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RadioInfo Career Moves. Former Beasley Miami market manager Joe Bell joins Brewer Media in Chattanooga where he’ll serve as market manager for that company’s five station cluster. Bell served with Beasley in Miami for 15 years prior to Beasley’s asset swap with CBS RADIO. In Chattanooga, Brewer Media operates rhythmic oldies WMPZ “Groove 93,” hip hop WJTT “Power 94,” country WPLZ “Big 95.3,” sports talk WALV “ESPN Chattanooga,” and “Cat Country 106.9” on translator W295BI…..Jay Gleason is the new operations manager for Adams Radio Group’s Delmarva region rock stations — active rock WZBH, Georgetown, Delaware “93.5 The Beach” and classic rock WGBG, Seaford, Delaware “Big 98.5.”…..Tracy Taylor joins Max Radio’s rhythmic oldies KJHM, Denver “Jammin’ 101.5” for weekends…..CodComm-owned adult hits WFRQ, Harwich Port, Massachusetts “Frank 93.5” (Cape Cod market) brings married radio duo Dave and Ana Fesmire aboard to host “The Frank Morning Show,” replacing the exiting Stephanie Viva who returns to crosstown hot AC WCOD to reunite with former partner Dan Mahoney for the “Dan and Stephanie Morning Show” beginning Monday (11/23). Viva exited WCOD in 2014.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The Grammy Award-winning band Train will perform at the official opening of CBS RADIO’s new New York performance space on Tuesday (11/24). The company announces the opening of the Adorama Live Theatre in Hudson Square in Manhattan, saying it will “serve as a showcase for artists, newsmakers, top athletes and other special guests.” It will play host to events from its six New York market radio stations. The company says that in the coming weeks the theatre will present performances by Southside Johnny and Shaggy, as well as live interviews with Chris Martin from Coldplay and Charles Osgood, host of “CBS Sunday Morning” and the syndicated radio feature “The Osgood Files.” Today’s announcement marks the launch of CBS RADIO’s 11th performance space, joining outlets in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Detroit, among others…..The “Lamont & Tonelli Morning Show” (pictured here with Lamont on the left and Tonelli on the right) from Cumulus Media’s rock KSAN, San Francisco “107.7 The Bone” is holding its 22nd annual “Do Not Drink & Drive Show” on Monday, November 23. During the program, the duo will drink alcohol while periodically being monitored by a member of the San Francisco Police Department – via Breathalyzer – to demonstrate how quickly a person can exceed the legal blood alcohol limit and replace common sense with foolish and reckless behavior that endangers lives…..Tony Zazza, host of “Zazza Mornings with Cheree” on WAOA, Melbourne, Florida “107.1 WA1A,” through his non-profit Zazza Community Foundation, is presenting the Jingle Jet promotion that benefits local families who’ve met hardships and have been nominated by family members and friends. Families flying on the Jingle Jet will depart Orlando Melbourne International Airport with non-stop service to Santa’s North Pole. After a quick flight around the skies of the Space Coast, Jingle Jet will return to the airport where upon arrival, the families will enter a designated area that has been transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painters, snowmen, balloon artists and more. Each family will also be presented with their own Christmas tree, gifts and holiday trimmings.
New Fantasy Sports Platform Provides Radio with Turnkey Method of Tapping into Booming DFS Industry. Tampa, Florida-based FantasyNXS is providing a custom-designed way for radio stations, networks, and personalities to generate revenue from the booming fantasy sports industry. FantasyNXS is the first online mall for daily fantasy sports (“DFS”). According to company president and CEO, David B. Hirsch, “Our platform enables radio stations, networks and personalities to get into the DFS business at no cost and provides them with a new and engaging way to monetize their audience.” Hirsch adds, “When a broadcast entity joins FantasyNXS as a partner, we create a customized hub or ‘storefront’ for them that features their branding, content and contests. It also has its own, easy-to-remember URL on our site, which facilitates off-line promotion and advertising.” What distinguishes FantasyNXS from the current big dogs in the fantasy sports business – DraftKings and FanDuel? Hirsch tells TALKERS that FantasyNXS provides a different business model, more game formats and free-to-enter promotional contests. He states, “Our business model is completely different. Think of us as the first online shopping mall for daily fantasy sports. Our platform enables third parties to get into the DFS business for themselves. We build a customized hub or storefront for our partners on our website. We then create contests for them designed to appeal to their target audience. These contests appear in their hub and in the general game lobby for all FantasyNXS members to play. Our partners promote their contests by driving prospects to their hub. We administer the contests and take care of all compliance and back-office operations. We then split the net proceeds we earn from each contest with our partners.” Hirsch explains, “We also offer more game formats than anyone in the business, including Salary Cap, No Cap and Top-X. We also offer all three of these formats in our proprietary ‘Beat the Pro’ setting, which is ideally suited for radio celebrities. In ‘Beat the Pro,’ all of the contest’s entrants compete head-to-head, but collectively against the celebrity show host. Everyone who beats the celebrity splits a portion of the prize pool. ‘Beat the Pro’ offers a fantastic way for radio personalities to personally engage their audiences.” How do participating broadcasters make money? According to Hirsch, “FantasyNXS works off of a revenue split. Our partners earn a portion of the net proceeds we earn from the contests they promote. Also, our partners are credited as the referring affiliate for all FantasyNXS members who sign-up through their hub. This means recurring revenue every time one of these members enters any cash-entry contest in FantasyNXS. Our turn-key system can put a station into the DFS business with no cost.” Hirsch advises, “We can put radio entities into the DFS business, but they will have to actively promote their contests and drive prospects to their hub. The more they promote, the more money they’ll make.” Broadcasters licensed to states that forbid DFS or have network listeners banned from playing due to their local state laws can become involved in another, non-monetary version of the FantasyNXS platform that specializes in “social gaming.” Has the recent negative news about some states’ stances on fantasy sports impacted the millions of people who regularly play fantasy sports? “Of course,” states Hirsch. “In particular, the recent cease and desist letter presented to FanDuel and DraftKings by the New York State Attorney General has left a lot of fantasy sports fans on the sideline. In the coming months, you’re going to see more of this type of activity as our society comes to grips with the daily fantasy sports phenomenon. We ultimately believe that DFS will continue to thrive, but in a regulated environment.” Broadcasters interested in learning more about FantasyNXS can email Brad Fain at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more information.
PPM Analysis: Urban-Rhythmic Oldies. This month, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents his PPM analysis of three urban formats. Today (11/7), we wrap up the reports with a look at urban-rhythmic oldies. During the past two days, we’ve published analyses of urban AC and urban contemporary (or hip hop). The number of stations airing the urban-rhythmic oldies format is about two-thirds the size of those airing the other two urban formats already discussed. That said, October was neither good nor bad to the format as a whole with 50% of stations achieving increases in their weekly share (6+) and the other half experiencing dips. iHeartMedia’s KISQ, San Franciso leads the gainer’s pack with a 0.4-share increase, according to Nielsen Audio data. In this report, see more September to October share fluctuations, comparisons to PPM ratings from October of last year, market rank for urban-rhythmic oldies stations, market share for the past six ratings periods, and a comparison of their performances alongside their urban AC, and urban contemporary cousins. See Mike Kinosian’s entire analysis here.
Radio One Flips ‘Hot 107.9’ in Philly to Throwback Hip Hop ‘Boom 107.9.’ As a result of the format flip of Radio One’s WPHI, Philadelphia to classic hip hop as “Boom 107.9,” the entire air staff is let go. The station is described on its website as “a throwback hip hop station that features artist like: Jay Z, Biggie, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, The Roots and more! The only station that represents the hip hop you grew up with 24-7.” Radio One Philly general manager Shawneen Thompson says in a statement, “We take the loss of employees seriously. We are working to ensure all of our impacted employees are transitioned with the dignity and respect they deserve…Though disappointed by this unfortunate, but necessary decision, we are excited about our future with ‘Boom 107.9.’”
CBS RADIO Ousts ‘Zazza Mornings’ on KVIL, Dallas. The morning team of Tony Zazza (left) and Julie Fisk (right) are out at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KVIL, Dallas. The two had been paired up in AM drive since April of 2013. There is no announced morning drive replacement as of yet but there are other moves at the station. Leigh Ann Adam and Courtney Kerr move from the midday slot to afternoon drive, bumping DJ Kory to evenings. There is no announcement of a permanent replacement in the midday slot either.
‘Y108’ in Pittsburgh Names Elista Evening Personality. With the recent promotion of Wookie to afternoon drive personality, CBS RADIO’s country WDSY “Y108” announces Elista moves over from sister hot AC WBZZ “100.7 Star” to take on the night jock and assistant music director role. Elista has been serving as evening personality and AMD at “100.7 Star” for the past two years. OM and WDSY and WBZZ program director Mark Anderson says, “Elista rocks on social media and also has a hunting and a boating license; she is as comfortable at a tailgate as she is in a nightclub. She’s the embodiment of what is exciting about our format right now, and never fails to be the life of the party! I’m thrilled that we can offer her this new challenge as she grows within our organization.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Hubbard Radio’s CHR KQMV, Seattle “MOViN 92.5,” midday personality and music director Ricky Villa is named program director. Market manager Marc Kaye comments, “After an extensive three-month, nationwide search, we kept coming back to the same conclusion: The absolute best person for the job was in house.”…..The new morning show at Lotus Corporation’s alternative KFMA, Tucson “Rock 102” is Shmonty & Carolina. They replace Fook and Mishell, who exited in August to join Cumulus Media’s KHTB, Salt Lake City “Alt 94.9.” Shmonty most recently was with Hubbard’s KDKB, Phoenix…..Bringing aboard Andrew Katz to serve as its first digital director of sales is Lincoln Financial Media. Katz comes to the company from Thumb Friendly – a digital marketing firm he founded in 2010. Katz’s duties will include working with digital sales managers at the company’s station groups. He’ll report to VP of digital strategy Tim Windsor…..In Kansas City, Carter Broadcast Group brings Chris Harris aboard to serve as programming assistant and music director for urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz.”…..Digity Media names Leo Baldwin operations manager at the West Palm Beach station group. In addition to this role, Baldwin will program hot AC WRMF, taking over for Steve Richards…..Terry Ayers is named afternoon drive host at Adams Radio Group’s country KGRT, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
USRN Promotes Brian Pollina to Digital Post. The company adds a new digital component to the duties of Chicago-based sales pro Brian Pollina as he adds manager digital assets to his manager of Midwest sales position. In this new role, Pollina will now also oversee the day-to-day management and coordination of all USRN digital assets. He’ll coordinate and maintain current projects including multiple mobile APPs, program websites, social media pages, streaming sites, podcasts and the video content that supports USRN’s programs. USRN president and COO Jim Higgins comments, “Our goal is twofold, extend engagement of current listeners and also build new audiences for these digital plays. This combination will be significant, sufficient and attractive enough to forge new sponsorships and create new revenue streams for USRN. Brian’s the perfect candidate to handle this, and we’re excited about his new role.”
Saga Communications’ Q3 Net Revenue Jumps 4.4%. The third quarter financial report from Saga Communications showed an improved net operating revenue figure – a hike of 4.4% on revenue of $34.4 million. The company reports that station operating expense was $26.4 million (station operating expense includes depreciation and amortization attributable to the stations) compared to $23.6 million for the same period last year. That increase was primarily due to an accrual attributable to the company’s expectations of entering into license agreements in the fourth quarter of 2014 which are currently under negotiation. For the first three quarter of 2014, Saga states net operating revenue increased 2.0% to $97.6 million compared to $95.7 million for the same period last year.
Salem Communications Reports Q3 Broadcast Net Revenue Up 2.1%. The best-performing segments of Salem Communications are its internet/e-commerce (up 55.4%) and publishing (up 164.7%), but the broadcasting division also saw net revenue rise in the third quarter of 2014 by 2.1% on earnings of $47 million compared to the same period a year ago. You’ll recall that Salem recently acquired Twitchy.com for its internet/e-commerce division and Eagle Publishing was brought into the publishing division. For the year so far, the broadcast division’s net revenue is up 3% on earnings of $140.4 million.
Helton Hoists Seventh CMA Award. Celebrating his seventh “National Radio Personality of the Year” award at this week’s CMA Awards, Westwood One’s “Country Countdown USA” host Lon Helton (center) poses with the trophy with Westwood One COO Charles Steinhauer (left) and “Country Countdown USA” executive producer George Achaves (right). Photo by Donn Jones/CMAA
Clear Channel Names Jeff Wyatt OM for Charlotte and Regional Programming Manager for the Charlotte and Raleigh Markets. In his new duties with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Jeff Wyatt will oversee all operations for the five-station cluster and serve as regional programming manager for the Charlotte and Raleigh markets. Wyatt previously was RVP of programming for the Mid-Atlantic Region with Clear Channel. Recently he’s been managing partner of three start-up companies over the past few years. In addition, his past experience includes programming, management and on-air roles in Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. at companies including Gannett, CBS Radio and Emmis Broadcasting. He says, “Thanks to Clear Channel’s senior teams in Charlotte and Raleigh for this great opportunity to rejoin the most forward-reaching company in media entertainment today. I’m very excited to work with the Charlotte and Raleigh teams, and lead their talented staffs to continued success.”
Jeffrey T. Mason Takes Night Slot at ‘104.3 K-Hits’ in Chicago. CBS Radio’s classic hits WJMK, Chicago “104.3 K-Hits” names Jeffrey T. Mason evening host. Mason says, “I’ve been circling the block for the last 10 years, looking for the perfect spot. I finally found it at ‘104.3 K-HITS.’ A BIG thanks to SVP market manager Rod Zimmerman, program director Todd Cavanah and SVP programming Greg Strassell at CBS Radio for saving it for me. I couldn’t be any more excited to get back to America’s greatest city…Chicago!” Mason comes to Chicago from the company’s Phoenix operations where he was midday host at classic hits KOOL “94.5 KOOL-FM.”
CBS Radio Ups Tony Zazza and Julie Fisk to AMs at KVIL, Dallas. The duo will be called “Zazza and Julie” and debuts on the CBS Radio AC station “103.7 Lite FM” on Monday, April 8. Tony Zazza (at left) is promoted from the midday slot and Julie Fisk (at right) has been with the CBS Dallas cluster for several years handling duties including traffic on sister news/talk KRLD and as entertainment reporter for “100.3 Jack FM.” CBS Radio Dallas director of music programming Ron Harrell says, “Tony brings energy and purpose to KVIL mornings. He has market equity and his connections to local celebrities will infuse this show with a new swagger. We needed a female co-host to exude strength and have a voice, and I found her in our building. Julie Fisk is smart, experienced and has a proven chemistry with Tony. This show will be strong.”
Christian Broadcaster WAYMedia Announces Staffing Changes. Colorado Springs-based Christian broadcaster WAYMedia announces Faron Dice joins the company’s executive team as vice president of content & network services – up from general manager. In addition, the Digital Media Department will now fall under Dice’s direction, with director of digital media Dan Gross reporting directly to Dice. Founder and president Bob Augsburg states, “Here at WAYMedia, Faron has a 10-year track record of being a strategic thinker with a tremendous heart and passion to impact people through Christian radio. He also believes that excellence should prevail in all aspects of our on air product and online offerings. His new role will help take the ministry to new heights.” Additionally, WAY-FM, Louisville general manager Matt Hahn is promoted to regional manager effective April 1, with both the Louisville and Nashville operations officially his responsibility. Also, regional business development director BJ O’Neal is being promoted to WAY-FM, Nashville station manager effective July 1, reporting directly to Matt Hahn.
TM Studios Ups Greg Clancy to General Manager. Dial Global announces TM Studios VP for creative Greg Clancy is promoted to general manager. The company says that in addition to leading and directing the development of all jingles, imaging, and production music services marketed by the Dallas-based jingle, imaging, and music company, Clancy will add affiliate management and operations to his current role. These responsibilities are being transitioned from Chris Long, executive vice president of advertising sales for Dial Global. President of programming Kirk Stirland states, “Greg has been around TM Studios since the mid-80s, and in his recent role as VP, creative, he has really shown us he’s got vision and a plan to move us forward.” Clancy says, “TM is a brand that has always stood for quality, with a mission to create products that make radio sound better. The job for us now is to get ahead of the significant evolution stations are experiencing and help these stations position themselves above their competition. We at TM are up for the challenge, and I am privileged to get to play a part in that process.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Marlin Broadcasting’s rock WCCC, Hartford, longtime staffer Michael Picozzi, most recently morning host and program director, exits. The station moves J. Raven to mornings alongside Miss Klonk. Music director Mike Karolyi takes over the programming duties and the midday slot…..Kasper comes to Clear Channel’s CHR WRVQ, Richmond “Q94” as music director, assistant PD and afternoon host. Kasper moves in from his most recent positions at CC’s CHR WAKS, Cleveland “Kiss.” He takes over for Jackson, who moves to the evening shift…..Operations manager and program director Mike Edwards exits Cumulus Media’s CHR WSSX, Charleston, South Carolina “95 SX” after 13 years with the station…..At Cumulus Media’s hip hop WBLX, Mobile, Ariel Monae is the new midday personality.
“The Metal Shop Live” to Join FoxRock Communications Program Slate. The modern rock and heavy metal three-hour weekend program “The Metal Shop Live” is being distributed by FoxRock Syndication Services, a division of FoxRock Communications Inc. FoxRock Communications president Matt Smith comments, “We are all really excited that ‘The Metal Shop Live’ team has chosen FoxRock Syndication Services to bring their brand of great weekend radio to a national audience. Curtis and Brad bring listeners the best music, great in-depth interviews, and a whole lot of fun.” Speaking about the program Smith says unlike other syndicated rock music programs, music research for the program is not left to consultants. The music for the show is discovered the old-fashioned way, through the network of listeners and the hosts. He states, “The music is really what drives the show. Your station playlist might not match the music on ‘The Metal Shop Live,’ but I guarantee your listeners know every new song and every deep cut you hear on the show.” Program host Curtis McKinney says, “Teaming with FoxRock Syndication is incredible. Just knowing that a company like this believes in our product and wants to take ‘The Metal Shop Live’ to the next level is a feeling I can barely put into words. To have our show distributed on a national stage is an amazing feeling and we are looking forward to getting started. This show has been a huge part of our lives for the past several years and now to have the opportunity to share it with a national audience is the highlight of my radio career. Brad and I could not be happier and we look forward to giving this 110%.”
Proof of Performance, Transmitter Control and Other Technical Stuff Radio Station Staffers Should Understand…at Least a Little. In a page out of the Engineer’s Truth is Stranger than Fiction files, renown engineering wizard and RadioInfo technical editor Tom Ray cites a couple of “strange but true” examples of how crazy things can get in to today’s radio station environment when it comes to “little” things like which buttons to press when the transmitter goes haywire and avoiding trouble with the FCC by staying within compliance. In the process he sheds light on standard concepts like “proof of performance” and “turning a transmitter on and off” that programming-types really should know and in language that they can actually understand…we hope! To read Tom Ray’s column, click here.
T.J. Taormina Promo Video Airing on RadioInfo TV. New WODS, Boston “103.3 AMP Radio” morning drive personality T.J. Taormina shot a promotional video for his new gig on the CBS Radio CHR station and it’s running on RadioInfo TV in the box on the upper right-hand side of this page. Check out T.J as he tries to introduce himself to locals on the streets of Boston.
The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Legacy Inductees. The following Georgia broadcasters will be honored at the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame 7th Annual Induction Awards on October 19, 2013 at the Atlanta/Marietta Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. The Class of 2013 includes (in alphabetical order): Palmyra Braswell, the first black female disc jockey in Macon, Georgia (WBML ) and educator; George Crumbley, sales manager at WSB, Atlanta and father of The Peach Bowl; Jimmy Dunaway, WSB, Atlanta farm director and news anchor; Al Evans, Jr., WVLD, Valdosta owner, on air known as Danny Dee; John Holliman, WSB reporter and Peabody Award recipient; Don Kordecki, WKRW, Cartersville owner and civic leader; Royal Marshall, WSB, Atlanta talk show host and producer; Leonard Postero, creator and voice of weekly sports program “Leonard Losers”; and Annie Lee Small, WYTH, Madison co-owner and Atlanta’s first female announcer. The Legacy inductees join other honorees: James “Alley Pat” Patrick, 2013 Founders and Directors Award and Jim Woodruff, Jr., 2013 Elmo Ellis Spirit Award. Pictured here are: Top row (l-r): Palmyra Braswell, George Crumbley, Jimmy Dunaway, Al Evans, Jr., John Holliman. Bottom row (l-r): Don Kordecki, Royal Marshall, Annie Lee Small, Leonard Postero.
Journal Broadcast Group’s Adult Hits “94.5 The Lake” in Milwaukee Adds Danny Clayton to the Morning Show. Veteran Milwaukee radio personality Danny Clayton is joining the morning show at Journal’s adult hits WLWK “94.5 The Lake” beginning Monday, February 18. Clayton will be joined by co-hosts Gretchen Bartlett, who has hosted the morning drive for ‘The Lake’ since last April; Vince Vitrano, news anchor on “TODAY’S TMJ4” morning news; and Time-Saver Traffic host Andi Miller. Clayton worked at the station for almost 20 years when its calls were WKTI. He also worked at the former WFZH (now Christian contemporary WLVE) as morning host and PD. For the past few years he has worked in marketing at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and as general manager for K-Nation Entertainment. Since last summer he also has been covering weekends and vacation shifts on “94.5 The Lake.” Program director John Roberts says, “’The Lake’ is a unique radio station because of the variety of music and our commitment to always make sure that music is ‘center stage.’ Now that we’re evolving to a more full-fledged morning show, we need a larger, well-rounded morning show team. Danny definitely has the talent and experience to engage our audience every morning while also embracing The Lake’s music-based concept. I can’t wait to hear him leading the new morning team’s entertainment and information presentation.”
Maire Mason to GSM Post at WNSH, New York “NASH 94.7” Cumulus Media announces sales and management pro Maire Mason – CBS Radio, Univision, Interep – who most recently worked for Merlin Media as director of sales for its “FM News 101.9” is named general sales manager at the new country outlet “Nash94.7.” In a statement, Mason says, “I am enormously excited about building the ‘Nash’ sales team and developing long-lasting relationships with our advertising partners. The country format exudes fun, listener involvement and total backing by their artists, how can you not get involved?”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At CBS Radio Cleveland, Tim Richards (pictured at left) moves down the hall from hot AC WQAL “Q104” where he was doing middays and serving as assistant PD and music director, to sister AC WDOK “New 102” where he’s partnering with Jen Toohey (pictured at right) for mornings. In announcing the move on its website, the station notes that Richards and Toohey used to date. Richards says, “I am very excited for this new opportunity to co-host the morning show on ‘New 102.’ This is an exciting time and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” Toohey says, “Tim and I have a past – and now we have a future. We’ve worked together for many years and have a mutual respect for each other’s broadcasting skills. I’m excited – this is going to be fun.”…..Federated Media ups assistant program director, music director and afternoon jock Dave Michaels to PD for its country WQHK, Ft. Wayne “K105.” Michaels has been serving as interim programmer since the exit of Rob Kelley late last year…..Programmer and air personality Ponch is upped to national vice president of promotions and brand management for Wilks. Ponch has served the company as program director for its CHR KMXV, Kansas City “Mix 93.3” Ponch’s new responsibilities will include developing national promotions, creating content and NTR opportunities and well as working with PDs and air talent.
EAS LESSON: Protect Your Station from Hackers. By now, you have obviously heard that there was an EAS hack at a TV station the other day. It is the buzz of the industry. An alert went out about a zombie attack. Now, before anyone goes off about EAS, it should be noted that the CAP feed was not affected. This appears to be strictly a case of computer network security. And before we go deeper, it should be stated that when something like this happens, it is only natural that it becomes a news story. And news stories require actualities. If something goes awry with EAS, please keep in mind that it is okay to play the actual audio message that went out (although not advisable) – but it CANNOT contain the EAS data bursts or the two-tone alert signal. It is illegal to transmit those outside of an actual EAS activation or test, per FCC regulation 47 CFR 11.45. Back to the hack. It appears that someone hacked into the computer network of the TV station where the zombie alert originated. More disturbing, the hacker logged into the EAS encoder/decoder, planted an audio file, and sent the test. Consider the implications of this if the hacker had originated a National Emergency code. Any station monitoring the TV station would have had their air seized because of the nature of the alert – and, besides disconnecting the equipment, could not do anything about it. You do not have the option to abort a National Emergency. Noted radio engineer Tom Ray, president of Tom Ray Consulting, – who joins RadioInfo today (2/14) as technical editor – offers his educated take on the “Zombie Hack” and offers counsel on how to protect your station from similar breaches in computer security. Read Tom Ray’s article here.
Merlin Media’s “Q87.7” Chicago Adds EDM Show. “Electric Playground” airs early Sunday mornings – from 12:00 midnight to 4:00 am – and is a partnership between Merlin Media’s WKQX, Chicago and DJs Andre Solaris and Nosmo. Electronic dance music is a very popular genre for young demos – late teens through early 20s – and RadioInfo expects to see many more alternative stations add EDM programming to their lineups. “Q87.7” program director PJ says, “EDM is massive. From sold-out, multi-day festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Fest, to the bright spotlight shone upon it via the Perry Farrell Stage at Lollapalooza, to the commercial success it’s finding in promotional campaigns for things like ESPN’s X Games, this music is a big part of our audience’s life. Adding a show of this type is only natural.”
Do You Sound “CompuServe” to Smartphone Users? Radio consultant and RadioInfo columnist Holland Cooke says that in his travels he hears radio stations all across the country talk about their websites and digital activities in archaic 1990s terms. He advises that promos for your station’s website should end, not begin, by plugging the site. He points out that many stations still discuss their website as if simply having a website is a big deal. Most importantly, he explains that people are way too busy with increasingly shortened attention spans to go to a website to peruse it for its own sake. You MUST give them a specific reason to go there every time you mention it. Find out more about placing your station’s website in a 2013 context by reading Holland Cooke’s article here.
CBS Radio’s “103.7 Lite FM” Dallas Sends Massive Trove of Valentines to Sandy Hook Elementary. When KVIL, Dallas morning host Tony Zazza asked listeners of the AC station to send Valentines for the kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, he thought he’d get a few hundred. But Zazza says, “It turned into a mountain of love from our giving listeners to these amazing kids and faculty at Sandy Hook. Even people in New Jersey and Louisiana heard about Hearts of Hope and sent in Valentines.” Zazza states that he created the effort to remind the children who survived the tragic shootings that they are still remembered and loved. The first 10,000 cards have already been sent to the school, but with more still arriving in the mail each day, additional shipments will soon be sent. “They may be a little ‘tardy,’ but they’ll still bring smiles to children’s faces in Newtown.” Pictured here are (from l-r) staffers John Andersen, David Rancken and Zazza.
Entercom’s “Mix 94.7” Austin Delivers Valentines to Dell Children’s Hospital. The Entercom hot AC station is continuing its tradition of bringing Valentines to kids in local hospitals, shelters, and foster homes around Austin to bring the joy of receiving Valentine’s Day cards to kids who will not get to experience it with their peers and class mates! KAMX “Mix 94.7” received thousands of handmade cards from listeners, local schools and community groups. The “Mix 94.7” street team, along with midday personality Heather Rivera (third from left) are delivering to locations and children’s hospitals around the region including Dell Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Safe Place, and Center for Child protection to name a few. Marketing and promotions director Aaron Hurd says, “The response has been incredible and the halls have been filled with Valentine love from the community. ‘Mix 94.7’ listeners are going to make a lot of kids happy this Valentine’s Day. Everyone remembers those times as a kid and opening up all the Valentines at the end of the day! It’s very exciting to bring the smiles and joy of getting a Valentine to kids in Austin who won’t get that chance at school!”
KPNT, St. Louis Celebrates 20 Years of “The Point” with Another “Pointfest.” Emmis alternative rocker KPNT, St. Louis is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the format and is announcing the lineup for the 31st “Pointfest” to take place at the Verizon Ampitheater on May 12. Acts include: Alice in Chains, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet for My Valentine, Volbeat, Hollywood Undead, Sick Puppies, Halestorm, P.O.D., Stardog Champion, and Bloodnstuff.
Premiere Shuffles Elvis Duran into Bobby Bones’ Slot onto “Z107.7” in St. Louis. As the February 25 switch from CHR to country looms for Premiere Networks nationally syndicated personality Bobby Bones, another of his CHR affiliates flips over to the company’s “Z100” New York-based Elvis Duran program. Clear Channel’s KSLZ, St. Louis “Z107.7” begins airing best-of Elvis Duran programming all next week in anticipation of the live program beginning Monday, February 25.