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Kevin Cruis

Impact Radio has announced the promotion of Kevin Cruise to Operations Manager of the cluster. Cruise joined the group last year after a long run in Salt Lake City at KUUU. Cruise has recently been Program Director of Rhythmic Top 40 KWYD (Wild 101) and Hot AC KZMG (My 102.7) and will add Country KQBL (The Bull), Adult Hits KSRV-FM (96.1 Bob-FM) and ESPN Sports KNFL (AM 730 / 96.5 FM).
Impact CEO/Market Manager Darrell Calton commented on the promotion, "His experience has been incredibly invaluable since he joined. I had hoped he would be everything I wanted in an OM when I hired him. He has worked to prove he has the passion, the drive and the know how to be that resource."
Cruise added, "I want to thank Darrell and for this opportunity. I look forward to working with the teams at Bob, ESPN, and the Bull as we continue to take this group of stations to an even higher level. It's exciting to be in an environment with a great team that is committed to winning."

John Legend and Common won a Golden Globe Award on Sunday night for Best Original Song for their track "Glory," which appeared in the movie Selma. They beat out a competitive field that included Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Patti Smith, and Sia.

Nicki Minaj will get a second MTV documentary special. The follow-up to 2010's My Time Now is of course titled My Time Again. The special will air on January 18 at 10pm on the network. MTV has released a trailer for the special, which can be seen below:

Snoop Dogg announced at a media event in Las Vegas yesterday that his new album is complete and will be out in March. Titled Bush, the album reunites Snoop with hitmaker Pharrell Williams. Acccording to Rap-Up, it features cameos from Stevie Wonder and Charlie Wilson, the first single is called "Peaches N Cream" and it will be released on Columbia and Pharrell's i am OTHER imprint.

K. Michelle has announced the first leg of her My Twisted Mind Tour, in support of her album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?, released last fall. The tour begins February 5 in San Francisco with dates announced up to March 12 in Atlanta.

Fifth Harmony have announced their 2015 Reflection Tour. Presented by MTV, the trek begins in San Francisco on February 27 and runs up to March 27 in Philadelphia. Their album Reflection is due out January 27.

After Kanye West unveiled his Paul McCartney-assisted ballad "Only One" on New Year's Eve, singer/producer Ty Dolla $ign says there is more where that came from. Ty Dolla $ign and West recorded roughly nine songs together for West's next album, including "Only One," on which he sings background vocals. In an interview with Billboard, Ty said that another song featuring 'Ye, McCartney and Rihanna is "gonna drop soon. I heard they shot the video recently. I don't know what the final title is, but I know it's crazy so just be looking out."

It has been seven years since Akon released his last album, Freedom. It looks like the long hiatus has yielded quite a bit of new music, as the singer plans to release a five-part project, of which each album is rooted in a different type of music. Fans can hear a sampling of singles from each album on Akon's website. The five albums are called Stadium: Euro; Stadium: Pop; Stadium: Urban; Stadium: Island; and Stadium: World. No release date for the project has been announced. The artist tweeted: "Thru out this long wait, there has been fans who stuck with me. This Album is for you! 5 Albums 5 genres equaling STADIUM."


Alicia Tyler, PD

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