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    November 22nd, 2017, 12:22 PM
    From All Access: Kudos to iHEARTMEDIA Country KNIX/PHOENIX, which held its "MILLION CAN CRUSADE" recently. KNIX morning teamers "TIM, BEN & BROOKE" led the charge, along with … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 12:22 PM
    From Radio Insight: Is this 1997 or 2017? A major radio merger just closed and Alternative has once again become the format du jour. Entercom spent their first day following the closing of its CBS Radio acquisition with nearly hourly announcements that included four (maybe five?) format changes as it quickly made its mark on its newly acquired properties. The moves included the expected launch of Alternative in Dallas and New York and the unexpected move of WJMK Chicago to Classic Hip-Hop. The first move took place minutes after the deal closed as Country 97.3 KSON San Diego moved to 103.7, while low-rated CHR “Energy 103.7” KEGY then relaunched on 97.3 the following Monday. The move helps KSON remain audible in the northern suburbs of the city as its former simulcaster 92.1 KSOQ-FM had been divested to keep Entercom under the ownership caps. KEGY remains one of three CHRs in the market and now being on a lesser signal will not help it against iHeartMedia’s “Channel 93.3” KHTS-FM and Local Media of San Diego’s “Z90.3” XHTZ. Rumors do persist that 97.3 will flip to Sports by the start of the 2018 baseball season in late March to serve as home to the San Diego Padres. The big tremors began early on Friday morning as “92.3 Amp Radio” morning hosts Shoboy and Nina said farewell to the station minutes before its 10am move to Alternative “Alt 92.3“. An hour later the same exact change took place in Dallas as “Amp 103.7” KVIL became “Alt 103.7“. The moves filled the gaping format holes in markets #1 and #5, While it had been one year and one day since Dallas last had the format available and eliminated one of three CHRs in that market, in many ways this is the first time New York has a station in the format with full ownership support. CHR “Z100” WHTZ and Rock 102.7 WNEW both flirted with the format in the early/mid 1990’s but never went all the way. “92.3 K-Rock” famously went from Classic Rock to what at that time was called Alternative in January 1996, but in many ways that was the beginning of the end for the broad version of the format that existed up until then. Being paired with Howard Stern led to the station dropping many female friendly artists and the rise of the Limp Bizkit, Korn, Kid Rock era of Rap/Rock and the eventual launch of the Modern AC format for the female friendly Pop/Alternative artists. Only the placeholder “New Rock 101.9” from July to October 2012 with zero marketing or promotional support gave the market a true Alternative station. After over two decades the format has finally come full circle. There is a strong pop contingent to the format (we even have a current artist whose birth name is Sarah McLaughlin), bands like Imagine Dragons and Walk The Moon crossing over to the top of the pop charts, and Beck, Foo Fighters and Weezer with current singles out. The New York version is even going out of its way to ensure at least two female fronted songs per hour to assist with building a broader audience. Here’s “Alt 92.3” at 3pm on Tuesday, November 21: The Lumineers – Angela Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 Alice Merton – No Roots Blink 182 – I Miss You Hozier – Take Me To Church Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right (To Party) Dirty Heads – Vacation Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh) Walk The Moon – One Foot Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence Sublime – Badfish Foster The People – Sit Next To Me Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World Alex Clare – Too Close Lit – My Own Worst Enemy Halsey – Bad At Love The Killers – Somebody Told Me Which brings us to the Chicago shocker. While “K-Hits 104.3” WJMK was one of three Classic Hits stations in the market, by no means was it failing compared to the others. WJMK was at a 2.4 share, which tied it with “87.7 MeTV-FM” WRME-LP and put it a shade behind 94.7 WLS-FM‘s 2.8 share, it also had the highest cume of the three. When the station first launched in 2011, we first predicted the station would focus on the songs that sister CHR “B96” WBBM-FM broke in the late 80s and early to mid-90s. It only took six more years and another change for that to come true (but also to a later era of B96 when it leaned more towards Hip-Hop and away from the Dance lean it had). The new “104.3 Jams” positions itself right in-between iHeartMedia’s Urban 107.5 WGCI and Urban AC “V103” WVAZ as well has having crossover appeal that should give it a huge boost out of the gate. But then what? We’ve already seen many of these Classic Hip-Hop stations crash and burn. On the same day WJMK made the move in Chicago, Cumulus pulled the plug on the format in Indianapolis on a station that had gone worst to first just three years ago. Entercom has Rhythmic Hot AC’s in both San Francisco and Seattle that could serve as templates as to where “104.3 Jams” can evolve as a flanker to WBBM-FM if it decides not to just take on one of the iHeart stations directly. Seattle may have been the one market where Entercom’s quick actions did not go over as well as intended. On Friday evening, Country 94.1 KMPS which had just become a sister station to Entercom’s existing Country outlet “100.7 The Wolf” KKWF segued to Christmas Music. At the time nobody seemed to know what that meant for the staff as word spread that they were now out of work before staffers had their status clarified over the weekend. For now it appears the station will return to Country in some form after the holidays, but at what cost? The confusion at best will drive some KMPS listeners to other stations or mediums and at worst may open a door for a competitor to launch a new Country outlet in the market between now and Christmas. Is there really much to gain by becoming the third Christmas station in Seattle as opposed to being the second Country for six weeks? These moves were accompanied by a five percent cut in commercial inventory and eliminating selling unsold inventory to bulk resellers. In doing Entercom wasted no time showing that it wasn’t going to be keeping the status quo at the now former CBS Radio or even their own properties. After previously stating that CBS Radio had lagged on research in recent years leaving the stations to “fly blind”, Entercom came out with three major market moves that showed they had every intent to not just enter these new markets but to raise their competitive standing. I once again joined Scott Fybush on the Top of the Tower Podcast to discuss these topics and more. more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 11:32 AM
    From the FCC: Commissioner Clyburn Fact Sheet on Net Neutrality Commissioner Clyburn Fact Sheet on Net Neutrality, Understanding Chairman Pai's Proposal to Dismantle Net Neutrality. Prepared by the Office of FCC Commissioner Clyburn https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347935
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    November 22nd, 2017, 11:32 AM
    From All Access: BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT's KELSEA BALLERINI appeared on ABC-TV's "Dancing With The Stars" last night (11/21) to perform during the show's Season 25 finale. BALLERINI … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 11:32 AM
    From Radio Insight: Gow Media Sports “ESPN 97.5” KFNC Mont Belvieu/Houston is reuniting Lance Zierlein and John Granato in mornings from 7am-930am starting Monday, November 27. The duo hosted mornings together on CBS’ 610 KILT Houston from 1997-2007 before jumping to Gow’s 1560 KGOW. Zierlein then hosted mornings on iHeartMedia’s “Sports 790” KBME until his contract expired in June. Granato has been hosting a pair of midday shows on KFNC with Raheel Ramzanali and Delvin Olaleye from 9-11am and with Sean Salisbury from 11am-1pm. The move will expand KFNC’s local output to 7am-7pm weekdays. Lance Zierlein and John Granato, whose top-rated morning show led Houston’s sports talk radio market for years, will once again share a broadcast studio starting on Monday, November 27, 2017. The talented duo will cover morning drive on ESPN 97.5 FM from 7:00 to 9:30 AM each weekday. “Reuniting John and Lance is a homerun”, said David Gow, CEO of Gow Media. “For years, people have asked me when those two could do a show again, and now the stars have aligned.” Recognized by the Houston Press for Best Radio Show and as Best Radio Host, and a longtime analyst for NFL.com, Zierlein began his career at rival KILT-AM, before joining Granato for the launch of Gow Media’s 1560 AM in 2007. Zierlein left his most recent post at KBME-AM in June of this year, and has been counting the days until his sanctioned return to terrestrial airwaves. “I’m really excited about getting back together with John Granato and being part of what David Gow is building with 97.5, Sports Map and Culture Map,” says Zierlein. “John and I had the most talked-about show in Houston because of our chemistry and the fun we had on the air. That’s missing from a lot of the radio shows out there today. It’s time to bring that back in the mornings.” John Granato, who was been a key player in the growth of Gow Media’s sports properties, enjoyed a successful ten-year run with Zierlein at KILT-AM, where the two shared morning show duties. He shares Zierlein’s enthusiasm for this new chapter in their personal and professional relationship. “It’s huge for me to have Lance back” reports Granato. “Not only is he a great friend but I owe a lot to him in my career. And he’s one of the funniest guys I know. A lot of people woke up to us over the years. Hopefully they’ll be back and we’ll get a bunch of new people as well. I’m really excited about being in morning drive again (Except that whole waking up early thing).” Zierlein’s recruitment, and his pairing with former “mic mate” Granato, represents another bold talent acquisition engineered by Gow Media CEO David Gow. Earlier this year, Gow lured Houston broadcast veteran Charlie Pallilo to the Gow Media family. Pallilo now hosts a weekday show on SportsMap 94.1 FM, following a signal switch from 1560 AM. Reflecting on a 2017 that included Gow Media’s acquisition of CultureMap and the launch of SportsMap.com, David Gow predicts a great future for his Houston-based multi-platform media company. “Lance caps off a great year for us”, observes Gow. “With Ken Hoffman, Charlie Pallilo and now Lance Zierlein joining our already-strong roster of talent, we believe we’ve built the ‘dream team’ that Houston’s sports fans are looking for”. more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From the FCC: FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for December Open Meeting https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347926
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From the FCC: Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347927
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From the FCC: Proposal to Review the National Television Multiple Ownership Rule https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347933
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From the FCC: Proposal on Electronic Delivery of Cable Communications https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347932
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From the FCC: Proposal for New Emergency Alert System Event Code for Blue Alerts https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347928
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From the FCC: Proposal to Strengthen the Rural Health Care Support Mechanism https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347929
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From the FCC: Proposed Public Notice Regarding Twilight Towers https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347930
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From the FCC: Proposed CMRS Presumption Report & Order https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347931
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From the FCC: Media Bureau Opens Docket for National TV Multiple Ownership Rule The Media Bureau Opens MB Docket No. 17-318, Amendment of Section 73.3555(e) of the Commission's Rules, National Television Multiple Ownership Rule https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347894
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From All Access: iHEARTMEDIA Country WMZQ/WASHINGTON, D.C. has added TY BAILEY as APD, effective MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27th. BAILEY most recently served as PD/morning host for Rock sister WXTB (98 ROCK)/TAMPA … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From Radio Insight: Press Communications has lost a judgment from the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals over its 2010 application seeking to relocate 99.7 WBHX Tuckerton NJ to 99.3. Press sought to move WBHX (which current simulcasts Classic Rock “107.1 The Boss” WWZY Long Branch) to 99.3 while forcing Equity Communications Rhythmic CHR “99.3 The Buzz” WZBZ Pleasantville to 99.7. The shift of WZBZ would have been short-spaced to Atlantic City High School’s 89.9 WAJM Atlantic City, whose license at the time had lapsed failed to filing its renewal application on time. In 2015, the school entered into a Consent Decree with the FCC over multiple violations including filing its renewal application four years late, failing to maintain a Public File or Ownership Report, operating its antenna at variance with its licensed parameters, and agreeing to pay a $6250 civil penalty. That Consent Decree led to the dismissal of Press’ application on the grounds that it would leave WZBZ short-spaced to WAJM and eliminating the grandfathered short-spacing WZBZ has to Beasley Media AC 99.5 WJBR Wilmington DE with no waiver applied for. Press argued in 2016 Application For Review that its application was viable because WAJM’s license had expired in 2006 for its failure to timely file its renewal application. Press next took its case to the US Court of Appeals, whose ruling on Tuesday confirmed the FCC’s previous decisions on the basis that the short-spacing deficiencies were enough to support the FCC’s order before even going into the WAJM license renewal. Press would have needed both to be overturned in order for its application to be processed. In rejecting Press’s claims, the court’s ruling written by U.S. Circuit Judge Cornelia T.L. Pillard stated: We uphold the FCC’s Order as valid based on the failure of Press’s proposed channel swap with Equity to comply with the applicable short spacing bar or establish its entitlement to a waiver of that bar. Because that defect suffices to support the Order, we do not reach Press’s challenge to the FCC’s license-renewal practices, which have in any event been superseded by the new policy. more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
    From Radio Insight: Ty Bailey is returning to iHeartMedia as Assistant Program Director at Country 98.7 WMZQ Washington DC. Bailey most recent served as Program Director/Morning Host at “98 Rock” WXTB Tampa from 2012 until her exit in July. She previously served as midday host at Alternative “DC 101” WWDC Washington and APD of Alternative “Channel 104.3” WCHH Baltimore. During her previous tenure at iHeartMedia, Bailey was a prolific voice trackers for the company’s Alternative, Classic Rock, and Rock stations. iHeartMedia announced today that Ty Bailey has been named Assistant Program Director for 98.7 WMZQ in Washington, D.C., effective November 27, 2017. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — including HOT 99.5, 97.1 WASH-FM, DC101, 98.7 WMZQ, BIG 100 and 104.7 – and produces legendary marquee events including the iHeartRadio HOT 99.5 Jingle Ball, WMZQ Fest and DC101’s Kerfuffle. iHeartMedia has the leading consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. As Assistant Program Director, Bailey will assist in overseeing the station’s on-air and music programming. She will report to Jeff Kapugi, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C. Region. “I’m very excited to bring Ty Bailey back to Washington,” said Kapugi. “She’s a proven programming leader and will fit right in at 98.7 WMZQ.” Ty Bailey returns to the Washington, D.C. Region from WXTB in Tampa, FL, where she most recently served as the Program Director and Morning Show Host. She previously served in the Washington D.C. Region as the Midday host for WWDC and prior to that, Assistant Program Director for WCHH in Baltimore, MD. She began her career at WZNE in Rochester, NY and is a graduate of Ithaca College. “Being given an opportunity to work alongside Jeff Kapugi and a list of superstar artists such as Garth, Brad, Carrie and others is a dream,” said Bailey. “I could not be more thrilled to return to iHeartMedia DC and help WMZQ conquer our nation’s capital!” iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Washington, D.C. market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, the leading all-in-one streaming music and live radio service – with more than 1.4 billion app downloads and 100 million registered users. more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From the FCC: Broadcast Actions https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347859
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From the FCC: Broadcast Applications https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347858
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From All Access: JERRY LEE AC WBEB (101.1 MORE-FM)/PHILADELPHIA has released the 9 semi-finalists in this year’s K-8 grade division of the 9th Annual CHRISTMAS Choir Competition. The 101.1 MORE-FM … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From All Access: A local brewery is making a cream ale named after iHEARTMEDIA Sports WARF-A (FOX SPORTS 1350)/AKRON host MARK "MUNCH" BISHOP, according to his regular beer segment guest MARC BONA … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From All Access: CMA, ACM, and AMA AWARDS are great and all, but CAPITOL NASHVILLE's KEITH URBAN has finally earned the award that most truly represents the wishes of the people -- a WAFFLE HOUSE AWARD. … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From All Access: BENZTOWN has produced a memorial audio tribute to DAVID CASSIDY, who passed away YESTERDAY in FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, at age 67. CASSIDY, who came to fame as a 70s teen heartthrob and lead … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From the FCC: Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Upcoming Local Number Portability Small Service Provider Focused Contingency Rollback Follow-up Session https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347925
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From the FCC: Cobb Electric Membership Corporation Granted the Requests. https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347924
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From the FCC: Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Assignment of License Authorization Applications, Transfer of Control of Licensee Applications, De Facto Transfer Lease Applications and Spectrum Manager Lease Notifications, Designated Entity Reportable Eligibility EVENT APPLICATIONS, AND DESIGNATED ENTITY ANNUAL REPORTS ACTION https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347921
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From the FCC: Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Assignment of License authorization Applications, Transfer of Control of Licensee Applications, De Facto Transfer Lease Applications and Spectrum Manager Lease Notifications, Designated Entity Reportable ELIGIBILITY EVENT APPLICATIONS, AND DESIGNATED ENTITY ANNUAL REPORTS ACTION https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347920
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From the FCC: Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Assignment of License Authorization Applications, Transfer of Control of Licensee Applications, and De Facto Transfer Lease Applications, and Designated Entity Reportable Eligibility Event Applications Accepted for FILING https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347919
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From the FCC: Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Market Based Licenses Termination Pending Public Notice https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347905
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    November 22nd, 2017, 10:09 AM
    From the FCC: Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Assignment of License Authorization Applications, Transfer of Control of Licensee Applications, and De Facto Transfer Lease Applications, and Designated Entity Reportable Eligibility Event Applications Accepted FOR FILING https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347918
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