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Triton Digital, audioBoom Announce $185M Merger
Audioboom Triton Digital
Audioboom Triton Digital
Triton Digital is merging with UK-based podcast network and technology provider audioBoom backed by Nick Candy for a reported $185 million. The deal, characterized as a "reverse takeover," has audioboom acquiring all the stock of Triton parent Triton Digital Canada. Triton Digital will combine with AudioBoom's More

Cumulus Media Inks Suzanne Grimes to New Deal
Suzanne Grimes
Suzanne Grimes
According to an 8K filing with the SEC, Cumulus Media inks Suzanne Grimes, the company's Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing and President of Westwood One division, to an amended employment deal. Effective February 1, the initial term of the Grimes' agreement has been extended through July 31, 2020, and More

EMF Closes on WTPA-FM/Harrisburg from Sickafus
Educational Media Foundation, headed by Mike Novak, has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 1.5kW Rock WTPA-FM, licensed to Palmyra, PA, and serving Harrisburg, Lebanon and Hershey markets (ranked #80), from Patrick H. Sickafus. EMF is a Christian radio broadcaster. Eddie Esserman of Media Services More

Mentors Revealed for CRS 2018 Mentoring Breakfasts
Country Radio Seminar has released details surrounding five mentoring breakfasts that will be held at Country Radio Seminar 2018 on February 5-7. The breakfasts are Digital Tech Breakfast, Label Mentoring Breakfast, Programming Mentoring Breakfast, Sales Mentoring Breakfast and Women's Mentoring Breakfast. The Label Mentoring More

PodcastOne Distributes $1000 Bonus to Employees
PodcastOne
PodcastOne
Following passage of recent tax legislation, PodcastOne Founder and Executive Chairman Norman Pattiz announced Tuesday that the podcast company will award all fulltime employees a $1,000 cash bonus. PodcastOne joins AT&T, Apple and others in making the move. PodcastOne is currently the largest advertiser-supported podcast More

Entercom, Patroits Announce Multi-Year Extension
Entercom and New England Patroits
Entercom and New England Patroits
Entercom inks a multi-year partnership extension with the New England Patriots. The agreement includes broadcasting rights of "Patriots Monday" and "Patriots Friday," headlined by quarterback Tom Brady, as well as the Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, on WEEI Sports Radio Network which airs on 93.7 FM in Boston. The More

Triton Digital Releases the November Top 20 Ranker
Triton Digital
Triton Digital
Triton Digital has released its monthly Top 20 Ranker for November. The Ranker is a listing of the top-performing digital audio stations and networks measured by the Webcast Metrics audience measurement platform, accredited by the MRC. Total listening for clients measured within the U.S. during November remained steady with 5.6 More

FCC Names Shuldiner New Audio Division Chief
Albert Shuldiner
Albert Shuldiner
The FCC appoints of Albert Shuldiner as Chief of the Media Bureau's Audio Division. Shuldiner brings decades of legal experience to the FCC, including positions at DTS Inc., Ibiquity Digital Corporation and Vinson & Elkins He received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins More

Relaxed Rules, Tax Cuts to Boost Radio Transactions
BIA Kelsey
BIA Kelsey
According to BIA/Kelsey, there were 755 radio stations sold in 2017 for a total value of over $3.3 billion. That was an increase of 179 outlets over the previous year and the total value of those stations also increased by over $2.8 billion. The increases can be credited to the Entercom acquisition of CBS Radio. In a blog post, More

WO, Recording Academy Extend GRAMMY Partnership
Westwood One GRAMMYs
Westwood One GRAMMYs
Westwood One, the official radio broadcast partner of the Recording Academy and GRAMMYs, will return to New York for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards taking place at Madison Square Garden on January 28. Westwood One will produce a menu of multi-format programming and a live musical performance series, including a two-hour GRAMMYs More

Connoisseur Media Sells Waterbury CT Duo for $260K
Connoisseur Media
Connoisseur Media
Connoisseur Media has agreed to sell 1kW Talk WWCO-AM (1240) and 99W FM translator W292FI-FM (CP)/Waterbury, CT, to Parthenon Holdings and Trignition Media for $260,000. Connoisseur is headed by President Jeff Warshaw and Executive VP/CFO Michael O. Driscoll. Connoisseur Media owns other stations in Northeast Metro markets. More

''The Gift of Jericho'' Comes to Westwood One
Talk Is Jericho
Talk Is Jericho
Westwood One announces that six-time WWE champion, musician and author Chris Jericho has moved his podcast "Talk is Jericho," as well as Jericho Network podcasts, to the Westwood One Podcast Network for distribution and sales representation. "Talk is Jericho," which launched in 2013, debuted on WOPN on Wednesday, January 3. Two More

Connoisseur Media Sells WDRC/Hartford to Red Wolf
Connoisseur Media has agreed to sell five stations in Connecticut to Red Wolf Broadcasting Corp. for $8 million. Included in the deal are 5kW News/Talk WDRC-AM (1360) and 19.5kW Classic Rock WDRC-FM (102.9 The Whale)/Hartford, 1kW Talk WSNG-AM (610)/Torrington, 1kW News/Talk WMMV-AM (1350)/Meriden and 250W Rock W272DO-FM (MOD More

iHM/Tampa Names Chris Soechtig Market President
Chris Soechtig
Chris Soechtig
iHeartMedia appoints Chris Soechtig as Market President for its local group in Tampa Bay, effective immediately. The 25-year industry vet most recently served as the Market President for iHM's West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast markets. Prior to that, Soechtig was Senior VP/Sales Operations, where he focused on the creation and More

Entravision Launches National La Suavecita Network
Entravision Communications Corporation has announced that its La Suavecita radio format previously broadcast in Los Angeles, CA, has rolled out nationally across 11 new markets and 13 new stations. Launched in January 2017 in Los Angeles, CA, the largest Hispanic radio market in the U.S., La Suavecita is a Grupero/Cumbia More

Entravision Announces L.A. Format/Program Changes
Entravision Communications Corporation has announced format and programming changes to its radio stations in the Los Angeles market. La Suavecita, a Grupero/Cumbia format, targeting women 25-49 and adults 25-54 enhances its programming line-up based on its targeted demographics. La Suavecita will be heard on KSSE, KSSC and More

Lorenzo Caldara Named Salem/Philadelphia GM
Lorenzo Caldara
Lorenzo Caldara
Lorenzo Caldara is named General Manager for Salem Media Group's cluster in Philadelphia, including WFIL-AM and WNTP-AM. Prior to joining Salem, he spent 25 years at News/Talk WKXW-FM (New Jersey 101.5)/Trenton, NJ. Over his tenure, Caldara received numerous promotions from Account Executive through the ranks to General Sales More

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