Friday, November 19, 2021

Jennifer Horn has signed a contract extension that will keep her on Salem Media's Group L.A.'s radio stations through 2024. The agreement is struck after the group recently named Grant Stinchfield as Jennifer’s Co-Host. ‘The Morning Answer with Jennifer Horn and Grant Stinchfield’ is heard weekdays 6am-9am PT on AM 870 the Answer (KRLA) and AM 590 the Answer (KTIE). Read more

Ryan Hatch has been named Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Bonneville International, Phoenix. He replaces Scott Sutherland, who was recently promoted to the corporate team as Executive Vice President, Regional Media Operations. Hatch has been Vice President of Programming in Phoenix since 2011. He has been with Bonneville since November of 2006. Read more

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Phil Jimenez is named Sales Manager at NRG Media Wausau-Stevens Point, which includes country “Y106.5” WYTE, adult hits “Big Cheese 107.9” WBCV (107.9), classic rock WGLX (103.3), and CHR “Hot 96.7” WHTQ. “We are thrilled to have Phil on board as our Sales Manager,” GM Aleese Fielder said in a release. “His experience, professionalism, and high degree of integrity make him the perfect addition to our team!” Jimenez joins from Houston-based media research company The Media Audit. Read more

Ryan Lieberman joins iHeartMedia as Senior VP of Sales for its Riverside/San Bernardino cluster, which includes rhythmic CHR KGGI (99.1), rock “Q103.3” KTMQ, “Fox Sports Radio1350” KPWK (1350), and Black Information Network affiliate KFOO (1440). For the last three years, he has served as Market President for Townsquare Media in Tri-Cities, Washington. Read more

Dave Levora, the main host and program director for alternative “Planet 93.9” KQCJ Quad Cities (Davenport-Rock Island- Moline), has been promoted to Director of Rock Formats for parent company Regional Media. He’s tasked with overseeing all rock formats for the company, including classic, modern, and alternative rock. Read more

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Matty Blake joins veteran broadcaster Heather Gersten as morning show co-host at Cumulus Media's Providence, Rhode Island's AC station, "Lite-105" WWLI-FM. Blake is also the current host of The Curse of Oak Island: Drilling Down and Beyond Oak Island, seen on The History Channel. Read more

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Jeff Gonsales joins Audacy as Senior VP and Market Manager for the company’s Minneapolis portfolio, which includes country “102.9 The Wolf,” adult hits “104.1 Jack FM” KZJK and news/talk WCCO (830). He begins in his new role effective Dec. 6. Gonsales spent the past 18 years at Hubbard Radio in St. Paul, MN, 10 of those as Director of Sales. Read more

Cumulus Media appoints Nadia Cowart Digital Sales Manager for its Beaumont, TX/Lake Charles, La, cluster, which includes country KAYD Beaumont (101.7), KYKZ Lake Charles (96.1) and “Nash Icon 97.9” KQLK Lake Charles. Cowart previously served as the cluster’s Promotion Manager from 2002-2008.  Most recently, she worked as Marketing Director for KBMT/K-JAC 12 News in Beaumont. Read more

iHeartMedia has named Alek Halverson Program Director for country "KJ97", KAJA FM in San Antonio, effective immediately. Halverson joins iHeartMedia San Antonio market from its sister market iHeartMedia Austin, where he most recently served as the Assistant Program Director for 96.7 KISS FM. Read more

Friday, November 12, 2021

Market veteran Letty Martinez is added to mornings at Meruelo Media rhythmic CHR “Power 106” KPWR Los Angeles, effective Nov. 15. Martinez previously served as co-host of “Big Boy’s Neighborhood,” when it was on KPWR and under Emmis ownership, and as night personality at iHeartMedia hip-hop/R&B “Real 92.3” KRRL. She joins Teddy Mora in mornings at “Power 106.”  Read more

Educational Media Foundation, parent company of the “K-Love” and “Air1” Christian music networks, names Troy West APD of EMF Radio Group, effective Dec. 1. West joins the company from Hope Media Group contemporary Christian KSBJ Houston (89.3), where he served as PD. Read more

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Chris Cardenas joins Townsquare Media as Assistant OM for the company’s six-station Boise cluster, which includes country “WOW 104.3” KAWO. He also will host afternoons for hot AC “Mix 106” KCIX. Cardenas most recently served as morning-show producer and evening on-air talent at Cox Media Group “Y100” KCYY San Antonio, TX, departing the station last month. Read more

Coleman Insights elevates Kimberly Bryant to the newly-created position of Director of Client Services. Bryant started as a part-time Research Assistant at Coleman Insights in 2004 and was promoted to Field Coordinator in 2018.  Read more

Melissa Rivera is named Integrated Sales Manager at Cox Media Group Houston. Rivera joins the cluster from Townsquare Media Victoria, TX, where she served as Director of Sales.  Read more

Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a solutions provider for media creatives and content owners, names David Schleifer Chief Operating Officer. Schleifer previously served ASG as VP of Strategic Operations. Prior to joining ASG, he held the position of COO of Primestream, Inc. Read more

Bekki Yang is elevated to Senior VP of Sales at iHeartMedia Minneapolis. Yang is a 22-year company veteran, most recently serving as the VP of Sales for iHeartMedia Minneapolis. She began her career with iHeartMedia Milwaukee as an intern and has since taken on multiple roles within the company. Read more

James Gilmore, former midday host at Guaranty Broadcasting country “100.7 The Tiger” WTGE Baton Rouge, died Wednesday, more than five years after being diagnosed with kidney cancer. He was 51. Gilmore had been on-air at WTGE since November 2011 and also had served as the station’s APD. Read more

Cumulus Media “New Country 93.1” WDRQ Detroit host Bill “Broadway” Bertschinger returns to afternoons Friday after nearly two years in the morning slot at the station. The move clears a space for a new local morning show that’s expected to be announced soon. Read more

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

iHeartMedia names Howard Greiner Area President for the Albany, NY area, effective Dec. 31. He will succeed current Area President Kristen Delaney, who retires at year’s end. Greiner joins the company after a three-year stint at his own consulting firm and 18 years with Buntin Out-Of-Home Media, where he most recently served as President/COO. Read more

Vince Vitrano, the longtime morning news anchor on WTMJ-TV Milwaukee, is joining Good Karma Brands news/talk WTMJ (620) as host of “Wisconsin’s Morning News.” Vitrano succeeds Gene Mueller who will retire in February 2022 after 44 years in the industry. Read more

Tom Mara, Executive Director of Friends of KEXP variety KEXP Seattle (90.3), will retire June 30, 2022. Mara has been with the influential public radio outlet for 31 years. Read more

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

John Freeman is named the radio play-by-play announcer for the University of Virginia football and men’s basketball. Freeman, a 2009 UVa graduate, has been handling the role on an interim basis since the departure of Dave Koehn, who is now calling games for the Milwaukee Bucks.  Read more

Mike Kennedy, OM/PD of Audacy country “106.5 The Wolf” WDAF and hot AC “99.7 The Point” KZPT Kansas City, is retiring, effective Dec. 17. Kennedy returned to the market in September 2019.  He previously served as VP of Programming for Wilks Broadcasting and Steel City Media from 2007-2016, when he retired for the first time. Kennedy also owned and operated KXBZ Manhattan. KS (104.7).  Read more

Zach Cochran is named CEO of The Family Network Wisconsin contemporary Christian stations: WEMI Appleton (91.9), WEMY Green Bay (91.5), WGNV Wausau-Stevens Point (88.5), WSTM Sheboygan (91.9) and WGNW Eau Claire (99.9). Cochran has spent the past 18 years at Way Media contemporary Christian KXWA Denver (101.9), serving in various roles over the years. Read more

“Mean Jean” Fremont is elevated to PD at SummitMedia rhythmic CHR “Hot 104.5” WKHT Knoxville. Fremont has been serving as APD/MD and hosting afternoons for the past two years. Read more

Monday, November 08, 2021

Scott Gaines is named OM of SummitMedia Knoxville and PD of country “100.3 The Wolf” WCYQ. Gaines most recently served as OM for Alpha Media Amarillo, where he also handled programming and afternoons at country KGNC-FM (97.9). Read more

“DJ Nailz” Nixon joins Radio One hip-hop/R&B “Power 107.5” WCKX Columbus as APD/midday host. Nixon was most recently with Cox Media Group “Power 95.3” WPYO Orlando, where he hosted afternoons.  Read more

Friday, November 05, 2021

iHeartMedia CHR “Hits 95.7” KPTT Denver names JR (Jeffrey Ramsey) afternoon host of the newly re-branded station. JR most recently hosted afternoons at Midwest Communications CHR “Hot 106.7” WNFN Nashville. Read more

Cassiday Proctor is named morning host at Cumulus Media modern rock “The Edge” WEDG (103.3), filling the void left with the move of Shredd & Ragan to classic rock sister “97 Rock” WGRF in August. Proctor was most recently in afternoons at co-owned rock “105.1 The X” KCJK Kansas City, replaced there by Jay Powers. Read more

iHeartMedia “Rock 105.3” KIOZ San Diego signs “The Show” to a new contract extension. The morning program, which features Eddie Pappani, Sky Williams, Tylhor “Thor” Dodd and Emily Griffiths, has been with the station since 2010. Read more

Veteran country radio programmer Kenny Jay joins Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Consulting as a VP/Consulting Partner. Jay most recently programmed Audacy country “US99” WUSN Chicago and country sister “102.9 The Wolf” KMNB Minneapolis, exiting among company COVID-cuts in April 2020. Read more

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Veronica de Souza joins WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC New York (93.9) as Director of Digital News & Audience, effective Nov. 18. In this new role, de Souza will oversee an audience development team, a data visualization team, a web production team and the Day-Of News desk. Most recently, de Souza was the Senior Director of Publishing at Vice Media.  Read more

Jay Powers is named to afternoons at Cumulus Media rock “105.1 The X” KCJK Kansas City, succeeding Cassiday Proctor, who is transferring to the company’s Buffalo cluster for a soon-to-be-announced position. Powers has been with the cluster since last year, serving as morning show producer at co-owned classic hits KCMO-FM (94.9) and weekends on KCJK. He remains part of the sideline production team for the Kansas City Chiefs home games. Read more

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Victor Starr is named Director of Programming and Operations for SummitMedia Omaha. Starr will also serve as PD of rhythmic CHR “Channel 94.1” KQCH. Starr was most recently Brand Manager at Audacy rhythmic CHR “KS107.5” KQKS Denver until his July exitRead more

Longtime Hartford morning host Brad Davis has passed away. Davis spent 43 years in mornings at Red Wolf Broadcasting talk WDRC (1360). He was inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2015.  Read more

Jake Query joins Emmis sports “The Fan” Indianapolis as morning co-host, paired with Kevin Bowen for the “Kevin & Query” show. Query was most recently co-hosting afternoons at iHeartMedia crosstown sports “Fox Sports 1260” WNDE.   Read more

Veteran Texas radio personality Jesse Block, 53, died Oct. 29, after having contracted COVID-19 in September. Block had been a fixture in the Beaumont-Port Arthur market, working for stations including country “KD 97.5” KAYD, as well as KAYC-AM, KZZB and KQXY. Most recently, he had worked as a traffic continuity director for iHeartMedia, doing fill-in hosting for classic hit “Cool 92.5 FM” KCOL. Read more

Paul Windisch is named GSM at SummitMedia Springfield, MO. Before joining SummitMedia, Windisch owned Freedom Consulting and previously served as GM of Koplar Communications and as Market Manager for Clear Channel.  Read more

Mark “Hawkeye” Louis, the Country Radio Hall of Fame morning host at Cumulus Media KSCS Dallas (96.3), inks a new long-term contract. Louis, who has been with the station since 1988, hosts “Hawkeye in the Morning,” along with 10-year station veteran Michelle Rodriguez. The program is recognized as the longest-running morning show in the market.  Read more

Andrea Parikh, a 16-year veteran of Clear Channel Outdoor, joins NuVoodoo to lead the firm’s new digital out-of-home (OOH) media trading team. At Clear Channel Outdoor, Parikh led the development and rollout of Digital Out-of-Home, mobile and other data products across their 40+ US markets. Read more