Radio Syndication News

Premiere Networks elevates Casey Silcock to Vice President of Affiliate Relations/Morning Shows from his current post as Director of Affiliate Relations. Based in New York, Silcock will continue to oversee affiliate sales, and serve as Premiere’s brand manager for “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” “The Bobby Bones Show,” “Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones,” “Brooke & Jubal,” “The Johnjay & Rich Show,” “The Kane Show” and “Club Kane.”

Premiere Networks syndicated radio personality Delilah, has written “One Heart At A Time,” to be published by RosettaBooks on October 16. Called one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio,” Delilah is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. She’s also is the author of three previous books: “Love Someone Today,” “Love Matters” and “Arms Full of Love.” Additionally, Delilah is the founder of an NGO called Point Hope, created in 2004 to be a voice for forgotten children and their families, helping them in the U.S., West Africa, and elsewhere.

United States Traffic Network (USTN), a provider of broadcast traffic solutions, has filed suit against Entercom seeking material and punitive damages in excess of $5 million. According to the suit filed in Harris County District Court in Texas, USTN claims Entercom walked away from its deal to develop a direct competitive business allegedly based upon the information it learned during “the due diligence/discovery process.” In a release, Entercom says it has “successfully sold traffic and other short duration advertising on its own for many years. In April, Entercom took back a portion of its broadcast inventory from USTN and is achieving great success selling that inventory through its own sales channels. The company expects to build on that success as it begins to monetize the remaining inventory taken back from USTN.”

Westwood One has upped Julie Kim from Sr. Traffic Director to VP/Traffic. Kim oversees the Traffic and Continuity departments responsible for managing the commercial quality control and audio content delivery to more than 8,000 affiliates and satellites, client and agency partners, producers, and engineers. Kim began her career in 2003 as a traffic coordinator with Premiere Networks. She was hired by Dial Global in 2005 as a traffic coordinator and then moved up to Senior Traffic Manager in 2008.

Focus 360 inks an arrangement to bring “On-Demand Music Research” from Bridge Ratings to radio stations on a barter basis. Summit Media is the first radio group to sign on to the Focus 360 deal for its music stations in Birmingham, Louisville and Richmond.

Loyal Ears Digital fantasy sports product for radio stations has added a new twist with a political version picked up by Salem Radio Network. “MIDTERM FANTASY,” will debut on Salem’s Hugh Hewitt show, and will offer listeners the chance to handicap 25 key Congressional, Senatorial, and Gubernatorial races, with a winner joining Hewitt as an on-air guest immediately after the election.

SIRIUSXM has agreed to a five-year extension of its deal with The PGA of America to continue to deliver live audio broadcasts of PGA of America events, including the PGA Championship and the 2020 Ryder Cup to subscribers nationwide. On August 8th the two parties will launch a new weekly talk show, PGA of America Radio.  Airing each Wednesday at 4p ET, PGA of America Radio will focus on expert PGA Member instruction and analysis; major PGA golf events; featured programs designed to grow the game; and a unique insider’s perspective on golf from special guests across the industry.

Salem Media Group announced today that well-known Southern Gospel on-air personality Rodney Baucom is taking over as the new host as the Singing News Radio Network expands its weekly Top 10 Countdown Show to a Top 20 Countdown. Baucom replaces Jeff Steele, of the Southern Gospel group, The Steeles. Steele has seen tremendous growth in his touring schedule which prevents him from continuing with the countdown.