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TuneGenie to Change the Way We Monetize Radio
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 8:51am CT

Long overdue for the radio industry, TuneGenie has received certification from Nielsen for its digital audio streaming measurement solution. The third company to do so (WideOrbit and Jacapps being the other two), TuneGenie basically offers easily understandable online ratings combined with Nielsen's traditional radio listening PPM numbers -- a major plus for potential advertisers and radio sales teams. 27 Connoisseur music stations have already started incorporating the TuneGenie measurement product.

There's no official word from Nielsen on when the product will be ready for a national roll out, but Nielsen EVP, Managing Director, Matt O'Grady was quoted from a TuneGenie press release saying, "With its Nielsen certification for digital audio measurement, TuneGenie will now be able to help its clients more effectively monetize their content. We are pleased to be working with TuneGenie as we move towards providing a holistic and comprehensive view of the audio marketplace."


Baltimore's "Queen of Rock" Giving Up Her Throne
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 8:37am CT

This morning on the 98 Rock Morning Show with Justin, Scott & Spiegel, legendary Midday Personality Sarah Fleischer announced that after 38 years at the station, she is retiring. Sarah has been an on-air personality for all 38 years of 98 Rock's existence as well as a 2002 inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. She has appropriately been dubbed Baltimore's Queen of Rock.

A Baltimore native, Sarah graduated from The Broadcasting Institute of Maryland in 1976 and landed a job at WMAR-FM-a beautiful music station. Rumors circulated that WIYY-FM was changing from an all-news to all-rock format. Sarah, a rocker at heart, placed a call to the Program Director at that time, and was hired as one of the first 98 Rock personalities. The rest, as they say, is history.

Sarah was on the air from day one. Since then, she has hosted almost every time slot and has been 98 Rock's Midday Personality for 27 years. Generations of Baltimoreans spend their day listening to her.

"I have been so privileged to have such a great ride," says Sarah. "I've spent thirty eight years at the greatest rock station in the country! I've worked with the best in the business and made many wonderful friends and memories here. I am entering a new chapter in my life and I want the time to enjoy it. My fiance and I have built a beautiful new home together, and we're tying the knot in September. The time is right to embrace new adventures and projects."

98 Rock Program Director, Rick Strauss knows that he has some big shoes to fill saying, "How do you replace an icon? Sarah has been synonymous with 98 Rock for decades and is loved by our audience. She will be greatly missed - both professionally and personally. We will soon be announcing a big Going Away Party for Sarah! We want family, friends, listeners and colleagues to be able to share their well wishes with her."

Sarah's last day on the air on her 10am-3pm show will be, Friday, June 5th.


iHeartRadio Icons to Feature New Stones Tour
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 8:29am CT

iHeartMedia has announced it will host "iHeartRadio Icons: The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour." In this first-of-its-kind, special one-hour broadcast event, iHeartMedia will celebrate the Rolling Stones' 2015 North American tour, featuring a special interview with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards hosted by iHeartRadio's Jim Kerr. This unique event will set the stage for one of 2015's most anticipated tours, with exclusive live versions of some of the Stones' most loved songs, including "Jumping Jack Flash," "Sympathy For the Devil," "Satisfaction" and "Start Me Up."

In addition, iHeartMedia also supported the tour announced today in a massive on air roadblock across all Classic Rock and Classic Hit radio stations, marking the first time the company has supported an artist tour announcement of this scale. The Icons show will air tonight at 7:00PM EST on iHeartMedia Classic Rock and Classic Hit radio stations throughout the country as well as iheartradio.com/rollingstones.


Cumulus Names Page to Lead Brand Partnerships
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, March 30, 2015 | 7:07pm CT

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Cumulus Media taps veteran music executive Tommy Page as Senior VP/Brand Partnerships as part of the company's increasing focus on live events. Page joins Cumulus from Pandora, where he led artist partnerships, branded content and events as VP/Artist and Brand Partnerships. At Cumulus, Page will create opportunities and custom programs that connect consumer brands with listeners. Page will be based in New York and report directly to CEO Lew Dickey.

"As an artist and marketer, Tommy is a natural choice to create meaningful connections between artists, brands and their passionate fans through immersive and measurable marketing experiences," said Dickey. "Tommy has a deep understanding of the live experience and helping advertisers bring their brands to life with unique partnerships."

Page added, "Based on the expansive and compelling original content that Cumulus produces at both local and national levels, we can create extraordinary value for advertisers by developing experiential opportunities-including live events and custom content -- that enable consumer brands to connect directly with recording artists and their many millions of loyal fans every day."

Prior to joining Pandora two years ago, Page was publisher of Billboard Magazine,- where he led the successful re-launch of the Billboard brand, built Billboard's partnership with the Grammys, created new events and furthered the development of the "Billboard Music Awards." Page was previously an A&R and radio promotion executive at Warner Bros. Records.


Coleman Insights VP Chris Ackerman Retires
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, March 30, 2015 | 7:04pm CT

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Chris Ackerman
Coleman Insights announces that after 40 years in broadcasting and 22 years with the company, VP Chris Ackerman is retiring, effective March 30. Ackerman said, "Kathy and I are deeply grateful for the opportunity Jon Coleman and Warren Kurtzman have provided us, and for the support and friendship of all our Coleman colleagues. I am also grateful for the many clients I've had the honor and privilege to serve through the years."

President/COO Warren Kurtzman added, "Chris is going to be missed on so many levels. Our clients will miss his advice and counsel. We will miss his presence as a fabulous mentor to employees at every level of our organization. Most of all, however, I am going to miss having my good friend for the last 20 years down the hall. Jon Coleman, John Boyne, Sam Milkman and I -- along with everyone at Coleman Insights -- wish nothing but the best for Chris and thank him for his incalculable contributions to the success of our company."

Ackerman can be reached via ChrisAckerman@ColemanInsights.com for the next few weeks and through Facebook.


Media Rep Firm Gen Media Partners Launches
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, March 30, 2015 | 3:59pm CT

Gen Media Partners, a new integrated media rep firm, launched Monday to steer the combined sales operations of McGavren Guild Media, Local Focus, Commercial Media Sales, HRN Radio Network and MG Malls. The alignment will keep the individual companies intact, while expanding the reach of their collective sales force of almost 50 sellers to new advertisers. 26-year media executive Kevin Garrity, who has been President/CEO of McGavren Guild Media and Local Focus, takes the reins at the helm of the newly-formed company.

Garrity's previous experience includes VP/National Director of Sales at Cumulus Media, President of ABC Radio Sales and VP/Sales at Group W. He has worked locally as General Sales Manager of Cumulus' three-station cluster in Westchester County and as an Account Executive at WABC/New York.

"The altering marketplace doesn't allow for stagnation," stated Garrity. "We are differentiating Gen Media Partners by proactively seeking new prospects for business development and by meeting the needs of advertisers with innovative solutions that deliver more revenue to our radio clients' bottom line. The days of repackaging existing avails for share and calling that new business are over."

Last summer, the operations of McGavren Guild Media and Local Focus were reorganized and streamlined. Since then, the company has entered the network radio space with the acquisition of the HRN Media Network (HRN) and established an in-house technology department with a full-time Director of Technology.

Most recently, MG Malls was brought under the Gen Media Partners umbrella, adding another layer of cross-platform opportunities and introducing new options for local marketing partnerships through access to 2,900 high-traffic centers across all 50 states, including Top DMA's like New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago, plus Canada, Puerto Rico, and other international locations.


Conclave Opens Rockwell Award Voting to Industry
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 1:15am CT

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The Conclave has opened its Rockwell Award voting to the radio industry. The annual lifetime achievement award is presented to an individual of "unquestioned accomplishment" in the radio business." This year for the first time in the Conclave's history voting (since 1989) the choosing for this honor is in the hands of the industry. The award honors those who have contributed to the radio industry as an inspirational leader & a person of great accomplishment and who have made lasting and significant contributions within radio.

Conclave Board Chair Lori Lewis stated, "Rockwell Award nominees are selected by the Conclave's Board of Directors. And while voting has historically been done internally, the Conclave would like to change that. We think it's important that the industry have a say in this too. Conclave is a celebration of radio, so everyone should take part in this prestigious award."

The four individual nominated this year come from different aspects of the industry:

  • Mary Quass-President & CEO, NRG Media
  • Jeff Smulyan-Chairman, President & CEO, Emmis Communications
  • Dan Vallie-Founder, Vallie, Richards, Donovan Consulting and The National Radio Talent System
  • Ann DeWig - Radio Production Pro and Voice-Actor
Individuals who want to vote for a Rockwell Award nominee may do so at the Conclave website at theconclave.com. One vote per person. Voting ends at on 11:59pm on April 30.

Recent winners of the Rockwell Award include: Author/Consultant Valerie Geller (2010), CBS Radio President Dan Mason & Legendary Programmer Steve Rivers (2011), Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs & Mediabase Founder Rich Meyer (2012), Albright, O'Malley & Brenner President Jaye Albright & Conclave Exec. Dir. Emeritus, Tom Kay (2013) and Hubbard CEO Ginny Morris (2014).

This year's Rockwell Award will be presented during The Conclave's 40th anniversary celebration on July 16 and 17 in Minneapolis.


CBS Radio/Los Angeles Names Blumhagen VP/DOS
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, March 30, 2015 | 2:39pm CT

Larry Blumhagen is appointed VP/Director of Sales for CBS Radio's six station cluster in Los Angeles, effective April 20. The 23-year company veteran, currently based in San Francisco, will oversee the broadcast and digital sales operations for KNX-AM, KRTH-FM, KCBS-FM, KROQ-FM, KAMP-FM and KTWV-FM. For the past nine years Blumhagen has served as the General Sales Manager for KMVQ-FM (Now 99.7) and KLLC-FM (Alice@97.3)/San Francisco.

Since joining the company as an account executive in Portland in 1992 and rising to become General Sales Manager just five years later, Blumhagen has worked for various stations and formats including KINK-FM where he served as GSM from 2001-2006.

"Larry has been successful since the day he joined the company in 1992," said Dan Kearney, senior vice president/market manager, CBS RADIO Los Angeles. "He has developed great relationships internally as well as throughout the advertising community and we're very fortunate that Larry is bringing his strategic and creative expertise to L.A."

"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with some of the most legendary brands in broadcasting like K-EARTH, KNX and KROQ," said Blumhagen. "I'm also fortunate that I get to continue to work with CBS RADIO, my amazing colleagues in the Bay Area and to maintain my valued client relationships."

Blumhagen is married to Dave Numme and they plan to relocate to Los Angeles in the near future.


WTOP Awarded by VA Associated Press Broadcasters
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, March 30, 2015 | 2:30pm CT

WTOP/Washington, DC, was honored over the weekend with five awards by the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters, four superior and one meritorious. WTOP Reporter Andrew Mollenbeck was awarded superior in the Best Documentary or In-Depth Report category for "New Arrivals," Reporter Megan Cloherty meritorious in the Best Feature or Human Interest category for "A Typical Day Turned Deadly" and Chris Core superior for "Core Values" in the Best Editorial or Editorial Series category.

The WTOP Newsroom also received superior awards Best Coverage of a Spot News Story, "The Bob McDonnell Verdict" and Best Coverage of a Continuing News Story, "The Search for Hannah Graham."

"It's always gratifying when our staff is recognized for their hard work," said WTOP Senior News and Sports Director Mike McMearty. "It is especially so when it's the Associated Press: one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. Our newsroom takes special pride in the "spot news" award. WTOP is your one stop for breaking news in the Virginia, DC, and Maryland area."


Galbraith Vs. Kelly Set for Iron Imager Bout
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 1:43am CT

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Sean Galbraith and Dan Kelly
Radio imaging firm Benztown has announced that CIDC-FM (Z1035)/Toronto and CHWE-FM (Energy 106)/Winnipeg Imaging Producer Sean Galbraith (far left) has been chosen as finalist in the fourth annual Iron Imager Contest, an international radio imaging contest where production pros compete for cash and other prizes and the title of World's Best Imager.

Galbraith will face off against Iron Imager 2013 and 2014 titleholder, Dan Kelly, Creative Services Director at WPLJ-FM & NASH-FM/New York, in a head-to-head live competition on April 23 at the Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood. Galbraith and Kelly will demonstrate their imaging skills by producing an original imaging piece for a format unannounced until the day of the competition.

Contestants will use elements from one of Benztown's 20 production libraries and an original script created by the Benztown team. The 2015 Iron Imager will be declared and presented at the Westwood One Awards Luncheon at 1pm on Friday, April 24.

Benztown President Dave "Chachi" Denes said, "With two of the world's most talented imaging professionals competing as finalists, Iron Imager Contest 2015 will be an international throw-down like none before. We are pleased to provide the arena for these two exceptionally gifted imagers to compete for the title of World's Best Imager for 2015."

Galbraith added, "It's the battle of the borders.... Canada vs. the U.S.A.... Dan Kelly, are you ready to hand over that belt to where it belongs?.?. EH?.?. I feel honoured and extremely excited for this opportunity that Benztown and the voters have given me. I love the forward thinking of this contest, where Benztown Branding is shining a light on what we do in the imaging world. I can't wait to come down to L.A. and represent the Evanov Radio Group."

Kelly said, "Well, well... Since I'm an American hockey fan going up against a Canadian, I'll say this, eh: I'm gonna smash him into the boards, eh. Legally, of course. I'll do my best to dangle and deke through his defense and score the sickest of goals. Well... audio goals. On ProTools. Y'know. Seriously, though, it'll be a lot of fun and I'm really pumped for a chance to do this a third time."


Westwood One Rolls Out Jonathon Brandmeier Show
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, March 30, 2015 | 1:52am CT

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Westwood One rolls out "The Jonathon Brandmeier Show" nationally on 100 stations today. The company's new talk show, "Talk Radio Unhinged," airs live weekdays from 10am-1pm ET. Affiliates at launch include homebase WLS-AM/Chicago, which debuted the show last week, KABC-AM/Los Angeles, KLIF-AM/Dallas, WWBA-AM/Tampa, KKAT-AM/Salt Lake City, WPRV-AM/Providence and KTBL-AM/Albuquerque, among others.

Brandmeier has amassed a legion of devoted fans and an army of awards and accolades that cement his industry reputation, including multiple Billboard Magazine Radio Personality Awards, TALKERS "100 Most Important Radio Hosts in America" and Gavin Report's "Air Personality of the Year."

Westwood One Senior VP/Affiliate Sales Dennis Green said, "We are elated to be launching Jonathan Brandmeier on 100 stations. Our affiliates have come to trust the Westwood One team to provide the best talent for stations and Brandmeier will be no exception. The new wave of Talk Radio Unhinged is coming to your market as we feature news as entertainment as only Johnny B can deliver."


Legendary New York Radio Icon Vin Scelsa to Retire
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, March 30, 2015 | 2:31am CT

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Legendary Vin Scelsa is hanging up his headphones. A pioneer of free-form FM radio and a New York icon for five decades, Scelsa announced on Saturday night during "Vin Scelsa's Idiot's Delight," his weekly program on WFUV-FM (90.7), that he will do his final show on May 2 from 8-10pm. His final satellite radio program on SiriusXM's "The Loft" channel will be on Thursday, April 30. As a sendoff, the Fare Thee Well Concert for Vin Scelsa, with many musical guests, will take place on June 8 at City Winery.

"I am incredibly lucky to have spent my entire radio career doing exactly what I've wanted," said Scelsa. "The kind of programming autonomy I've enjoyed, on both commercial and public radio over all these years, is unique. I am grateful to all the stations I've worked on for the privilege of being allowed to wander through their airwaves wherever my interests have taken me. I am grateful to my listeners for their support and their indulgence as we shared this journey together."

Scelsa's radio career began at WFMU in East Orange, NJ, in November, 1967, and has included stints at WBAI, WABC-FM (WPLJ), WLIR-FM, WNEW-FM, WXRK-FM (K-ROCK, where he began calling his program Vin Scelsa's Idiot's Delight), back to WNEW-FM, and finally WFUV in 2001. At every stop he has stayed true to free-form radio which includes flowing musical sets spanning multiple genres, readings from his favorite books, musings on music and the world and live studio performances.

Scelsa's guests have included Elvis Costello, Tim Robbins, Steve Buscemi, Norah Jones (her first radio appearance ever), Lou Reed (many times), Sheryl Crow, Joey Ramone, Emmylou Harris, John Sayles, Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Heller, Leonard Cohen, Yo La Tengo, Eddie Izzard, Laura Marling (her first U.S. radio appearance), Paul Auster, Jeff Buckley, Laurie Anderson, and countless others. In 2007 he received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for his work.

"Calling this the end of an era is truly an understatement," said WFUV General Manager Chuck Singleton. "We're honored that Vin made WFUV his radio home for 14 years, and we're all richer for the time he shared with us."

"Vin was a huge influence on several generations of listeners and DJs, including me," added WFUV Program Director Rita Houston, who considers Scelsa both a mentor and a friend. "He perfected the Art of the DJ, and we followed his lead. WFUV absolutely believes in the credo he adopted from David Fricke:


WGN/Chicago to Induct Ten Into Walk of Fame
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 27, 2015 | 11:05am CT

Chicago's WGN Radio announced its 2015 Walk of Fame class during the Steve Cochran Show. On Friday, May 29, ten broadcasting legends will be honored with a ceremony and live broadcast from 1-2pm at the Tribune Tower at 435 N Michigan.

The luminaries to be inducted include: Steve Bertrand, Lyle Dean, Dave Eanet, Steve King, Franklyn MacCormack, Lou Manfredini, Johnnie Putman, Ward Quaal, Ron Santo and Eddie Schwartz. They will be commemorated in bronze plaques placed outside the Allstate Showcase Studio. The ceremony will be open to the public.

"This year's Walk of Fame class pays tribute to a group of truly unique voices," said Todd Manley, Vice President of Programming & Content at WGN Radio. "Each one of them invented or discovered new ways to tell memorable stories."

Talent biographies, photos and event details are available at wgnradio.com/walkoffame.


Report: WSCR's Bernstein Under Fire Over Comments
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 27, 2015 | 2:45pm CT

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WSCR-AM (670 The Score)/Chicago "Boers and Bernstein Show" co-host Dan Bernstein came under fire late Wednesday night for a series of sexist social media comments, reports the Chicago Sun Times. Bernstein wrote a series of Twitter posts about Comcast SportsNet Chicago host Aiyana Cristal, one of which that said, "I have no rooting interest in her work, but enjoy her giant boobs."

Following a backlash of comments that followed on Twitter, Bernstein apologized on-air at 1pm on Thursday. "I'm an idiot," Bernstein said. "There are certain times where you can be childish and crass and other times where it's just really stupid to be a child. My tweet was childish. My tweet was crass and unnecessary and I'm sorry I dragged an innocent person into it who is doing a job. I made an observation I shouldn't have made and it was childish and silly and stupid."

WSCR midday co-host also apologized Thursday morning for his part in the exchange. "My initial tweet was about a reporter's on air presence & work. I stand by that; fair game. I regret the exchange thereafter as it devolved," he wrote on Twitter. "I missed an opportunity to keep the subject on point, & stay respectful. I'm sorry for that on many levels,


BEA and NAB Announce BEA2015 Schedule
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, March 27, 2015 | 2:57pm CT

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The Broadcast Education Association (BEA), in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), has announced the schedule for BEA2015, its 60th annual convention and 13th annual Festival of Media Arts. Co-located with NAB Show and open to NAB Show attendees, BEA2015's theme will showcase the "Digital Evolution in Revolutionary Times" from April 12-15 in Las Vegas.

BEA2015's opening day will be highlighted by "Rowan University Presents... A Conversation with David Simon," Sunday, April 12 at 12pm. The session will feature a candid conversation with Rowan University's Mike Donovan and David Bianculli and Simon, who is best known as the creator and head writer of "The Wire."

The convention's opening day will conclude with 2015-2016 BEA President John Allen Hendricks hosting the annual BEA Opening Night Awards Ceremony, Sunday, April 12 at 6pm. The ceremony will recognize some of the best faculty and graduate student work in research, as well as scholarship winners and the very best examples of leadership and service to BEA.

Day two of the convention will feature "Shelly Palmer Presents... Digital Wisdom: Thought Leadership for a Connected World," on Monday, April 13 at 2:30pm. Palmer, the managing director of Digital Media Group at Landmark Ventures/ShellyPalmer and Fox 5 New York's on-air tech expert, will discuss state-of-the-art connected and connectable technology and its implications on the industry.

The BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by The Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, the ceremony will feature the top juried creative works of faculty and students in the following competitions: audio, video, documentary, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting, two-year and small colleges, and sports.

On Tuesday, April 14, the Television Academy Foundation will host "Coffee with Fred Savage" at 10:30am. Savage, the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Emmy as best leading performer for "The Wonder Years" and with other hits such as "The Princess Bride" and "Vice Versa," has nearly 30 years in front of and behind the camera. He will engage in a candid conversation on what it is like to direct the hit TV shows such as "Modern Family" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

The final day of the convention will feature the American Society of Cinematographers' annual "Cinematography Master Class" at 10:30am. Now in its seventh year, the super session will explore the opportunities of filmmaking with today's hottest technology.

BEA will also feature the NAB Show Career Fair on Wednesday, held in partnership with the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF). The largest career fair in the broadcast industry, the event is designed to match candidates to potential employers from major broadcasting companies such as CBS News, Cumulus Media, CNN/Turner Broadcasting, NBC, Star Radio Group, ESPN, Beasley Broadcasting and more.


Steve Goldstein Exits Saga as EVP/Group PD
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 4:39pm CT

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Steve Goldstein is exiting Saga Communications as Executive VP and Group Program Director after 28 years with the company, effective March 24. In an 8K filing with the SEC, Saga said he voluntarily resigned from employment with the company and has entered into a separation agreement, effective April 1 as well as a consulting agreement. The separation deal provides that all of the 3,526 shares of class A common stock granted to Goldstein will be fully vested.

Under the consulting agreement, Goldstein will provide consulting services to Saga for a period of fourteen months, provided that he will not be required to work more than a maximum of ten hours per month. Goldstein will receive compensation at the rate of $34,167 per month for consulting services.

Goldstein said, "Saga has been a remarkable home for 28 years. We have built some terrific brands and grown top talent. Best of all has been working with a wonderfully gifted staff. While I will miss them and Ed Christian, I am pleased to continue with Saga in a consulting capacity and am excited to move on to a more entrepreneurial role with my own company, where I will be focusing on digital on-demand audio."

With the exit, Goldstein has formed Amplifi Meida, specializing in the development of digital audio-on-demand podcast content. "As connected cars, Bluetooth and smartphones converge, time-shifted audio will grow exponentially," he continued. "People will listen to content at a time and place of their choosing, just as is occurring rapidly in the television industry with Netflix, DVRs and on-demand video."

Goldstein added, "The top of the iTunes podcast chart is dominated by NPR and affiliates. They have done a tremendous job, but there is a world of mainstream topics yet to be explored for on-demand-audio. That's where Amplifi will live."


Tom Lee Named PD of KFWB (The Beast 980)/L.A.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 5:03pm CT

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Broadcast media exec and 20-year sports radio veteran Tom Lee is named Program Director for all KFWB-AM (Sports The Beast 980)/Los Angeles, effective March 30. Lee is returning to L.A. where he launched FOX Sports Radio in 2000, leading the programming team that ultimately created and developed the 24/7 national sports network. Lee has also programmed KESN-FM (103.3 ESPN)/Dallas, as well as Sports outlets WIP-FM/Philadelphia and KJR-AM/Seattle.

"Tom has achieved some of the highest ratings of all sports stations across the country," said Trustee for KFWB Asset Trust Diane Sutter. "Our listeners will benefit from Tom's invaluable skills in producing relevant content, top-notch talent and his experience in working with sports teams."

Lee has been directly involved at all levels with several franchises, including the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers, and the Seattle Supersonics. The Beast 980 is the radio home of the Los Angeles Clippers and LA Galaxy.

"Los Angeles sports fans are the greatest and perhaps the most underrated in America and their passion, the distinct L.A. attitude and our great sports teams will all be represented by The Beast 980," said Lee. "I'm very excited to get back to L.A. with the opportunity to program the only radio station uniquely built for home town fans."

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