Monday, December 22, 2014

R.I.P.: Singer Joe Cocker Dead At 70

Joe Cocker
Legendary "With A Little Help from My Friends" singer Joe Cocker has died at age 70 after a long battle with lung cancer, Sony Music said in a statement Monday.

The British-born crooner died at his home in Colorado, accoridng to the NY Daily News.

“It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts,” his agent Barrie Marshall told the BBC.

Cocker rose to fame in 1964 and recorded 40 albums while touring into his 60s.

His cover of the Beatles' "With A Little Help from My Friends" vaulted to No. 1 and lifted Cocker to stardom. Cocker's "With A Little Help From My Friends" also was also the theme song for the wildly-popular television series "The Wonder Years."

He won a Grammy for "Up Where We Belong," a 1982 duet with Jennifer Warnes. Other Joe Cocker hits include "Feelin' Alright,""You Are So Beautiful" and "Unchain My Heart."

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2007 for his music achievements.

NYC Radio: Jim Ryan Gets Promoted, New Deal From CBS Radio

Jim Ryan
Jim Ryan has been named Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Radio, it was announced today by Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Radio. The appointment is effective immediately.

In this new position, Ryan will serve as a source of programming expertise and develop key initiatives and strategies for all of CBS Radio’s music stations across the country. He retains his title as Program Director for New York stations WCBS 101.1 FM and WWFS 102.7 FM as part of his contract extension with CBS Radio.

“Jim is universally recognized as one of the premiere music programming minds in the industry and he surely has the ratings’ resume to back it up,” said Oliviero. “This well-deserved expanded role will allow our stations and programmers to benefit from his world class experience and knowledge. I am thrilled that Jim will be helping us craft the future of our industry leading brands and shaping the sound of our stations for years to come.”

Ryan joined CBS Radio in April 2010 as Program Director of WWFS-FM and Vice President, Adult Contemporary Programming. He will also continue in the latter role, and add oversight of the division’s Classic Hits stations to his responsibilities as well. In June 2012, Ryan was named Program Director of WCBS-FM, the most listened to station this year in New York whose audience has increased by more than 30% since the beginning of 2014.

Before joining CBS Radio, Ryan was head of his own consulting company, Jim Ryan Media, where he advised many top radio stations, including market leaders in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston, and syndicated national personalities, in addition to providing Arbitron PPM analysis to influential clients in the talk radio industry.

From September 1996 to April 2008, Ryan worked for iHeartMedia’s WLTW, 106.7 Lite-FM. During his time at the station, Ryan programmed and served as Director of Adult Contemporary Programming, went on to become Vice President of AC Programming and was later elevated to Senior Vice President of AC Programming. Furthermore, he consulted Premiere syndication directed at the adult female audience, including notable talent such as Delilah and Casey Kasem. Over the years, Ryan was responsible for helping WLTW become one of the most listened to and top billing radio stations in America.

Prior to working in New York, Ryan played an instrumental role in establishing WBEB in Philadelphia as a market leader. Additionally, he programmed and then became an equity partner in a Portland, Oregon radio property (KXYQ) forming an acquisition company with the band Van Halen. Ryan is a native of Long Island where he began his broadcasting career, and later went on to work in Denver, Pittsburgh, Miami and Detroit, before his first group programming job in 1981 overseeing stations in Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida.

Report: 3Q Radio Ad Spending Drops 6.2 Percent

Total advertising expenditures increased 0.3 percent in the third quarter of 2014 to $33.7 billion, according to data released today by Kantar Media.

During the first nine months of 2014 ad spending grew 2.2 percent. “After a relatively robust first half when spend grew by 3.1%,the pace of ad spending slowed during Q3 and a principal cause was Top 100 marketers becoming more restrained with their budgets,” said Jon Swallen, Chief Research Officer at Kantar Media North America.

“In contrast, mid-sized advertisers, who are the core of the ad market, continued to supply foundational support and grew their total spending by 6-7 percent during the quarter.”

Measured Ad Spending By Media Television ad spending increased 6.5 percent in the third quarter and was the only sector in the analysis with year-over-year growth. Spanish Language TV rose 23.7 percent and was fueled by the final two weeks of the World Cup tournament in July.

Spending on Cable TV networks was up 7.9 percent in the period with roughly one-third of the gain attributable to increased commercial time. Political spending was the primary contributor to the 5.2 percent rise in Spot TV.

Collectively, these three TV segments were responsible for an estimated $700 million of growth and offset the weaker results from Network TV (+0.2 percent) and National Syndication (+1.6 percent). Q3 Internet display spending fell 1.7 percent due to fewer page views by desktop PC users, which in turn led to fewer ad impressions. (Mobile internet display spend is not included in this analysis.)

Outdoor expenditures declined 2.7 percent on cutbacks from the Restaurant, Financial Service and Media categories. Print media experienced further losses in the period. Total expenditures in Newspaper media fell 13.0 percent and reflected commensurate reductions in volume of space sold.

Consumer Magazine spending dropped 4.6 percent as lower budgets from CPG and Auto advertisers erased encouraging gains from the Apparel and Pharmaceutical categories. Ad expenditures in Sunday Magazines fell 11.7 percent on lower demand from Direct Response marketers, a bellwether category for the segment.  (Note that these figures are based on print channels only and do not include activity on websites or other properties operated by print brands).

Radio media also dipped during the third quarter. Local Radio ad spending on English language stations was down 6.2 percent and on Spanish language stations it fell 6.6 percent. National Spot Radio fared no better with a decline of 5.3 percent. A common outcome for each of these segments was lower spending by retail, financial service and restaurant advertisers.

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NYC Radio: Mister Cee Surfaces On Radio 103-9 FM

Mister Cee
Less than a month after leaving WQHT 97.1 FM Hot 97,  NYC radio personality DJ Mister Cee is back on the air, spinning strictly classic rap and R&B throwbacks on Saturday afternoon for Cumulus' WNBM 103.9 FM /Radio 103.9, according to the NY Times.

M-C has learned the station used Mister Cee as a mixer as part of its HipHop Holiday weekend. He has not been hired as an employee, but he provided the Radio 103-9 FM with two 15-minute mixes.

While Hot 97 has always been known as a masculine, aggressive station, Mister Cee tells The Times, Radio 103.9 targets an older, more female audience whose members came of age during his prime hip-hop years.

At Hot 97, Mister Cee (born Calvin Lebrun), once the DJ for Big Daddy Kane and the executive producer of the Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album, “was the glue between the old and the new,” said Chris Green, the head of national radio promotions for Capitol Music Group, who has known the DJ since the mid-’90s. But Mister Cee always knew he would eventually “make the transition to urban adult radio,” Mr. Green added.

Ken Johnson, the program director for Radio 103.9, said New York is the rare radio market where DJ’s are still local celebrities and personalities. “Mister Cee is all about the people,” he said. “His experience with the people who listen to the music is invaluable.”

“His personal life is his personal life,” Mr. Johnson added.

In September 2013, however, it was more than that. Mister Cee first resigned from Hot 97 amid much-publicized incidents, including three arrests, of soliciting oral sex from transgender prostitutes, a taboo in an industry that has long wrestled with homophobic impulses.

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Las Vegas Radio: Mark DiCiero Hints a Quick Return

Mark DiCiero
Longtime Morning Personality Mark DiCiero is hinting he plans to stick around Las Vegas and possibly compete against his former morning show partners, according to Norm Clarke at the Review-Journal.

DiCiero’s nearly 18-year run on the powerhouse “Mark &Mercedes in the Morning” show on KMXB 94.1 FM, ended last Wednesday without any mention of his decision.

He broke the news Thursday on his Facebook page, saying, “change is never easy, but your instincts know when its time to make a change, and, for me, that time is now. I have decided to move on, and I am extremely excited about what the future holds.”

In a Facebook post on Friday, DiCiero made it clear he’s not leaving the market, adding “so don’t be surprised if you hear me on the air again very soon.”

The show's new co-host will be its longtime executive producer, J.C. Fernandez. Mercedes and he debut the new Mix 94.1 morning show Jan. 5 following holiday break.

The parting appears to be amicable, with both sides saying all the right things.

DiCiero and Martinez have been on-air partners since they were a duo in Denver.

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Houston Radio: KBME, Astros Sign Multi-Year Deal

iHeartMedia/Houston and The Houston Astros have announced a four year agreement to keep Sportstalk KBME 790 AM, Houston's Live & Local Sports Talk radio station, the home of the Houston Astros.

"I'm excited to extend our partnership with the Houston Astros for an additional four years; years that are sure to be the most successful and memorable in Astros history." said Eddie Martiny, President/Market Manager, iHeartMedia Houston. "I am confident that Jim Crane, Reid Ryan and Jeff Luhnow have created a solid foundation for new coach AJ Hinch and his players to enjoy success for many years to come."

Astros fans will continue to hear all regular season and spring training games, in addition to pre-game, post-game as well as all other Astros' related programming on Sportstalk 790 AM.

"We're extremely pleased to continue our relationship with Sportstalk 790," said Reid Ryan, Astros President of Business Operations. "They have been a great partners for many years, presenting Astros baseball in a first-class manner. With this agreement, Astros fans will continue to enjoy entertaining game broadcasts as well as quality pre and postgame shows."

"We're thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with the Astros. Baseball has always been a radio sport and we look forward to broadcasting all the action for this coming season and beyond," said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming, iHeartMedia Houston.

Seattle Radio: Rich Davis Named New VP/P For iHM

Rich Davis
iHeartMedia/Seattle has announced Rich Davis as new VP/Programming for the cluster, as well as PD of CHR KBKS (106.1 Kiss FM).

Davis arrives from iHeartMedia/Minneapolis, where he was PD of CHR KDWB and Triple A KTCZ. Davis has programming experience in Nashville, Baltimore and Philadelphia, among other cities.

"It’s no secret that Seattle is a very challenging market, but there is one thing that hasn't changed and that is our team’s absolute focus on winning. Rich is a very intelligent and driven person whose determination and track record of success is on a different level," said SVP of Programming Andrew Jeffries. "Rich is a huge asset to the iHeartMedia team -- it’s evident he’s ready for the next step in his career, and I’m beyond happy that is with us Seattle."

"Rich is a gifted programmer and leader with a proven track record of building brands that listeners are both passionate about and loyal to," said iHeart-Seattle Market President Kent Hael. "Seattle is an extremely competitive market, but I'm confident Rich will thrive and I am thrilled to have him as a new member of our leadership team."

AdLarge Media To Rep Anthony Cumia Show

Anthony Cumia
AdLarge Media has taken another step in expanding its digital audio platform with its newest partnership for exclusive national advertising sales representation of The Anthony Cumia Show (TACS) webcast and on-demand stream.

“Consumer appetite for quality, on-demand content is thriving,” noted Jay Green, Vice President, Digital Sales and Content Partnerships, AdLarge Media.  “Anthony Cumia has a tremendous following, and his recent foray onto the digital platform has only increased his reach and influence.  TACS is a great platform that will allow the AdLarge sales team to create effective and memorable campaigns for advertisers who want to reach those loyal fans.”

With almost 20 years of capturing the attention of legions of fans on broadcast and satellite radio, Cumia has brought his uncensored talk to the Internet live Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (EST) on  Users can interact with the live HD show and stream episodes on demand anytime.

“We’re excited about working with AdLarge,” stated Keith Maresca, Executive Producer, The Anthony Cumia Show.  “Our partnership will allow us to bring the unique marketing opportunities available on TACS to a larger group of advertisers.  AdLarge is the perfect partner to maximize TACS’s multi-screen advertising capability and Anthony’s keen execution of product placement and other promotional enhancements that can connect an advertiser to their target consumer.”

SA Radio: Alpha Adds FM-Translator To KZDC AM

Alpha Media San Antonio has announced  that KZDC 1250 AM ESPN is now on the FM at 94.5 T-FM  making this San Antonio’s first FM Sports Talk Station.

Alpha Media San Antonio Operations Director, Greg Martin commented on the announcement, “I am thrilled that Alpha Media recognizes the importance of its AM properties having a presence on the FM; exposing our brand to a large audience who rarely uses AM.”

ESPN San Antonio’s all-star lineup includes Mike and Mike, Collin Cowherd, Dat Nguyen (former Dallas Cowboy and A&M linebacker), Antonio Daniels (former San Antonio Spur), Jason Minnix, and Ari Temkin, and can now be heard in crystal clear FM. ESPN San Antonio is also home to the Houston Texans, Texas Rangers, World Series, and Texas Tech Football.

Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick said, “Adding the FM frequency to our sports station will not only help increase revenue and ratings but will play a key role in opening up new live and local opportunities.”

Portland OR Radio: Alpha Adds T-FM To KXTG-AM The Game

Alpha Media/Portland, OR, has announced the KXTG 750 AM The Game (50Kw-D-DA, 20Kw-N-DA) is now simulcasting on the FM dial at K274AR 102.9 T-FM.

The station's weekday lineup includes Dan Patrick in mornings from 6-9am, Jim Rome fro 9am-12pm, The Bald Face Truth's own John Canzano from 12-3pm and In the Huddle with Ragz from 3-7pm. 750 The Game is also the home of the Oregon Ducks, Portland Timbers, Portland Thunder, Seattle Seahawks, NFL, March Madness and the 2015 Super Bowl.

Alpha Media/Portland Senior VP/Market Manager Milt McConnell commented, "The Game being available on the 102.9 frequency means we have effectively increased the density of our coverage area that more than doubles the available audience to over 1.5m Metro Portland listeners."

K274AR 102.9 FM (99watts) 60dBu Coverage
Executive VP/Programming Scott Mahalick added, "Adding the FM frequency to our sports station will not only help increase revenue and ratings but will play a key role in opening up new live and local opportunities."

Tom Brokaw Says Cancer Is In Remission

Tom Brokaw
"A year ago my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news," Brokaw, who anchored "NBC Nightly News" from 1982 to 2004, wrote Sunday in a note to NBC News staff.

He said that he will soon begin a drug regimen to keep the cancer in remission. Brokaw, 74, revealed in February that he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that attacks bone marrow.

Brokaw, who remains an NBC News special correspondent, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November. Last week, he took part in the sing-along finale of "The Colbert Report."

In the note to staff, he wrote about serving as a presidential delegate earlier this month to a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Brokaw is credited with coining the term "The Greatest Generation."

R.I.P.: Iconic Nashville Broadcaster Teddy Bart

Teddy Bart
Teddy Bart, a radio and TV broadcaster known for shows that often defined the discussion of Nashville's political and business heavyweights, has died.

He was 78-years-of-age according to The Tennessean.

"Teddy Bart was an institution," said attorney John Jay Hooker, a frequent guest on his shows. "He was a very talented man."

Mr. Bart was the personality on several shows during his career, including long-running hits such as the "Waking Crew" on WSM-AM radio, the "Noon Show" and "Teddy Bart's Nashville" on WSM-TV, and "Teddy Bart's Round Table" with co-host Karlen Evins on a number of radio stations. He was also a news anchor for WKRN-TV.

"It was like Johnny Carson asking you to be on his show," said David Ewing, a lawyer and Nashville historian who was on "Round Table" several times. Local politicans and business leaders tuned into the show, and guests would often have messages waiting for them when they got back to work after an appearance, Ewing said.

The shows tackled local news and issues with lively yet civil debate.

"It was one those those shows where people didn't yell or shout at each other," Ewing said. "There's not a show on radio today like it."

Mr. Bart's legacy in Nashville loomed large in the broadcast community even after he retired, and he was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in May.

December 22 In Radio History

In 1899...Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America registered

In 1962...The Tornados became the first British group to have a #1 record in the U.S. when they topped the singles chart with their instrumental "Telstar."

In 2000...SIRIUS Satellite Radio completed its satellite system

In 2010...Radio and TV announcer (The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, The Dick Cavett Show, The Generation Gap)/National Radio Hall of Famer Fred Foy died at the age of 89.

Shortly after graduating from high school in 1938, Foy began in broadcasting with a part-time position at WMBC, a 250-watt independent station in Detroit. He moved to WXYZ in 1942, but World War II interrupted his radio career.

He was inducted August 28, 1942, entering the American armed forces September 11, 1942.

Attached to the 14th Special Service Company, Sergeant Fred Foy became the American voice on Egyptian State Broadcasting, delivering news and special programs to the Allied Forces in Cairo. He handled the distribution throughout the Middle East of American recordings, in addition to local broadcasts of Command Performance, Mail Call, Personal Album, Radio Bric-a-Brac and Front Line Theatre. He also announced The American Forces Programme. For Stars and Stripes he did American News Letter, a weekly summary of news from America, plus sport flashes and items from various theatres of war. For Cairo cinemas, he announced Headline News of the Day. Foy helped stage and announce USO sponsored programs, including a Jack Benny broadcast from Cairo to New York and an Andre Kostelanetz concert with Lily Pons.

After the war, Foy returned to WXYZ in Detroit. He took over the position of announcer and narrator for radio's The Lone Ranger beginning July 2, 1948 and continuing until the series ended on September 3, 1954.

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December 21 In Radio History

In Andy Dick was born in Charleston South Carolina Dick starred as "Matthew" in the TV sitcom "NewsRadio".

In 1988...WWPR NYC switched back to WPLJ.

In 1996...Barry Gray died.  He was an influential American radio personality, often labeled as "The father of Talk Radio".

Barry Gray 1951
Initially a disc jockey, Gray was working for New York's WMCA radio station in 1945 when he, bored one evening with simply spinning music, decided to put the telephone receiver up to his microphone and share his conversation with the listening audience. The caller that evening just happened to be bandleader Woody Herman, one of the most popular celebrities of the day. This spontanenous live interview was such a hit with both his listeners as well as station bosses, that the talk radio format resulted. Gray subsequently began doing listener call-ins as well.

Rival station WOR also saw the attraction of the talk format, and Gray worked an overnight shift there from 1945 to 1948 or 1949,  interviewing everyone from Al Jolson to Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. He also broadcast for WMGM from the Copacabana night club in the late 1940s.  In addition during 1947 he hosted the New York-based show Scout About Town for the Mutual Broadcasting System, during which he would present an Award of the Week to popular stars of the stage such as Mitzi Green and Morey Amsterdam.

Gray broadcast on WMIE AM radio from three Miami Beach nightclubs, the Copa Lounge, Danny and Doc's Jewel Box and the Martha Ray Club nightly in the fall of 1948 and into 1949 before he left the Miami area under some pressure. Gray bopped someone from his audience with his microphone,and this happened on the air. The impact was audible and the impact had been preceded by hot words of anger.

Barry Gray returned to WMCA in 1950, and stayed there for 39 years, refining the talk show format still utilized today. During the 1960s, he was in the odd position of having an 11 p.m.-1 a.m. late night talk show on a station otherwise dominated by Top 40 music and the youth-targeted "Good Guys" disc jockey campaign.

After WMCA changed to an all-talk format in 1970, Gray was again fully in his element.  By the 1980s he had shifted from a late-night to a mid-day slot at the station.

Gray left WMCA in 1989 when it dropped its talk format, and went to work slightly up the dial for a return to WOR where he enjoyed national syndication. By the time of his death, his show was considered to be politically conservative.

In 2009...The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) released its Top 10 list of 2009's most-played holiday songs on U.S. radio stations, representing an aggregation of all different artist versions of each. "Sleigh Ride" was ranked #1, followed by "Jingle Bell Rock," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." "The Christmas Song" came in sixth on the list, then "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Little Drummer Boy," "Feliz Navidad" and "Frosty the Snowman."

TV Building May Have Been Original Sydney Terror Target

Sydney's Channel 7 may have been the original target of Man Haron Monis last Monday.  It's a revelation that serves as an alert for security at TV and radio facilities in the States.

The Saturday Telegraph has learned Monis arrived at Martin Place early on Monday morning with the possible intention of taking hostages within the TV network’s studio during the live morning Sunrise broadcast.

Man Haron Monis
But it appears that, due to increased security at the studio following the Islamic State threat in September to behead someone in Martin Place, Monis instead rerouted his plot to the Lindt Chocolate Cafe a short distance from Channel 7 studios.  There he staged his deadly ­17-hour siege, which ended with the deaths of two innocent civilians.

A high-placed government source claims police — both the NSW State Police and the Australian Federal Police — have not ruled out that Channel 7 may have been Monis’s main target.

The shocking revelation comes as recently released Channel 7 security footage shows Monis pacing outside the Martin Place studios — known within the network as Sunrise Alley — as early as 8.30am on the morning of the siege.

“There are several things to suggest that (Monis) may have initially set his sights on Channel 7 during their live morning broadcast,” a government source told The Saturday Telegraph.

Monis had a very public and open resentment of the network.

A damning 2009 report on Today Tonight, which dubbed him a “Fake Sheik”, exposed his history of writing letters to the families of fallen soldiers. The program led directly to High Court charges about letters to war widows, and Monis was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond for the offensive letters — as was his co-accused and widow, 34-year-old Amirah Droudis, who pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting.

Soon after that report aired Monis visited Seven’s Martin Place studios on at least two occasions to hand out pro-Islamic leaflets.