Cutbacks at Dial Global in Dallas, Denver, Seattle and Valencia has forced out approximately 30 people, the result of a merging of staffs and a surplus of programming, on-air and support posts. Chick Watkins, PD of Adult Standards exits as his position was eliminated and AC PD Rick Brady exits. Oldies Plus/Good Time Oldies PD Cheri Marquart takes over for Brady.
Jack Broady is appointed Director of Operations for RR Broadcasting's five station Palm Springs cluster. Broady replaces Mike Keene.
Josh Strickland resigns from the PD post at AC WOXL and Triple A sister WOXL-HD2/Asheville.
At Malkan Broadcasting-Corpus Christi, APD/morning host Gino Flores rises to PD at CHR/Rhythmic KZFM, while Doug Kesterson is elevated to PD at Sports KEYS-AM.
Active Rock WVVB/Birmingham picks up the the syndicated Free Beer and Hot Wings for mornings.
Classic Rock WFXG re-images from The Fox to The Brew playing the "next generation of Classic Rock" with the focus on the ’80s, while dipping back into the late '70s and covering some early '90s tracks. The Brother Wease morning show will stay on. Clear Channel-Sacramento Market Manager Jeff Holden has left the building.
Rock WFXH/Savannah APD/MD/midday host Billie Marshall segues to sister Country WUBB (Bob 106.9) as morning co-host, alongside Tim Leary.
Non-comm Triple A WFPK/Louisville will launch a new show on Wednesday, May 9, hosted by Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The show, entitled Sir Microcosm and co-hosted by James and his former bandmate from Month Of Sundays, Dave Givan, will be a pre-recorded weekly hour that James says, "will provide the totality of the human experience, in a small, easy-to-digest capsule." Sir Microcosm will air weekly in Wednesday, 8-9 p.m. slot.
With Entercom officially controlling Urban AC KBLX/San Francisco, the station has made additional changes. Along with the syndicated Steve Harvey morning show debuting on May 7, Victor "Big Daddy" Zaragoza moves from part-timer to 3-8 p.m. afternoon drive host. However, GM Harvey Stone, VP Barry Rose, PD and former morning host KevinBrown and 4-10pm host Antoine Davis all exit.
In a New York Times feature on Ryan Seacrest, the paper reveals that the multimedia star has inked a new contract extension with Clear Channel. According to the Times, CC is set to announce a new two year extension through 2015 that would pay Seacrest over $25 million per year. Seacrest is currently paid $20 million/year by Clear Channel. The company declined to comment on Seacrest's contract. You can read the Times feature here.
Effective next season, the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers will be heard on their new flagship station, Greater Media Sports WPEN-FM (97.5 FM The Fanatic), ending their longtime relationship with CBS Radio Sports WIP. Just last week, the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers made the jump to The Fanatic from WIP as well. Flyers games will also be simulcast on WPEN AM (950) and several games will also be carried on Rock sister WMMR. The Flyers radio broadcast team of TimSaunders and Chris Therien remain in place.
Celebrating their new partnership in which all Philadelphia Flyers radio broadcasts will be heard on Greater Media Philadelphia stations are (L-R): Bill Weston, PD of 93.3 WMMR-FM; Shawn Tilger, SVP, Flyers; Peter Luukko, President of Comcast-Spectacor; John Fullam, VP/Market Manager, Greater Media Philadelphia; Paul Blake, VP, Sales for Greater Media Philadelphia; Jake McCann, GSM, Greater Media Philadelphia; and Matt Nahigian, PD for 97.5 The Fanatic.
John Tesh announces the launch of his new Christian online radio station, K TESHLos Angeles, geared toward Southern California listeners. K TESH Los Angeles is an Christian AC music and talk station featuring Tesh’s long-running nationally syndicated radio show Intelligence For Your Life. The channel also features Intelligence For Your Health, hosted by Connie Sellecca with interviews from notable medical doctors and nutritionists from Dr. Oz to Dr. Brian Wansink and Dr. Daniel Amen. The new online channel is also available as an app for the iPhone, iPad and Andriod.
Harris Corp. announced today that it will divest the company of its Broadcast Communications division, selling off the assets of its department known for manufacturing radio and TV equipment such as transmitters and consoles.
United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. (USRN) has signed a lengthy multi-year extension of its agreement to sell network commercial time for Chicago-based JamTraxx Media, Incorporated. JTM will continue to provide affiliate relations efforts as well as act as producer for all JamTraxx and RadioMixes programming.
A partnership deal has been announced between Ditto Music and VEVO, allowing videos by Ditto's artists and labels to stream via the popular digital music video site.
NextMedia expands its existing relationship with Marketron and signs onto its Mediascape platform. This deployment will offer NextMedia greater visibility into their data and introduce new revenue channels across the organization and its markets.
A memorial service former WUSL (Power 99) and Urban AC WDAS/Philly morning personality Brian Carter is set for Wednesday (5/2). The service will take place at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church (230 West Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144) beginning at 10am. Carter passed away last week after suffering cardiac arrrest. He was 56.