CCME Names New PDs in Philadelphia, Cincinnati
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today that Jared Fallon has been named Program Director for Q102 WIOQ-FM in Philadelphia and Deelo has been named Program Director for KISS 107 WKFS-FM in Cincinnati. Both will oversee all programming operations for their respective stations.
Fallon will join Clear Channel Philadelphia from the Cincinnati cluster, where he most recently served as Program Director for KISS 107. He has more than 15 years of experience in the radio industry, including roles on-air and as a Music Director. Deelo replaces Fallon in Cincinnati and previously served as Program Director for 97.3 KISS-FM in Savannah, Ga. He began his radio career when he was 15 years old in Pittsburgh and since then he's made stops in State College, Pa.; Panama City, Fla.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Tuscaloosa, Ala.
"The extraordinary opportunity to program a legendary station like Q102 is incredibly exciting," said Fallon. "The team at Clear Channel Philadelphia is stacked with experienced, innovative and talented individuals that are absolutely unrivaled in the market. I'm eager to get to Philly and begin this amazing experience."
"Jared is one of the most creative, passionate young programmers I've met in a long time -- his vision will undoubtedly be a key catalyst in our quest for even greater success," said Brian Check, Vice President of Programming, Clear Channel Philadelphia. "We're fortunate to bring one of Clear Channel's new programming stars to Philly."
"I will miss Savanah, but I am excited for the chance to work alongside some of the best and brightest minds in radio," said Deelo. "Growing up on the Ohio River, it's like I'm back home."
"We are looking forward to Deelo bringing his programming skills to Cincinnati -- the lineage of Program Directors at WKFS is an impressive list," said Bo Matthews, Vice President of Programming, Clear Channel Cincinnati. "Deelo is a young, bright programmer and I'm confident he will take WKFS to new heights."
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 7, 2014 | 2:31pm CT
Harrison Named WWSK (The Shark)/Long Island PD
Rock WWSK-FM (94-3 The Shark)/Long Island names Don Harrison as its new Program Director replacing Lenny Diana, who is now Brand Manager at WLZX-FM (Lazer 99.3) and WAQY-FM (Rock 102)/Springfield, MA. Harrison previously served as PD of Entercom's WKBU-FM (Bayou 105.3)/New Orleans before holding OM duties at Maverick Media's 4-station cluster in Santa Rosa, CA, and PD of Classic Rock KVRV-FM and Active Rock KXFX-FM.
"Don's extensive experience in the industry will be an exciting addition to our cluster," said Market Manager Dave Widmer. "He has the skills and the proven track record to lead The Shark to even greater success."
"The Shark has given Long Island a radio station that fills a void that was previously unavailable on the radio dial," added Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw. "We were particularly excited to bring Don Harrison into the company so he can build and nurture a quality brand that serves both the listener and the advertiser alike."
"I'm thrilled to join the Connoisseur Media team on Long Island," said Harrison. "The Shark is a terrific brand with tremendous momentum and I look forward to building on the station's many strengths and taking it to the next level."
Harrison began his career at WHCN-FM/Hartford and WBCN-FM/Boston before heading to Los Angeles, where he created and launched Rock formats at Slacker.com. He begins his new duties at The Shark on March 17.
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 7, 2014 | 3:17pm CT
Longtime Radio Exec, Programmer Roberts Dies
Longtime radio executive and personality Jack Roberts died late Friday in Los Angeles, following a long illness. He was 62. During his career in broadcasting, Roberts worked as an air personality, producer, Program Director and General Manager. He most recently served as Executive Producer for CRN Digital Talk Radio's programming, including the morning program "What's Cookin Today."
"Jack truly understood and loved radio," said CRN President/CEO Michael J. Horn. "He became an instant, caring friend to everyone he encountered. Not only has radio lost such a special person, but so has the world."
Roberts worked with some of the nation's top celebrity broadcasters and air talent. For more than 25 years, he booked for markets including Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Providence, and Hartford. "There wasn't a guest or celebrity Jackie didn't think he could get," said Horn, "And he almost always booked them."
While working as a senior producer on the syndicated Dick Cavett and Colonel Oliver North radio programs, Roberts also was in charge of production for "The Jerry Williams Show" and "The Doug Stephan Show."
His experience ranged from working as a Top 40 format air personality in the northeast at a number of stations, including WRKO/Boston, WMEX/Edgartown MA, WXKS/Boston, WPRO/Providence and WDRC/Hartford, where he also became the station's General Manager and Program Director. He eventually became GM and PD at WWRC/Washington DC, WMRE/Charles Town WV, WBET/Sturgis MI and WHIL/Mobile AL.
Radio personality and concert promoter Ron Jacobs wrote on his blog, "Jack Roberts is great at shining the spotlight on others and not blowing his own horn." Jacobs also noted that when Roberts became ill with "some heavy medical issues," he never complained.
RADIO ONLINE | Sunday, March 9, 2014 | 4:34pm CT
Eagle, King to Headline Sportscasting Seminar
Ian Eagle and Peter King are among the featured speakers at the 2014 One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar to be held June 9 in Salisbury, NC. The third annual event is part of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) annual awards weekend. Seminar attendees will receive live advice straight from the mouths of sportscasting stars. The One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar is being co-hosted by STAA and NSSA.
Additional seminar speakers include ESPN Audio/Radio Network Senior Director Scott Masteller. Sports Illustrated's National Play-by-Play Broadcaster of the Year & two-time Alabama Sportscaster of the Year and Auburn University voice Rod Bramblett. And Ken White, who spent 14 years as News Director at Fox Sports Charlotte WCCB-TV.
"One of the hardest parts of getting a sportscasting job that pays more than $20,000 a year is knowing the right people. At ODT14, you can start building relationships with people who will be able to help open doors for you that you might not be able to open on your own," says STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik. "Those who don't take advantage of opportunities like this are left wondering 'what if' down the road when their career is stuck in the same place it is today."
RADIO ONLINE | Sunday, March 9, 2014 | 6:10pm CT
Connoisseur, CMP Launch ''Dr. Laura Berman Show''
Connoisseur Media and Compass Media Networks announce the launch of "Uncovered With Dr. Laura Berman," a daily, topical, relationship program designed to air on AC and Hot AC stations, weekdays from 9pm-midnight. Compass says the program will be advertiser-friendly, caller-driven and will enable local affiliates to insert music.
Dr. Laura Berman is a relationship expert with a broad media pedigree. She'll serve as the daily host "Uncovered With Dr. Laura Berman," while Connoisseur Media will serve as a content consultant to the program and distribution partner. Compass Media Networks will produce, affiliate and market the program.
"Radio needs a fresh voice talking about real life issues that women care about," said Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw.
Berman added, "Our vision is to provide listeners a candid, informative, and fun forum to talk about love and relationships and how to maximize their lives."
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, March 10, 2014 | 2:36am CT
TuneIn Signs with PRN to Air NASCAR Coverage
TuneIn, a service for listening to live radio, and Performance Racing Network (PRN), have announced that every PRN NASCAR race and PRN's top weekly shows will be live on TuneIn. Coverage kicked off this weekend, with the first race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on PRN, the Kobalt 400 from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9 and continues through the last PRN race of the season, the AAA Texas 500, on November 2.
In addition to the over 35 PRN races available, TuneIn will also feature weekly shows, including "Fast Talk" which airs Mondays at 7pm, all season long.
"In 2013, we saw hundreds of thousands of listening hours coming from NASCAR fans listening to race coverage on TuneIn," said TuneIn VP/Programming Kevin Straley. "We are excited to continue to offer fans worldwide access to their favorite PRN programming, whether they're home, at work, or on the go."
"NASCAR fans want their race broadcasts, news and information on the go, and TuneIn is a leader in delivering that," added Performance Racing Network President/co-anchor Doug Rice. "With TuneIn in addition to our great affiliate stations across the country, fans will have the ability to access all PRN race coverage and studio programing anytime, anywhere."
RADIO ONLINE | Sunday, March 9, 2014 | 6:15pm CT
Charlotte Knights, WBT-AM Agreed to Partnership
The Charlotte Knights and News/Talk WBT-AM/Charlotte have agreed on a partnership that will make the 50kw outlet the radio home for the minor leauge baseball team on 12 occasions this season. WBT will broadcast of ten Saturday night home games as part of "Saturday Knight Baseball," with two additional broadcasts for opening night April 11 and July 4. WBT Sports Director Jim Szoke will have the call for most games.
"The opportunity to add WBT to our broadcasting network was very appealing to us," said Charlotte Knights Executive VP/COO Dan Rajkowski. "Their signal, combined with vision and talent for radio broadcasting, made them an absolute great fit for the Knights. It's very pleasing for us to know that our fans will hear Charlotte Knights games on WBT
Szoke, a veteran on-air sports personality in the Charlotte area and a color commentator for Carolina Panthers games on WBT, will be joined in the booth by a rotation of the WBT personalities throughout the season.
"We are very excited to expand our partnership with the Charlotte Knights and look forward to a unique and entertaining broadcast that fits the needs of the Charlotte community," said Greater Media Charlotte VP/GM Rick Feinblatt.
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 7, 2014 | 2:56pm CT
WKSL/Raleigh Names Todd Nixon PD/Afternoon Host
Country WKSL-FM (B93.9)/Raleigh appoints Todd Nixon as Program Director and afternoon host (3-7pm), effective in April. Nixon's past experience includes prior roles as Program Director and afternoon personality at WCKT-FM (Cat Country)/Fort Myers, Program Director of WCTQ-FM/Sarasota, FL, and Program Director of Country KRMD-FM/Shreveport, LA, and WYCT-FM (Cat Country 98.7)/Pensacola, FL.
"Todd brings with him a wealth of country music experience and we look forward to having his programming expertise in the building," said VP/Programming Chris Edge. "B93.9 is a fantastic station primed and ready to do great things, with someone of his caliber at the helm, we'll be fully equipped to win."
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 7, 2014 | 2:18pm CT
Seth Everett Broadcast Team on Mets Flagship WOR
The New York Mets and Clear Channel have announced that Seth Everett will join the radio broadcast team for Mets games broadcasts on WOR-AM/New York, the new radio home of the Mets. Everett, a nationally known baseball voice, will host a 30-minute pre- and post-game show before and after every Mets regular season game. Howie Rose and Josh Lewin are teaming up for their third season together as the play-by-play announcers for Mets games.
Everett joins WOR-AM from FOX Sports Radio and WINS/New York after previously hosting radio shows for ESPN New York and SiriusXM's MLB Radio Network. His past experience includes eight years at Major League Baseball Advanced Media as a studio host for MLB Radio and video production for MLB.com. Prior to launching his national career, Everett spent three years in Seattle as Sports Director and on-air host at KJR-AM/Seattle and two years at KKFN/Denver.
"I'm extremely honored to be joining WOR along with Howie and Josh on the New York Mets broadcast team," said Everett. "I'm a huge Mets fan, so this is going to be a thrill."
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 7, 2014 | 3:31pm CT
Entercom Extends Board to Seven, Elects LaNeve
Entercom Communications has increased the size of the company's board of directors from six to seven persons. The board on the recommendation of the its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, elected Mark R. LaNeve as a Director of the bompany to fill the newly-created vacancy. LaNeve will serve until the 2014 annual meeting of shareholders or until his successor is elected.
Since August, 2012, LaNeve has been serving as COO of Global Team Ford, an agency that serves as the marketing and advertising agency for the Ford Motor Company and the Ford and Lincoln brands on a global basis. LaNeve was previously with Allstate Insurance where he served as Senior Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Allstate, he was VP/Sales, Service and Marketing at General Motors.
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 7, 2014 | 3:37pm CT
Excel Closes on Buy of KPTY/Beaumont-Port Arthur
Excel Media LLC has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 50kw Spanish KPTY-FM (Tu Musica 105.3) licensed to Winnie, TX, and serving Beaumont-Port Arthur from Tichenor License Corp., a division of Univision Radio. The buyer, Excel Media, is a Texas-based company headed by John Walton and has no other broadcast interests. Kalil & Co. Inc. represented the seller in this transaction, while Sandi Bergman of mymediabroker.com represented the buyer.
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 7, 2014 | 2:22pm CT
Ashley Figueroa to Exit WWKA-FM (K92)/Orlando
Cox Media Group's Country WWKA-FM (K92) Orlando morning co-host Ashley Figueroa (AJ & Ashley) will exit at the end of March in order to relocate to Nashville to seek new opportunities. Figueroa previously served as Marketing Director for the Mavericks in Jacksonville, FL. She has also aired in middays Country WBTU-FM (US 93.3)/Fort Wayne, CHR WSTO-FM (Hot 96)/Evansville and CHR WNOU-FM (Radio Now 100.9)/Indianapolis.
In a post on Facebook, Figueroa wrote, "The past couple of years I've talked about moving to Nashville one day. Well that day has finally come. I've always wanted to live in the heart of the Country music industry and be surrounded by it. It's an amazing place. Being in Nashville also means I'll be four hours from home."
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 7, 2014 | 5:41pm CT
Envision Networks announces Miller Media Group's WJRE-FM (Hogg Country 102.5)/Kewanee, IL as the newest affiliate of Imaging Chop Shop, a voice and imaging service. Envision also welcomes Community Broadcast Partners" KORQ-FM (96Q)/Abilene, TX, as the newest affiliate of Clairissa Jenkins' Phone Checks, a daily prank phone call for radio stations.
Salem Reveals New Research on CTT Listeners
Salem Communications has released research data it commissioned in a project studying the habits and patterns of Christian Teaching and Talk listeners. Nielsen conducted the qualitative study of CTT listeners across both PPM and diary markets with Edison Research. The study revealed that half of the listeners to CTT outlets are under age 55, contradicting a common notion that CTT listeners tend to be older and less active. 14% of the listeners were 18 to 34, 18% were 35-49 and 18% were 50 to 54.
The study also revealed that the younger listeners to CTT stations are listening about as long as the older listeners. On average, those 55 and younger are spending 6.1 hours per week listening to CTT stations. That compares to 6.4 hours for those 55 and over.
One of the most surprising things revealed in the study is that listening among the 18-34 audience is actually increasing. This study reported that 48% of these younger listeners are actually listening more in the last 12 months and 38% are listening the same. That means 86% are listening more or the same.
"There is this perception that these are your father's or even grandfather's radio stations, but we found there is a significant pool of younger listeners spending a great deal of time with our CTT format," said Salem VP/Director of Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce. "These listeners are loyal, fully engaged, and are truly listening to the content for its edifying value."
"At a time when we see younger listeners leaving traditional radio and going more to their iPads, smartphones, and computers, this format is growing a younger audience base that is seeking the kind of content we produce," added Boyce. Of all the age groups Salem researched, the growth in the younger demo was the most dramatic, by far."
The study also revealed that while the digital footprint continues to grow, it has not detracted from over the air radio. In fact the typical listener to Christian Teach and Talk radio listens an average of 6.2 hours a week to AM or FM radio. This is about double the 3.2 hours spent listening on a desktop or laptop computer. Listeners also report listening less than an hour on a tablet device, and less than an hour on a smartphone.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 2:16pm CT
Mark LaNeve Joins Entercom Board of Directors
Mark LaNeve joins the board of directors at Entercom Communications, effective immediately. LaNeve has served since 2012 as COO of WPP's Global Team Ford, an agency that serves as the marketing and advertising partner to Ford and Lincoln businesses globally. Previously, he was Chief Marketing Officer at Allstate Insurance, where he led the sales and marketing business and introduced the "Mayhem" campaign. LaNeve has also served as General Manager of the Cadillac brand for General Motors.
"Mark LaNeve is a tremendous addition to Entercom's Board of Directors. He has led some of America's most iconic brands and ad campaigns. He will bring a new and fresh perspective to the Entercom board," said Entercom President/CEO David Field.
"I am honored to join the Entercom board, serve shareholders and work with this exceptional team," added LaNeve.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 4:40pm CT
Don Jantzen Exits 94.5 The Buzz/Houston as PD
Longtime KTBZ-FM (94.5 The Buzz)/Houston Program Director and afternoon personality Don Jantzen exits after 10 years with the Clear Channel Alternative outlet. Before being upped to PD in April, 2008, he was the stations Assistant PD/MD. Previously, he served as APD/MD and midday personality at Rock KQRC-FM/Kansas City and Program Director of KILO-FM/Colorado Springs.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 2:57pm CT
Claro Closes on Purchase of KKLF/Dallas for $1.25M
Claro Communications has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 10kw KKLF-AM (950)/Dallas (licensed to Richardson, TX) from Joule Broadcasting Inc. for $1.25 million. Claro is headed by Gerald Benavides who has other radio broadcasting interests in Corpus Christi, Alice and San Antonio. Joule Broadcasting is headed by Eddie Esserman and has several other station interests held in a trust from Cumulus Broadcasting.
Bill Whitley of the Dallas office of Media Services Group served as the exclusive broker for the transaction representing the seller.
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