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Troy Hanson Upped To Cumulus Chicago VP/Operations

Cumulus Media has promoted Troy Hanson from Program Director of Alternative 101.1 WKQX Chicago to Vice President of Operations for its Chicago cluster. Hanson will also retain his role as VP/Programming of Rock formats for the company while adding oversight of Classic Hits 94.7 WLS-FM, Rock “97.9 The Loop” WLUP, and News/Talk 890 WLS. Concurrently the company has signed WLS-FM Program Director Brian Thomas to a multi-year contract extension to remain with the station and his other roles as VP/Programming for Classic Hits and Corporate Program Director for Country. Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Troy Hanson, Program Director for Chicago Alternative station 101 WKQX-FM and Vice President, Programming, Rock formats, to the newly created position of Vice President, Op...Read More

iHeartMedia Sets New New Orleans Market Leadership

Following its layoffs last week, iHeartMedia has appointed Steve McNair as its new Market President for its New Orleans cluster and promoted Baton Rouge Market President Michael Hudson to Area President for Baton Rouge/New Orleans. McNair joins iHeartMedia from the Regional Sales Manager position at Titan Broadcasting’s KUBE-TV Houston. He has previously worked in radio for iHeartMedia Houston and as VP/Sales for CBS Radio Houston. He will report to Michael Hudson, the former Baton Rouge Market President who now will serve as Area President for both markets. McNair succeeds Marlon George, who was let go in last week’s cuts. iHeartMedia announced today that Steve McNair has been named Market President for the New Orleans market effective May 29th. iHeartMedia New Orleans has a s...Read More

Jon Que Promoted To KLUC Music Director

Midday host Jon Que has been promoted to Music Director at CBS CHR 98.5 KLUC Las Vegas. Que has worked at KLUC since 2007 and will also serve as APD/MD of Hawaiian/Reggae “Da Shaka” KLUC-HD2. He takes the MD reigns from cluster OM/KLUC PD JB King. CBS RADIO Las Vegas is excited to announce today that Jon Que has been signed to a new multi-year agreement. In conjunction with the signing, Que has been promoted to Music Director for 98.5 KLUC and Assistant Program Director and Music Director for 98.5 HD-2 Da Shaka, Vegas’ Island and Reggae Station. These new roles are in addition to his weekday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, on-air shift with 98.5 KLUC. “I love it when I can reward hard work. Jon has been assisting within music department on KLUC for nearly two years and has a great ear for...Read More

Drex Rener Joins Tad Lemire On B98.5 Atlanta Mornings

Cox Media AC “B98.5” WSB-FM Atlanta has announced that P.J. ‘Drex’ Rener will be Tad Lemire’s new morning co-host. Drex, most recently was the host of “Drex, Cassidy and Tingle” on Hot AC “Star 94” WSTR Atlanta. He has also worked mornings at “Kiss 95.1” WNKS Charlotte and “Q107.5” WHBQ-FM Memphis. Rener replaces Melissa Carter who exited earlier this year. Producer Kara Leigh will take on an expanded role with the new “Tad & Drex Mornings” as the female voice. Beginning Monday, May 15, B98.5 (WSB-FM/Atlanta) will be waking up Atlanta with a new addition to the morning show, Drex Renner. Tad & Drex Mornings will air weekdays from 5am-9am, continuing to focus on the issues that matter to wome...Read More

KSAN’s Steven Seaweed To End 44 Year Radio Career

Cumulus Classic Rock “107.7 The Bone” KSAN San Mateo/San Francisco has announced that midday host Steven Seaweed will retire from broadcasting on June 30. Ending a 44 year career, Seaweed will end his run with a “Bone-Voyage Cruise” for winning listeners, guests and station staffers. Seaweed has been with the current incarnation of KSAN since its launch in 1997. His radio career started at 101.7 KLRB Carmel in 1972, where he stayed until joining the original incarnation of KSAN on 94.9 San Francisco from 1978 through its 1980 flip to Country. He then spent time at 94.5 KFAT and KWSS Gilroy, “97.3 The Rocker” KRQR and “Alice 97.3” KLLC before joining The Bone. Cumulus Media announces that Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame DJ and The Bone 107.7/KSAN-FM midday pe...Read More

Donny Hudson Promoted To SBS Miami General Manager

Spanish Broadcasting System has promoted SVP/Sales Donny Hudson to VP/General Manager of SBS Miami with oversight of Salsa “Zeta 92.3” WCMQ, Cubatón “Ritmo 95.7” WRMA, Spanish CHR “El Zol 106.7” WXDJ, and the company’s LaMusica app. Hudson has worked for SBS for the past eighteen years holding multiple sales postions including SVP/Sales, Local Sales Manager, and Director of Local Sales. He has worked in Miami radio since 1989. Hudson succeeds Carolina Santamarina who was promoted to SVP of SBS Portafolio, a new cross-platform brand strategy division earlier this month. Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (“SBS”/ (OTCQX: SBSAA) today announced that Donny Hudson has been named General Manager and Vice President of SBS Miami supervising all ...Read More

JoJo Turnbeaugh Named iHeart Denver SVP/Programming

iHeartMedia has transferred Nevada/Central California SVP/Programming JoJo Turnbeaugh to its Denver region. Turnbeaugh succeeds Jim Lawson, who was let go during last week’s talent cuts. In his new position Turnbeaugh will oversee all programming at iHeart’s Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Fort Collins stations. This continues as rapid ascension within the programming ranks for Turnbeaugh who was promoted from Program Director of Country “95.5 The Bull” KWNR Las Vegas to SVP/Programming for the Las Vegas market in February 2016 and again to Nevada/Central California region in August 2016. He previously has served as MD/afternoon host for CHR “95.7 Kiss-FM” KFMD Denver, and PD of 99.9 KVUU and 96.9 KCYY Colorado Springs for iHeart/Clear Channel and ...Read More

Tracy Taylor Takes Middays At Jammin 101.5 Denver

Max Broadcast Group Rhythmic AC “Jammin 101.5” KJHM Watkins/Denver CO has promoted weekender Tracy Taylor to middays. Taylor is well known in the Denver market with previous tenures as morning producer at Hot AC “Alice 105.9” KALC, nights at Country 98.5 KYGO, mornings at Classic Hits “Kool 105” KXKL, and middays at Country “92.5 The Wolf” KWOF. She has also worked at 95.1 KATC Colorado Springs and 95.5 KWNR Las Vegas. Taylor replaces Diana Steele who was voicetracking the shift. I’m happy to announce that we’ve moved Tracy Taylor to Middays on KJHM/Denver Tracy is a market veteran with a wealth of experience… she knows Denver and Denver knows her – we’re so happy to have her hosting middays on Jammin’ 101-...Read More

CBS Radio Makes Cuts At KRLD Dallas

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that CBS Radio has cut at least four staffers at News/Talk 1080 KRLD Dallas. The most prominent name on the list is overnight host Charley Jones. Jones hosted “Texas Overnight” on KRLD and regionally syndicated on the Texas State Network. Also exiting are Reporter/Assistant News Director Matt Thomas, Sports Anchor Roger Emrich, and Features Reporter J.D. Ryan. All have been with KRLD for over a decade. While not many names have come out, it appears a few other staffers have been dismissed at other CBS Radio outlets. CBS Sports Radio Digital Content Manager Jake Brown tweeted his exit last week.

Steve Pleshe Returns To KSKS Fresno

Nine years after exiting the Program Director position at “93.7 Kiss County” KSKS Fresno, Steve Pleshe will return to the Cumulus Country station in that role effective May 7. Pleshe previously programmed KSKS from 2004 through 2008 before moving to positions in record promotion while remaining based in Fresno. He succeeds Darren Arriens who left in March to join Entercom Charlotte as Director of Operations. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Steve Pleshe as Program Director for KSKS-FM/KISS Country in Fresno, CA, effective May 7, 2017. Born in Orange, California, Steve moved to Fresno in the late 80’s to attend Fresno State. He began his radio career at KISS Country in the early 90’s as a part-time staffer and worked his way up to Program Director in the summer of 2...Read More

iHeartMedia Extends Steve Harvey

While cuts go on at their stations across the country, iHeartMedia continues to lock up their star talents to new deals. Following the recent extension of Elvis Duran, Steve Harvey has extended his contract to remain with the company. No length or terms were disclosed, but like Duran, Harvey will work with iHeartMedia on a variety of projects, including development and creation of new programming and promotions, community and charitable initiatives, as well as multimedia projects and events. INSTANT INSIGHT: Why the signing of highly paid talents to new extensions, while Rome burns beneath them? These could be restructuring of contracts to ensure the talents remain with the company following a bankruptcy filing or to push back payments to help cut the bottom line now. With the trend in pla...Read More

WIBC Sets New Lineup

Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis has set a new weekday lineup to debut o June 12 following the announced retirement of Greg Garrison last week. Morning news anchor Tony Katz will add a second talk program from 11am-1pm, while the morning news will run from 6-9am as opposed to 6-10am. The Chicks on the Right will move from 4-6pm to 9-11am as well, while Abdul-Hakim Shabazz’s “Abdul At Large” from 6-7pm and “10 @ 10” from 10-11am will leave the schedule as he focuses on his indypolitics.org. Shabazz will continue to host a weekend show for WIBC. Moving from nights to 4-7pm will be Hammer and Nigel. Jason Hammer and Nigel Laskowski are both longtime employees of Emmis Indianapolis at multiple stations. Dana Loesch’s syndicated “Dana Show” ...Read More

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