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Maire Mason Joins SBS As New York VP/GM

Following Eric Garcia’s exit from his role as VP/GM of Spanish Broadcasting System’s Spanish AC “93.1 Amor” WPAT-FM Paterson NJ and Spanish Tropical “Mega 97.9” WSKQ New York to become Director of Radio Sales at Univision New York, SBS has tabbed veteran New York manager Maire Mason to fill his position. Mason joins SBS from Cumulus Media where she has served as VP/GM of Country “Nash-FM 94.7” WNSH since March 2015 and previously as General Sales Manager starting soon after the station’s launch in 2013. Mason has also served as Director of Sales for Univision New York and Merlin Media’s “FM News 101.9” WEMP. She also spent 29 years at Infinity Broadcasting/CBS Radio in multiple roles including General Manager of 92.3 WXRK, 101.1 WCBS-FM, and ...[Read More]

Eric Garcia Exits His Position As SBS New York General Manager

Eric Garcia has exited his positions as Audio Revenue Chief of Spanish Broadcasting System and VP/GM of Spanish AC “93.1 Amor” WPAT-FM Paterson NJ and Spanish Tropical “Mega 97.9” WSKQ New York. Garcia joined SBS in 2004 as an Account Executive for WPAT/WSKQ before rising to National Sales Manager in 2010, VP/Sales in 2011, and his current positions in October 2014. His father Joseph Garcia serves as Secretary, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and member of the Board of Directors of SBS. In a brief statement, Spanish Broadcasting System General Counsel Richard Lara wrote, “SBS confirms the departure of Eric Garcia, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.” SBS Chief Operating Officer Albert Rodriguez will serve as i...[Read More]

SBS Makes Big Cuts In New York

Spanish Broadcasting System has made numerous cuts at its New York cluster. Sources indicate that more than a dozen staffers were let go from Spanish AC “93.1 Amor” WPAT-FM Paterson and Spanish Tropical “Mega 97.9” WSKQ-FM New York including WSKQ afternoon co-host Janeiro Matos, overnight host DJ Jumpin Jay, weekend host JI Starr and cluster News Director Renato Morffi. Other cuts were made in the programming and promotions departments. The cuts were made after the station agreed to a new contract with afternoon co-host Frederick ‘El Pacha’ Martinez who had been off the air since mid-December when his contract expired. Diario Libre reports that Martinez settled for under the $5 million salary he had been seeking. Muy buenos días gente linda feliz viernes...[Read More]

FCC Report 4/9: WIOD Seeks 50kW Upgrade

AM Changes Running on an STA to operate with 10kw day/night as opposed to its licensed 5kW facilities since 1981 to alleviate Cuban interference, iHeartMedia News/Talk 610 WIOD Miami proposes building a new four tower array on the edge of the Everglades with a directional 50kW day and 20kW night. WIOD has broadcast from the North Bay Village island location it shares with former sister WSVN-TV since the 1940s.