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Clear Channel Debuts iHeartRadio Networks
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 7:23am CT

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has announced the creation of "iHeartRadio Networks." This new Network offers advertisers' access to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment's radio stations, plus popular digital channels, local website properties, nationally-syndicated programs and satellite radio channels. The network also includes specialized and proprietary options like talent endorsements, organic DJ mentions and product placements, commercial roadblock messaging across the entire network and nimble copy change capability since all the assets are owned and operated by Clear Channel.

"The new unified network has the tremendous capability to give advertisers the massive reach they'd expect from a radio or television network, but with the effective frequency and enhancements not typically available in the network advertising space," said Darren Davis, President of Clear Channel Networks. "It's truly the best way for a brand to reach American consumers in a much more affordable way than television networks -- and with greater ROI."

Clear Channel is also introducing a range of iHeartRadio Targeted Networks designed to effectively reach specific demographic and psychographic groups - including Country, Hispanic, African-American, Millennial, Women, Men and Holiday. All these targeted networks are designed to give advertisers easier access to Clear Channel's multiplatform options.

CCME/Greensboro Names Maisano Market Manager
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 2:46pm CT

Clear Channel/Greensboro appoints Adam Maisano as VP/Market Manager, effective immediately. He will oversee Greensboro's overall operations of WMAG-FM, WMKS-FM, WPTI-FM, WTQR-FM and WVBZ-FM. Maisano returns to Clear Channel after 12 years with Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, NC, where he most recently served as Senior VP/Director of Sales. Maisano joined CMG as National Sales Manager in February, 2002, after serving in sales for Clear Channel/Augusta GA, Statesville and Greensboro.

"We are very excited to have someone with Adam's experience return to Clear Channel," said VP/Regional Market Manager Bill McMartin. "Adam brings tremendous experience, passion and enthusiasm to our team in Greensboro. The response from staff and clients to Adam has been tremendous."

"Returning to Clear Channel in the Triad is essentially coming full circle in my career," added Maisano. "To manage these heritage radio brands in the same market where I first cut my teeth in local sales is something I couldn't have envisioned 20 years ago. It's great to be home!"

Hubbard Radio Names Bustell VP/Market Research
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 2:37pm CT

Hubbard Radio taps media research veteran Mike Bustell to head up the newly created position of VP/Market Research, effective April 28. Having spent half his business career with Houston-based The Media Audit, Bustell is best known for making research interesting with an entertaining presentation style. Prior to coming to Hubbard Radio, Bustell served as Executive VP/Sales and Marketing at The Media Audit and Major Market Manager for Impact Resources.

In making the announcement, Hubbard Radio Executive VP/COO Drew Horowitz commented, "I am thrilled to have someone of Mike's caliber joining Hubbard Radio to create an entirely new revenue stream for the company. In a slow growth or no growth environment it is incumbent on us to develop new revenue models to keep our business on a growth trajectory. Mike will bring an innovative approach to our sales teams helping them develop new revenue categories and expand our current account expenditures with programs that deliver results."

Bustell added, "It's an honor to come to work for Hubbard Radio. I've had the pleasure of working with many of their stations, managers, and salespeople throughout the country, many for as long as 20 years. Hubbard is the finest, private, family-owned broadcaster in America. They win awards, serve their communities, and dominate in ratings, and revenue generation. They play to win and have great values and a great history. I can't wait to dive into all their research tools and assist their stations help more local advertisers and industries achieve growth."

Crash Poteet Exits KVOO/Tulsa as Program Director
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 5:28pm CT

Crash Poteet exits Journal Broadcast's Country KVOO-FM/Tulsa as Program Director and afternoon host. As such, OM Jules Riley assumes programming duties. Prior to joining the station in March, 2012, he was Music Director at Adult Hits KJKE-FM (Jake FM)/Oklahoma City. Previously, Poteet served as PD/mornings at Country KTYS-FM (96.7 The Twister)/Oklahoma City. Prior to joining KTYS in February, 2009, Poteet was PD of KCKR-FM/Waco, TX. He's also programmed KSCS-FM/Dallas.

Greater Media Inks New Deal with Detroit Pistons
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 2:59pm CT

Greater Media/Detroit inks a multi-year agreement with Palace Sports and Entertainment to carry all Detroit Pistons games to be aired on the FM dial on WMGC-FM (Detroit Sports 105.1 FM), effective immediately. Under the new deal, WMGC will serve as the flagship station for the Pistons Radio Network which includes stations throughout Michigan and northwest Ohio. Pistons broadcasters George Blaha, Mark Champion and Rick Mahorn will continue their play-by-play and analyst roles.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Greater Media Detroit and look forward collaborating on innovative ways to enhance coverage of Detroit Basketball for our fans," said Palace CEO Dennis Mannion. "Detroit Sports 105.1's alignment with ESPN Radio is a natural fit for our organization given its extensive coverage of the NBA. We are also pleased to have the ability to partner with Greater Media sister stations like WRIF-FM (101.1 FM) and WCSX-FM (94.7 FM) to provide ancillary Pistons programming as well as Palace concert and event promotions."

"We are delighted that fans will find themselves tuning to Detroit Sports 105.1 to hear all the excitement of Pistons games," added Market Manager Steve Chessare. "We are thrilled to have the ability to deliver a thoughtful, passionate and progressive listening experience for our fans. Adding NBA play-by-play to Detroit Sports 105.1 is yet another significant step forward in fulfilling our commitment to offer fans the finest in consistent sports programming like they've never had before."

Detroit Sports 105.1's HD2 signal will also carry additional content throughout the day, including expanded game day coverage, Pistons features, game replays and more. The content will be distributed on digital platforms such as the Pistons and Detroit Sports 105.1 mobile apps as well as each entity's web site. The agreement also calls for Pistons game broadcasts to be streamed on the station and team websites as well as their mobile apps.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Palace Sports and Entertainment," said Program Director Jason Dixon. "This agreement is more than a standard rights agreement; it's a content creation agreement. The Pistons and Detroit Sports 105.1 will be generating an unprecedented amount of team related content that will be distributed over multiple platforms. The structure of this deal allows for creativity and innovation that we intend to take advantage of. I truly believe it could become a model for future professional sports rights agreements."

In addition, the new partnership will include Greater Media sister stations WRIF-FM and WSCX-FM, which will also provide content and create exclusive events for Detroit sports, music and entertainment fans throughout the year.

RTDNA Announces 2014 Regional Murrow Awards
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 3:15pm CT

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the 2014 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. This year, RTDNA awarded 661 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 14 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, and Website.

"RTDNA is proud to be able to honor the best of local broadcast and digital journalism with these prestigious awards while honoring the legacy of Edward R. Murrow," said RTDNA Chairman Chris Carl. "I would like to personally congratulate all the regional winners and wish them luck as they move on to the national competition."

"The Murrow Awards honor journalism at its finest," added RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender. "Local newsrooms serve their communities 365 days a year, and we're proud to recognize the great work they do."

RTDNA received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season, surpassing 2013 by more than 500 entries and setting an all-time record for entries in what proved to be one of the most competitive Edward R. Murrow Awards seasons in RTDNA history.

In the large market radio category, Public Radio WBHM-FM/Birmingham led the way with eight regional Murrows. In the small market radio category, five stations garnered top honors with six Murrows each: KBSX/Boise ID, South Dakota Public Radio in Vermillion SD, Marfa Public Radio in Marfa TX, WATD/Marshfield MA and WITF/Harrisburg PA.

Regional winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. National awards, including those for network news organizations, will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City on October 6.

A complete list of the 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winners can be found at here.

Tony Rizzo Receives Reduced Charge Sentence
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 4:40pm CT

Tony Rizzo, the 52-year-old host of "The Really Big Show" on WKNR-AM (ESPN Radio 850)/Cleveland was sentenced to 30 days in jail for misdemeanor "persistent disorderly conduct," pleading no contest to the lesser charge, after being arrested on domestic violence charges last December after his wife called 911. Judge Dale Chase suspended 27 days, awarding Rizzo credit for 3 days in jail. He was also placed on probation and will pay a $250 fine.

Reportedly, on December 6 of last year, Rizzo's wife had locked herself in the bathroom after he allegedly hit her in the face. In the 911 call, she is heard saying: "My husband is hurting me and he's very irate and I'm really scared."

Rizzo also hosts "The Rizzo Show," which airs Sunday night at 11pm on Fox 8 in Cleveland. In a statement, WKNR said that Rizzo is "an exemplary teammate and member of the community and his status with us is unaffected."

Third Annual High School Radio Day on April 23
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 2:17pm CT

High school radio stations in the U.S. will come together for one day of celebration on April 23 when the 3rd Annual High School Radio Day is scheduled after a successful event last year. Since there are so few high schools with radio 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 ones streaming online.

A website has been created to publicize the activities planned by participating stations on April 23 at, where schools can register their stations. Also on the site are links to participating high schools with links to their websites and online streams of their programming, 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, and the second one in April, 2013.

Bowers estimates that there are only about 200 high schools in the nation with either a terrestrial over-the-air non-commercial, educational 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," he said.

Last year, 52 schools from 32 states registered for the event, up from 31 schools from 16 states the first year. Students and advisors at those stations reached out to potential listeners in their broadcast area and online encouraging them to listen and be prepared to hear creative programming not heard on commercial stations.

NRG Media Signs Up for Marketron's ''Triple Play''
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 2:26pm CT

Marketron has announced that NRG Media and all of its 45 midwestern radio stations have joined Marketron's "Triple Play" clients. NRG Media, which operates stations throughout Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois, has renewed and expanded its contract with Marketron. In addition to the existing use of Marketron's traditional radio traffic system at all of their stations, NRG will supplement their capabilities with Marketron's mobile marketing platform, SMS service and interactive digital systems.

"As a predominant media company, we chose to continue our relationship with Marketron because of their proven track record to deliver comprehensive and valuable business tools and software," said NRG Media President/CEO Mary Quass. "The Marketron Triple Play enables us to look to the 360-degree media environment and reach our listeners on a number of platforms, while keeping the backend business streamlined and efficient."

"We are thrilled to have NRG Media as the newest Marketron Triple Play client," said Marketron President/CEO Jeff Haley. "Realizing a comprehensive media approach across Radio, Mobile and Digital is the reality of the media landscape today, and it is no surprise that a leader such as NRG Media would be taking this approach. We look forward to working with the NRG team to deploy all three Marketron product lines across their large group of stations."

Emmis Announces Investment in Funkmaster Flex
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 10:45am CT

Emmis Communications Corporation has entered into a joint venture with Flexco, owned by popular Emmis personality Funkmaster Flex, to build a network of owned and operated digital platforms for Emmis' biggest personalities. One of radio's most visible personalities, Flex has built a large online and mobile audience with and the DJ Funk Flex Mobile app. He will be working with other personalities in New York and in other Emmis markets to develop similar digital footprints.

Emmis plans to develop a network of sites, apps and social networks with the unique entertainment and news content young audiences and advertisers desire. Flex has already launched for Angie Martinez, Afternoon Drive Personality on Hot97, for DJ Enuff on Hot 97 and is working on a digital project for Hot97's morning show personality Ebro Darden.

"We're thrilled to invest in Flex's digital assets and work closely with him to continue to innovate in the digital space," said Patrick Walsh, CFO, COO and Emmis Radio Division President. "Flex has built a successful mobile and online platform that reaches more than 5 million people monthly and he already has started work with other talented Emmis personalities at Hot 97 to expand their digital presence. We expect this partnership to enable us to rapidly expand our digital content offering for our passionate fans and advertisers."

"Today's digital world has changed how personalities and DJs interact with listeners and music fans," Flex said. "We must reinvent ourselves to stay relevant and grow. I jumped in feet first to learn what it takes to create an audience online. The partnership with Emmis provides the foundation we need to turn our brands and personalities into a real digital business. The opportunity to share what I have learned is exciting, and our future lives in doing digital with our biggest brands and best personalities."

While financial terms were not disclosed, the investment will give Emmis a 40% ownership in Flexco.

CBS Radio/DC Announces New Broadcast Complex
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, April 21, 2014 | 5:22pm CT

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and CBS Radio/Washington, DC, Senior VP/Market Manager Steve Swenson has announced the completion of a 15-year lease to relocate the cluster's six local stations and its nearly 350 full- and part-time workers to 1015 Half Street SE in one of the District's newest up-and-coming neighborhoods -- the Capitol Riverfront. The building is two blocks from Nationals Park and just south of the U.S. Capitol.

CBS Radio's newest broadcast facility will include a nearly 33,000-square-foot floor plan that includes offices, a street-level studio facing L Street SE (where the stations will have the ability to do live broadcasts visible to passersby and visitors), and a performance space where local and national recording artists can host live shows and unique experiences for listeners.

"This move highlights the growth of the creative economy taking place in Southeast and underscores our commitment to diversifying the District's economy," said Mayor Gray. "In addition to furthering the District's economic-development strategy, CBS Radio's six stations will create a more vibrant, active street life in the Capitol Riverfront community."

CBS Radio worked closely with the mayor's office on the move from its Lanham, MD, location as the Capitol Riverfront evolves into a true entertainment neighborhood. In addition to the studio and artist spaces, CBS Radio's All News 99.1 and 106.7 The Fan will also provide news and sports content, respectively, for a ticker that wraps the side of the building and keeps area residents up-to-date with the latest information.

"Our new world-class facility will provide extraordinary interactivity with listeners, and allow our stations to develop additional programming exclusive to the local community," said CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason. "This is an important development as we continue to strengthen the bond local radio has with the audiences in the cities where we operate."

Construction will begin in May, 2014, with the new performance space opening this summer and the rest of the building being completed by the end of the year.

Alan Hague Joins Tracy Johnson Media Group
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, April 21, 2014 | 5:11pm CT

Veteran radio exec and programmer Alan Hague joins forces with Tracy Johnson Media Group. Hague, who is President of Alan Hague Media, will become available to offer consulting services to TJMG clients with an emphasis on Country, Talk, Sports and AC. Hague's background as a Program Director, General Manager, Group PD, Sales Manager, and even station owner, allows him to provide in-depth resources for stations in all market sizes.

President/CEO Tracy Johnson said, "I've known Alan and worked with him for many years, and have always been impressed with his ability to diagnose competitive situations, position stations and teach his staff and clients clearly and patiently. He's a perfect fit for us, and allows us to take on more clients in all market sizes immediately."

Hague added, "One of my career goals has been to and build a roster of stations in my Number 1 Club, reaching the top spot in format with as many formats and as many stations as possible. That list is long, including stations in Utah, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Montana and Missouri. Working with Tracy's team, I can't wait to add more stations to the club, while helping management turn the ratings into revenue winners."

101ESPN Signs New Contract With St. Louis Rams
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, April 21, 2014 | 5:16pm CT

The St. Louis Rams have renewed their contract with WXOS-FM (101ESPN Radio) to continue as the Rams' flagship radio outlet. Former NFL players and current Rams Radio air personalities Steve Savard and D'Marco Farr will continue in their roles, providing fans with expert analysis on game days and throughout the week. Rams Radio has been carried by the station since 2009.

"We are pleased to extend our partnership with 101ESPN in a multi-year deal," said Rams Executive VP/Football Operations/COO Kevin Demoff. "Together we have built 101ESPN into a must-listen for St. Louis sports fans and our new programming opportunities on weeknights throughout the football season will only increase the community's ability to connect with our organization."

Program Director Chris "Hoss" Neupert added, "Over the years, our team has worked diligently to bring the best of NFL football programming to the St. Louis airwaves." Neupert continues, "We are excited that we'll continue to be the place where St. Louis' football fans can get all of the breaking news, updates from around the NFL and in-depth interviews with Rams players, coaches and personnel."

VP/Hubbard Radio St. Louis Market Manager John Kijowski commented, "We've enjoyed being a part of the Rams comeback success over the past five years, and 101ESPN is excited about the upcoming season of St. Louis Rams football."

AdLarge to Rep Digital Ad Sales for Pulse 87 New York
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, April 21, 2014 | 3:16pm CT

AdLarge Media inks an agreement to represent digital advertising sales for Pulse 87/New York, an online Electronic Dance Music (EDM) station, including its on-demand and mobile platforms. The station is programmed by legendary New York City programmer Joel Salkowitz, who is known for his successes at audio outlets such as WQHT-FM (Hot 97) in New York and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

"In just three years, Pulse 87 New York has captured hard-to-reach 18-34 Millennials with a playlist that dominates the vanguard of the phenomenal EDM format," stated AdLarge Media Executive VP/Chief Revenue Officer, Digital Eric Ronning. "This is a great digital audio platform for our advertisers who need to reach the elusive, younger demographic in an engaging, lifestyle-relevant environment."

"One of the challenges with developing ad revenue in the online audio space is that when sold by multiple ad networks only, it can be a long slog to establishing a successful business," added Salkowitz. "What I like about AdLarge is that they are putting time and focus specifically on the Pulse 87 New York brand and pitching it to advertisers who would like to reach the audience and life group that listens to it."

"EDM's astounding popularity with younger demographics continues to skyrocket, and Pulse 87 New York is at the heart of that culture," observed AdLarge Media VP/Business Development Frank DeSantis. "Joel has created exactly the kind of independent audio experience fans seek online -- specific, passion-based, and with a personal touch that differentiates from algorithmic generated playlists in a manner that is both comfortable and fresh."

SiriusXM, NBC News Launch ''Today Show Radio''
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, April 21, 2014 | 2:56pm CT

SiriusXM and NBC News will launch "Today Show Radio" on June 26, making the NBC morning program available to radio listeners for the first time. The new channel will give SiriusXM listeners access to live audio feeds of "Today" from both coasts, including replays. Every weekday the program features Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Carson Daly, Willie Geist and Tamron Hall along with news and weather information.

The channel will carry "Today"'s staple of newsmaker interviews, as well as the uplifting stories that have become the hallmark of the broadcast, and will also give listeners the most important information they need to start their days. In addition, popular recurring series, including the live summer concerts from Rockefeller Plaza, will be featured on the SiriusXM channel. The fourth hour of "Today" with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will also broadcast on "Today Show Radio."

"Listeners will for the first time be able to take the 'Today' show with them on their busy morning routine and throughout the day during their daily drive," said SiriusXM President/Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein. "Today's unparalleled and timely content is another great example of working with an iconic brand to provide great programming to our millions of subscribers."

"We are incredibly proud and excited to bring 'Today' to the SiriusXM audience," said NBC News President Deborah Turness. "In recent months increasing numbers of 'Today' viewers have been more engaged with the show than ever, watching for longer periods of time. Now we are giving them an opportunity to stay connected even longer when they get into their cars, so they don't miss a thing!"

IMG College Names Eddie Quagliariello VP/NRS
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, April 21, 2014 | 2:47pm CT

IMG College and its coast-to-coast radio network name Eddie Quagliariello (aka Eddie Q) as VP/National Radio Sales. In this new role, the 20-years radio sales veteran will develop opportunities for national brands to advertise on largest independent sports radio network, IMG Audio, which produces nearly 35,000 hours of radio programming for 2,200 stations. Previously, Quagliariello worked for WestwoodOne Radio Networks.

"IMG Audio has great stations carrying games from the country's most popular schools. While we've traditionally viewed and sold radio as separate local and regional networks, there is a tremendous opportunity to fuse our inventory together to create a true national network," said IMG College President Ben Sutton Jr. "Under Eddie Quagliariello's leadership, we will combine games, concepts and station inventory into national packages for sponsors. This is the latest refinement of our national marketing platform giving marketers access to 190 million college sports fans."

Quagliariello will be based in New York, reporting to IMG College Senior VP/National Sales Andrew Judelson. At WestwoodOne, Quagliariello was most recently Senior VP/National Sponsorship Sales, working with clients/agencies on national customized campaigns for NFL, NCAA Basketball, Olympics and News/Talk programs.

"Eddie Q is an innovator with a very strong track record for developing new business through the conceptual packaging of radio inventory," said Judelson. "We are very excited to have him lead the build-out of the radio portion of our national platform by enhancing IMG College's audio assets and developing new customer-focused ad programs."

"IMG owns the game broadcasts and the inventory. We will have multiple major market clears each week that will create a true national network," added Quagliariello. "We will be bringing agencies and advertisers the ultimate "wow factor" in college sports! That makes this a very exciting opportunity with a top-notch organization."

Yahoo! Sports Radio to Air HRRN's Triple Crown
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, April 21, 2014 | 2:31pm CT

Yahoo! Sports Radio (YSR) has partnered with Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) to carry all three Triple Crown races in 2014. HRRN will provide exclusive radio coverage of the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3 live from Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. HRRN will also broadcast the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 17 and conclude with the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7.

"We are really excited to partner with HRRN to air the Triple Crown on Yahoo! Sports Radio. The races are unique, exciting content -- and we have gotten great response from our affiliates," said Yahoo! Sports Radio CEO David Gow.

"This is the first time live play by play has appeared on YSR but, it won't be the last," said Craig Larson, PD and COO of Yahoo! Sports Radio. "Partnering with HRRN is a big victory for both network and listeners."

Each of HRRN's Triple Crown broadcasts will air live from 5-7pm ET. Additionally, YSR will air post-race coverage as part of Saturday's "Postgame with Peter Brown" program.

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