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New CRB-Set Streaming Rates a Compromise. The job of the Copyright Royalty Board is to hear arguments from all sides and then set rates in a manner that seems fair to all. That usually means a compromise and yesterday’s revelation of the new rates for the next five years seems to be just that. Musicians would have liked higher rates but broadcasters caught a break and pure plays will pay a bit more. Here’s what the CRB set: free ad-supported streams (such as Pandora) see their rates go up from .14 cents per 100 plays to .17 cents per 100 plays. But the rate for paid streams is lowered from .25 cents to .22 cents. Radio broadcasters that also provide streams (think iHeartRadio) are seeing their rates drop from .25 cents to the same .17 the pure plays pay. Note that this last rate is not the same as what radio stations pay for making their air signal available online. That’s a separate rate and the CRB did not rule on that yesterday. SoundExchange – the agency that distributes royalties to copyright holders (record companies, artists and musicians) – testified to the CRB it wanted a rate of .25. It released the following statement in response to the new rates: “It’s only fair that artists and record labels receive a market price when their music is used. We believe the rates set by the CRB do not reflect a market price for music and will erode the value of music in our economy. We will review the decision closely and consider all of our options.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. There is a series of programming moves taking place at Radio One-owned stations in the DC and Baltimore markets effective in January. The Tom Joyner Morning Show will leave urban contemporary WMMJ, Washington “Majic 102.3” and be heard on sister news/talk WOL-AM (Carl Nelson moves from mornings to afternoons on WOL-AM). The Russ Parr Morning Show will take over the AM slot on WMMJ, moving from urban contemporary WKYS, Washington. Moving into mornings on WKYS will be “The FAM with Lil Mo and DJ QuickSilva” from its current afternoon daypart on hip hop WERQ, Baltimore…..Minnesota air personality Paladin moves from his afternoon daypart on Tri-County Broadcasting’s rock WHMH “Rockin’ 101” to the company’s sister rock outlet “The Goat” heard on WXYG-AM, translator W297BO at 107.3 FM and WHMH-HD2 for the morning drive show.
Community Broadcasters Buys Four More in South Carolina. The addition of four more signals in South Carolina comes three months after Community Broadcasters LLC bought 12 stations from Miller Communications in the Palmetto State. This time, the seller is Glory Communications and the stations are: gospel outlets WLJI, Summerton; WSPX, Bowman; and WPDT, Coward; plus news/talk WTQS, Cameron. Community Broadcasters principal Jim Leven states, “We established Community Broadcasters in 2006 with the vision to become the voice for the community, focusing on local news, sports and area events – not just syndicated programming. Our stations are considered great places to work and support their local communities in every way. We intend to continue this tradition and extend that culture to our new stations in South Carolina.” Community Broadcasters – headed by Leven and Bruce Mittman – operates 16 stations in Upstate New York in addition to its South Carolina acquisitions.
Old Dominion Visits ‘NASH FM 94.7’ in New York. Country act Old Dominion paid a visit to WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” yesterday afternoon prior to its sold-out appearance at Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken, New Jersey. The band chatted with afternoon drive personality Jesse Addy about its plans to tour next summer with Kenny Chesney on his “Spread the Love Tour,” along with Sam Hunt and Miranda Lambert. They performed their single “Break Up with Him” and debuted the new song, “Snapback.” Addy (third from right) is pictured here with the band members.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; John Elias, board chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at CFRM, , Little Current, Ontario, Canada “The Island”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Lauren Haslett of The Galleon, University of Portsmouth’s (UK) official fortnightly newspaper; and Internet sensation The Iceman; Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana; provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (11/25) includes such names as: PSY, Red Velvet, Adam Sandler, James Bay, Robin Schulz, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Manika, Tory and Tia, David Bowie, Stitched Up Heart, Amy Lee, Coldplay, Aurora, Old Dominion, Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Houston Bernard Band, Foxtrott, Travelers, Fox Stevenson among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three hit radio-based formats based on ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s 2015 November PPM survey. Today, he delves into the performances of rhythmic CHR-formatted stations. This report will be followed by analyses of the CHR and rhythmic hot AC formats. In the nation’s largest radio market, iHeartMedia’s WKTU “The Beat of New York” makes it three straight victories over Emmis-owned WQHT “Hot 97” (based on 6+ AQH share). Just one-half share separates the two Big Apple rhythmic CHRs, which were tied at 4.0 in August. For much more, including charts illustrating ratings fluctuations from last month to this, from November 2014 to November 2015, and market rank (Entercom’s WJMH, Greensboro, North Carolina is the only rhythmic CHR to claim #1, Persons 6+), click here.
Reach Media Says U.K. Joyner Report ‘Inaccurate.’ Reacting to a piece published in the U.K.’s Daily Mail, in which an unnamed source reports Reach Media-syndicated morning personality Tom Joyner is being forced to retire, the syndication division says the report is “inaccurate.” The story implied, among other things, that the ouster of Joyner was being timed with the final year of the Obama Administration and that Radio One CEO David Kantor was behind the move. Here’s Reach Media’s statement: “Any stories that suggest major changes to the Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with Reach Media until the end of 2017. We expect that Reach will continue to syndicate Tom’s show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air. There has always been refinements and updates to the show as well as market changes due to local conditions and there may be some in the future; but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning show continue to be strong and is a daily ‘Party with a Purpose.’ Reach is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term, who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future.” For reference, you can read the Daily Mail story here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. A new general manager for Milwaukee Radio Alliance’s three Brew City stations is named with Steve Kosbau taking over for the retiring Bill Hurwitz. Kosbau’s most recent position was with Greater Media as Detroit market manager. Kosbau comments, “The Milwaukee Radio Alliance is a tremendous organization and WLUM, WLDB and WZTI are outstanding radio stations. I’ve been blessed to have worked in amazing companies throughout my career and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team that will continue the MRA’s success going forward.”…..Worcester, Massachusetts AC WSRS is seeking a new morning personality with the departure of current co-host Greg Byrne, effective at the end of the year. Byrne is leaving the iHeartMedia station, co-host Suzanne Lewis, and the radio business for a marketing position with Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare…..Hearst’s Baltimore duo rock WIYY “98 Rock” and news/talk WBAL-AM have a new production coordinator. Harvey Kojan joins the stations from his most recent position as brand manager with Galaxy Communications’ classic rock duo of WTKW, Syracuse-Utica and WTKV, Oswego, New York.
Charles Kelley Visits ‘NASH FM 94.7’ in New York. On tour promoting his upcoming solo record, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum (right) visited the studios of WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” to chat with the station’s afternoon drive personality, Jesse Addy (left). Kelley later performed at New York’s Gramercy Theatre where he headlined a show on his “The Driver Tour.” In addition to talking about the differences between his work with Lady Antebellum and his solo stuff, Kelley performed his single, “The Driver,” for “NASH FM 94.7” listeners.
‘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.”
‘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.
Cool 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’ry 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 $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-year 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 from 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.”
Rita 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.
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.”