Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 17 In Radio History

In 1934...WLW Cincinnati licensed to operate at 500kW.

In January 1934 WLW began broadcasting at the 500 kilowatt level late at night under the experimental callsign W8XO. In April 1934 the station was authorized to operate at 500 kilowatts during regular hours under the WLW call letters. On May 2, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a ceremonial button that officially launched WLW's 500-kilowatt signal.  As the first station in the world to broadcast at this strength, WLW received repeated complaints from around the United States and Canada that it was overpowering other stations as far away as Toronto.

In December 1934 WLW cut back to 50 kilowatts at night to mitigate the interference, and began construction of three 50 ft. tower antennas to be used to reduce signal strength towards Canada. With these three antennas in place, full-time broadcasting at 500 kilowatts resumed in early 1935.

However, WLW was continuing to operate under special temporary authority that had to be renewed every six months, and each renewal brought complaints about interference and undue domination of the market by such a high-power station. The FCC was having second thoughts about permitting extremely wide-area broadcasting versus more locally oriented stations, and in 1938, the US Senate adopted the "Wheeler" resolution, expressing it to be the sense of that body that more stations with power in excess of 50 kilowatts are against the public interest. As a result, in 1939 the 500-kilowatt broadcast authorization was not renewed, bringing an end to the era of the AM radio superstation.  Because of the impending war and the possible need for national broadcasting in an emergency, the W8XO experimental license for 500 kilowatts remained in effect until December 29, 1942.

In 1962 the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation again applied for a permit to operate at 750 kilowatts, but the FCC denied the application.

In 1986...WRFM 105.1 FM switched from beautiful music to soft rock as WNSR

In 1996...Bob Grant did last show at WABC NYC

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CCM+E 'Restructures' Sales Departments

And of course, that results in lay-offs.  Clear Channel has issued the following corporate statement on today's activities:

"As a policy, we don't discuss personnel matters. However, for the last several months we have been flattening our senior management organization to reduce overlap.

Now we are aligning our sales organizations to this new structure and to give more resources, authority and accountability to the most productive members of our team so we can operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Change is not always easy, and unfortunately in the process some people were negatively impacted.

We thank them for their commitment and service and wish them the best for the future, and will work with them to help make this transition as easy as possible."

Dee Dee Myers To Head W-B Corporate Communications

Dee Dee Myers
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers is heading to Warner Bros. as head of corporate communications, according to Variety.

Myers will join the studio in September, succeeding nine-year WB vet Susan Fleishman. Appointment was announced Wednesday by WB chief Kevin Tsujihara.

“Dee Dee brings a creative and strategic mindset to communications and public positioning. Her engaging and collaborative demeanor paired with her acute understanding of how to engage constituencies will help us strengthen our position as the leading global studio. I look forward to her becoming an integral part of our strong executive team,” Tsujihara said.

Fleishman is exiting the company. Jim Noonan, a top PR exec at Warner Home Entertainment, will serve as interim head of communications until Myers takes her post as exec VP worldwide corporate communications and public affairs. She’s relocating to L.A. from Washington, D.C.

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Report: Digital Advertising Outpaces Broadcast

The battle for viewership has transformed the media landscape over the past decade.

New data from the Interactive Advertising Bureau shows digital advertising is beating out its traditional broadcast counterpart.

David Williams, chairman and CEO of marketing company Merkle, joins MoneyBeat at WSJ.

Broadcaster, Newspaper Reporter Among 'Worst Jobs'

Lumberjacks work outside in bitter cold and blazing heat, running heavy, dangerous machinery. They deal with massive trees and logs that can slip and cause serious injury. Forbes is reporting  the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ranks logging is the most dangerous job in America. For all that lumberjacks earn a median salary of just $24,000 and they face a dismal job growth projection by 2022 of 4%. The danger, stress and poor pay land lumberjacks at the top of career advice and job listing website CareerCast’s 2014 list of the 10 worst jobs in the U.S. (You can read a complete list of 200 jobs rated here.)

Since 1995, a small team of two doctoral students at the University of Wisconsin, headed by career book author Les Krantz, have been putting together a list of America’s best and worst jobs. They’ve come up with a formula that takes into account a range of considerations, from what they call emotional factors like the degree of competitiveness and the amount of public contact (both viewed as negatives), to physical demands including crawling, stooping and bending and work conditions like toxic fumes and noise. In addition to income and growth potential in the field, they look at what they call stress factors, like the amount of travel the job requires, deadlines, and physical risks like whether the workers’ or their colleagues’ lives are put at risk on the job.

Broadcaster ranks just worst than a Head Cook..and just better than a Taxi Driver.

For a story on CareerCast’s list of 10 best jobs, click here.

LA Radio: Kevin And Bean Top Morning Drive

In the critical morning drive time period -- weekdays, 6 to 10 a.m. -- CBS' alt-rock station KROQ 106.7 FM continued to rule with its "Kevin & Bean" show. Hosts Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter were in first place for the third straight month, with 5.2% of listening in the key time period in March.

The runner-up during the morning drive was 102.7 KIIS FM's  "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" with 4.3% of listening.

Talk station KFI 640 AM, featuring Bill Handel's show in the key slot, bounced back to No. 3 in the morning after sinking to No. 6 in February.

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Tucson Radio: The Truth Is Ending

Starting Monday, It’s no longer The Truth. It’s no longer “Right Talk for Tucson.” But it will be more local, according to the Tucson Weekly.

KQTH 104.1 FM, the market’s lone news/talk FM, will on Monday follow the lead of stations in other cities and move its best known talent out of morning drive in hopes a local presence will cut into KNST 790 AM mid-day talk advantage with Rush Limbaugh. Jon Justice, who has locked down KQTH’s more traditional morning talk slot since its launch seven years ago, will broadcast his program from 8:30 to noon weekdays.

In place of Justice in morning drive, 104.1 will add a news block hosted by Program Director Bill White. The news block, a series of reports that generally includes national, state and local news, weather, sports and traffic, also features opportunities for the host to chat about the day’s topics of note before returning to the next block of headlines.

KQTH 104.1 FM (3Kw) 60dBu Coverage
Tucson hasn’t opted for a morning news block since KCUB 1290 AM jettisoned an effort last decade. During that time it was an aggressive effort to model 1290, which had just wrested the UA sports contract from KNST AM 790, to transition into a news/talk oriented station that broadcast UA games.

Jon Justice
Tucson’s Morning News will air from 6-8:30 weekdays. All told, Journal Broadcasting's KQTH will offer nine hours of local programming every weekday. In addition to Tucson’s Morning News and the Jon Justice Show, James T. Harris will continue to broadcast his talk show weekdays from 3-6.

However, they will no longer do so as “The Truth.” That moniker, and “right talk for Tucson” are being scrapped in favor of “104.1 KQTH, Tucson’s News and Talk.” A new website domain,, was purchased a few weeks ago. The talk show tone will remain conservative, so the programming change doesn’t affect the content and approach for Justice and Harris.

Nationally syndicated programming will include Dave Ramsey from noon-3 weekdays and Laura Ingraham, who will move into evenings from 6-9. Mark Levin will continue in his 9-midnight time slot.

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Fargo Radio: Ben And Jim Reunite On 103.9 FM The Truck

After five years apart, a Fargo radio duo is back together.

“The Ben and Jim Show” premiered April 3 on Country KZTK 103.9 FM The Truck, and will broadcast from 6 to 9 a.m. each weekday morning, according to

It’s a reunion for Jim Babbitt, owner of the station, and Ben Ziegler, who have worked together at several radio stations since getting to know each other in 1990 as disc jockeys in San Diego.

But it took a move to Fargo in 1995 for the two to get a shot at morning shows, and the two came arrived to work at Q98.

Babbitt and Ziegler packed up in early 1997 to work at a station in Tampa, Fla., and spent time with a Miami station before they were let go when it was sold.

They took a job at a Top 40 station in Indiana – until it became clear it was also about to be sold.

“We made a quick judgment, ‘Why not buy that little radio station we heard about up in Fargo?’ ” Babbitt said.

KZTK 103.9 FM (25Kw) 60dBu Coverage
He purchased KVMI, which has a tower in Arthur, N.D., in 1999, bringing Ziegler with to replicate their on-air chemistry that had worked before.

The station has since gone through several format changes, and in 2006, he changed it to a country music format, renamed it KZTK 103.9 The Truck and moved the studio from West Fargo to Casselton.

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Report: CBS' Scott Pelley Seeking Major Salary Raise

Scott Pelley
CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley is seeking a major salary raise from the network as his contract comes up for renewal in the weeks ahead, sources familiar with the negotiations told POLITICO on Tuesday.

Pelley, who also serves as a correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes, currently makes a reported $5 million per year, which is less than half the reported salaries of the nightly news anchors at the rival networks. ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer makes an estimated $12 million a year, while NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams makes an estimated $13 million a year.

Back by WME, the talent firm headed by Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel, Pelley is hoping to bring himself closer to financial parity with his competitors. Their pitch: Since Pelley took over in 2011, the 'Evening News' has had more growth than World or Nightly. The show's audience grew by 10 percent between the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons, and was the only broadcast to see three consecutive years of growth.

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Boston Radio: Alan Chartrand To Head CCM+E Cluster

Alan Chartrand
CCM+E/Boston has announced the promotion of Alan Chartrand to the position of market president for the Boston cluster.

Chartrand will oversee the operations and programming of WXKS 107.9 FM Kiss 108, WJMN 94.5 FM JAMN, WEDX 101.7 FM Evolution, and WKOX MIA 1430 AM.

Chartrand previously served as Vice President of Sales for the Boston cluster and has more than two decades of management experience at various Boston stations.

"Alan's incredible ability to drive revenue and results, while maintaining a strong culture of collaboration and creativity, make him the perfect candidate to lead the competitive marketplace in Boston," said Tom McConnell CCM+E EVP of Operations. "As a company, we put a priority on recognizing our high performers with advancement opportunities [to grow] and this promotion is another example of our willingness to evolve our business and put strong leaders in positions where they can make the greatest impact. Please join me in congratulating Alan on his new role."

Chartrand replaces Mary Menna, who reportedly is headed to Greater Media.

Indy Radio: Ex-Personality Arrested For I-D theft

Kelli Jack-Kelly
A former Indianapolis radio personality has been arrested in Madison County and is accused of opening credit card accounts under her relatives’ names, accoridng to the Indianapolis Star.

Kelli Jack-Kelly is charged with four counts of identity deception and eight counts of fraud, all Class D felonies. Each charge is punishable by up to three years in prison.

The alleged crimes occurred from 2007 to 2010.

According to court documents, the 48-year-old former news anchor and traffic reporter for WTPI 107.9 FM opened several fraudulent credit card accounts using her relatives’ identities. She used the cards for personal expenses.

The victims, one of whom is Jack-Kelly’s father, were unaware of the credit card transactions because the statements were mailed to her, documents said.

Jack-Kelly, who was arrested Monday, was in the radio business for 12 years. She left 107.9 in 2007 to focus on her communications business, which she started in 1994.

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Pharrell Williams Sheds Happy Tears On Oprah

Pharrell Williams
Singer songwriter Pharrell Williams broke down in tears during an interview with talk-show host Oprah after she showed him a video of his fans dancing along to his chart-topping tune Happy.

"It’s overwhelming because I love what I do and I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long that I could make it to this point, and feel, to feel that."

Forty-one year old Pharrell went on to discuss his newly-released album G I R L, which has already received rave reviews from the critics, and his song-writing process, according to Hello.

"My best songs come from two different ways…either when I have a really good gut feeling about something; it's written in the shower or on a plane."

The She Wants to Move singer gave fans a treat over the weekend when he turned up at Coachella to play some of his biggest hits accompanied by his famous friends Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dogg.

Bob Shannon Resigns From The Conclave

Bob Shannon
In an unexpected move, Executive Director Bob Shannon of The Conclave resigned from the Minneapolis non-profit yesterday citing health issues.

“Upon my return from the NAB late Thursday evening, I experienced a medical episode that brought paramedics to my home in the middle of the night,” said Shannon. “Fortunately, the problem wasn’t as life threatening as was originally thought, but it has prompted some soul searching on my part. Therefore, after consulting with my physician and my family, I have decided to curtail all business activities for the foreseeable future and will be resigning all of my obligations over the next few weeks. Sadly, that includes the Conclave.”

Conclave Chairman Mark Bolke stated, "Obviously, Bob's health and well-being is my primary concern, and I respect his decision. As Executive Director of the Conclave, Bob brought with him the passion of a real radio broadcaster. Not only in regards to what made it so compelling in the past, but a vision of what it still can be. He is a champion of the medium, and never afraid to tell it like it is. It's been a pleasure serving with Bob, a true gentleman, and we wish him the very best."

Shannon says he intends to rest for the spring and summer and will announce future plans come fall.

R.I.P.: Wichita Radio Host Tim Peters

Tim Peters
Longtime Wichita radio host Tim Peters has died, officials of KHLT 99.7 FM Lite confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

He was 59.

A station manager said employees became concerned when Peters didn't show up for work this morning.

From 1982 to 1997, Peters was part of the top rated morning program on KEYN and KKRD. He left Wichita for radio jobs in Omaha and Kansas City. Peters returned to the Wichita airwaves in 2007, and most recently worked for Lite 99.7

KAKE TV reported, LITE 99.7 General Manager Belinda Atteberry added, "Tim’s family, friends and the 99.7 LITE FM team are heartbroken and ask for privacy today as we all come to terms with this news."

April 16 In Radio History

In 1935...the highly popular "Fibber McGee & Molly" Radio program was first broadcast.

Fibber McGee & Molly Episode Titled The Blizzard 1942. Original Air Date Was 01/27/1942.

In 1956...the first solar powered radio went on sale.

In 1962...The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite debuted. Over 18 years, Cronkite became known as "The Most Trusted Man in America."

In 1997...the Howard Stern Radio Show debuted on WRQC-FM in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota.

In 1999…Pittsburgh radio personality (KDKA)/actor/cartoon voicist Rege Cordic died of brain cancer at the age of 72.

Rege Cordic
Cordic was born in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh and attended Central Catholic High School. He started in radio as a staff announcer and substitute sportscaster at WWSW-AM. When morning host Davey Tyson left the station in 1948, Cordic was one of a number of staffers given the opportunity to replace him. At first a straightforward announcer, Cordic began introducing comedy to his program—first in subtle ways, such as reading a sports score for "East Overshoe University" along with the real scores, and later by adding a repertory company of supporting comic characters. The morning show, renamed "Cordic & Company," became the most popular in Pittsburgh.

In 1954, "Cordic & Company" moved to KDKA-AM on Labor Day, one of the first times that an American radio station had hired a major personality directly from a local competitor. Popular Bette Smiley had decided to retire from her full-time KDKA wake-up show "Radio Gift Shoppe of the Air" and move to a Sunday-only condensed version on WCAE in August 1954 in order to raise her young son Robbie. Cordic's immediate predecessor in the morning slot was the "Ed and Rainbow" show, featuring Ed Schaughency with Elmer Waltman cast in the role of Rainbow, the janitor. Waltman was dropped, and Schaughency was moved to the afternoon with a show called "Schaughency's Record Cabinet."

Schaughency lasted less than two years in that role before he was replaced by Art Pallan, who also came over from WWSW. Schaughency took on a new role as a news reader and moved back to mornings, delivering the newscasts during "Cordic & Company." The Cordic show's ratings continued to grow until, at some points, it had an 85 share—meaning that 85% of all radios in Pittsburgh were tuned to "Cordic & Company" while it was on. By the end of his tenure in Pittsburgh, Cordic was reportedly earning $100,000 a year, a huge sum for a radio host at the time.

One of Cordic's most memorable running gags at both WWSW and KDKA were fake advertisements for "Olde Frothingslosh", "the pale stale ale with the foam on the bottom." The beer was supposedly brewed by Sir Reginald Frothingslosh at Upper Crudney-on-the-Thames. In 1955, Pittsburgh Brewing Company began issuing special Christmas-season cans and bottles of Olde Frothingslosh filled with real beer. Since the Cordic ad read "The foam is on the bottom", the bottles & cans were packed upside down in the cases. The humorous labels changed every year and became favorites of collectors. The brewery (as well as a few other small local Pittsburgh breweries such as Tech Beer) released new editions of Olde Frothingslosh even after Cordic left Pittsburgh, continuing until 1982 and then reviving the brand in 1998, and more recently in 2007.

In 1965, CBS Radio offered Cordic the morning drive-time spot at KNX-AM in Los Angeles. The spot was being vacated by Bob Crane, who was leaving radio to star in Hogan's Heroes. Cordic accepted the offer in July 1965, but KDKA owner Westinghouse Broadcasting Corporation refused to release Cordic from his contract until it ended in November 1965. KNX's morning ratings dropped precipitously during the four months that the show had no permanent host. They improved somewhat when Cordic arrived, but not enough to offset the drop, and the station switched to an all-news format after 18 months with Cordic as the morning host. The flair for Pittsburgh-centered satire, it seems, was difficult for Cordic to import to the more sophisticated Los Angeles radio market, despite the successes of similar personalities like Jim Hawthorne.

Cordic, still being paid for the remaining time under his KNX contract, studied acting, and began getting television roles. He first appeared on television in The Monkees in 1967 and The Flying Nun in 1968. He had small parts in a few films, but was primarily a television actor. Over the years, he appeared several times on Gunsmoke, and also had roles in Kung Fu, Nichols, Columbo, Barnaby Jones, The Waltons, and McCloud, among many others. From the late 1970s until 1991, he was heard in cartoon voice roles, starting with The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour in 1976, and also including Jabberjaw, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Transformers, and a voice part in the 1977 animated film The Mouse and His Child. While he lived in Los Angeles, Cordic would regularly fly back to Pittsburgh to tape segments for WTAE-TV's Sunday Afternoon Movie. Cordic had an uncredited part, as a featured party guest in Woody Allen's 1973 movie, "Sleeper."

Cordic returned to morning radio for a brief time in late 1981, taking over at oldies station KRLA/Pasadena. He signed on for a year, but left the job after just four months. He spent the rest of his career in the lucrative voiceover field, lending his voice to many national commercials.

In 2005...NRSC adopts NRSC-4 (United States RBDS) and NRSC-5 (United Sates IBOC) standards

In 2013…Former football broadcaster (CBS, Fox, ESPN)/former NFL kicker Pat Summerall died while recovering from surgery for a broken hip at 83.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NYC Radio: SVP, MM Don Bouloukos Retiring From CBS Radio

CBS Radio New York Senior Vice President and Market Manager Don Bouloukos is retiring from the company effective June 2014, after a career in broadcasting that spanned more than four decades, it was announced today by Dan Mason, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Radio.

Bouloukos first joined CBS RADIO in 1998 following the acquisition of American Radio Systems Inc. (ARS) where he was Co-Chief Operating Officer.

Franki Valli, Don Bouloukos
"It is never an easy decision to leave an industry you love, and a company and cluster of stations that have been such an important part of your life,” said Bouloukos.  “But after 41 years, it is time.

“I’ve been very fortunate to work for a company that allows you to operate stations as if they were your own and I take great pride in what we have been able to accomplish over the years.  Working with Dan and Scott (Herman) has been an absolute pleasure.  My only regret is that I am not 21 years old and starting all over again.”

“Don is a consummate broadcaster whose contributions to the radio industry have made an indelible impact on the many stations he has directly worked with, and many more who have learned from his insight and guidance,” said Mason.  “He has served as a trusted advisor and friend to the entire radio community while helping shape the medium as we know it today.  All of us at CBS RADIO have been fortunate to work alongside him and wish him well as he concludes this chapter of an illustrious career.

“I personally want to thank Don for his service.  It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work alongside him.”

Bouloukos was named Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS Radio New York in October 2007.  CBS Radio owns and operates WCBS-AM, WCBS-FM, WFAN-AM/FM, WINS-AM, WNOW-FM and WWFS-FM in the nation’s No. 1 market.  Prior to his current position, he was Senior Vice President, Mid-Size Markets, Eastern Region, CBS Radio.

As Co-Chief Operating Officer at American Radio Systems Inc. from 1996-98, Bouloukos was instrumental in CBS RADIO’s acquisition of ARS’s more than 100 radio stations in July 1998.  He stayed with the company until Fall 2002, and would later return in 2003 as Philadelphia Market Manager, before taking on oversight of markets including Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, and Houston, among others.

Scott Herman, in addition to his role as Executive Vice President, Operations, CBS Radio, will assume Bouloukos’ responsibilities.  Since 2007, Herman has been tasked with overseeing operations of CBS RADIO’s portfolio of stations spanning across more than 25 markets and including various formats.  He works particularly close with the division’s news and talk stations, and his expertise in this area has allowed CBS RADIO to retain its leadership position in the formats.

Scott Herman
Herman’s first corporate appointment for CBS Radio was in 2003 when he was named Executive Vice President, Eastern Region.  Before that, he was Senior Vice President, Market Manager for the division’s New York properties including the venerable AM stations 1010 WINS, WCBS 880 and WFAN.  Herman was Vice President and General Manager of 1010 WINS, America’s first All-News radio station, from 1994-2003, and WNEW-FM on two different occasions during the 90s.

“They don't come much better than Don Bouloukos,” said Herman.  “I'm extremely thankful for his friendship and all his years of wisdom, guidance and stewardship of many of our great radio stations.”

As a member of the ARS senior management team, Bouloukos shared operational and profit and loss responsibility for the $500 million radio company specializing in acquiring and operating radio stations in markets 10-50.  He also successfully co-managed the integration of EZ Communications and numerous other companies and cultures into ARS.

Prior to his tenure at ARS, Bouloukos was President, Capital Cities/ABC Radio Stations (1986-96).  He was responsible for the operations of major market stations in New York, Los Angles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Detroit, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Denver.

Bouloukos began his career at ABC in 1974 as an account executive for WLS-AM in Chicago.  He held several positions throughout his 12 years with the company prior to the merger with Capital Cities, including General Sales Manager (WLS-AM, 1977-79), and Vice President and General Manager (WLS-AM/FM, 1979-82) before moving to New York as Vice President, Operations for ABC Owned Radio Stations (1982-86).

Bouloukos was graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in marketing.  He resides in New Canaan, Conn. with his wife.  They have three children.

Austin Radio: JB And Sandy Returning To The Air

Longtime Austin radio hosts JB Hager and Sandy McIlree will return to Austin’s airwaves at 6 a.m. Monday on The Fringe, a new radio station set to launch at 10 a.m. Saturday with a weekend-long preview, according to

Hager and McIlree both exited KAMX 94.7 FM Mix late last year after a contract dispute. They’d been on the air together for almost two decades.

Details on The Fringe, including the type of music it will play and the frequency it will occupy on the radio dial, remain scarce. Citing competitive reasons, members of station management, including longtime Austin broadcaster Bob Cole, have been cautious not to provide too many details thus far.

Cole and his business partners currently control several Austin-area FM frequencies, including three that air eclectic country station KOKE 98.5 FM,  99.3 FM and 105.3 FM. He’s also a part of the team that has been running KTXX 104.9 FM The Horn, a hybrid sports talk and classic hits station, since the beginning of the year.

Several web addresses registered late last week, including and, appear to indicate The Fringe will take over KOKE-FM’s 105.3 FM frequency.

In a recent interview with the American-Statesman, The Fringe program director and afternoon host Ray Seggern, former host of the weekly “Chillville” program on alternative rock station 101X, promised the station would play music that was “off the beaten path.”

After being off the air for more than four months, Hager says he’s eager to start his new gig. What’s he been doing with his free time? “Driving my family nuts,” Hager said.

When listeners tune in Monday, Hager says they’ll hear a show that’s similar in many ways to the one they previously hosted – but with more personality and conversation.

“It will be us, but the handcuffs will be off,” he said.

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IL Radio: WJBC News Wins AP Station of the Year Award

Cumulus Media has announced  the WJBC 1230 AM/ 93.7 FM news team is this year’s winner of the Illinois Associated Press Station of the Year Award.

WJBC was awarded the honor at the Illinois Associated Press Broadcast Journalism Excellence Awards Saturday, April 12 at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association convention in Peoria.

This is the third time WJBC has won AP “Station of the Year” since 1999. The award is given to one radio or television station in the state for its work with the Associated Press for continuing cooperation and contribution.

“We are proud to continue in WJBC’s long tradition of community service,” said WJBC News Director Stephanie Pawlowski. “The Associated Press has been a great resource for WJBC over the years and we are pleased to assist such an amazing organization in any way we can.”

With a seven member news team, including an agribusiness reporter, WJBC produces more local coverage than any other station in Central Illinois.  Reporters produce two hourly newscasts between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.  Reporters also produce a 2-minute hourly newscast between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. every day.

WJBC’s live and local coverage includes breaking news, continuing coverage, trends, implications and community safety.

WJBC 93.7 FM (12Kw) 60dBu Coverage
WJBC has previously won Illinois Associated Press awards for Outstanding News Operation, Best Reporter, Best Newscast and Best Spot News. In 2013, WJBC won the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence and in 2009 was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters Small Market Station of the Year.

NYC Radio: WLTW Remains #1..WCBS-FM Jumps Overall

WLTW's Bronson & Christine
According to the latest March PPM numbers released Monday by Nielsen, there is not much of a Scott Shannon effect for WCBS 101.1 FM....yet.

 Shannon In the Morning was airing for about three weeks and the morning daypart was basically flat. WCBS-FM's upward tick 5.6—6.1 6+ was primarily attributable to mid-days (new time-slot for former morning host Dan Taylor) and evenings. Meanwhile at WPLJ 95.5 FM has slipped 2.8—2.6—2.4, since Shannon departed.

CBS Radio Classic Hits WCBS ends up a stronger #2 behind CCM+E's WLTW 106.7 FM Lite which moved 6.9—7.0. Cluster-mate Top 40 WHTZ 100.3 FM Z100 jumped to #3 after posting a 5.2—5.5 move, while Emmis Urban AC WBLS 107.5 FM was off 5.5--5.4 to slipping to #4. SBS Tropical WSKQ 97.9 FM La Mega was up 4.6--5.1 ending up at #5.

25-54: WLTW...WHTZ...WSKQ...WBLS...WKTU...WCBS-f


18-49: WHTZ...WLTW tied WSKQ...WKTU..WBLS

Cume: WLTW 4,999,900...WHTZ-FM 4,447,400...WKTU 4,212,000...WCBS-FM 3,536,000 WWFS 3,070,000

L-A Radio: CCM+E Cluster 1-2-3 Again

KIIS-FM's Seacrest
CCM+E Top 40 KIIS 102.7 KISS FM did slip a bit 6+ 5.5—5.1, but remains #2 for a second month. Clustermate AC KOST 103.5 FM was also down a little 5.2--5.0, good for #2 with Hot AC KBIG 104.3 FM MY FM #3 dropping 5.2 to 4.9.

Emmis Top 40/R KPWR 105.9 FM Power106 was flat 4.6--4.6 and remains in the fourth spot. CBS Radio's Classic Hits KRTH 101.1 FM K-EARTH ended up steady 4.2--4.2, but ended up #5 6+.




Cume: KIIS-FM 3,897,300... KBIG-FM 3,320,600...KOST-FM 3,309,200...KAMP 3,113,600...KPWR-FM 2,724,800

Chicago Radio: V103 Rebounds to Number One

V103's Harvey
CCM+E Urban AC WVAZ 102.7 FM V103 was flat 6.5—6.5, but rose to the #1 spot, to which it is accustomed. CBS Radio News WBBM 780AM/WCFS 105.9 FM slips to #2 dropping a half-share 6.6—6.1. The newser had been #1 for two months.

For the third consecutive month, Hubbard's Hot AC WTMX 101.9 FM MIX remains #3 with a 5.0—4.9 performance. CCM+E Top 40 WKSC 103.5 FM KISS remains at #4 in spite of an upward 4.5--4.8 move.

CBS Radio's Country WUSN 99.5 FM US 99.5 lands at #5 with 3.8--4.0 move.


18-34: WGCI...WKSC...WKQX...WTMX...WBBM-f tied WPWX

18-49: WTMX...WGCI tied WKSC...WVAZ...WBBM-F

Cume: WKSC-FM 2,349,400...WTMX-FM 2,158,700...WBBM-FM 2,156,300...WLIT-FM 1,805,500...WBBM-AM 1,511,700

Research: Personalities Still Connect With Listeners

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has revealed the results of a new in-depth national study of the increasingly powerful role of radio and the unique connection between radio personalities and listeners in a highly digital and social media-oriented world.

The study's findings showed that radio is a far more powerful social force than ever before, particularly because of the conversations fueled by on-air personalities and the connection listeners feel to on-air local and national talent like Ryan Seacrest, Sean Hannity, Delilah and Bobby Bones.

Key findings included:
  • When comparing radio personalities to other media personalities, 6 out of 10 listeners said that radio hosts are "like a friend," whose opinions they trust.
  • With even more ways for consumers and on-air personalities to interact, 4 out of 10 listeners feel personalities make more of an effort to foster a personal connection, making the radio experience inherently more social, particularly when compared to TV or streaming playlist services.
  • Listeners equate an on-air personality endorsement to a friend's recommendation, more so than they do sponsored Facebook posts, sponsored tweets or television commercials.   
  • More than half of the study participants agreed that they trust brands, products and services their favorite on air personality recommend, a finding that is encouraging smart marketers to undertake unique radio-based campaigns.
These findings were borne out by specific examples, including:
  • T-Mobile recently partnered with CCM+E in an innovative campaign that included a full-day takeover of Clear Channel's radio stations in 18 markets, all facilitated by local on air personalities. After the campaign, recall had increased by over 100 percent and purchase intent grew by 33 percent.
  • Nationally syndicated host Delilah, the most listened-to woman on radio in the U.S., voiced a campaign for Chase's Blueprint service that increased awareness by 26 percent.  In addition, a third of all listeners said they were likely/somewhat likely to get a card after the campaign, nearly doubling the intent number.
  • "On-air personalities are a key element in defining what makes radio different ‹ and more personal ‹ than any other medium in consumers' minds," said Bob Pittman, Clear Channel Chairman and CEO "These personalities are viewed as stars and tastemakers, but also have a familiarity and personal touch that invites listeners not only to tune in, but to call, tweet and email as if they are listeners' personal friends. It's a powerful relationship, one that has deep implications for smart marketers who recognize that when Ryan Seacrest, Elvis Duran, Delilah, Bobby Bones, and hundreds of other personalities offer an endorsement ­ whether of a song, a brand or a product ­ listeners take it to heart, and take action. No other medium has this power."
  • The study also found that 6 out of 10 American listeners have a favorite personality who they look forward to hearing in the morning. 7 out of 10 participants said they consider these personalities to be regular people like themselves, who are "relatable" and "authentic," and many have remained loyal, listening to the same personality for years.
  • The vast majority of Americans have interacted with radio personalities during their lifetimes ­ 8 out of 10 have called into a station, met a DJ in their community, or interacted in some other manner. And the growing social media landscape provides even more opportunities for listeners to connect with their favorite radio personalities, according to the research, about 6 out of 10 of listeners have also engaged with radio through social media platforms.
Radha Subramanyan
"This research illustrates the exceptional connection consumers have always had with radio and its personalities," said Dr. Radha Subramanyam, EVP of Insights, Research and Analytics at CCM+E. "On-air personalities have a unique, two-way relationship with listeners, one that engenders comfort, trust and admiration."

Other key findings of the research include:
  • 47 percent of listeners active on personality/radio station social media feeds said they feel more connected to their favorite personalities because they can interact through social media.
  • Consumers with strong parasocial relationships are more likely (by a margin of 20 percentage point or more) to recall, seek more information about, purchase and recommend brands, products and services endorsed by radio's on-air personalities.
  • Personality endorsements are more likely to incite participants to take action, according to more than half of participants, when compared with nine other messaging/advertising approaches, including: website ads, sponsored posts on Facebook, mobile display ads, sponsored texts or tweets, or emailed product/service pitches, among others.
  • More than 6 out of 10 listeners are specifically likely to talk about things on-air personalities have said, often through their social media networks, furthering extending the reach and impact of personality endorsements.
The research results were reported by Dr. Subramanyam, and were based on a study CCM+E conducted in conjunction with the University of Southern California, which surveyed 2,700 respondents. The report also includes insights from an additional online survey of over a thousand respondents, as well as from live focus groups, ethnographies, listening logs, digital assignments and conversations with DJs from across the country.