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Friday, May 27, 2016

| May 27, 2016

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Thursday, May 26, 2016

| May 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

| April 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

| April 12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

| April 5, 2016

iheartmedia logo smalliHeartMedia 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,livelytammy 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 “Channelwwwm 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 michaelsnicksignificantly 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,siriusxm 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?”

Friday, April 1, 2016

| April 1, 2016

kfogteaserReports: 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, whichkfog logo 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.

shannonscottScott 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,” programboylejohn 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.

ww1BackstageWestwood 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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

| March 30, 2016

OwenjakeAmericanCountryLoveSongDuane 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.

kiis logoBIA/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/KelseyHubbard 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).

summerjamTokyoEmmis 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 anwalshpatrick 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.”

greaterMedia60Greater 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 FMsmythpeter 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.”

wkti-fmBritt 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.  Inpearsonbritt 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 ascruzlouie 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 stegbauerashleyMorning 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 logoMIW 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.”

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

| March 2, 2016

londoncassyWonderlandDuane 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.

wegmannchrisRadio 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.

levingstondeonLevingston 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’srichardsjim 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 pittchadChad 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.

nash fmCumulus 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.

muellerdavidDavid 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.

BFoAPittman16BFoA 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 LombardoPhoto: Wendy Moger-Bross.

Only in Los Angeles: Tuna for Breakfast; Remembering Charlie Tuna

| March 1, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor


kinosianlgLOS 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).

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

| March 1, 2016

giuttaristephenCumulus 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 CumulusCumulus 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+).

kinosianmikeMike 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 radiotunacharlie 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 presidentcerullikaryn 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.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallCan 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 thebrownejoy 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.

nextradio logoCollege 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.

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