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    May 22nd, 2018, 11:23 PM
    From Radio Insight:   For Top 40 radio, there’s a lot riding on the Summer Song of 2018 candidates. The mother/daughter coalition is beyond frayed. Tempo is negligible (I heard a major-market CHR segue this week from Post Malone, “Rockstar,” to Max, “Lights Down Low”). April PPM ratings were dismaying even for some stations that had withstood the format downturn. The format needs its moment in the sun. So make it count, radio. As has been the case for the nearly 15 years that we’ve been writing about the summer song, this isn’t a listing of every likely summer hit. It’s songs with some degree of tempo or tropicality. Drake’s “Nice for What” is a hit, but it’s not his “One Dance”/”Passionfruit”-type entry. There are also at least 2-3 major titles likely to drop over the next 14 days. And at his current rate of productivity, an uptempo Drake song is probably on the way, too. But among the candidates so far: Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa, “One Kiss” — Ever since naming a song “Summer,” he’s been a reliable entrant in the Summer Song derby. But at this time of homogeneity, Harris has also been surprising, going from “This Is What You Came For” to “Feels” to “One Kiss.” In the U.S., it’s top 15 already. In the U.K., it’s this week’s sales No. 1. And among Facebook friends who weighed in on the topic, it’s one of the most mentioned. (There were also votes for Lipa’s solo “I.D.G.A.F.”) Ariana Grande, “No Tears Left to Cry” — A year ago, after the Manchester Arena bombing, I asked “what then do people need the Summer Song to be in 2017? Does it need to take on the weight of its surroundings? Or will it be a vessel through which people keep calm and carry on?” This month, Grande, whom I already admired immensely for returning to Manchester for the One Love concert, answered that question herself. “No Tears Left” is already top 10 and the No. 1 single in the U.K. Selena Gomez, “Back to You” – This time a year ago, the Gomez-produced “13 Reasons Why” was propelling the unlikely “The Night We Met” by Lord Huron into pop culture (if not CHR radio). This year, its powers are being harnessed for Gomez’s own Summer Song entry, which goes into Memorial Day with a nearly 3,000-spin increase. Backstreet Boys, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Summer has long been a vehicle for artist comebacks; now we’re at the comebacks-within-comebacks stage. Eight years ago, Pitbull powered Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez back to the forefront. Now, Iglesias and Pitbull are hoping to help each other on “Move to Miami,” while Lopez is going straight to DJ Khaled and Cardi B in her quest for “Dinero.” On one hand, a Backstreet Boys comeback would be the wildest of them all. But late ‘90s gold from Backstreet, ‘N Sync, and Spice Girls have all re-emerged at AC radio to some degree since last summer. And when CHR is at a crossroads, PDs often embrace comebacks. There’s also room for BSB to reclaim a category they helped reinvent 20 years ago. Charlie Puth, “Done for Me”; BTS, “Fake Love,” and 5 Seconds of Summer, “Youngblood,” are pursuing the title, but Shawn Mendes went for something more sober, a year after “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back.” Cardi B, “I Like It” – The success of “Despacito” last summer led to a boomlet of reggaetón crossovers during the fall. As this summer begins, many of the similarly flavored contenders are coming not from Latin radio, but bespoke collaborations such as the cleverly concocted Liam Payne/J. Balvin, “Familiar.” This one serves an additional purpose. As CHR continues to wrestle with acknowledging streaming-driven Hip-Hop superstars as more than featured artists on pop singles, it’s the most accessible record Cardi B* could have possibly provided. For several readers, the favorite of those songs not already confirmed hits. Childish Gambino, “This Is America” – Rich Appel writes, “Can’t yet tell whether*it’s a beyond-video phenom, but the first time I heard/saw it, it reminded me of the first thing I heard another near-song-of-summer, Edwin Starr’s*‘War.’” There are a few titles already on the U.K. charts worth flagging. WILI New London’s Kevin Pilz mentions Anne Marie’s “2002,” also channeling nostalgia for that era. Years & Years’ “If You’re Over Me” draws from both their usual late-‘80s Euro-inspiration and the acoustic whimsy of the early 2010s.* And finally … George Ezra, “Paradise” — Nothing seems more unlikely at this moment in CHR’s travails than finding an uptempo summer hit on the Triple-A chart. But “Feel It Still” was an unlikely crossover, too, until it wasn’t. So think of “Paradise” as the U.K. pop hit that just hasn’t come over here yet. And although he wrote this himself, if Ezra had deliberately teamed with Max Martin in search of the bubblegummiest possible version of what he does, would it not sound like this? And now, your comments on the Summer Song of 2018 are welcome. The post Handicapping The Summer Song of 2018 appeared first on RadioInsight. more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 07:42 PM
    From All Access: GENE SANDBLOOM, ROB GOLDKLANG, JOHN DI MAIO, MIKE O'REILLY, RONNY GUTFREND, RISA MATSUKI, ROB RUTHENBERG, BRI AAB, JON FLANAGAN, JOEL FRANK, JOHN TRAPANE, JR SCHUMANN, SAVANNAH JONES, … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 06:23 PM
    From All Access: SIRIUSXM, WESTWOOD ONE, the BBC, the CBC, and CBS NEWS RADIO are among those with multiple entries on the list of finalists for the 2018 NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL RADIO PROGRAM AWARDS. … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 06:23 PM
    From All Access: Domestic battery charges against syndicated "FREE BEER AND HOT WINGS" producer JOE GASSMANN have been dismissed, reports ABC affiliate WZZM-TV/GRAND RAPIDS. GASSMANN, known on the … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 06:23 PM
    From Radio Insight: Local Media San Diego has agreed to a contract extension with CHR “Z90.3” XHTZ and Rhythmic AC “Magic 92.5” XHRM Tijuana/San Diego Program Director Randy “R Dub” Williams. Williams has served as Program Director of the two stations since 2011 after previously programming “Hot 92.3” KHHT Los Angeles. With the new deal his title will be changed to Supreme Commander. Local Media San Diego announces that the company has re-signed XHTZ & XHRM Program Director and Afternoon Personality R Dub! to a new, multi-year deal. R Dub! joined the stations in April of 2011. With the agreement, comes R Dub!’s new title of Supreme Commander (we’re serious), where he will continue to oversee the programming, strategy and branding of the company’s CHR, AC and Urban products. Gregg Wolfson, Vice President/General Manager of Local Media San Diego, said: “We are extremely excited that RDub! will continue to call Local Media San Diego his home. His ability to deliver relevant and compelling local radio to San Diego is nothing shy of impressive.” R Dub! said: “Apparently, I’m still foolin’ ‘em! No, seriously, I wake up every single day and pinch myself. I’m not only so fortunate to do radio in the country’s most desirable place to live, but I’m working with a company that truly believes in live, local and dynamic content! From our iconic brands and patented promotions like #EPIC48Hours, to the incredible pool of talent we have in the building—including Morton in the Morning and Jagger and Kristi—I’m so proud to play a small role in this incredible team, that is truly a family. I’d like to thank VP/General Manager Gregg Wolfson, consultant Tracy Johnson and Director of Operations/Programming Joe Lindsay, for an amazing seven years, and here’s to mucho mas!” Cumulus AAA 104.5 KFOG San Francisco/97.7 KFFG Los Altos CA has parted ways with “Acoustic Sunrise” host Rosalie Howarth. Howarth hosted the Sunday morning show since 1992 outside of a few months in 2016 when the station purged most of its airstaff before bringing Howarth back. Entercom News/Talk 103.1 WILK-FM Avoca/Wilkes-Barre PA has parted ways with late morning host Sue Henry after failing to come to terms on a new contract. Henry told The Citizen’s Voice that she was let go after yesterday’s show. Entercom AAA 93.1 WXRT Chicago has promoted weekend host Richard Milne after over 30 years with the station. Robert Feder reports that Milne will swap spots with previous 4-8pm host Jason Thomas. Thomas will continue to host The Big Beat on Monday nights as well. Tribune News/Talk 720 WGN Chicago Director of Sales Jeff Hill is jumping to Cumulus Media Chicago as Vice President of Sales. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 30-year Chicago radio sales executive Jeff Hill as Vice President, Sales, for Cumulus Media-Chicago. In the newly created position, Hill will head sales for Cumulus Media’s Alternative Rock station 101 WKQX-FM; 94.7 WLS-FM, Chicago’s Classic Hits station; and Talk Radio station WLS 890 AM. Hill joins Cumulus from WGN Radio in Chicago, where he was Director of Sales for eight years, having previously served the station as Local Sales Manager and Interim General Manager. Prior to that, he was Sales Manager for ABC Radio for eight years and formerly served as Local Sales Manager for WLS-AM and Local Sales Manager for CBS Radio’s WCKG. Hill is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. An Illinois native, he earned a B.S. degree in Radio and Television from the University of Northern Illinois in Carbondale, IL. Marv Nyren, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Chicago, said: “Cumulus Chicago is thrilled to be adding a market veteran like Jeff Hill as our Vice President of Sales.*Jeff’s success in Chicago will allow our cluster to continue to build relationships with the ad community and compete at the highest levels of performance.” “I’m really*excited to join the Cumulus Chicago radio group,” said Hill. “I look forward to learning from the team and*sharing my experience with the staffs of*101 WKQX, WLS-FM and WLS-AM.” The post People Moves 5/22: R-Dub Rises To Supreme Commander At Local Media San Diego appeared first on RadioInsight. more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 05:43 PM
    From Radio Online: Rosalie Howarth exits KFOG-FM/San Francisco after 34 years with the station. She made the announcement on her show, "Acoustic Sunrise," on Sunday morning. Her latest two-year deal expired on Monday, May 21. Syndicated programming will replace her 6-11am Sunday slot. "Everything after year 30 at a radio station is icing on the … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 05:11 PM
    From All Access: SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC. has appointed DAVID BAILIN VP/National and Network Sales. Most recently SVP/National Sales for ENTRAVISION COMMUNICATIONS, BAILIN will create revenue … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 04:27 PM
    From Radio Insight: The post Evansville Courier & Press: Future of WUEV being considered by University of Evansville; sale possible appeared first on RadioInsight. more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 03:03 PM
    From the FCC: CONSUMER AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS BUREAU AND PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU ANNOUNCE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM AND WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS WEBINAR FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS . https://www.fcc.gov/document/EAS-Webinar,-June-21st-@2pmEDT
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    May 22nd, 2018, 03:03 PM
    From the FCC: Updated Version of Map of Areas Presumptively Eligible for Mobility Fund Phase II Now Available Releases an updated version of the map of areas presumptively eligible for Mobility Fund Phase II Support https://www.fcc.gov/document/MF-II-Updated-Map-PN
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    May 22nd, 2018, 03:03 PM
    From All Access: CAPTIOL NASHVILLE artist and ABC-TV's "AMERICAN Idol" judge LUKE BRYAN and labelmate DARIUS RUCKER performed on last night's (5/21) season finale of "Idol." BRYAN … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 03:03 PM
    From All Access: COLUMBIA NASHVILLE's MAREN MORRIS joined ZEDD and GRAY to perform their Pop hit, "The Middle," on "The ELLEN DEGENERES Show" today (5/22). Watch it here. … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 03:03 PM
    From All Access: THE E.W. SCRIPPS CO. is moving its stock listing from the NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE (NYSE) to the NASDAQ GLOBAL SELECT MARKET, effective after market close on FRIDAY, JUNE 1st. The stock will … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 02:33 PM
    From All Access: Congratulations to iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk WHO-A/DES MOINES and WMT-A/CEDAR RAPIDS, IA host SIMON CONWAY on the 10th anniversary of his becoming an American citizen. The LONDON-born CONWAY took … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 02:33 PM
    From All Access: Another in the series of "12 VOICES IN 12 HOURS" specials airs TOMORROW (5/23) on ENTERCOM News-Talk WBEN-A/BUFFALO, this one focusing on the opioid crisis. The station will … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 02:33 PM
    From All Access: Last night’s (5/21) season finale of “AMERICAN Idol” powered ABC-TV to a win during MONDAY’s battle for 18-49 TV-watchers, earning a 1.6 rating/6 share while … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 02:33 PM
    From All Access: BRISTOL BROADCASTING Top 40 WAEZ (ELECTRIC 94.9)/BRISTOL-JOHNSON CITY-KINGSPORT TN/VA night slammer LOGAN adds night-time duties at sister Top 40 WVSR/CHARLESTON, WV. That moves WVSR night … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 02:33 PM
    From All Access: SCRIPPS Top 40/Rhythmic WKHT (HOT 104.5)/KNOXVILLE MD/nights MEAN JEAN FREMONT has stepped down. FREMONT is exploring new radio opportunities and can be reached at (407) 453-2557 or … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 02:33 PM
    From All Access: LOCAL MEDIA SAN DIEGO has re-signed Top 40/Mainstream XHTZ (Z90.3) and Rhythmic AC XHRM (MAGIC 92.5) PD R DUB to a new, multi-year deal. R DUB! joined the stations in APRIL 2011. With … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 02:33 PM
    From All Access: NIELSEN AUDIO SPRING '18 Phase 1 arrive today (5/22) for BUFFALO; RICHMOND; ROCHESTER, NY; BIRMINGHAM; and GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG. Find the ratings for the subscribing stations in … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 01:55 PM
    From the FCC: Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2018 A rulemaking to propose FY 2018 regulatory fee rates. https://www.fcc.gov/document/FY-2018-Regulatory-Fees-NPRM
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    May 22nd, 2018, 01:55 PM
    From All Access: BRISTOL BROADCASTING Top 40 WAEZ (ELECTRIC 94.9)/BRISTOL-JOHNSON CITY-KINGSPORT TN/VA night slammer LOGAN adds night-time duties at sister Top 40 WVSR/CHARLESTON, WV. That moves WVSR night … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 01:55 PM
    From Radio Online: Local Media San Diego has re-signed XHTZ-FM (Z90) and XHRM-FM (Magic 92.5) Program Director and afternoon personality R Dub! to a new, multi-year deal. R Dub! joined the stations in April, 2011. With the agreement, comes R Dub!'s new title of Supreme Commander (they're serious), where he will continue to oversee the … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 01:07 PM
    From All Access: SALEM MEDIA GROUP is selling Contemporary Christian KGBI (100.7 THE FISH)/OMAHA to the UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN-ST. PAUL. No price was attached to the deal in the announcement, nor … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 01:07 PM
    From Radio Insight: Salem Media has announced it has agreed to sell Christian AC “100.7 The Fish” KGBI-FM Omaha to University of Northwestern-St. Paul for an undisclosed price. The buyer will convert the station to non-commercial status and its own Christian AC network that includes stations throughout the midwest including 98.5 KTIS-FM Minneapolis, “Life 88.5” KJNW Kansas City and stations in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Salem will retain Christian Preaching “660 The Word” KCRO/106.5 K293CJ and Conservative Talk “94.5 The Answer” 1420 KOTK/K233CO in the Omaha market. -Salem Media Group (NASDAQ: SALM) announced today that it is selling Christian Contemporary Music Station, KGBI, 100.7 FM, in Omaha, Nebraska, to the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Salem’s Broadcast Media President, Dave Santrella, said, “Salem rarely sells its assets, but when we do, we make every attempt to ensure that the buyer will continue to program the station with a format that will make a positive impact in the community. The track record of University of Northwestern-St. Paul ensures us of that outcome and we couldn’t be more pleased.” Jason Sharp, Sr. Vice President for Media at University of Northwestern, said, “We are grateful for the partnership we have experienced with Salem Media Group during this process. We look forward to expanding our network in Omaha and continuing the work of pointing people to Jesus through music and programming that makes an eternal impact.” The University of Northwestern-St. Paul already operates 20 successful non-commercial Christian Contemporary radio stations in the Midwest, including stations in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota; Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; and Hartford, Connecticut. Pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission, the parties expect to close the transaction in the third quarter of 2018. The post Salem Sells KGBI-FM Omaha To University of Northwestern-St. Paul appeared first on RadioInsight. more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 01:07 PM
    From the FCC: Domestic Section 214 Application Filed For The Transfer Of Control Of City Of Burlington D/B/A Burlington Telecom To Champlain Broadband, LLC And Schurz Communications, Inc . https://www.fcc.gov/document/Comment-Sought-on-Domestic-214-Transfer-of-BT-to-Champlain
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    May 22nd, 2018, 01:07 PM
    From the FCC: Promoting Investment in the 3550-3700 MHz Band Grants a conditional waiver of certain rules governing the protection of federal operations in the 3550-3700 MHz band https://www.fcc.gov/document/3550-3700-MHz-Waiver-Order
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    May 22nd, 2018, 01:07 PM
    From All Access: ENVISION NETWORKS is now syndicating a financial planning show, "RETIRE WITH INTEGRITY," hosted by financial planner and INTEGRITY FINANCIAL PLANNING, INC./IMPACT TAX GROUP, LLC … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 01:07 PM
    From All Access: SANTA MONICA COLLEGE Triple A-News-Talk KCRW/SANTA MONICA-LOS ANGELES has added another podcast to its roster, "WELCOME TO LA." The show, produced and hosted by DAVID WEINBERG, … more
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    May 22nd, 2018, 01:07 PM
    From All Access: UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS INC. has reached a new 10-year agreement with the LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY to continue to air the LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS show on UNIVISION television through 2028 and to … more
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