AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/23/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/23/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WGNA-FM Country 8.5 7.1 7.8 8.3
WPYX-FM Classic Rock 8.1 5.7 7.4 7.0
WGY-AM News Talk Information 5.0 7.1 6.9 6.9
WYJB-FM Adult Contemporary 5.2 4.9 5.0 5.6
WFLY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.9 6.0 5.6 5.3
WTRY-FM Classic Hits 4.0 4.4 4.7 4.9
WROW-AM Oldies 2.4 3.2 3.7 3.8
WRVE-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.2 4.0 3.9 3.7
WAJZ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.1 2.8 2.6 3.0
WQBK-FM Mainstream Rock 2.1 2.9 3.5 3.0
WKLI-FM New Country 3.0 3.1 2.3 2.9
WQSH-F2+ Urban Contemporary 1.9 1.2 2.0 2.5
WKKF-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.1 3.5 2.5 2.3
WTMM-FM All Sports 1.8 2.1 1.4 1.7
WQSH-FM Alternative 1.9 1.1 1.8 1.6
WRVE-F2+ Country 0.7 * 1.1 1.0
WFFG-FM Country 0.8 0.7 * 0.6
WOFX-AM All Sports 0.6 * 0.6 0.6
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/23/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/23/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WBBS-FM New Country 10.5 9.9 8.9 9.8
WWHT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.8 6.1 6.0 5.8
WSYR-AM News Talk Information 6.3 7.1 7.0 5.5
WYYY-FM Adult Contemporary 5.6 6.6 5.3 4.8
WSEN-FM Classic Hits 3.6 3.8 3.7 3.7
WHEN-AM Urban Adult Contemporary 1.2 1.7 1.8 2.7
WMVN-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.7
WOLF-FM New Country 2.0 3.1 2.1 1.9
WOLF-AM All Sports * * 0.5 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

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Capitol Nashville's Keith Urban has been tapped as the presenting sponsor of the 32nd Annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament. The event will take place on Monday, August 20 at the Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, TN.

This year marks Urban's third consecutive year with the event.

The Second Annual Innovation in Music Awards has revealed honorees with winners being recognized at the Awards gala on Sunday, June 3 at Westin Hotel in Nashville.  Previously-announced 2018 Innovator of the Year, Red Light Management Founder/CEO will be honored along with winners in the following categories:

Impact in Innovation Award: CMA Foundation Chairman Joe Galante

Innovation in Music Broadcast: Monica Escobedo from ABC-TV's "Good Morning America"

Innovation in Music Radio Programming: KRTY/San Joe's Nate Deaton

Innovation in Music, Creative/Artist: Blue Chair/Warner Bors./WEA's Kenny Chesney

Innovation in Music, Digital Media/Marketing Spotify's John Marks

Innovation in Music, Live Performance: Joe's on Weed Street and Smokeout Fest's Ed Warm

This year's recipients represent a broad spectrum of the industry, but what they have in common is a proven track record of adapting to change and developing channels to reach meaningful results -- connections with fans and creators," said IMA Chairman Pete O'Heeron. "All of these individuals are deserving of this recognition for their commitment to advancing the future of music through innovative thinking."

Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Kelly Clarkson have been announced for the first round of performers for the "2018 CMT Music Awards" scheduled for Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Capitol Nashville's Little Big Town will host the event.

Voting for the "2018 CMT Music Awards is now open and votes may be cast here for winners in each of the following categories: 2018 Video of the Year,  2018 Male Video Of The Year, 2018 Female Video Of The Year, 2018 Duo Video Of The Year, 2018 Group Video Of The Year, 2018 Breakthrough Video Of The Year, 2018 Collaborative Video Of The Year, and 2018 CMT Performance Of The Year .

Nielsen Audio Spring 2018 Phase 1 arrive today (5/23) for Albany-Schenectady-Troy and Syracuse.  Find the ratings for the subscribing stations here after 4 p.m. (CT).

Coming Thursday, May 24: Dayton, Grand Rapids, Tucson and Tulsa.

Shore Fire Media has an entry-level, full-time publicist opening in its Nashville office.  Applicants should have a broad knowledge of music and the ability to handle a diverse client roster.  Responsibilities include pitching stories, research, writing press releases and attending client events (including nights and weekends).  Bachelor's degree required.  Send resumes to Chris Brudzinski here.

Big Loud is searching for a director of National Promotion with Stacy Blythe's promotion to VP earlier this month.

Send your materials here.

Cherry Creek/St. George, UT OM Dale Desmond is looking for an "organized and detail oriented" Director of Production for the seven station clustering including Country KIYK/KCIN.

Candidates will also handle afternoon duties on the cluster's Hot AC station.  Send your airchecks and resumes to Group Program Director Mark Elliot here.

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/22/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/22/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WBHK-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 10.3 10.4 10.2 10.8
WBHJ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 7.4 8.4 7.4 7.2
WBPT-FM Classic Rock 7.0 5.4 5.6 6.3
WZZK-FM Country 7.4 5.6 6.3 5.8
WDXB-FM Country 4.4 3.8 5.5 4.9
WMJJ-FM Adult Contemporary 4.0 5.6 4.2 4.5
WQEN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.6 4.4 4.0 4.0
WERC-F2+ Contemporary Inspirational 1.7 2.0 3.6 3.1
WERC-FM News Talk Information 3.0 3.3 3.2 2.8
WPYA-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 1.9 1.7 2.5 2.5
WMJJ-F2+ Urban Contemporary 2.4 2.1 2.8 2.4
WAGG-AM Gospel 2.7 2.3 2.4 2.3
WQEN-F2+ Mainstream Rock 1.1 1.4 1.1 1.1
WPYA-F2+ Album Adult Alternative 0.6 0.8 0.9 0.7
WQEN-F3+ Alternative 0.7 0.6 * 0.4
WDXB-FM HD2 Alternative * * 0.6 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/22/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/22/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WYRK-FM Country 9.7 10.7 8.3 9.0
WBLK-FM Urban Contemporary 9.2 7.9 8.2 8.2
WMSX-FM Adult Contemporary 3.1 2.7 3.4 3.9
WBUF-FM Adult Hits 4.0 2.4 3.2 3.0
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/22/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/22/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WJMZ-FM Urban Contemporary 9.0 8.9 8.5 7.9
WESC-FM Country 6.8 6.1 7.3 7.1
WSSL-FM New Country 7.6 6.2 5.5 6.8
WHZT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.6
WMYI-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.1 3.4 3.1 2.5
WROO-FM Active Rock 1.3 1.4 0.7 0.9
WJMZ-F3+ Adult Hits 0.8 0.9 1.0 0.8
WJMZ-F2+ Alternative 1.2 0.8 0.8 0.6
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/22/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/22/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WKJS-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 8.6 11.0 8.2 7.4
WKHK-FM Country 7.0 6.7 6.1 7.1
WBTJ-FM Urban Contemporary 8.1 6.4 6.8 6.8
WPZZ-FM Contemporary Inspirational 5.8 4.9 6.4 5.7
WCDX-FM Urban Contemporary 5.3 5.3 6.4 5.5
WRVA-AM News Talk Information 4.4 3.8 5.2 5.5
WRVQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.9 4.4 5.1 4.6
WTVR-FM Adult Contemporary 4.2 6.2 4.8 4.5
WKLR-FM Classic Rock 3.5 3.1 4.2 4.4
WRXL-FM Mainstream Rock 3.8 3.0 3.7 4.1
WURV-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.9 3.7 3.8 3.9
WJSR-FM Classic Hits 2.5 1.9 2.2 2.1
WKHK-F2+ Rhythmic Oldies 1.4 1.6 1.5 1.5
WRXL-F2+ Country 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.3
WXGI-AM All Sports 1.1 0.7 0.6 0.8
WRNL-AM All Sports 0.8 0.5 * *
WRVQ-FM HD2 Classic Rock 0.6 0.8 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/22/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/22/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WHAM-AM News Talk Information 7.6 8.2 8.3 7.6
WAIO-FM Classic Rock 4.4 5.1 4.8 4.8
WDVI-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.8 2.3 3.8 4.0
WKGS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.0 3.1 2.3 2.2
WNBL-FM Country 0.5 0.6 * 0.6
WHTK-AM All Sports 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5
WVOR-FM Adult Contemporary 0.5 * 0.6 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

Copyright © 2005-2018  The Nielsen Company.

Last night's (5/21) season finale of "American Idol" powered ABC TV to win during Monday's battle for 18-49 TV watchers, earning a 1.6 rating/6 share while attracting 8.65 million viewers.  Those numbers are consistent with previous Monday evening "Idol" episodes and a 0.3 improvement from Sunday night's (5/25) show, which served as part of one of two-night finale.  Maddie Poppe was announced the latest "American Idol," beating out Caleb Lee Hutchinson.  Both are winners as it turns out, as the two finalists later revealed they've been a couple since early in this season's reboot of the iconic singing competition.

Sunday's edition of "Idol" was beaten handily by "The Billboard Awards," which aired on NBC-TV. Although ratings for the awards show were off from 2017 levels, ti still drew 7.9 million viewers, earning a 2.4 rating/9 share among 18-49 year-olds.

More of EMI Publishing is now a part of Sony, as Mubadala Investment Company has sold its approximately 60% equity interest in EMI Music Publishing to Sony Corporation of America, based on an enterprise value of $4.75 billion.  As a result, Sony will indirectly own approximately 90% of the equity interest in EMI Music Publishing, and it will become a consolidated subsidiary of Sony.  The closing of the transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

We are thrilled to bring EMI Music Publishing into the Sony family and maintain our number one position in the music publishing industry," said Sony Corp. Pres./CEO Kenichiro Yoshida . "I would also like to convey my gratitude to Mubadala, our equity partner in EMI Music Publishing, for sharing our long-term perspective on the potential success of music publishing and their support as we grew the business. The music business has enjoyed a resurgence over the past couple of years, driven largely by the rise of paid subscription-based streaming services. In the entertainment space, we are focusing on building a strong IP portfolio, and I believe this acquisition will be a particularly significant milestone for our long-term growth."

The original transaction and investor consortium that partnered with Sony and the Michael Jackson Estate to acquire EMI Music Publishing from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Citigroup Inc. were sourced and assembled by Mubadala Capital's private equity business, which has controlled and managed EMI Music Publishing on behalf of Mubadala and other third-party investors since 2012.

Head of Mubadala said, " EMI has been a successful investment for Mubadala and I would like to personally extend my appreciation to the leadership at Sony and Sony/ATV, who have been instrumental in administering the EMI catalog as well as shaping the music landscape on a global basis. They have been tremendous partners to us."

According to Nielsen Audio April PPM monthly results, Country radio is performing steadily and consistently.  The format is mostly flat in three key demos compared to March figures and when compared to results from April of 2017.
Among 25-54s, Country is unchanged through March PPM results (7.2-7.2) and down one-tenth (7.3-7.2) from April 2017.  There is no change at all with 18-34s, as country radio maintained its 8.6 share from March to April year-to-year. Country format gained one-tenth with persons 6-plus in April (7.5-7.6) and remained flat from April 2017 levels.

Country, when compared to other fromats, is #3 with persons 6-plus behind News/Talk and AC.  Country has held its #3 slot in this demo for the past four years.  The gap is wide with 18-34 year old listeners as it ranks #2 behind Top 40 in that demo.  Among 25-54's however, Country falls from #2 to #3 in 2017 and is now tied with News/Talk at #3 so far in 2018, thanks to the current volatile political climate.  AC has overtaken Top 40 in the #1 spot with this demo.


Max Media has signed up Eastlan Ratings in a new multi-year agreement, with the initial audience measurement study in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News market in Summer 2018.

"We needed a ratings system to again measure growth within our building," said Max Media Norfolk GM Baron.  "We feel Eastlan is a perfect alternative and costs a fraction of Nielsen."

Concurrently Centennial Broadcasting has agreed to a long-term renewal with Eastlan in its Winchester/Leesburg and Fredericksburg clusters.

"We did extensive research before moving from Nielsen to Eastlan three years ago and discovered they have a lot of happy clients," said Centennial/Fredericksburg Market Manager Mark Bass. "I've lead us to believe, we’ve seen no negative impact or attrition from either our national, regional, or local advertisers. In fact, it’s been positive, as our business is up. Our decision to renew long-term with Eastlan reflects our confidence in the product moving forward. It was really a no-brainer.”

Luke Bryan and labelmate Darius Rucker performed on last night's (5/21) season finale of "American Idol." Bryan debuted his new single, "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset," and also sang his #1 hit, "Most People are Good," with top 3 contestant Gabby Barrett.  Check it out here. Rucker joined the Top 2 contestant Caleb Lee Hutchinson for "Wagon Wheel." Watch it here.

Additionally, Leann Rimes made a surprise appearance during "Idol" contestants Layla Spring and Dyxie's "Blue" performance.

Congrats to MCA Nashville's Sam Hunt, who is most-added at Country radio this week with his new single, "Downtown's Dead." The Song got 107 Mediabase adds.

Great work by UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser and VP/Promotion David Friedman; MCA Nashville VP/Promotion Katie Dean; UMG Nashville National Director/Radio Syndication Donna Hughes and Director of Promo and Radio Marketing Chris Schuler; MCA Nashville Sr. Director/Southeast Promo Louis Newman, Sr. Director/Southwest Promotion Miranda McDonald, Sr. Director/West Coast Promo Anna Johnson, Director/Midwest Promo Donna Jo Passuntino, Director/Northeast Promo Michelle Tyrrell and Coordinator/Promotion Briana Galluccio.

05/22/2018 11:50 AM
Nielsens Coming Today
Nielsen Audio Spring 2018 Phase 1 arrive today for Buffalo, Richmond, Rochester, NY, Birmingham and Greenville-Spartanburg.  Find the ratings for subscribing stations here after 4 p.m. (CT). 

Coming tomorrow Wednesday, May 23: Albany-Schenectady-Troy and Syracuse.

Redwood Empire's KBBL/Santa Rosa, CA has an opening for a morning host ats moves elsewhere in the cluster.  Operations responsibilities are also a possibility.

"I am searching for a real personality who can shake up the market," says VP/Programming Brent Farris.  "Please don't send an aircheck of you reading liner cards."

Materials to him here.


Congrats to Kane Brown, who remained in the #1 spot on the Mediabase Country singles chart with his single, "Heaven," for the second consecutive week.

Great work by Sony Music Nashville EVP/Promotion and Artist Development Steve Hodges, RCA Nashville SVP/promotion Dennis Reese; SMN Manager/Promotion and Artist Development Jenny Shearin, Director of National Promotion Lauren Thomas and Director of Promotion Strategy and Analysis RG Jones; RCA Nashville Director of Northeast Promotion Dan Nelson, Director of Regional Promotion Matt Galvin, Director of Regional Promotion Liz Sledge, Manager of West Coast Promo Larry Santiago, Mgr/Midwest Promo David "Bubba" Berry, and Promotion Specialist

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/21/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/21/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WFMF-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.8 5.6 5.0 4.9
KRVE-FM Adult Contemporary 3.1 4.7 4.8 4.7
WYNK-FM Country 4.7 4.2 5.2 4.5
WJBO-AM News Talk Information 3.2 1.9 3.5 3.1
WFMF-F2+ News Talk Information 1.2 1.5 1.0 1.0
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/21/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/21/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WAMZ-FM Country 6.1 5.6 6.7 6.9
WHAS-AM News Talk Information 6.2 8.8 6.3 6.2
WSFR-FM Classic Hits 5.3 5.4 5.2 4.9
WQMF-FM Mainstream Rock 5.2 4.3 4.6 4.6
WQNU-FM New Country 4.1 4.1 4.2 4.4
WVEZ-FM Adult Contemporary 4.0 4.7 4.2 4.1
WNRW-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.3 3.4 2.9 3.1
WRKA-FM Classic Country 3.4 2.3 2.7 2.4
WLGX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 1.4 1.5 1.8 1.5
WKRD-AM All Sports 0.9 1.1 1.6 1.4
WTFX-FM Urban Contemporary 1.7 1.7 1.2 1.3
WKJK-AM News Talk Information 0.9 1.3 0.9 0.9
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/21/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/21/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WYLD-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 9.4 11.1 11.0 11.8
WQUE-FM Urban Contemporary 9.9 11.1 11.6 11.6
WRNO-FM News Talk Information 4.6 5.0 5.0 4.8
WNOE-FM Country 4.7 4.1 4.4 4.3
WYLD-AM Gospel 1.7 1.8 1.5 1.6
KVDU-FM Adult Hits 1.6 1.4 1.2 1.1
WRNO-F2+ Urban Oldies 1.3 0.6 0.8 0.7
KVDU-FM HD2 Spanish Tropical * * 0.4 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/21/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/21/18
Subscriber Format SU 17 FA 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
KJYO-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.0 7.1 7.6 7.9
KOMA-FM Classic Hits 7.2 5.6 7.2 7.2
KTST-FM New Country 5.0 5.3 5.9 5.6
KJKE-FM New Country 4.9 4.0 4.4 5.0
KMGL-FM Adult Contemporary 4.1 6.2 4.3 3.8
KTOK-AM News Talk Information 3.2 3.4 3.0 3.3
KXXY-FM Classic Country 3.0 3.0 3.3 2.8
KTUZ-FM Mexican Regional 1.6 3.4 2.3 2.7
KBRU-FM Classic Rock 2.2 2.3 3.0 2.5
KRXO-FM All Sports 1.5 2.6 1.8 1.6
KNAH-FM Country 1.6 1.8 1.6 1.5
KRXO-F3+ Spanish Adult Hits 0.7 1.2 0.8 1.0
KOMA-F3+ Urban Oldies 1.5 1.1 0.9 0.9
KRXO-F2+ Classic Rock * 0.9 1.1 0.8
KOKC-AM News Talk Information * 0.6 0.5 0.5
KBRU-FM HD2 Mexican Regional * 0.6 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/21/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/21/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 WI 18 PHASE 1 SP 18
WKAQ-AM News Talk Information 7.1 8.2 9.4 9.9
WKAQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.8 5.7 6.6 5.9
WUKQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.0 1.7 1.6 2.0
WYEL-AM News Talk Information 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.5
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

Copyright © 2005-2018  The Nielsen Company.

05/21/2018 12:54 PM
Green Joins Sun & Fun Media
Dennis Green, Westwood One SVP/Affiliate Sales has resigned and joins Sun & Fun Media, a "radio operations solutions network offering stations a unique suite of products and services designed to increase sales, improve ratings, and reduce expenses for 100% barter," as Chief Revenue Officer for the company.  In the newly created position, Green will lead the development of new products and services for radio stations and will manage a team of six affiliate sales professionals to grow the company's affiliations across the U.S.  He will be based in New York City.

Sun & Fun Media CEO/Co-Founder Rob Koblasz said, "Dennis Green is one of the most respected, experienced and trust affiliate sales executives in the radio industry, and we are thrilled that he is joining Sun & Fun Media as Chief Revenue Officer. With Dennis’ considerable expertise in radio operations and network radio sales, we will be able to offer our affiliates more and better solutions exclusively for barter than ever before. We look forward to growing Sun & Fun Media as a true “one-stop shop” for all their barter needs from developing creative programming solutions to optimizing our existing platform to help stations increase sales, improve ratings and reduce expenses.”

Green said, "I am excited to tackle my next challenge in the media world with Sun & Fun Media. This company has enjoyed a track record of success for 22 years and I look forward to helping lead the charge to expand the company’s product offerings and grow its affiliate base. Thanks to Sun & Fun Media Co-Founders Rob Koblasz and Roger Fray for this opportunity. To all our current and soon-to-be affiliates: Prepare to be wowed!"

On Friday (5/18), Westwood One COO Charles Steinhauer sent a memo to staffers saying, " We sincerely thank Dennis for his absolute dedication and excellent contributions made during his successful 22-year tenure at Westwood One. Dennis has been an integral member of the Westwood One family, and we wish him continued success." 

Green has been with the company for 22 years.


iHeartMedia Seattle SVP/Sales Russell Robertson has been named to the same position in Tampa Bay cluster.  Robertson, a former GSM at iHeartMedia's San Diego cluster, will report to Tampa Bay Market President Chris Soechtig.

"I'm thrilled to have Russell join our team,” said Soechtig.  “His 10+ years of experience in iHeartMedia's Pacific Northwest and San Diego Regions coupled with his passion for helping clients grow their business makes him the ideal choice for SVPS in Tampa Bay.”

 “I am very thankful for the opportunity I had in Seattle and working with some amazing broadcasters. The opportunity to be in my home state working with the Tampa iHeartMedia team was an opportunity I had to pursue,” said Robertson.  “The last 17 years with iHeartMedia has allowed me the chance to work in amazing markets like San Diego, Seattle and now Tampa.  My wife Amanda, my kids Tori and Zack, and I are looking forward to settling in and making Tampa home.”     

The iHeartMedia Tampa Bay cluster includes Country WFUS US 013.5; News Talk WFLA-A-W244BE-W275AZ; Sports WDAE-A-W237CW; Urban WBTP, 95.7 The Beat; Top 40 WFLZ; Tropical WFUS-HD2-W262CP, Rumba 106.5; News-Talk WHNZ-A, Impact Radio; Hot AC WMTX, Mox 100.7; Classic Hip-Hop WMTX-HD2-W233AV-W256CT-W290BJ, Throwback 94.5 and 105.9; and Active Rock WXTB, 98 Rock.

05/21/2018 11:42 AM
Nielsens Coming Today
Nielsen Audio Spring 2018 Phase 1 are coming out today for New Orleans; Puerto Rico; Oklahoma City; Louisville; and Baton Rouge.  Look for them here after 5:00 (ET). 

Coming tomorrow (5/22): Buffalo; Richmond; Rochester, NY; Birmingham; and Greenville-Spartanburg.

Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) will present Steve Wariner (left) with its 2018 Artist Career Achievement Award, and Emmis New York SVP/Market Manager Charlie Morgan (right) is the organization's 2018 President's Award honoree. Both awards will be presented during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Marriott Nashville.

Wariner's career includes 14 #1 hits, over 30 Top 10 hits, three RIAA Gold certified albums, four Grammy Awards, three CMA Awards, one ACM Award, 15 BMI Million-Air Awards, and more. Wariner is twenty albums deep into a five-decade career and is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, the National Thmbpickers Hall of Fame, the Music City Walk of Fame and is one of only five guitar players in the world to be given the "Certified Guitar Player" (CGP) award by Chet Atkins.

"Steve Wariner
is still enjoying one of the most amazing careers in Country music history; singer, songwriter, Grand Ole Opry member, contributor to his fellow artists, and a member of the most prestigious clubs for extraordinary guitarists," said CRB Exec. Dir. Bill Mayne. "All of this in addition to being the best friend anyone on earth could be blessed to have!"

Morgan, in addition to his role at Emmis/New York, has supervisory responsibilities for Emmis/Indianapolis has supervisory responsibilities for Emmis/Indianapolis.  He has over 35 years of radio experience in roles ranging from morning host to SVP/Market Manager.  Additionally, Morgan formed the Rith Group in 2013, a marketing consulting agency with longtime associate Bob Richards. Morgan has received a number of professional honors an awards, including Country Aircheck/Country Radio Broadcaster Awards; Radio Wayne Award; CMA Large Market Personality of the Year; and multiple CMA, ACM and Marconi Station of the Year Awards.  Morgan has served as Country Radio Broadcasters President/Board and is a current Board Member of the CMA, The New York Market Radio Group and the New York State Broadcast

"Charlie is simply one of the best at what he does," said CRB/CRS Pres. Kurt Johnson. "And, he does a lot. It's hard to think of anyone who's made more impact as a leader across a diverse list of organizations in and around Country radio, earning accolades at every step. he's been a fixture at CRB and CRS for years and is a good friend to artists, managers, labels, DJs...basically pros in every part of Country music. Charlie personifies the spirit of CRS, and I'm proud to give him the President's Award on behalf of the CRB Board."

The Country Radio Hall of Fame event will also honor the "Class of 2018" radio inductees that were announced during CRS 2018. Seven radio personalities and two off-air broadcasters will enter the Country Radio Hall of Fame (CRHOF) in 2018 including Michael O'Malley; Lisa McKay; Andy & Alison; Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry; and Steve Harmon Scott Evans.


Former Cumulus/Memphis and Entercom/Austin and Milwaukee VP/MM Alan Kirshbom has joined iHeartMedia as Market President for Raleigh.  Most recently he was Sr. Account Manager at the Lee Tilford Agency in Austin, Kirshbom will report to Virginia/Carolina Region President Dave Carwile.

Carwile said, "We are thrilled to have Alan leading our team in Raleigh and are confident he’ll have an immediate and positive impact in the market. Alan combines a proven track record of sales leadership, creating a culture and driving revenue growth. He will provide a great compliment to our outstanding sales and programming leadership for our stations.”
“iHeartMedia's Virginia/Carolina Region has assembled a world-class winning team armed with all the innovative tools iHeartMedia has to offer,” said Kirshbom. “I am proud and thrilled to call Raleigh my new home. Together, we will continue to raise the bar on delivering successful marketing solutions for our clients and serving our community."

The Raleigh cluster includes Country WNCB, B93.9; Top 40 WDCG, G 105; Alternative WDCG HD2-W237BZ-W236CA, Alt 95.3; News Talk WTKK; Classic Rock WRDU.

iHeartMedia Seattle SVP/Sales Russell Robertson has been named to the same position at the company's Tampa Bay cluster.  Robertson, a former GSM at iHeartMedia's San Diego cluster, will report to Tampa Bay Market President Chris Soechtig.

The 2018 Billboard Awards were celebrated last night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  The show was hosted by Kelly Clarkson.

Country artists winning awards included Chris Stapleton for Top Country Artist, Top Country album ("From A Room: Volume 1") and Top Country Male Artist, Maren Morris for Top Country Female Artist and Florida Georgia Line for Top Country Duo/Group/Artist. Luke Bryan won Top country Tour award and Sam Hunt won for Top Country Song with his #1 hit, "Body Like A Back Road."

Some of the highlights included Janet Jackson who took the stage for the first time in 9 years and accepted the "Icon Award."

Other winners included:

Top Artist: ED SHEERAN
Top New Artist: KHALID
Billboard Chart Achievement Award: CAMILA CABELLO
Top Male Artist: ED SHEERAN
Top Female Artist: TAYLOR SWIFT
Top R&B Artist: BRUNO MARS
Top R&B Male Artist: BRUNO MARS
Top R&B Female Artist: SZA
Top Rap Male Artist: KENDRICK LAMAR
Top Rap Female Artist: CARDI B
Top Country Artist: CHRIS STAPLETON
Top Country Male Artist: CHRIS STAPLETON
Top Country Female Artist: MAREN MORRIS
Top Country Duo/Group Artist: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHOF) has added Brenda Colladay as VP/Museum Services.  Colladay will take the role of administering the CMHOF's collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts in addition to overseeing planning, design and installation of exhibits in the Museum's gallery space, Historic RCA Studio B and the Taylor Swift Education Center. Colladay's experience includes 18 years as museum and photograph curator for Gaylord Entertainment/Ryman Hospitality Partners; curator for the historical c ollections of WSM Radio, Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry; project manager for the research and documentation of the history of RCA Studio A; and historical adviser for the forthcoming "Country Music" documentary series by Ken Burns.

"After working with Brenda in many capacities over the years, we're delighted to welcome her officially to the Museum team" said CMHOF CEO Kyle Young.  "Brenda brings a unique blend of relevant knowledge  that will be invaluable to us as we continue to fulfill our mission of preserving and interpreting the history of Country music."

After 12 years, Rubber City Radio Country WQMX/Akron, OH PD Sue Wilson has resigned. Her resignation will be effective as of Saturday, June 30th. Contact Wilson here until then.

There is no word at this time on a replacement, however interested parties can submit materials here.

Wilson said that she had many great years at this locally-owned, community-focused company and will be forever grateful to Thom Mandel and Nick Anthony for the chance to lead this amazing team.  She’s also happy to be leaving with WQMX at the top of the heap.  

Entercom Country KWJJ, 99.5 The Wolf/Portland has a rare, full-time opportunity on the station's popular, award-winning, "Mike & Amy" morning show, Entercom VP/Programming and WOLF PD Mike Moore asks, "Are you  outgoing, funny, adventurous person who's not afraid to talk on the phone, talk into a microphone, work a crowd, ask strangers random questions, or talk candidly about your life? If so, we want to meet you! You might be able to turn your winning personality into an actual job on the radio."

A love for Country music is a must, as is living in the Portland metro area. Send resumes, a creative cell phone video explaining why you're the perfect candidate, and samples of social media engagement to and click careers.


WPGI/The WOLF Community Broadcasters in Elmira NY is looking for a Mornings/PD/Ops Manager. This person needs strong social media skills, and would oversee a cluster including Country WPGI/The WOLF, CHR/WNKI, Rock station WNGZ and WWLZ/News/ Talk.  Good money for the right person. EOE. 

Contact Joel Raab at /todaysnews 

In a filing with the SEC to inform the agency of a delay in filing first quarter's financial because of a delay in a subsidiary's financial statements. iHeartMedia nevertheless disclosed that its first-quarter consolidated revenue is expected to rise from $1.329 billion to $1.37 billion, mostly due to movements in foreign exchange rates of $35 million and international revenue growth.

The filing also shows consolidated operating income dropping from $114.1 million to $62 million, due primarily to increased direct operating expenses and selling, general and administrative expenses, and a $28.6 million gain on the swap of the Indianapolis outdoor market for Atlanta assets.  Net loss is expected to widen from $388.2 million to $412 million, based on decreased operating income and reorganization costs, partially offset by an income tax benefit for 2018.

iHeartMedia is in the process of reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy; the delay in filing the quarterly report is being attributed to the suspension of trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange of share in subsidiary Clear Media Limited and the resultant delay in filing iHeart's annual report for 2017.,,