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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

Terry Foster Retires From 97.1 The Ticket Detroit

Terry Foster has announced his retirement from co-hosting afternoons at CBS Sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM Detroit effective immediately. Foster has co-hosted the daypart with Mike Valenti since 2004, first on 1270 WXYT and later moving with the station to 97.1 in 2007. His retirement comes after suffering a stroke last August that kept him out until returning in January. Foster will continue with his other position as a columnist for The Detroit News, where he has worked since 1988. Terry Foster, co-host of the “Valenti and Foster” show on WXYT-FM/97.1 The Ticket, has retired from the station, effective immediately. As Foster has openly shared with listeners over the last several months, he suffered a stroke and was on medical leave for much of the second half of 2016. He re...Read More

Jeff Wyatt Named iHeartMedia Baltimore SVP/Programming; Tommy Chuck WASH-FM PD

iHeartMedia has appointed Jeff Wyatt as SVP/Programming for its Baltimore MD cluster. Wyatt had been serving as VP/Programming for the company’s Virginia-Carolina region overseeing stations in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh NC, Greenville SC, and Harrisonburg, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke and Winchester VA. He also was Program Director for Country “96.9 The Kat” WKKT Statesville/Charlotte. In his new position, Wyatt will be Program Director of Country 93.1 WPOC and Variety Hits “102.7 Jack-FM” WQSR while overseeing CHR “Z104.3” WZFT and Gospel “Heaven 600” WCAO. Along with the appointment of Wyatt, iHeart has announced that Tommy Chuck, Program Director of CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington DC and WPOC will add simil...Read More

E93 Savannah Names BigMMike as PD

Cumulus Media is transferring Mike ‘BigMMike’ Bell to the Program Director position at Urban “E93” 93.1 WEAS-FM Springfield/Savannah GA. Bell joins WEAS-FM from the Program Director position at Cumulus Urban 106.3 WYNN-FM Florence SC. Prior to joining WYNN-FM in March 2016, Bell has worked at WFXE Columbus GA, KBLZ Tyler TX, KBTT Shreveport LA, WKPO Madison and WXSS Milwaukee WI. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 15-year radio broadcasting professional Mike (“Big Mike”) Bell as Program Director for WEAS-FM/E93, Savannah’s Hip Hop and R&B Leader. Bell moves to the Mainstream Urban station from Cumulus Media-Florence, SC, where he is currently Program Director for Mainstream Urban WYNN-FM. Prior to joining Cumulus, he held Assistant Program Director a...Read More

Todd Feinberg Joins WTIC For Afternoons

Former 680 WRKO Boston morning host Todd Feinberg will join CBS News/Talk 1080 WTIC Hartford for 3-6pm afternoons starting Monday, April 24. Feinberg replaces the Sports based show hosted by Joe D’Ambrosio and Andy Gresh. D’Ambrosio was let go following Gresh’s exit to join Cumulus News/Talk 630 WPRO Providence earlier this month. Feinberg co-hosted mornings at WRKO from 2007-2012 after prevously hosting nights and late mornings and has worked as a fill-in host at various New England stations since. He also hosted a syndicated weekend show from 2003-2009. The next era of afternoon drive on WTIC AM NewsTalk1080 begins Monday, April 24th when the station launches “Afternoons with Todd Feinburg” airing weekdays from 3 to 6pm. “Todd is a familiar voice on NewsTalk 1080 having...Read More

Nash Director of Programming John Shomby Adds WKDF Duties

John Shomby will add Program Director duties for Cumulus Country “103.3 Nash-FM” WKDF Nashville on on top of his duties as Director of Programming for all of the company’s NASH branded programming based in the city. Shomby succeeds Charlie Cook as WKDF Program Director. Cook remains in place as Cumulus Media’s VP/Country, VP/Operations for Cumulus Nashville, and Program Director of “95.5 Nash Icon” WSM-FM. Shomby joined Cumulus in February 2016 as NASH Director of Programming overseeing the Ty, Kelly and Chuck morning show, NASH Nights Live, Blair Garner Show, and American Country Countdown. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted John Shomby to Program Director of NASH FM 103.3 (WKDF) in Nashville; in addition to the NASH Director of Programming po...Read More

Billy Madison Show Added At Rock 98.9 Seattle

Hubbard Radio Rock “Rock 98.9” KVRQ Seattle has announced the addition of The Billy Madison Show for mornings starting Monday, April 24. Based at Cox Media’s 99.5 KISS-FM San Antonio, KVRQ becomes Madison’s sixth and largest market. The show also airs in Corpus Christi, Palm Springs, Salisbury and Tampa. KVRQ had been jockless in mornings since it launched its Rock format in March 2016. Hubbard Radio Seattle welcomes The Billy Madison Show, Mornings on ROCK 98.9 KVRQ. The announcement came today from Marc Kaye, Hubbard Radio VP/Market Manager Seattle. “Billy had me at hello”, said VP/Market Manager Marc Kaye.  “The first time I met Billy, Derek and Nard, I knew the Billy Madison Show was going to be a part of Rock 98.9 and a huge part indeed.” Dave Numme, KVRQ’s Pro...Read More

Russell Rush Promoted To KXXM Program Director

iHeartMedia has promoted Russell Rush to Program Director of CHR “Mix 96.1” KXXM San Antonio. Rush has been with KXXM since 2005 and added APD and Afternoon Host duties the following year. He takes over the day-to-day programming job that had been vacant since Chase Murphy departed last year. iHeartMedia announced today that Russell Rush has been promoted to Program Director for Mix 96.1, San Antonio’s #1 Hit Music Station, effective immediately. He will continue to serve as weekday afternoon on-air personality for the station. Mix 96.1 has a strong cross-platform presence and broadcasts several popular personalities including the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, Emily and EJ. iHeartMedia has massive consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live...Read More

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