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WABC/New York Radio Appoints Tacinelli as GSM
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 0:34am CT

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Glen Tacinelli
Cumulus Media hires Glen Tacinelli as the General Sales Manager of News/Talk WABC-AM/New York, effective July 13. For the past seven years, Tacinelli has managed Eastman Radio's New York office, representing radio stations in over 137 markets and leading a sales team. He also brings to 77 WABC local market experience from his tenure at WCBS-FM, where he hired and led a local sales staff. Prior to WCBS, Tacinelli held management positions at Arbitron (now Nielsen).

"I am delighted to join the 77 WABC team and apply my knowledge of terrestrial and digital media trends to the sales department," said Tacinelli. "I look forward to continuing my work in this dynamic, industry-leading market."

"We are thrilled to welcome Tacinelli as the GSM to the iconic, legendary WABC brand," added VP/Market Manager Chad Lopez. "Glen's outstanding talent, knowledge of the New York radio market and expertise in selling some of the top AM stations across the country is exactly what we were looking to add to the Cumulus New York team."

MRA Names Tom Cheng Group Sales Manager
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | 1:30pm CT

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Tom Cheng
Milwaukee Radio Alliance names 27-year industry sales vet Tom Cheng as Group Sales Manager, effective immediately. Cheng will oversee the local sales organization for WLUM-FM (FM 102/1), WLDB-FM (Trending Radio 93.3) and W262CJ-FM (The Party 100.3 FM) and WZTI-AM (1290 AM). Previously, he served as Senior Account Executive at FM 102/1.

"It is with great admiration and respect that I announce Tom Cheng as Group Sales Manager for the Milwaukee Radio Alliance," said VP/General Manager Bill Hurwitz. "Tom has been a Senior Account Executive with the Milwaukee Radio Alliance for sixteen years. He is a leader both in the building amongst his peers as well as in the marketplace with his valued clients. This is the best of both worlds for us and Tom. He will continue to lead, educate, and motivate a group of talented Account Executives while still working closely with all of our clients."

"Tom joins the sales management team after twenty-seven years in the industry. His experience covers both agency and direct client interaction and his background has given him an appreciation of the fundamental need to provide exceptional service and meet the individual requirements of clients, from both a pre and post-sales perspective," added Director of Sales Keith Bratel.

Adam Hoge Named WGN Plus Sports Editor-In-Chief
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | 7:17pm CT

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Talk WGN-AM/Chicago appoints Adam Hoge as the new Sports Editor-in-Chief for its digital content incubator WGN Plus ( He will oversee an expansion of sports digital content including photo essays, live blogs, more podcasts and special streaming events. The first streaming event launches July 4th with a Blackhawks WGN Stanley Cup Marathon starting at noon. Hoge will continue to report as the WGN Radio Bears insider, traveling with the team and blogging from Soldier Field and Halas Hall. Hoge also co-hosts "The Beat" on WGN-AM every Saturday from 3-7pm and Sunday from 3-6pm.

"We live in an 'on-demand' world today and radio is no different. That's really what WGN Plus is all about," said Hoge. "I'm looking forward to working with such a great lineup of sports personalities to create the type of content our listeners and readers are seeking."

"Getting Adam's blog in the WGN family was a huge win for us last year and now we plan to capitalize on his coaching skills across our digital platforms," said VP/Programming and Content Todd Manley. "With Tribune Media's launch of Gracenote Sports, WGN has an even greater arsenal of resources."

WGN Plus listeners can hear the Stanley Cup games from 2010, 2013 and 2015 in their entirety starting at noon. Game Six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final can also be heard on WGN-AM beginning at 6pm on the 4th of July.

Regular WGN Plus features include CSN-partnered Kap & Haugh Show, three blogs: Adam Hoge's Bears Blog, Jarrett Payton's JP's Presser and Connor McKnight's Super Utility, plus the two popular podcasts: Down & Distance with Jarrett Payton and Shaun Davis and The Shootaround with Sam Panayotovich and Big Cat from Barstool Sports.

Stevens Named PD of KAGM-KDLW/Albuquerque
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | 7:08pm CT

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Picazzo Stevens
American General Media names veteran programmer and air personality Picazzo Stevens as Program Director for Rhythmic CHR KAGM-FM (Power 106.7) and CHR KDLW-FM (Z106.3)/Albuquerque, effective immediately. Stevens will also serve on-air weekdays on KAGM. He previously served as PD/afternoons at KAGM in 2014, plus previous duties at KISV-FM/Bakersfield, KVYB-FM/Ventura and APD/afternoons at KDHT-FM/Austin.

"I can't begin to tell you all how excited I am to have Picazzo back with our company," said AGM Regional Director Bill Kruger.

"My gratitude to AGM President, Rogers Brandon and Regional Director, Bill Kruger for inviting me to rejoin the company and oversee these great brands. We have hit the 'reset button' and have an exciting opportunity to achieve great things here in Albuquerque," added Picazzo on his return to AGM.

In addition, Stevens' radio background includes stops in Riverside, Monterey, Fresno and San Diego, CA.

Curtis Media Names David Lewis GM of WPTF/Raleigh
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | 1:37pm CT

Curtis Media Group has announced that David Lewis will be joining its Raleigh management team as General Manager of News/Talk WPTF-AM, Monday, July 6. Lewis joins the company from Cumulus in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he served as Market Manager for the past six years. He also has experience as an agency principal, and was formerly the publisher of Charleston Gourmet Magazine.

CMG Executive VP Trip Savery commented, "We are pleased to welcome David to Curtis Media Group. His experiences as an advertising agency principal, publisher and radio management will be of great value to our customers. WPTF is one of the most iconic brands in North Carolina, and we look forward to evolving the station under David's leadership."

Lewis added, "I am excited to join Curtis Media and the WPTF team. I look forward to blending my past experience with the talented group that Don Curtis and Trip Savery already have in place, as we further develop our products and content while providing superior results for our clients."

Hometown to Acquire WCTR/Chestertown for $200K
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 0:56am CT

WCTR Broadcasting has agreed to sell 1kw News/Talk WCTR-AM (1530)/Chestertown, MD, to Hometown Multimedia for $200,000, all cash. Richard D. Gelfman is WCTR Broadcasting's the managing member and a well known attorney. He's also been a television anchor and investigative reporter in the Baltimore market for a number of years.

Brian Moore is the President of Hometown Multimedia and has been involved in the broadcasting industry for over 30 years, in several capacities, and in a variety of markets from Florida to Ohio, most recently in Monmouth-Ocean, NJ.

Moore said, "We look forward to this opportunity to continue the legacy of WCTR in serving in the local communities with national and local broadcasts as well as the community-based hometown programming and information the listeners have come to know and enjoy."

Dick Kozacko of Kozacko Media Services brokered the deal.

SAG-AFTRA Chicago Public Media Ratify First Deal
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 0:43am CT

Content creation producers at Chicago Public Media have reached an agreement with management on their first union contract. The unit includes anchors, hosts, reporters, producers, editors and those who create digital content. The two-year deal includes newly established scale rates for each covered position, annual increases, professional development in job classifications as well as progressive discipline and a grievance and arbitration procedure.

"This contract achieved the bargaining unit's highest priority: a voice in the workplace," stated Chicago Local Director of Broadcast Paula Weinbaum, who served as chief negotiator.

The bargaining unit voted to unionize in December, 2013 and negotiations began in March, 2014. The unit employees participated in significant numbers at each stage of the process, and took an active role in the success of the negotiations.

"My colleagues have worked hard the last two years. The contract we voted on today is a great step toward building a stronger future at CPM -- a future that includes the voices of all content professionals at WBEZ, Vocalo and Sound Opinions, trusted by listeners across the Chicago area and beyond," stated Becky Vevea, a member of the bargaining committee.

Midwest Communications Joins Free Radio Alliance
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 1:01am CT

Midwest Communications has joined the Free Radio Alliance in its fight to oppose a performance tax on U.S. radio stations. "Midwest Communications, a family owned media company headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin with 72 radio stations across middle America, is a great example of what the Free Radio Alliance is about-serving local communities," said FRA) spokesperson Peggy Binzel.

"Founded in 1958, Midwest grew from a single station to a community-focused group of stations serving listeners in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee, all while maintaining their small-town feel," added Binzel.

"In a world that is rapidly moving toward pay-only music, entertainment and news options, Midwest Communications and local radio stations across the nation stand out as part of an industry whose business model is to provide local listeners the best in music, news and information-all for free," she said.

Amazon App Store Welcomes NextRadio App
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 2:59pm CT

Amazon is making it even easier for listeners to find their favorite local FM stations with the NextRadio app. The free smartphone app is ready for download by over 25 million compatible smartphone owners from the Amazon App Store. NextRadio is available on 40 smartphones and one tablet from Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. It's also available on HTC and Motorola's Moto G and E phones with all major wireless carriers.

"Providing customers an additional avenue to download and enjoy NextRadio through the Amazon App Store is great forward progress. We are grateful to Amazon for providing customers with capable smartphones the opportunity to enjoy interactive FM radio," said NextRadio President Paul Brenner.

To celebrate the availability, Amazon is now featuring NextRadio ads throughout the app store.

Dave Lougee Elected as NAB Joint Board Chairman
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 3:17pm CT

TEGNA Media President Dave Lougee has been unanimously elected as NAB joint board chairman by the NAB Joint Board of Directors. Lougee takes over from YMF Media Senior Advisor Charles Warfield, whose term expired. The board elections were held at the recent NAB Board of Directors meeting in Washington, DC.

Univision President of Political & Advocacy Sales Jose Valle was elected Radio Board Chair by the NAB Radio Board. NRG Media President/CEO Mary Quass was re-elected Radio Board first vice chairman, while Lincoln Financial Media President/CEO Don Benson was elected Radio Board second vice chairman. Emmis Communications COO Pat Walsh was elected to the Radio Board's major group representative seat.

E.W. Scripps Company Senior VP Brian Lawlor was elected as NAB Television Board Chairman, succeeding Lougee in that position. Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb was elected first vice chair of the Television Board and Schurz Communications Senior VP/Broadcasting and Cable Marci Burdick was elected as second vice chair.

It was also announced that Mitch Rose, Senior VP/Government Affairs at NBCUniversal, will assume the designated network seat on the executive committee.

BFA Elects Dan Mason Co-Vice Chairman, Treasurer
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 2:44pm CT

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The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected Dan Mason as co-Vice Chairman and Treasurer of its board of directors. He was voted into the position during the recent board of directors meeting in New York. Mason was most recently President and CEO of CBS Radio, where he oversaw more than 125 stations across 27 markets.

"Dan is one of the Foundation's most ardent ambassadors and gives tirelessly of his time," stated Phil Lombardo, Chairman, Broadcasters Foundation. "The entire Board is grateful that he is taking on these additional responsibilities to advance our charitable mission of helping broadcasters in need."

The National Association of Broadcasters Executive Committee honored Mason as their 2012 National Radio Award winner for his outstanding leadership in the radio industry. He was named Executive of the Year by Radio Ink and was consistently among the top honorees on their list of Top 40 Most Powerful People in Radio, including the number one position.

WDJX/Louisville Appoints Otis as PD/Afternoons
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 4:37pm CT

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Alpha Media/Louisville appoints Otis as Program Director and afternoon host of CHR WDJX-FM (99.7 DJX). The industry vet spent the past 9 years at WNKS-FM (Kiss 95.1)/Charlotte, starting in nights and working his way to Assistant PD and afternoon talent. Previously, Otis worked his way from nights at WNDV-FM (U93) in South Bend, IN, while filling in at Radio Now in Indianapolis, to nights at WZEE-FM (Z104) in Madison, WI.

Alpha Media VP/Programming Phil Becker commented, "Otis is more than just the name of a Jay Z & Kanye song. He's proof that Alpha Media continues to recruit the most talented players from within our industry. I am confident that he, along with OM Ben Davis are a one-two punch that will continue to keep WDJX on top for a long time to come."

Senior VP/Market Manager Dale Schaefer added, "Otis is going to be a great addition to our on-air line up and will provide a lot of leadership for the WDJX team. He will be a tremendous help and support to our Operations Manager, Ben Davis, because he is a high-caliber, proven programmer who will build on the heritage of WDJX."

Otis added, "It's an amazing feeling to have finally reached a goal I set when I started in radio, and it's even more exciting that I get to program at a legendary station like DJX, with a great team of people, including OM Ben Davis. I look forward to reaching new heights with Alpha Media and taking my addiction to this crazy business to another level."

Cumulus/Los Angeles Names Courtemanche VP/S
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 2:38pm CT

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Cumulus Media/Los Angeles appoints Jason Courtemanche as VP/Sales overseeing the sales operations of KLOS-FM, KABC-AM and L.A. Kings. Previously, he served as VP/Sales for iHeartMedia in Chicago. Prior to that, he was Sales Manager for WBBM-AM/Chicago and Director of Sales for MVS International Communications in San Diego. Courtemanche has also worked as General Sales Manager for iHeartMedia/San Diego.

Cumulus Senior VP/Operations Tom Schurr said, "I'm thrilled to be working with Jason again. He's a smart, competitive, experienced broadcast executive who attracts top talent and produces results for partners and stations. We're excited to have a leader of his caliber joining the team."

Courtemanche added, "I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity on the west coast with these two legendary radio stations and the highly respected sales team. I am committed to getting in the trenches and helping make Cumulus THE place to be in L.A. media."

CMG Launches New ''Your Georgia Country'' Station
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 4:27pm CT

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Cox Media Group launches its new "Your Georgia Country" station in Atlanta, Athens and across north Georgia. The new outlet will serve listeners from Atlanta, Athens, Rome and all areas north across the entire state. It will also be the largest country signal in the Southeast with 200kw on 106.1 and 107.1 FM. Featured artists include classic and new country stars like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, George Strait and others.

"Country is the hottest format right now and was our greatest opportunity in our number one market," said CMG Atlanta Radio VP/General Manager Donna Hall. "We're now thrilled to bring another exciting choice for country in Atlanta and north Georgia that complements the other great CMG radio brands in the Greater Atlanta area."

RTDNA Research: The News Director Files
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 6:46pm CT

Research by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) shows the average age and tenure of News Directors is holding steady. News Directors range in age from 18 to 84, with the average in the mid- to late 40s in markets of all different sizes. The average News Director has been at their current station 5.7 years.

A quarter of radio station News Directors have another fulltime job, and nearly three quarters have other responsibilities at their station beyond news, such as being the General Manager, Program Director or working a shift as an announcer. That's up from two years ago, but well below the record high of seven years ago.

The most common name for male news directors is Mike, and for female news directors, the top of the list features several variations of Cathy/Kathy.

To see the full numbers, see RTDNA's latest report on its annual newsroom survey at

Reach Media Adds ''Gospel Traxx w/Walt Baby Love''
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 6:54pm CT

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Walt Baby Love
Radio One's Reach Media welcomes "Gospel Traxx with Walt Baby Love" to its Urban lineup. Debuting the weekend of July 4, the three-hour program will be broadcast on affiliate stations. The show will have national sponsor opportunities that will be managed by Reach Media as well. During each show, Love provides inspiration through personal experiences with strong Christian faith and contemporary & traditional Gospel music.

ABC Radio Presents Kelly Clarkson Radio Special
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 7:00pm CT

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Kelly Clarkson
ABC Radio will present "Kelly Clarkson: Piece by Piece," a one-hour music special featuring her thoughts on her chart-topping album "Piece by Piece" and her latest hits, as well as what fans can expect from her new tour, launching in July. Clarkson will also share her thoughts on motherhood and how her life has changed since she welcomed daughter River last year.

The new special arrives on the heels of ABC Radio's July Fourth special with country artists Lady Antebellum. "Kelly Clarkson: Piece by Piece" will be available for broadcast July 10 through August 2.

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