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CBS Radio Names Thomas VP/Sports Programming
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 2:30pm CT

CBS Radio is expanding its senior leadership team with the promotion of Mike Thomas to VP/Sports Programming, effective immediately. He'll continue to serve as CBS Radio's head of programming in Boston while also guiding the on-air presentation and strategic planning for WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub) and WZLX-FM (100.7 Classic Rock). In this new role, Thomas joins Mark Chernoff in overseeing the company's nearly 30 sports outlets, as well as CBS Sports Radio, with more than 300 affiliates.

CBS Radio's sports stations currently have weekly audiences in excess of 9 million, including WFAN-AM & FM/New York, WSCR-AM/Chicago, WXYT-FM/Detroit and WIP-FM/Philadelphia, among others. Additionally, CBS Radio outlets serve as the flagship for more than two dozen professional sports teams across the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.

"Mike's creativity and expertise in the format is evident by The Sports Hub's quick ascent in one of the most competitive and passionate sports towns in America," said Executive VP/Programming Chris Oliviero. "These skills will serve CBS Radio well as Mike joins Mark in guiding our continually growing, industry leading portfolio of both local and national sports brands which combined produces nearly 300 hours a day of original content."

Thomas has served as PD for the company's WZLX-FM since 2006 and 98.5 The Sports Hub since 2009. He has nearly 20 years of top management experience as a Program Director. Prior to joining CBS Radio, Thomas served as PD/midday air personality at KGB-FM/San Diego. He also programmed WFBQ-FM/Indianapolis, WTUE-FM & WXEG-FM/Dayton and WYMG-FM/Springfield, IL.


KXTG-AM/Portland OR Appoints Mike Ragozino as PD
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 2:49pm CT

Alpha Media/Portland, OR, names Mike Ragozino (aka Ragz) as Program Director and afternoon host of KXTG-AM (750 The Game), weekdays from 3-7pm, beginning September 8. Most recently, Ragz served as PD/mornings of Sports WAOR-FM (95-7 The Fan)/South Bend, IN, home of The Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He also co-hosted the weekly one-hour "Tim Brown Show" with the Heisman Trophy Winner and future NFL Hall of Famer.

Ragozino was born and raised in the shadows of Shea Stadium in Queens, NY, so yes, he is cursed with the affliction of being a Mets and Jets fan. Growing up on the east coast he became obsessed with Sports/Talk radio and the birth of WFAN/New York. After graduating from college, he honed his radio skills with over 12 years of programming Classic Rock and hosting an afternoon program show, first with WNNJ-FM/Sussex, NJ, then, WAOR in South Bend.

"When I got into this business, from the start it was always about taking a new challenge head on, without fear of failure, having fun and most importantly, entertaining the audience. Joining Alpha Media and more specifically, 750 The Game offers me is a chance to do what I love for an incredible company, in a beautiful city that has the same passion for sports as I do," said Ragz.

Executive VP/Programming Scott Mahalick commented, "Ragz is uniquely qualified to lead the Game staff and practice what he preaches everyday on the air. He gets the entertainment factor in sports radio like no one else in this business."


Don Gosselin Exits Clear Channel/New Orleans as OM
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 4:54pm CT

Clear Channel/New Orleans Operations Manager Don Gosselin exits after three years as his position was eliminated. He also programmed Country WNOE-FM. The veteran programmer made a return to the market when he joined the CCME group in May, 2011. Gosselin transferred to The Big Easy from OM duties at CCME's co-owned Springfield-Worcester, MA, cluster. Prior to that, Gosselin programmed Greater Media's AC WNUW-FM (Now 97.5)/Philadelphia.

Clear Channel/Baton Rouge OM Bob Murphy adds operations duties for New Orleans, as well as WNOE programming oversight.


Report: Radio Beats Pandora for Music Satisfaction
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 8:40am CT

NuVoodoo Media Services has released additional findings from its fourth and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study. The company interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets to update their insights on the relationship between broadcast radio and the leading digital music provider, Pandora. The findings indicate that 62% of Pandora users listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. As the length of time using Pandora increased, the percentage spending at least the same amount of time with broadcast radio remained constant.

Leigh Jacobs, VP Research for NuVoodoo said: "What we wanted to learn was whether Pandora's algorithms do a better job creating an enjoyable playlist for consumers than the researched and carefully curated playlists that Broadcast programmers sweat over day in, day out. It's Pandora's technology against radio's research and decades of experience."

"Our data show that Broadcast beats Pandora for music satisfaction-big among those who align themselves with rock-leaning formats," continues Jacobs. "While the customization possibilities are endless with Pandora and other digital pure plays, we know that few take advantage of all those possibilities. What it sets up is a massive number of swing voters-consumers whose time we could pull back from Pandora with the right promotional tactics or lower commercial loads."

Carolyn Gilbert, NuVoodoo President said: "Radio's on a bigger stage than it's been since the advent of TV, but it does a great job making great music programming easy for consumers. We've known for years that most people don't want to program their own music or design their own cars, for that matter. They want to pick something that works for them and enjoy it."

Jacobs added, "We know that many Pandora listeners are also heavy users of broadcast radio, but we're interested in whether those using Pandora begin to pull away from broadcast radio over time. These latest results validate our hypothesis that longer experience with Pandora doesn't equate to less listening to broadcast radio. While those who've spent more time with Pandora tend to increase their daily TSL from the service, they claim not to reduce their TSL with broadcast radio."

Mike O'Connor, NuVoodoo EVP, Marketing noted, "This new information represents a huge opportunity for radio. Our marketing clients benefit directly from the intelligence we glean from our Ratings Prospect Studies and other proprietary indicators, as we develop well-crafted station promotions and marketing targeting those people who use Pandora, and those most likely to carry meters. This research validates so many parts of our unique product formula, and we're eager to rack up more successes for our clients this fall based on these and other proprietary results."


CBS Sports Network Debuts Gottlieb Show Simulcast
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 2:37pm CT

CBS Sports Network will debut its television simulcast of "The Doug Gottlieb Show," CBS Sports Radio's afternoon show, on Monday, August 25 from 3-6pm, with a new set located at the CBS Sports Radio studios in New York. The three-hour program is hosted by Doug Gottlieb live weekdays and features national sports talk, news headlines and interviews with current and former sports icons.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.


Benztown 8th Fastest-Growing Private Media Co.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 2:53pm CT

Benztown, a company specializing in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, announced today that Inc. magazine has named the company one of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the second consecutive year. Benztown increased sales 796% since the start of 2010, placing it at number 596 on this year's list of 5,000 companies. Benztown is ranked as 8th Fastest-Growing Private Company in America out of the 60 companies in the Media sector. Last year, the company debuted on the Inc. 5000 as number 983.

The Inc. 5000 is an exclusive annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, ranked according to percentage revenue growth rate over a three-year period. Companies must have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2010 and at least $2 million in 2013 to qualify for the listing. They must also be U.S. based, privately held, independent and for-profit.

"I am super excited we made the list two times in a row and improved our rank compared to last year," said Andreas Sannemann, Benztown Chief Executive Officer. "This is a pure team success and a milestone for the company. I am proud to work amongst and with the most talented people in the business."


CCME/Pittsburgh New Radio Home for Dukes Sports
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 3:34pm CT

Clear Channel/Pittsburgh's WBGG-AM (ESPN 970 AM), WWSW-HD2 (94.5 3WS) and iHeartRadio will serve as the official radio home for Duquesne University Athletics, under a deal with Learfield Sports' DUQS Sports Properties, the University's exclusive multimedia rights holder. The deal calls for CCME's three Pittsburgh broadcast outlets to carry Duquesne football, men's basketball and coaches' shows throughout the 2014-15 athletic season.

Dukes' broadcasts will air on 970 ESPN, WWSW-HD2 and iHeartRadio, with conflicting broadcasts on 1320 WJAS AM. The stations will cross-market Dukes sports and be branded as the radio home for Duquesne University Athletics. To assist fans with the change, Duquesne's official athletic website, www.goduquesne.com, will house a specific broadcast schedule as reference.

"It's a great time to follow the Dukes, and we trust Learfield Sports with its years of experience in pairing university partners with respected quality broadcast outlets, that this will be a terrific partnership with Clear Channel Pittsburgh this athletic season," said Duquesne University Director of Athletics Greg Amodio. "We want to create the best fan experience we can, including catering to our base which relies on catching our game action and coaches' shows on the Duquesne Sports Network."

In addition to the football and men's basketball game action, the Dukes new radio home will air the "Jerry Schmitt Show" during football season, the "Jim Ferry Show" during the men's basketball season and the "Dan Burt Show" during the women's basketball season.

"We are very excited to team up with Duquesne University Athletics to bring our listeners even more local sports coverage," said CCME Market President Tim McAleer. "The ability to broadcast their specialty sports programming both locally on ESPN and 3WS HD2 as well as on iHeartRadio allows them to now reach fans everywhere."


NRSC to Recognize 35th Anniversary at Radio Show
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 2:59pm CT

A breakfast reception to recognize the 35th anniversary of the formation of the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) will take place on Thursday, September 11 at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis. The Radio Show is produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

The NRSC was formed by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) -- through its precursor organization the Electronic Industries Association (EIA) -- and held its first meeting in New York City in October, 1979.

Since then, the NRSC has become a focal point for the U.S. radio industry's development of technical standards and the advancement of broadcast radio technology. NRSC Standards have been incorporated into the rules of the FCC and have guided the manufacture of radio receivers and broadcast transmission equipment. More recently, NRSC Guidelines documents have helped the broadcast industry manage the transition to digital radio and support new data broadcasting features.

The breakfast reception recognizing this important milestone will begin at 8am in room 110 of the Indianapolis Convention Center, and is open to all Radio Show attendees. A brief ceremony will be held during which the current NRSC chairman, Milford Smith, VP/Engineering with Greater Media, and others will offer remarks on the history, and the future, of the NRSC.


WMC/Memphis Begins 5th Season as MUS Owls Home
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 4:58pm CT

Entercom/Memphis has announced that the Memphis University School's Friday night Football Games will once again be broadcast on WMC-AM (ESPN 790). The August 22nd game against Brentwood Academy will begin the 5th season partnership between Entercom and the MUS Owls, led by broadcast team Mike Lawhead, Bobby Wade and Barr Ray.

"We are proud to be the broadcast home of MUS football and continue to bring high school athletics to Memphis and the Mid-South," said VP/Market Manager Dan Barron.

In addition to local and regional varsity games, MUS has scheduled a game with Canton McKinley in Ohio this fall on Saturday, September 6 in Canton, OH. The team will play in historic Fawcett Stadium, home of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game and tour the NFL Hall of Fame while there.


Radio Statesboro Closes on 6-Station Georgia Cluster
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 3:11pm CT

Radio Statesboro Inc., headed by Neal Ardman, has closed on its acquisition of a six-station cluster serveing Statesboro, GA, from Georgia Eagle Media Inc. Included in the deal were Country WHKN-FM (94.9), Sports WPTB-AM (850), AC WPMX-FM (102.9), News/Talk WWNS-AM (1240) and Classic Rock WZBX-FM (106.5). Eddie Esserman of Media Services Group's St. Simons Island, GA, office was the exclusive broker and represented the seller in this transaction.


WQAM Afternoon Host's Hochman Burger is Back
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 3:45pm CT

WQAM-AM (Sports Radio 560)/Miami afternoon host Marc Hochman brings back the Hochman Burger through August 31 at Red's Backwoods BBQ in Boca Raton. It features a burger with cheddar cheese, barbeque sauce and is topped with Funyuns. Yes, the secret ingredient for the second year in a row is something found in the chip aisle, Funyuns.

"As a guy, I don't think there's a bigger honor than having a hamburger named after you. In my radio career I've interviewed everyone from Hulk Hogan and Mike Tyson to Pat Sajak and Al Roker. As a Program Director, I've been nominated twice for Sports Radio Station Of The Year for the Marconi Awards. But I've never been more proud of anything than having a hamburger named after me," said Hochman.


Dan Mason Appointed OM of CMG/Tampa Trio
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 2:23pm CT

Cox Media Group/Tampa appoints Dan Mason as Operations Manager for Alternative WSUN-FM (97X), CHR WPOI-FM (Hot 101.5) and WHPT-FM (102.5 The Bone), effective September 8. Mason will also serve as WPOI's Director of Branding and Programming. Previously, Mason served as PD of CBS Boston's WODS-FM (103.3 Amp Radio). Other career highlights include PD for KDND-FM (107.9 The End) and KBZC-FM )Star 106.5)/Sacramento, WHYI-FM (Y100)/Miami and WAKS-FM (96.5 Kiss FM)/Cleveland.

"Dan's approach to programming is firmly in line with ours," said VP/Market Manager Keith Lawless. "He is a welcome addition to our team, and I am confident his contributions will help us continue to compete and win."

"I am thrilled to join the fantastic team in Tampa. Hot 101.5, 97X, and 102.5 The Bone are three of the most exciting and unique brands not just within Cox Media Group, but the country," added Mason. "I am grateful to Keith Lawless and Steve Smith for the opportunity to lead the team. Also, if anyone wants a great deal on a used, goose down winter coat, snow boots, and windshield scrapers, please contact me immediately, as I won't need them on the beach."

CMG VP/Programming Steve Smith said, "Hot 101.5 is a very special groundbreaking CHR. We took our time searching for the right fit, and Dan is that guy. He will add his expertise in management and talent development to some of our other Superbrands in Tampa. We welcome Dan to the CMG family."


Harry Donahue Retiring From KYW/Philadelphia
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 11:48am CT

He's Philadelphia's longest-running morning radio host and after a career that spans five decades, Harry Donahue's last day at KYW NewsRadio 1060 will be Friday, August 22. Donahue joined KYW in 1973 after starting his career as an announcer for the former WPBS-FM radio (now WUSL-FM), and as a manager of media relations for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

"When I was hired at KYW, I couldn't believe it," said Donahue. "It was, and remains, the preeminent radio station in Philadelphia. I've done what I always wanted to do. To work in my hometown and having been part of this iconic radio station-it just doesn't get any better."

"Harry's voice is one of Philadelphia's most familiar, and his contributions to KYW are immeasurable," said Marc Rayfield, SVP/MM of CBS Radio Philadelphia. "He is a consummate professional and will be sorely missed by our many listeners who set their alarms to 1060 each morning, as well as those who have worked with him all these years."

Donahue began waking up the Delaware Valley 35 years ago, and was the primary anchor for coverage of some of the region's biggest news stories, including the Mass conducted for a million Philadelphians by Pope John Paul on the Ben Franklin Parkway and championship celebrations for both the Phillies and 76ers. He covered two Super Bowl appearances by the Eagles. Donahue was also on the air during Philadelphia's first violent confrontation with the group MOVE and during 9/11.

In addition, Donahue serves as the longtime play-by-play voice for Temple University Athletics. He will continue his responsibilities with the University.


WBIG Names Brent Ebright APD/Afternoons
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 9:33am CT

WBIG/BIG 100.3, Washington's Classic Rock announced today that Brent Ebright has been named Afternoon Host and Assistant Program Director. "Bodhi" will host weekdays from 3p.m. to 7p.m. EST.

Ebright has been entertaining audiences for the past two years at WRKZ in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that he was the Program Director of Squizz and Boneyard at Sirius XM Radio.

"Bodhi's talent and work ethic is going bring a tremendous amount of value to BIG 100.3," said James Howard, WBIG Program Director.

"I'm beyond excited for the huge opportunity to be joining the staff at the station that rocks the Nation's Capital, WBIG! James Howard is a talented and creative programmer and I look forward to working alongside him," said Ebright.


Texas A&M Athletics Unveils Spanish Radio Network
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 3:08pm CT

Texas A&M Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Learfield Sports' Texas A&M Sports Properties, have announced the launch of a dedicated Spanish Network for Aggie Football featuring radio stations in San Antonio, Houston, El Paso and McAllen, as well as on satellite radio via SiriusXM. Beginning with the Aggies' August 28 season opener against South Carolina, fans will hear complete football game coverage in Spanish.

Salem Espanol's KRDY-AM (1160 Radio Luz)/San Antonio, Univision Radio's KLAT-AM/Houston & KAMA-AM/El Paso and MBM Radio's KVJY-AM/McAllen will carry the games in Spanish. Additionally, game coverage will be heard on SiriusXM Deportes en Vivo Channel 551 and streamed on 12thMan.com. The Texas A&M Spanish Network will carry all 12 of the Aggies' regular season games, as well as any postseason contests.

"It is important that we share the Texas A&M brand across the state and to do so we need a Spanish language option for our fans," said Chancellor John Sharp of The Texas A&M University System. "We believe this is a real step forward for Aggie sports as we begin our third season in the SEC."

The Texas A&M Spanish Network, featuring Pedro Vela Almaguer as play-by-play talent and Alberto Rodriguez as color commentator, will complement the existing 55 English radio affiliates encompassing the Texas A&M Sports Network. Almaguer previously worked for Univision in Houston and served on the Houston Texans' broadcast team. Rodriguez currently serves as talent for Univision's 104.9 in Houston, and has broadcast experience with soccer, basketball and football.


Jeff Horn Named PD/PM Drive WYZB (NASH FM)
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 11:48am CT

Cumulus announces that it has named Jeff Horn as Program Director and Afternoon Drive Personality for NASH FM 105.5 WYZB in Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL. Horn joins Cumulus after serving nine years as Operations Manager for Clear Channel –Tallahassee's five-station cluster and Program Director of Country station 94.9 WTNT-FM.

Horn's radio career is entirely Florida-focused, including seven years in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, where he worked for the industry-leading CHR station WHYI/Y-100, as well as K102 and 96X.

Current Program Director Skip Davis assumes a newly-created position as Production Director for the Cumulus Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL cluster. Davis also moves to middays on NASH FM 105.5.


Logan Appointed WNCV/Fort Walton Beach PD
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 11:49am CT

Cumulus Fort Walton Beach announces that it has appointed veteran radio personality and programmer Logan as Program Director and Morning Host of AC-formatted station WNCV Coast 93.3 effective immediately. Logan comes to Cumulus from 14 years at Clear Channel where, for the last eight years, he was Morning Host/Assistant Program Director and Music Director for WISX/Mix106.1 in Philadelphia. His previous tours of duty include Z100 in New York City, Q102 in Philadelphia, and KDMX in Dallas. He has worked in various formats including CHR, Hot AC, Rhythmic AC and Classic Hits.

"Logan fills a newly created position for the station and cluster-a dedicated program director for Coast 93.3," said Pete De Simone, Regional Vice President for Cumulus. "The position was previously a shared PD position and held by our CHR PD. Adding Logan as a dedicated PD creates individual focus for both our AC and CHR brands and adds a major market morning talent to our programming line-up."

"Special thanks to Cumulus for giving me this opportunity, especially SVP Mike McVay and RVP Pete De Simone for believing in my talents," said Logan. "I'm excited to work with a great group of people like Hayden Green and with AC Format Director Emily Boldon to take WNCV to the next level. I look forward to winning, learning and growing within Cumulus."

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