Cumulus Media has appointed veteran digital media executive Larry Linietsky to the newly-created corporate position of Vice President, Digital Operations and Business Development. In his new role, Linietsky will lead and shape digital operations and business development, with a focus on developing, sourcing, and monetizing digital products and services for the radio station group and Westwood One. Linietsky will report to Suzanne Grimes, Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media, and President, Westwood One.
Premiere Networks “Coast to Coast AM” host George Noory has released his new book, “Mad As Hell.” In this latest work, Noory shares why his passion for our country’s welfare has him enraged and concerned about its future, and how we can work together to bring about positive change. He’s also authored several books of nonfiction, including “Worker in the Light,” “Journey to the Light” and “Talking to the Dead,” and a thriller, “Night Talk.”
Talk Stream Live announces the launch of its second syndicated network talk program, “Sunday Night Sports Talk with Don and Galen Criqui.” The show makes its debut July 2 airing every Sunday night at 9pm ET and offers two hours of sports commentary. The father and son duo will dive into the week’s biggest sporting events, including a special emphasis on college football and the NFL. They’ll also break down the “how it happened” and “why it happened” behind the headlines.
FOX News Radio (FNR) has announced that its opinion arm, FOX News Talk, will add “The Todd Starnes Show” to its weekday lineup beginning Wednesday, July 5 from 12-3pm and “The Tom Shillue Show” on Monday, July 10 from 3-6pm. The programs will also be part of a new multimedia video component with live streaming capabilities on FOXNews.com.
Sun Broadcast Group inks a multi-year extension with Chief Operating Officer (COO) Julio Aponte. Under the agreement Aponte will continue to head the daily operations of Sun’s New York City and Boca Raton offices as well as oversee the company’s sales department. He joined Sun in early 2013 as the company’s Director of Hispanic Sales and was promoted to Senior VP of Hispanic Initiatives where he helped launch the Sun Latino Network. Aponte was appointed COO in 2014.
Longtime “Mike Gallagher Show” team member Joey Hudson is promoted to General Manager of the syndicated talk program, effective Monday, June 26. Hudson, who is currently the Executive Director of Gallagher’s non-profit foundation, “Gallagher’s Army: Fallen Officer Fund,” exits his General Manager’s position at WGTK and WRTH Greenville, SC to assume the new duties.
Envision Networks hires Kerry Manfredi to join its team of reporters at Envision Virtual Services News Reports. The news service provides custom local news, written and voiced by remote reporters, available anytime and anywhere. Most recently, Manfredi was a morning news reporter for WXIS in Johnson City, TN. She was also a producer of “America Weekend with Valerie Smaldone and Friends.”
Maria Musaitef has joined the Benztown Affiliate Relations team as its new Affiliate Relations Specialist. Musaitef moves from Envisage Radio Group in Los Angeles, where she was Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing. Previously, Musaitef was Advertising Sales Account Executive for Clear Channel/iHeart Radio in Los Angeles. She was also Senior Director, National Broadcast Sales for Hip Cricket Inc.; Manager, Regional Broadcast Sales for Radiate Media; and held Director, Affiliate Sales positions for: United Stations Radio Networks, MJI/Premiere Radio Networks, SFX Multi Media Group/Network Magazine Group/Album Network, and Global Satellite Network, all Los Angeles-based positions.
Keith Goldstein has joined Sun Broadcast Group as National Account Manager. Goldstein will work with the Sales Department focused on products including Shazam For Radio, The Hit List with Fitz, Little Steven’s Underground Garage, The Fitz Show, Sun Latino Networks, and many others. Goldstein has over 20 years of industry sales experience having spent the bulk of his career at ABC/ESPN Radio Networks in several roles ranging from Sales Associate and Account Executive to Senior Director of Sponsorships and Integrated Sales. He also previously spent time at programmatic radio ad network, Jelli, Inc., podcast platform, PodcastOne, and CBS Radio.
BizTalk Radio has added three shows to its lineup. “The Scott Lumley Show” will air Saturdays at 9a (ET); “The Price of Business with Kevin Price” will air Fridays at 7a through June and then weekdays at 3p starting in July; and “Wall Street Raw with Mark Leibovit” will air Saturday’s at 10p (ET).
Napster and Japanese Internet services company Rakuten have partnered to enhance the latter’s on-demand music streaming service. Starting today, Napster will deliver song playback and curated playlists from its catalog to Rakuten Music, with a total of over 20 million songs to be added by fall 2017. The two companies are also working on other collaborations to enhance the features of the service and grow streaming music in Japan.
Winners for the 2017 Radio Mercury Awards were announced Thursday (June 1) evening at the 26th annual awards presentation held at Stage 48 in New York. This year’s $50,000 Best of Show award was given to The Richards Group for their Motel 6 Campaign. The ceremony was hosted by the radio team of Jeff & Jenn from Hubbard Radio’s WKRQ-FM (Q102) in Cincinnati. This year’s Marketer of the Year Award was presented to T-Mobile.
Compass Media Networks has acquired the assets of Yamanair Creative, including Cash-by-Creative and SPECByte. Founded in 2000, Yamanair Creative provides radio stations and groups in over 330 markets, including Alpha Media, Beasley Broadcast Group, CBS Radio, Cherry Creek Radio, Cromwell Broadcasting, Connoisseur Media, Entercom Communications, Hubbard Radio, Saga Communications, Townsquare Media, Urban One. Both services combined are responsible for over $300 million in new direct business since their respective rollouts. Yamanair Creative management team including CEO & Founder Yaman Coskun will remain in place.
Radio vets Jeffrey D. Warshaw and Michael Sharkey have launched SATORI, a Brooklyn, NY based online radio station and music discovery platform. Available for mobile app and desktop, SATORI utilizes real data of what New Yorkers are listening to and combines that with a carefully curated selection of multi-genre music programming plus a dedication to New York culture.
Envision Networks’ “Rock Recall” has been revamped with a new sound. The two-hour rock show, which brings back the big guitars and attitude that dominated music throughout the ’70s and ’80s, has new imaging and now two different versions to choose from. The 70s version features the cornerstone bands, while the 80s version is all about the bands who embraced big hair and questionable fashion choices. All of the songs in both shows are surrounded by the sounds and flavor from each decade with relevant audio that includes news clips, movie drops, sports highlights, classic commercials and more.
USA Radio Network inks a radio syndication deal with Wayne Allyn Root, a national media personality, conservative author and columnist, TV host and producer, and former 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee. USA Radio Network will debut Root’s daily radio show “War Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show” on Monday April 10 from 6-9pm ET.
Envision Networks welcomes Johnny Stone as the new host of “The Live Ride,” a weekly show that brings listeners two hours of live Country concert performances. Previously, Stone spent many years broadcasting in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, San Diego and now Washington, DC. As a longtime Nashville insider, Stone will provide up-to-date country news, concert information and artist interviews.
Veteran talk host John Batchelor inks a multi-year renewal with WABC-AM, taking “The John Batchelor Show” to over 15 years on the New York Talk outlet. The show airs weekdays from 9am-1pm on flagship WABC and in markets across the U.S. through its syndicator Westwood One. Batchelor’s annual podcast downloads are in the millions and he’s broadcast from many corners of the world, including New York, Jerusalem, Des Moines, Kazakhstan, Orlando, Manchester, Morocco, Boston, Taipei, Washington and Baghdad.
Folger Media launches the BLAKE FM brand into syndication. The 24/7 New Country format is the first to identify every title and artist playing. BLAKE FM is the brainchild of veteran radio programmer and consultant Joel Folger, who works with stations in multi-formats including, Hot AC, Classic Hits, CHR and Country. United Stations Radio Network will provide national advertising sales representation.
The Tom Kent Radio Network has acquired the services of Hamilton Communications and President/CEO Bob Hamilton to consult it’s AC properties. Hamilton is a radio veteran with previous stops including KRTH-FM Los Angeles. Hamilton will oversee all aspects of AC programming for TKRN and work with VP/Operations Bill Shannon.
Rockcastle Media Networks launches “The MusicWeek Countdown,” a program for Mainstream AC. The show delivers the top 10 songs of the week as well as the stories behind the hits, the latest artist news and chart-topping gold via the “By Request” and “Countdown Extra” segments. The program is available on a market-exclusive, barter basis, and affiliates have the option of using Rockcastle’s BarterFlex program.
Veteran programmer Mark Feather joins Univocity as Director of Affiliate Relations. Feather joins the year-old start-up as the company expands beyond its flagship production of the Chad Benson Show for the Radio America network and prepares to launch a variety of radio, video and multi-media entertainment products to be distributed under the Univocity Radio banner. Feather was previously an Affiliate Sales Manager for Westwood One, and his programming and on-air stops include AMFM, American General Media, SiriusXM, ABC, Clear Channel, Impact Radio Group, and most recently, he was MD/midday jock at KOAI Phoenix.
Sex and relationship educator/therapist Dr. Laura Berman renews her “Uncovered Radio” syndication deal with the Peter Kosann led Compass Media Networks. Designed for AC and hot AC stations and airing 9pm-midnight, the nighttime relationship advice call-in program began two year ago, on Connoisseur’s southern Connecticut hot AC “Star 99.9” WEZN. Berman has written books, appears regularly on Steve Harvey’s daily TV show, and appears on behalf of local radio affiliates for events branded as “Love, Lipstick and Relationships.”
The America Out Loud News Portal expands into the world of podcasting with a roster of six new shows as their initial launch. New shows and hosts include The Misdiagnosed Life with host Health Coach Beverly Butler; Police Radio with host Lieutenant Randy Sutton; The Enlightened Entrepreneurs with hosts Angye Foxx and Malcolm Out Loud; Emotions R Us with host DrBev; The Messages with host Vassula Ryden; and This is Real Life Radio with Host Malcolm Out Loud.
Pet talk expert Warren Eckstein is launching a new podcast via PodcastOne. a new episode of The Pet Insider will be available every Tuesday.
CBS Sports Radio and Westwood One launch “Doug In” an exclusive new weekly podcast featuring CBS Sports Radio personality Doug Gottlieb. A new Doug In feature will be available every Friday on iTunes and Play.It