Category: Industry News

Monday, October 24, 2016

| October 24, 2016

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 effectivemchalebrian 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 solutionsconnoisseur-media-logo 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 kentherbannounced 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.   warericciWare 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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Friday, October 21, 2016

| October 21, 2016

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 cbsradioof programming Chris Oliviero says, “Since the creation of this important position less than three years ago,martinmichael 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.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

| October 20, 2016

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 withwallkenny 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 randolphchrismorning 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 Cityfrankiejess personality Frankie C, co-host of the “Frankie and Jess” show with Jessica FergusoniHeartMedia 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 andersonvoncilein 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 leightonbroadcastingair 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   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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

| October 19, 2016

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 thatchasemelissa 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” valentinedanieland 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 coxmediagroupplatforms 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.

dfranciscoDOOBIE 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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

| October 18, 2016

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 wbtwlnk-duo-logoput 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 ACwfnz 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 entercomWells 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 morningwoodyshow-logo 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.”

ebrolauraAlpha 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 kitsto 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, effectiveodonoghueyonni 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 baisdenmichaelprogram 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.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallCBS 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-osgoodcharlestimes-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 and

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!”

Monday, October 17, 2016

| October 17, 2016

Rob Kruz Named PD for CHR WFLZ, Tampa.  Programmer Rob Kruz is appointed to the program director position at iHeartMedia’s CHR WFLZ, Tampa.  He takes over for John Mayer, who resigned to relocate to New York for family reasons.  Kruz was most recently PD and afternoon jock at iHM’s WZFT, Baltimore “Z 104.3.”kruz  iHeartMedia Tampa SVP of programming Travis Daily states, “I could not be more excited for Rob to join our team at ‘93.3 FLZ,’ which already amazes and humbles me on a daily basis.  Rob is the perfect fit for this family and we can’t wait for him to help write the next chapter in the history of a very special radio station.”  In addition to his work at WZFT, Kruz also was an air talent at WITH, Washington and WQAL, Cleveland.  He began his radio career in Detroit at WDRQ while he attended the University of Michigan.

Corey B. Named Evening Host at ‘B96’ in Chicago.  Air personality Corey B. is the new evening jock at CBS RADIO’s CHR WBBM-FM, Chicago “B96.”  Most recently with Entercom’s WEZB, New Orleans “B97” coreyband, prior to that iHM’s WFLZ, Tampa, Corey B. takes over for Eric Tyler who was promoted to afternoons at “B96” with the move of Stylz & Roman to mornings on the company’s country WUSN.  CBS RADIO Chicago VP of programming Todd Cavanah says, “We believe we’ve uncovered a true diamond in the rough with Corey B.  In addition to driving the station over the air at night, Corey’s skill and creativity on social media is off the charts.  We can’t wait to introduce him to Chicagoland later this month.”

Berger Named ‘Power 106’ Los Angeles’ Imaging Director.  Imaging pro Andrew Berger is named imaging director for Emmis Communications’ hip hop KPWR, Los Angeles “Power 106.”  Berger rose to be singled out kpwr-logoby DJ Enuff of WQHT and joined him as imaging director and producer for DJ Enuff’s weekly show, “The Heavy Hitters,” on SiriusXM’s SHADE 45 channel.  Emmis VP of programming Jimmy Steal comments, “We did an extensive search for this position and Andrew Berger was beyond impressive with his amazing imaging skills, great work ethic, and high energy.  He’s the perfect fit for our talented team.”  Berger comments, “I can’t wait to join the ‘Power 106’ family.  Emmis is where I fell in love with radio and now to have the opportunity to contribute to this legendary station as its imaging director is a dream come true!  I look forward to working alongside the great talent that makes ‘Power 106’ the leading brand in radio.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In San Diego, Entercom inks country KSON midday personality Amber Rainey to a new, multi-year contract.  Rainey took over the daypart after Brooks O’Brian transitioned to off-air responsibilities in 2015…..Jay Morris is exiting his brand manager role with Midwest Communications’ Kalamazoo station group where he programmed alternative WZOX, news/talk WKZO, and sports talk WQLR for a gig outside of the radio biz.  Cluster director of operations and programming Steve Mills assumes PD duties on an interim basis…..Amani Abraham transitions from the anchor/reporter role at Rubber City Radio’s country WQMX and news/talk WAKR in Akron to WKYC-TV, Cleveland to serve as a reporter…..Spotify’s Martin Lorentzon relinquishes the chairman role at the digital pure play but will remain vice chairman of the board.  Chief executive officer Daniel Ek is taking over the chairman position…..Alpha Media names Bob Rose the new market manager for its Mankato, Minnesota station group that includes CHR KEEZ, country KYSM, and rock KMKO.

emmisJeff Smulyan’s Go-Private Bid Fails.  The CEO of Emmis Communications extended this offer deadline three times, but that still wasn’t enough for the special committee of independent directors and his $4.10 per share offer to take the company private failed.  As the Indianapolis Business Journal smulyanjeffreports, this was the third time over the last 10 years that Jeff Smulyan had bid to take the company private.  Emmis stock closed at $3.99 on Friday (10/14).  The IBJ also notes that Smulyan’s offer represented a 25% premium to Emmis’ average closing share price over the 90 days prior to the announcement of the deal, but investors obviously felt the offer was way too low.  Smulyan appears to be finished trying to take the company private and writes to shareholders that he looks “forward to continuing to work with you as we move Emmis forward as a public company.”

Ed Levine’s Galaxy Communications to Buy Western Massachusetts Radio Group.  Syracuse, New York-Based Galaxy Communications announces it has signed a definitive agreement to buy the six-station radio group operating as Berkshires Media Group from parent company Gamma Broadcasting for an undisclosed sum.  galaxycommunicationsThe stations are: hot AC WBEC-FM, Pittsfield; news/talk WBEC-AM, Pittsfield-AM; classic hits WUPE-AM/FM, North Adams; AC WSBS-AM, Great Barrington; and AC WNAW-AM, North Adams.  Levine says, “These six radio stations do a tremendous job of serving their communities with great local radio. They have thrived under the ownership of Gamma Broadcasting, which has done a wonderful job. I look forward to working with market manager Peter Barry and the entire staff of radio professionals.”  Gamma president Bruce Danziger adds, “We feel confident placing our terrific stations and people in Ed Levine’s capable hands.  This is a special group, led by Peter, and we know Ed’s oversight will continue to bring good results for our people and the community.”

CBS to Break Out Radio Performance During Quarterly Reports.  As the company states, this is in advance of its separating the CBS RADIO segment from the rest of the company and the expected initial public offering for cbsradiothe new radio company.  The company explains that “beginning with the filing of the Company’s Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2016, the Company’s previously reported operating segment, Local Broadcasting, will be separated into the following two operating segments: (1) Local Media and (2) Radio.  In connection with this new segment presentation, the presentation of intercompany revenues has been revised, including station affiliation fees paid by Local Media to the CBS Television Network. The following financial information reflects the new segment and intercompany presentations for all periods presented.”  What we’re seeing in the report is that although radio segment revenue has been down slightly over the last six quarters, station operating income has improved.

Friday, October 14, 2016

| October 14, 2016

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 thattaylorrace 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 wpljmany 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 Steelserranosteve 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 rothrobinthe 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.

emmisEmmis 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 includetexasmonthly 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 Salinaalphamedia 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-rockinmmediaFM, 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 wbtlogoconversation 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 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 are at the core of this positions duties.”  Also apply for that position at

Thursday, October 13, 2016

| October 13, 2016

emmisEmmis Sells Terre Haute Signals in Three-Way Deal.  In this three-way transaction, Emmis Communications is, as had been promoted during the lead-up to the company’s go-private bid, selling off its Terre Haute, Indiana radio stations for a total price tag of $5.2 million.  Here’s how it breaks down: Midwest Communications is buying country WTHI and the intellectual property of classic rock WWVR “The River” for $4.3 million; the WWVR assets (minus the intellectual property), sportsmidwestcomm-logo WFNF-AM and its translator W258BA, plus hot AC WFNB, Brazil, Indiana goes to Dave Crooks-owned DLC Media for $900,000.  Since the acquisition would put Midwest over the FCC limit, Midwest will sell country WDKE, Seelyville, Indiana to DLC Media for an undisclosed smulyanjeffsum.  Emmis chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan says, “The sale of our stations in Terre Haute, while difficult, will help us further our goal of de-levering our balance sheet.  We are thrilled the buyers value radio and have long traditions of success in smaller markets, like Terre Haute.  I’d also like to thank our people at these stations.  They have been tremendous stewards of their brands and wonderful ambassadors of Emmis’ culture.  We wish them continued success.”  The deal is expected to close in 2017.

Jagger Named PD at iHeartMedia’s Connecticut CHRs.  Hit radio programming pro and air personality Jagger is named to the program director position for iHeartMedia’s Connecticut CHR outlets – WKSS,jagger Hartford “Kiss 95.7” and WKCI, New Haven “KC101.”  Jagger moves to Connecticut from his role with iHeartMedia’s New York CHR WHTZ “Z100” where he’s been music director and from his evening jock role at rhythmic hot AC WKTU.  Jagger is also host of the syndicated show, “The Weekend Throwdown with Jagger.”  About his new gig, Jagger says, “I am thrilled to become a part of iHeartMedia’s family in Hartford and New Haven.  I am excited to have my name added to the list of legendary program directors at ‘Kiss 95.7’ and ‘KC101.’”

iHeartMedia Chicago Names New Night Jocks.  Air personality Erik Zachary moves over from nights at zacharyerikiHeartMedia’s country WEBG “BIG 95.5” to host the evening show at sister CHR WKSC “Kiss 103.5,” and the company promotes promotions director and part-time personality Emily Bermann to the evening show at “BIG 95.5.”  iHeartMedia Chicago SVP of programming Tommy Austin says, “Erik is a top-notch talent who grew up in the Chicagoland area.  He understands the needs of our listeners and the community.”

Pete McNair Named PD at Scripps’ KICT and KFXJ in Wichita.  Rock programmer Pete McNair joins E.W. Scripps’ Wichita station group where he’ll program the company’s rock KICT “T-95” and classic rock KFXJ mcnairpete“104.5 The Fox,” effective October 17.  McNair comes to Scripps from Lotus Communications’ rock KFMA, Tucson “Rock 102.1” where he was APD and music director.  Scripps Wichita OM Justin Case says, “Pete has great enthusiasm for rock music, programming and a strong commitment to developing talent.  In addition to his solid insights on programming, he is well connected in the rock industry.  We welcome his experience with station-produced rock events.”

Riehl Upped to Corporate Controller for Beasley Broadcast Group.  Rising from her position asriehlrobin business manager at Beasley Media Group’s Fayetteville, North Carolina cluster is Robin Riehl.  She becomes the corporate controller for the company, effective November 1, based at its headquarters in Naples, Florida.   Riehl comments, “The radio business is my passion and I am honored to fulfill my dream of working with Beasley in the corporate office!  The Beasley Media Group is my professional home and I remain deeply grateful for my start with Beasley in our outstanding Fayetteville cluster.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In Minneapolis morning drive personality Fish is leaving Hubbard Radio’s hot AC KSTP-FM “KS95,” telling listeners he’s will be traveling across the country with his wife to see family and friends.  Ryan, Bangs and Rudy continue hosting the morning show…..At Local Media San Diego’s CHR XHITZ-FM “Z90,” afternoon personality Tre adds imaging director duties to his role with the station.  He’ll move to the mid-afternoon shift and evening host Pandar will expand his on-air presence to 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm…..Alpha Media hot AC WSSR-FM, Joliet, Illinois “Star 96.7” adds Lisa Jordan to the morning show alongside current host Josh Cooper.  She takes over for Jamie Bell who recently left for opportunities in California…..Paladin is the new afternoon drive jock and assistant program director at Little Falls Radio’s adult contemporary KFML, Little Falls, Minnesota…..At Entercom Sacramento, Justine Roller is named general sales manager for the six-station cluster.  She reports to Stacey Kauffman, who was recently promoted to director of sales.


Wilson Brothers on ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox.’ The brothers Wilson – actors Owen, Luke and Andrew – were in the KLOS, Los Angeles studios yesterday (10/12) sitting in on the “Jonsey’s Jukebox” show hosted by punk legend Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols fame.  Jones’ two-hour daily show (12:00 noon to 2:00 pm) “encompasses everything from groundbreaking, new music from his personal collection to current topic discussions and guest interviews of all varieties – all with a living room-conversation vibe.”  Pictured are (from l-r): Andrew Wilson, Luke Wilson, Jones, and Owen Wilson.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The second annual BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting scholarship competition is now open to broadcasting students nationwide.  The program will award up to $5,000 for the best original essay response entry.  Aspiring radio newscasters, announcers, sales executives, program directors, etc. are encouraged to apply.  Established in 2015, the award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded Broadcast Music, Inc. in 1939 with the mission to provide a competitive source for music licensing and an open-door policy to songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. Each year, the program recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio.  Entrants must be current students at accredited U.S. colleges or universities, between the ages of 17 and 24 at the time of entry, and degree candidates in Broadcast Communications or related majors.  For more information and to apply, please click here.…..Envision Networks’ Westar Music Library announces it’s expanding its growing collection of music beds to include more than 248,000 sound effects.  The Westar Music online commercial library now includes all of the sound effects from The Hollywood Edge and Serafine.  The company says the library also offers more than 15,000 royalty-free music tracks.

lecorchickjimErie Radio Personality Jim LeCorchick Dead at 69.  Longtime Erie, Pennsylvania radio personality Jim LeCorchick passed away this morning (10/13) after collapsing at the Connoisseur Media studios.  According to, LeCorchick, who hosted the morning show at news/talk WJET-AM, walked into the studio of sister rock outlet WRKT “Rocket 101” and asked the jocks to call 911. reports that LeCorchick was a commentator for both WJET-AM and the WFNN-AM “Sports Blitz” afternoon show.  He also served as a play-by-play and color commentator for area college and high school sports games over the years.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

| October 12, 2016

Cumulus Shareholders Approve Reverse Stock Split.  The vote among Cumulus Media shareholders took place today and becomes effective at 5:00 pm ET.  This move consists of a 1-for-8 reverse split – eight shares cumulus-logoof the company’s Class A common stock will be converted into one share – to increase the price of each share.  There will be no fractional shares issued; they will be rounded up to whole shares.  This obviously results in a reduction of the number of authorized shares of common stock.  Cumulus Media’s stock has been trading for less than $ 0.75 per share for most of the past year.

Dana McKay Promoted to Music Director at WIAD, Washington.  Midday air personality Dana McKaymckaydana adds music director duties to her list of responsibilities at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD “94.7 Fresh FM.”  McKay also serves as assistant program director and social media manager.  Program director Steve Davis says, “Dana is a tremendous talent, an incredible asset to the station and is invaluable to me in programming ‘Fresh.’  This additional responsibility recognizes the many contributions Dana brings to us each and every day.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  A Veterans Day music special is being made available from Westwood One, for airplay November 11 through 13.  WW1 says Kix Brooks hosts the two-hour “A Salute to our Military Veterans with Kix Brooks” in which “he’ll play songs that capture America’s patriotic spirit, including Brooks & Dunn’s staple hit ‘Only in America,’ along with Toby Keith’s ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue’ and ‘American Soldier,’ Tim McGraw with ‘If You’re Reading This,’ ‘I Drive Your Truck’ by Lee Brice, Keith Urban’s ‘For You,’ ‘One Hell of an Amen’ by Brantley Gilbert, among other songs.”  Stars joining Brooks on the show include: Tim McGraw, kxte-logoDierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown, and more…..CBS RADIO’s Las Vegas alternative rock KXTE, Las Vegas “X107.5” is announcing the lineups for its Holiday Havoc concerts taking place December 8 and 9 at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort.  The first night will feature Blink 182 with special guests Jimmy Eat World, Pierce the Veil, Weathers and The Hunna.  The second evening features Weezer, Grouplove,beattherunway Saint Motel, The Moth & The Flame, and 888…..iHeartMedia’s “104.5 The Beat,” Orlando’s Hip Hop and R&B radio station, is again producing its “Beat The Runway” event – a free music and fashion show featuring live performances by Kayla Brianna, R&B group Glamour, and singer and producer Kevin Cossom, plus the latest fashion trends by world-class and local rising star designers. “Beat The Runway” takes place on November 3 at the Orchid Garden in downtown Orlando.  The event will feature a fashion show that highlights a mix of talented local designers, as well as The Pop-Up District, a unique blend of local retailers and pop-up vendors that capture the Orlando Hip Hop and R&B spirit. 104.5 The Beat’s on-air personalities DJ D Strong, D Royale, Viva La Koi and Young Scholar will host the show.

oshaughnessywilliamWilliam O’Shaughnessy Goes to Bat for Billy Bush.  New York broadcaster William O’Shaughnessy pens an opinion piece addressing the character of embattled NBC-TV personality Billy Bush.  O’Shaughnessy says, in so many words, what a shame it would be for Bush to lose his position with NBC due do his role in the Donald Trump hot-mic case that’s plaguing the Republican nominee.  Read it here.

New Orleans Radio Personality Bobby Reno Dies at 72.  According to a report by WWL-TV, New Orleans, local radio personality Bobby Reno died on Monday at the age of 72 after an illness.  Reno had been working as a renobobbyjock on oldies WTIX-FM.  Reno started in the radio business in New Orleans on WTIX-AM in 1965 and was one of the market’s popular personalities during the 1960s.  Fellow WTIX-FM jock “Pal Al” Nassar tells WWL-TV that Reno had been sick for some time and had taken time off about three months ago to recuperate.  A station bio for Reno says he left WTIX-AM in the late 1960s to help launch a rock format on WRNO-FM as program director.  He also worked in the Memphis and St. Louis markets before returning to New Orleans to program and host afternoons at WNOE-FM.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

| October 11, 2016

Lucas Phelan Takes Over Afternoons on KMNB, Minneapolis.  Former KDWB, personality Lucas Phelan joins CBS RADIO’s country KMNB “BUZ*N @ 102.9” for the PM drive show.  Station OM/PD Lauren MacLeash says, “Lucas is an electric talent on and off the air.  He loves the listeners, the music, and especiallyphelanlucas our community.  He’s a perfect fit for this fun, hardworking radio family.  Lucas has an incredible following and we welcome him and his fans to the COUNTRYside!”  Phelan began his career in radio in 1998 with stops in Omaha at “Sweet 98” and Kansas City’s “Mix 93.3.”  In 2005, Phelan made the move to Minneapolis as the APD and afternoon drive personality for 11 years at CHR KDWB-FM.  He’ll also serve KMNB as APD.  With his arrival, Tricia “T.J.” Jenkins returns to her 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show and is officially named music director.

CBS RADIO Names Remy Maxwell PM Host on Adult Hits ‘104.1 JACK –FM’ in Minneapolis. SVP maxwellremyand market manager Shannon Knoepke says Remy Maxwell will be the adult hits station’s first live personality, hosting the 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm show on KZJK “104.1 JACK-FM.”  Maxwell serves as the station’s imaging director and live event personality.  Knoepke says, “Remy possesses all of the winning qualities of a great talent and we can’t wait for him to open up the mic and connect with the audience.”

Kiefer Named GSM for iHeartMedia Charlotte.  Radio sales pro Michele Kiefer joins iHeartMedia’skiefermichele Charlotte station group as general sales manager for its five-station cluster that includes CHR WHQC “Channel 96.1,” country WKKT “96.9 The Kat,” classic rock WRFX, adult hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake,” and alternative WEND “106.5 The End.”  Kiefer, who previously served in the Indianapolis market, will report to SVP of sales Ryan Petrosso.

cookehollandCooke: The Value of Social Media to Broadcasters.  Media consultant Holland Cooke writes today about how broadcasters are applying their use of social media to their on-air work.  Several radio pros Cooke spoke with say that listeners like the ability to connect “personally” with them via social media. He notes that at the recent NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville, Cumulus/Westwood One’s Lori Lewis said it reminds people “that they matter.”  Most of the broadcasters say they learn from their P1s about what kind of show content might interest those P1s that they themselves would never have thought of.  And still others use social media to continue “the show” even after it goes off the radio.  Read Cooke’s entire report here.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallWFTL, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami Dynamo Joyce Kaufman Joins Michael Harrison on this Week’s ‘Up Close and Far Out.’   She is one of the most politically provocative news/talkers in the industry and a longtime mainstay of South Florida local radio.  Joyce Kaufman – who hosts 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daily show on Alpha Media’s WFTL, Ft. Lauderdale – has been outspoken for decades about the full spectrum of conservative issues – from Second Amendment rights to abortion to illegal immigration and much more.  She is a true regional mover and shaker – and no stranger to controversy.  In a candid conversation on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” Kaufman discusseskaufmanjoyce dealing with the intense negative blowback that accompanies her broadcasting career path and the impact it has had on her life raising children as a single mother.  Harrison and Kaufman further delve into the impact social media has on radio hosts as well as society in general.  They also discuss the shocking changes we are witnessing in the style of public political discourse marking the current presidential election.  Kaufman says, “The genie is out of the bottle, there’s no going back.”  To listen to this fascinating conversation that even includes a look at the role local radio plays in providing vital service to the public during hurricanes, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” box located in the right-hand column on every page of and

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The WLNK-FM, Charlotte-based Bob & Sheri show was the scene of a live marriage proposal for two avid show listeners.  Show fan Dalton Grigston reached out to the show, telling Bob and Sheri, “Your show is what brought me together with Tiffany, my girlfriend of five years.  She’s the biggest fan ever.  I want to marry her – and I want to ask her live on the air.”  So, Grigston planned romantic weekend on the North Carolina coast, passing through Charlotte on the way.  Tiffany’s oldest friend, Miranda, pretends she’s won a contest to hang out all morning in the studio with Bob & Sheri and invites Tiffany to tag along.  The “surprise guest” Bob & Sheri promised turns out to be none other than Dalton, who dropped to one knee and popped the question.  She said, “Yes!”…..KBIG, Los Angeles “104.3 MYFM” personality Dave Styles is the host of a new reality TV show called “American Supergroup” that will premiere on cable’s Pop, MTV Live, and MTV Classic channels later this week.  The judges for the show are: pop/soul artist Aloe Blacc, rock/blues artist Elle King, country superstar Jennifer Nettles and classic rock icon Jason Scheff, lead singer/bass player for Chicago.  Twenty-five musician finalists will be selected to form five groups of five members each – best guitarist, best drummer, best bass player, best keyboards, and best vocalist.  Musical genres can be, but are not limited to, pop, rock, R&B, country, hard rock, and alternative.  Audiences will interact with, and vote for, bands via social media platforms.  The show is currently being filmed in Nashville, Tennessee at Skyways Studios and there will be eight weekly one-hour episodes ending with a 90-minute finale on December 6.…..The NPR-distributed “World Café” music program and NPR Music are partnering to establish a new Nashville-based enterprise for creating content from Music City and the Southern US.  The new entity is called World Cafe Nashville and is being launched with two special events at City Winery in Nashville featuring Eric Church, Steelism and other special guests on October 27 and 28.  The WXPN, Philadelphia-produced program says it and NPR Music will expand coverage of the depth and diversity of music emanating from Nashville and the Southern US, through artist recording sessions, interviews and other activities…..Hot AC KMXB, Las Vegas’ Mercedes in the Morning’s annual “Not So Silent Night” will bring its rockin’ holiday show back to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, December 11.  This year’s lineup will feature OneRepublic with special guest Lindsey Stirling and more to be announced soon.

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