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Cumulus Makes Cuts In Chicago & Minneapolis

Cumulus Media has made a round of cuts at its Chicago and Minneapolis clusters. Robert Feder reports on six names exiting in Chicago. They include Jeremy ‘Pyke’ Peterson, night host at Rock “97.9 The Loop” WLUP, Rachel Brady sports reporter on News/Talk 890 WLS, and traffic reporters en DeSalvo, Christina Filiaggi, JoAnn Genette and Marti Jones. James Van Osdol will add voice tracking nights at WLUP to his duties as Programming Content Specialist for WLUP and Alternative “101 WKQX“. In Minneapolis, Terri Traen and Brian Zepp are out of afternoons at Classic Rock 92.5 KQRS. The former co-hosts of the Tom Barnard morning show started at the station in 1989 and 1997 respectively. Ray Erick moves up from nights to host 4-8pm.

Dave Parker Promoted To WUSH Program Director

With the exit of PD/Afternoon host Brandon O’Brien, Sinclair Communications Country “US 106.1” WUSH Poquoson/Norfolk VA has promoted two staffers. Dave Parker, a member of the station’s airstaff since its launch in 2007, will add Program Director duties and an expanded 1030am-3pm airshift. Until earlier this month Parker also hosted a 10am-12pm talk show on sister News/Talk 790 WNIS. He previously worked as a television weatherman in the Norfolk market. ‘Some Guy Named Allen’ Fabijan will move from nights to afternoons to fill O’Brien’s airshift. He will also remain as Creative Services Director for Sinclair’s Norfolk cluster. The Bobby Bones Show will remain in mornings. Brandon O’Brien is relocating to Nashville to help manage h...Read More

Elvis Duran Signs Five Year Extension With iHeartMedia

Elvis Duran’s over 20 year run in mornings at iHeartMedia CHR “Z100” WHTZ Newark/New York and since 2009 in national syndication will continue. Duran has signed a five year extension with iHeartMedia to remain in place until 2022. As part of his new deal, Duran will partner on joint ventures and events with the company. iHeartMedia, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other radio or television outlet, today announced an exclusive long-term agreement with nationally syndicated radio and digital personality Elvis Duran to renew his relationship with the company. Under the new five-year agreement, Duran will continue his current role as host of the top rated “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” on WHTZ, New York’s Z100, which is also ...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

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

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