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CBS Radio/Baltimore Ups Brandys to SVP/MM/DOS
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, December 2, 2016 | 12:02pm CT | Share

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Tracy Brandys
CBS Radio elevates Tracy Brandys to Senior Vice President, Market Manager and Director of Sales for its Baltimore market, effective immediately. The four-station cluster includes radio stations WJZ-AM/FM, WLIF-FM and WWMX-FM, as well as the CBS Radio Up Close Performance Studio which hosts local and national sports figures and musicians. She reports to Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS Radio. Brandys replaces former Baltimore market manager Bob Philips who was recently named Chief Revenue Officer.

Brandys will have complete oversight of all Baltimore station operations including sales, programming, events, digital, marketing and promotions, engineering, finance and administration. She will lead the market's efforts to develop strategic growth initiatives with a focus on nurturing and extending existing client relationships and developing new business opportunities and partnerships.

"Tracy's years of sales and management experience coupled with her intimate knowledge of our Baltimore stations and the overall market made her the natural choice to take on this important role," said Herman. "Throughout her tenure with CBS Radio Tracy has proven to be a powerhouse sales person who has led and grown our revenue and market share in Baltimore, and a trusted leader to our valued employees. We are delighted to reward her accomplishments with this well-deserved promotion."

"As the radio industry evolves, it's an exciting moment to take the reins of the Baltimore market and lead our stations and teams to even greater success," said Brandys. "As a longtime employee of CBS Radio I am grateful to the company for giving me this opportunity and look forward to what's new and next."

In her most recent role as the VP, director of sales for the Baltimore market, Brandys consistently led the cluster to outperform the competition. She generated new revenue streams for the market by partnering with local events and venues and oversaw regional and national client deals that initiated in Baltimore. Prior to this she served as the general sales manager for WWMX-FM where she managed the sales team to generate all station revenue and developed new client relationships and creative sales ideas. Brandys also held a number of senior sales positions in the Infinity Promotions Group, a former national sales department designed to generate incremental revenue for CBS Radio's local stations.

Brandys is on the board of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and is a graduate of Towson University.

NAB Requests FCC Reconsider Ownership Rules
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, December 2, 2016 | 2:42pm CT | Share

The NAB filed a petition for reconsideration late Thursday with the FCC requesting the Commission reevaluate its order on media ownership regulations. Specifically, NAB requests the agency reconsider its decisions to (1) maintain existing restrictions on radio/TV cross-ownership, (2) retain the 1970s-era print newspaper/broadcast cross ownership ban, (3) retain the local television ownership rule, (4) ratchet up that rule by attributing TV joint sales agreements and (5) require disclosure of virtually all agreements by TV stations to share services, regardless of their nexus to core station operations.

NAB claims that rather than retain or expand these rules, the vast and continuing changes across the media landscape dictate that should be eliminated altogether or be substantially loosened. The trade group pointed out that the 1996 Telecommunications Act requires the FCC to review its ownership rules every four years and repeal or modify those no longer necessary in the public interest as the result of competition.

"Despite this directive, the FCC nevertheless elected to maintain rules originating from a time when (1) three broadcast TV networks dominated the marketplace, (2) cable and satellite provided no meaningful alternatives, let alone ones offering hundreds of channels with thousands of original programs and (3) the Internet, over-the-top video services and social media did not exist," wrote NAB in the petition. "The expert agency's conclusion that these tectonic shifts have had no real competitive impact on local broadcast stations is untenable."

"To arrive at this result," NAB continued, "the Commission had to ignore extensive empirical evidence that NAB submitted about broadcasters specifically and the marketplace generally. Instead, the Order improperly relies on woefully outdated data (some of which goes all the way back to the 2002 biennial review); makes numerous conclusions without citing any 'evidence' other than its own unsupported assertions, including frequently repeating the same unsupported assertions from earlier ownership reviews and even cites evidence that does not actually support the FCC's position."

Notably, NAB said, neither the FCC nor any interested third parties offered any studies, serious research or new arguments explaining why the decades-old broadcast only ownership rules should remain in place, let alone unchanged. "Ultimately, the Order in no way represents the 'fresh look' at the media marketplace required to ensure that the rules keep pace with competitive changes."

Meanwhile, NAB filed a motion Friday with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals withdrawing a petition that asked the Court to find the FCC's media ownership order as arbitrary and capricious. NAB is withdrawing the petition because parties cannot seek reconsideration at the FCC while petitioning against the same order through the courts.

MLB on TuneIn Provides Winter Meetings Coverage
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, December 2, 2016 | 2:44pm CT | Share

TuneIn, will bring Major League Baseball fans full coverage of the league Winter Meetings with live broadcasts from the National Harbor in Maryland December 5-8. Former Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti alongside Holden Kushner will anchor special editions of "MLB on TuneIn LIVE" from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The duo will bring listeners the latest news, analysis and on-site interviews with front office personnel building their rosters for the 2017 season.

The "MLB on TuneIn" station will be the home for continuous coverage of the Winter Meetings next week with live and encore episodes of "MLB on TuneIn LIVE," plus simulcasts of MLB Networks' "Intentional Talk."

Community Closes on Four in Fort Walton Beach
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, December 2, 2016 | 2:44pm CT | Share

Community Broadcasters has closed of its acquisition of four radio outlets in Fort Walton Beach, FL, from Apex Media Corp. Included in the deal were 50kW WZLB-FM (103.1)/Valparaiso, 50kW WWAV-FM(105.1)/Santa Rosa Beach, 19kW WECQ-FM (92.1)/Destin and 100kW WHWY-FM (98.1)/Holt. Apex Media is a South Carolina corporation headed by G. Dean Pearce. Community Broadcasters is a New York LLC headed by Jim Leven and Bruce Mittman. Kalil & Co. and MVP Capital acted as brokers on this transaction.

iHeartRadio Launches Two New Services in Beta
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 8:39am CT | Share

iHeartRadio has announced the availability of two new subscription services, iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster. In doing so iHM becomes the first to offer a service adding on demand functionality and interactivity to live radio. Both subscription services are now available in beta on iOS and Android devices and will become fully available on mobile and desktop in January.

"Ten times more Americans listen to radio every month than use a subscription service -- so the debut of iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster is a unique opportunity to capture these non-music subscribers with an on demand service built around radio," said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. "Whereas the LP, CD and music downloads are the ancestors of all current on demand services, the ancestor for our new on demand offerings is broadcast radio. By combining radio's popularity and reach with interactive on demand functionality, we have created the first fully differentiated streaming music service for consumers."

iHeartRadio Plus will cost $4.99 a month and offers:

  • Replay: Giving subscribers the ability to instantly replay songs from the radio and then return to the live radio station in progress.
  • Live and custom Artist Radio stations: now equipped with a save button, allowing subscribers to instantly save songs from the radio directly to their My Music playlist for playback any time.
  • Search: Search and play any song from a library of millions of tracks.
  • Unlimited skips: Subscribers listening to custom Artist Radio stations will no longer have a limit on the number of songs they can skip.

iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster is offered at $9.99 a month and combines the interactive radio functionally of iHeartRadio Plus with a complete music collection and library that is linked seamlessly to the radio listening experience. Given that 70 percent of consumers -- which includes users of on demand music services -- have cited radio as their primary source of music discovery, there is finally a service that allows them the convenience and accessibility of merely pushing a button to add a song immediately to their music collection at the same time they hear it on the radio -- something no other music collection service can offer. This new offering is the best of all worlds, combined in one service with the ability to:

  • Build subscribers' personal music libraries: Completely create, control and curate playlists from a library of millions of tracks.
  • Give subscribers total flexibility to listen to their music the way they want, when they want: With no playback cap and the ability to reorder, delete and sequence their playlist experience as well as manage unlimited playlists.
  • Access offline listening: Subscribers can now enjoy offline listening and take their music and playlists with them everywhere they go, even when they don't have a data connection.

"iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster are revolutionizing how we think of live radio," said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio. "With features such as personal music libraries and playlists, the ability to search and play any song instantly, and the option to save and replay songs directly from live and custom radio listening, our new iHeartRadio on demand offerings are fundamentally changing the way consumers interact with live radio at an unprecedented level. We are introducing a service like no other to tens of millions of consumers across dozens of devices, and also driving massive awareness of the new service to more than a quarter of a billion Americans a month through our broadcast stations alone, which presents a major revenue growth opportunity for our very important strategic partners - artists and the music industry."

"iHeartMedia has a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the tremendous value premium streaming services bring to music fans, and to the music community at large," said Mike Davis, Napster CEO. "We're honored that iHeartMedia selected the Napster platform and brand to power a great music experience for consumers, and we're excited to play a role in what will be a successful launch."

Aside from the two new subscription on-demand services, iHeartRadio will remain free.

Cumulus/New York Names Glen Tacinelli VP/Sales
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 8:42am CT | Share

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Cumulus Media has appointed Glen Tacinelli as Vice President of Sales for the New York market. It's a newly created position and Tacinelli will oversee all sales for 77 WABC, 95.5 WPLJ, NASH FM 94.7, and Radio 103.9, as well as Cumulus Media-New York's digital assets. He previously served as General Sales Manager of 77 WABC, a position he has held since July 2015.

Prior to joining Cumulus, Tacinelli was Director of Sales for Katz Radio for more than seven years and managed a sales team focused on cluster selling in over 137 markets. Tacinelli's 20-year radio career also includes management positions at CBS-FM, Katz Media and Arbitron/Nielsen.

"Glen's significant experience in the New York market will be an important asset to the entire Cumulus New York cluster," said Chad Lopez, VP/MM, Cumulus Media-New York. "In this ever-changing and evolving industry, we are very excited to implement this integral role and have Glen lead all sales efforts in the top market in the country."

Dave Milner, SVP, Cumulus Media added, "Glen has done a terrific job since joining Cumulus Media-New York. His experience working across multiple formats and developing strong marketing solutions for clients makes him the perfect choice to lead the sales team in New York."

WEEI/Boston Names New Program Leadership Team
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 11:18pm CT | Share

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Joe Zarbano
Culminating a six-month search for its next PD, Sports Radio WEEI-FM/Boston has instead created a new program leadership team from its in-house talent bench. Current WEEI Assistant Program Director Joe Zarbano (pictured) is upped to PD replacing Kevin Graham, who departed last spring. In his new role, Zarbano will assume direct oversight of all audio content for WEEI-FM, the WEEI Sports Radio Network, the Boston Red Sox Radio Network and ESPN 850.

Taking Zarbano's place as Executive Producer is WEEI Senior Producer Ben Kichen. He joined the station in 2006 from iHeartMedia's crosstown WXKS-FM and WJMN-FM and has been lead producer for both the Glenn Ordway and Dale & Holley programs on WEEI. Kichen also produces "Enough About Me" podcast with Kirk Minihane as well as hosting "Soccercast" for

Carlson Mozdiez is currently Director of Integrated Marketing Strategies for Entercom's Boston cluster. He joined WEEI in 2002 immediately after graduating from Syracuse University and has held a variety of positions in promotions, marketing and digital operations. Mozdiez will now assume the new title of Director of Operations for Entercom Boston with special emphasis on the company's

Entercom/New England VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary said, "With its massive broadcast reach and associated digital assets, the WEEI brand is arguably among the most influential and complex in all of broadcasting. Many of our outside candidates simply couldn't get their arms around all of it. As each month passed, it became clear to me that we had the talent right here in Ben, Carlson and Joe. Plus they each have that inimitable DNA of the true Boston sports fan."

Al Peterson to End Publication of NTS MediaOnline
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 11:06pm CT | Share

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Al Peterson
Broadcast industry vet Al Peterson will publish the final editions of NTS MediaOnline Today and NTS MediaOnline Monthly on Friday, December 16. The founder and publisher of the News/Talk and Sports industry publication arrived at the final decision to end its 10-year run over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Peterson commented, "After serving as the News/Talk/Sports editor for 10 years at the top industry newspaper Radio & Records, to then creating NTS MediaOnline and building it into a reliable hub for news, information and conversation about Talk Radio for the last decade, it just feels right to start a new chapter in my life -- one where I'm not waking before sunrise to a blank page and a daily deadline."

Commenting on his NTS MediaOnline partner and current RAB Senior VP/Membership Brooke Williams, Peterson added, "Through the majority of these past 20 years, I've had the great fortune of having my good friend and longtime sales and marketing partner Brooke working by my side. Her efforts and contributions made our success possible while first at R&R and then creating and building NTS. She's one in '10' million and I can't thank her enough for her friendship, profound professionalism, and for helping me put my kids through college."

While Peterson plans to enjoy more time with his family and pursue other interests outside the industry, he'll also continue to seek new ways to contribute to the future success of radio, a medium he has loved since he was a kid with a transistor radio under his pillow. and associated email will remain active through the end of 2016.

Sun Broadcast Group to Syndicate Little Steven
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 9:43am CT | Share

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Sun Broadcast Group announced today that it has entered into a sales and syndication partnership with Little Steven's Underground Garage. The show, heard on over 80 stations across America including Q104.3 in New York City and WROR in Boston, is hosted by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Steven Van Zandt.

"Fourteen years ago we started Little Steven's Underground Garage. We created a new format which included all 60 years of Rock and Roll, and it's roots - the Rock pioneers like Little Richard and Bo Diddley, Blues, DooWop, Surf Rock, Girl Groups, 60's Soul, the British Invasion, Folk Rock, Psychedelic, Glam Rock, Power Pop, Punk, and everything in between, alongside the best new Rock and Roll bands in the world," said Van Zandt. "In other words, play the coolest Rock and Roll records ever made. The goal has always been to bring that music to listeners EVERYWHERE and we're excited to partner with Sun Broadcast Group to help achieve that goal. We're also enthusiastic about the ability to bring our listeners cool new features that includes Sun's partnership with Shazam and more."

In addition to performing around the world with the E Street Band, Little Steven spent years on the small screen staring as Silvio Dante on HBO's hit series, "The Sopranos." He's also busy programing two SiriusXM channels, releasing music through his record label, "Wicked Cool Records," and is founder of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.

"I've seen Stevie Van Zandt on stage more than 60 times in the last 36 years. To be able to work with someone you've followed and admired for so long is a dream come true." said Ron Rivlin, SVP of Programming and Affiliate Sales for Sun. "Not only is he a musician, songwriter, producer, arranger, actor and radio host, he is rock and roll's biggest advocate through his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and Teach Rock- the foundation's national middle and high school curriculum. We are proud to be working with Little Steven's Underground Garage."

Niall Horan to Sub for Seacrest on AT40
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 12:23pm CT | Share

International pop star and member of One Direction Niall Horan will take over American Top 40 this weekend, December 3 and 4. Hot off a performance of his debut solo single "This Town" at the 2016 American Music Awards, Niall will count down the Top 40 songs and reveal details about his upcoming album, including his inspiration and surprise collaborations.

In addition to answering questions from callers and fans tweeting Horan will also share his favorite moment from 2016, his plans for 2017, and he'll give listeners a taste of his rendition of a classic holiday song. American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest is syndicated by Premiere Networks on nearly 500 stations worldwide.

Alpha Media Names Ronnie Stanton VP of Programming
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 10:32am CT | Share

Alpha Media announced today Ronnie Stanton has been named Vice President of Programming with direct oversight of the Rock, Classic Rock, Alternative, Oldies and Classic Hits formats. He will also serve as Program Director of the two Alpha Media San Jose stations: KBAY and KEZR.

"What a thrill to join America's fastest growing radio company! Alpha Media is a REAL radio company, where their people and their markets matter," said Stanton. "Live and local is the way forward as a medium and Alpha is trailblazing that. It is very exciting and humbling to play a part in it all."

Stanton is a 20-year veteran in the industry and comes to Alpha with deep programming experience in Australia and Canada, most recently serving as VP of Programming for Corus Entertainment. He also brings a breadth of experience in multiple formats in addition to a Morning Show Talent Coach for the Randy Lane Company. Recognized in the industry for his innovative vision, Ronnie was nominated nine times by the CMW Radio Awards for "Program Director of the Year" and nominated seven times for "Station of the Year."

"As a continuation of our rapid growth, we have been searching for the ideal candidate to help Scott Mahalick, Phil Becker and our programming teams execute strategies for on-air, online and mobile audience growth. Ronnie is a dynamic addition," said Bob Proffitt, President and CEO of Alpha Media.

Scott Mahalick, Executive VP of Programming added, "We are thrilled to have an additional visionary programmer join our team. Ronnie brings an international perspective, winning track record, great passion for the art of the product and stellar leadership traits."

"To have a true "World Class" Program Director on the team will be a game changer for Alpha San Jose," added John Levitt, San Jose Market Manager.

iHM Names Jose Gadea PD of La Preciosa Network
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 10:55pm CT | Share

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Jose Gadea
iHeartMedia names Jose Gadea as Program Director for La Preciosa Network, effective immediately. The network has a cross-platform presence with affiliates in Sioux City IA, Monterey-Salinas, Bakersfield, Riverside, Santa Barbara and San Antonio. Gadea will also oversee daily operations at the network's flagship station KFSO-FM (La Preciosa 92.9)/Fresno and report to La Preciosa Network General Manager Jeff Negrete.

"Jose is the ideal leader for the La Preciosa Network," said Negrete. "He is strategic, a perpetual student of our business and has displayed expertise in the communities he has worked, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Fresno. Under Jose's leadership, La Preciosa will be strengthened with the best programming and content available."

"It is an honor and a great opportunity for me to join iHeartMedia as Program Director for the La Preciosa Network," added Gadea. "I look forward to working with Jeff Negrete and Area Senior Vice President of Programming Steve Weed, and putting my more than 25 years of experience into serving the Hispanic community and growing La Preciosa's position in the Hispanic marketplace."

Gadea previously worked as the Program Director for Uniradio, where he helped managed a five-station market. He has also served as a Program Director at radio stations for Univision, Emmis, Border Media and Heftel.

Trends About Digital Audio From Share of Ear Study
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 2:12pm CT | Share

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The "Share of Ear" study for the third quarter of 2016 has been released by Edison Research. In a blog post, Westwood One and Cumulus Chief Insights Officer Pierre Bouvard summarizes "Six Surprising Trends About Digital Audio" revealing how Americans are listening to digital audio today."Share of Ear" tracks how many Americans use each audio source and the share of time spent with each platform.

Bouvard wrote that the Q3 data reveals six key findings about the audience shares of digital audio:

1. American time spent with personally owned music is down 9%
The U.S. is transitioning from purchased entertainment (CDs and DVDs) to renting content from Spotify and Netflix. With music purchases down, the share of American audio time spent to owned music has dropped from 15.1% last year to 13.8%.

2. YouTube beats Pandora and becomes the number one streaming audio service
The audience share of consumers who listen to YouTube music videos has surged 28% from a 5.9 share last year to a 7.6 share in Q3 2016.

3. Pandora audience shares are stagnant
Over the last year, Pandora's audience share has been stuck in the mid-6's. Their growth has stalled. Meanwhile, on-demand services such as YouTube and Spotify have soared. No wonder Pandora just announced a new on-demand service.

4. Spotify's early 2016 red-hot growth has tempered
Spotify started 2016 with a bang, notching major audience growth. Over the most recent two quarters its audience share growth has been more measured. Among 18-24 Millennials, Spotify ties Pandora in share of time spent listening.

5. Listening to Apple Music steadily shrinks
Apple Music was announced to much fanfare, but since then audience shares have steadily eroded. The service's tiny shares of time spent listening are half of last year's audience share. The takeaway: Apple is not a media company and is struggling to compete in the already crowded digital audio space.

6. AM/FM radio listening continues to dominate with a 50 percent share
Streaming services have grown at the expense of time spent with owned music, not AM/FM radio. In Q3 2016, AM/FM shares are 14x bigger than Spotify and 8x bigger than Pandora.

Andy Winford Named KATM-FM/Modesto-Stockton PD
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 2:21pm CT | Share

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Andy Winford
Cumulus Media appoints Andy Winford as Program Director of KATM-FM (KAT Country)/Modesto-Stockton, CA. Winford joins the company from Townsquare Media/Yakima, WA, where he was Brand Manager of KIT-AM and KATS-FM. Prior to that, he served as Brand Manager for Townsquare Media's station group in Billings, MT. Winford previously held programming positions at KHBN-FM (91.7 The Bounce)/Edmonton Alberta and KKBZ-FM & KHIT-FM/Fresno.

VP/Market Manager Bob Berger said, "KAT Country has been a great radio station for nearly 25 years. What makes it great is the people that have been and are a part of it today. Andy Winford will bring us fresh ears and ideas, and I know that he will work to support the great talent we have in place. I am excited to see KAT Country's growth in serving our community in the coming years."

Operations Manager Richard Perry added, "KAT Country has a long history of ratings dominance, but has only been led by a handful of PD's. All of them did great things here. I look forward to Andy adding his name to the short list of PD's who have made KAT Country special."

Winford said, "I want to thank VP/Market Manager Bob Berger and Operations Manager Richard Perry for giving me the opportunity to be the leader of one of America's truly great radio stations as evidenced by its previous CMA and ACM Station of the Year Awards. I'm truly humbled and I can't wait to start collaborating with the fantastic talent that's ruled over Modesto-Stockton for the last decade and become part of KAT Country 103's rich history."

Winford has also previously served as Director of FM Programming for iHeartMedia/Clear Channel in San Luis Obispo and Program Director of KURQ and KSTT in Modesto.

RTDNA/F Executive Dir. Cavender to Retire in 2017
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 12:57pm CT | Share

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Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation (RTDNA/F) Executive Director Mike Cavender will retire at the end of 2017. Until then, Cavender will continue to spearhead the association's ongoing efforts to protect the rights of electronic journalists. An Edward R. Murrow and Emmy award-winning, major market news veteran, Cavender was named executive director of RTDNA/F in 2011, after serving more than 20 years in virtually every board capacity of the two organizations, including as their Chairman.

Under Cavender's leadership, RTDNA/F has served as a voice for journalism on such major legislative and regulatory issues as the use of drones for news gathering, the availability to the public of police body cam footage, transparency in government, improvements in the Federal Freedom of Information Act and FCC regulatory issues impacting broadcast news coverage.

During Cavender's tenure as executive director, RTDNA membership has grown by 52%. He launched the association's first Corporate Membership Program, enabling broadcast groups to enroll all its news managers together at reduced costs. The first-ever Permanent Endowment Fund was created to help assure the Foundation's future in training and First Amendment protection programs. Under Cavender's fiscal management, the association regained its financial stability and experienced new growth.

"I'm proud to be a part of these and so many other efforts that are at the very core of the RTDNA/F mission," said Cavender. "Our work in Washington and around the country plays a significant role in bringing clarity and progress to the major issues facing our industry. for 70 years, RTDNA has been an unwavering advocate for our industry and I look forward to continuing to be part of those important efforts, especially with the advent of a new political administration."

"RTDNA has grown and thrived under Mike's stewardship, and we look forward to his continued support during the coming year," said Board Chairman Vincent Duffy, news director of Michigan Radio. "The board is committed to maintaining and expanding our programs and advocacy efforts supporting electronic journalists."

The RTDNA/F Board of Directors has appointed a search committee to locate a successor to Cavender. He will serve as executive director through the annual Excellence in Journalism conference in September, 2017 and then provide transition assistance to the organizations.

SiriusXM, Sears Auto Center Team to Deliver SRS
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 12:42pm CT | Share

SiriusXM and Sears Auto have teamed to deliver SiriusXM, through SiriusXM's Service Lane program, to qualifying owners who have their satellite radio-equipped vehicles serviced at any one of the more than 600 Sears Auto Centers nationwide. Sears Auto associates can immediately check eligibility when a vehicle is brought in for service and activate a complimentary two-month SiriusXM subscription.

"Sears Auto serves a tremendous number of auto owners across America as a trusted provider of maintenance and repair services and we're very excited to work with them to expand the reach of the SiriusXM Service Lane Program," said SiriusXM Executive VP/Sales and Development Joe Verbrugge. "It enables Sears Auto to provide an enhanced level of service to their customers, allows us to reach many more owners of satellite radio-enabled vehicles, and for the vehicle owner it is a quick and easy process."

"This is an opportunity to draw new customers to Sears Auto. SiriusXM is a terrific entertainment service and this is just one more example of how Sears Auto provides added value and entertainment for our members and customers," added Sears Auto Center President Brian Kaner. "We put your life in drive with our continued service enhancements."

WHBO/Tampa to Carry New York Yankees PBP in 2017
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 10:58pm CT | Share

Genesis Communications inks a deal to carry the 2017 New York Yankees play-by-play coverage in Tampa with all Sports WHBO-AM (Sports Talk 1040 AM The Team). WHBO has carried Yankee baseball since 2009. The move will give the Bay area audience it's only radio outlet to hear Yankee home games throughout the 2017 season.

"To have Yankee baseball back on in the Tampa market is a real plus for Bay area baseball fans. The team ended this past season on an up note and there are high expectations for 2017," said Genesis VP/Programming Tom Paleveda. "Genesis will also integrate inside Yankee information on its prominent web publication Sports Talk Florida. Available on desktop or mobile with its great video, articles and award winning commentators."

Sports Talk Florida will cover the Yankees via radio, web publication and social media from Spring Training right through the playoffs.

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