Cumulus Adds To National Programming Division
Randall Bloomquist joins the company to oversee their News/Talk stations, allowing Jim Mahanay to focus on the company’s Sports properties. Scott Jameson, OM/PD of Classic Rock 92.5 KQRS, Active Rock “93X” KXXR, and Sports “105 The Ticket” 105.1 WGVX/105.3 WRXP/105.7 WGVZ Minneapolis and Derek Madden PD of 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles have been promoted to add oversight of Cumulus’ Rock stations.
Details in the press release:
Cumulus Media, the largest pure-play radio broadcaster in the United States, announces a series of programming executive appointments designed to support national content efforts.
News/Talk: Randall Bloomquist is named Corporate Program Director Rock: Derek Madden and Scott Jameson are each promoted to Corporate Program Director, in addition to their local programming responsibilities (Madden in Los Angeles, Jameson in Minneapolis) Sports: Reflecting the company’s growing focus on sports, Jim Mahanay is now Corporate Program Director focusing full-time on this key content area
“Our success depends on executing effectively across programming at the local and national levels, which is why I’m very pleased about these new appointments that will help Cumulus continue building on our commitment to the very best content,” said John Dickey, co-COO and Executive Vice President of Cumulus.
Bloomquist is a veteran talk radio programmer with a reputation for re-energizing talk stations and developing talk radio personalities. Bloomquist mostly recently operated Bloomquist Media, a marketing communications and content creation firm. Prior to starting his own business, Bloomquist served as Program Director of News/Talk 640 WGST in Atlanta. His radio career also includes programming management positions at WMAL/Washington, DC, WBT/Charlotte, NC and WRVA & WRNL/Richmond, VA.
“I’m thrilled to join Cumulus at this exciting time in the history of radio and audio content,” Bloomquist said. “Cumulus is a true audio platform company well-positioned to help shape the future of our industry. I look forward to working with John Dickey, Mike McVay and the rest of the Cumulus News/Talk team to create great radio that resonates with listeners and delivers for clients.”
Madden is currently the Operations Manager/Program Director and Midday Host at KLOS in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Cumulus/LA, he spent more than a decade in San Francisco, where he served as Program Director at KSAN and KSJO/San Jose, as Music Director of KLLC and on the air staff at KITS. Additionally, Madden has held programming management positions at WXZZ/Lexington, KY, WRXR/Augusta, GA and WVBR/Ithaca, NY.
“There’s so much great programming talent joining Cumulus, and I’m stoked to get a chance to work with sharp programmers like Troy Hanson, Scott Jameson and Aaron Roberts,” Madden said. “I’m pumped to explore new ways to help get the most out of this great stable of stations. Thanks to John Dickey and Mike McVay for the opportunity. And a special thanks to Val Garris for all the support and mentoring all these years.”
Jameson is a 25-year programming veteran specializing in Classic Rock, currently serving as Operations Manager/Program Director for KQRS, KXXR and Sports Radio 105 The Ticket in Minneapolis. Before joining Cumulus, Jameson held the position of VP/Programming for CBS Radio’s Adult Rock stations and Executive Producer for the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network. His radio career also includes 17 years in Indianapolis with Classic Rock WFBQ, Alternative WRZX and the Colts Radio Network.
“I am looking forward to sharing ideas and strategies with our team of bright programmers. Thanks to all the folks in Atlanta at the Cumulus headquarters for the opportunity,” Jameson said.