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What Does Last Week's Format Action Mean For The Rest Of 2017?

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 11:57 AM PST

The Christmas/New Years season is normally busy for format changes, but
with the amount of action (including five PPM market changes in one day)
has put the entire radio industry on notice.

While the circumstances behind every change were different, there was one
noticeable similarity about many of the new format launches. Escaping
younger demographics for older.

We all know that reaching the 18-34 audience has become more difficult for
broadcast radio, especially if you are not the heritage player in a market.
Lots of words have been written elsewhere about the struggle for radio to
reach millennials but has finally come back to hit radio in the wallet
where it hurts most.

New ACs launched in Philadelphia and Tampa. Gold leaning Urban AC in
Boston. Adult Hits in Houston. Only Radio Ones flip of 92.1 KROI from
Classic Hip-Hop to fill the CHR opening made by CBS, went against the grain
in the big markets. The biggest gain for a a format overall was Soft AC
which launched in Chattanooga, Columbia MO, Fresno, and Long Island.

With revenues dropping and 18-34s becoming lost to broadcast radio, the
industry is starting to double-down and focus on the audiences it already
has. CBS 95.7 The Spot Houston fills the long open Classic Hits void in the
market. Todays 96.5 Philadelphia will help prop up sister Classic Hits 98.1
WOGL against market leading AC 101.1 More-FM WBEB. If CBS CHR burst of
2008-2010 is over, why should they stop there? A pop leaning 80s/90s hits
station like Houston would fill a wide opening in Boston. AC like
Philadelphia could flank Classic Hits 104.3 WOMC Detroit. Multiple format
options could exist in Orlando and the company has seen 97.1 KAMP Los
Angeles and Alternative 106.7 KROQ struggle in the past year.

As AC and Hot AC sounded more like CHR and Oldies was supplanted by Classic
Hits, more stations were playing the same songs. The glut made Soft AC a
viable option again and allowed 1980s Hits to come back from the dead.
Classic Hip-Hop has not proven to have legs in most markets, but radio is
showing its desperation to find the next way to keep its 25-54 audience
core in place as it says goodbye to the younger audience.

Whats next? Single artist stations as permanent formats as SiriusXM has
done? All early 90s grunge? The return of Jammin Oldies? Theres only so
many ways to keep repackaging the same music in different forms.

KXJM Quietly Segues To Classic Hip-Hop

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 09:45 AM PST

iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR Jamn 107.5 KXJM Banks/Portland OR quietly dropped
all of its currents and recurrents and has flipped to Classic Hip-Hop.

No changes to the name or on-air lineup accompany the change. KXJM had a
Classic Hip-Hop component to its playlist since returning to the Jamn name
in 2014. KXJM gained a direct format competitor in August 2016 when Alpha
Media debuted We 96.3 KWEE West Linn as a current intensive Rhythmic CHR.

KXJMs 1.8 share in the December 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings was barely ahead
of KWEEs 1.7, however KXJM had nearly double the cume.

WQYK Adds To Morning Show

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 09:24 AM PST

Beasley Country 99.5 WQYK Tampa has added Marc Jason to its morning show.

Jason joins the station from CBS Alternative X107.5 KXTE Las Vegas where he
was hosting mornings as Marco. He has previously worked at Cumulus Hot AC
Mix 107.3 WRQX as well as stations in Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Nashville.

He joins incumbent co-hosts Veronica Alfaro and Kevin Ebel and fills the
gap created by the death of Dave McKay in August.

Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BBGI) today announced Marc (Marc Jason) has joined Veronica and
Kevin on the WQYK Morning Show, 5 a.m.-10 a.m., Mondays through Fridays.

“It’s a great feeling to start this new year with Marc on the QYK morning
team with Veronica and Kevin!” said Operations Manager Tee Gentry. “Marc
has been an on-air radio personality in some of Americas biggest and most
iconic radio cities, including Nashville, Las Vegas, Atlanta and
Washington, DC. Were definitely hitting the ground running in 2017!”

“I welcome this opportunity to lead morning drive, and create remarkable
content with such popular QYK personalities, Veronica and Kevin,” said
Marc. “Connecting the audience through fun, human content has been my
passion. I’m grateful for this opportunity to continue the winning
traditions of WQYK, while exploring new opportunities of community
engagement and entertainment. This is my dream job!”

Beasley Names New Wilmington Market Manager

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 08:19 AM PST

Beasley Media has appointed AJ Lurie as its new VP/Market Manager for AC
99.5 WJBR Wilmington DE and Gospel 800 WTMR Camden NJ.

Lurie comes to Wilmington from Fort Myers FL where he has worked since 2007
and served as Director of Sales since 2014. He succeeds Matt Smith, who was
overseeing WJBR and Beasleys three Philadelphia AMs until the acquisition
of Greater Media and hiring of Joe Bell to oversee that market.

Smith will concurrently move to Philadelphia as General Sales Manager for
Sports 97.5 The Fanatic WPEN-FM, 610 Sports WTEL, and Talk 860 WWDB.

Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BBGI) has promoted AJ Lurie to Vice President/Market Manager, in
Wilmington, Delaware.

AJ has served as Director of Sales for the Ft Myers-Naples, Florida market
since 2014, and began his career as an Account Executive in 2007.

“I am honored to begin working with the talented team in Wilmington,”
commented AJ. “I have had the privilege of serving for more than a decade
with our amazing Ft Myers cluster, which has prepared me for this next step
in my career. I want to sincerely thank Bruce Beasley, Brad Beasley and
everyone who showed faith in my abilities to move into this Market Manager

In Wilmington, AJ will oversee 99.5 WJBR-FM, an award-winning adult
contemporary station as well as 800 WTMR-AM, in Camden, New Jersey.

“We’re eager to bring AJ on board in our outstanding Wilmington market,”
said President Bruce Beasley. “AJ’s absolutely prepared for this new
challenge. I am confident our company will benefit from his leadership
skills, passion for radio and management abilities.”


Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BBGI) has announced the relocation of former Market Manager,
Beasley Media Group, Wilmington, Delaware to Vice President General Sales
Manager of three stations in Beasley’s Philadelphia market: WPEN- FM,

A 15-year veteran Beasley employee, Matt Smith has served in various sales
and leadership positions in several of Beasley Media Group’s markets from
Las Vegas to Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.

Matt has always been a successful manager and an outstanding sales leader
for our company,” said Beasley Media Group President Bruce Beasley. “We’re
thrilled to bring Matt back to Philly!”

“I’m a proud Philadelphia sports fan, and a 97.5 The Fanatic P1! I’m
thrilled to be back in the most passionate sports town in America leading a
top sales team, and working with some of the top professional and
collegiate sports brands in the Country” said Matt. “I am also fortunate
and grateful to continue to work with the great people at 610 Sports, WTEL
an ESPN affiliate, and 860 WWDB-AM. “

“I’m very impressed with the enthusiasm and management capabilities of Matt
Smith,” said Philadelphia Market Manager Joe Bell. “His history with
Beasley has been stellar and he will be instrumental in the continued
growth of Beasley’s Philadelphia cluster!”

ESPN 1700 San Diego Adds Daytime Finance Block

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 07:22 AM PST

Broadcast Company of Americas Sports ESPN 1700 XEPE Tecate MX/San Diego
added a seven hour block of business/finance programming from 9am to 4pm

Longtime San Diego based financial advisor Ray Lucia will host from
9am-11am. Lucia has previously hosted at XEPE as well as 760 KFMB and 1130
KSDO in the market. The syndicated Dave Ramsey show will follow from
11am-2pm. Former 600 KOGO afternoon host Bob “Sully” Sullivan will host
“Sully’s Big Biz Show” from 2-4pm.

XEPE will continue to carry ESPN Radio network programming at other times.

ESPN 1700 introduces a brand new line up starting Tuesday January 3, 2017.
In addition to being San Diego’s exclusive source for national ESPN
programing the station will introduce a new seven hour programing block
entitled, “Your Business, Your Life”.

The NEW programing begins January 3, 2017 at 9am with the return of local
San Diego finance expert Ray Lucia and “The Ray Lucia Show”. Ray is a world
class finance and retirement specialist who gained prominence with his
“Buckets of Money” retirement strategy. Ray returns to the local San Diego
airwaves with a unique show that combines the best of his national show
with a local presentation just for San Diego. Ray’s Show has previously
aired on KSDO and XEPE, and he is frequently a commentator for many of the
national business focused television networks.

The nationally syndicated “Dave Ramsey Show” will follow Ray Lucia from
11am 2pm weekdays. Hosted by best-selling author, Dave Ramsey, the live
radio talk show focuses on life and how it happens to revolve around money.
The show can be heard by more than 12 million listeners weekly on more than
575 radio stations nationwide.

Listeners from across the country call in daily to ask Ramsey about: how to
start a small business, stop fighting with their spouse, teach their kids
about money, save for retirement, get out of debt and other life issues
they are struggling with and wondering “What would Dave do in my
situation?” The radio show offers hope to listeners who feel lost in our
current economic times. People regularly call in to tell Ramsey how much
debt they have paid off and scream that they are now DEBT FREE!

Rounding out the New ESPN 1700 line up is veteran San Diego talk show host
Bob “Sully” Sullivan who brings “Sully’s Big Biz Show” to San Diego, where
business meets lifestyle. The show will air weekdays 2-4pm. Sully has most
recently been heard on KOGO AM in San Diego and is often seen on KUSI- TV
as a business analyst, as well as Nationally on the Biz Talk Radio and
Television Network. “BCA Media President Mike Glickenhaus adds, “There is
nothing like this three show content block available in San Diego. This is
not just financial advice, but really “life advice”. We are excited to
partner with Dave Ramsey, Ray Lucia and Bob “Sully” Sullivan to bring this
content to the San Diego audience”.

Tim Hattrick Returns To KNIX

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 06:21 AM PST

Tim Hattrick has rejoined iHeartMedia Country 102.5 KNIX Phoenix for

Hattrick, who previously hosted mornings at KNIX with Willy D. Loon from
1998 through 2007, will join incumbent co-hosts Ben Campbell and Brooke
Hoover starting today for Tim, Ben Brooke. He replaces Matt McAllister and
producer Joe Wallace who were let go at the end of 2016.

Hattrick is a longtime mainstay in the Phoenix market, most with former
co-host Willy. He first came to the market as part of the morning show at
CHR Y95 KOY-FM in the late 1980s led by Glenn Beck. In addition to their
ten year run at KNIX, he and Willy were hosted mornings together at 107.9
KMLE twice, Wild Country 103.5 KWCY, 94.7 Kicks Country WKXK Chicago, and
in self-syndication from 2012-2014.

Ben Campbell joined KNIX in 2007 to replace Tim Willy. He also replaced
Hattrick at KMLE in 1996 with then-partner Brian Egan. McAllister joined
him in 2008, while Brooke Hoover was promoted to third billed co-host last

Along with the morning show change, KNIX has tweaked its playlist to add
more gold categories and shift away from a mostly current/recurrent
presentation. In the December 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings, KNIX ranked 11th
in the Phoenix market with a 3.4 share, while CBS 107.9 KMLE led it with a
9th place 3.9 share.

Cumulus Promotes Two In Flint

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 06:15 AM PST

Cumulus Media has promoted two programmers in Flint MI.

August Wallace, PD/Midday Host of Urban AC Z92.7 WDZZ, adds on the role of
Operations Manager for the Flint cluster. She has worked WDZZ since 2007
and has served as PD since 2011. Meanwhile Tim Shickles has been appointed
Program Director for Country Nash-FM 95.1 WFBE and Sports Xtra 1330 WTRX.
Shickles currently hosts afternoons at WFBE. He succeeds April Rose as
Program Director.

Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted August Wallace as Operations
Manager of Cumulus’ group of five radio stations in Flint, MI. The company
also announces that it has promoted Tim Shickles as Program Director for
Country station NASH FM 95.1/WFBE-FM and Sports Xtra 1330/WTRX-AM. Wallace,
a 10-year veteran of programming for Urban AC radio station Z92.7/WDZZ-FM,
will retain her duties as Program Director for the station and will
continue her on-air shift. Shickles has been an on-air personality for
Cumulus Media-Flint for the past seven years and will continue in his
on-air role with NASH FM 95.1.

Ed Leick, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Flint, said:
“Cumulus is fortunate to have such incredible talents working in our radio
stations across the country and right here in Flint, Michigan. It is my
great pleasure to assist in moving these two fine broadcasters to the next
level in their careers.”

Wallace said: “I’m excited for the opportunity to help grow the
Cumulus-Flint brands and as a team, to take our stations to new heights.
I’d like to thank Mike McVay, Ed Leick, Ken Johnson and Maurice Devoe for
their continued support.”

Shickles said: This is a huge honor and Im excited for the challenges and
the possibilities that both of these great*stations present.

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