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Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

FEATURED STORY

Gordon Borrell: ‘Radio Is Basically On Fire When It Comes To Digital.’

The radio industry is poised to reach a digital revenue landmark this year, putting nearly $1 billion in digital ad sales on the books. After initially forecasting a healthy 18% increase, new numbers from Borrell Associates project radio’s digital revenue growth will be 22% in 2019. “Radio has finally discovered the internet, with a vengeance,” the media financial research firm observes in a mid-year forecast update to be released Wednesday. Read more

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Ken Evans

Morning host Ken Evans exits Cumulus Media “105.3 Hot FM” WHTS Grand Rapids. Read more

Victor “Tito” Caballero

Afternoon host and Creative Services Director Victor “Tito” Caballero is upped to PD of iHeartMedia Spanish CHR “104.5 Latino Hits” KZEP-FM San Antonio. Read more

Jody Dean

Dallas radio veteran Jody Dean is stepping away from his weekend programs at classic hits KLUV Dallas (98.7). Dean was the longtime morning host at the station until last year and has been hosting “Saturday Night Special” and “Dusty Attics.” Read more

Zach Gilltrap

Paragon Media Strategies adds Zach Gilltrap, who will provide audio imaging production to select Paragon clients while continuing full-time as the in-house producer at Colorado Public Radio. Read more

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Darren Smith

Darren Smith, who recently joined iHeartMedia “Xtra 1360” KLSD San Diego for middays (12-3pm), will co-host “Not Sports” with Jack Cronin on news sister KOGO (600), weeknights from 7-8pm. Read more

Shannon Bond

Shannon Bond joins National Public Radio (NPR) as Technology Correspondent, based in Silicon Valley. Bond, who joins the network on Sept. 16, comes to NPR from Financial Times, where she has covered technology. Read more

Former WPLJ-er Todd Pettengill Launches Subscription-Based Show.

Todd Pettengill is returning to broadcasting, kind of. The former WPLJ New York morning man is launching an on-demand subscription service and plans to produce five shows a week that will include comedy bits, topical talk and new versions of Pettengill’s popular phone scams. The pricing and its launch date are a nod to Pettengill’s radio home of nearly 30 years. Read more

Cox Media Group Flips Switch On New Transmitter For ‘95.5 WSB.’

Cox Media Group marked National Radio Day with the official move of the transmitter location of WSBB-FM (95.5), the simulcast partner of news/talk powerhouse WSB (750). The station is now also officially known as “95.5 WSB Atlanta’s News & Talk,” with a renewed focus on the FM side of the signal and its expanded reach. Read more

Gordon Borrell: ‘Radio Is Basically On Fire When It Comes To Digital.’

The radio industry is poised to reach a digital revenue landmark this year, putting nearly $1 billion in digital ad sales on the books. After initially forecasting a healthy 18% increase, new numbers from Borrell Associates project radio’s digital revenue growth will be 22% in 2019. “Radio has finally discovered the internet, with a vengeance,” the media financial research firm observes in a mid-year forecast update to be released Wednesday. Read more

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