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iHM/Wichita Appoints McCausland Market President
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, July 31, 2015 | 2:14pm CT |

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Jeff McCausland
iHeartMedia has announced that 25-year industry vet Jeff McCausland is named Market President of its Wichita market, overseeing KZCH-FM, KRBB-FM, KZSN-FM and KTHR-FM, effective immediately. He began his career at iHM/Wichita's KRBB-FM in 1990 as part of the sales team and went on to join KSAS-TV as a LSM and then took on roles as National Sales Manager, GSM and Director of Sales. McCausland most recently served as the General Manager of KSAS-TV and KMTW-TV for Sinclair Broadcast Group.

"Jeff McCausland is a well-respected media leader in the Wichita community," said Regional Market President Beth Davis. "His knowledge of the media landscape and relationships with clients and businesses in Wichita will add to the market's current track record of success."


iHM/Springfield MO Names Saunders Market President
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, July 31, 2015 | 2:00pm CT |

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Matt Saunders
iHeartMedia/Springfield, MO, appoints Matt Saunders as Market President, effective immediately. Saunders is a 25-year radio industry vet and has been with iHeartMedia for more than three years, most recently serving as the VP of Sales in St. Louis. During his time in St. Louis he also held management positions at CBS Radio, Sinclair and Emmis.

"Matt Saunders many years of building successful sales teams and client relationships make him the ideal leader for our iHeartRadio Springfield cluster," said Regional Market President Beth Davis.


XL106.7's Johnny's House Hosted Program from Cuba
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, July 31, 2015 | 2:24pm CT |

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CHR WXXL-FM (XL106.7)/Orlando morning program "Johnny's House" has become the first-ever U.S. FM morning team to host a show in Cuba. Morning hosts Johnny Magic, Laura Diaz and Brian Grimes traveled to Havana to explore Cuban culture first-hand and shared their experiences with Orlando residents on Friday morning, July 31, from 6-10am. People across the country were also able to listen to Johnny's House through iHeartRadio.

"Now that the doors to Cuba are opening for the first time in over 50 years, it's radio's obligation to be a part of history and the education process," said Johnny Magic. "By using all our assets -- our broadcast, digital and social platforms -- we are able to share our experiences with all our listeners so they can learn as much about Cuban culture as possible."


Broadcasting Hall Of Famer Ned Foster to Retire
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, July 31, 2015 | 2:58pm CT |

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Ned Foster
Bonneville/Phoenix has announced that longtime Arizona's Morning News anchor and Arizona Broadcast Hall of Fame inductee Ned Foster will be retiring at the end of November. Foster's last day on air will be Wednesday, November 25. A Massachusetts native, Foster's radio career has spanned more than forty years at heritage stations across the country, including WBOS-FM, WUNR-AM and WBZ-AM/Boston, WOWO/Fort Wayne, KFWB-AM/Los Angeles and KOY-AM, KTAR-AM and KTAR-FM/Phoenix.

"It's hard for me to believe how fortunate I've been and how much fun I've had," said Foster. "I am humbled and gratified beyond words that so many people over so many years found it worth their while to tune in. Thank you!"

"Ned is the consummate news man and he's had an absolutely remarkable career," added Bonneville Phoenix VP/Content and Operations Ryan Hatch. "We can't thank him enough for helping Arizona commuters get to work informed and on-time each morning."


Cumulus Q2 Revs Down 8.8%, Net Earnings $12.2M
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, July 31, 2015 | 2:04am CT |

Cumulus Media reported second quarter revenues were down 8.8% to $299.3 million from $328.2 million in 2014. Broadcast advertising declined 8.4% to $275.7 million from $300.9 million. Adjusted EBITDA fell 19.6% to $80.8 million from $100.5 million. The company posted net earnings of $12.2 million (5 cents per diluted share) as compared with $15.1 million (6 cents) in the year-ago period.


Ross Brittain to Retire From WOGL-FM/Philadelphia
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, July 31, 2015 | 1:53pm CT |

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Ross Brittain
Veteran morning personality Ross Brittain, current host of the "The Breakfast Club" on WOGL-FM/Philadelphia, signed off the Oldies outlet for the last time on Friday morning. Brittain spent eleven years in the morning slot after taking over WOGL wakeups in June, 2004. Previously, he had handled mornings at WKSS-FM (Kiss 95-7)/Hartford for 8 years. Brittain was also apart of the original "Z Morning Zoo" at Z100/New York and spent 10 years there (through 1994).

Brittain said, "One last time, I want to thank General Manager, Jim Loftus, who started the same day I did, Program Director Anne Gress and the wonderful people who work here including the people in the studio with me now, Frank Lewis, Valerie Knight, Bill Zimpfer, who will be on the air even after I leave. Thanks to our Music Director, Tommy McCarthy, the staff and management here at WOGL and of course, the listeners."

PD Anne Gress added, "For over a decade, Ross Brittain has awakened Philadelphia as morning drive host of the Breakfast Club on 98.1 WOGL. He's been an incredible part of WOGL's history, including helping us raise millions of dollars for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, marrying listeners at Geno's Steaks, doing remote broadcasts from the Caribbean and so much more. Ross is a consummate professional, a true gentleman and a great friend to us all."

In May, WOGL-FM/Philadelphia won an Excellence in Broadcasting Awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters for "Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team." The award went to air personalities Ross Brittain, Valerie Knight, Frank Lewis, Bill Zimpfer and producer Jamyra Perry for the "Ross Brittain and The Breakfast Club" morning show.

The Billboard award-winning air personality also has a long-running with with USRN to handle both the affiliate relations and national advertising sales for "The Ross Brittain Report."


Scott Shannon & WCBS-FM/New York Extend Contract
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 11:08am CT |

CBS RADIO station WCBS-FM 101.1 and legendary broadcaster Scott Shannon have agreed to a new multi-year contract, extending Shannon's run as the anchor of morning drive. Launched March 2014, "Scott Shannon in the Morning" is broadcast weekdays from 6:00-10:00AM, ET.

"Scott has been more than just a great addition to WCBS-FM's morning line-up-he has had a tremendous impact in elevating the station to its premier position in New York," said Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS RADIO. "We are privileged to work with such a legend in our industry, and I appreciate our relationship both personally and professionally."

"This is the perfect place for me and the perfect time to be at WCBS-FM," said Shannon. "I love my morning show team and you couldn't find better people to work with and for than Scott Herman and Jim Ryan [Program Director]."

"Since Scott Shannon joined the station, he has created a new awareness of WCBS-FM in the market, and we couldn't be more thrilled he will be with us for years to come," said Jim Ryan, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO and Program Director, WCBS-FM and Fresh 102.7 (WWFS-FM). "There is nothing better than knowing WCBS-FM fans will continue to jump start their day with the famed Scott Shannon for a long time."

Shannon's Hall of Fame radio career has spanned in excess of four decades with nearly 30 of those spent doing mornings in New York. He is credited with developing the Morning Zoo format, which he brought to WHTZ-FM in the early 80's, and helped make the station No. 1. His next stop in New York was WPLJ-FM where he co-hosted the Scott and Todd in the Morning program. Shannon spent 22 years at the station, helping reshape adult morning radio, and enjoying ratings success throughout the years.


iHeartMedia Q2 Total Revs Up 2%, iHM Rises 4%
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 3:15pm CT |

iHeartMedia reported second quarter total revenue was up 2% to $1.7 billion, while iHM revenues grew 4% to $846 million from $806 million in 2014. The company said that key revevenue drivers included gains in its core local and national broadcast advertising revenue, traffic and weather business, syndication business and events. Expenses totaled $1.1 billion, up 3% from the prior year, while OIBDAN increased 3% to $499 million. The company posted a net loss of $47.3 million as compared to $171.7 million in the year-ago period.

"We continue to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace with our unmatched portfolio of products, media platforms, content and personalities -- all built on the power of broadcast radio and out of home -- which give us the most powerful marketing vehicles available today," said Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman. "We are building on the power of sound and social, the power of outdoor and the emerging power of digital to create even stronger marketing solutions for our partners, while providing the most live content and events to the industry's most engaged audiences, wherever they are and on whatever device they want to use. We continue to find creative ways to use iHeartMedia's cross-platform assets to redefine the future of consumer media and entertainment."

"We're pleased with the revenue and OIBDAN growth we achieved this quarter," added President, COO/CFO Rich Bressler. "We continue to invest in our capabilities across both iHeartMedia and outdoor to realize the full value of our multi-platform assets. With no significant debt maturities until 2018, we can continue focusing on growing the top and bottom lines across our business segments."


ESPN Radio's Features L.A., Chicago Talent in August
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 11:03pm CT |

During the month of August, ESPN Radio will offer listeners three teams between 10am–1pm ET, featuring commentators who currently host shows on ESPN's owned and operated stations in Los Angeles and Chicago. "ESPN Radio has an extensive pool of talent from our national network, local stations and ESPN television," said VP/Network Audio Content David Roberts. "We're excited to take advantage of this opportunity to give national radio exposure to our local hosts."

Max & Marcellus of ESPN LA 710 will host from ESPN Radio's Los Angeles studios the week of August 3. Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley host a daily radio show in Los Angeles from 3-7pm PT. They also offer their opinions and viewpoints weekdays on ESPN2's SportsNation.

Michelle Beadle, host of ESPN2's SportsNation, and Ben Lyons of ESPNLA and The Players Tribune will host from the Los Angeles studios the weeks of August 10 and 17.

ESPN Chicago 1000's Waddle & Silvy will host the week of August 24. Former Bears receiver Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman host a daily show in Chicago from 2-6pm CT.


Judge Denies Pandora Lower BMI Royalty Rates
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 11:21pm CT |

Pandora has lost in its bid to obtain lower songwriter royalty rates with BMI, after a federal judge denied the Internet radio service request to reverse an earlier ruling that set a new rate. The judge ruled in May that Pandora must pay 2.5% of revenue to BMI, which is coniderably higher than 1.75% that it had previously paid. Most radio broadcast outlets pay about 1.7%.

"Yesterday's decision was a procedural step, and we remain confident in our legal position. We intend to proceed with our appeal to the 2nd circuit, the same court that ruled in Pandora's favor in the ASCAP case earlier this year," said Pandora Public Affairs Director Dave Grimaldi.


Daily Big Ten Football Program Returns to FSR
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 11:25pm CT |

FOX Sports Radio in conjunction with Big Ten Network announces the fifth season of BTN Live, a daily Big Ten football show. Beginning August 10, the radio simulcast of the program will be available for air weekdays from 6-7pm ET on more than 20 affiliates, including WDFN-AM/Detroit, KFXN-FM/Minneapolis, KFAB-AM/Omaha, WOKY-AM/Milwaukee and KXNO-AM/Des Moines.

Throughout football season, BTN Live takes fans inside every Big Ten locker room as teams prepare for games, and provide the latest news, expert analysis and interviews with players and coaches. The nightly show will be hosted by Big Ten Network personalities Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo, with Big Ten Network analysts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and other special guests.


Groups Join Fight Against Airplay Performance Tax
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, July 31, 2015 | 1:25am CT |

The Free Radio Alliance announces four new members: The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative/Women (NOBEL/Women), The Intertribal Agriculture Council, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and The Hispanic Leadership Fund. Each member of this diverse group is opposing a performance tax on radio stations for airplay.

"Each of these groups has a diverse mission, but they are united in the fight against a performance royalty on local radio stations across America," said Free Radio Alliance spokesperson Peggy Binzel. "The Free Radio Alliance is delighted that they have joined the cause. From black women legislators to tribal farmers to Hispanic-owned businesses, these groups understand that weakening free, local radio stations is bad for their communities."

NOBEL/Women, a non-profit, non-partisan organization primarily composed of current and former black women legislators and appointed officials, is engaged in public policy debates around key issue areas, including telecommunications. "We joined the Free Radio Alliance because we know that women often are responsible for making the family's budget balance and we think preserving the option of free, local radio is important for households across America that are trying to make ends meet," said NOBEL/Women President Representative Laura Hall.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council is recognized as a respected voice within the Indian community and government circles on agricultural policies and programs in Indian country. "The Intertribal Agriculture Council joins other farm groups who understand that farm radio is a vital link to local weather and other critical information and want to keep local radio strong," added Binzel.

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the U.S. "Business owners who play recorded music in their establishments understand that if the record labels succeed in imposing a performance tax on radio stations, they will be the next target," said Binzel.

"The Hispanic Leadership Fund," Binzel added, is a "non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to promoting public policy solutions rooted in free enterprise, limited government, and individual freedom. The Hispanic Leadership Fund understands that government meddling in an 80-year mutually-beneficial business relationship between the music industry and radio by adopting a one-sided piece of legislation favoring the record labels is a bad idea."

Hispanic Leadership Fund President Mario Lopez added, "Nothing good usually happens when the government inserts itself in the middle of an established business relationship, especially when it tries to impose a new tax."


ABC Radio Announces Labor Day Programming
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, July 31, 2015 | 1:32am CT |

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ABC Radio will offer three one-hour specials for use over the 2015 Labor Day Holiday weekend. The programs include "The Election Show: 16 Things to Know Before 2016," "Back to School Survival Guide" and "Streamline and Simplify Your Life." Hosted by ABC news correspondent Cheri Preston and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein, "The Election Show" will break down each candidate, where they stand on the issues, and their chances of ending up in the White House.

ABC Radio's "Back to School Survival Guide" will provide listeners with the help they need to make the transition from summer to the structure of the school year. Hosted by ABC's Michelle Franzen, this one-hour special will share tips and guidance from saving money on clothing and supplies to making parents aware for signs of bullying.

"Streamline and Simplify Your Life" will give listeners tips on how to de-clutter day to day life, from paying down and consolidating debts to helpful hints to prepare the night before to make mornings easier for the whole family. Hosted by ABC's Scott Goldberg, this one-hour special and provide tips on how to clear out the clutter in life and start planning for the future.


iHM/Charlotte Names Keith Hotchkiss Market President
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 2:27pm CT |

iHeartMedia appoints Keith Hotchkiss as Market President of its cluster in Charlotte, effective immediately. He'll now oversee WEND-FM, WRFX-FM, WHQC-FM, WLKO-FM, Fox Sports 98.7FM and WKKT-FM. Throughout Hotchkiss' nearly 17-year career with iHM, he most recently served as Senior VP/Sales and previously ws General Sales Manager in Cleveland and Akron, OH.

"iHeartMedia Charlotte boasts some of the most talented on-air hosts, programmers and sales professionals in the country. It's my goal to lead and expand, providing innovative solutions for our client partners across all our platforms, while also creating the best radio for our listeners," said Hotchkiss. "This is an exciting time to be in the radio industry and I couldn't be more proud to represent one of the world's most enterprising media companies in one of the nation's greatest cities."

Before overseeing all sales operations for iHM's five-station cluster in Charlotte, Hotchkiss worked for the company's co-owned group in Cleveland where he served the market for more than 15 years, most recently as General Sales Manager of WAKS, WMMS, WTAM, 99X and Cleveland Indians Radio sales.


Petition Seeks to Revise ''Burdensome'' LPFM Rules
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 7:01pm CT |

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The Low Power FM Advocacy Group (LPFM-AG), a group committed to protect the interests of both LPFM operators and LPFM audiences, has announced what it calls an "historic" 226-page Rulemaking petition with the FCC, supported by over 50 case studies. The petition highlights to over 600 Low Power FM radio outlets that have turned in their licenses over the past 15 years because of what the LPFM-AG calls "the FCC's complicated and burdensome rules."

LPFM-AG/Washington, DC, Executive Director Dave Solomon said, "Anyone with a full power license can bump us off the air just by moving their transmitter." The rulemaking petition will ask that LPFM stations be classified as a primary service and be provided with expanded underwriting (which would ultimately permit full commercials). It also seeks an increase in the signal power limit from 100 watts to 250 watts with translator contour spacing rules and the ability to transfer failing LPFMs and sell them for a profit after three years.

"People have lost their entire life savings by just trying to serve their community. It is time we stand up and take action for past, present, and future LPFM stations. The FCC must level out the playing field once and for all," added Solomon. For more information on how to help in the effort to save LPFM stations and to view the petition, visit the LPFM-AG's new website at LPFM.Today.


Matt Jones, Kentucky Sports Renew w/iHeartMedia
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 11:17am CT |

iHeartMedia Louisville announced today that Matt Jones, the voice of Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR), has renewed with his network of stations. Jones, now in his 5th year with the show, will continue to host Kentucky Sports Radio every weekday from 10a.m.-12 noon ET on TalkRadio 1080 WKJK in Louisville, NewsRadio 630 WLAP in Lexington, and affiliates around the state served by the Kentucky News Network.

"Matt has built a large and loyal fan base to become the most widely listened-to personality in Kentucky. We're very glad that momentum will continue toward an even bigger future," said Kelly Carls, Senior Vice-President of Programming, iHeartMedia Louisville.

"I'm excited to continue to do Kentucky Sports Radio! We have built a great network of fans across the state," said Jones. "I look forward to continue to bring the show to the passionate Big Blue Nation for many years to come."


Philadelphia Soul Playoffs to Air Live on WPEN
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 2:11pm CT |

The 2015 East Division Champion Philadelphia Soul announce that all 2015 playoff games will air live on Greater Media Sports WPEN-FM (97.5 FM The Fanatic). Joe DeCamara, host of The Fanatic's 6-10pm weekday show, including the weekly Ron Jaworski Show on Wednesdays from 6-7pm, will provide play-by-play for the Arena Football team. Soul General Manager Tom Goodhines will provide color commentary.

"We have a great relationship with Soul owner Ron Jaworski and now we look forward to this opportunity with his team," 97.5 The Fanatic's Program Director Matt Nahigian said. "We want to be the station that brings Philadelphia's next championship to the airwaves."

"We have a championship caliber football team this year with a great opportunity to bring Philadelphia a second championship in our 10 seasons of play," added Soul COO John Adams. "We are thrilled that our playoff run will be shared in Philadelphia with a championship caliber radio partner."

The Soul host the New Orleans VooDoo in their last regular season home game this Sunday, August 2 at 4pm.

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