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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

| March 20, 2013

ppmunitSecond Round of Arbitron PPM Data for February Released.  The February 2013 PPM data is out for markets including: Washington, DC; Boston, Detroit; Miami; Seattle; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.  You can view the market reports from Arbitron here.  Below, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian reports these ‘Ten Takeaways’ from the February PPMs:

• Washington, DC’s urban AC tussle finds WHUR down one-tenth (5.4, #5) and WMMJ “Majic 102.3″ gaining nine-tenths (4.7, #6)

• Good news/bad news at Boston’s WBZ: news/talk WBZ-AM gains 1.5 shares (#2) although WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” tumbles nearly as much (-1.4, #9)

• CBS Radio, Detroit repeats its trifecta at #1 (news WWJ, +.7), #2 (classic hits WOMC, +.3) and #3 (country WYCD, -.2)

• Up one full share, Miami hot AC WMIA catches Spanish contemporary WMGE (-.9) at #8

• Seattle country outlets KKWF “The Wolf,” (+.3) and KMPS (+.8) are tied with rock KISW (+.2) at #8 (4.1)

• After registering a 3.3 in three of the last four monthlies, Phoenix regional Mexican KHOT “La Nueva 105.9″ zooms to 4.3 (#5)

• Contemporary Christian KTIS gains six-tenths (8.0) and is one-half share behind Twin Cities’ market leader CHR KDWB (+.1)

• Not only does Denver’s KTCL “Channel 93.3″ post its third successive up trend (4.3 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 6.0, the alternative outlet is #1 for the first time since PPM became currency there (July 2009)

• It is a mixed bag for Baltimore stations with “Z” in the calls: Rhythmic CHR WZFT “Z104″ and classic rock WZBA “The Bay” are +1.0 (#6) and +.9 (#7), respectively, but sports WJZ-FM is -1.3 (#7)

• After a -1.7 “Holiday” – January slide, St. Louis’ KLOU “Oldies 103.3″ regains nine-tenths to 6.5 (#2)

raytomABIP:  Being Prepared for an FCC Inspection.  RadioInfo technical editor Tom Ray says there is help for most broadcasters in preparing for – and in most cases avoiding – an FCC inspection.  And it’s not about getting away with anything, it’s about finding possible violations before they become FCC violations.  Ray writes about the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program, “Just about every State Broadcaster’s Association runs an ABIP program.  For a nominal fee, the Association will send an inspector in to run your station through an FCC-type inspection.  The good news is, we’re not the FCC.  If we find something amiss, you have the opportunity to fix it.”  Ray continues, “When the [ABIP] certificate is issued, the local FCC office is informed that your station(s) have passed the ABIP inspection.  The FCC will then stay away from your facility for three years when they are going around doing routine inspections.  The inspection immunity does not count if they show up on a complaint, or if they are going around checking a specific item, like EAS compliance or tower lights.”  Find out more about the ABIP in Tom Ray’s most recent column here.

nab logoMore Than 100 Members of Congress Oppose Local Radio Tax.  The National Association of Broadcasters reports that two more U.S. Senators and a bipartisan group of more than two dozen additional House Members now oppose “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations.  The NAB says this means the Local Radio Freedom Act is now currently co-sponsored by 105 members of the House and four Senators.  Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) are the latest lawmakers to sign onto its companion resolution in the Senate.  NAB EVP of communications Dennis Wharton states, “Local radio stations continue to provide record labels and artists an unparalleled platform to promote music.  NAB is pleased so many lawmakers appreciate this partnership and stand opposed to any onerous new fees that would threaten the economic future of America’s hometown radio stations.”  The NAB also points to the recent deals between broadcast corporations and record labels as making any legislation unnecessary.

dinetzjeffJeff Dinetz Exits Lincoln Financial Media Miami.  The senior vice president and market manager at Lincoln Financial Media’s Miami cluster had been there for the past year and half, overseeing AC WLYF, classic hits WMXJ and sports talk WAXY.  Now, Jeff Dinetz leaves the operations and LFM San Diego SVP and GM Rick Jackson will help at the Miami cluster while a new manager is sought.  Dinetz had been the president and COO of NextMedia’s Radio and Interactive Divisions prior to joining LFM.

reevesjulieCountry WDGG, Huntington, West Virginia Hires Country Artist Julie Reeves for AM Drive.  Julie Reeves released her “It’s About Time” record on Virgin Records back in 1999 and it produced two charting songs:  “Trouble Is a Woman” and “What I Need.”  Now, after settling down to raise a family, Reeves gets back into the entertainment business on Kindred Communications’ WDGG, Huntington “The Dawg.”  She’ll work with Chuck Black and producer Derek Levine on the show.  She says, “Having the opportunity to work for a locally owned broadcaster in my hometown is a dream come true.  For the first time, my son and daughter will be able to enjoy their mom as she works.  I don’t want it any other way.”

scottalishaMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Alisha Scott returns to Cumulus Media’s country KATC, Colorado Springs “Cat country 95.1” to work the morning show with Cutter…..Scott Roddy takes on the brand manager position at Saga Communnications’ Cascade Radio Group in Bellingham, Washington where he’ll oversee AC KAFE “Today’s Soft Rock.”  Roddy comes to Saga from Entercom’s adult hits WNTR and news/talk WXNT, Indianapolis.  Saga EVP Steve Goldstein says, “We’ve tried to get Scott into our company before.  I’m delighted that he’s joining the excellent staff at KAFE.”

Broadcasters Seeking Input in Ithaca Radio History.  As CBS News Radio correspondent Peter King notes, a number of the radio business’ successful talent got their start working at radio stations in Ithaca, New York.  King, in association with his brother Rick Sommers – former WLTW, New York staffer and currently broadcast liaison for the New York Local of SAG-AFTRA – are gathering material to chronicle the history of radio in Ithaca New York.  He tells RadioInfo, “We both got our professional starts as students at Ithaca College (and WICB-AM/FM), and later, WTKO, and the litany of talent that came through town is amazing – not just at WICB and WTKO  — but WVBR, WHCU and later, the FMs that began broadcasting there!”  King says this labor of love could use some help from other broadcasters who’ve worked in the market.  They are looking for cans of photos, memorabilia, sales material, promotional items, etc.  Anyone wishing to help can contact the project via email at  ithacaradioproject@gmail.com.  Rick Sommers can be contacted directly at rick.sommers@sagaftra.org .

crs2014Agenda Committee Applications Being Accepted for CRS 2014.  Country Radio Seminar announces that this year’s agenda committee are re-elected members: Annie Sandor of Curb Records serving as chairman, alongside Jeff Green of Stone Lab Media and John Trapane of Capitol Nashville as vice chairs.  But agenda committee seats are open and applications are being sought and accepted through Friday, April 15. The CRS Agenda Committee is comprised of volunteer professionals from all areas of the country radio and record industries.  The committee is responsible for planning events for the upcoming year’s Country Radio Seminar.  Prospective applicants must be available to attend agenda meetings in Nashville on June 19 and 20, 2013 and are expected to attend panels and meetings at CRS 2014, held February 19 – 21, 2014.  Please direct agenda committee inquiries to Sheree Latham at (615) 329-4492 or Sheree@CRB.org.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

| September 25, 2012

Lincoln Financial Media SD Cluster Moving in Positive Direction under Senior VP/GM Rick Jackson.  San Diego and Rick Jackson seem quite suited for each other.  Since moving from Charlotte, NC (where he managed Lincoln Financial Media’s cluster) three years ago to running the company’s group in “America’s Finest City,” the SoCal stations have experienced positive traction.  Lincoln Financial’s country KSON-FM just picked up a Marconi Award as 2012’s Best Country station in addition to maintaining the top market spot in the Arbitron ratings.  The cluster’s other outlets – smooth jazz KIFM and rocker KBZT have made positive moves in negotiating the challenges facing each in a PPM world and a crowded marketplace respectively.  On top of that Jackson is enjoying an alternate career as a country radio personality as host and producer of the nationally syndicated United Stations Radio Networks show, “Rick Jackson’s Country Classics.”  RadioInfo managing editor/west coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian caught up with Jackson and presents an in-depth profile of the man and his stations.  To see this must-read special feature, click here.

Detailed Overview of Country Radio August PPM Rankings Reveals Widespread Success of Format.  More than 70 country outlets appear in a comprehensive report published today researched and organized by RadioInfo managing editor/west coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian. At least one qualifying country station can be found in 91.6% of Arbitron‘s 48 PPM markets (the lone exceptions are New York City, San Francisco, Long Island, and Middlesex).  To read this extensive ratings report click here.

WLS, Chicago’s Don Wade to Undergo Brain Surgery.  The morning duo of Don Wade and his wife Roma have been off the air at Cumulus Media’s WLS, Chicago for the past week and now Chicagoans know why.  The 71-year-old WLS AM drive host suffered a seizure on September 13 while in New York for his daughter’s wedding.  Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports Wade will have the surgery to remove a growth from his brain during an operation scheduled for this Thursday and the duo will remain off the air for the next four to six weeks.  In the meantime, late-morning hosts Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft will sub on the morning show and Jake Hartford and John Kaas will host the 9:00 am to 11:00 am program.

Y100 Adds Bobby Bones.  Nationally syndicated CHR morning show Bobby Bones is named the morning program at Clear Channel’s WZJZ, Ft. Myers, Florida.  The program is distributed by Premiere Networks. Sherri Griswold is market manager for CC’s Ft. Myers, Naples, Punta Gorda cluster that includes “Y100” and she says, “Bobby and his team have proven they can win in multiple markets and competitive environments.  The Bobby Bones show is a great fit for our target audience and the topicality of its content is unparalleled – it’s the perfect addition to our talent lineup as we continue building Southwest Florida’s next great radio station, Y100!”

Classic Rock KSEG, Sacramento Names Walt Gray Morning Host.  Walt Gray has been anchoring news and sports at KCRA-TV, Sacramento for the past 25 years but he’ll soon return to his radio roots as host of the morning show on Entercom’s “96.6 The Eagle.”  Working with Gray on the show will be Kat Maudru, who’s been with the station for 22 years.  Gray’s new show is replacing the Mark & Brian show that ended with the retirement from KLOS, Los Angeles of the syndicated duo.  The new program debuts on October 22.

More RadioInfo Career Moves…..Kevin Peterson is promoted to operations manager at Cumulus Media’s Pensacola, Florida cluster that includes AC WMEZ (which he’s been programming), urban AC WRRX, country WXBM and news/talk WCOA-AM/FM…..At Clear Channel’s Jackson, Mississippi cluster, Steve Kelly exits the director of programming and operations position.  He’d been with the cluster since 2003.

More Staff Layoffs at Merlin Media’s Chicago Offices.  According to a report in Chicagoland Radio and Media, Merlin Media let go of most of the rest of its off-air staff that had been working at WIQI “FM News 101.1” prior to its return to a music format in July.  The site reports writers, reporters and producers Brad Robinson, Safa Eshmawy, Sarah Engel, James Edwards, Michael Cronin, Megan Buckley, Shannon Beverly and Shannon Ward were all released from their positions on Friday, September 21.

Three Steps to Digital Power.  Digital media consultant Chris Miller says that part of radio’s beauty is that it is the original targeted medium and radio brands can use their digital components to even further capitalize on the value of radio’s targeted nature.  Miller states, “Having digital inventory to sell on our streams and websites only makes us a stronger business partner for clients who want to hyper-focus their message.”  But Miller believes there are three steps stations should follow to effectively work the digital medium: build for it, commit to it, and train for it.  Read Miller’s entire piece here.

NBC Radio’s “Miss Monitor” Dies at 89.  Dorothy Ruth “Tedi” Thurman passed away in Palm Springs, California at age 89 on Saturday, September 22.  Thurman was a model who came to fame as the sultry “Miss Monitor” on the old NBC Radio Network.  She held that position doing the weather from 1957 to 1961.  She also was featured as the weather girl on “The Tonight Show” with Jack Paar beginning in 1957.

Hubbard St. Louis Cluster Supports Small Business and Not-For-Profit Organizations. In a highly publicized promotion that has drawn much attention, Hubbard St. Louis Radio Group’s country 92.3 WIL and WARH (106.5 The Arch) announce the local St. Louis area winners of the U.S. Bank “Your Business is Unique to US” program – a grassroots effort that supports and recognizes small businesses and not-for-profit organizations across the country.  The overall St. Louis business winner is Joanie’s Pizzeria – with locations in Soulard and South County. They will receive a $5,000 advertising package to promote their business on 92.3 WIL and 106.5 The Arch, courtesy of U.S. Bank, plus a 1 ½ minute video that will air on the WIL and ARCH websites.  In addition, Joanie’s received a companion $5,000 advertising package to donate to their favorite charity – the Missouri Chapter of the Children’s Heart Foundation. Through the “Your Business is Unique to US” program, U.S. Bank is recognizing local companies and their employees who are making their communities a better place to work and live.  Approximately 85 small businesses in the St. Louis metro area applied for the recognition program. 92.3 WIL and 106.5 The Arch, are the exclusive radio stations in St. Louis to partner with U.S. Bank in this project.

Attorney Greg Skall to Address Best Practices for Radio and Internet Broadcasters on Conclave Webinar. While terrestrial radio, podcasts, or internet streams are not regulated in the same manner, there are common “best practices” that can not only help guide you to success, but protect you from legal exposure and expensive litigation.  Gregg Skall of the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice is an expert in broadcasting rules/regulations, and is the featured presenter for the Conclave’s next webinar, “The Rules of Radio, Part 4” this Thursday September 27, beginning at 3:00 pm ET. Mr. Skall will go beyond the FCC and alert broadcasters to areas of concern at other agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission, and potential pitfalls for you in their regulations. During this extended 90 minute webinar, Mr. Skall will cover the concepts of sponsorship issues including sponsor ID rules, the practice of product placement, what is payola/plugola, and in this politically charged year candidate/issue advertising liability. Focusing on programming, Mr. Skall will discuss the basic and updated rules regarding obscenity and indecency, the transmission of hoaxes, usage of telephone calls in programs and shows, and will review the rules regarding endorsements and testimonials. Conclave webinars are always free of charge, however preregistration is required via the Conclave’s website at www.theconclave.com. Conclave webinars are produced and hosted by Conclave board of directors member Jay Philpott, air talent at Hubbard Radio’s WARH (106.5 The Arch), St. Louis.

Errata: Clarification to Story published Wed., Sept 19 in RadioInfo.com: Last week the FCC approved the assignment of licenses for WWEG-FM and WAFY-FM, Myersville and Middletown, Maryland respectively from Nassau Broadcasting III, LLC Debtor-in-Possession to Manning Broadcasting, Inc. Manning filed a breach of contract suit in Maryland U.S. District Court and received a judgment against Nassau in August for approximately $2.5 million for an unpaid portion of a promissory note signed at the time of the sale in 2005.  Our original story incorrectly stated the purchase price was $3.5, which was the full amount of the original promissory note.  The story is corrected to make clear that the note reflected only a portion of the original purchase price for the two stations.

FCC Actions.  The Commission approves the assignment of WPJF-AM, Greenville, South Carolina, from Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corp., to Iglesia Nueva Vida of High Point….The FCC grants assignment of WHCF-FM, Bangor, and WHMX-FM, Lincoln, Maine from Bangor Baptist Church to Lighthouse Radio Network, Inc. Also FM translators for those stations in Presque Isle, Ellsworth, Orono, Hodgdon and Calais, all Maine, from Bangor Baptist to Lighthouse….The Commission grants license tranfer for WQSE-AM, White Bluff, Tennessee, and WVRY-FM, Waverly, Tennessee, from Grace Broadcasting Services, Inc., to JWL Communications, LLC….The Commission approves the transfer of KKBO-FM, Flasher, North Dakota, from Connoisseur Media of Bismarck, LLC to Radio Bismarck Mandan, LLC….FCC grants approval of transfer for WHJK-FM, La Porte, Texas, from AR Licensing, LLC to Educational Media Foundation….The Commission approves original construction permits for a new FM to Valleydale Broadcasting of Vaiden, Mississippi, an Auction 91 application, and to Redwood Empire Stereocasters for a new Auction 93 FM at Guerneville, California.

Radio Top Performers on Wall Street.  With the market off slightly, these broadcasters were the top gainers Monday: Beasley Broadcast Group (+4.84%), Salem Communications (+3.91%), Pandora Media (+3.71%), Spanish Broadcasting (+3.41%) and Saga Communications (+1.95%).

JackSON Making His Mark in SD

| September 25, 2012

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

SAN DIEGO — Americans this past Sunday (9-23) were transfixed to their television sets as they watched stars in Los Angeles heap praise on each other during the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted Emmy awards.

Several nights earlier in Dallas though (Thursday, 9-20), the radio community had a similar presentation as Marconi statuettes were bestowed to worthy recipients as part of the NAB Radio Show.

Five deserving outlets, for example, competed in the “Large Market Station of the Year” category.

Lincoln Financial Media’s Denver rhythmic CHR “KS107-5″ is “#1 for Today’s Hottest Music,” while Hubbard hot AC “Q102″ plays “Cincinnati’s Hit Music, 1990s & Now.”

They were two of the quintet of nominees for the “Large Market Station of the Year” trophy. Read More