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iHeart Appoints New SVPs/Programming In Asheville & Greenville

IHeartMedia has appointed Kix Layton as SVP/Programming for its Greenville SC cluster and Brian Hall for Asheville NC. Layton has programmed Country 100.5 WSSL since 2000 and also has been Program Director for Country 92.5 WESC. Hall has programmed News/Talk 570 WWNC and Liberal Talk “880 The Revolution” WPEK since 2002. iHeartMedia announced today that Kix Layton has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for Greenville, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Greenville has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital – including My 102.5, Real Rock 104.9 – Man Up, WSSL 100.5, 92.5 WESC and sports talk station FOX Sports 1440 Greenville – and produces legendary marquee events including Acoustic J...Read More

CBS Philadelphia Promotes Shelly Easton To VP/Music Programming; Bobby Smith Adds WOGL PD Duties

Following the exit of Anne Gress from her position as Program Director at Classic Hits 98.1 WOGL Philadelphia earlier this week, CBS Radio has announced a pair of promotions in the market. Shelly Easton, Program Director of Country 92.5 WXTU, will add on the title of Vice President of Music Programming overseeing all three music stations the company owns in the market. Concurrently Bobby Smith, PD of AC “Today’s 96.5” WTDY-FM will add those duties at WOGL. CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager David Yadgaroff today announced the promotion of Shelly Easton to VP of Music Programming for 92.5 XTU (WXTU-FM), Today’s 96.5 (WTDY-FM) and 98.1 WOGL-FM, and the promotion of Bobby Smith to Program Director of 98.1 WOGL. Easton will remain the Program Di...Read More

Another Batch Of Talent Cuts At iHeartMedia

A few more names have been added to the list of cuts at iHeartMedia this week. Fernand Amandi – 10am-12pm host on News/Talk 610 WIOD Miami. B-Rock – Weekend host at CHR “FM 97” 96.9 WLAN-FM Lancaster PA. Tom Campbell – Morning Host at Classic Hits “B101.5” WWBB Providence Dan Eidem – News Director for News/Talk 1510 WLAC Nashville Mackenzie – Midday host at Rock 96.3 WROV Roanoke. Contact at [email protected] Melissa Kerr – Morning co-host at AC “Sunny 99.9” KTSM-FM El Paso. Co-host Bill Clifton moved to afternoons as the station added the syndicated Murphy, Sam & Jodi for mornings. Travis Moon – Director of Country Programming for Austin/San Antonio. PD of 98.1 KVET-FM and 101.1 KASE Austin and &...Read More

Pete Sheppard Joins 99.3 ESPN Fort Myers

Beasley Sports “99.3 ESPN” WWCN Fort Myers Beach FL has named Pete Sheppard as new co-host of its afternoon show with Craig Sheman. Sheppard joins WWCN from New England where he worked at multiple stations including Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM and “NBC Sports 1510” WUFC Boston and “ESPN New Hampshire” WGHM Nashua. Shemon joined WWCN in April to fill the hole created by the exit of David Moulton earlier this year. Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) has named Pete Sheppard as the new afternoon drive co-host with Craig Shemon 99.3 ESPN/WWCN-FM in Fort Myers-Naples, Florida. He began his new position on May 22, 2017. “I am so excited to be part of the ESPN SWFL 99.3FM family and to be working aftern...Read More

Chris Berry Promoted To iHeartMedia SVP/News, Talk & Sports Programming

iHeartMedia has promoted Chris Berry to Senior Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming. Berry will continue to serve as SVP/GM for iHeart’s NBC News Radio and 24/7 News Network. In his career Berry has served as Executive Producer of CBS News Radio, Director of News & Programming for 780 WBBM Chicago, VP and GM of ABC News Radio, President/General Manager of News/Talk 630 WMAL Washington DC and Sports “ESPN Los Angeles” 710 KSPN. He has been with iHeartMedia since 2011 when the company purchased Metro Networks and placed him in charge of the newly named 24/7 News Network. Wanted to share that iHeartMedia recently named Chris Berry as Senior Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming, effective immediately. Berry will oversee our News, Talk and Sp...Read More

John Farneda Makes WXRT Return Official

After returning to CBS AAA 93.1 WXRT Chicago on an interim basis in April, John Farneda is staying in the Music Director position permanently. Farneda previously worked for the station from 1983 until 2014 and held the APD/MD role at 2001 until his exit to focus on renovating his historic Frank Lloyd Wright landmark home. CBS RADIO Chicago has appointed John Farneda to the position of Music Director for WXRT-FM. Farneda has been working in this capacity on an interim basis since early April. This marks a return to the station for Farneda who previously held the MD position at XRT for more than 13 years from 2001-2014. John will report to WXRT OM/PD Greg Solk, who commented, “Christmas has come early to WXRT. John’s rich history here and his unequalled knowledge of the Chicago rock market m...Read More

Beasley Announces Format Captains

Beasley Media has appointed four programmers to the new position of Format Captain for the company. Bill Weston, Program Director of Rock 93.3 WMMR and Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK Philadelphia will help oversee the company’s Rock stations. Cadillac Jack, Boston Operations Manager and PD of Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 96.9” WBQT and AC “Magic 106.7” WMJX will work with CHR and AC formatted stations. John Candelaria, Las Vegas Operations Manager and PD of Rhythmic AC “Old School 105.7” KOAS and Hot AC “Star 107.9” KVGS will support Urban stations. DJ Stout, Charlotte Operations Manager and PD of Country 103.7 WSOC and Talk 1660 WBCN will work with Country stations. Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBG...Read More

Talent Cuts At CBS, Cumulus & Entercom

While iHeartMedia has made the most news lately in terms of staffing cuts, recent downsizing moves have been made the past few days at Cumulus Media, CBS Radio, and Entercom. Two major market Cumulus News/Talk stations have shed talent in the past couple of days. Morning host Brian Wilson is out at 630 WMAL/105.9 WMAL-FM Washington DC after six years at the station. Recently added co-host Mary Walter remains in place on “Mornings On The Mall”. Ron Kuby exits as 12-3pm co-host at 770 WABC New York. Kuby and longtime co-host Curtis Sliwa returned to WABC in January 2014 when Rush Limbaugh moved to iHeartMedia’s 710 WOR. The duo previously hosted mornings together on the station from 2000 until 2007. Curtis Sliwa remains in place. As Entercom’s purchase of CBS Radio co...Read More

Gerry House Joins 98.3 The Big Legend Nashville

Gerry House will not be returning to mornings at Classic Country “98.3 The Big Legend” W252CM /WSIX-HD2 Nashville full-time after all, but will be the voice of the station starting this Friday. House and Mike Bohan will produce on-air elements for the station as well as feature classic “House Foundation” bits. iHeartMedia Nashville announced today that Gerry House will once again hit the airwaves as an official voice talent for The BIG Legend at 98.3, Nashville’s All Time Country Favorites station, effective May 26th at 7a.m. After years of retirement, the legendary radio personality will once again be heard in Nashville. Gerry will be joined by his “long-time male companion” Mike Bohan, who will accompany House on-air. “The truth is, the good times, the spirit and ...Read More

Kannon Joins KDMX For Afternoons

iHeartMedia Hot AC “102.9 Now” KDMX Dallas has appointed Kannon to host afternoons. Kannon, who also currently hosts the syndicated Open House Party, previously hosted mornings at Cumulus CHR “i93.3” KLIF-FM and then CBS’ 103.7 KVIL in the Dallas market. He’s also worked at “95.5 The Beat” WBTS Atlanta and “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia. Kannon replaces Chris Davis, who was voicetracking afternoons at KDMX from his base at 97.9 WNCI Columbus OH. iHeartMedia’s 102.9 Now, Music Variety for Dallas/Ft. Worth, announced today that local on-air personality Kannon will host the station’s afternoon drive programming, effective June 1. Kannon will broadcast weekdays from 2 – 7 p.m. Kannon’s interactive afternoon show will discuss the la...Read More

Doughboy Joins KVYB As PD/Afternoon Host

Cumulus Media has filled the open Program Director vacancy at Rhythmic CHR “103.3 The Vibe” KVYB Santa Barbara CA with Matthew ‘Doughboy’ Florence. Florence, who will also host afternoons at KVYB, was most recently APD/Afternoon host at American General Media’s “Z106.3” Los Lunas/Albuquerque. He fills the void created by Steve Marshall’s exit last month to join KSE Radio Ventures Hot AC “Mix 100.3” KIMN Denver. Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Matthew “Doughboy” Florence as Program Director and On-Air Personality, Afternoons, for Rhythmic CHR station KVYB/103.3 The Vibe. Florence joins 103.3 The Vibe from CHR Z106.3 in Albuquerque, where he was Assistant Program Director and On-Air Host, Afternoons. Florence joins 103...Read More

Maurice DeVoe Leaves Cumulus To Program 100.3 The Beat St. Louis

After 16 years with Cumulus Media, Maurcie DeVoe is exiting the company to join iHeartMedia as Program Director of Urban “100.3 The Beat” KMJM-FM Bridgeton MO/St. Louis. DeVoe comes from Cumulus Kansas City where he was PD/midday host at Urban AC “Majik 107.3” KMJK North Kansas City and Corporate PD for Urban and Rhythmic formats. During his tenure with Cumulus, he also programmed CHR “95.7 The Vibe” KCHZ Kansas City and “i93.3” KLIF-FM Dallas and Operations Manager for the Kansas City cluster. KMJM flipped from Classic Hip-Hop to Urban in September 2016. The station currently ranks 17th in the market with a 2.5 share. iHeartMedia announced today that noted programming veteran Maurice DeVoe has joined its St. Louis market as Program Director ...Read More

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