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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

| June 18, 2019

WGN-AM, Chicago and Patti Vasquez Go Separate Ways.  Chicago media writer Robert Feder has the story of WGN’s decision to part ways with late-night talk show host Patti Vasquez after a five-year run.  Feder notes that Vasquez had been suspended several times during her stint with the station for various infractions of the rules but apparently the accidental airing of the f-word earlier this month proved to be the last straw. In a memo to the staff, WGN station manager and vice president of content Todd Manley wrote, “Patti Vasquez is no longer working with WGN Radio. Her departure is a private matter and will remain that way.  We are grateful to her for her service to WGN Radio, and wish her the best.”  The station will rotate various WGN personalities in the 10:00 pm to 1:00 am daypart for now.  In a separate matter, Vasquez has announced she will seek the Illinois 10th District State Senate seat.

Michael Savage’s Trump Criticisms Focal Point of NYTimes Piece. Nationally syndicated talk radio host Michael Savage is the subject of a piece in The New York Times that looks into Savage’s criticism of President Trump – such as his failure to secure a border wall deal and the ballooning federal budget deficit – and how Savage’s audience is reacting to that criticism. As the story indicates, Savage still supports Trump and will vote for him in 2020, but Savage has never been one to avoid criticism of any politician if he believes it’s deserved.  What’s new is that Trump’s base appears to want none of that.  The Westwood One personality tells Times writer Jeremy W. Peters, “I don’t think they care very much about issues.  They’ll vote for him no matter what because he’s not ‘them.’  I think it’s come down to ‘them’ or ‘us.’”  Read the story here.

Contrite Craig Carton Heads Off to Prison. Sports talk radio personality Craig Carton began his three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for fraud yesterday (6/17).  Regular TALKERS readers are aware that Carton was convicted of defrauding investors of millions in a phony concert tickets re-sale business. Carton, who had insisted that he was innocent of the charges, now admits his guilt.  He tweeted, “I made mistakes. Mistakes in judgments, decisions and how I was living my life.  I was wrong.  I have, will, and should continue to pay a dear price for those mistakes.  I also though, believe in redemption and earning second chances…I will work tirelessly to repay those whom I have hurt and to regain the trust that you all had in me.”  Carton was co-host of the morning show on WFAN, New York at the time of his arrest in September of 2017.

Gallagher Chats with Florida Trump Fans. Pictured above outside Amway Stadium in Orlando is Salem Radio Network talk radio host Mike Gallagher (center) with Donald Trump supporters “Kevin from Pompano Beach” and “Barry from Key West” — the first two people in line for tonight’s Trump 2020 kickoff rally.  Gallagher and fellow SRN host Dr. Sebastian Gorka are broadcasting their Tuesday programs from the nearby Hairy Buffalo sports bar.

New York Festivals Radio Awards Announces Ceremony Presenters. The New York Festivals Radio Awards announces the prominent radio industry professionals slated to present awards at the 2019 Radio Awards ceremony at Manhattan Penthouse in New York on June 24.  The 2019 ceremony segment presenters include: Richard Baker, senior investigative journalist, The Age, Melbourne, Australia; Jennie Cataldo, vice president of programming, BMP Audio, USA; Donal O’Herlihy, producer, “Documentary on One,” RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland; Tanya Springer, senior producer, CBC Podcasts, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada; and Mark Travis, associate director, media production, New York Philharmonic, USA.  For more information on the 2019 NYF Radio Awards gala or to purchase tickets, please click here.  See a complete list of all the 2019 New York Festivals Radio Award Finalists here.

Iran Nukes, 2020 Presidential Race, SCOTUS Virginia Gerrymandering Ruling, Illegal Immigration/Trump Announces Deportation Plan, U.S. Hacks Russia’s Power Grid, Stewart vs McConnell on 9/11 Victims Fund, and Raptors Victory Celebration Violence Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (6/17).  Iran’s statement of intent to violate the terms of the previous nuclear deal and the U.S.’s talk of military options; the Democrats running for president and Donald Trump’s kick-off of the 2020 campaign; the Supreme Court rules against Republicans in the Virginia gerrymandering case; the immigration issues at the Southern border and President Trump’s statement that ICE will begin deporting millions; allegations the U.S. has hacked Russia’s power grid; Jon Stewart’s challenge to Mitch McConnell to fully fund the 9/11 victims fund; and the shootings at the Toronto Raptors victory celebration were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Collecting Pennies for a Good Cause. KIDO, Boise morning drive personality Kevin Miller (right) helped collect more than 1.6 million pennies – for a total of $16,743 – to benefit the Boise Rescue Mission.  Pictured with Miller is Todd Christensen of Cap Ed Credit Union (left) and Reverend Bill Roscoe of the Boise Rescue Mission (center).  To collect the pennies, Miller lived in a local Walmart for a week collecting coins, dollars, and other items.

Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Honor NBC TV 4, Los Angeles, Meteorologist Fritz Coleman.  NBC4 meteorologist Fritz Coleman was honored with the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award for his many distinguished years as a “TV Icon Weatherman and Comic Entertainer” during a ceremony at the Airtel Hotel in Van Nuys last week (6/14).  Pictured above at the event: TalkersRadio personality Meg McDonald (center) KFI, Los Angeles host Tim Conway, Jr. (left) and Pacific Pioneer Broadcaster board member and KTWV, Los Angeles host Mike Sakellarides (right). Photo: Roxanne Schorbach

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Providence country outlet WCTK-FM “Cat Country 98.1” moves midday personality Madelyn Grimaldi to mornings as co-host with Brian Mulhern.  Taking over the open midday slot is Courtney Kelley, who’s been with the station as a part-time and fill-in jock.  Hall Communications vice president of programming Bob Walker says, “Our philosophy is to hire great people and allow them to grow in our company and the industry. Being able to see these two talented personalities take on new challenges is what it’s all about.”…..Premiere Networks promotes Mary DelGrande from executive director of affiliate sales to vice president of affiliate sales.  New York-based DelGrande continues to oversee affiliate sales for Premiere’s roster of national entertainment programs, including: Delilah, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan,” “ON with Mario Lopez,” and more.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

| October 24, 2018

Steve Dahl to End WLS-AM, Chicago Show on December 21.  After yesterday’s report from Chicago media maven Robert Feder that Cumulus Media news/talk outlet WLS-AM will undergo programming changes in 2019, legendary Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl reached out to Feder in an email to announce his time with the station will end on December 21.  He’s been hosting the afternoon drive show for the past four years.  He says his podcast – that is still growing in terms of subscribers – will continue and will retain its relationship with Cumulus Media Chicago.  Dahl writes, “WLS-AM was always going to be an uphill battle, and circumstances just didn’t lend themselves to us being able to breakout like we hoped we would.  The podcast numbers continue to grow every day, so that’s encouraging.”  Read his entire email here.

SiriusXM Reports Q3 Net Income Up 24%. Satellite radio provider SiriusXM releases its third quarter 2018 numbers today and reports its revenue for the period was $1.5 billion, up 6% over the same period in 2017.  Net income was $343 million in the third quarter – up 24% over the same quarter last year.  Looking at subscriber numbers, SiriusXM says that it added 298,000 net new self-pay subscribers during the quarter to raise its self-pay subscriber total to 28.5 million. CEO Jim Meyer comments, “SiriusXM’s standout third quarter saw continued strength in subscriber additions and churn performance while adjusted EBITDA reached a quarterly record-high $589 million. Our revenue growth, adjusted for the change in generally accepted accounting principles that was effective January 1, totaled 8% in the quarter.  In addition to our operational excellence, we were thrilled this quarter to announce an agreement to acquire Pandora Media, which we expect to close in the first quarter of 2019.  With the end of the year in sight, we are increasing our full-year guidance for self-pay net additions, revenue and adjusted EBITDA.  We have a relentless focus on creating and curating content our subscribers will love — our limited-run Dave Matthews Band Radio was a perfect example.  We also presented fiery live performances just for subscribers, like our recent show by The Killers in New York.  We’ve added provocative talent in talk and sports with a daily show from CNN’s Chris Cuomo, a new show from Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, the return of Brett Favre’s popular show, and a new program highlighting women in sports hosted by journalist Christine Brennan and retired tennis pro Rennae Stubbs.”

Phil Valentine Voted Best Conservative in Nashville. That’s right, not Best Talk Show Host (there is no such category), but Best Conservative, as voted by the readers of Nashville ScenePhil Valentine’s afternoon drive show is based at Cumulus Media’s WWTN, Nashville “SuperTalk 99.7” and is syndicated nationally via subsidiary Westwood One.  He is also an award-winning filmmaker and bestselling author whose latest book, Barbican: A Sterling McQueen Spy Story, was released earlier this year.  Cumulus Nashville VP and market manager Allison Warren says, “Every year, the editors of Nashville Scene ask their readers what they love best about Nashville and it’s no surprise that Phil Valentine is at the top of the list.  We agree wholeheartedly that Phil brings his best to ‘SuperTalk 99.7 WTN’ and our listeners every afternoon.  His common-sense approach to talk radio cuts through the hype of the day’s news, challenging conventional wisdom on both sides and presenting actionable solutions that people respond to.  It’s gratifying that Nashvillians love Phil as much as we do and we congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

Midterm Elections, Migrant Caravan, Mega Millions Jackpot, Khashoggi Murder Aftermath, O’Connor Dementia Diagnosis, Financial Markets Activity, Gender Definition Issue, Trump Threatens to Exit INF Treaty, Trump-Russia Investigation, NFL Action, and the World Series Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/23). The November elections and the battle for control of the House and the Senate; the Honduran migrant caravan headed for the U.S. border; the $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot; the aftermath of the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and U.S.-Saudi relations; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announces she’s been diagnosed with dementia; the wild swings in the financial markets and fears of a looming debt bubble; the Trump Administration’s plan to require legal gender based on genitalia at birth; President Trump threatens to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia; the Robert Mueller-led Trump-Russia investigation probes Roger Stone’s Wikileaks contacts; the weekend’s NFL action; and the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox were some of the most-talked about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. Almost seven weeks after announcing that he would be taking a leave from his morning drive duties at Entercom’s WEEI-FM, Boston, Kirk Minihane Tweets that he’ll “be back soon.” Minihane took a brief leave in early August after experiencing suicidal thoughts and checked himself into a hospital. In his September 7 message, Minihane said that he would this time take indefinite leave to deal with depression issues, he admitted that he came back to work too soon after the August hospital stay.  However, he Tweets that all is not necessarily well between him and Entercom management. “…I’ve been ready to work for the last week or so and have been kept off the air.  You build a show, take it to number one, step aside to get healthy and expect to be welcomed back. Hasn’t happened.”  During Minihane’s absence, WEEI personality Mike “Mut” Mutnansky has been sitting in with regular co-host Gerry Callahan…..From the podcast world, Westwood One Podcast Network adds the “Team Never Quit” podcast – co-hosted by former Navy SEALs Marcus Luttrell and David Rutherford .  WWO says “Team Never Quit” is “an authentic, positive, and inspiring show that implores listeners to face their greatest challenges” and features “the incredible camaraderie between Mr. ‘Never Quit’ Marcus Luttrell and energetic ‘Instructor Rut’ David Rutherford, that not only comes from their time together on SEAL Teams but also due to their mutual 10 years of inspiring audiences of all types.”…..MSNBC star Rachel Maddow is host of a new podcast from the network titled, “Bag Man: A Rachel Maddow Original Podcast.” The weekly podcast will launch on October 30 with ad sales being handled by TuneIn.  The first episode will center on the corruption scandal that took down Vice President Spiro T. Agnew…..Nationally syndicated radio star Elvis Duran reveals his 4thAnnual Carney Awards – named in honor of the late Art Carney and dedicated to honoring Hollywood’s great character actors – is getting some help from legendary actor Harrison Ford, who will attend the October 28 ceremony in Santa Monica to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to M. Emmett Walsh with whom Ford appeared in 1982’s Blade Runner.

TalkersRadio’s Meg McDonald Active in Los Angeles Community Beautification Projects — Studio City-based media figure Meg McDonald, who hosts the short-form feature titled “MEG!” on TalkersRadio, has become increasingly involved in Los Angeles beautification projects.  She recently played a role at a major fund-raising initiative.  California Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian secured $150,000 in the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year state budget for the long-needed revitalization of the Studio City Greenway along the Los Angeles River from Whitsett Ave. to Laurel Canyon Blvd.  The project will improve bike and pedestrian access points, restore the landscaping by eliminating invasive species, and enhance public health and safety along the Los Angeles River.  Pictured (l-r) joining in the funding celebration is Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy executive director Joe Edmiston; Assemblyman Nazarian; Studio City Beautification Association board member and host of MEG! on TalkersRadio Meg McDonald and Los Angeles City Councilor Paul Krekorian.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In the Fayetteville, North Carolina market, Kenny J is named program director and brand manager for Beasley Media Group hip hop WZFX-FM “Foxy 99” and brand manager for sister rhythmic oldies WUKS “Old School 107.7.” He most recently served with Cumulus Media as program director at urban contemporary KMJK, Kansas City.  Beasley Fayetteville VP and market manager Erika Beasley comments, “I’m so excited to have Kenny J on the Beasley Fayetteville team.  We welcome his expertise and knowledge in programming both formats in large and small markets.  Kenny’s ability to coach and grow on-air personalities really sets him apart for this position.  We look forward to having his energy and positive attitude in our building and continuing to lead our brands to success!”…..Programming pro Nick Fox joins Cumulus Media as program director and midday personality at country WXBM, Pensacola, Florida “NASH FM 102.7.”  He comes to Cumulus from Saga Communications’ country WVVR, Clarksville, Tennessee where he was an air personality and APD.  He says, “I’m ecstatic to be back home as the PD of WXBM!  This station has a rich legacy and passionate listeners.  I am ready to hit the ground running in Pensacola.”…..SummitMedia is tweaking the format at WJSR, Richmond from classic hits as “Star 100.9” to adult hits as “Jack FM.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

| September 19, 2018

New Podcast Featuring Anthony Scaramucci Debuts on Radio.com. Will folks be interested in hearing what Anthony Scaramucci and his wife Deidre have to say?  Entercom is hoping so as it launches a new podcast on its Radio.com platform called “Mooch and the Mrs.”  Remember that Scaramucci was Donald Trump’s White House Director of Communications for 10 days.  He also served as a consultant to Trump’s campaign. Entercom says, “The new weekly podcast…will feature the couple discussing the world we live in from opposite sides of the political spectrum, while offering an intimate look into the strength of their marriage.”  Entercom SVP/GM Pam Russo adds, “Anthony Scaramucci’s first-hand political experience from his time in the White House, combined with his and Deidre’s unique points of view, will provide Radio.com listeners with a compelling podcast experience. We’re committed to providing a forum for diverse points of view and look forward to hearing Anthony’s and Deidre’s differing perspectives on the political landscape, through the unique lens of their personal relationship.”  The two have previously contributed to programming on the company’s all-news KNX, Los Angeles and Entercom says “ based on feedback and interest in these appearances, it’s clear that there is an appetite for a candid and refreshing look inside how this couple manages differing perspectives within their relationship.”

PodcasOne Brings Celebrity Gossip Maven Perez Hilton On Board. Digital celebrity news and gossip columnist Perez Hilton launches a new PodcastOne show called, “The Perez Hilton Podcast with Chris Booker.”  The new podcast delves into the world of celebrity news via “the bold and humorous lens of Hilton and fellow pop-culture expert, Booker.” PodcastOne says, “The pair bring their unique, and often clashing perspective and insight to the microphone, in this audio extension of one of the leading go-to sites for celebrity news. Plus, celebrity guests like to drop by to spill it all!  New episodes of the podcast will be released weekly, in line with the biggest news of the week.”  Hilton adds, “We are finally home!  PodcastOne is the leader in the space!  I’m upset we didn’t get here sooner!  Chris Booker and I have been doing ‘The Perez Hilton Podcast’ for over three years now and each week it gets better and better!  Our chemistry is unlike any other!  People keep tuning in every week and catching up on all the old episodes they’ve missed because they don’t just enjoy what’s hot in pop culture, they also love the two of us together.  That relationship with our listeners is so special to us!  And we are so confident and grateful that PodcastOne will help us get heard by even more people!  Tune in!  We’re trending now!”

Chris Cuomo to Host Daily Show on SiriusXM. Journalist and cable television personality Chris Cuomo is beginning a daily, two-hour talk radio program on SiriusXM, effective September 24.  The host of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” launches “Let’s Get After It with Chris Cuomo,” to air from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm ET on SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel.   SiriusXM SVP news, talk and entertainment Megan Liberman says, “Chris is a remarkable journalist with a history of tough interviews that have everyone talking the next day.  On his new SiriusXM show, Chris will continue that tradition of fostering important, engaging conversations, while also giving listeners the bigger picture about what’s going on in Washington and beyond.”  During his two-decade career, Cuomo has earned Polk and Peabody awards for team coverage, as well as the Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage.

Former CBS RADIO Stations Unveil New Websites. The web presence for the individual CBS RADIO stations was always part of the company’s local broadcast cluster so that a search for a station brought one to a site from which one could then access any of the radio or TV stations in the cluster.  Now, 10 months after Entercom closed on the CBS RADIO merger deal, the radio stations have their own URL. The sites conform to a template that prominently features their relationship to Entercom’s Radio.com digital platform and features news items relevant to the station’s format.  Back in the CBS days, a number of news and news/talk programmers privately complained to TALKERS editors about their dislike of the cluster website format.  They believed it diminished their station and limited their ability to present content relevant to the format.  Search for your favorite former CBS station and check out the new format.

St. Louis Talk Host Jamie Allman Has October 22 Mediation Date. As TALKERS reported on August 29, Federal Judge Jean C. Hamilton ordered St. Louis talk host Jamie Allman and Emmis Communications and Entercom into mediation, to be completed by November 1.  This order is relative to Allman’s suit against the two companies for breach of contract stemming from Allman’s dismissal from news/talk KFTK-FM for his social media post about Parkland, Florida shooting survivor David Hogg.  The parties have agreed to use Richard P. Sher of the St. Louis firm Sher Corwin Winters LLC and they’ll begin meeting on October 22.

Kavanaugh Assault Allegations, Hurricane Florence Aftermath, Trump-Russia Investigation, North-South Korea Summit, Woodward Book, U.S.-China Trade War, Emmy Awards, Ernie & Bert Gay Revelation, NFL Action, and MLB Playoff Push Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (9/18). The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh; the devastating flooding in the Carolinas caused by Hurricane Florence; President Trump’s efforts to de-classify certain documents related to the Trump-Russia investigation; the meeting between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in; Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House sells 1 million copies; the escalating trade war between China and the U.S.; Monday night’s Emmy Awards show; former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman reveals he wrote Ernie & Bert as a gay couple; the weekend’s NFL action; and the Major League Baseball playoff push were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Radio exec Alissa Pollack is promoted to EVP of global music marketing at iHeartMedia.  The company says in her expanded role, Pollack will work closely with the company’s brand managers and national programming team to oversee and create custom data-focused roadmaps for artists, brands and advertising partners. She’ll also plan strategic roll-outs with artists, “keeping a strong pulse on what’s connecting with our consumers as well as generating opportunities for music’s current and next superstars in all formats.”  She’ll also retain her current duties and oversight of Mediabase, M-Score, RatetheMusic and BuzzAngle Music…..Geoff Vargo is retiring as president and general manager of Sarkes Tarzian’s triple A WTTS, Indianapolis after a 37-year career with the company.  Rising to the GM post in his place is 16-year station manager Brad Holtz, effective January 1, 2019.  In conjunction with these changes, Laura Duncan rises from APD/music director for WTTS to program director.  (She’s also adding PD responsibilities for sister news/talk WGCL, Bloomington, Indiana.) Holtz comments, “As I move into a new role in my career, I’m delighted that Laura Duncan will take over the programming reigns at WTTS.  As our APD/MD for the past 14 years, Laura has set herself apart as one of the most dedicated and passionate in our business.  She’ll be an outstanding programmer at WTTS.”…..The lineup for this weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas includes: Justin TimberlakeFleetwood Mac, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons, Jason Aldean, Sam Smith, Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Panic! At The Disco, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes, Kygo, Rae Sremmurd, Logic, Childish Gambino and more, plus this year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Heffron Drive.  The annual event takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday night…..Beasley Media Group’s legendary rock station WMMR-FM, Philadelphia was honored by the city of Philadelphia in recognition of its 50 years of service to the city.  Pictured below is the WMMR staff in the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall receiving an official Resolution from Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh and other members of the council.  Beasley says WMMR-FM is regarded by the industry as the longest running rock station in America.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

| July 11, 2018

Entercom Ups Kauffman and Spacciapolli to Market Managers. Two radio management pros are being promoted to SVP/market manager positions within EntercomStacey Kauffman will lead the Sacramento station group and Michael Spacciapolli will head up the Pittsburgh cluster.  In Sacramento, Entercom operates sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN 1320.”  The Pittsburgh cluster includes news/talk KDKA-AM and sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan.”  Entercom COO Weezie Kramer says, “Nothing makes me happier than promoting from within.  I am thrilled that we offer career paths and can elevate deserving people to new leadership roles.  Both Michael and Stacey have earned these opportunities.”  Kauffman most recently served as director of sales in Sacramento. Spacciapolli has been leading the sales effort as director of sales in Pittsburgh for more than 10 years.

Jeanne Smith to Lead iHeartMedia Quad Cities. Moving from iHeartMedia’s Cedar Rapids cluster to the Quad Cities station group to assume the market president role is Jeanne Smith.  She was most recently SVP of sales.  The Quad Cities cluster includes heritage news/talk WOC-AM.  Area president for iHeartMedia Des Moines Joel  McCrae, “Jeanne’s strong performance in Cedar Rapids earned her this promotion.  She is a strong, innovative leader who has worked closely with our Quad Cities team in the past, giving her a genuine connection and solid understanding of our market.”

TALKERS News Notes. Former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown is joining the game day broadcast team at Cumulus Media’s news/talk 760 WJR.  He’ll provide commentary and analysis beside play-by-play voice Dan Miller.  WJR VP/GM Tom O’Brien says, “Jim Brandstatter did an excellent job for the past two years on WJR and for many years prior and we’re proud of the work we did together.  The addition of Lomas Brown, a former All-Pro Lion, will bring a unique perspective to the game day broadcast.”…..Sun Broadcast Group announces that Michelle Grubshtein has joined the company as national account manager.  In this role, she’ll work with the sales department focused on products including: Shazam For Radio, The Hit List with Fitz, Country Fried Mix with DJ Sinister, Sun Select RADAR, Sun Latino Networks, and many others.  Michelle comes to Sun with more than eight years of experience in the industry working with Orion Worldwide as a broadcast negotiator and, most recently, as an account manager at Shareablee…..Westwood One News White House correspondent Bob Costantini (pictured at right) files a report from outside NATO headquarters in Brussels as the network covers President Trump’s meetings with European leaders at the NATO summit.

TALKERS Continues Posting Videos Today of the Recent TALKERS 2018: Full Speed Ahead! Convention – Today’s Post: Special Luncheon Donation by WPGG, Atlantic City Morning Host Harry Hurley to the Broadcasters Foundation of America.  Today (7/11), TALKERS magazine continues posting individual events from the recent TALKERS 2018: Full Speed Ahead! convention held in New York City on June 8.  Each business day, another session or activity will be posted in the order that they originally took place.  Today’s 11th installment is a video of the donation given by WPGG, Atlantic City morning host Harry Hurley to the Broadcasters Foundation of America and accepted by its president Jim Thompson.  Already posted:  convention luncheon greetings by WNYM “970 AM The Answer,” New York morning host Joe Piscopo with an introduction by Salem SVP Phil Boyce along with the posthumous presentation of the “Humanitarian of the Year” award to the late Texas and Ohio radio talk show host Matt Patrick by Michael Harrison with an acceptance by his widow and show producer, Paula Ryan;  the panel discussion titled “Adding the Video Component to Talk Radio” moderated by Livestream head of news, Clayton Rose and featuring panelists Krantz Media Group CEO, Gary Krantz and KTRS, St Louis host, McGraw Milhaven; the panel discussion titled “Generating Talk Radio Revenue in 2018” moderated by TALKERS VP/executive editor, Kevin Casey; introduced by Crossover Media Group managing member, Ron Hartenbaum; and featuring panelists Asa RX host, AsaBold Gold Media Group CEO, Vince BenedettoHowie Carr Radio Network president, Kathy CarrWestwood One president, Suzanne Grimes; WBAL, Baltimore president/GM, Cary Pahigian; and KSCO/KOMY, Santa Cruz owner, Michael Zwerling;  the special presentation by Amplifi Media CEO, Steven Goldstein titled “Radio Broadcasters and Smart Speakers with an introduction by GCN personality, Dr. Daliah Wachs ;  a special presentation by PodcastOne chairman and CEO, Norm Pattiz titled “Radio Broadcasters and Podcasting” with an introduction by Voice of America and National Public Radio anchor/reporter, Lori Lundin;  a special presentation by WFAN personality, Mike Francesa titled “Sports Talk’s Role in Media and Popular Culture” with an introduction by author and former radio producer, Bernadette Duncan;  Salem SVP, Phil Boyce’s address titled “What Has Donald Trump Done to Talk Radio?”; the fireside chat between TALKERS publisher, Michael Harrison and Beasley Media Group CEO, Caroline Beasley including Harrison’s presentation of the 2018 “Woman of the Year” award to Beasley; Harrison’s fireside chat with FOX News Radio/FOX News Channel mega-star, Brian Kilmeade with an introduction by Westwood One syndicated host, Walter Sterling and special remarks by Sean Hannity; opening remarks by the convention’s co-emcees, TalkersRadio GM, David Bernstein and Good Day Networks/DJV Show CEO/host, Doug Stephan; KGO, San Francisco host, Ethan Bearman delivering the event’s welcoming remarks and Pioneer Valley Radio GM/host, Brad Shepard introduction of Bearman; and the presentation of the Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech (“Freedom of Speech Award”) by TALKERS managing editor, Mike Kinosian to SiriusXM Satellite Radio host, book publisher, Hunter College professor, and former New York Daily News/Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Karen Hunter.  To view the page, please click here.

TALKERS London Correspondent Graham Mack Moves from ‘Bob FM’ to ‘Fix Radio.’  British award-winning broadcaster Graham Mack – host of the popular TalkersRadio program “London Calling” – has been named the new program director of Fix Radio.  For the past four years, Mack has been the morning chat show host/PD of the music/talk outlet, “Bob FM,” Hertfordshire (London) and has also been heard regularly on the BBC.  Mack has worked at a number of stations in Australia and the UK and is one of Michael Harrison’s primary radio “go-to” sources to discuss issues pertaining to US-British relations.  Harrison describes Mack as “an international radio treasure.”   Fix Radio is a radio station aimed at blue collar tradespeople and builders. It’s on DAB digital radio throughout London. Digital radio listening in the UK now accounts for almost 51% of all radio listening.  Mack tells TALKERS, “I was a pipefitter on a construction site in New Zealand and air conditioning mechanic in Sydney, Australia so this is the perfect fit for me.”  Fix Radio CEO Louis Timpany tells TALKERS, “We are pleased to welcome Graham to Fix Radio as he brings so much experience and creativity. Our team is really excited to start working with him.”   Mack takes over as program director on July 23 from Paul Chantler, who has been running the station on a part-time basis since November and will remain with the organization as a consultant.

Trump Blasts NATO, Trump-Russia Investigation/Impending Putin Meeting/Lisa Page Testimony, U.S.-China Trade War, Pompeo Visits North Korea, Kavanaugh SCOTUS Confirmation, Sacha Baron Cohen Show, Illegal Immigration Policy, U.K Brexit Complications, and MLB Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (7/10). Criticism of NATO countries’ financial commitment and Germany’s reliance on Russian gas by President Trump; the investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents, Trump’s impending meeting with Vladimir Putin, and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s refusal to testify before a congressional committee; more Chinese goods targeted by Trump tariffs; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea; the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; criticism of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new TV show, “Who Is America?”; the Trump administration’s illegal immigration policy; Theresa May’s attempts to broker the UK’s exit from the EU; and Major League Baseball action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. At Entercom’s CHR KNOU, St. Louis “NOW 96.3,” Scott Ellisis named program director and midday personality, effective July 30.   Entercom St. Louis SVP and market manager Becky Domyanstates, “Scott’s level of talent, strong leadership, and passion for the format will help take ‘NOW 96.3’ to high levels of success.”  Ellis was most recently programming ScrippsKSPW, Springfield, Missouri.  At the same time, the station announces it has signed afternoon personality HaZeto a new, long-term deal.…..On Long Island, David Cole is promoted to assistant program director at Connoisseur Media’s hot AC WALK-FM.  Cole has served with the station for the past five years after starting as an intern 2013.  Connoisseur SVP regional strategy/market manager Jim Condron comments, “It’s an honor and privilege to see David continue to grow with us.  People of David’s caliber are few and far between.”…..Add Childish Gambino to the list of performers at this September’s iHeartRadio Music Festival that takes place on the 21stand 22ndat T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  Premiere Networks syndicated personality Ryan Seacrest is hosting the event.

Round One of June PPM Data Released. The first of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio‘s June 2018 PPM survey ratings has been released for 12 markets, including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen’s June 2018 survey period covered May 24 – June 20.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.

TAKEAWAYS

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Under the all-news umbrella, Entercom’s WINS is a combined -1.4 in three slips in a row (6.2 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 4.8, fourth to fifth, 6+), while co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM is off for the third successive sweep as well (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.5, flat at #14, 6+). Prior to March, WCBS-AM was stuck on 2.8 (6+) the previous three survey periods. After back-to-back gains of +.8 (3.1 – 3.9 – 4.7, March – April – May, 6+), sports talk sibling WFAN “Sports Radio” drops three-tenths to 4.4 (fifth to seventh, 6+). The 4.7 in May is its best 6+-showing since 5.2 in November 2017. Following five survey periods in a row without an increase resulting in a nearly 50% loss (-2.5) of its 6+-share (5.2 – 5.2 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+), the Yankees’ flagship picked up four-tenths in March. Prior to February, the last time WFAN dropped below a three-share (6+) was March 2017 (2.9). Meanwhile, the key station of the MetsiHeartMedia news/talk WOR – is off one-tenth (2.1 – 2.0, #18 to #19, 6+); “710 The Voice of New York” was +.6 in April. A March gain of one-tenth ended five straight down or flat reports for a -.4 (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+). Following three months in succession at 1.3 (6+), Emmis-owned/ESPN-operated WEPN is now 1.7 in consecutive reports as “98.7 ESPN New York” remains at #21. When WEPN picked up two-tenths in February, it halted three downward moves in succession that produced a loss of seven-tenths (1.8 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+). The last 14 New York City (6+) trends for Townsquare Media’s news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” (flat at #23) are: 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1. It pulls ahead of Cumulus Media news/talk WABC, which is without an increase for the fourth consecutive sweep (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.0, #23 to #24, 6+). In the public news/talk arena, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM is a combined -.7 in May and June (3.4 – 3.0 – 2.7, flat at #12, 6+), while co-owned WNYC-AM is down one-tenth (.6 -.5, #27 to #30, 6+).

New York City Music Formats – On the heels of a May loss of eight-tenths (8.5 – 7.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW regresses by half that margin in June (-.4) to 7.3, its lowest 6+-stat since November 2017’s 7.0. Nevertheless, “106.7 Lite FM” remains at #1 for the 11th successive sweep. A collective +7.1 in five consecutive gains (6.0 – 6.1 – 6.6 – 7.0 – 8.8 – 13.1, 6+), WLTW was -5.1 in January and February (13.1 – 8.5 – 8.0, 6+) but rebounded in March and April with a +.5 (8.0 – 8.4 – 8.5, 6+). Shifting from 6.3 – 6.1 – 6.3 (March – April – May, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” takes a one-half share slide to 5.8 (second to third, 6+). It is overtaken by Emmis urban AC WBLS “#1 for R&B” (6.1, +.4, third to second, 6+), which had posted a 5.7 (6+) in four of the last six survey periods (5.7 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.7, 6+). Rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WQHT “Hot 97 – #1 for Hip-Hop” posts its fourth straight (modest) gain (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.0, ninth to eighth, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WKTU “103.5 The Beat of New York” is up or flat for the third time in succession (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6, unchanged at #10, 6+). Steady at #8, iHeartMedia-owned WAXQ “Q-104.3 New York’s Classic Rock” is off a collective eight-tenths in four straight down or flat trends (4.8 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+). Urban contemporary sibling WWPR continues a down/up pattern that began in December 2017 (3.9 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+) as “Power 105.1” departs the top ten (#10 to #11). At the same time that Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WXNY “X-96.3” is without a loss for the fourth sweep in a row for a +.3 (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9, flat at #20, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System’s similarly-formatted WPAT-FM “Amor 93.1” is off four-tenths to 2.6 (6+), snapping at three its consecutive string of up or flat trends that produced a +.3 (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0, #12 to #13, 6+). Entercom hot AC WNEW “Fresh 102.7” is down or flat for the fourth straight time (3.0 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4, #15 to #16, 6+), whereas Cumulus country WNSH “94.7 Nash FM” marks its third uptick in a row for an overall +.6 (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5, #16 to #14, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats – Returning the three-tenths it picked up in May, iHeartMedia news/talk KFI continues a down/up pattern that commenced in December (4.1 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+), as “AM 640” continues in sixth-place. When KFI dipped by two-tenths in “Holiday” 2017, it ended at six a consecutive string of up or flat trends that netted a collective eight-tenths (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+). Similarly, Entercom’s KNX surrenders the one-tenth it notched in May (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+), but “1070 News Radio” again exits the top ten (#10 to #12); KNX was -.6 in April. February’s 3.3 is its best 6+-stat since June 2017 (3.3, as well). Unchanged at #10, Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” is trending 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.7 (6+). Clumped together are sports talk KSPN “710 ESPN,” up by one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (.9 – 1.0 – 1.1, flat at #29); Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” (.9 – 1.1, +.2, #29, 6+); iHeartMedia-owned Los Angeles Dodgers flagship KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (.9 – 1.0, +.1, #31, 6+); and co-owned news/talk KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” (.8 – .9, +.1, #32 to #3, 6+). Elsewhere in the news/talk format, Cumulus Media-owned KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” is flat at .4 but dips from #40 to #41 (6+).

Los Angeles Music Formats – It’s once again a razor-thin finish at the top between iHeartMedia siblings. Specifically, hot AC KBIG “104.3 My-FM” adds one-tenth (5.7 – 5.8, 6+) to remain on top, where it is two-tenths ahead of adult contemporary cluster-mate KOST “Coast 103.5” (flat at 5.6, steady at #2, 6+). Having lost more than half (-6.6) of its 6+-share in consecutive surveys since the “Holiday” 2017 report (11.9 – 5.5 – 5.3, 6+), KOST bounced back in March and April with a combined +.7 (5.3 – 5.9 – 6.0, 6+). Over the past 34 Los Angeles sweeps dating back to December 2015, KOST and KBIG have had a stranglehold on the #1 position. “Coast 103.5” has been on top 20 times (December 2015 through January 2017; December 2017; “Holiday” 2017; March 2018; and April 2018), while “My-FM” has set the pace on 14 occasions (February 2017 through November 2017; January 2018; February 2018; May 2018; and June 2018. This is the 17th ratings period in a row that Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA is within 2.1 – 2.8 range (6+), but “Zona Mx 101.9” is off by one-half share (2.6 – 2.1, 6+) and departs the top twenty (#17 to #22). Unchanged at #4, Entercom smooth AC KTWV was a collective +.7 in five straight months without a loss (4.1 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+), but “94.7 The Wave” surrenders three-tenths in June to 4.5 (6+). Co-owned alternative KROQ is a combined +.3 in four straight up or flat trends (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, #19 to #17, 6+), whereas format foe, iHeartMedia’s KYSR-FM “Alt 98.7 – LA’s New Alternative,” returns May’s +.4 (2.8 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+) and carries on at #9. Those same two group owners are involved in the market’s CHR battle in which iHeartMedia’s KIIS “102.7 Kiss-FM” (flat at #5) is an overall -.6 in five consecutive down or flat trends (4.9 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+), while Entercom’s KAMP “97.1 Amp Radio” repeats May’s 2.7 and remains at #10 (6+). In addition to returning to the top twenty, Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters’ KKGO “Go Country 105” is within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 32nd time in succession, (2.1 – 2.3, +.2, #21 to #20, 6+); March 2018’s 2.0 is its lowest 6+-stat since January 2016 (2.0, as well). After debuting at #40 in May, Entravision regional Mexican KDLD “La Tricolor 103.1” moves up to #38 (.4 – .6, +.2, 6+).

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – A collective -.5 in four straight sweeps without a gain (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom’s WBBM-AM drops from second to third. The all-news outlet was up by an overall eight-tenths in January and February (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.3, 6+); February’s 5.3 is its finest 6+-stat since March 2017’s 5.4. After being off two-tenths in back-to-back reports (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.3, 6+), sports talk cluster-mate WSCR “670 The Score” rebounded with a +1.3 in April and May (2.3 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+), but the Chicago Cubs flagship slips by one-tenth in June to 3.5 (seventh to ninth, 6+). “The Score” posted a full-share gain in October (3.9 – 4.9, 6+); was a combined -2.8 between October 2017 – “Holiday” 2017 (4.9 – 3.6 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+); and improved by six-tenths in January. Its rival, ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000,” is without an increase for the fifth sweep in a row (1.6 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.3, flat at #25, 6+). As the result of a +.2 in May, Tribune Media news/talk WGN curtailed three successive decreases that produced a collective -1.3 (3.3 – 3.1 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+). In June, the key station of the Chicago White Sox tacks on two-tenths to 2.4 and is flat at #21 (6+). A March gain of three-tenths by WGN ended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in a collective -.7 (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+). Format rival – Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM – is off one-half share in four consecutive down or flat moves (2.0 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5, #23 to #24, 6+). Immediately prior to this, WLS-AM registered seven straight up or flat ratings periods and was +.7 in that stretch (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+). An overall +.8 in March and April (2.2 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+), Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ is -.5 in May and June (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.5, #16 to #20, 6+).

Chicago Music Formats – A combined -.5 in April and May (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+) Entercom’s WBBM-FM “Chicago’s B-96” recaptures all of it with a +.5 in June (2.9, #20 to #17, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s WKSC “103.5 Kiss FM – Chicago’s #1 Hit Music Station” falters by one-tenth to 3.5 (6+), ending three straight (modest) upticks in a row that netted six-tenths (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.6, seventh to ninth, 6+). Not only does its urban AC sibling WVAZ pick up one-tenth to 6.0 (6+), thus snapping four straight down or flat trends that produced a -.9 (6.8 – 6.6 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.9, 6+), “V-103 Today’s R&B and Throwbacks” is on top for the sixth month in a row. WVAZ ranked first from February 2017 through September 2017, as well. In six straight up or flat trends (2.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 4.2 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+), Hubbard’s WDRV “97.1 The Drive – Chicago’s Classic Rock” nearly doubles its 6+-stat (a combined +2.3) and remains at #3. Anchored at #6, Cumulus Media-owned WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits,” which was an overall +1.6 in seven consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 4.3, 6+), forfeits one-tenth in June to 4.2 (6+). After three times in succession of posting a 3.5 (6+), Venture Technologies Group adult contemporary WRME-LP “FM 87.7 Me TV” dips to 3.3 and exits the top ten (#9 to #13). Its lead over Hubbard adult contemporary WSHE shrinks to three-tenths as “100.3 SHE” improves by three-tenths (2.7 – 3.0, #17 to #15, 6+); WSHE was off one-half share in April. In the market’s hot AC contest, iHeartMedia’s WLIT “93.9 Lite FM” notches its third (slight) increase in succession (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+) and re-enters the top ten (#11 to a four-way tie at #9), while Hubbard-owned WTMX “101.9 The Mix” regains two-tenths of the three-tenths it lost in May (5.0 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+), elevating from fourth to second.

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats – While #1 for the sixth time in succession, KQED is a combined -1.8 as the result of three downward moves in succession (8.9 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.1, 6+). The Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talker was a combined +1.3 via three straight positive spikes (7.6 – 8.1 – 8.8 – 8.9, 6+) and had been on top 12 consecutive times before “Holiday” 2017. A gain of four-tenths in July 2017 halted at four a successive streak without an increase that produced a -1.0 (7.7 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.7, 6+). KQED added one-half share in August (7.1 – 7.6, 6+); relinquished 60% of that increase in September (7.3, -.3, 6+); and was +1.3 in November (7.3 – 8.6, 6+). Down or flat the past four sweeps for a net loss of eight-tenths (6.2 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 5.4, 6+), KCBS-AM posts a one-tenth gain to 5.5 (6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. Up eight-tenths in October, the Entercom all-news facility was a combined -1.2 via three straight drops in November, December, and “Holiday” 2017 (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.4 – 5.6, 6+). October’s 6.8 was its strongest 6+-performance since February 2017 (6.8, as well). Owing to three successive positive spikes, Cumulus Media news/talker KSFO is an overall +.9 (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 3.0, #13 to #12, 6+). Prior to gaining two-tenths in March, KSFO was a combined -1.3 in five straight decreases, (3.4 – 3.0 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+). Off by one-tenth in May and June (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), co-owned San Francisco Giants flagship KNBR dips from sixth to seventh; “The Sports Leader” gained nine-tenths in April. Off one-tenth as well is Entercom’s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (2.6, #13 to #15, 6+). The key station of the Oakland A’s had been without a loss the past nine ratings periods, nearly tripling (+1.7) its 6+-stat in that timeframe (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+). Albeit down or flat for the third successive sweep (2.0 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7, 6+) Cumulus Media news/talk KGO manages to climb from #23 to #21.

San Francisco Music Formats – As it carries on in third-place, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze” is an overall +.6 via four straight up or flat trends (4.4 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Steady at #4, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KOIT-FM “96.5 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” has put up a February to June 6+ topline of 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 3.8. In four successive (modest) declines (4.1 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+), hot AC cluster-mate KLLC was off by eight-tenths, but “Alice @ 97.3” notches a +.3 in June to 3.6 (seventh, 6+). One-tenth behind is its format rival, iHeartMedia’s KIOI “Star 101.3 – More Music, More Variety” (3.3 – 3.5, +.2, ninth, 6+); the two hot ACs were tied at #8 in May. Repetitive March 2018 – June 2018 trending for iHeartMedia’s KYLD “Wild 94.9 – The Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” is 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 3.1 (flat at #10, 6+), while the past six stats for co-owned 1980’s-based KOSF “iHeart 80s @ 103.7” are 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7 (#15 to #14, 6+).

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – This is the 35th time in a row that North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA registers a 6+-share in the two-share range (2.5 – 2.8, +.3, #18 to #17, 6+). Not only is the +1.2 that Cumulus Media’s KTCK racked up in April and May (2.9 – 3.3 – 4.1, 6+) wiped out in June (2.9, -1.2, 6+), “The Ticket – All Sports, All The Time” plummets from #6 to #14. KTCK was stuck on 3.0 (6+) in December and “Holiday” 2017 and registered a +.5 in January before dropping three-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (3.5 – 3.2 – 2.9, January – February – March, 6+). Despite forfeiting one-tenth (2.2 – 2.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” advances from #21 to #19. In advance of a +.5 in April, the Texas Rangers flagship posted five straight negative trends that resulted in a -1.2 (3.1 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+). Elsewhere in the sports talk format, the seven most recent 6+-stats for ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” are 1.1 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1    – 1.1 – 1.0 (#30 to #32, 6+). Although flat at #20, Entercom news – talk hybrid KRLD-AM is an overall -.7 through four straight down or flat trends (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+). Going back to “Holiday” 2016, KRLD-AM is within a high of 2.8 and a low of 2.0. A loss of two-tenths in March ended at seven a consecutive string of up or flat trends that netted seven-tenths (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+). It is tied at #20 with Cumulus Media’s WBAP “News Talk 820” (2.2 – 2.1, -.1, #22 in May, 6+). Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” is down one-tenth (.8 – .7, unchanged at #34, 6+), while Cumulus Media’s KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” records a .6 for the third time in a row and is flat at #35 (6+).

Dallas Music Formats – Four successive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a collective -.7 (4.5 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+) are erased with a +.9 to 4.7 (6+) as iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9” vaults from eighth to third. In six straight up or flat trends (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.7, steady at #3, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KSCS “96.3 New Country” is a +.8. It now leads co-owned/similarly-programmed KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” by one-half share (flat at 4.2, fifth to sixth, 6+). Tacking on seven-tenths to May’s +.2 (1.2 – 1.4 – 2.1, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KYDA “Air 1 Positive Hits” reaches the two-share level for the first time since March 2017’s 2.0 and cracks the top twenty (four-way tie at #20). An overall +1.5 in three positive spikes in a row (5.4 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KHKS regresses by six-tenths to 6.6 (6+), but  “106.1 Kiss – Dallas/Fort Worth’s Hit Music” is #1 for the sixth straight month. When “Kiss” reached #1 in January, it was the first time the mainstream CHR held the lead position since March 2017. Off by six-tenths as well and part of the aforementioned four-way logjam at #20 is Entercom regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande 107.5” (2.7 – 2.1, #15 to #20, 6+). Up or flat the past five sweeps for an overall +.6 (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KEGL “97.1 The Eagle Rocks” slips two-tenths to 3.8 (6+) but remains at #7.

Houston

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of May’s +.6 (3.3 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH returns one-tenth to 3.8 (#11 to #13, 6+); “News Radio 740” improved by six-tenths in January. In advance of its January +.6, KTRH was without an increase in the previous four monthlies for an overall -1.4 (3.9 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.5, 6+). Having recorded a 3.6 (6+) in three of the last four sweeps (3.6 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF regresses by four-tenths to 3.2 (#15 to #16, 6+). As was the case with KTRH, KUHF was +.6 in January. In the market’s sports talk field, iHeartMedia-owned Houston Astros flagship KBME “Sports Talk 790” is flat at 1.2 (unchanged at #22, 6+); Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” adds two-tenths (.8 – 1.0, #25, 6+); and Gow Communications’ KFNC “ESPN 97.5” forfeits two-tenths (.8 – .6, #27, 6+).

Houston Music Formats – Significant ups/downs continue for iHeartMedia’s KTBZ, which was +1.7 in five straight sweeps without a loss (3.8 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+) and then -1.1 in April and May (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4, 6+). Now, “94.5 The Buzz – Houston’s Rock and Alternative” improves by six-tenths to 5.0, jumping from ninth to fifth. Following three straight (modest) declines for a cumulative -.6 (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom’s KILT-FM not only regains the entire deficit (4.1, +.6, 6+), “New Country 100.3 The Bull” charges into the top ten (#16 to #10). Even though it surrenders May’s +.4 (7.0 – 7.4 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” repeats at #1. Having finished first in four successive sweeps, “Sunny” segued to second in March. It answered March’s -1.1 with an April +.8 to return to the top spot. KODA, which finished second in October and November, was -5.4 in January but gained two-tenths in February. Its 12.5 in “Holiday” 2017 is its strongest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2016’s 10.3 and the first time any Houston station reached double-digits (6+) since that ratings period. Immediately prior to September’s -.8, KODA was a collective +1.7 via four straight up or flat monthlies (5.5 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 6.4 – 7.2, 6+). After improving by two-tenths in May (7.0 – 7.2, 6+), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1 – The People’s Station” stumbles by seven-tenths to 6.5 (6+) but remains in the runner-up slot. Stuck on 7.0 (6+) in January and February, “Majic” dropped to 6.8 (6+) in March; “Sunny” and “Majic” were tied for #1 in April. A combined +1.5 in March and April (4.9 – 6.0 – 6.4, 6+), Cox Media Group’s KKBQ is now -1.2 in May and June (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.2, 6+) although “Country 93-Q” carries on at #3. As the result of five straight sweeps without an increase (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.6, #14 to #15, 6+), KSBJ Educational Foundation’s KSBJ “89.3 Contemporary Christian Music – God Listens” tumbles by a cumulative -1.6. Disappearing from print is iHeartMedia urban AC KQBT-HD2 (.8 – .0, -.8, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Setting the pace for the 31st successive ratings period, Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM adds three-tenths to 7.8 (6+), thus suspending three consecutive negative moves that accounted for a -2.7 (10.2 – 9.4 – 8.4 – 7.7 – 7.5, 6+). WSB-AM, which was +1.6 in January, notched three straight increases for a collective +1.6 (8.6 – 8.9 – 9.9 – 10.2, 6+) but then was a combined -1.6 in three consecutive drops (10.2 – 10.0 – 9.1 – 8.6, October – November – December – “Holiday” 2017, 6+). January 2017’s 10.7 represents its best-ever (6+) PPM-performance. After logging a +.7 in April, Entercom sports talk WZGC is -1.1 in May and June (3.3 – 2.7 – 2.2, 6+) yet climbs from #18 to #17; “92.9 The Game” was -1.1 in February. In advance of February’s loss, “The Game” was a combined +.7 in three straight gains (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+). Seven successive sweeps without a decrease (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+) nets Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN “Sports Radio The Fan” eight-tenths as the AM flagship of the Atlanta Braves inches up from #20 to #19. Not only is City of Atlanta Board of Education news/talk WABE without an increase for the fourth sweep in succession for a -.7 (4.5 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+), it exits the top ten (#8 to #11). A gain of three-tenths (1.8 – 2.1, 6+) takes Cumulus Media’s WYAY “106.6 Where Atlanta Comes to Talk” to its best 6+-stat in exactly one year (2.1 as well in June 2017) and back into the top twenty (#21 to #18). Prior to April’s 2.0, WYAY recorded a 1.8 (6+) in January, February, and March. Georgia State University news/talk WRAS returns May’s +.1 (.6 – .7 – .6, #25, 6+).

Atlanta Music Formats – Owing to five negative moves in a row, Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” was -4.5 (8.5 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 4.2 – 4.0, 6+) for a more than 50% loss. Answering with a +.8 in June to 4.8 (6+), “The Fish” progresses from eighth to sixth. WFSH was a combined +2.9 in December and “Holiday” 2017 (5.6 – 7.2 – 8.5, 6+). Three consecutive positive spikes by Radio Training Network’s similarly-programmed WVFJ accounted for a +1.1 (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.9, 6+) but “The Joy FM” relinquishes more than 80% of that increase (2.0, -.9, #16 to #19, 6+). After three negative trends in succession for an overall -.9 (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104.1 – Atlanta’s R&B” erases all but two-tenths of the loss with a +.7 to 4.3 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #8). In a somewhat similar scenario, Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 – Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” improves by six-tenths to 3.4 (6+), thus pulling the plug on three successive decreases that accounted for a -.8 (3.6 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8, #17 to #15, 6+). With a one-half share gain (6.1 – 6.6, steady at #3, 6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” registers its best 6+-stat (6.6) in exactly one year (6.6 as well in June 2017). Segueing from sixth to tenth, iHeartMedia’s country WUBL “94.9 The Bull” drops seven-tenths to 3.9 (6+). A one-tenth setback in May ended four increases in a row for an overall gain of six-tenths (4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.7, 6+). Without a decrease in each of the last five sweeps for an overall +1.2 (2.4 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.6, 6+), Cumulus-owned WNNX “Rock 100.5 – Atlanta’s Rock Station” surrenders exactly half that bounty (3.0, -.6, #11 to #16, 6+). Four sweeps in a row without a loss by Entercom urban contemporary WVEE generated a combined +1.3 (5.8 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 6.7 – 7.1, 6+), but “V-103 The People’s Station” dips by one-tenth to 7.0 (6+). Nonetheless, WVEE remains in the runner-up slot. May’s 7.1 is its best 6+-performance in more than two years (7.3, April 2016). Ranked #19 in May, Cox Media Group urban contemporary WSTR-HD3 vanishes from print after seven straight up or flat moves (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – Following a -.8 in May (6.9 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom’s WIP erodes by another one-half share to 5.6 (fifth to seventh, 6+). Large monthly shifts have been common lately for the Phillies flagship, including an overall -1.1 (December and “Holiday” 2017); +2.6 (January 2018); -.8 (February); -2.9 (March); +1.1 (April); -.8 (May); and now -.5 (June). Its format foe, Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic,” which was +.9 in January, is a combined -.8 in May and June (2.8 – 2.3 – 2.0, #17 to #18, 6+). Although unchanged at #8, Entercom all-news outlet KYW is -1.5 via three negative moves in a row (6.0 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). An increase of nine-tenths in March (5.1 – 6.0, 6+) gave KYW its strongest 6+-showing in three years (6.1, March 2015), but it then surrendered one full-share in April; KYW improved by +1.0 in January. Off one-tenth (3.7 – 3.6, 6+), public news/talk WHYY – which was -.7 in May – drops from ninth to tenth. WHYY chalked up a +1.0 in January and was -.6 in “Holiday” 2017. Entercom’s WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” gains one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, steady at #20, 6+), while Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” regains the one-tenth it lost in May (1.6 – 1.5 – 1.6, flat at #21, 6+). WPHT was stuck on 1.8 (6+) in “Holiday” 2017 and January 2018 and then on 1.9 (6+) in February and March before dropping to 1.5 in April. Meanwhile, WKXW was a collective +.6 in six straight up or flat Philadelphia sweeps (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+) but lost two-tenths in April.

Philadelphia Music Formats – Five positive spikes in a row by Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “98.1 – Nobody Plays More 80s” account for a combined +1.9 (5.3 – 6.3 – 6.9 – 7.0 – 7.2 – 7.7, third to second, 6+). Eight-tenths ahead of WOGL is Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “Today’s 101.1 More FM,” which is #1 for the fourth straight month. Its January 2018 – June 2018 topline is an ultra-consistent 8.3 – 8.4 – 8.4 – 8.3 – 8.4 – 8.5 (6+). WBEB was -8.7 in January, but in five straight increases before that, “Today’s 101.1 More FM” was a collective +10.3 (6.7 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 12.8 – 17.0, 6+). In “Holiday” 2017, WBEB achieved its most potent 6+-share since 17.9 in “Holiday” 2016. An overall +.8 in three straight positive spikes (5.5 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Throwbacks” surrenders one-half share to 5.8 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Without a loss for the sixth straight month for an overall +2.1 (3.6 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 5.7 – 5.7, 6+), Entercom’s WXTU advances from seventh to sixth. Prior to May, the last time “92.5 Philadelphia’s Country Station” reached the five-share level (6+) was in August 2016 (5.3). Stuck on 1.7 (6+) in April and May, Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WPHI “Boom 103.9” breaks out a one-half share increase to 2.2 (#19 to #18, 6+). After posting eight consecutive up or flat trends in which it nearly doubled (+.6) its 6+-share (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.0 -1.0 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+), Connoisseur Media hot AC WPST “94.5 PST” falters by two-tenths to 1.1 (#24 to #25, 6+). While flat at #26, Radio One gospel WPPZ “Praise 107.9 – Philadelphia’s Inspiration Station” is down one full-share in 15 straight down or flat sweeps (1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9, 6+).

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – A collective +1.8 in April and May (2.9 – 4.0 – 4.7, 6+), Entercom’s WFAN “Sports Radio” follows with a one-half share loss in June to 4.2, falling from third to sixth (6+). The New York Yankees’ flagship was -1.1 in February. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” is -1.2 in May and June (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.9, 6+) as the key station of the New York Mets departs the top twenty (#17 to #21). WOR was an overall +.8 in three straight gains (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+), before returning three-tenths in March. After five consecutive upticks for a +1.2, which more than doubled its 6+-share (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), Emmis-owned WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” slips three-tenths to 2.0 (#17 to #19, 6+). Trending 1.6 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.5 (6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM moves from #23 to #24, while Cumulus Media news/talk WABC is without an increase for the third consecutive month (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, #26 to #25, 6+). Entercom all-news WINS, which bounced back from April’s -.5 with a May gain of three-tenths, drops three-tenths in June (3.1 – 2.8, #12 to #13, 6+), while co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM adds one-tenth (2.4 – 2.5, #17 to 16, 6+). WCBS-AM gained two-tenths in January, halting four straight down or flat trends for an overall loss of one full-share (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). In March, it recaptured the four-tenths it dropped in February. Without an increase in Long Island for six successive survey periods for a -1.3 (4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+), WINS was +.4 in March.

Long Island Music Formats – As a result of three straight upticks (3.7 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WBLI “Long Island’s #1 For All the Hits” is a collective +1.3 and surges from fourth to second. This (5.0) is the strongest 6+-performance for WBLI since September 2017’s 5.2. Improving by six-tenths as well is Connoisseur Media’s WWSK “94.3 The Shark – Everything That Rocks” (#15 to #12), which is up or flat for the third straight month for a +.7 (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 3.0, 6+). Improving by one-half share each are its classic hits-oldies sibling WBZO “103.1 Max FM” (4.2 – 4.7, eighth to fifth, 6+) and Entercom-owned WNYL “Alt 92.3 New York’s New Alternative” (1.5 – 2.0, #19, 6+); WNYL was formerly mainstream CHR WBMP “Amp Radio.” On top for the ninth consecutive time, Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM “Real Variety 97.5” is a whopping -7.5 (or roughly -60%) in six successive sweeps without an increase (12.6 – 7.4 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.1, 6+). “Real Variety” was an overall +7.2 in October – November – December – “Holiday” 2017 (5.4 – 6.7 – 8.7 – 12.6, 6+). Off nine-tenths in October, WALK-FM was on top between June 2017 and September 2017. After three consecutive increases that generated a +2.1 (4.2 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 6.3, 6+), it dropped one-tenth in July; rebounded with a +.7 in August; but surrendered six-tenths in September. It is now just one-tenth ahead of aforementioned Cox Media Group CHR WBLI and iHeartMedia New York City CHR WHTZ “Z-100,” which is flat at 5.0 (6+). Within 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) for the 44th consecutive ratings period, Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” bumps up two-tenths (2.6 – 2.8, #14 to #13, 6+). Ping-ponging 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.3 (March – April – May, 6+), Connoisseur Media adult contemporary WKJY “Long Island’s K-98.3” stumbles by six-tenths to 3.7 (sixth to ninth, 6+). As the result of four straight down or flat Nassau-Suffolk trends (4.9 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” is a collective -1.1 (sixth to eighth).

Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – Anchored at #13, San Bernardino Community College news/talk KVCR is up two-tenths (.9 – 1.1, 6+). Immediately prior to February, KVCR was +.4 via three minor upticks in a row (.9 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+). With a very consistent Inland Empire November 2017 – June 2018 topline of .4 – .4 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .5 – .5 (6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” repeats at #17. Part of a four-way logjam at #20 in May with a .3 (6+), iHeartMedia’s KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” (formerly KUBE) disappears from print in June.

Riverside Music Formats – A gain of seven-tenths (3.4 – 4.1, 6+) enables iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KGGI “99.1 Riverside’s Hottest Hit Music” to climb from fifth to fourth. Owing to a one-half share uptick (2.5 – 3.0, ninth to sixth, 6+), LC Media urban-rhythmic oldies KQIE “Old School 104.7” has its best 6+-showing (3.0) since November 2017’s 3.9. Following five sweeps in succession without an increase for an overall -3.0 (7.6 – 7.3 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.0 – 4.6, 6+), Entravision’s KLYY “Jose” is now +1.9 in May and June (4.6 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+) and marches from #2 to #1. This is the first time in the lead position for “Jose” since “Holiday” 2017 when it scored a 7.3 (6+). Displaced from the penthouse after a five-month run and dropping to second is Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, which is -2.1 via four downward trends in succession (8.4 – 7.1 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.3, 6+). January’s +1.8 applied the brakes to three straight decreases that accounted for a -2.0 (7.5 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 5.5, 6+). Prior to January 2018, KOLA last occupied the #1 slot in January 2016 with a 6.9 (6+). Following four straight sweeps without an increase for a one-half share loss in that timeframe (1.3 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – .8, 6+), All-Pro Broadcasting’s KHTI “Hot 103.9 – Move to the Music” picks up one-tenth to .9 (flat at #14, 6+). On the heels of May’s -.4 (5.3 – 4.9, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-Love” erodes by one full-share to 3.9 (fourth to fifth, 6+), its lowest 6+-stat in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario since February 2017 (3.9, as well). Co-owned regional Mexican KSCA “Zona Mx 101.9” is a collective -1.2 via three negative moves in a row (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 2.6, sixth to ninth, 6+). Steady at #3, Entercom country outlet KFRG “K-Frog” falters by four-tenths to 5.5 (6+), thus snapping at four a consecutive string of increases that netted an overall +1.3 (4.6 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+). A cumulative +.5 in three (modest) gains in a row (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KRCD “Recuerdo” slips by two-tenths to 1.5 and is unchanged at #12 (6+).

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – Over and above being in the runner-up slot for the fifth time in a row, Entercom’s all-news KCBS-AM is without a loss for the fourth consecutive time for a combined +1.4 (5.8 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 7.2, 6+) and has its strongest 6+ (San Jose) showing since November 2017 (7.2, as well). KCBS-AM was -.8 in February and up one-half share in April. Rebounding from a combined -1.9 in April and May (8.8 – 8.2 – 6.9, 6+) with a June +.6 to 7.5 (6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting’s KQED is #1 for the sixth straight month. When KQED lost six-tenths in “Holiday” 2017, it shifted to #2, following five successive sweeps on top; it was +1.0 in January. A setback of one-tenth in December halted three consecutive gains that produced an overall +1.3 (6.9 – 7.3 – 8.0 – 8.2, 6+). Unlisted in San Jose since posting a 5.1 (6+) in the “Holiday” 2015 report, KQED returned in January 2017 by recording a 6.9 (6+) to finish at #1 and it stayed on top through April 2017. After posting a +1.6 in April, Cumulus Media sports talk and San Francisco Giants flagship KNBR “The Sports Leader” falters by a collective seven-tenths in May and June (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.9, seventh to eighth, 6+). In April, KNBR reached the four-share level in San Jose (6+) for the first time since May 2017’s 4.2. Co-owned news/talk KSFO is without a loss for the fifth month in a row for an overall +1.0 (1.2 – 1.5 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.2, #17 to #19, 6+). Conversely, cluster-mate KGO is down for the fourth successive sweep for a -1.4 (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, #20 to #22, 6+); KGO was a combined +.7 in January and February (2.4 – 2.8 – 3.1, 6+). Tacking on three-tenths to May’s +.1 (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom’s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” improves from  #29 to #27. Frozen on 1.0 (6+) in December, “Holiday” 2017, and January 2018, the key station of the Oakland A’s gained two-tenths in February but dropped one-tenth in March and April.

San Jose Music Formats – In addition to dialing up a +.9 (1.9 – 2.8, 6+) that catapults it into the top twenty (#21 to #14), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” records its best 6+ (San Jose) stat (2.8) in nearly two years (2.9, August 2016). Off by a cumulative eight-tenths in April and May (2.6 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+), Entercom hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” responds with a June gain of one-half share to 2.3 (6+) and enters the top twenty at #17. In three straight positive spikes, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “Amor 100.3” (steady at #3) is an overall +1.9 (3.7 – 4.5 – 5.3 – 5.6, 6+). Frozen on 4.2 (6+) in April and May, Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “96.5 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” ties Dallas sports talker KTCK (see above) for largest (6+) May 2018 – June 2018 decrease among all stations in the 12 PPM-markets noted here (4.2 – 3.0, -1.2, 6+), fading from #8 to #12. Trending 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 1.8 (February – March – April – May, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZ “93.3 La Raza” regresses by six-tenths to 1.2 (#28, 6+).

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – On top four ratings periods in succession before segueing to #2 in May, Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW is up four-tenths to 6.4 (6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot. “New Jersey 101.5” was a combined -2.1 in April and May (8.1 – 7.3 – 6.0, 6+) and posted a +.9 in January to advance from second to first with its strongest 6+-stat since April 2016’s 8.5. WKXW held the lead position from January 2017 through November 2017. Even though Entercom sports talk WFAN slips by one-tenth to 4.3 (6+), it manages to climb from eighth to fifth. June’s one-tenth setback curtails three straight upticks that netted +1.1 (3.3 – 3.4 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+). Four successive losses by WFAN accounted for a -1.9 (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+), but immediately prior to that, the New York Yankees flagship was +1.4 via three straight increases (3.8 – 4.3 – 5.1 – 5.2, 6+). WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM is now -1.5 in four straight losses (3.4 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 1.9, #19 to #20, 6+). The seven most recent topline 6+ stats for sports talk WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” are 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 1.7 (#20 to #21, 6+). It is tied at #21 with iHeartMedia news/talk and New York Mets flagship WOR (1.8 – 1.7, -.1, 6+); Entercom all-news WINS (flat at 1.7, after a +.6 in May, 6+); and Cumulus Media news/talk WABC (1.4 – 1.7, +.3, 6+). Prior to a one-half share dip in May, WOR had been without a loss the previous four Middlesex sweeps for a net gain of eight-tenths (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 2.3, 6+). Meanwhile, Entercom all-news WCBS-AM posts its third decrease in a row for a roughly 50% erosion (-1.4) of its 6+-share (2.9 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.5, #22 to #25, 6+). Following three consecutive downward moves for a regression of six-tenths (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.2, 6+), WCBS-AM answered with a +.7 in March.

Middlesex Music Formats – Not only does WBLS “107.5 #1 For R&B” register its third consecutive up or flat monthly for a +1.2 (5.6 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 6.8, 6+), the Emmis urban AC marches from third to first. It succeeds iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” (first to third), which actually gains one-tenth to 6.3 (6+), pulling the plug on five straight down or flat trends that accounted for an overall -5.3 (11.5 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.7 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+). On a bit of a rollercoaster ride, Entercom-owned WNYL “Alt 92.3 New York’s New Alternative” (formerly mainstream CHR WBMP “Amp Radio”) was +.5 in April; -.5 in May; and now +.6 in June (2.9 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 3.5, #15 to #12, 6+). Duplicating its May increase of one-half share (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ enters the top ten (#12 to #8). After trending 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.4 (6+), “Mega 97.9” regressed by one-half share in April. Drifting from sixth to tenth, Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” records its third drop in a row for a -1.7 (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 3.8, 6+). Surrendering its May +.7 and another one-tenth (4.9 – 4.1, -.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WAXQ slips from fifth to sixth; May’s 4.9 is the best 6+-stat for “Q-104.3” – New York’s Classic Rock” since 5.3 in November 2017. A decline of six-tenths (4.6 – 4.0, steady at #7, 6+) takes Pillar of Fire contemporary Christian WAWZ “Star 99.1” to its lowest 6+-stat (4.0) since 3.7 in “Holiday” 2017. Three consecutive Middlesex-Somerset-Union increases by Cumulus Media country outlet WNSH combined for a +1.8 (2.2 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 4.0, 6+), but “94.7 Nash FM” is off three-tenths in June to 3.7 (6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #11). May’s 4.0 is the strongest 6+-showing for WNSH in this New Jersey market since June 2016 (4.0, as well).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

| July 12, 2017

Salem to Hold White House Radio Broadcast. The theme of the July 25 special broadcast from the White House will be “Made in America” and will feature senior members of the Trump Administration as guests on some 20 Salem Media Group radio shows.  The press statement from Salem says that the special broadcast day is “part of a larger White House effort to broaden media access and bring in more local and regional media, including talk radio.”  Salem’s nationally syndicated talk radio hosts – Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Larry Elder and Eric Metaxas – will be joined by 13 local hosts from Salem Media Group-owned stations and will total 36 hours of live radio programming between the hours of 6:00 am to 9:00 pm ET on that day.  Salem Media Group CEO Ed Atsinger comments, “Donald Trump ran an unconventional campaign that reflected a broad public discontent with the status quo, and despite intense opposition and overwhelming odds, he was successful.  There is an unprecedented level of public interest in what is happening in Washington, DC…Salem Media Group’s audiences are highly active politically and very interested in both the policy components of the president’s agenda, as well as how the administration is accomplishing its objectives.”

Entercom Recruits Larkin for Regional VP Position. Radio management pro Susan Larkin is joining Entercom as a regional vice president.  She’s most recently been serving in the same capacity with Cox Media Group, in charge of the Orlando and Jacksonville markets.  During her career she also served with ABC-Disney in the Twin Cities.  Entercom COO Weezie Kramer states, “Susan is a highly respected and top-performing radio veteran with a winning track record.  At Entercom, we are committed to being a best-in-class organization with A-level talent and we are excited to have Susan on board with us at this transformational time.”

Cumulus Unveils Its ‘Digital C-Suite.’ The Cumulus Digital C-Suite is a “comprehensive portfolio of digital marketing solutions” that Cumulus sellers will represent to local businesses in its 90 U.S. markets. Cumulus says it’s a “flexible local marketing solution, currently featuring digital solutions in three distinct areas that can be used in any combination to achieve a local advertiser’s digital marketing goal.  Local businesses can now work with a single point of contact to create stand-alone radio or digital campaigns, or holistic multi-media strategies.”  Cumulus Media president and CEO Mary Berner states, “Cumulus is offering local marketers the formidable reach, frequency, and recall of radio combined with comprehensive custom digital marketing solutions that we know engage consumers.  We spent the last year in market testing digital solutions with local advertisers and have pulled together the most effective products that delivered the best results.  With C-Suite, our advertisers can now work with one partner to coordinate and optimize their campaign, messaging, and creative across multiple platforms.”  VP of digital operations and business development Larry Linietsky adds, “We’re evolving our broadcast business to maximize digital and social in support of our local partners’ needs.  Our plan is to vigilantly watch the ever evolving digital technology landscape for new products, innovations and opportunities for inclusion in the Cumulus Digital C-Suite.”

Radio Drops Out of Top Five in BIA Kelsey’s Local Media Advertising Forecast.  In this mid-year update to the 2017 U.S. Local Ad Revenues Forecast from BIA Kelsey, radio drops from the #5 spot to #6 with forecast total revenue of $15.6 billion.  Mobile inches ahead of radio with 11% of the advertising pie, or $16 billion.  The five-year forecast report states that total U.S. ad revenue will reach “approximately $174 billion by 2021 (Compound Annual Growth Rate: 3.8%.) This growth will be driven by double-digit increases in mobile and social advertising and local online and mobile video, all slated to experience at least a 17% increase by 2021.  For 2017, the firm has slightly decreased their advertising estimate to $147.9 billion. An overall weaker than expected economy in the beginning of 2017 has led to softness in advertising revenues.  However, future growth in online/digital advertising revenues will be higher than originally predicted, with a 2016-2021 CAGR of 11.9%.  Over the same period, traditional advertising revenues will see a slight decrease in the 2016-2021 period with a CAGR of -0.6%.”  See more here.

Meg McDonald Rejoins TalkersRadio with Solo Short-Form Commentary.  Longtime public relations specialist Meg McDonald is enjoying a second career as a talk radio commentator.  The daughter of a Hollywood show biz couple (actress Elizabeth Fraser and dancer Ray McDonald), she earned tremendous notoriety for many years as one of Southern California’s leading publicists.  She ran her own LA-based company, McDonald Media Services, and was married to an accomplished broadcaster, the late-Brent Seltzer, for more than three decades.  When Seltzer died almost two years ago, the couple were in the process of co-hosting a new, rapidly-growing, syndicated husband/wife midday chat show “Brent and Meg” on the Genesis Communications Network (GCN) that had gotten its launch as an experimental project on TalkersRadio.  Now McDonald is back as a solo performer with a compelling, short-form radio feature simply titled, “MEG!”  It’s a 2½-minute feature that showcases her unique and quirky observations about the “things and events” of daily life.  TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison describes McDonald as “a female version of the late-Andy Rooney, only far less curmudgeonly.”  “MEG!” can be used as a stand-alone interstitial feature or as an accompanying “kicker” for an already-existing radio program.  TalkersRadio is an experimental radio lab designed to give talent, programmers and producers a platform and industry showcase to try out new ideas and projects for talk radio.  Since its inception in 2013, TalkersRadio has launched a number of programs that have gone on to terrestrial radio success – the most recent being “American Family Farmer” with Doug Stephan, now heard weekends on approximately 150 terrestrial stations across the nation.  At the time of his death, Alan Colmes was experimenting with a program titled “Healed Planet” that explored the boundaries of human consciousness.  These shows are archived at TalkersRadio which can be accessed by clicking here.   For more information about TalkersRadio call GM David Bernstein at 413-565-5413.

TALKERS 2017 Convention Videos Continue Posting Today (7/12) with Joe Madison, Sharon Madison and Dave Gorab.  The entire agenda of the recent Talkers 2017: A New Era national talk media convention has been video recorded and its sessions are being posted to Talkers.com – one event per day.  Already posted are the “Welcoming Remarks” by WMAL, Washington, DC afternoon drive host Larry O’ Connor (including an introduction by TalkersRadio GM David Bernstein); the special presentation “You HAVE Options” by consultant Holland Cooke (including an introduction by Yappy Days author Bernadette Duncan); the “Fireside Chat” between TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison and Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity (with introduction by Westwood One host Jim Bohannon); the “Fireside Chat” between TALKERS managing editor  Mike Kinosian and WFAN, New York sports talk show host Mike Francesa (with introduction by Sabo Media CEO Walter Sabo); the special presentation “The Trump Effect: Latest Research of Interest to News/Talk Radio” by Salem Radio Network SVP Phil Boyce (with introduction by Pioneer Valley Radio GM/host Brad Shepard); the special presentation “Podcasting and Local Radio” by PodcastOne excutive chairman Norm Pattiz (with introduction by Hubbard Radio SVP/programming Greg Strassell); and the first and second in a series of three consecutive “one-on-one” sessions discussing the topic “Maximizing Talk Radio’s Multi-Platform Potential for Reach and Revenue” beginning with a conversation between WABC, New York, PD Craig Schwalb and KGO, San Francisco host Ethan Bearman (facilitated by Sirius/XM Satellite Radio host Karen Hunter) as well as the second in that series featuring Bold Gold Media Group president/CEO Vince Benedetto in conversation with DGital Media managing partner Ron Hartenbaum, plus the third in the series featuring a conversation between nationally syndicated host Dr. Asa Andrew and TalkersRadio GM David Bernstein (facilitated by Sirius/XM Satellite Radio host Karen Hunter).  Today (7/12) TALKERS has posted a “one-on-one” chat titled “Radio That Makes a Difference” featuring the SiriusXM Satellite Radio husband/wife team of host Joe Madison and executive producer Sharon Madison (introduced by Sirius/XM Satellite Radio VP/GM talk programming Dave Gorab).  Within the following days and weeks, every session will be posted and will remain on Talkers.com for the rest of the year.  The Talkers 2017: A New Era video page is sponsored by Backbone NetworksBroadcasters General Store and Comrex Corp.  To view the video page of Talkers 2017: A New Era, please click here.

Trump Jr.- Russia Meeting, GOP Health Care Plan, North Korea Threats/China Responsibility, ‘Sixth Mass Extinction’ Controversy, Shia LeBeouf Arrest, and MLB All-Star Game Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (7/11). The controversy over Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with a Russian attorney promising dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign; the Republicans’ plan to attempt a vote on their health care plan before the August break; North Korea’s nuclear program and China’s statement that the hermit kingdom is not solely its responsibility; the concern of prominent zoologists that the world may be in a “sixth mass extinction” with large numbers of species disappearing; the flap over the arrest of actor Shia LeBeouf on public drunkenness charges; and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

SiriusXM Host Rick Ungar Guests on Harrison Podcast.  This week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” is the animation-heavyweight-turned-progressive-pundit, Rick Ungar.  Ungar, a former top executive with Marvel Entertainment and New World Animation, is the liberal co-host, with former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele, of the political talk show “Steele and Ungar” heard nightly on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s politically moderate POTUS Channel. The show is known for its collegial and civil approach to political left/right debate – a rarity in today’s radio.  Harrison and Ungar (who also writes the column “The Token Lefty” for Forbes.com) discuss a wide array of media topics including the moderate approach to political discussion, the POTUS Channel, the state of talk radio, and a whole bunch of cool stuff about superheroes, comics and animation in American popular culture.  Not to be missed!  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com.

 

 

Century Broadcasting Co-Founder George Collias Dead at 89.  According to a lengthy obit in the Chicago Tribune, George Collias – co-founder of Century Broadcasting – died of complications from Alzheimer ’s disease at age 89.  The Chicagoland native left his law practice in the mid-1960s and formed Century Broadcasting with a partner.  They started acquiring radio stations, first in suburban St. Louis (what became the legendary rock station KSHE-FM), then Dallas and Detroit and, in 1966 WFMF-FM in Chicago (currently WSHE-FM).  The company continued to buy FM stations in major markets – moves that many in the radio business thought were crazy, since FM was largely the domain of easy listening or Muzak at that time.  Few saw the rise of FM rock and pop stations on the horizon.  But Collias was proved prescient as the value of those stations skyrocketed in the 1970s.  Century began selling stations in the 1980s and by 1997 – a year after the Telecommunications Act of 1996 – Collias had sold his last station.  He confessed to the Tribune in a 1997 article that he thought the business would be successful, but he did not know it would reap the rewards it did.  Read the Tribune obit here.

Tony & Kris Named WIVK, Knoxville Morning Show. Knoxville country outlet WIVK finds a replacement for the popular “Andy & Alison” morning show, signing Tony Randall and Kris Rochester to handle the wake-up show.  Cumulus Media says that after a nationwide search, the station is hiring only the fourth morning show in the history of the station.  “Andy & Alison” retired earlier this year after 20 years with the station to leave the radio business.  “Tony & Kris” were most recently syndicated via United Stations Radio Networks.  They began their career together in 1991 at WHMA, Anniston-Oxford, Alabama.  Cumulus Knoxville VP/market manager Ken Salyer states, “The excitement level of the staff at the hiring of ‘Tony & Kris’ speaks to their track record of success.”  In addition to hosting mornings, the duo will develop a new, music-based weekend show for WIVK.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

| February 28, 2017

AP Sues Ingraham’s LifeZette Inc. for Non-Payment.  In a suit filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court, the Associated Press has filed suit against the Laura Ingraham-operated LifeZette Inc. alleging the company defaulted on payments for providing it with its news service.  In its suit, the AP documents that LifeZette agreed to pay $4,200 per month for 12 months for a digital current news license.  After not receiving timely payments, AP suspended the service to LifeZette.  LifeZette did remit a payment of $42,611.71 but the check was returned for insufficient funds.  AP is seeking a total of $49,267.39 plus interest from the date of judgement at 18%, as per the contract.

New Shows Hit Air at KTXX, Austin.  There are a few programming changes at Genuine Austin Radio-owned sports talk KTXX “104.9 The Horn.”  Geoff Ketchum returns to the station – he hosted a show there from 2008 through 2012 – to handle the 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm show.  Additonally, weekend shows are joining the program schedule.  Former Longhorns and NFL players Kasey Studdard and Lyle Sandlein are hosting a Saturday morning show called, “The Big Ugly Outdoors.”  Also on Saturdays, the station adds Texas Motor Speedway’s “Total Access” with hosts Rich Phillips and Katie Tull.

10th Annual Hersky Awards.  Today, TALKERS magazine presents the winners of the 10th Annual Hersky Awards, as determined by talk radio sales maven (and H&H Communications president) Al Herskovitz.  Regular TALKERS readers are aware that each year, Herskovitz gives a nod – no statuette – to those broadcasters and advertisers that stand out among the crowd in the world of talk radio advertising.  To read about this year’s winners, click here.

Longtime ABC News Radio Correspondent Bill Diehl Publishes Memoir.  Radio pros who worked at stations that carried ABC News Radio know the name Bill Diehl.  He was a correspondent for the news organization for almost 50 years, covering the world of entertainment and, during that time, interviewed some of the biggest names in showbiz, including Cher, Tom Hanks and Jane Fonda.  Serving as chief entertainment reporter, he also covered all the major awards shows: The Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys.  Now, he’s published his memoir titled, Stay Tuned: My Life Behind the Mic.  Diehl says, “I have a great love for covering the world of entertainment, a passion, really.  And while I still periodically contribute celebrity interviews to the ABC News Radio ‘Perspective’ program, those award-show days are getting smaller and smaller in my rearview mirror.  So, I decided to reminisce ‘out loud,’ if you will, sharing favorite remembrances with others through a book that’s filled with photos and excerpts of some of my most memorable interviews – including those with Oscar nominees or Oscar winners I’ve put my mic in front of on a few red carpets over the years.” Check it out at bdiehl.com.

Trump’s Address to Congress, ObamaCare Overhaul, Trump Budget Plan, Trump vs News Media, White House Leaks Crackdown, North Korea Executions, Oscar Snafu, Tourists to Circle Moon, and NBA/NHL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/27).  The build-up to this evening’s address to Congress by President Donald Trump; the anticipation of an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act by the GOP and the Trump Administration; Trump’s budget plan that includes ramping up military spending by $53 billion; Trump’s ongoing war against the news media, including last week’s exclusion of several news organizations at a press conference; the Trump Administration’s concerns about leaks, including Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s searching of staffers’ phones; the execution of five national security staffers by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un; the envelope mix-up at Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony; Elon Musk’s announcement a couple will take a trip around the moon and back next year; and NBA and NHL action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

 

 

Jackson Blue Partners with Hannah Byrom for AMs on WKLB, Boston.  Moving over from his afternoon drive show on Beasley Media Group’s urban contemporary WBQT “HOT 96.9” is Jackson Blue, who is joining Hannah Byrom to host the morning show on WKLB “Country 102.5.”  Beasley Boston director of programming Cadillac Jack comments, “I’ve had the pleasure of having a ‘front row seat’ to watch Jackson’s growth over the past 15 years and feel proud to promote such a talented personality from within our Beasley Boston cluster to this key position.  Here’s to the success that Jackson and ‘Country 102.5’ will undoubtedly enjoy for years to come!”

More Music Radio News and Career Moves. Spanish language broadcaster SBS announces that its New York City outlet WSKQ-FM “Mega 97.9” has achieved an historic milestone, claiming the #1 ranking for two major demos — A 18-34, A 18-49 — in Nielsen‘s January PPM survey among all radio stations serving the Tri-State area, regardless of language or format.  SBS says that the recent ratings rank WSKQ-FM as not only the most-listened-to station in the New York metro but as the #1 ranked Latino station in the nation…..In San Diego, Zach Van Lue assumes the afternoon drive daypart at Local Media San Diego’s alternative XETRA “91X.”  Van Lue comes to San Diego from Seattle where he’s been the evening host for the past three years at Entercom’s alternative KNDD “107.7 The End.”…..Cumulus Media and rock WAQX, Syracuse “95X” afternoon air personality Big Smoothie, a.k.a. Jamie Hantke, part ways after an eight-year relationship.  Hantke tells Syracuse.com that the move was not his choice, but refused to elaborate.   The station is also not commenting…..Morning drive personality Sean McMaster announces his exit from Townsquare Media’s country WGNA, Albany.  He posted on Facebook: “Today was my last day at WGNA.  After more than 20 years of sharing my life with the greatest listeners of all time, this even to me, seems to be unbelievable.  I have taken my role as an advocate of my listeners very seriously through the years and I hope that you will all support me in what was the hardest decision I have ever made.”…..In Bend, Oregon, Horizon Broadcasting adds Danni K., a.k.a. Danielle Keys, to the morning show alongside Kit Mann on its hot AC KWPK “The Peak 104.1.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

| October 12, 2016

Cumulus Shareholders Approve Reverse Stock Split.  The vote among Cumulus Media shareholders took place today and becomes effective at 5:00 pm ET.  This move consists of a 1-for-8 reverse split – eight shares cumulus-logoof the company’s Class A common stock will be converted into one share – to increase the price of each share.  There will be no fractional shares issued; they will be rounded up to whole shares.  This obviously results in a reduction of the number of authorized shares of common stock.  Cumulus Media’s stock has been trading for less than $ 0.75 per share for most of the past year.

Charlie Sykes’ Exit from WTMJ, Milwaukee Presents Options for New Show.  In a piece published in the Milwaukee Business Journal, WTMJ VP/GM Tom Langmyer says that the station will not be limiting its search Radio 620 WTMJ - WRS (662c)for a replacement for talk host Charlie Sykes to a “political host.”  Sykes’ national profile has grown over the last year due to his refusal to support the candidacy of Donald Trump for president.  As a conservative media icon in the state – Sykes founded the conservative media site RightWisconsin.com – his approach to his radio program has also been politically focused.  Langmyer has already announced that Jeff Wagner’s program will move into the 8:30 am to 12:00 noon slot currently occupied by Sykes, leaving the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daypart the one to be filled.  Referring to the station’s programming philosophy, Langmyer says, “Over the last couple of years, (we have) focused on a more inclusive feel.  We have definitely broadened our scope and appeal to what WTMJ means to the community overall.”  You can read the entire piece here.

Evening Personality Joe DeCamara Exits WPEN-FM, Philadelphia.  Both Crossing Broad and Philly.com are reporting that evening sports talk host Joe DeCamara has exited Greater Media’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” where he’s been host of the 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm show since April of 2015.  DeCamara first joined thewpen-fm station in 2005.  WPEN-FM, along with the other Greater Media signals in Philly, is in the process of being acquired by Beasley Broadcast Group.  Just last month, Jon Marks exited the WPEN-FM morning program hosted by Anthony Gargano.  Three other staffers were let go at the time the Greater Media-Beasley deal was announced.  There’s no word from Greater Media about its plans for replacing DeCamara.  Staffer Matt Lombardo hosted the show last night (10/11).

oshaughnessywilliamWilliam O’Shaughnessy Goes to Bat for Billy Bush.  New York broadcaster William O’Shaughnessy pens an opinion piece addressing the character of embattled NBC-TV personality Billy Bush.  O’Shaughnessy says, in so many words, what a shame it would be for Bush to lose his position with NBC due do his role in the Donald Trump hot-mic case that’s plaguing the Republican nominee.  Read it here.

londoncallingimageNew Episode of International Talk Show ‘London Calling with Graham Mack’ Posted Today.   Episode 4 of the exciting new TalkersRadio weekly program “London Calling” is posted today (10/12).  The experimental show that swaps news, views and information between the US and Great Britain, hosted by award-winning English talk host Graham Mack, features a conversation with an icon of British broadcasting who happens to be an American, Paul Gambaccini.  Mack talks about a possible fist fight in the European Parliament and he hears from a listener named Linda Lee King in California who discovered the show via an interview Mack did on Chicago radio, plus Michael Harrison checks in from Massachusetts to discuss Brexit.  To hear the show in its entirety please go directly to TalkersRadio by clicking here.

Odds & Sods. At iHeartMedia’s Tampa sports talker WDAE, the local morning drive program co-hosted by Tampa Bay Times writers Rick Stroud and Tom Jones is cancelled in favor of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show…..WTMJ, Milwaukee is once again producing a holiday radio show.  This year, the Scripps-owned station is doing “It’s a Wonderful Life,” featuring radio personalities Charlie Sykes, Jeff Wagner, Gene Mueller, Greg Matzek, Wayne Larrivee and a cast of other WTMJ hosts and local voices.  It will take place live at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall on November 29 and be replayed on the radio throughout the holiday season.

The Presidential Race/Debate and Trump Hot-Mic Aftermath, Clinton Wikileaks Docs, Syria Civil War/Russian Military Involvement, Hurricane Matthew Destruction, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Crisis, MLB Playoffs, and NFL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/11).  The presidential race, including the Sunday evening debate and the “Access Hollywood” hot-mic issue; the Wikileaks release of revealing emails between Hillary Clinton and John Podesta; the civil conflict in Syria and the Russian military’s role in recent deadly attacks on civilians; the destruction in the Carolinas from Hurricane Matthew; the problems facing Samsung due to the exploding Galaxy Note 7 phone; the Major League Baseball playoffs; and the weekend’s NFL action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

| October 6, 2016

J.D. Crowley Named EVP Digital for CBS RADIO.  Moving over from the CBS Television division where he was SVP and GM of digital media is J.D. Crowley, who takes on the EVP of digital role for CBS RADIO.  The digital efforts he’ll be in charge of include: market-focused local websites operated jointly with CBS TV stations, local music and entertainment station websites, the streaming service Radio.com, podcast network Play.it, event crowleyjddiscovery business Eventful, mobile apps, and social media outreach.  Crowley is expected to develop and lead the future strategy of these properties while collaborating on their present operations with CBS Local Digital Media, a division of CBS Corporation which currently manages the assets.  In connection with its separation from CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO plans to continue to collaborate with CBS Local Digital Media via a joint digital services agreement.  Crowley says, “Local stations are the bedrock of any radio company and through our digital portfolio we are able to enrich listeners’ daily experience by reaching them wherever and whenever.  With a focus on world-class products and industry-leading storytelling and experiences, I’m confident our digital efforts will help pave our road to success while retaining the personal connection with our audience that radio has always delivered.  I am honored and excited to join CBS RADIO and look forward to working with the team to reimagine our future.”

emmis-logoEmmis Fiscal Q2 Radio Net Revenue Down 3.3%.  The fiscal second quarter numbers from Emmis Communications come as tomorrow’s deadline for Emmis chairman Jeff Smulyan’s $4.10 per share offer to take the company private approaches.  Regarding the company’s second quarter performance, Smulyan says, “Across the board, this was a difficult quarter.  Third quarter radio revenues are currently pacing flat to the prior year.  We are hopeful that we will see political advertising tailwinds strengthen as we move through October.  We are increasing marketing spend at some of our largest brands to boost ratings and to give us a competitive advantage.”

Wildman Appointed VP, Strategic Partnerships for Westwood One.  Advertising pro Mark Wildman comes to Westwood One as SVP, strategic partnerships from his previous role with William Morris.  There, he was responsible for selling media, sponsorship, and content programs to clients by leveraging WME/IMG’swildmanmark entertainment, sports, and music event platforms and talent resources.  His worked closely with a number of high-profile brands, including ABInBev, Heineken, Ford, Cadillac, Samsung, Gatorade, and Pepsi.  At Westwood One, Wildman is “charged with leveraging Westwood One’s vast portfolio of multimedia assets including award-winning content, digital audio, and experiential opportunities across marquee events such as The GRAMMYS, Super Bowl, ACMs, Billboard Music Awards, and American Music Awards, just to name a few.”  Westwood One president Steve Shaw states, “Mark is an expert in packaging and selling original content and media programs to clients across multiple platforms.  We are excited to have him join the company at a time of unprecedented ratings growth with strong engagement metrics.”

londoncallingimageNew Episode of International Talk Show ‘London Calling with Graham Mack’ Posted Today.   Episode 3 of the exciting new TalkersRadio weekly program “London Calling” is posted today (10/6).  The experimental show that swaps news, views and information between the US and Great Britain, hosted by award-winning English talk host Graham Mack, features Dr. Alison Cronin, who runs an ape and monkey rescue center on England’s south coast.  She’s originally from California, has been awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II, and has become quite famous in the UK because of a reality TV show called “Monkey Life.”  There’s also a call from Darren who talks about throwing bottles at the police and audio from the talk Mack gave at the Royal Institution in London.  To hear the show in its entirety please go directly to TalkersRadio by clicking here.

The Presidential Race/VP Debate, Hurricane Matthew, NSA Contractor Arrested, Syria Civil War/U.S.-Russia Tensions, MLB Playoffs, and NFL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/5). The activities of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, plus the aftermath of the vice presidential candidates’ debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence; the potential for Hurricane Matthew to hit the Southeast U.S. hard; the arrest of a National Security Agency contractor suspected of stealing state secrets; the ongoing Syrian civil war and the military tensions between the U.S. and Russia; the Major League Baseball playoffs, and National Football League action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

nab-logoNAB Provides Digital Toolkit for Stations to Combat Opioid Abuse Epidemic.  Stations wishing to join the National Association of Broadcasters and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids in combating the nation’s opioid abuse crisis can access a digital tool kit that provides PSAs, digital messaging and programming ideas for broadcasters to educate their communities.  At a September 13 press conference featuring prominent broadcasters and legislators, the NAB reported that nearly 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.  It is making these resources and more available to the media.  See more here.

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German TV Visits KHTE-FM, Little Rock’s Dave Elswick.  Pictured above is a German television crew reporting for the N24 network in studios of KHTE-FM, Little Rock “965FM The Answer.”  Afternoon drive host Dave Elswick tells TALKERS the crew was reporting on the U.S. election and was in Arkansas to find out how Arkansans feel about former First Lady Hillary Clinton.  Elswick (far right obscured by mic) says correspondent Stephan Strothe (center) sat in on the show for an hour and “was amazed how disliked the former First Lady is in the state.  She trails Trump in Arkansas polls by nearly 20 points.”

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

| October 20, 2015

freemanbrianCurtis Media and WPTF, Raleigh to Fill Exiting Brian Freeman’s Roles.  Relocating to the Naples-Ft. Myers area where his family owns a home is Brian Freeman who’s been morning drivewptf logo personality at Curtis Media news/talk flagship WPTF, Raleigh.  Freeman was also PD for the station and director of spoken word formats for the company.  Announcing his exit via Facebook, Freeman says he’s seeking work in the Naples-Ft. Myers market.  “My time at Curtis Media Group has been one of the best experiences of my lengthy career.  Special thanks go out to Don Curtis, Trip Savery, David Stuckey, David Lewis and all my fellow co-workers.”

kantordavidDavid Kantor to Head Radio One’s Radio Group.  Radio executive David Kantor moves from his position as president and CEO of Radio One’s syndication arm Reach Media to CEO of Radio One’s radio division, putting him in charge of the company’s 54 stations in 16 markets.  In making the announcement, Radio One president and CEO Alfred Liggins comments, “I’ve been partners with David (and Tom Joyner) in Reach Media for 11 years.  I highly respect his work ethic and intelligence.  David’s skill set, his business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit are second to none.  I’m excited about his leadership of our network and local radio business and I have every confidence that he will do an outstanding job.”

Odds & Sods.  A new talk station launches in the Mobile market after Cumulus Media splits the simulcast ofstephandoug Gospel WXQW and WGOK and turns WXQW into “660 News/Information.”  The lineup includes Doug levinmarkStephan’s “Good Day” in morning drive, WMAL-AM/FM, Washington-based Chris Plante for late mornings, Westwood One’s Phil Valentine in PM drive, Mark Levin in evenings plus WW1’s “Red Eye Radio,” “America in the Morning” and “First Light” programs…..A new Sunday program launches on Salem Media’s WNYM, New York “AM 970 The Answer” on October 25.  “Effective Radio with Bill Samuels” is the creation of New York activist Bill Samuels and promises to be a show “about action.”  Samuels says the show will be a potent vehicle to “channel the collective energy and brainpower of New Yorkers to actually do something about” the city’s problems.  The show airs from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon and will be produced and co-hosted by Morgan Pehme, executivefoxxleno director of Samuels’ nonprofit advocacy organization EffectiveNY.  WNYM’s Frank Morano will serve as supervising producer…..SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series of Q&As before a live studio audience continues, this time from Jay Leno’s garage in Los Angeles with Jamie Foxx serving as host.  During the show, Leno speaks with Foxx and answers questions from SiriusXM listeners about his career, his years hosting “The Tonight Show” and his new CNBC series “Jay Leno’s Garage.”…..Red Zebra Broadcasting reports that just two months after making its WTEM, Washington “ESPN 980” station app available to listeners, it’s been downloaded more than 23,000 times.  Red Zebra Broadcasting president and CEO Rick Carmean says, “The way people are consuming radio is changing. In the near future, the primary method of reaching listeners will most likely noorygeorgebe through their mobile device.  The mobile app should give sports talk formats a big advantage going forward if the radio station provides good content and strong talent.”…..The Halloween eve tradition continues on Premiere Networks’ “Coast to Coast AM” as host George Noory welcomes paranormal expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley.  She’ll discuss the mystical powers of black mirrors for the first hour of the program, followed by three hours of ghost stories and open-line callers as “Ghost to Ghost AM” takes to the airwaves.

buckjoeUndeniableDIRECTV Making ‘Undeniable With Joe Buck’ Available to Radio Stations.  The new weekly DIRECTV program, “Undeniable With Joe Buck,” is being made available to sports and news/talk radio stations.  DIRECTV says that new episodes of the show will air each Wednesday evening and radio partners will be able to re-broadcast the audio the following day.  The one-hour program will be formatted to allow stations to sell time during the show.  The guests being interviewed by Joe Buck this first season of the program include: Derek Jeter, Abby Wambach, Troy Aikman, Chuck Liddell, Michael Phelps, Jimmy Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, Bob Baffert, George St. Pierre, and Jerry Jones.

talkersradio logoClaire Carter Launches New Show on TalkersRadio.  Veteran talk pro Claire Carter, founder of The Good For You Network – an internet venture that provides news and information that is “good for you to know about” (personal,carterclaire national and global well-being) – has launched a new radio program titled, “Good For You Radio,” that debuts today (10/20) on TalkersRadio.  TalkersRadio is an online platform hosted and operated by TALKERS magazine to serve as an experimental lab and showcase for innovative new concepts and shows in development in talk radio programming.  Carter’s career experience includes hosting television shows for FX Cable and CNBC, guest hosting on the ABC and CBS Radio Networks, writing for PARADE magazine, providing media training and teaching “The Art of Interviewing” for the New School for Social Research.  Carter’s debut installments feature an in-depth, personal conversation with noted life coach Mike Jaffe — author of Wake Up! Your life is Calling: Why Settle for Fine When So Much More is Possible? (Author House, 2011) — about how the events of 9/11 transformed his career and life; an informative wake-up call with Dr. Peter Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, about the vulnerability of America’s grid to terrorist attack; and an interview with Dr. Mark Liponis, corporate medical director of Canyon Ranch, about new ways of dealing with catastrophic diseases.  On announcing the launch of this new program, TALKERS GM of broadcast operations David Bernstein says, “Working with Claire Carter on this project is deeply satisfying to me as both a broadcaster and a human being.  She is an extraordinarily intelligent, articulate and sensitive conversationalist who goes deep into her subjects and creates a meaningful listening experience about the truly important stuff of life.  Like so many shows that have gotten their start on TalkersRadio, I am confident that ‘Good For You Radio’ has a bright future.”  To listen to the program, please click here.

knmlCondit15Native Son Visits KNML, Albuquerque.  UFC fighter Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit (center) poses for a photo in the KNML, Albuquerque studios with “The Opening Drive” personalities Jeff Siembieda (left) and JJ Buck (right).  Condit is an Albuquerque native and resident who will fight for the UFC welterweight title in Las Vegas on January 2, 2016.

2016 Presidential Race, Looming Clinton Benghazi Testimony, Liberal Party Sweeps Canadian Elections, Syria and ISIS Military Campaigns, Israel Violence, Release of Truth Film, and MLB Playoffs and NFL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/19).  The activities of the candidates for president in 2016; Thursday’s testimony from Hillary Clinton about the deadly Benghazi attacks; Canada’s Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau sweeps Canada’s elections; the military campaigns being waged in Syria and against ISIS by Russia and the U.S.; ongoing violence between Palestinians and Israelis; the release of the film Truth detailing CBS’ investigation into George W. Bush’s Texas National Guard Service; and the MLB playoff games and the weekend’s NFL contests were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

| February 24, 2015

2015 NYC 150Sean Hannity to Moderate Major Panel Session, “The State of Radio Ratings,” at Talkers New York 2015. Continuing with an important theme that he has discussed at prior TALKERS conferences, Premiere Radio Networks and Fox News Channel talk icon Sean Hannity will moderate a panel analyzing the changing relationship between talk radiohannity (as well as radio in general) and audience measurement methodology as we move further into the digital age. It is no secret that determining the methodology to properly and fairly balance (and credit) listenership to radio programming on both terrestrial and online platforms has been a bumpy transition creating challenges for radio programmers and sellers alike. Joining Hannity will be a stellar panel including (in alphabetical order): Erica Farber, farberericapresident/CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau; Phil Boyce, SVP/Spoken Word Format, Salem Media Group and Salem Radio Network, operations VP, New York Region; Steve Goldstein, EVP, Sagaboycephil Communications; Tom Langmyer, VP/GM, Milwaukee radio operations, VP/news-talk programming, Journal Broadcast Group, and Greg Moceri, CEO, Moceri Media. The panel will be joined by a yet-to-be-named representative of Nielsen Audio. The session will be held as part of the power-packed, day-long “Talkers New York 2015” on Friday, June 12 at the India House Club in the Big Apple’s historic Financial goldsteinsteveDistrict. This marks the 18th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important national convention. It will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of TALKERS magazinelangmyertom which was launched by Michael Harrison in the summer of 1990. Registrations are priced at $299 per person with an early bird, discounted cost of $249 available until 5:00 pm ET on Friday, February 27. Registrations, which are only open to professionals currently or recently employed in media-related industries, include all sessions, mocerigregpresentations, exhibits and breakfast/lunch/refreshment/and social networking activities. The heavyweight, non-stop agenda will include approximately 65 speakers and 500 attendees are again expected. Registrations can only be taken over the phone and paid for by credit card. For registration, sponsorship and hotel information, please call 413-565-5413. Again, an early sellout is expected, so avoid being shut out by registering now! More speakers, panelists and agenda updates will be announced here in the coming days.

talkersradio logoTalkersRadio Back for 2015 after Brief Retooling with Experimental Programs by Alan Colmes and Lionel.   TalkersRadio, the experimental internet radio platform launched by TALKERS in 2013, is back online after a two-month “re-tooling” in which several technological improvements were instituted and new ideas sorted out.  The platform is designed to serve as a workshop for new shows and concepts being developed as well as an industry showcase for programs about to be marketed.  On announcing the re-launch, TALKERS general manager of broadcast operations, David Bernstein states, “We are happy to be back up and running with great enthusiasm for the potential of this audio ‘stage.’  All of us at TALKERS are indeed proud of the remarkable success TalkersRadio has had in its first year-and-a-half providing a number of fine broadcasters the opportunity to work out new ideas and techniques, including having launched the terrestrial radio success of the Brent & Meg show and Doug Stephan’s ‘American Family Farmer.’”  The platform, described by TALKERS VP/executive editor Kevin Casey as “an audio gymnasium” is re-launching with two on-demand programs hosted by well-known hosts Alan Colmes and Lionel.  Colmes – star of Fox News Radio and the Fox News Channel – is continuing to work on a concept titled “Healed Planet” — far removed from his political fare — in which he interviews thought leaders in the human consciousness movement.  Lionel – an iconoclastic and legendary veteran of major radio and television stations and networks, currently seen and heard on his own LionelMedia.com, performs an exclusive, experimental program for TalkersRadio simply titled, “Lionel.”  In it, he amply displays his remarkable and compelling aptitude for stream of consciousness story-telling and observations of leading-edge issues.  According to Bernstein, “TalkersRadio will also be streaming live industry events and inner-industry forums in the coming weeks and months with an exciting ‘new and improved’ system powered by our colleagues at Backbone Networks in Boston.”  Bernstein encourages broadcasters with new ideas and concepts that might be of interest to TalkersRadio to get in touch with him at 413-565-5413.  To hear TalkersRadio, please click here.

podcastone logo‘Mogul Mom’s Playbook’ Debuts on PodcastOne.  Joining the growing stable of star-powered podcasts available via the Norm Pattiz-founded PodcastOne is “Mogul Mom’s Playbook with Shaunie and Stella.”   The new podcast focuses on the increasing commitment of moms to juggle kids, career, parenting and relationships and is hosted by “Basketball Wives” star and executive producer Shaunie O’Neal and famed executive producer and founder of Wikked Entertainment, Stella Bulochnikov.  The weekly program features the duo and their celebrity friends “as they share tips, advice, support and lots of laughs to encourage the everyday ‘superwoman.’”   Pattiz says, “We are thrilled to welcome Shaunie and Stella to our family of hosts.  Their expressive personalities are such a joy to be around and their ability to connect with women has been proven in their personal and professional lives.”

Odds & Sods.  The first of three Republican primary debates will be moderated by Salem Media Group talk show host Hugh Hewitt.  Salem is working with CNN to produce the RNChewitthughsanctioned debates.  According to a press release, Hewitt will also broadcast special editions of his talk show pre- and post-debate.  At the conclusion of the debate, candidates will be invited to join Hewitt to talk candidly about the event and the pressing issues facing the nation.  Hewitt says, “I am delighted to be included with journalists posing questions as part of one of America’s finest political traditions – the presidential debate.”…..The self-described “metaphysical/biographical” program, “Outer Limits Of Inner Truth,” is airing a special two-hour show on Thursday, February 26 to commemorate its one-year anniversary.  The program is distributed via Star Com Radio Networks and airs on more than 24 stations across the country…..SWN Communications, a Memphis-based provider of the “Inside Track” radio show dedicated to horse racing, announces the program – hosted by Charlie Ricks and Bernie Halprin – becomes available on Yahoo! Sports Radio’s national network effective February 28.

Rudy Giuliani Comments Controversy, Obama Amnesty Order Case, DHS Funding Battle, 2016 Presidential Prospects, Ukraine Tensions, Sunday’s Academy Awards, and Frigid Winter Weather Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/23).  The controversy over former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments about President Obama’s love of his country; debate over President Obama’s amnesty order and its effects; the congressional battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security; the potential candidates for president in 2016; the civil unrest in Ukraine and Russia’s role in the matter; the 87th Academy Awards; and the frigid weather affecting much of the country were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.

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