Songwriter Lori McKenna has extended her publishign and management agreements with Creative Nation, her writing home since 2015.

"It's been a plasure to work with Lori over the last three years, and we are excited to have the opportunity to continue to expand upon what we've built together," said Creative Nation CEO/Co-Founder Beth Laird. "Lori is a songwriter's songwriter, and it's been incredible to watch what she has accomplished. She continues to set the bar and carve her own path as a songwriter and artist."

 Added McKenna, "I'm excited to continue on with my Creative Nation team of people who work so hard to make sure my time in music is spent simply making music. My life in music has always surpassed my dreams of it, and that has so much to do with Beth and and the amazing people that make up Creative Nation."

Townsquare Media CoutnryKUAD/Ft. Collins, CO afternoon personality Matt Sparx has added MD responsibilities.  He succeeds morning co-host and Country Radio Hall of Fame member Brian Gary, who will remain involved in music meetings whilie focusing on the morning show.

Sparx joined KUAD for PM drive in 2016 following time with Alpha country KUPL.  His radio resume includes Cox Top 40 outlets WAPE/Jacksonville and WFLZ/Tampa, plus Rock WXTB/Tampa.  Send congrats here.

iHeartMedia/West Michigan has promoted two of its programming execs.  

Country WBCT, B 93.7/Grand Rapids PD Dave Taft (left) is adding duties as SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia/West Michigan, covering the Grand Rapids and Muskegon markets while continuing to oversee WBCT.  In addition, Sports WMAX, 96.1 ESPN/Grand Rapids APD and afternoon co-host Jim Costa (right) has been promoted to PD of the station, which has been overseen by News-Talk WOOD-A-F and News/Talk WTKG-A PD Phil Tower.

"Dave is an incredible programmer," said Regional SVPP Tony Travatto on Taft's new position.  "He's got the perfect blend of expertise to grow our listeners and clients, and we know he will continue to dominate the media market in West Michigan with our team."

Reach Taft at /todaysnews.html and Costa at /todaysnews.html

The clusters include WBCT, WOOD-A-F, WMAX, WTKG, Top 40 WSNX, Classic Rock WBFX (101.3 The Brew), AC WSRW (Star 105.7), Country WMUS, Classic Rock WMRR (Rick 101.7), and News-Talk WKB'Z-AM.

Akron; Syracuse; Monterey-Salinbas-Santa Cruz; and Charleston, SC.  Find the 12+ ratings for the subscribing statoin at after 4 p.m. (CT).

Coming Friday, September 21: Springfield, MA; Little Rock; Greenville-New Bern; Columbia, SC and Toledo.

Nothing official from the station yet, but according to Mark Allen's Facebook page, he is headed to Reising Radio Partnership in Columbus, IN as OM for its three-station cluster, which includes Country WYGB, Hot AC WRZQ and Classic Hits WXCH.  Allen will handle PD chores for WYGB and WRZQ, will oversee WXCH and will be morning host for WRZQ.  He will begin his new gig on Monday, September 24.

Allen was with Wiregrass Raido Group Country WECB/Dothan, AL as OM/PD/afternoon host before leaving the station in April of last year. He's also worked as PD at Three Eagles Coutnry KIAI, 93.98 The Country Moose/Mason City, IA and siminlar duties at Gulf South Broadcasting country WTVY/Dothan.

The Modern Modernization Act has passed The Senate via unanimous consent, according to Variety.  The bill, which now only needs passage in teh House before it winds up on President Trump's desk to become law, combines three separate pieces of legislation:

*The Music Modernization Act of 2018, S. 2334 introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), updates licensing and royalties as pertains to streaming.

* The Classics Act (or Compensating Legacy Artists For Their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions To Society Act), introduced by Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Kennedy (R-LA), ensures that songwriters and artists receive royalties on pre-1972 songs.

* The Amp Act (or Allloation For Music Producers Act), introduced by Senate Judciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-LA) and ranking committee member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA.) with the support of and Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).

“Today is a momentous day for songwriters, artists, composers, producers, engineers and the entire industry that revolves around them," National Music  Publishers Association Pres./CEO David Israelite said. "The Senate vote marks a true step forward towards fairness for the people at the heart of music who have long been undervalued due to outdated laws. This was a long and complex process but ultimately the music industry has come out stronger and more united than ever. We commend Sens. Orrin Hatch, Lamar Alexander, Chuck Grassley and Senate Leadership for swiftly moving this bill to the floor. Now we anxiously await The House’s final approval of the MMA and seeing it signed into law.”

“As legendary band The Grateful Dead once said in an iconic pre-1972 song, ‘what a long strange trip it’s been,’" RIAA Pres. Mitch Glazier  said. "It’s been an epic odyssey, and we’re thrilled to almost be at our destination.

“For the modern U.S. Senate to unanimously pass a 185-page bill is a herculean feat, only achievable because of the grit, determination and mobilization of thousands of music creators across the nation.  The result is a bill that moves us toward a modern music licensing landscape better founded on fair market rates and fair pay for all.  At long last, a brighter tomorrow for both past and future generations of music creators is nearly upon us. We are indebted to the leadership of Sens. Hatch, Grassley, Feinstein, Alexander, Coons, Kennedy and Whitehouse for helping get us there.”

As expected, the industry groups were grateful for the passage, starting with NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith.  "NAB applauds Senate passage of the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act. Naming this critical legislation after Sen. Hatch is a fitting tribute to his tireless efforts to improve the lives of songwriters. NAB appreciates the hard work of Sens. Hatch, Whitehouse, Alexander and Coons, Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein in producing a compromise bill that will benefit songwriters, legacy recording artists, producers, digital streaming services, and music listeners.

"We are particularly supportive of a provision added to the Senate bill ensuring enhanced congressional review of any DOJ changes to ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. These decrees are essential to a functioning music marketplace, and any action to terminate them will now be preceded by appropriate Congressional oversight to protect the interests of songwriters, licensees, and consumers of music."

Noted ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews: “Today’s unanimous passage of the Music Modernization Act in the Senate represents a Herculean industry-wide effort to promote and celebrate songwriters and ensure their right to a sustainable livelihood. We applaud Sens. Hatch, Alexander, Grassley,  Feinsein, Whitehouse, Coons and the entire Senate for recognizing the value music has in both society and our hearts.” 

ASCAP Chairman of the Board/Pres. Paul Williams stated. “American songwriters work tirelessly behind the scenes to create the music that fans all over the world enjoy. Today, we made history by joining together and working for Senate passage of the Music Modernization Act, bringing us one step closer to a music licensing framework that reflects how people listen to music today. We urge the House Of Representatives to swiftly pass the Senate bill, so the President can sign it into law and music creators can begin to see the benefits of this critical reform.” 

MusicFirst Exec. Dir. Chris Israel said: “After passing unanimously in the House Of Representatives earlier this year, the MusicFirst Coalition is thrilled to see the Senate follow suit with unanimous passage of The Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act. We thank U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch, Sheldon Whitehouse, Lamar Alexander, Chris Coons, Charles Grassley, Dianne Feinstein and John Kennedy, as well the over 70 other cosponsors for spearheading this historic legislation. We also thank the entire music industry –- artists, songwriters, record labels, publishers, technology companies, and more -– for their years-long commitment to come to a solution that all parties could enthusiastically stand behind. 

“The Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act will bring music licensing laws into the 21st century and cement the framework for a just relationship between music creators and the technology companies that benefit from their work, it is also important to note the impact it will have on legacy artists. Through the Classics provision of this bill legacy artists will finally receive the fair compensation they so rightly deserve. Today is a historic day for music creators of all generations and these much-needed reforms will properly value the music that we all love and enjoy well into the future.” 


AllAboutCountry is very sad to report that legendary CKLW-AM/Detroit/Windsor personality Brother Bill Gable has died at 69 years old. The cause of death is COPD a breathing disorder. 
Gable had a 46-year career across North America. He began his radio career as a teenager in Allentown, PA. His big-time history was made at The Big 8/CKLW in the 1970s. Gable retired from radio in 2014.

His passing is especially sad for the Founder of AllAboutCountry Bill Hennes. He hired Gable from a part time position at KHJ in Los Angeles in 1972. They both remained great friends during all the years. Hennes who was the Big 8/CKLW programmer at the time said, “Brother Bill Gable brought an exciting sound to afternoon drive on The Big 8. He was a great air talent and a wonderful friend.

Florida Georgia Line will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 10th, as part of The Country Music Association (CMA) Songwriters Series at the Novo Theater.  The four-time CM Duo of the Year winners will be joined by songwriters Corey Crowder, Hardy and additional special guests.  

The CMA Songwriters Series features intimate performances from Country's best songwriting talent, who share inside background on how the songs were first written.  Previous stops for this years series have included Chicago, Houston and Cincinnati with Seattle on tap for later this year.  

Get more information here.

George Davis, former Withers Broadcasting Company Country KBXB/Sikeston-Cape Girardeau, MO PD , is going to Withers Broadcasting in Marion, IL as OM for the five-station cluster, incluidng Country WDDD, Classic Country WHET, AC WVZA, Rock WTAO, and Sports WFRX-A.  Davis will also handle afternoon drive on WDDD.

"I have accepted a position with Withers Broadcasting of Southern Illinois as the OM for their Marion signals," shared via Facebook.   "I will also be back on teh air in afternoon drive on W3D.  I can't wait to reconnect with my Nashville folks again."

Dustin Lynch became the newest member of hte Grand Ole Opry as his idol---and unapologetically open crush--Reba McEntire inducted him in to the Opry family. As was reported here, Lynch was invited to join the Ory last month and last night performed four of his previous singles on the Opry stage before McEntire surprised him.

"We're paaving the way like Minnie (Pearl), Roy (Acuff), Porter (Wagoner), and all the greats before us paved the way for us," said McEntire during the official induction. "Congratulations, and welcome to one of the best families in the world."

Added Lynch, "I told everybody before I came out here (that) I'm a crybaby, and I get it from my dad.  This is one of those dreams right now...Thank you for allowing us to live the dream."

"We are truly delighted to officially welcome Dustin into the Opry family," noted Grand Ole Opry GM Sally Williams. "Since making his Opry debut (in 2012), Dustin has forged a genuine, lasting relationship with the Opry's members, staff, and audiences. He's debuted would-be hits on our stage, while backstage he's gotten to know some of his music heroes and helped welcome newcomers into the Country music fold. As Dustin becomes our newest member tonight, we look forward to that relationship growing even stronger, and -- as Trace Adkins noted when inviting Dustin to join the family last month -- to Dustin carrying on the Opry's proud tradition for decades to come."

...Akron; Syracuse; Monterey-Salinbas-Santa Cruz; and Charleston, SC.  Find the 12+ ratings for the subscribing station here in after 4 p.m. (CT).

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/18/18
      Subscribers Added:  9/18/18
Subscriber Format WI 18 SP 18 PHASE 1 SU 18 PHASE 2 SU 18
KKSS-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.6 5.3 4.9 4.9
KPEK-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.2 3.4 4.1 4.2
KIOT-FM Classic Rock 3.7 4.2 3.9 4.1
KZRR-FM Mainstream Rock 4.3 4.0 3.9 4.1
KABG-FM Classic Hits 4.0 3.3 3.4 3.8
KBQI-FM Country 3.7 4.2 4.1 3.8
KLVO-FM Mexican Regional 2.8 1.8 2.6 3.2
KOLZ-FM Rhythmic Oldies 2.1 2.9 2.7 2.4
KTEG-FM Alternative 2.2 1.8 1.8 2.0
KBQI-F2+ Classic Country 2.3 2.1 2.5 1.9
KJFA-AM Spanish Adult Hits 2.0 1.5 2.0 1.9
KRZY-FM Mexican Regional 1.9 1.4 1.9 1.6
KZRR-F2+ Urban Contemporary 1.4 2.0 1.3 1.4
KKRG-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 1.4 1.2 1.1 1.2
KABQ-FM 80's Hits 0.7 0.7 0.6 1.0
KABQ-AM News Talk Information 1.0 0.1 0.4 0.4
KRZY-AM Spanish Sports * * 0.1 0.1
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/18/18
      Subscribers Added:  9/18/18
Subscriber Format WI 18 SP 18 PHASE 1 SU 18 PHASE 2 SU 18
KOFX-FM Classic Hits 9.9 11.0 9.9 9.7
KTSM-FM Soft Adult Contemporary 6.6 8.4 8.5 9.0
KPRR-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 7.0 7.2 7.2 7.3
KLAQ-FM Active Rock 7.5 7.6 6.6 6.9
KSII-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.3 5.8 6.6 6.9
KHEY-FM Country 5.0 4.6 5.3 6.0
XHTO-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.3 4.9 5.0 4.8
KINT-FM Spanish Adult Hits 4.6 5.5 4.2 4.4
KBNA-FM Mexican Regional 4.2 3.4 3.5 3.7
KYSE-FM Mexican Regional 4.5 2.5 3.3 3.1
XHPX-FM Spanish Contemporary 3.6 3.2 3.3 2.6
XHEM-FM Mexican Regional 1.9 3.1 2.8 2.5
KTSM-AM News Talk Information 2.4 2.2 2.3 2.0
KPRR-F2+ Urban Adult Contemporary 2.2 1.7 1.5 1.5
KROD-AM All Sports 0.8 0.6 0.8 0.7
XEPR-FM Spanish Contemporary 1.3 0.7 0.8 0.7
KHRO-AM Oldies * * * 0.4
KAMA-AM Spanish News/Talk 0.5 0.1 0.2 0.2
KSVE-AM Spanish Sports * 0.1 0.2 0.2
KHEY-AM All Sports * 0.1 0.1 0.1
XEPZ-AM Spanish Contemporary * * * 0.1
XEJ-AM Spanish News/Talk * 0.1 0.1 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/18/18
      Subscribers Added:  9/18/18
Subscriber Format WI 18 SP 18 PHASE 1 SU 18 PHASE 2 SU 18
WRVV-FM Classic Hits 6.1 8.5 8.8 8.1
WRBT-FM Country 5.1 5.5 6.1 6.3
WHP-AM News Talk Information 7.1 6.1 5.8 5.6
WHKF-FM Alternative 3.4 2.2 2.7 2.6
WTKT-AM All Sports 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.3
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

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Albuquerque; El Paso; Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol; Harrisburg; and York. Find the results here at AllAboutCountrycom after 4 p.m. (CT).

Due to Yom Kippur, there are no markets scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 19.  

Markets arriving Thursday, September 20: Akron; Syracuse; Monterey-Salinbas-Santa Cruz; and Charleston, SC.

FEMA and the FCC have postponed the national test of the Emergency Alaert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), originally scheduled for Thursday (9/20), to October 3, the backiup date.

The change was made due to Hurricane Florence.  The test will now begin at 2:18 (ET) on October 3 with the WEA test, followed by the EAS portion at 2:20 p.m.

Lee Ann Womack will be presented wiht e ASCAP Gold Note Award during this year's ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, November 12.  The exclusive, invitation-only gala will be held in downtown Nashville to celebrate the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most-performed Country songs of the previous year.

"Lee Ann Womack's music celebrates teh emotional storytelling to Country's traditionalists," said ASCAP Chairman/President Paul Williams.  "Her sweet and smoky croon and osngs that pull you in and don't let go have own the hearts of her Country peers and fans all over.  We are so pleased to present the ASCAP Golden Note Award to

Great work by Capitol Nashville's team and Carrie Underwood as they have earned 52 Mediabase adds with her new single, "Love Wins," making it the most-added at Country radio this week.

Congrats to UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser; Capitol Nashville VP/Promotion Bobby Young; UMG Nashville VP/Promo David Friedman, National Director of Radio Syndication Donna Hughes, Director of Promotion and Radio Market Chris Schuler; Capitol Nashville Director/West Coast Promotion Megan Youngblood, Director/Midwest Promotion Brent Jones, Director/Southwest Promotion Mara Sidweber, Director/Northeast Promotion Annie Sandor, Manager/Southeast Promotion Ashley Laws and Coordinator of Promotion Katelyn Lester.

Director of Sales Judy Lakin for Cox Media Group/Hosuton will retire from her position, effective at the end of 2018.  A longtime media sales expert, Lakin joined Cox /Houston in August 2000 as GSM for the cluster's Country KKBQ and Classic Country KTHT; Lakin was elevated to Director of Sales in 2013.

"After 18 years with Cox Media Group/Houston, I have decided to retire at the end ofo the year," shared Lakin via Facebook.  ""My tenure with CMG has been an amazing journey. (My husband), Bob, and I are ready for the next chapter in our lives, which will include a lot of time with family and friends, along with travels around the world to sunny beaches!" Lakin is the current Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2019 Agenda Committee Chair and will retain those duties throughout the duration of CRS planning after her retirement.

Congratulate Lakin here.

Parker is the new evening personality at WOGK, K-Country 93.7/Gainesville-Ocala, FL.  He succeeds Doug Rockwell.  Parker was most recently at Titan Country KBKB/Burlington, IA where he hosted mornings.  Get in touch with him here.

At KBKB, Parker's replacement is maret vet Savannah.  She comes from crosstown Top 40 KHDK.

G7 Entertainment will host the "Music Row Gives Back: Florence Relief" benefit tomorrow on Wednesday, September 19 and Thursday, September 20 to support those affected by Hurricane Florence.

The public is being encouraged to contribute water, hygiene products, non-perishable snacks and other necessities--with the exception of clothes and shoes--at the G7 Entertainment office, 801 18th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203.  In addition, volunteers are needed on Thursday (9/20) to help load the truck at 6 p.m. (CT).

Reach Sarah Romero via email for questions and more information.

WIL, 92.3's Mason and Remy are "Hitting Balls for Hurricane Relief" in St. Louis to raise money for the Humane Society of Missouri's animal rescue efforts in the Carolina's.  This charity event takes place for 14 straight hours on Tuesday, September 18 from 9 a.m.  unitl 11:00 pm. at the Top Golf Entertainment Cneter in the Chesterfield Valley.

Remy will be hitting golf balls for 14 straight hours, and followers of the show and station are welcome to pledge to donate an amount for each golf ball hit!  Fans may also stop by and "pinch swing" for Remy--who will undoubtedly have sluggish arms by 10:30 a.m.

The goal is to raise at least $5000 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.  Find a link to donate here.

Remy said, "when I said 'I could hit golf balls all day', I didn't really think I would actually have to do it!"  Mason adds, "What a great way to help out both locally and in the hurricane's affected areas, while watching Remy's arms turn to jelly, LIVE on Facebook and via New Country 92.3!"

For more information contact PD at /todaysnews.html or 314-983-6000.

Maria Palmer, formerly from Washington D.C. where she began her radio career as the swing shift, fill-in and weekend talent on Country WMZQ and Alternative WWDC (DC 101), is joining iHeartMedia Alternative WEND, 106.5 The End/Charlotte as MD/Evening Host. 

"I can't wait for the people of Charlotte to hear Palmer on the 106.5 The End," said PD DZL.  "She has a rare blend of creativity, humor, passion and drive, but also possesses the administrative and organizational skills needed to assist in running the day-to-day operations of the programming department. Palmer is definitely one to watch and we couldn’t be more excited to add her to the iHeart and WEND family.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the team at WEND and cannot wait to discover everything Queen City has to offer,” said Palmer. “I look forward to connecting on-air and online with my listeners, while simultaneously growing and expanding my skills behind the scenes as Music Director. I am very enthusiastic to dive headfirst into my duties and am privileged to be a part of such a strong family at iHeartMedia/Charlotte.

Palmer replaces Tamo who moved to iHeartMedia Alternative KYSR, ALT 98.7/Los Angeles for middays a couple of months ago.


Although Hurricane Florence has moved off to the Northeast, communities in the Carolinas are still suffering without power, homes, water and more.

The folks at iHeartMedia/Myrtle Beach, SC, including Country WGTR, Top 40 WWXM, Rock WRZX, Adult Hits WYNA nad Country WEGX are continuing to give updates and warnings about traffic and weather as well as closings and openings of things like gas stations and grocery stores.  They are also sharing experiences of listeners. The Myrtle Beach market ran continuous coverage in all stations beginning Thursday, of last week, with the Florence market joining them in the effort on Friday. Both markets issued extensive evacuation guidance, shelter information, traffic and storm tracking.

They have also teamed up with information officers from various agencies to report of rising water, closed bridges or roads and more.  To give the talent a break over the weekend they teamed up with their Tampa and Orlando teams, including full digital and social support for all stations.  The 24 hour coverage focused on critical news and the ever-changing conditions.

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/17/18
      Subscribers Added:  9/17/18
Subscriber Format WI 18 SP 18 PHASE 1 SU 18 PHASE 2 SU 18
KUZZ-FM Country 7.2 10.9 10.0 9.8
KIWI-FM Mexican Regional 6.9 7.1 5.9 6.6
KDFO-FM Classic Rock 4.8 4.7 4.1 4.1
KPSL-FM Mexican Regional 2.1 3.5 4.8 4.0
KRAB-FM Alternative 3.6 3.7 3.6 3.7
KBFP-FM Mexican Regional 2.4 0.9 1.6 2.5
KCWR-FM Classic Country 2.4 2.1 1.9 1.9
KRJK-FM Country 0.8 1.6 1.3 1.5
KCHJ-FM Spanish Oldies 2.3 1.0 1.2 1.4
KHTY-AM All Sports * 0.4 0.7 0.7
KWAC-AM Spanish Sports * 0.1 0.3 0.3
KBFP-AM Comedy * 0.1 0.1 0.1
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/17/18
      Subscribers Added:  9/17/18
Subscriber Format WI 18 SP 18 PHASE 1 SU 18 PHASE 2 SU 18
KSSK-FM Adult Contemporary 13.3 9.2 10.5 10.6
KINE-FM Adult Contemporary 5.6 7.3 7.5 8.1
KDNN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.1 5.3 5.9 6.3
KRTR-FM Adult Contemporary 5.7 6.6 6.1 5.5
KCCN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.1 3.2 3.5 3.5
KUBT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.4 3.7 3.7 3.5
KPHW-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.2 4.0 3.5 3.3
KHVH-AM News Talk Information 2.3 3.2 3.2 2.9
KUCD-FM Alternative 2.0 2.4 2.3 2.2
KIKI-AM All Sports * 0.2 0.2 0.2
KKNE-AM Adult Standards/MOR * 0.2 0.3 0.2
KPRP-AM World Ethnic * 0.5 0.3 0.2
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/17/18
      Subscribers Added:  9/17/18
Subscriber Format WI 18 SP 18 PHASE 1 SU 18 PHASE 2 SU 18
WMYL-FM Country 1.4 2.0 2.3 1.7
WGAP-AM Classic Country * 0.4 0.1 0.2
WYSH-AM Classic Country * 0.3 0.3 0.2
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/17/18
      Subscribers Added:  9/17/18
Subscriber Format WI 18 SP 18 PHASE 1 SU 18 PHASE 2 SU 18
KXKT-FM Country 9.4 7.8 8.3 9.0
KFAB-AM News Talk Information 8.7 8.5 8.7 8.0
KGOR-FM Classic Hits 7.6 6.3 6.7 6.7
KOPW-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 6.0 6.6 6.4 6.0
KISO-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.1 3.8 3.3 3.5
KQKQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.4 3.4 3.5 3.5
KOOO-FM Classic Rock 1.6 2.8 2.8 2.9
KFFF-FM Classic Country 2.7 3.1 2.9 2.4
KOZN-AM All Sports 2.7 1.4 1.2 1.1
KOIL-AM News Talk Information 1.5 1.4 1.3 0.8
KISO-F2+ Classic Rock 0.7 0.9 0.5 0.7
KFFF-F2+ Mexican Regional 0.7 1.3 0.5 0.5
KISO-G2+ Classic Rock * 0.1 0.3 0.3
KMMQ-AM Mexican Regional * 0.9 0.5 0.3
KZOT-AM All Sports * 0.1 0.3 0.1
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/17/18
      Subscribers Added:  9/17/18
Subscriber Format WI 18 SP 18 PHASE 1 SU 18 PHASE 2 SU 18
KRMG-FM News Talk Information 9.4 7.4 7.2 7.5
KJSR-FM Classic Rock 5.8 5.5 6.3 6.7
KWEN-FM Country 6.0 6.4 5.8 6.1
KRAV-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.1 4.9 5.3 5.2
KMOD-FM Album Oriented Rock 5.8 5.3 5.8 5.1
KTBT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.4 3.4 3.3 3.8
KTGX-FM Country 3.8 3.7 4.3 3.4
KIZS-FM Spanish Variety * 0.3 0.5 0.7
KTBZ-AM All Sports * 0.2 0.4 0.6
KTGX-F2+ Classic Rock 0.8 0.1 0.1 0.5
KWEN-F2+ Active Rock * 0.7 0.4 0.5
KAKC-AM All Sports * 0.1 0.1 0.1
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.

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09/17/2018 12:51 PM
Recent Radio Sales
Alpha Media Licensee LLC is selling Hot AC WHAJ J104, Classic Hip Hop WKEZ-A-W254CV (G98.7) and News-Talk WHIS-AM/Bluefield, WV; Country WHKX/Bluefield-WHQX/Gary, WV to Charles R. Spencer III and Rick Lambert's First Media Services, LLC for $1.825 million.  The buyer owns WKQR (92.7 KISS FM)/Mullens, WV, Hot AC WKQB, Mix 102.9/Pocahonntas, WV; Country WELC/A/Welch, WV and Country WAMN-AM-W233CL-W247BO (Willie 94.5)/Green Valley, WV and a permit for W227DU/Welch, WV.

In other filings with the FCC, Idaho conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, Inc. is selling WTSJ/Menan, ID to Hi-Line Radio Fellowship, Inc. for $20,000.

Gerald R. Proctor is selling K237HB/Huntsville, TX to Carlos Lopez for $40,000. The primary station is listed as Star Radio Network Country KIVY-FM/Crockett, TX.  

Newman Broadcasting has requested a Silent STA for WJTK/Columbia, City, FL, telling the FCC it expects the appointment of a receiver.

And Templo Nueva Vida, Inc. has filed for a Silent STA for low power KORM-LP/Corona, CA after discovering that part of a phone line use d to send programming from a new studio location to the transmitter had been removed.

09/17/2018 12:41 PM
Jeff Carroll Joins Sinclair
Former NBC Universal VP/Integrated Marketing Jeff Carroll has joined Sinclair Broadcast Gorup as VP/Marketing.  Carroll, who left WBCU in February has been consulting.  He will report to Chief Revenue Offficer Rob Weisbord. Carroll's other career stops inlcude MTV Networks and AIG.

"Jeff brings an award-winning background and unique insight into the challenges facing broadcasters today," said Weisbord. "Through his leadership at organizations such as NBC Universal has demonstrated an ability to supervise in-house marketing efforts, strategically manage development strategies, and ensure the success of forward-thinking company initiatives. We are enthusiastic to see how Jeff's expertise will further Sinclair's objectives and fortify our standing as an industry leader." 

Added Carroll, "I am excited to become a part of Sinclair and work with best-in-class leaders to shape the future of media and entertainment across Sinclair's expansive portfolio of assets. As audience behavior changes, it is vital as a company to embrace change and evolve so that we can reach our consumers in the ways and platforms they prefer."  

We wish all the best to stations recovering after the devastation left by Hurricane Florence last week.  Thinking particularly of our many friends in Wilmington, NC that took the brunt of the storm. According to the Washington Post, "water has rendered Wilmington an island, cut off from the rest of the world. It is impossible to get in and out of the city now.  Flooding closed interstates and secondary roads chocking it off by land.  The airport has been airport has been shuttered since Wednesday.  It is not accessible by sea, with the Part of Wilmington on the Cape Fear River closed.

"Wilmington likely will stay marooned for at least another day. It is still raining. It has been raining nearly constantly for days. The rivers are still rising, widespread flooding is expected, and Gov. Roy Cooper said the storm has 'never been more dangerous'. Officials said at least 450 people were rescued from floodwaters in the Wilmington area. One official issued a blunt warning to anyone looking to travel to Wilmington, including those who evacuated ahead of the storm and are anxiously waiting to return and see the condition of their home. 'Do not come here,” said Woody White, chairman of the board of commissioners of New Hanover County. 'There’s no access to Wilmington'.”

Affected Area Per FCC

As of yesterday (9/16), 20 FM and 3 AM stations reported being out of service due to the storm, according to the FCC:


EMF Contemporary Christian WBNK (K-LOVE)/Pine Knoll Shores-New Bern, NC; Contemporary Christian WCCE (HIS RADIO)/Buies Creek-Fayettville, NC;, Bennettsville Community Radio Southern Gospel WEHF-LP/Bennettsville, SC; Eastern Airwaves/Curtis Media Beach Music WELS-F/Kinston, NC; All Saints Catholic Media Religion WFNE-LP (Divine Mercy Radio)/Wake Forest, NC; EMF Contemporary Christian WFVL (K-LOVE)/Lumberton-Fayetteville NC; EMF Contemporary Christian WHAR (AIR1)/Morehead City, NC; Curtis Media Urban WIKS (101.9 KISS FM)/New Bern, NC; EMF Contemporary Christian WKGV (K-LOVE)/Swansboro-Wilmington, NC; Cumuluc Classic Rock WKXS-F (94.5 The Hawk)/Leland-Wilmington, NC; iHeartMedia Regional Mexican WLQB (El Patron 93.5)/Ocean Isle Beach, NC; Curtis Media Group Hot AC WMGV (V103/3)/Newport-New Bern, NC; Cumulus Urban WMNX (Coast 97.3)/Wilmington, NC; Inner Banks Media News-Talk WNBU/Oriental-New Bern, NC; Clio Opera Inc. Variety WOPA-LP/Clio, SC; Inner Banks Media Country WRHT (96.3 Thunder Country)/Morehead City NC; Marlboro County Broadcasters Variety WRQP-LP/Bennettsville, SC; Curtis Media Classic Rock WSFL-F/New Bern, NC; Curtis Media Top 40/Rhythmic WXNR (HOT 99.5)/Grifton-New Bern, NC; and New Age Communications Country WZKT (97.7 Katie Country)/Walnut Creek-Kinston, NC.

Cumulus News-Talk WAAV-A/Leland-Wilmington, NC; Eastern Airwaves/Curtis Media Urban WSSG-A (92.7 JAMZ)/Goldsboro, NC; Eastern Airwaves/Curtis Media Gospel WWMC-A (GOSPEL 1010 AM & 92.9 FM)/KINSTON, NC.
In addition, 3 other FM stations reported "being down with programming sent to another station": Cumulus AC WGNI/Wilmington, NC; Regional Baha'i Council Of The Southeaster States Variety WLGI (Radio Baha'i)/Hemingway-Myrtle Beach SC; Inner Banks Media News-Talk WTIB (Talk FM 103.7)/Williamston-Greenville, NC.

Meanwhile, 100 FM stations and 28 AM stations reported that they remained operational. 

As for TV, Sinclair ABC affiliate WCTI-TV/New Bern, NC and LMA sister FOX affiliate WYDO-TV (Fox Eastern Carolina)/Greenville, NC were knocked off the air, as was Mercys Bridge Media independent WTNG-CD/Lumberton, NC.


iHeartMedia has expanded the duties of EVP/Global Music Marketing Alissa Pollack to now include creating music strategies.  She will work closely with Brand Managers and the Naitonal Progamming team to oversee and create custom data-focused roadmaps for artists, brands and advertising partners, on top of retaining her current duties and oversign of Mediabase, M-Score, RateTheMusic and BuzzAngel Music.

Pollack and her team will continue to handle artist relations for Premiere Networks' more than 5,000 affiliates, the iHeartRadio and Podcast teams, and internationally through iHeartRadio's broadcast partnerships. iHeartMedia will be able to now harness Pollack's expertise in data insights in a more formal, vital way, using her expertise to further support iHeart's commitment to developing artists.

Don't Forget!  CRS 2019 registration rate goes up this Wednesday, September 19 from $549 to $599.

Get registered on the CRS website to secure your registration for the 50th Anniversary of CRS next year.

CRS 2019 will kick off wiht a new, third luncheon to be held opening day Wednesday, February 13. The new luncheon will be hosted by Warner Music Nashville and headlined by WMN's Blake Shelton who will also receive the CRS 2019 Artist Humanitarian Award.  Shelton will be honored during the opening day WMN luncheon for his dedication in giving back through many charitable initiaitves and events, including his "Healing In the Heartland" benefit concert, donations to the Jimmy Everest Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City, and his "Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief" multi-city telethon for victims of Hurricans Harvey and Irma.

"Warner Music Nashville is very excited to kick-off CRS activities with an exciting and diverse lineup of our amazing artists," said WMN Chairman/CEO John Esposito. "I'm proud of Blake being recognized as Humanitarian Of The Year. Over the years, I've watched him give back in so many profound ways. He responded immediately to those in need avert the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma in 2013, holding a benefit that was televised nationwide. He continually gives back to his hometown of Tishomingo, to the children's hospital in Oklahoma City, and so much more. But, it's what he does on a daily basis that really sticks out to me. He will send us an email about something he's read and say, 'I want to do this to help this person.' And, I think Blake has helped more stranded motorists than Triple A -- but that's just his character. He's a humanitarian every day. Congratulations, Blake, you earned it!"

Dick Broadcasting Co/Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC has named Crystal Legends as interim OM for the cluster, including Country WRNS, Top Rock WXQR, 40 WERO, Adult Hits WQSL, Adult Hits WQZL and Sports WRNS-A.  Legends takes over form Chris "Hollywood" Mann who left the cluster earlier this month after 16 years.

Legends was promoted to PD for WRNS last summer nad added programming duties for WZQR in January.  The first thing Legends will be working on as Interim OM is getting the station up and running after Hurricane Florence; WRNS was off the air as of this morning (9/17).  The station is also reportedly flooded, but Legends and the crew are working on getting the station back on the air and the building up and in working order.  Get in touch with here.,,