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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.