Week of 4.16.12
Clear Channel country “The Wolf” WPCK, Green Bay (104.9 and WPKR, Appleton (99.5) hires Ron Chatman as regional program director, succeeding Randy “Shotgun” Shannon, who left in February. Chatman most recently was afternoon drive personality on Cox Media Group country WZZK-FM, Birmingham (104.7). He previously was an APD/air personality on CBS Radio country WYCD, Detroit (99.5). Chatman has also worked in New Orleans and Baltimore.
CBS Radio AC “Fresh 102.5” KEZK, St. Louis morning host John Carney exits the station after 16-months. He’s been at the cluster for more than a decade – previously working at sister “News Talk 1120” KMOX for 13 years. He’s been hosting a Sunday night talk show on KMOX, which he also leaves. Carney’s father, John Carney, spent many years as a host on KMOX.
Service Broadcasting urban “K-104” KKDA, Dallas hires Priya for middays. She joins from Cox Media Group rhythmic CHR “Power 95.3” WPYO, Orlando where she worked in afternoon drive. She previously worked in Houston at “Hot 97.1” WTHT and Radio One urban “97.9 The Box” KBXX.
Drew Garabo, Billy Madison , Derek Allgood, Matt “Spice” Loyd
Cox Media Group talk “102.5 The Bone” WHPT, Tampa is transitioning from rock to talk and the station’s lineup has been announced. Bubba the Love Sponge remains in mornings. He’s followed by Drew Garabo (10am-12noon) who also hosts mornings on Cox sister modern rock “97X” WSUN-FM. Garabo previously hosted an Orlando-based talk show for 11 years. Billy Madison and Derek Allgood take early afternoons (12-3pm). They also host mornings on Cox’s rock KISS-FM, San Antonio (99.5). Mike "Cowhead" Calta remains in afternoon drive. And longtime Bubba the Love Sponge cast member Matt “Spice” Loyd gets his own show for the first time in evenings (7-10pm). The syndicated “Nick and Artie Show” take late-ninghts.
Premiere Networks promotes producer Alayna Messer to executive producer of the syndicated morning program, “The Bobby Bones Show.” Messer will also continue to appear on-air periodically, deliver the traffic and weather reports for the program. She’s been with the show since 2006 as an assistant producer and network producer.
Magic Broadcasting’s R&B oldies KDAY, Los Angeles (93.5) names Brandi Garcia in middays (10am-3pm). She had previously been hosting a noon time show. Before joining KDAY she worked in middays at Radio One’s urban “97.9 The Box” KBXX, Houston.
Sirius XM Radio will start airing Rob Redding's "Redding News Review" on its talk channel “The Power” live from 5-7 p.m. ET on Mondays. Redding's show is heard on radio stations from 4 to 7 p.m. ET weekdays and already nationwide on SiriusXM 128 on Sunday nights. The show is also heard on local stations in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Raleigh, Myrtle Beach and Louisiana.
Longtime Kansas City radio and television broadcaster Walt Bodine will retire at the end of April after 72 years in broadcasting. Bodine, 91, most recently has worked at news/talk/classical KCUR-FM (89.3).
Longtime WAGE, Leesburg, VA (1200) air personality Paul Draisey died April 16. He was 55. Draisey left the station in 2007 and WAGE later went dark in 2009. He reportedly had not been working in radio the past few years.
NRG Media’s talk “The Mighty 1290” KKAR, Omaha, NE hires market veteran Tom Becka as its new afternoon talk host. Becka will continue to serve as program director and morning show host for James Ingstad Broadcast Group’s “101.9 Talk FM” KRWK, Fargo. Becka previously spent five years in the Omaha market working for Clear Channel’s talk KFAB until he was downsized last year.
Spanish Broadcasting System appoints Euridice Ventura to VP of affiliate marketing for consolidated operations. Ventura will oversee all strategic partnerships with cable, satellite and telecom distributors for MegaTV. She is also the liaison between SBS Radio, MegaTV, SBS Interactive and SBS Entertainment divisions. She’s been at SBS since 2004.
CBS Radio is remembering longtime San Francisco engineer Phil Lerza, who died April 16 when he was struck by a train in an apparent suicide. He was 67. Lerza was a director of engineering at CBS Radio.
Salem Communications hires Heidi Harris for mornings on KRLA, Los Angeles (870) and KTIE, Riverside (590). The two stations have recently dropped their “Smart Talk” brand for “The Answer.” Harris heads West from Las Vegas where she’s been the air since 1998, most recently hosting morning drive on Beasley Broadcast Group’s “NewsTalk AM 720” KDWN, Las Vegas until March.
Lou Sipolt, Heather Burnside
Former talk “98.3 Wow FM” KWQW, Des Moines morning hosts Lou Sipolt and Heather Burnside have launched a new morning (6-9am) show on Pappas Telecasting’s KCWI-TV (channel 23).
Educational Media Foundation announces Brenda Price is the new midday host for its contemporary Christian “Air 1” network.
Pandora Media hires Rena Shapiro as its director of political advertising. She previously was director of political and issue advocacy advertising for AOL. Prior to that she worked at Google. Shapiro is based in Washington, DC.
Veteran news/talk programmer Gabe Hobbs joins Listener Driven Radio as a strategic advisor. Hobbs will advise LDR on the long-term development of LDR’s TopicPulse, a system that offers real time social media topic tracking that allows stations to see what local audiences are talking about. Hobbs is a consultant who previously had oversight of Clear Channel’s 275 news/talk stations from 1998 through 2008.
Spanish Broadcasting System and Puerto Rican broadcasters are remembering longtime programmer Pedro Arroyo, who died April 14 of respiratory arrest. He was 60. Arroyo spent more than three decades as director of programming for SBS’s salsa “La Zeta 93” WZNT, San Juan (93.7).
Townsquare Media news-talk “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW, Trenton, NJ promotes part-time talk host Steve Trevelise to evening (7-11pm) talk host. He’s been at WKXW for the past two years. Trevelise previously worked in the Philadelphia market. In addition to his radio career, he’s a stand-up comedian and he currently owns and operates a comedy club in New Jersey, Sarcasm Comedy Club.
Clear Channel AC WMAG, Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, NC (99.5) hires Chris Wolfe for morning drive co-hosting duties alongside Lora Songster. Wolfe previously hosted mornings on Townsquare Media’s “98 Country” WWJO, St. Cloud, MN (98.1).
Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York classical WCNY-FM, Syracuse, NY (91.3) names John Tonello as VP of advancement, communications and content delivery. In December 2011, Tonello completed two terms as Mayor of the City of Elmira, NY. He previously worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, online manager, and media-relations professional.
Buckley Radio hires Ron Pell as director of sales for its Connecticut five-station cluster. General manager Eric Fahnoe previously held both positions. Pell joins from the radio/digital promotion company CRN International where he was general manger of the Connecticut Radio Network. He previously spent 23 years with Buckley in a variety of sales roles including as general sales manager, local sales manager and national sales manager. Pell also served as sales manager for CBS Radio hot AC WTIC-FM, Hartford (96.5).
Less than a year after signing a new five-year contract, Entercom AC KOSI, Denver midday personality Jackie Selby resigns from the station. No successor has been announced.
Jeremy Loper, Randi Rasar
North American Broadcasting rock “99.7 The Blitz” WRKZ, Columbus, OH hires Jeremy Loper and Randi Rasar for morning drive. They succeed Blazor, who left in February for mornings at Clear Channel rocker WEBN, Cincinnati (102.7). Loper and Rasar most recently spent four-and-a-half years doing mornings on CBS Radio modern rock “The Buzz” WPBZ, Tampa before it flipped to CHR “Now 103.1” last December.