General Music Radio Industry News

Friday, October 21, 2016

| October 21, 2016

CBS RADIO Re-Ups with SVP of Programming and Music Initiatives Michael Martin.  Based in San Francisco, Michael Martin also programs CBS RADIO’s CHR KQMV and hot AC KLLC, but his corporate role with the company is as senior vice president of programming and music initiatives and CHR format captain.  CBS announces that it has signed Martin to a new, multi-year deal to remain with the company.  Executive vice president cbsradioof programming Chris Oliviero says, “Since the creation of this important position less than three years ago,martinmichael Michael has reshaped and evolved the dynamic partnership between our stations, artists, labels and managers.  His leadership, his relationships and his respected reputation has helped rewrite the playbook on how radio continues to create for fans many of the best and most memorable moments in music.”  In the SVP of programming and music initiatives role, Martin “taps into his strong label and artist relationships to program live national events for CBS RADIO, including this Saturday’s ‘We Can Survive’ concert featuring Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth, G-Eazy, Meghan Trainor, OneRepublic, and Pitbull.  Martin also leads the efforts for CBS RADIO’s ‘Stars and Strings’ (Nov. 9), ‘The Night Before’ and ‘Sun.Pool.Fun’ concerts that run throughout the year and in various cities across the U.S.”  CBS RADIO San Francisco SVP and market manager Doug Harvill adds, “Michael is a true programming leader – a skillful music curator and content creator who keeps our listeners engaged, which in turn drives ratings and builds ad revenue.  We’re incredibly lucky to have him.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Although the actual contest takes place on Tuesday, a one-hour radio special will feature interviews with the top 10 finalists of Cumulus Media’s “NASH Next Challenge 2016” – the national grassroots country music talent search and artist development program – on “NASH Nights Live” with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith on Sunday, October 23 from 11:00 pm to 12:00 midnight ET…..SiriusXM is announcing a new, bi-weekly show featuring 80s rock icon Billy Idol.  The show – “Live Transmissions” – will consist of Idol playing his favorite music from the 1980s, including Joy Division, The Clash, Stooges, Ramones, Velvet Underground, The Damned, Generation X and more…..Cumulus Media’s triple A KFOG, San Francisco announces the 2016 “Concert for Kids” lineup will feature: Band of Horses, Blind Pilot and The Revivalists.  This is the 31st year for the concert event that raises funds for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and the Marines’ Toys for Tots.  It’ll take place at the Masonic on December 8.


Old Dominion Rocks ANA Conference.  Country stars Old Dominion kicked off the fun at the recent ANA Masters of Marketing Conference on Wednesday, October 19, in Orlando.  The conference is a three day event for chief marketing officers and other industry marketing pros that allows them to share stories of how they built brands, leveraged the expanding array of media, made marketing more accountable, and improved the quality of their marketing organizations.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Pierre Bouvard, chief insights officer, Westwood One; Geoff Sprung, Old Dominion; Kristina Sweet, VP, sponsorship, ANA; Trevor Rosen, Old Dominion; Matthew Ramsey, Old Dominion; Suzanne Grimes, president, Westwood One/EVP, corporate marketing, Cumulus Media; Brad Tursi, Old Dominion; Christina Albee, CMO, Westwood One; Whit Sellers, Old Dominion; Steve Shaw, president, Sales, Westwood One.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

| October 20, 2016

Kenny Wall to Program ‘NASH FM 92.9’ in Lexington.  Programming pro Kenny Wall joins Cumulus Media to serve as PD for WLXX, Lexington, Kentucky “NASH FM 92.9.”  Wall was most recently withwallkenny Townsquare Media in Amarillo, Texas where he was operations manager.  This is a return to Cumulus for Wall who in the past programmed WBSX-FM and WBHT-FM in Wilkes Barre.  Cumulus Media Lexington OM Tony “Twitch” Longo states, “I’ve known Kenny for years, and I’m excited that we are finally getting the chance to work together!  There is nobody in the country I’d rather have at the helm of such a heritage station as WLXX.  Can’t wait to turn him loose!”

Chris Randolph Partners with Sarah Jordan for AMs on WXMA, Louisville.  Hot AC WXMA, Louisville “102.3 The Max” announces on-air pro Christopher Randolph is joining the station to co-host the randolphchrismorning show with program director and station personality Sarah Jordan.  In a statement, Alpha Media Louisville SVP and market manager Bill Gentry comments, “Chris and I have worked together for many years…you’d think I would have learned something by now!  The guy is a pro and just keeps re-inventing himself.  Randolph has instant credibility with listeners and clients.  I look forward to the launch of Louisville’s best new local morning show with Chris and Sarah.”


KZHT, Salt Lake City Extends Frankie C.  This is a new, three-year deal for CHR KZHT, Salt Lake Cityfrankiejess personality Frankie C, co-host of the “Frankie and Jess” show with Jessica FergusoniHeartMedia regional market president Stu Stanek says, “We’re thrilled to team with Frankie again for another three years.  Our company has built its success on having the best personalities in all of our markets and Frankie is a prime example.  After 19 years on 97.1 ZHT, the audience has come to enjoy him and the show every day and he has helped put us in a dominant position.”

Anderson New NTR Director at Beasley Tampa.  Tampa radio promotions and sales pro Voncile Anderson is named director of non-traditional revenue sales for Beasley Media Group’s Tampa cluster.  Voncile has worked andersonvoncilein the market for two decades, including beginning as a promotion director at WRBQ, Tampa Bay.  She has worked with notables in the industry, including Q105’s Mason Dixon.  In this new position she’ll be responsible for assessing the area’s special event opportunities and determining the venues with greatest potential to grow revenue for the Tampa Bay cluster.   Speaking about her new gig, Anderson says, “I like to say I have earned ‘market equity’ because I have invested my entire career doing events that entertain, raise money for charities, and help our Tampa Bay businesses grow.  I’m so proud to have been chosen for this new, unique NTR opportunity!”


Cool Air Talent Gigs in North Dakota.  You never thought Donald Trump would run for president.  You never thought Hillary might win.  But did you think a broadcasting company would be actually be expanding and hiring leightonbroadcastingair personalities?  Leighton Broadcasting Grand Forks, North Dakota is looking to hire air talent for all shifts for country, AC, and CHR formats. Leighton does broadcasting the right way – a heritage family/employee-owned company that cares about our employees and our community.  Whatever experience in your career — market veteran or just starting out — the main thing that matters is your passion to perform!  We are looking for talent with attitude, heart, passion, creativity, the ability to get in front of the public, and the will to excel.   If you think you have what it takes to join the creative team at Leighton Broadcasting Grand Forks then send your materials to: Jarrod Thomas, OM, at   Leighton Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  For the sixth year in a row, Drake Hall’s “Drake Hall in the Morning” – on Cumulus Media’s rock WXMX, Memphis “98.1 The Max” – has been voted “Best Radio Show” in the Memphis Flyer’s Best of Memphis.   The paper says: “Drake Hall wins the bling, twice taking the crown for Best Radio Show and for Best Radio Personality.  He’s crotchety, he’s lovable, he has great guests, great music and Memphis loves this guy.”  Hall works with co-host Danni Bruns along with producers Wes and Syd…..Joel Shoemaker, SVP of LGBT initiatives for iHeartMedia says that in observance of LGBT History Month and today’s GLAAD #SpiritDay – a day when millions “go purple” and join together to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth – the company’s stations are airing PSAs featuring Lady Gaga, Troye Sivan, Elvis Duran and Andy Grammer.  The spots are currently airing on CHR and AC stations across the country and encourage listeners to “go purple” and unite against the bullying of LGBT youth…..WISX, Philadelphia “Mix 106.1” and Harrah’s Philadelphia is  hosting an intimate Goo Goo Dolls acoustic performance for iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s  “Bid for Breast Cancer” initiative.  A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will benefit the American Association for Cancer Research, the world’s first and largest cancer research organization…..Next Tuesday is the “NASH Next Challenge 2016 Finale,” taking place at Mercy Lounge in Nashville.  The “NASH Next 2016 Challenge” is Cumulus Media’s national grassroots talent search and artist development program for country music, and Tuesday’s finale and selection of a grand prize winner will take place then.  Finalists will compete for a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group with their original song produced by Jay DeMarcus, that will receive airplay on Cumulus Media radio stations across the country.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

| October 19, 2016

Melissa Chase Appointed to OM at SummitMedia Richmond.  Programmer and air personality Melissa Chase takes on the operations manager position at SummitMedia’s Richmond, Virginia station group thatchasemelissa includes: country WKHK “K95,” hot Ac WURV “103.7 Play,” classic rock WKLR, adult hits WJSR “Star 100.9,” CHR W291CL “Hot 106.1,” and hip hop W282CA “G104.3.”  Chase comments, “I am beyond excited to be able to work with a talented team to continue to provide incredible content, killer music and outstanding local promotions for SummitMedia Richmond.  A huge thank you to all the amazing programmers I’ve worked with who have been mentors through this journey – and especially to Bill Tanner, John Olsen, Dom Theodore and Bob Willoughby for this opportunity!”

Valentine Named Mix Show Coordinator for KALV, Phoenix.  Air personality Daniel Valentine is currently heard on CBS RADIO’s CHR KALV, Phoenix “LIVE 101.5” hosting the noontime “Eat 2 the Beat Mix” valentinedanieland evenings at 10:00 pm on the “Late Night Mix Fix.”  Now, the Arizona State University student is named mix show coordinator for the station.  CBS RADIO VP of programming Tim Richards says, “Daniel has been an important part of the ‘LIVE’ mix team and we’re excited to promote him to this well-deserved position.”  Valentine began as an intern at CBS RADIO Phoenix in the fall of 2013 and quickly moved to a promotions assistant position in January 2014. Valentine began mixing nightly on air for “LIVE 101.5” in September 2014.

Cox Adds EVP of National Ad Platforms to Brett Fennell’s Title; Promotes Palmer and Morrow.  At Cox Media Group, chief financial officer Brett Fennell is promoted as the company adds EVP of national ad coxmediagroupplatforms to his job title.  A the same time, SVP of sales for CoxReps and president of HRP David Palmer is upped to president of CoxReps where he’ll report to Fennell.   Jason Morrow, president of TeleRep (a division of CoxReps), is now promoted to chief operating officer of CoxReps. All of these changes will take place on January 1.  Kim Guthrie, who takes over the CMG president role on that date, says, “It is remarkable to be able to tap such strong internal talent in our leadership ranks to fill these important roles.  The alignment of CoxReps, Gamut and Videa under Brett’s strategic leadership will take these businesses to the next level for our valued broadcast advertising customers.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Radio programming pro John Roberts joins Townsquare Media’s Tyler-Longview, Texas cluster to serve as operations manager for the four-station cluster consisting of: country KNUE, hot AC KTYL “MIX 93.1,” urban AC KISX “HOT 107.3 JAMZ,” and classic rock KKTX.  He previously programmed E.W. Scripps’ CHR KHTT, Tulsa “106.9 K-HITS.”…..Gold Coast Broadcasting promotes CHR KFYV, Oxnard-Ventura, California morning host and promotions director Katrina Medrano by adding music director duties.

dfranciscoDOOBIE PICK: Check Out New Single by D. Francisco.  According to RadioInfo music editor Duane Doobie Jr., the new single by D. Francisco, “I Want Ya” (In Ohm Entertainment) is something that should not be overlooked by CHR programmers interested in infusing some Latin pop into their format without reliving the late-90s through assorted tracks from the discographies of Ricky Martin and Julio Iglesias.  Doobie says, “This single has all of the dance energy from the best of Latin pop, but also incorporates twists reminiscent of more classical/operatic artists with an EDM tinged sound.  Not playing this track is only giving the competition ownership of an up-and-coming artist – D. Francisco.”  The “I Want Ya” music video is a sizzling number that heats up quick and burns hot until the very end.  It’s set in a darkened club with a group of high rollers seated around a small table, and they’re playing a very big game of poker.  Chips and dollars abound – it’s clear that the stakes are high.  As D. Francisco and his band light up the stage, a buxom new participant, dressed in all white, enters the match: Ana Carla Sinclair.  Known as a contestant on “The Voice Mexico,” she takes a seat, portraying quite the foil to the sultry hostess and attending waitress, dressed in a sizzling black and red outfit, played by renowned dancer Nayara Nuñez. As the action ensues, a coy game of eye contact and knowing glances are exchanged by D. Francisco, Nayara, and Ana, although it’s unclear exactly who is on which side.  Eventually, Ana runs the table with the supposed “pros” while Nayara explodes onstage with her brilliant dance.  Though she may have a furtive plan in place, D. Francisco discreetly disarms her, and executes a plan of his own on the way out the door! Check it out here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

| October 18, 2016

Entercom to Acquire Four Charlotte Signals from Beasley for $24 Million.  In order to stay under the FCC ownership cap in the Charlotte market, Beasley Broadcast Group has to sell some of its holdings that would wbtwlnk-duo-logoput if over the cap after the previously announced Greater Media acquisition deal closes.  Now, Beasley announces that Entercom will acquire news/talk WBT-AM/FM, hot ACwfnz WLNK-FM (all three currently owned by Greater Media) plus sports talk WFNZ-AM and its accompanying FM translator.  The company says that Entercom will begin operating WBT-AM/FM and WLNK-FM upon the closing of the Greater Media deal, pursuant to a time brokerage agreement.  Back on July 19, Beasley and Greater Media entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Beasley will acquire all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media for an aggregate consideration of approximately $240 million, subject to adjustments.

Entercom to Refinance Debt.  The Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania-based broadcaster announces it is meeting with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC and entercomWells Fargo Securities, LLC today to discuss a refinancing of its senior and senior unsecured debt.  In a press statement, Entercom Communications says it expects to enter into a $520 million senior secured credit facility that will include a $60 million revolving credit facility with a five-year maturity, plus a $460 million term loan with a seven-year maturity.  Entercom will use the term loan to refinance $225 million in existing senior secured bank debt, plus it will buy back $220 million in 10.5% senior subordinated notes.

iHeartMedia Flips Rhythmic CHR KBWX, St. Louis to Alternative as ‘Alt 104.9.’  And the morningwoodyshow-logo drive show at the new alt rocker will be KYSR, Los Angeles-based “The Woody Show.”  Woody’s program was previously heard on crosstown KPNT “105.7 The Point” in the market and iHeartMedia region president Beth Davis says, “St. Louis has been very eager for a new alternative rock brand.  We are excited to deliver on that request as well as the return of ‘The Woody Show’ – I’m excited to watch how quickly Woody will reinstate his relationship with both listeners and advertisers here in St. Louis.”

ebrolauraAlpha Media Names Ebro & Laura Stylez Afternoon Hosts.  It’s another gig for Ebro Darden and Laura Stylez as the duo will host the 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm show on Alpha Media Portland’s hip hop KWEE, Portland “WE 96.3.”  Ebro also currently hosts Apple’s Beats 1 and does mornings on Emmis’ WQHT, New York “HOT 97” with Stylez.  Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker says, “One of the core values of Alpha Media is our relentless effort to create new content in ways that others might have overlooked.  One example of this was during the creation of ‘WE 96.3’ by using Ebro Darden to narrate the brand.  Now with the addition of Laura Stylez, WE have even more opportunities to push the brand forward while welcoming Ebro back to Portland.”  Darden comments, “Portland is an awesome city and being on #TeamWe to bring real hip hop back to the radio in this city is super exciting.”

CBS RADIO Renews KITS, San Francisco AM Talent Kevin Klein.  Citing very positive ratings numbers for its morning drive show on alternative KITS, CBS RADIO announces it is signing air personality Kevin Klein kitsto a new, multi-year contract.  The station says that since debuting in September of 2014, “Kevin Klein LIVE” – with co-host Ally Johnson – has grown to attract “record-breaking numbers for the station, finishing the last quarterly book #1 among P18-34 and #3 among P18-49.”  Program director Jacent Jackson comments, “In just two years, ‘Kevin Klein Live’ has become a defining voice for a new generation of Bay Area listeners.  They sound like nothing else on the dial.  We are thrilled by their accomplishments and look forward to continued success for ‘Kevin Klein Live’ on ‘Live 105.’  The future for this show is bright.”

Yonni ‘Rude’ O’Donoghue Named OM for Radio One Richmond.  Urban programmer Yonni ‘Rude’ O’Donoghue is named the new operations manager for Radio One’s four-station cluster in Richmond, effectiveodonoghueyonni October 24.  The company says O’Donoghue has “nearly 20 years of urban radio programming experience…a keen ear for music, sharp mind for metrics and music research and a creative spirit for audio and digital content, including social media management.” He’s previously served with both Beasley Broadcast Group and Cumulus Media.  He’ll oversee programming at mainstream urban WCDX “IPower,” urban AC WKJS “Kiss,” inspiration WPZZ “Praise,” and news/talk WTPS-AM.

Michael Baisden to Return to Airwaves Via Superadio.  Urban media personality Michael Baisden has been teasing a return to the radio on social media and now it’s official that he’ll again be doing an afternoon drive baisdenmichaelprogram via Superadio.  There’s no official start date set but at least week’s NABOB “Power of Urban Radio Conference,” it was announced the deal involves Baisden’s company, American Urban Radio Network, Perry Broadcasting and Superadio.  Baisden went off the radio three years ago after his relationship with Cumulus Media imploded.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  CHR WPLW, Raleigh “PULSE 96.9 & 102.5” program director Mike Biddle is exiting his role with the Curtis Media Group station to take a marketing position outside of the radio biz…..Doug Daniels, a.k.a. Douglas Holzmeier, is named the operations manager at Evans Broadcasting’s country KWFP, classic rock KURK, and news/talk KKFT in Reno as well as its country KCMY-AM, Carson City.  He’d been with the stations in sales with Wilks prior to their sale to Evans.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallCBS News Icon Charles Osgood Is the Subject of this Week’s Harrison Podcast.  Legendary CBS News radio and television giant Charles Osgood is the guest on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” posted today (10/18).  Osgood has been hosting (and continues to host) the four-osgoodcharlestimes-per-weekday morning feature “The Osgood Files” on radio stations across the nation since 1971.  He also retired several weeks ago from a 24-year stint as the anchor of television’s CBS News “Sunday Morning” program. Harrison and Osgood talk about changes in media and journalism over the years culminating with a provocative analysis of the current presidential election. To listen to the podcast in its entirety please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of and

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Alternative KNDD, Seattle “107.7 The End” announces the lineup for the December 6 “Deck the Hall Ball” at the Key Arena:  Featured acts will be: Empire of the Sun, The Head and the Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Glass Animals, Band of Horses, Coin, and My Goodness…..Hot AC KLLC, San Francisco “Radio Alice @ 97.3” is presenting the “Alice in Winterland” show on December 1 at the Masonic.  On stage will be: OneRepublic, Train, and Los Bandoleros…..CBS RADIO’s KLUC, KMXB and KXQQ in Las Vegas announced New Year’s shows at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas that will feature The Weeknd performing on December 30 and Sting on December 31.  CBS RADIO is offering fly-away contests and is promoting the shows across 23 of its stations nationwide…..North Carolina State University’s WKNC, Raleigh is upgrading to an HD signal.  General manager Emily Ehling says, “The benefits of broadcasting in HD are the overall sound quality improvement and the fact that we will eventually be able to multi-cast.  Only about a dozen or so college radio stations broadcast in HD, which makes us even cooler since we’re ahead of the curve!”

Monday, October 17, 2016

| October 17, 2016

Rob Kruz Named PD for CHR WFLZ, Tampa.  Programmer Rob Kruz is appointed to the program director position at iHeartMedia’s CHR WFLZ, Tampa.  He takes over for John Mayer, who resigned to relocate to New York for family reasons.  Kruz was most recently PD and afternoon jock at iHM’s WZFT, Baltimore “Z 104.3.”kruz  iHeartMedia Tampa SVP of programming Travis Daily states, “I could not be more excited for Rob to join our team at ‘93.3 FLZ,’ which already amazes and humbles me on a daily basis.  Rob is the perfect fit for this family and we can’t wait for him to help write the next chapter in the history of a very special radio station.”  In addition to his work at WZFT, Kruz also was an air talent at WITH, Washington and WQAL, Cleveland.  He began his radio career in Detroit at WDRQ while he attended the University of Michigan.

Corey B. Named Evening Host at ‘B96’ in Chicago.  Air personality Corey B. is the new evening jock at CBS RADIO’s CHR WBBM-FM, Chicago “B96.”  Most recently with Entercom’s WEZB, New Orleans “B97” coreyband, prior to that iHM’s WFLZ, Tampa, Corey B. takes over for Eric Tyler who was promoted to afternoons at “B96” with the move of Stylz & Roman to mornings on the company’s country WUSN.  CBS RADIO Chicago VP of programming Todd Cavanah says, “We believe we’ve uncovered a true diamond in the rough with Corey B.  In addition to driving the station over the air at night, Corey’s skill and creativity on social media is off the charts.  We can’t wait to introduce him to Chicagoland later this month.”

Berger Named ‘Power 106’ Los Angeles’ Imaging Director.  Imaging pro Andrew Berger is named imaging director for Emmis Communications’ hip hop KPWR, Los Angeles “Power 106.”  Berger rose to be singled out kpwr-logoby DJ Enuff of WQHT and joined him as imaging director and producer for DJ Enuff’s weekly show, “The Heavy Hitters,” on SiriusXM’s SHADE 45 channel.  Emmis VP of programming Jimmy Steal comments, “We did an extensive search for this position and Andrew Berger was beyond impressive with his amazing imaging skills, great work ethic, and high energy.  He’s the perfect fit for our talented team.”  Berger comments, “I can’t wait to join the ‘Power 106’ family.  Emmis is where I fell in love with radio and now to have the opportunity to contribute to this legendary station as its imaging director is a dream come true!  I look forward to working alongside the great talent that makes ‘Power 106’ the leading brand in radio.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In San Diego, Entercom inks country KSON midday personality Amber Rainey to a new, multi-year contract.  Rainey took over the daypart after Brooks O’Brian transitioned to off-air responsibilities in 2015…..Jay Morris is exiting his brand manager role with Midwest Communications’ Kalamazoo station group where he programmed alternative WZOX, news/talk WKZO, and sports talk WQLR for a gig outside of the radio biz.  Cluster director of operations and programming Steve Mills assumes PD duties on an interim basis…..Amani Abraham transitions from the anchor/reporter role at Rubber City Radio’s country WQMX and news/talk WAKR in Akron to WKYC-TV, Cleveland to serve as a reporter…..Spotify’s Martin Lorentzon relinquishes the chairman role at the digital pure play but will remain vice chairman of the board.  Chief executive officer Daniel Ek is taking over the chairman position…..Alpha Media names Bob Rose the new market manager for its Mankato, Minnesota station group that includes CHR KEEZ, country KYSM, and rock KMKO.

emmisJeff Smulyan’s Go-Private Bid Fails.  The CEO of Emmis Communications extended this offer deadline three times, but that still wasn’t enough for the special committee of independent directors and his $4.10 per share offer to take the company private failed.  As the Indianapolis Business Journal smulyanjeffreports, this was the third time over the last 10 years that Jeff Smulyan had bid to take the company private.  Emmis stock closed at $3.99 on Friday (10/14).  The IBJ also notes that Smulyan’s offer represented a 25% premium to Emmis’ average closing share price over the 90 days prior to the announcement of the deal, but investors obviously felt the offer was way too low.  Smulyan appears to be finished trying to take the company private and writes to shareholders that he looks “forward to continuing to work with you as we move Emmis forward as a public company.”

Ed Levine’s Galaxy Communications to Buy Western Massachusetts Radio Group.  Syracuse, New York-Based Galaxy Communications announces it has signed a definitive agreement to buy the six-station radio group operating as Berkshires Media Group from parent company Gamma Broadcasting for an undisclosed sum.  galaxycommunicationsThe stations are: hot AC WBEC-FM, Pittsfield; news/talk WBEC-AM, Pittsfield-AM; classic hits WUPE-AM/FM, North Adams; AC WSBS-AM, Great Barrington; and AC WNAW-AM, North Adams.  Levine says, “These six radio stations do a tremendous job of serving their communities with great local radio. They have thrived under the ownership of Gamma Broadcasting, which has done a wonderful job. I look forward to working with market manager Peter Barry and the entire staff of radio professionals.”  Gamma president Bruce Danziger adds, “We feel confident placing our terrific stations and people in Ed Levine’s capable hands.  This is a special group, led by Peter, and we know Ed’s oversight will continue to bring good results for our people and the community.”

CBS to Break Out Radio Performance During Quarterly Reports.  As the company states, this is in advance of its separating the CBS RADIO segment from the rest of the company and the expected initial public offering for cbsradiothe new radio company.  The company explains that “beginning with the filing of the Company’s Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2016, the Company’s previously reported operating segment, Local Broadcasting, will be separated into the following two operating segments: (1) Local Media and (2) Radio.  In connection with this new segment presentation, the presentation of intercompany revenues has been revised, including station affiliation fees paid by Local Media to the CBS Television Network. The following financial information reflects the new segment and intercompany presentations for all periods presented.”  What we’re seeing in the report is that although radio segment revenue has been down slightly over the last six quarters, station operating income has improved.