General Music Radio Industry News

Friday, February 5, 2016

| February 5, 2016

simpsonallliJonas16Radio Disney Expands Alli Simpson’s Role.  The 17-year-old Radio Disney personality is now the company’s Youth Engagement Officer.  Not only does the company renew Alli Simpson’s weekly show for another year, she gets more air time and will now be heard from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am ET on Fridays.  The company says in her capacity as youth engagement officer, she’ll “help inform and liaise with Radio Disney regarding the topics, trends and challenges relevant to today’s youth, create meaningful interactions with them and ensure their voice is heard and valued in its fullest capacity across all Radio Disney platforms.”  Radio Disney estimates that Simpson is heard by more than 20 million listeners per week.  Simpson is pictured here with pop star Nick Jonas.

turnbeaughjojoiHeartMedia Promotes JoJo Turnbeaugh to SVP of Programming in Las Vegas.  Programmer and air personality JoJo Turnbeaugh is upped to SVP of programming for iHeartMedia’s Las Vegas station group.  He’s been with the cluster as program director and morning host at country KWNR “95.5 The Bull.”  He’ll continue to program KWNR but will move to afternoon drive for his air shift.  In this position Turnbeaugh will oversee the air talent and programming staffs of the entire cluster.  iHeartMedia regional president Glynn Alan says, “JoJo’s energy, depth of knowledge in multiple formats and intense desire to win will continue to drive revenue and ratings for our Las Vegas cluster.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In San Diego, Lenny Balistreri, a.k.a. Lenny B, is named music director at Local Media San Diego’s urban contemporary XHRM “Magic 92.5.”  He’ll also serve as executive morning show producer for “Magic 92.5” and sister stations CHR XHITZ “Z90” and alternative XETRA “91X.”…..At its South Florida cluster, Entercom appoints Katerina Perez general salesperezkaterina manager of alternative WSFS “104.3 The Shark” and sports talk WAXY-AM, “The Ticket.”  Perez is a native Canadian who spent most of her life in South Florida.  Most recently she was SVP of sales at iHeartMedia’s Seattle cluster.  Entercom South Florida VP/market manager Doug Abernethy states, “Katerina has a proven track record of success and will be a valuable addition to our management team.  Her experience, relentless focus on the customer and her sales management skills lolliskatywill enable us to develop more impactful advertising campaigns for our clients and substantially grow our business.”…..Beasley Media Group promotes Katy Lollis to director of sales for the company’s Fayetteville, North Carolina station group.  Market manager Mac Edwards states, “Katy has been a valued employee of our company for nearly a decade.  Her experience, market insight and incredible work ethic have always been highly valued and deeply respected.  Now, we are confident Katy will take our sales team to new heights in 2016 and beyond!”

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kinosianmikeComprehensive Holiday PPM Overview.  RadioInfo and TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2015 PPM survey.  The move to all-Christmas or Christmas-intensive music playlists on the part of AC, hot AC and CHR stations brings about an annual “anomaly” to the radio ratings.  Kinosian has detailed the performances of AC, hot AC and country stations recently but this report also shows the effects on other radio formats – including sports, news/talk and all-news.  Kinosian writes, “Among other tidbits, this comprehensive analysis summarizes all stations that finish #1 and #2 in Holiday 2015; differential between the top two spots; and perhaps most vital of all – formats most dramatically/negatively influenced by all-Christmas music programming.  For that, we have broken it out by format and by each PPM-market.”  See the entire report here.

nationalradiotalentsystem logoNational Radio Talent System’s Student Initiative Heads to Pacific Northwest.  The Dan Vallie-founded National Radio Talent System heads to the Pacific Northwest in conjunction with Hubbard Radio.  Four previous institutes have taken place in the South and the East but June 13 -22 the Hubbard Radio Talent Institute will take place at Central Washington University in Washington State.  Hubbard Radio chair and CEO Ginny Morris comments, “Compelling and relatable on air talent is what separates local radio from all other audio entertainment services.  Our investment in the National Radio Talent System at Central Washington University is an extension of Hubbard Radio’s commitment to do our part to nurture and grow the talent pipeline for the industry.  We are proud to partner with Dan Vallie and his team in this important initiative.”  The school’s assistant dean of student development Keith Champagne says, “Having a nationally award winning college radio program in KCWU-FM, the partnership with Hubbard Radio and the National Radio Talent System was simply a perfect match. Giving student broadcasters opportunities they can’t find anywhere else is a cornerstone of Central Washington University. The Hubbard Radio Talent Institute will be another great example of that.”  The Radio Talent Institute says its curriculum builds upon “the already quality education students are receiving at the university and through working at their college radio station.  All sessions in the Institute are taught by professional broadcasters in each of their areas of expertise.”

allianceforwomeninmediaAlliance for Women in Media Announces New Board Members.  New board members have been announced for the Alliance for Women in Media and its FoundationKristen Welch, SVP of global content operations at Discovery Communications will continue the role of chair for both organizations.  Continuing as chair‐elect of AWM/F is Sarah Foss, vice president of product management and media at Imagine Communications in New York City. The treasurer of AWM/F is Keisha Sutton-James, vice president, Inner City Broadcasting Corp. in New York.  The treasurer‐elect of AWM/F is Christine Travaglini, president of Christal Radio/KRG Partnerships in New York City; and past chair of AWM/F is Kay Olin, principle of Kay Olin and Associates, in St. George Island, Florida.  Serving directors at large of AWM are: Robin Alston, director of business & legal affairs, A&E Television Networks; Karla Ballard Williams, founder and CEO of YING; Heather Cohen, EVP at The Weiss Agency; Sandy Girard, vice president of entertainment at SiriusXM; Susie Hedrick, SVP sales, North America at Wide Orbit, Inc.; Annie Howell, founder and co-president at The Punch Point Group; Jill Luckett, SVP program network policy, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Kimberly Maki, corporate vice president, corporate communications & public relations, Bright House Networks; Laura Martinez, senior director, affiliate sales, Cumulus/Westwood One; Christine Merritt, president, Ohio Association of Broadcasters; Deborah Parenti, publisher, Radio Ink/RBR-TVBR; and Josie Thomas, EVP & chief diversity officer, CBS Corporation.  Serving as directors at large of AWMF are: Karla Ballard Williams; Valerie Blackburn, project manager, CBS Radio; Heather Cohen; Michelle Duke, vice president, NAB Education Foundation; Sandy Girard; Annie Howell; Jill Luckett; Kimberly Maki; and Christine McLaughlin, of counsel, Sciarrino & Shubert, PLLC.

Rhode Island Radio Pro Norm Jagolinzer Dead at 83.  During his more-than-30 year radio career in the Providence, Rhode Island market, Norm Jagolinzer was the voice behind “easy listening.”  Jagolinzer died on February 1.  He started at WPRO-FM until it flipped to CHR in 1974,  Then worked most of the rest of his career at WLKW until the station flipped from its easy listening format in 1989.  His last gig as an air personality was at WARL-AM in nearby Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

| February 4, 2016

cbslogoLes Moonves Takes Over CBS Corp. Executive Chairman Position.  With Sumner Redstone’s advanced age and recent public scrutiny about his health, it was likely his rule over CBS Corp. as executive chairman was soon to change, and that has happened.  Redstone gave up his executive chairman post on February 3.  A unanimous vote by the CBS board made president and CEO Les Moonves the new executive chairman.

knightbuzzGreater Media Promotes Buzz Knight to SVP of Program Development.  Fourteen-year Greater Media staffer Buzz Knight is promoted to SVP of program development for the company.  Knight’s new duties include responsibility for “overseeing programming development for all of Greater Media’s radio properties and collaborating with the individual stations to build winning content, digital and brand management strategies.”  Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth comments, “Buzz has done an outstanding job overseeing our programming brands across the company over the past 14 years.  His insight and leadership plays an important role in the continued success of our company.”

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More RadioInfo Career Moves.  A talent shuffle at Ryman Hospitality-owned heritage country stationKellyODay16 WSM-AM, Nashville results in a new afternoon drive program featuring Nan Kelley (left) and Devon O’Day (right).  The station calls “Nashville Today” a “lifestyle and entertainment show” that “will provide listeners with an appealing and informative look at all things Nashville, connecting them with the great vibe and energetic lifestyle that is Music City.”  PM driver Mike Terry moves to middays and Frank Seres exits middays but remains with the company in other capacities…..Pamal Broadcasting parts ways with “Night Rhythms” host Kathy Millar.  She hosted the evening program on adult contemporary WHUD, Peekskill, New York (Hudson Valley market)…..Changes at Vox Communications’ Burlington, Vermont stations take place as CHR WXZO “Planet 96.7” PD and morning host Slater, a.k.a. Mike Wheaton, moves to sister hot AC WEZF “Star 92.9” to be PD, music director and early afternoon host.  Stevie Beats, a.k.a. Steve Bassett, is the new PD at WXZO as the station brings Premiere Networks-syndicated Elvis Duran back for AM drive.  WEZF’s Jennifer Foxx moves from early afternoons to the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon air shift.

iheartmedia logo smallReport: iHeartMedia Considering Securities Sale to Retire Debt Due in 2019.  According to a report from Bloomberg News, iHeartMedia is looking at a plan to offer up for sale securities in one of its units to help retire some $1.4 billion in bonds.  The report states that the company would create a subsidiary called Broader Media LLC. Existing debtholders would be offered the opportunity to exchange for the new obligations.  According to Bloomberg, $8.3 billion in debt is coming due in 2019 for iHeartMedia.  “iHeart’s plan would erase $192.9 million of 5.5 % unsecured notes due December 2016 that are already considered current,” a source told Bloomberg.  “The proposal is also intended to retire the company’s $190 million revolving loan due December 2017, the $850 million of 10% unsecured notes due January 2018 and the $175 million of 6.875% unsecured notes due June 2018.”  Read the Bloomberg piece here.

miw logoMIW: Women Gaining in GM and SM Roles; Stagnating in Programming Management.  According to data from the most recent Gender Analysis Study from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (culled from data from M Street Publications), since 2004 the number of women serving in general manager positions has risen from 14.9% to 17.3% in 2015.  However, a tally of women in program management positions shows a negligible increase of 10.9% in 2015 compared to 10.7% in 2004.  MIW spokeswoman Kay Olin states, “Tracking the leadership roles of women in media brings awareness to the continued need to reach back and lift up.  There is an incredible talent pool of strong and capable female leaders and they stand ready to make a difference.  It is the responsibility of all of us in the media industry to make sure that we are conscientiously and consistently practicing inclusion.”

garnerblairCumulus Partners Blair Garner with Advance Auto Parts for Podcast Series.  The new podcast is called “Under the Hood” and the “America’s Morning Show” host has Advance Auto Parts as his title sponsor.  Blair Garner is a car nut who owns 13 vehicles – including his prize 1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible – and he says he’s geeked to begin talking cars.  “This is the first time that I’ve been able to really share my passion for cars, and I cannot thank Advance Auto Parts enough for the opportunity.  I’ve been a longtime customer of Advance Auto, and I’m totally psyched to get under the hood with my car buddies.  We’ll be talking everything cars, from what’s new in the pipeline, how to keep your car on the road for as long as you can, and occasionally a look back at some of the classic cars of the past. I can’t wait to get started.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Lucky winner April Eason (right) poses with the “Golden Ticket” and WWNQ, Columbia,WWNQGoldenTicket16 South Carolina morning host Marty Hall (left).  WWNQ “94.3 The Dude” just completed a month-long contest that gave listeners the opportunity to win the “Golden Ticket” that gives the winner first dibs on any pair of concert tickets that the station gets in house for 2016.   So far, April Eason has received tickets to the sold-out Garth Brooks show in North Charleston on February 13, the Zac Brown Music and Food Festival on Daniel Island in April and pit passes to last night’s Brantley Gilbert/Cannan Smith/Michael Ray show in Augusta, Georgia…..Nationally syndicated urban morning personality Tom Joyner is hosting a special red carpet presentation and will be a featured presenter at the 47th NAACP Image Awards airing tomorrow (2/5) on TV One, live from Los Angeles.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

| February 3, 2016

manikaHowDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Vincent Rockwell Usuriello, superstar program director at SiriusXM’s Octane; and Internet sensation The Iceman; provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (2/3) includes such names as: Zayn, Charlie Puth, Manika, Mike Posner, SeeB, That Poppy, Lukas Graham, Rob Zombie, White Denim, The I Don’t Cares, Lissie, The Strumbellas, AWOLNATION, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Cam, Buddy Miller, Kacey Musgraves, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Kylie Mac, John Stevens Jr., Emerson Long, Bon Volta, Bobby Green, Whitney Phillips, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

siriusxm2015 a ‘Remarkable Year’ for SiriusXM.  Those were the words of SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer from yesterday’s investor conference call on the satcaster’s fourth quarter financial report.  Meyer said, “2015 was an incredible year for SiriusXM.  We exceeded all of our original operational and financial goals, and we are predicting continued growth in subscribers and all of our financial metrics this year.  Last January, we told you to expect 1.2 million net new subscribers.  We actually delivered 2.3meyerjim million, taking our paying subscriber base to an all-time high of approximately 29.6 million.  Lower-than-expected churn and higher auto sales were the primary drivers, and both new and used car conversions set new records for the fourth quarter and the full year.  We told you that we would do approximately $4.4 billion of revenue in 2015, and we actually reached nearly $4.6 billion.  We told you we would attain $1.6 billion of adjusted EBITDA and our final result was $1.66 billion.  And we told you we would deliver $1.25 billion of free cash flow, and we exceeded that, too, with $1.3 billion.  Quite frankly, 2015 was a remarkable year, and we did what we said we would do and more.  And this year, you should expect more of the same.  We expect continued growth, even as we make substantial investments across many areas of our business.  We expect to end 2016 with about 31 million subscribers and about $4.9 billion of revenue.”  Though Meyer didn’t offer how much SiriusXM is paying for Howard Stern or the recently re-signed NFL deal, he noted that those – along with Major League Baseball, the NBA, and FOX News – are now secured at “a fixed rate” for years to come.  Meyer also talked up the company’s SiriusXM17 platform with investors.  “Some of you may have seen our demonstration in Las Vegas at CES…For those of you who don’t know, SiriusXM17 is our next-generation platform for audio services that combines the benefit of satellite radio with two-way LTE connectivity in future cars.  It enables the seamless mixing and matching of satellite and IP-delivered content.  It allows us to obtain usage data from the radio in the car and let the users have a more personalized experience, including search and recommendations.  All of this will make our world-class content more discoverable and accessible in the car while maintaining ease of use.  Today, we’re doing significant in-field user testing and working with the engineering teams at various OEMs to implement SiriusXM17.  Believe me, we know better than anyone the changes in the OEM world take a long, long time and to build up meaningful numbers in the fleet of enabled vehicles for SiriusXM17 will take many years.”

boylejohnJohn Boyle Named OM/PD at Cumulus’ New Orleans Country and Alternative Outlets.  For this gig, programming pro John Boyle moves from the Melbourne, Florida cluster to Cumulus Media’s New Orleans station group to lead the operations and programming at WRKN “NASH FM 92.3” and alternative WZRH “106.1 The Underground.”  In Melbourne, Boyle programmed rock WSJZ “95 ROCK.”   Cumulus New Orleans VP/market manager Pat Galloway states, “We at Cumulus New Orleans are very excited to have John Boyle join us as program director of ‘106.1 the Underground’ and ‘NASH FM 92.3.’  John’s experience and leadership qualities will take these stations to new levels of performance.  We are very happy to keep John in the Cumulus family.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  St. Louis radio pro J.C. Corcoran is joining Donze Communications’ classiccorcoranjc rock KBDZ, Perryville, Missouri (about 80 miles south of St. Louis).  Corcoran has worked in both rock and talk formats in the St. Louis market.  He also hosted mornings on classic rock KKRW, Houston “The Arrow.”…..Tulsa country outlet KTGX “106.1 The Twister” announces Houston Gaither is the new afternoon personality and music director.  Gaither had previously served in a part-time capacity at crosstown KWEN and will graduate from Rogers State University in the spring…..At the Athens, hardwickkishaGeorgia cluster of Cox Media Group’s radio properties, Kisha Hardwick is named the new digital sales manager.  The company says she’ll work with the leadership team to “deliver integrated marketing solutions to valued clients while developing new profitable revenue opportunities for the” cluster that includes CHR WPUP “Power 100.1,” adult hits WXKT “103.7 Chuck FM,” sportssteelejonathan talk WRFC “960 AM The Ref,” adult contemporary WGMG “Magic 102.1 FM,” news/talk WGAU, and country WNGC…..Peoria, Illinois CHR WNGY “Energy 102.3” names Jonathan “Miracle” Steele evening personality.  Steele comments, “I’m pumped to join this exciting group in hickcoxPeoria.  I’ve had my eye on Alpha Media for a long time and couldn’t be more excited to be with a company dedicated to being live and local.”…..Beasley Media Group welcomes promotions pro Jeff Hickcox back to its Southwest Florida cluster where he is serving as director of promotions and special events.  Beasley Southwest Florida market manager Brad Beasley states, “With more than 25 years of radio experience in our dynamic Southwest Florida cluster, Jeff knows how to pitch, promote and host our events like a pro!”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

| February 2, 2016

bentleytiffanyBentley Moves Across Town to Buffalo’s ‘103.3 The Edge.’  Alternative radio personality Tiffany Bentley crosses town to join Cumulus Media as music director and afternoon drive jock at WEDG, Buffalo “103.3 The Edge.’  She was most recently morning personality at Entercom’swedg alternative WLKK “Alternative Buffalo.”  Prior to joining WLKK, Bentley was a freelance journalist in New York City for publications including The Syndicate.  She also programmed and hosted a free-form music radio show, “The Blend,” on non-com WDIY, Allentown, Pennsylvania.  WEDG program director James Kurdziel comments, “We’re thrilled to be able to work with someone of Bentley’s reputation and obvious talent…As the heritage rock alternative station in Western New York, it was important we hire the perfect person and we did.  Bentley will be a great addition to our long-standing team of great Buffalo personalities and she’s going to be an outstanding music director.  We’re very excited for her and her future.”

danielsmacCumulus Names Mac Daniels Dallas Country Programmer.  Moving from the company’s San Jose country outlet KSJO “NASH FM 92.3,” is Mac Daniels.  He’ll take over the programming duties at both heritage country KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” and KSCS “New Country 96.3,” replacing J.R. Schumann, who recently left the company to head up country programming at SiriusXM.  Daniels’ programming experience includes stops at: WMZQ, Washington; WYCD, Detroit; KSKS, Fresno; and KASE and KVET, Austin.  Cumulus Media VP and market manager Dan Bennett comments, “The KSCS/KPLX job called for someone with an impressive major market track record in country and Mac’s accomplishments and experience are just what we need.  His experience programming two competitive country stations in the same market owned by the same company fits perfectly with our situation in Dallas.”

ewscrippsRosenthal to Lead Scripps Boise Radio Operations.  This is a return to the Boise radio group for Bob Rosenthal.  He led the stations when they were a Journal Broadcast Group property and he again becomes the vice president and general manager under E.W. Scripps ownership.  The cluster consists of triple A KRVB, classic rock KJOT, rock KQXR, and classic hits KTHI.  Scripps radio VP Steve Wexler states, “I’m thrilled to welcome Bob back to our company.  Bob’s deep ties to the community and his knowledge of the market make him the perfect choice to lead our stations forward.”  Rosenthal had most recently been serving as director of sales for Cumulus’ Boise operations.

bluestephanieStephanie Blue Joins WSWT, Peoria for AM Drive.  New to the morning show at hot AC WSWT, Peoria is air personality Stephanie Blue.  She partners with “Mix 106.9” morning host Randy Rundle, effective February 15.  She most recently was with crosstown CHR WPIA “KISS FM.”  Rundle, who also serves as program director for the station, says, “I’m super excited to bring Stephanie’s up-tempo talent and creativity to ‘Mix 106.9’ as we continue to build the popularity of the already highly rated ‘Morning Mix.’”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Boston country station WKLB “Country 102.5” is a finalist in the Major Market Station category for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards.  The awards are handed out on Sunday, April 3 in Las Vegas with CBS TV airing the program that evening.  Greater Media Boston vice president and market manager Mary Menna says, “We are so grateful to the ACM for this nomination.  ‘Country 102.5’ has been providing great content and ratings, breaking and developing country artists and helping our community for over two decades.”…..NextRadio is partnering with Intercollegiate Broadcasting System to run a college student contest for the best 60-second radio spot promoting NextRadio.  IBS and NextRadio say the entrants will get valuable experience creating a spot and the winner will get incredible exposure for themselves and the spot they created.  Interested students can find out more at: www.nextradioapp.com/collegecontest…..Cumulus Media Indianapolis stations WRWM “93.9 The Beat” and WJJK – in partnership with Midwest Food Banks, Metro PCS, and TV partners WXIN-TV and WTTV-TV – collected much-needed bottled water for the citizens of Flint, Michigan.  They succeeded in collecting more than 205,000 bottles of water and more than 20,000 gallons of water, plus thousands of dollars in cash donations, to benefit Flint residents in need…..Cumulus Media Dallas reports its charitable works for the calendar year 2015 totaled more than $1.2 million.  It’s stations – country KSCS “New Country 96.3,” “99.5 The Wolf,” news/talk WBAP, “The New Hot 93.3,” sports radio KCTK-AM/FM “The Ticket,” news/information KLIF, and sports talk KESN “ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM” – together raised funds, supplies and awareness for multiple charitable organizations through events and on-air and online promotions throughout 2015, including: $205,449 for Cook Children’s Hospital of Fort Worth; $303,157 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and Norm-A-Thon, which raised $500,400 for Austin Street Center.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison Interviews Television Historian Jim Benson, Host of Radio’s Syndicated ‘TV Time Machine.’  In a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from “What’s My Line?” to the future of television and time travel, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison discusses the role and impact of television in our society with historianbensonjim Jim Benson.  Benson is the host of the long-running KCBQ, San Diego radio show “TV Time Machine” that has just gone into national syndication.  Since 2003, Benson has been exploring TV’s past, present and future on radio and has tremendous insights into how the medium has impacted generations of Americans and how each generation – from the Boomers to the Millennials – approach it differently.  To hear this conversation in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Monday, February 1, 2016

| February 1, 2016

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daulerjeffJeff Dauler Named Morning Host at ‘Star 94’ in Atlanta.  Two months after announcing his exit from the crosstown WWWQ-based “Bert Show” (hosted by Bert Weiss), Jeff Dauler is officially named morning drive host at Entercom’s CHR WSTR “Star 94.”  Upon exiting “The Bert Show,” itwstr logo was announced Dauler would join WSTR but in what capacity was not announced.  The current morning drive show of Drex, Cassiday and Tingle will move to afternoons and current PM drive personality Mike Marino will join Dauler’s program.  The station also says it is beginning a nationwide search for Dauler’s co-host.  Entercom Atlanta VP/market manager Mike Fowler says, “We are taking ‘Star 94’ to the next level by investing in great talent and live and local content.  I am thrilled to bring Jeff’s smart and creative style to mornings and I think our new lineup will provide the best in radio programming in Atlanta.”

shombyjohnJohn Shomby Joins Cumulus as Director of Programming for NASH Network.  Programmer John Shomby is named director of programming for the NASH Network.  This is a newly created position in which Shomby will oversee all NASH programming through the Nashville network and syndication operations.  He’ll be based at the NASH Campus in Nashville and will report to Cumulus Media SVP of content and programming Mike McVay.  Shomby was most recently director of programming for Max Media’s five-station cluster in Norfolk/Virginia Beach – including country WGH-FM.  He serves on the board of directors for the Country Radio Broadcasters and the PD advisory board for ESPN Radio.

dwyerdannyTwo Upped to Music Director at Alpha Media Portland.  Country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” and CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” have new music directors as Danny Dwyer and Amanda “ICE” Habrowski assume the positions, respectively.  Dwyer has been with the station for the past 18 years serving inICE such capacities as the official “Man On The Street” in the Mornings, night jock, promotion director, and most recently, midday host.  Habrowski is currently midday jock at “Live 95.5” after joining the station as evening personality in July of 2014.  She’s been in radio for 10 years and got her DJ moniker from Flavor Flav while appearing on VH1’s “Flavor of Love 3.”  Alpha Media EVP programming Scott Mahalick comments, “We’re proud to be able to grow and advance people from within the company.  Danny is a star whose capabilities run very deep.  I’m excited to have him represent Alpha to the Nashville country music community.  ICE’s passion for music and our industry will benefit everyone involved with “Live 95.5.’”

bdub‘B-Dub’ Named APD/MD at KMLE, Phoenix.  At CBS RADIO’s country KMLE, Phoenix, Bryan “B-Dub” Washington is named assistant program director/music director and PM drive personality at the “New KMLE @ 107.9.”  B-Dub takes over for Chris Matthews who moves to the morning drive program.  B-Dub comes to Phoenix from his most recent gig as midday jock and music director at Alpha Media’s KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull.”  CBS RADIO Phoenix VP of programming Tim Richards comments, “B-Dub is a remarkable on-air talent and programmer.  His obvious love for radio makes him a fantastic fit for KMLE.  We are looking forward to creating radio magic with B-Dub on the team!”

raglandjustinRagland Promoted to Director of Marketing and Promotions for SummitMedia Birmingham.  This promotion moves Justin Ragland from marketing director for country WZZK, classic rock WBPT, and adult contemporary WEZZ to director of marketing and promotions for all of SummitMedia Birmingham.  His responsibilities expand to include SummitMedia’s urban contemporary WBHK, Gospel WAGG, and hip hop WBHJ.  SummitMedia Birmingham president John Walker states, “Justin has done an amazing job over the years and has proven himself to be an invaluable member of this team.  Justin’s hard work, dedication, passion and desire to win makes him the perfect fit to continue and improve upon our dominance in the market place.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the corporate level, Greater Media promotes Edward R. Nolan Jr. tonolanjredward senior vice president/chief financial officer.  Nolan had been with Greater Media since 1989 and most recently was serving as vice president and chief financial officer…..iHeartMedia Chattanooga SVP of programming and country WUSY “US101” PD Gator Harrison is named a brand coordinator for the iHeartCountry brand led by Rod Phillips…..Josh Venable moves from afternoons to mornings at Stephens Media-owned alternative KMYZ, Tulsa “Z104.5 The Edge.”  Venable is also PD for the station.  He co-hosts the morning show with Chuck Stikl.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Country.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of radio station performances based on ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2015 PPM survey.  Already addressed are adult contemporary and hot AC.  Today, Kinosian delves into the country format.  The Holiday survey is traditionally a time when AC and hot AC stations get a ratings bump from the infusion of Christmas music into their playlists.  While five country formatted stations saw their 6+ AQH share go up during the survey, the rest were either flat or saw some degree of ratings dip.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

streamguysStreamGuys-Cox Media Group Partnership Produces Platform for Digital Broadcasts and On-Demand Content.  Streaming media provider StreamGuys and Cox Media Group have partnered to produce a “turnkey SaaS streaming platform for live ad-supported broadcasts, on-demand podcasts, and detailed business metrics and reporting across its entire radio network.”  The platform is now live across all 60 CMG radio stations in 11 markets.  A statement from the companies indicates StreamGuys has “built a rich toolset around its robust, reliable cloud-based content management and delivery network in alignment with the broadcaster’s goals.  [Stream Guys’] SaaS approach cleanly and cost-efficiently integrates several recent, innovative StreamGuys SGsuite products and services into the network that enrich streaming player data, accelerate podcast creation, enhance royalty reporting, and monetize streaming initiatives.”  CMG senior director of digital audience Tim Clarke comments, “In StreamGuys, we have found an ideal technology partner that understands the same opportunities we see to evolve our radio products.  Their infrastructure and technology, along with competitive pricing and expertise in broadcasting, give us incredible flexibility in the management and delivery of our network-wide streaming initiatives.”  Clarke also states that StreamGuys’ HTML5 multimedia player – SGPlayer – has rich metadata support that “delivers the relevant information that online audiences seek alongside the audio stream, including song/artist data, album art, recently played tracks and social media links for sharing the experience with other listeners.  SGplayer is also an approved Nielsen SDK player, delivering client-side analytics that offer greater insight into online listener demographics than what was possible before.”  For on-demand content, StreamGuys’ SGrecast software allows multiple operators to quickly turn linear broadcasts into podcasts and side channels of any length, with near-immediate turnaround to consumers.  Clarke notes SGrecast has been “a phenomenal success,” and is used for brief news, traffic and weather in every market; and 24/7 rebroadcasts of high-profile shows after initial airings.  StreamGuys EVP Jason Osburn says, “We are elated to deliver a comprehensive SaaS [software-as-a-service] service that, along with our turnkey support, will at once help Cox Media Group solve problems and generate new ideas to push online radio and podcasting forward.”