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Sarah, Ty & Mel Show in for Mornings at WRQX, Washington. The makeover at Cumulus Media’s CHR WRQX, Washington “All the Hits 107.3” continues with today’s announcement that, beginning July 30, Sarah Fraser, Ty Bentli and Melanie Glazener will start hosting “The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show.” The station says show “features the young and lively voices of Fraser, Bentli, and Glazener, who promise an interactive, informative, and inspirational show that will connect with the DMV’s listeners through real stories and phone calls. The show will have a robust presence across social media, and will offer special podcasts to its listeners.” Fraser was co-host of “The Kane Show” at crosstown CHR WIHT for six years. Bentli also worked in Washington at country WMZQ and in Baltimore at country WPOC. Glazener also previously worked on “The Kane Show.” Cumulus EVP of programming Mike McVay comments, “We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to assemble a team like Sarah, Ty and Mel for mornings. There is a high level of competition in DC. I believe in Gillette. He believes in the team. That makes me a big believer in this show.” Meanwhile, program director Gillette adds, “Sarah, Ty and Mel are all in the demo — and are fully plugged into the lifestyle of fellow Millennials. These are down-to-earth people who will talk about their lives with listeners and share their experiences in a completely authentic way. The show will be fun and edgy, but totally relatable. No fake prank calls or canned humor here. We’re getting real with our listeners and believe the show will be a breath of fresh air and unlike anything that’s on the air.”
Beasley Q2 Revenue Down 3.6%. This morning’s release of Beasley Broadcasting Group’s 2014 Q2 financials conforms to many experts’ conclusions about the second quarter of the year: Ad spending in radio was down across the country. BBGI reports the net revenue figure of $25.9 million for the 2nd quarter of 2014 (compared to $26.9 million during the same period in 2013) “primarily reflects lower advertising revenue at the company’s Philadelphia, Wilmington and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market clusters. The decline in net revenue was partially offset by $0.7 million in other revenue, resulting from an agreement with an electronics company and its affiliate concerning the use of our and their respective logos.” Chairman and CEO George Beasley comments, “Second quarter revenue levels reflect slower advertising spending across most markets where we operate which led to declines in seven of our eleven markets and lower station operating income. Overall, we outperformed in our five market clusters that report to Miller Kaplan. In these markets, which accounted for approximately 78% of total second quarter revenue, Beasley station cluster revenue declined 5.2%, compared with the total revenue for all reporting radio stations in these markets which were down 6.0% for the quarter. Our year-over-year revenue decline is partially attributable to difficult comparisons with 2013 second quarter results when we generated double-digit revenue gains in markets including Philadelphia and Las Vegas. However, our initiatives to expand our digital offerings are delivering results as we recorded an approximate 24% rise in digital revenue during the quarter. Notwithstanding the challenges faced in the second quarter, our market positions remain healthy based on our organization-wide focus on strong core programming and targeted localism. This focus is vital to the company’s ratings strength and long-term success.”
Townsquare Media IPO Raises $91 Million. It’s hard to judge the IPO of a radio and digital media company that’s so young in corporate terms, but the sale of 8.3 million shares of class A stock made the company a little more than $91 million – short of the $125 million the company was hoping to raise. Some analysts are noting that the IPO price was not in the low teens dollar figure the company had hoped for and even the $11 share price was a bit too high as the sale didn’t take off until the price dropped to $10.74. Still, the offering results in a cash infusion for Townsquare Media. Only time will tell if Townsquare’s plan to build revenue with small and medium market radio stations augmented by its stable of digital publications will pay off for investors and the company.
Emmis Names Jay Dixon WQHT, New York PD. After serving as interim program director at Emmis Communications’ hip hop WQHT, New York “Hot 97” since Ebro Darden relinquished the post to focus on his morning show duties, the company officially names Jay Dixon program director. Dixon was with Emmis previously, serving as program director for urban AC WRKS “98.7 Kiss FM” prior to the company leasing that signal to ESPN as WEPN-FM. He also worked for Cox Media Group as that company’s national urban format coordinator. WQHT GM Deon Levingston states, “Jay’s extensive knowledge of radio broadcasting and ratings, as well as his familiarity with the Emmis brand, makes him the perfect fit for WQHT. Over the past few months, Dixon has initiated innovative and creative ideas to the ‘HOT 97’ platform, further demonstrating his capabilities of leading and continuing to expand the global presence ‘HOT 97’ has in hip hop and music. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Emmis family.” Dixon comments, “I am excited to be back with Emmis and to continue my work with WQHT. I’d like to thank Rick Cummings, Jimmy Steele, Deon Levingston, Ebro Darden and the entire Emmis community for this opportunity. Look out of big things ahead for WQHT, hip hop, and New York.”
Russell to Program WMXO, Olean, New York. Joining Pembrook Pines-owned CHR WMXO “Mix 101.5” as program director is Chris Russell. The company announces the 15-year radio industry pro most recently served with Colonial Media & Entertainment in Olean and, before that, was a programmer for Cromwell Radio Group in Effingham, Illinois. Russell says of his new gig, “I can’t tell you how excited I am at the opportunities our hot AC format provides us here in the market, and what a fantastic group of radio folks I get to hang out with every day! And we have some BIG surprises in store for our great listeners and clients!”
‘K105’ Fort Wayne Names Aricka J Midday Personality. Moving from South Bend where she’s been with Artistic Media Partners-owned CHR WNDV “U93” to Federated Media’s country WQHK “K105” in Fort Wayne is Aricka McCauley a.k.a. Aricka J. She takes over the slot vacated by Heather Cruise when she moved to Los Angeles. Program director Dave Michaels says, “The long nationwide search is over, and an exceptional, talented individual will soon be entertaining the ‘K105’ listeners. Aricka will be a great addition to the ‘K105’ lineup!” McCauley says, “I am very sorry to be leaving South Bend and U93 so soon, they treated me very well. However I am very excited to start a new journey with Federated Media and a longtime heritage station like ‘K105’ and I’m looking forward to the smiling faces of Fort Wayne.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The new evening personality at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM” is Dana McKay. She was most recently with the company at hot AC WHFS, Tampa “Play 98.7.”…..Zach Ledbetter exits the evening show at Cookeville Communications-owned country outlet WGSQ, Cookeville, Tennessee “Country Giant 94.7.”…..Joanna Huff is promoted to permanent morning show producer and co-host at Reising Radio Partners’ country WYGB, Franklin, Indiana “Korn Country 100.3”
RadioInfo Publisher Michael Harrison Sounds Off on Boston Herald Radio Interview. The Boston Herald newspaper launched an online talk radio station – “Herald Radio” – on August 1, 2013. In commemoration of the forthcoming one-year anniversary, the station interviewed RadioInfo/TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison (pictured here on Herald Radio) about his take on the state of radio in general. Although the 25-minute conversation focused primarily on Harrison’s opinions about talk radio, he also made a number of comments about his take on the challenges facing terrestrial music radio in the advancing digital era. In addition to whimsically sharing recollections of his personal early-career as a rock radio DJ and PD at such legendary signals as WLIR, Long Island; WNEW-FM, New York; KPRI, San Diego; and KMET, Los Angeles, Harrison states that he is concerned about music radio’s ability to stand up against 21st century competition because it has “abandoned its franchise of personality.” Harrison continues, “And you really can’t compete in today’s multimedia music audio market if you don’t have personality, because then you’re just a Pandora.” To read media reporter Jessica Heslam’s coverage of the visit and to hear the entire interview, please click here.
KUBQ, La Grande, Oregon Adds ‘Hangar 19’ Metal Show. The classic metal show “Hangar 19,” distributed by Envision Networks and hosted by Cutter, is added to the weekend program lineup at Pacific Empire Radio Corporation’s KUBQ, La Grande, Oregon. The program is described by Envision as a show that “relives the glory days of classic metal and features music from the artists and groups who built this explosive genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson.” KUBQ program director Cliff Turner says, “’98.7 The Rock of Eastern Oregon’ is ready to rock hard with Hangar 19. Cutter has managed to weld together a solid blend of metal from the legends and promising bands of today!”
Connoisseur’s Connecticut Closing. Given that Connoisseur Media is headquartered in the Constitution State (Westport, Connecticut), corporate executives will not have far to travel to check on their newest properties. There is a flurry of activity as the company officially closes on five Hartford stations it acquires from Buckley. Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general manager Kristin Okesson takes on oversight of the Hartford group replacing VP/GM Eric Fahnoe; Connoisseur Southern Connecticut operations manager Keith Dakin adds regional programming duties for Hartford talker WDRC-AM; and Connoisseur Southern Connecticut assistant PD Kevin Begley becomes program director of Bridgeport adult contemporary WEZN “Star 99.9″ and classic rocker WFOX “95.9 The Fox.” Stu Gorlick – who was Buckley Hartford’s director of sales – adds New Haven rocker WPLR and urban AC WYBC. Elsewhere, Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general sales manager Andy Alcosser is upped to director of sales for WEZN and WFOX, while CSC music director Allan Lamberti becomes assistant PD for WDRC-AM, WDRC-FM, and WPLR. In addition, Lamberti will do afternoon drive on WDRC-FM, with Ed D’Oliveira inheriting Lamberti’s WFOX midday slot. Okesson notes, “We are extremely excited about acquiring such a legendary station as WDRC. We are anxious to make it even bigger and better by adding some of our key talented players into the mix.” The Hartford stations involved in the Connoisseur transaction with Buckley are talkers WDRC-AM, WSNG, WMMW, and WWCO (all using “The Talk of Connecticut” slogan); and classic hits WDRC-FM. Out at WDRC-FM with the change are program director and air personality Grahame Winters and jocks Mike Stevens, Rockin’ Ron Sedaille, and Floyd Wright.
Radio One Shuffles Talent, Adds Shorty Da Prince at WKYS, Washington. There’s a talent shuffle at Radio One urban contemporary WKYS, Washington, DC as the station brings Shorty Da Prince aboard to host the evening show. As a result, EZ Street now follows the Russ Parr morning show from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Ange Ang moves to the afternoon drive slot from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Deja Perez remains host of “Kiss After Dark” from 12:00 midnight to 2:00 am. Shorty Da Prince comes to DC from Radio One in Cleveland. He is also the former host of BET’s “106 & Park.” WKYS program director Neke Howse comments, “This a very exciting time for WKYS. Everyone brings their own uniqueness and energy. I’m sure the DMV will love them as much as I do.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Taking over for former CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres, New Jersey and AC WWZY, Long Branch, New Jersey “Fun 107.1” PD Matt Kelso is Mike Ryan, who makes a return to the Press Communications-owned stations. In the past, Ryan was APD/MD and evening host at WBBO. Ryan was most recently serving as producer for WKTU, New York’s Cubby & Cindy morning show…..At Broadway Media’s country KEGA, Salt Lake City, “The Eagle,” Keith Stubbs rejoins the station he left in May of 2013 to partner with Jon Watkins for the Jon & Keith show. Stubbs replaces Amanda Jones who exited to devote her attention to motherhood. The station also promotes Chantel Lauren to the on-air producer position for the program…..Doug the Slug (Sluggo) is back on the air in Los Angeles as a personality on the 80s alternative-formatted KROQ-HD2 where he holds down the 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm show. Doug exited KROQ-FM two years ago.
Award-Winning Radio Show Producer Gary Theroux Seeks Syndication Deal. On the heels of nabbing a Best Online Radio Program award from the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, producer and host Gary Theroux is shopping the “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” for a syndication deal. Theroux reports that the daily 2 ½ minute feature is currently heard only on the internet three times a day, Monday through Friday over rewoundradio.com and supernovaradio.co. He also wrote and co-produced the epic, 52-hour Billboard award-winning “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and is seeking a partner to market both the shortform daily feature version and a new, two-hour weekly ongoing series incarnation of “The History” to broadcast radio stations. He says each fast-paced episode of the daily feature interweaves excerpts from three sequential classic hits by an artist with revealing interview clips. “It’s fascinating fun. Once you learn the true facts behind the songs and stars you thought you knew, they become all that much more special — because now you know the sometimes silly, sometimes sad, often incredible and always unforgettable inside stories.” Each weekly episode of the two-hour version will explore a different facet of pop music history, allowing time to play the key hits in full amid the fun facts and star commentary.
Let Them Eat Cake. With all the Beatlemania half-century anniversary stuff going on this year, this blast from the past – courtesy of Westwood One talk star Jim Bohannon – will certainly take you back. It was January 1, 1965, and KICK, Springfield, Missouri disc jockeys Michael Wolfgang (l) and Jim Bohannon (the nerd on the right), both 20, decided to send the Beatles an 8’ by 3’ cake with their pictures in the icing, to commemorate release of the “Beatles 65″ album. Bohannon tells RadioInfo, “We traded out the box, the cake, and Campbell’s Express shipping company for publicity, which made the national wires. We even carried the darned thing through the streets of Springfield with police escort to a local retailer’s show window, where it was displayed for a week. Standing between us is Springfield singer Della Rae, promoted at the time as the next Brenda Lee. The Sporty 1340 wasn’t a bad little station then, including Les Garland and newsman Charles McCord. That’s a fair staff for $1.87 an hour.”
Hangin’ with Austin Webb. That’s KFKF, Kansas City morning host and program director Dale Carter (right) with Streamsound Records country recording artist Austin Webb (left) hanging out together before Webb’s appearance headlining the station’s “Red, White and Blue Springs 4th of July” extravaganza held on the campus of Blue Springs High School at Peve Stadium in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Buckley Waving Goodbye to Monterey AC. Another heritage adult contemporary outlet is about to have a new owner. This time, it is in market #86, Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz, where Mapleton Communications is acquiring KWAV “K-Wave 96.9 FM” from Buckley Communications. Here yesterday, we reported on a multi-station transaction, which included Midwest Communications picking up three highly successful South Central adult contemporary properties: WJXA, Nashville; WJXB, Knoxville; and WIKY, Evansville, Indiana. Regarding the KWAV deal, Buckley president/chief executive officer Joe Bilotta comments, “For over 30 years, we have owned this wonderful facility. Our ability to compete in the highly consolidated Monterey market with a free standing FM was a significant reason to entertain and eventually sell KWAV to Mapleton Communications. With this acquisition, Mapleton will be even more of an impact player in Monterey. They are very excited to have the Buckley station as part of their growing company. Mapleton president/chief executive officer Jim Shea states that he has “always admired” KWAV. “They have been great competitors and I am truly thrilled for the opportunity to work with them.” Adult contemporary KWAV will join a Mapleton Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz cluster consisting of fellow AC KBOQ “B-103.9,” CHR KCDU “Today’s Hit Music,” classic rock KHIP “The Hippo,” and adult hits KKHK “Bob-FM.” Buckley’s radio holdings will consist of one Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz station, KIDD “ESPN 630,” as well as three stations in Bakersfield; two in Hartford; two in Merced; and one in Fresno. Financial terms of the KWAV deal – subject to FCC approval – were not announced.
Mapleton to Sell ‘B103.9’ in Monterey to Mount Wilson. In order to comply with FCC ownership regulations to allow the purchase of KWAV, Mapleton Communications is selling adult contemporary KBOQ, Monterey “B103.9” to Saul Levine’s Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters. No price was announced.
KRST, Albuquerque Takes ‘NASH FM’ Brand; ‘America’s Morning Show’ Added. The latest Cumulus Media country station to assume the “NASH FM” brand is KRST, Albuquerque – now known as “NASH FM 92.3.” The other big change at the station is the replacement of “The Get Up Gang” morning show featuring Simon, Rachel and Scott, with the Nashville-based “America’s Morning Show” with Blair Garner, Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks. The station already carries the company’s “NASH Nights Live” with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith and “Kickin’ It with Kix” with Kix Brooks and Suzanne Alexander. Cumulus EVP and co-COO John Dickey states, “We are pleased to introduce NASH FM 92.3 KRST to New Mexico as the NASH brand continues to expand throughout the country. The NASH brand will complement the already robust country-driven content that 92.3 listeners have come to love.” KRST PD Kris Abrams adds, “Integrating the multi-media star power of NASH into a heritage station like KRST just makes sense. Pairing Blair Garner and his AMS team, Kix Brooks, and Shawn Parr with 20 year Albuquerque personality Juan Velasco made it natural to put a little more Nashville in our name.”
Wichita Falls Gets Urban AC Outlet at ‘K96 Jamz’ Debuts Under LMA. A new urban format hits the air in Wichita Falls as former Carter-Sherman Broadcast Group EVP Denise Sherman leads KXXN, Iowa Park, Texas as “K96 JAMZ…Your True R&B Experience” under an LMA with Falls Media LLC. Sherman is managing partner of Intrepid Radio Networks LLC and the station will air Intrepid’s Grown Folk JAMZTM format that has been in the research and development mode for the past few years, airing on GrownFolkJAMZ.com, Live365, and the Grown Folk JAMZTM Super App. The format is described by Intrepid as “R&B from today and back in the day with some Old School genres sprinkled in targeting the 25-54 age group.” Sherman adds, “’K96 JAMZ’ is the only R&B radio station in the Falls. We are pleased to super-serve this un-served demographic. Intrepid is currently looking for additional LMA or syndication opportunities to launch our business model where there is an R&B format void and the expense of starting or continuing to staff a traditional R&B radio station is not financially feasible.” Todd Reynolds serves as the network’s program director. He comments, “Today’s R&B radio listener is multi-dimensional. Grown Folk JAMZTM provides a unique experience for the R&B listener. We simply change the channel for ya!” The lineup is: “T-O Double Todd Reynolds JAMZ Morning Show”; “Don Sherman’s Midday Grown Folk PARTAY!”; “Afternoon Hot Spot w/The Entertainer John Blaze”; “Prime Time w/DJ Richy” in evenings; and “Joyful Sounds w/Gospel Sista Carla Eckels” on Sunday mornings.
Cumulus Ups Trapper John to APD at KSCS. Adding assistant program director to his duties at country KSCS, Dallas “New Country 96.3” is John Morris a.k.a. Trapper John. At the Cumulus Media station, Morris will continue to work on air with the Hawkeye and Dorsey morning show. He’s been with KSCS for almost six years. His past experience includes time at KKND, New Orleans; WGKX, Memphis; and WFMS, Indianapolis. Cumulus Media Dallas/Fort Worth operations manager J.R. Schumann says, “Trapper’s experience and passion make him a tremendous asset to this radio station. He will also continue as part of the Hawkeye and Dorsey morning show. I’m looking forward to seeing Trapper grow, not only as part of this great radio station, but with Cumulus as a whole!” Morris comments, “Thanks to J.R. Schumann and Dan Bennett for the opportunity to be more involved in the legendary KSCS. It’s gonna be fun to help Cumulus expand its Sasquatch-like country footprint in DFW.”
Fabini Named PD at WXKE, Fort Wayne. In the Fort Wayne market, Adams Radio announces that JJ Fabini is named program director for classic rock WXKE “Rock 104.” Fabini is also to be responsible for programming standards WGL-AM. Fabini has served as operations manager for WXKE since 2006. Adams is acquiring WXKE, WGL-AM as well as hip hop WHNT from Summit Media. Adams Radio Group president and CEO Ron Stone states, “You don’t find talent like JJ often these days. Our industry has done an amazing job of eliminating tenure — and it’s a shame. I am thrilled to have a guy that has 25 years of history in the same building, in the same format, working with us to continue building a legendary station.” Fabini comments, “I am extremely excited to be a part of the new Adams Radio Group in Fort Wayne and part of what I believe will be the most exciting time for radio in Fort Wayne’s history.”
Daniels Exits KNEV, Reno. Program director and morning show personality Doug Daniels announces his departure from Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary KNEV, Reno “Magic 95.5.” Daniels says, “I want to thank Mike McVay for giving me a seat back on the radio bus two years ago and to Emily Boldon for helping me take my game to the next level. I am so proud of the work my team was able to do in such short order, making ‘Magic 95.5’ a great sounding, bright AC station. I am available immediately as a PD, ops manager, air personality, imaging or combination thereof.” Reach out to Doug as email@example.com and 775-412-7417.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Moving from the radio business to public service is program director Mike Hammond, who will exit Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3” to serve as the Knox Country criminal court clerk beginning September 1…..Mike Herald is named director of programming for Centennial Broadcasting’s group of stations that includes: hot AC WINC-FM, Winchester, Virginia and its news/talk sister WINC-AM, country duo WXBN, Berryville and WZFC, Strasburg, Virginia “B105 Big Country.”
Tribune’s WPIX-TV Partners with Emmis ‘Hot 97’ for ‘Summer Jam’ Programming. The annual hip hop concert produced by Emmis hip hop outlet WQHT, New York “Hot 97” – taking place this year at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on June 1, is getting some television attention from Tribune’s WPIX-TV. The two companies announce that tomorrow (5/31), PIX11 will air “Road to HOT 97’s Summer Jam” – a 30-minute special hosted by PIX11’s Sukanya Krishnan and Kori Chambers that will look back at highlights from past Summer Jam concerts and provide teasers for Sunday’s concert. The show will feature interviews with HOT 97’s Ebro Darden, executive producer of Summer Jam; Angie Martinez, Grammy-award nominated singer and HOT 97 afternoon drive personality; hip hop artist Troy Ave; and Mack Wilds, a Grammy-nominated recording artist and actor. Then, on June 8, PIX11 will air “Best of HOT 97’s Summer Jam” – a 30-minute special hosted by PIX11’s Tamsen Fadal and Kori Chambers, who will be on stage at the event. The show will feature performances and exclusive backstage interviews from the 2014 show. The concert performers will include: Nas, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj featuring Young Money & Lil Wayne, The Roots & Friends, Wiz Khalifa, Troy Ave, Action Bronson, Kid Ink, Trey Songz, DJ Mustard, Ty Dolla $ign and more.
Voting Opens Next Week for Steve Harvey’s 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards. This year’s program is the 12th annual awards program hosted by Premiere Networks syndicated morning host Steve Harvey designed to “recognize community leaders, businesses, education and churches across the nation” with a star-studded evening of entertainment in August. After an outpouring of nominations from fan submissions, Harvey’s show kicks off voting on the top 48 finalists, beginning Monday, June 2 and ending Tuesday, June 17. Also kicking off June 2, Harvey ushers in a new event for the weekend with the launch of the 2014 Neighborhood Awards Church Choir Competition presented by JCPenney. The Neighborhood Awards winners will be announced by celebrity presenters on August 9 including David Mann, Holly Robinson Peete, LisaRaye, Shemar Moore, Stephen A. Smith, Yolanda Adams, Hill Harper and more in a glittering evening of laughs and community celebration with award-winning musical entertainment from Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, India.Arie, Johnny Gill, Ray Chew, and Tamela Mann. The 2014 Neighborhood Awards Weekend takes place August 7 – 10 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center and Philips Arena.
Nick Michaels Adds Two Clients. Voiceover pro Nick Michaels’ voice will be heard both across the pond and in the desert Southwest as American Voice Corp announces a couple of new gigs for Nick Michaels Studio. First, Michaels’ voice will be heard in program elements of “The Great American Songbook,” a program that features the best music from America’s greatest songwriters and singers and airs Sunday evenings from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight throughout the UK on Smooth Radio. Also, Michaels has been chosen by Phoenix classic rock station KSLX, to provide specialized imaging.
Bill to Give Children Access to Ailing Parents Moves Forward. It’s not named after radio legend Casey Kasem, but bill number AB 2034 certainly was the result of work between California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Kasem’s daughter Kerri. Broadcasters are aware of the problems Kasem’s children have faced trying to see their father who is struggling with a form of dementia called Lewy Body Disease. Jean Kasem has refused to allow visits from Kasem’s children from his first marriage. Bill AB 2032 passed the Assembly on a 70-0 vote. The bill seeks to protect children from being denied access to a parent by a parent’s future spouse or child. Assemblyman Gatto says, “Conflict among family members is the last thing our loved ones want to see as they approach their final hours. I hope this bill will help decrease the heartache and stress of families already facing difficult circumstances…The law must do more to keep up with the changing norms of modern families. AB 2034 brings the law into the 21st century and allows family members to focus on caring for their loved ones.”
Dave Herman Dies in Jail at Age 79. Former WNEW-FM, New York personality and rock radio icon Dave Herman died on May 29 – apparently from an aneurysm – while in custody at the Essex County Jail in Newark, New Jersey. Herman was awaiting transfer to federal custody to face the charge of attempting to transport a minor to engage in sexual activity. Herman’s case was brought to light last fall after a sting operation busted him allegedly trying to set up a meeting with a seven-year-old girl from New Jersey and her mother, for the purpose of having sex with the child. The arrest happened in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where Herman had a home. He could have faced anywhere from 10 years to life if convicted.
Live Music as Community Involvement. We constantly hear about the importance of “community involvement” in building a successful radio station that is well-rooted. Community involvement is an invaluable component in our medium’s formula for success – regardless of format… music or spoken word. In music radio, community involvement (in addition to public service initiatives) means being connected to everything having to do with live presentations of your station’s genre of music in your market — from local unknown struggling acts appearing at hole-in-the-wall clubs, public schools and area churches to the biggest superstars playing at your most prestigious venues… and everything in between. Of course, effectively pulling this off requires a cooperative effort between the station’s programming and sales departments. Just keep in mind that, 1) almost everything happening (musically) in your market has the potential to be monetized; but, 2) that shouldn’t be a requirement to qualify it as being part of your musical street presence. Ratings and goodwill equate to money, too. In a new column posted today (5/28) RadioInfo’s Duane Doobie uses a local concert he attended over Memorial Day weekend in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts to illustrate this point. In the piece, he shines the spotlight on local Clear Channel country music outlet WRNX (100.9 FM) KIX Country and their very cool involvement at a city musical event to raise money for veterans. He also goes on to reveal the identity of the scary looking hippie pictured here who was trying to keep the police from shutting down a radio station-sponsored free concert in San Diego in 1973 because it had no security force in place to keep the 5,000-plus attendees from engaging in a pot riot. To read the entire piece, please click here.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (5/28) includes such names as: Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Clean Bandit, Magic!, Correspondents, M.I.A.,the Partysquad, Lizzo, Karmin, Nova Rockafeller, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Mark Ballas, Eden Brent, Asylum Street Spankers, Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Steve Fisk, Dirty Heads, The Wind + The Wave, D-PRYDE, Dada Life, Sebastian Bach, Blinders, Porter Robinson, Bipolar Sunshine, American Longspurs, Sunny Sweeney, Joe Lasher, Jr., Blane Howard and Austin Webb among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Delmarva Broadcasting Suspends WSTW, Wilmington’s Spencer Graves. “Wakeup Crew” personality Spencer Graves is spending a few days off the air at Delmarva Broadcasting’s hot AC WSTW, Wilmington after being suspended for his handling of a local photo controversy. Graves was made aware of a photo snafu from a local high school’s yearbook in which an action shot of a cross country runner revealed the boys genitals – apparently published accidently. Graves and crew did a bit based on it, requesting “embarrassing high school moments” but Graves also posted the photo online and that’s where the trouble started. Delawareonline reports Delmarva VP/GM Michael Reath says the yearbook photo was a legitimate story but that “Graves went too far.” Graves apologized for his part in the matter and will return to the air on Thursday, May 29.
WARH, St. Louis Adds Ricki for PM Drive. Radio personality Ricki (Genevieve Frazelle) (left) joins Brando (right) for afternoon drive on Hubbard St. Louis Radio Group adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” beginning June 2. The new show will be called “The Ricki & Brando Show.” Frazelle comes to Hubbard St. Louis from her most recent gig at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s hot AC WNNS, Springfield, Illinois where she co-hosted the morning drive show. She comments, “I cannot wait to make the St. Louis area and Hubbard Radio my new home. I am truly blessed to work with the talented team at ‘106.5 The Arch!’” Program director Kevin Robinson adds, “This combo will add spice to the drive home in St. Louis. Their unique personalities will create an interesting take on what’s happening locally in St. Louis and in pop culture!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Hall of Fame country radio personality and programmer Moon Mullins announces he’s retiring from the business after a 52-year career. He’ll wrap up his current gig at Townsquare Media’s WBKR, Owensboro, Kentucky on June 18 where he’s morning drive host and brand manager…..At Entercom’s country KWJJ, Portland “99.5 The Wolf,” Mike Chase and Amy Faust are back in the morning drive slot, replacing “Fitz in the Morning.” Chase returns to Portland after a brief stint at Capitol Broadcasting’s AC WRAL, Raleigh…..Louie Diaz exits the program director role at Alpha Media’s CHR KBFF, Portland “Live 95.5.”…..Air personalities Dave Westrich, Julie Michaels, Johnny Kincaid, and Gavin Eddings appear to be on their way out as Townsquare Media‘s oldies WJLT, Evansville, Indiana prepares to flip to sports in the near future…..Faith Broadcasting announces broadcast pro Daniel Wolfe is the new vice president and general for WGAB-AM, Evansville, Indiana and WMTA-AM, Central City, Kentucky.
Clear Channel Brings Country to Canton. Flipping the programming on translator W295BW from adult contemporary to country, Clear Channel announces the debut of “99.7 Canton’s New Country.” The station is airing the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones morning show and for the rest of the month will air commercial free music. CC regional programming manager Keith Kennedy says the station is the first Canton-focused country outlet to appear in the market in 15 years.
Cumulus Sues Michael Baisden for $1 Million in Overpayments. In a suit filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Cumulus (suing as Radio Networks LLC) is trying to get back $1 million it claims it overpaid to its former syndicated personality Michael Baisden. Saying it was due to an accounting error, Cumulus alleges Baisden received an up-front $1 million payment in 2011 as his contract amendment stipulated. However, the complaint goes on to allege that an accounting error resulted in Baisden’s company receiving 15 payments of $66,666.67 – which totals about $1 million. The complaint alleges Baisden knew about the overpayment and when approached to return it, his company refused. Baisden and Cumulus did not reach agreement on a contract renewal and they parted in March of 2013. Cumulus is seeking the $1 million plus interest and attorneys’ fees.
WPLJ, New York Kicks Off Summer. At last weekend’s “Summer Kick-Off 2014,” held at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, Cumulus Media hot AC WPLJ entertained listeners as “The Todd Show” hosted The Fray, Kacey Musgraves, Hot Chelle Rae, and MAGIC! Thousands of fans turned out for the show. Pictured here is WPLJ morning drive personality Todd Pettengill (center with vest) surrounded by his morning show crew and members of The Fray.
Historic Memphis Station KWEM to Return. At first, the return of KWEM, West Memphis, Arkansas will be online, but operator Mid-South Community College is promising to have it on the FM band at 93.3 by the end of the summer, according to the Associated Press’ Christina Huynh. KWEM operated from 1947 to 1960 and is famous for allowing wannabe stars to pay $15 dollars for the chance to perform live on the station and enjoy the chance to be discovered. Many stars did just that, including: B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Ike Turner. KWEM’s original frequency was 990 AM – currently the location of talk outlet KWAM, Memphis. Read the full story here.
CBS RADIO Re-Brands WNOW, New York ’92.3 AMP RADIO.’ Speculation that CBS RADIO has new plans for CHR WNOW-FM, New York turns out to be true as the company re-brands the station “92.3 AMP RADIO” as of 2:00 pm today (5/22). CBS says it will launch “a new brand and programming focus that will result in the station playing more songs than ever before…”92.3 AMP RADIO” will be a destination for listeners to discover the best new music with a distinct local appeal and presentation. “Featured artists will include: Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, and Calvin Harris, and breakout artists Iggy Azalea, Jhene Aiko and Tiesto, to name a few. The station will initially be presented with limited commercial interruption.” Newly installed program director Rick Thomas says, “We are excited to introduce a dynamic radio station with an aggressive approach to highlighting today’s hottest names in music while also exposing audiences to those artists just emerging on the scene. As the number of music platforms continues to grow, study after study shows that consumers still look to radio as their leading source for hearing new music. ‘AMP RADIO’ will be that perfect combination of songs from established and up and coming voices that mirrors the tastes of its local listeners.” At the same time, WNOW personality Zann Fredlund announces she’s exiting the station. Prior to joining WNOW-FM, Fredlund served with Beasley Broadcast Group’s hip hop WRDW, Philadelphia “Wired 96.5” on the Chio morning show. Late night personality Eutopia and morning show associate producer Bryan Carstensen also exit.
Entercom Fires ‘Kimberly & Beck’ After ‘Nut Job’ Comment. The morning drive duo of Kimberly Rae and Barry Beck have been fired from Entercom’s rock WBZA, Rochester “98.9 The Buzz” after Rae referred to persons undergoing sex change as someone who is “probably a nut job.” The two were discussing new health care services for city employees that include gender reassignment surgery, psychological counseling and more. Entercom Rochester VP/GM Sue Munn issued the following statement: “This morning Entercom fired Kimberly and Beck effective immediately. Their hateful comments against the transgender community do not represent our station or our company. We deeply apologize to the transgender community, the community of Rochester, and anyone else who was offended by their comments. We are proud of our past work on behalf of the local LGBT community and we remain committed to that partnership.” After being let go Rae Tweeted the following: “Freedom of Speech includes the freedom to offend others. You aren’t granted a right to not be offended in this life #getoverit #ROC.”
Carter Joins Adams. At Adams Radio Group’s new Fort Wayne cluster, Mark Allen Carter is named operations manager for the group and program director for country WBTU “U.S. 93.3.” Other stations in the cluster include: CHR WJFX, hip hop WNHT, rock WXKE, and standards WGL-AM. New Mexico-based Adams acquired the Fort Wayne stations earlier this year in deals with Summit Radio and Oasis Radio. Inside Indiana Business reports that Adams is trading WHPP-FM with Fort Wayne Catholic Radio for WLYV-AM and is also trading WGL-FM to Calvary Radio Network for translator W277AK.
STRATA Study Shines Light on Suspicion Over Web Metrics. Radio sales pros have long wondered if the love affair the advertising world has with all things digital is overblown, some of the conclusions of STRATA’s most recent study of advertising agencies may show there is truth there. While the advertising industry is largely bullish on the ad business right now – the study finding that 62% of agencies polled say they see business increasing this quarter compared to the same time last year – they also are suspicious of web traffic analytics. More than half the agencies polled – 56% — reported they do not trust web traffic numbers provided by the publishers with whom they advertise. Further, when asked if they agreed with an earlier report indicating 36% of web traffic is fraudulent, 31% of the agencies surveyed feel the fraudulent number is actually higher. STRATA president Joy Baer comments, “Ad agencies revealed an interesting dichotomy within the advertising industry; agencies are displaying high levels of confidence and are increasing their ad spend while they question the accuracy of reported Web traffic numbers and the inflated CPMs they may command. Another interesting parallel was the optimism many agencies felt while they looked cautiously at rising ad costs as a major concern. The strength that our clients are reporting bodes well for the rest of the year.”
Spotify Reports 10 Million Now Subscribe. The digital music service reports that it’s hit the 10-million paying subscriber milestone – a number that is almost double its subscriber base 18 months ago. As Ben Sisario writes in The New York Times, Spotify has about three free-subscribers to every one paying customer. But the bigger issue for all digital services is how to make a profit – something none have done so far. With the music industry looking to make up for slumping CD and download sales, it sees these digital music services as an obvious source of revenue, but the services want to pay even less to musicians and copyright holders than they currently do. Since all of the digital music platforms are reporting substantial losses quarter after quarter, it’s not unreasonable to ask if they will ever have a chance to turn a profit. Some analysts don’t see a lot of hope under current licensing agreements at the prices consumers are paying now (average is about $10 per month). Read Sisario’s NYTimes piece here.
Rick Thomas Returns Home to Program CBS RADIO’s ’92.3 NOW’ in New York. Moving east from CBS RADIO’s Los Angeles station group where he’s been serving as PD of classic hits KRTH “K-Earth 101” and urban contemporary KTWV “94.7 The Wave” for the past year is native New Yorker Rick Thomas. He assumes the program director role at CHR WNOW-FM “92.3 NOW” effective immediately. The company says Thomas’ replacement at the Los Angeles stations will be announced at a later date. CBS RADIO EVP, operations and New York market manager Scott Herman states, “Rick is a truly talented program director who brings a unique perspective to ‘92.3 NOW.’ He has a multitude of great ideas and the boundless energy needed to compete at this level. We are thrilled to have him at the helm of the station as it continues to break new artists and drive the music and pop culture conversation.” A press statement notes Thomas has had past successes that include “turnarounds and top rankings at” KYLD, San Francisco; KSFM, Sacramento; and XHT, San Diego. “Thomas is also credited with developing rhythmic oldies and rhythmic AC formats in various markets which led to unprecedented ratings at XHR, San Diego and at KUMU, Honolulu.”
Bay Area Combo Appoints Richards OM/PD. It’s a move west for Merlin Media-owned classic rock WLUP “The Loop” and WKQX “The New Home for Alternative” Chicago operations manager Jim Richards who relocates to San Francisco to become operations manager/program director of Cumulus Media‘s KFOG “World Class Rock” and classic rock KSAN “107.7 The Bone.” Corporate program director of rock Troy Hanson comments, “We are delighted to have a programmer of Jim’s caliber and pedigree lead our efforts in the Bay Area. His product passion, digital thought process, and strong talent management acumen are second-to-none. We look forward to Jim duplicating his precise success in Chicago into a big win for us in San Francisco.” Richards states that in his brief time with Cumulus, “I have been really impressed with everyone involved. Their support and appreciation have been amazing. As excited as I am to get back to California, I must thank everyone in Chicago who made my job easy. I am proud of what we accomplished together and am excited to get started in San Francisco.” Richards’ past credits include programming Seattle’s KWJZ “Click 98.9″; vice president of content for Tribune Interactive; vice president of programming at Clear Channel San Diego; and various other programming jobs in Cincinnati, San Jose, Knoxville, and Grand Rapids.
Two Personnel Moves at WEBE, Westport, Connecticut. At adult contemporary WEBE, Westport, Connecticut (New Haven/Bridgeport market), Cumulus Media names a new program director and morning drive host. First, Mike McGowan is upped to PD of the station. He will continue to serve as afternoon drive host where the station says he’s been “successfully maintaining double-digit ratings and keeping station imaging fresh and relatable” for the past two years. Operations manager Danny Lyons adds, “Mike’s talent, creativity and commitment to the WEBE brand will help ensure that we stay on top of the ratings heap for many years to come. Mike is a total team player and has earned these stripes.” At the same time, the station brings morning personality Jay Michaels aboard to take control of the AM drive show. Michaels was most recently with Scott Shannon’s True Oldies Channel. Prior to that, he was morning host at Cumulus’ WFAS, Westchester from 1993 through 2013.
Bubba the Love Sponge Expands into Orlando; Adds Shannon Burke to Cast. The Tampa-based Bubba the Love Sponge show announces it will be airing in the Orlando market beginning Monday (5/5) on Star Development Group-owned sports talk WRSO-AM/FM, “810 CBS Sports Orlando.” The move into the market will mark the return of Shannon Burke – who recently joined the program – to the Orlando airwaves. Burke previously served at Clear Channel’s WTKS-FM. The Bubba show reports that Star Development Group owner and president Carl Como is coordinating the new morning show launch on Monday along with his newly added FM translator launch that will augment Orlando metro coverage on the FM in addition to his 20k AM signal, which reaches a population area of 2.5 million people. Como states, “I wanted a show that had real punch and would make an impact. I know Orlando radio fans will love hearing Bubba return.” This comes as the program celebrates its recent debut in the Reno, Nevada market on Times-Shamrock’s rock KRZQ. That company’s market manager, John Burkavage, says Bubba and his team produces “one of the best morning shows I have heard in 30 years. Bubba will grow my station fast and that is why we added his show, it’s a show that will go viral very quickly.” Bubba comments, “This is an incredible thing for me and my crew. We are already blowing up the phones in Reno – such a great group of people to work with at KRZQ. The show has never sounded better and we are now top three ranked in almost every market we are in. I am thrilled…We are extremely excited about coming back to a place I consider home. We have a huge fan base there and I have no doubt people will be thrilled to have us back in morning drive in Orlando.”
Roberts Upped to Country Brand Manager. The new country brand manager at Great Plains Media is WIBL, Bloomington, Illinois “107.7 The Bull” PD and OM Josh Roberts. Roberts, who serves as OM for the company’s Bloomington-Normal operations, will now oversee the country brands in the company’s Tennessee, Illinois, and Kansas markets. The company says he’ll “oversee music design at WGSQ, Cookeville, Tennessee ‘94.7 The Country Giant’ as well as at KMXN, Lawrence-Topeka, Kansas ‘92.9 The Bull,’ working with group consultants Audience Development Group and working closely with the company’s country PDs in each market.” Great Plains Media president and owner Jerry Zimmer says, “Josh has been instrumental to the development of our country stations for years. He has earned this promotion with hard work and loyalty. No one has more passion for our stations than Josh.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At JVC Media’s Gainesville/Ocala, Florida operations, the company gives the program director duties at classic hits WYGC, High Springs, Florida “WOW-FM” to morning drive personality Wolf Bowers…..Also from JVC Media, Dyann Lesnever takes over middays on CHR WMFQ, Ocala “All the Hits Q92.” She slides over from sister EDM/dance outlet WXJZ, Gainesville…..Chris Huff exits his PM drive and music director roles at Cumulus Media’s country KSCS, Dallas “New Country 96.3.” Station OM JR Schumann takes over the duties in the interim.
Hybrid Urban Music and Talk to Air on WTMP, Tampa. According to a story in the Tampa Tribune, WestCoastMedia is announcing it is buying WTMP and will flip the station back to the urban music and talk hybrid format that aired on the signal for 57 years prior to the Spanish and tropical formats that have aired for the past three years. WestCoastMedia is buying the station from Davidson Media Group. Station manager Lawrence Hines tells the paper, “We’ve been gone for way too long. This community needs its voice back, and AM 1150 WTMP is that voice.” Programming will consist of primarily Reach Media-syndicated shows including Tom Joyner in AM drive, Rev. Al Sharpton and D.L. Hughley in afternoons, James Fortune in evenings, and station veteran Larry Steele hosting a midday show. Music will consist of “old-school R&B, soul, funk and jazz.”
Anderson, Giles to Host Gracie Awards Luncheon. When the Gracie Awards are handed out in New York next month, iHeartradio‘s Moll Anderson (“The Moll Anderson Show”) and CBS News contributor Nancy Giles will host the 39th annual awards luncheon. The Gracie Awards were established in 1975 and are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. This occasion will honor accomplishments of women in media and entertainment at the local, public, online and student levels. AWMF chair Kay Olin observes that the luncheon is “a wonderful chance to recognize the amazing accomplishments of women in so many forms of media. Moll Anderson and Nancy Giles represent a diverse range of media and reflect the Gracies’ strong commitment to recognizing accomplishments of all markets of talent.” Anderson comments, “It’s an honor to be included among so many amazing and accomplished women, those who have blazed new trails and shown the way for others in media and entertainment. According to Giles, “The Gracies are my favorite events of the year. They are such a wonderful way to honor the unique work that women are doing in an array of media.” National winners will be honored later this month (5/20) in Los Angeles (Beverly Hills). The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have contributed to the industry.
WILV, Chicago Begins Cash Giveaway Promotion Benefitting Listeners and Charities. At Hubbard Radio adult hits WILV, Chicago, a promotion for the month of May begins called “May Money Match.” The on-air and online contest gives listeners the chance to win $500 cash for themselves and $500 for their favorite non-profit charity. Listeners register their name and the name of their charity on the station’s website and then listen during middays to hear their name. If they call within 15 minutes, they – and their charity of choice – are winners. WILV program director Marty Bender comments, “This is just flat out a better way to give away money. In a world where we win some and lose some, we can at least offer up the chance to now win some and give some. Simply pay yourself and have us pay it forward too. WILV is proud to facilitate this opportunity for our listeners and those in need.”