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Scott Roddy Named PD at ‘106.5 The Arch’ in St. Louis. After serving two months as the acting program director for Hubbard Radio’s adult hits WARH, St. Louis, Scott Roddy gets to remove the “acting” from his title. Roddy serves as the program director for the company’s country WIL, St. Louis. Hubbard St. Louis vice president and market manager John Kijowski is confident that Roddy can handle the dual role in an official capacity. “Scott Roddy has done an outstanding job as the acting PD for ‘106.5 The Arch,’ successfully performing the daunting task of programming both The Arch and WIL during our program director search. Scott won this job for his talent, energy, focus, discipline, work ethic and holding others and himself to a high standard of performance.” About his new responsibilities, Roddy states, “The live and local, ‘entertainment first’ philosophy of Hubbard Broadcasting makes this opportunity a programmer’s dream. After an exciting start with WIL and the exceptional market response to the new ‘Bud and Broadway’ morning show on WIL, the chance to also be a part ‘The Arch’ team is an honor.”
Cumulus Promotes VanOsdol at WLUP-FM and WKQX in Chicago. WLUP-FM and WKQX personality James VanOsdol is being promoted by Cumulus Media to a new position, programming content specialist for the two stations. The company says that in this expanded role, “VanOsdol will produce content that increases interaction with the social media channels for WLUP and WKQX.” VanOsdol will continue to produce and host “Demo 312,” the weekly Chicago music show on WKQX and he’ll continue is his role as a part-time on-air personality on WLUP. VanOsdol says, “Like any Chicago kid, I grew up listening to the Loop. It’s an honor to be part of Chicago’s most legendary rock station and I am honored to serve the station and WKQX in this expanded capacity to create exciting content that listeners will enjoy across the stations’ social platform, as well as on air.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. After a little less than a year at Cumulus Media’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7,” midday personality Shila Nathan exits the station. There’s no word from Cumulus about its plans for the daypart. Nathan left CBS RADIO’s WUSN, Chicago “US 99” to take the position at WNSH…..In the Dallas market, Jeff Mitchell is promoted from director of sales to general manager for Salem Media Group’s operations here. Mitchell previously served with iHeartMedia’s crosstown cluster prior to joining Salem six-and-a-half years ago.
iHeartMedia Goes Adult Contemporary in Dallas. The former alternative KDGE, Dallas is now adult contemporary “Star 102.1.” After a two-day stunt, the station reveals it will air an AC format after the holidays. For now, the station has gone all-Christmas. iHeartMedia says the full programming lineup will be announced soon. iHM Dallas SVP of programming Patrick Davis says, “We are excited to introduce the New Star 102.1 to our listeners! We believe this format will resonate well with the Dallas/Fort Worth audience and is a great complement to our other stations in the market.” As for the fans of the alternative format, the company is adding music from classic alternative acts such as Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, and Red Hot Chili Peppers to the playlist of sister rock KEGL “97.1 The Eagle.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. Four holiday-themed specials are being made available to adult contemporary-formatted stations from Westwood One. Each show is a one-hour production and is available each Saturday from November 26 through December 17, 2016. They are: November 26 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra –“Christmas Eve and Other Stories”; December 3 – Train – “Christmas In Tahoe”; December 10 – Rascal Flatts –“The Greatest Gift of All”; and December 17 – Neil Diamond – “Acoustic Christmas.”…..WSIX-FM, Nahsville “The BIG 98” is hosting the second edition of The BIG 98 Presents: Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots’ Million Dollar Show For St. Jude. The benefit show takes place on January 9 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This event is a celebration of the fundraising efforts of Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots over the past few years, which has resulted in more than $2.2 million being raised for St. Jude through on-air fundraisers, radiothons and charity concerts…..ABC Radio is producing a two-hour country music special hosted by Grammy Award-winning country star Jennifer Nettles titled “ABC Radio’s Christmas Kick Off with Jennifer Nettles,” and three one-hour specials: “Holiday Survival Guide,” “Shopping For Kids,” and “Holiday Movie Guide.” All four shows are for air Thanksgiving weekend…..Hubbard Radio’s adult contemporary KRWM, Seattle “Warm 106.9” flips to all-Christmas music through Christmas Day.
The Class of 2016. Last night in Chicago, the National Radio Hall of Fame class of 2016 was inducted in a ceremony at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. This year’s class consisted of: George G. Beasley, Delilah, The Jeff & Jer Showgram (Jeff Detrow, Jerry Cesak, Tommy Sablan), Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart), Steve Harvey, Bob Kingsley, Kidd Kraddick, Tony Roberts, Neil Rogers and Michael Savage. Pictured above are (from l-r): MBC’s Bruce Dumont, Mix Group president Jason Garte, Tony Roberts, Delilah, Bob Kingsley, Kathy Hart, Eric Ferguson, Tommy Sablan, Jeff Detrow, Jerry Cesak; and NRHOF chairman Kraig Kitchin.
PPM Analysis: Classic Hits-Oldies. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the final in his three-part analysis of the performances – in the Nielsen Audio October 2016 PPM survey – of stations airing gold-based formats. Previously, we looked at adult hits and classic rock. Today, we turn to classic hits-oldies. Two stations stand out with regard to (6+) share increases from September’s survey to October’s: Cumulus Media’s KCMO-FM, Kansas City (rising from a 7.2 to an 8.1) and iHeartMedia’s KLOU, St. Louis (from a 6.4 share to a 6.9). Year-over-year share increases were dominated by KCMO-FM as the station rockets from a 4.4 share to an 8.1, jumping from #10 in the market in October 2015, to #1. Seven stations in all airing the format ranked #1 in their respective PPM markets in October. Find out which ones here.
WKTU, New York Names ‘Lulu & Lala’ to Nights. The “Lulu & Lala” show debuts on November 14 and stars New Jersey-born television and radio personalities (and twin sisters) Marissa and Marianela Gonzalez, better known as “Lulu & Lala.” iHeartMedia’s WKTU says the show will “feature the dynamic pair’s unique take on pop culture news and fun antics with listeners along with special celebrity guest interviews and KTU’s unique blend of today’s hits and throwbacks.” Lulu and Lala became popular in New York while appearing on WXNY’s “Luis Jimenez Morning Show.” Most recently they’ve been afternoons on Cox Media Group’s CHE WFLC, Miami “Hits 97.3.” WTKU PD Rob Miller says, “We’re excited to welcome Lulu and Lala back home. Their amazing energy, positivity and charismatic personalities paired with their ability to reach a broad audience on-air and through social platforms make them the perfect choice to keep New York City feeling good all night long on KTU.”
DiModica and Ryder Promoted at Cumulus’ Hot AC ‘Q105.5’ in Toledo. At Cumulus Media’s Toledo hot AC WQQO “Q105.5,” John DiModica is promoted to program director and Russ Ryder rises to assistant program director. Longtime Toledo air personality DiModica – who goes by “Johny D” on the air – will continue to host afternoons on WQQO and middays on sister classic country WMIM “98.3 NASH Icon.” Ryder has been with Cumulus Toledo since August and will also host middays on WQQO. Cumulus Media Toledo operations director Bill Michaels comments, “I am excited about John and Russ taking over WQQO programming. The two have a unique energy and work well together. Paired with their extensive market experience, they are a perfect fit for these positions.”
Classic Rock Magazine Names Best U.S. Classic Rock Stations. The British magazine Classic Rock – owned by parent Team Rock Ltd, and New York-based KMG Networks, announces the winners of its annual U.S. Best Classic Rock Station awards. Divvied up into large, medium, and small markets, this year’s winners are: large market – WAXQ, New York “Q104.3”; medium market – WDVE, Pittsburgh; and small market – WTUE, Dayton. TeamRock CEO Billy Anderson states, “TeamRock and Classic Rock magazine are delighted to celebrate the winners of the 2016 TeamRock/Classic Rock Awards – US Radio Station of the year. We know how much everyone puts into broadcasting and integrating rock music into the hearts and minds of all their loyal listeners. WAXQ, New York; WDVE, Pittsburgh; and WTUE, Dayton displayed a standout performance above all others and we congratulate and thank everyone connected with making this great genre of music so loved.”
Bruno Mars Joins Hollywood Hamilton in the Studio. This weekend (11/5-6), Grammy Award-winning superstar Bruno Mars (left) sits in with Hollywood Hamilton (right) as a guest on the Premiere Networks-syndicated “The Weekend Top 30” and “The Remix Top 30” shows. Bruno is releasing his highly anticipated third album, 24K Magic (Atlantic Records), on November 18. On the shows, he discusses filming the title track’s music video at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, how he loves to play roulette and craps when he’s in Sin City and, how he once won enough money to buy a yacht!
RadioInfo Tidbits. Next Friday (11/11), KEGY, San Diego’s AJ Machado begins the 15th Annual AJ’s Kids Crane fundraiser for Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The CBS RADIO CHR station invades the parking lot at IKEA in Mission Valley for a week as “ENERGY 103.7” morning show host Machado braves the outdoors day and night, living atop a 60’ crane high above IKEA. This year, the station will treat attendees to themed event days, prizes and live performances. The first performance will be by national recording artist Jordan Fisher, who will take time off from rehearsing for Hamilton in New York to help kick things off…..SiriusXM is presenting a new, exclusive program hosted by world renowned hip hop and R&B DJ Kid Capri, debuting tomorrow (11/5) on the Shade 45 channel. The show is titled “Kid Capri’s Block Party” and features Kid Capri playing his favorite music from the 1990s, 2000s and today, as well as interviewing celebrity guests. Alicia Keys will be his celebrity guest on Saturday…..Alpha Media stations news/talk WHBC-AM and hot AC WHBC-FM in Canton conducted the “McKinley-Massillon Food Fight” back on October 17 through 28. The “food fight” pitted rival high schools in the region against each other in a contest to collect the most donations for the Stark County Hunger Task Force. The event netted 31,516 pounds of food plus monetary donations. Alpha Media Canton market manager Larry Gawthrop says, “We are very proud of our role in this historic high school football rivalry. The food fight has continued to grow and has become the charitable component for this community battle.”
Selfie with Garth Brooks. Taken at Wednesday evening’s 50th Annual Country Music Awards, Cumulus/Westwood One personality Blair Garner (right) – fresh off the launch of his new, late night syndicated country radio show – takes a selfie backstage with Garth Brooks (left) and (l-r) actress Jennifer Garner, The Blair Garner Show’s Off Eric, and actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
FCC Orders Hearing for Renewal of Entercom’s License for KDND, Sacramento. This review by the FCC of Entercom’s 2013 application for renewal of KDND, Sacramento revolves around the 2007 “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest that was deemed responsible for the death of listener and contestant Jennifer Strange. The wife and mother of three died of hyponatremia after consuming large amounts of water. The FCC sums it up, writing, “Information now before the Commission raises serious questions as to whether Entercom operated Station KDND in the public interest during the most recent license term. As discussed below, the record suggests that Entercom formulated, promoted, conducted and aired over the station an inherently dangerous contest in which one listener-contestant died of water intoxication and many others suffered serious physical distress. This information could lead to the conclusion that Entercom failed to serve the public interest with the Station during the previous license term, warranting denial of the above-captioned renewal applications. In this Hearing Designation Order and Notice of Opportunity for Hearing, we commence a hearing proceeding before the Administrative Law Judge to determine ultimately whether Entercom’s license for Station KDND should be renewed.”
Cumulus Media’s ‘HOT 106’ Providence Announces New Morning Show. Providence rhythmic CHR WWKX “HOT 106” adds air personality Mike D to the morning drive daypart alongside current morning host Bekah Berger for the new “HOT Morning Show with Bekah and Mike D.” Cumulus Providence notes that Berger is a Cranston, Rhode Island native who’s been with the station since 2012 and in morning drive since November of last year. She’s also been a frequent contributor to entertainment news segments on NBC10 and CBS-TV’s, “The Rhode Show.” Pawtucket, Rhode Island native Mike D has been with the station since 2014. Cumulus Media Providence VP and market manager Holly Paras comments, “The opportunity to discover and develop local talent was a high priority for us. We are lucky to have found that in Mike D. He is an exciting and welcome addition to the ‘HOT 106’ morning lineup.” HOT 106 PD Davey Morris adds, “‘HOT 106’ has always been such an important part of the local community in Providence and keeping it live and local is key to its success. Bekah and Mike D are homegrown talent that know all the ins and outs of our close-knit community and are a perfect pair to carry on the ‘HOT 106’ brand in the mornings.”
Round Four of October 2016 PPM Data Released. The fourth of four rounds of data from Nielsen Audio‘s October 2016 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s October 2016 PPM survey period covered September 8 – October 5. See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM markets below.
1) Austin – Not only does KUT bounce back from September’s -.9 with a potent +1.3 (8.7 – 7.8 – 9.1, 6+), the University of Texas at Austin-owned facility progresses to first from the runner-up slot where it had been the past five ratings periods. Significant month-to-month swings are not unusual for KUT, which was +1.2 in December 2015; -.1.0 in April; +.7 in July; +1.3 in August; -.9 in September; and now +1.3 in October. Prior to August, the last time KUT crossed the eight-share barrier (6+) was February 2011 when it reached 8.5. On top each month this calendar year, Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob” (8.3 – 8.0, -.3, 6+) segues to second. By gaining four-tenths in June, “Bob” halted three successive downward trends that produced a combined -1.3 (9.4 – 9.1 – 8.6 – 8.1, 6+). “Bob” regressed by -.5 in July; rebounded with a +1.1 in August; and declined -.8 in September. Gaining eight-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (2.9 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3” enters the top ten (#11 to #9). “Que Buena” last reached the four-share level exactly one year ago (4.0, October 2015). Also improving by eight-tenths (2.5 – 3.3, 6+) is Crista Media contemporary Christian KFMK “Spirit 105.9,” which inches up from #15 to #14. Improving by six-tenths each are Emmis regional Mexican KLZT (5.5 – 6.1, fourth to third, 6+) and the HD-3 channel of Entercom-owned KKMJ, which posts its fourth straight gain (2.0 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+) to climb from #14 to #12. It was exactly three years ago when KLZT “107.1 La Z” last crossed the six-share level (6.1, 6+, October 2013). Sputtering by one-half share each are iHeartMedia-owned KASE “Today’s Country” (4.6, fifth to eighth, 6+) and format rival Genuine Austin Radio‘s KOKE “Austin’s Country Alternative” (2.5 – 2.0, #15 to #18, 6+). “Today’s Country” was locked on 5.1 (6+) in August and September; co-owned KVET-FM “All Time Country Favorites” is up one-tenth (5.8 – 5.9, 6+), but backslides from third to fourth. After recording three successive negative trends that yielded a -.8 (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+), rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WPEZ “102.3 The Beat” dialed up a +.7 in September but forfeits one full-share in October (3.7 – 4.4 – 3.4, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #13).
2) Milwaukee – Bettering their September 6+-stats by one-half share each are Scripps-owned talker WTMJ (6.3 – 6.8, third to second, 6+); Saga‘s WHQG “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” (5.6, steady at #7, 6+); and iHeartMedia sports outlet WOKY “The Big 920” (.8, #20, 6+). With a +.5 in August, WTMJ pulled the plug on three straight (modest) dips (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, 6+); the flagship of the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers was -.6 in September. “The Hog” was frozen on 5.1 (6+) in August and September, while “The Big 920” was stuck on .3 in July, August and September. On top for the 19th straight sweep is WOKY classic hits-oldies sibling WRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits,” although it is without an increase for the fourth straight sweep (10.4 – 10.4 – 9.3 – 8.7 – 8.4, 6+) for a cumulative loss of two full-shares since June. Recent (hefty) fluctuations for “Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” include +1.7 (October 2015); -.7 (November 2015); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2015); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); +1.1 (April); -.6 (May); -1.1 (August) and -.6 (September). Forfeiting the eight-tenths it gained in September (3.1 – 3.9 – 3.1, 6+), CHR sibling WRNW “97-3 Now” slides from #12 to #13; “Now” was -.6 in August. Unchanged at #14, WUWM is without a loss for the fifth straight time and is +1.2 since May (1.8 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee station crosses the three-share level (6+) for the first time since May 2014 when it hit 3.2. Following three successive positive trends that netted a +.6 (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” relinquishes all of it (5.9, -.6, 6+) and falls from #2 to a three-way logjam at #4. On the heels of a six-tenths loss, Scripps’ WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” falters by another half-share (2.8 – 2.3, 6+) but remains at #15. It is, however, the lowest 6+-share for WKTI since it transitioned from adult hits WLWK “The Lake” to country in late-May 2015. Prior to September’s -.6, “KTI Country” had been positive or flat the previous four sweeps (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+).
3) Indianapolis – Down or flat the past three ratings periods including a -1.5 in July (5.9 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+), Radio One rhythmic CHR WHHH “Hot 96.3” registers a +.9 to 5.2, jumping from tenth to seventh. Recapturing one-half of September’s -1.2, co-owned urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” carries on at #4 (7.7 – 6.5 – 7.1, +.6, 6+). Also improving by six-tenths is Emmis-owned sports outlet WFNI “The Fan” (2.1 – 2.7, 6+), which inches up from #15 to #14. Without an increase in the past four sweeps for a combined -1.6 since May (6.3 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+), country cluster-mate WLHK “97.1 Hank” (eighth to seventh) picks up one-half share to 5.2 (6+). One full-share ahead of “Hank” is Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station,” which notches its fourth successive positive trend (5.3 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+). In September, “The Country Station” (steady at #5) reached the six-share level (6+) for the first time since January 2015 (6.3). One-half share separated the top three finishers in September and now the top four are within one-half share of each other. Adding two-tenths to September’s +.3, Cumulus Media’s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” (7.1 – 7.4 – 7.6, 6+) advances from second to first, succeeding Entercom CHR WZPL (7.8 – 7.3, -.5, 6+), which falls to third. Up or flat for a combined +1.5 in four straight sweeps (6.4 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 7.9, 6+), WZPL lost three-tenths in August, slipping to second from first (where it was in June and July). WZPL regained the top spot in September from WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader.” With a +.2 in August, WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7” ended three straight declines (7.1 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+). The Emmis AC is now up for the third successive time (6.4 – 6.6 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+) and moves from third to second. It is the strongest 6+-share for “B-105.7” since February (7.6). Up a combined +1.2 since June via three straight increases (4.4 – 4.5 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WOLT surrenders nine-tenths and skids from sixth to ninth (4.7, 6+).
4) Providence – Nine-tenths is a mixed bag in October for Cumulus Media stations with the WPRO calls. After a loss of one-half share in September, talk WPRO-AM improves by nine-tenths and progresses from seventh to sixth (4.6 – 4.1 – 5.0, 6+). On the other hand, co-owned CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music,” up six-tenths in September, drops nine-tenths (8.5 – 9.1 – 8.2, steady at #2, 6+). While September’s 9.1 was the best 6+-stat for WPRO-FM since February (also 9.1), October’s 8.2 is the lowest 6+-showing for “Today’s Hit Music” since the “Holiday” 2015 report (7.4). The 4.1 by WPRO-AM in September was its weakest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2013 (4.0). A member of the Boston Red Sox radio network, Entercom sports outlet WVEI trots out a gain of eight-tenths (2.7 – 3.5, 6+) and carries on at #8; 3.5 (6+) matches what WVEI registered in May. With a +.3 in September, WVEI halted three straight declines that yielded a -1.1 (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+). Down a combined -1.1 since July (6.1 – 5.4 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3” gains one-half share to 5.5 (6+), climbing from sixth to fifth. Stymied at 2.6 (6+) the past four sweeps, Cumulus Media rhythmic CHR sibling WWKX “Hot 106.3” gains four-tenths to 3.0 (6+) but remains at #9. Over the course of seven straight up or flat trends (.3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .8 – .8 – .8, 6+) public WELH (steady at #11) nearly triples its 6+-stat. After three straight progressive trends for a combined gain of one-half share (9.4 – 9.6 – 9.7 – 9.9, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” dips one-tenth to 9.8 (6+), but is #1 for the twelfth successive ratings period. A +.2 in July put an end to three consecutive downward stats totaling -2.7 (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+); June’s 9.4 was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite Rock” since November’s 8.7. Unchanged at #3, iHeartMedia rocker WHJY “94-HJY Providence’s Home of Rock and Roll” falters by one-half share (8.5 – 8.0, 6+). Following three successive declines (9.2 – 8.9 – 8.7 – 8.4, 6+), WHJY added one-tenth in September. Owing to a -.1 to .6 (6+), Cumulus Media talker WPRV (#12 to #13) curtails four straight positive trends which more than tripled its 6+-share (.2 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+).
5) Raleigh – Over the course of Raleigh’s October 2015 – September 2016 ratings reports, Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5” has been in sole possession of first-place seven times and shared it three times; Radio One urban AC WFXC “Foxy” was #1 on three occasions and shared top honors once (in July with WRAL). In tandem with “Mix” dropping one full-share (8.6 – 7.6, first to third, 6+) and “Foxy” improving by seven-tenths (7.5 – 8.2, 6+), WFXY returns to #1 (from #4). “Foxy” was -.6 in September. Recent sweeping monthly (6+) swings for “Mix” include +.5 November 2015; +.6 December 2015; +5.7 Holiday 2015; -7.2 January 2016; +.6 February; +.6 March; -.6 April; +.5 May; +.5 July; +.9 September and +1.0 October. Co-owned sports outlet WCMC “The Fan” adds seven-tenths to September’s one-half share gain (2.6 – 3.1 – 3.8, 6+) to improve from #14 to #12. The September increase ended five straight downward trends accounting for -2.3 or roughly -47% of its 6+-share (4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Following three consecutive declines totaling -1.6 (6.3 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” bounces back with a +.6 to 5.3 (ninth to seventh, 6+). Entering the July sweep, “K-97.5” was without a decrease in five straight ratings periods for a cumulative +1.5 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Similarly, iHeartMedia FM talker WTKK, -1.2 in September, answers with a one-half share gain (6.3 – 5.1 – 5.6, steady at #6, 6+). By adding four-tenths in June, WTKK curtailed three straight downward trends which yielded a cumulative -1.2 (5.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). Despite flashing a positive trend for the fourth time in a row netting a +1.6 (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+), Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “Radio 96.1” must settle for a move of seventh to eighth; 5.2 (6+) matches what it recorded in November 2015. It is still a wild rollercoaster ride for CHR sibling WDCG, which was +.6 in July; -.6 in August; +1.3 in September; and now -.9 in October (7.0 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 8.3 – 7.4, 6+), as “G-105” slips from second to fourth. Prior to September, “G-105” last reached the eight-share level (6+) more than four years ago (8.4, July 2012).
6) Norfolk – On the heels of a +.6 in August and then a -.7 in September, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI responds with an impressive +1.1 (6.7 – 7.3 – 6.6 – 7.7, 6+) and “Jamz 103” is in the runner-up slot for the tenth straight time. Back in June, WOWI was -1.3 to 6.3, the first time it had been below a seven-share (6+) since April 2014 (6.8). Once again ahead of “Jamz 103” – and #1 for the 53rd consecutive ratings period – is Entercom urban AC WVKL “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today,” which falters by one-half share (12.7 – 12.2, 6+). The last time WVKL was not in double-digits (6+) was when it registered a 9.8 in January 2014. Stuck on 4.0 (6+) in August and September, rhythmic CHR sibling WNVZ “Z-104” (unchanged at #6) picks up one-tenth to 4.1and is in four-share range (6+) for the tenth straight time. Albeit steady in fifth-place, this marks the third successive decline for Saga Communications’ WAFX “106.9 The Fox” (5.9 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.4), which is -1.5 since July. After four modest gains (.8 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6), Norfolk State University-owned urban contemporary WNSB “Hot 91.1” is off two-tenths to 1.1 (#12 to #13, 6+). Thirteen (13) stations appear in print, as for the third straight sweep, Max Broadcast Group Norfolk stations are no longer Nielsen Audio subscribers. With data cited from the June 2016 ratings period, they are classic hits-oldies WVBW (#3, 6.0); country WGH-FM (5.0, #7); CHR WVHT (#9, 3.8); sports WVSP (#12, 2.3); and gospel WGH-AM (#15, 1.9).
7) Nashville – Over and above displaying its third consecutive improvement resulting in more than doubling its 6+ share since July (3.7 – 4.0 – 5.4 – 7.8, 6+), Cumulus Media sports outlet WGFX “104.5 The Zone” boasts the largest (6+) September 2016 – October 2016 increase (+2.4) by any station in the 48 PPM-markets. Leaping from sixth to second, “The Zone” boasts its most potent 6+share share since December (also 7.8). Moreover, the Tennessee Titans flagship now trails market pacesetter – Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA – by just six-tenths. Notwithstanding that it is #1 for the 56th consecutive ratings period, “Mix 92.9” erodes by -1.3 to 8.4 (6+), following September’s +1.3. A gain of two-tenths in August by “Mix” pulled the plug on seven straight downward trends (15.6 – 10.7 – 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.6 – 9.1 – 8.3 – 8.2, 6+) that yielded a net loss since the “Holiday” 2015 report of -7.4. Dating back to April, WQQK “92-Q” has been trending 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.3 (6+), but the Cumulus Media urban AC advances from eighth to sixth by rolling out a one-half share gain to 5.8, its best 6+-performance since December 2014 (also 5.8). Drifting from third to ninth, iHeartMedia‘s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” is without an increase for the sixth straight sweep for a combined -1.7 (7.0 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+). This is the lowest 6+-share for “The Rock” since February 2015 (also 5.3). Cumulus Media country siblings WSM-FM “Nash Icon” (6.0, fourth to fifth, 6+) and WKDF “Nash 103.3” (3.6, #13 to #12, 6+) improve by one-tenth and three-tenths, respectively. Meanwhile, stuck on 4.0 (6+) in June and July and then on 4.5 (6+) in August and September, iHeartMedia’s “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country” slips by one-tenth to 4.4 but stays at #10. Having registered its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat (5.9) in June, “Nash Icon” had been a combined -1.4 since July.
8) Greensboro – Among the market’s several major (6+) month-to-month shifts is the second straight +1.1 by Entercom-owned urban AC WQMG, which repeats in the runner-up slot. Recent ratings history for “The Best R&B and Old School” includes three straight increases totaling +2.5; followed by three successive decreases yielding a -2.6; and back-to-back gains of +1.1 in September and October (8.1 – 9.2 – 10.3, 6+). Whereas 10.7 (May) was its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014 (10.7), 8.1 (August) was its weakest since “Holiday” 2015 (7.7). Owing to four straight gains, rhythmic CHR sibling WJMH “102 Jamz” (#1 in September and October) improves by two full-shares since June (8.6 – 9.8 – 10.0 – 10.1 – 10.6, 6+). Dusting itself off from a massive -1.8 in September, co-owned adult hits WSMW “Simon” regains one-third of that loss (8.7 – 9.3, +.6, 6+) and remains at #3, giving Entercom a #1 – #2 – #3 (6+) finish for the tenth successive sweep. In September, “Simon” departed the top spot it held in June, July, and August; it has achieved double-digits (6+) four times with July’s 10.9 the best-ever in its PPM-history. A one-half share gain (3.9 – 4.4, 6+) advances iHeartMedia talker WPTI from ninth to eighth. Although remaining at #5, CHR sibling WMKS “100.3 Kiss FM The Triad’s Hit Music Station” falters by -1.2 following a +.8 in September and a +1.0 in August (4.7 – 5.7 – 6.5 – 5.3, 6+). The 1.9-share September advantage co-owned WTQR “New Country Q-104.1” enjoyed over its rival – Entercom-owned WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” – is reduced to just one-tenth as “Q-104.1” erodes by -1.4 (#5 to #6, 6+) and “The Wolf” picks up four-tenths (4.6 – 5.0, unchanged at #7, 6+). Down for the third successive monthly (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+), “Q-104.1” is -2.1 since July. Meanwhile, “The Wolf” had been in 4.2 – 4.8 range (6+) the past eight sweeps. With a +.3 to 2.3 (6+), Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY applies the brakes to seven successive sweeps in which it was either down or flat (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+). As in each of those situations, “La Ley 101” stays at #11. Recent (6+) movement for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG (7.5 – 6.9, flat at #4, 6+) is -.9 (March); +.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.3 (June); -.7 (July); -.5 (August); +.7 (September); and -.6 (October).
9) West Palm Beach – Progressing from fifth to third, iHeartMedia CHR WLDI flaunts its seventh successive up or flat monthly (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+) for a net gain of +2.4. It is the first time that “WiLD 95.5” has reached the five-share level (6+) since the “Holiday” 2013 report (5.3). Off by a combined nine-tenths since July (4.7 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+), Alpha Media urban AC WMBX “X-102.3” gains back one-half share to 4.3 and stays at #8 (6+). Following back-to-back increases of +.8 (August) and +1.1 (September), hot AC sibling WRMF stumbles by eight-tenths (7.2 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 8.3, 6+) but is #1 for the third straight time. WRMF fell to second in July, after 23 successive sweeps at #1. In June, WRMF gained three-tenths to end four successive decreases yielding a cumulative -2.2 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+); 9.1 in September was its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 9.3. It is a rough sweep for the market’s two adult contemporary FM outlets, as WRMF sibling WEAT “Sunny 107.9” regresses by -1.3 (7.6 – 6.3, unchanged at #2) while iHeartMedia-owned WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” drops nine-tenths (third to fourth, 6+). The last four fluctuations for “Kool” have been by +1.5 (July); -1.0 (August); -.8 (September); and -.9 in October (6.0 – 7.5 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 4.8, 6+). The 7.5 in July was its highest 6+-stat since 7.7 in April 2015. After having wiped out a -.7 in August with a +.7 in September, classic rock cluster-mate WKGR “Gater 98.7” now flounders by one-half share (4.9 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+) and dips from fourth to sixth.
10) Jacksonville – Three consecutive improvements (May – June – July) gave Renda Broadcasting‘s WGNE “99 Gator Country” a combined +1.2 (4.9 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+). It, however, surrendered virtually all that gain in August (-1.1, 6+) only to post a +.7 in September and +.9 in October (5.0 – 4.3 – 5.2, 6+); “99 Gator Country” advances from eighth to seventh. In addition to notching its fifth consecutive improvement for a cumulative +1.8 (5.2 – 5.5 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJBT “93.3 The Beat” (sixth to fifth) has its strongest 6+-stat in exactly three years (also 7.0, October 2013). Powered by a gain of seven-tenths (6.5 – 7.2, 6+), Cox Media Group talker WOKV progresses from fifth to fourth. It is the best 6+-stat for WOKV since December’s 7.7. The third consecutive increase by co-owned WFXJ is one-half share (.1 – .2 -.3 – .8) with “Sports Radio 930” climbing from #17 to #15. Also improving by one-half share are Cox Media Group-owned CHR WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” (8.6 – 9.1, third to second, 6+) and its format rival – iHeartMedia’s WKSL “97.9 Kiss-FM” (tenth to ninth, 6+) – which was without an increase since June (4.9 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+). Bouncing back from a -.7 in September, WAPE had a one-month stay at #1 in August and now trails Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” by just one-tenth. Repeating at #1, “Lite 96” (9.4 – 9.2, -.2, 6+) rebounded from a -1.3 in August with a +.5 in September. Prior to August, “Lite” had been #1 the previous nine sweeps and in fact, before dropping to #2 in November 2015, it was on top the previous 17 sweeps; 9.2 is its lowest 6+-share since December (also 9.2). The one-half share Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “96.9 The Eagle” gained in September is more than wiped out in October by a -1.2 (8.8 – 9.3 – 8.1, 6+). Within one-tenth of “Lite 96.1” in September, “The Eagle” slides from second to third; September’s 9.3 marked the first time in its PPM-history that “The Eagle” crossed the nine-share threshold (6+). Stuck on 3.2 (6+) in July, August, and September, its urban contemporary HD-2 channel (WJGL-HD2) drops six-tenths to 2.6 but remains at #14. Also eroding by six-tenths are iHeartMedia’s WQIK “99.1 Jacksonville’s Country (fourth to sixth, 6+) and public WJCT (4.2 – 3.6, 6+). Without an increase since February, “Jacksonville’s Country” is down two full-shares in that period (8.7 – 8.7 – 8.4 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 7.3 – 6.7, 6+). WJCT departs the top ten (#9 to #11). By way of four consecutive declines (5.7 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WWJK “107.3 Jack-FM” erodes by -2.7 and falls from #12 to #13.
11) Memphis – Back-to-back modest declines in August and September by Cumulus Media’s WRBO produced a combined loss of six-tenths (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.8, 6+), but “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” wipes out virtually all of it with a one-half share gain to 8.3 and finishes second for the fifth straight survey period. It is 1.6 shares behind iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101,” which is #1 for the eighth consecutive monthly – but – -2.6 in five successive downtrends (12.5 – 11.6 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 10.2 – 9.9, 6+). This is the first time since February (8.3) that “V-101” is not in double-digits (6+). Progressing from fifth to fourth, Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” records its fourth successive improvement for a net gain of +1.4 (5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 6.0 – 6.4, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing since May 2015 (also 6.4). Unchanged at #8, Cumulus Media rocker WXMX “98.1 The Max” is nonetheless up for the sixth straight time and has netted +2.4 since April (2.8 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+). Although sibling WGKX is flat at #9, a +.3 to 4.3 (6+) curtails three successive negative trends that produced a -.7 for “Kix 106 Today’s Best Country” (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0, 6+). May through September (6+) trends for WRVR “Continuous Soft Rock The River” are 7.9 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.7 – 7.1 (6+). The Entercom adult contemporary follows up September’s -.6 with a -.8 to 6.3 to dip from fourth to fifth. This is the lowest 6+-stat for “The River” since August 2015’s 6.0.
12) Hartford – The market’s (6+) spoken-word share gets a boost from Connecticut Public Broadcasting‘s WNPR (up one full-share, ninth to eighth, 6+) and CBS Radio-owned talker WTIC-AM (up six-tenths, steady at #3, 6+). This is the fourth straight gain for WNPR (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 5.0, 6+) for a net +1.9 and the third consecutive improvement for WTIC-AM (7.0 – 8.0 – 8.3 – 8.9, 6+) – also yielding a +1.9. WTIC-AM’s 8.9 matches what it registered in June. The four-tenths lead iHeartMedia-owned WWYZ “Country 92-5” had over CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” in September is reversed as “Lite” gains three-tenths (9.3 – 9.6, second to first, 6+) while “Country 92.5” sputters by one-half share (9.7 – 9.2, first to second, 6+). Entering the September sweep, “Lite” had been on top for 23 of the previous 24 sweeps – including the past 15 – but it declined by -1.1 and dropped to second-place. “Lite” had been in double-digits (6+) for 13 straight ratings periods; 9.3 was its lowest 6+-showing since August 2015, when it recorded an 8.7. Ironically, WWYZ took over the top spot with a -.4, which halted five straight positive or flat monthlies (7.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.1, 6+). “Country 92-5” was up nearly three full-shares since March and had been in the runner-up slot the past three sweeps. Within 7.2 – 7.8 range (6+) the past five ratings periods, CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WZMX “Hot 93.7” falters by -1.2 to 6.2 (6+) and slips from fourth to sixth. This is the softest 6+-showing for “Hot” since July 2015’s 6.1. Without an increase for the fourth successive time (6.5 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia mainstream CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7 – All the Hits” remains at #7. This is also the fourth consecutive time that Connoisseur Media classic rocker WDRC-FM (eighth to ninth) hasn’t had positive movement (6.0 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+); 4.7 is its lowest 6+-share since May 2015 (also 4.7). Returning in print for the first time since February 2012 when it registered a 4.1(#9, 6+) is Red Wolf alternative WMRQ (2.5, #10, October 2016, 6+); co-owned Spanish tropical WMRQ-HD2 (2.4, 6+) is right behind it, debuting at #11.
SiriusXM Reports Q3 Net Income Up 16%. On Thursday (10/27), SiriusXM reported its third quarter financial numbers and announced net income was $194 million – up 16% from the same period in 2015. Quarterly revenue was $1.3 billion, up 9% from the third quarter of 2015. The company is also declaring its first quarterly dividend – a penny per share. CEO Jim Meyer says in the press release, “SiriusXM’s performance in the third quarter was exemplary. We grew self-pay subscribers by 385,000 and turned in record quarterly high levels of revenue and adjusted EBITDA…We remain dedicated to bringing the best audio entertainment in an easy-to-use bundle of programming to a nation of listeners. In recent months, we’ve strengthened areas where we are leaders, such as country music, added new talent in talk programming, and held special, one-of-a kind live music events for subscribers and listeners nationwide, all content you can only find at SiriusXM.”
Bert Show’s Kristin Klingshirn Sits Down with Bruno Mars. Pictured above is “The Bert Show” co-host Kristin Klingshirn (left) in New York City holding an exclusive, one-on-one interview with pop star Bruno Mars (right). “The Bert Show” says the singer/songwriter granted a rare interview and opened up to the show, touching on everything from his new album featuring his hit single “24K Magic” to wanting to do Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. When asked about his hit single “24K Magic,” Mars said, “My objective was it just needs to feel good non-stop for three minutes and thirty seconds. I’ve just got to punish it…you know punish the dance floor.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. The Birmingham market has its first all-Christmas station as SummitMedia flips soft AC-formatted FM translator W271BN “Easy 102.1 FM” to the format. Program director John Olsen says, “This has been such an emotionally difficult year and Christmas music brings so much joy, we wanted to offer listeners the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit early this year.”…..Country duo LOCASH is hosting a Westwood One holiday program titled, “A Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration with LOCASH.” The syndicator says the show “will be stuffed with cuts from their new album The Fighters, music from their A-list friends, and bountiful holiday memories.” The four-hour special will feature songs from Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, and more…..Alpha Media’s rock WIIL, Waukegan-Kenosha recently partnered with Liberty Auto City and raised $2,150 for homeless veterans with its 4th Annual Jeep Rally. WIIL program director John Perry – a certified Jeep freak – led the rally. Perry says, “This was a wonderful day of cruising around the countryside with a huge parade of Jeeps while helping to raise money for homeless veterans! This was the best one ever and I can’t wait until next year’s Jeep Rally.”…..The fifth annual National Student Electronic Media Convention was held October 20-22 in Philadelphia and was widely praised by its attendees. The NSEMC is America’s top convention dedicated exclusively to the interests of student TV/video outlets, radio stations, and webcasters. Highlights of the convention included intensive workshops on LPFM, hosted in conjunction with the Prometheus Radio Project and REC Networks, and Adobe Creative Suite, hosted by an Adobe Education Leader. The convention also featured a MusicMaster Genius Day, tours of local radio and television facilities, a keynote address from Glenn Schuck of all-news 1010 WINS, New York and the presentation of the National Student Production Awards.
John Zacherle Passes at 98. Iconic television and radio personality John Zacherle – most famous for his “Roland” character who hosted WCAU-TV, Philadelphia’s “Shock Theater” in the 1950s and as “Zacherley the Cool Ghoul” on WABC-TV, New York in the 1960s – died on Thursday (10/27) at age 98. Zacherle also worked in film as an actor but was known to New Yorkers as well for his time on the radio at rock outlets WNEW-FM and WPLJ. TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison comments, “John Zacherle was an important pioneer of progressive rock radio back in New York in the 1970s, first at WNEW-FM – where I had the honor of briefly working with him when I was a young DJ there in 1971 – and then for 10 years at crosstown rival WPLJ. However, I must say he made an extraordinary impact on me and most of my friends much earlier – back in the 1960s when he hosted the campy ‘Shock Theater’ horror movie program on WABC-TV Channel 7. He was quirky and unpredictable. Even when he mumbled, he was pure fun. I loved his character as a kid – which made meeting and knowing him later, as a radio colleague, a really big deal. He was a true one-of-a-kind media personality and holds a special place in my heart.”
WPLJ, New York Inks Race Taylor to New Deal. Midday personality Race Taylor signs a multi-year contract extension with Cumulus Media to remain with New York’s hot AC “95.5 PLJ.” The station notes that Taylor has been part of the “95.5 PLJ” on-air team since October 1999. Prior to that, he hosted PM drive and was assistant program director for “Mix 102.9” KDMX, Dallas/Fort Worth, and was PM drive host and APD “Q102” WKRQ, Cincinnati. He’s also been a prominent voice on ABC Television for many years where he’s heard daily on “The View,” “The Chew,” “General Hospital,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Taylor’s voice work also airs regularly on primetime television shows including: “Dancing With The Stars,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “The Bachelor,” “Castle,” “Scandal,” “Nashville” and many others. WPLJ program director Gillette states, “In the hallways, Race is the definition of ‘professional,’ ‘gentleman’ and ‘esteemed colleague.’ On the air, he is the consummate communicator. He actually may have invented the concept of engagement. He can take the simplest break and make it a drop the mic moment. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership. He’s been such an important part of this brand’s heritage and is an even more important part of 95.5 PLJ’s future.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Music radio pro Steve Serrano is elevated to program director for Steel City Media’s CHR KMXV, Kansas City “MIX 93.3.” Serrano has been serving with the station as assistant program director, music director and evening personality. Station VP and general manager Marc Harrell says, “Steve is the definition of hard-work-leads-to-great-success. I’ve watched Steve grow from intern to on-air personality, MD to APD, and now to PD of one of the top Top 40 stations in the country.”…..San Diego media pro Robin Roth joins Midwest Television’s rock KFMB-FM for on-air work, beginning with her first air shift this Sunday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm…..Neuhoff Media announces the appointment of Matt Moore to the general sales manager position at the company’s Lafayette, Indiana station group that includes: country WKOA, classic hits WASK-FM, and sports talk WASK-AM “ESPN 1450AM.” Moore has most recently been serving as regional account manager for Entercom’s Indianapolis cluster.
Emmis Finds Buyer for Texas Monthly. Just two days after Emmis Communications’ announcement that it found buyers for its stations in Terre Haute, Indiana, the company reports it has signed a deal with Genesis Park to sell the assets of Texas Monthly for $25 million, subject to working capital adjustments. The press release indicates that “Genesis Park is a regional private equity firm that has built successful communications and technology businesses in Texas for many years. Examples include CapRock Services, Alpheus Communications and Vivante GMP.” It was founded by Paul Hobby. Emmis chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan states, “Texas Monthly has been a member of the Emmis family for 18 years, so today is bittersweet. We want to thank all of our employees for their dedication and hard work. This transaction allows us not only to de-lever our balance sheet, but puts TM in the capable hands of one of Texas’ great families, the Hobbys.” Emmis is still exploring opportunities to sell four other publications and New York radio signal WLIB-AM.
Alpha Media Sells Salina-Manhattan, Kansas Cluster to Rocking M Media. This divestiture of stations is the first on record for Alpha Media, as far as RadioInfo can tell. The company is selling its stations in the Salina and Manhattan, Kansas markets to local operator Rocking M Radio for an undisclosed price. The five stations in the deal are: news/talk KSAL-AM, Salina; classic hits KSAL-FM, Salina; standards KABI-AM, Abilene; country KYEZ-FM, Salina; and adult contemporary KBLS-FM, North Fort Riley. Alpha Media CEO/president Bob Proffitt comments, “We’re happy for our employees in Salina to be joining such a great company. Rocking M Media is a strong force in Kansas radio and media.” Because Rocking M already owns three signals in the market, it goes over the FCC cap and is announcing that it will spin KBLS-FM to Manhattan Broadcasting Company for an undisclosed sum.
NASH Shows Visit Garth in Texas. “NASH Nights Live” and “America’s Morning Show” personalities visited with country superstar Garth Brooks at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as he announced his new single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” and his partnership with Frito-Lay. Pictured here (from l-r) are: John Shomby, director of programming, NASH Network; Kelly Ford, co-host, “America’s Morning Show”; Elaina Smith, co-host, “NASH Nights Live”; Brooks; Shawn Parr, co-host, “NASH Nights Live”; Chuck Wicks, co-host, “America’s Morning Show”; and Ty Bentli, co-host, “America’s Morning Show.”
WBT, Charlotte Seeks Talk Host and Digital Content Editor. Charlotte’s heritage news/talker WBT-AM/FM is seeking a talk show host and management has clear ideas about what it wants and what it doesn’t want. Here’s what the station says: “Charlotte’s News Talk 1110 and 99.3 WBT is looking for personalities that can lead a conversation while being entertaining. Be serious when needed. Embrace the Carolina lifestyle. Someone who is not angry at the world. If you want to talk politics for 3 hours a day please don’t waste your time applying for this role. If you have to lean on guests to get through 3 hours a day we don’t want you. If you get your show prep from Drudge you won’t fit in. This is the perfect opportunity for you if you’re stuck on a cookie-cutter talk station or if you’re a music personality looking to extend your career. Show us what you got. Email your resume and a short aircheck to email@example.com now. No phone calls please.” Simultaneously, the station is also seeking a digital content editor. It says: “What do you get when you mix part writer, editor, news and political junky, student of social media and add a dash of video creator? The making of News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT’s newest Digital Content Editor. Our new team member will be a self-starter that creates, aggregates and maintains content, including text, video, photos and graphics, driving traffic and conversations to our news-talk radio station website, social and mobile efforts and builds communities. Writing and editing succinct, fact-filled content in a compelling and active tone for wbt.com are at the core of this positions duties.” Also apply for that position at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emmis Sells Terre Haute Signals in Three-Way Deal. In this three-way transaction, Emmis Communications is, as had been promoted during the lead-up to the company’s go-private bid, selling off its Terre Haute, Indiana radio stations for a total price tag of $5.2 million. Here’s how it breaks down: Midwest Communications is buying country WTHI and the intellectual property of classic rock WWVR “The River” for $4.3 million; the WWVR assets (minus the intellectual property), sports WFNF-AM and its translator W258BA, plus hot AC WFNB, Brazil, Indiana goes to Dave Crooks-owned DLC Media for $900,000. Since the acquisition would put Midwest over the FCC limit, Midwest will sell country WDKE, Seelyville, Indiana to DLC Media for an undisclosed sum. Emmis chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan says, “The sale of our stations in Terre Haute, while difficult, will help us further our goal of de-levering our balance sheet. We are thrilled the buyers value radio and have long traditions of success in smaller markets, like Terre Haute. I’d also like to thank our people at these stations. They have been tremendous stewards of their brands and wonderful ambassadors of Emmis’ culture. We wish them continued success.” The deal is expected to close in 2017.
Jagger Named PD at iHeartMedia’s Connecticut CHRs. Hit radio programming pro and air personality Jagger is named to the program director position for iHeartMedia’s Connecticut CHR outlets – WKSS, Hartford “Kiss 95.7” and WKCI, New Haven “KC101.” Jagger moves to Connecticut from his role with iHeartMedia’s New York CHR WHTZ “Z100” where he’s been music director and from his evening jock role at rhythmic hot AC WKTU. Jagger is also host of the syndicated show, “The Weekend Throwdown with Jagger.” About his new gig, Jagger says, “I am thrilled to become a part of iHeartMedia’s family in Hartford and New Haven. I am excited to have my name added to the list of legendary program directors at ‘Kiss 95.7’ and ‘KC101.’”
iHeartMedia Chicago Names New Night Jocks. Air personality Erik Zachary moves over from nights at iHeartMedia’s country WEBG “BIG 95.5” to host the evening show at sister CHR WKSC “Kiss 103.5,” and the company promotes promotions director and part-time personality Emily Bermann to the evening show at “BIG 95.5.” iHeartMedia Chicago SVP of programming Tommy Austin says, “Erik is a top-notch talent who grew up in the Chicagoland area. He understands the needs of our listeners and the community.”
Pete McNair Named PD at Scripps’ KICT and KFXJ in Wichita. Rock programmer Pete McNair joins E.W. Scripps’ Wichita station group where he’ll program the company’s rock KICT “T-95” and classic rock KFXJ “104.5 The Fox,” effective October 17. McNair comes to Scripps from Lotus Communications’ rock KFMA, Tucson “Rock 102.1” where he was APD and music director. Scripps Wichita OM Justin Case says, “Pete has great enthusiasm for rock music, programming and a strong commitment to developing talent. In addition to his solid insights on programming, he is well connected in the rock industry. We welcome his experience with station-produced rock events.”
Riehl Upped to Corporate Controller for Beasley Broadcast Group. Rising from her position as business manager at Beasley Media Group’s Fayetteville, North Carolina cluster is Robin Riehl. She becomes the corporate controller for the company, effective November 1, based at its headquarters in Naples, Florida. Riehl comments, “The radio business is my passion and I am honored to fulfill my dream of working with Beasley in the corporate office! The Beasley Media Group is my professional home and I remain deeply grateful for my start with Beasley in our outstanding Fayetteville cluster.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. In Minneapolis morning drive personality Fish is leaving Hubbard Radio’s hot AC KSTP-FM “KS95,” telling listeners he’s will be traveling across the country with his wife to see family and friends. Ryan, Bangs and Rudy continue hosting the morning show…..At Local Media San Diego’s CHR XHITZ-FM “Z90,” afternoon personality Tre adds imaging director duties to his role with the station. He’ll move to the mid-afternoon shift and evening host Pandar will expand his on-air presence to 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm…..Alpha Media hot AC WSSR-FM, Joliet, Illinois “Star 96.7” adds Lisa Jordan to the morning show alongside current host Josh Cooper. She takes over for Jamie Bell who recently left for opportunities in California…..Paladin is the new afternoon drive jock and assistant program director at Little Falls Radio’s adult contemporary KFML, Little Falls, Minnesota…..At Entercom Sacramento, Justine Roller is named general sales manager for the six-station cluster. She reports to Stacey Kauffman, who was recently promoted to director of sales.
Wilson Brothers on ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox.’ The brothers Wilson – actors Owen, Luke and Andrew – were in the KLOS, Los Angeles studios yesterday (10/12) sitting in on the “Jonsey’s Jukebox” show hosted by punk legend Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols fame. Jones’ two-hour daily show (12:00 noon to 2:00 pm) “encompasses everything from groundbreaking, new music from his personal collection to current topic discussions and guest interviews of all varieties – all with a living room-conversation vibe.” Pictured are (from l-r): Andrew Wilson, Luke Wilson, Jones, and Owen Wilson.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The second annual BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting scholarship competition is now open to broadcasting students nationwide. The program will award up to $5,000 for the best original essay response entry. Aspiring radio newscasters, announcers, sales executives, program directors, etc. are encouraged to apply. Established in 2015, the award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded Broadcast Music, Inc. in 1939 with the mission to provide a competitive source for music licensing and an open-door policy to songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. Each year, the program recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio. Entrants must be current students at accredited U.S. colleges or universities, between the ages of 17 and 24 at the time of entry, and degree candidates in Broadcast Communications or related majors. For more information and to apply, please click here.…..Envision Networks’ Westar Music Library announces it’s expanding its growing collection of music beds to include more than 248,000 sound effects. The Westar Music online commercial library now includes all of the sound effects from The Hollywood Edge and Serafine. The company says the library also offers more than 15,000 royalty-free music tracks.
Erie Radio Personality Jim LeCorchick Dead at 69. Longtime Erie, Pennsylvania radio personality Jim LeCorchick passed away this morning (10/13) after collapsing at the Connoisseur Media studios. According to GoErie.com, LeCorchick, who hosted the morning show at news/talk WJET-AM, walked into the studio of sister rock outlet WRKT “Rocket 101” and asked the jocks to call 911. GoErie.com reports that LeCorchick was a commentator for both WJET-AM and the WFNN-AM “Sports Blitz” afternoon show. He also served as a play-by-play and color commentator for area college and high school sports games over the years.
Dave Adams Appointed SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Tucson. Programmer Dave Adams takes on a new role with iHeartMedia, moving west to become SVP of programming for the company’s Tucson cluster that includes CHR KRQQ, hot AC KMIY “My 92.9,” hip hop KOHT “Hot 98.3,” country KYWD “97.1 The Bull,” news/talk KNST, talk KTZR, and Tejano KXEW. Adams most recently was serving as brand manager for classic hits KLOU, St. Louis. iHeartMedia EVP of programming Steve Geofferies states, “What a great hire for the Arizona region and the Tucson market. Experience, steady hand, and a history of success. I’m looking forward to getting Dave to Tucson.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. A new personality joins the morning show at Cherry Creek Media’s CHR KWWW, Wenatchee, Washington “KW3.” The company brings Nikki (left) aboard to partner with current morning host Connor (right) for “The KW3 Breakfast Burrito” (pictured here). In a press release, Connor says, “Nikki is the perfect complement to our morning audience, and with no local television in the market, we are the way for young adults to start their day in The Wenatchee Valley.”…..American General Media’s rhythmic CHR KAGM, Albuquerque tweaks its format, leaving behind the “WiLD 106.7” brand and taking on “106.7 The River” in a new format described as hybrid triple A. Matt Hernandez, a.k.a. DJ Ecto 1, is the new program director, taking over for Picazzo Stevens…..Sales pro Michael Weiss joins SiriusXM as senior advisor to advertising sales from his most recent position as president of sales for CBS RADIO.
PPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses of performances of urban-based stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s September PPM survey. Today’s look at urban contemporary outlets includes charts showing ratings (6+) fluctuations from last month to this and from September of 2015 to September 2016. Eleven urban contemporary stations ranked in the top five in their respective markets in September with four – WVEE, Atlanta; WBTP, Tampa; WERQ, Baltimore; and WOWI, Norfolk – ranking #2. See Kinosian’s entire report here.
Lotus to Buy KFWB-AM, Los Angeles for $11.2 Million. The former Los Angeles heritage news signal (more recently sports talk before the March 1, 2016 sale) KFWB has been airing a Bollywood music format since Universal Media Access acquired it officially just seven months ago for $8 million. Now, Lotus Communications is agreeing to buy the signal for $11.2 million. It’s unknown what Lotus’ format plans are for the station.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Alternative icons Green Day appeared earlier today on SiriusXM’s Howard Stern show performing songs from their 30-year career and new music from their upcoming album Revolution Radio. The band will also record a special edition of SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series — answering questions from a select group of SiriusXM listeners at the SiriusXM studios in New York City. The “Town Hall” special will air Friday (10/7)…..Alpha Media Savannah-Hilton personality Karen “Red” Daiss, from country WUBB “Bob 106.9,” lit up the dance floor at the “9th Annual Dancing with the Savannah Stars” event to support CASA. $115,000 was raised at this year’s event and will go towards helping abused and neglected children. Red, with the help of her dancing partner Joseph Marion, took home the award for “Best Female Dancer.”…..Morning shows from five of CBS RADIO’s Chicago station group will be broadcasting live from Wrigley Field prior to that evening’s game one of the Chicago Cubs National League Division Series versus either the Giants or the Mets. Broadcasting will be WSCR’s Mully and Hanley show, WJMK’s Dave Fogel, WBBM-FM’s “The J Show,” WUSN’s Stylz and Roman, and WXRT’s Lin and Mary…..Superadio Networks is now handling affiliate and national advertising sales for the “Streetz! Slow Lane with DJ Young Music” show produced by DJ Young Music Group. The program is targeted to the audience of urban and rhythmic radio stations that don’t program a traditional Quiet Storm show…..iHeartMedia’s alternative KDGE, Dallas “102.1 The Edge” announces the lineup for the station’s 17th annual “How The Edge Stole Xmas” concert event taking place on December 6 at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas. Performing will be: headliner Weezer along with Awolnation, Dirty Heads, Kongos, Capital Cities and Judah and the Lion.
First Media Sells Five More. This is the second sale by First Media announced within the last week. Recently, Pennsylvania-based Forever Media bought two Maryland FM signals from the company for $6.5 million. Forever will take ownership of adult contemporary WCEI and country WINX in the Easton, Maryland market. Now, Seven Mountains has a deal to acquire five Pennsylvania stations from First Media for $4.5 million. The stations are: country WOWQ, Du Bois; hot AC WQYK, Clearfield; classic rock WZDB Sykesville; rock WZDD, Strattanville; and oldies WCPA, Clearfield.
Trace Adkins at The Cutting Room. Country star Trace Adkins (right) is pictured here on stage at New York City’s The Cutting Room last Friday (9/30) during a private, sold-out performance. The evening was hosted by WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” personality Jesse Addy (left) who is seen here on stage with Trace during the “Q&A session.”