General Music Radio Industry News

Friday, May 27, 2016

| May 27, 2016

dimick, johnCumulus Media Appoints Dimick Vice President/Programming Operations. Former Lincoln Financial Media senior vice president of programming and operations John Dimick joins Cumulus Media as vice president of programming operations. Cumulus Media senior vice president of content and programming Mike McVay remarks,Cumulus “John Dimick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position. He joins Doug Hamand and Greg Frey as a [vice president of programming operations]. Those three, along with our format specialists and analysts, will provide even more tools to our managers and program directors to employ when programming their stations.” Dimick – who begins his new assignment next Wednesday (6/1) – jokes, “I am very happy that Mike McVay would not buy my ‘retirement from the industry’ thinking. The new senior management team at Cumulus is building [something that] is extraordinary and compelling. I am flattered [corporate believes] I can help advance the growth and success of the stations and the remarkable Cumulus platform. Joining the corporate programming team with people like Greg Frey, Doug Hamand and the other pros at Cumulus is very exciting.” For the past 11 months, Dimick was franchise owner of the Dimick Automotive Group. In addition to Lincoln Financial stations in San Diego, Dimick has programmed Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97,” New York; KPLZ, Seattle; KISN, Salt Lake City; and WNCI, Columbus.

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schneekloth, brianSchneekloth Named GSM at WMJX. Following a 12-year run as vice president and manager of the Katz Radio Group, Brian Schneekloth becomes general sales manager of Greater Media Boston adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7.” Greater MediaWMJX Boston vice president and market manager Mary Menna comments, “Brian’s exceptional client relationships and expertise in the radio and digital space make him the perfect addition to the Greater Media Boston family.” In addition to his Katz Radio Group management role, Schneekloth was director of sales for Katz Digital. Prior to that, he held sales management roles at CBS Radio Boston’s WBCN and classic rock WZLX. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s April 2016 PPM report, “Magic 106.7” finished second (7.2), eight-tenths behind co-owned classic hits-oldies WROR (8.0, 6+).

marshall, robin“The Diary of a Sugar Mom- Don’t Tell the Kids”“Sugar Mom” Marshall’s Meaningful Marking. While “voiceover artist,” “audio producer,” and “author” are apt summations of Robin Marshall, the most important depiction of the Dallas-based talent is that she is a one-year cancer survivor. Marshall will release recordings of “Lemons to Lemonade” blogs, which she wrote while undergoing aggressive ovarian cancer treatment. Those episodes will be part of the “Sugar Mom” podcast, leading up to National Cancer Survivors Day next Sunday (6/5). Starting next month, Marshall will distribute her audio book “The Diary of a Sugar Mom: Don’t Tell the Kids” free via her “Sugar Mom” podcast on various podcast directories. Marshall comments, “I want women and men who subscribe to my podcast and/or visit my Facebook page to understand what the concept of a ‘Sugar Mom’ really is, and more importantly, what it is not. If you can try one new thing a day, you are headed towards becoming who you used to be and now want to be again.” The “Sugar Mom” podcast releases new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays. Marshall spent 20 years as a New York City on-air talent and she is the imaging voice for several radio stations. Since being diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer, she underwent weekly chemotherapy treatments in Dallas; she is in full remission.

alan, codymccoy, nealAlan, McCoy in Special Salute. Country artist Neal McCoy and Premiere Radio Networks’ personality Cody Alan  treated more than 200 (Phoenix area) Luke Air Force Base service members and their families to an evening of music and conversation last night (Thursday, 5/26). The event marked the first stop on this year’s “Super 8 Salutes” tour, a multi-city effort created by Super 8 and Premiere Networks, providing access to events and concerts with country music stars. McCoy states, “I am always excited to spend time with the women and men of our military and their families. Whether it is entertaining them overseas or here at home, it is the highlight of my year. I thank Super 8 and my buddy, Cody Alan, for inviting me to join in this salute to the hard work they do every day at Luke Air Force Base.” Thursday night’s Alan-hosted function included a “Q & A” with McCoy, followed by an acoustic set and a meet and greet. “Super 8 Salutes” is in its second year and will make three stops; last year the tour included visits to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and West Springfield, Massachusetts. Alan is host/executive producer of “CMT After MidNite,” “CMT Radio Live,” and “CMT All Access.” Included among McCoy’s 15 albums are three that went platinum and one gold.

bentley, dierksTo Tell the Truth – It’s Dierks Bentley. As part of a promotional tour for his album “Black,” which comes out today (Friday, 5/27), Dierks Bentley visited “America’s Morning Show.” During yesterday’s visit (Thursday, 5/26), the country singer agreed to enter the program’s “TruthBooth,” where he was given a sealed envelope with questions that he swore to answer honestly.

Nielsen LogoMillennials Account For 66.5 Million Radio Users. This is not a homogeneous group with a common set of beliefs, interests, and behaviors; ungrouping millennials can help advertisers, agencies, and radio stations understand each group more closely. Nielsen‘s Q4 2015 “Total Audience Report” separated 18-34s into three groups: “Dependent Adults” (those living in someone else’s home); “On Their Own” millennials (those living in their own home without children); and “Starting a Family” millennials” (those living in their own home with children). The data shows 97% of 18-year-olds live in someone else’s home. By their mid-30s, 90% of millennials live in their own home, and more than half have children. Radio is an important part of a millennial’s life and they listen to it in many ways. In the average week, radio reaches about 92% of “Starting a Family” millennials; 90% of “Dependent Adult” millennials”; and 89% of “On Their Own” millennials. CHR is the number one format for all three groups, but “Dependent Adult” millennials, who tend to live at home with their parents or another adult, listen to more classic rock, classic hits-oldies, and urban AC than the overall millennial group. “Dependent Adult” millennials listen to these formats because they are exposed to them by older adults in the home. “On Their Own” millennials are the least ethnically diverse group and they show a preference for non-ethnic formats like hot AC and alternative. They also listen to sports stations more than the other two millennial groups. Radio reaches 90% of all 18-34 African-Americans each week with urban AC the top format among this group. “Starting A Family” millennials include the highest percent of Hispanic and Spanish-speaking listeners. In this group, regional Mexican has the third-highest share of listening time. Overall, 16% of this group’s listening is spent with a Spanish language format. That is more than three times the amount of “On Their Own” millennials.

smaldone and jamesGetting Together with Smaldone. For almost 24 years, Valerie Smaldone was the mid-day talent at market dominant adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM,” New York. More recently, she has been hosting/producing a variety of projects. The latest for the imaging voice of CBS Radio New York all-newser WINS is “Hit Makers: Music Icons in Performance and Conversation”; Tommy James (“Tommy James & The Shondells“) was her first guest and he sang several of his hits. In addition, Smaldone interviewed him about his book “Me, The Mob, and the Music,” as well as his days with Roulette Records. For the past two years, Smaldone’s weekly, three-hour Envision Networks’ talk show “America Weekend with Valerie Smaldone & Friends” is heard in 15 markets.

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KOIT-FMRadioInfo Career Moves. Effective next Tuesday (5/31), Entercom San Francisco rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102” mid-day talent “Freska” will transition to afternoon drive on adult contemporary sibling KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday.” Taking her place at “Q-102” is Billy Vidal, who is promoted from weekends. KOIT-FM program director Brent Carey comments, “Freska’s unique delivery, community relationships, and creative show ideas will build a strong connection for our listeners.” The changes come about as former KOIT-FM PM driver Brent Carey exits.

The PulseSirius XM’s “The Pulse” To Air “Live In The Vineyard” Concert Special. The three-hour feature will run this (Memorial Day) weekend. It was captured at the seventeenth installment of the “Live In The Vineyard” music festival in Napa Valley, California early last month (4/7-10) and will include acoustic performances by Andy Grammer, Ingrid Michaelson, Cold War Kids, Lukas Graham, Ben Rector, VineyardDaughtry, Zella Day, Tor Miller, Brendan James, Shawn Hook, The Strumbellas, AudioDamn!, Pentatonix and SafetySuit. SiriusXM “The Pulse” host Jim Ryan remarks, “It is an incredible weekend of wine, food, and ‘Pulse’ music that our listeners respond to in overwhelming numbers to try to attend the event twice a year. It is great to be able to bring the experience to listeners on the radio, especially for those that are not able to attend.” The special premieres tonight (Friday, 5/27) at 7:00 pm (ET) on channel 15 and it will rebroadcast tomorrow (Saturday, 5/28) and Sunday (5/29) at various times. Created eight years ago by Bobbii Jacobs and Claire Parr, “Live In The Vineyard” will take place again in November.

Beasley Media GroupBeasley Broadcast Group Board Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend. It is for $0.045 per share of its “Class A” and “Class B” common stock. The dividend is payable on July 8 to shareholders of record on June 30. While Beasley Broadcast Group intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the foreseeable future, all subsequent dividends will be reviewed quarterly and declared by the board at its discretion.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

| May 26, 2016

johnnyblondieliveCumulus v Johnny and Blondie Gets Underway in Michigan.  Another non-compete case involving Cumulus Media is in the courtroom, this time in Michigan.  Cumulus is suing former WHNN, Saginaw, Michigan morning personalities Johnny Burke and Bonnie Belger-Holzhei, a.k.a. Blondie, alleging they violated the non-compete and non-solicitation clauses in their contracts after being fired by the station earlier this year.  As reported in MLive.com, this comes after the pair sued Cumulus for age discrimination.  Cumulus is asking the court to prevent the duo from continuing to host the internet show they launched shortly after leaving the station.  Interestingly, Cumulus is not after Burke for the non-compete violation since it would then have to pay six months of his $125,000 salary but is pursuing the non-compete matter with Belger-Holzhei as her salary was just $31,200.  What Cumulus really appears to want is the court to find that they have been going after Cumulus clients to sponsor their internet show and force them to stop.  Read the MLive story here.

RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Toledo operations of iHeartMedia, Scott Sands is promoted to SVP ofsandsscott programming for the station group.  Sands is the program director and afternoon drive host for news/talk WSPD.  He now has oversight of CHR WVKS, country WCKY, adult contemporary WRVF, rock WIOT and sports talk WCWA.  Sands assumes the role previously held by Nathan Reed who recently exited the company to join Cox Media Group’s hot AC KRAV, Tulsa “MIX 96.”…..Nate Mumford is leaving his director of digital operations position with Berkshire Broadcasting’s Danbury, Connecticut station group to join RCS where he’ll serve as engineering tech for the company’s GSelector.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  A re-branding takes place at iHeartMedia’s Louisville cluster.  Hot AC WLGX leaves behind the “100.5 MyFM” brand to become “100.5 Kiss FM.”…..In the Columbia, South Carolina market, Davis Broadcasting is shucking two stations.  First, triple A WWNU “92.1 The Palm” is being sold to Radio Training Network, Inc.  Also, the company is agreeing to transfer country WWNQ “94.3 FM The Dude” to Midlands Media Group…..Kudos to Columbus Radio Group for being named a 2016 Top Workplace by Columbus C.E.O. Magazine.  The honor is the result of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.  Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.  Columbus Radio Group operates adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” classic rock WLVQ “Qfm96,” hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9,” and classic hits simulcast WNND/WNNP “RewindwpljSummerKick16 103.5/104.3.”…..Cumulus Media hot AC WPLJ, New York marks the start of the summer season tomorrow (5/27) with its annual “95.5 ‘PLJ Summer Kick-Off at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant, New Jersey from 6:00 am to 10:00 am.  “Todd & Jayde in the Morning” will broadcast live with performances by the Goo Goo Dolls, MAGIC!, American Authors and Ruth B.  WPLJ has hosted this legendary event for more than 20 years featuring activities on site and the morning concert.  WABC-TV senior meteorologist Bill Evans will also be onsite throughout the morning, reporting the weather live from the Jersey Shore.  The event is free and open to the public.

gracies16grouppic41st Annual Gracie Awards Held in Beverly Hills.  The annual Gracie Awards took place last night at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.  Awards were handed out in both television and radio categories.  Some of the women working in commercial radio who were honored include: Loren Raye, co-host of “The TJ Show” on WODS, Boston “103.3 AMP Radio”; Marla Diamond, reporter/correspondent with WCBS, New York; Nina Hajian, co-host “Shoboy in the Morning” at WBMP, New York “92.3 AMP Radio”; Rita Cosby, WABC, New York; Joan Hamburg, WABC, New York; Felicia Middlebrooks, WBBM, Chicago; Suzyn Waldman, WFAN, New York; and Jane Tillman Irving, WCBS, New York.  See the entire list of winners here.  Pictured above is the Alliance for Women in Media board at last night’s awards ceremony.  They are: (l-r, front) Kristen Welch, AWM/F chair, SVP, Global Content Operations, Discovery Communications; Christine Travaglini, AWM/F treasurer-elect, president, Christal Radio; Karla Ballard Williams, AWM/F director and Gracies chair, founder and chief executive, Ying Bank; Josie Thomas, AWM director, EVP and chief diversity and inclusion officer, CBS Corporation; Heather Cohen, AWM/F director and Gracies chair, EVP, The Weiss Agency; Annie Howell, AWM/F director and Gracies chair, founder & co-president, The Punch Point Group. Back row: Sarah Foss, AWM/F chair-elect, vice president, product management, media, Imagine Communications; Kimberly Maki, AWM/F director, Bright House Networks, corporate vice president, Corporate Communications; Keisha Sutton-James, AWM/F treasurer, vice president, ICBC Broadcast Holdings.  Photo: Hamilton Photography

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

| May 25, 2016

popesummerDuane 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, California; Internet sensation The Iceman; and Bill Phipps, the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9” provide 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, and country.  This week’s selection posted today (5/25) includes such names as: Bitter’s Kiss, One Republic, Justin Timberlake, The Tragically Hip, Lukas Graham, The Dirty Heads, Brett Eldredge, Leslie Cours Mather, Cole Swindell, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Marketing pro Dayne Damme is named marketing director for Entercom’s Austindammedayne station group that includes adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5,” hot AC KAMX, “Mix 94.7,” urban AC KKMJ-HD3 “96.3 RnB,” and news/talk KJCE “Talk Radio 1370.”  Damme moves to Texas from Entercom’s Sacramento cluster where he held a similar position…..The WHEB, Portsmouth, New kretschmargregHampshire-based “Greg & The Morning Buzz” show – with Greg Kretschmar – joins the Radio Button Network for national distribution.  The company was formed for the purpose of syndication by the principals of the “Ace & TJ Show.”…..At Pamal Broadcasting’s hot AC WKBE, Corinth, New York “100.3 The Point” (Glens Falls market), Pete Kelly takes over the morning drive slot after Justin Mallow exited to CRS Radio Holdings’ adult hits WHGM-AM/W284BE “The Point” in Havre de Grace, Maryland.  Kelly previously served with Saranac Lake Radio’s hot AC WYZY, Saranac, New York “Y106.3.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The weekly, syndicated “Sammy Hagar’s Top Rock Countdown” is now being representedhagarshow in both sales and networking of the show by United Stations Radio Networks.  The year-old show had been produced by Envisage Radio Group with the show being repped by USRN…..The Siga Broadcasting-owned signal KGBC, Galveston, Texas is no longer airing programming from China Radio International.  The station is now airing programming from BizTalkRadio…..SiriusXM is bringing The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas aboard to host a monthly show titled fullmetaljackie“Culture Void.”  Casablancas is also singer for his band Julian Casablancas+The Voidz and is founder of Cult Records.  He says, “I’m excited to have an hour to get weird on a big platform.”….. The Envision Networks-syndicated “Full Metal Jackie Radio” – featuring Jackie Kajzer – is now being heard on Sun Broadcasting’s WXNX, Fort Myers.  Envision says that “‘93X New Rock’ broadcasting ‘Full Metal Jackie’ every weekend, the station joins over 350 affiliates on the Envision Rock Network.

nextradio logoNextRadio: Interactive Experience Results in More Tune-Ins.  Research from NextRadio indicates that stations providing a “more visually appealing and interactive in-app experience” realize more listener tune-ins and more time spent with those stations.   NextRadio is the app that allows users to listen to free, over-the-air FM radio on their smartphones.  It reports that when comparing NextRadio usage in 2015 to 2016, radio stations creating enhanced in-app experiences – such as program schedules, social media interactions, contest entries or other visuals – experienced three times the growth in tune-ins when compared to those stations that only displayed a station logo or nothing at all.  Tune-ins refers to the number of times a unique listener listens to a FM radio station broadcast through the NextRadio mobile app.  NextRadio also says stations with enhanced content also saw 1.6 times the growth in time spent listening when compared to non-enhanced stations.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison Conducts Candid ‘Fireside Chat’ with Sean Hannity.  One of the highlights of last week’s TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations was a “fireside chat” conducted by Michael Harrison with Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel superstar Sean Hannity.  They tackled a variety of hot industry topics, including ratings in the digital era and Hannity’s ongoing critical assessment of the progress being made by Nielsen in providing accurate metrics reflecting talk radio’s numbers both on air and online.  They explore thehannity dynamic and volatile relationship between politics and talk radio – focusing on the Trump phenomenon.  Harrison asks Hannity to spill some behind-the-scenes gossip about the impact of this year’s presidential election on the relationships between his high-profile colleagues at Fox News Channel.  In addition, they discuss lowering the demos and make very positive predictions about the future of talk radio and talk media in general.  Hannity reveals that he has just re-signed contracts with both Premiere and Fox through 2020.  To listen to the entire conversation within the context of this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box in the right hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

| May 24, 2016

iheartmedia logo smalliHeartMedia Prevails in Suit Against Creditors.  As reported by Reuters, iHeartMedia Inc wins its suit against a group of creditors that wished to have the company declared in default on its debt obligations after transferring $500 million in Clear Channel Outdoor stock to a shell company called Broader Media Inc.  The trial lasted just over a week in Bexar County, Texas.  The court ruled the transfer does not violate the terms of its loans.

sotojoeJoe Soto to Replace Doug Banks on WVAZ, Chicago.  After the untimely death of syndicated urban talk radio star Doug Banks, Chicago personality Joe Soto has been hosting the 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm show.  Now, Soto is named permanent replacement for the late Banks on iHeartMedia’s urban AC WVAZ “V103.”  In a press release announcing the move, iHeartMedia director of urban programming Derrick Brown says, “I’m proud to have Joe Soto take the reins of afternoon drive on ‘V103.’  I’ve known Joe for over 25 years and worked with him on several occasions, most directly at ‘V103.’ for almost a decade.”  Soto – previously an afternoon host on “V103” – has been heard in evenings since the station first added Doug Banks to the lineup.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Sacramento morning personality Erica Cobb is resigning her position as co-host ofcobberica the Todd Baker AM show at CBS RADIO hot AC KZZO, Sacramento to return to Denver for personal reasons.  Cobb worked in the Denver market co-hosting mornings on country KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf.”  She says she looks forward to her next radio opportunity…..At the iHeartMedia cluster in San wadeshelleyDiego, Shelley Wade moves from the midday shift at CHR KSSX “95.7 Kiss FM” to sister hot AC KMYI, “Star 94.1.”  At KMYI she’ll host the 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm show and then voice entertainment features and updates from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm…..Exiting Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WTCB, Columbia, South Carolina “B106.7” is assistant program director and midday personality Tara Madison…..Programmer Jeff Andrews joins Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s rhythmic CHR KOSP, Springfield, Missouri “92.9 The Beat.”

Former KHKX, Midland-Odessa Personality Mike Lawrence Dies.  Longtime KHKX morning drive personality Mike Lawrence – half of the “Mike and Dana Show” with spouse Dana Carole – died unexpectedly on Saturday (5/21) in New Mexico.  The husband-and-wife team of Lawrence and Carole worked together for 25 years and are to be enshrined in the Country Radio Hall of Fame on June 22.  They retired from the business in 2014.

maederNakedDJRadio Pro Jo Maeder Publishes Novel Titled, NAKED DJ.  Former rock jock and talk show host Jo Maeder is publishing a novel set in the radio business titled, NAKED DJ (Vivant Press 2016).  The former “K-ROCK” New York air personality says of her novel, “NAKED DJ is an uncensored, all-access pass to one woman’s climb to the radio top.  Then her troubles really begin.  It’s also a great contemporary story.  How far do you go for your job?  And for love?”  Several years ago, Maeder wrote a best-selling memoir about her time caring for her aging mother titled, When I Married My Mother.  Now, she says she’s a full-time writer.  High-profile entertainment and media people quoted promoting the book include, musician Paul Shaffer, Premiere’s Delilah, and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison.  The audio version of the book is read by comic and impressionist Rachel Butera who is booked to appear on SiriusXM with Mader’s old “K-ROCK” co-worker Howard Stern in June.

Monday, May 23, 2016

| May 23, 2016

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kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Classic Rock.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of the performances of stations airing gold-based formats, based on data from Nielsen Audio’s April PPM survey.  Previously, we published reports on the classic hits-oldies and adult hits formats.  One chart in this report measures 6+ ratings fluctuations from a year ago (April 2015) compared this year.  Hubbard Radio’s KSLX, Phoenix shot up two full shares during the year to jump from #8 in the market to #2.  Just two stations in PPM markets ranked #1 in their respective markets in April – both are Entercom-owned stations: KQMT, Denver and KSEG, Sacramento.  In this report you’ll also find a chart comparing the performances of classic rock stations, classic hits-oldies outlets and adult hits stations.  See Kinosian’s entire report here.

davisheatherHeather Davis Takes Middays at ‘NASH FM 103.3’ in Nashville.  Moving from Curtis Media’s country WQDR, Raleigh to Cumulus Media’s WKDF, Nashville “NASH FM 103.3” is air personality Heather Davis.  She’ll handle the midday shift.  Cumulus Nashville OM and company VP of country programming Charlie Cook says, “The minute I heard Heather’s audio I knew that she was the sound we need on WKDF.  I love her varied on-air experience and she is a social media monster, which is so important today.  We are looking forward to Heather joining radio’s best company in one of America’s best cities.”

donovanbrianDonovan Moves to iHeartMedia Tampa as Director of Digital.  Digital pro and air talent Brian “Munchie” Donovan re-locates within the iHeartMedia family from its Hartford cluster where he was director of digital and afternoon jock on CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7” to the company’s Tampa station group where he will serve as director of digital.  iHeartMedia Tampa president Sam Nein says, “This is a welcome return to Tampa for Brian — he has ‘93.3 FLZ’ in his blood.  He has a proven track record across multiple cities, and we’re excited for Brian’s expertise to make a positive impact on our digital strategy.”  He assumes the role on July 1.

podcastone bFoo Fighters Guitarist Chris Shiflett Joins PodcastOne.  Los Angeles-based guitarist Chris Shiflett is launching a podcast titled “Walking The Floor” on the PodcastOne platform.  The show hosted by the longtime Foo Fighters guitarist “engages a wide range of musical guests with Shiflett’s in-depth, one-on-one interviews exploring their creative inspirations, struggles and successes.  With an insider perspective, ‘Walking The Floor’ features some of the biggest names in country, roots, and Americana music, as well as punk rockers, rock’n’rollers, writers, athletes and actors.”  Guests include Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Mike Ness and many more.  New episodes will be released every other Monday and this week’s edition features an extended interview with country singer Dierks Bentley and explores his history and new album, Black, due out this week.  PodcastOne founder and CEO Norm Pattiz says, “It’s great to have the talents of Chris now on PodcastOne.  The relationships he brings are an outgrowth of his many years as, quite literally, a ‘player’ in the music business.  It’s great to have him aboard.”

nationalradiohalloffameNational Radio Hall of Fame 2016 Nominees Announced.  Today, industry voting begins for the 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame inductees.  The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization’s nominating committee.  Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of 400 industry professionals, while the other two will be voted on by the public.  Public voting commences June 20 for eight nominations for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality.  National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “The sheer depth of talent in our industry never ceases to amaze me.  After much discussion and deliberation, our nominating committee is very proud of this year’s class of nominees.  We’re all looking forward to seeing the voter outcome from our industry peers and listeners nationwide.”  Inductees will be announced July 11.  The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, November 17 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.   Nominees are: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more): Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), San Diego; Charles Laquidara, Boston; Bobby O’Jay, Memphis; and Garland Robinette, New Orleans.  Active Local/Regional (10 years or more): Tom Barnard, Minneapolis; BJ & Migs (BJ Shea & Steve Migs), Seattle; Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Chicago; and Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot & Steve Morrison), Philadelphia.  Networks/Syndication (10 years or more): American Top 40 & On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest; The Fabulous Sports Babe, Nanci Donnellan; The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey; and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Peter SagalLongstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more): Delilah, Delilah; Gospel Traxx with Walt “Baby” Love, Walt “Baby” Love; The Jim Rome Show, Jim Rome; and The Kim Komando Show, Kim Komando.  The following are to be voted on by listeners. Music Format On-Air Personality: Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton; Tom Kent; The Kevin & Bean Show (Kevin Ryder & Gene Baxter); and Bob KingsleySpoken Word On-Air Personality: Diane Rehm; Mike Francesa and Chris Russo; Michael Savage; and Sean Hannity.