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The Late Ed Christian's Saga Shares Transferred into Trust
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Prior the death of Saga Communications Chairman, President and CEO Ed Christian on August 19, he held 65% of the combined voting power of the company's common stock based on Class B Common Stock generally being entitled to ten votes per share. As a result, Christian was generally More

Dave Anthony Joins WSIG-FM/Harrisonburg VA as PD
Dave Anthony
Dave Anthony
Community Broadcasters/Orangeburg, SC cluster Operations Manager Dave Anthony joins Saga's Classic Country WSIG/Harrisonburg, VA to fill the vacant Program Director post. He'll also work on-air. Anthony replaces OM/PD Paul "Uncle Pauly" McDaniel, who left to join Saga's Charlottesville, VA cluster in More

Saga Communications CEO and Founder Ed Christian Dead
Ed Christian
Ed Christian
Saga Communications founder, Chairman, President and CEO Ed Christian died on Friday, August 19 after a short illness. Warren Lada, a member of Saga's board, has been appointed to serve as the interim CEO. Christian founded Saga Communications in 1986 and has fostered its growth to owning 79 FM radio More

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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

Z95.5 Launches 11th Annual Build Your Backpack Program
Build Your Backpack Program
Build Your Backpack Program
Saturday August 13 marks the start of one of the biggest events of the year for Saga's WFIZ (Z95.5)/Ithaca, NY's Build Your Backpack campaign, newly named, "The Z Backpack Drop." Each August, Z95.5 teams up with local sponsors to provide free backpacks and school supplies to students More

Saga Communications Q2 Net Revs Up 6.3% to $29.8 Million
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications reported second quarter net revenue increased 6.3% to $29.8 million from $28 million in 2021. Station operating expense grew 3.7% to $21.8 million from $21 million. Station operating income (SOI) climbed 10.6% to $9.3 million and operating income was $5.4 million More

Don Hurley Joins Cumulus as PD of Tri-Cities TN-VA Duo
Don Hurley
Don Hurley
Cumulus Media appoints Don Hurley as Program Director for heritage Classic Rock WQUT-FM and Country WKOS-FM (NASH Icon 104.9) in Tri-Cities, TN-VA. He steps into the role on August 1 and succeeds longtime Program Director John Patrick, who is retiring on July 31 after a successful 45-year radio career, More

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Salem News Channel Hires Cary Pahigian as VP/GM
Cary Pahigian
Cary Pahigian
Salem Media Group hires longtime industry veteran Cary Pahigian as Vice President and General Manager of Salem News Channel (SNC) beginning Monday, July 18. He's spent the last eight years at Hearst Television, as President and General Manager of Baltimore's WBAL (NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5) and WIYY-FM (98 More

Rising Through the Ranks Scholarship Recipients Announced
Radio Advertising Bureau
Radio Advertising Bureau
Scholarship recipients for 2022's Rising Through the Ranks program, presented by the Radio Advertising Bureau, BMI and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, have been selected. As previously announced, this year's program will be a hybrid event starting with a virtual session taking place on August 2 and More

Westwood One's Nick Fox, Jack Silver & Mark Stevens Exit
Nick Fox
Nick Fox
Westwood One VP/Country Formats Nick Fox exits the company. He joined the syndicator in November, 2019 as Country Program Director for the network's 24/7 Formats based in Denver. Prior to Westwood One he was Program Director and midday personality for Cumulus Media's Country WXBM-FM and afternoon personality More

WPOR/Portland, ME Ups Jon Shannon to Program Director
Jon Shannon
Jon Shannon
Longtime WPOR/Portland, Me morning host and Music Director Jon Shannon is promoted to Program Director for the Saga Country outlet and Classic Country WZAN-W268CS (970 AM and 101.5 The Outlaw). He succeeds Jonathan "JR" Ruppel, who left at the end of May to become Director of Content for Townsquare Media's More

Saga Communications Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share. This is an increase from the previous quarterly dividend of $0.16. The dividend will be paid on July 1, 2022, to shareholders of record on June 13. The amount of the More

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Ruppel Named Director of Content for Townsquare Lansing
Jonathan JR Ruppel
Jonathan JR Ruppel
Jonathan "JR" Ruppel is named Director of Content for Townsquare Media's cluster in Lansing, MI effective June 1. He'll also become Program Director for Country WITL and Classic Rock WMMQ, with oversight of News/Talk WJIM-AM and Sports WVFN (AM 730 The Game). He makes the move from Country WPOR and Classic More

Saga Communications Q1 Net Revs Up 12% to $25 Million
Saga Communications
Saga Communications
Saga Communications reported first quarter net revenue increased 12% to $25 million from $22.3 million in 2021. Station operating expense grew 8.7% for to $20.6 million from $18.9 million, while station operating income was up 17.8% to $5.6 million and operating income rose to $1.7 More

Neal Sharpe Named PD for WLNK (Mix 107.9)/Charlotte
Neal Sharpe
Neal Sharpe
Veteran programmer Neal Sharpe joins Radio One's Hot AC WLNK-FM (Mix 107.9)/Charlotte as Program Director, effective immediately. For the last ten years, he has been with Saga Communications in Asheville, NC overseeing its 7-station cluster as OM/PD. Previously, Sharpe was with WLNK (107.9 The Link) in More

Marketron Hosts Podcast Series on How to Boost Ad Revenue
Marketron
Marketron
Marketron has announced a new video podcast series that will kick off at the 2022 NAB Show, April 23-27. Entitled "Beyond Impressions: Insights From Broadcast Experts," the series will bring in thought leaders from all over the broadcast industry -- radio and television executives, industry association More

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