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iHeartMedia Announces New Market Leadership Structure
"With the substantial lead we have as the number one audio company in America, we have built a one-of-kind multiplatform company that offers our advertising partners benefits, driven by our unique first party and attribution data, that until now they have only found in digital," said Ashlock. "As we continue to transition these capabilities from our national platforms to the market level, this new leadership structure will allow us to accelerate how we import and export innovation."
"These solutions are in response to the needs articulated by our advertising partners," he continued. "We now have solutions for the largest all the way to the smallest of our partners which will enable us to continue to both expand our platforms and build products that only a company of our scale can accomplish."
iHeartMedia also announced that in addition to his Division President responsibilities, LeGrett has been named Executive Vice President of Operations for the Markets Group, reporting to Ashlock.
2018 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced
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Boomer Esiason Signs Off From WWO Broadcast Booth
He continued, "With my continuing busy schedule during the NFL season, including my daily NYC-based morning drive radio show, 'The NFL Today' and 'Inside the NFL,' I thought the timing was right for me to step away. I would like to thank my broadcast partners in the booth who have made the job enjoyable and fulfilling. Also, I would like to thank Westwood One's senior management and sales force, who, over the years, were instrumental in providing on-air support for the Boomer Esiason Foundation."
Since the 2001-02 NFL season, Esiason has been the lead color analyst in the Westwood One booth alongside play-by-play partners including Kevin Harlan, Marv Albert, and Howard David. Last year's Super Bowl LII marked Esiason's 18th Super Bowl in the booth for Westwood One and 19th overall (ABC color analyst for Super Bowl XXXIV). With that feat, Esiason has broadcast more Super Bowls than any other announcer in NFL history.
The East Islip, NY-native also served in dual on-air roles during five Super Bowls (XXXVIII, XLI, XLIV, XLVII and L), working both for Westwood One and CBS Sports Television simultaneously, an unprecedented broadcast achievement.
Esiason also currently serves as a lead studio analyst for CBS television's pregame, halftime and post-game program, "The NFL Today," and co-host on WFAN radio's weekday morning program, "Morning Show with Boomer and Gio." He is also is a member of Showtime's "Inside the NFL" team.
Entercom Relaunches Fresh 102.7 as WNEW (New 102.7)/NY
"This is an exciting move that underscores our commitment to offer listeners in New York a top rated content and music experience," said Susan Larkin, Regional President, Market Manager, Entercom New York. "Feedback tells us that New Yorkers are looking for a Hot AC station that can take them through their workday, and we know NEW 102.7 will deliver."
Additional announcements regarding the new programming lineup will be made shortly.
Indianapolis Radio Legend Eagan Announces Retirement
Eagan started at Emmis in 1981 on WENS-FM (Lite Rock 97.1), which is now Country 97.1 HANK FM. His first day on the air was July 11, 1981. In 2002, he became the morning radio personality on Soft Rock B105.7 and later moved to afternoons.
Eagan was recently selected by the Indiana Broadcasters Association to be inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame. He will receive that honor this November.
WWFD 820 AM Becomes First All-Digital AM Station
"My belief is that AM needs to start trending in this direction," said Dave Kolesar, the station's engineer and program director. "We're excited to be doing this extremely innovative project that has tremendous potential to make AM much more viable to distribute all formats."
"Since the launch of HD Radio technology, Xperi has been committed to serving the current and future needs of terrestrial radio broadcasters," said Joe D'Angelo, SVP broadcast radio, Xperi. "Hubbard's decision to convert to all-digital operations illustrates the industry's continued commitment to over-the-air broadcasting and a long future for broadcast radio. With twenty percent of the vehicles on the road in the listening area equipped with an HD Radio receiver, the time couldn't be better for an all-digital trial."
The conversion to all-digital is primarily expected to provide listeners with better sound quality and include new display features such as artist name, song title and even album artwork.
Over the past few decades, issues like poor sensitivity and technical upkeep, quality of receivers and narrow audio bandwidth have contributed to the steady decrease in AM radio listenership. On July 6, The Gamut received an Experimental Authorization from the FCC to broadcast their AM station exclusively in digital.
This conversion to all-digital now opens the door to a new audience for The Gamut and is an opportunity for an enhanced in-vehicle AM experience.
The Gamut will still be accessible to listeners in Frederick, Maryland without HD Radio, who can find the station on regular analog FM at 94.3 FM.
Entravision Appoints Rodrigo Margain VP/S&BD Mexico
"We are delighted to have Rodrigo join our team and look to grow our client base and best serve our stakeholders with a solid presence in Mexico City," said Entravision EVP/National Sales Claudia Macias. "Entravision has a powerful communications platform for Mexican brands targeting the Latino and U.S. markets. This is an optimal time to have Rodrigo continue to strengthen our business unit in Mexico and showcase our assets to existing and prospective partners."
"With more than a decade in Mexico's advertising and media industry, I have built a broad base of experience across the traditional and digital media market. In my new position, I'm excited to join Entravision's highly talented team and represent its extensive media assets and unique abilities to connect businesses and consumers," added Margain.
Prior to joining Entravision, Margain was the Commercial Director at Cinepolis, a Mexican chain of movie theaters. Before Cinepolis, he was Commercial TV and Digital Vice President at Fox Television Group. He also held positions at Telefonica Movistar, View Monitor, Pegaso PCS, S.A. de C.V., and others.
Emmis Radio Swings to Fiscal First Quarter Profit
"Emmis has made tremendous strides in paying down our debt and giving ourselves the financial flexibility to pursue new areas of growth," said Chairman/CEO Jeff Smulyan. "We see opportunities both inside and outside of traditional media as we look to transform the company in the coming months and years."
Emmis recently signed Smulyan to a new contract to continue his role with the company through February, 2022.
WEPN/New York Signs Kay, La Greca to Multiyear Extensions
"There isn't another place I would want to do radio than at ESPN," said Kay. "I love the people I work with and the people I work for. I also think we do the best, most entertaining radio show in the country and I want to continue to make our listeners laugh and learn every day."
La Greca added, "As the first voice of this station, I could not be prouder to sign a contract that will take me through two decades with the ESPN family."
"Michael and Don have been the cornerstone of the station since our inception. Their commitment and passion are evidenced in their strong ratings and listener loyalty," commented ESPN Radio Group Senior VP Tim McCarthy.
Kay, who will be inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame this October, has been an original member of ESPN New York's talent lineup since 2001 and has hosted the station's afternoon show since then. He is noted for his commentary, his trademark "See-ya" home run calls and his work on YES network as play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees. Kay is also host of the network's CenterStage series and various other programming specials on YES.
La Greca was the first voice listeners heard when ESPN New York launched in 2001 and has been a part of "The Michael Kay Show" since 2002. He's served as host for the New York Jets pre- and post-game shows for over a decade. La Greca is also host and play-by-play voice of New York Rangers' broadcasts and the creator and host of Game Misconduct, his NHL-focused podcast.
Program Director Ryan Hurley said, "Having produced The Michael Kay Show and having worked with both Michael and Don for close to 15 years, I learned quickly these are two of the hardest working and entertaining people in our industry. It has been a great pleasure and to have them with the ESPN family for years to come is something I look forward to."
Hubbard Radio Talent Institute Begins on Monday
Morris commented, "Compelling and relatable on-air talent is what separates local radio from all other audio entertainment services. Our investment in the National Radio Talent System at Central Washington University is an extension of Hubbard Radio's commitment to do our part to nurture and grow the talent pipeline for the industry. We are proud to partner with Dan Vallie and his team in this important initiative."
Hubbard Radio President Drew Horowitz Marc Kaye and over 35 other radio pros from Hubbard, Entercom, Bonneville, Townsquare, Alpha Media, the Seattle Seahawks and others will lead sessions during the ten-day Institute. Three former students of the Institute return this year as radio professionals leading a session, Tanner Chambers with syndicated "Fitz in the Morning" show, Dylan Hubber with Hubbard Seattle and Jackson Sager, Associate Producer of the "Lars Larsen Show" in Portland.
Founder and President of the National Radio Talent System Dan Vallie stated, "As critical as embracing technology is to our industry, eventually everyone has access to the same technology... what makes the difference - always has and always will be - is people. These young talent are our future. We are proud to be working together with Hubbard Radio in growing the farm system; discovering, coaching and incubating young talent with a passion for radio."
To date, the majority of students completing an Institute begin their career in radio or a related field, and have gone on to work for Hubbard Radio, Beasley Media Group, Alpha Media, Entercom, iHeartMedia, Cumulus, Forever Media, Seven Mountains, CNN, Commonwealth Broadcasting and the NBA, among others.
The Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington is the sixth Institute of the summer and will be followed by the KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute in Kentucky and the MBA Radio Talent Institute at Northwest Missouri State.
iHM Names Region Presidents in Detroit and Philadelphia
Gnau has been with iHeartMedia for over 25 years and most recently served as Region President for iHeartMedia Detroit, where he oversaw the Detroit, Grand Rapids, Toledo and Muskegon, Michigan markets. His background also includes serving as a Regional Market Manager and Vice President in a variety of markets including Dayton, Lima and Marion in Ohio. Gnau is a board member for Detroit Radio Advertising Group and is part of the Ad Council Local Advisory Board.
Corvino joins iHeartMedia Detroit from Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, where he most recently served as Regional President for its Midwest Region. He brings over 25 years of executive management experience to his new role, including positions at AOL, the New York Times and Cablevision Systems. Corvino was also the founder and president of C2MediaSales.com, an advertising, sponsorship and business development organization.
In addition, iHeartMedia announced that Rich Lewis will transition to the role of VP/Multi-Market Partnerships, lending his executive leadership and expertise to iHeartMedia's Multi-Market Partnerships/Total Traffic & Weather Network team and reporting to Julie Donohue, Senior Vice President of Multi-Market Partnerships. iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Detroit and Philadelphia markets with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia's free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service - with more than 1.7 billion app downloads and 110 million registered users.
FCC Promotes Emergency Alert Reliability Actions
The agency says that these tests can increase the proficiency of local alerting officials while educating the public about how to respond to actual alerts. The procedures adopted by the Commission require appropriate coordination, planning, and disclaimers to accompany any such test.
The Commission's action will also permit authorized Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about the Emergency Alert System to include the system's Attention Signal (the attention-grabbing two-tone audio signal that precedes the alert message) and simulated Header Code tones (the three audible tones that precede the Attention Signal) so long as an appropriate disclaimer is included in the PSA.
Additionally, the action requires Emergency Alert System equipment to be configured in a manner that can help prevent false alerts and requires an Emergency Alert System participant, such as a broadcaster or cable system, to inform the Commission if it discovers that it has transmitted a false alert.
The Commission also seeks comment on the performance of Wireless Emergency Alerts, including how such performance should be measured and whether, and if so how, the Commission should address inconsistent delivery of these messages.
The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee Featured in Forbes
Yee also shared that she's motivated by providing a stepping-stone for other women, "If someone works with me, I try to take them to the next level. I never expect someone to work with me forever. I want to give you the experience needed so that when it is time to pursue what you want to in life you are ready."
Podtrac Releases Top 10 Podcast Publishers for June
House Energy & Commerce Committee Passes PIRATE Act
In a statement, NAB Executive VP/Communications Dennis Wharton said, "NAB thanks the House Energy & Commerce Committee for advancing legislation that strengthens FCC resources in combatting illegal pirate radio operations. Reps. Lance, Tonko, Collins and their cosponsors are to be commended for addressing the unfortunate increase in pirate radio. These stations not only interfere with licensed and legal broadcasts, but on multiple occasions have disrupted airline pilot and air traffic controller transmissions. NAB urges Congress to swiftly pass the PIRATE ACT."
Phil Guy Joins NAB as European Sales Manager
Guy served for the past 15 years as sponsorship and advertising manager for IBC. Previously, he held various publisher positions at Studio Sound, World Broadcast News, and TV Technology Europe.
"Phil's extensive sales experience in the European market is a tremendous asset to NAB," said Trabb. "He is a great advocate for his customers and will help NAB Show expand its reach and better serve the needs of our partners in Europe."
KQRS/Minneapolis Celebrates 50 Years of Broadcasting
Highlights of KQ's 50th Anniversary celebration include: 12 consecutive days broadcasting live from the Minnesota State Fair, and a listener party hosted by KQ's legendary morning man Tom Barnard in KQ's private suite at the September 4th Metallica concert. Listeners can participate in a contest called, "Be a Metallica VIP with Tommy B".
The 50th Anniversary celebration will culminate in KQ's "50th Anniversary Concert with "Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band" December 12th at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. KQ listeners have the opportunity to experience VIP seating and win autographed vinyl albums from Bob Seger's legendary recording career.
The KQRS digital design team has created a special 50th Anniversary website that captures the spirit and legacy of KQ's past, which launches online at www.kqrs50.com this month. The site features "The KQ Museum" where fans can see videos, hear clips and interact with KQ's past, and a "Show Us Your KQ" section where listeners submit photos, videos and share their personal KQRS memories using #KQRS50.