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Saga Q3 Net Revenue Fell 22%, Earnings Swing to Loss
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications reported third quarter net revenue fell 22.7% to $24.1 million from $31.2 million in 2019, mainly due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Station operating income was $6.1 million, while station operating expense decreased 23.6% to $19.6 million from $23.6 More

Saga to Buy WBQL-AM and Translator in Clarksville TN
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications has agreed to purchase 1kW WBQL-AM (1400) and FM translator W288DQ (105.5) in Clarksville, TN from Consolidated Media LLC for $175,000. Saga is led by President/CEO Ed Christian and also owns Hot AC WCVQ-FM, Sports WKFN-AM, AC WQEZ-AM, Adult Hits WRND-FM, Country More

WHQG/Milwaukee PD Borna Velic Adds WKLH PD Duties
Borna Velic
Borna Velic
Saga's Rock WHQG-FM (102.9 The Hog)/Milwaukee Program Director Borna Velic adds programming duties for co-owned Classic Rock WKLH-FM and will now oversee both stations, effective immediately. Borna has spent his entie career in the Midwest working in rock radio, leaving WAPL-FM, WZOR-FM and WCHK-FM/Appleton, More

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Saga Communications Q2 Net Revs Down 47.3% to $16.9M
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications reported second quarter net revenue fell 47.3% to $16.9 million from 32.1 million in 2019. Station operating expense decreased 18.4% to to $18.6 from $22.8 million. Operating income fell to a loss of loss of $8.6 million, down 23.2% from an operating income of More

Bob Lawrence Exits Saga Communications After 5 Years
Bob Lawrence
Bob Lawrence
Saga Communications VP/Programming Bob Lawrence has resigned from the company, effective immediately. He joined the radio group in 2015 as Vice President and Group Program Director. Lawrence previously served as President and CEO of Pinnacle Media Worldwide, a company that worked with radio clients in the More

KAZR/Des Moines PD Ryan Patrick Exits in Restructuring Move
Ryan Patrick
Ryan Patrick
Ryan Patrick exits Saga Communications' Active Rock KAZR-FM (Lazer 103.3)/Des Moines, IA as Program Director and midday host after 17 years in a restructuring move. He also served as also the Marketing Manager of the Des Moines Radio Group (since 2010) and Program Director of CHR KIOA-FM-HD2. In a post More

Saga Temporarily Suspends its Quarterly Cash Dividends
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications has announced that its board of directors is temporarily suspending the quarterly cash dividend in response to the continued economic uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19. Additional actions being taken to conserve the company's cash position include reducing More

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Phil Zachary Appointed GM of Saga's Portland Radio Group
Phil Zachary
Phil Zachary
Saga Communications/Portland, ME appoints 46-year radio vet Phil Zachary as GM of its Portland Radio Group replacing Bob Adams. Most recently, he was Senior VP/Market Manager for Entercom/Washington, DC. Zachary joined the DC cluster in 2018 after heading the company's co-owned local group in Hartford. He More

Bob Adams Exits Portland Radio Group as President and GM
Bob Adams
Bob Adams
Portland Radio Group President and General Manager Bob Adams exits the Maine station group after more than five years, reports the Portland Press Herald. Adams joined the Saga-owned stations back in 2014. Previously, he spent almost 14 years as VP/GM at then Citadel and the now Cumulus Media cluster More

Report: Kirshbaum Says She Was Fired Over Health Concerns
Randi Kirshbaum
Randi Kirshbaum
Longtime Portland air personality Randi Kirshbaum claims she was fired on Monday from Saga's Portland Radio Group -- where she served as Program Director -- for refusing to return to her office over COVID-19, reports the Portland Press Herald. The 38-year market vet, who aired on WCLZ-FM and WPOR-FM, More

Saga Communications Q1 Net Income Increases 22.6%
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications reported first quarter net revenue of $26.1 million down from $27.8 million in 2019. Gross political revenue increased $963,000 to $1 million, while station operating expense fell $964,000 to $22.2 million and operating income rose $202,000 to $2.2 million. The More

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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

"Chachi Loves Everybody" Podcast Releases Three New Episodes
Dave Chachi Denes
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

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