Tuesday, June 19, 2018

NYC Radio: Segall (MD) & Stone (Imaging) Join WNYL-FM

Entercom has announced the appointment of Bryce Segall as music director and evening talent for WNYL ALT 92.3 FM in New York, effective July 2.

In addition, Dan Stone will join ALT 92.3 as imaging director, effective June 25.

Bryce Segall
“Bryce has continuously displayed the ability to be innovative in the programming end of our industry and we’re excited to add his talents to ALT 92.3,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “Dan’s previous imaging and voiceover experience will pay great dividends as he joins ALT in the same capacity.”

“New York City is an iconic pillar of alternative culture and it’s long deserved a radio station that not only pays tribute, but adds to that legacy”, said Segall. “I’m looking forward to working with the ALT 92.3 team to develop an outlet that truly adds value to the thriving, pre-existing music community.”

Prior to joining Entercom, Segall was a label manager for Mad Zoo, a boutique electronic record label. Previously, he was at ALT 92.3 sister station KNDD 107.7 The End (KNDD-FM) in Seattle, where he was an on-air personality and Assistant Program Director.

WNYL 92.3 FM (6 kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
“Helping to build an ALT radio brand for New York City is a dream come true”, said Stone. “This station’s passion for this format is unequalled and I can’t wait to wake up and be a part of that everyday.”

Stone joins Entercom from Cumulus in Chicago, where he was an imaging contributor and consultant. He previously held similar positions for Clear Channel Orlando from 1996-2011 and “DC 101” WWDC Washington DC from 2011-2012.

Matty Staudt Named VP/Podcast Programming at iHR

Matty Staudt
iHeartMedia has announced that Matty Staudt has been elevated to Vice President of Podcast Programming at iHeartRadio.

Formerly the Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia San Francisco, Staudt developed the first local branded podcast strategy and launched more than 30 original locally focused podcasts. In addition, he also is the host of iHeartRadio’s popular “Access Podcast.”

In the newly created position of Vice President of Podcast Programming for iHeartRadio, Staudt will be responsible for working with iHeartMedia talent and local markets to develop their original podcast strategy, continuing iHeartRadio’s place as one of the largest podcast networks in the world and the leading podcaster among commercial radio groups.

Staudt will report directly to Chris Peterson, Senior Vice President of Podcasting at iHeartRadio.

Staudt is a seasoned veteran with more than 29 years of broadcasting experience. He began his career at his hometown station WQZK in West Virginia and has since worked as a producer, consultant and mentor at stations across the country. In 2008, his passion for podcasting led him to become part of the startup team and first director of content and community for the podcasting app, Stitcher before moving to Premiere Networks as a consulting producer.

He takes pride in giving back and is a teacher at the Academy of Art University where he developed the first podcast production program of its kind in the United States and their first branded content course.

Houston Radio: Sports KBME Unveils New Line-Up

iHeartMedia Houston announced today its new weekday lineup for Sports Talk KBME 790 AM, Houston’s Home for Your Home Teams, effective July 9.

Former NFL Quarterback Sean Salisbury joins the weekday lineup from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. “We’re thrilled to be adding Salisbury to the team. The former QB brings a unique perspective from his days on the gridiron,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for iHeart Media Houston.

In addition to playing professional football for 10 years, Salisbury has worked as an NFL analyst on ESPN, appearing on Sports Center and NFL Live, and served as a consultant for the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard.

“I’ve been blessed with a full career and this opportunity to work with iHeart and Sportstalk 790 was too good to pass up in so many ways. I don’t take these great moments lightly,” said Salisbury. “The last 5 years have been special. I fully expect this new journey to be filled with WOW moments that make our listeners feel like they are getting the show they deserve!”

Salisbury joins a lineup featuring Josh Innes, Matt Thomas and former NFL players Greg Koch and N.D. Kalu. SportsTalk 790 will also continue its broadcast partnerships with the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets and the University of Texas football and basketball teams.

“We’ve put together an All Star lineup of guys who know sports and love talking about sports,” said Erickson. “Sportstalk 790 is truly the best destination for compelling local sports content in Houston.”

KBME 790 AM (5 Kw, DA-2)
The rest of The KBME Programming Lineup:
  • The Josh Innes Show 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • In the Trenches with Koch & Kalu 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • The Matt Thomas Show 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Report: Radio Remains 'Centerpiece of Audio'

AM/FM radio once again takes the top spot as America’s leading audio provider, accounting for 47% of all audio time spent among persons 18+. And according to the Westwood One Blog that’s important for brands because AM/FM radio is an ad-supported platform.

The three runner-up platforms are not. Advertisers cannot run audio ads on owned music, music videos on YouTube, or the advertising-free music channels on Sirius XM. The Sirius XM channels that do accept ads only have a 2% share.

The blog, citing Edison Research 'Share of Ear' Q1 2018 figures, advises don’t believe the digital audio hype: ad-supported Spotify and ad-supported Pandora trail AM/FM radio by a huge margin with insignificant shares.

AM/FM radio’s share has been consistently strong throughout the last few years. What about reach? Edison reports AM/FM radio’s daily reach also remains stable.

Report: Mobile Advertising To Surpass TV In 2021

Mobile advertising will account for 30.5% of global advertising expenditure in 2020, up from 19.2% in 2017, according to Zenith’s Advertising Expenditure Forecasts, published Monday. Expenditure on mobile advertising will total US$187B in 2020, more than twice the US$88B spent on desktop advertising, and just US$5B behind the US$192B spent on television advertising. At the current rate of growth mobile advertising will comfortably overtake television in 2021.

As internet users switch from desktop to mobile devices – and new users go straight to mobile – online advertising is making the same switch. Advertising on mobile devices is rising at a meteoric rate, and is taking market share from all most other media. Mobile adspend grew 35% in 2017, and we expect it to grow at an average rate of 21% a year to 2020.

However, brands that are shifting budgets to mobile advertising may be affecting their ability to win new customers and expand their market share. Zenith’s Touchpoints ROI Tracker research shows that traditional mass media are more effective at driving recall among new or light buyers, therefore having a strong understanding of acquisition channels and retention channels is key.

According to Touchpoints ROI Tracker, television ads are most effective at driving recall among potential customers, while mobile ads are least effective. Potential customers are 53% as likely to recall television ads as existing customers, but for mobile ads this falls to 41%. Targeting mobile ads at existing customers can certainly help brands achieve short-term performance targets, especially because mobile is increasingly tying together the whole consumer journey. However, mobile is currently less effective at creating long-term awareness among potential customers than traditional media, so brands with a heavy mobile presence should consider investing more in traditional mass media to compensate for this.

Most of the traditional media are still growing despite the inexorable rise of mobile advertising, but generally at very low rates. Zenith forecasts television and radio to grow by 1% a year between 2017 and 2020, while out-of-home advertising grows by 3% a year. Cinema, however, is growing at 16% a year, thanks to investment in new screens, successful movie franchises, and better international marketing.

Print advertising continues to shrink together with circulations: between 2017 and 2020 Zenith forecasts newspaper adspend to shrink by an average of 5% a year, while magazine adspend shrinks by 6%.

'Skinny Bundles' Quickly Catching On

A new report from UBS predicts a “steeper ramp” than previously forecast for so-called “skinny bundle” services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now in the coming years. By 2022, the financial institution’s media analysts predict, they will represent 25% of all pay-TV subscriptions, accordingto Deadline.

John Hodulik
“As these offerings continue to improve—closing programming gaps, adding features and improving transmission quality—and traditional TV consumption falls, we expect the streamers to become increasingly attractive,” said the report, which was written by a team headed by analyst John Hodulik.

UBS projects there will be 9.2 million online streaming TV subscribers by the end of 2018, which had been its previous forecast. But based on new findings and polling data in its Evidence Lab, UBS said it is increasing its estimate for the end of 2020 to 17 million from 15 million and now expects 24 million by the end of 2022.

Dish’s Sling, which was very early to market, leads the skinny field with 2.3 million subscribers, followed by DirecTV Now. Hodulik wrote that AT&T’s DirecTV Now — a key strategic asset that got a lot of mentions during the company’s courtroom battle with the government over the Time Warner merger — has grown “faster than expected,” reaching 1.5 million customers in its first 18 months. It should get further momentum from anticipated launches of non-sports, basic bundle AT&T Watch and another package described by Hodulik as “a higher-end, device-centric service.”

Beaumont TX Radio: Bo Brown To Manage Cumulus Cluster

Bo Brown
Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed media executive Bo Brown as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Beaumont, TX.

Brown will manage Cumulus Media’s five Beaumont radio stations: Country KAYD 101.7 FM,  Sports simulcast  KIKR 1450 AM and KBED 1510 AM,  CHR KQXY 94.1 FM (Q94); and Urban KTCX 102.5 FM.

The appointment marks a return to Beaumont for Brown, who started his radio career in 1992 as Account Executive/Sales Manager for Petracom Broadcasting in Beaumont and was Director of Sales for Cumulus Media-Beaumont from 1997-1999. He rejoins Cumulus from Rhino Marketing in Houston, TX, where he was Senior Director.

Prior to that, he was General Sales Manager for CBS Radio in Houston, and was Vice President/Director of Sales for iHeartMedia/Clear Channel’s Houston radio stations. Brown holds a B.S. degree in Corporate Communication from Lamar University in Beaumont.

Mark Sullivan, Regional Vice President, Operations, Cumulus Media, said: “I’m looking forward to working with Bo and having him lead our team in Beaumont. Bo’s strong ties to the community and the region, combined with his track record of success and his experience give me great optimism that he’ll be wildly successful with us. It’s an exciting day.”

KAYD 101.7 FM (10.5 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Brown said: "I’m excited about getting back to my roots and coming home to where I started my radio career. I want to thank Mary Berner, Bob Walker and Mark Sullivan for this opportunity. I'm looking forward to being a part of an already very talented team and helping them to become even more successful.”

Chicago Radio: Former NHLer Eddie Olczyk Joins WMVP

Eddie Olczyk
Former NHL Chicago Blackhawks center Eddie Olczyk is joining the WMVP ESPN1000 Chicago team and the Kap & Co. weekday show starting today, June 19. Olczyk will co-host twice a week, generally on Mondays and Fridays, alongside David Kaplan from 9 a.m. – noon CT.

“What an incredible opportunity to join the team at ESPN1000 and Kap & Co.,” said Olczyk.  “To work with Kap, who is a great friend and a media legend in our city, will be challenging and a lot of fun. I cannot wait to join him.  I’d like to thank Jim Pastor and Adam Delevitt from ESPN Chicago and John McDonough, the Blackhawks organization and NBC Sports for allowing me this flexibility.”

Jim Pastor, vice president and general manager of ESPN1000 Chicago, stated, “What fans may not realize is that Eddie is not only a legendary hockey and horse racing broadcaster, but having grown up here, he’s also a huge fan of all Chicago sports teams. Pairing him twice a week with his good friend David Kaplan will give him a chance to put those passions on display for ESPN listeners.”

In addition to his Kap & Co. role, Olczyk will continue his work for NBC Sports covering the NHL and horse racing and locally for the Blackhawks on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-TV.

WMVP 1000 AM (50 Kw, DA-2)
Olczyk was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1984 and played in the NHL for 16 years. In addition to playing for Chicago, he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, finishing his career in 2000 with Chicago. He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

New L-A Times Owner Condemns 'False News'

In February, Tronc Media, owners of the Orlando Sentinel and Chicago Tribune, announced it would be selling the L.A. Times to Patrick Soon-Shiong, billionaire founder of Culver City-based Nanthealth, $500 million cash.

The sale became final today. Mediapost reports Soon-Shiong will also take control of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Spanish-language Hoy and several other local papers.

Norman Pearlstine
As of Monday afternoon, Soon-Shiong appointed Norman Pearlstine, who has previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Time Inc. and Forbes, the newspaper’s new executive editor.

In a letter to readers printed in the weekend edition of the paper, Soon-Shiong wrote: “I believe that fake news is the cancer of our times and social media the vehicles for metastasis. Institutions like the LA Times and the Union-Tribune are more vital than ever. They must be bastions of editorial integrity and independence if they are to protect our democracy and provide an antidote to disinformation.”

In addition, the stability of the newsroom, prior to Pearlstine, had been rocked with three editors in 10 months. Plus, in the last four years, five publishers have taken control at the company.

Before the sale, Tronc had planned to close the Washington bureau, leading to more layoffs. According to a piece in the L.A. Times, Soon-Shiong claims Tronc was planning to lay off an additional 20% of employees at the company.

Patrick Soon-Shiong
Soon-Shiong will become executive chairman of the California News Group immediately and will relocate most of the company’s 800 employees to a building he owns in El Segundo by the end of July. He has invested millions in the El Segundo building to create a state-of-the-art home for digital and print journalism, including a test kitchen.

The L.A. Times reports that Soon-Shiong has reached out to veterans of the news business to help him during this transition.

Per the L.A. Times, those brought on board to help with the transition include Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, Donald Graham, former owner of The Washington Post,  former L.A. Times publisher Tom Johnson, and Judy Woodruff, anchor of the PBS “NewsHour.”

The L.A. Times is reportedly profitable and has a circulation of 690,000 Sunday and 440,000 weekday subscribers. The website receives 33 million unique visitors a month, per comScore.

Goodbye "Tronc' As Tribune Publishing Returns

Tronc, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, South Florida Sun Sentinel and other newspapers is changing its name back Tribune Publishing, the name it had since 2013 when the 166-year-old company split its broadcast and print divisions.

A Tronc spokesperson declined to comment on the name change, according to AdWeek.

Tribune became Tronc two years ago. An amalgam of Tribune online content, the new name faced instant and widespread ridicule, from its new logo to a bizarre press release announcing the change to a corporate video explaining it all.

Former chairman and majority shareholder Michael Ferro, stepped down in March, had championed the change.

The return to Tribune Publishing follows the sale of the Los Angeles Times, which had been a Tribune paper since 2000.

Survey: Many Americans Can’t Tell Fact From Opinion

A new poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center suggests people are having difficulty telling the difference between fact and opinion.

According to The Hill, people participating in the Pew study were provided five statements, including “spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid make up the largest portion of the U.S. Federal budget,” and five opinion statements, including “Democracy is the greatest form of government.”

They were also two statements that were ambiguous.

Just 26 percent of the adults surveyed correctly identified all five factual statements as factual, according to the study.

And just 35 percent identified all five opinion statements as opinion.

Pew also found that participants “were more likely to classify both factual and opinion statements as factual when they appealed most to their side.”

Reuters reports the main portion of Pew's survey polled 5,035 adult Americans aged 18 and above in February and March. The study was intended to determine if respondents could differentiate between factual information and opinion statements in news stories.

Participants were given five factual statements such as "spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid make up the largest portion of the U.S. federal budget," and five opinion statements such as "democracy is the greatest form of government." They were asked to identify which ones were factual and which were opinions.

Satisfaction With U-S Direction Reaches 12-Year High

Thirty-eight percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today, similar to last month's 37% satisfaction rate but marking the numerical high since a 39% reading in September 2005.

The satisfaction rate, which Gallup has measured at least monthly since 2001, has now topped 35% three times this year -- a level reached only three times in the previous 12 years (once each in 2006, 2009 and 2016).

Satisfaction with the nation is now back to the historical average of 37% for this trend, which was first measured in 1979, but is far below the majority levels reached in the economic boom times of the mid-1980s and late 1990s.

The rise in satisfaction over the past two months comes amid a spate of positive economic news -- including the shrinking of the unemployment rate to levels last seen in 2000 and the continuation of an economic expansion that is now the second longest on record. Other prominent national news stories have included independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion; President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal; and Trump's negotiations with North Korea that culminated in his meeting Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Though the vast majority of Americans have expressed pride in their country in polls stretching back more than 30 years, their pride has not meant they were satisfied with the way things were going. This has been especially true during times of economic duress -- though measuring the public's satisfaction with the nation encompasses far more than economics.

President Trump Approval Ratings

Now, at the midpoint of 2018, as the United States continues to enjoy a nine-year-long economic expansion, the number of Americans finding satisfaction in the country's direction is on the rise. This reflects more than a growing comfort with Donald Trump as president; growth in satisfaction has outstripped growth in Trump's approval rating. And it is more than economic good news -- the percentage satisfied has risen more over the past two months than the percentage who think the economy is in good shape or the percentage who think it's a good time to find a quality job.

As the nation moves toward November's midterm elections, as the Mueller investigation continues to unfold, as Trump continues to surprise both friends and foes with his actions, there are a multitude of possibilities for news that could affect satisfaction significantly in either direction.

Usually Supportive NY Post Blasts Trump On Immigration

The New York Post's editorial staff blasted President Trump and GOP lawmakers on Sunday over the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has separated families at the border.

“It’s not just that this looks terrible in the eyes of the world. It is terrible: at least 2,000 children ripped from their parents’ arms, sometimes literally, in just the first six weeks,” the editorial board wrote.

According to The Hill, the editorial board criticized “Team Trump” for their decision to prosecute illegal border-crossers "rather than simply deporting them."

The usually supportive New York paper, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, also criticized Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), saying he has launched a “pathetic” bid to fix the controversial policy.

“Ryan’s answer is to stick a change of the law into the two big immigration bills he has the House voting on this week. But there’s no way the Senate will pass either one — indeed, not much chance the House will,” the editorial board wrote.

“Anyway, making it so Immigration and Customs Enforcement can detain the kids along with their parents is only a minor improvement — since ICE is already running out of space to hold people, and looking at 'tent cities' as a supposedly temporary expedient,” the editorial board wrote.

The publication told its readers, "You can bet that critics will start calling these 'Trump’s concentration camps,' and the term will catch on if they’re full of kids."

“The polls were starting to suggest that Republicans might not lose big in this November’s midterm elections, but they’ll turn back the other way if this keeps up — and rightly so,” it added.

'The Hit List With Fitz' Adds 20 Alpha Media Stations

Sun Broadcast Group announced Monday that they have partnered with Alpha Media to bring their weekend countdown, The Hit List with Fitz, to more than 20 of their Country format stations across the country.

Fitz is now accessible on over 100 stations every weekend with new additions including KKRV-FM Seattle, WIRK-FM West Palm Beach, KUPL-FM Portland, KGNC-FM Amarillo, KWIQ-FM Spokane, and WFLS-FM Washington DC, to name a few.

“We are fortunate for the opportunity to expand our relationship with Fitz and tap the compelling content power of The Hit List with Fitz”, said Scott Mahalick, EVP Content at Alpha Media.

The first of its kind, The Hit List with Fitz, remains the only Shazamable countdown show in the country that can engage with listeners in real-time using a two-way dialogue to enhance on-air content, thanks to the power of the Shazam for Radio platform.

“We are ecstatic about our new partnership with Alpha Media across their whole country platform,” Said Hit List host, Fitz. “Scott Mahalick has been an important creative partner and mentor of mine for over a decade and when Mahalick and I collaborate…crazy stuff happens! Together we aren’t afraid to take risks. It’s about to get fun again!”

For more information about The Fitz Show, The Hit List with Fitz, or Nashville Minute with Fitz, contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303.

NASH Next 2018 Competition Gets Started

NASH Next 2018 led by CUMULUS MEDIA, kicks off its fourth annual grassroots national search for the nation’s newest star today in over 54 markets across the United States including Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Nashville. Beginning today, local artists who want to take their career to the next level may enter the competition via the NASH Next website or one of the 62 local station websites.

The winner of this four-month-long national competition, announced by country music super-duo Florida Georgia Line, will receive a record deal under the Big Machine Label Group, home to such superstars as Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and the reigning ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Young. The NASH Next 2018 winner will receive substantial exposure, commensurate with a major label release, on Cumulus Radio stations nationwide. While television boasts several talent competitions, coveted radio play is the most effective medium to cultivate an artist and propel a major music career.

Florida Georgia Line, commenting on NASH Next 2018 said, “There are so many ways to reach your goals in the music business. We found a way that worked for us but that’s not the only way – NASH Next from our friends at CUMULUS MEDIA is an incredible way to get noticed and reach a whole new audience with radio airplay. That’s a big deal y’all. So work hard, stay true to yourself and your music, and good things will happen! Good luck!”

With 99 million fans, Country has become the #1 most popular music genre and CUMULUS MEDIA’s NASH Next 2018 competition pays tribute to the great tradition of radio as a launch pad for country music’s most beloved artists.

The NASH Next 2017 winner, Radio Romance, released their debut single “Weekend” in April 2018 and cracked the top 50 country charts their first week on the radio. They also appeared at CMA Fest this June and will start their Summer/Fall tour this August. “This whole experience has been truly incredible,” remarked Sam Hayes, Lead Singer, Radio Romance and Nash Next 2017 winner. “There is honestly no way to describe what it’s like when you hear your first single played on the radio or when you see your name on the Country music charts.”

Judging Panel

Listeners will be invited to rate the emerging artists with local music professional helping select the local finalist. The top 10 finalists, and ultimately the 2018 winner, will be selected by a panel of country luminaries, including Scott Borchetta, founder, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, the world’s #1 independent record label and Kix Brooks, half of Brooks & Dunn, one of country music’s most successful duos of all time, with additional celebrity judges to be announced at a later date.

“I’m always on the hunt for great new talent and there’s arguably no better way to do it than through Country Radio,” said Borchetta. “In our fourth year with NASH Next, this program provides the Big Machine Label Group an incredible opportunity to have our eyes and ears on the ground in all of the great Cumulus Country radio markets. If you want to be next, enter now. Game on…” 

“I really enjoyed being part of NASH Next last year – the level of talent continues to get better and more competitive every year, and this music platform is working! It’s been fun to watch last year’s winner, Radio Romance, catch the wave and surf it to the next level of their career,” noted Kix Brooks.

How the Competition Works

Beginning today, local artists may enter the competition via the NASH Next website or participating local station websites. Listeners in their communities will rate each competitor’s original song, along with local music industry professionals. Local markets will then host live events or select their finalist by judging the contestants in a video performance of that original song. 

Ten of the local finalists will be selected by industry professionals to compete at the national finale event – a live concert, hosted in Nashville in early October, where a panel of celebrity judges will announce the NASH Next 2018 winner.

“NASH Next 2017 brought us an exciting high-energy band whose live performances and on-air presence shows them on a trajectory for stardom,” said Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming, CUMULUS MEDIA. “Dreams do come true, and NASH Next 2018 is a testament to Cumulus’ commitment to support and grow the next generation of great country artists.”

Broadcasters Foundation Board of Directors Adds Three

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected Wendy McMahon, President of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and Charlie Weiss, Publisher of New Bay Media’s TV Sector Brands, to its Board of Directors, and named Dennis Lyle, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Broadcasters Association, an Officer and Vice President. The new Directors and Lyle were voted in during the Board meeting that took place in New York City last week.

“We’re delighted to welcome Wendy, Charlie, and Dennis to the Board,” said Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “Their continued support of the Foundation’s mission and their leadership in our industry is commendable.”

Wendy McMahon, Charlie Weiss, Dennis Lyle
McMahon has oversight of ABC’s eight local TV stations and their digital assets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, and Fresno. As Group Publisher of New Bay’s TV Sector brands, Weiss oversees industry-leading titles, such as Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News, and Next TV. A lifelong broadcaster, Lyle has been at the helm of the Illinois Broadcasters Association for nearly 20 years,

The Broadcasters Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of highly respected broadcast executives who are committed to “giving back” through the Broadcasters Foundation. The members of the Board represent a wide array of broadcast and broadcast-related companies.

For more than 70 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of needy broadcasters and their families. Individual donations can be made to the Guardian Fund, corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be arranged through the Legacy Society.

To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or info@thebfoa.org or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.

June 19 Radio History

➦In 1912...actor/narrator Martin Gabel was born in Philadelphia.

His signature work was on May 8, 1945 as narrator on the CBS radio broadcast of Norman Corwin’s epic poem On a Note of Triumph, a commemoration of the fall of the Nazi regime in Germany and the end of WW II in Europe. The broadcast was so popular that the CBS, NBC, Blue and Mutual networks aired a second live production five days later.  He was the most frequent guest on TV’s Sunday night fixture What’s My Line, because he was married to regular panelist Arlene Francis.

He died after a heart attack May 22 1986 at age 73.

➦In 1934...Communications Act of 1934 created Federal Communications Commission

➦In 1962...WMCA 570 began using “The Good Guys”.   Led by program director Ruth Meyer, the first woman to hold the position in New York City radio, this was the era of the high-profile Top 40 disc jockey with an exuberant personality aimed at a certain audience segment. With the advent of the Good Guys format, WMCA became more "on top" of new music and started to become known for "playing the hits."

➦In 1964...KDKA 1020 AM, Pittsburgh banned the song “Beans In My Ears” by the Serendipity Singers. The ban follows complaints from listeners and area doctors who claim that children have been putting foreign objects into their ears at an increased rate since the single was released.

➦In 1965...Since WINS went all-news in April, New York’s remaining rockers have been going at it - head to head. It’s the WMCA Goodguys vs. the WABC All-Americans. They’re the only two places on the New York dial to hear Top40.

The post-WINS Pulse ratings showed the stations neck-in-neck - WABC at a 16 and WMCA at a 16.3 rating. But WMCA has about one-third the signal of WABC, so it performs better with no WMCA competition - in the outlying suburbs.

WMCA was running a “Good Guy Derby” contest where you have the guess the WMCA Good Guy who will win his race “in the sport of kings.” Go-Go radio, WABC is doing a “prize of the day” A prize a day goes into the “Go Go Grab Bag” for end-week awarding.

Both stations were battling airplay of the new Beatles album -“Beatles VI” - and both stations were saying they had the exclusive on the album.  Actually, WABC had the album three hours before WMCA did - a rarity. WMCA usually scoops WABC on most records, including the Beatles.

➦In 1966...WOR 98.7 FM said it will drop duplicating talk WOR 710 AM on June 30 and go rock ‘n’ roll - the first FM station to go full-time rock . Robert S. Smith, vice president of both WOR AM/FMsays - “We will not have shouting disk jockeys on FM, but if there can be a quality rock station, that is, what we will be. We’re going after the WABC and WMCA audience.” The change in policy is a result of a recent FCC rule that FM stations in major cities may no longer duplicate more than 50% of their AM affiliates.

➦In 1966...comedian Ed Wynn, star of his own pioneering shows on radio & early TV, died of throat cancer at age 79.

➦In 1973...Wolfman Jack, heard on KDAY Los Angles announced he's going to WNBC, New York.

➦In 1973...Watermark has produced a three-hour special called “the 40 Greatest Disappearing Acts of the Rock Era.” Hosted by Casey Kasem, it will replace American Top-40 July 7-8.

➦In 1973...93 KHJ AM program director Paul Drew confirmed that the Real Don Steele and Mark Eliot have left the station.

Billboard 1973
➦In 1973...89 WLS  program director Tommy Edwards said the station is expanding its playlist and is cutting back on the use of jingles from 40 to five key jingles. Plus, - elimination of meaningless chatter by jocks, dayparting of music (more rock at night for example). WCFL was giving WLS a run in the ratings.

➦In 1973...KSFX 103.7 FM San Francisco launched a complete sound-alike format of WABC, New York, whose program director (Rick Sklar) is consulting the station. The first “Music Radio KSFX” playlists have been distributed to record stores.

Dixon's Wrecked Auto 
➦In 2005...legendary southern DJ, Mason Dixon, was injured in an auto accident which practically split his car apart.

Dixon suffered a collapsed lung, 2 broken ribs and a ruptured spleen. Dixon has been affiliated with legendary stations including Tampa's WRBQ-FM, where he was still employed at the time of his accident.

When his wife finally showed him pictures of his prized 1971 Dodge Challenger convertible, split in half in a crash over the weekend, there were more tears.

"There were angels watching out for me," he told reporters huddled around his bed at St. Joseph's Hospital. "They wanted me to learn something, and I have. Now, I've got to go back out there and do their work. And I'll be happy to."

Dixon, 55, whose real name is Jimmie Crawford, was critically injured after leaving a Father's Day promotional event.

➦In 2009…Radio/TV announcer Ken Roberts died of pneumonia following a stroke at age 99. In 1935, he was one of the founders of the broadcast performers' union now known as AFTRA.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Nielsen: Pop CHR Format Continues Ratings Slide

Quickly approaching the beginning of the second half of 2018, Nielsen has crunched the PPM numbers for the first half (thru May).

Last week's release of May portable people meter (PPM) ratings allow Nielsen the opportunity to reflect on the first chunk of the year—five months of radio format trends, compared with the same five months in previous years. By stepping back to examine the long view of music radio consumption, Nielsen can start to see some interesting storylines in the data.

The following insights are based on the average of the January through May survey books in PPM markets, compared year-over-year:
  • The leading storyline in 2018 for radio formats has been the rise of the Adult Contemporary (AC) format. The format that identifies squarely with mass-appeal music, AC has been consistently trending upward since 2015. At the same time, other formats that compete for the same audience have cooled. Hot Adult Contemporary (AC), a younger-skewing format with a lot of similarities, peaked in 2015 in terms of share of audience in PPM markets but has declined every year since. But now, it’s back to 2013 levels.
  • Pop CHR is one of the biggest radio formats in America, and it’s also known for mass-appeal music, though with a younger skew and a direct focus on current popular music. We have been tracking its downward trend for most of the year and currently Pop CHR has its smallest share of audience since the beginning of PPM measurement in 2011.

The chart tracks the combined results for January-May over the past eight years for AC, Country, Pop CHR and Hot AC (the top four music formats nationwide in 2018). News/Talk ranks No. 1 overall but, we didn’t include it in our music-format-only chart.

Since 2015, Pop CHR has seen its share of audience shrink 15%, and its rank among all music formats drop from second place to fourth place this year.
  • When you step outside the top 50 markets based on population and consider the nation as a whole, Country is the top-ranked format—even ahead of News/Talk when it comes to total audience. In the larger markets—the PPM markets—Country trails News/Talk and AC, but has been up and down in the past decade before turning more consistent in the past two years. 2014 was a high point for the format, but only two years later the share had declined by almost 10%. In 2017, and now in 2018, Country has stabilized and become the second-highest ranked music format.
  • Alternative is the second-highest-ranked rock format in America, right behind Classic Rock. The Alternative format is more focused on showcasing the new, popular rock music of today, while simultaneously relying on acts from the 1990s and 2000s at its core. Simply put, popular music influences Alternative. 
So for our final storyline this month, Nielsen concludes rather interesting to see that while Pop CHR is declining, Alternative is recording some of the best audience share numbers we’ve seen in PPM markets. The format’s share of audience among 25-to-54 year-old listeners has been at an all-time high since February, when Alternative garnered 4.2% of all radio listening, the first month its share of listening had ever been north of 4%.

ESPN Audio Now Available on the iHeartRadio

iHeartMedia today launched ESPN Audio’s award-winning networks and diverse on-demand content on iHeartRadio, its free digital music, podcasting, on-demand and live streaming radio service, across more than 250 platforms including digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables and smartphones, on virtual assistants, smart speakers, TVs, gaming consoles and more.

The multiyear agreement allows listeners to now livestream via iHeartRadio, ESPN Audio’s stable of programming, provocative voices and industry-leading slate of live events from:
  • The ESPN Radio Network, featuring some of the country’s leading daytime sports talk shows including Golic and Wingo, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, The Stephen A. Smith Show and The Will Cain Show;
  • The ESPN Deportes Radio Network, including shows Jorge Ramos y Su Banda and Raza Deportiva;
  • ESPN Radio’s owned and operated local stations and their full schedules – ESPN NY 98.7FM, ESPN Chicago 1000, ESPN LA 710AM, ESPN Deportes Radio New York;
  • All iHeartMedia-owned ESPN Radio affiliate stations including ESPN1530 (Cincinnati), ESPN 97.9 (Hartford), ESPN 96.1 (Grand Rapids, Mich.), and ESPN 970 (Pittsburgh);
  • ESPN Radio’s unparalleled lineup of live sports events like the College Football Playoff Semifinals and National Championship, the NBA Finals, the MLB playoffs and World Series, and much more.
In addition, iHeartRadio listeners now have on-demand access to ESPN Audio’s roster of informative, compelling and entertaining podcasts like 30 for 30 Podcasts, Sports? With Katie Nolan, Fantasy Focus Football, and The Right Time with Bomani Jones.

“We are consistently looking for new ways to give fans access to ESPN Audio’s tremendous content,” said Traug Keller, ESPN Senior Vice President, Audio and Talent. “iHeartRadio, with its expansive network and reach, will help us bring new listeners into the fold and give current fans yet another way to enjoy their sports content, anytime, anywhere.”

“iHeartRadio prides itself on being everywhere our listeners are with the content they love most,” said Chris Williams, Chief Product Officer for iHeartMedia. “ESPN Audio is a top destination for all things sports and this partnership allows us to offer even more programming and on demand offerings to our millions of listeners nationwide, making iHeartRadio the go to destination for all things audio.”

Tampa Radio: Nielsen vs. Bubba Trial Delayed Yet Again

Nielsen Audio’s ratings tampering case against the controversial Tampa shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem and his Bubba Radio Network Inc. has been delayed yet again.

The trial had been set for June 18. But, following a recent hearing, U.S. District Court Judge James D. Whittemore has set a new trial date of July 23, according to Tampa Bay Business Journal citing court filings.

When it does get to trial in federal court in Tampa, the highly publicized civil case is expected to run seven days, according to court filings. In setting the new trial date, the judge told the lawyers for both sides that they should set aside July 20 as a date for a possible pre-trial hearing.

Nielsen originally filed it ratings tampering lawsuit in late 2015. The company said it was seeking $1 million in punitive damages for what it alleged was the “willful, wanton and malicious nature” of Clem’s actions.

In its lawsuit, the media company alleged that Clem, a broadcaster for 30 years, learned from a longtime listener of his show that another listener was selected as a Nielsen panelist and that four devices, known as a Portable People Meters or PPMs, were being sent for monitoring. Through in-person meetings, phone calls and texts, Clem allegedly offered to pay the listener $300 a month to manipulate the monitoring, Nielsen alleged in its lawsuit.

Clem was ousted from Beasley station WBRN 98.7 FM in December 2016, after the alleged ratings tampering came to light. He returned to the airwaves in February 2017 on NewsTalk Florida’s WWBA 820 AM.

Earlier this month he court released the final witness lists from both parties.  Of course, Bubba himself is on both lists, as are a number of broadcasters, including Beasley’s Justin Chase and Brian Beasley.  On Bubba’s list is former Clear Channel and Tribune chief Randy Michaels.  Also, on both lists is PPM panelist Nicholas Tabachuck – with whom Bubba is alleged to have colluded to tamper with the ratings.