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Reed Named Dir. Branding/Programming Mix 96/Tulsa
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 2:26pm CT | Share

Cox Media Group (CMG) Tulsa has named Nathan Reed as Director of Branding and Programming for Mix 96 (KRAV-FM) effective Monday, May 9.

"Joining KRAV and CMG Tulsa is an exciting career move with the industry's best operator," said Reed. "I can't wait to get started with the Mix 96 crew. Many thanks Dan Lawrie, Chris Eagan and Steve Smith."

Reed has spent 20 years in various programming roles across multiple formats, most recently as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia's seven station cluster in Toledo, Ohio. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a Program Director and on-air host for Regent Broadcasting in Flint, Mich.

"Nathan's understanding of the AC listener lifestyle, his creativity and belief in a complete brand experience will compliment Mix 96's already successful strategy," said Dan Lawrie, CMG Tulsa VP and Market Manager. "Nathan also brings a strong commitment to community outreach, which fits well with our company values and our local cluster strategy."

"Nathan is a talented programmer with a great strategic mind," said Chris Eagan CMG's AC Format Leader. "His vision and expertise will be invaluable at Mix 96 in Tulsa."

The Better You Look, The More They Listen
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 10:36am CT | Share

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Analysis of 11 million NextRadio listening hours shows that radio stations that enhance their terrestrial broadcast with visuals and related content average nearly twice the tune-ins and 2 hours more listening, per listener, per month, in NextRadio vs. stations which only display their station logo.

"Today consumers are part of an ever evolving app-world, and they expect to see and engage with content on their smartphones. By providing local FM radio listeners a live look at what is airing in their market before they tune-in, NextRadio provides a compelling new listener engagement option," said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio. "Stations benefit from NextRadio because it doubles listening through the visualization of FM broadcast radio -- making listeners more engaged and loyal. Not only does the data show that these stations experience more tune-ins and overall listening, but it also shows that the listening gap is widening between those that provide enticing visuals and related content versus those that do not."

Julie Kansy Named PD of KQHN-FM i97.3/Shreveport
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 2:27pm CT | Share

Cumulus Media announces that it has named broadcasting professional Julie Kansy as Program Director of Top 40 station, KQHN-FM/i97.3 in Shreveport. Kansy joined Cumulus Media-Shreveport in 2014 as On-Air Host, Afternoon Drive, and Assistant Program Director at KRMD/NASH FM 101.1, and in 2015 was named Operations Manager of Cumulus Media-Shreveport. She has also served as Program Director of Sports/KRMD 100.7 FM/1340AM The Ticket.

"Cumulus has given me the opportunity of a lifetime," said Kansy. "I have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into radio and I wouldn't want it any other way. This is my first love and passion. I look forward to collaborating further with Cat Thomas and Brandon Beard to take i97.3 to the top."

Brandon Beard, Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Media-Shreveport, said, "Since joining Cumulus in October of 2014 to host an afternoon show on KRMD, Jules has done an incredible job of going above and beyond for our cluster. In 2015, Jules was elevated to Operations Manager and has shined in that role. Jules shows the type of passion that every GM across America would love to have. We are proud to announce that Jules will now lead our CHR station KQHN I97.3 as the PD and also begin the search for a local morning show. Jules will continue in her role as the OM and will continue to host her afternoon show on KRMD. We are proud to call Jules part of the Cumulus family in Shreveport."

iHM and University of Louisville Extend Partnership
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 10:35am CT | Share

iHeartMedia and University of Louisville with its exclusive athletics multimedia rights holder, Learfield's Louisville Sports Properties, announced today an extended broadcast partnership. The new agreement, which will be effective from 2017-2022, includes extended coverage of all University of Louisville football games, men's and women's basketball games as well as the Rick Pitino and Bobby Petrino coaches shows.

WHAS-AM (Louisville), WWRW-FM (Lexington), WCKY-AM (Cincinnati) and WSFE-AM (Somerset) will carry the live football and men's basketball games, including pre-game and post-game programming, as well as the coaches' shows for each. Specific conflicts with WHAS-AM will be moved to WKRD-AM. Women's basketball games will continue to air on WKRD-AM.

"UofL athletics has a rich tradition we're proud to be a part of," said Earl Jones, iHeartmedia's Kentucky-Indiana Region President. "We're looking forward to working with the staff at Louisville Sports Properties and continuing to broadcast Cardinal athletics like we have for so many years."

The new agreement also includes nationwide coverage of the Cardinals' games on the iHeartRadio mobile app, expanded promotional announcements across several iHeartMedia radio stations, remote broadcasts from campus venues and an option to begin 24-hour programming on one of Louisville's HD2 signals. "

We're excited to be working with iHeartMedia and growing a partnership that has been around since the early 80's," said UofL Vice President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich. "Adding this extended coverage for our sports programs allows us to enhance the connection with Cardinal fans and alumni everywhere. I sincerely appreciate the leadership of Earl Jones in working with us and our marketing partner to develop a wide approach that our fans will enjoy."

"It's important for us to provide quality partners and affiliates to broadcast UofL Athletics and I'm pleased we'll continue our long-standing and solid partnership with iHeartMedia," said John Penny, General Manager of Louisville Sports Properties. "Their knowledge of the market, strength and the reach of the WHAS-AM signal has proven to be a great match for broadcasting UofL athletic events."

Glenn Kleiman Named Radio Milwaukee Executive Dir.
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 2:34pm CT | Share

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Digital media and broadcast veteran Glenn Kleiman is named executive director of non-commercial WYMS-FM (88Nine Radio)/Milwaukee and For the past 18 months, Kleiman has been working as a digital content consultant for Radio Milwaukee. Kleiman began his career in broadcast journalism as a reporter and then as managing editor at WTMJ-TV, winning four Emmys and a Peabody.

Kleiman was also founder and CEO of a Milwaukee digital marketing agency, Fullhouse, with clients such as Miller Brewing Company/MillerCoors, GE Healthcare, Kimberly-Clark and Johnson Controls. In 2012, he sold the business after 23 years to Laughlin Constable. Kleiman then taught writing and content strategy at Marquette University and produced a series of professional conferences on social media, digital marketing and corporate communications.

Radio Milwaukee Board President Danae Davis said in selecting Kleiman, the board succeeded in finding a "special gem in a leader, especially when tasked with replacing an awesome leader. Glenn brings huge talents, an inspiring leadership profile and a love for our business that is unquestionably exciting," Davis said. "Our board of directors is thrilled that Glenn will be our executive director, taking us to the next level of mission and in ways so very fitting of our brand and place in community."

"In this age when authenticity is so important, Radio Milwaukee's soul is on display on the air, every day, and that's why our listeners are so passionate about 88Nine," added Kleiman. "Radio Milwaukee holds an important place in this city's culture. It will be fun, interesting, challenging-and a privilege-to lead it."

WYMS-FM and play a blend of rock and urban music and spins at least one track by a Milwaukee artist every hour.

KFAB/Omaha Promotes Jim Rose to Program Director
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 3:10pm CT | Share

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iHeartMedia/Omaha appoints Jim Rose as Program Director for KFAB-AM (NewsRadio 1110), effective May 1. He takes over programming duties from industry veteran and long-time NewsRadio 1110 KFAB on-air host Gary Sadlemyer. Both Sadlemyer and Rose will continue as air personalities for the station's "Gary Sadlemyer and the Good Morning Show."

"When Gary made the decision to step down as Program Director for KFAB, we knew we had big shoes to fill," said iHeartMedia Omaha Senior VP/Programming Erik Johnson. "Jim's tremendous background in news radio and his intimate knowledge of both Omaha and KFAB all make him the perfect candidate to take over for Gary, who will remain an important and integral part of KFAB as he continues to focus on The Good Morning Show."

"This is an amazing opportunity for Jim," added Sadlemyer. "I've been lucky enough to work with incredible people at KFAB for 40 years and Jim is among the best. I'm honored to hand over programming duties while continuing to sit next to him and the rest of our talented team each morning on The Good Morning Show. I know that KFAB has become even stronger with the addition of Jim to our programming team."

Rose has served as co-host of "Gary Sadlemyer and the Good Morning Show" since 2001. His resume includes host of "Sports Nightly with Jim Rose" on the Husker Sports Network, Program Director of KLIN-AM/Lincoln, talk host and air talent at KMBZ-AM and the Kansas City Royals Network, and "Voice of the Huskers" with IMG College and Husker Sports Marketing, where he became one of IMG College's college sports producers.

"I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to expand my duties at KFAB and work with such an amazing team of people," said Rose. "Gary is someone that I've known and respected for years and I can't wait to continue building on the amazing foundation that he has helped create over the past 40 years at KFAB."

Beasley Broadcast Group to Report 2016 Q1 Results
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 2:42pm CT | Share

Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. will release its fiscal 2016 first quarter financial results before the market opens on Wednesday, May 4. The company will also host a webcast that morning at 10am ET. Interested parties may access the webcast at the vompany's web site at Following its completion, a replay of the webcast can be accessed for five days on the company's web site.

Compass/Connoisseur Extend Contract with Berman
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 11:31am CT | Share

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Compass Media Networks and Connoisseur Media have extended their partnership with relationship therapist and bestselling author, Dr. Laura Berman, who will continue to serve as host of Uncovered Radio. The daily call-in, relationship advice program airs 9pm - Midnight on AC and Hot AC stations while affiliates the ability to play their own music while incorporating listener calls and questions to Dr. Berman.

"My goal is to help as many people as possible," said Berman. "I love radio because of its reach and the intimacy with the audience. Our listeners are really engaged and I am humbled to offer them help."

"Two years ago, we saw a need to offer our listeners unique and relatable relationship content," said Jeff Warshaw, CEO of Connoisseur Media. "Dr. Berman is not only a friend and partner, but she is a tremendous communicator and entertainer. I regularly tune-in to our stations carrying the show and have seen Dr. Berman at our station events. We are thrilled to continue with Uncovered Radio and very much encourage other stations to add the show."

Premiere Networks to Provide Distribution for Aiir
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 2:55pm CT | Share

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Premiere Networks will provide domestic and international distribution for Aiir, effective immediately. For over 10 years, Aiir has provided stations around the world with the tools to manage and create websites, mobile applications, social networking and direct marketing all in one place. By simplifying digital assets, Aiir says it's easier to manage multiple accounts or radio stations with seamless, synchronized content sharing and scheduling.

Aiir Co-Founder Ricki Lee stated, "We're delighted to be partnering with Premiere Networks and look forward to working with Julie and her team in growing our international business."

"Ricki Lee and the team at Aiir have created a powerful one-stop-shop for stations to manage content across multiple platforms," added Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott. "We look forward to expanding their footprint in the U.S. and internationally, while helping stations create consistent brand messaging, build listener loyalty and generate increased revenue."

Blaire Galaton-Kelleher Joins Jack Diamond as EMSP
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 2:51pm CT | Share

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Cumulus Media names Blaire Galaton-Kelleher as Executive Morning Show Producer of "The Jack Diamond Morning Show" on WRQX-FM (Mix 107.3) in Washington, DC. Her morning show history includes her most recent four-year run as Executive Producer of the morning show at Jerry Lee's WBEB-FM (101.1 More FM) in Philadelphia. Before that, she spent many years across the street as Executive Producer/air talent for CHR WIOQ-FM (Q102) -- half of that time with "The Booker Show" and the other half with "Chio In The Morning."

Diamond said, "When you add someone to an already established morning show, you want to choose carefully. When you finally make your decision, and let some industry people know, and their universal response is: "Great choice!", "Couldn't do better", "Perfect addition to your cast", you know you've made a great choice. Until we hear that, we're going with Blaire. No, no! We've heard all that and more about Blaire and welcome her to the Jack Diamond Morning Show with open arms! (Is she still smiling?)"

Galaton-Kelleher added, "I'm so happy to join this amazing morning show family and am beyond thrilled to be joining a station with people who love radio as much as I do."

Galaton-Kelleher was previously a producer and co-host at WNOU-FM/Indianapolis' "The Billy and Marco Show." She also served as traffic reporter for Westwood One in Philadelphia.

WLS Wins Best Newscast/Large Market for Third Year
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 4:24pm CT | Share

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For the third consecutive year, the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association has named Cumulus Media's WLS-AM/Chicago as Best Newscast in the Large Market category. WLS-AM took top honors from a field of Illinois Large Market radio stations, including: WBBM, WBEZ, Rivet Radio and WGN. Winners of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association contest were announced Saturday, April 23 in Springfield, IL.

VP/Market Manager Peter Bowen said, "Continuing to provide great local news is a key part of our growth plan for the Big 89. I credit PD/OM Peter Bolger and News Director John Dempsey and his excellent news team for their ongoing commitment to excellence in providing our community with the very best news programming that they can count on, day after day and year after year."

WLS-AM Program Director/Operations Manager Peter Bolger added, "I've been associated with the news business for many years, and I can tell you it is very difficult to win this honor three years in a row-especially in a market as competitive and as rich with talent as Chicago. Although it's a team effort, our winning entry was anchored by Jennifer Keiper -- and this is the second year in a row that she has anchored the award winner."

NABOB Launches Its Inaugural Media Sales Institute
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 3:03pm CT | Share

The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters Telecommunications Education and Management Foundation (NABOB) in partnership with Personal Selling Principles launched the Media Sales Institute (MSI) at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) on March 7. The AUC partners are Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College. The inaugural NABOB Media Sales institute (MSI) was led by the Marketing Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia March 7-17.

The Media Sales Institute (MSI) program was developed by media management and sales training company, Personal Selling Principles, LLC in 1999 and launched at Howard University in 2000.

This was the first Media Sales Institute (MSI) to successfully meld 3 groups of "millennials" (recent college graduates, career changers and military personnel) into a cohesive sales unit. The 10-day, intense curriculum prepared the group for entry in radio, television, cable, print, digital and interactive sales. The inaugural class participants hailed from over 10 universities, colleges and the military. Media sales executives (as instructors) shared marketing concepts relevant to reaching today's consumer.

NABOB President Jim Winston stated, "The inaugural launch (and class) at the AUC has far exceeded our expectations. For the first time in the program's history, the entire class successfully graduated with 3 'Certificates of Completion': NABOB's Education & Management Foundation, Nielsen Audio and Nielsen Television division certificates. This extremely needed initiative was made possible in part by funding from Comcast Spotlight, The COX Organization, The Gannett Foundation, Nielsen, Auto Trader and CBS; to whom I say thank you."

Jeffrey P. Myers, Developer of the Media Sales Institute (MSI) said, "The Media Sales Institute is on its way (in establishing itself) as the "premiere gateway" into media sales success."

JB King Named OM at CBS RADIO/Las Vegas
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 9:55am CT | Share

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JB King has been promoted to Operations Manager for CBS RADIO's six station cluster in Las Vegas including: 98.5 KLUC, Mix 94.1, X107.5, Q100, NewsTalk 840 AM KXNT and CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM. King will retain his duties as Program Director for both 98.5 KLUC and Q100 in addition to his new role.

"After a national search for the next amazing Operations Manager, we found that with JB King," said Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Tony Perlongo. "With years of experience from learning from the best, JB is more than ready to take on the responsibility of overseeing our six great radio stations, as well as our six HD2 stations."

King has been the anchor of the 98.5 KLUC on-air staff since he joined in April of 1998. A native of Oakland, CA and a graduate of U.C. Davis, he began his radio career in Sacramento, CA, with stops in San Francisco and Phoenix, before arriving in Las Vegas.

While achieving #1 ratings in afternoon drive, King has also won multiple awards including an EMA Award for "Best Show in Las Vegas," as well as "Music Director of the Year" from numerous publications-three times from S.I.N. Magazine, twice from Billboard Magazine, and once each from Gavin Magazine and Hitmakers. He was also named "Most Promising Programmer" from FMQB. In 2016, King was promoted to Program Director for 98.5 KLUC, and was most recently named Program Director for the all new KXQQ Q100.

KDWN/Las Vegas, Sean Hannity Inks 3-Year Extension
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 11:32am CT | Share

Beasley Media Group/Las Vegas has signed a three-year contract with Premiere-syndicated talk host Sean Hannity. The political commentator will continue on KDWN-AM, airing 12-3pm through 2019. Hannity started working with KDWN in February, 2015. He brought his show "An Evening with Sean Hannity" to Las Vegas and has broadcast from the KDWN studio several times during the current campaign season.

"We're ready and eager to continue what has been a very positive partnership with one of the greats in the talk industry," said Program Director/morning anchor John Shaffer.

"I've known Sean for years," noted Tom Humm. "He is a stand-up guy and an exceptional host. We're glad to know he'll be with us on a long term basis."

Galaxy Communications Wins Three NYSBA Awards
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 3:03pm CT | Share

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Galaxy Communications has announced that it has been honored with three awards from The New York State Broadcasters Association. The "Gomez & Lisa in the Morning" show on Classic Rock WTKW-FM (TK99)/Syracuse has won the Best Sportscast Award. WTLA-FM (ESPN Radio 97.7/100.1) picked up an award for Best Sports Commentary for a piece on the Syracuse University Basketball Program by staffer Brent Axe. And the morning show on WKRL and WKLL (K-Rock), was awarded Best Morning Show in a Medium Market.

CEO Ed Levine said, "It's always great to be recognized by your peers. These three award winning shows help put the "fun" in our dysfunctional Galaxy family."

K-Rock morning host Josh Grosvent added, "When we won it last year, I was shocked but to win it two years in a row just goes to show that the voting committee needs an immediate psychiatric evaluation."

Galaxy Communications is locally owned and operated with studios in downtown Syracuse and downtown Utica, NY.

Mediabase Releases Prince Spin Count Comparison
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 4:13pm CT | Share

Mediabase released a brief report Tuesday on the spin counts on Prince songs from last Thursday, the day of his tragic death, to Sunday, April 24. This report also includes the highest ranking formats of Prince songs played in that same period in the U.S. and Canada. The reach for all Prince songs combined for the four day period (4/21-4/24) was over 496 million audience impressions. Spins increased from 4,950 spins to 56,329 -- an increase of 1038% over the previous week.

The top 10 most played Prince songs (and number of plays) were as follows:

  1. "When Doves Cry," 5,342
  2. "1999," 4,647
  3. "Kiss," 4,333
  4. "Purple Rain," 4,229
  5. "Little Red Corvette," 3,948
  6. "Let's Go Crazy," 3,623
  7. "Raspberry Beret," 3,472
  8. "I Wanna Be Your Lover," 2,501
  9. "I Would Die 4 U," 2,155
  10. "Diamonds And Pearls," 1,380
Tributes for the superstar came from formats of all genres. Urban AC by far was the leader with over 14,000 spins and almost a quarter of the airplay. AC was second with nearly 7,400 spins followed by Top 40, Urban, and Rhythmic CHR.

Wilks Broadcasting to Sell Two Stations in Reno
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 3:25pm CT | Share

Wilks Broadcasting has agreed to sell two of their stations in Reno, NV. Local broadcaster Jerry Evans has agreed to purchase 8.9kW Country KWFP-FM (92.1) and 6kW Classic Rock KURK-FM (100.9) for $750,000. Wilks also owns 12kW AAA KTHX-FM (100.1) in Reno which it's spinning off to Lotus Broadcasting. Michael J. Bergner of Bergner & Co. was the broker in the transaction.

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