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Thursday, July 17, 2014

| July 17, 2014

nielsen logoNielsen and Polk Research Underscores the Importance of Radio Formats to Targeted Advertising.  The combined data from Nielsen’s PPM data in the New York, Los Angeles and Chicago markets with data from Polk Automotive Insights (which tracks ownership history for some 600 million autos across the country) provides a link between what people listen to and what cars they buy.  Nielsen says the “results highlighted the uniqueness of each local market, the importance that radio formats have in reaching specific listeners and vehicle preference based on the type of radio listeners prefer.”  This may not be surprising at the macro level but Nielsen’s Farshad Family, SVP of local product media leadership, says, “One of radio’s great strengths is its ability to impact consumers in unique ways on a market-by-market basis, which isn’t easily copied from one local market to the next.  Formats really make a difference in reaching certain auto buyers in different markets, and this test proves the importance of being able to use specific, granular radio data to explore those connections for both broadcasters and marketers.”  For example, in Los Angeles, consumers who purchase a roadster-type car (Audi TT, BMW Z4 or Porsche Boxster) are 40% more likely to listen to news, talk, information radio and 23% more likely to listen to sports radio.  In Chicago, roadster buyers are 23% more likely to listen to news, talk and information radio and 15% more likely to prefer classic hits radio.  Check out the study here.

fargoanthonyRadioInfo Career Moves. As Anthony Fargo (“Kobe”) told us when we profiled him this past March, he was unofficially the assistant program director and music director of WAPE. Kobe” departs Cox Media Group‘s heritage Jacksonville CHR and is believed to be relocating to Pittsburgh.  His resume includes two “Steel City” stints at WBZZ “B-94,” as well as WLDI, West Palm Beach; WFBC-FM, Greenville, South Carolina; WPXY, Rochester; WIHB, Charleston, South Carolina; and WNKI, Elmira, New York…..Todd Schumacher announces he is leaving his market manager position at SummitMedia’s Louisville station group to join hisrichardskevin wife’s new digital marketing services company, Vici Media…..Bryan Schock leaves Compass Radio of San Diego’s triple A KPRI to join wife Haley Jones who is currently programming Emmis-owned triple A KGSR, Austin.  Schock had been serving as the station’s interim program director, music director and afternoon personality for the past two years.  The station recently hired Matt Stone to serve as PD…..Albany radio personality Kevin Richards lands at Albany Broadcasting to host middays at country WKLI “100.9 The Cat” after leaving Townsquare Media’s crosstown WGNA last week.

garciatonySyndication: Behind-the-Scenes Preparation.  In this next installment of a multi-part series on syndicating radio programs, Global Media Services founder Tony Garcia writes about handling an important – but not so sexy – aspect of syndicating a radio program: being prepared when it comes to the business end of the project.  Those parts of the business include the finances, production, distribution and marketing of the program.  It may seem obvious, but the financial aspect is crucial and making sure all facets of the business are accounted for from a money standpoint is mandatory.  Garcia writes, “Once you have established a budget, you’ll know the entire cost of syndicating your show.  Be prepared to float the show financially for at least two years in order to give the show enough time to find affiliates and audience.”  Read Garcia’s entire piece here.

wusl logoClear Channel and Jonesy Jones Victims of Fraudster Say Federal Prosecutors.  The three-year-old case in the Philadelphia market where Clear Channel paid a “substantial” settlement to a woman who claims hip hop station WUSL “Power 99” and former air talent Tarsha “Jonesy” Jones harmed her reputation and cost her losses in revenue, is being turned on its ear as federal prosecutors are alleging Kiddie Care owner Tracey Parson fabricated evidence – including phony financial records – in her case against the company.  Jones was fired from her gig at the station as a result of the lawsuit that stemmed from Jones making critical comments about Parson’s chain of child care centers.  According to the Courier-Post, Parson is being charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy.  Prosecutors are asking for $1.27 million from Parson.  Among the charges, the feds allege Parson submitted false claims for government-subsidized meals and diverted the cash for her own purposes.

fullmetaljackie‘ZRock 107.7’ Rochester, Minnesota Adds ‘Full Metal Jackie.’  Add another affiliate station for Envision Networks’ “Full Metal Jackie Radio” as Townsquare Media-owned rock KDZZ, Rochester, Minnesota picks up the metal show for its Saturday evening program schedule.  The show, hosted by Jackie Kajzer, is described by Envsion Networks as “two hours of fist-pounding metal, hosted by renowned metal radio personality Full Metal Jackie, featuring regular interviews with many of metal’s biggest names, past and present.”

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

| October 2, 2013

hastingskeithKeith 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 logoNielsen 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 creamerseansynergies” 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.

tildenbevBev 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.”

mackellyMore 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.

wfuv logoNon-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.”

warrenrobinsonMEDIA 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.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

| October 1, 2013

wattmel‘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/FMnab logo 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 logoYouTube 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.

zacharyphilEntercom 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 waaf logohomecoming 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.

strickerheatherHeather 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.

kbez logoJournal’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.’

vonhaesslerericTwo 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.

bigsnowshowWLUM, 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 logoSCBA 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.”

beasleyawards13Beasley 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).

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

| July 10, 2013

kloslogoKLOS Names Derek Madden PD.  Cumulus transfers two-year KSAN, San Francisco “The Bone” program director Derek Madden to heritage Los Angeles rocker KLOS in a similar capacity.  KLOS assistant program director Bill Huning had been the interim PD ever since the departure last year of Jack Silver, who now programs NBC Sports Radio for Dial Global. “San Francisco has been my home for 12 years,” remarks Madden, who, in addition to his “Bone” programming duties, did the afternoon maddenderekdrive show “The Ride Home” on the rock station.  “It was always going to take something pretty special for me to leave, and now I’ve found it.  As a college kid trying to figure out where radio could take me, my best-case scenario always ended at a station like KLOS.  To work with that legendary brand and a top shelf morning show like Heidi & Frank is literally a dream come true.  A special thanks to the entire team at KSAN – I’m really proud of what we accomplished.”  Madden’s previous Bay Area background includes programming Universal Media Access’ KSJO, San Jose; a music director stint at CBS Radio’s  San Francisco hot AC KLLC “Alice”; and an on-air talent at KITS.  Prior to those stops, he programmed Cumulus rocker WXZZ, Lexington, Kentucky “Z Rock”; Clear Channel rock WRXR, Augusta, Georgia “96-RXR” and Cornell Radio Guild’s WVBR, Ithaca, New York. Simultaneous with Madden’s arrival, Huning exits as his position at KLOS has been eliminated.

sashathedivalgCox Media Moves Sasha the Diva to Middays on ‘Kiss 104.1’ Atlanta.  CMG Atlanta announces Sasha the Diva takes over the midday show on rhythmic oldies WALR, Atlanta “Kiss 104.1.”  She’ll broadcast from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Vice president of programming Tony Kidd says, “Sasha the Diva has built a reputation in Atlanta for her celebrity interviews, her fierce sense of fashion and her tireless commitment to the community.  She has a fearless approach to life that captivates Atlanta listeners and we look forward to seeing Sasha the Diva reach an even wider audience in this new role.  Sasha knows her listeners and understands what it takes to compete for the midday audience.  We are building momentum at WALR and Sasha will help us expand WALR’s reach.”  Prior to joining WALR in 2002, she hosted “Midday with Sasha” on Radio One’s urban CHR WWIN, Baltimore “Magic 95.9.”  She also has appeared in such films as “The Gospel” and Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls.”

arbitronArbitron’s June 2013 PPM Data Released.  The first round of June 2013 PPM data from 12 markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey) have been released and can be found in full hereRadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this first batch below:

• New York — Dating back to last September, Clear Channel adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” and CBS Radio classic hits WCBS-FM have ranked #1 and #2, respectively (6+).  Over that stretch, Lite-FM’s average advantage is 1.31, with the optimum lead (4.7 shares) coming in the “Holiday” report.  This marks the 11th straight time the two stations have placed first and second, but in light of WCBS-FM’s +.6 to 6.7 (6+) in tandem with WLTW’s -.2 to 6.8, the lead is reduced to the bare minimum of one-tenth. Meanwhile, for the third successive month, urban AC WBLS gains three tenths as “Your #1 Source for R&B” climbs from 5.9 (May) to 6.2 (#3), its best 6+-stat since last August (6.3). The Yucaipa Companies‘ property is just six-tenths behind “Lite-FM.”

Los Angeles — For the sixth month in a row, Clear Channel cluster mates KBIG (hot AC “My FM”) and KIIS (CHR “Kiss-FM”) have either taken turns at #1 and #2 or finished at a tie for the top.  This time it is the latter, as each remains flat at 5.6 (6+). Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KLAX adds four-tenths to 3.3 (#11 6+, up from #12 in May) and gains ground on Univision-owned format rival KSCA (3.7 – 3.6, #8).

Chicago — MLB’s All-Star game will be played next week, signaling the (slightly more than) halfway point of the season.  In case you haven’t been following the NL Central race, the Cubs are – to be kind – a long shot to be this year’s division winner.  So why would its longtime flagship, WGN, post a massive +1.0 (May – June)? Simple – the Tribune-owned outlet is the flagship of the NHL’s Blackhawks as well, and during the June monthly, the team was on its way to winning Lord Stanley’s Cup.  WGN’s 5.3 (#3) is its most potent 6+ figure since February 2012 (5.4).  Chicago captured the Cup on June 24, five days into the July sweep, so WGN figures to do particularly well that first week.

Dallas — Included in a three-way tie at #2 (with 4.8 shares, 6+) are Cumulus country KPLX (“The Wolf,” +.3 from May); Salem contemporary Christian KLTY (-.7); and Univision regional Mexican KLNO (-.1). The trio, however, trails Clear Channel CHR frontrunner KHKS (“Kiss-FM,” +.3) by three full shares. Service Broadcasting urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B” picks up one-half share (2.8 – 3.3, #12).

Houston — Market dominant KBXX “The Box” adds seven tenths and remains #1 for the sixth straight month.  The 8.6 it now possesses is the Radio One rhythmic CHR’s highest 6+-stat since last July’s 8.7.  CBS Radio‘s KKHH (“Hot 95-7,” +.5) catches Cumulus foe KRBE (-.2) at #10; each CHR outlet has a 3.5 (6+).

Philadelphia — Notching 6+ half-share advances are Greater Media classic rock WMGK (4.7 – 5.2, #6); Clear Channel urban contemporary WUSL (“Power 99,” 4.0 – 4.5, #9); and public outlet WHYY (2.0 – 2.5, #16).  Clear Channel-owned properties occupy the #7 through #11 slots.

AtlantaCox Media Group operates the #3, #4, #5, and #6 outlets. That includes classic hits WSRV “The River” which enjoys a huge +1.3 spike to 6.5, which represents the first time that the station has crossed the six-share threshold in its PPM history.  Just three-tenths of a share separates the top four stations.

Long Island — New York City all-news station WINS ends a mini slump (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.5, February – May, 6+) with a +.7 to 3.2, placing it as part of a three-way tie at #11.

San JoseUnivision Spanish adult hits KBRG “Recuerdo” more than makes up for its one-share (5.9 – 4.9) April – May decline with a +1.2 to 6.1.  In the process, it not only jumps from #5 (May) to #1 but posts its highest (published) 6+ stat since February 2012′s 6.7.  Meanwhile, co-owned Spanish contemporary KVVF “Latino Mix” jumps seven-tenths (3.4 – 4.1) and finishes seventh.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union — After registering four straight initial up trends (0.0 – 0.4 – 1.0 – 1.8 – 2.2), WNSH “Nash” dipped four-tenths to 1.8 in May.  Any thought that the Cumulus Media country newcomer had leveled off though was emphatically erased when it made the strongest (6+) May – June improvement (+1.5 to 3.3) of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released on Tuesday.

siriusxmSiriusXM Moves Past 25 Million Subscriber Mark.  SiriusXM Radio announces it has added 715,000 net new subscribers in the second quarter, and that brings its total subscriber number to more than 25 million.  The satcaster cites strong automotive sales for helping drive 15% growth in net additions over the second meyerjimquarter of 2012 and setting “a post-merger record for quarterly net subscriber additions.”  As a result, SiriusXM is raising full-year guidance for total net subscriber additions to 1.5 million from its previous guidance of 1.4 million.  Company CEO Jim Meyer states, “The new subscriber additions in the quarter have helped SiriusXM reach an exciting new milestone that reflects the popularity and reach of SiriusXM programming and services.  The quarterly results bolster SiriusXM’s leadership position in a dynamic audio entertainment marketplace as we continue our trend of strong, profitable growth.  Additionally, we are raising 2013 subscriber guidance to 1.5 million net additions based on our record performance in the quarter.”  Also, the company reiterated its existing 2013 guidance for 1.6 million self-pay net subscriber additions.

pandoralogoPandora Reports Decline in Listening Hours in June.  The digital music pure-play reports listening hours were 1.25 billion in June – down from 1.35 billion in May but up from 1.08 billion in June of 2012.  The decline in listening hours from last month is being attributed to the effect of the monthly cap on mobile listening as well as typical seasonal listening fluctuation.  The monthly cap on listening has been responsible for keeping listening hours down but was installed to keep Pandora’s royalty payments down.  In yesterday’s release, Pandora also reports that its share of total U.S. radio listening for June was 7.04% — an increase from 5.98% at the same time last year.  Additionally, active listeners were 71.1 million at the end of June 2013, an increase of 30% from 54.5 million during the same time period last year.

westergrentimPandora Needs to Fix its PR Problem.  That’s the opinion of not only The Verge’s Greg Sandoval, but a number of industry insiders who are quoted in Sandoval’s piece.  It’s always fashionable to bash the big dog and music business companies have a history of being viewed with suspicion by artists and musicians – with good reason.  History is replete with tales of corporations ripping off artists.  But some believe Pandora will ultimately be successful even as it struggles through a tough period both financially and from a public relations perspective.  Read Greg Sandoval’s thought provoking piece here.

freebeerCompass Media Networks’ ‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ Morning Show Renews with Flagship WGRD, Grand Rapids.  Townsquare Media’s rock WGRD, Grand Rapids announces it has struck a new deal with the nationally syndicated young male-targeted “Free Beer & Hot Wings” morning drive show hosted by Gregg “Free Beer” Daniels, Chris “Hot Wings” Michels, and Eric Zane.  The new deal keeps the program on the station through 2018.  Townsquare Grand Rapids vice president/general manager Russ Hines tells MLive.com, “Gregg, Chris and Eric continue to entertain and grow their audience every day and amuse their listeners with quality humorous content.  Their decision to stay in West Michigan and continue to raise their families here is another indication of what makes Grand Rapids special.”

fifty & five logoGary Landis Named Director of Client Relations at Fifty & Five.  Former Westwood One vice president and longtime media consultant Gary Landis joins Fifty & Five as director of client relations.  Based in Redondo Beach, California, Fifty & Five is a four-year-old firm that landisgaryspecializes in social media marketing for brands, products and services including the radio industry.  Speaking about his new opportunity, Landis states, “With over 40 years of national broadcasting experience behind me, I am looking forward to working with CEO Lucas Vandenberg and EVP of client relations Peter Evans, plus the most incredible team of social media talent on the planet.  This is not your mother’s social media agency.  Beyond what is being done by every radio station today, there are new ways to employ social media that can profoundly impact the bottom line.”  Peter Evans says, “With Gary’s diverse experience and expertise in the broadcast media, we can only anticipate great things from him in the coming months and years.” Landis can be reached at 612-581-7581 or by e-mail at gary@fiftyandfive.com

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

| February 13, 2013

robbins entertainmentClear 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.”

coxmediagroupCox 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.”

fennelledwinEddie 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.”

mcguirededeMorning 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.

houseofcardsRadio 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.

bluessoundddesignDial 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 KerberDial 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.”