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Clear Channel Works Out Deal with Wind-up Records. This is the eighth such agreement between Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and a recording industry firm. CC announces its new deal with Wind-up Records – one of the largest independently-owned record labels – that will mean the companies share both digital and broadcast radio revenue streams. Wind-up was founded in 1997 and has successfully launched a number of multi-platinum rock artists, including: Evanescence, Creed, Finger Eleven, and Seether, and has further built the careers of Five for Fighting, O.A.R. and The Darkness, among others. Wind-up has garnered seven multi-platinum albums, including Creed’s diamond-certified Human Clay, and seven gold albums. Earlier this year, Wind-up signed Filter, whose sixth album, “The Sun Comes Out Tonight,” is scheduled for release June 4, 2013. In addition to these marquee acts, Wind-up has scouted and developed several award-winning emerging artists, such as Civil Twilight, Young Guns, The Virginmarys, Aranda and Jillette Johnson. Speaking about the deal, Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman states, “Wind-up has an impressive roster of established and up-and-coming artists, due in large measure to its collaborative, supportive artist development process, and we’re excited to partner with them. This agreement demonstrates that market-based solutions can enhance the future growth of digital radio — and benefit artists, labels, and listeners as well.” CC’s other similar deals are with Big Machine Label Group, Glassnote Entertainment Group, Dualtone, DashGo, rpm Entertainment, Robbins Entertainment, and Naxos.
Consultant Gary Berkowitz Says Just Being “Local” Isn’t Enough. According to noted AC radio consultant Gary Berkowitz some radio folks think that being “local” is their salvation. He shares a story with RadioInfo that he claims “might change their minds.” The story goes as follows: “I was in one of my smaller markets last week. One of the stations in the cluster is a Class A CHR. Their competition is a 100kw Clear Channel Premium Choice CHR that not only sounds pretty good but also runs the syndicated ‘Dave & Jimmy‘ morning show. I do not work for the CHR, (I’m the AC guy) but the station owner knows me and knows that I always have an opinion (laughs). He asked how I thought his station sounded. I told him it was ‘just ok.’ He knows that ‘just ok’ from me means I think they stink! It lacked ‘differentiation’ from the other CHR and also played a lot of unfamiliar music. Most important, the new morning guy they hired was boring. My owner was not happy with my response and quickly told me that ‘we just hired this local morning guy to talk about local events and happenings to combat their syndicated show.’” Berkowitz continues, “If you have not heard the Dave & Jimmy morning show, take my word. They are good. Very good. They have a large production team working on it every day. The show moves, has high energy, and is in touch with what’s happening. Most important, Dave & Jimmy are TALENTED. My client’s guy is local but he is boring. No excitement. No entertainment. No talent.” So what’s the point? Berkowitz says, “Being local is not enough. Better talent and content always wins out. For my client, it means his local morning show will most likely never beat Dave & Jimmy.” Berkowitz sums it up: “Just imagine what would happen if a TV station put a ‘local’ guy on opposite Jimmy Kimmel. Yeah, he’d be local, but viewers would still choose Kimmel ’cause he’s so likable, funny and TALENTED.” Reacting to the story, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison adds, “Berkowitz makes a good point when he says local alone is not enough to win and he is correct – however, our research and experience indicates that when you have a situation in which equally talented hosts or DJs are pitted against each other – a local versus syndicated – the local will invariably come out on top. Considering how much mediocre syndication presently exists and how many really good local hosts are out of work, this is not that difficult a recipe to follow.”
Do Urban Stations Playing Rick Ross’ “U.O.E.N.O” Face Public Backlash? If the Parents Television Council – and several other organizations concerned about song lyrics – has its way, Clear Channel’s hip hop WWPR, New York “Power 105.1” will lose its license for airing a song that implies drug-assisted date rape. That’s not going to happen since the FCC has no history of pulling licenses over song lyrics. However, it’s clear that the PTC would like to see public fury over decisions by radio station programmers to air such songs. The lyrics in question are: “Put molly all in her champagne. She ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that. She ain’t even know it.” Rick Ross has offered a convoluted apology and said the lyrics have been misinterpreted. At the time of this writing, it’s not clear if “Power 105.1” and others have pulled the song. Obviously, rap lyrics have – from time to time – been examined and criticized in the media but that almost always comes from the perspective of those who aren’t regular consumers of the genre. As stated earlier, there’s no precedent for regulatory action on matters such as these, but the incident certainly serves to shine a light on some of the more controversy-stirring content that the hip hop format can produce and may cause the industry to reflect and check itself to avoid bad PR in the future.
2013 NAB Show: “Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Media & Entertainment.” Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports that “change” is certainly the name of the game in Las Vegas this week as radio broadcasters gather to talk about their medium and its integration into the fast-changing, bigger picture that is the world of information and entertainment. Holland reports on numerous sessions he attended dealing with such issues as the changing face of sales as it applies to markets of all sizes; the technical limitations of the AM band; AM/FM radio’s future in the car dashboard; and the opening keynote by NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith. Read Holland’s column here.
‘Country Gold with Rowdy Yates’ Returns to Syndication. The revived program will be available to affiliates beginning April 20 via syndicator Focus 360. Nine months ago, Dial Global consolidated its country programming and the “Country Gold Saturday Night” show ended. Now, a new five-hour weekend request show surfaces titled “The Original Country Gold with Rowdy Yates” featuring music from “Urban Cowboy” to “Hot Country.” Each hour provides country hits from the mid-70s to the mid-90s. Focus 360 vice president of affiliate sales and programming Todd Alan states, “Rowdy’s high energy and upbeat presentation drive appointment listening. For thousands of listeners across the country, ‘The Original Country Gold with Rowdy Yates’ is a weekend institution, and we are proud to offer it to our affiliate radio stations.” Yates, the 2013 Academy of Country Music Award radio winner and a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, says, “I am very excited to be back hosting ‘The Original Country Gold’ and about my new association with Focus 360. Their understanding of the importance of my relationship with listeners and how to maximize that for advertisers is essential for the success of our affiliate radio stations and our advertisers. I am looking forward to working with them.” Focus 360 VP/advertising sales Dick Silipigni says, “Rowdy’s reputation for creating fun radio has made him one of country radio’s most popular personalities. Our national advertisers can deliver their message and connect with listeners in a highly receptive environment that triggers audience engagement.”
WKRL, Syracuse “K-Rock 100.9, 106.5” Announces Lineup for “Dysfunctional Family BBQ 7.” One of the nation’s most promotionally minded modern/alternative rock stations, Galaxy Communications‘ WKRL “K-Rock” announces that one of its annual signature events, “K-Rock’s Dysfunctional Family BBQ 7 (DFB)” moves to the Oswego Speedway this year and will be held on May 18. The 2013 lineup includes: Volbeat, 10 Years, Big Wreck, Wayland, Surrender The Fall and Eye Empire. The traditional concert is known for providing outstanding talent at affordable ticket prices. A limited number of early bird tickets will be available for $10. Ticket prices go up to $20 for regular pre-sale tickets. ‘K-Rock’ brand manager and morning show co-host Hunter tells RadioInfo, “DFB is back with the best lineup in Dysfunctional Family BBQ history. Volbeat and 10 Years create an amazing lineup and I’m excited to kick off the concert season with such respected artists. ‘K-Rock’ continues bringing the best live entertainment to Central New York at an affordable ticket price. ‘K-Rock’ also salutes our military personnel with $5 off regular pre-sale tickets with your ID. Thanks to the men and women in our military. We look forward to throwing a huge party May 18th.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Clear Channel AC WASH, Washington, DC, names Chilli Amar co-host of the morning drive show with Loo Katz. Amar joins Katz beginning April 16. Program director Bill Cahill says of the native Washingtonian, “Chilli has an amazing track record of communicating with adult listeners both on air and online. We look forward to having her join Loo in the mornings on WASH.” Amar previously served at Cumulus Media’s crosstown classic rock “The Edge 105.9.”…..Triton Digital promotes Benjamin Masse to vice president and general manager for its a2x audio advertising exchange platform. He’ll be responsible for leading strategy, partner recruitment, and product development. Previously, he’d served as the product line director for Triton’s digital content monetization and programmatic advertising products…..A death in the family brings changes to Magic Broadcasting’s CHR WILN, Panama City, Florida “Island 106” as husband and wife morning team Davin and Ana exit after the passing of Davin’s father in Oklahoma. They intend to bring their program to the internet in the future. Meanwhile, PM drive hosts Miguel & Mandy move into the AM drive slot…..Downsizing at Press Communications‘ Monmouth-Ocean, New Jersey operations see four staffers out. Afternoon drive host Mike Fitzgerald; AC WWZY, Long Branch “The Breeze” morning host Randy Davis; news director Al Brooks; and evening personality Shelli Cole all exit. Cole tells RadioInfo the company fired her over the phone. Ouch!…..Chris Gilbreth joins Gateway Creative Broadcasting’s Christian contemporary KLJY, St. Louis for the afternoon drive slot. He’s also slated to program a new station set to debut in early May.