industry members
Karina Farias
Music Director   Bryan Broadcasting
Lisa Adams
Program Director   Hubbard Radio
Jeffrey Long
  Music Notes
Carol Bourne
Manager   Maddie Hunt Music LLC
kimberly beck
  kimberly Beck
Marty Denton
CEO/songwriter/artist   Trip Jct Records LLC




2018/02 9:16 PM
CRS Addresses Sexual Harassment at CRS

Sexual Harassment Prevention
 
Shelley M. Greenwald – international speaker on this subject
 
Shelley M Greenwald, Lawyer and International Speaker on employment practices and sexual harassment, used her years of experience and wry wit to help prepare businesses in the current highly charged, scandal-ridden climate.  Sexual harassment has wide affects and kills company morale.   Increasing productivity and the preservation of talent is the result of a harassment free work environment.
 
Her recommendation is not to dwell on the details of the law, but to protect your self by focusing on the higher bar of appropriate behavior.  If you wouldn’t want your conduct on TV, in front of your kids or boss, don’t do it.  The loss of your reputation can be as costly as any legal battle.
 
It would be simple to recommend strict rules of conduct and no contact, but she is appreciative of the real world where coworkers develop important relationships.  Some of her important and humorous takeaways are:

Managers are held to a higher standard.  They are your organization.
 
If you have 3 employees, you need a written Dignity in the Workplace plan.
 
The average workplace romance lasts 59 days making day 60 awkward.  Have rules in place to address this.
 
Impact is key; not intent in all verbal, written and non-verbal communication
 
Unequal power in a relationship is an important component in harassment.  It includes direct power, influence over performance reviews, regular communication with supervisors or even just the appearance of power.
 
Roger Ailes at Fox News was dismissed for sexual harassment.  Less known, his replacement was dismissed for simply knowing of harassment and not reporting it.  He is being sued for his silence.
 
Technology is also fraught with pitfalls.
We provide constant and careless transcripts that can be used against us as fast as we can type texts and emails.
If you forward an email, you are as responsible for the content of everything in that chain as if you wrote it.
She puts the address in last on emails to help ensure she re-reads for both tone and content before sending
Be wary of “reply all”.  Few people check to see everyone included.
You can never opt out of Facebook as you do not own the content.  You can de-activate it, but never eliminate it
You may have 952 friends on Facebook, but they are not your friends.   When you allow people to tag you, you are saying, “Here is my reputation, go play with it.”
When you access personal media or emails from work you are exposing yourself.
You can be fired for the lack of judgment you reveal on social media.
 
Shelley
hits home that sexual harassment needs to be addressed in every workplace and has effects beyond the obvious.

2018/02 1:33 PM
No Artist, No Problem: Revenue Generating Ideas Presented At CRS 2018

No Artist, No Problem:  Revenue Generating Ideas
 
Panelists:  Sarah Harris, VP and Founder of Incite, a cause and social marketing firm within Emmis Communications
Dan Lawrie, Marketing VP for Cox Media Group’s Jacksonville, FL TV and Radio properties
Matt Yazge, Brand Partnerships team at Nielsen Music.
Moderator:  Beverlee Brannigan, VP/GM E.W. Scripps Wichita’s radio operations and VP of Programming for 34 stations in Scripps radio group.
 
This panel, under the guidance of Brannigan as moderator, explored thinking big with limited resources to capture non-traditional revenue without bringing in big-name artists. It included real life examples and an improv session on building a hypothetical event.
 
Harris recommended starting everything with a thorough examination of the values of all players.  You need to understand your station, your listeners and your clients in critical idea generating sessions.  Any component of these can be the springboard to your event.  As Yazge pointed out, “All good strategies start from an informed position”.  Nielsen has information beyond conventional stereotypes, and Lawrie has used simple desktop searches. 
 
Lawrie’s examples included a long-running Home and Garden Show.  There were other players in this field, but they eventually put two out of business.  The key was how they differentiated their event.  They needed revenue in January so their show came first in the calendar and was free, two vital distinctions.  They originally invested 5% of their ad inventory on themselves, but that was reduced to 2% as vendors mentioned the show in their own ads.  They gave vendors key booth locations, benefits, based on ads purchased; a concept any event  could incorporate. 
 
Harris also had examples of how connecting with a cause taps you into their sponsors and volunteers.  Your on-air team can go to locations to spotlight the event and participate in service to the charity.  Successful campaigns were back to school events with free backpacks, haircuts and immunizations, US Army partnering with Habitat for Humanity and Bikes for Kids.  You must filter your partners to find the right fit for your station, other sponsors and listeners.
 
They addressed predictable reasons for skepticism.  Many stations do not have an event coordinator and your Promotions Manager likely has a full plate.  They carve out 3 weeks time for the PM per event and backfill with a temp for their normal duties.  Using your other staff as volunteers is a recipe for burn-out.  Instead look to local organizations that could use air-time or a small donation.  They have been successful giving PSA’s to DAV and a small donation to groups like high school bands.  Target a client with a need for community involvement or a predictable low point in their business year that could use a boost from a special event. 
 
The proverbial win-win was reported when joining with a TV station.  They pitched the GM on joining in the event their radio station had already organized and funded.  The station got broadcasting space and room for their key sponsors in exchange for promotion on-air.  One TV station had a scroll advertising the event on weather forecasts leading up the event. 
 
The panel quickly ran through a hypothetical event based on audience feedback focused on the Humane Society.  They noted that many local companies, like car dealers, have their own budgets but also regional groups as well as national campaigns.  Use the computer we all have to look for events sponsored in other areas and pitch that ready-made concept to your local business. 
 
This panel was confident non-traditional revenue was accessible to every market without the need to bring in talent.  Guess what? Only 16% of country listeners went to a concert in the last year.  Your successful event is right at home.

2018/02 11:18 AM
Brad Paisley Addresses CRS 2018

The many talents of Brad Paisley were talked about during one of the final sessions of CRS 2018.  "Brad Paisley: The Art And the Artist" closed out CRS 2018 this afternoon. Moderators Scripps/Wichita VP/GM Beverlee Brannigan and RJ Curtis led the discussion about how Paisley sees the future.  

Paisley talked about his many loves including music, art, comedy and more.  The talk turned to talking about his evolving role as emcee of the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood, his advertising with Payton Manning, the music videos with Andy Griffith, Jimmy Dickens, William Shatner and more. 

According to Paisley, he didn't have a clue the first year he and Underwood hosted the CMAs.  But they were quick learners.  For the next several years they began talking about current events and "twisting it," doing parodies of songs (admitting that he stole the idea from David Letterman) and admitting that he ad libs things without Underwood's knowledge.  Underwood, he says is a comedic pro while he plays the mischevious clown. This is quite different from his Nationwide commercials with Payton Manning where Paisley is the straight man and Payton is a bit of a bumbler.  

Paisley is an artist and has designed album covers, helped create and produce videos, is an author, painted a mural in the Bridgestone Arena, is an apparent techy and forever comedian.  What doesn't he do?  

"Math," he says. "I don't even know what math is!" 

When asked if his humor compromises his ability to be taken seriously, he pauses and then smiles the Paisley smile and says, "I don't care."

Verbally tip-toeing around this comment R.J. Curtis said he wanted Paisley "to take this as a compliment but... you're kind of a smart ass..."

Paisley quickly responded with "That's the nicest thing you've ever said to me!"

What a way to wrap up CRS 2018!

 

 


 


2018/02 9:59 AM
"2018 Country Music Streaming Study: The Way Forward to Drive Consumption" At CRS

The session "2018 Country Music Streaming Study: The Way Forward to Drive Consumption" was presented at Country Radio Seminar this morning (2/7).  Presented by CMA Sr. Director of Research Karen Stump and Magid and Associates VP/Research Andrew Hare, the research was conducted over a nine-month period and included more than 2,500 Americans in the 18-54 demo who listen to Country music once a month or more and use at least one music streaming device.

The findings found that 70% of those who stream also listen to AM/FM and 54% listen to radio daily.  In Rock 24% stream, in Pop 22% stream and in Hip Hop 21% stream.  This is followed by Country with 19% of listeners streaming. Of those who stream Country music, 63% use radio apps.  Radio and streaming need to work together.

Hare emphasized that streaming is not going away and said that it will probably increase.  He also said that radio still matters, and that it can work together with streaming platforms to make sure that both are successful.  There are four features to get Country radio app users to stream more Country, as it trails behind other prominent formats: 

Offer better song and artist recommendations for listeners.
Feature more new music.
Offer better song and artist recommenations for listeners.
Feature more newly-release Country songs, make artists more available within the apps and provide in-app ads for artists and promotions to keep listeners interested.

Radio needs to do a better job of educating listeners about and streaming. It was noted that 64% of streaming service users and 59% of radio app users still hear a song for the first time on the radio, which marks almost two-thirds of the time.  Although radio is not delivering in terms of streaming as well as the big guys (Amazon, Google etc.), radio has a distinct advantage--we have a platform to promote our streaming (as well as radio apps) services. We need to be able to educate our listeners about streaming, what it is and how to use it.  When non-streamers were asked by they didn't stream they said:

Radio does it all
I can't afford it
I don't know and understand feature and benfits
I don't like paying for music

There seems to be confusion over both streaming and radio apps and it is to our benefit to educate them.  Radio and streaming means both more Country music discovery and more Country music spending for us.


 

2018/02 9:48 AM
UMG Ups Brian Wright To EVP/A&R

UMG Nashville has promoted Brian Wright to EVP/A&R for the label group effective immediately.  Wright joined the company more than 17 years ago and has worked as SVP/A&R.  In his new role Wright will oversee A&R initiatives for UMG Nashville's artist roster including Capitol Nashville, EMI Nashville, Mercury Nashville and MCA Nashville artists.

"We are nothing if we are not a company based on solid A&R priciples said UMG Nashville Chairman/CEO Mike Dungan.  "From the mimite I arrived at UMG, it was apparent that Brian was a top-notch A&R executive, and we are proud to recognize his leadership with this promotion to EVP."

Added Wright, "I am blessed to work alongside the best team in the music business. The ability to develop talent and make records that last forever has always been a passion that drives me. , thank you for being an extraordinary mentor. You have built a legacy on great artists, songs, and most importantly, people. I am humbled to be part of the best label anywhere!" 

Congratulate Wright here

2018/02 8:44 AM
"You Are A Brand: How To Build A Fan Base You Can Monetize" Presented at CRS 2018

Country Radio Seminar has placed a strong focus on building brands and adding to the revenue's bottom line in the session "You Are A Brand: How To Build A Fan Base You Can Monetize." The panel was led by Becky Brenner of Albright & O'Malley & Brenner and panelists included Scripps Top 40/Rhythmic WKHT/Knoxville PD Joey Tack, Sony Music Nashville, EVP/Marketing and New Business John Zarling, Pearl Records SVP/Promotion Team Garth Mandy McCormack and Premiere Networks nationally syndicated morning host Bobby Bones.

The panel talked aout how to launch your personality and station brands into the next level.  Brand is everything and the panelists agreed that what you do needs to be genuine and real when building a brand.  You need to build relationships and strong connections with your listeners. 

Panelists talked about various examples of how they have all built their brands. It begins with being authentic...being genuine and real. Listeners and fans can see through that.  Mandy McCormack talked about how Trisha Yearwood has developed her own brand and "widened her lane" beyond the music industry though her association with Food Network, Williams Sonoma and her furniture line.  McCormack was quick to explain that Trisha loves her creature comforts and this is a labor of love for her.  McCormack said the rule to live by is to under promise and over deliver.

Bobby Bones also chimed in saying that he has followed his passions and works harder because he loves doing what he does.  He explains that everything he did he lost money at first and then invested in himself.  The payoff soon followed.

The panel said radio needs to look for innovative and creative partnerships.  You need to be creative in how you pitch it.  

Bobby Bones told the story about he was approached by a cowboy boot manufacturer wanting him to pitch their boots.  Bones was quick to point out that he doesn't wear cowboy boots and could not be their guy because it wasn't truly who he is.  Instead, the boot wearers, Amy and the guys, were spokespeople for the company. 

"It's all about being genuine and who you are," Bones said. He then remarked that his fans know he doesn't wear boots and would never believe him trying to sell the product.

During Q&A an up-and-coming artist asked the panel if she should be branding herself, giving the example of Taylor Swift and red lipstick.  Bones jumped on this said he didn't think so as it is too soon and there are too many players.  He then asked if she was "good." She responded, "I think so!" 

He then asked her to sing something and she went into her version of "The Star Spangled Banner" and the crowd was on its feet.  He then said he was going to check out her socials and confirmed that she was good!



 


2018/02 5:43 PM
CRS Presents Small Market 101

The Small Market 101 Seminar featured Tom Baldrica as moderator and two radio stations-- namely  Fletch Brown and Halley Phillips from KIX96 WXFL-FM in Florence, Alabama and Zimmer/Cookeville Asst. GM Jonathan Monk and Josh Roberts from WIBL Bloomington-Normal, IL 107.7 and 92.1 The Bull.

WXFL extolled the virtues of taking a full plunge into digital media.  They called it “kicking butt and taking names” and can proved it improved the bottom line.  Their traditional campaigns of in-store write-in registrations had clearly gone stale and their attempts to do a 50/50 hybrid produced middling results.  It was the full commitment to a texting campaign that gave them a clear plan for the future that brought both reluctant staff and clients on the digital bandwagon.  Listeners, however, needed no convincing of the benefits.
 
The tide-turning promotion was for a lawnmower for Father’s Day.  They learned quickly, the less listeners had to do the better.  A simple key word on air could tease out the details on their phones almost effortlessly.   Telling listeners to “do it now” when it’s that simple produced results.  Really, believing that was key.
 
Make no mistake, there was a year of hair-pulling in transition, but the results convinced everyone.  Technology alone was not their answer, they emphasized the spirit of your market must be in idea generating and execution.  Plus, they needed the client to think like a busy listener to buy in on that first campaign. 
 
They limited the registration questions to just 2 or 3 from the primary sponsor.  Any additional prizes were mentioned, but the gathering of demographics was driven by the grand prize donor.  This wealth of information was freely given by listeners so produced no repercussions. 
 
This was a whole new revenue stream as it was “non-spot” revenue.  There was no commercial inventory so very clean on the air.  The time from client interest to on–air is almost immediate.  Their ROI was 8 X the spend, and their 100% digital pieces have a 50% opt-in result for clients.  They felt there was no potential listener “fatigue” in this type of promotion as being on our phones is a way of life.  Literally, giving away $20 dollar bills for their 20th anniversary did not produce such results. 
 
The contingent from WIBL Bloomington-Normal, IL 107.7 and 92.1 The Bull used an alternate strategy of increasing listening time and emphasizing their local connection to successful results.  Their Hi-Lo game was strictly on-air and sponsored by a local bank that received extensive, though brief, mentions over 12 months.  The time-tested Hi-Low guessing game was featured 4 set times daily, but no specific spot within each hour resulting in increased listening times. Years earlier the station had funded a trial of this game successfully and parlayed that into a local bank sponsoring the game for a year.   They featured each winner in photos on Facebook, Twitter and other social media emphasizing the important local connection to their listeners and winners.  There is room to bridge into social media for past guesses and other benefits to listeners in the future.  Stations often have tickets or other swag to give away, but they have found that cash is truly king so this format can go forward easily.  They plan to limit it to spring and fall to keep interest fresh and their local connection strong.
 

2018/02 3:54 PM
Edison Research Presents "Country Radio Is At Home With Smart Speakers"

Edison Research presented their seminar about how Smart Speakers could become a wave of the future for radio getting back into the home.  Sharing data with the audience and findings from a sample of Country smart speaker users, Rosen and Edison VP Megan Lazovick walked audience members through the findings that demonstrated the smart speaker explosion, ease of use and daily applications.

Those who don't have radios in homes went from 4% in 2008 to 21 % in 2016.  Radio must find a way to get back in the home and indications are that smart speakers may be one of the vehicles. Smart speakers are growing faster than smart phones did.  Thirty nine million people or 16% of Americans currently own one. Amazon is in the lead with 11% owning the Alexa device. Another important component to their viability for radio is that 57% of owners say they use it more more after one month.  When country radio listeners are asked why they want smart speakers 96% say "listen to music" and 81% say they use the device to play music last week and 72% said they used it to play Country music. Country listeners who own smart speakers also say they listen to more than overall respondents--6 hours and 11 minutes a week, roughly an hour more than others.

The country radio listener is using it to access radio more than most other formats and they love the speakers because they are easy to set up.  Their concerns include the companies that manufacture the devices may know too much about the purchaser's life.  Owners are also worried about hackers or the government tapping in and always listening.

Of those country listeners who use the devices frequently, 75% say they use it to entertain friends and family and it is a social family gathering with 57% gathering around the audio device--something that hasn't happened since radio was king.  There are no earbuds being used and family members interact verbally while listening.  

While broadcasters are increasing efforts to develop listener-friendly skills, Edison also found only 25% of Coutnry smart speaker users were aware of a local station offering them.  Rosin acknowledged radio's huge opportunity, but cautioned that "...we can't be complacent.  On a smart speaker you are competingon the 'Infinite Dial' where all audio is available.  Listening to your station is highly unlikely to be the first thing a Smart Speaker user will seek out. It is up to you to remind them.” 

For the complete survey go here.







 

2018/02 1:57 PM
Facebook: What To Do With It

So much speculation about the future of Facebook has radio a bit concerned?  Are Millenials going away? What about Gen Z? Should we use it?

Country Radio Seminar tackled the subject today and presented "Facebook: Stiill Our Strongest Ally" moderated by Albright & O'Malley & Brenner's Becky Brenner.  Panelists included Flytevu's Jeremy Holley, Girlilla Marketing’s Ashley Alexander, Sun Broadcast Group’s Fitz, and Social Media Strategist Bryan Moore.

So many have been dismissing Facebook's reach and power but not so fast...said the panel.

“Out of all the platforms out there, Facebook allows this two-way communication -- it’s true social media,” explained Moore. The panelists shared that the main key to success is putting a lot of time, effort, and money into building your brand. Content is what drives your audience, so it’s worth the money to boost your posts in order to reach the most amount of people and gain maximum exposure. As Fitz explained, if you’re not investing time or money into the platform, you’re never going to be happy with the outcome, and Holley added, “If you’re not willing to invest dollars, don’t be on Facebook.”

The 25-34 year olds are most interactive and content is key. Many instances of Garth and Trisha using Facebook Live were described and how well they worked with the platform.

Establish goals and have a plan. Social is about conversation. Start with content and go from there. Radio is not longer just an audio brand but with Facebook it's a visual. How do you know if you've succeeded? Who do you want to reach? Who is your spokesperson?  In radio we have built in spokespeople...use them!

The group also mentioned steps to create a plan for your brand that’s going to work: Know your goals and match content to your values; create a solid relationship with followers; and look at post impressions to see how your content is reacting with followers.

As Fitz noted, “Facebook is everything […] It’s no longer word of mouth, but world of mouth.”

 

2018/02 11:34 AM
Berner "Gets Real" At CRS

"Radio needs to grow a pair," declared Cumulus CEO Mary Berner at her first one-on-one keynote at CRS.  Berner's blunt answer was in response to Emmis New York VP/MM Charlie Morgan asking her for a wide-angle perspective on radio.  Berner, who hails from the publishing industry claims that the print's ROI was largely due to bravado, while radio has the ROI and the audience to back up higher rates and getting what it deserves for the product radio delivers.

She said, “Radio does have strong ROI; it does have an audience; it has the goods. But we act like an ugly stepchild.” 

The hour-long interview went into the background in print and her strong credentials in publishing including working with "Reader's Digest," "Conde Nast," "Fairchild," Rupert Murdock's "TV Guide" and more.

Radio is "The same church, different pew."

She was recruited in 2015 to the Cumulus board and that board  did an operation review of Cumulus.  The company was in decline and had widespread employee dissatisfaction. Fast forward...she was asked to step in as CEO.  As she knew the problems and thus had a leg up on solutions.

So, she took the job.  She told the story about how she wanted to survey all the employees and called the Assistant to the then-CEO of Cumulus and was told they didn't have anyway to communicate with employees. She soon remedied that problem and claims now that employees top to bottom hear more from corporate then they probably want to.

She described that the response from employees was incredible.  In SurveyMonkey there is a way to pick up the words that come up most frequently and she queried. One of them was "toxic," as in toxic culture.

She dug in and had to prioritize.  She gathered her execs and sat in a room with the door closed for hours to decide what we are now vs. what we want to be. They concluded to start with the corporate culture and employee satisfaction.

Focus, be responsible, collaborate, communication, amplify, fire "culture crushers," make the best use of your time...these were just a few of the priorities. The culture was defined by what they tolerated.

The corporate jet was sold within two weeks to give employees who had not had raises in (this was her guess) ten years the money they deserved. she quickly learned that when Cumulus bought from Citadel they reduced vacation time for many employees.  She soon visited nearly every station in 87 markets (there is still one she hasn't hit...but plans to) personally and met in small group, took notes and asked the basics about what they want her to know. 

She instituted a semi-annual anonymous survey that goes out to every employee.  These are a "check in."  They help everyone in the organization to stay on track. It seems to be working well, according to Berner.

Berner also is the first to admit she stays out of the programming arena and leaves that to her experts (Mike McVay, for one!). She give them tools to do their job and to have authority but also accountability.  

"Programming is the oxygen of Cumulus.  That and our employees," she said.

She went on to explain the 48 rule for employees.  "It's a courtesy. If a Cumulus employee calls anyone in the higher ranks of the organization, we respond within 48 hours."

When asked about the restructuring and declaring Chapter 11 of Cumulus she said that they've completed the foundation of "the house" and now are trying to pay down the debt. She says that they will be stronger and expects the reorganization to be over end of April or beginning of May.

Westwood One, according to Berner is currently the best performer in the company, Their advertiser guarantee is making great headway, thanks in part to Suzanne Grimes, President, Westwood One Division and EVP Corporate Marketing. This guarantee gives some chops to the ROI of a Westwood One buy.



 
 

2018/02 9:38 AM
Ryman Rocks It

Darius Rucker
Today, UMG/Nashville kept with its 9 year tradition of “Team UMG at the Ryman”.  Its alternate billing is the world’s greatest lunch hour where a box lunch is transformed into a celebration of pure country talent. 
 
Royce Risser is a semi-trash talking emcee whose love of the artists and genre can not be disguised.  The impressive line-up speaks for itself, but the broken-down renditions of songs we love, and will come to love, from Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Vince Gill, Brothers Osborne, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi, Brandon Lay, Brand
Luke Bryan
 
on Lay, Travis Denning, Jordan Davis, Kassi Ashton and hall-of famer Vince Gill reveal the pure heart of country music. 
 
Gill’s revival of an older song that he had written, and his admission of a near-brush with sexual abuse as a youth, speaks powerfully to country music’s ability to speak to the heart of the human experience.  He also marveled at the impact of sitting off-stage and watching the next generation of greats that followed him and those on the horizon. 
 
Kassi Ashton’s performance transcended any genre and is precisely the future Gill was witnessing.  

It was an amazing afternoon filled with inspiration and things that will move all listeners…as it did us.

2018/02 4:04 AM
Chris Janson Invited To Join Opry

Chris Janson was surprised by Keith Urban last night (2/5) during his sold-out Ryman Auditorium show in Nashville.  Urban invited Janson to join the Grand Ole Opry.  Both Urbana and Janson performed a cover of John Michael Montgomery's "Sold" and then asked Janson to join.

Janson's next Opry appearance is set for Tuesday, February 20; his formal induction will take place in the spring.

"Over the course of more than 100 appearances since his Opry debut in 2013, Chris has become a favorite of Opry fans and fellow performers alike,”said Opry GM Sally Williams. “He is so passionate about the Opry, including its rich history, the camaraderie it builds between generations of fans and artists, and its place in Country music’s future."
 

2018/02 6:25 PM
Who Knew?

Soooo. we head to the Amazon Music and CRS Monday Night Showcase sponsored by Amazon Music.  This is the last stop after the first great day at CRS.  

Fabulous food, drink and friends...and then great music from Jimmie Allen and Jordan Davis.  Jason Aldean takes the stage...and looks who joins him...the Mighty Garth.  

Together they sing "Friends In Low Places." 

And, that was quite the end of Day #1. On to Day #2!

2018/02 1:57 PM
Broadcasters To Enter Country Radio Hall of Fame

Seven radio personalities and two off-air broadcasters will be inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2018.  They are:

Radio:

Michael O'Malley: Albright, O'Malley & Brenner Country Radio Specialists, Partner

Mike O'Malley went into radio in college and that led to his first commercial radio job at WATH/Athens, OH.  He was both on-air and in the sales dept.  His first PD position as WBGM/Tallahassee.  This was quickly followed by him working for WONS/Jacksonville, FL; WQSR/Blatimore; WCAO/Baltimore and WPKX/Washington, D.C.  In 1987 he went to AC WYNY New York and flipped it to Country. He programed the station and did airshifts until 1992.  He then joined Moon Mullins Consulting firm.  In 1994, O'Malley joined Jaye Albright (CRHOF) member inducted in 2008), and formed Albright and O'Malley.  They then brought in industry vet Becky Brenner.

Lisa McKay-Curtis Media/Raleigh VP/Programming WQDR/ PD/afternoon personality

McKay was with WQDR for 15 years after a 12-year run at WRVQ/Richmond, VA.  She has also worked at WRSF/Nags Head, NC; WSPV/Staunton, VA and WJMA/Orange, VA.  While she was with WQDR it was recognized as ACM Station of the Year (2009, 20111) and CMA Station of the Year (2011, 2014).  The "QCrew IN the Morning" show was also honored as CMA Peronaltiy of the Year (2013) .  McKay was also honored by the ACM as Personality of the Year (2013).  McKay was also a member of the CRS Agenda Committee and was instrumental instituting the Rusty Walker Scholarship.

Air Personality:

Andy and Alison-WIVK/Knoxville

These two seasoned on-air talents teamed up in 1997.  Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer spent 20 years in Knoxville at WIVK.  Andy and Alison won seven CMA Personality of the Year Awards, three ACM Personality fo the Year Awards and two CRS Awards.  They will now join former WIVK PDs Mike Hammond (2010) and the late Les Acree (2007).

Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry-"Barrett, Fox and Berry
KKNU/Eugene OR

These three have been in Eugene for 20 years at KKNU.  They are a very big part of the community and help raise millions for local charities.  They was won ACM Small Market Personality of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2016.  They are also 2006 CAM Personality fo the Year honorees.  They have won three Marconi Award nominations.

Steve Harmon and Scott Evans-"Harmon and Evans", KPLX/Dallas WXTU/Philadephia

Steve Harmon and Scott Evans got together in 1985 after being in Charlotte in separate gigs. Neither had been in Country but after meeting KPLX/Dallas PD Bobby Kraig at CRS, Harmon and Evans were hired to do mornings.  During their eight year with KLPX, they won many industry awards and achieved amazing ratings. They split in 1996 and then reunited at WXTU/Philadelphia in 1998.  

The Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner will be held in Nashville in June.  Date and time to be announced.


 

2018/02 1:23 PM
Bryan 'B-Dub' Washington scootin’ To KWBL/Denver For APD/MD/Afternoons

iheartMedia Country KBEB/Sacramento PD/afternoon personality Bryan “B-Dub” Washington has been named APD/MD/afternoon personality for newly-launched Country sister KWBL/106.7 THE BULL/Denver. Washington starts immediately.

B-Dub joined KBEB in March of 2017 following stints with Entercom Country KMLE/Phoenix and Alpha Country KUPL/Portland.

"Following an extensive nationwide search, it was clear that B-Dub is uniquely qualified and the perfect fit to join 106.7 THE BULL’s new family,” said iHeartMedia SVPP/West Division and Denver region Jojo Turnbeaugh.


Washington added, “I am incredibly excited and honored to be part of the All New 106.7 THE BULL. The culture that’s been cultivated at iHeartMedia/Denver is incredible and having the opportunity to build a winning brand from the ground up is awesome. Horns up!”

No word yet on his successor in Sacramento.

2018/02 12:40 PM
Country Radio Seminar Holds Opening Ceremonies

Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2018kicked off today (2/5) with Opening Ceremonies.  Bill Mayne welcomed everyone and announced that CRS has extended their agreement with the Omni for several years to come.  He also said that CRS will alays we held the second week of February on that Wednesday through Friday.  Therefore, next year's dates for CRS are February 13-15, 2019.

Cam performed the National Anthem with the United States Marine Corp Color Guard presented the flag.  Cassadeee Pope unveiled the Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2018 incucees and the three Rusty Walker Schlarship recipients were announced and presented to the crowd. Those three were Jennifer Hays from KUPL/Portalnd; Mark "Haystack" Well from KCYT/Fayetteville and Jamie Jackson from KRTY/San Jose, CA  Others who spoke included representatives from the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Disabled American Veterans. They all thanked the Country radio sommunity for their support for their organizations.

The Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award was presented to Falls Media Group Owner Dan Halyburton and the Artist Humanitarian Award was presented to Capitol Nashville's Dierks Bentley in accepting his award.  Bentley made it very clear that this award was not about him but about everyone around him to help to support and help him.

He then sat down with to discuss his career and his upcoming album "The Mountain" and where he stands relative to his career mountain. He also talked about his time as co-host of the ACM Awards and who he will not return this year.

2018/02 11:00 AM
Pettit Joins Opry Entertainment

Jordan Pettit is the new Director of Artist Relations and Programming Strategy.  This role will focus on maintaining relationships within the music community and developing artist friendly initiatives.  He will report to Opry Entertainment SVP/Programming and Artist Relations Grand Ole Opry GM Sally Williams.  He will also work with Gina Keltner on programming for the Grnad Ole Opry and Dolly Chandler on programming Stratey for Opry City Stage and Ole Red.

The Opry has also promoted Keltner to Grand Ole Opry/Opry Talent Scheduling and Logistics and Ryman Auditorium Manager of Communications LisaAnn DuPont to Opry Entertainment Director of Communications.

2018/02 7:49 AM
Clarke Promoted at Cox Media Group

Tim Clarke, former Sr. Director of Digital Audience for Racio has been promoted to VP/Audience and Content for Radio effective immediately. Clarke will set the content strategy for radio--programming, new content development, content distribution, audience growthe and measurement--and work wtih CMG Digital team and industry partners to drive digital innovation for CMG Radio and its stations. CMG VP/Programming Steve Smith, will oversee CMG Format Leaders and work directly on programming with radio stations and brand managers, will report to Clarke in the new structure.

"With Tim in this new role, along with CMG’s dedication to strong and innovative programming, I’m confident that CMG will continue to set our properties apart over the air and online as the best in the industry,” EVP Bill Hendrich said.

Added Clarke , “It is an honor to take on these expanded responsibilities. Cox is truly an incredible organization, and I am so grateful for all of the opportunities I have been afforded throughout my 13 year career here. This is an exciting, transformative time for the media business, and Cox Media Group  has the best radio brands and digital products in local media.”
 

2018/02 5:56 AM
Chris Young #1 On Mediabase

Congrats to Chris Young and his team as they land in the #1 spot on the Mediabase Country singles chart this week with his single "Losing Sleep." This is his tenth career #1.

Great work by Sony Music Nashville EVP/Promo and Artist Development Steve Hodges, Manager of Promo and Artist Development Jenny Shearin, Director of National Promo Lauren Thomas, RCA Nashville SVP/Promo Dennis Reese, Director/Northeast Promo Dan Nelson, Director of Regional Promo Elizabeth Sledge, Manger/West Coast Promo Larry Santiago, Manager/Midwest Promo David "Bubba" Berry, Coordinator of Promo Nicole Walden and Sony Music Nashville Director of Promo Strategy and Analysis RG Jones.

2018/02 5:37 AM
Big Machine Vodka Named Title Partner of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Big Machine Vodka has been named the title partner of the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (MS). The Big Machine Vodka at the Brickyard is slated for Sunday, September 9th on the 2.5 mile oval at IMS.

"Our friends at Big Machine Records are the perfect partners  for NASCAR racing at IMS, and the addition of Big Machine Vodka as the title sponsor for the Brickyard 400 sets the stage for an awesome weekend of motorsports and entertainment at the track," shared IMS Pres. J. Douglas Boles. "The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard will be a can't-miss event on the Indy sports calendar as we crown NASCAR’s regular-season champion and celebrate with a fantastic new sponsor."

Added Big Machine Label Group Pres./CEO Scott Borchetta, "The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the greatest motor speedway in the world, and Big Machine is returning with a vengeance, highlighting great music, our great Big Machine Platinum Filtered Vodka, and a full-blown festival atmosphere that fans of racing and music are going to love. We’re armed with a multi-year agreement and intend to partner with IMS to create an incredible Brickyard weekend."
 

2018/02 5:24 AM
NuVooDoo Media Services Reveal That PPM Participants Are More Likely To Play Local Radio Contest With A Smaller Prize

Nuvoodoo Media Services has released the findings from a Ratings Prospects Study of 3,041 respondents, ages 14-54, across all PPM markets, that revealed among likely PPM participants, 59.8% of respondents are more likely to play a local radio contest with a smaller prize than the 35.7% of likely PPM participants who said they were more likely to play a national radio contest with a larger prize.  

Nuvoodoo gave participants two hypothetical contests.  One option is a content where the 25th local caller wins $250.  The other option is a contest where the 25th nationwide caller wins $1000.  It's the choice between the local contest, with a smaller prize, or the group contest, with a larger proze.  Overall, the smaller prize-beats te larger nationwide prize by 2:1.  But when Nuvoodoo narrowed the sample to those who are most likely to participate in a PPM_type methodology, the gap also narrows--wtih a higher percentage lured in by the bigger prize.
 



 





EVP/Research Analysis Leigh Jacobs said, "When we add music format P1 lenses to the PPM-complaint filter, we see that not all format P1’s react the same. Urban P1’s favor the larger prize. Our grouping of Rock and Alt P1’s (we had to combine to have enough respondents across the two formats after the PPM filter was imposed) slightly favored the local option. Another grouping, the 'library formats,' Classic Hits and Classic Rock and Variety Hits P1’s, came down very strongly in favor of the local contest. Country P1’s voted even more strongly in favor of local contest over national.”

EVP/Marketing Mike O’Connor, reacted strongly when he saw these latest data. "Couple these results with our past study intel, which has repeatedly unmasked a majority perception that radio stations rig their on-air contests, and you have the perfect-storm opportunity to reposition national contests as fake news.”

Pres./CEO Carolyn Gilbert added, “Contesting is a proven tactic to help boost ratings. If it’s a choice between doing a group contest or no contest at all, we’ll advise clients to run the group contest. In the words of Teddy Roosevelt, 'Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.' But, these data show the significant preference of most PPM-complaint format P1 groups for a local contest – even if it means a smaller prize. We’ll use the important new insights from our 11th Nuvoodoo Ratings Prospect Study to guide the next-generation marketing programs we’re doing for our clients and will pass on actionable intelligence from this study to our clients’ programming teams. It’s a huge competitive advantage for stations and informs the strategies that help them to move the ratings needle and win in their markets.”
 

2018/02 3:53 AM
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2018/02 2:47 AM
It’s Country Radio Seminar Week in Nashville

The” CRS 2018 Kick Off Party” begins at 12:15PM at the Omni on  Level 2.
The party will run from 12:15 PM-2:45 PM at the Omni Hotel on Level 2 Broadway Pre-function, Encore stage. 

The three-day agenda is full of entertainment, networking and educational opportunities, and includes panels, mentoring events, instructive discussions, and exciting performances from the most talked about emerging acts of today to country music's biggest superstars.

Two exciting new events have also been added to this year's CRS including teh Amazon Music & CRS Monday Night Showcase featuring the Radio Ink Best Country PD Awards and the New Faces After Party: #Nextup Showcase presented by Radio Disney Country on Wednesday evening.

To view an advance CRS 2018 agenda, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

2018/02 2:18 AM
Wall Street Journal: iHeart Could File For Bankruptcy As Early As March

The industry was stunned last Thursday (3/1) when iHeartCommunications' Board Of Directors elected not to make a cash interest payment of $106 million to holders of its 14% senior unsecured notes due 2021 as active discussions continue among its lenders, noteholders, and financial sponsors regarding a comprehensive debt restructuring. iHeartMedia says it has the cash on hand, but the Board elected not to make the payment in connection with ongoing efforts to "proactively and comprehensively address iHeart's capital structure."

Following that news, The Wall Street Journal reported, " iHeartMedia Inc., the nation’s largest radio broadcaster, is likely to file for bankruptcy protection as early as March after a decade of ballooning debt and faltering growth, drawing the curtain on one of the biggest leveraged buyouts before the 2008 financial crisis. An insolvency would put iHeart’s 856 terrestrial stations and its billboard-advertising business into the hands of creditors, who would then have to figure out how to find growth in the face of challenges ranging from a sluggish advertising market to new technologies that have changed the way consumers listen to music."

The report notes that iheart has spent more on debt payments than it earns for the past 5 years and juggled more than $20 billion in debt during much of the past 10 years.
“This company going bankrupt is not a problem, it’s the solution,” Cowen Analyst Lance Vitanza told the paper. A bankruptcy could free up cash to invest in talent and programming, he said.

A spokeswoman for iheart said, “Separate from our capital structure, iHeartMedia has a strong operating business.”

2018/02 2:00 AM
NuVoodoo Study Reveals That Likely PPM Participants Are More apt To Play A Local Contest With A Smaller Prize

NUVOODOO Media Services has released the findings from a Ratings Prospects Study of 3,041 respondents, ages 14-54, across all PPM markets, that revealed among likely PPM participants, 59.8% of respondents are more likely to play a local radio contest with a smaller prize than the 35.7% of likely PPM participants who said they were more likely to play a national radio contest with a larger prize. 

Among the new questions NUVOODOO probed this time around was a choice between two hypothetical contests. One option is a contest where the 25th local caller wins $250. The other option is a contest where the 25th nationwide caller wins $1000. It’s the choice between the local contest, with a smaller prize, or the group contest, with a larger prize. Overall, the smaller prize – against a smaller, local, entry pool – beats the larger, nationwide prize by better than 2:1. But, when NUVOODOO narrowed the sample to those who are most likely to participate in a PPM-type methodology, the gap also narrows – with a higher percentage lured in by the bigger prize. 





EVP/Research Analysis Leigh Jacobs noted, “When we add music format P1 lenses to the PPM-complaint filter, we see that not all format P1’s react the same. Urban P1’s favor the larger prize. Our grouping of Rock and Alt P1’s (we had to combine to have enough respondents across the two formats after the PPM filter was imposed) slightly favored the local option. Another grouping, the 'library formats,' Classic Hits and Classic Rock and Variety Hits P1’s, came down very strongly in favor of the local contest. Country P1’s voted even more strongly in favor of local contest over national.”
EVP/Marketing Mike O’connor, reacted strongly when he saw these latest data. "Couple these results with our past study intel, which has repeatedly unmasked a majority perception that radio stations rig their on-air contests, and you have the perfect-storm opportunity to reposition national contests as fake news.”
Pres./CEO Carolyn Gilbert added, “Contesting is a proven tactic to help boost ratings. If it’s a choice between doing a group contest or no contest at all, we’ll advise clients to run the group contest. In the words of Teddy Roosevelt, 'Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.' But, these data show the significant preference of most PPM-complaint format P1 groups for a local contest – even if it means a smaller prize. We’ll use the important new insights from our 11th NUVOODOO Ratings Prospect Study to guide the next-generation marketing programs we’re doing for our clients and will pass on actionable intelligence from this study to our clients’ programming teams. It’s a huge competitive advantage for stations and informs the strategies that help them to move the ratings needle and win in their markets.”

2018/02 11:47 AM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 2/2/2018 Subscribing Stations AQH Shares P12 + Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid PHASE 2 FA17 *** Today's News Follows ***






FT. WAYNE
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  2/2/18
      Subscribers Added:  2/2/18
           
Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
WBTU-FM Country 6.5 5.2 4.7 5.2
WXKE-FM Classic Rock 4.5 4.2 6.5 5.2
WJFX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.9 6.4 5.3 4.8
WLYV-AM Oldies * * * 0.8
WGL-AM All Sports * 0.6 * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

Copyright © 2005-2018  The Nielsen Company.

2018/02 10:07 AM
Air Personality/PD and Country Music Writer/Producer Jack Gale Dies At 92

It’s with a great deal of sadness that AllAboutCountry reports the passing of Jack Gale of Sebring, FL
on Tuesday (1/23). His wife Lovey, preceded him in death. His daughter Jeannie tells AllAboutCountry, that she spoke to him on Tuesday, which happened to be his wife birthday and he was very happy. After the call he went to bed and died in his sleep.
 
Gale was a top-rated morning man in the 60’s on WITH-AM/Baltimore. His show was filled with humor, character voice and hit music.
 
In the sixties he wrote and produced a top 5 hit by Johnny Cymbal called Mr. Bass Man. Gale also went on to be a top Programmer at legendary Top 40 Stations like WAPE/Jacksonville, FL and WAYS/Charlotte. He turned these stations around in 30-days with creative contests and promotions.  While there, he hired many super air personalities.

After leaving radio, Gale embarked on writing and producing Country music.  He produced songs for many superstar Country artists and then opened his own current label Playback Records/Nashville. He along with Jim Pierce the engineer worked right up until the end, Gale was in the Nashville studio about 5-6 times per year over the past decade, producing great Country Music of today's up and coming Country artists like Manddie Hunt, Claire Petrie, Shelby County Line, Jody Lynn, Melissa Greenwood, Caitlin, David Carter and many more.

2018/02 7:37 AM
Ramsay New OM For Cherry Creek Media

Jerry Ramsay is the new OM for the Cherry Creek Media/Wenatchee, WA seven-statoin cluster including Country KYSN.  Other stations in the cluster include Classic Rock KPQ, Top 40 KWWW, Hot AC KQBG, News/Talk KPQ-A, Talk KKWN and Sports KYSP-A.  Ramsay will also handle PD/morning duties for KYSN.

He succeeds Brandon Young in the OM/PD roles following Young's departure last month for the PD gig at Alpha's CountrY KYKX/Longview, TX.

"Jerry brings multiple format experience, a lot of enthusiasm, on top of being a talented morning personality," said Cherry Creek Group PD Mark . "He’s the complete package that we look for at Cherry Creek Media; we’re excited to have Jerry on board." 

He was most recently OM for Ingstad Radio in Yakima, WA.  He's also worked in Harrisburg, PA; Fayetteville, AR; El Paso, TX and Phoenix.

2018/02 7:29 AM
Portnow On The Firing Line

The Recording Academy President Neil Portnow is feeling the heat after his "male-centric" Grammy Awards show and his comment suggesting it was the responsibility of women to "step up."

According to The Los Angeles Times more than 20 female industry executives have signed an open letter calling for his resignation.

"The statement you made this week about women in music needing to 'step up' was spectacularly wrong and insulting and, at its core, oblivious to the vast body of work created by and with women," read the letter. "Your attempt to backpedal only emphasizes your refusal to recognize us and our achievements. Your most recent remarks do not constitute recognition of women's achievements, but rather a call for men to take action to 'welcome' women. We do not await your welcome into the fraternity. We do not have to sing louder, jump higher or be nicer to prove ourselves."

The paper writes, "The signatories include executives at several powerful talent agencies, publicity firms, PR companies and artist managers," and adds, "The letter also called for changes in the academy's voting structure to better reflect the diversity of the music industry." 

 

2018/02 7:27 AM
CMA Announces CMA Triple Play Awards Recipients

The Country Music Association (CMA) announced the ninth annual CMA Triple Play Awards recipients.  The Triple Play Awards honor those who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12-moth period.  In total, 15 songwriters will receive trophies, with Ashley Gorley set to receive three in recognition of his nine #1 hits.  Shane McAnally will receive two in recognition of his six #1s.

The full list of recipients includes: Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Jesse Frasire. Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Sam Hunt, McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, thomas Rhett, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi, Brad Warren and Brett Warren.

The CMA Trip Play Awards winners will be honored during a special CMA Songwriters Series, hosted by McAnally on Tuesday, Febaruy 20 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville.  Teh show will feature McAnally, Copperman and the with a performance at 6:30 p.m.  Ticket information is here. The CMA Songwriter Series will follow a private industry-only luncheon where the honored songwriters will be awarded their trophies.  

2018/02 7:22 AM
Spotify Launches New Songwriter Credits

Spotify has launched a new songwriter credits feature.  Beginning today Spotify users ca view songwriter and producer for tracks played on the desktop platform.  All users need to do is right click on a track and select "Show Credits" from the menu of options to view information on performers, songwriters and producers.

"Songwriters are an integral force behind the music we love,” said Global Head of Songwriter Relations Tiffany Kumar. “With the newly launched credits feature, we aim to increase songwriter and producer visibility and, in turn, foster discovery among new collaborators, industry partners, and fans.” 

“The more we share information, the more opportunities we can help create for songwriters,” added Dir./Music Publishing Operations Annika Goldman. “This is just the beginning of making songwriter and producer credits more easily available to Spotify listeners, and we look forward to continually improving that information, in close collaboration with our music industry partners."

2018/02 7:20 AM
Roberts Named Country Format Captain For Alpha

Alpha KUPL/Portland PD Joe "MoJoe" Roberts has been named Country Format Captain as the company appoints format-specific executives in nine categories.  He will continue to program KUPL.  

"We are always proud to promote from within Alpha," says EVP/Contnet Scott Mahalick.  "Our Format Cpatains have been selected based on their experience, format expertise, reliability and performance." 

Roberts joined Alpha two years ago and his resume includes stops at KPFC/Boise and KSDD/Yakima, WA.  Reach him here  

2018/02 7:10 AM
Wayne "Big D" Danielson Named PD for KWNR/Las Vegas

iHeartMedia Country KWNR, 95.5 The Bull/Las Vegas MD/afternoon-driver Wayne "Big D" Danielson has been upped to PD effective immediately.He will report to iHeartMedia RSVP/Central California -Nevada Tony Matteo.  He succeeds David Dean, who left the station in December.

"Big D has been a part of the fabric of the Bull brand in (Las) Vegas in many roles over the years, and we’re excited that he’ll now be leading the station as PD," said Matteo. “No one knows this station, this city and this audience better than Big D."

Big D joined the statoin in 2016 from Top 40 clustermate KPLV.  He was APD and did mornings there.  He's also worked KDWB/Minneapolis, WZEE/Madison, KAJA/San Antonio and WQEN/Birmingham.  He also previously did nights on KWNR.

"I've been blessed in my career, , and that continues for me as I move into this new role," said Big D. "I’ve been very lucky to be surrounded by some of the most talented people in this business, and I’ve tried to take a piece of their knowledge with me on my journey. I look forward to this new challenge while continuing to serve this powerful team and amazing community." Send congrats here.  

2018/02 7:36 AM
Matthews Named OM For Alpha Media/Dayton

Bo Matthews is the new OM For Alpha Media/Dayton.  The cluster consists of five stations including Country WCLI, Hank FM.  Matthews will also be acting as Director of Content for WCLI and Classic Hits WGTZ, JACK FM.  Other stations include Top 40 WDHT, Urban AC WROU, and Sports WING. Matthews succeeds Brad Waldo who left the company yesterday (1/31).

"Bo is a world class 'A' programmer who is energized, pursues excellence as a habit, understands the mission and how to achieve it," said Alpha Media EVP/Content Scott Mahalick. "We look forward to his leadership on the AlphaContent Team." ' radio resume includes time with iHeartMedia in Fort Myers, Jacksonville, and Cleveland. His most recent role was iHeartMedia SVP/Programming/Cincinnati.

"I am excited and honored to continue my #OHIOTakeover by joining the fine folks at Alpha Media/Dayton," said Matthews. "It’s clear that Alpha Media is doing great things in radio and in their communities every day.  I am a believer in what Alpha stands for as a company, and I look forward to helping the Dayton cluster grow with its great staff and brands."  

2018/02 7:34 AM
Nominations for First Annual Conclave Radio Awards Now Being Accepted

The Conclave announces the call for nominations for the First Annual Conclave Radio AWards honoring the radio industry's best radio station.  The Conclave Radio Awards are determined by the nominations and votes of radio industry proffessionals at large and will recognize stations in Major, Large, Medium and Small markets.  Radio professionals may submit their nominations for The Conclave Radio Awards at http://www.theconclave.com starting today, Thursday, February 1, 2018, through Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

The Conclave Radio Awards will be The Conclave Radio Awards will be presented at the 2018 Conclave Summer Learning Conference, #CONCLAVE43, set for Wednesday, July 18, 2018, through Friday, July 20, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis-Park Place. Educational sessions featuring Radio’s biggest innovators and thought leaders and unparalleled one-on-one networking opportunities with Radio’s top leaders and influencers make The Conclave the industry’s “must attend” educational and networking confab of the year.
 
Tony Coles, The Conclave Board Member and EVP, Programming, iHeartMedia, said: “No one has the ability to respond, rally and resonate the way local radio does every day. The Conclave Radio Awards recognize those contributions, regardless of market size or ownership. We are excited and honored to celebrate those stations that set the standard for us all.”

Lori Lewis, Chair, The Conclave, said: “The Conclave Radio Awards is 100% the industry nominating and voting to honor its very best. The only job the Conclave board has is to tabulate and ultimately honor each deserving station with a visually stunning Crystal Mic award. This is in the industry’s hands, so we encourage everyone in Radio to make their voices heard and give credit where credit is due!”

Registration for the event is only $199 for a limited time at TheConclave.com.  Announcements about agenda and speakers will be forthcoming.
 

2018/02 7:28 AM
Leadership Music (LM) Now Accepting Applications

Leadership Music (LM) is not accepting applications today (2/1) and established music industry leaders can submit applications online thoruhg Wednesday, February 28.  The eight-moonth program begins each October and exposes participants to every phase of the music industry whil creating channels of communication between its leaders.  The class of 2019 is the organization's historic 30th class.

"I 1989, there were a handful of music industry executives who had participated in Leadership Nashville and were so empowered by that experience that when Jim Ed Norman, then President of Warner/Reprise Records, proposed attempting to create the same type of organization concentrating on just one industry -- the music industry -- we immediately saw the potential," said former RCA Records Chairman and one of the Leadership Music 12 Founding Council Joe Galante.

Added Leadership Music Exec. Dir. Debbie Linn, "Selecting a diverse class of established leaders within the music industry continues to be one of our primary objectives. We are a national organization and warmly welcome applicants from all over the country, from all music genres." One-time tuition is $1000; the application form and further information is available here.
 

2018/02 7:20 AM
Monk To Be Given Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award

Country Radio Broadcasters Lifelong Director Emeritus, Sirius XM personality and honorary "Mayor of Music Row," Charlie Monk will be honored with the Tennessee Radioo Hall of Fame (TRHOF) Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Hall during a ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 5. Monk was surprised by Sirius XM's Kyle Cantrell, who also nominated Monk for induction, with the news.

Monk joins a TRHOF Class of 2018 that includes Sports announcer, Dick Palmer; Rock personality Billy Kidd (Winningham)'; Gospel personality Clarence Kilcrease; Country and Classic Rock personality Mary Glenn Lassiter; longtime programmer Joe Sullivan; News Director David Tower (Milstead); Urban AC personality James "Super" Wolfe; the late Billy Benns, David Earl Hughes, Jeff Jacoby, Martin Karant, John Lashlee and and the 2018 Legendary Station WMAK-A, 1300/WMAK/Nashville.

2018/02 7:17 AM
Silverfish Media Announces Promotions

Silverfish Media has promoted Director of Programming Patrick Thomas to President of the company.  This is effective immediately.  In addition, Silverfish Media APD/on-air personalitiy Jessica Humphreville, a.k.a. "Carsen," has been promoted to Director of Programming.

Congrats to all!

2018/02 6:58 AM
Fuss Getting "Vile" Email Since Hiring Mueller

Delta Radio country WMYQ/Greenwood, MS owner Larry Fuss says "99%" of the email he's received since hiring former KYGO/Denver personality David "Jackson" Mueller (left) as morning co-host has been "vile, vulgar, profanity-laden and juvenile."

Fuss posted on Facebook "We have also had death threats and bomb threats since this controversy began, which affects all our staff members, all of whom are just trying to do their jobs." 

Mueller was fired by KYGO after Taylor Swift accused him of groping her i n2013. the two went to court last summer and Swift prevailed and received a $1 settlement, which Mueller later paid using a Sacajawea coin.   Shortly afterwards Fuss contacted Mueller with the job offer at WMYQ and Mueller joined the morning show Monday, January 29.

Fuss points out in his Facebook post "David Mueller was not 'convicted' of sexual assault...Mr. Mueller is not a registered sex offender...Mr. Mueller is not a convicted felon, as some have alleged ... He did not change his name to conceal his identity. For over a decade he has been known as 'Jackson.' We jokingly referred to him as Stonewall Jackson, but he has not, and will not use that name on air; he's simply 'Jackson.'"

closed his post by saying, "To the person who started the harassment campaign on Facebook (you know who you are), I have reported you to Facebook and have also asked my attorney to pursue charges against you for inciting harassment as well as malicious interference in my company’s relationship with our advertisers. Yes, it’s a real thing ... The death threats have been reported to the police and the bomb threats have been reported to the FBI."

 

2018/02 5:23 AM
Evans Leaves KORA

PD/morning co-host Carly Evans is leaving KORA/Bryan-College Station, TX is leaving the statoin to focus on her voiceover work and other business ventures. The station is looking for their next PD with "a successful track record of achievement and strong creative leadership in programming, production, website and social media management." 

Experience in music scheduling, Texas country and artist interview experience is a bonus.  Send airchecks nad resumes for both posts here and here.

2018/02 4:21 AM
iHeartMedia's Board Desides Not To Make An Interest Payment

iHeartCommunications' Board of Directors has elected not to make a cash interest payment of $106 million, due February 1st, 2018, to holders of its 14% senior unsecured notes due 2021 as active discussions continue among its lenders, noteholders, and financial sponsors regarding a comprehensive debt restructuring. 
iHeartMedia insists it has the cash on hand, but the Board elected not to make the payment in connection with ongoing efforts to "proactively and comprehensively address iHeasrts’s capital structure."

The decision will not trigger an event of default under the indenture as iHeart will utilize a 30-day grace period under the indenture during which it retains the right to make the interest payment to the holders of the Notes and remain in compliance with the indenture governing the Notes.

2018/01 12:45 PM
​Republic's Charlie Walk Is Placed On Leave Pending Probe Of Sexual Allegations


Univeral Music Group has placed Republic Records Group Pres. Charlie Walk on leave pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, as a second allegation was levied against him. A Deadline Hollywood report cites a former Universal marketing executive, who alleges that Walk sent her sexually explicit photos and videos of himself in an attempt to lure her into a hotel room. 




Deadline Hollywood is now reporting that company FOX-TV has terminated Walk a s a judge on "The Four: Battle for Stardom."

The woman, who requested anonymity because she still works in the business, added that she endured "years of voyeuristic behavior and uncomfortable remarks made in front of colleagues at Republic Records." 

The label has offered the following statement: “Republic Records is committed to a safe workplace environment where employees are treated fairly and respectfully. We have retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of this matter and have encouraged anyone who has relevant information to speak to the firm’s investigators. Mr.
Walk
has been placed on leave, and will remain in leave for the duration of the investigation.”

Walk offered a statement to Variety about the initial allegations: “It is very upsetting to learn of this untrue allegation made by someone who worked with me 15 years ago, without incident. There has never been a single HR claim against me at any time during my 25+ year career, spanning three major companies. I have consistently been a supporter of the women’s movement and this is the first time I have ever heard of this or any other allegation, and it is false."

2018/01 12:16 PM
Lance Debuts at No. 1

Congrats to Lanco who have debuted at No. 1 on the Country album charts with "Hallelujah Night."  

The album has sold more than 12,700 copies in its first week, accoreding to Nielsen SoundScan.

2018/01 11:57 AM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 1/31/2018 Subscribing Stations AQH Shares P12+ Mon-Sun 6AM Mid PHASE 2 FA 17 *** Today's News Follows ***





BISMARCK, ND
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  1/31/18
      Subscribers Added:  1/31/18
           
Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
KSSS-FM Active Rock 9.7 10.3 11.2 9.4
KFYR-AM News Talk Information 8.9 8.7 10.4 8.6
KACL-FM Classic Hits 8.1 6.3 5.6 7.8
KQDY-FM Country 7.3 7.1 7.2 7.8
KBMR-AM Country 8.9 7.9 8.0 7.0
KKCT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.3 7.1 5.6 6.3
KBYZ-FM Classic Rock 4.8 4.0 4.0 4.7
KUSB-FM Country 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.7
KYYY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.6 6.3 4.8 3.9
KXMR-AM All Sports 1.6 2.4 2.4 1.6
KLXX-AM News Talk Information 0.8 0.8 * 0.8
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
BLUEFIELD, WV
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
WHAJ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 16.0 17.0 15.2 15.2
WHKX-FM Country 11.0 12.0 14.1 15.2
WKOY-FM Classic Rock 8.0 7.0 7.1 7.1
WKEZ-AM Urban Oldies * 1.0 3.0 3.0
WHIS-AM News Talk Information 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
HARRISONBURG, VA
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
WKCY-FM Country 10.9 8.3 10.4 12.3
WACL-FM Mainstream Rock 7.3 8.3 7.8 7.9
WAZR-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.5 4.6 4.3 4.4
WKCY-AM News Talk Information 0.9 1.8 2.6 2.6
WSVO-FM Adult Contemporary 2.7 1.8 1.7 1.8
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
JACKSON, TN
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
WFKX-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 9.7 8.8 8.9 9.0
WHHM-FM Adult Contemporary 6.5 8.8 8.9 6.7
WJAK-AM Urban Contemporary 6.5 5.5 6.7 6.7
WWYN-FM Country 4.3 3.3 4.4 5.6
WZDQ-FM Active Rock 3.2 3.3 3.3 2.2
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
RAPID CITY, SD
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      Data Released:  1/31/18
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
KRCS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.6 5.3 5.8 6.7
KDDX-FM Active Rock 4.0 5.3 6.5 5.9
KFXS-FM Classic Rock 5.6 4.6 4.3 5.9
KOUT-FM Country 7.1 7.6 5.8 5.9
KQRQ-FM Classic Hits 6.3 7.6 5.8 5.9
KKMK-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.3 4.6 5.1 5.2
KOTA-AM News Talk Information 7.1 7.6 6.5 5.2
KZLK-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.4 2.3 2.2 2.2
KZZI-FM Country 1.6 2.3 2.2 2.2
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
SAN ANGELO, TX
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      Data Released:  1/31/18
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
KIXY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 11.4 10.9 10.6 10.3
KWFR-FM Classic Rock 7.0 5.5 8.0 8.6
KGKL-FM Country 7.0 7.3 7.1 7.8
KCLL-FM Classic Hits 6.1 5.5 5.3 6.9
KNRX-FM Mainstream Rock 2.6 2.7 3.5 3.4
KKCN-FM Country 1.8 1.8 1.8 2.6
KELI-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.7
KGKL-AM News Talk Information 0.9 1.8 0.9 0.9
KKSA-AM News Talk Information 1.8 0.9 0.9 0.9
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
SIOUX CITY, IA
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KSUX-FM Country 11.3 13.3 12.6 11.3
KKMA-FM Classic Rock 8.7 8.0 7.2 8.7
KSEZ-FM Active Rock 7.0 7.1 9.0 8.7
KSFT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.8 8.8 9.0 8.7
KGLI-FM Adult Contemporary 9.6 8.8 8.1 7.8
KSCJ-AM News Talk Information 8.7 7.1 8.1 7.8
KKYY-FM Country 6.1 5.3 5.4 6.1
KQNU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 9.6 7.1 5.4 6.1
KWSL-AM Mexican Regional 3.5 3.5 3.6 5.2
KMNS-AM All Sports 0.9 2.7 1.8 0.9
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
SIOUX FALLS, SD
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KTWB-FM Country * 11.3 12.9 11.3
KKLS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio * 9.3 8.6 8.2
KRRO-FM Mainstream Rock * 4.0 4.7 6.2
KELO-FM Adult Contemporary * 6.0 6.3 5.4
KYBB-FM Classic Rock * 5.2 5.1 4.3
KMXC-FM Hot Adult Contemporary * 4.4 4.3 3.9
KXRB-AM Classic Country * 4.4 3.9 3.5
KSOO-FM All Sports * 2.0 2.0 2.7
KELO-AM News Talk Information * 2.8 2.7 2.3
KIKN-FM Country * 2.8 2.0 2.3
KQSF-FM Classic Hits * 0.8 1.2 2.3
KSOO-AM News Talk Information * 2.0 2.3 1.2
KELQ-FM News Talk Information * * * 0.8
KWSN-AM All Sports * * * 0.8
KBAD-FM Classic Rock * 6.5 5.9 *
KDEZ-FM Soft Adult Contemporary * 1.6 1.2 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
WICHITA FALLS, TX
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
KLUR-FM Country 11.0 11.2 12.5 12.2
KNIN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 10.2 12.0 11.7 11.4
KWFS-FM New Country 7.9 8.0 8.3 8.1
KYYI-FM Classic Rock 4.7 5.6 7.5 8.1
KQXC-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 8.7 7.2 8.3 7.3
KBZS-FM Active Rock 5.5 5.6 5.8 4.9
KWFS-AM News Talk Information 3.1 4.0 3.3 2.4
KOLI-FM Country 1.6 0.8 0.8 1.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

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2018/01 7:57 AM
Big Machine Announces Luncheon Lineup

The Big Machine Label Group luncheon will take place on Wednesday, February 7 during Country Radio Semianr 2018. It will include a lineup of performances from Sugarland, Brett Young, Drake White Trent Harmon, Josh Phillps and Tyler Rich.

"This has become such an important showcase for the Big Machine Label Group and our partners at Country radio,” shared BMLG President and CEO Scott Borchetta. “We will bring you the best of our best and there will always be a couple of great surprises... See you there!”

The event will be held at the Broadway Ballroom (CRS Performance Hall) at Omni Nashville beginning at noon.  Attendees will be treated to live sets, a playlist of all current singles across the label group is available now at http://smarturl.it/BMLGCRS2018.

2018/01 7:45 AM
Laird Signs With Sony/ATV and Creative Nation

(Front l-r) Sony/ATV's Hannah Williams and Josh
Van Valkenburg, Laird and Sony/ATV's Troy
Tomlinson (Back l-r-)Sony ATV's Terry Wakefield,
Dickinson Wright PLLC's Dustin Kovacic, Sony
ATV's Tom Luteran, Dickinson Wright PLLC's 
Austen Adams and Sony/ATV's Stephen Denninger
and Dane Schmidt
 
Songwriter/producer Luke Laird has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Sony/ATV and Creative Nation.  Laird's cuts include Thomas Rhett's "T-Shirt," Blake Shelton's "Gonna" and "Hillbilly Bone," Eric Church's "Talladega," "Give Me Back My Hometown and "Drink In My Hand;" and Carrie Underwood's "Temporary Home," "Undo It," "So Small" and "Last Name."

 

2018/01 7:29 AM
Mentors Announced For CRS 2018 Mentoring Breakfasts

Country Radio Seminar has released details about the five mentoring breakfasts that will be held at CRS 2018.  The breakfasts are Digital Tech Breakfast, Label mentoring Breakfast, Programming Mentoring Breakfast, Sales Mentoring Breakfast and Women's Mentoring BReakfast (sponsored by NuVoodoo).

The Label Mentoring Breakfast, Programming Mentoring Breakfast and the Sales Mentoring Breakfast are simultaneously scheduled for Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Mentors for the Label Mentoring Breakfast are Jim Malito, BBR Music Group; Kristen Williams, Warner Music Nashville; Annie Sandor, Capitol Records Nashville and Jimmy Rector, EMI Records Nashville.

Confirmed participants for the Programming Mentoring session are Mark Anderson, WDSY/Pittsburgh; Drew Bland, KKWF/Seattle; Grover Collins, WUBE/Cincinnati; Shane Collins, WQNU/Louisville; David Corey, WKLB/Boston; Jay Cruze, WAMZ/Louisville; Mac Daniels, KPLX/KSCS/Dallas; Kyle Due, KAJA/San Antonio; Shelly Easton, WXTU/Philadelphia; Jeff Garrison, KCYY/San Antonio; JD Greene, WPGB/Pittsburgh; Gator Harrison, WSIX/Nashville; Tom Hanrahan, WDXB/Birmingham; Brian Jennings, KVOO/Tulsa; Jeff Kapugi, WMZQ/Washington, DC; Scott Lindy, WKHX/Atlanta; Mike Moore, KWJJ/Portland; Rod Phillips, iHeartCountry; Tim Richards, KMLE/Phoenix; Tim Roberts, WYCD/Detroit; John Shomby,WKDF/Nashville; Steve Stewart, WEBG/Chicago; Meg Stevens, WKKT/Charlotte; DJ Stout, WSOC/Charlotte; and Nikki Thomas, WIVK/Knoxville.

The Sales Mentoring Breakfast will provide the opportunity to sit down and discuss radio sales with experienced mentors.  Confirmed mentors for the session are Sarah Frazier, Entercom; Judy Lakin, CMG; Jeff James, CXO5 and Allison Warren, Cumulus. 

The Digital Tech Breakfast and the Women’s Mentoring Breakfast are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 7 between 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 
Four social media strategists will lead the Digital Tech Breakfast session, and they are Bryan Moore; Jeff James, CX05; Tim Gerst, Thinkswell; and Parachute Media.

The Women’s Mentoring Breakfast, sponsored by Nuvoodoo, is a networking breakfast providing the opportunity for women to meet, greet and eat with the industry’s most inspiring women and create meaningful connections in radio and records. Confirmed participants are Lee Adams, BBR Music Group; Whitney Allen, The Big Time with Whitney Allen; Lisa Ballance, GSM iHeart Nashville; Rachel Belle, KIRO/Seattle; Beverlee Brannigan, E.W. Scripps; Raffaella Braun, Warner Music Nashville; Becky Brenner, Albright & O’Malley & Brenner; Charlie Dean, UMG; Shelly Easton, WXTU; Erica Farber, Radio Advertising Bureau; Carolyn Gilbert, NuVoodoo Media; Melissa Kent, GSM iHeart Nashville; Jinny Laderer, vCreative; Jackie Marushka, Marushka Media; Mandy McCormack, Pearl Records; Ashley Sidoti, Valory Music Co.; Lisa Smoot, Jerry Duncan Promotions; Lisa Wall, Emmis Indianapolis; and Stacy Waugh, Big Loud Records.

For an advance agenda or to register for CRS 2018, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.  


 

2018/01 7:09 AM
More Tour News

Luke Bryan has added a stop at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on his "What Makes You Country Tour." This is the first country concerts at the venue.  Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce and Morgan Wallen will be performing with him.

Kenny Chesney has added 21 amphitheater stops to his "2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour." The first stop is May 10 at Virginia Beach's Farm Bureau Live.  Get the full list of tour stops here.

Kip Moore will kick off the spring leg of his "Plead the Fifth Tour" March 22 in Kinston Ontario.  Joining him is BMLG Records' Drake White.  See the complete schedule here.

2018/01 7:05 AM
Stapleton Appears On CBS Tv's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert"

Chris Stapleton appeared on CBS-TV's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" last night (1/30) to perform "Druankard's Prayer," a cut from his "From A Room: Volume 2" collection.

Check out the performance here.

2018/01 11:57 AM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 1/30/2018 Subscribing Stations AQH Shares P12+ Mon - Sun 6AM Mid PHASE 2 FA 17 *** Toddy's News Follow ***






ABILENE, TX
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  1/30/18
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
KEAN-FM Country 8.7 6.3 7.5 9.3
KULL-FM Classic Hits 7.2 6.3 7.5 7.9
KCDD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.2 7.7 6.8 6.6
KEYJ-FM Active Rock 5.1 5.6 5.4 6.6
KORQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.3 4.9 5.4 5.3
KBCY-FM Country 6.5 6.3 6.1 4.6
KHXS-FM Classic Rock 7.2 9.2 6.1 4.6
KMWX-FM Adult Contemporary 2.9 3.5 4.1 4.6
KABW-FM Country 3.6 2.1 2.7 2.6
KYYW-AM News Talk Information 1.4 3.5 3.4 2.6
KSLI-AM Classic Country 0.7 0.7 1.4 1.3
KTLT-FM All Sports 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.3
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
BILLINGS, MT
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KCTR-FM Country 9.6 8.7 10.3 9.6
KRZN-FM Mainstream Rock 6.4 7.5 7.1 8.3
KWMY-FM Classic Hits 5.1 6.8 7.1 8.3
KBUL-AM News Talk Information 4.5 4.3 4.5 5.1
KPLN-FM Modern Adult Contemporary 5.1 4.3 4.5 4.5
KMHK-FM Classic Rock 5.7 4.3 3.9 3.8
KKBR-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.2 3.7 3.2 3.2
KRKX-FM Country 3.2 3.7 3.2 2.5
KBLG-AM All Sports 0.6 1.2 1.9 1.3
KYYA-AM News Talk Information 1.9 1.9 1.3 1.3
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
COLUMBIA, MO
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      Data Released:  1/30/18
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KCLR-FM Country 7.7 8.8 9.2 9.0
KPLA-FM Adult Contemporary 8.5 7.5 7.8 7.1
KTXY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.7 8.2 7.8 7.1
KCMQ-FM Classic Rock 5.6 4.8 5.2 6.4
KOQL-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 9.2 7.5 5.9 5.1
KSSZ-FM News Talk Information 4.9 4.8 4.6 5.1
KBXR-FM Album Adult Alternative 3.5 4.1 5.2 4.5
KFRU-AM News Talk Information 4.2 4.8 4.6 3.8
KWWR-FM Country 3.5 4.8 3.9 3.2
KTGR-AM All Sports 1.4 2.0 1.3 1.3
KATI-FM Country 1.4 1.4 1.3 0.6
KBBM-FM Country 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6
KTGR-FM All Sports 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6
KWOS-AM News Talk Information * 0.7 0.7 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
EAU CLAIRE, WI
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
WAXX-FM Country 13.0 11.4 11.3 11.8
WIAL-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 8.6 7.8 8.3 9.3
WBIZ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.4 9.6 10.7 8.7
WISM-FM Classic Hits 3.1 5.4 8.3 8.7
WQRB-FM Country 8.0 9.0 8.3 7.5
WATQ-FM Classic Country 7.4 6.0 5.4 6.2
WMEQ-FM Classic Rock 5.6 4.8 4.8 5.6
WECL-FM Mainstream Rock 7.4 7.2 6.0 5.0
WBIZ-AM Classic Hits 1.2 1.2 2.4 2.5
WAYY-AM All Sports 0.6 1.2 1.8 1.2
WMEQ-AM News Talk Information 0.6 1.8 1.8 1.2
WEAQ-AM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
GRAND ISLAND-KEARNEY-HASTNGS, NE
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AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  1/30/18
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
KRNY-FM Country 10.3 8.9 9.9 10.7
KQKY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 11.5 12.3 10.6 10.0
KROR-FM Classic Rock 9.0 8.9 9.2 9.3
KSYZ-FM Adult Hits 7.1 6.8 7.0 6.4
KGFW-AM News Talk Information 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.1
KRVN-AM News Talk Information 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.4
KRVN-FM Country 1.3 0.7 0.7 0.7
KTMX-FM Classic Country 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
GRAND JUNCTION, CO
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      Data Released:  1/30/18
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KBKL-FM Classic Hits 7.4 7.6 6.8 5.5
KEKB-FM Country 8.1 7.6 6.8 5.5
KMXY-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.0 4.1 4.5 4.7
KKNN-FM Active Rock 3.4 3.4 3.0 3.9
KNOZ-FM Adult Hits 2.7 2.8 3.0 3.9
KEXO-AM All Sports * 0.7 * 0.8
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
JOPLIN, MO
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
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      Data Released:  1/30/18
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
KIXQ-FM Country 11.4 11.3 12.4 12.8
KSYN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 10.8 10.7 11.2 11.0
KZRG-AM News Talk Information 5.1 5.7 7.5 7.9
KJMK-FM Classic Hits 7.0 7.5 8.1 7.3
KXDG-FM Mainstream Rock 4.4 5.0 5.6 6.7
KZYM-AM News Talk Information 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
LA CROSSE, WI
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
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      Data Released:  1/30/18
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
WCOW-FM Country 10.6 10.6 9.6 10.2
WFBZ-FM All Sports 1.5 1.1 0.5 1.1
WKLJ-AM All Sports * 0.5 * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
LAFAYETTE, IN
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      Data Released:  1/30/18
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Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
WKOA-FM Country 10.5 10.1 14.4 12.9
WAZY-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 11.9 15.9 13.0 11.5
WASK-FM Classic Hits 8.4 7.2 7.5 7.2
WXXB-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 9.1 8.7 5.5 6.5
WKHY-FM Mainstream Rock 9.8 6.5 8.9 5.8
WBPE-FM Adult Hits 4.9 4.3 5.5 5.0
WYCM-FM Country 2.8 2.2 2.7 2.2
WASK-AM All Sports 1.4 0.7 1.4 1.4
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
MONROE, LA
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  1/30/18
      Subscribers Added:  1/30/18
           
Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
KRVV-FM Urban Contemporary 17.6 21.1 19.9 17.9
KMVX-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 12.0 12.2 12.6 11.9
KJLO-FM Country 11.3 10.2 9.3 9.9
KLIP-FM Classic Hits 4.9 5.4 6.0 6.0
KMLB-AM News Talk Information 2.1 2.0 2.6 2.6
KRJO-AM Hot Adult Contemporary * 0.7 0.7 1.3
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
PANAMA CITY, FL
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  1/30/18
      Subscribers Added:  1/30/18
           
Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
WASJ-FM Adult Hits 7.8 7.6 6.5 7.6
WEBZ-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 7.2 8.2 7.6 7.1
WILN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.0 6.4 8.2 7.1
WPAP-FM Country 10.2 8.2 6.5 7.1
WRBA-FM Classic Rock 4.2 4.1 5.3 7.1
WFSY-FM Adult Contemporary 7.2 6.4 5.9 5.3
WPFM-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.8 4.1 5.3 5.3
WYOO-FM Talk/Personality 4.8 4.7 4.1 5.3
WKNK-FM Country 4.2 5.3 5.3 4.7
WWLY-FM Classic Country * * 1.8 4.7
WFLF-FM News Talk Information 3.6 4.7 4.7 3.5
WYYX-FM Active Rock 5.4 4.7 4.1 3.5
WDIZ-AM Active Rock 0.6 0.6 0.6 1.2
WPCF-AM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 1.2 0.6 0.6 0.6
WVVE-FM Rhythmic AC 3.0 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
PARKERSBURG-MARIETTA, WV-OH
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  1/30/18
      Subscribers Added:  1/30/18
           
Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
WDMX-FM Classic Hits 7.0 8.2 7.6 7.7
WNUS-FM Country 12.0 11.9 9.1 7.7
WRVB-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.6 6.0 6.8 6.9
WLTP-AM News Talk Information 2.8 3.0 3.0 3.1
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
ROCHESTER, MN
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  1/30/18
      Subscribers Added:  1/30/18
           
Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
KROC-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.4 9.2 9.0 8.3
KNXR-FM Classic Hits 6.1 8.5 8.4 7.6
KWWK-FM Country 8.6 5.9 5.2 6.9
KMFX-FM Country 5.5 5.9 5.8 5.6
KRCH-FM Classic Rock 6.7 5.2 4.5 4.2
KDOC-FM Classic Hits * * 1.9 3.5
KROC-AM News Talk Information 5.5 3.9 2.6 3.5
KYBA-FM Adult Contemporary 3.1 3.3 2.6 2.8
KFAN-AM All Sports 2.5 2.6 1.9 2.1
KDCZ-FM Active Rock 1.2 1.3 1.3 0.7
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
WHEELING
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  1/30/18
      Subscribers Added:  1/30/18
           
Subscriber Format SP 16 FA 16 SP 17 FA 17
WOVK-FM Country 16.0 11.7 12.3 11.5
WEGW-FM Album Oriented Rock 7.3 9.4 9.7 10.1
WVKF-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 10.7 8.6 8.4 9.5
WUKL-FM Classic Hits 11.3 8.6 8.4 8.8
WWVA-AM News Talk Information 5.3 7.8 5.8 8.8
WLYI-FM+ Classic Country 4.0 2.3 9.7 8.1
WKWK-FM Adult Contemporary 5.3 9.4 5.8 7.4
WBGI-FM Country 5.3 5.5 7.1 5.4
WRQY-FM Alternative 4.0 3.1 3.9 3.4
WBBD-AM All Sports 0.7 0.8 1.3 0.7
WOMP-AM All Sports 1.3 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
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