Tag Archives: WCBS-FM

Jim Douglas Joins WCBS-FM as Back-Up Saturday Night Voice

Jim-DouglasIt’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.

Douglas left Fresh in October, leaving his legions of fans to wonder what’s next.

His work down the hall from the Fresh studios is a full-circle experience for Douglas.

“I was an intern there when I was 18 and now I get to sit in the ‘air chair,'” Douglas tells Tuned In.

It was a five-year stint at Fresh for Douglas, who also talked up songs on WKJY (KJOY) 98.3 on Long Island and the defunct “Mix 105” in New York.

But for Douglas, the future is now at the classic hits station.

“I can’t begin to say how excited I am.”

Scott Shannon Makes ‘Choice’ to Start Anew at WCBS-FM

shannonCBSFMMonday can’t come soon enough for Scott Shannon. The legendary air personality is about to embark on the next phase of his career–fronting WCBS-FM’s morning show.

Earlier this month, Shannon parted ways with WPLJ, announcing he was retiring from the station after more than two decades co-hosting morning drive with Todd Pettengill.

No one should be surprised by Shannon’s quick action for a return to radio.

“Sometimes when you read, one word is more dominant than the other,”  Shannon tells Tuned In. “But it always said retired from ‘PLJ. I guess no one’s ever retired from a station.”

Without delving into the nuts and bolts of his departure, Shannon says it was his choice to leave after more than 22 years.

“I was involved in the decision,” Shannon says. “It was just time to make a change.”

Continue reading

Scott Shannon Takes Over Mornings at WCBS-FM

shannonCBSFMScott 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.”

Shannon developed the Morning Zoo format that he brought to New York at WHTZ/Z100 in 1983. He launched the famous “worst to first” campaign as the station went to number one in just 74 days.

Continue reading

WCBS-FM Clips WLTW Atop the August Ratings

wcbsfm2007Always 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.

No Change in the July Arbitron Ratings: WLTW Take First, WCBS-FM Keeps Second

wltw_2010_200x90If 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.

The first gains of the month are registered by Spanish station WSKQ in fifth position. The SBS-owned station jumped .9 to 5.1.

Status quo for rocker WAXQ/Q104.3 at 4.5, while sister station WKTU made a modest improvement to 4.6.

WINS took a step back to 3.9 (down .4 from last month). WCBS 880 kept pace at 3.6.

Emmis’ lone New York entry Hot 97/WQHT saw a nice .5 boost to 3.1.

WFAN, with its dual AM-FM simulcast, dropped slightly to 2.9. However, ESPN 98.7/WEPN also took a step back to 1.4.

New York’s Country home: NASH-FM/WNSH-FM landed at 2.0, losing minimal ground from June.

Continue reading

New York Jocks React to Kidd Kraddick’s Untimely Death

KraddickRadio 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.”

Photo: tvguide.com

WCBS-FM Pulls Within an Eyelash of LITE-FM in June Ratings

wcbsfm2007It’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.

 

Mourning The Sopranos Kingpin, James Gandolfini of The Sopranos

Gandolfini and CausiBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

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.

Continue reading

WLTW Holds at Number One; WCBS-FM Closes Gap Slightly in 2nd

wltw_2010_200x90By JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

It’s a familiar pattern: WLTW/Lite-FM was the top-rated station in the 6+ Arbitron PPM ratings for May.

The nearest competitor, WCBS-FM, dropped .1 to 6.1, but it was still the Classic Hits home’s closest position to WLTW in many books.

WBLS remains locked in third with its newfound success as part of YMF Media. It saw a .3 rise to 5.9.

Z100 arrived at 5.9 from the opposite direction, slipping .1.

It was an impressive month for Classic Rocker WAXQ/Q104.3, gaining .3 to 4.6 to fifth place.

WINS was next with a 4.5, down .2 from May. WCBS 880 was on the slight uptick to 3.7. Sister station WFAN (with its combined AM and FM simulcast) had a 2.8, a slight improvement.

ESPN New York/WEPN-FM remains in the distance with a 1.6, although jumping .3.

WNYC had the biggest fall for June, losing .5 to 1.8.

Cumulus’ NASH-FM, in “plateau mode,” picked up .1 to 1.9, while Penn Plaza co-tenant WPLJ improved .2 to 3.2 just missing a Top 10 showing.

History of New York City Radio Comes Alive in New Photo Book

NYC RadioBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

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.

Continue reading