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Cumulus Appoints John Toohey As Vice President, Finance

John Toohey
John Toohey

Cumulus Media has appointed media finance executive John Toohey as Vice President, Finance for the Company. Based out of New York City and Atlanta, his new role includes financial planning and analysis, budgeting, and special projects. He will report directly to John Abbot, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Cumulus Media.

Previously Toohey spent 12 years with Charter Communications and its predecessor, Time Warner Cable (TWC), where he was most recently Group Vice President, Media Sales Finance, Spectrum Reach. In addition to his tenure at Charter/TWC, Toohey's broad media finance background includes five years with NBC, seven years with CBS, and four years with Cablevision. Toohey holds a bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

John Abbot, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Cumulus Media said, "John Toohey is a high caliber professional who brings deep and relevant experience to Cumulus. We are very excited to add such a strong player to the finance and accounting team."

"I am pleased to join Cumulus Media and to come full circle, having started my media career at WHRB-FM, Harvard's student radio station," said Toohey. "I am excited to work with John Abbot and the rest of the incredible team at Cumulus."

iHM/DC-Baltimore Names Danny Bortnick Region SVP/Sales

Danny Bortnick
Danny Bortnick

iHeartMedia names Danny Bortnick as Region Senior Vice President of Sales for Washington DC-Baltimore, effective immediately. He'll oversee the sales operations teams in both markets. Bortnick is a media veteran with over a decade of experience, most recently serving as the Senior VP/Sales for iHM/Washington DC. He's also served as VP/Sales for Entercom, VP/Sales for CBS Radio and General Sales Manager for WNEW-FM. He began his career at Christal Radio.

"Danny has made a tremendous impact on the day-to-day operations of our sales organization since day one," said iHeartMedia Washington DC-Baltimore Region President Aaron Hyland. "I am excited to see Danny take on this new leadership position and look forward to his continued success in developing and managing a best in class sales team for the region."

"I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead the sales initiatives for the iHeartMedia Washington DC Region," added Bortnick. "I look forward to building on our accomplishments in both Washington DC and Baltimore and utilizing the incredible iHeartMedia network of content, assets and influencers to create marketing solutions that drive results for our advertisers."

Entravision Names Erin Voden SVP Integrated Marketing in DC

Erin Voden
Erin Voden

Entravision Communications Corporation has announced the appointment of Erin Voden as Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing Solutions for its Washington, D.C. market, effective immediately. Reporting to Juan Navarro, Regional Vice President of Local Media Sales, she will oversee and manage sales at the company's television and digital media properties serving the Washington market.

"During her almost 20-year career in the media industry, Erin has established an exceptional track record of services to her clients and demonstrated strong expertise and leadership in sales and marketing," said Navarro. "We are excited to have her rejoining the Entravision team and look forward to her leadership in the Washington, D.C. market."

Voden returns to Entravision where she held several positions within the Integrated Marketing Solutions team for three years serving the Washington, D.C. market. Prior to her return, she was a Sales Director with NBC Telemundo in Washington, D.C.

"The Washington, D.C. Hispanic community is vibrant and growing, providing new and unique opportunities for advertisers to target this influential consumer group," said Voden. "I'm excited to be back with the Entravision team and look forward to growing the company's presence in this market."


Hall Communications/Lakeland, FL OM Mike James to Retire

Mike James
Mike James

Hall Communications/Lakeland, FL OM Mike James has announced his retirement, effective December 31, wrapping up a 40-year career in broadcasting. James joined WPCV-FM (97 Country) as Program Director in 2004, and was promoted to OM for the 4-station cluster in 2006, adding Adult Hits WWRZ-FM, Talk WLKF-AM and Adult Standards WONN-AM. James' radio journey began at WELE-AM & FM Daytona Beach-Deland, FL, followed by stops at WWKA/Orlando FL, KKCS/Colorado Springs CO, WQIK/Jacksonville FL and KMDL/Lafayette LA.

James said, "My first radio job was in 1979, and I can remember thinking how great it was to be able to entertain people, and get paid for it at the same time. 40 years later, it's still great, but I'm finally ready to kick back, relax and spend more quality time at Anna Maria Island. I want to thank Hall Communications owners Art and Bonnie Rowbotham for giving me the opportunity to work for one of the most respected radio groups in America."

He addedd, "We've got an incredible team of pros here in Lakeland, and we've enjoyed impressive ratings and revenue success over the past 15 years. I'm also especially proud to have helped raise over 4 Million Dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during my radio career. That's the most rewarding part of this amazing journey."

You can reach James at mjames@hallradio.net through December 31st. Apply for the OM position at www.hallradio.com/Job-Opportunities

Triton Digital Appoints Daryl Battaglia as Senior VP

Daryl Battaglia
Daryl Battaglia

Triton Digital appoints Daryl Battaglia as Senior Vice President/Market Development & Strategy, Audience Research. He joins the company following a 22-year career at Nielsen where he held various positions including leading strategy and product development for their Media Analytics business. His experience includes advertising effectiveness, cross-platform and emerging platform measurement, and product innovation.

"Triton Digital has been the global leader in audience measurement since the early days of digital audio," said Battaglia. "I'm excited to help launch new solutions that enable media companies to make informed programming decisions, and media buyers and sellers to execute advertising campaigns with confidence."

"Daryl brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Triton," added President of Market Development John Rosso. "As part of the team behind the world's leading streaming measurement technology, the innovation that he will drive will undoubtedly benefit the entire audio ecosystem and will continue to fuel the global growth of the industry at large."

Entercom and Kansas City Royals Ink Broadcast Extension

Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals

Entercom and the Kansas City Royals have announced a new five-year extension to continue airing the MLB team on KCSP-AM (610 Sports Radio) through the 2024 season. The Sports outlet been the broadcast home of the team in the Kansas City market since 2008.

Under the agreement, 610 Sports Radio will continue providing play-by-play coverage of the Royals, airing all 162 regular season games, plus all post-season games. In addition, the station will also broadcast all weeknight and weekend Cactus League Spring Training games from Arizona. A new extension of the partnership will include select weekday afternoon games on sister station KWOD-AM (1660 The Score).

"We are very pleased to extend this valued partnership for five more years," said Entercom Kansas City Regional President/Market Manager Dave Alpert. "The Royals are part of the thread of Kansas City and it's a privilege for 610 Sports Radio to be the flagship station of the team."

"We have been honored to call Entercom our flagship station since our partnership began in 2008. 610 Sports Radio is the home of the Royals in Kansas City. It's a perfect fit for us and our fans, and we are excited to continue that relationship," added Kansas City Royals Senior VP/Business Operations Kevin Uhlich. "Not only is the signal of 610 Sports Radio recognizable to all sports fans in the area, the Entercom Kansas City cluster of stations makes them an attractive partner to spread the word about Royals baseball - to sports fans and radio listeners of all genres."

The weekly "Royals Hot Stove" show returns to 610 Sports Radio from January through March. Dates and times of the spring broadcasts and "Royals Hot Stove" show will be announced at a later date.

Three U.S. Representatives Join Local Radio Freedom Act

U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress

Three Members of the House of Representatives have added their co-sponsorship to a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), which signals Members of Congress's opposition to any potential legislation that imposes new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay, now has 188 cosponsors in the House and 24 in the Senate.

Adding their support recently for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are Reps. Andy Kim (D-NJ-3), John Joyce (R-PA-13) and Scott Perry (R-PA-10).

Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) and Michael Conaway (R-TX-11) are the principal co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House of Representatives (H. Con. Res. 20). Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are the lead co-sponsors of a companion resolution in the Senate (S. Con. Res. 5).


Entravision Appoints McCauley SVP/Marketing Palm Springs

Robert McCauley
Robert McCauley

Entravision Communications Corporation has appointed Robert McCauley Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing Solutions, effective immediately. Reporting to Juan Navarro, Regional Vice President of Local Media Sales, McCauley will be responsible for sales management and growth of the company's television, radio and digital media properties serving the Palm Springs, California market.

"Bob has a distinguished sales track record in the media, sports and entertainment industries, as well as within the Hispanic market," said Navarro. "We're excited to have him join the Entravision family in Palm Springs, and look forward to his leadership and experience in driving visibility of Entravision's traditional and digital capabilities in this growing market."

Prior to joining Entravision, McCauley worked as Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Major League Baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels. Before that, he spent nearly a decade as the Director of Sales at Univision in Los Angeles.

"My familiarity in the Spanish media space and the general market will allow me to jump in feet first and drive sales and market share for the Palm Springs market," said McCauley. "We are uniquely positioned in Palm Springs with our NBC, Univision, UniMas, MeTv, La Tricolor and La Suavecita television and radio stations and their corresponding digital assets. In today's constantly changing media landscape, this is an exciting opportunity and one that I will bring my experience and ideas to the table to help Entravision grow."

Tom Tolbert Extends Deal with KNBR-FM & AM San Francisco

Cumulus Media announces that Tom Tolbert, popular sports radio personality heard on San Francisco's KNBR 104.5FM & 680AM The Sports Leader, has signed a multi-year deal with the company. Tolbert has been with KNBR since 1996 and currently co-hosts Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks with Larry Krueger and Rod Brooks weekdays from 2pm-6pm. He also serves as host of KNBR's Dubs Countdown to Tipoff pre-game shows.

Tolbert played as a Forward in the NBA for seven years, and later served as a color commentator for NBA telecasts at NBC, ABC and ESPN.

KNBR Program Director Jeremiah Crowe said, "Tom is the heart and soul of the KNBR brand and we're excited to have him stay in the family here at The Sports Leader. He has a special bond with Bay Area sports fans and his unrivaled passion for the game can be heard every weekday during Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks. We are extremely proud to extend our relationship with Tom for years to come."

"I'm so happy to be able to sign a deal that will keep me here for the foreseeable future," said Tolbert. "KNBR has been my home for the past 23 years and I can't imagine being anywhere else. The people at this station are the reason it's fun coming to work every day, and they're the reason why I can't see myself doing this anywhere else."

C13Originals Launches Long May They Run Music Podcast Series

C13Originals has announced the launch of Long May They Run, a groundbreaking music documentary series about iconic touring bands who have a lasting impact on music culture, the industry, music streaming, touring, their fans and beyond. The first season will focus on the band Phish, exploring in depth the journey that made them one of the most successful and influential touring bands of all time, and how they redefined the bond between artist and audience, created a way of life, and innovated an entire industry along the way.

Created, directed and produced by C13Originals, and hosted and written by Dean Budnick-veteran music journalist, Editor-in-Chief of Relix Magazine, author, and filmmaker-each season of Long May They Run will explore the greatest, most successful, pioneering, touring and iconic and bands of all time, whose communities and followings grow larger with each decade that passes, who have a deeply rooted and emotionally intimate connection with their fans and who do not tour simply to promote an album, but who tour for touring's sake. Told by those immersed in the music world-from insiders to fans to musicians-each season of Long May They Run will encompass one band, with each episode focusing on a topic relevant to its culture, pioneering, history and influence. This groundbreaking documentary series will give fans and listeners unparalleled insight into the impact of carefully chosen artists.

Long May They Run, Season One: Phish will launch on September 18, 2019 with Episodes One and Two on Apple Podcasts, RADIO.COM, Spotify and everywhere podcasts are available, with new episodes available every Wednesday throughout the season.

"Our vision was to create and give music fans a franchise set apart from anything that's been done in podcasting. We believe that Long May They Run accomplishes just that, and will provide an experience that takes Phish fans, and music fans in general, to the next level, and redefine what can be done in this space," said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13. "Dean is an astute and compelling storyteller and interviewer, and few bands have the musical and cultural impact of Phish, which made them the perfect choice for Season One."

Wolfman Jack Back on the Air in Charlotte and Odessa

Wolfman Jack
Wolfman Jack

Envision Networks syndicated The Wolfman Jack Radio Show is now airing in two new markets. In a strange coincidence, or is it the Wolfman's way of beckoning from beyond, both stations sit on the dial at 1490 AM. The two latest additions are Charlotte, NC's 1490 WSVM-AM every Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight, and The Mighty 1490 KBST-AM in Odessa, Texas, Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"In a world filled with uncertainty, it's comforting to hear the familiarity of Wolfman Jack on the radio again," said KBST Managing Partner Malinda Flenniken. "His notoriously raspy voice is oddly reassuring. Go ahead ... howl with the Wolfman; he's fun, positive and transcends the ages!"


Jacobs Media Announces Its 2020 CES Tour for Broadcasters

Jacobs Media
Jacobs Media

For the fourth consecutive year, Jacobs Media is organizing tours for radio broadcasters at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CES is known as the world's gathering place for technology, with displays and showcases including smart speakers, the connected car, 5G, AI and many new technologies that will could impact the radio industry in 2020 and in the future.

"We began bringing broadcasters to CES because we believed it was essential to understand how radio fits into where technology is heading," remarked Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. "This year marks our 11th CES and each year brings new ideas and vision for how radio can continue to transform itself to remain relevant and successful. In past years, we've visited Google, Amazon, automakers like Ford, Honda, and Toyota, autonomous car displays, and many others."

"Our first tour at CES was limited to CEOs, and we knew we were onto something because the response was huge," added Jacobs Media VP/GM Paul Jacobs. "In recent years, we've opened our tours to anyone in the industry. Whether you're a GM, a DOS, a PD, or work in digital, you will benefit from attending CES."

The Jacobs Media CES tours include the following:

  • A private, curated 90-minute tour of companies and technologies of relevance to radio broadcasters, guided by a CTA specialist. At each display, attendees can talk to leaders from that company to learn more about their technology and plans for the future.

  • A separate 60-minute tour of additional displays guided by Fred and Paul Jacobs.

  • Free registration for CES that includes access to all of the major exhibits and most presentations.

  • Private dinner co-hosted with the Radio Advertising Bureau, featuring a presentation from a technology expert who will provide perspective.

  • Guidance from Jacobs Media on what to see at CES, advice on how to navigate the event, and more.

  • Discount hotel rooms are available but subject to availability.

"CES is so large it's easy to miss displays relevant to the radio industry," said Fred Jacobs. "Our tours remove the stress, help broadcasters get the most value for their investment, and provide a valuable perspective on the innovations and technologies that matter to the industry. You can see the future and hang out with other fellow broadcasters."

Jacobs Media is once again partnering with the RAB, co-sponsoring a private dinner for all attendees. "The RAB is excited to once again partner with Jacobs Media at CES," says RAB President and CEO Erica Farber. "This is a wonderful opportunity to see during the day what the future has in store and then in the evening to share and learn from all of the broadcasters what the experience means to them."

The Consumer Electronics Show is January 7-10 in Las Vegas. The Jacobs Media tours are on January 8-9. A recap of the Jacobs 2019 CES tour can be found here.

iHeartMedia Denver Names Dave Barnett Senior VP/Sales

Dave Barnett
Dave Barnett

iHeartMedia names Dave Barnett as Senior VP/Sales for its cluster in Denver, effective immediately. He joins the local group from the iHM/Tampa, where he most recently was VP/Sales for NewsRadio WFLA and 95.3 WDAE and the cluster's Director of Sports, working with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to that, Barnett was the Director of Sports for at iHM/Denver and the Broncos and Rockies Radio Network. He began his career at KMOX and the St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network.

"Dave's leadership, knowledge of the market and understanding of how to put campaigns together for partners, that utilizes our incredible suite of assets to deliver return on investment is second to none," said iHeartMedia Denver Region Senior VP/Sales Ryan Clune. "This is a huge win for us at iHeartMedia Denver."

"I am thrilled to be back in Denver and working with the variety of legendary brands including KOA, Freedom 93.7 and 630 KHOW," added Barnett. "Denver is a very special place and an incredible radio market - I look forward to working with our incredible partners as well as the legendary voices that you hear on each of our stations and sports properties.

''America's 1st News'' Moves Studios To Flagship KTTH/Seattle

Matt Ray
Matt Ray

KTTH-AM & FM/Seattle is the new flagship station for syndicated "America's 1st News with Matt Ray" where he'll broadcast live weekday mornings. Now in its second year, AFN has grown to 85 affiliates and airs on several major market outlets. Ray is a 20-year News/Talk veteran whose background in journalism and communications has made him an award-winning news anchor, news director, talk host, producer and programmer.

Ray commented, "I've had the pleasure of working with Jason Rantz and the engineering staff in the past and they're the best in the business. We're thrilled to join the team on a permanent basis."

The program will feature breaking news to election coverage, newsmaker interviews, special guest contributors and sports with Hall of Famer Don Criqui (recently recognized as one of the NFL's "best-ever" voices). Criqui said, "AFN Sports is hitting a winning stride. It's great working with both Matt and Galen. We're covering sports headlines that are relevant right now. Our style trends toward what I've done with John Gambling and Don Imus."

"America's 1st News" airs live weekdays from 5-9am ET.

iHeartMedia/Philadelphia Names Becki West VP of Sales

Becki West
Becki West

iHeartMedia appoints Becki West as Vice President of Sales and Director of Agency Partnerships in Philadelphia, effective immediately. She'll continue to oversee sales for WISX-FM (106.1 The Breeze). Prior to serving as General Sales Manager for the cluster, West served as GSM for Greater Media. She's also handled Local Sales Manager duties for Beasley Talk WWDB and was National/General Sales Manager for Radio One. She began her radio career at co-owned WUSL-FM (Power 99 FM) as co-op director.

"Becki has been crucial to the growth of our sales team and sales management team," said iHeartMedia Philadelphia Senior VP/Sales Jeff Moore. "Her relationships with our clients in the market are second to none and are an essential element to helping us cultivate our major initiatives."

"I'd like to thank iHeartMedia for this vote of confidence and this extraordinary opportunity," added West. "I'm excited to use my established connections with the agency world and my experience working with and motivating staff across departments."

Cruise Joins Townsquare Media/Portsmouth NH as OM/BM

Sammy Cruise
Sammy Cruise

Sammy Cruise joins Townsquare Media in Portsmouth, NH, as Operations Manager and Brand Manager with direct oversight of Country WOKQ. He succeeds Robby Bridges, wo will exit the post on September 15. Previously, Cruise spent the last 11 years with WIRK-FM (New Country 103.1)/West Palm Beach, most recently as Assistant PD, Music Director and afternoon drive. His previous stints include such markets as Sarasota, Las Vegas and Albuquerque.

"I've had an amazing run in Florida working with some of the best in the business," said Cruise. "I'm very much looking forward to joining the great team at Townsquare Media. An amazing opportunity like this doesn't come along very often, and I'm very excited to get started. WOKQ is a legendary station, and I'm honored to be able to be a part of its history."

Townsquare Media/Northern New England Regional Market President Brian Lang added, "We are confident that Sammy's leadership, energy, product knowledge and relationships make him the right person to lead our Portsmouth cluster."


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