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Cox Enterprises Names Alex Taylor As New CEO

Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Media Group, has announced that Alex Taylor will rise to Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2018. Taylor, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will succeed John Dyer who will retire after 40 years with the company. He is the great-grandson of Cox founder James M. Cox and currently oversees Cox Communications, Cox Automotive, and Cox Media Group. He began his career in 2000 as a reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy today named Alexander C. Taylor, executive vice president and chief operating officer, as the company’s next president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Taylor will succeed John Dyer, president and chief executive officer, ...Read More

Mass ESPN Layoffs Affect Radio Lineup

As ESPN institutes mass layoffs today as part of a new “Content Evolution Strategy”, a number of well known personalities were shown the door today. The 1-4pm eastern program hosted by Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell will see changes as Kanell, who served as a college football analyst and co-host of the show, has been among the staffers dismissed. The Hollywood Reporter states that Russillo will remain with the program but in a reduced role at the network. Poured my heart and soul into ESPN for last 8 years. Moved my wife and 3 kids to CT to go "all in" 5 years ago. Bummed it ended in 3 minutes — Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) April 26, 2017 But totally get it. All part of a business that is rapidly changing. Thankful for the opportunity I was given and people I got...Read More

KFI To Serve As Flagship For Los Angeles Chargers

With the move of the NFL’s Chargers from San Diego to Los Angeles, iHeartMedia News/Talk 640 KFI will serve as the flagship station for all of the team’s gameday broadcasts. Additional Chargers related programming will be heard on Sports 570 KLAC and Alternative “Alt 98.7” KYSR in the IHeart Los Angeles cluster. Lotus Communications Regional Mexican “La Mera Mera 980” KFWB will carry the Spanish language broadcasts. KFI, KLAC, and KYSR will provide ten hours of gameday coverage. A weekly Chargers program will be heard on KLAC, while other Chargers related content will be heard throughout the iHeartMedia Los Angeles cluster. The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed in principle to multi-year television and radio agreements that will make KABC-TV, iHeartMedia ...Read More

Midwest To Launch CHR “i92.9” Lansing

Midwest Communications will flip Classic Hits 92.9 WLMI Lansing MI to CHR “i92.9” on Wednesday, April 26. The station will be positioned as “Lansing’s New Hits” and feature the syndicated Bert Show in mornings and Zach Sang at night. Nikki Landry, most recently PD of Cumulus CHR “98.9 Magic-FM” KKMG Colorado Springs will join the company as Brand Manager. The new format will go up against Townsquare Media’s market leading “97.5 Now-FM” WJIM. WJIM registered a 9.4 share in the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings, while WLMI held a 2.6. Ahead of the format change, Midwest Communications Lansing Operations Manager Mike Scott, who also programmed and hosted afternoons at WLMI, departed the company last week. Midwest Communications flips C...Read More

First New AM Translator Filing Window To Open This Summer

At this morning’s keynote address at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the first new filing window for new FM translators for AM stations will be this summer. The window will be for Class C & D AMs that did not acquire a translator for a station in the two 250 mile move filing windows that took place in 2016. A second window for Class A & B AMs will follow at a later date. Should multiple stations file for the same frequency in a market and not resolve the mutually exclusive conflict, they will bid against one another in an auction. Pai states that the IT work necessary to handle the new filing windows are being done now at the FCC. Also in his keynote, Pai announced plans to propose a comprehensive review of all FCC m...Read More

Rogers Media Acquires CISL Vancouver; To Flip To Sports

Newcap Media has announced it will sell Soft AC 650 CISL Vancouver BC to Rogers Media for an undisclosed amount. The purchase of CISL gives Rogers Media a home for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. Rogers had announced in March that it will takeover the radio broadcasts of the franchise next year from Bell Media Sports “Team 1040” CKST. The purchase gives Rogers a fourth station in Vancouver joining “News 1130” CKWX, Variety Hits “Jack 96.9” CJAX, and CHR “Kiss Radio” 104.9 CKKS-2. Upon closing of the deal, Rogers will flip CISL to Sports as “Sportsnet 650“. In addition to the Canucks, CISL will also carry Toronto Blue Jays baseball. Newfoundland Capital Corporation (“Newcap” or the “Company”) announced to...Read More

Emmis To Seek $80 Million In Divestments

As part of a new deal with its lenders, Emmis Communications must divest at least $80 million worth of properties by January 18, 2018 and close by July 18, 2018. As reported by Tom Taylor Now, Emmis’ decision to divest assets will allow the company to amend its 2014 credit agreement in order to help lower its leveraged ration down to 4x cash flow. These moves followed Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan’s failed attempt to privatize the company and sales of its Terre Haute IN radio properties and all but one magazine in its publishing division. Emmis had also announced its intent to sell Gospel 1190 WLIB New York in 2016, but as of yet as not done so. Emmis currently owns Urban “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR Los Angeles, four stations in New York (including 98.7 WEPN-FM which is in a lo...Read More

Robert Siegel To Step Down As All Things Considered Host

After forty years with NPR and thirty as host of All Things Considered, Robert Siegel will step down at the end of 2017. In a statement to NPR.com Siegel wrote, “This is a decision long in the making and not an easy one. I’ve had the greatest job I can think of, working with the finest colleagues anyone could ask for, for as long a stretch as I could imagine,” Robert says. “But, looking ahead to my seventies (which start all too soon) I feel that it is time for me to begin a new phase of life. Over the next few months, I hope to figure out what that will be.” Siegel joined NPR as a newscaster in 1976. He opened the network’s London bureau in 1979 and spent four years as Director of News and Information overseeing production of All Things Considered and M...Read More

Fitz Exits 100.7 The Wolf Seattle

After nearly twelve years leading mornings at Entercom Country “100.7 The Wolf” KKWF Seattle, Cory ‘Fitz’ has exited the station. Entercom released a brief statement regarding Fitz’s departure: Fitz in the Morning will no longer be on air on 100.7-FM The Wolf in Seattle as of Monday, April 24. Fitz has been an important part of the station for nearly 12 years, but we have decided to part ways. We wish him well, and we will be conducting a nationwide search for the station’s next morning show. The remainder of the current KKWF morning show will remain with the station as co-hosts Ellen Tailor and Randy The Biscuit will host mornings while Wingnut continues to fill-in during the vacant afternoon slot on the station. No word on the status of Fitz’s national...Read More

WIBC Host Greg Garrison To Retire

Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC-FM Indianapolis has announced that Greg Garrison will retire from his daily 9-11am show on Friday, June 9. Garrison has hosted at WIBC since 1997 and later replaced now Vice President Mike Pence on the regionally syndicated Network Indiana in 2000. Prior to beginning his radio career he served as lawyer including prosecuting Mike Tyson in his 1993 trial on rape charges. He later served as a legal analyst for WIBC and CBS News. Following the end of his daily show, Garrison will continue to write a weekly column for WIBC.com and do commentary and serve as a legal expert for the station. Indianapolis radio legend Greg Garrison today announced his retirement from the rigors of his weekday show on Indy’s news/talk leader, WIBC 93.1FM, but will remain part of the WIBC f...Read More

Jules Riley Adds KSD-FM Programming Duties

Jules Riley, who joined iHeartMedia as Program Director of Classic Hits 103.3 KLOU St. Louis last November, will add on additional duties programming sister Country “93.7 The Bull” KSD-FM. Riley tacks on the KSD-FM Program Director role from Dusty, who will remain with the station as APD/MD/Afternoon host. Dusty had taken the PD reigns when Steve ‘Scrubs’ Stewart moved to “Big 95.5” WEBG Chicago in 2015. iHeartMedia-St. Louis announced today that Jules Riley has been named Program Director for 93.7 The Bull, #1 For New Country in St. Louis, effective immediately. 93.7 The Bull has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of programs and personalities– The Bobby Bones Show, Dusty, Hemmy, and CMT’s Cody Alan, — and produces legend...Read More

Nic Merenda Joins Cumulus As Topeka VP/Market Manager

Cumulus Media has hired Nicola ‘Nic’ Merenda as VP/Market Manager for its Topeka KS operations. Merenda had most recently been working in ad sales for Pandora based in San Antonio. He has worked in sales at multiple Chicago stations and as General Sales Manager for Entercom Kansas City ad VP/Sales for iHeartMedia San Antonio during his career. Cumulus Media announces that it has named 20-year radio broadcasting executive Nicola (Nic) Merenda as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Topeka. Merenda joins Cumulus from Pandora Media, Inc. in San Antonio, TX, where he was also Vice President of Sales for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia. He was recognized as Entercom’s 2011 Sales Manager of the Year for his performance as General Sales Manager of KQRC-FM and KRBZ-FM in Mission, ...Read More

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