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Former RAB President/CEO Gary Fries Dead at 76
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Gary Fries
Sad to report that former Radio Adevertising Bureau (RAB) President/CEO Gary Fries has died. He passed away early Friday at age 76. "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our friend and colleague, Gary Fries," said RAB President/CEO Erica Farber in a statement. Following his departure from the RAB More

Cheryl Salomone Named Cumulus/Fayetteville VP/MM
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Cheryl Salomone
Cumulus Media appoints veteran broadcast executive Cheryl Salomone as Vice President and Market Manager for its four-station group in Fayetteville, NC, effective October 2. Salomone joins Cumulus from Pamal Broadcasting in White Plains, NY, where she was Director of Non-Traditional Revenue and Local Sales Manager for More

Frank Monroe Named WTMJ-WKTI Production Director
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Frank Monroe
Frank Monroe joins WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM (94.5 KTI Country) Milwaukee as Production Director to oversee its commercial production department, effective Friday, September 29. Monroe is inbound to Scripps from Crystal Lake, IL, where he served as the Production Director for Matrix Broadcasting and midday host for AC More

Radio Legend Laboe to Break Guinness World Record
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Art Laboe at KSAN in San Francisco
Radio legend Art Laboe, 92, will begin his 75th consecutive year on the radio this Sunday, September 24. He will break the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a radio presenter/DJ this Sunday on KDAY-FM Los Angeles as he kicks off his 75th year on-air. Laboe' s professional career began at KSAN/San Francisco on More

Black, Hispanic Account for One Third of Listening
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The African-American and Hispanic listening audience now accounts for one-third of the radio listening audience, and that number continues to grow, according to Nielsen's recent study, "State of the Media: Audio Today 2017," which focuses largely on black and Hispanic audiences. The Hispanic and black radio audience totals 74.7 More

Neuhoff Teams with Triton Digital and Omny Studio
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Neuhoff Communications adds the podcast management solution by Triton Digital and Omny Studio to power their on-demand content strategy. Under the partnership, Neuhoff will utilize Omny Studio's podcasting platform to capture, edit and distribute on-demand content. In addition, Neuhoff will use the Omny Studio integration with More

BFA Raises $250,000 with Celebrity Golf Tournament
The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised $250,000 to help broadcasters in need during its Celebrity Golf Tournament last week at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, NY. The annual event is one of the BFA's biggest fundraisers. This year, more than 150 broadcasters and celebrities came out in support of More

WLS-FM/Chicago Ups Daniel Wolfe to Assistant PD
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Daniel Wolfe
Cumulus Media promotes Daniel Wolfe to Assistant Program Director at Classic Hits WLS-FM Chicago. Wolfe will continue his duties as producer of the station's morning show, "The WLS Wake Up Call," a post he has held since 2003. A native of Coal City, IL, Wolfe graduated from Illinois Center for Broadcasting in 2002. WLS More

Cox Names Gunther MVP/Tulsa, Lawrie MVP/Jacksonville
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Cathy Gunther and Dan Lawrie
Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Cathy Gunther as Market Vice President for Tulsa, Okla. and Dan Lawrie as Market Vice President for Jacksonville, Fla., effective immediately. These appointments are part of CMG's converging markets with multiple media platforms to strengthen news, sales and operational collaboration. "Both More

Alpha Media/San Jose Names Heeren Market Manager
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Lori Heeren
Alpha Media, San Jose has named Lori Heeren as Market Manager. The market is home to KBAY and KEZR. Heeren's 30-year career includes previous stints as Vice President and General Manager of Reno Media Group and Director of Sales for CBS Radio/Las Vegas. She also served as Director of Strategic Sales for Beasley Media Group. More

Fort Myers Listeners Seek Out Radio During Irma
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When the latest hurricane hit Florida, residents turned to their phones for local radio. In a white paper, NextRadio -- whose app allows for FM listening -- said listener counts and session starts shot up 1,000+% in hard-hit Fort Myers-Naples-Marco Island. Listener counts in Miami and the Tampa area were up 850% and 700%. The More

Dave Ramsey to Host the NRHoF Induction Ceremony
Syndicated radio personality, author, personal money management expert and National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Dave Ramsey will host the 29th Annual NRHoF induction ceremony and celebration. Additionally, a commercial free audio feed of the event will be provided by TuneIn. The 2017 inductees include Tom Barnard, Bobby Bones, More

Connie Breeze Joins ''The Greg Mack Show''
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Connie Breeze
Veteran hip hop radio host Greg Mack ("The Mack Attack") has revamped his five-hour Classic Hip Hop weekend radio program, "The Greg Mack Show," syndicated by MannGroup Radio, with the addition of KOAS-FM (Old School 105.7) Las Vegas Radio Hall of Fame inductee Connie Breeze. She's a woman of many hats: Assistant PD, MD, as More

TuneIn Launches ''First Play'' Podcast Program
Streaming app TuneIn debuts "First Play," a first-of-its kind podcast program offering early releases of new episodes from new and popular podcasts from networks like WNYC Studios, Gimlet Media, HowStuffWorks, Wondery, Feral Audio and StarTalk. New episodes will be available early, up to one week before they're available on More

IBM Joins Company Lineup in NAB's PILOT Program
IBM has joined the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) PILOT program. PILOT brings together innovative companies, educators and advocates with broadcasters to advance broadcast technologies and cultivate new media opportunities. It consists of broadcasting and technology stakeholders, such as new media broadcast More

LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radio for $50 Million
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LiveXLive Media Inc. appoints Andy Schuon as President, effective immediately, while entering into a merger agreement to acquire Slacker Radio, for $50 million consisting of cash and stock. Schuon will oversee all of the company's divisions, which include live music lifestyle video service LiveXLive, Wantickets and social More

Red Zebra Closes on Sale of WSPZ/Washington DC
Red Zebra Broadcasting has closed on its previously announced sale of 5kW day/1kW night WSPZ-AM (Sports/Talk 570) Bethesda, MD (serving Washington, DC, currently ranked as radio market #7) to AM 570 LLC for $2.1 million. Edward Atsinger serves as Managing Member of AM 570. Greg Guy of Patrick Communications brokered the deal More

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