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Saturday, July 11th, 2020

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Cumulus Media To Lay Off 3% Of Its Workforce.

In addition to shuttering its Westwood One News operation at the end of August, Cumulus Media is letting go 3% of its workforce, Inside Radio has learned. The reduction in force, which amounts to less than 100 positions, is the result of eliminating jobs that either no longer exist or have been greatly reduced. Meanwhile, furloughs that Cumulus first revealed in April will come to an end later this month. Read more

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Cumulus Media To Lay Off 3% Of Its Workforce.

In addition to shuttering its Westwood One News operation at the end of August, Cumulus Media is letting go 3% of its workforce, Inside Radio has learned. The reduction in force, which amounts to less than 100 positions, is the result of eliminating jobs that either no longer exist or have been greatly reduced. Meanwhile, furloughs that Cumulus first revealed in April will come to an end later this month. Read more

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Westwood One News Closure Will Reset The Radio Network News Business.

The decision by Westwood One to shutter its Westwood One News operation at the end of August marks a rare reset for radio news networks. Suddenly, nearly 1,000 stations have a chance to reconsider their affiliations. The closure arrives during a monumental year for news, with a global pandemic, widespread demonstrations and unrest following the death of George Floyd and what’s shaping up to be a presidential election unlike any other. Read more

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More Changes In Programming At WestWood One

Country Aircheck reports that Westwood One's The Lia Show (Lia Knight) is moving from nights to overnights to replace The Blair Garner Show, which signs off Aug. 9 after almost four years. Lia been with the WWO since 2008 and is based in Seattle. Garner created what is now Premiere Radio's After MidNite in 1993, hosting the program until his 2013 departure to host America's Morning Show. Read more

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The Outer Banks ‘News Talk 92.3’ WZPR To Launch On Monday.

JAM Media Solutions will launch “News Talk 92.3” WZPR Nags Head, NC on Monday, July 13 at 6am. Outer Banks news radio veteran Sam Walker will fire up the new format, hosting “OBX Today,” which will expand on coverage carried at OBXToday.com. Outside of Walker’s local morning show, the station will feature syndicated talent, including Brian Kilmeade, Chris Plante, Ben Shapiro, Dave Ramsey and Jim Bohanon. Read more

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Formation Of Independent Broadcasters Association Expected Within Two Weeks.

Just shy of reaching its 3,000-station goal, Adams Media Group CEO Ron Stone says the Independent Broadcasters Association will officially form within the next two weeks. Stone is hoping that once the organization gets off the ground, it will attract other independent radio operators who were on the fence about whether to participate. Stone says 496 owner/operators “representing just under 3,000 stations” have expressed initial interest. Read more

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Cox Tulsa Raises Half-Million Dollars For Families Of Police Officers.

Cox Media Group Tulsa helped raise more than a half-million dollars for the families of a fallen officer and a second injured officer. On Wednesday, July 8 CMG radio and TV stations teamed with the Tulsa Media Department and the Tulsa Police Department Foundation for a 14-hour live broadcast fundraiser at LaFortune Park. Read more

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Conservative Talk Show Host Jay Severin Dead At 69.

Conservative talk show host Jay Severin, best known for his time in Boston, has died at the age of 69. Severin, who had been battling cancer, worked at Boston talk outlets WRKO, WXKS and the former WTKK and at one time hosted a program that was syndicated to select Infinity Broadcasting stations. Read more

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Amarillo AM Won’t Be Downsized After All.

In what is a vote of confidence of sorts for AM radio, Cumulus Media has scrapped a plan that would have allowed it to operate a low-rated AM in Amarillo, TX more economically. Rather than an intentional downgrade for “Sports Radio 1440” KPUR, the company has decided to invest in maintaining its bigger signal. Read more

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Georgia Radio Host Thanks Anonymous Plasma Donor For His Recovery From COVID-19.

Mike Kelly, midday host at PMB Broadcasting CHR “Q107.3” WCGQ Columbus, GA, is thanking an anonymous plasma donor as he recovers from his recent battle with COVID-19. Needing antibody-rich plasma from a recovered COVID-19 patient, Kelly sent a plea out on social media, which was shared by a local TV reporter. A viewer of WRLB-TV saw the post and came to the rescue. Read more

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