After Radio One’s “Boom 92” exploded in Houston’s ratings, classic hip-hop has become radio’s new buzz format, driving a wedge between urban and urban AC. Its appeal cuts across ethnic groups and more launches are expected, especially in markets with large African American populations and a strong urban radio history. But is classic hip-hop a long-term player? Or, radio’s next Jammin’ Oldies?
The five FCC commissioners voted unanimously on Friday to advance a rulemaking that could open the door to radio and TV stations posting their contest rules online. The proposed update to regulations first adopted in 1976 would require stations that opt to post rules online to announce the website address to find the rules whenever air personalities mention the contest. “If you are going to play the game, you should know how to win,” commissioner Mignon Clyburn said. MORE
Putting hard numbers against what’s been a rocky period for ad-supported media, the Radio Advertising Bureau reports total industry revenue fell 2% in the third quarter. Still, it was an improving trend compared to 2014’s second quarter, when revenue was down 3%. Declines in spot and network revenue offset off-air and digital gains. Spot revenue fell 3% while network business was off 4%. Off air posted a fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit gains, rocketing up 14% while digital grew 11%. MORE
After two years heading up sales for Cumulus Media’s Bay Area rock stations, Jaysson Reno has been appointed VP of sales for news/talk sister KGO (810) and talk KSFO (560). Reno has led sales for adult alternative KFOG (104.5) and classic rock “The Bone” KSAN (107.7) since 2012. A search for his replacement at the music stations is underway. MORE
Among this week’s People Moves were manager changes in Atlanta, Seattle, and Cincinnati. Plus programmer changes in Chicago, Washington and Charleston, WV. And a television news anchor trades in hair and makeup for morning drive radio. Catch up with all the week’s People Moves HERE.
How to make throwbacks sustainable? Meruelo Media’s KDAY, Los Angeles (93.5) has built a solid niche with a class A signal that covers a portion of the sprawling market by focusing on 25-39 year-olds who grew up listening to rhythmic CHR “Power 106” KPWR and the former urban “The Beat” KKBT. MORE
Hubbard Radio is joining the list of companies that sees a greater role in local markets with a dedicated digital agency under its own roof. Two years ago 2060 Digital was created at its Cincinnati cluster. Now that 25-person unit will begin working with all seven Hubbard Radio markets. MORE
Tribune Media is also taking its wgn.fm digital-only talk webcast in a new direction. Veteran Chicago talk personality Garry Meier, who’d been hosting an afternoon drive show for wgn.fm, has exited. In a memo to staff, managers said it will be rebranded as “WGN Plus” and will be recast as an “incubator for new talent, alternative conversation, and classic Chicago audio” in 2015. MORE
Are more radio buys in the cards? New York ad buyers will have a shot at asking a tarot card reader next Friday. It is part of the cheeky fun as the New York Market Radio Association holds its annual holiday party, an event that attracts a lot of buyers from Madison Avenue. NYMRAD is introducing client gifts this year with a focus on promoting radio’s ROI. MORE
It’s not just country station playlists that are showing a split between the new sounds of Nashville and a more traditional approach — so too are vendors. United Stations Radio Networks delivers the latest example as its imaging service Phantom Producer rebrands its existing country service as “Hot Country” and expands with the creation of a “Mainstream Country” version. MORE