It’s a homecoming for Jim Douglas. The former Fresh 102.7 morning man is returning to the air and CBS Radio on Hudson Street. This time the veteran air personality is the Saturday night fill-in for Joe Causi starting tonight at WCBS-FM.
Scott Shannon, who ended his association with WPLJ earlier this month after more than 20 years, will resurface at WCBS-FM as morning host. The station confirms the veteran air personality starts March 3.
Shannon’s appointment moves Dan Taylor from his usual perch to middays. However, the release did not make mention of Ron Parker, the current midday jock. A CBS Radio spokesperson tells Tuned In that Parker will not return to CBS-FM. “However, we are exploring opportunities to keep him with CBS Radio.”
We’re told that Parker had the best ratings among all the DJs on CBS-FM, particularly in the coveted 25-54 demographic.
Scott Shannon in the Morning will include longtime CBS-FM weatherman Mr. G, along with traffic reporter Joe Nolan.
“Not often does a legendary morning drive personality become available with the experience of waking up New Yorkers for more than 25 years,” Don Bouloukos, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS Radio New York, said in a statement. “CBS-FM is a heritage station, and the perfect place for Hall of Famer Scott Shannon. We are thrilled to welcome Scott and his award-winning personality to CBS-FM and the CBS Radio family.”
Always the bridesmaid, WCBS-FM has rarely been the bride. But CBS-FM plays second fiddle to no one in the September Arbitron ratings released this week.
In the overall 6+ ratings, CBS-FM ended the month with a 6.2, down slightly from August. But that is the incidental part. WLTW/LITE FM, the perennial top-rated station, had a .5 nosedive to 6.1, leapfrogging with CBS.
For CBS-FM program director Jim Ryan, this is an exciting moment.
“Some people look at 12+, others 6+. … It was nice to win both this month so there is no doubt who is number 1,” Ryan tells Tuned In.
In June, CBS-FM shared a portion of the lead with WLTW in the 12+ demographic. But you have to go back to last October when the classic hits station held number one (12+) by itself. The drought was deeper in the 6+, where CBS-FM last held sole possession of top spot in May 2010.
“CBS-FM is possibly the most iconic brand in a city of legendary radio stations, but at the end of the day, I think our on-air talent sets us apart from the rest. We are so lucky to work for a company that believes as strongly in talent as CBS,” Ryan says.
If the familiar is boring, then WLTW/LITE-FM is the most boring station. Of course, WLTW is also the most popular, winning the overall (6+) Arbitron ratings for July. WLTW did see a slight drop from June (6.8 to 6.6), but its nearest competitor WCBS-FM also made an about-face. The classic hits station took a .4 nosedive for the month, after closing within a tenth of a point behind the Clear Channel juggernaut.
WBLS held third place with a 6.0 (down .2 from June).
No change for Z100/WHTZ. Fresh off celebrating its 30th anniversary last Friday, it maintained a 5.5.
Radio lost a legend over the weekend. David “Kidd” Kraddick was a staple of the Dallas airwaves for almost 30 years. He died Saturday at 53. New Yorkers finally got their chance to experience Kraddick’s morning show, when it was featured in Dish Nation, airs nightly on WWOR. The show includes WPLJ’s Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill. Kraddick and his morning team joined Dish Nation‘s second season in September 2012.
Although not heard in New York, his morning show was syndicated to other markets in the country a dozen years ago.
Local air personalities reacted to his passing.
WKTU morning host Paul “Cubby” Bryant told his followers on Twitter yesterday, “I’m simply stunned waking up to the news of the passing of Kidd Kraddick. We lost one of the great ones.”
Kraddick died in New Orleans at a golf tournament for his Kidd’s Kids, a non-profit group founded to sponsor trips for terminally ill children.
“[I] met him at a couple of conventions,” WCBS-FM’s “Broadway” Bill Lee, tells Tuned In. “He was always ‘fact-finding’ and definitely a nice guy who took his career seriously. Truly sad, a guy with so much to give, gone so young.”
It’s familiar territory for WLTW-FM. The Clear Channel top-rated station kept its streak alive winning the overall Arbitron PPM ratings for June. LITE-FM slipped .2 to 6.8.
The bigger story is WCBS-FM, creeping ever so close to WLTW. It was a huge month for the Classic Hits favorite with a .6 jump to 6.7, its best showing of the year, and just .1 behind the perennial numero uno.
WBLS continues its dominance at number three, adding .3 for June to 6.2.
WHTZ/Z100 fell .4 to 5.5. There’s a gap until sister station WAXQ arrives in fifth place at 4.5, a slight drop from May. WKTU had a slight improvement to 4.4.
WINS is the news ratings champ with a 4.3, although a .2 setback.
WFAN, maintaining its dual station properties (66 AM and 101.9 FM), gained .2 to 3.0. For those who think WEPN/ESPN 98.7 FM is half as good as the FAN, the ratings would indicate that. ESPN slipped .1 to a 1.5 in the overall litmus test of listeners.
Of note, WNSH, now featuring America’s Morning Show from Nashville, got a .2 boost to 2.1. Also in the Cumulus stable, WPLJ slipped to a 3.1, while WABC took a slight tumble to 2.7.
He was a Tony Award nominee, had numerous roles, mostly supporting, in films, but James Gandolfini will forever be Tony Soprano. He died yesterday of a massive heart attack in Italy. Gandolfini was just 51.
As the Don in HBO’s groundbreaking mafia drama The Sopranos, Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards as Tony Soprano. Gandolfini’s portrayal didn’t only earn him trophies, it won him praise from viewers and colleagues worldwide.
His legacy is cemented with the tortured role, where he battled with his family and the family business.
And yet, Gandolfini’s Soprano is recognized as one of the most endearing characters in television history.
He touched millions of people each Sunday night, but there are many others who were fortunate enough to have a personal connection with the TV giant. One of those is WCBS-FM’s Joe Causi (above with Gandolfini).
“I met him at various fundraisers. [He was] always doing good for so many charities,” Causi tells Tuned In.
Authors Alec Cumming and Peter Kanze have unearthed many rare photos of the Radio New York style. The new book, Images of America: New York City Radio by Arcadia Publishing, takes readers from a 1909 wireless telephone display to present day WAXQ/Q 104.3 with a shot of longstanding personalities, Jim Kerr, Carol Miller, and Shelli Sonstein.
In between, there are dozens of images from the last century, when radio was king.
While the paperback is only 126 pages and there is no actual text, just an extended caption for each picture.
Many on-air folks and stations are represented, some more than once, but others are oddly missed. For example, there are no photos of WFAN, New York and the country’s first all-sports station, which celebrated 25 years on the air in 2012. But the title doesn’t include the words “comprehensive history.”
However, the book does have some vintage pictures, including a look at the beginnings of WOR in the early 1920s when it started as a radio station for Bamberger’s department store.