Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Report: Disney Deal Seen Valuing Fox Assets at $60B

Disney's deal with 21st Century Fox is seen giving the movie and television assets an enterprise value of $60 billion, sources told CNBC.

Fox shareholders would hold 25 percent of the new Disney, the sources told CNBC. A deal could be announced as early as Thursday, as CNBC reported earlier this week.

But there is not expected to be an announcement regarding the management of the new company, the sources said.

Disney deal seen valuing Fox assets at $60 billion: Sources from CNBC.

Disney became the sole suitor after Comcast, the parent of CNBC, dropped its bid on Monday. The two sides have talked on and off this fall. The deal is a recognition that scale is necessary to compete against Facebook, Alphabet's Google, Amazon and Netflix, which are changing consumer habits.

For Disney, it is an opportunity to add movie studio and television production assets as it readies its own direct-to-consumer offering. The Fox assets also bring significant international exposure, including its 39 percent ownership of U.K.-based Sky.

The Fox that remains after the deal is complete, including news and sports businesses, would have earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $2.8 billion. It would be worth $10 a share, sources told CNBC earlier this week.

The Newest Inductees for the R&R HOF Are...

New Jersey rock group Bon Jovi and its fans can stop living on a prayer: the band is headed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, along with the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and pioneering gospel singer-guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The LATimes reports the Cleveland-based institution unveiled its newest roster of inductees on Wednesday morning, adding another handful of honorees to more than 300 previous inductees.

The Rock Hall’s voting membership, consisting of more than 900 music critics, record executives, managers and other industry insiders, closely matched the results of the hall’s fan voting, which began after this year’s nominees were announced in October. Fan voting adds just a single vote to the overall totals for the top five vote-getters but nevertheless lets the voting body know in no uncertain terms who the public most wants to see enshrined within its walls.

Bon Jovi topped the fan balloting with 1.16 million votes, followed by the Moody Blues (947,000 votes), Dire Straits (613,000), the Cars (552,000) and the only fan favorite that didn’t make the final cut, heavy metal band Judas Priest, which collected 538,000 fan votes.

Other nominees who will have to wait to see if another year will bring them into the rock hall are rapper LL Cool J, Eurythmics, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Kate Bush, J. Geils Band, Detroit proto-punk group MC5, the Meters, Link Wray, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode and the Zombies.

The induction of veteran English art-rock band the Moody Blues will quell a raft of fans who have consistently, and loudly, made their voices heard each year when the group was overlooked previously.

Although the Moodys became eligible in 1989 under the hall's requirement that 25 years elapse after an act’s first recording, the group perhaps best known for its 1967 ambitious and heavily orchestrated concept album “Days of Future Passed,” and the single it yielded, “Nights in White Satin,” appeared on the nominees list for the first time this year.

The induction dinner and ceremony will be held in April in Cleveland. Among the planned events is a new Hall of Fame experience that is part of the organization’s multi-year, multimillion dollar upgrade, according to a hall spokesman.

The induction ceremony will be filmed and edited for a highlights special that HBO will premiere several weeks later.

'Today' Ratings Continue To Surge

Rather than give up on “Today” in the wake of veteran co-anchor Matt Lauer’s departure, viewers are flocking to it, reports Variety.

For the second consecutive week, the first two hours of the NBC morning program surged ahead of the show’s main rival, “Good Morning America” – not only capturing its usual lead among people between 25 and 54, the demographic most coveted by advertisers –  but among overall audiences as well.

It’s the first time the venerable A.M show has done so since late 2016, when it beat “GMA” among total viewers for the weeks of December 12, 2016 and December 19, 2016.

“Today” captured an average of nearly 1.64 million people between the ages of 25 and 54 for the week ended December 8th, according to Nielsen and an average of nearly 4.58 million viewers overall. Meanwhile, “GMA” lured an average of nearly 1.38 million people between 25 and 54 during the time period, along with an average of nearly 4.38 million overall. CBS’ “CBS This Morning” lured an average of 916,000 viewers between 25 and 54 and approximately 3.57 million viewers in total, Nielsen said.

“GMA” is typically the most-watched morning program in the U.S., with “Today” usually taking the lead among the advertiser demographic.

The numbers suggest the natural interest in the post-Lauer era of the show could subside. “Today” captured overall viewership of 4.9  million for the week ending December 1, while “GMA” won overall viewership of 4.36 million. That means “Today” lost some viewers week over week while “GMA” gained some.

Denver Radio: Marty Lenz Joins KOA Morning News

Marty Lenz
iHeartMedia Denver has announced that Marty Lenz has been named the new morning co-host for NewsRadio KOA 850 AM & 94.1 FM, Colorado’s News, Traffic & Weather Station, effective January 8, 2018.

Colorado’s Morning News with April Zesbaugh & Marty Lenz will air weekdays from 5 until 10a.m. MT.

“Following an exhaustive nationwide search, it was clear that Marty Lenz is uniquely-qualified to join KOA NewsRadio,” said Tim Hager, Region President of iHeartMedia Denver. “Marty’s news prowess, engaging personality and Denver roots are sure to fuel the growth for Colorado’s Morning News in 2018 and beyond.”

April Zesbaugh
“The next chapter of ‘Colorado’s Morning News’ is about to be written as Marty Lenz joins me bright and early to deliver the news our listeners need to start their day.” Said Zesbaugh. “Part of what makes our morning show unique is our collaboration and teamwork, and Marty is a quintessential broadcaster at the top of this game-and a returning Coloradoan to boot. I’m thrilled to have him start his mornings at the mic next to mine.”

Lenz is a Denver native who joins KOA NewsRadio from KCBS in San Francisco, where he spent the past seven years as a news anchor. During that time, he also served as a TV personality in the San Francisco Bay Area and provided news content and sports reporting for various outlets. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Lenz spent many years with iHeartMedia, including on-air positions for its Denver brands. He is a graduate of Colorado State University.

KOA 850 AM (50 Kw)
“It’s a true professional and personal thrill to return to my hometown of Denver and be afforded the opportunity to work for KOA NewsRadio, a station I grew up revering,” said Lenz. “I cannot be more humbled, excited and honored to work with the talented and committed pros at iHeartMedia Denver-especially side-by-side with April Zesbaugh and the entire team at KOA NewsRadio.

Local Newscast Viewership Soars During L-A Wildfires

Over one million more residents in the Los Angeles area tuned into local newscasts on broadcast TV stations last week than the previous week as wildfires raged across Southern California, according to data from ratings measurement service Nielsen. Viewership of local evening newscasts soared across all seven news-producing broadcast television stations in Los Angeles compared to last month’s rating sweeps period.

Based on data provided to the National Association of Broadcasters, between December 5th and 7th nearly six million Los Angeles residents watched a local newscast between 5-7 a.m., 5-6:30 p.m. or 11-11:30 p.m. That was up 23.1% from the Tuesday to Thursday of the previous week, when 4.8 million viewers watched local newscasts in the same dayparts.

Nielsen also found that viewership of local morning news programs (5-7 a.m.) across seven Los Angeles TV stations was up 24% among adults 25-54 from the November sweeps period, and was up 63% during the evening news time period (5-6:30 p.m.). Viewership during the late news time period (11-11:30 p.m.) was up 2% from November sweeps. The stations measured were ABC-owned KABC, CBS’s KCBS, Fox’s KTTV, Tribune’s KTLA, NBC’s KNBC, Telemundo’s KVEA and Univision’s KMEX.

“The Nielsen ratings confirm once again the invaluable ‘first informer’ role of local broadcasting in times of crisis,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “As we saw earlier this year during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and in the Sonoma County wildfire in Northern California, local radio and TV becomes a trusted source of lifesaving information in an emergency. We salute California’s broadcasters for their fire coverage and their commitment to keeping local citizens out of harm’s way.”

FOX News Channel Again Most-Watched Basic Cable Network

FOX News Channel (FNC) marked its second consecutive year as the most-watched basic cable network in primetime and total day in total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, averaging 2.4 million viewers in primetime and 1.5 million viewers in total day.

FNC also notched its highest-rated year in network history on a 24-hour basis in total viewers and led the way in primetime with both total viewers and the Adults 25-54 demographic.

In commenting on the network’s record ratings, FNC’s President of Programming Suzanne Scott said, “Throughout this past year, FOX News has continued to prove its dominance in the television landscape despite many changes and one of the most intense news years on record. For a news channel to experience growth following an election year is unprecedented and we are grateful to our loyal viewers for once again making us the most-watched network in all of cable.”

In primetime and total day, FNC made gains and/or was flat in both total viewers and A25-54 versus the 2016 election year, which was the network’s highest-rated year in history. In primetime, FNC delivered 2,422,000 viewers (flat vs. 2016) and 488,000 with Adults 25-54 (+1%). In total day, FNC notched another milestone victory with 1,501,000 in total viewers (+8% from last year). In the key 25-54 demo, FNC remained on top in cable news with 321,000 (+15%). Additionally, in cable news, FNC secured 15 of the top 20 programs in total viewers with 12 of the top 20 programs with A25-54. Furthermore, FNC’s The Five, Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity claimed three of the top five programs in the younger 18-49 demographic. *See below for the Nielsen ratings and year-to-year growth for each network.

For the year, every daytime hour on FOX News Channel was up in P2+ and A25-54 vs. the 2016 election year with each program outpacing the cable news competition during their respective hours in both total viewers and the key 25-54 demographic. FNC’s signature morning program FOX & Friends is having its highest-rated year in network history with P2+ (1,593,000 total viewers; up 25%). The debut year of Outnumbered Overtime w/ Harris Faulkner (1,589,000 P2+ (+15%) 333,000 A25-54 (+32%)) and The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino (1,560,000 P2+ (+15%) 316,000 A25-54 (+34%)) brought double-digit increases to the 1PM and 2PM/ET hours on the channel, respectively.

Kicking off FNC’s evening programming at 5PM/ET, FNC’s The Five averaged 2.7 million total viewers and 475,000 in A25-54. At 6PM/ET, the network’s political news program Special Report with Bret Baier averaged 2.4 million total viewers and 444,000 in the A25-54 and at 7PM/ET, The Story with Martha MacCallum delivered 2.1 million total viewers and 413,000 in A25-54. In primetime, for the first time in network history, Hannity topped all of cable news with 3.2 million viewers (+17%) and 661,000 in A25-54 (+28%). Tucker Carlson Tonight at 8PM/ET, was the second-most watched program for the year in total viewers with 2.7 million viewers and averaged 540,000 with A25-54. At 10PM/ET, The Ingraham Angle ranked fifth in total viewers with 2.5 million and fourth with A25-54 averaging 491,000.

Top Five Networks in Primetime in All of Television for 2017

CBS: 6.3 million viewers
NBC: 6 million viewers
ABC: 4.6 million viewers
FOX: 3.5 million viewers
FNC: 2.4 million viewers

Nielsen Cable News Ratings for 2017 (12/26/16-12/10/17) vs. 2016 (12/28/15-12/25/16)


FNC: 2,422,000 P2+ (flat); 488,000 A25-54 (up 1%)
CNN: 1,060,000 P2+ (down 15%); 370,000 A25-54 (down 13%)
MSNBC: 1,624,000 P2+ (up 50%); 370,000 A25-54 (up 37%)

Total Day:

FNC: 1,501,000 P2+ (up 8%); 321,000 A25-54 (up 15%)
CNN: 783,000 P2+ (up 4%); 257,000 A25-54 (up 11%)
MSNBC: 885,000 P2+ (up 47%); 203,000 A25-54 (up 33%)

In addition to its record breaking ratings year, FNC also dominated social media, ranking as the top news brand in total social engagement in the world for 2017, according to Sharablee. FNC was also the top-tweeted news outlet for the year according to Twitter and Socialbakers found that the network was the most engaging media brand on that platform. During November 2017, the network was also the most engaging brand on Facebook, according to NewsWhip.

FOX News Digital, according to comScore, had its most successful year ever across major metrics. From January 2017 to November of 2017, FOX News Digital saw a 29% increase in average monthly unique visitors, a 54% increase in video views, and a 17% increase in page views year-over-year. October 2017 was a record month for FOX News Digital, with over 96 million unique visitors per comScore.

D-C Radio: Elizabethany Named APD, PM Drive At WIHT

iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. has announced that Elizabethany Ploger has been named Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Show Host for WIHT HOT 99.5 effective immediately.

As Assistant Program Director, Elizabethany will assist in overseeing the station’s on-air and music programming. She will also serve as the afternoon show host, broadcasting weekdays 4 – 7 p.m. through December 31 and 2 – 7 p.m. beginning in January. Elizabethany will report to Rob Kruz, Program Director for HOT 99.5.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Elizabethany in this new role at iHeartMedia Washington D.C.,” said Kruz. “Her energy and creativity both in and out of the studio, combined with a track record of ratings success, makes her the perfect choice to take over afternoons on HOT 99.5!”

Elizabethany has served as the night host and Music Director for HOT 99.5 since 2013. She began her radio career at HOT 99.5 as an intern in 2008. Since then, she spent time at KNDE in College Station, TX and WVHT in Norfolk, VA.

WIHT 99.5 FM (22 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
“I thought I had my dream job when I got the night show working among the legends that are Toby Knapp and Kane,” said Elizabethany. “There aren’t words to describe how it feels to take over the legendary afternoon shift on HOT 99.5, my hometown station I grew up listening to!”

Chicago Radio: WSCR's Ron Coomer Gets Contract Extension

Entercom and The Chicago Cubs have announced that Chicago's WSCR 670 AM The Score will remain the home of radio color analyst Ron Coomer through a multiyear contract extension. Coomer will continue his coverage of the team alongside play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes on Chicago's top-ranked sports station.

"Ron is one of the most talented analysts in baseball and we are honored to have him on our team at The Score," said Jimmy de Castro, Entercom Chicago's Senior Vice President and Market Manager. "Ron brings the passion and success he had as former MLB All-Star to the airwaves of Cubs baseball and hits a homerun with Cubs fans."

"Ron has endeared himself to the Cubs fan base with his thoughtful analysis of the game, humor and welcoming interactions with our fans," said Crane Kenney, president of business operations, Chicago Cubs. "We're grateful he will continue alongside Pat Hughes to provide an enjoyable and insightful radio broadcast."

Coomer, 51, first joined the Cubs Radio Network in December of 2013, succeeding Keith Moreland on WGN 720. He has been with Entercom (formerly CBS Radio) since 2015 when the Cubs transitioned to WBBM Radio.

WSCR 670 AM (50 Kw)
Now entering his fourth year, Ron has called hundreds of Cubs games, including three straight National League Championship Series. In 2016, he was part of history as the Cubs broke a century-long drought to become World Series Champions. Prior to joining the Cubs radio booth, Coomer served as an in-studio analyst, on-field reporter and occasional color commentator for the Twins on Fox Sports North Television.

Portland OR Radio: iHM's KPOJ Partners With NBC Sports Northwest

NBC Sports Northwest and iHeartMedia Portland have announced a new content partnership in the Portland, Oregon area. The collaboration will rebrand iHeartMedia’s Rip City Radio 620 to NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio.

The announcement was made by Len Mead, GM of NBC Sports Northwest and Robert Dove, President of Pacific Northwest Region for iHeartMedia Markets Group.

Starting January, the companies will bring a new line-up to the community featuring nine hours of combined content simulcast on both KPOJ 620 AM and on NBC Sports Northwest between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. local, with NBC Sports Northwest producing its own three-hour show within that window.

The joint weekday lineup will consist of Rip City Mornings with Dan & Nigel (6-9 a.m. PT), Dwight Jaynes & Aaron Fentress Show (12-3 p.m. PT) and Rip City Drive with Travis & Chad (3-6 p.m. PT). KPOJ will also simulcast NBC Sports Northwest’s Outdoors GPS program. All shows will originate from a new state-of-the-art radio studio being built at NBC Sports Northwest.

KPOJ 620 AM (25 Kw-D, 10 Kw-N, DA)
“NBC Sports Northwest is dedicated to serving fans across all platforms, so we are pleased to join forces with iHeartMedia to collaborate on programming for Portland sports fans on both TV and radio,” said Mead. “This partnership combines and amplifies the best talent and production teams in the market.”

“We are excited to partner with NBC Sports Northwest to bring Rip City Radio listeners the best in local sports programming,” said Dove. “Our combined assets will provide even more access for Portland sports fans across both TV and Radio including enhanced audio and visual content for Trailblazer fans all-in-one destination.”

Facebook Reacts To Comments On Social Media's Ills

Facebook has fired back at Chamath Palihapitiya after the former Facebook exec said social media is "destroying how society works."

In a statement on Tuesday, the social networking giant said: “Chamath has not been at Facebook for over six years. Facebook was a very different company back then and as we have grown we have realized how our responsibilities have grown too,” reports Fox News.

Facebook added it has worked with experts to understand the effects its service has on its users.

"We are also making significant investments more in people, technology and processes, and — as Mark Zuckerberg said on the last earnings call — we are willing to reduce our profitability to make sure the right investments are made,” Facebook concluded.

The statement comes after Palihapitiya, who now runs the venture capital firm Social Capital and is a co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, said social media is damaging the fabric of society.

"The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse. No cooperation. Misinformation. Mistruth. And it's not an American problem. This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. So we are in a really bad state of affairs right now, in my opinion. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other."

He said that he rarely, if ever, uses Facebook, having posted maybe twice in seven years, something that has caused "huge problems" in his own social circles. He also added he would not let his own children use it.

Cumulus Fined For Repeated EEO Violations

The FCC's Media Bureau’s issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) for what it calls willful and repeated EEO violations against Cumulus Media

The violations were discovered through a random spring 2011 Media Bureau audit of its EEO program.

The NAL was issued to Cumulus’ Myrtle Beach, S. Car., station group — comprised of Class C3 WDAI-FM 98.5 “Kiss FM,” Class C3 WSYN-FM 103.1 “Sunny”, Class C3 WSEA-FM 100.3 “The Team,” Class C2 WLFF-FM “Nash 106.5,” and Class B directional WHSC-AM 1050, a Fox Sports Radio affiliate.

According to, the stations received the NAL after the Bureau ruled that the stations failed to comply with the Commission’s rules on recruitment, self-assessment, record-keeping, and reporting, and failed to meet the FCC’s public file requirement.

Violations of “a number” of the Commission’s EEO rules were found:
  • Section 73.2080(c)(1), which requires a licensee to use recruitment sources for each full-time vacancy
  • Section 73.2080(c)(1)(ii), which requires a licensee to provide notification of each vacancy to any organization that distributes information about employment opportunities to job seekers upon request by such organization
  • Section 73.2080(c)(5)(v), which requires a licensee to retain records to document the total number of interviewees for each of its vacancies and the referral source for each interviewee
  • Section 73.2080(c)(6)(iv), which requires a licensee to include in its public file report the number of interviewees and the number of interviewees referred by each recruitment source
  • Section 73.2080(c)(3), which requires a licensee to analyze the recruitment program for its employment unit on an ongoing basis to ensure that the program is effective in achieving broad outreach to potential applicants, and to address any problems found as a result of its analysis
  • Section 73.3526(e)(7), which requires a commercial licensee to include certain EEO-related materials in its public inspection file.
  • According to the Media Bureau’s findings, Cumulus’ 2008-2009 report indicates that it failed to report any recruitment sources for three of the five full-time hires listed in the report. For one of the remaining two full-time hires, Cumulus reports word-of-mouth as the only recruitment source. The 2009-2010 report similarly lists a word-of-mouth referral as the sole recruitment source for two of the six full-time hires listed in the report.
“Relying solely on a licensee’s own private contacts, such as word-of-mouth referrals, does not constitute recruitment under the Commission’s rules, which require public outreach,” the Media Bureau noted in its NAL.

Meanwhile, for both reporting periods Cumulus indicated that Ohio Center for Broadcasting requested notification of full-time vacancies. But, Cumulus’ records show that it failed to notify this source of seven of its 11 full-time hires during the reporting period, starting with its first full-time hires in 2008 and ending with the last two fulltime
hires reported in 2010.

Cumulus failed to retain records of the number or source of its interviewees for 10 of the 11 full-time vacancies during the reporting periods. Both the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 reports contain a footnote stating that “due to unauthorized removal of documentation from its facilities, this [Station Employment Unit] is unable to fully detail its recruitment efforts as well as interviewee data per vacancy.

Cumulus further reports that it lost the majority of its records relating to recruitment for the reporting periods at issue after the dismissal of the unit’s business manager in November 2010.

The Media Bureau’s response? “Although Cumulus provides an explanation for its inability to produce the required records, this does not excuse it from having violated our rules.”

The violations were conducted while co-founder Lew Dickey Jr. was still CEO of Cumulus Media.

Detroit Radio: WFDF Suspends Host Over Claims

Rev. W-J Rideout III
A prominent Detroit pastor has been suspended from his show on WFDF 910 AM as questions are raised about the validity of his claims of sexual harassment against WXYZ-TV Channel 7.

The Detroit News reports radio station managers announced Tuesday the Rev. W.J. Rideout III would no longer be allowed to host his show on Saturday evenings or be interviewed on the station as part of an indefinite suspension.

Station owner Kevin Adell said he is skeptical of Rideout and his claims against two TV newsmen and a newspaper editor without providing proof. The alleged sexual harassment victims also have not been identified.

“You can’t just make an accusation about people without victims coming forward,” Adell said. “We are not using our platform here for somebody else’s agenda.”

WXYZ news anchor Malcom Maddox was placed on administrative leave last week following the allegations of sexual harassment leveled by Rideout. The station said it is investigating the claims.

Rideout said the victims of sexual harassment at WXYZ do not want to be revealed. The pastor said he expects the victims will eventually come forward and speak out.

Rideout last week accused Maddox of harassing a woman through phone calls, emails, text messages and showed her pictures. Numerous employees, he said, endured similar treatment.

He said the employee who made the claims has requested to remain anonymous.

Las Vegas Radio: Records Set During Chet Buchanan Show Toy Drive

KLUC 98.5 FM Morning Show Chet Buchanan ended his19th Annual Toy Drive with another record setting year of donations! The 12-day event filled (32) 50 foot Coca-Cola trailers with new toys, along with 8,109 bikes and $455,550 in cash and gift cards!

Throughout the 12 days, Chet Buchanan lives 30 feet up on a 30x40 foot scaffolding unit for 24 hours a day, without every coming down, all in an effort to raise awareness for families that may need a little extra help this holiday season, by providing one more toy, one more bike and one more gift card. The event, which ran from November 30th – December 11th, benefits HELP of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit organization that assists less fortunate families during the holiday season. Starting now, they will be helping over 3,000 families along with over 70 other nonprofit organizations in southern Nevada to ensure that as many families as possible have gifts to unwrap this holiday season.

“It's nearly impossible to wrap my head around what just took place over the last 12 days. From some of the most miserable weather we've experienced, to the most unbelievable totals beyond what I might have ever imagined,” said Chet Buchanan. “It's truly a dream that just keeps getting better! Spence, Kayla, Davey The Showkiller, Lasso, and I are incredibly humbled, grateful, and absolutely honored to join our incredible 98.5 KLUC teammates and sponsors to serve the greatest, most passionate listeners in the most amazing city and community in the world!”

“What Chet does each year for children in the Las Vegas community is truly incredible,” added Entercom Las Vegas Operations Manager J.B. King. “This year after battling 30 mile an hour winds and near freezing overnight temperatures, we still managed to have our biggest Toy Drive year ever.”

Tampa Radio: Beasley Stations Raise $460K+ For St. Jude Kids

Beasley Media Group, Inc. has announced WQYK 99.5 FM recently hosted the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon in the station’s studio on Thursday, December 7th and Friday, December 8th.
The annual event raised a total of $300,620!

99.5 QYK Show Hosts Marc & Veronica, Afternoon Host Cadillac Jack, Program Director Tee Gentry, St. Jude former patient Abby and St. Jude Regional Representative Sarah Potter.

Meanwhile, Beasley's WYUU 92.5 MAXIMA hosted its annual Promesa y Esperanza for St. Jude Kids Radiothon on Thursday, December 7th and Friday, December 8th.

(From left to right): Martica Lopez (WYUU midday talent), Gema G (WYUU weekend talent), St. Jude Volunteer, Nio Fernandez (WYUU Program Director/  Radio personality), Nandy Davila (WYUU morning co-host), Felipe Rios (WYUU Promotions manager), Hancel The Hitman (WYUU Night host) 3 St. Jude Volunteers,  Yazmin (mother of St. Jude 6 year old patient Yazleemar, little girl in photo)

The Tampa-based radio station raised a total of $162,280!

Knoxville Radio: Cumulus Stations Raise $307K+ For St. Jude

WIVK's Gunner, Nikki Thomas, Tony Randall, Kristian Rochester and Sean McNally
Last week's 27th annual St. Jude Radiothon in Knoxville, TN. Cumulus Media-Knoxville Country station WIVK 107.7 FM raised over $307,000 for the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The two day radiothon was a united effort of radio professionals from Cumulus stations WIVK, WNML and WOKI pitching in to answer phones, along with recording artist and East Tennessee native, Jackie Lee, who came to the stations and answered phones with his little brother Kinsey.

S-F Radio: Holiday Sports Auction Underway On KNBR

Cumulus Media-San Francisco’s KNBR 680 AM, “The Sports Leader”, has announced the dates for the “49ers Foundation Holiday Sports Auction”.

The auction, which will take place on Wednesday and Thursday will provide the 49ers Faithful in the Bay Area with the opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime sports experiences this holiday season, while also benefitting Bay Area youth in need.

Auction items will range from the chance to play a flag football game on the field at Levi’s Stadium to a Michael Mina catered dinner with Hall of Famer Charles Haley, to co-hosting the 49ers pre- and post-game show on KNBR 680, and much more.

Listeners can view a list of auction items at The auction will take place between 6am-7pm on both Wednesday and Thursday, December 13 and 14. The number to call and bid on items is: 415-995-5700.

“A selection of wonderfully unique 49ers experiences will be auctioned off to help fund initiatives that educate and empower at-risk youth, like our award-winning 49ers STEAM Education Program and the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute,” said 49ers Foundation executive director Justin Prettyman. “All proceeds from the auction enable the 49ers Foundation’s charitable programs to give back to those in need this holiday season. None of what we do would be possible without the generous support of our Bay Area sports fans.”

Justin Wittmayer, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-San Francisco, said: “The 49ers Foundation does a fantastic job of utilizing its numerous educational and leadership initiatives to serve underprivileged young people in the Bay Area. KNBR 680 is proud to partner with the 49ers Foundation to help raise funds for such a worthwhile organization.”

R.I.P.: Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens

Pat DiNizio
Pat DiNizio, frontman, songwriter and guitarist with veteran alternative rockers The Smithereens, died Tuesday (Dec. 12) at the age of 62, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

DiNizio had been recovering from unidentified "medical issues" sustained during a fall and, just days earlier, revealed in a Facebook message that he was looking forward to returning to the road.

The New Jersey artist’s surviving bandmates -- Jimmy Babjak (guitar), Mike Mesaros (bass) and Dennis Diken (drums) -- confirmed his death in a statement, though details have not been revealed.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens – America’s Band. Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers,” reads the post.

“Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll. Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldn’t grow old together. Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday.”

DiNizio formed the band with Babjak, Diken, and Mesaros in 1980 and enjoyed international success with a string of nuggety numbers which also happened to sound great over the airwaves such as “Blood and Roses,” “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “Only A Memory,” “A Girl Like You” and “Too Much Passion,” the latter two cracking the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. Five Smithereens titles impacted the Billboard 200, with a best of No. 41 for 1990's Smithereens 11.

December 13 Radio History

➦In 1897...muck-raking columnist & broadcaster Drew Pearson was born in Evanston Illinois.

He emerged as a powerful radio personality during WWII, and tried to transfer the impact to TV in 1952 with limited success.  His column & many of his broadcasts were titled the “Washington Merry-Go-Round.” He faced 50 libel suits during his 40 year career, but lost only one.

Pearson died Sept. 1 1969 at age 71.

➦In 1924...KOA-AM, Denver, Colorado, began broadcasting. KOA was originally owned by General Electric. The station started with 5,000 watts, and in 1927, increased to 12,500 watts. In the early 1930s, power was raised to the current level of 50,000 watts. KOA is the dominant clear-channel station on 850 AM.

At night the signal can be heard in over 30 states of the U.S. and over most of Canada and Mexico. KOA sometimes can be picked up in California, and is usually picked up in Central Washington state, both locations are west of the Rocky Mountains, an obstacle that prevents most east coast radio stations from traveling west of the Rockies. KOA is frequently heard in northern Europe, Australia and Japan, and is one of the most frequently reported stations worldwide

➦In 1926...1926 KXL 400 meters (749.6 K.C.) signed on the air with 250 watts.  KXL’s inaugural broadcast hit the airwaves on December 13, 1926 from the top floor of the Mallory Hotel, beginning with a concert from the Mallory Orchestra. The second hour began with dance music presented by the Lyle Lewis Orchestra.

On September 20, 1927, KXL moved into the “Rose Studio” on the seventh floor of the Bedell Building which featured a plate glass wall for public viewing from the reception room. KXL celebrated the move with a 40 hour broadcast dedication.

Alpha Broadcasting, a newly formed company owned by Larry Wilson, purchased KXL in 2009.  In 2011, KXL’s news/talk programming on 750 AM began simulcasting on 101.1 FM, the former KUFO-FM now called KXL-FM.  KXL’s news/talk format moved exclusively to the FM signal a few months later.  The old 750 AM frequency became KXTG-AM, carrying a sports format.

➦In 1934...Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman, one of the most popular husband-and-wife teams in the history of country music, were married. Lulu Belle and Scotty were regulars on the National Barn Dance radio show, which originated from WLS in Chicago, from 1933 to 1958. Scotty Wiseman wrote the country music standard “Mountain Dew,” as well as the duo’s biggest hit, “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?”

➦In 1964...The American Radio Relay League was founded for HAM radio operators.

➦In 1974...MC Flashbacks to the year-ender edition of Radio&Records from December 13, 1974.  If you remember, StreetTalk, Parallels...then you remember R&R. The Back Page Chart shows quite a variety...everything from Jethro Tull to Bobby Vinton!

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➦In 1983...In 1983, Bonneville Broadcasting Co. purchased KYA and the call letters were changed to KOIT.

December 18, 1926, KYA went on the air initially on 970 kc. with 500 watts, but it was planned to later increase its power to 20,000 watts.

In a massive nationwide reassignment of frequencies which took place November 11, 1928, KYA was ordered to the less desirable frequency of 1230 kc.  The station moved again in 1941 in another wholesale frequency shift, this time to 1260 kc.

In 1948, the SF Examiner sold KYA to a group of Stanford professors and instructors, doing business as "Palo Alto Radio Station, Inc." This started a turbulent period in the history of KYA. Over a period of almost twenty years, KYA was operated by no less than eight different owners! The Palo Alto group sold the station to Dorothy Schiff of the New York Post. In the mid-fifties, the station was purchased by Elroy McCaw and John Keating, doing business as KYA, Inc. They in turn sold the station to the Bartell Family Group in 1958, who subsequently sold to Golden State Broadcasters. From 1963 to 1966, KYA was operated by the Churchill Broadcasting Corporation, and in June of 1966 KYA was acquired by AVCO Broadcasting.

Rock'n'roll music made its first appearance on KYA during the Bartell Group days, and then for only a portion of the station's broadcast day. After an initial success, it quickly took over the entire day's schedule. In 1961, a young unknown Georgia disk jockey who called himself Bill Drake was given the task of programming the station. Drake made drastic changes, streamlining the carnival sound of early rock radio, until an entirely new concept was developed.

"The Drake Sound" became an instant success at KYA, and soon spread to other stations. Before long, Bill Drake had redefined rock'n'roll radio nationwide, which became "Top 40" radio. Drake became a multi-millionaire, programming nearly a hundred AM and FM stations from his home in Bel Air in the 1970s. KYA and KFRC shared the important rock radio audience in San Francisco through the '70s.

In 1983, Bonneville Broadcasting Co. purchased KYA and the call letters were changed to KOIT. The original call letters lived on, however, with KYA-FM, which was sold to another owner, KING Broadcasting of Seattle, which operated it together with KSFO. Two of San Francisco's most historic call letters were now resided under one roof.

➦In 1992...the FCC fined Infinity Broadcasting $600,000 over “indecent” broadcasts by Howard Stern.

➦In 1999...The performing rights organization Broadcast Music Incorporated declared "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" to be the most played (BMI) song of the century on American radio and television, with more than eight million airings. The original and most famous recording of the song is by the Righteous Brothers.

"Never My Love" was the second most-played song, followed by "Yesterday," "Stand By Me," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Rounding out the Top Ten were "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," "Mrs. Robinson," "Baby I Need Your Loving," "Rhythm Of The Rain," and "Georgia On My Mind."

➦In 2010…In New York, Paul McCartney performed an intimate concert for 1,400 people at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, as part of SiriusXM Radio's celebrations on acquiring 20 million subscribers. The planned 22-song set was followed by two encores of three songs each.

Celebrities in attendance included Keith Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Simon Le Bon, Kevin Bacon, Tony Bennett, Alec Baldwin, John McEnroe and Howard Stern. McCartney told the audience, "I just want to just soak in the Apollo. I've dreamed of playing here for many a year. This is very special for us British boys. The holy grail."

➦In 2014…Veteran TV newsman Bill Bonds, who spent 29 years in the anchor chair at WXYZ in Detroit in addition to his stints at the ABC stations in New York and Los Angeles, died of a heart attack at 82.

➦In 2015…Longtime New York sportswriter (The Daily News, New York World-Telegraph & Sun)/radio commentator (WCBS)/author (The Wit and Wisdom of Yogi Berra) Phil Pepe died at the age of 80.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Pandora Names Aimée Lapic Chief Marketing Officer

Amiee Lapic
Pandora today announced that Aimée Lapic will join the company as chief marketing officer, effective December 13.

Lapic will bring Pandora’s next chapter to life through cutting-edge digital, social and mobile marketing initiatives and will lead consumer brand strategy, market positioning, performance-based and partnership marketing for the company.

“Aimée brings to Pandora a deep customer focus and long track record of driving significant growth for consumer brands,” said Roger Lynch, president and CEO of Pandora. “She has the exact performance and partner marketing experience we need to take Pandora to the next level and expand our audience across all tiers of service.”

Lapic comes to Pandora following a 13-year run at Gap Inc., where she served most recently as chief marketing officer for Banana Republic and the general manager of In this role, Lapic’s team’s effort in paid-social media and other digital marketing programs delivered a return on investment of more than 500 percent. Prior to leading that business, Lapic held Gap Inc. leadership roles with increasing responsibility, including senior vice president and general manager of International Gap Outlet, where she drove 20 consecutive quarters of growth.

“I’m incredibly excited to join Pandora at such a pivotal time in the company’s history,” Lapic said. “Pandora wrote the playbook on personalized music. I can’t wait to help shape the next chapter by attracting and engaging listeners in innovative new ways.”