Week of 12.13.10
Brotha Fred, Angi Taylor, David L., Tommy Black
Clear Channel CHR "103.5 Kiss FM" WKSC, Chicago announces its new morning show host: Frederick "Brotha Fred" Christopher, replacing Kevin "DreX" Buchar, who exited earlier in the week. Starting January 17 Brotha Fred will be paired with Angi Taylor – who is held over from the previous morning show – and comedian David L. Brother Fred and David L. are inbound from CHR "Channel 96.1" WIBT, Charlotte – where a customized version of the show will continue to air, as well as on existing affiliates in Greensboro and Chattanooga, TN. Tommy Black continues as the show’s producer. A third version featuring only Brotha Fred airing on XM Radio’s "Kiss-XM" channel.
Grand Slam Sports-owned sports KFNS, St. Louis (590) welcomes back talk personality Kevin Slaten on January 3, three years after he was fired from the station after he aired a conversation he had with St. Louis Cardinal pitching coaches who weren’t aware their conversation was being broadcast. The firing led to a lawsuit, which was settled in October. Slaten will air in afternoon drive with current PM drivers Jeff Vernetti, Jeff Gordon and Brian McKenna shifting to the newly-acquired KSLG (1380). Grand Slam Sports also hires Howard Balzer to host a midday (1-3pm) show on KSLG.
Sandusky Radio’s CHR "Movin 92.5" KQMV, Seattle hires Jubal Flagg for morning drive. He joins from Clear Channel’s CHR "Kiss 106.1" KBKS where he has been in mornings for the past seven years.
Clear Channel’s "92.5 Kiss FM" WVKS, Toledo has opted not to renew the contract of air personality Andrew Zepeda reports WTOL-TV. He’s been off the air since last month when he was indicted on charges of failing to pay taxes on his pizzeria.
Lincoln Financial Media parent Lincoln Financial Group promotes Randal Freitag to EVP/CFO, effective January 1. He replaces Frederick Crawford, who will now assume the newly created position of EVP and head of corporate development and investments. Freitag and Crawford will both serve on the company's senior management committee. Freitag joined the company in 1995.
Peak Broadcasting’s "93.7 Kiss Country" KSKS, Fresno hires Mac Daniels as program director. That eases the load on operations manager Skip Essick who’s been overseeing KSKS programming in addition to news/talk stations "Now 105.9" KMJ-FM and "Now 580" KMJ. Daniels spent the past six years as operations manager for Clear Channel’s Austin cluster and programmed the country combo of KASE-FM (100.7) and KVET-FM (98.1). He also was regional VP of programming for the South-Central Texas region. He previously worked at Clear Channel’s country WMZQ-FM, Washington (98.7); CBS Radio’s country WYCD, Detroit (99.5) and Susquehanna country "99.5 The Wolf" KPLX, Dallas.
Kenny G, Sandy Kovach
Recording artist Kenny G. has been producing two weekend shows for Broadcast Architecture, now he’ll work Monday through Friday as well. Kenny joins veteran Detroit radio-TV personality Sandy Kovach as morning drive hosts for B.A.’s Smooth AC Radio Network and Smooth Jazz Network beginning January 3. They succeed pianist Brian Culbertson, who will exit at year’s end to focus on his music career. Kenny G.’s weekend shows will continue. Kovach is new to Broadcast Architecture. She previously worked as music director/air personality at CBS Radio’s smooth jazz "V-98.7" WVMV, Detroit – which flipped to CHR "98.7 Amp Radio" WDZH in October 2009. Also in Detroit Kovach has worked at CBS Radio’s classic hits WOMC (104.3) and Greater Media’s AC "Magic 105.1" WMGC. B.A. has more than 30 affiliates.
NPR hires Bob Kempf as vice president of Public Interactive, the Boston-based application services provider for all of public media that NPR acquired in 2008.His mission will be broadened to help stations develop content, expand their online audience and identify new revenue opportunities in their markets. The group will work closely with NPR's digital media group. Kempf most recently was VP of product and technology at Boston.com. He previously worked at Gatehouse Media and Ottaway Newspapers.
Sandusky Radio’s CHR "Movin 92.5" KQMV, Seattle hires Justin Barnes for nights. He joins from Clear Channel’s Seattle cluster where he hosted afternoons on the former modern rock "Funky Monkey 104.9" KFNK – which flipped to adult hits "GenX Radio 104.9" KSFX in late-November.
Talk KYNO, Fresno (940) morning talk show host Alan Autry will exit the station this week in what owner John Ostlund tells the Fresno Bee was a mutual decision. Autry is the former Fresno mayor who says he plans to return to acting and making movies. KYNO will fill the 6-9am slot with Don Imus and the 9am-12noon slot with Dennis Miller.
David Felker, Tim Maranville, John Paul, Chris Reeves
Dial Global promotes four senior programmers to vice president including David Felker (based in Valencia, CA), Tim Maranville (based in Seattle), John Paul (based in Denver) and Chris Reeves (based in Denver).
Mission Media Group president Clancy Woods is exiting the company at the end of the year. He’ll be replaced by Mission chairman David Gow, who is also owner of flagship "1560 The Game" KGOW, Houston. Mission Media distributes content under the Sporting News Radio (sportingnewsradio.com) name, was formed by Woods last year to purchase certain assets from its previous owner, American City Business Journals. SRN programming airs on 175 stations as well as Sirius XM Radio.
Broadcast Company of the Americas promotes veteran radio programming executive Jack Evans to become VP/station manager of the four stations it operates in San Diego. Evans joined BCA last year from Gap West where he was VP of programming. He previously spent 18 years at Clear Channel.
Beasley Broadcast Group rhythmic CHR "Wired 96.5" WRDW, Philadelphia program director Leo Baldwin exits the station after four years. Assistant PD/afternoon drive host Kannon will handle programming duties until a successor has been named.
"Goumba Johnny" Sialiano
Clear Channel rhythmic CHR WKTU, New York (103.5) parts ways with longtime air personality "Goumba Johnny" Sialiano. He joined WKTU in 1996 and most recently had been co-hosting afternoon drive with Hollywood Hamilton, who remains in the daypart solo.
Clear Channel CHR "103.5 Kiss FM" WKSC, Chicago morning show host DreX exits the station after eight years. He previously worked at KTFM, San Antonio. Sidekicks Mel "Mel T" Tovar and Angi Taylor are also off WKSC’s website, but the Chicago Tribune reports they may return in a new capacity.
Fordham University’s adult alternative WFUV, New York (90.7) hires Cynthia O’Connor as underwriting sales representative. O’Connor joins WFUV with more than three decades of sales experience, having been the VP/New York sales manager at Eastman Radio and general sales manager at WABC, New York (770).
Cox Media Group VP of technical operations Sterling Davis is retiring from the company at the end of the month. Davis has spent four decades in radio and TV, the past 28 at Cox. No successor has been named. Davis previously worked at ABC-TV and KTTV-TV, Los Angeles. In 2009 Davis was honored with the NAB’s Engineering Achievement Award.
Clear Channel news/talk KOGO, San Diego (600) promotes morning news anchor and co-host LaDona Harvey to host a new local talk show in middays (12-3pm) filling the slot being vacated by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Harvey has been with KOGO since 1998. No replacement for her morning duties on Chip Franklin’s show has been named.
NextMedia Group parts ways with Ryan Snow, who has been operations manager for its five stations in Aurora and Joliet, IL. The Chicagoland Radio & Media website reports GM Patrick Pendergast will absorb Snow’s ops manager duties.
With Dr. Laura Schlessinger ending her terrestrial radio career, some members of the staff at Take On The Day Radio is finding new positions. COO Jake Russell is the first to depart, joining Media Management Group in New York as senior VP of affiliate sales and relations. Media Management Group is a talent agency that works with a wide number of media clients, many from radio including Peter Greenberg and Doug Stephan.
Main Line Broadcasting hires Brad Waldo to program adult hits "Fly 92.9" WGTZ, Dayton. He’s been a Main Line consultant since 2001 and previously programmed ACs "Y-92" KGBY, Sacramento and "98.7 K-Lite" KKLT-FM, Phoenix.
John Gordon, Dan Gladden
The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with the Treasure Island Baseball Network (TIBN), announced that John Gordon and Dan Gladden will return as the club's primary radio broadcast tandem for the 2011 season. In addition, the Twins announced the balance of the club's radio broadcast team for the coming season including Kris Atteberry and Jack Morris as well as the return of former Twins play-by-play voices Ted Robinson and Bob Kurtz. Gordon, who will work approximately 90 games during the 2011 season, will celebrate his 25th season in the Twins radio broadcast booth. Gladden will work approximately 140 games during the 2011 season. Gladden enters his 12th year in the Twins radio broadcast booth, his ninth serving as a full-time analyst. Gladden played in the Major Leagues for 11 years and retired from professional baseball following the 1994 season. Atteberry begins his fifth season as a member of the TIBN broadcast team in 2011. He will handle play-by-play and/or analyst duties for approximately 45 games. Morris begins his seventh season as a broadcaster for the Twins in 2011 and is slated to work approximately 25 games. Robinson joins the Twins radio broadcast team for approximately 25 games in 2011 after spending six seasons in the team's television broadcast booth (1984, 1988-1992). Robinson can currently be heard and seen as the lead announcer of NBC's coverage of the French Open and The Championships, Wimbledon, a position that he has held since 2000. Kurtz, a member of the Twins television broadcast team for seven seasons (1979-1986), will return to the team's radio broadcast booth for approximately 25 games in 2011. Kurtz, the only radio play-by-play voice in Minnesota Wild history, is currently working his 11th season for Minnesota's NHL club.
Radio One Indianapolis engineer Don Payne died December 12 at the age of 53. Prior to working for Radio One he was an on-air personality at engineer at hot AC "Z-99.5" WZPL, Indianapolis. He got his start in radio at Little Rock radio stations KAAY (1090) and KLPO, and later while attending Purdue University’s School of Engineering he worked at WZUS and WAZY-FM (96.5) in Lafayette, IN.
Hawaii Pubilc Radio founding general manager Cliff Eblen died December 12. He was 86. The Louisville native moved to Hawaii in 1966 to program the state’s first public TV Station. The Star Advertiser says he and colleague Bob Miller then decided to launch a public radio station launching KHPR, Honolulu (88.1) in 1981. In addition to serving as GM, Eblen also was an air personality at the launch. He then helped expand the station’s reach to other FMs around the island before his retirement in 1992.
Lloyd Grant Reedstrom
Longtime South Dakota broadcaster Lloyd Grant Reedstrom died December 11 in Yankton. He was 89. Reedstrom began his radio career in 1938 at KYSM, Mankato (1230) as the station signed-on. After returning from the Navy after World War II, Reedstrom returned to KYSM then later worked in Sioux Fall as KOTA (1380) and KELO (1320) as well as WNAX, Yankton (570). He then went to work at KYNT (1450) in Yankton, later buying the station. He sold it in 1973 and went to work for ASCAP in 1973 where he remained a regional radio station relations manager until retiring in 1994. Reedstrom also served as president of the South Dakota Broadcasters Association for two terms.
Mobile broadcasters are remembering Scott O’Brien, a longtime Alabama radio announcer who died December 11 of cancer. He was 61. He started his career at what was then "97 Rock" WABB-FM, Mobile (97.5) in 1975 with his brothers Dave and Bob also working at the station. The Press-Register says he went on to work at CHR "G-100" WKRG – which is today "Lite Mix 99.9" WMXC – as well as country WKSJ-FM (94.9), "News Radio 710" WNTM and "Sports Radio 105.5" WNSP. O’Brien also was the public address announcer for the University of South Alabama Jaguars basketball and football games for more than 25 years.
Syndicated Solutions, Inc. (SSI) hires Joan Gerberding as executive vice president, where she becomes responsible for the daily management of national ad sales, affiliate sales and related syndication activities associated with SSI's roster of programming. She will also work to develop additional branded programming, staff, consulting services and specialty NTR opportunities. Gerberding joins from Mediaguide where she was EVP of advertising sales. She previously was president of Nassau Broadcasting Partners.
Townsquare Media's digital division hires Sun Sachs as VP of product, design and egineering from AOL where he spent the past six years, most recently as Vice President Design and Product for AOL Media. He oversaw the creative direction and user experience for AOL.com homepages, product management of all third party social network integration and community products, custom rich media advertising, mobile content applications.
Townsquare Mediaˇ's digital division hires Jared Willig as VP of digital strategy and operations from AOL, where he spent almost ten years, most recently as VP/GM of Moviefone, AOL TV and PopEater, and the founder of Asylum.com. Previously, Mr. Willig was Managing Director of AOL Music and AOL Radio. Prior to joining AOL in 2001, Willig worked in online marketing at BMG Entertainment and is a former club and radio DJ in New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Townsquare Media's digital division hires Pete Schieck as director of digital media, joining the company from AOL where he spent the past six years as the programming director at AOL Radio, overseeing AOL Radio including its 250 online radio stations as well as the AOLRadio Blog. Schiecke also served as the search engine optimization leader for the AOL Music network. Prior to joining AOL, Schiecke spent eight years in radio as an on-air host and music director.
Townsquare Media's digital division hires Stephen Lenz as editorial director for the company's digital division. He joins from AOL where over the past 10 years he's had several editorial positions for AOL City Guide and establishing social media strategies for AOL's entertainment web properties.
Townsquare Media's digital division hires Juan Sarria as director of engineering. For the past five years Sarria managed the engineering and tool development for a variety of digital content products at AOL Media. Prior to that he served as a lead developer at Multimedia Solutions where he managed engineering projects for corporations including Dow Jones Newswires, Brother USA and Allen & Co.
Townsquare Media's digital division hires several AOL veterans including: Jon Gamel as art director, Eric Tsuei as senior developer, Ashley Iasimone as a deputy editor and Sara Anderson as a deputy editor. Also joining from Townsquare from Rocketboom is Andrea Rosen who becomes director of marketing and business development and from the record business Matthew Wilkening, who joins as a deputy editor.
Focus 360 LLC announced today that it has opened an office in San Francisco to be run by Bill Horton, who joins the company as account executive for the rep firm. Horton joins Focus 360 from Pappas Broadcasting's "Xtra Sports 860" KTRB, San Francisco, where he was a senior account executive. Focus 360 provides fully integrated media solutions to advertisers, agencies and broadcasters. Horton previously was sales manager at Cause Marketing Solutions, a start-up cause marketing consulting company and worked in TV sales in the Bay Area.
The National Association of Broadcasters hires Skip Pizzi as director of digital strategies. He'll report to Lynn Claudy, senior vice president of Science and Technology. Pizzi was most recently the technology editor at Radio Ink magazine and a consultant for U.S. and international broadcasters, government agencies, educational institutions, foundations and manufacturers.
Ken Berry, Paul Hosley
Citadel "News Talk 810" KGO, San Francisco news director Ken Berry shifts to become program director at sister "Hot Talk 560" KSFO. His position at KGO will be filled by station veteran Ken Berry, who exited earlier this year and he's been president of Hosley Communications, a company focused on helping businesses develop their social media strategies. Jack Swanson remains operations manager/program director for KGO.
Citadel's hot AC WDVD, Detroit (96.3) music director/afternoon drive host Jesse Addy is promoted to assistant program director. Addy joined WDVD in May 2005 from CHR "Q-100" WWWQ, Atlanta.
CBS Radio's "The Big Talker 1210" WPHT, Philadelphia will drop Sid Mark's Friday night Sinatra music-focused radio show, but will keep his "Sunday with Sinatra" show (8am-1pm) on the air. The Philadelphia Enquirer reports Mark has been hosting Sinatra shows for 55 years, including previous stops at WIP, WWDB and WHAT.
For 51 years Charlie Boone has been on CBS Radio's "News Radio 830" WCCO, Minneapolis for three decades in morning drive alongside Roger Erickson. But the "Good Morning Song" will welcome him onto the air one last time on Saturday, when Boone hosts his final show. He joined WCCO in 1959 after making a name across the upper Midwest on KFGO, Fargo (790). At WCCO he was partnered with Roger Erickson for more than 30 years. Their show came to an end in 1998, but Boone has hosted a Saturday morning show for the past 12 years. "
Kevin & Bean
CBS Radio's Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter extend their KROQ, Los Angeles (106.7) morning show to "Live 105" KITS, San Francisco starting January 3. KITS current morning host No Name shifts to afternoon drive.
Mark Bolger, Kimberly Kay
Clear Channel's hot AC "Star 93.3" WBWZ, Poughkeepsie, NY morning team of Mark Bolger and Kimberly Kay exit the station. Bolger had been at WBWZ for 13 years and Kay had been there for six years.
Gary Williams, Erik Kuselias
Sirius XM Radio's "Mad Dog Radio" host Gary Williams joins ESPN Radio personality Erik Kuselias to host a new weekday TV show for the Golf Channel. The program will air in mornings and will mix golf news with weather and news updates. The program launches January 3.
The National Press Club has elected Associated Press broadcast journalist Mark Hamrick as its 104th president. Hamrick, who formerly served as the Club's vice president. Hamrick is a national business and financial news journalist for the Associated Press in Washington, D.C., where he has worked for nearly 25 years. Prior to his first position as a radio reporter and anchor for the Associated Press in Dallas, Hamrick worked in Buffalo as a news anchor at WBEN, WNED-TV, and all-news WEBR radio station. At WBEN, he also provided traffic reports from a helicopter.