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Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Volume 6   |   Issue 232
Tom Taylor Now
Last chance for AMs seeking new Xlators
Westwood One
FCCFinal new-translator window for AM stations will be January 25-31.

The FCC’s just-announced Auction #100 is truly the last chance for an AM station – any class of AM – to file for a new translator. After this, AM operators will need to buy and perhaps move an existing one. If you’re counting, this is the fourth and final window for AM stations to get a translator to pair up with under the FCC’s “AM revitalization” plan. The first two (in 2016) let stations buy existing translators and uproot them as far as 250 miles away. The third one (July 26-August 2) was for Class C and D AM stations to apply for brand-new translators. Now here’s the window announced for all four classes of AM stations. But read the fine print, because the Commission’s only accepting applications from stations that didn’t apply for any of the first three windows. If they catch somebody trying for a second shot at a translator, they’ll reject it (as we’ve seen recently). And just as with previous windows, this one will cause a “freeze” for applications for translators, Low Power FMs and FM boosters, between January 18 and January 31. See the filing instructions here. The Commission staff has really been very efficient with this work. Monday, it accepted over 200 “singletons” from this Summer’s new-translator window. They’re unopposed and should move quickly toward grants.

Entercom promised promotion of the radio medium, and it begins now.

A multi-page “Marketers Guide to Radio” in Ad Age says “only radio is live, local, personal, with massive scale.” Echoing CEO David Field’s own talking points (for years), the “Facts about Radio” infographic has statistics for weekly reach (“93% of Americans, 271 million people”). ROI (an average $10 for every $1 invested “across major categories”). Growing listenership in important demos. Music discovery. And this one, about mobile listening – “People in new cars choose radio over streaming, 13:1.” That last one’s from Edison Research, with the others sourced to Nielsen. There’s also a Q&A page with David Field. A third page about the additive value of “radio in the media mix,” paired with TV, Google, etc., producing heightened brand recall, and “overall campaign awareness lift.” And finally, a fourth page about the new enlarged Entercom – “now the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content,” and leadership positions in news and sports. Entercom Chief Marketing Officer Ruth Gaviria says “We are poised to win and to shift the conversation on radio and on Entercom.” The “Marketers Guide” will run over the next two weeks in AdWeek, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Broadcasting & Cable and (digitally) the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. See the Entercom spread in this week’s Ad Age here.

Sound 94.1/Country 98.9Seattle’s surprise country battle involves Entercom and Hubbard.

Entercom didn’t want to operate the market’s “second country” – so Hubbard quickly grabbed the position. First, after 9am yesterday morning, Entercom killed off KMPS/94.1, the longtime country station it just inherited from CBS Radio. Replacement format on the full-class C signal – easy oldies “94.1 the Sound,” a reference to the area’s dominant geographical characteristic, Puget Sound. Something had seemed fishy when Entercom went all-Christmas on KMPS (November 20 NOW). Though jock Deanna Lee posted that “none of us lost our jobs…and let me share that KMPS will always be country.” Well – no. Though Deanna’s job in country is preserved, as she’s joined the Wolf for middays. While KMPS is now “the Sound.” (That’s the new logo, shown here.) For about 90 minutes, that left Entercom’s “100.7 the Wolf” KKWF as the market’s sole country station. Then Hubbard converted rock KVRQ to “Country 98.9.” KVRQ had slipped 3.1-2.8-2.5 in the latest three Nielsen PPM monthlies, with age 6+ AQH total-week share. While KMPS – the station it’s trying to replace, was higher (4.3-3.7-3.8). In fact, KMPS was out-running The Wolf (3.2-3.1-2.9) in the country race. See Hubbard’s “Country 98.9” site here. Hubbard says it’s “Looking forward to winning the country war in Seattle” – and it’s hiring, including a PD. And going back to 94.1, listen to “The Sound” on Entercom’s just-acquired-from CBS Radio “Radio.com” platform here. (A check of the FCC database shows that yesterday, Entercom requested its former L.A.-market “KSWD” calls for Seattle. Radio Insight says the KMPS calls will be safely parked at the current KRAK/910, down in Hesperia, CA.) It covered the KMPS flip here. And Hubbard’s response with “Country 98.9” here.

Compass
Seattle probably has more format tremors to come.

Though for now the market’s back to just two big all-Christmas stations, Hubbard’s AC “Warm 106.9” KRWM and Sinclair’s hot AC “Star 101.5” KPLZ. Another station, “Spirit 105.3” KCMS, is featuring Christmas tunes much of the time but isn’t yet all-Christmas. It’s a commercial contemporary Christian station run by non-profit Crista Ministries. But KMPS has dropped out of the Christmas field to do easy oldies as “The Sound.” Are two country stations enough for Seattle? It’s still got Entercom’s surviving “100.7 the Wolf” KKWF and Hubbard’s new “Country 98.9” KVRQ. Speculation is that iHeart is interested in bringing a third country station to Seattle – a place to clear the Premiere-syndicated Bobby Bones morning show and fill in the iHeart country map. If that happens, it complicates the situation for both Entercom and Hubbard.

Two Iowa broadcasters are fired for off-air racist remarks during a high school game.

KIOW Forest City/107.3 investigated after hearing about anti-Hispanic comments between a play-by-play announcer and a board op. Owner Pilot Knob Broadcasting wants the public to know that comments about “the Espanol people in Eagle Grove” didn’t air on full-service AC “Mix” KIOW. But they were available on a video feed, during a commercial break of the game on the radio. KIOW says they were “insensitive, thoughtless and degrading to others” – bad enough to cause two terminations. What was on the video feed? The Des Moines Register has a transcript, where announcer Orin Harris and board-op Holly Jane Kusserow-Smidt wonder why there are so many “Espanol people” in Eagle Grove, people who could be “foreigners.” Eventually, Harris says “As Trump would say, go back where they came from.” Kusserow-Smidt responds, “Well, some would say that, yeah. Some days I feel like that, too.”

FM 101.9Who gets to be “Alt” in Orlando? iHeart, not Entercom.

iHeart was already using the “Alt” brand for the alternative-rock station on the HD3 feed of its Orlando-market WJRR Cocoa Beach/101.1. That was established back in September 2016. So Entercom’s November 29 conversion of CHR “Amp 101.9” WQMP Daytona Beach to “Alt 101.9” keeps its music – but will re-brand to “FM 101.9,” says Radio Insight. Whatever conflict there was between iHeart and Entercom thus gets resolved very quickly – though we might see trademark fights over the “Alt” name in other markets. Rounding back to iHeart – its HD3 “Alt” is a standalone, and isn’t rebroadcast on a translator. WJRR’s HD2 signal rebroadcasts co-owned sports “Game” WYGM/740. (The Game’s also heard on a third signal, translator W245CL Deltona at 96.9.)

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America’s Womble Carlyle law firm combines with the UK’s Bond Dickinson.

That brings along familiar communications attorneys like Gregg Skall and John Garziglia, to a new 1,000-lawyer firm named “Womble Bond Dickinson.” Communications & Technology is just one of 11 areas of concentration of the “transatlantic law firm” that will also work in Energy and natural resources, healthcare and financial institutions. The two firms began a strategic alliance in mid-2016, and now we’ve got a combination that’s slightly complicated – something a lawyer would love, given the differences of operating in several countries (and expanding). Womble Bond Dickson (US) LLP and Womble Bond Dickson (UK) LLP will “operate as separate non-profit-sharing partnerships with their own independent boards.” What’s especially new as of yesterday is the D.C.-based communications and technology law firm of Bennet & Bennet PLLC joining the U.S. version of Womble Bond Dickinson. Carri Bennet and Michael Bennet will bring their seven-lawyer operation into the D.C. offices of Womble Bond Dickinson. Carri, Michael and Marjorie Spivak become partners in the growing “Womble.”

Doing Business

In West Palm Beach, WAY Media’s WAYF/88.1 tried some “non-standard PPM encoding” in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Now Nielsen has re-worked the October PPMs that came out a month ago, covering September 14-October 11. Here’s the note from Nielsen, “As a temporary measure to address transmitter damage…WAYF-FM used a non-standard encoding configuration for a portion of the October report period. During manual reprocessing necessitated by this measure, some of WAYF-FM’s listening was omitted for the station’s originally-released October audience estimates.” Now there’s a revised October number, and Nielsen cautions that shares for other stations “may be slightly affected.” Of course we’re just now getting West Palm’s November-book numbers, coming up shortly in today’s NOW Newsletter.

Rare Country AwardsCox-owned “Rare Country” offers its own “awards concert” on December 14, live from Nashville and simulcast on Cox-owned stations like San Antonio’s “Y100” KCYY. The one-hour special at 8pm Central features performances by 2017 Rare Country nominees Kane Brown, LANCO and RaeLynn. The venue is the downtown-Nashville ACME Feed & Seed, with contest winners from local Cox stations in the audience. (Users of the fan-facing Rare Country site are encouraged to vote on the winners, through December 13.) Hosts for the awards concert are Christi Brooke of Houston’s “93Q” KKBQ and JR Jaus of Y100. Laurissa Phillips is general manager of Rare Country, and Jeff Garrison is Format Leader of CMG Country and also the ops manager for Cox in San Antonio. In addition to the live radio simulcast, the concert will be live-streamed on RareCountry.com and Rare Country’s Facebook page.

Memphis-based radio/TV/theater owner William Pollack sells his northern California KIEM-TV to Redwood Television Partners (Jason Wolff). Pollack/Belz Broadcasting bought Eureka’s “News Channel 3” in 1996 and says the NBC affiliate “has been the market ratings leader” since then. It’s digital and virtual channel 3. Other signals in the deal are channel 7 K07GH-D Hoopa, and channel 2 K02OD-D, Shelter Cove. Pollack tells this NOW Newsletter that Redwood “will also operate CBS affiliate KVIQ-LP in conjunction with KIEM,” on a new-for-market digital channel 14. (It’s moving from channel 10/Rio Dell, California.) The CBS affiliation was previously on full-power KVIQ, digital channel 17 – which was sold to a third party. Pollack/Belz images KIEM as “The Spirit of the North Coast.” Broker on the just-closed sale – Kalil & Co.

Wireless looks strong as a holiday gift item, in the latest Media Monitors report on radio’s national advertisers. Last week, three carriers made the top ten. AT&T Wireless bought 25,979 spots for the #7 spot, followed by #9 Sprint (up from #18) and T-Mobile’s MetroPCS (up from #16 to #10). Further down there’s #23 Cricket, #28 T-Mobile and two accounts by Mexico’s America Movil TracFone Wireless (Straight Talk at #37 and Simple Mobile at #58). Radio’s top paid national advertiser last week was GEICO, up from #4 two weeks ago to #2.

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Nielsen Ratings

Day 4 November-book Nielsen PPMs –

Some ground rules – Nielsen’s “November” actually covers October 12-November 8, as part of Nielsen’s schedule to create 13 monthly books. Also, we see only the shares of stations that subscribe. All shares here are age 6+ AQH total-week, moving from September to October to November. And we’re hopping in the Time Machine and assigning all the stations that were still “CBS Radio” during this time-frame to new owner Entercom. Let’s begin in the Texas state capital -

Austin – You just can’t keep “Bob” down, and once again variety hits “Bob” (Emmis-managed variety hits KBPA) leads the standings in both AQH share (8.6-8.3-8.8) and average weekly cume (558,200). Bob wins nights and weekends (for AQH share) and is #2 everywhere else in sight. Second for the week is KUT, UT-Austin’s not-for-profit news/talker (7.1-7.9-7.6), and it’s the daypart leader for the two drivetimes. Third is iHeart’s country KVET-FM (6.5-6.6-7.5) – the double-digit leader in middays. Ratings historian Chris Huff consults the books to report that “The 7.5 is KVET’s record-high PPM numbers.” Fourth through six places are a congestion zone, with iHeart’s top 40 “Kiss” KHFI (5.1-4.6-5.5) tied with Entercom’s AC “Magic” KKMJ (5.9-6.3-5.5), and Emmis-run regional Mexican “La Zeta” KLZT just a fraction behind them (4.9-5.0-5.4). Seventh place is shared by Entercom’s hot AC KAMX (4.4-4.8-4.6) and iHeart’s country KASE (4.8-5.1-4.6). Emmis-managed classic rock KLBJ-FM is ninth overall (3.8-4.1-4.3), and fourth in mornings. Emmis does Spanish contemporary on the HD2 signal of La Zeta and a translator, and it cracks a 2.0-share (1.8-1.8-2.0).

WFXKRaleigh maintains last month’s top five almost in rank order – “Foxy,” WUNC, WQDR, WQOK and WRAL. #1 is Radio One’s urban AC “Foxy” WFXC/WFXK (9.2-8.7-8.9). Its Tom Joyner Morning Show is #3 from 6am-10am, and the station wins 10am-7pm and weekends. Second overall is North Carolina Public Radio’s not-for-profit news/talk WUNC (7.7-8.1-7.9). “Morning Edition” wins mornings with double digits, and the station’s rolling in more cume. Third place this time is a tie between Curtis country WQDR (7.6-7.7-6.9) and Radio One’s urban WQOK (6.7-6.4-6.9). “K97.5” WQOK wins nights with a double-digit share. Fifth again is Capitol’s AC “Mix” WRAL (6.4-5.6-6.6) -which is now “The Triangle’s Christmas Station,” so the December book should be interesting. In this book, Mix is #2 middays. Curtis does variety hits on sixth-ranked WBBB (5.6-5.1-6.0). While seventh is shared between iHeart’s talk WTKK (5.0-5.2-5.0), iHeart CHR “G105” WDCG (5.2-5.1-5.0) and Capitol’s sports “Fan” WCMC-FM (3.7-4.3-5.0). Rush Limbaugh’s daypart ranks fourth for WTKK while the sports-talking Fan is a serious #2 in mornings – lots of ACC football to discuss. Raleigh-Durham’s cume leader is AC Mix at 457,800.

Indianapolis has Cumulus stations 1-2, with classic hits WJJK (7.4-7.9-7.6) nearly tied by country WFMS (7.1-6.4-7.5). Third is the other big country FM, Emmis’ “Hank” WLHK (6.3-7.1-7.1). Still fourth is iHeart’s classic rock/Bob & Tom WFBQ (6.7-6.9-6.9) and fifth is Entercom’s top 40 WZPL (6.1-6.3-6.0). Last month EMF’s K-Love O&O WKLU was second doing its not-for-profit contemporary Christian network feed, but it’s fallen back to sixth (6.9-7.5-5.8). While Emmis AC “B105.7” WYXB is ready for Christmas (6.5-5.9-5.5). Talk sister WIBC could use some stimulus in the ratings (5.2-4.9-4.2). While not-for-profit news/talk WFYI (Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting) solidifies its position (2.5-2.5-2.9). This last full book for Cumulus classic hip-hop/Throwbacks “93.9 the Beat” WRWM shows it flattish (2.6-2.7-2.8). The station is now stunting with Christmas as “North Pole Radio” – and is presumably on-ramped for a format change. Checking dayparts, WJJK is #1 middays, “Hank” is #1 in afternoons (but just eighth in mornings), and Q95’s Bob & Tom Show is #1 mornings (and WFBQ’s also #1 at night). Classic hits WJJK again compiles the highest cume (442,100).

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Milwaukee – The win-streak is now 33 books for iHeart’s classic hits WRIT (9.8-9.4-10.0) – though the only discrete daypart it leads is 7pm-midnight. Second overall is a tie between iHeart’s talk WISN (6.7-6.8-7.0) and Saga’s rock “Hog” WHQG (5.9-7.1-7.0). The Hog is a strong double-digit #1 mornings and the station also wins nights (though it’s just fourteenth on weekends). Fourth place goes to Scripps news/talk/NFL Packers WTMJ (6.1-7.3-6.4, and second nights and weekends). Fifth is Saga’s classic rock WKLH (5.1-5.5-6.0). The two-way country battle is squeaky-tight between Scripps’ WKTI (4.5-4.4-4.4) and iHeart’s WMIL (5.7-5.0-4.3). WMIL’s down in all dayparts. Classic hits WRIT is the only Milwaukee station over a half-million cume (508,700).

WJXANashville does indeed see the completion of WJXA’s quest to return to the top. Midwest’s “Mix” is up 6.7-7.4-7.7, and it’s #1 middays. But the total-week lead against iHeart’s urban “Beat” WUBT is thin (8.5-7.5-7.5). The Beat takes two dayparts, afternoons and nights. Just like the October book, tied for third you’ve got Mix’s brother “Jack” – Midwest’s variety hits WCJK (7.1-7.2-6.6) - and iHeart’s top 40 “River” WRVW (7.5-7.2-6.2). Jack is the leader on Saturday/Sunday. Fifth total-week is iHeart’s classic rock WNRQ (6.6-5.7-6.0). Ready for the country cavalcade? It’s sixth-ranked “Nash Icon” WSM-FM (Cumulus, 4.3-5.1-5.9), ninth-ranked WSIX (iHeart, 5.1-5.5-5.1) and thirteenth-ranked “Nash” WKDF (Cumulus, 3.7-3.2.-3.3). Ryman Hospitality doesn’t subscribe for classic country-and-more WSM. Seventh for the week is Nashville Public Radio’s not-for-profit news/talk WPLN-FM (5.7-6.4-5.7). It repeats as the leader in morning drive. The AFC South-leading NFL Tennessee Titans are on Cumulus sports “104.5 the Zone” WGFX (4.0-5.0-4.8). The Zone is tied in fourth place on weekends. Nashville’s cume champ is top 40 River (423,100).

Providence must have a civic ordinance about the permanent #1 status of Cumulus AC “Lite Rock” WWLI (11.4-11.2-11.4). It sweeps every daypart, and the only one it’s not scoring double digits in is mornings. Second again is iHeart rocker WHJY (9.0-8.5-8.4), with Hall Communications country WCTK (8.1-7.7-8.2) and Cumulus top 40 WPRO-FM tied in third place (7.8-8.2-8.2). Fifth again is iHeart’s classic hits “B101” WWBB (5.3-5.8-5.7). Sister hot AC “Sunny” WSNE is next (5.3-4.8-5.0) and then comes Cumulus talker WPRO/WEAN (3.2-3.4-3.6). Boston University’s Boston-market not-for-profit news/talker WBUR doesn’t subscribe down in Providence. But its Boston-market rival WGBH (WGBH Foundation) does, seeing a third-straight 1.9 share. WWLI’s weekly cume is actually a little light by historical standards (515,300)

Norfolk produces today’s other all-time high PPM, says Chris Huff – for Entercom’s urban AC WVKL (14.3-13.8-14.6). In fact, he says “That’s the largest share by any station in the market since 1974,” under either PPM or diary measurement. And of course, “95-7 R&B” WVKL claims all the dayparts in double digits. #2 again is Saga’s rock WNOR (8.2-8.2-8.6, and second in both drivetimes). #3 again is iHeart’s urban WOWI (8.8-8.1-8.2, and second nights and weekends behind WVKL). Fourth among the subscribing stations (and fifth counting all stations) is Saga’s classic rock “Fox” WAFX (6.4-6.4-5.8, and second middays). Fifth among subscribing stations (and eighth counting everybody) is Entercom’s AC “2WD” WWDE (4.6-4.6-4.3). As usual, Nielsen only shows 13 subscribing stations. The cume lead changes, going this book to AC 2WD at nearly 370,000.

Jacksonville extends the streak of iHeart’s country WQIK (11.7-13.6-12.3). It’s second with double digits in mornings and nights – and #1 elsewhere. Second for the week is Cox classic hits “Eagle” WJGL (6.3-7.7-8.6 and the leader at night). Third is news/talk sister WOKV-AM/FM (9.7-8.5-7.7, and the morning leader). Holding fourth place is Renda’s AC WEJZ (6.1-6.4-6.4) and new in fifth place is Cox top 40 WAPE (5.8-4.8-5.8). After this November survey ended, Cox swapped frequencies between alternative “X” WXXJ and easy oldies WEZI. In their last full books at their original spots, “X” moves 3.2-3.7-3.9 and WEZI also rose, 2.8-2.5-2.9. Jax has always had plenty of HD Radio-fed translators count in the market, and this time there are no fewer than six. The leader in that sub-group is iHeart’s gospel WKSL HD3 (2.2-2.3-2.8). AC WEJZ draws the highest cume at 432,000.

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Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point is the “Triad,” and there’s a consistent triad of Entercom stations at the top – urban AC WQMG (12.7-11.9-12.4), variety hits “Simon” WSMW (10.2-10.9-11.3) and urban WJMH (6.8-7.7-7.5). Out of that family, WQMG wins every daypart except middays, where Simon shines. Hanging in at fourth place is iHeart’s country WTQR (7.8-7.3-7.1), while AC sister WMAG moves up to fifth among subscribing stations (7.0-6.3-5.9). It’s just ahead of Entercom’s country “Wolf” WPAW (7.2-7.1-5.8). iHeart does talk on WPTI (4.4-4.5-5.5, and fourth between 6am-7pm). Wake Forest U.’s not-for-profit news/talker WFDD crosses a 2.0-share (1.9-1.7-2.1). Variety hits WSMW continues to lead in weekly cume (460,800).

West Palm Beach like its hot AC WRMF and classic rock “Gator” – but WAY FM’s not-for-profit contemporary Christian WAYF is now third (5.0-4.0-4.9). It’s even #1 at night. But nights are the only daypart surrendered by Alpha’s dominant WRMF (10.8-11.3-11.2). Second behind ’RMF is iHeart’s classic rock Gator WKGR (7.0-6.3-6.4). Then comes Way FM, followed by iHeart’s AC WOLL (4.2-4.8-4.7), Alpha’s AC “Sunny” WEAT (4.1-4.2-4.6), iHeart’s top 40 “Wild” WLDI (4.7-4.8-4.4) and Alpha’s urban AC WMBX (4.8-4.7-4.3). An off-book for Alpha’s country WIRK (4.9-4.3-3.9). Hot AC WRMF dominates the cume standings, too (474,200).

KJMSMemphis only awards double digit shares to one station this time – iHeart’s urban AC KJMS (10.0-10.4-11.3). It’s also a double-digit share in every daypart, and it wins all of those except mornings, where it’s second. Then second overall is urban sister “K97” WHRK (8.0-8.2-8.2). Third is Cox urban AC “Soul Classics” WRBO (10.0-10.2-8.1). It’s the leader in mornings with Steve Harvey. Entercom takes fourth and fifth (among subscribing stations) with AC “River” WRVR (7.4-7.2-7.4) and hot AC “FM 100” WMC-FM (5.8-5.5-5.5). (Remember, we only see the shares of stations that subscribe.) Cumulus does rock on WXMX (4.4-4.6-5.1, and third place mornings). Nice bump for iHeart’s classic rock WEGR (2.3-3.0-3.7). The farewell book for Cumulus’ WKIM, doing classic hip-hop as “98.9 the Vibe,” is 3.1-2.6-3.5. The station’s stunting now as “Christmas 98.9.” iHeart does talk on WREC (2.9-3.1-3.4, taking fourth place in middays). The River City’s cume leader is urban AC KJMS (360,800).

Hartford never has much trouble choosing a #1 station, 6+ - Entercom’s AC “Lite” WRCH (10.2-10.3-11.0). It’s tied for second at night but sweeps the other dayparts. New second-place player is hot AC sister WTIC-FM (7.9-6.8-7.4), followed by iHeart’s variety hits WHCN (6.0-5.6-7.0). There’s a tie in fifth place between two more iHeart stations – top 40 “Kiss 95.7” WKSS (6.6-6.5-6.5) and country WWYZ (7.8-7.8-6.5). Sixth is Entercom’s urban “Hot 93.7” WZMX (5.6-6.4-6.5, and the leader after 7pm). Connecticut Public Broadcasting’s not-for-profit news/talk WNPR is next (6.3-5.6-6.1). No surprise that WNPR does better in drivetimes – fourth in mornings, third in afternoons with “All Things Considered.” Next is Entercom’s news/talk WTIC (4.9-5.8-5.6). Hot AC WTIC-FM leads in weekly cume (352,100).

December-book Nielsen PPMs are left under the tree by Santa, and begin rolling on Tuesday, December 26. Make sure you’re signed up for the Futuri Media-sponsored Same-Day Ratings email, so you see all four days of PPMs promptly at 5pm Eastern time. If you haven’t been getting them, fix that at the bottom of today’s NOW, under “Email Options/Update Subscription.”

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Transitions

George Toulas – he pronounces it “TOO-luss” – is back in the radio world for Beasley in Tampa, after working with the Apricot Lane fashion boutique business in Raleigh and Charlotte. Before that excursion, George’s long history in radio includes being EVP of Operations and Sales for Clear Channel in San Antonio, market manager for CC-Miami, and director of the New Music Division of Salem Communications. EVP/COO Brian Beasley welcomes George and his track record to Tampa, where he’ll run the onetime CBS Radio properties that include country WQYK/99.5 and classic hits “Q105” WRBQ. Toulas succeeds Kent Dunn, who’s now at the Beasley cluster in Augusta, GA – and presumably knows a lot about the Masters golf tournament.

Aaron Williams makes his latest career change, from radio to brand coordinator for a craft brewer in Atlanta named “Monday Night Brewing.” For the past nine years, Aaron’s been the PD for Salem in Atlanta, at stations such as talk “920 the Answer” WGKA and the “Faith Talk” Christian teaching trio of WDWD/590, WNIV/970 and WLTA/1400. Before that, Aaron was a TV reporter who began to specialize in weather and was eventually a radio meteorologist with The Weather Channel. His next gig - “Brand Coordinator” for Monday Night Brewing.

Stephen KallaoStephen Kallao repatriates to terrestrial radio, as a new “Contributing Host” to WXPN Philadelphia-based “World Café.” He’s most recently been Director of Imaging, Radio Content for the Slacker streaming service. But before that he worked in both commercial radio (San Diego’s “91X” XETRA and Portland, Oregon’s KNRK/KUFO) and non-commercial radio (WYMS Milwaukee, affiliated with World Cafe). Music discovery show “World Café” is produced at adult alternative WXPN/88.5 and syndicated to over 200 stations by National Public Radio. A year ago, its founding host and producer David Dye said he was stepping back from his full-time role there, with Talia Schlanger, a Canadian singer, actress and radio pro, taking a higher profile (September 9, 2016 NOW). Stephen Kallao is moving to Philly as a Contributing Host, as of this week.

Mike Preston come back East, as iHeart’s Senior VP of Programming for Baltimore stations like CHR “Z104.3” WZFT and country WPOC/93.3. He becomes the direct PD at ’POC and variety hits “102.7 Jack FM” WQSR. Preston once teamed with Scott Shannon as Scott’s APD at hot AC WPLJ New York/95.5, before heading west to San Francisco and Seattle for CBS. He was most recently PD of Entercom’s country “Wolf 100.7” KKWF and rhythmic hits “Hot 103.7” KHTP in Seattle.

You Can't Make This Up

How to lose 500,000 listeners – Steve King, now operations manager for Titan Broadcasting, says “Shortly after the PPM rollout in our market, a jock got mad at me and upper management because he wasn’t getting a raise. So he turned off the PPM encoder and removed the key. Engineering had thought it was a good idea to have the encoders installed in the on-air studio with the key inserted. We didn't have an alarm to tell us it had been turned off. When we got the weeklies, we saw that for a little over a week and a half, we flat-lined. I called Arbitron (before Nielsen) and asked how could I lose over half a million in cume. The rep pulled up the data and said ‘It looks like you either turned off your transmitter or your PPM encoder is messed up.’ I hung up the phone, ran into the studio, and noticed that both encoders had been turned to the bypass position and the keys were nowhere to be found. Thankfully I had an extra set in my desk and turned the units back to ‘encoding.’ The jock claimed he didn't do it, even though the Arbitron rep found when exactly the encoders were turned off, which was during his show. The jock's excuse was that it was probably the cleaning crew that did it. The station manager and GM bought it. However, I was reprimanded for allowing this to happen. I ended up disobeying my bosses and engineer - by not leaving a key in the encoders, as long as I was there.” “You Can’t Make This Up” is the name of the continuing feature at the NOW Newsletter. Contribute your own favorite radio story, with or without names/call letters – and have some fun. Email Tom@RTK-Media.com.

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