Country Aircheck


April 18, 2012

» Dick Clark Passes: Mourned and remembered for his impact on popular culture, Dick Clark was also hugely influential in shaping the business of entertainment and, quite significantly, country music. Clark, 82, passed today (4/18) following a heart attack, according to multiple reports. Like many television personalities of his era, Clark got his start in radio. His first television-hosting gig was a country music program called Cactus Dick And the Santa Fe Riders.

Highly visible endeavors including American Bandstand, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, game shows and his eventual induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were mirrored by the development of a business empire. Dick Clark Productions, founded in 1957, was instrumental in developing the televised ACM Awards. "He started working with the Academy back in 1969 as emcee of the show and, in later years became the executive producer," ACM Exec. Dir. Bob Romeo says. "Of course we now have a partnership with Dick Clark Productions for the show, and his son RAC Clark is our executive producer. Dick was very instrumental in mainstreaming country. He had a great grasp of country, was always a big supporter and, I think, genuinely liked the format. He came from radio and really understood the value of having radio promote the show, as well."

CBS-TV, the ACM and Dick Clark Productions renewed their association for 10 more years this January. Industry vet Ed Salamon, who was a 15-year partner with Clark in the United Stations/Unistar radio networks, calls him "a rare combination of talent and business man; perhaps the best."

» March Rivals: Here are the day-three Arbitron PPM ratings for March (3/1-3/28) listed by metro size. Starting with the March PPM data, Arbitron no longer permits publication of audience estimates for non-subscribing stations, which will be noted in each market. Additionally, share rankings are no longer posted because only certain stations in each market participate in the ratings. Have a story inside the overall numbers? Email us  here.


  • KWJJ 6.4-6.9, -19,700 to 461,100, Entercom
  • KUPL 5.3-5.2, +200 to 381,300, Alpha

KWJJ PD Mike Moore says, "A really good month for The Wolf, moving 5.4-5.8 among adults 25-54 to No. 3 overall. We were also the No. 1 station among women 25-54. It's nice to be the No. 1 Country station with persons 6+, Adults 18-49 and 25-54."

  • WKKT 7.1-7.1, +61,800 to 544,600, Clear Channel
  • WSOC 6.2-6.8, -23,700 to 517,100, CBS Radio
  • WDSY 5.9-6.7, +17,300 to 507,800, CBS Radio

WDSY PD Mark Anderson says "2012 continues to be a good PPM year for Country and WDSY. In the month of March and in the Jan-Feb-March quarter, Y108 is ranked No. 4 among persons 25-54."

Forever Keymarket's three-station cluster, which includes WOGI, WOGG and WOGH, is not an Abrbitron subscriber.

  • KNCI 5.5-5.7, +1,400 to 390,900, CBS Radio
  • KNTY 3.2-2.8, +4,200 to 247,300, Entravision
San Antonio
  • KCYY 6.6-6.3, +62,600 to 646,700, Cox
  • KAJA 5.8-6.0, +1,600 to 550,500, Clear Channel
  • KKYX-AM 1.0-1.0, -2,900 to 69,900, Cox Classic Country

KAJA PD Travis Moon says, "It was a very exciting March for KJ Country. We raised over half-a-million dollars for St. Jude in week three, plus, we ranked No. 3 among adults 18-34 and 25-34 for the month. Our listeners rule!"

  • WUBE 7.3-6.8, +4,000 to 461,400, Hubbard
  • WNNF 1.8-1.7, +7,900 to 222,400, Cumulus
  • WTGY 1.0-0.9, +4,900 to 154,800, Hubbard

Cox's WHKO/Dayton and Grant County's WNKR are not subscribers to the Cincinnati metro.

  • WGAR  6.9-7.0, +27,600 to 406,400, Clear Channel

Rubber City's WQMX/Akron and Warren Jones' WKKY/Geneva are not subscribers to the Cleveland metro.

Salt Lake City
  • KUBL 4.3-4.2, +6,300 to 344,100, Cumulus
  • KEGA 2.3-2.4, +8,200 to 249,200, Simmons

KSOP Inc's KSOP is not an Arbitron subscriber.

Las Vegas
  • KWNR 3.2-3.7, +29,700 to 247,000, Clear Channel
  • KCYE  3.7-3.4, +20,000 to 222,200, Beasley
Kansas City
  • KBEQ 4.2-4.4, +11,600 to 325,700, Wilks
  • WDAF 4.8-4.4, +31,100 to 347,900, Entercom
  • KFKF 4.3-4.1, -38,300 to 299,600, Wilks
  • WWKA 5.7-5.2, +28,800 to 311,900, Cox

WPCV/Lakeland is not a subsciber to the Orlando metro.

Columbus, OH
  • WCOL 9.4-9.4, +19,200 to 371,500, Clear Channel
  • WHOK 2.4-2.2, +4,000 to 170,600, Wilks

Doug Pricer's WCLT is not an Arbitron Subscriber.

Unless otherwise noted, all shares and cume figures are persons 6+, Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight, with rankings in parentheses.

» Bayola: Former WZZK/Birmingham Dir./Digital Ron Chatman has joined Cumulus' WPCK & WPKR/Green Bay, WI as PD/afternooner. He succeeds Randy "Shotgun" Shannon, who left in February for Midwest Communications' Dir./Digital post. Chatman left 'ZZK last month ( CAT 3/19) after four years and previously worked at WYCD/Detroit. He starts May 1; congratulate him here.

» Fan Fare: Scripps Network Interactive VP/Market Analytics and Strategic Insights Karen Stump has joined CMA in the newly-created role of Sr. Dir./Market Research. She reports to VP/Marketing Tammy Donham and will manage a broad range of research initiatives. Reach Stump here. Also joining CMA is Vilma Salinas, former Mgr./Sales & Marketing for Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe. Also joining in a newly created position, she'll manage ticketing, booking and budgeting of CMA special events, among other duties. Reach Salinas  here.

» Metts Fans: Music industry vet Jimmy Metts has joined Cauley Music Group as SVP/COO. His background includes A&R, publishing and production, with stops at Famous Music, Curb Music and Malaco Music. Most recently, Metts held publishing and A&R resposnibilities for Stroudavarious. Congratulate him here.  

» Big & Richie: Kudos to Lionel Richie and Universal Music Group/Nashville as Richie's Tuskegee ascends to the top of the all-genre albums chart in its third week of release. Almost 128,000 copies were sold for the week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Sales were likely boosted by Friday's CBS-TV airing of ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert (4/13). The album debuted at No. 2 overall and total sales are already more than 422,000.

» Wall Bling: The RIAA has issued platinum certification for Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl."

» Black & White & Web All Over:
  • The Zac Brown Band "are one of the best live bands on the planet." – Orange County Register
  • Is American Idol losing kids to The Voice? – Los Angeles Times
  • Sony plans to lay off "about 60% of EMI's publishing staff within two years" of its pending acquisition. – New York Times

» In Case You Missed It: Members of Blake Shelton's team opened last night's The Voice with The Wanted for a performance of the band's " Chasing The Sun" (4/17). Jermaine Paul earned the most online votes, saving him from elimination, while Erin Willett (Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary") and RaeLynn (The Band Perry's "If I Die Young") competed to move on in the competition. In the last few seconds of the live show, Shelton advanced Willett.

» Crib Note: Congrats to new parents Joe and Heather Nichols who welcomed their daughter Dylan River Nichols yesterday (4/17). "We have been trying to have a baby together for many years, and this gift is not something we take for granted," Joe says. "We are gonna try to be the best parents possible."

» Chronicle: Our sympathies are extended to WYCD/Detroit PD Tim Roberts and family on yesterday's passing of his father Joseph Roberts (4/17). He was 85. Visitation will take place 1-8pm Friday (4/20) at Weise Funeral Home, 7210 Park Ave., Allen Park MI, 48101. A funeral mass will be held at 10am Saturday (4/21) at St. Francis Cabrini, 9000 Laurence, Allen Park, MI. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Francis Cabrini Scholarship Fund.

Condolences also go to family and friends of journalist Pat Harris, who died Saturday (4/14) in Nashville. She was 88. Harris was a correspondent for Time magazine for more than 25 years, wrote entertainment features for The Chicago Sun Times and a monthly "Stargazing" column for Music City News. She also handled special assignments for The Wall Street Journal. Services are private. Memorial contributions can be made to the ASPCA, Happy Tales, Love At First Sight or the Nashville Humane Association.


» Err Check: Josh Abbott Band manager Bruce Kalmick's name was misspelled in yesterday's Country Aircheck Today (4/17). We regret the error.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the top 5 songs for April 17:
  1. BLAKE SHELTON/Drink On It (Warner Bros./WMN) 2981 points
  2. LADY ANTEBELLUM/Dancin' Away With My Heart (Capitol) 2804 points
  3. RASCAL FLATTS/Banjo (Big Machine) 2664 points
  4. MIRANDA LAMBERT/Over You (RCA) 2597 points
  5. JASON ALDEAN/Fly Over States (Broken Bow) 2438 points

» Country Aircheck Today Top Point Gainers: Here are the top point gainers for April 15-17, compared with the same days last week:
  1. KENNY CHESNEY & TIM MCGRAW/Feel Like A Rock Star (BNA) +1285 points
  2. JASON ALDEAN/Fly Over States (Broken Bow) +570 points
  3. TIM MCGRAW/Better Than I Used To Be (Curb) +456 points
  4. DIERKS BENTLEY/5-1-5-0 (Capitol) +427
  5. THE BAND PERRY/Postcard From Paris (Republic Nashville) +387 points

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (4/19): Allen Mitchell.

» Tube Check Tonight (4/18): Karen Fairchild, Colt Ford, Hunter Hayes, Day Jobs (GAC).

Tube Check Tomorrow (4/19): Easton Corbin, Tom's Wild Life (GAC).

» Good Charlotte: Mercury's Easton Corbin draws a crowd backstage during his recent show at Charlotte's Coyote Joe's. Pictured (l-r) are the label's Bruce Shindler, WSOC's Chele Fassig, Corbin and the station's Big Sexy.

» How Ever Will She Choose? Show Dog-Universal's Jessie James gets another proposal, this time from WGTY/York, PA's Scott Donato. James is already engaged to Denver Broncos wideout Eric Decker.

» Coy Story: Zac Brown Band's guitarist Coy Bowles pays a visit to KSON/San Diego morning teamers John & Tammy before the band's Friday show (4/13), and brought along copies of the children's book he penned, Amy Giggles, Laugh Out Loud. A portion of the book's proceeds are donated to Camp Southern Ground, which was founded by Zac Brown. Pictured (l-r) are KSON's Tammy Lee, Bowles, the station's John Flint and Brooks O'Brien, and Bigger Picture's Mara Sidweber.






















































































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