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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

| December 8, 2020

Howard Stern Signs Renewal with SiriusXM for Five More Years. During previous investor conference calls, outgoing SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer said he believed Howard Stern and SiriusXM would come to terms on a new deal and today’s announcement bears that out. Under the new agreement, Stern will continue to produce and host “The Howard Stern Show” exclusively for SiriusXM for the next five years, and the Howard Stern archive of audio and video will continue to be licensed to SiriusXM for an additional seven years. Stern says, “Fifteen years ago, I joined SiriusXM, a fledgling group of broadcasters. I had been in a toxic relationship with terrestrial radio. And no matter how well I treated the medium, no matter how successful I made them, they abused me. Going to SiriusXM liberated me. I felt like Tina Turner freeing myself from Ike. And despite the naysayers and the ridicule, we have persevered, and are thriving. I’ve been proven right about satellite radio over and over again. With this contract renewal, I can’t wait to see what else I’ll be right about. Certainly, I have a lot more to say about Metamucil crackers and stepmom porn. Plus, now that I can work from home, I simply don’t have an excuse to quit.” Meyer says, “As the leading audio entertainment company, we couldn’t be happier to have Howard, the leading host in all of radio and audio, continue to make SiriusXM the home for his show, channels, and archives while at the peak of his broadcasting career. Howard’s home has been SiriusXM and it will remain that way, but we’ve expanded SiriusXM in recent years too, and we are excited about finding the right ways that select content from Howard can find audiences on additional platforms. May I add, I consider Howard a close friend and look forward to listening to him for years to come.”

Ron St. Pierre Out at iHeartMedia’s WHJJ, Providence; Jim Polito Takes Over Morning Show. Longtime Providence air personality and programmer Ron St. Pierre has exited iHeartMedia’s news/talk WHJJ-AM, Providence where he hosted the morning drive show. Filling the programming gap is WTAG-AM, Worcester, Massachusetts-based morning personality Jim Polito. In 2016, iHeartMedia dropped the local morning show hosted by Adam Wright and Bo Sullivan on WHYN-AM, Springfield, Massachusetts and began simulcasting Polito’s show there. The WHJJ move puts the Jim Polito show in three of iHeartMedia’s New England markets.

Salem’s KRLA and KTIE Cut Ties with Brian Whitman. Southern California radio pro Brian Whitman exits Salem Media Group’s morning drive show “The Morning Answer” that he co-hosted with Jennifer Horn that was simulcast on KRLA, Los Angeles and KTIE, San Bernardino. Whitman shared the news on his Facebook page on Friday (12/4). He wrote, “I was provided the following from folks at Salem/KRLA this morning. The announcement was sent by the general manager to their kind and hardworking staff, making this news public. I’ll have very personal thoughts to share with members of the ‘Morning Answer Listening Family’ (as I came to know and regard you over many years) very soon. It will be in this space at a time that is more appropriate and comfortable. With all of my love and with the warmest gratitude for every moment that we’ve shared together, I offer words that I know fall far short of my heart’s sentiment. Thank you, thank you, thank you guys.” The message from management was as follows: “After eight years hosting ‘The Morning Answer,’ Brian Whitman will no longer be with us. We wish Brian all the best in the future. Chuck [Tyler] and I echo Phil Boyce who said, “Brian has been a hard-working and extremely talented employee for us for many years. We will always cherish his friendship, and our opportunity to work together at KRLA and KTIE.” Whitman was the liberal counterpart to conservative Horn.

Hubbard Radio Drops Sports Talker Chris Rongey; Re-Aligns Host Lineup. According to a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dan Caesar, afternoon drive sports talk personality Chris Rongey has been let go from Hubbard Radio’s WXOS-FM, St. Louis. Rongey had been part of “The Fast Lane” afternoon show since replacing D’Marco Farr in 2017. The station moves midday host Jamie Rivers into afternoons alongside Anthony Stalter and Brad Thompson and promotes Alex Farrario to the midday show co-hosting with Brandon Kiley.

Talk Radio Host Michael Berry’s Good Month Includes Raising $1.3 Million for PTSD Foundation. KRTH, Houston-based, nationally syndicated talk host Michael Berry had a very good month in which his program helped raise $1.3 million for Camp Hope, the residential treatment center run by the PTSD Foundation of America, of which Berry is the national spokesman. The organization was laying off staff, including the vital folks who counsel suicidal veterans who struggle with re-integration after war. Berry teamed up with sponsor Jim “Mattress Mac” McIngvale, owner of the Gallery Furniture chain, to raise funds. During the whole of 2020, Berry’s efforts have raised $3 million for the organization, almost its entire budget. Additionally, Berry made national news on Monday (12/7) for his interview with Houston-based Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue, during which Unanue said he gave U.S. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio Cortez the company’s “employee of the month” award. This came after Ocasio Cortez called for a boycott on Goya products because Unanue publicly praised President Trump. However, Unanue says the boycott call produced a counter-protest in which supporters flocked to buy Goya goods. On top of that, Berry has added new affiliates, WPNN, Pensacola, Florida, and KNUW, Silver City, New Mexico and hopes to roll out seven new affiliates before the New Year. In case you missed it, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian profiled Berry back in October. Read it here.

PPM Analysis: Sports Talk. The Nielsen Audio PPM ratings survey in the month prior to the November election (October 8 – November 4) was not as generous to sports talk radio stations as it was to news/talk, still TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian reports that 46% of sports talkers were up (weekly 6+ AQH share) from the October 2020 survey. Gainers from October to November were led by RadiOhio’s WBNS-FM, Columbus “97.1 The Fan” (+0.7, 6.2 share) and Cumulus Media’s WGFX-FM, Nashville (+0.7, 6.0 share). Due to the pandemic’s effect on live sports, year-over-year comparisons have not been kind to the sports talk format and November 2019 to November 2020 is not different. 68% of sports talk outlets in PPM markets were down. However, 23% of stations gained with Cumulus Media’s KTCK-AM/FM, Dallas leading the pack (+1.6, 2.8 share). While no sports talkers claimed the #1 rank in their market during the November survey, iHeartMedia’s KXFN, Minneapolis came close, posting a 7.6 share good for the #2 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report here.

WJR, Detroit News Director Dick Haefner to Retire. After a 51-year career in radio news, WJR, Detroit news director Dick Haefner is retiring. Haefner, an award-winning newscaster, reporter, and news director, has been WJR news director since 1989. Cumulus Media says that “his tenure is unmatched by any other Detroit broadcast news director. He is one of the most recognizable news voices in his hometown of Detroit, signing on to radio news in 1969 and signing off on December 11, 2020, Haefner’s last day on-air.” The company goes on to note that “under Haefner’s leadership, WJR News has been honored with nearly every national and local news award in the broadcast business, including: the Peabody Award, Associated Press national award for Best Broadcast Reporting, Edward R. Murrow Awards, and numerous state news awards… Some of Haefner’s projects have changed laws. A series on suburban toxic waste dumps resulted in tighter rules for handling waste. An investigation of fraud at gas stations brought about new regulations on service station inspections and fuel hauling, and even changed the way the IRS taxes the fuel hauling industry. Among the biggest stories Haefner has broken are Coleman Young’s baby, the Nancy KerriganTonya Harding incident heard around the world, and Detroit’s two side-by-side sports stadiums.” Haefner comments, “Anything I may have accomplished is because of other people, my wife Judy, and my family who allowed me to pursue adventures in broadcast news, and especially my co-workers. My most important job was to put them in position to do their best work. What they accomplished every day is my greatest reward. I have had the best job in Detroit radio news for almost 32 years. I’m the luckiest person I know.”

Susan O’Connell Retires from Compass Media Networks; Robert Blum Rises to Senior Manager of Affiliate Sales. Affiliate sales pro Susan O’Connell is retiring from her position as vice president of news/talk affiliate sales with Compass Media Networks, effective December 31. At the same time, the company announces that Robert Blum – a Compass Media staffer since 2011 – is being promoted to senior manager of affiliate sales for news/talk/sports. O’Connell has been in the news/talk affiliate sales business for the past 40 years, the last six with Compass Media. She previously served with the Wall Street Journal Radio Network, ABC Radio Networks, CBS News, and the Progressive Radio Network. She comments, “The best part of my job has always been working with great broadcasters. Thank you all for sharing your time, talent, and friendship over the years. Compass Media Networks was the perfect place to wind up. Representing our stellar news/talk lineup and being part of this team has been an honor and a privilege.” Compass Media Networks CEO Peter Kosann says, “Susan is a total superstar, friend, and treasured colleague. Through hard work, perseverance, and cunning, Susan established Compass Media Networks as a dominant player in news/talk programming with over 750 leading news/talk stations airing over a dozen hours of our daily, live, and original news-talk programming.”

COVID-19 Stats/Vaccines, Trump Challenges, Biden Transition, Stimulus Package, Georgia Runoff Elections, Pornhub Allegations, and Presidential Pardons Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/7). The fast-rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the pleas from authorities to follow mask and gathering mandates, and the status of vaccines; Donald Trump continues legal challenges to the results of the presidential election; President-Elect Joe Biden continues his administration’s transition; the debate in Congress over a new stimulus package; the January runoff elections for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats; the allegations that porn giant Pornhub has promoted underage actors; and reports of Donald Trump’s pardon plans 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. On-air pro and urban media personality Charlamagne Tha God, a.k.a. Lenard McKelvey, and iHeartMedia renew and extend their relationship. The deal means the co-host of the WWPR, New York “Power 105.1”-based, nationally syndicated “The Breakfast Club” will continue to work with iHeartMedia for the next five years.  He says, “I give my sincerest thanks to iHeart for empowering me over the past decade to be the best talent that I can be, and for honoring me as an owner and executive. I love the audio business and iHeart is the biggest and best audio company in the world. As co-founder and chief creative officer of the Black Effect Podcast Network and now senior creative officer of cultural content and programming at iHeart, all I want to do for the next five years is continue to move the culture of radio and podcasting forward by curating a new era of voices, programming, and events. GOD IS GREAT! Now, it’s time to get back to work.”

Monday, May 4, 2020

| May 4, 2020

Monday Memo: “3 Big Things” Feeling cooped up by coronavirus confinement?  You’re not alone!  But, in this week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke notes some “silver linings” in this crisis (an opportune call-in topic).  Read it here.

Coronavirus Statistics and Projections, Re-Opening States, Pressure on China, Presidential Race/Joe Biden Allegations, Financial Markets Activity, and Korean DMZ Incident/Kim Jong Un Status Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the death toll, and predictions about future deaths; the various states that began re-opening their economies; accusations the coronavirus escaped from a Wuhan laboratory, China’s response, and pressure on the country to open up to investigation into the origins of the virus; the presidential race and Tara Reade’s accusation of sexual assault against Joe Biden; the world’s financial markets react to the coronavirus pandemic; and shots fired between North and South Korea across the DMZ and Kim Jong Un’s resurfacing were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Pending Business: Don’t Fight Santa. Sales and marketing consultant Steve Lapa, president of Lapcom Communications, writes in today’s column that it doesn’t matter if radio reaches 92% of adults each week if there are no cars parked at retail stores in your market.  To help a client in this climate, you have to “see what your advertisers see.”  Read his column here.

Hubbard Radio Announces Cuts Across Its Radio Properties. On Friday, Hubbard Radio chairman and CEO Ginny Morris announced in a memo to the company’s staffers that the disruption in the advertising business due to the coronavirus pandemic was forcing the company to take the unfortunate step of reducing payroll via layoffs at its radio stations in Chicago, Seattle, Phoenix, Washington, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, and St. Louis.  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that six staffers at sports talk KSTP-AM “SKOR North” were let go including Minneapolis Twins reporter Derek Wetmore and Minnesota Vikings reporter Matthew Coller.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that longtime WXOS-FM sports talk host Bernie Miklasz was one of 20 staffers in St. Louis to be let go.  Post-Dispatch reporter Dan Caesar adds that the lineup at WXOS changes with Miklasz’s exit.  Randy Karraker moves from afternoons to Miklasz’s former 7:00 am to 10:00 am show.  Midday host Anthony Stalter moves to the afternoon show with Brad Thompson and Chris Rongey.  Cardinals play-by-play voice Dan McLaughlin will host an hour-long show at 10:00 am while Jamie Rivers and Brandon Kiley will host the 11:00 am to 2:00 pm program.

Key Networks Celebrates a Year in Syndication for Bill O’Reilly. It’s been a year since Key Networks brought conservative media icon Bill O’Reilly back to radio in national syndication via his daily radio feature “The O’Reilly Update.”  That show, along with the morning drive feature “The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition,” are currently airing on 208 radio stations from coast-to-coast. The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition launched in January. O’Reilly says, “It is simply imperative that Americans get the truth in this very dangerous time. Many news agencies spin it. ‘The O’Reilly Update’ never does that. We deliver honest news and commentary every day in a concise, lively format. It’s gratifying to see the great response.”  Key Networks chief revenue officer Dennis Green adds, “Over 200 stations carrying programming in a year’s time is an amazing feat! It speaks to the quality of the content. During these challenging times, listeners want to hear news and commentary from a trusted voice and Bill O’Reilly delivers with ‘The O’Reilly Update.’”

‘Marilyn: Behind the Icon’ Podcast Series Debuts. A new podcast series from the alliance of Crossover Media Group Sales, LifeBites, and “Behind the Icon” producers looks at the life of Marilyn Monroe via a dramatic narrative based on Gary Vitacco-Robles’ bestselling books, ICON: The Life, Times and Films of Marilyn Monroe Volumes I and II (BearManor Media, 2015). The series is called “Marilyn: Behind the Icon” and “portrays Monroe up close and personal with a dramatic storyline featuring narration, actor dramatization, and commentary by a mental health expert. Marilyn Monroe is played by the talented Erin Gavin, who portrayed the legend on stage. Erin captures the essence of Marilyn that will captivate the podcast audience. In addition, the series features award-winning voice-over talent, Brad Hyland (Santa from Elf on the Shelf, Victoria’s Secret and many commercials) as the sultry, warm-voiced narrator.”  Producer Nina Boski says, “Fans around the world have an unending fascination with Marilyn Monroe. But underneath the glamour, there was a real person who struggled tremendously with mental health and addiction issues, which are truly an American epidemic. ‘Marilyn: Behind the Icon’ will reveal a dramatic narrative that will help Marilyn become more real and even more relatable to millions of fans and for people who are suffering from some of the same issues as the icon.”  Crossover Media Group Sales managing partner Sue Freund adds, “‘Marilyn: Behind the Icon’ is such a dynamic story for millions of Marilyn fans. We wanted to take on a project that was different and could tell the icon’s story to the world in a unique and groundbreaking way.  The producers of ‘Marilyn: Behind the Icon’ knock it out the park with their ability to share the Monroe story. They made it come to life – to entertain, but also to educate the audience at the same time about mental illness and addiction. The podcast gives a voice to Marilyn’s struggles in a way that can help others potentially seek the help she herself so desperately needed. We are excited to get behind such a compelling project!”

Radio Cares Radiothon Raises More than $500,000 for ‘Feeding America.’ The “Radio Cares Feeding America Emergency Radiothon” that began on Thursday (4/30) and ran through the weekend has raised more than $500,000 for hunger relief organization Feeding America. The radiothon closed with a $20,000 donation from Scott and Sandi Borchetta and Big Machine Label Group. The funds raised will provide 5 million meals for Americans living with hunger. The charitable initiative was developed and led by Ron Stone, president & CEO, Adams Radio Group, and Brian Philips, EVP, content & audience, Cumulus Media/Westwood One. Philips says, “Listeners answered the call from their favorite stations, large and small, unified by the cause of American hunger. Our listeners represent the most generous cross-section of America. There exists a bond among them that no crisis can break. Cumulus is always proud when what we do moves people.”

TALKERS News Notes. A new, weekly podcast from ABC News’ FiveThirtyEight titled, “PODCAST-19: FiveThirtyEight on the Coronavirus” debuted on May 1. The program features host Anna Rothschild, with the support of FiveThirtyEight team, investigating COVID-19 mysteries, debating when it’s safe to reopen the economy, and keeping track of the latest scientific developments on vaccines and treatments. ABC News says Rothschild has over a decade of experience reporting on science, health, and the environment. She has won multiple awards for her science communication, including from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Physics…..The John Fredericks Radio Network is broadcasting live this week – Monday through Wednesday – from Clarksdale, Mississippi, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta.  Fredericks says the show is investigating how the systemic poverty in the Delta region is affecting how residents are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.  He adds, “We’ll be discussing what the next steps are for small business owners, residents, and students, many of whom do not have high-speed broadband. Some have no Internet whatsoever, which may lead them to fall further behind the learning curve.”…..iHeartMedia Orlando is presenting an online “Education Fair, Education Summit” on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at EducationSummitFL.com. Designed to serve colleges, universities, tech schools, trade schools and more, the custom web page will allow education recruiters to conduct video interviews and review transcripts in real time. Students can log on and click on the education institute profile they wish to chat with. iHeartMedia Orlando partnerships manager Chianna Ray says, “This virtual event is exactly what our community needs right now. Many students have not had the chance to visits schools, meet with recruiters and are feeling unsure of their future. Recruiters have missed valuable face time with future students since events are not taking place at this time. We look forward to making that connection through our event.”…..Beasley Media Group stations in Fayetteville, Augusta, and Charlotte are hosting a complimentary 30-minute webinar designed to help struggling restaurant owners and managers directly impacted by the pandemic. The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 7, at 2:30 pm. Beasley says the session will feature actionable insights, timely advice, and relevant information that local restaurants can use immediately to help increase business during these challenging economic times. Participants can learn from Steve DaPolito, co-owner of Charlotte-based Bisonte Pizza Co., who helped to increase sales for his business at the onset of COVID-19. They can also learn about resources available to local restaurant owners provided by representatives from both the North Carolina and the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association…..Beasley Media Group and broadcast television firm TEGNA are partnering on a broadcast TV series focusing on the esports rivalry between the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws and Dallas Fuel.  TEGNA, owner of stations in 12 Texas markets, is broadcasting a weekly docuseries of original episodes chronicling the competition. Beasley Esports COO Lori Burgess comments, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Dallas Fuel and TEGNA’s Texas stations to bring fresh sports competition and entertainment back to our fans and TV viewers. Video gaming is hotter than ever and professional esports is taking center stage this month in Texas with the inaugural Lone Star Showdown presented by Samsung. New fans can expect a battle worthy of champions.”

Music Radio News and Career Moves.  As a result of Hubbard Radio’s decision to trim payroll because of the COVID-19 business climate, here are some of the air personalities reported to have been affected: In Chicago, media writer Robert Feder reports classic rock WDRV “97.1 The Drive” night host Phil Manicki and overnight host Greg Easterling, along with AC WSHE-FM “SHE 100.3” morning producer Robb Rose and night jock Brian Middleton, WDRV-FM promotion manager Heather Torrey, and hot AC WTMX-FM “101.9 The Mix” morning producer Cynthia Denicolo and social media staffer Melissa “Mel D” Dever all exit. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that country WIL-FM “New Country 92.3” morning hosts Bud Ford and Jerry Broadway are gone. Today (5/4), Hubbard announces that WSHE program director Cat Thomas is leaving that station to move to Seattle to become brand and content director at CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5” and adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9.”  Vice president of brand and content at WTMX and WSHE Jimmy Steal is assuming WSHE PD duties…..After the company put the wraps on the nationally syndicated country radio morning program “The Ty Bentli Show” on Friday with the exit of hosts Chuck Wicks and Tricia “TJ” Jenkins (Bentli exited the show earlier this year), Cumulus Media’s Westwood One launched the new “Morning Koffy” syndicated program hosted by Paul Koffy and co-host Jasmine Sadry. Cumulus EVP marketing and Westwood One president Suzanne Grimes says, “Well known in the radio industry and well-liked by country artists, Paul is the ideal host for this new show. Paul has spent his entire career in country music and, surprisingly, has never before hosted a program from Nashville – we can’t wait to see what he does from Music City. With Jasmine on the other mic, this show is one good morning brew.”…..Tampa Bay CHR WFLZ-FM “93.3 FLZ” replaces “The Kane Show” with new morning drive program, “THEjoeSHOW.”  Moving from the company’s Detroit CHR WKQI “Channel 955” where he was afternoon drive personality and APD, host Joe Carballo is joined by Ashley Nics and producer Jed Shilling. iHeartMedia Tampa Bay VP or programming Tommy Chuck says, “‘93.3 FLZ’ has a long history of incredible morning personalities. I’m excited to announce the next great show that is poised to take over Tampa Bay. Joe, Ashley, and Jed have done a great job preparing for this opportunity.” In Detroit Ashley Nics served as a producer for “The Mojo in the Morning Show” and hosted middays. Jed Schilling worked in the programming and digital department. Together, the three also hosted the “Heavily Anxious” podcast…..In Baltimore, morning drive personality Stash, a.k.a. Steve Ash, exits Shamrock Communications’ classic rock WZBA “100.7 The Bay.”  Stash announced the move via a Facebook post…..Alpha Media Bakersfield announces Erik Fox is promoted to program director for KLLY-FM “Energy 95.3.”  He’s been serving as music director and afternoon drive host for the station. Alpha Media Bakersfield general manager Jeremy Price says, “Erik Fox has shown himself to be one of the hardest working individuals in this industry that I have ever worked with. His love for the music marks a huge step up for the station. And in the year that he has been MD for ‘Energy,’ our ratings have risen to levels not seen on that station for over half a decade. Individuals committed to local radio like Erik are rare and we are blessed to have him on our team and, in this new capacity, are excited to see him continue to dominate in the ratings.”…..iHeartMedia moves Atlanta hip hop “The Beat” from WRDG-FM at 96.7 to WBZY-FM at 105.3.  The move bumps the Spanish hits format that had been airing on WBZY-FM.  Station program director Dan Hunt says, “We’re excited for the opportunity to rebuild ‘The Beat’ from the ground up and continue to represent the urban music culture with a sound unique to Atlanta.  Atlanta’s music lovers will get to listen to the most prolific voices in hip hop radio today, including “The Breakfast Club” and DJ Scream.”

Friday, September 6, 2019

| September 6, 2019

Hubbard to Debut ‘Stalter and Rivers’ Show on ‘101 ESPN St. Louis.’ The mystery of the midday change at Hubbard Radio’s WXOS-FM, St. Louis ‘101 ESPN’ is solved as the company announces “The Turn” host Anthony Stalter is being joined by Jamie Rivers for a new midday show that debuts on Monday (9/9) in the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm slot.  “The Turn” had aired from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, following Kevin Wheeler’s late morning show that was cancelled last week.  (This change pushes the start of the afternoon drive show “The Fast Lane” to 2:00 pm.)  Stalter had been working “The Turn” with former St. Louis Cardinals player Chris Duncan, who left the show in January of this year to focus on his battle with brain cancer.  Rivers is a former St. Louis Blues player and is currently also a personality on FOX Sports Midwest.  Hubbard Radio St. Louis VP and market manager John Kijowski says, “Hubbard Radio St. Louis and ‘101 ESPN’ are excited to launch another live and local show featuring two incredibly talented guys who are connected and engaged with listeners and sports fans across St. Louis.”

Entercom’s RADIO.COM Sports Partners with The Action Network. This content distribution partnership ties together The Action Network – a media company featuring news, information and an app focused on sports betting and fantasy content – with Entercom’s RADIO.COM Sports platform throughout the 2019 football season. Entercom says the partnership will feature unique broadcast content on Entercom’s 35 all-sports stations, as well as digital content on the RADIO.COM Sports Digital Network – the platform’s new all-digital, daily, live, subscription-free sports network.  The company recently announced the launch of “You Better You Bet,” a daily, live sports betting show hosted by Nick Kostos as part of this new native digital content offering.  Entercom president of sports Mike Dee says, “We are committed to make RADIO.COM Sports and our local broadcast stations the #1 destination for fans to access the very best sports betting information available.  Nobody is better at informing the sports bettor in this fast-growing space than The Action Network.  This partnership serves to align their personalities and best-in-class platform with the massive scale of our broadcast portfolio, as well as our new highly targeted sports betting digital programming.  The Action Network’s contributions to further enhance our ‘You Better You Bet’ daily podcast will now take that show to the next level as the premier digital audio destination for sports betting enthusiasts.” As part of the partnership, afternoon drive shows across RADIO.COM Sports stations will feature “The Action Network Daily Flash,” short-duration updates of that evening’s betting odds.  The reports will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the regular season by hosts of “You Better You Bet.”  High-profile contributors from The Action Network will also call into RADIO.COM Sports stations on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the season to discuss sports betting headlines and the latest betting lines for that weekend’s games.

New Installment Posted of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” The recently launched, one-hour experimental weekend program, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” produced by Goodphone Communications, that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC (9/6).  The new episode titled, “Category 5 Radio” looks back at this past week of September 2-6, 2019 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS magazine; Michael Brown, talk show host, KHOW, Denver; Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company; Daliah Wachs, M.D., talk show host, Genesis Communications Network; Ethan Bearman, political analyst & commentator, Fox News Channel; and Richard Neer, talk show host, WFAN, New York.  This increasingly acclaimed news/talk radio show airs on WONK-FM on Friday afternoons between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm as a recap and exclamation point for the week-in-review as well as several other stations around the country including KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA and during the weekend on the Virginia Talk Radio Network as well as Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA and the iHeartRadio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

NAB Announces New Training Program for First-Time Managers. Through the NAB Leadership Foundation, an online education series for first-time radio and television station managers, is now available.  The NAB Leadership Foundation says the “First Time Manager Series” uses interactive sessions and provides online resources to help bridge the gaps in management training that can hinder professionals recently promoted to their first supervisory role.  The program empowers rising managers to effectively communicate, delegate and motivate. The five-part curriculum covers all aspects of managerial responsibility, including productive transition habits, continued professional development, and progressive leadership skills. NAB Leadership Foundation president Michelle Duke says, “The NAB Leadership Foundation noticed a gap in training for new managers and responded by developing this program to provide the tools and resources necessary to help them succeed.  The materials are designed to be a continued resource as these future leaders progress in their careers.”

TALKERS News Notes. Public media giant NPR announces John Lansing is named its new CEO, effective in mid-October.  Lansing is a government broadcast and cable television executive who’s been selected by NPR’s corporate board to succeed its current chief, Jarl Mohn.  Lansing has been serving as chief executive of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, operator of Voice of America, Radio and Television Martí, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.  He tells NPR News, “When I think of NPR and I think of the member stations collectively, I think really of journalism as a public service, not tied to a profit motive.”…..Cumulus Media’s sports talk KBGG-AM, Des Moines “1700 The Champ” is adding the new, Westwood One-syndicated sports talk program, “The Pat McAfee Show,” starring former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee to its lineup.  WWO announced its multi-platform deal with McAfee earlier this week.  The midday sports talk show is fed live daily, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm ET…..SiriusXM is celebrating the NFL’s 100th season with a new podcast series titled, “The NFL 100 Greatest.”  The podcast is a specially-produced, 20-episode series counting down the greatest NFL memories in five categories – plays, games, characters, game changers, and teams.  It’s produced in conjunction with NFL Films and voiced by longtime NFL broadcaster James Brown…..The Philadelphia Eagles and Entercom helped raise $363,746 for Eagles Autism Challenge Inc. via WIP, Philadelphia’s 2019 Eagles Radiothon.  Eagles fans and SportsRadio 94WIP listeners had the opportunity to bid on exclusive experiences involving their favorite Eagles players and SportsRadio 94WIP radio personalities. All proceeds will benefit Eagles Autism Challenge Inc., the team’s public organization, whose goal is to assist those currently affected by autism as well as future generations by providing the necessary resources to doctors and scientists at leading institutions…..The GCN-syndicated Dr. Daliah Wachs program is added to the program schedule of WVWI-AM, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Dorian Top News/Talk Story for Week of September 2-6. The devastation Hurricane Dorian caused in the Bahamas and its track up the Eastern Seaboard was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was U.S.-China relations, the stock market and the economy.  Coming in at #3 was the unrest in Hong Kong, followed by Brexit at #4.  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 is published every Friday at Talkers.com.  See this week’s entire chart here.

KHOW, Denver Morning Host Ross Kaminsky Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  KHOW, Denver morning host Ross Kaminsky is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  The conversation addresses the intersection where the economy, partisan politics, and the influence of talk media converge in a demolition derby of theories, ideas, opinions and arguments.  In discussing the interview, Harrison states, “With the US-China trade war and its impact on the stock market and economy among the hottest topics on talk radio these past couple of weeks, I decided to tap into this broadcaster’s tremendous experience in this arena for the podcast.”  Kominsky spent most of his adult life waving his hands and yelling on the trading floors in Chicago after studying economics and politics at Columbia University.  He has also visited more than 60 countries, which adds to his perspective on a wide range of talk topics.  Harrison continues, “Frankly, I like what this guy is all about.  He brings a fresh perspective to the news, politics, culture and everyday life.  He says it’s all about great ideas, freedom, and fun and not about labels, about us versus them, or about assuming that a disagreement means someone has bad intentions.”  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column of the TALKERS email newsletter or on every page of Talkers.com.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Yesterday (9/5), was the swan song for Cumulus Media’s KFOG, San Francisco – since 1982 a Bay Area haven for adult album alternative (and, in its last years, alternative rock).  The station said good bye to listeners with a daylong tribute to the music and station personalities that made it an iconic San Francisco station.  Today, the station flipped to an FM simulcast of sports talk KNBR-AM…..A number of station groups are organizing fund-raising efforts to deal with the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian.  Cox Media Group Miami is partnering with Winn-Dixie locations in Broward and Dade Counties to collect donations for those in the Bahamas. As part of the two-day “CMG Labor of Love Bahamas Relief” event, “99 JAMZ,” “EASY 93.1,” “HITS 97.3,” and “HOT 105” are broadcasting live at Winn-Dixie locations to collect supplies for those affected in the Bahamas…..Beasley Media Group is partnering with the Red Cross in conjunction with the company’s on-going Community of Caring Initiative to support individuals and families directly impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and the United States.  BMG’s company-wide relief effort across its 65 radio stations invites listeners and advertisers to show their support by making a monetary donation as well as giving blood at their local Red Cross chapters in an effort to help those directly impacted by the hurricane.

 

 

August 2019 PPM Data – Information for the August 2019 ratings period has been released for Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, St. Louis, Portland, Charlotte, and San Antonio. Nielsen Audio’s August 2019 survey period covered July 18 – August 14. See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these nine PPM markets.

Minneapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – When Entercom-owned WCCO (Minnesota Twins) lost one-tenth in July, it halted three consecutive improvements that accounted for a +2.1 (3.3 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+); however, “News Radio 830” notches a +.6 in August (5.3 – 5.9, 6+) to jump from ninth to sixth. Gaining six-tenths as well in August is iHeartMedia’s KTLK (2.4 – 3.0, #16 to #14, 6+). This time last month, “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” curtailed five straight down or flat trends that resulted in a -1.0 (3.3 – 3.3 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+). Yet another streak involving a Twin Cities news/talk station ended in July when Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY notched a +.4, interrupting four straight decreases that led to a net loss of -1.1 (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.3, 6+). Off two-tenths in August (2.7 – 2.5, 6+), “My Talk 107.1” drops from #15 to #17.

Not only is iHeartMedia’s KFXN (Minnesota Vikings) a cumulative +1.4 in four straight up or flat moves (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 5.3, 6+), “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” cracks the top ten (#11 to #9) with its best 6+-stat (5.3) since “Holiday” 2018’s 5.6. In four successive sweeps without an increase, Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” has lost two-tenths (.8 – .7 – .7 -.6 – .6, flat at #23, 6+).

Three bumps in a row by KNOW have produced a +2.2 (4.3 – 5.5 – 6.1 – 6.5, 6+) as the Minnesota Public Radio news/talk facility jumps from fourth to third.

Minneapolis Music Formats – Over and above recording a whopping +1.1 (6.3 – 7.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM progresses from third to first. This calendar year, “KS-95” has held (or shared) the top spot in January, March, April, June, and August. It has been +1.9 (January); -.8 (February); +.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.8 (May); flat (June); -.4 (July); and +1.1 (August). Ousted from the top spot in June by “KS-95,” iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies outlet KQQL “Kool 108” returned the favor in July, but is now dislodged (again) by KSTP-FM. After racking up a July improvement of nine-tenths, “Kool 108” relinquishes one-half share (7.5 – 7.0, 6+) and segues from first to second. Approximately 54% (-6.8) of KQQL’s 6+ AQH share vanished through four straight negative or flat trends (12.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+) before “Kool 108” logged a +1.0 in May. KQQL cluster-mate/KSTP-FM’s format rival – KTCZ “Cities 97.1” – regresses by nine-tenths (5.1 – 4.2, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #11). Shifts in 2019 for “Cities 97.1” include +1.2 (January) -.5 (February); +.2 (March); +.5 (April); -.2 (May); flat (June); +.6 (July); and -.9 (August). Unchanged at #13, Minnesota Public Radio triple A KCMP “The Current – Great Music Lives Here” is +1.2 via five consecutive positive or neutral trends (2.1- 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), with 3.3 its best 6+-stat since September 2018 (3.3, as well). Up three-tenths in June/July (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+), University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KTIS-FM “Always Uplifting” falters by nine-tenths to 5.5 (6+) and slumps from second to seventh. In the market’s country tussle, iHeartMedia’s KEEY “K-102,” which was -1.0 in June/July (4.9 – 4.8 – 3.9, 6+) gains three-tenths to 4.2 (#12 to #11, 6+), while Entercom’s KMNB “102.9 The Wolf” is off one-half share in July/August (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8, #14 to #15, 6+). July’s 3.9 for KEEY “K-102” was its lowest 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2017’s 3.4. KMNB “102.9 The Wolf” lost eight-tenths in four successive down or neutral trends (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), but ended the slide with June’s gain of four-tenths.

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – A one-half share increase by iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO “News Radio 600” (4.5 – 5.0, seventh to sixth, 6+) completely erases its combined June/July -.5 (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.5, 6+). “News Radio 600” was +1.0 via three straight increases (4.0 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.0, February through May, 6+). Similarly, Tegna news/talk KFMB-AM was an overall -.6 via three consecutive slips (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), but “AM 760” wipes away the deficit with a +.6 to 2.5 (#18 to #16, 6+). The just-concluded slide immediately followed an overall gain of nine-tenths through four successive increases (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+). The ultra-consistent December 2018 through August 2019 San Diego topline for iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI “AM 640” is: 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.2 -1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 (#23 to #22, 6+).

After losing one-tenth in back-to-back (June and July) sweeps (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), Entercom-owned KWFN “97.3 The Fan” (Padres) posts a +.3 to 2.2 (6+) but backslides from a three-way logjam at #18 to #19. Advancing from #24 to #23, iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” records a .8 (6+) the fourth time in the last five sweeps (.8 – 1.0 – .8 – .8 – .8, 6+).

A one-tenth increase (5.9 – 6.0, 6+) is sufficient to boost KPBS from third to first. The San Diego State University-owned news/talk facility was an top six months in a row before falling to third in July. KPBS has been -.6 (December 2018); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +2.1 (January 2019); -1.7 (April); +.9 (May); and -.7 (June).

San Diego Music Formats – In six consecutive positive or neutral sweeps, iHeartMedia CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3 – San Diego’s #1 Hit Music Station” is a combined +1.6 (4.3 – 4.8 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.9, 6+) and advances from fourth to second. This streak follows a cumulative -2.3 as a result of four straight decreases (6.6 – 6.0 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+). Replicating July’s one-half share improvement (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1” pushes from sixth to fifth. This (5.5) is the best 6+-showing for “Star” in more than two years (July 2017, 6.0, 6+). Five straight down or flat trends by Entercom-owned KSON resulted in a  collective -2.0 since February (6.1 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.0 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+) but “103.7 San Diego’s #1 New Country” pulls the plug with a +.1 to 4.2 (flat at #11, 6+). It proves to be a July-only stay at #1 for classic hits-oldies sibling KXSN “Sunny 98.1 – San Diego’s Greatest Hits,” which falls from first to fourth. Sunny was a collective +1.7 in five successive improvements (4.7 – 5.0 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), but regresses by seven-tenths to 6.4 (6+). Prior to July 2019, the last time “Sunny” hit #1 was July 2018 (6.2, 6+). Co-owned adult contemporary KYXY, which was a combined +1.7 in June/July (3.5 – 4.2 – 5.2, 6+), surrenders one-half share to 4.7 (fifth to seventh, 6+). July’s 5.2 was its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2018’s 8.4. Locked on 1.3 (6+) in June and July, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KARJ “Air 1 – Worship Now” forfeits one-half share to .8 (#23, 6+). Following four consecutive positive or neutral moves that netted a +1.0 (5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNV “Que Buena 106.5” falters by two-tenths to 5.8 (second to third, 6+).

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – Up a combined six-tenths in July/August (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.6, 6+), after a collective -1.5 in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.5 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” continues at #14. As is the case with WFLA, Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT  improves by two-tenths in August; “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” is +.5 in three straight sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.6- 2.6 – 2.8, unchanged at #16, 6+).

Flat at #18, iHeartMedia-owned WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Rays, Buccaneers) has lost a combined six-tenths in July/August (2.7 – 2.3 – 2.1, 6+).

Even though it regains the three-tenths it lost in July (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+), University of South Florida news/talk WUSF remains at #20.

Tampa Music Formats – Logging improvements of seven-tenths each are Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy FM” (4.6 – 5.3, seventh to fifth, 6+) and iHeartMedia urban contemporary WBTP “95.7 The Beat” (3.6 – 4.3, #13 to #9, 6+). This is the highest 6+-stat for “The Joy FM” since February 2018 (5.3, as well). WBTP “The Beat” dropped six-tenths in July to its lowest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2018 (3.6, as well). Prior to losing two-tenths in June, WBTP was +1.3 in seven successive sweeps without a loss (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+). Tampa Bay’s (6+) August 2019 adult contemporary share balloons by +1.1, nearly equally divided between Cox Media Group cluster-mates WDUV “Lite Favorites” (8.6 – 9.2, +.6, 6+) and WWRM “Magic 94.9 Tampa Bay’s Best Music” (4.7 – 5.2, +.5, steady at #6, 6+). On top the 84th straight time, WDUV sputtered by seven-tenths in June, directly after a May gain of three-tenths curtailed four straight negative trends that resulted in a -4.7 (13.7 – 11.8 – 11.6 – 10.6 – 9.0, 6+). WDUV’s 13.7 in “Holiday” 2018 is the highest 6+-stat for any Tampa station since its 14.9 in “Holiday” 2015. WWRM “Magic 94.9” plummeted by -1.0 in July to 4.7, its lowest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2017’s 3.9. In four straight negative or neutral moves (7.5 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+), co-owned WXGL was a cumulative -2.4 but “107.3 The Eagle – Tampa Bay’s Classic Hits” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 5.4 (steady at #4, 6+). An overall +1.1 via six successive positive or neutral trends (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+), Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD “Wild 94.1” advances from ninth to seventh. Drifting from the top ten (#5 to #11), iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7” is -1.4 in July/August (5.4 – 5.0 – 4.0, 6+), immediately after three straight improvements netted +1.4 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 5.4, 6+). In June, “Mix” reached the five-share level (5.4, 6+) for the first time since February 2018’s 5.2. Three straight upticks by Cox Media Group alternative WSUN resulted in a gain of six-tenths (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.5, 6+), but “97-X” forfeits four-tenths to 2.1 (#17 to #18, 6+). The market’s two CHRs are deadlocked at #12. Specifically, Cox Media group’s WPOI “Hot 101.5” is down seven-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.5 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.8, #10 to #12, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s WFLZ “93.3 FLZ” is off one-half share in three consecutive negative or neutral moves (4.3 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8, unchanged at #12, 6+).

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – As a result of a full-share erosion (5.0 – 4.0, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (Rockies, Broncos) fades from the top ten (#5 to #11). After gaining four-tenths in July (1.1 – 1.5, 6+), co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” returns half that increase (1.3, -.2, 6+) and departs the top twenty (#18 to #21). Having logged a .1 (June, 6+) and a .2 (July, 6+), KOA and KHOW cluster-mate KDFD “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” notches an August .8 (#24, 6+).

Off six-tenths in June, Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” answers with a combined +1.0 in July/August (2.4 – 2.5 – 3.4, #17 to #15, 6+). While KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-FM regains the one-tenth it lost in July (.4 – .3 – .4, 6+), “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” backslides from #28 to #29.

A combined +1.2 in January/February (6.4 – 7.1 – 7.6, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR was -1.6 in June (6.2 – 4.6, 6+); +.8 in July (4.6 – 5.4, 6+); and now -.4 in August to 5.1 (fourth to sixth, 6+). In five consecutive down or flat reports, Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC has lost more than 70% (-1.3) of its 6+ AQH-share (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.1 – .8 – .5, #23 to #28, 6+).

Denver Music Formats – At the same time that KSE Radio Ventures’ hot AC KIMN “Mix 100” posts a +1.2 (3.6 – 4.8, 6+) to vault into the top ten (#14 to #7) with its best-ever 6+-stat (4.8) in the PPM-era, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KALC “Alice 105.9” falters by half that magnitude (4.7 – 4.1, -.6, eighth to tenth, 6+). Off one-half share in July, “Mix” was a combined +.8 in May/June (3.3 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). This is the 13th time in a row “Alice” is within 4.0 – 4.7 range (6+). In three successive reports without a loss, KSE Radio Ventures’ classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105 – Denver’s Greatest Hits” is a collective +1.0 (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.6, sixth to fourth, 6+). Locked on 5.4 (6+) in May and June and then off six-tenths to 4.8 (6+, July), iHeartMedia-owned   KTCL “Channel 93.3 – Denver’s Modern Rock” posts a +.7 to 5.5 (sixth to fifth, 6+). Not only is Entercom classic rock KQMT +1.5 in five successive positive or neutral moves (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 6.2, 6+), “99.5 The Mountain” climbs from third to first. This (6.2) is the highest 6+-stat for KQMT in exactly one year (August 2018, 6.6, 6+). After a two-month run at #1, Bonneville-owned KYGO (5.8 – 5.7, -.1, 6+) shifts to third. After netting +1.4 in four straight up or flat trends (4.3 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 5.7, 6+), country KYGO regressed by seven-tenths in May only to post a +1.0 in June to 6.0, its highest 6+-stat since September 2018 (6.0, as well). Via three straight spikes, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KWBL racked up a +1.7 (2.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+), but “106.7 The Bull” is off two-tenths to 3.5 (#13 to #14, 6+). July’s 3.7 was KWBL’s highest 6+-stat since it switched to country in mid-December 2017. Up six-tenths in addition to aforementioned “The Mountain” is iHeartMedia triple A KBCO “97.3 World Class Rock” (4.8, tenth to seventh, 6+), which was a combined -1.0 in June/July (5.2 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+). Entercom rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5” is -1.3 in four straight down or flat moves (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.3, #12 to #16, 6+), while iHeartMedia CHR KPTT “95.7 The Party” has lost eight-tenths in three reports in succession without an increase (4.4 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.6, #10 to #12, 6+). Positive or neutral February through July for a net gain of (just) one-tenth, Entercom classic hits-oldies KEZW “EZ-1430 Timeless Music” surrenders that one-tenth in August (.7 – .6, #25 to #27, 6+).

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.0 in June/July (2.8 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+), Hearst Television’s news/talk WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” (Ravens) notches a +.4 to 2.2 (#15 to #12, 6+). When similarly-formatted independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” posted a one-half share increase in July, it suspended five straight sweeps without an increase that led to -1.9 (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.2 – 1.5, 6+). WCBM, however, regresses by six-tenths in August (2.0 – 1.4, #13 to #17, 6+). Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL is down two-tenths (.3 – .1, #31 to #30, 6+).

With an April 2019 through August 2019 topline of 4.4 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.8 – 4.5 (6+), Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” (Orioles) slips from seventh to eighth.

Down a combined eight-tenths in June/July (1.9 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+), co-owned business news WDCH is up three-tenths to 1.4 (#19 to #17, 6+).

Substituting July’s -.7 with an August +.7 (3.3 – 2.6 – 3.3, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” continues at #11. Its internet stream, which logged a July .5 (6+), is unlisted in August. For the fourth time in the last five sweeps, American University-owned news/talk WAMU records a 1.2 (1.2 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2, #18 to #19, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – Five straight reports without an increase by Shamrock Communications-owned WZBA resulted in an overall -2.3 (6.2 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 3.9, 6+) but “100.7 The Bay – Baltimore’s Classic Rock Station” applies the brakes with a +.6 to 4.5 (ninth to eighth, 6+). Prior to July, the last time “The Bay” slipped below a four-share (6+) was February 2018 (3.8). Also improving by six-tenths in August is Radio One Washington, DC urban contemporary WKYS, which actually gains seven-tenths in three consecutive positive or neutral moves (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.7, #19 to #16, 6+). Tacking on one-half share to July’s +.4 (5.8 – 6.2 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WPOC “93.1 Today’s Best Country” repeats at #3. Entering the July sweep, WPOC lost one-half share in four straight down or flat moves (6.3 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). Off two-tenths in three successive negative or flat reports (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+), alternative sibling WWDC “DC-101” posts a +.1 to 1.9 (#15 to #14, 6+). Co-owned CHR WZFT “Z-104.3 Baltimore’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which was -1.0 in five sweeps in a row without an increase (4.6 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.6, 6+), adds one-tenth to 3.7 (unchanged at #10, 6+). Notwithstanding it drops three-tenths to 8.8 (6+), Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” is #1 the third month in succession. A combined +1.8 in June/July (7.3 – 8.1 – 9.1, 6+), “Magic” reached the nine-share level (9.1, 6+, July) for the first time since January’s 9.0. After being an overall -1.8 in three down or flat moves in a row (9.8 – 8.8 – 8.0 – 8.0, 6+), co-owned urban contemporary WERQ “92 Q Jams” rebounds with a +.4 to 8.4 (6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot. April’s 9.8 marked the first time WERQ reached the nine-share level (6+) since July 2016’s 9.2. Entercom gospel WLIF-HD2 doubled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH-share in three straight gains (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.5 – 2.0, 6+), but surrenders one-tenth in August to 1.9 (flat at #14, 6+). Up or flat February through July for a net gain of one-tenth (.7 – .7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – .8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WMZQ “98.7 Today’s Best Country” forfeits four-tenths to .4 (#27, 6+). This is the 13th sweep in a row that Peter and John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM is unlisted; “95.1 Shine FM – Baltimore’s Positive Hits Station” was #13 in August 2018 (2.6, 6+).

St. Louis

 Spoken-Word Formats – Although repeating at #7, Entercom news/talk KMOX “The Voice of St. Louis” (Cardinals) is an overall -2.3 in four successive losses (7.3 – 6.6 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+); KMOX posted a +2.2 in April. After playing an April through July ping pong game (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.3, 6+), co-owned KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1” breaks out a half-share increase to 2.8, its highest 6+ showing since November 2018 (1.8, as well)  and continues at #18.

Bouncing back from July’s -.6 with an August +.2 (3.7 – 3.1 – 3.3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk WXOS “101 Sports” progresses from #17 to #16.

Repeating at #15, University of Missouri news/talk KWMU has a March through August topline of 3.7 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 (6+).

St. Louis Music Formats – Hauling out a +.9 (5.9 – 6.8, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU “103.3 St. Louis’ Greatest Hits” marches from fourth to second with its best 6+-stat since March (6.8, as well). A combined -1.3 in June/July (5.1 – 3.9 – 3.8, 6+), Entercom CHR KNOU “Now 96.3” cuts that deficit roughly in half with a +.7 to 4.5 (#14 to #11, 6+). On a seesaw, iHeartMedia’s KSD “93.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” regressed by seven-tenths in May; improved by one-half share in June; dropped two-tenths in July; and adds one-half share in August (4.5 – 5.0, 6+), jumping from tenth to seventh. Its format rival – Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIL “New Country 92.3” – is up three-tenths (6.1 – 6.4, 6+) and continues in third-place. Albeit down one-tenth (8.7 – 8.6, 6+), co-owned KSHE “95 Real Rock Radio” is #1 the fourth straight month. Recent shifts for KSHE include: +.5 (December); -.7 (Holiday” 2018); +2.0 (January 2019); -.5 (February); +1.3 (March); -1.6 (April); +.9 (June); and +.4 (July). KSHE was tied with (aforenoted) iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU for February’s top spot. In March, KSHE took sole possession of first-place but had to share the lead again the following month; on that occasion, it was with Entercom news/talk KMOX. “Real Rock Radio” has had sole possession of the top spot in May, June, July, and August. Cluster-mate KPNT “105.7 The Point – Everything Alternative” (6.7 – 5.7, 6+) drops from second to fourth. Its four most recent shifts are +.6 (May); -.6 (June); +.7 (July); and -1.0 (August). In seven straight sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia-owned KLLT netted two-tenths (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0, 6+), but “Alt 104.9” relinquishes three-tenths to 1.7 (flat at #19, 6+). Despite being a collective -2.2 via four consecutive sweeps without an increase (7.2 – 6.7 – 6.0 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+), Gateway Creative Broadcasting contemporary Christian KLJY “99.1 Joy FM” jumps from ninth to seventh.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Recent shifts for Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” include: -1.0 in March/April; +1.1 in May/June (3.7 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+); -.7 (July); and now +.6 in August (4.1 – 4.7, ninth to seventh, 6+). As a result of three straight bumps, iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” gains nine-tenths (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9, 6+), climbing from #17 to #16. This calendar year, Alpha Media news/talk KUFO “Freedom 970” has logged a 1.0 (6+) four times and a .9 (6+) four times: 1.0 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9 (flat at #24, 6+).

KUFO’s sports talk sibling, KXTG “The Game,” regains the one-tenth it lost in July (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.4, #22 to #21, 6+). Entercom’s similarly-formatted KFXX “1080 The Fan” is down four-tenths in three successive sweeps without an increase (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1, #23 to #22, 6+). Up one-tenth (.3 – .4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” progresses from #28 to #26.

A cumulative -1.4 in three downturns in a row (7.9 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.5, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB answers with a half-share increase to 7.0 (third to second, 6+). KOPB has been +1.2 (January 2019); -2.0 in February/March; +.6 (April); -.9 (May); and +.5 (August) .

Portland Music Formats – Logging increases of seven-tenths each are Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” (4.4 – 5.1 – sixth to fifth, 6+) and All Classical Public Media’s KQAC “All Classical Portland” (2.5 – 3.2, #17 to #15, 6+). When “The Fish” picked up four-tenths in July, it ended three consecutive down or flat trends that led to a loss of nine-tenths (4.9 – 4.9 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+). Likewise, KQAC this time last month posted a half-share increase that suspended five consecutive down or flat moves that resulted in a -2.4 (4.4 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+). Immediately prior to losing seven-tenths in March, KQAC was without a loss four times in a row for a collective +1.8 (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.4 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+) and reached the four-share level (4.4, 6+) the first time since February 2017’s 4.2. In four successive sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia CHR KKRZ “Z-100 Portland” is up nine-tenths (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+) and advances from tenth to eighth. Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP “93.1 El Rey” is a collective +1.0 via three bumps in succession (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.8, #19 to #18, 6+). Even though it is a collective -.7 in July/August (7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” repeats at #1. July marked the first time “K-103” held the lead position since “Holiday” 2018. Ironically, it returned to the top despite having its consecutive string of increases that yielded eight-tenths snapped at three (7.0 – 7.0 – 7.2 – 7.8, 6+). June’s 7.8 was the best 6+-stat for “K-103” since “Holiday” 2018’s 16.2. Immediately after putting together three up or flat trends that yielded two-tenths (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), Alpha Media’s KWEE “96.3 – WE are Portland’s Real Hip-Hop Station” craters by more than 55% (-1.1) of its 6+ AQH-share to .8 (#20 to #25, 6+). Ironically, iHeartMedia’s KXJM “Jam’n 107.5 – Portland’s #1 for Hip-Hop and Throwbacks” has a major July 2019 – August 2019 decrease as well (3.7 – 2.7, -1.0, #12 to #19, 6+). Prior to faltering by two-tenths in July, “Jam’n 107.5” posted four successive positive or neutral moves for an overall +1.5 (2.4 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+), with June’s 3.9 its strongest 6+-showing since March 2016 (3.9, as well). A combined +.6 in June/July (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+), co-owned KFBW “105.9 The Brew – Portland’s Rock Station” surrenders one-half share to 3.4 (#11 to #14, 6+). Three consecutive jumps by Entercom-owned KGON resulted in a +.8 (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.9, 6+) but “92.3 Portland’s Classic Rock” drops four-tenths to 5.5 (flat at #4, 6+). The (6+) gap between the market’s two main country FMs shrinks from nine-tenths in July to four-tenths as Alpha Media’s KUPL “98.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” is down three-tenths (4.4 – 4.1, sixth to ninth, 6+), while Entercom-owned KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf” – The Northwest’s Hottest Country” picks up two-tenths to 3.7 (#14 to #11, 6+). A combined +1.5 in May/June (4.2 – 4.6 – 5.7, 6+), KUPL “The Bull” plummeted by -1.3 in July. Prior to June, the last time KUPL reached the five-share level (6+) was in April 2017 (5.5). KWJJ “The Wolf,” which gained eight-tenths in May, was -1.1 in June/July (4.6 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+). June’s 4.6 was its best 6+-stat since July 2018 (4.6, as well). After notching a 1.8 in June (#20, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLVP “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted for the second month in a row.

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Settling down from June’s +1.2 and July’s -.9 (3.2 – 4.4 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom news/talk WBT (Carolina Panthers) has a more modest loss of two-tenths in August to 3.3 (6+) and continues at #12.

Co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” logs a half-share increase (1.3 – 1.8, 6+) and advances from #18 to #16.

In all eight sweeps this calendar year, University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE has remained in two-share range: 2.7 – 2.9 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.2 (#14 to #15, 6+). Unchanged at #21, South Carolina Educational Television Commission news/talk WNSC is down two-tenths (.3 – .1, 6+).

Charlotte Music Formats – Adding nine-tenths to July’s +.4 (2.0 – 2.4 – 3.3, 6+), Radio One gospel WPZS proceeds from #14 to #12. “Praise 100.9 Charlotte’s Inspiration Station” reaches the three-share level (3.3, 6+) for the first time since February’s 3.4. Its July increase pulled the plug on four consecutive down or flat trends that accounted for a -1.4 (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.4 – 2.0, 6+). At the same time as Beasley Media Group’s WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” notches a +.8 (6.0 – 6.8, sixth to second, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country” regresses by six-tenths (6.0, second to fourth, 6+). WSOC was a  combined -1.5 in June/July (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+). Prior to segueing to #2 in June, “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was on top the previous four months. May’s improvement of eight-tenths delivered WSOC its strongest 6+-stat since November 2018 (7.5, as well). Entering the August sweep, WKKT “The Kat” was +1.3 in five successive positive or neutral moves (5.3 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+). Before logging a +1.2 in January, WKKT was -2.3 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (6.7 – 5.8 – 4.4, 6+). Over and above being a combined +1.4 in July/August (5.5 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+), Beasley Media Group urban AC WBAV “V-101.9” zooms from fifth to first with its best 6+-stat since September 2018 (6.9, as well). Dislodged from the top spot after a July-only stay there is Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF “105.3 RnB,” which craters by -1.9 (6.8 – 4.9, 6+) and spirals from first to seventh. The -1.9 obliterates July’s +1.4. June’s one-tenth loss halted three straight gains that yielded eight-tenths (4.7 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.5, 6+). Prior to July, the last time “105.3 RnB” reached the six-share threshold (6+) was in “Holiday” 2016 (6.2). A one-half share increase to 4.5 (6+) by iHeartMedia CHR WHQC sends “Hits 96.1” back to the top ten (#11 to #10). Consecutive losses (June and July) accounted for a -1.0 (5.0 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+) with July’s 4.0 its lowest 6+-showing since November 2018 (3.4). Recent shifts for adult hits cluster-mate WLKO “102.9 The Lake” include: -1.2 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.1 (January 2019); -1.4 (February); +.5 (March); -.5 (April); +.8 (May); -.5 (July); and now -.9 in August (6.6 – 5.7, second-place tie to fifth, 6+). In advance of “Holiday” 2018’s -1.2, WLKO enjoyed eight straight months without a loss for a +3.7 (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 6.4 – 7.1 – 7.8, 6+). A collective -1.0 in three straight dips (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+), alternative sibling WEND “106.5 The End” ends the slide with a +.3 to 3.0 (6+) – but – backslides from #13 to #14. Radio One urban contemporary WQNC “92.7 The Block” is down one-half share (2.2 – 1.7, 6+) and slips from #16 to #17. In the contemporary Christian arena, Radio Training Network’s WLFJ “HIS Radio” quadruples (+.9) its 6+ AQH share in five straight positive or neutral reports (.3 – .7 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.2, steady at #19), but iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WRFX-HD2, which gained one-half share via six straight sweeps without a loss (.1 – .1 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .6, 6+), drops one-tenth to .5 (flat at #20, 6+). Meanwhile, after recording a one-half share increase in June (2.1 – 2.6, #14, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WRCM “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted for the second month in a row.

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Adding six-tenths to July’s +.7 (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” leaps from fifth to third. Up until April when it logged a 5.3, WOAI hadn’t reached the five-share level (6+) since August 2016’s 5.2. After losing exactly one-tenth three months in a row (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” (#24 to #21) erupts with a +.6 to 1.8, its best 6+-showing since June 2018 (1.8, as well).

For the past two months, iHeartMedia’s KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” and Alpha Media’s KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” have been tied (#32 in June and #30 in July). They aren’t deadlocked in August though as “The Ticket” is up two-tenths (.3 – .5, flat at #30, 6+), while KZDC is down one-tenth (.3 – .2, #30 to #33, 6+).

Forfeiting the three-tenths it gained in July (3.0 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+), Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX slips from #12 to #15.

San Antonio Music Formats – In mid-April, Univision Radio transitioned Tejano KXTN to rhythmic hot AC KVBH “The Vibe,” which is +1.0 in three spikes in a row (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.7 – 3.0, #16 to #15, 6+). June’s +.1 curtailed four consecutive negative or neutral moves that accounted for an overall -1.4 (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.0, 6+). Substantial alternating ups/down continue for Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZLV. In the last five ratings periods, San Antonio’s version of “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” has been +.5 (April); -1.0 (May); +1.5 (June); -1.2 (July); and now +.7 in August (2.7 – 3.4, #16 to #12, 6+). Conversely, co-owned/similarly-formatted KZAR “Air 1 – Worship Now” surrenders six-tenths (2.0 – 1.4, #21 to #23, 6+). When iHeartMedia CHR KXXM faltered in July by seven-tenths to 3.1 (6+), it suspended four consecutive up or flat trends that accounted for an overall gain of four-tenths (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+). In August, “96.1 Now” bounces back with a +.6 to 3.7 (#14 to #11, 6+); July’s 3.1 was its lowest 6+-stat since December 2018 (3.1, as well). Notwithstanding it is an overall -1.8 in three setbacks in succession (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the sixth month in a row. Whereas May’s 8.5 is its highest 6+-stat since September 2018’s 8.8, August’s 6.7 (6+) is its lowest since “Holiday” 2018’s 6.0 (6+). “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” had been the runner-up five successive times before progressing to #1 in March. On the heels of July’s jump of eight-tenths, iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary KZEP “104.5 Latino Hits” has it completely wiped away (2.7, -.8, 6+), drifting from #11 to #17. August’s decrease ends three consecutive improvements that yielded a +1.4 (2.1 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.5, 6+). Prior to July 2019’s 3.5 (6+), “Latino Hits” last reached the three-share level in July 2018 (3.1, 6+). In addition to KZEP, Cox Media Group-owned KISS “Rocks San Antonio” stumbles by eight-tenths in August (to 4.7, third to fifth, 6+), thus erasing the eight-tenths it netted via three consecutive up or flat trends (4.7 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 5.5, 6+). KISS cluster-mate KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” and iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97 San Antonio’s #1 Country Station” both showed June decreases of two-tenths as well as July losses of one-half share. KCYY “Y-100” is -1.0 in three straight drops (7.2 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.2, flat at #2, 6+), while KAJA “KJ-97” is -1.1 in three consecutive losses (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.1, third to fourth, 6+). Recent shifts for “Y-100” include: -.8 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.8 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.6 (March); +.6 (May); and -.5 (July). “KJ-97” has been +.5 (September 2018); -1.1 (October); +1.0 (December); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2018); +3.0 (January 2019); –1.9 (March); and -.5 (July).

Tuesday, April 23, 2012

| April 23, 2013

entercomEntercom Donates $25k to The One Fund. Entercom operates rock WAAF, news/talk WRKO and sports talk outlets WEEI-FM and WEEI-AM but the donation to The One Fund to assist in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing comes from the company as a whole, states Boston VP and market manager Jeff Brown, “On behalf of over 2,000 Entercom employees across the country and our incredible Entercom team here in Boston, we are honored to donate $25,000 to The One Fund to help assist the victims and the families of the Boston Marathon tragedy.”

thielepeterPeter Thiele Leaves Salem Communications’ WNYM and WMCA, New York.  Talk radio programmer Peter Thiele is exiting his program director position at Salem Communications’ WNYM, New York “970 The Answer” and its sister Christian outlet WMCA where he’s been for the past five years.  He and his family plan to relocate to San Antonio, Texas in early May.  Thiele states, “I want to thank Phil Boyce, Jerry Crowley, Dave Santrella and the rest of the Salem team.”  Thiele tells TALKERS magazine that this decision is his and plans to use his experience in branding and marketing to help businesses grow.  If you would like to reach out to Peter, his email address is thepeterthiele@gmail.com or call him at 646-926-6581.

davisbobMinneapolis Talk Host Apologizes After Comments About Newtown Families.  KTCN, Minneapolis morning drive co-host Bob Davis – half of the Emmer and Davis morning program – apologized to the families of the Newtown massacre almost a week after making comments in connection with the move for gun legislation.  According to a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, on April 12 Davis said, “I have something I want to say to the victims of Newtown or any other shooting, I don’t care if it’s here in Minneapolis or anyplace else: Just because a bad thing happened to you doesn’t mean that you get to put a king in charge of my life.  I’m sorry that you suffered a tragedy, but you know what?  Deal with it, and don’t force me to lose my liberty, which is a greater tragedy than your loss.  I’m sick and tired of seeing these victims trotted out, given rides on Air Force One, hauled into the Senate well, and everyone is … terrified of these victims. I would stand in front of them and tell them, ‘Go to hell.’”  The paper reports that a couple of days later he tried to explain his comments, then four days after that issued an apology for the “pain those words may have caused.”  Sandy Hook, Connecticut resident Bob Greene posted a comment on the Star-Tribune website and sent Davis an email offering to pay his air fare for him to come to Connecticut and repeat the words he said in front of the Newtown families.  Greene says he has not had a reply from Davis.  The paper’s report of the incident notes the program lost one advertiser over the affair.

sabowalterSabo Sez: Regardless of No-Buy Lists, Controversy Is Good for Radio and Should Be Sold as Such.  According to noted radio consultant Walter Sabo, for decades TV shows promoting murder, violence, unmarried sex partners (Gilmore Girls) and anal bleaching (TMZ), have commanded high rates for spots from General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Sony, Verizon, AT&T and all your favorites.  Why aren’t those shows on do-not-buy lists?  In a new column posted today, Sabo writes, “It’s because watching those shows is not a profound, intimate experience. Those shows are watched passively.  They command no engagement resulting in no complaints. However their content is as ‘controversial’ as any radio show and they have the bonus of a visual component.”  Sabo continues, “Listening to a talk radio show is a 100% foreground experience. Unlike music, talking on the radio commands 100% attention.  The listener is ENGAGED with the show.  The big buzzword at the ad agencies right now is ENGAGEMENT.  An emotional listener is an engaged listener.  Happy, angry, passionate listeners are worth a premium price per spot.”  To read Walter Sabo’s entire piece, click here.

duncanchrisWXOS, St. Louis Pairs Up Anthony Stalter with Chris Duncan for Middays.  Hubbard Broadcasting’s St. Louis sports talker “101 ESPN” fills the midday show being vacated by Bernie Miklasz with afternoon drive co-host (and former St. Louis Cardinals star) Chris Duncan and sports talk pro Anthony Stalter.  The show will debut on May 1 and doesn’t stalteranthonyhave a name but WXOS program director Chris “Hoss” Neupert says, “Chris Duncan and Anthony Stalter have proven themselves as show hosts in other time slots, and listeners have really responded to both of them on the air.  We’re confident that they will work well together as co-hosts, and we’re looking forward to their show’s debut next month.”  Duncan has been with the station since 2011 and most recently was one of the three co-hosts of the PM drive show “The Fast Lane.”  Stalter has been with WXOS since March of 2012. He broke into sports radio with Clear Channel’s WDFN, Detroit and served as the station’s on-site producer for Pistons’ broadcasts. He was also a reporter for both Pistons and Lions postgame coverage.  As a journalist, he was an NFL columnist for the WashingtonPost.com’s expert panel, “The League,” and he continues to write NFL-related columns for 101sports.com.

lawsonrussellCMG Names Russell Lawson GSM for Athens and Gainesville, Georgia Stations.  Russell Lawson moves up from Cox Media Group’s news/talk WOKV, Jacksonville where he’s been an account manager for the past five years to become the general sales manager for the company’s Athens and Gainesville, Georgia stations that include: country WNGC, news/talk WGAU, AC WGMG “Magic 102.1,” CHR WPUP “Power 100.1,” adult hits WXKT “103.7 Chuck FM,” and sports talk WRFC “960 The Ref.”  Cluster VP and general manager Scott Smith states, “We are excited to have Russell join our team and to be able to tap into CMG’s top internal sales talent.  His multi-faceted experience in a variety of radio sales situations, and dedication to his craft, will make him an asset to CMG Athens/ Gainesville.”

sileodanTimes Are Tough Enough – Be a Pro!  Sports talk personality Dan Sileo – most recently of Beasley’s WQAM, Miami and Clear Channel’s WDAE, Tampa – writes about his recent mistakes that have left him on the beach as well as the highly publicized departure of a Boston sports talk host.  Sileo says he’s learned valuable lessons that other radio personalities should take to heart.  Read his piece here.

striderphilThe Conclave Hires Phil Strider.  Conclave executive director Bob Shannon announces radio veteran Phil Strider has been hired to create and sell sponsorships for “Conclave 38: The Learning Conference” scheduled for July 17-19 at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis.  Commenting on the hiring, Shannon says, “My ideal candidate needed to have national sales experience, a programing background, and have an intimate knowledge of how special the Conclave is.  Phil’s got it all. ”  Strider’s background includes independent syndication services as well as management, sales and programming stints at Westwood One; Jones Radio Network; Metro Networks; KZOK, Seattle; and KBPI, Denver.

Boston Marathon Bombing Aftermath, Immigration Reform, Gun Legislation, Internet Tax Proposal, Bush Presidential Library, and North Korea Threats Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (4/22).  The ongoing search for information about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and their motives; new questions about what immigration reform legislation should contain; ongoing legislative attempts to change state and federal gun laws; proposals to change tax laws for internet purchases; the opening of the Bush Presidential Library; and North Korea’s treats against the U.S. and South Korea were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.