It’s a feel good Monday at the RadioDaily… where stations are being heralded as good sumaritans in the communities they serve, by way of radiothons and benefit concerts and more… We’ll highlight a few.
Format changers year over the year … where does your format rank? Are you more or less popular than you were a year ago?
Plus a proverbial boatload of people have changed jobs since you last woke up and went to work… And Ryan Kramer holds a music meeting, running down what’s going for adds today.
Shake off the green hangover from the weekend… and let’s have a look at Monday inside the RadioDaily… for March 18, 2019.
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Some warm and fuzzies across the industry last week, as a handful of stations got down to business doing what radio does best, and that’s making a difference in the communities they serve. That includes the staff at Entercom’s Mix 106-5 in Baltimore led by morning duo Regan & Bethany … <audio> The 30th Annual radiothon, benefitting John Hopkins Children Center raised a new record… 1.3 MILLION dollars, bringing the total the station has raised over the years to more than 23 Million. That is a LOT of money for a two day radiothon, so kudos to Reagan and Bethany, Maria, Priestly, Neci and the rest of the staff at Mix 106-5 for a job well done.
Additonally, a smaller amount but no less kudos to Steve & Gina, Hoss and EJ at iHeartMedia Omaha’s country Kat 103 point 7… they held their 17th annual Canfest, which is an acoustic show benefitting Food Bank for the Heartland, and this year raked in over $15,000 cash plus a half dozen, huge 50 gallon barrels of non-perishable food items. Country artists Riley Green, Runaway June, Jordan Davis and Scotty McCreery performed at the event.
Elsewhere, Townsquare Media in Tuscaloosa Alabama conducted a ten day drive for cash and supplies to benefit those affected by the tragic tornado on March 3rd.
All three of these events are prime examples of the kind of news we want to make sure we share, as they happen, and preferably with audio! If you have something going on at your station, please let us know online at TheRadioDaily.com.
Inside Radio has the scoop on industry data with regard to how many stations flipped from this to that over the course of the last year over year… The data exclusively from Inside Radio and PrecisionTrak shows that the Soft AC and Modern Rock formats showed the greatest percentage gains in number of stations on the air from January 2018 to 2019. A closer look at Soft AC, for example, shows that as of January 2019, there were 124 stations nationwide, compared to 113 a year ago. Soft AC hit its peak about a decade ago with more than 210 stations nationally… and bottomed out in 2016 with only 112. The data is trending that it’s on its way back up. By comparison, the second greatest gainer was modern rock, now up to 118 stations nationally. Interestingly, the Alternative format lost a few from its roster… now down to 115. It’s a pretty interesting report om the state of formats across the industry, for sure a must read if you’ve recently flipped a station or are thinking about it… you’ll find it as a lead story at InsideRadio.com.
Bunch of staffing math … that’s additions and subtractions, here and there, all around the industry to wrap last week.. and these don’t even include anyone we haven’t found out got fired last night because of some St Paddy’s Day bar promo gone bad… we’ll run down what we do have in the RadioDaily, next.
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Late Friday the news came that iHeartMedia Detroit is minus one Nate Bell, as the veteran Ops Manager and Program Director for WJLB and Mix 92-3 has parted ways with the company.
A format expansion in Florida as iHeartMedia Jacksonville has taken an FM translator and added the sound of stereo to the former 930 The Game… now called 97.3 The Game. This of course comes after the announcement the Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles last week and hope springs eternal in Jacksonville… coincidence? Perhaps. For the record, however, River City Broadcasting’s crosstown competitor Sports Radio 1010 XL also broadcasts on 92.5 FM, and they are the flagship station for the Jaguars Radio Network.
There’s a pretty big opening and some big shoes to fill as Greg Chance departs iHeartMedia Des Moines, Iowa and needs to replace himself as PD of 107-5 KISS FM. If you’re keeping score, that station was launched by Chance himself in 1999, 20 years ago. You would be the SECOND PD for that station… get the details at the iHeartMedia careers site.
Radio One 97-9 The Beat in Dallas has inked a deal with the Dallas CW-TV affiliate and will be simulcasting their morning show, Veda Loca in the Morning, both on the radio and TV. The morning show will be live, in amazing color, from 6-8a each weekday morning.
The Vinnie half of the Sarah and Vinnie morning show on Entercom’s Hot AC Alice at 97.3 in San Francisco has a new deal. He and Sarah have been sharing a studio for the last 23 years… 22 of which have been in San Francisco, the year before that in Philadelphia.
Dana Swearingen has been named as Director of Promotions at Entercom’s KFRG in Riverside. She resigns her post as producer for syndicated “The Big Time with Whitney Allen” to return to the first station she ever worked for.
Tommy Carrera, aka Tommy C, has left the building at Alpha Media Palm Springs. He was PD for Country 98-5 The Bull and Classic Hits 106-9 The Eagle. He’s been at Alpha Palm Springs since 2015.
Last but not least, Interscope Geffen A&M has announced that Annie Lee has been appointed to Chief Financial Officer. She rises to that role from SVP of Finance & Operations for Interscope.
If you or someone you know is on the move, please let us know online at theRadioDaily.com. For a Monday… it’s add day pretty much every format but CHR and Rhythm … Ryan Kramer gives you a taste of what’s good in the RadioDaily Music Meeting… next.
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Meantime … This full podcast has been a presentation of the Radio Daily, copyright 2019. The main title VO for this episode was Brian Peck, and the main feature contributor was Ryan Kramer. You too can record those main titles and/or submit a feature for inclusion in an upcoming episode of the podcast. Find the details at TheRadioDaily.com. For Brian Peck, for Ryan Kramer and for me, Chris Kelly… Thanks for listening, see you tomorrow for another episode of the RadioDaily.