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    November 22nd, 2017, 06:12 PM
    From All Access: Today’s C.P.R. Promotional Check-Up is for anyone who needed someone who could speak Zombie. And they need it quick. … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 06:12 PM
    From All Access: It's WEDNESDAY -- time once again for some fresh, new columns ... exclusively on ALL ACCESS! * THE POWER PLAYER: ALL ACCESS News Editor JEFF SILBERMAN interviews SONGCAST Founder MIKE … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 06:12 PM
    From All Access: CONTENT CREATORS COALITION Exec. Dir. JEFF BOXER has resigned after reports of sexual harassment were made public. In a statement, the Board said it was "deeply troubled by reports of … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 03:32 PM
    From Radio Insight: iHeartMedia has made its first change at News 1030 WBZ Boston. As first reported by Northeast Radio Watch’s Scott Fybush, Peter Casey has exited his position as Director of News and Programming that he has held since 1996. Casey first joined WBZ in 1993 as Assistant Program Director before rising to his now former position. His entire career has been spent in Boston including two terms at 850 WHDH and time in television. Boston Radio Watch adds the memo sent out by iHeartMedia Boston SVP/Programming Dylan Sprague today: Peter Casey , WBZ 1030’s much-respected program director since 1996, was let go by new owner, Iheart Radiio. BRW has obtained a copy of internal staff memo sent out by the head of Iheart Radio Boston programming Dylan Sprague today : pic.twitter.com/YLdJZ5A2hc — Boston Radio Watch® (@bostonradio) November 22, 2017 more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From the FCC: Chairman Pai's Response to Members of Congress Regarding the GAO Report, FCC Should Conduct Additional Analysis to Evaluate Need for Set-Top Box Regulation, GAO 17-785 . https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347937
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From the FCC: Chairman Pai's Response to Rep. Soto Regarding FM Radio Activation in Cell Phones for Use During Emergencies Chairman . https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347938
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From the FCC: Chairman Pai's Response to Rep. Yoder and Rep. Takano Regarding IDT Telecom's Petition for Rulemaking . https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347939
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From the FCC: Hurricane Maria Communications Status Report for Nov. 22 . https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347940
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From All Access: PODCAST MOVEMENT is holding a "THANKSGIVING/BLACK FRIDAY Sale" on registration now through MONDAY (11/27). Standard registration is $259 plus a $13,23 fee, "Standard Plus" … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From All Access: PEARL RECORDS' GARTH BROOKS sat down with nationally syndicated "Entertainment Tonight" (ET) host NANCY O'DELL this week to talk about his love for wife TRISHA YEARWOOD, his … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From All Access: CUMULUS Top 40 WZYP/HUNTSVILLE, AL just wrapped up its annual five-day drive to collect bikes for local area children through the U.S. MARINES TOYS FOR TOTS program. Then morning show host … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From All Access: TUNED-IN BROADCASTING Triple A WRLT (LIGHTNING 100)/NASHVILLE will go unplugged FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24th. The laid-back programming will feature an entire day of alternate, acoustic and live … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From All Access: How did your favorite artist do yesterday in your format in retail sales from major retailers, chains, independents, and websites? Find out now when you click here for today's … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From All Access: MIDWEST Country WDWQ/TERRE HAUTE, IN made the flip to all-CHRISTMAS music today (11/22) at Midnight (ET). The airstaff remains in place, and a quick look at the station's website … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From All Access: The FCC has dismissed CENTRO CRISTIANA VIDA ABUNDANTE's application for a license to cover noncommercial KSIY/SAN SIMEON, CA and deleted the call letters and construction permits, ruling … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From All Access: LANCE ZIERLEIN is returning to radio with a familiar partner, JOHN GRANATO, as the duo reunites for "THE BENCH," mornings 7-9a (CT) at GOW MEDIA Sports WFNC (ESPN 97.5)/HOUSTON, … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From All Access: PRESS COMMUNICATIONS has lost its appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Circuit of the FCC's denial of its attempted frequency swap between its Classic Rock … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From All Access: Our offices will close at the end of the day today (11/22) and remain closed all weekend to let our staff enjoy extra time with their family and friends. ALL ACCESS will reopen early on … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 02:25 PM
    From Radio Online: iHeartMedia names Ty Bailey as Assistant Program Director of Country WMZQ-FM/Washington, DC, effective November 27. Bailey returns to the DC region from WXTB-FM/Tampa, where she most recently served as the Program Director and morning host. Bailey previously worked in middays at co-owned Alternative WWDC-FM (DC101) … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 01:06 PM
    From the FCC: Comments Invited On Section 214 Application(s) To Discontinue Domestic Dominant Carrier Telecommunications Services https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347934
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    November 22nd, 2017, 01:06 PM
    From the FCC: Chairman Pai's Response to Members of Congress Regarding the GAO Report, FCC Updated Its Enforcement Program, but Improved Transparency is Needed, GAO-17-727 . https://apps.fcc.gov:443/edocs_public/index.do?document=347936
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    November 22nd, 2017, 01:06 PM
    From All Access: PEARL RECORDS' GARTH BROOKS sat down with nationally syndicated "ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT" (ET) host NANCY O'DELL this week to talk about his love for wife TRISHA YEARWOOD, his … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 01:06 PM
    From All Access: As part of SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, more than 1,400 independent record stores across the nation will celebrate the 10th edition od RECORD STORY DAY, starting BLACK FRIDAY, NOV. 24th. … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 01:06 PM
    From All Access: How did your favorite artist do yesterday in your format in retail sales from major retailers, chains, independents, and websites? Find out now when you click here for today's updated … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 01:06 PM
    From All Access: MIDWEST Country WDWQ/TERRE HAUTE, IN made the flip to all-CHRISTMAS music today (11/22) at MIDNIGHT (ET). The airstaff remains in place, and a quick look at the station's website … more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 01:06 PM
    From Radio Insight: There was a time not that long ago when it was still possible that neither “Feel It Still” by Portugal, The Man nor “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons would be a CHR hit. Both were inherently poppy records, but the Alternative chart was mostly poppy records and few of them were crossing over. Imagine Dragons had also jeopardized their status as “the Alternative band that has pop hits” with a mediocre second album. Today, they have believers; nine months ago, nobody would have bet their life on the band. But last week, “Feel It Still” was the No. 1 Mainstream CHR single. This week, “Thunder” replaced it. Alternative’s streak will likely end with Camila Cabello’s “Havana” becoming the next CHR chart-topper, but Walk the Moon’s “One Foot” just had an explosive CHR week with a gain of 859 spins. This week, “One Foot” was CHR’s second most added song, while the third most-added was the indie-pop “Best Friend” by Sofi Tukker, now scaling both the pop and Alternative charts. The musical burst of activity coincides with a surge of Alternative activity on the FM dial. Three days before “Thunder” went to No. 1, Entercom launched new Alternative stations in its new markets of New York and Dallas. A few days later, iHeart Media brought Alternative back to Detroit, where longtime 89X had moved in the direction of Active Rock. That change happened about six months ago, but there was no urgency about filling the hole until now. Any resurgence of Alternative radio will inform the pop charts, and create lateral support for possible crossovers at Adult Top 40 and CHR. But these two particular chart developments have been in the works for several months. So why would an Alternative hit replace another one at the top of the charts now? Because the labels asked. Regular readers know that this is often the explanation of what makes it to radio. “Feel It Still” and the Imagine Dragons hits were worked to Adult Top 40 and CHR whereas, say, “High” by Sir Sly was not. They sound like the most obvious choices now, but that’s partially because we’ve heard them in a pop context. Conversely, Harry Styles’ “Kiwi” doesn’t sound like anything on CHR. (It doesn’t sound much like what’s on Alternative either, but it lands closer to Kaleo than Cabello.) But “Kiwi” was put forth by a major-label pop artist and Top 40 is at least giving it a shot. Up until now, I’ve been dubious about the industry’s attempts to liken Styles to Oasis and David Bowie. But I recognize and appreciate his salute to glam/Zeppelin. Because CHR was ready to listen. When I wrote a few weeks ago about the recent product morass at CHR—no tempo, too many songs concentrated in one or two styles, midpack ratings in most markets—the response I got from a surprising number of programmers was, “I know, right?” It has reached the point where it’s hard for even CHR PDs not to welcome something different. Because it isn’t such a musical stretch. “Thunder” is better and bouncier than a lot of its peers, but it’s still the same sort of trap pop that dominates CHR radio. “Feel It Still” has the same throwback feel as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Walk The Moon is the latest in a series of bands from 3Oh!3 to Cobra Starship to Neon Trees who morphed their teen punk sound to turbo-pop. There’s no derision intended in any of those descriptions. Alternative has been pop music for more than a decade now. In fact, while grunge and nu metal were big (and lucrative) aberrations, they were aberrations nevertheless in the 40-year history of Punk/New Wave/Modern Rock/Alternative. Cage the Elephant came to rock radio with the AC/DC soundalike “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” but their current Alternative hit, “Whole Wide World,” is a remake of a nearly 40-year-old song from new wave’s early days.*And in between those two versions, it was covered by the Monkees.* The biggest influence on today’s CHR chart music is “Midnight City” by M83. *Whether CHR was looking for something slightly different, or more of the same, it could have been finding Alternative crossovers at a steady clip for the last 18 months. But the labels weren’t asking and CHR programmers didn’t yet feel the need to look outside their own walls. There’s more waiting to happen. AJR’s Alternative chart hit, “Sober Up,” *is no less of a pop song than the ones they’ve charted with at Top 40, it’s just the one on which Rivers Cuomo appears. Dirty Heads’ “Vacation”*would sound great on pop radio. Alice Merton’s “No Roots”*has been a pop hit in other places around the world. Thirty Seconds to Mars’ “Walk On Water”*is this week’s Alternative No. 1. It received one CHR spin last week, but I predict a time around February 2018 or so when PDs look back and wonder why they waited. If programmers want to hear these songs in a pop context, check out CKOI Montreal. *When I last wrote about CKOI, they were playing “Thunder” as a power in August; (they’ve since moved on “Whatever It Takes,” the next Dragons single). CKOI was also where I first heard “No Roots” on the radio. By a new artist and on an indie label, it was easier for Merton to develop at Triple-A in the U.S., but it’s no less a pop hit for that, and hearing it on CKOI proved it. Now CKOI is playing AJR, Linkin Park, Vance Joy, and Theory of a Deadman, all alongside Ed Sheeran, Pink, and Khalid. As a trend, the magnitude of either Alternative crossover or a boom for Alternative radio is still in the early part of its trajectory, whatever that trajectory turns out to be. But it doesn’t really matter. If Top 40 played a few more Alternative crossovers at any given time, it would be better and more diverse. Those songs don’t even have to take slots from other genres. At a moment when there are (at best) twenty viable currents at the format, there’s room to expand. Alternative doesn’t have to become the dominant flavor at CHR for the first time in 22 years; but it ought to be consistently represented again. more
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    November 22nd, 2017, 01:06 PM
    From Radio Online: Entercom and the Philadelphia Eagles ink a seven-year agreement to extend its 25-year partnership with WIP-FM (SportsRadio 94.1) beginning with the 2018 NFL season. WIP will continue to broadcast all Eagles preseason, regular season and postseason games as well as pregame and postgame shows every game day. The deal … more
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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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