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iHeartMedia New York Names Victor Giacomelli as VP/Sales
Victor Giacomelli
Victor Giacomelli
iHeartMedia/New York appoints Victor Giacomelli as Vice President of Sales for Urban WWPR (Power 105.1) and WWRL-AM (Black Information Network), effective immediately. Giacomellie joins from Audacy/Denver, where he was the Director of Sales. He previously served as the Director of Sales at MediaCo Holding More

KZEP/San Antonio Names Pedro Escalera as Program Director
Pedro Escalera
Pedro Escalera
iHeartMedia San Antonio names Pedro Escalera (aka Pedro Al Aire) as Program Director for KZEP-FM (104.5 Latino Hits), effective immediately. He joins the Spanish Hits outlet from Emmis Austin, where he most recently served as the Program Director and morning host of Latino 102.7. Before that, Escalera was More

Chachi Loves Everybody Podcast Releases Year-End Episodes
Chachi Loves Everybody
Chachi Loves Everybody
Benztown releases two new episodes of "Chachi Loves Everybody," an original podcast featuring Benztown President and audio brand builder Dave "Chachi" Denes. The first new episode features Chachi's recent video chat from Benztown's Los Angeles studios with Emmis Founder and Chairman Jeff Smulyan, who is the More

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Jeff Smulyan Talks About the Not Always Easy Path of Emmis
Jeff Smulyan
Jeff Smulyan
Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan has a long and fascinating story from his first radio station -- an AM high-dial daytimer in Indianapolis -- to running one of the most prestigious radio and TV groups in America. He tells his stories in his new book, "Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down." Media More

RAB Board of Directors Elects New Directors for 2023
Radio Advertising Bureau
Radio Advertising Bureau
The Radio Advertising Bureau held its Fall Board of Directors meeting in Chicago on November 1-2. During the meeting, a new slate of officers and directors were approved unanimously. Joining the RAB board of directors are Connoisseur Media's David Bevins, Bustos Media's Felipe Chávez, Lenawee Broadcasting More

Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan Preparing to Publish Memoir
Jeff Smulyan
Jeff Smulyan
Emmis Communications founder, CEO and Chairman Jeff Smulyan is preparing to publish his memoir, "Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down: The Ups, Downs, and Reinvention of an Entrepreneur" on December 6. Smulyan also founded the first ever all Sports radio outlet WFAN in New York. He was also an owner of More

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AdLarge Names Robin Sloan as Executive VP Audio Sales
Robin Sloan
Robin Sloan
AdLarge names Robin Sloan as Executive Vice President of Audio Sales. Most recently, she was the Director of National Partnerships at Westwood One. Sloan's sales and management experience began at CBS where she worked on the National Sales team. She served as the General Sales Manager at WCBS-AM before More

RAB Completes 14th Annual Management & Training Program
Radio Advertising Bureau
Radio Advertising Bureau
The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction with BMI and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW), have announced the completion of the 14th annual Rising Through the Ranks program, which began with a virtual session on August 2, and continued with in-person meetings on August 9-11 at the BMI More

Maria Thrasher Joins Hearst Media Production Group
Maria Thrasher
Maria Thrasher
Media sales and marketing veteran Maria Thrasher joins Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG) as a business partnerships and development executive. Previously, Thrasher ran her own Charlotte, NC-based consultancy. Before that, she was senior integrated marketing director for Radio One, expanding the group's More

Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2022 Inductees
Radio Hall of Fame
Radio Hall of Fame
The Museum of Broadcast Communications announced today the selection of nine new inductees into the Radio Hall of Fame for 2022. The 2022 Radio Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the in-person 2022 Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at More

40-year Veteran Programmer Steve Smith Dies Unexpectedly
Steve Smith
Steve Smith
Sad to report that 40-year veteran programmer Steve Smith died unexpectedly in his sleep on July 7. He was 62. Smith, the long serving VP/Programming for Cox Media Group, joined CMG in 2011 as Director of Radio Programming for all of CMG's 85 radio outlets nationwide. In April, Smith, Tim Richards and Heidi More

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Reising Radio Partners Names Fritz Moser as VP/GM
Fritz Moser
Fritz Moser
Reising Radio Partners appoints Fritz Moser to the newly created post of VP/General Manager. He's been with the company since 2018, and most recently served as Program Director of Country WYGB (Korn Country 100.3), Classic Hits WXCH (Mojo 102-9) and Classic Country WJCP-AM/Columbus, IN. Previously, he served More

Urban One Agrees to Acquire Emmis Indianapolis Stations
Urban One
Urban One
Urban One has signed a definitive asset purchase agreement with Emmis Communications to purchase its cluster of radio stations in Indianapolis. Under the deal, Urban One will acquire WYXB-FM (B105.7), WLHK-FM (97.1), WIBC-FM (93.1), translators W228CX and W298BB (The Fan 93.5 and More

Kyle Guderian Adds WRBR-FM/South Bend PD Duties
Kyle Guderian
Kyle Guderian
Kyle Guderian assumes the role of Program Director at Rock WRBR-FM (103.9 the Bear)/South Bend, in addition to his programming role at co-owned Rock WBYR (98.9 The Bear) and Classic Hits WFWI (Big 92.3)/Fort Wayne, effective June 14. He joined Federated Media in 2019 after spending over 15 years with Emmis More

BIA SVP/Chief Economist Mark Fratrik to Retire on June 30
Mark Fratrik
Mark Fratrik
Mark Fratrik, Ph.D., BIA Advisory Services Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, will retire from the company, effective June 30. He'll continue as a strategic advisor and analyst offering continuity for the firm's forecasting, insights and analytics services that will now be led by Vice President of More

BIA Expands Forecasting and Consulting Services
Nicole Ovadia
Nicole Ovadia
BIA Advisory Services has added three key personnel to its forecasting and consulting divisions. Nicole Ovadia (pictured) joins as Vice President of Forecasting and Analysis to focus on enhancing BIA's U.S. local media advertising forecast models. Ovadia comes to BIA from the New York State Broadcasters More

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