Ever had a Tuesday feel a lot like a Monday, where everything just seems to take twice as long as it should? Yeah, me neither.
Well, you could have been forced to listen to Ariana Grande tunes nonstop for roughly 19 hours yesterday like a station in NY… I’ve got a taste for you coming up.
Plus the release of some Podtrac metrics and a snippet of a new podcast that smells of rich mahogany as well…
The usual industry mover rundown and Ryan Kramer leads a music meeting at CHR and Rhythmic on today, your impact day…
Let’s do this thing… it’s the RadioDaily… for March 19, 2019.
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Fresh off the iHeartRadio Music Awards last week, Ariana Grande kicked off her Sweetener tour last night in Albany, New York. Not one to let the moment pass, iHeartMedia CHR KISS 102.3 Program Director Terry O’Donnell chose to mark the occasion by handing over the keys to the radio station for the entire day yesterday … <audio> Ari 102 point 3 replaced the usual KISS moniker, and you guessed it, it was all Grande, all the time as the station went wall to wall tunes from the pop star as a primer for her show at Albany’s Times Union Center, and stayed all Ariana immediately following the show as fans left. Guess that makes artist separating all of her tunes a little easier for one day, anyway.
iHeartMedia top 40 Wild 94-9 in San Francisco rolled out its lineup for their inaugural Wazzmatazz Summer concert, happening June 2 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Among those appearing… Halsey, Ellie Goulding, Ty James, Fletcher, Ava Max and more. Down the road a bit, just two days prior, it’s iHeart sister station Channel 93-3’s Summer Kickoff Concert… featuring… stop me if you’ve heard this one… Halsey, Ellie Goulding and more, actually… like Bebe Rexha, Bryce Vine and AJ Mitchell.
Binnie Media Adult Hits 107-5 Frank FM and country 99-5 The Wolf in Portland Maine, along with sister station 106-9 Frank FM in Rockland did some good in their world with the 14th annual Cares for Kids radiothon. They hit a record this year… with over $382,000 going toward the care, programs, research and more at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Massive kudos to the crew at Binnie Media for a job well done.
Podcast news… Podtrac, which is more or less the Nielsen of podcasting, in that it tracks listener data, has released their February 2019 rankings of the nation’s top 20 podcasts for the month. Topping the list is again “The Daily” from the New York Times, This American Life and Stuff you Should Know. Debuting at number 6 is the iHeartRadio original “Ron Burgundy Podcast” – keeping podcasting classy now for just over a month, featuring Will Ferrell as the title character, with co-host Carolina. <audio> So far, a half dozen episodes in, it’s getting mixed reviews, from users that say things like “no, just no. That’s all. Just horrible.” To glowing recommendations like “This is fantastic… Carolina is a dry poncho to Burgundy’s moist and tender Cisco.” I don’t know what that means, but if you hate the word moist, you hate that I just used it twice. Nevertheless… I think it’s an awesome attempt at some original content. Check out the Burgundy Podcast over on iHeartRadio.
Industry moves… who’s in, who’s out… who’s driving up I-75 from Fort Myers to Tampa in a couple weeks? Find out next in the RadioDaily.
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There’s a new Bull wrangler in Houston has Entercom has promoted Chris Huff to PD of KILT… that’s 100 point 3 The Bull … Huff has been the APD/MD of the Bull since 2014 and replaces Bruce Logan who departed in December. He also keeps his APD duties for sister station Adult Hits 95.7 The Spot.
Beasley Rhythmic Wild 94-1 in Tampa has new crew incoming, as Shandra “Babs” Littleton enters the mix as new midday personality. She makes the short drive north on I-75, transferring from Beasley Ft Myers sister station B103-9 to Tampa. She replaces Kenzie K, who took the market leap to B96 in Chicago last month.
Longtime record exec Tom “Grover” Biery is out as EVP of Recorded Music at BMG after about a year and a half in that chair. Prior to that, Grover spent 20 years at Warner Bros, from Promo Rep to EVP and GM. He also established his own management firm in 2014, which he’ll continue as he contemplates his next moves.
iHeartMedia Alt 105-3 in San Francisco shuffles it’s on air lineup… now with DK in the Morning, Megan Holiday in middays, the addition of APD/MD Aaron Axelsen in PM Drive and former afternoon host Dallas moves to nights. Also … Elvis has left the building. That’s not a euphemism.. DK’s former co-host Dan “Elvis” Lay departs after just under a year at the station.
Kris Kridel is cutting back her hours at Entercom’s WBBM-AM and WCFS-FM Chicago, from noon to 6 to noon to 3, instead. This comes from Chicago media reporter RobertFeder.com. Kridel has been at that anchor desk longer than anyone else at the station, co-hosting the “Noon Business Hour” since 2001.
Lastly … Alex Mac scores an extra stripe as APD at iHeartMedia alternative Alt 106-3 in Des Moines, Iowa. He also continues to serve as MD and PM drive jock.
Tomorrow … Tommy McFly returns to the RadioDaily with another Quarter Hour segment, this time featuring Cumulus syndicated morning personality Tony Zazza. Based at cumulus WA1A in Melbourne, Florida, and aside from being one of the nicest radio dudes you could know, he and his co-host Cheree Carter are syndicated across a handful of stations across Florida and the southeast. That’s tomorrow… meantime, Ryan Kramer goes over what’s impacting today at CHR and Rhythm with 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.