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Cumulus Media Names Brian Philips EVP of Content and Audience; Mike McVay to Return to Consulting. Effective today, radio and television executive Brian Philips is being appointed executive vice president, content and audience for Cumulus Media, taking over for Michael McVay, who is returning to full-time consulting, with Cumulus as his first client. Philips previously served as president of Viacom/MTV Network’s CMT channel. The press release notes that there, Philips led “the music network’s successful forays into long-form script series, tentpole awards shows, concert specials, and feature films. He also developed CMT’s successful national radio network.” Prior to working in TV and film, Philips worked in radio programming with such stations as Cumulus’ WNNX-FM and WWWQ-FM in Atlanta, and KPLX-FM, Dallas. Cumulus Media CEO Mary Berner says, “We are excited that Brian is joining our leadership team. A highly accomplished executive, leader, and innovator with substantial experience across today’s media landscape, he comes to us with an impressive and successful track record of growing ratings and expanding audiences. We look forward to benefiting from the skills and expertise he brings to his new role. I would also like to thank Mike for his significant contributions to Cumulus and for being such a great partner to me.” McVay underscores that the decision to leave Cumulus and return to consulting was entirely his. In praising McVay, Berner adds, “Mike’s accomplishments since his appointment as EVP, content and programming in 2015 are too numerous to count. To name just a few, under Mike’s leadership of the office of programming, we reversed four years of ratings share declines, and saw years of ratings share growth. We are currently posting the best ratings since 2011 on some of our biggest and most important stations. Mike has helped to expand Westwood One’s programming, participating in the launch of several new shows, including the very successful ‘The Ben Shapiro Show.’ Mike has also led us in increasing our reach beyond over the air listening to include smart speakers and all online listening.”
Monday Memo: Show Me Your Show. On smart talk stations, weekends are appointment listening and might be the two most profitable days of the week, “NOT incompatible goals” according to consultant Holland Cooke. “Yet,” he notes, “programming Saturdays and Sundays can be high-maintenance for stations, and getting airtime is challenging for talent.” In this week’s Monday Memo, HC recommends a win-win road map to weekend airtime. Read it here.
Simonson Named Director of Sales at Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach. Radio sales pro Gregory Simonson is appointed director of sales for Hubbard Radio’s recently acquired West Palm Beach station group that includes news/talk WFTL, Fort Lauderdale and sports talk WMEN, Royal Palm Beach “640 The Hurricane,” and four music-formatted stations. Simonson was most recently general sales manager with Beasley Media Group’s Fayetteville, North Carolina cluster. Hubbard Radio SVP and market manager Elizabeth Hamma states, “I’m very happy to welcome Gregory to the Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach family. His extensive track record of success in traditional and digital media as well as his passion for helping sales people succeed make Gregory a perfect choice to lead our sales team to new heights.” Last fall, Hubbard agreed to acquire the cluster from Alpha Media for $88 million.
‘Our American Stories’ Passes 180-Affiliate Mark. The nationally syndicated “Our American Stories” program from American Private Radio announces the addition of eight new affiliate stations to the program’s roster, putting over the 180-station mark. APR president and show host Lee Habeeb says, “Stations told us they wanted a radio program that wasn’t always about politics, to give listeners a break from the news cycle. More importantly, they love the topics we share every night, and we take great pride in putting stories together that touch our listeners’ hearts and minds. People walk away feeling better when they listen to ‘Our American Stories.’” New stations include Entercom’s news/talk WCCO-AM, Minneapolis-St. Paul.
TALKERS News Notes. A new podcast is being launched starring iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman, titled, “Math & Magic: Stories From the Frontiers of Marketing,” on the iHeartPodcast Network beginning on May 14. The program will feature interviews with “visionary executives from the media and entertainment industries.” In the first two episodes. Pittman talks with Maurice Levy, who, during his tenure as CEO of Publicis Groupe, increased the value of the company by 100 times and expanded a French agency into a true global advertising and communications leader; and Scooter Braun, renowned talent entrepreneur, investor and entertainment executive who boosted the careers of international superstars such as Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and many others…..Boston Herald-based nationally syndicated columnist and Boston Herald Radio show host Adriana Cohen recently hosted President Trump on her weekly program. Cohen tells TALKERS that the almost-20-minute interview went viral after being picked up by Politico, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Fox News, The Blaze, The Hill, and others…..Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that staffers at Entercom’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM are getting some backing from fellow union members as they negotiate with the company for raises for the newsroom’s eight assistant producers. The Writers Guild of America will rally outside the WBBM studios in the Prudential Building today (5/6)…..Washington University in St. Louis is awarding seven people with honorary degrees at a ceremony during the school’s 2019 commencement on May 17 and one of those is SiriusXM Urban View talk host Joe Madison. The commencement address will be delivered by Michael Bloomberg. Madison graduated from Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in 1971…..WTMJ, Milwaukee cleaned up at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Awards Gala in Madison over the weekend. The Good Karma Brands news/talk station won first place in 21 categories, including: News/Talk Large Market Station of the Year, Radio News Operation of the Year (Large Market); Social and Digital Operation of the Year (Large market); Best Newscast: Wisconsin’s Afternoon News; and more. Pictured below with the station’s awards are WTMJ staffers (from l-r): Nick Van Wagenen, Erik Bilstad, Jordan Gasiorowski, Steve Wexler, Steve Scaffidi, Jane Matenaer, Jay Sorgi, Brad Lane, Doug Russell, Melissa Barclay, and Mike Spaulding.
Mueller Report/Trump on Mueller Testimony, 2020 Presidential Politics, China Trade War Escalation, U.S.-Iran Tensions, North Korea Missile Test, Israel-Gaza Violence, ‘Game of Thrones,’ Avengers: Endgame, Kentucky Derby Disqualification, and NBA Playoffs Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The aftermath of the release of the Mueller Report and President Trump’s tweets saying Robert Mueller should not testify before congress; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; markets react as Trump threatens to ramp up U.S.-China trade war; U.S. carrier group heads to Iran in response to reports of Iranian threats to U.S. interests in the region; reaction to North Korea’s latest missile test; the rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza; Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones”; the Avengers: Endgame movie sets new record; the Kentucky Derby winner is disqualified; and the NBA playoffs were some of the most-talked-about stories over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
George Beasley Inducted into PA Radio Hall of Fame. Pictured above is Beasley Broadcast Group founder and chairman George Beasley at center with his wife Ann and surrounded by their family at the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters’ 2019 Gold Medal Awards Dinner yesterday (5/5) in Hershey where he was inducted into the PAB’s Hall of Fame. Beasley was inducted with fellow honorees: comic and actor/director Bob Saget, Pittsburgh Steelers great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, and C-SPAN correspondent Steve Scully.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. Los Angeles alternative rocker KROQ announces the debut of the afternoon drive “Stryker and Klein” program featuring Ted Stryker (left) and Kevin Klein (right). Entercom Los Angeles SVP and market manager Jeff Federman says, “Pairing Stryker and Klein is something we could never have imagined just a few years ago. Individually, they’ve both had tremendous success throughout their careers. Adding great content to our afternoon programming is something that we’re very committed to and these guys do a fantastic job connecting the music to fun and interesting conversations.” Stryker has been with the station since 1999. Klein hosted mornings on the company’s KITS-FM, San Francisco “Live 105.” He was slated to be the morning host at sports talk KWFN, San Diego but the infamous Coronado Bridge social media post bit derailed his gig on that station…..The search is on for the new morning show at Entercom’s country WUSN, Chicago “US99” after Doug Stylz and Justin Roman exited the station on Friday (5/3). The duo previously hosted the morning show at sister CHR WBBM-FM, “B96” before taking on the morning show role at “US99.”…..Premiere Networks-syndicated evening personality Delilah recently hosted the “Our Town, Our Heroes Celebration,” a local event recognizing listeners for their outstanding work in the Wilmington, Delaware area, produced by Beasley-owned affiliate WJBR, Wilmington “Mix 99.5.” In addition to helping honor local citizen’s Delilah was surprised by WJBR as the station honored her for her philanthropic efforts with her non-profit foundation, Point Hope, that serves as a voice for forgotten children in the U.S. foster care system and in West Africa.
iHeartMedia Appoints Greg Millard to EVP of Event and Experiential Partnerships Post. This new position is under the watch of iHeartMedia president of national sales, marketing and partnerships Tim Castelli. New EVP of event and experiential partnerships Greg Millard comes to the company from his most recent position with Turner Broadcasting as vice president of partnerships and branded programming. In his new role, Millard will spearhead the go-to-market strategy for all of iHeartMedia’s national sponsorship sales efforts, including the company’s roster of nationally recognized marquee events; the iHeartRadio Theaters in New York and Los Angeles; custom events and partnership opportunities; and local events in more than 150 markets nationwide. Castelli says, “iHeartMedia has the biggest, culture-defining events in music across every genre. Greg will leverage these events and culturally relevant moments to connect brands with their consumers. With our unique access to data, insights, artists, moments and airwaves, iHeartMedia’s one-of-a-kind partnership opportunities help brands shape pop culture – not just chase it.”
Alpha Media’s ‘640 The Hurricane’ Names Andy Slater Afternoon Host. West Palm Beach sports talk outlet WMEN-AM “640 The Hurricane” announces the addition of the Andy Slater show in the 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm slot, effective today. Slater was most recently hosting afternoons at iHeartMedia’s WINZ, Miami. He’d served with Alpha Media’s WMEN for six years prior to that. WMEN program director Paul Mason states, “Nobody has their finger on the pulse of the South Florida Sports scene like Andy Slater. His proven track record of breaking local sports stories, inside sources, and his massive poker tournament is a huge win for ‘640 The Hurricane.’”
KLBJ-AM, Austin Weekend Talk Host Sued by Local Police Commander. Austin police commander Jason Dusterhoft is suing gun shop owner and weekend talk personality Michael Cargill and retired police officers group members Lyndon Lueders and Kevin Fisk for defamation. Dusterhoft claims that the trio defamed him by talking on the radio about his being put under criminal and internal investigation for allegedly assaulting a woman at a local nightclub. Dusterhoft is currently on restricted duty. He claims the three made false statements about him. Cargill tells the Austin American Statesman that the matter is a free speech issue. Cargill’s one-hour, weekly show, “Come and Talk It” airs Sundays at 4:00 pm on Emmis-operated news/talk KLBJ-AM.
TALKERS News Notes. Conservative media icon Bill O’Reilly won a round in his legal battle with fellow, former FOX News Channel colleague Laurie Dhue, who is suing O’Reilly for allegedly breaking the terms of a previous sexual harassment settlement by speaking publicly about those past allegations. O’Reilly’s team had filed a Motion to Compel Arbitration and/or Dismiss the Complaint and U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts ordered the two sides to arbitration, citing the clause in the settlement providing for dispute resolution. Dhue argues that in a series of media appearances in 2017 prior to and leading up to FOX’s firing of O’Reilly, he made categorial denials of any wrongdoing even though, she argues, the settlement terms forbade him from doing so. Dhue complains that these “false statements” cause her harm because “no employers will hire her if they believe that [Plaintiff] has previously made false allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace.”…..iHeartMedia and Einhorn’s Epic Productions are teasing their new original scripted mystery podcast call “Lethal Lit.” “Lethal Lit” is a six-episode scripted podcast that follows teen detective Tig Torres as she returns to her small hometown of Hollow Falls where her aunt was framed as a serial killer ten years ago. It’ll debut October 29 with two episodes and subsequent episodes will air each Monday on the iHeartRadio platform. iHM says this is a “new type of storytelling format” for iHeartRadio. Check out the official trailer here…..The photo below is a shot of the KKOB, Albuquerque hot air balloon that flew during last week’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Station PD and director of AM Operations for Cumulus Albuquerque Pat Frisch says the now-world famous balloon festival was started back in 1972 to celebrate the heritage station’s 50th anniversary. The balloon below is being piloted by Ron Curry.
Trump ’60 Minutes’ Interview, Sears Declares Bankruptcy, U.S.-Saudi Tensions, November Midterms, Kanye West White House Visit, Portland Patriot Prayer Violence, American Pastor Andrew Brunson Released, Hurricane Michael Aftermath, NFL Action, and MLB Playoffs Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. Reaction to President Trump’s sit-down interview with ’60 Minutes’ reporter Lesley Stahl; iconic American retailer Sears files for bankruptcy protection; the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi; the November midterms and the battle for control of congress; Kanye West’s Oval Office meeting with President Trump; the violence at the Portland, Oregon Patriot Prayer rally; Turkey releases American pastor Andrew Brunson; the aftermath of Hurricane Michael; the weekend’s NFL action; and the Major League Baseball league championships series were the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. In the Beaumont, Texas market, Cumulus Media names Tommy “Jammer” Muzzillo program director for CHR KQXY “Q94.” Muzzillo has been serving as assistant program director and music director, as well as afternoon personality at the station since 2010. He rises to this position with the recent retirement of former OM and PD Brandin Shaw. Muzzillo says, “I am thrilled to be programming the station I helped put on the air back in 1993! And the funny thing is, our VP/market manager Bo Brown, who took the reins at the stations about three months ago, was with me when we kicked off ‘Q94’ back in 1993! He and I work very well together and we have a really solid team at Cumulus Beaumont, plus having great Cumulus leaders and great minds like Doug Hamand, Mike McVay, Leslie Whittle, and Louie Diaz to bounce music and ideas off of makes us even stronger as we take the station into the future.”…..Director of programming Jerry McKenna exits Cape Cod Broadcasting’s four-station cluster – including country WKPE and adult contemporary WOCN – as the company eliminates his position…..Premiere Networks-syndicated radio host, Emmy Award-winning television personality, and best-selling author Steve Harvey was among the honorees at the Merge Gala Awards at the 10th annual Merge Summit in Los Angeles. The Merge Gala Awards recognize those making an impact in bridging the worlds of faith and entertainment. Harvey was joined by fellow award recipients Laila Ali, DeVon Franklin, and Chad Johnson & Michelle Williams. (Photo: Von Jackson, Vlex Photos)…..Detroit radio duo “Rat and Puff,” a.k.a. Jeff Daly and Josh Foreman, respectively, are launching the 3rd annual “Terror Tour” – showcasing three of the biggest and scariest haunts that Michigan has to offer. Friends of the “Rat and Puff” show have the opportunity to win free tickets on their social media accounts and go along with the show as they document each experience. Despite not having a radio home at the moment, the show wanted to continue its yearly tradition. They say, “We are really excited about our ‘Terror Tour’ this year because we personally, hand-picked all three stops. We are super fans of haunted attractions and Michigan has some of the scariest in the country. We encourage everyone to follow along with us on our social @RatAndPuffShow as the tour is bigger and scarier than ever.”…..iHeartMedia Nashville’s CHR WRVR “107.5 the River” announces the lineup for its second annual “Live. Life. Love.” concert taking place on Monday, December 10 at Marathon Music Works. The concert will feature performances by Why Don’t We, Dan + Shay, Lauv, and Kim Petras. All proceeds from the event will benefit To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit organization that supports mental health and suicide prevention resources nationwide.
PPM Analysis: Hot AC. Managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on 6+ data from Nielsen Audio’s September PPM survey, today focusing on hot AC. Compared to the August 2018 PPM survey, 49% of the hot AC stations on this panel were down (6+ AQH share) in September with 42% up and 9% flat. Year-over-year, 50% were down with just 45% of stations up. Just two hot AC outlets ranked #1 in their market in September – iHeartMedia’s KBIG, Los Angeles and Alpha Media’s WRMF, West Palm Beach – while nine hot AC outlets ranked in the top five in their respective markets. See the whole report here.
DC Communications Attorney Leases Virginia Translator to Russia’s Radio Sputnik. This story has been reported in industry trades – like DCRTV.com – and in political outlets. Reston, Virginia translator W288BS had been leased by owner John Garziglia to American University’s WAMU to air its bluegrass format. But that deal ended on June 30 and now the well-known communications attorney is leasing it to the Russian government-operated Sputnik Radio (via feeder station KYKS-HD3. The Hill reports that Sputnik editor-in-chief Mindia Gavasheli says, “We’re glad to finally be able to directly address our listeners in Washington. During the last few months Sputnik Radio has become the target of constant attacks in the U.S. corporate media. And often the people who wrote or spoke about us didn’t even bother to listen to our broadcasts first.”
WMEN, West Palm Beach Re-Brands as ‘The Hurricane.’ Florida sports talk outlet WMEN, West Palm Beach is rebranding from its “Fox Sports 640” moniker to “640 The Hurricane.” The Alpha Media-owned stations says it maintains its status as a Fox Sports Radio affiliate. The station is airing FSR’s Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, and Doug Gottlieb. It is the new radio home for the Miami Hurricanes in the market. The station’s play-by-play offerings also include the New York Yankees, Florida Panthers, and weekly NFL games. Alpha Media West palm Beach SVP/market manager Elizabeth Hamma states, “‘640 The Hurricane’ is like a CAT 5 storm that will whip up the South Florida market with relevant and entertaining content for men. It’s a station designed for the passionate sports fan.”
Gregg Henson Exits iHeartMedia. His role at iHeartMedia included serving as programming and sports content director at the company’s WBGG-AM, Pittsburgh and as an air talent on the company’s sports talker WDFN-AM, Detroit and WMAX-FM, Grand Rapids. Gregg Henson is a Michigan native who worked at WDFN when it first flipped to sports talk in 1994. He’d also served in the market at CBS RADIO WXYT-AM. On WDFN and WMAX, Henson co-hosted with fellow air personalities Drew McCarthy and Jim Costa, who continue as a duo. The Detroit Free Press reports that WDFN let local morning personality Matt Shepard go in May.
Beasley Media Debuts Bloomberg Radio on Boston Signals. For the next few months, Bloomberg Radio will continue to be heard on iHeartMedia’s WXKS-AM, Boston and the HD2 channel of WJMN, but Beasley Media Group is launching a business news station flipping Spanish WRCA-AM and translator W291CZ at 106.1FM (as well as the HD2 channel of WBOS) using Bloomberg Radio content. Beasley Media Boston VP and market manager Mary Menna comments, “We’re excited to partner with a global news and business leader of Bloomberg’s magnitude. This unique programming underscores the company’s commitment to providing our listeners with the very best content and complements our five existing music brands in Boston.”
NAB Files Commentary on FCC’s Proposed Elimination of Main Studio Rule. In a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the National Association of Broadcasters offered commentary in support of the Commission’s proposal to do away with the 80-year-old Main Studio Rule. The commentary includes some third-party testimony from broadcasters explaining why the outdated rules are cumbersome and how money saved can benefit their duty to public service. The NAB writes, “Another station reported that having the flexibility to co-locate studios would save approximately $50,000-$75,000 per year, which it could use to hire an additional person to staff its news team. Another broadcaster reports that he has owned and operated two stations in the past that ultimately went ‘dark’ because of the financial challenges of staffing the stations’ main studios. He observed that had there been regulatory relief at that time, the communities might still enjoy local radio service. Chickasaw Nation Enterprises reports that being able to co-locate studios creates efficiencies not only by giving stations greater flexibility, but by allowing stations to offer better, higher-paying jobs, which in turn translates to better service to the community. Broadcasters report that elimination of the main studio rule would have no negative impact on their ability to deliver local programming and services. Rather, it would allow them to allocate funds and staff to improve community engagement and coverage of local news and events.” See the full filing here.
Women in Media. Dynamic WAFS (Biz 1190), Atlanta personality Dana Barrett (r) is pictured interviewing CNN anchor/reporter Kyra Phillips (l) at the recent Judson Women’s Leadership Conference in Atlanta during a live remote from the event. The two broadcasters discussed the changing role of women in media, fertility, and ageism. The interview was simultaneously streamed on Facebook Live. To view it in its entirety, please click here.
TALKERS News Notes. The seven Dallas Cumulus Media stations are coming together this Friday (7/7) to remember the violent ambush on Dallas Police last year. The stations will take to the airwaves and encourage the Dallas/Fort Worth community to wear blue on Friday to show unity and “Back the Blue.” Cumulus has partnered with six participating Braum’s Ice Cream & Burger Restaurants in the area to offer a free small cup of coffee to first responders. It is also encouraging listeners to donate to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation…..The Major League Baseball All-Star Game takes place next Tuesday (7/11) and FOX Sports has the game for the 19th consecutive year. In addition to broadcasting the game and surrounding programming, Fox Sports Radio/FS1 will present live broadcasts of “THE HERD hosted by Colin Cowherd” with co-host Kristine Leahy live from Marlins Park on both Monday (7/10) and Tuesday at 12:00 noon ET……BizTalkRadio adds “Radio Night Live with Kevin McCullough” to its Saturday night schedule. The company says that it has enjoyed working with McCullough on its BizTV network and is excited to bring the program to the BizTalkRadio platform.
TALKERS 2017 Convention Videos Continue Posting Today (7/5) with Phil Boyce Research Presentation. The entire agenda of the recent Talkers 2017: A New Era national talk media convention has been video recorded and its sessions are being posted to Talkers.com – one event per day. Already posted are the “Welcoming Remarks” by WMAL, Washington, DC afternoon drive host Larry O’ Connor (including an introduction by TalkersRadio GM David Bernstein); the special presentation “You HAVE Options” by consultant Holland Cooke (including an introduction by Yappy Days author Bernadette Duncan); the “Fireside Chat” between TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison and Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity (with introduction by Westwood One host Jim Bohannon); and the “Fireside Chat” between TALKERS managing editor Mike Kinosian and WFAN, New York sports talk show host Mike Francesa (with introduction by Sabo Media CEO Walter Sabo). Joining them today is the special presentation “The Trump Effect: Latest Research of Interest to News/Talk Radio” by Salem Radio Network SVP Phil Boyce (with introduction by Pioneer Valley Radio GM/host Brad Shepard). Within the following days and weeks, every session will be posted and will remain on Talkers.com for the rest of the year. The Talkers 2017: A New Era video page is sponsored by Backbone Networks, Broadcasters General Store and Comrex Corp. To view the video page of Talkers 2017: A New Era, please click here.
Mark Levin Booksigning Draws Crowd. The throng of people you see in the photo above are lined up outside of a Ridgewood, New Jersey bookstore over the weekend where Westwood One-syndicated talk radio host Mark Levin was signing copies of his new book Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism (Threshold Editions 2017). Levin met his radio fans and signed books for five hours.
Trump-CNN Video, North Korea ICBM Claim, Voter Fraud Commission, Trump at G20, Christie Beach Outing, Fourth of July, Wimbledon Matches, and MLB Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Holiday Weekend. The controversy over President Donald Trump’s tweet of a video depicting him attacking a “CNN wrestler” and the related commentaries over the president’s social media habits; North Korea claims success launching an ICBM that could carry a nuclear payload; the refusal of numerous states to comply with the request by a federal voter fraud commission to supply voter information; President Trump’s appearance at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany this week; outgoing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “beach outing” PR event at a closed New Jersey shore beach; the Fourth of July holiday; the matches at this year’s Wimbledon tournament; and Major League Baseball action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. Moving from Urban One’s urban contemporary WTLC, Indianapolis to Beasley Media Group’s urban contemporary WBAV, Charlotte “V101.9” is Kelly Mac. She’d been programming WTLC and hosting PM drive. She will serve as music director and midday personality at “V101.9,” effective July 10. WBAV operations manager Jeff Uzi comments, “I am excited to bring in a talent who is so passionate about radio and has the drive, enthusiasm, and talent to continue to grow our awesome WBAV brand. Kelly’s incredible attitude and magnetic connection that she has with her listeners both on and off the air will be a game changer in the market. I look forward to the positive impact she will bring, which is right in line with the culture that we continue to build here at Beasley Media Charlotte.”…..In Detroit, Beasley Media Group adds local comic and media personality Foolish, a.k.a. F.raw, to the morning drive show on rhythmic oldies WMGC “105.1 The Bounce.” Station PD Al Payne states, “It’s our honor to add one of Detroit’s brightest stars to the lineup of ‘Bounce’ ambassadors and welcome Foolish into the studio every morning, alongside Bigg, Shay Shay and the rest of the cast of the all new “Bigg and Foolish in the Morning.”…..iHeartMedia’s CHR KXXM, San Antonio re-brands as “96.1 NOW.” The full, local programming lineup will continue with “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show,” Michelle Fay in middays, Russell Rush in PM drive, and EJ hosting 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight…..Twin Ports Radio, LLC – headed by Dan Hatfield – closes on its acquisition of sports talk WWAX-FM “92.1 The Fan” and classic rock KQDS in Duluth, Minnesota from Red Rock Radio Corporation…..The Art Vuolo-recorded video of the recent WRKO 50th Anniversary Reunion is being made available to radio fans who want to buy a copy. The event included the original 1967 air staff of Al Gates, Joel Cash, J. J. Jeffrey, Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg and Chuck Knapp. You can order it here, and $5.00 from each order will be donated to the Broadcasters Foundation of America.