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Comedian Sheryl Underwood to Host Afternoons at Hip Hop ‘The Juice FM 107.3’ in Toledo. Welch Communications announces comedian, “The Talk” cast member and Steve Harvey show contributor Sheryl Underwood will begin hosting the drive time radio show “Sheryl Underwood in the Afternoon” on its hip hop outlet WJUC, Toledo “The Juice FM 107.3” August 2 in what sounds like the beginning of a syndication effort. The station says in a statement, “Sheryl and the crew, broadcasting from ‘The Juice’ studios, will be live the entire month of August, putting their particular spin on the topics people are talking about…According to Sheryl the show fits right in to the taping schedule for ‘The Talk,’ which she co-hosts on CBS Television, and her philanthropic endeavors.” Underwood comments, “I am excited and proud to be working in Toledo, especially at this station. I feel like I’ve got new friends and a new family. I’m looking forward to being on the radio again. I’ve wanted to do this for a while. I believe that there is room on the radio for diverse voices. The radio experiences that I had with the ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show,’ and hosting ‘The Sheryl Underwood Show’ on Jamie Foxx’s ‘The Foxxhole’ (on SiriusXM) as well as my current role as a contributor on ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show,’ have brought me to this place.” The press release goes on to say, “Underwood, along with her ‘Super Producer,’ will lead an on-air cast that includes the talented comedian Kyle Erby and The Juice’s own Tisha Lee and Charlie Mack.”
Get Credit for Your Hard Work, Audit Your PPM Encoding. Bonneville Seattle creative director Chris Pendl writes in this RadioInfo column that it’s a very wise move to take the time to audit your PPM encoding ASAP. Pendl says, “With radio audiences fragmented on different distribution platforms, it’s important to confirm all of our published content has the proper encoding to receive listening credit. Regardless if you’re simulcasting commercials on your digital platforms, if you’re not using PPM-encoded audio to distribute content you’re missing out.” In this must-read piece targeted to programmers, Pendl details why this is so important and provides a step-by-step plan for working with the good folks at Arbitron to make sure your PPM encoding is up to snuff. Read his entire column here.
The Conclave Is Off and Running in Minneapolis. The nation’s longest-running national radio conference is in full swing in Minneapolis. Conclave 38 featured a multi-dimensional, all-afternoon presentation yesterday (7/17) by Fred Jacobs‘ Jacobs Media titled “Jacobs Media Summer School.” This morning (7/18), RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison delivered the keynote (pictured here). In it he addressed the future role of talent as radio continues to evolve and adapt itself to the new digital era. He drew applause when he stated that music radio must bring back the active disc jockey and reclaim ownership of the music culture – just as news/talk radio has claimed ownership of the political culture and sports talk radio has claimed ownership of the sports culture – in order to survive. Look for extensive coverage of the three-day event including a video of Harrison’s speech shortly in RadioInfo.
Management Re-Alignment at Entercom Sacramento Eliminates Curtiss Johnson’s Station Manager Position. The management at Entercom’s Sacramento cluster announced to staffers that 18-year programmer Curtiss Johnson’s position is being eliminated and he’ll exit the stations Friday. Vice president and market manager Sean Shannon stated in a memo, “I regret to announce that as part of re-engineering our programming department, Curtiss Johnson’s station manager position will be eliminated. Curtiss will be assisting with the transition through this Friday, July 19.” As part of the transition, classic rock KSEG “Eagle 96.9” assistant PD Brian Lopez is taking over the PD role there and will also be responsible for sports talk KCTC (the simulcast of KNBR, San Francisco). Johnson says in a statement, “It was an incredibly successful 18 years in Sacramento as brand manager for KRXQ, KWOD and KSEG professionally. But the part I will cherish and miss the most is the people I worked with. So many will be friends for life. Entercom Sacramento is a special place with a chemistry in the building that few places in the radio industry can match.”
Entercom Boston Snags Andrew Kaiser for Imaging Director at Rock WAAF. Andrew Kaiser is leaving his role at Red Wolf Broadcasting’s alternative WMRQ, Waterbury/Hartford “Radio 104” to join Entercom’s rock WAAF, Boston effective August 5. WAAF program director Ron Valeri states, “Andrew’s high energy, passion for his craft and creative ideas will make an immediate, material difference for the WAAF on-air and online brands.” WAAF says Kaiser brings a wealth of industry experience from his time at ‘Radio 104’ where he served as both creative services director as well as morning drive and evening host of the alternative format station. Kaiser’s duties with the station will include the audio production of the creative elements, adding his spin to the overall sound of WAAF. Kaiser says, “WAAF is one of the great rock stations in the country and to say I’m excited about this opportunity would be a massive understatement. I’m looking forward to working with and achieving much success with my team at WAAF and my new colleagues at Entercom Boston.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Marcus D. Najera exits CBS Radio’s hot AC KLLC, San Francisco “Alice@97.3” where he’d been APD and afternoon host since 2008…..Clear Channel brings Josie Lane aboard to co-host the morning drive show with Dan McClain at country WDRM, Huntsville “Country 102.”…..Program director Picazzo Stevens leaves Cumulus Media’s hip hop KVYB, Santa Barbara, California “103.3 The Vibe.”
Midwest Communications Latest Company to Face Copyright Infringement Complaint. The bottom line for radio station website operators here is that if you didn’t take the picture, pay the copyright holder for the photo or receive it as a promotional photo from the copyright holder or owner, then you don’t have permission to use it and you may end up negotiating a settlement that will cost you money. That’s more than likely what Midwest Communications will end up doing after BWP Media filed a complaint in United States District Court Western District of Wisconsin alleging country WBFM, Sheboygan, Wisconsin “B93” posted a copyrighted photo on its website without permission. As is usual in these cases, BWP is seeking $150,000 per infringement but it will probably be settled out of court for much less and that will remain confidential. The photo in question was of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend in a bathing suit with the caption “Hugh Hefner’s Girlfriend Looks Like a Pregnant Barbie Doll.” Many station websites feature – or have in the past featured – these copyrighted photos and continued the practice because no complaint was filed. Now more than ever though, companies such as BWP Media are actively patrolling the web to catch violators in order to protect their property. Radio station digital brand managers must be vigilant in staying within the law.
Finding Radio Advertising Solutions. Radio is fighting for its piece of the American ad budget pie and numerous industry experts have been calling for better creative and better production in order to compete with the trend that is moving tremendous amounts of ad dollars to the digital frontier. In a piece published today (7/17), RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian offers a brief shout-out to a couple of the industry’s legendary creative talents and then spotlights Cumulus Media’s marketing initiative Sound Solutions. In this story he speaks with EVP/COO Jon Pinch and production manager Robin Marshall about how the company is using this division to woo advertisers to a medium that has a strong history of creating memorable spots that deliver results. Read his story here.
KLOS, Los Angeles Mega-Blood Drive Takes Place Next Week. The 32nd Annual KLOS Blood Drive, what’s being termed “the largest media blood drive event in the country,” has a renewed lifesaving purpose for 2013 – to beat back the crippling effects of the current summer blood shortage. The Cumulus Media station states that “once again, the American Red Cross and ‘95.5 KLOS’ are gearing up to rock Southern California’s airwaves and donor locations with a massive, five-day blood collection effort aimed at stabilizing the region’s seriously low blood supply for more than 160 hospitals. The five-day, twenty-site tour begins Tuesday, July 23, and wraps on Saturday, July 27. Rock lovers across the Southland are invited to donate at any of the blood drive locations throughout San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.” New PD Derek Madden will broadcast his show live from the Pomona site on Tuesday, July 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Gary Moore will be live in Upland on Thursday, July 25 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Greater Media Detroit Stations Present ‘Paws at The Hill.’ This multi-purpose pet-centered event takes place on Saturday, July 27 at Freedom Hill County Park where Greater Media’s Detroit stations classic rock WCSX, rock WRIF, and AC WMGC cooperate to present the daylong promotion that features entertainment, pet adoptions, education, shopping, food and beverages. Among the entertainment will be the Disc Dogs of Michigan High Flying Dog Show featuring World Champion Frisbee Dogs! Michigan Search and Rescue is primarily a missing person’s response team. Their dogs are trained to trail the scent of a specific person from their last known location. Dogs are also trained to look for any human scent. Michigan Search and Rescue teams will demonstrate how their hounds put their senses to work. Several location charities will be on site with over 200 cats and dogs available for adoption.
Country’s Doug Briney to Perform at Relay for Life Benefit. 2013 Independent Country Music Association award winner Doug Briney will be performing at the Chester County, Tennessee ‘Relay For Life Benefit” on Wednesday, July 24 where he’ll perform from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Michael Stover of MTS Management Group says, “Doug is one of the most charitable artists that I know. He has performed for Wounded Warriors events, Support Our Troops, St. Jude’s, plus his work with his church. He definitely believes in the ideals of paying it forward and giving back to the community. I hope everyone in the area will come out to support this tremendous event.” At ‘Relay For Life’ events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. Doug Briney’s debut album, “It’s All Country” spent eight months on the Roots Music Report charts, receiving worldwide airplay. His follow up, his first with Tate Music Group, will be released later this year.
Clear Channel Highlights Artist Promotion Deals at Investor Conference Call; Radio Down 2% in Q1. At the top of the conference call for investors for Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings (the publicly traded arm Clear Channel Media Holdings) chief financial officer and EVP Thomas Casey made it a point to shine a light on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s work with high-profile artists. He said, “I want to highlight with you one recent example of the opportunity Clear Channel is leveraging to monetize our multi-platform reach, and it’s the launch of the new Justin Timberlake album, ‘The 20/20 Experience.’ I’m using this as an example because it shows how we are constantly working with major advertisers to adjust their specific marketing challenges by developing innovative new products, services, content and events that bring new advertising dollars into the company. Two months ago, Clear Channel utilized most of our key assets: radio, online, mobile, outdoor, entertainment, events, contests and talent relationships, in an innovative and coordinated partnership with national retailer Target to launch Justin Timberlake’s new album. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment ran a first-of-its-kind, two-minute live road block across 800 stations, in essence, a virtual press conference, simulcast across all the stations at the same time that enabled Justin to both introduce his new album and kick off the exclusive ‘iHeart Album Release Party with Justin Timberlake.’” Casey stated there are many other examples of CC using its many platforms to create coordinated campaigns for advertisers. As for the numbers, Casey reported that CC Media Holdings was down 0.5% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and the Media and Entertainment division revenue was down 2%. But he said solid growth in radio and digital was offset by the traffic business that company is continuing to integrate. Addressing the radio division, Casey reported, “For the quarter, national sales for our stations were up 2%, outpacing global. Excluding the impact of political advertising, national sales were up 4%, and local was about up approximately 1%. Our fastest growing larger advertising categories were financial services, retail and telecom. We also saw a strong lift in digital revenue, with our iHeartRadio listening hours growing 31% over the first quarter of 2012. Although today digital listening for the industry represents only 7.6% of all audio listening, we are excited about the growth of iHeart and its new features, content and other innovations.” Thanks to Seeking Alpha for the call transcript. See the whole call here.
Journal Communications Q1: Radio Up 6.7%. The radio division of Journal Communications’ Journal Broadcast Group reported an increase of 6.7% on revenue of $15.9 million. The company reports that is 2.8% on a same-station basis. The numbers break down this way: Local advertising revenue, excluding political, increased 7.2%, or 3.3% on a same-station basis, primarily due to an increase in retail advertising; National advertising revenue, excluding political, increased 2.1%, but decreased 1.3% on a same-station basis, primarily due to a decrease in communications advertising; Operating earnings from radio stations were $2.4 million compared to $2.9 million, a decrease of 15.3%; Radio operating expenses increased 11.9%, or 8.1% on a same-station basis, primarily due to employee-related expense increases and a non-cash building impairment charge of $0.2 million.
Cumulus Ups Carlos Duran to PD at Hot AC KKOB-FM, Albuquerque. Morning drive host Carlos Duran is promoted to program director for Cumulus Media’s hot AC KKOB-FM, Albuquerque “The Pop Music Channel.” Duran will continue to host the “Morning Mayhem” program while programming the station. Cumulus vice president and GM Jim Christoferson says, “Carlos has been the heart and soul of KOB-FM. Not only is he a top-tier talent, now as PD he will be better able to channel his vision and energy into making the station even more attractive to listeners and advertisers.”
Changes at Alternative WEQX, Manchester, Vermont. The Northshire Communications alternative rock outlet that serves the Manchester, Vermont market as well as hitting the Albany/Capital District market of New York, announces afternoon drive host and program director Amber Miller is leaving to move with her family to Detroit as her husband has taken a position there. That means the station promotes assistant program director and midday host Jeff Morad to program director after Miller’s departure in June. Also as a result, the station is seeking a full-time air personality to fill Miller’s shoes. Send your information to email@example.com .
Julio Aponte Named Director of Hispanic Sales at Sun Broadcast Group. The accomplished sales pro joins Sun Broadcast Group as director of Hispanic sales. The company reports that he will oversee sales and marketing efforts for all of its Hispanic products, including the recently signed “El Mandril Morning Show.” Julio Aponte will also work with Sun’s programming department to research, recruit and develop new Hispanic and bi-lingual network opportunities consistent with the company’s unique vision. SBG CEO Jason Bailey states, “One of the founding principles here at Sun is we only take on a project if we know we can be the leader in it. When we expanded our portfolio to include national Hispanic programs like ‘El Mandril,’ we knew that we needed the very best person in network radio to tell this story. Julio is exactly that and I couldn’t be more excited that he’s joining our family.” Prior to joining SBG, Aponte was director of Hispanic sales for Cumulus Media Networks En Español. His professional experience also includes television and radio station management, within the U.S. and internationally, where he’s held positions with MTV Tres TV Los Angeles, Radio Unica San Francisco, and Emmis Communications.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Nick Roberts moves from his regional director of programming with Cox Media’s Ohio and Louisville markets to vice president of marketing for Cox Media Group Ohio. In this position he’ll oversee the strategic marketing activities of the company’s news/talk WHIO-AM/FM, country WHKO “K99.1” and classic hits WZLR “95.3 The Eagle” in Dayton….. Northeast Broadcasting’s triple A WXRV, Boston “92.5 The River” announces Lindsay Burrill is the new promotions director overseeing promotion and event marketing as well as handling social media duties…..Kevin McKay assumes program director duties at Marc Radio Gainesville’s rock WHHZ, Gainesville, Florida “100.5 The Buzz.” He takes over for Russ Allen who is focusing on the company’s hip hop WTMG “Magic 101.3.”…..WAY-FM names Grayson Long operations director for its Christian contemporary outlet KXWA, Denver. Long comes to WAY-FM after serving as director of marketing and director of national promotion for the Integrity Label Group.
Steve Harvey Show to Feature Superstar Guest Hosts Next Week. With the now double Daytime Emmy nominee (“Family Feud,” “Steve Harvey Show”) away on vacation next week, the Premiere Networks nationally syndicated program will feature superstar guest hosts. It’s being called “a blowout week of radio with the Steve Harvey Morning Show’s Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell, Junior and Sheryl Underwood…The worlds of entertainment, music and sports take over the airwaves when singer Charlie Wilson, comic Kevin Hart, singer KEM, singer John Legend and sports star Deion Sanders join the #1-rated show as special guest hosts.”
FEMA and Premiere Networks Cooperate on EAS Service. Radio syndicator Premiere Networks and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are announcing a cooperative effort to provide an alternative method for radio stations to receive emergency information during a national emergency. FEMA has added Premiere Networks as a Primary Entry Point station, which delivers information and instructions to the public in an emergency when there is no commercial power. As part of the cooperative effort, Premiere, would use its satellite program receivers in thousands of affiliate radio stations across the country as another tool for delivering national Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. The radio affiliates would in turn broadcast the emergency messages to the public within its network. FEMA’s Damon Penn states, “This cooperative effort between FEMA and Premiere Networks is one of the latest initiatives to engage the private sector’s cooperation in raising community preparedness across the nation. We count on the broadcasting industry to alert and warn the public through the standard broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) including AM, FM, and satellite radio, as well as broadcast, cable and satellite TV, if a national emergency occurs.”
Clear Channel Names Brian Kaminsky EVP of Operations for Digital. Coming over to Clear Channel from his most recent position as COO and general manager of The Huffington Post, Brian Kaminsky will join the company’s digital division as executive vice president of operations, effective immediately. Kaminsky will report to CC president of digital Brian Lakamp and will be based out of New York City. Kaminsky’s charge will be to oversee digital advertising operations, customer support, product analytics and partner operations across the suite of Clear Channel’s digital products including iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s industry leading digital radio service, and its vast network of station websites. His responsibilities will also include setting best practices for the management and modernization of digital ad inventory, and working with sales and product teams to define and develop new ad products. Lakamp states, “Having Brian on board as the EVP of operations illustrates Clear Channel’s commitment to hiring exceptional, innovative talent that will continue to strengthen our position as a market leader. His business management skills and experience in optimizing the use of digital advertising inventory within technology-driven organizations will be a great asset to both our advertisers and the Clear Channel digital team.” Prior to his work at The Huffington Post, Kaminsky was vice president of global revenue operations at Reuters Media, where he supervised yield management systems for desktop, video, mobile and digital out-of-home advertising products.
SiriusXM Names James Meyer CEO. James Meyer has been serving as interim chief executive officer for SiriusXM Satellite Radio since Mel Karmazin resigned from the position last fall. Now, the company gives him the job officially. SiriusXM chairman Gregory Maffei states, “After a thorough search of excellent candidates, we are delighted to name Jim as the CEO of SiriusXM, where he will continue to lead a very strong executive team. Jim is a highly qualified leader and operator and we look forward to working with him to build on SiriusXM’s position as the innovator in audio entertainment. He has been a vital part of SiriusXM for close to a decade, and his extensive knowledge of SiriusXM’s business and significant industry experience will be invaluable assets in the highly competitive market within which SiriusXM is thriving. Jim’s leadership, strategic vision and operating focus are exactly what SiriusXM needs today and in the future.”
CBS Radio and Astralwerks to Launch ‘She Can DJ’ Contest. On the heels of very successful “She Can DJ” promotional events in Europe and Australia, record label Astralwerks and CBS Radio are joining forces to bring the contest to the latter’s stations in 12 markets. The nationwide contest will seek out the next great female producer/DJ. The most recent contest in Australia garnered winner Leah Mencel a contract with EMI Australia. Here’s how it will work in America: CBS Radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Detroit, Phoenix, San Diego, Charlotte and Las Vegas will organize local heats. Then 12 semi-finalists will be chosen, including one wild-card competitor to vie for a grand prize that includes a recording contract with Astralwerks, and headline a tour through the CBS Radio markets that took part in the competition. Astralwerks general manager Glenn Medlinger says, “Seeing how successful ‘She Can DJ’ was in discovering top female DJ/producer’s in overseas markets it’s the perfect time to launch stateside. The United States is the hottest place on earth for dance music right now but the industry is largely male dominated. We’re thrilled to be a part of a program that will help discover and develop top female talent in the dance music space.” CBS Radio SVP of programming Greg Strassell states, “Aspiring female DJs/producers need look no further than ‘She Can DJ’ for that once-in-a-lifetime chance to captivate an entire industry with their talent. As the competition plays out across our considerable platform of contemporary hit radio stations, participants will be front and center with millions of music fans, and the top decision makers in the business. The electronic dance music movement has been playing out to much success on radio stations all over the United States, and CBS Radio looks forward to advancing the genre.”
Debate About Future of Dashboard Front and Center in Detroit. In a piece published in the Detroit News on April 29, the topic of the future of the AM/FM radio in the automobile dashboard was addressed and Gartner Inc. vice president Thilo Koslowski says he believes that by the year 2020 “I feel very confident that many consumers will consume radio content through avenues other than terrestrial broadcast.” Right now, the big three are still providing AM/FM radios in new cars and plan to do so for the foreseeable future but, obviously, they are also adding the digital technology that people want. Ford’s Jim Buczkowski says, “We’re trying to give them lots of different options.” As the piece points out, it costs money to listen to internet audio – it comes from the users’ data plans. Though Koslowski says he believes that it just makes more sense to listen via Wi-Fi or data plan and that carriers will “get more creative with their data plans” allowing people to listen more cheaply. When Detroit Electric unveils its first model in August of this year, it will not have an AM/FM radio. Users will plug in their smartphones. Still, other analysts say the free and simple nature of AM/FM radio is something that carmakers will be conscious of before they take the drastic step of eliminating it from the dash and risk alienating customers. Read the Detroit News piece here.
Music Industry to Gather in New York for New Music Seminar. The New Music Seminar – a gathering of musicians, record executives, songwriters, and even some radio people is scheduled for New York City June 9-11. The New Music Seminar (which debuted in 1980) is in its fifth year of revival after a 13-year absence. Tom Silverman and Dave Lory relaunched the seminar in 2009 in response to the difficulties the music industry is facing. The mission statement from the seminar is as follows: “The shrinking U.S. music industry generated barely as much value in 2012 as it did in 1966. As a result, there are 65% fewer jobs in the business and 80% fewer artists are signed today than 10 years ago. At the New Music Seminar we believe the music industry can be a $100 billion business and we convene the leaders and visionaries who will take us there. NMS helps both artists and players break through in this difficult market by providing the knowledge and connections they need to succeed.” Among those from the music business scheduled to attend and speak at the event is Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes.
Alan Kabel Takes Over Nights on “South Sound Country 96.9” in Seattle-Tacoma Market. The Alan Kabel Network announces Kabel is the new evening host at KGY, Inc.’s KGY, Mccleary, Washington in the Seattle-Tacoma market. Station consultant Broadcast Partners’ Ken Moultrie says, “We needed something unique at night and after looking at what’s out there these days, picking Kabel was an easy choice. It’s not only great content, his method of delivery and complete customization allows us to keep our music mix, imaging, and all other important local elements in place.” Kabel previously was heard in the market when he hosted “Second Shift” for Entercom in markets including Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, Kansas City and Seattle.
Multi-Media Talent Steve Harvey to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nationally syndicated radio host, comedian, TV personality and entertainment entrepreneur Steve Harvey will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, May 13. Hollywood Chamber president and CEO Leron Gubler says, “Steve is a man of many talents! We are thrilled that he is joining our Walk of Fame family.” Harvey’s radio program is in its 13th year in national syndication. It’s syndicated by Premiere Networks and is heard on more than 70 stations across the country. He also hosts his eponymous daytime TV talk show produced by NBC Universal.
Clear Channel Names Steve Stewart Regional Program Manager. St. Louis cluster programmer Steve Stewart is promoted to regional program manager for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment where he’ll oversee programming in markets including St. Louis; Springfield, Missouri and Wichita. Stewart will report to Beth Davis, market president and regional market manager. In a statement, the company says “Stewart will lead and manage the multi-media programming functions across the region to ensure that best practices are deployed in a consistent manner. He will build and develop high performing regional teams that will leverage Clear Channel’s brands and audience to enhance revenue.” Davis goes on to say, “Steve’s experience, coupled with his desire for growth and success, creates a win-win for our region. He is a trusted resource within our cluster and I’m excited for our teams throughout the region to be able to work with him.”
Tom Davis Returns to Radio for CC in Melbourne, Florida. Most recently serving as general manager for a NASCAR race team, Tom Davis gets back in the radio business as vice president and market manager for Clear Channel’s Melbourne, Florida operations that includes CHR WFKS “Kiss 95.1,” AC WLRQ “Lite Rock 99.3,” and news/talk WMMB “Where the Space Coast Talks.” He has worked in the broadcasting industry with Cox Media, Beasley Broadcast Group and Centennial Broadcasting. CC regional market manager/Florida Sherri Griswold states, “Tom Davis brings his professionalism and success as well as proven leadership to Melbourne. I am extremely excited he has chosen to join my team and be a part of an already successful market in Melbourne.”
Cumulus Media Goes Syndicated in DC. After longtime morning man Jack Diamond exited hot AC WRQX, Washington, DC “Mix 107.3,” Cumulus elects to bring syndicated morning drive program “The Bert Show,” featuring Bert Weiss, Jeff Dauler and Kristin Klingshirn, in for the daypart. The “Q100” Atlanta-based program is syndicated by YEA Networks and is heard on about a dozen affiliate stations across the country.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Tony Finnel is the new afternoon jock at Mainline Broadcasting’s urban AC WROU, Dayton “Dayton’s R&B Leader.” Finnel takes over for former program director and PM host Garth Adams. Finnel most recently worked at Radio One’s hip hop WIZF, Cincinnati “101 The Wiz.”…..Alan Hague leaves his vice president of programming position with Simmons Media in Salt Lake City – as well as his program director role at country KEGA “The Eagle” – to start his own consulting firm and will take on Simmons as a client. At KEGA, Jon Watkins takes over as brand manager for the station…..CBS Radio Philadelphia promotes account executive Adam Baldwin to local sales manager for all-news KYW.
Country Radio Seminar Announces Agenda Committee. The all-volunteer agenda committee for CRS 2014 scheduled for February 19-21, 2014 in Nashville with gather in June to begin working on the next conference. The committee is joined by eight new members this year (denoted with asterisks): Lee Adams, Broken Bow Records; Daniel Anstandig, Listener Driven Radio; Lindsey Cerajewski, WUSN, Chicago *; Andy Denemark, United Stations Radio Networks; Dale Desmond, WCKN, Charleston, South Carolina; Shelly Easton, WXTU, Philadelphia *; Greg Frey, Cumulus Media, Inc.; Heather (Robin Ward) Froglear, KFRG/KXFG/KVFG/KRAK, San Bernardino, California *; Keith Gale, Sony Music Nashville *; Jeffrey Green, Stone Door Media Lab (Agenda Co-Chair); Tom Hanrahan, WDXB, Birmingham *; Kurt Johnson, Townsquare Media *; Judi Lakin, Cox Media Group Houston; Stephen Linn, BBR Management; Nick Martin, WXFL, Florence, Alabama; Ron Rodrigues, Arbitron; Annie Sandor, Curb Records (Agenda Chair); John Trapane, Capitol Records (Agenda Co-Chair); Rob Williams, Greater Media Boston *; and Sue Wilson, Rubber City Radio Group *.
Round Two of Holiday PPMs Brings Good News for AC Stations. As Arbitron continues to release the 2012 Holiday PPM data, the news continues to be good for AC stations capitalizing in the annual infusion of Christmas music during the period. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents part two of his breakdown of some of the top performers (and some of those stations that suffered a bit during the Holiday PPM period) from the second group of 12 PPM markets to have their data released. See his analysis here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment names Steve Geofferies vice president of programming for the company’s Phoenix stations. Geofferies has been with CC for 12 years, most recently as regional programming manager overseeing Charlotte and Raleigh. The company says Geofferies has programmed some of its biggest country brands including KSD, St. Louis “The Bull”; WSSL, Greenville, South Carolina; WESC, Greenville; and WKKT, Charlotte “Kat Country” as well as led the Charlotte cluster to head-to-head format wins in country, top 40 and adult contemporary programming…..Lotus Communications’ Spanish music outlet KPSL, Bakersfield “Concierto 96.5” and KHIT, Fresno “Exitos 107.1” bring Alex “El Genio” Lucas’ morning program to the two stations as well as Rosmar Vega’s midday program. Lucas states, “Radio broadcasting is my passion. I couldn’t be happier about my new home with Lotus Communications Corp. on both KPSL and KHIT where we’ll continue to entertain and serve the needs of the Hispanic community.”…..Clear Channel Boston names Matt Tilden local sales manager for its new electronic dance music-formatted WEDX. Tilden has been with the company since 2005, most recently serving as AE for CHR WXKS “Kiss 108.”…..Entercom classic rock WROQ, Greenville, South Carolina music director Jay D. Stone “The Stoneman” is upped to assistant program director for WROQ and sister active rock WTPT “93.3 The Planet.”…..Kay Thomas becomes midday personality at MLB Richmond-owned adult hits WWLB, Richmond, Virginia.
Premiere Networks’ Blair Garner Appears on ABC TV’s “Nashville.” Nationally syndicated country radio personality Blair Garner (pictured here at left) – host of Premiere Networks’ “After MidNite” program – appeared on the hit TV drama “Nashville” last night. Garner originally read for the role of one of two reporter parts but ended up with the bigger role of country fan-blogger Adam Wergeles, who confronts country newbie Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere [at right]) about playing second-fiddle to Connie Britton’s more established character Rayna James. Juliette doesn’t take too kindly to Adam’s less-than-discreet line of questioning, and drama ensued. Garner says he’d love for this to continue. “I would love for it to develop into a recurring role. I enjoyed getting to stir the pot up a bit, which is so far removed from who I actually am. One thing ‘Nashville’ is not short on is drama, and I would welcome the chance to ensure the program continues to over-develop that drama in spades.”
Steve Harvey to Host 44th NAACP Image Awards. Nationally syndicated Premiere Networks morning show host, author and comedian Steve Harvey is hosting the 44th NAACP Image Awards to be broadcast on NBC live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on February 1. Harvey will host and Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Wanda Sykes and Tony Goldwyn will be part of an all-star line-up. Harvey states, “I’m honored to be hosting the 44th NAACP Image Awards, and celebrate the variety of film, TV, literary, music contributions, and special honorees this year. We’re live on stage, got great things in store for the night!” The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show. It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Clear Channel Partners with Stardome Radio Networks on Carmen Jara Show. Spanish-language radio star Carmen Jara’s program is being added to the lineup at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s KTZR, Tucson; KBFP, Bakersfield; KFSO, Fresno; KPRC-FM, Salinas/Monterey/Santa Cruz; KIZS, Tulsa; and KUNO, Corpus Christi. Stardome Radio Networks managing director/CEO Anthony Hernandez says, “The Stardome team welcomes the Clear Channel Media and Entertainment family of stations to ‘The Carmen Jara Show’ platform. ‘The Carmen Jara Show’ is positioned to become the entertainment standard in the Spanish-language radio industry. Now with the strength and presence of these new Clear Channel Media and Entertainment stations, our national geographic footprint firms up the show in markets poised for Hispanic growth. We have enjoyed a great team-driven partnership with Clear Channel over the past four years and look forward to growing with them for many more years to come.”
Milwaukee Radio Legend Jack Lee to Retire. The Tennessee native who began his Milwaukee radio career as program director of WAUK, Waukesha in 1964 is retiring from his position as director of integrated media at Milwaukee Radio Group after more than 48 years as a major figure in the market. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Duane Dudek writes about Lee’s career in a piece you can read here. Lee was a jock at WOKY in its top 40 heyday in the late 1960s. He served as program director at WTMJ and began transitioning the station from all-music to include talk programming and was manager of the Milwaukee Area Radio Stations trade group.
Emmis Reports Positive Q3 Numbers; Stations Up 5%. After a dismal September, Emmis saw an excellent October and November push its numbers up so that domestic radio net revenue was up 5% over the same period in 2011. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan states, “Emmis radio stations’ revenue growth continues to outpace its markets. While our markets were up 1% this quarter, Emmis stations saw an increase of 5%.” Smulyan noted during the quarterly conference call that the Merlin transaction (which closed on September 1) allowed the company to repay 38% of its senior indebtedness. “In addition, we repurchased just about 65% of our preferred stock. We actually eliminated $111.2 million of value of preferred. We took on $31 million to do that, but really reduced the claims on this company by $80 million with that transaction.” Smulyan specifically addressed two of his company’s premiere radio stations: hip hop outlets KPWR, Los Angeles “Power 106” and WQHT, New York “Hot 97.” “This is a quarter in which we saw the best ratings we have ever had since PPM at Power 106 in Los Angeles. It is now a runaway number one leader in our target demo of 18 to 34. It’s also had significant gains in all of the demographics. It’s been a very significant success story. In addition, our other most important brand, Hot 97 in New York, while it’s fluctuated between first and second in its demo and shown considerable strength it looks like it’s poised to do very well.”
CBS Radio’s KILT-FM, Houston Re-Brands as “The Bull 100.3 New Country.” With slicker, more up-tempo imaging, the country outlet takes on “The Bull” moniker and brands itself as “new country.” The station tweaks its song and artist selection to skew toward younger, more contemporary country acts including: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, The Band Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Eric Church and Florida-Georgia Line.
Steve Harvey’s TV Talk Show Picks Up Second Season. Nationally syndicated urban radio morning show star Steve Harvey – whose successful program is distributed to stations across the country via Premiere Networks – is getting another season for his television talk show. Harvey’s program is produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television and, according to B&C, “The eponymously named show is currently sold in 98% of the country, including on all of the NBC-owned television stations. The show also is getting upgrades in Detroit, Phoenix, Portland, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, Austin, Buffalo, Fresno, Ft. Meyers, Tucson, Honolulu, Des Moines, Madison, Tri Cities and Burlington, among many others.” The B&C story notes, “This season, ‘Steve Harvey’ has been the only rookie talk show to improve over year-ago time periods, build on its lead-ins and grow over consecutive quarter-hour ratings in the November 2012 sweep, according to Nielsen Media Research. The show is averaging a 1.3 live plus same day household rating season to date and a 0.9 among women 25-54.” Harvey also won the People’s Choice award for “best new talk show.”
Cumulus Promotes Sommer Frisk to Market Manager in Oxnard-Ventura/Santa Barbara. Director of sales Sommer Frisk is upped to market manager at Cumulus Media’s Oxnard-Ventura/Santa Barbara clusters. Company COO Jon Pinch states, “Congratulations from Cumulus HQ to Sommer on a well-deserved promotion.” Frisk, who began her career in programming before moving into the sales department and working her way up, says, “I’m looking forward to my expanded role at the stations. I am truly honored to work alongside such an amazing staff and represent these great stations for Cumulus.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Dawn Campbell is upped to music director at Cox Media’s hip hop WPYO, Orlando “Power 95.3” and rhythmic AC WCFB “Star 94.5”…..Daryl Norsell assumes the program director position at Anaheim Broadcasting’s rock KCAL, Riverside, California…..Bob Harlow is named program director for Entercom’s classic rock KGON, Portland taking over for the retiring Clark Ryan…..Rob Acampora is out as afternoon jock at Townsquare Media’s hot AC WSJO, Atlantic City, New Jersey…..Robinson returns to Cumulus Media’s rock WAQX, Syracuse “95X” for the morning drive show. He first appeared on the station nine years ago in the evening slot.
2013 Consumer Electronics Show: Big Implications for Radio. Radio consultant Holland Cooke has been at the huge Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and he reports the relevant news for radio operators. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the new technology and to be impressed by such items as the “connected TV” and the voice activated TV remote from LG. But Cooke says the gadgets won’t impress in the long run, “But even with transmitters making radio ‘real,’ people will filter it out unless it’s real special, no matter how many dashboard buttons we get.” Read Holland Cooke’s report from the 2013 CES here.
Cool Job Opportunities.
WNAX Morning Show – Yankton, South Dakota. AWESOME radio opportunity! WNAX Radio, your Big Friend in the Midwest, is looking for morning show talent on its 100,000 watt country FM station. If you want to work for an incredible company AND have FUN every morning of the year, RUSH your audio, resume and cover letter to: Steve Crawford, OM WNAXJOBS@sagacom.com Saga Communications is an equal opportunity employer.
Brand Manager/PD – Bellingham, Washington. Saga Communications, one of America’s exceptional radio companies, has a rare opportunity for a Brand Manager (PD) in one of America’s truly exceptional cities. Heritage AC station, KAFE-FM, Bellingham is looking for an experienced pro. Our top candidate will possess multiple years in AC radio, with on-air, music rotation, solid people skills, and experience with interactive/digital and social networking. Send resume and air check to: Michael O’Shea, Vice President/General Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Contemporary Rules in December. From a format perspective, adult contemporary was the format sitting atop the leaderboard based on 6-plus ratings in the PPM markets. AC stations made up 43% of the 30 stations with the highest PPM numbers in those markets for December. With the Holiday PPM ratings coming soon, many of those AC stations were looking to build on a strong December with an even stronger Holiday PPM based on their natural move to Christmas-focused music. The station atop the PPM 6-plus mountain for the month was South Central Media’s AC WJXA, Nashville “Mix 92.9” with a 14.6 share. RadioInfo managing editor/West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian notes that of the 30 highest-rated stations in the PPM markets, just six markets posted two stations on the “elite” list: “They are Tampa (Cox AC siblings WWRM and WDUV); Milwaukee (WMIL and WRIT); Providence (WWLI and WPRO-FM); Greensboro (WMAG and WQMG); Memphis (KJMS and WHAL); and Hartford (WRCH and WWYZ).” For more of Mike Kinosian’s analysis, click here.
WTKK, Boston Formats Keep Flippin’ Despite High-Profile Hit Radio Hires. The former news/talker WTKK, Boston is now doing classic rock as “The Bone” while Greater Media welcomes new programmer Cadillac Jack McCartney and morning show talent Pebbles (RadioInfo, Friday, January 4). With strong experience in hit radio – CHR, rhythmic CHR, hip hop and hot AC – it seems logical that McCartney won’t be programming a classic rock outlet with which Pebbles can wake up Boston. Many industry analysts suspect the station will finally settle on a form of hit or rhythmic radio that targets a segment of the market’s audience not being served by any of the existing music radio outlets right now. But just how long the station will stunt is anybody’s guess.
Curtis Media’s Urban AC WBZJ, Raleigh Names Steve Harvey Morning Show. The new “96.9 BZJ” adds three Premiere Networks programs, including Steve Harvey for morning drive beginning today. The Curtis Media urban AC also announces the syndicated “Sweat Hotel” evening show hosted by Keith Sweat and the weekly “Keep Hope Alive” with Jesse Jackson programs will also be featured on the station. Curtis Media president and COO Phil Zachary says, “We would never attempt an urban format of any kind without time-tested, iconic personalities. Steve Harvey, Keith Sweat and the Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the bigger-than-life pillars of the ‘New 96.9.’ They make us instantly credible to a very discerning audience right from day one.”
CBS Radio’s WJMK, Chicago Announces Dave Fogel Takes Over AM Drive. Chicago personality Dave Fogel begins morning show host duties today on CBS Radio’s classic hits WJMK “104.3 K-Hits.” Fogel most recently was featured on crosstown oldies WLS-FM. He spent eight years as morning drive host on Hubbard’s hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” and got his start in Chicago radio at Emmis’ WLUP-FM back in 1996. Fogel says, “I love every song ‘K-Hits’ plays. It’s going to be easy to get up at five in the morning to play them on the radio…Who needs coffee?” WJMK program director Todd Cavanah states, “Dave’s natural energy and enthusiasm for the 60s, 70s and 80s music we play makes him perfect for ‘K-Hits.’ We know our listeners will love waking up with Dave Fogel.”
Katie Kruz Takes PD Role at WZEE, Madison. “Z-104” in Madison has a new program director. Clear Channel announces Katie Kruz is upped from her APD and midday host gig to PD at CHR WZEE, Madison. Kruz says, “I am excited for the opportunity to lead this station. I am a Chicago girl who spent my summers at the lake house listening to Z-104. I have incredible respect for this station’s heritage and am ready to make sure it stays legendary and on top!” At the same time, online content director and night jock Aaron Rogers (no, not the guy in the State Farm commercials) is named promotions director and afternoon host.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Saga Communications Des Moines production director Brian Whitaker starts out 2013 with a new gig. Whitaker has been promoted to imaging director for all the FMs in the cluster. Those include hot AC KSTZ, active rock KAZR, AC KLTI, classic hits KIOA and rhythmic CHR KIOA “HITS 99.9.” Whitaker will also be imaging the company’s new rhythmic CHR WNRG, Milwaukee “Energy 106.9.” Whitaker tells RadioInfo he’s also been keeping busy in front of the mic voicing projects recently for Norton Antivirus, KZPT, Kansas City, Nintendo and a current national TV spot for Hotwire.com…..Randy Marsh is named program director and afternoon drive host at Memphis First Ventures’ country WVIM, Memphis “95.3 The Rebel.” Marsh comes to Memphis from Miami where he served as programmer and air talent at Beasley Broadcasting’s country WKIS, Boca Raton “99.9 Kiss Country.”…..Sarah Lee Owensby leaves CBS Radio’s hip hop WLLD, Tampa “Wild 94.1” where she was part of the “Orlando & The Freakshow” morning program…..Afternoon jock Mike Shannon exits Cox Media’s AC WSB-FM, Atlanta “B-98.5” after nine months in the position.
Hot Music Monday Morning Snapshot
According to RadioInfo, the top five pop songs for airplay on mainstream CHR and hot AC stations are: 1) “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars, 2) “Diamonds” by Rihanna, 3) “Beauty and a Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj, 4) “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, 4) “Home” by Phillip Phillips. Hot jumpers include: “Don’t Stop the Party” by Pitbull featuring TJR, “Little Things” by One Direction, “Daylight” by Maroon 5, “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch, “Come On” by Ke$ha, “Scream and Shout” by will.i.am and Britney Spears, “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Trouble Maker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida, “My Life” by 50 Cent featuring Eminem and Adam Levine, “I Got a Boy” by “Girls’ Generation”(highest debut), “Turn Around” by Conor Maynard featuring Ne-Yo, “Gold” by Britt Nicole (debut),“Mermaid” by Train (debut), and “Shooting Star” by Owl City (debut). See chart “red zone” for new songs worthy of attention. To view entireRadioInfoPop Songs Chart click here.
The top five rock songs for airplay on mainstream rock, alternative, active and triple A stations are: 1) “Madness” by Muse, 2) “Trojans” by Atlas Genius, 3) “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, 4) “Mountain Sound” by Of Monsters and Men, 5) “Carry On” by fun. Hot jumpers include: “Mountain Sound” by Of Monsters and Men, “Been Away Too Long” by Soundgarden, “Enemies” by Shinedown, “Breathing Underwater” by Metric, “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers,“Dancing with the Dead” by 10 Years,“Up All Night” by Alex Clare, “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, “Where Will We Go?” by IAMDYNAMITE, “Bones” by Young Guns, “Where Did the Angels Go?” by Papa Roach,“Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood,“Holding Onto You” by Twenty One Pilots,“Hollow” by Alice in Chains (debut), “Gluttony” by BuckCherry (debut), “Lover of the Light” by Mumford and Sons (debut), “Carried Away” by Passion Pit (debut), “Let’s Be Friends” by Leogun (debut), and “Yeah Yeah” by Willy Moon (debut). See chart “red zone” for new songs worthy of attention. To view entireRadioInfoRock Songs Chart click here.
The top five Christian songs for airplay on contemporary Christian music stations are: 1) “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave, 2) “I Need a Miracle” by Third Day, 3) “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman, 4) “One Thing Remains” by Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill, and 5) “You Are I Am” by MercyMe. Hot jumpers include: “Steal My Show” by tobyMac,“Kings and Queens” by Audio Adrenaline,“I’m Alive” by Peter Furler, “Already There” by Casting Crowns,“Slip on By” by Finding Favour, “You Loved Me First” by MIKESCHAIR,“Swallow the Ocean” by NewSong, “Somebody Tell Them” by City Harbor,“Holding On” by Jamie Grace (highest debut), “Your Presence is Heaven” by Israel & The New Breed (debut), “Don’t Give Up” by Calling Glory (debut). To see entireRadioInfoChristian Songs Chart click here.
Korean Invasion? “I Got A Boy,” the lead track off of Girls’ Generation’s fourth full-length album is this week’s highest debuting song entering at #30 on the RadioInfo Pop Music Charts. While it might be premature to sound the invasion alarm that “The Koreans are Coming! The Koreans are Coming!” – the bright colors, skillful production, fresh choreography, infectious hooks and downright mesmerizing audio/video attraction of this example of “K-Pop” is worthy of the attention of American CHR and hot AC radio programmers in the immediate aftermath of PSY’s “Gangnam Style” phenomenon. The nine-member girl group was formed in 2007 with performers professionally trained in singing, dancing, acting and modeling. Many of the members already had made names for themselves in the Korean entertainment industry through their participation in magazine ads, television commercials, and small television appearances. They gained significant popularity with their hit single, “Gee,” which went on to be named South Korea’s “Song of the Decade” in late 2009. In April 2012, the group formed Girls’ Generation-TTS (known simply as “TaeTiSeo”), their first sub-unit composed of members Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The subgroup’s debut EP, “Twinkle,” peaked at #126 on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest charting K-Pop album on the chart thus far. Their video, “I Got A Boy” currently has over 21 million views on YouTube having been published for less than a week.
“I Knew You’d Like This and That No One Else Would Show it to You.” This is the attitude that digital consultant Chris Miller says delivers higher quality content when using social media such as Facebook. In this piece for RadioInfo, Miller explains how programmers can optimize their gains from Facebook using its EdgeRank algorithm. Miller says EdgeRank “works to show you what they think will matter most to you. It’s like a programmer picking songs; they want the good stuff to show up most often, and they don’t want to show you the stuff you don’t care about.” Miller explains the three elements that make up the algorithm and offers some tips how to capitalize on it. Read his piece here.
Clear Channel and Toyota Partner to Put Weather and Traffic Reports in 2014 Models Via HD Signals. That people are relying on radio reports for weather and traffic less and less is not surprising but Clear Channel is taking steps to keep its finger in the pie with a deal that brings its Total Traffic Network to select 2014 Toyota and Lexus models, largely via HD Radio signals. The three-year pact will give drivers the ability to access The Weather Channel’s Doppler radar on its in-dash display along with real-time weather forecasts and traffic and incident reports. The service will be free and will not cost users any more data from their cell plans as long as they are within range of a Clear Channel HD Radio signal. Toyota plans to expand the service coverage beyond the HD boundaries for those vehicles equipped with Entune by providing these same services through a customer’s cell phone. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment president of national media groups Kevin Dorsey states, “Innovation is an essential part of what we do including leveraging our national distribution platform in new ways. This new agreement with Toyota highlights our ability to leverage our distribution, programming and technology platforms to bring consumers what they want, where they want it and without annoying subscriptions. Our digital expertise helps to provide one-of-a-kind solutions for our partners and we are looking forward to joining forces with Toyota to further enhance the driving experience.”
Illinois Passes “First Informer Broadcasters Act.” Designed to allow broadcasters quick access to emergency credentials as well as access to their broadcasting facilities in times of need, the bill was passed 50-0 by the Illinois State Senate. The law, headed for Governor Pat Quinn’s desk, also provides for allowing the delivery of fuel necessary to power their facilities’ emergency generators during times of disasters. Illinois Broadcasters Association president and CEO Dennis Lyle states, “Local broadcasters have proved many times to be the first means for first responders to disseminate emergency information to the public during emergency and disaster situations. This legislation recognizes the important role local broadcasters serve in times of emergencies and disasters and ensures that key personnel needed to keep stations operational during times of emergencies will have access to their facilities, and that fuel needed to power emergency generators will be allowed to be delivered, allowing us to do what we do best during emergency situations – keeping the public informed.”
Longtime Texas Radio Personality Dick Siegel Dies at 73. Well-known Dallas-Ft. Worth radio personality Dick Siegel passed away on January 3 after suffering a heart attack. Siegel had been hosting a morning radio show on oldies KLDE, Eldorado, Texas at the time of his death. Siegel is best known for his time as Hal Jay’s partner on WBAP, Dallas. From 1981 to 2003, Siegel and Jay co-hosted the morning show with Siegel handling traffic reports from his helicopter but doing much more than that. Siegel was Jay’s co-conspirator in bits and fictional characters the two made up that entertained the duo’s huge audience for many years. After retiring in 2003, Siegel moved to West Texas but got bored and joined KLDE, as he recently told the Dallas Star-Telegram, because he depended on the station and it depended on him.
WGTS, Washington GM John Konrad Dies at 43. The general manager of Washington Adventist University Broadcasting’s Christian contemporary WGTS, Washington, DC died after a battle with pneumonia. WGTS reports John Konrad had been in the hospital with a case of bi-lateral pneumonia. He had been responding to treatment and was released but the pneumonia returned and he did not respond to further treatment.
Internet Royalties on Agenda in Washington Tomorrow. The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet will take up the topic of internet royalties at a hearing tomorrow at 11:30 am. Utah Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz is sponsor of the Internet Royalty Fairness Act and he indicates his bill will be on the agenda. Dubbed “Music Licensing Part One,” most expect this will be a very preliminary hearing as no one expects anything to be addressed in earnest until the next Congress in January. Chaffetz’s bill would create a royalty system that puts fees paid by internet broadcasters in line with those paid by satellite radio and cable broadcasters. It would lower the payments significantly and musicians are very much opposed to the bill.
University of Texas’ New KUTX Will Air Triple A with Local Flavor in January. The University of Texas announces that its non-commercial FM station KUTX – recently purchased by the school from Border Media – will air a triple A format accented by many of the eclectic music programs now heard on the college’s KUT. Specialty music shows and weekly programs featuring music will be heard on KUTX so that KUT can transition full time to news/talk programming. A full slate of programs to air on the station will be announced in December.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Cumulus Media creates a new executive position and names JT Batson its chief revenue officer. In that position Batson will be in charge of all sales for the company, including radio, digital, event and publishing. Prior to joining Cumulus, Batson served as chief strategy officer at Mediaocean…..Jenn Hobby announces she’s leaving the WWWQ, Atlanta “Q100” “Bert Show” morning program. The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Rodney Ho reports Hobby is pregnant with her first child and will leave the program after the December 7 edition…..Matt “Matty J” Johnson exits the PD post at Townsquare Media’s CHR WWYL, Binghamton, New York “Wild 104” to relocate to Brooklyn where his wife works in television news…..Jason Steiner takes the program director and morning show post at CCR Wenatchee IV’s country KYSN, Wenatchee, Washington “97.7 Kissin’ Country.”…..Jennifer Winborn joins Central Florida Educational’s Christian WPOZ, Orlando “Z88.3” where she’ll be afternoon co-host with station program director Dean O’Neal.
Journal’s KFDI, Wichita to Deliver Packages for Troops. Country KFDI, Wichita’s “Christmas in a Box” holiday promotion – spearheaded by morning team Brian Pierce and Kellie Michaels – is set to deliver some 500 packages to American troops serving in Afghanistan, Korea and Africa. The five-year-old holiday effort was created by Pierce and Michaels who are parents of an Air Force pilot who was deployed last Christmas. The packages are bound for Kansas troops stationed abroad and are packed with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and Christmas decorations along with cards, letters and lots of support from home. The names were submitted by local families whose loved ones are deployed. Money to cover the cost of shipping was raised through a “Love & Theft” benefit concert and through the generosity of area individuals and companies who made donations.
People Magazine Honors Steve Harvey. The entertainment magazine names Steve Harvey “talk’s new titan” in a piece in its December 3 issue. The Premiere Networks nationally syndicated morning drive personality and comic is also hosting his own daytime TV talk show as well as serving as host of the long-running “Family Feud” TV game show.
Arbitron Announces No Week 4 PPM Estimates for New York, Nassau-Suffolk, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Arbitron announces to client stations that due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, “approximately 1/3 of the targeted in-tab sample in Nassau-Suffolk and Middlesex-Somerset-Union was unavailable during Week 4. In addition, average daily in-tab rates were substantially lower for Week 4 in these embedded metros than during unaffected weeks in recent currency reports.” Therefore, the company will not issue Week 4 PPM estimates. Further, the November 2012 PPMs for the three markets will be based solely upon Weeks 1, 2, and 3. Arbitron plans to release these PPM reports on Monday, November 26 as planned.
How to Get A Radio Brand-Building Website. RadioInfo columnist and noted digital radio consultant Chris Miller serves up a new article offering powerful tips on how radio web designers can create sites that contribute toward building their station’s or program’s brand and not distracting from it or diluting it. He covers the process on four basic but vital fronts: layout, content, graphics and interaction. Miller asks, “What’s the difference between your site and Google, YouTube and Facebook?” He states, “Those sites have a clear reason for being, and clean, well-organized content.” He strongly suggests, “Get your page looking more Facebookish, or YouTubeEsque, and you’ll go a long way toward building your website numbers.” Miller offers some nuts-and-bolts actions to get more people back more often and clicking on more content. Read the entire article here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Townsquare Media names Bob McCuin senior vice president for sales. In this new position, McCuin will be responsible for sales for the company’s local media properties. McCuin comes to Townsquare from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s New York operations where he was director of sales for the past three years…..CBS Radio announces Mike Olson is the new director of integrated marketing for alternative KROQ and adult hits KCBS, Los Angeles. Olson most recently served at Cumulus Media’s crosstown KLOS and KABC where he was director of promotions, marketing and NTR…..Golden State Broadcasting’s CHR KREV, San Francisco names Boomer Barbosa afternoon jock…..San Antonio media personality and “Amazing Race” contestant Vanessa Macias’ morning radio stint at Cox Media’s country KCYY, San Antonio “Y100” is over. Macias exits the Jeff Roper morning show.
Benztown’s “Sunday Nite Slow Jams” Enters San Antonio. The Sunday evening nationally syndicated R&B show hosted by R Dub clears Border Media Partners’ CHR KTFM, San Antonio, which adds the pop/mainstream version of the program to its schedule. Benztown describes the show – now heard in 54 markets across the country – saying, “‘Sunday Nite Slow Jams’ features the hottest R&B love songs and specializes in playing tracks that take listeners back, with Slow Jam dedications that drive home the emotional impact of the show.” Core artists include: Miguel, Frank Ocean, Nicki Minaj, R. Kelly, Usher, Drake and more. Host R Dub also serves as president of Fusion Radio Networks and he says, “Texas has been so good to me. We have some of the most loyal listeners in the great state of Texas. I am thrilled not only to now bring ‘Sunday Nite Slow Jams’ to San Antonio, but to be working with Mark Landis and such legendary call letters!”
WMGK, Philadelphia’s John DeBella Celebrates 30 Years in Philly Radio. Greater Media classic rock WMGK (102.9) morning personality John DeBella marks his 30th anniversary as a major radio figure in Philadelphia. The occasion and DeBella’s colorful career on-air in the City of Brotherly Love is chronicled in a must-read piece by Daily News staff writer Chuck Darrow and posted today on Philly.com. It follows DeBella’s three decade up-and-down-and-up-again history in Philly from the first days he came to the market from rocker WLIR (92.7) on Long Island to become morning host on legendary AOR WMMR-FM. It is a truly compelling radio story of triumph and tragedy with all the elements of victory, defeat, humiliation and resilience. DeBella’s experience as a target and victim (and ultimate survivor) of syndicated competitor Howard Stern‘s take-no-prisoners cruelty toward him in the late-1980s and Stern’s eventual (and rare) apology to him make for a great radio story. To read Darrow’s piece, click here.
Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Hits Download, Monthly Unique Milestones. The digital media platform from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has surpassed the 135 million download marker. CCME announces the 13-month-old platform has more than “48 million monthly digital uniques” and “continues to bring incremental listening to Clear Channel’s 239 million monthly listeners.” Further, the company purports that its “registered users continue to grow rapidly, faster than all other popular entertainment platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Spotify and Instagram.” In a statement, CCME chairman and CEO John Hogan says, “iHeartRadio has reinvented the digital radio experience and is a key element of how Clear Channel continues to reshape the media and entertainment industry. iHeartRadio’s rapid growth and success is a testament to Clear Channel’s ability to engage audiences with our variety of assets, including live events such as the iHeartRadio Music Festival, world-class talent and premier partnerships.”
Steve Harvey Giving Away 6,000 Turkeys. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie are in the process of donating some 6,000 turkeys to those families who may be in need this holiday season. The Harveys began the giving this past weekend on the campus of Chicago State University where they kicked off “Steve and Marjorie Harvey’s Big Turkey Give” at the Jones Convocation Center, together with affiliate station WVAZ, Chicago “V-103 FM” for a four-hour event that distributed 1,000 turkeys among a range of recipients. The giving continues this week as the Harveys will distribute more than 5,000 turkeys through “Steve Harvey Morning Show” affiliate stations across the country. Live on-air gives are taking place in 12 of those cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and more.
Home Depot, GEICO and McDonald’s Top National Advertisers for Week of November 12-18. According to data from Media Monitors, the top three national advertisers for the week of November 12-18 were Home Depot, GEICO and McDonald’s for the second week in a row. Home Depot and GEICO flipped spots from the week before. Check out the full chart of the top 10 advertisers at left.
Canadian Satellite Holdings to Pay Quarterly Dividend. The corporation that is Sirius XM Canada – Canadian Satellite Holdings Inc. – will pay an 8-cent quarterly dividend to shareholders. The Globe and Mail reports that although the company has not turned a profit, it has generated enough cash to dip into its $50 million cash pile to pay the company’s first-ever dividend. The Canadian satcaster had a good fourth quarter with revenue increasing 13% and generating $68 million.