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WGN's Mary Sandberg Boyle Named Director of News & Operations


Mary Sandberg Boyle
Mary Sandberg Boyle

WGN Radio announced that Mary Sandberg Boyle has been named as Director of News and Operations beginning Monday, June 3.

"Mary brings us years of success managing high profile talent and a fresh vision for the next generation of WGN Radio," said Station Manager and Vice President of Content Todd Manley.

Sandberg Boyle's career in media spans 19 years. A Chicagoland native, she started at WGN Radio in 2015 and helped to launch the station's weekday morning business show "The Opening Bell". Most recently she was the Executive Producer and Contributor of the Steve Cochran Show. Previously, Sandberg Boyle was the executive producer on the Steve Dahl Show and then the B96 morning show.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to work alongside Todd Manley to further evolve the high quality, uniquely Chicago content that WGN Radio delivers on a daily basis," said Mary Sandberg Boyle. "I'm eager to collaborate with our newsroom as we continue to make local, relevant personal connections with our audience. I love the disruption that has occurred across the media landscape and I'm excited to create and engage in ways that didn't exist when my career began."

iHM Names Kareem Chin SVP and Head of Investor Relations


Kareem Chin
Kareem Chin

iHeartMedia has named media industry veteran Kareem Chin Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations, effective today. Chin will be based in New York and will report to Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc.

In his new role, Chin will be managing iHeartMedia's relationship with the investor community and ensuring that the company strategy is aligned with the needs of its equity holders following iHeartMedia's listing on the NASDAQ exchange. In this role he will work closely with Bressler; Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.; Paul McNicol, EVP and General Counsel; and leaders of iHeartMedia's Finance and Communications teams, and will oversee the company's investor conferences, investor meetings and quarterly earnings releases and financial filings.

"We're extremely pleased to have someone with Kareem's extensive financial background and industry knowledge to help reintroduce the equity world to iHeartMedia and tell the story of iHeart's leadership in audio as we prepare to list on the NASDAQ exchange," said Bressler. "Kareem is both well-known and well respected in the investment and media communities, which makes him the perfect person to work with both our new shareholders and the equity analysts who will now cover us."

"This is an extremely exciting time for iHeartMedia and for the financial community overall," said Chin. "The company continues to cement its position as the leading multiplatform audio company and I'm excited to be able to share the details of the company's financial evolution and growth with investors, analysts and shareholders."

Prior to joining iHeartMedia, Chin spent three years as Vice President of Investor Relations for Viacom, where he played an integral role in all of the company's investor relations efforts, including the communication of the company's strategies and quarterly results as well as the coordination of corporate access, investor conferences and non-deal roadshows. He previously spent over a decade in investment banking, including serving as Senior Vice President of Investment Banking - Media & Telecommunications Group at Jefferies and as Vice President of Investment Banking - Mergers and Acquisitions at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. Chin is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Business, where he received his MBA in Finance & Economics, and the State University of New York at Albany, where he received a B.S. in Finance.

iHeartMedia Boston Names Adam Ralston VP of Marketing


Adam Ralston
Adam Ralston

iHeartMedia Boston names 17-year radio marketing veteran Adam Ralston as Vice President of Marketing, effective May 20. A majority of his career has been spent in Boston, overseeing a variety of stations including WAAF, WRKO, WKAF and the WEEI Sports Radio Network. Ralston has also contributed his event experience toward the successes of Boston's Bourbon and Bacon Fest and WOOFstock.

In addition, community involvement has always been an integral part of Ralston's efforts through his ongoing support of philanthropy-focused organizations such as the Jimmy Fund, Greater Boston Food Bank, Disabled American Veterans and many others.

"Adam's leadership, programming and sales strategy, event experience, knowledge of the market and long history of success coupled with his strong local relationships stood out and I know he is the perfect fit," said iHeartMedia Boston VP/Programming Dylan Sprague. "I'm thrilled to have him lead our best-in-class marketing team and contribute to our brands' ongoing success."

"It's an honor to join this incredible team of media and marketing professionals here at iHeartMedia Boston," added Ralston. "I look forward to immersing myself in the fantastic culture, creating top of the line marketing strategies and contributing to these iconic brands and franchises."

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Podtrac Issues Top Podcast Publishers for April 2019


Podtrac
Podtrac

Podtrac has released the top 10 Podcast Publishers rankings for April. During the April Publishers ranking, eight of the Top 10 publishers showed increases in their U.S. Unique Monthly Audience (UMA) over March with the largest increases coming from ESPN (21%) and Barstool Sports (18%). Average U.S. Unique Monthly Audience across the Top 10 publishers of 8.8 million was up 5% from March 2019 and up 48% year-over-year (from April of 2018).

Hallmark Channel Radio Returns to SiriusXM for Wedding Season


Hallmark Channel Radio
Hallmark Channel Radio

Following a collaboration during last year's holiday season, SiriusXM and Hallmark Channel have announced an expanded relationship that returns Hallmark Channel Radio as a recurring seasonal offering through 2020. Kicking off in conjunction with Hallmark Channel's annual "June Weddings" programming event, SiriusXM's Hallmark Channel Radio will celebrate the season of "I do's" beginning Friday, May 31 at 9am ET and will run through Monday, July 1 at 3am ET on SiriusXM channel 4 and through the SiriusXM app.

Voiced by two of the network's stars, Candace Cameron Bure and Lacey Chabert, SiriusXM's weddings-themed Hallmark Channel Radio will feature love songs including tracks from such artists as Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Kelly Clarkson, Rod Stewart, Elvis Presley, Rascal Flatts, Billy Joel, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes and more. In addition, Hallmark Channel stars including Kellie Pickler and Jack Wagner, among others, will host countdown specials, walking SiriusXM subscribers through their favorite wedding songs.

"With music being such essential component of our viewers' holidays and celebrations all year long, Hallmark Channel Radio is the perfect complement to Hallmark Channel's seasonal programming franchises," said Crown Media Family Networks President/CEO Bill Abbott. "Our collaboration with SiriusXM was a huge success during last year's ‘Countdown to Christmas' and we look forward to building on this exciting new relationship further, beginning with wedding season in June."

Aligning with some of the network's most popular programming franchises, including "Countdown to Christmas," Hallmark Channel Radio will return throughout the year and feature themed playlists specially curated to enhance subscribers' seasonal celebrations. SiriusXM's Hallmark Channel Radio originally launched in November, 2018 featuring 24/7 holiday music and coincided with the network's "Countdown to Christmas" programming event.

SAG-AFTRA Wants SBS to Up Air Talent Pay in L.A., Chicago


SAG-AFTRA
SAG-AFTRA

Last week, Spanish Broadcasting System issued a quarterly report showing 17 percent growth in revenue 2018. SAG-AFTRA was paying attention and is calling on management to extend "fair contracts" to its air talent in Los Angeles and Chicago that "reflect the contributions they make to the company's growth and success."

"SAG-AFTRA congratulates SBS for the incredible growth it has been able to achieve, especially considering how competitive the Latin radio music market has become in the past year," said SAG-AFTRA Miami Local Executive Director Hertha Suarez. "This accomplishment is an opportunity for SBS to do the right thing and ensure that the very people who have helped make the company number one are being fairly compensated for their work and talent. As the only Hispanic-owned network in the United States, SBS should lead the way in ending the second-class status for on-air talent working in Spanish-language radio."

Despite these earnings, SAG-AFTRA says "the network refuses to extend a fair contract to their DJs in Los Angeles and Chicago who organized for SAG-AFTRA representation more than three years ago. Currently, on-air talent at SBS are not afforded fair wages or protections for their work. In fact, many of them do not receive simple guaranteed benefits that SAG-AFTRA contracts provide such as fair pay, talent fees, high quality health insurance, and retirement benefits."

Suarez added, "SBS is enjoying a level of success that wouldn't have been possible without its air personalities. We ask that they become an industry leader and do right by them by putting forth a salary that reflects the passion and dignity they bring to the job -- and that keeps listeners tuning in -- day after day."

Entercom Names Michelle Stevens WCBS-FM/WNEW-FM APD


Michelle Stevens
Michelle Stevens

Entercom has named Michelle Stevens as Assistant Program Director for WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM) and NEW 102.7 FM (WNEW-FM) in New York effective today. Previously Stevens served as Director of Brand Management for Connoisseur Media. She rose through the ranks at Nassau Broadcasting as Vice President, Senior Vice President and eventually Executive Vice President of Programming, where she oversaw all aspects of programming strategy, marketing and brand management, and helped create the federally trademarked franchise brand Frank FM in Portland, ME.

"Michelle possesses valuable expertise in programming and talent development, and she will be a much-welcomed asset to our stations," said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. "She has a stellar track record for developing top-rated brands and we are looking forward to her contributions at two of New York's most loved stations."

"I am humbled and excited to join the extraordinary team at Entercom New York," said Stevens. "My sincere gratitude to Pat Paxton [Chief Programming Officer, Entercom], Jeff Sottolano [Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom], Susan Larkin, Jim Ryan [Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom New York], and Mike Kaplan [Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom, New York]."

Stevens previously served on the Board of Directors and Chair of the New Jersey Builders Association Convention Committee and National Association of Broadcasters programming subcommittees. Stevens has been recognized as "Program Director of the Year" by Billboard, FMQB and Gavin.

Libby Nolan Joins Townsquare as Quincy-Hannibal MP/CRO


Townsquare has named Libby Nolan as Market President and Chief Revenue Officer for its Quincy-Hannibal local media cluster. She will oversee Country Kick-FM 97.9 (KICK-FM), AC Y101 (KRRY-FM), Classic Country Kick-AM (WLIQ-AM), and News-Talk KHMO 1070-AM, and report to Townsquare Regional Vice President Kelly Quinn. Previously Nolan was General Sales Manager for Entercom and Emmis in St. Louis.

"Libby is a perfect match for what we look for in a leader at Townsquare. She brings with her exceptional experience in building sales teams and utilizing local talent to its fullest potential, which will enhance our ‘Local First' approach in Quincy-Hannibal," said Quinn. "There are great things in store for this market with our ability to serve the community with fantastic content and incredible advertising solutions."

"I am ecstatic to be leading the Quincy-Hannibal Townsquare team," said Nolan. "I love Townsquare's ‘Local First' commitment which provides our communities with the best content and advertising and digital marketing solutions. I look forward to helping small and medium sized businesses thrive by providing the very best solutions in the market."

Townsquare COO/Local Media, Erik Hellum added, "It doesn't get better than this. Libby has strong roots in both Illinois and Missouri - grew up in a small town in IL and worked for many years in St. Louis, which when combined with her talent, experience and passion for our business makes her a great fit for Townsquare and the right person to lead our team in Quincy-Hannibal."

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Glenn Johnson Named Cumulus Pensacola Operations Manager


Glenn Johnson
Glenn Johnson

Cumulus Media appoints veteran radio programmer Glenn Johnson as Operations Manager for its cluster in Pensacola, FL. He joins the local group from Cumulus Media's NASH studios in Nashville, where he was Executive Producer for "The Ty Bentli Show." Prior to that, Johnson was the morning personality for co-owned CHR WABD-FM/Mobile, AL, and for Dittman Broadcasting's WABB in Mobile.

Regional VP Pete DeSimone said, "This is a win-win -- a homecoming for Glenn and an opportunity to retain a very talented broadcaster. We are extremely excited to have him leading the Pensacola programming team."

Johnson added, "I'm beyond excited. Great People already in place, there's a beach and it's the home of the Blue Angels. Thank you Jackie Rinker, Pete DeSimone, Doug Hamand and Mike McVay for the opportunity."

Dominick Milano Joins Targetspot as VP/Business Development


Dominick Milano
Dominick Milano

Targetspot appoints Dominick Milano as VP Business Development in North America. Previously, he was an original partner in Triton Digital when the company launched in 2006, and spent more than a decade as part of the company's leadership team. Before that he was a senior executive at Interep, Clear Channel (iHeartMedia) and Katz Media. Milano will now be responsible for driving the company's expansion in the U.S. and Canada.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dominick in the Targetspot team. His strong background in the audio sector and in business development is another incredible added value for our partners and publishers to take full advantage of our leading expertise and implement a solid and integrated digital audio strategy," stated Targetspot Senior VP/Business Development Alexander Vekhoff.

"My entire career has been about all things Audio. Today, Audio, in all its forms is not only hot, but growing significantly. That is why I am genuinely excited to be joining Targetspot. The company is one of the original pioneers in the Digital Audio space, and the investments being made by AudioValley Group will only enhance the complete and integrated offering we provide our clients and partners," commented Milano.

WSBradio.com Launches ''Voice of Reason'' Dupree's Return to Air


Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree's story of perseverance and triumph is captured in a new documentary, "Voice of Reason" -- now available online at wsbradio.com. His journey has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) and Atlanta Press Club, earning WSB and Cox Media Group an Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation and News Innovation Award.

A radio reporter for more than 30 years with Cox Media Group, Dupree lost his voice in 2016 and was diagnosed with tongue protrusion dystonia, a rare neurological condition with no cure to date.

"During his ordeal, Jamie never took a day off," said News 95.5 and AM750 WSB Director of Branding and Programming Pete Spriggs. "Instead, he found new ways to continue his decades of reporting with his blog and through social media. His spirit and determination inspire us all."

In 2018, Cox Media Group identified a new approach to return Dupree's voice to radio. Working with CereProc, Dupree and WSB Radio sent hours of his archived radio reports to Scotland where engineers and audio specialists digitized and recreated Dupree's voice. Now when Dupree writes a script for a report the text is converted into an audio file that sounds nearly identical to his natuarl voice. WSB Radio and CMG refers to the computer synthesized version as Jamie Dupree 2.0.

"Our support for Jamie is unwavering," said Cox Media Group Executive VP/content, Digital Strategy, Research and Technology Marian Pittman. "As we wait for a cure, CMG was delighted to partner with CereProc to return Jamie to radio with Jamie Dupree 2.0."

"My health is fine, but my voice is not -- and I honestly don't know if I will ever speak normally again," added Dupree. "I'll be forever grateful to my WSB and CMG family for getting me back on the air with Jamie Dupree 2.0."

View Dupree's emotional journey with this new documentary, available at wsbradio.com.

KYMT/Las Vegas Signs to Carry 2019 Oakland Raiders Season


Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders

Classic Rock KYMT-FM (93.1 The Mountain)/Las Vegas inks a broadcast agreement with Compass Media Networks to air all play-by-play radio coverage of the Oakland Raiders for the 2019 season. The Raiders pre-season action kicks off on Saturday, August 10 from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and will feature The Oakland Raiders versus the Los Angeles Rams. In addition, the regular season will begin on September 9 with Monday Night Football and will broadcast the Oakland Raiders' first match between the Denver Broncos.

The on-air broadcast will continue to be produced by Compass Media Networks and will feature live commentary from veteran sports personality Brent Musburger whose was the Silver and Black's play-by-play voice in 2018. Musburger will also be joined by former All-Pro tackle Lincoln Kennedy, who handles color analyst duties, and Chris Townsend, who will report from the sidelines.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to partner with a storied franchise like the Raiders," said iHeartMedia's Region President for Central California and Nevada Glynn Alan. "Having an addition of a pro-football team to our programming combined with commentary from the legendary Brent Musburger will allow our listeners and local fans the opportunity to experience and keep up with each game on real time."

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Forever Media Closes on Steinman Communications Group Buy


Forever Media
Forever Media

Forever Media has closed on its previously announced acquisition of Steinman Communications' ten-station radio group in Delaware and Maryland for $18.5 million. Included in the deal were WSTW-FM and WDEL-AM & FM/Wilmington DE, WXCY-FM/Havre De Grace MD, WAVD-FM, WNCL-FM, WXDE-FM, WAFL-FM and WYUS-AM & FM/Milford-Salisbury. Forever is owned by Kerby Confer and Donald Alt. Steinman is headed by Robert Krasne and the parent of LNP Media Group Inc., the publisher of LNP/Lancaster Online.

Michael J. Bergner of Bergner & Co. brokered the transaction.

88Nine Radio/Milwaukee Names Evan Rytlewski as Web Editor


Evan Rytlewski
Evan Rytlewski

Veteran music journalist Evan Rytlewski is named web editor of WYMS-FM (88Nine Radio) Milwaukee. He's been music editor for the weekly and online Shepherd Express for 13 years, where he covered all corners of the Milwaukee music scene. Rytlewski's also been a regular contributor to Pitchfork, which has published a variety of his features and more than 100 album reviews. His work has appeared in Paste, Under the Radar, American Songwriter and Rap-Up magazines.

88Nine Director of Content Nate Imig said that in Rytlewski's new role as web editor, he will write about the Milwaukee music scene and edit the work of other contributors to the station's website, www.RadioMilwaukee.org. Rytlewski will also help elevate the content the station creates around local and national artists. Additionally, he'll be the primary feature writer for the website, spearheading the site's monthly "showcase" stories that dig more deeply into one topic or issue.

"Adding such an experienced writer steeped in the Milwaukee music scene really ups our digital game," said Imig. "Evan has built a stellar reputation as a thoughtful and talented music writer and journalist. His stellar writing and editing will allow us to build on RadioMilwaukee.org's solid foundation as a source for in-depth coverage of the Milwaukee music scene. Evan's work will help us offer even more breadth to the thousands who visit our website every week."

"Radio Milwaukee has been an invaluable advocate for the city and its music scene," added Rytlewski. "It's an honor to join a staff so passionate and creative, and I look forward to helping the station expand its online presence while continuing to cover the music that I love."

Triton Digital Integrates dataxu's TouchPoint DSP with a2x


Triton Digital
Triton Digital

Triton Digital has announced the integration of its programmatic audio advertising marketplace a2x with the TouchPoint DSP by dataxu, a software provider for marketing professionals. The integration provides dataxu's customers with the ability to add online audio from broadcasters, podcasters, and streaming music services around the world to their programmatic, omnichannel buys through private marketplace (PMP) deals.

"We are proud to have dataxu integrated with a2x," said Triton Digital Market Development and Strategy Managing Director Benjamin Masse. "We look forward to fueling the success of their buyers with the flexibility and enhanced targetability that is made possible through our transparent programmatic marketplace, and to increasing their reach through the addition of our premium audio inventory on connected devices such as desktops, mobile, and smart speakers."

"Triton Digital shares our passion for delivering state-of-the-art technology and services that maximize reach, minimize hassle, and generate meaningful revenue, which made our decision to integrate with them an easy one," added dataxu Director/Marketplace Ziggy Zografakis.

iHeartCountry Appoints Michael Jordan as Brand Coordinator


Rod Phillips
Rod Phillips

iHeartMedia Regional Senior VP/Programming for its Kentucky-Indiana Region Michael Jordan is appointed Brand Coordinator for iHeartCountry, effective immediately. He'll continue in his current role while overseeing the growth, roll-out and execution for all local and live Country music-based events for iHM's Country stations. Jordan previously held several positions at iHM/Lexington and Louisville, including Senior VP/Programming, Program Director for WMAZ and WBUL and Director of NTR and Promotions for iHM/Lexington. He began his career at WTKT-FM.

Additionally, both professionally and personally, community involvement has been an integral part of Jordan's career through his philanthropy involvement with organizations such as University of Kentucky Children's Hospital, University of Kentucky Barnstable-Brown, Diabetes Center and Lexington Cancer Foundation.

SBS Q1 Net Revenues Up 10%, Radio Revenues Rise 17%


Spanish Broadcasting System
Spanish Broadcasting System

Spanish Broadcasting System reported first quarter net revenues grew 10% to $37.3 million from $33.9 million in 2018. Radio revenue climbed 17% to $34 million from $29.2 million. Consolidated Adjusted OIBDA fell 14% to $8.3 million from $9.7 million. Radio Adjusted OIBDA declined 7% to $10.9 million from $11.7 million. Operating income fell to $5.6 million from $7.6 million. The company posted a net loss of $3.9 million (54 cents per diluted share) as compared to a net loss of $3.3 million (46 cents) in the year-ago period.

"During the first quarter we again generated robust consolidated revenue gains while simultaneously undertaking a number of strategic investments aimed at paving the way for future growth. These initiatives included bolstering the external marketing of our leading audio brands, improving and expanding our video content offerings and strengthening the infrastructure of our various sales departments," commented Chairman and CEO Raul Alarcon.

He added, "As in 2018, we see a clear path to accelerated performance this year as we continue to deliver on our goal of creating long-term sustainable value for our shareholders."

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