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SoCal Radio Revenue Up 7.2% in September. According to the Southern California Broadcasters Association and Miller Kaplan Arase, LLC, there was a total market revenue surge in the region in September of 7.2%. SCBA president Thom Callahan says, “September produced impressive growth for the LA radio market. This critical swing month showcased some great revenue performances from our member stations, which maximized both local and national spot and blew the doors off digital revenue.” He adds, “On a year-to-date basis, Miller Kaplan Arase is reporting total revenue growth at 3.4% through September. However, our trend line during 3rd quarter 2013 reveals a 5.2% growth rate YTD for the same period. Simply put, Q3 was powerful and we see the same trend developing for Q4.” Callahan says that his organization is encouraged by activity in the insurance category even though the effects of the Affordable Care Act have not met their initial expectations.
Premiere Networks Promotes Martin Melius. From his senior national director of affiliate relations position, Martin Melius is upped to vice president of affiliate relations, urban programming. Melius will continue to work from Los Angeles and report to New York-based SVP of affiliate relations/talk and morning shows Peter Tripi. In this position Melius will oversee the affiliate sales and marketing of programs including “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” “Steve Harvey Saturdays,” “The Keith Sweat Hotel,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Weekends with the Breakfast Club” and “Keep Hope Alive with Reverend Jesse Jackson.” Tripi says, “This is a well-deserved promotion. Martin’s significant contributions to the growth of our programming, as well as his knowledge, professionalism and commitment to the success of our affiliates, have made him a valued member of our team. I’m confident his focus on our urban programming will lead to continued growth and success.” Prior to joining Premiere, Melius served as national director of promotion during his six-year tenure with Universal/Motown Records. He also previously held management positions at Warner Chappell Music and Universal Music Publishing.
Live and Local in Pittsburgh on ‘Q 92-9.’ Steel City Media announces the addition of two new personalities to its hot AC WLTJ, Pittsburgh “Q92-9.” In the midday slot, Pittsburgh native Joanna Campbell comes home from her most recent gig at CBS Radio’s WWMX, Baltimore “Mix 106.5.” In the evening daypart, Debbie Wilde – who worked at Clear Channel’s crosstown alternative WXDX steps into 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm shift. Program director Zak Szabo states, “It’s very exciting to see where we are going at ‘Q92-9 WLTJ,’ and with two new additions this makes our entire air staff — including weekends — all from Pittsburgh!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At CBS Radio’s country WUSN, Chicago “US 99.5,” Joel Lisinski takes over the evening show beginning November 4. The show is currently being voice-tracked by assistant program director and music director Marci Brown…..Claire Ballard is the new midday personality at Clear Channel’s country KWNR, Las Vegas “95.5 The Bull.” Ballard most recently was the night jock at South Central Communications’ WSTO, Evansville, Indiana “Hot 96.”…..Paul Orr exits his PD role at SummitMedia’s country WZZK, Birmingham in December to accompany his wife to Texas. Orr intends to focus on his voiceover business.
NextRadio and Tagstation Report: More Than 40,000 Downloads of FM Radio App. According to the mid-October report by Emmis’ TagStation team and NextRadio, the number of downloads of the app to operate the FM receiver on select mobile phones passed the 40,000 mark and is currently enjoying an 84% app retention rate. The report also notes that “more than 4,000 FM radio stations were tuned to from the app and more than 12,000 hours of listening through NextRadio” have taken place. The recent release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is begin given credit for the interest. It’s also expected that more FM radio-enabled devices will be launched next month.
New Label – Big Star Recordings – Debuts in Canada; Country Singer George Canyon First Artist Signed. News from the Great White North is that Invictus Entertainment Group and Universal Music Canada have announced the launch of Big Star Recordings – a new partnership under which product distribution will be handled by Universal Music Canada, while Invictus Entertainment Group (IEG) will oversee the marketing, promotion and day-to-day interfacing with the artists and management. In a statement, the groups say that although the label will oversee more domestically based projects, they are planning to evaluate deals with U.S.-based and international clients who recognize that Canada possesses the world’s second largest country music consumer base and wants to prioritize it into their release plans. IEG president Jim Cressman says the idea came to him after working with major labels on behalf of artists and realizing that an independent record company working in tandem with the distributor would be an asset. He notes, “We’re in the artist services business – promoting/touring, booking, management and now we’ve entered the label business.” The first artist signed to the label is country singer George Canyon. His first single, “Slow Dance,” is his most successful single launch, thus far in his career. He’s sold over 300,000 albums in Canada and has toured the country from coast to coast and won numerous CCMA Awards and many other accolades over the past decade.
Hot Chelle Rae Guest Hosts ‘Weekend Top 30.’ Nashville pop band Hot Chelle Rae members Nash Overstreet and Ryan Follese (left to right) are pictured here preparing for their gig guest hosting Premiere Networks’ “Weekend Top 30” as they sit in for Hollywood Hamilton this weekend. The RCA Records group is hot off its tour with Justin Bieber and will discuss working on the next album, will count down the Top 30 hits and spin a few of their big hits such as “Tonight, Tonight” and “I Like It Like That.” Premiere notes that Hot Chelle Rae now has the distinction of having been the first celebrity music act to guest host the show twice. They did it back in July of 2012.
WHAT’S NU? Paul McCartney Delivers New Song Today Called “New” from Forthcoming New (Hear Music) LP that Deserves Immediate Attention. iHeartRadio Festival Las Vegas headliner Sir Paul McCartney has a new song that has burst upon the scene today. It’s called “New” and will be featured on his forthcoming album, also called New (Hear Music), set to be released on October 15. This is the first record of new material from McCartney since 2007’s Memory Almost Full (Hear Music) and his latest record since 2012’s Kisses on the Bottom (Hear Music) that featured covers of pop/jazz standards. According to RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie, “This could be one of the most important records to come down the pike in quite some time, based upon the quality and universal appeal of this wonderful new song, and hopefully the will and cleverness of both pop and rock radio to capitalize on the opportunity to play it with a strong sense of purpose.” The album includes 12 songs and several different producers. The single, “New” is produced by DJ Mark Ronson (previously collaborated with Amy Winehouse and Duran Duran). The other producers include Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Laura Marling) and Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine). Talking about making the album on BBC Radio 2 this morning, Sir Paul said: “The songs are quite varied. I was going to do one song with each producer and see who I got on with best but I got on with all of them. Paul Epworth is more, ‘let’s make it up,’ Ethan is more acoustically inclined.” The fourth producer on the record is Giles Martin, the son of legendary Beatles producer George Martin. According to the Doobster, “‘New’ reminds us of the original Beatles sound that was a highly nuanced blend of simple pop sensibilities with infinitely abstract and sophisticated overtones. It’s got the goods that made the Beatles special and all it needs is for radio to present it as such so as to put it directly into the brains of a wide spectrum of generations still interested in and attracted to the Beatles! This is an out-of-the-box number one radio song if there ever was one — and THAT’S what the RadioInfo charts are about: immediate airplay potency for stations smart enough to program on a minute-by-minute, song-by-song basis.” In another interview earlier today with BBC Radio 6, Sir Paul sums it up, “I think people will recognize it as definitely me.” The new Paul McCartney song “New” will debut next week at #1 on both the RadioInfo Pop and Rock Songs Charts. To hear Paul McCartney’s “New” please click here.
12 Years and Counting for WLNK’s Matt & Ramona. Greater Media Charlotte announces it has inked afternoon drive team Matt & Ramona to a new, multi-year deal to keep the pair with the station. The term of the contract is not being announced but Greater Media Charlotte vice president and market manager Rick Feinblatt is thrilled with the work Matt Harris (front, left) and Ramona Holloway (front, right) are doing at the hot AC station. “Matt and Ramona have done an amazing job in the afternoon drive slot on the station over the past 12 years. We are thrilled to be able to continue this exciting partnership and have them entertain our listeners for years to come.” In addition to being on the air on WLNK-FM, Ramona joined Colleen Odegaard as co-host of “Charlotte Today” back on January 7 for this year. The TV show airs from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon on Charlotte’s local NBC affiliate.
Will Hamrick Named OM at HitShop Records. HitShop Records announces Will Hamrick is being promoted to operations manager for the label. In his new role, Hamrick will manage the overall operations of the label and report to HitShop president, Skip Bishop, who states, “Having Will’s acutely focused attention on HitShop’s day-to-day operations is a perfect step for our company’s growth. I have great confidence in his ability to move us into the future!” The label says that Hamrick is a charter member of the Ramblin’ Music Group staff. He’s held key roles at the label including artist relations/day-to-day management for artist Weston Burt and radio promotions stints as national coordinator and secondary radio rep. The label says that in addition to his new role as operations manager, “he is involved in the innovative roll-out of dynamic new talent, Natalie Stovall and The Drive.” Hamrick says, “I’m incredibly excited and grateful to take on this new role for such an innovative and cutting-edge company. I look forward to working alongside Skip Bishop as we continue to grow HitShop Records.” He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 615-854-9749.
Leslie Sturm to AdLarge. Former three-year United Stations Radio Networks senior account executive Leslie Sturm joins the sales staff of AdLarge Media. The 1987 Rutgers graduate will be based in New York, where she will report to chief revenue officer, radio sales Don Wachsmith, who comments, “Leslie has a terrific combination of radio sales and advertising agency experience that gives her exceptional insight into advertisers’ needs and goals.” Co-founder/chief executive officer Gary Schonfeld remarks, “Leslie has exhibited an ability to pinpoint the core objective of an advertising campaign and identify the right platforms and environment for reaching and engaging a client’s target audience.” Meanwhile Sturm adds that she was “attracted to AdLarge as a growth company” and because of “its extensive array of premium sports and digital properties.” She adds, “AdLarge’s strong content and digital partnerships provide advertisers with customizable options for deep integration and multi-media campaigns.” Sturm previously was senior account manager at SiriusXM Satellite Radio; spent 10 years in ad sales for Premiere Radio Networks and MJI Broadcasting; and she was NW Ayer/MediaEdge‘s vice president, associate director of Network Radio.
NRG Media Names Terry Peters Market Manager for Northwoods Region. Based in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, NRG Media’s Northwoods Radio Operation consists of Rhinelander stations country WHDG, “Hot New Country”; adult hits WRHN; and classic country WOBT-AM/FM. The group also includes classic rock WRLO, Antigo and news/talk WLKD, Minoqua and oldies WMQA, Minoqua. Terry Peters assumes the market manager position for the cluster effective immediately. NRG Media COO Chuck DuCoty says, “We have selected a manager for this important cluster who meets all of our criteria including radio managerial experience, a broad depth of experience in industries important to our growth in radio and, equally important in this area, an understanding, appreciation and love of the unique area and lifestyle that is the Northwoods of Wisconsin.” In accepting the position, Peters states, “I am thrilled to be working with NRG Media in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, which I’ve always considered one of the most beautiful spots on earth!”
Steve Harvey Show Kicks Off Fall with A-List Guests and Jewelry Giveaway. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated urban morning program “The Steve Harvey Show” is launching into the fall season with a slate of high-profile guests and a jewelry giveaway during the week of September 9 – 13. Harvey is encouraging listeners to register online at SteveHarvey.com for the random drawings to take place during the week where, each day, one registrant will win a ladies diamond ring and a pair of men’s diamond cuff links. Special guests during the week will include: filmmaker Tyler Perry, hitmaker John Legend, HLN’s Nancy Grace and Clark Howard, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, and two of TV’s favorite doctors, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz.
Tom Joyner Celebrates Labor Day Weekend with ‘Family Reunion’ in Orlando. Reach Media-syndicated urban morning show host Tom Joyner, with sponsor Allstate Insurance Company, is presenting the “2013 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion” this weekend at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando. The weekend includes “stellar concerts, access to Universal Studios, Sea World and Islands of Adventure; interaction with celebrities and leaders, enlightening seminars, and endless activities for people of all ages inside the free expo that is open to the public.” Joyner says, “The Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion creates an atmosphere of one true family that celebrates people and what we love. When we first created this event, we wanted families to experience a truly spectacular vacation that was unique, all-inclusive, affordable and more than anything…entertaining. And not only have we done that, but we’ve done it for 10 years strong. We have created a new Black Family tradition that has come to represent entertainment, exclusivity and fun – and I hope we continue creating lifetime memories for families for another ten years and more.”
SiriusXM to Broadcast Mumford & Sons Concert Tonight. The Grammy Award-winning British act Mumford & Sons performed last night at the historic Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York. This evening (8/29) at 6:00 pm ET, SiriusXM will broadcast a recording of the concert and replay it several times over the Labor Day weekend. The Forest Hills Stadium at the West Side Tennis Club was once one of the “destination” venues for pop acts, having hosted The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, to name a few. For a number of reasons, the stadium ceased to be a concert venue and fell into disrepair. This summer, the club began bringing concerts back to the stadium.
20 Complete RAB/BMI Scholarship Training Seminar. On August 20 and 21, 20 scholarship recipients were welcomed at the BMI offices in Nashville to complete the Sixth Annual Rising Through the Ranks, Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program, presented by the Radio Advertising Bureau in conjunction with BMI and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group. The two-day course emphasized the specific needs of women in management roles, including enhancing their overall management knowledge and skills. Some 15 executives working in the radio business presented courses to the scholarship attendees. RAB president and CEO Erica Farber states, “The future of our industry is in good hands with this year’s class of scholarship recipients. With the help of the RAB, BMI and MIW, these women are poised to lead their teams and our business. They are energized, empowered, and ready to implement the lessons learned at this seminar.” The group of 20 plus instructors are pictured here.
Cox Media Group Ups Jeff Garrison to Country Format Leader. KCYY, San Antonio “Y100” program director and San Antonio OM Jeff Garrison is being named country radio format leader for Cox Media Group. In this role, Garrison will work closely with Steve Smith, CMG’s VP of radio programming, and all of CMG’s country music program directors at the company’s six country stations – Orlando’s WWKA, Houston’s KKBQ, Dayton’s WHKO, Tulsa’s KWEN and Athens’ WNGC. Smith states, “I’ve known Jeff for 25 years, and I’m delighted that CMG can tap this country radio veteran programmer who has tremendous results. During his short time with CMG San Antonio, he has taken ‘Y100’ from seventh in the market to second with listeners 25 to 54, and we’re a hair away from being #1 in the market.” CMG EVP of radio Kim Guthrie adds, “We are proud that Jeff is taking on these additional responsibilities, and I am confident he will be a huge resource to our country program directors. CMG has some of the biggest super brands in the country format, and adding Jeff to the strategic teams at each station will help us leverage our strength in this format.”
Rumors of the Biggest Radio Deal of the Year Wake Industry from End-of-Summer Doldrums. Numerous industry sources and trade journals are speculating that Cumulus Media is very close to announcing a deal to acquire Dial Global. The enticing story is further enhanced by rumors that the Dial Global programming could soon be heard under one of its previously-owned and utilized banners, Westwood One – the name to which Dial Global still has the rights after the high profile “merger” of the companies back in 2011 in which parent company Triton Media Group absorbed Westwood One into its Dial Global property – and that Cumulus Media plans to offset some of the cost of the acquisition by selling some of its small- and medium-market stations to Townsquare Media which has been in an acquisition mode. If consummated, Cumulus would have the sports play-by-play that’s been the bread and butter of the former Westwood One and would also obtain the Dial Global 24/7 music formats, some of which would be duplicative of its own music formats that came with the acquisition of the old ABC Radio Networks. This is not to mention, of course, the sales and programming staff that come with each. The big question on everyone’s mind is what does this all mean in terms of a master business strategy and how implementation of that strategy will influence jobs and the various players’ control over the marketplace? First of all, everything already published in the industry about this has been based on rumor and speculation with little clarified information being directly provided by the principals involved. That being acknowledged, should such a deal or set of deals come to fruition, it is highly likely that the answers to these questions will come as an afterthought…or certainly after the deals are consummated. As for now, the main impetus at work is the intense need on the part of both Cumulus and Dial Global to avoid or at least forestall the debt crisis facing each of them in a mutually advantageous way and, hopefully, make some sense out of the pieces after the new configuration resulting from such a deal fall into place. As far as Townsquare is concerned, if all of this is true, they are being intelligently opportunistic in their move to build a larger and more potent ownership of viable radio broadcasting outlets and are probably staying up late at night sharpening their pencils. Stay tuned!
Cody Robinson New Midday Jock at KZZO, Sacramento. CBS Radio’s hot AC KZZO, Sacramento “NOW 100.5” names Cody Robinson midday personality. Robinson comes to KZZO from her most recent position at Beasley Philadelphia where she was working weekends at urban contemporary WRDW “Wired 96.5.” “NOW 100.5” PD Chad Rufer states, “The minute I met Cody I knew she was a perfect fit for ‘NOW.’ She eats, sleeps, and breathes the lifestyle of the station and that’s not something that can be taught. She’s going to be an amazing asset to our team.” Robinson adds, “Working for CBS has been a dream of mine ever since I started in radio. I’m very excited to get to Sacramento and be a part of the team at ‘NOW 100.5.’” Her new gig starts September 16.
Ron Ahern Returns to CBS Pittsburgh for Creative Services Director Role. Production and creative pro Ron Ahern fills the slot vacated by Drake Donovan who exited the CBS Pittsburgh cluster to focus on his voiceover work (though he remains the voice of country WDSY “Y108”). As the creative services director, Ahern will work primarily with hot AC WBZZ “100.7 Star” and “Y108.” Operations manager Mark Anderson says, “We talked with some strong candidates about this opportunity. Ron showed us very quickly that he has the passion and creativity that you just can’t teach. I’m really excited to bring him back to our CBS Radio Pittsburgh family.”
‘Earthquake’ Hits New York City. YMF Media’s urban contemporary WBLS, New York adds comedian Earthquake to the afternoon drive show alongside current host Déjà Vu. Earthquake takes over for Jeff Foxx who remains with the station for weekends. Earthquake is a familiar voice on radio as a regular contributor to Premiere Networks’ Steve Harvey show. He’s also filled in for Harvey. WBLS operations manager Skip Dillard says, “Earthquake’s been on his grind for quite some time! He loves radio and I can’t wait to help him realize his dream of becoming an afternoon star in New York City radio.”
Carol Vonn and Terry Love Join ‘1290 Martini Radio.’ As Milwaukee Radio Alliance continues to develop adult standards WZTI “1290 Martini Radio,” the company adds two familiar personalities to the station. Carol Vonn – who currently co-hosts the morning show on sister AC WLDB “B93.3” – now also hosts the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show. Terry Love, a personality on WZTI when it was urban talk and music hybrid WMCS, takes over the 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm program. Operations manager Stan Atkinson says, “As we continue to build ‘1290 Martini Radio,’ the next step was to add more local personalities to the lineup. I’m thrilled to add Carol Vonn to middays and Terry Love to afternoons.”
Clear Channel Seeking New Indy OM. With the departure of Buzz Casey from the director of operations post at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Indianapolis cluster, the company is seeking a new operations manager. The post includes oversight of classic rock WFBQ “Q95,” alternative WRZX “X103,” and sports talk WNDE. Applicants send their materials to email@example.com
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Cynthia Fox – former KLOS, Los Angeles midday personality, who exited that post in July – joins Bonneville’s crosstown classic rock KSWD “100.3 The Sound” for weekend and fill-in work…..At Cumulus Media’s country WSM-FM, Nashville “95.5 Wolf FM,” Lisa Manning moves from morning co-host to afternoon drive displacing Jeff Lyon. He becomes morning show producer at the company’s sister country WKDF…..Darren Rose exits Clear Channel’s alternative KYSR, Los Angeles where he was assistant PD, music director and on-air personality…..Chris “CK” Hall becomes part of the “Juice Crew Morning Show” at Clear Channel’s rhythmic CHR KBOS, Fresno “B95.”
HOLLAND COOKE: The Best of the West. Radio consultant Holland Cooke’s end-of-summer vacation to California provided him the chance to pocket some consultant “gold nuggets” in the form of in-market observations of some the best radio in the West. There’s a lot of good radio being done in the Golden State but Cooke offers up three examples that really stuck with him and that apply to practitioners of both talk and music formats. Take a few minutes to dig into HC’s thoughts about KGO’s Ronn Owens; CBS Radio’s “K-Earth” and baseball on the radio here.
Erica Farber to Moderate “The State of Radio Advertising and Sales” at Talkers Los Angeles 2013. In what promises to be a “don’t-miss” sequel to one of the highlights of the recent Talkers New York 2013 June convention, RAB president/CEO Erica Farber will follow-up her excellent performance as moderator of the panel discussion, “The State of Radio Advertising and Sales” at the forthcoming Talkers Los Angeles 2013 on Thursday, October 10 in Hollywood, California. Only this time around, it will be with a new set of panelists and the focus will be on the local level of radio station and program operations. Scheduled to joining Farber on the panel are Terry Fahy, VP/GM, Salem Los Angeles; Ron Hartenbaum, CEO/president, WYD/WYM Media; Christopher Pendl, creative director, Bonneville Seattle; Paul Vandenburgh, president/GM/host, WGDJ, Albany, NY; and one more to be announced. The panel will take a sweeping overview of the issues facing radio sales today including concerns about commercial quality and clutter, selling in a PPM world, maximizing ratings-credit, the image of talk radio on the agency level and marketing across multi-media platforms, among others. The gathering is already closing in on being an advance sellout so it is advisable for media professionals interested in attending to register now. A sellout is expected by the end of this week. It is again being presented in association with the Los Angeles Press Club and held at the historic Steve Allen Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. Registrations – $149 per person – can only be taken over the phone. So don’t wait – avoid being shut out. For sponsorship information or to register, call 413-565-5413.
NAB’s Valerie Schulte to Retire. National Association of Broadcasters announces the retirement of NAB general counsel Valerie Schulte, effective Friday. Schulte has served with the NAB since 1980 and, according to EVP of communications Dennis Wharton, “has worked on many of the most important issues before the FCC for free and local broadcasters – including children’s television regulations, the digital TV transition, digital radio issues, and legal issues related to satellite radio. The NAB family wishes Valerie nothing but the best in her retirement.”
Curtis Media Buys Greensboro Translator CP. Through Eastern Airwaves LLC, Curtis Media purchases the construction permit for FM translator W228CM in Greensboro, North Carolina. Curtis is buying the property for $125,000 from Wake Forest University. Bob Heyman of Media Services Group was the exclusive broker representing Curtis.
Mick Lee Takes PD, PM Drive Post at ‘93.9 My FM’ in Chicago. Programmer Mick Lee moves from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Baltimore CHR WZFT “Z104.3” to Chicago hot AC WLIT “93.9 My FM” where he’ll program the station and host the afternoon drive show. CC Chicago vice president of programming Tommy Austin states, “Mick has spent the last three years with the elite team in the Washington-Baltimore corridor and we look forward to applying that knowledge to ‘My FM.’ He will be a terrific addition to our team.” Lee has been with WZFT since 2010. He comments, “I am thrilled to join the already incredible programming team in Chicago and look forward to growing the new ’93.9 My FM’ brand. Thank you to Tommy Austin, Earl Jones and Clay Hunnicutt for the amazing opportunity. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Meg Stevens, Dennis Lamme and the entire DC-Baltimore cluster and I’m excited to take this next step in my career.”
CBS Reports Q2 Revenue for Radio ‘Even.’ CBS quarterly investors’ conference calls have always been pretty much about television and yesterday’s 2013 Q2 call was no different. It’s not that CBS doesn’t care about radio. President and CEO Les Moonves has stated in previous calls that they like radio. He doesn’t gush about it like he does about TV but CBS has no debt on the radio side and therefore it’s a cash business for the company. During yesterday’s call CBS COO Joseph Ianiello termed radio “even” during the second quarter compared to the same period a year ago and told investors the division is pacing flat for Q3. For CBS, total revenue was up 11% year-to-year due mostly to fees paid by television operators to carry CBS TV stations as well as international syndication deals and digital streaming revenue.
Journal Broadcast Group’s Radio Division Up 2.3% in Q2. Journal Communications announced 2013 second quarter financials yesterday and the Journal Broadcast Group breaks out the radio division from the television segment. It reports that, compared to the same quarter a year ago, revenue from radio stations increased 2.3% to $19.9 million, or 4.7% excluding political revenue. Radio political advertising revenue was $0.1 million, compared to $0.5 million. Local advertising revenue — excluding political — increased 5%, primarily due to an increase in retail advertising. National advertising revenue — excluding political — decreased 4.9% to $1.8 million, primarily due to a decrease in media advertising. Operating earnings from radio stations were $3.8 million compared to $4.4 million, a decrease of 13.8% or a decrease of 19.0% excluding acquisition costs in both years. Radio operating expenses increased 7.1%, or 9.3% excluding acquisition costs in both years, primarily due to employee-related expense increases and the impact of credits received from an industry-wide music licensing fee settlement in 2012.
Derrick Martin Upped to Market Manager at CC Norfolk. Derrick Martin has been general sales manager at Clear Channel’s St. Louis cluster since 2008. Now, the company promotes Martin to market manager at its Norfolk, Virginia operations. Clear Channel SVP of operations Northeast Kevin LeGrett states, “I am thrilled to have Derrick Martin join our team of high performers at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Norfolk. Derrick has excelled throughout his career and I am excited to see the results he will bring in growing our audience, revenues, and exceptional talent while implementing superior initiatives!” Martin comments, “One of the great things about working for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is the company’s commitment to growing talent and rewarding opportunity from within. I am very excited to join the Norfolk team.”
Gigi South to Head Up L&L’s Savannah and Hilton Head Stations. Gigi South most recently was market manager for Clear Channel’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama cluster. Now, she’s been tapped by Larry Wilson’s L&L Broadcasting to serve as market manager for its newly acquired Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina clusters. In a statement, L&L CEO Bob Proffitt says, “Gigi is ideally suited to lead our team in Georgia and South Carolina. She understands the passion, energy and commitment necessary to win with our live & local approach to radio broadcasting.”
Sara Perry Debuts New PM Drive Show on ‘100.7 Jack FM’ in San Diego. Midwest Television’s adult hits KFMB-FM, San Diego “100.7 Jack FM” has a new afternoon show as Sara Perry returns the station debuting a new show called the “No-Request Ride Home” airing from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm weekdays. Perry began her career as an intern at KFMB in her final semester at SDSU. Little did she know that would only kick start a now 13-year career at KFMB. She says, “I feel so lucky to have been given this awesome opportunity at the same station I started at as an intern. KFMB has some of the best in the business and I can’t wait to be back in the mix once again.” PD Mike O’Reilly states, “When Dave, Shelly, & Chainsaw arrived at ‘Jack FM’ in 2010, they helped add a new layer of fun, excitement and energy to morning drive. It’s time we do the same on the way home. Sara is San Diego! She’s busy with life, she’s no-nonsense, she’s a mom, and she’s a friend! Her genuine, contagious personality is the secret ingredient that will further help solidify Jack FM’s unique role in San Diego radio.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Alexa Smith moves from CBS Radio’s Sacramento stations where she was morning co-host at rhythmic CHR KSFM to the company’s smooth AC KTWV, Los Angeles “94.7 The Wave” to serve as assistant program director…..Rick Moore adds morning drive co-host duties to his workload at Journal Broadcast Group’s country KTTS, Springfield, Missouri alongside Summer Stevens. Moore also serves as the cluster’s production director.
Norfolk-Virginia Beach to Get New Triple A Duo. Dan Snyder-owned Red Zebra sells sports radio combo WXTG-AM/FM “The Game” to local operator Local Voice Media which will flip the duo to a triple A format soon. The price of the stations and seven acres of property in Hampton is $1.2 million and, according to the Daily Press, the stations will continue to air Washington Nationals baseball through the rest of the season and will be Washington Redskins affiliates during the 2013 season. Additionally, the paper reports that two staffers – AE and air talent Greg Bicouvaris and production director Brock Briggs will remain employed with the new owners. Local Voice Media also operates triple A WTYD, Williamsburg, Virginia “92.3 The Tide.” The Daily Press notes Richmond, Virginia investment firm Blue Heron Capital recently completed a $3 million investment in Local Voice Media, formerly known as Davis Media. The firm began investing in the company two years ago and has helped it expand into Columbia, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina.
Country Radio Seminar Limited Rate Sold Out. Country Radio Seminar executive director Bill Mayne announces the special, limited time $349 registration rate for the CRS 2014 is no longer available. The rate was made available to the first 349 registrants or through August 15, whichever came first and as of July 31 the 349-registrant limit was reached. The early bird registration rate of $399 is now available at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. A ticket to the annual “New Faces of Country Music Show” is included with CRS registrations until the event is sold out. The “New Faces of Country Music” show has been sold out in advance for three consecutive years. CRS 2014 is being held at the downtown Nashville Convention Center February 19-21, 2014.
Steve Harvey Hosts the 2013 Ford Neighborhood Awards Next Weekend. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated urban morning host and television personality Steve Harvey is hosting the 11th annual Ford Neighborhood Awards show (formerly the Hoodie Awards) in Las Vegas August 9-11. The program will include performances and appearances by Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Jaheim, Mary Mary, Tamar Braxton, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, KEM, Charlie Wilson, TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank), and more. Premiere states, “The unpredictable awards show celebrates the impactful service of neighborhood businesses, churches, community leaders, and educators from across the nation – as star presenters and performers from the world of gospel and R&B music, television and entertainment, and crowds of revelers converge on Las Vegas.” The awards show will culminate with the special presentation from title sponsor Ford to the Best Community Leader category winner, who will receive a donation of $30,000 to be used towards their church or non-profit organization. Steve Harvey (pictured here at last year’s awards show) says, “The Neighborhood Awards is an awards show unlike any other, honoring those who are the stars of their neighborhoods, the people and places who have made indispensable contributions and continue to inspire their neighbors. They are an everyday inspiration and I look forward to celebrating all the nominees at the show!”
Radio Pro and ‘Country Oldies Show’ Host Steve Warren Celebrates 50 Years in Radio. Steve Warren is celebrating his 50th year in the radio business. The host of the Envision Radio Networks-syndicated “Country Oldies Show” — part of the 200 affiliates of the Envision Country Network – got his first paying radio gig in the summer of 1963 at WKLO, Louisville. Warren, who grew up across the river in New Albany, Indiana, says, “In those days, there were two hot top 40 stations in Louisville, WKLO and WAKY. I was a WKLO guy and dreamed of working there while attending junior and senior high school. I beat their door down for several weeks before they found a summer job for me.” Envision president and CEO Danno Wolkoff states, “As soon as we heard ‘The Country Oldies Show,’ we knew this program would find a place on country stations with its extensive music library and veteran host/programmer Steve Warren at the helm. For the past 50 years, there has been no one like Steve Warren on the radio!” Warren was one of the first program directors and on-air personalities at Sirius Satellite Radio, developing all of Sirius’ country music channels. In fact, Steve is still on the air at SiriusXM as a news announcer for the Howard Stern show, and he is executive producer of Chinamerica Radio, a 24-hour internet station featuring top contemporary Chinese pop music.
Carrie Underwood Kicks Off Celebrity Takeover of ‘After Midnite.’ Country star Carrie Underwood is the first star to guest host Premiere Networks’ “After Midnight” syndicated radio program hosting the show August 1 and 2. With the departure of longtime host Blair Garner, Premiere is opening the mic to country music superstars to guest host the show through the rest of 2013 and Underwood is the first of 20 artists who will appear on the program. The rest of August will be hosted by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood and Jake Owen. Underwood is pictured here in the studio recording her first “After Midnight” program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.