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The Beast 980, Jim Rome to Launch Clippers Season
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 3:22pm CT

All Sports KFWB-AM (The Beast 980)/Los Angeles will ring in the 2014-15 L.A. Clippers season with a special live broadcast featuring Jim Rome and Fred Roggin outside Staples Center on Thursday, October 30 from noon until 7pm, prior to the home opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Fans will be able to meet The Beast 980 personalities at the station's broadcast stage outside the main Staples Center entrance.

The Beast 980's Clippers' insider coverage kicks off with "The Fred Roggin Show" from noon-3pm followed by "The Drive," hosted by Brett Winterble and former NFL tight end George Wrighster from 3-6:30pm. Rome will make his way up to Staples Center for a special appearance as co-host from 46:30pm.

Special guests throughout the broadcast will include former Clipper and UCLA star Marques Johnson and Jeanne Zelasko, co-hosts of "The Home Team" on The Beast 980, L.A.'s only local morning show, plus the longtime Voice of the Clippers, Ralph Lawler and other surprises.

Urban Announced as CRS 2015 Featured Speaker
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 3:00pm CT

Country music superstar Keith Urban has been announced as a Country Radio Seminar 2015 featured speaker. The event, "Keith Urban: Being Present," is scheduled for Friday, February 27 during the annual convention, which takes place at the Nashville Convention Center. Urban is known for 'being present." He was one of the first to tear down the walls between the artist and their live audience.

"This will be a definitive 'memorable moment' for all of us this year: having this incredible talent address this most critical skill in today's hectic professional business environment, with far reaching effect on one's ability to communicate," said CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne. "Urban is one of the first artists to have literally broken down the separation that can exist even on the concert stage. Not only has he been leaving the stage, to join his audiences for years, he was the first artist that I've ever seen, whose stage literally bled into the crowd, with no barrier of any kind-no doubt entirely by design."

Registrations for Country Radio Seminar are available for purchase through

NASH ICON Music Signs Reba to Joint Venture
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 2:45pm CT

NASH ICON Music bestows another title to the reigning "Queen of Country," announcing Reba McIntire as the inaugural signing on the innovative new joint venture label between Big Machine and Cumulus. She joined America's Morning Show host Blair Garner Tuesday morning to share the news about her first new music in over five years. Leading up to the announcement, a Reba song was played every half hour to highlight her career and gear up for the new chapter.

Reba said, "I am so excited to be the first artist to sign up with this new joint venture. We've been in the studio having a blast recording new songs and I can't wait for my fans to hear them. Thanks to Scott Borchetta, John Dickey and everyone at Cumulus for letting me be a part of these new and exciting times."

The Oklahoma native is back in the studio with long-time producer Tony Brown and is collaborating for the first time with James Stroud. "As Reba and I get to enter into another phase of our business relationship that dates back to 1991, I am again reminded of the power of all things Reba. Her presence, her vocal prowess, her song selection, her passion... it's unequaled in her multi-decade career and we will again blaze new trails together," said Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta.

"By the numbers Reba defines what it is to be an Icon -- 56 million albums sold, 35 #1 singles, #1 female country touring artist of all time and room full of CMA, ACM and Grammy awards. Reba is Nashville. Nash Icon is thrilled to have Reba as our first artist on this exciting new label," added Cumulus Executive VP/Content and Programming John Dickey.

In May, Big Machine and Cumulus rolled out a joint venture under the NASH ICON brand with the creation of a record label, NASH ICON Music. Nash Icon will produce new music and live events from Nashville's most prolific artists over the last 25 years. General Manager Jim Weatherson will spearhead the strategic partnership between the two music, entertainment and media powerhouses.

Separate from this joint venture between Cumulus and Big Machine for the NASH ICON Music record label and live events business, Cumulus independently operates 16 (soon to be more) NASH ICON stations and will soon distribute NASH ICON content to stations nationwide through Westwood One.

Pictured L-R: Jim Weatherson (Nash Icon Music GM), Chuck Wicks (America's Morning Show host), Terri Clark (America's Morning Show host), Reba, Scott Borchetta (BMLG President & CEO), John Dickey (Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus) and Blair Garner (America's Morning Show Host) Photo credit: Eric Heany, Cumulus.

LDR Announces New TopicPulse Partnerships
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 2:24pm CT

LDR Interactive announces that TopicPulse Social Media Monitoring System has launched new partnerships with Hubbard Broadcasting's WTOP-FM/Washington, DC and E.W. Scripps Television. TopicPulse is a real-time social media monitoring system for newsrooms and content producers, that scans social media including Twitter and Facebook, local message boards, and news sources to track trending topics in a local market.

WTOP-FM partnered with LDR Interactive to bring TopicPulse to its "glass enclosed nerve center newsroom" to track the social media engagement within the beltway. "TopicPulse has been a difference-maker and smart addition to our newsroom toolkit. The more information we have to track what our audience is interested in, the greater the opportunity is to better serve their needs, and TopicPulse helps us get there," said WTOP-FM and Federal News Radio Senior VP/General Manager Joel Oxley.

"We've been quietly deploying TopicPulse in major markets across the U.S. this year," added LDR Interactive CEO Daniel Anstandig and Creator of TopicPulse. "Whether you are creating content for a national TV show or a local market radio morning show, TopicPulse provides the real-time insights that on-air talent and producers need in an instant. It's a secret weapon for content producers."

Sun and Fitz Sign Multi-Year Development Deal
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 7:50am CT

Sun Broadcast Group has entered into a multi-year syndication and sales partnership with Entercom morning man and nationally syndicated personality, Fitz. The deal will encompass all Fitz branded on-air offerings including the "Powered by Country" weekend countdown, which will be renamed "The Hit List" when it moves from United Stations Radio Networks to Sun in 2015.

"I am thrilled to be working with Sun Broadcast Group"' said Fitz. "I have been blown away by the vision, passion, and energy that Jason Bailey and his team have shown me. I have never had more support in my life. These guys just get it!! PERIOD!! They do radio the way it was meant to be done and have definitely changed the way the game is played in our industry. Look out!"

In addition to the weekend countdown show, Fitz will assume hosting duties of "Nashville Minute," a daily news and entertainment feature developed and produced by Gen3 Entertainment, now heard on over 80 affiliates. Nashville Minute will be expanded to two daily reports with Fitz's first broadcast airing on Monday, October 27th.

Sun also announced that it would be syndicating Fitz's current #1 morning show from 100.7 "The Wolf" in Seattle. "The Fitz Show" will be offered daily from coast to coast as a modular show for airing in multiple dayparts to Country, CHR and Hot AC affiliates.

"Sun Broadcast Group prides itself in working with world class talent and Fitz is in a class of his own," said Ron Rivlin, SVP of Programing at Sun Broadcast Group. "We are looking forward to taking the Fitz brand to new heights! Buckle up radio. You're in for a wild ride!"

Doug Smith Joins DMR/Interactive as VP Marketing
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 12:30pm CT

After working in radio for 20 years with groups including Cox Media, CBS Radio and most recently Hubbard Broadcasting, Doug Smith joins DMR/Interactive as Vice President/Marketing Strategy. In this role, Smith will draw on his programming and sales experience in both PPM and diary environments to generate strong ROI in markets and formats across North America.

"Radio has an amazing story and I am fortunate to partner with clients and help them engage the Nielsen households that matter most," says Smith. "Building relationships has been the key throughout my career and it's what DMR/Interactive is all about."

Andrew Curran, President and COO, DMR/Interactive knew about Smith's professional approach and passion for radio long before ever discussing this role. "I've been fortunate to know Doug for several years and have seen up close his comprehensive and client centric approach for helping customers generate success. We are fortunate to have Doug on our team as he represents the best of DMR/Interactive."

Like many executives in radio, Smith worked his way up the ranks including stints on-air, doing college sports play-by-play and in programming, before spending the last decade in sales. He is based at DMR/Interactive's corporate headquarters in Greater Cincinnati where he also lives with his wife Joanne and their two children, Kyle and Kaitlyn.

Westwood One Extends Partnership with vCreative
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 3:52pm CT

Westwood One inks a multi-year extension with vCreative, a web-based continuity management system. vCreative's cloud-based terrestrial and digital software allows continuity, traffic and production departments to work easily together. "We look forward to working with Charles Steinhauer and a new and improved Westwood One," said vCreative President Jinny Laderer. "Our continued partnership gives us the ability to offer our software to clients with barter and/or cash payment options."

Westwood One COO Charles Steinhauer added, "vCreative is a great partner for Cumulus and the radio industry at large as they continue to innovate and improve station work flow. Westwood One is proud to extend our partnership with Jinny and her team as we continue to represent the best and brightest companies in the marketplace."

WYD Media Ad Sales Signs with Spreaker Platform
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 3:07pm CT

WYD Media Ad Sales is partnering with Spreaker, an international digital company that provides a community of broadcasters, musicians and producers a platform where they can listen to original content and/or upload their own content and seamlessly distribute it on Effective immediately, Spreaker is represented nationally for ad sales by WYD Media Ad Sales. Additionally, WYD assists Spreaker with overall brand management and creates alternative and customizable opportunities for the ad community.

WYD Media Ad Sales President John Murphy said, "Spreaker's technology is exceptional because it allows broadcast capabilities and sharing of all entertainment genres in both spoken word and music. This is a great opportunity for our advertising clients because we can actually create and distribute content specifically for them in any format imaginable."

"I'm excited to see yet another piece of our vision fall into place," added Spreaker CEO Francesco Baschieri. "We're contributing to a new type of media with Spreaker as the internet's new home for spoken word content. Thanks to this collaboration with WYD Media Ad Sales, we'll be able to give our hosts a way to build on their talent and monetize. Anyone who thinks they can step up to this game is welcome to join."

WYD CEO Ron Hartenbaum commented, "The platform is an organic community of people who really want to be there and are actively participating. I'm excited about tapping into that marketplace by creating and aggregating cohesive content with Francesco and our clients."

Lamadrid Named Entercom VP National Sales
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, October 20, 2014 | 12:21pm CT

Entercom Communications has appointed Carlos Lamadrid as the company's new Vice President of National Sales and Strategic Partnerships. Lamadrid will report to Weezie Kramer, Entercom's Station Group President. In this newly created position, Lamadrid will concentrate on increasing revenue in the company's national sales channel as well as developing integrated partnerships with leading national advertisers.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Carlos's experience join our team," said Kramer. "His sales, business, and marketing acumen are market tested and will help us elevate the conversation with our customers." In this newly created position, Lamadrid will concentrate on increasing revenue in the company's national sales channel as well as developing integrated partnerships with leading national advertisers.

"I am delighted to join Entercom's national sales team," said Lamadrid. "There are unprecedented opportunities for advertisers to engage with their customers. Radio is thriving in a digital world. Reaching over 90 percent of the population in real time, radio delivers proven results for advertisers. This is an exciting time in radio broadcasting and to be part of Entercom's sales leadership team."

Most recently Lamadrid was the Senior Vice President of TC Media, overseeing18 magazines, TV/multiplatform media, licensing, and branding. Previous to TC Media, Mr. Lamadrid was the Executive Vice President at Penske Media, a leading digital media company with a portfolio of lifestyle brands providing original web content for sites such as Deadline, OnCars, and HollywoodLife.

iHeartMedia SF Names Adams PD Star 101.3/WiLD 94.9
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, October 20, 2014 | 1:51pm CT

Two San Francisco stations have a new program director in Mark Adams. iHeartMedia San Francisco announced that Adams would be programming for Star 101.3 KIOI and WiLD 94.9 KYLD. He imports from iHeartMedia Portland, where he most recently served as Vice President of Programming. Prior to Portland he was Vice President of Music Programming at CBS Radio in Houston. Adam's industry experience also includes previous roles in the San Francisco, Milwaukee and Fresno markets.

"I'm thrilled to have Mark return to the Bay area and lead these two legendary stations," said Don Parker, Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia San Francisco. "His track record speaks for itself and his prior experience programming in San Francisco make him the ideal candidate to take the reins of Star and WiLD."

"Mark has done a great job increasing our Portland audience in a very short time and has earned this opportunity in San Francisco," said Brad Hardin, Executive Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia. "I have no doubt he will do the same for KIOI and KYLD."

"I'm both excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity. WiLD 94.9 and Star 101 are both legendary radio stations featuring great talent on the air and behind the scenes. It's an honor to become part of both stations and help write the next chapter," said Adams. "It's been my long term goal to return to the Bay area and I would like to thank Don Parker, Katie Wilcox, Brad Hardin, as well as Hartley Adkins for their support. I'm looking forward to joining the iHeartMedia San Francisco team and getting to work with both WiLD and Star."

Meanwhile, iHeartMedia Portland has begun a nationwide search for a Vice President of Programming.

Premiere Names Cazian as VP of Programing
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, October 20, 2014 | 1:50pm CT

Claudine Cazian has been promoted to the role of Vice President of Programming and Branded Entertainment for Premiere Networks. Cazian will work closely to develop and oversee entertainment programming and content, while identifying and developing opportunities to strengthen our brands, and support our partners.

As Executive in Charge of Production for On Air with Ryan Seacrest, American Top 40 and Direct from Hollywood, Claudine was charged with overseeing the daily execution, branding, marketing and growth of these extremely successful properties. She continues to manage a team of more than 20 writers, producers, and editors, while creating synergies between the radio, TV and web divisions of Ryan Seacrest Productions. She also collaborates with Premiere's local and national sales and promotions teams, identifying and creating innovative campaigns, content integrations and sponsorship opportunities for advertisers.

Twin Falls' Kelly Klaas Retiring After 45 Years
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, October 20, 2014 | 2:01pm CT

Townsquare Media announced today that long time Twin Falls radio talent Kelly Klaas will retire on December 31, 2014, after more than 45 years of broadcasting in the Magic Valley. Klaas began his radio career as a Top-40 DJ in 1969 on 1450 KEEP-AM, which is today known as 1450 KEZJ-AM. Over the years he ascended through various positions, including News Director and Program Director, but most enjoyed news broadcasting for which he won several awards from the Idaho State Broadcasters Association including Newscaster of the Year, Best Farm Broadcast of the Year and several Best Commercial Production of the Year. Klaas also served as Chief Engineer.

In 1993 the company which owned 1450 KEEP-AM purchased 1310 KLIX-AM and 96.5 KLIX-FM and Klaas was integral in integrating the new stations into the existing operations. He also supervised the upgrading of various transmitter sites during his career, as well as overseeing the construction of 98.3 KSNQ-FM in 2004. Since 1993, Klaas has been primarily heard on 1310 KLIX-AM.

Among his career highlights, Klaas cites the time Wolf Man Jack joined him on his show one evening, sparking an enormous listener turnout at the station facilities, as well as meeting President Reagan during an early presidential election campaign. Klaas reported live from the Snake River Canyon when Evel Knievel attempted his infamous 1974 jump.

In 2007, 1310 KLIX-AM launched Top Story with Kelly Klaas, a talk show which began as a 45-minute program and has since expanded to its current two-hour format. After retirement, Klass says he plans to spend more time with his grandchildren, talk on his ham radio, work in his woodworking shop and pursue his interest in photography.

Townsquare Media Twin Falls Market Manager Janice Degner reflected, "For a generation, the people of the Magic Valley have relied on Kelly Klaas for news, information, entertainment, companionship and laughter. We congratulate him on a career to be aspired to and wish him the very best in his retirement. He will be missed by our Company, our team in Twin Falls and the people of the Magic Valley."

The company has launched a nationwide search to find a successor to Klass -- some mighty big shoes to fill indeed.

Major Changes at Alpha Media Richmond
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, October 20, 2014 | 12:27pm CT

Alpha Media Richmond, VA has announced major changes within its three station cluster in the market. Contemporary country station, The Wolf, moved from 93.1 to 98.9. "This gives us full coverage in the Richmond metro, something we didn't have on 93.1," said Market Manager Paul Johnson. In addition, the station will simulcast on 100.3, which covers the southern end of the market. "This is a station that performs really well where it's heard, and now it has 100% penetration."

The company also recently launched Hank, the Legends of Country format from Envision Networks to run on 93.1. Johnson noted, "This gives us a full country spectrum with the combo, and focused demo breakouts on each specific station. We think advertisers will welcome the choice."

The group's third station, WBBT, has flipped from Oldies to Classic Hits. "Even though it was called 'Big Oldies', it really already was a classic hits station. We switched the position to 'Richmond's Greatest Hits', and evolved the music to a 70's base," said Johnson.

Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick said, "In order to increase our competitive edge in the Richmond market, we needed to turn up the heat and shake things up. Not only will these improvements provide a more contemporary opportunity for revenue, they will give our listeners what they've been asking for."

Jaan McCoy Found Dead at KAAM-AM/Dallas
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, October 20, 2014 | 4:34pm CT

Jaan McCoy, a producer for Westwood One's 24-hour Classic Hits format, died Saturday night, October 18 in Dallas. The veteran broadcaster was found after he passed away in the studios of Oldies KAAM-AM (Legends 770). Most recently McCoy was one of the principals in the ownership of Country and Rock & Roll hits stations in Greenville, TX. He spent 20 years as morning host of The Breakfast Club -- with 10 of those years at WLGZ's sister station KAAM.

McCoy, born in Brazil, grew up in Pennsylvania and Syracuse, where he started radio at age 16 with a Saturday Morning stint on WFBL. His radio career took him to gigs in the Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa markets in Canada, then to Dallas for FM Classic Rock, Rock Hits on the ABC Radio Network.

Westwood One Classic Hits PD David Felker said "Jaan loved radio and anything to do with music and programming. We'd talk for hours about it. He was dedicated, hard-working, always willing to be there to help out, and he always did it with a smile. Jaan was a true professional, an inspiration and a friend to us all. He'll be missed."

He is survived by his wife and six children.

WUSF Public Media Names Nolan Development Dir.
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, October 20, 2014 | 2:38pm CT

WUSF Public Media/Tampa elevates Scott Nolan to Development Director. With more than a decade of experience in the broadcast industry and development, Nolan will oversee all of WUSF's charitable giving programs and strategies, along with new fundraising strategies for the station. Nolan first joined WUSF as Membership Manager in 2002 and has previously served as Development Officer and most recently, Associate Director of Development.

Additionally, Nolan has served in fundraising and leadership roles at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina as well as with WDAV Classical Public Radio in North Carolina.

Radio Express to Distribute Akon's ''Stadium Live''
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, October 20, 2014 | 2:27pm CT

Radio Express, a supplier of entertainment programming to radio outside the U.S., announces that it will distribute R&B and hip-hop recording artist Akon's new radio show, "Stadium Live Radio" to radio stations around the world. The Burbank, CA-based international radio syndicator will provide exclusive rights to the new one-hour weekly show to broadcasters in countries outside of North America and China.

Akon's Stadium Live Radio is a one-hour market exclusive weekly radio program hosted by Akon, in two 25-minute music segments. The show features the biggest charting and downloaded songs from the four corners of the world and exclusive remixes straight from the studio to the listener. It also features exclusive interviews of artists, producers and songwriters, high-profile special guest hosts and DJs, exclusive remixes and new talent.

Akon has gained worldwide fame as an international multi-platinum recording artist & producer. To his credit he has 35 million albums sold, five Grammy nominations, sold out shows around the world, and his name is on 45 Billboard Hot 100 singles and over 300 collaborations with some today's greatest artists, including Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Pitbull, David Guetta, FloRida, Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, and Eminem.

Radio Express VP/Sales Barbara Rounds said, "We are thrilled to be working with Akon and are proud to syndicate his new radio show. It's a great combination when an entertainer of Akon's stature gets in front of the radio microphone because audiences really pay attention. We believe Stadium Live Radio will be a huge hit with music fans around the world."

Akon added, "I'm excited that my radio show will now be available to broadcasters around the world through Radio Express. Our main mission at Stadium Live is to unite music lovers each and every week with new exclusive music and to showcase undiscovered talent on a global platform"

ABC News Radio to Provide Coverage of Midterms
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, October 20, 2014 | 4:52pm CT

ABC News Radio will provide listeners with extensive coverage of the 2014 Midterm Election on Tuesday, November 4. Correspondent Aaron Katersky will anchor wall-to-wall live coverage for seven hours, from 7pm ET until at least 2am ET. ABC News Radio's team of correspondents will be located strategically throughout the country to report on key races.

Among its team of more than a dozen reporters, correspondent Steven Portnoy will report from Kentucky, correspondent Alex Stone will report from California and correspondent Jim Ryan will report from Dallas. Special Contributor Ann Compton will join from the nation's capital and correspondent Richard Davies will report from the ABC News Decision Desk.

Additionally, ABC News Radio will provide one minute Election Day Status Reports throughout the day and four times an hour from 7pm ET through 2am ET on Wednesday, November 5.

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