Country Aircheck Weekly (1/22)

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» Ford To WNSH: Former nationally syndicated Ty, Kelly & Chuck co-host Kelly Ford (CAT 10/31) will join Cumulus' WNSH/New York for Kelly Ford In The Morning, effective Feb. 4. She succeeds Jesse Addy, who has been handling the shift since a replacement for The Ty Bentli Show was teased on-air (CAT 1/7). It is a return to the station for Ford, who helmed middays there from 2013-2015 (Breaking News 12/4/15). She previously spent 22 years at KYGO/Denver before departing in 2012 (CAT 8/31/12). 

"It’s like a full circle moment for me as I was the first live voice heard on Nash FM 94.7," Ford says. "To be able to work again with the New York Nash team, especially Katie Neal and Jesse Addy, it’s like having the (country) band back together again." Congratulate Ford here.
» It's A Rate Day To Be Alive: Here are select Nielsen Audio diary ratings for Fall 2018 (9/13-12/5) for subscribing stations compared with their last books. Ranks (in parentheses) are also among subscribers. Have a story for your station inside the overall numbers? Email us here.
Ft. Collins, CO
  • KUAD 4.3 (1) to 5.4 (1), Townsquare
  • KXBG 3.5 (4 to 3.4 (5), iHeartMedia
Modesto, CA
  • KATM 6.4 (2) to 8.4 (1), Cumulus
Morristown, NJ
  • WNSH/New York 5.8 (1) to 4.8 (2), Cumulus
Oxnard, CA
  • KHAY 4.1 (4) to 3.1 (8), Cumulus
Palm Springs, CA
  • KPLM 4.0 (6) to 4.1 (5), RN
  • KDES 3.3 (8t) to 1.2 (17), Alpha
San Luis Obispo, CA
  • KKJG 8.7 (1t) to 7.8 (1), AGM
Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA
  • KSNI 6.3 (3t) to 6.0 (3t), AGM
Shreveport, LA
  • KRMD 3.5 (8) to 6.0 (3), Cumulus
  • KXKS 5.6 (3) to 5.8 (4), Townsquare
Victor Valley, CA
  • KATJ 6.2 (1) to 3.6 (3), El Dorado

Certain markets do not appear because the Country stations in those metros aren't subscribers; non-subscribing stations in published markets are also excluded. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are Persons 12+, Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight.



» Reorganized Time: The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas has confirmed iHeartMedia's plan of reorganization. iHeart expects to complete its restructuring process in the first half of this year. Under the terms of the plan, iHeartMedia will complete a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring that will reduce its debt from $16.1 billion to $5.75 billion and will separate Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. from iHeartMedia creating two independent public companies. With the confirmation of this plan, iHeart expects the Chapter 11 process to be completely finished within the first half of 2019, subject to completion of steps related to the separation of the two companies and satisfaction of other customary conditions. "Our ability to advance through the restructuring process this smoothly is a testament to both the strength of our operating business and the strong support of our stakeholders, including our debtholders who will become our owners, our advertising partners and our operating team," says iHeartMedia Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman. Following iHeartMedia's completion of the restructuring process, Pittman and iHeartMedia Pres./COO/CFO Rich Bressler will remain in their respective roles and have each extended their contracts by four years.


» Frog-et Me Not: Sonoma's KFGY (Froggy 92.9)/Santa Rosa, CA is seeking a new morning team, as Rob Taylor and Jocelyn Taylor of Rob & Joss are set to leave for a soon-to-be-announced opportunity. Their last day on air at KFGY will be Feb. 15. "The new Froggy morning show will need to be real and engaging on the air and willing and able to be out and about as the face of Froggy and in service to listeners, advertisers and the community," Sonoma VP/Programming & Operations Jim Murphy tells Country Aircheck. Résumés and airchecks to Murphy here.