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Thursday, March 3, 2016

| March 3, 2016

Norm Winer to Resign from WXRT, Chicago.  After a career at legendary Chicago rock outlet WXRT that spanned 37 years, programmer Norm Winer is resigning from the station, effective Friday.  Winer made the announcement in a memo to staffers.  It’s a momentous announcement from Winer because of his lengthy career with the heritage rocker and his reputation within the industry, but news of his decision is not entirely surprising.  In January, CBS RADIO announced that Winer would become director of music initiatives and special programming for the station and the program director post would not bewxrt logo filled.  Instead, day-to-day programming duties would be absorbed by WXRT music director Kelly Ransford and operations director Mitch Rosen.  In Winer’s memo to the staff, he wrote, in part, “For many, many years, we have stood together, defying conventional ‘wisdom’ governing the way we execute our collective responsibilities.  Against all odds, our positive impact has been indisputable.  Few in our industry have chosen to relate to their audience with the style, humanity and lofty ideals to which we have aspired.  I am grateful that our employers, first Dan Lee at Diamond Broadcasting, then Westinghouse, Infinity, and, of course, CBS, appreciated and supported our efforts and acknowledged our successes. The inspirational leadership that they provided us has made this all possible, and has enabled us to have so much fun in the process!”  CBS RADIO has made no official statement about Winer’s resignation.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In a corporate-level move at Saga Communications, the board ofladawarren directors promotes Warren Lada to chief operating officer from his previous executive vice president position.  In a statement, Saga CEO Ed Christian says, “Warren has been with Saga for over two decades in various capacities, starting as a market manager and now currently as executive vice president.  We have worked side by side in growing Saga into a well-respected company in the broadcast industry.  His promotion to COO is long overdue.”…..In San Diego, Sammy Jo Golesh moves from Local Media San Diego’s rhythmic AC XHRM “Magic 92.5” to become morning show producer for crosstown Broadcasting Company of the Americas-operated classic hits XHPRS “105.7 MAX FM.”…..Nine-year WKHK, Richmond “K95” PD Buddy Van Arsdale exits the Summit Media Richmond cluster.  He’d been programming not only country WKHK but sister classic hits WJSR “Star 100.9” as well.

nielsen logoNielsen: Urban Radio Listening Increases.  According to data from Nielsen Audio’s Fall 2015 nationwide audience analysis, urban radio saw an all-day increase in listenership (Adults 25-54) of 1.1% compared to Spring 2015 data.  When looking at the M-F 6-10am daypart for Adults 25-54, urban listen rose 7.6% from Spring to Fall.  Some numbers from Reach Media-syndicated urban morning shows include the Rickey Smiley show with a 14% AQH increase with Adults 18-49; the Tom Joyner Morning Show increased Adults 25-54 AQH 10%; and the DL Hughley afternoon show grew its Adults 25-54 AQH by 9%.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  February was a good month for Envision Networks.  The content and service providerenvisionnetworks new announces it set a record for affiliation station adds with 131 during the month.  Envision president and CEO Danno Wolkoff comments, “Without a doubt, Envision Networks has the very best affiliate sales and marketing teams in the business.  Our ability to get to the decision makers at radio station groups and present solutions for their programming, sales, production and promotion needs has helped spur Envision’s unprecedented growth these past 6 months.”…..“The Kidd Kraddick Show” is on an affiliate station road trip.  The “Rasberry Road Trip” began from the show’s home base in Dallas, stopping in five cities, including cast member Kellie Rasberry’s hometown of Florence, South Carolina, to visit their fans.  The cast is hosting a meet-and-greet with listeners at Red Bone Alley at the Florence Mall today (3/3) and will broadcast live nationally from the studio of Community Broadcasters-owned hot AC outlet WSIM “Star 93.7” on Friday…..iHeartMedia CHR WHQC, Charlotte “Channel 96.1” has narrowed the field of contestants in its “Red Ventures Soundstage STAR!” contest to eight.  They will perform tomorrow (3/4) at the station’s studios to win the first prize of $1,000 courtesy of Engel Institute Dental Center.  They’ll be lazerbroadcasting logojudged by major record label representatives who will determine the winner…..Spanish-language broadcaster Lazer Broadcasting Corporation – owner of more than 20 stations – has been selected Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ “2015 Hispanic Radio Station of the Year.”  Radio personalities Salvador Prieto and Jessica Calvario, co-hosts of the morning show, “El Show del Prieto,” accepted the award at a recent ceremony in Orlando.  Representatives from the charity’s 170 member hospitals gathered with corporate and media partners to honor those who raise critical funds and awareness for children’s hospitals across North America.  Lazer Broadcasting Corporation has donated more than $4.3 million since its participation six years ago.

rabRAB: Radio’s Off-Air and Digital Segments Extending Medium’s ‘Umatched Reach.’  Using data from Miller Kaplan Arase comparing 2015 revenue data to the same from 2014, the Radio Advertising Bureau states that “radio boasts the broadest mass reach among all media while simultaneously affording narrow targeting capabilities through numerous program formats and networks.”  Ending 2015 basically flat at -1% from an industry-wide revenue standpoint, the radio sector enjoyed growth in off-air revenue of 11% ($2.04 billion) and a rise in digital revenue of 5% ($1.02 billion).  Spot revenue was down 3% from 2014 to 2015.  RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments, “More and more advertisers are extending the unmatched reach of broadcast radio by taking advantage of radio’s off-air and digital options.  By using radio stations’ digital and off-air platforms, advertisers are extending the scope and reach of their messaging – and because more and more consumers are enjoying experiential events or spending time on devices, off-air opportunities can build on the strength of broadcast radio and provide the ability to reach them effectively and efficiently.”

Thursday, December 17, 2015

| December 17, 2015

crb logoNew 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 stationsjoynersteve 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 parrruss(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.

levenjimCommunity 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 Glorymittmanbruce 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.

wnshOldDominion15Old 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.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

| December 2, 2015

schulzrobinDuane 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.

kinosianmikePPM 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.

joynertomReach 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.

nashLadyNYC15Charles 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.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

| December 1, 2015

ppmunitRound Four of November PPMs Released. With the conclusion of the extended Thanksgiving weekend, Nielsen Audio releases the fourth and final round of November 2015 PPM ratings information for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. The November 2015 survey period covered October 8 – November 4.  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12-PPM markets.


1) Austin – It is another significant fluctuation for Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5,” which faltered by one-KKMJhalf share in September; regained all of it in October; and now tacks on seven-tenths to 5.9, its strongest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2014 (8.9). Prior to September, “Majic 95.5” was up or flat the prior three sweeps (4.7 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+) for a combined +.5. From a ranker standpoint, it has improved from an eighth-place tie (September) to a fourth-place tie (October) to aKBPA second-place tie (November). After declining by one full-share in September, Emmis adult hits KBPA roared back with a +.8 in October and now adds one-half-share (8.9 – 7.9 -8.7 – 9.2, 6+). Not only does “Bob” rank first for the eleventh successive time, it does so by crossing the nine-share threshold for the first time since August 2014 (9.4). In the market’s country battle, after October’s -.6, iHeartMedia’s KASE “Today’s Country” regresses by another four-tenths (6.0 – 5.4 – 5.0, 6+), falling from third to fifth. Up one tick (5.8 – 5.9, 6+), co-owned KVET is tied for second with Entercom AC KKMJ “Majic.” Following five straight showings in the 2.1 – 2.3 range, Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE declines by one-half share to 1.8, its lowest 6+-share since May (also 1.8). Steady at #19, “Austin’s Country Alternative” had been at #18 the previous six sweeps prior to October. Curtailing four successive monthlies without an increase (5.6 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat” adds two-tenths (5.2) to inch up from sixth to fourth. Conversely, CHR cluster-mate KHFI “96-7 Kiss FM” is off for the fourth successive sweep (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.6, 6+), although “Kiss” remains at #8.

2) Milwaukee – Matching the 4.5 (6+) it registered in February, Entercom mainstream CHR WXSS “Kiss-FM” hangs out a +.9 to WXSSre-enter the top ten (#11 to #9). In the 3.2 – 3.4 range the past five surveys (3.4 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.2, 6+) Scripps’ WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” drops four-tenths to 2.8, but stays at #14. Meanwhile, its format competitor – iHeartMedia‘s WMIL – has been down or flat the past eight sweeps (10.7 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 9.5 – 8.4 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+); however, “Milwaukee’s BestWTMJ Country” regains eight-tenths of the 4.5 shares it had lost to climb from fourth to third (7.0). Also improving by eight-tenths is Scripps’ talker WTMJ (6.6 – 7.4, 6+), which advances from third to second; it is the best 6+-share for WTMJ since June’s 8.0. At the same time, iHeartMedia’s similarly formatted WISN picks up one-half share (5.9 – 6.4, 6+) and moves from sixth to fifth. Tumbling from fourth to seventh, Saga‘s WHQG “The Hog – Everything That Rocks” sputters by nine-tenths (6.2 – 5.3, 6+). While iHeartMedia’s WRIT “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits”(formerly “Oldies 95.7”) ranks first for the sixth straight sweep, it follows up October’s lofty -1.7 with a -.7 (9.5 – 8.8, 6+). Prior to the October loss, WRIT had cobbled together seven successive positive trends (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 9.5 – 10.1 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 11.2, 6+) with “Big” improving by exactly five full-shares since February.

3) Indianapolis – Flaunting the second-best October 2015 – November 2015 (6+) increase of any station in Nielsen Audio‘s WTLC48 PPM markets, a gigantic +2.9, Radio One-owned WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” puts together its third successive positive trend (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.3 – 8.2, 6+) to rocket from sixth to second. Just for the record, Entercom Kansas City’s KCSP has the honors for the loftiest October 2015 – November 2015 (6+) by any PPM station – a staggering +4.8.WZPL “Indy’s R&B Leader” has more than doubled its 6+-share since July. Although steady at #8, co-owned rhythmic CHR WHHH “Hot 96.3” (+.6) also extends a positive streak to three (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.5, 6+). On top for the fourth straight month, WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” continues its winning ways with a full-share increase as the Entercom CHR is up or flat for the fourth straight time (7.4 – 8.5 – 8.7 – 8.7 – 9.7, 6+). Public WFYI – which had been up or steady the past three sweeps (2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2, 6+) – regresses by nine-tenths to 2.3 to slip from #14 to #15. For the fourth straight time (this time by eight-tenths), Emmis adult contemporary WYXB is down or flat (8.3 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 7.3 – 6.5, 6+) as “Soft Rock B-105.7” dips from second to fourth. Off by six-tenths (4.5 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s WOLT falls from ninth to tenth; 3.9 is the lowest 6+-share for “Alt 103.3 Indy’s Alternative” since February (also 3.9). Following seven consecutive decreases for a cumulative -3.7 and an approximately 48% loss of 6+-share (7.7 – 7.2 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), WRWM “93.9 The Beat” dialed up a +.6 to 4.6 in September, but the Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies falters in back-to-back sweeps (-1.1 in October and -.2 in November); “The Beat” is steady at #13.

4) Providence – Halting five straight negative trends in October with a +.3 (10.4 – 9.2 – 8.4 – 7.3 – 7.2 – 6.9 – 7.2, 6+), Cumulus WWLIMedia adult contemporary WWLI busts out a +1.5 to 8.7, its best 6+-share since May (9.2). “Lite Rock 105” is just two-tenths behind CHR sibling WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music,” which repeats at #1 and has its third straight improvement for a net gain of two full-shares (6.9 – 7.7 – 8.8 – 8.9, 6+). In advance of this particular run, “Today’s Hit Music” hadWPRO-FM seven straight down or flat trends that yielded a cumulative -3.5 (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 6.9, 6+). Following six successive progressive or flat monthlies for a combined +3.3 (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.9 – 6.5 – 7.2 – 8.0 – 8.0, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB was -.3 in September; -.7 in October; and now “B-101” declines by one full-share (7.7 – 7.0 – 6.0, 6+) to slip from fifth to sixth. This is the station’s weakest 6+-showing since March (4.8). Rock cluster-mate WHJY (7.8 – 7.0, 6+) dips from second to fourth, while co-owned talker WHJJ has not had a negative trend in the past eight sweeps (.5 – .5 – .6 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+). Frozen on 1.5 (6+) in August, September, and October, Boston public outlet WGBH drops six-tenths to .9 (#11 to #12).

5) Raleigh – In the 5.0 – 5.9 range the past nine sweeps, Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” posts an impressive WQOK+1.3 (5.6 – 6.9, 6+) to climb from seventh to fourth. The last time “K-97.5” reached six-share territory was this past January (6.0). Even though Capitol Broadcasting sports outlet WCMC makes it three straight up-trends (2.5 – 2.7 – 3.6 – 3.9, 6+) and has its best 6+-performance since March (4.2), “99.9 The Fan” actually dips from #11 to #12. Following four consecutive down or flat monthlies (4.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), Curtis MediaWPLW Group CHR WPLW “Pulse FM” breaks out a +.7 to 4.2 to inch up from a tie at #12 to #11. Despite being down by one-half share (8.5 – 8.0, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL      “Mix 101.5” repeats at #1. Unable to gain ground is Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best Country,” which drops four-tenths (8.0 – 7.6, 6+) and remains at #2. In addition to being steady at #14, iHeartMedia-owned and similarly-formatted WNCB “New Country B-93.9” remains at 3.1. Steady at #15, Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101.1” registers a +.1 (to 2.7, 6+) and is in the 2.0 – 2.6 range for the twelfth straight time.

6) Norfolk – Owing to a six-tenths gain (6.2 – 6.8, 6+), Max Broadcast Group classic hits-oldies outlet WVBW “92.9 The WVBWWave” inches up from third to second. Displaced at #2 – and falling to #3 – is iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “Jamz” (flat at 7.5, 6+), which had been in the runner-up slot the previous nine monthlies. Progressing by one-half share each are its CHR sibling WVHT “Hot 100.5” (3.0 – 3.5, 6+) and SagaWVHT classic rock WAFX “The Fox” (4.7 – 5.2, 6+). Ironically, “Hot” (#11 to 10) was -.6 in October, while “The Fox” (seventh to fifth) was +.6. “Hot” ends three straight downward trends in which it lost two full-shares (5.0 – 4.8 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+). Urban contemporary WNSB “Hot 91.1” (#18 to #17) quintuples its 6+-share (.2 – 1.0, +.8, 6+) as the Norfolk State University-owned facility is back in double-digits for the first time since June when it reached 1.2. Locked on 5.3 (6+) in August and September, Saga rocker WNOR dialed up a +.8 in October, but relinquishes all of it (plus one-tenth) and is in fifth-place for the third straight time (5.3 – 6.1 – 5.2, -.9, 6+). In addition to being #1 for the 41st straight time, Entercom urban AC WVKL adds two-tenths to October’s +.6 (11.0 – 11.6 – 11.8, 6+). The last time “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today” was not in double-digits (6+) was January 2014, when it scored 9.8. Faltering though by one-half each are co-owned adult contemporary WWDE “2WD” (6.7 – 6.2, steady at #4, 6+) and iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN 107.7” (3.3 – 2.8, #10 to #11, 6+); “MOViN” was +.6 in October.

7) NashvilleEight-tenths is the latest theme for WJXA “Mix 92.9,” given that the Midwest Communications adult WJXAcontemporary declined by eight-tenths in October, only to improve by that margin in November (10.6 – 9.8 – 10.6, 6+). “Mix” had consecutive gains of six-tenths prior to October’s -.8 and is #1 for the 44th successive monthly. Stymied at 2.3 (6+) in August, September, and October, Joule Broadcasting CHR WNFN “i106 All The Hits” chalks up a one-half share increase to 2.8 to advance from #15 to #12. This is theWNFN 22nd straight time that ‘i106″ is in the two-share range (6+). Climbing from third to second, iHeartMedia‘s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” posts a two-tenths gain and has its seventh successive monthly without a decrease for a combined +2.4 (5.8 – 6.3 – 7.1 – 7.2 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 8.0 – 8.2, 6+). Off the past three sweeps for a combined -2.2 (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 6.2, 6+), urban contemporary cluster-mate WUBT “The Beat” gains three-tenths to 6.5 and remains at #6. After having 3.9 shares (August and September, 6+) sandwiched between 3.7 shares (July and October), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian “K-LOVE” (#11 – #14) slumps by -1.2 (3.7 – 2.5, 6+). On the heels of a -.6 in October, Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK “Jack-FM” (fourth to fifth) drops another one-half share (8.3 – 7.7 – 7.2, 6+). This marks the fifth straight up or flat move for Cromwell Group‘s WPRT “ESPN Nashville” (.8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+), which inches up from #18 to #17. The combined (6+) share for the market’s three country facilities – iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98,” Cumulus Media‘s WKDF “Nash FM,” and Cumulus’ WSM-FM “Nash Icon” – was 14.1 in July and August; 13.1 in September; 13.0 in October; and is 13.5 in November. In the same ranker order as September and October, “The Big 98” finishes eighth; “Nash FM” is ninth (4.2 – 4.3, +.1, 6+); and “Nash Icon” is tenth. After four straight dips (5.6 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+), “The Big 98” is up one tick to 5.0, while “Nash Icon” – with a +.3 to 4.2 – ends four successive negative or flat trends (4.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+).

8) Greensboro – It is a #1, #2, #3 finish for Entercom-owned stations, including WJMH “102 Jamz The Hip-Hop Station,” WJMHwhich registers a strong +1.1 (8.2 – 9.3) to progress from second to first. In the process, it evicts co-owned urban AC WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” from the penthouse. “The Best R&B and Old School” (8.9 – 8.2, -.7, 6+) had been #1 the past seven sweeps, but falls to #2. Their country sibling, WPAW “The Wolf,” continues its wild ride. It was -.5 in June; +.3 in July; +.2 in August; -1.2 in September; -.5 in October; butWPAW roars back with a +1.3 in November. “The Wolf” climbs from seventh to sixth (5.9 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 6.0, 6+). In October, it trailed format rival – iHeartMedia‘s WTQR – by 2.8 shares, but the margin is sliced to one full-share, as “New Country Q-104” falls by one-half share (7.5 – 7.0, 6+), sliding from third to fourth. Another market station on a rollercoaster ride is “Q-104” CHR sibling WMKS “Kiss-FM,” which had a robust +1.0 in June; a -1.1 in July; +1.4 in August; -.7 in September; a -.5 in October; and now a -.8 in November (5.6 – 6.6 – 5.5 – 6.9 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+). “Kiss” occupied the #9 slot for 22 successive sweeps before progressing to #8 in February; #7 in March; back in its familiar #9 spot in April; tied at #8 in May; sixth in June; eighth in July; fifth in August; seventh in September; sixth in October; and now seventh in November.

9) West Palm Beach – Although it is steady at #4, WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYF gains six-tenths (4.8 – 5.4, 6+) and WAYFis one-tenth behind Digity Media-owned WIRK “South Florida Country” (5.4 – 5.5, +.1, 6+), which is in third-place for the fifth successive time. Progressing by one-half share each – but flat at their October rankings – are iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1” (2.0 – 2.5, #10) and public WLRN (steady at #11, 6+); it is the third straight gain for WLRNWRLX (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 2.0, 6+). A +.6 in September put an end to three successive ratings periods in which iHeartMedia talker WZZR was down or flat (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+). After holding down the #9 spot for 11 straight sweeps, “Real Radio 94.3” in October duplicated its six-tenths gain from September to climb to #8, but it sputters by eight-tenths and returns to #9 (2.3 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 2.7, 6+). Adult contemporary sibling WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” drops two-tenths (7.0 – 6.8, 6+), but stays in the runner-up spot for the fifth consecutive time. Albeit off by the seven-tenths it picked up in October (11.3 – 12.0 – 11.3, 6+), Digity Media hot AC WRMF holds down the top spot for the 15th successive ratings period; 12.0 is the highest 6+-share by any West Palm Beach station in the PPM-era. After it had notched a .1 (6+) in nine of the last ten ratings periods, including the previous eight, co-owned WBZT “1230 The Talk Station” disappears (.0).

10) Jacksonville – Two iHeartMedia stations record month-to-month improvements of +1.1 and, in the case of WQIK WQIK“Jacksonville’s Country,” it is enough to carry it to #1 (8.6 – 9.7, 6+). “Jacksonville’s Country” had been in the 8.6 – 8.8 range (6+) the past four survey periods. After rolling out a +1.3 in August, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ sputtered by seven-tenths in September; was off by one-half share in October; and now spirals by -1.5 (10.6 – 11.9 – 11.2 – 10.7 – 9.2, 6+). Consequently, “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” relinquishes theWJBT #1 spot it had held the past 17 sweeps and fails to hit double-digits (6+) for the first time in the last 11 sweeps. Just over two months ago (9/24), “Lite” began facing a direct competitor, as Cox Media Group transitioned urban-rhythmic oldies WHJX “V-101.5 Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B” to WEZI “Easy 106.5.” Obviously, the two ACs have similar calls (WEJZ and WEZI). WEZI “Easy 106.5” eroded by -1.5 in October and now sputters by another -1.2 (4.2 – 2.7 – 1.5, 6+), as it falls from #13 in October to #15. The other iHeartMedia station in the market improving by +1.1 is urban contemporary WJBT “93.3 The Beat” (4.3 – 5.4, 6+), which has its best 6+-share since April’s 5.6 and moves from tenth to eighth. Also in that cluster, even though WSOL gains seven-tenths (4.4 – 5.1, 6+), “V-101.5” falls from ninth to tenth; nonetheless, it ends16 straight months that the urban-rhythmic oldies outlet was in the four-share range. Contemporary Christian WMUV “The Promise” (+.6, #15 to #14) is up or flat for the fifth straight time (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 2.5, 6+). Gaining one-half share each are Renda’s WGNE “Gator Country (seventh to sixth) and iHeartMedia adult hits WWJK “Jack-FM” (4.8 – 5.3, 6+). WGNE improved by four-tenths in August; dropped six-tenths in September; and regained one-half share in October (5.0 – 5.4 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.8, 6+). “Jack” was down seven-tenths in October but it actually backslides from eighth to ninth. Following four successive upticks (6.5 – 6.7 – 7.5 – 8.0 – 8.6, 6+), Cox Media Group talker WOKV (#2 to #3) regresses by one-half share to 8.1. Owing to a -.6, the string of consecutive positive trends for public WJCT (three-way tie at #10 in October to #12) ends at three (3.2 – 3.4 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+).

11) Memphis – The combination of a +1.3 by iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1” (8.1 – 9.4, 6+) and a flat WHRKshowing by co-owned urban AC KJMS “V-101” (9.3, 6+) leads to the two siblings swapping places at #1 and #2. After suffering a -1.5 in August, “V-101” registered modest back-to-back gains (8.9 – 9.2 – 9.3, 6+) and was #1 for ten straight sweeps. Meanwhile, “K-97.1” had finished in the runner-up slot the past eight survey periods.WMC-FM Down or flat the past five monthlies for a cumulative -1.9 (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” storms back with a +1.1 (to 5.6) and jumps from eighth to sixth. Remaining at #3, co-owned adult contemporary WRVR “Continuous Soft Rock The River” is up or flat for the fourth straight month (5.7 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.2 – 7.2, 6+). A decline of seven-tenths (2.7, ninth to tenth) halts the consecutive positive string of cluster-mate WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” at three (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+). Off by one-half share each are iHeartMedia talker WREC (3.2 – 2.7, steady at #10) and Cumulus Media‘s WXMX “The Max – Maximum Rock” (2.6 – 2.1, #12 to #13). Three consecutive hefty increases by WDIA “1070 – The Heart & Soul of Memphis” for a combined +2.6 (5.2 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.8, 6+) were followed in September by a -1.2 and a -1.1 in October. The iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies outlet regresses by another four-tenths (7.8 – 6.6 – 5.5 – 5.1, 6+), skidding from sixth to seventh.

12) Hartford – This represents the thirteenth time in the last 14 sweeps – including the past five – CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCHWRCH “Lite 100.5” is Hartford’s market leader (11.1 – 11.6, +.5, 6+); 11.6 is its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2014 (15.2). Inching up from fourth to third, hot AC sibling WTIC-FM is up or flat for the third successive ratings period (6.4      6.7  7.4 – 7.4, 6+). Stumbling from third to sixth, rhythmic CHR sibling WZMX “Hot 93.7” though sputters by -1.2 (7.7 – 6.5). Up by two-tenths to 7.0 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WHCN-FM “105.9 The River”WTIC-FM pulls the plug on three consecutive down or flat trends (7.8 – 7.8 – 7.0 – 6.8, 6+) to progress from fifth to fourth. After three successive negative moves for a combined -1.5 (9.0 – 7.8 – 7.7 – 7.5, 6+), cluster-mate WWYZ registered a +.6 in October, but “Country 92-5” returns all of it (8.1 – 7.5, 6+) and is #2 for the third straight time. Following successive down or flat trends for a combined -.8 (1.2 – .7 – .7 – .5 – .4, 6+), public (University of Massachusetts) WCFR displays a one-half share gain to .9 but remains at #11.

bubbaNielsen Amends Complaint Against Bubba the Love Sponge.  With new information added, Nielsen Audio amends its suit against morning radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge in U.S. District Court in Florida.  The amendment to the original suit that seeks $1 million dollars in damagesnielsen logo from Todd Clem, a.k.a. Bubba the Love Sponge, related to the ratings tampering case in the Tampa market, provides more information about influencing PPM panelists and alleges there was more than just one panelist Bubba was attempting to influence.  Bubba’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that Nielsen’s $1 million figure is part of an attempt to get the suit into the federal jurisdiction and that the company is unable to prove the damages it alleges.  Read the full story from the Tampa Bay Business Journal here.

huthlianaLiana Huth Named to New Corporate Post at Entercom.  The new title for Liana Huth is vice president of programming innovation for Entercom and Huth will be based in New York City, reporting to Entercom president of programming Pat Paxton.  The company says Huth comes with “vast experience in content development, creative partnerships, event marketing and more.”  She’s heldentercom senior roles in entertainment and media for Columbia Records, The Madison Square Garden Company, and AEG Live, among others.  Huth will be responsible for creating and developing content opportunities and strategic partnerships that will drive ratings and revenue across all of Entercom’s platforms.  Paxton states, “Liana is a creative trailblazer with a distinguished track record of content creation, innovative thinking and partnership building.  I could not be more excited to add this pivotal new role to the company and to bring in Liana to kick it off.  No one is more ready for this challenge.”

wil logoWIL, St. Louis Cuts Ties with Greg Mozingo; Seeks New Program Director.  St. Louis country outlet WIL parts company with programmer Greg Mozingo and is seeking a new PD.  Hubbard Radio St. Louis VP and market manager John Kijowski says, “The contemporary country environment is very competitive and we want to accelerate our growth with new ideas and a fresh perspective.  The decision to make personnel changes takes a great deal of thought and is never easy.  We appreciate Greg Mozingo’s contribution in building the 92.3 WIL brand.”  The station names APD and music director Danny Montana interim PD until a permanent replacement is found.  Hubbard says that for more information regarding the search for the future 92.3 WIL program director, please contact John Kijowski via the Hubbard St. Louis main phone number at 314-982-6000.

knoepkeshannonKnoepke to Replace Anselmo at CBS RADIO Minneapolis.  The Minneapolis cluster of CBS RADIO has a new SVP and market manager as Shannon Knoepke is hired to take over for the retiring Mick Anselmo.  Knoepke will be responsible for country KMNB, adult hits KZJK, and news/talkcbsradio WCCO-AM and is also serving as director of sales.  CBS RADIO COO Scott Herman says, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Shannon back to the CBS RADIO family.  With years of sales and leadership experience under her belt, she has a terrific reputation in the Twin Cities area.  Her commitment to the region and wealth of knowledge in the events and digital marketplace makes her uniquely qualified for the role.  We are excited she will be bringing this expertise to our award-winning cluster.”  Knoepke previously worked for CBS RADIO Minneapolis as an account executive with WCCO-AM from 2000-2001.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallGifts, Gadgets, Gizmos and Hi-Tech Holiday Goodies.  Noted media consultant Holland Cooke joins host Michael Harrison as this week’s guest on the PodcastOne international hit for media freaks, “Up Close and Far Out,” posted today (12/1).  The two talk about the latest technological marvels that are the hot stocking stuffers this holiday season… and then some.  They delve into the world of drones, driverless cars, and gadgets within the expanding “Internet of Things” that keep tabs on their owners — such as toothbrushes thatcookeholland inform your dentist about the health of your teeth, baby clothes that inform parents about the well-being of their sleeping child and refrigerators that order replacements when you are running out of milk.  Harrison and Cooke cover a wide spectrum of items from low-tech 20th century devices such as the Slinky and yo-yos to the modern-day Apple Watch and the coming practice of embedding chips into the human body.  They discuss the implications of this new unfolding era on privacy and other significant aspects of sociology.  To hear the entire conversation please click here or click on the player boxes in the right-hand column of every page on Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Friday, September 18, 2015

| September 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

| June 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

| September 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

| September 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

| August 26, 2014

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 1, 2013

| May 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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