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    As programmers strategize how – and where – to connect with their most loyal listeners, new data illuminates the differences in the devices they use, social media they favor, how much they listen on headphones and other behaviors across 11 top formats. “Radio Listener Profiles,” a new Infinite Dial study from Edison Research, breaks out behaviors from a national online survey of more than 3,000 Americans 12+ that listened to AM/FM radio in the past week, either over the air or online. Read more

    Inside Radio News

    MJ (Todd Schnitt) is bringing his “crotchety old man” calls and other bits from his historic run in Tampa morning radio back to the market starting Monday, Oct. 5. Only this time “The MJ Morning Show” will air on Beasley Media Group classic hits “Q105” WRBQ, the stations that MJ and his former “Power Pig” co-conspirators competed with in one of radio’s most infamous format wars. Read more

    Charges will not be filed against Josie Huang, a reporter at Pasadena Area Community College news/talk KPCC Los Angeles, who was arrested earlier this month during unrest that followed the shooting of two sheriff’s deputies in Compton. The Los Angeles County’s District Attorney’s Office said Huang did not intentionally interfere with deputies who were making an arrest of another individual. Read more

    We may have the first “official” Christmas flip of the year as Cumulus Media puts oldies on hold at “Z104” WWIZ Youngstown and launches “Christmas 104,” the Valley’s Christmas station. “We Need A Little Christmas” by Percy Faith and his Orchestra ushered in the holiday season at, appropriately enough, 12:25pm on Friday, Sept. 25, three months ahead of the holiday. Read more

    There is another change at the top of a public media outlet. Tim Eby has been removed as General Manager of news/talk “St. Louis Public Radio” KWMU. According to a KWMU report, Eby and other station leaders have come under fire over allegations of a “legacy of racism” at the University of Missouri-owned station. Read more

    Apple has quietly been putting more focus on its podcast business this year, recruiting staff and making tweaks to its operating system and hardware to become more podcast-friendly. It is also apparently buying companies, not that it wants anyone to know. Apple is now confirming a Bloomberg report that revealed Apple purchased the startup Scout FM earlier this year. Read more

    WNYC Studio’s Radiolab, one of its most popular and influential podcasts and radio shows, announced that creator and host Jad Abumrad will be joined by two new co-hosts following the retirement of longtime co-host Robert Krulwich. Abumrad is joined by Lulu Miller, a veteran of the show and former co-host and cofounder of NPR’s Invibilia podcast. Also taking on co-host duties is Latif Nasser, who is currently Radiolab’s Director of Research. Read more

    Joshua “Crisco Kidd” Carmona has stepped down from afternoons on Riviera Broadcasting rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR Phoenix to run for mayor. “With the events that have affected our city since March, and our elected officials' lack of response and leadership, my mind and my heart, feel it it’s time to represent and serve the people of Phoenix,” Carmona says. Read more

    Vertical Bridge REIT has completed its second successful securitization of 2020 with the issuance of $360.5 million of secured tower revenue notes, according to a news release. Proceeds from the notes will be used to refinance Vertical Bridge’s October 2016 securitization, fund its recently announced acquisition of Cumulus Media’s broadcast tower portfolio, and fuel company growth. The Boca Raton, FL-based company is the nation’s largest private owner and operator of communications infrastructure. Read more

    People Moves

    iHeartMedia soft AC KSOF Fresno (98.9) adds “Valentine in the Morning” to its on-air lineup, effective immediately. Teri-Ann Schlesse moves to middays with the addition of the program, which is based at hot AC sister “104.3 My FM” KBIG Los Angeles. Read more

    Freddy Mac is added to afternoons at Hubbard hot AC “Q102” WKRQ Cincinnati, where he joins co-host Natalie Jones and succeeds “Jon Jon” Curl, who exited in July. Mac was previously midday host at Wheeler Broadcasting CHR “K92” WXLK Roanoke. Read more

    Entercom modern rock KNRK Portland, OR (94.7) afternoon host Gustav has exited after 25 years with the station. Gustav also hosted the Saturday night “EDM/PDX” specialty program.  Read more