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    July 18th, 2024, 05:50 PM
    From Radio Online: iHeartMedia Alaska and Hawaii and its more than 17 stations appoints Kim Williams as Area President, effective October 1, following the retirement of Andy Lohman. She joins the Alaska/Hawaii markets from Fairbanks, where she most recently served as the Market President. Williams also served as an Account More...
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    July 18th, 2024, 05:20 PM
    From Radio Insight: By the end of August, Corus Entertainment intends to have cut at least 25% of its workforce from what it had at the start of the 2023 fiscal year. Corus, which reported a third quarter loss of $769.9 million Canadian with revenue down to $331.8 million from $397.3 million in Q3 2023. The company reported radio revenues down 9.9 percent year-over-year to $23.6 million, while its television revenue saw a massive 17 percent drop from $371.2 million to $308.2 million. With 500 cuts made earlier this year across the company, it now intends to cut 300 more positions by the end of August. And those cuts started today in Kingston ON where the company eliminated all local radio on-air positions on Classic Hits “Big 96.3” CFMK-FM and Hot AC “104.3 Fresh Radio” CKWS-FM. Among the talent exiting are cluster Promotions Director and CKWS-FM morning host Monica Lapajne & co-host Jesse Reynolds, 104.3 afternoon host Carrie ‘Care’ Humphries, CFMK morning host Ryan ‘Sideshow’ Lemmon, midday host Bill Welcyhka, and afternoon host Derek Bolduc. The company cut CFMK-FM/CKWS-FM Program Director Bob Willette in the earlier round of cuts. In a statement shared to the Kingston Whig-Standard, a Corus spokesperson commented, ?On the audio side, BIG 96.3 and Fresh 104.3 will remain in Kingston, and the stations will utilize voice tracking to continue to produce local content made for and reflecting Kingston. In the news division, we have reimagined our broadcast schedule in Kingston, Peterborough, and Kelowna with a focus on supper hour and late-night news programming. Additionally, our local online team will now operate under a new model to better support local breaking news.” During the Corus earnings call on Monday, co-CEO John Gossling said, “We’re making tough decisions to shutter areas of the business we can no longer sustain and pause longer term development activities while we implement efficiency initiatives.” Co-CEO Troy Reeb added that the company would “redouble our efforts to reduce legacy costs, not just in news, but in all areas of the business.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jesse Reynolds (@ifyouseekjesse) more
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    July 18th, 2024, 04:30 PM
    From Radio Insight: iHeartMedia has announced that Kim Williams will succeed Andy Lohman as Area President of their Alaska and Hawaii properties upon Lohman’s retirement on October 1. Williams, who has been Market President for their Fairbanks AK cluster since 2009, will oversee operations in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Honolulu. She began her career as an account executive in Anchorage for Pacific Star Communications through their absorption into AMFM and Clear Channel. iHeartMedia Division President Dan Lankford, who Williams will report to, stated, “I have had the privilege of working with Kim over the past four years while she served as Market President for Fairbanks. I?m excited to see Kim?s passion and experience expand to all of the iHeartMedia stations across the entire Alaska and Hawaii area.” Williams commented, “I am grateful to iHeart and thrilled for the opportunity to work with these incredible markets. Alaska and Hawaii are two of the most diverse, extreme, and beautiful states. I?m incredibly proud to learn from and contribute to our amazing teams in Honolulu, Fairbanks, and Anchorage.” Lohman has served as Area President since August 2022 after a decade as Regional VP/Market Manager for Anchorage and Fairbanks AK since 2012. He previously served as General Sales Manager of KJR and KJR-FM Seattle. more
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    July 18th, 2024, 03:10 PM
    From Radio Insight: Nielsen begins its releases of the June 2024 continuous diary market and Spring 2024 biannual ratings surveys today. Today’s markets include June monthly ratings for Baton Rouge, Louisville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, and Puerto Rico. Spring ratings for Biloxi/Gulfport/Pascagoula, Bowling Green, Lafayette, Laurel/Hattiesburg, and Monmouth/Ocean. Other markets coming this week include: On Friday, July 19: June monthly ratings for Birmingham, Buffalo/Niagara Falls, Greenville/Spartanburg, Richmond, and Rochester. Spring ratings for Asheville, Fredericksburg, and Tuscaloosa. more
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    July 18th, 2024, 02:30 PM
    From Radio Online: Woody and Jim return to Nashville radio on Cromwell Media's rebranded W227DC (93.3 FM Totally Hits/Totally Nashville). The duo have been a staple in the lives of many radio listeners in Nashville for over 25 years. After a one-year hiatus, they return on Monday July 22 every weekday from 5-10am. Woody Wood More...
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    July 18th, 2024, 01:51 PM
    From Radio Insight: Leighton Media has debuted a new afternoon show on three of its Country stations. “Wild Country 99” KZPK Paynesville/St. Cloud MN, “KJ Country” 96.5 KJJK-FM Fergus Falls MN, and “97 KYCK” Crookston MN/Grand Forks ND have launched the “Kris & Chelsea Show” in afternoons. KZPK Program Director Kris Valentine comes on-air to join longtime partner Chelsea Lee, who moves from mornings. Valentine joined KZPK as Program Director in December with Lee joining the station in mornings with both previously working at Hubbard’s “100.7 Kik-FM” KIKV Alexandria where Valentine was PD/morning host and Lee co-host. Valentine previously programmed KZPK from 2016-18 and has previously worked on-air in Denver, Minneapolis, and Portland. The duo replace Brook Stephens in afternoons on KZPK and KYCK, while Lee had already been tracking afternoons on KJJK. The Kelly Jordan Show continues in mornings on the three stations. Jordan is now teamed with Bryan Riley and ‘Intern Natalie’ following Chelsea Lee’s move to the afternoon show. Riley also hosts middays at KZPK. more
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    July 18th, 2024, 01:51 PM
    From Radio Online: The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association (MBA) awarded 11 scholarships, totaling $30,000, to the most promising broadcast students in Massachusetts during a presentation at Beasley Media Group in Waltham, MA. Student Broadcaster Scholarships are given to students pursuing a career in over-the-air More...
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    July 18th, 2024, 01:11 PM
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    July 18th, 2024, 11:11 AM
    From Radio Insight: Northwestern Media has promoted Matt Deane from Program Director to Station Manager of Christian AC 98.5 KTIS-FM Minneapolis effective September 30. Deane joined KTIS-FM in March 2021 after previously holding the PD and Station Manager roles at co-owned “Life 101.9” KNWS-FM Waterloo IA. He also has been PD/morning host at Christian Life Communications’ “89Q” WCLQ Wausau WI. Dean succeeds Dave St. John, who has simultaneously been promoted to Senior Director of Media Markets for Northwestern Media. St. John has led KTIS-FM since 2016 after previously holding the same position at Northwestern Media’s “Life 107.1” KNWI Des Moines. Northwestern Media is also conducting a nationwide search for a new Program Director at KTIS-FM. Interested individuals are encouraged to read the full posting at University of Northwestern-St. Paul’s portal. more
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    July 18th, 2024, 10:40 AM
    From Radio Online: iHeartMedia Pittsburgh names Rob King, a member of the Steelers Audio Network pre-game and post-game broadcast team since 2014, as the play-by-play voice for the NFL team's game audio broadcasts. King has been a part of the Pittsburgh sports media landscape for nearly 25 years and succeeds Bill Hillgrove, More...
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    July 18th, 2024, 10:40 AM
    From Radio Online: Matt Deane is appointed the next station manager for Northwestern Media's 98.5 KTIS in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He's served as the Program Director for KTIS since March of 2021. Deane previously held Program Director and Station Manager duties at Northwestern's KNWS (Life 101.9) in Waterloo, IA. He'll step into More...
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    July 18th, 2024, 10:40 AM
    From Radio Online: iHeartMedia Tampa flips Urban WBTP-FM to Rumba 95.7, # 1 Para Hits Y Variedad. Beginning at noon on Thursday, the new format will air high energy contemporary top 40 hits from the most popular genres in Latin music, such as Reggaeton, Urban Pop, Bachata and Salsa from Latino artists including Bad Bunny, More...
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    July 18th, 2024, 10:00 AM
    From Radio Online: Triton Digital has released its June, 2024 U.S. Podcast Ranker (June 3-30). iHeart Audience Network earned the #1 spot again on the Top Sales Networks Report for the month of June, with 66.3 million Average Weekly Downloads and 18.3 million Average Weekly Users. SiriusXM Podcast More...
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    July 17th, 2024, 03:30 PM
    From Radio Insight: First on RadioInsight: iHeartMedia is conducting a double-flip in the Tampa Bay area on Thursday, July 18. Spanish CHR “Rumba 106.5/102.9” WRUB Sarasota/W275AZ Tampa will move to the full-market signal of 95.7 WBTP Clearwater, while Hip Hop “95.7 The Beat” will move in reverse to 106.5 and 102.9 and flip to Classic Hip Hop positioned as “The Suncoast’s Throwback Station”. WBTP began stunting at 3pm with non-stop Bad Bunny as both stations are running sweepers between songs promoting the moves. WBTP has been struggling since Cox Media Group’s launch of Adult R&B “101.5 The Vibe” last September hovering in the mid 1’s shares. Due to lack of a signal in the northern parts of the market, WRUB currently holds a 0.8 share in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market. The move will leave Beasley Media Rhythmic CHR “Wild 94.1” WLLD as the only current based Hip Hop station in the market. The move of “Rumba” to 95.7 will give the brand additional coverage as it goes from the worst signal of the three Spanish CHRs in the market to the best with its 100kW/185m Class C1 signal covering more of the market than Beasley’s “92.5 Maxima” WYUU Safety Harbor’s Class C2 signal and Spanish Broadcasting Systems’ “El Zol 97.1” WSUN Holiday’s Class A signal. WYUU currently has a 1.9 share, while WSUN is at a 1.1 share. more
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    July 17th, 2024, 03:00 PM
    From Radio Insight: Skyiew Networks’ B-Dub Radio has announced the addition of five recent affiliation additions. In addition to the previously reported debuts in afternoons on Hubbard’s “98.9 The Bull” KPNW-FM Seattle and nights on Alpha Media’s “Free Country” 98.3 WCCQ/102.3 WXLC in suburban Chicago, B-Dub Radio has also been added for nights at Cox Media Group Country “K95.5” KWEN Tulsa OK and Foxfur Communications “92.1 The Wolf” WOLF-FM Syracuse NY as well as Saturday nights on North American Broadcasting’s “Country 103.9” WJKR Columbus OH. Host Bryan ‘B-Dub’ Washington was quoted, “I still wake up every day feeling absolutely blessed to have a team of people that believe in what I do. From our affiliate partners to the team at Skyview Networks, I?m so thankful.? more
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    July 17th, 2024, 03:00 PM
    From Radio Online: iHeartPodcasts and its new Women's Sports Audio Network is teaming up with veteran sports journalist Sarah Spain to launch "Good Game with Sarah Spain,"' a new daily podcast breaking down the biggest stories in women's sports. Hosted by longtime ESPN sports journalist and former college heptathlete Sarah More...
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    July 17th, 2024, 02:20 PM
    From Radio Online: Carter Media and High Aspirations are hosting the 3rd Annual Debbie Dee Backpack Drive on Friday, July 26 from 6am-6pm at High Aspirations in Kansas City. CM and HA will accept new backpacks to benefit High Aspirations and other local male mentoring programs in the Kansas City area. "The Debbie Dee More...
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    July 17th, 2024, 02:20 PM
    From Radio Online: B-Dub Radio, through its syndication partner, Skyview Networks, has announced its recent growth across multiple new markets with the addition of five radio affiliates. Through the program's newly expanded network, host Bryan "B-Dub" Washington can now be heard on KPNW-FM/Seattle, WXLC-FM andamp; WCCQ-FM/Chicago, More...
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    July 17th, 2024, 02:20 PM
    From Radio Online: Veteran personality Maria Garcia, who had aired in Miami, New York and the Long Island area, died on Friday, July 12, at the age of 52. Garcia, a Miami native, began her career in her hometown, holding positions at WINZ-AM, WIOD-AM and WHQT-FM. In 1996, she relocated to New York, where she worked as a news More...
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    July 17th, 2024, 01:40 PM
    From Radio Insight: A trio of markets have seen new Spanish language brands launch on HD Radio subchannels in the past few weeks. iHeartMedia launched “La Mezcla 94.9-HD2” on WZTU-HD2 Miami Beach. The station is running Spanish Mixes and promoting itself as “La Casa de los Miami Dolphins”. No word yet on whether the Dolphins will be moving their gameday broadcasts from Spanish CHR “T? 94.9” WZTU to their HD2 after one year on the primary signal. MediaCo debuted Regional Mexican “La Buena 97.1” WQHT-HD2 New York. The format had been unavailable in New York since Univision’s “Que Buena 92.7” WQBU-FM Garden City flipped to Spanish AC in 2019 and was subsequently sold. The station is utilizing programming from MediaCo’s recent acquisition of Estrella Media including the KBUE/KBUA/KEBN Los Angeles based Don Cheto morning show running live in middays and ‘El Pap?’ in evenings. Omega Media Broadcasting launched Spanish CHR “Rumba 107.3 HD2” on Rubber City Radio’s 107.3 WNWV-HD2 Elyria/Cleveland OH. Omega Media Broadcasting head Daniel Melendez previously programmed TSJ Media’s network of stations in Ohio including the former “Mega 87.7” WLFM-LP Cleveland. more
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    July 17th, 2024, 01:40 PM
    From Radio Online: First Dallas Media Inc. has closed on its previously annouinced purchase of 50kW Country KRMX-FM (92.9 Shooter FM) serving the Waco, TX market from Mandamp;M Broadcasters of Waco. The purchase price was $1.35 million. The buyer is headed by Ben Lovvorn, who owns broadcast properties in the Dallas market. The More...
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    July 17th, 2024, 12:10 PM
    From Radio Insight: What was the best year for music of the 2000s so far? Ross on Radio readers have had fun discussing whether 1983 was better than 1984. They?ve debated the worst years of pop music. Many share my optimism about the uptrend that we seem to be experiencing at the moment.* When I asked Facebook friends about the best year of the 2000s ? any year between 2000 and now ? there was, not surprisingly, a lot of love for the turbo-pop era of the late ?00s/early ?10s. It was Top 40?s last clear moment of dominance, and a recent peak for a mother/daughter coalition that has long dissolved. But there are also a lot of votes for the year 2000 ? the apogee of the teen-pop era before it was again upstaged by Hip-Hop on one side and Linkin Park-type rock acts on the others. There are votes for 2003, where pop?s post-American Idol comeback becomes visible. * There are a number of ?Yeah!? votes for 2004-05. To read Tom Breihan?s Stereogum recaps of No. 1 hits is to see that era recast as a golden era for hip-Hop and R&B crossovers that would be compromised a few years later, as hip-Hop gave way to not just turbo-pop but, well, turbo-hop, where lyric mattered less, and rap was just another production element. There?s even a vote for 2014-18, which I think of as the falling-apart time for hit music, and an era conspicuously absent even as Top 40 reaches out for more throwbacks. But I?ve learned over the last five years, particularly in writing the ?Lost Factor? columns about how songs endure, that every year and every song is somebody?s favorite. There are a number of votes for 2024 as the best year of the century so far. That would be a lofty achievement. So far, 2024 is encouraging just for being better. As this column took shape, I realized it was often years of promise I liked best. Whether you think the best records were in 1983 or 1984, watching the resurgence of Top 40 in 1983 was its own excitement. Similarly, writing this column has brought me to remember how much I liked 2008, just before Top 40?s explosive resurgence.* It was the year I began consistently writing about the song of summer (?I Kissed a Girl? beat out ?All Summer Long? for me) after a few on-and-off-years; Rihanna?s imperial period was taking hold with one great single after another;* Britney Spears was beginning a musical upswing of several years; * Hip-Hop and R&B were still major influences on Top 40. R&B artists were just experimenting with dance and pop elements (Rihanna?s ?Don?t Stop the Music,? Chris Brown?s ?Forever,? Ne-Yo?s ?Closer?) in a way that didn?t yet portend turbo-pop consuming everything in its path. (The same would happen to pop/punk eventually.) One radio station could and would still break a record and artist singlehandedly, as WHTZ (Z100) New York did with Miley Cyrus? ?See You Again?; The holdovers from the modern AC-era of the early decade (?I?m Yours,? ?Viva la Vida?) seemed like part of a balanced diet and not like signs of a doldrums. I?m hoping we feel that way about all the Triple-A music of the moment; Finger Eleven?s ?Paralyzer? seemed like a blueprint for what hit guitar-rock could sound like on Top 40 (instead, there was nothing like it, seemingly ever again, as CHR, Alternative, and Active pulled apart);* It came for many others a year later, but for me 2008 was the breakthrough year for Lady Gaga, since Canadian stations embraced ?Let?s Dance? 4-6 months earlier than their U.S. counterparts.* At least one reader didn?t want to pick a favorite moment. For KQKY (Hits 106) Kearney, Neb.?s Mark Reid, the best year is always today. ?I don?t think about what the best period, era, or year was. I?m more focused on now.?* Musically, I?m enjoying ?now,? too. The best eventual outcome would be for 2024 to be remembered as the year that a pop-music comeback took hold for several years? time. There?s a lot of the unseen in that, but for now going from ?Top 40 will never matter again? to ?hmmm, could happen? is its own optimism (just as it was in the mid-?90s). * For those ROR readers who didn?t have trouble spotlighting a favorite era, here are their thoughts on the 2000s in rough chronological order: ?As far as pop and Top 40, 2000 or 2001. Things started going downhill in late 2001. More extremes (either hip-hop or rock). By 2003, it was all hip-Hop and rock with little pop to paste it together? ? Jeremy Andrews ?For CHR, 2000. For Alt, 2004??Will LaTulippe ?2000: ?NSync and the boy-band era? ? Lee Family Broadcasting?s Ben Reed. WWZY (Boss 107.1) Monmouth/Ocean, N.J., PD Robby Bridges also votes for 2000.* ?SoulDecision?s ?Faded? came out in the year 2000, so why are we even asking this?? ? Chris Cruise, host of Throwback 2K. ?Gonna say 2002-04 with some great songs those years from Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, the best moment of Kelly Clarkson?s life, Usher?s ?Yeah,? Outkast?s ?Hey Ya!?? ? Tony Pizza ?There was something about 2003: ?Hey Ya,? ?The Way You Move,? ?Ignition,? ?Milkshake,? ?Rise and Fall,? ?Rock Your Body,? ?Are You Going to Be My Girl,? ?Beautiful,? ?Stacy?s Mom,? ?In da Club,? ?Bring Me to Life,? ?Can?t Stop,? ?Clocks,? ?Crazy in Love,? ?Frontin?,? ?Get Busy,? ?I Know What You Want,? ?I?m Still in Love With You,? ?It?s My Life,? ?My Immortal,? ?Me Myself and I,? and ?Move Your Feet? by Junior Senior? ? Ellis B. Feaster, WPOZ Orlando ?2003-05 was a really good for pop music. I was DJing, often every weekend, and music packed the floor. Songs like ?Crazy in Love,? ?In da Club,? ?Without Me,? ?Mr. Brightside? and more??Josh Markovitz of Washington, D.C.?s iHeart stations. ?It is 100 percent without question 2004. The American Idiot songs, ?Float On,? ?Take Me Out,? all the Hot Fuss songs, Velvet Revolver??The rock perspective on the time of ?true.alt? resurgence from Connoisseur Communications? Keith Dakins. ?For me, it was 2004-05, because we had huge hits with Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, and Usher??programming/A&R veteran Hosh Gureli, now with Primary Wave, who qualifies those comments by saying that the ?80s remain his favorite era overall. ?2005 was a strong year for Urban and Rhythmic Top 40 radio. Throwback stations are playing those songs heavy now??Brian Paiz, iHeart, Raleigh, N.C. ?I?ve found that 2005 has more albums that I go back to than any other year in the aughts??Steve Reynolds, Premiere Radio Networks ?I liked 2007 to 2010. I was back at Magic 98.3 The format seemed to refresh itself??Jeff Rafter, Press Communications* ?2008 or 2009 ? the rise of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga? ? Craig Russell, PD KHBT (The Bolt) Humbolt, Iowa ?The turbo-pop years, 2009 specifically??Steve Sobczuk ?I added more songs to my iTunes library from 2009 (788 songs) and 2007 (746 songs) than any other year of the new millennium so far, by quite a large margin, since the third-highest year has less than 600 songs??Ken Bays ?Nothing will ever beat 2009-12. Look at every CHR station?s list of golds now and see how many of them are from that four-year period. That we are still playing so many of those songs after more than 12 years really speaks about the longevity, quality, and demand for that style of music??Mason Kelter, host of the syndicated LiveLine ?For me, it would be 2009-10. I was at CBS with 92.3 Now launching in New York and sat in on the music meetings ??broadcast engineer Mike Erickson ?Probably 2010-15. But we can?t overlook what?s happening now??Greg Carpenter, WLIF (Today?s 101.9) Baltimore ?For pop hits, my favorite window is 2011-2013, with a peak in 2012, but there are great songs in all three years??Slate?s Chris Molanphy ?2024 has been the best post-pandemic. Before that, 2014-2018? ? VirtualJock.com?s Jason Kidd, bucking the current wisdom about those years. ?2019: More innovative songs that point to our musical future than any other recent year. Some obvious ? Lil Nas X?s ?Old Town Road,? Billie Eilish?s ?Bad Guy,? Lizzo?s ?Truth Hurts.? Some less obvious, like Tones and I?s ?Dance Monkey.? There?s plenty of fluff in 2019, too, but those songs are harbingers? ? researcher and music analyst Matt Bailey ?Out of the last five years, 2021 and 2024 were the best: ?Levitating,? ?Heat Waves,? ?Stay,? ?Good 4 U,? ?Kiss Me More,? ?Industry Baby,? ?Peaches,? ?Bad Habits.? All solid hits that still get played a lot today. Right now, we have the most diverse and upbeat sound that Top 40 has had in years: ?I Had Some Help,? ?Espresso,? ?Too Sweet,? ?A Bar Song (Tipsy),? ?Million Dollar Baby,? ?Good Luck, Babe!? ?Birds of a Feather,? ?Beautiful Things,? ?We Can?t Be Friends (Wait for Your Love).? Talk about monster hits?–Kelter ?2024: Billie Eilish, Sabrina Carpenter, Chappell Roan, Charli XCX, and that giant, epic Beyonc? record? ? Steacy Easton ?Seconded for 2024. There are some great radio-friendly songs out this summer??Tom Green, veteran of UK and now Middle East radio ?This has been a great year for pop, Sabrina Carpenter finally breaking through with three bona-fide hits already in 2024. When is the last time an artist did that who is not Beyonc? or Taylor Swift??? Gureli more
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    July 17th, 2024, 10:30 AM
    From Radio Online: Benztown's "Sunday Night Slow Jams" celebrates 30 big years on-air Wednesday. Creator, producer and host R Dub! first aired the show on July 17, 1994 -- when he was just 16 years old -- at a tiny AM station in the middle of the Tucson, AZ desert. Today, "Sunday Night Slow Jams" is heard on over 200 radio More...
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    July 17th, 2024, 09:50 AM
    From Radio Online: Scholarship recipients for this year's Rising Through the Ranks program presented by the RAB, BMI, Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. and Xperi have been selected. As previously announced, this year's program will be hybrid, starting with a virtual session taking place on August 13, leading up to More...
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    July 17th, 2024, 08:50 AM
    From Radio Insight: Ranch Radio Marketing Group conducted a frequency swap at its Kerrville TX stations on July 1. Classic Rock “The Raptor” has moved to 96.5 KFXE Ingram and 93.9 K230AL Boerne/KRNH-HD4, while Country “The Fox” moves in reverse to 106.5 K293CY Kerrville/KRNH-HD3. Both stations feature local morning shows and programming from Westwood One the remainder of the day. Rob Savage anchors mornings on “The Raptor“, while Jason Cruz does so on “The Fox“. Ranch Radio Marketing Group also owns Classic Country “92.3 The Ranch” KRNH, Classic Hits “106.1 The River” KKVR, and Conservative Talk “Hill Country Patriot” 102.1 K271CH/104.3 K282BI/KRNH-HD2. more
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    July 17th, 2024, 08:14 AM
    From Radio Insight: Miami, New York and Long Island area personality Maria Garcia passed away on Friday, July 12 at the age of 52. A native of Miami, Garcia began her career with positions in her hometown at 940 WINZ, 610 WIOD, and 105.1 WHQT. She would relocate to New York in 1996 as a news writer and traffic reporter for 880 WCBS before joining Cox CHR 106.1 WBLI in October 1997 as morning co-host alongside Steve Harper. Garcia then moved back to Miami to join Cox Hot AC “97.3 The Coast” WFLC from 2006 to 2009. She has since spent time back in New York and Long Island with time at 97.5 WALK-FM and 98.3 WKJY on Long Island, WCBS, 770 WABC, 1010 WINS, and “FM News 101.9” WEMP, WNYW-TV, and CBS News Radio based in New York. Garcia was a two-time Gracie Award winner, and recipient of other industry honors and awards. She is survived by her son Ethan shared with ex-husband Andrew Kalb. more
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    July 17th, 2024, 06:11 AM
    From Radio Insight: Saga Communications Rock “Lazer 103.3” KAZR Pella/Des Moines IA is seeking ne Program Director and afternoon host following the departure of Andy Hall at the end of June. Saga Des Moines Operations Manager Leigh McNabb is conducting the search for KAZR’s next programmer seeking someone with major daypart air experience and programming knowledge who has “interviewed an artist you?ve had to bleep?” and “done a stage announcement for thousands of crowed-out fans?” Interested persons can find more information at the Saga Careers Portal. Outside of a nine month run as Program Director of KQWB Fargo in 2003-04, Hall spent nearly 25 years at KAZR. He joined the station in 2000 and spent time as APD/MD and hosted nights and afternoons before rising to Program Director in September 2000. Hall started his career at “93X” KXXR Minneapolis and has also served as public address announcer for the Des Moines Buccaneers and Iowa Wild minor league hockey teams and the NBA G-League’s Iowa Wolves. Hall shared on Facebook earlier this month, “25 years is a hell of a run. Especially considering the vast majority was spent at the same station. Today was my last day at Lazer 103.3. And instead of treating it like a funeral, I?m choosing to appreciate all the great people I?ve met, the excellent shows I?ve seen, the money I helped raise for worthy causes, and the big projects I?ve been blessed to be part of (METALLICA!!!!) Dream big, friends. You can do anything you set your mind to – and it?s never too late. I?m living proof, as I set sail to my next adventure for the benefit of my family, my health, and my future. It?s time to re-prioritize these things above all else. I?m not prepared to share just where I?m headed and what I?ll be doing yet?thank you for your understanding. I thank anyone who ever gave me a shot. Whether you hired me, listened to me, met me, or worked alongside of me?I gave you everything I had to give, day in and day out, and never took one minute of it for granted. Thinking back on my time, I?m truly humbled and grateful for it all. I wouldn?t change a thing. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life for all these years. And thank you for being a part of mine.” more
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    July 16th, 2024, 06:09 PM
    From Radio Insight: David Kantor will retire as CEO of Urban One’s Radio One and Reach Media divisions at the end of 2024. Kantor co-founded Reach Media with Tom Joyner in 2002 and joined Radio One when it acquired a 51% controlling stake in Reach Media in 2004. Radio One would expand its ownership stake in Reach Media to 80% in 2012 and merge its internal Syndication One division into the company. Kantor would then add the oversight of the entire radio station group in 2015. Prior to launching Reach Media, Kantor started his career as a local programming and sales researcher and then held roles at Satellite Music Network where he would rise to President followed by time as President of ABC Radio Networks, where he oversaw the launch of Joyner’s national morning show, ESPN Radio and Radio Disney. He then was SVP/Network Operations for AMFM Inc. where he would launch their network from 1996 until its 2000 sale to Clear Channel. Radio One has yet to comment on its plans for the radio division. News of Kantor’s retirement was first reported by Radio Ink. more
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    July 16th, 2024, 05:38 PM
    From Radio Insight: Key Networks is partnering with Gary Bernstein’s Oceanic Tradewinds and “Q99.7” WWWQ Atlanta Program Director Louie Diaz to launch a four hour weekly syndicated mixshow “The Mix Factory“. Key Networks states, “The Mix Factory ? Top 40, a revolutionary new Mix show format for Contemporary music stations. The un-hosted, four-hour music Mix show is built for stations that want to make their weekends sound exciting. The show includes 44 minutes of music per hour and is complete with flawless beat-mixing of only the most memorable moments of each research-tested song.” Louie Diaz comments, “The Mix Factory – Top 40 is a feel-good Mix show great for PPM and diary markets. The Mix Factory – Top 40 takes the biggest Top 40 hits, remixes some of the hit songs while keeping the integrity of the song intact. The four-hour Mix show also features “Music Factory Flashback” party songs in each segment.? Key Networks CEO Dennis Green commented, “I?m delighted to be working with Louie Diaz and Gary Bernstein to bring The Mix Factory – Top 40 to stations across the country. When it comes to producing a music mix show for CHR/Top 40 stations, there is no one that is more innovative and does it better than Louie D! If your station is in this format and wants the best mix show for their station, you need to grab The Mix Factory – Top 40.? Bernstein added, “Dozens of stations have been patiently waiting for this launch for a very long time. Because The Mix Factory ? Top 40’s music presentation is so fresh, versatile, and user friendly, it creates such a unique solution for stations who want to localize their own mix and make their station sound great and stand out.? Stations are suggested to contact Dennis Green at dennis@keynetworks.com for more information regarding the show. more
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    July 16th, 2024, 05:38 PM
    From Radio Insight: iHeartMedia has promoted Rhonda Gerrard to Area President for its Nebraska-Iowa Area including oversight of stations all operations across the Omaha, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Ogallala, and Sioux City markets. Gerrard has served as VP of Sales for the area since July 2022. She has been with the company since 2016 previously serving as Omaha market General Sales Manager, SVP/Sales, and Region SVP/Sales. She began her career as an account executive at KFOR/KFRX Lincoln and later was an account executive at KMOX St. Louis, General Sales Manager for Clear Channel Omaha from 1999 to 2005 and Director of Sales and later General Manager of NRG Media Omaha between 2005 and 2012. Gerrard commented, “It is an honor and privilege to take the reins of the Nebraska-Iowa area and lead this incredibly talented group in employing iHeartMedia?s cutting edge assets to drive listener engagement, community outreach and client outcomes.” Division President Shosh Arbomovich stated, “I am thrilled to announce Rhonda as our new Area President. Her insightful knowledge of the industry, combined with her sharp skillsets, will undoubtedly drive our team?s growth and development throughout the Nebraska-Iowa Area and throughout iHeartMedia. Her fresh perspective and unwavering dedication to excellence will make her an invaluable asset to our community, our partners, and our listeners.” Gerrard takes the position that had been held by Taylor Walet since August 2022. more
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