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Friday, September 18, 2015

| September 18, 2015

kthi‘Hits 107.1’ in Boise Names ‘Murphy & Melissa’ Morning Hosts.  The E. W. Scripps-owned classic hits outlet – KTHI, Boise – brings together radio pros Kevin Murphy and Melissa Dawn for the “Murphy & Melissa” show.  Station VP/general manager Roy Williams says, “Murphy and Melissa have tremendous chemistry as a morning radio team.  They bring energy and great topics for conversation to our morning audiences.  They have a commitment to this community.”

wfas-fm new logo‘Radio 103.9’ New York Official Station of Harlem’s ‘African American Day.’  The 46th Annual African American Day Parade is being held in Harlem on Sunday (9/20) and Cumulus Media’s urban contemporary WNBM, New York “Radio 103.9” is serving as the official radio station and sponsor.  This year’s parade is “honoring the African American business community by showcasing and celebrating its accomplishments and positive contributions to the African American community and society at large.”  Urban radio legend Tom Joyner (heard on WNBM) is a Grand Marshal for the parade.

kqmv logoCool Job Opportunity.  “Do you want to work in a top market for a great team of proven winners?  Hubbard Radio Seattle’s “MOViN 92.5” is looking for someone with a winning attitude that can work well as part of a team.  You need to be likeable in the halls, on calls, appearances, and be ready to win!  Duties include working on the air as a co-host for the morning show, handling traffic reports during the morning show and attending station functions and promotional appearances as needed.  For more about this position and to apply, click here.  KQMV-FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Nationally syndicated urban legend Tom Joyner is bringing his program’s “Meet Ev’ryjoynertom Listener Tour” to Nashville where the crew will spend a happy hour with listeners of affiliate WQQK “92Q.”  Joyner – along with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown – at The Bridge inside the Renaissance Nashville Hotel on Monday (9/21) from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  Joyner is encouraging listeners to “take selfies and hang out.”…..Syndicated country morning personality Bobby Bones – along with his comedy band The Raging Idiots – helped raise a record bonesbobby$320,000 for local mission Caritas of Austin via the latter’s 8th Annual Words of Hope Dinner held last week at the Moody Theater in Austin.  The Raging Idiots played a 90-minute set before a sold-out crowd of more than 1,400 attendees.  Bones also spoke about how he overcame hardships in his early life that included the death of his mother from a drug overdose.  He also shared fun stories about his life in radio, relationships and celebrity encounters…..Westwood One announces it has inked a multi-yearhenleyCassCountry extension with imaging service Short Bus Radio.  The service is used by some 400-plus stations across 12 formats.  Under the new agreement, Westwood One will manage advertising sales for all Short Bus production and imaging libraries…..SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series continues with Eagles founder Don Henley.  The program will be moderated by fellow Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bob Seger and features Henley answering questions from SiriusXM listeners about his career, including his new album Cass County, scheduled to be released on September 25.  The program will also feature Henley performing songs carsenfrom the record and other solo hits.  The performance features special guests Martina McBride and Jamey Johnson.…..Envision Networks names Carsen the new host of “The Live Ride.”  The weekly country show that gives listeners live performances from their favorite stars has been hosted by Marty McFly.  Now Carsen assumes the lead role.  “I’ve been riding along with Marty McFly for over three years now, and I couldn’t be more grateful for him allowing me to take the reins.  I’m thrilled to get to bring my love of concerts to country fans just like me week after week.”

bombadamOra15Rita Ora Drops in on Adam Bomb.  On the nationally syndicated Adam Bomb show, British singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora (left) recently chatted about what it was like collaborating with artists like Chris Brown and Prince, and shared some fun facts about her newest single, “Body On Me.”  Ora visited the Atlanta studios of Westwood One while on tour.  The diversified star is also a designer of clothes and shoes for Adidas and spoke with Bomb (right) about what it was like going back to the sneaker shop where she once worked and seeing her own designs on display.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

| June 18, 2015

nashTVCumulus Media’s NASH Enters Partnership with Qello Concerts.  The NASH TV platform will be available globally via Qello Concerts after Cumulus Media agreed to a strategic partnership in the “worldwide leader in streaming long-form concert films on demand.”  Qello Concerts will feature NASH TV’s original content across its worldwideqello concerts OTT streaming platform, which includes web access, as well as access via smart TVs from Samsung and Sony; connected devices, including streaming players and consoles: Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, PlayStation, XBOX and Google Chromecast; and mobile devices including iOS, Android and Windows.  Cumulus EVP of content and programming John Dickey states, “Qello Concerts is a powerful platform to catapult our distribution into hundreds of millions of households across the globe through the connected TV market, bringing our popular lifestyle and entertainment programming to country music fans to enjoy anytime, anywhere.”

boethinheatherBoethin Named Manager of Cox Local Solutions in Tulsa.  The company says this new effort – under the brand Cox Local Solutions – is a “collaborative digital solutions alliance” between the Cox Communications sales division in Tulsa and Cox Media Inc.’s Tulsa TV and radio properties that’s designed to use the combined digital capabilities of all three Cox properties to “offer advanced digital solutions to local advertisers” under the new brand.  Digital sales manager Heather Boethin is named manager of Cox Local Solutions and will “oversee Tulsa’s digital sales and fulfilment efforts with the support of a team of digital marketing experts at Cox’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta.”  Cox Media Oklahoma VP Annette Heaton comments, “This is an exciting time for the Tulsa market.  The collaboration efforts between the three Cox properties have been impressive so far.  Ultimately Tulsa advertisers will be the beneficiaries of the digital solutions we have to offer.”

waymedia logoDusty Rhodes to Leave WAY FM.  After 22 years, senior vice president Dusty Rhodes is exiting WAY MediaBob Augsburg, founder of the Christian media company, says, “Dusty and I have worked together for well over two decades.  I brought him on to launch our West Palm Beach, Florida WAY-FM in 1993 and manage it, which today is our largest station.  He moved with me to Colorado Springs in 2001 to become our first chief operating officer.  Now as senior vice president, Dusty has led well and has done much to advance WAY Media’s mission and vision.  He has been gracious in offering to remain with the ministry until August to help with the transition.  I believe God has great things in store for Dusty.  It will be exciting to watch His plans unfold.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Joining iHeartMedia’s country WAMZ, Louisville for mornings is Amy Nic, who partners up with current AM personality Chris Randolph.  He replaced Ron and Mel Fisher in April…..The “Randy & Alana” morning show exits Townsquare Media’s country KAWO, Boise “Wow 104.3.”  Randy Scott also served as assistant program director and Alana Lynn was the station’s music director.

kmjk logo‘Magic 107.3’ Kansas City and Tom Joyner Show to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Urban contemporary KMJK, Kansas City “Magic 107.3” will be joined by syndicated morning show star Tom Joyner and cast members J. Anthony Brown and Sybil Wilkes in hosting the 25th anniversary celebration of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum at the Kansas City museum tonight (6/18) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  KMJK program director Jerold Jackson says, “This event allows the ‘Magic 107.3’ listeners and everyone with an appreciation of baseball and the Negro Leagues an opportunity to come out and celebrate the last 25 years.  We are thrilled to have Tom Joyner host the celebration along with J. Anthony Brown and Sybil Wilkes, giving our listeners the chance to meet the national morning show team and celebrate this wonderful piece of Kansas City.”

heltonlonUnderwood15Carrie Underwood Co-Hosts ‘Country Countdown USA.’  New mom Carrie Underwood is pictured here (right) with “Country Countdown USA” host Lon Helton (left) as the two work on this weekend’s edition of the Westwood One-syndicated program.  WW1 says there will be a lot of talk about her new baby boy, Isaiah, as well as a look ahead at her next album.

Friday, September 19, 2014

| September 19, 2014

torreztt“Hot 97” Appoints Torrez Music Director. WCDX “iPower 92.1 – Interactive Hip-Hop & R&B” music director and afternoon drive talent TT Torrez will depart the Radio One Richmond urban contemporary outlet to become music director of Emmis New York rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97.” WQHT program director Jay Dixon points out that, “TT has a long and consistent track record of making things happen.  After seeing the amazing things she has done in her career, and learning she was a fan of ‘Hot 97,’ I could not pass up the opportunity to work with her.  TT knows hip-hop.  We are thrilled to have her on-board, and cannot wait to see what she can bring to our legendary brand.”  Torrez thanks a number of Emmis executives “for believing in my talents and allowing me the opportunity to further grow my career with the Emmis family.  As a young girl growing up in New York, I always dreamed about the day I would be able to work for the station that I grew up on – my desire to get into radio was because of the influence ‘Hot 97’ had on me as kid.  This opportunity is an amazing blessing – dreams really do come true.”  In addition to Richmond, Torrez has worked in New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Hartford as a correspondent, writer, and producer; she was a music programmer for Music Choice television.  She begins her new assignment at “Hot 97” in about two weeks (10/1).

johnsonpattiReach Media Adds Patti Johnson to NY Sales Staff.  This is a return to REACH Media Inc. for Patti Johnson who most recently served as local sales manager for iHeartMedia in Chicago.  Prior to that, Johnson served for almost three years as an account executive in the Chicago offices of REACH Media.  Her new gig begins Monday (9/22) as she works from the New York office of REACH as account manager, Eastern sales.  She also previously worked for Interep Radio Sales in Chicago and St Louis in various sales positions.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Townsquare Media Tyler-Longview, Texas cluster, “Big Stew” Sawyers is named operations manager and program director for country KNUE.  Sawyers takes over for the departed Scott Gaines…..Alpha Media names James Levy director of sales for its four-station Richmond, Virginia group…..Eric “Smelly” Smeltzer is the new producer for the KSAN, San Francisco “107.7 The Bone” morning drive show Lamont & Tonelli…..Lincoln Financial Media’s AC KIFM, San Diego adds Premiere NetworksDelilah as evening host.  PD Mike Vasquez says, “‘Easy 98.1’ has become a top station for at-work listening and now we want to allow our fans to connect with Delilah when they’re unwinding at night.”

crninternational logoCRN International Study Draws Eye-Opening Conclusions About Radio Ads.  The results of CRN International’s research poll of 525 consumers and the resultant white paper shines a spotlight on the traditional methods of advertising on radio, how consumers perceive those efforts and what might be done to make radio a more effective advertising vehicle.  When it comes to influencing a purchase decision, the study — conducted and released by the Connecticut-based, national ad agency that specializes in radio — indicates that 41% of survey respondents said that custom content – defined as useful or entertaining information provided by a sponsor – would be the messaging form most likely to increase their purchase decision.  Testimonials from everyday consumers like themselves came in second as a purchasing influencer at 20%, with traditional commercials finishing third at 18%.  A red flag for radio is that more than 80% of the respondents confirmed that they pay little attention to radio spot commercials.  Those ads, they said, have little chance of influencing a buying decision, according to the study.  Perhaps more alarming for radio operators is the results seemed to fly in the face of previous studies that most radio listeners stay tuned in through entire lengthy commercial stop sets.  In the CRN research, 67% of the consumers said they don’t make it past the second advertisement during a commercial break.  However, positive signs from the study include some of the following conclusions: Regarding endorsements from their favorite radio DJ personalities, 28% said that tactic would have a positive impact on their chances of considering or buying the sponsor’s product; Regarding endorsements from everyday people like themselves, 42% said that tactic would increase their chances of considering or buying the sponsor’s product; 23% of the respondents said meeting radio personalities at a live, local radio station appearance would be of interest to them; 52% said they would be interested in participating in a contest or sweepstakes heard on the radio; Almost 60% said they would be very or somewhat receptive to considering or buying the product of a contest or sweepstakes sponsor.  To see the CRN International white paper, click here.

joynershowTom Joyner Visits Dayton Affiliate WROU.  As part of his ongoing tour of affiliate stations across the country, Reach Media-syndicated urban morning host Tom Joyner is visiting Alpha Media’s Dayton rhythmic oldies “92.1 WROU” on Wednesday, September 24.  The station has sold Central State University the sponsorship of the appearance.  Also part of Joyner’s Dayton visit is a Tuesday invite-only reception at Taste Creative Cuisine for WROU listeners to meet Joyner, Sybil Wilkes and Jay Anthony Brown.  Tickets to the sponsored event will be free to listeners at specially designated Tom Joyner “ticket stops.”

Thursday, September 11, 2014

| September 11, 2014

cookeholland‘The Golden Age of Audio Consumption.’ Reporting from Indianapolis, media consultant Holland Cooke summarizes some of the sessions he’s attended at both the RAIN Summit and the 2014 Radio Show.radioshow14  Edison Research president Larry Rosin is quoted referring to the current era as the “golden age of audio consumption” noting that, according to his company’s research, Americans spend roughly a fourth of their day listening to some form of audio.  While this may be true, how this falls out for AM/FM radio is open to interpretation.  Is it an opportunity for AM/FM radio or just a sign that other forms – read: digital – are poised to overtake AM/FM’s dominance in the near future.  That is THE topic being discussed at the NAB/RAB-produced Radio Show this week.  Read Holland Cooke’s entire column here.

americasgreatesthitsScott Shannon Syndicated Classic Hits Show to Debut.  In a program development from CBS RADIO, WCBS-FM, New York morning personality and radio legend Scott Shannon will host a new weekend, syndicated classic hits show titled, “America’s Greatest Hits.”  The program will debut the weekend of October 18-19 on 10 of CBS RADIO’s classic hits O&Os across the country, including on WCBS-FM.  It will also be distributed nationally by United Stations Radio Networks.  The four-hour show will be highlighted by artist interviews, song countdowns, one-hit-wonders and commentary from Shannon himself, among other features.  CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero says, “Scott has established himself as one of the leading authorities on music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and is among the best storytellers to ever grace the airwaves – it’s why he’s been so successful anchoring the lineup at WCBS-FM.  Today’s announcement takes what he does on a day-to-day basis and expands it to millions of listeners nationwide.”

kimberybeckbroweeseClear Channel Flips Classic Rock ’95.1 The Brew’ to ‘Radio 95.1’; Oldies WODX Becomes ‘107.3 The Bull.’  Two format flips and talent changes take place at Clear Channel’s Rochester cluster where classic rocker WQBW becomes “Radio 95.1” – a format the company is calling “an innovative rock and personality-based station.”  Coming to the station for afternoon drive there after being let go from their most recent role at Entercom’s crosstown rock WBZA “98.9 The Buzz” are Kimberly & Beck.  The two were fired from WBZA after commenting on a news story about the city’s health care plan paying for gender reassignment surgery in a way management felt was “hateful.”  In addition to their 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift at WQBQ, Kimberly & Beck will host a one-hour evening show on sister news/talk WHAM at 8:00 pm.  And, flipping from oldies to country is WODX which becomes “107.3 The Bull, Rochester’s New Hit Country.”  The station is playing 10,000 songs in a row commercial free and will feature Premiere NetworksBobby Bones show in morning drive later this fall. Pictured here with WQBW morning personality Brother Weese (center), are Kimberly (left) and Beck (right).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the San Antonio Alpha Media cluster, Mark Landis exits his program director position for CHR KTFM and adult hits KJXK “Jack FM.”  Prior to Alpha Media’s purchase of the stations, Landis was Border Media Partners’ director of English programming…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3,” Kevin King is named program director for the station, taking over for Mike Hammond who recently exited the radio business.  King leaves ADX Communications‘ country WYCT, Pensacola “Cat Country 98.7” where he was operations manager to move to Knoxville…..Clear Channel brings Josh Klinger to Washington from the company’s Atlanta operations to serve as evening host at alternative WWDC “DC101.”…..Alpha Media names Rachel Davis promotions director for its Richmond cluster.  Davis moves south from her previous post at Albany Broadcasting where she was also promotions director.

dickeyjohnzacksangPartying with Westwood One.  The 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show is the scene of a lot of industry parties, including the one last night presented by Westwood One.  Pictured here are Cumulus Media EVP, content and programming John Dickey (left) and Zach Sang, host of the WYD Media-produced and WW1-distributed “Zach Sang and the Gang” syndicated CHR program (right).  At the party, attendees were entertained by country acts Chase Rice and Montgomery Gentry, numerous WW1 personalities were on hand to mingle with guests and network partners.  The network gave away a pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLIX and a pair of tickets to the NCAA Final Four.

trainorechosmith‘PLANET 102.3’ Brings Meghan Trainor and Echosmith to Corpus Christi for ‘Back to School’ Concert.  CHR outlet KKPN, Corpus Christi is treating listeners to a free double-bill concert featuring Meghan Trainor and Echosmith on Wednesday, September 24.  The Convergent Broadcasting-owned station says, “This caliber of talent is almost unheard of in a market the size of Corpus Christi.  And to add to that, ‘PLANET 102.3’ is putting on the show absolutely FREE to our listeners!”  Trainor’s “All About the Bass” and Echosmith’s “Cool Kids” are in heavy rotation on CHR stations across the country.  The station is giving away free tickets to the concert at remote broadcasts throughout the market beginning next week.

joynerMcDsTom Joyner Sets Lunch Record at Jackson Affiliate.  The power of the Tom Joyner show was on display as the ReachMedia-syndicated personality broke a record at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Jackson, Mississippi serving more than 400 cars – shattering their previous record according to local McDonald’s owner MyJoy Inc – and serving up free lunch to his listeners from radio station WKXI, Jackson “Kixie 107 FM.”  Joyner (pictured here at the drive-thru window) and his crew are on a tour of his affiliate stations and are visiting four this week including KMEZ, New Orleans; KQXL, Baton Rouge; and KJMS, Memphis.  The show is visiting other affiliates every other week through November.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

| August 26, 2014

nashicon logo“Nash Icon Is to Country What Hot AC Is to CHR.” That was among the nuggets gleaned from an approximately 45-minute conference call conducted yesterday (Monday, 8/25) by Cumulus Media executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey, who gave an overview of the company’s new country offering and an overall status report of the format. Opining that today’s mainstream country is really “top 40 country,” he declares most mainstream country stations play very little gold product.  “It is extremely current-driven – there is no ‘hot AC’ in country.”  An oldies faction exists in thedickeyjohn format, but as Dickey explains, that’s classic country.  “Every week in country radio, we wake up to a potentially new #1 hit record.  As that music works its way up and down country radio stations, there is no repository for that music to exist in markets.”  It is his contention that most country facilities have libraries with no more than 150 songs in active rotation, which is “very reminiscent” of CHR.  “Most top 40 stations are under 100 [gold titles], and those are very tight libraries,” Dickey remarks.  In the next year or two, he anticipates that more non-country stations will question why they should be the third or fourth station in a format when they, “can be a broad-based coalition format very much like ‘Jack-FM’ did when it came on the scene.”  While likening Nash Icon to adult hits “Jack-FM,” Dickey “firmly” believes Nash Icon possesses “a lot more staying power, better fundamentals, and much less gimmickry.  A Nash Icon station can carve out huge audiences all to itself.” Dickey concedes this will take time to prove; Cumulus has already converted 15 of its stations into the Nash Icon format.  “Many people will take notice and see this as a viable format,” he predicts.  Starting “almost immediately,” Cumulus’ Westwood One will offer Nash Icon to affiliates, with Dickey pointing out the format will be up-and-running in the fourth quarter. “It is time for country to have a hot AC version of the country format.”

Country Artists React Favorably to Nash Icon. In fact, Cumulus Media executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey maintains country artists have “phenomenally welcomed” the company’s Nash Icon approach to the country format and the Nashville community has done “back-flips over it.”  Nash Icon is already brooksgarth“resonating big-time,” he states, and it “will only snowball.”  Artists are “grateful” that there is “interest again in what they do,” Dickey comments.  “They are not only appreciative but anxious to see this platform play out.  They are interacting with large, loyal audiences they have built up over the years.  They know this demand is out there.”  Many country artists have been “frustrated” with where the country format is today and Dickey contends, “It is difficult for them to participate,” but Nash Icon allows them “to have a place alongside the newer, younger guns” so they may “showcase what they have done in a contemporary way.”  Stressing that Nash Icon is not about nostalgia, retrospective, or what he calls “ESPN‘s version of ‘Where Are They Now,?’  Dickey explains, “These artists are alive, well, and they look great.”  Some or most are approaching age 50.  “They are in peak shape and at the peak of their careers creatively; they still have a lot left in the tank,” he emphasizes.  Achieving radio airplay has been a “dead-end street” for them so he imagines that they are “sitting on” a lot of music,chesneykenny since there is no motivation for them.  “Not too long ago, even Garth [Brooks] went through that about radio airplay.”  The difference of where Nash Icon is today and where Cumulus could be six months to a year from now with it is, in Dickey’s opinion, several solid ratings stories.  Representative artists of the Cumulus format, which has launched on 15 of the company’s properties, include the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Judds, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Mary carpentermarychapinChapin Carpenter, and Lorrie Morgan.  “If you were to add up all the artists in a 25-year span [mid-1980s to the early-2000s] who have sold more than one million tickets and have had six to ten #1 hits, you would be amazed at how deep the list goes,” Dickey comments.  As a result, he does not expect Nash Icon will be at a loss for music, artists, or depth.  “This is a very contemporary format in its own right,” notes Dickey, who envisions it as being competitive among 25 – 34s and that it will “find a sweet spot” among 30 – 50s.  “It will be a very efficient format for advertisers and I expect it will have a similar male/female balance as country has today – perhaps a little more female.”  He looks for it to attract comparable cume to that of mainstream country.  “Just as hot AC is, we are a current-driven format.  Right now, we are about 25% current-driven and depending where the music comes in, over time, we might be as much as 40% current-driven.” When “exciting” country music comes out, Dickey states that Nash Icon will play it.  He made the comments yesterday (Monday, 8/25) in an industry conference call.

Dickey Delivers Country History Lesson. The country format has experienced an amazing journey the last 25 – 30 years.  Cumulus Media executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey emphasizes that this is “an historic time” for the format.  Until the mid- 1980s, he recounts that – in most markets – country was not well-received by the advertising community.  “Very little was understood about the power of the audience,” notes Dickey who conducted an industry conference call yesterday (Monday, 8/25) to discuss his company’s Nash Icon format.  “Stereotypes of the format were alive and well.  Most people tried to position the format as ‘America’s favorite music.’  As the music started to transform, the business of country started to come full circle.”  Calling country one of the “most explosive formats in our business,” Dickey says it reaches approximately 100 million people in the United States.  “I am not making up or throwing out numbers,” he insists.  “If you take unduplicated cume of all country stations in the United States across 200+ [rated] markets, you get close to 85 – 90 million country listeners on that merit alone.  Country is probably the largest format in terms of appeal and market share.”  One of the strongest messages Dickey gave yesterday was that country is the last format of its size that has not fragmented.  “Rock has fragmented in so many different directions that it has created a state of emergency in that format – rock is in a tough spot,” he cautions.  For some reason, country has “resisted the urge to fragment.”  Extremely current-intensive, country is among the “last great multi-generational formats that is programmed as top 40.”  As far as broadcast radio is concerned, Dickey states that, “Artists who helped propel foundationally the business of where it is today have – by and large – lost their place in the format’s relevancy.” Cumulus, he says, is taking “a very active role” in the business of country.  It was not a question with Dickey of if country would fragment, it was a matter of when it would do so and he proclaims, “That time has come.”  The entire idea around Nash Icon, he emphasizes, is “to create a parallel universe” in the country format.  “It is not a [flanker], but another platform for those artists [who] were extremely prolific in the mid-1980s to the early-2000s.  That music is testing exceptionally well.”  Those particular country singers are Facebook fans and Twitter followers yet Dickey explains, “They are not represented in the format today.”  Dickey recalls that years ago with “hot country” or “thunder country” stations were “trying to make differences based on being more aggressive attitudinally than mainstream country.”  Nash Icon, he says, is based on the “appeal and attraction of artists and the low-burn of their music.”  When those factors “conspire and come together, you have the makings of a format that has legs.  It can be built on a solid foundation and can stand side-by-side with mainstream country.”  Dickey does not believe Nash Icon will cannibalize country’s total share, but instead will grow it.  “Two well-programmed country stations going head-to-head grow the country share in a market – they do not take it away,” he maintains.  “We have seen it in Detroit with our station and CBS Radio; it is the same thing in Minneapolis with CBS Radio and Clear Channel.”  Specifically, Cumulus’ WDRQ “Nash FM – Detroit’s New Country Music Leader,” ranks #17 July 2014 (2.5), while CBS Radio’s WYCD “Detroit’s #1 for New Country” finishes #4 (6.0).  CBS Radio Minneapolis’ KMNB “Buz’n Country” finishes #6 July 2014 (6.6), while Clear Channel Minneapolis-owned KEEY “K-102 – Today’s Country” is #5 (6.7).  “Nash Icon, the hot AC version of country, will only help accelerate the process,” Dickey forecasts.  The radio industry is often chastised for not taking chances and he admits that, to some extent, there is no incentive to do that.  “It is a tough environment out there; everyone is trying to be as rational as possible.  They want to minimize risk.  We are confident that over time, there will be a successful fragmenting and growing of the wonderful [country] format.  It is going to be very exciting for the business of country to have these superstar artists back in the game.”

houstonlanceHouston to Boston from Baltimore. Early next month, 18-month WPOC, Baltimore program director Lance Houston will transfer from the country outlet to Boston in a similar capacity at Clear Channel‘s co-owned WBWL “The Bull – Boston’s New Hit Country.”  Clear Channel Boston vice president of programming for media and entertainment Dylan Sprague enthuses that WBWL “has found its visionary – Lance is that perfect combination of a great programming strategist, incredible musicologist, and successful on-air talent.  His vision, creativity, positive attitude, and energy make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.”  Houston – who will also do 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on-air duty at “The Bull” – comments, “I am excited and ready to lead the team in Boston into a battle.  America’s greatest city deserves a young, hip country station.”  For six years, Houston was assistant program director and afternoon drive personality at Atlanta’s WUBL “The Bull.”  His past programming assignments have been for WYGC, Gainesville and WBAM, Montgomery Alabama; he began his country career in 1995 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at WTXT.  Dance-formatted WEDX “Evolution” transitioned to country WBWL “The Bull” a little more than two months ago (6/13).


adamslisaAdams Returns to Seattle to Program “Click.” Boise, Idaho KAWO “Wow Country,” hot AC KCIX “Mix 106,” and adult contemporary KXLT “Lite-FM” operations manager and program director Lisa Adams relocates to Seattle to program Hubbard hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9.” Hubbard Radio Seattle market manager Marc Kaye comments, “We are thrilled to have Lisa back in our hallways.  The time she spent here [2005 – 2006] was highly successful.  Her spirit and work ethic permeated the building.  We know with her programming skills and thorough knowledge of the market, she is the right person to take ‘Click 98.9’ to the next level.”  Adams remarks, “I am so incredibly excited and blessed to be able to return to a city I love and work with such a talented team.  Here’s to an amazing and successful journey with a wonderful company.”  Prior to her OM/PD duties at Townsquare Media Boise, Adams worked for CBS Radio Portland, and in Seattle for Entercom, Infinity, and Sandusky Radio (which was acquired by Hubbard).

mallorytamikaCumulus Names Mallory Community Affairs Director at ‘Radio 103.9’ in New York.  Nationally renowned civil rights activist Tamika D. Mallory has been appointed community affairs director for Cumulus Media’s WNRB, New York “Radio 103.9.”  The company reports that by working with the station’s local management and on-air hosts, as well as nationally syndicated programs including “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” and the D.L. Hughley show, “Mallory will help deepen Radio 103.9’s relationship with local listeners and continue to connect the station with the community the station serves through a series of citywide community-service-oriented programs and events.”  In addition to this post, Mallory will continue operating her strategic planning firm Mallory Consulting.  Cumulus New York VP and market manager Kim Bryant comments, “I am proud to be working with somebody like Tamika Mallory who is so respected and involved with the community.  I look forward to her positive influence on our station, community and Cumulus as a whole.”

julianomikeJuliano Named DOS at Greater Media Detroit.  Jumping from Entercom’s Boston cluster to the Detroit operations of Greater Media, Mike Juliano is named director of sales for the company’s Motor City properties that include rock WRIF, classic rock WCSX and sports talk WMGC “Detroit Sports 105.1.”  Greater Media Detroit market manager Steve Chessare states, “We are absolutely thrilled to have Mike join the Greater Media Detroit family.  His vast experience, combined with his leadership skills and passion for our industry, made him the perfect choice to take our sales team to the next level.”  Juliano comments, “In our business there are very few companies like Greater Media and very few leaders like chairman & CEO Peter Smyth and market manager Steve Chessare.  From the top on down, the leadership in this company is as solid as it gets.  I am looking forward to working with the Greater Media Detroit team to put the assets that we possess to work providing results-oriented solutions for our clients.”

lopezmarioClear Channel Re-Ups with Mario Lopez.  The new deal includes the continuation of the “On with Mario Lopez” program syndicated by Premiere Networks (on which Lopez’s wife Courtney serves as co-host).  But the new deal – terms not disclosed, of course – also will mean an expansion of the iHeartRadio Countdown weekend program designed for hot AC stations.  The company says that beginning next month, Lopez and Courtney will welcome a different A-list artist or celebrity each week to count down the top 20 hot AC songs on iHeartRadio’s Ultimate chart, which incorporates iHeartRadio airplay, top weekly song/artists from user-generated iHeartRadio Custom stations, weekly listener “thumbs-up,” social and sales data.  Lopez will also continue to work with Clear Channel on a variety of multimedia projects and events, including the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival.

alt983 logoNew Alternative Format Appears on Nashville Translator and HD Channel.  The newest alternative-formatted station to hit the air from Clear Channel Media + Entertainment is in Nashville and can be heard on the HD2 channel of classic rock WNRQ and on translator W252CM at 98.3.  Dubbed “ALT 983,” the station will feature artists including: The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers.  The signal will also be the FM home for Vanderbilt University football.  CCM+E Nashville OM Michael Bryan says, “The Music City has been missing this very important genre of music, much of which is made right here.  We’re excited to offer Nashville a new home for everything alternative.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Clear Channel’s Memphis cluster, Eric Jewell is named the new director of sales.  Jewell comes to Memphis from his most recent gig at Entercom’s Gainesville, Florida cluster…..Dan Dunlap exits the afternoon drive slot at Renda’s adult contemporary WSHH, Pittsburgh “Wish 99.7 FM” after a 30-year career with the station.  As a result, morning personality and PD Ron Antill moves to afternoons while director of marketing and promotions and AM news anchor Chris Shovlin partners with Cris Winter for the “Cris & Chris in the Morning” program…..Tony Tecate exits FM Idaho-owned hip hop KWYD, Boise “WiLD 101.1” where he was music director/APD and morning drive host.

bombadamtretterRyan Tedder Visits ‘Nights Live.’  The OneRepublic frontman stopped in to the Westwood One studios to join host Adam Bomb (right) on his nationally syndicated show “Nights Live with Adam Bomb.”  WW1 reports Ryan Tedder (left), played music, shared great stories, and entertained the audience all night long.

Thursday, May 1, 2013

| May 1, 2014

thomasrickRick Thomas Returns Home to Program CBS RADIO’s ’92.3 NOW’ in New York.  Moving east from CBS RADIO’s Los Angeles station group where he’s been serving as PD of classic hits KRTH “K-Earth 101” and urban contemporary KTWV “94.7 The Wave” for the past year is native New Yorker Rick Thomas.  He assumes the program director role at CHR WNOW-FM “92.3 NOW” effective immediately.  The company says Thomas’ replacement at the Los Angeles stations will be announced at a later date.  CBS RADIO EVP, operations and New York marketwnow logo manager Scott Herman states, “Rick is a truly talented program director who brings a unique perspective to ‘92.3 NOW.’  He has a multitude of great ideas and the boundless energy needed to compete at this level.  We are thrilled to have him at the helm of the station as it continues to break new artists and drive the music and pop culture conversation.”  A press statement notes Thomas has had past successes that include “turnarounds and top rankings at” KYLD, San Francisco; KSFM, Sacramento; and XHT, San Diego.  “Thomas is also credited with developing rhythmic oldies and rhythmic AC formats in various markets which led to unprecedented ratings at XHR, San Diego and at KUMU, Honolulu.”

richardsjimBay Area Combo Appoints Richards OM/PD.  It’s a move west for Merlin Media-owned classic rock WLUP “The Loop” and WKQX “The New Home for Alternative” Chicago operations manager Jim Richards who relocates to San Francisco to become operations manager/program director of Cumulus Media‘skfog logo KFOG “World Class Rock” and classic rock KSAN “107.7 The Bone.”  Corporate program director of rock Troy Hanson comments, “We are delighted to have a programmer of Jim’s caliber and pedigree lead our efforts in the Bay Area.  His product passion, digital thought process, and strong talent management acumen are second-to-none.  We look forward to Jim duplicating his precise success in Chicago into a big win for us in ksan logoSan Francisco.”  Richards states that in his brief time with Cumulus, “I have been really impressed with everyone involved.  Their support and appreciation have been amazing.  As excited as I am to get back to California, I must thank everyone in Chicago who made my job easy.  I am proud of what we accomplished together and am excited to get started in San Francisco.”  Richards’ past credits include programming Seattle’s KWJZ “Click 98.9”; vice president of content for Tribune Interactive; vice president of programming at Clear Channel San Diego; and various other programming jobs in Cincinnati, San Jose, Knoxville, and Grand Rapids.

mcgowanmikeTwo Personnel Moves at WEBE, Westport, Connecticut.  At adult contemporary WEBE, Westport, Connecticut (New Haven/Bridgeport market), Cumulus Media names a new program director and morning drive host.  First, Mike McGowan is upped to PD of the station.  He will continue to serve as afternoon drive host where the station says he’s been “successfully maintaining double-digit ratings and keeping station imaging fresh and relatable” for the past two years.  Operations manager Danny Lyons adds, “Mike’s talent, creativity and commitment to the WEBE brand will help ensure that we stay on top of the ratings heap for many years to come.  Mike is a total team player and has earned these stripes.”  At the same time, the station brings morning personality Jay Michaels aboard to take control of the AM drive show.  Michaels was most recently with Scott Shannon’s True Oldies Channel.  Prior to that, he was morning host at Cumulus’ WFAS, Westchester from 1993 through 2013.

bubbaBubba the Love Sponge Expands into Orlando; Adds Shannon Burke to Cast.  The Tampa-based Bubba the Love Sponge show announces it will be airing in the Orlando market beginning Monday (5/5) on Star Development Group-owned sports talk WRSO-AM/FM, “810 CBS Sports Orlando.”  The move into the market will mark the return of Shannon Burke – who recently joined the program – to the Orlando airwaves.  Burke previously served at Clear Channel’s WTKS-FM.  The Bubba show reports that Star Development Group owner and president Carl Como is coordinating the new morning show launch onwrso logo Monday along with his newly added FM translator launch that will augment Orlando metro coverage on the FM in addition to his 20k AM signal, which reaches a population area of 2.5 million people.  Como states, “I wanted a show that had real punch and would make an impact.  I know Orlando radio fans will love hearing Bubba return.”  This comes as the program krzq logocelebrates its recent debut in the Reno, Nevada market on Times-Shamrock’s rock KRZQ.  That company’s market manager, John Burkavage, says Bubba and his team produces “one of the best morning shows I have heard in 30 years.  Bubba will grow my station fast and that is why we added his show, it’s a show that will go viral very quickly.”  Bubba comments, “This is an incredible thing for me and my crew.  We are already blowing up the phones in Reno – such a great group of people to work with at KRZQ.  The show has never sounded better and we are now top three ranked in almost every market we are in.  I am thrilled…We are extremely excited about coming back to a place I consider home.  We have a huge fan base there and I have no doubt people will be thrilled to have us back in morning drive in Orlando.”

robertsjoshRoberts Upped to Country Brand Manager.  The new country brand manager at Great Plains Media is WIBL, Bloomington, Illinois “107.7 The Bull” PD and OM Josh Roberts.  Roberts, who serves as OM for the company’s Bloomington-Normal operations, will now oversee the country brands in the company’s Tennessee, Illinois, and Kansas markets.  The company says he’ll “oversee music design at WGSQ, Cookeville, Tennessee ‘94.7 The Country Giant’ as well as at KMXN, Lawrence-Topeka, Kansas ‘92.9 The Bull,’ working with group consultants Audience Development Group and working closely with the company’s country PDs in each market.”  Great Plains Media president and owner Jerry Zimmer says, “Josh has been instrumental to the development of our country stations for years.  He has earned this promotion with hard work and loyalty.  No one has more passion for our stations than Josh.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At JVC Media’s Gainesville/Ocala, Florida operations, the company gives the program director duties at classic hits WYGC, High Springs, Florida “WOW-FM” to morning drive personality Wolf Bowers…..Also from JVC Media, Dyann Lesnever takes over middays on CHR WMFQ, Ocala “All the Hits Q92.”  She slides over from sister EDM/dance outlet WXJZ, Gainesville…..Chris Huff exits his PM drive and music director roles at Cumulus Media’s country KSCS, Dallas “New Country 96.3.”  Station OM JR Schumann takes over the duties in the interim.

wtmp logo newHybrid Urban Music and Talk to Air on WTMP, Tampa.  According to a story in the Tampa Tribune, WestCoastMedia is announcing it is buying WTMP and will flip the station back to the urban music and talk hybrid format that aired on the signal for 57 years prior to the Spanish and tropical formats that have aired for the past three years.  WestCoastMedia is buying the station from Davidson Media Group. Station manager Lawrence Hines tells the paper, “We’ve been gone for way too long.  This community needs its voice back, and AM 1150 WTMP is that voice.”  Programming will consist of primarily Reach Media-syndicated shows including Tom Joyner in AM drive, Rev. Al Sharpton and D.L. Hughley in afternoons, James Fortune in evenings, and station veteran Larry Steele hosting a midday show.  Music will consist of “old-school R&B, soul, funk and jazz.”

andersonmollAnderson, Giles to Host Gracie Awards Luncheon.  When the Gracie Awards are handed out in New York next month, iHeartradio‘s Moll Anderson (“The Moll Anderson Show”) and CBS News contributor Nancy Giles will host the 39th annual awards luncheon.  The Gracie Awards were established in 1975 and are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. This occasion will honor accomplishments of women in media and entertainment at the local, public, online and student levels.  AWMF chair Kay Olin observes that the luncheon is “a wonderful chance to recognize the amazing accomplishments of women in so many forms of media.  Moll Anderson and Nancy Giles represent a diverse range of media and reflect the Gracies’ strong commitment to recognizing accomplishments of all markets of talent.”  Anderson comments, “It’s an honor to be included among so many amazing and accomplished women, those who have blazed new trails and shown the way for others in media and entertainment. According to Giles, “The Gracies are my favorite events of the year.  They are such a wonderful way to honor the unique work that women are doing in an array of media.”  National winners will be honored later this month (5/20) in Los Angeles (Beverly Hills).  The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have contributed to the industry.

wilv contestWILV, Chicago Begins Cash Giveaway Promotion Benefitting Listeners and Charities.  At Hubbard Radio adult hits WILV, Chicago, a promotion for the month of May begins called “May Money Match.”  The on-air and online contest gives listeners the chance to win $500 cash for themselves and $500 for their favorite non-profit charity.  Listeners register their name and the name of their charity on the station’s website and then listen during middays to hear their name.  If they call within 15 minutes, they – and their charity of choice – are winners.  WILV program director Marty Bender comments, “This is just flat out a better way to give away money.  In a world where we win some and lose some, we can at least offer up the chance to now win some and give some.  Simply pay yourself and have us pay it forward too.  WILV is proud to facilitate this opportunity for our listeners and those in need.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

| March 28, 2014

schumannjrAnother JR Comes to Dallas. This time though it has nothing to do with the mythical Ewing Family, but JR Schumann, who is appointed operations manager for Cumulus Media Dallas FM country siblings KPLX “The Wolf” and KSCS “New Country.”  In addition, he will be the day-to-day program director of “New Country”; Mark Phillips remains as PD of “The Wolf.” Cumulus Media executive vice president/co-chief operating officer John Dickey comments, “JR is a talented and kplx logoexperienced country program director, and a natural fit for Cumulus’ industry-leading country music stations.  We are very pleased to welcome him to the company.  He is a tremendous addition to our two outstanding Dallas country stations and we look forward to seeing them thrive under his leadership.”  Cumulus Media Dallas-Fort Worth vice kscs logopresident/market manager Dan Bennett remarks, “Our country stations are a critical part of our success in Dallas.  JR’s successful track record gives us an opportunity to elevate our stations to an even higher level of performance in creating country programming that our listeners and advertisers love.”  Schumann is, “very excited” to join Cumulus and to become “part of two legendary stations in the largest country market in the U.S.  Cumulus is setting a new standard for the best in country programming and I am thrilled to be a part of that.  When [Cumulus Media senior vice president of programming] Mike McVay called with this tremendous offer – and in my hometown no less – I could not pass it up.  I look forward to working with the team to continue bringing the best in country programming to a market that loves its country radio.” Schumann, who officially joins the Dallas country combo a week from Monday (4/7), programmed Cox Media Group Orlando country outlet WWKA “K-92” for the past 16 months. He previously was assistant program director for Cox Media-owned country property WZZK-FM, Birmingham and programmed KYKX, Tyler-Longview, Texas.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The morning drive show “Radio from Hell” featuring Kerry Jackson, Bill Allred and Gina Barberi on Broadway Media’s alternative KXRK, Salt Lake City is named “Best Radio Show” in the City Weekly “Best of Utah” honors for the umpteenth year in a row…..Jeff England is named vice president and director of sales for Hubbard Radio’s Phoenix cluster.  He moves over from his most recent sales gig with Fox Sports Arizona.

chujudyPols Admit Broadcast Royalty Unlikely to Move Anytime Soon.  With continued momentum in the U.S. House to prevent undoing broadcast radio’s exemption from paying royalties to copyright holders, most didn’t expect proponents of new fees to have the votes necessary to affect change.  But earlier this week, even more doubt was cast on the proposal.  During the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology’s hearing on the extension of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), some legislators addressed radio’s exemption, expressed the desire to change it but admitted it’s not likely to face a vote presently.  As reported in Politico, bill co-sponsor Rep. Judy Chu says the bill is not on the radar and probably won’t surface until the telecom subcommittee takes up the broader issue of copyright law.

garciatonySo, You Want to Be Syndicated.  Why?  That’s the question syndication business veteran Tony Garcia, founder of Global Media Services, asks radio broadcasters that approach him about a program they want to syndicate or a concept they think would be perfect as a syndicated program or service.  Everyone wants to play on a bigger stage.  It’s natural.  It drives us to be better at what we do.  In a new piece posted today (3/28), Garcia writes, “Moving from a local show to a syndicated show requires much more than passion.  It requires determination, perseverance, internal strength, patience and the ability to judge oneself dispassionately.  Ask anyone who is syndicated and they are likely to tell you about the highs of signing the first affiliate and the frustration of losing affiliates.  As a good friend of mine once said, ‘Syndication will break your heart.’”  Still want to be syndicated?  If so, read Garcia’s entire column by clicking here.

kink logoKINK, Portland Announces Lineup for Portland Rose Festival.  Triple A KINK, Portland again is teaming up with the Portland Rose Festival to present the “KINK on the Waterfront” concert as part of the RoZone Concert Series this Memorial Day weekend.  This year, the station is bringing the following acts to the festival over two days: 5/24 – Vintage Trouble, Marc Broussard, and Vicci Martinez; 5/25 – Capital Cities, Scars on 45, and Valerie June.

delcollianojerryJerry Del Colliano’s “Media Solutions Conference” Draws 100-plus to Philadelphia.  More than 100 radio broadcasters from across the country gathered at the classy Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 27 to attend noted industry observer and analyst Jerry Del Colliano’s fifth annual “Media Solutions Conference.”  The attendees represented various levels of management, talent and ownership from a variety of radio companies — local, regional and national.  In addition to Del Colliano’s in-depth presentation of information about such topics as understanding the Millennial generation, disrupting radio before its media rivals do, separating radio’s main product into unique on-air and online categories, using video to generate additional revenue streams, reinventing the morning show, time-shiftinghannitysean radio, and reducing the liability of commercials while increasing their effectiveness, attendees were treated to presentations by WBEB, Philadelphia “More FM” owner Jerry Lee, Premiere Networks and Fox News Channel talk star Sean Hannity and TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison.  Jerry Lee discussed a number of tactics and philosophies employed by his company to make it one of the most successful ratings and revenue-generating, leejerryindependent music-formatted, stand-alone FMs in America.  He basically told the attendees that you have to spend money to make money and espoused the benefits of heavy promotion, research and putting together a top-notch team of talent and management in order to reap the rewards radio is still capable of delivering.  He also spoke extensively about the importance of creating effective, listenable commercials and limiting the number of spots perharrisonmichael hour to no more than 12.  Sean Hannity discussed the various keys to attracting younger listeners to the talk format on both radio and television (something he has proven to do very well) and was critical of today’s ratings system that largely ignores listenership to radio on the internet and satellite platforms.  Michael Harrison joined Del Colliano at the end of the conference for a free-wheeling Q&A wrap up of the day’s subject matter.  Harrison encouraged the attendees to trust in their own common sense and intuition, pointing out that all forward evolution in the arts and communication begin with someone taking a stand based on their gut instincts.  According to Harrison, “This was one of the most interesting, informative and well-organized conferences I have ever attended.”  Jerry Del Colliano will be a major speaker at the forthcoming “Talkers New York 2014” on Friday, June 20.  For information call 413-565-5413.

nash detroit pic‘Free for All Country Concert.’  Detroit country outlet WDRQ “NASH FM 93.1” celebrated its official launch as a part of Cumulus Media‘s “NASH”-branded stations with a free concert for listeners at the city’s Fillmore.  Cumulus reports that “NASH FM listeners and advertisers filled the venue to capacity at the ‘Free for All Country Concert’ enjoying performances by Eric Paslay, Scotty McCreery, Terri Clark, The Cadillac Three, Brett Eldredge, Big & Rich and Kix Brooks, who also co-hosted the event with ‘America’s Morning Show’ host Blair Garner.”  Pictured here are (from l-r): Scott Meier, RVP, Cumulus Media Midwest; Eldredge; Jennifer Van Vallis, GSM, Cumulus Detroit; and Gary Pizzati, SVP, Cumulus Media.

mcdowellrobertNAB Show Features ‘Net Neutrality’ Debate; Ex-Commish McDowell to Take Part.  At the NAB Show in Las Vegas next month, the issue of net neutrality is being addressed during the Super Session titled, “World Without Rules: Is This the End of the Open Internet?”  On Tuesday, April 8, NAB says “top opinion leaders and experts on the issue of net neutrality will address how proposed regulations governing access to the internet will affect content providers, ISPs and content creators.”  Tech Policy for Re/code senior editor Amy Schatz will moderate the panel consisting of: Jessica Gonzalez, EVP and general counsel of the National Hispanic Media Coalition; Robert McDowell, former FCC commissioner; Pantelis Michalopoulos, head of the Telecom, Internet & Media Group at Steptoe & Johnson LLP; and Berin Szoka, president and founder of TechFreedom.

tyleraishaAisha Tyler Named Gracie Awards Host. Daytime television audiences, of course, know Aisha Tyler as one of the panel members on CBS-TV’s “The Talk.”  The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has tapped the Dartmouth College alum to host the 39th annual Gracie Awards in two months (5/20) in Los Angeles.  According to AWMF chair Kay Olin, “The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media, and Aisha Tyler embodies this goal perfectly.  From network television to cable, from actor to author, from podcasts to best-selling books, Aisha showcases her talents in an impressive variety of media.  We are delighted that Aisha is hosting this year’s Gracie Awards Gala.”  Tyler – who formerly hosted “Talk Soup” – comments, “It has truly been an impressive year for women in all media.  I am very much looking forward to celebrating all that women have accomplished.”  However, she jokes, “No one is getting an award for that Kimye [Kim Kardashian-Kanye West] Vogue cover if I have anything to say about it.”  The Gracie Awards (or “Gracies”) recognize consummate programming created for women, by women, and about women in radio, television, cable, and digital media.  The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.  “The Talk” was recently renewed for a fifth season.  In addition to her role there and as a regular Stephanie Miller show contributor, Tyler voices Lana Kane on “Archer.”  Last summer, she replaced Drew Carey as host of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

thickejoynerRobin Thicke Kicks Off Tom Joyner Cruise.  The 15th annual Tom Joyner Foundation “Fantastic Voyage” cruise presented by Ford finished its eight-day, seven-night trip last Sunday.  The “Ultimate Party with a Purpose,” supports students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and, aside from the fun in the sun, presents epic concerts, seminars and unprecedented opportunities for its guests.  Pictured here is R&B crooner Robin Thicke entertaining the crowd on the party deck before the ship left Miami.  You can see Tom Joyner in the lower right side of the photo digging the show.  In addition to Thicke, entertainment included: Nelly, George Clinton, Ice Cube, Katt Williams, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Chante Moore, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, KEM and many more.

mcdanielearl groupRemembering Earl McDaniel. Writing in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, reporter Erika Engle describes Earl McDaniel as “the longtime charismatic general manager” of Honolulu’s KSSK-AM and KSSK-FM.  The 85-year-old McDaniel died this past Wednesday (3/26) in Arizona. McDaniel formulated the idea for a $1 million giveaway that helped solidify the morning drive success of Michael W. Perry and Larry Price (“Perry & Price”), following the 1983 death of J. Akuhead Pupule.  KUMU production director Michael Shishido programmed KSSK years ago and tells us that McDaniel was, “the best GM I’ve ever worked with.”  Elaborating on his Facebook page, Shishido comments, “If you had the great opportunity to work for KSSK prior to 1991, you got to work for one of the greats, Earl McDaniel.  He was larger than life.  He was tough and demanding, but he was a radio and marketing genius – and he had a huge, compassionate heart.  I could fill up Facebook for days with Earl stories as could many of my radio colleagues.  Radio has lost a giant.  Aloha, Earl.”  As a Los Angeles on-air talent, Earl “The Pearl” McDaniel worked for KFVD and KPOP (1953 – 1958); KLAC (1958); KDAY (1958 – 1961, where he was its program director); and KFWB (1961 – 1963).  Renowned voiceover talent and longtime programmer Charlie Van Dyke notes on his Facebook page that McDaniel was, “a great guy with the most wonderful stories and a very quick sense of humor.  I was so happy that I had the chance to meet with him even briefly.”  The most touching tribute though to McDaniel can be found on laradio.com, where publisher Don Barrett opens up his homage by stating, “The most important man in my life died [Wednesday] night.”  In the heartfelt printed eulogy, Barrett details how he met McDaniel while Barrett attended Santa Monica High School in the 1950s.  “He was the biggest deal on the radio dial in the 1950s,” Barrett writes of McDaniel.  “He was the early Rick Dees or Ryan Seacrest.”  The two instantly became friends and Barrett points out, “Earl was never more than a phone call away.  I went to him first for advice whenever there was a stumbling block in my journey.  He would help me see a way to roll the boulder out of the pathway.  He provided life tools to be a success – personally and professionally.  Earl was the first to pair Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele long before they arrived in Southern California for ‘Boss Radio.'”  According to Barrett, “Earl broke the Chipmunks Christmas Song and lost his job over it.  On Thanksgiving weekend, he played it twice an hour and the station owner threatened to fire Earl if he played it one more time.  Earl did and was fired, however, by Monday it was the hottest record at Wallichs Music City.  Earl was always figuring out a way to make things better, bigger and more spectacular.  He not only coined the phrase, ‘If you don’t promote a funny thing happens – nothing,’ he lived by it.  When Earl was running Honolulu’s KGMB, one year the station took in 60% of the revenues in the 18-station market.  I remember remarking to him what a stunning statistic that was.  He dismissed it and said he would not be happy until he got 100% of all advertising dollars.  Earl was the personification of what it is to be a mentor.  There is no one I have trusted more.  I will forever be grateful for every act of kindness he gave to me and my family – I will forever be grateful for Earl McDaniel.”  That only scratches the surface of Barrett’s piece, which also contains this condensed message from McDaniel himself, who anticipated his death.  “I am an agnostic.  I will be taken to the Neptune Society for cremation.  I have told my heirs that I do not care where they let the ashes fly.  When it is over, it is over.  To that end, there will be no funeral, no casket, and no flowers.  I have celebrated life for 85 years, and that celebration has been a wonderful, wonderful ride.  I have been contemplating all the good times, and the good times were fantabulous.  If I have borrowed something I haven’t returned or money I haven’t repaid, contact my daughter, Kathy.  Do not sing me any sad songs.  If I were to have an epitaph, it would be, ‘Earl McDaniel … from 1928 to 2014, he lived.'”  Pictured here are (from l-r): Charlie Van Dyke, Earl McDaniel, and Don Barrett.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

| November 21, 2013

eastlanratings logoEastlan Employs E-Surveys to Enhance Methodology.  The 1999-formed Bellevue, Washington-based ratings firm will be augmenting current telephone-based methodology with “e-surveys,” which have been tested the past six months.  E-surveys will be integrated into Eastlan’s standard methodology in all markets beginning next spring.  “E-surveys will not replace our current methodology but rather enhance it,” stresses chief technology officer Bert Hambleton.  “The portion of survey respondents recruited electronically will have the choice to participate via e-survey or through a callback on their cell phone.”  Eastlan’s main reason to incorporate e-surveys was to increase participation among young radio listeners, and Hambleton states, “The process has worked very well.”  During this year’s pilot e-survey project, Eastlan noticed wider participation among 12 – 49s; the most dramatic increase was in participation among 25 – 44s.  Eastlan president/chief executive officer Mike Gould comments that, “It is incumbent upon ratings providers to reach a sample that is as representative of the local market composition as possible.  Being able to recruit and survey electronically, in addition to our telephone based methodology, will absolutely improve the long-term viability of our affordable radio ratings service.  Best of all, we can do so without raising our rates.” E-survey completion rates were slightly higher among women versus men.

rdio logoLayoffs at Rdio Affect Up to One-Third of Staff.  Tech Crunch’s Ingrid Lunden is reporting that the layoffs at digital music service Rdio total about 35 people, or as much as 1/3 of its workforce.  Rdio is the service that just hooked up with Cumulus Media in an equity-for-promotional media deal that could give Cumulus its own iHeartRadio-like service down the road.  Analysts who keep an eye on the digital music scene estimate that Rdio lags pretty far behind the more well-known services – Spotify, Deezer, Rhapsody, et al – in terms of subscribers and although the company has raised some $17.5 million, it’s toward the back of the pack the leaders of which are not making a profit, either.  Tech Crunch publishes this statement from Rdio: “We are not releasing any numbers at the moment, but we’re thrilled with the traction we’ve seen so far. Since the end of last year (2012) we’ve tripled our number of new users.  Also, 90% of our subscribers are now on the Rdio Unlimited tier ($9.99/month) giving them access to Rdio not just on the web but also through their mobile phone.  Our strategic partnerships, and integrations with Facebook, Twitter, and Shazam have all contributed to our continued growth and we’re excited about what’s to come for Rdio in the future.”

nielsenmusic360Nielsen’s Music 360 Report Indicates Consumers Favor Brands That Use Music to Engage Them.  The recently published Nielsen Music 360 report addresses the connection with consumers that brands get when they align with music events and festivals.  Obviously something that radio stations have known for some time.  But Nielsen states, “In fact, U.S. music fans actually feel more favorable toward brands that engage them through their favorite tunes, according to Nielsen’s Music 360 report…Beer-brand Anheuser-Busch, for example, teamed up with marketing mogul Steve Stoute and entertainer Jay-Z to create the ‘Budweiser Made in America’ festival.  The event, in its second year running, was designed to bring together music and culture, backed by a big-name brand.”  As for the stats, Nielsen reports its study shows 76% of festival attendees favor brands that sponsor a concert or a tour; 74% of those who listen to streaming music favor brands that engage them through giveaways, sweepstakes and sponsorships; and 51% of consumers favor a brand that sponsors a concert or a tour.

crninternational logoMarketing Firm CRN International Names Jim Alkon Marketing Director; Promotes Robert O’Mara.  Radio marketing firm CRN International announces it names Jim Alkon marketing director, describing his mission “to extend the profile of the company among consumer brands and advertising agencies.”  Most recently, Alkon was managing director of his own consulting firm Meetings and Media.  At the same time, CRN ups Robert O’Mara to managing director, strategy and business development, and adds two new sales managers: Amanda Alvarez and Maureen Conlin who take the title associate director of strategy and business development.  CRN International describes itself as a company, using the slogan, “We Use Radio Differently,” that extends “the boundaries of radio marketing beyond simple spot advertisements and has customized programs to meet specific business objectives.  This has kept the award-winning company on marketing’s cutting edge for close to 40 years, serving prominent clients such as Microsoft, Chrysler, Sears, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Major League Baseball, HBO and Unilever.”   President and founder Barry Berman states, “We will continue to be part of the conversation in social media, on our recently relaunched website and in tutorial and perspective pieces on how understanding a client’s very specific business objectives is the first step to developing the right customized marketing campaign.  We have been able to employ radio in non-traditional ways to achieve results typically way beyond expectations.”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Crash moves from evenings to middays at Radio One’s CHR WNOU, Indianapolis “Radio Now 100.9” leaving a plum evening slot at the station that needs filling.  Reach out to PD Leo Baldwin at nownights@gmail.com…..Morning drive host Corey Moran adds music director duties at Max Media’s CHR WVHT, Virginia Beach “Hot 100.5”…..Edwin Guevara moves from his part-time position to hosting the night show on Desert Radio Group’s rhythmic CHR KKUU, Palm Springs “U92.7.”

joynertomTom Joyner Fires Up 2014 “Full Ride” Scholarship Program.  Reach Media-syndicated urban morning personality Tom Joyner announces his Tom Joyner Foundation is promoting its “Full Ride” scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2014.  Joyner states, “The cost of a college education isn’t getting any cheaper.  So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.”  Past Full Ride scholars have impressive backgrounds, including the first winner, Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who graduated from Howard University last year.  She is now in her first year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania.  She impressed the Foundation’s scholarship committee with her solid academic record and her knowledge of local, national and international politics.  Cheyenne Boyce of Detroit is now a senior at Spelman College, where she is an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese.  Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books.  Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year.  Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website at www.tomjoynerfoundation.org to download an application.

entercomBuffalo Food Pantries Aided by Entercom Thanksgiving Promotion.  Entercom Buffalo and the NHL‘s Buffalo Sabres teamed up earlier today (11/21, 7:00 am to 9:00 am) for a Thanksgiving turkey drive to benefit local food pantries.  Any donor dropping off a turkey was given two tickets to an upcoming Sabres game, leading Entercom Buffalo operations manager Tim Wenger to comment, “The Sabres stepped up in a big way to help the community by donating the tickets to this cause; Entercom is honored to join the effort.”  The event took place in the parking lot at the Entercom Buffalo offices.  Tickets distributed there were for games against the Montreal Canadiens (11/27); New York Rangers (12/5); Ottawa Senators (12/10), and Winnipeg Jets (12/17).  Entercom-owned sports outlet WGR is the Sabres’ flagship.  The New York State cluster also includes news/talk WBEN; CHR WKSE “Kiss”; alternative WLKK; classic rock WLKK HD2 “The Lake”; adult contemporary WTSS “My Star”; sports WWKB; and rhythmic oldies WWWS “Solid Gold Soul.”  All proceeds directly benefitted the Buffalo City Mission and the Food Bank of Western New York.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

| August 29, 2013

mccartneynew logoWHAT’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.

mattramonashow12 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.

hamrickwillWill 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 logoHitShop’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 will@hitshoprecords.com and 615-854-9749.

sturmleslieLeslie 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.

nrglogoNRG 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!”

harveysteveSteve 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.

joynertomTom 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.”

mumfordandsonsSiriusXM 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.

risingwomen20 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.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

| August 13, 2013

elliottcarterNew Morning Show at WSB-FM, Atlanta (“B98.5”). “Jeff (Elliott) and Melissa (Carter)” will debut tomorrow (8/14) as the new morning team on Cox Media Group, Atlanta adult contemporary WSB-FM “B98.5.” Elliott formerly did mornings at CBS Radio country outlet WIRK, West Palm Beach and spent seven years at Clear Channel hot AC KDMX, Dallas. Most recently, Carter was afternoon co-anchor at Cumulus, Atlanta’s WYAY “All-News 106.7”; she previously was part of WWWQ “Q100″‘s morning drive “Bert Show” in that market for roughly ten years (2001 – 2011). “Jeff and Melissa will bring a fresh approach to mornings on B98,” remarks Cox Media Group Atlanta Radio vice president/general manager Ben Reed.


WMJX LogoWMJX Names Nika Schena Local Sales Manager. Greater Media, Boston rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9” general sales manager Nika Schena shifts to adult contemporary sibling WMJX “Magic 106.7” as local sales manager. “This was a critical hire for us and we were looking for an ‘A-Team’ to take our efforts at ‘Magic’ to the next level,” the cluster’s director of sales Mark Keaney comments. “We wanted to attract the best talent in the market for the role and that talent was right under our nose.” Emerson College graduate Schena previously held Boston radio sales positions for Entercom (as an AE for talk WRKO) and Clear Channel. Prior to the first of this year, “Hot 96.9” was talk WTKK.

CRS 2014Country Radio Hall of Fame 125CRS Accepting 2014 Country Radio Hall of Fame Nominations.  Candidates seeking entry to On-Air Personality Hall of Fame must have at least a 20-year on-air career in radio, with a minimum of 15 in country radio. In addition, he or she must have made, “significant contributions to the growth and development in the country radio industry, and ongoing contributions to the preservation and enhancement of country music as an art form.” Radio Hall of Fame requirements are exactly the same as the On-Air Personality Hall of Fame, excluding the “on-air” criteria. Air-checks, press clippings, award listings, and other materials may be included for consideration. Country Radio Seminar officials will provide each nominee an official application, which must be returned to CRS offices by (Friday) September 6. “The Country Radio Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed on a country radio professional,” declares CRS Hall of Fame chair RJ Curtis. “This will set in motion our effort to recognize the true legends of broadcasting in our industry.” A selection committee consisting of country radio and industry veterans, as well as members of the Country Radio Hall of Fame, will determine inductees. Next year’s ceremony will be part of the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner, (Tuesday) February 18 at the Nashville Convention Center. Online nominations should be submitted to www.CountryRadioSeminar.com; applications received after September 6 will be held for consideration for 2015’s Hall of Fame class.

hughleycantorREACH Media To Distribute Afternoon Drive “D.L. Hughley Show.” Launch date for the daily 3:00 – 7:00 pm music-intensive program hosted by comedian, author, actor, television personality D.L. Hughley is still to be determined, but REACH Media CEO David Kantor comments, “D.L. is the right personality to provide a new style of content in afternoon drive. ‘The D.L. Hughley Show’ will be engaging, fun, [and will feature] great music.” Remarking that he is “excited to get back to radio,” the former host of CNN‘s “D.L. Hughley Breaks The News” comments, “It couldn’t have come at a better time. Radio fits my sensibility. I want [the show] to be fast, funny, and topical. I want to make people laugh a lot and think a little. Some people want to push the envelope – I want to see if I can singe it a little.” A Peabody Award winner for his work on “The Endangered List,” Los Angeles-born Hughley is widely-known for the TV series “The Hughleys” (1998-2002) and for being one of the four comedians featured in Spike Lee‘s “The Original Kings of Comedy.” Four years ago, he began what would be a one-year run as morning personality for New York City’s WRKS “Kiss 98.7,” opposite fellow “King of Comedy” Steve Harvey on WBLS. Earlier this year, Hughley participated on “Dancing with the Stars.” Cumulus Media Networks will collaborate with Radio One subsidiary REACH Media, founded ten years ago by Kantor and Tom Joyner, in affiliation and other show aspects.

holtartMEDIA BROKER SPOTLIGHT: Art Holt of Holt Media Group.  In this week’s installment of Media Broker Spotlight, Sandi Bergman of RadioTVDeals.com interviews media broker Art Holt of Holt Media Group in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Holt’s long career in radio goes back to being an air talent and engineer in Texas at a variety of stations and markets across the state where he moved his way up to working in Dallas with radio broadcasting legend Gordon McLendon. He eventually wound up owning and operating a 20 station medium market station group for more than three decades and then went on to become a broker.  Holt agrees with this publication’s contention that the time is right for good broadcast managers who have been squeezed out of their positions by consolidation and market conditions to get into first-time ownership on a local level.  He says, “Times have never been better for a buyer to go into medium and small market radio ownership!  The big corporations continue to ignore true localism; they’re focused on cost cutting to service their huge debt hangovers from their spending sprees in the last decade.  The local newspaper is no longer the formidable presence or strong advertising competitor it was in the past.  This is a great opportunity for a local owner!  The conglomerates’ problems have become the local operator’s opportunity!  There are strong opportunities for station turn-around and format changes at neglected stations for the new DIY operator. In selected markets, brokers can offer strong cash flow deals at workable multiples to qualified buyers. Good and talented radio people are being made redundant daily by the giant corporations, and as a result, localism in radio is now pretty much just a memory except when a local owner comes in to take over and super-serve the community.  And, it’s a fact that the best and most advertiser-effective radio is local radio. For displaced radio executives, this is definitely a golden age of radio ownership… with wide open opportunities to fill the need for good local radio, both on the air and on the street.  Local radio markets welcome local owners who become involved in the community and who know the local advertisers on a first name basis.”   Holt offers several opportunities for displaced station managers and first-time entrants looking to roll up their sleeves and take on an ownership project.  To read the entire installment of Media Broker Spotlight, please click here.

k-Mozart LogoKYZZ Trades Sports for Classical. Silent since July 31, Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz’s sports-formatted KYZZ (formerly “ESPN 97.9”) becomes classical “k-Mozart 97.9″ under new owner Saul Levine. Buckley Broadcasting purchased KYZZ eight years ago from Wolfhouse Broadcasting and over the years it had been CHR and rhythmic CHR. Levine – whose Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters owns classical KMZT-AM, Los Angeles (as well as country KKGO there) acquired “Mozart 97.9” about three months ago. The market had been without a classical station since 2011, when Mapleton transitioned KBOQ out of the format. Under the sports umbrella for approximately one year, KYZZ is currently airing commercial-free as “k-Mozart.”

soteloeddieSotelo Set to Surface on Satellite Radio. One of the most popular on-air talents in Hispanic radio, Mexican immigrant Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo suddenly disappeared the week of July 22 when Univision cancelled his 10-year-old morning drive “Piolín por la Manana” program. SiriusXM though is launching an entertainment channel, which will feature Sotelo in his familiar day-part on “El Show de Piolin.” Sotelo comments, “As I tell my listeners, ‘We came to succeed,’ and now, as we step up to a new level, I will be doing that on the biggest radio platform possible. I can’t wait to fly free and for the first time be truly available coast-to-coast.” SiriusXM president/chief content officer Scott Greenstein remarks, “Piolin’s fans are loyal and supportive, and we are thrilled to welcome Piolin back to radio. Piolin will draw subscribers and advertisers alike, and represents our commitment to bring the best and most comprehensive lineup of Spanish-language radio programming to a nation of listeners.” It was approximately one week after Univision pulled the plug on “Piolin” when it was revealed that, in an April letter to Univision, morning show writer-producer-performer Alberto “Beto” Cortez accused “Piolin” of sexual harassment. Cortez’ attorney, Robert Clayton suggested it was a common occurrence among those who worked for Sotelo. In addition, Cortez accused Sotelo of falsifying letters and public support for his immigration reform campaign. Sotelo, through his attorney Jeffrey Spitz, however responded that, “A disgruntled, troubled employee has made malicious and false claims. This was done as part of a demand for money. The employee’s allegations of harassment and falsification of immigration letters are pure fiction.” Sotelo’s live, four-hour, call-in show will be on SiriusXM later this year.

paisleyunderwoodBrad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Named “CMA Award” Hosts (Again). In fact, this will be the sixth successive year for them in the capacity of Country Music Award hosts. CMA Board of Directors President Ed Hardy comments that Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are “the consummate” hosts. “They have the respect of our industry, artistic credibility, critical acclaim, and a quick-witted, genuine rapport that makes them popular with our audience and the viewers at home.” Paisley is a 14-time CMA winner and Underwood has five such awards. The show airs live November 6 on ABC-TV from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. 

KYNW LogoNorthwest CHR Lineup Set.  The on-air roster is now set for Clear Channel-owned KYNW “Now FM, Hit Music for the Northwest.” Valentine will do mornings, just as he does on KBIG, Los Angeles; Marci Wiser is the station’s mid-day host; KIIS, Los Angeles morning mainstay Ryan Seacrest handles afternoon drive; and “Extra” host Mario Lopez is on from 7:00 pm – midnight. Licensed to Centralia, Washington, the CHR serves Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia.

Phantom 2 125USRN Expands Phantom Producer to Mainstream Rock. This becomes the seventh format for the United Stations Radio Networks’ online production app and the first time it is available to one specifically targeting younger men. The service gives users the ability to audition, mix and download customized or generic sweepers, jingles, audio links and other interstitial production elements via a password-protected website. Phantom Producer works via an online user interface that accesses client station elements. Former Merlin Media News Network vice president of production Jerry Rohira is brought in as rock imaging producer. Phantom Producer’s Jeff Thomas points out that he worked with Rohira on the launch of Howard Stern‘s satellite show and, “I immediately fell in love with his work, his sense of humor and his understanding of rock imaging.” Rohira adds, “Phantom Producer is definitely ‘next level’ – it is the coolest thing to come along in the imaging world in years.” The application has been previously available to adult contemporary, hot AC, CHR, classic rock, classic hits and country stations.

CBS-TV LogoTWCCBS-Less Time Warner Customers Are Beginning to Get Antsy. It has been less than two weeks (8/2) since Time Warner Cable yanked CBS-TV programming in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas in a carriage dispute. Disappearance of The Eye Network is affecting 3.2 million customers and many of them are starting to lose their patience. Interim FCC chair Mignon Clyburn says she will take “appropriate action” if CBS-TV and TWC cannot settle their quarrel, although an FCC spokesperson would not comment further on what that might entail. In a statement, TWC notes, “We agree with the chairwoman that consumers are being adversely affected. We hope that CBS soon will come to a reasonable agreement with us that is fair to our customers and their viewers.” According to CBS, its primetime audience is off by roughly 46,000 viewers, compared with the previous week. It seems that, while programming fees are a principal roadblock, there is a larger issue with digital. TWC reportedly will agree to increase its fee, but wants to keep the same bundle of digital rights it held under the old pact. CBS though wants to be able to sell shows to entities such as Amazon and Netflix. Now that the NFL pre-season is underway and with the fall TV schedule looming, viewer frustrations are bound to heighten even more. According to an Ad Age report, RadioShack has enjoyed “a double-digit spike in high-definition antennas” in those three markets. The Ad Age article states, “It is unclear exactly how many antennas sold that translates into” since RadioShack declined to share “concrete numbers.” In New York, there is a month-long free trial of Aereo, which transmits CBS signals to laptops, mobile devices and computers for $8 a month. CBS programming is free on the CBS mobile app and CBS.com the day after airing; however, CBS is blocking video to those using a TWC IP address. In a separate fee battle that has been going on since July 25, TWC has blacked out Journal Communications‘ NBC affiliate, WTMJ, Milwaukee, to southeastern Wisconsin cable subscribers.

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