CBS RADIO Names Brian McHale SVP, Information Technology. The senior vice president, information technology is a newly created position for CBS RADIO. In this role, Brian McHale will be responsible for building and overseeing the company’s first dedicated information technology team, along with effective technological strategies and infrastructure to support CBS RADIO’s 117 radio stations, digital assets, and the security solutions to protect the company’s multi-platform products. He’ll also build a structure to support the IT needs of the company’s employees at both the enterprise and local market levels. CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez says, “In today’s hyper-digital world, the flow, security and enhancement of information technology is the backbone of any company. Brian has vast experience with developing and implementing world-class IT infrastructures and will lead CBS RADIO to create a superior system that supports every function of our business.” McHale was most recently SVP and chief information officer for American Apparel Inc. He’s also worked with Journal Broadcast Group and Fisher Communications during his career.
New PDs Named at Alpha Media Myrtle Beach. With the exit of BJ Kinard from the operations manager and program director position at Alpha Media’s Myrtle Beach, South Carolina station group, come new PD appointments. Ron “Crash” Kissell is promoted from his music director role at alternative WKZQ to program director of the station. For sister CHR WMYB “Energy 92.1,” Chris “Zack” O’Donnell is upped to PD.
Sonnenklar Appointed COO of Connoisseur Integrated Solutions. Former McGavren-Guild CEO Lisa Sonnenklar joins Connoisseur Media as chief operating officer of the company’s integrated solutions division. In this role, Sonnenklar will oversee the company’s multi-platform efforts in the New York/Connecticut/ New Jersey region. Connoisseur CEO Jeffrey Warshaw states, “Using our potent mix of radio, digital and event marketing assets, we have been able to get tremendous ROI and visibility for many of our clients. We are now putting even more firepower into these efforts. We are delighted to welcome Lisa into the Connoisseur family.”
Chicago Radio Personality Herb Kent Dead at 88. Windy City radio personality Herb Kent died on Saturday (10/22) at the age of 88 and after a seven-decade career on the city’s airwaves. Kent’s death was announced by iHeartMedia’s urban contemporary WVAZ “V103” which noted that Kent died later in the day Saturday after doing his regular Saturday morning show on the station. He’d been with WVAZ for 30 years, according to an account in the Chicago Tribune. He started in radio in 1944 spinning classical music on WBEZ. Kent was one of the iconic personalities on WVON when the station launched and became one of the most-listened-to stations by African Americans in Chicago. During his career he also worked at WGRY, Gary; WMAQ, WGES and WBEE in Chicago as well as WJOB in Hammond, Indiana. Read the Tribune obit here.
San Antonio Radio Legend Ricci Ware Passes at 79. Legendary San Antonio DJ and radio personality Ricci Ware died on Friday (10/21) at age 79. Ware – the father of KTSA morning personality Trey Ware – started his radio career as a disc jockey spinning the hits and transitioned to a talk show host during his 50-plus year career. Ware began in radio in Baytown, Texas and then moved to Austin where he worked for KTBC. From there he moved to KTSA in San Antonio and gained a reputation as one of the market’s most popular DJs during the 1960s. After leaving KTSA and working at KBUC where he was co-host of the popular “Ricci and Jud” show, he returned to KTSA to launch his talk radio career. Son Trey Ware says in a statement, “My hero returned home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this morning. My dad, Ricci Ware was my hero in every sense of the word. He was the greatest father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who ever lived. He never met a stranger, and always had a kind word and a smile for others. God put him here to bring joy to this life, and he did it so very well.”
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CBS RADIO Re-Ups with SVP of Programming and Music Initiatives Michael Martin. Based in San Francisco, Michael Martin also programs CBS RADIO’s CHR KQMV and hot AC KLLC, but his corporate role with the company is as senior vice president of programming and music initiatives and CHR format captain. CBS announces that it has signed Martin to a new, multi-year deal to remain with the company. Executive vice president of programming Chris Oliviero says, “Since the creation of this important position less than three years ago, Michael has reshaped and evolved the dynamic partnership between our stations, artists, labels and managers. His leadership, his relationships and his respected reputation has helped rewrite the playbook on how radio continues to create for fans many of the best and most memorable moments in music.” In the SVP of programming and music initiatives role, Martin “taps into his strong label and artist relationships to program live national events for CBS RADIO, including this Saturday’s ‘We Can Survive’ concert featuring Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth, G-Eazy, Meghan Trainor, OneRepublic, and Pitbull. Martin also leads the efforts for CBS RADIO’s ‘Stars and Strings’ (Nov. 9), ‘The Night Before’ and ‘Sun.Pool.Fun’ concerts that run throughout the year and in various cities across the U.S.” CBS RADIO San Francisco SVP and market manager Doug Harvill adds, “Michael is a true programming leader – a skillful music curator and content creator who keeps our listeners engaged, which in turn drives ratings and builds ad revenue. We’re incredibly lucky to have him.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. Although the actual contest takes place on Tuesday, a one-hour radio special will feature interviews with the top 10 finalists of Cumulus Media’s “NASH Next Challenge 2016” – the national grassroots country music talent search and artist development program – on “NASH Nights Live” with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith on Sunday, October 23 from 11:00 pm to 12:00 midnight ET…..SiriusXM is announcing a new, bi-weekly show featuring 80s rock icon Billy Idol. The show – “Live Transmissions” – will consist of Idol playing his favorite music from the 1980s, including Joy Division, The Clash, Stooges, Ramones, Velvet Underground, The Damned, Generation X and more…..Cumulus Media’s triple A KFOG, San Francisco announces the 2016 “Concert for Kids” lineup will feature: Band of Horses, Blind Pilot and The Revivalists. This is the 31st year for the concert event that raises funds for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and the Marines’ Toys for Tots. It’ll take place at the Masonic on December 8.
Old Dominion Rocks ANA Conference. Country stars Old Dominion kicked off the fun at the recent ANA Masters of Marketing Conference on Wednesday, October 19, in Orlando. The conference is a three day event for chief marketing officers and other industry marketing pros that allows them to share stories of how they built brands, leveraged the expanding array of media, made marketing more accountable, and improved the quality of their marketing organizations. Pictured here are (from l-r): Pierre Bouvard, chief insights officer, Westwood One; Geoff Sprung, Old Dominion; Kristina Sweet, VP, sponsorship, ANA; Trevor Rosen, Old Dominion; Matthew Ramsey, Old Dominion; Suzanne Grimes, president, Westwood One/EVP, corporate marketing, Cumulus Media; Brad Tursi, Old Dominion; Christina Albee, CMO, Westwood One; Whit Sellers, Old Dominion; Steve Shaw, president, Sales, Westwood One.
Kenny Wall to Program ‘NASH FM 92.9’ in Lexington. Programming pro Kenny Wall joins Cumulus Media to serve as PD for WLXX, Lexington, Kentucky “NASH FM 92.9.” Wall was most recently with Townsquare Media in Amarillo, Texas where he was operations manager. This is a return to Cumulus for Wall who in the past programmed WBSX-FM and WBHT-FM in Wilkes Barre. Cumulus Media Lexington OM Tony “Twitch” Longo states, “I’ve known Kenny for years, and I’m excited that we are finally getting the chance to work together! There is nobody in the country I’d rather have at the helm of such a heritage station as WLXX. Can’t wait to turn him loose!”
Chris Randolph Partners with Sarah Jordan for AMs on WXMA, Louisville. Hot AC WXMA, Louisville “102.3 The Max” announces on-air pro Christopher Randolph is joining the station to co-host the morning show with program director and station personality Sarah Jordan. In a statement, Alpha Media Louisville SVP and market manager Bill Gentry comments, “Chris and I have worked together for many years…you’d think I would have learned something by now! The guy is a pro and just keeps re-inventing himself. Randolph has instant credibility with listeners and clients. I look forward to the launch of Louisville’s best new local morning show with Chris and Sarah.”
KZHT, Salt Lake City Extends Frankie C. This is a new, three-year deal for CHR KZHT, Salt Lake City personality Frankie C, co-host of the “Frankie and Jess” show with Jessica Ferguson. iHeartMedia regional market president Stu Stanek says, “We’re thrilled to team with Frankie again for another three years. Our company has built its success on having the best personalities in all of our markets and Frankie is a prime example. After 19 years on 97.1 ZHT, the audience has come to enjoy him and the show every day and he has helped put us in a dominant position.”
Anderson New NTR Director at Beasley Tampa. Tampa radio promotions and sales pro Voncile Anderson is named director of non-traditional revenue sales for Beasley Media Group’s Tampa cluster. Voncile has worked in the market for two decades, including beginning as a promotion director at WRBQ, Tampa Bay. She has worked with notables in the industry, including Q105’s Mason Dixon. In this new position she’ll be responsible for assessing the area’s special event opportunities and determining the venues with greatest potential to grow revenue for the Tampa Bay cluster. Speaking about her new gig, Anderson says, “I like to say I have earned ‘market equity’ because I have invested my entire career doing events that entertain, raise money for charities, and help our Tampa Bay businesses grow. I’m so proud to have been chosen for this new, unique NTR opportunity!”
Cool Air Talent Gigs in North Dakota. You never thought Donald Trump would run for president. You never thought Hillary might win. But did you think a broadcasting company would be actually be expanding and hiring air personalities? Leighton Broadcasting Grand Forks, North Dakota is looking to hire air talent for all shifts for country, AC, and CHR formats. Leighton does broadcasting the right way – a heritage family/employee-owned company that cares about our employees and our community. Whatever experience in your career — market veteran or just starting out — the main thing that matters is your passion to perform! We are looking for talent with attitude, heart, passion, creativity, the ability to get in front of the public, and the will to excel. If you think you have what it takes to join the creative team at Leighton Broadcasting Grand Forks then send your materials to: Jarrod Thomas, OM, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Leighton Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
RadioInfo Tidbits. For the sixth year in a row, Drake Hall’s “Drake Hall in the Morning” – on Cumulus Media’s rock WXMX, Memphis “98.1 The Max” – has been voted “Best Radio Show” in the Memphis Flyer’s Best of Memphis. The paper says: “Drake Hall wins the bling, twice taking the crown for Best Radio Show and for Best Radio Personality. He’s crotchety, he’s lovable, he has great guests, great music and Memphis loves this guy.” Hall works with co-host Danni Bruns along with producers Wes and Syd…..Joel Shoemaker, SVP of LGBT initiatives for iHeartMedia says that in observance of LGBT History Month and today’s GLAAD #SpiritDay – a day when millions “go purple” and join together to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth – the company’s stations are airing PSAs featuring Lady Gaga, Troye Sivan, Elvis Duran and Andy Grammer. The spots are currently airing on CHR and AC stations across the country and encourage listeners to “go purple” and unite against the bullying of LGBT youth…..WISX, Philadelphia “Mix 106.1” and Harrah’s Philadelphia is hosting an intimate Goo Goo Dolls acoustic performance for iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s “Bid for Breast Cancer” initiative. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will benefit the American Association for Cancer Research, the world’s first and largest cancer research organization…..Next Tuesday is the “NASH Next Challenge 2016 Finale,” taking place at Mercy Lounge in Nashville. The “NASH Next 2016 Challenge” is Cumulus Media’s national grassroots talent search and artist development program for country music, and Tuesday’s finale and selection of a grand prize winner will take place then. Finalists will compete for a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group with their original song produced by Jay DeMarcus, that will receive airplay on Cumulus Media radio stations across the country.
Melissa Chase Appointed to OM at SummitMedia Richmond. Programmer and air personality Melissa Chase takes on the operations manager position at SummitMedia’s Richmond, Virginia station group that includes: country WKHK “K95,” hot Ac WURV “103.7 Play,” classic rock WKLR, adult hits WJSR “Star 100.9,” CHR W291CL “Hot 106.1,” and hip hop W282CA “G104.3.” Chase comments, “I am beyond excited to be able to work with a talented team to continue to provide incredible content, killer music and outstanding local promotions for SummitMedia Richmond. A huge thank you to all the amazing programmers I’ve worked with who have been mentors through this journey – and especially to Bill Tanner, John Olsen, Dom Theodore and Bob Willoughby for this opportunity!”
Valentine Named Mix Show Coordinator for KALV, Phoenix. Air personality Daniel Valentine is currently heard on CBS RADIO’s CHR KALV, Phoenix “LIVE 101.5” hosting the noontime “Eat 2 the Beat Mix” and evenings at 10:00 pm on the “Late Night Mix Fix.” Now, the Arizona State University student is named mix show coordinator for the station. CBS RADIO VP of programming Tim Richards says, “Daniel has been an important part of the ‘LIVE’ mix team and we’re excited to promote him to this well-deserved position.” Valentine began as an intern at CBS RADIO Phoenix in the fall of 2013 and quickly moved to a promotions assistant position in January 2014. Valentine began mixing nightly on air for “LIVE 101.5” in September 2014.
Cox Adds EVP of National Ad Platforms to Brett Fennell’s Title; Promotes Palmer and Morrow. At Cox Media Group, chief financial officer Brett Fennell is promoted as the company adds EVP of national ad platforms to his job title. A the same time, SVP of sales for CoxReps and president of HRP David Palmer is upped to president of CoxReps where he’ll report to Fennell. Jason Morrow, president of TeleRep (a division of CoxReps), is now promoted to chief operating officer of CoxReps. All of these changes will take place on January 1. Kim Guthrie, who takes over the CMG president role on that date, says, “It is remarkable to be able to tap such strong internal talent in our leadership ranks to fill these important roles. The alignment of CoxReps, Gamut and Videa under Brett’s strategic leadership will take these businesses to the next level for our valued broadcast advertising customers.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio programming pro John Roberts joins Townsquare Media’s Tyler-Longview, Texas cluster to serve as operations manager for the four-station cluster consisting of: country KNUE, hot AC KTYL “MIX 93.1,” urban AC KISX “HOT 107.3 JAMZ,” and classic rock KKTX. He previously programmed E.W. Scripps’ CHR KHTT, Tulsa “106.9 K-HITS.”…..Gold Coast Broadcasting promotes CHR KFYV, Oxnard-Ventura, California morning host and promotions director Katrina Medrano by adding music director duties.
DOOBIE PICK: Check Out New Single by D. Francisco. According to RadioInfo music editor Duane Doobie Jr., the new single by D. Francisco, “I Want Ya” (In Ohm Entertainment) is something that should not be overlooked by CHR programmers interested in infusing some Latin pop into their format without reliving the late-90s through assorted tracks from the discographies of Ricky Martin and Julio Iglesias. Doobie says, “This single has all of the dance energy from the best of Latin pop, but also incorporates twists reminiscent of more classical/operatic artists with an EDM tinged sound. Not playing this track is only giving the competition ownership of an up-and-coming artist – D. Francisco.” The “I Want Ya” music video is a sizzling number that heats up quick and burns hot until the very end. It’s set in a darkened club with a group of high rollers seated around a small table, and they’re playing a very big game of poker. Chips and dollars abound – it’s clear that the stakes are high. As D. Francisco and his band light up the stage, a buxom new participant, dressed in all white, enters the match: Ana Carla Sinclair. Known as a contestant on “The Voice Mexico,” she takes a seat, portraying quite the foil to the sultry hostess and attending waitress, dressed in a sizzling black and red outfit, played by renowned dancer Nayara Nuñez. As the action ensues, a coy game of eye contact and knowing glances are exchanged by D. Francisco, Nayara, and Ana, although it’s unclear exactly who is on which side. Eventually, Ana runs the table with the supposed “pros” while Nayara explodes onstage with her brilliant dance. Though she may have a furtive plan in place, D. Francisco discreetly disarms her, and executes a plan of his own on the way out the door! Check it out here.
Entercom to Acquire Four Charlotte Signals from Beasley for $24 Million. In order to stay under the FCC ownership cap in the Charlotte market, Beasley Broadcast Group has to sell some of its holdings that would put if over the cap after the previously announced Greater Media acquisition deal closes. Now, Beasley announces that Entercom will acquire news/talk WBT-AM/FM, hot AC WLNK-FM (all three currently owned by Greater Media) plus sports talk WFNZ-AM and its accompanying FM translator. The company says that Entercom will begin operating WBT-AM/FM and WLNK-FM upon the closing of the Greater Media deal, pursuant to a time brokerage agreement. Back on July 19, Beasley and Greater Media entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Beasley will acquire all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media for an aggregate consideration of approximately $240 million, subject to adjustments.
Entercom to Refinance Debt. The Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania-based broadcaster announces it is meeting with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC today to discuss a refinancing of its senior and senior unsecured debt. In a press statement, Entercom Communications says it expects to enter into a $520 million senior secured credit facility that will include a $60 million revolving credit facility with a five-year maturity, plus a $460 million term loan with a seven-year maturity. Entercom will use the term loan to refinance $225 million in existing senior secured bank debt, plus it will buy back $220 million in 10.5% senior subordinated notes.
iHeartMedia Flips Rhythmic CHR KBWX, St. Louis to Alternative as ‘Alt 104.9.’ And the morning drive show at the new alt rocker will be KYSR, Los Angeles-based “The Woody Show.” Woody’s program was previously heard on crosstown KPNT “105.7 The Point” in the market and iHeartMedia region president Beth Davis says, “St. Louis has been very eager for a new alternative rock brand. We are excited to deliver on that request as well as the return of ‘The Woody Show’ – I’m excited to watch how quickly Woody will reinstate his relationship with both listeners and advertisers here in St. Louis.”
Alpha Media Names Ebro & Laura Stylez Afternoon Hosts. It’s another gig for Ebro Darden and Laura Stylez as the duo will host the 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm show on Alpha Media Portland’s hip hop KWEE, Portland “WE 96.3.” Ebro also currently hosts Apple’s Beats 1 and does mornings on Emmis’ WQHT, New York “HOT 97” with Stylez. Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker says, “One of the core values of Alpha Media is our relentless effort to create new content in ways that others might have overlooked. One example of this was during the creation of ‘WE 96.3’ by using Ebro Darden to narrate the brand. Now with the addition of Laura Stylez, WE have even more opportunities to push the brand forward while welcoming Ebro back to Portland.” Darden comments, “Portland is an awesome city and being on #TeamWe to bring real hip hop back to the radio in this city is super exciting.”
CBS RADIO Renews KITS, San Francisco AM Talent Kevin Klein. Citing very positive ratings numbers for its morning drive show on alternative KITS, CBS RADIO announces it is signing air personality Kevin Klein to a new, multi-year contract. The station says that since debuting in September of 2014, “Kevin Klein LIVE” – with co-host Ally Johnson – has grown to attract “record-breaking numbers for the station, finishing the last quarterly book #1 among P18-34 and #3 among P18-49.” Program director Jacent Jackson comments, “In just two years, ‘Kevin Klein Live’ has become a defining voice for a new generation of Bay Area listeners. They sound like nothing else on the dial. We are thrilled by their accomplishments and look forward to continued success for ‘Kevin Klein Live’ on ‘Live 105.’ The future for this show is bright.”
Yonni ‘Rude’ O’Donoghue Named OM for Radio One Richmond. Urban programmer Yonni ‘Rude’ O’Donoghue is named the new operations manager for Radio One’s four-station cluster in Richmond, effective October 24. The company says O’Donoghue has “nearly 20 years of urban radio programming experience…a keen ear for music, sharp mind for metrics and music research and a creative spirit for audio and digital content, including social media management.” He’s previously served with both Beasley Broadcast Group and Cumulus Media. He’ll oversee programming at mainstream urban WCDX “IPower,” urban AC WKJS “Kiss,” inspiration WPZZ “Praise,” and news/talk WTPS-AM.
Michael Baisden to Return to Airwaves Via Superadio. Urban media personality Michael Baisden has been teasing a return to the radio on social media and now it’s official that he’ll again be doing an afternoon drive program via Superadio. There’s no official start date set but at least week’s NABOB “Power of Urban Radio Conference,” it was announced the deal involves Baisden’s company, American Urban Radio Network, Perry Broadcasting and Superadio. Baisden went off the radio three years ago after his relationship with Cumulus Media imploded.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. CHR WPLW, Raleigh “PULSE 96.9 & 102.5” program director Mike Biddle is exiting his role with the Curtis Media Group station to take a marketing position outside of the radio biz…..Doug Daniels, a.k.a. Douglas Holzmeier, is named the operations manager at Evans Broadcasting’s country KWFP, classic rock KURK, and news/talk KKFT in Reno as well as its country KCMY-AM, Carson City. He’d been with the stations in sales with Wilks prior to their sale to Evans.
CBS News Icon Charles Osgood Is the Subject of this Week’s Harrison Podcast. Legendary CBS News radio and television giant Charles Osgood is the guest on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” posted today (10/18). Osgood has been hosting (and continues to host) the four-times-per-weekday morning feature “The Osgood Files” on radio stations across the nation since 1971. He also retired several weeks ago from a 24-year stint as the anchor of television’s CBS News “Sunday Morning” program. Harrison and Osgood talk about changes in media and journalism over the years culminating with a provocative analysis of the current presidential election. To listen to the podcast in its entirety please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Alternative KNDD, Seattle “107.7 The End” announces the lineup for the December 6 “Deck the Hall Ball” at the Key Arena: Featured acts will be: Empire of the Sun, The Head and the Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Glass Animals, Band of Horses, Coin, and My Goodness…..Hot AC KLLC, San Francisco “Radio Alice @ 97.3” is presenting the “Alice in Winterland” show on December 1 at the Masonic. On stage will be: OneRepublic, Train, and Los Bandoleros…..CBS RADIO’s KLUC, KMXB and KXQQ in Las Vegas announced New Year’s shows at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas that will feature The Weeknd performing on December 30 and Sting on December 31. CBS RADIO is offering fly-away contests and is promoting the shows across 23 of its stations nationwide…..North Carolina State University’s WKNC, Raleigh is upgrading to an HD signal. General manager Emily Ehling says, “The benefits of broadcasting in HD are the overall sound quality improvement and the fact that we will eventually be able to multi-cast. Only about a dozen or so college radio stations broadcast in HD, which makes us even cooler since we’re ahead of the curve!”
WPLJ, New York Inks Race Taylor to New Deal. Midday personality Race Taylor signs a multi-year contract extension with Cumulus Media to remain with New York’s hot AC “95.5 PLJ.” The station notes that Taylor has been part of the “95.5 PLJ” on-air team since October 1999. Prior to that, he hosted PM drive and was assistant program director for “Mix 102.9” KDMX, Dallas/Fort Worth, and was PM drive host and APD “Q102” WKRQ, Cincinnati. He’s also been a prominent voice on ABC Television for many years where he’s heard daily on “The View,” “The Chew,” “General Hospital,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Taylor’s voice work also airs regularly on primetime television shows including: “Dancing With The Stars,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “The Bachelor,” “Castle,” “Scandal,” “Nashville” and many others. WPLJ program director Gillette states, “In the hallways, Race is the definition of ‘professional,’ ‘gentleman’ and ‘esteemed colleague.’ On the air, he is the consummate communicator. He actually may have invented the concept of engagement. He can take the simplest break and make it a drop the mic moment. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership. He’s been such an important part of this brand’s heritage and is an even more important part of 95.5 PLJ’s future.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Music radio pro Steve Serrano is elevated to program director for Steel City Media’s CHR KMXV, Kansas City “MIX 93.3.” Serrano has been serving with the station as assistant program director, music director and evening personality. Station VP and general manager Marc Harrell says, “Steve is the definition of hard-work-leads-to-great-success. I’ve watched Steve grow from intern to on-air personality, MD to APD, and now to PD of one of the top Top 40 stations in the country.”…..San Diego media pro Robin Roth joins Midwest Television’s rock KFMB-FM for on-air work, beginning with her first air shift this Sunday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm…..Neuhoff Media announces the appointment of Matt Moore to the general sales manager position at the company’s Lafayette, Indiana station group that includes: country WKOA, classic hits WASK-FM, and sports talk WASK-AM “ESPN 1450AM.” Moore has most recently been serving as regional account manager for Entercom’s Indianapolis cluster.
Emmis Finds Buyer for Texas Monthly. Just two days after Emmis Communications’ announcement that it found buyers for its stations in Terre Haute, Indiana, the company reports it has signed a deal with Genesis Park to sell the assets of Texas Monthly for $25 million, subject to working capital adjustments. The press release indicates that “Genesis Park is a regional private equity firm that has built successful communications and technology businesses in Texas for many years. Examples include CapRock Services, Alpheus Communications and Vivante GMP.” It was founded by Paul Hobby. Emmis chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan states, “Texas Monthly has been a member of the Emmis family for 18 years, so today is bittersweet. We want to thank all of our employees for their dedication and hard work. This transaction allows us not only to de-lever our balance sheet, but puts TM in the capable hands of one of Texas’ great families, the Hobbys.” Emmis is still exploring opportunities to sell four other publications and New York radio signal WLIB-AM.
Alpha Media Sells Salina-Manhattan, Kansas Cluster to Rocking M Media. This divestiture of stations is the first on record for Alpha Media, as far as RadioInfo can tell. The company is selling its stations in the Salina and Manhattan, Kansas markets to local operator Rocking M Radio for an undisclosed price. The five stations in the deal are: news/talk KSAL-AM, Salina; classic hits KSAL-FM, Salina; standards KABI-AM, Abilene; country KYEZ-FM, Salina; and adult contemporary KBLS-FM, North Fort Riley. Alpha Media CEO/president Bob Proffitt comments, “We’re happy for our employees in Salina to be joining such a great company. Rocking M Media is a strong force in Kansas radio and media.” Because Rocking M already owns three signals in the market, it goes over the FCC cap and is announcing that it will spin KBLS-FM to Manhattan Broadcasting Company for an undisclosed sum.
NASH Shows Visit Garth in Texas. “NASH Nights Live” and “America’s Morning Show” personalities visited with country superstar Garth Brooks at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as he announced his new single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” and his partnership with Frito-Lay. Pictured here (from l-r) are: John Shomby, director of programming, NASH Network; Kelly Ford, co-host, “America’s Morning Show”; Elaina Smith, co-host, “NASH Nights Live”; Brooks; Shawn Parr, co-host, “NASH Nights Live”; Chuck Wicks, co-host, “America’s Morning Show”; and Ty Bentli, co-host, “America’s Morning Show.”
WBT, Charlotte Seeks Talk Host and Digital Content Editor. Charlotte’s heritage news/talker WBT-AM/FM is seeking a talk show host and management has clear ideas about what it wants and what it doesn’t want. Here’s what the station says: “Charlotte’s News Talk 1110 and 99.3 WBT is looking for personalities that can lead a conversation while being entertaining. Be serious when needed. Embrace the Carolina lifestyle. Someone who is not angry at the world. If you want to talk politics for 3 hours a day please don’t waste your time applying for this role. If you have to lean on guests to get through 3 hours a day we don’t want you. If you get your show prep from Drudge you won’t fit in. This is the perfect opportunity for you if you’re stuck on a cookie-cutter talk station or if you’re a music personality looking to extend your career. Show us what you got. Email your resume and a short aircheck to email@example.com now. No phone calls please.” Simultaneously, the station is also seeking a digital content editor. It says: “What do you get when you mix part writer, editor, news and political junky, student of social media and add a dash of video creator? The making of News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT’s newest Digital Content Editor. Our new team member will be a self-starter that creates, aggregates and maintains content, including text, video, photos and graphics, driving traffic and conversations to our news-talk radio station website, social and mobile efforts and builds communities. Writing and editing succinct, fact-filled content in a compelling and active tone for wbt.com are at the core of this positions duties.” Also apply for that position at firstname.lastname@example.org.