General Music Radio Industry News
Entercom 2015 Q1 Revenue Flat. Net revenue for the first quarter of 2015 was $78.4 million – up just a tick from the $87.2 million reported during the same period a year ago. Entercom says station expenses increased 2% to $59.2 million while station operating income decreased 6% to $19.2 million. President and CEO David Field states, “Entercom’s first quarter revenues were up slightly over the prior year as significant market share gains were offset by sluggish advertising conditions. We are very much looking forward to completing our acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media and adding its terrific new markets and brands to our lineup. In the meantime, we are complying with the Department of Justice’s review of this transaction which would provide us with a second-place position with a 32% pro-forma share of the Denver radio market.”
Chunky Named Morning Host at KUPL, Portland. Country outlet KUPL “98.7 The Bull” announces air personality Chunky is the new host of the “Morning Bull Ride” on the Alpha Media Portland station, effective May 11. He most recently was with CBS RADIO’s former rhythmic CHR WRDW, Philadelphia “Wired 96.5” (now CHR WZMP “AMP 96.5”). Alpha EVP of programming Scott Mahalick says, “Chunky is a funny, entertaining, witty talent with a passion for country music who loves everything the Northwest has to offer. His energy and charismatic personality is a formula for success and we can’t wait to see him take the bull by the horns.”
Halemane Joins Premiere Networks. Vice president of digital media is the title Kavi Halemane is being given. In defining that role, Premiere Networks’ chief product officer Chris Williams comments, “Kavi will be responsible for managing Premiere’s digital media product, editorial, and social strategy. His mission is to grow loyalty and engagement between our talent and audience by delivering a compelling digital platform to extend their brands. Kavi’s previous experience creating world-class digital communities for marquee artists has him perfectly positioned to excel in this role.” According to Halemane, “I’m very excited to be returning to the New York City area to join [Premiere parent] iHeartMedia under Chris Williams. Premiere Networks has a pedigree for great content. I look forward to expanding their brands in digital through this leadership role by infusing new strategic solutions, partnerships, and innovation.” Most recently Beverly Hills-based, Halemane was executive vice president of digital for The Collective. His past credits include marketing-digital strategist for Interscope, Geffen, and A&M Records; head of new media and digital production for PE-KO International Records; and co-founder of howellbands.com.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Seattle cluster of iHeartMedia, Robert Russell is named senior vice president of sales for the cluster that includes: classic hits KJR-FM, 95.7 The Jet,” CHR KBKS “Kiss,” hip hop KUBE, sports talk KJR-AM, rock KKBW “The Brew,” hot AC KYNW “NOW,” and sports KHHO in Tacoma…..In San Diego, Brooks O’Brian is promoted to program director of Lincoln Financial Media’s AC KIFM “Easy 98.1 FM.” She’ll continue to service as APD and music director of sister country outlet KSON but will give up her midday jock role there…..Brad Dolbeer exits the PD/air talent role at Alpha Media’s triple A KINK, Portland, though there’s no word yet from the company about his replacement…..Former WWIN, Baltimore personality Tim Watts is part of the new Larry Young show that’s being simulcast on Radio One’s urban talk station WOLB, Baltimore and the new Christian-formatted “Praise 106.1” (translator W285EJ)…..Entercom Communications taps Stephanie Callihan as the new VP/general manager its Austin stations. She comes to Austin from her most recent gig with iHeartMedia in Wichita.
NAB Announces Radio Board Appointees. The National Association of Broadcasters announces Radio Board chairman Don Benson named five appointees to the NAB Radio Board. The five appointees will serve two-year terms. They are: (in alphabetical order): Caroline Beasley, executive vice president and CFO, Beasley Broadcast Group; John Dickey executive VP of content & programming, Cumulus Media Inc.; Steve Fisher, CFO and EVP of operations Entercom Communications; Scott Herman, executive VP of operations, CBS Radio; and Jeff Warshaw, CEO, Connoisseur Media LLC.
Iconic Rock Singer Releases New Album – Is Available for Interviews. Attention morning hosts that do talky shows on classic rock stations. Have we got a cool guest for you… Peter Rivera — the legendary original lead singer and drummer for the eternally classic songs “I Just Want to Celebrate” and “Get Ready” by the legendary band Rare Earth. Still in heavy rotation on classic rock radio and strategically placed in many TV commercials, any baby boomer rock aficionado will remember that booming voice and those powerful drums on the group’s long series of hits. During their reign of stardom, Rare Earth sold more than 25 million records with five top 10 singles. (Seven gold, one double-platinum, and two platinum albums.) Peter’s story is one of those all-American classics; a kind of “rags to riches” tale in which an obscure white boy, growing up in a red-brick row house in Detroit, Michigan, finds his way out of the grimy, blue-collar neighborhood that spawned a whole generation of factory workers, dock hands, and “tough-guy” bar brawlers to the big time glitz and glam of the pop music industry. Rare Earth was the first all-white band signed to Motown Records that broke through with hit records. Now at 70, Rivera still puts out a powerful sound and is a striking figure in concerts perched behind his drums and belting out tunes from a brand new album, It Is What it Is. To download the album, learn more about Rivera and, perhaps, set up an interview, please click here.
John Dickey and Michael Harrison to Conduct “Fireside Chat” at Talkers New York 2015. The agenda for Talkers New York 2015, the annual conference presented by RadioInfo’s sister trade publication, TALKERS, is shaping up to be one of the most powerful in its colorful history. One of the highlights of what promises to be a stimulating day of relevant discussions, presentations, and addresses will be a conversation between Cumulus Media executive vice president of content & programming, John Dickey and TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison. The presentation will be conducted in the informal, one-on-one “fireside chat” format. John Dickey is responsible for Cumulus’ sales, programming, marketing, promotion and engineering and will offer comments, opinions and information about a wide variety of issues presently facing not only talk radio, but the entire spectrum of radio formats, as well. Michael Harrison states, “There are few people as ‘plugged in’ to the day-to-day operations as well as the big picture of commercial radio in America today than John Dickey. He has extensive, first-hand knowledge about what’s happening in the business and plays an enormous role in influencing policy – plus he has a true passion for radio and its position in our society. I look forward to this session with enthusiasm and plan on it providing our attendees with a lot of valuable takeaways.” The 18th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important annual convention will take place on Friday, June 12, 2015. It will be located at the historic India House Club dramatically situated at One Hanover Square in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district. The all-day event – 8:45 am to 6:15 pm — is on the verge of selling out within a matter of days. Registrations, priced at $299 per person and only open to professionals currently or recently employed in media-related industries, include all sessions, presentations, exhibits and breakfast/lunch/refreshment/and social networking activities. The heavyweight, non-stop agenda will include approximately 65 speakers and 500 attendees will be the allowed limit. Registrations can only be taken over the phone and paid for by credit card. They are not refundable or transferable. For registration, sponsorship and hotel information, please call 413-565-5413. Again, an early sellout is days away, so avoid being shut out by registering now! To see the latest agenda, please click here.
KZEW, Dallas Rocks Reunion. Former staffers and special friends of the station gathered at Sundown at Granada in Dallas for a reunion of the folks who helped make the old KZEW the famous rock station that it was. More than 100 included former jocks, news anchors, management, sales, staff, and record company reps associated with the station from 1973 to 1990 when it ruled as the market’s top rock station attended, including station creator and founding program director Ira Lipson. Pictured here (from l-r) are former KZEW jocks: Mike Rhyner, John Rody, Charley Jones, and Jon Dillon. Photo: Mark Bickham.
Backstage at the iHeartRadio Country Festival. This past weekend, the iHeartRadio Country Festival took place in Austin, Texas with acts including Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and more performing. The event streamed across Yahoo Live and was broadcast on iHeartMedia-owned country stations. On Wednesday, May 27, NBC TV will broadcast an edited version of the show from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET. Pictured here are (from l-r): John Sykes, president of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises; Tom Poleman, president of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia; country artist Tim McGraw; Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group; country artist Justin Moore; Bob Pittman, chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.; Rich Bressler, president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of iHeartMedia, Inc.; Clay Hunnicutt, executive vice president and general manager of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia.
A Down First Quarter for Cumulus Media. The numbers here are compared to the same period in 2014. Cumulus Media reports 2015 Q1 net revenue dipped 7.2% on income of $271,079,000. Revenue was down across the board at the company in the first quarter and here’s the breakdown: broadcast revenue was $251 million (down 7%) and digital revenue was $8.06 million (down 16.4%). Political ad revenue was down 67.7% and a portion of the net revenue drop was due to an increase in the license fees and other category which rose 9.1%. Breaking down the broadcast revenue a bit further, local and national spot sales were down a bit – 3.6% and 2.4% respectively – but network revenue sank 13% on income of $86.7 million.
Radio One Dips 4.8% in Q1. Urban media operator Radio One reports a down first quarter of 2015 on income $105.8 million – a drop of 4.8%. The company saw positive results in its cable TV advertising sector – up 9.9% — and that helped ease some of the decline in other sectors. The radio broadcasting segment was down 9.4%. Radio advertising was down 5.5% and digital advertising dipped 6.1%. Meanwhile, in the category “event revenue & other” Radio One dropped a dramatic 82.6%, due in part to a timing issue relative to annual events.
Lindy Heads to Indy. For its Indianapolis country signal WFMS, Cumulus Media brings programming pro Scott Lindy aboard as PD. Most recently, Lindy was director of operations/program director for Lincoln Financial Media in Atlanta where he was PD of hot AC WSTR “Star 94” and oversaw programming at WQXI “ESPN 790 The Zone” and The Atlanta Falcons Radio Network. Cumulus SVP of content and programming Mike McVay says, “Scott and I have worked together and competed against one another. I am happy that this time we’ll be working together. It’s much easier than competing with him. We’re excited to have him join us in Indianapolis at the legendary WFMS.”
Maguire Set to Transfer to Tampa’s ‘Beat’ as PD. Making the leap from senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Montgomery, Alabama to program director of Tampa urban contemporary sibling WBTP “The Beat” is Mychal Maguire. Senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Tampa Doug Hamand states, “Mychal is an extraordinary programmer and great find for ‘The Beat.’ His attention to detail and attitude to make his products and content the best is extremely refreshing. I cannot wait to hear what he will do to an already successful radio station.” Maguire – who begins his new assignment in shortly more than two weeks (5/18) – states, “I am extremely excited to join the talented iHeartMedia Tampa Bay team. I have always considered this as a dream position. I am thrilled to lead such a talented team and am thankful to those entrusting me with such a great opportunity to grow my career.” Prior to his Montgomery tenure, Maguire was director of urban programming for the company’s stations in Macon, Georgia. He has previously programmed in Hartford; Charleston, South Carolina; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Killeen, Texas. After 10 successive Nielsen Audio PPM performances in the 4.0 – 4.9 range (6+), Tampa’s “Beat” notched a 5.6 in February (#4, 6+), before dropping three-tenths to 5.3 in March (#5).
‘Kramer and Tiffany’ to Mornings on KLAZ, Hot Springs. Newly installed operations manager Doug Kramer crafts the new morning show for Noalmark Broadcasting’s CHR KLAZ, Hot Springs, Arkansas by partnering himself up with actress and singer Tiffany Thornton for the new “Kramer and Tiffany” show. It replaces the syndicated Kidd Kraddick show. Kramer continues his syndicated afternoon show in addition to the new morning duties. Thornton is best known for her co-starring role as Tawni Hart on the Disney Channel series, “Sonny with a Chance” and “So Random!” Kramer says, “I met Tiffany officially when I deejayed her wedding and our families became friends. Flash forward a few years, I started producing her podcast and realized instantly we had chemistry on the air together. I’m excited we get a chance to hang out every morning and do some fun and entertaining radio!”
Michael Harrison to Do 60-Second Daily Feature on Media for Boston Herald Radio. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison has entered into an agreement with the Boston Herald to write and perform a weekly 60-second feature titled “Michael Harrison on the Media” beginning Monday (5/4) that will be dropped into the pioneering online station’s programming flow several times a day as well as its growing network of terrestrial partners. In it, Harrison explores the direct connection between media and the human condition – past, present and future – commenting on the impact of changing communications technology on society and culture. According to Harrison, “I love the idea of being connected with such a forward-thinking organization as the Boston Herald and its ground-breaking media station, Boston Herald Radio. Creating one of these tight little pieces each week helps sharpen my insights and ability to express them and just like my weekly, longform podcast ‘Up Close and Far Out’ on Podcast One, it gives me the opportunity, at this seasoned stage in my life, to dabble in speculation about the broader scope of media outside the radio industry itself for a worldwide consumer audience of ‘media freaks.’ What fun!” Boston Herald Radio Network executive producer Tom Shattuck tells RadioInfo, “I am thrilled to have these exclusive commentaries by Michael Harrison running on our platform!” To hear an installment of “Michael Harrison on Media” please click below.
Bob & Tom Pack ‘em in at Butler University. Last weekend Westwood One-syndicated morning show Bob & Tom hosted a comedy event at Butler University in the show’s home market of Indianapolis. More than 2,100 fans packed Clowes Memorial Hall at the school to enjoy the show that featured the Bob & Tom show performers, comedians Al Jackson, Donnie Baker, Todd Yohn, Greg Hahn, and special guest Pat McAfee, kicker for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. The photo here shows Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold with the comics and some fans during the meet-and-greet.
Jennifer Nettles and Darius Rucker Hosting Tomorrow’s iHeartRadio Country Festival. When the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival kicks off tomorrow (5/2) at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Jennifer Nettles and Darius Rucker will handle hosting duties. Premiere Network’s nationally syndicated country morning star Bobby Bones is being billed as making a special appearance instead of hosting as announced back in March. In addition to the live video stream of the concert via Yahoo Live, a two-hour TV broadcast of the event will air on NBC TV on May 27 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET.
Done Deal: Alpha Closes on Coast Radio and Free Lance-Star Stations. There are seven more radio stations officially in the Portland-based Alpha Media fold after the closing took place on the deals with Coast Radio Company and Free Lance-Star Radio. As previously reported when the sales were announced, Alpha gets three California signals from Coast: adult contemporary-formatted trio KUIC, Vacaville, KKIQ, Livermore, and KKDV, Walnut Creek. And from Free Lance-Star it acquires: country WFLS and talk WNTX in Fredericksburg, Virginia; CHR WVBX, Spotsylvania, Virginia; and classic rock WWUZ, Bowling Green, Virginia. Alpha chief Larry Wilson says, “We are very fortunate to be able to work with such great employees at all of the stations. Each cluster is exceptional and brings its own unique attributes to the company, allowing us to build a diverse and dynamic culture.”
iHeartMedia Reports Q1 Revenue Up 4%. For the first quarter of 2015, iHeartMedia reported its consolidated revenue increased 4% to $1.4 billion in 2015 compared to 2014 after adjusting for a $54 million unfavorable impact from movements in foreign exchange rates. On a reported basis, consolidated revenues were slightly up. The company says revenue increased $28 million, or 4%, driven primarily by the traffic, weather and syndication businesses, as well as events. Revenue growth was partially offset by lower core local broadcast radio advertising revenue.
Punjabi, Rosario to Share South Florida GSM Duties. Designated to handle general sales manager responsibilities at Cox Media Group‘s Miami cluster are AJ Punjabi and Angelina Rosario. Punjabi is transferring from the company’s Atlanta stations where he was digital sales manager, while Rosario is elevated to GSM after two years as CMG Miami’s local sales manager. Cox Media Group Miami vice president and general manager Rob Babin comments, “I am extremely excited to see two talented individuals promoted from within Cox Media Group. Their work ethic, hunger, and determination have earned them these promotions.” According to CMG Miami’s director of sales Ralph Renzi, “We are very excited to have a proven innovative performer like AJ join our team. We are equally thrilled to promote our hard-working, talented LSM Angelina to GSM. These two talented professionals will lead our results-oriented media consultants to be better prepared to compete in today’s media environment.” Punjabi states, “It is an honor and a privilege to be given this great responsibility. Rob and Ralph have put together an all-star team across all departments who are dedicated to South Florida’s audience and customers. I am also very excited to have Angelina as my co-pilot to help CMG Miami soar even further.” Rosario remarks, “I am extremely thankful and grateful to be given the opportunity to become GSM for CMG Miami. I have an incredible, supportive management and sales team. I am truly grateful to Ralph and Rob for recognizing my leadership strength. I look forward to my new chapter and working with AJ to help CMG Miami maximize our talent and growth.” Punjabi began his media career as an account executive at co-owned WSB-TV, Atlanta; he later managed digital strategy at Cox Enterprises’ Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After graduating from Barry University, Miami native Rosario was a CMG Miami consultant for seven years before being boosted to LSM. Cox Media Group Miami consists of urban contemporary WEDR “99 Jamz,” adult contemporary WFEZ “Easy 93.1,” CHR WFLC “Hits 97-3,” and urban AC WHQT “Hot 105,” which has been the market’s #1 station (6+) the past 47 ratings periods.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the iHeartMedia Seattle cluster, programmer Chris Sargent is named PD at classic hits KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet.” He comes to the station from his most recent gig with Mapleton Communications where he was operations manager for the Medford, Oregon cluster and regional rock PD…..NRG Media’s Omaha station group has a new operations manager as Dave Tepper replaces Neil Nelkin. Tepper was most recently the PD at Cumulus Media’s sports talk KFNC, Houston “ESPN 97.5 The Ticket.”
WAMO, Pittsburgh Jock Jax Suspended for Freddie Gray Instagram Post. Hip hop midday host DJ Mike Jax, a.k.a. Mike Jackson, has been suspended from Radio Power Inc-owned WAMO, Pittsburgh for an Instagram post detailing the arrest record of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man whose death while in police custody touched off the recent riots. According to a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jax posted a photo of Gray with a litany of his arrests but he posted the following to Instagram after being suspended: “I’d like to apologize for my previous post. My intention was not to justify Freddie Gray’s death. It was to highlight that his arrest record DOES NOT justify his death. I’m sorry I was not more clear.” Still, the station explained its view on its Facebook page via GM Jamal Woodson: “WAMO100 does not share the views or condone the comments expressed on a WAMO100 employee’s personal social media page. As a representative of WAMO100 we expect a code of conduct that should transcend the air waves.” The length of Jax’s suspension is unclear.
Steve Harvey Hosts President Obama to Talk About Baltimore. President Barack Obama has appeared on the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” in the past but this time the Commander-in-Chief spoke with Harvey on Wednesday’s show to discuss the civil unrest in Baltimore. Harvey and Obama broadened the conversation a bit to address the national issue of police-related deaths, as well as plans to create a dialogue between police and local community leaders. Obama spoke about the need for our society as a whole to tackle these issues and find long-term solutions, including rebuilding communities and increasing trust, training, accountability and transparency.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personalities Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, OH; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (4/29) includes such names as: Kristina Karo, Giorgio Moroder, Sia, Britney Spears, Natalie Imbruglia, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, Nicki Minaj, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Panic! At The Disco, Bleachers, Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber, Kaleo, Great Lake Swimmers, Peter Rivera, Garbage, Brian Aubert, We Are Harlot, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Soul Circus Cowboys, Old Dominion, Chris Stapleton, Wiz Khalifa, Ale Mora, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wales, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Lew Dickey, Cumulus, Agree to Continuation. The co-founder of Cumulus Media will be remaining in-place for at least another three years: Lew Dickey extends his employment agreement as the company’s president and chief executive officer. In addition, he will carry on as a board member through 2018. According to board member Jeff Marcus, “We are grateful that Lew Dickey, who has built Cumulus into a leading national media business, has renewed his commitment to lead the company into the future. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with Lew to build value for our shareholders.” In other news at the Atlanta-based company, Ridgemont Equity Partners‘ Robert “Trey” Sheridan, III, will retire from Cumulus’ board when his term ends at this year’s annual stockholders meeting; Association of Magazine Media (MPA) president and chief executive officer Mary Berner will be nominated to fill Sheridan’s vacated seat. Dickey comments, “We are fortunate to be adding Mary Berner to our board. Her insights and experience will be valuable as we continue to position the company for long-term success in the changing media landscape.” Elsewhere, Cumulus lead director, Jeffrey Marcus, is appointed non-executive board chair. Marcus has been a Cumulus board member since 2011. He is a partner with Crestview Partners, Cumulus’ largest stockholder.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. KMVQ, San Francisco “99.7 [NOW!] promotes Shan to midday personality on the CHR outlet. CBS RADIO says Shan will continue her role as assistant producer for the “Fernando & Greg in the Morning” program. She says of her new gig, “Since I was a little girl growing up in San Francisco, I listened to ‘99.7NOW’ jocks St. John and Strawberry. After a lot of hard work, it’s a dream come true to join them in the ranks of jocks entertaining audiences across the Bay Area. I look forward to the opportunity to put a smile on our listeners’ faces every day both on Fernando & Greg and on my midday show.”…..South Bend, Indiana’s WNSN “Sunny 101.5” announces that Steve Buda has joined the morning show alongside current co-hosts Jack Reichert and Abby Weppler, and replacing the recently retired Bruce Kayser. Buda comments, “I’m excited to join the amazing morning team at ‘Sunny 101.5.’ I had the pleasure of getting to know both Jack and Abby, and I couldn’t be happier to be part of the show and the community in South Bend.” Buda starts on May 11…..Moving over from sports talk KBME, Houston to sister alternative KTBZ “The Buzz” is Alex Middleton who joins the morning show hosted by Rod Ryan. Middleton served as a producer for the Doug Pike show and Houston Rockets and Astros games…..There’s a new market manager in place in Las Cruces, New Mexico as Adams Radio appoints Tom Nankival to the position left open when Charles “Andy” Whatley recently exited that post…..Alaska Integrated Media welcomes Danny Ryan back to the company full time as Ryan takes on the vice president of programming position at the Anchorage cluster that includes urban contemporary KMVN “MOViN 105.7,” rock KZND, news/talk KOAN, and jazz/blues KNIK “The Breeze.” Ryan will also host afternoons on KMVN.
Pursuing Truth Amid Civil Unrest. Media outlets have experienced a number of situations recently that qualify as true “danger zones” in which to send their reporters and tech crews if they choose to cover the event first hand. ABC TV director of business continuity Howard B. Price writes today about the hazards radio news staffers are facing in situations similar to what’s been happening in Baltimore and – not too long ago – Ferguson, Missouri. He presents a plan for broadcasters to follow in preparing for coverage of such news events in the future. Read his entire piece here.
Alpha Media to Acquire Adelante Media’s Radio Assets. This deal will mean three more radio stations entering the Portland-based Alpha Media fold. Adelante owns three radio stations, all Spanish-language formatted: KTUB-AM, regional Mexican KDUT-FM, and KBMG-FM (licensed to Evanston, Wyoming) in the Salt Lake City market. Alpha will assume operations under an LMA effective May 1. Alpha Media chairman Larry Wilson comments, “We are so pleased to join forces with Mary Lee Robinson and her fine staff who deliver beautiful entertainment to the Latino community of Salt Lake City.” Adelante’s Jay Meyers says, “Mary Lee Robinson and her team have built a brilliant operation in Salt Lake City poised for spectacular growth in the coming years, truly the crown jewel of Adelante’s holdings. As we go through our liquidation phase, I’m so very pleased to be doing a deal for our Salt Lake stations with Larry Wilson, Bob Proffitt and the Alpha crew. Not only are they fantastic broadcasters, but also great friends.” When all pending deals are approved, Alpha Media will own 99 radio stations.
Chaffee to Consult oWOW Radio. The Cleveland online rock station being led by chief content director John Gorman announces it is being joined in a consultant/advisor role by John Chaffee. oWOW notes that Chaffee was president of Malrite Communications Group, where he was responsible for the management and creative vision of the company’s seventeen television and radio stations, including rock WMMS-FM and WOIO-TV in Cleveland as well as WHTZ “Z-100” in New York. Gorman says in a statement, “John Chaffee was my boss for well over a decade. John’s insights, suggestions, critiquing, and his encouragement to be imaginative, take essential chances, and contemplate all sides of any issue unquestionably contributed in molding me into a full-service programmer and operations manager. I owe my career to John’s supervision. We had a victorious fun ride then and we will have a victorious fun ride now with oWOW.”
iHeartRadio’s ‘Real 92.3’ in LA Announces ‘Mix Mob.’ Company SVP of urban programming and KRRL, Los Angeles “Real 92.3” program director Doc Wynter announces the new hip hop outlet’s “Real Mix Mob,” saying he and midday personality and APD DJ A-Oh “searched all over LA for the best mixers to staff the ‘Real Mix Mob!’ Collectively and individually, they bring a unique energy to the station which I believe Los Angeles is Real-ly going to vibe with.” Joining DJ A-Oh in the “Mix Mob” are: DJ Amen, DJ Mo Beatz, DJ Young 1, DJ Hed, DJ VickOne and Dre Sinatra. DJ A–Oh will present his own mixes weekdays at 12:00 noon. Here’s the rest of the schedule: DJ Amen will mix weekdays at 5:00 pm, Fridays at 10:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 am; DJ Amen will be joined on Fridays at 5:00 pm by DJ Young 1; DJ Damage – evening personality on KRRL and Revolt live, will mix weekdays at 8:00 pm; DJ Hed will mix Fridays at 11:00 pm and Saturdays at 12:00 midnight; Dre Sinatra – “one of the most influential players in the LA music scene as a tastemaker DJ” – will be featured Fridays at 12:00 midnight and Saturdays at 10:00 pm; DJ Mo Beatz, will mix Fridays at 1:00 am and Saturdays at 11:00 pm.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Afternoon personality Todd Michaels is promoted to assistant program director at Beasley Media Group’s country KCYE, Las Vegas “The Coyote.” Michaels joined the station in December of 2014 as evening personality and moved up to afternoons in February…..At the Albuquerque cluster of Cumulus Media, adult contemporary KMGA morning personality Scott Simon exits. He came to the cluster in 2013 as a personality on sister KRST. He moved to KMGA after KRST re-branded as NASH FM…..Rob Quinn is named vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media’s Colorado Springs station group. Quinn previously worked in Denver with Entravision, Bustos Media and Liberman Communications. More recently he was GSM for BCA’s alternative XETRA “91X” and XEPRS “XTRA Sports” in San Diego.
iHeartRadio to Host Mumford & Sons Album Release Party. The third album from Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind – will be released on Monday, May 4 and the following Friday, the band will perform live at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York as part of an exclusive album release party at 8:00 pm ET. As with other iHeartRadio Album Release Parties, video of the event will video stream live on Yahoo Live and on the websites of iHeartMedia’s alternative, triple A, CHR, hot AC, sports, and news/talk stations. A 60-minute, on-air special broadcast will happen on the company’s alternative and triple A stations, as well.
SiriusXM 2015 Q1 Revenue Up 8%. Satellite radio operator SiriusXM delivered its 2015 first quarter financial numbers today (4/28) and, compared to the same period a year ago, revenue was $1.08 billion – up 8%. Net income was $106 million, up 12% from $94 million in the first quarter of 2014. Net income per diluted common share was $0.02 in the first quarter of 2015 and 2014. Adjusted EBITDA was $399 million in the first quarter of 2015, up 19% from $335 million in the first quarter of 2014. The satcaster says that it added 431,000 net new subscribers in the first quarter, a 61% increase from the 267,000 net new subscribers added in the first quarter of 2014. Sirius CEO Jim Meyer says, “The year is off to a fantastic start at SiriusXM. We are increasing our subscriber guidance to approximately 1.4 million net additions and revenue guidance to approximately $4.47 billion after reporting our best first quarter for self-pay subscriber additions since 2008. Our results demonstrate that SiriusXM’s bundle of live news and sports, exclusive talk and comedy, and curated, commercial-free music is resonating with more and more consumers every day,”
Report: FCC Chairman Wheeler Seeks Waiver for Pandora FM Purchase. According to a story in Bloomberg Business, sources say FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is asking agency staffers to waive the foreign ownership rule Pandora is seeking to get approval for the purchase of KXMZ, Rapid City, South Dakota. The question of how much of Pandora’s stock – and therefore ownership – is in the hands of foreign investors has been a sticking point for the pure play as it attempts to use ownership of the FM outlet to pay lower music royalty rates. Critics call the move a loophole Pandora is trying to take advantage of. The lower rates were intended for broadcasters and applied to their internet services. Bloomberg reports the FCC declined to comment on the story.
WFAN Sports Giant Mike Francesa Is Extremely Bullish on Radio – Says the Medium Is Here to Stay on Michael Harrison’s “Up Close and Far Out” Podcast. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison interviews WFAN sports talk superstar Mike Francesa on this week’s installment of the international hit podcast series, “Up Close and Far Out.” In an exclusive 30-minute conversation, Harrison and Francesa cover a variety of fascinating topics including authenticity in broadcasting, internet critics, digital era audiences, radio versus television, changes in pop culture, the phenomenal growth of sports and the future of radio in a world of screens. Francesa credits the authenticity, for which Harrison praises him, in part, to being on the air an unusually long five-and-a-half hours per day, pointing out that you can’t be live on radio that long every day without being your real self. According to Francesa, one of the big changes faced by hosts in both sports and general talk programming today is the audience has as much, if not more, access to information as you do – which means merely presenting news is not enough. A host’s success is dependent on having an interesting “take” on the events of the day. He says the internet has made it much easier to break into broadcasting but much more difficult to get noticed. Of his critics, he states the worst thing that can happen is to be ignored. “If you are ignored, you are dead.” Francesa tells Harrison that he very seldom responds to his critics – refusing to give them the exposure of his larger platform that they seek. In addition to having a growing national following due to television and radio syndication, Mike Francesa has long been one of the highest profile media figures in New York and has been ranked by TALKERS magazine for the past two years in a row in the #1 spot on its “Heavy Hundred” of sports talk radio (“The 100 Most Important Radio Sports Talk Hosts in America”). After several years of being carried by the YES Network, Francesa’s daily local radio show is presently simulcast nationally on Fox Sports 1. In comparing radio to television, Francesa says, “Television is a director’s medium. Radio is a performer’s medium.” He explains, “Radio is unvarnished. It is visceral. It is emotional. Television is more packaged and homogenized.” Regarding the survival and future of radio, Francesa states, “Radio will be here long, long past us. People have been trying to kill radio since the first days of television. They’ve tried to kill radio 40 different times in multiple generations. They will never kill it because its appeal of being live, local, personal and mobile will never be equaled.” Francesa sees the rise of mobile digital media as actually being a good thing for radio, acknowledging that “radio will change.” He confidently says, “It will be enhanced because of the smart phone. It is the new transistor radio. Who carried a transistor radio for the past 30 years? Now everyone does. THAT is an opportunity!” In describing Mike Francesa, Michael Harrison states, “I know Francesa has his share of critics – but that comes with the territory of being ‘out there’ the way he is and being a compelling radio talk show host in the modern era, sports or otherwise. What makes him so successful is he has that special ‘something’ that only a handful of performers have ever had in this business – he rises above technique! All he needs to do is bring his authentic, unique personhood to the airwaves each time he’s on and that – at least to this point – is enough. He is one of my handful of all-time favorites and I am delighted that he is still going strong.” To listen to Mike Francesa on “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” please click here or click on the special player box in the right hand column of every page on Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Bobby Bones to Pen Memoir for HarperCollins. It might seem like asking too much from a relatively young radio personality to write his memoirs, but Premiere Networks syndicated country morning show host Bobby Bones (real name Bobby Estell) has led an interesting life. Most industry insiders know that Bones grew up poor, the son of a single, addicted young mother and an absent father. But the press release says that “fueling his stardom is a powerful work ethic, a willingness to take risks and make mistakes, and a desire to tell the real story of living dreams to the fullest.” Bones says, “I’ve always been a pretty private guy. But I think I found my outlet, which is oddly one of the least private places I can be.” Bones will work with editor Carrie Thornton at Dey Street Books/HarperCollins.
Smashing Pumpkins to Smashing Heads. Whether with hard rock, country, or hip-hop, professional wrestling has enjoyed tremendous success intersecting with contemporary music and its artists. The latest example is on a fairly significant level as Nashville-based TNA Wrestling names Smashing Pumpkins‘ lead singer and guitarist Billy Corgan senior producer/creative & talent development. TNA president Dixie Carter (not to be confused with the late actress of the same name) states, “I have known Billy for years and have always been blown away by his musical artistry, as well as his knowledge and understanding of professional wrestling. He has always impressed me with his creativity and passion for our business. Billy is truly gifted. He understands the emotion tied to the psychology of connecting with an audience. The more we talked, the more I realized his perspective has the potential to make a huge impact on our brand.” According to TNA executive vice president of television and talent John Gaburick, “Billy stands as a true powerhouse iconic songwriter and performance artist. I also find him to be an ardent historian of professional wrestling and a true visionary. We knew Billy would bring a great viewpoint when we [asked him] to attend a recent creative summit. During those meetings, his pioneering perspectives and collaborative approach made it quickly evident we needed to bring him on as a permanent member of our team.” Corgan comments, “I am humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA – it is a dream come true. It is great that the entire TNA organization stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins. In return, I am fully committed to using my 30-year entertainment experience, along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best. As cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive.” Not what you might think the letters stand for – TNA (Total Nonstop Action) – airs its centerpiece show “Impact Wrestling” Friday nights on Destination America; prior to this past January, Spike TV carried TNA programming. Among the promotion’s biggest name performers are Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, and – in the women’s division – Gail Kim. Corgan will be senior producer at TV tapings. Vince McMahon‘s World Wrestling Federation (WWE) though is still the kingpin in “sports entertainment.”