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Friday, March 27, 2015

| March 27, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban Adult Contemporary.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the second of this three-part, deeper dive into the performances of urban-formatted stations using data from the February 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  In this report, Kinosian examines the performances of urban AC radio stations.  The first report (published on 3/26) looked at the urban contemporary format and you can see that here.  This urban AC analysis provides comparisons of station performances arranged by market, market rank and market share, plus charts tracking fluctuations in 6+ performance compared to January 2015 and compared to February 2014.  Additionally, Kinosian adds in a chart comparing the performances of urban contemporary and urban AC stations in their markets and as a format.  See the entire analysis here.

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goldsteinsteveSteve Goldstein Exits Exec Role at Saga Communications; Launches Podcast Venture.  After a career with Saga Communications that spanned almost 30 years, Steven Goldstein leaves his executive vice president position and announces that he is forming a company called Amplifi Media, LLC which will specialize in “the development of digital audio-on-demand (podcast) content.”  Goldstein adds, “As connected cars, Bluetooth and smartphones converge, time-shifted audio will grow exponentially.amplifi logo  People will listen to content at a time and place of their choosing, just as is occurring rapidly in the television industry with Netflix, DVRs and on-demand video.”  A press statement from Amplifi says the company will “concentrate on great storytelling, compelling content and fresh voices on a variety of popular subjects, and will adapt, craft and focus the product for the unique needs of the digital audio business.”  Goldstein concludes, “The top of the iTunes podcast chart is dominated by NPR and affiliates.  They have done a tremendous job but there is a world of mainstream topics yet to be explored for on-demand-audio.  That’s where Amplifi will live.”  Goldstein can be reached at 203-221-1400 or via email at sjgoldstein@amplifimedia.com.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Atlanta operations of Lincoln Financial Media, Scott Lindy exits the building where he was programming hot AC WSTR “Star 94” and sister sports talker WQXI “ESPN 790 the Zone.”  The company’s John Dimick is expected to oversee the stations while LFM awaits approval of Entercom’s acquisition of its radio assets…..At Southern Stone Communications-owned country WKRO, Daytona Beach, “Coast Country,” Dallas Reese is back in the program director’s position after most recently serving as morning drive host at Local Voice-owned country outlet WWNQ, Columbia, South Carolina “94.3 The Dude.”  Reese is also expected to program Coast Country’s sister classic rocker WHOG…..Taking over for the departing Doug Abernethy at Radio One’s Houston cluster is Gary Spurgeon.  He currently serves as GM ofjohnsonken the company’s Dallas stations and will retain that responsibility as he adds VP/GM of the Houston ops to his duties…..Air personality Big D is the new APD and morning personality at iHeartMedia’s Las Vegas cobbericaCHR KPLV “My 93.1.”  He comes to the station from the company’s KDWB, Minneapolis where he’s evening host…..Ken Johnson moves from Cumulus Media’s urban AC WNBM, New York “Radio 103.9” to the company’s urban contemporary WUHT, Birmingham, Alabama “Hot 107.7.”…..Erica Cobb is now part of the Todd Baker morning show at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KZZO, Sacramento “NOW 100.5.”  She most recently co-hosted mornings on Wilks Broadcasting’s country KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf.”

bombadamEzraGeorgeEzra and Bomb.  Hanging out in the studio after his appearance on “The Adam Bomb Show” is English singer/songwriter George Ezra (left).  He appeared with Adam Bomb (right) while visiting New York for his first appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.  On the program, Ezra chatted with Bomb about his nights spent playing free shows in London pubs with Sam Smith and his plans for future albums.  Ezra is currently opening for Hozier on his tour and is enjoying the success of his latest single, “Budapest” from his debut album, Wanted on Voyage.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

| March 26, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents this deeper look into the performances of hip hop or urban contemporary-formatted stations using data from the February 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  In this report, you can see comparisons of station performances arranged by market, market rank and market share, plus charts tracking fluctuations in 6+ performance compared to January 2015 and compared to February 2014.  See the entire analysis here.

2015 small header_250RadioInfo’s Sister Publication TALKERS magazine Unveils ‘Heavy Hundred’ of Talk Radio Hosts.  Regular readers of RadioInfo and industry pros may be interested in the presentation of the 20th edition of “The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” as ranked by the editors of RadioInfo’s sister publication TALKERS magazine.  The annual list – known informally as the “Heavy Hundred” – marks its 20th year and, as executive editor Kevin Casey says, “As people can see by perusing this year’s list, it includes a number of familiar faces (and voices) as well as new up-and-comers, plus several veterans whose continuing, successful careers our editors believe need acknowledgement on this list in 2015.  The task of compiling this annual feature is extremely challenging – especially since it draws upon both objective and subjective factors – and is the source of heated debate every year among our editors for months leading up to its release.”  See the 2015 Heavy Hundred here.

mcmahonbillWhy Are Radio Personalities Often Insecure, Even the Most Successful? What’s the Cure?  According to noted talk radio consultant Bill McMahon, it’s not easy being a radio personality.  They work in relative isolation far from their listeners.  They can’t see or hear them.  Most radio studios don’t even have an outside window.  The only immediate feedback personalities get on their performance is from those working with them in the studio.  If they work alone, there is no feedback in the moment.  McMahon, CEO of consulting firm The Authentic Personality, goes on to say, “Oh, radio personalities get plenty of delayed reaction to their work, but it often does more harm than good.  The phone lines light up or they don’t.  Texts, Tweets, Facebook posts, and emails deliver all kinds of mixed messages.  Some are glowing with praise and love.  Others state clearly and unequivocally, ‘you suck!’  After the show, the confusion continues.  An enthusiastic PD might proclaim he loves a bit the personality hated, usually without offering specifics about what made it so good.  Later, the GM weighs in saying, “I didn’t get that phone segment you did in the 8 o’clock hour and I don’t think it was relevant to our listeners.”  Problem is the personality thinks it’s the best thing he did all morning and his followers on Twitter and Facebook seem to agree. This is the real world of a radio personality where everyone has an opinion on what they do and the opinions are anything but unanimous.  It’s no wonder even the most successful radio personalities with consistently high ratings can be very insecure.”  In a new article posted today (3/25) that is a must-read for PDs, McMahon details some of the things he has learned that radio personalities need from their talent coaches.  To read it in its entirety, please click here.

iheartradiocountryfest15iHeartMedia and NBC Announce Lineup for 2015 Country Festival.  The performers taking the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2 for the second annual “iHeartRadio Country Festival” will include: Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, iHeartRadio’s On The Verge artist Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr.  The concert event is being hosted by Premiere Networks personality Bobby Bones.  In addition to the live video stream of the concert via Yahoo Live, a two-hour TV broadcast of the event will air on NBC TV on May 27 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET.

BobTomVegas15Bob & Tom to Take 20 Listeners to Las Vegas.  The nationally syndicated Bob & Tom show is flying West to Las Vegas for a special appearance at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Saturday, June 20.  The Las Vegas show will be hosted by the Bob & Tom Show cast: Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee, and Kristi Lee – and will feature special guest, actor/comedian Brad Garrett plus a number of industry-leading comics will also make an appearance at this exclusive show.  Bob & Tom are making it possible for 20 lucky listeners to join them.  The prize packages include a VIP Meet & Greet at the show plus two nights at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.  The contest runs from March 23 through May 2.  Tom Griswold says, “This is a terrific opportunity for us to create something exciting for our listeners across the country, and it can only be done in Vegas.  Our fans will have the chance to relax and laugh with all of us, as well as the tremendously funny Brad Garrett. Everybody loves Brad, and we do, too!”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Hip hop artist Pitbull will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for the first time at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00 pm ET.  The concert will help promote the Globalization channel Pitbull is curating for the satcaster.  SiriusXM Pitbull’s Globalization channel will launch on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 pm ET.  The channel will feature music from the artist’s music catalog, his famous collaborations, live performances, exclusive mix shows and tracks by his musical influences…..Meyer-Baldridge-owned KBFL, Springfield, Missouri becomes a country-formatted station (flipping from standards) and using the “Outlaw Nation” format.  The station is branding itself “Southern Rock, REAL Country, 99.9 The Outlaw.”  Outlaw Nation tells RadioInfo that it “programs more than 1,200 country bars, honky-tonks, and western saloons across America.”….. “The Charlie Tuna Weekday Show” and “70s Show” continue to grow.  The legendary jock tells RadioInfo that his daily “content only” show is now airing on WYGC, Gainesville, Florida; KRBL, Lubbock, Texas; KRQX, St. George, Utah; KHOM, West Plains, Missouri; and WTRP, LaGrange, Georgia…..CBS RADIO Pittsburgh stations WBZZ and WDSY have been honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as recipients 2015 Excellence In Broadcasting Awards.  CHR WBZZ “100.7 Star” was recognized in the categories Outstanding Station Sponsored Event for “Man In A Box” (a fundraising effort by Afternoon Personality Flick for the Salvation Army), and Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team for “Bubba Show.”  Country WDSY “Y108” received the award for Outstanding Use Of Digital Media for the “Y108 Your Tailgate” campaign.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

| March 25, 2015

snoopdoggPeachesCreamDuane Doobie Jr.’s 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 personalities Bayley Brown and Matt James from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9,” and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, plus 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 (3/25) includes such names as: Sam Smith, John Legend, CHIC, Nile Rodgers, The Martinez Brothers, Manika, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Halsey, Blur, Damon Albarn, Laura Marling, The Temperance Movement, Zac Brown Band, Chris Cornell, Mumford and Sons, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Chris Janson, Brothers Osborne, T.J. Bebb, Ryan Daniel, Yo Yo Honey Singh, The Piano Guys, LA Priest, among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

lambertmirandaMiranda Lambert to Host Westwood One’s ACM Nomination Special.  The two-hour Westwood One ACM Nomination special will be hosted by five-time ACM “Female Vocalist of the Year” Miranda Lambert.  The program will be available to stations either Saturday or Sunday, April 11 or April 12, from 6:00 am to 12:00 midnight.  It will also air as the final two hours of the “NASH Nights Live Weekend Show” airing on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.  The actual “50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” takes place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 before more than 50,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.  Westwood One will also present “Red Carpet Radio coverage from Backstage at the ACM Awards,” featuring A-list interviews, live performances, and special programming.

kannonKannon Takes Over Mornings on KVIL-FM, Dallas.  At CBS RADIO-owned hot AC KVIL-FM, Dallas, Mike Kannon is named the new morning drive host, effective immediately.  The station dropped the previous morning show, “Zazza Mornings” with Tony Zazza and Julie Fisk, back in November of 2014.  KVIL program director Jay Michaels states, “Kannon brings a wealth of social media experience and an expansive knowledge of everything pop culture to our more music morning show on the ‘New 103.7 KVIL.’  That, combined with his knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, makes him a great addition to our incredible live and local air staff.”  Kannon moves in from Cumulus Media’s crosstown KLIF-FM “Hot 93.3.”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Former KKHH, Houston “Hot 95.7” PM drive personality Kaden begins working at iHeartMedia-owned CHR KZZP, Phoenix “104.7 Kiss FM” today as a late night/fill-in host.  KZZP programmer Mat Mitchell comments, “Kaden is no stranger to The Valley, as he has previously hosted nights on KZZP.  While he continues the search for a full-time opportunity, I’m excited to have him rejoin our team!”…..Mark Wilson, John Christian, Ryan Cota, Jessica Chavez, and Tracy Johnson all join the staff of the syndicated “Sunday Night Slow Jams” show hosted by R Dub!

klaz logoCool Job Opportunity.  KLAZ, Hot Springs – the market’s “#1 Hit Music Station” – is looking for a singular talent as cluster OM, KLAZ PD, and morning show talent to launch Noalmark Broadcasting’s brand-new, live-and-local morning show.  You will be responsible for programming and branding for KLAZ, building the morning show, and overseeing active rock KHRK/KYRC “Real Rock 93.5/101.5” and “Solid Gospel AM 1240.”  We are looking for an experienced broadcast professional to take the Noalmark Hot Springs cluster to the next level — community involvement and creative thinking a must.  You will be working with GM Paul Meacham and Zapoleon Media consultant Mark St. John.  Send resume, qualifications, and audio to klazjobs@gmail.com.  EOE Male/Female.

buymeaboat‘Buy Me a Boat’ Hits #1 on iTunes Country After Bobby Bones Exposure.  When unsigned country artist Chris Janson sent Premiere Networks personality Bobby Bones a copy of his new song “Buy Me a Boat,” the last thing he probably expected was that the private communication would result in his song hitting the #1 position on the iTunes Country Chart.  But that’s exactly what happened.  Bones played the song twice on his nationally syndicated country radio morning show and, before long the tune was at the top of the chart.  This cool story demonstrates the power of a really good song.  Bones comments, “I knew I had to play Chris Janson’s ‘Buy Me A Boat’ and share it with our listeners.  It’s a great example of radio’s ability to connect listeners with new music and promote a super-talented-yet-unsigned artist.  Our listeners loved hearing his song on the radio and downloaded it right away, helping him jump to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country Chart in less than a day.”

glorianaNashBash15Gloriana Plays Nash Bash at Barclays Center.  Pictured here on stage at the intimate Cushman & Wakefield Theater at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is Gloriana.  The country band was part of a lineup that included headliner Cole Swindell, Jana Kramer and Michael Ray.  The evening was emceed by WNSH, New York “NASH 94.7” personalities Kelly Ford and Jesse Addy.  This was the first Nash Bash concert at Barclays Center as part of the newly launched partnership between Cumulus Media and Barclays Center that will bring at least two concerts annually to the venue.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

| March 24, 2015

robinsonjosephRobinson to President Post at iHeartMedia Ventures Group.  This is a promotion for iHeartMedia’s EVP of strategic development as Joseph Robinson is named president of theiheartmedia logo small iHeartMedia Ventures Group in which Robinson will work “to develop high-value strategic opportunities with media, technology, and content companies.”  He’ll report to iHeartMedia president, COO and CFO Rich Bressler, who states, “Joe has played an invaluable role in helping iHeartMedia explore new digital and technology opportunities for both consumer-facing and internal initiatives.  I’m delighted that Joe is expanding his role with us; his new leadership position will be instrumental in our continued success as a 21st century media company — one that is both relentlessly forward-looking on the technology front and focused on using iHeartMedia’s cross-platform assets in creative ways that help redefine the future of consumer media and entertainment.”

muhammadjamillahMuhammad Joins Beasley Charlotte Duo as OD/PD. Former program director of Radio One Washington, DC urban AC WMMJ “Majic 102.3″ and co-owned gospel WPRS “Praise 104.1″ Jamillah “Jam” Muhammad is named operations director and program director of Beasley Media Group Charlotte urban AC WBAV “V101-9″ and urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98.” Vice president and market manager Bill Schoening comments, “‘Jam’ has deservedly earned the respect from her peers and she has a tremendous reputation. We are thrilled to have her join the Beasley family and I am excited to watch where she takes these stations.” Muhammad remarks that she is “incredibly excited” to join Schoening and the Beasley family in Charlotte. “I love radio; I love to win; and I am looking forward to leading these heritage brands.” Muhammad programmed Premiere Radio Networks’ “The Sweat Hotel featuring Keith Sweat“; urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3,” Detroit; and urban contemporary WKKV “V-100,” Milwaukee. Prior to that, she was assistant program director and music director of urban AC WVAZ “V-103,” Chicago.

mccrackengerryCumulus Names McCracken to Lake Charles Post.  Former longtime Cox Radio programmer Gerry McCracken joins Cumulus Media as operations manager for the company’s Lake Charles, Louisiana cluster.  McCracken program director for country KYKZ and ‘NASH Icon’ KQLK.  He takes over for OM/PD Eric Nielson, who retired at the end of 2014.   In the past, McCracken has worked at such outlets as WSOC, Charlotte; KWEN, Tulsa; WHKO/Dayton; WCOS, Columbia, and KBBG, San Francisco.  Cumulus corporate PD Bob Raleigh comments, “Gerry adds to our growing roster of great programmers in the company.  We needed someone exceptional to take over the legacy left behind when Eric retired and Gerry is the perfect fit for such a heritage station as KYKZ and our new ‘NASH Icon’ KQLK.”

kennedykevenGreater Media Names Kennedy WKLB, Boston PM Drive Personality.  Beginning this Thursday (3/26), Keven Kennedy takes over the afternoon drive show on Greater Media’s Boston country outlet WKLB.  Program director Mike Brophey says, “It’s exciting to welcome a personality of Keven’s caliber to ‘Country 102.5.’  We know he’ll feel right at home on the air in Boston and we expect to see him everywhere in the community!”  Kennedy most recently served as the host of both the “Kennedy in the Morning” show at “Movin’ 107.7” WMOV, Norfolk and “Nudge in the Morning” on KVDU-FM, New Orleans “Voodoo 104.”  Previous to that, he was heard on Dial Global’s syndicated “Nudge At Night,” as well as on the “Hits Now” format.

nuyorkNuYork Named ABA Radio Personality of the Year.  Birmingham, Alabama radio personality NuYork was honored with the 2015 Radio Personality of the Year award from the Alabama Broadcasters Association at its annual ceremony on Saturday, March 21.  The WBHJ, Birmingham jock is on air middays on SummitMedia’s hip hop outlet “95.7 Jamz.”  In addition to her radio duties, NuYork says she considers community outreach a personal priority.  She regularly speaks at schools and colleges about the importance of education, and serves as a mentor through an internship program that she has created.  She is also building an organization called G.L.O.W. (Girls Living On Willpower), whose goal is to support young women by encouraging positive choices in appearance, morality, and academic achievement.  She is inspired and motivated by youth — particularly adopted adolescents, for whom she admits to having a soft spot — and hopes to partner with other organizations to assist at-risk children transitioning between homes and into adulthood.  Through social media, volunteerism and her website, IamNuYork.com, she stays engaged with the community.

d'amicojohnD’Amico Adds ‘Y108 Duties’ in Pittsburgh.  At the Pittsburgh CBS RADIO cluster, WBZZ station promotion manager John D’Amico begins handling the same duties at sister country outlet WDSY “Y108, Pittsburgh’s Country.”  D’Amico started with the cluster as an intern in 2007, worked part time in promotions and as a board-op, and then was hired fulltime as an assistant in 2009.  He was promoted to his previous role of station promotion manager for WBZZ in 2012.

wmgk logoGreater Media Named ‘Best in Philly’ Again.  For the fourth consecutive year, Greater Media’s radio properties have been named among the “Top Workplaces in Philadelphia” by Philly.com.  Hundreds of companies take part in the survey, but only a select few companies are awarded top workplace.  The Greater Media Philadelphia station group consists of rock WMMR; classic rock WMGK “102.9 MGK”; adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM”; and sports talk WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic.”  The evaluation for the “Top Workplaces” program was based entirely upon feedback from an employee survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics in the fall of 2014.  Greater Media Philly VP and market manager John Fullam comments, “Great companies start with great employees.  We are fortunate to have such an extraordinary team dedicated to serving Philadelphia, our listeners and advertising partners every day.”

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harrisonUpCloseFarOutMichael Harrison and Norm Pattiz Discuss a Wide Spectrum of Media Issues on PodcastOne.  TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison and PodcastOne founder/CEO Norm Pattiz engage in an illuminating conversation about media and its impact on society in the third and latest installment of the podcast series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  The two iconoclastic media figures draw upon their radio industry experience and 38-year friendship in tackling such issues as net neutrality; new advertising techniques; the impact of consolidation on radio; differences between radio and TV; the evolving state of journalism; the effect of fractionalization on the national consciousness, problems and changes in music radio and the burgeoning state of podcasting.  To hear the podcast in its entirety, please click here.

Monday, March 23, 2015

| March 23, 2015

wlup logoCumulus: Mancow’s Our Man in Chicago.  As has been reported for several weeks now but just officially confirmed by Cumulus Media over the weekend, Erich Mancow Muller will assume morning drive duties on the company’s WLUP-FM, Chicago “Classic Rock 97.9 The Loop” effective March 30.  After winning the “listener-generated morning show talent search,” Mancow will return to the Chicago airwaves to produce the entertainment-based “Mancow Morning Show on 97.9 The Loop.”  Show cast members will include: Al Roker, Jr., Luv Cheeze and Cathy Vlahogiannis, providing the female prospective with Carrie Ann DeYoung, as well as new talent Abe Kanan, famous for his show onmancow SiriusXM.  Cumulus says that “after a month of on-air auditions by multiple candidates vying to host mornings on ‘The Loop,’ Mancow garnered an impressive listener response to The Loop’s Morning Show Web Survey during his five-day run.  Mancow brought back the funny and served up the fast-paced entertaining show that put him on the map with Chicago radio listeners from 1994 to 2006.  Fans of the original “Mancow Madhouse” came out of the woodwork to show their support, and thousands of positive comments flooded the station website.  Comparing the voting traffic to the other candidates, it was no contest: Mancow won the ‘election’ in a landslide.”  After leaving Emmis and former alternative WKQX in 2006, Mancow reinvented himself as a conservative talk show host and was syndicated by TRN-FM for a number of years.  Speaking about his new gig, Mancow comments, “This is my final act because I don’t believe I’ll ever top this!  Chicago is a tough city for commuters and our ONLY goal with this show is to provide an escape and make our listeners laugh.  There will be radio theatre.  We will be three-dimensional and break out of the speaker. This show will pop like no other.  We believe it will cut through the clutter and seize an audience that hasn’t been served in years.  Cumulus and John Dickey brought me back into radio. He is a leader I can follow into this great radio battle to victory.  This guy is committed to talent and committed to winning.  It doesn’t matter how much you love radio (and I do); if you don’t have the right people around you, you are doomed.  Finally, I have my dream team cast of characters and a company that actually wants to win.  Lately in radio it seems like people are listless and don’t know what to do.  That is not the case with ‘The Loop.’  We have a direction and we know where we’re going.  This is the most exciting time ever.”

smithelroySmith Summoned To SummitMedia Greenville As OM. Former seven-year Radio One Philadelphia operations manager and director of inspirational programming Elroy Smith joins SummitMedia Greenville, South Carolina as operations manager. SummitMedia Greenville vice president and general manager Karolyn Mulvaney comments, “Elroy has an outstanding track record as an incredible programmer with noted integrity. We are eager to have him on our winning team.” According to senior vice president of programming Bill Tanner, “It is a great thrill for us to acquire such an exceptional programmer as Elroy. We know he will take our Greenville properties to new heights. We all look forward to learning from his talent and experience.” Smith will oversee operations and programming of GreenvilleSummitMedia urban contemporary WJMZ “107.3 Jamz,” rhythmic CHR WHZT “Hot 98.1,” adult hits W249CB “Chuck-FM,” and alternative W253BG “X-98.5.” His resume includes a lengthy stay in Chicago as operations manager of Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) urban contemporary WGCI-FM and operations manager/program director of urban AC sibling WVAZ “V-103.” In addition, Smith has programmed Radio One Philadelphia outlets WPHI, urban AC WRNB, and gospel WPPZ “Praise 103.9,” as well as that company’s Charlotte gospel outlet WPZE “Praise 102.5.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At RCA Records, Wendy Goodman adds oversight of the Adult Promotion department to her current duties as VP/Promotion West Coast.  Goodman tells RadioInfo, “I wouldgoodmanwendy like to thank Joe Riccitelli for this incredible opportunity.  I look forward to this next chapter of leading the Adult Music promotion department…..At the Cox Media Group Jacksonville cluster, Bob DeBlois debloisbobis the new director of sales in charge of all sales activities for the six-station radio group and Cox Online Digital Ad Network (CODAN).  Previously, DeBlois served as general sales manager for the company’s news/talk WOKV, Jacksonville…..Rob Sparks is the new program director and midday personality at Mid-West Family Broadcasting-owned CHR KOSP, Springfield, Missouri “92.9 The Beat.”  Sparks, who comes to Springfield from his most recent gig in South Bend, Indiana at hot AC WNDV, takes over for J.D. Garfield, who exited KOSP earlier this year.

Danny Schechter Dead at 72.  A voice from the glory days of WBCN, Boston is dead at age 72 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Danny Schechter “The News Dissector” was one of the “jocks” who helped make album rock pioneer WBCN the legendary station that it was.  Danny Schechter’s career went far beyond just his work at WBCN.  Read this obituary from Alternet’s Don Hazen here.