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Joe Benigno has returned as midday co-host at Entercom sports “The Fan” WFAN-AM/FM New York (660/101.9) after being off-air for nearly two months. Benigno was placed on leave following the filing of a $5 million suit by former WFAN ad sales executive Laura Lockwood, alleging that Benigno pressured her to join him for group sex with his wife and a prostitute, jeopardizing her career after she refused. The atmosphere of the station, then under CBS Radio ownership, was likened to that of a frat house in the filing. Benigno is paired with Evan Roberts in middays on “The Fan.”

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has upped Michael Texidor to VP, Learning and Development, while Breda O’Reilly has been named VP, Investment and Relations. Texidor joined IAB in 2016 as the director of the Bureau’s learning and certification operations portfolio. O’Reilly most recently served as the digital advertising director for The New Yorker. “Leveraging their industry expertise, Michael and Breda will help position IAB to strengthen the relationships we have with our members while also helping to meet and solve for the demands from the industry,” president/CEO Randall Rothenberg said.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is accepting technical paper proposals for the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC) at the 2019 NAB Show, which will be in Las Vegas April 6-11. NAB Show is seeking “presenters with fresh ideas and unique perspectives on key trends and technologies driving the future of radio, television and general media-technology topics.” All paper proposals will be required to include the selection of one topic of interest listed in the 2019 BEITC Call for Papers.

Scott Mitchell replaces Frank Dolce as radio analyst for Utah Utes broadcasts. Both Mitchell and Dolce played quarterback for the University of Utah football team during their collegiate careers. Meanwhile, former Utes punter Tom Hackett has been named sideline reporter for the radio broadcast team. Learfield owns the multi-media rights to the University and were behind the change in the broadcast team. “It was a tough decision to make the change,” the company’s Steve Borland told The Salt Lake Tribune. “We really feel that Scott is going to take us to another level. His analysis and knowledge are second to none.”