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Format Wars: Will CHR Win Summer Again?

Heading into the warm weather months, CHR has set itself up for what could be another epic summer. The format is showing strong, year-over-year ratings momentum.

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  • ‘The Party’ is Back in Las Vegas.

    Nearly three years after shelving its “Party” image, iHeartMedia’s rhythmic CHR KPLV, Las Vegas on Friday rebranding as “93.1 The Party.” The station had been hinting of a new brand all week after shelving its “My 93.1” handle.

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  • Bob Kingsley Reunites with ‘ACC.’

    “Country Top 40” host Bob Kingsley is reuniting with a country radio brand he helped build over the course of three decades. Kingsley will host the newly-created “American Country Countdown Rewind” program for Cumulus Media.

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  • Deal Market Doldrums.

    Sellers, buyers and brokers spend the week in Las Vegas hunting for the next big deal. The conversations came during a deal environment that has slowed considerably in recent months. During the first quarter 72 radio deals were filed, according to SNL Kagan, a 49% decline compared to a year earlier.

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  • A Bigger ‘Kiss’ for Atlanta.

    Cox Media Group has added a translator in Atlanta to fill in signal gaps in the northwest part of the metro for urban AC “Kiss 104.1” WALR-FM. The extra signal at 93.5 should help fill in gaps in Gwinnett County, where WALR-FM’s signal is relatively weak.

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  • ‘Hot 97’ Goes Ryte in Middays.

    Emmis rhythmic CHR “Hot 97” WQHT, New York imports Megan Ryte from Houston to host middays. Arriving from Radio One’s “Majic 102” KMJQ and “97-9 The Box” KBXX, Ryte replaces TT Torrez, the station’s music director who had been filling in since Dennis Rivera left earlier this year.

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  • Richard Moves Up at Entercom-Sacramento.

    To fill its market manager opening in Sacramento, Entercom has promoted cluster VP of sales Lance Richard to the post. He replaces Sean Shannon, who is joining Cumulus Media as Atlanta market manager.

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  • February Was No Fluke for Classic Rock.

    After shattering its PPM ratings in a pair of key demos in February, the format has gone back, jack, and done it again. In fact, new Nielsen data show classic rock not only topped its record-breaking February records, it busted through them.

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  • Luring Millennial Workers to Radio.

    Radio has made progress in attracting Millennials and women to its workforce, slowly breaking up what’s been called a tough-to-penetrate old boys’ club. But there’s still much work to be done to diversify the ranks and attract young blood, according to a NAB Show panel of industry leaders.

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  • Smith: NAB Show Reinforces Radio Survival.

    Tens of thousands of broadcasters are returning around the globe from the NAB Show in Las Vegas. What’s NAB president Gordon Smith leaving town with? More confidence radio and TV will survive in a digital age.

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  • ‘Hot 97’ Goes Ryte in Middays.

    Emmis rhythmic CHR “Hot 97” WQHT, New York imports Megan Ryte from Houston to host middays. Arriving from Radio One’s “Majic 102” KMJQ and “97-9 The Box” KBXX, Ryte replaces TT Torrez, the station’s music director who had been filling in since Dennis Rivera left earlier this year.

  • Ryan Maguire

    Ryan Maguire has been named Program Director for Miami Sports station WQAM-AM (560).  He moves from CBS Radio Pittsburgh where he has been Program Director of Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan (KDKA-FM). 

  • John Boyle

    Cumulus Media’s newly-launched “95 Rock” WSJZ, Melbourne, FL hires John Boyle as program director. He joins from Entercom’s six-station Sacramento cluster where he worked as promotions director.

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Ratings Spotlight

AM Drive Time Leaders

Rank Station Market AM Drive 6+ cume
1 WHTZ New York 1,283,400
2 WLTW New York 1,196,900
3 KIIS Los Angeles 1,126,300
4 WINS New York 1,068,800
5 WCBS FM New York 1,026,000
6 KBIG Los Angeles 966,700
7 KAMP Los Angeles 930,400
8 WKTU New York 924,600
9 WCBS AM New York 892,050
10 WAXQ New York 867,250