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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

| July 13, 2016

wbosGreater Media Re-Brands WBOS ‘ALT 92.9 Boston’s Alternative.’  With the new handle – “ALT 92.9 Boston’s Alternative” – comes a new clock providing hour-long music blocks.  Greater Media says it is solidifying “the alternative music position on WBOS-FM by rebranding the station as ‘ALT 92.9’ in Boston.  WBOS program director Ken West says, “We are passionate about delivering our content in a non-cluttered, non-controversial, pure play music environment by playing the most music.  In doing so, we are offering the ALT 92.9 Promise: 60 Minutes of Music after every commercial break.”  Station marketing director Sean Doherty adds, “The station’s new branding, image and logo will exemplify the fresh programming of ‘ALT 92.9’ and appeal to the active lifestyle of our audience.”  Check out the station’s new website here.

Jarnigan Named OM at Cumulus Knoxville.  The three-station Cumulus Media cluster in Knoxville, Tennessee has a new operations manager as Jeff Jarnigan is appointed to the post.  The company says Jarniganjarniganjeff wivkhas more than 30 years of radio broadcasting experience in the Knoxville market and more than 20 years of experience in programming management.  Cumulus operates country WIVK, news/talk WOKI-FM, and sports talk WNML “The Sports Animal.”  Jarnigan says, “Being associated with the legendary WIVK, as well as the flagship station for the Vol Network, sports radio WNML, and the home of Phil Williams and Hallerin Hilton Hill, ‘NewsTalk 98.7,’ is akin to winning the radio lottery.  These stations are each dominant in their respective formats and have defined success in East Tennessee radio for decades.  I am excited to partner with the station teams to continue that success and drive their future growth.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Country program director Dean Warfield exits Ryman Hospitality-owned WSM-AM, Nashville after two years with the station…..Programmer and air personality Felix moves from Mapleton Communications’ CHR KTMT, Medford, Oregon to the company’s Spokane CHR KZBD “105.7 NOW FM” to serve as APD and midday jock…..Alpha Media appoints three to regional director of engineering.  They are: Trent Muldrow for the Eastern region, based in Columbia, South Carolina; Jeff Caudell for the Western region, based in San Antonio; and Geary Morrill for the Midwest region, based in Saginaw, Michigan.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Alternative Rock.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses of the performances of rock-formatted radio stations based on data from the Nielsen Audio’s June 2016 PPM survey.  Forthcoming are analyses of mainstream rock and adult album alternative or triple A.  In today’s report, see charts tracking the AQH share (6+) performances of alt rockers in PPM markets, a chart detailing AQH share fluctuations from June 2015 to June 2016, a chart listing stations by market rank, and more.  See it all here.

Talking to One Million Friends: Q104’s Jim Kerr Reflects on His Career.  RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay recently spoke with WAXQ, New York “Q104” morning personality Jim Kerr aboutkerrjim his long career on New York City morning radio.  In 1974, 21-year-old Kerr arrived in New York from WLS-AM, Chicago – scared out of his wits – but determined to get to know WPLJ’s teenage and 20-something listeners.  “I wanted to make friends with those listeners and remain friends with them – forever.”  Kerr tells McKay he’d have been happy to have lasted a year in New York, but 42 years later he’s still talking to his “friends” on the radio.  Read more here.

levinTalkers16TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations – Mark Levin Receiving Freedom of Speech Award Video Posted Today.   The Livestream video recording of the Freedom of Speech Award presentation – one of the many highlights of the recent TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations convention – has been posted today (7/13) to Talkers.com. The 19thannual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important convention took place on Friday, May 20 on the fabulous campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.  The video shows the opening round of the Awards Ceremony segment of the gathering in which Cumulus Media/Westwood One syndicated host Mark Levin was presented the 2016 Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech.  The ceremony includes remarks by GCN syndicated host Dr. Joy Browne, Awards Ceremony emcee and Cumulus Media/Westwood One host Jim Bohannon, and TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison.  To view the video, please click here.  More videos from the convention will be posted to Talkers.com in the days and weeks ahead.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  North Texas air personality Zac Grantham – PD and morning host at Alpha Media’sgranthamzacVigil16 KMKT, Bells, Texas “93.1 Katy Country” – organized the recent #PrayForDallas vigil that took place at Fairview Park in Sherman, Texas July 8.  The event drew more than 200 members of the community, including representatives from local state law enforcement agencies, who all joined hands in small groups to show support for residents and officers in Dallas, North Texas, and the entire country…..iHeartMedia, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas and National sangzachHSummer Learning Association are teaming up to help close the education achievement gap by supporting the expansion of access to summer learning opportunities.  The national public service campaign will stress the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy this summer.  iHeartMedia will air public service announcements voiced by First Lady Michele Obama across its more than 850 radio stations in July and August…..One Republic’s Ryan Tedder (center) sat down in the Westwood One studios with Zach Sang (right) recently.  Tedder spoke candidly about his feelings on YouTube musicians, DJs and dance music, Wikipedia, and his frustrations with the band One Direction.  He also did a Ryan Seacrest impression.

Friday, July 1, 2016

| July 1, 2016

Detroit's BounceHip-Hop & R&B “Bounces” to Detroit. The mystery regarding what would succeed sports on Greater Media Detroit’s WMGC has been answered: It’s “105.1 The Bounce – Detroit’s Throwback Hip Hop and R&B.” Representative artists will span from 2Pac and Ice Cube to Drake and Rihanna. Vice president and market manager Steve Chessare states, “Greater Media is thrilled to unveil this fun and unique new format in the Motor City. We look forward to providing a fun, fresh new sound featuring some of the best throwback hip hop and R&B sounds over the past for our listeners to enjoy.” Greater Media senior vice president of program development Buzz Knight adds, “We are thrilled that our great Detroit cluster is adding a new brand for our audience and our customers.” Detroit’s “Bounce” was introduced today (Friday, 7/1) at 12:00 noon and is playing 10,000 songs in a row; its on-air line-up will be announced soon. News of an impending WMGC format transition was made earlier this week. In the past six Nielsen Audio PPM ratings sweeps, the sports station failed to rise above a one-share (6+). Its .9 in May places it at #23, while CBS Radio‘s WXYT-FM “The Ticket” not only notches a 7.3 (6+), it reigns at #1.

lee, lindaWYCD’s Lee Records Milestone. When WYCD afternoon drive talent Linda Lee celebrated her 20th year on the CBS Radio outlet yesterday (Thursday, 6/30), she became the longest-running consecutive female country air personality in Detroit history. Senior vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Detroit Debbie Kenyon notes, “Linda’s longstanding career with WYCD is a testament to her talent and ability.  She truly is one of the greatestWYCD air personalities in the business.” Operations manager/program director Tim Roberts remarks, “For 20 great years, Detroit country music fans have laughed, cried, loved, and jammed to great music in their lives with Linda always by their side. She has been the champion of the community through her devotion to charities and fans in general and an awesome asset for the entire country music industry.” Detroit native Lee adds, “This is my home and I raised my own family here. I will forever be grateful to CBS Radio for this opportunity to do what I love and live my dream for over two decades here in my hometown. I was a loyal WYCD listener prior to starting my on-air career in country radio. My time here has been a blessing beyond measure. I am humbled – and beyond grateful – for all the love and support I have always been given from my WYCD family and our loyal listeners.” Lee began her career at WYCD as a member of the morning show, later teaming for 16 years with Chuck Edwards on the “Edwards & Lee” afternoon drive show. When Edwards moved to mornings late last year, Lee and Rob Stone were paired for the (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) “Rob & Linda” show. Part of an April three-way logjam at #10, WYCD piles on one full-share in Nielsen Audio‘s May PPM sweep to April’s six-tenths gain (3.7 – 4.3 – 5.3, 6+) and rockets to a fifth-place tie; 5.3 is the best 6+-stat for “99.5 Detroit’s Country” in nearly a year (5.3, July 2015). With a 7.3 (6+), WYCD sports sibling WXYT-FM “The Ticket” is the market pacesetter; Cumulus Media‘s WDRQ “Detroit’s Hottest Country Hits” is at #18 (2.5, 6+).

vasquez, mikeKFMB-FM Names Vasquez APD. In addition to assistant program director duties at KFMB-FM “100.7 KFM-BFM,” Mike Vasquez will be the 7:00 pm – 12:00 midnight on-air talent of the San Diego rocker. Program director Garett Michaels remarks, “With Mike’s deep knowledge of the San Diego market, his strong record of ratings success, and his unbridled passion for rock and roll, he is theKFMB-FM February 2016 outstanding choice to join ‘KFM-BFM’ as our assistant program director. I am stoked to have him as a collaborator and teammate.” Vasquez comments, “I am so pumped to be joining the ‘KFM-BFM’ team. There is a winner’s mentality here and everybody brings [his or her] ‘A’-game on a daily basis. I thrive in this type of environment and look forward to contributing to our team’s success.” For the past 16 years, Vasquez has worked at cross-town smooth jazz-turned-adult contemporary KXSN “Sunny” (formerly KIFM). He began his radio career in the mid-1980s at Fresno’s KEZL. KFMB-FM has been in the 3.4 – 3.8 range the past five Nielsen Audio ratings sweeps (3.4 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+) and ranks #12 in May; “Sunny” is on top with a 6.6 (6+).

Ke-Buena-98.7-CharlotteiHeartMedia Charlotte, Martz Media Team for “Ke Buena.” For the past two years, iHeartMedia Charlotte has been airing a sports format on translator W254AZ (98.7), but as a result of a multi-year agreement with Martz Media, it transitions that programming to Latin contemporary as “Ke Buena 98.7 FM.” According to the president of iHeartMedia’s Carolina region Dave Carwile, “We are very excited to have iHeartMedia-Charlottethe opportunity to help support and broaden the entertainment spectrum for the Hispanic/Latino community in the Charlotte area.” Martz Media president Roger Martinez comments, “We are thoroughly excited to provide our Charlotte Hispanic community a diversified taste in Hispanic radio programming. Charlotte has grown substantially these past several years, including its Hispanic/Latino population. From huge community events to the overwhelming positive audience response, we have seen such great activity coming from Charlotte. We are excited to be part of the community and provide a fresh music and community engagement perspective to the Hispanic and Latino population in the Charlotte area.” Led by iHeartMedia classic rock and country siblings WRFX “The Fox” (7.2, +1.1 from April, #1, 6+) and WKKT “Cat Country” (7.1, +1.1, #2, 6+), an even 20 stations are listed in Nielsen Audio‘s May 2016 PPM report, with none possessing an Hispanic/Latino-geared format label; W254AZ did not appear in print.

joyner, tomJoyner Set to Return to Orlando’s “Star.” One week from Monday (7/11), the REACH Media-distributed “Tom Joyner Morning Show” (6:00 am – 10:00 am) will reappear in Orlando on Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5.” WCFB program director Michael Saunders remarks, “The people demanded Star radiowe bring Tom back to their favorite Central Florida radio station and we did – we are thrilled. Tom Joyner and ‘Star 94.5’ are synonymous and we plan to keep it that way for many years to come.” Explaining that he cannot kept a secret, Joyner notes, “When I heard we were coming back on the air in one of my favorite markets, it took everything I had to not to spill it. I gained 20 pounds holding that big news inside. Now I can finally celebrate along with the wonderful audience we have missed so much. Every morning we promise to entertain, inform, and empower.” Down a combined -1.4 in consecutive monthlies (6.2 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+), “Star 94.5” rebounds with a +.6 to 5.4 (6+) and remains at #7 (Nielsen Audio May 2016 PPM, 6+); on top is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” with a 9.6 (6+).

foghat-under-the-influence-cover-lo-resLegendary Album Rockers Foghat Celebrate 40 Years with New Album. Actually the group never went away.  RadioInfo music and pop culture editor Duane Doobie Jr. is excited about their latest.  Under The Influence (Foghat Records) by legendary rockers Foghat dropped last week and if you haven’t heard it (and you are a rock station of just about any category) you and your listeners are missing out. Doobie says, “It’s a big bite of bluesy boogie that rivals any of their previous releases.” Though, if you have a hankering for the familiar, the group has revised and re-released their classic hit, “Slow Ride” as one of its many standout tracks.  “We wanted to do it because it was the 40th anniversary, and it’s kind of a nod and a tribute to Rod Price and to Dave Peverett” drummer Roger Earl, an original member still in Foghat’s lineup, tells RadioInfo. The title track, “Under the Influence” is the obvious track to add for most rock radio stations. Though, “Knock it Off,” “Ghost,” “Hot Mama” and “Heart Gone Cold” are excellent tracks for more specialized airplay. In an era in which even “tribute” bands to the great rockers of the golden era draw hundreds, even thousands, to their concerts, a venerable hard-working group like Foghat – that still has ties to its original incarnation – is a living breathing treasure that deserves respect and attention from those who see rock as an era and not just this week’s passing blip on the radar screen. Drawing from their collective musical influences, the band not only brought in some special guests from their past who helped launch and inspire the Foghat story, but also invited some new friends into the mix to continue the journey of this never idle band.  They started recording at their Florida studio, Boogie Motel South in 2013. In addition to Foghat members Roger Earl, Craig MacGregor, Charlie Huhn and Bryan Bassett,  two additional figures helped shape the sessions – Buddy Guy alumni, Scott Holt, who lent a hand in the writing, and added fantastic guitar and vocals to several tracks, and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter, Tom Hambridge.  With their resident genius, guitarist Bryan Bassett at the helm, the project was going slow since Bryan was doing triple duty, playing, writing and recording the tracks, while in the midst of a Foghat tour. So Tom Hambridge came aboard. According to Roger Earl, “I met Tom when presenting three awards to Buddy Guy and Tom, his producer, at the Memphis Blues Awards.  Tom said that he was a fan, and would love to produce a Foghat record. Putting that in the back of my mind, this was the perfect opportunity. Tom came down to Boogie Motel South to meet the band and we clicked and started writing together immediately. Working with him was inspirational!”  Foghat will tour in support of this new album including a gala record release party at B.B. Kings in New York City on September 21st.  For more information or to arrange an interview with Roger Earl, email Chip Ruggieri at chip@chipsterpr.com. To listen to the new version of “Slow Ride,” please click here.

WQHTNY’s Hot Summer Extends Through Labor Day. Beginning this (July 4) weekend and lasting throughout the summer, Emmis New York rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” will feature “Hot Summer Mix” weekends. Director of programming Pio Ferro explains, “We created the ‘Hot Summer Mix’ weekend concept last year. Our listeners absolutely loved it, so we wanted to give [them] what they want by bringing it back this summer.” The initial “Hot Summer Mix” weekend of the year starts today (Friday, 7/1) at 12:00 noon and will continue until after 12:00 midnight Tuesday (7/5). In an extremely tight rhythmic CHR market battle, “Hot 97” (3.6, #11, Nielsen Audio May 2016, 6+) holds a one-tenth lead over cross-town iHeartMedia-owned WKTU (3.5, #12, 6+).

oreilly, terryPittsburgh Community Broadcasting Taps O’Reilly President/CEO. The appointment of Terry O’Reilly as president/chief executive officer follows the recent consolidation of talk WESA and triple A WYEP into a single public media entity. Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation boardWESA president PrintHarris Jones comments, “We are excited that Terry will lead the team we have built. His experience and expertise will help accelerate our efforts to deliver high-quality global, national and local music, news, information and cultural programming that is engaging, relevant and inspiring. His diverse background also serves us well as we extend our strong broadcast brands across digital media and other emerging platforms.” O’Reilly states, “It is an honor to join WYEP and WESA, the two leading public radio stations in my hometown of Pittsburgh. The media industry is at a critical inflection point and public radio is well-positioned to thrive by focusing on what it does best – allowing each of us the opportunity to hear, listen, learn, and participate. Pittsburgh’s public radio stations remain remarkably strong, with growing audiences, in this changing media environment.” For the past seven years, O’Reilly – who begins his new duties in just over four weeks (8/1) – was senior vice president and chief content officer for Twin Cities PBS. Prior to that, he spent approximately 30 years in the commercial television industry. Over the last six Nielsen Audio PPM ratings periods, WESA (1.9, #12, 6+) has registered a 1.9 four times and a 2.0 the other two; WYEP (#13, 6+) notches a 1.3 for the third time in the last six sweeps. The market’s 6+ market leader is iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet WWSW (10.2, 6+).

WWWMToledo’s WWWM Re-labels To “Q-105.5.” The slogan shift by WWWM, Toledo from “Channel 105.5” to “Q-105.5” is not associated with a format change, as the Cumulus Media property remains hot AC – but it does adopt new calls – WQQO. Regional vice president and Cumulus Media Toledo market manager Andy Stuart reveals, “Our market research showed that people really like the letters of the alphabet. More specifically, they love the letter ‘Q.’ It is simply a matter of giving listeners what they want with this new brand. The station is perfectly positioned and we are very pleased with the growth [the former WWWM] is showing.” On-air personnel at the facility remain the same with Denny Schaffer in morning drive; Tim Graves mid-days; Johny D in PM drive; and Adam Bomb handling nights. Among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio‘s winter 2016 sweep, WWWM ranks #8 (3.5); country sibling WKKO “K-100” sets the pace with a 9.5 (12+). The (12+) spring, summer, fall (2015) trends for WWWM (now WQQO) were 2.6 – 3.4 – 3.4.

WSOUBlack Crown Initiate Visits WSOU. Earlier this week, progressive metal band Black Crown Initiate dropped in on WSOU, the student-run radio station of Seton Hall University, for an on-air interview with music director Mike Colantuoni. Group members Andy Thomas and Jesse Beahler commented on the writing process; the meaning of their latest album (“Selves We Cannot Forgive”); their upcoming tour; and pros/cons of streaming services. Colantuoni states that, “Having Black Crown Initiate at WSOU was an incredible experience. I greatly value having newer, promising bands in our studios. WSOU is known for being tastemakers in the metal community and I embrace that opportunity to provide our listeners an insider’s perspective to the music.” WSOU’s signal reaches all five New York City boroughs, as well as much of northern and central New Jersey. Andy Thomas (left) and Jesse Beahler (right) of Reading, Pennsylvania’s Black Crown Initiate with WSOU music director Mike Colantuoni (center).

Friday, June 24, 2016

| June 24, 2016

seacrestusher2Seacrest, Usher Engage in “Intimate Conversation.” Notwithstanding “American Idol” has concluded its final season, the talent competition’s host – Ryan Seacrest – still has a plethora of other responsibilities that keep him busy. Earlier this week, for example, the morning personality of iHeartMedia Los Angeles mainstream CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” was in Paris during the Cannes Lions Festival, where he discussed “hustle” and entrepreneurship with eight-pittmanbobtime Grammy winner Usher. Introduced by iHeartMedia chair/chief executive officer Bob Pittman, the “Intimate Conversation with Usher” focused on the path to success and what it takes to build a lasting career. “Even though I created a benchmark to start,” Usher states, “I found new motivation in creating diversity as an artist. If I call myself an entertainer, then that means I should be able to do it all, I should be able to reach out, to have an understanding of different genres and to have an idea about how music is made.” He stresses that the point is to evolve. “We all individually are brands – the more we diversify and reach into other areas the more we grow.” Invoking the term “hustle,” the host of Premiere Networks’ “AT40” asks Usher to define it and the singer candidly states, “You’ve got to have chutzpah and defy the ideas that were set before you. If I continue to push on my vision, eventually somebody other than [me] will believe it too. It only takes one star to light the universe.” As far as the entrepreneurial spirit is concerned, Usher emphasizes, “Be willing to be the first there and the last to leave. Stand strong and be benevolent in your pursuit of what you believe in.” In what is bound to be music to the ears of radio programmers throughout the United States, Usher graciously maintains that the medium is “the only tool” in his opinion that “still matters with making a genuine connection with the consumer. Radio program directors and personalities have the ability and the responsibility to curate the story of the artists in the right way.” Touring is “definitely on the horizon” for Usher, while Seacrest explains that he (Seacrest) is “someone who thinks that where there is a void, I need to fill it. I am trying to have patience and a little bit of discipline. I am waiting to host the ‘Olympics’ this summer, do a bunch of things with NBC, and after that – see if there is something else to do.”

New Jersey Broadcasters Association Annual Conference a Success in Atlantic City.  The 69th annual NJBA convention just wrapped up two-days at Caesars Atlantic City (6/22-23) and by all measures was a successful event.  Several hundred broadcasters from the Garden State and beyond gathered to discuss the state of the radio NJBA convention logo artindustry both regionally and nationally.  The theme of the conference was “The Power of Broadcast” and it included sessions on programming, sales and technology as well as an awards ceremony, Hall of Fame induction and radio row.  TALKERS/RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay was in attendance and provides coverage of the sessions and speakers.  To read it in its entirety, please click here.

KNDDPage Ends Mid-day Search. After having worked weekend and swing shifts at Cumulus Media Atlanta’s WNNX “Rock 100.5,” Alyssa Page will join KNDD “107.7 The End” for mid-day duty the middle of next month. Page succeeds former music director-mid-day talent “Pepper,” who left the Entercom Seattle alternative station four months ago.Entercom KNDD program director Leslie Scott comments, “Alyssa’s sense of humor, grit, and passion make her the perfect addition to our already strong team. I cannot wait for Seattle to get to know her.” Page remarks, “It’s not everyday you get to go work for your dream station. ‘The End’ is unique and extremely authentic in everything they do and I have so much respect for the brand. I am thrilled and honored to be joining such a tremendous team.” Down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+), “The End” finishes at #15 in Seattle’s May 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report; Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV is #1 with a 6.2 (6+).

ruble, michaeltownsquareTownsquare Media Atlantic City & The Shore Officially Names Ruble Market President. It is “official,” in that, Michael Ruble had been market president and chief revenue officer for Townsquare Media‘s Atlantic City & The Shore’s (New Jersey) properties on an interim basis. He now handles both of those responsibilities without the “interim” prefix. Senior vice president of operations Rob Williams notes that, “Mike has been an exceptional leader in Atlantic City for years, building a terrific team that has consistently performed at a high level. In Toms River, we have a team with significant strengths and talents; wonderful brands; and the foundation to grow to new heights with Mike’s leadership.” Three of the company’s Monmouth and Ocean County stations include talkers WOBM-AM, WADB, and WPGG. The rest of its outlets in that area are adult contemporary WOBM-FM “Soft Rock 92.7”; hot AC WJLK “The Point”; AC WFPG “Lite Rock 96.9”; sports WENJ “97.3 ESPN“; hot AC WSJO “SOJO 104.9”; classic rock WCHR “The Hawk”; and WPUR “Cat Country 107.3.” Ruble joined Townsquare Media five years ago as market manager-general sales manager. He previously was a market manager-general sales manager with Millennium Radio Group; national sales manager for Citadel Broadcasting; and an account executive with Spring Broadcasting.

Led Zeppelin Stairway To HeavenLed Zep’s Stairway to Vindication. A jury in Los Angeles yesterday (Thursday, 6/23) ruled that Led Zeppelin did not pilfer any portion of its most famous track – “Stairway to Heaven” – from the 1968 Spirit instrumental “Taurus.” According to a statement issued on behalf of Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, “We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years. We appreciate our fans’ support and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.” A Warner Music Group spokesperson notes, “Supporting our artists and protecting their creative freedom is paramount. We are pleased that the jury found in favor of Led Zeppelin, re-affirming the true origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest bands in history. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are peerless songwriters who created many of rock’s most influential and enduring songs.” Owing to a legal matter, the jury was not allowed to listen to original “Stairway to Heaven” and “Taurus” recordings to determine their verdict. Instead, an expert performed both songs based on the original sheet music. Page and Plant testified they did not remember ever hearing Spirit’s “Taurus.” The original complaint against Led Zeppelin was filed just over two years ago (May 2014) on behalf of the trust of the late Randy Craig Wolfe, a Spirit guitarist.

brexit“Brexit” Fallout Felt in U.S. Following yesterday’s “Brexit” vote by Brits to separate from the European Union (Thursday, 6/23), several major United States-based media companies such as Fox, Viacom, Netflix, and Apple opened their stateside trading days down billions of dollars in stock valuation. Netflix and Apple though were among those surging back within the first 10 minutes of the U.S. trading day. The Pound dropped to its lowest valuation in decades, and stock prices overseas sunk.  British Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped down, vowing there will be a new PM in place by October. In a statement of support from the White House, President Barack Obama comments, “The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision. The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy.” Given economic implications domestically and abroad, this is bound to be a big topic today – even on FM music-intensive outlets.

harmonaddyNash Harmonizer. The winner from the fifteenth – and final – season of “American Idol,” Trent Harmon  visited WNSH “Nash FM,” New York yesterday (Thursday, 6/23) to chat with 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm personality Jesse Addy . Currently working on his first album, Harmon performed some of his songs, including “What Are You Listening To,” “Falling,” and “There’s a Girl” for station listeners.

WNOWRadioInfo Tidbits. Six-year WNOW “100.9 Radio Now,” Indianapolis morning show talents Kyle & Rachel have done their final broadcast on the Radio One CHR. On his Facebook page, Kyle Smelser writes, “Simply put, we were not renewed for another year and they want to go [in] a different direction.” Meanwhile, Radio One notes that the market “has been a breeding ground for the nation’s top talent” and the company acknowledges it has “the perfect opportunity for an air personality to gain notoriety locally and industry respect for leading our morning show.” With a goal of transforming “the landscape of morning radio in Indianapolis,” it seeks “to hire the brightest talent, with a winning spirit we can find who demonstrates passion for our shared mission.”

WMMR The StrutsWMMR Struts Its Stuff. This past Monday (6/20), Greater Media Philadelphia rocker WMMR kicked off its series of lunchtime performances at Ardmore Music Hall. There was a limited number of tickets for the invitation-only show to see the young British band The Struts, who performed “Could Have Been Me” and “Kiss” from their current album (“Everybody Wants”); a spontaneous meet-and-greet followed. Pictured with The Struts are WMMR personalities Blake Dannen (far left), Jacky Bam Bam (far right), and “Rabbi” (front).

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

| June 22, 2016

cumulus logoCumulus Makes Change at CFO Role; Abbot Succeeds Hannan.  There has been chatter in the industry lately about looming personnel changes in the corporate tier at Cumulus Media and now the company reveals a new face in the chief financial officer post.  John F. Abbot is appointed executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer effective July 1.  He replaces Joseph P. “J.P.” Hannan, who the company says resigned his position after six years in order to pursueabbotjohn other interests.  Hannan will assist the company for several months to ensure a smooth transition.  Abbot comes to Cumulus from his most recent position as EVP and CFO of Telx Holdings Inc., a provider of connectivity, co-location and cloud services in the data center industry.  Abbot’s experience also includes spent as EVP/CFO for cable’s Insight Communications Company, Inc. and as managing director for the Global Media and Communications Group of the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley.  Abbot says, “I am excited to join Mary [Berner] and the senior leadership team at this important juncture in the company’s evolution.  I join Cumulus with an appreciation for the headway that has already been made around the company’s four key strategies as well as a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to using my skills and experience to help maximize value as we work to deliver on the turnaround.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Tucson rhythmic oldies KTGV “The Groove” is adding Krystal Pino to the air staff to host the morning drive show beginning in July.  Pino joins the Scripps-owned station from her most recent gig working for Westwood One’s 24/7 music format division as a personality and programmer…..Cumulus Media promotes Jiggy to program director for its rhythmic CHR simulcast KWIN, Lodi/KWNN, Turlock in the Modesto-Stockton market.  Jiggy was APD under former PD MoJoe Roberts who’s now with Alpha Media at country KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull.”…..Premiere Networks manager of affiliate marketing Brittany Brodbeck is leaving the company after seven years to deal with health issues.

gracies logoWABC’s Joan Hamburg Honored with Lifetime Achievement Gracie.  The 41st Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon took place at Cipriani on 42nd in New York yesterday (6/21).  The ceremony was presented by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.   Host Robin Meade led the program alongside presenters BeverlyhamburgjoanAlda16 Bond, Emme, Erica Hill and Ginger Zee.  The Gracie Awards were presented to honorees which were previously announced on March 21 in recognition of their successes in the media industry.  Lifetime Achievement Honoree Joan Hamburg was presented her award by close friend Alan Alda (pictured at right).  Ginger Zee was not only a presenter but an acceptor for Good Morning America’s win for Outstanding Talk Show- News.  In presenting Hamburg with her honor, Alda said, “In a media industry where talk radio is overwhelmingly dominated by men, Joan is a woman’s voice that is graceful and lively but authoritative.”  As part of the program, Canadian singer/songwriter Ruth B performed her viral hit “Lost Boy” and her unreleased single “In My Dreams.”

danieldanLegendary WMCA ‘Good Guy’ Dandy Dan Daniel Dies.  Legendary DJ and one-time WMCA “Good Guy” Dandy Dan Daniel died suddenly on Tuesday (6/21).  Dandy Dan got his start on the radio back in 1955 on KXYZ, Houston.  He landed on WMCA, New York in 1961 and stayed there for nine years.  After leaving WMCA he worked in New York on WHN (now WEPN), WYNY-FM, and WCBS-FM.  See Art Vuolo’s video tribute to Dandy Dan here.

smithcoldplayColdplay’s Chris Martin Performs at iHeartMedia-MediaLink’s VIP Dinner.  This is the fifth year that iHeartMedia and MediaLink have hosted the intimate VIP Dinner at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.  Last night (6/21), Chris Martin of Coldplay performed song including “Viva,” “Clocks,” “Fix You,” and “Up & Up.”  He also did renditions of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret,” David Bowie’s “Life and on Mars,” and – as you see in the photo here – he pulled Will Smith (left) on stage to beatbox to the song “Men in Black” while he played piano (right).

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

| June 8, 2016

mingionejohnJohn Mingione Joins WPLJ, New York’s ‘Todd & Jayde in the Morning.’  Former WBLI, Long Island morning show cast member John “Online” Mingione lands in the Big Apple as “street ranger and video vigilante” for WPLJ’s “Todd & Jayde in the Morning” show.  Mingione recentlywplj exited Cox Media Group’s Long Island CHR, and now we know why.  Cumulus Media notes that Mingione’s viral videos and parody songs have received millions of views on YouTube and Facebook.  WPLJ program director Gillette says, “In less than 16 months, ‘Todd & Jayde in the Morning’ has grown to be a top-five show with women 25-54 in the most competitive market in the universe.  That’s beyond remarkable.  But instead of being satisfied, the hiring of Johnny is like throwing gasoline on an already raging fire, and is indicative of our commitment to make the show a three-dimensional dominator…on the air, on the street and online/social media.”

tyleraliciaKFOG, San Francisco Names Tyler Music Director/Air Personality.  Programmer and air personality Alicia Tyler is leaving Stephens Media Group’s alternative WZNE, Rochester “94.1 The Zone” to join Cumulus Media in San Francisco to serve as music director and air personality atkfog16 rock KFOG.  Tyler previously worked in the San Francisco market at KLLC-FM “Alice @ 97.3” and KMVQ-FM “Movin 99.7.”  Program director Bryan Schock says, “When it came to finding the right on-air music director there were many boxes to be checked and that meant searching in every part of the country for just the right person.  There’s no doubt in my mind that in the case of Alicia, all the boxes were checked.  I’m looking forward to having her, and all of the skills that she brings to the table, on the KFOG team!”

nielsen logoRound One of May PPM Data Released. Information for the May 2016 PPM ratings survey has been released for the first of four rounds of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen Audio‘s May 2016 survey covered April 21 – May 18.  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.


1) New York – Repeating at #7, iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3” posts its fifth straight monthly without a WAXQdecrease (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.2, 6+). In the market’s rhythmic CHR battle, even though Emmis-owned WQHT registers an increase in back-to-back sweeps (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+), “Hot 97” actually backslides from tenth to eleventh. Meanwhile, up or flat December – “Holiday” – January – February (3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WKTU dropped one-tenth in March; faltered byWBMP another seven-tenths in April; but regains two-tenths in May (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.3 – 3.5, 6+) and remains at #12. On top for 16 ratings periods before slipping to #2 in February, co-owned adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” is #1 for the third straight time. Following a 12.8 in the “Holiday” sweep, “Lite-FM” has registered five straight showings in the six-share range (6.7 – 6.3 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+); February’s 6.3 was its lowest 6+-share since November 2014 (5.6). Without an increase the past three ratings periods (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+), Emmis sports facility WEPN picks up one-tenth to 1.3 (6+), to check in at #23. Off by one-half share (4.3, 6+), WINS has its successive string of up-trends snapped at four. The CBS Radio all-news outlet was a combined +1.7 in that stretch (3.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+); it finishes sixth for the fourth consecutive time. After three successive sweeps of being down or flat (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), mainstream CHR sibling WBMP “Amp” (#15 to #14) picks up two-tenths to 2.8 (6+). Back in February, Spanish Broadcasting System‘s WSKQ reached #1 (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history. While steady in fifth-place, “Mega” is down or flat for the fourth successive ratings period (6.6 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+) with its weakest showing since November (4.9, 6+).

2) Los Angeles – As part of a one-two-three (6+) iHeartMedia finish, adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” bounces back KOSTfrom April’s – .6 with a +.1 (5.9 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+) and boasts #1 honors for the seventh successive sweep. It holds a three-tenths advantage over hot AC sibling KBIG “My-FM,” which jumps from fourth to second. “My-FM” – which posted a 4.8 (6+) in three of the last four ratingsKBIG Logo periods – is up or flat for the third time in a row (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+). Two tenths behind KBIG – and slipping from second to third – is CHR cluster-mate KIIS “Kiss FM,” which is without an increase for the third straight ratings period (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.9, 6+). Co-owned KYSR-FM is up or flat for the sixth consecutive time for a combined gain of one full-share (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+); “Alt 98.7” progresses from tenth to ninth. Prior to hitting 3.2 in March, “Alt 98.7” was in the two-share range the previous 18 sweeps. After four successive monthlies without a decrease (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2, 6+), urban contemporary sibling KRRL “Real” drops one-tenth to 3.1 (6+) and falls out of the top ten (#10 to #11). After doubling its March .5 to 1.0 (6+), sports cluster-mate/Los Angeles Dodgers flagship KLAC “AM 570 Sports” adds two-tenths to 1.2 (6+), inching up from #31 to #29. Over in the CBS Radio cluster, smooth AC KTWV “The Wave” (4.7, +.3, fifth to fourth, 6+) overtakes classic hits-oldies sibling KRTH “K-Earth 101” (4.6, -.3, third to fifth, 6+). “The Wave” was locked on 4.4 (6+) in March and April. Steady at #7, adult hits cluster-mate KCBS-FM “Jack-FM” picks up one-tenth to 3.6 (6+); its -.2 in April halted three straight increases (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+). Up or flat the past four sweeps (2.7 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+), co-owned CHR KAMP “Amp” declines by two-tenths to 3.1 and is tied at #9 with iHeartMedia’s KYSR-FM. After four successive sweeps without a decrease (2.9 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), “Amp” all-news sibling KNX dropped two-tenths in April but recaptures half of that loss (3.3 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+), enabling it to re-enter the top ten (#13 to #10). Flat at 2.6 (6+), Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106” (#15 for the third time in a row) is in the 2.6 – 2.9 range for the tenth successive survey. Down for the sixth consecutive sweep for a combined -1.3 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5, 2.2, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KLAX “97.9 La Raza” slides from #16 to #18.

3) Chicago – Given that the Chicago Cubs have been MLB‘s hottest team, it isn’t at all surprising to see its flagship – CBS WSCR - CubsRadio’s WSCR “Score” – enjoy a full-share increase (3.2 – 4.2, 6+) and catapult from ninth to fourth. Over and above that huge gain, this represents the first time in the station’s PPM-history that it has crossed the four-share threshold (6+). Up seven-tenths in April to shoot from #18 to #9, “Score” is in its first year as the Cubs’ flagship, movingWSHE over from the key station of the cross-town White Sox. Before reaching 3.2 in April, WSCR had been in two-share territory the previous 10 sweeps. Regarding the White Sox, its new flagship – Cumulus Media‘s WLS-AM – regains the two-tenths it lost in April (2.2 – 2.0 – 2.2, 6+) and returns to the top 20 (#21 to #20). Prior to April, WLS-AM had not had a decrease in the previous four reports (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.2, 6+). Leaping from #18 in April to part of a four-way logjam at #12, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE gains four-tenths to 2.8, its best 6+-share since October 2014 (also 2.8). To say that WSHE is a model of consistency is putting it mildly since it has been within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) the past 25 monthlies. Owing to a -.2 in April, WSHE had its successive string of up or flat trends snapped at three (2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+). Despite being down for the third straight time for a combined loss of one-half share (6.9 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+), CBS Radio all-news operation WBBM-AM is on top for the fifth straight sweep. It has a three-tenths lead over iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ (flat at 6.1, 6+), which is in the runner-up slot for the fifth consecutive ratings period; “V-103” was up one-half share in April. Regressing by six-tenths each are Tribune talker WGN (4.3 – 3.7, fourth to seventh, 6+) and Hubbard Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WDRV “The Drive 97.1” (2.8, #8 to #12, 6+). Former longtime Cubs’ flagship WGN was +.5 in April; 4.3 was the strongest 6+-showing for WGN since last June (also 4.3). “The Drive” had been up or flat the past three ratings periods (2.6 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+). For the fifth straight month, iHeartMedia hot AC WLIT is without an increase (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+); “My-FM” is a whopping -10.0 in that stretch. After four straight 1.8 showings (6+), co-owned WEBG “New Country 95.5” (#23 to #22) improves to 2.0 (6+).

4) San Francisco – One week before the April sweep concluded, iHeartMedia transitioned urban-rhythmic oldies KISQ to soft KISQ The BreezeAC as “The Breeze.” The final two songs under the old format were “Kiss and Say Goodbye” (Manhattans) and “End of the Road” (Boyz ll Men), segueing to “The Breeze” with “Easy” (Commodores). The transition quickly pays off as “The Breeze” already cracks theKNBR top ten, zooming from #16 to #8. Its month-to-month +1.4 (2.2 – 3.6, 6+) is the largest (6+) April 2016 – May 2016 improvement by any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released on Tuesday. It is the best 6+-share for that Bay Area dial position since March 2015 (also 3.6). In terms of newfound AC competition for “The Breeze,” Entercom‘s KOIT-FM is off three-tenths but steady at #4 (4.6 – 4.3, 6+), while Alpha Media‘s KBAY and cluster-mate KUIC are both flat at 1.2 (#26, 6+) and 1.0 (#27, 6+), respectively. Adult contemporary outlets below a one-share in San Francisco’s May report are two other Alpha Media properties, KKIQ (.7, -.1, #29, 6+) and KKDV (.2, flat, #32, 6+). Back to KOIT-FM, over the course of five consecutive down or flat reports (10.4 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.3, 6+), “Better Variety for a Better Workday” has dropped a combined 6.1 shares. Meanwhile, KBAY is without a gain for the fifth straight time (2.6 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+). Up a whopping +2.5 (6+) since February (4.3 – 4.9 – 6.0 – 6.8, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s KNBR repeats at #1; “The Sports Leader” supplanted all-news KCBS-AM at #1 in April and boasts its strongest 6+-stat since an 8.9 in November 2014. Rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 The Throwback Station” improves for the fourth straight time (2.4 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+) and the Entercom property is steady at #11. Without a decrease the past four sweeps (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), urban AC sibling KBLX “102.9 The Bay’s R&B,” however, drops four-tenths to 2.6 (6+) and slips from #12 to #14. Posting a +.6 (1.7 – 2.3, 6+), University of Southern California-owned classical KDFC breaks into the top 20 at #15; 2.3 is its best 6+-performance since last June (2.7). This is the sixth consecutive ratings period that Cumulus Media classic rocker KSAN “107.7 The Bone” (#15 to #16) is either down or flat (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.1, 6+); it is off by eight-tenths in that stretch. Co-owned triple A KFOG declines for the fifth successive time (2.2 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7, 6+) and exits the top 20 (#19 to #22). Talk cluster-mate KSFO is down or flat for the fourth consecutive sweep (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+) yet manages to inch up from #18 to #17.

5) Dallas – Following a successive trio of negative trends yielding a combined -.8 (4.8 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.0, 6+), Service Broadcasting KRNBurban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7” strikes back with a +.7 to 4.7 (6+), climbing from sixth to third. Improving by six-tenths each are CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV (5.5 – 6.1, 6+) and Cumulus Media sports outlet KTCK “The Ticket” (2.9 – 3.5, 6+), which zooms into the top ten (#13 to #9). It is the fourth straight month at #2 for KLUV –KLUV one-tenth behind iHeartMedia CHR KHKS. After a seven-tenths gain in April (6.0 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+),”Kiss-FM” is off one-half share but is #1 for the fourth straight time. Prior to a +.2 in April, KLUV had three straight dips resulting in an exactly 50% loss of its 6+-share (10.6 – 6.6 – 6.1 – 5.3, 6+). Still in that CBS Radio cluster, regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande 107.5” (-.1 to 2.7, 6+) witnesses its consecutive positive string curtailed at four (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+) – but – it actually climbs from #15 to #14. Even though it has its fifth successive trend without a decrease that has produced a +.9 (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s KSCS “New Country 96.3” backslides from eighth to ninth. Also flat (4.7 – 4.7) is co-owned, similarly programmed KPLX “The Wolf,” which remains in third-place.

6) Houston – On the heels of a one-half share gain in April, Univision regional Mexican KLTN tacks on another nine-tenths KLTN(4.9 – 5.4 – 6.3, 6+) and cruises from sixth to a three-way tie in the runner-up slot. This is the best 6+-share for KLTN in exactly three years (6.7, May 2013). Included in the tie-up at #2 is Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1,” down four-tenthsKLOL (6.7 – 6.3, 6+), but part of the runner-up slot for the eleventh straight time. A seven-tenths gain (2.9 – 3.6, 6+) propels CBS Radio Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101” from #17 to #13. Meanwhile, Univision’s similarly programmed KAMA “Latino Mix 104.9” gets a one-half share boost to 2.2, its best 6+-share since last September’s 2.4. In March,  iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA relinquished the six-tenths it gained in February, but bounced back with a one-half share increase in April only to drop three tenths in May (7.2 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 7.7 – 7.4, 6+); nonetheless, “Sunny 99.1” ranks first for the 21st consecutive ratings period. Sputtering by one-half share each are KSBJ “Contemporary Christian Music” (5.6 – 5.1, fifth to sixth, 6+); University of Houston-owned KUHF (#12 to #15, 6+); and Liberman Broadcasting regional Mexican KTJM “La Raza” (2.9 – 2.4, 6+). Down slightly in back-to-back sweeps (5.3 – 5.2 – 4.9, 6+), noncommercial KSBJ posted a seven-tenths gain in April to 5.6, its strongest 6+-performance since February 2015 (5.8). It is the third straight decline for KUHF (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+); “La Raza” (#17 to #20) was +.4 (6+) in April.

7) Philadelphia – A trio of positive trends by WMGK that yielded a combined +1.2 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+) was curtailed in March with a WMGK-.4. The Greater Media classic rocker stumbled by another six-tenths in April but roars back in May with a robust full-share gain (5.6 – 5.0 – 6.0, 6+), escaping a three-way logjam at #6 to advance to #3. Conversely, without a decrease the past four ratings periods for aWBEB combined +1.3 (4.3 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), rock sibling WMMR (third to fourth) is off one-tenth to 5.5 (6+). Consistent January through March (7.8 – 7.9 – 7.7, 6+), Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” regressed by seven-tenths in April but recoups all of it – plus one tenth more – in May (7.7 – 7.0 – 7.8, +.8, 6+). “More FM” is the market pacesetter for the 11th successive monthly. With somewhat curious call letters for a contemporary Christian outlet – Four Rivers Community Broadcasting‘s WBYO “Word-FM Positive & Uplifting” picks up one-half share (.4 – .9, 6+) and checks in at #25. Dropping by one-tenth, Temple University classical outlet WRTI is without an increase for the fourth successive sweep (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7, 6+) and departs the top 20 (#19 to #21).

8) Atlanta – Stymied at 3.1 (6+) in January and February, Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” added WFSHthree-tenths in March; exploded with a +.9 in April; and continues the momentum in May with a potent +1.1 (3.1 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 5.4, 6+) to vault from ninth to fourth. Its 5.4 matches the recent (6+) highpoint for “The Fish” set this past August. A six-tenths improvement (3.4 – 4.0, 6+) lifts Cumulus Media mainstream CHR WWWQ “Q-100WWWQ All The Hits” from #14 to #11. After gaining four-tenths in April, “Q-100” rival, iHeartMedia-owned WWPW “Power 96.1,” forfeits three-tenths (4.6 – 5.0 – 4.7, 6+) to drop from fourth to sixth. Anchored at #10 since March, country cluster-mate WUBL “94.9 The Bull” is without a decrease for the fifth consecutive time (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+). This is the best 6+-showing for Atlanta’s “Bull” since last July’s 5.3. Also in the country format, following a one-half share decline in April, Cumulus Media’s WKHX “Kicks 101.5” (#13 to #14) erodes by another four-tenths to 3.2, its lowest 6+-stat since February 2015 (3.1). Recapturing the three-tenths it squandered in April (9.0 – 8.7 – 9.0, 6+), Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM holds the top spot for the fifth straight month. The 9.1 WSB-AM notched in February was its highest since PPM became ratings currency in Atlanta. Capturing #1 honors in January, WSB-AM was the market’s runner-up the previous four sweeps. Down or flat the past five ratings periods, including three straight 4.9-performances (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+), Radio 1 urban contemporary WHTA busts out a one-half share increase and is back to its familiar 4.9 (6+); “Hot 107.9” climbs from eighth to fifth. Meanwhile, cross-town format foe – CBS Radio‘s WVEE “V-103” suffers its third successive negative trend – this one a lofty -.8 (8.6 – 7.7 – 7.3 – 6.5, 6+). While “V-103 remains in third-place, this marks the first time the station has fallen below a seven-share since August 2014 (6.3, 6+).

9) Long Island – After three straight declines which produced a combined -.7 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), Cox Media Group CHR WBLIWBLI regains six-tenths (to 3.6, 6+) and re-enters the top ten (#11 to #8). Meanwhile, without an increase the past three sweeps (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+), iHeartMedia New York City’s similarly-WBZOformatted WHTZ “Z-100” picks up one-tenth to 5.9 (6+) and is #1 in Long Island for the fourth successive sweep. Its lead though over Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM (5.6 – 5.8, +.2, 6+) is just one-tenth; WALK was -.9 in February and -3.7 in January (10.1 – 6.4 – 5.5, 6+). Following three straight stays at #1, WALK-FM dropped to second in February. It had gained one full-share in December and was +3.9 in “Holiday” 2015. Frozen on 4.4 (6+) in March and April, classic hits-oldies cluster-mate WBZO “Max 103.1” dials up a one-half share increase to 4.9, its strongest 6+performance in exactly four years (5.0, May 2012) as it progresses from fifth to third. Format rival – New York City’s WCBS-FM – falters by eight-tenths to 3.3 (6+), stumbling from sixth to tenth; WCBS-FM had registered positive trends the past four sweeps for a combined +1.2 (2.9 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+). After improving by one full-share in April, Connoisseur Media-owned adult contemporary WKJY “Long Island’s K-98.3” returns half of it (4.2 – 5.2 – 4.7, -.5, 6+) to slide from third to fourth. The one-half share dip closes the door on three straight increases for “K-98.3” which resulted in a pickup of two full-shares (3.2 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 5.2, 6+); April’s 5.2 marked the first time the station reached the five-share level (6+) since November 2009 (5.0). Flat at #20, CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp Radio” gains two-tenths to 2.4 and is in 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) for the 35th straight ratings period.

10) Riverside – Not only does KSCA hang out an impressive full-share gain to march from fourth to second, the Univision Radio KSCALos Angeles regional Mexican outlet crosses the five-share threshold (6+) for the first time in its Inland Empire PPM-history (4.5 – 5.5, 6+). Meanwhile though, after sputtering by -1.1 in April, Spanish contemporary sibling KLVE “K-Love” erodes by another seven-KRBQtenths (4.9 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+), tumbling from sixth to seventh. Prior to April 2016, the last time “K-Love” was found below the four-share level (6+) in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario was August 2014 (3.2). Up +1.4 via three straight positive trends (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+), Liberman regional Mexican KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” progresses from seventh to sixth. Albeit down in back-to-back sweeps for a combined loss of four-tenths (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is #1 for the sixth consecutive ratings period. Without an increase for the fourth straight monthly (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+), CBS Radio country property KFRG “K-Frog” (unchanged at #5, 6+) is off by a combined full-share.

11) San Jose – Notching improvements of six-tenths each are CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7” (2.7 – 3.3, KMVQ6+), which breaks into the top ten (#13 to #10) and Cumulus Media‘s KSAN “107.7 The Bone Rocks” (1.6 – 2.2, 6+). Simultaneous with all-news KCBS-AM gaining one-half share (4.6 – 5.1, unchanged at #3, 6+), Empire Broadcasting-owned KLIV “1590 Silicon Valley News” drops one-half share (2.4 – 1.9, 6+);KSAN KLIV was +.6 in April and exits the top 20 (#14 to #21). Steady at #16, KBLX is either up or flat for the sixth time in a row and has more than tripled its 6+-share since December (.6 – .6 – .7 – .7 – 1.5 – 2.1- 2.1, 6+). After regressing the past four ratings periods for a net loss of -5.1 (8.9 – 5.8 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 3.8, 6+), Alpha Media AC KBAY adds two-tenths to 4.0 (6+) to inch up from seventh to sixth. Before falling to third-place in January, KBAY was at #1 the previous 14 sweeps. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s urban-rhythmic oldies-to-soft AC convert (as of April 13) KISQ “The Breeze” posts a modest two-tenth gain (1.7 – 1.9, 6+), but is unchanged at #21. A decline of eight-tenths (4.2 – 3.4, 6+) plummets Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” from fifth to eighth. Following back-to-back increases which generated a combined +1.6 (5.9 – 6.5 – 7.5, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s KNBR  slumps by six-tenths to 6.9 (6+), however, “The Sports Leader” repeats at #1. KNBR’s -.6 in February curtailed three straight gains (5.1 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5, 6+). In 1.0 – 1.8 territory for the 14th straight sweep, triple A sibling KFOG “The Bay Area’s Original” loses one-tenth (1.5 – 1.4, 6+) to slip from #24 to #25.

12) Middlesex – An increase of seven-tenths to 6.2 (6+) elevates Emmis urban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source For R&B” from fourth to second. In April, it WBLSdropped one-tenth to 5.5 (6+), thus halting six straight ratings periods of up or flat trends for a cumulative +1.3 (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+). Following a trio of successive increases that delivered a combined +1.9 (4.2 – 4.5 – 5.7WHTZ – 6.1), iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ lost one-half share in April but “Q-104.3” regains all of it (6.1 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+). Despite the increase, “Q-104.3” slides from second to third as WBLS leaps over it. Co-owned New York City mainstream CHR WHTZ “Z-100” records its fifth straight improvement in this New Jersey market (4.0 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.1, 6+) to advance from sixth to fifth. In February, WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” crossed the nine-share threshold (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history. The Townsquare Media talker drops for the third straight time (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5 – 8.1, 6+), but remains at #1 for the fifth consecutive ratings period. Following April’s -.7, Greater Media adult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3 – Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” falters by another nine-tenths (6.0 – 5.3 – 4.4, 6+) to move from fifth to sixth. It is the lowest 6+-share for “Magic” since November (4.1). The nightmarish downward slide for WCBS-FM (seventh to eighth) continues as the CBS Radio New York City classic hits-oldies outlet is without an increase for the ninth successive sweep for a cumulative  -3.1 (6.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.6, 6+). Stuck on 3.6 (6+) in January and February, Cumulus Media country outlet WNSH “Nash-FM” dropped three-tenths in March; rang up a +.8 in April; but forfeits six-tenths in May (3.3 – 4.1 – 3.5, 6+) to move from eighth to tenth.

Nielsen Audio Announces Changes for Spring 2016 Diary Markets; Breaks Newburgh Out of Hudson Valley Market.  Beginning with the Spring 2016 diary survey, Nielsen Audio is bringing back the Newburgh-Middletown, New York market.  The market consists of Orange County with Sullivan County included in the TSA.  Arbitron – prior to its acquisition by Nielsen – created the Hudson Valley market five years ago consisting of Orange, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.  Nielsen is also going to deliver Spring and Fall diary surveys for Sioux Falls, South Dakota beginning with the Spring 2016 survey.  The ratings company is also adding four counties to the Traverse City, Michigan market and is renaming the market Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac.

RadioInfo Tidbits.   A new Star Trek podcast is launching on CBS’ Play.it podcast platform.  CBS RADIO,startrekpodcast CBS Local Digital Media and CBS Consumer Products are bringing “Engage: The OFFICIAL Star Trek Podcast,” to Play.it starting June 22.  The program is being hosted by Jordan Hoffman, a film critic and writer of the “One Trek Mind” blog on StarTrek.com.   The three episodes available June 15 feature special guests including “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Adam Nimoy…..Back in 2001, Jayde Donovan started the Apple-A-Day donovanjaydeApple16non-profit organization and laptop giveaway.  Just last Saturday, the WPLJ, New York morning personality completed the “2nd Annual Apple-A-Day iPad Party” at the station’s studios.  Twenty children with pediatric cancer were presented with their very own iPads to stay connected to the outside world while undergoing cancer treatment.  Each child who attended the party and received an iPad also got the exciting experience of what it would be like to be a celebrity visiting the radio station.  The tour included the chance to be a DJ at their own dance party, with stops in Cumulus NYC’s green screen room, the “Todd & Jayde in the Morning” show studio, and the station’s paparazzi staging area.  Pictured at left is Donovan with some of the patients…..The cast of the morning drive show on Beasley Media Group’s CHR WNKS, Charlotte “KISS 95.1” are part of this summer’s TLC reality show “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” starring Whitney Thore.  Morning show hosts Maney, Roy and LauRen are part of the filming as Thore returns to her radio roots to serve as an intern at “KISS 95.1.”  The third season of the show premieres Wednesday, June 8.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

| June 1, 2016

sheltersDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California; Internet sensation The Iceman; and Bill Phipps, the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; provide 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, and country.  This week’s selection posted today (6/1) includes such names as: Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Idris Elba, Justin Timberlake, DNCE, Bitter’s Kiss, OneRepublic, The Shelters, Violent Femmes, Foy Vance, Brett Eldredge, Rudy Parris, Cole Swindell, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

nessa‘Hot 97’ New York’s ‘Nessa On Air’ Goes National.  WQHT, New York afternoon drive personality Nessa is going into national syndication via Benztown.  Her show, “Nessa On Air,” starts airing on its first affiliate next week.  The five-hour daily show is produced for CHR, rhythmic CHR and urban stations and designed to air in any daypart.  CBS RADIO’s KMVQ, San Francisco has signed on and CBS RADIO SVP, programming Michael Martin says, “Nessa is such a superstar!  The Bay has missed her but now she’s back and I couldn’t be happier to have her back on 99.7!”

zaragozavictorZaragoza to Afternoons at KBLX, San Francisco.  At urban AC KBLX, San Francisco, Entercom moves Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza from the morning show cast to host of the afternoon drive daypart.  Taking over for Zaragoza on the “Morning Dream Team” is on-air pro Tony Sculfield, who is expected to join the station on June 6.  Entercom San Francisco OM/PD Elroy Smith says, “I am excited for Victor Zaragoza’s return to afternoon drive.  He is electrifying, fun, and engaging.  Victor’s spirit is contagious to everyone who hears him.”

mccurdybobBeasley Names McCurdy VP of Sales.  Radio sales pro Bob McCurdy is joining Beasley Media Group, Inc. as vice president of sales.  McCurdy, who most recently was president of the sales consultancy firm Upping the Volume, will be based at the company’s headquarters in Naples, Florida.  McCurdy has held sales and management positions in the radio industry for decades.  He became president of Katz Radio in 1990.  In 2009, he was named president of Katz Marketing Solutions.  McCurdy says, “I’ve known the Beasley folks for a long time and I am thrilled to be joining their team.  They have a terrific lineup of stations around the country, staffed by talented people.  It’ll be a privilege to be able to work even more closely with their sales and management teams, as we move forward.”  Beasley interim CEO Caroline Beasley comments, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Bob to Beasley’s corporate office.  He is a champion for the radio industry, and well known by both advertisers and agencies.”

muellerrobertMueller Appointed Market Manager at Alpha Media Amarillo.  Twenty-five year radio pro Robert Mueller, a.k.a. Cisco Kidd, is named to the market manager position at Alpha Media’s Amarillo, Texas that includes country KGNC-FM, classic hits KXGL “100.9 The Eagle,” and news/talk KGNC-AM.  Muller has most recently been with Alpha Media at the corporate level as a product manager working closely with VP of interactive Stefan Brock rolling out digital initiatives across multiple markets.  Before that, he served with Citadel in Oklahoma City in numerous management capacities.  Alpha Media EVP of the Western Division, Larry Bastida, says, “I’ve worked with Robert in varying capacities for over 16 years and he’s always delivered.  He’s smart and competitive.  Radio and digital run in his blood.  More than anything, he has always had great appreciation for his fellow teammates, as well as being mindful of the obligation we have to our advertising partners.  Not only am I excited for Robert to have this great opportunity, I’m excited for Alpha to have him in Amarillo!”

harrisonUpCloseFarOutBold Gold Media Group CEO Vince Benedetto Interviewed on ‘Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.’  One of the rising young stars of radio station group ownership, Vince Benedetto, is the guest on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  Benedetto, who just turned 40, bought his first station at 29.  In slightly more than a decade, he has built Bold Gold Media Group into a chain that owns and operates nine radio stations, fifteen broadcast frequencies, and multiple digital media platforms throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York.  Benedetto is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a former Air Force captain and Air Force OSI special agent, where he worked on counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism and felony level investigative efforts for the Department ofbenedettovince Defense.  In 2013, Bold Gold was nominated for a Pennsylvania Governor’s ImPAct Award for Entrepreneurialism and Vince was recently named by RadioInk magazine as one of the “Top 30 Under 40 Rising Stars in the Radio Industry.”  Benedetto also established and runs a non-profit foundation providing support for young people entering broadcasting and studying the U.S. Constitution.  In the podcast, Harrison and Benedetto discuss the extremely positive aspects of radio ownership that still exist in 2016 and analyze broadcast radio’s transition into the digital era.  They examine the differences between the Boomer and Millennial generations (as well as Generations X and Y) and Benedetto applies his experience in the US intelligence community to the principles of operating a media business as well as commenting on the nation’s present positioning in the struggle against international terrorism.  To listen to the entire podcast please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Friday, May 27, 2016

| May 27, 2016

dimick, johnCumulus Media Appoints Dimick Vice President/Programming Operations. Former Lincoln Financial Media senior vice president of programming and operations John Dimick joins Cumulus Media as vice president of programming operations. Cumulus Media senior vice president of content and programming Mike McVay remarks,Cumulus “John Dimick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position. He joins Doug Hamand and Greg Frey as a [vice president of programming operations]. Those three, along with our format specialists and analysts, will provide even more tools to our managers and program directors to employ when programming their stations.” Dimick – who begins his new assignment next Wednesday (6/1) – jokes, “I am very happy that Mike McVay would not buy my ‘retirement from the industry’ thinking. The new senior management team at Cumulus is building [something that] is extraordinary and compelling. I am flattered [corporate believes] I can help advance the growth and success of the stations and the remarkable Cumulus platform. Joining the corporate programming team with people like Greg Frey, Doug Hamand and the other pros at Cumulus is very exciting.” For the past 11 months, Dimick was franchise owner of the Dimick Automotive Group. In addition to Lincoln Financial stations in San Diego, Dimick has programmed Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97,” New York; KPLZ, Seattle; KISN, Salt Lake City; and WNCI, Columbus.

schneekloth, brianSchneekloth Named GSM at WMJX. Following a 12-year run as vice president and manager of the Katz Radio Group, Brian Schneekloth becomes general sales manager of Greater Media Boston adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7.” Greater MediaWMJX Boston vice president and market manager Mary Menna comments, “Brian’s exceptional client relationships and expertise in the radio and digital space make him the perfect addition to the Greater Media Boston family.” In addition to his Katz Radio Group management role, Schneekloth was director of sales for Katz Digital. Prior to that, he held sales management roles at CBS Radio Boston’s WBCN and classic rock WZLX. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s April 2016 PPM report, “Magic 106.7” finished second (7.2), eight-tenths behind co-owned classic hits-oldies WROR (8.0, 6+).

marshall, robin“The Diary of a Sugar Mom- Don’t Tell the Kids”“Sugar Mom” Marshall’s Meaningful Marking. While “voiceover artist,” “audio producer,” and “author” are apt summations of Robin Marshall, the most important depiction of the Dallas-based talent is that she is a one-year cancer survivor. Marshall will release recordings of “Lemons to Lemonade” blogs, which she wrote while undergoing aggressive ovarian cancer treatment. Those episodes will be part of the “Sugar Mom” podcast, leading up to National Cancer Survivors Day next Sunday (6/5). Starting next month, Marshall will distribute her audio book “The Diary of a Sugar Mom: Don’t Tell the Kids” free via her “Sugar Mom” podcast on various podcast directories. Marshall comments, “I want women and men who subscribe to my podcast and/or visit my Facebook page to understand what the concept of a ‘Sugar Mom’ really is, and more importantly, what it is not. If you can try one new thing a day, you are headed towards becoming who you used to be and now want to be again.” The “Sugar Mom” podcast releases new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays. Marshall spent 20 years as a New York City on-air talent and she is the imaging voice for several radio stations. Since being diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer, she underwent weekly chemotherapy treatments in Dallas; she is in full remission.

alan, codymccoy, nealAlan, McCoy in Special Salute. Country artist Neal McCoy and Premiere Radio Networks’ personality Cody Alan  treated more than 200 (Phoenix area) Luke Air Force Base service members and their families to an evening of music and conversation last night (Thursday, 5/26). The event marked the first stop on this year’s “Super 8 Salutes” tour, a multi-city effort created by Super 8 and Premiere Networks, providing access to events and concerts with country music stars. McCoy states, “I am always excited to spend time with the women and men of our military and their families. Whether it is entertaining them overseas or here at home, it is the highlight of my year. I thank Super 8 and my buddy, Cody Alan, for inviting me to join in this salute to the hard work they do every day at Luke Air Force Base.” Thursday night’s Alan-hosted function included a “Q & A” with McCoy, followed by an acoustic set and a meet and greet. “Super 8 Salutes” is in its second year and will make three stops; last year the tour included visits to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and West Springfield, Massachusetts. Alan is host/executive producer of “CMT After MidNite,” “CMT Radio Live,” and “CMT All Access.” Included among McCoy’s 15 albums are three that went platinum and one gold.

bentley, dierksTo Tell the Truth – It’s Dierks Bentley. As part of a promotional tour for his album “Black,” which comes out today (Friday, 5/27), Dierks Bentley visited “America’s Morning Show.” During yesterday’s visit (Thursday, 5/26), the country singer agreed to enter the program’s “TruthBooth,” where he was given a sealed envelope with questions that he swore to answer honestly.

Nielsen LogoMillennials Account For 66.5 Million Radio Users. This is not a homogeneous group with a common set of beliefs, interests, and behaviors; ungrouping millennials can help advertisers, agencies, and radio stations understand each group more closely. Nielsen‘s Q4 2015 “Total Audience Report” separated 18-34s into three groups: “Dependent Adults” (those living in someone else’s home); “On Their Own” millennials (those living in their own home without children); and “Starting a Family” millennials” (those living in their own home with children). The data shows 97% of 18-year-olds live in someone else’s home. By their mid-30s, 90% of millennials live in their own home, and more than half have children. Radio is an important part of a millennial’s life and they listen to it in many ways. In the average week, radio reaches about 92% of “Starting a Family” millennials; 90% of “Dependent Adult” millennials”; and 89% of “On Their Own” millennials. CHR is the number one format for all three groups, but “Dependent Adult” millennials, who tend to live at home with their parents or another adult, listen to more classic rock, classic hits-oldies, and urban AC than the overall millennial group. “Dependent Adult” millennials listen to these formats because they are exposed to them by older adults in the home. “On Their Own” millennials are the least ethnically diverse group and they show a preference for non-ethnic formats like hot AC and alternative. They also listen to sports stations more than the other two millennial groups. Radio reaches 90% of all 18-34 African-Americans each week with urban AC the top format among this group. “Starting A Family” millennials include the highest percent of Hispanic and Spanish-speaking listeners. In this group, regional Mexican has the third-highest share of listening time. Overall, 16% of this group’s listening is spent with a Spanish language format. That is more than three times the amount of “On Their Own” millennials.

smaldone and jamesGetting Together with Smaldone. For almost 24 years, Valerie Smaldone was the mid-day talent at market dominant adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM,” New York. More recently, she has been hosting/producing a variety of projects. The latest for the imaging voice of CBS Radio New York all-newser WINS is “Hit Makers: Music Icons in Performance and Conversation”; Tommy James (“Tommy James & The Shondells“) was her first guest and he sang several of his hits. In addition, Smaldone interviewed him about his book “Me, The Mob, and the Music,” as well as his days with Roulette Records. For the past two years, Smaldone’s weekly, three-hour Envision Networks’ talk show “America Weekend with Valerie Smaldone & Friends” is heard in 15 markets.

KOIT-FMRadioInfo Career Moves. Effective next Tuesday (5/31), Entercom San Francisco rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102” mid-day talent “Freska” will transition to afternoon drive on adult contemporary sibling KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday.” Taking her place at “Q-102” is Billy Vidal, who is promoted from weekends. KOIT-FM program director Brent Carey comments, “Freska’s unique delivery, community relationships, and creative show ideas will build a strong connection for our listeners.” The changes come about as former KOIT-FM PM driver Brent Carey exits.

The PulseSirius XM’s “The Pulse” To Air “Live In The Vineyard” Concert Special. The three-hour feature will run this (Memorial Day) weekend. It was captured at the seventeenth installment of the “Live In The Vineyard” music festival in Napa Valley, California early last month (4/7-10) and will include acoustic performances by Andy Grammer, Ingrid Michaelson, Cold War Kids, Lukas Graham, Ben Rector, VineyardDaughtry, Zella Day, Tor Miller, Brendan James, Shawn Hook, The Strumbellas, AudioDamn!, Pentatonix and SafetySuit. SiriusXM “The Pulse” host Jim Ryan remarks, “It is an incredible weekend of wine, food, and ‘Pulse’ music that our listeners respond to in overwhelming numbers to try to attend the event twice a year. It is great to be able to bring the experience to listeners on the radio, especially for those that are not able to attend.” The special premieres tonight (Friday, 5/27) at 7:00 pm (ET) on channel 15 and it will rebroadcast tomorrow (Saturday, 5/28) and Sunday (5/29) at various times. Created eight years ago by Bobbii Jacobs and Claire Parr, “Live In The Vineyard” will take place again in November.

Beasley Media GroupBeasley Broadcast Group Board Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend. It is for $0.045 per share of its “Class A” and “Class B” common stock. The dividend is payable on July 8 to shareholders of record on June 30. While Beasley Broadcast Group intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the foreseeable future, all subsequent dividends will be reviewed quarterly and declared by the board at its discretion.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

| May 26, 2016

johnnyblondieliveCumulus v Johnny and Blondie Gets Underway in Michigan.  Another non-compete case involving Cumulus Media is in the courtroom, this time in Michigan.  Cumulus is suing former WHNN, Saginaw, Michigan morning personalities Johnny Burke and Bonnie Belger-Holzhei, a.k.a. Blondie, alleging they violated the non-compete and non-solicitation clauses in their contracts after being fired by the station earlier this year.  As reported in MLive.com, this comes after the pair sued Cumulus for age discrimination.  Cumulus is asking the court to prevent the duo from continuing to host the internet show they launched shortly after leaving the station.  Interestingly, Cumulus is not after Burke for the non-compete violation since it would then have to pay six months of his $125,000 salary but is pursuing the non-compete matter with Belger-Holzhei as her salary was just $31,200.  What Cumulus really appears to want is the court to find that they have been going after Cumulus clients to sponsor their internet show and force them to stop.  Read the MLive story here.

RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Toledo operations of iHeartMedia, Scott Sands is promoted to SVP ofsandsscott programming for the station group.  Sands is the program director and afternoon drive host for news/talk WSPD.  He now has oversight of CHR WVKS, country WCKY, adult contemporary WRVF, rock WIOT and sports talk WCWA.  Sands assumes the role previously held by Nathan Reed who recently exited the company to join Cox Media Group’s hot AC KRAV, Tulsa “MIX 96.”…..Nate Mumford is leaving his director of digital operations position with Berkshire Broadcasting’s Danbury, Connecticut station group to join RCS where he’ll serve as engineering tech for the company’s GSelector.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  A re-branding takes place at iHeartMedia’s Louisville cluster.  Hot AC WLGX leaves behind the “100.5 MyFM” brand to become “100.5 Kiss FM.”…..In the Columbia, South Carolina market, Davis Broadcasting is shucking two stations.  First, triple A WWNU “92.1 The Palm” is being sold to Radio Training Network, Inc.  Also, the company is agreeing to transfer country WWNQ “94.3 FM The Dude” to Midlands Media Group…..Kudos to Columbus Radio Group for being named a 2016 Top Workplace by Columbus C.E.O. Magazine.  The honor is the result of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.  Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.  Columbus Radio Group operates adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” classic rock WLVQ “Qfm96,” hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9,” and classic hits simulcast WNND/WNNP “RewindwpljSummerKick16 103.5/104.3.”…..Cumulus Media hot AC WPLJ, New York marks the start of the summer season tomorrow (5/27) with its annual “95.5 ‘PLJ Summer Kick-Off at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant, New Jersey from 6:00 am to 10:00 am.  “Todd & Jayde in the Morning” will broadcast live with performances by the Goo Goo Dolls, MAGIC!, American Authors and Ruth B.  WPLJ has hosted this legendary event for more than 20 years featuring activities on site and the morning concert.  WABC-TV senior meteorologist Bill Evans will also be onsite throughout the morning, reporting the weather live from the Jersey Shore.  The event is free and open to the public.

gracies16grouppic41st Annual Gracie Awards Held in Beverly Hills.  The annual Gracie Awards took place last night at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.  Awards were handed out in both television and radio categories.  Some of the women working in commercial radio who were honored include: Loren Raye, co-host of “The TJ Show” on WODS, Boston “103.3 AMP Radio”; Marla Diamond, reporter/correspondent with WCBS, New York; Nina Hajian, co-host “Shoboy in the Morning” at WBMP, New York “92.3 AMP Radio”; Rita Cosby, WABC, New York; Joan Hamburg, WABC, New York; Felicia Middlebrooks, WBBM, Chicago; Suzyn Waldman, WFAN, New York; and Jane Tillman Irving, WCBS, New York.  See the entire list of winners here.  Pictured above is the Alliance for Women in Media board at last night’s awards ceremony.  They are: (l-r, front) Kristen Welch, AWM/F chair, SVP, Global Content Operations, Discovery Communications; Christine Travaglini, AWM/F treasurer-elect, president, Christal Radio; Karla Ballard Williams, AWM/F director and Gracies chair, founder and chief executive, Ying Bank; Josie Thomas, AWM director, EVP and chief diversity and inclusion officer, CBS Corporation; Heather Cohen, AWM/F director and Gracies chair, EVP, The Weiss Agency; Annie Howell, AWM/F director and Gracies chair, founder & co-president, The Punch Point Group. Back row: Sarah Foss, AWM/F chair-elect, vice president, product management, media, Imagine Communications; Kimberly Maki, AWM/F director, Bright House Networks, corporate vice president, Corporate Communications; Keisha Sutton-James, AWM/F treasurer, vice president, ICBC Broadcast Holdings.  Photo: Hamilton Photography

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

| April 26, 2016

mcintyrekristieKristie McIntyre Returns to ‘Mix 107.3’ in Washington for Nights.  Washington, DC and Baltimore-area radio personality Kristie McIntyre is named the night personality at Cumulus Media’s hot AC WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3,” effective May 2.  McIntyre worked on air at the station from 2005 through 2010.  Most recently she’s been with Hearst Television’s Baltimore news/talk WBAL-AM as news anchor and reporter.   She’s also worked for CBS RADIO in the market as a personality on hot AC WIAD “94.7 Fresh FM,” and as a reporter on the former all-news WNEW-FM (now business news WDCH).  WRQX program director Louie Diaz comments, “We are very excited to welcome Kristie McIntyre back home to DC and ‘MIX 107.3.’  Kristie is another great veteran air personality and is a fantastic addition to our live-and-local air staff at ‘MIX 107.3.’”

kingjbJB King Takes On CBS RADIO Las Vegas OM Post.  Longtime Las Vegas radio pro JB King is shucking his on-air role at CHR KLUC (more on that below) and is accepting the promotion to operations manager for the CBS RADIO cluster in Vegas.  King – with KLUC since 1998 – will continue to program KLUC and urban contemporary KXQQ “Q100.”  CBS SVP and market manager Tony Perlongo states, “After a national search for the next amazing operations manager, we found that with JB King.  With years of experience from learning from the best, JB is more than ready to take on the responsibility of overseeing our six great radio stations, as well as our six HD2 stations.”

mougjohnJohn Moug Named Afternoon Jock at KLUC, Las Vegas.  The Sin City native has been working at CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC for more than six years – most recently as evening personality.  Now, John Moug takes over the afternoon drive daypart for JB King, who was recently promoted to operations manager for the company’s Las Vegas station group.  King says, “I am excited to promote and pass along afternoon drive on 98.5 KLUC to an excellent talent.  John Moug grew up in Las Vegas and has lived and breathed KLUC for almost his entire life.  His work ethic, dedication and passion for KLUC is matched by few, and I am confident about his success in afternoon drive.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Programmer Nathan Reed has exited iHeartMedia’s Toledo station group where he was SVP of programming.  He’d been with the cluster since 2008, joining as program director of CHR WVKS “92.5 Kiss FM.”…..Morning drive personality John Harry is promoted to program director at NRG Media’s country WYTE, Marshfield, Wisconsin (Wausau-Stevens Point market).  Harry’s been in the AM drive slot for the past two years…..Reach Media replaces morning drive Gospel personality Yolanda Adams with Erica Campbell.  Adams and her cast mates – comedian Marcus D. Wiley and minister Anthony “A.V.” Valary – said goodbye to their listeners last week.  Now, Campbell begins hosting “Get Up! Mornings Erica Campbell” for the network.

wbbgWBBG, Youngstown Goes Country as ‘106.1 The Bull.’  After a recent tweak from oldies to classic hits, iHeartMedia completely changes direction and turns Youngstown market signal (licensed to Niles, Ohio) WBBG into “106.1 The Bull” playing new country.  The move puts WBBG into direct competition with Cumulus Media’s market-leading (12+) country outlet, WQXK “K105.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  WHKX, Bluefield, West Virginia “106.3/107.7 Kicks Country”charlesloriVTrun16 morning personality Lori Charles (pictured at left with Hokies mascot) ran in last weekend’s Remembrance Run at Virginia Tech in honor of the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on the campus nine years ago.  More than 10,000 people took part in the run.  The Alpha Media talent comments, “It was an honor to broadcast live at Virginia Tech for ‘106.3/107.7 Kicks Country.’ We are a proud affiliate of the Hokies and it was truly a great day to stand with 10,300 other runners, fans, graduates and kroqweenieroast16students to respectfully remember the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on campus nine years ago.”…..CBS RADIO’s KROQ, Los Angeles announces the lineup for the final “KROQ Weenie Roast” at the Irvine Meadows venue where it’s been held for the past 23 years.  On the bill are: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Empire of the Sun, Panic! At the Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Miike Show, Lukas Graham, The Strumbellas, Nothing But Thieves, Bishop, and Bear Hands.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallJoe Piscopo Discusses Talk Radio, Stand Up Comedy, Sinatra, SNL, and NJ Politics on ‘Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.’  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison says, “I’ve never laughed so much doing a podcast – this guy just overflows with humor and great pop media stories,” referring to the newly posted PodcastOne episode of “Up Close and Far Out” in which he interviews Joe Piscopo – the celebrated morning host ofpiscopojoe Salem Media’s New York outlet, WNYM “AM 970 The Answer.”  Piscopo talks about his early years as a student in theater and college radio and his eventual stand-up comedy work at NYC’s legendary Improv club that led to his becoming a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980.  He goes on to discuss his success over the past few years as a conservative news/talk morning host with Salem and his continuing love for his home state of New Jersey.  To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

| April 12, 2016

pinfieldmattMatt Pinfield New KFOG, San Francisco Morning Host.  The rebuilding of triple A KFOG, San Francisco is underway as the Cumulus Media station announces that rock journalist and media personality Matt Pinfield will assume morning drive duties beginning April 20.  Current morning host Mike “No Name” Nelson is moving to afternoon drive.  The station says the moves herald “a new generation of rock radio for the San Francisco institution.”  Pinfield’s show will “feature guests from all genres of rock music, as well as people from outside the music world, including athletes, local officials,kfogteaser actors, and more — with Pinfield’s passion, the music, front and center.”  Currently, Pinfield is a contributing host at SiriusXM’s Lithium channel (90s rock) and is host of the syndicated weekend classic rock show, “Flashback.”  In addition to hosting mornings on former New York classic rocker WRXP, Pinfield has hosted numerous TV shows for MTV and VH1 during his career.  KFOG PD Bryan Schock comments, “The foundation of KFOG has always been music.  Music matters to the people of the Bay Area, so Matt Pinfield was the perfect choice to be the first voice that people will hear every morning as we evolve KFOG into a station that speaks to 2016.  Matt is the most knowledgeable human being that I’ve ever met when it comes to anything to do with music.  He’s also my long lost brother so I win in all ways in having Matt as part of the team.”

camfieldianIan Camfield Named Morning Host at ‘ALT AZ 93.3.’  Phoenix alternative outlet KDKB “ALT AZ 93.3” announces Ian Camfield is its new morning drive personality.  Camfield – a native Brit – first worked in U.S. radio for CBS back in 2008 when he hosted afternoons at the old “K-Rock” in New York.  He returned to Britain to host the morning show on Xfm.  Camfield has also hosted shows for VH1 and MTV2, made various appearances on music documentaries, as well as hosted multiple festivals such as Download, Wireless and Sonisphere.  Camfield states, “I feel incredibly privileged Trip Reeb and Nancy Stevens have chosen me to host mornings on ‘ALT AZ 93.3,’ and super excited to be returning to the greatest country in the world.  I can’t wait to start working with the team at Hubbard.”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Programmer and air talent Double J is joining Results Radio to handle program director duties for rhythmic CHR KEWB, Redding, California “Power 94,” and sister CHR KCEZ, Chico “Power 102.”  Double J will also host PM drive at “Power 94.”…..Darci Ewell moves from iHeartMedia’s Colorado Springs/Pueblo station group where she was market manager to San Antonio where she’s to serve as SVP of sales for the San Antonio and Austin markets…..Former Milwaukee Radio Alliance director of sales Keith Bratel joins iHeartMedia in Madison to serve as market president.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison Interviews KOZT Co-owner Tom Yates About the Past, Present and Future of FM Album Rock Radio.  In an extraordinary conversation covering the big picture view of FM album rock radio, the man “still living the dream,” KOZT, Fort Bragg, CA co-owner and air personality Tom Yates, talks about his experiences at the helm of one of the few remaining full-service “AOR” stations (album oriented rock) still in existence on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit, “Up Close and Far Out withyatestom Michael Harrison.”  Yates and his wife (and business partner) Vicky Watts, bought the small Mendocino County station a quarter century ago, hired an air staff of accomplished “refugees” from major market West Coast rock radio, and installed a format that continues in the tradition of FM album rock radio in its golden era.  Yates, one of the pioneers of the genre, was the first program director of KLOS, Los Angeles in the early 1970s and left his fingerprints on such major outlets along the way as PD of KMPX and KLSX in Los Angeles; KSAN and “The City” in San Francisco, as well as stations across the nation as a consultant and managing editor of the then-influential trade publication, Goodphone Weekly.  Since its launch, KOZT (known as “The Coast”) has been nationally recognized and honored as a fantastic station picking up, along the way, an NAB Marconi Award for Best Rock station as well as three of that organization’s Crystal Awards for outstanding community service.  The station is ranked #1 in adults in the Mendocino County market and is a great example of a small broadcast station developing a huge and loyal online following across the nation and around the world.  KOZT is a great radio story and you can hear it in its entirety by clicking here or clicking on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page at Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  After 30 years as a news outlet, Empire Broadcasting is flipping KLIV-AM, San Jose to classic country.  Citing the cost of running a news station, president Robert Kieve says on the station’s website, “Within a few weeks, KLIV will be changing its format.  The high expenses of running a news station and declining ad revenues have become too great.  Indeed, in the 30 years that KLIV has been a local news station, it has neversmithgrangerFlint16 made a profit; it has lost money every year.  2015 was the worst year in our history.”…..Cumulus Media’s country WFBE, Flint “NASH FM 95.1” recently raised more than $14,000 to benefit Hurley Children’s Hospital and Hurley Children’s Clinic to help kids who have been exposed to lead from that city’s water.  Wheelhouse recording artist Granger Smith (pictured at right) volunteered his time to perform at the event that brought 850 listeners to the Dort Federal Event Center for a community “eat & greet.”

nielsen logoRound One of March PPM Data Released.  Ratings information from Nielsen Audio‘s March 2016 PPM survey period has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen Audio’s March 2016 PPM survey covered February 25 – March 23.  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 markets below.


1) New York – A gain of six-tenths elevates iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100” (4.7 – 5.3, fifth to fourth) to its best 6+-share since last August (5.4). Format competitor – CBS Radio-owned WBMP “Amp” – is flat at 2.8, but whtz logoadvances from #15 to #14; it is the third time in the last four sweeps “Amp” has registered a 2.8 (6+). Steady at #6, “Amp” all-news sibling WINS scores its third successive gain (3.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+) and is a combined +1.6 in that stretch. Up in back-to-back monthlies (2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1, 6+), similarly-formatted cluster-mate WCBS-AM regresses by two-tenths to 2.9 but remains at #13. Elsewhere in that CBS Radio cluster, hot AC WWFS “Fresh 102.7” (2.9 – 2.7, -.2, #14 to #15, 6+)winslogo changes calls to WNEW-FM. The WNEW-FM call letters were last used by CBS Radio in Washington, DC for an all-news station, which several months ago flipped to business news. After reaching #1 (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history, Spanish Broadcasting System‘s WSKQ “Mega” declines by two-tenths as it did in February (6.6 – 6.4 – 6.2, 6+). “Mega” trades places with February’s runner-up, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” (6.3 – 6.7, +.4, 6+). “Lite-FM” had been #1 the previous 16 ratings periods before slipping to #2 in February; 6.3 is its lowest 6+-share since November 2014 (5.6). Up or flat the past three sweeps (3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+) rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WKTU drops one-tenth to 4.0, dipping from seventh to an eighth-place tie with classic rock sibling WAXQ “Q-104.3,” up for the third consecutive time (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+).

2) Los Angeles – This marks the fifth successive sweep at #1 for iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” (5.7 – 5.9, +.2, 6+). Jumping from tenth to seventh with a +.3 to 3.5 (6+), talk sibling KFI applies the brakes kost logoto seven successive monthlies without an increase (3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+) that resulted in a cumulative loss of just three-tenths. While co-owned CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” drops four-tenths (5.5, 5.1, steady at #2), format foe – CBS Radio‘s KAMP “Amp” is flat at 3.0 and is in a three-way tie at #11. “Kiss-FM” was +.8 in February notching its best 6+-performance in two years (tying its 5.5 in February 2014). Meanwhile, “Amp” improved in February by three-kysr logotenths to halt four consecutive down or flat trends (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+). Not only is iHeartMedia’s KYSR “Alt 98.7” up for the fourth straight time (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+) for a cumulative +.9, it cracks the top ten (#14 to #10) and overtakes alternative rival (CBS Radio-owned) KROQ (3.1 – 2.9, -.2, #11 to #14). “The World Famous” KROQ had been flat or (modestly) up the past three straight times (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+). Progressing from seventh to sixth, adult hits KCBS-FM has its third straight increase (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+). Off for the fourth consecutive sweep (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KLAX dips from #14 to a three-way logjam at #16. Flat at 2.8 (6+), Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106” is in the 2.6 – 2.9 range or the eighth successive survey and bumps up from #16 to #15. With KFWB discontinuing its sports format on March 1 in favor of a south Asian bollywood format as “Desi 980,” three sports outlets continue in the market: ESPN‘s KSPN is up one-tenth to .9 (#32, 6+); iHeartMedia’s KLAC is flat at .5 (#38, 6+); and independent KLAA gains one-tenth to .3 (#39, 6+). Unlisted in March, KFWB had a .2 (6+) in February.

3) Chicago – This is the sixth time in the last eight survey periods that WXRT “93 ‘XRT” has a 2.6 (2.6 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+). The CBS Radio triple A inches up from #16 to a three-way tie-up at #15 with ESPN‘s wxrt logoWMVP and Hubbard’s WSHE; it is the third straight gain for WMVP (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+) and third consecutive monthly without a decrease for WSHE (2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+). In terms of 6+-share, it is a tough month for the market’s two hot ACs as Hubbard Broadcasting‘s WTMX “The Mix” drops six-tenths (5.5 – 4.9, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WLIT “My-FM” falters by one-half share (4.5 – 4.0, 6+).wbbmlogo Nonetheless, “My-FM” is steady at #4 and “Mix” shifts from a second-place tie to third. Locked on 6.8 (6+) in “Holiday” 2015 and January 2016, WBBM-AM improved by one-tenth to 6.9 in February, but drops three-tenths to 6.6; even so, the CBS Radio all-news operation is #1 for the third straight sweep. WBBM-AM has a one-share lead over iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” (5.5 – 5.6, +.1, 6+), which is #2 for the third consecutive ratings period. Following back-to-back up trends that produced a combined full-share gain (1.4 – 2.2 – 2.4, 6+), Venture Technologies Group‘s WRME “Me TV 87.7” coughs up one-half share (to 1.9, 6+) and falls out of the top 20 (#20 to #23). Notching a .4 in January, iHeartMedia talker WVON disappeared in February, but resurfaces with a .4 in March and finishes in a three-way tie at #34.

4) San Francisco – Owing to a strong +.6 (4.3 – 4.9, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s KNBR “The Sports Leader” marches from fourth to third. It is the best 6+performance for “The Sports Leader” since last October’s 5.0. knbrlogoDislodged from San Francisco’s top spot in the “Holiday” 2015 report, KCBS-AM posted consecutive gains of +.4 in January and February (5.4 – 5.8 – 6.2, 6+) but drops two-tenths in March; nonetheless, the CBS Radio all-news outlet – which had been in the top spot six successive sweeps before “Holiday” 2015 – is #1 for the third straight monthly. Over the course of three consecutive declines (10.4 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Better Variety for a Better Workday”  has dropped a combined 5.8 shares or roughly 56%; it slips from second to fourth. After a trio of up trends (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s KYLD “WiLD 94.9 The Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” drops one-tenth to 3.8, but actually moves up from sixth to a fifth-place tie (6+). Without a decline in the previous seven sweeps for a combined +1.9 (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.4 – 3.6, 6+), Univision regional Mexican facility KSOL “Que Buena” is off four-tenths to 3.2, but stays at #10. Eroding by six-tenths (.8 – .2) is KSJO “Bolly 92.3 – The Bay Area’s Bollywood Station,” which finishes at #32.

5) Dallas – Up or flat the three previous sweeps (5.7 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” loses three-tenths to 6.0 (6+) but repeats at #1. Gaining one-half share (1.8 – 2.3, 6+), Radio One urban-khksrhythmic oldies KSOC “Boom 94.5” cracks the top 20 (#20). Faltering by eight-tenths each are KLUV (unchanged at #2, 6+) and Univision regional Mexican KFZO (1.2 – 4, #36, 6+). Not only is it the third straight dip for KLUV, the CBS Radio classic hits-ksocoldies outlet has lost exactly 50% of its 6+-share in that time (10.6 – 6.6 – 6.1 – 5.3, 6+). After consecutive increases (3.8 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9” sputters by six-tenths to 3.9, moving from a three-way tie at #3 to #7. After three successive performances at 2.8 (6+), CBS Radio-owned similarly-formatted KVIL improves by four-tenths to 3.2 (where it began in December) and is back in the top ten (#14 to #9).  As a result of a one-tenth dip to 4.4 (6+), the streak of flat or (modest) up trends for iHeartMedia classic rocker KZPS concludes at three (3.9 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+); “Lone Star 92.5” moves from a three-way tie at #3 to a three-way logjam at #4.

6) Houston – Scoring robust gains of nine-tenths each are Cox Media Group classic rock and country siblings KGLK “The Eagle” (5.7 – 6.6, 6+) and KKBQ “93-Q” (5.3, sixth to fourth, 6+). “The Eagle” advances from third to kglksecond, where it is tied with Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1” (6.7 – 6.6, -.1, 6+), which is in the runner-up slot for the ninth straight time. Having been without an increase the past four sweeps (5.6 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+), “93-Q” is nine-tenths ahead of its format rival – CBS Radio‘s KILT-FM “The Bull 100.3” (ninth to seventh) – up for thekkbq logo third successive sweep (3.7 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+). Relinquishing the six-tenths it gained in February (7.2 – 7.8 – 7.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” nonetheless ranks first for the 19th consecutive ratings period. It is a somewhat similar scenario for CBS Radio Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101,” which gained six-tenths in February only to forfeit all but one-tenth in March (2.6 – 3.2 – 2.7, -.5, 6+). The +.6 in February allowed “Mega” to curtail three straight downward trends (3.7 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+); it drops from #15 to #17. The market’s two mainstream CHR outlets each drop one-tenth: Cumulus Media‘s KRBE registers a 4.3 (sixth to ninth, 6+), while CBS Radio’s KKHH “Hot 95.7” declines for the third straight monthly (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+), sliding from #14 to #15.

7) Philadelphia – Stuck on 3.8 (6+) in January and February, iHeartMedia‘s WRFF “Radio 104.5 – Philadelphia’s Alternative” explodes with a +1.3 to 5.1 and enters the top ten (#11 to #7). This is the first time wrff“Radio 104.5” has reached the five-share level since August 2012 (5.0). Urban contemporary sibling WUSL “Power 99” adds one-half share and is up for the thirdwusl logo straight time (3.5 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+) to progress from tenth to eighth. Despite a -.2 (7.9 – 7.7, 6+), Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” is the market pacesetter for the ninth successive monthly. Back-to-back gains of one-tenth (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+) by WIOQ are followed by a loss of seven-tenths to 3.7 (6+) as the iHeartMedia CHR exits the top ten (#8 to #11). Unable to gain ground, CBS Radio‘s WZMP “Amp” falters by two-tenths to 2.8 and is unchanged at #16 (6+). Flat at 3.4, public WHYY is ensconced at #12 for the fifth straight sweep. A trio of positive trends by WMGK that yielded a combined +1.2 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+) is curtailed with a -.4 to 5.6, but the Greater Media classic rocker remains in third-place. Co-owned rocker WMMR though climbs from #5 to tie WMGK at #3 and is up or flat for the third successive sweep (4.3 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.6, 6+).

8) Atlanta – Boasting the largest (6+) February – March increase of any station in the 12 markets whose data was released Monday, Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104.1” erupts with a +1.7 climbing from third to walr logosecond. “Kiss” is two-tenths behind talk sibling WSB-AM (9.1 – 9.0, -.1, 6+), which holds the top spot for the third straight month. This is the fourth successive sweep that “Kiss” is either up or flat (6.7 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.1- 8.8, 6+) and its 8.8 in March eclipses last September’s 8.1 as its best-ever 6+share showing under PPM methodology. In that vein, February’s 9.1 by WSB-AM was itswsb logo highest since PPM became Atlanta’s ratings currency. Capturing #1 honors in January, WSB-AM was the market’s runner-up the previous four sweeps. Contrasted to the +1.7 by “Kiss,” cross-town rival – Radio One‘s WAMJ “Majic 107.5” – experiences the loftiest (6+) February – March decrease of any station in the 12 markets whose data was released Monday (4.9 – 3.5, -1.4, 6+); “Majic” – which was +.8 in February – spirals out of the top ten (#5 to #13). Meanwhile, a +.7 (3.4 – 4.1, 6+) propels Cumulus Media‘s WKHX “Kicks 101.5” into the top ten (#13 to #9), overtaking iHeartMedia‘s WUBL “94.9 The Bull” (#11 to #10, 6+). “The Bull” is actually up or flat for the third straight time (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+). Without a decrease for the fifth successive sweep for a cumulative +1.3 (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 4.7, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WSRV “Classic Hits 97.1 The River” vaults from eighth to fifth. Sputtering by nine-tenths each are CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103” (8.6 – 7.7, second to third, 6+) and Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM “B-98.5” (5.5 – 4.6, fourth to sixth, 6+). Prior to falling to second in January, “V-103” spent 12 consecutive sweeps at #1; it was +.7 in February. Off by one-half share and flat at #16, iHeartMedia’s WRDA “Radio 105.7 – Atlanta’s Alternative” has its string of up or flat trends end at three (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.5 2.8 – 2.3, 6+).

9) Long Island – Having gained two-tenths in February to halt five straight sweeps without an increase (4.3 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), Emmis urban AC WBLS busts out a +1.1 in March (2.4 – 3.5, 6+), rocketing from a wblsthree-way logjam at #18 all the way to a tie at #9. It is linked at #9 with iHeartMedia New York City adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM,” which returns the half-share it gained in February (3.5 – 4.0 – 4.0, 6+) and drops from #6; “Lite-FM” was -4.4 in January. Conversely, Connoisseur Media in-market adult contemporary WKJY picks up six-wltw logotenths (3.6 – 4.2, 6+) as it jumps from eighth to sixth; it is the strongest 6+-showing for “Long Island’s K-98.3” since reaching 4.3 in February 2015. In the six sweeps prior to the February report, WKTU recorded either a 2.6 or a 2.9 (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), but by dropping seven-tenths in February to 2.2 (6+), it slumped from #13 to #21. The iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR rebounds with a gain of six-tenths to 2.8 and finishes at #16. Albeit down one-tenth (5.9 – 5.8, 6+), co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100” repeats at #1. Its lead though over Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM (5.5 – 5.7, +.2, 6+) is just one-tenth; WALK was -.9 in February and -3.7 in January (10.1 – 6.4 – 5.5, 6+). After three straight stays at #1, WALK-FM dropped to second in February. It had gained one full-share in December and was +3.9 in “Holiday” 2015. In 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) for the 33rd straight ratings period, CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp Radio” drops three-tenths (2.5 – 2.2, 6+) and departs the top 20 (#17 to #21).

10) Riverside – Ping-ponging 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.4 (December 2015 – February 2016, 6+), Liberman regional Mexican KRQB “Que KRQBBuena 96.1″ (eighth to seventh) notches a +.6 to 3.0, matching its November stat. Up by one-half share (6.4 – 6.9, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is #1 for the fifth consecutive ratings period. After recording an eight-tenths increase tokqie advance from ninth to seventh, rhythmic oldies KQIE “Old School 104.7” hands back more than half of it (1.9 – 2.7 – 2.2, -.5, 6+) and returns to ninth; 2.7 was the best 6+-performance for the KQIE frequency (formerly rhythmic CHR) since “Holiday” 2013 (2.9). Breaking February’s second-place tie, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KGGI gains three-tenths (5.0 – 5.3, 6+), while Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies outlet KOLA improves by one-tenth (5.0 – 5.1, 6+). Now at #3, KOLA had been in the runner-up slot the past four sweeps. The consecutive string of up or flat monthlies for KSSE “Super Estrella” ends at 11 (.2 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5 -.5 -.6, 6+), as the Entravision Spanish contemporary outlet dips two-tenths to 2.4 (#15 to #18, 6+).

11) San Jose – Off a combined four-tenths in the past two monthlies (1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5, 6+), Entercom rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102 The Throwback Station” roars back with a +.9 to 2.4 (#13, 6+). Frozen on .6 (6+) in December krbq logoand “Holiday” and then on .7 (6+) in January and February, urban AC KBLX “102.9 The Bay’s R&B” dials up a +.8 to 1.5, taking it to a three-way tie at #23. Improving by six-tenths each are Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” and iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KISQ “Kiss 98.1” (1.7 – 2.3, #14). Unchanged at #2, “The Sports Leader” regains the six-tenths it lost in February (6.5 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+). The February -.6 by KNBR curtailed three straight gains (5.1 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5,kisq 6+). “The Sports Leader” is one-tenth behind Univision Spanish adult hits KBRG Mas Variedad 100.3″ which – despite being flat at 6.6 (6+) – repeats at #1. Duplicating its February accomplishment, Empire Broadcasting-owned KRTY gains one-half share (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.6, 6+) as “Hot Country 95.3” inches up from seventh to sixth. “Hot Country” was stuck on 3.6 (6+) in “Holiday” 2015 and January 2016. Also improving by +.5 is iHeartMedia hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3” (2.6 – 3.1, 6+), which enters the top ten (#12 to #10). The -1.1 that KSJO “Bolly 92.3 – The Bay Area’s Bollywood Station” endures in San Jose (1.5 – .4, #30) is nearly twice the -.6 it had in San Francisco (see above). In 1.0 – 1.8 territory for the 12th straight sweep, Cumulus Media triple A KFOG “The Bay Area’s Original” drops one-half share (1.8 – 1.3, 6+) and freefalls out of the top 20 (#20 to #26). Faltering for the third consecutive ratings period (8.9 – 5.8 – 5.1 – 4.7, 6+), Alpha Media adult contemporary KBAY (third to fourth) is off a combined 4.2 shares and roughly 47%. Prior to falling to third-place in January, KBAY had been anchored at #1 the previous 14 sweeps. Without a decrease in the last seven sweeps and up one full-share in that time (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+), CBS Radio alternative KITS “Live 105” drops four-tenths to 2.2; ironically it moves from a three-way tie at #12 to a three-way logjam at #15.

12) Middlesex – For the sixth straight ratings period, WBLS is either up or flat and is a cumulative +1.3 in that stretch (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+). The +.5 in March pushes the Emmis urban AC from fifth to wkxwfourth. Also improving by one-half share is Cumulus Media talker WABC (1.7 – 2.2, 6+), which is in a three-way tie at #18. A loss of nine-tenths (3.0 – 2.1, 6+) spirals Spanish Broadcasting System-owned Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM “93.1 Amor” out of the top 20 (#14 to #21). After crossing the nine-share threshold (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history, Townsquare Media talker WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” is off by two-tenths (9.1 – 8.9, 6+), but remains at #1 for the third straight time. Up or flat for the fifth straight time in Middlesex-Somerset-Union (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” is unchanged at #8. Following a +.7 in November; +.6 in December; -.9 in “Holiday”; a robust +1.5 in January; and -1.2 in February (3.0 – 3.7 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 4.9, 3.7, 6+), Univision Spanish tropical WXNY “X-96.3” is off by a modest one-tenth to 3.6, falling from ninth to tenth (6+).

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