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NAB Show convention coverage by consultant Holland Cooke
LAS VEGAS – Applause to 2014 Crystal Award winning stations, who were honored at Tuesday’s Radio Luncheon, after-which came one helluva moment, Steve Harvey’s NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame acceptance speech.
It began every bit as hilarious as you’d expect, then turned suddenly, stunningly, emotional, the kind of from-the-heart moment that defines great big characters. He tearfully applauded the Crystal winners, declaring that “radio is about the community, about the people. Every radio station can play the same songs. [The Crystal winners] are doing radio the way radio should be done.”
DOOBIE: Time for Music Radio to Reinvent Itself. Radioinfo music editor/director Duane Doobie delivers a timely message in a new thought-piece posted today (3/3). He boldly challenges music radio to cut its ties to obsolete notions of its past role in pop culture and reinvent itself upon the universal basics by which it has survived well over a half-century of changes in its methods to deliver tunes to the hungry ears of the American public. Doobie says “be convenient and unique.” To find out what else he says, read the entire piece by clicking here.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (3/3)) includes such names as: Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Daft Punk, Alexis Keegan, Hedley, New Hollow, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Mike Posner, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo, Pitbull, Train, Ninja Sex Party, Phonat, Jamiroquai, Fareoh, Cash Cash, Knocks, Lush & Simon, SHato & Paul Rockseek, DJ Kool, Party Favor, Lily Allen, Digital Farm Animals, VanLadyLove, Findlay, Temples, Oasis, Beatles, Team Me, Elizabeth Cook, Danni Nicholls, Mama Bluegrass Band, Ben Rush, Mandy Barnett, Alison Krauss and Don Gibson among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Clear Channel Extends Doc Wynter’s Deal; Expands Role. The urban programming at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will continue to be supervised by senior vice president of urban programming Doc Wynter as he extends his contract with the company and adds new duties. Wynter will continue to serve as urban and urban adult contemporary brand manager. The company states that as part of his expanded role, Wynter will join Dennis Clark’s talent development team, now coaching talent across a variety of formats. He will continue working with key urban program directors and syndicated talent like Steve Harvey, Keith Sweat and “The Breakfast Club” and will expand his responsibilities to key talent and stations across all formats. “He’ll also continue working with record label partners to identify opportunities to leverage Clear Channel’s platform to introduce new hip hop and R&B artists and music to listeners through digital and on-air assets as well as live events and create the format’s quarterly ultimate contest.” Wynter has been with Clear Channel since 1988 and is responsible for successfully launching a number of urban stations including “Power 105.1” in New York and, most recently, WMIB in Miami and “93.7 The Beat” in Houston.
Todd & Erin Back on the Air on ‘Rewind 100.7’ in Salt Lake City. The husband and wife morning show team of Todd and Erin Collard has been off the air in the Salt Lake City market for the past eight months while they sat out a non-compete from their previous gig at Cumulus-owned KBEE “B98.7” in July of last year. Today, they start wake-ups at Simmons’ classic hits KYMV “Rewind 100.7.” (The station is being sold by Simmons to Broadway Media which is operating it under an LMA until the deal closes.) According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the duo is replacing program director Justin Taylor who is taking his on-air work to the evening slot.
Jonathan Wilde to Leave ‘92.5 The Wolf’ in Denver. The program director and morning host at Wilks Licenses-owned KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf” announces he’s leaving the station after four years. Jonathan Wilde – a three-time CMA major market personality of the year – writes in a memo to his staff, “I want to thank Jeff Wilks and Jeff Sanders for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to take ‘The Wolf’ and completely turn it around and make it a viable second country outlet in this market. We’ve done a lot in four years, including the hurdle of neutralizing the market from a concert standpoint and gain reporting status with the labels.” Bo Reynolds jumps over from sister classic hits KXKL for mornings and current music director and midday host Brooke Diaz will work on programming duties alongside corporate programmer Mike Kennedy.
Changes in Morning Talent at South Jersey Rockers. A story in the Press of Atlantic City outlines the changes at Equity Communications’ classic rock WZXL, Wildwood, New Jersey and crosstown competition Longport Media’s rock WMGM. The current WZXL morning team of Joe Ciappana and Scott Friedman will exit after this week and be replaced by former WMGM morning hosts Joseph “JoJo” Borsello and Scotty Reilly. While WZXL has its new jocks in place beginning March 10, WMGM tells the paper it is still seeking a new morning show to replace the departed JoJo & Scotty. Longport Media president Dave Coskey says, “Paul Kelly, our vice president of programming, will search for the best morning team he can find and put them on the air. But we don’t have any plans to announce it yet.”
Lawrence Named Director of Sales at Revenue Development Resources. After 14 years of service to the Radio Advertising Bureau, Bob Lawrence becomes director of sales for Revenue Development Resources. He states, “It’s exciting to be representing the valuable services that RDR offers to broadcasters, and to once again team with RDR president/CEO Mark Levy. I look forward to more of the kind of successes that Mark and I achieved during our years working together at the RAB.” Says Levy, “Bob joining us is like old-home week. With former RAB team members Tim Foley and now Bob Lawrence on the team, it’s like working with family again!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Cumulus Media’s Pensacola cluster, JJ Waters is named the new vice president of sales. Waters served for 19 years with Clear Channel as director of sales in the Pensacola and Mobile markets before leaving the radio biz in 2003…..Programmer Lance Ballance is named operations manager for Cumulus Media’s Worcester, Massachusetts stations and PD for hot AC WXLO. He most recently served as program director at Sun Broadcasting’s rock WXNX, Fort Myers.
Cumulus Flips Oldies WOMG, Columbia to ‘NASH 98.5.’ This addition to Cumulus Media’s “NASH FM” family of country stations isn’t a rebranding of a current country outlet but a flip from oldies. WOMG, Columbia, South Carolina flipped to “NASH FM 98.5” on Friday, February 28 at 5:00 pm. The company reports that the station will “feature exclusive NASH programming content including ‘America’s Morning Show’ with Blair Garner, Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks, ‘NASH Nights Live’ with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith and ‘Kickin’ It with Kix’ with Kix Brooks and Suzanne Alexander. The station will also feature program director T.J. McKay in the afternoon. EVP and COO John Dickey adds, “We are excited to introduce ‘NASH FM 98.5’ as we continue to grow the ‘NASH’ brand across the country. ‘NASH FM 98.5’ listeners and advertisers will benefit greatly from the variety of country lifestyle content opportunities associated with the ‘NASH’ brand.”
WMYR, Fort Myers Re-Brands as ‘Twang 106.7.’ The new classic country-formatted station is a simulcast on WMYR-AM, Fort Myers and translator W249AN at 106.7 and now features local talent “Super Dave” Logan as program director and afternoon drive host and Allyn Black serving as morning drive personality. The Gulf Breeze Radio-owned station’s website says, “We’re playing classics from the country stars that you know on a first name basis…Patsy, Willie, Waylon, Merle, Johnny, Reba and George. But we’re ‘Classic Country and More’…so you’ll hear some great tunes from artists that made country rock, like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Marshall Tucker and The Charlie Daniels Band!”
FCC Kills CIN Study…at Least for Now. The Federal Communications Commission issued a brief statement late Friday afternoon ending the current form of the Critical Information Needs study that has enraged broadcasters since it was announced last May. Recently, as the beginning of the study approached this spring, broadcasters – and many from the public arena – had re-stoked their disapproval. The FCC’s statement on February 28 was: “The FCC will not move forward with the Critical Information Needs study. The Commission will reassess the best way to fulfill its obligation to Congress to identify barriers to entry into the communications marketplace faced by entrepreneurs and other small businesses.” Commissioner Ajit Pai, who had publicly criticized the scope of the study, said, “I am pleased that the FCC has canceled its Critical Information Needs study. In our country, the government does not tell the people what information they need. Instead, news outlets and the American public decide that for themselves. I look forward to working with my colleagues to identify and remove actual barriers to entry into the communications industry. This newsroom study was a distraction from that important goal.”
Legendary Pittsburgh DJ ‘Porky’ Chedwick Dead at 96. A man to whom many give credit for bridging the gap between black and white pop music in the late 1940s and the 1950s passed away on Sunday morning (3/2) after complaining of pain and being rushed to the hospital. Craig “Porky” Chedwick (pictured here in a promo shot) – who used on-air monikers such as “Daddio of the Raddio” and “Platter Pushin’ Papa” – began his career on WAMO, Homestead, Pennsylvania in 1948. At the time, there were no radio stations serving the black population in the market and “race records,” as they were called, were not getting airplay until Chedwick started playing them. Numerous black artists credit Chedwick for helping get their records on the radio. He worked on the air in Pittsburgh for more than 60 years.
John Legend Visits KBLX, San Francisco. R&B star John Legend (left) chats with KBLX, San Francisco personality Nikki Thomas (right) in the KBLX studios recently during his visit for an in-depth interview and live performance. Legend performed four songs, including his current hit “All of Me.” Thomas says Legend opened up about his marriage to Victoria’s Secret model Chrissy Tiegen. She adds, “John Legend is nothing less but the definition of a true performer, gentlemen and philanthropist. He’s a pleasure to interview every time and he’s always welcomed inside KBLX Lounge.”
CBS Reports Radio Segment Down 4% in Q4 2013; Company Up 6%. While CBS Corporation CEO, president and director Les Moonves spoke glowingly about the performance of CBS Corporation as a whole during yesterday’s Q4 conference call, the radio segment was not part of the celebration and loss of political advertising was given the lion’s share of the blame. The company’s report indicates that after taking political out of the picture, CBS RADIO was flat compared to the same quarter in 2012. Moonves was upbeat about the radio division saying, “In radio, we continue to put an emphasis on great, local programming, which is leading to bigger audiences. During the most recent ratings period, we had double-digit ranking gains in the highly coveted 25- to 54-year-old demo in many of our major markets, and non-traditional revenue from special events was up double digits over one year ago. Our strategy to combine the company’s local TV and radio websites into a single online presence in every market also continues to pay off. In 2013, revenue was up 21% over the year before, and the momentum is continuing here in ’14, including a new record of nearly 57 million unique users in January. I’m also very pleased with the success of our CBS Interactive business. Revenue was up 14% during the quarter, and we continue to see very rapid growth in mobile ad revenue, which was up 118%, and it helped to increase profit substantially.” Thanks to Seeking Alpha for the transcript. Members can read the whole conference call here.
Nielsen Q4 Revenue Up 11.8%; Rises 5.5% for 2013. Media ratings giant Nielsen Holdings N.V. issues its fourth quarter 2013 and full-year financial reports and states that Q4 revenue was $1.6 billion, an increase of 11.8% over the same period in 2012. For the full year of 2013, the company says its revenue was $5.7 billion, a jump of 5.5% over the full year of 2012. The company reports its free cash flow for 2013 increased 34.5% to $573 million from $426 million in 2012 while cash flow from operations increased 14.9% to $901 million in 2013 from $784 million in 2012. The result is the adjusted net income per share on a diluted basis for 2013 was $2.02, up 19.5% compared to $1.69 in the full year 2012. Nielsen acquired radio ratings firm Arbitron during 2013 and the move paid off. The Arbitron business helped add 9.3% to Nielsen’s Q4 revenue and 2.5% to its 2013 revenue.
Clear Channel Renews Promotional Deal with Relativity. In a statement, Clear Channel says that the renewed cross-media marketing collaboration between it and media company Relativity will include one-of-a-kind campaigns promoting upcoming movies on the part of Clear Channel while Relativity will provide exclusive content created by its filmmakers and talent that will be shared with listeners and viewers through various Clear Channel platforms. “The programs will also include organic promotional support from popular radio personalities such as Ryan Seacrest, Elvis Duran, Dan Patrick and Steve Harvey; naturally integrated film imaging across local stations and iHeartRadio’s national digital and mobile ad units; homepage website takeovers; and national and local on-air commercial inventory.” Clear Channel says previous successful collaborations between the companies included campaigns for the films “Limitless,” “Immortals,” “Act of Valor,” “Safe Haven” and “Free Birds.”
Savannah’s WXYY Names Bristol PD. Former Cumulus Providence operations manager Tony Bristol is appointed program director of L&L Broadcasting, Savannah hot AC WXYY “Y-107.9.” L&L Broadcasting Savannah-Hilton Head vice president and market manager Gigi South remarks, “Tony is a legendary programmer of female formats and we are honored to have him join our growing team of programming pros in Savannah. He is the perfect fit for Savannah’s ‘Y-107.9.” Director of programming Scott Mahalick comments, “Tony is a phenomenal talent and program director. His knowledge and dynamic energy will rock the Savannah market.” In thanking L&L Broadcasting chief executive officer Bob Proffitt, South, Mahalick, and operations manager Gabe Reynolds, Bristol notes that he is happy, “for the opportunity to get back in the game in beautiful Savannah. Live and local radio truly exists. I am honored and excited to be a part of their vision and grateful for their confidence in my contribution to grow their brands.” In addition to his Providence OM duties, Bristol programmed Cumulus CHR WPRO-FM and adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105.” He previously was music director at Hartford hot AC WTIC-FM; Citadel‘s CHR format captain; and he programmed CHR WKCI, New Haven and hot AC WDAQ, Danbury, Connecticut.
Stella Prado Kuipers Lands at Salem Los Angeles. The successful, former KOST, Los Angeles program director joins Salem Communications to serve in the sales department working on multi-media marketing for Christian talk KKLA, Los Angeles. Stella Prado Kuipers made her announcement on her Facebook page where she wrote: “A new chapter in my life has begun and I’m proud to announce as of March 3rd I am an employee of Salem Communications Radio Broadcasting company! My position is multi-media marketing and I am thrilled to be a part of this company! I’m sooooo excited!” Kuipers had been with Clear Channel’s AC KOST for 20 years – eight as program director – before she was let go in December of 2012.
Seigler to Manage Brazos Valley Communications’ Bryan-College Station, Texas Cluster. After serving as sales manager for the cluster since 2012 (he joined the company in 2004) John Seigler is promoted to general manager for the group that includes country KORA, oldies KAPN, hip hop KBXT “101.9 The Beat,” rock KJXJ, and regional Mexican KTAM-AM. Brazos Valley Communications general partner Tommy Vascocu states, “We’re extremely pleased to have John Seigler heading our Bryan-College Station radio group. John’s done outstanding work in building strong relationships with community leaders and business owners in the Brazos Valley. He’s a very talented individual with extensive experience in developing, leading and executing creative, problem-solving solutions for our customers and community partners on behalf of these radio stations. John’s been a valuable contributing member of the Bryan-College Station community for many years. We’re excited for him to lead our talented group of radio professionals.”
Scott Shannon Tells NY Daily News He’ll Be Back on Radio. According to a report by David Hinckley of the New York Daily News, Scott Shannon told him – from a golf course in Florida – that he’s planning to be back on the radio in some form “in a couple of weeks.” The former, longtime WPLJ, New York morning star who left the station last week, tells the paper, “It’s not an option that I will leave radio. I retired from WPLJ, not from radio. I love radio. I love doing a morning show. I love getting to know the listeners.” He says, “I’d be open to satellite radio. I like the idea of talking to people all across the country.” He also tells Hinckley he’s “optimistic” Cumulus will continue to syndicate his True Oldies Channel.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. With the announcement by Emmis that Deon Levingston would manage its soon-to-be three urban stations in New York as it acquires urban AC WBLS and gospel WLIB from YFM Media, current hip hop WQHT “Hot 97” general manager Alex Cameron will exit the Emmis New York offices…..Legendary air personality Pat St. John – currently heard on classic hits WCBS-FM, New York on weekends and on SiriusXM during the week – announces that he’s the new weekday afternoon host on SiriusXM’s “60s on 6” channel. He can be heard from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET…..Marty McFly – until recently both PD and morning host at Cumulus Media’s country WKDF, Nashville – slides across the hall to serve as morning host at co-owned country WSM-FM where he takes over for exiting Rick Marino. Cumulus added Blair Garner’s “America’s Morning Show” to the lineup at WKDF as part of the national rollout of the show…..At Digity-owned hot AC WHBC, Canton, Ohio, morning show cast member and interactive specialist Matt Fantone exits the company with the elimination of his position…..John Gordnier, local AE for Colonial Media & Entertainment’s classic hits WXMT, Smethport, Pennsylvania “The Mountain,” has successfully met the requirements to earn the designation of Radio Marketing Professional (RMP) as certified by the Radio Advertising Bureau. The RMP designation is the first step in a comprehensive, multi-level training and certification program developed and administered by the Radio Advertising Bureau.
NAB to Feature RAB Sales and Marketing Sessions. The Radio Advertising Bureau will present five revenue- and growth-oriented presentations at this year’s NAB Show. RAB president and chief executive officer Erica Farber explains that, “The RAB is in the business of helping sellers on the street close deals and help drive revenue for the radio industry. These sessions will drive home key lessons and tools of the trade. NAB Show attendees will find these sessions invaluable to their future success in the broadcast business.” Specifically, the Radio Advertising Bureau’s focus will be “Lunch and Learn – A Discussion on Radio’s Four Significant Issues;” “Concentrating on Core Radio Revenues;” “Creative Radio Commercial Production and Imaging;” and “Rapid-Fire Revenue Generators for Small and Medium Market Radio.” The NAB Show will be held April 5 – 10 in Las Vegas.
WDVI-FM and WHAM in Rochester Hold Radiothon to Benefit Children’s Hospital. Today and tomorrow Clear Channel Rochester stations hot AC WDVI “100.5 The Drive” and news/talk WHAM are broadcasting the annual “Drive For Miracles Radiothon” to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital live from the lobby of Strong Hospital. Throughout the event, on-air personalities from each station will talk with current and former patients, their families, and the hard-working hospital staff that “creates miracles” every day. Personalities including WHAM’s Chet Walker, Bob Lonsberry, Shari Smith, Joe Lomonaco, and Bob Matthews and WDVI’s Bill Moran, Julie, JP, and “The Mayor” Pete Kennedy will broadcast from the hospital.
Clear Channel Goes with DC-Based Elliot Segal for WOR, New York Morning Show. In announcing its new program schedule for news/talk WOR, New York (which includes the arrival of Premiere’s Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity), Clear Channel Media + Entertainment throws a curveball to industry watchers and names “DC101” morning drive host Elliot Segal the new morning drive show, replacing the retiring John Gambling. The “Elliot in the Morning” show will continue to air on Clear Channel’s rock WWDC as well as rock WRXL, Richmond “XL 102.” Segal says, “I’m excited to be coming back to New York, to a station with such a legendary history. We have built something very special in Washington, DC and Richmond and I’m beyond thrilled that the show will continue airing on DC/101 and XL-102. Now, WOR will be home to ‘Elliot In The Morning’ and I couldn’t be more anxious to get going.” This move is particularly significant because it is the first time in recent memory that a major market heritage AM news/talk station will be carrying the same show that is running on a major market heritage FM music station. Although there is nothing new about major FM music stations running talk (or talk-oriented) programs in their lineups (usually in morning drive), this move marks a significant breakthrough in mixing the cultures within a single outlet’s stationality. The implications of this, should it be successful, will be huge. Clear Channel notes Mark Simone follows Segal from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. After that it’s Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Andy Dean and Dave Ramsey. Joan Hamburg – a longtime WOR personality – moves to weekends with programs airing on both Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. President and market manager Joe Puglise states, “This is an incredibly exciting time for WOR. Bringing America’s top two talk show hosts to our lineup, the entertaining Elliot Segal and his team to the mornings and becoming the flagship station for the Mets will allow us to create unprecedented marketing opportunities for our partners and unbeatable programming for our listeners.”
Good BS Versus Bad BS. According to Duane Doobie, RadioInfo‘s tell-it-like-it-is music editor/director, we are all in the business of hype. In his opinion, without hype there would be no progress, no growth, no leaders and no followers. In a new column posted today (12/9) he writes, “Please do not interpret what I have to say as being naïve to the way ‘business’ must be conducted for our industry (or any industry for that matter) to stay afloat, let alone thrive. But I do deeply believe based on significant personal and professional experience that hype (specifically as it applies to music research) falls into two major categories. Bad BS and good BS! Bad BS is the propellant that leads you to untruth and failure. Good BS is the propellant that lifts you to truth and success. Okay… so how does that relate to what we do?” Find out. Read Duane Doobie’s entire column by clicking here.
Steve Harvey to Be Inducted into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated urban morning show host Steve Harvey will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon on Tuesday, April 8 in Las Vegas. NAB executive vice president of radio John David says, “Steve Harvey entertains people of all ages with his unique and humorous perspective on life. Mr. Harvey’s dedication and talent have earned him great success, and we are thrilled to induct him into NAB’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame.” Harvey began his career in the mid-1980s as a stand-up comedian. The long-time host of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” has held numerous positions acting, hosting, writing and producing for television and film. In addition to his radio show, Harvey also hosts the syndicated television game show “Family Feud” and the television talk show “Steve Harvey” which earned him the 2013 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New Talk Show Host.”
WMGK, Philadelphia’s Lake Announces His Retirement. Seven-year WMGK “102.9 MGK,” Philadelphia program director Charley Lake will be retiring from the Greater Media classic rocker at the end of next month. Greater Media chairman/chief executive officer Peter Smyth comments that, “Charley Lake has been – and will always be – an important and beloved member of the Greater Media family. Under his leadership, WMGK has become one of the premiere classic rock stations in America.” Senior vice president/regional market manager John Fullam comments, “Charley has helped WMGK achieve some of its highest ratings. Charley is one of the top program directors in our business and one of the nicest people.” Lake adds, “It is an honor to wrap up my career, which has involved both the radio and music industries, in Philadelphia, a city as famous for its legendary radio stations and air talent as it is for its legacy of wonderful music and musicians. I look forward to my retirement, but for now I’m just looking forward to spending a few more weeks in the company of the nicest and most talented group of radio professionals I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.” Lake’s past radio credits include programming WJMK, Chicago; KOOL, Phoenix; WLVQ, Columbus; and WRNO, New Orleans. He did record promotion for A&M, Epic, Motown, and Warner Bros.
Ken Calvert to Retire from WCSX, Detroit AM Drive Show. One half of the K.C. & Trudi morning show on Greater Media’s classic rock WCSX, Detroit – Ken Calvert – is retiring from the show and will step into a role that includes a weekend shift and continuing to write his “Ken’s Korner” blog for the station’s website. His last day in mornings will be December 20. The station has not announced its plans for the morning show beyond that. Calvert — after a Detroit radio career that began in 1973 during which he worked at WWWW-FM, WABX-FM, WRIF-FM, WLLZ-FM, and WJR-AM — joined WCSX in 2000. Program director Jerry “JT” Tarrants says, “Ken is a legend in the Detroit market and though he’ll no longer drive our morning show, he’ll still be taking advantage of the free coffee in our building. I can’t be happier that he’ll stay on the WCSX team in several different roles and capacities to help us continue to grow and strengthen the WCSX brand.” Calvert adds, “This has been a dream job with a dream company. Market manager Steve Chessare and JT have been wonderful in this transition. I look forward to remaining a part of the Greater Media Detroit family. It allows me to stay on-air on a limited basis and have a larger part on our growing digital platform with blogs and a regular podcast.”
Ken Payne Assumes PD Role at ‘Magic 102.7’ in Miami. Lincoln Financial Media announces programmer Ken Payne is the new program director at classic hits WMXJ-FM, Miami “MAGIC 102.7.” Payne served with Clear Channel at its adults hits WMGF, Orlando for the past 14 years. LFM Miami SVP and general manager Maureen Lesourd states, “Ken’s command of the format combined with his initiative and innovation will continue MAGIC’s growth trajectory in the ratings. He is a proven leader with a proficiency in research that will further enhance the station’s relevance in the lives of listeners and effectiveness for our advertisers.” Payne comments, “It’s a great privilege to join the Lincoln Financial Media family. MAGIC is a market leader delivering music and meaningful conversation to more than 800,000 listeners each week, making it an enormous force in South Florida. It’s a thrill to be part of such a prestigious team and legendary radio station.”
Flora and DeLucca Join Clear Channel, Phoenix as GSMs. Coming onboard effective immediately as general sales managers are George Flora and Libia DeLucca. Flora will oversee sales operations for Clear Channel, Phoenix outlets KFYI “Newstalk 550,” KOY “Business 1230,” and KGME “Fox Sports Radio 910.” In addition to her GSM duties, DeLucca will assist with brand manager responsibilities for the cluster’s rhythmic hot AC KYOT “Eva 95.5.” Clear Channel Phoenix vice president of sales Linda Little states, “George Flora is the perfect addition to our sales management team. He will add a wealth of knowledge and experience in driving revenue and creating solutions for clients utilizing our spoken-word brands. Libia brings with her years of experience selling integrated marketing solutions with digital, newspaper, and TV assets in Phoenix. I know she will take her team to new levels as they become even stronger digital marketers for their clients.” Prior to the six years he just spent at ESPN Los Angeles, Flora was with CBS Radio Los Angeles for 12 years. DeLucca had a 14-year run with Gannett Media Phoenix – most recently as digital sales manager.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Changes at Shamrock Communications’ Wilkes-Barre cluster where Jim Rising is the new program director and afternoon personality at classic rock WEZX. Rising serves as program director at Opus Broadcasting’s classic rock WQTL, Tallahassee “106.1 The Path” and will continue in that role as well. Shamrock also welcomes Tommy Ferguson to the company as PD for alternative WFUZ “Fuzz 92.1” and sports talk WEJL “NEPA’s ESPN.”…..Dan Turi exits Press Broadcasting’s hot AC WWZY, Monmouth-Ocean, New Jersey “107.1 The Breeze” as the station tweaks its format to a modern AC outlet and re-brands as “107.1 FM.” Turi also programmed the company’s sister station AC WBHX which is simulcasting the new “107.1 FM” format…..WDGC, Raleigh “G105” music director Kobi Kearney is leaving that position to move to Clear Channel’s sister CHR KWNW, Memphis “Radio NOW 101.9”where he’ll be PD and afternoon jock…..Meredith Turtletaub is named night jock at Hall Communications’ country WCTK, Providence “Cat Country 98.1” Turtletaub most recently worked in the Burlington, Vermont market…..MoodyontheMarket.com reports Mid-West Family Broadcasting‘s WCSY, South Haven, Michigan (Benton Harbor-St. Joseph) “SuperHits 103.7” adds local talent to the station with Paul Layendecker hosting mornings from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon and Spencer Rivers holding down the 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm shift.
Beasley Declares Cash Dividend for Share Holders. The dividend will be paid on January 10 to shareholders of record on December 27 and will pay $0.045 per share. Chairman and CEO Geroge Beasley states, “The re-initiation of a regular cash dividend reflects the free cash flow generated by our operations as well as our commitment to deliver value to our shareholders, and follows the one-time special dividend of $0.085 paid to shareholders in December 2012. Importantly, taking into consideration the proposed annual capital allocated to dividend payments, based on current conditions we believe Beasley Broadcast Group‘s total free cash flow should provide us with the liquidity needed to further reduce leverage, consider potential station acquisitions and to enhance long-term shareholder value.”
Yankees Add Syracuse’s Rock “TK 99” to its Radio Network. Galaxy Communications, Syracuse classic rocker WTKW “TK 99” signs a multi-year agreement with CBS Radio to air all 162 regular season games of the NY Yankees beginning with the 2014 season. Galaxy Communications president/chief executive officer Ed Levine remarks, “We intend to go far beyond just broadcasting the games on the radio in Syracuse. We’re going to enhance the experience for Yankee fans in Central New York in a myriad of innovative ways.” CBS Radio vice president of sports programming Mark Chernoff comments, “CBS Radio and the New York Yankees are very excited to be partnering with ‘TK 99’ and Galaxy. They have shown a great ability through their work with Syracuse University athletics to enhance what is already a strong presence in Syracuse. We look forward to that continuing with the Yankees.” In April 2007, WTKW became the flagship play-by-play outlet of Syracuse University men’s football, men’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse games.
Hubbard’s WILV, Chicago Drops ‘Rewind’ Moniker. The adult hits station is dropping the “Rewind” part of its brand and is simply referring to itself as “Chicago’s 100.3” beginning today. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that the station is making the change to reflect the addition of newer music to the playlist. Program director Marty Bender tells Feder, “The moniker of ‘Rewind’ served the station well for a number of years when we exclusively featured music from just the ’80s and ’90s. For quite some time now, we’ve been weaving in a number of choice, contemporary songs. The response from our core adult/female audience has been overwhelmingly positive. The next logical step for us was to expand our branding of the station beyond the limited ‘Rewind’ name. The majority of our audience already refers to the station by just our dial position of 100.3.”
Seacrest, The Inventor? More often than not, any story these days involving KIIS, Los Angeles morning man/”American Top 40″ countdown host/television producer/”American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest centers on speculation of him grabbing another high-profile media job. That is not the “case” though this time. The new face of New Year’s Eve has reportedly created the Typo Keyboard Case, an iPhone apparatus with a physical keyboard. According to AllThingsD, Seacrest has invested $1 million into the case, set to debut at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Typo iPhone Keyboard Case costs $99, but when reached by ABC News tech editor Joanna Stern, the company behind it would not confirm Seacrest’s financial investment. The Typo Keyboard case will work with an iPhone 5 and 5s. According to Stern, it has similarities to a Mophie Case for the iPhone. “You slide two parts of the keyboard-equipped case onto the phone; then power on the case; and connect it via Bluetooth to the iPhone,” she points out. On the Typo Case website, Seacrest and business associate Laurence Hallier write, “After ordering every iPhone keyboard available, we realized there was no solution that worked well.” According to Stern, the two men vow that this case provides a “butter-smooth” experience and it adds only a quarter of an inch to the iPhone’s thickness. Orders are being taken now – shipments will be made next month.
Clear Channel and CMT Debut New Kacey Musgraves Video Today. Country performer Kacey Musgraves’ new video gets a double shot of promotion today as Clear Channel Media + Entertainment and CMT team up to give the video for “Follow Your Arrow” a promo blitz. It is being featured exclusively across CMT, Artists.CMT and Clear Channel’s country stations websites and iHeartRadio. CC EVP of programming Clay Hunnicutt states, “CMT and Clear Channel have created the largest country music platforms in radio and television and this is a great opportunity to leverage that partnership for the first time to shine a light on and support a bright young star that is breaking new ground and new music. Kacey thinks, writes and sings outside the lines — we’re excited to get her new video in the hands of her fans and country music lovers.
Weekly Pink Floyd Show Added to Chicago Rock Signal. The internationally syndicated weekly Pink Floyd show called “Floydian Slip” and featuring host Craig Bailey becomes part of the programming schedule at Matrix Broadcasting’s rock WFXF, Crystal Lake, Illinois “The Fox” serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs. Also, on December 3, the program began airing on The Tide Community Broadcasting’s triple A KTDE, Gualala, California “The Tide” serving Mendocino County on California’s Redwood Coast. The stations are the latest to join the show’s Random Precision Radio Network, created by Bailey in the summer of 2009 when he began syndicating the show from his home studio. “Floydian Slip” is currently heard on nearly 50 stations in the U.S., Canada and overseas.
KINK, Portland’s Dave Scott to Play Santa at Children’s Hospital. Alpha Broadcasting’s triple A KINK, Portland is playing a role in the holidays for young patients at Randall’s Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. On December 16, morning host Dave Scott and co-hosts Sheila and Shelly B will be visiting the hospital with toys for young patients to enjoy throughout the year. The station is currently soliciting toys from its listeners to present to the children. Program director Chris Mays says, “We are so excited to be playing Santa to the kids at Randall’s Children’s Hospital! The KINK community is very active and we are looking forward to their donations for Santa’s ‘bag’ in this season of giving.”
“It’s A Thrill Just To Be Nominated.” Undoubtedly, at least one artist listed here made that statement over the weekend, as nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were revealed last Friday night (12/6) during an hour-long, LL Cool J-hosted CBS-TV special from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater. Six categories and their respective contenders were broadcast; shortly thereafter, the entire list was disclosed. In case you missed it, the nominees are:
Song of the Year
“Just Give Me A Reason” – P!nk
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Royals” – Lorde
“Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
Best Pop Group/Duo Performance
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
“Just Give Me a Reason” – P!nk and Nate Ruess
“Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
“Suit and Tie” – Justin Timberlake and Jay Z
Album of the Year
“The Blessed Unrest” – Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” – Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” – Taylor Swift
Best Country Album
“Night Train” – Jason Aldean
“Two Lanes of Freedom” – Tim McGraw
“Same Trailer Different Park” – Kacey Musgraves
“Based on a True Story …” – Blake Shelton
“Red” – Taylor Swift
Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Record of the Year
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Royals” – Lorde
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Brave” – Sara Bareilles
“Royals” – Lorde
“When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
“Just Give Me A Reason” – P!nk featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Best Dance/Electronica Album
“Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk
“Settle” – Disclosure
“18 Months” – Calvin Harris
“Atmosphere” – Kaskade
“A Color Map of the Sun” – Pretty Lights
Best Rock Performance
“Always Alright” – Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” – David Bowie
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Kashmir” (Live)” – Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun” – Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin’” – Jack White
Best Rock Album
“13” – Black Sabbath
“The Next Day” – David Bowie
“Mechanical Bull” – Kings Of Leon
“Celebration Day” – Led Zeppelin
“… Like Clockwork” – Queens of the Stone Age
“Psychedelic Pill” – Neil Young with Crazy Horse
Best Alternative Music Album
“The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love” – Neko Case
“Trouble Will Find Me” – The National
“Hesitation Marks” – Nine Inch Nails
“Lonerism” – Tame Impala
“Modern Vampires Of The City” – Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance
“Love And War” – Tamar Braxton
“Best Of Me” – Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra” – Hiatus Kaiyote featuring Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?” – Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something” – Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Album
“R&B Divas” – Faith Evans
“Girl on Fire” – Alicia Keys
“Love in the Future” – John Legend
“Better” – Chrisette Michele
“Three Kings” – TGT
Best Rap Performance
“Started From The Bottom” – Drake
“Berzerk” – Eminem
“Tom Ford” – Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” – Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Power Trip” – J.Cole featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)” – Jay Z featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
“Now Or Never” – Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” – Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Album
“Nothing Was the Same” – Drake
“Magna Carta … Holy Grail” – Jay Z
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” – Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Yeezus” – Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance
“I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton
Best Comedy Album
“Calm Down Gurrl” – Kathy Griffin
“I’m Here To Help” – Craig Ferguson
“A Little Unprofessional” – Ron White
“Live” – Tig Notaro
“That’s What I’m Talkin’ About” – Bob Saget
There are four instances where an artist is competing against himself in the same category. Kendrick Lamar is a six-time nominee for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best R&B Performance, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Another six-time nominee is Pharrell Williams for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Get Lucky,” Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Blurred Lines,” Best Pop Group/Duo Performance – “Blurred Lines,” Best Pop Group/Duo Performance – “Get Lucky,” Record of the Year – “Blurred Lines,” and Record of the Year – “Get Lucky.” Mentioned five times are Daft Punk (Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, and Record of the Year). Also boasting five nominations is Jay Z (Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration featuring Beyoncé, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration featuring Justin Timberlake. The group Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is another five-time nominee for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Song of the Year. Justin Timberlake is a four-time nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Three-time nominees are Lorde (Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year); Bruno Mars (Best Pop Solo Performance, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year); P!nk (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, and Song of the Year); and Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, Record of the Year). With two apiece are Sara Bareilles, David Bowie, Drake, Imagine Dragons, Led Zeppelin, Miguel, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nate Reuss, Rihanna featuring Mikky Echo, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift. CBS-TV will air the Grammys (Sunday) January 26.
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.