The syndicated On Air with Ryan Seacrestcan now be heard on AC KMIY/Tucson from 3-7 p.m.
Albie Dee adds midday duties at CHR simulcast WKQR & WKQB/Beckley/Bluefield/Princeton, WV. Dee is also heard on weekends on WPGC/Washington, D.C., Pulse 87/New York and on WWMX/Baltimore as needed.
Hot AC WSTR (Star 94)/Atlanta adds Jimmy Alexander as morning show co-host, alongside CindySimmons.
Seattle radio vet Matt Case joins AC KRWM (Warm 106.9)/Seattle for afternoon drive.
Modern Rock WFUZ/Wilkes Barre-Scranton changes its positioner from "FM 92.1" to "Fuzz 92.1." Also at WUFZ, Production Director Duffy adds afternoon drive duties.
NextMedia has sold off its outdoor division to Lamar Media for $145 million. According to reports, the company is considering shopping its radio division as well. NextMedia owns 33 radio stations across the country.
FMQB sends its condolences to the family and friends of Arbitron and Clear Channel veteran Bob Michaels (real name: Robert Roerig), who passed away yesterday. Michaels was most recently EVP of Research for Clear Channel and spent 17 years at Arbitron. Michaels' wife and family has released a statement, saying, "With the passing Bob Michaels (Robert Roerig), programmers, lost a friend. Known at Arbitron as the father of software tools for Programmers, Bob is credited with the development of Maximizerís Programmerís Package - the first software ever designed expressly for the PD. Bob went to Arbitron through Pierre Bouvard who, at the time, was the Regional Manager in Dallas. According to Bouvard, 'I repped Bob when I had Pennsylvania and was always amazed with how he understood our data better than most of us. When we had an opening in Dallas, he was my first call.' Bouvard and Michaels often discussed the need for and value of having software designed specifically for Programmers. From those conversations, Programmers Package was hatched and Bob became Arbitronís first ever ambassador to radio programmers. Further incarnations of this work led to the industry newsletter PD News, PD Boot Camps and PD Advantage. Bob was on the frontlines where he help usher in PPM and he worked with programmers to help them understand the merits of the new rating service. While many understand Bobís innovations and contributions made our industry better, there was yet another side to Bob where his passions also benefitted others. Along with Cindy, his beloved wife of 22 years, Bob collected Garden Scale (LGB) Trains. And what started as a small backyard setup for personal enjoyment, turned into an annual Christmas display where the tens-of-thousands of onlookers would stop by to see their Carrollton, TX house in full seasonal splendor. Bob and Cindy asked each spectator to drop off a canned good for the local food bank. During Christmas, on a weekly basis, huge truckloads of food were hauled from Bob and Cindyís to the needy. Bob would also head back to Pennsylvania where he would host the Public Television stationís fund drive Ė garnering hundreds of thousands of dollars for their programming. And as an avid scuba diver and owner of a dive quarry, Bob would teach anyone who would ask about the joys under the water."