January 11, 2010

Dierks Bentley 1/5/10

» Arb-on Footprint: Here are the latest Fall '09 Arbitron diary ratings for stations in the top 150 metros, ranked by market size. All shares are persons 12+, Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight, with rankings in parentheses where applicable. Two additional markets released today, Providence and Toledo, are client-exclusive and not available for publication. 

  • Wilmington, DE: Delmarva's WXCY fell 5.9-3.7 (3-5), tying its Fall '08 figures. Clear Channel's WDSD was off 2.1-1.9 (13t-12t), while Beasley's WXTU/Philadelphia also slipped, 2.2-1.9 (12-12t).
  • Monterey: After its lowest book in some time, CC's KTOM recovered 1.9-2.2 (16-15). Mapleton's KKHK earned its strongest ratings since going Country in Spring '08, up 0.9-1.5 (28t-21t).
  • Lancaster, PA: Up for the second straight survey, Citadel's market-leading WIOV-FM improved 8.1-8.9, widening its lead to more than a full share and posting its highest numbers in 18 months. CC's WRBT/Harrisburg edged ahead 0.9-1.0 (17t-14t).
  • Flint, MI: Citadel's WFBE jumped 4.4-6.4 (8-4) to its best book in two years, while MacDonald's WKCQ/Saginaw, MI rose 3.3-3.4 (10t-10).
  • Palm Springs, CA: Following three straight down Fall books, RM Broadcasting's KPLM sprinted 4.0-6.5 (7t-4t), its finest showing in four years.
  • Reading, PA: In a market served by outside signals, Citadel's WIOV-FM/Lancaster, PA dipped 6.4-6.2 (3-3). Beasley's WXTU/Philadelphia increased 1.5-2.5 (14t-6), while Citadel's WCTO/Allentown gained 1.1-1.3 (20t-17t).
  • Saginaw, MI: In this subscriber-only market (therefore no rankings), MacDonald's WKCQ accelerated 7.2-8.8, scoring its highest share since Spring '07.
  • Atlantic City, NJ: Millennium's WPUR ended a three-book slide, climbing 3.6-5.5 (7t-3t).

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» Kerr-Pow: In a late-breaking announcement this afternoon, Arbitron Board member William Kerr was named President/CEO following today's resignation of Michael Skarzynski, who stepped down after it was determined he had violated a company policy unrelated to the financial performance of the company; that transgression was not disclosed. For the past three years, Kerr has been Chairman of magazine/television station media company Meredith Corp., and he has been a Director of Arbitron since May '07. Skarzysnki served exactly one year at the helm, having joined Arbitron Jan. 12, 2009. An investor conference call is set for tomorrow (1/12) at noon ET, which will be available via www.arbitron.com or by calling 888-562-3356.

Meanwhile, the ratings firm received PPM accreditation from the Media Rating Council for Minneapolis-St. Paul, joining the already approved metros of Houston-Galveston and San Bernardino-Riverside. However, Arbitron's applications for accreditations were denied for Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, DC. The MRC closed without action the audits for San Francisco and San Jose. Arbitron will work with the MRC to re-audit each of the above markets this year.

» Magic Man: Magic Broadcasting/Panama City, FL Dir./Programming Chris Alan has added OM duties for Magic/Dothan, AL, which includes Country WTVY. Alan succeeds former OM and WTVY PD Kris Van Dyke, who left the company in October (CAT 10/30). Jerry Broadway was named PD for WTVY at that time.


» Standing Pat: Guyann's KAFF/Flagstaff, AZ morning co-host Pat Michaels is flying solo following APD/MD/co-host Jenny Brawn's move to mornings on Hot AC sisters KTMG/Prescott, AZ and KFSZ/Flagstaff, AZ (simulcast). Michaels debuted the new Morning Moo today (1/11). Although Brawn has moved across the hall, she continues her programming and music duties at KAFF.

» Brave New Whirl: Cumulus' Hot AC WDBY (Y105)/Danbury, CT flipped to Country at 1:05pm ET today (1/11) with Alan Jackson's "Gone Country." OM Tim Sheehan will also serve as PD; reach him here. Mr. Morning has signed on for AM drive, with Dan Hopkins in middays and APD Matt Carey holding down afternoons. In addition, the station has picked up CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan for nights. In recent years, Country WWYZ/Hartford has averaged a 4 share (12+) from 60 miles away. In the Fall 2009 book, WDBY had a 2.8 share as Hot AC.

» Triple Scoop: KKYR/Texarkana, TX-AR middayer Kendra Harper is now handling that shift for Clear Channel's KMAG/Ft. Smith, AR, where she's also the Production/Promotions Director. Harper, who's been in mids at KKYR for two-and-a-half years, will continue voice-tracking the shift for the Gap Broadcasting station, as well as evenings for its KYKS/Lufkin, TX sister.

» Last But Not Ceased: Together again (sorta), Reba will host the 45th ACM Awards April 18 from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, with Brooks & Dunn serving as the focal point of the next night's ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn The Last Rodeo at the same venue. The former will air live on CBS-TV, with the B&D special being taped to air later. Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Reba will perform in tribute to the duo, who will receive ACM's Milestone Award during the taping. This is Reba's 12th time hosting the ACMs. Tickets for both events go on sale to the public Friday (1/15) here

James Wesley 1/5/10

» Hootie And The Tunesmiths: ASCAP will sponsor Storytellers with Darius Rucker at CRS 2010, replacing the PRO's annual KCRS Live! showcase. "This year’s showcase will be a little bit different since Darius will be the only performer," explains ASCAP SVP Connie Bradley. "He’s going to be joined by some of the incredibly talented songwriters that helped him write such hits as 'Alright' and 'It Won’t Be Like This For Long.'" Rucker will share the stage with co-writers Clay Mills, Frank Rogers, Chris Dubois, Ashley Gorley and Rivers Rutherford. The event takes place Feb. 24 from 4-5:20pm at the Nashville Convention Center.

» My Next 30 Seconds: For the second time since November, Lee Ann Taylor was featured on CNN's 30 Second Pitch. Taylor pitched herself on the segment Nov. 27, and the show checked in with her last week to see how she was doing after being hired as morning co-host at Classic Rock WAAL/Binghamton, NY. Watch both clips here.

» Barn Razor: The pre-show rituals of Tim McGraw will be featured in an upcoming film series from Gillette. The company's UNCUT documentaries (get it, uncut?) will also focus on the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, Blink 182's Mark Hoppus and the All-American Rejects' Tyson Ritter, and premiere in Los Angeles later this month. An ad campaign will also be launched on FUSE-TV, Spin, Pandora, LastFM and YouTube. Learn more and view the trailer here.

» Crystal Clears: The deadline to apply for the NAB's 2010 Crystal Radio Awards is Feb. 2. Stations can get details on the required 12-page document describing community service efforts for the past calendar year here or by calling Chris Suever at 202-775-3511. Finalists will be announced March 15, and winners will be honored during the NAB Radio Luncheon April 13 at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

» Life Note: Congrats to KAWO/Boise APD/PM driver Dan Matthews, who married Rosey in Tucson Jan. 2. KIIM/Tucson Promotions Dir. Nixon Low became an ordained minister at the couple's request and officiated.

» Chronicle: Our condolences are extended to the friends, family and co-workers of KMCO/McAlester, OK MD/PM driver Danette "Lynn Thomas" McGowen, who passed away Dec. 30 after a long illness. She was 52. Services were held last week (1/4). More info can be found here.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for the week ending Jan. 9. Look for the full chart in tonight's Country Aircheck Weekly.
  1. REBA/Consider Me Gone (Starstruck/Valory)
  2. DIERKS BENTLEY/I Wanna Make You Close Your... (Capitol)
  3. TIM MCGRAW/Southern Voice (Curb)
  4. MIRANDA LAMBERT/White Liar (Columbia)
  5. JASON ALDEAN/The Truth (BBR)

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.


» Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Play MPE's Top 5 for Jan. 8: 
  1. LEE ALLEN/Settle Down (BAR-Music/KLM/CO5)
  2. MARTINA MCBRIDE/Wrong Baby Wrong (RCA)
  3. RYAN BINGHAM/The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart) (New West)
  4. JEWEL/Stay Here Forever (Valory)
  5. COLDWATER JANE/Bring On The Love (Mercury) 

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (1/12): William Lee Golden, Ray Price, the late Tex Ritter; Keith Anderson; Ricky Van Shelton; Ron Baird; Traci Todd.

» Tube Check Tomorrow (1/12): Joe Nichols, My Military Diary (re-air) (GAC); Rosanne Cash, Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien (NBC).

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» Metro Gnome: CMT Radio Live host Cody Alan (l) chats with Tim McGraw at the show's studios last week.

» Walk Show Host: WOGY/Jackson, TN personality Tad Pole (r) meets Jimmy Wayne on the side of the road. The singer's 1600-mile Meet Me Halfway walk brought him through the city last week.


» Peanut Butter And Banana Shortage: WGH-FM/Norfolk morning teamers Jimmy Ray and Jen kneel in front of a gaggle of Elvis impersonators celebrating the late entertainer's 75th birthday Friday (1/8).



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