It’s A Toss Up

Entercom and CBS Radio have filed with the FCC to create the Entercom Divestiture Trust to handle the divestiture of the stations in seven markets that it is required to spin-off. While Entercom will only be required to divest fourteen stations to get under the current FCC market caps, it is seeking permission to assign the licenses of 43 different stations into the trust. This will give Entercom flexibility to choose which stations it will seek to keep and which ones it will spin-off. Among the stations being filed for placement into the divestiture trust are all of CBS Radio and Entercom’s stations in the Boston, Sacramento, San Francisco, and SEATTLE markets. RADIO INSIGHT

The Crystal Ball Reveals…

Lay-offs are coming to Entercom & CBS Radio…

News readers at KING, KIRO, KOMO and KCPQ will leave for other markets or jobs outside the broadcast business…Many people will realize they want to spend more time with their family…Corporate bean counters will convince radio execs that talent is not needed and that listeners just want to hear the same 40 tunes played ad nauseum, without the interruptions of a disc jockey…No new formats will be developed this year, the old ones will be rehashed and swapped from one frequency to another…Veteran TV folk will be told it is time to retire and be given the opportunity to say a tearful goodbye to viewers…There will be cake…TV reporters and anchors will dance in front of the camera and clown for viewers on Facebook and other social media because they will be required by their employers to put in more time on those apps …The public will eat it up…The best that radio has to offer has already been heard…Hopefully, someone recorded it…

CBS Calls Remain; EYE Closes

ENTERCOM making changes locally. Country KKWF/Rhythmic AC KHTP PD Mike Preston is out at the end of February. Preston joined Entercom in 2009. VP/Programming Dave Richards fills in while a permanent replacement is found…Jim Rome is signing a multi-year deal with CBS Radio in the wake of CBS-Entercom merger news… As part of the merger agreement, stations KCBS & WCBS and other stations with calls matching CBS-owned TV, keep the call letters for the next 20 years. Other language in the deal spells out that CBS branding [the trademark EYE, all references to CBS Corporation, the CBS Brands and all CBS television station brand names] currently associated with radio, will be scaled back and eventually removed from all Entercom assets.

KMAS Changes Ownership

It’s official now. The FCC has cleared the purchase of KMAS AM 1030 Shelton from Olympic Broadcasting, Inc. [Dale Hubbard – pictured, with new glasses. Congratulations!] to Ifiber Communications Corporation. Check the new KMAS website for more station info:

Entercom Seattle announced today that “Bourbon & Bacon Fest,” one of the city’s premier tasting events, is returning to the Seattle Design Center on Saturday, March 11th. The smoky smell of bacon from some of the Puget Sound area’s greatest eateries will mingle with the caramel and vanilla notes of… bourbon from select distilleries in an upscale and spacious tasting environment.” ALLACCESS

SINCLAIR continues lay-offs across the nation. As in, “This will continue until morale improves…” It is difficult to carry on when friends in the office/newsroom are sent packing. Corporate execs haven’t got a clue about content and personality.

Newspapers are getting thinner as content moves to the web. In the Puget Sound region, we could see consolidation of papers or cut-backs, such as has happened with the Oregonian, which prints on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Internet Radio units are pretty, pretty, pretty handy. This one was a gift from Bill Ogden, most recently a traffic reporter with KOMO Radio [airchecks on the KTAC audio page]. This is just another technological step toward a new era in radio. How will LOCAL stations survive? STAYING LOCAL is the key.

WARM Jingles All The Way Into 2017

WARM 106.9 has flipped to all Christmas music. Expect a surge in their ratings…Active Rock KISW will present Live Day for the second year on November 22nd. BJ & Migs in the morning and The Mens Room in the afternoon will be completely live, including commercials, announcers, bands, sound effects and the music….Syndicated talker Sean Hannity told a packed house at Forecast 2017 Wednesday morning that if the election was about the “forgotten man,” radio is dealing with the “forgotten listener,” thanks to all the deep cuts it has made over the past several years. His advice: get back to local. And that means more advertising that you are there, more contesting, more research, more promotions, and more creativity. READ MORE at RadioInk…iHeartMedia has appointed veteran programmer Dan Persigehl to the newly created position of Dir./Regional Creative Services for the Portland, Seattle, and Phoenix markets, effective immediately. Based out of PHX, he has had PD experience at both Clear Channel and Enetercom stations. READ MORE at AllAccess

Seattle Weekly archive: Donovan’s grief

Mark Worth [Mon., Oct 9 2006] — G. Michael Donovan, the sharp-tongued president of Philadelphia-based Entercom’s Seattle operation, has been toppled from his throne atop Seattle’s largest radio empire. According to Media Inc., Entercom—which owns eight Puget Soundarea stations including KBSG, KIRO, KISW, KMTT, and KNDD—told Donovan that his job was too big for one person to manage. Indeed, top-rated KIRO-AM saw its Arbitron numbers fall 25 percent in the past year; third-rated KBSG’s numbers dropped nearly 10 percent. When told he’d have to share duties with another Entercom executive, Donovan walked. He says he’s still “part of” Entercom but wouldn’t comment further.

Donovan was freer with his words in January, when, in a letter to this paper’s editor, he defended his industry’s use of “Virtual Radio Programming”—a prefab, satellite-based system pioneered by Seattle’s Research Group that allows music and DJ banter to be recorded in one city and replayed in another. A canned show by KBSG’s Fastlane Phillips, for instance, airs on a station in Huntsville, Alabama, owned by Austin, Texasbased Capstar, the nation’s largest radio conglomerate. “Fastlane Phillips,” Donovan wrote in his January letter, “is infinitely more talented than whoever might be available in Huntsville, Alabama.” Folks living in that city of 160,000 near the Tennessee border aren’t so quick to agree; the Huntsville Times may hold a contest to find a local replacement. “It’s slick-sounding, very professional, but it’s not local radio,” a program director from a competing Huntsville station told the Times. “We’re proud to be a part of this community. There’s a face and a human being behind it.”


October 1972 – KVI, which has been programming syndicated oldtime radio programs, now is presenting on weekly basis original half-hour drama series. Entitled Dameron, program concerns adventures of Sam Spade-like character (but not private eye) who solves problems. It is broadcast 10-10:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Jim French, station’s afternoon personality, writes and directs program, with Hardwick, morning personality, playing title role and Lou Gillette, KVI public affairs director, doing announcing. Others in cast are professional actors.

January 1966 – KTAC AM & FM sold by Jerry Geehan, Richard R. Hodge and other stockholders to M. Lamont Bean, Dan L. Starr, and Ronald A. Murphy for $191,381. Mr. Bean is a partner in a Seattle investment firm. Mr. Starr has printing interests there. Mr. Murphy, a Seattle lawyer, has broadcasting holdings including KELA Centralia and KUEN Wenatchee, and KFQD Anchorage. KTAC went on the air in 1942 and operates fulltime on 850 kc with 1 kw. KTAC -FM was added in 1948 and operates on 103.9 me with 830 w.

April 1980 – Robert E. Lee Hardwick, former air personality on KVI joins KAYO as morning talk show host…J. Michael Kenyon, baseball writer for Seattle Post-Intelligencer, assumed additional duties as member of sports team of KVI…Alan Ray, anchor, KIRO 710 joins KVI as anchor and reporter…Arnold Nelson, audio systems designer, Sunrise Systems Worldwide, joins production staff of KSTW TV 11.

April 1971 – If you have a first class ticket, a mature voice, are good at production, and have a few years in the biz, then reed on. KTAC, Tacoma is looking for a man like you. We do prefer Northwest or West Coast men. KTAC is a 10,000 watt rocker at 85; and we’re number one. Rush resume, tape, and pic to: Derek Shannon, KTAC, Box 11335, Tacoma, Wash. 98411.

May 1973 – KTAC Tacoma- Sold by Radio 850 Corp. to Entertainment Communications Inc. for $1.5 million. Buyer owns KLEF(AM) Houston, WAYL(AM) Minneapolis, KBRG (AM) San Francisco and has purchased interest in KBSA(TV) Guasti, Calif., subject to FCC approval. Principals of ECI are Joseph M. Field, Philadelphia attorney, and Herbert Kean and Joseph F. Uricchio, both physicians in that city. KTAC is full time on 850 khz with 10 kw, directional at night. KTAC -FM operates on 103.9 mhz with 950 w and antenna 490 feet above average terrain.

December 1979 – Thom Sheridan, from KTAC joins KNBQ FM as account executive.

1560 gets decent power increase

10 KW at 1560 AM – The FCC has granted a minor change in licensed facilities to XL Media Inc. – KZIZ AM 1560 Pacific. Power increases from 5 to 10 kW day and .9 to 2.5 kW.
The “Beyond Reality Radio” Internet PODCAST hosted by SYFY Cable TV “Ghost Hunters” star Jason Hawes and J.V. Johnson is being syndication by Entercom to radio stations [Monday-Thursday] nightly two-hour show – live midnight-2a (Eastern) beginning August 1 including 99.9 KISW Seattle.
Get up off the sofa and take a walk-Watching too much TV can kill you, according to a new study. Japanese scientists say that watching TV for hours can raise the risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs. Researchers studied the viewing habits of 86,000 people between 1988 and 1990 – then monitored their health over the next 19 years. For every extra two hours of TV watched per day, the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) increased by 40%. Watching five or more hours of TV programs each day made people more than twice as likely to die than those watching less than 2.5 hours. PE is caused by a blockage in blood vessels in the legs that usually works its way up to the lungs.

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