People Moves 6/19: Mike Rivera To Program KBQI & KHEY

Big I 107.9 KBQI AlbuquerqueMike Rivera will now have two iHeartMedia Country stations to program.

Rivera, who was named Program Director of 96.3 KHEY El Paso TX earlier this month will also add those duties at “Big I 107.9” KBQI Albuquerque NM. Rivera previously served as Program Coordinator for Sports “1300 The Zone” KVET Austin TX and will host afternoons at both stations.

He succeeds Bev Rainey at KBQI, who had been with the station since its launch in 2000 and served as PD since 2008.


‘Justin Fray’ Franiak exits afternoons at Townsquare Media Country “98.1 The Hawk” WHWK Binghamton NY to join Redwood Empire Stereocasters’ “106.3 The Bull” KBBL Cazadero/Santa Rosa CA as morning host allowing Program Director Carey Edwards to shift to afternoons.


Summit Media has placed 104.7 WZZK Birmingham AL midday host Dana Lundon on a third station. Lundon, who already voicetracks middays on “Q103.1” WQNU Louisville, will add that role on “Q100.3” WCYQ Knoxville TN. Former midday host Paul Orr moves to nights at WCYQ.


Salem Media Group has announced that Atlanta VP/General Manager Mike Moran will retire at the end of July. Moran also serves as Regional VP overseeing Cleveland, Miami, Orlando and Tampa.

Current Greenville/Spartanburg SC GM Val Carolin will move to Atlanta to fill Moran’s position while taking over the regional oversight of her former market and the three Florida clusters.

Salem Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SALM), today announced that Atlanta VP/General Manager Mike Moran is retiring effective the end of July. In addition to his role in Atlanta, Mike serves as a Regional VP for the company’s Cleveland, OH; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; and Tampa, FL markets. In light of Mike’s retirement, Salem Media is appointing Val Carolin as GM in Atlanta and as RVP, overseeing Salem’s stations in Greenville, SC; Orlando, FL; Miami, FL; and Tampa, FL. Val currently serves as General Manager of Salem’s Greenville-Spartanburg, SC cluster, and spent many years in leadership roles in Atlanta radio prior to that position. Recruitment is underway for Val’s replacement in Greenville.

Mike’s media career began in 1978 at Kenyon and Eckhart Advertising in Detroit, and included fifteen years in sales and management for KATZ Radio (Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, New York). He joined Salem Media Group in 2004 and was promoted to the RVP role in 2010.

Salem Media President of Radio Dave Santrella commented, “Mike has been an important part of Salem’s leadership team, and we wish him well as he moves into retirement. We are pleased with the depth of leadership within our company, which allows us to quickly fill his role and provide the opportunity for others to advance within Salem Media Group.”

Salem Media SVP Allen Power said, “In 2004 when I was asked to move full-time into a corporate role, Mike was my choice to take the reins in Atlanta. Under his leadership the Atlanta cluster has flourished in revenue, audience growth, and most importantly in IMPACT!” Recently, The Fish Atlanta in April and May had its best Nielsen PPM ratings ever.


Audience Development Group has announced that Kevin Robinson has returned to the consultancy.

Robinson, who previously programmed WARH and KYKY St. Louis, WJMK and WZFS Chicago, WBUF Buffalo, and served as Hot AC Vice President for CBS Radio, worked at Audience Development Group from 2006 through 2008. He will be based in Indianapolis.

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP has added veteran programmer and ROBINSON | MEDIA founder KEVIN ROBINSON to its firm, effective immediately. ROBINSON has consulted dozens of clusters and coached talent to success in markets of all sizes.

Robinson’s programming experience includes success in CHICAGO, ST. LOUIS, BUFFALO and LANSING, served as CBS Radio’s VP/Hot AC Programming and consulted Westwood One. With CBS, he developed unique national programming content while overseeing 15 CBS stations. Robinson spent two years as Audience Development Group partner in 2006 through 2008.
“AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP has set the industry standard for custom cluster strategic and tactical success.” said ROBINSON. “TIM MOORE is known throughout our industry, operating with impeccable character and tremendous integrity. It’s with great pride to carry the AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP name into my clients as they know they are receiving the best custom services in America.”

Managing Partner TIM MOORE said, “I can’t envision a better fit as a colleague or a friend. We’ve kept in touch with KEVIN throughout the past decade and have monitored his record-setting success. His programming skills across multiple formats make him a quintessential fit for our firm, but that’s just the beginning. KEVIN brings intelligence, character, collaboration, and a lot of excitement whenever he engages a challenge. He’s one of the most cerebral media minds I’ve known, and we’re extremely happy he’s a member of our team.”

Robinson’s Audience Development Group office will be in Indianapolis and he can be reached at (314) 882-2148.

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