Week of 7.16.12
Clear Channel names Rich McMillan as operations manager for the company’s five-station Greensboro, NC cluster. He’ll also program rock “The Buzz” WVBZ (100.3) and talk “Rush Radio 94.5” WPTI. McMillan transfers to the Triad from Clear Channel’s Birmingham cluster where he programmed AC “Magic 96.5” WMJJ and gospel “105.1 Hallelujah FM.” He joined Clear Channel in 2001 as a programmer for the Miami cluster and later became the operations manager.
After 32 years as the color analysts to the New England Patriots radio broadcasts, Gino Cappelletti has announced he has decided to retire. Cappelletti, 78, is a former Patriots player. The Boston Globe says CBS Radio’s “98.5 The Sport Hub” WBZ-FM talk personality and former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak is expected to succeed Cappelletti. Play-by-play announcer Gil Santos has hinted the 2012-2013 season will also be his last one with the team. Santos and Cappelletti have worked side-by-side since the 1991 season.
Veteran Los Angeles radio personality Jim “The Poorman” Trenton has joined the weekly linup of hosts on the internet radio “Beatles-A-Rama” station. Trenton will air a Saturday night (7pm-12am PT) show called “Date Night.” He’s a former KROQ, Los Angeles air personality who currently does a one-hour weekly talk show for talk KCAA, San Bernardino (1050).
CBS Radio hires Dan Halyburton to work on business development for the Dallas-based Texas State Network. That includes both revenue and content for the network, which recently launched a new weekly show “Texas Red Dirt Roads” hosted by Justin Frazell and featuring Texas and Oklahoma country singer-songwriters. Halyburton most recently was EVP at McVay/Cook and Associates, a position he’s held since July 2010. Prior to that, he was president at TuneIn/Radio Time (2009-2010). He also served as market manager for Emmis-New York (2006-2009). Before that he was SVP/general manager of group operations for ran Susquehanna (2000-2006) and Dallas market manager (1981-2000).
Cumulus Media Pensacola market manager Dave Cobb exits the cluster. No successor has been named. Cobb previously was market manager of Pamal Broadcasting’s Pensacola cluster for more than 15 years.
Race Taylor, John Foxx
Cumulus Media hot AC WPLJ, New York (95.5) new program director John Foxx takes afternoon drive duties. Foxx joined the station in June from the PD post at sister CHR “i93” KLIF-FM, Dallas. The move pushes afternoon drive host Race Taylor back to middays, succeeding Jeff Miles who exited WPLJ last month.
Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO, Denver (98.5) hires Keola Lui-Kwan for afternoons, succeeding Paul Donovan, who exited last month after 17 years at the station. He most recently was APD/MD/afternoon host on Alpha Broadcasting’s hot AC “Live 95.5” KBFF, Portland, OR. Lui-Kwan previously was APD/MD/afternoon host at sister “New Country 98.7” KUPL. He previously worked in San Francisco, Seattle, and Kansas City.
CBS Radio rhythmic CHR “102 Jamz” WJHM, Orlando promotes interim-program director Bobby Smith to PD. He also remains PD of hot AC sister “Mix 105.1” WOMX-FM under a new multiyear contract with CBS Radio.
Doug Downs is returning as general manager of Connoisseur Media’s Wichita cluster. A native of the market, Downs previously oversaw adult hits “Bob FM” KIBB (97.1) and country “100.5 The Wolf” KVWF from 2007-2009.
Pittsburgh broadcasters are remembering Ted Atkins, who died July 19 after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Atkins was general manager “Big 1250” WTAE from 1973 to 1985. He also programmed in several markets including Los Angeles (KHJ) where he worked with legendary programmer Bill Drake. Atkins also worked in San Francisco (KFRC), Detroit (CKLW), Kansas City and Denver (KLAK) dating back to the 1950s.
Jordan Lee, Dori Zori
Adult alternative “88Nine RadioMilwaukee” WYMS, Milwaukee (88.9) hires veteran market personalities Jordan Lee and Dori Zori as its new morning show hosts. The pairing returns Lee to the station’s morning show, which he hosted in 2008. He most recently had been WYMS’ afternoon drive personality. Zori joins from adult alternative “Frontier Radio” WMSE, Milwaukee (91.7) where she worked on-air was director of underwriting during her 20-years at the noncommercial station. The moves stem from the departure of Brianne O'Brien, morning co-host and managing producer who is leaving to pursue a master's degree in international journalism in London. As part of the changes, Kallao, the current weekday morning co-host with O'Brien, moves to the weekday afternoon slot that Lee had been hosting.
Resort Broadcasting talk WGMD, Rehoboth Beach, DE (92.7) program director and morning drive host Dan Gaffney exits. WGMD slots personality Andrew Murr into the daypart.
Lincoln Financial Media promotes hot AC “Star 94” WSTR, Atlanta program director Scott Lindy to director of operations for the Atlanta cluster, which also includes sports “790 The Zone” WQXI and the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network. Lindy will continue to serve as WSTR’s program director, a position he has held since October 2010.
Beasley Broadcast Group promotes AC WJBR-FM, Wilmington, DE (99.5) interactive sales manager to general sales manager for the station. Loizeaux is in her second stint at the station, returning in 2009 as a sales rep and then taking the ISM title in 2010. She previously worked at WJBR-FM from 2004-2007. She exited to take a sales job at CBS Radio’s “Newsradio 1060” KYW, Philadelphia. She started her radio sales career at Pamal Broadcasting CHR “K-104” WSPK, Poughkeepsie, NY in 2003.
After serving as sales director for its Waco-Killen, TX cluster, Chuck Redden earns a return ticket to Florida. Redden has been named manager of Clear Channel’s five-station Tallahassee cluster. The 25-year radio veteran started his career as program director at WJLQ, Pensacola and went on to hold programming and sales positions. Redden has also worked in markets including Monroe, LA.; Bryan, TX and Mobile, AL.
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) senior director Porfirio Pińa has been elected to president of the board of directors for the BMI Foundation. Formed by BMI employees in 1985, the organization is dedicated to encouraging the creation, performance and study of music. Pińa replaces Ralph Jackson as the third president in the 27-year history of the BMI Foundation.
Cumulus Media news-talk WPRO, Providence (630, 99.7) hires Craig Schwalb as its new program director. He’ll also program sister talk WPRV (790). Schwalb succeeds Paul Giammarco who resigned after six years at the station. Schwalb was most recently senior director of talk programming for Sirius XM Radio. He previously was PD of “Free FM” WKRK, Detroit (2003-2007); was APD of hot AC/talk WNEW, New York (2000-2003); PD of sports WRBZ, Raleigh (1997-2000); and marketing director/APD of news-talk KSD and sports KFNS, St. Louis.
Cumulus Media AC “Warm 94.9” KRMW, Ft. Smith, AR promotes production director/air personality Laura Green to program director. Green most recently was midday personality on Cumulus rock “98.3 The Keg” KKEG, Fayetteville. KRMW is among the stations Cumulus has earmarked for sale.
Service Broadcasting urban AC “Smooth R&B 105.7” KRNB, Dallas night personality Ron Chavis exits the station after more than six years. Chavis will continue to host evenings on Cumulus Media Network’s “The Touch” urban AC network. Chavis is a urban radio veteran who previously worked at stations such as WAMO-FM, Pittsburgh and was host of Sheridan Broadcasting’s “The Quiet Storm” program.
Sirius XM Radio talk personality Andrew Wilkow has been hired by Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.com to host a prime time program on the online TV network’s lineup. Wilkow will also continue to host “The Wilkow Majority” on Sirius XM’s conservative “Patriot” channel.
Dr. Joy Browne
WOR Radio Network talk personality Dr. Joy Browne has signed with Media Management Group for personal management. In addition to being a syndicated radio host, Brown is also an author, television personality, and speaker.
Chuck Bortnick, Donna Baker
Cumulus Media regional vice president Chuck Bortnick is taking on new regional duties, transferring to Houston where he will also become general manager for KRBE. Current Houston market manager Donna Baker is promoted to Chicago market manager, succeeding Dave Crowl, who will take on new regional VP duties. Baker has been at Cumulus since 2008 when she was hired as Kansas City market manager.
Clear Channel hires Patti Johnson as local sales manager for the company’s three urban stations in Chicago including urban WGCI-FM, urban AC “V-103” WVAZ and gospel “Inspiration 1390” WGRB. She spent the past three years at Reach media. Before that she worked for 22 years at Interep.
CBS Radio hires Loretta Lage as local sales manager of AC “94.7 Fresh FM” WIAD, Washington. Loretta has most recently worked with Cox and Comcast cable as local sales manager in the Washington suburbs. Before that she worked in radio as general sales manager of Clear Channel AC WASH-FM (97.1) from 2000-2007. Prior to that, she worked at classical WGMS as its local sales manager. She began her radio career at suburban rock outlet WAVA-FM (105.1).
Townsquare Media hires Zandi Wilcox as director of sales for its Fort Collins cluster. Wilcox most recently has been running an advertising agency with her husband. Before that she spent a decade (2000-2010) as sales manager for Citadel Media in Salt Lake City.
Townsquare Media hires George King as operations manager for its Fort Collins cluster. He’ll also be brand manager for country “K-99” KUAD and serve as Townsquare’s regional brand manager for the country format. King most recently was ops director for Citadel Broadcasting’s Allentown, PA stations. Before that he held a similar title for Clear Channel in San Antonio.
Seven months after joining Simmons Media modern rock “X-96” KXRK, Salt Lake City as program director and afternoon drive host, Sean Demery has exited the station. He previously was morning host on adult alternative “103.7 The Mountain” KMTT, Seattle (2009-2011); morning host at modern rock “99X” WNNX, Atlanta (2006-2007) and program director of modern rock “Live 105” KITS, San Francisco (2002-2007). Simmons Media hires former program director Todd Noker to take Demery’s afternoon drive shift.
Clear Channel hot AC “Star 94.1” KMYI, San Diego morning personality A. J. Machado has exited the station after three years. He previously worked at CHR sister “Channel 93.3” KHTS-FM. Producer Hula Ramos also exits. No successor has been announced.
Cox Media Group talk WDBO-FM & AM, Orlando (96.5, 580) announces Drew Anderssen is its new program director succeeding Steve Holbrook, who retired in June. Anderssen most recently was operations manager/program director at Cox news/talk KRMG-FM & AM, Tulsa (102.3, 740).
Cumulus Media classic rock “KQ-92” KQRS-FM, Minneapolis morning drive personality signs a four-year contract extension the Pioneer Press reports. The deal takes him through 2016 when he’ll mark 30 years at the station.
Courtside Entertainment Group launches “Lovelink,” a new daily relationship commentary hosted by British psychosexual and relationship therapist Simone Bienne. She’s familiar to many listeners as part of the night “Loveline” cast.
NRG Media sports “1620 The Zone” KOZN, Omaha hires John Bishop to co-host host its “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” show alongside Mike Severe. He succeeds Kevin Kugler who recently announced he would be joining the BTN to host play-by-play game coverage on the cable station and Matt Schick who just announced he has accepted a position with ESPNU. Bishop most recently was program director and morning co-host on NRG’s “News Talk 1400” KLIN, Lincoln. He’d been at KLIN since 1993, serving during his tenure as sports director, news director and part of the Husker Radio Network staff.
NRG Media “Power 106.9” KOPW, Omaha hires Heather Jordan for middays. Jordan’s work history includes stops at major market stations in Miami, Houston, Denver, San Antonio, Dallas, Kansas City, and most recently Des Moines where she guest hosted the “Van and Bonnie Show” on Clear Channel’s “News Radio 1040” WHO. Jordan succeeds Jenny, who transfers back to CHR sister “Q-98.5” KQKQ in middays.
San Juan College’s classical/jazz KSJE, Farmington, NM (90.9) air personality Connie Gotsch died July 15 after a seven-month cancer battle. She was 64. Gotsch spent 20 years as KSJE’s program director, only relinquishing the role when her illness became too severe. The Daily Times says she told visitors at her nursing home that she was “checking out” a few hours before her death.
Southern California Public Radio KPCC, Los Angeles hires Patrick Lee as managing editor of digital. Lee joins from the local news website Patch where he was regional editor of the northeast Los Angeles edition.
Veteran rock radio producer Steve Carlisi died July 11. He was 37. Carlisi was most recently an air personality and production director at Shamrock Communications’ “Rock 107” WEZX, Wilkes Barre-Scranton. He previously was a producer of Danny Bonaduce’s morning show on CBS Radio rock WYSP, Philadelphia. Before that he was a producer of the syndicated “Opie & Anthony Show” for a dozen years. Carlisi was also the founder of FoundryMusic.com.
Less than a year after he was promoted to vice president of content for classical WFMT, Chicago (98.7), Peter Whorf is exiting the station. Time Out Chicago reports Whorf has taken the job of station manager for Michigan State University’s news/classical WKAR-FM (90.5) and news/talk WKAR (870) in East Lansing, MI. He’d been at WFMT since 2005. Before that he worked at Chicago Public Radio’s WBEZ (91.5) and was program director at New York Public Radio WNYC-FM & AM (93.9, 820).