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A look at Jacobson’s discussions on the U.S. radio industry, and comments made to newspapers, radio stations and television stations.

iHeart Plucks A Univision Radio Veteran With A ‘Tú’ Move

A 12 1/2 year Univision Radio veteran who has programmed Spanish Top 40 WRTO-FM “Mix 98” in Miami and Tropical WXNY-FM “X96.3” in New York has just teamed up with Enrique Santos and the iHeartMedia Latino operation by accepting the role of Program Director for one of its biggest Spanish-language radio stations.

Walo Dávila will take over the programming reins for WZTU-FM “Tú 94.9” in Miami, starting July 9.

He’ll work with the on-air personalities and sales team while overseeing the music programming and broadcast and digital operations of the Spanish Hot Adult Contemporary station, which is the flagship station of the Enrique Santos Show — hosted by the iHeartLatino Chairman and Chief Creative Officer.

Santos is a former Univision Radio talent, and Dávila worked with Santos at Mix 98.

Davila’s resume includes a role as a talk host for WKAQ-AM 580 in San Juan, a radio station that proved to be a vital lifeline for Puerto Ricans impacted by Hurricane Maria in fall 2017.

In Puerto Rico, he’s also note as a political satirist for Univision Puerto Rico, WLII-11.

Before joining Univision Radio, Davila was at Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) in Puerto Rico, holding the role of General Producer across the company’s stations — including Z93, Estereotempo, La Mega and the former Onda 94.

He started his career in radio in 1995 at WKVM-AM in Puerto Rico, as a co-host and producer of the “Horizontes” talk program.

“We are thrilled to welcome Walo to our team,” said Alex Tear, Regional SVP/Programming for iHeart in Miami. “His experience, creative energy, leadership and vast market knowledge will take iHeartMedia Miami’s TÚ 94.9 to even higher levels.”

While Santos’ nationally syndicated morning show is based at WZTU, in addition to his English-language Premiere syndicated CHR program On The Move, he was not Tú PD.

Those duties were most recently held by José Otero, Tear confirms to Hispanic Market Overview.

José (Gonzo) Otero was national Hispanic brand manager and PD of WZTU. He was born in San Diego, and started his radio career in 1998 in Tijuana, on air and in the creative department. He joined Univision Radio in 2004 and later worked at MVS Radio and Grupo Uniradio. He came to iHeartMedia in 2009 and has served as an air personality, PD, digital brand coordinator, operations manager, and national Hispanic brand manager, as well as supervised and developed multiple brands in Chicago, Fresno, and most recently Miami.

Otero was instrumental in branding the iHeartRadio app to the Hispanic community nationally, working closely with local and national sales teams, and has produced iHeartMedia’s international tentpole event Fiesta Latina since 2014.

Otero had recently moved to Miami to program TU 94.9 and work with the recently created iHeartLatino platform alongside Enrique Santos.

WZTU programming duties in the recent past had also been held by P.J. Gonzalez, serving in the greater role of SVP/Programming for iHeartLatino.

Former Univision Radio Content Head Joins Enrique Santos At iHeart

Enrique Santos now has a lieutenant to assist him in the build-out of iHeartMedia‘s Hispanic media activities.

Pedro Javier González, most recently VP/Content at Univision Radio, has been given the role of SVP/Programming for iHeartLatino.

González reports to Santos, who holds the role of Chairman/COO of iHeartLatino, and Brad Hardin, EVP/GM for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. González will be based out of iHeart’s Miramar, Fla.-based South Florida operations center.

González will work closely with Santos and Hardin to oversee the iHeartLatino brand and programming strategy, reborn in September 2016 with Santos at the helm after a previous effort involving Hispanic radio veteran Alfredo Alonso ended in January 2011 after a six-year tenure.

Specifically, González will assist Santos the recruitment of programming and on-air talent and will collaborate with iHeartMedia’s national and local sales teams to create and execute programming with partners.

Additionally, González will work with the National Programming Group’s Artist Relations department to plan and book talent for iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, the annual concert event staged by iHeart in South Florida.

“Pedro knows that this is an ever changing industry and is always ahead of the game when it comes to adapting to the listeners needs and demands,” said Santos. “His vast experience building winning radio teams combined with his programing knowledge and expertise will be key in our continued growth.”

González spent 13 years at Univision, where he worked closely with Santos, formerly associated with WRTO-FM “Mix 98.3” and as a successful morning host who for many years saw Joe Ferrero as his co-host.

Before coming to Univision, González was based in San Juan, as VP/Programming for UNO Radio Group, operator of the “Salsoul,” “Fidelity,” “NotiUno” and “HOT 102” cadenas in Puerto Rico.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to reunite with Enrique,” said González. “I’ve been following the great work that iHeartLatino has already done and I can’t wait to collaborate with iHeartLatino’s talented programming team and on-air personalities.”

Univision Resets Its Corporate Sales Team

On the heels of promoting Steve Mandala to President of Advertising Sales and Marketing, as Keith Turner prepares for his reported retirement, Univision Communications has set a new leadership team in a move the company says “will maximize efficiencies while heightening partner, regional and local strategic focus.”

First, Trisha Pray will relocate to Chicago, her hometown, while continuing to report to Mandala as EVP/Sales and Client Development, leading all sales efforts in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, and “other growth regions.”

She was previously EVP/Network and Cable Sales and is a 25-year Univision veteran.

At the same time, Jorge Daboub is now EVP/Local Media Sales. He will report to both Mandala and John Eck, Univision’s Chief Local Media Officer.

Concurrently, Jack Randall is being promoted to EVP/Business Development. He will continue to report to Mandala.

Before joining Univision, Randall held sales roles with Fox Sports and United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) in both New York and Los Angeles.

Furthermore, John Kozack is being promoted to SVP, overseeing New York Network and Digital Sales. He will report directly to John Kelly, who will expand his role from EVP overseeing Digital and News Sales to include oversight of the New York Network Sales team.

Kozack played an integral part in building relationships with key agencies and has served as VP/Network Sales for Univision Network since 2003.

With more than a dozen years of experience in executive sales leadership, Kelly worked at NBC Universal.

Said Mandala, “This is a very exciting time for Univision fueled by new client needs, a rapidly-evolving media landscape and increased competition from external sources. I am confident that through their efforts, hard work and dedication, this group of talented individuals will continue to deliver innovative, action-driven solutions for our partners. All of them are respected media industry veterans who are widely regarded as strong leaders and strategic thinkers, and there is no better group of executives to collaborate and execute gracefully on behalf of UCI with some of our major agencies, which represent some of the biggest brands.”

Nominations Set For ​Medallas De Cortez Awards

Nominations Set For Medallas De Cortez Awards

The Hispanic Radio Conference is pleased to announce this year’s finalists for the prestigious Medallas de Cortez, the only awards dedicated to honoring the very best in Hispanic radio. The Medallas de Cortez awards are named in honor of Raoul Cortez, founder of the first Spanish-language radio station in the United States, KCOR/San Antonio, in 1946. Raoul Cortez was a visionary for his time and a legend for all times in the annals of Hispanic radio.

Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti said, “The Medallas de Cortez awards represent a celebration of Hispanic radio and its dedicated professionals. Every one of them, in large markets and small communities, make Hispanic radio an intimate part of the lives of listeners and clients. This is the biggest year ever in terms of awards competition. While there can be only one winner in each category, we are extremely proud to recognize all of the finalists, who are truly worthy of our respect and admiration.”

Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Wednesday, March 28, as part of the Hispanic Radio Conference, March 28-29 in Fort Lauderdale at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six.

2017 Medallas de Cortez Awards Finalists

Marketer of the Year
Vladimir Gomez, Spanish Broadcasting System
Esmeralda Sosa, Univision/Los Angeles
David Loving, Univision/Houston
Liz Blacker, iHeartMedia
Jose Villafañe, Entravision

Local Personality of the Year
Eric Johnson & DJ Gallo Show, WYMY/Greensboro
Beto Diaz KLAX-FM/Los Angeles
Stephanie Himonidis, La Pantera Radio/San Antonio
Javier Romero, WAMR/Miami
Juan “Manny” Yanez, KOYE/Tyler-Longview
Betsy Vazquez, WXDJ/Miami
Josue “El Bronco” Del Castillo, KDDS/Seattle

Syndicated Personality of the Year
Cesar Lozano, Spanish Broadcasting System
Omar Y Argelia, Univision
Alex Lucas, AL & CM Broadcasting
El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo, Univision
Erazno y La Chokolata, Entravision

Program Director of the Year
Raymond Torres, WRUM & WRUB/Orlando, Tampa
Isabel Gonzalez, KLVE & KRCD/Los Angeles
Juan Martin Ovalle, KOYE/Tyler-Longview, TX
Oscar Rios, KLNO/Dallas
Julie Garza, WYMY/Greensboro, NC
Rogie Gallart, SBS/Puerto Rico
Pedro Escalera, KLZT-FM HD2/Austin, TX
Tony Luna, KLOL-FM/Houston

Sales Manager of the Year
Shirley Davenport, WYMY/Greensboro, NC
Elizabeth Paulina, WSKQ & WPAT/New York
Christian De La Cruz, KRZZ/San Francisco
Candy Cintron, WLZL/Washington, DC
Corinna Ruiz, KOYE/Tyler-Longview, TX
Mauricio Palacios, KISF, KRGT & KLSQ/Las Vegas

General/Market Manager of the Year
Brian Barber, WLKQ & WNSY/Atlanta
Carolina Santamarina, WXDJ, WRMA & WCMQ/Miami
Chris Carillo, KLAX & KXOL/Los Angeles
Ginger Dockery, KOYE/Tyler-Longview, TX
Mark Masepohl, KLNO, KDXX, KFZO & KFLC/Dallas
Roberto Yanez, KHOT, KOMR, KQMR & KHOV/Phoenix

Station of the Year
KLVE/Los Angeles
KOYE/Tyler-Longview, TX
KGBT/McAllen, TX
WLZL/Washington, DC
WSKQ/New York

Broadcaster of the Year
Jesus Salas, Spanish Broadcasting System
Tomas Martinez, Solmart Media
Carlos Moncada, AL & CM Broadcasting
Mike Flood, KBBX/Omaha (Flood Communications)
Norberto Sanchez, Norsan Media


This year’s awards include the presentation of the Distinguished Leadership Award, which is not presented every year, and to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Hispanic radio. The special award will be presented this year to Francisco (Frank) Montero, managing partner of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.

“There could be no one more deserving than Frank,” Ms. Parenti said. “Frank has dedicated years of service to the Hispanic radio community, actively providing leadership and direction to organizations, including the founding of the Independent Spanish Broadcasters Association, aimed at fostering growth in the Hispanic radio sector.”

Montero was also instrumental in helping start the American Hispanic Owned Radio Association (AHORA). Over the years, he has represented the Hispanic Radio Association, the Puerto Rico Radio Broadcasters Association and served as an advisor to the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference since its inception, among other significant contributions.

Click here to register for the Hispanic Radio Conference.  Adam R Jacobson, publisher of the Hispanic Market Overview and editor-in-chief of the Radio + Television Business Report, is participating as a moderator on a panel focused on Hispanic and multicultural millennials.


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Chris Carillo To Oversee SBS/L.A. As Radlovic Exits Again

Chris Carrillo, a veteran of SBS’s Los Angeles operations who has served as GSM, LSM and as a Sr. AE for the company’s regional Mexican KLAX-FM 97.9 “La Raza” and Latin Rhythmic KXOL-FM “L.A. 96.3,” has been named VP/GM for the Spanish-language duo.

“Chris’s radio experience and acumen are a matter of indisputable record and we’re confident of his leadership abilities in taking our stations to the highest level of operational excellence in the Los Angeles market,” Rodriguez said. “He knows radio, he knows the advertisers, he knows the Company and its people and he’s intimately familiar with our West Coast stations. No one is more qualified to take over the reins of SBS Los Angeles.”

Carillo has also been a Sr. AE for Clear Channel’s radio stations in Los Angeles.

Carillo assumes duties held since mid-July by SBS COO Albert Rodiguez and, prior to that, by Marko Radlovic.

Radlovic exited on July 15 after rejoining SBS/Los Angeles as SVP/West Coast Regional Manager in June 2015.

In that role, he also had oversight of regional Mexican KRZZ-FM 93.3 in San Francisco.

Radlovic had previously held various managerial positions at SBS from 2001 through 2011, including roles as Chief Revenue Officer and COO. From 2011-2005, he served as President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media in Los Angeles.




ESPN Deportes Radio Returns To Bay Area At AM 910

As reported July 22 by Al Peterson’s NTS MediaOnline Today, KKSF-AM 910 in San Francisco has dropped its Talk lineup in favor of the syndicated ESPN Deportes Radio Spanish-language Sports network.

The iHeart Media station, which enjoys a full-market signal, will now be run via multi-year LMA with Dallas-based Deportes Media LLC.

With KKSF-AM, Deportes Media now operates in four markets; its other ESPN Deportes Radio stations are located in Miami, Houston, and Dallas.

KKSF-AM succeeds KTRB-AM 860 as the ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate in the Bay Area. However, it will not be carrying over the Alliance Radio Network-syndicated El Show de Piolin morning-drive program, hosted by former Univision radio mega-star Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo. According to Ed Krampf, the former Adelante Media Group executive who now reps El Show de Piolin, Alliance ended its relationship with Alliance Radio Network several months ago. The program had also aired on Deportes Media’s Dallas (KZMP-AM 1540) and Houston (KGOL-AM 1180) stations.

KTRB-AM over the July 4 weekend became a conservative Talk station via an LMA struck by Salem Media Group, as “AM 860 The Answer” — mirroring a presentation found at the company’s stations in Los Angeles and Tampa,among other markets. The station is currently in receivership. ESPN Deportes Radio had aired on KTRB since late June 2011.

KKSF-AM 910 had a shaky run as a Talk station, with hugely popular Sacramento-based morning hosts Armstrong & Getty replaced on April 1 by syndicated liberal talk host Stephanie Miller. Other hosts included Gil Gross, program director Cory Callewaert, Joel Riddel, the syndicated Alan Colmes and The Doghouse hosts Jeff “JV” Vendergrift and Dan “Elvis” Lay.

In a statement provided to NTS MediaOnline Today, iHeartMedia President for the San Francisco Region Katie Wilcox said, “ESPN Deportes will enjoy the benefits of full-market coverage on AM 910. We are pleased to have been able to find common ground that keeps Spanish language sports in the Bay Area while also allowing us to focus on our strong portfolio of music and entertainment offerings for our listeners.”

L.A. Rams New Español Flagship: ESPN Deportes Radio 1330

By Adam R Jacobson

LOS ANGELES — The return of the National Football League to Southern California will now be further enjoyed by fans who prefer to consume their play-by-play coverage en español via their AM radios.

The L.A. Rams, who are returning to Los Angeles with the 2016-17 season after moving to St. Louis after the 1994-95 season, this afternoon announced that it has reached an exclusive rights agreement with Lotus Broadcasting’s KWKW-AM 1330 — the ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate serving Southern California.

The pact makes ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 the team’s official Spanish-language flagship station.

All preseason, regular season, and postseason games will air on the station.

“We are pleased to partner with KWKW to bring Rams football to our Hispanic fans across California and beyond,” said Los Angeles Rams COO Kevin Demoff.  “Through high-quality production and exclusive programming, KWKW will help make our games accessible to all Rams fans for our exciting return back home to Los Angeles.”

The Rams Spanish game-day broadcasts will feature six hours of programming, including a two-hour pregame show, play-by-play commentary and analysis, and a one-hour post-game show. In addition, ESPN Deportes 1330 will air a variety of ancillary Rams content, including regularly scheduled “Rams Reports” and “Lets Talk Rams” call-in talk segments specifically tailored for fans that prefer to consume Spanish-language media.

Lotus’ Jim Kalmenson, who oversees KWKW and the station’s partnership with ESPN Deportes Radio, called the selection of his station as the Rams’ Hispanic flagship “monumental.” He said, “Our Rams broadcast promises to be a huge attraction to both our listening audience as well as our sponsors. We are excited by the Rams’ genuine commitment to be involved with, and to serve, the Hispanic community.”

KWKW will produce and distribute broadcasts across what is being billed as the Rams Spanish Radio Network. Two Lazer Broadcasting stations – KOXR-AM 910 “La Mexicana” in Oxnard-Ventura and KCAL-AM 1410 “La Mexicana” in Riverside-San Bernardino, join Lotus’ Spanish Contemporary Pop KMJE-FM “Vive 92.1” in Sacramento and the broadcaster’s ESPN Deportes Radio affiliates KWAC-AM 1490 in Bakersfield, KGST-AM 1600 in Fresno and KENO-AM 1460 in Las Vegas in airing all Rams-related programming.

In addition to KWKW’s main signal, Rams programming will air on ESPN Deportes Radio simulcast partner KTMZ-AM 1220 in Pomona, serving the San Gabriel Valley east of downtown L.A.

The coverage area is intriguing, as the San Joaquin Valley and the greater Sacramento area is unabashedly full of Oakland Raiders fans, in addition to fans of the San Francisco 49ers. However, the NFL tends to allow radio coverage of nearby teams from opposing conferences without opposition. For instance, WMEN-AM 640 in West Palm Beach airs Tampa Bay Buccaneers games even though it covers much of the Miami Dolphins’ home market as the Buccaneers are in the NFC and the Dolphins are in the AFC. The 49ers do not have NFC exclusive rights in these California markets.

In expressing his excitement to be part of the Rams Radio Network, Radio Lazer owner Alfredo Plascencia said, “Hispanics love professional football, and we are very excited to bring one of the most dynamic sports franchises in history to our listeners in Oxnard and Riverside-San Bernardino.”

As has been shown in recent studies on the U.S. Hispanic sports fan, the NFL ranks as the most popular sport among all Hispanics. However, when viewed by language of preference, the NFL has lagged among Latinos who prefer to communicate in Spanish.

Kalmenson and the ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 team now have the opportunity to make an impact, while strengthening its presence as the radio leader for Hispanic sports fans in the region. In addition to the Rams, KWKW will continue to serve as the flagship station for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, L.A. Galaxy, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In the event of conflicts, KTMZ serves as the alternate over-the-air broadcast home.

OMI, Major Lazer, French DJ Feder Finish In Top 3 Of 2015’s ‘Hottest’ Tracks

Back To The Future could be a good theme for how 2015 ended up musically. Some 30 years from now, we could look back and marvel at just how amazing 2015 was for music. Yet as the year ends, we are all collectively scratching our heads wondering what the hell happened between last year and this year.

The same thing happened at the end of 1985, when the American Top 40 chart was fairly lackluster, pure rock music had suddenly faded, and a mediocre blend of ballads and Rock 40 was now being matched by freestyle dance music, crossover funk and R&B, and an evolving modern rock scene that suddenly incorporated industrial sounds with Casio keyboards.

As we look back on 2015 as a whole, across genres and nations, in this ARJ HOTTEST 100 countdown, the music produced during this 12 month period is quite impressive. It took hours of effort, however, and listening to songs for the first time in mid-November. But, it’s no 2014.

The year in music for 2014 was quite simply the finest seen in nearly two decades, with tremendous singles across a variety of formats. This year, songs released in 2014 still warranted high airplay well into fall 2015; the abundance of quality singles simply wasn’t there. Eurodance soundalikes came one after the next; no country tracks or straight R&B make a strong impact. Hunting high and low on global Shazam charts proved to provide a wealth of terrific tunes.

Still, there was concern by Halloween that a top 100 list would be impossible, given the high level of recurrents still in power rotation on the radio and on my iPod playlist – the “scientific” gauge of rankings seen here.

So what’s on top? Adele. No. Surprised? Of course not. There were other songs released in 2015 prior to this masterpiece.

There are few surprises. Justin Bieber is on the list. Seriously. Merle Haggard is on the list. Seriously. So is Birdy. And people you’ve probably never heard of, like J Boog. And, there are lots of “hits” based on where they were released. Yes, “Shut Up and Dance” is on here. I hate this song. But, I couldn’t escape it so it’s here.

So here we go … The ARJ Hottest 100 of 2015. You may not agree. You may wonder what the heck is wrong with me. Again, this is a chart based on total iPod spins in combination with exposure from radio station streams consumed during the entire year, and radio stations in Maui, Los Angeles, New York’s Hudson Valley and Miami-Fort Lauderdale.

Note: The ARJ Hottest 100 Spotify playlist is not a comprehensive audio accompaniment, as several songs listed are not on Spotify. These songs can be found individually on YouTube.


1              OMI                                      Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)

2             MAJOR LAZER X DJ SNAKE f/MØ        Lean On

3             FEDER f/LYSE                  Goodbye

4             ANNA NAKLAB & ALLE FARBEN & YOUNOTUS         Supergirl

5             ADELE                                 Hell0

6             KYGO   f/CONRAD SEWELL                                      Firestone

7             ROBIN SCHULTZ f/ FRANCESCO YATES           Sugar

8             TWENTYONE PILOTS  Tear In My Heart

9             LOST FREQUENCIES   Are You With Me?

10           JR JR                                    Gone

11            NICKY JAM & ENRIQUE IGLESIAS       El Perdón

12            THE WEEKND                  Can’t Feel My Face

13           DEAR ROUGE                  Black To Gold

14           DISCLOSURE f/SAM SMITH     Hotline Bling (Radio 1 Live From Maida Vale)

15           ELLE KING                         Ex’s & Oh’s

16           AVALANCHE CITY         Inside Out

17           DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE             Black Sun

18           COLD WAR KIDS            First

19           BAIO                                     Sister of Pearl

20           MARK RONSON f/BRUNO MARS        Uptown Funk

21            DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE             Ghosts of Beverly Drive

22           ALVARO SOLER             El Mismo Sol

23           UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA    Necessary Evil

24           BECK    Dreams

25           RAURY f/Tom Morello              Friends

26           NEW ORDER                    Restless

27           EL VY                                    Return To the Moon

28           SEINABO SEY                  Younger

29           BLEACHERS                     Rollercoaster

30          ROBIN SCHULZ f/ILSEY              Headlights

31           KYGO   f/PARSON JAMES                         Stole The Show

32           NATALIA LAFOURCADE           Hasta La Raíz

33           FUTURE ISLANDS         Seasons (Waiting on You)-BADBADNOTGOOD Remix

34          GARRETT DOUGLAS f/LEONARD AGUON      Bad Or Good

35           SIA         Elastic Heart

36          SABINA DDUMBA        Not Too Young

37           JOSEF SALVAT               Open Season (Une Autre Saison)

38          JAMIE LAWSON            Wasn’t Expecting That

39          LOUANE                            Avenir

40          COMMON KINGS          Since I Woke Up

41           WOLF ALICE                    Bros

42           CULTURA PROFETICA               Saca, Prende y Sorprende

43          KURT VILE                         Pretty Pimpin

44          ED SHEERAN                   Thinking Out Loud

45          ELLIE GOULDING          Love Me Like You Do

46          CESARE CREMONINI  Lost In the Weekend
47          DISCLOSURE f/SAM SMITH     Omen

48          BORNS                Electric Love

49          MADCON & RAY DALTON       Don’t Worry

50          FLORENCE + THE MACHINE   Ship To Wreck

51           LOST FREQUENCIES f/JANIECK DEVY               Reality

52           DIPLO & SLEEPY TOM                Be Right There

53           J BALVIN                            Ginza

54          BIRDY + RHODES          Let It All Go

55           MATT SIMONS               Catch and Release (Deepend Remix)

56          NELSON FREITAS         Miúda Linda

57           J BOOG                               Let Me Love You (Country Bus Riddim)

58          ALESSIA CARA               Here

59          JESS KENT                         Get Down

60          KUTIMAN                          Intergalatic Lovers

61           CALVIN HARRIS AND DISCLIPLES       How Deep Is Your Love?

62           SLIGHTLY STOOPID     The Prophet

63          COMMON KINGS          Ain’t No Stopping

64          CHVRCHES                        Leave A Trace

65          COLOURS                         Monster

66          JOSE GONZALEZ           Let It Carry You

67          ROYKSOPP                       I Had This Thing

68          JUSTIN BIEBER               What Do You Mean?

69          X AMBASSADORS        Renegades

70          AGES f/JOHANNES EDER          Chances

71           MODEST MOUSE          Lampshades On Fire

72           LOW                                     What Part of Me

73           DUKE DUMONT             Ocean Drive

74          JAMIE XX f/ROMY        Loud Places

75           ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS                 Cecilia and the Satellite
76          MAGIC!                               No Way No

77           SILVERSUN PICKUPS  Nightlight

78          ROBERT DeLONG         Long Way Down

79          THE ARCS                          Outta My Mind

80          MS MR                                Criminals

81           SIDO f/Andreas Bourani           Astronaut

82           CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN                 Cocoon

83          EAGLES OF DEATH METAL      Save A Prayer

84          SEINABO SEY                  Hard Time

85          MORGAN PAGE f/Lissie             Open Heart

86          JAILL                                    Getaway

87          COLEMAN HELL            2 Heads

88          SIX60                                   Purple

89          SIGALA                               Easy Love

90          NAMIKA                             Lieblingsmensch

91           YEARS & YEARS            King

92           WILLIE NELSON & MERLE HAGGARD               Alice In Hulaland

93          ATLAS GENIUS               Molecules

94          TOR MILLER                    Carter & Cash

95          BRONZE RADIO RETURN         Light Me Up

96          OLLY MURS f/DEMI LOVATO                 Up

97          WALK THE MOON        Shut Up and Dance

98          DAVE GAHAN & SOULSAVERS              All of This and Nothing

99          ST. LUCIA                          Dancing On Glass

100        CLASS ACTRESS            More Than You

Nielsen Audio Says No To Telos Alliance’s Voltair Processor

By Adam R Jacobson

In a web presentation moderated this afternoon by Nielsen Audio EVP of Local Media Client Solutions Matt O’Grady, SVP of Product Leadership Jennifer Huston and Chief Engineer Arun Ramaswamy, the nation’s leading provider of AM and FM radio ratings estimates concluded that Telos Alliance’s Voltair processor “introduces audible artifacts for listeners” and “interferes with the encoding process by altering Nielsen watermarks and by making them audible.”

In short: The controversial audio processing system can, in extreme cases, affect the accuracy of one’s exposure to radio signals by the Nielsen Audio Portable People Meter (PPM).

This, along with the fact that Voltair is used by some but not all encoded radio stations, resulted in Nielsen declaring that it will not support Voltair.

The announcement, while not surprising, left some in the radio industry puzzled on what to do should they be using the system.

“Soooo…we don’t support Voltair, but we are not saying you must take it out of your Processing Racks???,” Nashville-based air personality Kenny Smoov Tweeted following the call.

Meanwhile, radio industry trade publications posted updates in real time despite Nielsen Audio’s decision to bar press from the client-only call, open to representatives from the NAB and RAB in addition to radio station personnel and executives.

Among Nielsen Audio’s other conclusions on Voltair:

* PPM can pick up more codes with Voltair “in some situations where background noise is equal to or greater than the audio content.”

* Voltair generates variability; when the “dial is turned up,” the effect on the watermark and the codes is increased.

* The Voltair effect was more visible at the minute-level than at the adjusted quarter-hour level

As reported by industry trade portal, Huston told those on the webinar that while PPM picked up more codes with Voltair, its impact on ratings is unknown at this time as stations using the device have not disclosed to Nielsen Audio that they are doing so. “Whether this is true listening is inconclusive at this point,” Ramaswamy added.

While Nielsen is not supporting Voltair, the company unveiled that it is testing new watermark improvements. According to and, it will be available to subscribers in Q4. This will effectively allow stations to adjust gain for the watermark based on noise in the signal. Nielsen Audio has also developed “a next generation in-station monitor to replace the existing monitor.” This will be rolled out in 2016.

Meanwhile, open-ended interpretations of what radio stations should do about Voltair continue to be voiced.

“Any mention of penalties for stations that continue to use Voltair?” asked Dale Dubilowski, Director of Interactive Media for Blackburn Radio, based in Ontario.

Dubilowski knows all too well about Voltair’s impact on radio listening estimates: Numeris, the Canadian non-profit rating consortium, placed a ban on its use by all AM and FM stations, questioning the fairness of having some broadcasters–but not all–use the device.

Such a move will likely not happen in the U.S. But what’s to come is likely to be the question of the year for an industry seeking a rebound through an accountability system demanded by media buyers and planners that is now shrouded in a sea of uncertainty.



José Valle Bounced From Univision Radio; Takes ‘Political & Advocacy Sales’ Role

By Adam R Jacobson

MIAMI — In a somewhat surprising move, Univision Communications today relieved José Valle–president of Univision Radio–of his duties.

Effective immediately, Valle takes on a new role as president of political and advocacy sales.

Univision Local Media EVP Jaime Jiménez takes on Valle’s former duties, which Valle had held since 2011.

Valle’s specific tasks as president of political and advocacy sales were not disclosed by Univision. However, the move comes just one day after Univision News and The Washington Post announced a partnership for political coverage tied to the 2016 Republican presidential nomination process and next year’s presidential campaign.

Valle will remain based in Los Angeles and retains his seat as a Univision Communications Inc. Officer of the Company.

UCI president of advertising sales and marketing Keith Turner, who Valle will continue to report to, commented, “José brings a fantastic background with diverse experience in sales, general management, local television and radio which make him uniquely qualified to help potential Political and Advocacy clients see all of the opportunities Hispanic constituents and UCI present.”

Valle’s resume includes stints as president and GM of KVEA-Channel 52 in Los Angeles, one of Telemundo’s biggest O&O TV stations. He’s also been VP/GM of KXTX-Channel 39 in Dallas, another Telemundo O&O.

Meanwhile, Jiménez will now oversee all content for 67 AM and FM radio stations serving U.S. Hispanics–including Talk WKAQ-AM and Hispanic Top 40 WKAQ-FM (KQ105) in Puerto Rico. He will also effectively serve as the operations and management leader for Univision Radio’s stations in Los Angeles, Miami and San Antonio.

Jiménez has been SVP/GM for Univision Radio/Los Angeles and previously held LSM duties for Univision’s two broadcast TV stations in Los Angeles: KMEX Univision 34 and KFTR UniMas 46. Prior to that, Jiménez enjoyed a career at Telemundo.

As part of the changes, Univision Radio’s AM stations “will be integrated locally,” effective immediately. What this means was not immediately clear; many recent Univision AMs took on a underperforming nationally distributed Spanish News/Talk format.  However, the company notes the integrated local content approach “will allow for more targeted local content, giving listeners more of the fresh, localized content they want and advertisers the opportunity to reach a hyper engaged, market-specific consumer group.”

In unrelated news, Univision Communications today terminated its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump. The decision was based on Trump’s recent remarks about Mexican immigrants.

“At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country,” the company said in a statement. “We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12 or work on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”

However, the company did note that Univision News and the local news division will not censor any coverage of all candidates, including that of Donald Trump, thus ensuring its audience continues to have access to all points of view.