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Friday, November 20, 2015

| November 20, 2015

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Former Beasley Miami market manager Joe Bell joins Brewer Media inbelljoe Chattanooga where he’ll serve as market manager for that company’s five station cluster.  Bell served with Beasley in Miami for 15 years prior to Beasley’s asset swap with CBS RADIO.  In Chattanooga, Brewer Media operates rhythmic oldies WMPZ “Groove 93,” hip hop WJTT “Power 94,” country WPLZ “Big 95.3,” sports talk WALV “ESPN Chattanooga,” and “Cat Country 106.9” on translator W295BI…..Jay Gleason is the new operations manager for Adams Radio Group’s Delmarva region rock stations  — taylortracyactive rock WZBH, Georgetown, Delaware “93.5 The Beach” and classic rock WGBG, Seaford, Delaware “Big 98.5.”…..Tracy Taylor joins Max Radio’s rhythmic oldies KJHM, Denver “Jammin’ 101.5” for weekends…..CodComm-owned adult hits WFRQ, Harwich Port, Massachusetts “Frank 93.5” (Cape Cod market) brings married radio duo Dave and Ana Fesmire aboard to host “The Frank Morning Show,” replacing the exiting Stephanie Viva who returns to crosstown hot AC WCOD to reunite with former partner Dan Mahoney for the “Dan and Stephanie Morning Show” beginning Monday (11/23).  Viva exited WCOD in 2014.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The Grammy Award-winning band Train will perform at the official opening of CBS RADIO’s new New York performance space on Tuesday (11/24).  The company announces the opening of the Adorama Live Theatre in Hudson Square in Manhattan, saying it will “serve as a showcase for artists,cbsradio newsmakers, top athletes and other special guests.” It will play host to events from its six New York market radio stations.  The company says that in the coming weeks the theatre will present performances by Southside Johnny and Shaggy, as well as live interviews with Chris Martin from Coldplay and Charles Osgood, host of “CBS Sunday Morning” and the syndicated radio feature “The Osgood Files.”  Today’s announcement marks the launch of CBS RADIO’s 11th performance space, joining outlets in Los lamonttonelli15Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Detroit, among others…..The “Lamont & Tonelli Morning Show” (pictured here with Lamont on the left and Tonelli on the right) from Cumulus Media’s rock KSAN, San Francisco “107.7 The Bone” is holding its 22nd annual “Do Not Drink & Drive Show” on Monday, November 23.  During the program, the duo will drink alcohol while periodically being monitored by a member of the San Francisco Police Department – via Breathalyzer – to demonstrate how quickly a person can exceed the legal blood alcohol limit and replace common sense with foolish and reckless behavior that endangers lives…..Tony Zazza, host of “Zazza Mornings with Cheree” on WAOA,zazzatony Melbourne, Florida “107.1 WA1A,” through his non-profit Zazza Community Foundation, is presenting the Jingle Jet promotion that benefits local families who’ve met hardships and have been nominated by family members and friends.  Families flying on the Jingle Jet will depart Orlando Melbourne International Airport with non-stop service to Santa’s North Pole. After a quick flight around the skies of the Space Coast, Jingle Jet will return to the airport where upon arrival, the families will enter a designated area that has been transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painters, snowmen, balloon artists and more.  Each family will also be presented with their own Christmas tree, gifts and holiday trimmings.

fantasyNXS logoNew Fantasy Sports Platform Provides Radio with Turnkey Method of Tapping into Booming DFS Industry.  Tampa, Florida-based FantasyNXS is providing a custom-designed way for radio stations, networks, and personalities to generate revenue from the booming fantasy sports industry.  FantasyNXS is the first online mall for daily fantasy sports (“DFS”).  According to company president and CEO, David B. Hirsch, “Our platform enables radio stations, networks and personalities to get into the DFS business at no cost and provides them with a new and engaging way to monetize their audience.”  Hirsch adds, “When a broadcast entity joins FantasyNXS as a partner, we create a customized hub or ‘storefront’ for them that features their branding, content and contests.  It also has its own, easy-to-remember URL on our site, which facilitates off-line promotion and advertising.”  What distinguishes FantasyNXS from the current big dogs in the fantasy sports business – DraftKings and FanDuel?  Hirsch tells TALKERS that FantasyNXS provides a different business model, more game formats and free-to-enter promotional contests.  He states, “Our business model is completely different.  Think of us as the first online shopping mall for daily fantasy sports.  Our platform enables third parties to get into the DFS business for themselves.  We build a customized hub or storefront for our partners on our website.  We then create contests for them designed to appeal to their target audience.  These contests appear in their hub and in the general game lobby for all FantasyNXS members to play.  Our partners promote their contests by driving prospects to their hub.  We administer the contests and take care of all compliance and back-office operations.  We then split the net proceeds we earn from each contest with our partners.”  Hirsch explains, “We also offer more game formats than anyone in the business, including Salary Cap, No Cap and Top-X.  We also offer all three of these formats in our proprietary ‘Beat the Pro’ setting, which is ideally suited for radio celebrities.  In ‘Beat the Pro,’ all of the contest’s entrants compete head-to-head, but collectively against the celebrity show host.  Everyone who beats the celebrity splits a portion of the prize pool.  ‘Beat the Pro’ offers a fantastic way for radio personalities to personally engage their audiences.”  How do participating broadcasters make money?  According to Hirsch, “FantasyNXS works off of a revenue split.  Our partners earn a portion of the net proceeds we earn from the contests they promote.  Also, our partners are credited as the referring affiliate for all FantasyNXS members who sign-up through their hub.  This means recurring revenue every time one of these members enters any cash-entry contest in FantasyNXS.  Our turn-key system can put a station into the DFS business with no cost.”  Hirsch advises, “We can put radio entities into the DFS business, but they will have to actively promote their contests and drive prospects to their hub. The more they promote, the more money they’ll make.”  Broadcasters licensed to states that forbid DFS or have network listeners banned from playing due to their local state laws can become involved in another, non-monetary version of the FantasyNXS platform that specializes in “social gaming.”  Has the recent negative news about some states’ stances on fantasy sports impacted the millions of people who regularly play fantasy sports?  “Of course,” states Hirsch. “In particular, the recent cease and desist letter presented to FanDuel and DraftKings by the New York State Attorney General has left a lot of fantasy sports fans on the sideline.  In the coming months, you’re going to see more of this type of activity as our society comes to grips with the daily fantasy sports phenomenon.  We ultimately believe that DFS will continue to thrive, but in a regulated environment.”  Broadcasters interested in learning more about FantasyNXS can email Brad Fain at brad@fantasynxs.com or click here for more information.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

| November 11, 2015

torikellyDuane 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; John Elias, board chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at CFRM, Little Current, Ontario, Canada “The Island”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Rob Banks of WYRK, Buffalo; Lauren Haslett of The Galleon, University of Portsmouth’s (UK) official fortnightly newspaper; 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 (11/11) includes such names as: The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, twenty one pilots, Justin Bieber, Olly Murs, Zara Larsson, Coldplay, The Crookes, Aurora, Cage The Elephant, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Bronze Radio Return, Best Coast, Disclosure, Lorde, Doc West, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Church, Justin Moore, Frankie Ballard, Houston Bernard Band, Chris Lane, Ryan Kinder, GL, OIJ, Feed Me, Kill The Noise, among others. To check out this valuable information, please here.

diamondjackJack Diamond Returns to Cumulus Media’s WRQX, Washington; Station Returns to ‘MIX 107.3 Brand.’  New WRQX, Washington programmer Louie Diaz nixed all the local DJs upon arriving at Cumulus Media’s Washington CHR WRQX “D.C.’s 107.3” earlier this week and now we know why.  The old morning show’s been disassembled and the station is bringing Jack Diamond and crew back to the daypart effective Friday (11/13).  Diamond’s former on-air partners Jimmy Alexander and Erica Hilary will rejoin him.  At the same time, the station is returning to the “MIXfrasersarah 107.3” brand but announces it will kick off “the holiday season with 100% Christmas music.”  Morning personality Sarah Fraser remains with WRQX hosting the midday show.  Co-host Ty Bentli stays with the company anchoring special award show Backstage broadcasts for Westwood One, and current midday talent Melony Torres heads up I-95 to New York City to join the staff at hot AC WPLJ.  On returning to WRQX, Diamond comments, “Washington, DC is my hometown.  To have been able to build an amazing brand like ‘Mix 107.3’ and the ‘Jack Diamond Morning Show’ and ride that wave for 24 years was an absolute gift from you to all of us who contributed to that project.  Yes, you can go home again and if you’re lucky enough, you have a chance to make it even better the second time.”

thomascatCat Thomas to Program Hubbard Radio’s WSHE, Chicago.  A little more than eight months ago, Hubbard Radio changed the calls and re-branded hot AC WILV “Chicago’s 100.3” as “100.3 WSHE.”  Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports the station has a new program director as Cat Thomas takes over after Marty Bender exited that post for personal reasons back in July.  Thomas had been with Entercom in Austin as vice president of programming until he exited the cluster in July.  Paul Webber has been serving aswshe logo NEW interim program director and he’ll serve as assistant program director for WSHE as well as sister classic hits WDRV.  Thomas says in a statement, “I am beyond excited about this opportunity with the best company in the business — Hubbard Radio.  The programming team in Chicago has done a fantastic job of launching and branding WSHE. I’m looking forward to collaborating with everyone on the team and leading SHE to even bigger successes, accomplishing all our goals and setting new ones.”

gaenzlerrichRich ‘The Bull’ Gaenzler Named Morning Host at Classic Rock WGRF, Buffalo.  Replacing market legend Larry Norton will be a challenge for Cumulus Media and the company fills his role from within its Buffalo cluster moving Rich “The Bull” Gaenzler over from rock WEDG “Rock Radio 103.3 The Edge” to classic rocker WGRF “97 Rock.”  Norton retires on December 4 and Gaenzler will lead the morning cast of Rob Lederman, Christine Klein and producer Steve Tripi,wgrf beginning Monday, December 7.  Gaenzler also hosts a daily sports talk show on the cluster’s WHLD “Sports Radio 1270 The Fan” from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.  He started his radio career at WCMF, Rochester back in 1988, as a production intern for Larry Norton.  Prior to joining WEDG almost 18 years ago, he was at WCMF-AM “Sports Radio 990” where he did news/sports/traffic for Brother Wease and later produced the show.  Gaenzler comments, “It’s such a massive opportunity.  I have to thank the Cumulus organization both at our headquarters in Atlanta and locally here for putting their faith in me to maintain and grow such a great product.  Playing QB essentially for such a storied franchise with so much history is an incredible undertaking.  Hopefully, my 18 years in Buffalo with ‘The Edge,’ ‘The Fan,’ and the Bills Radio Network has prepared me for this next stop on my radio journey.  Ultimately, the hope is that who and what you’re talking about day-to-day will start with us in the mornings on ‘97 Rock.’”

leighkaraCox Names Kara Leigh Night Jock for ‘B98.5’ Atlanta.  The Atlanta native and one-time WSB-FM intern returns to full-time radio in the market hosting the evening show on Cox Media Group’s hot AC WSB-FM “B98.5.”  Cox Atlanta director of branding and programming Chris Eagan says, “Kara previously did middays at ‘95.5 The Beat’ from 2007 to 2010.  It’s great to have her back on the air full time entertaining Atlanta.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The Tulsa radio cluster of E.W. Scripps names David Abel the new vice president and general manager.  Abel moves to Tulsa from his most recent position with Apex Broadcasting’s Charleston and Hilton Head, South Carolina operations.  In Tulsa, Scripps operates country KVOO and KXBL, classic hits KBEZ, CHR KHTT and news/talk KFAQ…..iHeartMedia personality Michelle Buckles is the new midday jock at the company’s country KBEB, Sacramento “B92.5.”  She’ll continue to host her afternoon show at country KZSN, Wichita “102.1 The Bull” by voice tracking it.  The company’s KEEY, Minneapolis-based Amy James had been voice-tracking the KBEB show…..At non-commercial triple A KCMP, Minneapolis “The Current,” Andrea Swensson is the new host and producer of the station’s Sunday evening “The Local Show,” effective January 10, 2016.  Swensson is a music writer who pens the Local Current blog.

m3 logoRadio Programmer Kristopher Jones Launches M:3 Consulting Firm.  The new “independent custom music programming firm” M:3 MERGE MUSIC MEDIA is headed by Kristopher Jones, a 22-year programming pro who’s worked at Jones Radio Networks, Dial Global and Westwood One.  Jones comments, “Dynamic change is occurring in our industry right now.  Some programming providers have eliminated music programming choices.  I’m excited about M:3 because it’s more than just custom programming, it’s individualized expert help.  Our goal is to merge the broadcaster’s vision and my experience with their unique competitive situation.”  M:3 is being repped by independent affiliate relations firm The Show Must Go On!

Where Will You Be When the Lights Go Out?

| November 10, 2015

By Howard B. Price
ABC Television Network
Director, Business Continuity


pricehowardbwriterNEW YORK — As I write this, the New York sun will give way to dusk – and at 5:27 pm ET, New York will mark exactly 50 years since the Great Blackout of 1965.

As The New York Times reported, the outage – triggered by the failure of a relay at a Canadian power station – was the result of a cascading failure across the northeast power grid. Systems were overloaded – and in some cases, automatically shut down – plunging New Jersey, New York and New England into darkness for as long as 13 hours. Some 30 million people across 80,000 square miles were impacted.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

| October 15, 2015

RadioInfo Career Moves.  The new arrival at Alpha Media’s Portland, Oregon cluster is Joe Brady, mostbradyjoe recently with the company’s CHR WXYK, Biloxi-Gulfport “The Monkey” hosting the evening show.  Although Alpha announces his joining CHR KBFF “Live 95.5,” the company does not report what position Brady will be occupying…..San Diego market pro Chris Cantore climbs aboard Entercom’s alternative KBZT “FM 94/9” alongside Steve Woods as co-host of the station’s morning show.  Cantore was most recently morning personality at Compass Media’s crosstown triple A KPRI, which changed formats when it was sold to religious broadcaster Educational Media Foundation recently.  The new show launches on Monday, October 19.

garnerblairBlair Garner to Host National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  The November 5 National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony taking place at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago will be hosted by Blair Garner, lead personality on Cumulus Media’s nationally syndicated country morning program, “America’s Morning Show powered by NASH.”  Garner says, “I’m honored to have been invited to host such a prestigious affair.  This year’s nominees will truly make it a memorable evening and I hope to add to the fun.”  The 2015 inductees include Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander, Elvis Duran, Clark Howard, Bob Kevoian & Tom Griswold, Dan Mason, Scott Muni, Ronn Owens and Dave Ramsey.

MIreunion15Lounging with the Legends.  Last night (10/14), some 250-plus veterans (and current players) from the music and radio industries gathered at El Original Tex Mex restaurant/bar in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen for the second annual Music Industry Reunion New York.  Organized by longtime music industry impresario Jon Scott and funded by a grant fromscottjonspeaking15 RadioInfo, the free event was an informal hug-fest bringing together old colleagues, many of whom hadn’t seen each other since the early 1970s.  This is the sister reunion of the Music Industry Reunion Los Angeles, also organized by Scott, which recently celebrated its third annual installment in Calabasas, California.  Pictured in the photo above at last night’s party, TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher, Michael Harrison (c) is reunited with old buddies John Platt (l), communications director and air personality at triple A WFUV, New York and the legendary George Meier, founder and former publisher of the iconic progressive rock radio trade publication, Walrus.  Pictured at right is Jon Scott addressing the crowd.

y100braconcert15‘Y100’ in Green Bay Hosts ‘Bra Country’ Concert for Cancer Foundation.  Green Bay-market country outlet WNCY “Y100” hosted its first “Y100 Bra Country Concert” in support of the Breast Cancer Family Foundation.   The sold-out show starred Cam, Lucy Angel, and Clare Dunn.  Pictured here are (from l-r): “Y100” morning personality and music director Charli McKenzie, Cam, Lucy Angel’s Lindsay and Kate Anderton, Clare Dunn, Y100’s Laura Bradshaw, and Lucy Angel’s Emily Anderton.

nashnightsLady15Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley Guests on ‘NASH Nights Live.’  This shot was taken Tuesday evening while Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley was guest co-hosting Cumulus Media’s “NASH Nights Live.”  Kelley filled for Shawn Parr and took the opportunity to discuss his new solo project.  From l-r: “NASH Nights Live” executive producer Brian Egan, producer Ryan Kershner; co-host Elaina Smith, and Kelley.

Monday, October 5, 2015

| October 5, 2015


Nielsen LogoSeptember PPM Data and RadioInfo‘s ‘Twelve Takeaways.’ Rather than distributing ratings information for 12-PPM markets apiece over a four-day period as it generally does, Nielsen Audio doubled up its September 2015 schedule. It released data from 23 markets this past Tuesday (Tampa is being delayed) and 24 markets the following day (Wednesday, 9/30). See all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here.  Simultaneous with that, RadioInfo enthusiastically unveils an augmented modification of our already powerful ratings coverage as managing editor Mike Kinosian expands his “Top Ten Takeaways” to encompass all markets every month. In this fourth and final “Twelve Takeaways” overview of September 2015 results, we focus on noteworthy happenings in Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Middlesex-Somerset-Union, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford.  The September 2015 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.


1) Milwaukee – You don’t often see a market dominant station suddenly change its logo and on-air moniker but that is just what WRITiHeartMedia‘s WRIT has done, dropping “Oldies 95.7” in favor of “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits.” Not only does “Big FM” rank first for the fourth straight sweep, it racks up its seventh successiveWTMJ positive trend (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 9.5 – 10.1 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 11.2, 6+). All this as the classic hits-oldies station continues getting closer to its recent best, a 12.2 in the “Holiday” 2014 report, when WRIT played all-Christmas music. Since February, “Big” has improved by exactly five full-shares. Following four straight downward trends for a cumulative -3.7 or roughly a loss of 37% (10.1 – 8.4 – 8.0 – 7.1 – 6.4, 6+), Scripps talker/Milwaukee Brewers flagship WTMJ picks up three-tenths (to 6.7), jumping from fifth to a tie at #2. Up or flat the past six sweeps (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+), urban contemporary sibling WKKV “V-100.7 Jams” decreases by seven-tenths to 5.4, but remains at #7. The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 – The Mix,” which was -.9 in July; +.8 in August; and now -.7 in September (6.7 – 5.8 – 6.6 – 5.9, 6+); “Mix” slips from fourth to sixth. Both FM country outlets keep their August rankers in a basically flat month: Scripps’ WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” adds one-tenth to 3.4 (#12), while iHeartMedia’s WMIL “Milwaukee’s Best Country” (#2) is down or flat for the seventh consecutive sweep for a net loss of four full-shares (10.7 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 9.5 – 8.4 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.7, 6+).   

2) Indianapolis – After seven straight decreases for a cumulative loss of 3.7 shares and approximately -48% (7.7 – 7.2 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.1 WRWM– 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM “93.9 The Beat” dials up a +.6 to 4.6 and re-enters the top ten (#12 to #9). In advance of a -.2 in July, WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” gained a combined +2.3 by being up or steady in eight of the previous nine ratings periods (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 7.6,WZPL 6+). The Entercom CHR follows up August’s strong +1.1 with a +.2 (to 8.7) and repeats at #1. Displaced by WZPL at the top spot in August, Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7” falters by six-tenths in September (8.3 – 7.9 – 7.3, 6+), sliding from second to third. Up six-tenths in August and seven-tenths in July, iHeartMedia‘s WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” forfeits that combined total (plus two-tenths) to move from fourth to fifth (5.8 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 5.6, 6+). Prior to July’s +.7, WFBQ had been down or flat in the preceding three sweeps (6.4 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 5.8, 6+).

3) Middlesex – Notwithstanding that it registers a gain of six-tenths (6.1 – 6.7, 6+), CBS Radio New York City classic hits-WKXWoldies outlet WCBS-FM is evicted from the penthouse after three straight months. “New York’s Greatest Hits” swaps places with Townsquare Media talker WKXW “New Jersey 101.5,” which explodes by +1.5 (6.0 – 7.5, 6+). This is the strongest 6+-shareWMGQ since March (7.7) for “New Jersey 101.5,” which had been down or flat the past three sweeps (6.8 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.0, 6+). By gaining nine-tenths, Greater Media adult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3” erases the majority of August’s -1.1 (4.7 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+), thus returning to seventh from tenth. Owing to its September -1.1 (4.0 – 2.9, 6+), Cumulus Media New York City country outlet WNSH “Nash FM” has its lowest 6+-performance since March (2.8) and plummets from #8 to #13. Frozen on 2.2 (6+) in July and August, co-owned talker WABC skids by nine-tenths to 1.3, dropping from #19 to #23. Down or flat the fourth successive sweep for a combined -1.2 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 2.5, 6+), Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” spirals from #11 to #18.

4) Providence – Albeit off by (a scant) one-tenth (9.0 – 8.9, 6+), Hall Communications country property WCTK “98.1 Cat WCTKCountry” ranks first for the fifth consecutive ratings period. Owing to a robust gain of eight-tenths (to 7.7), Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” applies the brakes to seven straight down or flat trends that yielded a cumulative -3.5 (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 6.9, 6+). “Today’s Hit Music” jumps from sixth to a tie forWPRO-FM second-place with iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101,” which drops three-tenths – thus curtailing six successive progressive or flat monthlies for a combined +3.3 (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.9 – 6.5 – 7.2 – 8.0 – 8.0, 6+). Following an August improvement of seven-tenths, “B-101” hot AC cluster-mate WSNE “Coast 93.3” returns six-tenths (6.3 – 7.0 – 6.4, 6+) of it to slide from fifth to sixth. Even though it still operates under a one-share, talk sibling WHJJ has not had a negative trend in the past six sweeps (.5 – .5 – .6 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .8, 6+). For the fifth consecutive time, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI (third to fifth) is in negative territory (10.4 – 9.2 – 8.4 – 7.3 – 7.2 – 6.9, 6+) and “Lite Rock 105” is -3.5 in that stretch.

5) Raleigh – Fueled by a full-share gain in August enabling it to proceed from second to first, Capitol Broadcasting adult WNNLcontemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5” regresses by seven-tenths (7.8 – 8.8 – 8.1, 6+) and returns to the runner-up slot. It swaps places with Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best Country” (8.5, 9.2, +.7+), which had been #1 the previous six sweeps. Prior to August, the last time “Mix” was in the driver’s seat was “Holiday”WRDU 2014 (14.0); this is the fifth time in the last six ratings periods that “Mix” has finished second. In addition to “Today’s Best Country,” Radio One gospel WNNL “The Light 103.9” advances by seven-tenths to 4.8 (6+), but remains at #9; “The Light” had been stuck on 4.1 in July and August. Gaining by six-tenths each are co-owned urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” (5.8, eighth to sixth, 6+); and iHeartMedia cluster-mates WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7” (seventh to fifth); and talker WTKK (3.9, #12 to #10). Over and above its +.6, “Classic Rock 100.7” registers its eighth straight up or flat trend (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+), ballooning by nearly three full-shares in that span. After faltering by one-half share in August, public WUNC declines by another nine-tenths (7.0 – 6.5 – 5.6, 6+), slumping from fourth to seventh. Three straight upticks by WBBB “Radio 96.1” in May, June, and July accounted for a combined +1.9 (5.2 – 5.6 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), but the Curtis Media Group adult hits outlet follows a -1.0 in August with a -.6 (6.1 – 5.5, 6+) to stumble from sixth to eighth.

6) Norfolk – Energized by a lofty +1.5, Entercom adult contemporary WWDE “2WD” (fifth to fourth) logs its strongest WWDE6+-share (6.6) since “Holiday” 2014 (9.2), when it played all-Christmas music. Even though it is down in back-to-back sweeps (11.8 – 11.2 – 11.0, 6+), urban AC cluster-mate WVKL is #1 for an amazing 39th straight time and is in double-digits  for the 21st consecutiveWNOH survey. For the ninth consecutive sweep, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “Jamz” (10.0 – 10.4, +.4, 6+) ranks second. The 2.5-share advantage Max Broadcast Group CHR WVHT “Hot 100.5” enjoyed over iHeartMedia‘s similarly-formatted WNOH “Now 105” is cut to eight-tenths as “Hot” (seventh to ninth) drops -1.2 (4.8 – 3.6, 6+), while “Now” (#13 to #11) gains one-half share (2.3 – 2.8, 6+). Having put together three successive positive trends (1.6 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.3, 6+), “Hot 100.5” gospel sibling WGH-AM “Star 1310” regresses by six-tenths to 1.7 (#13 to #15).

7) Nashville – Casting aside four successive downtrends (5.6 – 4.7 WGFX– 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+), WGFX “The Zone” scores a +1.2 (to 5.4) as the Cumulus Media sports outlet climbs from ninth to sixth. When Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA registered a +.6 in August bringing it to an even 10.0 (6+), “Mix 92.9” ended four straight negative territory monthlies totaling a combined -2.5 (11.9 – 11.6 – 11.0 – 9.6 – 9.4, 6+). Now, “Mix” addsWJXA another six-tenths and is #1 for the 42nd successive monthly and in double-digits (6+) for the eighth time in the past ten sweeps. Back in July, an impressive +1.1 enabled iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT to cruise from fourth to second. In back-to-back sweeps though, it is off by six-tenths (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.2, 6+), with “The Beat” shifting from third (in August) to fifth. Underscoring just how bunched together all three Nashville FM country outlets are is the fact that they hold the market’s #8, #9, and #10 positions; each, however, is down from August. It is the third straight dip for iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98” (5.6 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.0), which slides from seventh to eighth. Off by one-half share (4.7 – 4.2, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WKDF “Nash FM” drops one ranker as well (#8 to #9). Co-owned WSM-FM has its third successive negative or flat trend (4.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+) – but “Nash Icon” holds steady at #10. After the dust clears, the combined (6+) share for these three country facilities decreases from 14.1 (in July and August) to 13.1.

8) Greensboro – Big news here is the mammoth +1.6 registered by Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL taking “The #1 Hit Music WKZLStation” from eighth to fifth and giving it the highest 6+-share (7.0) in its PPM-history. Having dropped nine-tenths in July, WKZL regained one-half share in August. More yoyo numbers for iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “Kiss-FM,” whichWQMG had a robust +1.0 in June; declined by -1.1 in July; racked up +1.4 in August; and now declines by seven-tenths (5.6 – 6.6 – 5.5 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+). “Kiss” occupied the #9 slot for 22 successive sweeps, before progressing to #8 in February; #7 in March; back in its familiar #9 spot in April; tied at #8 in May; sixth in June; eighth in July; fifth in August; and now seventh in September. After eroding by -1.3 to 8.4, its lowest 6+-share in more than four years, Entercom urban AC WQMG is up by one-tenth (to 8.5) and “The Best R&B and Old School” is #1 for the sixth consecutive sweep. In July, the one-tenth WQMG gained (to 9.7), curtailed four successive downward trends (10.2 – 9.9 – 9.8 – 9.7 – 9.6, 6+). Steady at #3, adult hits sibling WSMW “Simon” regains the three-tenths it lost in August, thus halting five successive downturns that produced a cumulative -3.3 (10.5- 9.3 – 9.0 – 8.1 – 7.5 – 7.2, 6+). Prior to July, “Simon” had not fallen below an eight-share (6+) since June 2014 (7.7). Following back-to-back modest increases (5.9 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+), co-owned country WPAW “The Wolf” regresses by -1.2, backtracking from fifth to eighth; 5.2 is the lowest 6+-share for “The Wolf” since March (5.1). The one-tenth advantage public WFDD had over iHeartMedia talker WPTI vanishes, as WPTI gains seven-tenths to 3.3 (#12 to #11), while WFDD drops six-tenths to 2.1 (#11 to #12). Wake Forest University-owned WFDD had been up or flat the previous six sweeps (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+).

9) West Palm Beach – Putting an end to three successive ratings periods in which it was down or flat (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+), WZZRiHeartMedia talker WZZR “Real Radio 94.3” gains six-tenths (to 2.9) and holds down the #9 spot for the 11th straight sweep. Conversely, adult contemporary sibling WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” – up or flat the past three monthlies (6.8 – 6.8 – 7.1 –WRMF 7.4, 6+) – falters by seven-tenths to 6.7; “Kool” is #2 for the third consecutive time. Stalled at a one-share (6+) in June, July, and August, Moody Bible Institute‘s WRMB (steady at #13) gains two tenths, posting its fifth consecutive monthly without a decline (.8 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+). On top of the West Palm Beach ratings battle for the 13th successive sweep, Digity Media hot AC WRMF (+1.2 in August) maintains its 11.3, the highest 6+-share by any West Palm Beach station in the PPM-era. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, iHeartMedia’s WBZT “1230 The Talk Station” (repeating at #14) notches a .1 – just as it has in eight of the last nine ratings periods, including the past seven. Steady at #11, co-owned talker WJNO is down or flat for the fourth straight time (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3, 6+).

10) Jacksonville – On the heels of a +.8 in August, Cox Media Group talker WOKV (#4 for the third straight time) adds one-WOKVhalf share to 8.0, its highest 6+-share since November 2013, when it reached 9.9. By gaining three-tenths (to 4.2), co-owned urban-rhythmic oldies WHJX “V-101.5 Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B” curtails three straightWHJX negative sweeps that resulted in a combined -.1.1 (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+); “V-101.5” moves from #12 to a three-way logjam at #11. Powered by a gain of eight-tenths (3.4 – 4.2, 6+), public WJCT reaches the four-share level for the first time since February 2011 (4.0) to advance from #13 to that very same three-way tie at #11. After flaunting a +1.3 in August, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ sputters by seven-tenths, but “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” remains #1 for the 16th consecutive ratings period and is in double-digits for the tenth straight time (10.6 – 11.9 – 11.2, 6+). Co-owned WGNE improved by four-tenths in August – following three successive negative trends (7.0 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 5.0, 6+) – but now drops six-tenths (5.0 – 5.4 – 4.8, 6+); “Gator Country” returns to eighth from sixth. Faltering by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia urban contemporary and CHR cluster-mates WJBT “93.3 The Beat” (5.0 – 4.3, eighth to ninth, 6+) and WKSL “Kiss FM” (4.9 – 4.2, tenth to eleventh, 6+).

11) Memphis – A lofty gain of nine-tenths (6.0 – 6.9, 6+) propels Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “Continuous Soft Rock The River” from sixth to WRVRfourth. Following four successive upticks (1.7 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+), co-owned country WLFP “The Wolf” dropped one-tenth in August, but “The Wolf” roars back with a +.6 to 3.1 (6+), progressing from #15 to a tie at #11. Likewise making a +.6 improvement (to 8.5) isKJMS iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK, which pulls the plug on four successive down or flat trends (9.0 – 8.6 – 8.4 – 8.4 – 7.9, 6+). This is the seventh straight time that “K-97.1” finishes at #2. Meanwhile, urban AC sibling KJMS “V-101” dusts itself off from August’s -1.5 by adding three-tenths (10.4 – 8.9 – 9.2, 6+) and is #1 for the ninth straight sweep. Having had (modest) back-to-back dips (4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+), Flinn Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KXHT “Hot 107.1” (ninth to seventh) registers a +.7 to 5.0, its best (6+) showing since last December (5.3). Locked on 6.9 (6+) in July and August, Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO posts a one-half share gain to 7.4, as “Soul Classics and Today’s R&B” climbs from fifth to third. A loss of 1.2 to 6.6 by iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WDIA “1070 – The Heart & Soul of Memphis” (third to fifth) follows three consecutive hefty increases (5.2 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.8, 6+). Gospel sibling WHAL “Halleluiah” gained seven-tenths in June; forfeited all of that increase in July; rebounded with a +1.1 in August; but now relinquishes nine-tenths (6.4 – 7.1 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 6.6, 6+) to move from fourth to a fifth-place tie with WDIA. After back-to-back increases producing a combined +1.2 (2.5 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+), talk sibling WREC (#10 to #11) regresses by six-tenths to 3.1. In late-February, Cumulus Media transitioned talk WKIM to “The Vibe Classic Hip-Hop” and saw no dramatic (6+) movement in March (1.6), April (1.7), May (1.6), June (2.0), or July (1.8). “The Vibe” erupted with a +1.2 (to 3.0) in August, but sputters by seven-tenths to 2.3 in September, drifting from #11 to #15.

12) Hartford – Registering an extremely rare August – September (2015) gain in excess of two full-shares is CBS Radio adult WRCHcontemporary WRCH (8.7 – 10.8, +2.1, 6+). “Lite 100.5” is Hartford’s market leader for the eleventh time in the last twelve sweeps – including the past three. While it is the first time “Lite” has achieved double-digits (6+) since March (10.2), 10.8 is its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2014 (15.2). Despite improving by a loftyWDRC-FM +1.3 (4.8 – 6.1, 6+) co-owned talker WTIC-AM remains at #8. Rhythmic CHR sibling WZMX “Hot 93.7” tacks on six-tenths to the half-share it gained in August (6.1 – 6.6 – 7.2, 6+) to inch up from fifth to third. In back-to-back sweeps, Connoisseur Media classic rocker WDRC has produced a combined +1.4 (5.3 – 6.2 – 6.7, 6+) as “The Whale” advances from seventh to fifth. Within the iHeartMedia cluster, classic hits-oldies WHCN “The River 105.9” recedes by eight-tenths (7.8 – 7.0, second to fourth, 6+), while CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7” drops six-tenths (6.9 – 6.3, 6+) falling from fourth to seventh.

beasleymediagroupBeasley Addresses Bubba the Love Sponge’s Guilt in Ratings Tampering Matter.  A press release from Beasley Media Group reports that Nielsen Audio determined that Bubba the Love Sponge (a.k.a. Todd Clem) – who provides his show to the company’s WBRN, Tampa as a program supplier – was contacted by abubba Tampa market PPM panelist and that he “attempted to influence the listening habits of the PPM holder.”  A statement from Beasley Media Group president Bruce Beasley indicates the Beasley and Bubba will continue to do business, but is vague about action to be taken against Bubba.  “Beasley strongly condemns the actions of Mr. Clem, who has provided syndicated programming to radio broadcasters for many years and is not a company employee. We are taking appropriate steps to ensure that such conduct does not occur in the future.  These steps include, but are not limited to, compliance training for Mr. Clem and his employees and the distribution of guidelines reiterating the importance of avoiding conduct that could cause ratings distortion, to all Beasley employees.”  WBRN will have to do without the September PPM figures because, while Nielsen confirms Bubba’s conduct “has no impact on the Tampa Bay radio market ratings because the improper activity was discovered in a timely manner and it [Nielsen] moved quickly to remove the PPM holder’s results from the survey,” the station will not be included in the September 2015 Tampa ratings report.

kblx logoEntercom Debuts New AM Show on Urban Contemporary KBLX, San Francisco.  The Entercom-owned station will drop the Steve Harvey syndicated morning show and launch a new morning drive program on Monday, October 12 featuring Bay Area comedian and entertainer Mark Curry with KBLX personalities Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza and Kimmie Taylor.  Program director Stacy Cunningham states, “The KBLX audience has been asking for a live and local morning show and we’re giving them exactly that.  I’m so excited to have such great talent on the KBLX airwaves, and it’s an honor and privilege to put together a local morning show that will not only be engaging and entertaining, but will also be an integral part of our listeners’ daily lives.”  Curry is a nationally known comic whose television work has included a starring role on the ABC sitcom “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and serving as a host of the syndicated series, “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.”

breakfastclub smalliHeartMedia Re-Ups with Power 105’s Charlamagne Tha God.  Morning drive personality Charlamagne Tha God (left) signs an extension with iHeartMedia to continue hosting WWPR, New York’s “The Breakfast Club” with co-hosts Angela Yee (center) and DJ Envy (right).  The hip hop morning show will celebrate its 5th anniversary this December and iHeartMedia SVP of programming Thea Mitchem states, “Charlamagne is a unique and authentic talent whose honest and straightforward style on ‘The Breakfast Club’ helps drive and shape not just hip hop culture but pop culture.  ‘The Breakfast Club’ team’s incredible connection with both artists and listeners, plus the unrivaled artist and celebrity interviews, entertainment news and fresh music mixes make it the most informative and entertaining urban morning show in the country.”  The program is simulcast on REVOLT TV.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Entercom Milwaukee cluster, a morning drive talent shuffle movesweselizabeth personality Wes McKane from CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss FM” to hot AC WMYX “The Mix” alongside Elizabeth Kay for the “Wes & Elizabeth” morning show.  The WXSS morning show gives The Judge a permanent role on the program now called, “Riggs, Alley and The Judge.”…..Programmer Johnathan “JR” Reed moves from iHeartMedia’s Austin, Texas cluster where he programmed CHR KHFI and hip hop KPEZ to the company’s Savannah, Georgia station group to take the programming seat at WAEV “97.3 Kiss FM.”

wolkoffZ89Atlanta15‘Z89’ Reunion in Atlanta.  A number of broadcasters who attended Syracuse University and worked at the school’s FM station – WJPZ, Syracuse – got together for a photo while attending the NAB Radio Show last week.  Pictured here (from l-r) are: Danno Wolkoff, Envision Networks; Steven Krainin, president and general manager, WJPZ-FM, Syracuse; Tony Renda, general manager, Renda Broadcasting and president, MaxiRate; and Rocco Macri, CEO, PromoSuite.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

| September 22, 2015

nielsen logoNielsen’s Q2 Total Audience Report: Radio Wins 7:00 AM Hour.  According to data from Nielsen’s Total Audience Report for the second quarter of 2015, radio captures the largest audience during the 7:00 am hour.  When tracking the media usage of persons 18+ (May 2015), radio leads the percentage share of audience with 39.8% compared to television’s 36.3%.  Smartphone use comes in third with 12.3%.  Not surprisingly, television dominates the evening and overnight periods.  Nielsen audience insights VP Glenn Enoch states, “Knowing how many consumers are connecting to both traditional and digital platforms, as well as the share these platforms have during each hour of the day, really highlights the fact that ALL of them are put to use.  Consumers don’t see media use as an ‘either/or’ proposition.  They leverage all ways to connect with content at different times of the day.  Knowing these usage patterns this can really give the industry a clear line of sight on being able to take advantage of these patterns.”  Read the whole report here.

loftusjimLoftus Leads WBEB, Philadelphia.  Philly standalone WBEB “More-FM” names Jim Loftus president and chief executive officer of the Jerry Lee Radio-owned adult contemporary facility. Chairman Jerry Lee comments, “I have known Jim for over a quarter of a century and I am confident he will lead us to new levels of success. I personally could not be more pleased.” Loftus invokes the title and the lyrics of a Pointer Sisters’ hit song with his quip, “‘I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it’; WBEB-FM is an incredible radio station with a rich history. It is truly an honor to be offered this position and I am humbled by theWBEB opportunity. I feel like I have been preparing my whole career for this moment. I am looking forward to building upon Jerry Lee’s legacy and growing ‘More-FM’ to new heights.” Loftus will succeed Blaise Howard, who exits “More-FM.” Until Loftus officially begins his new duties in six weeks (11/2), board member Jay Meyers will run the station. Meyers states that Loftus’ “off-the-charts level of enthusiasm and creativity – combined with the legacy that is WBEB-FM – set the company up for an incredible future.” For the past ten years, Loftus was vice president and general manager of CBS Radio Philadelphia classic hits-oldies outlet WOGL and director of sales for that company’s Philadelphia cluster. Prior to that, he spent nine years as chief operating officer for Shamrock Communications, overseeing the radio division of Times-Shamrock Communications. His lengthy resume also includes being vice president/market manager for Susquehanna Radio‘s Wilkes Barre-Scranton stations; director of sales for Philadelphia’s WUSL; and vice president and general manager of Wilkes Barre-Scranton’s WTLQ “Q-102.” There is certainly some ratings irony attached with Loftus’ previous station and his new one. Over the course of the past four surveys, “More FM” has finished first in April and June, while WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” was #1 in May and July. According to August Nielsen Audio 6+ PPM info, the two are now tied for the lead, with WBEB gaining seven-tenths (6.3 – 7.0, 6+) and WOGL adding three-tenths (6.7 – 7.0). WBEB was off by nine-tenths in July and WOGL dropped two-tenths. Before WOGL displaced WBEB at #1 in May, “More FM” was #1 the previous eight sweeps.

saliernoralphAlpha Ups Salierno to Market Manager in Fredericksburg.  The four-station Alpha Media-owned cluster in Fredericksburg, Virginia promotes Ralph Salierno from director of sales to market manager in which he’ll oversee the overall strategic, managerial, programming and sales functions in the market.  Salierno has been with the Fredericksburg cluster that was purchased by Alpha from Free Lance-Star Publishing for the past three years in his DOS position.  During that time, the company says he “grew revenue, instituted a sales training and strategic account management system, and developed the first ever cross media sales program, the Sports Animal.  Salierno comments, “We are all thrilled to be part of the Alpha Media group of stations and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to lead a great group of programming, sales and business professionals.  Our plans are to continue to serve the community and provide top-notch entertainment and advertising choices for the Fredericksburg market.”  The cluster consists of country WFLS-FM, news/talk/sports WNTX-AM, CHR WVBX-FM “99.3 The Vibe” and classic rock WWUZ-FM “96.9 The Rock.”

damicorafeTwo Sales SVPs Join Westwood One.   These two positions are newly created ones the company calls multi-platform sales efforts.  Rafe Damico and Payton Raymond join the company as SVPs, National Sales, East Coast and West Coast, respectively.   They will manage East and West Coast nationalraymondpayton sales operations.  They will also work with the complete Westwood One platform, including the Westwood One network and Rdio. Damico is based in New York City and Raymond is based in San Francisco.  Damico was most recently with Beasley Media Group where he was VP of strategic partnerships.   Raymond comes to Westwood One from his most recent gig as director of national and regional sales for Entercom Communications in San Francisco.

futuri logoTopLine Matters Inc. Acquired by Futuri.  Cleveland-based Futuri Media acquires sales organization TopLine Matters Inc. and the founder of the Washington-based company – Tracy Gilliam – joins Futuri as senior vice president of sales.  Futuri president and CEO Daniel Anstandig announces a number of industry pros have also joined his company or been promoted.  Here’s the rundown: VP/development & support Craig Bowman is promoted to SVP/technology; Laura Griffith is upped from director/finance to SVP/finance; joining the company is former Comcast Spotlight senior manager/digital traffic and longtime broadcast executive Todd Thomas who becomes SVP/operations; Jason Robinaugh is named VP/support; Jamie Arseneault moves from director/mobile development to director/TopicPulse product development; Joe Tranchita shifts from creative technologist to director/user interface development; and president/broadcast services Victor Caballero and operations manager/TopicPulse Sarah Davis have transitioned to a newly formed operations team reporting to Thomas; and joining Futuri are Tim Loughry as TopicPulse operations manager and Amanda Williams as assistant development manager.  Anstandig states, “Tracy Gilliam’s company provides the sales excellence and the continuity we’ve depended on in our partnership for the past five years, and we’re thrilled to have her organization as a permanent part of our company.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Louisville market president Bill Gentry exits his position with the iHeartMedia cluster.  With the company for more than 20 years, Gentry was also responsible for oversight of the Nashville and Lexington markets…..Longtime radio and internet technology executive Brian Parsons is named chief technology officer for digital products and services provider Vipology.  During his time in radio, he worked for iHeartMedia (Jacor before that) and Triton Digital…..Brian Benedik is named global head of advertising sales for pure play Spotify, a promotion from his VP/North American ad sales position.  He’d worked as president of Katz 360 before joining Spotify.

hewitthughMichael Harrison and Hugh Hewitt Talk About Last Week’s GOP Debate.  Last Wednesday’s CNN broadcast of the Republican presidential debate was one of the most-watched non-sports cable television programs in history (although Michael Harrison describes the spectacular as a cross between “American Idol,” “Sunday Night Football,” and “Meet the Press” on steroids) with an audience of some 24 million viewers.  Salem Media Group participated in the production as CNN’s “partner” and the company’s syndicated talk star Hugh Hewitt (describing himself as a presidential debate’s first “designatedharrisonUpCloseFarOutsmall conservative”) had a coveted place at the panelists’ table as one of the three questioners.  What was it like to be there?  Was he nervous?  Were the questions all prepared and rehearsed in advance?  Did the candidates know what to expect?  What were the candidates like from an up close perspective?  How did the technical operation of the production go?  How did Salem achieve the partnership and how did Hewitt land in one of the panel chairs?  What’s the real story behind his relationship with Donald Trump?  These questions and more are posed to Hewitt by Michael Harrison and he answers them in candid detail on the newly posted (9/22) installment of Podcast One’s international hit, “Up Close and Far Out.”  Harrison says, “Hewitt’s role in this widely watched forum was of tremendous importance to the talk radio industry, as well as the conservative movement, and being the steady, seasoned pro that he is, he rose to the responsibility and opportunity like a champ.”  To listen to the entire conversation between Harrison and Hewitt, 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.

musicindustryreunion15Second Music Industry Reunion Planned for New York.  By popular demand, a second “Music Industry Reunion” has been set by its organizers to take place in New York, following the tremendous recent successes of its first three installments in Los Angeles and its debut in New York last year.  The informal event is open to all members, past and present, of the music and music-related industries free of charge.  It will take place at El Original TXMX (735 10th Ave. NYC) on Wednesday, October 14 between 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm.  The reunion is again being organized by veteran record executive Jon Scott and a committee of music industry professionals, past and present. These events have become tremendously successful, with each of the first four drawing a larger crowd of colorful legends on both coasts than its organizers originally anticipated.  And now, according to Scott, “The demand for a fifth (the second in NYC) necessitates that we do it again.  Not only do past attendees want to come back, but we are hearing from great folks around the country who upon learning about our first four events want to participate going forward.”  Last October’s Big Apple installment of the Music Industry Reunion drew more than 250 people including luminaries such as Ron Alexenburg, Johnny Barbis, Danny Buch, Harvey Leeds, Jim DelBalzo, Paul Rappaport, Judy Libow, Roxy Myzall, Tony Berardini, Patty Martin and many more.  Scott explains, “I really thought the first Los Angeles Music Industry Reunion would just be a one-time event, but it was a smash and the two follow-ups in Los Angeles and the first one in New York were successively bigger.  Now even more people keep asking, ‘When is the next one?’  I am thrilled that old music friends attend these events and have a wonderful, rare opportunity to connect with colleagues they haven’t seen in years.”  Scott adds, “The next night, Tony Martell will be honored at the 40th anniversary of his wonderful charity, The T.J Martell Foundation and hopefully we’ll see you there, too.”  The party is free with no host food and bar – but because of space limitations, it is important to make reservations as early as possible.  Members of the Music Industry Reunion NYC organizing committee include: Jon Scott, Greg Lee, Johnny Barbis, Judy Libow, Roxy Myzal, Ted Utz, Wayne McManners, Harvey Leeds, Steve Leeds, Pete Gidion, Jim DelBalzo and Jesse Scott. Organizer Jon Scott sums it up: “Keep in mind, this is not an ‘official’ convention or seminar being put on by an industry trade association or publication.  There is no charge, no fee, and no agenda, except for seeing each other!”  Scott continues, “Lots of laughs, stories, and the amazingly positive synergy of just hanging with each other!  By the way, on October 14th, 1947, the sound barrier was broken. I know many of us have broken some kind of sound barrier in our career!  A perfect night to have a party!”  For more information about the forthcoming second Music Industry Reunion New York, call Jon Scott at 818-981-9876 or via email at jon@jonpaulscott.com.  To register click here.  Music Industry Reunion New York is being made possible by a grant from RadioInfo.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

| September 15, 2015

rosenbergpeter‘Hot 97’ New York Morning Man Peter Rosenberg Takes on WEPN Sports Talk Role.    New York morning drive  radio personality Peter Rosenberg is joining the Michael Kay show on ESPN’s crosstown sports talker WEPN “ESPN New York 98.7.”  Rosenberg is host of Emmis-owned hip hop HOT 97’s morning drive show – a position he will continue.  Rosenberg will join Don LaGreca – himself recently inked to a contract renewal – as co-hosts with Kay.  On this added gig, he comments,wqht “I’m thrilled and thankful for this opportunity to be a part of the 98.7 family and to be part of a show that I have always loved with two guys that I couldn’t respect and admire more.  By working for both 98.7 and HOT 97, I’m able to contribute to a wide variety of topics I’m passionate about and provide listeners with a fresh perspective on not just hip hop, but sports, lifestyle, and more.”  He begins his new duties today (9/15).He begins his new duties today (9/15).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  After almost a year co-hosting the morning drive show on Mt. Wilsonlangdeena Broadcasters-owned country outlet KKGO, Los Angeles “Go Country 105,” Debra Mark exits the station.  The program continues with Graham Bunn handling the “Graham in the Morning” show solo…..Entercom’s new South Florida alternative rock WSFS, Miami “104.3 The Shark” (formerly WAXY-FM) brings Deena Lang aboard as midday personality.  She previously was with adult contemporary WRMF, West Palm Beach…..WAY Media chief operating officer Lloyd Parker names Tim Dukes general manager and Bryan Johns operations director of the company’s new WAY-FM-formatted station in Dallas.  Dukes comes to WAY-FM after operations and marketing positions at NextMedia Group and Tribune Interactive in Chicago.  Bryan Johns returns home to Dallas after eight years as operations director at WAY-FM in Louisville.

wxjzJVC Media Launches AC Format on WXJZ, Gainesville, Florida.  Gone is the CHR format and the “Party 100.9” brand on JVC Media’s WXJZ, Gainesville, and in is adult contemporary on the new “Smooth 100.9.”  JVC Media VP/COO Victor Canales says, “This radio station was designed to be a partner to the community and a complement to our sister station in the market – [classic hits] WOW-FM 104.9.  This will be the station that you don’t shut off, morning, noon and night.  We are planning a ton of concerts, events and promotions that will really make an impact on the community and bring excitement to the streets of Gainesville.  This is a really smooth sounding station.”

kzti logoShamrock Returns ‘Z Rock’ to Reno.  The company says that on the 25th anniversary of the birth of the original “Z Rock” in Reno, it will flip KZTI to hard rock as “105.3 Z Rock.”  Shamrock Communications had been stunting over the weekend after dropping the adult standards format on KZTI.  Program director Willobee Carlan says the station will feature core artists such as: AC/DC, ZZ Top, Metallica, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, and Ozzy Osbourne.  He adds, “We saw an opportunity to fill a programming hole in our market.  Reno wants a true rock station and ‘Z Rock’ will be a ‘flamethrower of rock.’”

mckayjeffIAB Presents Podcasting ‘Upfront.’  The recent “Upfront Showcase” held in New York City by the Interactive Advertising Bureau was held in response to the medium’s recent and meteoric rise on the mainstream consumer’s and advertiser’s radar.  TALKERS and RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay reports, “The Interactive Advertising Bureau put together the event to highlight some of the top-flight podcasters, along with some of the companies at the forefront of digital success and their advertiser successes.”  IAB president/CEO Randall Rothenberg explains, “We’re here responding to market demand.  Why are we here?  The success of ‘Serial’ and President Obama’s interview on ‘WTF with Marc Maron’ – these shows have opened up eyes to podcasting.”  Attendee and VP of digital sales for AdLarge, Jay Green states, “You’re saying, ‘I want to hear what this host has to say,’ and that becomes a brand.  For advertisers, the spot load is very low.  It’s not intrusive.  And, the ads are integrated into the show, discussed by the host with their own brand and style.”  Read McKay’s entire report from the IAB “Upfront Showcase” here.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison and Consultant Holland Cooke Discuss ‘How Digital Media is Rewiring the Human Nervous System.’  In the latest installment of Podcast One’s international hit “Up Close and Far Out” posted today (9/15), noted radio and media consultant Holland Cooke joins host Michael Harrison in a discussion of what Harrison describes as the five major tenets of digital media’s effect on the way human nervous systems are becoming “rewired” going into the 21st century.  According to Harrison, here are the five major tenets of modern-day media theory for commercial practitioners to consider (from five to one in order of importance):

5. The magic of 20th century media is rapidly disappearing. Radio, television, film, print and records do not carry the same level of mystique that they did for most of our lifetimes.  It is no longer just enough getting past the gatekeeper and “being there.”  Everybody is or has direct access to being a media star.  This development democratizes production and distribution but significantly raises the bar on what must be achieved to actually attract attention and display panache in an increasingly noisy world.

4. Loss of privacy.  It is becoming increasingly impossible to engage in modern life “on the grid” and preserve the level of privacy that many consider vital to maintain dignity and personal freedom.  It is becoming increasingly treacherous to be famous or a “celebrity.”  Media whores beware!  It is dangerous out there.

3. Life is becoming one big crazy reality show. Look no further than the media circus known as the 2016 presidential election to see this process at work – punctuated by the adventures of the greatest media exhibitionist of our time, Donald Trump.  The once well-defined boundaries between entertainment and real life – fact and fantasy – are becoming increasingly blurred.

2. The rise of the techno-psychic.  Modern-day instantaneous communications and data accumulation, punctuated by multi-tasking, social media, and the individual’s immediate access to everyone and all publically archived information, is transforming the human race (Homo sapiens) into a technologically induced telepathic species.  People literally are walking around with the voices of others inside their heads.  We are just a handful of short years away from having chips implanted inside our bodies that will replace the inconvenience of having to lug around what we currently call “smartphones.”

1. The coming of the quantum age.  Don’t expect the digital era to hang around as long as the analogue era has through all of the 20th century and into the 21st.  It will be replaced relatively quickly by something truly “far out.”  Our increased understanding and coming to cultural terms with quantum physics is changing everything!  Although the development of the quantum computer (which promises to replace the digital computer) is still in its infancy, progress is being made at a rapid rate.  Quantum computing will exponentially increase humanity’s influence on the very fabric of time and space themselves.  Today’s modern technology will seem as quaint as the horse and buggy in a relatively short time.  Harrison advises, “Today’s media practitioners interested in being prepared for the onrushing future should study everything they can about quantum physics and the impact it will have on computing and communications.”

Interestingly, Harrison produced this installment of “Up Close and Far Out” on the road under difficult technological conditions stating, “Our studio back at TALKERS suffered an equipment malfunction and our server was undergoing maintenance.  I found myself facing deadline with nothing more than two iPhones and a remote guest (Holland Cooke) who also had nothing more to work with at the moment than an iPhone.  Somehow we made it work – although I regret that Holland’s usually mellifluous voice sounds a bit like Rudy Vallee singing on his trademark megaphone.  Considering the futuristic nature of our rather esoteric conversation, it is ironic that we produced the show under extremely primitive (by modern standards) conditions.  All of us who’ve done radio over the years have had the experience of being forced to play MacGyver.  This was one such case.  Thank you, Holland Cooke, for being a good sport.”

To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here. or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column of every page on Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

salemmediagroup logoSalem Media Group to Acquire Radio Disney Signals.  Five more Radio Disney AM signals are on their way to a new owner as Salem Media Group agrees to buy 5,000-watt class B KDIZ-AM, Minneapolis for $375,000; 10,000-watt class B KDDZ, Denver for $550,000; 10,000-watt class B KDZR, Portland for $275,000; 20,000-watt class B WSDZ, St. Louis (licensed to Belleville, Illinois) for $275,000; and 9,800-watt class B WWMI, Tampa-St. Petersburg for $750,000.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

| August 25, 2015

scottleslieSeattle’s ‘End’ Elevates Scott to PD.  Two-year KNDD “The End” digital program director Leslie Scott adds responsibilities as traditional PD of the Entercom Seattle alternative facility. Vice president of programming and operations Dave Richards observes, “This is a new day for ‘The End.’ I am excited to hand the leadership of this great radio station to Leslie and watch her take us into our 25th anniversary in Seattle as one the city’s premiere radio brands, and one of America’s premiere alternative radio stations. I lookKNDD forward to more great things for ‘The End.'” Scott explains that she “obsessed over the alternative stations” of her youth: “It is the format that brought me to radio. It has been a privilege to work with ‘The End’ as digital program director. Leading ‘The End’ into the future as the program director is an incredible honor. We have a great team in-place; I am excited to do awesome things together.” Prior to arriving in Seattle four years ago to be assistant program director of Entercom’s KMTT “The Mountain” (now rhythmic hot AC KHTP), Scott programmed Columbia, Missouri stations KBXR and KBBM. Her resume also includes being assistant program director/music director in Madison, Wisconsin (WMAD) and Savannah, Georgia (WFXH). For Seattle’s last ten Nielsen Audio PPM survey periods, “The End” has been either up or flat (2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+); its 3.8 in July 2015 places it at #9.

gilliamdanielGilliam Promoted to LPM’s Director of Radio. WUOL program director and afternoon host Daniel Gilliam is boosted to director of radio at the Louisville Public Media classical outlet. According to LPM president and general manager Donovan Reynolds, “As we continue to improve the quality of our digital presence, it is essential that we not lose sight of our core business, which is broadcasting. Daniel will make sure that every second of ourWUOL broadcast is of the highest quality.” Gilliam comments, “I am excited to start this new role. I look forward to working with everyone on our core business of radio/audio, and most importantly, serving our listeners and community.” In addition to his PD and daily on-air duties, Gilliam produces/hosts “African-American Voices” and is pre-concert host for the Louisville Orchestra. Gilliam previously was program director of Minnesota Public Radio. WUOL “Classical 90.5” does not appear in Nielsen Audio‘s spring 2015 Louisville book.

teskawesWes Teska Joins Alpha Media as Director of Interactive Design.  Joining the interactive department at Alpha Media is Wes Teska, who’s been named director, interactive design.  In this role, Teska will manage design and the brand presence for all Alpha Media web, mobile, social destinationsalphamedia logo and live event venues.  He’ll report to Alpha vice president of interactive Stefan Brock.  Teska began his career in radio at age 13 with Oasis Radio Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The company was recognized by the Indiana Broadcasting Association for “Best Use of New Media” in 2008 and 2009.  During his career he’s also worked for the digital agency Anyone Collective in Los Angeles and New Point Digital in Charleston, South Carolina.  Brock says, “Wes is a talented visionary who brings an incredible eye to the team. I am thrilled that he will be joining our team in managing the designers as we expand and move to elevate all brands within the company.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  CHR WKQI, Detroit “Channel 95.5” and morning drive personality Mojo re-mojo soloups with iHeartMedia to continue hosting his “Mojo in the Morning” show.  Mojo’s co-hosts and producer Spike, Shannon and Rachel, also are renewed…..Service Broadcasting promotes Keith Solis to music director for its Dallas urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7.”…..Changes at Binnie Media’s country WTHT, Portland, Maine “99.9 The Wolf” as a new morning show is unveiled to replace Dave Winsor, who recently exited.  Evening host Andy Austin moves to mornings alongside current kaylaAM personality Michelle Taylor and local comic – and new addition – Paul Hunt.  Taking over for Austin in the night jock position is weekend personality Jeremy Daniels…..Florida radio personality Kayla heads to Las Vegas to become part of the “Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo” program on CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC.  She was previously with Cox Media Group in Tampa doing weekends on CHR WPOI and as a cast member of Drew Garabo’s show on WHPT “The Bone.”

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallHowie Carr Interviewed on This Week’s Installment of ‘Up Close and Far Out.’  Legendary New England crime-busting, corruption-exposing, muckraker Howie Carr is the outspoken guest on this week’s installment (posted 8/25) of the PodcastOne international hit “Up Close and Far Out” hosted by RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison.  Carr, whose hot, regional Howie Carr Radio Network is now clearing 24 stations across all six NewcarrhowieMed England states since its launch just over a year ago, discusses his extremely colorful career as an investigative reporter/columnist for the Boston Herald, best-selling author, and mega-successful talk show host with WRKO, Boston.  The two talk about Carr’s direct involvement in reporting on and helping bring down infamous mobster Whitey Bulger and doggedly reporting on the political shenanigans of Whitey’s brother Billy Bulger, “chasing” Boston Mayor Kevin White from office, and numerous other “real life adventures” that have put the multi-media personality’s life in danger on more than one occasion.  They also discuss the present-day impact that digital media, with its growing obsession for “click bait,” is having on the state of American journalism as well as the political rise of Donald Trump and potential fall of Hillary Clinton.  To listen to the entire conversation, please click here or on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of RadioInfo.com.

beasleyawards15Beasley Honors its Own.  The annual management meeting held last week in Beasley Media Group’s Naples, Florida corporate headquarters included the distribution of the company’s annual Operating Awards.  The 2015 honorees include: WIKS-FM – Radio Station of the Year/ Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC; Brad Beasley – General Manager of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; John Candelaria – Program Director of the Year/Las Vegas; Richard Banks – Engineer of the Year/Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC; Lisa Lewis – Business Manager of the Year/Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC; AJ Lurie – Sales Manager of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; Carolyn Cope – Digital Sales Professional of the Year/Boston; Diana Beasley  – Digital Content Professional of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; and Denyse Mesnik –  CEO Award of Excellence.  Pictured here are (l-r, back row): AJ Lurie, Brad Beasley, EVP operations Brian Beasley, VP/market manager Bruce Simel (Eastern NC), president and COO Bruce Beasley, VP finance Marie Tedesco, VP/market manager Tom Humm (Las Vegas), VP digital product development Kimberly Sonneborn, VP engineering and CTO Mike Cooney, and VP programming Justin Chase.

walkerjeffCountry Radio and Publicity Giant Jeff Walker Dead at 65.  Nashville music, radio and publicity pro Jeff Walker died unexpectedly at age 65 in Nashville yesterday.  The Tennessean reports on Walker’s death and his career in the music business that began in 1980 with the formation of AristoMedia Group – a publicity firm that worked in the music, radio and video business.  Walker was involved with the CMA Music Fest in which he led the CMA global artists showcase.  Read The Tennessean piece here.

nashnightsUnderwood15Promoting ‘Smoke Break.’  Country star Carrie Underwood (center) stops by the NASH Campus in Nashville on August 24 to promote her new single, “Smoke Break,” off her new Arista Nashville album, Storyteller.  She spoke with “NASH Nights Live” hosts Shawn Parr (right) and Elaina Smith (left) about the new record and what it was really like getting into the corset she’s wearing for the “Smoke Break” cover art.

Friday, August 21, 2015

| August 21, 2015

waxy-fmEntercom Launches New Alt Rocker in Miami; Splits WAXY-AM/FM Sports Talk Simulcast.  The company says that it has had a lot of success with the alternative rock format in such markets as Seattle, Kansas City and Portland.  Now, Entercom will try its hand at alternative in Miami on WAXY-FM “104.3 The Shark.”  Sports talk will still be heard on WAXY-AM “790 The Ticket.”  As it says in the press release, Entercom will be the only broadcaster in Miami offering an alternative rock format.  In a market offering countless Spanish language and pop formats, ‘The Shark’ will certainly stand alone.  Entercom says, “‘104.3 The Shark’ will play alternative music that is modern and mainstream, as well as some classic alternative hits.”  John O’Connell will program the station.  He says, “We conducted extensive local research in South Florida and listeners want an active and modern alternative radio station in South Florida.  ‘104.3 The Shark’ will play the very best in modern alternative music from artists including Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, Fall Out Boy, and legendary artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Green Day.”

keeganrobWMGK Boosts Keegan To GSM. WMGK, Philadelphia local sales manager Rob Keegan is elevated to general sales manager of the Greater Media classic rocker. Greater Media Philadelphia vice president of sales Paul Blake comments, “Rob has done an outstanding job as the local sales manager for WMGK-FM for nearly five years. His collaborative leadership and innovative style has established the station as a top-tier sales organization.” Keegan states, “I am proud to have the opportunity to lead this incredible team at WMGK-FM. The culture of Greater MediaWMGK Philadelphia is second-to-none; I am excited to further enhance our position in this marketplace.” Prior to joining Greater Media Philadelphia, Keegan spent 20 years at Beasley Broadcast Group, where he led the company’s non-traditional revenue department. The Rowan University graduate is president of the Hamels Foundation, a non-profit founded by Philadelphia Phillies left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels. Among persons 6+ in the latest (July 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM report for Philadelphia, WMGK finishes fourth (5.7), two-tenths behind co-owned rocker WMMR; CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOGL ranks first (6.7, 6+).

bouncemoIt’s Nights To PM Drive for Z-100’s Mo’ Bounce. Six-year WHTZ, “Z-100,” New York evening talent (6:00 pm -10:00 pm) Mo’ Bounce advances to afternoon drive (2:00 pm – 6:00 pm) on the iHeartMedia mainstream CHR. Senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia’s major markets Thea Mitchem remarks, “Mo’ Bounce is an incredible talent who hasWHTZ dominated nights in New York. His transition to afternoons is a natural evolution.” WHTZ program director Mark Medina comments, “Mo’ Bounce is one of the premiere on air talents in the country. His contributions over the past several years have helped solidify ‘Z-100′ as a world-class brand; we are thrilled to have him driving home New York City.” In addition to his “Z-100” on-air duties, Mo’ Bounce is heard on iHeartMedia stations in Washington, DC and Portland.

colemanchrisColeman Chosen as iHeartMedia Montgomery’s SVP/Programming. Former WOSL “Old School 100.3,” Cincinnati program director Chris Coleman joins iHeartMedia Montgomery as senior vice president of programming. The company’s senior vice president of programming Tom Hanrahan notes, “I am extremely excited to welcome Chris to the iHeartMedia family. Coleman is a strong programmer with aiHeartMedia contagious passion to win. His programming experience will make a strong impact and will allow him to ramp up quickly and build immediate relationships with the programming and sales team.” Coleman comments, “Home is where the heart is and I have a new home with iHeartMedia Montgomery. It is indeed a blessing for me to lead such a great team and staff. These stations and brands are iconic in Montgomery and the state of Alabama. Working with [them] is going to be epic.” The appointment is effective one week from Monday (8/31) for Coleman, who previously programmed in Birmingham (WBHK); Mobile (WBLX); and Columbus, Georgia (WFXE). The iHeartMedia Montgomery cluster consists of gospel WHLW “Hallelujah 104.3”; urban AC WWMG “Magic 97”; and urban contemporary WZHT “Hot 105.7.” In Nielsen Audio‘s fall 2014 book for Montgomery (market #158), “Magic 97” places first (10.7, 12+) and “Hot 105.7” and “Hallelujah” are tied for second, just two-tenths behind (each with 10.5, 12+).

aguilarjessicaAguilar Named Marketing Director for Alpha Media San Antonio.  San Antonio native Jessica Aguilar is the new marketing director for Alpha Media’s seven-station cluster in that city.  Most recently, Aguilar has been serving as marketing supervisor at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.  Prior to that, she was executive assistant to the director of sales at Sinclair San Antonio.  In San Antonio, Alpha operates news/talk KTSA. Sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio,” ESPN Deportes, CHR KTFM, adult hits KJXK, regional Mexican KLEY and KSAH.

northmikeMike North to Host Bears Football Post-Game Show on Classic Hits WDRV, Chicago.  As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, former longtime Windy City sports talk personalitywdrv Mike North is hosting a three-hour Chicago Bears post-game program on Hubbard Radio’s classic hits WDRV.  As Feder points out, this will be the fifth Bears post-game show to air simultaneously in the market (including the one on play-by-play flagship WBBM-AM and WCFS-FM).  North will continue to co-host the daily morning show “FOX Sports Daybreak” with Andy Furman on the FOX Sports Radio Network.  Read Feder’s story here.

More RadioInfo Career Moves. Replacing Lisa Sanchez on the “Buzz Adams Morning Show” onmcmasterstephanie Townsquare Media’s rock KLAQ, El Paso is Stephanie McMaster.  She takes the position after Sanchez moved to afternoons, replacing the late Scott Ronson, who died in May…..A seven-year cast steeleebonymember of Rickey Smiley‘s syndicated morning show, Ebony Steele, signs on with MannGroup Radio to host the 60-second “Ebony Steele Report.” MannGroup Radio owner/president Ed Mann comments, “We are super happy to have her with us.” The entertainment/pop culture feature will debut in the fourth quarter. Steele exited the Smiley show a year ago and was replaced by Claudia Jordan. Elsewhere within MannGroup Radio, “Greg Mack Show” host Greg Mack has a cameo role in the smash hit “Straight Outta Compton.”  Recent clearances for his weekend program include KQIE, Riverside; KTGV, Tucson; KKBB, Bakersfield; KOCP, Oxnard-Ventura; and KQAV, showtimePalmdale, California…..Showtime, “Mr. Talk of the Town,” is the new night jock at Radio One’s hip hop WQOK, Raleigh “K97.5.”  Showtime has hosted a weekend show on the station since 2010.  He says, “Landing nights on ‘K97.5’ is a full circle moment for me and a huge win!  I will be doing my part on air and behind the scenes to help Radio One Raleigh maintain its top position in the market.  I am extremely excited that I get to do what I love even more in a market that has been good to me and my family.”

Thursday, August 13, 2015

| August 13, 2015

kinosianmike (2)PPM Analysis: Urban AC.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses based on Nielsen Audio July 2015 PPM data. Today’s focus is urban AC. Approximately half the stations on our urban AC panel are up June – July (52%), but 59% decline year-to-year. Whereas mainstream urban contemporary only had one format representative finish first in July (6+), urban AC – with a smaller sample size than urban contemporary – has four number ones in PPM markets (July 2015, 6+). View the entire report here.

National Radio Day Cake2Circle Next Thursday as National Radio Day. Especially when considering that some offbeat things – including specific foods – somehow garner their own special day, it is rather odd that there has not heretofore been a border-to-border celebration dedicated to the medium of radio. That will change one week from today (Thursday, 8/20) when non-commercial radio stations in more than 30 U.S. cities will participate in Seattle-based “not-just-for-profit social enterprise” Brown Paper Tickets’-formulated “National Radio Day.” This year, the FCC has awarded construction permits to nearly 2,000 low-power FMs and as National Radio Day “lead organizer” Sabrina Roach explains, “This is a great opportunity to get to know the new low-power stations by working on a common project together. A low-power FM is like community glue. These new media outlets can become powerful resources that help neighbors to organize, share, and find solutions together. I wanted to introduce an opportunity for all kinds of non-commercial stations to work together and to engage their communities by celebrating radio with listeners and independent producers.” Stations can promote National Radio Day (August 20 is also “National Lemonade Day”) on social media using the hash tag “#NationalRadioDay.” Brown Paper Tickets will provide promotional assistance and support for National Radio Day events organized by all participating U.S. stations. By the way, the significance of choosing August 20 as National Radio Day (which has actually been observed since the early-1990s) is to honor the day in 1920 that Detroit news station 8MK (now CBS Radio-owned WWJ – and still all-news) was licensed by the FCC. On August 31, 1920, 8MK aired the first news radio broadcast featuring local election results. WWJ’s Pittsburgh sibling KDKA-AM debuted on November 20, 1920 and, of course, has long claimed to be the “world’s first commercial radio station.”

Seacrest, RyanNBC Selects Seacrest to Host Late-Night Rio Coverage. With less than a year to go until the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, NBC-TV announces that its host of live late-night coverage will be KIIS “Kiss-FM,” Los Angeles morning personality/”American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest. During the 2012 London Games, Seacrest was a correspondent and he co-hosted the closing ceremony. NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell promises that, “The late-night atmosphere will be electric. We are thrilled to have Ryan Seacrest in the middle of it all capturing Rio’s unique flavor, talking to Olympic athletes, and telling the NBC 2016 Rio Olympics Logo 2stories of the day.” Seacrest reflects, “Joining the NBC Olympics team at the 2012 London Games was an exhilarating experience. I appreciate Jim Bell’s confidence, along with everyone at NBC Sports. I can’t wait to reunite with the team of broadcasters and producers for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and I look forward to hosting the live late night show.” Bob Costas hosted NBC’s primetime and late-night Olympic coverage at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and he has been primetime host for every NBC-covered Olympic Games since 1992. Mary Carillo previously hosted Olympics late-night coverage. The Summer Games from Rio begin August 5, 2016.

Full-Disclosure Photo Identification. Mainstream contemporary hit radio WBMP “Amp Radio,” New York “Shoboy Show” morning hosts Shoboy and Nina talked with Disclosure about their new single (“Omen”) and what it has been like to work with Sam Smith again. Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence (far left) and his brother Guy Lawrence (far right) flank Shoboy and Nina.

WSM-AM Adds “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence.” Starting this Sunday (8/16), classic country WSM-AM, Nashville begins airing the weekly, three-hour, Compass Media Networks syndicated, Silverfish-produced program. WSM-AM program director Dean Warfield comments, “Tracy Lawrence is one of the core artists Tracy Lawrence Honky Tonkinof our format who can genuinely reach out to his fans. He constantly builds an audience that is loyal and true to him.” Lawrence remarks, “There is such a huge demand from the fans for this [type of programming]. With [WSM-AM] picking up the show, it really validates that point.” Roughly six months into syndication, “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence” has just over 30 affiliates.

KZTH_300OKC House Party. Non-commercial contemporary Christian KZTH “The House FM,” Oklahoma City recently hosted its annual Christian Family Fun Day at Oklahoma City’s White Water Bay. Over 600 tickets were sold online, directly benefitting the station. Listeners were able to mingle with morning show host Tom Scott and other on-air personalities as “The House FM” played throughout the park. Following a performance by the band We Were Fiction, family-friendly movie “When the Game Stands Tall” was projected in the wave pool. In addition to registering for a chance to win an iPad Mini, those present could pose for pictures with “The House FM” mascot – “Homie” (right).

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