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Cumulus Indianapolis Flips CHR WYRG-FM to Rock as ''93-9X''


Cumulus Media flips CHR WYRG-FM (Energy 93.9)/Indianapolis to "93-9X" with the slogan "Indy's Rock Station." The new Rock outlet will play songs from Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Metallica, Nirvana and Guns 'N Roses, among others. 93-9X will run commercial-free through Memorial Day weekend. "The Bert Show" moves from WYRG to mornings on sister WNTR-FM (107.9 The Mix).

Cumulus Indianapolis VP/Market Manager Chuck Fredrick said, "93-9X Indianapolis's Rock Station is looking forward to serving the Rock enthusiast and the communities they live, work and celebrate in."

Corporate Program Director Troy Hanson added, "We are excited to expand the successful 93X brand to Indianapolis with the new 93-9X. Shout out to (KXXR/MSP Program Director) Derek Madden, our brainchild on this project, as we fill a hole in the marketplace with a much-needed Rock station. The partnership opportunities this brand adds to our Indy cluster portfolio and Rock platform are limitless."

Adams Radio Group to Sell Fort Wayne IN Oldies Combo

Adams Radio Group
Adams Radio Group

Adams Radio Group has agreed to sell 1kW Oldies WLYV-AM (1450) and 250W W282CH-FM (104.3)/Fort Wayne, IN to Brian Walsh of Warsaw, IN. Terms were not immediately disclosed. Adams Radio Group is a Minnesota-based company headed by Ron Stone and owns stations serving Indiana, New Mexico, Maryland and Florida. Walsh, is owner of WIOE-FM/South Whitley, operating from Warsaw, IN.

Kalil & Co. brokered the transaction for both parties.

Country Oldies Show Host Steve Warren Inducted into HSHoF

Steve Warren
Steve Warren

"The Country Oldies Show" host and veteran radio personality Steve Warren has been inducted into his alma mater the New Albany (Indiana) High School's Hall of Fame. New Albany High School is famed for launching the first all-student operated FM radio station in the U.S., WNAS-FM in 1948. Warren hosted a program on WNAS-FM in his graduation year of 1963.

"Who knew that when I graduated in 1963, I'd still be doing radio in some form all these years later. I am very pleased to be awarded this honor and as I look back on my school years," said Warren. "I now understand how fortunate I was to have this amazing public high school right in my backyard."

Steve is now celebrating his 57th year as a radio broadcaster and his 25th year as host of "The Country Oldies Show."

Previous alumni and Hall of Fame inductees from New Albany High School include PGA golfer (Fuzzy Zoeller), MLB player (Billy Herman), Supreme Court Justice (Sherman Minton), NFL player (Tom Hutchinson) and notably scientist/faculty member Edwin Hubble who discovered the galaxy beyond the Milky Way and the Hubble Space Telescope bears his name.


WGRR's O'Brien Named 2019 L & L Society's Man of the Year

Chris O'Brien
Chris O'Brien

WGRR-FM/Cincinnati morning co-host Chris O'Brien is named the 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year for the Tri-State Southern Chapter. He captured the title for his efforts to fight blood cancer by raising funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a 10-week campaign that kicked off in February. His team "No Bad Days" raised $82,694 and the total effort by all involved raised $1,000,028 for the charity. The effort culminated in an event announcing the fundraising results on Saturday, May 18 at Jack Casino in Cincinnati.

Cumulus/Cincinnati VP/Market Manager Dave Crowl said, "All of us at WGRR and the entire Cumulus Cincinnati operation congratulate Chris O'Brien on his recognition as 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year for the Tri-State Southern Chapter. The award was earned with a great deal of effort from Chris, his wife and on-air partner Janeen Coyle, as well as other members of the No Bad Days team. Their contributions led to a first-time ever total of $1,000,000+ raised to help this important cause."

WGRR Program Director and Operations Manager Keith Mitchell added, "Not only are Chris and Janeen the longest running morning show in Cincinnati, but they are continually giving back to the community in many ways and this honor for Chris was hard earned and well deserved."

O'Brien said, "This was a challenging, fun and inspiring 10-week campaign. I was surrounded by a great team of friends, family (including my wife and morning co-host Janeen Coyle) and co-workers. Fundraisers around Cincinnati and donations from all over, including listeners and even well known industry folks, made it a success for our team and LLS."

For more information on Chris O'Brien's fundraising campaign, visit https://pages.mwoy.org/soh/cincy19/obrien

NAB Appoints Five to Radio Board of Directors


NAB Radio Board Chairman Randy Gravley has made five appointments to the NAB Radio Board of Directors, effective at the beginning of the June board meeting, held June 10-12. Reappointed for another two-year term as Designated Representatives were Bustos Media Holdings President Amador Bustos, Entercom Communications Chairman/President and CEO David Field and Alpha Media Regional President Bill McElveen.

Appointed for a new two-year term as Designated Representatives were Cumulus Media President and CEO Mary Berner and Perry Publishing and Broadcasting Company VP/General Manager Kevin Perry.

Edison Research to Offer ''The Social Habit 2019'' Webinar

According to the Infinite Dial 2019 report from Edison Research and Triton Digital revealed in March, Facebook usage with Americans 12+ has declined from 67% to 61% since 2017. That's a net loss of 15 million users who may not have deleted their accounts, but have otherwise dropped off the rolls of the world's leading social media platform. Edison Research went back into the field to collect new data on Facebook users, how they have changed their usage, and most importantly, why.

Not only did Edison Research field a new survey, but it also interviewed current and lapsed Facebook users to really understand the dynamics of these changes. The firm will be revealing all of this in a new, free webinar called "The Social Habit 2019" on Thursday, May 30, at 2pm ET. Senior VP Tom Webster will walk through the principal social media-related findings from the Infinite Dial, including a new and expanded section on the demographics of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other leading social media services.

The company will also offer fresh data from the field on Facebook, and videos of the Facebook users interviewed. Click here to register for The Social Habit 2019.

Entercom Names Adam Wolfson Channel Q Director Of Sales

Adam Wolfson
Adam Wolfson

Entercom names Adam Wolfson as Director of Sales for Channel Q. In this role, Wolfson will oversee sales efforts for the LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network, currently airing in thirteen markets. Wolfson has been a General Sales Manager for Entercom since 2014. Prior to joining the company, he served in multiple sales roles for Cox Media Group, including Director of Sales and General Sales Manager of Music/Digital, dating back to 2004.

"Channel Q has become such a powerful voice for the LGBTQ community as well as advertisers," said Entercom Southern California Senior VP/Market Manager Jeff Federman. "Adam has been the catalyst in leading our sales charge across the country. He is the perfect choice to lead sales for the network from coast to coast."

"Giving the LGBTQ+ community a voice has long been overdue," added Wolfson. "Channel Q is an innovative media destination offering exceptional programming to the LGBTQ+ community, and its allies through over the air radio and digitally via RADIO.COM, and I'm thrilled to be part of its spectacular growth."

Cumulus Media Seeks Foreign Ownership Ruling From FCC

Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media

Cumulus Media has filed a petition with the FCC seeking a declaratory ruling requesting that the agency find it would serve the public interest to permit up to a 100 percent aggregate foreign investment (voting and equity) in Cumulus Media Inc., which is a Delaware corporation. Cumulus filed the petition in connection with the recent joint reorganization of the company and its debtor affiliates.

In order to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the earliest practicable time, the reorganization plan provided for a mechanism under which special warrants were issued to holders of claims which did not certify that they were 100 percent U.S. owned and controlled entities. Cumulus now requests approval to permit up to a 100 percent aggregate foreign investment to enable holders of warrants and non-voting stock to convert or exercise these instruments in exchange for voting stock and allow non-U.S. persons or entities to hold up to 100 percent of its voting stock and capital stock generally in the future.

Specifically, Cumulus explains that upon grant of the petition, the special warrants would be automatically exchanged, and foreign ownership of Cumulus immediately following such exchanges would then be approximately 34 percent on a voting basis and 31 percent on an equity basis. Notwithstanding that the foreign ownership which would result from exercise of the special warrants is expected to be much less than 100 percent, Cumulus states that it is requesting a ruling that would permit non-U.S. persons or entities to hold up to and including 100 percent of its voting stock and 100 percent of its capital stock generally.

Cumulus believes that elimination of the overall limitation on foreign ownership of its shares will enhance the market liquidity of its stock and "provide the company with the greatest degree of flexibility in accessing foreign investment capital."

Cumulus asserts that grant of the petition is entirely consistent with the public interest. In support, Cumulus asserts that grant of the petition is consistent with the reorganization plan, which has enabled Cumulus to emerge from bankruptcy in a stronger financial condition, and which, in turn, will enable Cumulus to raise capital, enhance its programming, better serve the public, and compete with non-FCC regulated entities on a more level playing field.

Cumulus also maintains that grant of the petition aligns with U.S. foreign trade policy and the U.S. government's desire to "promote inbound foreign investment" and encourage reciprocity with U.S. trading partners.

The FCC says the petition is acceptable for filing and it may require Cumulus to submit additional documents or statements of fact that in its judgment may be necessary so as to make it "more definite and certain." Interested parties must file comments no later than June 20.


Triton Digital Integrates audio CC's AdPerform DSP with a2x

Triton Digital
Triton Digital

Triton Digital and audio CC, a provider of a DSP in the radio and audio sector, have announced a partnership, whereby audio CC's AdPerform DSP is now integrated with Triton Digital's programmatic audio marketplace, a2x. The integration enables audio CC's buyers to execute targeted, non-skippable, brand safe audio ad buys through both open marketplace and private marketplace deals.

"We are pleased to partner with Triton Digital to provide our buyers with access to a wide array of premium digital audio and podcast inventory from around the world, including radio, sports, and online music services," said audio CC Chief Sales Director Matthias Mroczkowski. "We look forward to the increased reach and return on investment that access to the a2x marketplace will provide our buyers."

"We are proud to integrate audio CC's DSP with a2x and to enable their buyers, majority coming from the traditional radio world, to utilize the tremendous power of digital audio to create a relevant and personal connection with their target audience on a global scale," added Triton Digital Managing Director, Market Development and Strategy Benjamin Masse. "We remain committed to helping marketers and advertisers around the world to leverage the power of programmatic audio to get their messages heard by the right audience, at the right time, and in a brand-safe environment."

Entercom Las Vegas Signs to Air Wolf Pack Programming

University of Nevada
University of Nevada

The Wolf Pack has unveiled a broadcast relationship with Entercom/Las Vegas which provides listeners with a full slate of University of Nevada game action and related programming through the 2020-21 collegiate athletics season. KXST-AM (CBS Sports Radio 1140) will serve as the primary radio home, carrying Wolf Pack football and men's basketball games, as well as the seasonal coaches' shows and the Wolf Pack Daily Update. Co-owned KXNT-AM (News/Talk 840) will also broadcast Wolf Pack football games. Additionally, Entercom Las Vegas will air select women's basketball games both seasons.

"We're thrilled to have a new home in Las Vegas for Nevada fans and alumni to enjoy all of the action from our bowl-winning football team and three-time Mountain West champion men's basketball program and more," said University of Nevada Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communications Chad Hartley. "This is a great new partnership that will expand the reach of Nevada athletics to one of our largest alumni bases."

Entercom/Las Vegas Senior VP/Market Manager Dan Kearney added, "We're proud to begin a new tradition with the Nevada Wolf Pack athletic program, and our ongoing commitment to bring Las Vegas and the Valley the best in sports programming will be strengthened by this partnership."

The Wolf Pack Sports Network encompasses 13 radio affiliates across Nevada. The station relationships and all broadcast aspects are overseen and managed by Wolf Pack Sports Properties, University of Nevada Athletics' multimedia rightsholder and locally based Learfield IMG College team.

"We are looking forward to having Entercom as a new broadcast partner for Nevada Athletics," said Wolf Pack Sports Properties General Manager Eric Kovac. "Entercom is a strong and established media outlet in Southern Nevada, and we're proud to deliver Wolf Pack game action and programming through their airwaves."

Entercom Receives Nine 2018 APTRA Awards

Entercom has been awarded nine 2018 Associated Press Television and Radio Association Awards (APTRA). The organization honors outstanding journalism across thirteen western states. KCBS All News (KCBS-AM / KFRC-FM), The Bay Area's News Leader, received first place in seven categories, including top honor "Outstanding News Operation," and second place in two categories, making the station the most decorated of all 2018 APTRA recipients.

KCBS was recognized as:

  • Outstanding News Operation (First Place)
  • Best Continuing Coverage (First Place)
  • Best Evening Newscast (First Place)
  • Best Reporter (First Place)
  • Best Special Programming (First Place)
  • Best Spot News (First Place)
  • Best Use of Sound (First Place)

A full list of 2018 Associated Press Television and Radio Association contest winners can be found HERE.

Meruelo Media Agrees to Acquire KXOS-FM/Los Angeles

Meruelo Media has enter into agreements with 93.9 Holdings, Inc. and Grupo Radio Centro to purchase 18.5kW Regional Mexican KXOS-FM (Radio Centro 93.9 FM) in Los Angeles. KXOS-FM will join the company's existing cluster of KPWR, KDAY, KDEY-FM, KWHY-TV and KBEH. The acquisition follows Meruelo Media's recent buy of KLOS/Los Angeles which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019. After customary government approvals, KXOS will be the seventh station in Meruelo's Los Angeles broadcast station cluster.

"The acquisition of 93.9 FM KXOS is a key piece in our media division expansion strategy," stated Chairman and CEO Alex Meruelo. "Our group has done an amazing job curating some of the most recognizable local media brands into one extremely powerful portfolio."

Meruelo Media President and COO Otto Padron added, "What an amazing few weeks these have been! Adding these spectacular call-letters to our full-market FM radio station SOCAL cluster authenticates our hyper-local media strategy to super-serve clients, partners and our community. We are also looking forward to a productive multimedia content relationship with our friends of Grupo Radio Centro Mexico."

Padron says Meruelo Media will also launch with Grupo Radio Centro an all-news Spanish language format using one of 93.9 KXOS's HD Radio channels. In addition, they will work with the Mexican broadcaster to develop other multimedia content for Meruelo's KWHY 22-TV. Meruelo Media expects the transaction to be completed in the third quarter of 2019.


2019 Radio Show Launches New Tech-Focused Program

Radio Show
Radio Show

The 2019 Radio Show will debut a new day-long, technology-intensive program on Tuesday, September 24. "Tech Tuesday" will feature educational sessions, hands-on workshops, networking events and exclusive vendor access. The Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 24-27 in Dallas.

Tech Tuesday is designed for engineers, technology professionals and managers involved in all facets of radio station operations. A keynote speaker, hands-on demos, case studies, panel discussions and workshops will explore technology trends that are vital to station efficiency and performance. Topics include audio-over-IP, RF transmission, visual radio, streaming audio, remote backhaul, audio production and processing, data acquisition and protection, and hybrid radio applications.

Additionally, Tech Tuesday registrants will have the opportunity to attend networking events, such as coffee breaks and an end-of-day reception. Tech Tuesday registration also provides access to the Radio Show Exhibit Hall on Wednesday and Thursday.

"We are excited to introduce a full day of programming specifically curated to meet the needs of today's do-everything tech teams," said NAB Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny. "Technology is a vital and integral part of every station's operations, and we're confident Tech Tuesday will provide valuable takeaways for all who attend."

Tech Tuesday is free for NAB and RAB members.

Entercom, Cadence13 Launch ''To War And Back'' Podcast

To War And Back
To War And Back

Entercom and Cadence13 have announced the launch of "To War and Back," a RADIO.COM Original podcast series exploring the lives of three combat veterans and their journeys on the battlefield and on their return home. The full six-episode series will launch on June 10. "To War and Back" features journalist and Navy veteran Phil Briggs, host of "Connecting Vets" podcast, traveling cross country to meet three combat veterans -- U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis (Retired), U.S. Marine Corps Major Scott Huesing (Retired) and U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Boone Cutler -- to document their experiences to war and back.

"From the moment I first heard about Kirstie, Scott and Boone, I knew I wanted to tell their story. As a vet myself, I didn't want to commercialize their combat, or glorify their scars, but I wanted the world to hear that you can find inspiration, even in desperation," said ConnectingVets.com's Phil Briggs. "Their stories show what being a combat vet can be like, and it's so much more than what we see in movies and on TV."

"We're proud to collaborate with our talented partners at Cadence13 on this original series," added Entercom Chief Digital Officer J.D. Crowley. "'To War and Back' is a perfect example of the power of audio storytelling to make a difference in the lives of listeners. Original series like this are also a key part of the growth path of RADIO.COM."

"'To War and Back' is an intimate portrait of the human spirit and a tribute to the bravery and perseverance of Boone Cutler, Kirstie Ennis, Scott Huesing and veterans everywhere," said Cadence13 CEO Spencer Brown. "We are thrilled to partner with Entercom on the first of what we expect to be a number of RADIO.COM originals.'"

"To War and Back" will launch on June 10 with all six episodes available at launch on RADIO.COM. In addition, a new episode will be released weekly everywhere podcasts are available. Listen to the trailer and subscribe to the series here at https://app.radio.com/To-War-and-Back.

KQRS's Michele Tafoya Wins Third Sports Emmy

Michele Tafoya
Michele Tafoya

Michele Tafoya, co-host of "The Tom Barnard Show" on Cumulus Minneapolis-St. Paul's KQRS and long-time sideline reporter for NFL games, was named Outstanding Sports Personality Reporter at Monday's 40th Annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York City. Tafoya previously won in the same category in 2012 and 2014. She has been nominated seven times.

Scott Jameson, Vice President, Classic Rock, Cumulus Media, and Operations Manager, Cumulus Minneapolis-St. Paul, said, "All of us at Cumulus Minneapolis are very proud of Michele winning this prestigious Emmy award. We're quite fortunate having her on our legendary morning show hosted by National Hall of Fame inductee Tom Barnard and the rest of the morning team."

Indianapolis 500 Coverage to Broadcast Live on SiriusXM


SiriusXM will offer coverage of the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26 with race-day coverage beginning at 10am ET. Leading up to the green flag, listeners will hear commentary and analysis from the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcast team, plus interviews with drivers and others. When the green flag drops shortly after 12pm ET, SiriusXM will air the race live in its entirety, followed by a post-race recap and interviews. The race broadcast will also air live on the Mad Dog Sports Radio channel (channel 82).

In addition to the Indianapolis 500, SiriusXM will broadcast the Indy Lights Freedom 100 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 24 (12:30 pm ET). The 100-mile race from the Road to Indy series features some of the world's best young open-wheel drivers.

Also on Friday, former IndyCar driver A.J. Allmendinger and veteran motorsports broadcaster Jack Arute will host an Indy 500 Carb Day Special from outside the Pagoda at the speedway, featuring interviews with drivers and a preview of Sunday's race. Their show will air Friday night (6-8pm ET) on the Dan Patrick Radio channel and will replay several times over the weekend.

SiriusXM personality Jason Ellis will also be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Carb Day to host a special edition of The Jason Ellis Show from the infield at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Jason Ellis Show will air Friday (5-8pm ET) on SiriusXM's Faction Talk.

On Saturday, May 25, listeners will hear a special Indianapolis 500 preview edition of The Real Spin with Danny Sullivan and Bill Armour (8-10am ET). The weekly show, hosted by former open-wheel racing star and 1985 Indy 500 winner Danny Sullivan and longtime journalist and racing insider Bill Armour, airs nationwide on the Dan Patrick Radio channel.

iHM Names Kareem Chin SVP and Head of Investor Relations

Kareem Chin
Kareem Chin

iHeartMedia has named media industry veteran Kareem Chin Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations, effective today. Chin will be based in New York and will report to Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc.

In his new role, Chin will be managing iHeartMedia's relationship with the investor community and ensuring that the company strategy is aligned with the needs of its equity holders following iHeartMedia's listing on the NASDAQ exchange. In this role he will work closely with Bressler; Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.; Paul McNicol, EVP and General Counsel; and leaders of iHeartMedia's Finance and Communications teams, and will oversee the company's investor conferences, investor meetings and quarterly earnings releases and financial filings.

"We're extremely pleased to have someone with Kareem's extensive financial background and industry knowledge to help reintroduce the equity world to iHeartMedia and tell the story of iHeart's leadership in audio as we prepare to list on the NASDAQ exchange," said Bressler. "Kareem is both well-known and well respected in the investment and media communities, which makes him the perfect person to work with both our new shareholders and the equity analysts who will now cover us."

"This is an extremely exciting time for iHeartMedia and for the financial community overall," said Chin. "The company continues to cement its position as the leading multiplatform audio company and I'm excited to be able to share the details of the company's financial evolution and growth with investors, analysts and shareholders."

Prior to joining iHeartMedia, Chin spent three years as Vice President of Investor Relations for Viacom, where he played an integral role in all of the company's investor relations efforts, including the communication of the company's strategies and quarterly results as well as the coordination of corporate access, investor conferences and non-deal roadshows. He previously spent over a decade in investment banking, including serving as Senior Vice President of Investment Banking - Media & Telecommunications Group at Jefferies and as Vice President of Investment Banking - Mergers and Acquisitions at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. Chin is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Business, where he received his MBA in Finance & Economics, and the State University of New York at Albany, where he received a B.S. in Finance.


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