Week of 1.23.12
Entercom’s “Newsradio 98.1 FM” KMBZ-FM & AM (98.1, 980) hires Jack Landreth as its new program director. He most recently was program director of CBS Radio news-talk “Newsradio 840” KXNT, Las Vegas (2003-2010). Prior to that Landreth programmed CBS Radio’s news-talk KTSA, San Antonio (2001-2002); Clear Channel’s “Newsradio 790” KNST, Tucson (1998-2001) and Gaylord’s “Super Talk 99.7” WWTN-FM, Nashville (1996-1998).
Clear channel hires Kevin Klein as its Birmingham director of sales, succeeding Jackie Rinker who was promoted to Panama City market manager. Klein most recently was director of sponsorship development for the NBA Houston Rockets franchise. He previously was in station and sales manager in Kansas City, Topeka and Macon, GA.
Univision Radio hires former bush administration official Alfonso Aguilar to host the company’s first conservative talk radio show. The weekly, one-hour show is airing in 11 markets. Politico reports the funding for the program is being provided by Republican entrepreneurs Doug Rosenberg and John Middleton.
Kim Murphree, John Flood
Great Plains Media “Talk 1320” KLWN, Lawrence, KS welcomes back veteran talk show host Kim Murphree for morning drive as part of an overhaul to the station’s lineup. The station also slots John Flood into late-mornings (9-11am) for a local talk show. And in afternoon drive the locally-produced “Rock Chalk Sports Talk” show expands to three hours (3-6pm).
Former Indianapolis Colts vice chairman and six-time NFL "Executive of the Year" joins Sirius XM Radio to host a football-focused talk show. Polian’s first shows will be during Super Bowl week, and then occasionally on Sirius XM’s NFL channels throughout the year.
Local Media of America modern rock “91X” XETRA-FM, San Diego-Tijuana (91.1) program director/afternoon drive host Garrett Capone announces he’ll exit the station February 29. He’s been at the station for more than four years. Capone becomes VP of promotion for Crush Management. No successor has been hired.
Clear Channel CHR WNOK, Columbia, SC (104.7) promotes music director/afternoon drive personality Jonathan “JR” Reed to program director. He’s been at the station for the past 15 months. Reed previously worked at Clear Channel CHRs “97.9 Kiss FM” WFKS, Jacksonville; “Q-94” WRVQ, Richmond; and “Z-104” WZEE, Madison, WI.
Hubbard Radio all-news WTOP-FM, Washington (103.5) political commentator/host Mark Plotkin exits after nearly a decade at the station, the Washington Post reports. Plotkin is a longtime Washington political commentator who was on his second tour of duty at WTOP. He previously worked at American University’s WAMU (88.5).
Jagger Peyton’s “Blueseum of Fine Art” radio show signs with Broadcast Affiliate Sales to handle advertising sales and affiliate relations. The program showcases blues music, archived rare cuts and interviews with famed blues artists.
Rev. B. Sam Hart
The founder of “The Grand Old Gospel Hour” the Reverend B. Sam Hart died January 19, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. He was 80. Hart launched the radio show in 1959 and eventually moved it to WYIS, Phoenixville, PA (690) after he bought the station. He sold WYIS in 1988 but the show continued. “The Grand Old Gospel Hour” was syndicated worldwide.
Clear Channel is promoting Birmingham director of sales Jackie Rinker to market manager for its Panama City, FL cluster. Rinker has been with the company for the past four years. She previously was station manager and DOS with Treasure and Space Coast Radio in Vero Beach. She previously worked for Cox Radio in Orlando and Connecticut, as well as for Nationwide Communications.
James Cosby, Andy Blizzard
Cox Media Group names James Cosby as VP of media sales for the Dayton radio and television operation. His duties will cover Dayton and Springfield, OH. Cox also names Andy Blizzard as VP of audience value.
Clear Channel’s country “Whistle 100” WSSL-FM, Greenville, SC hires Paul Longuski for afternoon drive, succeeding Bob Delmont who had been voicetracking the shift via Premium Choice. Longuski joins from Cumulus Media’s “Thunder Country 94.5” WTNR, Grand Rapids where he hosted morning drive.
Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s multi-media production company, announced that Carolyn Polke has been promoted to SVP of digital. Polke, who has been with Mercury since 2006, will be responsible for the continued development and marketing of GBTV, as well as Beck’s website and Mercury’s e-commerce initiatives. Polke works at Mercury’s headquarters in New York.
Clear Channel rhythmic AC “Mix 106.1” WISX, Philadelphia names Wendy Wild as its new midday host. Wild has worked in Miami and New York, and has and has been a guest host on nationally syndicated countdowns.
Dan & Anthony Ponce
Cumulus Media WLS, Chicago (890) hires local television reporters and brothers' Dan and Anthony Ponce for a Sunday show (1-3pm). Dan Ponce works at WGN-TV and Anthony Ponce works at WLS-TV. Their father is Phil Ponce, who hosts “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW-TV.
Clear Channel talk WVON, Chicago (1690) midday (9am-noon) host Santita Jackson exits after five years at the station, Time Out Chicago reports. Word is it was a cost-cutting move. Jackson is the oldest daughter of Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Levas Communications talk WURD, Philadelphia (900) personality Fatimah Ali has died January 23. She was 56. Ali hosted the “Real Deal” show in middays.
Stephen Guillot, Thomas Callahan
Streaming media service provider Liquid Compass hires Stephen Guillot as its new chief operating officer. Before joining Liquid Compass, Guillot served as president of consulting firm Rubicon Solution. Also joining Liquid Compass as senior vice president of sales is Thomas Callahan. He previously worked at CBS Radio, Metro Networks, Standard News Radio Networks and as general manager at several radio stations. Callahan also spent 11 years as general manager of the Associated Press Radio Division. Liquid Compass also ads two account managers to its sales team, Dean Licata and Tyler Brookfield.
Broadcasters are remembering Radio Business Report VP Cathy Carnegie, who died January 19 from a brain aneurism she suffered five days earlier. She was 59. RBR says Carnegie, whose real name was Cathy Steffy Seeman, met husband and RBR publisher Jim Carnegie during her former career as a flight attendant. They met on his flight to the 1984 NAB Show in Las Vegas, and were reportedly married less than five months later. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.
Dick Jenkins, Frank Kavenik
Former longtime Educational Media Foundation CEO Dick Jenkins is returning to hands-on radio. Immaculate Heart Radio Network (IHR) has recruited Jenkins as general manager of its network, which consists of about 20 AM/FM signals in five western states. Jenkins spent 22 years at EMF, joining the Christian broadcaster in 1986 when it owned a single radio station. By the time he left in October 2008 to start a consultancy, EMF had grown to 267 FMs and 330 translators. Jenkins will continue to operate his consultancy on a part-time basis. Frank Kavenik, who worked with him at EMF as director of strategic analysis, has also joined IHR as director of research and planning.
Khloé Kardashian Odom
Reality TV star Khloé Kardashian Odom is giving local radio a whirl in her hometown of Dallas. The star of reality TV’s ‘Khloé & Lamar” and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” will host a daily one-hour noontime show on Clear Channel hot AC “Mix 102.9” KDMX. “The Mix Up with Khloé Kardashian Odom” will air commercial-free with Khloé taking requests and chatting up her celebrity friends. Married to Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom, it will air only during the Mavs’ season while she's with her husband.
Barry Kent, Eric Michaels
Emmis country “Hi-99” WTHI, Terre Haute, IN (99.9) program director/music director Barry Kent will step down from those two roles but remain the station’s morning show host. Kent has been in the market for more than three decades. Emmis promotes ten-year afternoon host Eric Michaels as the new PD/MD for the station.
CBS Radio news-talk WCCO, Minneapolis (830) afternoon talk host Michele Tafoya announces she’ll exit the station after nearly three years to focus on her work at NBC Sports. Late-morning host John Williams will shift to PM drive. Williams beams his show in from Chicago where he hosts the 12-3pm slot on Tribune’s WGN (720).
Philadelphia sports fans are remember former Phillies play-by-play broadcaster Andy Musser, who died January 22. He was 74. Musser called baseball games from 1976 to 2001 during which time the Inquirer says he called two World Series. Musser called 76ers games in 1967, the year the team won the NBA championship.
Former Los Angeles Times editor Russ Stanton joins Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) as vice president of content. Stanton served as editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times from 2008 until late last year. In his new role, Stanton will be responsible for improving the quality and reach of SCPR’s journalism. SCPR includes KPCC, L.A. (89.3), KUOR, Riverside-San Bernardino (89.1) and KVLA, Coachella Valley (90.3).
Alchemy Broadcasting oldies WDJO, Cincinnati (1480) program director and afternoon drive host Dan Allen steps down. The Cincy Enquirer says he remains the programmer for Clear Channel’s syndicated Real Oldies Channel where he also hosts middays.
Clear Channel CHR WFLZ, Tampa (93.3) announces afternoon host Kane will take morning drive duties, succeeding the “MJ Morning Show” which ends February 20. Kane has been at WFLZ since 1998 and he’s also been heard on CHR sister “Hot 99.5” WIHT-FM, Washington for the past six years. Kane also hosts the syndicated Sunday night “Club Kane” show heard on more than 50 markets.
Former Green Bay Packers radio announcer Jim Irwin died January 23 of cancer. He was 77. Irwin was a color analyst for Journal Broadcast Group’s WTMJ, Milwaukee (620) Packers coverage in the 1960s and 1970s. He then became the play-by-play announcer and held that job until retiring in 1999. Irwin is a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasting Association Hall of Fame.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment names Kevin Dorsey as president of traffic, navigation and mobility. He’ll oversee the continued integration of Metro Networks with Clear Channel follow last year’s acquisition. Dorsey most recently was SVP of national advertising platforms. He joined the company from CBS Local Digital Media group last year. Dorsey succeeds VP of Clear Channel Traffic Networks Lance Locher, who exits.
Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network hires Marv Nyren as regional director of affiliate development for the Midwest. Nyren most recently worked at Emmis where he was SVP/regional manager for the Phoenix, Indianapolis and Chicago markets. Prior to Emmis, Nyren was VP/GM at WFOX-FM, Atlanta.
Cox Media Group classic hits “The River 97.1” WSRV, Atlanta returns Kaedy Kiely to morning drive, succeeding the three-month hosting experiment by rocker Eddie Money.
CBS Interactive Music Group promotes Tom Lisack to vice president of editorial content and worldwide talent/artist relations. Lisack was involved in relaunching CBS Radio station websites.
Journal Broadcast Group adult hits “The Big O” KOOO, Omaha hires Dave Wingert for morning drive. Wingert joins from Clear Channel oldies “Super Hits 99.9” KGOR where he worked in mornings for the past five years.
Cumulus Media classic rock “The Rebel 105” WXTL, Syracuse taps Dave Frisina for an unspecified shift, the Post-Standard reports. Frisina most recently worked at Galaxy Communications classic rock “TK99” WTKW.
GLR Networks hires Blanca Navas as the director of affiliations for the Spanish-language network. Navas started her career at the Disney Channel in 2000 and crossed over to the Hispanic market when she joined ABC Radio Networks and ESPN Deportes in 2005. Then she worked for Citadel Media in 2008, where she was responsible for the distribution of network programming and support of launching newly affiliated stations.
Clear Channel modern rock “Radio 104.5” WRFF, Philadelphia announces Los Angeles and Dallas air personality Kade will add Philly duties to his daily roster. Kade will host nights on WRFF. He’ll also continue to do airshifts on modern rock stations “102.1 The Edge” KDGE, Dallas and KYSR, Los Angeles (98.7).
Three Eagles Communications talk KFOR, Lincoln, NE (1240) hires Coby Mach as operations manager and morning co-host, the Lincoln Journal Start reports. He previously hosted a show at “News Talk 1400” KLIN since 2005.
John Landecker, Dick Biondi
Cumulus Media classic hits WLS-FM, Chicago (94.7) promotes longtime Chicago radio air personality John Records Landecker from a part-time weekend midday shift to nights (7-11pm). The move is a homecoming of sorts: Landecker did nights on sister WLS (890) during the 1970s. To make room for his shift, Cumulus slides fellow Chicago radio legend Dick Biondi back to late-nights (11pm-2am)
Clear Channel classic hits “Majic 105.7” WMJI, Cleveland hires longtime local television personality Mark Nolan for middays. He has been guest hosting on the station since 1995 and for nearly seven years Nolan’s weather forecasts were broadcast on the station. Nolan will replace longtime Cleveland air personality Chuck Collier, who unexpectedly died last September. Collier spent nearly 40 years on-air in Cleveland, working at WMJI since 2005 as well as at sister station country WGAR-FM (99.5).
Great Plains Media names David Downs as program director its newly-launched CHR “105.9 Kiss FM” KLSR, Lawrence, KS. Downs will also host afternoon drive. He most recently programmed Great Plains Media CHR “Magic 98.5” WGIC, Cookeville, TN. Lawrence operations manager Amber Lee, who had been overseeing programming on the formerly hot AC station, will hosts middays on KLSR.
Shotgun Taylor, Kat Jackson
Clear Channel country WGAF-FM, Cleveland (99.5) names Shotgun Taylor as the station’s afternoon drive host. Taylor has been temporarily filling the shift since the death last September of longtime Cleveland air personality Chuck Collier. Taylor previously was WGAR-FM’s evening host. Before that he spent many years working in radio in Texas and Tennessee. WGAR-FM also welcomes the return of Kat Jackson as its new evening personality. Jackson has spent several years working with country format stations in Cleveland and Washington.
Clear Channel news-talk KOGO-FM & AM, San Diego (95.7, 600) hires veteran local TV anchor and reporter Lynda Martin as the new morning drive news anchor on the “Chip Franklin Morning Show.” Martin has been in the market since 1999, most recently at XETV-TV (channel 6), the local CW affiliate.
Alaska Public Radio news/talk/jazz KSKA, Anchorage (91.1) morning talk host Len Anderson announces he’ll retire from the station at the end of the month. Anderson, 67, has been in public broadcasting in the state for more than three decades. He previously worked in radio in North Dakota before moving to Alaska in 1979. The Anchorage Daily News reports Daysha Eaton, who hosts mornings on public radio outlet KDLG, Dillingham, AK (670) will succeed Anderson.
Cumulus Media “ESPN Radio 1260 The Score” WRIE, Erie, PA afternoon drive personality Chico Bormann resigns after nearly five years with the station. The Erie Times News reports recent pay cuts as a reason for his departure. Bormann previously worked at Connoisseur Media’s sports “1330 The Fan” WFNN in Erie.