People Moves 9/15: Less People Having Fun In Lancaster
Hall Communications has made multiple cuts at its Lancaster PA cluster including Hot AC “Fun 101.3” WROZ Program Director/midday host Michael C. Anthony and Music Director/afternoon host Patsy Simpson. Anthony had served as PD of WROZ since 1999.
AJ Maguire has exited afternoons at Cox Media Country “K92.3” WWKA Orlando in preparation of moving to a new job. Maguire hosted mornings at WWKA from 2011-2016 before moving to afternoons. Before coming to Orlando, Maguire served as APD/morning host at WBTU Fort Wayne and has also worked in Dallas, Portland, Salt Lake City and Springfield MO.
Rex Long has exited the Program Director/afternoon host position at Cumulus Media CHR “98.9 Magic-FM” KKMG Colorado Springs. Long joined KKMG in June 2017 after previously serving in the same position at Cumulus’ “Y102” WHHY Montgomery AL from 2010-2017.
Helen Powers is exiting her position as Promotions Director and afternoon host at Mel Wheeler Inc. AC “Q99” 99.1 WSLQ Roanoke VA at the end of the month after two and a half years with the station. Power joined WSLQ in 2017 after previously co-hosting mornings at iHeartMedia Country 107.9 WYYD in the market. She has also worked at WLZR Milwaukee, KBER Salt Lake City, and WWWV and WWGN Charlottesville.
Kobi Kearney has exited as Program Director of iHeartMedia CHR “98.9 Radio Now” WNRW and Hot AC “100.5 Kiss-FM” WLGX Louisville. Kearney joined WNRW/WLGX in July 2015 after previously programming “101.9 Kiss-FM” KWNW Memphis and serving as APD of WDCG Raleigh and MD/night host at “Wired 96.5” WRDW-FM Philadelphia.
After joining Entercom Classic Hits 101.1 WCBS-FM New York for middays this summer, Race Taylor is now also voicetracking middays at 98.7 KLUV Dallas. Prior to coming to New York in 1999, Taylor served as APD/afternoon host at “Mix 102.9” KDMX Dallas.
Radio One Buffalo, LLC owner and operator Buddy Shula announced that former STAR 102.5 (Entercom) Mid-Day personality Roger Christian will be joining the line-up of legendary local broadcasters at WECK effective September 16th, 2019
“To say I am thrilled would be an understatement” Shula states. “Roger is one of the most talented and respected broadcasters in Buffalo. I admire what Roger has accomplished not only in his broadcast career, but also as a human being. He is just a terrific person. Simple as that”
Roger Christian’s radio career began to blossom in 1970 as he was the overnight personality at WYSL radio. He then became Music Director at WGRQ (now 97 Rock), until landing at the frequency where he would spend the next 43 years, 102.5FM. In 1976, during the infancy of FM radio, Roger became morning personality at “Stereo Rock”, Rock 102. That would begin a 43 year reign at the very same frequency, until recently.
“It took so long to get back on the air again” Christian joked. “I appreciate the incredible career I have had, and the listeners who have always been there for me, along with the tremendous support I have always had from management in every company I have worked for.”
In addition to on air duties at WECK Radio which will include weekends and fill-in air shifts, WECK is announcing the “WECK MUSIC ROAD SHOW WITH ROGER CHRISTIAN”. This will be an opportunity for Roger to continue to provide entertainment and music for wedding receptions, class reunions, retirement parties, etc. “Roger Christian DJ’d my own weeding 8 years ago, so I figured this was a no-brainer. There is no better mobile DJ than Roger! Shula said.
“I have always had a passion for entertaining people on the radio and off the radio. The opportunity at WECK gives me the best of both worlds. I am really looking forward to the next phase of my career” Christian says.
Radio One Buffalo, LLC, Vice-President Glenn Topolski added “There’s not a nice, more genuine person that I have worked with in radio. It truly is an honor to be working side by side with Roger, as I did 18 years ago.”
Dave Barnett is joining iHeartMedia Denver as Senior Vice President of Sales overseeing the cluster’s Spoken Word stations and sports partnerships. He returns to Denver from Tampa where he was VP/Sales for 970 WFLA and 620 WDAE and Director of Sports for the iHeart cluster. He previously held the Director of Sports for the iHeartMedia Denver cluster.
iHeartMedia announced today that Dave Barnett has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for Denver, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Denver has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital encompassing more than nine stations comprised of music, talk and news formats.
iHeartMedia has the leading consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. As Senior Vice President Sales, Barnett will be responsible for overseeing the Spoken Word and Sports station’s including KOA, Freedom 93.7, 630 KHOW and the markets sports partnerships with The Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and University of Colorado Buffs. He will report to Ryan Clune, Region Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Denver Region.
“Dave’s leadership, knowledge of the market and understanding of how to put campaigns together for partners, that utilizes our incredible suite of assets to deliver return on investment is second to none,” said Clune. “This is a huge win for us at iHeartMedia Denver.”
Barnett joins the Denver market from iHeartMedia Tampa Bay, where he most recently served as the vice president of sales for NewsRadio WFLA and 95.3 WDAE. He also served as the director of sports for iHeartMedia Tampa, where he worked closely with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to working for iHeartMedia Tampa, he served as the director of sports for iHeartMedia Denver and the Broncos and Rockies Radio Network. He began his career at KMOX and the St. Louis Cardinal Radio Network.
“I am thrilled to be back in Denver and working with the variety of legendary brands including KOA, Freedom 93.7 and 630 KHOW,” said Barnett. “Denver is a very special place and an incredible radio market – I look forward to working with our incredible partners as well as the legendary voices that you hear on each of our stations and sports properties.
iHeartMedia Philadelphia has promoted Becki West to Vice President of Sales and Director of Agency Partnerships. West previously was General Sales Manager for the cluster and previously held the GSM role for Greater Media and Radio One in the market.
iHeartMedia announced today that Becki West has been named Vice President of Sales and Director of Agency Partnerships in Philadelphia, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Philadelphia has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing six stations comprised of Urban, CHR, AC, Sports Talk and Alt Rock formats.
iHeartMedia has the leading consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. As Vice President of Sales and Director of Agency Partnerships, West will be responsible for overseeing iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s talented and growing sales team as well as continuing to offer marketing solutions to our agency partners. Additionally, West will continue to oversee sales for 106.1 The Breeze. She will report to Jeff Moore, Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Philadelphia.
“Becki has been crucial to the growth of our sales team and sales management team,” said Moore. “Her relationships with our clients in the market are second to none and are an essential element to helping us cultivate our major initiatives.”
Prior before serving as General Sales Manager at iHeartMedia Philadelphia, West served as the general sales manager for Greater Media. She also served as the local sales manager for WWDB and national/general sales manager for Radio One. She began her radio career at Power 99 FM as co-op director and is a graduate of Temple University.
“I’d like to thank iHeartMedia for this vote of confidence and this extraordinary opportunity,” said West. “I’m excited to use my established connections with the agency world and my experience working with and motivating staff across departments.”
Cox Media Group San Antonio has appointed Ken Newman and Director of Sales.
Cox Media Group (CMG) San Antonio proudly names Ken Newman as director of sales for the market’s radio cluster, effective Sept. 17, 2019. Bringing more than 16 years of executive sales and business management experience to his new role, Newman will oversee sales operations for San Antonio’s radio brands, including KONO 101.1, 99.5 KISS, KKYX 680AM and 104.9, MAGIC 105.3, The Eagle 106.7, Y100 and KONO 86.
“Ken brings a wealth of industry knowledge and sales expertise to his new role, making him the ideal sales leader for our market,” says David Abel, vice president and general manager for CMG San Antonio. “Our clients expect the very best from CMG and I am confident our teams will continue to deliver exceptional service under Ken’s leadership.”
Newman’s vast background in sales and marketing includes leadership roles with Hearst, DexMedia, Secure Education Consultants and Digital Marketing Agency (DMA). Throughout his successful career, Newman has strategically led, developed and implemented business initiatives, exceeding revenue targets and operating within expense budgets to meet company goals and improve profitability. In addition to his professional sales experience, Newman also served in the United States Army and was a member of the Greenville, South Carolina Police Department.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Cox Media Group family. Cox Media Group sets the standards in our industry and I am very excited to be part of this family. Our primary focus is and will continue to be driving the best results for our clients by focusing on the needs and desires of their business,” says Newman. “I look forward to continuing to provide best-in-class services and working with this outstanding team we have in San Antonio.”