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Emmis Fiscal Q2 Revs Up Slightly, Radio Flat
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 3:19pm CT | Share

Emmis Communications reported net revenue for its second fiscal quarter grew to $62.4 million from $61.8 million last year, mainly due to its smaller publishing arm. Emmis' radio net revenues for were flat at $47.6 million. Per Miller Kaplan reporting, which excludes barter revenues and syndication revenues, Emmis' Q2 radio revenues were down 0.5% compared to local radio market revenues down 1.9%. The company's New York cluster performed much better in Q2, up 4.3% in a market down 3.4%.

Emmis grew station operating income (SOI) for the second fiscal quarter to $15.3 million as compared to $15.2 million. Operating income (OI) was $9.8 million as compared to $12.5 million. The company posted net earnings of 4.3 million (9 cents per diluted share) as compared with $2.7 million (6 cents) in the year-ago period.

"Despite our outperformance, the markets where we operate remain challenged. While we are outperforming in a difficult marketplace, the radio industry is clearly in need of a catalyst -- and we think we have it with NextRadio," said CEO Jeff Smulyan. "The addition of AT&T and T-Mobile during the quarter continues the momentum for NextRadio, the Emmis-led industry initiative to make FM broadcast radio available on smartphones and tablets."

Chase WSTR/Atlanta Dir. of Marketing & Promotions
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 4:47pm CT | Share

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Michael Chase
Entercom appoints longtime Assistant Program Director and Music Director Michael Chase as Assistant PD and Director of Marketing and Promotions at Hot AC WSTR-FM (Star 94)/Atlanta. Chase has been with WSTR since 2001, and will continue to work with the record and music industry, as well as other promotional partners and clients. This change comes on the heels of Entercom's acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media, including Star 94, in July.

"Michael Chase lives, eats, and breathes this radio station," said PD Tony Lorino. "There are few people I've come across in my career who share the passion for our business that Michael does. With his hard work and leadership, the sky is the limit for the future of our Entercom Atlanta team."

"I have always have a deep love and respect for Star 94. I'm beyond excited to continue to grow with Entercom and expand my role as Director of Marketing and Promotions while continuing as APD at this amazing radio station," added Chase. "Big thanks to Tony Lorino, Mike Fowler, and the entire Entercom team for this fantastic opportunity."

Prior to joining Star 94, Chase served as a Music Director and air talent at WZYP-FM/Huntsville AL, WZNY-FM/Augusta GA and WRVQ-FM/Richmond, VA.

WAY-FM Debuts on KAWA-FM/Dallas-Fort Worth
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 2:07pm CT | Share

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WAY Media has launched WAY-FM on its new station KAWA-FM (89.7) in Dallas/Forth Worth. Formerly Christian rocker Power FM (KVRK), the new format began with a stunt of broadcasting the Newsboys' song "God's Not Dead" 24/7 for 2 days before the official switch to WAY-FM.

According to general manager Tim Dukes, "It's been a whirlwind of activity. The station has been giving away tickets to the State Fair of Texas and the new CD release from DFW's own Gateway Worship, with the promise to hand deliver the prizes within 89.7 minutes of a listener winning. All 4 counties of the metro have been well represented with a good mix of geographically diverse cities, basically it overlays with our signal strength... not to anyone's surprise."

Dukes continued, "We are getting so many compliments on the air staff, especially Wally. It seems that the former PowerFM Christian rockers who've hung around for WAY-FM are intrigued by our authenticity & entertainment value. And they LOVE the fact that they are getting their prizes delivered to their home or office the same day they win them! It's not easy to execute, but worth it!

CBS Radio and St. Louis Blues Extend Agreement
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 2:03pm CT | Share

The St. Louis Blues and CBS Radio's St. Louis stations announced today they have reached a multi-year broadcast rights agreement which will begin at the start of the 2015-16 season. The agreement expands the existing partnership between the Blues and Newsradio 1120 KMOX, KYKY 98.1 FM (Y98) and KEZK 102.5 FM.

The 2015-16 season marks the 41st year KMOX has served as the flagship radio station of the Blues. Under the new agreement, KMOX will continue broadcasting regular season and postseason games, select preseason games and a 30 minute pregame show. Y98 will also broadcast select Blues games as they have done in previous years. One of the most significant changes under the agreement is the creation of new Blues-related programming on KMOX. In addition to existing game coverage, KMOX will introduce three new weekly shows during the season and will also carry a 30 minute Blues postgame show.

Blues broadcast team Chris Kerber and Kelly Chase will continue on-air coverage of Blues games on KMOX. Kerber and Chase will also be featured on new programming along with John Kelly, Darren Pang and Blues hall of famer Bernie Federko, among other Blues personalities. New shows will offer in-depth coverage of a variety of hockey-related topics including coaching strategy and a recap of weekly hockey news. Additional details about new programming will be announced at a later date.

The new agreement will also allow expanded marketing efforts between the Blues and each of CBS Radio St. Louis' three stations.

"This agreement continues and expands a powerful partnership between the Blues and KMOX, two of the most recognizable and iconic brands in St. Louis," said Chris Zimmerman, President and CEO of Business Operations, St. Louis Blues. "More importantly, it offers Blues fans exciting new programming and even more ways to connect to the team. Fans will also see the Blues and all three CBS Radio St. Louis stations joining forces at great events throughout the community on both sides of the river. We're thrilled to continue such a strong partnership with KMOX and CBS Radio St. Louis."

"KMOX is proud to be the home for St. Louis Blues Hockey for years to come," said John Sheehan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS Radio St. Louis. "The change in Blues ownership has only strengthened our bond with the organization. We are excited to align KMOX with the passionate ownership and leadership team at the Blues, and are honored to broadcast Blues Hockey on KMOX's booming signal to help grow the Blues and NHL fan base across the St. Louis region and well beyond."

WABC/New York Appoints Libertini as Production Dir.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 6:37pm CT | Share

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Christopher Libertini
Cumulus Media appoints veteran voice talent and creative audio production pro Christopher Libertini as Staff Announcer and Production Director for WABC-AM/New York. Libertini steps into the role formerly held by Johnny Donovan, who retired in May after 43 years at WABC. Libertini has worked for some of the biggest brands over the past 15 years and created signature sounds for Howard Stern, NFL Radio, SiriusXM, ESPN, MLB and CBS Radio. Currently, Libertini's voice can be heard on Cartoon Network, The Biography Channel, New York Lottery ads and various documentaries.

WABC PD Craig Schwalb said, "Though you cannot truly replace a legend like Johnny Donovan, you can find the next generation of production enthusiasts with indelible voices that resonate with your audience. Chris is proof positive that the sonic element of a talk radio station is vital and worth investing in."

Libertini added, "It's an honor to be associated with a legendary brand such as WABC. In this ever changing landscape, content is king, and I look forward to fostering WABC into the future."

Neuhoff to Acquire Three Outlets in Bloomington IL
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 4:14pm CT | Share

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Neuhoff Communications has agreed to acquire three stations in Bloomington, IL, from Connoisseur Media. Terms were not disclosed. Included in the deal are 5.4kW Adult Hits WBBE-FM (97.9), 3.9kW Active Rock WIHN-FM (96.7) and 4.2kW CHR WWHX-FM (100.7). The seller, Connoisseur Media, is a Connecticut-based company headed by Jeff Warshaw. The buyer, Neuhoff Communications, is a Florida-based company headed by Elizabeth Neuhoff.

Kalil & Co., Inc. was the exclusive broker for this transaction.

Benztown Partners with Dash Radio
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 2:01pm CT | Share

Benztown announces that it has partnered with Dash Radio, a revolutionary digital radio platform that features more than 70 originally programmed live channels curated by some of the world's top DJ's, radio personalities and programmers, to help create an incomparable sound and distinctive experience for Dash listeners. Under the agreement, Benztown will provide comprehensive custom imaging for Dash's 70+ stations.

In addition, all Dash stations will have full access to Benztown's production libraries. Benztown will also work closely with Dash on new station launches, curating custom content, and gathering content from events. Benztown will also consult on programming strategy for Dash, assisting Dash in getting great programming on the air and finding the freshest and most exciting talent for its stations.

The Breakfast Club Tops The Source's ''Power 30''
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 6:42pm CT | Share

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The Breakfast Club
The Source magazine has released its annual Power 30 list of the most powerful players in Hip-Hop culture and Premiere Radio's "The Breakfast Club" tops the 2015 list of Radio Air Personalities for the third year in a row. The magazine noted that the syndicated radio program's "influence on the pulse of 'what's hot' in Hip-Hop will grow, and it will be interesting to see what they do with that power going forward."

The Power 30 issue of The Source is on stands now. To read The Breakfast Club article, click here.

Moore, Brothers Osborne to Sit in for Tony & Kris
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 4:38pm CT | Share

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Tony & Kris
The Tony & Kris Morning show, a daily Country morning program distributed by United Stations Radio Networks (USRN), will feature a pair of special guests next week as Kip Moore and The Brothers Osborne take over for the show's regular hosts. The duo of Tony & Kris will be aboard their annual cruise with fans and live performers, and they have arranged for these recording artists to sit in for them while they are gone.

Kip Moore will guest host the show on Monday, October 12 and then on Friday the 16 of October, the Brothers Osborne will take a turn behind the microphone, and they will be joined by special guest Billy Currington.

Regarding the guest hosts, Tony & Kris commented, "Since our show is broadcast live from Music Row every morning, artists are a big part of what our show delivers every day, so when we knew we would be out for a week with our fan cruise, we leaned on some of our buddies to fill in for us. It's really fun for our listeners and it's a great promotional opportunity for our affiliates."

Ellen K Takes Mornings on KOST
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 9:51am CT | Share

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iHeartMedia Los Angeles announced today that Ellen K, veteran radio personality and co-host with Ryan Seacrest on 102.7 KIIS FM's morning show, will make the move to anchor mornings on sister station KOST 103.5. "The Ellen K Morning Show on KOST 103.5" will debut on October 19th at 6am. Concurrently, long time KOST personality Mark Wallengren will move to host afternoon drive.

"Ellen K is a major marquee radio talent, and we saw a real opportunity to bring her to KOST, building a great roster that also includes one of L.A.'s most beloved personalities, Mark Wallengren, now leading our afternoons," said Andrew Jeffries, SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia.. "Ellen's personality and life experience make her extremely relatable to the adult KOST audience, and she will bring a real sense of personal connection for the listeners to the morning show at KOST. At the same time, Mark Wallengren is part of the foundation of this legendary radio brand, so having him at the helm in afternoons makes this a one-two punch for the station."

Ellen K has one of the most recognizable voices in radio. Most recently Ellen co-hosted "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," the market-topping No. 1 Los Angeles morning drive-time show for iHeartMedia's 102.7 KIIS-FM as well as the top rated, nationally-syndicated music and entertainment show "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," heard on 170 stations across America as well as on iHeartRadio. Ellen regularly appears on The Talk and has been the voice of The Grammys, People's Choice Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Festival and was most recently selected as the voice of the 88th Academy Awards, in addition to narrating "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "My Big Fat American Gypsy" on TLC. In 2012 Ellen was honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in radio, and was awarded the inaugural Airblazer award by the MIW - Mentoring and Inspiring Women in radio.

"For over a decade, I've had the privilege to co-host "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" on KIIS FM," says Ellen. "It's been an amazing ride, and I'm extremely grateful. I am also thrilled to announce that my new adventure will be on the legendary KOST FM hosting my own morning show-"The Ellen K Morning Show on KOST 103.5." The listeners, along with the hard working KOST staff, will make hosting this show a dream job. Thank you to iHeartMedia for their continued support that inspires me to do a job that fascinates me every day. I am looking forward to continuing my interaction with Southern California listeners in a positive & informative way with great music, great prizes, fun topics and more. Thank you in advance SoCal - for letting me be a part of your mornings on KOST!!!"

Mark Wallengren, who has been the host of mornings for 30 years, says "I have always said that KOST 103.5 FM has the greatest listeners and my relationship with them is why I've been doing mornings this long. I am so proud to have been a part of Southern California's morning routine for all these years and being a part of our listeners' lives on a daily basis is something precious and special. I am excited to announce that very soon, I will be moving to afternoon drive, where I will be with Southern California parents picking kids up from school and taking them home from work as opposed to the reverse. I'll continue to bring many of the same things our listeners have come to know and love about my show to the afternoons. See you on the way home!!!"

Meyers Greater Media Director/Digital Operations
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 3:07pm CT | Share

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Greater Media announces Steven Meyers has been promoted to Director of Digital Operations. Meyers most recently served as the Director of Digital Strategies at Greater Media, where he has been responsible for helping to grow audiences and revenue by developing new digital platforms that deepen listener engagement while providing new opportunities for the company's commercial partners.

Prior to joining Greater Media Philadelphia as the Digital Manager 2012, Meyers served as the vice president of Products and Development at Slamm for five years, a digital agency based out of West Chester, PA, in which he was a founding member.

"We look forward to Steve continuing to share his valuable knowledge and lead our digital teams as we continue to grow and drive Greater Media's interactive efforts into the future," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter Smyth.

87.7 MeTV FM Hires Rick O'Dell as Program Director
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 7:07pm CT | Share

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MeTV FM (87.7)/Chicago announces the hire of market veteran Rick O'Dell as Program Director, effective Monday, October 12. The station features a format of Classic Pop. O'Dell will focus on format development, brand management and work with the station team for creation of cross-platform content, ideas and initiatives. Previously, he served as OM/Program Director for WLFM-LP from 2009-12.

"The timeless hits and memorable music of MeTV FM are the music I grew up with. I love these songs. And most of them were on the playlist of WCLR when I was with them back in the day," said O'Dell. "I can't wait to get started working with Neal and his incredible team."

"It's great to have someone of Rick O'Dell's caliber on board and we're excited to have him at MeTV FM. Rick's career in Chicago radio elevates what we've already started and I'm confident we'll see more good things to come with him on our team," added Weigel Broadcasting Co. Vice Chairman Neal Sabin.

O'Dell is a native Chicagoan and has been in the broadcast industry since 1980. He started at suburban stations and moved up to hold various programing and production positions at WCLR-FM and WTMX-FM. In 1989, he moved over to WNUA-FM where he hosted the middays from 1989 to 2009. Following a format change at WNUA-FM in 2009, O'Dell was named OM/Smooth Jazz for Chicago-based where he programmed a dozen different internet radio channels. In 2012, O'Dell launched, a locally targeted and branded audio stream.

WQMG/Greensboro Hires DeBerry as Marketing Dir.
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 2:50pm CT | Share

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Entercom Urban AC WQMG-FM/Greensboro hires Bryan J. DeBerry as its Promotions & Marketing Director. DeBerry most recently worked for Cumulus Media as a promotions & marketing assistant in its Fayetteville, NC, where he handled promotions for WMGU-FM (Magic 106.9), WQSM-FM (Q98), WFNC-AM and WRCQ-FM (Rock 103). DeBerry DeBerry is also a former intern of Entercom's 102 Jamz and North Carolina A&T's WNAA-FM both in Greensboro.

WO Adds Karen DeFriez to NASH Affiliate Sales Team
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 3:21pm CT | Share

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Karen DeFriez
Veteran station rep Karen DeFriez joins Westwood One as an Affiliate Sales Manager responsible for clearances and on-air maintenance for the company's Country properties. These include the NASH entertainment brand programming platforms -- "America's Morning Show," "NASH Nights Live," "Kickin' it with Kix" and "American Country Countdown." DeFriez is based in Nashville and reports to Senior Director/Affiliate Sales Donny Walker.

Prior to joining Westwood One, DeFriez spent nearly 17 years as an Affiliate Sales Director for Premiere Networks. While at Premiere she also served as a Project Manager on several longform shows and as an Affiliate Sales Trainer who mentored new hires. For six years before that, DeFriez was an on-air host and Promotions Director for WJXA-FM and WRMX-FM/Nashville. She also spent time as a Record Rep for Tandem Promotions in Nashville and as a midday host and Music Director for WAYZ-FM/Waynesboro, PA.

Westwood One Senior VP/Affiliate Sales Dennis Green said, "We considers ourselves lucky to have an exceptional pro like Karen on our team as we continue to grow and develop more NASH affiliates. She has extensive contacts in markets from coast to coast, and her expertise will help us to deliver outstanding service to our stations."

DeFriez added, "Westwood One is home to some of the brightest media talent in the Country format and I'm thrilled and excited to be on the team that Dennis and Donny have created. I'm especially looking forward to working closely with the NASH brand and promoting its assets to stations across the U.S."

SiriusXM, NFL Ink 6-Year Satellite Radio Extension
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 4:11pm CT | Share

SiriusXM and the National Football League (NFL) have announced a six-year extension of their satellite broadcasting and marketing agreement. SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL since 2004, will continue to feature every NFL game live nationwide from the pre-season through Super Bowl LVI in 2022 as well as SiriusXM NFL Radio, SiriusXM's 24/7 radio channel dedicated entirely to the NFL. SiriusXM also airs multiple Spanish-language NFL broadcasts each week of the season.

All NFL games are available to SiriusXM subscribers on their satellite radios. SiriusXM NFL Radio (channel 88) continues to offer in-depth radio coverage of the NFL. The daily programming lineup features shows hosted by NFL experts and interviews with players, coaches and executives from around the league, plus in-depth coverage of the NFL Draft, training camps and more.

Now for the first time, SiriusXM NFL Radio programming will be available to subscribers on SiriusXM On Demand, giving them access to a catalogue of show episodes, interviews and more that they can listen to whenever they want.

"We are pleased to extend and expand our partnership with SiriusXM into the next decade," said NFL's Executive VP/Media Brian Rolapp. "SiriusXM has been a valuable partner and provides our fans with tremendous content throughout the year and on gameday."

100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time Available
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 4:19pm CT | Share

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Envision Networks gets into the holiday spirit this year with "The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time," a ten-hour radio special hosted by veteran TV game show host Wink Martindale. Available on a cash basis, this holiday programming is newly updated for 2015 and will once again countdown everyone's favorite Yuletide hits from 100 to number one.

Envision said, "This special removes the stress of planning holiday programming for stations and creates a valuable sponsorship opportunity for advertisers. There are three four-minute commercial breaks per hour, providing a total of 12 minutes of commercial avails each hour for stations to sell."

Updated to include music from this past year, "The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time" is based on data compiled by Billboard magazine and listings of the Christmas tracks most played on radio over the past decade. This compilation includes hit singles as well as classic tracks from the most-loved and best-selling Christmas albums of all time.

Filling out each hour is a handful of "bonus tracks" or other Yuletide gems. Martindale supplies the story and fun facts throughout the 10-hour broadcast. Plus, insightful commentary from the hit-making stars themselves.

Cumulus/Reno Debuts Classic Hip Hop 95.5 The Vibe
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 10:33pm CT | Share

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Cumulus Media flips AC KNEV-FM (Magic 95.5)/Reno, NV, to Classic Hip Hop as "95.5 The Vibe" with a new website at The station launched with wall-to-wall music, playing a mix of hit music from the biggest stars from the early days of Hip Hop. It also features big old school Hip Hop hits, mixed with some R&B "throwbacks" from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. The station is airing Westwood One's Classic Hip Hop programming.

Cumulus Corporate PD Davey Morris said, "Radio listeners are in for an early treat this October as Classic Hip Hop has made its way to RENO. 95.5 The Vibe will be providing all the Classic Hip Hop and familiar throwbacks to echo through the mountains and city of Reno. Reno Hip Hop lovers, get ready for big time fun."

95.5 The Vibe PD Ryan Nutter added, "Yo, have I been feeling the 'Vibe' today. Reno has a lot of options when it comes to music... But nothing like this. I have had more fun in the last few weeks working with my Market Manager Jen Odom on this project and we're confident that the listeners will love the new 95.5 The Vibe."

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