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AUDACY ADDS TWO PROS TO CBS SPORTS RADIO

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Maggie Gray and Andrew Perloff. Photo courtesy of Audacy

Audacy announced a new weekday afternoon show starring Maggie Gray and Andrew Perloff for CBS Sports Radio. The new show will be heard on over 300 stations across the country, weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time beginning January 3.

“We’re excited to grow Maggie’s footprint to a wider national audience on CBS Sports Radio and welcome Andrew to join her as co-host,” said Spike Eskin, Vice President of Programming, WFAN 101.9 FM / 660 AM and CBS Sports Radio. “Together, Maggie and Andrew will deliver a fresh weekday show for our listeners, adding another must-listen program to the station’s impressive slate of content.”

The move marks a return to CBS Sports Radio for Gray, who co-hosted a Saturday morning show from 2013 to 2018. She has most recently served as a midday show co-host for WFAN 101.9 FM / 660 AM in New York since 2018. Gray is also an analyst for SNY, appearing on “Baseball Night in New York.” Gray also previously spent eight years at Sports Illustrated, hosting the daily digital talk show “SI NOW” on SI.com and reporting from marquee sports events throughout the country. Prior to Sports Illustrated, Gray worked for MLB.com, NBA TV and MSG Network, as well as a production assistant for Westwood One for both the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

Andrew Perloff joins Audacy after serving as an on-air personality for the television and radio sports talk program “The Dan Patrick Show” since 2009. Known for his humor and “Against the Grain” sports takes, Perloff – nicknamed “McLovin” on the show – helped earn four sports Emmy nominations from 2017 to 2020. Before joining “The Dan Patrick Show,” Perloff was an editor and contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and SI.com. He has also written or co-written magazine stories, books and television shows and co-hosted his own weekend show at NBC Sports Radio from 2016 to 2019.

Listeners can tune in to CBS Sports Radio online, as well as nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter and Facebook.

iHeartMedia Names Major Market PD

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IHEARTMEDIA LOS ANGELES NAMES BEATA MURPHYPROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR THE LEGENDARY KIIS FM

iHeartMedia announced today that Beata Murphy has been named Program Director for KIIS FM in Los Angeles, effective immediately.

iHeartMedia Los Angeles has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than 8 stations comprised of music, talk and news formats.  It also produces a number of legendary marquee live music events including the iHeartRadio KIIS FM Jingle Ball and Wango Tango.  She will report to John Peake, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Los Angeles.


“Programming KIIS FM is a job for the best and brightest which makes Beata the perfect leader for this legendary brand,” said Peake.  “She’s joining the ranks of some of our industry’s finest and most elite programmers.   Beata is a fresh and forward thinker, has multi format experience, is a savvy talent coach and has impeccable industry relationships that will further elevate the KIIS FM brand to stellar ratings, revenue and digital innovation.  I am very excited to work with her in this capacity.”

“I made the offer for Beata to be the APD/MD for KIIS in 2013 at Brent’s Deli in Northridge” said John Ivey,  President of CHR Content Development and Strategy for iHeartMedia.  

Since then, she has grown as a programmer, garnered the respect of the KIIS staff as well as the Music and Artist community. Through the pandemic Beata has been the KIIS day to day and boots on the ground. Now is the perfect time for me to pass the baton to Beata for the PD position at the legendary KIIS-FM.”
A true music industry veteran, Beata began her career in radio in 1999 at WLLD in Tampa, FL, while still in college.

From there she became National Director at Jive Records in 2006, continuing her career helping develop radio marketing plans for major artists like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Usher and many others. During her time at Jive/RCA, Beata’s team delivered multiple #1 singles at RHY Radio and helped break new artists. In 2013 she went back to her first love, one of the nation’s most prestigious radio stations, KIIS-FM Los Angeles.  

Beata is also passionate in supporting the Los Angeles community philanthropically, and through the power of radio has helped raise more than a million dollars in partnership with record labels and artists as an industry!
“My time at KIIS FM has been filled with impassioned and winning teamwork from a staff of truly unmatched talent, and ‘hall of fame’ leadership & guidance from the legendary John Ivey,” said Beata Murphy, Program Director for iHeartMedia’s KIIS FM.

“This new chapter represents every ambition I have worked, planned and hoped for throughout my career. My gratitude is matched only by my enthusiasm to get started. Thanks always to Tom Poleman, John Ivey, Kevin LeGrett and John Peake for this thrilling opportunity.  To all of you who have put your faith in me through this incredible new role – and especially the girls & women reading this news – I won’t let you down.”

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Cumulus Appoints Program Director

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CUMULUS MEDIA Appoints Terry Ford as Program Director for Columbia, SC, Sports Radio Station 107.5 The Game/WNKT-FM

 CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed Terry Ford as Program Director for Columbia, SC, Sports radio station 107.5 The Game/WNKT-FM. Ford brings over 20 years’ experience as a Sports Radio programmer and on-air personality to 107.5 The Game. Ford will also oversee Cumulus Columbia’s ESPN station, ESPN 1320 AM/WISW-AM.

Terry Ford

Ford joins Cumulus Columbia from Sports 96.1/WZNN-FM in Lexington, KY, where he was Program Director, Afternoon Host, Digital Director and Imaging Director. Prior to that, he was Late Night Host on 105.7 The Fan/WJZ-FM in Baltimore, MD. Ford was also Overnight Show Host and Weekend Host on national Sports/Talk radio network, Yahoo Sports Radio. In addition, he has been heard on Sports Radio stations in markets including Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, and Boise, ID.

Tammy O’Dell, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Columbia, said: “We are excited to have Terry join our team in Columbia. His experience and passion for Sports/Talk will bring new energy to the station and play a vital role in moving 107.5 The Game to a winning position in the market.”

Ford commented: “I am truly excited to become the next Program Director of such a quality sports brand as 107.5 The Game in Columbia. The Game has sharp upper management support, a rock-solid infrastructure, and a talented staff, so this was an easy decision for me.” 

Ford added: “I want to thank Cumulus Columbia Market Manager Tammy O’Dell for offering me this fabulous opportunity. In my many conversations with Tammy, you could hear her love and passion for 107.5 The Game. I also want to thank Cumulus SVP of Sports, Programming and Audience Bruce Gilbert. It was Bruce who put me on Tammy’s radar. I can’t wait to land in Columbia and get started!”

For more information or to stream 107.5 The Game, visit: https://www.1075thegame.com/.

Library of American Broadcasting Foundation Announces New Board Members

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The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) announced today that Streamline Publishing President Deborah Parenti and BMI Vice President of Licensing and Industry Relations Dan Spears were elected to the LABF Board of Directors during a recent LABF board meeting.

The announcement came from co-chairs Jack Goodman, former NAB general counsel and longtime DC-based communications attorney, and Heidi Raphael, Beasley Media Group Chief Communications Officer. Goodman replaced Hubbard Radio chief executive officer Ginny Morris as co-chair of the LABF in mid-2021. Morris, who will remain on the LABF Board, had served as sole chair of the LABF Board of Directors for the past eight years.

“The LABF Board, and the broadcast industry as a whole, is indebted to Ginny Morris for her service to the Library and its mission of preserving the legacy of broadcasting and archiving its history,” said Raphael and Goodman in a joint statement. “We are delighted Ginny is remaining with LABF as a Board member.”

The LABF also announced that the following board members were elected to new 3-year terms: Chandra Clark, Ginny Morris, Harry Jessell, Heather Birks, John Taylor, Joyce Tudryn, Larry Patrick, Richard Liebner, Michael Carter, Wally Podrazik and Dennis Wharton. 

Executive Committee members elected to additional 2-year terms were Co-chair Heidi Raphael, Jim Morley, Joyce Tudryn, Marci Burdick, Harry Jessell and David Kennedy.

Other current LABF board members include Mike Conway, Dave “Chachi” Denes, April Carty-Sipp, Gary Chapman, John Dille, Harry Jessell, Erwin Krasnow, Brian Philips, Patricia Smullin, Jeff Smulyan, Julie Talbott, Erica Farber, Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Mary Collins and Pierre Bouvard.

The organization also thanks Kathleen Kirby, a partner at Wiley, who has agreed to serve as LABF’s counsel.

The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation extended its gratitude to Ramsey Woodworth, who has transitioned off the board following more than 20 years of service and dedication.

The LABF serves the philanthropic arm of the Library of American Broadcasting, the nation’s most extensive collection of broadcast history, policy and tradition, including historical documents, professional papers, oral and video histories, books, scripts and photographs preserved at the University of Maryland. In addition, the LABF, in conjunction with the International Radio & Television Society (IRTS), presents the Annual Giants of Broadcasting Event, which pays tribute to trailblazers in the radio and television industry.

For more information, please visit www.libraryofamericanbroadcastingfoundation.org.

Ashanti Talks to Angie Martinez About Controversy over Re-Recording Album

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Singer Ashanti is about to go into the studio and re-record her first album. This is not sitting well with Irv Gotti, the CEO of Murder Inc., Who feels Ashanti is trying to take advantage of him by making money from her masters, which he owned up until this point.

She states in the video that once she records the new album, any and everything that comes in from the old album will go to her now instead of him.

Using Ja Rule on the project, she stated she will keep some things the same and make some additions, changes, and tweaks. But the project will be very close to the original. And sonically much better.

IHeartMedia Riverside/San Bernardino Announces New Senior Vice President of Sales

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 iHeartMedia Riverside/San Bernardino announced today that Ryan Lieberman has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for the region, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Riverside/San Bernardino has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands like rhythmic powerhouse KGGI-FM, and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing five 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 of Sales, Lieberman will utilize his years of experience in marketing, advertising, and digital marketing to lead the Riverside/San Bernardino sales team in building existing partnerships and developing new ones. He will be responsible for working with client partners around the U.S. that are based in his region while also working with the San Diego region to create a comprehensive advertising footprint for partners throughout Southern California. Lieberman will report to Melissa Forrest, President of iHeartMedia San Diego, Riverside/San Bernardino.

Lieberman is a seasoned radio professional, having spent almost two decades with CBS Radio in both Chicago and Los Angeles. During his tenure at CBS in Los Angeles Lieberman oversaw the sales teams of KAMP, KRTH, KTWV, and KCBS. For the last three years, he has served as Market President for Townsquare Media in Tri-Cities, Washington.

“I am thrilled to return to Southern California as part of the iHeartMedia family by joining the Riverside Team,” said Lieberman. “Having spent the better part of my career competing against iHeartMedia, and being envious of how their teams execute marketing solutions for their clients, I’m excited to lend my expertise to an already high-functioning team.”

“We look forward to having Ryan on board,” said Forrest. “His knowledge, leadership and passion will be a tremendous addition to the region and to our team.”

iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Riverside and San Bernardino markets with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; official radio broadcast rights on KPWK for the Lancers, California Baptist University (CBU) men’s basketball team; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 150 million registered users.

iHeartMedia Extends Contract for Popular Morning Show

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IHEARTMEDIA CLEVELAND’S 100.7 WMMS ANNOUNCES CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR “ROVER’S MORNING GLORY”

iHeartMedia Cleveland’s 100.7 WMMS, Cleveland’s Rock Station, announced today a contract extension for “Rover’s Morning Glory.” The multi-year extension for Shane “Rover” French includes the continuation of his nationally syndicated morning show and development of additional audio and video content for iHeartMedia and Rover’s own company, via RMG TV. “Rover’s Morning Glory” will continue to broadcast weekday mornings from 100.7 WMMS.

“Rover is a once-in-a-generation talent who, fourteen years ago, saved the legendary Buzzard from extinction and began what will be the most successful run in the mornings at 100.7 WMMS, which is saying a lot,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia Cleveland. “His influence reaches far beyond Cleveland, with a giant audience on radio, streaming services, podcasts and video. Now he’ll expand upon his incredible run with iHeart for many years to come. Stay tuned for what’s next!”

“I’m thrilled to continue and expand my partnership with iHeartMedia, the undisputed leader in audio entertainment,” said Rover. “Thanks to this deal, ‘Rover’s Morning Glory’ will reach the incredible milestone of 25 years on the air in Cleveland, which is even more remarkable since I’m just 29 years old.”

 “Rover’s Morning Glory” originates from 100.7 FM WMMS in Cleveland, Ohio and can currently be heard on the following stations: 92.1 REAL RADIO in West Palm Beach, Florida; 95.7-HD2 QMF in Louisville, Kentucky; ALT 103.9 in Dayton, Ohio; Radio 95.1 in Rochester, New York; WCZR in Vero Beach, Florida;  92.5 KGB in Binghamton, New York; WQYZ in Biloxi, Mississippi; WRKK in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; Rock 94.1 in Florence, South Carolina; 93.3 The Wolf in Youngstown, Ohio; 102.3 The Fox in Mansfield, Ohio; 107.5 WZRX in Lima, Ohio; and WBRW in Blacksburg, Virginia. 

Rover began his radio career in his hometown of Las Vegas in 1996. He has been an on-air personality in several cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Denver and Knoxville. Fans can follow “Rover’s Morning Glory” through the interactive RoverRadio.com website that includes RMG-TV as well as iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio app. 

iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Cleveland market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations, live events and data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 150 million registered users.

iHeart Names PD Seeks APD

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IHEARTMEDIA SAN ANTONIO NAMES ALEK HALVERSON PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR KJ97SAN ANTONIO

Alek Halverson

iHeartMedia San Antonio announced today that Alek Halverson has been named Program Director for KJ97, effective immediately.

iHeartMedia San Antonio has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than eight 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 Program Director, Halverson will be responsible for leading and managing all aspects of KJ97’s on-air experience, including talent, content, programming, and online presence. He will report to Jason McCollim, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Antonio and Austin.


“Alek is one of the rising stars within iHeartMedia,” said McCollim. “With his tremendous knowledge of the country music format, we knew he was the right person to lead this excellent brand. I know our entire team in San Antonio is excited to watch him take the reins and elevate the brand of KJ97.

Let’s Go!” 
Halverson joins iHeartMedia San Antonio market from its sister market iHeartMedia Austin, where he most recently served as the Assistant Program Director for 96.7 KISS FM. He also served and will continue as the Afternoon Drive Talent for KASE 101. He began his career at KVOX in Fargo, North Dakota. 

“I couldn’t be more excited to be programming KJ97,” said Halverson. “Going to high school in San Antonio, I fell in love with the city and the state of Texas. Getting to run one of the biggest country stations in San Antonio is a dream come true and I can’t thank iHeartMedia enough for this opportunity.”

Here is a link to KHFI’s Assistant Program Director opening

AUDACY NAMES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND MARKET MANAGER

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Audacy has welcomed Jeff Gonsales as Senior Vice President and Market Manager of its Minneapolis market. In this role, Gonsales will oversee the market’s portfolio of stations, which includes 830 WCCO (WCCO-AM), 104.1 JACK FM (KZJK-FM) and 102.9 The Wolf (KMNB-FM), effective December 6.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff Gonsales to oversee our Minneapolis market and the operations of our three stations,” said Rachel Williamson, Regional President, Audacy. “Throughout his tenure in the Twin Cities, Jeff has built a strong reputation as a leader with integrity who cares about his people and his business partners. We trust that invaluable quality coupled with his rich experience in this area will set Audacy Minneapolis up for continued growth and success under his leadership.”

“I am excited to join the Audacy team in Minneapolis,” said Gonsales. “After starting my radio career at 830 WCCO, I look forward to returning to move this group of local favorites forward in the digital audio world.”

Gonsales joins Audacy after spending the last 18 years with Hubbard Radio in St. Paul, MN, including the last ten years as Director of Sales, managing top line revenue budgets for Hubbard Radio Twin Cities and Hubbard Interactive. He joined Hubbard in 2003 as General Sales Manager/Director of New Business Development. Prior to that, Gonsales was the Regional Director of Business Development for Clear Channel Radio from 1999 to 2004. He launched his radio career in 1996 as a merchandising account executive for WCCO Radio.

Cumulus Appoints Digital Sales Manager

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CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed Nadia Cowart as Digital Sales Manager for Cumulus Beaumont, TX/Lake Charles, LA. Cowart, who was previously Promotion Manager for Cumulus Beaumont/Lake Charles from 2002 through 2008, rejoins the company from KBMT-K-JAC12 News in Beaumont, where she was Marketing Director. A native of Southeast Texas, Cowart has over 20 years’ experience in helping grow businesses and communities in the area. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from UTMB.

Elizabeth Blackstock, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Beaumont/Lake Charles, said: “Nadia is an experienced marketing and sales professional in both of our markets, and we are excited that she is returning to Cumulus to help lead our digital sales department. She understands what our communities need to grow and has worked with area businesses and non-profit organizations to achieve their objectives through effective digital strategies.”

Nadia Cowart commented: “The way to build a better community is to listen and let every voice be heard. Cumulus Beaumont/Lake Charles has deep roots in our region and delivers on its promise to help advertisers engage with the community 24/7/365 through our popular platform of radio stations, websites, social media, events and more. I am excited to work with our customers and with the entire Cumulus Beaumont/Lake Charles team and look forward to doing great things together!”

CUMULUS MEDIA owns and operates four radio stations in Beaumont, TX, including: Q94/KQXY-FM (CHR); Magic 102.5/KTCX-FM (Urban); KAYD 101.7/KAYD-FM (Country); and Sports Radio 1450AM/1510AM/KIKR-AM/KBED-AM (Sports). CUMULUS MEDIA owns and operates six radio stations in Lake Charles, LA, including: NASH Icon 97.9/KQLK-FM (Country); Hot 103.3/KBIU-FM (Rhythmic CHR); Super Talk 1400/KAOK-AM (News/Talk); Rock 101/KKGB-FM (Classic Rock); CBS Sports Radio/1580 KXZZ-AM (Sports); and KYKZ 96/KYKZ-FM (Country).