Week of 07.19.10
Clear Channel hot AC "104.3 MYfm" KBIG-FM, Los Angeles is where popular Chicago radio afternoon drive host Ty Bentli will resurface. He’ll take PM drive duties at the station, replacing the Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton show beamed in from rhythmic CHR WKTU, New York. Bentli joins "MYfm" from CHR "Kiss FM" WKSC, Chicago. He previously worked in St. Cloud, MN and Sioux Falls, SD.
Nielsen BDSradio hires Joshua Medlock as a Dallas-based sales executive for the U.S. and Mexico. Medlock is exiting the "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show, where he has been VP of marketing and promotions since December 2006. Prior to Kraddick's show, he spent 12 years as operations manager and program director for CBS Radio hot AC "Mix 106.5" WWMX and the now-defunct FM talker "Live 105.7" WHFS in Baltimore.
Clear Channel hires former Seattle programmer Rod Arquette to host afternoon drive on "Talk Radio 105.7" KNRS-FM, Salt Lake City replacing a rebroadcast of the syndicated Glenn Beck show. Beck also airs live in morning drive on the station. Arquette was most recently PD for Bonneville’s KIRO-FM, Seattle. It’s a return to Salt Lake for Arquette who previously hosted afternoons at Bonneville’s news/talk KSL (820).
Chicago radio is remembering Dick Buckley, who died July 22. He was 85. Buckley is known as the market’s long-running jazz radio host, on the air from the 1950s until retiring in 2008. Most of that time was for Chicago Public Radio’s WBEZ (91.5), where he worked from 1977 until his retirement.
Emmis promotes Jeffrey Thacker to Emmis New York Digital Director for the company’s three-station cluster. Thacker has been with Emmis since 2005 as the interactive brand manager for rock WRXP (101.9).
Listener Driven Radio hires Greg Hunt as LDR VP of affiliate relations. He formerly worked with Triton Digital, but previously held programming and promotions jobs at Clear Channel in Rochester, NY and Dalton Media in Charlotte.
Northshire Communications modern rock WEQX, Albany, NY promotes MD/midday host Amber Miller to program director, succeeding Willobee who exited in March. She’s been with the station since May 2007. She previously worked at Citadel hot AC WDVD, Detroit (96.3) and Clear Channel CHR "G105" WDCG, Raleigh.
Citadel promotes country WITL-FM, Lansing, MI (100.7) PD Chris Tyler to director of operations for the six-station cluster, succeeding Brent Alberts who is now programming Greater Media’s classic rock WCSX, Detroit (94.7).
Bonnie Bernstein, Greg Buttle
ESPN Radio’s WEPN, New York (1050) announces Bonnie Bernstein and Greg Buttle will host "New York Football Live" weeknights (7-9pm). A weekend edition will air Sundays 12-2 p.m. with Buttle and Don La Greca.
Red Zebra Radio’s "ESPN 980" WTEM, Washington hires Chris Russell as its NFL Redskins reporter according to the Washington Post. Russell joins from CBS Radio’s rival "106.7 The Fan" WJFK-FM. Russell previously was a nationally syndicated host for Sporting News Radio, and for XM Radio's MLB Home Plate.
Jeff Kapugi spent 21 years at Clear Channel in various programming and operations roles before jumping to Tribune Interactive in late 2008. Kapugi’s just been promoted from SVP to chief operating officer for the digital division — which is headed by another former Clear Channel employee: Marc Chase.
Former Detroit Red Wings player Darren McCarty joins the on-air staff at CBS Radio’s "97.1 The Ticket" WXYT-FM, Detroit as a regular contributor to the station’s lineup. McCarty will co-host with various shows throughout the week. Most recently, McCarty has been broadcasting as a hockey analyst for the cable TV network Versus.
Charles Johnson, Joel Klatt
Former University of Colorado quarterbacks Charles Johnson and Joel Klatt team to host a sport talk show in middays (12-3pm) on KDSP, Denver (102.3) reports the Daily Camera newspaper.
WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh promotes Deborah Acklin to president-elect and chief executive officer of WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh, effective September 23. Acklin, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer of WQED Multimedia succeeds George Miles. WQED Multimedia includes two radio stations – the classical/news simulcast of WQED (89.9) and WQEJ (89.7) – as well as three TV channels.
Bill Kreutz, Dennis Soapes and Rob Magaziner
The Timeless Cool syndicated 24/7 format hires new regional directors. Bill Kreutz, who most recently was senior affiliate sales manager for Dial-Global’s 24-7 Digital Formats, will handle the Midwest region, which is the same region he worked for three years for Unistar/Westwood One before being appointed VP Affiliate Sales. Timeless Cool also hires Dennis Soapes, a 20 year radio veteran with both Broadcast Programming and Jones Radio Networks to cover the Western region. Also new to Timeless Cool is Rob Magaziner, who spent over 20 years in affiliate and business operations management at Westwood One, Unistar, United Stations and Dow Jones. He’ll work the Eastern region. Timeless Cool’s manager of syndication operations Scott Gilreath also becomes regional director for the East Coast and Gulf Coast regions. Gilreath recently sold his company, Radio Affiliate Services & Syndication (RASS) to join Timeless Cool. (www.timelesscoolmusic.com)
Cumulus Media Partner’s "Talk Radio 570" KLIF, Dallas hires Paul Duckworth as program director, succeeding Steve Nicholl who died of a heart attack two months ago. Duckworth was most recently PD of Citadel’s "News Talk 630" WMAL, Washington.
Splash Media hires former CBS Radio Dallas market manager David Henry as president of the digital advertising agency. Henry spent the past 18-years with the Dallas cluster. He has also taught at Southern Methodist University as an adjunct professor of marketing.
Clear Channel CHR "Kiss FM" WKSC, Chicago (103.5) afternoon drive host Ty Bentli will exit the daypart and the Chicago Sun-Times reports he’ll soon be on the air with a sister Clear Channel station in Los Angeles. No details have been released. Bentli has been at WKSC since 2006. No successor has been named.
The University of Utah Athletics Department hires Bill Riley as their new play-by-play announcer for men’s football and basketball. It’s a second run for Riley who had the position during the 2006-2007 season.
Longtime Albany, NY morning personality Ric Mitchell returns to Anastos Media Group’s AC "Star 101.3" WQAR. He’ll start August 2. Mitchell exited Pamal’s AC "B-95.5" WYJB in May when the station brought back the man Mitchell replaced, Chuck Taylor.
Spanish Broadcasting System appoints Marko Radlovic as chief revenue officer for a second time in his nine years of working for the company. Radlovic will keep his current position as Los Angeles market manager. Radlovic succeeds Frank Flores, who exited the company last month.
Alpha Broadcasting’s country KUPL, Portland launches a live-and-local evening show hosted by B-Dub, who previously did a weekend show for the station. The move shifts the syndicated "CMT Live with Cody Allen" back to the 10pm-2am timeslot.
Remembering John Andrew 'Andyman' Davis
Ohio broadcasters are remembering "CD-101" WWCD, Columbus program director and afternoon drive personality John Andrew 'Andyman' Davis, who died July 17 in a drowning accident while on family vacation in Michigan. Davis had been with WWCD since 1991, and was PD since 1998.
Clear Channel parts ways with longtime Fort Smith, AR morning host Brian Harris, who exits KWHN (1320). The final "Arklahoma AM" show was Monday, July 19. The show’s other longtime host – Gary Elmore – died June 7 at age 56. KWHN will instead air Talk Radio Network’s syndicated "America’s Morning News."
Renda Broadcasting hires Jet Black as operations manager for CHR "K-Hits" KHTT (106.9) and adult hits "92.9 Bob FM" KBEZ in Tulsa. He succeeds Tod Tucker.
John Boy and Billy
Premiere Radio Networks announces it has signed a long-term contract deal with John Boy and Billy, keeping the morning show on the air at more than 70 affiliates.
Citadel Media inks a multi-year syndication deal with Michael Baisden, keeping his afternoon show on about 75 urban radio affiliates.
Remembering Rick Steele
The Montrose County (CO) Sherriff’s Department confirms it has recovered the body of missing hot AC "The Blast" KBNG (103.7) morning personality Rick Steele. He’d been missing since July 2. Police say he apparently accidentally fell into a canal and drown while walking his two dogs. Steele was 48.
Bustos Media hires Bryan Hollenbaugh as market manager for its Eastern Washington station group, which includes stations in the Yakima, Tri-Cities and Wenatchee markets. It’s a return to the U.S. mainland for Hollenbaugh who has been market manager for dms in the Grand Cayman Islands. Hollenbaugh previously worked in Punta Gorda, FL; Reno and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Longtime Los Angeles sports radio anchor Chuck Madden, 61, died Friday, KNX-AM (1070) announced. Madden had suffered a series of strokes and been diagnosed with leukemia. Besides doing sports reports for KNX, Madden had also worked for KABC (790) KMPC (710) and KLAC (570).
Clear Channel’s "Sports Radio 790" WKRD, Louisville and WKRD-FM (101.7) shifts Dave Jennings from middays to co-host of the afternoon "Underdogs" show with Tony Vanetti. He replaces Adam Neft, who left Louisville in April. WKRD is search for a new personality to take Jenning’s midday duties.
Javier Cortezón, Javier Viroomal Carreño
Spanish-language broadcaster Unión Radio promotes associate director Javier Cortezón to managing director of the compamy. Cortezón joined Grupo Prisa in 1996. Unión Radio also hires Javier Viroomal Carreño as digital director for the company. Madrid-based Unión Radio operates in 10 countries and sees growth opportunities in the U.S. beyond its current syndicated programming.