Seven AEs Sue Clear Channel Claiming Civil Rights Violations. In a suit filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana by seven current and former AEs working at Clear Channel’s New Orleans stations, the group charges that after the economic downturn of 2008, accounts were redistributed at a meeting in Gonzales, Louisiana in February of 2009 in such a way that helped ease the financial hit Caucasian AEs were taking through the redistribution. The complaint alleges many of the redistributed accounts had been built up by African American AEs. The complaint – filed jointly by Wil Watson, Gary Watson, Prixie Montgomery, Ave Gaines, Darnetta Mahaffy-Nelson, Dinah Campbell, and Brandin Campbell – details salaries before and after the redistribution and concludes, “As a result of the redistribution of accounts, whether intentional or negligent, African-American account executives were disparately, and negatively, impacted, to their severe economic detriment as compared to their Caucasian counterparts…Overall, African-American account executives lost on average more than 40% of their 2008 income in 2008-9. On information and belief Caucasian account executives lost no more that about 15% of their 2008 income, on average, during the same period of time.” Three of the seven were fired, they allege, after complaining about the practices. The seven seek relief, punitive damages, general damages, attorneys’ fees and statutory remedies.
Clear Channel Names Jay Michaels KDGE, Dallas PD. Programmer Jay Michaels, already in charge of the company’s sister hot AC KDMX, Dallas “Mix 102.9,” adds PD duties for alternative KDGE “102.1 The Edge.” In making the announcement, CC Dallas vice president of operations Patrick Davis states, “Jay has earned this opportunity and has been a major contributor to the station’s programming since the beginning. He and ‘The Edge’ staff have done an outstanding job this year and are seeing the benefits of their hard work.” Prior to joining CC Dallas, Michaels served as operations manager at Sinclair’s Norfolk operations and was program director for alternative WROX “96 X” and rhythmic AC WNRJ “Energy 106.1.”
Greg Hoffman to Mornings at Hip Hop KSEQ, Fresno. After more than 17 years at Clear Channel’s Fresno rhythmic CHR outlet KBOS “B95,” Hoffman recently exited the station. Now, he finds a home at Buckley Broadcasting’s crosstown KSEQ “Q97.1” where he’ll host the morning drive program. Buckley EVP Kathy Baker states, “The continuation of bringing top-ranked people in all capacities to KSEQ will enable us to better serve the audience we entertain and inform and the advertisers we solicit. Greg Hoffman will be a very welcome addition to our team.” KSEQ general manager John Sterling adds, “Greg is a veteran radio personality and programmer. I’ve always admired his incredible passion for our community. We are thrilled to have someone of his talent and experiences join ‘Q97.1’ as morning show host.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Jackie Selby is the new evening personality at the Entercom classic rock simulcast “K-Fox” on KUFX, San Jose and KUZX, San Francisco. She takes over for Laurie Roberts who remains with the company for weekend duties…..Sun Broadcasting names Anthony “Roach” Proffitt assistant program director and music director at its alternative WXNX, Sanibel, Florida in the Fort Myers-Naples market…..Sharon Wingfield is promoted to full time at Summit Media’s triple A WURV, Richmond “103.7 The River” to host the midday show.
WRBZ, Montgomery Adds Envision’s “Classic Rock Live” to Saturday Schedule. KMS, Inc.-owned classic hits outlet WRBZ, Montgomery “Kool Classic Hits” adds Envision Radio Networks’ two-hour weekly “Classic Rock Live” program to its weekend program schedule airing Saturdays at 8:00 pm. The show features live performances by classic rock artists and is hosted by WMMR, Philadelphia rock radio legend Pierre Robert. Envision states, “Robert has attended more than a thousand shows all over the globe. No one is better suited to bring an audience great classic rock moments and personal experiences from the most renowned tours.”
Alex “El Genio” Lucas Morning Show Adds Two Stations. Syndicated Spanish-language morning host Alex “El Genio” Lucas is added to KUNX, Oxnard-Ventura and KKZZ, Santa Paula – both branded “Radio Formula.” The program is syndicated to about 45 stations via AL & CM Broadcasting. Company CEO Carlos Moncada states, “I am thrilled and delighted that Alex Lucas can now be heard on ‘Radio Formula KUNX’ and ‘Radio Formula KKZZ’ – two premier Spanish stations that are highly respected in the California’s predominantly Hispanic community. We are happy to bring programming of this caliber to a greater number of people. Alex Lucas listeners are very loyal and his show typically drives up time spent listening – a metric that advertisers seek in today’s economy because it produces greatly increased retail activity. Alex Lucas is a proven ratings winner, and he is a natural fit for ‘Radio Formula KUNX’ and ‘Radio Formula KKZZ!’”
Journal’s KFDI, Wichita Honored by Kansas Association of Broadcasters. The news team at the Journal Broadcast Group country outlet was honored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters with the following awards in the annual competition: Best Large Market Complete Severe Weather Coverage: George Lawson, John Wright, Marc LaVoie, Matthew Harding, Jacob Weston and Kyle McCaskey; Best Large Market Spot News Coverage: Marc LaVoie, “McConnell AFB KC-46A Announcement”; and Honorable Mention Large Market Complete Newscast: Dan Dillon and John Wright, “Wichita Gas Leak.” The awards will be presented at the KAB convention on October 21. Journal Wichita operations manager Justin Case states, “We are honored to have our news professionals recognized for their success and commitment to our community. This accomplishment is a real testament to the dedication and excellence our team brings to their work every day. We are proud of these accomplishments and remain committed to keeping our listeners informed and safe.”
Country Act The Lost Trailers Cuts Custom Theme Music for Dial Global’s “Sunday Night Football.” The theme music to Dial Global’s “Sunday Night Footbal” this season is a tweaked version of The Lost Trailers’ single “It’s Goin’ Down Tonight” that features football highlights, sound bites and customized lyrics. The company announces, “The new theme music, performed by The Lost Trailers and powered by Early Shares Music, will debut during the first regular season NFL broadcast on Thursday, September 5 which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET. The highly anticipated season opener between the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos will feature Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason behind the microphones.” The band’s founding member Stokes Nielson states, “We are truly excited to be a part of the NFL broadcasts on Dial Global. We are huge sports fans and we can’t wait to help the announcers kick off every Sunday night game, because it’s goin’ down tonight, every Sunday night, all over America!” The band previously collaborated with Dial Global Sports, customizing their top 10 single “Holler Back” for the network’s opening montage in Super Bowl XLIII.