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KSZR/Tucson Flips Classic Hip Hop as ''97.5 The Vibe''
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, May 22, 2015 | 2:33pm CT

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Cumulus Media flips CHR KSZR-FM (i97-5)/Tucson to Classic Hip Hop as "97.5 The Vibe." The station launched Friday at 12pm PT with wall-to-wall music and will play a unique mix of hit music from the biggest stars from the early days of Hip Hop. 97.5 The Vibe has a unique take on Hip Hop, giving Tucson Hip Hop fans big old school Hip Hop hits, mixed with some R&B "throwbacks" from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's.

The newly-branded station also launched its new website at www.975thevibe.com. No talent was displaced. Westwood One syndicates the Classic Hip Hop programming for KSZR.


Hubbard Radio Names Sinon as Corporate Digital Dir.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 10:28pm CT

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Jeremy Sinon
Hubbard Radio appoints Jeremy Sinon as Corporate Digital Director. Sinon was most recently the Digital Director for Hubbard Radio's Minneapolis-St. Paul cluster of stations. He will work closely with Executive VP/CFO Dave Bestler and Hubbard Radio President/COO Drew Horowitz to oversee day-to-day corporate digital initiatives as well as the company's strategy for its long-term digital goals. Sinon will continue his role as Digital Director for the Hubbard Radio in Minneapolis.

"It's really an honor to be given this opportunity to help lead the digital efforts for a company that I care so much about," said Sinon. "When I started at Hubbard in 2006 I was one of the first digitally focused hires the company ever made. It amazes me every day when I look around and see how much we've grown since. I'm excited about the future, we have really big things in store for us."

"Jeremy has been a great innovative thinker in the digital space for us in the Twin Cities over the last nine years," commented Bestler. "I really look forward to him helping Hubbard Radio continue to be leaders in the ever changing digital landscape."

Prior to the last nine years with Hubbard Radio, Sinon was a Digital Director for the Clear Channel/Minneapolis and worked at the digital agency Omnera.


FCC's Rosenworcel Nominated for Second Term
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 9:40am CT

President Obama has renominated FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel for another term. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made the following statement regarding the nomination:

"Throughout her entire tenure in public service, Commissioner Rosenworcel has been a tireless advocate for increasing access to crucial telecommunications services and leveraging technology to improve people's lives. It has been a privilege to serve alongside her, and I know the Commission will continue to benefit from her deep knowledge of the important issues before us and her thoughtful approach to the complex challenges we face."

For her first term, Rosenworcel was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 7, 2012, and formally sworn into office on May 11, 2012. Prior to joining the FCC, she served as Senior Communications Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (DWV).


Johnnie D Named APD for WGCI and WVAZ/Chicago
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 12:36pm CT

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Johnnie D
Johnnie D has been named Assistant Program Director for iHeartMedia's 107.5 WGCI-FM and V103/WVAZ-FM in Chicago, effective June 1, 2015.

"It's a pleasure to bring Johnnie D back home to Chicago," said Derrick Brown, Director of Urban Programming, iHeartMedia Chicago. "Johnnie's programming acumen, street sensibility and creativity will be a tremendous asset to our team. He will be involved in all programming aspects of iHeartMedia Chicago's top urban brands."

Johnnie D most recently served as the Music Director and Executive Morning Show Producer of The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith at WVEE-FM in Atlanta. The Chicago native attended Jackson State University and Howard University where his radio journey took flight. He has worked in various programming positions at WPGC 95.5 (Washington, DC), HOT 97 WQHT (New York), Power 92.3 WPWX (Chicago), and 100.3 The Beat WPHI (Philadelphia).

"I have spent my career working at great radio stations across the country, but nothing equates to being given the chance to work in my hometown of Chicago," said Johnnie D. "I look forward to creating an abundance of success at 107.5 WGCI-FM and V103/WVAZ-FM. I would like to thank Matt Scarano, Doc Wynter, Tommy Austin and Derrick Brown for this amazing opportunity with iHeartMedia Chicago."


Herndon Hasty Named VP/Sales Cumulus Kansas City
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 9:32am CT

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Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 36-year Kansas City radio broadcast veteran Herndon Hasty as Vice President of Sales for its eight-station cluster in Kansas City, MO. Hasty was most recently Vice President/Co-Market Manager for Entercom Kansas City, following 11 years with CBS Radio Kansas City, where he was Senior Vice President and Market Manager. Prior to that, Hasty had an 18-year career with Taft Broadcasting's Kansas City stations, where he started his radio career as an Account Executive at KY102 and ultimately served Taft as President of WDAF-AM and KYYS-FM.

Hasty has served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Ad Club, the Missouri and Kansas Broadcasters and the Westport Merchants Association, as well as numerous college and university student advisory boards. He was President of the Kansas City Radio Broadcasters and a Mentor for Ad Club Scholarship winners for 17 years. He was named Radio Manager of the Year four times by the Kansas City Media Professionals, named twice to the KCMP Hall of Fame and won the coveted Diane Freels Award for Client Service. Hasty lives in Overland Park, Kansas with Lee, his wife of 39 years.

"There is simply not another sales leader with the legacy of respect, results, and development of the best teams in KC Media than "H", said Donna Baker, Midwest Regional Vice President for Cumulus.

Hasty said, "I'm thrilled to be back in radio in the city I love, working with the best stations in the market to deliver the most creative and effective marketing solutions for our advertisers. Kansas City is a great radio city and Cumulus Kansas City's programming and citywide presence are unmatched. After years in Kansas City radio, the opportunity to create and lead the best-in-class sales operations team for these dynamic stations is one I just couldn't pass up. I'm excited to jump in with the team this week and get to work for our clients."


ESPN Audio Launches New ''The Golf Podcast''
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 2:24pm CT

ESPN Audio has debuted "The Golf Podcast" with ESPN.com golf writers Michael Collins and Jason Sobel discussing the action on the course and everything surrounding the game and the athletes. The podcast, which joins ESPN Audio's offerings of sport-specific and general interest sports podcasts, will be offered bi-weekly and will generally last about 30 minutes.

The first edition was posted May 7 and featured an interview with Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee to discuss his golf game, his challenging of Tiger Woods on Twitter and more. The next edition went online May 20 with ESPN's Skip Bayless. Topics include his passion for golf, the lack of African Americans on the pro tour and why Rory McIlroy is not the next Tiger Woods.

"Michael and Jason know the game of golf and they know the players, the issues, the scene and the hot topics that surrounds life on the Tour. That's why 'golf' is in quote marks in the title," said ESPN Radio programming and digital audio content Senior Director Pete Gianesini. "Our podcasts allow fans to listen whenever and wherever they are-all part of our mission to serve sports fans."

Collins, who joined ESPN.com in 2011 after 10 years as a PGA caddie plus 20 as a stand-up comedian, added, "We can't wait to deliver a fun, entertaining, and informative golf podcast. Golf is a game played by celebrities and athletes from all walks of life and we're going to try and talk to them about the connection this game has made between people who otherwise aren't be connected."

Sobel, who worked for ESPN from 19972011 and recently rejoined the company, said, "We'll provide inside analysis, but in a fun way that any golf fan -- or even just any golfer -- can relate to their own games. We're going to speak with non-golfer celebrities about their golf games and professional golfers about everything but their golf games. If you've ever wondered what your favorite PGA Tour player is like away from the course, this will be your chance."


WGN Plus Adds ''Gen X Talk Show'' Jones and Mike
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 2:57pm CT

The evolution of WGN-AM/Chicago's digital content incubator "WGN Plus" continues as it adds Jones and Mike to its lineup of media offerings. The show will be distributed via WGNPlus.com as well the WGN Plus app in the Apple and Google Play stores. WGN VP/Content & Programming Todd Manley said, "WGNplus is a place for us to take risks and get behind innovative talent. Jones and Mike fit that mold perfectly."

Host Brian Jones added, "When we set out to create this show we wanted to bring it to the biggest possible audience of 35 to 54-year-old people interested in hearing lifestyle talk. WGN Plus has a valuable audience and we're very happy to be associated with a blue-chip brand like WGN."

"Thanks to Todd Manley and Jimmy de Castro for this opportunity," added host Mike Noonan. "They have the vision to realize that WGN and Tribune Broadcasting are in the content business, not necessarily in the business of making radio or TV. Creating compelling, entertaining content is the constant, whether it's live, on-demand, coming out of the thing in your car called a radio, or coming out of the thing in your car or pocket called a phone."


''Slow Jams'' Blows Through Syndication Milestone
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 10:39pm CT

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A group shot of the radio luminaries at the Big 100 celebration
Benztown's internationally syndicated "Sunday Night Slow Jams" and weeknight "Slow Jams" shows have soared past their 100th affiliates, and signed its 102nd affiliate. The three stations concurrently and tied for the distinction of 100th "Slow Jams" affiliate are KKST-FM/Alexandria LA, KCLD-FM/Minneapolis and KAJM-FM (Mega 104.3)/Phoenix.

Dozens of industry execs and Slow Jams artists joined "Sunday Night Slow Jams" host and creator R Dub! at Slow Jams' headquarters in San Diego last Thursday for a celebration party. It included a taco truck, a live performance from Al B. Sure, a ribbon-cutting for Slow Jams' new studio and champagne toast.

R Dub! said, "I can't tell you how humbling it was to be in the company of so many amazing programmers, record execs, syndication professionals and artists last Thursday night. This was above all a 'thank you party,' to show gratitude to all of the great people who helped Slow Jams get to 100. Not a day goes by that I don't stop and appreciate all the folks who contribute to the success of Slow Jams, especially our amazing affiliate Program Directors."


iHM Launches 105.7 The Triad's New Choice for Rock
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 11:56pm CT

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iHeartMedia Greensboro announces the debut of "105.7 The Triad's New Choice for Rock," flipping Alternative WVBZ-FM (105.7 The Buzz) to Rock beginning Friday, May 22 at 6am. 105.7 will feature artists such as Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Nirvana, AC/DC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park and more. The Triad's 105.7 will also have limited commercial interruption thru the holiday weekend.

"The station will be made up of the best rock of all time, from Soundgarden to Motley Crue," said Program Director Keith Allen. "105.7 will provide Triad listeners the choice to listen to music in the morning and not wait till lunchtime. Plus they won't have to listen to a station that only plays one or two rock songs every blue moon. Now, is the Triad ready to Man Up?"


UCI Acquires The Root to Expand Multicultural
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, May 22, 2015 | 0:06am CT

Univision Communications, which targets Hispanic America, has acquired The Root, an online news, opinion and culture destination for African-Americans. In joining UCI, The Root will be able to take advantage of UCI's digital production facilities and publishing infrastructure, while its editorial team will retain its voice, staying true to its mission.

"This bold new partnership between Univision and The Root underscores the ties that have long bound people of color together throughout the Western Hemisphere and is a sign of even greater levels of communication, collaboration and exchange between these culturally vital groups of people," said Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Chairman of The Root, who co-founded its along with Donald Graham, CEO and Chairman of Graham Holdings in January, 2008.

The Root reaches an average of 5 million unique users per month, according to ComScore. "Like Univision, The Root aims to serve a significant segment of America's diverse population. Our diverse communities are continuing to define the fabric of the country, from buying power, to social influence, to elections," said UCI President of News and Digital Isaac Lee and CEO of Fusion. "This game-changing union strengthens our ability to fulfill our shared missions of informing and empowering our communities."

The RootVP/Digital and Publisher Donna Byrd is joining the leadership team of Univision Digital, which recently added executives Mark Lopez (Executive VP/General Manager) and Joe Simon (Chief Technology Officer, Digital) in the past two months. Lyne Pitts will continue in her role as the managing editor of The Root.

The partnership comes at a time when African-Americans amount to 12.3% of the population, and Hispanics and Latino Americans amount to 17.7% of the total population.


MLC Launches ''Vive Siempre Contigo'' Format
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, May 22, 2015 | 0:18am CT

Media Latino Communications (MLC) has launched a new network syndicated format in Sacramento. Classic Hits KMJE-FM flipped to Spanish CHR as "Vive 92.1 FM Siempre Contigo" on May 4. The format launches in partnership with owner Lotus Communications. Air talent includes Ana Alicia of "Ana Alicia Contigo" and Julieta Gil, Jose Luis Solis and Yadira de Dios! The station features Spanish pop artists including Gloria Trevi, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Romeo Santos, Mana and Prince Royce, among others.

MLC CEO Carlos Moncada commented, "We are very pleased to be participating in this joint effort with Lotus Communications and MLC is delighted to be the premier content provider in launching this new and exciting format from Sacramento. Media Latino Communications is proud to be one of the top Spanish Language Audio firms in the United States today and we are committed to serving our broadcast partners and listeners."


Minn-Iowa to Acquire KJGT-FM/Minneapolis fro $250K
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 2:35pm CT

Jagerita Radio has agreed to sell non-commercial 11kw KJGT-FM (88.3)/Waconia, MN, to Minn-Iowa Christian Broadcasting for $250,000, all cash. Blake Rice is President of Jagerita Radio which has no other stations. Minn-Iowa Christian Broadcasting is based in Blue Earth, MN and owns seven other stations plus a number of translators, all located in Minnesota and Iowa. Matt Dorfner is Executive Director.

George W. Kimble of Kozacko Media Services was the broker for the deal.


CMG/Atlanta Names Zach Mullins Digital Sales Mgr.
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 7:02am CT

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Cox Media Group's (CMG) Atlanta Radio has named Zach Mullins Digital Sales Manager. Previously, Mullins was one of CMG Atlanta Radio's Digital Media Specialists. He joined CMG in 2011 as a Sales Associate and soon was promoted to Digital Media Specialist where he helped shape digital strategy and fulfillment campaigns for some of CMG's largest accounts, integrating digital media with traditional media to exceed client objectives. In 2013, he was awarded the Radio Wayne "Digital Sales Specialist of The Year" by Radio Ink magazine for his work that led to tremendous revenue growth over his time as a Digital Media Specialist.

"Zach has been a key player over the last two years supporting our sales team and their customers when it comes to simplifying our digital products and services," said CMG Atlanta Director of Sales Walt Phillips. "He always leads by example and symbolizes everything we look for in our new young leaders that aspire to grow."

"I'm excited to be leading the Atlanta radio cluster into our next chapter as a digitally integrated radio group," said Mullins. "We're building the radio station of the future, setting the standard for integrated sales and marketing, and it's more exciting than ever to be in the radio business. I'm honored to be joining the ranks of such experienced sales leaders like Jaleigh Long, Kris Hackett and Beth Bowers, and I thank Walt Phillips, Director of Sales, and Donna Hall, VP and General Manager, for believing in me."


Radio Legend Johnny Donovan Retires from WABC/NY
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 12:56pm CT

77 WABC Radio has announced the retirement of radio industry legend Johnny Donovan from daily radio announcing and production directorship. With a voice that has reverberated throughout the industry, Donovan has inspired countless voice-over artists and radio announcers to pursue their goals within the media and entertainment industry.

Donovan has been a part of the WABC Radio story since 1972 and served the station in many capacities during his 43-year tenure. He was a music disc jockey during the influential WABC MusicRadio era and a decade later in 1982, WABC moved from Music Radio to Talk Radio and Donovan continued as staff announcer and Production Director. He has held this position for over 30 years, creating hundreds of radio specials and contributing his voice to thousands of commercials. During this time, Donovan worked with some of the most respected managers, programmers, and broadcasters in the Talk Radio genre.

A Poughkeepsie, New York native, Donovan was a radio enthusiast from an early age, with an amateur radio station K2KOQ in his basement. He became a DJ on WHVW in nearby Hyde Park, after helping build the station in 1963. He went on to work at radio stations in Kingston (WBAZ) and Binghamton (WENE), New York, with a stop at Atlantic City, New Jersey's WMID. In 1968, Donovan arrived in New York City as an overnight music host on WOR-FM. Four years later, Donovan brought his talent to the AM band and WABC.

Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming for Cumulus Media said: "Johnny Donovan was THE sound of 77 WABC. He joins the ranks of legends like Don Pardo, Ed McMahon and Ernie Anderson. His production and imaging skills are legendary. He will be missed at WABC, but more than that, he will be missed in our industry."

Donovan will continue to be heard in various formats going forward. First, as the show voice for The Rush Limbaugh Show, a position that he has held since 1988, and also within his own successful voice-over business.


Georgia St. Extends Deal with Dickey Broadcasting
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 12:57pm CT

The Georgia State Athletic Department has reached an agreement with Dickey Broadcasting Company to extend its radio broadcast and marketing reach for Panther athletic teams for the next three years. The announcement Wednesday by GSU Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb and David Dickey, President of Dickey Broadcasting Company, includes rights to on-air game coverage that will be heard on flagship station 1340 The Fan 3 and coaches shows also on 1340 The Fan 3 and re-aired on 680 The Fan on 93.7 FM.

As with the previous agreement, 1340 The Fan 3 will carry game broadcasts for all football and men's basketball games as well as women's basketball conference games and select baseball contests. Select softball games will also be streamed live through atlantasportsstations.com or the Georgia State Athletics' website. Football and men's basketball coaches shows will continue to air on 1340 The Fan 3 and then will re-air on sister station 680 The Fan on 93.7 FM. Women's basketball will also be included in the coaches show programming.

"We are pleased to continue our relationship with the Dickey Broadcasting Company," Cobb said. "The last two years have provided great exposure for our program on multiple platforms and we look forward to that continuing and growing with them in the future. It is a great relationship and we are glad that it will continue."

"Dickey Broadcasting Company is excited about extending, and expanding, our partnership with Georgia State University," Dickey said. "Charlie Cobb and his team have done a terrific job of growing the influence and success of GSU Athletics, and we are proud that 1340 The Fan 3 will continue to serve as the Radio Flagship for GSU play-by-play, while 680/93.7 The Fan will create and broadcast new and exciting GSU-focused content."

Select events will also be heard live on 680/93.7 The Fan, just like the men's basketball NCAA tournament games that appeared on the flagship station this past March. The relationship includes a stronger marketing presence for GSU on three Dickey Broadcasting Company stations. Marketing efforts will reach across 680 AM The Fan and 93.7 FM as well, along with 1230 The Fan 2 and 1340 The Fan 3.

Longtime 'Voice of the Panthers' Dave Cohen will continue as play-by-play man for football and men's basketball. 680 The Fan host Chuck Oliver, a staple in Atlanta radio, will serve as host for the football coaches show. Dates and times for those shows will be announced at a later date.


USRN's ''Serving Your Country'' Added to AFN
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 2:31pm CT

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United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) announces that its weekly Country Music program "Serving Your Country," that mixes the contemporary Country format with coverage of the activities in the realm of the U.S. military has been added to the Country Programming stream of the American Forces Network. The 2-hour, music-intensive program is anchored by WUSN-FM (US-99.5)/Chicago morning talent Ray Stevens (aka Ramblin' Ray).

"Serving Your Country" launched in 2013 as the first program created for commercial, broadcast radio to be centered on news, interviews, commentary, stories and listener interaction revolving around the everyday heroes who make up our nation's military personnel. Since its inception, every major Country recording artist has contributed commentary to the program, and listeners can participate in the show via a toll-free number and the show's online presence at both www.ServingYourCountry.us.

Ramblin Ray's career in radio began in 1987, and for the past 23 years he's been part of the morning show at WUSN/Chicago, CBS Radio's Country outlet in that market. for the past 7 years at that station, Stevens ahs been paired with Lisa Dent. He's won or been nominated for just about every major award in radio, including several Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) broadcast awards. Lisa and Ray's morning show won the Country Radio Broadcasters' Major Market talent award for the three years in a row and were recently crowned the Major Market Air Personalities of the Year at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.


Alliance for Women in Media Presented 40th Gracies
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 0:16am CT

The Alliance for Women in Media presented the 40th Anniversary of The Gracies Awards to a packed house in Beverly Hills Tuesday night (May 19). Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the gala, which also celebrated the organization's 40 years of achievements. In honor of that milestone, The Gracies Awards were handed out on stage to honorees. Guests were greeted by the musical talents of DJ Amy Pham. During the Awards ceremony, music icon Linda Perry performed a stripped down version of "What's Up," and a rendition of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful."

Honorees that attended the ceremony included: Alicia Menendez, Amy Lee Lavoie, Angela Robinson, Ann Druyan, Carol Stiff, Cicely Tyson, Danielle Friedman, Danny Canon, Diana Olick, Elizabeth Cohen, Erica Hill, Erik Logan, Hoda Kotb, Isha Sesay, Iyanla Vanzant, Julie Ann Robinson, Karen Malach, Kelly McEvers, Kristen Johnston, Laila Ali, Laura Murphy, Lisa Cohen, Lisa Lax, Mae Whitman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Margo Martindale, Mary Stevens, Megan Kelty, Mindy Thomas, Moll Anderson, Noopur Agarwal, Patricia DiCarlo, Regina Scully, Renee Montagne, Robin Sindler, Sadie Calvano, Sara Vilkomerson, Tovia Smith, Tracey Edmonds, Tulip Mazumdar and more.

Presenters and additional guests in attendance included, Abbie Boudreau, Andrea Bruce, Alison Overholt, Alison Sweeney, Brad Krevoy, Catherine Bell, Cecilia Vega, Darren Melameth, Ewan McGregor, G. Hannelius, Jamie Tarabay, Jenifer Fenton, Josie Thomas, Karli Henriquez, Lauren Graham, Lori Loughlin, Maria Elena Salinas, Maria Menounos, Mark Fainaru-Wada, Melissa Maerz, Megan McCloskey, Nicole Beemsterboer, Paul LaRosa, Peter Sarsgaard, Sara Vilkomerson, Stephanie Sy, Tamara Tunie, Yael Federbush, Yara Shahidi and more.

During the ceremony, Kristen Johnston reminded attendees all why Gracie Allen was truly a legend, just by being herself, "If she were alive today [Gracie Allen], I think she'd be extremely proud of the women in this room; to know that we, too, stand in our own truths, do the work we love and, hopefully, will leave the industry, and the world, a little better off than when we found it."

Also, Ewan McGregor presented Maggie Gyllenhaal with her award, who gave a motivational acceptance speech about the importance of self-appreciation "It's really hard even being yourself, even a sprout, but that's what makes you beautiful."

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