Greg Tantum Named PD at ‘News Radio 106.7’ in Atlanta. The Cumulus Media news/talk station announces that Greg Tantum is named program director. Tantum comes to WYAY, Atlanta “News Radio 106.7” from his most recent post as executive editor for NBC News Radio based in Washington, DC. Cumulus notes that Tantum has “successfully programmed spoken-word stations in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Cumulus EVP of content and programming for John Dickey says, “Greg Tantum is the ideal candidate to program ‘News Radio 106.7.’ His success building first-rate news operations and long experience in the spoken-word format are exactly what we need to grow the station and maximize its huge ratings and revenue potential.” Tantum comments, “At one of the most critical times in our country’s history, it is exciting and rewarding to be joining Cumulus and ‘News Radio 106.7.’ The station’s recent coverage leading up to and during the election is just one example of the serious commitment to providing the best resources available to give Atlanta listeners access to the news and information impacting their daily lives. It is also exciting to join a team which had one of the most successful launches of a new spoken-word format in many years and is now positioned to become the undisputed news leader in Atlanta.”
Hill Climbs to VP/Programming of iHeartMedia Portland. Twelve-year Hearst Broadcasting Baltimore operations manager Dave Hill will join iHeartMedia Portland, Oregon in three weeks (12/1) as vice president of programming. Market president Robert Dove comments, “After a year of consistent ratings growth, I am pleased to have Dave Hill as my partner and new vice president of programming. Dave brings a record of success in Baltimore and I am sure he will continue to build on the forward trajectory of our strong brands in Portland.” Executive vice president of programming Brad Hardin remarks, “We have been wanting to recruit Dave to our team for quite some time. The brands he has managed in Baltimore have been industry leaders in their formats. We are very excited to have him join iHeartMedia and grow our Portland cluster.” Prior to becoming OM of Hearst Baltimore’s four-station operation – and programming the company’s WIYY “98 Rock” there – Hill programmed in Hartford (WMRQ) and in Albany, New York (WQBK and WQBJ). The iHeartMedia Portland cluster consists of talk KEX-AM (and K272EL); KFBW “Portland’s Rock Station – The Brew”; adult contemporary KKCW “K-103”; CHR KKRZ “Z-100”; classic hits-oldies KLTH “The Eagle”; sports KPOJ; and rhythmic CHR KXJM “Jam’n 107.5.”
Is Your LinkedIn Profile Killing Your Career? Media consultant Walter Sabo writes in his piece published today (11/10) in TALKERS magazine that there is a definite style to presenting yourself on LinkedIn that will help you get more work, and doing the opposite could be hurting your career. Unlike other social media, LinkedIn is a “serious” social site and your presentation of yourself should reflect that tone for prospective employers. “They are looking for service, knowledge, courage, dependability and prudence. Every entry needs to be figuratively wrapped in a Brooks Brothers suit regardless of your skills and position.” Your LinkedIn profile really is a living resume and you should treat it as such. Sabo notes, “Employers and clients are looking for results. They want to see how your actions improved the business. The more results you show, the more companies will find you to be an attractive candidate including companies far beyond the radio industry.” Read Walter Sabo’s enlightening piece here.
Odds & Sods. Afternoon drive talk show host Kevin Wall is gone from the programming schedule at CBS RADIO’s KXNT-FM, Las Vegas. Although the station has not made a formal announcement about the change, his information has been removed from the station’s web page…..The weekly VoiceAmerica-based program “The Costa Report with Rebecca Costa” is being added to the program schedule at Genesis Communications Radio and Digital Group-owned Florida stations WWBA, Tampa and WAMT, Orlando. Each station is adding the two-hour weekly show to its weekend programming. Costa is the author of the book, The Watchman’s Rattle (Vanguard Press 2012)…..KMJ-AM/FM, Fresno debuts a new weekend food show called “The Restaurateurs” co-hosted by prominent Fresno restaurant owners Mike Shirinian and Dave Fansler. The one-hour program will emanate from local restaurants. KMJ talk personality Ray Appleton helped introduce the new show this past weekend by serving as a special guest on the first program.