General Music Radio Industry News

Thursday, November 20, 2014

| November 20, 2014

bryantjamesHubbard Expands ‘2060 Digital’; Names James Bryant President.  Cincinnati VP and market manager James Bryant is heading up Hubbard Radio’s new in-house, digital company called 2060 Digital, LLC.  The new digital media services company will expand from Hubbard Interactive in Cincinnatihubbardradio logo and begin serving Hubbard Radio clusters in the Chicago, Washington, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Seattle, Phoenix and Cincinnati markets.  2060 Digital will “provide digital solutions for clients, including website and mobile site build out, SEO, SEM, retargeting, social media management, content and video.”  Two years ago, Bryant was instrumental in launching 2060 Digital in Cincinnati.  Hubbard chair and CEO Ginny Morris comments, “We have long looked to Jim for leadership in this space and we feel fortunate that his full attention will be focused on helping us find comprehensive solutions for our advertising partners.  We look forward to bringing Jim’s entrepreneurial approach to 2060 Digital to the rest of our company.”  At the same time, with the promotion of Bryant, Hubbard announces Mike Fredrick also moves up from his VP/general manager/DOS for the Cincinnati operations to VP and market manager.

davisjeffCumulus Names Jeff Davis to New Corporate Post.  Twenty-six year radio pro Jeff Davis is named to Cumulus Media’s newly created post national director of stratus music scheduling. The company says that Davis has been with it for more than eight years as program director of heritage hot AC/CHR hybrid WQSM, Fayetteville, North Carolina.  He’s also been music director for hot AC KBBY, Ventura, California and has extensive knowledge of the company’s proprietary Stratus Music Scheduling System which is used at more than 450 radio stations.  Davis will continue to program WQSM for Cumulus.

wtza logoWTZA, Atlanta New Classic Hip Hop and R&B Outlet.  The WTZA-AM and W257DF simulcast positions itself as “Atlanta’s New Home for Old School Hip Hop and R&B” featuring artists including: Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., TLC and more from the early 2000s going back to the late 1980s.  The Core Communications simulcast’s translator is licensed to Dallas, Georgia and its primary signal covers the region northwest of downtown Atlanta.

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wliq logoTownsquare Flips Quincy-Hannibal, Missouri AM to Classic Country.  The former adult contemporary WLIQ is now airing the classic country format and is branded “KICK AM 1530” – a nod to its FM country sister station KICK-FM.  General manager Dave Greene says, “The number one request we get on KICK-FM is to air more country hits from the past.  Flipping 1530 to classic country gives us the opportunity to do just that and we can now serve the entire country music audience between today’s best hits on KICK-FM and 979kickfm.com and the best country hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s on KICK-AM and on kickam1530.com.”  To promote the changeover, KICK-FM will be airing one classic country song per hour during the day to give listeners a feel for what they can hear on KICK AM.

morris-caperspattyMeet Patty Morris-Capers, VP Promotion for Adult Formats at Capitol Records.  In a continuing series of personality profiles of key individuals making a difference in the ever-changing arena of music promotion, where the music and radio industries intersect, RadioInfo shines the spotlight on Patty Morris-Capers.  Morris-Capers is vice president of promotion for adult formats at Capitol Records.  Capitol is hot in this arena and has launched the careers of such successful contemporary artists as Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Mary Lambert, Mary J Blige and so many more, in addition to maintaining the currency of such established acts as Counting Crows and Beck, not to mention all-time legends Elton John, Bob Seger and Neilcapitolmusic logo Diamond. For the past 18 months or so in her current position, music industry pro Morris-Capers has established a keen understanding of and close working relationship with “adult formats” which at Capitol entails hot AC and mainstream adult contemporary.  Recently she has been handling specialty promotion for classic hits stations as well.  “It is a very interesting time for hot AC and adult contemporary,” she declares.  “Several years ago, there was ‘a minute’ when hot AC had become extremely ‘thump-and-bump.’  In many cases, the definition of a station playing a ‘variety of hits’ did not quite apply.  The pendulum had swung to the point where hot AC had become so rhythmic that the concept of having any sort of alternative-leaning song on those stations was very difficult.  It has been very exciting the past several years to see a shift.”  Not only does it draw from all other formats, hot AC, Morris-Capers asserts, “can break records.  That is evidenced by the fact that hot AC broke Emeli Sandé.  Some records come into this building that are so left-of-center.  We will raise our hand on them and say they could fly with the right tools around them.”  To read managing editor Mike Kinosian’s RadioInfo’s profile of Patty Morris-Capers and get a peek inside the thought processes that make Capitol an ongoing force in the music industry, please click here.

RedCarpetRadio logoCumulus and Westwood One Partner to Bring ‘Backstage from the AMAs’ Content.  As the result of a partnership between CumulusWestwood One and dick clark productions, the former will provide exclusive audio coverage from the Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row on Friday and Saturday (11/22-23), leading up to the 2014 American Music Awards which take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  During the event, Westwood One will debut its Red Carpet Radio brand – the umbrella platform for the company’s exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of year-round entertainment award shows.   Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row is two days of live broadcasts with 25 radio stations from across the country representing multiple formats, with an array of hosts, presenters, and performers mingling backstage.

cbsdetroitVideoCBS RADIO Detroit One of Motor City’s “Best Places to Work.”  The annual feature from Crain’s Detroit Business names CBS RADIO Detroit one of the best places to work in the city.  Some of the reasons for the local station group being such a great employer include: Annual company party, tickets to local events, rewards site to allow employees to send thank you and birthday cards and award nominations, and child care assistance.  Pictured here being interviewed for the video that is featured on the Crain’s site are Bobby (right) and Stacey (center) from the Bobby and Stacey show on oldies WOMC talking about why the Detroit cluster is such a rewarding workplace.  To check out the cool video, click here.

goldenmike15Golden Mike Award Ceremony Moved to March 16.  The annual Golden Mike Award fundraiser presented by the Broadcasters Foundation of America will take place at the Plaza Hotel in New York on March 16.  Next spring, NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith is being honored with the award.  Earlier this week the announcement was made but the date has moved from February 23 to March 16.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

| November 19, 2014

duanedoobie graphicDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters including this week, Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; David Safar, KCMP, Minneapolis; and 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 (11/1) includes such names as: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Lack of Afro, Kendrick Lamar, Nick Jonas, David Bowie, Gwyneth Moreland, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Madison Rising, Buffalo Killers, Cort Carpenter, Mitchell Tenpenny, Austin Webb, Pat Waters, Joe Denim, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Shiba San, Calvin Harris, Haim, and Ummet Ozcan among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here

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weismanstevenWeisman: Flo & Eddie Case May Have Far-Reaching Effects.  RadioInfo legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman writes today (11/19) about the recent court decisions relative to the suits being brought against SiriusXM by Flo & Eddie, Inc., the corporation created by Mark Volman (left) and Howard Kaylan (right) that owns Turtles recordings, that charge the satcaster is violating state laws for not paying royalties onfloeddie2 the Turtles’ pre-1972 recordings.  Weisman offers a concise recent history of the matter and explains why these most recent rulings could impact all audio broadcasters – including AM/FM operators – in a big way.  He writes that the most recent ruling “could be interpreted to apply to thousands of terrestrial radio stations, restaurants, stores, and stadiums where pre-1972 recordings are being played without paying royalties to performers.  A national resolution to this issue is sorely needed.  A bill was introduced in Congress earlier this year that would establish public performance royalty rights for recordings made prior to 1972, however, that particular bill is somewhat flawed in that it does not extend full copyright protection to those recordings.”  Read Weisman’s entire piece here.

ccsatClear Channel Satellite Services to Serve iHeartMedia Only.  In a story by Leslie Stimson at Radio World, iHeartMedia, the parent company of Clear Channel Satellite Services, is informing clients that it will no longer provide satellite services to non-iHeartMedia operators.  Contracts currently existing will be honored until they expire and the company will not accept new ones.  A memo from CCSS reads, in part: “In the coming weeks, our team will be working with the existing customers to discuss the best way for a smooth transition to a new provider.  Customers with soon-expiring contracts will have the option to continue their service on a month-to-month basis until we’ve found a suitable assignee for the business.”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Blaster Records, Bob Reeves is promoted to vice president, promotion.  Labelreevesbob president Derek Simon makes the announcement, noting that Reeves takes over for Gator Michaels who exits the label…..Key Market Radio-owned suburban country outlet WOGI “Froggy 104.3” welcomes Erika Hink, a.k.a. Alligator, to the station to serve as morning drive co-host alongside Michael Ovadia, a.k.a. Frogman.  Hink most recently was afternoon personality at Forever Broadcasting’s country WFGI, New Castle, Pennsylvania…..Former Alpha Media-owned triple A KINK, Portland morning personality Marconi is now hosting afternoons at webcaster Radiobuzz101.com.

scba logoOctober Revenue Gains Reported in Los Angeles, San Diego. According to Miller Kaplan Arase‘s October summary report, Los Angeles posted increases of 3% for local spot and nearly double that (5.7%) for national spot.  Meanwhile, San Diego was +1.3% local spot and a substantially higher +18% for national spot.  Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan comments, “Our entire region produced a very robust October as the critical fourth quarter began.  The sluggish third quarter performance we had is a distant memory, as advertisers once againcallahanthom looked to Southern California radio for increased market share and real revenue results.  Our combined market growth in October should set the stage for a dramatic and positive finish for [fourth quarter] and 2014.  Our members’ efforts to provide proactive solutions to client challenges really came together in October.  We see enormous positive energy in our markets and our continued regional focus on radio’s ROI is making a difference for all of our member sales teams.”  Revenue in the “NTR/Network/Other” category improved last month by a whopping (approximately) 63% in Los Angeles and 26.3% in San Diego.  October’s total market revenue for Los Angeles was 7.1%, while San Diego’s was 8.8%. Year-to-date total market revenue though is -2.2% (Los Angeles) and 2.9% (San Diego).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

| November 18, 2014

kmjm logoiHeartMedia Flips KMJM, St. Louis to Classic Hip Hop and R&B.  Urban contemporary “Majic 100.3” is gone and iHeartMedia unveils the country’s newest classic hip hop and R&B stations as KMJM becomes “100.3 The Beat, Throwback Hip Hop and R&B.”  The station says it will be the home of artists including: Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z and Tupac as well as Jodeci, Aaliyah and R. Kelly.  iHeartMedia St. Louis regional market president Beth Davis says, “The all-new ‘100.3 The Beat’ will bring back the fun times of an older hip-hop and R&B generation while continuing to serve the local community, playing the music our listeners want to hear.  I’m confident ‘100.3 The Beat’ listeners will remember where they were, who they were hanging out with and how they were feeling with every song we play.”

rnrshowCumulus Re-Ups Roula & Ryan for KRBE, Houston.  The long-running Roula & Ryan morning show at Cumulus Media’s CHR KRBE, Houston will remain at the station as the program has signed a long-term contract extension.  Hosted by Roula Christie (second from right) and Ryan Chase (right), the program also features sidekicks Producer Eric (Eric Rowe) (second from left), Special K (Kevin England) (left), and Phoenix.  The show has been airing on KRBE since July of 2006.  Cumulus Media EVP of content and programming John Dickey comments, “Roula & Ryan have been a successful fixture in the Houston media landscape for many years.  It’s great to be able to recognize their talent and their contribution to the much-beloved KRBE with another long-term contract proving our commitment to work with the best talent in the business.”  PD Leslie Whittle adds, “It’s been an amazing eight years working with the Roula & Ryan show and I know the coming years will be even bigger and better.  The members of the Roula & Ryan show are a collection of special talents and I’m so happy they will continue to wake up Houston each morning on KRBE.”

duanedoobie graphicDuane Doobie: Don’t Miss the Next Big Thing.  According to RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie, music radio programmers should always be on alert for the next big thing.  In a column posted today (11/18) the Doob writes, “Music radio is in a ‘play it safe’ holding pattern and has been for years.  The irony is, playing it safe is one of the most dangerous things music radio can do.  I am certainly not suggesting recklessness or the indiscriminate programming of everything out there… we all know how deadly that can be.  I’m talking about balance and common sense… and an understanding of history.  I’m talking about the importance of constantly being on the lookout for the ‘next big thing.’  This includes the awareness that the next big thing IS definitely out there and is definitely coming.  If you are not ready to take action when it pops up on your radar screen (which should always be set at ‘super sensitive’), you will surely miss it when it comes around.  At that point all you can do is play follow the leader and try to chase the trends as opposed to leading the parade.  If you go through life as a music radio programming type always saying, ‘It doesn’t fit our format’ as your default when encountering something slightly different than the narrow box you believe you are charged with maintaining – you are contributing to the demise of music radio as a culturally viable platform.”  To read the entire column, please click here.

rosenmitchRosen Rises to OM of Chicago’s WSCR, WXRT. Ten-year WSCR “The Score” program director Mitch Rosen is boosted to operations manager of the CBS RADIO Chicago sports outlet, as well as co-owned triple A WXRT.  In a memo to the stations’ staff, CBS RADIO Chicago senior vice president and market manager Rod Zimmerman writes, “Mitch’s organizational skills, management style, and sales focus will help grow the great [WXRT] brand.”  Rosen previously programmed the Windy City’s similarly-programmed WMVP “ESPN Radio 1000″ and was Paragon Marketing Group’s vice president of broadcast representation. Norm Winer continues as WXRT program director.

taylorpattiSales Management Moves at Greater Media Detroit. At the Detroit station group, Greater Media announces Patti Taylor is promoted to general sales manager of classic rock WCSX and rock WRIF.  At the same time, Jonathan Ghazal is named sales manager for WMGC “Detroit Sports 105.1.”  Taylor has been serving as GSM for WCSX since February of 2013.  Ghazal joined Greater Media Detroit as an account executive in October of 2012.  Ghazal takes over for Cindy Senkbeil who remains with the WCSX sales team.  She’d been sales manager of WMGC since November of last year.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  After a 40-year career in the radio business, Cumulus Youngstown market manager Rick Parrish announces he is retiring.  Parrish has been market manager of the Cumulus Youngstown eight-station group since 2010.  He comments, “I have loved radio since the age of 15 when my mother drove me to KMAD in Madill, Oklahoma for my first day of on-air work.  And, I think the best is yet to come.  That book I keep writing in my head still has some great chapters left before I’m finished.”…..Radio pro Nick Wize joins iHeartMedia as afternoon personality and digital program director for CHR WKSL, Jacksonville “97.9 Kiss FM.”…..Maverick is the new program director at Combined Communications’ Bend, Oregon stations country KMTK “99.7 The Bull” and CHR KWXS “Wild 107.7.”  He’ll also serve as afternoon jock on “Wild 107.7.”…..Presslaff Interactive Revenue announces the hiring of Nicole Watkins to serve as marketing assistant.  The company says that in this role Watkins will expand Presslaff’s presence in social media marketing, as well as assisting with the company’s industry marketing initiatives, including: email marketing, industry webinars and slideshare presentations.

kpus logoKPUS, Corpus Christi Treats Listeners to Free Blues Concert.  This “thank you” to listeners of Convergent Broadcasting’s classic rock KPUS, Corpus Christi “Classic Rock 104.5” takes place on Saturday (11/22) as the station – along with sponsors Sames Ford and The Edwards Law Firm present a free blues show at Brewster Street Ice House.  Two Dallas-based bands – The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King and the Buddy Whittington Band – will perform.  Whittington has played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

| November 17, 2014

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kzonMorningMessJoey Boy and Lady La Team Up for Mornings at KZON, Phoenix.  The joining of Joey Boy and Lady La (pictured here) for “The Morning Mess”castlesnatasha is not the only talent move at CBS RADIO’s CHR KZON “LIVE 101.5” but it put the station’s drive time personalities together again (they co-hosted mornings at Riviera Broadcasting’s hip hop KKFR in the past).  As part of the consolidation of the two driver timers, Natasha Castles moves to Joey Boy’s former PM drive slot and Kimmie Caruba joins the station to host the midday show.  Operations manager and program director Tim Richards says of the carrubakimmiechanges, “The merging of Joey Boy and Lady La in morning drive is exciting.  This team has the makings of the Valley’s next greatest morning show, and we’re all looking forward to this partnership.  Both Natasha and Kimmie are remarkable talents.  They are passionate about the ‘LIVE 101.5’ brand and have an unrelenting commitment to delivering a great show for the audience.”  Caruba also serves as host of the night show on CBS RADIO’s country station KMLE.  Castles has been hosting the night show at ‘LIVE 101.5’ for the past nine months.

chasetomChase Named Ruby Radio’s VP/Programming.  After a 22-year gig programming iHeartMedia’s Las Vegas adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5,” Tom Chase becomes Ruby Radio‘s vice president of programming.  Ruby Radio president and chief executive officer Ken Sutherland comments, “We have worked together three times in the past and Tom Chase is an outstanding programmer.  I have a very high regard for his skills – both as a solid strategic and operational program director – and as a strong department manager.”  Chase remarks that he likes “the texture and presentation” of the Ruby-owned stations. “I grew up in a small community in Idaho, so I can relate to the size of these towns.  Ruby Radio has found ways to make these stations sound like they are in much bigger markets, without sacrificing the ‘home town feel’ of community involvement that you need for success.”  Chase will oversee Elko, Nevada hot AC KHIX “Mix 96.7″; KBGZ “Big Country 103.9″; and talk KZBI, as well as Winnemucca, Nevada hot AC KHYX “Mix 102.7″ and K232BK “Big Country 94.3.” He begins his new duties next month.

haddonmarkHaddon Named VP/Market Manager for Beasley Augusta.  This is a promotion from national sales manager and digital sales manager for the Beasley Broadcast Group Augusta, Georgia station group.  Mark Haddon assumes the vice president/market manager post for the Augusta cluster that includes: country WKXC “Kicks 99”; WGAC-AM/FM “580 AM and 95.1 FM News Talk”; CHR WHHD “HD 98.3”; adult hits WDRR “93.9 BOB FM”; WCHZ-AM and W238AU “95 Rock at 95.5 FM and 1480 AM; WGUS-FM/WCHZ-FM “The Southern Gospel Station at 102.7 FM and 93.1 FM”; and WRDW-AM 1630 News Talk Sports.  Haddon, who joined Beasley in 1993 as GSM for WKXC, replaces Kent Dunn who, after a long and successful career in the Augusta market, is stepping down from this position to pursue other opportunities.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Some changes in the alternative rock radio scene in San Diego as Tim Pyles leaves his “The Local Pyle” show on Lincoln Financial Media’s KBZT to jump across town to Broadcast Company of the Americas’ XETRA “91X” to assume the hosting duties of the market’s oldest local music show called “Loudspeaker.”  According to the San Diego Reader, Pyles will work with Al Guerra, Lou Niles, and Andrew Rowley as in-studio and in-the-field co-hosts.  “91X” PD Mike Halloran tells the paper the hosts will go out to clubs, live shows, rehearsal spaces, and recording studios and bring back video and audio from the local scene.  “We want to do it better than it’s ever been done before.”…..Chicago urban radio personality Ramonski Luv returns to the radio onboruchovjulie Crawford Broadcasting’s urban adult contemporary WSRB (licensed to Lansing, Illinois on the far southeast side of the market) to host the evening show, according to Chicago media writer Robert Feder.  Luv was let go from his gig co-hosting “The Real Show” with Joe Soto on iHeartMedia’s Chicago urban contemporary WVAZ in July after the show landed in first place in the daypart in the June PPM ratings with a 5.9 share (6+)…..Julie Boruchov is promoted to vice president, sports sales and marketing, East Coast for Westwood One‘s network sales division.  She has been serving as director, sports sales, East Coast…..Mike Elroy is named midday personality at Adams Radio Group’s country KGRT, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  In addition, he’ll serve as production director.

nashicon logo“Nash Icon” Journeys to Huntsville’s WWFF.  There’s a new member of the “NASH” family as Cumulus transitions 1980s-1990s-based WWFF “Journey 93.3,” Huntsville to country as “93.3 Nash Icon.”  Corporate program director Bob Raleigh states he is “thrilled” the parent company is “bringing the ‘Nash Icon’ brand to WWFF.  The link between Huntsville lovers of country music and Nashville has just become stronger.  The passion for ‘Nash Icon’ is like no other I have ever seen – now that passion comes to Huntsville.”  Market manager Matt Tobin comments that “Nash Icon” will bring “country music fans the artists that made country great, along with today’s country stars.  Country music fans can now reconnect with the iconic artists and music they fell in love with during the 1980s, 1990s and early-2000s. We are extremely excited to bring ‘93.3 Nash Icon’ to the passionate country fans of the Tennessee Valley.”  Among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio‘s summer 2014 book, “Journey 93.3″ ranks eighth of nine stations in print (.8). It reached a 1.1 in fall 2013 and winter 2014. Leading the field in market #106 is iHeartMedia‘s WDVM “Huntsville & The Valley’s Best Country” (12.0, 12+, summer 2014).

smithgordonGordon Smith to Receive 2015 Golden Mike Award.  The Broadcasters Foundation of America is announcing NAB president and CEO Gordon H. Smith will be honored with the 2015 Golden Mike Award at the organization’s black-tie fundraising gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on February 23.  BFoA chairman Philip Lombardo says, “Gordon’s accomplishments for broadcasters are widely recognized across our profession.  But perhaps many are not aware of Gordon’s tireless efforts on behalf of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help our colleagues in need.  Gordon’s influence has raised awareness of the Foundation’s charitable mission, and his commitment to helping those in our business who need it most has been admirable.   We are honored to have Gordon on our Board and to recognize his dedication to our purpose with the 2015 Golden Mike Award.”

bonesStJunesMaggieroseBobby Bones Show Raises $150,000 for St. Judes.  Nationally syndicated country morning host Bobby Bones (in red) performs for patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis with his band The Raging Idiots and country singer Maggie Rose (left).  Last week, the program made a donation of more than $150,000 to St. Jude’s in honor of co-host Amy’s mother Judy, who recently passed away from cancer.  For two years, listeners of show followed Judy’s battle with the disease and she became the inspiration for the program’s #PimpinJoy campaign, which encouraged people to choose random acts of kindness.  When she passed away last month, Amy’s family asked that donations be made to St. Jude in lieu of flowers or any other contributions.  Listeners and friends in the country music industry, including Dierks Bentley, Lindsay Ell and Little Big Town, made donations, quickly surpassing the original $20,000 goal in just one day and culminating with more than $150,000 being raised at the end of one week.

Friday, November 14, 2014

| November 14, 2014

crushammikeCrusham Calling It Quits. After more than 44 years in the radio industry, iHeartMedia Minneapolis market president Mike Crusham is retiring.  Executive vice president of operations for major markets Hartley Adkins comments, “Mike Crusham has lead iHeartMedia Minneapolis through many successful years.  He has built lasting relationships with co-workers and clients alike.  His career has been fruitful and his legacy will not be forgotten.  I will miss him and wish Mike all the best.”  Crusham remarks that the “past nine years at iHeartMedia have been some of my most successful and personally gratifying in the business.  iHeartMedia Minneapolis has great brands and stations, combined with a brilliant staff.  I have had a tremendous team and a company that has been supportive and instrumental in setting me up to win.  I have worked hard and had a blast doing it.  I will miss the job and the people tremendously.  It is, however, time for me to do something different.”  The iHeartMedia Twin Cities cluster consists of CHR KDWB “All The Hits”; KEEY “K-102 Today’s Country”; sports KFXN-FM “The Fan”; classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108″; hot AC KTCZ “Cities 97″; and talk KTLK-AM.  Crusham joined iHeartMedia in mid-2005 as Miami’s director of sales.  He was later named regional vice president for South Florida and Miami’s market manager.  After a 10-month stint as the company’s market manager in Boston, he transferred to Minneapolis.  Prior to joining iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel), Crusham held a variety of management and sales positions in Houston, Pittsburgh, Austin, Nashville, and Tulsa.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Kansas City urban contemporary outlet KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz,” Tony G, a.k.a. Tony Gregg, exits the morning show.  Gregg has been with owner Carter Broadcasting for the past 26 years…..Reports from Minneapolis indicate Northern Lights Broadcasting’s hot AC/sports hybrid KTWN “96.3 K-TWIN” lets afternoon personality Curt Copeland and operations manager Michael Steele go.  The station – which carries the MLB’s Minnesota Twins play-by-play – is owned by the Pohlad family, also owner of the Twins.

zachtheendEDM Show Launches on ‘107.7 The End’ in Seattle.  The new Saturday evening EDM show is called “Subtronic End” and is hosted and mixed by the station’s own ZachEntercom’s KNDD says Zach has “been DJing in clubs from Seattle to Cairo, and many places in between.”  The show will feature artists including: Tiesto, Avicii, Hardwell, Calvin Harris and new artists and will air from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.  Program director Garett Michaels says the show is the result of a listener survey.  “We’ve felt the impact of EDM in Seattle through sold-out concerts, music downloads and now, the passion of our listeners, for this exciting genre.  As the station for ‘Seattle’s New Music Discovery,’ we’re excited to present a brand-new show that highlights the music and the EDM community.”

soulofdaytonDayton Classic R&B Outlet Gets Signal Upgrade.  The BCDayton Broadcasting-operated urban oldies station airing on translator W254BA gets a power upgrade from 54 watts to 250 watts.  The signal has been “The Soul of Dayton” since September of 2013 playing classics from artists including: Isley Brothers, Ohio Players, Heatwave, Zapp, Faze-O and Lakeside.  BCDayton Broadcasting president Brad LaBarr tells the Dayton Daily News, “We are a community radio station that strives to do everything possible to serve our listeners.  With the power increase, we have improved reception in the metropolitan area.  Dayton listeners will find they have an easier time hearing the station in their home, car or office.  Listeners in Trotwood, Englewood, East Kettering, Fairborn, Riverside and Beavercreek now are getting improved reception of FM 98.7.”

barnesgabeRe-Thinking Your Website.  The purpose of a radio station website has morphed over the past 15 years or so and if you’re concerned your station’s site might be a bit archaic, now’s a good time to revisit it.  Mersoft Media director of business development Gabe Barnes writes in a piece for RadioInfo that, though it might seem elementary to some, there appear to be many station sites out there that aren’t taking into consideration what the industry knows about how people use websites.  For example, Barnes says he still sees stations putting less important content or design in the most-viewed parts of a webpage.  “Why waste this space when it can be used for promotions or sponsorship opportunities?”  Read his entire piece here.

smulyanjeffJeff Smulyan to Receive Humanitarian Award at CRS in February.  At the Country Radio Seminar 2015 this February, the Country Radio Broadcasters will honor Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan with the 2015 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award.  The award is given annually to recognize an individual in the country radio industry who has displayed a magnanimous spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community.  CRS executive director Bill Mayne states, “Jeff Smulyan epitomizes the definition of the Tom Rivers Humanitarian award.  His commitment to broadcasting, service to community, and personal giving is recognized across our industry.  It is our privilege to recognize his accomplishments in this arena.”

laboecontrolroomMuseum of Broadcast Communications Announces News of Studio Named After Radio Legend Art Laboe.  Yesterday, RadioInfo brought you news and a photo from the recent National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles.  At that time, NRHOF founder Bruce DuMont, announced there is now an Art Laboe Control Room at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.  The studio, named in honor of the Class of 2012 inductee and pioneering broadcaster, may be used as a broadcast facility for out-of-town personalities to do their shows when in Chicago.  It will also serve as a learning place for students.  The Art Laboe Foundation, Inc. made a generous donation to assist in the building of the Control Room.  Laboe commented, “In 2012 I was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, was inspired by the Museum and was able to contribute.  I hope to get back to the Museum again and check out the studio that will be used by radio legends and will inspire our next generation of broadcasters.”