January 5, 2011

» Three To Get Ready:
  • Here are the first three Fall '10 Arbitron diary results for the period of Sept. 16-Dec. 8, with additional markets to be released each weekday  throughout January. Listed by metro size, all figures are persons 12+, Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight, with rankings in parentheses except for Oklahoma City, which is a subscriber-only report. Baton Rouge also was released today, but the data is client-exclusive and not available for publication. Have details beyond the 12+ figures? Email us here.
  • Oklahoma City: After a rough Summer, CC's KTST reclaimed the format lead, gaining 5.1-5.4. A year ago, The Twister scored a 5.6 (3). Following its best book in years, sister station KXXY declined 5.5-4.2, down from a 5.1 (7) in Fall '09. In its first autumn survey, Tyler's KJKE was off 5.0-4.2, tying KXXY for the No. 2 spot for the first time. Co-owned Classic Country KKNG ended a five-book slide, rising 1.6-2.0, compared to a 4.0 (10) 12 months back.
  • New Orleans: CC's WNOE decreased 6.3-5.5 (4t-5), but outperformed its 5.0 (6) from the previous Fall survey.
  • Louisville: After three straight increases leading to its best book since Fall '06, Clear Channel's WAMZ fell 11.6-8.1 (1-2), just shy of the 8.2 it earned a year earlier when this was a subscriber-only market. PD Coyote Calhoun tells Country Aircheck, "We're pretty pleased: No. 1 25-54, No. 2 18-34. It was a big month in December for WVEZ (4.2-6.8), which was all-Christmas. However, it was also our biggest month: a 10.4 25-54 and a 12.3 18-34. Never played more than two Christmas songs per hour during the entire season, and it looks like that was enough." Cox's Classic Country WRKA edged upward 4.1-4.3 (8-6), beating Fall '09's 3.9, and nipping co-owned WQNU, which declined 5.1-4.2 (5t-7), but came close to its 4.3 12 months ago.

» Big New Note: As we reported earlier via Twitter and Facebook, Citadel's KSCS/Dallas is running jockless during its relaunch as "New Country 96.3 KSCS: Texas' Most Country Guaranteed." Jocks return Monday, Jan. 10. Click here to check out the site and listen.

» Howell Things Turn Out: As we reported in this morning's Breaking News (1/5), label vet Brad Howell has joined Show Dog-Universal as VP/National Field Promotion, reporting to VP/Promotion Rick Moxley. Concurrently, SDU Coord./A&R Macy Morgenthaler has been named Mgr./Regional Promotion & Marketing for the Northeast region. Assistant/Production & Creative Services Laurel Kittleson adds Morgenthaler's duties and is now titled Coord./A&R & Production. Click the link for the full story and contact info.

» Show You The Money: Radio sales veterans Mark Levy and Mike Mahone have formed Revenue Development Resources (RDR), specializing in helping stations generate incremental revenue while increasing audience and enhancing listener loyalty. Services include customized on-site analysis, consultancy, training, program implementation and various creative/communication tools. Levy leaves his post as the Radio Advertising Bureau's VP/Sales for the past eight years, while Mahone is a former longtime RAB EVP. Also joining the firm is Project Manager Holly Levy, former Director/Customer Service at SunMedia Systems. Reach RDR at 972-275-6935 or here.

» Easy Being Green: CBS Radio's KFRG/Riverside promotes Kelli Clark from the promotions department to her new post as morning show producer for "The Frogmen," where she'll go by the moniker Kelli Green. She replaces Jeremiah Bullfrog, who exited last summer (CAT 8/27). Congratulate her here.

» Greater Interaction: Greater Media has promoted Dir./Interactive Mktg.-Detroit Jennifer Williams to Dir./Interactive Mktg. on a corporate level. She will be responsible for overseeing the interactive marketing efforts for 23 radio properties, including Country WKLB/Boston.

» Heart Appreciation: Clear Channel Radio has announced the expansion of its iheartradio mobile app via partnerships with Toyota, Rosen, iHome and Walnut Media. The new deals give listeners access to the app in the car, mobile video units, home and touchscreen portable Internet radio players.

» Flowers For Alger's Dawn: The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation has elected John Van Mol Chairman, succeeding Roger Murrah after five years of service. Additional elected 2011 officers are Vice Chair Wayland Holyfield, Treasurer Pete Fisher and Secretary Layng Martine, Jr. Newly inducted Hall of Fame songwriter Pat Alger and veteran songwriter and publisher Steve Bogard have been elected to the board.

» Life Note: Our condolences to KGNC/Amarillo, TX MD Patrick Clark and middayer Lani Clark on the passing of their father Joseph "JC" Clark last Tuesday (12/28). He was 76. Services were held today.

» Err Check: The label affiliation for Arista's Adam Brand was incorrect in yesterday's Country Aircheck Today (1/4). We regret the error. Also, a photo we ran yesterday was submitted with an erroneous identification of KAJA/San Antonio's Randy Carroll. We regret passing on the mistake.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for Jan. 4:
  1. KENNY CHESNEY/Somewhere With You (BNA) 2159 points
  2. TIM MCGRAW/Felt Good On My Lips (Curb) 2146 points
  3. KEITH URBAN/Put You In A Song (Capitol) 2051 points
  4. CARRIE UNDERWOOD/Mama's Song (19/Arista) 2006 points
  5. GEORGE STRAIT/The Breath You Take (MCA) 1985 points

All airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Greatest Gainers: Here are the greatest point gainers for Jan. 4:
  1. KENNY CHESNEY/Somewhere With You (BNA) +160 points
  2. BRAD PAISLEY/This Is Country Music (Arista) +153 points
  3. CHRIS YOUNG/Voices (RCA) +149 points
  4. RASCAL FLATTS/I Won't Let Go (Big Machine) +124 points
  5. MIRANDA LAMBERT/Heart Like Mine (Columbia) +109 points

All airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (1/6): Baylie Brown, Earl Scruggs, Jett Williams, Tim Wall.

» Tube Check Tonight (1/5): Tim McGraw, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC); Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, People's Choice Awards 2011 (CBS).

Tube Check Tomorrow (1/6): Tim McGraw, Chelsea Lately (E!).

» Squeeze The Charm In: Emrose/Stroudavarious/Nine North's Margaret Durante hangs with WPOC/Baltimore's Justin Cole after her performance on the Charm City Country Showcase. Pictured (l-r) are Nine North's Stan Marczewski, Cole and Durante.

» Hog Heaven: Better Angels/Ride Records' David Adam Byrnes (l) visits with WMIL/Milwaukee PD Kerry Wolfe in support of his current single "Sweet Distraction."











































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