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Cumulus 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 worldwide 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.”
Boethin 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.”
Dusty Rhodes to Leave WAY FM. After 22 years, senior vice president Dusty Rhodes is exiting WAY Media. Bob 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.
‘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.”
Carrie 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.
“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).
Reach 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 Networks’ Delilah 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.”
CRN 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.
Tom 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.”
‘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. 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.
Scott 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.”
Clear 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 Networks’ Bobby 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.
Partying 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.
‘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.
Tom 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.
Rick 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 market 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.”
Bay 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‘s 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 San 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.
Two 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.
Bubba 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 on 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 celebrates 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.”
Roberts 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.
Hybrid 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.”
Anderson, 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, 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.”
WHAT’S NU? Paul McCartney Delivers New Song Today Called “New” from Forthcoming New (Hear Music) LP that Deserves Immediate Attention. iHeartRadio Festival Las Vegas headliner Sir Paul McCartney has a new song that has burst upon the scene today. It’s called “New” and will be featured on his forthcoming album, also called New (Hear Music), set to be released on October 15. This is the first record of new material from McCartney since 2007’s Memory Almost Full (Hear Music) and his latest record since 2012’s Kisses on the Bottom (Hear Music) that featured covers of pop/jazz standards. According to RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie, “This could be one of the most important records to come down the pike in quite some time, based upon the quality and universal appeal of this wonderful new song, and hopefully the will and cleverness of both pop and rock radio to capitalize on the opportunity to play it with a strong sense of purpose.” The album includes 12 songs and several different producers. The single, “New” is produced by DJ Mark Ronson (previously collaborated with Amy Winehouse and Duran Duran). The other producers include Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Laura Marling) and Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine). Talking about making the album on BBC Radio 2 this morning, Sir Paul said: “The songs are quite varied. I was going to do one song with each producer and see who I got on with best but I got on with all of them. Paul Epworth is more, ‘let’s make it up,’ Ethan is more acoustically inclined.” The fourth producer on the record is Giles Martin, the son of legendary Beatles producer George Martin. According to the Doobster, “‘New’ reminds us of the original Beatles sound that was a highly nuanced blend of simple pop sensibilities with infinitely abstract and sophisticated overtones. It’s got the goods that made the Beatles special and all it needs is for radio to present it as such so as to put it directly into the brains of a wide spectrum of generations still interested in and attracted to the Beatles! This is an out-of-the-box number one radio song if there ever was one — and THAT’S what the RadioInfo charts are about: immediate airplay potency for stations smart enough to program on a minute-by-minute, song-by-song basis.” In another interview earlier today with BBC Radio 6, Sir Paul sums it up, “I think people will recognize it as definitely me.” The new Paul McCartney song “New” will debut next week at #1 on both the RadioInfo Pop and Rock Songs Charts. To hear Paul McCartney’s “New” please click here.
12 Years and Counting for WLNK’s Matt & Ramona. Greater Media Charlotte announces it has inked afternoon drive team Matt & Ramona to a new, multi-year deal to keep the pair with the station. The term of the contract is not being announced but Greater Media Charlotte vice president and market manager Rick Feinblatt is thrilled with the work Matt Harris (front, left) and Ramona Holloway (front, right) are doing at the hot AC station. “Matt and Ramona have done an amazing job in the afternoon drive slot on the station over the past 12 years. We are thrilled to be able to continue this exciting partnership and have them entertain our listeners for years to come.” In addition to being on the air on WLNK-FM, Ramona joined Colleen Odegaard as co-host of “Charlotte Today” back on January 7 for this year. The TV show airs from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon on Charlotte’s local NBC affiliate.
Will Hamrick Named OM at HitShop Records. HitShop Records announces Will Hamrick is being promoted to operations manager for the label. In his new role, Hamrick will manage the overall operations of the label and report to HitShop president, Skip Bishop, who states, “Having Will’s acutely focused attention on HitShop’s day-to-day operations is a perfect step for our company’s growth. I have great confidence in his ability to move us into the future!” The label says that Hamrick is a charter member of the Ramblin’ Music Group staff. He’s held key roles at the label including artist relations/day-to-day management for artist Weston Burt and radio promotions stints as national coordinator and secondary radio rep. The label says that in addition to his new role as operations manager, “he is involved in the innovative roll-out of dynamic new talent, Natalie Stovall and The Drive.” Hamrick says, “I’m incredibly excited and grateful to take on this new role for such an innovative and cutting-edge company. I look forward to working alongside Skip Bishop as we continue to grow HitShop Records.” He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 615-854-9749.
Leslie Sturm to AdLarge. Former three-year United Stations Radio Networks senior account executive Leslie Sturm joins the sales staff of AdLarge Media. The 1987 Rutgers graduate will be based in New York, where she will report to chief revenue officer, radio sales Don Wachsmith, who comments, “Leslie has a terrific combination of radio sales and advertising agency experience that gives her exceptional insight into advertisers’ needs and goals.” Co-founder/chief executive officer Gary Schonfeld remarks, “Leslie has exhibited an ability to pinpoint the core objective of an advertising campaign and identify the right platforms and environment for reaching and engaging a client’s target audience.” Meanwhile Sturm adds that she was “attracted to AdLarge as a growth company” and because of “its extensive array of premium sports and digital properties.” She adds, “AdLarge’s strong content and digital partnerships provide advertisers with customizable options for deep integration and multi-media campaigns.” Sturm previously was senior account manager at SiriusXM Satellite Radio; spent 10 years in ad sales for Premiere Radio Networks and MJI Broadcasting; and she was NW Ayer/MediaEdge‘s vice president, associate director of Network Radio.
NRG Media Names Terry Peters Market Manager for Northwoods Region. Based in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, NRG Media’s Northwoods Radio Operation consists of Rhinelander stations country WHDG, “Hot New Country”; adult hits WRHN; and classic country WOBT-AM/FM. The group also includes classic rock WRLO, Antigo and news/talk WLKD, Minoqua and oldies WMQA, Minoqua. Terry Peters assumes the market manager position for the cluster effective immediately. NRG Media COO Chuck DuCoty says, “We have selected a manager for this important cluster who meets all of our criteria including radio managerial experience, a broad depth of experience in industries important to our growth in radio and, equally important in this area, an understanding, appreciation and love of the unique area and lifestyle that is the Northwoods of Wisconsin.” In accepting the position, Peters states, “I am thrilled to be working with NRG Media in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, which I’ve always considered one of the most beautiful spots on earth!”
Steve Harvey Show Kicks Off Fall with A-List Guests and Jewelry Giveaway. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated urban morning program “The Steve Harvey Show” is launching into the fall season with a slate of high-profile guests and a jewelry giveaway during the week of September 9 – 13. Harvey is encouraging listeners to register online at SteveHarvey.com for the random drawings to take place during the week where, each day, one registrant will win a ladies diamond ring and a pair of men’s diamond cuff links. Special guests during the week will include: filmmaker Tyler Perry, hitmaker John Legend, HLN’s Nancy Grace and Clark Howard, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, and two of TV’s favorite doctors, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz.
Tom Joyner Celebrates Labor Day Weekend with ‘Family Reunion’ in Orlando. Reach Media-syndicated urban morning show host Tom Joyner, with sponsor Allstate Insurance Company, is presenting the “2013 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion” this weekend at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando. The weekend includes “stellar concerts, access to Universal Studios, Sea World and Islands of Adventure; interaction with celebrities and leaders, enlightening seminars, and endless activities for people of all ages inside the free expo that is open to the public.” Joyner says, “The Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion creates an atmosphere of one true family that celebrates people and what we love. When we first created this event, we wanted families to experience a truly spectacular vacation that was unique, all-inclusive, affordable and more than anything…entertaining. And not only have we done that, but we’ve done it for 10 years strong. We have created a new Black Family tradition that has come to represent entertainment, exclusivity and fun – and I hope we continue creating lifetime memories for families for another ten years and more.”
SiriusXM to Broadcast Mumford & Sons Concert Tonight. The Grammy Award-winning British act Mumford & Sons performed last night at the historic Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York. This evening (8/29) at 6:00 pm ET, SiriusXM will broadcast a recording of the concert and replay it several times over the Labor Day weekend. The Forest Hills Stadium at the West Side Tennis Club was once one of the “destination” venues for pop acts, having hosted The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, to name a few. For a number of reasons, the stadium ceased to be a concert venue and fell into disrepair. This summer, the club began bringing concerts back to the stadium.
20 Complete RAB/BMI Scholarship Training Seminar. On August 20 and 21, 20 scholarship recipients were welcomed at the BMI offices in Nashville to complete the Sixth Annual Rising Through the Ranks, Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program, presented by the Radio Advertising Bureau in conjunction with BMI and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group. The two-day course emphasized the specific needs of women in management roles, including enhancing their overall management knowledge and skills. Some 15 executives working in the radio business presented courses to the scholarship attendees. RAB president and CEO Erica Farber states, “The future of our industry is in good hands with this year’s class of scholarship recipients. With the help of the RAB, BMI and MIW, these women are poised to lead their teams and our business. They are energized, empowered, and ready to implement the lessons learned at this seminar.” The group of 20 plus instructors are pictured here.
New 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 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 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.
REACH 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.
MEDIA 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.
KYZZ 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.”
Sotelo 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.
Brad 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.
Northwest 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.
USRN 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-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.
More Q2 News from Cumulus Media; Dickey High on “Nash.” RadioInfo reported Cumulus Media’s second quarter revenue numbers yesterday. However, during the conference call with investors that took place later in the day, CEO Lew Dickey spoke in a bit more detail about various aspects of the company’s business. For competitive reasons, Dickey did not go into great detail but he spoke glowingly about New York country station WNSH “94.7 Nash FM” and stated that the company’s “Nash” initiative is just beginning. He said for all intents and purposes, “Nash” right now is just the New York station but that will change in 2014 and more facets of the initiative are put into place. But he did note that he considers 85 country stations to be on the “Nash” platform with just nine stations actually branded “Nash” right now. He said the company will provide a full report on that multi-platform strategy during the Q3 conference call. He touted the Blair Garner-led morning program heard on WNSH, New York and said, “This is the biggest show in country radio by far, and they’re broadcast in front of a live studio audience out of our NASH studios, and we expect to begin our video offering of the show in early 2014.” Thanks to Seeking Alpha for the transcript. Members can see it all here.
Former Univision Radio Star Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo Accused of Sexual Harassment. The Los Angeles Times digs into the previously unexplained departure of Spanish radio morning drive star Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo from Univision’s KSCA, Los Angeles and the 50-some affiliate stations around the country and uncovers charges of sexual harassment leveled against Sotelo by former show cast member Alberto “Beto” Cortez. Sotelo attorney Jeffrey Spitz tells the paper the claims are false and motivated by money. The Times reports Sotelo was “’physically, sexually and emotionally harassing’ Cortez for a three-year period ending last January and that a claim was made to Univision executives in April. Cortez attorney Robert Clayton claims to have interviewed other employees who have corroborated Cortez’s claims. Read the entire Los Angeles Times piece here.
Urban Oldies Returns to Cincinnati on WCFN. Radio One gives up on sports talk on WCFN, Cincinnati and flips the station to urban oldies as “Old School 100.3” featuring Tom Joyner for the morning drive program. The rest of the air staff and the new program director are expected to be announced soon. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter chronicles the demise of “100.3 The Fan.” The station was a CBS Sports Radio Network affiliate and lasted seven months in the format.
Greater Media Promotes Jake McCann to Director of Sales for Detroit Stations. Jake McCann moves from Greater Media’s Philadelphia stations where he was general sales manager at sports talk WPEN “97.5 The Fanatic” and classic rock WMGK. In Detroit he’ll be in charge of sales for rock WRIF, classic rock WCSX and currently-AC-but-rumored-to-soon-be sports talk WMGC. The fact that McCann has experience selling sports talk could be part of the reason McCann is making this move if, as expected, WMGC flips to sports in August. In a statement, Greater Media Detroit market manager Steve Chessare says, “Jake is the right person to lead our three station sales operation in the Motor City. His passion, dedication and leadership are exactly what we need to take our three outstanding radio properties to the next level.”
Kevin Gardner Named PD at Urban AC KRNB, Dallas. Service Broadcasting announces Kevin Gardner is the new program director at urban adult contemporary KRNB, Dallas “Smooth R&B 105.7.” Service Broadcasting Dallas operations manager Michael Erickson states, “We are so fortunate to have found someone who is experienced, instinctive, creative and constantly growing stronger. Kevin’s character, leadership and commitment to the community made him stand out from the competition and an ideal fit to help move our company forward.” Gardner previously programmed Cox Media Group’s urban contemporary WCFB, Orlando “Star 94.5.”
Rick Moorten Joins ‘Jammin’ Z90.3” in San Diego for Mornings. After exiting KWYD, Boise “Wild 101,” Rick Moorten lands at Local Media San Diego’s CHR XHITZ, San Diego “Jammin’ Z90.3” to host the morning drive show. On returning to San Diego, Moorten says, “I am beyond thrilled to be coming back to a city I consider my one and only true home! I’ve had a fantastic time working in Boise, a city full of some of the kindest, most considerate, wonderful people you’ll ever meet. This is a great opportunity for me and the dream job I’ve been looking for. I can’t wait to get in the chair, get behind the mic, and have at it!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Dave Mason is named assistant program director at CBS Radio’s KRTH, Los Angeles “K-Earth 101.” Mason begins September 4 and makes the move north from his current gig as PD and midday host at Broadcast Company of the Americas’ classic hits XHPRS, San Diego “105.7 The Walrus.”…..Radio One Cincinnati operations manager Steve Harris exits the cluster that includes hip hop WIZF “101 The Wiz,” talk WDBZ, and urban oldies WCFN “Old School 100.3.”…..Angelica Balderas is appointed senior vice president of integrated marketing solutions for Entravision Communications in Sacramento…..Amie Burke is upped to full-time promotions director for Cumulus Media’s Flint, Michigan cluster.
Drake Joins iHeartRadio Music Festival Lineup. Clear Channel announces that Grammy Award-winning artist Drake is added to the iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup scheduled for September 20 and 21 in Las Vegas. CC notes that Drake’s performance on Saturday September 21 will follow the September 17 release of his new record “Nothing Was the Same.”