NAB Show Day 3. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports for RadioInfo from Las Vegas and the huge 2016 NAB Show. In today's column, Cooke reviews the Q&A with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Often accused of being less sensitive to radio's needs and more concerned with regulating the Internet, Wheeler told the NAB Show attendees that he's a big fan of radio (NPR is his first choice). He says when asked by interviewer (former NAB TV Board Chair) Marci Burdick about the state of AM/FM in these changing technological times, "The question is whether those managing technology will change with it." But he says the FCC has worked quickly to process FM translator applications. "Since we opened the window, we have processed over 500 'new stations.'" Read the entire report here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Denver-based Cherry Creek Radio names Jonathan Brewster the new CEO, taking over for company founder Joe Schwartz, who in February announced he was leaving the company to pursue new challenges. Brewster was previously senior vice president of Qantum Communications prior to its dissolution in the three-way iHeartMedia–Connoisseur-Qantum deal of 2014. Cherry Creek owns 53 stations in 11 markets…..Cumulus Media's Boise country outlet KQFC "NASH FM 97.9" names Rick Daniels the new afternoon drive personality. Daniels comes to Boise from Lawrenceburg, Indiana where he was production manager at Wagon Wheel Broadcasting's country WSCH "Eagle 99.3."
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR.RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses based on data from Nielsen Audio's March 2016 PPM survey. Yesterday, we published a report on mainstream CHR that you can see here. Noting AQH share improvement (6+) from one year ago, CBS RADIO's WZMX, Hartford "Hot 93.7" improved 3.7 shares to achieve a 9.4 share and the #2 rank in the market. Other notable year-over-year improvements include: Entercom's WJMH, Greensboro which rose 1.7 shares to a 9.4 share and the #1 rank in the market; and CBS' WPGC, Washington which improved 1.5 shares to reach a 4.3 share and leap in rank from #16 to #8. Also in this report is a comparison of the performances of both CHR and rhythmic CHR stations in their respective markets. See it all here.