 8.4 – 7.3 – 7.2 – 6.9, 6+) and “Lite Rock 105” is -3.5 in that stretch.
5) Raleigh – Fueled by a full-share gain in August enabling it to proceed from second to first, Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5” regresses by seven-tenths (7.8 – 8.8 – 8.1, 6+) and returns to the runner-up slot. It swaps places with Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best Country” (8.5, 9.2, +.7+), which had been #1 the previous six sweeps. Prior to August, the last time “Mix” was in the driver’s seat was “Holiday” 2014 (14.0); this is the fifth time in the last six ratings periods that “Mix” has finished second. In addition to “Today’s Best Country,” Radio One gospel WNNL “The Light 103.9” advances by seven-tenths to 4.8 (6+), but remains at #9; “The Light” had been stuck on 4.1 in July and August. Gaining by six-tenths each are co-owned urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” (5.8, eighth to sixth, 6+); and iHeartMedia cluster-mates WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7” (seventh to fifth); and talker WTKK (3.9, #12 to #10). Over and above its +.6, “Classic Rock 100.7” registers its eighth straight up or flat trend (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+), ballooning by nearly three full-shares in that span. After faltering by one-half share in August, public WUNC declines by another nine-tenths (7.0 – 6.5 – 5.6, 6+), slumping from fourth to seventh. Three straight upticks by WBBB “Radio 96.1” in May, June, and July accounted for a combined +1.9 (5.2 – 5.6 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), but the Curtis Media Group adult hits outlet follows a -1.0 in August with a -.6 (6.1 – 5.5, 6+) to stumble from sixth to eighth.
6) Norfolk – Energized by a lofty +1.5, Entercom adult contemporary WWDE “2WD” (fifth to fourth) logs its strongest 6+-share (6.6) since “Holiday” 2014 (9.2), when it played all-Christmas music. Even though it is down in back-to-back sweeps (11.8 – 11.2 – 11.0, 6+), urban AC cluster-mate WVKL is #1 for an amazing 39th straight time and is in double-digits for the 21st consecutive survey. For the ninth consecutive sweep, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “Jamz” (10.0 – 10.4, +.4, 6+) ranks second. The 2.5-share advantage Max Broadcast Group CHR WVHT “Hot 100.5” enjoyed over iHeartMedia‘s similarly-formatted WNOH “Now 105” is cut to eight-tenths as “Hot” (seventh to ninth) drops -1.2 (4.8 – 3.6, 6+), while “Now” (#13 to #11) gains one-half share (2.3 – 2.8, 6+). Having put together three successive positive trends (1.6 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.3, 6+), “Hot 100.5” gospel sibling WGH-AM “Star 1310” regresses by six-tenths to 1.7 (#13 to #15).
7) Nashville – Casting aside four successive downtrends (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+), WGFX “The Zone” scores a +1.2 (to 5.4) as the Cumulus Media sports outlet climbs from ninth to sixth. When Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA registered a +.6 in August bringing it to an even 10.0 (6+), “Mix 92.9” ended four straight negative territory monthlies totaling a combined -2.5 (11.9 – 11.6 – 11.0 – 9.6 – 9.4, 6+). Now, “Mix” adds another six-tenths and is #1 for the 42nd successive monthly and in double-digits (6+) for the eighth time in the past ten sweeps. Back in July, an impressive +1.1 enabled iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT to cruise from fourth to second. In back-to-back sweeps though, it is off by six-tenths (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.2, 6+), with “The Beat” shifting from third (in August) to fifth. Underscoring just how bunched together all three Nashville FM country outlets are is the fact that they hold the market’s #8, #9, and #10 positions; each, however, is down from August. It is the third straight dip for iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98” (5.6 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.0), which slides from seventh to eighth. Off by one-half share (4.7 – 4.2, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WKDF “Nash FM” drops one ranker as well (#8 to #9). Co-owned WSM-FM has its third successive negative or flat trend (4.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+) – but “Nash Icon” holds steady at #10. After the dust clears, the combined (6+) share for these three country facilities decreases from 14.1 (in July and August) to 13.1.
8) Greensboro – Big news here is the mammoth +1.6 registered by Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL taking “The #1 Hit Music Station” from eighth to fifth and giving it the highest 6+-share (7.0) in its PPM-history. Having dropped nine-tenths in July, WKZL regained one-half share in August. More yoyo numbers for iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “Kiss-FM,” which had a robust +1.0 in June; declined by -1.1 in July; racked up +1.4 in August; and now declines by seven-tenths (5.6 – 6.6 – 5.5 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+). “Kiss” occupied the #9 slot for 22 successive sweeps, before progressing to #8 in February; #7 in March; back in its familiar #9 spot in April; tied at #8 in May; sixth in June; eighth in July; fifth in August; and now seventh in September. After eroding by -1.3 to 8.4, its lowest 6+-share in more than four years, Entercom urban AC WQMG is up by one-tenth (to 8.5) and “The Best R&B and Old School” is #1 for the sixth consecutive sweep. In July, the one-tenth WQMG gained (to 9.7), curtailed four successive downward trends (10.2 – 9.9 – 9.8 – 9.7 – 9.6, 6+). Steady at #3, adult hits sibling WSMW “Simon” regains the three-tenths it lost in August, thus halting five successive downturns that produced a cumulative -3.3 (10.5- 9.3 – 9.0 – 8.1 – 7.5 – 7.2, 6+). Prior to July, “Simon” had not fallen below an eight-share (6+) since June 2014 (7.7). Following back-to-back modest increases (5.9 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+), co-owned country WPAW “The Wolf” regresses by -1.2, backtracking from fifth to eighth; 5.2 is the lowest 6+-share for “The Wolf” since March (5.1). The one-tenth advantage public WFDD had over iHeartMedia talker WPTI vanishes, as WPTI gains seven-tenths to 3.3 (#12 to #11), while WFDD drops six-tenths to 2.1 (#11 to #12). Wake Forest University-owned WFDD had been up or flat the previous six sweeps (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+).
9) West Palm Beach – Putting an end to three successive ratings periods in which it was down or flat (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia talker WZZR “Real Radio 94.3” gains six-tenths (to 2.9) and holds down the #9 spot for the 11th straight sweep. Conversely, adult contemporary sibling WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” – up or flat the past three monthlies (6.8 – 6.8 – 7.1 – 7.4, 6+) – falters by seven-tenths to 6.7; “Kool” is #2 for the third consecutive time. Stalled at a one-share (6+) in June, July, and August, Moody Bible Institute‘s WRMB (steady at #13) gains two tenths, posting its fifth consecutive monthly without a decline (.8 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+). On top of the West Palm Beach ratings battle for the 13th successive sweep, Digity Media hot AC WRMF (+1.2 in August) maintains its 11.3, the highest 6+-share by any West Palm Beach station in the PPM-era. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, iHeartMedia’s WBZT “1230 The Talk Station” (repeating at #14) notches a .1 – just as it has in eight of the last nine ratings periods, including the past seven. Steady at #11, co-owned talker WJNO is down or flat for the fourth straight time (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3, 6+).
10) Jacksonville – On the heels of a +.8 in August, Cox Media Group talker WOKV (#4 for the third straight time) adds one-half share to 8.0, its highest 6+-share since November 2013, when it reached 9.9. By gaining three-tenths (to 4.2), co-owned urban-rhythmic oldies WHJX “V-101.5 Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B” curtails three straight negative sweeps that resulted in a combined -.1.1 (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+); “V-101.5” moves from #12 to a three-way logjam at #11. Powered by a gain of eight-tenths (3.4 – 4.2, 6+), public WJCT reaches the four-share level for the first time since February 2011 (4.0) to advance from #13 to that very same three-way tie at #11. After flaunting a +1.3 in August, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ sputters by seven-tenths, but “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” remains #1 for the 16th consecutive ratings period and is in double-digits for the tenth straight time (10.6 – 11.9 – 11.2, 6+). Co-owned WGNE improved by four-tenths in August – following three successive negative trends (7.0 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 5.0, 6+) – but now drops six-tenths (5.0 – 5.4 – 4.8, 6+); “Gator Country” returns to eighth from sixth. Faltering by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia urban contemporary and CHR cluster-mates WJBT “93.3 The Beat” (5.0 – 4.3, eighth to ninth, 6+) and WKSL “Kiss FM” (4.9 – 4.2, tenth to eleventh, 6+).
11) Memphis – A lofty gain of nine-tenths (6.0 – 6.9, 6+) propels Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “Continuous Soft Rock The River” from sixth to fourth. Following four successive upticks (1.7 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+), co-owned country WLFP “The Wolf” dropped one-tenth in August, but “The Wolf” roars back with a +.6 to 3.1 (6+), progressing from #15 to a tie at #11. Likewise making a +.6 improvement (to 8.5) is iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK, which pulls the plug on four successive down or flat trends (9.0 – 8.6 – 8.4 – 8.4 – 7.9, 6+). This is the seventh straight time that “K-97.1” finishes at #2. Meanwhile, urban AC sibling KJMS “V-101” dusts itself off from August’s -1.5 by adding three-tenths (10.4 – 8.9 – 9.2, 6+) and is #1 for the ninth straight sweep. Having had (modest) back-to-back dips (4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+), Flinn Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KXHT “Hot 107.1” (ninth to seventh) registers a +.7 to 5.0, its best (6+) showing since last December (5.3). Locked on 6.9 (6+) in July and August, Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO posts a one-half share gain to 7.4, as “Soul Classics and Today’s R&B” climbs from fifth to third. A loss of 1.2 to 6.6 by iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WDIA “1070 – The Heart & Soul of Memphis” (third to fifth) follows three consecutive hefty increases (5.2 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.8, 6+). Gospel sibling WHAL “Halleluiah” gained seven-tenths in June; forfeited all of that increase in July; rebounded with a +1.1 in August; but now relinquishes nine-tenths (6.4 – 7.1 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 6.6, 6+) to move from fourth to a fifth-place tie with WDIA. After back-to-back increases producing a combined +1.2 (2.5 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+), talk sibling WREC (#10 to #11) regresses by six-tenths to 3.1. In late-February, Cumulus Media transitioned talk WKIM to “The Vibe Classic Hip-Hop” and saw no dramatic (6+) movement in March (1.6), April (1.7), May (1.6), June (2.0), or July (1.8). “The Vibe” erupted with a +1.2 (to 3.0) in August, but sputters by seven-tenths to 2.3 in September, drifting from #11 to #15.
12) Hartford – Registering an extremely rare August – September (2015) gain in excess of two full-shares is CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH (8.7 – 10.8, +2.1, 6+). “Lite 100.5” is Hartford’s market leader for the eleventh time in the last twelve sweeps – including the past three. While it is the first time “Lite” has achieved double-digits (6+) since March (10.2), 10.8 is its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2014 (15.2). Despite improving by a lofty +1.3 (4.8 – 6.1, 6+) co-owned talker WTIC-AM remains at #8. Rhythmic CHR sibling WZMX “Hot 93.7” tacks on six-tenths to the half-share it gained in August (6.1 – 6.6 – 7.2, 6+) to inch up from fifth to third. In back-to-back sweeps, Connoisseur Media classic rocker WDRC has produced a combined +1.4 (5.3 – 6.2 – 6.7, 6+) as “The Whale” advances from seventh to fifth. Within the iHeartMedia cluster, classic hits-oldies WHCN “The River 105.9” recedes by eight-tenths (7.8 – 7.0, second to fourth, 6+), while CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7” drops six-tenths (6.9 – 6.3, 6+) falling from fourth to seventh.
Beasley Addresses Bubba the Love Sponge’s Guilt in Ratings Tampering Matter. A press release from Beasley Media Group reports that Nielsen Audio determined that Bubba the Love Sponge (a.k.a. Todd Clem) – who provides his show to the company’s WBRN, Tampa as a program supplier – was contacted by a Tampa market PPM panelist and that he “attempted to influence the listening habits of the PPM holder.” A statement from Beasley Media Group president Bruce Beasley indicates the Beasley and Bubba will continue to do business, but is vague about action to be taken against Bubba. “Beasley strongly condemns the actions of Mr. Clem, who has provided syndicated programming to radio broadcasters for many years and is not a company employee. We are taking appropriate steps to ensure that such conduct does not occur in the future. These steps include, but are not limited to, compliance training for Mr. Clem and his employees and the distribution of guidelines reiterating the importance of avoiding conduct that could cause ratings distortion, to all Beasley employees.” WBRN will have to do without the September PPM figures because, while Nielsen confirms Bubba’s conduct “has no impact on the Tampa Bay radio market ratings because the improper activity was discovered in a timely manner and it [Nielsen] moved quickly to remove the PPM holder’s results from the survey,” the station will not be included in the September 2015 Tampa ratings report.
Entercom Debuts New AM Show on Urban Contemporary KBLX, San Francisco. The Entercom-owned station will drop the Steve Harvey syndicated morning show and launch a new morning drive program on Monday, October 12 featuring Bay Area comedian and entertainer Mark Curry with KBLX personalities Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza and Kimmie Taylor. Program director Stacy Cunningham states, “The KBLX audience has been asking for a live and local morning show and we’re giving them exactly that. I’m so excited to have such great talent on the KBLX airwaves, and it’s an honor and privilege to put together a local morning show that will not only be engaging and entertaining, but will also be an integral part of our listeners’ daily lives.” Curry is a nationally known comic whose television work has included a starring role on the ABC sitcom “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and serving as a host of the syndicated series, “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.”
iHeartMedia Re-Ups with Power 105’s Charlamagne Tha God. Morning drive personality Charlamagne Tha God (left) signs an extension with iHeartMedia to continue hosting WWPR, New York’s “The Breakfast Club” with co-hosts Angela Yee (center) and DJ Envy (right). The hip hop morning show will celebrate its 5th anniversary this December and iHeartMedia SVP of programming Thea Mitchem states, “Charlamagne is a unique and authentic talent whose honest and straightforward style on ‘The Breakfast Club’ helps drive and shape not just hip hop culture but pop culture. ‘The Breakfast Club’ team’s incredible connection with both artists and listeners, plus the unrivaled artist and celebrity interviews, entertainment news and fresh music mixes make it the most informative and entertaining urban morning show in the country.” The program is simulcast on REVOLT TV.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Entercom Milwaukee cluster, a morning drive talent shuffle moves personality Wes McKane from CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss FM” to hot AC WMYX “The Mix” alongside Elizabeth Kay for the “Wes & Elizabeth” morning show. The WXSS morning show gives The Judge a permanent role on the program now called, “Riggs, Alley and The Judge.”…..Programmer Johnathan “JR” Reed moves from iHeartMedia’s Austin, Texas cluster where he programmed CHR KHFI and hip hop KPEZ to the company’s Savannah, Georgia station group to take the programming seat at WAEV “97.3 Kiss FM.”
‘Z89’ Reunion in Atlanta. A number of broadcasters who attended Syracuse University and worked at the school’s FM station – WJPZ, Syracuse – got together for a photo while attending the NAB Radio Show last week. Pictured here (from l-r) are: Danno Wolkoff, Envision Networks; Steven Krainin, president and general manager, WJPZ-FM, Syracuse; Tony Renda, general manager, Renda Broadcasting and president, MaxiRate; and Rocco Macri, CEO, PromoSuite.
‘Hot 97’ New York Morning Man Peter Rosenberg Takes on WEPN Sports Talk Role. New York morning drive radio personality Peter Rosenberg is joining the Michael Kay show on ESPN’s crosstown sports talker WEPN “ESPN New York 98.7.” Rosenberg is host of Emmis-owned hip hop HOT 97’s morning drive show – a position he will continue. Rosenberg will join Don LaGreca – himself recently inked to a contract renewal – as co-hosts with Kay. On this added gig, he comments, “I’m thrilled and thankful for this opportunity to be a part of the 98.7 family and to be part of a show that I have always loved with two guys that I couldn’t respect and admire more. By working for both 98.7 and HOT 97, I’m able to contribute to a wide variety of topics I’m passionate about and provide listeners with a fresh perspective on not just hip hop, but sports, lifestyle, and more.” He begins his new duties today (9/15).He begins his new duties today (9/15).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. After almost a year co-hosting the morning drive show on Mt. Wilson Broadcasters-owned country outlet KKGO, Los Angeles “Go Country 105,” Debra Mark exits the station. The program continues with Graham Bunn handling the “Graham in the Morning” show solo…..Entercom’s new South Florida alternative rock WSFS, Miami “104.3 The Shark” (formerly WAXY-FM) brings Deena Lang aboard as midday personality. She previously was with adult contemporary WRMF, West Palm Beach…..WAY Media chief operating officer Lloyd Parker names Tim Dukes general manager and Bryan Johns operations director of the company’s new WAY-FM-formatted station in Dallas. Dukes comes to WAY-FM after operations and marketing positions at NextMedia Group and Tribune Interactive in Chicago. Bryan Johns returns home to Dallas after eight years as operations director at WAY-FM in Louisville.
JVC Media Launches AC Format on WXJZ, Gainesville, Florida. Gone is the CHR format and the “Party 100.9” brand on JVC Media’s WXJZ, Gainesville, and in is adult contemporary on the new “Smooth 100.9.” JVC Media VP/COO Victor Canales says, “This radio station was designed to be a partner to the community and a complement to our sister station in the market – [classic hits] WOW-FM 104.9. This will be the station that you don’t shut off, morning, noon and night. We are planning a ton of concerts, events and promotions that will really make an impact on the community and bring excitement to the streets of Gainesville. This is a really smooth sounding station.”
Shamrock Returns ‘Z Rock’ to Reno. The company says that on the 25th anniversary of the birth of the original “Z Rock” in Reno, it will flip KZTI to hard rock as “105.3 Z Rock.” Shamrock Communications had been stunting over the weekend after dropping the adult standards format on KZTI. Program director Willobee Carlan says the station will feature core artists such as: AC/DC, ZZ Top, Metallica, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, and Ozzy Osbourne. He adds, “We saw an opportunity to fill a programming hole in our market. Reno wants a true rock station and ‘Z Rock’ will be a ‘flamethrower of rock.’”
IAB Presents Podcasting ‘Upfront.’ The recent “Upfront Showcase” held in New York City by the Interactive Advertising Bureau was held in response to the medium’s recent and meteoric rise on the mainstream consumer’s and advertiser’s radar. TALKERS and RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay reports, “The Interactive Advertising Bureau put together the event to highlight some of the top-flight podcasters, along with some of the companies at the forefront of digital success and their advertiser successes.” IAB president/CEO Randall Rothenberg explains, “We’re here responding to market demand. Why are we here? The success of ‘Serial’ and President Obama’s interview on ‘WTF with Marc Maron’ – these shows have opened up eyes to podcasting.” Attendee and VP of digital sales for AdLarge, Jay Green states, “You’re saying, ‘I want to hear what this host has to say,’ and that becomes a brand. For advertisers, the spot load is very low. It’s not intrusive. And, the ads are integrated into the show, discussed by the host with their own brand and style.” Read McKay’s entire report from the IAB “Upfront Showcase” here.
Michael Harrison and Consultant Holland Cooke Discuss ‘How Digital Media is Rewiring the Human Nervous System.’ In the latest installment of Podcast One’s international hit “Up Close and Far Out” posted today (9/15), noted radio and media consultant Holland Cooke joins host Michael Harrison in a discussion of what Harrison describes as the five major tenets of digital media’s effect on the way human nervous systems are becoming “rewired” going into the 21st century. According to Harrison, here are the five major tenets of modern-day media theory for commercial practitioners to consider (from five to one in order of importance):
5. The magic of 20th century media is rapidly disappearing. Radio, television, film, print and records do not carry the same level of mystique that they did for most of our lifetimes. It is no longer just enough getting past the gatekeeper and “being there.” Everybody is or has direct access to being a media star. This development democratizes production and distribution but significantly raises the bar on what must be achieved to actually attract attention and display panache in an increasingly noisy world.
4. Loss of privacy. It is becoming increasingly impossible to engage in modern life “on the grid” and preserve the level of privacy that many consider vital to maintain dignity and personal freedom. It is becoming increasingly treacherous to be famous or a “celebrity.” Media whores beware! It is dangerous out there.
3. Life is becoming one big crazy reality show. Look no further than the media circus known as the 2016 presidential election to see this process at work – punctuated by the adventures of the greatest media exhibitionist of our time, Donald Trump. The once well-defined boundaries between entertainment and real life – fact and fantasy – are becoming increasingly blurred.
2. The rise of the techno-psychic. Modern-day instantaneous communications and data accumulation, punctuated by multi-tasking, social media, and the individual’s immediate access to everyone and all publically archived information, is transforming the human race (Homo sapiens) into a technologically induced telepathic species. People literally are walking around with the voices of others inside their heads. We are just a handful of short years away from having chips implanted inside our bodies that will replace the inconvenience of having to lug around what we currently call “smartphones.”
1. The coming of the quantum age. Don’t expect the digital era to hang around as long as the analogue era has through all of the 20th century and into the 21st. It will be replaced relatively quickly by something truly “far out.” Our increased understanding and coming to cultural terms with quantum physics is changing everything! Although the development of the quantum computer (which promises to replace the digital computer) is still in its infancy, progress is being made at a rapid rate. Quantum computing will exponentially increase humanity’s influence on the very fabric of time and space themselves. Today’s modern technology will seem as quaint as the horse and buggy in a relatively short time. Harrison advises, “Today’s media practitioners interested in being prepared for the onrushing future should study everything they can about quantum physics and the impact it will have on computing and communications.”
Interestingly, Harrison produced this installment of “Up Close and Far Out” on the road under difficult technological conditions stating, “Our studio back at TALKERS suffered an equipment malfunction and our server was undergoing maintenance. I found myself facing deadline with nothing more than two iPhones and a remote guest (Holland Cooke) who also had nothing more to work with at the moment than an iPhone. Somehow we made it work – although I regret that Holland’s usually mellifluous voice sounds a bit like Rudy Vallee singing on his trademark megaphone. Considering the futuristic nature of our rather esoteric conversation, it is ironic that we produced the show under extremely primitive (by modern standards) conditions. All of us who’ve done radio over the years have had the experience of being forced to play MacGyver. This was one such case. Thank you, Holland Cooke, for being a good sport.”
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Salem Media Group to Acquire Radio Disney Signals. Five more Radio Disney AM signals are on their way to a new owner as Salem Media Group agrees to buy 5,000-watt class B KDIZ-AM, Minneapolis for $375,000; 10,000-watt class B KDDZ, Denver for $550,000; 10,000-watt class B KDZR, Portland for $275,000; 20,000-watt class B WSDZ, St. Louis (licensed to Belleville, Illinois) for $275,000; and 9,800-watt class B WWMI, Tampa-St. Petersburg for $750,000.
Seattle’s ‘End’ Elevates Scott to PD. Two-year KNDD “The End” digital program director Leslie Scott adds responsibilities as traditional PD of the Entercom Seattle alternative facility. Vice president of programming and operations Dave Richards observes, “This is a new day for ‘The End.’ I am excited to hand the leadership of this great radio station to Leslie and watch her take us into our 25th anniversary in Seattle as one the city’s premiere radio brands, and one of America’s premiere alternative radio stations. I look forward to more great things for ‘The End.'” Scott explains that she “obsessed over the alternative stations” of her youth: “It is the format that brought me to radio. It has been a privilege to work with ‘The End’ as digital program director. Leading ‘The End’ into the future as the program director is an incredible honor. We have a great team in-place; I am excited to do awesome things together.” Prior to arriving in Seattle four years ago to be assistant program director of Entercom’s KMTT “The Mountain” (now rhythmic hot AC KHTP), Scott programmed Columbia, Missouri stations KBXR and KBBM. Her resume also includes being assistant program director/music director in Madison, Wisconsin (WMAD) and Savannah, Georgia (WFXH). For Seattle’s last ten Nielsen Audio PPM survey periods, “The End” has been either up or flat (2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+); its 3.8 in July 2015 places it at #9.
Gilliam Promoted to LPM’s Director of Radio. WUOL program director and afternoon host Daniel Gilliam is boosted to director of radio at the Louisville Public Media classical outlet. According to LPM president and general manager Donovan Reynolds, “As we continue to improve the quality of our digital presence, it is essential that we not lose sight of our core business, which is broadcasting. Daniel will make sure that every second of our broadcast is of the highest quality.” Gilliam comments, “I am excited to start this new role. I look forward to working with everyone on our core business of radio/audio, and most importantly, serving our listeners and community.” In addition to his PD and daily on-air duties, Gilliam produces/hosts “African-American Voices” and is pre-concert host for the Louisville Orchestra. Gilliam previously was program director of Minnesota Public Radio. WUOL “Classical 90.5” does not appear in Nielsen Audio‘s spring 2015 Louisville book.
Wes Teska Joins Alpha Media as Director of Interactive Design. Joining the interactive department at Alpha Media is Wes Teska, who’s been named director, interactive design. In this role, Teska will manage design and the brand presence for all Alpha Media web, mobile, social destinations and live event venues. He’ll report to Alpha vice president of interactive Stefan Brock. Teska began his career in radio at age 13 with Oasis Radio Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company was recognized by the Indiana Broadcasting Association for “Best Use of New Media” in 2008 and 2009. During his career he’s also worked for the digital agency Anyone Collective in Los Angeles and New Point Digital in Charleston, South Carolina. Brock says, “Wes is a talented visionary who brings an incredible eye to the team. I am thrilled that he will be joining our team in managing the designers as we expand and move to elevate all brands within the company.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. CHR WKQI, Detroit “Channel 95.5” and morning drive personality Mojo re-ups with iHeartMedia to continue hosting his “Mojo in the Morning” show. Mojo’s co-hosts and producer Spike, Shannon and Rachel, also are renewed…..Service Broadcasting promotes Keith Solis to music director for its Dallas urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7.”…..Changes at Binnie Media’s country WTHT, Portland, Maine “99.9 The Wolf” as a new morning show is unveiled to replace Dave Winsor, who recently exited. Evening host Andy Austin moves to mornings alongside current AM personality Michelle Taylor and local comic – and new addition – Paul Hunt. Taking over for Austin in the night jock position is weekend personality Jeremy Daniels…..Florida radio personality Kayla heads to Las Vegas to become part of the “Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo” program on CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC. She was previously with Cox Media Group in Tampa doing weekends on CHR WPOI and as a cast member of Drew Garabo’s show on WHPT “The Bone.”
Howie Carr Interviewed on This Week’s Installment of ‘Up Close and Far Out.’ Legendary New England crime-busting, corruption-exposing, muckraker Howie Carr is the outspoken guest on this week’s installment (posted 8/25) of the PodcastOne international hit “Up Close and Far Out” hosted by RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison. Carr, whose hot, regional Howie Carr Radio Network is now clearing 24 stations across all six New England states since its launch just over a year ago, discusses his extremely colorful career as an investigative reporter/columnist for the Boston Herald, best-selling author, and mega-successful talk show host with WRKO, Boston. The two talk about Carr’s direct involvement in reporting on and helping bring down infamous mobster Whitey Bulger and doggedly reporting on the political shenanigans of Whitey’s brother Billy Bulger, “chasing” Boston Mayor Kevin White from office, and numerous other “real life adventures” that have put the multi-media personality’s life in danger on more than one occasion. They also discuss the present-day impact that digital media, with its growing obsession for “click bait,” is having on the state of American journalism as well as the political rise of Donald Trump and potential fall of Hillary Clinton. To listen to the entire conversation, please click here or on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of RadioInfo.com.
Beasley Honors its Own. The annual management meeting held last week in Beasley Media Group’s Naples, Florida corporate headquarters included the distribution of the company’s annual Operating Awards. The 2015 honorees include: WIKS-FM – Radio Station of the Year/ Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC; Brad Beasley – General Manager of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; John Candelaria – Program Director of the Year/Las Vegas; Richard Banks – Engineer of the Year/Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC; Lisa Lewis – Business Manager of the Year/Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC; AJ Lurie – Sales Manager of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; Carolyn Cope – Digital Sales Professional of the Year/Boston; Diana Beasley – Digital Content Professional of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; and Denyse Mesnik – CEO Award of Excellence. Pictured here are (l-r, back row): AJ Lurie, Brad Beasley, EVP operations Brian Beasley, VP/market manager Bruce Simel (Eastern NC), president and COO Bruce Beasley, VP finance Marie Tedesco, VP/market manager Tom Humm (Las Vegas), VP digital product development Kimberly Sonneborn, VP engineering and CTO Mike Cooney, and VP programming Justin Chase.
Country Radio and Publicity Giant Jeff Walker Dead at 65. Nashville music, radio and publicity pro Jeff Walker died unexpectedly at age 65 in Nashville yesterday. The Tennessean reports on Walker’s death and his career in the music business that began in 1980 with the formation of AristoMedia Group – a publicity firm that worked in the music, radio and video business. Walker was involved with the CMA Music Fest in which he led the CMA global artists showcase. Read The Tennessean piece here.
Promoting ‘Smoke Break.’ Country star Carrie Underwood (center) stops by the NASH Campus in Nashville on August 24 to promote her new single, “Smoke Break,” off her new Arista Nashville album, Storyteller. She spoke with “NASH Nights Live” hosts Shawn Parr (right) and Elaina Smith (left) about the new record and what it was really like getting into the corset she’s wearing for the “Smoke Break” cover art.
Entercom Launches New Alt Rocker in Miami; Splits WAXY-AM/FM Sports Talk Simulcast. The company says that it has had a lot of success with the alternative rock format in such markets as Seattle, Kansas City and Portland. Now, Entercom will try its hand at alternative in Miami on WAXY-FM “104.3 The Shark.” Sports talk will still be heard on WAXY-AM “790 The Ticket.” As it says in the press release, Entercom will be the only broadcaster in Miami offering an alternative rock format. In a market offering countless Spanish language and pop formats, ‘The Shark’ will certainly stand alone. Entercom says, “‘104.3 The Shark’ will play alternative music that is modern and mainstream, as well as some classic alternative hits.” John O’Connell will program the station. He says, “We conducted extensive local research in South Florida and listeners want an active and modern alternative radio station in South Florida. ‘104.3 The Shark’ will play the very best in modern alternative music from artists including Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, Fall Out Boy, and legendary artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Green Day.”
WMGK Boosts Keegan To GSM. WMGK, Philadelphia local sales manager Rob Keegan is elevated to general sales manager of the Greater Media classic rocker. Greater Media Philadelphia vice president of sales Paul Blake comments, “Rob has done an outstanding job as the local sales manager for WMGK-FM for nearly five years. His collaborative leadership and innovative style has established the station as a top-tier sales organization.” Keegan states, “I am proud to have the opportunity to lead this incredible team at WMGK-FM. The culture of Greater Media Philadelphia is second-to-none; I am excited to further enhance our position in this marketplace.” Prior to joining Greater Media Philadelphia, Keegan spent 20 years at Beasley Broadcast Group, where he led the company’s non-traditional revenue department. The Rowan University graduate is president of the Hamels Foundation, a non-profit founded by Philadelphia Phillies left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels. Among persons 6+ in the latest (July 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM report for Philadelphia, WMGK finishes fourth (5.7), two-tenths behind co-owned rocker WMMR; CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOGL ranks first (6.7, 6+).
It’s Nights To PM Drive for Z-100’s Mo’ Bounce. Six-year WHTZ, “Z-100,” New York evening talent (6:00 pm -10:00 pm) Mo’ Bounce advances to afternoon drive (2:00 pm – 6:00 pm) on the iHeartMedia mainstream CHR. Senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia’s major markets Thea Mitchem remarks, “Mo’ Bounce is an incredible talent who has dominated nights in New York. His transition to afternoons is a natural evolution.” WHTZ program director Mark Medina comments, “Mo’ Bounce is one of the premiere on air talents in the country. His contributions over the past several years have helped solidify ‘Z-100′ as a world-class brand; we are thrilled to have him driving home New York City.” In addition to his “Z-100” on-air duties, Mo’ Bounce is heard on iHeartMedia stations in Washington, DC and Portland.
Coleman Chosen as iHeartMedia Montgomery’s SVP/Programming. Former WOSL “Old School 100.3,” Cincinnati program director Chris Coleman joins iHeartMedia Montgomery as senior vice president of programming. The company’s senior vice president of programming Tom Hanrahan notes, “I am extremely excited to welcome Chris to the iHeartMedia family. Coleman is a strong programmer with a contagious passion to win. His programming experience will make a strong impact and will allow him to ramp up quickly and build immediate relationships with the programming and sales team.” Coleman comments, “Home is where the heart is and I have a new home with iHeartMedia Montgomery. It is indeed a blessing for me to lead such a great team and staff. These stations and brands are iconic in Montgomery and the state of Alabama. Working with [them] is going to be epic.” The appointment is effective one week from Monday (8/31) for Coleman, who previously programmed in Birmingham (WBHK); Mobile (WBLX); and Columbus, Georgia (WFXE). The iHeartMedia Montgomery cluster consists of gospel WHLW “Hallelujah 104.3”; urban AC WWMG “Magic 97”; and urban contemporary WZHT “Hot 105.7.” In Nielsen Audio‘s fall 2014 book for Montgomery (market #158), “Magic 97” places first (10.7, 12+) and “Hot 105.7” and “Hallelujah” are tied for second, just two-tenths behind (each with 10.5, 12+).
Aguilar Named Marketing Director for Alpha Media San Antonio. San Antonio native Jessica Aguilar is the new marketing director for Alpha Media’s seven-station cluster in that city. Most recently, Aguilar has been serving as marketing supervisor at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Prior to that, she was executive assistant to the director of sales at Sinclair San Antonio. In San Antonio, Alpha operates news/talk KTSA. Sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio,” ESPN Deportes, CHR KTFM, adult hits KJXK, regional Mexican KLEY and KSAH.
Mike North to Host Bears Football Post-Game Show on Classic Hits WDRV, Chicago. As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, former longtime Windy City sports talk personality Mike North is hosting a three-hour Chicago Bears post-game program on Hubbard Radio’s classic hits WDRV. As Feder points out, this will be the fifth Bears post-game show to air simultaneously in the market (including the one on play-by-play flagship WBBM-AM and WCFS-FM). North will continue to co-host the daily morning show “FOX Sports Daybreak” with Andy Furman on the FOX Sports Radio Network. Read Feder’s story here.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Replacing Lisa Sanchez on the “Buzz Adams Morning Show” on Townsquare Media’s rock KLAQ, El Paso is Stephanie McMaster. She takes the position after Sanchez moved to afternoons, replacing the late Scott Ronson, who died in May…..A seven-year cast member of Rickey Smiley‘s syndicated morning show, Ebony Steele, signs on with MannGroup Radio to host the 60-second “Ebony Steele Report.” MannGroup Radio owner/president Ed Mann comments, “We are super happy to have her with us.” The entertainment/pop culture feature will debut in the fourth quarter. Steele exited the Smiley show a year ago and was replaced by Claudia Jordan. Elsewhere within MannGroup Radio, “Greg Mack Show” host Greg Mack has a cameo role in the smash hit “Straight Outta Compton.” Recent clearances for his weekend program include KQIE, Riverside; KTGV, Tucson; KKBB, Bakersfield; KOCP, Oxnard-Ventura; and KQAV, Palmdale, California…..Showtime, “Mr. Talk of the Town,” is the new night jock at Radio One’s hip hop WQOK, Raleigh “K97.5.” Showtime has hosted a weekend show on the station since 2010. He says, “Landing nights on ‘K97.5’ is a full circle moment for me and a huge win! I will be doing my part on air and behind the scenes to help Radio One Raleigh maintain its top position in the market. I am extremely excited that I get to do what I love even more in a market that has been good to me and my family.”
Duane Doobie Jr’s 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: Kid Kelly, vice president of music programming at SiriusXM; Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS owned WJMK “K-Hits” & WBBM-FM in Chicago; John Marks, director of Country programming for SiriusXM; on-air personality Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105;” Golden-eared music director Karoline Kramer Gould (also known to her followers as Momma K) at WJCU 88.7 FM; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” Jayn, golden-eared afternoon talent/music director/asst. program director at Alice 93.7, San Francisco; plus 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 (8/12) includes such names as: Hailee Steinfeld, Shawn Mendes, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ed Sheeran, Outasight, One Direction, Leon Bridges, The Heydaze, Lana Del Rey, The Wombats, Biters, Silversun Pickups, Halsey, Frank Turner, Don Henley, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Rick Monroe, Emma Lane, Jackie Lee, Clare Dunn, Memoryy, Skee Lo, San Holo, Kygo, Baio, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses based on Nielsen Audio July 2015 PPM data. Today’s focus is mainstream urban contemporary. Exactly half the stations on the urban contemporary panel (50%) are down June – July (6+), while 52% of the sample improves year-to-year. While approximately two of three qualifying urban contemporary facilities appear in the top ten (6+) of their respective markets in July, only Atlanta’s WVEE manages to finish first. View the entire report here.
Rdio Debuts Live Broadcast Radio. The global music streaming service begins with nearly 500 U.S. stations. Listeners can mark songs they like as a favorite, share the song, start a custom station based on the song or view more music by the artist. Paying subscribers to Rdio’s $3.99 and $9.99 plans can download songs for unlimited listening, add it to a custom playlist, listen to related songs from that artist or recently played songs on that station as often as they want. Rdio chief executive officer Anthony Bay comments, “We are committed to providing Rdio customers around the world with easy access to the audio content they want to hear through innovative features that enhance listening. Broadcast radio brands and talent continue to be the dominant tastemakers in music, so integrating live broadcast radio into Rdio’s critically acclaimed customer experience is an exciting development that we are thrilled to introduce.” Through a September 2013 partnership with Cumulus Media, Rdio has access to Cumulus’ programming and is promoted on Cumulus stations. Cumulus Media chief executive officer Lew Dickey states, “Bringing our national platform of stations to Rdio allows us to instantly create broader access for our listeners and new opportunities for advertisers to reach their target audiences. The combination of our premier broadcast assets with Rdio’s acclaimed user experience and music discovery features creates a full-service listening experience that is unparalleled.” In addition to music, live broadcast programming includes sports content from local stations as well as through Cumulus Media’s Westwood One. Featured stations include Cumulus Media-owned country WNSH, New York; rock KLOS, Los Angeles; triple-A KFOG, San Francisco; urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM, Indianapolis; and country WSM-FM, Nashville. Additional stations will launch later this year.
National Radio Hall of Fame Voting Starts Today. After a five-year hiatus, listeners again have the opportunity to participate in selecting National Radio Hall of Fame inductees. For the next two weeks (through Wednesday, 8/26), voters can text 36500 with their one vote for the four nominees (each) in the “Music Format On-Air Personality” and “Spoken Word On-Air Personality” categories. National Radio Hall of Fame chair Kraig Kitchin declares, “These eight personalities are beloved by their listeners. Giving the audience an opportunity to participate in the process of acknowledging their favorite hosts for their contributions over the years just makes sense.” Nominees and text info for the “Music Format On-Air Personality” are Delilah (text “DELILAH” to 36500); Elvis Duran (text “ELVIS” to 36500); Steve Harvey (text “STEVE” to 36500); and Ryan Seacrest (text “RYAN” to 36500). Nominees and text info for the “Spoken Word On-Air Personality” are Sean Hannity (text “HANNITY” to 36500); Clark Howard (text “CLARK” to 36500); Jim Rome (text “ROME” to 36500); and Dr. Laura Schlessinger (text “DR. LAURA” to 36500). Listener-chosen winners will be announced at the end of this month (8/31), and we cannot forget that all-important fine print that “message and data rates may apply.” In addition to the two listener-voting categories, four categories are being voted on by a panel of 400 industry professionals. The induction ceremony takes place November 5 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.
IAB Gears Up For Debut Podcast Upfront Showcase. The one-day marketplace for advertisers and media buyers to preview podcast programming will be held next month (9/10) in New York City. Scheduled to present at Interactive Advertising Bureau‘s inaugural podcast upfront showcase include representatives from AdLarge Media, Midroll, NPR, Panoply, Podtrac, and WNYC. Industry Initiatives, IAB vice president Carl Kalapesi explains, “More and more advertisers are incorporating audio programming into their digital marketing strategies. The individual and intimate listening experience enjoyed by podcast listeners provides a unique vehicle for brands to connect with consumers. IAB is excited to bring so many digital audio leaders together to discuss their upcoming programming and the wide array of advertising opportunities available through podcasts.” Invited executives will get to preview content developments from each presenting company in 20-minute segments.
Tyrell Joins “K-Jazz” Air Staff. Jazz vocalist Steve Tyrell is added to the on-air staff of California State University-Long Beach-owned KKJZ “K-Jazz America’s Jazz and Blues Station.” Tyrell’s eponymous three-hour weeknight program (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) will begin in just over two weeks (8/31). Many U.S. astronauts have adopted his version of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” as their official song. All seven of 70-year-old Tyrell’s American standards albums have reached the top five on the jazz chart. He produced “That’s Life,” the debut album for Landau Eugene Murphy – the season six winner of “America’s Got Talent.” Also new to the “K-Jazz” lineup (and following Tyrell’s show) is a Bubba-Jackson-hosted bebop program.
Cassell (Posthumously) Wins SCBA Radio Personality of the Year Award. The “State Television And Radio” (STAR) awards of the South Carolina Broadcasting Association honor “exceptional accomplishments of the state’s stations and their broadcast professionals.” Entercom-owned talk WYRD-FM, Greenville-Spartanburg host Russ Cassell (left), who passed away last year, won the “Radio Personality of the Year” award. Entercom market vice president and general manager Steve Sinicropi declares, “The broadcasting legacy of Russ Cassell lives on; our entire team is grateful for the SCBA recognizing Russ with this important award.” The cluster’s production director Stan Fisher received STAR recognition for best production-multi spot campaign on rock WTPT “93.3 The Planet” for local attorney Rob Ianuario. In the station’s first year in the format, WYRD-AM “ESPN Upstate” sports broadcaster Greg McKinney was recognized with a “Sportscaster of the Year award of merit at the event, which was held in Columbia, South Carolina over the weekend.
McCollim Heads to Colorado Springs as iHeartMedia’s Senior VP/Programming. Transferring from Spokane where he programmed iHeartMedia talker KQNT and KKZX “The Classic Rock Station,” Jason McCollim is appointed senior vice president of programming for the company’s Colorado Springs and Pueblo stations. Senior vice president of programming/regional markets Tony Coles states, “McCollim is one of our rising stars. He has done an incredible job for us in Spokane. His leadership skills and passion for programming will allow him to ramp up quickly and build immediate relationships with the programming and sales teams.” Colorado-Pueblo market president Darci Ewell comments, “Jason’s proven track record in Spokane and his versatile experience will make him an incredible asset to the Colorado Springs-Pueblo cluster. Jason brings a high level of energy and creativity that will greatly benefit our team.” McCollim remarks, “I am very excited about working with the fantastic iHeartMedia team in both Colorado Springs and Pueblo; thanks to Tony Coles and Darci Ewell for the opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful parts of our country.” McCollim spent more than 14 years at KQNT and KKZX; he is vice president of the Inland Empire Bloodhounds Search & Rescue. The Colorado Springs stations he will oversee are rhythmic CHR KIBT “The Beat”; hot AC KVUU “My-99.9”; adult contemporary KKLI “Sunny 106.3”; country KCCY “Y-96.9; and classic rock KDZA “Z-107.9.” The three Pueblo facilities are classic hits KPHT; KCCY “Fox Sports 1350″; and talk KCSJ.
Update: Scott McKenzie. It was just this past Monday (8/10) that RadioInfo reported that – after an approximately seven-year battle against non-Hodgkins cancer – CBS Radio Orlando hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1″ morning personality Scott McKenzie had made his “final” healthcare arrangements. McKenzie yesterday (Tuesday) lost that fight and passed away at the age of 59. His death was announced on his Facebook page. Among those commenting is CBS Radio News correspondent Peter King, who notes, “Scott is the epitome of an iconic radio personality who embraced his community and vice versa; a great talent, a great person who has enriched so many lives through good deeds and laughter.” Just prior to his death, McKenzie addressed listeners by posting on the station website, “Your constant love and support has gotten us through so much during this cancer battle. Knowing you have been by our side has been sincerely appreciated by my family on a daily basis. Most of all, thank you for the privilege of waking you up all these years. I am so grateful to call you my Orlando family.” It was his “dream to be able to make it back in the studio with the other corny goofballs for a brief goodbye, and to hold down that microphone ‘on’ switch one more time.” It, however, did not happen. Columbus-born/Ohio University graduate McKenzie previously worked at stations in Boston, Columbus, and Tallahassee. He had been with “Mix” for nearly 25 years and today’s 6:00 am – 10:00 show on “Mix” will be a tribute to him. His wife, daughter, and parents are among his survivors. Funeral services will be tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:30 am at Congregation Ohev Shalom in suburban Orlando (Maitland).
Maranville Departs USA Radio Networks. One-year USA Radio Networks chief content officer-director of channel development Tim Maranville exits. He expresses thanks to “everyone at USA for all the hard work, especially show hosts Steve Deace, Kevin Jackson, Steve Noble, Jim Sharpe, Joe Messina, Chris and Emilee, Angie Austin, and Tony Perkins. The future is bright and I hope to have one, maybe two, announcements about my next contribution to the planet by mid-September.” Maranville joined USA after a nearly six-year run as vice president of programming at Westwood One. He previously was vice president and director of operations of the Denver Radio Company; vice president and director of operations of Sun City Communications; director of operations at KFRC, San Francisco; and director of operations of Phoenix stations KMLE, KOOL, and KZON. In addition, he owns/operates Mutations Media and he co-owns The Show Must Go On, an independent syndication consulting and affiliation company.
Historic Pop Media Figure Elliot Mintz Interviewed on Podcast One’s “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” One of the most complex and challenging processes in all of radio is the art of the interview. We hear interviews all the time – but how many of them are really good? How many of them bring the listener true insights into the mind and knowledge of the person being interviewed? How many truly represent the interests of the listener without ambushing or disrespecting the human dignity (or appropriate privacy) of the person being interviewed? Should an interview be a series of hard ball questions? Should it be conversational? Should it be confrontational? Should it be to promote a product? These are questions that any good interviewer faces every time they enter a public dance of dialogue with another human being… “Am I an adversary, an advocate or something in between?” The new installment of the hit weekly podcast geared to media freaks around the world, “Up Close and Far Out,” presents an interviewer (Michael Harrison) interviewing an interviewer (Elliot Mintz). Mintz was one of the original pioneers of FM rock radio back in the 60s – only he wasn’t a DJ, he was an interviewer – thus, he is also somewhat of a pioneering talk show host. Throughout the sixties and seventies, he became widely respected for the quality and prolific body of work (more than 2000 interviews) with the most famous and respected pop stars in the world of music, the performing arts, science and philosophy. In the 80s, he reinvented himself and became a consultant, advisor and publicist to some of the biggest names in the business including the John Lennon estate and a slew of others. He can truly be called a consummate show business insider and a legend in his own right. Now, Elliot Mintz has done something extraordinary. He spent more than a year of diligent detail work assembling his archives, that were packed away in fading and often unmarked boxes, into a museum-like website where the visitor can experience, at no cost, more than 150 hours of audio and video treasures culled from his encounters with some of the most fascinating characters of the 20th and early 21st centuries. It is www.ElliotMintz.com. To listen to the entire conversation between Michael Harrison and Elliot Mintz, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
KFI, KLAC Add HD2 Coverage. Sports KLAC “AM 570,” Los Angeles will simulcast on the HD2 channel of co-owned iHeartMedia alternative cluster-mate KYSR “Alt 98.7,” while talker KFI will simulcast on the HD2 channel of adult contemporary sibling AC KOST “Coast 103.5.” Senior vice president of programming Andrew Jeffries comments, “Exposing our premiere talk brands of KFI and KLAC to a wider audience on HD is an exciting progression for our programming. It is in our listeners’ best interests to have these stations on every platform they desire, from the AM frequencies, on the iHeartRadio app, and now HD2.” No HD channel for any company appears in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2015 PPM report for Los Angeles. Among persons 6+ in July, KOST’s main “Coast 103.5” channel places #1 overall (5.4); KFI is #8 (3.4); KYSR is tied for #19 (2.4); and Los Angeles Dodgers‘ flagship KLAC is #31 (.9).
Net Q2 Radio One Revenue Grows to $119.8 million. That represents a gain of 10.5% from $108.4 million in 2014. Meanwhile, station-operating income shows a 14.3% improvement (from $41 million) to $46.9. Radio One president and chief operating officer Alfred Liggins, however, comments, “Core radio advertising business was soft for the quarter, although in line with our expectations, and partially offset by the strong performance of our network and syndication business – Reach Media. On a combined basis, radio plus Reach Media revenue was +8.6% versus Q2 2014, or -3.2% after adjusting for the timing of major events. Third quarter core radio advertising revenue is currently pacing down mid-single digits, but we expect this decline to be more than offset by the continued strong performance of TV One; we are working diligently to turn around radio performance in our key markets.” Television advertising for the company was up 13.7% for the quarter, and affiliate revenues were +27%. Compared to $10.8 million or 23 cents per share a year ago, Radio One’s net earnings grow to $13 million – or 27 cents per share.
Laurenti to Program iHeartMedia NH Rock Duo. Starting one week from today (Monday, 8/17), John Laurenti takes over as program director of iHeartMedia New Hampshire rockers WGIR, Manchester and WHEB, Portsmouth. According to iHeartMedia New Hampshire senior vice president of programming Tim Moore, “We are thrilled to have John Laurenti join the team. Our search lasted awhile; we had strict criteria on what type of personality would be a great fit. John has the format knowledge we were looking for, and we feel he will be a dynamic leader in our cluster.” In another move – this one effective next month – WHEB appoints Matt Leonard afternoon drive talent and production director. “We cannot wait to get Matt Leonard on board,” Moore remarks. “The production director sits at the critical junction of art and commerce for our leading radio and digital brands. Matt possesses the creative skills to elevate our client’s messages and the temperament to work with all kinds of different personalities.” The 18-year president and chief executive officer of Relentless Communications, Laurenti has worked on-air at Boston outlets WAAF, WBOS, WODS, and WZLX, as well as Providence stations WHJY and WWLI. One of seven stations appearing in print in Nielsen Audio‘s spring 2015 Manchester book, WGIR ranks second (9.8, 12+) behind Saga Communications adult contemporary WZID (16.1).
McKenzie Planning “Final” Goodbye. Approximately seven years ago, Scott McKenzie began his battle against non-Hodgkins cancer. On the station website, the CBS Radio Orlando hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1” morning personality posts that upon returning from Philadelphia late last week, McKenzie’s first call was to his doctor. “After a lot of thinking, my second call was to hospice,” he writes. “That evening they were at our door talking about their wonderful services. I just could not believe they were talking to me. Final healthcare arrangements have been made, and now we begin the focus on my comfort as I say my goodbyes. Your constant love and support has gotten us through so much during this cancer battle. Knowing you have been by our side has been sincerely appreciated by my family on a daily basis. Most of all, thank you for the privilege of waking you up all these years. I am so grateful to call you my Orlando family.” Currently hooked up to an oxygen tank to help him take “full breaths,” McKenzie states, “It is my dream to be able to make it back in the studio with the other corny goofballs for a brief goodbye, and to hold down that microphone ‘on’ switch one more time.” The 59-year-old McKenzie has been with “Mix” for nearly 25 years.
Over $4 Million Generated From FCC FM Auction 98. Results after 10 days and more than 50 rounds find 59 qualified bidders scoring 102 permits, with the FCC taking in slightly more than $4.1 million. It is all part of FM Auction 98, as the FCC auctions FM construction permits. The Erie Company, LLC boasts top bid honors ($714,000) for a Westfield, New York permit, while Iris Media, LLC proposes $421,000 for a Columbia, Missouri permit. Alpha Media remains active by offering more than $400,000 for a permit in Harper, Texas.
Michael Harrison Chats with Former FEMA Director (and Current KHOW, Denver Talk Host) Michael D. Brown as 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Approaches. It was almost a decade ago (August 23-31, 2005) that Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast of the United States with winds of up to 175 mph and flood waters of biblical proportions rising from the ocean and falling from the sky — leaving in its wake almost 1,900 fatalities, $108 billion in damages, and countless casualties and lives upended. Michael D. Brown – the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the time and Under Secretary of Homeland Security (“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”) became the official poster boy for everything that went wrong with the federal government’s too-little-too-late response to one of the greatest disasters in American history. Some of the criticism that fell upon Brown was deserved – but much of it wasn’t. After all, it was an epic crisis and involved numerous overlapping agencies, governments, and politicians charged with making things right. Brown took a severe beating from the media as well as a proverbial bullet for the team and stepped down from his position with the Bush Administration. A lawyer by trade, Brown went on with his life, taking away an enormous amount of wisdom and experience from the episode. Undaunted, he began speaking to groups around the country about the insidious side of politics, and the human complexity of management and team play. He wrote a candid book about his role (and responsibility) in Katrina — Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm, Hurricane Katrina, the Bush White House, and Beyond (Taylor Trade, 2011). He also began a successful talk show hosting career in Denver – first at KOA and then at KHOW, where he presently presides over a daily program 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MT. In the newly posted installment of the weekly international hit podcast “Up Close and Far Out” (8/4), Brown is interviewed by RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison about inside-Washington politics, the war on terror, the nature of the political mind, the psychological profile of presidents, the general state of media and journalism as well as what his life is like as a big market talk show host 10 years after Katrina. To hear this must-listen conversation, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right hand column on every page of RadioInfo.com.
PPM Data – Round Three. The third installment of July 2015 PPM ratings data has been released. The latest markets are Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. This survey period covered June 18 through July 15. View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” below.
1) Portland – Not only does KKCW “K-103” occupy the penthouse for the 13th consecutive survey, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility registers a walloping +1.5 (8.7 – 10.2) for its strongest 6+-stat since the monstrous 18.1 in “Holiday” 2014. Bumping up from an eighth-place tie to seventh is Alpha Media‘s country KUPL “The Bull,” which posts its fifth successive positive trend (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+) for a cumulative +1.3. Down in back-to-back sweeps (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom‘s KNRK “94/7 Alternative Portland” (#17 to #16) busts out a +.8 to 3.4, which happens to be its best performance in exactly one year (3.7 July 2014). After notching a +1.1 to 7.6, its loftiest (6+) stat in the PPM era, co-owned country KWJJ “The Wolf” regresses by six-tenths to 7.0, but it remains in the runner-up slot for the fourth straight time. Also off by six-tenths is classic rock sibling KGON, which in addition to dropping out of the top 10 (#8 to #13), is down or flat for the fifth successive sweep (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+) for a combined -1.5. Remaining in that Entercom cluster, hot AC KRSK “The Buzz” sputters by -1.4 as its string of progressive trends ends at three (4.5 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 4.3, 6+); “The Buzz” freefalls from fourth to tenth.
2) Charlotte – Over and above dialing up an impressive +1.2 to 3.9, Radio One gospel WPZS “Praise – Charlotte’s Inspiration Station” (#13 to #12) curtails eight straight monthlies of down or flat trends which nearly sliced its 6+-share in half (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 2.9 – 2.7). Faltering by eight-tenths in June, iHeartMedia‘s alternative WEND “106-5 The End” regains seven-tenths (3.9 – 3.1 – 3.8, 6+), yet actually slips from #12 to #13. Improving by one-half share each (6+) are Beasley Media Group CHR WNKS “Kiss 95.1” (eighth to fifth); Blue Ridge contemporary Christian WMIT “106.9 The Light” (1.5, #17 to #16); and Davidson College-owned classical WDAV (1.3, #18 to #17). Yielding a combined +1.3, this is the third straight up-trend for “Kiss” (4.2 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+); WDAV had been down or flat the past five sweeps (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.1 – .9 – .9 – .8, 6+). On the heels of a stunning +1.5 in June, Beasley Media Group‘s WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits” surrenders most of it (7.4 – 8.9 – 7.8, -1.1) but repeats at #1 (6+). Similarly-formatted WKKT, which was down by nine-tenths in June, fails to capitalize on the WSOC decline as “The Kat” regresses by another one-half share (8.2 – 7.3 – 6.8) and slides from third to fourth. Prior to June’s -.9, “The Kat” was locked on 8.2 (6+) in April and May. In addition to WSOC, another market outlet erodes by -1.1, as iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “The Lake” slips from fifth to seventh with its third straight downward trend (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 5.2, 6+). Hanging out a lofty +1.4 in June to 6.0, its best showing since January’s 6.6, Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7” declines by six-tenths in July, but is steady at #6. Although it repeats in the runner-up slot, co-owned urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” falters by seven-tenths (7.6 – 6.9, 6+). Having improved by seven-tenths in June, Greater Media‘s WLNK “The Link” forfeits all of it and one-tenth more (4.1 – 4.8 – 4.0, 6+), shifting from #10 to #11.
3) Pittsburgh – Despite a seven-tenths gain (6.0 – 6.7, 6+), CBS Radio/Pittsburgh Pirates flagship KDKA-FM “The Fan” remains in fifth-place. Bumping up from ninth to eighth (4.0 – 4.8, +.8, 6+), co-owned WDSY “Y-108 Pittsburgh’s New Hit Country” is in the 4.0 – 4.9 for the ninth straight sweep. It widens the lead over iHeartMedia‘s WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s New Country Leader,” which is flat at 3.4 and steady at #10. Its alternative sibling WXDX “The X at 105.9” gains six-tenths (4.4 – 5.0, 6+) to inch up from eighth to seventh. Rock cluster-mate WDVE dipped by one-half share in June and now sputters by more than twice that (10.2 – 9.7 – 8.6, -1.1, 6+), yet finishes second for the fourth straight sweep. Albeit down for the third consecutive survey period (11.2 -10.7 – 10.3 – 10.0, -.36+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS” remains on top for the fourth successive sweep.
4) Sacramento – As it regains the one-tenth it lost in June (8.8 – 8.7 – 8.8, +.1, 6+), Entercom classic rocker KSEG “The Eagle” finishes first for the seventh straight time. By registering a +.3 (to 2.3, 6+), Entravsion-owned KNTY “The Wolf” (steady at #17) is the only country outlet in California’ state capital to improve month-month. In the six previous sweeps – January through June – “The Wolf” logged a 2.0 or 2.1 (2.0 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+). Meanwhile, country rivals KNCI (4.6) and KBEB “B-92.5 Today’s Country” (3.4) are off by four-tenths and one-half share, respectively; CBS Radio‘s KNCI stumbles from fifth to eighth, while iHeartMedia‘s “B-92.5” falls out of the top ten (#10 to #13). KNCI had been up the past three sweeps for a combined one-share gain (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Its hot AC sibling KZZO “Now 100.5” relinquishes all of June’s one-half share gain and one-tenth more (4.2 – 4.7 – 4.1, -.6, 6+), backtracking from eighth to ninth. Format foe – Entercom’s KUDL “Star 106.5” – forfeits June’s one-tenth increase (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), yet improves from #12 to a tie at #11. In addition to KBEB, Entercom alternative KKDO Radio 94.7 and Lazer Broadcasting Spanish contemporary KLMG (1.6 – 1.1, 6+) also regress by one-half share from June. For KKDO, it is its sixth consecutive sweep without an increase (4.9 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.2, 6+) for a cumulative -1.7.
5) San Antonio – Chalk up an accomplishment for an HD channel. Specifically it is iHeartMedia‘s KQXT-HD3, which improves by seven-tenths (1.1 – 1.8, 6+) to crack the top 20 (#20). Notching gains of six-tenths each are Cox Media Group cluster-mates KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” (6.4 – 7.0, steady at #2) and KKYX “Country Legends” (2.3 – 2.9, #17 to #15). Exactly one-share behind “Y-100” is iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KAJA “KJ-97” (5.8 – 6.0, +.2), which advances from fourth to third; “Country Legends” was off by one-half share in June. Up by nine-tenths in June, Alpha Media regional Mexican KSAH-FM “La Ley” returns all of it (1.4 – 2.3 – 1.4, 6+), as it spirals from #17 to #22. This time last month, KBBT “The Beat” racked up an eye-popping +2.4, but the Univision rhythmic CHR forfeits one-third of it (4.0 – 6.4, 5.6, -.8, 6+), slipping from the runner-up slot to fourth-place. The 6.4 that “The Beat” recorded in June is its strongest 6+-stat since 6.8 in August 2014. Faltering by one-half share each (6+) are iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “Mix 96.1” (5.3 – 4.8, steady at #5); co-owned rhythmic CHR KZEP “Hot 104.5” (2.6 – 2.1, #15 to #19); and Cox Media Group’s KISS “Rocks San Antonio” (4.7 – 4.2, eighth to tenth); KISS was +.7 in June. Following June’s potent +1.2 (one-half that registered by “The Beat”), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” declines by four-tenths (7.5 – 7.1, 6+) but finishes #1 for the 12th time in the last 17 sweeps.
6) Cleveland – Properties owned by iHeartMedia finish first, second, and third, including pacesetter WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits,” which nearly matches June’s +1.1 with a full-share improvement (9.6 – 10.7 – 11.7, 6+). WMJI racked up 11.7 shares in February and March, as well. While it is runner-up for the third straight sweep, country WGAR sputters by nine-tenths (9.8 – 8.9, 6+). Down one full-share in June after May’s -.7, WHLK “The Lake” rebounds with a one-half share gain (8.7 – 7.7 – 8.2, 6+) to advance from fourth to third. It dislodges co-owned talker/Cleveland Indians flagship WTAM, which suffers an erosion of -1.2 (7.8 – 6.6), falling to fifth; WTAM was +1.9 in May. Owing to a robust +.9 to 7.5 (6+), Radio One-owned urban AC WZAK more than makes up for three successive (slight) downward trends (7.2 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.6, 6+) and inches up from fifth to fourth. In May, CBS Radio hot AC WQAL “Q-104” improved by one full-share; it slipped by seven-tenths in June; and now drops another nine-tenths (6.0 – 5.3 – 4.4, 6+), departing the top ten (#9 to #11). Before a +1.0 in May, “Q-104” had three straight downward trends (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+). Its 4.4 is the station’s lowest 6+-stat in almost five years (4.1 in November 2010). With a three-tenths improvement to 5.9, cluster-mate WNCX “Cleveland’s Classic Rock” (steady at #7) applies the brakes to four straight downward trends which had resulted in a combined -1.2 (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+).
7) Salt Lake City – Hot AC is the headline here with Capital Broadcasting‘s KBZN “Now 97.7” (8.1 – 7.8, -.3, 6+) repeating at #1 and iHeartMedia-owned KJMY “My-99.5” logging a +1.1 (4.1 – 5.2, 6+) to jump from ninth to sixth. Prior to July’s -.3, “Now” notched six straight progressive trends producing a combined +3.1 (5.0 – 6.3 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.1 – 7.2 – 8.1, 6+). Its lead over Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100” (7.5 – 7.7, +.2, 6+) though is just one-tenth; “FM 100” held the top spot for seven consecutive months before relinquishing the title to “Now” in June. The last time “My-99.5” crossed the five-share barrier was September 2013 (also 5.2). Down or flat for the fifth successive sweep (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+), Bonneville’s KRSP “The Arrow” (-.7) drops out of the top ten (#8 to #11) and has its weakest 6+-showing since December’s 3.7. Declining by six-tenths each (6+) are Brigham Young University‘s KBYU “Classical 89” (2.2 – 1.6, #16 to #19) and Broadway Media country outlet KEGA “The Eagle” (1.9 – 1.3, #18 to #22).
8) Kansas City – It has been more than five years since KCUR reached the four-share threshold (4.1 in May 2010, 6+), but by registering a strong +1.4, the University of Missouri-owned facility not only hits 4.5, it enters the top ten (#14 to a tie at #9). The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom alternative KRBZ “The Buzz,” which gained one-half share in May; returned all of it in June; and now dials up a +.9 in July (5.2 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 6.1, 6+), as it zooms from fifth to second. In the runner-up slot, it catches co-owned Kansas City Royals flagship KCSP “610 Sports Radio – Where the Royals Play,” which has its second straight decline (7.4 – 6.6 – 6.1). The combined -1.3 in June and July follows May’s astonishing +3.3 that took KCSP from #12 all the way to #1 (6+). Having regrouped from a -1.0 in May by ratcheting up a +1.2 in June, Cumulus Media classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” adds one-half share (6.1 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+) to finish first – as it did in December 2014, “Holiday” 2014, January 2015, February 2015, April 2015, and June 2015. Also improving by one-half share are co-owned hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” and Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3”; both have identical 5.5 – 6.0 #3 (tie) to #4 (tie) profiles. Following three successive positive trends (1.8 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+), contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5” regresses by nine-tenths to 2.1 to slide from #16 to #19. There is no July consensus in the market’s country battle: Steel City Media’s KFKF “Country 94.1” is up by three-tenths to 4.8 (#8 to #7); co-owned KBEQ “Q-104” is flat at 3.1 (tie at #14 to #15); and Entercom’s WDAF-FM “The Wolf” is down by one-half share to slip from #10 to #11. It is the fifth straight time “The Wolf” has failed to post a positive trend (6.2 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+) for a combined -2.6.
9) Orlando – The good news for iHeartMedia‘s Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba” is that it is #1 for the fifth straight ratings period. On the flipside though, “Rumba” erodes by -1.3 (8.4 – 7.1, 6+) and is being chased by CHR cluster-mate WXXL “XL-106.7,” which gains six-tenths (6.2 – 6.8) to leap from fourth to second, three-tenths from the top. “XL-106.7” was down by eight-tenths in June. As iHeartMedia talker WFLF improves by one-half share (1.1 – 1.6, 6+), Central Florida Educational Foundation contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3 Safe for the Little Ears” declines by that margin (6.3 – 5.8). WPOZ tumbles from a tie at #2 to a deadlock at #6, while WFLF advances from a tie at #20 to a tie at #18. The 1.6 by WFLF is its highest since March 2013 (also 1.6, 6+). After three successive up or flat trends (4.7 – 5.9 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOCL “Sunny 105.9” drops three-tenths to 6.0, moving from second to part of a three-way tie at #3. Owing to a +.1, Cox Media Group country WWKA “K-92.3” records its third straight progressive trend (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.9 – 6.0, 6+) and joins WOCL at #3.
10) Columbus – The top five rankers are the same as in June. Locked on 11.7 in April, May, and June – iHeartMedia‘s WCOL-FM posts a hearty +1.2 to 12.9, thus putting an exclamation point on the top spot for the seventh successive sweep. Off by two-tenths after June’s +.7 (9.3 – 10.0 – 9.8, 6+), co-owned WNCI finishes second for the 14th consecutive ratings period. It fails to do so this time, but the heritage CHR has registered a 10.0-share or higher in 24 of the last 30 monthlies for an 80% success rate. Their talk sibling WTVN (steady at #3) improves by seven-tenths (7.3 – 8.0, 6+), as does Saga adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” which is fourth for the fourth consecutive sweep. Recent (6+) trends for “Sunny” are +2.1 (December – “Holiday”); -1.7 (“Holiday” – January); +.8 (January – February); -.5 (February – March); +.4 (March – April); -.7 (April – May); +1.1 (May – June); and +.7 (June – July). Unlike WTVN and WSNY, seven-tenths is not lucky for Wilks Broadcasting‘s WLVQ, as “Q-96 Ohio’s Best Rock” sputters by that amount (4.8 – 4.1, 6+) to slip from sixth to seventh. Even though they drop by six-tenths each (6+), Radiohio-owned sports WBNS-FM “The Fan” and iHeartMedia urban contemporary WZCB “The Beat” (3.5 – 2.9) retain their #8 and #10 rankings, respectively. Not only is it the sixth straight monthly without an increase for “The Fan” (7.2 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+), its 6+-share has been sliced exactly in half in that period.
Tidwell Tapped as iHM San Antonio SVP/Programming. Inbound from Tucson where he was iHeartMedia‘s senior vice president of programming, Lance Tidwell transfers to San Antonio for similar duties. Executive vice president of programming for iHeartMedia major markets Brad Hardin comments, “I am extremely pleased to welcome Lance to the iHeartMedia San Antonio family. Tidwell is a strong talent and has had much success in his tenure with iHeartMedia. His programming acumen and depth of experience will allow him to ramp up quickly and build immediate relationships with the programming and sales team.” San Antonio market president Marlene Trevino remarks, “I am excited that our San Antonio programming operations will be led by Tidwell. He understands our company¹s vision to be innovative with every move. Lance¹s experience collaborating with programming and sales teams will provide us and our partners with unbeatable forward momentum in the continued evolution of our brands in the San Antonio market.” Tidwell notes that he is “grateful” to Trevino and Hardin “for the chance to work with these great brands and team in San Antonio. I am eager to get started and lead the market to continued growth and success.” In addition to having programmed in Seattle, Memphis, Hartford, Monterey-Salinas, and New Haven (Connecticut), Tidwell was chief operating officer for Southern Star Broadcasting. With 6+ share/market ranks from the most recent Nielsen Audio PPM sweep in parentheses (July 2015), iHeartMedia’s San Antonio cluster consists of country KAJA “KJ-97” (6.0, #3); mainstream CHR KXXM “Mix 96.1” (4.8, #5); adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9” (4.7, #6); talk WOAI (4.2, #10); rhythmic CHR KZEP “Hot 104.5” (2.1, #19); regional Mexican KQXT-HD3 (1.8, #20); sports KTKR “The Ticket” (.6, #26); and classic country KRPT “B-Buc” (.2, #27).
CBS Radio Q2 Revenue Off 5%. While second quarter revenue for CBS Corp. increased 1% to $3.22 billion from $3.19 billion in 2014, CBS Radio revenue declined 5%. Executive chair Sumner Redstone states, “CBS is at the center of the action during an extremely exciting time in media. We continue to succeed as a result of our world-class content.” According to president and chief executive officer Les Moonves, “This quarter underscores the key steps we are taking to build out our long-term growth strategy. Our premium content remains the cornerstone of our success, and I am confident this fall’s new primetime lineup will lead us to another victory next season.” The company’s local broadcasting revenue was down 2% to $654 million from $665 million, as television station revenue was up 1%, and local broadcasting operating income (OI) fell 8% to $198 million from $215 million. The company posted net earnings of $332 million, down from $439 million in the year-ago period.
National Radio Hall of Fame Nominees Announced. The 24 candidates in six categories were determined by the organization’s steering committee. National Radio Hall of Fame chair Kraig Kitchin brings back public engagement through social media balloting in the “Music Format On-Air Personality” and “Spoken Word On-Air Personality” categories. This is the first time that will be done in the last five years. “This impressive list of nominees represents the best examples of talent with commendable audience relationships past and present,” Kitchin declares. “Each individual and show was selected after extensive deliberation by the steering committee. We are all looking forward to seeing the results as determined by our industry peers and listeners nationwide.” The four nominees to be voted on by a participant panel in the “Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)” category are Tom Barnard (Minneapolis); Johnny Dare (Kansas City); Johnny Holliday (Washington, D.C.); and Ronn Owens (San Francisco). Those in the “Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)” category are “Big Boy” – real name Kurt Alexander (Los Angeles); Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison (Philadelphia); Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart (Chicago); and Garland Robinette (New Orleans). The four candidates in the “Networks/Syndication (10 years or more)” category include Tom Kent (Cleveland); Dave Ramsey (Nashville); Diane Rehm (Washington, D.C.); and Michael Savage (San Francisco). Those in the “Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)” category are Bob Kevoian & Tom Griswold (Indianapolis); Bob Kingsley (Weatherford, Texas); “Marketplace” (Los Angeles); and Harry Shearer (Los Angeles). Nominees to be voted on by listeners nationwide in the “Music Format On-Air Personality” category are Delilah (Seattle); Elvis Duran (New York); Steve Harvey (Atlanta); and Ryan Seacrest (Los Angeles). In the “Spoken Word On-Air Personality” category, the nominees are Sean Hannity (New York); Clark Howard (Atlanta); Jim Rome (Los Angeles); and Dr. Laura Schlessinger (Los Angeles). Voting begins today; names of the winners will be revealed in just over three weeks (8/31). The induction ceremony will be held in three months (11/5) at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago
LA City Council Declares Saturday “KLOS ’80’s Rock Day.” In recognition of KLOS providing Los Angeles residents “with outstanding community service and classic rock music for over 45 years,” the Los Angeles City Council is honoring the Cumulus Media outlet by declaring this Saturday (8/8) “95.5 KLOS ’80’s Rock Day.” City Council president Herb Wesson (left) presented the official proclamation yesterday (8/5) on the Heidi & Frank Show. Wesson comments, “It is an honor to [offer] a warm congratulations to KLOS for withstanding the test of time and remaining the preferred rock and roll station for millions of rock music fans.” Program director Keith Cunningham acknowledges, “This is quite the honor – a grand tip-of-the-hat to a fun decade of music and the hundreds of talented men and women who have worked at KLOS over the past 45 years. KLOS rocked Los Angeles in the 1970s and furthered the British Invasion; then came Motley Crue, Guns ‘N Roses, and a whole new movement of rock that made the Sunset Strip so famous. KLOS was right there in the middle of the madness, throwing backstage parties and helping to break bands. We accept this honor on behalf of our listeners, current and former employees, and the rock bands that have always called KLOS home.” The station’s “Rock Week,” which started Monday, is extended through the weekend with “Pour Some ‘80’s On Me,” beginning tomorrow (Friday, 8/7).
NextRadio, CBI Team To Find Best Radio Spot. College students are encouraged to create/submit a 60-second radio spot, as NextRadio and College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) join forces to find the “best-of-the-best in radio spot ads.” According to NextRadio president Paul Brenner, there are currently 50,000 – 70,000 radio spots that run each month supporting the NAB National Awareness Campaign, which launched in February; “this is a huge opportunity for students to have their radio spot played nationally among thousands of broadcast stations and heard by millions. We will get the opportunity to showcase rising talent for the radio industry.” CBI president Greg Weston comments, “CBI is thrilled to team with NextRadio to offer students from our media outlets this unprecedented opportunity to have their work appear in front of millions of listeners. Not only will the winners get national exposure for their talent, they will be able to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them at the National Student Electronic Media Convention.” First-place winner will have his or her 60-second spot included in “flight four” of the NAB National Awareness Campaign, which starts October 1. The contest begins one week from next Monday (8/17) and will run through September 18; winners will be announced September 28.
iHeart(s) Radio Disney. Through a joint collaboration, Radio Disney launches on iHeartRadio. The two entities will support cross-platform promotion opportunities and develop joint broadcast/digital content initiatives. Radio Disney vice president of programming/general manager Phil Guerini notes that, “Radio Disney aims to continuously provide listeners with the music and entertainment they want in the most accessible way. By teaming up with iHeartRadio and its portfolio of platforms, we will be able to expand our content reach to millions of additional listeners that consume radio via digital streaming.” The chief product officer for iHeartRadio, Chris Williams, comments, “Radio Disney is a great addition to iHeartRadio. Increasing the variety of family friendly programming is a priority and Radio Disney is sure to be a hit with parents and kids alike.” In addition to a variety of on-air talent-hosted programming, Radio Disney features include “Insider,” “Take Over,” “Top 30,” “Saturday Night Party,” and “The Alli Simpson Show.”
Pluto TV Plucks Parks from Spotify. Los Angeles-based online video startup Pluto TV hires Spotify content chief Ken Parks to be its executive chair. Pluto TV chief executive officer Tom Ryan states, “The addition of a world-class executive like Ken Parks to Pluto TV is a transformative moment for our company. Ken’s experience in building a successful global entertainment service will be invaluable to us as we capitalize on our strong momentum to rapidly grow Pluto TV.” Parks – who will begin his new assignment in October – comments, “Pluto TV has an enormous opportunity to define the future of television and online video. As an advisor since 2014, I have had a front-row seat to the rapid growth the company has achieved so far – I am thrilled to join the team full-time.” According to The New York Times, Spotify chief strategy officer Stefan Blom will succeed Parks. Longtime music lawyer Parks joined Spotify in 2007 as the Swedish music streaming company’s first United States employee. Launched last year, Pluto TV has raised nearly $14 million in venture capital from investors including Universal Music Group. Its more than 100 channels include music videos, news, and comedy.
Round One of July 2015 PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio‘s July 2015 PPM survey has been released for the first group of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). The July survey period covered June 18 – July 15. See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Below, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways.”
1) New York – After three straight down or flat sweeps (3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+), CBS Radio hot AC WWFS “Fresh Music – Better Variety” explodes with a +1.1 to 3.5, vaulting from a tie at #14 to #10. The 3.5 represents the highest 6+-share for “Fresh” since April 2014 (also 3.5). Steady at #2 for the ninth consecutive time, co-owned classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM registers a one-tenth uptick to extend its progressive trend to three (6.3 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.7, 6+). Faltering by three-tenths each are all-news siblings WINS (3.7 – 3.4, #10 to #11, 6+) and WCBS-AM (3.1 – 2.8, #13 to #14). Registering its most potent 6+-stat since December 2013 – when it reached 6.8 – WBLS finishes third for the third straight time; the Emmis urban AC had been locked on 6.0 in May and June. Although down for the third successive month (7.9 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” is nonetheless #1 for the ninth straight ratings period. This is the lowest that “Lite-FM” has been though since last November’s 5.6 (6+). With a cumulative +.7 (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), co-owned talker WOR is up or flat for the seventh straight time.
2) Los Angeles – You might not think of adult contemporary as a leading summertime format, yet it holds the top spot in the nation’s two largest markets in July (see WLTW above) as iHeartMedia‘s KOST “Coast 103.5” (5.1 – 5.5, +.4) ascends from a second-place tie to dislodge CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101” (5.2 – 5.0, -.2, #3) from #1. “K-Earth” had sole possession of first-place in June and shared the penthouse with “Coast 103.5” hot AC sibling KBIG “My-FM” in May. An impressive +.6 by “Coast” in June halted five straight down sweeps that had resulted in a combined -7.7 and a more than 60% loss (12.2 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.9 – 4.5, 6+). The last time “Coast” reached #1 (6+) was in February when it tied CHR cluster-mate KIIS “Kiss-FM.” Slipping from fifth to sixth, “K-Earth 101” smooth AC sibling KTWV “The Wave” regresses by one-half share (4.2 – 3.7, 6+). It is the second straight downward move for “The Wave” after a string of four straight progressive trends (2.3 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 4.4, 6+) that almost doubled its 6+-stats. Three straight 3.9 showings (March – April – May, 6+) by KSWD “The Sound” led to a 3.7 in June; now, “The Sound” (Bonneville to Entercom) adds one-tenth to 3.8 to re-enter the top five (sixth to fifth). As CBS Radio alternative KROQ dips by one-tenth (2.7 – 2.6, 6+), its format rival – iHeartMedia’s KYSR – adds one-tenth (2.3 – 2.4); KROQ moves from a four-way tie at #15 to #16, while KYSR inches up from a tie at #20 to a tie at #19. This is the sixth straight sweep that iHeartMedia talker KFI (steady at #8) has registered a 3.5 or 3.4 (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+).
3) Chicago – A symbol of consistency the past five sweeps (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), WXRT “93 XRT” dials up a +.6 to 3.6, rocketing the CBS Radio triple A from #13 to #8; 3.6 is the station’s strongest 6+-stat in nearly two years (3.7 in November 2013). After faltering by one-half share in June, iHeartMedia‘s WEBG “Big 95.5 – Chicago’s Hit Country” regains all of it (2.4 – 1.9 – 2.4, 6+) and reappears in the top 20 (#22 to #17). It’s a somewhat similar story for its format foe, CBS Radio’s WUSN “US-99.5,” which gains back two-tenths of the three-tenths it lost in June (3.0 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+); “US-99.5” remains at #15. Improving by one full-share in June (3.3 – 4.3, 6+), Tribune talker WGN relinquishes six-tenths to 3.7 (6+) as it sputters from fourth to seventh. Remaining steady in third-place, CBS Radio’s news/Chicago Cubs flagship WBBM-AM is up one-tenth to 4.7, thus applying the brakes to four straight downward trends (7.4 – 6.8 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+), which had resulted in a cumulative -3.1. Prior to June’s 4.6, WBBM-AM had not fallen below a 5.0-share (6+) in nearly two years (4.9, August 2013). Down or flat the past five ratings periods (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), co-owned WSCR “The Score” picks up two-tenths to 2.1 and the Chicago White Sox flagship moves from a three-way tie at #22 to a tie at #21. Low power (at 87.7) adult contemporary WRME “Me TV Me Music” enjoys its fifth successive up-trend (.1 – .6 – .7 – .9 – 1.6 – 1.8, 6+) and climbs from #25 to #24. Following three consecutive modest up-trends (6.2 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.9, February – March – April, 6+), WVAZ “V-103” is now down for the third straight sweep (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 5.8, 6+) for a combined -1.1; nevertheless, the iHeartMedia urban AC remains #1 for the fifth consecutive month.
4) San Francisco – Not only does KNBR “The Sports Leader” suffer the sharpest (6+) June – July erosion of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released on Monday (6.2 – 4.4, -1.8), the Cumulus Media outlet/San Francisco Giants flagship tumbles from first to fourth. “The Sports Leader” was +1.1 in June. Albeit down or flat for the third straight month (6.3 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 5.9, 6+), all-news KCBS-AM rises from second to displace KNBR at the top spot. Before KNBR took over the penthouse in June, KCBS-AM had been #1 the previous six ratings periods. Steady at 4.8 (6+) in April and May, Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” faltered by one-half share in June, but explodes by +1.2 to 5.5 (6+), sailing from sixth to second, four-tenths behind KCBS-AM. Contrasted to the -1.8 by KNBR, the +1.2 by KOIT-FM is the loftiest gain of any station in the 12-PPM markets whose data was released on Monday. KOIT-FM’s rhythmic hot AC sibling KRBQ continues to roll as “Q-102.1 – The Throwback Station” is up or flat for the eighth straight monthly (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.3, 6+). In that period, “Q102.1” (#11 to #10) has nearly tripled its 6+-share. Increasing by one-half share each are iHeartMedia hot AC and classic hits-oldies siblings KIOI “Star 101.3” (4.4 – 4.9, steady at #3, 6+) and KOSF “Big 103.7” (2.1 – 2.6, #15 to #14). After three straight progressive monthlies (1.7 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.9, 6+), “Big 103.7” stumbled by seven-tenths in April to 2.2; regained one-half share to 3.4 in May; and regressed by six-tenths in June. Down or flat the past five ratings periods (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Cumulus Media talker KGO adds one-tenth to 1.3 and inches up from #26 to #25. Registering a 2.7 in three of the last four sweeps (2.7 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+) University of Southern California-owned classical KDFC sputters by one-half share to 2.2, slipping from #13 to #15.
5) Dallas – On the heels of June’s one-half share gain, Univision regional Mexican outlet KLNO “La Que Buena” tacks on another six-tenths (3.7 – 4.3) to inch up from seventh to sixth. It has been nearly two years since KLNO last reached a four-share (4.1 in August 2013). Mixed results for Cumulus Media‘s country combo, with KPLX “The Wolf” progressing by one-half share (4.6 – 5.1, 6+) and KSCS “New Country 96.3” regressing by four-tenths (3.6 – 3.2, 6+); “The Wolf” moves up from a third-place tie to second, but “New Country” falls from ninth to tenth. Co-owned talker WBAP (steady at #16) is either up or flat for the seventh consecutive sweep (1.7 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). Owing to a +.1, Service Broadcasting urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7” (3.2, #11 to a three-way tie at #10) curtails four straight negative trends (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+). Also ending four consecutive (flat or) downward trends are iHeartMedia‘s KEGL “The Eagle Rocks” (2.8, +.2, steady at #14) and Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies KSOC “Boom 94.5” (2.2, +.1, steady at #19). Prior to their July increases, “The Eagle” was (3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+) and “Boom” was (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+). While CBS Radio sports outlet KRLD-FM “The Fan” (#17 to #13) enjoys its fifth straight progressive or flat trend in a stretch where it has more than doubled its 6+-share (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+), co-owned news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM declines by six-tenths (2.3 – 1.7), spiraling from #18 to #24. Their hot AC cluster-mate KVIL is up or flat for the fifth consecutive time (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+), but slips from a seventh-place tie to an eighth-place tie. After four downward trends in a row (5.6 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+), Salem contemporary Christian KLTY “Safe for the Whole Family” managed a +.2 in June, but it falters by six-tenths in July to 3.8, tumbling from fifth to seventh. This is the lowest 6+-showing for KLTY in exactly one year (3.5 in July 2014). Similarly-formatted KCBI “Encouraging Music – Words of Hope” gains four-tenths to 2.4 as the First Dallas Media outlet climbs from #20 to #17. Even though it follows up June’s six-tenths decline with a -.3 (7.8 – 7.2 – 6.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” is #1 for the seventh consecutive ratings period.
6) Philadelphia – Notwithstanding that it slips by two-tenths (6.9 – 6.7, 6+), CBS Radio‘s WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” overtakes Jerry Lee Radio-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” at #1 for the second time in three months. In June, “More FM” came roaring back from May’s second-place showing with a robust +1.4 (5.8 – 7.2) to regain the top spot; however, WBEB sputters by nine-tenths in July (7.2 – 6.3, 6+) to fall back to #2. Prior to being displaced at #1 in May by WOGL, “More FM” was #1 the previous eight sweeps. Its +1.4 in June halted five successive negative monthly reports that produced a combined -9.3 (15.1 – 7.3 – 6.9 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 5.8, 6+). Meanwhile, the -.2 by “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” brings to an end four straight positive trends (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.9, 6+). Speaking of streaks, the three consecutive progressive trends for WOGL’s CHR sibling WZMP is over as “Amp Radio” drops one-tenth to 3.5 and slides from #11 to #12; “Amp” had trended (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.6, 6+). Owing to a +.3 though, co-owned sports outlet WIP-FM ends three straight negative monthlies (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 3.5, 6+) which produced a cumulative -1.5; WIP advances from #12 to #10. Still in that CBS Radio cluster, all-news KYW improves by one-half share (4.9 – 5.4, 6+) to inch up from seventh to sixth. The slide continues for Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WPHI “Boom 107.9” (#18 to #19). After doubling its share (1.9 – 3.8, November – December), it is trending 3.8 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+).
7) Atlanta – For the last 19 ratings periods, Cumulus Media-owned country WKHX has remained in the 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+), but “Kicks 101.5” busts out with a +.9 to 4.7 as it cracks the top ten (#11 to #8). Moreover, it is the fifth straight up-trend for “Kicks” (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+) and the first time it has crossed the four-share barrier (6+) since “Holiday” 2013 (4.5). After declining by one-half share in June, Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM recoups all of it (7.3 – 6.8 – 7.3) to progress from third to second. Remaining steady at #5, adult contemporary sibling WSB-FM “B-98.5” sputters for the fourth consecutive sweep (6.5 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.2, 6+) for a combined -1.3. Following four successive up or flat performances (5.4 – 5.4 – 6.4 – 6.6 – 7.1, 6+), co-owned urban AC WALR “Kiss 104” drops three-tenths to 6.8 and moves from second to third. A loss of six-tenths in June concluded the string of three positive trends for WFSH “The Fish” (4.6 – 5.6 – 6.2 – 6.5 – 5.9, 6+). The Salem contemporary Christian facility suffers an even greater decline in July though dropping one full-share to 4.9 as it stumbles from fourth to seventh. This is the 25th straight survey period that (Lincoln Financial Media to Entercom) hot AC WSTR “Star 94” (#11 to #12) has been in the 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+). “Star” is up or flat for the fourth successive time (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+). Faltering by six-tenths each are iHeartMedia CHR WWPW “Power 96.1” (5.2 – 4.6, seventh to ninth) and Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5” (4.3 – 3.7, #9 to #13). Despite the fact that its string of successive gains ends at three (7.8 – 8.5 – 9.0 – 9.2, 6+), CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103” (8.9, -.3) is the market pacesetter for the sixth consecutive sweep. Off the past five ratings periods (3.0 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+) for a combined -1.7, co-owned WZGC “The Game” picks up three-tenths to 1.6 to advance from #20 to a tie at #18.
8) Long Island – One-half share separates the top four stations and that includes a first-place tie between two CHRs – iHeartMedia‘s WHTZ “Z-100” (6.1 – 5.6, -.5, #1 in June as well) and Cox Media Group‘s WBLI (4.8 – 5.6, +.8, #4 in June to #1). It is the third straight month at #1 for “Z-100,” which had its string of up or flat monthlies snapped at five in June (5.5 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.1, 6+). Albeit flat, co-owned talker WOR extends its streak of up or flat sweeps to seven (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+); the New York Mets flagship though slips from #16 to a tie at #17. Off by eight-tenths (4.4 – 3.6, 6+) and falling from sixth to ninth is classic rock cluster-mate WAXQ “Q-104.3.” Before declining by four-tenths in June, “Q-104.3” had not notched a negative trend in five straight Long Island monthlies (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.8, 6+) for a combined +1.8. Rarely does a “stream” achieve at least a one-share in a PPM market, but Fordham University triple A WFUV does so with a 1.1 to debut at a three-way tie at #26. Up or flat the past six ratings periods for a cumulative +1.2 (2.6 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.8, 6+), Cox Media Group classic rocker WBAB drops by one tenth to 3.7 yet advances from tenth to eighth. On the heels of June’s -.5, CBS Radio‘s WFAN “The Fan” sputters by another nine-tenths (5.5 – 5.0 – 4.1, 6+) to spiral from second to sixth. After registering four straight up or flat monthlies and doubling its 6+-share in that period (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 2.2, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s WNSH “Nash-FM” drops three-tenths to 1.9 (#20 to #23).
9) San Jose – The fourth consecutive up or flat trend for Univision Spanish adult hits KBRG is a full-share gain (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 6.4, 6+) as “Mas Variedad 100.3” inches up from third to second. After being down in back-to-back sweeps (7.2 – 6.6 – 6.5, 6+), Digity Media adult contemporary KBAY bounces back with a +.8 to 7.2 and is #1 for the ninth straight month. In addition to the +.8 by KBAY, adult contemporary adds another half-share in the market as Entercom‘s KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” improves 3.2 – 3.7 (6+) to progress from #11 to #8. Having registered an impressive +1.4 in June, Cumulus Media‘s KNBR “The Sports Leader” coughs all of it up and one-tenth more (5.0 – 6.4 – 4.9, -1.5, 6+) to slide from second to third. Prior to July’s -1.5, San Francisco Giants’ flagship KNBR notched four successive positive trends in the San Jose report (2.7 – 3.5 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 6.4, 6+). Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXZM regresses by six tenths (2.4 – 1.8, 6+), while Digity Media hot AC KEZR “Mix 106.5” declines by one-half share but is steady at #5. It is the fourth straight time, however, that “Mix” has been down or flat (6.0 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 4.5) for a combined -1.5 (6+). With a +.2 to 1.8, co-owned classic rocker KSAN “The Bone” (#24 to a three-way tie at #22) applies the brakes to four successive negative sweeps (3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+).
10) Middlesex – In addition to registering its third successive progressive trend (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+), New York City classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM repeats at #1. While it doesn’t equal the June – July +1.1 that it posted in the New York City report, CBS Radio hot AC sibling WWFS “Fresh Music – Better Variety” notches a +.6 (2.7 – 3.3, 6+) to progress from #17 to #12 in this New Jersey market. Before July’s +.6 in Middlesex-Somerset-Union, “Fresh” had four straight downward trends (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.7, 6+). Remaining steady at #18, iHeartMedia talker/New York Mets flagship WOR improves by one-half share (1.9 – 2.4, 6+). The adult contemporary race tightens as WOR’s New York City sibling WLTW “Lite-FM” drops by -1.1 (third to sixth, 6+), while Greater Media‘s WMGQ “Magic 98.3” picks ups three-tenths (4.4 – 4.7, eighth to seventh). This is the fourth consecutive downward trend in this market for “Lite-FM” (7.0 6.7 6.3 5.9 – 4.8, 6+) for a combined -2.2. Following three straight 5.5 showings (6+) in April, May, and June, iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100” declines by six-tenths to 4.9 yet actually climbs from #4 to a three-way tie at #3. Over the past six sweeps, WNSH “Nash-FM” has gained two full-shares by recording up or flat trends (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+), but the streak concludes for the Cumulus Media country outlet, which drops one-half share to 3.7; nonetheless “Nash-FM” remains at #9.
Saga Communications Reports Q2 Revenue Up 1.6%. Net revenue for the second quarter of 2015 for Saga Communications was $34.4 million – an increase of 1.6%. The company reports that free cash flow decreased $281 thousand to $5.7 million. Station operating expense increased $812 thousand to $24.3 million (station operating expense includes depreciation and amortization attributable to the stations). Operating income was $7.5 million. Net income for the period was $4.5 million ($0.77 per fully diluted share). Taking a look at the radio division, net operating revenue was $29.1 million, an increase of 0.6% over the same period a year ago.
Radio One Recruits Donnie Simpson for Afternoons on ‘Majic 102.3’ in DC. After more than five years of retirement, Donnie Simpson will return to the Washington, DC airwaves to host afternoon drive on Radio One urban contemporary outlet WMMJ “Majic 102.3.” Simpson retired from CBS RADIO’s crosstown WPGC where he hosted the morning drive show. Simpson is also a well-known television personality having hosted the “Video Soul” show on BET from 1983 through 1996. The deal with Radio One includes a television component that will have him back in front of the cameras on TV One by the end of this year. Speaking about Simpson, Radio One RVP Jeff Wilson states, “Donnie is iconic. The DC market woke up to his voice for 30 years and we are thrilled to bring him out of retirement and behind a microphone again.”
New Drive Time Shows in Place at WWFS, New York. The CBS RADIO-owned hot AC WWFS New York, “Fresh 102.7” announces its new drive time shows. Taking over mornings from the recently departed Kim Berk is the team of Carson & Cane – Karen Carson and Cane Peterson. In afternoon drive, Trey and Ghia take over. Both duos started their new gigs on Monday, August 3.
Tom Lawler Named Afternoon Drive at WRNS, Kinston, North Carolina. The afternoon drive role at Digity Media’s Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, North Carolina country outlet WRNS is being taken over by Tom Lawler, effective August 10. Lawler takes the air shift formerly held by Tommy Garrett, who recently exited. Garrett also was program director and music director. Interim PD Carletta Blake comments, “Tom is already familiar with our staff and our very unique market. I’m really looking forward to working with him more closely and introducing him to the loyal country fan base in ENC.” Lawler previously worked on air at the cluster’s WXQR “Rock 105.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Sales pro Tasha Blasi Pannuzzo is back with Westwood One, as SVP of marketing and sales for NASH. This is a newly created role in which she’ll be in charge of client relations, brand partnerships and multi-platform integrations for NASH programming. Blasi worked in sales from 2005 through 2011…..Country WSSL, Greenville, South Carolina midday jock Aaron Michael begins voice-tracking the night shift at iHeartMedia’s country KASE, Austin.
‘Star 105’ Toledo Draws Ire of LGBT Community for Denny Schaffer Billboard. The billboard you see here featuring WWWM, Toledo “Star 105” morning personality Denny Schaffer dressed as Caitlyn Jenner in the now-iconic Vanity Fair cover has drawn the ire of local LGBT groups. They are calling for people to contact Cumulus Media to register their complaints. For its part, the station has Tweeted its followers with the message: “The question is simple, should the billboard come down? Give us a call 419-240-1055.”
Nielsen’s ‘Audio Today’ Report: Blacks and Hispanics Account for Almost One Third of National AQH Audience. The quarterly radio audience report from Nielsen finds that “the broad national radio audience (those 12 or older) has hit an all-time high for the second year in a row: 245 million.” This 2015 Q2 report focuses on minority listening and Nielsen’s data shows that a “record 71.7 million Blacks and Hispanics combine to account for almost a third (29.3%) of the national AQH audience. These Black and Hispanic consumers spend more time with radio each week than any other group, and possess enormous buying power for advertisers looking to reach a qualified audience when they are away from home and in the marketplace ready to purchase.” See Nielsen’s report here.
Cumulus New York’s 5th Annual Bark in the Park. The Cumulus Media New York station group held its 5th annual “Bark in the Park” event on Saturday, August 1 at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield, New Jersey. The North Shore Animal League America, Bergen County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center, and several other rescue groups were on site with many dogs up for adoption. The mission of the day was to find a loving home for as many dogs as possible – and it was a great success. More than 30 dogs were adopted on site! Pictured here is WNSH, New York “NASH 94.7” personality Kelly Ford with her dogs Bentley and Buttercup.