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Friday, February 21, 2020

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Study: Country Radio Airs More Contemporary Music Than Streamers.

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Online streaming of country music grew by 36% from 2018 to 2019 with 85% of country radio P1 listeners saying they stream an on-demand audio service either “every day” (56%) or “a few a day’s a week” (29%). As you’d expect, the online survey from P1 Media Group found younger country radio fans say they stream on-demand audio more frequently than older fans – 70% of 18-24-year olds report using services such as Spotify, Amazon or Apple Music every day versus 57% for 25-34s and 51% of 35-44s.

With more country radio listeners using on-demand services, P1 Media Group looked at Nielsen Music/MRC Data to identify the differences between what radio is playing versus listener streaming choices. It found radio is playing more contemporary music than on-demand streaming services: 70% of radio’s Top 100 most-played songs are from 2018 and 2019 versus 55% of songs on Nielsen Music/MRC Data’s on-demand audio streaming chart. Furthermore, the Top 100 on-demand audio songs feature more unique artists – 58 versus 50 on the Top 100 most-played country songs on radio. Comparing the Top 100 songs, 69 songs appear in the Top 100 on both charts and 31 songs are different.

But when looking more broadly across the Top 500 songs on each medium, the on-demand streaming chart is more contemporary with 58% of its Top 500 most-played songs from the past five years (2015 to 2019) versus 49% for the most-played songs on radio. More than six of every ten total spins of country radio’s Top 500 most played songs came from the Top 100 songs versus 46% for on-demand streaming.

But the Top 4 songs for 2019 were the same on both charts. Luke Combs, “Beautiful Crazy” (1); Dan + Shay, “Speechless” (2); Morgan Wallen, “Whiskey Glasses” (3); Dan + Shay, “Tequila” (4).

The study also found that country radio relies more on core artists, playing more songs from fewer artists while on-demand streaming services play more unique artists.

P1 Media Group based its findings on the Top 500 most-played country songs according to the U.S. Country Radio Panel and the Top 500 most-played country songs from the On-demand Audio Panel from 2019 from Nielsen Music/MRC Data. On-demand audio streams include plays on audio-only services such as Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music. P1 Media Group also conducted an online survey in January 2019 of country radio listeners in the U.S. The sample included 400 18-54-year-old radio listeners, proportional to the population of the Top 25 largest audio streaming markets. Participants were required to listen to music on radio a minimum of two to three hours per week, listen to a local country radio station and rate a mainstream country format montage a 7 or higher on a 1 to 10 scale.

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iHeart And Flatiron Sign Podcast-Based Book Partnership.

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The popular “Stuff You Should Know” podcast is expanding its reach into the print medium. A publishing deal with Flatiron Books gives the iHeartPodcast Network its own imprint, branded as “Stuff You Should Read: An iHeartBook.” The nonfiction imprint will start with four books based on the podcast, with the first book, “Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things” available Sept. 29.

“Podcasting is exploding right now, with some of the best and brightest minds launching shows in this medium,” iHeartPodcast Network President Conal Byrne said in a release. “We wanted to take a lot of that creativity and extend it into another amazing medium, serving it up in a whole new way and potentially to a whole new audience – readers. We found the perfect partner in Flatiron to launch our first four titles, with more to come.”

“Stuff You Should Know” hosts Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant will take their curiosity to the printed page to answer questions ranging from the origin of Murphy beds, to the history of facial hair, to the psychology of being lost.

“It’s been a long time coming since we first wanted to create a SYSK book – since basically the beginning of the podcast 12 years ago – so this is a bit of a dream come true for us,” Clark said.

“With so much experience under our belts and a wealth of information we know people crave, we’re finally ready to dive into this book project the right way with Flatiron,” Bryant added. “We can’t wait to finally see the finished book in our hands and the hands of our listeners everywhere.”

The imprint, headed by Sarah Murphy, Executive Editor at Flatiron, will publish at least one book per year. To start, it will feature titles based on other popular long-running curiosity shows iHeart acquired in its $55 million purchase of Stuff Media, including “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” “Stuff They Don't Want You to Know,” and “Stuff Mom Never Told You.” Additionally, Imprint, a part of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, will publish young reader editions of the books.

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Entercom’s J.D. Crowley Receives NAB Digital Leadership Award.

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Entercom Chief Digital Officer J.D. Crowley will receive the NAB Digital Leadership Award at the 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Crowley will be honored at the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 20 at the Encore in Las Vegas.

Established in 2015, the Digital Leadership Award honors an individual at a broadcast station, group or network who has had a significant role in transforming a traditional broadcast business to succeed on digital media platforms.

Crowley oversees the strategy and operations of Entercom’s digital portfolio and has been guiding the modernization of the company’s top brands. Key initiatives include expanding Entercom’s podcast division through the acquisition of Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios and providing content-driven listening through the company’s Radio.com streaming audio platform.

Before joining Entercom, Crowley held several digital and content positions at CBS, including Executive VP of Digital for CBS Radio, Senior VP of CBS Brand Studio and Senior VP and General Manager of Digital for CBS Television Distribution.

Past NAB Digital Leadership Award recipients include ABC Owned Television Stations Group’s Wendy McMahon, Hearst Television’s Roger Keating and Graham Media Group’s Catherine Badalamente.

The 2020 NAB Show is April 18-22 in Las Vegas, with exhibits open from April 19-22.

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‘Gulf States Newsroom’ Is Third Regional Hub Of NPR Stations.

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Continuing to bring together regional stations to fill local news gaps, National Public Radio is creating a third regional newsroom. The Gulf States Newsroom includes University of Alabama news/talk WBHM Birmingham (90.3), Louisiana State University news/talk/classical WWNO New Orleans (88.9), Public Radio Inc. news/talk WRKF Baton Rouge (89.3) and Mississippi Public Broadcasting, which airs on eight radio stations throughout the state.

The Gulf States Newsroom follows the creation of the California Newsroom and the Texas Newsroom.

“We are excited to work with stations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to bridge the widening local news gaps and increase the power of our regional newsroom collaborations,” NPR Senior Vice President for News Nancy Barnes said in a release. “We need strong editors and reporters covering local news across the country so we can better serve the public, both locally and nationally, and tell the full story of what is transpiring in all corners of America."

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is providing a 44-month grant of nearly $1.3 million to launch the effort, which together with NPR's support enables the creation of six new beat reporting positions and two editing positions dedicated to regional coverage that will be based in each state. In addition, the Gulf States newsroom will hire a full-time managing editor, based at WBHM, who will direct news coverage and content collaboration among the regional partners and national news outlets.

“Collaboration is a force multiplier in providing high-quality local journalism,” Senior VP for Radio and Journalism Kathy Merritt added. “Working with each other and NPR, these stations will offer greater breadth and depth in their news coverage to serve the people of the Gulf region."

The statewide newsrooms in Texas and California received early support from CPB and have expanded to serve as regional hubs for NPR. The Gulf States newsroom marks the first time the organizations have collaborated to fund and launch a regional newsroom.

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WIYY’s Morning Show Delivers ‘Market-Leading Ratings’ On WBAL-TV.

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Season two of “Justin, Scott and Spiegel Shouldn’t Be On TV,” starring the Hearst “98 Rock” WIYY Baltimore morning show, returned to co-owned WBAL-TV on Saturday, Feb. 15 following “Saturday Night Live.”

The first season, “delivered market-leading ratings in the adults 25-54 demographic, retaining 78% of the ‘Saturday Night Live’ lead-in,” WBAL-TV GM Dan Joerres told TV Newscheck. “I am confident that season two of the JSS Show will deliver equally impressive results as their listener base has responded so favorably. We are thrilled to continue this natural extension of our partnership with sister station 98 Rock.”

The TV show starring the popular “98 Rock” morning show debuted in August 2019. “Pairing Baltimore’s most colorful and imaginative radio show in this great time slot after SNL is a terrific opportunity to reach our listeners on one of the country’s strongest NBC affiliates,” WIYY President/GM Cary Pahigian said at the time.

WBAL-TV Creative Services Director John Baldwin told TV Newscheck, the TV and radio stations “have a great deal in common, and have been successful in partnering in an ever-increasing number and array of projects. We often complement each other’s efforts.”

The TV outlet runs promos for “Justin, Scott and Spiegel Shouldn’t Be On TV” during SNL, with Joerres saying, “this type of natural synergy is another opportunity for both our television and radio sales teams to work together, creating a multiplatform solution for our mutual customers.”

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Barstool Sports Completes Sale To Casino Operator Penn National.

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Barstool Sports, the creator of more than three dozen podcasts, has finalized its $163 million sale to casino operator Penn National Gaming. As part of the deal, Penn National will be Barstool Sports’ exclusive gaming partner for up to 40 years and have the sole right to utilize the Barstool Sports brand for all of its online and retail sports betting and Casino products.

“Since announcing our groundbreaking partnership with Barstool at the end of January, we have seen first-hand the power of the Barstool brand to generate significant consumer interest and increased engagement between Barstool, their loyal audience of ‘Stoolies’ and our own nationwide platform of 41 properties in 19 states,” Penn National CEO Jay Snowden said in a statement. “Our two teams have hit the ground running and are working on plans to roll out the Barstool Sportsbook brand through both our retail sportsbooks and our interactive products,” he added.

Penn National has initially purchased a minority 36% stake in the company for $163 million in cash and convertible preferred stock. Under the terms of the deal, Penn National will increase its ownership stake to about 50% after three years with another investment of $62 million. That puts a value of $450 million on the company. The Chernin Group now owns approximately 36% of Barstool Sports with the remaining approximately 28% held by Barstool Sports’ current and former employees.

Barstool founder Dave Portnoy and CEO Erika Nardini both remain with the company. And Penn National SVP/Chief Strategy Officer Chris Rogers and SVP/Interactive Gaming Jon Kaplowitz have both joined Barstool Sports’ seven-member board of directors.

Barstool Sports’ revenue grew by approximately 65% last year, delivering nearly $100 million in revenue from digital and audio advertising, ecommerce, events, licensing and subscriptions. The alliance with Penn National will mean Barstool Sports will no longer accept advertising dollars from its rivals, like Fan Duel or Points Bet. But Snowden said he doesn’t expect that to have much of an impact on Barstool’s overall revenue. It reported 32% of that came from audio advertising – putting Barstool’s audio revenue at roughly $30 million.

Barstool says it has 66 million monthly unique visitors, including an estimated 48% of males and 44% of females in the Millennial and Generation X generations. Podcasting is a big part of that reach. Barstool Sports has more than three dozen podcasts, including Pardon My Take and the sex-charged Call Her Daddy. According to Podtrac it had 8.2 million unique monthly podcast listeners in the U.S. in December. That put it ahead of ESPN, which had 6.9 million unique listeners for its roster of sports podcasts, which is nearly twice as large. That has helped Barstool Sports sell more than 30,000 subscriptions.

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Oldies ‘My Mix 94.3’ Plays To The St. Louis Suburbs.

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Metroplex Communications brings oldies to suburban St. Louis, with the launch of “My Mix 94.3.” The new station debuted at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and is playing “The Greatest Hits of the 60s and 70s” on the Alton-licensed translator W232CR at 94.3, with programming originating on the HD3 channel of Hubbard’s WIL-FM (92.3).

Metroplex President Sam Stemm said the oldies station was a long time coming. “We first petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for a license for a new station in 2017,” he told the Edwardsville Intelligencer. “Since that time, we have worked diligently to solve the regulatory and technical challenges which, once overcome, have resulted in the exciting occasion of signing My Mix 94.3 on the air.”

Metroplex was simulcasting news/talk WGBZ (1570) on the 94.3 frequency prior to the debut of “My Mix 94.3.” WGBZ is now simulcasting on the Alton-licensed translator W296DR at 107.1.

General Manager Nick Darr says “My Mix 94.3” will play “the music that many have grown up with. And those too young to have grown up with it are as energized by the music as we were when we were young. Who doesn’t love The Beatles, Elton John, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, CCR, and Stevie Wonder?”

“My Mix 94.3 is streaming at AltonDailyNews.com, which is also owned by Metroplex Communications.

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News Bites: WEZX, David Santrella, Edison Research, Federated Media, Triton Digital.

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News Bites for Februay 20

...Shamrock Communications “Rock 107” WEZX Wilkes Barre-Scranton is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. General Manager Terry Deitz credits the station’s longevity to its embrace of the community. “It has always remained local. It has always served our community. It has always been a growing part of the fabric of Northeast Pennsylvania,” he told the Citizens’ Voice. “That’s the secret of great radio.”

...Salem Media Group President of Broadcast Media David Santrella will receive the “Eye to Zion Award” from The Genesis 123 Foundation at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention at in Nashville, Tuesday, Feb. 25. “Bringing Christians and politically interested individuals to Israel has become an on-going passion of Salem Media Group,” Santrella said in a release. “After all, it all started there. It’s an honor to be a recipient of the Eye to Zion Award on behalf of Salem, our Radio Network hosts, local radio station hosts and our listeners.”

...Edison Research reports 10 of the 15 podcast networks it tracks for its subscription-based Podcast Consumer Tracker grew their audience between the third and fourth quarters. The audience for three other podcast networks remained the same. “Just two lost reach and that by just a percentage point,” Senior VP Tom Webster says. “To me, that's not an industry that has reached peak anything. The pie continues to grow, and there is plenty of room to add audience, and yes – add podcasts.” Edison is scheduled to release its annual Infinite Dial report on March 19.

...Federated Media partners with voice-activated advertising platform Instreamatic and will offer Instreamatic’s interactive voice dialogue advertising to clients, while Federated Media’s inventory is added to Instreamatic’s voice ad exchange. “Instreamatic’s voice dialogue advertising is a breakthrough innovation that not only provides great user experience but also solves the measurement challenge that digital audio traditionally had,” Chief Strategy Officer James Derby. “We’re excited to be partnering with them, and to introduce dialogue advertising experiences across our audio media properties.”

...Reatro Ventures integrates its affiliate research tool, ARC Software, with Triton Digital to provide a Listen Live capability directly within the ARC platform. In addition to researching station data, Nielsen ratings, coverage maps and a full-service CRM, users of the ARC platform can now live stream audio from any Triton-powered station directly within the ARC platform. The listen live capabilities will “help to deepen ARC users’ knowledge of the programming and talent on the stations they transact with, without ever having to leave the platform,” Triton Digital President of Market Development John Rosso said in a release.

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What Factors Influence The Music Played on Country Radio?

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Intangibles like artist stature and gut feeling continue to rule. But “corporate mandate” is the fastest-growing influence that jumps out of data collected during the fourth annual Country Aircheck/Stone Door Media Lab Music Decision Survey. Conducted between late November and mid-December 2019, the study drew responses from more than 70 participating PDs/MDs representing a cross-section of ownership groups and stand-alone stations that report to Country Aircheck/Mediabase.

In prior years, the notion of a corporate mandate had not been cited as often, Stone Door Media Lab noted in a press release summarizing the findings. From surveys it fielded in 2017 and 2018, an average of 64% of programmers whose companies have mandates acknowledged their significance on station playlist adds. But in this new report, nearly 81% who have mandates said they were “very or somewhat likely” to influence new adds – a record high – and 63% said they were “very or somewhat likely” to influence spin increases, too, up from 55% a year ago.

The strength of the executive directive in 2019 cast a wide shadow over last year’s focus on local issues. While they remained valuable, local streaming data, email/online music test polls and input from station staff/local listener group all declined in influence, though local sales remained vital.

The power of the mandate regarding new adds is even stronger among respondents from country radio’s four largest station groups (by revenue). While they represented 55% of total respondents, 79% of stations reporting mandates came from the largest groups. About 86% of them said they were “very likely” to make adds based on a corporate mandate. Among other respondents, only 31% have mandates, and just 30% of those were “very likely” to make adds based on them.

“The mandate is not entirely iron-clad,” Stone Door Media Lab Managing Partner Jeff Green said, “as 44% of PDs/MDs among the largest groups said they strongly agreed they still have complete individual control over their music decisions compared with 57% of all respondents.” And 83% of total respondents strongly or at least somewhat agreed they are the sole decision makers.

The survey found a steadily increasing level of influence from format captains and corporate PDs, cited by nearly 58% of survey participants as “very likely” or “somewhat likely,” to shape decisions on new adds, the highest percentage over the three years this question has been asked in the survey.

However, centralized oversight apparently does not extend from station consultants, whose influence on new adds decreased from 28% to 16% and from 28% to 19% on spin increases; both are their lowest to date. “These findings may illustrate how corporate mandates, format captains and corporate PDs appear to be gradually displacing consultants regarding new music matters,” Green says.

Concerts, Consumption, Others Stations Also Influential

Aside from the corporate mandate, an upcoming or recent concert was the largest-gaining factor noted by 70% as “very likely or somewhat likely” to influence new adds (up from 58% in 2018) and by 58% for spin increases. Country radio’s close ties to the artists and labels rebounded in influence in 2019, up from about 55% to nearly 61%. Stone Door says it was the only significant “intangible” factor to increase year-to-year.

Asked about the increasingly promoted statistic of consumption-per-spin for the first time, almost 45% of PDs/MDs surveyed regarded it as “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to be influential on adds, while a solid majority – nearly 60% – favor it for spin increases. Consumption-related statistics, which include streams, paid streams, paid downloads and physical sales, moved ahead in ranking compared to national streaming data.

Keeping tabs on a particular station or two (or more) around the country saw a resurgence in positive influence on new adds from 32% to 40%, well above the margin of error. Interest in programming activity taking place out of town ranked considerably higher than what was happening across the street, which dipped below 30% as a positive add factor.

YouTube was the only streaming service to rise notably in influence on both new adds and spin increases, compared to Spotify, Apple and Pandora.

Conducted in November-December 2019, the study generated 71 participants from CA/Mediabase-reporting stations representing 26 different group or station owners. The margin of error was 5.6% with an 80% confidence level. The sample closely matched the overall reporter field in PPM/diary proportions, as well as in geographic distribution.

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Is 2020 The Year Of The Female Country Artist?

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The year 2020 may be viewed as the defining moment for change when it comes to a move toward equal play of male and female country artists.

Instead of simply re-hashing the argument made with the infamous “Tomato-gate” comments half a decade ago, Coleman Insights, in coordination with CMT Insights, actually asked country radio listeners their thoughts on female country artists. The resounding answer is that 84% of listeners want equivalent play for women on radio.

The presentation of the data was shared ahead of CRS 2020, taking place in Nashville Feb. 19-21, and was followed by a discussion moderated by Coleman Insights Executive VP and Senior Consultant Sam Milkman and Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music & Talent, CMT.

“I’m optimistic that we’re going back to a little bit more of that balance on radio,” MCA Nashville Senior VP of Promotion Katie Dean told Billboard. Dean moderated “All the Single Ladies, Breaking Female Artists” on Wednesday, Feb 20 at CRS. “I do feel like the tide is shifting.”

Billboard points to a number of positive signs early this year that may help shift the tide that Dean speaks of. Maren Morris has the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart for two weeks straight with “The Bones.” It’s the first time a female solo country artist has held the top position for more than a week since Carrie Underwood did it in 2012.

Billboard also notes that for five consecutive weeks there have been five female-inclusive acts in the Top 20 of the Country Airplay chart and for the last six weeks women have co-written the No. 1 song.

Morris’ manager Janet Weir believes the genre’s slow adoption to streaming is finally coming around, which is helping more female artists gain airplay on country radio. “Country has been slower to adapt to streaming than other formats,” she told the publication. “But streaming has forced [country] radio to look at the top songs and pay attention because that’s what people want to hear.”

Dr. Jada E. Watson, who unveiled findings from her recent study for SongData “Inequality on Country Radio,” ahead of CRS 2020, wants radio to add more female country artists to their playlists over time. “If you play 30 songs a day by women, then add 30 songs this year and then add 30 songs next year. And then add 30 songs the year after,” she told CRS attendees, according to Billboard. “Within a three-year period, you could actually achieve gender parity in programming.”

The time for discussing the issue has passed, Fram says, and it’s now time to act. “Just imagine if everyone were to come back with a plan at the end of 2020, there will be much different results,” she said.

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Is 2020 The Year Of The Female Country Artist?

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The year 2020 may be viewed as the defining moment for change when it comes to a move toward equal play of male and female country artists.

Instead of simply re-hashing the argument made with the infamous “Tomato-gate” comments half a decade ago, Coleman Insights, in coordination with CMT Insights, actually asked country radio listeners their thoughts on female country artists. The resounding answer is that 84% of listeners want equivalent play for women on radio.

The presentation of the data was shared ahead of CRS 2020, taking place in Nashville Feb. 19-21, and was followed by a discussion moderated by Coleman Insights Executive VP and Senior Consultant Sam Milkman and Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music & Talent, CMT.

“I’m optimistic that we’re going back to a little bit more of that balance on radio,” MCA Nashville Senior VP of Promotion Katie Dean told Billboard. Dean moderated “All the Single Ladies, Breaking Female Artists” on Wednesday, Feb 20 at CRS. “I do feel like the tide is shifting.”

Billboard points to a number of positive signs early this year that may help shift the tide that Dean speaks of. Maren Morris has the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart for two weeks straight with “The Bones.” It’s the first time a female solo country artist has held the top position for more than a week since Carrie Underwood did it in 2012.

Billboard also notes that for five consecutive weeks there have been five female-inclusive acts in the Top 20 of the Country Airplay chart and for the last six weeks women have co-written the No. 1 song.

Morris’ manager Janet Weir believes the genre’s slow adoption to streaming is finally coming around, which is helping more female artists gain airplay on country radio. “Country has been slower to adapt to streaming than other formats,” she told the publication. “But streaming has forced [country] radio to look at the top songs and pay attention because that’s what people want to hear.”

Dr. Jada E. Watson, who unveiled findings from her recent study for SongData “Inequality on Country Radio,” ahead of CRS 2020, wants radio to add more female country artists to their playlists over time. “If you play 30 songs a day by women, then add 30 songs this year and then add 30 songs next year. And then add 30 songs the year after,” she told CRS attendees, according to Billboard. “Within a three-year period, you could actually achieve gender parity in programming.”

The time for discussing the issue has passed, Fram says, and it’s now time to act. “Just imagine if everyone were to come back with a plan at the end of 2020, there will be much different results,” she said.

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Deal Digest – February 20, 2020

SALES – STATIONS

Boston – Educational Media Foundation has struck a $10.75 million deal to buy rock WAAF (107.3) from Entercom. EMF currently owns the Methuen, MA-licensed translator W287CW at 105.3 FM and the Lawrence, MA-licensed translator W260AS at 99.9 FM in the market both of which airs its contemporary Christian “K-Love” format to Boston’s northern suburbs. EMF will begin programming WAAF on February 22. Once the sale closes Entercom will still own five stations in the Boston market including CHR “103.3 Amp Radio” WODS, hot AC “Mix 104.1” WWBX, AC “Magic 106.7” WMJX, sports WEEI-FM (93.7) and sports WEEI (850). Entercom will continue to air WAAF as an HD2 channel on WWBX and WEEI-FM.

Toledo – Lora Koralewski and Daniel Haslinger’s Patton Advertising Enterprises files a $995,000 deal to buy country “107.7 The Wolf” WPFX-FM from Toledo Radio. The deal includes a $225,000 promissory note.

Salisbury-Ocean City, MD – American University is spinning off its FM in on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It has struck a $537,500 deal to sell WRAU (88.3) to Delaware Public Media. The station simulcasts news-talk WAMU Washington (88.5). The deal includes a $437,500 promissory note that will be paid in two installments in the two years after the sale closes.

American University says WRAU makes up just over 2% of WAMU’s weekly broadcast audience and the costs tied to operating WRAU could be better spent on digital and new broadcast formats. It notes the national program offerings of WAMU and Delaware Public Media are similar.

Atlanta – RC Media Partners files a $352,500 deal to buy Spanish contemporary Christian “Vida 1010” WTZA from K&Z Broadcasting. The deal also includes a construction permit for the Norcross, GA-licensed translator W227DN at 93.3 FM. RC Media Partners will operate the stations under a time brokerage agreement until closing. It has announced plans to launch a talk format on the stations. K&Z Broadcasting bought the station for $1.1 million in 2015.Broker: Griffin Media Partners

Reno, NV – Harry and Bonnie Dixon file a deal to buy a minority stake in adult standards “Easy 104.1” KUEZ from John Burkavage’s Big Horne Media. They will pay $200,000 for a 73% interest in the station. Burkavage will retain a 27% share.

Ohio – Alan Stockmeister’s Jackson County Broadcasting files a $150,000 deal to buy “Classic Rock 98.7” WYRO, McArthur, OH from Davis Broadcasting Media. Jackson County Broadcasting has been operating WYRO under a time brokerage agreement since 2006.

Texas & New Mexico – Faustino Robles’ T&N Enterprises West Texas files an $80,000 deal to buy contemporary Christian “The Spirit” KDAV Lubbock, TX (1500); hot AC “The Pulse” KRIA, Plainview, TX (103.9); classic hits KKNM, Bovina, TX (96.5); and classic hits KKYC, Clovis, NM (102.3) from High Plains Radio Network.

SALES – TRANSLATORS

Missouri – John Beck’s STL Broadcasters files a $450,000 deal to buy the Saint Peters, MO-licensed translator K268CT at 101.5 FM from Kaspar Broadcasting. The deal includes a $420,000 promissory note. Beck is a SVP at Emmis who also separately is one of the owners of Stone Canyon Media which owns four stations in Flagstaff, AZ.

Iowa – Lakes Area Christian Radio files to donate the Estherville, IA-licensed translator K257CH at 99.3 FM to the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. The signal will replay Duluth, MN market contemporary Christian “Life FM” WJRF via the Spirit Lake, IA-licensed translator K210CG at 89.9 FM.

CLOSINGS

Columbia, SC – Augusta Radio Fellowship Institute closes on a $2 million deal to buy gospel WFMV-FM (95.3) from Glory Communications. The Institute already owns Spanish religious “Radio Amistad” WBLR (1430) in the market. Glory Communications still owns gospel WFMV (620) and talk “The Point” WQXL (1470) in the market.

Sacramento – Ranjit Singh Bajwa and Sarabjit Kaur Dahiya’s Dabaj closes a $1.4 million deal to buy ethnic “Radio Punjab” KRPU (1210) from New Media Broadcasting. Dabaj doesn’t own any other stations. Once the deal closes New Media Broadcasting will still own stations in the San Francisco; Seattle; Bakersfield, CA; and Visalia-Tulare-Hanford, CA markets.

New Orleans – Equity Media has closed a $550,000 deal to buy talk WBOK (1230) from Bakewell Media. Equity Media is a group that includes actor Wendell Pierce, a New Orleans native, in addition to Spears Group president/CEO Cleveland Spears, Henry Consulting managing partner Troy Henry, and Thomas Media Services founder Jeff Thomas. Each will hold a 25% stake in the station.

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American Urban Radio Networks, LLC (“AURN”), the # 1 Nielsen rated national audio network company that connects African Americans to national advertisers, reaching over 25 million listeners weekly, is seeking a Director of Advertising based in New York City.  View details

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