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Cumulus Media Appoints Dimick Vice President/Programming Operations. Former Lincoln Financial Media senior vice president of programming and operations John Dimick joins Cumulus Media as vice president of programming operations. Cumulus Media senior vice president of content and programming Mike McVay remarks, “John Dimick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position. He joins Doug Hamand and Greg Frey as a [vice president of programming operations]. Those three, along with our format specialists and analysts, will provide even more tools to our managers and program directors to employ when programming their stations.” Dimick – who begins his new assignment next Wednesday (6/1) – jokes, “I am very happy that Mike McVay would not buy my ‘retirement from the industry’ thinking. The new senior management team at Cumulus is building [something that] is extraordinary and compelling. I am flattered [corporate believes] I can help advance the growth and success of the stations and the remarkable Cumulus platform. Joining the corporate programming team with people like Greg Frey, Doug Hamand and the other pros at Cumulus is very exciting.” For the past 11 months, Dimick was franchise owner of the Dimick Automotive Group. In addition to Lincoln Financial stations in San Diego, Dimick has programmed Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97,” New York; KPLZ, Seattle; KISN, Salt Lake City; and WNCI, Columbus.
Schneekloth Named GSM at WMJX. Following a 12-year run as vice president and manager of the Katz Radio Group, Brian Schneekloth becomes general sales manager of Greater Media Boston adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7.” Greater Media Boston vice president and market manager Mary Menna comments, “Brian’s exceptional client relationships and expertise in the radio and digital space make him the perfect addition to the Greater Media Boston family.” In addition to his Katz Radio Group management role, Schneekloth was director of sales for Katz Digital. Prior to that, he held sales management roles at CBS Radio Boston’s WBCN and classic rock WZLX. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s April 2016 PPM report, “Magic 106.7” finished second (7.2), eight-tenths behind co-owned classic hits-oldies WROR (8.0, 6+).
“Sugar Mom” Marshall’s Meaningful Marking. While “voiceover artist,” “audio producer,” and “author” are apt summations of Robin Marshall, the most important depiction of the Dallas-based talent is that she is a one-year cancer survivor. Marshall will release recordings of “Lemons to Lemonade” blogs, which she wrote while undergoing aggressive ovarian cancer treatment. Those episodes will be part of the “Sugar Mom” podcast, leading up to National Cancer Survivors Day next Sunday (6/5). Starting next month, Marshall will distribute her audio book “The Diary of a Sugar Mom: Don’t Tell the Kids” free via her “Sugar Mom” podcast on various podcast directories. Marshall comments, “I want women and men who subscribe to my podcast and/or visit my Facebook page to understand what the concept of a ‘Sugar Mom’ really is, and more importantly, what it is not. If you can try one new thing a day, you are headed towards becoming who you used to be and now want to be again.” The “Sugar Mom” podcast releases new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays. Marshall spent 20 years as a New York City on-air talent and she is the imaging voice for several radio stations. Since being diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer, she underwent weekly chemotherapy treatments in Dallas; she is in full remission.
Alan, McCoy in Special Salute. Country artist Neal McCoy and Premiere Radio Networks’ personality Cody Alan treated more than 200 (Phoenix area) Luke Air Force Base service members and their families to an evening of music and conversation last night (Thursday, 5/26). The event marked the first stop on this year’s “Super 8 Salutes” tour, a multi-city effort created by Super 8 and Premiere Networks, providing access to events and concerts with country music stars. McCoy states, “I am always excited to spend time with the women and men of our military and their families. Whether it is entertaining them overseas or here at home, it is the highlight of my year. I thank Super 8 and my buddy, Cody Alan, for inviting me to join in this salute to the hard work they do every day at Luke Air Force Base.” Thursday night’s Alan-hosted function included a “Q & A” with McCoy, followed by an acoustic set and a meet and greet. “Super 8 Salutes” is in its second year and will make three stops; last year the tour included visits to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and West Springfield, Massachusetts. Alan is host/executive producer of “CMT After MidNite,” “CMT Radio Live,” and “CMT All Access.” Included among McCoy’s 15 albums are three that went platinum and one gold.
To Tell the Truth – It’s Dierks Bentley. As part of a promotional tour for his album “Black,” which comes out today (Friday, 5/27), Dierks Bentley visited “America’s Morning Show.” During yesterday’s visit (Thursday, 5/26), the country singer agreed to enter the program’s “TruthBooth,” where he was given a sealed envelope with questions that he swore to answer honestly.
Millennials Account For 66.5 Million Radio Users. This is not a homogeneous group with a common set of beliefs, interests, and behaviors; ungrouping millennials can help advertisers, agencies, and radio stations understand each group more closely. Nielsen‘s Q4 2015 “Total Audience Report” separated 18-34s into three groups: “Dependent Adults” (those living in someone else’s home); “On Their Own” millennials (those living in their own home without children); and “Starting a Family” millennials” (those living in their own home with children). The data shows 97% of 18-year-olds live in someone else’s home. By their mid-30s, 90% of millennials live in their own home, and more than half have children. Radio is an important part of a millennial’s life and they listen to it in many ways. In the average week, radio reaches about 92% of “Starting a Family” millennials; 90% of “Dependent Adult” millennials”; and 89% of “On Their Own” millennials. CHR is the number one format for all three groups, but “Dependent Adult” millennials, who tend to live at home with their parents or another adult, listen to more classic rock, classic hits-oldies, and urban AC than the overall millennial group. “Dependent Adult” millennials listen to these formats because they are exposed to them by older adults in the home. “On Their Own” millennials are the least ethnically diverse group and they show a preference for non-ethnic formats like hot AC and alternative. They also listen to sports stations more than the other two millennial groups. Radio reaches 90% of all 18-34 African-Americans each week with urban AC the top format among this group. “Starting A Family” millennials include the highest percent of Hispanic and Spanish-speaking listeners. In this group, regional Mexican has the third-highest share of listening time. Overall, 16% of this group’s listening is spent with a Spanish language format. That is more than three times the amount of “On Their Own” millennials.
Getting Together with Smaldone. For almost 24 years, Valerie Smaldone was the mid-day talent at market dominant adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM,” New York. More recently, she has been hosting/producing a variety of projects. The latest for the imaging voice of CBS Radio New York all-newser WINS is “Hit Makers: Music Icons in Performance and Conversation”; Tommy James (“Tommy James & The Shondells“) was her first guest and he sang several of his hits. In addition, Smaldone interviewed him about his book “Me, The Mob, and the Music,” as well as his days with Roulette Records. For the past two years, Smaldone’s weekly, three-hour Envision Networks’ talk show “America Weekend with Valerie Smaldone & Friends” is heard in 15 markets.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Effective next Tuesday (5/31), Entercom San Francisco rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102” mid-day talent “Freska” will transition to afternoon drive on adult contemporary sibling KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday.” Taking her place at “Q-102” is Billy Vidal, who is promoted from weekends. KOIT-FM program director Brent Carey comments, “Freska’s unique delivery, community relationships, and creative show ideas will build a strong connection for our listeners.” The changes come about as former KOIT-FM PM driver Brent Carey exits.
Sirius XM’s “The Pulse” To Air “Live In The Vineyard” Concert Special. The three-hour feature will run this (Memorial Day) weekend. It was captured at the seventeenth installment of the “Live In The Vineyard” music festival in Napa Valley, California early last month (4/7-10) and will include acoustic performances by Andy Grammer, Ingrid Michaelson, Cold War Kids, Lukas Graham, Ben Rector, Daughtry, Zella Day, Tor Miller, Brendan James, Shawn Hook, The Strumbellas, AudioDamn!, Pentatonix and SafetySuit. SiriusXM “The Pulse” host Jim Ryan remarks, “It is an incredible weekend of wine, food, and ‘Pulse’ music that our listeners respond to in overwhelming numbers to try to attend the event twice a year. It is great to be able to bring the experience to listeners on the radio, especially for those that are not able to attend.” The special premieres tonight (Friday, 5/27) at 7:00 pm (ET) on channel 15 and it will rebroadcast tomorrow (Saturday, 5/28) and Sunday (5/29) at various times. Created eight years ago by Bobbii Jacobs and Claire Parr, “Live In The Vineyard” will take place again in November.
Beasley Broadcast Group Board Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend. It is for $0.045 per share of its “Class A” and “Class B” common stock. The dividend is payable on July 8 to shareholders of record on June 30. While Beasley Broadcast Group intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the foreseeable future, all subsequent dividends will be reviewed quarterly and declared by the board at its discretion.
Kristie McIntyre Returns to ‘Mix 107.3’ in Washington for Nights. Washington, DC and Baltimore-area radio personality Kristie McIntyre is named the night personality at Cumulus Media’s hot AC WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3,” effective May 2. McIntyre worked on air at the station from 2005 through 2010. Most recently she’s been with Hearst Television’s Baltimore news/talk WBAL-AM as news anchor and reporter. She’s also worked for CBS RADIO in the market as a personality on hot AC WIAD “94.7 Fresh FM,” and as a reporter on the former all-news WNEW-FM (now business news WDCH). WRQX program director Louie Diaz comments, “We are very excited to welcome Kristie McIntyre back home to DC and ‘MIX 107.3.’ Kristie is another great veteran air personality and is a fantastic addition to our live-and-local air staff at ‘MIX 107.3.’”
JB King Takes On CBS RADIO Las Vegas OM Post. Longtime Las Vegas radio pro JB King is shucking his on-air role at CHR KLUC (more on that below) and is accepting the promotion to operations manager for the CBS RADIO cluster in Vegas. King – with KLUC since 1998 – will continue to program KLUC and urban contemporary KXQQ “Q100.” CBS SVP and market manager Tony Perlongo states, “After a national search for the next amazing operations manager, we found that with JB King. With years of experience from learning from the best, JB is more than ready to take on the responsibility of overseeing our six great radio stations, as well as our six HD2 stations.”
John Moug Named Afternoon Jock at KLUC, Las Vegas. The Sin City native has been working at CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC for more than six years – most recently as evening personality. Now, John Moug takes over the afternoon drive daypart for JB King, who was recently promoted to operations manager for the company’s Las Vegas station group. King says, “I am excited to promote and pass along afternoon drive on 98.5 KLUC to an excellent talent. John Moug grew up in Las Vegas and has lived and breathed KLUC for almost his entire life. His work ethic, dedication and passion for KLUC is matched by few, and I am confident about his success in afternoon drive.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Nathan Reed has exited iHeartMedia’s Toledo station group where he was SVP of programming. He’d been with the cluster since 2008, joining as program director of CHR WVKS “92.5 Kiss FM.”…..Morning drive personality John Harry is promoted to program director at NRG Media’s country WYTE, Marshfield, Wisconsin (Wausau-Stevens Point market). Harry’s been in the AM drive slot for the past two years…..Reach Media replaces morning drive Gospel personality Yolanda Adams with Erica Campbell. Adams and her cast mates – comedian Marcus D. Wiley and minister Anthony “A.V.” Valary – said goodbye to their listeners last week. Now, Campbell begins hosting “Get Up! Mornings Erica Campbell” for the network.
WBBG, Youngstown Goes Country as ‘106.1 The Bull.’ After a recent tweak from oldies to classic hits, iHeartMedia completely changes direction and turns Youngstown market signal (licensed to Niles, Ohio) WBBG into “106.1 The Bull” playing new country. The move puts WBBG into direct competition with Cumulus Media’s market-leading (12+) country outlet, WQXK “K105.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. WHKX, Bluefield, West Virginia “106.3/107.7 Kicks Country” morning personality Lori Charles (pictured at left with Hokies mascot) ran in last weekend’s Remembrance Run at Virginia Tech in honor of the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on the campus nine years ago. More than 10,000 people took part in the run. The Alpha Media talent comments, “It was an honor to broadcast live at Virginia Tech for ‘106.3/107.7 Kicks Country.’ We are a proud affiliate of the Hokies and it was truly a great day to stand with 10,300 other runners, fans, graduates and students to respectfully remember the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on campus nine years ago.”…..CBS RADIO’s KROQ, Los Angeles announces the lineup for the final “KROQ Weenie Roast” at the Irvine Meadows venue where it’s been held for the past 23 years. On the bill are: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Empire of the Sun, Panic! At the Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Miike Show, Lukas Graham, The Strumbellas, Nothing But Thieves, Bishop, and Bear Hands.
Joe Piscopo Discusses Talk Radio, Stand Up Comedy, Sinatra, SNL, and NJ Politics on ‘Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.’ RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison says, “I’ve never laughed so much doing a podcast – this guy just overflows with humor and great pop media stories,” referring to the newly posted PodcastOne episode of “Up Close and Far Out” in which he interviews Joe Piscopo – the celebrated morning host of Salem Media’s New York outlet, WNYM “AM 970 The Answer.” Piscopo talks about his early years as a student in theater and college radio and his eventual stand-up comedy work at NYC’s legendary Improv club that led to his becoming a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980. He goes on to discuss his success over the past few years as a conservative news/talk morning host with Salem and his continuing love for his home state of New Jersey. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
iHeartMedia and Creditors Still at Odds Over Asset Shift. According to a report from Bloomberg, iHeartMedia and a number of its creditors have broken off talks to try to resolve the rancor over iHeartMedia’s shift of 100 million shares of Clear Channel Outdoor to a new subsidiary called Broader Media. Creditors including D. E. Shaw, Canyon Capital, Franklin Advisers and Franklin Mutual sued iHeartMedia over the move claiming that it violates the debt covenants. iHeartMedia argues that’s not the case and the move is designed to allow the company to deal more effectively with its $20 billion in debt. iHeartMedia told a Texas judge that if the creditors’ bond defaults are allowed to proceed, it would cause as much as $15 billion of the company’s debt to come due quickly and that would force the company into bankruptcy protection. The creditors argue that is not what they are trying to accomplish. iHeartMedia SVP and treasurer Brian Coleman says the company’s maneuvers are part of its Project Indigo, a long-term strategy designed to allow it to study ways to deal with its debt.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Air personality Tammy Lively moves from Cumulus Media’s country WFMS, Louisville back to her home state of Indiana to host the afternoon drive show on the company’s WWKI, Kokomo “100.5 KI.” Lively takes over for Sherry Foxx who recently moved to mornings to co-host “The Morning Fixx” with Nick Livingston…..Steel City Media’s Kansas City adult contemporary KCKC “KC 102.1” is announcing its new talent lineup. Bryan Truta is PD and morning co-host, partnered up with Jennifer Johnson. In middays it’s Jacqui Lucky, and Natalie R. holds down the afternoon drive daypart…..Syndicated adult contemporary morning show “Murphy, Sam and Jodi” adds six new affiliate stations including KQXT, San Antonio; WDMX, Parkersburg, West Virginia; and WISM-FM, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Toledo hot AC WWWM re-brands, ditching the “Star” moniker and debuting “Channel 105.5.” The Cumulus Media station’s talent lineup remains the same. RVP and market manager Andy Stuart says, “The ‘Star’ name never took hold in the market and did not convey all of the improvements we made to the station, especially the announcers and music selection. The brand name ‘Channel’ gives us a real opportunity to show that we are making Toledo radio great again.”…..Broadcast traffic solutions provider Radiate Media enters into an option agreement with Global Traffic Network – supplier of traffic information to broadcasters in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the UK – granting GTN an exclusive option agreement to buy substantially all of the assets of Radiate. Radiate CEO Chris Rothey says, “With Radiate’s data and technology coupled with GTN’s global presence, we will be able to significantly improve the experience of traffic consumers in the US and abroad.”…..The Envision Networks-syndicated country feature, “The Stories That Made the Music” with creator/host Nick Michaels, is added to the program lineup at Bardstown Radio Team, LLC-owned WBRT, Bardstown, Kentucky…..Black Crowes founding member Chris Robinson is hosting a new, monthly SiriusXM show on the Jam On channel called “Chris Robinson’s Gurus Galore.” The program will “feature Robinson digging into his vast record collection to showcase psychedelic music across various genres and eras. Each episode will feature a different theme. SiriusXM listeners will hear artists like Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Daevid Allen, Canned Heat and more. Robinson quips, “It’s the only radio show in the cosmos that dares ask you the musical question…do YOU guru?”
Reports: KFOG, San Francisco Staff Let Go; ‘Evolution’ Underway. Yesterday’s announcement of the hiring of new KFOG and KSAN program director Bryan Schock hinted that changes are coming to Cumulus Media’s venerable triple A KFOG and that includes the dismantling of the air staff, which was, according to numerous local media reports, dismissed on Thursday (3/31). We’ll have to wait until April 20 to find out what the new format will be but it’s a safe bet triple A is gone. The station is running jockless, airing various rock and pop artists. KFOG has been a consistent performer with the triple A format. It’s (6+) Nielsen Audio PPM ratings have hovered steadily around a 2.0 share for the past six months, however it ranked #17 in the San Francisco market and #20 in the San Jose market.
Scott Shannon Holds ‘Morning Zoo’ Reunion. Today, WCBS-FM, New York morning personality Scott Shannon welcomed New Yorkers to a live, remote broadcast remembering and celebrating the Morning Zoo from his time at WCBS-FM in the 1980s. It took place at the Adorama Live Theatre in Manhattan as his current program, “The Big Show” met the “Morning Zoo.” Current co-hosts Patty Steele, Joe Nolan, John Elliot and Brad Blanks performed for the crowd with Shannon’s old co-hosts, Ross Brittain, Claire Stevens, Jonathan B. Bell and Mr. Leonard. CBS RADIO New York SVP and market manager Marc Rayfield said, “Millions upon millions of New Yorkers grew up with Scott Shannon and the Morning Zoo. This occasion illustrated local radio at its best, and WCBS-FM is proud to be Scott’s home.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At New Orleans alternative WZRH “106.1 The Underground,” program director John Boyle adds the PM drive air shift to his responsibilities…..Suburban Chicago hot AC WZSR, Woodstock, Illinois promotes weekend personality Jimmy Styx to full-time evening host, handling the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight shift.
Westwood One Broadcasts ‘Backstage at the ACMs.’ Today and tomorrow, Westwood One and Cumulus Media are presenting “Westwood One Backstage at the ACMs” from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in advance of Sunday evening’s Academy of Country Music awards telecast. WW1 says the backstage event will “welcome more than 80 of country music’s biggest artists over the two-day event, including Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Martina McBride, and will present an exclusive one-on-one session with ACM hosts Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, with performances by country artists Brett Young, Canaan Smith and Tucker Beathard.” The events will take place from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm today and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California; Bill Phipps, the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; and Internet sensation The Iceman; 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 (3/30) includes such names as: Nick Jonas, Big Gigantic, Angela McCluskey, Dove Cameron, George Clinton, Funkadelic, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Celeste Buckingham, Iggy Azalea, Bebe Rexha, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Marco Benevento, Fitz and the Tantrums, New Beat Fund, Travis, Bleached, Jonathan Edwards, Kaleo, The 1975, Jake Bugg, Allie Louise, Sturgill Simpson, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Dan Davidson, Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Baby Raptors, Tora, Gainsay, Matty Fees, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
BIA/Kelsey: WTOP, Washington Nudges KIIS, Los Angeles Out of Top Biller Spot for 2015. Perennial big biller WTOP, Washington is the #1 biller in the nation for 2015 according to data from BIA/Kelsey. Hubbard Radio’s WTOP has been the top biller five out of the last six years. In 2015, it bumped 2014’s #1 CHR KIIS, Los Angeles out of the top spot to #2. iHeartMedia owned the rest of the top 10 when it comes to music outlets. CHR WHTZ, New York was #3; hot AC KBIG, Los Angeles ranked #7 and adult contemporary WLTW, New York was #8. Major market all-newsers showed well again this year with CBS RADIO’s WCBS-AM, New York (#5); WINS, New York (#9); and WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago (#6) all making the top 10. That company’s sports talk WFAN, New York (#4) was the only sports talker to make the list, and returning to the top 10 after a three-year absence is iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI, Los Angeles (#10).
Emmis Takes HOT 97’s ‘Summer Jam’ to Tokyo. The annual hip hop festival produced by Emmis Communications’ WQHT, New York “HOT 97” is being exported to Tokyo this July via a partnership with Japan’s Avex Live Creative. The American concert “HOT 97 Summer Jam” is taking place on June 5 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Emmis reports it has signed a multi-year license agreement with Avex Live Creative. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Emmis Communications president Patrick Walsh says, “‘HOT 97 Summer Jam Tokyo’ reinforces the global awareness and significance of the ‘HOT 97’ brand and the groundbreaking DJs who play such an important role in breaking and cultivating hip hop’s top past, present and without question future performers. ‘HOT 97’ has a passionate following in Japan and hip hop is experiencing enormous growth in popularity among Japanese millennials. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver an authentic ‘HOT 97 Summer Jam’ experience to the growing legion of Japanese hip hop fans and share the experience with our American listeners as we promote the groundbreaking event to our audience in New York and all over the United States. Our goal is to add another significant event to a country so rich in history and culture.”
Greater Media to Celebrate 60 Years in Broadcasting. Tomorrow (3/31), Greater Media celebrates 60 years in the broadcasting business. The company was founded in 1956 by Yale classmates Peter A. Bordes and Joseph Rosenmiller. It began with the ownership of WESO-AM, Southbridge, Massachusetts and grew to multiple radio stations, cable television, printing, publishing, and telecommunications operations by the mid-1980s. In 1999, the company sold its cable business in order to focus more exclusively on its radio and newspaper operations. Greater Media is the parent company of 21 AM and FM radio stations in Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Charlotte and New Jersey; a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey; and several telecommunications towers throughout the United States. Greater Media chairman and CEO Peter Smyth comments, “I am very proud of the achievements of our company over the past 60 years. Greater Media is the culmination of Peter Bordes’ life’s work. I am grateful to our incredible employees for their continued dedication in making Greater Media greater on a daily basis over the past six decades.”
Britt Pearson Joins WKTI-FM, Milwaukee’s ‘Jake & Tanner’ Show. Joining the program as producer is Britt Pearson. The E.W. Scripps country station features the “Jake & Tanner” program in morning drive hosted by Jake Kelly and Tanner Jay. In addition to producing that show, Pearson will also handle some on-air hosting duties. Station VP and general manager Tom Langmyer says, “We’re committed to breaking out of the industry rut of big companies that pipe-in recorded, voice-tracked hosts from out of the market and formats shaken out of a box. Scripps believes in being famous for localism. ‘KTI COUNTRY’ is a place for real broadcasters who want to show the industry that real radio is alive and well. Actually connecting to the audience with unique, relevant and local content can only be done in real-time, and that’s our mission. It also matches our commitment to doing well by doing good in the communities in which we are licensed to serve.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programming pro Louie Cruz is “going home” to Modesto, California to serve as SVP of programming for iHeartMedia’s five-station cluster there that includes: rhythmic oldies KQOD “Mega 100,” hot AC KOSO “B93,” rock KMRQ “Rock 96.7,” and news/talk KFIV “Powertalk.”…..At Cox Media Group-owned country WWKA, Orlando “K92.3,” “AJ and Ashley Morning Show” co-host Ashley Stegbauer is named music director for the station…..Air personality Doc Medek is exiting CBS RADIO’s country WXTU, Philadelphia where he’s been co-hosting the morning drive show with Andie Summers for the past six years. Medek has been commuting to the station from Scranton where his wife works. He plans to announce a new career move soon…..AdLarge Media names Yvonne Lacey as vice president, digital sales development for the company’s portfolio of streaming and on-demand/podcasting. For the past three years Lacey has been serving with the ad agency TWONIL, LLC.
RadioInfo Tidbits. New York rhythmic CHR WKTU “103.5 KTU The Beat of New York” is announcing the lineup for its June 4 live concert event “KTUphoria” at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. The iHeartMedia-owned station says its “summer dance party” will feature: Pitbull, Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, Mike Posner, The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha…..SiriusXM partners with country star Kenny Chesney to bring his No Shoes Radio into the company’s fold. Chesney says, “We’ve spent eight years building No Shoes Radio. It’s always been a place where I could share songs I love, musicians I find, things on my computer nobody’s ever heard – and blur the lines between my records and everything from reggae to rock to bluegrass. To partner with SiriusXM as part of their Artist Driven platform of stations means No Shoes Radio will be able to reach even more people who love songs and music the same way I do. That’s awesome.”
MIW Radio Group Announces 2016 Mentees. The four mentees for this year’s 2016 Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program have been chosen by the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group. They are: Kathy Byerly, GSM, Neuhoff Media, Decatur, Illinois; Charlie Maxx, PD, Beasley Media Group, Wilmington, Delaware; Brittney Quarles, LSM, Radio One, Richmond, Virginia; and Stephanie Sabota, GSM, Cox Media Group, Tampa. The MIW Radio Group says the mentoring program matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio. To date, the Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program has successfully mentored a total of 35 mentees. MIW spokeswoman Kay Olin says, “It is very rewarding to track the professional growth and success of our mentees. We can clearly see a direct correlation between the participation in this supportive and impactful program and the accomplishments and professional trajectory our mentees achieve.”
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working, co-music editor Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Vincent Rockwell Usuriello, superstar program director at SiriusXM’s Octane; and Internet sensation The Iceman, 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 (3/2) includes such names as: Andra Day, Cassy London, Lou Potter, Fifth Harmony, Ty Dolla $ign, ONO, Dave Audé, Jennifer Saran, Taylor Swift, Little Mix, Jason Derulo, Lake Street Dive, City and Colour, Violent Femmes, Death Cab for Cutie, Atlas Genius, The Joseph Sisters, Martina McBride, Tucker Beatheart, Brothers Osborne, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, OMI, AronChupa, Chemical Brothers, Beck, New Order, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Radio One’s Wegmann Announces Retirement. Three-year Radio One Radio Group president Chris Wegmann is set to retire in four weeks (4/1). Radio One chief executive officer Alfred Liggins comments, “I am grateful for Chris’ years of loyal leadership to Radio One and wish him well in his retirement.” Wegmann remarks, “I am looking forward to retiring to the farm with my wife Eva and spending my days building boats. I will miss the wonderful people at Radio One I have grown quite fond of over the years. I am thankful for the opportunity to have led the radio group. I believe that what I have helped to build will continue to prosper while I spend much anticipated time hunting and fishing.” Wegmann joined Radio One in 2009 as regional vice president and general manager in Dallas and St. Louis and he was regional vice president and general manager in Washington, DC. Wegmann previously worked for Cox Radio, Clear Channel, and Signature Broadcasting.
Levingston in Radio One Return. It is a homecoming for former Emmis New York senior vice president and general manager Deon Levingston who returns to Radio One as general manager of its Indianapolis stations, as well as regional vice president of the company’s Detroit and St. Louis outlets. Radio One Radio Group chief executive officer David Kantor states, “Deon’s reputation precedes him and I’m thrilled to welcome him back home to Radio One. I look forward to working with him and trust that he will bring the same level of innovation, operational, and leadership excellence he is known for to our midwest markets.” Levingston notes that he is “very excited to rejoin the Radio One family. At the beginning of my career, [this company] gave me my first start as a general manager – I am very happy to come home. I look forward to working with the team to grow and dominate the urban space.” Levingston’s radio career began in 2001 with Radio One, where he ultimately became vice president and general in Indianapolis. His resume also includes being president and market manager for YMF Media New York and New York City urban AC WBLS.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Jim Richards is leaving the PD role at Cumulus Media’s triple A KFOG and rock KSAN in San Francisco, but it’s not clear why. Richards is reportedly up for other potential programming gigs within the company but is also considering outside offers. Meanwhile, there’s no word from Cumulus on Richards’ replacement…..Houston radio personality Chad Pitt is moving from CBS RADIO’s hot AC KHMX, Houston “Mix 96.5” to the company’s CHR WQMP, Orlando “101.9 AMP Radio” where he’ll be morning host…..In Buffalo, Entercom brings Emily Wild in from its Rochester operations to host mornings on alternative WLKK “Alternative Buffalo 107.7/104.7FM.” Wild, previously afternoon host on CHR WPXY, will also serve as music director for the station. The morning show opened up when Bentley moved across town for mornings at Cumulus’ alternative WEDG “103.3 The Edge.”…..According to a report from Blaine Thompson’s Indiana Radio Watch, Emmis Communications-owned hot AC WFNB, Indianapolis “B92.7” makes lineup changes that include the addition of Premiere Networks’ syndicated Elvis Duran for AM drive. Jamie Dawson moves from AMs to PM drive and Kyle West is the midday host.
Cumulus Returns Control of KSJO, San Jose to Universal Media Access. Twenty months after Cumulus Media began operating KSJO, San Jose under a local management agreement and installed the “NASH FM” format on the station, it is returning the station’s operations to owner Universal Media Access and moving the “NASH” format to the HD2 signal of KSAN, San Francisco. Looking at 6+ PPM numbers from Nielsen Audio, the station was never able to get ratings traction in the San Francisco market and it never really challenged KRTY, San Jose, either. Cumulus does say in a statement that this move is not reflective of its commitment to the “NASH” country brand, which remains strong.
David Mueller Doubles Down on Taylor Swift Suit. Former KYGO, Denver morning personality David Mueller – already suing Taylor Swift for damages related to his being fired for allegedly groping her during a meet-and-greet – is adding slander to his complaints against Swift. He claims that her public statements have harmed his reputation and standing in the community. Since Mueller’s first suit was filed, Swift has countersued Mueller for sexual assault. Mueller, who was Jackson on the “Ryno & Jackson” morning show, alleges in his original complaint that KYGO PD Eddie Haskell is the one who groped Swift but Swift’s representatives say the star is not confused about who touched her. Interestingly, both sides say the photo taken during the meet-and-greet (which has not been released publicly) prove their allegations.
BFoA Honors Bob Pittman; $400,000 Raised for Charity. The Broadcasters Foundation of America presented its 2016 Golden Mike Award to iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman at a gala ceremony and fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel on Monday (2/29). More than 325 radio and television executives attended the fundraiser at which some $400,000 was raised to assist broadcasters who find themselves in acute need. Elvis Duran hosted the festivities. Also, at the event, the 2016 Dick Clark Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary broadcaster and “CBS Sunday Morning” anchor Charles Osgood. The award was accepted by humorist and “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca for Osgood, who was unable to attend due to recent surgery. Pictured above are (from l-r): Rocca; iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes; country recording artist Cam; Pittman; BFoA president Jim Thompson; NPR president and CEO Jarl Mohn; BFoA chairman Phil Lombardo. Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — God-given talent has catapulted a number of on-air talents to lofty positions, but when someone is shrewd enough to take that ability and combine it with an indefatigable will to win, they can soar to practically unlimited heights.
After attaining success, the secret is avoiding complacency and staying on top of your game.
That is precisely what happened with highly personable Charlie Tuna, who passed away “peacefully in his sleep” more than a week ago (2/19) in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley (Tarzana) at the age of 71; he would have turned 72 next month (4/18).
Cumulus Media Indy Ups Giuttari to OM. Four-month, country-formatted WFMS, Indianapolis program director Stephen Giuttari is elevated to operations manager for Cumulus Media‘s three-station Indianapolis cluster, which includes WFMS, WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5,” and urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM “93.9 The Beat.” Cumulus Media Indianapolis vice president and market manager Tom Stemlar comments, “Stephen is an incredibly focused and skilled leader. I know he will harness the enormous talents and resources of Cumulus Indianapolis to beat our lofty audience and operational goals. I look forward to working with Stephen to build Cumulus Indianapolis into the top radio group in Indianapolis.” Giuttari – who continues to program WFMS – remarks, “To be empowered to lead the staff here is a great honor. Since my arrival, this has been an amazing experience, working with one of the best staffs in America and collaborating with the industry’s top programming leaders – our team in Atlanta.” Before joining Cumulus Media Indianapolis, he was country format leader and brand manager for Townsquare Media-owned WGNA “Today’s Country,” Albany, New York. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s January 2016 PPM report for Indianapolis, WFMS ranks #6 with a 5.5 (+1.4 from “Holiday” 2015 and its best showing since last July’s 5.6). Up four-tenths to 5.8 (6+), WJJK (unchanged at #5) halts five straight downward trends (6.8 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.7 – 5.4, 6+), while a similar gain of four-tenths to 3.2 (6+) enables “The Beat” (steady at #14) to apply the brakes to four consecutive declines (4.6 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). Entercom CHR WZPL leads the field with a 7.8 (6+).
Mike Kinosian: Remembering Charlie Tuna. News of the passing of radio legend Charlie Tuna broke on Monday afternoon – 10 days after his death. The 71-year-old Los Angeles-based radio personality had been heard in syndication on his own daily program at the time of his death. However, his storied radio career is worthy of much more notice than a brief obituary can relate. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian had the opportunity to pen a lengthy profile of Charlie Tuna years ago when Kinosian was serving as special features editor at Inside Radio. For an exhaustive look at the career of Charlie Tuna, click here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Albany market radio pro Marissa Lanchak joins Townsquare Media to host the midday show on country WGNA. She was previously afternoon host and APD/music director at Pamal’s crosstown CHR WFLY “Fly 92.3.”…..Moving from the corporate position SVP/sales operations to market president of iHeartMedia’s West Palm Beach station group is Chris Soechtig…..Entercom San Diego names Karyn Cerulli director of sales for country KSON, alternative KBZT and adult contemporary KIFM. Cerulli will partner with director of sales Pat Osburn and the Entercom San Diego sales management team. Cerulli had most recently served with Cox Media Group as director of sales for its San Diego station group.
Can America Afford to Elect a Crazy President? The reigning queen of psychology on news/talk radio, Dr. Joy Browne, is the featured guest on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” In a fascinating, non-partisan dialogue, Michael Harrison and the nationally syndicated GCN host dissect the psychological profiles of the major candidates running for president basically addressing the question, “Is ANYONE who thinks that he or she has what it takes to assume the most awesome responsibility of life and death over the human race playing with a full deck to begin with?” In setting up the conversation, Harrison states, “I am fascinated by the psychology of power and that obviously doesn’t become any more interesting than the psychology of the President of the United States and those who put themselves through the public humiliation of seeking the job.” In this stimulating podcast, Browne amply displays the extraordinary skills that have made her a non-political staple of the politically oriented, news/talk genre for decades, and still going strong. To listen to the entire conversation, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
College Street Team Program Launched by NextRadio. Targeting the college student demo, NextRadio launches the College Street Team Program to encourage students to compete in a contest that will increase NextRadio brand awareness on their college campuses. NextRadio is asking students to submit their “most dynamic, creative ideas” to participate in the program. NextRadio says those selected will get experience in helping build a brand and being a part of something new and quickly growing. In whatever creative and imaginative ways they design themselves, selected students will help to educate fellow college students about the NextRadio app and increase followers on NextRadio’s social channels. More can be learned about the contest and submitting a proposal here: nextradioapp.com/streetteam. NextRadio VP for marketing Maura Kautsky says, “We are looking to get college students involved and informed about FM chips in smartphones and to introduce or re-introduce them to live, local radio. College students are perfect ambassadors to develop a NextRadio app message that shares how radio and digital come together.” Selected students will receive a NextRadio enabled smartphone with a three month phone plan, $100 VISA gift card, NextRadio swag items and NextRadio promotional items to utilize at college events. The first place winner will also receive a $1,000 VISA gift card, second place winner will receive a $500 VISA gift card and third place winner will receive a $250 VISA gift card.