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KLOS 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 drive 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.
Cox 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.”
Arbitron’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 here. RadioInfo 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.
• Atlanta — Cox 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 Jose — Univision 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.
SiriusXM 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 quarter 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.
Pandora 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.
Pandora 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.
Compass 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.”
Gary 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 specializes 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
By Chris Miller
Chris Miller Digital
SHAKER HEIGHTS — It may not cost you a dime when your radio station is Tweeting and Facebooking and YouTubing. However, I’ll bet social media is a major ongoing project for some people at your station. It’s probably costing you plenty of hours from your programming or promotions department. Seems to me you’d want return on that investment.
Is there a possible return on investment from your social media efforts? Maybe not the way you’re doing it right now. The way to change that is to think of it as “The New PR.”