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Emmis Reports Positive Q3 Numbers; Stations Up 5%. After a dismal September, Emmis saw an excellent October and November push its numbers up so that domestic radio net revenue was up 5% over the same period in 2011. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan states, “Emmis radio stations’ revenue growth continues to outpace its markets. While our markets were up 1% this quarter, Emmis stations saw an increase of 5%.” Smulyan noted during the quarterly conference call that the Merlin transaction (which closed on September 1) allowed the company to repay 38% of its senior indebtedness. “In addition, we repurchased just about 65% of our preferred stock. We actually eliminated $111.2 million of value of preferred. We took on $31 million to do that, but really reduced the claims on this company by $80 million with that transaction.” Smulyan specifically addressed two of his company’s premiere radio stations: hip hop outlets KPWR, Los Angeles “Power 106” and WQHT, New York “Hot 97.” “This is a quarter in which we saw the best ratings we have ever had since PPM at Power 106 in Los Angeles. It is now a runaway number one leader in our target demo of 18 to 34. It’s also had significant gains in all of the demographics. It’s been a very significant success story. In addition, our other most important brand, Hot 97 in New York, while it’s fluctuated between first and second in its demo and shown considerable strength it looks like it’s poised to do very well.”
CBS Radio’s KILT-FM, Houston Re-Brands as “The Bull 100.3 New Country.” With slicker, more up-tempo imaging, the country outlet takes on “The Bull” moniker and brands itself as “new country.” The station tweaks its song and artist selection to skew toward younger, more contemporary country acts including: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, The Band Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Eric Church and Florida-Georgia Line.
Steve Harvey’s TV Talk Show Picks Up Second Season. Nationally syndicated urban radio morning show star Steve Harvey – whose successful program is distributed to stations across the country via Premiere Networks – is getting another season for his television talk show. Harvey’s program is produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television and, according to B&C, “The eponymously named show is currently sold in 98% of the country, including on all of the NBC-owned television stations. The show also is getting upgrades in Detroit, Phoenix, Portland, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, Austin, Buffalo, Fresno, Ft. Meyers, Tucson, Honolulu, Des Moines, Madison, Tri Cities and Burlington, among many others.” The B&C story notes, “This season, ‘Steve Harvey’ has been the only rookie talk show to improve over year-ago time periods, build on its lead-ins and grow over consecutive quarter-hour ratings in the November 2012 sweep, according to Nielsen Media Research. The show is averaging a 1.3 live plus same day household rating season to date and a 0.9 among women 25-54.” Harvey also won the People’s Choice award for “best new talk show.”
Cumulus Promotes Sommer Frisk to Market Manager in Oxnard-Ventura/Santa Barbara. Director of sales Sommer Frisk is upped to market manager at Cumulus Media’s Oxnard-Ventura/Santa Barbara clusters. Company COO Jon Pinch states, “Congratulations from Cumulus HQ to Sommer on a well-deserved promotion.” Frisk, who began her career in programming before moving into the sales department and working her way up, says, “I’m looking forward to my expanded role at the stations. I am truly honored to work alongside such an amazing staff and represent these great stations for Cumulus.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Dawn Campbell is upped to music director at Cox Media’s hip hop WPYO, Orlando “Power 95.3” and rhythmic AC WCFB “Star 94.5”…..Daryl Norsell assumes the program director position at Anaheim Broadcasting’s rock KCAL, Riverside, California…..Bob Harlow is named program director for Entercom’s classic rock KGON, Portland taking over for the retiring Clark Ryan…..Rob Acampora is out as afternoon jock at Townsquare Media’s hot AC WSJO, Atlantic City, New Jersey…..Robinson returns to Cumulus Media’s rock WAQX, Syracuse “95X” for the morning drive show. He first appeared on the station nine years ago in the evening slot.
2013 Consumer Electronics Show: Big Implications for Radio. Radio consultant Holland Cooke has been at the huge Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and he reports the relevant news for radio operators. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the new technology and to be impressed by such items as the “connected TV” and the voice activated TV remote from LG. But Cooke says the gadgets won’t impress in the long run, “But even with transmitters making radio ‘real,’ people will filter it out unless it’s real special, no matter how many dashboard buttons we get.” Read Holland Cooke’s report from the 2013 CES here.
Cool Job Opportunities.
WNAX Morning Show – Yankton, South Dakota. AWESOME radio opportunity! WNAX Radio, your Big Friend in the Midwest, is looking for morning show talent on its 100,000 watt country FM station. If you want to work for an incredible company AND have FUN every morning of the year, RUSH your audio, resume and cover letter to: Steve Crawford, OM WNAXJOBS@sagacom.com Saga Communications is an equal opportunity employer.
Brand Manager/PD – Bellingham, Washington. Saga Communications, one of America’s exceptional radio companies, has a rare opportunity for a Brand Manager (PD) in one of America’s truly exceptional cities. Heritage AC station, KAFE-FM, Bellingham is looking for an experienced pro. Our top candidate will possess multiple years in AC radio, with on-air, music rotation, solid people skills, and experience with interactive/digital and social networking. Send resume and air check to: Michael O’Shea, Vice President/General Manager, email@example.com
Adult Contemporary Rules in December. From a format perspective, adult contemporary was the format sitting atop the leaderboard based on 6-plus ratings in the PPM markets. AC stations made up 43% of the 30 stations with the highest PPM numbers in those markets for December. With the Holiday PPM ratings coming soon, many of those AC stations were looking to build on a strong December with an even stronger Holiday PPM based on their natural move to Christmas-focused music. The station atop the PPM 6-plus mountain for the month was South Central Media’s AC WJXA, Nashville “Mix 92.9” with a 14.6 share. RadioInfo managing editor/West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian notes that of the 30 highest-rated stations in the PPM markets, just six markets posted two stations on the “elite” list: “They are Tampa (Cox AC siblings WWRM and WDUV); Milwaukee (WMIL and WRIT); Providence (WWLI and WPRO-FM); Greensboro (WMAG and WQMG); Memphis (KJMS and WHAL); and Hartford (WRCH and WWYZ).” For more of Mike Kinosian’s analysis, click here.
WTKK, Boston Formats Keep Flippin’ Despite High-Profile Hit Radio Hires. The former news/talker WTKK, Boston is now doing classic rock as “The Bone” while Greater Media welcomes new programmer Cadillac Jack McCartney and morning show talent Pebbles (RadioInfo, Friday, January 4). With strong experience in hit radio – CHR, rhythmic CHR, hip hop and hot AC – it seems logical that McCartney won’t be programming a classic rock outlet with which Pebbles can wake up Boston. Many industry analysts suspect the station will finally settle on a form of hit or rhythmic radio that targets a segment of the market’s audience not being served by any of the existing music radio outlets right now. But just how long the station will stunt is anybody’s guess.
Curtis Media’s Urban AC WBZJ, Raleigh Names Steve Harvey Morning Show. The new “96.9 BZJ” adds three Premiere Networks programs, including Steve Harvey for morning drive beginning today. The Curtis Media urban AC also announces the syndicated “Sweat Hotel” evening show hosted by Keith Sweat and the weekly “Keep Hope Alive” with Jesse Jackson programs will also be featured on the station. Curtis Media president and COO Phil Zachary says, “We would never attempt an urban format of any kind without time-tested, iconic personalities. Steve Harvey, Keith Sweat and the Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the bigger-than-life pillars of the ‘New 96.9.’ They make us instantly credible to a very discerning audience right from day one.”
CBS Radio’s WJMK, Chicago Announces Dave Fogel Takes Over AM Drive. Chicago personality Dave Fogel begins morning show host duties today on CBS Radio’s classic hits WJMK “104.3 K-Hits.” Fogel most recently was featured on crosstown oldies WLS-FM. He spent eight years as morning drive host on Hubbard’s hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” and got his start in Chicago radio at Emmis’ WLUP-FM back in 1996. Fogel says, “I love every song ‘K-Hits’ plays. It’s going to be easy to get up at five in the morning to play them on the radio…Who needs coffee?” WJMK program director Todd Cavanah states, “Dave’s natural energy and enthusiasm for the 60s, 70s and 80s music we play makes him perfect for ‘K-Hits.’ We know our listeners will love waking up with Dave Fogel.”
Katie Kruz Takes PD Role at WZEE, Madison. “Z-104” in Madison has a new program director. Clear Channel announces Katie Kruz is upped from her APD and midday host gig to PD at CHR WZEE, Madison. Kruz says, “I am excited for the opportunity to lead this station. I am a Chicago girl who spent my summers at the lake house listening to Z-104. I have incredible respect for this station’s heritage and am ready to make sure it stays legendary and on top!” At the same time, online content director and night jock Aaron Rogers (no, not the guy in the State Farm commercials) is named promotions director and afternoon host.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Saga Communications Des Moines production director Brian Whitaker starts out 2013 with a new gig. Whitaker has been promoted to imaging director for all the FMs in the cluster. Those include hot AC KSTZ, active rock KAZR, AC KLTI, classic hits KIOA and rhythmic CHR KIOA “HITS 99.9.” Whitaker will also be imaging the company’s new rhythmic CHR WNRG, Milwaukee “Energy 106.9.” Whitaker tells RadioInfo he’s also been keeping busy in front of the mic voicing projects recently for Norton Antivirus, KZPT, Kansas City, Nintendo and a current national TV spot for Hotwire.com…..Randy Marsh is named program director and afternoon drive host at Memphis First Ventures’ country WVIM, Memphis “95.3 The Rebel.” Marsh comes to Memphis from Miami where he served as programmer and air talent at Beasley Broadcasting’s country WKIS, Boca Raton “99.9 Kiss Country.”…..Sarah Lee Owensby leaves CBS Radio’s hip hop WLLD, Tampa “Wild 94.1” where she was part of the “Orlando & The Freakshow” morning program…..Afternoon jock Mike Shannon exits Cox Media’s AC WSB-FM, Atlanta “B-98.5” after nine months in the position.
Hot Music Monday Morning Snapshot
According to RadioInfo, the top five pop songs for airplay on mainstream CHR and hot AC stations are: 1) “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars, 2) “Diamonds” by Rihanna, 3) “Beauty and a Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj, 4) “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, 4) “Home” by Phillip Phillips. Hot jumpers include: “Don’t Stop the Party” by Pitbull featuring TJR, “Little Things” by One Direction, “Daylight” by Maroon 5, “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch, “Come On” by Ke$ha, “Scream and Shout” by will.i.am and Britney Spears, “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Trouble Maker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida, “My Life” by 50 Cent featuring Eminem and Adam Levine, “I Got a Boy” by “Girls’ Generation”(highest debut), “Turn Around” by Conor Maynard featuring Ne-Yo, “Gold” by Britt Nicole (debut),“Mermaid” by Train (debut), and “Shooting Star” by Owl City (debut). See chart “red zone” for new songs worthy of attention. To view entireRadioInfoPop Songs Chart click here.
The top five rock songs for airplay on mainstream rock, alternative, active and triple A stations are: 1) “Madness” by Muse, 2) “Trojans” by Atlas Genius, 3) “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, 4) “Mountain Sound” by Of Monsters and Men, 5) “Carry On” by fun. Hot jumpers include: “Mountain Sound” by Of Monsters and Men, “Been Away Too Long” by Soundgarden, “Enemies” by Shinedown, “Breathing Underwater” by Metric, “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers,“Dancing with the Dead” by 10 Years,“Up All Night” by Alex Clare, “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, “Where Will We Go?” by IAMDYNAMITE, “Bones” by Young Guns, “Where Did the Angels Go?” by Papa Roach,“Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood,“Holding Onto You” by Twenty One Pilots,“Hollow” by Alice in Chains (debut), “Gluttony” by BuckCherry (debut), “Lover of the Light” by Mumford and Sons (debut), “Carried Away” by Passion Pit (debut), “Let’s Be Friends” by Leogun (debut), and “Yeah Yeah” by Willy Moon (debut). See chart “red zone” for new songs worthy of attention. To view entireRadioInfoRock Songs Chart click here.
The top five Christian songs for airplay on contemporary Christian music stations are: 1) “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave, 2) “I Need a Miracle” by Third Day, 3) “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman, 4) “One Thing Remains” by Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill, and 5) “You Are I Am” by MercyMe. Hot jumpers include: “Steal My Show” by tobyMac,“Kings and Queens” by Audio Adrenaline,“I’m Alive” by Peter Furler, “Already There” by Casting Crowns,“Slip on By” by Finding Favour, “You Loved Me First” by MIKESCHAIR,“Swallow the Ocean” by NewSong, “Somebody Tell Them” by City Harbor,“Holding On” by Jamie Grace (highest debut), “Your Presence is Heaven” by Israel & The New Breed (debut), “Don’t Give Up” by Calling Glory (debut). To see entireRadioInfoChristian Songs Chart click here.
Korean Invasion? “I Got A Boy,” the lead track off of Girls’ Generation’s fourth full-length album is this week’s highest debuting song entering at #30 on the RadioInfo Pop Music Charts. While it might be premature to sound the invasion alarm that “The Koreans are Coming! The Koreans are Coming!” – the bright colors, skillful production, fresh choreography, infectious hooks and downright mesmerizing audio/video attraction of this example of “K-Pop” is worthy of the attention of American CHR and hot AC radio programmers in the immediate aftermath of PSY’s “Gangnam Style” phenomenon. The nine-member girl group was formed in 2007 with performers professionally trained in singing, dancing, acting and modeling. Many of the members already had made names for themselves in the Korean entertainment industry through their participation in magazine ads, television commercials, and small television appearances. They gained significant popularity with their hit single, “Gee,” which went on to be named South Korea’s “Song of the Decade” in late 2009. In April 2012, the group formed Girls’ Generation-TTS (known simply as “TaeTiSeo”), their first sub-unit composed of members Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The subgroup’s debut EP, “Twinkle,” peaked at #126 on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest charting K-Pop album on the chart thus far. Their video, “I Got A Boy” currently has over 21 million views on YouTube having been published for less than a week.
“I Knew You’d Like This and That No One Else Would Show it to You.” This is the attitude that digital consultant Chris Miller says delivers higher quality content when using social media such as Facebook. In this piece for RadioInfo, Miller explains how programmers can optimize their gains from Facebook using its EdgeRank algorithm. Miller says EdgeRank “works to show you what they think will matter most to you. It’s like a programmer picking songs; they want the good stuff to show up most often, and they don’t want to show you the stuff you don’t care about.” Miller explains the three elements that make up the algorithm and offers some tips how to capitalize on it. Read his piece here.
Clear Channel and Toyota Partner to Put Weather and Traffic Reports in 2014 Models Via HD Signals. That people are relying on radio reports for weather and traffic less and less is not surprising but Clear Channel is taking steps to keep its finger in the pie with a deal that brings its Total Traffic Network to select 2014 Toyota and Lexus models, largely via HD Radio signals. The three-year pact will give drivers the ability to access The Weather Channel’s Doppler radar on its in-dash display along with real-time weather forecasts and traffic and incident reports. The service will be free and will not cost users any more data from their cell plans as long as they are within range of a Clear Channel HD Radio signal. Toyota plans to expand the service coverage beyond the HD boundaries for those vehicles equipped with Entune by providing these same services through a customer’s cell phone. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment president of national media groups Kevin Dorsey states, “Innovation is an essential part of what we do including leveraging our national distribution platform in new ways. This new agreement with Toyota highlights our ability to leverage our distribution, programming and technology platforms to bring consumers what they want, where they want it and without annoying subscriptions. Our digital expertise helps to provide one-of-a-kind solutions for our partners and we are looking forward to joining forces with Toyota to further enhance the driving experience.”
Illinois Passes “First Informer Broadcasters Act.” Designed to allow broadcasters quick access to emergency credentials as well as access to their broadcasting facilities in times of need, the bill was passed 50-0 by the Illinois State Senate. The law, headed for Governor Pat Quinn’s desk, also provides for allowing the delivery of fuel necessary to power their facilities’ emergency generators during times of disasters. Illinois Broadcasters Association president and CEO Dennis Lyle states, “Local broadcasters have proved many times to be the first means for first responders to disseminate emergency information to the public during emergency and disaster situations. This legislation recognizes the important role local broadcasters serve in times of emergencies and disasters and ensures that key personnel needed to keep stations operational during times of emergencies will have access to their facilities, and that fuel needed to power emergency generators will be allowed to be delivered, allowing us to do what we do best during emergency situations – keeping the public informed.”
Longtime Texas Radio Personality Dick Siegel Dies at 73. Well-known Dallas-Ft. Worth radio personality Dick Siegel passed away on January 3 after suffering a heart attack. Siegel had been hosting a morning radio show on oldies KLDE, Eldorado, Texas at the time of his death. Siegel is best known for his time as Hal Jay’s partner on WBAP, Dallas. From 1981 to 2003, Siegel and Jay co-hosted the morning show with Siegel handling traffic reports from his helicopter but doing much more than that. Siegel was Jay’s co-conspirator in bits and fictional characters the two made up that entertained the duo’s huge audience for many years. After retiring in 2003, Siegel moved to West Texas but got bored and joined KLDE, as he recently told the Dallas Star-Telegram, because he depended on the station and it depended on him.
WGTS, Washington GM John Konrad Dies at 43. The general manager of Washington Adventist University Broadcasting’s Christian contemporary WGTS, Washington, DC died after a battle with pneumonia. WGTS reports John Konrad had been in the hospital with a case of bi-lateral pneumonia. He had been responding to treatment and was released but the pneumonia returned and he did not respond to further treatment.
Internet Royalties on Agenda in Washington Tomorrow. The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet will take up the topic of internet royalties at a hearing tomorrow at 11:30 am. Utah Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz is sponsor of the Internet Royalty Fairness Act and he indicates his bill will be on the agenda. Dubbed “Music Licensing Part One,” most expect this will be a very preliminary hearing as no one expects anything to be addressed in earnest until the next Congress in January. Chaffetz’s bill would create a royalty system that puts fees paid by internet broadcasters in line with those paid by satellite radio and cable broadcasters. It would lower the payments significantly and musicians are very much opposed to the bill.
University of Texas’ New KUTX Will Air Triple A with Local Flavor in January. The University of Texas announces that its non-commercial FM station KUTX – recently purchased by the school from Border Media – will air a triple A format accented by many of the eclectic music programs now heard on the college’s KUT. Specialty music shows and weekly programs featuring music will be heard on KUTX so that KUT can transition full time to news/talk programming. A full slate of programs to air on the station will be announced in December.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Cumulus Media creates a new executive position and names JT Batson its chief revenue officer. In that position Batson will be in charge of all sales for the company, including radio, digital, event and publishing. Prior to joining Cumulus, Batson served as chief strategy officer at Mediaocean…..Jenn Hobby announces she’s leaving the WWWQ, Atlanta “Q100” “Bert Show” morning program. The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Rodney Ho reports Hobby is pregnant with her first child and will leave the program after the December 7 edition…..Matt “Matty J” Johnson exits the PD post at Townsquare Media’s CHR WWYL, Binghamton, New York “Wild 104” to relocate to Brooklyn where his wife works in television news…..Jason Steiner takes the program director and morning show post at CCR Wenatchee IV’s country KYSN, Wenatchee, Washington “97.7 Kissin’ Country.”…..Jennifer Winborn joins Central Florida Educational’s Christian WPOZ, Orlando “Z88.3” where she’ll be afternoon co-host with station program director Dean O’Neal.
Journal’s KFDI, Wichita to Deliver Packages for Troops. Country KFDI, Wichita’s “Christmas in a Box” holiday promotion – spearheaded by morning team Brian Pierce and Kellie Michaels – is set to deliver some 500 packages to American troops serving in Afghanistan, Korea and Africa. The five-year-old holiday effort was created by Pierce and Michaels who are parents of an Air Force pilot who was deployed last Christmas. The packages are bound for Kansas troops stationed abroad and are packed with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and Christmas decorations along with cards, letters and lots of support from home. The names were submitted by local families whose loved ones are deployed. Money to cover the cost of shipping was raised through a “Love & Theft” benefit concert and through the generosity of area individuals and companies who made donations.
People Magazine Honors Steve Harvey. The entertainment magazine names Steve Harvey “talk’s new titan” in a piece in its December 3 issue. The Premiere Networks nationally syndicated morning drive personality and comic is also hosting his own daytime TV talk show as well as serving as host of the long-running “Family Feud” TV game show.
Arbitron Announces No Week 4 PPM Estimates for New York, Nassau-Suffolk, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Arbitron announces to client stations that due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, “approximately 1/3 of the targeted in-tab sample in Nassau-Suffolk and Middlesex-Somerset-Union was unavailable during Week 4. In addition, average daily in-tab rates were substantially lower for Week 4 in these embedded metros than during unaffected weeks in recent currency reports.” Therefore, the company will not issue Week 4 PPM estimates. Further, the November 2012 PPMs for the three markets will be based solely upon Weeks 1, 2, and 3. Arbitron plans to release these PPM reports on Monday, November 26 as planned.
How to Get A Radio Brand-Building Website. RadioInfo columnist and noted digital radio consultant Chris Miller serves up a new article offering powerful tips on how radio web designers can create sites that contribute toward building their station’s or program’s brand and not distracting from it or diluting it. He covers the process on four basic but vital fronts: layout, content, graphics and interaction. Miller asks, “What’s the difference between your site and Google, YouTube and Facebook?” He states, “Those sites have a clear reason for being, and clean, well-organized content.” He strongly suggests, “Get your page looking more Facebookish, or YouTubeEsque, and you’ll go a long way toward building your website numbers.” Miller offers some nuts-and-bolts actions to get more people back more often and clicking on more content. Read the entire article here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Townsquare Media names Bob McCuin senior vice president for sales. In this new position, McCuin will be responsible for sales for the company’s local media properties. McCuin comes to Townsquare from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s New York operations where he was director of sales for the past three years…..CBS Radio announces Mike Olson is the new director of integrated marketing for alternative KROQ and adult hits KCBS, Los Angeles. Olson most recently served at Cumulus Media’s crosstown KLOS and KABC where he was director of promotions, marketing and NTR…..Golden State Broadcasting’s CHR KREV, San Francisco names Boomer Barbosa afternoon jock…..San Antonio media personality and “Amazing Race” contestant Vanessa Macias’ morning radio stint at Cox Media’s country KCYY, San Antonio “Y100” is over. Macias exits the Jeff Roper morning show.
Benztown’s “Sunday Nite Slow Jams” Enters San Antonio. The Sunday evening nationally syndicated R&B show hosted by R Dub clears Border Media Partners’ CHR KTFM, San Antonio, which adds the pop/mainstream version of the program to its schedule. Benztown describes the show – now heard in 54 markets across the country – saying, “‘Sunday Nite Slow Jams’ features the hottest R&B love songs and specializes in playing tracks that take listeners back, with Slow Jam dedications that drive home the emotional impact of the show.” Core artists include: Miguel, Frank Ocean, Nicki Minaj, R. Kelly, Usher, Drake and more. Host R Dub also serves as president of Fusion Radio Networks and he says, “Texas has been so good to me. We have some of the most loyal listeners in the great state of Texas. I am thrilled not only to now bring ‘Sunday Nite Slow Jams’ to San Antonio, but to be working with Mark Landis and such legendary call letters!”
WMGK, Philadelphia’s John DeBella Celebrates 30 Years in Philly Radio. Greater Media classic rock WMGK (102.9) morning personality John DeBella marks his 30th anniversary as a major radio figure in Philadelphia. The occasion and DeBella’s colorful career on-air in the City of Brotherly Love is chronicled in a must-read piece by Daily News staff writer Chuck Darrow and posted today on Philly.com. It follows DeBella’s three decade up-and-down-and-up-again history in Philly from the first days he came to the market from rocker WLIR (92.7) on Long Island to become morning host on legendary AOR WMMR-FM. It is a truly compelling radio story of triumph and tragedy with all the elements of victory, defeat, humiliation and resilience. DeBella’s experience as a target and victim (and ultimate survivor) of syndicated competitor Howard Stern‘s take-no-prisoners cruelty toward him in the late-1980s and Stern’s eventual (and rare) apology to him make for a great radio story. To read Darrow’s piece, click here.
Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Hits Download, Monthly Unique Milestones. The digital media platform from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has surpassed the 135 million download marker. CCME announces the 13-month-old platform has more than “48 million monthly digital uniques” and “continues to bring incremental listening to Clear Channel’s 239 million monthly listeners.” Further, the company purports that its “registered users continue to grow rapidly, faster than all other popular entertainment platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Spotify and Instagram.” In a statement, CCME chairman and CEO John Hogan says, “iHeartRadio has reinvented the digital radio experience and is a key element of how Clear Channel continues to reshape the media and entertainment industry. iHeartRadio’s rapid growth and success is a testament to Clear Channel’s ability to engage audiences with our variety of assets, including live events such as the iHeartRadio Music Festival, world-class talent and premier partnerships.”
Steve Harvey Giving Away 6,000 Turkeys. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie are in the process of donating some 6,000 turkeys to those families who may be in need this holiday season. The Harveys began the giving this past weekend on the campus of Chicago State University where they kicked off “Steve and Marjorie Harvey’s Big Turkey Give” at the Jones Convocation Center, together with affiliate station WVAZ, Chicago “V-103 FM” for a four-hour event that distributed 1,000 turkeys among a range of recipients. The giving continues this week as the Harveys will distribute more than 5,000 turkeys through “Steve Harvey Morning Show” affiliate stations across the country. Live on-air gives are taking place in 12 of those cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and more.
Home Depot, GEICO and McDonald’s Top National Advertisers for Week of November 12-18. According to data from Media Monitors, the top three national advertisers for the week of November 12-18 were Home Depot, GEICO and McDonald’s for the second week in a row. Home Depot and GEICO flipped spots from the week before. Check out the full chart of the top 10 advertisers at left.
Canadian Satellite Holdings to Pay Quarterly Dividend. The corporation that is Sirius XM Canada – Canadian Satellite Holdings Inc. – will pay an 8-cent quarterly dividend to shareholders. The Globe and Mail reports that although the company has not turned a profit, it has generated enough cash to dip into its $50 million cash pile to pay the company’s first-ever dividend. The Canadian satcaster had a good fourth quarter with revenue increasing 13% and generating $68 million.
RadioInfo Adds Part Four to Six-Part Series on the State of CHR. Today – A Report from the War Between Clear Channel and CBS in the Nation’s Two Largest Markets. Over the next several days, in a special series that kicked off on Monday (11/12), RadioInfo spotlights top 40/CHR’s past, present, and future through the collective eyes and minds of a variety of front-line industry experts. This ambitious set of articles written by Mike Kinosian includes the observations of programmers and talent from the colorful segments of the spectrum including mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR and neighboring hot AC. CHR is one of the most vibrant, omnipresent formats in radio history and it is going through one of its cyclical hot phases as the music world keeps churning out a veritable galaxy of stars and the PPM kindly reflects fascinating new listener demo patterns such as the “mother/daughter connection.” RadioInfo speaks with a panel of the genre’s leading practitioners including Tommy Austin, Alan Burns, Tony Gray, Brian Kelly, John Landecker, Joe Puglise, Rob Roberts, Scott Shannon, Jimmy Steal, Kris Erik Stevens, Greg Strassell, Terri Thomas, Kevin Weatherly, Guy Zapoleon and more who share their experiences, opinions and insights to create a picture of what makes the dynamic world of CHR tick in 2012. The RadioInfo special concludes this coming Monday (11/19) with a comprehensive mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR ratings overview. Today’s installment presents an extensive overview of the mainstream CHR two-front war between Goliaths (no “Davids” in this conflict) Clear Channel and CBS on the battlefields of New York City and Los Angeles. First-hand insights are provided by Clear Channel New York president and market manager Joe Puglise who speaks about the tremendous successes of WHTZ (Z-100), New York and KIIS (Kiss-FM) Los Angeles, and CBS Radio senior vice president of programming Kevin Weatherly discusses his company’s powerful insurgents WXRK (Now-FM), New York and KAMP-FM (Amp Radio), Los Angeles. It is a testament to the broadcasting skills of both companies and to the amazing viability of the CHR format itself that all four of these radio stations are thriving per their companies’ expectations. All music-based formats go through cycles and it is Puglise’s contention that mainstream top 40 is “extremely healthy” at present. “CHR is on top of its game with popular music that is resonating not only with those who are 16 years old, but in many cases, it resonates equally with a teenager’s 42-year-old mother. That, in part, leads to the ratings success many CHRs are enjoying around the country. In October, for example, ‘Z100′ finished with an 8.3 share in its core demo of adults 18-34. That figure is up from a 7.8 in September, and 6.9 a year ago. Fueling it was a 10.7 share among women 18-34. A 10-plus share in the #1 market is extraordinary.” Moreover, it is what can help the bottom line and Puglise points outs that, “Both ‘Z100′ and ‘Kiss-FM’ in Los Angeles are consistently among the top 10 revenue-producing stations in all of radio, so I would say that the CHR format is quite viable in that area.” Whether or not legendary KIIS was taken by surprise when cross-town KLSX jettisoned talk to become “Amp,” there is no denying that “Kiss-FM” continues to do exceptionally well, yet “Amp” has managed to carve out its own place in the market. “Compared to a couple of heritage brands in ‘Kiss’ and ‘Power,’ we are still the new kid on the block,” remarks Weatherly, whose focal point was to grow Los Angeles’ CHR share. “I think that is exactly what has happened. Our growth did not necessarily come at their expense. ‘Amp’ has consistently done well among 18-49s, and has been as high as top five among 25-54s. We are definitely in the top tier among female demos.” Quite obviously, “Amp” and “Kiss-FM” have considerable music duplication, and an extremely gracious Weatherly is quick to point out that his CHR competitor is a “very well programmed, heritage” radio property. “It does what it does very well,” he convincingly comments. “We are not trying to be the same type of station – that just is not our goal. We wanted to hire great on-air personalities who are all about the music and know the music.” Read the entire story here.
Conclave Names Seasoned Radio Pro Bob Shannon Executive Director. Veteran radio broadcasting executive Bob Shannon has been named the Conclave’s new executive director. He succeeds the organization’s first executive director, Tom Kay, who recently retired after almost four decades of service. In announcing the appointment, Conclave board of directors chairman Mark Bolke says, “There obviously is no replacement for Tom Kay and his shaping the Conclave organization for the past 37 years. The executive selection committee was presented with a list of excellent candidates from which to choose. Bob Shannon represents the consummate broadcasting professional with a shared vision and passion to move the Conclave into a new era. We are thrilled to name him as our new executive director.” Shannon, whose consulting company bobshannonworks is based in Minneapolis, is also president of SpotMedia Services, a former executive vice president at TM Century, and the author of Turn It Up! American Radio Tales 1946-1996. On accepting the position Shannon states, “As a student of radio I’ve long admired Tom and what he’s done at the Conclave. Moving forward my goal is to build on his vision by expanding our online activity and looking very closely at how radio and our learning conference are addressing changes in media. This is a very exciting time, ripe with opportunities for those who know how to create compelling content. Stay tuned!”
Cox Media Miami Announces Changes in Sale Leadership. The sales management staff at Cox Media’s Miami cluster that includes hot AC WFLC “97.3 The Coast”; AC WFEZ “Easy 93.1”; hip hop WEDR “99 Jamz”; urban contemporary WHQT “Hot 105 FM” has been realigned. Changes include: Jo Castro is now general sales manager for WEDR and WHQT. Previously, Castro was general sales manager of WEDR; Mumball is now general sales manager of marketing services. Previously, Mumball was general sales manager of WHQT-FM; Francisco Luciano is now general sales manager of WFLC and WFEZ. Previously, Luciano was general sales manager for WALR, WSB-FM and WSRV with CMG Atlanta; Tony Yip is now local sales manager of WEDR, WFLC, WHQT and WFEZ. Previously, Yip was general sales manager of WFLC. Vice president and market manager Dan Kearney says, “This new structure allows CMG Miami to better put our customers and their needs first instead of the needs of the individual stations. It will also help us reduce redundancies of duties, save time and be more efficient in decision making. I am excited that we have such great talent within our teams that we can tap for these important leadership assignments.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Clear Channel San Antonio names Michelle Love vice president of partnership development for the cluster. She most recently worked at Spurs Sports and Entertainment as senior partnership development manager…..Rob Wagman leaves his APD role at CBS Radio’s CHR WNOW, New York to explore new opportunities…..Scot McKay-owned triple A KRML, Carmel, California names Jeff White program director for the newly converted rock station. White most recently served with the Paradigm talent agency…..Cox Media hot AC WFLC, Miami “97.3 The Coast” morning drive co-host Donny Michaels exits the station. Host Julie Guy remains solo in AM drive.
Steve Harvey Hosts Mentoring Weekend for Young Men in Chicago. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated radio host, TV personality and author Steve Harvey is hosting his Mentoring Weekend for Young Men in Chicago this weekend. The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation states that the weekend will see Harvey getting “up-close and personal with 100 local young men when he hosts his one-of-a-kind mentoring weekend in Chicago for the first time, on the campus of Chicago State University.” It is described as “a dynamic mentoring program that has served over 800 young men nationally thus far, the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men is an interactive, empowering experience bringing together a variety of male leaders to share the principles of manhood and dream building with young men 13-18 who are without fathers.” The weekend will include the appearance of “impassioned leaders and inspiring guests that will light a spark in guiding the young men to discover their dreams and unlock their potential while exploring different paths to adulthood.” Guest speakers include: entrepreneur and former NFL player Napoleon Harris, veteran journalist Clarence Waldron, renowned motivational speaker Eric Thomas, Tied to Greatness’ Alex O. Ellis, Gates Millennium Scholars, the U.S. Army and more. The goal is to tackle common risks young men face growing up. Personal responsibility, team building, dream building, the importance of your image and leadership skills will be addressed in sessions, including: You Can Be Me, Street Realities and Manhood 101. Additionally there will be separate workshops for parents and guardians, Manage Your Life; a Q&A with Steve Harvey; and Where Do We Go From Here?
FCC Approves License Transfers for Emmis and Midwest Communications. The FCC approves the transfer of licenses for the two Terre Haute, Indiana stations Emmis Communications purchased from Crossroads Investments for $335,000. They are: classic hits WFNB, Brazil “92.7 Bob FM” and sports talk WFNF, Brazil ESPN 1130 The Fan…..The commission also approves the transfer of licenses for the Radio Fargo-Moorhead cluster that includes news/talk KFGO, sports talk KVOX “The Fan,” adults hits KMJO “104.7 Popster FM,” talk KRWK “101.9 Talk FM,” and CHR WDAY-FM “Y94” to Midwest Communications which paid $25 million for the five stations.