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iHM/Dallas Names Wilkinson Market President
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 6, 2015 | 12:28pm CT

iHeartMedia Dallas announced today that Charlie Wilkinson has been named Market President, effective immediately. As Market President, Wilkinson will oversee all aspects of the Dallas market's six stations' operations, including all station activities and events to help drive sales and achieve revenue targets. He will leverage the market's brands and audience to generate new revenue while providing quality programming. Wilkinson is a 16-year radio veteran, having spent the last five years as Regional Market President for iHeartMedia, overseeing the Charlotte and Raleigh markets. Along the way he spent 11 years in Houston as a General Sales Manager, Station Manager and General Manager.

"I look forward to joining the incredibly talented team in Dallas, serving our community, listeners and marketers," said Wilkinson. "My family considers Texas home, so this really is the perfect opportunity."

"Charlie has exceeded expectations and consistently raises the bar. He has proven his ability to create and lead winning teams," said Kelly Kibler, Executive Vice President of Operations -- Texas Majors, iHeartMedia. "Iım confident he will continue to deliver consistent integrated revenue growth for the Dallas cluster."

Former Market President, Deidre Richter, will join iHeartMedia's National Sales team and will report to Jeff Howard, President of National Sales. Richter will lead the South Central Connections Team.

"Deidre's strong marketing background and incredibly deep relationships with regional fortune 100 companies make her a natural choice to lead and grow the region for iHeartMedia," said Howard.


Alpha Media/Portland Names Joel Krebs as LSM
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 6, 2015 | 3:11pm CT

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Alpha Media/Portland appoints Joel Krebs as Local Sales Manager of KXL-FM (FM News 101), KXTG-AM & FM (750/102.9 The Game) and KUFO-AM (Freedom 970). Krebs joined Alpha Media in February, 2013, as an account executive for KXL, KXTG and KUFO. His first radio job was a radio sales internship with Triathlon/Spokane, WA. In 1999, Krebs moved to Portland where he spent 13 years with crosstown Entercom, five of those years as Sales Manager.

Senior VP/Market Manager Milt McConnell commented, "Joel has distinguished himself as both a leader and mentor and is very deserving of this promotion."

Director of Sales Amy Leimbach remarked, "Joel Krebs has been a very positive asset to the Alpha sales organization and I am confident that his leadership skills will generate great success with our talk properties in Portland."

"I am excited to continue the growth of this solid sales dept and stations with our rapidly growing company, Alpha Media. Thank you to Milt McConnell and Amy Leimbach for this opportunity," added Krebs.


Beasley Q4 Net Revs Up 23.5% for Continuing Ops
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 6, 2015 | 3:57pm CT

Beasley Broadcast Group reported fourth quarter net revenues for continuing operations grew 23.5% to $18.6 million from $15 million. Station operating income (SOI) climbed to $6.3 million from $5.5 million. Q4 pro forma net revenues -- including the asset swap with CBS Radio of five radio stations in Philadelphia and Miami for fourteen CBS Radio stations in Tampa, Charlotte and Philadelphia -- declined 4.3% to $28.9 million from $27.3 million in 2013.

The company posted net earnings from continuing operations of $1.8 million (8 cents per share) as compared to $0.8 million (4 cents) in the year-ago period. On a pro forma basis, net earnings were up to $33.8 million ($1.47) from $3.6 million (16 cents).

Chairman/CEO George G. Beasley said, "On a reported basis, fourth quarter net revenue from continuing operations rose 23.5% and SOI increased 14.6%, while operating income of $1.8 million was impacted by $1.7 million of transaction and termination expenses related to the Asset Exchange and otherwise would have compared favorably with the $2.8 million in the comparable year ago period."

He continued, "However, given the required accounting treatment for discontinued operations, the results include only one month of operations from the stations we received in the asset exchange, while excluding the results of the stations we gave up in the transaction. As a result, we believe a pro forma presentation, which assumes the asset exchange occurred on January 1, 2013, better reflects the operating results."


KBEE (B98.7)/Salt Lake City Returns to AC Roots
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 6, 2015 | 1:50pm CT

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Cumulus announces that KBEE-FM (B98.7)/Salt Lake City transistions from Hot AC to AC, playing music from the Eighties to today. Program Director Dain Craig and new co-Host Mandi Hildt will kick off B98.7's weekday programming with the morning show. Also new to the on-air line-up is Bobbi Maxwell in middays and syndicated "The John Tesh Show" in nights.

Craig said, "It's really a homecoming for KBEE to return to its AC roots, and we think listeners will love the new sound and feel of the station. I am excited to work directly with Mike McVay and Emily Boldon on this project."


Triton Digital Releases December Top 20 Ranker
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 6, 2015 | 2:36pm CT

Triton Digital has released its monthly Top 20 Ranker for December, 2014, listing the top-performing digital audio stations and networks measured by the Webcast Metrics platform. In 2014, overall streaming reached an all-time high and grew steadily quarter over quarter. Average Active Sessions (AAS) within the U.S. rose 31.7% from Q1 2014 to Q4 2014 in the weekday 6am-8pm daypart, and 34.7% in the weekly 6am-midnight daypart. AAS on mobile increased by 47.5%, while desktop declined by 4.2%. Pureplay streams saw a 49.5% increase in mobile AAS while broadcast streams grew by 13.5%.

Key findings of the December 2014 Ranker include:

  • AAS for all measured clients reached 3,889,118 within the Domestic U.S. during the Monday-Friday 6:00AM-8:00PM daypart, and 3,319,676 during the Monday-Sunday 6:00AM-Midnight daypart in December 2014.
  • Overall AAS declined 17.9% (M-F 6A-8P) during the week of Christmas when compared to the three weeks prior.
  • Mobile listening only declined by 2.0% while desktop dropped 43.1%.
  • Pureplay listening was down 12.6% while broadcast declined by 52.9%.
  • In terms of devices used for consuming streaming audio, 37.0% (M-F 6A-8P) of all listening took place on an iOS device, followed by Android at 30.0%, Flash Player at 9.0%, and Google Chrome at 7.0%.
Here are the top 20 for December, 2014:
  1. Pandora
  2. iHeartMedia
  3. CBS Radio
  4. Slacker
  5. Cumulus Streaming Network
  6. NPR Member Stations
  7. ESPN Radio
  8. EMF Corporate
  9. Cox Radio Inc.
  10. Idobi Radio
  11. Univision
  12. Greater Media
  13. Townsquare Media
  14. AccuRadio
  15. Salem Communications
  16. Hubbard Broadcasting
  17. New York Public Radio
  18. Bonneville Corporate
  19. Radio One
  20. Beasley Broadcasting


Hot 104.7/Scarborough Taps Irizarry for MD/Nights
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 6, 2015 | 12:26pm CT

Hot 104.7 WHTP is excited to announce the hiring of their new on air personality and Music Director Miguel "Mijo" Irizarry. Mijo, a New England native, is returning to his roots from his most recent position as the night personality at Wired 96.5 in Philadelphia.

Mijo will work directly with and compliment Program Director Ryan Deelon who said, "Miguel is a major market talent and has a work ethic that is known throughout the industry. I'm excited to work with someone with his skill set who can be a strong talent on air, mix live and also bring his knowledge of new music to programming. This is an exciting step for our new station."

The hiring of Mijo for the night show in conjunction with the move of current night host Patrick Grey to mornings, allows WHTP-Hot 104.7 to be live and local in all day parts and to build upon the local image the station has developed.

Mijo, who's first day is March 9th said, "Excited is an understatement. To join a team that impacts a community by being tangible to its listeners on all platforms is a special thing. Thank you to Ryan & the rest of the staff at Mainestream Media for believing in my sound. Lets eat some lobster & make great radio!"


Millennials Hold The Majority of Weekly Listeners
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 10:36pm CT

According to Nielsen's new Audio Today report, Millennials hold the majority when it comes to the number of weekly radio listeners by generation in the U.S. Of the 243 million Americans (aged 12 or older) using radio each week, 66.6 million of them are Millennials. This far outpaces the size of the weekly Generation X and Boomer radio audiences, with 57.9 million weekly listeners each.

The younger generation also listens to a lot. Millennials spend more than 11 hours a week with radio, and nearly three quarters (73%) of their listening occurs while outside the home and close to making purchasing decisions. Afternoon drive (3-7pm weekdays) is the most listened-to time of day. Meanwhile, the Country format is top for Gen Y audiences throughout the week.

Millennials (66.6 million) far outpace the size of the weekly Generation X (57.9 million) and Boomer (57.9 million) listeners. 91.3% of all Millennials are reached by radio each week, as compared to 94% of Gen X and 93.5% of Boomers. Millennials spend 11 hours, 26 minutes with radio each week, followed by Boomers at 15 hours, 6 minutes and Gen X at 13 hours, 45 minutes.

To view the full report, click here.


Entravision Inks Syndication Deal with Univision
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 4:36pm CT

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Entravision's Solutions Audio Network inks a deal to syndicate its "El Show de Erazno y La Chokolata" to Univision Local Media in five Univision radio markets, beginning March 5. The stations include KSOL-FM/San Francisco WOJO-FM/Chicago, KLNO-FM/Dallas, KLTN-FM/Houston and KLQB-FM/Austin. The program now reaches 78 affiliates in 65 markets covering 84% of U.S. Hispanics 18-49, including 9 of the top 10 Hispanic markets and 20 of the top 25 Hispanic markets.

The cast, led by Oswaldo Diaz (pictured), uses comedy to unite their listeners through skits and impersonations. Diaz is also known for his civic dedication. In November, 2014, he was named by Children's Miracle Network's (CMN) Hispanic Radio Person of the Year for being the largest contributor to Entravision's total funds raised in 2014 for the Children's Miracle Network during their annual Radiothon.

"El Show de Erazno y La Chokolata has generated an overwhelmingly positive response from our audiences, who welcome its unique blend of news, popular culture, humor and human interest segments," said Entravision Solutions Executive VP Jose Villafane. "With its talented on-air personalities and production staff, it is one of the leading programs in Spanish-language radio today, and its popularity within the Latino community is the kind of response Entravision strives to generate across all programming."

"We are focused on continuing to bring our audiences the culturally relevant content they want and are pleased to bring El Show de Erazno y La Chokolata to our listeners in key markets where Univision has a strong presence," added Univision Radio President Jose Valle.


WO Sports to Air NCAA Women's Basketball
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 6, 2015 | 2:14am CT

Westwood One Sports will present a slate of women's college basketball broadcasts this month, starting Sunday, March 8 with the Pac-12 Women's Championship game and culminating with the Women's Final Four and National Championship in Tampa on April 7. All games can be heard on radio outlets nationwide.

The action tips off this weekend with live coverage of the Pac-12 Women's Championship from KeyArena in Seattle on Sunday, March 8. Dick Fain has the play-by-play and Krista Blunk is the color analyst.

On Tuesday, March 10, Westwood One broadcasts the Big East Women's Championship, live from Allstate Arena in Chicago. CBS Sports Radio talk-show host Amy Lawrence has the play-by-play, along with former University of Connecticut All-American Swin Cash as the analyst.

The four NCAA Women's Regional Finals will air on back-to-back days, starting Sunday, March 30 with separate games at 11:45am ET and 8:15pm ET. On Monday, March 31, Westwood One will air a doubleheader beginning at 6:30pm ET. The sites for the regional finals are Greensboro and Oklahoma City on Sunday and Albany, NY and Spokane, WA, on Monday.

The Women's Final Four national semifinal games will be broadcast on Sunday, April 5. Westwood One's doubleheader coverage begins at 6pm ET, live from the Amalie Arena in Tampa. The NCAA Women's Championship Game will take place on Tuesday, April 7 beginning at 8pm ET.

The trio of John Sadak (play-by-play), Debbie Antonelli (color analyst), and Krista Blunk (courtside reporter) will broadcast all the action of the 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four. Lance Medow will anchor the pregame, halftime and postgame shows.


Mark Abuzzahab Joins VuHaus as Program Director
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 3:00pm CT

"VuHaus' is unveiled as the brand name for a new, non-profit video collaboration of public radio's leading music discovery stations. Known by the code name "Music X" since it was announced in May, 2014, VuHaus (View House) is a collaboration of founding stations WFUV-FM/New York, KCRW-FM/Los Angeles, WXPN-FM/Philadelphia, KUTX-FM/Austin and KTBG-FM/Kansas City.

VuHaus also announces the addition of Mark Abuzzahab as its Program Director. Abuzzahab will be responsible for the curation of videos and a platform POV for the VuHaus national website and national app. He will also serve as the liaison between VuHaus and the participating radio stations. Abuzzahab joins VuHaus from non-commercial KKXT/Dallas, where he had been Program Director since 2011.

Abuzzahab will work directly with VuHaus Senior Creative Director and Paragon CEO Mike Henry, who said, "Mark is the ideal choice to be Program Director of VuHaus. He comes from a leading public radio music discovery station so he knows all the players. Mark has worked with the TV station facility for over four years, has a great eye for aesthetics, and is the ideal curator for VuHaus' national video platform."

"I'm thrilled to be joining VuHaus," added Abuzzahab. "Non-commercial radio is playing a bigger role in breaking new artists every year, and VuHaus is another way for stations to bring their unique programming to new audiences."


Yahoo! Sports Radio Launches in Evansville IN
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 1:46pm CT

Word Broadcasting flips Religious WVHI-AM/Evansville, IN, to Sports using Yahoo! Sports Radio, beginning March 9. The station will air Yahoo! Sports Radio's "Travis Rodgers Now," "Hit 'Em Up with Geoff Ketchum," "Prime Cut with Sean Salisbury and John Granato," Yahoo Sports evenings and select weekend programming.

"We look forward to being heard in the Evansville market," said Yahoo! Sports Radio CEO David Gow. "And it's just in time to deliver their listeners all the latest news and interviews surrounding the NCAA Basketball Tournament, with the Final Four taking place only a few hours away."

WVHI GM Krista Denton stated, "Yahoo Sports Radio is a great match for our listeners, and we're excited to bring them sports content daily with the network's quality content."


Salem Media Group Declares Quarterly Dividend
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 1:42pm CT

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Salem Media Group announced Thursday that its board of directors has declared a cash distribution for the first quarter of 2015 in the amount of $0.0650 per share. The cash distribution will be paid on March 31 to all Class A and Class B common stockholders of record as of March 17.


''The Walking Dead'' Invades the 2015 NAB Show
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 1:53pm CT

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Key members of "The Walking Dead" team will appear at NAB Show, which takes place in Las Vegas in April. Cast member Steven Yeun (pictured), "The Walking Dead" comic book creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman and AMC President Charlie Collier are confirmed to participate in the general session "More of What You Crave: The World of 'The Walking Dead,'" scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 from 9-10am.

The session, moderated by Michael Schneider of TV Guide, will provide an insider's perspective to the expansive world of "The Walking Dead," while also exploring the key elements underpinning the show's continued success in this "golden age" of television and AMC's commitment to delivering content that breaks through and reaches passionate audiences. After the session, NAB Show attendees will be able to visit with the panelists in the "Crave Cave," a new feature of the conference program designed to provide speakers with a comfortable place where they can meet with fans following their sessions.

"The runaway success of 'The Walking Dead' exemplifies the power of compelling content," said NAB Executive VP/Conventions & Business Operations Chris Brown. "We are delighted to host some of the show's key talent at NAB Show as they take us behind the scenes of one of the most beloved shows on television today."

This open-to-all General Session will take place on Tuesday, April 14 from 9-10am PT in South Hall Room 222 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Conclave 40 Adds Speakers
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 10:01am CT

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The list of radio dignitaries traveling to Minneapolis to speak at The Conclave's 40th anniversary celebration on July 16 and 17, 2015 continues to grow.

"The Conclave board is grateful to have so many of radio's great minds volunteer their time and come together to help us grow as an industry," says Conclave Chair, Jacobs Media's, Lori Lewis. Those include JJ Kincaid PM Drive/Z100-WHTZ New York, Lazlo and Afentra/The Buzz-KRBZ Kansas City, Steve Wexler EVP/Journal Broadcasting, and Brian Kelly Vice President Programming/Entercom Milwaukee, are just a few of the names added to Conclave 40 sessions agenda."

Also announced are these industry thinkers to the first ever Conclave Speed Mentoring Breakfast, including Chuck DuCoty COO/NRG Media, Trip Savery EVP/Curtis Media, Hildi Brooks Director of Branding & Programming/WMMO Orlando, Mike O'Malley Albright & O'Malley & Brenner, Norm McKee COO-CFO/Local Media San Diego, and Tim Clarke Senior Director-Digital Audience/Cox Media.

A complete listening of speakers announced is available at TheConclave.com/agenda with specific sessions and more speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.


WRTS (Star 104)/Erie Appoints Chris Ryan as PD
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 2:40pm CT

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CHR WRTS-FM (Star 104)/Erie, PA, appoints Chris Ryan as its new Program Director. He's inbound from Connoisseur Media co-owned CHR WWHX-FM (Hits 100.7)/Bloomington, IL, beginning April 1. Ryan previously served as PD of sister Rhythmic CHR KZWF-FM (Hits 105.9)/Des Moines and PD/afternoons at CHR KKCT-FM (Hot 97.5)/Bismark, ND.

Star 104 GM Michael Malpiedi said, "With over fifteen years of radio experience, Chris will be a welcome addition to the Star 104 family. His energy level and competitive nature will be the perfect combination to guide Star 104 into the future."


KKFN (The Fan)/Denver to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 2:03pm CT

Sports KKFN-FM (104.3 The Fan)/Denver will celebrate its 20th anniversary on March 9. The Fan will mark the occasion with special broadcasts featuring several former personalities and athletes who have been part of the two decade history. KKFN-FM launched in 1995 as KKFN-AM on 950 AM. The original weekday lineup included the Fabulous Sports Babe (Nanci Donnellan), Woody Paige & Todd Mansfield, Doug Moe & Tom Green and Jeff Reckard.

"The Fan" has been a part of some of the biggest moments in Denver sports history including two Denver Broncos Super Bowl championships, two Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup titles, the opening of Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies World Series appearance and the debut of the Pepsi Center.

On Monday, March 9, "The Fan" will welcome back former Fan personalities Woody Paige, Tom Green, Dan Issel, Charles Johnson, Irv Brown and Joe Williams. They will be joined by Rockies radio announcer Jerry Schemmel.

The Fan will also hold an anniversary party on Thursday, March 26, at the Sports Column in downtown Denver. Listeners will get the chance to celebrate with members of The Fan on-air staff and celebrities. Additional details will be announced on 104.3 FM as the date approaches.


KIXY-FM/San Angelo Names Scott Adams as PD
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 2:51pm CT

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Foster Communications names Scott Adams as Program Director and morning host of CHR KIXY-FM/San Angelo, TX, replacing David Carr. Most recently, Adams was PD/afternoon talent at Cumulus CHR WABD-FM/Mobile. He previously served as morning co-host at Cumulus CHR KHCZ-FM (Z-95.7)/Kansas City before its flip to Rhythmic CHR as "95.7 The Vibe" in 2005. Before that, Adams was Assistant PD/MD and afternoon talent at WYOK-FM (Hot 104.1) in Mobile. He's also worked on-air at WWWW-FM/Detroit.

"Scotty is the latest piece of the puzzle to join Foster," said VP/GM Rick Mantooth, "and we're excited at the opportunities created by his arrival. Rick Andrews and Scotty Adams will provide the one-two punch that KIXY needs to continue to build the legacy started here in 1967."

"I feel incredibly lucky to join the team at Foster Communications, who are passionate about doing radio the right way," added Adams. "Thank you to owner Fred Key, GM Rick Mantooth and OM Rick Andrews for entrusting me to lead a legendary station like KIXY to new heights."

Concurrently, former Townsquare Media/Amarillo, TX, Operations Manager Rick Andrews joins Foster for an operations post and an air shift on KIXY.

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