People Moves 2/8: Jerry Bader Exits WTAQ Green Bay For Being Critical Of President Trump
Jerry Bader has exited as 8:30-11am host at Midwest Communications’ 1360 WTAQ Green Bay/97.5 WTAQ-FM Glenmore WI in what he claims was due to “the manner in which I covered President Trump.”
Bader was syndicated to Midwest’s 550 WSAU Wausau/99.9 WSAU-FM Rudolph and 1330 WHBL/95.1 W268BR Sheboygan. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel states that Bader had recently changed the tagline of his program from “Close captioned for the reality impared” to “Truth over tribe”. He had been with Midwest since 2000 and at WTAQ since 2004.
.@Jerrybadershow says his employment was terminated by Midwest Communications today. "It was made clear to me that the reason was the manner in which I covered President Trump."
— Molly Beck (@MollyBeck) February 8, 2018
Bader was a courageous, principled voice, who refused to join other talkers on Trump train despite threats from management. #Respect
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) February 8, 2018
After exiting his role as Spanish Broadcasting System’s Audio Revenue Chief and General Manager of Spanish AC “93.1 Amor” WPAT-FM Paterson NJ and Spanish Tropical “Mega 97.9” WSKQ New York earlier this week, Eric Garcia has jumped to Univision as Director of Radio Sales for their New York properties including Spanish Tropical “X96.3” WXNY, Regional Mexican “Que Buena 92.7” WQBU and News/Sports 1280 WADO.
Univision Communications appoints Eric Garcia as Director of Radio Sales for the company’s group in New York, effective immediately. In this role, he will oversee radio sales for WXNY-FM (La X 96.3), WQBU-FM (Que Buena 92.7) and WADO-AM (Univision Deportes Radio). Prior to joining Univision, Garcia served as VP/General Manager and Radio Revenue Chief for crosstown SBS. He’ll be headquartered in New York and report to Senior VP/Local Media Sales Antonio Roman.
“We look forward to having Eric Garcia join our winning team. He is a creative, innovative and a respected industry veteran-and the kind of sales leader our New York radio portfolio deserves and needs to propel our sales strategy to new heights,” said Roman. “Under his leadership, Univision New York will look to expand its strategic partnerships with agencies and brands by connecting them to Univision’s dynamic Hispanic audience to help drive growth.”
Garcia also previously served as vice president of sales and national sales manager of SBS. During this time, he led national sales efforts for SBS’ New York properties, WSKQ & WPAT and introduced digital sales strategy. Before joining SBS, Garcia also held sales positions at WPAT-FM, Interep Radio Sales and Haddon House Foods. He began his career in 2002 after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Management from Long Island University.
Salem Media has promoted “104.7 The Fish” WFSH-FM Athens/Atlanta GA Program Director Mike Blakemore to the newly created role of Vice President of Programming for CCM Format. Blakemore, who has served as WFSH PD for the past ten years, will now add oversight over all of Salem’s Christian AC stations.
Cromwell Sports “102.5 The Game” WPRT-FM Pegram/Nashville TN has announced that it will launch a new morning show on Monday, February 12 as Nick Kayal and former Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason join incumbent host Braden Gall.
Kayal most recently served as a producer and host at Beasley’s “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM Philadelphia and SiriusXM while Mason moves from middays with Darren McFarland and Willy Daunic to the morning slot. The station has also announced the promotion of prodcuer Chase McCabe to Assistant Program Director.
ESPN 102.5 The Game is proud to announce a new weekday morning show, “Morning Drive,” with hosts Braden Gall, Nick Kayal and former NFL star, Derrick Mason. The show will air from 6 to 10 AM beginning Monday, February 12, 2018.
“Morning Drive will bring energy and entertainment to sports talk in Nashville in a way that drives listeners well beyond their morning commute,” said Market Manager, Jana Hampton. “The combined knowledge and experience of Nick, Braden and Derrick deliver on our promise that 102.5 The Game IS Nashville’s Best Sports Talk.”
Braden Gall has been a fixture in mornings on ESPN 102.5 The Game since September of 2016. Gall brings a wealth of knowledge on all sports to the Nashville airwaves.
Nick Kayal is new to the Nashville market, as he makes the move from Philadelphia, Penn. Kayal was formerly a host with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia and Sirius XM.
Derrick Mason was a star wide receiver in the NFL for 15 seasons, most notably for the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens. Mason is the only player in NFL history to amass 10,000 receiving yards and 5,000 return yards in his career.
The midday show continues to feature Darren McFarland and Willy Daunic from 10 am to 2 pm on ESPN 102.5 The Game, as the show will be called “Darren and Daunic.” Jared Stillman and Floyd Reese continue to host “Jared & The GM” from 2 to 6 pm on weekday afternoons.
Along with the lineup adjustments, Program Director Ryan Porth announces the promotion of Chase McCabe, Executive Producer and now Assistant Program Director of ESPN 102.5 The Game and 94.9 Game 2 in Nashville.
“Darren and Willy are two of the most respected and reputable sports-talk hosts in Nashville radio history, and we’re thrilled to continue to have them paired together,” Porth said. “Meanwhile, Chase has earned this promotion through a lot of hard work performing various roles across our stations over the last six years.
“We feel confident this update to our lineup will continue to deliver Nashville’s Best Sports Talk to the market.”