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Kim Reis VP Digital Engagement at Entercom
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 12:48pm CT | Share

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Entercom has promoted Kim Reis to the position of Vice President of Digital Audience Engagement. Reis has been the Director of Digital Audience Engagement since July 2013 and considered instrumental in educating the programming team on digital best practices, while growing the company's social following and digital marketing footprint by more than 500%. In her new position, Reis will coach and support the programming, promotions, digital and on-air teams in all 27 markets to better engage with listeners and fans on social media, email, text, websites, on-demand audio, live streaming and other digital assets to grow ratings and revenue.

"Kim's imprint on this company is unmistakable," says Pat Paxton, President of Programming at Entercom. "Her knowledge is unmatched. Her energy and attitude are infectious. This isn't just an honorary title. She has earned her VP stripes. I couldn't be happier for her and look forward to many years of collaboration and success."

"I am so proud to work for an amazing group of programmers who strive everyday to connect with their listeners," says Reis. "They do whatever it takes. Their dedication to their local markets and hard work make my job easier. I couldn't do it without each and every one of them."

Reis has worked in the media industry for 23 years. Prior to her tenure at Entercom, she was Digital Media & Marketing Director for Media General's WJAR-TV, where she trained both local and national employees on best practices for digital content management and sales efforts. Reis began her career as a radio morning show co-host on 92 PRO FM and KIX 106 in Providence and moved into television, where she was employed as a technical news director and assistant marketing director at WLNE-TV, an ABC affiliate in Providence.

She was named the Suburban Newspapers Association Classified Manager of the Year in 2005, was awarded an Edward R. Murrow Award for best website in 2008, and won the AP Award for best website in 2008 and 2009. Kim is based out of the Entercom Boston office and resides in Warren, Rhode Island, with her husband Manny and two children.

Pandora Rebuffs Purchase offer from Liberty Media
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 4:01pm CT | Share

Pandora Media, an Internet radio service, saw its stock price rise as much as 10 percent to $13.62 following a report from the Wall Street Journal that said Liberty Media Corp. made an informal $3.4 billion offer to buy the company. Pandora rejected the offer from Liberty, the company which controls Sirius XM Holdings Inc. and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

WSJ reported that Liberty "floated" an offer to buy Pandora for roughly $15 a share, but the Oakland-based company board rebuffed the offer sayimg the value is closer to around $20 a share. Pandora declined to comment.

Pandora is scheduled to release its financial results for the second quarter later today.

Groups, Shazam Collaborate on Audio Measurement
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 2:35pm CT | Share

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iHeartmedia, Cumulus, Entercom, Cox Media and Sun Broadcast Group ink a strategic alliance with Shazam for an audio audience measurement solution in the U.S. that will deliver market- and station-level audience metrics across all radio formats. The new measurement solution for broadcast and digital audio utilizes audio recognition technology and information from specific geographic markets. It will leverage information collected from millions of devices to produce cross-platform audience metrics that the industry.

"We welcome this kind of innovation in the audio sector, particularly as more and more advertisers are turning to audio solutions to reach the hundreds of millions of audio consumers monthly," said Horizon Media President/CEO Bill Koenigsberg. "A solution that better measures audio is good for us, for our clients and for their brands."

"Shazam delivers unparalleled audio insights that will enable stable measurement across both digital and broadcast radio, making this an extremely exciting initiative for both iHeartMedia and the audio industry," added iHeartMedia President of Research and Insights Radha Subramanyam. "The richness of our data, combined with Shazam's measurement capabilities, will enable much deeper insights than traditional audio measurement does, and we believe it's a necessary and valuable addition to the evolving multi-platform audio measurement marketplace."

"Shazam's audio insights can be an empowering measurement tool for Cumulus Media, as well as the audio industry," said Cumulus Media Chief Insights Officer Pierre Bouvard. "Clients are demanding more insights and targeting capabilities from media companies, and radio needs to offer what has become basic table stakes. Shazam can help us deliver on these expectations."

"We are pleased to be working with Shazam and the industry in support of an alternative audience measurement tool that will provide more robust information on the hundreds of millions of local radio listeners," said Entercom President/CEO David Field. "With this type of innovation, we believe media strategists and planners will be prompted to re-think their media mix models to give radio its fair share of the media buy."

"We like what we see going on with Shazam," commented Cox Media Group President Bill Hoffman. "Listeners have more contact with their brand of choice than ever before. We continue to get excited about Audience Measurement that keeps up with the rapid advances of technology to accurately account for who and what makes up our audience."

In a statement, Nielsen Audio said, "We welcome new approaches to the marketplace, and as the global leader in audience measurement, we remain laser-focused on delivering innovative and superior quality audited processes and methods to the radio industry. Nielsen has the only representative measurement of radio listening. Year over year, Nielsen invests millions of dollars in our products and services, ensuring that our measurement and panels continue to meet the currency-quality standards the industry demands. Nielsen remains committed to our audio technology and we are always investigating new technologies and trends that will allow us to deliver high quality radio ratings and insights."

Cumulus Names John Crenshaw as Youngstown OM
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 7:23pm CT | Share

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Cumulus Media appoints John Crenshaw as Operations Manager for its station group in Youngstown, OH. Crenshaw moves to his home state of Ohio from Grand Rapids where he was Regional Operations Manager for ten Cumulus stations in Grand Rapids and northern Michigan, and Program Director of Country WTNR-FM (Nash FM 94.5). A native of Edinburg, OH, Crenshaw started his adio career over 30 years ago at WOKG in Youngstown.

Cumulus Senior VP Gary Pizzati said, "We're thrilled to bring John back home and at the helm of station operations in Youngstown. John has roots in northeast Ohio which will be instrumental in our next phase of growth with our iconic brands."

Cumulus Media Senior VP/Content and Programming Mike McVay said, "The level of experience and programming sophistication that John brings to the Mahoning Valley gives us an immediate advantage."

Crenshaw added, "As a native son of northeast Ohio, I can't tell you how excited I am to be coming home to work with some of the best people and biggest brands in our industry. My thanks to Mike McVay, Doug Hamand, Gary Pizzati, Bob Walker and Jeff Cartwright for making this move possible."

Cumulus Media/Buffalo Appoints Two Co-GSM's
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 7:34pm CT | Share

Cumulus/Buffalo appoints veteran media sales execs Chris Saglian and Ryan McCrohan (pictured left) as co-General Sales Managers for its cluster in Buffalo. A 14-year radio sales pro, Saglian joins the company on August 15 from Entercom in Rochester where he was Local Sales Manager. Prior to that, he was General Sales Manager for Cox Radio/Atlanta.

McCrohan's appointment represents a promotion from Cumulus/Buffalo, where he most recently served as Local Sales Manager, after holding a variety of positions for the station cluster for the past 16 years.

VP/Market Manager Steve Bearance said, "I am very excited to bring Chris back to Buffalo and reunite him with Ryan as co-GSM's. The experiences Chris has gained around the country with different companies along with Ryan's 16 years within our local stations will create a dynamic duo that will create a sales leadership alchemy for our local sales staff and overall culture in the building."

NextRadio Executes Pilot Campaign with Starwood
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 3:51pm CT | Share

NextRadio, the smartphone app that provides free FM radio, recently executed a pilot interactive radio campaign with Aloft Hotels, Starwood's hotel brand for today's hyper-connected global traveler. Aloft delivers a tech-forward experience for its global guests, which made it the perfect hotel brand to test NextRadio.

A key metric of the NextRadio and Aloft Hotels pilot campaign is its conversion rate of 23.8%. This means that about one-quarter of the campaign's unique listeners converted to unique viewers by interacting with a digital companion ad on the smartphone app. These viewers were able to use the mobile companion smartphone ad to book a hotel room, look for a nearby Aloft location or call for a reservation.

The Aloft pilot interactive radio advertising also delivered advanced click conversion rates with a 2.1% click conversion rate and resonance with multicultural audiences and women:

  • 33.7% of Aloft campaign listeners were African-American
  • 17% were Hispanic
  • 53% of were Female
  • Top Genre connection was with hip-hop music listeners
"Aloft and NextRadio both seek to deliver authentic experiences to consumers who love music and technology," said Aloft Hotels Director Ashley Hinchman. "In this campaign, we were able to attribute interactive data to our radio buy, which has the ability to inform our future efforts. We look forward to continuing to leverage NextRadio, as it provides a unique opportunity to enhance our FM radio media plans even more."

"The campaign resulted in valuable metrics that go beyond reach and frequency, into details such as impression conversion, click conversions and demographic data," added TagStation President Paul Brenner. "These ROI-centric metrics will help advertisers like Aloft Hotels realize the true power and effectiveness of radio."

The Aloft Hotels NextRadio Pilot Campaign occurred April 4-30. It included 68 stations in Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, DC.

CBI Announces 2017 Student Electronic Media Con
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 12:56pm CT | Share

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College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) has announced that the 6th annual National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) will be held at the Hyatt Regency/San Antonio Nov. 2-4, 2017. The NSEMC is America's only convention dedicated exclusively to the interests of student TV/video outlets, radio stations, and webcasters.

The convention will feature three days of interactive sessions led by broadcast professionals, students, and student media advisers/managers, capped off with the presentation of the National Student Production Awards at a special ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 4. Sessions will focus on a variety of aspects of radio, video and new media. Also built into the schedule are ample opportunities for students and advisers to network, socialize and benchmark their operations.

"CBI is thrilled to be able to return to San Antonio in 2017," Will Robedee, CBI executive director, said. "We had a wonderful convention here in 2013 and are excited to return."

This year's NSEMC will be held at the Philadelphia Sonesta, Oct. 20-22. For information on registration, session proposals, or sponsorship opportunities for CBI in Philadelphia, visit

USRN in Licensing Deal for ''25 Years of Hits''
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 7:14pm CT | Share

United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) has completed a deal with California-based Cable Car Communications to license its weekly Country music program, "25 Years of Hits." The show is the creation of Bob Utley at Cable Car, and USRN has been the distributor for the past eight years. Effective immediately, the show will be completely produced under the auspices of USRN with new host Mike Allen of KNTY/Sacramento and Utley remaining as creative consultant.

"25 Years of Hits" is a two-hour music intensive program that provides a "count-up" of the top Country songs, featuring #1 hits in chronological order for the past quarter century. The show, which is broadcast in most markets on weekends, began in 2005 and is now heard on 89 stations across the U.S.

Allen, currently MD/afternoons at Entravision's KNTY-FM (The Wolf) in Sacramento, steps behind the microphone to anchor the weekly program. He's is also heard on EMF Broadcasting's Air 1 Network, and he started his career at crosstown CHR KHHM-FM (103.5). Allen will now serve as host for "25 Years of Hits" as well as oversee the weekly production of the program for USRN.

USRN Executive VP/Programming Andy Denemark said, "We're as enthusiastic about Mike Allen as he is about moving into the driver's seat on this show. And with the new emphasis on the music library at many Country stations, we expect some added momentum for this show going forward."

Riley Named Program Director of iHM/Seattle Duo
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 6:55pm CT | Share

iHeartMedia Seattle names Justin Riley as Program Director for CHR KPWK-FM (Power 93.3) and Hot AC KBKS-FM (106.1 Kiss FM). Riley previously worked as the PD for KKRZ-FM (Z100) and KXJM-FM (Jam'n 107.5)/Portland, OR. He has also served as the Program Director for KKOB-FM and KMGA-FM/Albuquerque and at KSII-FM/El Paso, as well as the Assistant Program Director and Music Director at KQMB-FM/Salt Lake City.

"I am beyond thrilled that iHeartMedia has asked me to take on the responsibility of leading these two exciting new brands in Seattle," said Riley. "As a northwest native, it has always been a dream of mine to program in the Emerald City. And as a lifelong Seahawks fan, I'm excited to add my talents to that of the insane 12th Man! Many thanks to Andrew Jeffries, Robert Dove, Kent Haehl and Rich Moore for this incredible opportunity."

"With our brand realignment in Seattle earlier this year, isolating the right programmer to lead Power 93.3 and 106.1 KISS-FM into this bright new future is critical -- Justin Riley was an obvious choice to move these two brands forward here in Seattle and we couldn't be more excited to welcome him to the team," added Senior VP/Programming Rich Moore. "His knowledge, experience, leadership and connections for these formats will have a big impact."

Cox Media Group Tulsa Names Mary Garcia as DSM
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 2:24pm CT | Share

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Cox Media Group (CMG) names Mary Garcia as Digital Sales Manager for the company's cluster in Tulsa. She joined CMG/Tulsa in March, 2015 as a Digital Sales Specialist. Prior to joining CMG, she worked for advertising agency Sq1, the Conversion Optimization Agency. Garcia started her digital advertising career at ReachLocal, where she worked for two years as a Senior Digital Analyst in Dallas.

"With several years of digital expertise under her belt, Mary is excited to help grow digital revenue for CMG in Tulsa," said CMG Tulsa VP/Market Manager Dan Lawrie. "Her work ethic and drive to succeed is infectious."

In this digital sales role, Garcia will work directly with the Cox Local Solutions team in Tulsa, a collaborative effort between Tulsa TV, Radio and Cable.

"Mary has done a terrific job and shown tremendous leadership skills since joining Cox Media Group in Tulsa," added Fox23 TV and the collaborative leader for Cox Local Solutions GSM Cathy Gunther. "She is an asset to our team and will be able to grow with Cox Local Solutions.

Jerry Padden Adds WLEV-FM/Allentown PD Duties
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 2:08pm CT | Share

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Cumulus Media/Allentown appoints broadcasting pro and cluster Operations Manager Jerry Padden as Program Director of AC WLEV-FM (100.7 LEV). Padden will continue to program co-owned WCTO-FM (Cat Country 96), while retaining OM duties for the station group. Previously, Padden spent 23 years with WKRZ-FM (98.5 KRZ)/Wilkes Barre-Scranton in various capacities including PD.

Concurrently, Cumulus announces a new weekday programming line-up for WLEV-FM. Beginning immediately, air personality Josh Guers returns to as host of afternoon drive, while Scott Evans continues as host of mornings, followed by Kelly K, who fills the midday shift. A search will be underway shortly to find an AM Drive co-host.

Senior VP/Content and Programming Mike McVay said, "It is a rare opportunity when a programmer of Jerry Padden's skill level is available, let alone in-house. We consider ourselves blessed to be able to use Jerry on both WCTO and WLEV."

VP/Market Manager Elizabeth Pembleton added, "Jerry has demonstrated a strong commitment to our Cumulus FORCE Values. Over the last decade, I've had the opportunity to work side by side with him in Allentown and witnessed his commitment to both brand strategy and client support. He is a veteran, with a history of fostering talent, delivering exceptional product and generating revenue opportunities."

Padden said, "I'd like to thank Elizabeth Pembleton, Ron Giovanniello, Gary Pizzati and Mike McVay for their confidence to lead the programming efforts in Allentown. Our goal is to keep our brands a strong FORCE in the Lehigh Valley."

WQAM-AM/Miami to Broadcast All Panthers Games
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 2:17pm CT | Share

The Florida Panthers have reached a multi-year contract extension with CBS Radio's WQAM-AM/Miami to continue to broadcast all Panthers regular season and playoffs games. Play-by-play announcer Doug Plagens and analyst Bill Lindsay will return to call all the action for the team's flagship radio partner. As part of their partnership, the Panthers will air a 30-minute pregame show on WQAM (prior to all weekday games that begin at 7:30 pm), as well as a 15-minute postgame show.

"Sports Radio 560 WQAM and CBS Radio Miami have been excellent partners," said Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko. "We are glad that we could expand our relationship beyond game action to even more exclusive interviews throughout the week with coaches, players and front office staff as well as more digital content coverage. CBS Radio Miami has already been a strong supporter of Panthers hockey and we look forward to continuing to build on our mutually beneficial partnership."

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Florida Panthers on this multi-year deal," added WQAM Program Director Ryan Maguire. "Panthers fans across South Florida will have coverage that is second-to-none not just on game nights, but throughout the week on WQAM. It's an exciting time to be a Panthers fan right now and to be affiliated with this great young team that is on the rise!"

A 60-minute "Panthers Insider" program hosted by Doug Plagens will be broadcast on 560 WQAM on Saturday mornings. The station will also host at least a dozen remote broadcasts throughout the season, broadcast a one-hour pre-season special and promote Panthers community outreach events throughout the year. The Panthers will also receive comprehensive promotion and be featured on CBS Radio's WKIS-FM and WPOW-FM in Miami.

WOR-AM/New York is Now Heard in HD Radio
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 2:41pm CT | Share

For the first time, all of iHeartMedia's programming on News/Talk WOR-AM/New York, including play-by-play for every Mets game, can now also be heard on FM at WAXQ-HD2 (104.3), using any HD radio receiver. "Baseball, more than any other sport was made to be broadcast on radio, and it's never sounded better than it does in FM-HD," said WOR's Voice of the Mets Howie Rose.

He continued, "The same clarity provided by high definition television is beautifully evident on radio. The crack of the bat, the pounding of the ball into the glove and the reactions of the crowd are so crisp and clear that you feel as though you're sitting in the front row of the ballpark."

"It's exciting to share this enhancement to the quality of our radio broadcast on WOR," said Mets Executive VP/Chief Revenue Officer Lou DePaoli. "Fans that enjoy listening to our games will enjoy the crispness of a FM quality sound."

WJOX Brings ''Jox PrimeTime'' to Birmingham Nights
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 6:34pm CT | Share

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Cumulus debuts a new weeknight show, "Jox PrimeTime," on Sports WJOX-FM (Jox 94.5)/Birmingham from 6-8pm. Hosted by Alabama natives and former collegiate athletes Joe Hunk and Jon Lunceford, the program will contain discussions and interaction from the day's biggest sports topics. "Jox PrimeTime" will also present sporting events and specialty content, including "Monday Night Football," "Thursday Night Football," the "JoxPreps Encore Sports Medicine Scoreboard," "Jox Players Club," "The Nick Saban Show" and more.

VP/Market Manager David Walls said, "With Jox PrimeTime we are continuing our live and local content while adding the best in local and national play by play as it warrants. We are excited about the future of nights on Jox as we serve our audience with the combination of the two."

Operations Manager and Program Director Ryan Haney added, "Joe and Jon have been on our staff for a few years working in different roles. They have a complete understanding of the brand, the audience, and the expectation that comes with it."

Spotify Launches Programmatic Audio Globally
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 6:46pm CT | Share

Spotify launches programmatic buying across its audio ads globally. The streaming firm is partnering with three large and established platforms in the programmatic space -- AppNexus, Rubicon Project and The Trade Desk -- that will give buyers access to over 70 million users of Spotify Free. The company has launched Private Marketplaces for its best in-class audio advertising platform on mobile, allowing access for :15 and :30 second audio spots.

The move makes Spotify the first publisher to enable Deal ID/PMP access across audio inventory in a true, real-time bidding environment. Buyers will also have the opportunity to access Spotify's authenticated first party demographic data and unique playlist data. This is available globally across Spotify's 59 markets. Buyers can target audiences by age, gender, genres and playlists -- all in real time.

Jill Manuel Joins Futuri Media as Director/TPD
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 7:02pm CT | Share

Futuri Media taps Peabody award-winning broadcast news executive Jill Manuel as Director/TopicPulse Partnership Development. A journalist for over 20 years, Manuel joins Futuri after two years as Assistant News Director at WFLD in Chicago. Prior to that, she spent nearly six years in Cleveland as the News Director at WEWS. Manuel was also the News Director at the Tribune-owned 24-hour cable channel CLTV, an Executive Producer at WBBM in Chicago and a Senior Producer for Fox News in New York and Washington, DC.

TopicPulse is Futuri Media's social media monitoring tool that scans Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and 80,000 sources per second to provide real-time insights on what's trending on local social media in a particular target demo.

Senior VP/Operations Todd Thomas said, "Jill Manuel brings incredible intellect and strategic expertise to the Futuri team. We are proud to welcome her to this very important role for TopicPulse, a system that has been growing at an incredible pace. Hundreds of TV and radio stations depend on TopicPulse daily for insights on real-time social trends. Jill will help to connect the dots between those trends and strategic development of newscasts and broadcast content."

Manuel added, "I am so impressed with what Futuri has accomplished, developing innovative products that enable broadcasters to harness the power of social media to engage their audiences. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with such a talented team."

Beasley Broadcast Group to Acquire Greater Media
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 6:55pm CT | Share

Beasley Broadcast Group has agreed to acquire Greater Media Inc. and all of its outstanding stock for approximately $240 million. Under the terms of the deal, Greater Media shareholders are expected to receive $100 million in cash and $25 million in shares of the company's class A common stock (at a fixed value of $4.61 per share). Also, the shareholders of Greater Media will receive the net cash proceeds from the sale of its tower assets, estimated to be $20 million. Additionally, Beasley will refinance approximately $80 million of debt of Greater Media.

Beasley will initially acquire 21 radio stations in seven markets including four new markets (Detroit, Middlesex NJ, Monmouth NJ and, Morristown NJ) and three markets where the company has existing operations (Philadelphia, Boston and, Charlotte).

Beasley intends to fund the acquisition through borrowings under a new credit facility that the company expects to enter into in connection with the closing of the acquisition, together with cash and cash equivalents available to the company and the issuance of class A common stock as previosuly described. RBC Capital Markets and U.S. Bank have provided committed financing in support of the acquisition.

Interim CEO/CFO Caroline Beasley commented, "The acquisition of Greater Media's broadcasting and related digital assets represents a transformational growth opportunity for Beasley and is strategically and financially compelling for our shareholders. The transaction increases our broadcast portfolio by approximately 40% and more than doubles our audience reach, giving us both market leading stations and great brands."

Greater Media Chairman/CEO Peter H. Smyth commented, "We share with Beasley a common appreciation for the enduring strength of local radio broadcasting and we are delighted that our stations will become part of Beasley's expanded footprint. As part of the Beasley portfolio, we believe our stations will be positioned extremely well for future growth and that our team members, customers and the communities we serve will continue to thrive."

The transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both Beasley and Greater Media, is subject to FCC approval and other regulatory approvals (including Hart-Scott-Rodino) and other customary closing conditions. It's expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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