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    Like a runaway train on a greased track, the forecast for political ad spending in the 2022 midterm elections is seemingly out of control – or off the rails, or any other suitable metaphor. The latest forecast from Kantar/CMAG is for $9 billion. That’s up from $8.4 billion in July and $7.8 billion before that. The new number equals the amount spent during 2020's Presidential race and includes local broadcast, local cable/satellite, radio, Facebook, Google and OTT. Read more

    Inside Radio News

    Beasley Media Group and Audacy are exchanging stations in Las Vegas. Audacy is trading alternative “Alt 107.5” KXTE to Beasley for talk KDWN (720) and the city-licensed translator K268CS at 101.5. The swap gives Beasley a fifth FM in Sin City while Audacy gains a third AM station to go with its three remaining FMs. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year. Read more

    KGO, which ruled San Francisco radio for decades, is ditching its long-running news/talk format. The once legendary AM on Thursday pulled the plug on its talk shows and began teasing a new format coming Monday. The station is currently airing a loop of snippets of songs about money and betting. “The biggest gamble in Bay Area radio history” says one promo. Read more

    The FCC is not yet done with an attempt to increase the regulation of foreign-sponsored programing on U.S. radio and television. After a federal appeals court in July sided with broadcasters and struck down the first attempt, FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel has opted not to appeal the decision, instead choosing to circulate a new proposal that would, among other things, propose a new certification procedure for stations and programming providers. Read more

    After pulling Ed Lover from morning drive at classic hip-hop “104.3 Jams” WBMX Chicago, Audacy has launched a new syndicated night show hosted by the early hip-hop icon. “The Ed Lover Experience” will air at different times on the company’s classic hip-hop stations in five markets: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Las Vegas. It’s the latest chapter in a radio career that began on New York’s “Hot 97” in 1993. Read more

    To bring attention to the city’s Black maternal mortality crisis, iHeartMedia New York has launched a new multi-platform initiative. “MEternal – Because Pregnancy Is About Mom Too” will include educational messages on urban contemporary “Power 105.1” WWPR, rhythmic CHR WKTU, and AC “106.7 Lite FM” WLTW. The effort also includes a dedicated bi-weekly podcast, as well as the online portal Read more

    Dr. Ed Cohen joins Cipolla Analytics as Chief Research Officer, where he is charged with overseeing the SpotGPS software product for radio. One of the radio industry’s most respected researchers, Cohen most recently served as VP of Ratings and Research at Cumulus Media, exiting in July 2020 as part of company-wide cuts. He previously served as VP of Measurement Innovation at Nielsen Audio and logged many years at predecessor Arbitron. Read more

    Katz Media Group will handle network sales for Touchdown Radio Productions’ weekly college football broadcast, “Touchdown Radio.” Ad inventory for the Gino Torretta-hosted show will be available to advertisers and agencies through Katz’s Alliance Network. Founded in 2007 by Torretta, a Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion quarterback, “Touchdown Radio” is in its 16th season. Read more

    Alpha Media country “98.7 The Bull” KUPL Portland OR resets its on-air lineup with the addition of the Skyview Networks-syndicated “B-Dub Radio” in afternoons. Current afternoon host and APD Danny Dwyer moves to middays, while Mark “Tictak” Allen is added to nights. While not an in-person return, both Brian “B-Dub” Washington and Allen used to work at KUPL in the early 2010s. Read more

    Ryan Seacrest to receive a Luminary Award for Career Achievement from the LA Press Club… Marketron to present a webinar on recruitment on Oct. 20… WGAR Cleveland raised nearly $30,000 with its 21st annual "Guitars for Girls" show… Tom Hamilton, the radio play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Guardians, is a finalist for the Ford C. Frick Award. Read more

    People Moves

    Billy Nosal, who served as PD and on-air host at the former rock WCCC Hartford in the 1970s and 1980s, and is credited with hiring Howard Stern, has passed away at the age of 77. After his stint at WCCC, Nosal formed The Advantage Group, an advertising and public relations agency, which he ran until his retirement.  Read more

    Hubbard classic rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV Chicago names Janda Lane its new midday host. Lane, who for the past four years has served as afternoon co-host with Steve Seaver, has been covering the midday shift since Bob Stroud stepped down in June. Lane, who will continue to host her podcast “Behind the Song,” is also named MD at “The Drive.”  Read more

    Petch joins Draper Media CHR WBOC Salisbury-Ocean City, MD (102.5) as morning host, effective Oct. 10. Petch hosted mornings for 16 years at Forever Media CHR “Eagle 97.7” WAFL Dover, DE before “retiring” in June 2021. Mornings at WBOC are currently hosted by Leah Rizzo. Read more

    Saga Communications’ North Central Florida Media, which operates “93.7 FM K-Country” WOGK and classic rock “Wind FM” WYND (95.5) Gainesville-Ocala, names Allison Williams Local News Correspondent. Williams is a senior at the University of Florida and is studying journalism. She joined the company as an intern this past summer. She will be heard on both stations each Monday and Wednesday morning. Read more