Week of 06.13.11
Armando Rivera, Jay Hicks
Radio One hires Armando Rivera as the new program director of Detroit sisters urban AC “105.9 Kiss FM” WDMK and talk WCHB (1200). Radio One also hires Jay Hicks as the new program director for urban sister “Hot 102.7” WHTD. Both succeed Ms. Smiley, who exited in March. Rivera spent seven years at Clear Channel urban AC “V-103” WVAZ, Chicago (2001-2007) including as APD/MD. Hicks is a Detroit native who most recently was program director at MacDonald Broadcasting’s urban “Power 96.5” WQHH, Lansing, MI.
Lincoln Financial Media hires radio veteran Bob Richards as program director for “Sports Radio 790 The Zone” WQXI, Atlanta. Most recently, Richards served as a consultant to Tribune's digital/new media division as well as smaller broadcasting companies. Much of his radio career was spent at Clear Channel's Boulder, CO cluster first as operations manager, then as VP/general manager over a six-year span. Richards has also programmed KBPI, Denver. His resume also includes WPHD and WGRF in Buffalo.
Entercom has promoted Greenville, SC director of sales Randy Cable to market manager, succeeding John Burkavage who exited in April. Before joining Entercom three years ago Cable was Saga Communication’s Asheville, NC market manager.
Zachary Katz, Sherrese Smith, Amy Levine
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski appoints Zachary Katz as chief counsel and senior legal advisor, succeeding Rick Kaplan, who recently became chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Katz will manage the Commission's overall policy agenda, and will be responsible for policy coordination among the Bureaus and Offices. In addition, he will continue to have specific responsibility for wireline, international and internet issues. Genachowski also promotes legal advisor Sherrese Smith to senior counsel and special counsel Amy Levine to legal advisor. Smith will oversee the Media, Consumer, and Enforcement Bureaus. Levine will take on new responsibilities overseeing the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Office of Engineering & Technology.
Veteran Los Angeles air personality Nic Harcourt has joined the line-up of Cal State-Northridge adult alternative KCSN (88.5). He’ll host a weekend show and do music commentaries that will air weekdays. Harcourt most recently spent 12 years at KCRW, Santa Monica (89.9)
Northeast Broadcasting Company adult alternative “The River” WXRV, Boston (92.5) afternoon host Bob Stuart exits. No successor has been named.
Saga Communications has hired Citadel Broadcasting regional president Wayne Leland to become its new Norfolk market manager, succeeding Diane Cridland Hubel who will depart at month’s end. Leland starts July 5. Leland has been with Citadel since 2000 when it bought Spring Broadcasting where he served as chief operating officer. Most recently he’s overseen a dozen Northeastern markets.
Melissa Chase, Eric Sean
Cox Media Group CHR “Hot 100.9” WHTI, Richmond promotes APD Melissa Chase to program director for the station as well as sister hot AC “103.7 The River” WURV. She succeeds Fisher, who exited two months ago. WHTI also hires Eric Sean as its new APD/MD/afternoon drive personality. He’s previously worked for Cox Radio in San Antonio. Sean has also worked in three California markets: Bakersfield, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo.
Max Broadcast Group Holdings CHR “Hot 107.1” KDHT-FM, Denver hires Romi Rosario as its new PD/afternoon drive host. She joins from Citadel CHR “Magic FM” KKMG, Colorado Springs (98.9) where she’s been PD/morning co-host after nine years at the station.
Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will host a nightly one-hour radio show for Sports USA. “The Joe Morgan Show” launches on August 22. Morgan’s Hall of Fame playing career spanned 22 years but he is most notably known as a member of the Cincinnati Reds “Big Red Machine” during the 1970’s. He was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in both 1975 and 1976 when he led the Reds to consecutive World Series championships. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. In recent years he’s done television baseball broadcasting work.
Tom Joyner, Rickey Smiley
Crawford Broadcasting urban “Power 92” WPWX, Chicago signs a deal to put Rickey Smiley on the station in morning drive. It also renews fellow Syndication One host Tom Joyner for mornings on urban AC “106.3 FM Real Radio” WSRB.
Former Beasley Broadcast Group AC WJBR-FM, Wilmington, DE (99.5) general manager Jane Bartsch died June 14 following a long cancer battle. She’s also worked overseeing stations in New York, Denver, Ft. Wayne, Oklahoma City and Long Island, NY.
CBS Radio’s rhythmic CHR KLUC-FM (98.5) and modern rock “X-107.5” KXTE hires Reid Reker as general sales manager. It’s a return to CBS Radio for Reker, who worked for the company in Chicago (1997-1998), Dallas (1999-2002) and San Antonio (2003-2006). Most recently, he served as general manager and director of sales for Cumulus Broadcasting in Melbourne/Pensacola, Fla.
CBS Radio’s news/talk KXNT-FM & AM (100.5/840) Las Vegas hires Dave Sturgeon as its new general sales manager. Sturgeon moves to Nevada from Minnesota where he served as market manager of Three Eagles Communications’ Mankato cluster. Sturgeon’s news/talk experience includes eight years as morning drive host at Rogers Communications’ “570 News” CKGL, Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, and two years as GM/GSM at Wired World’s CKWR, also in Ontario.
Service Broadcasting Dallas director of operations Michael Erickson signs a new three year contract deal with the station reversing an earlier decision to exit the cluster where he oversees urban “K-104” KKDA and urban AC KRNB. The former San Francisco and San Jose programmer has been at Service Broadcasting since September 2009.
Greater Media hires s Boston Herald writer Lauren Beckham Falcone as co-host of the “Loren & Wally Morning Show” on classic hits WROR-FM, Boston (105.7). Falcone replaces longtime morning news personality Sue Cope, who recently moved with her family to Cleveland.
“Z-Country” WTUZ, Uhrichsville, OH hires Steve Kelly as its new program director and morning host. Ohio Media Watch says Kelly previously worked in the Tuscarawas Valley region at WJER (1450). He’s more recently been APD/PM drive at Saga’s “Sunny 95” WSNY, Columbus (94.7).
Gregg Daniels, Chris Michaels
Compass Media Network’s “Free Beer and Hot Wings” show adds Cumulus classic rock “Y-103” WYFM, Youngstown, OH to its line-up, succeeding Scott Kennedy. FB&HW is Gregg “Free Beer” Daniels and Chris “Hot Wings” Michaels, who are based at Townsquare Media rock WGRD-FM, Grand Rapids, MI (97.9). They succeed Scott Kennedy.
The Tom Kent Radio Network hires Jim Snyder as its new VP of affiliate relations serving the Canadian market. Snyder is a radio veteran who has worked in both the U.S. (Toledo and Charleston) and in Canada (Kitchener/Waterloo).
Clear Channel CHR “Q102” WIOQ, Philadelphia APD/MD/night host Maxwell signs a new two-year contract with the station. He’s been at WIOQ since 2008 when he joined from CHR WNCI, Columbus. He’s previously worked in New Orleans, San Luis Obispo and Lafayette, LA.
Clear Channel transfers Nashville sales manager/digital sales manager Marlon George back to Chicago to become local sales manager for the company’s three urban stations: urban WGCI (107.5), “V-103” WVAZ (102.7) and gospel “Inspiration 1390” WGRB. George previously worked at the cluster as an account manager for WGCI before moving to Nashville in 2007.
Marty Mitchell, Chris Van Zant
Press Communications country “Thunder 106” WKMK, Monmouth-Ocean, NJ program director Marty Mitchell shifts from afternoons to morning drive. Former morning host Chris Van Zant switches to afternoons.
Cory “CoCo Brother” Condrey
Syndication One announces the start of “CoCo Brother Live,” a weeknight inspirational program, which begins airing this week on Inner City Broadcasting’s WLIB, New York (1190) from 7pm-9pm ET. The innovative program hosted by Cory “Coco Brother” Condrey, who is currently the host of the nationally syndicated weekend radio show “The Spirit Top 15” – that airs in more than 25 markets – and BET’s Sunday gospel music video show “Lift Every Voice.”
The syndicated “Alan Kabel Show” signs with Verge Network for affiliate relations. He currently airs in markets including Seattle, Kansas City to Rochester.
Greater Media talk WTKK, Boston (96.9) hires Doug Meehan to succeed talk host Jay Severin in afternoon drive. Meehan is a Massachusetts native who has been doing work on WTKK since last month. The former middle school teacher started in radio at WLDM, Westfield (1570) – now tropical WNSH, Beverly – and WPXC, Hyannis (102.9). Most recently, Doug flew for seven years as WFXT-TV’s morning news helicopter reporter. He’s also worked in TV news in markets including Dallas, Tampa, Austin, Hartford and Providence.
Alpha Broadcasting’s hot AC “Live 95.5” KBFF, Portland hires Cressy Walton as its new sales manager. She joins from CBS Radio’s Phoenix cluster where she was a senior account executive for the past 14 years. Prior to her radio career, Walton was a member of the sales and marketing team for the Phoenix Roadrunners.
Ace & TJ
Benztown Radio’s syndicated “Ace & TJ” show adds two new affiliates: CHR “Kiss FM” WKQR, Beckley, WV (92.7) and its simulcast of WKQR, Bluefield (102.9). Both are owned by West Virginia - Virginia Holding Company.
Shamrock Communications’ classic rock “100.7 The Bay” WZBA, Baltimore hires market veteran Albie Dee as its new assistant program director/afternoon drive personality. Dee is has worked at number of Washington and Baltimore radio stations including CBS Radio’s WWMX (2009-2011), WPGC (2006-2009) and “B102.7” WXYV (1997-2000). He’s also hosted mornings on XM Radio’s “Pop2K” channel since 2006.
Craig Allen, Brent Crank
Qantum Communications hires Craig Allen and Brent “Dingo” Crank to host mornings on “Highway 98 Country” WHWY, Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL, replacing Scratch who shifts to afternoon drive. Allen has also been named program director of the station. He arrives from Clear Channel’s country “Kat 103” KXKT, Omaha (103.7) where he was APD/morning drive host. Crank joins WHWY from Clear Channel’s “Country 102” WDRM, Huntsville (102.1) where he’s been morning co-host and promotions director for the past five years. Crank previously spent two years with MTV Networks/CMT in Nashville where he was head publicist for the Country Music Television Network.
Citadel Broadcasting hot AC WPLJ, New York (95.5) hires Cooper Lawrence as the station’s entertainment director for its morning show hosted by Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill. Lawrence is a 20 year radio veteran and she’s been on-air or a part of various New York radio station shows as well as hosted her own nationally syndicated radio show. Lawrence has also been a TV host and guest throughout the years and has written many articles for a wide variety of publications and has been featured in print worldwide. Cooper is also an author with her sixth book due out in 2012.
Clear Channel’s “Oldies 95.7” KJR-FM, Seattle hires market veteran Steve Slaton for afternoon drive. The station recently hired fellow Seattle radio fixture Bob Rivers for morning drive.
Clear Channel modern rock “DC-101” WWDC, Washington promotes weekend personality Mike Jones to nights, succeeding Travis Bagwell, who exits.
Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG) hires University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Ken Goldstein as its new president. He succeeds eight-year CMAG president Evan Tracey, who has joined the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity as its SVP of communications. Since 2004, Goldstein has been a UW-Madison professor, authoring or co-authoring more than 30 books, refereed journal articles or book chapters on political advertising, voter turnout, survey methodology, presidential elections and news coverage.
Betty Ellen Berlamino
CBS hires Betty Ellen Berlamino as SVP/director of sales for its television station group, where she’ll also work with the other CBS Local properties including CBS Radio stations, CBS Interactive and EcoMedia. Berlamino joins CBS after working at Tribune’s WPIX-TV, New York (channel 11) for the past 17 years, most recently as general manager (2000-2010).
Greater Media adult this “95.7 Ben FM” WBEN-FM, Philadelphia hires mommy blogger Joey Fortman to host “Real Mom Radio,” a weekly Sunday morning show dealing with issues of motherhood.