On this date fifteen years ago Evergreen Media dropped Country on 103.5 WYNY New York and made history relaunching the station as Dance CHR WKTU. Although the change came as the New York market was going through its greatest upheaval, the impact was swift. WKTU quickly jumped from 21st in the market with 1.9 share of the audience in its final book as Country to the top of the pack with a 6.7 share in its first full ratings period in the new format as well as every key demographic. It would settle into a solid top 5 position for much of its early history until it hit a rough patch in the mid-2000’s due to CBS’ Classic Dance “Mix 102.7” WNEW. In the PPM era, WKTU has rebounded back as a Rhythmic Hot AC that has a unique New York sound in an era of many homogenized sta...Read More
The demise of CBS’ “97.1 Free-FM” KLSX Los Angeles in February 2009 has led to some of the most innovative attempts at online broadcasting. While Tom Leykis has used his remaining time on his CBS contract to build a network of podcasts and unique music streams and Heidi Hamilton & Frank Kramer, part of KLSX’s midday show are getting some publicity for their site, it’s been former morning host Adam Carolla making the biggest inroads in using his daily podcast to bring himself to new mediums. Carolla, picked in 2005 as one of the regional replacements for Howard Stern, will be getting a one-week tryout on Stern’s “Howard 101” channel on SiriusXM the week of January 24. His daily podcast will be simulcasted live with the addition of live co...Read More
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made 2010 such a great year for us at RadioInsight.com. We’ve broken many of our previous traffic records, continue to see an increase in our Twitter followers, and have had more fun reporting on the industry than we did in a long time. We’ve seen many stations come and go this year, but the biggest trend for much of 2010 was the shift of spoken word Talk and Sports formats from AM to FM. We’ve seen some unique stations like Live 100.5 Birmingham go and a slow death march for Smooth Jazz nationwide. But if 2010 cab bring a new Easy Listening station to a major market, I’d say that radio is still finding ways to develop new and compelling programming. We’re putting the finishing pieces on evolving our ...Read More
Update 11/30: Time to put the nail in the coffin of this story. Airkast CEO Larry Leung has stated how it has adjusted to Apple’s requests towards future radio apps. To the best of our knowledge, Apple has not formally published a position to reject apps for single radio stations. In October, the Apple iTunes App Store team approached us regarding the subject of radio apps. We want it to be clear that Apple has not rejected any of our radio apps. However, in respecting the direction Apple wants for future iPhone apps, it was recommended that we work closer with our customers to: a) add more variety to the look-and-feel of individual station apps; and, b) distribute apps through our customers’ own Apple Developer Program accounts. Apple’s PR department has gone on the offe...Read More
I’ve been noticing a horrible trend the past few weeks with some recent format changes. Many new stations are launching with either no web presence or simply retaining their former one. By no means is it expected to see a full-fledged website just as much as we don’t expect most new stations to launch with a full airstaff. For there not to be some sort of splash page with a logo, basic contact info, and streaming audio (if available) is just making it that much harder for word of mouth to generate about your station. Or you can just keep sending your potential new listeners to us (or your competition). Let’s take a look at some examples with the help of Google.
You may have seen ads on RadioInsight over the past few months for ChicagoSportsWebio.com, the internet sports talker founded by former WSCR morning host Mike North and David Hernandez. Early last week rumors started swirling that the webcaster would soon add a traditional AM simulcast. By Friday, North, his wife, and Jeff Schwartz another partner in the site were fired by Hernandez after North questioned why paychecks were bouncing. The story got stranger over the weekend as the FBI and SEC announced that Hernandez had prior convictions and was under a criminal investigation that led to the discovery that Hernandez was running a Ponzi scheme. As of this writing he is reportedly missing and ChicagoSportsWebio will shut down later today, while North’s morning show will continue its TV...Read More
Not since 1996 has there been a shakeup in New York City radio much like we’ve seen so far in 2008. New PD’s have been installed at WBLS, WLTW, WWPR, and WRKS. The PD’s at WXRK, WCBS, and WWFS have been let go with no replacements named as of yet. The GM of WXRK resigned. WKTU and WCAA have new morning shows. WQCD flipped. A Low-powered TV signal will debut as a full-fledged radio station this week with some well-known names in the market. In 1996, the format changes at WAXQ, WPAT, and WYNY were brought on by station sales as consolidation took hold. Now, we’re seeing the effects of consolidation’s wrath. Having to answer to stockholders more than listeners as radio became big business, costs were cut. The days of one staff per station have given way to one pe...Read More
Leveraging the power of the internet for broadcast radio’s use is something that the industry has been fighting for years. While the majority of commercial radio seemingly fears what the internet means to its way of life, a select few are finding ways to integrate on-air content with online content. One such example is Bonneville’s Seattle cluster, which has merged the sites of News/Talk 710 KIRO, Talk 770 KTTH, and Classic Hits 97.3 KBSG into one site located at MyNorthwest.com. MyNorthwest has built a blog network out of the local on-air hosts of the stations, but the best feature may be the integration of KIRO’s on-air news reports into local headlines. They are also making archives of their talk shows available in MP3 form. It’s great to see a radio station (or ...Read More
One of my goals with the new design is to open the door to what’s going on behind the scenes at RadioInsight. That said, the first full day of the new design went off pretty well. The server is holding up even better than I expected as there hasn’t been any bumps at all. I was asked whether there was a way to view to posts on the site the old way, with all categories mixed together. If you’d like you can do so by going to http://radioinsight.com/2008/ as that will list all posts made this year. Thank you to the person who discovered us using Mandy Moore’s Search Engine. I hope you found the information on “99.7 The Boulevard” that you were looking for. Happy Belated Trogday!
Welcome to the new RadioInsight.com. What you are seeing on this page is the result of almost three years of planning, learning, and building. There were many obstacles along the way, including having to start a new website from scratch along the way. Plenty of software changes and enhancements have certainly made life easier. Here on the front page you’ll see all of our headlines in the left column. The middle column features excerpts of all of our recent NetGnome entries and our new Blogs section. The right column features our Broadcast Buzz and Blogger Buzz as well as the recent entries on the boards. At the top you can see our new board navigation menus as well. This is just the beginning of what we have planned. In the next few months you will see additional content including a ...Read More
This column originally appeared on Edison Research’s “The Infinite Dial” blog on October 1, 2007 One of my frustrations with Top 40 in the last few years is that there seem to be only two musical models for the format. The large-market stations lean heavily to the rhythmic side, with only one or two rock records–usually teen punk. The others are essentially Adult Top 40s, faster on rock but with almost no rhythm. It’s hard to find a Top 40 station that emphasizes active/reaction records, but looks for them on both the Rock and Rhythmic side. For that reason, I’ve always liked WZKL (Q92) Canton, Ohio. Q92 shares the “early on rock” distinction with WIXX Green Bay, Wis., and Sirius Hits 1. But it also goes futher on the rhythm side. Q92 definitely isn’t in...Read More