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New York Talk Legend Joe Franklin Dies at 88. The New York talk television and talk radio icon who was famously parodied by Billy Crystal on “Saturday Night Live,” died after a long battle with cancer on Saturday (1/24). Joe Franklin hosted a television program interviewing celebrities and offbeat characters beginning in the early 1950s. He worked in radio later in his career at such stations as WOR, New York and most recently on the Bloomberg Radio Network. Franklinranked 71st in the 2010 TALKERS magazine 20th Anniversary Heaviest Hundred list (which ranks “the 100 most important radio talk show hosts of all time”) and appeared a number of times as a special guest speaker at the annual TALKERS Convention in New York City. Publisher Michael Harrison would introduce him to the attendees from out of town as a famous New York City “tourist attraction as legendary as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Central Park.” Franklin juggled so many careers in the media that it’s a good thing he stopped to write a book every few years – in fact, 23 in all — to capture his amazingly colorful life. His autobiography Up Late With Joe Franklin (Scribner, 1995) is jam-packed with celebrity-rich-anecdotes — from Eddie Cantor and Rudy Vallee to Howard Stern, for example. According to the Library Journal, “He actually knew those early entertainers and knew many of those currently entertaining.” What originally made him a household name — even before the highly touted “Saturday Night Live” parodies by Billy Crystal — was Franklin’s late night variety program “The Joe Franklin Show,” which ran from 1950 through 1993. The Guinness Book of World Records lists it as the longest running TV talk show in history manned by one host. And what a show it was! Much like visiting your favorite neighborhood hardware store, you never knew what unexpected gems would pop up among the variety and clutter. A sample show would feature a sculptor, belly dancer, an up-and-coming comic, a podiatrist and then maybe a famous actor or singer. According to Publisher’s Weekly (1994), his program’s “total guest list ran between 200,000 and 300,000.” and included such names as Frank Sinatra Jr., Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Vincent Price, Howard Stern, Buddy Hackett, — as well as first TV exposure for eventual stars like Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand and Julia Roberts. “It would be easier to list the few who did not appear than to catalogue those who did,” PW says. Franklin started and ended his long show business career in radio. His first job, at 16, was working behind the scenes at WNEW – New York where he became “the record librarian,” (or really “the record picker”) for Martin Block’s popular “Make Believe Ballroom” radio program. Once station management recognized his unique expertise in vaudeville and entertainment trivia, they offered him a 15-minute program dedicated to nostalgia. Eventually that became his calling card and part of the schtick he’d weave into shows, whether radio or television. The self- proclaimed “King of Entertainment” had an encyclopedic knowledge of “all things entertainment” from the first half of the 20th Century: silent films, Broadway stage shows, musicians and singers. With that, he also earned the title the “king of nostalgia.” After his television show ended, Franklin focused on his long-running “Memory Lane” radio program, which ran on WOR on weekend overnights. He’d tell stories about many of the entertainers whose records he would play. In recent years, up until the time of his death, he hosted a weekends-only series of six-minute segments on Bloomberg Radio Network called ‘The Business of Show Business.’ Audio podcasts are still available at Bloomberg.com. Throughout his career, the round-faced, jovial Franklin was commonly called back to television to do guest spots on the big late night and daytime talk shows such as those hosted by Regis Philbin and David Letterman. Considered a good luck charm for the start of a new talk show due to the length of his show’s run, Franklin often kicked off day one of a show – and did so on the first broadcasts of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “This American Life.” Though Franklin may never have wanted to act in movies – like his childhood friend Tony Curtis – he did appear as himself in “Ghostbusters” and “Broadway Danny Rose,” just to name two of the 34 titles that IMDb lists. Franklin was born in 1926 in the Bronx, New York. He met his model/actress wife when she was a secretary and he was “a kid of 24 just doing radio… and we were married on the TV show called ‘Bride and Groom,’” where real-life couples tied the knot after being quizzed about their relationship on national television. Perhaps what sums Joe Franklin up best is his favorite personal quote: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s even more important to be nice.”
Holiday 2014 PPM Data – Part Two. Holiday 2014 PPM data has been released by Nielsen Audio for Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. See the ratings for all subscribing stations here. The December survey period covered December 4 – December 31. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.
1) Washington, DC – WASH-FM’s fourth consecutive gain is massive, five full-shares. Since September, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility has more than tripled its 6+ share (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 8.6 – 13.6). Repeating at #1, WASH easily beats the combined totals of American University-owned WAMU (6.8 – 6.4, -.4, third to second) and Hubbard all-news WTOP (7.0 – 6.1, -.9, second to third). This is the ninth straight sweep in which WAMU is in the six-share range (6.9 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.4, 6+). Down for the fifth successive ratings period for a combined -2.4 (8.5 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.1, 6+), WTOP was #1 for 11 consecutive months before being ousted by WASH in December. Another spoken-word outlet impacted by WASH is Cumulus talker WMAL (3.6, -1.2), which sees its streak of progressive or flat trends end at seven (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.8), as it tumbles from sixth to ninth. After three successive up trends (5.4 – 6.5 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+), Howard University‘s WHUR faltered by eight-tenths in December and declines by another seven-tenths (7.0 – 6.2 – 5.5), but remains at #4. Albeit flat at 3.9 and steady at #8, urban AC rival – Radio One‘s WMMJ “Majic 102.3″ – halts three successive negative trends (4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+).
2) Boston – Over and above registering an eye-popping December – “Holiday” increase in excess of seven full-shares enabling it to stay at #1, Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7″ now boasts the market’s best-ever (6+) share in the PPM-era (+7.4, 9.1 – 16.5). Two outlets noticeably impacted by “Magic” though are its own cluster-mates – classic hits WROR (6.0 – 5.4, -.6) and country WKLB (6.0 – 5.2, -.8). Prior to being unseated by “Magic” in December, iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” finished first for 11 straight survey periods. After a -.7 in December, “Kiss-FM” drops another eight-tenths but remains at #2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.6, 6+). Boston University‘s WBUR achieved its best-ever (6+) PPM performance in November (5.1). Since then, however, it has endured a one-half share decline in December and a -.9 in “Holiday” (5.1 – 4.6 – 3.7, 6+) – it is steady at #8.
3) Detroit - Owing to a potent November-December +5.3 to 9.6 (6+), WNIC shot all the way from #11 to #1. The iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility tacks on another +4.1 as it reaches 13.7. As a result, WNIC outscores the combined runner-up totals of urban AC sibling WMXD “Mix 92.3″ (6.8 – 6.5, -.3) and CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOMC (5.6 – 6.5), which actually rings up the market’s second-best (6+) December – “Holiday” increase (+.9) to climb from fifth to a second-place tie. In November, WOMC’s country sibling WYCD ended four straight downward sweeps (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 4.8 – 4.7, 6+) with a +.3. “Detroit’s Country” regressed by six-tenths (December) and now in the “Holiday” report takes a -.9 spike (5.0 – 4.4 – 3.5) to decline from #10 to #12. The rollercoaster ride continues for WJR, which hung out a +.8 in November; gave seven-tenths back in December; and now falters by -.9 to 4.1. In the process, the heritage Cumulus talker has fallen from fifth in October and November to sixth in December and now to ninth (“Holiday”). Also in the spoken-word arena, CBS Radio all-news WWJ stumbles by one full-share to 5.0 to slide from fourth to sixth; WWJ heretofore registered 6.0 in three of the last four sweeps (6+). After five straight extremely modest increases (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), public WUOM surrenders all six-tenths it gained and is back to 1.2 (#23).
4) Seattle – December’s +1.3 to 6.2 enabled KRWM “Warm 106.9 – Today’s Music Variety” to progress from a fourth-place tie to #1. The Hubbard adult contemporary more than triples that gain to reach double-digits (6.2 – 10.7, +4.5) and edges out the added totals of co-owned CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ (6.0 – 5.6, -.4, steady at #2) and Entercom rocker KISW (4.9 – 5.0, +.1, fourth to third). It is the third successive downward trend for KQMV (6.8 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6, 6+). Conversely, with a +.3 to 3.6 (#14 to #10), Bonneville‘s sports-formatted KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN” applies the brakes to three consecutive negative monthlies that produced a combined -1.2 (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.3). After registering a +.4 in December, iHeartMedia CHR KBKS “Kiss-FM” sputters by nine-tenths to 3.3 (#9 to #11). Declining by seven-tenths each are Sinclair hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5″ (3.8 – 3.1, #10 to #13) and CBS Radio‘s KMPS “Seattle Country” (3.4 – 2.7, #13 to #17).
5) Phoenix - All-Christmas music continues to be a red-hot programming strategy in the “Valley of the Sun,” with iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ more than doubling December’s +3.2 (7.8 – 14.3, +6.5) to remain at #1. By way of perspective, the next three finishers as a group – talk sibling KFYI (5.3 – 5.1, -.2) and Hubbard cluster-mates KSLX “Classic Rock 100.7″ (5.0 – 4.6, -.4) and KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” (4.8 – 4.6, -.2) – can only tie KESZ’s 14.3 (6+). KFYI had been up or flat the past six sweeps (3.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.3, 6+) for a cumulative +2.1. Meanwhile, Riviera Broadcasting adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis” began playing wall-to-wall Christmas music the first day of the December sweep and notches its third straight improvement (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.8 – 2.8, 6+), nearly tripling its 6+-stat in that time frame. Ranked #25 in December, “The Oasis” catapults to a four-way tie at #12. Following a +.4 to 5.1, iHeartMedia hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9″ surrenders seven-tenths to 4.4, dropping from third to fifth.
6) Minneapolis – It is a one-two-three iHeartMedia finish, but CHR KDWB (9.0 – 8.5, -.5, #1 to #2) and KEEY “K-102 – Today’s Country” (7.4 – 6.5, -.9, steady at #3) together cannot match classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108,” which virtually doubles its December share (7.7 – 15.3, +7.6). “Kool 108″ dislodges KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station,” which had been on top for four straight monthlies. It has been common this sweep to see one station in a market (“Kool 108″ in this case) make a gigantic December – “Holiday” gain, but without ramifications of one-share or more for multiple stations. Such is not the case in the Twin Cities, where fifth-place tie occupants – iHeartMedia sports KFXN “K-Fan” (6.7 – 5.5, -1.2) and Hubbard hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95″ (6.6 – 5.5, -1.1) are down by over a full-share. Another iHeartMedia outlet, hot AC KTCZ “Cities 97″ (5.7 – 4.6, eighth to tenth), takes a -1.2 hit. It is CBS Radio country property KMNB, however, that has the greatest erosion (-1.9). Since September, “Buz’firstname.lastname@example.org″ has trended 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 4.4 (-2.4 in that stretch) and it freefalls from sixth in December to eleventh.
7) San Diego – Adult contemporary ranks first and third in “America’s Finest City” after CBS Radio‘s KYXY more than doubles December’s 3.4 (7.0, +3.6) to make an astronomical #11-to-#1 leap, while Lincoln Financial Media‘s KIFM “Easy 98.1″ improves by +1.2 (4.8 – 6.0), bumping up to third from fifth. In contrast to the +1.2 by “Easy 98.1,” country sibling KSON loses one full-share (5.2 – 4.2) as it regresses from third to seventh. Dropping from #16 to #20, alternative XTRA is down or flat for the fourth straight monthly report (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 2.7 – 2.0) and is a combined -1.3 since September. Falling by six-tenths each are Univision Spanish adult hits KLQV “Mas Variedad” (3.4 – 2.8, #10 to #14) and Midwest TV talker KFMB-AM (2.1 – 1.5, #23).
8) Denver – Having leapfrogged from eighth to first in December, Entercom adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” racks up an additional +5.9 (6.5 – 12.4). The next two stations after #1 KOSI – co-owned KQMT “A Mountain of Classics” (5.3 – 5.4, +.1, repeating at #2) and public KCFR (5.2 – 5.1, -.1, steady at #3) – account for a 10.5 (6+) compared to the leader’s 12.4. The last time KYGO-FM “Denver’s #1 for New Country” had a positive trend was a +.5 to 6.2 May – June. Since then though, the Lincoln Financial Media property has been down or flat for a combined -2.0, which includes its current -1.0 (6.2 – 6.2 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.2, 6+). KYGO slides from a three-way tie at #3 in December to #8. Following a -.9 in December, iHeartMedia talker KOA loses another one-half share (4.5 – 4.0), yet actually improves from tenth to ninth.
9) Baltimore – The fifth successive progressive trend for CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9″ is a gargantuan +7.6 (3.8 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 14.6, 6+). In addition to adding 10.8 shares since August (6+), “Today’s 101.9″ more than doubles its 6+-stat since December as it climbs from third to first. It puts an end to the four-month penthouse stay of iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station,” which has the dubious distinction of notching the largest (6+) December – “Holiday” loss of any station in the 24 PPM markets whose data Nielsen Audio has released thus far (8.6 – 6.6, -2.0, first to third). Declining by seven-tenths each are classical WBJC (2.7 – 2.0, #12 to #13) and public WYPR (#14 to #17). It is the seventh straight survey in which WYPR has been down or flat (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 14).
10) St. Louis – Notching identical +3.6 improvements – as well as making major ranker jumps – are CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK “Fresh 102.5″ (4.9 – 8.5) and iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU (4.8 – 8.4). “Fresh” catapults from eighth to first, while KLOU breaks out of a three-way tie at ninth to capture the runner-up slot. After posting a +.3 in April, WIL-FM had seven straight down or flat monthlies (7.6 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.8) until December’s +.7, which took the Hubbard-owned country station from fourth to first. It relinquishes the +.7 (and one-tenth more, 6.5 – 5.7) and dips from first to fourth. Gaining by a hearty +.9 (each) are Emmis rocker KSHE “K-She 95″ (6.2 – 7.1, steady at #3) and iHM CHR KSLZ Z-107-7″ (4.8 – 5.7, three-way tie at #9 to #4). Experiencing steep declines of -1.2 though are Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1″ (6.4 – 5.2) and “Fresh” hot AC cluster-mate KYKY “Y-98″ (5.7 – 4.5); “Hot 104.1″ falls from second to seventh, while “Y-98″ sputters from fourth to eleventh. Losses among spoken-word stations include CBS Radio talker KMOX (5.4 – 4.3, -1.1) and public KWMU (4.4 – 3.4, -1.0). It is the third successive negative ratings period for KMOX reflecting a stunning -4.6 (8.9 – 6.8 – 5.4 – 4.3, 6+) and more than 50% drop in its 6+ share, as the former #1 (April through November) falls out of the top ten (#6 to #12). The -1.0 for KWMU comes after December’s -.9.
Special Note: Among all stations from the 12 just released PPM markets, the top ten gainers (6+, December – “Holiday”) are: KQQL, Minneapolis (+7.6); WLIF, Baltimore (+7.6); WMJX, Boston (+7.4); KESZ, Phoenix (+6.5); KOSI, Denver (+5.9); WASH-FM, Washington, DC (+5.0); KRWM, Seattle (+4.5); WNIC, Detroit (+4.1); KYXY, San Diego (+3.6); KEZK, St. Louis (+3.6); and KLOU, St. Louis (+3.6).
Edgar ‘Shoboy’ Sotelo Named Morning Host at ‘92.3 AMP Radio’ in New York. In an unusual shift across formats, CBS RADIO imports Spanish-language morning star Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo – award-winning personality at regional Mexican KMVK, Dallas – to host his “Shoboy in the Morning” program on CHR WBMP “92.3 AMP Radio” in New York, in an effort to catch iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z100,” the top-rated CHR station in the market. WBMP program director Rick Thomas says, “We’re establishing a new take on morning drive with this show. The emphasis will remain on music but with an infusion of relevant and useful information – with a touch of Shoboy’s positive humor – that New Yorkers need to start their day. We are thrilled to welcome Shoboy and his award-winning personality to AMP.” Joining Sotelo on the program that debuted this morning (1/22) is Nina Hajian, who’s been hosting mornings on the company’s KZZO, Sacramento.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Taking over the programming duties at LM Communications-owned triple A WCOO, Charleston, South Carolina “105.5 The Bridge” is Matthew Potter. He also programs the company’s rock WYBB “98 Rock” and hosts the PM drive show. He replaces programmer Laura Lee who remains hosting the midday show on WCOO…..Max Media parts ways with 20-year-plus morning duo Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jen Lewis who held the gig at country WGH “97.3 The Eagle.” The station is seeking a replacement morning show…..Adding brand manager duties to her current music director responsibilities at Saga Communications’ triple A “98.1 The River” in Asheville, North Carolina – heard on the HD2 channel of WOXL and translator W251AO – is Heather Anders…..JD Garfield is the new morning host and assistant program director at Impact Radio-owned hip hop KWYD, Boise “WiLD 101.1.” He comes to Impact from his most recent gig as OM at Midwest Family Broadcasting’s Springfield, Missouri cluster.
Klein In As PD of WNOW. While he will not begin his new duties until a bit later this month (1/26), Mike Klein is set to program Radio One Indianapolis CHR WNOW-FM “Radio Now 100.9.” Vice president and general manager Chuck Williams observes, “We are all looking forward to having Mike on our team to play a key role in the continued growth of our staff and our top 40 station. He is a great fit for our team.” Klein comments, “I am very excited to be the next leader of ‘Radio Now.’ I cannot wait to work with the amazing team to continue to grow [the station’s] brand on air and online.” In addition to his “Radio Now” PD duties, Klein will do an on-air shift. He succeeds Leo Baldwin, who is operations manager of Digity Media‘s West Palm Beach cluster. Most recently, Klein programmed WNVZ “Z-104. It was his second tour-of-duty at the Entercom Norfolk rhythmic CHR – he previously worked there for approximately seven years (1999 – 2006). His other PD credits include Louisville’s WLGX and WNRW, as well as WBVD, Melbourne, Florida. In addition, Klein has worked at iHeartMedia CHR outlets WHTZ “Z-100,” New York; WIHT “Hot 99.5,” Washington, DC; and WFLZ, Tampa. WNOW changed its call letters from WNOU roughly seven months ago.
Beasley Broadcast Group Bumps Up Monahan to CRO. Seven-year executive vice president of sales Heather Monahan is elevated to chief revenue officer – a newly created Beasley Broadcast Group position, where she will oversee all sales of BBG’s core radio, digital, and non-traditional revenue opportunities. President and chief operating officer Bruce Beasley remarks, “As the radio broadcasting industry continues to offer a wider variety of ways in which we service advertisers, it became evident that having one person at corporate oversee and coordinate these various facets would be beneficial. Heather has proven her loyalty to Beasley over the years and has further shown us her ability to manage the sales process.” According to Miami resident Monahan, “What most excites me is the opportunity to define a holistic strategy that optimizes and unites our entertainment brands, engaged consumers, and marketing partners. At Beasley, our local market teams strive to create a dynamic local presence through our on-air and digital brands. Our continued evolution enables us to further maximize the collective power of our radio brands and connect consumers with marketing partners in an enhanced and more significant way. I am looking forward to delivering improved results for our partners through this new role.” Before joining Beasley Broadcast Group in 2003 as director of sales for the company’s Fort Myers-Naples cluster, Monahan held general manager and sales manager positions for a number of Michigan and Massachusetts stations. The Worcester native is a graduate of Clark University in that Massachusetts city.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Morning personality Cindy Simmons exits Lincoln Financial Media’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “Star 95” after six years hosting the morning drive show…..The Bubba the Love Sponge show is added to the program schedule at JVC Media’s recently acquired country WOTW, Orlando “103.2 The Wolf.” This is the second JVC country station to add the show – it also airs on WTRS, Gainesville “102.3 MyCountry.”…..At the Cape Cod Broadcasting-owned hot AC WQRC “99.9 The Q,” Ralphie Marino replaces Sean Doherty alongside Karen Blake on “The Morning Q.” Marino moves from mornings at sister country outlet WKPE “Cape Country 104” to middays in order to handle both shifts. At WKPE, Cat Wilson becomes morning drive host.
Judge McMahon Not Reversing Turtles-SiriusXM Ruling. In what can be described as another blow to SiriusXM – and potentially numerous other digital pure plays – on the issue of allegations of state copyright violations for pre-1972 song recordings, New York federal judge Colleen McMahon denied the satcaster’s request to reconsider her November ruling. In that decision, McMahon rejected SiriusXM’s argument that Flo & Eddie Inc (which controls the music of The Turtles) don’t have the performing rights to their music in the state of New York. Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (pictured here) – as Flo & Eddie Inc – are suing SiriusXM in Florida and California as well for copyright violations in those states. A Reuters story by Jonathan Stempel reports that Flo & Eddie Inc attorney Harvey Geller says his client will “formally seek class action certification on behalf of itself and other artists, rather than accept McMahon’s alternative of an immediate ruling on liability in its favor.” See the rest of the Reuters story here.
Delay Arises in Entercom’s Deal to Acquire Lincoln Financial Media Stations. The acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media’s 15 radio stations operating in four markets for $105 million will be delayed as Entercom notes in an 8-K filing with the SEC. The company “voluntarily withdrew its notification and report forms filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended…Entercom notified the DOJ that it intends to resubmit the HSR Filing within two days after the date of withdrawal. Entercom’s resubmission of the HSR Filing will have the effect of providing the FTC and the DOJ an additional 30 days from the date of resubmission to review the transactions contemplated by the Stock Purchase Agreement.” After the deal is consummated, Entercom will take ownership of Atlanta outlets hot AC WSTR and sports talk WQXI; Denver stations country KYGO, rhythmic CHR KQKS, oldies KRWZ, sports talk KEPN and KKFN, and comedy-formatted translator K276FK; San Diego signals alternative KZBT, country KSON and KSOQ, and adult contemporary KIFM; and Miami outlets AC WLYF, classic hits WMXJ, and sports talk WAXY-AM/FM.
Chris Jamison Visits WBZZ, Pittsburgh’s ‘Bubba Show.’ Steel Town native and Republic recording artist Chris Jamison was part of the recent “Bubba Show Breakfast” in WBZZ, Pittaburgh’s 84 Lumber Theater. Jamison performed live before a few dozen “100.7 Star” listeners and posed for this shot with the staff. From left to right are: WBZZ OM/PD Mark Anderson, station promotion manager John D’Amico, Bubba Show’s Melanie Taylor, Jamison, Bubba Show’s Shelley Duffy, Bubba, and creative services director Ron Ahern.
Cool Job Opportunity. KRNB, Dallas seeks an afternoon drive personality. Are you a multi-dimensional, superstar media personality? Do you “live” and “breathe” the “Smooth R&B” 25-54 lifestyle? Can you captivate listeners on-air, on social media and in-person? Have you mastered PPM and appointment listening? Do you seek every opportunity to engage listeners where they live, work and play? If so, Service Broadcasting may have a rare career opportunity for you. Our new KRNB afternoon drive personality must know how to connect emotionally with listeners to positively impact ratings and relationships. This is a position for an “entertainer,” not a jock. You should also: be a brand builder; display the passion and desire to win every time you open the mic; conduct compelling interviews; connect strongly with the community; be highly engaged and real-time relevant on social media; have strong podcasting and blogging skills (written and video); and possess creative production skills (experience with Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, Vegas and Vox Pro are a plus). Send your mp3, resume, references and social media links to: SBG HR manager, Debbie Henry at: jobs@KRNB.com. No phone calls please. Service Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Cumulus New York to Address Race Relations in ‘Radio Summit’ Simulcast. News/talk WABC and urban contemporary WNBM “Radio 103.9” – both Cumulus Media properties – will present a historic radio summit “and simulcast covering some of the most pressing issues of our time.” In the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury decision, the Eric Garner case and the tensions between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department, both stations will produce a 60-minute, commercial-free discussion focused on the New York City community. The company says, “This broadcast will include substantial, heartfelt conversation discussing the issues facing the city, recounting events and proposing proactive solutions on how the city and its people can move forward.” Taking part in the discussion will be 77 WABC’s Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby, ‘Radio 103.9’ host DL Hughley and Minister Kirsten John Foy, Northeast Regional Director of the National Action Network. It will air tomorrow (1/14) at 12:00 noon ET and will also stream on each station’s website. WABC program director Craig Schwalb says, “Ultimately, our stations are here to serve the community and this historic simulcast demonstrates our commitment to our audiences in an honest, compelling way.” WNBM programmer Ken Johnson adds, “We are happy to be a part of this extremely timely dialogue. If we can set an example for a civil discussion and spark discourse nationally, then we have accomplished our mission.” RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison was quick to react when learning of this development, stating, “What a powerful, productive idea and use of the enormous potential of radio as a medium of healing and education within the community it serves. What is especially appealing about this initiative is the coming together of a heritage news/talk AM facility with a hip FM culture/music station for the purpose of aggressively and positively addressing highest-common denominator concerns. This type of programming harnesses the inherent positive energy of consolidation. When I hear about this kind of project it stokes my optimism about the future of radio. Yes!”
Bryant Rejoins Westwood One as Executive VP of West Coast Sales. Relocating to Los Angeles, Kim Bryant departs as Cumulus Media New York City market manager to become executive vice president of west coast sales for Cumulus-owned Westwood One. According to Westwood One president Steve Shaw, “Kim is a superb seller and a born leader. She will enhance the quality of our leadership team as we build the industry’s foremost sales organization.” Bryant remarks, “The opportunity to work with Steve Shaw and Westwood One is a dream. The New York Cumulus experience – including the people I have worked with over the last few years – has been terrific. It was a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am thrilled to continue to work for Cumulus in this different capacity and I look forward to having/building success in the west.” Several years ago (2009 – 2011), Bryant was Westwood One’s regional vice president of western ad sales. Her previous background includes being president and market manager for San Francisco stations owned by Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia), and executive vice president of marketing and sales for international cable channel CineMoi. An announcement is reportedly forthcoming regarding Bryant’s replacement in New York City.
McGuire, KKDA-FM Extend Contract. As part of her new three-year deal, Service Broadcasting Dallas urban contemporary KKDA-FM “K-104″ wakeup talent DeDe McGuire will work exclusively for Service and launch new initiatives to grow the show and her brand. Service director of operations/”K-104″ brand manager & program director George “Geo” Cook comments, “DeDe is an innovative, influential personality with an inventive approach to content creation. She continues to evolve as an entertainer who possesses an uncanny connection with her listeners and fans, along with the dynamic ability to drive superior results for our clients and partners. Nobody does it in Dallas – or anywhere on the planet – like ‘DeDe in the Morning.'” McGuire remarks, “All I know is that I am thankful [Service owner] Hymen Childs, ‘Geo,’ and the late Michael Erickson believed in me. They took a chance on giving me my own morning show. It is an honor and dream position. I am so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to strengthen and expand my relationship with the Dallas-Fort Worth communities and the Service Broadcasting family.” McGuire has been with “K-104″ since 2009. In 2011, she was elevated from morning co-host to the lead chair, with the show re-launched one year later as “DeDe in the Morning” – the program’s co-hosts are Lady Jade and Michael Shawn. Until recently, McGuire did double-duty co-hosting Doug Banks’ syndicated show.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Beasley Broadcasting’s active rock WRXK, Fort Myers “96 K-Rock,” Jeff Zito joins the station to serve as program director and midday personality. Zito most recently handled mornings on Sun Broadcast Group’s crosstown rock WXNX “93X” prior to the station adding the syndicated Billy Madison show for AM drive…..Michael Chew exits the morning drive show at Jerry Lee Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WBEB, Philadelphia “More 101.1.” According to Philly.com, Jenn Ryan, Bill Tafrow and Bill Henley are handling the morning drive show…..There’s a new CEO at ASCAP as Elizabeth Matthews is promoted from EVP and general counsel. Matthews takes over for the retired John LoFrumento.
‘Mojo in the Morning’ Airs on WVHT, Norfolk. The Detroit-based, Envision Networks-syndicated morning show “Mojo in the Morning” is now airing on Max Media-owned CHR WVHT, Norfolk, Virginia “Hot 100.5.” Pictured here are personalities Mojo (center), Shannon (right) and Spike (left). “Mojo in the Morning emanates from Clear Channel’s WKQI, Detroit “Channel 955.” WVHT program director Paul McCoy comments, “These days there are many more choices for entertainment, so you have to have the best talent available that gets it done in today’s playing field. The ‘Mojo in the Morning’ show embodies everything ‘Hot 100.5’ is about!” The program takes over for former morning host Corey James, who’s now morning personality at Entercom’s CHR WPXY, Rochester, New York.
‘Star’ Opens in Vegas. In a market world famous for being home to major headliners, Las Vegas had a new “star” in town Monday afternoon (1/12) at 3:00 pm when Beasley Broadcast Group jettisoned adult hits KVGS “Bob” in favor of “Star 107.9 – Vegas’ Best Variety.” The format adjustment ostensibly pits “Star” against cross-town CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix.” Beasley executive vice president of operations Brian Beasley oversees the Las Vegas market and he states, “Our goal is to offer the Las Vegas community a wide variety of desirable formats. We believe this change will do that, while also enhancing Beasley’s position in the market.” Vice president and market manager Tom Humm – who formerly held a similar position at KMXB “Mix” – observes that hot AC “continues to excel across the United States. Under the guidance of our corporate vice president of programming Justin Chase and KVGS program director Mike O’Brian, ‘Star’ will bring a fresh new sound to Las Vegas featuring the biggest artists in the format. Justin and Mike have over 40 years experience programming adult contemporary stations and have built iconic radio stations in Las Vegas for over 30 years. We look forward to the fun and entertainment they will create for ‘Star.'” Chase comments that he and Humm are “excited to be back in the hot AC game in Las Vegas. We are building the team to beat at ‘Star,’ starting with Mike O’Brian at the helm as program director.” In four successive 2014 monthlies (July – October), hot AC KMXB “Mix” was Las Vegas’ top-ranked station (6+). It finishes #2 in December (7.5), compared to #15 (2.7) for adult hits KVGS “Bob.” The strongest 6+ share in calendar year 2014 for “Bob” came in February when it reached 3.1 (#15). Cluster-mates for “Star” are country KCYE “The Coyote,” classic hits-oldies KKLZ, rhythmic hot AC KOAS “Old School 105.7,” and talk KDWN.
Format Modification for KHYL. One of the latest facilities to adopt an on-air “hip-hop” handle is iHeartMedia Sacramento’s KHYL “V-101.1,” which segues from rhythmic hot AC to “Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B.” Market president John Geary comments, “We are taking the next step in expanding the brand impact of our cluster.” Don Parker, the company’s vice president of programming for its San Francisco and Sacramento stations, is handling “V101.1″ programming on an interim basis until a fulltime PD is hired. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s December 2014 PPM report, KHYL ranks #15 (2.6). It has been in the 2.4 – 2.8 range (6+) since August; the station’s highest 6+ share in calendar year 2014 was 3.7 in January (#11). As far as the battle between the two rhythmic CHRs in California’s capital city is concerned, December 2014 (6+) numbers place CBS Radio‘s KSFM at #6 (4.4) and Entravision‘s KHHM “Hot 103.5″ at #14 (2.8).
iHeartMedia Changes Calls of Country ‘Big 95.5’ in Chicago. With the move from regional Mexican to new country, iHeartMedia changes the call letters of WNUA, Chicago to WEBG. The newly flipped country outlet is challenging CBS RADIO’s long-held dominance of the Windy City country radio audience by WUSN “US 99.” Plus, Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that the station has finalized its daily personality lineup with the addition of Amber “Alabama” Cole for afternoons and Erik Zachary for nights. PD Steve Stewart is handling middays and Mason & Remy have already been announced as morning duo.
Howard B. Price: Preparedness, Vigilance and Training Important in Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack. The horrific assault on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo serves as a sad reminder that attacks on media outlets are not only possible, they happen on an all-too-frequent basis. In a piece published in RadioInfo, ABC Television Network director, business continuity Howard B. Price writes that “even with the best security resources and procedures in place, no broadcast facility is immune from criminal acts or terrorism. And being in a small place doesn’t necessarily reduce the risk. But, there are common sense things we all can do to help deter such incidents, mitigate their impact and help assure an investigative trail in the event one takes place.” Read Price’s very important piece here.
Saga Communications and Nielsen Audio Reach Settlement. The settlement between Nielsen Audio and Saga Communications over allegations by the former that Saga violated copyright law by using its ratings data without being a subscriber means Saga becomes a client. Announcing the deal on 1/7, Nielsen issues the following statement: “The lawsuit was filed as part of an ongoing Nielsen Audio initiative to protect its intellectual property rights. As part of the agreement, Saga has taken a PPM license for its stations in Milwaukee-Racine, Columbus, and Norfolk, Virginia. Saga also licensed diary services in Des Moines and Manchester, New Hampshire. This agreement protects Nielsen Audio’s intellectual property rights for audience estimates, data, and software.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Baltimore adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” – a CBS RADIO property – names Gina Crash co-host of the morning show alongside Greg Carpenter. Crash had most recently been doing on-air work at Greater Media’s rock WMMR, Philadelphia but had worked in the market at the old rock WHFS-FM…..Local and network radio pro Todd Michaels is named night jock at Beasley Broadcasting’s country KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote.” Michaels’ arrival bumps Paul Knight to the overnight slot…..At Apex Broadcasting’s country WCKN, Charleston, South Carolina “Kickin’ 92.5,” Andy Webb and Jessica Chandler are named the morning drive team. Webb comes to the station from his most recent gig at Blakeney Communications’ classic rock WXRR, Hattiesburg, Mississippi “Rock 104.” Chandler recently worked at Cumulus’ crosstown country WIWF “NASH FM 96.9.”…..Armando “El Chiquilin” Ulloa is named morning drive host at CBS RADIO‘s regional Mexican KMVK, Dallas “La GRANDE 107.5,” effective Monday, January 12.
CES 2015: Is Your Station Merely ‘the Linear Feed?’ Radio consultant Holland Cooke continues his reporting for RadioInfo from the giant Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas and today (1/8) he focuses on the disruption TV is feeling at the hands of technology that has made about half of television program viewing delayed or on demand. “The linear feed” means live programming in the order that it’s broadcast and Cooke writes that as consumption of media continues to change, radio must address that “the linear feed” only isn’t going to be good enough. Read his piece here to find two ways radio stations can deal with this conundrum.
BUZ’N@102.9 in Minneapolis Announces BUZ’N Half DUZ’N Concert Lineup. This is the third annual BUZ’N Half DUZ’N concert presented by CBS RADIO’s country KMNB, Minneapolis and will take place on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm, in the Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. As in the past, tickets are not sold to the general public for the concert – the only way to get into the concert is to win tickets on BUZ’N@102.9. Acts to perform include: Cole Swindell, Montgomery Gentry, Maddie & Tae, Chase Bryant, Jon Pardi and Sam Hunt. KMNB OM Lauren MacLeash states, “This will go down as one of the most exciting and memorable concert experiences of 2015. Six power hitters together on one stage, one night…and it’s all free for BUZ’N listeners — we can’t wait to share this night and show our appreciation for all their support of BUZ’N@1029.”
‘The Live Ride’ Joins KNEI, Waukon, Iowa. The Envision Networks-syndicated country show “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is now airing on Wennes Communications’ KNEI, Waukon, Iowa “103.5 Bluff Country” on Sundays at 6:00 pm. “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is a two-hour radio show hosted by 25-year country radio veteran Marty McFly. Envision describes the show as “a weekly ‘concert’ featuring live performances of current and recent chart hits by today’s biggest acts. As a Nashville insider, McFly provides the most up-to-date country news, concert information and artist interviews along with the perfect soundtrack for country radio listeners to relive their favorite country concert experiences!”
Entries Being Accepted for “World’s Best Radio Programs.” Several new categories have been added to the 30-plus-year-old international competition, including “Best Innovation,” “Best Journalist,” and “Best Music Program Host.” New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards executive director Rose Anderson remarks, “Our categories for ‘Sound Art’ and ‘Best Innovation’ recognize the limitless advances of creativity. Our ‘Best Journalist,’ and ‘Best Music Program Host’ categories honor the artistry and dedication of the individuals at the mic.” Advisory board grand jury member/Geller Media president Valerie Geller works with broadcasters in 35 countries “to become more powerful storytellers and communicators.” Geller comments, “Stories are how we track our lives, learn about others, and develop empathy and understanding of the world. At its best, broadcasting informs, entertains, inspires, and persuades. Most importantly, it connects people to one another through our stories. It is satisfying on every level to have the opportunity and honor to hear the amazing work that news, documentary and program teams throughout the world are producing/creating.” NYFIRPA entries are received from radio stations, networks, and independent producers. Among the 2014 winners were the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“Broadcaster of the Year”) and TBI Media UK (“Production Company of the Year”). Deadline for entering the competition is a little more than two months away (3/19); the awards ceremony will take place Monday, June 22 at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse.
Sharon Dastur Rises to SVP of Programming Integration with iHeartMedia; Mark Medina to Program ‘Z100.’ Superstar programmer Sharon Dastur is taking an elevated role with iHeartMedia as SVP of programming integration on the company’s National Programming Platforms team. Dastur’s accomplishments as program director of WHTZ, New York “Z100” are well known throughout the industry. She’s also served as national CHR brand coordinator for the company and was programmer for Nickelodeon’s “Nick Radio” on the iHeartRadio platform. The company says that in this new position, Dastur will “use her years of industry experience to create cutting-edge programs that leverage the company’s assets for brands and partners and will assist with the program execution with artist, managers and labels. In this role, she will develop cross-promotion partnerships between label groups and agencies, and in addition she will work with in-market programmers, lending her knowledge and ability to help refine current programs and initiatives. She will also work together with the artist relations team on booking and talent negotiations for all iHeartRadio national events and industry events.” Dastur comments, “When Tom [Poleman] and Clay [Hunnicutt] first approached me about this incredible new position, and knowing the direction where iHeartMedia is going, it seemed like the perfect next step in my career. After more than 18 years at the world-famous ‘Z100,’ I am extremely proud of all of the accomplishments the team has achieved. From guiding the station to its highest ratings and revenue, to recently coming off of our biggest and most successful ‘Z100 Jingle Ball,’ it will be exciting to take those things we’ve successfully built locally over the years and integrate them into the national platform and throughout our organization across the country.” Taking over for Dastur as program director of WHTZ is Mark Medina, who will move from iHeartMedia’s Washington operations where he’s been programming CHR outlets WIHT, Washington “HOT 99.5″ and WZFT, Baltimore “Z104.3.”
Parker Picks Up Sacramento Duties. In addition to overseeing programming for iHeartMedia‘s six San Francisco stations, vice president of programming Don Parker expands his role to include the company’s six-station Sacramento cluster. iHeartMedia executive vice president of programming Brad Hardin comments, “Don’s programming leadership in San Francisco has resulted in significant increased listenership and engagement for our brands. The additional responsibility for our Sacramento stations is well deserved and I look forward to partnering with Don to grow our reach in Northern California.” According to Parker, “Our Sacramento stations have evolved greatly. With market veteran John Geary at the helm, our leadership team and talent in the Sacramento market is shaping up to be among the best in the business. I am grateful to iHeartMedia for the amazing opportunity.” The six Sacramento stations involved include country KBEB “B-92.5″; news/talk hybrid KFBK-AM/FM; rhythmic hot AC KHYL “The Beat of Sacramento”; adult hits KQJK “Jack-FM”; and talk KSTE “Talk 650.” Parker joined iHeartMedia San Francisco in 2009 as operations manager. He previously was NextMedia‘s vice president of programming and has been a PD in Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Fresno.
Journal Broadcast Group Names Chiasson GSM. Radio sales pro Scott Chiasson is named general sales manager for Journal Broadcast Group’s Wichita operations. He’s served as GSM for WQYK-FM/AM, Tampa and Cox Media/Cable TV in Lafayette, Louisiana. He’s also worked with Metro Networks/CBS in Orlando and Premiere Traffic in Colorado and Florida.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Morning drive personality Bob Richards adds program director to his duties at Cumulus Media’s country KBUL, Reno “NASH FM 98.1” where he’s been on air since 2009…..Also from Cumulus Media, Rebecca Kaplan is named promotions director for country stations KSCS and KPLX. She joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia where she was promotions director at the Tampa station group…..At iHeartMedia, Dick Lewis exits the company’s New Orleans cluster where he’s been market manager for the past 10 years.
Susan G. Komen Recognizes Bobby Bones for Charitable Efforts. Nationally syndicated country morning personality Bobby Bones is being named to the 2015 class of Pink Tie Guys for his charitable work fighting breast cancer. The Pink Tie program honors influential leaders who help mobilize, energize and engage audiences in the breast cancer movement through their role within the community, within their organizations, and through their personal involvement. Bones’ Premiere Networks-syndicated show recently raised $50,000 for the charity as part of an on-air bet with two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean, who agreed to play a charity show with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots if the show could raise the money. The 2014 Pink Tie Guys will be honored at the Pink Tie Party on February 24, 2015 at Jonathan’s Green Hills in Nashville.
iHeartRadio App Added to Denon’s HEOS System. HEOS is the wireless, multi-room sound system marketed by electronics manufacturer Denon. Today, iHeartMedia announces it and Denon have reached an agreement for the iHeartRadio digital platform to be made available on the system. The audio product is pretty simple: Consumers purchase one of three available models that connect to their existing home wireless network and they are able to bring content from various platforms into their homes. If the HEOS webpage is accurate, Denon has already signed on other digital platforms to be available on the system, including Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn and Rhapsody. iHeartRadio president Darren Davis comments, “We are excited to partner with Denon Electronics to bring iHeartRadio into even more homes with the HEOS music player. Its sleek and compact design combined with its premier stereo sound makes it perfect for enjoying your favorite iHeartRadio stations anywhere in the house.”
Madison Rising Song to Benefit Operation 300. Rock band Madison Rising – heralded as “America’s most patriotic rock band,” is helping to support the charitable group Operation 300 with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their latest release, “Soldier’s Christmas.” Operations 300 hosts adventure camps for the young children of fallen military men and women. It was founded by the family of a Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn who lost his life fighting in Afghanistan. The camps provide an opportunity for the youngsters to participate in activities that embody the spirit of adventure that characterized the lives of their absent parents. Madison Rising lead vocalist David Bray (pictured here) – a US Navy Veteran, joined by the rest of the band – says, “The entire group wholeheartedly supports this charitable endeavor.”
Legendary Dallas Jock Terry Dorsey Honored. Renowned Dallas country radio personality Terry Dorsey (right) takes in the framed photo compilation being presented to him by Cumulus Media president and CEO Lew Dickey (left) on Wednesday (12/17). As RadioInfo reported last week, Dorsey is retiring from the radio business after a 46-year career – 33 years of which were spent in the Dallas market and the last 26 at KSCS.
Jayde Donovan Joins Todd Pettengill for Mornings on WPLJ, New York. Just a few days after announcing she was leaving Cox Media Group’s CHR WPOI, Tampa “Hot 101.5,” Jayde Donovan is named morning drive co-host on Cumulus Media’s New York hot AC WPLJ. Donovan joins Todd Pettengill for the newly re-named “Todd and Jayde (In the Morning” program, effective January 5. Cumulus New York vice president and market manager Kim Bryant says, “We are thrilled to have a talent like Jayde on ‘PLJ. She is genuine, smart and beautiful. The New York market is going to fall in love with her.” In addition to her radio work, Donovan has worked as a correspondent for WTVT-TV, Tampa “Fox 13,” with the weekly segment “Hot Happenings” on “Good Day Tampa Bay” and the daily segment “Hot Dish” on Dish Nation. She also hosted the television show “The Cue” on WOFL-TV Orlando “Fox 35.” in Orlando. About her new gig, Donovan says, “I still can’t wrap my head around the dream job in front of me! To co-lead a show in the number one market in the world is more than a dream come true. Huge thanks to John Dickey, Mike McVay, Gillette, and my legendary radio friend Todd Pettengill for bringing me on the team. Can’t wait to get to work!”
Richard Deaver Exits KOSP, Springfield After Traffic Citation Controversy. Neither side is talking too much about air personality Richard Deaver’s exit from Mid-West Family Communications’ CHR KOSP “92.9 The Beat,” but it comes almost a month after he complained on the air about treatment he alleges he received from the Springfield police during a traffic stop. The on-air talk about Deaver’s traffic citation caused the Springfield Police Officers Association to issue a boycott of the radio station. Neither Deaver nor Mid-West Family would say too much to the Springfield News-Leader and would not say if the matter played a direct role in Deaver’s exit. You can read the News-Leader piece here. For now, Deaver’s co-host Dawn McClain will host the morning program solo.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The new afternoon personality at CBS RADIO’s alternative KITS, San Francisco “LIVE 105” is Greg Beharrell. He comes to the Bay Area from his most recent gig at Corus-owned rocker CFOX, Vancouver, BC. Beharrell has also worked at alternative outlets CFNY, Toronto “102.1 The Edge” and CFEX, Calgary “X92.9.”…..Govia returns to the Peoria market where he’ll be the evening personality on Alpha Media’s new CHR WNGY “Energy 102.3” beginning December 15…..Heather Stupeck joins the team at Jerry Duncan Promotions as secondary promotion manager. Stupeck is a former digital media assistant and on-air personality at WKDQ and sister station WDKS in Evansville, Indiana.
CBS RADIO Announces ‘The Night Before’ Concert in Phoenix. The “Night Before” concert will take place on January 31 – the night before the NFL’s Super Bowl being played at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1. CBS RADIO announces the lineup for this show will include country stars Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and Florida Georgia Line. The news of the show was announced on CBS O&O KMLE, Phoenix by Dierks Bentley today (12/12) as he said, “I’m excited to be part of a huge night in country music the night before the biggest event in sports…in my hometown! We’re about to take tailgating in Phoenix to a whole new level.” CBS SVP of strategic events and partnerships Amy Stevens adds, “There’s no bigger sporting event than the Super Bowl, and what better way to celebrate the greatest championship in the world than with a star-studded concert event The Night Before. We had an amazing inaugural show in 2014 with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in New York, and we’re thrilled to present the next installment in this emerging tradition with some of this generation’s greatest country acts.”
Lennon & Maisy Visit ‘America’s Morning Show.’ Stars of ABC-TV’s hit series “Nashville,” Lennon & Maisy, stopped by the NASH Campus in Nashville where they chatted and performed on “America’s Morning Show.” The duo performed their new Christmas single, “Christmas Coming Home,” and their YouTube hit cover of The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey.” Pictured here (from left to right) are: Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks and Blair Garner.
WPHT, Philadelphia Celebrates Sid Mark’s 58th Anniversary. News/talk outlet WPHT, Philadelphia is honoring the 58th anniversary of the broadcasting career of Sid Mark – host of the legendary “Sounds of Sinatra” program. The sold-out, special event is taking place tonight (12/12) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Parx Casino’s 360 Lounge. The evening will feature a special live broadcast of the “Sounds of Sinatra” program with special guest Frank Sinatra, Jr. Today also marks what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 99th birthday. Marc Rayfield, SVP/market manager for CBS RADIO Philadelphia says, “WPHT is proud to pay tribute to a living legend. Sid Mark has entertained generations of listeners through the years and it’s wonderful to be able to honor the legacy of Frank Sinatra and celebrate Sid’s amazing career at the same time.” Mark launched the “Sounds of Sinatra” show in Philly 57 years ago.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (11/05) includes such artists as: Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Taylor Swift, Heather Jeanette, OK Go, Gunhill Road, Julia DeMato, Who, George Ezra, DEC3, You+Me, Lolawolf, Lenny Kravitz, King Tuff, Smashing Pumpkins, Dallas Smith, 32 Below, Wade Bowen, Kane Brown, High Valley, Talking Heads, Golden Pony, Tenterhook, Christina Perri, Addal, among many others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Urban Adult Contemporary. This month, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three urban formats: urban AC, urban contemporary and urban-rhythmic oldies. The October PPM data from Nielsen Audio indicates the month was pretty good to the urban AC stations subscribing to the ratings company’s service: 60% of those stations went up from September to October, led by Entercom’s WVKL, Norfolk “95.7 R&B FM,” which posted a 2.2 share jump. In this report, see more September to October share fluctuations, comparisons to PPM ratings from October of last year, market rank for urban AC stations, and market share for the past six ratings periods. See Mike Kinosian’s entire story here.
Seattle’s ‘107.7 The End’ Adds Millennial Marketing Specialist. The Entercom alternative station brings Sean Pollock aboard to serve in the newly created position millennial marketing specialist. Pollock comes to Entercom from a 10-year stint in the marketing field working with both national and local clients at Remer Inc. in Seattle. Entercom Seattle VP and general manager Jack Hutchinson comments, “We are thrilled Sean has joined our team where he will immediately begin working with our clients on all of their marketing needs targeted at the Millennial consumer. This is part of our 360 Degree Immersion Concept that will help our advertisers unravel the Millennial consumer decision-making process, especially how they select products or services.”
The Remarkable Return of GUNHILL ROAD. Tomorrow (11/5) marks the official release of the brand new 19-track album by the early seventies band GUNHILL ROAD titled, Every 40 Years (Gunhill Road Records). Pop music and radio historians remember the group as a “one-hit wonder” for the infectiously clever song “Back When My Hair Was Short” (Kama Sutra). However, album rock radio veterans remember them as a great three-man band of the golden era that produced two outstanding albums yielding several “turntable hits” (“42nd Street,” “Sailing,” “She Made A Man Out Of Me,” and more) that simply fell through the cracks as the years rolled by. In its heyday, GUNHILL ROAD was a regular at the legendary NYC nightclub, the Bitter End sharing the stage with some of the biggest name acts of the era. After touring into the mid-seventies, the group finally called it quits with each of the three members going their separate ways. Glenn Leopold became a successful writer of stories and music for some of TV’s best-known animated features; Steve Goldrich became the accomplished CEO of a thriving manufacturing firm; and Paul Reisch continued as a professional musician and painter. Inspired to record again after a brief, well-received appearance three years ago at a benefit concert for their former manager (and Bitter End owner) Paul Colby, the trio finally decided to give it another shot, if for no other purpose than their own satisfaction. Exactly one year ago, they went into the studio where they became immersed for months in an outpouring of decades worth of pent up creativity and emerged with a massive collection of 19 meticulously honed songs covering a wide range of contemporary styles from CHR to triple-A. Standout tracks include the album’s first single, “Selling Apples” (featuring Paul Shaffer on the Hammond B3), a reggae-flavored tune that deals with overcoming the anxiety of unemployment during tough economic times and “Everything Passes” – a Beatles-ish reflection on “When I’m 64” told from today’s perspective of someone who’s “traveled far and wide but is still a boy inside.” (NOTE: All RadioInfo subscribers will receive a link to download the entire album in tomorrow’s email blast.) The fascinating story about the unlikely re-emergence of GUNHILL ROAD after four decades — written by RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian — has been posted today (11/4). To read it in its entirety, please click here.
Mr. G Retires from WCBS-FM, New York. Revered New York City meteorologist Irv Gikofsky – known affectionately as Mr. G – announced his retirement from his gig on CBS RADIO’s classic hits outlet WCBS-FM. Gikofsky has been serving as the morning meteorologist on the station for the past 37 years, working with such talent as Harry Harrison, Dan Taylor and Scott Shannon. Gikofsky will continue to report the weather on WPIX-TV’s 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm newscasts.
Journal Broadcast Group Adds More Digital Christmas Formats. Last week RadioInfo wrote about the expanding Christmas music offerings from pure plays like Pandora and satcaster SirusXM. Now, Journal Broadcast Group reports that “following last year’s record-breaking audience on ‘The Christmas Station’ digital radio stream,” the company is launching two addition Christmas stations: “Country Christmas” and a contemporary Christmas station named “Hitsmas.” Last year “The Christmas Station” streamed worldwide on Journal Broadcast Group websites and apps, via Radionomy and through the TuneIn app. It was ranked as the top Radionomy-powered station in the United States on Christmas day. J. Pat Miller serves as director of marketing & innovation for Journal’s Milwaukee Radio Operations, and he says, “When listeners need a little shot of holiday cheer they can click over to one of our Christmas music stations. Adding three channels to the Radio League app allows the music focus that streaming music listeners expect. From Bing Crosby to Mannheim Steamroller, it’s all there!”
Magnum Communications Closes on Wisconsin Station Acquisitions. The sale of four radio stations in Wisconsin from Bliss Communications – publisher of the Janesville Gazette and parent company of Racine Broadcasting and West Bend Broadcasting – to Magnum Communications has closed. Bliss transferred news/talk WRJN and AC WEZY in Racine and country WBWI and news/talk WBKV in West Bend to Magnum for $2.25 million.
Mighty Met Acoustic Flashback to Benefit Pat ‘Paraquat’ Kelley. Next month the “Mighty Met Acoustic Flashback Benefit Concert” will be held at the Canyon Club in Agoura, California to benefit longtime Los Angeles radio personality Pat “Paraquat” Kelley. A jock on the legendary album rock station KMET, Kelley was diagnosed in 2003 with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Kelley is in the advanced stages of the disease and award-winning musicians, KMET alumni and friends are bringing their talents and efforts together for a one-night special event in recognition of Pat’s unstoppable spirit and courage. Confirmed performers include George Thorogood, Janiva Magness, Paul Barrere, Waddy Wachtel, Peter Stroud, Dan Navarro, Kiki Ebsen, Michael Ann Azoulai, Bill Champlin, Prescott Niles, Christina La Rocca, Julian Sha-Tayler, Riley Biederer, Angeles Band and special guests to be announced. KMET alumni Cynthia Fox and Jeff Gonzer will be among the evening’s emcees and there will be a special appearance by SiriusXM host and legendary Southern California radio personality Jim Ladd. In addition to an entire evening of very special acoustic performances and collaborations, a silent auction featuring rock ‘n’ roll royalty donations, including an Eagles personalized guitar, and an exclusive getaway vacation.” Kelley’s wife Melody Rogers-Kelley comments, “Pat and I are deeply touched and honored by this out pouring of love. Borrowing a line from the Beatles, ‘There’s been some time in preparation, a splendid time is guaranteed for all.’” The event is December 14 at 7:30 pm and tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. For updates, up to the minute info go to www.canyonclub.net. Contact for the event: Rich Piombino, 404-512-2850.
KJ Bland Re-Signs with KRNB, Dallas. At Service Broadcasting’s Dallas urban contemporary outlet KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7,” midday personality KJ Bland signs a new, two-year contract to remain with the station. Brand manager and program director Kevin Gardner says, “KJ is a passionate, multi-platform personality and a social-media savvy entertainer who easily turns listeners and clients into friends and fans. We are happy to have her continue her winning contributions to the ‘Smooth R&B 105.7’ team and the Service Broadcasting family.”
iHeartMedia Debuts ‘Tailgate Country 103.7’ on Translator. There’s a new country format in Portland as iHeartMedia debuts “Tailgate Country 103.7” on translator K297BO. The 34-Watt signal is licensed to Portland, sits on the city’s southeast side and its primary signal covers a fair portion of the metro. The company says the station will feature contemporary country artists such as Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line. The station will present the format commercial free. SVP of programming Brad Hardin says, “‘Tailgate Country’ features the hottest contemporary country artists and no commercials. It’s the perfect station for crankin’ up while sitting on your tailgate and watching the Ducks pull out another win.”
Envision Networks’ Westar Music Library Gets Updated Site. In an announcement from Envision Networks, the company’s Westar Music Library gets a website update for the service that features a streamlined experience for users to search, organize and download thousands of royalty free music tracks and sound effects. The company says the Westar Music commercial library currently offers more than 11,000 royalty-free music tracks sourced from the broadcast industry standard as well as more than 113,000 sound effects, with more constantly being added. Westar Music sales manager Peter Alexander says, “With new features and benefits that our users asked for, we believe the new WestarMusic.com is quite simply the most seamless, easiest to navigate website available for high quality production music and professional sound effects.”
More Taylor Swift Promotion Happening This Week. With today’s release of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album, the PR machine behind the country-turned-pop starlet kicks into another gear. Last week RadioInfo reported the album release-related appearances by Swift across the iHeartMedia platforms. Now, we learn Swift will be a telephone guest on Westwood One’s syndicated “Nights Live with Adam Bomb.” She’ll also appear on SiriusXM’s Town Hall series where she’ll appear with a select group of listeners for a Q&A with SiriusXM Hits 1 personalities Nicole Ryan, Stanley T, Rich Davis and Ryan Sampson. The show will air live on Wednesday (10/29) at 2:00 pm ET.
Florida Georgia Line Visit WW1’s Ryan Fox. It’s always cool to have one of the hottest acts in the country on your network but it’s especially cool if that act is hosting the new awards show your company is producing. Westwood One’s Ryan Fox (center) poses for a shot with Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard (left) and Brian Kelley (right) after the duo appeared on his “Now with Ryan Fox” show on Hot Country and Mainstream Country Local formats produced by the network. Florida Georgia Line is hosting the “American Country Countdown Awards” on Fox TV on Monday, December 15 live from Nashville’s Music City Center. Westwood One will have a big backstage presence at the ACC Awards as part of its exclusive Red Carpet Radio event coverage.
Legendary Rock Radio Personality Dennis Elsas Bringing His “Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Forgets” Live Multimedia Show to NJ. After more than 40 years of hosting radio shows on great radio stations in the Northeast, veteran rock DJ Dennis Elsas (pictured here) is still going strong. The longtime favorite of New York-area music radio fans that remember him from his major presence at groundbreaking album rocker WNEW-FM during its glory days, is still spinning quality sounds during PM drive at triple-A formatted WFUV in the Big Apple and is heard nationally on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “Classic Vinyl” program. Well known for his creative programming skills and history-making interviews with some of music’s greatest legends, the man described by Michael Harrison as “one of pop culture’s finest raconteurs” has been wowing live audiences around the New York Metropolitan area for years with an in-person multimedia show titled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Forgets.” In it, he plays excerpts from key conversations he had back in the day with such legends as John Lennon, Elton John, Jerry Garcia and so many more, highlighted by rare video clips and airchecks of legendary broadcasts. He also shares his insights and memories of growing up in one of the greatest radio markets of all, New York City, where he heard some of the best top 40 DJs of all time. Next stop for this traveling extravaganza will be its first visit to New Jersey – this coming Saturday, November 1 at the Montclair Art Museum at 7:00 pm. For more information, please click here.