Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NYC Radio: Three-Peat For WCBS-FM

It's beginning to look a lot like a trend!

In the first-round of September Nielsen PPMs released Monday, CBS’s WCBS-FM widens its lead over “Lite” WLTW (6+ AQH Share) to retain #1 boasting rights.

Classic Hits WCBS 101.FM FM wobbled a smidgen 6-9—6.8, but increased its lead over iHeartMedia's AC WLTW 106.7 FM which dropped 6.1—5.7. That's the third down month for Lite, which remains #2.

After that, the remainder of the Top5 remains the same as August. EMMIS UrbanAC WBLS 105.7 FM dropped a bit 5.5—5.3 to remain at #3 with SBS Tropical WSKQ 97.9 FM MEGA at #4 with a 5.2—5.1 September. iHeartMedia's Top 40 WHTZ 100.3 FM Z100 finished #5 with 5.0--4.8 showing.

25-54: WCBS-FM..WSKQ..WBLS...WLTW...WHTZ

18-34: WWPR..WSKQ...WHTZ...WQHT..WBMP

18-49: WSKQ...WHTZ...WCBS-FM...WLTW...WWPR

Cume: WLTW-FM 4,840,600...WHTZ-FM 4,235,000...WKTU-FM 4,206,000...WCBS-FM 3,553,300...WBMP-FM 3,201,400

Meanwhile, WCBS-FM listeners will now get to listen to Scott Shannon six mornings a week. The station is adding Shannon's new syndicated Greatest Hits Show to Sundays 7a to 11a. WCBS-FM is dropping Dick Bartley’s custom “Sunday Night Countdown” after 5-1/2 years.


L-A Radio: iHeartMedia Is 1-2 In Southern CA

iHeartMedia's Top40 KIIS 102.7 FM sits atop the radio mountain, according to the Nielsen PPMs for September released Monday (6+ AQH Share).

Clustermate Hot AC KBIG 104.3 FM MyFM slipped 5.3—5.0 to finish #2. Emmis Urban KPWR 105.9 FM Power 106 was up 4.3—4.7 to end a two month slide and ends up #3.

CBS Radio's Classic Hits KRTH 101.1 FM K-EARTH dopped 4.9—4.5 to fall back to #4. Univision SpanishCont. KLVE 107.5 FM K-Love 3.8—4.3 to reach the Top5.

25-54: KBIG tied KIIS...KPWR...KLVE...KRTH

18-34: KWPR..KIIS...KBIG...KAMP...KRTH

18-49: KPWR..KIIS...KBIG...KLVE..KRTH

Cume: KBIG-FM 3,684,100...KIIS-FM 3,648,000...KOST-FM 2,968,700...KAMP-FM 2,883,900...KPWR-FM 2,708,100


Chicago Radio: Univision's WOJO Surges 6+

Univision's Regional Mexican WOJO enjoyed a nice spike to make it to the Top5 in Chicago, according to Nielsen's September PPMs released Monday (6+ AQH Share). WOJO 105.1 FM ended up in the #5 spot forcing out Cumulus' Classic Hits WLS 94.7 FM (4.6—4.0, ending up in sixth place.

Elsewhere, iHeartRadio's Urban AC WVAZ 102.FM V103 was flat 5.9—5.9 but remained #1 for the seventh straight month. CBS Radio News WBBM 780 AM / 105.9 FM also made it seven months in a row in the #2 spot, moving up a notch 5.4—5.5 .

iHeartMedia's Top 40 WKSC 103.5 FM KissFM was flat 4.7—4.7, but moved up to #3. Hubbard's HotAC WTMX 101.9 FM Mix was off 4.8—4.6 and slipped back to #4 with its third straight down book (4.8-4.6) – its lowest share since the sleigh bells were ringing. As for Univision's Regional Mexican WOJO La Que Buena jumped from #10 to #5 with 3.6—4.3 spike.

25-54: WVAZ...WTMX...WKSC...WBBM-FM..WOJO

18-34: WKQX...WKSC...WBBM-FM...WGCI...WUSN

18-49: WKSC...WTMX...WKQX tied WBBM-FM...WVAZ

Cume: WKSC-FM 2,318,900...WBBM-FM 2,199,400...WTMX-FM 2,145,200...WLIT-FM 1,849,700...WBBM-AM 1,511,600

Top 5 Mornings Shows (6+):

WBBM's Felicia Middlebrooks, Pat Cassidy
  1. WBBM AM 780 AM/WCFS 105.9 FM Felicia Middlebrooks and Pat Cassidy
  2. WTMX 101.9 FM Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart
  3. WVAZ 102.8 FM Steve Harvey
  4. WGN 720 AM Steve Cochran
  5. WOJO 105.1 FM Raul Molinar, Sylvia del Valle and Andres Maldonado


Nielsen Releases First Batch Of September PPMs

NielsenAudio Monday released the first batch of September PPMs for the following markets:
1. NewYork City
2. Los Angeles
3. Chicago
4. San Francisco
5. Dallas-Ft. Worth 
6. Houston-Galveston
8. Phildelphia
9. Atlanta20. Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island)
26. Riverside-San Bernardino
36. San Jose  
41. Middlesex-Comset-Union, NJ
To see the Topline Numbers for Nielsen subscribers: Click Here.

iHeartMedia Promotes Two Radio Veterans

Earl Jones
iHeartMedia has elevated Chicago market manager Earl Jones to senior vice president of urban operations, where he will develop national sales and programming strategies for the chain’s urban-formatted radio stations.

Jones will be based in Chicago and report to Jeff Howard, president of national sales for iHeartMedia,  the company said in a press release late Monday.

Formerly known as Clear Channel Communications, Texas-based iHeartMedia is the largest operator of radio stations in the U.S., with seven stations in the Chicago market, including WVAZ 102.7 FM, WGCI-107.5 FM and WKSC 103.5 FM Kiss FM.

Matt Scarano, who currently serves as market president of iHeartMedia in Atlanta, has been named to succeed Jones as market manager for Chicago, where he previously served as director of sales.

Matt Scarano
"I've known Earl for many years and this opportunity is perfect for him," iHeartMedia  EVP/Operations Tom McConnell said.  "This new role allows him to take advantage of his solid relationships and strong understanding of the Urban marketplace and use them to benefit our entire company."

Previously Atlanta Market Pres., Scarano will oversee all elements of Chicao's's seven-station cluster including operations, sales and programming. "Matt has done an incredible job for us in Atlanta driving both ratings and revenue," said McConnell. "He is a proven leader with a strong strategic mind and is the perfect choice to lead our incredible brands in Chicago."

Atlanta Radio: Jon Pinch Appointed MM For Cumulus

Jon Pinch
Cumulus has announced that Jon Pinch has been appointed Market Manager for its six-station cluster in Atlanta.

Pinch has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Cumulus for the past 14 years. Earlier this month, Cumulus announced Pinch’s retirement from the company, initially scheduled for late November.

Pinch, a 45-year radio broadcasting veteran, has since decided to take on one more key assignment for the company, as Market Manager of Cumulus’ Atlanta stations Kicks WKHX 101.5 FM, Rock WNNX 100.5 FM, WWWQ 100.5 FM Q100, Nash Icon 98.9 TransFM/WWWQ 100.5 HD2, 20@97.9 TransFM/WWWQ 100.5 HD3 and All News WYAY 106.7 FM.

Cumulus’ Atlanta Market Manager position has been open since former Market Manager Jeff Brown was promoted to Corporate Senior Vice President in April.

Lew Dickey, President and Chief Executive Officer for Cumulus said: “Jon is the consummate team player and will now be contributing in a new role as Market Manager of our six station cluster in Atlanta. We're excited to have someone with his loyalty, talent and experience leading our terrific team in Atlanta.”

Pinch said: “I am honored to lead these great stations as Market Manager at this important juncture in the company’s growth. This makes perfect sense for the stations and for me, personally and professionally, so retirement will have to wait. To say that the position amounts to downshifting for me sounds almost comical, but the lifestyle change with far less travel allows me to spend my time at home in Atlanta and continue to work in the industry I love—so it’s best of both worlds. I’m thrilled to work with the incredible team in place at our Atlanta stations to drive the continued growth of these vibrant radio brands.”

L-A Radio: Dave Mason OUT At KRTH

Gregg Simms
More comings and goings at CBS Radio's Classic Hits KRTH 101.1 FM.  Assistanrt Program Director and music Director Dave Mason has left the building.

Mason arrived in Los Angeles last summer, hired by previous K-Earth PD Rick Thomas. Mason segued from a five-year run as PD/morning personality at Broadcast Company of the Americas' Classic Hits XHPRS/San Diego.

Meanwhile K-Earth has added Greg Simms for weekend (Sat. 11-4p, Sun 2-7p) and fill-in duties. The hiring comes after the station let four veteran weekenders go last week.

Simms has previous experience at KYSR 98.7 FM Star in L-A and KFMB in San Diego.

Simms stated, "K-EARTH is such an amazing radio station! Anybody who's Anybody in L.A. radio history has been behind that mic ... what an honor!!!  Plus, I couldn't be more thrilled than to be back working for Chris Ebbott!!"

Simms is also a Voice-Over artist.

CBS Radio last week let go KNX Program Director Andy Ludlum and on-air personality Bob McCormick, who had a short segment on KNX but was better known as the host of “Money 101” on KFWB 980 AM. A producer of that show, Austin Cross, was also let go. KFWB recently switched its format from news-talk to all-sports.

Dan Kearney, market manager for CBS Radio Los Angeles, said the program director shakeup came from a need to reinvigorate KNX’s programming to make it more attractive to younger listeners.

“We need to change the delivery of the news to make it more appealing to younger demographics,” he told the L-A Business Journal.

KNX in August ranked 15th in the Los Angeles radio market, with a 2.7 percent share of all audiences six and older, according to ratings firm Arbitron.

Toledo: Cumulus Readies WMIM Flip To Nash Icon

Cumulus announces that WMIM 98.3 FM My98 licences to Monroe, MI, will launch as 98.3 Nash Icon on Friday, October 3 at 5:00 p.m EST.

Nash Icon is a new format playing the best Country hits from Country music’s most iconic artists, driven by Country music fans’ desire for more exposure to their all-time favorite artists from 1980 through today. The station will feature artists from Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and the Dixie Chicks to Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Kenny Chesney.

98.3 Nash Icon will feature local on-air personalities including Chris King and Mark Benson and will be operated by current WMIM staff, with no personnel changes anticipated.

WMIM 98.3 FM (3.4Kw) 60dBu Coverage
Andy Stuart, Regional Vice President for Cumulus said: “We spent a great deal of time analyzing what is the best format for Monroe, and it became quite clear that Nash Icon is ideally suited for the market. I really appreciate the time and effort that John Dickey, Mike McVay, Bob Raleigh and Charlie Cook have all provided and appreciate having this format available in the Cumulus family to bring to the Monroe community.”

Chris King, Program Director for WMIM/98.3 Nash Icon said: "Nash Icon is an exciting new format and the perfect fit for Monroe and Monroe County. This station will proudly serve Monroe, Monroe County and Southeastern Michigan with the music that listeners love and our continued commitment to the community. I am very happy to be a part of this new chapter in Monroe radio."

98.3 Nash Icon is one of the first 20 Cumulus stations in the U.S. to offer this brand new format to radio listeners and Country music lovers. Nash Icon is an important complement to the more contemporary artists that are heard on NASH, its sister brand.

Charlotte Radio: WFNZ To Be Hornets Flagship


The Charlotte Hornets announced Monday that the team has reached a multi-year agreement with CBS Radio’s WFNZ 610 AM to serve as the flagship station for Hornets basketball and the Hornets Radio Network. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

As the radio home of the Hornets, WFNZ will broadcast all of the team’s preseason, regular season and any potential postseason games. In addition to game action, each broadcast will now feature both a 15-minute pregame and postgame show. As part of the partnership, additional Hornets content will be developed on WFNZ and marketing opportunities for the team will include all of the CBS Radio stations within the Charlotte market.    

“We’re thrilled to be returning to WFNZ, the premier sports talk station in the Carolinas,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield. “We’ve had a great relationship with WFNZ and the entire family of CBS Radio stations in Charlotte. This partnership gives us the unique opportunity to reach Hornets fans across the radio dial.”

“WFNZ couldn't be happier to be the home of the Charlotte Hornets,” said Operations Manager/Program Director of WFNZ, WSOC and WBCN D.J. Stout. “I don't think our city has ever been this fired up about NBA basketball and we're thrilled to be the station that will be carrying all the action.”

Scott Lauer will return for his eighth season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Hornets. He started broadcasting Charlotte games during the 2007-08 season after serving three seasons as the studio host for radio broadcasts. Matt Carroll, a former NBA player who played eight of his 10 seasons with Charlotte, will partner with Lauer and serve as the analyst for all Hornets home games.

FCC Votes To Eliminate NFL Blackout Rules

UPDATE 11:30am 9/30:  The FCC has voted to eliminate the sports blackout rule, removing a 40-year-old regulation from the books that helped keep NFL games and other sports off TV when a city’s hometown team failed to sell out.

The rule prevented cable and satellite systems from showing an NFL or other major sporting event if it was blacked out on a local broadcast station in that market. The elimination of the rule, however, still won’t prevent the NFL or other sports teams from forging private pacts with broadcast stations to keep games off the air if ticket sales fall short.

Nevertheless, the NFL and the National Assn. of Broadcasters opposed the move, arguing that it will help drive the migration of games to pay TV platforms. Under the FCC’s action, cable and satellite providers won’t be prevented from obtaining rights to retransmit games from out-of-market stations.



Earlier posting...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday will vote on whether to eliminate a decades-old rule that has prohibited pay-TV providers from airing some home sports games, such as NFL football games, if the tickets to those games did not sell out, according to Reuters.

Four of five FCC commissioners, including Chairman Tom Wheeler, have publicly indicated support for ending the policy, which is known as a sports blackout rule and is backed by the broadcasters and the National Football League.

The 1975 rule, originally meant to ensure that television broadcasts of sports games did not hurt local ticket sales, has faced mounting criticism that it was outdated.

The policy has banned cable and satellite provides from airing sports games in their home markets if a league or a team requires that all or most of the tickets be sold before the game can be shown on TV.

Only two NFL games, or less than 1 percent, were blacked out as a result of the rule last season and none so far this year, according to the NFL. In several instances, some businesses helped avoid blackouts by buying blocks of unsold tickets.

The NFL and the broadcasters have warned that without the blackout rule, popular professional football games may become available only to those who pay for cable and satellite service instead of free over-the-air television.

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Judge Rules Grooveshark Infringed On Copyrights

The music industry’s long-running battle with free music service Grooveshark has struck a blow to the heart of the company, after a judge ruled that its employees had infringed copyright, according to The Guardian.

The ad-funded Grooveshark service lets subscribers upload music and stream tracks for free, but has been targeted by the music industry for years which says that the service impinges on copyright only licensing some of the music available on the site.

Grooveshark relies on the “safe harbour” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to insulate the company from the potentially copyright infringing actions of its 30 million users with 15m files uploaded, responding to take-down requests much in the same way as Google’s YouTube or other user-generated content services.

Judge Thomas Griesa of the US district court in Manhattan ruled on Monday in the 2011 case that despite provisions of the DMCA, Grooveshark and its parent company Escape Media Group were liable for copyright infringement by its employees who were directed to upload a total of 5,977 tracks without permission, including songs by Eminem, Green Day, Jay-Z and Madonna.

“Each time Escape streamed one of plaintiffs’ songs recordings, it directly infringed upon plaintiffs’ exclusive performance rights,” the Griesa wrote in a 57-page decision.

Chief executive Samuel Tarantino and chief technology officer Joshua Greenberg were both implicated. The company is liable to nine record companies including Arista Music, Arista Records, Atlantic Recording, Elektra Entertainment Group, LaFace Records, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recording, Warner Brothers Records and Zomba Recording.

Griesa gave the parties 21 days to reach agreement to stop further infringement.

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Survey: Few Teens Consider FM Prime Music Source

To explore youths’ attitudes toward radio, researchers at Mark Kassof & Co. conducted 506 online surveys with 13-20-year-olds earlier this month — September 12th through 17th.  They learned that an FM radio is just one of many sources of music for them, and nowhere near their top one. Only 7% name FM radio as the device they listen to most for music! That puts it well behind smartphones, iPods and even PCs:


FM is more of a secondary music source, but even then, it’s the second secondary source


Of course, 13-20’s  (like others) can listen to FM (and AM) stations on their new tech devices. Kassof asked if they had ever listened to the online stream of an FM or AM station…67% had. And if they had, we asked how often they’ve listened to an FM or AM station online. This table reflects both questions:


So, if younger people represent the future, then “over the air” radio will increasingly represent a small aspect of overall listening. For most 13-20-year-olds, it’s already there. That’s why greater emphasis on streaming and station apps is absolutely essential to the survival of existing radio brands.

Bakersfield Radio: Buckley Sez Station Sales 'Rumors'

The president of Buckley Broadcasting, owner of four Bakersfield radio stations, said Monday there was "nothing definitive" pending with the sale of any of its stations.

Joe Bilotta, president of the Hartford, Conn.-based company, said any talk of selling Bakersfield's KNZR 1560 AM and  97.7 FM, KKBB 99.3 FM and KLLY 95.3 FM were "rumors."
"As we speak right now we have nothing definitive with any contract of sale for any of our assets in the state of California," Bilotta said. "These kinds of rumors come and go."

Recently, however, the family-owned company has been in a selling mode. In July, Buckley sold five Hartford stations to Connoisseur Media for $7.9 million.

In addition to its Bakersfield stations, Buckley retains two FM stations in Merced and an AM station in Monterey, according to the Californian.

NYC Radio: Scott Shannon Intros Neil Diamond At Surprise Concert

WCBS-FM Photos
Neil Diamond said, "Hello, my friends, hello" to a hometown crowd on Monday night.

"It was awesome! It was great!" one concertgoer told ABC-TV7.

The legendary artist delighted fans in the same hall where he took piano lessons and had detention he says a time or two when he was late for school.

Diamond, 73, was born in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush from 1954-1956.

It's also where he sang in the chorus.

"This is a meaningful place for me. My life changed here. I learned so much at Erasmus Hall," Neil Diamond said.

Fans lined up hours before hoping to get the free tickets.

Diamond was introduced by Scott Shannon from WCBS 101.1 FM.  The performance was filmed for a documentary Neil Diamond is working on. He was supposed to perform five or six songs but ended up doing much more than that.



The legendary singer was also promoting his new album, "Melody Road", out later next month.

FCC Asks For Comcast Contracts

The Federal Communications Commission is pushing for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast Corp., as it reviews the cable giant's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable.

The Wall Street Journal reports the agency believes the documents—which cover details of the carriage arrangements between Comcast and TV channel owners—contain information that would be relevant in its review, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Media companies, though, are pushing back. Though many of them would like to see the FCC put in place strict conditions on a deal to restrain Comcast's market power, they don't want to reveal details of their contracts with the cable giant, fearing that would give competitors an advantage.

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Study: Radio Can Persuade Swing Voters

Brent Seaborn
A new national survey from Vox Populi Polling, a leading polling company that designs and fields surveys to uncover what is happening within the political and public policy landscape, finds radio an extremely effective way to reach swing voters. Research shows that 81% of swing voters say they listen to AM/FM radio on a regular basis.

Moreover, voters across the political spectrum report that radio ads are more credible than the ads they see on the internet by a 56-35 margin, which increases to a 62-38 margin among low turnout voters. The survey, commissioned by Katz Media Group, examined how much influence radio has in the electoral marketplace. The sample size for the survey was 1,059 active voters and has a +/-3.0% margin of error.

Other key findings from the survey include:
  • Swing voters spend 10% more time with radio daily than the average American voter.
  • 67% of swing voters listen to FM regularly, while 14% are exclusively AM radio listeners.
  • 65% of low turnout Republicans and Democrats say they listen to FM music on a regular basis.
  • 61% of swing voters agree that radio is a good way for political candidates to reach them.
Stacey Lynn Schulman
“As political campaigns shift gears into the final stretch, they will increasingly focus on the all-important swing voters and radio is an extremely effective way to reach and influence them,” said Vox Populi pollster Brent Seaborn. “Our research indicates radio is even more effective in reaching those who are undecided or may change their mind before Election Day. Radio should be a key part of any political advertisers’ strategy.”

“This research illustrates that radio is both a habitual and influential medium for reaching voters who can make the difference on Election Day,” added Stacey Lynn Schulman, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Analytics & Research at Katz Media Group.  “In the race for credibility, radio outshines online advertising by a wide margin in the minds of still impressionable voters.”

Click here for a memo outlining the poll results. To see the toplines and methodology: Click Here.

NYC Radio: News Anchor Judy DeAngelis Caps A Career

Judy DeAngelis (Daily News)
Longtime 1010 WINS morning news anchor Judy DeAngelis signs-off today

She has been waking up the metropolitan area since 1988. That’s when she joined 1010 WINS as their number one female morning drive anchor. She’s been a favorite ever since.

Judy began in radio on Long Island, at WALK, then ran toward New York City. She was first hired by WCBS 101.f FM, before being lured to then-WNBC 660 AM, where she worked with the greats like Don Imus, Soupy Sales, Alan Colmes, Joey Reynolds and others. She also cut her teeth on radio comedy, doing voices and bits for the above-mentioned madmen.

When WNBC became WFAN, Judy’s vast knowledge of sports landed her on the street with no job. 1010 WINS came a’courting within a week and the rest, as they say, is history.

Beyond 9/11, a morning no one is likely to forget, DeAngelis doesn't single out particular stories she's reported over the years.

"Almost everything tends to happen on the morning shift," she told the NY Daily News last week. "You try to get it as quickly and accurately as you can.

"I'm sitting in a little booth, but I really feel like people are in there with me — the staff, all the people at WINS and the listeners."

She says it's also important to have a little subtle fun where it’s appropriate.

"Listeners want to be entertained while they're being informed," she says, suggesting that occasionally WINS management has considered her a bit of a wild card in that area.

She quickly adds that fun can't get in the way of the news.

"People tune in WINS in the morning to find out what they need to know about the day," she says. "Is it going to rain? Where's the traffic? What's going on in the world?

"You have to get the listener in your first sentence. If you fail to do that, they won't stay."

News Media May Have Been Hookwinked

Did the U.S. Government invent the al Qaeda affiliate known as the Khorasan Group? That's what the Intercept's Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain charge in an extensive new report. They depict a carefully orchestrated campaign by U.S. officials to depict an imminent threat of terror attacks by Khorasan against U.S. targets.

News Media outlets zeroed in on Khorasan. Claims that Khorasan planned to launch attacks on the U.S. came from anonymous sources who provided thin evidence that any such attacks were at risk of being carried out.

However, days after after stories of sophisticated, far-reaching plots, officials are backtracking. A new AP story notes that FBI director James Comey and Pentagon spox Adm James Kirby have said they don't have "precise intel about where or when the cell ... would attempt to strike a Western target."

Meanwhile, sources on the ground told NBC's Richard Engel that they've "never heard of Khorasan or its leader," while former CIA official Ali Peritz and former federal terror prosecutor Andrew McCarthy have also cast doubt on Khorasan's existence.

Former ambassador to Syria Robert Ford has also stated that while govt officials used "Khorasan" to describe some militants, "they don't call themselves that."