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For Radio, Pandemic Means Budget Cuts, Furloughs and Layoffs
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in significant cuts and layoffs in the radio industry. Townsquare CEO Bill Wilson announced through a company memo that 65 employees have been laid off including 26 at the corporate level on top of the series of cuts the company made at some of its markets More

Saga Communications Q4 Net Revs Fall Slightly, Earnings Down
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications reported fourth quarter net revenue of $31.8 million as compared with $32.9 million in 2108. Gross revenue was flat at $33.7 million. Station operating expense decreased $711,000 to $23.1 million and operating income declined $575,000 to $5.4 million. The company More

Thom Callahan Exits SCBA for Post at Saga Communications
Thom Callahan
Thom Callahan
Southern California Broadcasters Association President Thom Callahan is leaving the trade organization after eight years to become Director of Business Development for Saga Communications. SCBA Chairman Miles Sexton will serve as interim President, effective February 1, while the group seeks a permanent More

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"Chachi Loves Everybody" Podcast Releases Three New Episodes
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Dave "Chachi" Denes
Benztown has released three new episodes of "Chachi Loves Everybody," a new original podcast produced by Benztown and featuring Benztown President and audio brand builder Dave "Chachi" Denes. The new episodes feature Chachi's one-on-one interviews with Bob Lawrence, VP of Programming, Saga Communications, More

Saga Communications Signs Multi-Year deal with Aptivada
Aptivada announced today Saga Communications has signed a company wide multi-year agreement to utilize Aptivada's platform for all online promotions solutions. "In 2020, Saga is focused on creating unique and innovative solutions for audiences and clients within 120 of our local More

Saga Closes on FM Translator Acquisition in Manchester NH
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications has closed on its previously announced acquisition of FM translator W295BL (106.9)/Manchester, NH, from Basic Holdings LLC for $200,000. Saga also owns Talk WFEA-AM (1370), Classic Hits WMLL-FM (96.5 The Mill), Hot AC WZID-FM and Classic Hits W231BR (Rewind 94.1) More

Westwood One Hires Nick Fox as Country PD 24/7 Formats
Nick Fox
Nick Fox
Westwood One hires Nick Fox as Country Program Director for the network's 24/7 Formats based in Denver. He joins Westwood One from Pensacola, FL where he was Program Director and midday personality for Cumulus Media's Country WXBM-FM and afternoon personality on AC WMEZ-FM. Fox has also worked in Saga's More

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Saga Communications Q3 Net Revenues Flat Over 2018 Totals
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications reported net revenue of $31.3 million for the third quarter compared to $31.7 million in 2018. Gross revenue was flat with last year for the quarter net of $96,000 of political revenue this quarter and $486,000 of political revenue for the same period last year. More

Saga Flips Sports WZAN (ESPN)/Portland to Classic Country
The Outlaw
The Outlaw
Saga Communications flips Sports WZAN-AM and W268CS (ESPN Portland)/Portland, ME to Classic Country as "The Outlaw 101.5/970" with the slogan "Legends and Young Guns." Co-owned Country WPOR-FM PD Jonathan "JR" Ruppel adds programming duties for "The Outlaw." Concurrently, News/Talk More

Benztown Launches New Podcast ''Chachi Loves Everybody''
Chachi Loves Everybody
Chachi Loves Everybody
Benztown announces the launch of "Chachi Loves Everybody," a new original podcast produced by Benztown and featuring company President Dave "Chachi" Denes. "Chachi Loves Everybody" takes listeners with Denes -- better known as "Chachi" -- as he sits down for candid conversations with Radio's legends, master More

Nick Fox to Exit WXBM-FM/Pensacola as Program Director
Nick Fox
Nick Fox
WXBM-FM (NASH FM 102.7)/Pensacola, FL, Program Director and midday talent Nick Fox resigns in order to move to Colorado, where his wife will begin a new position with her company. Fox joined the Cumulus Media Country outlet in October, 2018, from Saga's Country WVVR-FM/Clarksville, TN where he was Assistant More

iHeartMedia, BuzzFeed News Announce ''Impeachment Today''
Impeachment Today
Impeachment Today
iHeartMedia and BuzzFeed News will launch "Impeachment Today," a new daily podcast covering the Trump impeachment process. Hosted by BuzzFeed News Senior Reporter Hayes Brown, the program is co-produced by iHeartMedia and BuzzFeed News and will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network beginning More

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Scott Roddy Tapped as PD/OM 99.5 The Wolf/105.1 The Buzz
Entercom has named Scott Roddy as Program Director and Operations Manager for 99.5 The Wolf (KWJJ-FM) and 105.1 The Buzz (KRSK-FM) in Portland, effective October 7. "Scott has an impressive track record programming leading stations and we're fortunate to add him to the team," said Kim Martinez, Senior More

Scott Roddy Exits WARH (106.5 The Arch)/St. Louis as PD
Scott Roddy
Scott Roddy
28-year veteran programmer Scott Roddy resigns from Hubbard Broadcasting's WARH-FM (106.5 The Arch)/St. Louis as Brand/Content Director after three years for an undisclosed opportunity. Prior to joining the Adult Hits outlet in February, 2016, Roddy spent three years programming Saga Radio's cluster in More

Futuri Media Appoints Clint Marsh VP/Talent Management
Clint Marsh
Clint Marsh
Futuri Media promotes Clint Marsh to the newly-created role of Vice President of Talent Management. In his new post, Marsh will be responsible for all matters related to HR, recruitment, team development and team engagement at Futuri. Since joining the company in 2016, Marsh has worked in Product Management More

Benztown Announces Q4's Mentorship Program Honoree
Benztown and The National Radio Talent System have announced the selection of the Benztown Mentorship Program's fourth quarter mentee, Nick Tehrani, graduate of the KBA Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University. Radio professionals Fred Jacobs, President of Jacobs Media Strategies, and Bob More

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