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Keith Hastings Named Rock Format Leader for Cox. Programmer Keith Hastings serves as PD for Cox Media Group’s San Antonio rock stations KISS “KissRocks” and KTKX “X 106.7.” Now, he adds rock format leader to his list of duties. The company says he’ll work closely with CMG vice president of radio programming Steve Smith and all of Cox’s rock program directors at the company’s other rock stations – WXXJ 102.9 FM in Jacksonville; WBAB 102.3 FM on Long Island; WSUN 97X FM in Tampa; and KJSR Rock 103 FM in Tulsa. Cox EVP of radio Kim Guthrie states, “We were incredibly fortunate to add Keith Hastings to our programming team earlier this year. He is a seasoned pro in the rock format, making this a natural step to put his rock instincts to work with all of our Cox Media Group rock stations across the country.” During his career Hastings has worked for such noted rock outlets as Greater Media’s WCSX in Detroit, with Entercom’s WAAF in Boston and with Saga Communications’ WHQG and WLZR in Milwaukee and WAQY in Springfield, Massachusetts. “Keith’s proven track record shines with multiple triumphs across the country,” says Steve Smith. “We’re extremely lucky to have Keith on our team. He’s moved KISS in San Antonio back into the top five with adults age 25 to 54, and we look forward to his many more successes in San Antonio and in working with our talented rock PDs.”
Nielsen Begins Synergies; Sean Creamer and Debra Delman to Exit Ratings Giant. Nielsen responded quickly to RadioInfo last week after we reported that the “$20 million in synergies” the company hopes to realize with the acquisition of the former Arbitron would cost jobs. The company stated it had “no plans to reduce headcount at this time.” Perhaps that applies to the rank and file and not the executive strata because it’s now being reported that former Arbitron CEO Sean Creamer and CFO Debra Delman will leave Nielsen at the end of the year. Though Nielsen has not released a statement about the changes, it’s expected that other executives may also be headed for the door. Both Creamer, Delman and most of the other high-level execs who might follow the two have clauses in their contracts that will give them very nice golden parachutes. Creamer could realize almost $7 million in total compensation and Delman’s take is just shy of $2 million.
Bev Tilden to Manage Cape Cod Stations. Radio management pro Bev Tilden is installed as the general manager for Cape Cod Broadcasting’s four-station cluster in Cape Cod, Massachusetts that includes hot AC WQRC; adult contemporary WOCN “Ocean 104.7”; country WKPE “Cape Country”; and classical WFCC. Tilden, who has been out of radio for the past nine years, previously worked in the Boston market for Entercom, Clear Channel and Pyramid Broadcasting. Cape Cod Broadcasting managing partner Gregory Bone states, “Her experience in developing new marketing programs and client services will be invaluable to us and our advertisers.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Kelly Mac returns to SummitMedia’s ubran contemporary WJMZ, Greenville, South Carolina “107.3 Jamz” for the midday show. Mac had been working in Philadelphia for Clear Channel as APD and MD at hip hop WUSL “Power 99” and urban contemporary WDAS. “107.3 Jamz” will also add the D.L. Hughley show for PM drive next week…..Mark Lindow is the new morning drive host and program director at Cumulus Media’s country WSJR, Wikes-Barre “Nash 93.7.” He comes from his most recent post at Golden Isles Broadcasting’s Brunswick, Georgia stations where he was operations manager…..Former WHYN-FM, Springfield, Massachusetts “Mix 93.1” morning drive team Dan Williams and Kim Zachary are back in radio. Zachary is part of the “Big D Morning Show” hosted by Jerry Kristafer and Mike Stevens on Buckley Broadcasting’s classic hits WDRC-FM, Hartford. Real-life husband Dan Williams is working on air in various capacities at Saga Communications’ WAQY, Springfield “Rock 102.” Williams and Zachary hosted mornings at WHYN-FM for 17 years before exiting and delving into a short-lived early morning TV gig on Springfield…..Wes McShay is the new operations manager at Cumulus Media’s Montgomery, Alabama cluster. He takes over for Bill Dollar as program director at country WLWI “I 92.”…..Roxanne Stuart is the new program director and morning drive host at WQRS, Olean, New York as the Pemberton Pines Media station flips from country to classic rock…..Craig Morrison and Samantha Adams – known as Craig and Sam on the air – are beginning a syndication effort for their classic hits WXXC, Marion, Indiana-based morning drive show. The program also airs in afternoons on the couple’s O&O TheFortRocks.com website.
Non-Com Triple A WFUV, New York Tweaks Programming. Re-branding itself as “NY’s Music Discovery,” non-commercial triple A WFUV, New York announces programming changes that fulfill its role as the “the new music discovery position” it has adopted. The station is dropping the hourly NPR newscasts. The station says it has “added over four hours of format hours to its daily offerings. While NPR News goes away, the amount of local news and local entertainment coverage is greater than ever before. WFUV has also added new music discovery features, such as the all-request ‘FUV Mix Tape’ at noon and the weekly ‘UKNY’ program featuring music from the UK. ‘NY’s Music Discover’ is also bolstered with a greater commitment to local music, as well as beefed up digital archives with the FUV Vault and Live Sessions at wfuv.org.” Under recently installed general manager Chuck Singleton and program director Rita Houston, the station says it has “thoroughly assessed the New York City radio market, the local music scene and where WFUV has been and where it wants to go.” It also states, “WFUV’s playlist is now about half new music with rotations where the new songs will be heard, with a heavy emphasis on brand new music and current music from the last few years. WFUV’s music library is still very eclectic and stretches back many decades, and is designed to both delight and surprise listeners with songs they have and haven’t heard on WFUV before.”
MEDIA BROKER SPOTLIGHT: Diane Warren and Jean Robinson - MMTC Media Brokers (run by Bounceology). In this week’s installment of Media Broker Spotlight, Sandi Bergman of RadioTVDeals.com interviews media brokers Diane Warren and Jean Robinson of MMTC Media Brokers (run by Bounceology) located in San Antonio, Texas. MMTC Media Brokers specializes in locating properties and selling them to potential minority, multicultural and women buyers. In addition to telling their fascinating story, they share several outstanding opportunities that they have among their listings that would be of interest to first-time buyers. To read the entire installment of Media Broker Spotlight, please click here.
‘Free Market Royalty Act’ Legislation Introduced; NAB Opposes. As promised, North Carolina Democratic Congressman Mel Watt has introduced legislation that would eliminate radio’s decades-old pass on paying performance royalties and create a “one-stop” license for all non-interactive broadcasters — this applies to both AM/FM broadcasters and digital music services but it would also let stations individually negotiate direct deals. The act would use the existing infrastructure created around SoundExchange. Under the proposed bill, broadcasters and non-interactive webcasters would be authorized to collectively negotiate with SoundExchange for a performance royalty. SoundExchange would serve as the agency that collects and distributes money from AM/FM radio stations as well as non-interactive webcasters. Those royalties would be split along the same lines as the current law governing digital performances: 50% to the copyright holder, 45% to performance artist(s) and 5% to non-featured musicians and vocalists. As expected, the NAB is against the legislation and vice president of communications Dennis Wharton states, “NAB respectfully opposes the legislation, and appreciates the support of 183 members of Congress who stand with America’s hometown radio stations against the offshore record labels. NAB believes market-based negotiations like the recent Warner Music-Clear Channel accord demonstrate that this issue is already being addressed in the free market. This legislation would impose new costs on broadcasters that jeopardize the future of our free over-the-air service.”
YouTube Announces First Annual ‘YouTube Music Awards’ Show. And the awards show will be seen on…YouTube, naturally. USA Today reports that the internet video giant is holding the first annual “YouTube Music Awards” show on November 3 hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and taking place at New York City’s Pier 36. Fans will be able to apply for tickets to the show and how that happens will be announced later. Spike Jonze will serve as the show’s creative director. Guests will include Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and those who’ve created sensations via YouTube including music-video collective CDZA, violinist Lindsey Stirling and other acts-to-be-announced.
Entercom Brings Phil Zachary to Boston as VP/Market Manager. A day after losing Jeff Brown to Cumulus Media’s Atlanta operations, Entercom announces Phil Zachary will take over as vice president and market manager effective October 21. Zachary will lead sports talk stations WEEI-FM, ESPN on WEEI-AM, rock WAAF, news/talk WRKO and The Boston Red Sox Radio Network. The company says, “This represents a homecoming of sorts for Zachary, whose first paid radio job was as a part-time, on-air announcer at WAAF. Zachary is a 41-year radio veteran, a Connecticut native and graduate of Holy Cross in Worcester. After beginning his career in Worcester, he moved on to stints in Providence and Boston. While in Boston, Zachary served as operations manager at the old WITS 1510. There his role included direct oversight of both Red Sox and Bruins play-by-play. Zachary comes to Entercom from Curtis Media Group in Raleigh where he was president and chief operating officer, overseeing the company’s entire slate of radio stations, networks, digital and interactive divisions and print publications. Prior to joining Curtis Media in 2002, he was VP/market manager for CBS Radio in Washington. Entercom group president Weezie Kramer says, “Phil is the right person at the right time for Entercom Boston. He is a leader and a listener. He understands the challenges we face but he also sees the tremendous opportunity we have. Phil believes in the strength of our brands, the dynamic nature of our content and the true potential of our team.” Zachary comments, “The only reason to leave a great job in radio is for one of the absolute best jobs in radio. Make no mistake – WAAF, WEEI and WRKO are not only some of the greatest call letters in Boston radio history, but some of the best brands in our industry. This amazing opportunity brings me back to my New England roots and the place I started my radio career. There are great challenges ahead, not to mention best-in-class competition, but I look forward to it and can’t wait to get started.” Management consultant Joel Hollander has been retained by Entercom to assist in the transition.
Heather Stricker Promoted to GSM for WMMO and ‘Power 95.3’ in Orlando. Cox Media Group Orlando ups local sales manager Heather Stricker to general sales manager for the company’s adult hits WMMO and hip hop WPYO “Power 95.3.” Director of sales Tammie McGrath states, “Heather’s intense business acumen, solid knowledge of our foundation and natural ability as a coach make her a great leader. This new role will allow Heather to leverage her natural strengths and help elevate our cluster to the next level.” Stricker joined Cox Media Group Orlando in 2003 as an account executive after having recently graduated from the University of Central Florida. She moved up to senior account manager for news/talk WDBO, where she was a CMG President’s Circle winner in 2011.
Journal’s ‘Bob FM’ in Tulsa Names Andy Barber Morning Host. Journal Broadcast Group announces longtime morning personality Andy Barber joins the company’s Tulsa cluster to host the morning show at adult hits KBEZ “Bob FM.” Barber states, “It’s a dream come true to join Journal Broadcast Group and to have landed on ‘Bob FM.’” Program director Paul Kriegler adds, “We are thrilled to have Andy join our team. His passion and enthusiasm are unmatched, making him a perfect choice for mornings on ‘Bob FM.’
Two Personalities Exit ‘Rock 100.5’ in Atlanta. Original “Regular Guys” cast member Eric Von Haessler is out at Cumulus Media’s Atlanta rock station WNNX “Rock 100.5” along with evening personality Lewis Alston. Von Haessler – along with Larry Wachs – began the “Regular Guys” morning show and added new cast members Southside Steve Rickman and producer Tim Andrews. Wachs, Rickman and Andrews continue to host the program while a replacement is being sought for Von Haessler.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Sam Tatum, Jr. is named local sales manager at Clear Channel’s WUSL, Philadelphia “Power 99.” Tatum comes to Clear Channel after 14 years working for Radio One in the Baltimore and Washington, DC markets…..Afternoon host Jordan exits Clear Channel’s CHR WXXL, Tavares, Florida (Orlando market). To fill the slot, music director and APD Jana Sutter moves from middays to PM drive.
WLUM, Milwaukee Announces ‘Big Snow Show 8’ Lineup. Milwaukee Radio Alliance alternative WLUM “FM 102/1” announces ticket sales and the lineup for its “Big Snow Show 8” concerts taking place on Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13. Thursday’s show is being headlined by Phoenix, along with Alt-J, Grouplove and Bastille. The Friday night bill features Arctic Monkeys along with Foals, and NONONO. More artists are expected to be added to the bills soon. WLUM program director Jacent Jackson states, “This is an absolutely can’t-miss lineup of world-class bands who make great music and really deliver live. To have Coachella headliners (Phoenix) headlining ‘FM 102/1’s ‘Big Snow Show 8’? How amazing is that?”
SCBA to Honor Radio Advertisers. The Southern California Broadcasters Association and its General Sales Managers Council will honor the Southern California Ford Dealers, AIS Insurance, In-N-Out Burger, and Cedars-Sinai with its annual Outstanding Achievement in Radio Awards on October 24 at a luncheon to be held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City. The awards are voted on by the GSM Council and represent the very best in creative radio commercials using both Southern California’s Radio and digital platforms. SCBA president Thom Callahan states, “We are thrilled by the client and agency excitement and response to attending this prestigious Radio Awards luncheon. The senior management from each client honored will be in attendance. These special clients really understand the ubiquitous reach and power of Southern California Radio and we are excited to give them the public recognition they so richly deserve.”
Beasley Broadcast Group Honors Staff with Company Operating Awards. Beasley bestowed Company Operating Awards during its annual management meetings held in Naples, Florida. The company reports it gathered corporate management and station leadership from the 11 markets in which it operates to celebrate achievements and contributions from individual employees and radio stations over the preceding 12 months. The 2013 honorees include: WXTU-FM, Philadelphia – Radio Station of the Year; Tom Humm– General Manager of the Year/Las Vegas; Robin Wood – Business Manager of the Year/Fayetteville, NC; Matt Smith – Sales Manager of the Year/WXTU-FM and WRDW-FM, Philadelphia; Shelly Easton– Program Director of the Year/WXTU-FM, Philadelphia; Charlie McCoy – Engineer of the Year/Augusta, GA; Sam Floyd– CEO Award of Excellence/ Executive Vice President. Founder, chairman and CEO George G. Beasley comments, “Each year, as we honor our company’s highest achievers, I’m reminded of the quality of professionalism within Beasley Broadcast Group. The ladies and gentleman we recognize this year have certainly earned our respect and it is my privilege to acknowledge their accomplishments and congratulate each and every one of them.” Pictured here are (from l-r): Sam Floyd; Mac Edwards (accepting for Robin Wood); president Bruce Beasley; EVP Brian Beasley; Natalie Conner (accepting for WXTU; Shelly Easton & Matt Smith); chairman & CEO George Beasley; EVP/CFO Caroline Beasley; Tom Humm; and Kent Dunn (accepting for Charlie McCoy).
Clear Channel Inks Deal with Another Label: Robbins Entertainment. This deal, believed to be similar in nature to previous deals with labels and label groups, will “enable Robbins Entertainment’s artists to share in all of Clear Channel’s radio revenues, a key approach to building a sustainable internet radio industry.” Label founder Cory Robbins says in a statement, “I’ve always said that the music industry needs to figure out a way to give listeners what they want. Clear Channel has always believed in playing the best music on its stations, regardless of the size of the label or the national picture and I think Clear Channel’s strategy will help internet radio become a viable business, encouraging its growth and enabling listeners to discover and enjoy our roster of the hottest dance artists. The growth of internet radio will be a boon for all parties — artists, labels, distributors, and fans.”
Cox Announces Two Buyers for Stations in Six Markets: Connoisseur Media and SummitMedia. Cox Media Group announced last summer that it was selling its radio holdings in six markets as part of its plan to focus on larger markets, cross-media collaboration, and heightened impact in fewer markets. It began shopping the stations around and now it is announced that Connoisseur and SummitMedia will acquire the stations. Here’s how it breaks down: Westport, Connecticut-based Connoisseur buys the Southern Connecticut stations close to home — WPLR-FM, WEZN-FM, WFOX-FM, and contract rights for WYBC-FM; while SummitMedia prepares to acquire the Cox stations in five other markets — Birmingham (WAGG-AM, WBHJ-FM, WBHK-FM, WENN-AM, WZZK-FM, WZNN-FM, WBPT-FM, and CMG’s contract rights for WALJ-FM); Greenville, South Carolina (WJMZ-FM, WHZT-FM); Hawaii (KRTR-AM/FM, KPHW-FM, KCCN-FM, KINE-FM, KKNE-AM); Louisville (WRKA-FM, WVEZ-FM, WSFR-FM, WQNU-FM); and Richmond (WHTI-FM, WKHK-FM, WKLR-FM, WURV-FM). No sale price is announced but that will become known soon as the regulatory paperwork is filed. Cox Media Group president Doug Franklin states, “These are all important brands powered by talented media professionals who tirelessly serve their audiences, advertisers and communities. We wish all of the employees well and know they will continue to work hard to produce quality entertainment, news and information for their customers and new owners.”
Eddie F Promoted to APD and Music Director for WUSL and WDAS-FM, Philadelphia. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announces Edwin “Eddie F” Fennell is upped to assistant program director and music director for hip hop WUSL “Power 99” and rhythmic AC WDAS, in Philadelphia. Fennell started his radio career at “Power 99” as an intern and worked his way up. Prior to this promotion, Fennell was assistant music director for “Power 99” and imaging director for “Power 99,” WDAS-FM and oldies WDAS-AM, as well as CC imaging coordinator – positions he’ll continue to hold. Clear Channel Philly director of urban programming Derrick Corbett states, “Eddie has shown tremendous professionalism and a ‘team first’ attitude. For those reasons, among many others, he’s earned this new position.”
Morning Host DeDe McGuire Extends Deal with Hip Hop KKDA, Dallas. As the two-year anniversary of her show approaches, DeDe McGuire re-ups with Service Broadcasting’s hip hop KKDA, Dallas “K104.” The “DeDe in the Morning” host says, “I’m trying to be the hardest working woman in radio. I’m ready to take the throne as the new king of mornings.” McGuire is joined on the program by cast members Lady Jade and comedian Michael Shawn. McGuire is also co-host of the nationally syndicated Doug Banks show that airs in PM drive.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Mainestream Media announces Patrick Grey is the new evening jock at CHR WHTP-FM “Hot 104.7” Portland, Maine…..Chris Konya is the new producer for the Kimberly & Beck show at Entercom’s rock WBZA, Rochester “98.9 The Buzz.” Konya replaces Pat McMahon who exited in December. He most recently worked as an associate producer on WPLJ, New York’s Scott Shannon and Todd Pendleton show…..Tiger Communications’ alternative WTGZ, Auburn, Alabama “The Tiger 93.9” names Chris Rock the new evening personality.
Radio Should Follow TV’s Lead. Noted radio consultant and RadioInfo columnist, Holland Cooke cites Netflix‘s new original movie “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as an example of how radio should approach the presentation of its varied menu of products in the new digital age. Cooke points out that just like this variety of media and appliances that we now lump together under the umbrella of “TV,” radio must also become extremely mindful of its emerging multiple configurations and program/distribute content accordingly, saying we’re not just AM and FM anymore. Never before has it been more imperative for radio to differentiate between its live and on demand products – as well as its imported and original content. Read Holland Cooke’s article here.
Dial Global and TM Studios Launch New Imaging Library with Free Two-Week Trial. The new imaging library is called “Blue Sound Design” and was created by John Kerber. Dial Global and TM Studios have signed an exclusive agreement to manage affiliation and advertising sales for “Blue Sound Design,” a market exclusive, format specific, imaging production library. The library comes in CHR, hot AC, country, and new formats to be announced soon. Vice president of creative for TM Studios Greg Clancy states, “John is known as a forward-thinking, highly creative and skilled imaging producer. He’s lived in the imaging front lines at a very high level for years and has an innate sense of where radio is heading. Blue is a dead-on reflection of John’s style…edgy and fun, yet well thought out and sophisticated. I think it’s unmatched in today’s radio imaging landscape. Once producers try ‘Blue,’ they’ll realize what they have been missing.”
Dixon OmniMedia Launches Radio reMIND. Dixon OmniMedia founder Derrick Jonzun calls it “a new listener loyalty tool for ‘front loading listeners.’” The concept is pretty simple: it’s a service that calls each of your opt-in listeners and plays a personalized message, reminding them your program is about to air. Dixon OmniMedia states that stations can now connect with listeners on a personal level with show reminders in their talent’s own voices. It calls it appointment listening on an organic level, plus a great way to increase listener engagement. Jonzun says, “As host of a weekly syndicated show, I’ve always looked for ways to connect to my audience beyond the normal social sites. In an industry that centers around the human voice, there is no tweet, email nor text that can match a personal call from an air-talent. Radio reMIND is a must have for internet stations and specialty shows.”