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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

| April 15, 2014

nielsen logoRound One of Nielsen Audio’s March PPM Data Released.  The March PPM data from Nielsen Audio is being released and round one for markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union is available here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.

  • New York – The March survey period covered February 27 – March 26. On (Monday) March 3, classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM unveiled its new wakeup program headlined by a promising newcomer – Scott Shannon. Kidding aside, given his lengthy tenure at cross-town CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ (the station he signed-on) and most recently at Cumulus hot AC WPLJ, Shannon is a genuine New York City morning drive icon.  His new address – WCBS-FM – gains one-half share (5.6 – 6.1, 6+) in March and goes from a second-place tie in February with Emmis urban AC WBLS (5.6 – 5.4, dropping to fourth) to sole possession of the runner-up slot. Meanwhile, his former station – WPLJ – is down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+) and slips from #15 to #16. This marks the eighth consecutive survey in which Clear Channel adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” is #1 (6.9 – 7.0, +.1). Several spoken-word outlets experience a rough go, particularly all-news siblings WCBS-AM (5.3 – 4.2, #4 to #7) and WINS (4.5 – 3.7, #7 to #9), which drop a combined -1.9. After gaining nine-tenths (3.2 – 4.1, “Holiday” – January, 6+) only to lose eight-tenths in February, their sports cluster-mate WFAN is down another six-tenths (3.3 – 2.7) to finish #14.
  • Los Angeles – For the fifth successive sweep, Clear Channel registers a #1 – #2 – #3 finish (6+) involving the same three properties, although none within the trio registers a (6+) month-month increase. CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” drops four-tenths (5.5 – 5.1) but remains first for the second straight time, while adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103″ is off two-tenths (5.2 – 5.0) yet nonetheless breaks its second-place tie with hot AC KBIG “My FM,” which is down three-tenths (5.2 – 4.9) and falls to third.  After declining one-half share (3.6 – 3.1, #9), Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5″ rebounds with a +.6 to 3.7 (6+), returning to its January ranking – #7.  CBS Radio‘s KTWV “The Wave” regresses for the second straight time, this time by one-half share (3.0 – 2.7 – 2.2, 6+) as it slips from #15 to #18.
  • San Francisco – Over the past two sweeps, KCBS-AM notched a combined +1.2 (4.8 – 5.3 – 6.0). The all-news operation tacks on another three-tenths to 6.3 and finishes first (6+) for the third successive monthly report and ninth time in the last ten survey periods.  Things were getting a bit dicey for usually strong sports outlet KNBR, which endured a massive -1.6 (4.7 – 3.1, January – February, 6+), dropping it from third all the way to eleventh. It was KNBR’s lowest 6+ share since March 2013 (also 3.1), but the Cumulus Media-owned facility picks up steam with a +.7 (3.1 – 3.8) and returns to the top ten (#7). Off by one-half share is CBS Radio CHR KMVQ (4.6 – 4.1), which dips from #3 in February to #4.
  • Dallas – After an eight-tenths drop (4.1 – 3.3, #5 – #10), Clear Channel hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9″ bounces back with a +.6 (3.9) to progress to #7.  Also with a +.6, Cumulus Media country KPLX “The Wolf” is up or flat (6+) for the fourth successive time (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.8 – 6.4) as it remains a solid #2. Contemporary Christian tussles are not exactly run-of-the-mill ratings scenarios and Dallas-Fort Worth is home to one of the genre’s most successful stations – Salem‘s KLTY.  Notwithstanding that, KLTY “Safe for the Whole Family” has its third straight down trend which has yielded a cumulative -.8 (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.3). It slides from #4 to #5, while First Dallas Media‘s KCBI “Encouraging Music…Words of Hope” picks up four-tenths to 1.8; even so, it is outside the top 20 (#23).
  • Houston – Following four successive monthlies in which it finished first, Clear Channel adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ registers a -.7 (7.2 – 6.5) and slips to second behind Cox Media Group country KKBQ (6.8 – 7.0). It is a big milestone for “The New 93-Q” – the first time in its PPM history it has placed first. The market’s other major country outlet has good news as well: CBS Radio‘s KILT-FM “The Bull 100.3″ notches its third straight positive trend (3.0 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9). This one is a +.5, enabling “The Bull” to crack the top ten (#14 – #10).  Not only does CMG-owned KGLK boast the market’s highest 6+ month-to-month gain (5.1 – 5.7, +.6), advancing “The Eagle” from sixth to third, 5.7 is the classic hits-oldies outlet’s strongest 6+-stat since PPM became ratings currency in Houston.
  • PhiladelphiaBeasley Broadcast Group-owned country WXTU posts a +.8 (4.9 – 5.7) to inch up from #6 to #4; it is the best (6+) performance for “Philadelphia’s Country Station” since last May (also 5.7).  On the heels of gaining an impressive two full shares (“Holiday” – January, 6+), CBS Radio all-news outlet KYW added a +.8 to 8.4 in February to overtake Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” at the top spot.  Now though, KYW has the dubious distinction of recording the largest month-to-month decline in the 12 markets released thus far (8.4 – 6.0, -2.4) and it drops to third. Meanwhile, “More FM” – which had occupied sole possession of first place the last 10 survey periods and tied KYW for #1 in April 2013, when both stations registered a 7.0 share (6+) – returns to the top spot (8.3 – 8.6, +.3).
  • Atlanta – The 1.9-share (6+) lead Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ “Q-100″ held in January over Clear Channel format foe WWPW “Power 96.1″ vanishes as “Power” (4.0 – 4.3, +.3) overtakes “Q-100″ (4.5 – 4.2, -.3). “Power” improves from #11 to #9, while “Q-100″ slides from ninth to tenth. Public WABE has a positive trend (6+) for the third straight time (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.9), advancing from #15 to #13. After a one-half share January – February bump (3.4 – 3.9), Lincoln Financial Media hot AC WSTR “Star 94″ drops six-tenths to 3.3 (#12 to #14).
  • Riverside – Outdoing what it did in the Los Angeles report, Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5″ ends back-to-back Riverside monthlies at 3.1 (January and February) with a whopping +1.2 to 4.3, as it improves from sixth to fourth.  Moreover, it is the station’s best ever (6+ PPM) stat in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario market. Conversely though, its regional Mexican sibling KSCA loses nine-tenths (3.6 – 2.7) and tumbles from fourth to seventh.
  • San Jose – For the first time since last July – when it tied KBAY with a 5.9 – public KQED (6.3 – 7.1, +.8) is the market’s 6+ leader.  Displaced at the top where it had been in January and February is Empire country outlet KRTY (6.5 – 6.0, -.5, #2).  All-news KCBS-AM rings up a +1.0 (4.7 – 5.7) to zoom from sixth to third.  This is the station’s highest 6+ share in San Jose since May 2010 when it posted a 5.8. Returning to KBAY, the Digity Media adult contemporary declines by one full-share (5.5 – 4.5) sinking from fourth to eighth.
  • Middlesex – This is the only market of the 12 released yesterday where more than one station improves month-by-month by at least one full-share (6+). Turning the trick are classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, which halts consecutive 3.8 performances (January and February) with a +1.1 to 4.9 (#11 to #6). It is the most potent 6+ share for the new home of wakeup talent Scott Shannon since last July (5.1). Classical WQXR doubles its 1.0 to 2.0 (+1.0) and narrowly misses entering the top 20 (#21). Owing to a -.9 (6.5 – 5.6), Emmis urban AC WBLS slides from second to third. Although it is off by eight-tenths (7.2 – 6.4) Townsquare Media talker WKXW is #1 for the third straight monthly.

bouloukosdonDon Bouloukos to Retire from CBS RADIO New York.  After 16 years with CBS RADIO and a career that spans 41 years, CBS RADIO New York senior vice president and market manager Don Bouloukos announces he’s retiring from the company effective June of this year.  Bouloukos first joined CBS RADIO in 1998 following the acquisition of American Radio Systems Inc. where he was co-chief operating officer.  Bouloukos comments, “It is never an easy decision to leave an industry you love, and a company and cluster of stations that have been such an important part of your life.  But after 41 years, it is time.”  Current CBS RADIO executive vice president, operations, Scott Herman will take over for Bouloukos and add supervision of the New York cluster to his duties.  The CBS RADIO New York group consists of all-news WCBS-AM, classic hits WCBS-FM, sports talker WFAN-AM/FM, all-news WINS-AM, CHR WNOW-FM and hot AC WWFS-FM.  Bouloukos continues, “I’ve been very fortunate to work for a company that allows you to operate stations as if they were your own and I take great pride in what we have been able to accomplish over the years.  Working with Dan Mason and Scott Herman has been an absolute pleasure.  My only regret is that I am not 21 years old and starting all over again.”

shannonbobThe Conclave’s Bob Shannon Steps Down After Health Scare.  The executive director of The Conclave resigned from the Minneapolis non-profit on Monday, April 14, citing health issues.  Bob Shannon says in a statement, “Upon my return from the NAB late Thursday evening, I experienced a medical episode that brought paramedics to my home in the middle of the night.  Fortunately, the problem wasn’t as life threatening as was originally thought, but it has prompted some soul searching on my part.  Therefore, after consulting with my physician and my family, I have decided to curtail all business activities for the foreseeable future and will be resigning all of my obligations over the next few weeks.  Sadly, that includes the Conclave.”  Conclave chairman Mark Bolke comments, “Obviously, Bob’s health and well-being is my primary concern, and I respect his decision.  As executive director of the Conclave, Bob brought with him the passion of a real radio broadcaster.  Not only in regards to what made it so compelling in the past, but a vision of what it still can be.  He is a champion of the medium, and never afraid to tell it like it is.  It’s been a pleasure serving with Bob, a true gentleman, and we wish him the very best.”  Shannon can be reached at 206-755-5162, or at bobshannonworks@gmail.com.


quinnrixBringing Creativity and Heightened Localism to the Radio Sales Department — with a Biographer. Ft. Worth, Texas-based multimedia storyteller, biographer and marketing strategist Rix Quinn delivers a unique mix of creative writing and a down-home vocal presentation to any station’s local marketing arsenal, regardless of market size.  Learn more about this fascinating wordsmith and his ideas for adding new dimensions to local radio sales that straddle both the medium’s on-air and online space.  In a new article by special features correspondent Jeff McKay, Quinn says, “The service I provide is to help small businesses tell their story in features that run 250-300 words, which is fairly short, focusing on the unique experiences of the owner-manager of the business or the unique product or service that the business provides.”  He adds, “That can also include short-form generic features that ‘celebrate’ the tradition and community service of general local business categories such as stand-alone ice cream parlors, mom & pop hardware stores, garden supply centers, independent book stores, jewelry stores…the list is endless.  At the conclusion of each feature, the station tags it with individual examples of the category that are non-competitively located in different parts of the coverage area and makes them available to the advertisers at a very reasonable cost.”  To read McKay’s piece about Rix Quinn in its entirety, please click here.

kdhx jocksDenver’s New Alternative ‘107X’ Names Jocks.  The new Max Media-owned alternative rocker KDHX, Denver “107X” wraps its 5,000 song commercial-free period and unveils the air staff.  Pictured here (from left to right) are: morning drive personality Nasty, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm jock Wingnut and afternoon drive host Geronimo.  Nasty is a market pro who worked at Clear Channel’s crosstown active rock KBPI.  Geronimo also serves with Max Media as program director at sister rhythmic oldies KJHM “Jammin’ 101.5.”


chartrandalanAlan Chartrand Named Market President for CC Boston.  The new market president for Clear Channel in Boston is Alan Chartrand, who is promoted from his VP of sales position.  Chartrand will oversee the operations and programming of CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss 108,” hip hop WJMN “JAMN 94.5,” EDM WEDX “Evolution 101.7,” Spanish WKOX “MIA 1430.”  The company says, “Alan’s incredible ability to drive revenue and results, while maintaining a strong culture of collaboration and creativity, make him the perfect candidate to lead the competitive marketplace in Boston.”

Neal Moves to State College.  At hot AC WZWW, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania “3WZ” in the State College market, Jeff Neal is the new program director and afternoon drive personality.  Neal joins the First Media Radio station after eight years in upstate New York with Pembroke Pines-owned hot AC WVIN and sports talk WABH in Bath.

cbsphillyCBS RADIO Philadelphia Prepares for 5th Annual Earthfest Celebration.  The Philadelphia cluster of CBS RADIO stations is partnering with the Clean Air Council to help sponsor its 5K Run for Clean Air at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday (4/19).  CBS Philly SVP and market manager Marc Rayfield comments, “The CBS RADIO stations are proud to partner with the Clean Air Council in their mission to improve our region’s environmental and public health. As a huge voice in the region, we have a responsibility to use our power and reach to support such important issues.”  CBS RADIO Philadelphia participation will include the KYW Newsradio Kidcast Mobile Studio, that gives kids a chance to be a KYW news anchor.  WPHT “Big Money” host Steve Cordasco will present his weekly radio program live from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and will discuss the growing popularity of green or socially conscious investing.

kupl logoJustin Moore to Headline ‘98.7 The Bull’ CountryFest.  Country outlet KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull” announces Justin Moore is the headlining act for its “98.7 The Bull 2014 CountryFest,” taking place at the Portland Rose Festival this summer.  The station is partnering with the Rose Festival to bring “CountryFest” to the RoZone entertainment venue.  Other acts on the bill for the June 1 concert include: Clay Walker, Eric Paslay, Brothers Osbourne and Frankie Ballard.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

| April 8, 2014

marinerrayRay Mariner to Program ‘NASH FM 92.3’ and ‘106.1 The Ticket’ in New Orleans.  In a newly created management position at Cumulus Media’s New Orleans operations, programmer and air personality Ray Mariner begins leading the programming at country WRKN “NASH FM 92.3” and sports talker WMTI “106.1 The Ticket” on April 15.  Mariner most recently was a personality on Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN, Atlanta “680 The Fan.”  He also served in the market as PM drive personality on Lincoln Financial Media’s CHR WSTR “Star 94.”  Cumulus SVP of programming Mike McVay states, “Ray is a rare breed of programmer and talent.  He has shown his programming acumen by performing and succeeding at the highest level.  We’re excited to have him oversee the programming of both ‘NASH FM 92.3’ and ‘106.1 The Ticket’ in New Orleans.”  Cumulus sports/talk format captain Jim Mahanay adds, “Ray Mariner is a strong addition to Cumulus’ programming team in New Orleans.  He brings a great track record and tremendous talent to this important role at ‘NASH FM 92.3’ and ‘106.1 The Ticket.’  I look forward to having him lead our sports programming in this key market.”

djmoondawgDJ Moon Dawg to Nights at WGCI, Chicago; Chris Michaels to WVAZ.  Changes at Clear Channel’s hip hop WGCI and urban contemporary WVAZ in Chicago as DJ Moon Dawg (a.k.a. Michael Muniz) is upped from weekends to evenings at WGCI taking over for the exiting Al B. Sylk and Chris Michaels who sifts over to WVAZ for the 10:00 pm to 2:00 am slot.  Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that Muniz is a Chicago native and former U.S. Marine who started at the station as an intern and worked his way up to weekends/mixer.

shayShay Upped to MD at WOCQ, Salisbury-Ocean City.  At Great Scott Broadcasting’s hip hop WOCQ, Berlin, Maryland “OC 104” in the Salisbury-Ocean City market, morning drive co-host and midday personality Shay is promoted to music director at the station.  Program director and morning drive host Bill Baker says, “Shay has an incredible background in the music/radio
industry and has proven herself worthy in the short time at WOCQ.  Reach out to Shay at shay@shaystar.com.  Music call times and other contacts coming soon!”

obrionbrionBrion O’Brion to Evenings at ‘Y98’ in St. Louis.  The CBS RADIO hot AC KYKY, St. Louis “Y98” announces Brion O’Brion is the new evening personality beginning tomorrow (4/9).  Program director Marty Linck comments, “Brion will bring great energy to the night show.  He will provide an up-tempo vibe we’ve never had in that time period, so I’m really excited for our listeners to hear him.  After an extensive search of St. Louis and the surrounding area, Brion really stood out, and we connected immediately.  Within a few weeks, he was hired!”  O’Brion adds, “I’m VERY excited to join CBS RADIO St. Louis, and I’m proud to be with such a great company.  It’s a perfect opportunity to work with some true radio vets in a great city.”

wmgk logoTwo Sales Management Moves at Greater Media Philly; Scopinich GSM at Classic Rock WMGK.  The first of to two sales management moves by Greater Media at its Philadelphia cluster is the return of Dave Scopinich to the company after a decade away at CBS RADIO’s cross-town cluster.  He’s now the new general sales manager at classic rock WMGK.  Vice president and director of sales Paul Blake comments, “We are thrilled to welcome Dave back to the Greater Media Philadelphia family.  His vision is consistent with our client commitment of coaching, ideas and results.”  Also, at sports talk WPEN-FM, “97.5 The Fanatic,” Chris Kirchner is named sales manager.  He’s been with the company for the past 20 years, most recently as GSM at WMGK.

cookehollandNAB Show: Sound Bites from Sin City.  Media consultant Holland Cooke is in Las Vegas reporting for RadioInfo from the NAB Show and here is some of what he’s gleaned from the convention.  Cooke writes that although this convention is not a radio gathering – that’s in Indianapolis in September – he says, “The recurring theme radio people hear here is that stations can’t only be ‘in the radio business’ anymore.”  Sales skills are probably the most important a broadcaster can have these days and there’s a lot of that kind of advice to be had.  During the RAB’s Lunch-N-Learn session, CEO Erica Farber noted that three of radio’s sales mistakes are: being afraid to ask for “The Big Ask”; constant rep turnover; and selling to the same advertisers over and over.  Read more of HC’s report here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Album Alternative.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian wraps his look at recent PPM numbers for the various rock formats with a comparison of adult album alternative or triple A.  Over the past several editions of RadioInfo, Kinosian has analyzed alternative (modern) rock, active and mainstream rock, and classic rock.  We’ve noted that one of the conclusions that can be drawn from looking at the last five PPM ratings periods about these rock subgenres is that they appear to perform fairly steadily without big leaps or dips.  Looking at adult album alternative, one thing that jumps out is the format appears to perform best in markets generally considered to be politically progressive towns such as Denver, the Twin Cities and Portland, Oregon.  Check out Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.

garciatonySyndication: Love or Money?  Moving a radio program into the syndication realm is a challenging venture and it’s a move that can be started for the wrong reasons.  In a column published today (4/8), Global Media Services founder Tony Garcia writes that for a show to have a chance at success in syndication – even one that is successful on the local level – there are a number of questions the producer of the show must answer before moving ahead.  Garcia says, “If you are going to get the attention of program directors, your show and your pitch must to be relevant and compelling.  What is it you are providing for the station and its audience?  Are you solving a problem?  Are you doing something that the station can’t easily do itself?”  Read more about what Garcia suggests a potential show producer must be prepared to answer in his piece here.

waaf beerBoston Rocker WAAF Gets Logo on Local Craft Brew.  A partnership between Entercom rock outlet WAAF, Boston and the Wachusett Brewing Company yields a new brew called WAAF Revered Red.  The new beer has been a year in the making and both companies are confident that they have created what they believe is the perfect red ale.  As you can see in the photo of the cans, WAAF gets its logo on each can.  It will soon be available in cans and on tap in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.  WAAF PD Ron Valeri says, “All of us at WAAF are honored to be partnering with [founder] Ned LaFortune and his innovative team at Wachusett Brewing Company.  We were counting on them to help us create a craft beer that our listeners would love and that we’d be proud to put our name on.  Their alchemical approach to transforming natural ingredients into unique and tasty liquids is truly impressive.  Wachusett has come through with another delicious brew!”

thecountryclub logo‘The Country Club’ Weekend Show Launches.  This past weekend was the debut of “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver” – syndicated nationally by Compass Media Networks.  Dee Jay Silver is an RCA Nashville recording artist who is also well known as a touring dj/remixer/producer.  Stations that are carrying the show include: WSOC, Charlotte “The New 103.7,” KEGA, Salt Lake City “The Eagle,” WQNU, Louisville; WBEE, Rochester; and KBEB, Sacramento.

nrgmediaNRG Media Reports Completion of Change in Equity Investors.  The change in equity investors that NRG Media, LLC announced in October of 2013 is complete.  The company says the change solidifies “the new partnership between the Midwest-based media company and Cyrus Capital Partners, an investment management company that actively invests in debt and equity securities on a global basis.”  Cyrus has approximately $4 billion in assets under management and its investor base is comprised of sophisticated long term institutional and high net worth investors.  NRG CEO Mary Quass states, “We look forward to a long relationship with Cyrus Capital Partners and wish to thank Waitt Media and McCarthy Capital for their support over the last 9 years.”

snlkaganQ1 Radio Deals Top $300 Million on Strength of WBLS/WLIB Sale.  According to SNL Kagan, first quarter 2014 radio deals topped the $300 million mark in value.  This big quarter was largely the result of the $131 million (8.5 times cash flow) sale of urban contemporary WBLS and gospel WLIB from YMF Media LLC to Emmis Communications Corporation.  The other big deal was the $74 million sale of 10 stations from South Central Communications Corporation to SummitMedia, LLC.  SNL Kagan says that compared to the 2013 average of 7 times cash flow, the average radio cash flow multiple rose by half a point in the first quarter of 2014.

SummitMedia to Buy AC WCWV, Summersville, West Virginia.  The acquisition of adult contemporary WCWV, Summersville, West Virginia will give SummitMedia seven stations in Central West Virginia plus four FM translators.  The seller is R-S Broadcasting and the price is not yet available.  WCWV-FM is a Class B station with a signal covering Beckley, Charleston, Lewisburg, Buckhannon, Weston and more.  SummitMedia’s other properties in Central West Virginia include: country WDBS, Sutton; rock WKQV, Cowen; CHR WAFD, Webster Springs; classic country WVBD, Fayetteville; and classic hits simulcast WVAR, Richwood and WSGB, Sutton.

wtrs logo‘102.3 My Country FM’ Brings Gary Allan to Ocala for Live Show.  Country star Gary Allan – currently on tour promoting his Set You Free album – will play the Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida on May 17.  JVC-owned country outlet WTRS, Dunnellon (serving the Gainesville/Ocala market) was instrumental in bringing Allan to North Central Florida.  WTRS program director Dave Tyler says, “’102.3 My Country FM’ is committed to bringing major national country music talent to North Central Florida.  Gary Allan is a world class country music artist and will put on a heck of a show with his many hit songs.  This is just the beginning of our 2014 live country music lineup right here in our hometown!”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

| March 25, 2014

radioleague logoJournal Debuts New Streaming Music App.  The new, free music streaming app is called “Radio League” and it’s Journal Broadcast Group’s proprietary entrance into the digital music business.  Radio League features six music stations including country, top 40, adult alternative and Christian hits.  Journal Milwaukee Radio Operations director of marketing & innovation J. Pat Miller created the app to offer listeners more choices in a locally programmed and convenient app.  Journal VP/GM of Milwaukee Radio Operations Tom Langmyer comments, “Our business model is focused on strong local brands.  Our mission is to buildlangmyertom options and unique user experiences that tie directly to local partners and life here in Wisconsin.”  The company says all Radio League stations fit inside a free app and offer streaming listeners a competitive choice that is different from on-air stations and nationally syndicated products.  The Radio League flagship is adult hits, “94.5 The Lake,” one of Milwaukee’s highest-rated radio stations.  The Lake’s flagship status includes on-air promotion for the app and two custom radio stations within the Radio League: Variety and Totally 80s.  Journal VP for interactive Michael Gay adds, “Digital now enables us to provide our audience more music entertainment than any other Milwaukee broadcaster.  We’re proud to be the home of this great radio program, and look forward to having even more stations join the league in the future.”

steelepattyPatty Steele Reunites with Scott Shannon.  The New York market radio pro joins CBS RADIO’s WCBS-FM as the newest cast member of the “Shannon in the Morning” program effective March 27.  Patty Steele – who has worked at WABC, WCBS-AM, WHTZ, WOR, and with Scott Shannon at WPLJ-FM – will provide listeners with news and entertainment reports.  She’s joined by Mr. GWCBS-FM Logo providing weather updates, and Joe Nolan with traffic.  WCBS-FM program director Jim Ryan says, “Patty is not only a fun, compassionate personality, but one of the most credible news people in New York.  That combination, along with her chemistry with Scott, makes her the perfect person for this show.  We are so excited to bring her to CBS-FM.”  Steele comments, “I’m delighted to be reunited with my dear friend Scott Shannon, who has created so many legendary radio stations and morning shows.  To help him bring his brand of magic to an iconic station like CBS-FM is an honor.  There’s no one better to laugh with, cry with, learn with and yes, fight with than Scott.  I can’t wait!”

luikwankeolaCBS RADIO Houston Names Lui-Kwan ‘Hot 95.7’ APD/MD.  Programmer and personality Keola Lui-Kwan is promoted from his gig as APD at CBS RADIO’s country KILT-FM “The Bull” to APD, music director and afternoon drive host at sister CHR KKHH “Hot 95.7.”  In a statement, CBS Houston VP of programming Bruce Logan says, “In my time with CBS Houston, Keola has impressed me with his energetic on-air skills and his use of phones to interact with the audience.  As the APD of ‘The Bull’ he and I worked side-by-side to rebrand and begin the rebuilding process of KILT-FM.  At every turn he exceeded my expectations with his attention to detail and the speed with which he moved through the tasks at hand.”  Lui-Kwan says, “First and foremost I’d like to thank Bruce Logan, Michael Martin and Sarah Frazier for this amazing opportunity.  Everyone at ‘100.3 The Bull’ has become family to me and now it grows, within CBS RADIO Houston, to ‘Hot 95.7!’ I can’t wait to get started.”

dimartilekatieMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  In Reno, Jave Patterson announces his exit from Lotus Radio’s rock KDOT and classic KOZZ where he’s been program director and serving as OM for the cluster…..In the Poughkeepsie market, midday personality Katie DiMartile is leaving CHET5-owned triple A WDST, Woodstock to take advantage of another opportunity in New Jersey that puts her closer to family…..Jiggy moves from evenings to afternoons at Cumulus Media’s rhythmic CHR KWIN/KWNN in Stockton/Modesto, California.  As a result of the move, Nikki moves from late nights to evenings.

warq logoL&L Goes Hot AC on WARQ, Columbia, South Carolina.  Not long after making programming changes to sister classic rock WMFX – now branded “Fox 102.3 Columbia’s Rock Station” – the company shifts former rock outlet WARQ to hot AC as “The New Q93.5 Columbia’s Hit Music.”  Featuring pop hits from the last 15 years, L&L Broadcasting director of programming Scott Mahalick says, “With the recent changes in the Columbia radio landscape, there was a clear opportunity for a hot adult contemporary radio station.  We’re thrilled to be able to fill the void and deliver the hits in a focused presentation with live and local talent.”

kdht logoMax Radio Fires Up New Alternative ‘107X’ in Denver Market.  The “Jack FM” format is gone from Max Radio’s Denver market KDHT (licensed to Bennett, Colorado) as the station flips to alternative as “107X Denver’s Rock Alternative.”  The station’s website is promising 5,000 songs in a row with no commercials (sponsored by Corona!).  The lineup of talent is expected to be announced in the near future.

scba logoSCBA Makes Case for Advertising on Radio in SoCal with Quarterly Market Report.  A case can be made that the Southern California Broadcasters Association is working as hard as any organization can to convince advertisers that their money would be well spent on Southern California radio.  In its latest Quarterly Market Guidance Report, the SCBA draws upon some of the data that’s already been reported this year that indicates: 1) radio listening in the region (persons 12+) is increasing, according to Nielsen Audio data; and 2) advertising revenue in the  region is increasing as per Miller Kaplan Arase reports.  The report, designed to target advertisers and agencies, offers arguments for shifting parts of ad budgets away from television and cable to radio for effective marketing.  See the report here.

shakiraiHeartRadio and Target Host Shakira Album Release.  The iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California was the site of the album release party for Shakira’s 10th studio album, titled ShakiraTarget and Clear Channel co-hosted the party on Monday (3/24).  Ryan Seacrest served as host for the event that was broadcast live across more than 100 Clear Channel radio stations nationwide as part of a 30-minute, on-air radio special.  Shakira discussed the making of her album and performed several new songs as seen in the photo here.  (Photo: Joseph Llanes)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

| March 19, 2014

ppmunitSecond Round of February PPM Data Released.  The next round of data from the February 2014 PPM ratings is released by Nielsen Audio for markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  All the numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” here.

  • Washington, D.C. – It is always fascinating to track the seventh largest market’s urban AC contest. In the latest round, Radio One-owned WMMJ gains six-tenths (5.6, 6+) to remain fifth, while Howard University‘s WHUR (+1.2, “Holiday” – January) drops one-half share to 5.9, falling from third to fourth. Thus, WHUR’s 1.4-share lead it enjoyed in January is down to three-tenths. Nonetheless, in the last 12 survey periods, WHUR has won eight head-to-head battles (May, August, September, October, November, December, January, and February); WMMJ has been victorious three times (April, June, and July); and the two stations were tied in the “Holiday” 2013 report. The sports format hits a snag, as Red Zebra’s WTEM “ESPN 980″ is off by nine-tenths to 1.9 (#16 in January to #19), while CBS Radio’s WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” drops seven tenths (also) to 1.9 (#18 to #19).  
  • BostonGreater Media‘s WROR “Boston’s Classic Hits” (#6 in January to #5) rings up a +.7 to 5.6 (6+), matching its September stat. Adult contemporary sibling WMJX “Magic 106.7″ meanwhile gains one-half share to 6.8, remaining a solid second. This time last month, Boston FM sports outlets picked up nearly a full-share: CBS Radio‘s WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” improved by four-tenths to 5.6 (#5), while Entercom‘s WEEI-FM added one-half share to 3.4 (#14). It is a different story now though as “The Sports Hub” declines by -1.1 (5.6 – 4.5, #8) and WEEI-FM has a six-tenths erosion (3.4 – 2.8, #15) for a combined -1.7.
  • Detroit – Following an extremely robust “Holiday” – January +1.6 to 6.9, WOMC tacks on another seven-tenths to 7.6. Not only does this represent the CBS Radio classic hits-oldies outlet’s fourth successive up trend (5.0 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 6.9 – 7.6), but its best-ever 6+ PPM performance. Clear Channel adult contemporary WNIC bounces back from a massive (-7.9) “Holiday” – January decline with a +.6 (5.5 – 6.1), as it advances from #6 to #4. Dropping by six-tenths are CBS Radio sports outlet WXYT-FM “The Ticket” (4.6 – 4.0, #8 to #11) and Greater Media classic rocker WCSX (4.5 – 3.9, #9 to #12).     
  • Miami – For an eye-popping 33rd consecutive monthly report, Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105″ (8.6 – 8.8) is the market’s dominant station (6+). Co-owned urban contemporary WEDR “South Florida’s Only Station for Hip-Hop and R&B” (5.0 – 5.8, +.8) advances from fifth to the runner-up slot. Meanwhile though in that same cluster, adult contemporary sibling WFEZ “Easy 93.1″ (5.6 – 5.0, -.6, #3 in January to #7) posts a negative trend for the first time since July – August. The 6+ trend for “Easy 93.1″ since August was four successive 5.1 showings, back-to-back 5.4 shares, and a 5.6.
  • Seattle – Paced by public KUOW (flat at 5.1 but #1), the market’s first seven stations (6+) are separated by just three-tenths. That includes a tie at #2, as three outlets are locked with 5.0 shares. Returning to the top ten is Sinclair Broadcast Group Hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5,” which gains six-tenths (3.2 – 3.8, #12 to #10). After posting a “Holiday” – January +.8, Clear Channel sports KJR-AM drops nine-tenths to 2.1 (#18 back to #22). In a similar situation is its sports rival – Bonneville-owned KIRO-AM (+.3, “Holiday” – January) – which dips by eight-tenths (3.4 – 2.6), tumbling from #11 in January to #18. 
  • Phoenix – In one of the most dramatic non-Christmas-related increases we have seen lately, Clear Channel hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9″ (#4 to #1) notches its third straight increase – this one a gigantic +3.2, taking it to 8.1. “Mix” has occupied the top spot before, but for the first time in its PPM history, the station reaches/crosses the eight-share barrier (6+). Progressing by eight-tenths are public KJZZ (1.9 – 2.7, #16) and Bonneville‘s KMVP-FM “Arizona Sports” (1.2 – 2.0, #22); the latter is coming off a -1.5. Off by seven-tenths are Clear Channel adult contemporary KESZ (6.3 – 5.6) and Bonneville talker KTAR-FM (4.2 – 3.5); KESZ drops from first to second while KTAR-FM falls from #9 to #12.  
  • Minneapolis – The rollercoaster ride for Clear Channel country KEEY “K-102″ continues. After rebounding from a -1.7 (December – “Holiday”) to a +1.1 (“Holiday” – January), it loses six-tenths to 5.8 (#5 in January to #8). Its format challenger – CBS Radio‘s KMNB – comes back from a one-half share decline (5.7 – 5.2) with an eight-tenths gain (5.2 – 6.0, #9 to #7). Clear Channel sports KFXN has a seven-tenths erosion (4.6 – 3.9), sliding from #11 to #12.  
  • San DiegoClear Channel-owned KGB-FM “World Class Rock” (5.3 – 5.5, +.2) advances from second to first, thus halting Lincoln Financial Media country outlet KSON-FM’s consecutive string of #1 showings (6+) at 18; KSON-FM (5.5 – 5.2) slips to second. It is KGB-FM’s third successive up trend (3.6 – 4.5 – 5.3 – 5.5) and best 6+ performance since last June (5.6). After a -1.1, CBS Radio adult contemporary KYXY rebounds with a one-half share increase (4.0 – 4.5), progressing from #10 to #7.        
  • Denver – A January tie at #1 between Entercom cluster-mates (adult contemporary) KOSI and (hot AC) KALC “Alice” (both with 5.6 shares) ironically transitions into a three-way tie at the top among Lincoln Financial Media siblings (rhythmic CHR) KQKS (5.5 – 5.7) and (country) KYGO-FM (5.4 – 5.7), as well as Clear Channel alternative KTCL (5.5 – 5.7). Max Broadcast Group rhythmic hot AC KJHM “Jammin’ 101.5″ improves by eight-tenths (2.1 – 2.9) as it cracks the top 20 (#19). After posting an impressive +1.1 (2.1 – 3.2) to advance from #21 to #18, Lincoln Financial Media sports outlet KKFN “The Fan” sees its 3.2 cut in half (1.6, #22). With a full-share decline (4.8 – 3.8), Clear Channel heritage talker KOA falls out of the top ten (#7 to #13).
  • BaltimoreRadio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q” registers its third uptrend (6.9 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 7.9, 6+) and repeats at #1. After three straight negative monthlies (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.8 – 2.4, 6+), contemporary Christian WRBS “95.1 Shine” posts a +.9 to 3.3, as it inches up from #15 to #13. January results indicated that CBS Radio-owned sports WJZ-FM “The Fan” put up a +1.3 (4.5 – 5.8) progressing the station from sixth to third, but that evaporates in February with a -1.6 (5.8 – 4.2, #7).

chapmanmarcusMarcus Chapman to Host ‘Beat Down Mix’ on KBFB, Dallas.  Veteran radio talent MC Marcus Chapman joins the air staff at Radio One‘s hip hop KBFB, Dallas “97.9 The Beat.”  MC will host the Saturday night 10:00 pm to 2:00 am mix show known as the “Saturday Night Beat Down Mix.”  Additionally, he’ll fill-in during other weekday and weekend dayparts. Chapman previously worked at Clear Channel’s WGCI, Chicago; Radio One’s WTLC, Indianapolis; and Service Broadcasting’s KKDA, Dallas.  Chapman is also a music historian with a forthcoming book titled, The Coolest Music Book Ever Made aka The MC 500.  The music guide features informative write-ups for 500 songs released during a 40-plus year period, and includes over 250 different artists from various genres including R&B, funk, hip hop, hard rock, soft rock, jazz, disco, house, heavy metal, and reggae.

krg logoKatz Radio Group Forms Political Ad Group; McGee to Lead.  At Clear Channel subsidiary Katz Media Group, Pat McGee has been leading political advertising efforts since 2011 when he became VP of political sales and strategy.  Now, the company heightens its efforts in this category as McGee is upped to SVP of political strategies and the company’s Katz Radio Group forms a new political strategies group to focus on making the case for radio as an effective avenue for political messages.  The company states that in his new role, McGee will “develop strategic campaigns for political advertisers by leveraging KRG’s unmatched reach, research and unique capabilities to create innovative media solutions.  He will work closely with the nation’s leading political consultants as well as the top media firms to create high-impact advertising packages.”  KRG president Mark Gray comments, “Timing is everything in an election.  KRG is a one-stop media partner with the speed and reach needed to target market by market across the country.  One of our biggest priorities is to provide advertisers hyper-focused expertise in the political category and explore new opportunities to bring them the most impactful campaigns. With over 14 years in the industry and an extensive political background, Pat is the perfect person to lead this charge.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Cox Media Group’s Tampa operations two are lifted to interim programming positions.  At alternative WSUN “97X,” promotions director Dan Connelly is named interim PD while across the hall at hot talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone,” Cowhead show executive producer John Brennan assumes the interim PD role as program director Shark exits…..Both program director Sean McHugh and music director Doug Stremmel exit Great Scott Broadcasting’s rock WZBH, Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland “93.5 The Beach.”…..Townsquare Media’s CHR WKFR, Battle Creek, Michigan names Dana Marshall brand manager and midday personality.

FM mini book coverNew Audio Book Version of Rock Radio Book Released by Audible.com.  In 2001, TALKERS magazine sports talk/associate editor and WFAN, New York personality Richard Neer wrote FM, The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio (Villard), a definitive account of the glory days of such legendary stations as WNEW-FM, New York; WBCN, Boston; KMET, Los Angeles and KSAN, San Francisco.  Sadly, it also chronicled their demise as rock stations, reminding us that all such heady eras are fleeting.  For those who missed the book upon its initial release, there is exciting news.  Audible.com has just produced an updated audio version, masterfully narrated by Peter Larkin, an early participant in those pioneering days of free form radio.  From Bruce Springsteen performing at a four hundred seat club in Manhattan to hundreds of thousands witnessing free concerts in Central Park, the reader/listener is transported to another time —- a time when jocks were free to pick their own music and the FM band was seen as a corporate write-off.  You’ll see why it worked so well then and how it might provide a template for future programming.  There is the inside story on some courageous decisions in the early career of CBS sports VP Mark Chernoff as well as the saga of one Michael Harrison, from his days as a college student working at a small Long Island outlet to his ascension as a groundbreaking AOR programmer and  major radio trade magazine publisher.  An indispensable and entertaining piece on the history of our medium, this audio book is a must have for anyone working in or just interested in radio.  To learn more, please click here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

| March 18, 2014

emmisPromotions at Emmis Indianapolis; Richards to VP/Programming.  There are a number of career moves to report from Emmis’ Indianapolis cluster starting with OM and country WLHK “Hank FM” PD Bob Richards being elevated to vice president of programming.  Senior vice president and market manager Charlie Morgan comments, “It has been my privilege to work side-by-side with Bob for more than two decades and, without fail, I learn from his thinking and leadership and admire his character and professionalism.  Since his arrival here at Emmis more than four years ago, the ratings success of all four richardsbobproperties has grown and the quality of our content is unmatched in our marketplace.”  At the same time, the company announces WLHK music director and midday personality Fritz Moser is upped to program director for the station.  On the sales side, director of sales Tracey Bean is promoted to vice president of sales.  Morgan says, “Like Fritz and Bob, I have known and worked with Tracey for portions of the past two decades and am a huge fan of her passion, creativity, strategic thinking and caring for the development of her teams.  It is no secret that, just as we have experienced in ratings in Tracey’s tenure as director of sales, the Emmis cluster has grown from being the third-highest-billing cluster to a dominant #1 biller.”

graefejohnEntercom Ups Graefe to Chief Information Officer.  Twelve-year Entercom staffer John Graefe is promoted to a new post as the company’s first chief information officer, responsible for delivering a broad range of IT initiatives to support the company.  Graefe has been the vice president of IT and will continue to lead the team of employees overseeing the company’s IT infrastructure, as well as its strategy and partnerships.  In making the announcement, the company says Graefe is a tech leaderentercom with a unique view of IT innovation and its application in driving business objectives.  In this new role he will take over responsibilities for the company’s analytics and business intelligence initiatives.  He’ll report to EVP/CFO Steve Fisher, who comments, “John has demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing our IT organization while continuing to position IT as a strategic asset and business driver.  I am confident that, as CIO, he will continue to advance Entercom strategic platforms and strategies.”  Graefe says, “I am excited for the opportunity to continue leading the IT team at Entercom and further advancing our initiatives in analytics and business intelligence.   This will continue to enhance Entercom’s position as a leading broadcasting and marketing solutions company.”

rileyjulesRiley Returns to Journal Broadcast Group in Tulsa.  Most recently working as a consultant in the industry, Jules Riley is named operations manager for Journal Broadcast Group’s Tulsa operations.  Tulsa VP/GM Bill Berry says, “We are very excited to welcome Jules back to Journal.  She has a stellar reputation in the industry and extensive experience with multiple formats.  I have no doubt that she will do a terrific job as our programming leader.”  Riley was the program director for Journal’s rock KICT “T95” and classic rock KFXJ “104.5 The Fox” in Wichita until 2001 before leaving to lead programming teams in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Phoenix.   She comments, “I am thrilled to rejoin Journal Broadcast Group and work with the phenomenal Tulsa team.  My thanks to Bill Berry, Beverlee Brannigan and Steve Wexler.”

mahoneyrossMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Program director Mary K. exits SummitMedia’s Greenville-Spartanburg stations where she programmed CHR WHZT “Hot 98.1” and urban contemporary WJMZ “107.3 Jamz.”  Operations manager Mark Shands takes over programming responsibilities at the stations…..At Great Scott Broadcasting’s hip hop WOCQ, Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland, Shay Star joins the cast of the “Hip Hop Coffee Shop Morning Show with Bill Baker.”…..Ross Mahoney is promoted to program director at Sunrise Broadcasting’s alternative WRMR, Wilmington, North Carolina “Modern Rock 98.7.”  He’s been serving as the music director and afternoon host at the station…..At Cumulus Media’s Tucson cluster, Dan Matthews is named director of marketing and promotion for the group that includes country KIIM, CHR KSZR “i97.5,” classic hits KHYT “K-HIT 107.5,” sports talk KCUB, and oldies KTUC.

lost45sBarry Scott and His “Lost 45s” Set Standard for Dedication, Longevity and Historical Pop Fundamentalism.  One of the most original and long-lasting “specialty” shows in music radio today — “The Lost 45s with Barry Scott” – is the subject of an in-depth RadioInfo feature posted today (3/18).  Written by RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian, the story profiles Boston-based radio legend Barry Scott and the 28-year evolution of his weekend program  “The Lost 45s” which boldly defends and perpetuates the pop music traditions of charts, numbers and hit singles as they apply to the big-picture culture of music radio as well as the very notion of a radio “special” being, well… special!  If you have ever wondered what happened to so many of the bona fide hit songs that you grew up with that are no longer played on stations claiming to play the hits, you are not alone.  Barry Scott has become a household name in Beantown (WROR-FM, Boston) and has spread his influence throughout a number of small to medium markets across the country championing the preservation of lost treasures that have fallen through the cracks of an industry beset by selective research, unjustified subjectivity, memory loss and fear.  Read all about it by clicking here.

kerrjimHappy 40th for ‘Q104.3’ New York’s Jim Kerr.  Celebrating his 40th year on the air today (3/18) is WAXQ, New York morning personality Jim Kerr.  The rock radio icon has been on the air in New York City for decades and his “Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show” is currently heard on Clear Channel’s classic rocker “Q104.3.”  Kerr began his radio career at age 21 on WPLJ, New York.  He worked there for 15 years before moving to other NYC-area signals including WPIX, WYNY, WXMV, WQCD and “Y107.”  During that time he’s interviewed the biggest names in rock music including Robert Plant, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Brian May, Mick Jagger and countless more.  He hosted the live nationwide iHeartRadio broadcast of “12-12-12″ the fundraising concert to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Kerr has also recently hosted iHeartRadio Album Release Parties for Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen.  Kerr is a member of the board of directors of the AFTRA Foundation and in 2013 was elected vice president of the New York Local of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.  He has been an active member of the community, serving on the board of directors for Heartshare Human Services, one of New York’s largest social service agencies, and he is a seven-time host of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Radiothon.  WAXQ program director Eric Wellman says, “Jim Kerr is a New York City and nationwide rock radio legend.  Thirty years ago his show was a top 10 morning show in the country and today he’s still in the top 10.”

“Trippin’ Out into the Future” with Michael Harrison.  The time has come for the rise of the MEDIA STATION.  When Jerry Del Colliano was asked what role TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison will play at his forthcoming “Media Solutions Conference” in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 26 – the noted industry observer and analyst described Harrison as a “futurist” and stated “Michael and I will trip out into the future of radio and digital content.”  Harrison’s reaction to delcollianojerrythe comment was that he was extremely flattered by the remark, stating, “Wow, to be in this business for 48 years and still be called a ‘futurist’ is a compliment, to say the least.  Those who know me personally or have heard me speak and read my articles over the decades know that I maintain a very healthy respect for the past and radio’s pop cultural heritage – HOWEVER, they also know that I do so only from the perspective that they help us navigate the wild waters of the future into which we must always be bravely sailing.”  Harrison continues, “There are several things that I am looking forward to discussing at Jerry’s seminar that span my interest in both talk and music radio…but first and foremost, I believe it’s time for the industry to come to terms with the theoretical (and increasingly real) concept of the “media station”harrisonmichael because that is, in fact, where we are heading in terms of platform.  And while many people in this business are running around uttering the half-baked phrase ‘content is king’ and counting their chickens over the seeming ease of entry to the internet — those who have an understanding of media theory and elementary art appreciation understand that without ‘platform,’ content cannot be monetized.  The ‘media station’ will be the platform of today’s radio station (as well as most newspapers and magazines) before this decade is over.  Those who prepare for this and understand exactly what it entails will not only survive — they will thrive — and continue to successfully ride the traditional time-line of our glorious industry from one century to the next.  Those who do not will drown in the vast ocean of noise that is the undeveloped, platform-less internet.”  Harrison will be one of three special guest speakers at the conference.  Along with WBEB, Philadelphia (“More FM”) owner Jerry Lee and nationally syndicated Premiere Networks and Fox News Channel talk star Sean Hannity.  The intensive day-long workshop will focus on a wide variety of digital-era issues currently facing and challenging radio.  These include coming to a better understanding of the Millennial generation, learning to disrupt radio itself before its media rivals do, separating radio’s main product into unique on-air and online categories, effectively using video to generate significant amounts of revenue, reinventing the morning show, time-shifting radio, making commercials less of a liability and much more.  Harrison adds, “I am really looking forward to participating in this conference and tackling these crucial issues with a bunch of smart people from all ends of the business.  Jerry Lee has so much to share about running an independent station in an aggressive, winning way – we could sure use more Jerry Lees in this industry – and Sean Hannity is the very definition of a classy guy who rose to the very top of the talent ladder.  One of the things Sean brings to the table is the ability to attract younger listeners to traditional news/talk – he has done quite alright in already solving questions to which most people are actively seeking answers.”  The event takes place at Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel.  For more information click here.

nielsen logoFebruary PPM Data – Part One.  Ratings data from the first of four groups of markets has been released by Nielsen Audio.  The February PPM numbers are for markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.  All the numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.

  • New York – Dating back to August, Clear Channel CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ had dropped a cumulative -1.2 (6+) and had not registered an upward trend for six successive monthlies (5.8 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.6). That changes in February though as “Z-100″ gains six-tenths (4.6 – 5.2), while remaining at #5. After gaining nine-tenths (3.2 – 4.1, “Holiday” – January, 6+), CBS Radio sports outlet WFAN drops eight-tenths, sliding from #8 to #12. This marks the seventh straight survey that Clear Channel adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” is #1 (6.5 – 6.9, +.4).  
  • Los Angeles – Notwithstanding that the order changes, this represents the fourth consecutive sweep that Clear Channel registers a #1 – #2 – #3 finish (6+) involving the same three players. CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” (5.2 – 5.5, +.3) advances from second to first; hot AC KBIG “My FM” (5.4 – 5.2, -.2) slips from first to second; and adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103″ (4.7 – 5.2,+.5) ties “My FM” at #2. Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5″ is off by one-half share (3.6 – 3.1), as it stumbles from seventh in January to ninth (6+). Meanwhile the spoken-word arena is garnering considerable attention. More specifically, the spotlight is on Clear Channel’s KEIB “The Patriot.” The former progressive-leaning KTLK-AM now features Glenn Beck (6:00 am – 9:00 am), Rush Limbaugh (9:00 am – noon), Sean Hannity (noon – 3:00 pm), former Los Angeles television anchor Carlos Amezcua (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm), and Clark Howard (6:00 pm – 10:00 pm). In January, “The Patriot” trended .1 – .4 (+.3 from “Holiday”) to rank #38. It makes a modest two-tenths advance to .6 (#36), but in doing so leapfrogs Cumulus Media‘s KABC (three straight monthlies at .5, #37). Simultaneously, Salem talk outlet KRLA (.3 – .4 – .5) catches KABC.                   
  • Chicago – After five straight monthlies in the 2.3 – 2.7 range (6+), Univision regional Mexican WOJO “La Que Buena” posts an eight-tenths gain to 3.1, as it zooms from #17 to a four-way tie at #11. Adding one-half share is Clear Channel urban AC WVAZ “V-103″ (6.0 – 6.5, steady at #2), which trails CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM (6.2 – 6.6, +.4) by one-tenth. WBBM-AM sports sibling WSCR “670 The Score” is off by six-tenths (2.6 – 2.0, 6+), dropping from #15 in January to #20.            
  • San Francisco – On the heels of a “Holiday” 2013 – January 2014 one-half share increase to 5.3, KCBS-AM tacks on another seven-tenths to 6.0 and is #1 for the second straight monthly. In fact, the CBS Radio all-news operation has been #1 for eight of the last nine surveys. Also progressing by +.7 (2.5 – 3.2) is University of Southern California-owned classical facility KDFC, which cracks the top ten (#10), after finishing at #13 in January. Suffering the greatest 6+ decline (-1.6) of any station in the 12 markets Nielsen Audio released on Monday is Cumulus Media sports outlet KNBR (4.7 – 3.1), which drops from #3 to #11. This is KNBR’s lowest 6+ share since last March (also 3.1); the station’s Holiday” 2013 – January 2014 trend was 3.4 – 4.7 (+1.3).  
  • Dallas – In back-to-back (6+) up trends, Radio One rhythmic CHR KBFB “The Beat” progresses 2.9 (#11 in “Holiday”) to 3.3 (#9 in January) to 4.2 (#5 in February). This is the first time in its PPM history that “The Beat” has crossed the four-share threshold (6+). CBS Radio regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande” advances by one-half share (2.5 – 3.0). It was in a four-way logjam at #18 in January, but jumps to a three-way tie at #11. Dropping by eight-tenths (4.1 – 3.3) is Clear Channel hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9″ (#5 – #10).
  • Houston – Six-tenths is a popular (6+) January – February fluctuation. Improving by that margin are Radio One urban AC KMJQ (5.4 – 6.0, steady at #3); Univision regional Mexican KLTN (4.8 – 5.4, #6 in January to #4); and CBS Radio hot AC KHMX “Mix 96.5″ (3.4 – 4.0, #13 to #10). Conversely, CBS Radio sports station KILT-AM is off by six tenths (2.1 – 1.5, steady at #19). Clear Channel adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ is #1 for the fourth successive monthly (7.0 – 7.2).
  • PhiladelphiaCBS Radio all-news outlet KYW gained a robust two full shares (“Holiday” – January, 6+) and follows it up with an impressive +.8 (7.6 – 8.4) to overtake Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” (8.8 – 8.3, -.5, #2) at the top spot. “More FM” had occupied sole possession of first place the last 10 survey periods and tied KYW for #1 in April 2013, when both stations registered a 7.0 share (6+). The sports format continues to have some February issues. Specifically in Philadelphia, CBS Radio’s WIP-FM is down a whopping -1.1 for the second straight month (6.0 – 4.9 – 3.8, 6+). WIP-FM has trended #2 (“Holiday”) to #8 (January) to #9 (February). Meanwhile, similarly-formatted cross-town Greater Media’s WPEN “The Fanatic” dips by eight-tenths (3.0 – 2.2), sliding from #13 to #18.
  • Atlanta – In January, Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ “Q-100″ held a comfortable 1.9-share (6+) lead over Clear Channel format foe WWPW “Power 96.1.” That has been reduced to just one-half share though as “Q-100″ declines 5.0 – 4.5 (#7 to #9), while “Power 96.1″ improves by nine-tenths (3.1 – 4.0, #16 to #11).   Salem contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” bounces back from a whopping -2.4 (“Holiday” – January) with a strong +.9 (4.0 – 4.9). In the process, it jumps from tenth to seventh. For the first time since November, Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM (7.1 – 7.7, +.6) is back in first place, succeeding CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103″ – which tumbles to third (7.4 – 6.7, -.7). 
  • Long IslandCox Media Group‘s WBLI rings up a +.8 for the second successive month (4.6 – 5.4 – 6.2) as it progresses from fourth to second. It is the CHR outlet’s best (6+) showing since last July (6.5). New York City adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” endured a significant “Holiday” – January falloff of -4.1 (7.1 – 3.0), but the Clear Channel outlet that played all-Christmas music during the December and “Holiday” reports rebounds with a +.6 (3.0 – 3.6) and is back in Long Island’s top ten (#12 in January to #8).
  • San Jose – After consecutive down trends (5.8 – 5.3 – 5.0, November – December – “Holiday”), KRTY “Hot Country” registered a healthy +1.2 (5.0 – 6.2) in January to catapult from sixth to first (6+). The Empire Broadcasting-owned station remains on top with a three-tenths advance to 6.5, two-tenths ahead of public KQED (5.9 – 6.3, +.4). Entercom classic rocker KUFX “The Fox” is up for the second straight month – this time by one-half share (4.0 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+) to inch up from eighth to sixth.  Following a “Holiday” to January spike of eight tenths (2.8 – 3.6, 6+, #10), Cumulus Media sports outlet KNBR plummets to 2.5 (-1.1, #13). CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now” gives back its nine-tenths “Holiday” – January gain (4.6 – 5.5 – 4.6), as it falls from fifth to eighth.

passportapprovedInternationally Syndicated New Music Show Grows.  The program heard in markets around the world is called “Passport Approved with Sat Bisla” and recently added 17 new affiliates.  It’s now heard in 40 markets across the globe.  The weekly program launched in 2004 on the acclaimed “Indie 103.1FM Los Angeles” and was created by Bisla, who formerly was an air personality at public radio station KCRW, Los Angeles.  New affiliates include: WLKK, Buffalo; KKDO, Sacramento; KWSS Phoenix; KFRR, Fresno; KUKQ, Mesa, Arizona; WITH, Ithaca; and WRCU, Hamilton, New York.  In addition, “Passport Approved” launched a special Russian version of the show co-hosted by Ilya Lagutenko, lead singer for the acclaimed Russian rockbislasat group, Mumiy Troll.  The show currently airs on 10 stations across Russia.  The program claims to be the first show to air music from Adele, Lorde, KONGOS, The Temper Trap, The Ting Tings, Lily Allen, The Naked & Famous, Frank Turner, Wolfmother, Bastille, John Newman and hundreds of others.  It also says it has world-premiered music from artists such as LMFAO, Duffy, Sam Sparro, King George (now San Cisco), Caro Emerald, U.T.R.B., current Irish buzz artist Gavin James and Dutch sensation and new Universal signing Thomas Azier to name a few.  The program is also announcing its “Passport Approved Tour” launching this summer on the West Coast kicking off the first week of June with the goal of helping radio and music fans share in the discovery of emerging global talent.  Bisla states, “Ryan Benyo [producer] and I are very excited to play our part in true musical discovery experiences with like-minded music fans in the U.S. and across the globe.  That’s been the mission and vision of ‘Passport Approved’ for 10 years as we aim to act local and think global!  I have tremendous respect for all of our radio partners who share the same belief and passion as ‘Passport Approved’ in championing new music and truly being the first point of contact for the best new music – no matter what passport it carries!  The upcoming ‘Passport Approved’ radio tour will amplify the relationship between radio, fans and new artists.  It’s an exciting time for new music!”

4asshotClear Channel Throws iHeartRadio Artists on the Verge ’14 Party at 4A’s Transformation ’14.  The Los Angeles conference sponsored by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) began Sunday and runs through Wednesday.  As part of the organization’s “Transformation 2014” event, Clear Channel hosted a bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night (3/17) dubbed “iHeartRadio Artists on the Verge ’14” during which Christina Perri, NONONO and Aloe Blacc performed.  Greg Glenday, president of connections at Clear Channel and Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms, hosted the party.  Attendees included an array of business leaders and advertising partners.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Roadrunner Records’ Mike Easterlin, Clear Channel artist relations senior director Marissa Morris, Poleman, Perri, Glenday, 4A’s president and CEO Nancy Hill, and Clear Channel national sales, marketing and partnerships president Tim Castelli(Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Clear Channel.)

wdrqCumulus Media Hosts Detroit Country Concert for ‘NASH FM 93.1’ Listeners.  As a way of thanking listeners to its country WDRQ “NASH FM 93.1,” Cumulus Media is hosting a free concert at The Fillmore Detroit on March 26.  The “Free for All Country” concert will feature artists including: Big and Rich, Scott McCreery, Terri Clark, Eric Paslay, Brett Eldredge, and The Cadillac Three.  It will be hosted by “Kickin’ It With Kix” host Kix Brooks.  The concert is free to “NASH FM 93.1” listeners who win tickets via the station’s website.

Friday, March 14, 2014

| March 14, 2014

rabRAB: Radio Revenue Flat in 2013.  The Radio Advertising Bureau is releasing its report on revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 and the year as a whole and on revenue of $17.6 billion for 2013, the radio business was essentially flat compared to 2012.  Spot revenue dipped 3% in the fourth quarter of 2013 but the industry was lifted by digital (up 18%), off-air (up 11%) and network comp (upfarberericanew 7%).   For the total of 2013, spot revenue was down 1% but buoyed by digital (up 16%) and off-air (up 5%).  The source of the figures is accounting firm Miller Kaplan Arase based on a pool of more than 100 markets extrapolated for the entire nation.  RAB CEO Erica Farber states, “Digital continues to gain momentum among advertisers looking to maximize their use of all radio platforms.  Based on the recent Borrell Associates forecast of a 22% rise in digital spending on radio in 2014, this category is poised to surpass the $1 billion mark.”  Automotive remained the number one ad category.  Ad sectors that gained during 2013 were professional services (up 23%), communications (up 18%), and concerts/theatre/movies (up 12%).

rosinlarryTalking Point: Edison’s Larry Rosin Explores ‘Nationalization’ of Radio.  The question of just how far Clear Channel and Cumulus Media will go in eliminating the costly local programming elements from their O&O stations to be replaced by nationally syndicated programs (which they own) is one that’s been discussed much by people in the industry as well as written about in such publications as this.  Edison Research president Larry Rosin spoke about it openly at the recent CRS in Nashville and follows that up with a blog piece on the Edison site.  Rosin suggests that Clear Channel’s full-steam-ahead move to brand its stations iHeartRadio and Cumulus’ stratagem in the country realm with “NASH FM” are manifestations of the “nationalization” of radio programming by those companies and, while that may save some money and give corporate a monolithic control over programming, ultimately, he believes it’s not going to work.  Rosin says the results of his research lead him to that conclusion particularly with regard to younger people and the use of AM/FM radio.  “We pretty much hear the same things over and over – they do and will continue to go to radio for unique compelling content – and to be in-the-know on what is happening locally.  Young listeners talk to us about the chance to actually meet the personality they hear on the radio and the announcements of local events or concerts.  They understand their local radio stations are providing them with something that Pandora and Spotify don’t.  So the question is: Will the nationalized radio content be so great, so amazing, so compelling, that the consumers of tomorrow will stay loyal to FM?”  So the argument about local versus national programming continues.  Perhaps Clear Channel and Cumulus are banking on their reach and relationships with labels and artists to deliver what they consider the best content.  Other operators are going the “live and local” route.  Time will tell who wins this one.  But the cost could be heavy.  Read Rosin’s entire piece here.

dardenebroDarden Chooses On-Air Duties at Emmis’ ‘Hot 97’ in NYC.  The upshot of Ebro Darden’s decision to give up his VP of programming duties with Emmis’ hip hop WQHT, New York “Hot 97” and focus on his morning drive on-air duties at the station is it is seeking its next program director.  Darden has been PD of the station for almost eight years and VP of programming for the last four.  He says in a statement, “Fortunately, I have had tremendous success doing both on-air and PD roles, and Emmis let me choose where I would be happiest.  Mornings, TV and  assisting in programming makes sense with everything ‘Hot 97’ and I have happening today, so I chose creative over corporate.”

bakertodd‘NOW 100.5’ Sacramento’s Todd Baker Imbibing on Air Today for Drunk Driving Awareness.  Those of us old enough to remember the classic “WKRP in Cincinnati” episode in which Dr. Johnny Fever drinks shots of liquor on the air while having his reflexes monitored by a police officer can relate to the stunt KZZO, Sacramento morning host Todd Baker is part of this morning. kzzo logo While Fever’s reflexes got better the more he drank, the reality is obviously the opposite and Baker’s and CBS RADIO’s goal is to show listeners that they often don’t realize how quickly they become impaired.  With St. Patrick’s Day looming and set against the backdrop of the tragedy in Austin where two were killed and many injured when an alleged drunk driver plowed into a crowd at SXSW, Baker will consume an alcoholic beverage every 15 to 20 minutes this morning and then have his blood alcohol tested by a California Highway Patrol officer to show how quickly one can become legally impaired.  KZZO PD Chad Rufer states, “So many times people go out to ‘happy hours’ or have a drink after work and they don’t realize how impaired they truly are.  Our hope is that this event with the CHP opens our listeners’ eyes a little bit and allows them to remain safe.”

kinosianmikeCountry PPM Market Comparisons.  Over the past several days, RadioInfo has been featuring comparative views of the January PPM data for various formats, and we wrap it up today by adding country to the mix.  How you view the shift in programming and the audience response that takes place every December when AC stations go into holiday mode is a matter of philosophy – some consider it a natural part of the format while others view it as a “departure.”  To some, the January PPM can feel like a “reset” while to others it’s just another part of the programming “continuum.”  Regardless of your perspective, these ratings changes from month to month can be informative.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian compares how country stations fared as some of the audience changed its listening habits in January.  Read his analysis here.

joynerFVpoolTom Joyner’s ‘Ultimate Party with a Purpose’ Kicks Off Sunday.  This is the 15th year Reach Media-syndicated urban morning show personality Tom Joyner’s philanthropic foundation has presented the Fantastic Voyage Presented by Ford.  The cruise departs Miami on Sunday and supports students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  The cruise lasts eight days and features A-list talent including: Tyler Perry, Katt Williams, Robin Thicke, Charlie Wilson, KEM, John Legend, Nelly, Ice Cube, Chante Moore, Shaggy, George Clinton, and many great artists from the 70s, 80s and 90s.  The cruise also includes a beach party, colorful theme nights and empowering seminars.  As the title sponsor of the cruise, Ford will have two 2014 Ford vehicles on the ship, the Fusion and Focus ST and is giving a vehicle away to one Tom Joyner Morning Show listener as part of the 2014 Win Any Ford Giveaway.  Pictured here on a previous cruise is Joyner (at bottom, wearing white) among the cruisers.

madeinUKWIBG, Ocean City to Debut New Weekend British Invasion Show.  Longtime South Jersey air personality John Lockwood joins the “Wibbage Good Guys” Sunday mornings beginning March 16 to host a new show titled “The Wibbage Brit Brunch with John Lockwood.”  Lockwood tells RadioInfo it’ll be two hours of great music, memories and fun for listeners to “enjoy during that special meal between breakfast and lunch!”  He adds, “Everyone seems to have a program focusing on only the Beatles.  And while the Fab Four were certainly instrumental in kicking off the British Invasion 50 years ago, it’s not all Paul…or John or George or Ringo.  There are also great artists like the Dave Clark 5, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, Freddie and the Dreamers, Peter and Gordon.  And let’s not forget music from Badfinger, ELO, Sweet, David Bowie and others.  On “The Wibbage Brit Brunch,” my goal is to reintroduce these great acts from ‘across the pond’ every Sunday to our listeners here at the Jersey Shore and worldwide at www.wibg.com in a brunch-style format.  Like a food menu, we’ll have daily specials, secret menu items and, of course, a Beatle break or two!”

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

| February 25, 2014

shannonscottScott Shannon Lands at Classic Hits WCBS-FM, New York in AM Drive.  What seems the most logical New York station for legendary air personality Scott Shannon turns out to be his next gig as he’ll begin wake-up duties at CBS RADIO’s classic hits WCBS-FM on Monday, March 3.  In a press statement on the CBS New York website, the new lineup includes current morning man Dan Taylor in middays and Broadway Bill Lee in PM drive.  It appears current midday host Ron Parker is the odd man out, though his status with the company is not mentioned in the pressWCBS-FM Logo statement.  CBS New York SVP and market manager Don Bouloukos says, “Not often does a legendary morning drive personality become available with the experience of waking up New Yorkers for more than 25 years.  CBS-FM is a heritage station, and the perfect place for Hall Of Famer Scott Shannon.  We are thrilled to welcome Scott and his award-winning personality to CBS-FM and the CBS RADIO family.”  Program director Jim Ryan adds, “We’ve assembled an enormously talented team to help listeners start their day off right, with all the authenticity and character of a great local New York radio show.  That theme continues throughout the day with an ensemble of proven personalities who are beloved by the audience.  This is one of the strongest lineups in all of radio.”  Joining Shannon on the morning show will be Mr. G providing weather reports and Joe Nolan with all the latest traffic information for morning commuters.  Shannon left longtime crosstown home WPLJ several weeks ago where he co-hosted the morning show with Todd Pettengill who now is solo in AM drive on the Cumulus Media hot AC.  Rumors in the market had Shannon also talking with Clear Channel about the open AM drive gig at news/talk WOR but Shannon is a DJ and a morning drive talk show just didn’t seem a realistic use of his talents.

meyersstevenSteven Meyers Heads Digital Strategy at Greater Media.  This is a promotion for Steven Meyers who joined Greater Media Philadelphia in 2012 as digital manager.  Now, in this new director of digital strategy role for all of Greater Media, he will be responsible for helping to grow Greater Media’s audiences and revenue by developing new digital platforms that deepen listener engagement while providing new opportunities to the company’s commercial partners.  He comments, “Greater Media understands that ‘digital’ isn’t just a separate line of business, but a foundational component of our brand experiences and client value.  I’m very excited to become a larger part of shaping that vision.”  Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth adds, “We look forward to having Steve share his valuable knowledge and insight with our teams as we continue to grow and drive our company’s interactive efforts into the future.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In the Savannah market, Tim Michaels is the new program director for L&L Broadcasting’s country WUBB-FM “BOB 106.9” and classic country WGCO-FM “98.3 Hank FM.”  Michaels most recently was on air at Clear Channel’s WUBL, Atlanta “94.9 The Bull.”…..At Staradio’s country WXNU, Kankakee, Illinois “X Country 106.5,” Maggi Mayfield is named program director at the station.  Mayfield most recently was on air and a production staffer at Saga Communications’ hot AC WLRW, Champaign, Illinois “Mix 94.5.”…..Kemp Broadcasting’s hip hop KVEG, Mesquite, Nevada (Las Vegas market) names Miggy Santos morning drive host.  Santos will team with current midday jock Mia Amor and Lady G (Gabriela Loredon) moves from mornings to middays.

mhnrbapanelMichael Harrison Speaks at NRB 2014 in Nashville.  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison (c) participated as a keynote speaker yesterday afternoon (2/24) at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) conference in Nashville in a general session focused on “Values in American Popular Media.”  The presentation included an opening address by Harrison followed by a spirited panel discussion in which he was joined by DeVon Franklin, SVP of production, Columbia Tristar Pictures (l) and Russell Moore, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (r).  Harrison used the platform as an opportunity to espouse his personal and professional philosophy that the combination of vigilant community service and high ethical standards equate to good and successful business strategy in the media industries – especially radio.  Harrison told the conference, “Radio of all formats – not just Christian specifically – should never miss an opportunity to be a hero and serve the true needs of humanity within its local, national and even global market reach.  Why wait for a hurricane or natural disaster to suddenly go into emergency mode?  Why limit our potential to just being the ‘Sterno’ of media?  Day-to-day life provides a nonstop series of emergencies, pain, fear, sorrow and loss on a very human scale that we have the power to calm and alleviate in addition to providing our regular menus of music and talk entertainment, information and discussion.  If we do this with sincerity and authenticity on a consistent level, the communities we serve will amply reward us with both ratings and financial support and the self-fulfilling prophecy about radio being a dying medium will be forestalled for decades to come.”  Harrison warned the crowd that “Christian and religious broadcasting has a head start on fulfilling this role because it is woven into the basic fabric of its service – however, in its passion and zeal to compete in the same marketplace of ideas and commerce co-occupied by secular media, it should be careful not to fall into the trap of stifling the First Amendment rights of dissenting voices and lifestyles nor succumb to the present-day widespread practice to seeking victory at the expense of truth for commercial and political advantage.”

bandpage imageClear Channel Enters into Collaborative Relationship with BandPage.  In an effort to better serve music fans at the station level and via iHeartRadio, Clear Channel is working with BandPage “to bring digital artist-curated content and tour information to radio fans across the U.S.”  BandPage is described in a statement as “the platform more than 500,000 musicians use as a central online profile to reach,cclogo engage and monetize millions of fans.”  CCM+E says that the relationship will kick in in the second quarter of 2014 with BandPage powering artist profile content, including bios, photos, tour dates with quick links to buy tickets and more, throughout iHeartRadio and CC’s O&O stations.  BandPage CEO J Sider says, “Radio has been a cornerstone of the modern music business for nearly a century and, understandably, musicians have been looking for a way to connect directly to radio fans in the digital era.  Partnering with Clear Channel to provide artist-curated content and offers to iHeartRadio and Clear Channel’s radio station websites represents an incredibly powerful way to help artists grow their fan bases, drive additional revenues and, ultimately, build their careers.”

edisonresearchEdison Research to Present ‘Infinite Dial 2014’ Next Week.  In a teaser for the free webinar from Edison Research and new partner Triton Digital, the companies report that data from this year’s study shows “31% of Americans 12+ report using the internet radio service Pandora on a monthly basis, up from 27% one year ago.  iHeartRadio is used by 9% monthly, while iTunes Radio, which debuted in 2013, comes in third with 8% monthly usage, followed by 6% using Spotify.”  The webinar takes place Wednesday,tritondigital March 5 at 2:00 pm ET.  Edison says this is the 22nd study in “The Infinite Dial” series, one of the longest-running research series covering consumer use of media, technology and digital platforms.  The webinar will be co-presented by Edison Research VP of strategy Tom Webster, and Triton Digital COO Mike Agovino.  Topics covered will include:  An update on Internet Audio usage, including new data on iTunes Radio, Beats Music, and other services; recent growth in podcasting; the growth in smartphone ownership, and how it has changed consumer behavior; updates on social media usage for services including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest and more; and the connected car, and in-car usage of digital media.

davechuckappGreater Media Personalities Spreading Out Through App Platform.  The Google Newsstand and Currents platforms are where seven of Greater Media’s radio personalities are making their content available.  The company says WROR, Boston morning hosts Loren & Wally, WRIF, Detroit morning show Dave & Chuck The Freak, WBQT, Boston “Hot 96.9” midday personality Melissa and WLNK, Charlotte morning show Bob & Sheri are joining the likes of Forbes, The Huffington Post, Popular Science and TMZ as publishers featured on the Google Newsstand and Currents platforms.  Fans of theses popular radio shows can now access a variety of audio, video and written word content on their iPad, iPhone via the Currents app or Android devices via the Google Newsstand app.  Greater Media VP of program development Buzz Knight says, “It’s exciting to see Greater Media offer listeners a new way to access content from our talented shows on phone and tablets.  We love being available to our audience wherever they want to find us.”

nabcrystalawardNAB Crystal Award Finalists Announced.  The 50 finalists for the 2014 Crystal Awards have been announced and that list can be found here.  The National Association of Broadcasters states that since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.  Winners will be announced and the finalists will be honored at the NAB Radio Luncheon.  The Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 8 during the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas.  During the luncheon, Yahoo tech columnist David Pogue will present a keynote address and popular national radio personality, television host and best-selling author Steve Harvey will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

wrqq logoCumulus ‘Classic Hits 103.3’ in Baton Rouge Presents ‘Mardi Gras on North Street.’  This Saturday, March 1, Cumulus Media’s Baton Rouge classic hits outlet WRQQ is presenting “Mardi Gras on North Street,” a free music experience to entertain Spanish Town Parade patrons featuring live entertainment by The Bucket List Trio prior to the parade and a mix of the best in classic hits during the parade hosted by WRQQ’s own Jeff Johnson.  Cumulus regional vice president and market manager Greg Benefield says, “Mardi Gras on North Street is an event for the city, it’s an opportunity to for us to thank our listeners for their continued support and a chance to meet new friends while enjoying one of the most anticipated parades of the season.”

journalbroadcastgroupJournal Tucson Music Stations Partner for ‘Women’s Spa and Wellness Showcase.’  Two of Journal Broadcast Group’s Tucson radio stations – AC KMXZ “94.9 MIXfm’ and rhythmic oldies KTGV “106.3 The Groove” – are partnering with the company’s local television properties KGUN-TV and “The CW Tucson” to present the “Women’s Spa and Wellness Showcase” on Saturday, March 1 at The Courtyard of La Encantada in Tucson.  The semi-annual event focuses on bringing attention to women’s total well-being and will be a day to enjoy beauty and health displays, demonstrations and information about massage therapy, nutrition, fitness, skincare and more.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

| February 18, 2014

acm awards logoACM Announces Radio Winners.  The Academy of Country Music announces the radio winners for the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  This year’s radio personality winners in the National category are (tie): Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox – The Bobby Bones Show; and Lon Helton – Country Countdown USA.  Major Market: Paul Schadt, Meg and Geof – WKKT-FM, Charlotte.  Large Market: Lisa McKay – WQDR-FM, Raleigh.  Medium Market: Andy Ritchie, Alison West, Jimmy Holt – WIVK-FM, Knoxville. Small Market: Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry – KKNU-FM, Eugene.  Radio Station of the Year Winners are: Major Market (tie) KUPL-FM, Portland and WXTU-FM, Philadelphia; Large Market – WCTK-FM, Providence; Medium Market – WBBS-FM, Syracuse; Small Market – WUSY-FM, Chattanooga.

nielsen logoJanuary PPM Data – Part One. Notwithstanding the Presidents Day holiday, Nielsen Audio released January 2014 PPM ratings data yesterday for the first group of 12 markets that includes: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.  All the numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.

  • New York – For the sixth successive survey, WLTW “Lite FM” is #1, but the Clear Channel adult contemporary outlet takes a -5.4 tumble to 6.5, which is its lowest 6+-share since August (6.1). Emmis president/chairman Jeff Smulyan is no doubt smiling as his company’s soon-to-be-acquired urban AC WBLS (#2) advances two-tenths to 6.3, thus trailing “Lite-FM” by just two-tenths. Meanwhile, CBS Radio welcomes the end of WLTW’s all-Christmas music strategy with all-news outlets WCBS-AM (4.9, #4) and WINS (4.4, #6) each gaining by an impressive 1.1 shares. Their siblings – sports WFAN (4.1, #8) and classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (5.4, #3) – improve by nine-tenths and six-tenths respectively. Yet another CBS Radio property, hot AC WWFS “Fresh,” adds one-half share (3.3, #9).  
  • Los Angeles – After two straight report periods at #1, Clear Channel adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103″ is off by 55% (10.4 – 5.7, 6+) and it slides to #3. Leapfrogging “Coast” are co-owned hot AC KBIG “My FM” (5.0 – 5.4, #1) and CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” (4.9 – 5.2, #2). Perhaps settling into its smooth AC-to-urban AC (“Smooth R&B”) transition, CBS Radio‘s KTWV “The Wave” rebounds from a -.8 by posting a +.7 (2.3 – 3.0) to advance from #18 to #11. Adding one-half share, Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” (#22 in “Holiday” to #19) reaches 2.4, its best 6+-stat since June (2.5). Meanwhile on the spoken-word front, many will be watching Clear Channel talker KEIB “The Patriot.” The former progressive-leaning KTLK-AM now features Glenn Beck (6:00 am – 9:00 am), Rush Limbaugh (9:00 am – noon), Sean Hannity (noon – 3:00 pm), former KTLA-TV (channel 5) and KTTV-TV (channel 11) anchor Carlos Amezcua (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm), and Clark Howard (6:00 pm – 10:00 pm). In its debut showing, “The Patriot” trends .1 – .4 (+.3 from “Holiday”) and ranks #38.
  • Chicago – While Clear Channel, Los Angeles hot AC KBIG advances to #1, the station’s Chicago sibling with the same format and “My FM” handle (WLIT) drops out of the top slot. Considering the massive share decline (-7.5 to 4.1), things could have been worse for WLIT “My FM,” which dips to sixth (6+). Direct hot AC competitor – Hubbard‘s WTMX “The Mix” – takes advantage with a +.9 (4.0 – 4.9) and inches up from fifth to third. Classic hits benefits as well with eight-tenths gains each by Hubbard’s WDRV “Drive” (3.3 – 4.1, #6) and Cumulus Media‘s WLS-FM (2.4 – 3.2, #11). Interesting situation with Cumulus alternative WKQX finds the FM signal with that identity doubling from 1.4 to 2.8 (#13, 6+), but the company’s low-power facility with the same calls declines by -1.1 to .6 (#20 in “Holiday” to #30).
  • San Francisco – Combined (6+) loss here for all-Christmas music stations is -5.8, with Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM taking the brunt of the hit (8.9 – 4.0, -4.9); it regresses from first to sixth. NextMedia‘s similarly formatted KBAY meanwhile is off by nine-tenths (2.6 – 1.7, #12 in “Holiday” to #23). Hot AC walks away with a combined +2.1, divided among Clear Channel‘s KIOI “Star 101.3″ (+.9, 4.1, #5); CBS Radio‘s KLLC “Alice” (+.7, 3.3, #11); and Digity Media‘s KEZR “Mix 106.5″ (+.5, 2.0, #21). With a one-half share increase to 5.3, CBS Radio all-news KCBS-AM reclaims the #1 position.
  • Houston – Even though Clear Channel adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ loses more than five shares from the “Holiday” report (12.2 – 7.0, 6+), it still manages to remain in first place. That position, however, is in jeopardy with Cox Media Group country KKBQ “93-Q” improving by +1.2 (to 6.6); progressing from fourth to second, “93-Q” trails “Sunny” by just four-tenths. A format change shakes things up as Clear Channel classic hits-turned urban contemporary KQBT “The Beat” (formerly KKRW) posts a whopping +1.7 to 3.9 (#10), while Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “The Box” (5.4) is off by nearly as much (-1.3, #3). Boasting the most significant survey-to-survey improvement is Cox Media’s KGLK “The Eagle” (+1.9, 3.3 – 5.2), which climbs from #10 to #5.
  • Philadelphia – In the “Holiday” report, Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” soared to a 17.2, the tenth time in PPM methodology that a Philadelphia outlet hit double-digits (6+) – nine of them accomplished by WBEB. The inevitible “Holiday” to January decline hit “More FM” dramatically: Its -8.4 is the largest for any station from the 12 markets Nielsen Audio has released so far. That represents the “bad” news for WBEB. On the plus side, even as CBS Radio all-news outlet KYW gains a substantial two full shares, which coincidentally represents the most sizeable survey-to-survey improvement from Monday’s 12 markets, “More FM” remains #1 by 1.2 shares (6+). Other Philly outlets picking up at least one full share (survey-to-survey) are Greater Media rocker WMMR (4.5 – 5.8, +1.3, #7 to #3) and Clear Channel alternative WRFF (3.2 – 4.2, +1.0, #11 to #9).
  • AtlantaCBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103″ – which tumbled from first to fifth (December – “Holiday”) – bounces back with a +1.3 (6.1 – 7.4) to recoup the #1 spot. Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM “B 98.5″ drops a full-share (7.3 – 6.3) to fall from second to fourth (6+); however, co-owned talk WSB-AM gains nine-tenths (6.2 – 7.1) and trades places with “B 98.5″ (#4 to #2). After progressing 3.8 – 6.4, +2.6, Salem contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” suffers a whopping -2.4 (4.0) and slides from third to tenth.
  • Long Island – All-Christmas music adult contemporary outlets are in heavy negative territory. Clear Channel siblings WALK-FM (6.3, #1 for the third straight monthly) and WLTW (3.0, #2 to #12) are -2.9 and -4.1, respectively, while Connoisseur Media‘s WKJY “K-98.3″ (3.5, #4 to #7) is -1.2. New York City all-news WCBS-AM picks up 1.4 shares (to 5.9, 6+) to advance from sixth to second; similarly formatted WINS improves by eight-tenths (2.5 – 3.3, #12 to #10). CHR does well with Clear Channel’s WHTZ “Z-100″ up seven-tenths (5.5, #3) and Cox Media’s WBLI right behind at #4 (+.8 to 5.4).
  • RiversideEntravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose 97.5″ tacks on another full-share (8.2 – 9.2, 6+) and keeps rolling at #1; “Jose 97.5″ was at 9.2 in November as well. In the meantime, Univision regional Mexican KSCA betters its “Holiday” 2.8 by +1.2 (to 4.0) and zooms from eighth to fourth. The station’s 4.0 (6+) is its most proficient PPM stat to date in the Riverside book.+
  • San Jose – Following back-to-back down trends (5.8 – 5.3 – 5.0, November – December – “Holiday”), Empire Broadcasting-owned KRTY “Hot Country” notches a +1.2 (5.0 – 6.2) to catapult from sixth to first (6+). Similar to what we witnessed in San Francisco, hot AC regains strength after all-Christmas music concludes, with Digity Media‘s KEZR “Mix 106.5″ (+.9, 6.0, #5 to #2) in its home market, and CBS Radio’s KLLC “Alice” (+.5, 2.3, #21 to #17). Conversely, Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM loses slightly more than half its “Holiday” 6+ share (6.0 – 2.9), plummeting from #2 to #14, while NextMedia adult contemporary KBAY – in its home metro – is 8.5 – 5.9 (-2.6), slipping from first to third.

taylorraceRace Taylor Re-Ups with WPLJ, New York.  Midday personality Race Taylor signs a new “long-term” deal with Cumulus Media’s hot AC WPLJ, New York to continue with the station he’s been part of for the past 14 years.  In announcing the pact, talent management firm ACM Broadcast says Taylor “regularly welcomes high-profile musical guests on his midday daily show including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Adele, Dave Matthews, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5, etc.  Under the new deal, Taylor continues to host exclusive concert events for the station and the company’s national hot AC format during PM drive.”  Taylor adds, “It has been an amazing 14 years here in New York on WPLJ.  Thanks to John Dickey and my PD John Foxx, I’m looking forward to doing this show for many more years to come.”  John McConnell, managing partner of ACM Broadcast, a talent management company, negotiated the deal on behalf of Taylor.

shannonscottWhere Is Scott Shannon Headed?  The next move for former WPLJ, New York morning co-host Scott Shannon is the subject of much chatter in the industry.  Shannon exited the Cumulus hot AC WPLJ recently after 22 years but industry watchers are betting on him being back in the New York market soon.  With today’s notice from Clear Channel that “DC101”-based Elliot Segal is not going to continue to be simulcast on the company’s WOR, New York, some are hearing Shannon has been talking with the company about that gig.  That seems an unlikely pairing.  Other scuttlebutt is that Shannon has been in discussions with CBS RADIO about landing on one of its FMs – either classic hits WCBS-FM or CHR WNOW.  Regardless, this will probably happen sooner rather than later as Shannon himself told the New York Daily NewsDavid Hinckley he’ll know in “a couple of weeks.”

wkqx logo newCumulus Media’s Chicago Alternative Rocker Names Jocks.  As the Cumulus Media-operated alternative brand relinquishes its place on the 87.7 frequency and Tribune puts its new sports talk format there, Cumulus focuses on the (sorta) new “101WKQX.”  According to Chicagoland Radio and Media, the permanent air talent lineup is: Brian Phillips and Lou Lombardo in morning drive, Lauren O’Neil in middays, Walter Flakus in afternoon drive and early evenings and PJ Kling from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.  As Cumulus had stated in the past, the station will not use the “Q101” handle for the station.

monkkellyMonk & Kelly Put Show into Syndication.  Morning show personalities Jonathan Monk and Dianna Kelly – known as Monk & Kelly at their home base of WGSQ, Cookeville, Tennessee “Country Giant 94.7” (smack dab between Nashville and Knoxville) – are putting their “New Country Fresh Off Music Row” program into national syndication via Broadcast Syndicates.  The duo picked up a Marconi in 2013 and is nominated for Country Music Association honors this year.  They describe their show as “fast, fun, and jam packaged with all of your favorite new country music, artist interviews, lifestyle info and concert news.”

nrglogoNRG Media Names Nau Market Manager.  At the NRG Media LLC cluster in the Tri-Cities, Nebraska metro area of Kearney, Grand Island, and Hastings, broadcasting pro Dallas Nau is named market manager of the group that includes CHR KQKY-FM, Kearney “Hits 106,” country KRNY-FM, Kearney “Y102 Hot Country,” rock KROR-FM, Hastings “Rock 101.5,” adult hits KSYZ-FM, Grand Island “107.7 The Island,” and full service KGFW-AM, Kearney. NRG COO Chuck DuCoty says, “Dallas has proven talents in leading a television sales organization, but has the radio acumen in programming that our team requires.  His vast leadership skills will help to propel our entire organization to new heights in ratings, service to the community, and advertiser engagement.  Dallas is a local talent that has dedicated his entire career to the needs of the Tri-Cities communities and that is very meaningful to a company like NRG that is so deeply committed to providing great local radio to our audience.”  Nau spent the past decade at NTV in Nebraska serving in multiple capacities, most recently as the company’s general sales manager for KHGI-TV (ABC) and KFXL-TV (FOX) for the past five years.

K242CE logoClear Channel Goes from CHR to Rock on NOLA Translator.  Saying that it believes it can succeed where Cumulus Media did not, Clear Channel drops the CHR “Kiss FM” programming that had been airing on translator K242CE licensed to Meraux, Louisiana and begins airing a rock format branded “Rock 96.3.”  Clear Channel New Orleans operations manager Don Gosselin comments, “New Orleans is a fantastic rock town and now we have a great rock station!  ‘The Rock of New Orleans’ has been an iconic brand here and feedback from listeners and advertisers has been immediate and amazing.”

kingsleyhonoredBob Kingsley Honored at Grand Ole Opry.  It was a surprise celebration of 40 years hosting WestwoodOne’s “American Country Countdown” for Bob Kingsley and the 50-year radio pro said, “I could not have been more surprised and I could not feel more honored.  I have made a career of country music radio because I love it, and to have my friends in the business, from artists and songwriters to industry executives, tell me my work has made a difference – well, it means the world to me.  And to have the people I work with day in and day out here to celebrate with me makes it all the more special.”  Kingsley is also host and owner of “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40.”  Monday’s surprise event, benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, included performances, appearances and taped messages by a mix of industry legends, today’s hit-makers and Nashville’s most influential singer-songwriters.  Kingsley walked into the Grand Ole Opry House believing he was there to pay tribute to the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday, when in reality, the evening was all conceived to honor him.  Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher states, “What a pleasure to host so many friends on the Opry House stage tonight as we all came together to celebrate one of country radio’s most beloved voices, leaders, and gentlemen.  All of us at the Opry are particularly honored that, just as Bob has made a point to do throughout his career, tonight’s event also gave back to a worthy cause, the Opry Trust Fund.  For nearly 50 years the Trust Fund has assisted members of the country music community in need, and I can’t think of a better way to honor Bob’s contributions to the country community than to continue that legacy of helping others in his name.”  Pictured here are (from l-r): Wade Jessen, Teddy Gentry, Blair Garner, Kingsley, Randy Owen, Steve Wariner, Lon Helton, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, and Fisher. Photo: Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

Monday, February 17, 2014

| February 17, 2014


duanedoobie graphicDOOBIE:  It Takes More than Knowing the Number of “Spins” to Determine If a Song Is a Hit, Not to Mention How to Program It.  This is especially true if the number of spins is based to a measurable degree upon a promotional buy within the context of a radio/record company deal as opposed to a research or quality judgment based on competitive programming.  RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie tells it like it is in a new column posted today (2/17) in which he writes, “When it comes to selecting music for airplay on a competitive station, the term ‘hit’ is extremely subjective.  There are no magical criteria or empirical truths that a programmer can completely count on when it comes to measuring the value of any given song at any given time to be an element that will attract and keep listeners.  There are so many other elements (and terms) that come into play beyond determining whether a recorded piece of music is a ‘hit’ or has the potential to become one…including, of course, the human element.  Anyone who is in a position of programming music on competitive radio should make it their business to understand the meaning of terms and concepts (some of which haven’t been used in years) such as ‘stiff,’ ‘burn out,’ ‘hype,’ ‘turntable hit,’ ‘golden ears,’ ‘charts,’ ‘research,’ ‘rotation,’ ‘payola,’ ‘plugola, ‘cross-over,’ ‘recurrent,’  ‘gold,’  ‘platinum,’ ‘oldie, and (a really important one) ‘radio wars.’”  Doobie explains, “There are more…but let it suffice, at least for the point of this article, that the 16 terms listed above (17 if you count the re-occurring term, ‘competitive’) carry great meaning in understanding the process of programming music on a radio station that realizes the world owes it neither an audience nor a living.  Here’s a fact of life that today’s mega-corporate radio does not seem to understand: When it comes to ‘competitive’ music radio – how you play it and say it makes all the difference in the world in determining whether you win or lose!”  To read Doobie’s entire piece, please click here.

naiveswigoDuane 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 (2/17) includes such names as: N-A-I-V-E-S, Icona Pop, Cherub, Justin Bieber, Jesse Scott, Nick Nittoli, Art Alexakis, Anna Calvi, PJ Harvey, Paramore, Jimi LaLumia, The Psychotic Frogs, ? & The Mysterians, The Glitch Mob, Imagine Dragons, Sander van Doorn, Max Elto, Giorgio Moroder, Michael McDonald, Daft Punk, Five Finger Death Punch, Pharrell, The Animals, Big Data, Joywave, Sun Kil Moon, Ben Gibbard, Bipolar Sunshine, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, The Civil Wars, Zac Brown Band, Clare Bowen, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and HoneySuckle Ridge among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

nashmagazineCumulus Announces Partnership with Country Weekly.  Today’s New York Post is reporting that Cumulus Media is buying a 50% stake in American Media Inc. – publisher of the Country Weekly magazine – but in today’s press release from Cumulus, there is no mention of a purchase.  The term used is a “partnership,” with no mention of finances.  But beginning with the February 24 issue of Country Weekly (circulation 505,000, according to the New York Post), the magazine will contain a 16-page color section called “NASH.”  American Media Inc. chairman, president and CEO David Pecker says, “This agreement is a transforming event for Country Weekly.  Partnering with Cumulus Media and combining their reach and voice with our expertise in print media will deliver an extraordinary consumer experience that is unmatched in the industry.”  The press statement says the supplement is “designed to provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at some of today’s hottest country stars, industry news, and the personalities behind its popular radio broadcasts.  The partnership leverages two of country music’s leading brands to create the ultimate destination for news, insights, and access in a way that no other media property can.”  Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey adds, “We are excited to be partnering with AMI as we bring the NASH brand to life in print.  The talented and dedicated staff at Country Weekly has consistently informed the passionate base of country music across America.  We look forward to leveraging both brands to create an unparalleled experience for country music fans and another important point of engagement for our clients.”  Cumulus Media reports it will also introduce a website that “will provide an in-depth and unique look at both the business and lifestyle aspects of the country music industry.  The website will be built in collaboration with the launch of the partnership.”

steveleeanaTrickery Will Almost Always Come Back to Haunt You.  It seems to the editors here at RadioInfo that’s the real lesson to be learned from the “K98.3” Long Island “gay parents” episode.  By now you probably are aware that Connoisseur Media has suspended WKJY, Hempstead, New York morning show duo Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson (pictured here) after the two admitted to, without management’s approval, creating a hoax in order to shed light on anti-gay bigotry.  The pair concocted a phony scenario in which a child’s birthday party invitation from a girl whose parents are two gay men is returned with a message from another child’s mother stating she doesn’t approve of their lifestyle and therefore her son won’t be attending the party.  They even made a fake invitation – with the scrawled message from “the mom” – and posted photos on their Facebook page.  Apparently, internal talk about the issue led management to learn the story was fake and Harper and Karlson came clean with the public on Saturday.  In the duo’s apology to their listeners, they state their goal was to foster a discussion about anti-gay bigotry and that they meant no harm.  Fast-forward to today: the two are suspended by Connoisseur and their future status with the station is unknown.  Management says regardless of their intent, their actions violated the culture of the company.  Obviously, the story is getting a lot of play in the consumer press.  As RadioInfo sees it, the takeaway here is a long-held radio maxim: Don’t be phony.  As is almost always the case in these situations, the truth gets out and you will get burned.  Most programmers would agree that there’s enough controversy in the world to talk about without having to make it up.

melendezmaraMiami’s Mara Melendez Moves to Houston to Program “The Beat.” Self-described “radio guru” Mara Melendez transfers to program Clear Channel Houston urban contemporary KQBT “The Beat” from Miami, where she was program director of co-owned, similarly formatted, and identically branded WMIB.  She becomes the first PD of Houston’s “Beat” since it changed formats from classic hits KKRW “Arrow” this past New Year’s Eve.  The station’s on-air lineup includes “The Breakfast Club” with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God (5:00 am – 9:00 am); UB Rodriquez (9:00 am – 2:00 pm); Rudy Rush (2:00 – 6:00 pm); and Devi Dev (6:00 pm – 10:00 pm).  Vice president of programming Marc Sherman comments, “We are excited to have Mara lead ‘The Beat’ in Houston.  Her incredible track-record combined with her ability to connect with local artists will be keys to our success.”  Prior to her stint at Miami’s “Beat,” Melendez worked in New York City at another Clear Channel urban contemporary outlet, WWPR “Power 105.1″ (from whence “The Breakfast Club” originates) and she was music coordinator at Emmis New York City rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97.”

jelli logoJelli Names Schoppmann VP/Ad Sales. New York-based Teresa Schoppmann is appointed vice president of advertising sales for Jelli.  The company’s co-founder and chief executive officer Mike Dougherty comments, “Terry’s deep experience and relationships with the largest radio ad buyers will help us continue to rapidly grow the adoption of our programmatic advertising platform for radio.”  According to Schoppmann, “Jelli’s explosive growth over the last 12 months supports my belief that we will help clients enter a new era of rapid execution, increased compliance, real-time data and higher ROI.  Jelli has created a totally hassle-free way for marketers to move into programmatic buying with our RadioSpot platform, which is a game-changer for network radio.”  Schoppmann’s previous background includes positions at TheBlaze Network, Dial Global, WestwoodOne, Chancellor Media, and Emmis.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  After announcing last week that he would be leaving Stephens Media’s alternative WZNE, Rochester “94.1 The Zone,” we learn that Axe is the new evening personality on Entercom’s alternative WLKK, Buffalo “Alternative Buffalo 107.7.”  He will also host the Sunday evening new music program, “The Underground Collective.”…..Elise Rossi is promoted to music director at JVC Media’s CHR WMFQ, Ocala-Gainesville “Q92.”…..Clear Channel names Brent Henslee operations manager for its six-station cluster in Macon, Georgia.

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Michael Harrison to Speak in Keynote Session at National Religious Broadcasters Convention.  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison will serve as a keynote speaker next week at the NRB International Christian Media Convention 2014 in Nashville.  The event, which runs February 22-25 and is preceded by a one-day Digital Media Summit on February 21, is billed as an event that networks thousands of Christian communicators, from program producers to authors, pastors to engineers, directors to vendors presenting outstanding internationally known speakers and musicians and giving attendees the opportunity to attend numerous educational sessions on radio, TV, film, church media, internet and leadership, and receive helpful industry training.  Harrison, whose two-hour session will take place on Monday, February 24 at 2:00 pm, states, “I am really looking forward to participating in this event and spending time getting to better know people from the faith-based sector of the radio and media industries.  It will certainly give me the opportunity to embellish one of the key points of my own personal view of what radio needs to do to be a viable and productive entity in the digital era – and that is to never miss any opportunity to be a hero…to literally serve the community… to spread hope and inspiration…to talk about the many crisis and challenges facing people in everyday life and help them cope.  I recommend this course of action to all broadcasters – but this is a community where it is already proven to be a winning strategy.  I am honored to be a part of this event.”  The conference will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.  For more information please click here.

wehp logoOne Erie Station Could Have Unhappy Fall Book Ending. Upon its discovery that five in-tab Erie metro diaries were returned from a media-affiliated household, Nielsen Audio is re-issuing the fall 2013 diary-based book for that Pennsylvania market.  It is believed audience estimates for Erie Radio Company-owned CHR WEHP “Happi 92.7″ may be substantially affected. Owing to sample balancing procedures, estimates for other Erie stations could be slightly adjusted.  While the revised book is scheduled to be released this Wednesday (2/19), a spot check from the original release and what is now posted on Nielsen Audio’s website already indicates several differences.  Based on a comparison of the two reports, rankings for the top nine – including Cumulus adult contemporary WXKC “Classy 100″ at #1 and Connoisseur CHR WRTS “Star 104″ at #2 – though remain the same; WEHP is not listed on either list.

jaysonmariahWBLI’s Jayson Takes Mariah Carey’s Valentine’s Day Advice.  As you can see here, WBLI, Patchogue, New York (Long Island) morning drive co-host Jayson (right) sported a candy bra and took a selfie for his boyfriend since the two would be apart on Valentine’s Day.  He did so based on advice from pop star Mariah Carey (left) who appeared on the WBLI’s “Dana & Jayson in the Morning” show to talk about what she would be doing for Valentine’s Day and said she and hubby Nick Cannon would be apart for the holiday but she would still wear something sexy and let Nick see it.  Carey told Jayson, “All of us who have our significant others somewhere else…even if you just take a selfie and post it…I mean just look GOOD.”

Thursday, February 13, 2014

| February 13, 2014

cbsradio logoCBS Reports Radio Segment Down 4% in Q4 2013; Company Up 6%.  While CBS Corporation CEO, president and director Les Moonves spoke glowingly about the performance of CBS Corporation as a whole during yesterday’s Q4 conference call, the radio segment was not part of the celebration and loss of political advertising was given the lion’s share of the blame.  The company’s report indicates that after taking political out of the picture, CBS RADIO was flat compared to the same quarter in 2012.  Moonves was upbeat about the radio division saying, “In radio, we continue to put an emphasis on great, localmoonvesles programming, which is leading to bigger audiences.  During the most recent ratings period, we had double-digit ranking gains in the highly coveted 25- to 54-year-old demo in many of our major markets, and non-traditional revenue from special events was up double digits over one year ago.  Our strategy to combine the company’s local TV and radio websites into a single online presence in every market also continues to pay off.  In 2013, revenue was up 21% over the year before, and the momentum is continuing here in ’14, including a new record of nearly 57 million unique users in January.  I’m also very pleased with the success of our CBS Interactive business.  Revenue was up 14% during the quarter, and we continue to see very rapid growth in mobile ad revenue, which was up 118%, and it helped to increase profit substantially.”  Thanks to Seeking Alpha for the transcript.  Members can read the whole conference call here.

nielsen logoNielsen Q4 Revenue Up 11.8%; Rises 5.5% for 2013.  Media ratings giant Nielsen Holdings N.V. issues its fourth quarter 2013 and full-year financial reports and states that Q4 revenue was $1.6 billion, an increase of 11.8% over the same period in 2012.  For the full year of 2013, the company says its revenue was $5.7 billion, a jump of 5.5% over the full year of 2012.  The company reports its free cash flow for 2013 increased 34.5% to $573 million from $426 million in 2012 while cash flow from operations increased 14.9% to $901 million in 2013 from $784 million in 2012.  The result is the adjusted net income per share on a diluted basis for 2013 was $2.02, up 19.5% compared to $1.69 in the full year 2012.  Nielsen acquired radio ratings firm Arbitron during 2013 and the move paid off.  The Arbitron business helped add 9.3% to Nielsen’s Q4 revenue and 2.5% to its 2013 revenue.

cclogoClear Channel Renews Promotional Deal with Relativity.  In a statement, Clear Channel says that the renewed cross-media marketing collaboration between it and media company Relativity will include one-of-a-relativity logokind campaigns promoting upcoming movies on the part of Clear Channel while Relativity will provide exclusive content created by its filmmakers and talent that will be shared with listeners and viewers through various Clear Channel platforms.  “The programs will also include organic promotional support from popular radio personalities such as Ryan Seacrest, Elvis Duran, Dan Patrick and Steve Harvey; naturally integrated film imaging across local stations and iHeartRadio’s national digital and mobile ad units; homepage website takeovers; and national and local on-air commercial inventory.”  Clear Channel says previous successful collaborations between the companies included campaigns for the films “Limitless,” “Immortals,” “Act of Valor,” “Safe Haven” and “Free Birds.”

bristoltonySavannah’s WXYY Names Bristol PD.  Former Cumulus Providence operations manager Tony Bristol is appointed program director of L&L Broadcasting, Savannah hot AC WXYY “Y-107.9.”  L&L Broadcasting Savannah-Hilton Head vice president and market manager Gigi South remarks, “Tony is a legendary programmer of female formats and we are honored to have him join our growing team of programming pros in Savannah. He is the perfect fit for Savannah’s ‘Y-107.9.”  Director of programming Scott Mahalick comments, “Tony is a phenomenal talent and program director.  His knowledge and dynamic energy will rock the Savannah market.”  In thanking L&L Broadcasting chief executive officer Bob Proffitt, South, Mahalick, and operations manager Gabe Reynolds, Bristol notes that he is happy, “for the opportunity to get back in the game in beautiful Savannah.  Live and local radio truly exists.  I am honored and excited to be a part of their vision and grateful for their confidence in my contribution to grow their brands.”  In addition to his Providence OM duties, Bristol programmed Cumulus CHR WPRO-FM and adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105.”  He previously was music director at Hartford hot AC WTIC-FM; Citadel‘s CHR format captain; and he programmed CHR WKCI, New Haven and hot AC WDAQ, Danbury, Connecticut.

kuiperspradostellaStella Prado Kuipers Lands at Salem Los Angeles.  The successful, former KOST, Los Angeles program director joins Salem Communications to serve in the sales department working on multi-media marketing for Christian talk KKLA, Los Angeles.  Stella Prado Kuipers made her announcement on her Facebook page where she wrote: “A new chapter in my life has begun and I’m proud to announce as of March 3rd I am an employee of Salem Communications Radio Broadcasting company!  My position is multi-media marketing and I am thrilled to be a part of this company!  I’m sooooo excited!”  Kuipers had been with Clear Channel’s AC KOST for 20 years – eight as program director – before she was let go in December of 2012.

seiglerjohnSeigler to Manage Brazos Valley Communications’ Bryan-College Station, Texas Cluster.  After serving as sales manager for the cluster since 2012 (he joined the company in 2004) John Seigler is promoted to general manager for the group that includes country KORA, oldies KAPN, hip hop KBXT “101.9 The Beat,” rock KJXJ, and regional Mexican KTAM-AM.  Brazos Valley Communications general partner Tommy Vascocu states, “We’re extremely pleased to have John Seigler heading our Bryan-College Station radio group.  John’s done outstanding work in building strong relationships with community leaders and business owners in the Brazos Valley. He’s a very talented individual with extensive experience in developing, leading and executing creative, problem-solving solutions for our customers and community partners on behalf of these radio stations.  John’s been a valuable contributing member of the Bryan-College Station community for many years.  We’re excited for him to lead our talented group of radio professionals.”

shannonscottScott Shannon Tells NY Daily News He’ll Be Back on Radio.  According to a report by David Hinckley of the New York Daily News, Scott Shannon told him – from a golf course in Florida – that he’s planning to be back on the radio in some form “in a couple of weeks.”  The former, longtime WPLJ, New York morning star who left the station last week, tells the paper, “It’s not an option that I will leave radio.  I retired from WPLJ, not from radio.  I love radio.  I love doing a morning show.  I love getting to know the listeners.”  He says, “I’d be open to satellite radio.  I like the idea of talking to people all across the country.”  He also tells Hinckley he’s “optimistic” Cumulus will continue to syndicate his True Oldies Channel.

stjohnpatMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  With the announcement by Emmis that Deon Levingston would manage its soon-to-be three urban stations in New York as it acquires urban AC WBLS and gospel WLIB from YFM Media, current hip hop WQHT “Hot 97” general manager Alex Cameron will exit the Emmis New York offices…..Legendary air personality Pat St. John – currently heard on classic hits WCBS-FM, New York on weekends and on SiriusXM during the week – announces that he’s the new weekday afternoon host on SiriusXM’s “60s on 6” channel.  He can be heard from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET…..Marty McFly – until recently both PD and morning host at Cumulus Media’s country WKDF, Nashville – slides across the hall to serve as morning host at co-owned country WSM-FM where he takes over for exiting Rick Marino.  Cumulus added Blair Garner’s “America’s Morning Show” to the lineup at WKDF as part of the national rollout of the show…..At Digity-owned hot AC WHBC, Canton, Ohio, morning show cast member and interactive specialist Matt Fantone exits the company with the elimination of his position…..John Gordnier, local AE for Colonial Media & Entertainment’s classic hits WXMT, Smethport, Pennsylvania “The Mountain,” has successfully met the requirements to earn the designation of Radio Marketing Professional (RMP) as certified by the Radio Advertising Bureau.  The RMP designation is the first step in a comprehensive, multi-level training and certification program developed and administered by the Radio Advertising Bureau.

rabNAB to Feature RAB Sales and Marketing Sessions.  The Radio Advertising Bureau will present five revenue- and growth-oriented presentations at this year’s NAB Show.  RAB president and chief executive officer Erica Farber explains that, “The RAB is in the business of helping sellers on the street close deals and help drive revenue for the radio industry.  These sessions will drive home key lessons and tools of the trade.  NAB Show attendees will find these sessions invaluable to their future success in the broadcast business.”  Specifically, the Radio Advertising Bureau’s focus will be “Lunch and Learn – A Discussion on Radio’s Four Significant Issues;” “Concentrating on Core Radio Revenues;” “Creative Radio Commercial Production and Imaging;” and “Rapid-Fire Revenue Generators for Small and Medium Market Radio.”  The NAB Show will be held April 5 – 10 in Las Vegas.

whamradiothonWDVI-FM and WHAM in Rochester Hold Radiothon to Benefit Children’s Hospital.  Today and tomorrow Clear Channel Rochester stations hot AC WDVI “100.5 The Drive” and news/talk WHAM are broadcasting the annual “Drive For Miracles Radiothon” to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital live from the lobby of Strong Hospital.  Throughout the event, on-air personalities from each station will talk with current and former patients, their families, and the hard-working hospital staff that “creates miracles” every day.  Personalities including WHAM’s Chet Walker, Bob Lonsberry, Shari Smith, Joe Lomonaco, and Bob Matthews and WDVI’s Bill Moran, Julie, JP, and “The Mayor” Pete Kennedy will broadcast from the hospital.

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