Friday, September 22, 2006

Marconi Awards

Congratulations to:

Clear Channel oldies WMJI/105.7 Cleveland, for winning the Oldies Station of the Year honors at the NAB Marconi Awards last night...

And Clear Channel rock WEBN/102.7 Cincinnati for its nod as the Rock Station of the Year...

18 comments:

VODood said...

That's #5 for WMJI. First one was won in 1998.

Anonymous said...

And I think GAR is 0 for 5.

Anonymous said...

Too bad the judges don't live in cleveland MAJIC WOULDN'T HAVE WON LET ALONE GOTTEN THE NOMINATION.

Anonymous said...

Very true.

Anonymous said...

this is strictly one persons opinion....but they should flip wmji to fm talk....

they have a tremendous anchor in lanigan and need to build from there....including NOT moving Triv from 'TAM......build new...do not cannibalize

Anonymous said...

No, WMJI just needs to play oldies like they always have been just not so much of the 1970s. Go back to what it was before with the 50's 60s and 70's. Bring back Denny Sanders and Scott Howitt too and enough of this one DJ on two stations nonsense.

Anonymous said...

OMW, I was watching Fox 8 tonight and saw a commercial with Wayne "If you believe that life is precious as I do" Dawson promote the My Fox Cleveland website. Just an FYI.

VODood said...

NAB is political. Helps to advertise in their publication and online.

I recall, after WMJI won it's first Marconi in 1998 (I was there kiddies!), along with R&R Large Mkt Station of the Year, and Lanigan& Malone won for Morning Show, that then GM Rick Weinkauf kidded that he had rec'd a "solicitation" from the NAB to donate and/or buy advertisting. He didn't. WMJI didn't win the following year.

VODood said...

I've said it before..outside of Lanigan & Malone, the station is a shell of it's former self, even going back to 2001. I realize that "progress" is needed to stay afloat. That can happen with the music. But the rest of the station hasn't progressed...it's regressed.

A MUCH better sounding "oldies/classic hits" station is WGRR/Cinci. PD Marty Thompson has that station rockin'!

Anonymous said...

You mean Clear Channel hasn't bought the NAB yet?

Anonymous said...

Good thing WOMC Detroit isn't in this market. They'd blow majic's doors off! You gotta go outside the market to hear how oldies is supposed to be done.

Neil said...

If WMJI is "oldies station of the year" then it is a pretty poor year indeed. I wonder if the people doing the awarding have any idea that WMJI hasn't used the word "oldies" on the air in years!

WMTR in New Jersey is what an oldies station should sound like (not counting the weekend time wasted on infomercials and brokered talk).

VODood said...

WOMC, IMO, isn't that good of an "oldies" station. And not having oldies in the positioner doesn't mean anything.

Anonymous said...

Someone in an earlier post said something about one dj on two stations... I think Munch from Lanigan and Malone is on three stations, (1) WMJI, (2)WMMS (I think) and (3) WTVN in Columbus.

Anonymous said...

It's only on once a week but FM 88.9 the sunday oldies jukebox is what Majic should but could never be,a contributer to the OMW Johnny Morgan is a staff member along with Mike Young from WHK.

VODood said...

Well, WMJI WAS what Sunday Oldies Jukebox now is.

WMJI started out, like other oldies stations, as a 50s/60s station. And like the others, have had to chase the money demos as they changed. P25-54 is still the target, which is unrealistic.

Any programmer worth his salt will tell you that Oldies/Classic Hits is a P35-64 demo, with a 45-54 cell concentration. It is what it is.

WMJI could never compete, revenue wise, if it were still a primarily 50s/60s station.

Now, when it had it's Sunday Jukebox show with Max Heywood (a show that was borrowed from my station in Raleigh where I had 15 share 35-64...I used to talk to Popovich now and then and we discussed how in Raleigh we were super-serving the upper demos)... when WMJI had the Sunday show it gave the impression of playing the pre-64 titles.

And..I firmly believe that you can still play a pre-64 every other other without alientating the core (now younger than 50). WRQN/Toledo does this extremely well. Instituted by former PD Bill Shannon (WODB/Columbus) years ago, it's still being done by present PD Ron Finn. They both get it. They both program outstanding stations. WODB is signal challenged in C-Bus, but that's not a quality issue.

WRQN, to stay competitive, has started playing select late 70s and some 80s. The RIGHT songs between the RIGHT powers.

Ron and I joked about me doing a doo wop show, which I would LOVE, and have A LOT of product. However...I enjoy my weekends off :0)

VODood said...

WMJI to Talk? Not at it's current $16 million annual billing.

Can you say "CBS to JACK-FM"? CBS kissed off MILLIONS in revenue. And I hear that they wish they hadn't done it. Not then. But later.

Revenue has to drop below a certain threhold before a flip can be considered. And potential future revenue.

FM Talk would compete with WTAM. Won't happen. Not by CC.

RE: Munch

Munch is the Sports Director/Marketing Director for WMJI/WMMS. He was at WMMS before being added to the WMJI staff (after Tony Rizzo left for WJW/FOX 8). Before coming back to WMMS, he was in Columbus at WTVN for years. In fact, after coming back to Cleveland, he often did his WTVN show from the WMJI studios (old Lakeside location). He would use the newsroom studio since it wasn't used at night. In fact, I was there late one night and sat in on a show for a few segments. Munch is a class act!

Anonymous said...

Our Good folks, CC, have a great way of destroying the great oldies stations that once topped the charts. Being local to N.E. Ohio, I seen them kill 105.7/WMJI, WBBG/Youngstown 93.3 (now 106.1), 94.5/WWSW/ Pittsburgh. And how about that powerhouse in cincy that was around for a few years, 1530, WSAI. The old original morning show was back and all. CC would never let that station stay on the air, because it played the good oldies. Flipped to Jerry the goofball, ratings took a dump, but CC don't care. Just get the good oldies off the air.
And as mentioned above, when did the "oldies" word become a bad word?
I know many many people that would love to hear the 50's and early 60's back on the air. I say, hats off to Harrold!!!!!!
Even though his tricast of baby stations isn't much, 1570, 1470, and dont forget 940. He plays 5 decades of music. And if you call in a 50's song, they are glad to play it. And 1570/WANR is in HD. Nobody ever mentioned that, but it sounds pretty good on HD, if you can pick up the massive 500 watt/116 signal.
So that little tricast dont make millions of dollars, but I will gladly listen through the night time static to hear it, before I would listen to a CC station.

Thanks for reading!