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''The Beast 980'' Set to Launch in Los Angeles
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 3:32pm CT

KFWB-AM/Los Angeles will officially debut its new all Sports format as "The Beast 980" on September 22, with a mix of original programming focusing on the L.A. sports scene, highlighted by the only local sports program during the morning commute. The Beast 980 continues as the flagship of the Los Angeles Clippers, while carrying a full slate of NFL action including Sunday, Monday and Thursday evening games, NCAA football and basketball play-by-play, "Trojans Live," a weekly look at USC athletics, and frequent sports updates from Ted Sobel and Amy Bender.

Offering local sports fans an alternative to syndicated morning programming, former L.A. Clippers and UCLA star Marques Johnson will team up with broadcast personality Jeanne Zelasko to co-host a live sports/talk program originating from Los Angeles. Airing weekdays from 5:30-9am, the show will feature the longtime voice of the Clippers Ralph Lawler and other notable insiders.

The Beast 980's weekday lineup will continue with The Jim Rome Show airing live from Orange County from 9am-noon, the Dean of L.A. Sports Fred Roggin from 12-3pm, the new tandem of ex-NFL player George Wrighster and veteran radio/TV host and journalist Brett Winterble from 3-7pm, "L.A. Sports Today" from 7-9pm and Doug Gottlieb from 9-11pm.


TT Torrez Joins Hot 97/New York as Music Director
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 2:40pm CT

Emmis/New York Radio appoints TT Torrez as Music Director of Rhythmic CHR WQHT-FM (Hot 97), effective October 1. During her 14-year career, Torrez has worked in several markets including Charlotte, Hartford, Philadelphia and New York, where she was correspondent, writer, producer, and music programmer for Music Choice television. Torrez has held both on-air and behind-the-scenes positions, most recently as MD/afternoons for Radio One's WCDX-FM (iPower 92.1)/Richmond, VA.

"TT has a long and consistent track record of making things happen. After seeing the amazing things she's done in her career, and learning she was a fan of HOT 97, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with her," states Hot 97 PD Jay Dixon. "TT knows Hip Hop. We are thrilled to have her on-board, and can't wait to see what she can bring to our legendary brand."

"I would like to thank Rick Cummings, Jimmy Steal, Deon Levingston, and most of all, Jay Dixon and Ebro Darden, for believing in my talents and allowing me the opportunity to further grow my career with the Emmis family," added TT. "As a young girl growing up in New York, I always dreamed about the day I would be able to work for the station that I grew up on. My desire to get into radio was because of the influence Hot 97 had on me as kid. This opportunity is an amazing blessing and a perfect example that if you work hard, stay humble and put God first, dreams really do come true."


Young Announces Retirement From KFYI/Phoenix
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 2:26pm CT

iHeartMedia announced Thurday that after nearly three decades with KFYI-AM (Newstalk 550)/Phoenix, morning personality Barry Young will retire in November. Young started on KFYI on April 27, 1987 as an air talent and the station's PD. Listeners, friends, co-workers and clients will have the chance to say goodbye at the Barry Young Celebrity Roast in late October. Barry's final day as a full-time show host will be November 7.

"Being a part of KFYI's growth and development from a new renegade start-up talk radio station into one of America's great and mature heritage radio stations has been both a wonderful challenge and delight," said Young.

He continued, "It has been an incredible privilege to be an integral part of all this and to be a part of the day to day lives of so many thousands of our listeners, our neighbors -- all across Arizona. Although I am retiring from a day to day talk radio program, my heart will always be in broadcasting and at KFYI. I know that I will miss being on the air more than I can express, but I know I leave KFYI and all of our listeners in good hands."

KFYI also announced that current afternoon drive host Mike Broomhead will take the reins from Young, beginning November 10. He's spent five years hosting on KFYI and has added national duties on Glenn Beck's Blaze Network.

"Barry Young is a legend in this business and will someday soon be in the Arizona Broadcasting Hall of Fame. It has been an honor to work with and learn from him," said Broomhead. "I'm looking forward to hosting mornings. I want to talk about the issues that concern all of us and find solutions that are best for Arizona. I'm not always right, but I always want what is best."

"Mike is a superstar who has worked hard to earn this opportunity. He's a great host, but even more so, he's a good man," added PD Neil Larrimore. "We're so excited to move him into mornings at Newstalk 550 KFYI."

"Barry has had a significant impact in Phoenix radio over the past 27 years. He's a legend. With Mike Broomhead, we can continue his legacy of providing the Valley with the information, entertainment and the radio its come to rely on from 550 KFYI. We are sad to see Barry move on, but we are excited about the future of this radio station," said VP/Programming Steve Geofferies.


Westwood One Extends Partnership with Dr. Oz
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 2:18pm CT

Westwood One announces it has extended its partnership with Harpo Studios and Dr. Mehmet Oz for the daily one-minute feature, "Daily Dose with Dr. Oz." The feature airs on nearly 150 stations and in six of the top 10 markets. Dr. Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and host of the syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show," won his third Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Talk Show Host this year.

"Not a day goes by that I don't get positive feedback from listeners of Daily Dose. My goal is to spread the message of good health -- body, mind and spirit. Syndication with Westwood One helps to expand that message to an attentive and diverse audience," said Dr. Mehmet Oz.

"We are delighted to continue our partnership with Dr. Oz," said Bart Tessler, EVP, News & Talk for Westwood One. "He's a brand and a voice that people trust for great insight. They seek him out and we are happy to oblige. We love being able to connect our listeners to content that can improve their lives."


Townsquare/Tyler Names Big Stew Sawyers as OM
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 3:14pm CT

"Big Stew" Sawyers is named Operations Manager for Townsquare Media's cluster in Tyler-Longview, TX, and Program Director of Country KNUE-FM. He replaces Scott Gaines, who left last year. Previously, he worked at Country WWKA-FM/Orlando, Country WKAK-FM (K-Country 104)/Albany, GA, as PD, Country WDJR-FM/Dothan, AL, as morning co-host and APD/MD and afternoon host at WBAM-FM/Montgomery, AL.

"I am excited to join the Townsquare Media family and a great cluster of radio stations in East Texas," said Sawyers. "The people in and out of the station are great, and the products that they put on the air are already top notch. The team they have assembled there is very talented, and I am looking forward to working with each and every one of them. No chance of me becoming a Longhorn, however, Go Gators!"


NABOB to Hold Fall Broadcast Management Con
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 5:37pm CT

The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and the NABOB Foundation will hold their 38th Annual Fall Broadcast Management Conference in cooperation with the 14th Power of Urban Radio Forum, October 1-2 in Washington, DC. NABOB is the only trade association representing the interests of the 200 African American-owned commercial radio stations.

Conference participants will hear from experts in all phases of the broadcast industry. These pros will provide station owners the latest knowledge and best practices for successfully operating one or a group of stations in today's competitive broadcast industry. Topics covered by panelists will give a station owner a clear understanding of how to overcome the many challenges when purchasing and operating a broadcast station.

Find out more at www.nabob.org.


Former WNIR/Akron Host Files Sexual Harassment Suit
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 3:31pm CT

Former News/Talk WNIR-FM/Akron, OH, host Maggie Fuller (aka Nancy Jones) has filed a sexual harassment suit against the station and its owners, Bill and Bob Klaus, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. She left the station a year ago after management declined to discipline another station host who allegedly had referred to her using a crude anatomical reference at a public event.

The lawsuit, filed this week, alleges the owners of abetting unlawful discriminatory practices, causing Fuller to lose $38,000 a year in income plus benefits, as well as suffer mental anguish, humiliation and loss of reputation, the newspaper said.

The suit seeks full reinstatement for Fuller at WNIR and that she be compensated for lost wages. However, if she's not re-hored, she's seeking lost income as well as "future wages and benefits," along with $50,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

"The allegations are completely without merit and we intend to defend this frivolous lawsuit vigorously," said Klaus.


Fruge Named CBS/Las Vegas VP/Programming
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 4:49pm CT

Veteran programmer Charese Fruge is appointed VP/Programming for CBS Radio's six-station cluster in Las Vegas, effective immediately. She takes on the added role in addition to her responsibilities as Program Director for KMXB-FM, KXTE-FM and their respective HD Radio channels, "Rewind 94.1" and "Sin 107.5." Cat Thomas continues to serve as PD of KLUC-FM, as well as KXNT-FM & KXNT-AM and KXST-AM.

"Charese is a consummate programming professional," said Senior VP/Market Manager Jerry McKenna. "Under her direction, Mix 94.1 has dominated the market for years and X107.5's ratings trajectory has seen impressive growth. Moreover, her longstanding relationships in the music business allow our stations to deliver unparalleled music experiences that rival any other music event held in Las Vegas. She's a bright, shining star."

Fruge has spent 20 years in radio both on-air and in programming with stations such as KYSR-FM (Star 98.7)/Los Angeles, KLLC-FM (Alice)/San Francisco, KSCF-FM (Sophie @ 103.7)/San Diego, KALC-FM (Alice)/Denver, KKBQ-FM (93Q)/Houston and WEZB-FM (B-97)/New Orleans. She's worked at CBS Radio/Las Vegas collectively for the last 10 years and is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.


Veteran PD Collins Joins iHeartMedia's NPP Team
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 6:54pm CT

iHeartMedia announced Wednesday that Cat Collins will join the company's National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services teams, effective immediately. He will report to President of National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman and Executive VP/GM for National Programming Platforms Clay Hunnicutt. As part of the NPP and Strategic Services teams, Collins will work with local stations throughout the country to strengthen and develop programming.

Collins will continue in his roles as Brand Manager for Rhythmic CHR, serving as iHeartMedia's in-house programming expert for the format, and as Program Director for Premium Choice. He most recently served as Program Director for KYLD-FM (Wild 94.9) and KIOI-FM (Star 101.3)/San Francisco.

"Cat's impressive ratings track record makes him the ideal choice for this role. His programming expertise and industry experience have strengthened our Rhythmic CHR stations and helped us create winning brands across America," said Poleman. "We are thrilled to have him extend his incredibly valuable skill set to our stations throughout the country."

"I can't thank Tom Poleman and Clay Hunnicutt enough for this amazing opportunity. I am really looking forward to being able to focus all my time and attention on helping all of our existing Rhythmic CHR brands grow, and developing exciting new platforms for iHeartMedia," added Collins.


Hubbard Radio Flips KDKB/Phoenix to ''ALT AZ 93-3''
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 5:02pm CT

Hubbard Radio's 100kw Rock KDKB-FM/Phoenix helps to fill the market's Alternative void and flips to with the slogan "Arizona's Alternative." Designed to bring the best mainstream Alternative Rock to the Valley, "ALT AZ 93-3" will feature three days of non-stop music from artists such as Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, and Coldplay plus newer Alternative superstars Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Imagine Dragons and more.

Alternative is a format that has not been on Phoenix radio with a full signal in several years, and after investigating the desire for this kind of station, it was decided 93.3 with its great signal and creative heritage was the perfect place. "We're excited to offer a new powerful home for Alternative music on 93.3. It's time this music had a strong outlet in Phoenix, and it is the perfect complement for our other rock mainstays, 98KUPD and 100.7 KSLX," said VP/Market Manager Trip Reeb.

Reeb will lead an orchestrated team to launch this version of "Arizona's Alternative." For almost 20 years Reeb was the architect of Alternative KROQ-FM/Los Angeles. The sales effort will initially be managed by Jeff England VP/DOS Hubbard Radio Phoenix, formally President and Market Manager of iHeartMedia's Phoenix cluster. Veterans to the Alternative radio scene in Phoenix, Nancy Stevens and Jaime Seidensticker are both on board in the Music and Promotion/Marketing areas, as is Drew Hutchinson as the Director of Digital Sales and Web Development.


Jeff Weber Exits BizTalkRadio After 12 Years
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 6:45pm CT

After 12 years at the helm of BizTalkRadio (formerly Business TalkRadio Network) and Lifestyle TalkRadio Network, Jeff Weber is leaving the company. He served as Executive VP of the networks since 2002 and became acting CEO in October, 2012 and later President under the new ownership of Center Post Holdings in October, 2013. Weber exits to join Synchronicity in a consulting role assisting in the day-to-day operations of the company. He's also signed agreed to consult Connecticut-based Forte Family Broadcasting.

"Synchronicity's technology has begun to revolutionize the industry -- and I don't make statements like that unless I mean them," said Weber. "Just as John Armstrong created and built DGS, this new company of his is totally cutting edge and will be a major asset to broadcasters, syndicators and others who want to reduce costs with a user friendly and efficient platform."

Synchronicity is an all-inclusive radio program and advertising distribution platform that brings Internet automation technologies to the broadcast industry. Weber says that Synchronicity drives down costs by simplifying every step in the broadcast chain and simultaneously increases revenue through localization of advertising and real-time accountability.


Amador Bustos Acquires Nine Stations from Adelante
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 3:15pm CT

Former Bustos Media CEO Amador Bustos (pictured) makes a return to radio ownership by re-acquiring nine stations from Adelante Media in Washington state, including Spanish Hits KMIA-AM (Latino 1210)/Seattle for $6 million. Bustos plans to operate the stations under a Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) until closing. Bustos merged with NAP Broadcast Holdings to become Adelante Media in September, 2010.

Also included in the deal are Country KZUS-FM (US 92.3) and News/Talk KULE-AM (Hot Talk 730)/Ephrata, Spanish Adult Hits KDYK-AM (Juan AM 1020) and Regional Mexican KZTA-FM (La Gran D)/Yakima, Regional Mexican KDDS-FM (La Gran D)/Elma, Regional Mexican KZML-FM (La Gran D)/Quincy and Spanish AC KMMG-FM (Latino 96.7) and Regional Mexican KZTB-FM (La Gran D)/Richland-Pasco-Kennewick.


KFWB/L.A. Names Koontz as Sports Sales Manager
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 3:38pm CT

Southern California native and 20-year sports radio sales and management vet Bob Koontz is named Sports Sales Manager of all-Sports KFWB-AM (The Beast 980). He previously served as Station Manager for KSPN-AM (ESPN 710) from 2006-08 and served as that station's first Sales Manager over the preceding six years. Koontz also worked as Sales Manager for Los Angeles outlets KABC, KLOS, KSCA, KMPC and K-LITE.

"I'm thrilled to be part of the launch of L.A.'s new sports station," Koontz said. I look forward to working with our great talent to help build strategic partnerships and unique opportunities for our clients and listeners."

Additionally, throughout his career, Koontz has worked directly with several local sports franchises including the Clippers, Trojans, Angels, Rams and Bruins.


U.S. Ad Spending Increased 0.7% in Q2 2014
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 5:13pm CT

Total advertising spending increased 0.7% in the second quarter of 2014 to $35.6 billion, according to data released by Kantar Media. During the first six months of 2014 ad spending grew 3.1%. Results for radio media were mixed. National Spot Radio declined 6.2% and Local Radio, which reflects English language stations, was down 3.6%. Both segments were hit by sharply lower spending from the financial service, insurance and restaurant categories. Network Radio expenditures rose 5.6% on higher spending from a broad range of key categories.

"The slow growth rate of ad spending in Q2 is payback for the surfeit of money in Q1 that was pulled forward to fund Olympics budgets," said Kantar Media North America Chief Research Officer Jon Swallen. "Our analysis shows that Olympics advertisers reduced their year-over-year Q2 spending by more than 4 percent while non-Olympics advertisers posted a 2 percent increase. The latter is more indicative of core ad market performance at the midyear point."


Alpha Media/Richmond Appoints James Levy as DOS
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 2:14pm CT

Alpha Media appoints James Levy as Director of Sales for its cluster in Richmond, VA, including WWLB-FM (98.9 Liberty), WBBT-FM (Big Oldies 107.3), WLFV-FM (93.1 The Wolf) and WARV-FM, effective October 20. The 20-year industry vet comes to Alpha Media most recently from Clear Channel. He started his radio career with EZ Communications and has held various positions including Director of Retail Sales, Director of Research and Training, Regional Sales Manager, Local Sales Manager and GSM.

Market Manager Paul Johnson commented, "I have long been aware of James' great reputation in the industry and I am confident his leadership and relationships within the Richmond business community will help lift our team to the next level of success."

"We are delighted to have a true marketing professional like James join our great new management team in Richmond," added Alpha Media Executive VP/Southern Region Bill McElveen.

"I could not be more excited to be joining Paul and the Alpha Media Group in Richmond. The cluster has great stations and great people and I am overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the opportunity to grow the cluster and have fun while doing so. I look forward to getting started and reaching out to my many friends and colleagues in Richmond," said Levy.


LFM/San Diego Launches ''GLOW'' on KBZT-HD3
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 2:23pm CT

Lincoln Financial Media has announced that its San Diego cluster has added another station to its HD Radio lineup with the launch of "GLOW," a 24-hour Dance/Electronic Dance Music (EDM). The station can be heard on any HD Radio receiver at KBZT-HD3 (94.9.3) or online at GLOWSanDiego.com. It features popular dance music artists such as Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Avicii.

"Through our extensive research to provide quality programming, we have uncovered this specific niche," said LFM/San Diego Operations Director Kevin Callahan. "We are happy and excited to provide GLOW to listeners eager to hear their favorite dance/edm artists in the San Diego market."


Hageman Joins WAY-FM/Denver as Operations Director
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 11:26am CT

WAY-FM Western Regional Manager Zach Cochran has announced that Dallas Hageman has been named Operations Director of WAY-FM in Denver and Wichita. Hageman had previously been Regional Operations Manager for Appaloosa Broadcasting's station clusters throughout Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Utah.

Commenting on the appointment, Cochran noted, "I'm excited to have Dallas join the WAY-FM team. His experience overseeing multiple station operations and his passion for Christian radio will help us reach even more lives for Jesus Christ."

"WAY-FM has a proven record of not only reaching people for the Gospel but also creating in itself a stalwart and engaging company. I look forward to digging in and aiding this worthy cause, with so many invaluable people," commented Hageman.

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