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NPR Hires New CEO

Jarl Mohn has been named the new CEO of NPR effective July 1. Mohn is currently chairman of Southern California Public Radio and has a diversified history in the media industry. Mohn began his career as a DJ under the name ‘Lee Masters’ and worked at 660 WNBC New York in the 1970’s before segueing to media management as GM of MTV/VH1 in the 1980’s and founder/CEO of E! Entertainment Television in 1990. Mohn also previously served on the Board of Directors of XM Satellite Radio. The board of directors of NPR announced today that it had selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer. Mohn is currently chairman of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and has had a life-long career in media, including serving as founding president and chi...Read More

Mark Elliott Joins Cumulus Toledo

Former 104.1 WIKY Evansville Program Director Mark Elliott is heading to Toledo to serve as Operations Manager for CHR “Star 105.5” WWWM and OM/Program Director of Classic Hits 93.5 WRQN Toledo. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed radio veteran Mark Elliott as Operations Manager of Toledo stations WRQN (Classic Hits) and WWWM (Top 40) and Program Director of WRQN. Elliott moves to Toledo from Evansville, Indiana, where he was Program Director and Afternoon Host of WIKY for the past seven years. WIKY was #1 in every ratings book during Elliott’s tenure, and also won Marconi, Crystal and R&R Station of the Year awards. He also served the industry for 10 years as a promotions and marketing consultant for radio stations nationwide, and was Program Director of WKRQ Ci...Read More

WNOW Names New PD

Amidst the possibility of the station rebranding as “Amp Radio“, CBS CHR “92.3 Now” WNOW-FM New York has brought in a new Program Director from the market where the Amp brand is based. Rick Thomas, who has been serving as PD of sister Urban AC “94.7 The Wave” KTWV and Classic Hits “K-Earth 101” KRTH Los Angeles will be transferring to New York to take the reins of 92.3 Now immediately. Thomas has a long history at CHR programming KYLD San Francisco, KSFM Sacramento, and XHTZ San Diego. His Los Angeles position will be filled at a later date. Thomas replaces Rick Gilette who exited the station in December 2013 and has since joined Cumulus’ WRQX Washington DC. Rick Thomas has been named program director for 92.3 NOW (WNOW-FM), CBS RADIO’s...Read More

Jim Richards Moves To KFOG/KSAN As OM/PD

Cumulus Media is moving Rock “97.9 The Loop” WLUP and Alternative 101 WKQX Chicago Operations Manager Jim Richards to San Francisco to become Operations Manager/Program Director of AAA 104.5 KFOG/97.7 KFFG and Rock “107.7 The Bone” KSAN. Richards joined Cumulus when the company began leasing the two former Merlin Media stations at the beginning of this year. No word on the status of Bill Pugh who had been filling those positions for Cumulus. Cumulus Media announces that it has named programming veteran Jim Richards as Operations Manager/Program Director of radio stations KFOG and KSAN The Bone. Richards comes to his new post from Chicago, where he served Cumulus as Operations Manager of WLUP the Loop and Alternative WKQX. Richards started his radio career in suburba...Read More

Artie Lange Show Cancelled

DirecTV has cancelled The Artie Lange Show; bringing an end to the late-night syndicated Sports/Hot Talk offering. The network gave Lange a final episode to say goodbye, which aired this past Monday, April 29. Lange told listeners: They were very amicable about it, very nice about it, very professional and generous. You know, we’re two years and seven months into a three year deal, so it was just a few months until the end of it. It would have been good to end it but, you know, you got to make business decisions. This is a business. I am no rookie at this. I’ve been in situations like this before. To be honest, I always thought we were a tax write-off for The Dan Patrick Show. The stand-up/former Howard Stern sidekick debuted the program in June 2011 with then co-host Nick DiPa...Read More

Chio Returns To Philadelphia

Clear Channel Hot AC “Mix 106.1” WISX Philadelphia is returning Chio In The Morning to the market. Chio will join incumbent co-host Nicole Michalik in the 6-9am slot most recently held by Logan, who exited last week. He is currently hosting mornings at Clear Channel Rhythmic AC “95.7 Kiss-FM” KSSX San Diego and will continue in that role in addition to WISX. Chio spent two tours of duty at CHR “Q102” WIOQ including a run in mornings from 2000 until 2006. Following a brief stay in San Diego, he joined Rhythmic CHR “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM for mornings until late 2012. In addition to those stations, Chio has spent time at Z100 New York, KPTY Phoenix, and KHTS, KKLQ, XHRM and XHTZ in the San Diego market.

Brian Thomas Joins Cumulus As WNSH/Corporate PD

Brian Thomas is joining Cumulus as Corporate Program Director and PD of Country “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH New York. Thomas most recently served as National Vice President of Classic Hits programming and PD of Country 99.5 WQYK and Classic Hits “Q105” 104.7 WRBQ in Tampa for CBS. Prior to that he programmed 101.1 WCBS-FM (and was involved in their return from Variety Hits “JackFM“) and “Fresh 102.7” WWFS New York. At WNSH he succeeds John Foxx, who will remain as PD of sister Hot AC 95.5 WPLJ. Thomas will help oversee multiple formats for Cumulus including Classic Hits. Cumulus Media announces that Brian Thomas joins the company as Corporate Program Director and as Program Director of NASH FM New York. Thomas comes to Cumulus from CBS, where he was ...Read More

Emmis Invests In Funkmaster Flex To Expand Personality Brands

Emmis is doubling-down on its investment in “Hot 97” WQHT New York nighttime personality/mixer Funkmaster Flex. Flexco, run by Flex, will sell a 40% stake to Emmis. Flexco currently operates InFlexWeTrust.com, as well as sites for fellow WQHT personalities such as Angie Martinez’s TheAngieReview.com, Dj Enuff’s ThatsEnuff.com and one in development for Ebro Darden. The investment will see Flexco develop sites, apps and social networks for additional Emmis stations across the country. Emmis Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: EMMS) has entered into a joint venture with Flexco, owned by popular Emmis personality Funkmaster Flex, to build a network of owned and operated digital platforms for Emmis’ biggest personalities. One of radio’s most visible personalities, Flex ...Read More

Randi Rhodes To End Syndicated Show

Syndicated Liberal Talker Randi Rhodes is ending her daily program on May 16. Last November Premiere Radio Networks cancelled and then uncancelled her West Palm Beach based show after agreeing to a contract extension through 2014. The decision to end the program this time came from Rhodes herself. A brief statement from Premiere Radio Networks claimed “Randi Rhodes has decided to end her national radio program. We’ve had a successful partnership with Randi for several years, and we wish her all the best for the future. Premiere Networks will conclude syndication and production of Randi Rhodes on May 16, 2014.” Randi Rhodes aired live from 3-6pm Eastern and includes 910 KKSF San Francisco, 760 KKZN Denver, and 1480 KPHX Phoenix among her larger market affiliates.

Ryan Seacrest To Expand Clear Channel Role

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Ryan Seacrest is in talks with Clear Channel to expand his role with the company. Seacrest is currently in the process of renegotiating his duties with his multiple employers. THR’s report states that Seacrest will depart amicably with NBC Universal leaving his role as Red Carpet Host for E!, while signing an extension with Fox to remain as host of American Idol. The biggest change will be an increased role with Clear Channel where his current $25 million per year contract runs through next year. Seacrest would build more multi-platform programming for Clear Channel and IHeartRadio via his Ryan Seacrest Productions. They state the One Direction IHeartRadio album release special on the CW last year as an example of the type of content Seacrest will ...Read More

Michael Graham Joins All News 106.7 Atlanta

Update 4/18: Cumulus has confirmed what we assumed. Michael Graham will join “All News 106.7” WYAY for a 9am to 12pm daily talk show. No start date has been announced. Cumulus Media announces that talk radio personality Michael Graham will host a new radio talk show on WYAY, Atlanta “All News 106.7”. The show will air weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Graham moves to Atlanta from Boston, where he hosted shows on the New England Talk Network and on the BostonHeraldRadio.com, and was a columnist for the Boston Herald. Graham has spent most of his life in front of a microphone, starting his career in college as a stand-up comic and spending six years on the national circuit performing with stars including Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy and Robin Williams. He then worked as a GOP...Read More

Clear Channel Confirms Sales Cuts

Clear Channel has made cuts at sales departments across the country. While not specifying the amount of people let go, the company has released the following statement regarding the layoffs: As a policy, we don’t discuss personnel matters. However, for the last several months we have been flattening our senior management organization to reduce overlap. Now we are aligning our sales organizations to this new structure and to give more resources, authority and accountability to the most productive members of our team so we can operate as effectively and efficiently as possible. Change is not always easy, and unfortunately in the process some people were negatively impacted. We thank them for their commitment and service and wish them the best for the future, and will work with them to ...Read More

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