You Say Tomato ...
"First tweet received in four years was that I was a douchebag." That's consultant Keith Hill on Twitter today following a social media explosion reacting to his comments in last night's (5/26) Country Aircheck Weekly. "If you want to make ratings in Country radio, take females out," he says in part. "I play great female records and we've got some right now; they're just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females."
"Wow ... just wow," Martina McBride posted to Facebook, asking her female fans for their input. Jennifer Nettles replied to a tweet about the story with, "Don't worry babe. I see an opportunity here ... big ole vagina-shaped opportunity." Country Aircheck's comprehensive reporting on the issue of female artists and Country radio offers more data and analysis on the topic here.
Scripps/Milwaukee Goes Country
"We’re on the hunt right now for personalities, including a morning show that will be fun, local and informative." That's Scripps/Milwaukee VP/GM Tom Langmyer on the company's new addition to the format. As reported earlier via Breaking News, Twitter and Facebook, Scripps Adult Hits WLWK flipped to Country as WKTI this morning (5/29). Langmyer is handling programming until a PD can be hired. Resumes and airchecks for all positions to him here.
Ranked 11th in the April 2015 PPM with a 6+ 3.3 as WLWK, the new station is up against iHeartMedia market leader WMIL's 10.5, according to Nielsen Audio. In the last five years, Saga Classic Country WZBK, then-Clear Channel Classic Country WOKY-AM and Kettle Moraine Classic Country WTKM-AM have tried unsuccessfully to take a piece of the format pie from 'MIL, the latter two ranking 29th and 25th, respectively, in their last book – October 2013. The last mainstream Country attempt was NextMedia WEXT, which flipped out of the format in 2005 after being sold. See WMIL PD Kerry Wolfe's comment that the other stations "know what an expensive project it would be to take us on" in our full coverage of WMIL and the market (CAW 11/3).
Jenny Law Joins KWEN/Tulsa
iHeartMedia AC KKYS/Bryan, TX PD/middayer Jenny Law has joined Cox KWEN/Tulsa in middays. She takes the daypart left vacant when APD Kristina Carlyle crossed the street last month (CAT 3/31) to program iHeartMedia KTGX. "Jenny brings an attitude to the table that is refreshing and exciting," says Dir./Branding & Programming Matt Bradley. "She has already shared many ideas that I can't wait for her to implement." It's a return to the company for Law, who spent nine years at its Houston cluster, including nearly five years as morning co-host on KKBQ. She starts Monday (6/1) and can be reached here.