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    October 22nd, 2020, 06:47 AM
    From All Access: DADDY YANKEE and BAD BUNNY each won seven awards at the 2020 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS. The awards were presented at THE BB&T CENTER near MIAMI. DADDY YANKEE's song "Con … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 06:47 AM
    From All Access: iHEARTMEDIA and AMY BROWN, co-host of THE BOBBY BONES SHOW will partner to launch THE AMY BROWN PODCAST NETWORK. The agreement includes a slate of health and wellness podcasts that will be … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 06:47 AM
    From All Access: There is literally so much candy corn in today’s CPR Promotional Check-Up that even the state of Nebraska said “Dayum!” … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 06:47 AM
    From All Access: CORUS ENTERTAINMENT has released its fourth quarter and year end financial results today. "We delivered fourth quarter results that exceeded our expectations in the current environment, … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 06:47 AM
    From All Access: SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING has centralized its two production music divisions – EXTREME MUSIC and EMI PRODUCTION MUSIC – as one global operation and named RUSSELL EMANUEL as … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 06:47 AM
    From All Access: PHARIS BROADCASTING, INC. is selling Sports KHGG-A (SPORTS HOG 1580 & 101.1)/VAN BUREN-FORT SMITH, AR to DARREN GIRDNER's G2 MEDIA GROUP LLC for $34,000, including $18,240.75 to pay … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 06:47 AM
    From All Access: Only 12 days more days and it's Election Day, 2020. Make sure your vote counts -- vote early! Mail your ballots in early or drop them in a certified drop box. Or get in line at your local … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: ALL ACCESS Happy Birthday wishes on THURSDAY (10/22) to INTERSCOPE Crossover Promotion honcho NINO CUCCINELLO, voice goddess RANDY THOMAS, DMR INTERACTIVE Pres./COO TRIPP ELDREDGE, … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: THE ACE & TJ SHOW is now offering a 3 hour weekend show for current ACE & TJ affiliates and stations looking to try out THE ACE & TJ SHOW. THE ACE & TJ WEEKEND SHOW is a … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: The AMERICAN URBAN RADIO INSPIRATIONAL NETWORK (AURIN) will launch the second in a continuing series of virtual discussions in support of the nation's church community. You can … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: Country artists CHRIS LANE, WALKER HAYES, SARA EVANS and PHIL VASSAR are set to headline performances for "BRIGHT NIGHT OUT," a newly created outdoor concert experience that allows … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: HUBBARD RADIO Country KNUC (98.9 THE BULL)/SEATTLE morning host FITZ had his hair cut into a mullet YESTERDAY (10/21) to raise awareness for ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL. The new … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: The GRACIE AWARDS, presented by the ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION (AWMF), will open the call for entries for the 46th ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS GALA and GRACIE AWARDS LUNCHEON on … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: In this week's ALL ACCESS "WOMEN TO WATCH" column, MC MEDIA Principal CHARESE FRUGE sits down with newly-minted morning show host ANGI TAYLOR, whose wake up program recently … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: The much-ballyhooed streaming wars has its first victim. QUIBI HOLDINGS, a programming service designed specifically for the cell phone market with such major players as JEFFREY KATZENBERG … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: Major congrats from everyone at ALL ACCESS to longtime radio personality and programmer J.J. HITMAN McKAY, who has just celebrated being on the air for five decades -- that's 50 years. … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: Only 12 days more days and it's Election Day, 2020. Make sure your vote counts -- vote early! Mail your ballots in early or drop them in a certified drop box. Or get in line at your local … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: PODCAST MOVEMENT VIRTUAL 2020 closes out its first week THURSDAY (10/22) with MARK CUBAN's keynote address and a look at daily news podcasts kicking off the day's agenda. The … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: Looking ahead to the future, iHEARTMEDIA Chairman/CEO BOB PITTMAN and CFO/COO RICH BRESSLER penned an update YESTERDAY (10/21) on COVID-19 and the changes it has brought about for the company … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From All Access: CARRIE UNDERWOOD topped the winners at last night’s (10/21) “CMT Music Awards,” held in NASHVILLE. The Country star won the night’s top prize, “Video of the … more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From Radio Insight: The following is a Ross On Radio guest article from David Gleason, consultant, former domestic and international programmer, manager and station owner, Executive Vice President of Univision Radio and operator of WorldRadioHistory.com. There seems to be nothing but criticism of the recent broad moves to national origination of daypart programming for local radio stations. But would the conversation be different if more people understood that “one format on many transmitters” is the norm in much of the world? Or that those stations go far beyond the shift-by-shift networking or hub-and-spoke programming heard in North America? Drive through Spain or Italy or Germany or Chile or Peru and the most important stations can be heard all across entire nations. Those operations usually consider themselves one station, not a network, offering programming in bits and pieces, but a single voice with national coverage with its positive connotations of unity and strength. One of the early purposes of the RDS system was to electronically identify the strongest signal from national networks in Europe so that radios would switch to them automatically as listeners drove around a nation. BDS enhanced a listening experience that was already astoundingly popular. When Metromedia tried, several decades ago, to do an independent news and information station in Berlin, they failed. It was, as commented by all, well done. But it only served one city. Listeners and advertisers did not prefer single transmitter operations; they preferred the scope of national stations. American radio’s structure dates back 90 years to the 1930s when the FCC and influential legislators wanted to make sure that the growing Red, Blue and CBS networks did not totally dominate radio. So, they limited ownership in order that the webs could not own a national set of hundreds of stations. And they set very low power levels for even the biggest AM stations of the day. In that era when America was recovering from the Great Depression and observing the growing turmoil in Europe, those in the government feared the influence and power of that young force called radio. So, they imposed controls. Radio became local because the rules, not the audience, demanded it, and those rules are ninety years old. Now after the relaxation of restrictions on ownership and studio location, radio finds itself neither successfully local retailer nor national superstore. So why don’t we have national broadcast radio stations? The United States is very different among world nations in giving so much power to state and local government, making “localism” relevant, at least in news. But technology now allows perfect synchronization and integration of local elements into national voices. There are outstanding suppliers of software that will seamlessly assemble work parts from local, regional and national sources into a smooth and listenable format in each market. We’ve been working toward national music and entertainment formats for 50 years. We’ve had it in small markets with tape syndication in the ‘70s and satellite radio networks in the ‘80s, but those systems never transformed to massive national single-identity formats when the technology arrived. Now, with all the science and software we need, shows can be assembled with national talent and structure using localized or regional music lists, with variable stopset length, and all the local service elements we are used to. Whether it is Seacreast, Charlemagne da God, Bobby Bones, or Jubal, there are talents that are outstanding and who have great access to format-specific music and lifestyle guests. Yet any step in this direction creates accusations of cookie-cutter radio. Often, those most bemoaning localism replace it in their own listening by subscribing to satellite radio, or replacing their local radio listening with national podcasts. Those objections miss the irony that national radio is most capable of competing with those platforms both in terms of content and usability. A national over the air format is perfectly adapted to being simultaneously streamed on the web using whatever systems and techniques are popular in any given moment. Geography-independent programming is the staple of the web. Parallel national webcasting and local broadcast transmitter networks make a perfect fit. No matter what the device, you tap, talk or tune your way to a single favorite program that is available everywhere you go. Is there something deeper in the American personality that requires local radio? The mental barriers appear to be with broadcasters, not with the listeners who are already shifting to national platforms. At this moment, U.S. radio is neither successfully the corner store nor national superstore. It took visionaries Todd Storz and Gordon McLendon to create a new radio model in the early 1950s to compete with what seemed like a knockout punch from TV. Who is going to be our agent of change today? more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From Radio Insight: Black Diamond Broadcasting has announced it will acquire Classic Hits “Sunny 97.7” WMRX-FM Beaverton, Country “107.7 The Highway” 1490 WMPX/107.7 W299CK Midland and “Discover Michigan Magazine” from Steel Broadcasting. Black Diamond, owned by Mike Chires and Norm McKee, currently owns seven brands across ten signals in Michigan. The company began operating the stations via LMA on October 1. Terms of the deal have yet to be revealed. Black Diamond Broadcasting announced today an agreement to acquire Midland, MI based radio stations Sunny 97.7 FM WMRX, 107.7 FM/1490 AM WMPX – The Highway, and “Discover Michigan Magazine”, from Steel Broadcasting. Click to See Discover Michigan MagazineBlack Diamond will expand from 10 to 13 radio stations covering central and northern Michigan with the acquisition, and will look to their stable of top-rated radio stations to help expand the offerings and distribution of the highly successful “Discover Michigan Magazine”. Steel Broadcasting owners, Tom and Bev Steel, who in addition to their success with their radio stations, have also built “Discover Michigan Magazine” into one of Michigan’s leading sources for access to discount lodging, meals and activities throughout the state, have been in discussions with Black Diamond for the past several months, identifying the company as the ideal organization to take over stewardship of their radio stations and magazine. (tap image to read Discover Michigan Magazine) Tom Steel said of the transaction, “The time is right for Bev and I to step away from the daily demands of running our business and are thrilled that Black Diamond took immediate interest in what we have created. Their broadcast experience and expertise, combined with their commitment to Midland, as well as all of central and northern Michigan were key to us in making our decision to sell.” Black Diamond Broadcasting, owned by life-long Michigan residents and long time broadcasters Mike Chires and Norm McKee, own and operate radio stations throughout central and northern Michigan, including Houghton Lake based 98.5 WUPS, Traverse City based Rock 105 & 95.5, 98.1 & 95.3 Classic Rock-The Bear and 102.9 Big Country. Black Diamond will assume operations of the new stations effective on or about October 1st, under the terms of a Local Marketing Agreement, until such time as the transaction closes, following Federal Communication Commission approval. more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From Radio Insight: Cox Media Group has announced a series of talent adjustments at its Country properties in Houston and San Antonio. The moves start with the promotion of Cox Houston Operations Manager and “93Q” 92.9 KKBQ Program Director Johnny Chiang to Country Format Leader for the company. In that role Chiang succeeds Jeff Garrison, who exits the company. Garrison, who served as Operations Manager of the company’s San Antonio cluster and Program Director of Country “Y100” KCYY since April 2013, will be replaced as PD by Christi Brooks. Brooks has spent her entire 21 year radio career at KKBQ, most recently serving as APD/MD/midday host and afternoon host at “Country Legends 97.1” KTHT. Finally Caitlin ‘CJ’ Johnson, who joined KKBQ as afternoon host in August 2019, will succeed Brooks as Assistant Director of Branding & Programming. Johnson served as Music Director and afternoon host at Cox CHR 95.1 WAPE Jacksonville prior to coming to Houston and continues to track back to Jacksonville. Cox Media Group today announced several promotions within the CMG Houston and San Antonio Radio team. The appointments are effective immediately and build on the great foundation of the Radio team while accelerating the Company’s drive to entertain, serve and build its local communities. Johnny Chiang will take the helm as Country Format Leader in addition to his role as Director of Operations for CMG Houston. In this expanded role, he will partner with all six of CMG’s award-winning country stations. Throughout his 27-year career with CMG, Johnny has been a three-time CMA winner, four-time Marconi winner and has been named to Radio Ink’s annual list of best country music program directors 11 times. Other accolades include being inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2014 and Billboard’s Most Influential Country Program Director in 2016. Prior to CMG, he programmed at KOST in Los Angeles, CA, an AC format station. “CMG has some of the greatest brands, led by some of the best program directors in Country radio,” said Chiang. “I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to work even closer with this distinguished and already-successful group of talented programmers. I am deeply grateful to Tim Clarke and Steve Smith for their belief in me. Christi Brooks has been promoted to Director of Branding/Programming for KCYY in San Antonio. Christi started her career as an intern at KKBQ in 1999 before landing a role as weekend on-air talent, then transitioning to nights, mornings and finally middays. Most recently, Brooks served as Assistant Director of Branding/Programming and Midday On-Air Talent of KKBQ in Houston. Brooks will begin working with the Y100 team officially on November 2. “I had no idea when I walked through the doors 21 years ago at KKBQ that this would be my career path,” said Brooks. “I have been fortunate enough to work with and learn from some of the best in the business. I have been a fan of the team at Y100 for a long time and can’t wait to join them and see what we can do together.” Caitlin “CJ” Johnson, afternoon drive host for KKBQ, is promoted to the station’s Assistant Director of Branding/Programming role. CJ began her career as a sales assistant at WAPE in Jacksonville, Fla., before landing a weekend show and later holding positions as full-time host and Music Director before relocating to Houston, TX. CJ also currently hosts middays on WAPE. “Being asked to be Johnny Chiang’s Assistant Director of Branding and Programming is like getting the opportunity to learn how to write a country song from Chris Stapleton,” said Johnson. “You just say ‘yes!’” “Johnny, Christi and CJ are brilliant programmers, thoughtful leaders, esteemed and respected on-air talent and all-around great people,” said Executive Vice President of CMG Radio Bill Hendrich. “Their passion for the industry and helping others will be the cornerstone of their success in their new roles. Congratulations to them all!” CMG Radio Vice President of Audience and Content Tim Clarke added, “Johnny, Christi, and CJ are all outstanding leaders in CMG Country, and I am thrilled to see them rise in our organization. In each of their new roles, they will make our award-winning country brands even better.” more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From Radio Insight: Stephens Media Group flipped a pair of its Tulsa signals at 3pm this afternoon. 1980s Hits “Totally Awesome 80s” moved from 100.9 KTSO Sapulpa to 94.5 K233AU Tulsa/KTSO-HD2. The move displaces Christian CHR “KXOJ2“, which moves to an online only presentation. That cleared 100.9 KTSO to flip to “Tulsa’s Soft Oldies” focusing on music from the 70s through 90s. The move resurrects the format and positioning that had been used by “94.1 The Breeze” under the KTSO call letters from 2013-2016. Kent Jones, who spent 31 years at Tyler Media Classic Hits 92.5 KOMA-FM Oklahoma City until his exit in January, will host mornings in addition to his role as OM of Stephens’ Spokane WA cluster. Faith Martin, who hosts airshifts at two of Stephens’ stations in Kennewick WA, will host middays. Christian AC 94.1 KXOJ morning host Dave Weston will host afternoons. Kevin Meyer, Program Director of Christian Preaching 970 KCFO will add APD/evening duties. The move places KTSO musically between Griffin Communications Classic Hits “92.9 The Drive” KBEZ and Cox Media Group Hot AC “Mix 96.5” KRAV. Tulsa has not had a Mainstream AC since KBEZ dropped the format in 2010, although Stephens’ Christian AC 94.1 KXOJ also fills the format hole in the market. The first hour of “Tulsa’s Soft Oldies” on KTSO featured: Little River Band – Reminiscing Ambrosia – Biggest Part Of Me Eric Clapton – Change The World Doobie Brothers – It Keeps You Runnin Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs Chicago – If You Leave Me Now America – Ventura Highway Bryan Adams – Straight From The Heart Chris Issak – Wicked Game Atlanta Rhythm Section – Imaginary Lover Eagles – Desperado Howard Jones – No One Is To Blame more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From Radio Insight: The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and its co-owned minor league franchises have announced a multiyear contract extension to remain on iHeartMedia owned stations. The deal will keep the Cavaliers on News/Talk 1100 WTAM/106.9 W295DE and Rock 100.7 WMMS. WTAM and predecessor WWWE have carried the Cavs since the 1990-91 season as well as from 1973-81 and 1984-88. WMMS began simulcasting the coverage in 2014. The American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters will move to Sports “1350 The Gambler” WARF Akron after airing on now defunct Alternative “Alt 99.1” W256BT/WMMS-HD2 the past few years. The NBA G-League’s Canton Charge will remain on Country “99.7 Canton’s New Country” W259BW Canton/WHOF-HD2. W259BW has carried the Charge’s games for all three years of their existence. The NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL Cleveland Monsters and NBA G League Canton Charge and iHeartMedia Cleveland announced today a multiyear, multi-team broadcast agreement beginning with the 2020-21 season. The agreements for iHeartMedia’s network of official flagship stations include WTAM 1100 AM/106.9 FM and WMMS 100.7 FM for Cavs basketball; FOX Sports 1350 AM “The Gambler,” the new home for Monsters hockey; and 99.7 FM Canton’s New Country for Charge basketball. The stations will broadcast each team’s preseason, regular season and postseason games as well as pre-and postgame programming. In addition, the agreement includes extensive promotional elements featuring many exclusive fan-engagement opportunities for each team and station across the full iHeartMedia Cleveland platform. “We are excited to extend our already successful relationship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Monsters, and Charge,” said Keith Hotchkiss, Metro President for iHeartMedia Cleveland. “These teams are an important part of the iHeartMedia family, and this multiyear agreement allows us to continue delivering content to fans who listen to iHeartRadio’s WTAM, WMMS, and FOX Sports 1350 The Gambler.” “Our decades-long partnership with iHeartMedia Cleveland reflects a mutual commitment and collaboration by all involved to continually find ways to deliver the highest quality broadcast and fan experience possible,” said Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse CEO Len Komoroski. “We’re excited to keep the good times rolling with the great team at iHeartMedia as we introduce a new level of broadcast and promotional inclusion across all of the flagship stations for the Cavs, Monsters and Charge.” WTAM 1100 AM will continue as the Cavaliers’ long-time flagship station, broadcasting all 82 Cavs regular season games, select preseason games and all playoff games, which will also simulcast live on sister station 100.7 WMMS, Cleveland’s Rock Station. Both WTAM 1100 AM and 100.7 WMMS will also serve as flagship stations for the 30-station Cavs Radio Network that reaches 38 states and half of Canada. The extension marks the 31st consecutive season that WTAM 1100 AM has been the official flagship radio home of the Cavaliers, which began in 1990-91 when the station was then WWWE 1100 AM. It is the 46th season that Cavs games have been broadcast on 1100 AM, starting in the 1971-72 season. Veteran broadcaster Tim Alcorn will return for his 2nd season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Cavaliers and will be joined by Cavaliers legend, Jim Chones, as the game analyst, who will be back for his 11th season as the game analyst. Returning for his 29th year is studio host Mike Snyder, who will anchor all pregame, halftime and postgame shows. Former OSU great and NBA player Brad Sellers will be back for his 11th year as a postgame studio analyst. Each broadcast on the Cavaliers Radio Network begins 30 minutes prior to game time with the “Huntington Tip-Off Show,” an inside look and preview of the upcoming game with the Cavs coaching staff and Alcorn. Following each game is “Tito’s Nightcap Recap,” a postgame recap with Snyder, Chones and Sellers taking fan calls and providing game analysis, along with comments from players in both locker rooms, and Coach Bickerstaff’s postgame conference. The AHL Cleveland Monsters radio broadcasts are moving from iHeartMedia Cleveland’s Alt 99.1 (99.1 FM WMMS HD2) to sister station FOX Sports 1350 AM “The Gambler” beginning in the 2020-21 season. Veteran hockey broadcaster Tony Brown will return for his 6th season as the radio and television play-by-play voice of the Monsters. Games can also be heard live on the station’s website 1350thegambler.iheart.com, the Monsters Mobile App presented by University Hospitals, as well as iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, available on over 250 platforms. NBA G League Canton Charge powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers game broadcasts will return to 99.7 FM Canton’s New Country for the 3rd consecutive season, with play-by-play voice of the Charge Scott Zurilla beginning his 10th season. Games will also stream live on CantonCharge.com as well as the Charge mobile app, available free for all Android and iPhone users. *The start of the Cavs, Monsters and Charge 2020-21 seasons are delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A return to play for all leagues are to be announced. more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From Radio Insight: Q Media Properties is adding a third station to its operations in the northern fringes of the Minneapolis market. Q will purchase Full Service AAA 95.5 KBEK Mora MN from Jay Mankie and Mary Lodin’s Genesis Technology Communication for an undisclosed amount. KBEK will join a cluster that includes “Cool Country 100.9” WCMP-FM and “Classic Hits 106.5” 1350 WCMP/106.5 W293DA Pine City. Q Media Properties, which also owns stations in Red Wing, Lake City and Wabasha MN, will begin operating KBEK via LMA on November 1. Jay Mankie and Mary Lodin are pleased to announce the sale of KBEK-FM to Q-Media. Q Media Properties, LLC is 100% owned by Alan and Linda Quarnstrom of Red Wing, Minnesota who currently own WCMP AM and WCMP FM in Pine City along with four other stations in Red Wing. Q-Media Properties will be dedicated to bringing the Mora community the same local news, sports, and community programming that they provide in all of their stations. According to Al Quarnstrom, “We look forward to being involved in the Mora community and continuing the commitment to strong, local radio that KBEK has been proud of for many years.” The stations will be operated by Q Media Properties, LLC under a local sales and marketing agreement beginning on November 1st, pending approval of the Federal Communication Commission. more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From Radio Insight: Christopher Miller’s Meridian Media closed on its October 2019 acquisition of the majority of Rocking M Media’s Salina KS cluster last week. Miller, who owns 1/3 of Rocking M Media, purchased Country “Y93.7” KYEZ Salina, Classic Hits “FM 104.9” KSAL-FM Salina, News/Talk 1150 KSAL/106.7 K294DI Salina, and Full Service “1560 The General” KABI/95.9 K240EX Abilene for the assumption of a $1,755,917.55 promissory note. However the two stations not included in the original sale will also come under Meridian Media control as Meridian has entered into an LMA to operate CHR “92.7 The New Zoo” KZUH Minneapolis and “95.5 The Rock” KVOB Lindsborg. A third station, 101.7 KDJM Lindsborg was operated by Rocking M under LMA from Randy Michaels’ Radioactive LLC but was sold to Divine Mercy Radio in August 2019 for $340,000 and has since flipped to Catholic programming as KJDM. In a story at KSAL.com, it is explained that the Meridian Media name comes from the fact that Miller’s great-grandfather A.Q. Miller Sr. was a Salina resident and treasurer of the Meridian Road Association. The road was an early attempt in the 1910’s to build a north-south highway from Mexico to Canada along the sixth meridian and through Salina. more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From Radio Insight: After previously spending five weeks airing “The History of Alternative” from September 8 through October 7, Cumulus Media Alternative 101.1 WKQX Chicago has brought back the feature as a weekly show and podcast. The Sunday morning show will air from 8am-12pm hosted by Brian Phillips retaining the original programming concept airing a deep library of songs from Alternative history. The podcast, hosted by James VanOsdol and Jon Manley, will focus on specific topics or guests. CUMULUS MEDIA announces that Chicago’s Alternative Rock station 101 WKQX-FM has launched a companion podcast and Sunday music feature, both called “The History of Alternative”, sponsored by Wintrust Community Banks. The new podcast and weekend feature will pick up where 101 WKQX’s successful programming special, also entitled “The History of Alternative”, left off. “The History of Alternative” was an epic programming event sponsored by Coors Light that took fans on a five-week anthology of the music, memories and events that have defined Alternative. The special station takeover aired nine hours a day, every day, on 101 WKQX from September 8th through October 7th. With 2,986 songs played over the course of 22 weekdays from 10am-7pm, fans followed along to hear songs of their past and relive the best from the array of alternative eras. The new weekly feature, “The History of Alternative”, will air Sundays from 8am-12pm. It will take the long-form concept into a weekly four-hour playlist, and will be hosted by Brian Phillips. Continuing the conversation, James VanOsdol and Jon Manley will dig even deeper into the Alternative vaults, as they host “The History of Alternative” podcast. Each episode will focus on a specific topic, special guest or concept. The first four episodes have been released and include conversations with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath, and members of Phoenix, Thomas Mars and Christian Mazzalaiguitar. Also included is a timely Halloween episode, in which VanOsdol and Manley debate the spookiest alternative artists, albums and songs. New episodes of “The History of Alternative” podcast are delivered weekly, and are available on Apple, Google, Amazon, TuneIn, and Stitcher, as well as on the 101WKQX website at: https://www.101wkqx.com/history-of-alternative-podcast/. Episodes of “The History of Alternative” podcast available now include: The History of Smashing Pumpkins, Part 1: Billy Corgan Smashing Pumpkins mastermind Billy Corgan discusses the band’s history and legacy. Rise Against: Political music and other appeals to reason Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath talks politics in music. Phoenix History French band Phoenix has headlined Lollapalooza and Coachella, and talks about their Alternative roots in Europe. The Halloween episode Discussion of the best spooky Alternative artists, albums and songs. more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From Radio Insight: Flinn Broadcasting continues to revamp its Memphis cluster. After flipping CHR “Q107.5” WHBQ-FM to Classic Hits in late September, the company has made changes at additional signals within its cluster. “Sports 56” 560 WHBQ Memphis/96.1 WIVG Tunica MS has dropped its simulcast on 87.7 WPGF-LP Memphis, while signing on new translator 98.5 W253DF Memphis to take its place. The 98.5 signal retains WHBQ’s FM coverage on the east side of Memphis and its suburbs of Bartlett and Germantown. 87.7 WPGF-LP has begun airing Christmas music as “Santa 87.7“. The station will continue with the holiday music through end of the year. more
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    October 22nd, 2020, 03:45 AM
    From Radio Insight: During the ‘90s heyday of Oldies as a ‘50s-and ‘60s-based radio format, it was easy to identify the most ubiquitous song from early fall 1967. “The Letter” by the Box Tops was one of the format’s signature hits — prominent among the most-unavoidable titles on the format’s “top 300” safe-list. “The Letter” was a four-week No. 1 hit. It was Billboard’s No. 2 song of 1967. “The Letter” was particularly easy to program because it was less than two minutes long, and because few Oldies stations played more than two Box Tops songs. (“Cry Like a Baby” wasn’t exactly rare on Oldies radio, but it wasn’t a top 300 song.) “Brown Eyed Girl” was always a staple at Oldies radio as well, even though Van Morrison’s hit had peaked only at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, barely played by Top 40 powerhouse WABC New York at the time. At that point, “Brown Eyed Girl” was not yet the most enduring song of 1967. It was certainly not yet the only enduring song of 1967, something it has become over the last decade or so. When “To Sir With Love,” “Respect,” and “I’m a Believer” were Oldies staples as well, “Brown Eyed Girl” was just another big oldie from 1967. Chart fans ponder this at least once a year, usually in late September/early October. This year, it began with a tweet of the WCFL Chicago survey for October 12, 1967. “Brown Eyed Girl” had peaked in late September at No. 4 on WCFL, the week it went No. 10 nationally, and was just dropping that week to No. 6. That made me wonder about the “Lost Factor” for the other songs in the top 10 for that week. The Lost Factor is my calculation of the distance between a song’s hit status at the time and its airplay now. The formula is based on points for the song’s placing on the year-end top 100 divided by the number of monitored spins from BDSRadio over a seven-day period. Any song with a “Lost Factor” of a 1.0 or higher can be thought of as not receiving airplay proportionate to its hit status at the time. Because there’s not much ‘60s on large-market FM Classic Hits stations, even some of those top 300 warhorses are above a 1.0 Lost Factor. Still, some ‘60s songs are more lost than others, particularly the early ‘60s, instrumentals, movie themes, and MOR acts. “Brown Eyed Girl” was the No. 35 song of 1967, according to Billboard. That might seem like the charts already correcting themselves, but Morrison is flanked by the No. 34 “Get On Up” by the Esquires (which peaked at No. 11) and the No. 36 “Jimmy Mack” by Martha & the Vandellas (No. 10). In a time when the charts moved faster than they do now, and the shelf between the first tier of hits and the second was not as lopsided, those all seemed like legitimate, decently sized hits. “Get On Up” never became a library staple, and has a lost factor of 10 now; “Jimmy Mack” was on the safe list for a while and now has a lost factor around a 5. Here’s how the top 10 for Sept. 30, 1967 — the peak week for “Brown Eyed Girl” — fares now. (These songs aren’t ranked by “Lost Factor”; they appear in the order they did on that week’s chart.) Box Tops, “The Letter” (lost factor: 2; spins last week: 53) Bobbie Gentry, “Ode to Billie Joe” (2; 60) Association, “Never My Love” (2; 33) Bobby Vee, “Come Back When You Grow Up” (12, 7) Diana Ross & Supremes, “Reflections” (3, 22) Jay & Techniques, “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” (4, 22) Jackie Wilson, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” (0.97, 49) Wilson Pickett, “Funky Broadway” (5, 6) Peter, Paul & Mary, “I Dig Rock and Roll Music” (0.55, 18) Van Morrison, “Brown Eyed Girl” (0.06, 965) Besides “The Letter,” I remember “Never My Love,” “Higher and Higher,” “Ode to Billie Joe,” and “Reflections” as format staples, although “Reflections” was just one of many Supremes hits in the format. “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” was at best secondary; “Funky Broadway” was a treat when I encountered it. While I’d guess it was different in the Midwest, I don’t remember hearing “Come Back When You Grow Up” much. Like the songs with high lost factors now, it already had some throwback element in 1967, because it was a pre-Beatles hitmaker’s comeback song. By the time I began working closely with Classic Hits stations in the late ‘00s, only two of the songs in that top 10 were still likely to test: “Brown Eyed Girl” and “The Letter.” Seeing “Brown Eyed Girl” somewhere near “Unchained Melody” at the top meant you had a valid music test. By the early ‘10s, “The Letter” might or might not make the cut, and without the Classic Rock airplay that legitimized Morrison or Creedence Clearwater Revival, it was starting to feel very old to PDs. Out of the top 100 songs of the year, 75 have a “lost factor” of a 1.0 or higher including “I’m a Believer” (1.02); “All You Need Is Love” (1.03); “Happy Together” (1.43), “Groovin’” (1.61), “Soul Man” (1.86). Many of the others, such as “I Dig Rock and Roll Music,” have relatively low spins, but weren’t as big hits to begin with, giving them a low “lost factor” but not quite durability. It’s not quite only “Brown Eyed Girl” that endures, but only three other songs have both more than 100 spins and less than a 1.0 “lost factor” — “For What It’s Worth,” “Light My Fire,” and “Respect.” As for the 1967 hits with the highest “lost factor,” they tend to be ‘60s MOR, although they also contain several novelties, one garage-band classic, and a few legitimately great R&B titles from the Temptations and Peaches & Herb.* Vikki Carr, “It Must Be Him” (lost factor: 76; spins for the previous week: 0) Bobby Vinton, “Please Love Me Forever” (58, 0) Dionne Warwick, “Alfie” (57, 0) Ed Ames, “My Cup Runneth Over” (55, 0) Lesley Gore, “California Nights” (40, 0) Hombres, “Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)” (32, 0) Peaches & Herb, “Close Your Eyes” (30, 0) Booker T & the M.G.s, “Groovin’” (29, 0) Royal Guardsmen, “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” (17, 0—but “Snoopy’s Christmas” is coming) Janis Ian, “Society’s Child” (16, 0) Temptations, “You’re My Everything” (15, 3) Sandy Posey, “I Take It Back” (13, 0) Bobby Vee, “Come Back When You Come Up” (13, 7) Engelbert Humperdinck, “Release Me” (12, 6) Diana Ross & the Supremes, “The Happening” (10, 7) “The Happening” falls into several of our favorite “lost factor” categories: female MOR, movie themes, and “songs that deliberately sounded old at the time” thanks to its vaudeville feel. Ironically, the No. 20 lost song of the year is another pre-rock throwback, a remake of the depression-era “I Got Rhythm” by the Happenings. Many Ross On Radio readers aren’t yet at the point where they need to search out a place to hear “The Letter” again. But if you’re curious about which of the stations monitored by BDSRadio still play the ‘60s, the song’s five highest-spinning stations are a representative sample: WLMI (Cruisin’ 92.9) Lansing, Mich., doing an older-leaning version of Classic Rock reminiscent of the early days of the “Classic Hits” format (when that meant “softer classic rock,” not just “today’s successor to oldies”).* KONO-AM San Antonio’s ‘60s and ‘70s AM companion to the Classic Hits format on its FM. KOAI (The Wow Factor) Phoenix, which was recently profiled in this column. KORL (Oldies 101.1) Honolulu. WECK Buffalo, N.Y. – We’ve written a lot about KDRI Tucson, Ariz., but WECK has made many similar ratings strides as a locally owned radio station where a staff with market heritage plays ‘60s, ‘70s, and even some pre-Beatles.* And if this is the first “Lost Factor” article you’re seeing, check out the rest of the series here. more
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