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Report: Smart Speaker Devices in Homes Climb 78% YOY
The number of smart speaker devices in homes were up 78% Year-over-Year, according to the Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research which was presented last week at Consumer Electronics Show. It was no surprise that voice-activated technology was prominently More

iHM/Bakersfield Names Barry Allen KBFP (Sunny 105.3) PD
Barry Allen
Barry Allen
iHeartMedia appoints Barry Allen as Program Director of AC KBFP-FM (Sunny 105.3)/Bakersfield, effective January 22. He joins iHM from KCEZ-FM/Chico, CA and KEWB-FM/Redding, CA, where he most recently served as Program Director for both stations. Allen has also served as an air talent at KZRV-FM and More

iHeartMedia and The CW Announce Multi-Year Agreement
iHeartMedia and The CW have announced a new multi-year agreement for The CW to remain the exclusive television broadcaster and video streaming partner for the star-studded two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival as well as the annual holiday iHeartRadio Jingle Ball event. The CW and iHeartMedia have More

Cumulus/Abilene Names Paula Divello as VP/Market Manager
Paula Divello
Paula Divello
Cumulus Media promotes Paula Divello to VP/Market Manager for the company's four-station cluster in Abilene, TX. Divello, a 24-year veteran of media sales, rises from her previous post as Director of Sales for the company's co-owned group in Shreveport, LA. Prior to that, she was Director of Sales More

Syndicated Al Rucker Show Expands into 22 New Markets
Al Rucker
Al Rucker
Nationally syndicated "The Al Rucker Show" is expanding into 22 new markets nationwide including Detroit, Charlottesville, Washington DC, Houston, and many more. The independently syndicated Urban AC radio show based out of Houston currently airs on over 30 contemporary radio stations and More

Radio Mercury Awards Announces 2019 Call for Entry
Radio Mercury Awards
Radio Mercury Awards
Call for Entry for the 28th Annual Radio Mercury Awards officially opened today. This year two new prizes have been added that reflect the current advertising environment for radio and related audio platforms including podcasts, jingles, sonic branding, music and More

TJ Trout Joins 94.5 FM and AM 770 News Radio KKOB/Albuquerque
TJ Trout
TJ Trout
Cumulus Media announces that TJ Trout, Albuquerque radio legend and New Mexico Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer, will return to Albuquerque radio as he brings his distinctively offbeat and unique perspective to 94.5 FM and AM 770 News Radio KKOB as Afternoon Host. Trout's new show will debut More

Kiss 104.1 Names Terri Avery Program Director in Atlanta
Terri Avery
Terri Avery
Cox Media Group names Terri Avery as Program Director of Urban WALR-FM (Kiss 104.1) Atlanta, effective January 22. Most recently, Avery served as the radio station manager and instructor at Carolina School of Broadcasting in Charlotte. Prior to that, she spent fourteen years as the Operations More

SBS Appoints Victor Roque as VP/GM of Puerto Rico Cluster
Victor Roque
Victor Roque
Spanish Broadcasting System appoints Victor Roque as VP and General Manager of its cluster in Puerto Rico market, including La Mega 106.9, La Nueva 94, Zeta 93, Play 96.5, LaMusica App and MegaTV. He'll continue to be based in Puerto Rico and report to COO Albert Rodriguez. Most recently, Roque More

Westwood One Expands ROI Guarantee With C3 Metrics
Westwood One and C3 Metrics
Westwood One and C3 Metrics
C3 Metrics, a cross-channel advertising measurement company, has entered into an agreement with Westwood One to expand WWO's ROI Guarantee by providing the first national radio attribution measurement. Under the deal, Westwood One will utilize the proprietary C3 Metrics Outcome Currency (BOS Score) More

Jennifer Sulik Named Beasley XP's VP/Strategic Partnerships
Jennifer Sulik
Jennifer Sulik
Beasley Media Group has named Jennifer Sulik to the newly created position of Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Beasley XP, the company's recently announced esports division. She will be based at the company's offices in Ferndale, Michigan. Sulik most recently served as the founder More

Twitter Chat to Feature Journalist Maria Elena Salinas
Maria Elena Salinas and Fernando Pizarro
Maria Elena Salinas and Fernando Pizarro
As part of NAB's "We Are Broadcasters" initiative, Maria Elena Salinas will hold a for a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, January 15 at 1pm ET moderated by Univision's Fernando Pizarro. Salinas will be fielding questions in English and Spanish on the important role More

Benztown Extends 8-Year Partnership with Cumulus, WWO
Benztown
Benztown
Benztown has signed a multi-year partnership extension with Cumulus Media and Westwood One. Under the new agreement, Benztown will provide radio imaging, production, voiceover, programming and jingles to Westwood One and to Cumulus' owned and operated stations. WWO will continue to manage More

NAB Show to Launch Product of the Year Awards
NAB Show will debut a new Product of the Year awards program for 2019 NAB Show exhibitors. The awards will recognize the most significant and promising new products and technologies on the Show floor. NAB Show, the world's largest convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and More

LiveXLive Partners with iHeartMedia for Streaming
LiveXLive Media Inc. has announced a partnership with iHeartMedia to livestream the 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego taking place at the historic, "Fabulous" Forum in Los Angeles on January 19. LiveXLive will announce an additional livestream in partnership with iHeartMedia in early 2019. ALTer Ego, More

Chasta Michaelis Takes Middays at 107.7 The Bone/San Francisco
Chasta
Chasta
Cumulus has named Bay Area radio personality Chasta Michaelis as Midday Host on 107.7 The Bone/KSAN-FM, broadcasting weekdays from 10am-3pm. Chasta has served as interim host of Middays on 107.7 The Bone since Bay Area Radio Hall of Famer and Rock radio icon Steven "The Weedman" Seaweed retired in More

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Beasley Media Group: Beasley Media Group, in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, unveiled the winners of the Media Innovation Hackathon initiative at CES 2019. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, January 10 at the UNLV Office of Economic Development booth. L-R: Bruce Beasley, UNLV's Dr. Mary Croughan, CTA Senior Director of Innovation & Trends Ben Arnold, BMG's Buzz Knight, UNLV students Erick Serrano & Yuria Mann, UNLV's Zach Miles, UNLV Provost Diane Chase and Brian Beasley.