Tammy Genovese Of CMA On The KZLA Format Change
August 21, 2006 at 10:09 AM (PT)
In the wake of the recent format change of KZLA/LOS ANGELES to Rhythmic AC, leaving the market with no Country outlet for the first time in more than 25-years, TAMMY GENOVESE, COO of the CMA (COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION), made the following statement:
"Obviously CMA is deeply concerned about the format shift at KZLA – especially given that this is such a strong market for Country Music. Our concerts routinely sell out the biggest venues in the city, each year Los Angeles ranks No 1 or 2 in album sales, and several Country stations in the region are doing very well including RIVERSIDE, VENTURA and SAN DIEGO. We want Country Music in L.A .and hopefully someone will emerge with a viable plan to reach this important and attractive consumer fan base."
So far for 2006, LOS ANGELES is the No. 1 sales-market in the country, with sales approaching 1.5 million units.