A Clear Channel Station for Tweens

This column originally appeared March 8, 2007, at Edison Research’s “The Infinite Dial” blog. Ever wonder what Clear Channel’s version of Radio Disney would sound like? That answer is now provided, courtesy of CC’s mainstream Top 40 WAKS (96.5 Kiss FM) Cleveland, which recently unveiled an HD-2 multicast channel, KiWi Radio.On the Kiss Website, KiWi is billed as a station for listeners who “like the music on 96-5 Kiss FM, but . . . also like Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, High School Musical, Jesse McCartney, etc.” The channel is being produced by WAKS PD Bo Matthews for the Clear Channel Format Lab. When heard on March 7, KiWi was a much less elaborately produced tween-targeted format–one place where most of the alternate platform services I’ve hea...Read More

Holding On To The Earth: First Listen, 94/7 The Globe

This article originally appeared February 3, 2007 on Edison Research’s Infinite Dial blog. Okay, many people believe that “An Inconvenient Truth” helped make Al Gore a rock star again. But is the environment now a rock radio niche? That’s what longtime Classic Rock WARW Washington, D.C., is hoping for with its segue yesterday to 94.7, the Globe.  Musically, the new WARW is similar to WZGC Atlanta, which made a similar transition from Classic Rock to a slightly more contemporary-leaning Triple-A several years ago, but branded itself as the Jack/Bob-like “Dave FM.” But Washington has had two Hot AC/Classic Hits hybrids, including the just-launched WGMS (George 104), so WARW is instead calling itself “The Globe” and doing something that few rock stati...Read More

Post-Katrina, America’s Quirkiest Ratings Success

This article originally appeared on Edison Research’s on August 7, 2006. Of all the stories emerging from the recently released spring Arbitron ratings, the most interesting is probably that of KBON, the eclectic “Louisiana Music” station. Last October, the New York Times reported on the number of New Orleans musicians, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, who had relocated to Lafayette, La., already the cradle of Cajun and zydeco music. When the Lafayette book came out late last month, KBON was suddenly No. 3 12-plus in the market, up 5.0 – 6.2 – 7.5 since spring ’05 (and up from a 3.1 in fall ’04). KBON’s rise gave roots music fans another standard bearer, since the equally eclectic KPIG Monterey, Calif., was off 5.6 – 3.7 (and ...Read More

Keeping Track of Jack- And Bob-FM In Canada

This article was originally published on Edison Research’s “Infinite Dial” blog on July 19, 2006 Even by the time the first Bob- and Jack-FMs started to really proliferate in the U.S., a few Canadian outlets had been doing the format for more than a year, with big numbers that proved  that the Classic Hits/Hot AC hybrid  format had at least a little more durability than some detractors were giving it credit for. Now, some Canadian stations like format originator CFWM Winnipeg have hit their fourth anniversary in the format. And if you want a good look at the long-term future, check out the just released winter 2006 Canadian BBM ratings.   When you look at breakouts of Canada’s Bobs, Jacks, and Joes, you see some that continue to dominate in several cells. Others are now No. 1 only in...Read More

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