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Research Director, Inc.: Exclusive January PPM Analysis For Houston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston

Markets #6-#10 The beauty of PPM technology is that it – very quickly – records how radio listeners change their habits based on market conditions. In our first round of analyses of the JANUARY survey, The Ratings Experts from RESEARCH DIRECTOR, INC. – with incredible assistance from the numbers crunchers at XTRENDS – showed how the cessation of the holiday music wars had a dramatic effect on not only those stations engaged in the hostilities but many that were in the same relative orbit. In short, stuff happened. Let’s see if that continued in ...
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Broken Records Everywhere: Ariana Grande’s thank u, next Rules The World Charts

Ariana Grande (Kathy Hutchins-Shutterstock.com).jpg ARIANA GRANDE's new album, thank u, next, not only debuted on top of the sales charts worldwide, but it broke numerous records right off the bat. With 360,000 equivalent album units in under seven days, it now holds the record for Largest Streaming Week for a Pop Album & Female Artist. She also ascends as the only female artist to grace the list of top 10 biggest streaming weeks. thank u, next enjoyed the biggest opening day by a female artist as songs from the album occupied the Top ...
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CRS In Action: Broadcast Group Heads Get Candid

L-R: Kim Guthrie, Beth Neuhoff, Weezie Kramer, Erica Farber In a positive sign of the times, COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR (CRS) put together a trio of broadcast group heads to speak on a panel today (2/15) without once touting that fact that all three of the featured executives were women. In fact, the only sly nod to the relatively groundbreaking nature of the lineup was in the name of the panel: “What Leadership Looks Like In 2020.” Still, the panelists — COX MEDIA GROUP Pres. KIM GUTHRIE, ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS COO WEEZIE KRAMER, and NEUHOFF ...
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Sale Of Cox Media Group TV Stations To Apollo Global Management Funds Includes Dayton Radio Cluster

Selling The sale of a majority stake in COX MEDIA GROUP’s TV stations to funds managed by APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT will also include News-Talk WHIO-A-F, Classic Hits WZLR-W266BG (95.3 AND 101.1 THE EAGLE), and Country WHKO (K99.1)/DAYTON and tbe DAYTON DAILY NEWS, ALEINGFIELD NEWS-SUN, and JOURNAL-NEWS.  COX ENTERPRISES will retain a minority interest in the operation.  No price was announced for the deal. The TV stations include ABC affiliate WSB-TV/ATLANTA; FOX affiliate WFXT-TV/BOSTON; CBS affiliate KIRO-TV/SEATTLE; ABC affiliate WFTV (TV) and independent WRDQ-TV/ORLANDO; ABC affiliate WSOC-TV and independent WAXN-TV/CHARLOTTE; CBS affiliate WHIO-TV/DAYTON; NBC ...
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EMF Buys WPLJ/New York, WYAY/Atlanta, WRQX/D.C., More From Cumulus

Buyer EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION is buying Hot AC WPLJ/NEW YORK, News-Talk WYAY/GAINESVILLE, GA-ATLANTA, Hot AC WRQX (MIX 107.3)/WASHINGTON, Triple A KFFG/LOS ALTOS-SAN JOSE, Hot AC WZAT (102.1 THE SOUND)/TYBEE ISLAND, GA-SAVANNAH, and Classic Rock WXTL (THE REBEL 105.9)/SYRACUSE from CUMULUS MEDIA INC. for $103.5 million.“We are thrilled to add these stations to the K-LOVE network and for the opportunity to continue to bring people closer to Jesus,” said EMF Pres./Interim CEO ALAN MASON. “Our mission is to create compelling media that inspires and encourages listeners to have a meaningful relationship with Christ. These are ...
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Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino And Brandi Carlile Rule At ‘Inclusive’ 61st Grammy Awards

Kacey Musgraves (Lev Radin / Shutterstock) Apparently, the RECORDING ACADEMY learned its lesson after last year’s “Step Up” controversy, delivering an awards ceremony dominated by women, from ALBUM OF THE YEAR and four-time winner KACEY MUSGRAVES to tributes for DOLLY PARTON and ARETHA FRANKLIN. Aside from MUSGRAVES, the night’s big winners turned out to be no-show CHILDISH GAMBINO, who took home both RECORD and SONG OF THE YEAR for his powerful “This Is America,” and BRANDI CARLILE, who collected her three in the pre-telecast, but scored a huge look with her performance of “The ...
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Raj Sharan Named PD For KKFN (The Fan) and KEPN-A/Denver

Raj Sharan BONNEVILLE INTERNATIONAL CORP./DENVER has promoted RAJ SHARAN to PD for both Sports KKFN (SPORTS RADIO 104.3 THE FAN) and KEPN-A (ESPN DENVER 1600), effective immediately. Previously APD/Exec. Producer for both stations, SHARAN replaces ARMEN WILLIAMS who left to program KILT-A/HOUSTON.  “I couldn’t be happier to give RAJ the opportunity to program DENVER’s biggest sports brand, 104.3 THE FAN,” BONNEVILLE/DENVER VP/Market Manager BOB CALL said. RAJ has a natural leadership quality that is apparent the moment you meet him. His creativity, superb coaching skills and knowledge of winning sports content makes him ...
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Lindsey Buckingham Recovering From Open Heart Surgery, Vocal Cord Damage In Question

Kristen And Lindsay Buckingham (Facebook post) KRISTEN BUCKINGHAM, wife of former FLEETWOOD MAC member LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM, confided in a post on LINDSEY's FACEBOOK page that he recently had emergency open heart surgery. Although he is currently recuperating at home, "the surgery resulted in vocal cord damage. While it is unclear if this damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not," she wrote. "Needless to say, all touring and shows currently scheduled have been put on pause for the moment as he gathers the strength to heal completely."  She went on to note ...
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Dick Smothers To Fill-In Morning Drive On WWBA-A-W252DF/Largo-Tampa

Dick Smothers News-Talk WWBA-A-W252DF (AM 820 NEWS)/LARGO-TAMPA is bringing in DICK SMOTHERS, the straight man of the legendary SMOTHERS BROS. comedy duo, will fill in on mornings, starting MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11th. SMOTHERS succeeds BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE, who is moving to NIA sister WHBO-A (SPORTS TALK FLORIDA)/PINELLAS PARK-TAMPA (NET NEWS, 2/5). “I am honored to be part of this great radio station that covers from here to MARS," DICK SMOTHERS said. "It will be fun. There will be many of my friends joining me during the three hours that will have stories never ...
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WBBM (B96)/Chicago Bids Adieu To Morning Host DreX

Drex ENTERCOM Top 40 WBBM (B96)/CHICAGO has cut ties with morning host KEVIN "DREX" BUCHAR, who came to the station 10 months ago (NET NEWS, 4/2/18). Morning show co-hosts GABE RAMIREZ and NINA HAJIAN will stay on as the station’s permanent morning team. ROBERFEDER.COM quotes an in-house memo from B96 VP/Programming TODD CAVANAH, who said DREX "will remain a friend to many of us and I want to thank him for being a great teammate and true professional in every sense of the word. “During the past 10 months, GABE and NINA ...
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