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Jack Diamond Takes Mornings at WLS-FM/Chicago
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 3:06pm CT

Cumulus Media Classic Hits WLS-FM/Chicago taps veteran radio personality Jack Diamond as its new morning host, effective November 3. Diamond has worked in radio on both the East and West coasts for over 25 years. His extensive experience includes KNBR/San Francisco, WABC/New York, WQXI-FM (94Q)/Atlanta and WRQX-FM/Washington, where Diamond hosted one of DC's top-rated morning shows for over 24 years. Most recently, he handled mornings at Classic Hits XHPRS-FM (105.7 MAX-FM).

"Jack's positivity, fun and endearing qualities match perfectly with our current morning lineup including air talent/meteorologist Brant Miller, Marty Jones with information/traffic updates and producer Dan Wolfe," said Cumulus Senior VP Corporate/Programming Jan Jeffries. "This will be the third radio tour for Jack and me working together, previously in Atlanta and Washington, DC. What seemed like a fun idea to have him sit-in WLS-FM mornings for a week this summer turned out to be a great idea."

"As a kid listening to the radio at night, WLS and WABC were the stations that sparked a desire to spend my life doing what those great personalities were doing from so many miles away," added Diamond. "Pure magic. Hosting mornings at 94-7 WLS is not only a career dream come true, it brings my career full circle and is truly "going home."


Westwood One Names Mary Giesen VP/Sales Planning
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:35pm CT

Mary Giesen returns to Westwood One as VP/Sales Planning overseeing strategic development of the company's sales initiatives. She previously worked at the syndication firm in several sales planning capacities. Giesen will work closely with Westwood One's agency client partners to meet their sales objectives and best position their brands. She starts on November 18 and will be based in New York City, reporting to VP/Finance Mike Malone.

"It is a wonderful opportunity for us to have Mary at the helm of our Sales Planning Team," said Westwood One President Steve Shaw. "She has a wealth of experience managing commercial and digital inventory and an excellent reputation for maximizing performance for customers. Plus, she is keenly familiar with our products and brands across the board. Her expertise is invaluable and we look forward to her collaboration with the senior management team."

Prior to re-joining Westwood One, Giesen was the VP/Sales Planning and Operations for Compass Media Networks. Before that, she worked at Westwood One as Vice President, Sales Planning, Traffic and Continuity, as Senior Director/Sales Planning and as a Sales Planner. She is a graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island.

"I am so excited to come back home where it all began," added Giesen. "Westwood One delivers real value to advertisers and amazing content that connects audiences to brands. This is such an exciting time for Westwood One and I look forward to jumping back in and working closely with Steve, Mike, and the entire sales organization."


A&O&B Present 21st Annual Pre-CRS Seminar
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:24pm CT

Country Radio Specialists Jaye Albright, Mike O'Malley and Becky Brenner have announced that their 21st annual Pre-CRS seminar will take place on Wednesday, February 25 at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame from 9am-12:30pm. This event features sessions addressing personal career growth, important topics facing country radio and radio in general. Guests will enjoy a performance and meet & greet with the new group A Thousand Horses.

The A&O&B team will also present the first results of their 10th annual online perceptual study, "Roadmap 2015," including Country P1 trends in music, digital consumption, social networking and more. Data from thousands of P1's from across the U.S and Canada will be included.

"Over the past years our presenters have included branding experts, talent coaches, researchers and even a politician," said O'Malley. "It's a half-day of thought-provoking and actionable sessions that help set the stage for CRS."

Brenner added, "Today's hectic and demanding schedules often prevent valuable Face time with peers. This is an opportunity to share, learn, grow and reenergize for the new year!"

The A&O&B Pre-CRS Seminar is free and is open to all clients as well as to broadcasters in non-competitive situations.


Journal Communications Q3 Revenues Up 8.5%
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 7:36am CT

Journal Communications has announced results for its third quarter ended September 28. "We are pleased to report that Journal Communications third quarter revenue of $105 million grew more than 8%, driving an operating earnings increase of 40%. Earnings per share in the quarter were $0.14 compared to $0.09 last year," said Steven J. Smith, Chairman and CEO of Journal Communications.

Smith sited "continued growth in television retransmission revenue along with significant political and issue advertising spending in a number of our markets" as contributing factors. He added, "Our focused broadcast sales efforts grew both television and radio revenue, excluding retransmission and political, by approximately 3% and drove television and radio digital revenue up 22% and 31%, respectively."

Other highlights from the report included:

  • Revenue of $105.1 million, up 8.5%
  • Television revenue of $47.9 million, up 22.8%.
  • Television retransmission revenue of $9.6 million, up 82.0%.
  • Radio revenue of $21.6 million, up 5.1%
  • Digital revenue of $5.0 million, up 9.9%
  • Operating earnings of $14.2 million, up 40.4%.


New Salem GMs in San Diego & Sacramento
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 1:45pm CT

Salem Communications Corporation has named new General Managers for their stations in San Diego and Sacramento. Dale Hendry will be relocating to San Diego to lead the team there. He has been in radio for 32 years in several capacities, including station ownership. He joined Salem seven years ago as General Manager of Sacramento. Due to Dale's focus on team building, Salem is promoting Mark Durkin, Director of Sales, to General Manager of Sacramento. Mark has been in radio for 31 years. He is on his second tour with Salem. Mark's first tour was with Salem Portland. He joined Salem Sacramento three years ago as Director of Sales.

Scott Hamilton will step into the General Sales Manager role in Sacramento. Scott has been with Salem Sacramento for five years. Prior to joining Salem, he owned an advertising agency.

Linnae Young, Senior Vice President for Salem's Radio Division stated, "We are delighted to have a seasoned pro like Dale Hendry take the helm in San Diego. His 32 years of radio experience will help take this market to the next level. We are equally excited to promote Mark Durkin to the GM role in Sacramento. He has over 31 years in the broadcast business and has demonstrated tremendous leadership in Sacramento as Director of Sales."

Dale Hendry commented, "Working for Salem has been a highlight of my life and career. The group in Sacramento has been a pleasure to work with. I'm equally excited about working with the seasoned staff in San Diego. I want to thank the Senior Management team for affording me the opportunity to work at one of the premier clusters in Salem."

Mark Durkin stated, "There is a winning team and culture at Salem Sacramento. I look forward to building upon the success and greatly appreciate this new assignment and opportunity with the company."


Boston Hospital Names Healing Garden for Country 102.5
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 12:49pm CT

Greater Media's WKLB-FM Country 102.5/Boston was recently recognized for their ongoing support of Tufts Floating Hospital for Children. A new outside garden area for patients was officially opened and named in honor of the station.

The Country 102.5 Healing Garden is a unique and special outside space where pediatric patients and their families can escape their rooms and the "stuffiness" of the hospital and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Attached to the Ace's Place playroom, it will also give children the chance to explore flowers and gardens, even as they are hospitalized for treatment.

In the warmer months, country music artists will visit and perform at The Country 102.5 Healing Garden as part of the Country 102.5 Healing Tour. WKLB-FM has hosted many concerts at the Hard Rock and House of Blues over the past few years to raise money for the Healing Garden. A recent special show featuring Hunter Hayes raised $40,000.

"We are so proud and humbled to have the Healing Garden named after Country 102.5," said Mike Brophey, program director of WKLB-FM. "Our logo is on the door. Funds we helped raise were used to reconstruct and beautify the area for patients and their families to enjoy. It's a great moment for Greater Media and Country 102.5."


Stiller Named OM/PD of Wilks/Columbus OH Trio
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 3:25pm CT

Wilks Broadcasting/Columbus, OH, appoints Stiller as Operations Manager and Program Director of Classic Rock WLVQ-FM, Sports WZOH-FM and Country WHOK-FM. Stiller spent the past ten years as PD of Federated Media's Active Rock WBYR-FM and Sports WKJG-FM/Fort Wayne, IN. In January, he relinquished WBYR programming duties while continuing to oversee the cluster's Sports outlets and co-hosting afternoons on WFGA-FM (The Fan 106.7).

"I'm thrilled to be back home in Ohio and the opportunity to work with Jeff Sanders and the crew at Wilks Broadcasting in Columbus," said Stiller. "Go Buckeyes!"

Wilks Executive VP/Programming Jeff Sanders added, "Stiller wasn't looking. I found him and knew he was the right person immediately following our first conversation. It's great to have Stiller as part of our team."


NPR Debuts New Music Home Page
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 10:14am CT

Premiering today at NPR.org/Music-the new NPR Music home page. Visually remastered and fully responsive, the page offers users a discovery-forward music experience across all platforms-from 80-inch screens to Google glasses-and brings thoughtful navigation and clean design to the destination for distinct content from NPR Music and Member Stations.

New features include "Songs We Love" recommendations made daily by NPR Music staff and public radio hosts; and integrated, one-touch listening right on the page. Building on insights from the NPR.org home page redesign in 2013 and extensive user testing, NPR.org/Music now presents richer curation across favorite series, station streams, programs, blogs, as well as interviews, reviews and segments heard on NPR newsmagazines-all centralized in one clean collection.

In celebration of launch day, T-Pain stops by the Tiny Desk for a rare, Auto-Tune free performance. The Grammy Award-winner's Tiny Desk Concert set features him singing "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')," "Up Down (Do This All Day)" and "Drankin' Patna." Also premiering on NPR.org/Music now: "Top 10 Musical Discoveries From WOMEX 2014," the foremost marketplace for world music; Angel Olsen's "May As Well," recommended by All Songs Considered co-host Bob Boilen; and video from Wayne Shorter's performance at the Kennedy Center presented by Jazz Night in America, public radio's newest jazz program.


ATRN Adds ''Out of the Friend Zone'' with Heidi Selexa
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:46pm CT

Veteran radio personality Heidi Selexa's show "Out of the Friend Zone" joins America's Talk Radio Network every Saturday at 8pm ET. The one-hour program is a fun yet serious, authentic show examining interpersonal relationships. ATRN also says the show unlocks the secrets of what is really going on in other people's minds and also serves as an open platform to expose and explain misunderstood signals, signs and messages between the sexes.

Selexa is a three-time March of Dimes A.I.R. Award winner for Best Personality and Best Radio Show. She touts a large fan base, accumulated from her successful run on SiriusXM's '80s on 8, as well being named one of the official pin-up girls by the U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

"America's Talk Radio Network is excited to have Heidi join our network line-up. In this day in age of social media, men and women need someone like Heidi and her program as a way to seek advice in dealing with their complicated lives and relationships." stated VP Affiliate Relations & Programming Jon Patch.


CMP Announces 2015 College Basketball Schedule
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 3:34pm CT

Compass Media Networks has announced full coverage of Men's College Basketball beginning in January and culminating with coverage of the Big Ten Tournament. Broadcasts will be made available to Compass Media Networks' over 400 broadcast radio affiliates, and streamed live on compassmedianetworks.com. In addition, all 16 regular season games and the entire Big Ten Men's Tournament will air on SiriusXM. These broadcasts include:

  • Monday, January 5th-6:45pm-Notre Dame @ #6-North Carolina
  • Thursday, January 8th-6:45pm-#18-Michigan State @ #25-Iowa
  • Thursday, January 15th-8:45pm-#21-Nebraska @ #4-Wisconsin
  • Tuesday, January 20th-8:45pm-#25-Iowa @ #4-Wisconsin
  • Thursday, January 22nd-8:45pm-#2-Arizona @ Stanford
  • Saturday, January 24th-3:45pm-UCLA @ Oregon
  • Thursday, January 29th-8:45pm-#1-Kentucky @ Missouri
  • Saturday, January 31st-1:45pm-#6-North Carolina @ #9-Louisville
  • Tuesday, February 5th-8:45pm-Cincinnati @ #22-SMU
  • Sunday, February 8th-3:00pm-Maryland @ #25-Iowa
  • Thursday, February 12th-8:45pm-#23-Michigan @ Illinois
  • Thursday, February 19th-8:45pm-#15-UCONN @ Memphis
  • Sunday, February 22nd-7:15pm-#18-Michigan State @ Illinois
  • Monday, February 23rd-8:45pm-#5-Kansas @ Kansas State
  • Thursday, March 5th-6:45pm-#4-Wisconsin @ Minnesota
  • Saturday, March 7th-TBA-#3-Duke @ #6-North Carolina
  • March 11th-March 15th-TBA-Big Ten Tournament


Westwood One News Inks Four Top 10 CBS Outlets
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 2:42pm CT

Westwood One announced today that its new customized news product, Westwood One News powered by CNN, has signed four CBS Radio outlets in the top 10 markets: WINS-AM/New York, WBZ-AM/Boston, KYW-AM/Philadelphia and WNEW-FM/Washington, DC. The full-service news network, set to launch at the end of the year, offers stations greater flexibility and local branding opportunities. Stations have the option to select one to five minute newscasts based on needs and preferences.

"Westwood One is proud to have major market CBS Radio stations join our Westwood One News Network from the outset," said Westwood One Senior VP/Affiliate Sales Dennis Green. "These stations are among the most innovative and trusted brands in radio news. To have major news brands become early adopters of this service speaks volumes to broadcasters looking for superb content by which to build their local news brands."

CBS Radio Executive VP/Operations New York Market Manager Scott Herman said, "We are very excited to be part of the launch of Westwood One News. The ability to get in on the ground floor and help establish what our all news stations needs are was very enticing for us. Our stations have a huge appetite for news material and Westwood One News gives us the flexibility to get what we need when we want it."

Westwood One News will include special reports, correspondent two-ways, newsmaker sound bites, live feeds of breaking news events, and other elements. Four top reporters were recently announced -- Steve Kastenbaum, Bob Constantini, Jim Roope, and Alan Scaia -- and news anchors will be announced soon.


CBS Radio/Houston Appoints Sam Morton VP/DOS
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 4:07pm CT

CBS Radio/Houston appoints eight-year company vet Sam Morton as VP/Director of Sales for the broadcaster's six-station cluster there, including Hot AC KHMX-FM, Sports KIKK-AM, Sports KILT-AM, Country KILT-FM, CHR KKHH-FM and Spanish CHR KLOL-FM. Morton will assume his new post on November 24. Morton most recently served as Director of Sales for CBS Radio/St. Louis since October, 2013. He previously was GSM for co-owned Sports KRLD-FM, Adult Hits KJKK-FM and Classic Hits KLUV-FM/Dallas.

"Sam is a strategic leader and a creative thinker," said Senior VP/Market Manager Sarah Frazier. "He has a tremendous amount of passion and a strong work ethic. He'll be a great fit for our team that specializes in custom marketing solutions here in Houston, and a great business partner for me."

Morton said, "My family and I are excited about the opportunity to come back to Texas, a place where we have family, and I'm very excited to get to work with Sarah and her team in Houston. The past year has been great and I'm thankful to John for giving me the opportunity in St. Louis. I am proud of what we have accomplished. I'll miss all of my sales managers and AE's but I know they will continue to be the best in town."


WCNN/Atlanta Inks Deal with Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 6:55pm CT

Dickey Broadcasting's WCNN-AM (Sports Radio 680 The Fan)/Atlanta inks a multi-year deal with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games. The contract calls for exclusive content and play-by-play based partnership making the outlet "The Exclusive Radio Station" for the games, which includes local play-by-play by WCNN personalities, breaking bowl news and insights on 680 The Fan's multiple live shows. The deal also includes a sales, marketing and revenue partnership.

WCNN Owner/President David Dickey commented, "We are proud to announce this content, marketing and sales-based partnership. These games are an integral part of the sports landscape in Atlanta, so it is natural that The Fan's college football experts assume the responsibility of executing world-class play-by-play for both games. Furthermore, we look forward to building an innovative partnership, with Gary Stokan and his team, for many years to come."

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl President Gary Stokan added, "With our move into the College Football Playoff it was critical that we form partnerships with leaders, and 680 The Fan is undoubtedly the best in this market when it comes to connecting with the sports fan. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game look forward to many years on air, as we continue to grow both games, and host a national semifinal in 2016."


Yahoo! Sports Radio Launches Weekly NBA Show
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 2:33pm CT

Yahoo! Sports Radio, in partnership with The Basketball Channel, has announced the launch of "Ballin' Live," a new NBA and college-focused weekly radio program that provides listeners an insider look at the game from the unique perspective of former players, scouts and coaches. The show is hosted by talent scout and The Basketball Channel executive and broadcaster Van Coleman, former NBA Player and former VP of the National Basketball Players Association Jerome Williams and Sports Analyst and The Basketball Channel Broadcaster Brett Grant.

The program will feature updates on what's happening in basketball, from the preps to the pros, including interviews with top college and NBA coaches, players, analysts and legends from the game, as well as a break-down of each week's high profile match-ups. "Ballin' Live" debuts Thursday, November 11 and will originate from the Yahoo! Sports Radio studios in Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas Tuesdays from 8-10pm ET.

"We're thrilled to extend The Basketball Channel brand to radio with Ballin' Live," said Coleman. "We look forward to bringing the NBA and our unique look at the game, from the Preps to the Pros, to Yahoo! Sports Radio's nationwide audio platform and connect with fans around the nation each week."

Yahoo! Sports Radio COO/Program Director Craig Larson added, "We are excited to be working with The Basketball Channel to launch this new show for our avid NBA and college basketball fans across the country, as well as extending our partnership with The Palazzo as we continue adding programming live from our custom studios in Lagasse's Stadium at the Las Vegas resort and hotel."


Missouri Baptist Convention Honors BRN Founder
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 2:16pm CT

The Missouri Baptist Convention's Christian Life Commission presented Bott Radio Network (BRN) Founder/Chairman Dick Bott with its Outstanding Christian Service Award. The award was made on Wednesday during the MBC's annual state convention held in Osage Beach, MO. Since its founding in 1962 with one radio station (KCCV/Kansas City), BRN has grown to a Christian Talk radio network with 97 stations reaching into 15 states and 51 million people.

"I am both honored and humbled to receive this recognition," said Bott. "BRN shares the vision of the Missouri Baptist Convention's Christian Life Commission to address the social, moral and ethical concerns of our times from a Christian worldview, and to do so with the Word of God."

"We are delighted to recognize the outstanding contributions Dick Bott has made to Christian broadcasting and the advancement of God's kingdom," added Missouri Baptist Convention Director/Public Policy Don Hinkle. "Bott Radio Network has enriched the lives of millions of listeners and it is fitting that we pause to thank Dick Bott, the driving force behind BRN's success."


Magic Forward Gordon to Host SiriusXM NBA Show
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 2:25pm CT

SiriusXM has announced that Orlando Magic rookie forward Aaron Gordon, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, will host the second season of "Year One," a NBA Radio show that gives listeners an inside look at the life of an NBA rookie. "Year One with Aaron Gordon" will debut October 30 at 6pm ET and air weekly on SiriusXM NBA Radio throughout the 2014-15 season.

On the program Gordon, alongside co-host Justin Termine, will share his perspective as he makes his way through his rookie campaign, discussing the adjustment from college to the pros, excitement of travel, relationships with teammates, getting to know his new city and more.

"Hosting my own SiriusXM show is an honor and something that makes my first NBA season even more special," said Gordon. "This year will be full of a lot of firsts and I can't wait to give the fans a behind-the-scenes look at my new world both on and off the court. I have some pretty high goals set for myself and my team this year and I'm excited to take the listeners along for the ride."

Last year's inaugural season of Year One featured Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum.


WMVP-FM Inks Multi-Year Deal with Phoenix Suns
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 3:24pm CT

Bonneville's Sports WMVP-FM (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)/Phoenix inks a multi-year deal to continue as the radio flagship for the NBA's Phoenix Suns. The 2014-15 season will mark the start of the 39th consecutive season that Arizona Sports will broadcast Suns basketball. Prior to moving to the FM outlet last year, the Suns aired on co-owned News/Talk, then Sports KTAR-AM (620).

"There's no better example of a true partnership than our ongoing relationship with Arizona Sports and the Bonneville family," said Suns President Jason Rowley. "For 39 years, our fans have known where to tune in to the 'Voice of the Suns' Al McCoy on game night, and we are thrilled to be continuing that for the foreseeable future."

"We're very proud to extend our longest-standing sports partnership with Arizona's first professional league franchise and an outstanding organization," added Bonneville Phoenix VP/Market Manager Scott Sutherland. "And of course we're also excited that Suns fans will continue to catch the electrifying play-by-play action from Hall of Famer Al McCoy for many more years."

As part of the new agreement, the Suns and Arizona Sports 98.7 FM will expand their collaborative programming efforts to include a postgame show that will also air on the Suns' new digital streaming network, RISE, viewable on both Suns.com and the team's mobile app. The show will air one hour after the conclusion of each Suns game.

In addition, Arizona Sports' sister KTAR-FM, will now air a "Suns Spotlight" segment each week, featuring the latest updates from the team's business operations. Arizona Sports 98.7 FM will continue to air weekly shows featuring Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek, President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby and General Manager Ryan McDonough.

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