Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Bird Is The Word!

Except for breaking news, Media Confidential is taking a holiday break.  Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving!

Atlanta Radio: Now, There Are Three Classic Hip Hop Stations

OG 97.9 T-FM launched Tuesday at noon as Atlanta’s Classic Hip Hop station.  OG 97.9 FM is being fed via translator W250BC and WWWQ 99.7 HD 3.  It’s throwback hip hop featuring Dr Dre, Missy Elliott, Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Ludacris, Snoop, and LL Cool J; all the O-G’s of Hip-Hop.

In 1990 hip-hop made up one-third of the Hot 100. By 1999, it was the country’s best-selling genre, with more than 81 million albums sold. Atlanta, the heart of the Dirty South, was a hot bed of the music and culture during this period. The city hosted the rise of Outkast, Ludacris, TLC, Jermaine Dupri, Goodie Mob, Bow Wow, Kriss Kross and more. Now these artists and their East and West Coast counterparts finally have a proper home on Atlanta’s OG 97.9-Classic Hip Hop.

“This is an exciting day for Atlanta radio,” said Cumulus Atlanta Operations Manager Rob Roberts. “We are bringing a format that hasn’t been available and we’re thrilled to be the home of Classic Hip Hop.”

W250BC 97.9 FM (250watts) 60dBu Coverage
OG 97.9 FM replaces Q100-20, which will continue to be available to fans via Rdio’s Q100-20 Playlist. Information regarding Q100-20 is available at

For more information about OG 97.9 FM Classic Hip Hop programming and events listen to 97.9 FM or log on to Follow on Facebook and on Twitter @OG979ATL.

Radio One has also entered the hip hop radio wars with the launching of Boom 102.9 FM on W275BK, via WPZE 102.5 FM in Mapleton, GA.

W275BK 102.9 FM (147watts) 60dBu Coverage
Boom 102.9 FM is Radio One;' fourth station to be branded as "Boom".  The others are in Houston, Philadelphia and Dallas.

The two stations will slug it out with On Top Broadcasting's "Old School 99.3" WTZA 1010 AM (Atlanta) and W257DF 99.3 T-FM in Dallas, GA which flipped to Classic Hip-Hop last week.

Voice-Over Artist, WW2 Hero Peter Thomas Reported Gravely Ill

Peter Thomas
Media Confidential has learned that legendary narrator and pioneering voice-over Talent Peter Thomas is gravely ill.

Thomas, a former staff announcer at WCBS-TV and the CBS Network, is 90-years-of-age and apparently suffered injuries during a recent fall at his hime in Naples, Fl.  He is currently a patient at a nearby nuring facility.

His wife, Stella died this past July from complications of a malignant brain tumor.  In an interview during the summer with the Naples Daily News,Thomas attributes much of his career success to the help Stella gave him.

"I've done over 400 episodes of ‘Forensic Files.' Stella and I would spend hours on those scripts," he said. "We'd read them the night before and the morning before I recorded. I still hear them and can still remember her saying, ‘Oh, I liked how you said that one' or ‘I didn't like that.'"

Once, Peter said he and Stella worked extensively on a script for PBS' "Nova." When he arrived to do the recording in London, he was given a different script. He read the script over the phone to Stella before recording it.

"That just shows how much I really depended on her," he said.

Thomas was born in Pensacola, Florida, where began his career at fourteen as an announcer on a local radio show. Since the station could not pay him, due to his age, they arranged for the sponsor, Piper Aircraft, to give him flying lessons in a Piper Cub. Within just a few years, Thomas would be hosting Big Band remotes.

With the onset of World War II, he left  volunteered for the United States Army in 1943, after being offered an Armed Forces Radio deferment, and served with the First Infantry Division in five major campaigns, including the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was issued a Battle star for each of the five campaigns. He was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Unit French Croix de guerre, and Belgian Fourragère.

Thomas has received many awards for his work but cites, as one of his best, the Oscar won by a documentary he narrated, One Survivor Remembers. The film, produced by HBO, chronicles the personal experience of Gerda Weissman Klein, who was interned at the Nordhausen Concentration Camp when she was a teenager. Thomas' unit participated in the haunting liberation of Nordhausen.

Thomas also participated in an HBO film on the Battle of Hürtgen Forest, in which he fought with the 1st Infantry Division (United States). Thomas was also the narrator for a miniseries that ran on The Discovery Channel in 1993 entitled How the West was Lost. Thomas was the narrator for the two-hour Nova episode entitled D-Day's Sunken Secrets, broadcast May 28, 2014, just before the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings; he participated in the original D-Day landing on Omaha Beach.

Thomas has also performed voice-overs for hundreds of television commercials, including Coca-Cola, IBM, Valvoline, NBC, United Technologies, Burger King, William Beaumont Hospital and ESPN Monday Night Football Commercials.

Well-wishers can send cards and message to: Peter Thomas, The Chateau, 130 Moorings Park Drive, Naples, Florida  34105.

November 26 In Radio History

In 1962…At EMI's Abbey Road studios in London, the Beatles recorded "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why." "Please Please Me" was a re-recording of the song in a more uptempo style after producer George Martin told the band that their original ballad version was "too bloody boring for words."

In 1969…At EMI's Abbey Road studios in London, John Lennon spent the afternoon mixing the Beatles songs "What's The New Mary Jane" and "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" with the intention of releasing them as the two sides of a Plastic Ono Band single. When this plan fell through, "Number" was released as the b-side of the Beatles' "Let It Be" single, making this the last time John Lennon was in the studio working on a Beatles song.

In 1970...George Harrison became the first Beatle to earn a #1 solo hit as "My Sweet Lord" climbed to the top.  The 5th Dimension was second with "One Less Bell to Answer".  The previous #1 "The Tears of a Clown" from Smokey Robinson & the Miracles was third, followed by Dawn's "Knock Three Times" and "Black Magic Woman" from Santana.

The rest of the Top 10:  The former #1 "I Think I Love You" from the Partridge Family, the Supremes remained at #7 with "Stoned Love", Chicago wouldn't budge with "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", Brian Hyland was still at #9 after 17 weeks with "Gypsy Woman" and Badfinger finished the list with "No Matter What".

In 1973…Elton John released the single "Step Into Christmas."

In 1979...Dan Ingram did his first morning show at 77 WABC after many years as the afternoon drive personality.

In 2003...longtime Washington, D.C. Radio broadcaster, Eddie Gallaher, died at age 89. He worked at stations including WTOP-AM, WASH-FM, and WWDC-AM.

Gallaher (dcrtv photo)
Gallaher's career in Washington began on WTOP-AM in 1947. Gallaher stayed on the air in one market for 53 years, working at two other stations before retiring in 2000.

"Eddie Gallaher was certainly one of the premier, if not the premier disc jockey, here in Washington," said Ed Walker. Walker and "Today"show weatherman Willard Scott were the "Joy Boys" on a rival morningprogram that ran on WRC-AM in Washington from 1955-1972.

Gallaher spent 21 years at WTOP, where celebrities passing through the  nation's capital made sure to stop by his studio.

When WTOP switched to a news and talk format in 1968, Gallaher moved to WASH-FM, then, in 1982, to WWDC-AM where he stayed until retiring in December 2000.

In 2009…Paul McCartney told a BBC interviewer that his concerts are a way of helping him "revisit" other members of the Beatles and his late wife Linda. "If I'm doing songs by the Beatles, I obviously remember the sessions when we recorded. Similarly with John and Linda - in a way you're kind of in contact with them again and it's sad, it's emotional."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Springfield MO: Cop's Group Considering Suit Against KOSP

An attorney for the Springfield, MO Police Officers Association is reviewing whether comments made by a local radio peronsality earlier this month could be considered defamation, the association's president told the News-Leader Monday.

A series of recordings obtained by the News-Leader, meanwhile, reveal a portion of what exactly was said on the show — which prompted the association to call for a boycott of Top40 KOSP 92.9 FM.

President Mike Evans said the association expects to have the final recommendation from its attorney by early December.

The police association called for the boycott of KOSP, commonly known as 92.9 The Beat, on Nov. 14 after morning cohost Richard Deaver talked on air about being stopped by police.

Deaver, the 25-year-old co-host of "Rich and McClain in the Morning," was pulled over while driving a scooter to work around 5 a.m. Nov. 14 and was issued citations for running a flashing red light and not having a valid driver's license. His scooter was also searched for drugs after an officer claimed he smelled marijuana; nothing was found in the search, which involved a K-9 unit. Deaver was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car while the search was conducted. An officer also told Deaver that he had a non-extraditable warrant for his arrest out of Camden County, Mo.

In calling for a boycott of the station, the association said Deaver used his position "to lie about facts, distort the truth, and try to intimidate our members by threatening to disparage them publicly for doing their job."

Management with Mid-West Family Broadcasting, which owns KOSP, has not responded to requests for comment regarding the boycott. Deaver declined to be interviewed on the record, although he did later release a statement to the News-Leader.

Report: Four Stations Seen As 'A Drag' On Cumulus

Only low expectations before the latest earnings report of Cumulus Media kept the company from getting crushed, as its inability to produce ratings in several of its largest markets resulted in EBITDA in the quarter plunging by 18 percent, according to analyst Gary Bourgeault at Seeking Alpha.

Even with the low expectations, Bourgeault says it's surprising to see the company's share price jump after the weak report; presumably because investors, for now, think it will be able to successfully fix the problems going forward.

Revenue was flat in the third quarter, coming in at $313.9 million, with EBITDA plunging to $79.9 million, a decline of 17.7 percent.

This came from the company's inability to secure high-margin ads, and the need to invest in the weak but large stations that were the cause behind it.

The four major markets dragging the company down are Talk WLS 890 AM in Chicago; Rock KLOS 95.5 FM in Los Angeles; HotAC WRQX 107.3 FM in Washington; and HotAC WPLJ 95.5 FM in New York. According to Cumulus management, the plunge in EBITDA for all the company in 2014 will be attributable to the New York and Washington stations. All four stations have seen a change in morning shows during the past year or two.

Lew Dickey
On the positive side, he adds, it looks like all of these stations are starting to improve, and while they'll continue to be a challenge in 2015, it appears the worst is behind them, as much of the damage was done in the first three quarters. The fourth quarter looking better at this time, although it won't make a significant impact until further into 2015.

Bourgeault opines execution has been a problem for Cumulus ever since it acquired Citadel, as it was dealing with scale and the increase in stations resulted in difficulty in properly and effectively managing them. Emerging from that weak execution at some of the stations is volatility in a number of those markets.

To address that, Lew Dickey has taken over day-to-day operations of the company in order to improve "sense of urgency, preparedness and go-to-market strategies for 2015."

The goal in the short term is to bring more consistency and continuity to the performance of the company, as it has been up and down for some time. A lot of that isn't from the increase in competition on the digital and satellite side of the market it competes in.

Dickey says the company should see improvement in the fourth quarter as a result of some of the changes he's made and put in place.

NYC Radio: WCBS-FM Jumps..Ranks #1 Again

Santa Claus comes early to CBS Radio’s WCBS-FM 101.1 FM.  Not only is the Classic Hits station still number 1…but it spiked during the November PPMS released Monday by Nielsen.  The station jumped 6.1—7.1 (6+ AQH).  WCBS-FM also jumped from #4 to #1 25-54.

iHeartMedia AC WLTW 106.7 FM/LITE FM, ended a four-book slide 5.4—5.6 to take over sole possession of #2  6+. WLTW is now expecting Santa to visit because of its annual flirtation with Holiday music.  Clustermate Top 40 WHTZ 100.3 FM/Z100 spiked 5.1—5.5 to land in the #3 spot.  

SBS Tropical WSKQ 97.9 FM/La Mega nudged 5.0—5.1 to finish #4. And Emmis UrbanAC WBLS 107.5 dropped a half-share 5.4—4.9, down to #5.




Cume:  WLTW-FM 4,970,500…WHTZ-FM 4,719,900…WKTU-FM 4,300,500…WCBS-FM 3,742,800...WBMP-FM 3,091,200

L-A Radio: KIIS-FM Steady And Still #1

iHeartMedia Top 40 KIIS 102.7 FM/KISS FM stays the course  5.3—5.3, to maintain the #1 spot (6+ AQH) in the latest Los Angeles PPMs released Monday by Nielsen.

iHM’s AC KOST 103.5 spiked 4.1—5.2 and jumped to #2.  KOST is now positioned to take-over the #1 spot with a little help from Christmas music. And iHM’s HotAC KBIG 104.3 FM/MyFM dropped 5.3—4.7, and dropped a notch to #3 in the 6+ rankings.

Emmis Top40 KPWR 105.9 FM was off 4.5—4.3 to claim the #4 spot while CBS Radio’s Classic Hits KRTH 101.1 FM/K-EARTH dopped a notch to #5 with a steady 4.2.—4.2 showing.




Cume:  KIIS-FM 3,790,400…KBIG-FM 3,547,500…KOST-FM 3,328,600…KAMP-FM 2,929,200…KRTH-FM 2,641,800

Chicago Radio: V103 Tops In Chicago 6+

UrbanAC WVAZ 102.7 FM/V103 lays claim to the top spot (6+ AQH) in the latest Chicago PPMs as released by Nielsen Monday.  The iHM station nudged upward 5.7-5.9, followed by CBS Radio’s News WBBM 780 AM / 105.9 FM at #2.  

Hubbard’s HotAC WTMX 101.9 FM jumped 4.7—5.2 to finish at #3.

Univision’s Regional Mexican WOJO 105.1 FM lost 4.8—4.6 and ended up at #4.  And iHM’s Top40 WKSC 103.5 FM ended up at #5 after losing share 4.5—4.3.




Cume:  WKSC-FM 2,265,200…WTMX-FM 2,184,600…WBBM-FM 2,148,300…WLIT-FM 1,824,800…WBBM-AM 1,581,800

Nielsen Releases First November Data for PPM Markets

On Monday, Nielsen released November date for 12 PPM markets.  They are:
1  New York
2 Los Angeles  
3 Chicago  
4 San Francisco  
5 Dallas-Ft. Worth  
6 Houston-Galveston  
8 Phildelphia  
9 Atlanta 
20 Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) 
26 Riverside-San  Francisco 
36 San Jose, CA 
41 Middlesex-Somset-Union NJ
To see the Topline numbers for Nieseb subscribing stations: Click Here.

ME Radio: Hit And Run Damages Non-Com WFST Studios

Townsquare Media photos
Police and State Police in Caribou, ME are trying to figure out who’s responsible for a hit and run incident at the studios of WFST 600 AM in Caribou early Saturday.

According to police, shortly after 1:00 a.m., a car failed to stop at the end of the Caribou Connector, crossed Sweden Street and drove into the WFST studios.

No one in the station at the time.

The driver allegedly left the scene of the accident. Police responded and found a license plate left at the scene.

The radio station, owned by Northern Broadcast Ministries, resumed broadcasting on Saturday and volunteers worked throughout the day to clean up and repair the damage.

November 25 In Radio History

In 1920...The first radio play-by-play broadcast of a football game was aired by WTAW in College Station, Texas. The University of Texas defeated Texas A&M, 7-3.

In 1960..."Amos 'n' Andy," in its final incarnation as "Amos 'n' Andy's Music Hall," was heard for the last time on CBS Radio. Created, written and voiced by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, the show had been heard nationally since March of 1928. It ran as a nightly serial from 1928 until 1943, as a weekly situation comedy from 1943 until 1955, and as a nightly disc-jockey program from 1954 until 1960.

Bit from 1929...

In 1960...CBS ended its last five radio soap operas: "Ma Perkins," "Right to Happiness," "Young Dr. Malone," "Whispering Streets," and "The Second Mrs. Burton."

In 1976...a Viking 1 radio signal from Mars help to prove Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Except for breaking news, Media Confidential is taking a holiday break.  Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving!

Columbus Ohio Radio: R.I.P. Bob Conners, Iconic WTVN AM Host

Bob Conners
WVTN 610 AM reports that former time morning host Bob Conners passed away at his home in Florida last night after a swift battle with mantle cell lymphoma.

“BC” as he was known, was an extremely well-respected Columbus media icon and had served the Central Ohio market for more than 40 years before his retirement in 2011.

He was 80-years-of-age.

“Bob Conners was an institution in Columbus, a true professional and class act." said iHeartMedia Columbus Market President Brian Dytko, "He was a familiar and comforting voice for WTVN listeners for decades,” Dytko reiterated. “We have all been blessed to work with him."

Bob graduated from St Mary's Central Catholic High School in St Mary's, PA (1952), and received a BA in Aviation and Communications from The Ohio State University.

BC was a preeminent radio broadcaster.  His 60+ year career began in high school at WKBI in St Marys, PA and continued at WJET in Erie, PA.  He served in the United States Army from 1956-58.  He returned to broadcasting on the west coast at KSON and —-KDEO— in San Diego, CA then with WEEP in Pittsburgh, PA.  He came to Columbus in 1964 to work at WTVN and called central Ohio home ever since.

His tenure in the morning slot at 610 WTVN began in 1978 and lasted until his retirement in 2011.

Donations can be made in his name to The Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio 115 S. Gift St Columbus, Ohio 43215; Charity Newsies 4300 Indianola Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43214; or St. Charles Preparatory School 2010 East Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43209.

Toledo Radio: Dana DiModica New LSM for Cumulus Cluster

Dana DiModica
Cumulus announces that Dana DiModica has been appointed Local Sales Manager for Cumulus Toledo. She was previously General Sales Manager of WPFX 107.7 FM/The Wolf in Toledo. Prior to that, DiModica held posts including Local Sales Manager for Clear Channel in Findlay and Tiffin, OH, and Account Executive and Traffic Director for Clear Channel in Toledo and Findlay. She was also an Account Executive with NBC24 Toledo.

The appointment is effective immediately.

Andy Stuart, Regional Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus Toledo/Monroe said: “We are very fortunate to have Dana join our sales team. She has had great success both as an account executive and sales manager in Toledo and we are looking forward to having her help lead our team into this new era for Cumulus Toledo."

Cody Welling, Director of Sales for Cumulus Toledo/Monroe said: "Dana will be a tremendous asset for Cumulus Toledo, our clients, and our sales team. Her experience and knowledge of the market, along with her passion for our industry, will make an immediate impact for our clients. She is the perfect fit for this position."

DiModica said: "I am extremely proud and excited to be joining the phenomenal Cumulus team. There is so much growth and innovation happening with Cumulus Toledo and Monroe and I am grateful to be able to contribute to that."

Boston Radio: WEEI Decision Day On Red Sox Coming

WEEI 93.7 FM, clawing its way back into contention after
 years of domination by WBZ 98.5 FM/The Sports Hub, faces a big decision in early 2015 — whether or not to extend its long-standing, but expensive, contract to air Red Sox baseball games.

The Boston Herald reports WEEI, which has been choking on the 
$17 million a year it pays 
for the Sox play-by-play, 
has to tell the team early next year whether it plans 
to exercise its option to keep the broadcast rights in 2017 and 2018.

There were rumors that Entercom, the station’s parent company, has already told the team they want out. But both Entercom and the Red Sox say that’s not true. Still, it seems that everyone expects ’EEI to at least take a swing at renegotiating the deal.

Most radio pundits agree that the station overpaid for the broadcast rights back in 2006: $200 million for a 
10-year deal, creating a debt load that eats up much of ’EEIs profits.

Add to that the Sox’ 
inconsistent performance over the past three years — two years in last place sandwiching their 2013 World Series victory — and it’s pretty clear that being the radio “Home of Red Sox Baseball” is no bargain.

Still, Entercom Boston boss Phil Zachary says he hopes to keep airing the games past the 2016 season.

NYC Radio: DJ Mister Cee Leaves WQHT

Mister Cee
DJ Mister Cee, the longtime WQHT 97.1 FM/Hot 97 personality, who remained at the rap station despite a string of arrests for soliciting male prostitutes, had his final broadcast on Friday night.

It was unclear why he left the station, where he spent the last 20 years.

Cee, whose real name is Calvin LeBrun, resigned briefly in 2013 after a video surfaced of him allegedly soliciting oral sex from a male prostitute in Brooklyn.

He came back to his DJ duties a few days later, and in a January interview with GQ remained adamant that he is not gay — he just has a penchant for gay prostitutes.

In 2011, he was also busted for public lewdness while receiving oral sex from a man.

 Mister Cee's resignation comes months after Angie Martinez gave up her evening show for spot on WWPR 105.1 FM Power 105's roster. After more than 15 years, Martinez had her final Hot 97 show back in June.

And The AMA Winners Are...

Some of the biggest acts in music stepped out for the American Music Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.

One Direction, Iggy Azalea and 5 Seconds of Summer were among the big winners of the night.

Here's a look at who took home trophies at the 42nd annual event:

Artist of the Year: One Direction

New Artist of the Year: 5 Seconds of Summer

Single of the Year: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse"

Pop/Rock Female Artist: Katy Perry

Pop/Rock Male Artist: Sam Smith

Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: One Direction

Pop/Rock Album: One Direction, "Midnight Melodies"

Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood

Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan

Country Band, Duo or Group: Florida Georgia Line

Country Album: Brantley Gilbert, "Just As I Am"

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Iggy Azalea

Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Iggy Azalea, "The New Classic"

Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyonce

Soul/R&B Male Artist: John Legend

Soul/R&B Album: Beyonce, "Beyonce"

Latin Artist: Enrique Iglesias

Alternative Rock: Imagine Dragons

Adult Contemporary: Katy Perry

Contemporary Inspirational: Casting Crowns

Electronic Dance Music: Calvin Harris

Soundtrack: "Frozen"

Dick Clark Award of Excellence: Taylor Swift

Westwood One Backstage At The AMAs

Westwood One’s exclusive Red Carpet Radio “Backstage at the AMAs” Radio Row event featuring two days of VIP Interviews, live performances, and special programming leading up to The American Music Awards Sunday night.

This special event unveiled Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio brand, the umbrella platform for the company’s exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of year-round entertainment award shows. Red Carpet Radio brings red carpet moments to life, offering broadcast partners and advertisers access to live broadcasts, exclusive content, celebrities, backstage performances, social media buzz, and parties and events.

Adam Bomb, host of Westwood One’s Nights Live with Adam Bomb strikes a pose with Pat Monahan, lead singer of the popular band Train, during Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio Backstage at the AMA’s Radio Row event.

 *British pop singer Charli XCX (featured in Iggy Azalea’s single “Fancy”) is interviewed Backstage at the AMAs at Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio event.

*Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat interviewed Backstage at the AMAs during Red Carpet Radio, presented by Westwood One.

*Grammy-winning singer songwriter Colbie Caillat performed (Friday) her inspiring new single "Try" from Gypsy Heart and other songs live at an exclusive Red Carpet Radio/Backstage.

Black-Eyed Peas singer-songwriter Fergie chats with radio station WPOW/Power 96.5, Miami during Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio Backstage.

Popular band Fifth Harmony, about to drop their new “Sledgehammer” video, is interviewed by Chicago’s WBBM-FM/B96 at Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio Backstage at the AMA’s Radio Row event.  Fifth Harmony performed live Saturday at an exclusive Red Carpet Radio/Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row event, presented by Westwood One.

*Actress Greer Grammer, daughter of actor Kelsey Grammer and recently named Miss Golden Globes 2015, poses backstage at Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio Backstage at the AMA’s Radio Row event.

*The boys from Canadian band MAGIC! pose backstage at Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio Backstage.

Indie singer-songwriter Mary Lambert strikes a pose during an interview with KMVQ, San Francisco at Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio Backstage.

Actress/singer Selena Gomez hangs Backstage at the AMAs with Westwood One host Zach Sang and co-host Sasha from Zach Sang and the Gang.  The gang was part of the Red Carpet Radio event, presented by Westwood One.

*Actress/singer Selena Gomez is interviewed Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row.

*Grammy-winning singer/humanitarian and former Fugee Wyclef Jean is interviewed 

Actress/Singer/Dancer Zendaya, star of the upcoming Disney show K.C. Undercover, is interviewed Backstage.

* Photo by David Edwards

FCC Anticipating Court Action Over Net Neutrality

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Friday that the agency was taking its time formulating a net neutrality policy because he wanted to be able to defend the rules against an inevitable court challenge, which he expects whatever policy the commission approves. reports The NY Times.

“The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out,” the chairman, Tom Wheeler, told reporters after the F.C.C.’s monthly public meeting. “We need to make sure we have sustainable rules and that starts with making sure that we have addressed the multiplicity of issues that come along.”

Aides have said that no decision on net neutrality would come till next year. Mr. Wheeler said on Friday that he did not want to see further delay. “I want to move forward on open Internet rules with dispatch,” he said. “I also want open Internet rules that are sustained. And that’s the process that we are going through.”

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Chicago Radio: 100.7 T-FM 'Powers' Up

W264BF 100.7 FM (10watts) 60dBu Coverage
Chicago translator W264BF on 100.7 T-FM powers up last weekend, increasing from 2-watts to 10-watts.

Last July, Calvary Radio Network agreed to sell W264BF, a 2 watt radio translator, for an incredible $4.6 million. The purchaser is Integrity Radio Communications, owned by former Chicago radio programming great, Elroy Smith.

Integrity is headed by Elroy Smith, started as PD for WGCI-FM in 1992. Within a year after his start, WGCI-FM became the #1 station in Chicago. In 2000, he was also named as the Operations and Program Director for WVAZ-FM.  Clear Channel cutbacks knocked Smith down to only being the Program Director of WVAZ-FM, and two months later, another wave of cutbacks had Smith pushed out from the company and from Chicago radio.

According to the FCC documents on this transaction, Smith plans on launching a format on one an HD channel  for WILV 100.3 FM and simulcast it on W264BF 100.7 FM.

Power-up-day Tuesday (11/18/2014) was the final day that the station's current owner, Calvary Radio Network had to increase the power under the FCC's construction permit. The FCC gave Calvary Radio Network an approved License to Cover on Tuesday, allowing the increased transmission to take place.

WRXQ 100.7 FM (2.45Kw) 60dBu Coverage
In September, south suburban WRXQ 100.7 FM/Q Rock licensed to Coal City, IL was so concerned about the power-up, it asked fans to fill out a form on their website, which they will then submit to the FCC to insure that the upcoming low-powered translator broadcast will not interrupt their fans' enjoyment of the full-powered radio station.

According to the FCC, the proposed 10 watts broadcast via W264BF after its upgrades will not interfere with WRXQ-FM/Q Rock 100.7 in the south suburbs, WBYT-FM/B100 in northwest Indiana, or Milwaukee's WKKV-FM/V100.7.

CMA Study: Streaming Drives Music Sales

A new study being released by the Country Music Association suggests that adults 18-plus are far more likely to buy music after being exposed to it on YouTube, Spotify and other streaming services than listeners who hear a song for the first time on AM/FM radio.

The study, according to Billboard,  focused on consumers who remembered hearing a new track in the previous seven days, asked where they heard the music, if it was by an artist they were already familiar with, and how they responded to the most recent new song they heard.

Some 69 percent took some action, whether that meant searching for further information, playing it for a friend or making a purchase. Invariably, users who discovered the song online were more likely to respond. Half who listened on a streaming app did further research -- such as hitting Shazam to identify the artist, or Googling the lyrics. That figure is triple the 17 percent of radio listeners who conducted follow-up research.

More importantly for labels and artists, fans who streamed a new song were three times as likely to buy it than listeners who were exposed to it on radio. Some 25 percent of respondents purchased a new piece of material after hearing it for the first time online, while only 8 percent of radio listeners bought it.

Consuming music through apps is, of course, easier – and safer – than buying music while listening to the radio in a car. But that's not the only thing driving the disparity.

"A lot of the streaming users are very heavy music enthusiasts, so they do want to have a colleciton of music and they are buying the music," says CMA senior director market research Karen Stump. "Obviously it's not 50 percent, like we'd all like it to be, but compared to other discovery platforms, it is definitely a signfiicant player to driving purchase conversion."

"So what you're seeing in this report isn't just country music fans," Stump says. "It's all genres."

While radio listeners might be less liable to respond to new music, terrestrial broadcast is still the media where most people find new songs for the first time.

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