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Bob Brinker, host of the Westwood One-syndicated “MoneyTalk,” is stepping away from the weekend program. Brinker, who has hosted the financial talk show for 32 years, says it's time for him to “take his weekends back and enjoy Sundays with his family.” Brinker will continue to write and publish his investment newsletter Marketimer. “The team at Westwood One congratulates Bob on his unprecedented radio career as the No. 1 weekend financial show and wishes him the best,” the company said in a release.

The official announcement of the new dates and location for the Conclave Summer Learning Conference comes with word on a limited time early bird $199 registration fee at the Conclave website. As Inside Radio reported last month, Conclave 44 will be held June 19-21, 2019 at its new location, Delta Hotels Minneapolis Northeast. “The Conclave board and I can’t thank the industry enough for turning out this summer and making radio’s storied event another true success,” Conclave Chair Lori Lewis commented. “Attendees love the one-on-one access to industry leaders. We are very pleased that broadcasters are finding greater value with each year.”

Connoisseur Media has filed with the FCC asking for an extension of a silent STA as the company works to repair the damage incurred from a copper theft at the transmitter site of sports WBYN Allenton-Bethlehem, PA (1190). The Commission granted the original request to go silent in April.

The staff of Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) regional Mexican “La Ley” WLEY-FM Chicago (107.9) has voted overwhelmingly in favor of having SAG-AFTRA serve as their exclusive collective bargaining representative. “On behalf of our SAG-AFTRA membership, I want to welcome the courageous media professionals at La Ley in Chicago. You have sent a powerful message to SBS,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “SAG-AFTRA is committed to standing with and supporting you in your fight for fair wages, benefits and workplace respect throughout the industry.”

iHeartRadio and The CW have joined forces to bring “Charmed” to Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. “Charmed for Alexa” comes just in time for The CW’s update of the popular series premiering Sunday, Oct. 14. “Charmed for Alexa” will feature “Charmed Radio,” a curated station designed “to get you pumped before each episode,” and will also feature fun questions and trivia to “help you discover your witchy ways, including which character on the show you’re most like.”

Details are vague at this point, but COLONYLive has announced it will partner with Eastlan Ratings to “launch a new, first-to-market system of tracking engaged radio and podcast audiences - simply, digitally and in real time,” the companies said in a release. COLONYLive will be available to radio stations and podcasters in the U.S. beginning today.

“Given Eastlan’s 20-year history as a leader in providing audience research, this partnership is the perfect fit,” COLONYLive CEO Marco Broccardo said. “Through it, we begin a new era where radio stations and podcasters are able to gauge audience engagement and provide incredible ROI to advertisers.”