Thursday, March 23, 2017

iHeartRadio Reaches 100M Registered Users Milestone

iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service, today announced it has surpassed 100 million registered users and continues to reach user milestones at a rate faster than any other digital music service.  This digital listening is additive to the quarter of a billion listeners iHeartMedia reaches monthly on its 850 broadcast stations across the country.

Darren Davis
With more than a billion downloads, iHeartRadio continues to experience tremendous momentum — reaching 85 percent brand awareness among consumers in less than 5 years.   In addition, this past January iHeartMedia launched another feature for its users — its new on demand subscription services, iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster, which are the first fully differentiated streaming music services to provide listeners with the best of live radio combined with easy-to-use on-demand functionality that makes radio truly interactive. These services connect radio listeners directly to their music collection — unlike others, which can only approach on demand as a music collection offering.

“100 million registered users is an amazing milestone, and we are thrilled to see such great momentum and traction for iHeartRadio,” said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio. “We are committed to continuing to provide an exceptional listening experience for our millions of fans and listeners, and with the official launch of our new on demand services, we are able to offer even more iHeartRadio features for our listeners who want to enhance their radio experience.”

In addition to its new on demand features, iHeartRadio continues to expand its podcast offerings. Last year alone, iHeartRadio saw a 30 percent increase in podcast listenership, and the platform currently features more than 5,000 podcasts across 15 different categories – from business and finance to comedy and entertainment.

Tampa Radio: Bubba Gets OK To Refile Nielsen Counter-Claim

Lawyers for Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem have received the go-ahead to re-file sensational conspiracy allegations against Nielsen in the measurement giant’s ratings tampering suit against the Tampa-based morning man.

According to InsideRadio, a Florida court granted Clem’s motion to lodge a counterclaim alleging Nielsen and Cox Media Group conspired in a “sting operation” to entrap the host into engaging in ratings distortion.

Bubba Clem
Much of Nielsen’s $1 million lawsuit against the controversial personality revolves around a “cooperating panelist” Nielsen identifies as Nicholas Tabachuk. Nielsen claims Clem encouraged Tabachuk to “manipulate” his PPM and those of other members in his household to boost his ratings. But now Clem’s lawyers can make the case that Nielsen and Cox hatched a scheme to entrap Clem, using ratings distortion evidence from the sting to punish Beasley Media Group, owner of Clem’s then-flagship station, with the goal of forcing the broadcaster to end its contract with Clem.

InsideRadio reports the gist of Clem’s case is this: Nielsen selected Tabachuk and three other members of his household as panelists with the express goal of using the “cooperating panelist” to obtain evidence against Clem. Tabachuk had “a well-known relationship with Clem and the ‘Bubba the Love Sponge Show,’” according to the counterclaim. The ratings distortion evidence was obtained by a third party, acting on behalf of Cox and Mike Calta, morning man at Cox talker “102.5 The Bone” WHPT. This third party “developed a relationship of trust with Tabachuk” and convinced him to obtain evidence against Clem and give it to Calta and Cox. This was in the summer of 2015 when Clem’s morning show on Beasley’s WBRN Tampa competed directly with Calta and Cox.

Cox, in turn, allegedly informed Nielsen that Tabachuk told them Clem was involved in ratings distortion activity. After Nielsen sat with Tabachuk at a meeting arranged by agents of Cox, Cox encouraged Tabachuk to continue to play along with Clem “as it would be good for Nielsen to pin this on Clem and bring him down,” Clem’s counterclaim states. Cox is not a party to the case.

And RadioInk is reporting Bubba ref-file includes a new counter-claim aCox demanded Nielsen pressure Beasley to fire in Tampa. And if Nielsen did not implement the “death penalty” sanction, Cox threatened to file a lawsuit against Nielsen, seek an MRC audit and Congressional inquiry into Nielsen’s PPM data collection adequacy.

A trial is expected to be held in June.

Entercom To Place Stations In Divestiture Trust

Entercom Communications has revealed in a filing with the FCC a list of radio stations it may place in a devestiture trust.  The trust would operated under the guidance of Elliot Evers of TDC Communications LLC.

The station on the list include both Entercom and CBS Radio stations, assuming it doesn't sell or trade any of the stations prior to the merger closing,    Entercom will announce the actual divestiture stations prior to the closing.

The stations are:

Los Angeles: Entercom’s classic rock KSWD and CBS’ adult hits KCBS-FM

San Francisco:  Entercom’s classic hip hop KRBQ, sports talk KGMZ, AC KOIT, urban AC KBLX and CBS’ news KCBS-AM/KFRC-FM, alternative KITS, hot AC KLLC, ethnic KZDG, and CHR KMVQ

San Jose: Entercom’s classic rock KUFX

Boston:  Entercom’s rock WAAF, urban AC WKAF, news/talk WRKO, sports talk WEEI-AM, sports talk WEEI-FM, CBS’ news WBZ-AM, CHR WODS, and hot AC WBMX

Sacramento: Entercom’s rock KRXQ, alternative KKDO, classic rock KSEG, CHR KUDL, sports talk KIFM-AM, CBS’ hip hop KSFM, sports talk KHTK-AM, country KNCI, AC KYMX, and hot AC KZZO

Seattle: Entercom’s rock KISW, country KKWF, alternative KNDD, classic hip hop KHTP, CBS’ sports talk KFNQ-AM, adult hits KJAQ, country KMPS, and classic rock KZOK

San Diego: Entercom’s country KSOQ

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: Entercom’s country WGGI.

NE-PA Radio: Steve Corbett OUT At N/T WILK

Steve Corbett
Steve Corbett, a longtime fixture in Northeastern Pennsylvania media as a newspaper columnist and talk radio host, is no longer employed with Newsradio WILK 980 AM / 103.1 FM.

According to The Citizen's Voice,  a general manager with the station’s parent company disclosed the move announced Wednesday night in an email to employees.

Details about why the station and Corbett, who was on-air during PM Drive, parted ways after a decade were not immediately clear.

“Effective immediately, Steve Corbett will not be returning to WILK. Steve will be shifting his focus to work on some other projects outside our company. We appreciate the work Steve has done on WILK and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” according to the eMail statement.

The staff email was sent out by Ryan Flynn, a general manager for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton division of Entercom Communications, which owns WILK and is one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies.

Last week, the company said Corbett was on a scheduled vacation. He had not returned on air this week.

A phone call placed to Corbett’s cell phone went directly to voicemail Wednesday night.

Corbett worked at The Times Leader newspaper for 17 years, gaining a reputation as a dogged reporter and controversial columnist who won many journalism awards. In 2002, Corbett took a job at the Santa Maria Times in California and notably covered the Michael Jackson child molestation trial.

Corbett moved back to Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2006 and soon started a career as a talk radio host for WILK, coining the catchphrase, “You better listen.”

He often said the focus of his work had shifted to cover public corruption and many of his shows for years were consumed by talking about the scandals that led to the arrests of dozens of elected and appointed officials from across Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Entercom Appoints Rich Schmaeling CFO

Rich Schmaeling
Entercom Communications Corp. Wednesday announced that it has appointed Richard J. Schmaeling as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective April 18, 2017.

Schmaeling will report to David J. Field, Entercom President and Chief Executive Officer, and will succeed Steve Fisher, who will step down on April 30, 2017, as previously announced. Mr. Fisher will continue to assist with the CBS Radio integration through January 2018.

Schmaeling brings deep media expertise and more than 30 years of finance and leadership experience to Entercom. Within the media industry, Mr. Schmaeling held the role of CFO at LIN Media, a local TV and digital media provider serving 23 markets and approximately 10% of U.S. households, from 2008 until its acquisition by Media General in December 2014. Prior to joining LIN Media, he served as Vice President, Finance at Dow Jones, where he oversaw nine business units and held key operational finance responsibilities. Most recently, Schmaeling served as CFO at Travel Leaders Group, the largest travel agency company in the United States, with over $20 billion of annual gross billings and more than 40,000 travel agents globally.

“Rich is a proven leader with an excellent track record and outstanding reputation as a public company CFO,” said Field. “His breadth of experience and hands-on leadership of successful integrations for the LIN Media/Media General and News Corp/Dow Jones mergers make him an ideal choice as we join forces with CBS Radio and position ourselves for a dynamic future. I am thrilled to welcome Rich to Entercom.”

Mr. Field continued, “I also want to reiterate my thanks and appreciation to Steve Fisher for his dedication to Entercom over the past 18 years and the outstanding role he has played in our growth and success. We are grateful for all of his contributions.”

Mr. Schmaeling commented, “I am excited to join Entercom at this pivotal time in the Company’s history and to help drive the next era of Entercom’s growth. I look forward to working with David and the team as we complete and realize the full benefits of the CBS Radio transaction and position Entercom to better serve listeners and advertisers while creating significant value for shareholders.”

WWONe Promotes Mark Wildman To EVP/Strategic Partnerships

Mark Wildman
Westwood One announced today it has promoted Mark Wildman to EVP, Strategic Partnerships.

In this newly-expanded role, Wildman will lead the company’s rapidly-evolving new business development initiatives for both the network and spot sales. Wildman will be working with brand partners on strategic marketing solutions that leverage Westwood One’s robust portfolio of multimedia assets, award-winning content, digital audio, insights, and experiential opportunities. He is based in New York City and reports directly to Steve Shaw, President, Westwood One Sales.

“In just a few short months, Mark has proven his commitment and his value as a motivating sales leader and creative problem solver,” said Shaw. “He brings a unique vision, skill set, and a tremendous depth of experience to our senior agency and client partners. I’m excited to have him spearhead our strategic alliances.”

“I appreciate the confidence that Steve has in my abilities,” said Wildman. “I look forward to continue scaling our insight-driven solutions and our impact with clients with our industry leading sports, music, and news programming and our best-in-class consumer experiences. Westwood One is an iconic, innovative company with a client-first approach. We are driving demand for brands by putting their consumer narratives at the center of pop culture conversations.”

Wildman joined Westwood One last October, 2016, from William Morris, where he was responsible for selling media, sponsorship, and content programs to clients by leveraging WME/IMG’s entertainment, sports, and music event platforms and talent resources. He’s worked closely with a number of high-profile brands, including ABInBev, Heineken, Ford, Cadillac, Samsung, Gatorade, and Pepsi.

Wildman has more than 25 years of sales leadership experience. Prior to William Morris, Wildman held executive sales positions at Three Lions Entertainment, Bonnier Corporation, Readers Digest, and Condé Nast.

Chicago Radio: ESPN 1000 AM To Swap Show Time Slots

Effective Monday, April 3, WMVP ESPN 1000 AM’s Kap & Co. and Carmen & Jurko, will swap time slots, with Kap & Co. moving to 9 a.m. – noon CT and Carmen & Jurko to noon – 2 p.m.

In the recently released Nielsen PPM ratings for February 2017, both programs led their current time slot among sports talk shows, as they did in January for adults 24-54.

Kap & Co. is hosted by David Kaplan, and Carmen & Jurko is hosted by Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic. Both are the number one rated sports talk radio program in their time slot. The city’s top-rated talk show, Waddle & Silvy is hosted by Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman from 2 – 6 p.m.

WMVP 1000 AM (50 Kw, DA2)
Jim Pastor, Vice President and General Manager of ESPN1000 Chicago, stated, “When Kap & Co. debuted in September 2015, almost immediately it became the top sports talk show in its time slot. Now Kap’s fans will be rewarded with an extra hour each day right after Mike & Mike. Carmen & Jurko will take over at noon and will set the table for sports fans for the day ahead before handing off to Waddle & Silvy. It’s been this lineup, along with Mike & Mike, that has solidified ESPN 1000 as the top-rated sports talk station in the city.”

Detroit Radio: Monica Conyers OUT At Talk WFDF

Monica Conyers
Radio Talk Host Monica Conyers said Wednesday she wasn’t fired from Talk WFDF 910 AM, countering that she wanted to give up the unpaid gig.

The radio station doesn’t pay its hosts and expects them to draw advertising. But when Conyers decided she wanted to leave, it sparked a “falling out” with station leadership, said Daniel Findling, a Royal Oak-based attorney who represented Conyers in a prior divorce case.

The explanation came a few hours after 910 AM Superstation owner Kevin Adell released a memo claiming he had fired Conyers.

“Effective immediately, Monica Conyers will no longer represent The Word Network in any capacity. Here services as a vendor have been terminated for violation of CORPORATE POLICY,” Adell, who also owns WADL-TV, told employees in a Wednesday memo.

Adell didn’t specify what the violation was, and radio station spokesman Mort Meisner declined comment, adding that “The memo have to speak for itself.”

Conyers had a Sunday 1-2 p.m. show that started in September.

Conyers was elected to the Detroit City Council in 2005 and pleaded guilty to city hall corruption charges in 2010, which ended with a 37-month federal prison sentence for accepting financial bribes for a favorable vote on a $1 billion sludge-hauling deal. She was released from probation eight months early in August 2014.

The radio station owner has had trouble with other radio hosts. In October, former Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee quit 15 minutes into his midday show on 910AM superstation. Adell told The Detroit News Godbee left because he rejected Godbee’s request for a show on The Word Network, a religious broadcasting station he owns.

Verizon, AT&T Suspend Google Ads

(Reuters) -- U.S. wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc said on Wednesday they have suspended digital advertising on Google's YouTube and other advertising platforms not related to search over concerns that their ads may have run next to extremist videos.

Verizon and AT&T joined a list of well-known British brands such as retailer Marks and Spencer Group Plc deserting Alphabet Inc's Google. Google is under fire in Europe from politicians and brands angered by ads appearing alongside videos on its YouTube platform carrying homophobic or anti-Semitic messages.

Google on Tuesday vowed an overhaul of its practices. The company must act swiftly to ensure that more advertisers do not pile on, analysts say.

As advertisers revolt, the search giant faces both a short-term loss of revenue and a long-term danger that companies will lose faith in the automated placement of ads upon which Google has built its empire, said analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.

"The bigger risk is this seems to be a backlash against programmatic advertising in general," Dawson said. "There's this worry that you no longer have control over where ads appear."

AT&T is removing ads from the non-search inventory on Google because its "ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate," the company wrote in an email.

Verizon said it had suspended all digital advertising not related to search after saying earlier on Wednesday that it had only suspended advertising on Google's non-search platforms. It took the action after its ads were appearing on "non-sanctioned websites," a spokeswoman wrote in an email.

"We are working with all of our digital advertising partners to understand the weak links so we can prevent this from happening in the future," the spokeswoman said.

Google declined to comment on individual customers but said it has begun a review of its advertising policies. The news that AT&T and Verizon were suspending Google ads was first reported by Britain's Times newspaper.

Other big brands, such as Mondelez International Inc, were keeping an eye on the situation. While Mondelez has not seen evidence that its ads have appeared alongside inappropriate content, it is in “constant discussion with both Google and YouTube and will be monitoring the issue closely,” a spokeswoman said.

YouTube has been a key driver of growth for Google as its traditional business of search advertising matures. Google’s net ad revenue worldwide from YouTube was $5.58 billion last year, according to New York-based research firm eMarketer. It is expected to hit $7 billion in 2017, according to a forecast by eMarketer made before the recent controversy.

One question many people are asking is whether advertisers will reallocate the marketing dollars they have devoted to YouTube to other platforms, said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research. Wieser, however, thinks that if the boycott is widespread enough, no one else will benefit.

“If you know all of your competitors are reducing their spending too, then you don’t need to spend more,” he said.

Google must walk a fine line between giving advertisers more control and alienating the massive community of content creators who have made the site a top destination for coveted young viewers. One likely path forward for Google is to tighten controls on which videos are eligible for advertising, perhaps by the channel's track record or number of viewers, said Dawson. But any such restrictions risk hurting artists with small followings.

"Google is caught between a rock and a hard place here between its creators and its advertisers," Dawson said.

Households With Netflix Surpass Those With A DVR

New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that 82% of US TV households have a DVR, get Netflix, or use on-Demand (VOD) from a cable or Telco provider -- with 30% of households using two of the services, and 14% using all three.

The survey also found that 54% of adults report that they have Netflix in their household, while 53% have a DVR. This is the first time that households with Netflix (including those sharing passwords) have surpassed the level of those with a DVR. In 2011, 44% of TV households had a DVR and 28% had Netflix.

These findings are based on a survey of 1,211 households throughout the United States, and are part of LRG's study, On-Demand TV XV. This is LRG's fifteenth annual study on this topic.

Other related findings include:
  • 64% of households get a subscription video on-Demand (SVOD) service from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu -- 51% of all adults stream any of these services on a monthly basis
  • 23% of all adults stream Netflix daily -- compared to 6% in 2011
  • 81% of Netflix streaming users watch Netflix on a TV set
  • 64% of pay-TV subscribers have a DVR -- compared to 49% in 2011
  • 60% of DVR households have DVR on more than one TV -- compared to 33% in 2011
  • 65% of all cable and Telco video subscribers have used VOD from their current provider
  • 58% of all cable subscribers used VOD in the past month -- compared to 42% in 2011
"On-Demand and time shifting TV services like DVR, VOD and Netflix have permanently changed the way that people can watch TV. Today, over 50% of households have a DVR and, for the first time in the fifteen years of this study, over half of households have Netflix," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. "Yet traditional TV viewing still exists. For example, 46% of adults agree that they often flip through channels to see what's on TV."

Chevy, AT&T To Offer $20 Unlimited Data Plan For Cars

General Motors Co. has announced it will offer a $20 a month prepaid unlimited data plan through AT&T for 4.1 million Chevrolet and other GM vehicles in the U.S. that are equipped with OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

The new plan includes Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles with the hotspot. It comes after GM said Chevy owners in the U.S. used more than 4 million gigabytes of data last year. Chevrolet has sold more than 3.1 million vehicles since June 2014 equipped with OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots and says it has more vehicles with a 4G LTE connection on the road than any other carmaker.

The Detroit News reports GM hopes the new plan will boost subscriptions for data use, said Vijay Iyer, director of global communications for GM, Global Connected Customer Experience and Urban Mobility. GM would not disclose how many data subscribers it has.

OnStar currently charges $40 a month for 10 gigabytes of data. Data passes also are available for $5 for 250 megabytes of data per day, or 20 gigabytes used over 12 months for $150. Data plans are available through AT&T or through OnStar.

GM said it will offer the $10 a month plan for 1 gigabyte, the $20 a month unlimited plan and the daily and 12-month passes going forward.

That dollar number is a milestone in the continuing price war among mobile phone carriers for unlimited data to slake the media thirst of consumers eager to stream music and movies at any time, anywhere, without limit. Extending that battle into cars is a powerful move for GM, an important selling point to car buyers, and a possible acceleration of the challenge facing traditional radio as screens filled with apps replace dial-and-button receivers.

Currently, in-car connectivity to internet media is accomplished mainly via the smartphone’s data connection. It is the phone which powers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leading providers of digital dashboard control of infotainment. That connection scenario adds a step to the process of accessing the phone’s online audio apps (e.g. Pandora, Spotify, podcasts).

The challenge to terrestrial radio is not existential, according to RAIN. There will always be demand for radio’s personality, locality, and real-time information. The key challenge is a progressive inversion of ease: In other words, as online audio becomes easier to play in the car, radio will become less easy as the dials and buttons disappear. Ease of use is a key determinant of what consumers use. As radio becomes one app among many in a car’s connected screen, choices are equalized.

The GM/AT&T venture points toward an ultimate realization of the connected car trend, which is that the car becomes a big smartphone that you sit in.

NYC Radio: WNBM Hosts Tom Joyner and Josh X

Radio 103.9 Program Director Raphael George; recording artist Josh X; Tom Joyner; Ruben Rodriquez of Ruben Rodriguez Entertainment; and Chad Lopez, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-New York . 

Cumulus Media’s Radio WNBM 103.9 FM in New York welcomed Tom Joyner and recording artist Josh X to Stage 17 Monday night, March 20, 2017, for "The Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cast Off Party"!

Loyal Radio 103.9 listeners were treated to this lively and fun celebration of Tom Joyner’s Fantastic Voyage Cruise, where one lucky winner was selected to join Tom in April. Radio 103.9's Marc Clarke and La Loca were on hand to co-host the event with Tom Joyner.

Raphael George, Radio 103.9 Program Director, said: “The Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cast Off Party at Stage 17 was an amazing event. It was truly an example of great radio. Radio 103.9 has some of the best talent in New York City and our promise is to continue to bring great entertainment to our listeners."

                                          Marc Clarke, Tom Joyner, cruise winner Osborne Bryant, and La Loca.

March 23 Radio History

Paula Winslowe, William Bendix
In 1910...versatile radio/TV supporting actress/voicist Paula Winslowe was born in North Dakota. She is remembered as the wife of the principal, Mrs. Martha Conklin in Our Miss Brooks on both radio and television. She played the long-suffering wife Peg Riley in NBC radio’s The Life of Riley, and had feature roles on radio in Big Town and Broadway Is My Beat.  On the big screen she voiced the part of Bambi’s mother (1942).

She died March 6 1996, two weeks short of her 87th birthday.

In 1922...KMJ-AM, Fresno, California began broadcasting.

KMJ was originally owned by the San Joaquin Light and Power Corporation. It was later acquired by the McClatchy Newspaper Company in 1925. It is also the 38th oldest licensed, and continuously operated radio station in the United States.

KMJ operated on a number of other frequencies between 1925 and 1932; some of the frequencies used included 820 and 1350 kHz.

McClatchy was intent on improving the signal, and competed with KTAB in Oakland for a new frequency (580 kHz), which was being made available by the newly created FCC.

Eventually, they were awarded the new channel, and KMJ moved to 580 kHz in 1932, operating with 1 kW non-directional from a building rooftop in Downtown Fresno.

In 1936, a new 5,000-watt non-directional transmitter site was constructed, which utilized a 5/8 wave antenna, and was located 5 miles east of Fresno, at the northeast corner of the Kings Canyon Road and Fowler Avenue intersection.

In 1941, Hammer Field (which later became Fresno Air Terminal) was constructed, as a training base for the Army Air Corps. The KMJ tower was directly in line with the runway, and the Army wanted the site relocated.

The site was then moved some 16 miles west of Fresno, the existing tower was unstacked and moved as well; however, it was only 660 feet in height. The remaining 330 feet were stored on the site, with the intention of creating a directional array, altough World War II interrupted the project and it never resumed.

The extra portion was eventually moved to Sacramento, and used in the construction of the KFBK transmitter site in 1945.

Today, KMJ-AM operates on the regional channel 580, with 50Kw and a directional antenna array.

From 1925 until 1987, KMJ was owned by McClatchy Company, who also owned KFBK in Sacramento, KBEE in Modesto, KERN in Bakersfield, and KKOH in Reno. McClatchy Newspapers also owned three daily newspapers in Fresno, Sacramento, and Modesto. In 1953, McClatchy signed on KMJ-TV on channel 24. The television station would be sold off in 1981 to become KSEE.

In November 2006, KMJ and its sister stations KFPT (AM), KWYE (FM), KSKS (FM), KFJK (FM), KOQO (FM), and KMGV (FM) were sold by CBS Radio to Peak Broadcasting, for $90 million.

In March 2009, Peak Broadcasting replaced the KFJK Jack FM format on 105.9 FM, with KMJ-FM; it is a partial simulcast of KMJ-AM.

In the fall of 2012, Premiere Radio Networks exercised a termination clause and ended its relationship with both the AM and FM KMJ stations. As of January 1, 2013, all Premiere-controlled syndicated shows were moved to Clear Channel-controlled stations in the greater Fresno area. From 6:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, KMJ-AM broadcasts all live and local talk shows.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would purchase Peak Broadcasting, and then immediately swap Peak's Fresno stations, including KMJ, to Cumulus Media in exchange for Cumulus' stations in Dubuque, Iowa and Poughkeepsie, New York. The deal is part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global. Peak, Townsquare, and Dial Global are all controlled by Oaktree Capital Management. The sale to Cumulus was completed on November 14, 2013.

In 1922...WEW-AM, Saint Louis, Missouri began broadcasting.

Chief Engineer Gordon Sherman 1933
Saint Louis University established the station 9YK around 1912, using Morse code to communicate seismological and weather information. George E. Rueppel, assistant director of the Meteorological Observatory at SLU, worked with 9YK before he founded WEW in 1921. Audio transmissions began at 10:05 a.m. on 26 April 1921; the first voice heard was SLU president Rev. William Robison. The station received radio license #560 to broadcast on 618.6 kHz (wavelength 485 meters) as WEW on 23 March 1922;  KSD had been licensed on March 8.

The station has claimed to have broadcast the first quiz show, Question Box Hour, in 1923.

The station later moved to 833 kHz (360 meters). In April 1927 it was changed to 1210 kHz then 850 kHz; and changed in 1928 to 760 kHz, which was moved to 770 kHz on 29 March 1941 when NARBA took effect.

In 1938...CBS Radio newsman Christopher Glenn was born in New York City.  He not only voiced many hourly newscasts, he was the longtime anchor of the CBS World News Roundup, the oldest newscast in the world.  He retired in February 2006 and succumbed to liver cancer later that year (Oct. 17) at age 68.

Ralph Edwards
In 1940...the unique game show “Truth or Consequences” was first heard on radio. The Ralph Edwards-produced program was also hosted by Mr. Edwards throughout a 16 year radio run and into TV, before Jack Bailey, then Steve Dunne, and eventually a young Bob Barker took over. The radio show was originally heard on only four CBS stations; but 4 months later NBC picked up the show, where it eventually grew into the most popular of all radio game shows.

Bud Collyer
In 1950...the game show “Beat the Clock,” hosted by radio’s Superman, Clayton ‘Bud’ Collyer, premiered on CBS-TV, a Mark Goodson/Bill Todman production.

In 1955...Elvis Presley auditioned for CBS TV’s “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts,” singing “Good Rockin’ Tonight.” Producers considered his performance weak and rejected him for the show.

In 1973...American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN)  radio and TV signed off permanently after serving the American fighting men and women for many years in Vietnam. During that time over a thousand military personnel served at one of the many in-country sites

In 2009...former WABC-AM NYC and ABC Radio newsman, George Weber, was discovered stabbed to death in his apartment. NYPD found gay porn pictures scattered about and it was labeled a "crime of passion".

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

OKC Radio: J J Ryan Named PD At iHM's KJYO, KXXY

J J Ryan
iHeartMedia Oklahoma City announced today that J.J. Ryan has been named Program Director for Top 40 KJYO KJ103 FM and Country KXXY 96.1 FM effective immediately.

Ryan will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee on-air, digital and music programming for the radio station brands and their local events.

“We’re very excited to have JJ back in Oklahoma and at the helm of KJ103 and 96.1 KXY,” said Jon Phillips, Area President for iHeartMedia Oklahoma. “His energy and passion for radio and the community will certainly benefit our staff, listeners and advertisers.”

KJYO 102.7 FM (100 Kw)
J.J. previously worked as the PD for iHeartMedia’s KBEB-FM in Sacramento, Calif. He also served as the PD for KTGX and KTBT at iHeartMedia Tulsa and as an OM for Cumulus in Fayetteville, Ark.

Doug Gottlieb Jumps To Fox Sports

Doug Gottlieb
FOX Sports Radio (FSR) announced today the addition of veteran sports media personality Doug Gottlieb to the network’s weekday afternoon lineup.

Beginning April 24, The Doug Gottlieb Show will broadcast Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. ET on more than 150 stations nationwide, as well as FOX Sports Radio’s channel on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s industry-leading digital radio platform. Originating from Los Angeles, the fast-paced program will feature Gottlieb’s unique perspective on the latest headlines, as well as listener interaction and conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Gottlieb will also serve as a basketball analyst for FS1, providing insights and analysis for Skip And Shannon: Undisputed, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and other programs.

“I couldn’t be happier to join FOX Sports Radio and FS1,” said Gottlieb.  “This is an exciting next step in the evolution of The Doug Gottlieb Show.  FOX Sports has created a multi-platform, innovative, high-quality sports entertainment destination, and I’m looking forward to joining their industry-leading lineup.”

“We are honored to have Doug Gottlieb, one of the preeminent voices in the format, join our incredible lineup of sports entertainment personalities,” said Don Martin, SVP Sports Programming for Premiere Networks / FSR. “Doug’s experience behind the mic, on TV, and courtside makes him an ideal addition to the FOX Sports family. We look forward to sharing his quick-witted, smart and outspoken brand of entertainment with our FSR audience.”

Gottlieb currently hosts The Doug Gottlieb Show on CBS Sports Radio and is a featured analyst on CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and Previously, the former basketball standout was a college basketball analyst at ESPN and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show on ESPN Radio. He also co-hosted a midday sports talk show at WWLS-AM in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Gottlieb was a college basketball point guard at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State, and graduated with a marketing degree from Oklahoma State in 2000, holding every assists record at OSU and in the Big 12 Conference. He is 11th all-time in assists in NCAA history.

Meanwhile Jeff Goodman at ESPN reports that Gottliebwill interview for the head coaching job at Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma State has a job opening following head coach Brad Underwood's departure for Illinois after just one season with the program.

The 41-year-old Gottlieb was a player at Oklahoma State from 1997-2000.

Study: Binge Viewing Continues To Increase

Has America become a marathon nation when it comes to video content consumption? Indications point to “yes.” Seventy percent of US consumers now binge watch an average of five episodes at a time, and almost one-third (31 percent) binge on a weekly basis according to Deloitte’s 10th “Digital Democracy Survey.”

In addition to binge watching, nearly half (or 46 percent) of Americans now subscribe to streaming video services, with millennials aged 14-25 spending more time streaming video content than watching live television.

Additional binge watching and streaming media findings from the survey include:
  • More than half of all consumers and three-quarters of millennials watch movies and TV shows via streaming on at least a monthly basis
  • Millennials aged 26-32 who currently pay for streaming video have an average of three subscriptions
  • Millennials aged 14-25 value their streaming video subscriptions more than pay TV subscriptions
  • Over one-third of baby boomers aged 50-68 (35 percent) who binge watch TV do so once a week, and average four episodes per sitting
  • Over half (53 percent) of US consumers who binge watch choose television dramas
The percentage of streaming subscribers who ranked the service among their top three most valued subscriptions has tripled in the last three years (61 percent today, up from 17 percent in 2012)
“The proliferation of online content shows no signs of slowing down and the consumer appetite to consume content is equally voracious,” said Gerald Belson, vice chairman and US Media and Entertainment Sector leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “The survey data indicates that consumers are more willing than ever to invest in services to watch whenever, wherever, and on whatever device they choose.”

Highlighting Americans’ preferences for entertainment devices, Deloitte’s “Digital Democracy Survey” examines emerging behaviors across generations, specifically millennials, who are setting new benchmarks for how much media content is consumed and paving the way for older generations to follow. The survey also looks at the value consumers place on products and services; as well as attitudes and behaviors towards advertising and social networks, and mobile technologies. It includes influencers of consumer buying decisions, and how consumers are using their devices. Among the findings are:

Purchase decisions influenced more by non-traditional advertising sources:
  • Nearly three in four millennials aged 19-32 are more influenced in their buying decisions by social media recommendations than TV ads
  • Of millennials aged 19-25, 71 percent indicated that their buying decisions are influenced by online reviews from people they do not know, which is higher than the number who are influenced by TV ads
  • More than one-third of consumers under age 50 and nearly half of millennials say their buying decisions are influenced by an endorsement from an online personality
Social media’s real-life impact:
  • Social media sites have surpassed television as the most popular source of news for millennials
  • Two-thirds of millennials say they value their time interacting with friends on social media sites as much as their time spent in-person
  • Eighty-five percent of US consumers are currently on social media and 58 percent check their social networks daily
If you don’t multitask when you watch tv, you’re in the minority:
  • More than 90 percent of US consumers are now multitasking while watching TV
  • Millennials admitted to engaging in an average of four additional activities while watching TV, primarily surfing the Internet, using social networks, and text messaging
  • Thirty-three percent of all consumers typically browse the web while watching TV
  • Fewer than one-quarter of consumers’ multitasking activities are directly related to the program being watched, indicating that second screen activities have yet to realize their full potential
“The on-the-go, always-connected consumer is driving cultural changes in content consumption that fundamentally impact how companies connect with and engage consumers,” added Kevin Westcott, principal and US Media and Entertainment Consulting leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “These behavioral changes combined with the shift towards mobile-based consumer experiences are disrupting traditional business models—while at the same time paving the way for newer opportunities for technology, media, and entertainment companies to adapt and evolve.”

The “Digital Democracy Survey” was fielded by an independent research firm from Nov. 5-19, 2015 and employed an online methodology among 2,205 US consumers.

Youth Also Distrust News Media

A new report finds that teens and young adults express low levels of trust in the news media and use a variety of strategies to confirm, verify, and clarify the stories they care about, according to a study produced by Data & Society Research Institute and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The report, “How Youth Navigate the News Landscape,” explores youth news consumption behavior on mobile and social media. It reveals how young people are adapting to a changing media environment to access news they trust.

The report is based on findings from six exploratory focus groups with 52 teenagers and young adults in three U.S. cities: Philadelphia, Chicago, and Charlotte, North Carolina. With a focus on understanding the growing influence of mobile devices, social media, and messaging apps, the report provides insights for journalists and other organizations looking to engage younger audiences in the growing mobile news ecosystem.

“Teens and young adults are on the front lines of navigating an incredibly complex information environment,” said Mary Madden, a researcher at Data & Society and one of the authors of the report. “Long-held assumptions about the patterns and rhythms of news consumption are being upended by a generation that largely experiences journalism through mobile apps and algorithm-controlled social media platforms.”

Among the key findings:
  • News is frequently encountered by accident, as young people dip into flows of news across various platforms.
  • Patterns of verification and discernment in confirming trustworthy sources vary among teens and young adults.
  • Certain behaviors—such as taking screenshots of news stories to share them with friends—may elude current tools to record and track traffic to news platforms.
Lack of trust and perceived bias in the news was an important theme across all focus groups. On social media, youth are regularly exposed to a range of news content of varying quality that they must learn to assess both independently and collectively. In this environment, many young people assume a great deal of personal responsibility for educating themselves and actively seeking out opposing viewpoints.

“These findings illustrate a variety of innovative strategies that young people are using to assess the veracity of the news stories they find online,” said Amanda Lenhart, senior research scientist at the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and a co-author of the report. “Teens and young adults range widely across different news platforms, consulting multiple sources in an attempt to verify and clarify stories they encounter.”

“These findings provide news organizations with a reference point to develop new approaches to mobile news innovation and audience engagement, opening opportunities to build trust with younger audiences,” said Luz Gomez, director of research at Knight Foundation. “As journalists work to discover fresh ways to engage audiences and understand the habits of the next generation of news consumers, this report offers a detailed look into how young people conceptualize and consume news in digital spaces—and which sources they trust.”

The report follows on an earlier study by Knight Foundation and Nielsen in 2016, which looked at trends in news consumption on mobile devices.

PPMs Released For Boston, Detroit, Phoenix, 9 Other Markets

Nielsen on Tuesday 03/21/17 Released the second batch of February 2017 PPM Data for the following markets:

     7  Washington DC

   10  Boston

   11  Miami-Ft.Lauderdale-Hollywood

   12  Detroit

   13  Seattle-Tacoma

   14  Phoenix

   16  Minneapolis-St. Paul

   17  San Diego

   18  Denver-Boulder

   19  Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater

   21  Baltimore

   22 St. Louis

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Las Vegas Radio: Natalia Hernandez Joins KXQQ For Middays

Natalia Hernandez
CBS Radio's RhythmicAC KXQQ Q100.5 FM announced Tuesday Natalia Hernandez has been named the new Midday host on Q100.5 airing weekdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM effective immediately.

In addition to listening to Natalia live on Q100.5 locally, listeners can also stream the station through or the app for mobile devices. Prior to joining Q100.5, Natalia was on-air with sister station 98.5 KLUC.

“It’s always rewarding when you have talented people in house and can promote from within,” said CBS RADIO Las Vegas Operations Manager, JB King.  “Natalia has already proven to be a major assets for Q100.5.”

KXQQ 100.5 FM (100 Kw)
"14 years ago I got my first radio gig at CBS RADIO in West Palm Beach and I'm so happy to be back with the company it all started with,” said Natalia. “My career has come full circle and I have to thank our OM/PD JB King for believing in me for the midday opportunity at Q100.5. I've already learned so much and am excited to keep growing with him."

Flint Radio: WRSR Lands Johnny Burke For Mornings

Johnny Burke
Fourteen months after being let go from WHNN 96.1 FM as part of a format change and then later launching his own Internet show, local morning radio personality Johnny Burke has inked an agreement with WRSR 103.9 FM The Fox.

Burke, 62, starts his new morning show gig at the Flint-based classic rock station at 5 a.m. Monday, March 27, according to

"I've talked about this so many times before, that I'm not real happy with corporate radio -- especially in this area," Burke told MLive in an interview Tuesday, March 21. "(103.9 FM) is a locally owned station by a smaller group of people from Michigan. We're going to keep that local feel in mind.

"I know it sounds like a sales line, but it's important that we serve the community. It's really important to me."

To that end, Burke said the show is going to continue his "Homegrown" feature, which highlights local musical artists from the region, and have a noticeable presence in the community.

The show, called Johnny Burke Live, won't include his longtime sidekick Blondie, whose real name is Bonnie Belger-Holzhei. Burke said it was Belger-Holzhei's choice not to return to the show. She has worked with Burke for the past 15 years.

When Burke was let go from WHNN in January of last year, he launched an internet show on the streaming app Periscope and on Facebook. His local celebrity status and brash attitude toward his old station's owner, Cumulus Media, created a buzz that helped him garner thousands of followers online.

WRSR 103.9 FM (2.85 Kw)
He treated the internet show like a traditional radio morning show and soon realized how much work went into its daily grind and how difficult it was to monetize. Burke said the show, which obtained more than a dozen sponsorships, made money, but not enough to keep a full staff employed.