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Lance Richard Named Entercom/Sacramento VP/MM
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 17, 2015 | 10:54am CT

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Entercom today announced that Lance Richard has been promoted to become the new VP/Market Manager for Entercom Sacramento. The 28-year radio and media veteran, has been with Entercom since 2009, serving as Corporate Vice President of Integrated Sales and most recently as Vice President of Sales at Entercom Sacramento.

"Over the years, Lance has helped to improve our sales organizations, our coaching ability and our ability to deliver multi-platform programs that work for advertisers," said Weezie Kramer, Station Group President. "Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to reward that success with a promotion to VP Market Manager in Sacramento."

"We have the best brands in the market, great local talent and content, strong ratings and an excellent team in place. I look forward to continuing our momentum and leading Entercom Sacramento's market leading portfolio of brands," said Richard.

Prior to joining Entercom, Richard led leadership and management roles at Monster.com, Emmis Communications, and IP2M. He has a BA from Auburn University.


NASH Extends American Country Countdown Brand
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 17, 2015 | 10:47am CT

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Bob Kingsley
NASH has announced the launch of an extension of its nationally syndicated weekend show American Country Countdown hosted by Kix Brooks. NASH's new nationally syndicated weekend show, American Country Countdown Rewind with Bob Kingsley, extends the Tiffany brand of American Country Countdown and reunites Kingsley with the brand to bring Country fans closer to the iconic artists of the last 25 years. American Country Countdown Rewind with Bob Kingsley brings back American Country Countdown shows of the past and the most iconic moments of Country music... all hosted by the most listened-to voice in Country music history, Bob Kingsley.

The three-hour Countdown program will debut the weekend of May 2-3, 2015, on all Cumulus-owned NASH Icon stations, as well as select NASH branded stations. The show is available now to all stations and markets on a first come, first served basis through Westwood One, which will handle syndication of this new American Country Countdown product. The show is offered to stations for airing on Saturday or Sunday in the 6:00 a.m. to Midnight window.

Country Radio Hall of Famer Kingsley also hosts the long-running Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 (www.ct40.com), a popular weekly show syndicated by Westwood One that attracts and engages legions of listeners and loyal fans across the country.

"I am first and foremost a fan of Country music," said Kingsley, "and I'm delighted that we're opening the vaults of ACC during one of Country's great eras. These shows spotlight both Hall of Famers and exciting young acts and, as always, my role is part tour guide, part storyteller. What could be better than being part of the weekend of millions of Country fans? How about doing it twice? I'm looking forward to the launch of American Country Countdown Rewind with me!"

Kingsley's love for Country music has continued to give him both a vast, loyal audience and legendary status within the industry. He was named American Country Countdown's producer in 1974, and took over as host four years later. His long and successful run as host set the stage for modern-day syndication, and with the formation of KCCS Productions, he and his wife and partner Nan Kingsley established a highly successful business approach where they distributed and retained ownership of the content created for the show. Kingsley's career entered new territory in 2006 with the launch of Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40, a show KCCS solely owned and distributed, partnering with Dial Global, now Westwood One, for national ad sales. His wins as the CMA's National Broadcast Personality of the Year awards in 2001 and 2003 and his 2006 Academy of Country Music Award for On-Air Personality-National showed his impressive staying power, bookending over 40 years of industry honors that began with 1966 and 1967 trophies as the ACM's Radio Personality of the Year, during his tenure on-air at KGBS in Los Angeles. Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 can be heard currently on more than 350 radio stations around the world.


Mike Huckabee to Discontinue Syndicated Radio Show
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 17, 2015 | 2:41pm CT

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Mike Huckabee
Former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has announced he will discontinue his daily 4-minute syndicated radio commentary "The Mike Huckabee Report" on May 1 after six and half years. He's making the move while he considers another run for the White House in 2016. In January, Huckabee left his weekly talk program "Huckabee" in its sixth season on Fox News. Huckabee did say that he would make content available online for paid subscribers.

WYM Media Management Managing Partner Debbie Greenbaum said, "The governor is deeply grateful for your support and partnership in airing 'The Mike Huckabee Report' all these years. But, as you are aware, he is in the midst of making some major go-forward decisions."

"Gallagher Online," hosted by FOX News Channel contributor Mike Gallagher. will replace "The Mike Huckabee Report" beginning May 4.


WOCQ/Ocean City Names Albie Dee PD/Afternoons
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 17, 2015 | 2:54pm CT

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Albie Dee
Adams Radio Group of Delmarva names Washington and Baltimore radio vet Albie Dee as the new Program Director and afternoon host for Rhythmic CHR WOCQ-FM (OC104)/Salisbury-Ocean City, MD. Most recently, he worked on-air at WPGC-FM/Washington, DC. Before that, Dee was Assistant PD/PM drive host at Classic Rock WZBA-FM (The Bay)/Baltimore. He's also aired in afternoons at CHR WIHT-FM (Hot 99-5)/Wahsington, DC, for six years.

Market Manager Phil LoCascio said, "Albie's perfect for the job. He lives and breathes this format. His major market credentials will make a great station even more dominant. And we get the added bonus of a solid major market jock in afternoon drive."

Dee commented, "I'm really pumped to join the Adams Radio Team at WOCQ. The company really believes in live & local radio and is going to give me the tools I need. Can't wait to hit the ground running kicking butt and taking initials. Won't have time to get full names."


Fourth Annual High School Radio Day Set for April 22
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 17, 2015 | 3:06pm CT

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High school radio stations across the U.S. will come together for one day of celebration April 22 when the 4th Annual High School Radio Day is scheduled after a successful event last year. Since there are so few high schools with stations, organizers hope that High School Radio Day (HSRD) will raise a greater awareness of the ones that are still broadcasting on-air and newer outlets streaming online.

A website has been created to publicize the activities planned by participating stations on April 22 at www.highschoolradioday.com. Schools can register their stations there. Also on the site are links to participating high schools with links to their websites and online streams of their programming, along with notable high school radio grads, links to other high school stations nationwide and a resource page with information pertinent to high school broadcasters.

High School Radio Day was created after College Radio Day launched in 2011. Though College Radio Day did allow high school stations to register, organizers felt that high school stations should have their own day. High School Radio Day Founder Pete Bowers (Station Manager at WBFH-FM/Bloomfield Hills, MI) scheduled the first HSRD in May, 2012.

Bowers estimates that there are only about 200 high schools in the nation with either a terrestrial over-the-air non-commercial, educational FM radio station or an internet-only or online radio station. "The number of terrestrial stations is dropping but the number of online stations is increasing with some of those applying for LPFM construction permits," said Bowers. "That's why we need to unite on High School Radio Day and make the public aware of what we do, how we do it, and the service we provide our communities."


WIHT (Hot 99.5)/Washington Ups Elizabethany to MD
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 17, 2015 | 3:25pm CT

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Elizabethany
WIHT-FM (Hot 99.5)/Washington, DC, elevates night personality Elizabethany to Music Director. She joined the iHeartmedia CHR in September, 2013. Prior to that, Elizabethany aired in nights at CHR WVHT-FM (Hot 100.5)/Norfolk beginning in August, 2011. She joined Hot 100.5 from KNDE-FM (Candy 95)/Bryan-College Station, TX.

PD Tommy Chuck said, "Elizabethany is a star on-air and I'm proud to watch her continue to grow behind the scenes at the radio station as well. She and APD Toby Knapp did a great job keeping the station firing on all cylinders during the transition period between Mark Medina and myself in the PD chair. She absolutely earned this opportunity."


WJUN/WLZS Sold to Southern Belle LLC
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 17, 2015 | 11:01am CT

Radio stations WJUN-FM and WLZS-FM in Mexico, Pennsylvania, has been sold by Starview Media Inc., to Southern Belle, LLC. The total price for both stations was $650,000. The deal was brokered by Greg Guy of Patrick Communications.


Cumulus/Atlanta Names Shannon VP/Market Manager
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 4:02pm CT

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Sean Shannon
Cumulus Media appoints Sean Shannon as VP/Market Manager for its local cluster of stations in Atlanta, effective April 20. Shannon fills the post formerly held by Jon Pinch, who announced his retirement Thursday. Shannon, a 25-year radio veteran, was formerly VP/Market Manager for Entercom/Sacramento. Prior to that, he served as Director of Sales for Entercom/Seattle. Shannon has also held positions with iHeartMedia/Clear Channel and Fisher Broadcasting.

Cumulus Senior VP Jeff Brown said, "Sean has a track record of innovation and top notch results. He is a passionate marketer and a strong and determined coach. We are excited to be adding Sean to our talented team here in Atlanta."

Shannon added, "I could not be more excited about the opportunity to lead these world class brands in this world class city. I love this medium and am honored to have a chance to lead this team."


Ryan Maguire Named WQAM/Miami Program Director
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 3:06pm CT

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Ryan Maguire
Ryan Maguire is appointed Program Director for WQAM-AM (Sports Radio 560)/Miami, effective Monday, May 4. He's inbound from CBS Radio's co-owned KDKA-FM (Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan)/Pittsburgh where served as PD since November, 2012. Previously, he served as PD for KCSP-AM (610 Sportsradio)/Kansas City. Maguire was also PD at WSSP-AM (Sportsradio 1250)/Milwaukee along with working in the same capacity at WTKA-AM (Sportstalk 1050)/Ann Arbor, MI.

"Ryan is passionate about radio, competitive, a terrific strategic thinker and possesses great leadership skills," said VP/Programming Rob Morris. "We very much look forward to Ryan joining WQAM and our CBS RADIO Miami team."

"I'm thrilled at the opportunity given to me by CBS Radio to take this leadership role at one of the greatest heritage sports stations in America. I can't wait to get working with our diverse and dynamic team in South Florida as we shape and build on a leading sports brand," added Maguire.


KDKA/Pitsburgh PD Graci Adds KDKA-FM PD Duties
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 2:54pm CT

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Jim Graci
CBS Radio/Pittsburgh announces that KDKA-AM Program Director Jim Graci will adds PD for co-owned KDKA-FM (Sports Radio 93-7 The Fan), effective Monday, May 4. Graci takes on the role previously held by Ryan Maguire who is transferring to a similar post at CBS Radio's WQAM-AM/Miami. Additionally, PJ Kumanchik, News Director and Executive Producer at KDKA-AM, will also serve as Executive Producer at KDKA-FM.

CBS Radio/Pittsburgh Senior VP/Market Manager Michael Young said, "Jim and PJ are a strong and very competent managerial team. They have performed very well in developing and executing the programming vision of KDKA-AM. With much synergy already existing between KDKA-AM & KDKA-FM, I believe their expanding programming roles at Sports Radio 93-7 The Fan are a natural progression, and will benefit our various audiences."

Graci, who has been the Program Director at KDKA-AM since 2012, is a veteran radio executive with over four decades in the industry. In additional to his Pittsburgh programming work, Graci spent time in other major markets, including Dallas, Atlanta, and Seattle.

Kumanchik has been a KDKA-AM staff member since 1989. He began his career as a producer, and has served in various programming and management roles for more than 25 years. Kumanchik will continue to report to Graci for both radio stations.


CCBM Bolsters Broadcast/Online News Coverage
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 4:33pm CT

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Matt Pitta
Cape Cod Broadcasting Media (CCB) announces a broadening of its broadcast and online news capabilities by bringing back veteran Cape Cod newscaster Matt Pitta, after more than a decade away from the company. Pitta, who has been covering Cape-centric news for more than two decades, will take on the role of News Director at CCB Media. Pitta previously worked at Hyannis-based CCB Media from 1996 until 2002.

As News Director, Pitta will transition his news program "Cape Cod This Morning," formerly heard on WXTK, to CCB Media's WFCC (Cape Classical 107.5) weekday mornings from 6-7am. He will also be heard on CCB Media's radio morning newscasts on Ocean 104.7, 99.9 the Q and Cape Country 104. Additionally, Pitta will be responsible for leading the CapeCod.com News Team and overseeing all news programs for CCB Media.

"I am excited to re-join the team at CCB Media. They have shown a passion for local news and to serving the community that is attractive to someone like me who dedicates my days to the news and happenings of Cape Cod," said Pitta. "Their commitment to providing news on many channels to satisfy the users' many habits from radio, to web, to mobile and beyond is both extremely progressive and an inspiring atmosphere for me."

Concurrently, journalist Laura Reckford has also been named News Editor of CapeCod.com, the media group's online news site.


Cumulus/Atlanta's Jon Pinch Retires Again
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 12:12pm CT

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Jon Pinch, Market Manager for the Cumulus Atlanta group has announced his retirement for the second time in less than a year. In September 2014, the 45 year radio veteran announced his retirement as Cumulus Media Co-COO. Within a few weeks he was talked into running the Cumulus-Atlanta cluster of six stations. However, this morning he once again announced his retirement, assuring that "this time it's for real." Pinch has been with Cumulus since December 2000.

Sean Shannon, a 26-year-radio veteran, has already been named as Pinch's replacement as Market Manager for Atlanta. Shannon has been the Entercom MM in Sacramento since 2013.

In a memo to his staff, Pinch stated: "I just met with the department heads this morning and announced that, once again, I'm retiring... and this time it's for real! I've truly enjoyed that last 5 months and the chance to get to know you and the fabulous stations in our Atlanta cluster. You're in great hands with a veteran Market Manager, Sean Shannon, who starts next week. I met Sean 7 months ago and the timing was right for this move to happen now. My email will be radiopinch@gmail.com.

Best wishes to you all,

JP


Sara Morris Joins iHM's Government Affairs Team
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 9:40am CT

iHeartMedia has announced that telecommunications policy expert Sara Morris has joined its Washington, D.C.-based Government Affairs team as Senior Director, Government Affairs reporting to Jessica Marventano, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Morris will also work alongside Dan Dukes, who was recently promoted to Senior Director, Government Affairs for iHeartMedia, Inc.

Morris has nearly three decades of experience in telecommunications-related policy and legislative processes on a bipartisan and bicameral basis. Morris joins iHeartMedia from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where she served as Director of its Legislative Affairs division, representing the FCC before Republican and Democratic offices and committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Prior to the FCC, Morris served as Deputy Director and Telecommunications Policy Analyst in the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Congressional Affairs; as a Government Affairs policy analyst at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; and oversaw the administrative support operations for the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance under then-Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA).

"Sara has been at the intersection of telecom policy and its politics for many years and is a seasoned hand and resource for many. Her expertise, deep knowledge of the telecom field and ability to bridge the differences across the aisle make her a unique and welcome addition to our team," said Marventano.


Spreaker Names Greenlee as New Head of Content
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 3:20pm CT

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Rob Greenlee
Spreaker, a podcasting and live audio streaming platform, names podcast pioneer Rob Greenlee as its new Head of Content. Greenlee in 1999 founded a nationwide syndicated broadcast, webcast and podcast radio show, spearheading the podcast movement with the first traditional broadcast radio show in the world to start podcasting. Prior roles for Greenlee include CTO of PodcastOne, Business Manager, Podcast Marketplace, Xbox Live, Zune podcast and video production, among others.

"We're both honored and excited to have such an experienced podcast influencer like Rob Greenlee join the Spreaker team," said Founder/CEO Francesco Baschieri. "As our offering reaches a broader audience and live audio streaming continues to grow, we're now strategically situated to better match up great content with our seamless technology."

"I am honored to be joining the Spreaker team and working to bring great on demand podcasts and live streaming shows to Spreaker," added Greenlee. "As the 10 year old medium continues to grow, Spreaker is positioned to take a significant leadership position in the on demand audio, live streaming and podcasting market".


NBC Sports Radio Adds SiriusXM as Affiliate
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 2:11pm CT

NBC Sports Radio adds SiriusXM Satellite Radio to its lineupp of affiliates. This week the satcaster rolled out the debut of the 24/7 sports/talk network on Channels 213/Sirius and 202/XM, offering its subscribers access to NBC Sports Radio content around the clock. SiriusXM joins the 437 affiliated broadcast radio outlets around the country.

NBC Sports Radio Program Director Jack Silver said, "We are thrilled to have SiriusXM join our roster. They bring a whole new audience and a wealth of avid sports fans who can now access our content and interact with our hosts no matter where they are around the country."

"We are thrilled to extend the reach of NBC Sports Radio to SiriusXM subscribers," said NBC Sports Ventures Senior VP Rob Simmelkjaer. "This is a major step forward in the growth of our audio platform."


ESPN Radio Tips Off 20th NBA Post-Season April 18
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 2:32pm CT

The NBA on ESPN Radio will begin its 20th season of live, national coverage of the NBA Playoffs with two games this weekend. On Saturday, April 18, Western Conference top seed Golden State and Stephen Curry will host New Orleans at 3:30pm ET, with the pre-game show beginning at 2:30pm. Kevin Calabro and PJ Carlesimo will describe the action. On Sunday, April 19, Boston will visit Central Division winner Cleveland and LeBron James at 3pm (pre-game at 2pm). Marc Kestecher and Jon Barry will call the game.

On Saturday, April 25, ESPN Radio will travel to New Orleans for Game 3 of the Golden State/New Orleans series, at 8pm (pre-game at 7pm).

ESPN Radio's postseason coverage is highlighted by national broadcasts of every game of the Conference Finals and The Finals. Throughout the playoffs, all game broadcasts will be preceded by a one-hour pre-game show.


AudioHQ, TuneIn Ink In-Stream Audio Ad Sales Deal
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 2:41pm CT

AudioHQ inks an exclusive ad sales partnership with TuneIn to act as its sales rep in the audio ad marketplace for a portion of its in-stream audio advertising inventory of over 100,000 live radio stations and over 4 million on demand programs and podcasts. AudioHQ will act as the TuneIn rep for premium spoken word content channels as well as live play-by-play sports broadcasts.

"When we started AudioHQ it was our mission to connect advertisers with the highest quality and most engaging content available in the online audio space. TuneIn has assembled an unparalleled content line-up in the sports, news and information marketplace, which has created a tremendous integration and sponsorship opportunity that is really resonating with our advertising partners," commented AudioHQ CEO Matt Cutair.

TuneIn VP/Sales and Partnerships Billy Hartman added, "Audio HQ is helping us to bring greater ad variety to our content partners. AudioHQ's methodology is a perfect fit for TuneIn, as our objective is to always leverage content to reach a brand's demographic. We're now able to bundle in-stream audio to earn a premium on our growing and increasingly more valuable inventory."

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