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Cumulus Names Cunningham KLOS PD; Madden to KXXR, Minneapolis and Lassman Joins Tom Barnard Show. In a series of moves, Cumulus Media announces the appointment of Keith Cunningham program director for classic rock KLOS, Los Angeles and names him format captain as well. At the same time, KLOS PD Derek Madden is moving to the company’s rock KXXR, Minneapolis “93X” to program that station and continue serving as corporate programmer, rock & alternative. Current KXXR PD John Lassman moves to an on-air post with the “Tom Barnard Morning Show.” Cunningham joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia where he was VP of programming for that company’s Seattle cluster.
Lopez Relocates to Cumulus New York as Market Manager. Fourteen-year general sales manager of CBS Radio New York all-news siblings WCBS-AM and WINS Chad Lopez is appointed vice president and market manager of the cross-town cluster owned by Cumulus Media. “Chad is a highly talented and experienced sales leader behind several legendary brands in New York City radio,” comments Cumulus senior vice president Gary Pizzati. “Relationships he has built and the respect he has developed with the ad community over the last 15 years are unprecedented. This was clearly the next and natural step in his career. We are extremely excited to have Chad on our team and as a member of the Cumulus family.” According to Lopez, “Cumulus presented me with a tremendous opportunity to further my career and run an iconic group of stations in my hometown. I couldn’t be more excited and ready to take on this challenge.” A former U.S. Navy officer, Lopez previously was director of sales for CBS Radio New York, and for five years was Dom Camera and Associates’ senior media buyer. Among the stations comprising Cumulus Media New York are hot AC WPLJ (1.9, #18, 6+, January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM), talk WABC (1.6, #19), and country WNSH (1.5, #20).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Los Angeles alternative KYSR “ALT 98.7,” Andrew Harms is the new APD/music director and afternoon personality, replacing Trey Morgan at the iHeartMedia station. Morgan recently exited for new opportunities…..A new market president for iHeartMedia’s Milwaukee and Madison clusters is named as Colleen Valkoun is officially promoted from her VP of sales post for the same markets. She’s been interim market manager since Jeff Tyler recently left the markets to become market president of the company’s Minneapolis cluster…..At Woof Boom Radio’s WERK, Muncie, Indiana, Paul Poteet a.k.a. Indiana’s Weatherman, joins the classic hits station for afternoon drive. He’ll also appear on the morning show hosted by Brownie…..Spanish-language media corporation Entravision announces it is promoting María Lopez-Knowles from chief marketing officer of its Pulpo Media business unit to the newly created position of CMO of Entravision.
Cumulus Q4 Revenue Flat; Up 1.4% for Whole of 2014. The release of fourth quarter and 2014 financial numbers and president and CEO Lew Dickey’s investor’s conference call took place yesterday. While the fourth quarter started out pretty good for Cumulus Media, Dickey notes that – much like the rest of the industry – revenue began to tail off leading up to Thanksgiving and stayed that way through December. Net revenue (pro forma) for the fourth quarter was up 0.3% and up 1.4% for the entire year of 2014. Dickey also said during the call that the company has ceased its search for an EVP of radio after determining that it does not need to fill that position. Jon Pinch held the title until he left to run the company’s Atlanta station group.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic Hot AC. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of the ratings performances of CHR-based stations, according to data from the January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM survey. This report covers the rhythmic hot AC format and, in addition to comparing the 6+ numbers of those stations, it also compares them with mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR outlets. You can view Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.
Hubbard Radio Officially Names McNeil and McMurray WDRV, Chicago Morning Hosts. The rumor of this pairing of Chicago radio personalities was reported by Windy City media writer Robert Feder last week but now Hubbard Radio makes it official, saying the Dan McNeil and Pete McMurray show will debut on classic rock WDRV “The Drive” in early March, replacing the retiring Steve Downes. Dan McNeil is, of course, a well-known sports talk personality in the market who comes to “The Drive” after a long stint with CBS RADIO’s WSCR which ended last June. Pete McMurray is currently evening host on Tribune’s news/talk WGN. In a press statement, Hubbard Chicago’s VP and market manager John Gallagher comments, “We are all very excited to bring two well-known Chicago personalities together with one iconic rock brand. ‘The Drive’ has maintained a dominant classic rock position in the market for many years. The departure of Steve Downes offered us the opportunity to reevaluate our mission and once again bring something unique to mornings.”
PPM Stats Are Forthcoming. January ratings information for Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM markets will be released later today (Tuesday, 2/17) and we anticipate that the great majority of the more than three-dozen facilities that registered double-figures (6+) in the “Holiday” 2014 survey will return to single-digits. Most are adult contemporary outlets that transitioned to all-Christmas music between (roughly) Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. Led by iHeartMedia‘s adult contemporary outlet in Portland, the top ten (6+) share leaders from “Holiday” 2014 are: KKCW, Portland 18.1; KSFI, Salt Lake City 17.9; WEJZ, Jacksonville 17.9; WMJX, Boston 16.5; WMAG, Greensboro 16.1; KQQL, Minneapolis 15.3; WWLI, Providence 15.2; WRCH, Hartford 15.2; WBEB, Philadelphia 15.1; and WLIF, Baltimore 14.6. Finishing 11-20 are: KESZ, Phoenix 14.3; WLIT, Chicago 14.2; WJXA, Nashville 14.1; WWSW, Pittsburgh 14.0; WRAL, Raleigh 14.0; WNIC, Detroit 13.7; WYXB, Indianapolis 13.7; WASH, Washington, DC 13.6; WLTW, New York 13.5; and KSNE, Las Vegas 13.2. The next ten (21-30) are: WDUV, Tampa 13.0; WMGF, Orlando 12.8; KODA, Houston 12.5; WVKL, Norfolk 12.5; KOSI, Denver 12.4; WLTW, Middlesex 12.4; KOST, Los Angeles 12.2; WRIT, Milwaukee 12.2; WRVR, Memphis 11.5; and WRRM, Cincinnati 11.2. Remaining stations that hit double-digits (6+) in the “Holiday” 2014 report are: WDOK, Cleveland 11.1; KRWM, Seattle 10.7; KOIT-FM, San Francisco 10.6; WALK-FM, Long Island 10.6; WKQC, Charlotte 10.5; WLW, Cincinnati 10.3; and KQXT, San Antonio 10.0. All of the above are FM music outlets, with the exception of Cincinnati AM talker WLW. The first of four installments of RadioInfo‘s exclusive “Top Ten Takeaways” from the January 2015 results will be posted tomorrow (Wednesday, 2/18).
WWMX, Baltimore Personality Maria Dennis Successfully Battles Leukemia. The story of CBS RADIO jock Maria Dennis beating leukemia was featured recently on WJZ-TV, Baltimore. Dennis is the midday personality on adult contemporary WWMX, Baltimore “Mix 106.5.” It was less than a year ago that Dennis was diagnosed with leukemia. After chemotherapy treatment and a bone marrow transplant, she’s been given a cancer-free diagnosis. See the WJZ-TV story here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Hit radio pro Lisa Paige is hosting a new syndicated CHR radio show being offered by Townsquare Media and its PopCrush.com brand. In addition to airing live in the evenings (7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight ET) on 38 Townsquare Media stations and via the company’s mobile app, it will be made available to other stations by Compass Media Networks. It’s being described as featuring “the hottest new pop music, as well as…trending entertainment and music information.”…..Denny More is hanging up his headphones after a long radio career, the last seven years of which have been spent co-hosting the morning show at Telemedia’s country WGRX, Fredericksburg, Virginia. His last day will be May 29.
Corporate Promotions at Cherry Creek Radio. At the corporate level, Cherry Creek Radio announces eight promotions that affect its 55 O&O stations in 15 Western U.S. markets. Moving up from regional director of sales to EVP and regional manager are: Kelley Cheatwood, John Craft, and Ron Korb. Group PD Bob Guerra rises to EVP/director of programming. Rita Calvin adds EVP stripes to her controller position. Travis Cronen is now VP/director of operations & IT; Ken Eklund is upped to VP of engineering, and Mary Sims becomes VP/director of accounting. Cherry Creek Radio president and CEO Joe Schwartz comments, “With our new financial structure in place and with the many plans we have to grow the company, I feel it was important to recognize these eight individuals for the outstanding work they have done for the company over their tenure at Cherry Creek Radio. Each of these promotions are for employees who have been with the company for at least eight years or more.”
Futuri Media Awarded Patents for Instant Alert and Listener Driven Radio. Calling it a “milestone for the company,” Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig announces the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent to him and the company’s chief technical officer Brian Seeders for its “Instant Alert” and Listener Driven Radio (LDR) technology. In a press release, Futuri Media says the patent describes a broad range of methods related to Listener Driven™ programming, including Instant Alerts, where listeners can receive e-mail, SMS text, and tweets moments before their favorite songs play on the air. This is also one of several U.S. and foreign patents and pending patent applications held by the company that describes and protects its unique interactive mobile and social apps. Anstandig comments, “Futuri has invested a significant amount in R&D related to interactive broadcasting as well as social and mobile technology for local broadcasters. The issuance of this patent is a milestone for our company and our many innovative broadcast partners, who have used this and our other technologies to drive ratings and revenue since the company’s launch in 2009.” Futuri CIO Brian Parsons adds, “Protection of our team’s innovations is critical. Our goal is to shape the future of media with social and mobile technology that makes it possible for consumers to embrace and personalize their favorite media brands. Whether it’s an interactive playlist, alerts for your favorite songs, a feature-rich mobile app, or social monitoring, we’re striving to create easy-to-use platforms that deliver innovative and proprietary high value for our partners.”
WDRV, Chicago’s Steve Downes Calls it a Career. Forty-four year radio pro and current morning host at Hubbard Radio’s classic rock “The Drive” – Steve Downs – announced to fans this morning that he would be retiring from the station and the business after 14 years leading the wake-show. Telling listeners he and his wife had been discussing the matter for about a year, they’ve decided to travel and enjoy their grandchildren in Colorado. Greg Solk, Hubbard Chicago SVP/programming, adds, “Waking up and hearing anybody else on ‘The Drive’ is going to be an adjustment, for sure. Steve has been such a perfect morning man, collaborator and friend to all of us. He has helped ‘The Drive’ achieve wild success and is always going to be a part of our DNA. Steve has generously agreed to allow us to use his pipes in station promos and will continue to host the United Stations-syndicated weekend show ‘The Classics’ that is broadcast out of ‘The Drive.’”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Latino comic and radio pro Luis Jiminez is returning to the air on Spanish Broadcasting System’s WPAT-FM, Patterson, New Jersey “Amor 93.1 FM” to host the morning drive program. The
new program is called “Sin Censura con Luis Jimenez” (“Luis Jimenez – Uncensored”). The company says the show will also include “a supporting cast of co-hosts, pranksters and outlandish characters.” Jimenez previously hosted “El Vacilon de la Manana” (“The Morning Jive”) on SBS’ WSKQ, New York “Mega 97.9 FM” during the past two decades…..Gabby Diaz moves from her weekend gig at Emmis’ hip hop KPWR, Los Angeles “Power 106” to iHeartMedia’s CHR KYLD, San Francisco “WiLD 94.9” to host the evening program…..Former South Central Communications exec Craig Jacobus – who exited after the company’s assets were acquired by Midwest Communications last year – hangs his Jacobus & Associates shingle. The company is an executive coaching and consulting firm.
Power 105.1’s Angie Martinez Is Goin’ Mobli. New York afternoon personality Angie Martinez adds a new dimension to her media presence bringing content from her WWPR “Power 105” program to fans via social video and photo platform mobli. iHeartMedia and mobli say that this “groundbreaking partnership will bring legendary multimedia personality Angie Martinez’s namesake radio show to fans around the world by exclusively broadcasting her daily interviews and special, behind-the-scenes content, on the mobli app. iHeartMedia New York market president Joe Puglise comments, “iHeartMedia New York is excited to partner with mobli. This gives fans an opportunity for the very first time to peek into the studio ‘live’ to see and hear Angie Martinez celebrity interviews as they are happening.”
Backstage at the GRAMMYs with Westwood One. At yesterday’s Backstage at Westwood One‘s GRAMMYS Red Carpet Radio Row, Zach Sang (left) of “Zach Sang & The Gang,” along with co-host Sasha (right), interview Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz (center). The band’s just-released album, American Beauty/American Psycho, debuted at #1, selling more than 191,000 copies the first week. Its first single, “Centuries,” is certified platinum.
World’s Best Radio Programs Advisory Board Adds Critchlow, Geller. Those competing for New York Festivals’ “World’s Best Radio Programs” will have to impress TBI Media founding director Phil Critchlow and Geller Media president Valerie Geller: Both are named to the international radio program awards advisory board and grand jury. Executive director of the NYF radio program awards Rose Anderson states, “These two thought leaders bring creative expertise and deep knowledge of today’s radio industry. Phil Critchlow and Valerie Geller will add tremendous vision and valuable insights as we engage the worldwide radio community and are responsive to what matters to them.” Critchlow comments, “We at TBI have been lucky enough to win a number of New York Festivals awards, which always means a great deal to the team. I am delighted to become part of the NYF advisory board.” Geller remarks that, “It is stunning and so satisfying on every level to have the opportunity and honor to have the chance to hear the amazing work that news, documentary, and program teams throughout the world are producing/creating. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve as a judge for the NYF awards entries.” BBC-trained Critchlow joined Unique Broadcasting in 1994 and launched The Big Idea 12 years later. He formerly was chair of the UK Radio Independents Group (RIG) and is a fellow of the Radio Academy. Geller has coached radio, television, and internet broadcasters in 35 countries. The former WABC, New York program director and KIOI, San Francisco news director received the Conclave‘s Rockwell lifetime achievement award. Deadline for entering this year’s competition is in approximately six weeks (Thursday, 3/19). A New York City awards ceremony will be held (Monday) June 22.
Lewis Joins A&O&B’s Pre-CRS Seminar Agenda. Social media expert Lori Lewis is added to the agenda for Albright & O’Malley & Brenner‘s annual pre-CRS seminar. Jacobs Media’s director of digital and social strategies explains that, “Social media is not about selling people or directing them on what to do. The heart of social media is service-personalized acknowledgment – helping people feel, be seen, and be heard. It is an excellent way to meet objectives [such as] increased awareness, but it is all in your approach. You are either lifting your stations up, or letting the fans down.” Commenting on the seminar, partner Mike O’Malley states, “It is a half-day of thought-provoking and actionable sessions that sets the stage for CRS.” According to Becky Brenner, “Today’s hectic and demanding schedules often prevent valuable face-time with peers. This is an opportunity to share, learn, grow and reenergize.” A&O&B will present first results of its tenth annual online perceptual study “Roadmap 2015.” In addition, Grammy-winning, multi- platinum selling producer/The Curb Group chief executive officer Jim Ed Norman will share insights into the current state of the country music industry and the format’s future. Co-sponsored with Big Machine Label Group‘s Republic Nashville, the three-and-a-half-hour (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) A&O&B pre-CRS seminar takes place in just over two weeks (Wednesday, 2/25) at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
iHM Indy Celebrates Bacon! The three iHeartMedia Indianapolis radio stations produced the market’s first-ever Bacon Fest last weekend. Operations manager Rob Cressman tells RadioInfo the event was a sell-out in advance with more than 2,000 bacon aficionados attending. Cressman adds, “From sweet to savory and from pigtails to popcorn, so many conceivable angles were covered at Saturday’s pork-a-palooza. Many of the finest restaurants in Indianapolis were represented by some highly creative chefs who took this opportunity to create a wide array of bacon-inspired deliciousness. It took a strong group effort to make the inaugural Bacon Fest such a hit and I’m tremendously proud of the iHeart Media group on the achievement.” Pictured here is WFBQ midday personality Laura Steele (third from left) posed for a pic with some of the festival’s attendees.
Duane Doobie, Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working, co-music editor, Duane Doobie, Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, including this week Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at “Real Country” 96.9 WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia and Bayley Brown, WKLC-FM (Rock 105), St. Albans/Charleston, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (1/28) includes such names as: Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Andy Grammer, Olly Murs, Travie McCoy, Gym Class Heroes, Childish Gambino, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Nick Jonas, Miguel, Jonas Brothers, San Fermin, Houndmouth, AWOLNATION, Stone Senate, Savage Garden, JD McPherson, The Mowgli’s, Zac Brown Band, Mickey Guyton, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dani-Elle, Ryan Bingham, Josh Nolan, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Kenny Chesney, Grace Potter, Blackberry Smoke, Gorgon City, Jennifer Hudson, Kiesza, Korveil, Portugal, The Man, Cowp, and George Ezra, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Coleman Insights Study Reaction: Why Wait? In the second part of a series about how listeners engage with music across traditional and emerging platforms, Coleman Insights’ Matt Bailey writes about why music listening and music buying by consumers are different and that radio stations should be careful not to confuse the two. Bailey writes that based on a comparison of two different sets of Billboard data it becomes apparent that, “music buying and music listening patterns are fundamentally different. When you understand why they’re different, you’ll also understand how making new music decisions based on sales data can lead your station astray.” How programmers operating new music stations choose their adds is probably a combination of factors, with sales serving a part of that. But by waiting too long for sales data, a radio station can miss the boat and pass up the opportunity to add a song that becomes a mega hit and cement itself as a reliable place to discover new music. Radio’s slipping status as a place to discover new music among young people has been well documented. An anecdotal example of this is Lorde’s “Royals.” RadioInfo editors recall hearing the song in regular rotation on SiriusXM some three months before most FM radio stations began adding it and before it took off on the sales charts. This certainly helps SiriusXM’s “cool factor” for those who heard it there first. According to RadioInfo co-music editor (and veteran music radio programmer), Duane Doobie, Sr., “The Coleman Insights conclusion is right on the money. There is no way a radio station or music radio personality can claim any kind of ‘ownership’ of the music culture without relying on their very own personal gut, instincts, taste, and first-hand ‘street’ knowledge of the music scene – and then take a leap of faith with nothing more than those assets to rely upon. And if they are smart enough to ‘know what they don’t know’ — then they must be able to identify and trust the leadership of those in the field (or those they have hired) who have proven to have these skills and quickly follow their lead. That’s why RadioInfo encourages the place and role of the ‘golden-eared’ programmer as a vital player in keeping music radio alive. We cannot be a passive medium of followers any longer and expect people who care about music to continue turning to the radio to get their fix of new, hot, happening music and the passion that accompanies appreciating it.”
Cipha Sounds Exits ‘Hot 97’ in New York. After a 17-year career with New York hip hop outlet WQHT “Hot 97,” air personality Cipha Sounds exits. From a story in the New York Daily News, Sounds was apparently surprised when the station chose to hire Nessa Nitty as the afternoon drive jock – taking the slot long held by Angie Martinez who jumped across the street to Clear Channel’s WWPR “Power 105” – and believed he was not considered for the gig even though he’d been filling the slot since Martinez’s departure. The paper is wondering if his decision to go on a podcast and question Emmis management’s decision was the deciding factor in his ouster. It certainly could have been since Emmis, upon announcing Nitty’s hiring, noted that Sounds would remain with the station in another capacity. Now, a week later, that is not the case.
It’s Official: ‘i94’ in Indy Becomes ‘93.9 The Beat.’ Indianapolis hot AC WRWM officially becomes classic hip hop as “93.9 The Beat” – a format it’s been airing since after the holidays. Cumulus Media announces the station officially kicked off the new format this week with “wall-to-wall music, giving hip hop fans 100% classic hip hop with a unique blend of music. Cumulus SVP of programming Mike McVay comments, “We’re excited to have this format in our stable. First in wins and we’re already seeing the spoils of victory.” Programmer Jay Michaels adds, “The response from Indy to our new radio station has been more than positive, both from listeners and advertisers. This format is the rhythmic answer to hot AC – and has already proven to be Indy’s new favorite radio station. I couldn’t be prouder to lead the new ‘93.9 The Beat’ to victory!”
O’Malley Upped to Westwood One Senior VP, Strategic Sales Partnerships. Trading in the title of Cumulus vice president of brand solutions, Paul O’Malley becomes Westwood One’s senior vice president of strategic sales partnerships. According to Westwood One president Steve Shaw, “Bringing Paul over to run our new strategic sales division was a no-brainer. His wealth of experience in new business development, world-class reputation among agencies, and vast knowledge of our assets make him the prefect partner to lead this new team. We are building an impressive and outstanding sales force and Paul is a top-tier player on the team.” O’Malley comments that he is “excited by the opportunity” to “deliver experiential solutions which will encompass national scale and local engagement. The best brands in the U.S. are asking for new, innovative, and measured programs. Westwood One and Cumulus have assets and capabilities that are unparalleled in the industry and that deliver results for advertisers. I look forward to growing our client base and driving revenue across our platforms.” Atlanta-based O’Malley previously (2004 – 2011) was Citadel’s regional president of sales.
Tate to Produce WRAL, Raleigh’s ‘Gene & Julie’ Show. At the Capitol Broadcasting Company’s hot AC WRAL-FM, Raleigh “MIX 101.5,” Casey Tate joins the station to produce the morning drive “Gene & Julie” show, hosted by real-life married couple Gene and Julie Gates. The couple says, “Casey is a dedicated professional with great energy and amazing creativity. We can’t wait to have him join the team!” Most recently, Tate produced the morning show at Lincoln Financial Media-owned WSTR, Atlanta “STAR 94.”
Westwood One to Vacate Montfort Drive Offices in Dallas. With the looming expiration of Westwood One’s lease at the Dallas offices – located at 13725 Montfort Drive – later this year, the company announces it will move those operations to other facilities. Westwood One will build out some new broadcast facilities at the TM Studios operations on Academy Lane in Dallas, and will move programming, production and affiliate sales there. The company reports that back-office functions (traffic and affiliate service/affidavit management) will be relocated to an existing Cumulus facility in nearby Arlington. “Other than some duplicated facility support positions, there will be no other changes to staffing related to the relocations.”
By Howard B. Price
ABC Television Network
Director, Business Continuity
“It’s YOUR fault, you know. YOUR fault a huge, powerful storm system hundreds of miles wide had the temerity to jog just 50 miles farther east, turning a forecast blizzard for many into a whimpering flurry.”
“Oh, and it’s YOUR fault, too – you emergency managers and business continuity pros – YOUR fault government and businesses took decisions that inconvenienced many and cost untold dollars in lost revenue or extra expense.”
Yeah, well – speaking as both a broadcaster and a certified emergency planning professional – to that I say simply and with strong resolve: “Good for us.”
Holiday 2014 PPM Data – Part Two. Holiday 2014 PPM data has been released by Nielsen Audio for Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. See the ratings for all subscribing stations here. The December survey period covered December 4 – December 31. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.
1) Washington, DC – WASH-FM’s fourth consecutive gain is massive, five full-shares. Since September, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility has more than tripled its 6+ share (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 8.6 – 13.6). Repeating at #1, WASH easily beats the combined totals of American University-owned WAMU (6.8 – 6.4, -.4, third to second) and Hubbard all-news WTOP (7.0 – 6.1, -.9, second to third). This is the ninth straight sweep in which WAMU is in the six-share range (6.9 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.4, 6+). Down for the fifth successive ratings period for a combined -2.4 (8.5 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.1, 6+), WTOP was #1 for 11 consecutive months before being ousted by WASH in December. Another spoken-word outlet impacted by WASH is Cumulus talker WMAL (3.6, -1.2), which sees its streak of progressive or flat trends end at seven (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.8), as it tumbles from sixth to ninth. After three successive up trends (5.4 – 6.5 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+), Howard University‘s WHUR faltered by eight-tenths in December and declines by another seven-tenths (7.0 – 6.2 – 5.5), but remains at #4. Albeit flat at 3.9 and steady at #8, urban AC rival – Radio One‘s WMMJ “Majic 102.3″ – halts three successive negative trends (4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+).
2) Boston – Over and above registering an eye-popping December – “Holiday” increase in excess of seven full-shares enabling it to stay at #1, Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7″ now boasts the market’s best-ever (6+) share in the PPM-era (+7.4, 9.1 – 16.5). Two outlets noticeably impacted by “Magic” though are its own cluster-mates – classic hits WROR (6.0 – 5.4, -.6) and country WKLB (6.0 – 5.2, -.8). Prior to being unseated by “Magic” in December, iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” finished first for 11 straight survey periods. After a -.7 in December, “Kiss-FM” drops another eight-tenths but remains at #2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.6, 6+). Boston University‘s WBUR achieved its best-ever (6+) PPM performance in November (5.1). Since then, however, it has endured a one-half share decline in December and a -.9 in “Holiday” (5.1 – 4.6 – 3.7, 6+) – it is steady at #8.
3) Detroit - Owing to a potent November-December +5.3 to 9.6 (6+), WNIC shot all the way from #11 to #1. The iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility tacks on another +4.1 as it reaches 13.7. As a result, WNIC outscores the combined runner-up totals of urban AC sibling WMXD “Mix 92.3″ (6.8 – 6.5, -.3) and CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOMC (5.6 – 6.5), which actually rings up the market’s second-best (6+) December – “Holiday” increase (+.9) to climb from fifth to a second-place tie. In November, WOMC’s country sibling WYCD ended four straight downward sweeps (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 4.8 – 4.7, 6+) with a +.3. “Detroit’s Country” regressed by six-tenths (December) and now in the “Holiday” report takes a -.9 spike (5.0 – 4.4 – 3.5) to decline from #10 to #12. The rollercoaster ride continues for WJR, which hung out a +.8 in November; gave seven-tenths back in December; and now falters by -.9 to 4.1. In the process, the heritage Cumulus talker has fallen from fifth in October and November to sixth in December and now to ninth (“Holiday”). Also in the spoken-word arena, CBS Radio all-news WWJ stumbles by one full-share to 5.0 to slide from fourth to sixth; WWJ heretofore registered 6.0 in three of the last four sweeps (6+). After five straight extremely modest increases (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), public WUOM surrenders all six-tenths it gained and is back to 1.2 (#23).
4) Seattle – December’s +1.3 to 6.2 enabled KRWM “Warm 106.9 – Today’s Music Variety” to progress from a fourth-place tie to #1. The Hubbard adult contemporary more than triples that gain to reach double-digits (6.2 – 10.7, +4.5) and edges out the added totals of co-owned CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ (6.0 – 5.6, -.4, steady at #2) and Entercom rocker KISW (4.9 – 5.0, +.1, fourth to third). It is the third successive downward trend for KQMV (6.8 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6, 6+). Conversely, with a +.3 to 3.6 (#14 to #10), Bonneville‘s sports-formatted KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN” applies the brakes to three consecutive negative monthlies that produced a combined -1.2 (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.3). After registering a +.4 in December, iHeartMedia CHR KBKS “Kiss-FM” sputters by nine-tenths to 3.3 (#9 to #11). Declining by seven-tenths each are Sinclair hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5″ (3.8 – 3.1, #10 to #13) and CBS Radio‘s KMPS “Seattle Country” (3.4 – 2.7, #13 to #17).
5) Phoenix - All-Christmas music continues to be a red-hot programming strategy in the “Valley of the Sun,” with iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ more than doubling December’s +3.2 (7.8 – 14.3, +6.5) to remain at #1. By way of perspective, the next three finishers as a group – talk sibling KFYI (5.3 – 5.1, -.2) and Hubbard cluster-mates KSLX “Classic Rock 100.7″ (5.0 – 4.6, -.4) and KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” (4.8 – 4.6, -.2) – can only tie KESZ’s 14.3 (6+). KFYI had been up or flat the past six sweeps (3.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.3, 6+) for a cumulative +2.1. Meanwhile, Riviera Broadcasting adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis” began playing wall-to-wall Christmas music the first day of the December sweep and notches its third straight improvement (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.8 – 2.8, 6+), nearly tripling its 6+-stat in that time frame. Ranked #25 in December, “The Oasis” catapults to a four-way tie at #12. Following a +.4 to 5.1, iHeartMedia hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9″ surrenders seven-tenths to 4.4, dropping from third to fifth.
6) Minneapolis – It is a one-two-three iHeartMedia finish, but CHR KDWB (9.0 – 8.5, -.5, #1 to #2) and KEEY “K-102 – Today’s Country” (7.4 – 6.5, -.9, steady at #3) together cannot match classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108,” which virtually doubles its December share (7.7 – 15.3, +7.6). “Kool 108″ dislodges KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station,” which had been on top for four straight monthlies. It has been common this sweep to see one station in a market (“Kool 108″ in this case) make a gigantic December – “Holiday” gain, but without ramifications of one-share or more for multiple stations. Such is not the case in the Twin Cities, where fifth-place tie occupants – iHeartMedia sports KFXN “K-Fan” (6.7 – 5.5, -1.2) and Hubbard hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95″ (6.6 – 5.5, -1.1) are down by over a full-share. Another iHeartMedia outlet, hot AC KTCZ “Cities 97″ (5.7 – 4.6, eighth to tenth), takes a -1.2 hit. It is CBS Radio country property KMNB, however, that has the greatest erosion (-1.9). Since September, “Buz’email@example.com″ has trended 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 4.4 (-2.4 in that stretch) and it freefalls from sixth in December to eleventh.
7) San Diego – Adult contemporary ranks first and third in “America’s Finest City” after CBS Radio‘s KYXY more than doubles December’s 3.4 (7.0, +3.6) to make an astronomical #11-to-#1 leap, while Lincoln Financial Media‘s KIFM “Easy 98.1″ improves by +1.2 (4.8 – 6.0), bumping up to third from fifth. In contrast to the +1.2 by “Easy 98.1,” country sibling KSON loses one full-share (5.2 – 4.2) as it regresses from third to seventh. Dropping from #16 to #20, alternative XTRA is down or flat for the fourth straight monthly report (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 2.7 – 2.0) and is a combined -1.3 since September. Falling by six-tenths each are Univision Spanish adult hits KLQV “Mas Variedad” (3.4 – 2.8, #10 to #14) and Midwest TV talker KFMB-AM (2.1 – 1.5, #23).
8) Denver – Having leapfrogged from eighth to first in December, Entercom adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” racks up an additional +5.9 (6.5 – 12.4). The next two stations after #1 KOSI – co-owned KQMT “A Mountain of Classics” (5.3 – 5.4, +.1, repeating at #2) and public KCFR (5.2 – 5.1, -.1, steady at #3) – account for a 10.5 (6+) compared to the leader’s 12.4. The last time KYGO-FM “Denver’s #1 for New Country” had a positive trend was a +.5 to 6.2 May – June. Since then though, the Lincoln Financial Media property has been down or flat for a combined -2.0, which includes its current -1.0 (6.2 – 6.2 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.2, 6+). KYGO slides from a three-way tie at #3 in December to #8. Following a -.9 in December, iHeartMedia talker KOA loses another one-half share (4.5 – 4.0), yet actually improves from tenth to ninth.
9) Baltimore – The fifth successive progressive trend for CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9″ is a gargantuan +7.6 (3.8 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 14.6, 6+). In addition to adding 10.8 shares since August (6+), “Today’s 101.9″ more than doubles its 6+-stat since December as it climbs from third to first. It puts an end to the four-month penthouse stay of iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station,” which has the dubious distinction of notching the largest (6+) December – “Holiday” loss of any station in the 24 PPM markets whose data Nielsen Audio has released thus far (8.6 – 6.6, -2.0, first to third). Declining by seven-tenths each are classical WBJC (2.7 – 2.0, #12 to #13) and public WYPR (#14 to #17). It is the seventh straight survey in which WYPR has been down or flat (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 14).
10) St. Louis – Notching identical +3.6 improvements – as well as making major ranker jumps – are CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK “Fresh 102.5″ (4.9 – 8.5) and iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU (4.8 – 8.4). “Fresh” catapults from eighth to first, while KLOU breaks out of a three-way tie at ninth to capture the runner-up slot. After posting a +.3 in April, WIL-FM had seven straight down or flat monthlies (7.6 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.8) until December’s +.7, which took the Hubbard-owned country station from fourth to first. It relinquishes the +.7 (and one-tenth more, 6.5 – 5.7) and dips from first to fourth. Gaining by a hearty +.9 (each) are Emmis rocker KSHE “K-She 95″ (6.2 – 7.1, steady at #3) and iHM CHR KSLZ Z-107-7″ (4.8 – 5.7, three-way tie at #9 to #4). Experiencing steep declines of -1.2 though are Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1″ (6.4 – 5.2) and “Fresh” hot AC cluster-mate KYKY “Y-98″ (5.7 – 4.5); “Hot 104.1″ falls from second to seventh, while “Y-98″ sputters from fourth to eleventh. Losses among spoken-word stations include CBS Radio talker KMOX (5.4 – 4.3, -1.1) and public KWMU (4.4 – 3.4, -1.0). It is the third successive negative ratings period for KMOX reflecting a stunning -4.6 (8.9 – 6.8 – 5.4 – 4.3, 6+) and more than 50% drop in its 6+ share, as the former #1 (April through November) falls out of the top ten (#6 to #12). The -1.0 for KWMU comes after December’s -.9.
Special Note: Among all stations from the 12 just released PPM markets, the top ten gainers (6+, December – “Holiday”) are: KQQL, Minneapolis (+7.6); WLIF, Baltimore (+7.6); WMJX, Boston (+7.4); KESZ, Phoenix (+6.5); KOSI, Denver (+5.9); WASH-FM, Washington, DC (+5.0); KRWM, Seattle (+4.5); WNIC, Detroit (+4.1); KYXY, San Diego (+3.6); KEZK, St. Louis (+3.6); and KLOU, St. Louis (+3.6).
Edgar ‘Shoboy’ Sotelo Named Morning Host at ‘92.3 AMP Radio’ in New York. In an unusual shift across formats, CBS RADIO imports Spanish-language morning star Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo – award-winning personality at regional Mexican KMVK, Dallas – to host his “Shoboy in the Morning” program on CHR WBMP “92.3 AMP Radio” in New York, in an effort to catch iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z100,” the top-rated CHR station in the market. WBMP program director Rick Thomas says, “We’re establishing a new take on morning drive with this show. The emphasis will remain on music but with an infusion of relevant and useful information – with a touch of Shoboy’s positive humor – that New Yorkers need to start their day. We are thrilled to welcome Shoboy and his award-winning personality to AMP.” Joining Sotelo on the program that debuted this morning (1/22) is Nina Hajian, who’s been hosting mornings on the company’s KZZO, Sacramento.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Taking over the programming duties at LM Communications-owned triple A WCOO, Charleston, South Carolina “105.5 The Bridge” is Matthew Potter. He also programs the company’s rock WYBB “98 Rock” and hosts the PM drive show. He replaces programmer Laura Lee who remains hosting the midday show on WCOO…..Max Media parts ways with 20-year-plus morning duo Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jen Lewis who held the gig at country WGH “97.3 The Eagle.” The station is seeking a replacement morning show…..Adding brand manager duties to her current music director responsibilities at Saga Communications’ triple A “98.1 The River” in Asheville, North Carolina – heard on the HD2 channel of WOXL and translator W251AO – is Heather Anders…..JD Garfield is the new morning host and assistant program director at Impact Radio-owned hip hop KWYD, Boise “WiLD 101.1.” He comes to Impact from his most recent gig as OM at Midwest Family Broadcasting’s Springfield, Missouri cluster.
Klein In As PD of WNOW. While he will not begin his new duties until a bit later this month (1/26), Mike Klein is set to program Radio One Indianapolis CHR WNOW-FM “Radio Now 100.9.” Vice president and general manager Chuck Williams observes, “We are all looking forward to having Mike on our team to play a key role in the continued growth of our staff and our top 40 station. He is a great fit for our team.” Klein comments, “I am very excited to be the next leader of ‘Radio Now.’ I cannot wait to work with the amazing team to continue to grow [the station’s] brand on air and online.” In addition to his “Radio Now” PD duties, Klein will do an on-air shift. He succeeds Leo Baldwin, who is operations manager of Digity Media‘s West Palm Beach cluster. Most recently, Klein programmed WNVZ “Z-104. It was his second tour-of-duty at the Entercom Norfolk rhythmic CHR – he previously worked there for approximately seven years (1999 – 2006). His other PD credits include Louisville’s WLGX and WNRW, as well as WBVD, Melbourne, Florida. In addition, Klein has worked at iHeartMedia CHR outlets WHTZ “Z-100,” New York; WIHT “Hot 99.5,” Washington, DC; and WFLZ, Tampa. WNOW changed its call letters from WNOU roughly seven months ago.
Beasley Broadcast Group Bumps Up Monahan to CRO. Seven-year executive vice president of sales Heather Monahan is elevated to chief revenue officer – a newly created Beasley Broadcast Group position, where she will oversee all sales of BBG’s core radio, digital, and non-traditional revenue opportunities. President and chief operating officer Bruce Beasley remarks, “As the radio broadcasting industry continues to offer a wider variety of ways in which we service advertisers, it became evident that having one person at corporate oversee and coordinate these various facets would be beneficial. Heather has proven her loyalty to Beasley over the years and has further shown us her ability to manage the sales process.” According to Miami resident Monahan, “What most excites me is the opportunity to define a holistic strategy that optimizes and unites our entertainment brands, engaged consumers, and marketing partners. At Beasley, our local market teams strive to create a dynamic local presence through our on-air and digital brands. Our continued evolution enables us to further maximize the collective power of our radio brands and connect consumers with marketing partners in an enhanced and more significant way. I am looking forward to delivering improved results for our partners through this new role.” Before joining Beasley Broadcast Group in 2003 as director of sales for the company’s Fort Myers-Naples cluster, Monahan held general manager and sales manager positions for a number of Michigan and Massachusetts stations. The Worcester native is a graduate of Clark University in that Massachusetts city.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Morning personality Cindy Simmons exits Lincoln Financial Media’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “Star 95” after six years hosting the morning drive show…..The Bubba the Love Sponge show is added to the program schedule at JVC Media’s recently acquired country WOTW, Orlando “103.2 The Wolf.” This is the second JVC country station to add the show – it also airs on WTRS, Gainesville “102.3 MyCountry.”…..At the Cape Cod Broadcasting-owned hot AC WQRC “99.9 The Q,” Ralphie Marino replaces Sean Doherty alongside Karen Blake on “The Morning Q.” Marino moves from mornings at sister country outlet WKPE “Cape Country 104” to middays in order to handle both shifts. At WKPE, Cat Wilson becomes morning drive host.
Judge McMahon Not Reversing Turtles-SiriusXM Ruling. In what can be described as another blow to SiriusXM – and potentially numerous other digital pure plays – on the issue of allegations of state copyright violations for pre-1972 song recordings, New York federal judge Colleen McMahon denied the satcaster’s request to reconsider her November ruling. In that decision, McMahon rejected SiriusXM’s argument that Flo & Eddie Inc (which controls the music of The Turtles) don’t have the performing rights to their music in the state of New York. Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (pictured here) – as Flo & Eddie Inc – are suing SiriusXM in Florida and California as well for copyright violations in those states. A Reuters story by Jonathan Stempel reports that Flo & Eddie Inc attorney Harvey Geller says his client will “formally seek class action certification on behalf of itself and other artists, rather than accept McMahon’s alternative of an immediate ruling on liability in its favor.” See the rest of the Reuters story here.
Delay Arises in Entercom’s Deal to Acquire Lincoln Financial Media Stations. The acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media’s 15 radio stations operating in four markets for $105 million will be delayed as Entercom notes in an 8-K filing with the SEC. The company “voluntarily withdrew its notification and report forms filed with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended…Entercom notified the DOJ that it intends to resubmit the HSR Filing within two days after the date of withdrawal. Entercom’s resubmission of the HSR Filing will have the effect of providing the FTC and the DOJ an additional 30 days from the date of resubmission to review the transactions contemplated by the Stock Purchase Agreement.” After the deal is consummated, Entercom will take ownership of Atlanta outlets hot AC WSTR and sports talk WQXI; Denver stations country KYGO, rhythmic CHR KQKS, oldies KRWZ, sports talk KEPN and KKFN, and comedy-formatted translator K276FK; San Diego signals alternative KZBT, country KSON and KSOQ, and adult contemporary KIFM; and Miami outlets AC WLYF, classic hits WMXJ, and sports talk WAXY-AM/FM.
Chris Jamison Visits WBZZ, Pittsburgh’s ‘Bubba Show.’ Steel Town native and Republic recording artist Chris Jamison was part of the recent “Bubba Show Breakfast” in WBZZ, Pittaburgh’s 84 Lumber Theater. Jamison performed live before a few dozen “100.7 Star” listeners and posed for this shot with the staff. From left to right are: WBZZ OM/PD Mark Anderson, station promotion manager John D’Amico, Bubba Show’s Melanie Taylor, Jamison, Bubba Show’s Shelley Duffy, Bubba, and creative services director Ron Ahern.
Cool Job Opportunity. KRNB, Dallas seeks an afternoon drive personality. Are you a multi-dimensional, superstar media personality? Do you “live” and “breathe” the “Smooth R&B” 25-54 lifestyle? Can you captivate listeners on-air, on social media and in-person? Have you mastered PPM and appointment listening? Do you seek every opportunity to engage listeners where they live, work and play? If so, Service Broadcasting may have a rare career opportunity for you. Our new KRNB afternoon drive personality must know how to connect emotionally with listeners to positively impact ratings and relationships. This is a position for an “entertainer,” not a jock. You should also: be a brand builder; display the passion and desire to win every time you open the mic; conduct compelling interviews; connect strongly with the community; be highly engaged and real-time relevant on social media; have strong podcasting and blogging skills (written and video); and possess creative production skills (experience with Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, Vegas and Vox Pro are a plus). Send your mp3, resume, references and social media links to: SBG HR manager, Debbie Henry at: jobs@KRNB.com. No phone calls please. Service Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Cumulus New York to Address Race Relations in ‘Radio Summit’ Simulcast. News/talk WABC and urban contemporary WNBM “Radio 103.9” – both Cumulus Media properties – will present a historic radio summit “and simulcast covering some of the most pressing issues of our time.” In the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury decision, the Eric Garner case and the tensions between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department, both stations will produce a 60-minute, commercial-free discussion focused on the New York City community. The company says, “This broadcast will include substantial, heartfelt conversation discussing the issues facing the city, recounting events and proposing proactive solutions on how the city and its people can move forward.” Taking part in the discussion will be 77 WABC’s Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby, ‘Radio 103.9’ host DL Hughley and Minister Kirsten John Foy, Northeast Regional Director of the National Action Network. It will air tomorrow (1/14) at 12:00 noon ET and will also stream on each station’s website. WABC program director Craig Schwalb says, “Ultimately, our stations are here to serve the community and this historic simulcast demonstrates our commitment to our audiences in an honest, compelling way.” WNBM programmer Ken Johnson adds, “We are happy to be a part of this extremely timely dialogue. If we can set an example for a civil discussion and spark discourse nationally, then we have accomplished our mission.” RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison was quick to react when learning of this development, stating, “What a powerful, productive idea and use of the enormous potential of radio as a medium of healing and education within the community it serves. What is especially appealing about this initiative is the coming together of a heritage news/talk AM facility with a hip FM culture/music station for the purpose of aggressively and positively addressing highest-common denominator concerns. This type of programming harnesses the inherent positive energy of consolidation. When I hear about this kind of project it stokes my optimism about the future of radio. Yes!”
Bryant Rejoins Westwood One as Executive VP of West Coast Sales. Relocating to Los Angeles, Kim Bryant departs as Cumulus Media New York City market manager to become executive vice president of west coast sales for Cumulus-owned Westwood One. According to Westwood One president Steve Shaw, “Kim is a superb seller and a born leader. She will enhance the quality of our leadership team as we build the industry’s foremost sales organization.” Bryant remarks, “The opportunity to work with Steve Shaw and Westwood One is a dream. The New York Cumulus experience – including the people I have worked with over the last few years – has been terrific. It was a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am thrilled to continue to work for Cumulus in this different capacity and I look forward to having/building success in the west.” Several years ago (2009 – 2011), Bryant was Westwood One’s regional vice president of western ad sales. Her previous background includes being president and market manager for San Francisco stations owned by Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia), and executive vice president of marketing and sales for international cable channel CineMoi. An announcement is reportedly forthcoming regarding Bryant’s replacement in New York City.
McGuire, KKDA-FM Extend Contract. As part of her new three-year deal, Service Broadcasting Dallas urban contemporary KKDA-FM “K-104″ wakeup talent DeDe McGuire will work exclusively for Service and launch new initiatives to grow the show and her brand. Service director of operations/”K-104″ brand manager & program director George “Geo” Cook comments, “DeDe is an innovative, influential personality with an inventive approach to content creation. She continues to evolve as an entertainer who possesses an uncanny connection with her listeners and fans, along with the dynamic ability to drive superior results for our clients and partners. Nobody does it in Dallas – or anywhere on the planet – like ‘DeDe in the Morning.'” McGuire remarks, “All I know is that I am thankful [Service owner] Hymen Childs, ‘Geo,’ and the late Michael Erickson believed in me. They took a chance on giving me my own morning show. It is an honor and dream position. I am so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to strengthen and expand my relationship with the Dallas-Fort Worth communities and the Service Broadcasting family.” McGuire has been with “K-104″ since 2009. In 2011, she was elevated from morning co-host to the lead chair, with the show re-launched one year later as “DeDe in the Morning” – the program’s co-hosts are Lady Jade and Michael Shawn. Until recently, McGuire did double-duty co-hosting Doug Banks’ syndicated show.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Beasley Broadcasting’s active rock WRXK, Fort Myers “96 K-Rock,” Jeff Zito joins the station to serve as program director and midday personality. Zito most recently handled mornings on Sun Broadcast Group’s crosstown rock WXNX “93X” prior to the station adding the syndicated Billy Madison show for AM drive…..Michael Chew exits the morning drive show at Jerry Lee Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WBEB, Philadelphia “More 101.1.” According to Philly.com, Jenn Ryan, Bill Tafrow and Bill Henley are handling the morning drive show…..There’s a new CEO at ASCAP as Elizabeth Matthews is promoted from EVP and general counsel. Matthews takes over for the retired John LoFrumento.
‘Mojo in the Morning’ Airs on WVHT, Norfolk. The Detroit-based, Envision Networks-syndicated morning show “Mojo in the Morning” is now airing on Max Media-owned CHR WVHT, Norfolk, Virginia “Hot 100.5.” Pictured here are personalities Mojo (center), Shannon (right) and Spike (left). “Mojo in the Morning emanates from Clear Channel’s WKQI, Detroit “Channel 955.” WVHT program director Paul McCoy comments, “These days there are many more choices for entertainment, so you have to have the best talent available that gets it done in today’s playing field. The ‘Mojo in the Morning’ show embodies everything ‘Hot 100.5’ is about!” The program takes over for former morning host Corey James, who’s now morning personality at Entercom’s CHR WPXY, Rochester, New York.
‘Star’ Opens in Vegas. In a market world famous for being home to major headliners, Las Vegas had a new “star” in town Monday afternoon (1/12) at 3:00 pm when Beasley Broadcast Group jettisoned adult hits KVGS “Bob” in favor of “Star 107.9 – Vegas’ Best Variety.” The format adjustment ostensibly pits “Star” against cross-town CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix.” Beasley executive vice president of operations Brian Beasley oversees the Las Vegas market and he states, “Our goal is to offer the Las Vegas community a wide variety of desirable formats. We believe this change will do that, while also enhancing Beasley’s position in the market.” Vice president and market manager Tom Humm – who formerly held a similar position at KMXB “Mix” – observes that hot AC “continues to excel across the United States. Under the guidance of our corporate vice president of programming Justin Chase and KVGS program director Mike O’Brian, ‘Star’ will bring a fresh new sound to Las Vegas featuring the biggest artists in the format. Justin and Mike have over 40 years experience programming adult contemporary stations and have built iconic radio stations in Las Vegas for over 30 years. We look forward to the fun and entertainment they will create for ‘Star.'” Chase comments that he and Humm are “excited to be back in the hot AC game in Las Vegas. We are building the team to beat at ‘Star,’ starting with Mike O’Brian at the helm as program director.” In four successive 2014 monthlies (July – October), hot AC KMXB “Mix” was Las Vegas’ top-ranked station (6+). It finishes #2 in December (7.5), compared to #15 (2.7) for adult hits KVGS “Bob.” The strongest 6+ share in calendar year 2014 for “Bob” came in February when it reached 3.1 (#15). Cluster-mates for “Star” are country KCYE “The Coyote,” classic hits-oldies KKLZ, rhythmic hot AC KOAS “Old School 105.7,” and talk KDWN.
Format Modification for KHYL. One of the latest facilities to adopt an on-air “hip-hop” handle is iHeartMedia Sacramento’s KHYL “V-101.1,” which segues from rhythmic hot AC to “Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B.” Market president John Geary comments, “We are taking the next step in expanding the brand impact of our cluster.” Don Parker, the company’s vice president of programming for its San Francisco and Sacramento stations, is handling “V101.1″ programming on an interim basis until a fulltime PD is hired. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s December 2014 PPM report, KHYL ranks #15 (2.6). It has been in the 2.4 – 2.8 range (6+) since August; the station’s highest 6+ share in calendar year 2014 was 3.7 in January (#11). As far as the battle between the two rhythmic CHRs in California’s capital city is concerned, December 2014 (6+) numbers place CBS Radio‘s KSFM at #6 (4.4) and Entravision‘s KHHM “Hot 103.5″ at #14 (2.8).
iHeartMedia Changes Calls of Country ‘Big 95.5’ in Chicago. With the move from regional Mexican to new country, iHeartMedia changes the call letters of WNUA, Chicago to WEBG. The newly flipped country outlet is challenging CBS RADIO’s long-held dominance of the Windy City country radio audience by WUSN “US 99.” Plus, Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that the station has finalized its daily personality lineup with the addition of Amber “Alabama” Cole for afternoons and Erik Zachary for nights. PD Steve Stewart is handling middays and Mason & Remy have already been announced as morning duo.
Howard B. Price: Preparedness, Vigilance and Training Important in Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack. The horrific assault on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo serves as a sad reminder that attacks on media outlets are not only possible, they happen on an all-too-frequent basis. In a piece published in RadioInfo, ABC Television Network director, business continuity Howard B. Price writes that “even with the best security resources and procedures in place, no broadcast facility is immune from criminal acts or terrorism. And being in a small place doesn’t necessarily reduce the risk. But, there are common sense things we all can do to help deter such incidents, mitigate their impact and help assure an investigative trail in the event one takes place.” Read Price’s very important piece here.
Saga Communications and Nielsen Audio Reach Settlement. The settlement between Nielsen Audio and Saga Communications over allegations by the former that Saga violated copyright law by using its ratings data without being a subscriber means Saga becomes a client. Announcing the deal on 1/7, Nielsen issues the following statement: “The lawsuit was filed as part of an ongoing Nielsen Audio initiative to protect its intellectual property rights. As part of the agreement, Saga has taken a PPM license for its stations in Milwaukee-Racine, Columbus, and Norfolk, Virginia. Saga also licensed diary services in Des Moines and Manchester, New Hampshire. This agreement protects Nielsen Audio’s intellectual property rights for audience estimates, data, and software.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Baltimore adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” – a CBS RADIO property – names Gina Crash co-host of the morning show alongside Greg Carpenter. Crash had most recently been doing on-air work at Greater Media’s rock WMMR, Philadelphia but had worked in the market at the old rock WHFS-FM…..Local and network radio pro Todd Michaels is named night jock at Beasley Broadcasting’s country KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote.” Michaels’ arrival bumps Paul Knight to the overnight slot…..At Apex Broadcasting’s country WCKN, Charleston, South Carolina “Kickin’ 92.5,” Andy Webb and Jessica Chandler are named the morning drive team. Webb comes to the station from his most recent gig at Blakeney Communications’ classic rock WXRR, Hattiesburg, Mississippi “Rock 104.” Chandler recently worked at Cumulus’ crosstown country WIWF “NASH FM 96.9.”…..Armando “El Chiquilin” Ulloa is named morning drive host at CBS RADIO‘s regional Mexican KMVK, Dallas “La GRANDE 107.5,” effective Monday, January 12.
CES 2015: Is Your Station Merely ‘the Linear Feed?’ Radio consultant Holland Cooke continues his reporting for RadioInfo from the giant Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas and today (1/8) he focuses on the disruption TV is feeling at the hands of technology that has made about half of television program viewing delayed or on demand. “The linear feed” means live programming in the order that it’s broadcast and Cooke writes that as consumption of media continues to change, radio must address that “the linear feed” only isn’t going to be good enough. Read his piece here to find two ways radio stations can deal with this conundrum.
BUZ’N@102.9 in Minneapolis Announces BUZ’N Half DUZ’N Concert Lineup. This is the third annual BUZ’N Half DUZ’N concert presented by CBS RADIO’s country KMNB, Minneapolis and will take place on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm, in the Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. As in the past, tickets are not sold to the general public for the concert – the only way to get into the concert is to win tickets on BUZ’N@102.9. Acts to perform include: Cole Swindell, Montgomery Gentry, Maddie & Tae, Chase Bryant, Jon Pardi and Sam Hunt. KMNB OM Lauren MacLeash states, “This will go down as one of the most exciting and memorable concert experiences of 2015. Six power hitters together on one stage, one night…and it’s all free for BUZ’N listeners — we can’t wait to share this night and show our appreciation for all their support of BUZ’N@1029.”
‘The Live Ride’ Joins KNEI, Waukon, Iowa. The Envision Networks-syndicated country show “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is now airing on Wennes Communications’ KNEI, Waukon, Iowa “103.5 Bluff Country” on Sundays at 6:00 pm. “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is a two-hour radio show hosted by 25-year country radio veteran Marty McFly. Envision describes the show as “a weekly ‘concert’ featuring live performances of current and recent chart hits by today’s biggest acts. As a Nashville insider, McFly provides the most up-to-date country news, concert information and artist interviews along with the perfect soundtrack for country radio listeners to relive their favorite country concert experiences!”
Entries Being Accepted for “World’s Best Radio Programs.” Several new categories have been added to the 30-plus-year-old international competition, including “Best Innovation,” “Best Journalist,” and “Best Music Program Host.” New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards executive director Rose Anderson remarks, “Our categories for ‘Sound Art’ and ‘Best Innovation’ recognize the limitless advances of creativity. Our ‘Best Journalist,’ and ‘Best Music Program Host’ categories honor the artistry and dedication of the individuals at the mic.” Advisory board grand jury member/Geller Media president Valerie Geller works with broadcasters in 35 countries “to become more powerful storytellers and communicators.” Geller comments, “Stories are how we track our lives, learn about others, and develop empathy and understanding of the world. At its best, broadcasting informs, entertains, inspires, and persuades. Most importantly, it connects people to one another through our stories. It is satisfying on every level to have the opportunity and honor to hear the amazing work that news, documentary and program teams throughout the world are producing/creating.” NYFIRPA entries are received from radio stations, networks, and independent producers. Among the 2014 winners were the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“Broadcaster of the Year”) and TBI Media UK (“Production Company of the Year”). Deadline for entering the competition is a little more than two months away (3/19); the awards ceremony will take place Monday, June 22 at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse.
Sharon Dastur Rises to SVP of Programming Integration with iHeartMedia; Mark Medina to Program ‘Z100.’ Superstar programmer Sharon Dastur is taking an elevated role with iHeartMedia as SVP of programming integration on the company’s National Programming Platforms team. Dastur’s accomplishments as program director of WHTZ, New York “Z100” are well known throughout the industry. She’s also served as national CHR brand coordinator for the company and was programmer for Nickelodeon’s “Nick Radio” on the iHeartRadio platform. The company says that in this new position, Dastur will “use her years of industry experience to create cutting-edge programs that leverage the company’s assets for brands and partners and will assist with the program execution with artist, managers and labels. In this role, she will develop cross-promotion partnerships between label groups and agencies, and in addition she will work with in-market programmers, lending her knowledge and ability to help refine current programs and initiatives. She will also work together with the artist relations team on booking and talent negotiations for all iHeartRadio national events and industry events.” Dastur comments, “When Tom [Poleman] and Clay [Hunnicutt] first approached me about this incredible new position, and knowing the direction where iHeartMedia is going, it seemed like the perfect next step in my career. After more than 18 years at the world-famous ‘Z100,’ I am extremely proud of all of the accomplishments the team has achieved. From guiding the station to its highest ratings and revenue, to recently coming off of our biggest and most successful ‘Z100 Jingle Ball,’ it will be exciting to take those things we’ve successfully built locally over the years and integrate them into the national platform and throughout our organization across the country.” Taking over for Dastur as program director of WHTZ is Mark Medina, who will move from iHeartMedia’s Washington operations where he’s been programming CHR outlets WIHT, Washington “HOT 99.5″ and WZFT, Baltimore “Z104.3.”
Parker Picks Up Sacramento Duties. In addition to overseeing programming for iHeartMedia‘s six San Francisco stations, vice president of programming Don Parker expands his role to include the company’s six-station Sacramento cluster. iHeartMedia executive vice president of programming Brad Hardin comments, “Don’s programming leadership in San Francisco has resulted in significant increased listenership and engagement for our brands. The additional responsibility for our Sacramento stations is well deserved and I look forward to partnering with Don to grow our reach in Northern California.” According to Parker, “Our Sacramento stations have evolved greatly. With market veteran John Geary at the helm, our leadership team and talent in the Sacramento market is shaping up to be among the best in the business. I am grateful to iHeartMedia for the amazing opportunity.” The six Sacramento stations involved include country KBEB “B-92.5″; news/talk hybrid KFBK-AM/FM; rhythmic hot AC KHYL “The Beat of Sacramento”; adult hits KQJK “Jack-FM”; and talk KSTE “Talk 650.” Parker joined iHeartMedia San Francisco in 2009 as operations manager. He previously was NextMedia‘s vice president of programming and has been a PD in Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Fresno.
Journal Broadcast Group Names Chiasson GSM. Radio sales pro Scott Chiasson is named general sales manager for Journal Broadcast Group’s Wichita operations. He’s served as GSM for WQYK-FM/AM, Tampa and Cox Media/Cable TV in Lafayette, Louisiana. He’s also worked with Metro Networks/CBS in Orlando and Premiere Traffic in Colorado and Florida.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Morning drive personality Bob Richards adds program director to his duties at Cumulus Media’s country KBUL, Reno “NASH FM 98.1” where he’s been on air since 2009…..Also from Cumulus Media, Rebecca Kaplan is named promotions director for country stations KSCS and KPLX. She joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia where she was promotions director at the Tampa station group…..At iHeartMedia, Dick Lewis exits the company’s New Orleans cluster where he’s been market manager for the past 10 years.
Susan G. Komen Recognizes Bobby Bones for Charitable Efforts. Nationally syndicated country morning personality Bobby Bones is being named to the 2015 class of Pink Tie Guys for his charitable work fighting breast cancer. The Pink Tie program honors influential leaders who help mobilize, energize and engage audiences in the breast cancer movement through their role within the community, within their organizations, and through their personal involvement. Bones’ Premiere Networks-syndicated show recently raised $50,000 for the charity as part of an on-air bet with two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean, who agreed to play a charity show with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots if the show could raise the money. The 2014 Pink Tie Guys will be honored at the Pink Tie Party on February 24, 2015 at Jonathan’s Green Hills in Nashville.
iHeartRadio App Added to Denon’s HEOS System. HEOS is the wireless, multi-room sound system marketed by electronics manufacturer Denon. Today, iHeartMedia announces it and Denon have reached an agreement for the iHeartRadio digital platform to be made available on the system. The audio product is pretty simple: Consumers purchase one of three available models that connect to their existing home wireless network and they are able to bring content from various platforms into their homes. If the HEOS webpage is accurate, Denon has already signed on other digital platforms to be available on the system, including Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn and Rhapsody. iHeartRadio president Darren Davis comments, “We are excited to partner with Denon Electronics to bring iHeartRadio into even more homes with the HEOS music player. Its sleek and compact design combined with its premier stereo sound makes it perfect for enjoying your favorite iHeartRadio stations anywhere in the house.”
Madison Rising Song to Benefit Operation 300. Rock band Madison Rising – heralded as “America’s most patriotic rock band,” is helping to support the charitable group Operation 300 with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their latest release, “Soldier’s Christmas.” Operations 300 hosts adventure camps for the young children of fallen military men and women. It was founded by the family of a Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn who lost his life fighting in Afghanistan. The camps provide an opportunity for the youngsters to participate in activities that embody the spirit of adventure that characterized the lives of their absent parents. Madison Rising lead vocalist David Bray (pictured here) – a US Navy Veteran, joined by the rest of the band – says, “The entire group wholeheartedly supports this charitable endeavor.”
Legendary Dallas Jock Terry Dorsey Honored. Renowned Dallas country radio personality Terry Dorsey (right) takes in the framed photo compilation being presented to him by Cumulus Media president and CEO Lew Dickey (left) on Wednesday (12/17). As RadioInfo reported last week, Dorsey is retiring from the radio business after a 46-year career – 33 years of which were spent in the Dallas market and the last 26 at KSCS.