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Monday, October 12, 2020

| October 12, 2020

Monday Memo: Got Local News? Guard it. Now more than ever – with the pandemic upending the life we were accustomed to – consultant Holland Cooke says “you will continue to distinguish your product from your robotic audio competition, and what’s-left-of the newspaper, by telling listeners something useful that nobody else is telling them.”  In this week’s column, some simple tips. Read it here.

The Presidential Race/Mail-In Voting, Fatal Denver Rally Shooting, VP Debate, COVID-19 Stats & Projections/Trump’s COVID Case, New Stimulus Negotiations, Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation, Hurricane Delta-California Wildfires, and NFL COVID Concerns Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The November presidential election and the matter of mail-in voting; the fatal shooting at a Denver political protest gathering and tensions in the city; Wednesday’s vice presidential debate; the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S., projections for future cases, and President Trump‘s bout with the disease; negotiations for a new federal stimulus package; the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett; Hurricane Delta drenches Louisiana and the ongoing California wildfires; and the positive COVID-19 cases popping up in the NFL were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Pending Business: Take It or Leave It. Sales and marketing consultant Steve Lapa, president of Lapcom Communications, writes today about selling news/talk radio in a time when your sales planning priorities can shift as quickly as the news cycle changes. He says that “organizing chaos is part of our new sales world” and offers some strategies to keep sellers on track during these unpredictable times. Read it here.

Carmean Joins Entercom Sacto As GSM. The market president and chief revenue officer for Townsquare Media’s Boise (Idaho) cluster – Rick Carmean – is named general sales manager of Entercom Sacramento. According to Entercom Sacramento senior vice president and market manager Stacey Kauffman, “Because of the rich history and success of Entercom Sacramento’s portfolio of brands and assets, expectations are high for this team. Rick’s vast experience in audio, sports, and digital – coupled with his track record of producing winning results – make him an excellent and valuable addition to our strong leadership team. We are excited to welcome Rick to Entercom and Sacramento.” Carmean adds, “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to represent the top-rated radio stations in the market and work with a talented team of sales professionals and on-air talent.” Carmean previously was Red Zebra Broadcasting’s president and chief executive officer and held digital advertising leadership roles at AOL and Source Media. In addition to sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN 1320,” Entercom Sacramento consists of rhythmic CHR KSFM; CHR KUDL “106.5 The End”; classic rock KSEG “96.9 The Eagle”; KRXQ “98 Rock”; and alternative KKDO “Alt 94-7.”

More Than 2,100 “Attend” NAB’s Online Radio Show. The week-long digital experience began one week ago (Monday, 10/5) and continued through this past Friday afternoon (10/9) at RadioShowWeb.com. According to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Radio Show in-person attendance has recently been averaging 2,000, while this year’s online event attracted 2,143 registrants. NAB president and chief executive officer Gordon Smith comments, “Although we regret not being able to meet in person, this [past] week’s Radio Show digital experience provided a welcome opportunity to connect and gain valuable insight on how to prevail during this difficult time and move forward as an industry.” RAB president and chief executive officer Erica Farber remarks, “The Radio Show is an industry favorite. Having the opportunity to gather virtually and connect with broadcasters, advertisers, thought leaders, and partners has been tremendously valuable. The good news is all Radio Show content will continue to be made available for on-demand viewing should anyone want to re-watch a specific session or may have missed any of the sessions or presentations.” Among the highlights were a keynote by Dave Ramsey, and a “CEO Town Hall” with Mary Berner (Cumulus Media); David Field (Entercom); and Bob Pittman (iHeartMedia). The Town Hall was moderated by NBC News senior business correspondent/MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle. Next year’s Radio Show will co-locate with the NAB Show, which has been rescheduled for October 9-13 (2021) in Las Vegas.

KBA Honors Talbott. Bluegrass native Julie Talbott will be presented with the Ralph Gabbard “Distinguished Kentuckian Award” from the Kentucky Broadcasters Association at today’s (Monday, 10/12) 2:00 pm virtual Excellence in Broadcasting Awards event. Fifteen years after joining Premiere Networks, Talbott was named president of the company in January 2014 ; she oversees operation of Premiere Networks’ more than 100 radio programs and services. In addition, she manages business partnerships with talent, as well as leading/maintaining affiliate relationships to sell/service Premiere Networks, Total Traffic & Weather Network, and the 24/7 News Network. Talbott previously was chief operating officer of MJI Broadcasting, which was acquired by Premiere’s parent company Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia). Talbott began her career at BBDO Advertising. The Ralph Gabbard “Distinguished Kentuckian Award” is presented in recognition of achievements and accomplishments of former Kentuckians who have earned fame or acclaim in their respected field.

AWMF and ESPN Launch Scholarship For Black Females. The mission of the partnership between the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and ESPN is to provide black women a path into careers in sports media. ESPN’s donation of $10,000 will provide two educational scholarships to assist black females pursuing such career paths. Alliance for Women in Media Foundation executive director Becky Brooks remarks, “It has been wonderful to collaborate with ESPN to conceptualize this scholarship. Through this strong partnership, we’re proud to continue our work in pursuing greater diversity in the sports journalism work force.” ESPN vice president of corporate communications/AWMF board member Katina Arnold notes, “Diversity and inclusion is ESPN’s #1 focus. We want to support and create concrete ways to grow the pipeline of black talent in the sports industry. The ESPN and AWMF scholarship is the perfect way to fulfill ESPN’s mission of supporting black and African-American women pursuing careers in media.” Selection of student winners will be based on applicants developing an essay of 750 – 1,000 words, highlighting the importance of black women in sports media. Applications are due in less than six weeks (11/20). AWMF and ESPN will select one black female undergraduate student winner and one black female graduate student to receive the scholarships payable to each winning student’s educational institution.

TALKERS News Notes. Former CIA officer and NYPD counter-terrorism expert Buck Sexton debuts his Premiere Networks’ three-hour show in Tampa Bay tonight (Monday, 10/12, 9:00 pm – 12:00 midnight) on iHeartMedia’s WFLA “News Radio 970.” Senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Tampa/Sarasota Tommy Chuck comments, “We are excited to have Buck Sexton join our on-air lineup of strong local and national personalities. His life experience gives him unique perspective that our audience will be very interested to hear.” Sexton adds, “I’m honored to have my show join WFLA, [one of] the greatest heritage stations in the country. I can’t wait to begin speaking every night to listeners in the Tampa Bay area, one of the best talk radio audiences there is.” WFLA’s revised weekday lineup is: “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory” (12:00 midnight – 5:00 am); “AM Tampa Bay” (5:00  am – 9:00 am); Glenn Beck (9:00 am – 12:00 noon); Rush Limbaugh (12:00 noon – 3:00 pm); Sean Hannity (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm); “PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman” (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm); and Buck Sexton (9:00 pm – 12:00 midnight). Also in the iHeartMedia Tampa Bay cluster, personal finance host Dave Ramsey moves his daily talk show to news/talk WHNZ “1250 Impact Radio” from cross-town Beasley Media Group’s WHFS “Money Talk 1010.” According to iHeartMedia market president Chris Soechtig, “We’re excited to add ‘The Dave Ramsey Show to our [2:00 pm – 5:00 pm] line-up. [Dave] brings a new group of listeners to 1250 WHNZ who pay attention to what’s coming out of their speakers and applying what they hear.” ….. Designed to encourage eligible voters to cast ballots in next month’s election, Beasley Media Group’s “Your Vote – Your Voice” initiative will include recorded fifteen- and thirty-second PSAs, as well as custom content that will be featured on the chain’s 64 radio station websites. Beasley Media Group chief content officer Justin Chase notes, “This initiative is a great reminder that no matter who you choose, it’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the polls.” Customized messaging encouraging listeners to vote will be displayed using Quu RDS technology across the company’s in-car dash platforms ….. Technology entrepreneur Matt Moog is named interim chief operating officer of Chicago Public Media, which includes public radio news/talk WBEZ. Moog succeeds Steve Edwards, who performed those duties on an interim basis as well, but segues back to his vice president and chief content officer responsibilities. Chicago Public Media’s CEO role opened up a year ago when Goli Sheikholeslami exited to join New York Public Radio. Earlier this year, American University Washington, DC public radio news/talk WAMU “The Medium Is The Message” chief content officer Andi McDaniel was appointed CPM’s chief executive officer, but departed. The search for a permanent Chicago Public Media CEO is expected to resume next year ….. During a Washington State gubernatorial debate last week, governor Jay Inslee remarked that, “We follow science in Washington.” Bonneville Seattle news/talk KIRO-FM host Dori Monson tweeted, “The state where I could go to Olympia and change my ‘birth cert’ to say I was a girl on 10/2/61 HAHAHAHAHA.” That tweet has led to Monson’s indefinite suspension from his KIRO-FM duties, as well as his pre-game and post-game hosting chores for Seattle Seahawks football games ….. An integral cog of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine,” Joe Morgan, has died at his Danville, California home. After his playing career, Morgan became a baseball analyst on television and radio. The former second baseman did color for games of the Reds (1985); San Francisco Giants (1986 – 1994); and Oakland A’s (1995). Morgan attained national exposure on ABC-TV’s baseball telecasts and had a 20-year run (1990 – 2010) as Jon Miller’s analyst on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” During that stretch, he was in the ESPN Radio booth for post-season and World Series contests. In 2011, he hosted a daily syndicated radio show for Sports USA Radio Network. In addition to the Reds, Morgan played for San Francisco, Oakland, Houston, and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Hall of Famer was 77 years old.

Midwest Communications Taps Villarreal As Wausau VP/MM. Eight-year Laredo, Texas-based International Business & Marketing consultant Milko Villarreal, Jr. is appointed vice president and market manager of Midwest Communications’ five-station Wausau, Wisconsin cluster. Midwest Communications president and chief executive officer Duke Wright comments, “We welcome Milko to the family and look forward to many successful and prosperous years to come. His passion and desire to win are a great fit for our already positive Wausau operation.” Villarreal, who begins his new assignment in three weeks (11/2), remarks, “I am thrilled to join Midwest. The Wright family has a long-standing tradition of excellence in broadcasting. Ideologically, and operationally, I believe we are a very good fit; I look forward to making a positive contribution.” The former NAB radio board member succeeds Brett Lucht, who passed away three months ago. In addition to news/talk WSAU and sports talk WRIG, Midwest Communications’ Wausau cluster consists of country WDEZ, CHR WIFC, and rock WOZZ.

NEP & Edison Research To Implement COVID-19-Related Protocols. The exit poll conducted by Edison Research on behalf of ABC News, CBS News, CNN, and NBC News, will begin interviewing voters at early voting locations around the country starting tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/13). Edison Research co-founder and executive vice president Joe Lenski states that, “More Americans are expected to vote before Election Day this year than any other election in history. The member networks of the National Election Pool (NEP) and Edison Research have developed innovative new techniques to account for that in our long-standing exit poll. In 2018, Edison and the NEP pioneered the technique of conducting interviews at in-person early voting sites, and today, we’re using that valuable experience to expand those efforts for 2020. It’s simply a matter of taking our time-tested models and applying them to the ways people vote today.” In addition to adapting to the changing ways that voters cast their ballots, the NEP is taking precautions to ensure that voters participating in the in-person exit polls remain safe. Exit polls will be conducted by interviewers wearing masks, who will remain six feet away from respondents and will have single-use pencils available for each voter filling out the exit poll questionnaire. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available for voters to use before and after completing their exit polls. As it has since 2004, the NEP exit poll will include extensive telephone surveys of those planning to vote by mail to ensure that all voters are represented in Election Night coverage across the pool’s member networks and subscribers. This year, those polls will reach more than 25,000 voters casting ballots before Election Day.

“WTMJ 2021” Airs Tomorrow. The nine-hour broadcast (9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Tuesday, 10/13) on Good Karma Brands’ Milwaukee news/talk WMTJ “News Radio 620” looks at events and issues that will shape the year ahead. It will feature interviews with Wisconsin’s most influential names such as Wisconsin governor Tony Evers; senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson; Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin; Medical College of Wisconsin chief executive officer Dr. John Raymond; and community activist Frank Sensabaugh. Good Karma Brands Milwaukee vice president and market manager Steve Wexler explains, “Every year, WTMJ brings our listeners an all-day look at the issues shaping our future. Little did we know how tumultuous a year 2020 would turn out to be when we gathered last year.” Presidential politics is the leadoff topic at 9:00 am. It will be followed by public safety (10:00 am); sports in the age of COVID-19 (11:00 am); business and the economy (12:00 noon); healthcare (1:00 pm); entertainment (2:00 pm); education (3:00 pm); local and state government (4:00 pm); and the racial divide (5:00 pm).

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Starting today (Monday, 10/12), Mz Shyneka takes over in afternoon drive on Core Radio Group Atlanta urban contemporary WWSZ “Streetz 94.5.” Core Radio Group president and chief executive officer Steve Hegwood comments, “It is my pleasure to sign Mz Shyneka to afternoons. Her addition to our great team keeps us at the forefront of this competitive Atlanta market.” According to Mz Shyneka, “I am overwhelmed with joy to be back on the radio in my hometown. I can’t wait to continue making history at the only black-owned station in Atlanta.” She most recently did afternoons for Radio One’s cross-town similarly-formatted WHTA “Hot 107.9” ….. Elsewhere in Atlanta, after an approximately 20-year tenure at Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104,” Saturday morning “Spotlight Gold” host “Youngbloodexits …..  Under a new one-year deal, all Villanova football and basketball games for the 2020 – 2021 season will be carried on Beasley Media Group Philadelphia adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM.” Beasley Media Group Philadelphia vice president and market manager Joe Bell comments, “Our motto at ‘Ben’ is ‘Playing Anything We Feel Like,’ and we feel like playing some Villanova games. It will be a great season for Villanova sports.” Program director Chuck Damico notes, “We’re thrilled to add Villanova football and basketball to ‘95.7 Ben FM’ this year. It’s an honor to deliver these games to their passionate fans and alumni.” Meanwhile, Villanova Sports Properties vice president and general manager Drew Young adds, “The affiliation with ‘Ben FM’ expands our reach in the Delaware Valley and gives the ‘Nova Nation’ a prominent new home on the FM dial.” ….. The former 15-year afternoon personality/music director at Bahakel Communications Colorado Springs rocker KILO, Jack Wilson, has died from coronavirus. Wilson left KILO in 2015 and did weekends in Phoenix for Hubbard Radio’s similarly-programmed KUPD. KILO’s Facebook page notes, “It is with deep regret that we share this news with the KILO Nation. He was and will always be a big part of the KILO family. We send our love and condolences to his family and friends. Please keep them in your thoughts during this difficult time.” The 38-year-old Wilson is survived by his mother (Pattie Ray); a 17-year-old daughter (Bella); and a six-year-old son (Jack Jr.) ….. “The Quick Silva Show with Dominique Da Diva” moves to Reach Media for distribution and syndication. Reach Media and Radio One chief executive officer David Kantor comments, “I’ve had the opportunity to see this show grow tremendously. Quick Silva and Dominque Da Diva are two very strong radio talents who have an authentic connection to their audience. I am confident that the show will continue to be a huge draw for the listening audience. The beauty of this is that this is one of few syndicated afternoon shows.” The program will be carried from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm by Radio One stations in Washington, DC (WKYS); Philadelphia (WPHI “Hip-Hop 103.9”); Baltimore (WERQ “92-Q Jams”); Cincinnati (WIZF “101.1 The Wiz”); and Columbus (WCKX “Power 107.5”).

Light in the Darkness

| September 18, 2017

Al Herskovitz
H&H Communications
President

 

BRADENTON, Fla. — All is well right now, but last week, as Hurricane Irma screamed toward my home in Manatee County, Florida, the lights went out, the TV screen went blank, the phones went dead, the image on the computer screen vanished, the iPad lost connection with the Internet.  So, there I was sitting in the dark as the roaring wind and the pounding rain lashed my house — isolated and completely out of touch with the outside world.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

| February 24, 2017

E.W. Scripps Reports Q4 Financials; Radio Division Dips 1%.  Television is a much bigger business for E.W. Scripps – as is evidenced by the $233 million in Q4 revenue from TV versus the $18.8 million from radio during the same period.  The company’s radio revenue was down just a bit – 1% compared to the same period in 2015.  But profit in the radio division was up 7.4% due to the fact that expenses dipped from $15.2 million in Q4 of 2015 to $14.6 million in 2016.

Talk Media Icon, Alan Colmes, Dead at 66. In what comes as shocking news to the world’s talk media community, longtime radio broadcaster, talk show host, and political pundit Alan Colmes passed away in New York City Thursday morning (2/23) after bravely battling an illness for the past several months. Colmes, who began his stellar radio career as a teenager on such Long Island stations as WGBB, Freeport and WGSM, Huntington went on to star on the legendary outlets WABC, WNBC, WHN, WMCA, WEVD in New York. His career also included stints at WNHC, New Haven as well as WZLX and WEZE in Boston. Colmes was a pioneer in the modern talk radio syndication industry launching the seminal Daynet with Barry Farber in the early 1990s. He also played a role in the developing NYC comedy scene as a successful stand-up comic during the 1980s. Colmes joined Fox News Channel in 1996 where he co-hosted the legendary program “Hannity & Colmes” with Sean Hannity until the end of 2008. He had continued on the channel since then as an in-house contributing commentator and hosted a nightly syndicated radio program on Fox News Radio. For the past two years he had also been in development with TalkersRadio of an experimental program titled “Healed Planet” that explored one of his personal passions, the subject of the human consciousness movement. Colmes was a graduate of Hofstra University and a charter inductee into its radio station, WRHU’s Hall of Fame. More information and details to come. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, who has known Colmes since their days together at Hofstra and Long Island stations, states, “Alan Colmes was one of the greatest radio performers and talk media personalities of our time. Yet, there is so much about his talent and personality that people don’t know. He was a man of impeccable character and generosity with talents that extended way beyond the frame of reference in which he was primarily cast in the public’s view. This is a devastating loss.” Colmes’ longtime FNC partner Sean Hannity issues the following statement: “The Fox family, Dr. Jocelyn Colmes, Monica Crowley and I personally have lost one of life’s most decent, kind and wonderful people you’d ever want to meet. When Alan and I started ‘Hannity and Colmes,’ there wasn’t a day that went by where we didn’t’ say we were two most fortunate men in all television. Despite major political differences, we forged a deep friendship. Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I’ve ever seen. And through it all, he showed his incredible wit and humor that was Alan’s signature throughout his entire life. I’m truly heartbroken at the loss of a dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jocelyn, Monica and his entire family. He will be dearly missed.” Fox News is providing a video package of Colmes’ work for the organization. See it here. Cumulus Media‘s New York City heritage news/talker 77WABC posted an audio tribute to Colmes that you can hear here.

Kinosian: An Interview with Alan Colmes.  TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian dug into his files to retrieve a piece he wrote years ago on talk radio and talk TV star Alan Colmes.  With Colmes’ passing on Thursday (2/23), TALKERS hopes this illuminating piece delving into his media mind will not only help pay tribute to the multi-talented broadcaster, but give those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him personally a better idea of what he was all about.  Read it here.

KXTG, Portland Names ‘The Irregular Guys’ Afternoon Show.  At Alpha Media’s Portland sports talker KXTG “750/102.9 The Game,” the duo of Justin Myers and Noah “Chop” Homsley assume the 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm slot.  Chop previously was partnered with Fletcher Johnson in the afternoon daypart.  Myers is an Oregon native who worked in the market until heading north to Seattle to host middays at KIRO-AM “710 ESPN” and Mariners pre- and post-game programming.  Chop has worked in the Portland market since 1997.

Norden Named SVP of Sales for iHeartMedia Tampa.  At the Tampa station group, iHeartMedia announces Pete Norden moves from his market president role at the company’s Sarasota operations to Tampa where he’s now SVP of sales.  iHeartMedia operates news/talk WFLA, talk WHNZ, sports talk WDAE,  CHR WFLZ, country WFUS, hip hop WBTP, hot AC WMTX, rock WXTB, and Spanish WRUB.  iHeartMedia area president for Tampa Bay Sam Nein comments, “We are very excited about adding Pete to our team.  Pete has an established track record of performance success, is a great leader and will be a very strong addition to our team!”

Trump Immigration Policy/Sweden Comments Top News/Talk Story for Week of February 20-24.  The Trump Administration’s re-issued travel order, its deportation policy and President Donald Trump’s comments about immigrant crime in Sweden tied for the most-talked-about story of the week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  Coming in at #2 was Trump’s reversal of the Obama Administration’s transgender bathroom order.  At #3 was the recent boisterous GOP town hall meetings, and following at #4 was the retaking of Mosul from ISIS.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It’s published every Friday at Talkers.com.  View this week’s entire chart here.

TALKERS News Notes.  Radio syndication and sales rep unit Westwood One announces the addition of four new podcasts with which it is partnering.  The company is providing exclusive ad sales representation for NBC Sports Radio’s “The Leisuremen,” featuring personalities Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloff; political website The Daily Wire’s two podcasts from Ben Shapiro and Andrew Klavan; and “Entrepreneurs En Vogue,” featuring Miss New York US, Iman Oubou.  WW1 says advertisers will have access to endorsements, live reads, pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll advertisements as well as multi-platform opportunities across Westwood One’s robust content offering – broadcast, digital and social…..At Pittsburgh pubcaster Community Broadcasting, Maria Gabriel Scapellato is named the new local host of WESA’s airing of NPR’s “Morning Edition.”  Scapellato has been serving with CBS RADIO at crosstown news/talk KDKA-AM as a part-time reporter and anchor…..At next month’s SXSW, Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and iHeartRadio are partnering for a day of live podcast performances on March 14.  SXSW attendees will be able to watch programs being produced at The Capital Factory – a “cool co-working space” that’s an easy walk from the Austin Convention Center.  Programs taking part include: “Mortified,” from Radiotopia; “Intercepted,” from First Look Media; “CRYBABIES,” from Earwolf; “Another Round,” from BuzzFeed; “Dinner Party Download,” from APM; “Wrongful Conviction,” from reVolver Podcasts; and “Found,” from Wondery.

Great Talk Radio Producer Gig Available.  Legendary heritage talker, WRKO in Boston, is seeking an on-air producer to lead its Boston Dot Com morning show. They are looking for a leader — someone who can come in each day and put together a compelling, four-hour show that addresses what’s happening in the world from the conservative viewpoint.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years medium-to-major market experience in an on-air host and/or producer role. You should be fully engaged in social media, and ideally a political/entertainment junkie. You should have an understanding as to how to relate to a conservative audience, but at the same time appealing to the masses. Experience coaching and developing talent is a plus. Familiarity with Wide Orbit (or other digital automation systems), Audition and/or Pro Tools, Photoshop, and video editing software are required.  Please send your package, including resume, on-air/imaging/production demo, and your philosophy on morning radio, to program director Michael Czarnecki at mczarnecki@wrko.com. You must also apply on-line at entercom.com.

KGO, San Francisco Rising Star Ethan Bearman Guests This Week on Harrison Podcast. One of talk radio’s brightest rising stars, Ethan Bearman, who hosts the daily 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm midday show on Cumulus Media’s heritage KGO, San Francisco, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” Bearman, an extremely articulate Gen Xer, discusses the differences and similarities between the Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials as well as the societal impact of this era’s rapidly accelerating technological change. Harrison and Bearman cast a wide net, peering as far as 100 years into the future and covering such topics as self-driving cars, nano chip implantation in the human brain and Donald Trump’s obsession with the media. Not to be missed. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com.

 

 

Music Radio News and Career Moves.  In Columbus, North American Broadcasting Company’s rock WRKZ “99.7 The Blitz” re-ups with morning show “Loper and Randi in the Morning” to keep the show with the station through 2021.  The married duo has been hosting mornings on the station for the past five years…..The iHeartRadio Music Awards will honor Bruno Mars with its 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award at the awards show on March 5 at the Forum in Los Angeles.  iHeartMedia president of Entertainment Enterprises John Sykes states, “We are proud to have Bruno join Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and U2 in the elite group of iHeartRadio Innovators.  From the start of his career Bruno has been fearless in his approach to all things creative.  This award was made for him.”…..The National Association of Broadcasters announces the 50 finalists for this year’s 30th Annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards.  The NAB Crystal Radio Awards recognize radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The 10 winners will be announced at the NAB Radio Luncheon on Tuesday, April 25 during the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas.  See the 50 nominees here…..Envision Networks congratulates Jackie Kajzer, host of the nationally syndicated heavy metal show “Full Metal Jackie,” on her being named Metal Programmer of the Year at the 2017 RadioContraband Awards.  Kajzer says, “I am honored to win such a great award in an area that is not only my job but an area I’m super passionate about.  I love playing hard rock and metal on the radio and supporting this genre I live for.  Thanks to the many great stations that carry my show.”

 

 

Round Three of January PPMs Released. The third of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s January 2017 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s January 2017 survey period covered January 5 – February 1. View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.

 TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Portland – Despite a robust “Holiday” 2016 – January 2017 -6.7 (15.3 – 8.6, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” is #1 for the 32nd time in the last 34 ratings periods. December 2016’s +2.1 to 9.8 (6+) concluded the station’s September-October-November mini-slide (8.6 – 7.8 – 7.7, 6+). With nearly seven shares from “K-103” up for grabs, country emerges in good shape with Alpha Media’s KUPL “98.7 The Bull #1 For New Country” increasing by nine-tenths (4.2 #12 to #10, 6+) and Entercom’s KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf” showing a +.7 to jump from fifth to third (6+). This ends three straight decreases for “The Bull” (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 3.3, 6+) that resulted in a combined -1.8, while “The Wolf” has its third consecutive gain for a net +1.1 (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.8, 6+). Among spoken-word outlets, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB adds one full-share after a -.7 in “Holiday” 2016 (7.6 – 6.9 – 7.9, #2, 6+) and is just seven-tenths behind “K-103.” Alpha Media talker KXL, -.6 in “Holiday” 2016, bounces back with a +.8 (4.7 – 4.1 – 4.9, eighth to sixth, 6+). Declining by -1.3 (6+) in “Holiday” 2016, iHeartMedia-owned KLTH “Portland’s Classic Hits Station 106.7 The Eagle” recaptures all but three-tenths of that loss (5.6 – 4.3 – 5.3, +1.0, 6+), remaining at #4. Down seven-tenths since September (5.8 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+), “The Eagle” was +.5 in December. Following six straight negative trends for a collective -1.9 (3.6 – 3.5 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7, 6+), co-owned rhythmic CHR KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” is +.6 to 2.3, moving from a three-way tie at #19 to #16 (6+). Similarly-formatted KWEE “WE 96.3 Portland’s Real Hip-Hop Station” adds six-tenths as well (1.5 – 2.1, 6+) and the Alpha Media property cracks the top 20 (#22 to #18). Also gaining six-tenths, in addition to KXJM and KWEE, are iHeartMedia CHR KKRZ “Z-100” (3.8 – 4.4, #11 to #8, 6+) and Alpha Media triple A KINK “101.9 Uniquely Portland” (3.3 – 3.9, flat at #12, 6+). Tied with “Z-100” at #8 is Alpha Media’s KBFF “Live 95.5 The Station That Sounds Like Portland,” which is +.4 to 4.4 (6+), thus halting four straight down or flat trends (5.4 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 4.6 – 4.0, 6+) for a collective -1.4. Following six consecutive months without a decrease for a combined +1.4 since April 2016 (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+), KYCH “97.1 Charlie We Play Everything” dropped two-tenths in November; lost one full-share in December; and was +1.4 in “Holiday” 2016. The Entercom adult hits facility, however, erodes by -1.5 in January 2017 (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.1 – 5.5 – 4.0, 6+), freefalling from #3 to #11. Unchanged at #14, classic rock cluster-mate KGON is without an increase for the eighth straight sweep for a combined -1.7 since June (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+).

2) Charlotte – Owing to a -7.4 to 4.9 (6+), Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC sees its successive string of upward trends – which netted a +8.8 – end at three (3.5 – 4.3 – 5.9 – 12.3, 6+), as “K-104.7” drifts from first to seventh. Jumping from third to first is iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox,” which posts a +.8 to 7.2 (6+), halting a string of three straight downward moves that yielded a -1.5 (7.9 – 7.3 – 6.7 – 6.4, 6+). After freefalling by -1.2, country sibling WKKT “96.9 The Kat” more than makes up for it with a +1.7 (5.2 – 4.0 – 5.7, 6+), rocketing from eighth to third. In “Holiday” 2016, “The Kat” trailed its format rival, Beasley Media Group’s WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits,” by three full-shares (7.0 to 4.0, 6+). That margin has been sliced to seven-tenths as second-ranked “Country’s Hottest Hits” sputters by seven-tenths (7.0 – 6.3, 6+). Off by six-tenths in “Holiday” 2016, University Radio Foundation’s WFAE is up by twice that margin in January 2017 (3.4 – 2.8 – 4.0, +1.2, 6+) and enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Prior to “Holiday” 2016, WFAE was 3.4 (6+) in three of the previous four sweeps. By improving by +1.1 (2.5 – 3.6, 6+), Davidson College-owned classical WDAV leaps from #16 to a three-way tie at #11. Advancing by eight-tenths each are Entercom hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link Charlotte’s Best Mix” (4.8, steady at #8, 6+) and Beasley Media Group CHR WNKS “Kiss 95.1” (3.8 – 4.6, tenth to ninth, 6+). Prior to January 2017 results, the most recent (6+) trending for “The Link” was 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.0. The third straight gain for WRCM “K-LOVE” is by six-tenths (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 2.3, 6+) as the Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian inches up from #18 to #17. Rebounding from December’s loss of one-half share (2.7 – 2.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WEND “106.5 The End Charlotte’s New Rock Alternative” adds one-half share to the +.6 in “Holiday” 2016 (2.2 – 2.8 – 3.3, 6+), yet backslides from #13 to #15. Dropping by seven-tenths each are Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF “Old School 105.3” (6.2 – 5.5, fifth, 6+) and iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake We Play Anything” (#7 to #11, 6+). After posting a +1.9 in December to move from sixth to the top spot, “Old School 105.3” dropped eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2016 and fell to fourth. Meanwhile, “The Lake” has its fourth straight negative trend for a combined -1.5 (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 3.6, 6+).

3) Pittsburgh – On top in October 2016, November, and December, iHeartMedia rocker WDVE plummeted by two full-shares in “Holiday” 2016, dropping to third (10.4 – 8.4, 6+). Powered by a +1.6 to an even 10.0 (6+) in January 2017, however, WDVE returns to the top spot, where it dislodges classic hits-oldies sibling WWSW “3WS” (13.7 – 9.3, -4.4, 6+), which segues to #2. In “Holiday” 2016, WWSW was up by +4.4 to 13.7, its strongest 6+-showing since 14.2 in “Holiday” 2015, and back in double-digits (6+) for the first time since September. In addition to WDVE, Steel City Radio adult hits WRRK “Bob” notches a +1.6 as well (6.9 – 8.5, fourth to third, 6+). Within 7.0 – 7.9 range (6+) April through December, “Bob” was off by one full-share in “Holiday” 2016. A gain of four-tenths to 4.5 (6+, “Holiday” 2016) by CBS Radio‘s KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” halted three consecutive declines that accounted for a cumulative -3.5 (7.6 – 6.5 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+). In January 2017, “The Fan” adds a +1.2 (4.5 – 5.7, 6+) to progress from eighth to sixth. Improving by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are iHeartMedia CHR WKST (6.7 – 7.3, fifth to fourth, 6+) and CBS Radio hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7 Plays The Hits” (4.1, tenth to ninth, 6+). The latter ends three straight dips (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+). A combined +5.7 in December 2016 and “Holiday” by Renda Broadcasting’s WSHH to 12.4, its strongest 6+-stat since it returned to print in April 2016, ended three straight down or flat trends between August and November that resulted in a one-half share loss (6.8 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.3, 6+). Adult contemporary “Wish 99.7” surrenders a -5.1 (12.4 – 7.3, 6+) as it slides from second to fourth. For the eighth straight ratings period, iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “The X at 105.9” (3.5 – 3.7, +.2, 6+) is at #11, while Steel City Media hot AC WLTJ “Q-92.9” (2.8 – 2.9, +.1, 6+) is in 2.1 – 2.9 range for the eighteenth consecutive time and continues at #12. Absent from print for roughly two and a half years, classical WQED returns at #15 (1.5, -.7, 6+).

4) Sacramento – Swapping places at the top are iHeartMedia news/talk KFBK (7.9 – 8.7, +.8, second to first, 6+) and CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” (13.0 – 8.2, -4.8, first to second, 6+). Going into the “Holiday” 2016 sweep, “Mix” ranked third the previous five sweeps. A combined +2.4 in November 2016 and December 2016, “Mix” was +5.2 in “Holiday” 2016. Meanwhile, KFBK is at #1 after six straight times in the runner-up slot. Recent (6+) fluctuations for KFBK include +.8 (August 2016); -1.4 (September 2016); +1.2 (October 2016); -.7 (November 2016) +.7 (December 2016); and +.8 (January 2017). Other spoken-word outlets making noteworthy gains in the “Big Tomato” include KFBK cluster-mate KSTE which recaptures the -1.4 from “Holiday” 2016 (2.5 – 3.9, +1.4, #12 to #8, 6+); Capital Public Radio-owned KXJZ (3.2 – 4.0, +.8, ninth to seventh, 6+); and CBS Radios KHTK “Sports 1140” (1.5 – 2.0, +.5, flat at #20, 6+). Locked on 3.9 (6+) in November and December KSTE faltered by nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2016. Improving by one-half share are Entercom classic rock KSEG “The Eagle” (7.7, #3, 6+); co-owned KKDO “Radio 94.7 Sacramento’s Alternative” (3.0, #12 to #11, 6+); and CBS Radio’s KNCI “New Country 105.1 FM,” regaining the -.5 from “Holiday” 2016 (5.5 – 5.0 – 5.5, unchanged at #4, 6+). Having spent 11 consecutive months at #1 before slipping to #3 in “Holiday” 2016, “The Eagle” concludes five negative trends in the last six ratings periods – including the previous three for a combined -2.4 (9.6 – 8.8 – 8.1 – 7.2, 6+). “Radio 94.7 Sacramento’s Alternative” followed October’s 2.9 (6+) with three straight 2.5 (6+) showings. Up four-tenths to 2.5 (6+), iHeartMedia adult hits KQJK “93.7 Jack FM” (#16 to #13, 6+) pulls the plug on six consecutive sweeps without an increase for a -1.2 (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.1, 6+). Regressing by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101” (3.9 – 3.3, #10, 6+) and CBS Radio-owned rhythmic CHR KSFM (#10 to #16, 6+), which is without an increase for the fourth straight time (3.1 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+).

5) San Antonio – Stuck on 5.2 (6+) in November and December, Univision Radio regional Mexican KROM “Estereo Latino 92.9” improves by a combined +2.2 in “Holiday” 2016 and January 2017 (6.2 – 7.4, 6+) to progress from the runner-up slot to #1. There it supplants iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9 San Antonio’s Best Variety” (11.8 – 5.2, 6+), which spirals from first to sixth. Following a December gain of +1.5 to 4.8 (6+), KQXT added +5.5 to 10.3 (6+). Conversely, co-owned KAJA “KJ-97 San Antonio’s #1 Country Station” regains all of the -1.4 from “Holiday” 2016 and two-tenths more (5.4 – 4.0 – 5.6, +1.6, 6+) to vault from ninth to fourth. It trails Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” (5.7, +.3, fourth to third, 6+) by one-tenth. In three straight downward trends (7.5 – 7.1 – 5.8 – 54, 6+), “Y-100” was a combined -2.1. The five latest (6+) fluctuations for classic hits-oldies sibling KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” are October 2016’s -1.0; November’s +.9; December’s -1.1; “Holiday” 2016’s -1.3; and now January 2017’s +1.1 (5.8 – 6.9, third to second, 6+). “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” departed the top spot in October after nine straight sweeps there. In eight straight monthlies without an increase, co-owned KTKX “106.7 The Eagle” was down by a combined -1.4 (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+) before its +.8 to 4.1 in January 2017 (#12 to #10, 6+). A loss of nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2016 by WOAI curtailed three consecutive gains (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+) which netted seven-tenths, but the iHeartMedia talker hangs out a +.7 (4.9 – 4.0 – 4.7, 6+) to climb from ninth to eighth. Posting increases of six-tenths are Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack FM” (3.6 – 4.2, #11 to #9, 6+); regional Mexican sibling KSAH (2.6 – 3.2, #15 to #14, 6+); and Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZAR (.9 – 1.5, #21, 6+). “Jack” was -.7 in “Holiday” 2016; KSAH was -.5. After advancing by eight-tenths, iHeartMedia’s KZEP “Hot 104.5” forfeits all but one-tenth (1.7 – 2.5 – 1.8, -.7, #17 to #20, 6+). Off by seven-tenths as well is Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3 Today’s Best Music” (3.8, #7 to #12, 6+), whose 6+ September through “Holiday” 2016 trends are 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.5. Owing to a -.4 to (4.8, 6+), Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KBBT “98.5 The Beat” (sixth to seventh, 6+) snaps at three its string of consecutive gains which netted a combined +1.2 (4.0 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 5.2, 6+).

6) Cincinnati – Not only does WGRR with a +.8 end four successive down or flat sweeps that produced a -1.6 (9.8 – 9.8 – 9.6 – 8.8 – 8.2, 6+), the Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet marches from second to first, where it had been for four straight months prior to the “Holiday” 2016 sweep. The station that displaced WGRR from #1 this time last month – co-owned adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98” – erodes by roughly 54% (11.7 – 5.4, -6.3, 6+) and freefalls to sixth. In five straight improvements since August, “Warm 98” gained nearly seven full-shares (4.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 6.3 – 11.7, 6+). Following three consecutive negative trends that accounted for a -3.2 (8.5 – 7.9 – 6.3 – 5.3, 6+) Hubbard Radio country outlet WUBE “B-105” recoups nearly half that deficit with a +1.5 to 6.8 (fifth to third, 6+). Trending .9 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.1 (6+), co-owned and similarly formatted WYGY “97.3 The Wolf” busts out a +.8 to 1.9 (6+), inching up from #18 to #16. Advancing by eight-tenths as well are hot AC sibling WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” (5.5 – 6.3, flat at #4, 6+) and Cumulus Media classic rocker WOFX “The Fox” (3.8 – 4.6, tenth to seventh, 6+); “Q-102” was -1.3 in “Holiday” 2016 and off by one-half share in December. Spoken-word stations improving significantly in January 2017 include iHeartMedia siblings WLW (7.8 – 8.4, +.6, third to second, 6+) and WKRC (4.8 – 5.6, +.8, sixth to fifth, 6+). In “Holiday” 2016, WLW was -.9 and WKRC was -1.2. One of the longest consecutive streaks without a decrease carries on as Radio One’s urban-rhythmic oldies WDBZ “Soul 101.5” (#19 to #17) is a combined +1.5 since April 2016 (0.2 – 0.3 – 0.4 – 0.5 – 0.5 – 0.5 – 0.7 – 0.8 – 0.9 – 1.0 – 1.7, 6+). Unchanged at #15, Cumulus Media’s WNNF “94.1 Nash FM” picks up one-tenth to 2.0 (6+), ending six straight downward trends that yielded a -1.5 (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+). Up by one-half share are co-owned WFTK “96 Rock” (2.9, #14 to #13, 6+), which had been down the past four sweeps for a -.9 (3.3 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+), and Radio One urban contemporary WIZF “101.1 The Wiz” (3.9 – 4.4, ninth to eighth, 6+). WFTK’s format foe, iHeartMedia’s WEBN, is down two full-shares as a result of five straight declines (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+) and skids from seventh to tenth.

7) Cleveland – After not having an increase in four straight ratings periods for a -.6 (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), Radio One urban AC WZAK is a cumulative +1.9 in “Holiday” 2016 and January 2017 (6.3 – 7.6 – 8.2, 6+), leaping from eighth to fourth to second. Spiking by +1.3 each are iHeartMedia siblings WGAR “99.5 Cleveland’s Country” (6.0 – 7.3, seventh to third, 6+) and WMMS “100.7 Cleveland’s Rock Station” (4.5 – 5.8, #11 to #9, 6+). From October through December, WGAR trended 7.9 – 7.7 – 7.9 (6+) but spiraled by -1.9 to 6.0 in “Holiday” 2016. Entering the December sweep, WMMS was without a decrease in the previous five ratings periods for a collective +2.3 (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.8 – 6.5, 6+). It coughed up 1.3 shares of that gain in December and regressed by another seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2016. Rising by one-half share is talk cluster-mate WTAM (5.4 – 5.9, seventh, 6+). In November, the Cleveland Indians flagship recorded a massive +2.7 to 9.1, its most potent 6+-share since May 2012 when it reached 9.8; it sunk by three full-shares in December and seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2016. Eight consecutive up or flat trends for Ideastream’s WCPN (steady at #13) – including January 2017’s +1.1 – produce a combined +1.8 (2.0 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.8, 6+). Following four consecutive fluctuations of one-half share – three in the negative direction (7.8 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 7.3 – 6.8, 6+) – CBS Radio adult contemporary WDOK “Star 102” notched a +3.6 to 10.4 (6+) and took over at #1. After just one sweep though, “Star” (10.4 – 6.2, -4.2, 6+) flounders to #6. It gives way to iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI, even though “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” is down by -1.3 (9.8 – 8.5, second to first, 6+). Prior to December’s +.1, “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” was off by nearly three full-shares in three straight downward trends (11.5 – 10.8 – 9.6 – 8.6, 6+) and slipped to #2. September’s -.7 ended five straight gains for a cumulative +1.2 (10.3 – 10.7 – 10.9 – 11.3 – 11.4 – 11.5, 6+) and marked the first time in the previous 17 ratings periods that WMJI was not in double-digits (6+). It departed the penthouse after ten successive sweeps there; WMJI was +1.1 in “Holiday” 2016. The yoyo effect continues for adult hits sibling WHLK “The Lake.” Three straight downward trends in September, October, and November accounted for a -2.4 (8.9 – 8.4 – 7.7 – 6.5, 6+). “The Lake” rebounded in December with a +1.8, but is a collective -1.4 in “Holiday” 2016 and January 2017 (8.3 – 7.7 – 6.9, 6+) as it slips from third to fifth. November 2016’s 6.5 was the weakest 6+-performance for “The Lake” since June 2012 (6.1). Surrendering one-half share in each of the last two ratings periods (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WENZ slumps from eighth to tenth; “Z-107.9” was +.9 in December 2016. Ever-consistent CBS Radio-owned WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (3.8 – 4.2, +.4, 6+) remains anchored at #12 – where it’s been since February 2016.

8) Salt Lake City – It is the quintessential ratings case of “what goes up must come down” as Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3 – Better Music Better Work Day” says goodbye to 12.3 shares (20.6 – 8.3, 6+) and – after three straight sweeps at #1 – shifts to #2. It was truly a monumental accomplishment for KSFI to have shattered the 20-share barrier in “Holiday” 2016. Over and above that, until January’s -12.3, “FM 100.3” didn’t have a decrease since April (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.3 – 7.3 – 11.4 – 20.6, 6+), nearly quadrupling its 6+-stat since then with a staggering +15.3 shares. Swapping places with KSFI is talk cluster-mate KSL (6.8 – 8.9, second to first, 6+), whose five most recent (6+) fluctuations are +2.0 (October 2016), -.9 (November), +1.1 (December), -1.5 (“Holiday” 2016); and +2.1 (January 2017). Another talk outlet – iHeartMedia’s KNRS – erases its -.8 in “Holiday” 2016 with a +1.0 (4.6 – 3.8 – 4.8, 6+) to climb from seventh to sixth. Making similar jumps of one full-share are co-owned CHR KZHT “97.1 Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” (4.4 – 5.4, fifth to fourth, 6+); Cumulus Media country-formatted KUBL “K-Bull 93” (4.3, ninth to eighth, 6+); and Brigham Young University classical KBYU (3.1, #17 to #12, 6+). KZHT was -1.9 in “Holiday” 2016, while “K-Bull 93” had faltered for five consecutive months and was a combined -2.2 since August (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+). As for KBYU, it was frozen on 2.5 (6+) in October and November and then on 2.1 (6+) in December and “Holiday” 2016. Having declined by a combined -1.5 in December and “Holiday” 2016, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KODJ “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” bounces back with a +1.3 (4.3 – 3.3 – 4.6, 6+) and advances ninth to seventh. When KODJ notched a +.3 in November, it curtailed four consecutive declines (6.6 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+) for a cumulative loss of -2.1. A +.7 to 3.3 (6+) by Broadway Media’s KXRK “X-96 Utah’s Original Alternative” (#13 to #11) applies the brakes to five consecutive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a -1.1 (3.7 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+). Off by one-half share in “Holiday” 2016, iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY “My 99.5” rebounds with a +.6 (2.3 – 2.9, 6+), climbing from #16 to #14. After tumbling by nine-tenths, Cumulus Media adult contemporary KBEE “B-98.7” recaptures one-half share (1.9 – 2.4, 6+) to shift from #19 to #15. Prior to “Holiday” 2016, “B-98.7” had not had a decrease in the previous five ratings periods (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+). Stuck on 1.4 (6+) in November 2016 and December, Broadway Media-owned KEGA “101.5 The Eagle Utah’s Best Country” gained one full-share in “Holiday” 2016 – only to surrender all of it plus one-tenth in January 2017 (1.4 – 2.4 – 13, 6+), dropping from #15 to #20.

9) Las Vegas – Five consecutive up or flat trends generated a +8.3 for iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE (6.4 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 8.1 – 14.0, 6+). Even though all but one share of that increase is wiped out (14.0 – 6.7, -7.3, 6+), “Sunny 106.5” remains at #1. Following three straight downward trends (8.1 – 7.4 – 6.0 – 5.7, 6+), “Sunny” was +.7 in September and +.6 in October, climbing to first – where it had been for 22 straight monthlies before July. A +1.4 (4.3 – 5.7, 6+) elevates Beasley Media Group urban-rhythmic oldies KOAS “Old School 105.7” from fifth to third. Improving by +1.2 are CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” (5.1, sixth to fourth, 6+) and Univision Radio regional Mexican KISF (5.0, seventh to sixth, 6+). Ironically, both “Mix” (5.1 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+) and KISF (4.5 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+) were without increases in the past four sweeps. Carrying on at #2, Beasley Media Group’s KKLZ rebounds from a -1.8 in “Holiday” 2016 with a +1.0 (6.6 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+). Prior to advancing to #1 in July 2016 – and remaining there in August and September – KKLZ was in the runner-up slot for six straight months; 7.4 in August was its best 6+-showing in over four years (7.5, July 2012). For the fifth consecutive time – and generating a cumulative +1.7 – iHeartMedia adult hits KYMT “93.1 The Mountain We Play Everything” (#18 to #13, 6+) shows an increase (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 3.1, 6+). Dialing up a +.7 are country sibling KWNR “95.5 The Bull” (4.4 – 5.1, steady at #4, 6+); Lotus Broadcasting classic rock KXPT “97.1 The Point” (3.6 – 4.3, ninth to seventh, 6+); Kemp Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KVEG “Hot 97.5” (2.4 – 3.1, #17 to #13, 6+); and Nevada Public Radio’s KNPR (2.7, #21 to #16, 6+). Prior to January 2017, “The Point” was a combined -2.7 in four straight negative trends (6.3 – 5.9 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 3.6, 6+). From August through “Holiday” 2016, KNPR was trending 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 (6+). Gaining six-tenths each are CBS Radio-owned KLUC “Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” (3.7 – 4.3, eighth to seventh, 6+) and Lotus’ KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” (3.1 – 3.7, #12 to #10, 6+). After three straight ratings periods without an increase for a combined -1.3 (4.5 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.2, 6+), CBS Radio rhythmic hot AC KXQQ “Q-100.5” (unchanged at #10, 6+) gains one-half share to 3.7 (6+). Alternative sibling KXTE “X-107.5,” however, falters by eight-tenths (3.0 – 2.2, 6+), dropping from #15 to #19. Sputtering by six-tenths are talk cluster-mate KXNT and Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “Radio For Life” both spiraling from #12 to #17 and Lotus Spanish adult hits KWID (4.5 – 3.9, third to ninth, 6+). As a result of five successive gains (1.4 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+), KXNT had more than doubled its 6+-share, while “Radio For Life” erodes by approximately 54% in five successive down or flat sweeps (5.4 – 3.6 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.5, 6+).

10) Kansas City – Notwithstanding that it drops one-half share (9.0 – 8.5, 6+), Cumulus Media classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” replaces classic hits-oldies sibling KCMO-FM “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” (10.8 – 7.8, -3.0, 6+) at #1. On top from May 2016 through September and then in December 2016, “The Fox” had five straight up-trends prior to January’s -.5 for a cumulative +1.8 (7.2 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 7.7 – 8.9 – 9.0, 6+). By dropping two-tenths in August, it closed four successive up or flat monthlies yielding a +1.5 (5.9 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). Before a loss of three-tenths in November 2016, KCMO-FM registered four straight progressive trends (5.3 – 6.0 – 7.0 – 7.2 – 8.1, 6+) for a collective +1.8. Improving by eight-tenths and seven-tenths, respectively, are Entercom talk siblings KMBZ-FM (seventh to fourth, 6+) and KMBZ-AM (2.4 – 3.1, unchanged at #17, 6+). It is the fourth straight increase for KMBZ-FM for a cumulative +1.2 (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 5.1, 6+). Off a combined eight-tenths since November (4.0 – 3.6 – 3.2, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KCUR retrieves all but one-tenth to advance from #14 to #11 (3.9, +.7, 6+). Continuing in the spoken-word genre and progressing by seven-tenths as well is Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” (2.7 – 3.4, 6+), which climbs from #16 to #15. When KFKF entered the December 2016 sweep, it did so with four straight up or flat trends netting a +1.1 (3.8 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+); however, “Country 94.1” was a combined -1.3 in December and “Holiday” 2016 (4.9 – 4.3- 3.6, 6+). The Steel City Media outlet regains one-half share (4.3 – 3.6 – 4.1, 6+) and jumps from #11 to #9, where it is tied with co-owned/similarly-programmed KBEQ “Q-104 #1 For New Country” (3.8 – 4.1, +.3, unchanged at #9). Leaping from #11 to #3 in “Holiday” 2016 with a 7.0 – the best 6+-share since the 7.6 it notched in “Holiday 2015 – adult contemporary cluster-mate KCKC “KC-102.1 Today’s Best Variety” regresses by -2.6 (7.0 – 4.4, 6+) and shifts to #7.

11) Orlando – In tandem with a +.9 by iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba 100.3” (11.6 – 12.5, second to first, 6+) and a -7.6 by co-owned adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” (16.1 – 8.5, first to second, 6+), the two wind up trading places. This represents the highest 6+-share in the PPM-history of “Rumba 100.3,” which had been on top in October 2016, November and December before being dislodged by “Magic.” WRUM was a combined +2.5 in November and December as it reached 12.1 (6+). Major fluctuations in the past 18 ratings periods by “Magic” include +.5 (October 2015); -1.0 (November 2015); +1.6 (December 2015); +5.2 (“Holiday” 2015); -4.7 (January 2016); -1.2 (February); +1.3 (March); +.7 (April); +.6 (May); -.8 (June); -1.1 (July); -.4 (August); +.7 (September); -.5 (October) +.9 (November); +2.1 (December); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2016); and -7.6 (January 2017). After six straight sweeps finishing in third-place, “Magic” progressed to the runner-up slot in December. Even though it is unchanged at #4, Cox Media Group-owned WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits” rolls out a +1.4 following a -.6 in “Holiday” 2016 (6.7 – 6.1 – 7.5, 6+). Owing to a +.9 to 6.2 (6+), urban AC sibling WCFB “Star 94.5” pulls the plug on four successive downward trends wiping out the -.9 it produced in that timeframe (6.2 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.3, 6+). Its HD2 channel though is off six-tenths (1.6 – 1.0, #18, 6+). Also in that cluster and back-to-back with each other, country WWKA “K-92.3” (5.2, flat at #8, 6+) and talk WDBO-FM (4.4 – 5.1, ninth, 6+) each improve by seven-tenths. “K-92.3” had been -.6 in three consecutive (slight) negative trends (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5, 6+). Without a decrease from September through December (5.0 – 5.0 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+), WDBO-FM lost nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2016. Continuing in third-place, iHeartMedia CHR WXXL “XL-106.7” picks up eight-tenths of the -1.7 from “Holiday” 2016 (8.9 – 7.2 – 8.0, 6+). Displaying increases of six-tenths each are CBS Radio hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1” (5.3 – 5.9, fifth to sixth, 6+) and public WMFE (2.3 – 2.9, flat at #14, 6+), which is in 2.0 – 2.9 range for the 28th straight time. A +. 3 by “Mix” in “Holiday” 2016 snapped at four its string of successive down and flat trends that resulted in a net loss of -1.2 (6.2 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.0, 6+). Co-owned classic hits-oldies WOCL (flat at #7) was a combined -1.5 via four consecutive declines (6.7 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.9 – 5.2, 6+), but “Sunny” recoups one-third of that loss with a +.5 to 5.7 (6+).

12) Columbus –Only Cox Media Group Atlanta talker WSB-AM (+2.8) boasts a larger (6+) “Holiday” 2016 – January 2017 increase in the 36 PPM-markets whose data has thus far been released than WCOL. The iHeartMedia country outlet jumps by +2.2 from 8.3 – 10.5 (6+) and progresses from third to first. Losing roughly 51% of its 6+-share (-5.7), co-owned adult hits WODC “93.3 The Bus – We Play Anything” (11.1 – 5.4, 6+) drifts from first to fifth. Before January’s -.5.7, “The Bus” went four straight ratings period without a loss for a +7.1 (4.0 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 6.7 – 11.1, 6+). Down or flat in each of the last six ratings periods for a collective -4.4 (12.2 – 12.1 -11.1 – 9.8 – 9.4 – 9.4 – 7.8, 6+), CHR sibling WNCI trots out a +1.3 to 9.1 as it advances from fourth to second. In calendar year 2016, WNCI was on top in January, February, March, August, September, and December. A gain of one full-share to 3.9 (6+) enables Ohio State University’s WOSU to enter the top ten (#11 to #7) and curtail four straight downward trends that yielded a -.9 (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 2.9, 6+). More than tripling its 6+-share via seven straight April through November increases (1.2 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 4.0, 6+), Radio One urban AC WXMG was a combined -1.2 in December and “Holiday 2016” (4.0 – 3.5 – 2.8, 6+). “Magic 95.5 Columbus’ Best R&B,” however, gains eight-tenths in January 2017 (to 3.6, 6+) and jumps from #12 to #9. While Saga Communications hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9” improves by one-half share (2.1 – 2.6, 6+) to advance from #13 to #12, co-owned adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95” (+1.8 in “Holiday” 2016) falters by -1.5 (8.7 – 7.2, 6+) to slip from second to third. When “Sunny 95” dropped two-tenths in December, it concluded four consecutive positive trends which netted a +.6 (6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.1, 6+). Although it is a combined -3.1 in back-to-back sweeps (7.7 – 5.9 – 4.6, 6+), Radiohio‘s WBNS-FM remains at #6. This comes immediately after “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” put together six straight monthlies without a loss netting in excess of four full-shares and more than doubling its 6+-stat since June (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 5.1 – 6.9 – 7.7 – 7.7, 6+). Prior to November 2016, the last time “The Fan” crossed the seven-share threshold (6+) was February 2015 when it reached 7.2.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

| May 5, 2015

berrymichaelMichael Berry Renews with iHeartMedia.  Houston-based talk show host Michael Berry inks a new long-term deal with iHeartMedia that runs through 2020.  Berry’s program is based at news/talk KTRH, Houston and is heard on iHeartMedia stations in 13 additional markets.  The former Houston city councilor started his talk radio career with the company in 2005.  Berry states, “While I’m loyal to the company I’ve worked with for so long, this agreement is about the future, not the past. From Bob Pittman, our chairman and CEO, and Rich Bressler, our president, COO and CFO, to Kelly Kibler, my EVPO; Eddie Martiny, my market manager; and Marc Sherman and Bryan Erickson, our programming directors in Houston — every single one of them is committed to our show, our team, and the way we do things.  They’ve provided a platform for me to serve my sponsors, entertain our listeners, and raise money for Veterans, and I’m incredibly excited about our future.”  Bob Pittman comments, “Michael is a great talent, and his audience loves and relies on him – both for the news and important information he provides every day, and for his strong commitment to his community of listeners and the causes important to them.  We are very pleased that Michael will continue his strong work for us, and delighted that he’ll continue to be such a key part of our team.”

lewisloriCumulus Brings Digital and Social Media Pro Lori Lewis Aboard.  This new relationship brings industry-respected digital and social media maven Lori Lewis together with Cumulus Media as she becomes the company’s new vice president of social media.  A press release says in her new position, she’ll work with Cumulus’ programming and sales teams to develop integrated social media strategies for the company’s radio stations and the Westwood One network.  She will also provide social media solutions to Westwood One’s affiliate partners as part of the company’s Enterprise Solutions Group.  Lewis will report directly to president and CEO Lew Dickey.  Lewis was most recently with consulting firm Jacobs Media.  Lew Dickeycumulus logo comments, “Lori is our industry’s foremost authority on social media.  She has architected successful social strategies for many of the biggest brands in radio.  We are excited for Lori to bring her unique experience and expertise to our station group as well as to our affiliate partners at Westwood One.”  On joining Cumulus, Lewis says, “I am honored to take this newly created role within Cumulus, and to create real value and impact socially for our audiences, advertisers and affiliate partners.  Many mistake social for volume, when in fact it’s about differentiating.  This move, on behalf of Lew Dickey and [Cumulus SVP] Gary Pizzati, speaks volumes of their leadership and foresight in moving Cumulus forward, and I thank them for that.”

entercomEntercom Promotes Kramer to COO, Names Levy to Board of Directors.  Station group president Louise Kramer is promoted to chief operating officer for Entercom Communications Corp.  In a press statement, the company says, “Kramer is a media veteran who has been withkramerweezie Entercom since 2000, most recently serving as station group president.  In this role, she spearheaded the company’s reinvention efforts, focusing on enhancing the company’s future growth and directly overseeing several of the company’s markets.  Ms. Kramer is a member of Entercom’s operating committee and, since 2013, has served as chairperson.  Entercom president and CEO David Field comments, “Weezie is an enormously talented and effective leader who has made a huge impact on our organization since she joined Entercom in 2000.  Like so many great leaders, she is totally and selflessly committed to her team’s success, bringing levydavidher vast energy, intelligence, creativity, and high standards to our entire organization.  I am thrilled to see her continue to rise to the highest levels of our company.”  Also, the company reports that David Levy is named to the board of directors.  Levy has served as president of Turner Broadcasting System since 2013.   In this role he oversees all creative and business activities of the Turner signature entertainment networks —TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim — and their digital brand extensions, as well as Turner Sports.

wmal logoCumulus Has a Buyer for WMAL, Washington Transmitter Site.  According to Bethesda Magazine, Cumulus Media has a deal with two prominent area home builders who will turn the Bethesda, Maryland site of WMAL-AM, Washington’s transmitter into a 76-acre housing development.  Winchester Homes and Toll Brothers are reported as the buyer but no sale price has been announced yet.  According to real estate firm CBRE, the land could hold up to 300 homes on quarter-acre lots in accordance with current zoning regulations.  Cumulus will relocate the WMAL-AM transmitter.

younglarry and cohostsRadio One Revamps WOLB, Baltimore’s Larry Young Show.  The urban morning drive talk show lead by radio personality Larry Young is now being simulcast on Radio One’s translator W291BA at 106.1 FM.  That signal airs Christian music and is branded “PRAISE 106.1.”  Joining Young (center) and co-host Coach (left) is former WWIN, Baltimore “Magic 95.9” midday personality Tim Watts (right).  The station says, “We’re combining the best of the Praise format with the information, entertainment and ‘ground level’ interaction that our listeners already expect from Larry’s show.  For additional color, we’ve welcomed Tim Watts back to be part of this daily roundtable of all things Baltimore and our community.”

gordonmaryGordon Named Sales Manager for iHeartMedia Tampa. The appointment of Mary Gordon as sales manager for iHeartMedia‘s Tampa cluster takes effect in four weeks (6/1). Senior vice president of sales Fernando Bauermeister comments that, “Mary’s experience of leading successful teams made her a natural choice for the position. We are excited to have Mary join our staff and we look forward to her helping our clients grow their business.” Gordon states, “I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to join the team of talented professionals at iHeartMedia Tampa. I look forward to utilizing the amazing assets that iHeartMedia has in its arsenal to find solutions to the key marketing objectives in the west Florida region.” Gordon’s background includes a stint in sports marketing for IMG (International Management Group), as well as being general sales manager – and later director of sales – for Cumulus Media Atlanta’s country WKHX “Kicks 101.5” and WYAY. The eight-station iHM Tampa cluster includes: urban contemporary WBTP “The Beat”; WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio”; talk WFLA; CHR WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel”; country WFUS “US-103.5”; talk WHNZ “Impact Radio”; hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7”; and WXTB “98 Rock.”

hoyttomHoyt Heads to Louisville as Salem Media Group GM. Founder-president of Missouri-based AdAbilities Tom Hoyt – is named general manager of Salem Media Group Louisville talk outlet WGTK “The Answer” and WFIA “The Spirit – Christian Talk & Praise.” Salem vice president of operations Mike Moran notes, “We were looking for a general manager with a combination of strong leadership skills, management experience, and a proven sales orientation. I believe with Tom we found a man who delivers on all those fronts and brings the additional benefit of knowing and loving the city of Louisville.” Hoyt comments, “I cannot imagine a more ideal opportunity than this position with Salem Media Group in Louisville. The stations are heritage properties with a veteran staff. I am thankful that Mike has selected me and I am looking forward to building on the success the team has established.” Hoyt – who succeeds Tim Hartlage at the Louisville talk combo – previously worked in the market for Cox Media Group; was vice president and chief sales officer for CommunityLink Publications; general sales manager of Emmis St. Louis; and director of sales for Barnstable Broadcasting‘s stations in Greenville, South Carolina. Hartlage continues working for Salem, focusing on local ministry.

sagaSaga Communications Q1 Revenue Down 1.2%; Radio Division Dips 2.6%.  For the first quarter of 2015, Saga Communications is reporting net revenue decreased 1.2% on income of $29.1 million.  Revenue for the radio segment was $24, 276,000 – a decline of 2.6% compared to the same period a year ago (the TV segment was up).  Other data reported included free cash flow up 5.2% to $3.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, compared to $3.4 million for the same period last year.  Station operating expense decreased 0.8% to $22.8 million (station operating expense includes depreciation and amortization attributable to the stations) compared to $23.0 million for the same period last year.  Operating income was $3.8 million.  Net income for the period was $2.1 million ($0.36 per fully diluted share).

Odds & Sods.  Philadelphia news/talker WPHT will play a role in the local appearance of Kentucky Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul.  After his press conference at the People’s Plaza on Independence Mall onwpht logo Monday, May 18, the senator will make a special appearance at the Independence Seaport Concert Hall for a discussion focused on his book, Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America.  WPHT host Dom Giordano will moderate…..Longtime WGN, rosenbergmiltChicago radio host and current WCGO, Chicago personality Milt Rosenberg was recently honored by the City of Chicago for among other things, “bringing the world of ideas to millions of listeners, combining a scholar’s understanding of the humanities broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.”

2016 Presidential Prospects, ‘Prophet Drawing Contest’ Shooting, Clinton Family Foundation Scrutiny, Baltimore Aftermath, and California Drought Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/4).  The influx of new candidates for president in 2016 including independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Republicans Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee; the aftermath of the weekend’s shooting of two purported ISIS followers at a “prophet drawing contest” in Garland, Texas; Bill Clinton’s dismissal of criticism of the Clinton Family Foundation finances; the civil and political situation in Baltimore and questions about how Freddie Gray died; and the worsening drought in California and the battle over water policy were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Not the Same-Old, Same-Old

| February 10, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

 

LOS ANGELES — Tremendous temptation surfaces in the years of profiling talk radio personalities to make an occasional obligatory James Brown-inspired reference.

Specifically, a justifiable desire eventuates to compare certain talk hosts to the late entertainer (as opposed to the CBS-TV and former Sporting News Radio broadcaster of the same name) who – in addition to “The Godfather of Soul” was often dubbed the “hardest-working” person in show business.

Not that those in other genres of this medium are slackers – Ryan Seacrest represents the definitive textbook example of a supremely ambitious music radio star – but a select group of talk radio hosts do the improbable of overseeing multiple long-form weekday programs (often back-to-back).

That handful of Herculean talk realm performers has at various times included, among others, the likes of Thom Hartmann, Rusty Humphries, Lars Larson, Michael Smerconish, and Ed Schultz.  Some such as Alan Colmes and Sean Hannity have had and continue to have a daily radio/daily TV mix.

As laudatory as that most assuredly is, someone in Tampa took conscientiousness and mindboggling to an even more impressive level.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

| October 17, 2012

Creating Content Available Nowhere Else at Bonneville Seattle.  News/talk KIRO-FM, Seattle and parent company Bonneville announce a changing role for “Seattle’s Morning News” anchor Linda Thomas that puts the radio personality and journalist in the driver’s seat for bringing unique, local content to both KIRO-FM and the company’s digital space MyNorthwest.com.  Bonneville says Thomas will “devote 100% of her time and energy to original enterprise reporting for radio and digital channels in a groundbreaking new role announced today by KIRO Radio and MyNorthwest.com.  As senior features reporter at KIRO Radio and MyNorthwest.com, her role is to meet intriguing people and tell their stories.  In her role as digital journalist, Linda will continue her award-winning blog and file original reports to MyNorthwest.com covering topics from parenting and politics to technology and trends.”

During numerous presentations at industry gatherings, TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison has stated that what radio must do to survive this convergence of media and the changes in consumer behavior it is fostering, is to create content that is only available in one place – your radio station.  KIRO’s move combines this notion with the concept of a “media station” – a digital destination for unique multi-media content.  Bonneville’s radio and digital news director Peter Gammell says, “Original local reporting is what fuels KIRO Radio’s conversations and drives our users to visit MyNorthwest.com.  Linda has a proven ear for the compelling story, and she’s one of our most prolific reporters.  This role frees her to focus on what only she can do.”

Thomas relishes her opportunity to pursue her journalistic endeavors.  “I believe everybody has a story, and I want to know what’s yours.  I meet so many people whose stories have value, and someone hearing or reading them is going to have their life changed by their bravery and originality.”  Program director Larry Gifford states, “I’ve always been impressed with the compassion in Linda’s reporting.  She finds real, interesting people in the community, has a personal conversation with them and shares what she’s learned.  I can’t wait to hear who she introduces me to next.”

Thomas will continue her popular “News Chick” efforts.  Tweeting and posting on social media as “The News Chick,” Thomas is among the most-followed local journalists in the U.S., according to Bonneville.  The company says she promises her social media followers on Twitter @thenewschick and Facebook will continue to be fed her customary stream of sharable gems.  “The value of social media for me is connecting – in real life when possible – with people in the community, and being there when they want to interact with me.”  In addition to her longer-form radio and online feature reporting, social media are where she will continue sharing viral videos, photos, links to eye-catching stories from Seattle to Hollywood and around the world — along with Thomas’ famed fascination with her boots.

Cumulus Media Inks Agreement to Buy New York Market FM.  Pending approval from the FCC, Cumulus Media will have a third New York City station after closing on Family Stations, Inc.’s WFME, Newark, New Jersey.  Cumulus states in a press release that it will announce format plans for the Class B FM at 94.7 upon closing and expects that to happen sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.  Crain’s New York Business cites an industry insider saying Cumulus got WFME for a bargain: $40 million. Family Stations has undergone changes during the past year and is said to be cash-strapped after Family Stations chief Harold Camping’s apocalyptic predictions on the date of Christ’s reappearance last year failed on two occasions.  CEO Lew Dickey says, “This strategic acquisition of our second FM in the nation’s largest market will enable us to provide compelling new programming for our listeners and a powerful marketing vehicle for our advertising partners.”  Of course, although Cumulus is remaining vague about the specifics of its programming intentions with the new acquisition, industry observers are actively speculating as to what might be in store for the Big Apple’s soon-to-be competitive commercial FM.  For years, through several ownerships, WABC program directors have privately confessed that they wished talk-formatted WABC had a NYC FM outlet for its programming.  But the fact that its only sister FM, hot AC WPLJ (95.5) has been such a consistent ratings and revenue success put up a roadblock to that happening easily.  Now with the New York talk market in flux per Clear Channel‘s soon-to-be-completed takeover of WOR and Cumulus launching new high-profile syndicated talk shows such as Mike Huckabee and Geraldo Rivera, and with the end of their contracts with Premiere NetworksRush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity shows looming – it makes sense that they would be looking for a new Gotham outlet for their considerably valuable talk properties.  Of course, this is just speculation.

Tavis Smiley Takes on WBEZ, Chicago in Open Letter After Public Station Cancels Weekend “Smiley & West” Program.  Talk media personality Tavis Smiley wrote an open letter to Chicago Public Media president and CEO Torey Malatia after the station cancelled his weekend program “Smiley & West,” co-hosted by Princeton professor Cornel West.  In the letter, Smiley reacts to his work being called “less than inclusive” and being compared to Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly but Malatia in response to WBEZ cancelling his program.  Read the entire letter here.

KTTH, Seattle Announces New Schedule; Names David Boze AM Drive Host.  Beginning in January, Seattle talk radio personality David Boze will have a new role with the Bonneville talk station.  Boze currently does a one-hour program at 3:00 pm on KTTH that serves as a local hour between Salem Radio Network’s Michael Medved and Premiere NetworksSean Hannity on the station.  In January, Boze will host the three-hour morning drive show and bumps Premiere’s Glenn Beck from the AM drive slot on the station.  Bonneville Seattle program director Larry Gifford states, “David is a stand-up guy with a traditional Northwest sensibility.  He’s someone you’d want as a neighbor – who happens to host a great radio show.  He always leaves me better informed and mentally energized.”  Boze, who began his talk radio career as a producer for Peter Weissbach at KVI in 1999, has been with KTTH for 10 years.  He says, “I try to live my life with the same traditional values as my listeners do; decency, liberty, hard work, and doing what’s right.  I want to create a friendly gathering place where people can digest the news and we can talk about important stories that other media misinterpret or miss altogether.”

Talk Radio’s Unique Sales Advantage.  H & H Communications president Al Herskovitz says the unique place talk radio occupies in the stew of formats is that it is a foreground format that brings a better value to its advertisers.  This is not a new concept but Herskovitz writes that talk sales staffers can be very creative in taking advantage of this in bringing new categories of advertisers to the format.  “It would be hard to believe that the Rolls Royce manufacturer or even the local Rolls dealer would want to buy a spot in that Sunday 5:30 am auto show,” Herskovitz states.  “But an Atlanta station saleswoman I know did sell that very program to a salvage yard in her market coupled with a weekday spot package and a handful of promos.  Now that’s creative salesmanship!”  Read Al Herskovitz’s entire piece here.

WHNZ, Tampa to Add Sports Talk from Fox Sports Radio.  Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s WHNZ, Tampa – currently airing a combination of brokered local shows and syndicated news/talk fare, begins adding Fox Sports Radio content to the station beginning with the overnight “J.T. the Brick” program airing from 1:00 am to 5:00 am.  In 2013, the station plans to add FSRN’s “Petros & Money” and “Fox Sports Tonight” programs to the lineup.  Program director Steve Versnick states, “We are excited to launch the powerful brand of Fox Sports Radio on WHNZ in Tampa Bay.  This adds star power to the station for us.”

Fox Sports Radio Changes “Loose Cannons” Lineup; Vic “The Brick” Jacobs to KLAC Duties.  The trio of Pat O’Brien, Steve Hartman and Vic “The Brick” Jacobs – known as the “Loose Cannons” on Fox Sports Radio Network – will continue with just O’Brien and Hartman as Jacobs has been re-assigned to the sports news updates role at flagship KLAC, Los Angeles.  He’ll also serve as a reporter covering Lakers basketball.

Second Presidential Debate, Libya Attack Investigation, Malala Yousufzai Case, Iran Nuclear Ambitions, MLB Playoffs Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/16).  The second presidential debate from Hofstra University on Long Island; the ongoing investigation and controversy over the attack on the Banghazi consulate; the case of Pakistani wounded teen Malala Yousufzai; Iran’s nuclear weapons program; and the Major League Baseball playoffs were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.

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