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Kristie McIntyre Returns to ‘Mix 107.3’ in Washington for Nights. Washington, DC and Baltimore-area radio personality Kristie McIntyre is named the night personality at Cumulus Media’s hot AC WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3,” effective May 2. McIntyre worked on air at the station from 2005 through 2010. Most recently she’s been with Hearst Television’s Baltimore news/talk WBAL-AM as news anchor and reporter. She’s also worked for CBS RADIO in the market as a personality on hot AC WIAD “94.7 Fresh FM,” and as a reporter on the former all-news WNEW-FM (now business news WDCH). WRQX program director Louie Diaz comments, “We are very excited to welcome Kristie McIntyre back home to DC and ‘MIX 107.3.’ Kristie is another great veteran air personality and is a fantastic addition to our live-and-local air staff at ‘MIX 107.3.’”
JB King Takes On CBS RADIO Las Vegas OM Post. Longtime Las Vegas radio pro JB King is shucking his on-air role at CHR KLUC (more on that below) and is accepting the promotion to operations manager for the CBS RADIO cluster in Vegas. King – with KLUC since 1998 – will continue to program KLUC and urban contemporary KXQQ “Q100.” CBS SVP and market manager Tony Perlongo states, “After a national search for the next amazing operations manager, we found that with JB King. With years of experience from learning from the best, JB is more than ready to take on the responsibility of overseeing our six great radio stations, as well as our six HD2 stations.”
John Moug Named Afternoon Jock at KLUC, Las Vegas. The Sin City native has been working at CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC for more than six years – most recently as evening personality. Now, John Moug takes over the afternoon drive daypart for JB King, who was recently promoted to operations manager for the company’s Las Vegas station group. King says, “I am excited to promote and pass along afternoon drive on 98.5 KLUC to an excellent talent. John Moug grew up in Las Vegas and has lived and breathed KLUC for almost his entire life. His work ethic, dedication and passion for KLUC is matched by few, and I am confident about his success in afternoon drive.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Nathan Reed has exited iHeartMedia’s Toledo station group where he was SVP of programming. He’d been with the cluster since 2008, joining as program director of CHR WVKS “92.5 Kiss FM.”…..Morning drive personality John Harry is promoted to program director at NRG Media’s country WYTE, Marshfield, Wisconsin (Wausau-Stevens Point market). Harry’s been in the AM drive slot for the past two years…..Reach Media replaces morning drive Gospel personality Yolanda Adams with Erica Campbell. Adams and her cast mates – comedian Marcus D. Wiley and minister Anthony “A.V.” Valary – said goodbye to their listeners last week. Now, Campbell begins hosting “Get Up! Mornings Erica Campbell” for the network.
WBBG, Youngstown Goes Country as ‘106.1 The Bull.’ After a recent tweak from oldies to classic hits, iHeartMedia completely changes direction and turns Youngstown market signal (licensed to Niles, Ohio) WBBG into “106.1 The Bull” playing new country. The move puts WBBG into direct competition with Cumulus Media’s market-leading (12+) country outlet, WQXK “K105.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. WHKX, Bluefield, West Virginia “106.3/107.7 Kicks Country” morning personality Lori Charles (pictured at left with Hokies mascot) ran in last weekend’s Remembrance Run at Virginia Tech in honor of the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on the campus nine years ago. More than 10,000 people took part in the run. The Alpha Media talent comments, “It was an honor to broadcast live at Virginia Tech for ‘106.3/107.7 Kicks Country.’ We are a proud affiliate of the Hokies and it was truly a great day to stand with 10,300 other runners, fans, graduates and students to respectfully remember the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on campus nine years ago.”…..CBS RADIO’s KROQ, Los Angeles announces the lineup for the final “KROQ Weenie Roast” at the Irvine Meadows venue where it’s been held for the past 23 years. On the bill are: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Empire of the Sun, Panic! At the Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Miike Show, Lukas Graham, The Strumbellas, Nothing But Thieves, Bishop, and Bear Hands.
Joe Piscopo Discusses Talk Radio, Stand Up Comedy, Sinatra, SNL, and NJ Politics on ‘Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.’ RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison says, “I’ve never laughed so much doing a podcast – this guy just overflows with humor and great pop media stories,” referring to the newly posted PodcastOne episode of “Up Close and Far Out” in which he interviews Joe Piscopo – the celebrated morning host of Salem Media’s New York outlet, WNYM “AM 970 The Answer.” Piscopo talks about his early years as a student in theater and college radio and his eventual stand-up comedy work at NYC’s legendary Improv club that led to his becoming a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980. He goes on to discuss his success over the past few years as a conservative news/talk morning host with Salem and his continuing love for his home state of New Jersey. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
iHeartMedia and Creditors Still at Odds Over Asset Shift. According to a report from Bloomberg, iHeartMedia and a number of its creditors have broken off talks to try to resolve the rancor over iHeartMedia’s shift of 100 million shares of Clear Channel Outdoor to a new subsidiary called Broader Media. Creditors including D. E. Shaw, Canyon Capital, Franklin Advisers and Franklin Mutual sued iHeartMedia over the move claiming that it violates the debt covenants. iHeartMedia argues that’s not the case and the move is designed to allow the company to deal more effectively with its $20 billion in debt. iHeartMedia told a Texas judge that if the creditors’ bond defaults are allowed to proceed, it would cause as much as $15 billion of the company’s debt to come due quickly and that would force the company into bankruptcy protection. The creditors argue that is not what they are trying to accomplish. iHeartMedia SVP and treasurer Brian Coleman says the company’s maneuvers are part of its Project Indigo, a long-term strategy designed to allow it to study ways to deal with its debt.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Air personality Tammy Lively moves from Cumulus Media’s country WFMS, Louisville back to her home state of Indiana to host the afternoon drive show on the company’s WWKI, Kokomo “100.5 KI.” Lively takes over for Sherry Foxx who recently moved to mornings to co-host “The Morning Fixx” with Nick Livingston…..Steel City Media’s Kansas City adult contemporary KCKC “KC 102.1” is announcing its new talent lineup. Bryan Truta is PD and morning co-host, partnered up with Jennifer Johnson. In middays it’s Jacqui Lucky, and Natalie R. holds down the afternoon drive daypart…..Syndicated adult contemporary morning show “Murphy, Sam and Jodi” adds six new affiliate stations including KQXT, San Antonio; WDMX, Parkersburg, West Virginia; and WISM-FM, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Toledo hot AC WWWM re-brands, ditching the “Star” moniker and debuting “Channel 105.5.” The Cumulus Media station’s talent lineup remains the same. RVP and market manager Andy Stuart says, “The ‘Star’ name never took hold in the market and did not convey all of the improvements we made to the station, especially the announcers and music selection. The brand name ‘Channel’ gives us a real opportunity to show that we are making Toledo radio great again.”…..Broadcast traffic solutions provider Radiate Media enters into an option agreement with Global Traffic Network – supplier of traffic information to broadcasters in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the UK – granting GTN an exclusive option agreement to buy substantially all of the assets of Radiate. Radiate CEO Chris Rothey says, “With Radiate’s data and technology coupled with GTN’s global presence, we will be able to significantly improve the experience of traffic consumers in the US and abroad.”…..The Envision Networks-syndicated country feature, “The Stories That Made the Music” with creator/host Nick Michaels, is added to the program lineup at Bardstown Radio Team, LLC-owned WBRT, Bardstown, Kentucky…..Black Crowes founding member Chris Robinson is hosting a new, monthly SiriusXM show on the Jam On channel called “Chris Robinson’s Gurus Galore.” The program will “feature Robinson digging into his vast record collection to showcase psychedelic music across various genres and eras. Each episode will feature a different theme. SiriusXM listeners will hear artists like Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Daevid Allen, Canned Heat and more. Robinson quips, “It’s the only radio show in the cosmos that dares ask you the musical question…do YOU guru?”
Reports: KFOG, San Francisco Staff Let Go; ‘Evolution’ Underway. Yesterday’s announcement of the hiring of new KFOG and KSAN program director Bryan Schock hinted that changes are coming to Cumulus Media’s venerable triple A KFOG and that includes the dismantling of the air staff, which was, according to numerous local media reports, dismissed on Thursday (3/31). We’ll have to wait until April 20 to find out what the new format will be but it’s a safe bet triple A is gone. The station is running jockless, airing various rock and pop artists. KFOG has been a consistent performer with the triple A format. It’s (6+) Nielsen Audio PPM ratings have hovered steadily around a 2.0 share for the past six months, however it ranked #17 in the San Francisco market and #20 in the San Jose market.
Scott Shannon Holds ‘Morning Zoo’ Reunion. Today, WCBS-FM, New York morning personality Scott Shannon welcomed New Yorkers to a live, remote broadcast remembering and celebrating the Morning Zoo from his time at WCBS-FM in the 1980s. It took place at the Adorama Live Theatre in Manhattan as his current program, “The Big Show” met the “Morning Zoo.” Current co-hosts Patty Steele, Joe Nolan, John Elliot and Brad Blanks performed for the crowd with Shannon’s old co-hosts, Ross Brittain, Claire Stevens, Jonathan B. Bell and Mr. Leonard. CBS RADIO New York SVP and market manager Marc Rayfield said, “Millions upon millions of New Yorkers grew up with Scott Shannon and the Morning Zoo. This occasion illustrated local radio at its best, and WCBS-FM is proud to be Scott’s home.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At New Orleans alternative WZRH “106.1 The Underground,” program director John Boyle adds the PM drive air shift to his responsibilities…..Suburban Chicago hot AC WZSR, Woodstock, Illinois promotes weekend personality Jimmy Styx to full-time evening host, handling the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight shift.
Westwood One Broadcasts ‘Backstage at the ACMs.’ Today and tomorrow, Westwood One and Cumulus Media are presenting “Westwood One Backstage at the ACMs” from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in advance of Sunday evening’s Academy of Country Music awards telecast. WW1 says the backstage event will “welcome more than 80 of country music’s biggest artists over the two-day event, including Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Martina McBride, and will present an exclusive one-on-one session with ACM hosts Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, with performances by country artists Brett Young, Canaan Smith and Tucker Beathard.” The events will take place from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm today and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California; Bill Phipps, the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; and Internet sensation The Iceman; provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (3/30) includes such names as: Nick Jonas, Big Gigantic, Angela McCluskey, Dove Cameron, George Clinton, Funkadelic, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Celeste Buckingham, Iggy Azalea, Bebe Rexha, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Marco Benevento, Fitz and the Tantrums, New Beat Fund, Travis, Bleached, Jonathan Edwards, Kaleo, The 1975, Jake Bugg, Allie Louise, Sturgill Simpson, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Dan Davidson, Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Baby Raptors, Tora, Gainsay, Matty Fees, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
BIA/Kelsey: WTOP, Washington Nudges KIIS, Los Angeles Out of Top Biller Spot for 2015. Perennial big biller WTOP, Washington is the #1 biller in the nation for 2015 according to data from BIA/Kelsey. Hubbard Radio’s WTOP has been the top biller five out of the last six years. In 2015, it bumped 2014’s #1 CHR KIIS, Los Angeles out of the top spot to #2. iHeartMedia owned the rest of the top 10 when it comes to music outlets. CHR WHTZ, New York was #3; hot AC KBIG, Los Angeles ranked #7 and adult contemporary WLTW, New York was #8. Major market all-newsers showed well again this year with CBS RADIO’s WCBS-AM, New York (#5); WINS, New York (#9); and WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago (#6) all making the top 10. That company’s sports talk WFAN, New York (#4) was the only sports talker to make the list, and returning to the top 10 after a three-year absence is iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI, Los Angeles (#10).
Emmis Takes HOT 97’s ‘Summer Jam’ to Tokyo. The annual hip hop festival produced by Emmis Communications’ WQHT, New York “HOT 97” is being exported to Tokyo this July via a partnership with Japan’s Avex Live Creative. The American concert “HOT 97 Summer Jam” is taking place on June 5 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Emmis reports it has signed a multi-year license agreement with Avex Live Creative. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Emmis Communications president Patrick Walsh says, “‘HOT 97 Summer Jam Tokyo’ reinforces the global awareness and significance of the ‘HOT 97’ brand and the groundbreaking DJs who play such an important role in breaking and cultivating hip hop’s top past, present and without question future performers. ‘HOT 97’ has a passionate following in Japan and hip hop is experiencing enormous growth in popularity among Japanese millennials. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver an authentic ‘HOT 97 Summer Jam’ experience to the growing legion of Japanese hip hop fans and share the experience with our American listeners as we promote the groundbreaking event to our audience in New York and all over the United States. Our goal is to add another significant event to a country so rich in history and culture.”
Greater Media to Celebrate 60 Years in Broadcasting. Tomorrow (3/31), Greater Media celebrates 60 years in the broadcasting business. The company was founded in 1956 by Yale classmates Peter A. Bordes and Joseph Rosenmiller. It began with the ownership of WESO-AM, Southbridge, Massachusetts and grew to multiple radio stations, cable television, printing, publishing, and telecommunications operations by the mid-1980s. In 1999, the company sold its cable business in order to focus more exclusively on its radio and newspaper operations. Greater Media is the parent company of 21 AM and FM radio stations in Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Charlotte and New Jersey; a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey; and several telecommunications towers throughout the United States. Greater Media chairman and CEO Peter Smyth comments, “I am very proud of the achievements of our company over the past 60 years. Greater Media is the culmination of Peter Bordes’ life’s work. I am grateful to our incredible employees for their continued dedication in making Greater Media greater on a daily basis over the past six decades.”
Britt Pearson Joins WKTI-FM, Milwaukee’s ‘Jake & Tanner’ Show. Joining the program as producer is Britt Pearson. The E.W. Scripps country station features the “Jake & Tanner” program in morning drive hosted by Jake Kelly and Tanner Jay. In addition to producing that show, Pearson will also handle some on-air hosting duties. Station VP and general manager Tom Langmyer says, “We’re committed to breaking out of the industry rut of big companies that pipe-in recorded, voice-tracked hosts from out of the market and formats shaken out of a box. Scripps believes in being famous for localism. ‘KTI COUNTRY’ is a place for real broadcasters who want to show the industry that real radio is alive and well. Actually connecting to the audience with unique, relevant and local content can only be done in real-time, and that’s our mission. It also matches our commitment to doing well by doing good in the communities in which we are licensed to serve.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programming pro Louie Cruz is “going home” to Modesto, California to serve as SVP of programming for iHeartMedia’s five-station cluster there that includes: rhythmic oldies KQOD “Mega 100,” hot AC KOSO “B93,” rock KMRQ “Rock 96.7,” and news/talk KFIV “Powertalk.”…..At Cox Media Group-owned country WWKA, Orlando “K92.3,” “AJ and Ashley Morning Show” co-host Ashley Stegbauer is named music director for the station…..Air personality Doc Medek is exiting CBS RADIO’s country WXTU, Philadelphia where he’s been co-hosting the morning drive show with Andie Summers for the past six years. Medek has been commuting to the station from Scranton where his wife works. He plans to announce a new career move soon…..AdLarge Media names Yvonne Lacey as vice president, digital sales development for the company’s portfolio of streaming and on-demand/podcasting. For the past three years Lacey has been serving with the ad agency TWONIL, LLC.
RadioInfo Tidbits. New York rhythmic CHR WKTU “103.5 KTU The Beat of New York” is announcing the lineup for its June 4 live concert event “KTUphoria” at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. The iHeartMedia-owned station says its “summer dance party” will feature: Pitbull, Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, Mike Posner, The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha…..SiriusXM partners with country star Kenny Chesney to bring his No Shoes Radio into the company’s fold. Chesney says, “We’ve spent eight years building No Shoes Radio. It’s always been a place where I could share songs I love, musicians I find, things on my computer nobody’s ever heard – and blur the lines between my records and everything from reggae to rock to bluegrass. To partner with SiriusXM as part of their Artist Driven platform of stations means No Shoes Radio will be able to reach even more people who love songs and music the same way I do. That’s awesome.”
MIW Radio Group Announces 2016 Mentees. The four mentees for this year’s 2016 Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program have been chosen by the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group. They are: Kathy Byerly, GSM, Neuhoff Media, Decatur, Illinois; Charlie Maxx, PD, Beasley Media Group, Wilmington, Delaware; Brittney Quarles, LSM, Radio One, Richmond, Virginia; and Stephanie Sabota, GSM, Cox Media Group, Tampa. The MIW Radio Group says the mentoring program matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio. To date, the Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program has successfully mentored a total of 35 mentees. MIW spokeswoman Kay Olin says, “It is very rewarding to track the professional growth and success of our mentees. We can clearly see a direct correlation between the participation in this supportive and impactful program and the accomplishments and professional trajectory our mentees achieve.”
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working, co-music editor Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Vincent Rockwell Usuriello, superstar program director at SiriusXM’s Octane; and Internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (3/2) includes such names as: Andra Day, Cassy London, Lou Potter, Fifth Harmony, Ty Dolla $ign, ONO, Dave Audé, Jennifer Saran, Taylor Swift, Little Mix, Jason Derulo, Lake Street Dive, City and Colour, Violent Femmes, Death Cab for Cutie, Atlas Genius, The Joseph Sisters, Martina McBride, Tucker Beatheart, Brothers Osborne, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, OMI, AronChupa, Chemical Brothers, Beck, New Order, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Radio One’s Wegmann Announces Retirement. Three-year Radio One Radio Group president Chris Wegmann is set to retire in four weeks (4/1). Radio One chief executive officer Alfred Liggins comments, “I am grateful for Chris’ years of loyal leadership to Radio One and wish him well in his retirement.” Wegmann remarks, “I am looking forward to retiring to the farm with my wife Eva and spending my days building boats. I will miss the wonderful people at Radio One I have grown quite fond of over the years. I am thankful for the opportunity to have led the radio group. I believe that what I have helped to build will continue to prosper while I spend much anticipated time hunting and fishing.” Wegmann joined Radio One in 2009 as regional vice president and general manager in Dallas and St. Louis and he was regional vice president and general manager in Washington, DC. Wegmann previously worked for Cox Radio, Clear Channel, and Signature Broadcasting.
Levingston in Radio One Return. It is a homecoming for former Emmis New York senior vice president and general manager Deon Levingston who returns to Radio One as general manager of its Indianapolis stations, as well as regional vice president of the company’s Detroit and St. Louis outlets. Radio One Radio Group chief executive officer David Kantor states, “Deon’s reputation precedes him and I’m thrilled to welcome him back home to Radio One. I look forward to working with him and trust that he will bring the same level of innovation, operational, and leadership excellence he is known for to our midwest markets.” Levingston notes that he is “very excited to rejoin the Radio One family. At the beginning of my career, [this company] gave me my first start as a general manager – I am very happy to come home. I look forward to working with the team to grow and dominate the urban space.” Levingston’s radio career began in 2001 with Radio One, where he ultimately became vice president and general in Indianapolis. His resume also includes being president and market manager for YMF Media New York and New York City urban AC WBLS.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Jim Richards is leaving the PD role at Cumulus Media’s triple A KFOG and rock KSAN in San Francisco, but it’s not clear why. Richards is reportedly up for other potential programming gigs within the company but is also considering outside offers. Meanwhile, there’s no word from Cumulus on Richards’ replacement…..Houston radio personality Chad Pitt is moving from CBS RADIO’s hot AC KHMX, Houston “Mix 96.5” to the company’s CHR WQMP, Orlando “101.9 AMP Radio” where he’ll be morning host…..In Buffalo, Entercom brings Emily Wild in from its Rochester operations to host mornings on alternative WLKK “Alternative Buffalo 107.7/104.7FM.” Wild, previously afternoon host on CHR WPXY, will also serve as music director for the station. The morning show opened up when Bentley moved across town for mornings at Cumulus’ alternative WEDG “103.3 The Edge.”…..According to a report from Blaine Thompson’s Indiana Radio Watch, Emmis Communications-owned hot AC WFNB, Indianapolis “B92.7” makes lineup changes that include the addition of Premiere Networks’ syndicated Elvis Duran for AM drive. Jamie Dawson moves from AMs to PM drive and Kyle West is the midday host.
Cumulus Returns Control of KSJO, San Jose to Universal Media Access. Twenty months after Cumulus Media began operating KSJO, San Jose under a local management agreement and installed the “NASH FM” format on the station, it is returning the station’s operations to owner Universal Media Access and moving the “NASH” format to the HD2 signal of KSAN, San Francisco. Looking at 6+ PPM numbers from Nielsen Audio, the station was never able to get ratings traction in the San Francisco market and it never really challenged KRTY, San Jose, either. Cumulus does say in a statement that this move is not reflective of its commitment to the “NASH” country brand, which remains strong.
David Mueller Doubles Down on Taylor Swift Suit. Former KYGO, Denver morning personality David Mueller – already suing Taylor Swift for damages related to his being fired for allegedly groping her during a meet-and-greet – is adding slander to his complaints against Swift. He claims that her public statements have harmed his reputation and standing in the community. Since Mueller’s first suit was filed, Swift has countersued Mueller for sexual assault. Mueller, who was Jackson on the “Ryno & Jackson” morning show, alleges in his original complaint that KYGO PD Eddie Haskell is the one who groped Swift but Swift’s representatives say the star is not confused about who touched her. Interestingly, both sides say the photo taken during the meet-and-greet (which has not been released publicly) prove their allegations.
BFoA Honors Bob Pittman; $400,000 Raised for Charity. The Broadcasters Foundation of America presented its 2016 Golden Mike Award to iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman at a gala ceremony and fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel on Monday (2/29). More than 325 radio and television executives attended the fundraiser at which some $400,000 was raised to assist broadcasters who find themselves in acute need. Elvis Duran hosted the festivities. Also, at the event, the 2016 Dick Clark Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary broadcaster and “CBS Sunday Morning” anchor Charles Osgood. The award was accepted by humorist and “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca for Osgood, who was unable to attend due to recent surgery. Pictured above are (from l-r): Rocca; iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes; country recording artist Cam; Pittman; BFoA president Jim Thompson; NPR president and CEO Jarl Mohn; BFoA chairman Phil Lombardo. Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — God-given talent has catapulted a number of on-air talents to lofty positions, but when someone is shrewd enough to take that ability and combine it with an indefatigable will to win, they can soar to practically unlimited heights.
After attaining success, the secret is avoiding complacency and staying on top of your game.
That is precisely what happened with highly personable Charlie Tuna, who passed away “peacefully in his sleep” more than a week ago (2/19) in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley (Tarzana) at the age of 71; he would have turned 72 next month (4/18).
Cumulus Media Indy Ups Giuttari to OM. Four-month, country-formatted WFMS, Indianapolis program director Stephen Giuttari is elevated to operations manager for Cumulus Media‘s three-station Indianapolis cluster, which includes WFMS, WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5,” and urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM “93.9 The Beat.” Cumulus Media Indianapolis vice president and market manager Tom Stemlar comments, “Stephen is an incredibly focused and skilled leader. I know he will harness the enormous talents and resources of Cumulus Indianapolis to beat our lofty audience and operational goals. I look forward to working with Stephen to build Cumulus Indianapolis into the top radio group in Indianapolis.” Giuttari – who continues to program WFMS – remarks, “To be empowered to lead the staff here is a great honor. Since my arrival, this has been an amazing experience, working with one of the best staffs in America and collaborating with the industry’s top programming leaders – our team in Atlanta.” Before joining Cumulus Media Indianapolis, he was country format leader and brand manager for Townsquare Media-owned WGNA “Today’s Country,” Albany, New York. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s January 2016 PPM report for Indianapolis, WFMS ranks #6 with a 5.5 (+1.4 from “Holiday” 2015 and its best showing since last July’s 5.6). Up four-tenths to 5.8 (6+), WJJK (unchanged at #5) halts five straight downward trends (6.8 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.7 – 5.4, 6+), while a similar gain of four-tenths to 3.2 (6+) enables “The Beat” (steady at #14) to apply the brakes to four consecutive declines (4.6 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). Entercom CHR WZPL leads the field with a 7.8 (6+).
Mike Kinosian: Remembering Charlie Tuna. News of the passing of radio legend Charlie Tuna broke on Monday afternoon – 10 days after his death. The 71-year-old Los Angeles-based radio personality had been heard in syndication on his own daily program at the time of his death. However, his storied radio career is worthy of much more notice than a brief obituary can relate. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian had the opportunity to pen a lengthy profile of Charlie Tuna years ago when Kinosian was serving as special features editor at Inside Radio. For an exhaustive look at the career of Charlie Tuna, click here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Albany market radio pro Marissa Lanchak joins Townsquare Media to host the midday show on country WGNA. She was previously afternoon host and APD/music director at Pamal’s crosstown CHR WFLY “Fly 92.3.”…..Moving from the corporate position SVP/sales operations to market president of iHeartMedia’s West Palm Beach station group is Chris Soechtig…..Entercom San Diego names Karyn Cerulli director of sales for country KSON, alternative KBZT and adult contemporary KIFM. Cerulli will partner with director of sales Pat Osburn and the Entercom San Diego sales management team. Cerulli had most recently served with Cox Media Group as director of sales for its San Diego station group.
Can America Afford to Elect a Crazy President? The reigning queen of psychology on news/talk radio, Dr. Joy Browne, is the featured guest on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” In a fascinating, non-partisan dialogue, Michael Harrison and the nationally syndicated GCN host dissect the psychological profiles of the major candidates running for president basically addressing the question, “Is ANYONE who thinks that he or she has what it takes to assume the most awesome responsibility of life and death over the human race playing with a full deck to begin with?” In setting up the conversation, Harrison states, “I am fascinated by the psychology of power and that obviously doesn’t become any more interesting than the psychology of the President of the United States and those who put themselves through the public humiliation of seeking the job.” In this stimulating podcast, Browne amply displays the extraordinary skills that have made her a non-political staple of the politically oriented, news/talk genre for decades, and still going strong. To listen to the entire conversation, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
College Street Team Program Launched by NextRadio. Targeting the college student demo, NextRadio launches the College Street Team Program to encourage students to compete in a contest that will increase NextRadio brand awareness on their college campuses. NextRadio is asking students to submit their “most dynamic, creative ideas” to participate in the program. NextRadio says those selected will get experience in helping build a brand and being a part of something new and quickly growing. In whatever creative and imaginative ways they design themselves, selected students will help to educate fellow college students about the NextRadio app and increase followers on NextRadio’s social channels. More can be learned about the contest and submitting a proposal here: nextradioapp.com/streetteam. NextRadio VP for marketing Maura Kautsky says, “We are looking to get college students involved and informed about FM chips in smartphones and to introduce or re-introduce them to live, local radio. College students are perfect ambassadors to develop a NextRadio app message that shares how radio and digital come together.” Selected students will receive a NextRadio enabled smartphone with a three month phone plan, $100 VISA gift card, NextRadio swag items and NextRadio promotional items to utilize at college events. The first place winner will also receive a $1,000 VISA gift card, second place winner will receive a $500 VISA gift card and third place winner will receive a $250 VISA gift card.
Round Three of Holiday 2015 PPM Ratings Released. The third of four rounds of Holiday 2015 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. Nielsen’s Holiday 2015 survey period covered December 3 – 30. You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets.
1) Portland – “No more calls – we have a winner,” is what was commonly uttered when on-air ticket giveaways were being conducted. That verbiage applies in the case of iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103,” which establishes the record for loftiest 6+-share ever in any PPM in any ratings sweep. Its target demo numbers must be positively staggering, but the bottom line to the “beauty contest” 6+-stat is that “K-103” blows the roof off the market with a 21.4 – a gain of 10 full-shares! (Rarely are exclamation points used in these “Takeaway” summaries but this feat warrants an exception.) It is hardly a common occurrence that the #1 station in a market laps the combined total of the next four finishers, but “K-103” accomplishes that. By way of perspective, the closest any other station has come to a 20.0 share (and remember, KKCW now sits at 21.4) is a 19.3 by Salt Lake City adult contemporary KSFI and an 18.6 by Nashville adult contemporary WJXA; ironically, both of those happened in the same sweep – “Holiday” 2013. In its past six “Holiday” performances (6+), KKCW has logged an 18.1 (2014); 15.1 (2013); 15.8 (2012); 14.0 (2011); 17.7 (2010); and 14.9 (2009). After four successive sweeps without an increase (6.3 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.5 – 4.2, 6+), co-owned CHR KKRZ “Z-100” gains two-tenths (to 4.4, 6+) inching up from ninth to sixth. Similarly, rhythmic CHR sibling KXJM “Jam’n 107.5” picks up one-tenth (to 3.6, #13 to #10, 6+), thus halting four straight down or flat monthlies (4.5 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.5, 6+). A +.6 to 3.6 (6+) enables Entercom‘s KGON to leapfrog from #16 to #10; in December, the classic rocker was down one full-share to 3.0, the station’s lowest 6+share under PPM methodology. Now the bad news: Here is an overview of the stations most impacted by the “K-103” juggernaut. The country share erodes by -3.5, as Entercom’s KWJJ “The Wolf” declines by -2.1 (7.2 – 5.1) and Alpha Media-owned KUPL “The Bull” by -1.4 (4.8 – 3.4); “The Wolf” slides from second to fourth and “The Bull” from #7 to #12. Prior to December‘s -2.1, “The Wolf” enjoyed four successive positive trends (7.0 – 8.2 – 8.3 – 8.7 – 9.3, 6+) for a combined +2.3; “The Bull” had successive gains of four-tenths in October and November before a -.8 in December. Off by six-tenths in December, Entercom adult hits KYCH “Charlie” is -1.1 (3.8 – 2.7, 6+) to tumble from #12 to #15, where it is tied with Alpha Media triple A KINK, which is down from #11 (3.9 – 2.7, -1.2). Despite losing seven-tenths, Oregon Public Broadcasting-owned KOPB advances from third to second; KOPB is down or flat for the fourth straight time (6.7 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+). Faltering by nine-tenths and six-tenths, respectively, are Entercom hot AC and alternative siblings KRSK “The Buzz” (5.2 – 4.3, sixth to seventh, 6+) and KNRK (3.1 – 2.5, #15 to #17, 6+). Before a full-share gain in December, “The Buzz” did not have an increase in the previous three sweeps (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.2, 6+). Following four straight up-trends producing a cumulative +1.2 (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+), public KQAC “All Classical Portland” drops six-tenths to 2.8, but actually inches up from #14 to a tie at #13.
2) Charlotte – Stuck on 5.8 (6+) in October and November, WKQC “K-104.7” registered a +.8 in December to reach 6.6. The Beasley Media Group adult contemporary doubles that 6.6 to 13.2 (+6.6, 6+) and marches from #3 to #1. For the first time in its PPM-history, Davidson College classical WDAV crosses the two-share threshold (1.7 – 2.5, +.8, 6+) and improves from #16 to #15. Mirroring what happened in Portland (see above), the mega-gain made by an adult contemporary property playing all-Christmas music throughout the “Holiday” sweep has a huge impact on country. In this case, iHeartMedia‘s WKKT not only slumps by a whopping -2.6 (8.5 – 5.9, 6+), “The Kat” scampers from first to third. Following a -1.3 in December, Beasley Media Group’s WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits” further erodes by -1.4 (8.8 – 7.5 – 6.1, but remains in the runner-up spot behind AC sibling “K-104.7”; WSOC was +.8 in November. Off by six-tenths each are iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “The Lake” (eighth to ninth, 6+) and Beasley Media Group’s WFNZ “Sports Radio 610 The Fan” (1.7 – 1.1, #16 to #18, 6+). Albeit that it accounted for (only) a total gain of eight-tenths, nonetheless “The Fan” did not have a decrease in the past 10 ratings periods (.9 – .9 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+). “The Lake” is down or flat for the fifth successive time for a combined -1.9 (5.6 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+). Having ranked #12 the past six monthlies, Radio One gospel WPZS “Praise – Charlotte’s Inspiration Station” falters by one-half share (3.4 – 2.9, 6+) and drops to #14.
3) Pittsburgh – Not only does WWSW apply the brakes to four straight decreases for a combined -2.4 (10.8 – 10.1 – 9.3 – 8.9 – 8.4, 6+), “3WS” rings up a +5.8 to 14.2 and progresses from third to first. The iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet displaces cluster-mate WDVE (10.0 – 9.6, -.4, 6+), which slips to second. The runner-up slot is familiar to WDVE as, prior to November, WDVE spent seven successive months there; the rock station was +1.1 in November and -.9 in December. By picking up one-tenth (to 2.6, 6+), country sibling WPGB “Big 104.7” not only curtails three consecutive sweeps without a gain (3.2 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), it cracks the top ten (#11 to #10). This marks the 18th straight time that public outlet WESA (1.8 – 1.9, +.1, 6+) finishes at #12. After three straight gains producing a +2.0 (6.7 – 7.7 – 8.5 – 8.7, 6+), Steel City Media adult hits WRRK “Bob-FM” sputters by -1.6 to 7.1, moving from second to third. A massive -1.8 (8.4 – 6.6, 6+) drops CBS Radio talker KDKA-AM from third to fourth; it is the lowest 6+-share for KDKA-AM since August (6.1). Also in that cluster, WDSY “Y-108 Pittsburgh’s New Hit Country” (flat at #9) is off for the fourth successive sweep (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), while sports sibling KDKA-FM (steady at #6) is down for the third consecutive monthly (10.1 – 6.5 – 5.9 – 5.3, 6+). Eroding by six-tenths each are the market’s two hot ACs – KDKA sibling WBZZ “Star 100.7” (4.9 – 4.3, seventh, 6+) and “Bob-FM” cluster-mate WLTJ “Q-92.9” (2.9 – 2.3, #10 – #11, 6+). By picking up seven-tenths (to 2.9) in December, “Q-92.9” ended five successive monthlies without an increase (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+).
4) Sacramento – Having each advanced by one-half share in December, CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” and Entercom hot AC KUDL “Star 106.5” now take center stage in the “Holiday” report. “Mix 96” improves by more than five full-shares to zoom from #3 to #1, while “Star” notches a gain roughly half that of “Mix” (2.5 – 3.0 – 5.6, +2.6) and rockets from #12 all the way to #4. This is the fourth successive improvement producing a combined +7.2 for “Mix” (4.5 – 5.5 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 11.7, 6+), which replaces Entercom classic rock KSEG “The Eagle” (9.5 – 9.1, -.4) at #1. “The Eagle” ranked on top the first ten months of 2015; was edged out by KFBK in November; and returned to #1 in December. Regarding KFBK, the iHeartMedia news-talk hybrid suffers a -1.3 (8.3 – 7.0, 6+) and slips from second to third. The -.7 it posted in December ended three consecutive increases that yielded a combined +1.6 (7.4 – 7.6 – 8.4 – 9.0, 6+). Prior to November, KFBK last reached the nine-share level (6+) nearly six years ago (February 2010, 9.1). Locked on 4.7 (6+) in October, November, and December, CBS Radio’s KNCI sputters by one full-share to 3.7 as “New Country 105.1” skids from fourth to eighth. Off by eight-tenths (2.7 – 1.9, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KXSE “Jose” moves from #15 to #17. Regressing by seven-tenths each are Entercom cluster-mates CHR KDND “107.9 The End” (4.5 – 3.8, fifth to seventh, 6+) and KRXQ “98 Rock” (seventh to tenth, 6+). After seven straight ratings periods without registering an increase (6.3 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.1, 6+), “The End” gained four-tenths in December; it is the third straight loss for “98 Rock” (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 3.7, 6+). In 4.1 – 4.7 range the past seven sweeps, CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KSFM “KS-102.5” drops six-tenths to 3.5 (seventh to ninth, 6+).
5) San Antonio – Following December’s +1.2, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT tacks on four-and-one-half shares (4.9 – 6.1 – 10.6, 6+), propelling “Q-101.9” from third to first. Up one-tenth (4.3 – 4.4, 6+), co-owned CHR KXXM “Mix 96.1” progresses from an eighth-place tie to a sixth-place tie. Even though the net gain is four-tenths, Texas Public Radio classical KPAC (#20 to #18) is up or flat for the third consecutive time (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+). Dropping from first to second is Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” (8.5 – 7.8, -.7, 6+), which had been #1 in 17 of the last 22 sweeps. A loss of nine-tenths (4.6 – 3.7, 6+) drives Univision‘s KXTN “107.5 Tejano & Proud” from the top ten (#7 to #11). Locked on 4.8 (6+) in November and December, iHeartMedia talker WOAI sputters by eight-tenths to 4.0 (sixth to tenth, 6+). Off by one-half share each are co-owned KQXT-HD3 (2.2 – 1.7, #16 to #19, 6+) and Cox Media Group classic country KKYX “Country Legends” (#21 – #22, 6+); “Country Legends” erodes for the third straight time for a cumulative -1.4 (2.5 – 2.4 – 1.6 – 1.1, 6+).
6) Cincinnati – Actually down in December – but by a mere one-tenth – Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98” roars back by more than doubling December’s 5.8 (11.9, +6.1, 6+) to advance from #5 to #1. History repeats itself, as the last time “Warm 98” reached #1 was “Holiday” 2014 when it succeeded WLW, which went on to stay on top for the next 12 ratings periods. Even though WLW posts a +.6, it falls to #2, but is in double-digits (6+) for the 23rd straight sweep (10.7 – 11.3, 6+). Having already spiked by -1.2 in December, Hubbard country outlet WUBE erodes by a robust -1.4 and “B-105” (third to fifth) is down for the fourth consecutive time for a combined -3.6 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 7.3 – 5.9, 6+). Also regressing by -1.4 and shifting from second to third is Cumulus Media‘s WGRR (8.2 – 6.8, 6+). Steady at #6, classic rock cluster-mate WOFX “The Fox” forfeits one full-share (5.7 – 4.7, 6+). Country sibling WNNF “Nash 94.1” (1.9, #14 to #16, 6+) and Hubbard rhythmic hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9” (unchanged at #7, 6+) are each down by six-tenths. It is the first loss for “Nash” in the last five sweeps (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.5, 6+), while “Mix” is down or flat for the third straight time (5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.6, 6+). Remaining in fourth-place, Hubbard Hot AC WKRQ “Q-102” is without an increase for the fourth successive ratings period (7.2 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+).
7) Cleveland – Mirroring what happens in Cincinnati, this Ohio market also has two stations in double-digits (6+). Specifically, CBS Radio adult contemporary WDOK “Star “102” adds nearly four full-shares to December’s +1.2 (7.3 – 8.5 – 12.4, +3.9, 6+) and proceeds from #2 to #1. Even though its eight-month run at #1 ends, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI (#1 to #2) manages to register a +1.9 (10.4 – 12.3, 6+). Larger than normal (6+) fluctuations (up and down) are not foreign to “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits.” Since April, the station has been -2.2; +.1; +1.1; +1.0; -.2; +.4; -1.3; +1.4; -1.8; and now +1.9. The 12.3 share (6+) it records in “Holiday” 2015 is its best ever under PPM methodology. Meanwhile, co-owned country WGAR is off by more than two full-shares (7.2 – 5.1, -2.1, 6+) and falls from fifth to sixth. This is the fourth consecutive sweep that Radio One urban AC WZAK (third to fourth) is without a gain (8.4 – 7.9 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 6.8, 6+). Surrendering one-half share each are urban contemporary sibling WENZ “Z-107.9” (ninth to tenth, 6+) and iHeartMedia talker WTAM (5.4 – 4.9, seventh to eighth, 6+); “Z-107.9” is down or flat for the fourth successive ratings period (5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+). With a +.1 to 4.6 (6+), iHeartMedia CHR WAKS (#10 to #9) curtails six sweeps without an improvement; “Kiss-FM” was a combined -.9 in that time (5.4 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+).
8) Salt Lake City – Flaunting the second best (6+) December 2015 – “Holiday” 2015 gain from among these particular 12 PPM–markets is Bonneville‘s KSFI “FM 100.3” (+7.1), which remains at #1 and posts its third straight increase (6.0 – 6.4 – 8.5 – 15.6, 6+). Naturally, any station would gladly take a 15.6 share, but it is actually 2.3 lower than the 17.9 KSFI registered in “Holiday” 2014. In December, KLO Broadcasting adult contemporary KSQN more than doubled November’s .9; “Sunny 103” now adds eight-tenths (2.0 – 2.8, 6+) to jump from #19 to #14. Public KRCL “90.9 Community Connection – Music Discovery” notches a +.5 (.4 – .9, 6+) and checks in at #25. The streak of monthlies without an increase for Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.7” and iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KODJ “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” reaches seven. Steady at #3, “Now 97.7” is a combined -2.4 in that stretch (8.1 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+), while “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” is off by over three full-shares (6.3 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.5 – 2.9, 6+); KODJ drops out of the top ten (#9 to #13). Co-owned hot AC KJMY “My 99.5” sputters by -1.4 (4.9 – 3.5, 6+) and drifts from a three-way tie at #5 to #10. After three successive up or flat trends (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+), Bonneville-owned KRSP “Utah’s Classic 103.5 The Arrow” surrenders -1.2 to 3.7, tumbling from fifth to ninth. Slumping by seven-tenths each are Broadway Media CHR and adult hits siblings KUDD “Mix 107.9” and KYMV “Rewind 100.7” (1.5, 6+), as well as Cumulus Media adult contemporary KBEE “B-98.7” (2.3 – 1.6, #17 to #19, 6+). “Mix” was stuck on 4.1 (6+) in September and October and then on 4.5 (6+) in November and December yet actually moves from ninth to eighth; “Rewind” (#18 to #20) was up or flat the past three sweeps (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+). Shaking loose from three straight months at 1.6 (6+), “B-98.7” notched a +.7 in December. Even though Broadway Media alternative KXRK is -.6 and down for the third successive time, (4.7 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+), “X-96” manages to improve from #12 to #11. Without an increase for the sixth consecutive time (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .6, 6+), KSOP-AM has its 6+-share cut by 75%; “Classic Country 1370” freefalls to #28. Also off by one-half share are co-owned KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country” (4.9 – 4.4, fifth to sixth, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR KZHT (5.2 – 4.7, fourth to fifth, 6+).
9) Las Vegas – Following three successive down trends, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5” rebounds with back-to-back gains of +2.2 (December) and +5.1 (“Holiday”) and is #1 for the 16th straight time (9.6 – 9.4 – 8.9 – 8.4 – 10.6 – 15.7, 6+). Over the course of four straight up-trends (2.9 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.3, 6+), Univision regional Mexican KISF is a combined +1.4 and jumps from #12 (December) to #6. Owing to a +.4 (to 4.9, 6+), CBS Radio-owned KLUC “Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” (fifth to fourth) curtails three straight declines that produced a cumulative -2.3 (6.8 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.5, 6+). Off by seven-tenths in December, Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ declines by twice that much in “Holiday” (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.0, -1.4, 6+) as it slips from second to third. It is a similar story for CBS Radio rhythmic hot AC KXQQ “Q-100.5,” which lost one-half share in December and is now down one full-share (4.0 – 3.0, 6+). Debuting with a .5 in September, “Q-100.5” exploded to 2.8 in October; progressed to 4.5 in November (6+); but now drops out of the top ten (#7 to #11). Also off by one full-share is Beasley Media Group country KCYE “The Coyote” (2.8 – 1.8, #14 to #19, 6+). Enduring losses of nine-tenths each are CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix” (6.1 – 5.2, 6+) and Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “Radio for Life” (3.8 – 2.9, 6+). “Mix” has its streak of consecutive increases snapped at four (4.9 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 6.1, 6+), but actually inches up from third to second. Prior to its +.8 in December, “Radio for Life” had four straight down or flat monthlies (3.8 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+); it exits the top ten (#9 to #12). Slight consecutive drops (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+) by Beasley Media Group hot AC KVGS preceded December’s +.9, giving “Star 107.9” its strongest 6+-showing since the “Holiday” 2014 report; however, it drops one-half share (3.2 – 2.7, 6+) and remains at #13.
10) Kansas City – Without an increase for seven straight sweeps (4.6 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC posted a +1.3 in December. Continuing on that positive track, “KC-102.1 Kansas City’s Christmas Station” improves by more than four full-shares in the “Holiday” report, making the most dramatic ranker move in the 36 PPM-markets we have analyzed – #16 all the way to #2. Leading the field is Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet KCMO-FM “Your #1 Choice for Christmas Music,” which zoomed from #11 to #2 in December (6.0 – 8.9, +2.9, 6+). Before that, KCMO-FM had been in the 4.1 – 4.9 range (6+) the previous 11 ratings periods. The station it unseats from the penthouse is co-owned classic rocker KCFX “The Fox,” down or flat for the third straight time (7.7 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 7.2, #3, 6+). Owing to a +.1 to 3.9 (6+), Entercom‘s KQRC “The Rock” (#12 to #10) pulls the plug on three straight downtrends that yielded a combined -1.7 (5.5 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). A December gain of nine-tenths enabled University of Missouri-owned KCUR to enter the top ten, but the public station relinquishes all of it (3.2 – 4.1 – 3.2, 6+) and plummets from #10 to #15. Also declining by nine-tenths – following a +.6 in December – is KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz.” The Carter Broadcast Group urban contemporary was -1.3 in November, after being up or flat the previous five sweeps (4.8 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 6.4, 6+); KPRS (5.1 – 5.7 – 4.8, 6+) skids from third to sixth. Two of the market’s three FM country properties take a hit, with Steel City Media’s KFKF “Country 94.1” down seven-tenths (4.6 – 3.9, seventh to tenth, 6+) and Entercom’s WDAF “The Wolf” -.6 (4.3 – 3.7, #9 to #12, 6+). Having added one-half share in December, Steel City Media’s KBEQ “Q-104 #1 For New Country” tacks on three-tenths (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). Among those surrendering one-half share are Cumulus Media CHR KCHZ “The Vibe” (3.4, #11 to #13); co-owned adult hits KCJK “Jack-FM” (3.1, #15 to #16); Entercom talker KMBZ-FM (3.3, #12 to 14); talk sibling KMBZ-AM (2.6, #17 to #18); and sports cluster-mate KCSP (2.5, #18 to #19). KMBZ-AM was up seven-tenths in December after being down or flat the previous four sweeps (1.8 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+). “Jack-FM” notched a +1.4 this time last month. Boasting a +4.8 in November enabling it to rank first and to reach (6+) double-digits for the first time in its PPM history (10.6), KCSP “610 Sports Radio” sunk to 3.3 (-7.6), nose-diving from #1 to #18; 2.5 is the station’s weakest 6+-stat since March (also 2.5).
11) Orlando – With so many downward moves across-the-board, it is unusual to find a scenario with four successive increases, but iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” (repeating at #1) gets it started with a +.5.2 (7.7 – 12.9, 6+). Its recent (6+) trending includes +.5 in October; -1.0 in November; and +1.6 in December. Previous penthouse occupant – Spanish tropical sibling WRUM “Rumba” – gains seven-tenths (7.2 – 7.9, 6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. After adding six-tenths in December, contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3 Safe for the Little Ears” doubles that increase (5.0 – 5.6 – 6.8, +1.2, 6+) and climbs from sixth to third. Down or flat the past three sweeps (6.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.6, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” notches a +.8 to 6.4 and inches up from sixth to fourth. Locked on 5.6 in November and December, sibling WMMO, however, sputters by -1.2 to 4.4 and drops from sixth to eighth (6+). Slumping by -1.1 each are iHeartMedia CHR WXXL “XL-106.7” (6.8 – 5.7, third to fifth, 6+) and CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOCL “Sunny” 105.9 (fifth to seventh, 6+). It is the third successive slip for “Sunny” (7.3 – 7.0 – 5.7 – 4.6, 6+) for a combined -2.7. Contrasted to the -1.1 by “XL-106.7,” CBS Radio’s WJHM “Amp Radio” gains seven-tenths (3.1 – 3.8, 6+) to jump from #14 to #11. Up eight-tenths the past two monthlies (5.4 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+), hot AC cluster-mate WOMX “Mix 105.1” returns it all (5.4, fourth to sixth, 6+). On the heels of December’s -.6, Cox Media Group country WWKA “K-92.3” coughs up another full-share (5.0 – 4.4 – 3.4, 6+) and falls out of the top ten (10 to #12). With six successive monthlies without a decrease, WFLF more than doubled its 6+-share (1.1 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.4, 6+), but the iHeartMedia talker regresses by seven tenths to 1.7 and drops from #15 to #17. Elsewhere in the spoken-word arena, cluster-mate WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” (flat at #13) is off for the fifth straight time (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+) resulting in a net loss of -2.3, while Cox Media Group talker WDBO-FM is also down by one-half share (3.9 – 3.4, #12, 6+). In the 2.0 – 2.9 range the past 14 sweeps, public WMFE adds four-tenths (2.2 – 2.6) to move from #16 to #15.
12) Columbus – Leaping from eighth to fifth in December with a +2.6, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WODC almost doubles that gain and takes over the market’s leader board (4.0 – 6.6 – 11.5, +4.9, 6+). Before December’s +2.6, WODC had six successive negative trends for a cumulative -1.4 (5.4 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.0, 6+). It succeeds co-owned WNCI – off eight-tenths in December and now by a whopping -1.7 (11.8 – 11.0 – 9.3, #2, 6+). WNCI was #1 for three consecutive sweeps after occupying the runner-up spot 16 straight ratings periods. Ranked fourth for nine successive ratings periods, Saga adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95” busts out a +1.7 to 8.4 and climbs to third; “Sunny” was locked on 6.7 (6+) in November and December. Classic hits-oldies sibling WNND “Rewind” (#14 to #15) though is down or flat for the fourth straight time (2.6 – 2.5 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.4, 6+), losing roughly 50 of its 6+-share. Advancing from #11 into the top ten (#8), contemporary Christian WCVO “The River” improves by one full-share to 4.2, its highest 6+-share since June (4.3). Having registered positive trends for five consecutive monthlies producing a combined +2.9 (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.9 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+), RadiOhio-owned sports outlet WBNS-FM “The Fan” slumps by -1.9 to 4.6 and drops from sixth to seventh. After regressing by -1.5 in December, Radio One urban AC WXMG “Magic” continues to spiral with a -1.6 (4.6 – 3.1 – 1.5, 6+) and freefalls from #7 (November) to #12 (December) to #14 (“Holiday”). Without an increase for the sixth consecutive sweep (8.0 – 8.0 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia talker WTVN (-1.7 in that period) backslides from third to fifth. Right behind it is Wilks Broadcasting classic rocker WLVQ “Q-FM 96, which is down seven-tenths (5.5 – 4.8, 6+) yet improves from seventh to sixth. A cumulative -4.9 (6+) since July, iHeartMedia country outlet WCOL (#2 to #4) posts a negative trend for the sixth consecutive sweep (12.9 – 11.5 – 10.8 – 10.1 – 9.5 – 8.5 – 8.0, 6+); up until October, WCOL ranked #1 for nine successive months. Co-owned alternative WXZX “105.7 The X,” which had declined in each of the last three ratings periods (2.9 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.5, 6+), picks up three-tenths to 1.8 (#15 to #13).
The top 12 gainers for the 12 PPM-markets shown above in the Holiday 2015 report are: 1 KKCW, Portland (+10.0); 2 KSFI, Salt Lake City (+7.1); 3 WKQC, Charlotte (+6.6); 4 WRRM, Cincinnati (+6.1); 5 WWSW, Pittsburgh (+5.8); 6 KYMX, Sacramento (+5.3); 7 WMGF, Orlando (+5.2); 8 KSNE, Las Vegas (+5.1); 9 WODC, Columbus (+4.9); 10 KQXT, San Antonio (+4.5); 11 KCKC, Kansas City (+4.1); and 12 WDOK, Cleveland (+3.9).
Shila Nathan Lands at ‘NASH 94.7’ in NYC. We knew Shila Nathan had somewhere to go when she departed CBS RADIO’s country WUSN, Chicago late last year. Now, Cumulus Media announces she’s joining WNSH, New York “NASH 94.7” for the midday role. Nathan takes over for Kelly Ford who’s in Nashville now co-hosing the company’s syndicated “America’s Morning Show” program. Cumulus New York VP and market manager Chad Lopez states, “Shila is a tremendous talent. Her enthusiasm for the country format and listener is exactly what the NASH brand in New York represents. We’re excited about the impact she’s going to make in the community and in the building!”
Marv Nyren to Lead Sales Effort at Pubcaster WBEZ, Chicago. As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Chicago radio pro Marv Nyren is entering the public radio sphere. The former WLUP-FM and WKQX general manager is assuming the president of corporate sponsorships role at Chicago Public Media, which operates WBEZ-FM. In this role he’ll oversee the sales staff. Nyren worked for Emmis for seven years and exited when WLUP-FM and WKQX were sold. He’s been with Tribune Broadcasting as director of group sales and marketing for television division since last July. Read Feder’s story here.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. San Bernardino’s new CHR KHTI “HOT 103.9” is announcing its new jock lineup. The All Pro Broadcasting-owned station dropped the alternative format (as well as old calls KCXX “X1039”) just before Christmas. “X1039” holdover Nick Valdez hosts mornings. Kasee Garcia exits KPWR, Los Angeles to host middays. John DeSantis is the new PM drive personality, and Christen Limon – formerly of KAMP, Los Angeles – is the new night jock…..Los Angeles radio sales pro John Mentesana is named general sales manager at Mt. Wilson Broadcasters – operator of country KKGO “Go Country 105,” classical KMZT “K-Motzart 1260,” and jazz KKJZ “KJazz 88.1.”
Industry Pro Tony Garcia Launches Spot Shoppe. Having the capability to produce good creative quickly has become a growing issue for radio. This is especially true as bottom line pressure increases and head count at stations decreases. To help stations overcome this challenge, 35-year industry veteran Tony Garcia’s Global Media Services (www.globalmediaservices.co) has begun offering a service called Radio Spot Shoppe. The concept for Spot Shoppe was the result of conversations Garcia had with broadcasters about the pressing need for better creative and the shortage of time, resources and manpower at the station level. He tells RadioInfo, “At some point, the conversation always comes around to creative. We hear the same voices on spot after spot. We lean on the same voices, the same production staff, and the same people to write all of the commercials we air. Spot Shoppe gives stations the ability to outsource some of their stuff, freeing up staff as well as bringing new voices to their stations.” He explains that Radio Spot Shoppe gives stations the ability to select from three levels of service depending upon their needs: script writing, commercial production, and imaging. Scripts and produced commercials will be delivered on a next-business-day basis. Imaging clients will receive one page of imaging per week. “I know there are other services available to broadcasters,” says Garcia. “The difference is we are 100% custom. We write and produce everything from scratch. We don’t cut and paste or recycle commercials from other markets. Our goal is to provide custom creative and a high level of affiliate service,” he concludes. Radio Spot Shoppe is available to stations on a market-exclusive barter or cash basis. Stations wanting to learn more can visit www.radiospotshoppe.com or contact Tony Garcia directly at 303-557-1961, or Tony@globalmediaservices.co.
Jim Benson’s ‘TV Time Machine’ Radio Show Hits on Television’s Past, Present, and Future. The weekly, one-hour syndicated radio show produced by Jim Benson may sound from its title like an homage to television’s Golden Era, but Benson says his program is “a radio show about television’s past, present, and future.” In a story published today (1/22), Benson is profiled by RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian. He says his highly produced radio show about TV requires thought and preparation. “There is the challenge of translating something that is visual to an audio medium. If you do it correctly, it works. That is what makes the show unique, entertaining, and intimate.” Like radio, the face of television is changing with the times and Benson says his curiosity about what’s out there drives him to interesting discoveries. “I want to be comprehensibly well versed in all aspects of television, especially current-day TV. In addition, it allows me to discover great television – sometimes long before the mainstream audience does. I interviewed [the creator of AMC drama series ‘Mad Men’] Matt Weiner before the show became such a huge phenomenon. Our 90-minute interview was during its first season. My wife was in advertising on Madison Avenue for 20 years. I knew she would have tremendous insights he would appreciate, so we had a three-way conversation about advertising.” Read more about Benson’s career in television history and his approach to his weekly radio show here.
Cool Job Opportunity. WDST (“Radio Woodstock”), Woodstock, NY (serving the Poughkeepsie metro market at 100.1 FM) has an opening for a dynamic sales executive to join its broadcast and digital sales team. Are you interested in working in the beautiful Hudson Valley, less than two hours north of New York City at a legendary rock station owned by Chet-5 Broadcasting? Are you a radio sales professional working in another market who wants to return home to the Hudson Valley? Legendary “Radio Woodstock” is special and unique in the market, on-air for more than 35 years in the Hudson Valley. Very involved with the community, it is the market’s only live, local, and independent radio station. Candidates should have broadcast and digital sales experience, be comfortable with prospecting and cold calling, and have an Associate’s/Bachelor’s business/marketing-related degree or equivalent experience. Send resume and cover letter to: Marisa Perez-Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Media Re-Brands KTFM, San Antonio. San Antonio CHR KTFM unveiled its new brand yesterday afternoon, becoming “Energy 94.1.” Alpha Media says “the switch to ‘Energy 94.1’ will breathe new life into the KTFM brand while continuing to connect closely with the San Antonio audience. Loyal listeners will hear their same favorite deejays of KTFM including, Blondie and Nugget in the Morning, DJ Grooves in middays, Tony Cortez in afternoons, and Auggie 5000 in the evenings. Program director Pat Cerullo adds, “By launching ‘Energy 94.1’ we believe we can generate enough noise to differentiate ourselves in a crowded San Antonio top 40 marketplace. The birth of this new brand will also reinforce Alpha Media’s commitment to live and local radio. San Antonio is a unique market, and this presented us with the perfect opportunity to custom design a radio station that truly sounds like the community it serves.”
Kibler Named iHeartMedia’s EVP Multi-Cultural Marketing. Executive vice president of operations for iHeartMedia‘s Texas major markets Kelly Kibler is appointed executive vice president of multi-cultural marketing. According to iHeartMedia chair and chief executive officer Bob Pittman, “Kelly has been a constant innovator in this company. She is the perfect choice to head up our focused multi-cultural advertising efforts at the market level. Her success as executive vice president of operations, as well as in her role as a sales leader and market president and her leadership of numerous iHeartMedia initiatives, have enabled her to grow her career with us. We look forward to her using all of her experience and relationships to build this new capability for our company.” The bilingual Kibler comments, “I could not be more excited to take on this new position at iHeartMedia, using the tools and experience we’ve developed in Texas and applying them across our 150 markets in a space that continues to grow in both importance and footprint across America.” Kibler began her career in 1991 at Telemundo. Before becoming iHeartMedia’s executive vice president of operations for the company’s major markets in Texas, she was a market president in Dallas, San Diego, and Las Vegas.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programming pro Bob Walker is promoted at Hall Communications to vice president of programming. Walker is PD at the company’s country WCTK, Providence “Cat Country 98.1” and with the promotion begins oversight of Hall’s 21 stations across New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Florida…..The Savannah-Hilton Head cluster of Alpha Media announces it has named Allyson Hillman director of business development. Hillman’s 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry include 22 years in the Detroit market with both Cumulus and as a manager with iHeartMedia…..Radio One hip hop outlet WERQ, Baltimore “92Q” is getting a new afternoon drive personality – none other than operations manager Vernon Kelson. He’ll assume the daypart with the move of “The Fam with QuickSilva and Lil’ Mo” to the company’s Washington urban contemporary WKYS later this month.
Emmis Confirms Layoffs; Executive Pay Cuts. After a fiscal third quarter report that showed a 5.1% drop in radio net revenue, Emmis Communications is confirming that it has laid off 32 company staffers and instituted pay cuts for corporate senior executives. During the recent conference call with investors, Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan stated, “We’ve made some changes and they’re very painful changes. This is always very, very hard for us.” The moves are designed to trim some $5.3 million from the radio sector’s budget.
Radio’s Hot New (Old) Format: ‘The Puddle.’ In an opinion piece published today (1/8), ABC Television director of business continuity Howard B. Price writes about the sensational amount of global interest in Periscope’s “The Puddle” – a camera shot at a puddle of water in the U.K. Price says the people watching the puddle on their smartphones have “rediscovered the magic of radio…If you really believe all radio is local – and GREAT local radio is all about making compelling content out of the everyday events and observations in the communities it serves — then ‘the puddle’ can be seen as a metaphor for what radio’s core mission has always been, and which it used to execute better than any other medium.” Read his entire piece here.
CES 2016 Wrap Up. Radio consultant Holland Cooke files his final report from Las Vegas where this week he’s been attending the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Today he writes about the ubiquitous phone camera, drones, the head-on challenges facing television, and new technologies that are doing what radio stations traditionally helped people do. Read Holland Cooke’s entire report here.
Pittman to Receive BFoA Golden Mike Award. Jackson, Mississippi native Bob Pittman began his radio career at the age of 15 and the iHeartMedia chair/chief executive officer is set to be honored with the Broadcasters Foundation of America‘s 2016 “Golden Mike” award. Broadcasters Foundation vice chair Dan Mason declares, “Bob is an extraordinary broadcaster. As an architect of today’s iHeartMedia, Bob’s focus on innovation – and his deep belief in broadcast radio – has expanded radio into new areas and platforms. We are proud to recognize his contributions to broadcasting.” Pittman states that, “Radio reaches more Americans than any other medium. [It is] the best friend in the seat next to them and their trusted companion and information source across multiple platforms. I feel extremely fortunate to be in broadcasting during the most exciting time in our industry’s history. I am grateful to the Broadcasters Foundation for this honor, and I thank them for their deep commitment to supporting our broadcast colleagues in their times of need.” Pittman programmed WMAQ, Chicago and famously became program director at WNBC, New York at the age of 23. Also included on his impressive, extensive resume is being co-founder/programmer of the team that created MTV; CEO of MTV Networks; AOL Networks; Six Flags Theme Parks; Quantum Media; Century 21 Real Estate; and Time Warner Enterprises. He was chief operating officer of America Online and later of AOL Time Warner. Pittman was named one of Advertising Age‘s “10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture”; received the Robert F. Kennedy “Ripple of Hope” award; and he was named one of LIFE Magazine‘s “Five Original Thinkers of the 1980s.” He will receive his “Golden Mike” award next month (2/29) at New York City’s Plaza Hotel.
Broadcaster Poe Declares Congressional Candidacy. Former Florida Democratic Party chair Bob Poe made his intentions official yesterday (Thursday, 1/7) that he is seeking to represent Florida’s 10th congressional district, which is based in west Orlando. The 61-year-old Poe comments that, “Many people are aware that I’ve been blessed with a tremendous amount of success in my life – but what most people don’t know is that my success had some humble beginnings. I come from this community. I became successful because of what I learned in this community, and I think I bring a very different perspective of how we grow the economy. I didn’t graduate from college, but I built a technology business that I’m proud of and that keeps people safe, because I never quit. Too many politicians today are too busy playing the game of musical chairs – running for one office and then another – to truly stand up and fight for us.” Prior to a nine-year run as president of Emergency Communications Network, Poe spent three years as vice president and general manager of WMMO, Orlando; four years as director of broadcasting and sponsorship sales for the NBA‘s Orlando Magic; and 12 years as vice president and general manager of Orlando talk station WKIS and the Florida Radio Network.