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Switzer Joins Westwood One as M&E/Country VP/GM
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, January 23, 2017 | 2:25pm CT | Share

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Bryan Switzer
Westwood One appoints music industry and network radio vet Bryan Switzer as VP and General Manager of Music and Entertainment, Country. Switzer will oversee affiliate sales, marketing, and operations for Westwood One's NASH-branded shows, including "Ty, Kelly & Chuck," "NASH Nights Live," "The Blair Garner Show" and "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks," as well as "Country Countdown USA," "Country's Inside Track," "Country Gold with Terri Clark," "The Lia Show," "Power Source Country" and various Country specials and events.

"Bryan is a gem, perfectly suited to this role at Westwood One," commented Westwood One President Suzanne Grimes. "His passion for the business, his deep industry relationships and his vision for the future will benefit affiliated radio stations and sponsors alike."

From 1989 through 2000, Switzer rose from VP/National Promotion to General Manager of Atlantic Records, and then became Senior VP/National Promotion for Universal South Records, through 2005. From 2006 through 2014, he oversaw Nashville marketing, promotion, and affiliate sales for "American Country Countdown," 24-hour formats and more for the then ABC Radio Networks, Citadel Media and Cumulus Media Networks. Most recently, Switzer held an executive position in JennsCo Chemical Solutions, a chemical manufacturing and distribution company.

"I never dreamed I would be back with the company I left a little over two years ago, but let me just say it's a new day at Cumulus," commented Switzer. "The new leadership is inspiring and empowering; I look forward to helping advance Westwood One's reputation as a leader in Country."


Beasley Media Group/Tampa Launches ''Playa 106.9''
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, January 23, 2017 | 5:23pm CT | Share

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Beasley Media Group launches "Playa 106.9," a Classic Salsa format on WYUU-HD2 in Tampa under Program Director Nio Fernandez. The new outlet will feature Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more, by artists such as Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Luis Enrique. WYUU had offered Spanish Pop for the last five years.

"Tampa Bay is now dancing Salsa with the new Playa 106.9," said Market Manager Kent Dunn. "This station is filled with Superstar Latin Artists. We are ready to super serve Tampa Bay with this format, which provides another choice in the market. Just tune into Playa 106.9 and start listening to 10,000 songs in a row."

Fernandez added, "The classic Salsa format is what we have offered on WYUU-HD2 for more than five years under the flag of 'Maxima Exitos' and we are extremely proud to launch the fresh rebranding named 'Playa' on 106.9 FM."


Granato Assumes Renda Southwest Florida PD Duties
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, January 23, 2017 | 6:19pm CT | Share

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Steve Granato
Steve Granato will assume Program Director responsibilities for Renda Broadcasting's four radio properties in its Southwest Florida market of Fort Myers-Naples. These include WWGR-FM (Gator Country 1019), WJGO-FM (1029BOBfm), WSGL-FM (Mix 104.7) and WGUF-FM (98.9 Naples FM Talk). Granato, a programming vet, previously served as Senior VP/Programming at iHeartMedia Youngstown with additional duties in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. In addition, he was PD for Renda's Pittsburgh properties in the early 1990s.

Granato said, "It's great to be back with Renda Broadcasting. I'm looking forward to providing a great product to the listeners of Southwest Florida."

"We are very happy to have Steve back with us," added General Manager Tony Renda, Jr. "He brings a wealth of large market experience to our four diverse brands."

Granato assumes responsibilities immediately from exiting Randy Savage. Savage, a 20-year veteran Renda Broadcasting team member, is now OM of Cumulus Broadcasting's Wilkes Barre cluster.


iHM, Washington Capitals Ink DC Partnership
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, January 23, 2017 | 5:49pm CT | Share

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iHeartMedia Washington, DC's W284CQ-FM at 104.7 FM inks a broadcast partnership with the NHL's Washington Capitals, effective immediately. The station will air every Capitals game for the remainder of the National Hockey League season. Beginning Monday, 104.7 FM will become a part of the Washington Capitals' radio network, which extends from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and enhances the current coverage in the DC area. Outside of game coverage, the station will simulcast on WWDC-HD2.

"We're very excited to have the Capitals on our airwaves," said iHeartMedia Region President Washington, DC and Government Initiatives Michael Preacher. "Our listeners will be thrilled to hear hockey's hottest team on 104.7 FM."

"It's a great opportunity for us to not only expands our coverage area in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, but also to partner with one of our region's most respected media companies. I'm very happy for our fans that our game day coverage will be on the FM dial in Washington on 104.7 FM," added Washington Capitals, Monumental Sports and Entertainment Senior Director of Broadcasting John Walton.


Alpha Media/Moberly Names Mike Jenkins Market Mgr.
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, January 23, 2017 | 6:03pm CT | Share

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Mike Jenkins
Alpha Media/Moberly-Macon, MO, appoints 30-year radio vet Mike Jenkins as Market Manager, overseeing KRES-FM, KIRK-FM, KTCM-FM, KWIX-FM and KWIX-AM. Previously, he spent close to 24 years with now Townsquare Media in Sedalia, MO, most recently as Market President & Chief Revenue Officer. While there he also held posts including Operations Manager, Sales Manager and Digital Sales Manager.

Alpha Media Executive VP of the Midwest Region George Pelletier commented, "We are pleased to welcome Mike Jenkins to our Alpha operations in Moberly. Mike has a terrific track record of success everywhere he has worked. His reputation of being a great leader, inspired broadcaster and client oriented sales champion convinced us that he was the right kind of person to lead the Alpha team in Moberly, Missouri."

"I look forward to getting to know the people of Moberly and the surrounding area, while finding new ways for our Alpha Media stations to serve our community," added Jenkins.

Prior to his management tenure, Jenkins completed the NAB Educational Foundation's Broadcast Leadership Training course, is active in Rotary and has received recognition for his leadership from Rotary and other community organizations.


Univision Expands Radio Magazine with Leon Krauze
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, January 23, 2017 | 6:56pm CT | Share

Univision announces the nationwide expansion of its radio magazine, "En Boca de Leon" (In Leon's Mouth) hosted by journalist Leon Krauze, who is also the anchor of the 6pm and 11pm newscasts on co-owned KMEX-TV/Los Angeles. The one-hour program airs live, weekdays at 7pm and will feature real-time conversations with callers on a variety of topics. The show will broadcast on KTNQ/Los Angeles, WADO/New York, WQBA/Miami, WRTO/Chicago, KFLC/Dallas, KLAT/Houston KCOR/San Antonio, KLSQ/Las Vegas and KGBT/McAllen.

Listeners can also tune-in to two new podcasts hosted by Krauze: "Epicentro," which includes analysis of the week's current events and "La Mesa," which features stories and profiles of Hispanic Americans across the country. "La Mesa" is an extension of Krauze's book and weekly news segment, both titled "La Mesa-Historias de Nuestra Gente" (The Table: Stories of Our People).


SoundCloud Selects Triton Digital's a2x for Audio Ads
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, January 23, 2017 | 2:05pm CT | Share

Triton Digital and SoundCloud, a music and audio platform, have expanded their partnership to monetize SoundCloud's digital audio advertising inventory in the U.S. via Triton's programmatic audio advertising exchange, a2x. The partnership enables programmatic buyers in the U.S. to make targeted, at-scale buys across SoundCloud's listening audience via Triton's Open Marketplace. The addition of the U.S. market expands Triton and SoundCloud's existing partnership which covers Australia and Canada.

"We are pleased to expand our support of SoundCloud's global advertising strategy by adding its U.S. audience to the exchange," said Triton Digital President of Market Development John Rosso. "The 2016 Infinite Dial Study by Edison Research found that more than 155 million Americans ages 12+ listen to digital audio in a given month. With it's impressive reach and ability to target messages on the listener level, audio is quickly becoming an essential component of advertising strategies both in the U.S. and beyond as it is an incredibly powerful and meaningful way to connect with listeners."

"Audio is a fast growing area of programmatic advertising, and we're excited to expand our partnership with Triton to add our premium audio inventory to the U.S. market," added SoundCloud Head of Brand Partnerships, North America Peter Diamond. "Triton's technology makes it easy for advertisers in the U.S. to access prime SoundCloud ad inventory in an automated fashion to connect with our unique, highly engaged audience."


Research Director Introduces Format Tracker Tool
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, January 23, 2017 | 1:55pm CT | Share

Research Director announces a new way to look at radio station ratings. Format Tracker is a new report tool that provides Program Directors with insight into their station's ratings results by providing a 360-degree view of what's happening in their market. It can provide understanding changes within their format, with other formats, in market listening levels and in Nielsen's sample have affected their station's numbers.

The report also provides a customized selection from 118 different gender, ethnic and age groups and gives the user exactly the information they need in an organized, graphical layout.

"Program Directors are continually looking for better and deeper ways to understand what is happening with their station's ratings" said Research Director partner Charlie Sislen. "Format Tracker is the newest weapon in our arsenal that will help put the results in perspective within a given market."


WMOV/Norfolk Appoints Danny Meyers PD/Mornings
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 20, 2017 | 1:59pm CT | Share

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Danny Meyers
iHeartMedia's Rhythmic AC WMOV-FM (MOViN 107.7)/Norfolk appoints Danny Meyers as its new Program Director and morning personality (6-10am). Previously, Meyers hosted mornings at CHR WXLK-FM/Roanoke, VA, for more than 10 years. Prior to that he served as the night personality at WPLJ-FM/New York and the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for WQSX-FM/Boston.

"I'm excited to start a new chapter at Movin' 107.7 and become part of the iHeartMedia Norfolk family, especially after a record-setting revenue year for the station," said Meyers. "I know the team is ready for an even bigger 2017."

"I've been a big fan of Danny for many years because he is one of those talented people you hear about through his amazing accomplishments," added iHeartMedia Norfolk Senior VP/Programming Tias Schuster. "We are lucky to add him to the team in Norfolk and know his leadership and skills will shake up morning drive in Hampton Roads."

"We are excited to bring Danny to Hampton Roads as Program Director of Movin 107.7 and entertain our listeners during their morning commute," said Market President Derrick Martin.


Report: Ajit Pai to Be Nominated as FCC Chairman
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 20, 2017 | 6:29pm CT | Share

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will nominated as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commisssion by President Donald Trump reports Bloomberg. The news agency is citing sources from Trump's transistion team. Pai would initially lead a panel with a 2-to-1 Republican majority. It will be up to President Trump to nominate two to fill the vacant commissioners slots, one Republican and one other.

Ajit Pai was nominated to the five-member panel in November, 2011 and confirmed in May, 2102. Between 2007 and 2011, Pai held several positions in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, including Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining the FCC, he was a partner in the Communications Practice at Jenner and Block LLP and Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications.

In response to press reports that Pai will be named permanent FCC Chairman, NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said, "Without qualification, NAB supports President Trump's selection of Ajit Pai to the position of FCC chairman. Ajit Pai is a known quantity who brings integrity, good humor and a fierce intellect to the Commission. We look forward to working with him and his colleagues on a pro-growth FCC agenda that benefits tens of millions of Americans who rely on free broadcast radio and TV for the most popular content, credible news, and lifeline local emergency alerts."


AOB to Present 23rd Annual Pre-CRS Seminar
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 20, 2017 | 7:14pm CT | Share

Country radio consultants Mike O'Malley and Becky Brenner have announced that their 23rd annual Pre-CRS seminar will take place on Wednesday, February 22 at the Music City Center, in downtown Nashville, from 10am-1:30pm. The AOB team will present the first highlights from their 12th annual online perceptual study, "Roadmap 2017," including Country P1 trends in music tastes, digital consumption, social networking and more.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to see presentations on personal career growth, important topics facing country radio and tips on growing ratings and revenue in 2017. Additional panels/speakers will be announced over the next ten days.

"For 23 years this has been one of the most special half days of any conference. The pace is quick, the speakers have come from country radio as well as businesses as diverse as Starbucks and politics," said O'Malley. "It's a half-day of thought-provoking and actionable sessions that help set the stage for CRS."

Brenner added, "Radio prides itself on innovation, creation and preservation. Our job is to make sure stations have the tools to accomplish all three. Tools that help the station generate successful ratings and increase revenue. It is an opportunity to share, learn, grow and re-energize for the new year."

The AOB Pre-CRS Seminar is free and is open to all clients as well as to broadcasters in non-competitive situations. You can RSVP to aobprecrs@aandoandb.com.


Futuri Media Adds Three Members to Leadership Team
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 20, 2017 | 7:08pm CT | Share

Futuri Media announces three appointments to newly-created leadership roles to be based in the company's Cleveland headquarters. Sophie Fry is named Director of TopLine, while Jason Robinaugh is appointed Product Manager of Futuri Mobile, LDR and Takeover. Clint Marsh is named Product Manager of POST and Futuri Streaming. All three report to CEO Daniel Anstandig.

A veteran broadcaster with 25+ years in senior management roles, Fry has worked for companies including Cox Media Group and iHeartMedia. Robinaugh is a longtime Futuri Media team member and has worked with hundreds of stations in U.S. and global markets. Marsh is a 30-year industry vet with experience in GM, programming and talent coaching roles at broadcasters including Federated Media, Citadel, and Saga.

"Futuri Media continuously iterates development on our suite of products to ensure we're future-minded and helping our client partners stay two steps ahead," said Anstandig. "Sophie, Jason, and Clint are unique and energetic leaders who fit our culture of speed, proactivity, passion, and trust. They enable Futuri to deliver innovative ratings- and revenue-driving products to market faster, building on our reputation as a media technology partner on the leading edge."


James Conner Named GM of Emmis' Network Indiana
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 2:35pm CT | Share

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James Conner
James Conner, longtime General Manager of Emmis/Terre Haute, IN, is appointed General Manager of co-owned Network Indiana, effective January 30. Conner managed stations in Terre Haute for the last 22 years, including Country WTHI-FM. Conner has also served 15 years on the Indiana Broadcasters Board of Directors, was Chairman of the Board in 2010 and was awarded the Tom Severino Leadership Award in 2010.

"James will lead Network Indiana with a mission to continue our history of building meaningful value with our Network Indiana team and for our affiliates," said Emmis/Indianapolis Senior VP/General Manager Chuck Williams. "Network Indiana is a strong brand and an important ingredient in the success of our Emmis Indianapolis Radio Division. James will be focused on helping our team grow Network Indiana relationships, operations and of course, growing value for this historic Emmis Brand."

Network Indiana is a statewide news network providing news, sports and business programming to affiliated stations throughout the state.


iHeartMedia Jacksonville Launches ''Rumba 106.9''
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 2:16pm CT | Share

iHeartMedia Jacksonville flips WQIK-HD2 and Alternative FM translator 106.9 to "The New Rumba 106.9" with the slogan "#1 Para Exitos y Musica Variada" (#1 For Success and Various Music). The station will launch January 20 at midnight with 10,000 songs in a row, airing commercial-free. Rumba will broadcast a variety of Tropical music, including artists such asMarc Anthony, Romeo Santos, Nicky Jam, Victor Manuelle and others.

Beginning January 23, the station will also feature programs including the "Enrique Santos Show" on weekday mornings from 6-10am. The full programming lineup will be announced at a later date.

"I am so excited to bring Rumba to the iHeartMedia Jacksonville family and share our Latin music, culture and heritage with the local Hispanic community of listeners," said Program Director Raymond Torres. "We can't wait to start growing our family and creating community-based projects in our new hometown."

"I couldn't be more excited to add Rumba to iHeartMedia Jacksonville's lineup of radio station brands," added Market President Nicky Sparrow. "The Rumba format has a proven track record of success among Hispanic listeners, and the appetite for this music and programming is quickly growing in Jacksonville. I'm excited to make Rumba a staple among our Spanish-language community."


Jane Pauley to Emcee 2017 NAB Show Opening
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 1:49pm CT | Share

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Jane Pauley
Journalist and host of "CBS Sunday Morning," Jane Pauley will emcee the 2017 NAB Show Opening on Monday, April 24 in Las Vegas. Hearst President/CEO Steven Swartz is headlining the event, and National Association of Broadcasters President/CEO Gordon Smith will present the "State of the Broadcast Industry" address.

Pauley began her network career as co-host of "Today" for 13 years. She then anchored "Dateline NBC" for more than a decade and also hosted her own daytime program, "The Jane Pauley Show."

"Jane Pauley is one of broadcast television's most familiar faces," said Smith. "We look forward to sharing the NAB Show stage with her and are honored to have her assistance in opening the world's greatest media, entertainment and technology event."

Pauley is the recipient of multiple Emmy Awards, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is also the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: "Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue" and "Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life."


Beasley/Fayetteville NC Welcomes Randy Bliss as OM
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 5:29pm CT | Share

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Randy Bliss
Beasley Media Group appoints Randy Bliss as Operations Manager of its cluster in Fayetteville, NC. Additionally, he will serve as Program Director and afternoon host for Country WKML-FM as well as PD of AC WAZZ-AM. His career encompasses three decades of radio experience, holding management posts in markets such as Greensboro NC, Norfolk VA, Raleigh NC, Charlotte NC and Rochester NY.

"Randy brings his hands-on experience and success in a number of formats, which we welcome in Fayetteville," said Market Manager Erika Beasley. "From his extensive research skills, to his ability to incorporate both sales and programming to ensure success, Randy has proven he is a tried and true radio pro."

"It's rare in any industry to come across someone like Randy who is a brilliant, big picture strategist who also possesses amazing leadership qualities," noted Executive VP/Programming Justin Chase. "No doubt, he will lead our Fayetteville team to new heights in today's competitive broadcast and content environment. We're fortunate to have him in place in Fayetteville."

"I'll enjoy working in our Fayetteville radio stations, which have new, exciting challenges and most importantly, terrific people!" added Bliss. "I'm grateful to Fayetteville Market Manager Erika Beasley, EVP of Programming Justin Chase, VP of Programming Buzz Knight and all at Beasley Media Group for this incredible opportunity."


WZFX PD Tap Money Expands PD Role in Fayetteville
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 7:08pm CT | Share

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Tap Money
WZFX-FM (Foxy 99)/Fayetteville, NC, Program Director Tap Money is expanding his role by adding oversight of both of Beasley Media's Urban stations there, WZFX and WUKS-FM. He joined Beasley in January, 2015, from WJMH-FM (102 JAMZ)/Greensboro where he served as Assistant PD, Music Director and afternoon host. Money began his journey in radio at WJMH in 1995 following his graduation from Winston Salem University.

"Tap's been with Beasley in Fayetteville for two years and has had tremendous success on WZFX, both with ratings and sales integration," stated Market Manager Erika Beasley. "Because of his proven abilities, he has been assigned to oversee both urban properties."

"Beasley is an organization that enjoys promoting good people from within and it is especially exciting when it's a rock star like Tap Money," added Executive VP Justin Chase. "Tap is a radio hero who has lifted WZFX to an entirely new level in ratings and revenue. We have no doubt he will improve our urban footprint in Fayetteville as begins working with WUKS."

"I am extremely humbled and excited about my new duties and I thank Market Manager Erika Beasley for her trust and leadership in this transition," commented Money. "My personal appreciation goes to COO Brian Beasley and EVP of Programming Justin Chase for their faith in me. We have amazing people here in Fayetteville who know and love radio and we are ready to raise the bar and inspire these talented group of people to do their best."

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