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David Bailin Named VP/National & Network Sales for SBS

David Bailin
David Bailin
Spanish Broadcasting System has appointed David Bailin as Vice President, National and Network Sales. A leading sales veteran in the media industry, Bailin will be responsible for revenue generating sales strategies, expanding business development initiatives and creating 360 multimedia platforms for SBS' national and network division AIRE Radio Networks.

Based out of the SBS New York office, Bailin will also collaborate with SBS' digital platform, LaMusica, with its respective sales and business development efforts.

"David Bailin is a dynamic sales executive who has a proven track record of success and a deep knowledge of our diverse marketplace, said Elisa Torres, EVP, SBS National and Aire Radio Networks. "We are excited to have him join our team and deliver innovative media solutions that are designed to super-serve our clients and Hispanic consumers."

Most recently, Bailin, was Senior Vice President, National Sales for Entravision Communications, where he oversaw network and national spot duties in the New York office. Bailin, a graduate of the University of Michigan, has over 20 years of media sales experience and has held similar roles for various media companies.

"I'm thrilled to join the SBS national and network sales team," said Bailin. "The opportunity to build on the success of a renowned company that has so many iconic media brands across multiple consumer touchpoints is what excites me the most. I'm looking forward to working with the team on creating competitive and engaging platforms for our clients and audience."

Jeff Hill Joins Cumulus Media/Chicago as VP/Sales

Jeff Hill
Jeff Hill
Thirty-year Chicago radio sales executive Jeff Hill has been named Vice President, Sales, for Cumulus Media-Chicago. In the newly created position, he will head sales for Alternative Rock station 101 WKQX-FM; 94.7 WLS-FM, Chicago's Classic Hits station; and Talk Radio station WLS 890 AM.

Hill joins Cumulus from WGN Radio in Chicago, where he was Director of Sales for eight years, having previously served the station as Local Sales Manager and Interim General Manager. Prior to that, he was Sales Manager for ABC Radio for eight years and formerly served as Local Sales Manager for WLS-AM and Local Sales Manager for CBS Radio's WCKG. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. An Illinois native, he earned a B.S. degree in Radio and Television from the University of Northern Illinois in Carbondale, IL.

"Cumulus-Chicago is thrilled to be adding a market veteran like Jeff Hill as our Vice President of Sales," said Marv Nyren, VP/MM Cumulus Media-Chicago. "Jeff's success in Chicago will allow our cluster to continue to build relationships with the ad community and compete at the highest levels of performance."

"I'm really excited to join the Cumulus Chicago radio group," said Hill. "I look forward to learning from the team and sharing my experience with the staffs of 101 WKQX, WLS-FM and WLS-AM."

Salem Media Group Agrees to Sell KGBI-FM/Omaha

Salem Media Group
Salem Media Group
Salem Media Group has agreed to sell 100kW Contemporary Christian KGBI-FM (100.7 The Fish)/Omaha, NE, to the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. The University of Northwestern-St. Paul also operates 20 non-commercial Christian CHR stations in the Midwest, including stations in Minneapolis and Duluth MN, Sioux Falls SD, Fargo and Bismarck ND, Des Moines and Waterloo IA, Madison WI, Kansas City and Hartford.

Salem's Broadcast Media President Dave Santrella said, "Salem rarely sells its assets, but when we do, we make every attempt to ensure that the buyer will continue to program the station with a format that will make a positive impact in the community. The track record of University of Northwestern-St. Paul ensures us of that outcome and we couldn't be more pleased."

University of Northwestern Senior VP/Media Jason Sharp added, "We are grateful for the partnership we have experienced with Salem Media Group during this process. We look forward to expanding our network in Omaha and continuing the work of pointing people to Jesus through music and programming that makes an eternal impact."

Pending approval by the FCC, the parties expect to close the transaction in the third quarter of 2018. Greg Guy of Patrick Communications was the broker representing the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.

XHTZ-XHRM/San Diego Ink R Dub to Multi-Year Deal

R Dub!
R Dub!
Local Media San Diego has re-signed XHTZ-FM (Z90) and XHRM-FM (Magic 92.5) Program Director and afternoon personality R Dub! to a new, multi-year deal. R Dub! joined the stations in April, 2011. With the agreement, comes R Dub!'s new title of Supreme Commander (they're serious), where he will continue to oversee the programming, strategy and branding of the company's CHR, AC and Urban products.

VP/General Manager Gregg Wolfson said, "We are extremely excited that RDub! will continue to call Local Media San Diego his home. His ability to deliver relevant and compelling local radio to San Diego is nothing shy of impressive."

R Dub! added, "Apparently, I'm still foolin' ‘em! No, seriously, I wake up every single day and pinch myself. I'm not only so fortunate to do radio in the country's most desirable place to live, but I'm working with a company that truly believes in live, local and dynamic content! From our iconic brands and patented promotions like #EPIC48Hours, to the incredible pool of talent we have in the building-including Morton in the Morning and Jagger and Kristi-I'm so proud to play a small role in this incredible team, that is truly a family."

Envision Networks Launches Financial Planning Show

Brian Bowen
Brian Bowen
Envision Networks launches its latest syndicated program, "Retire with Integrity," a two-hour common sense investment show hosted by expert Brian Bowen. Bowen and co-host Tug Cowart tackle timely financial planning topics including bitcoin, insurance, family planning, college tuition, 401Ks, IRAs, and stock market tips communicated in a relatable and easily understandable way. "Retire with Integrity" is ready-made to attract multiple, local sponsorship opportunities.

"Failing to plan is actually a plan... just a failing one," said Bowen. "Help your listeners reach their financial planning goals with the expert advice from Retire with Integrity."

"When we investigate new shows to offer affiliates, we look for compelling content that listeners want to hear," added Envision Networks President and CEO Danno Wolkoff. "The value of Retire with Integrity is the fun nature of the program and the appeal it holds financially for stations to sell to local advertisers."

Regional Media to Acquire Three in Canton IL

Regional Media
Regional Media
Regional Media has agreed to acquire 250w News/Farm WBYS-AM (1560), 240w W229BZ-FM (93.7) and 25kW Country WCDD-FM (107.9) servicing Canton, Pekin, and the surrounding area in IL. Terms were not immediately disclosed. Regional Media also owns stations in Macomb, Kewanee, Sterling, Rock Falls, Dixon, and the Quad Cities with anticipation of taking over Canton operations in early June.

Regional Media lead engineer Wayne R. Miller said, "I am incredibly happy about Fletcher Ford (Regional Media CEO) and Jason Gilbraith's (Regional Media VP) acquisition of the stations. They are first class broadcasters that have brought life to a lot of stations across the state. I am proud to be a part of this operation."

Longtime employee Rhianna Kees added, "We are excited for this new chapter and look forward to continuing to provide the best in local radio."

Bill Whitaker to Receive 2018 Paul White Award

Bill Whitaker
Bill Whitaker
The Radio Television Digital News Association announces Bill Whitaker as the winner of the 2018 Paul White Award. Named for the first news director of CBS, the Paul White Award is RTDNA's highest honor and recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of broadcast and digital journalism. Whitaker is a correspondent on the CBS News program "60 Minutes" and has covered major news stories domestically and across the globe for CBS News in his long career as a journalist.

"Bill Whitaker has been an outstanding broadcast journalist for almost 40 years," said Radio Television Digital News Foundation Chair Vincent Duffy. "From his start at KQED in San Francisco, to his work today on ‘60 Minutes,' Bill has covered presidents, the OJ Simpson trial, and important stories all over the globe. Throughout his career, he has brought important stories to light, brought concern and smiles to our faces, and showed a generation of journalists how the job should be done."

Since joining "60 Minutes" in 2014, Whitaker's reporting has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East, including a timely investigation of the vetting process Syrian refugees undergo before coming to the U.S. and an interview with the highest ranking North Korean official to defect in decades.

Domestically, his award-winning stories have provided keen insights into the hot-button issue of race and policing in America with his reports from Cleveland, Chicago and most recently, Tulsa, Okla., where he got the news-making first interview with the city police officer accused of manslaughter for shooting an unarmed black man. He has chronicled the epic battle to capture and hold Mexico's infamous drug lord Joaquin "el Chapo" Guzman, and has also drawn attention to death penalty issues and America's heroin epidemic.

In 2017, Whitaker received the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the RTDNF. He will be presented with this year's Paul White Award on Friday, September 28 at Excellence in Journalism 2018 in Baltimore.

iHeartMedia/Tampa Names Russell Robertson SVP/Sales

Russell Robertson
Russell Robertson
iHeartMedia has named Russell Robertson Senior Vice President of Sales for Tampa Bay, effective immediately. Robertson will be responsible for leading a team of talented sales managers and professionals to provide advertising and marketing partners with first-in-class assets designed to help them achieve their marketing goals and report to Chris Soechtig, Market President for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay.

"I'm thrilled to have Russell join our team", said Soechtig. "His 10+ years of experience in iHeartMedia's Pacific Northwest & San Diego Regions coupled with his passion for helping clients grow their business makes him the ideal choice for SVPS in Tampa Bay."

Russell comes to Tampa from iHeartMedia Seattle, where he most recently served as the SVPS. He also served as the General Sales Manager for KOZ, KGB, KLSD, and Chargers Radio Broadcast for iHeartMedia San Diego.

"I am very thankful for the opportunity I had in Seattle and working with some amazing broadcasters. The opportunity to be in my home state working with the Tampa iHeartMedia team was an opportunity I had to pursue," said Robertson. "The last 17 years with iHeartMedia has allowed me the chance to work in amazing markets like San Diego, Seattle and now Tampa. My wife Amanda, my kids Tori and Zack and I are looking forward to settling in and making Tampa home."

Alan Kirshbom Named iHeartMedia Market President for Raleigh

Alan Kirshbom
Alan Kirshbom
Alan Kirshbom has been named Market President for iHeartMedia/Raleigh, effective immediately. He'll spearhead all aspects of the market's operations including sales, programming, digital, events and promotion initiatives, and report to Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia's Virginia/Carolina Region.

"We are thrilled to have Alan leading our team in Raleigh and are confident he'll have an immediate and positive impact in the market," said Carwile. "Alan combines a proven track record of sales leadership, creating culture and driving revenue growth. He will provide a great compliment to our outstanding sales and programming leadership for our stations."

Kirshbom joins iHeartMedia Raleigh after previously serving as the Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus in Memphis, Tennessee. He also served as Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom in Austin, Texas and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kirshbom began his career at WRNO in New Orleans and is a graduate of the University of New Orleans.

"iHeartMedia's Virginia/Carolina Region has assembled a world class winning team armed with all the innovative tools iHeartMedia has to offer," said Kirshbom. "I am proud and thrilled to call Raleigh my new home. Together, we will continue to raise the bar on delivering successful marketing solutions for our clients and serving our community."

Max Media/Norfolk Chooses Eastlan As Ratings Provider

After an extended period of operating without audience ratings, Max Media will again be a ratings subscriber but this time with Eastlan Ratings. Under the terms of a new multi-year agreement, Eastlan Ratings will field its initial audience measurement study in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News market in Summer 2018.

"We needed a ratings system to again measure growth within our building," remarked Max Media Norfolk GM Keith Barton. "We feel Eastlan is a perfect alternative and costs a fraction of Nielsen."

Just up the road in Virginia, Centennial Broadcasting announced a long-term renewal with Eastlan in their Winchester/Leesburg and Fredericksburg clusters. Market Manager Mark Bass said, "We did extensive research before moving from Nielsen to Eastlan three years ago and discovered they have a lot of happy clients. Now after three years of experience using Eastlan, we find that contrary to what some would have lead us to believe, we've seen no negative impact or attrition from either our National, Regional or Local advertisers."

CRS Announces Morgan as President's Award Recipient

Charlie Morgan
Charlie Morgan
The Country Radio Broadcasters announces Charlie Morgan as the recipient of the 2018 President's Award. The award will be presented during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony, to be held on Wednesday, June 20 in Nashville. Morgan is Senior VP/Market Manager of Emmis New York, which includes WBLS, WLIB and WQHT. He also oversees the company's cluster in Indianapolis, which includes WIBC, WFNI, WYXB, WLHK and Network Indiana.

A Butler University graduate, Morgan has over 35 years of radio experience, the first 23 years with Susquehanna (now Cumulus) Radio, (WFMS/WJJK/WISG) in roles from Morning host to SVP/Market Manager. In 2007, Morgan joined the team at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, serving as President and COO of IMS Productions. In 2009, he returned to radio joining the Emmis team managing the Indianapolis cluster for seven years (WLHK, WIBC, WYXB, WFNI) and now the Emmis New York cluster (WBLS, WQHT, WLIB).

Morgan has been recognized for his leadership in radio, honored on multiple occasions as one of the top managers in radio, most recently in 2016. He's served the industry as President of the Board of the Country Radio Broadcasters and is a current Board Member of the Country Music Association, the New York Market Radio Group (NYMRAD), and the New York State Broadcast Association.

CRB/CRS President Kurt Johnson commented, "Charlie is simply one of the best at what he does. And he does a lot. It's hard to think of anyone who's made more impact as a leader across a diverse list of organizations in and around Country Radio, earning accolades at every step. He's been a fixture at CRB and CRS for years and is a good friend to artists, managers, labels, DJs... basically pro's in every part of Country music. Charlie personifies the spirit of CRS and I'm proud to give him the President's Award on behalf or the CRB Board."

iHeartMedia Seattle Names Mark Glynn Senior VP/Sales

iHeartMedia appoints Mark Glynn as Senior VP/Sales for its cluster in Seattle, effective immediately. Glynn most recently served as a Vice President of Sales for TTWN, KBKS and KUBE in Seattle. He began his career at iHeartMedia Minneapolis and is a graduate of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He'll report to President, Pacific Northwest Region Robert Dove.

"Mark has a successful track record in the Seattle market with strong established relationships," said Dove. "I look forward to working with him as we continue to leverage iHeartMedia Seattle's iconic station brands and unmatched market reach to build a robust sales strategy."

"I'm honored to be given the opportunity to lead the sales organization for iHeartMedia Seattle," added Glynn. "Audio is booming, and iHeartMedia Seattle is in a fantastic position to help advertisers get their messages heard by leveraging their eight iconic radio stations and lineup of superstar influencer talent."

Green Joins Sun & Fun Media as Chief Revenue Officer

Dennis Green
Dennis Green
Sun & Fun Media appoints veteran radio affiliate sales executive Dennis Green as Chief Revenue Officer for the company. In the newly created post, Green will lead the development of new products and services for radio stations, and will manage an affiliate sales team. He'll continue to be based in New York. Green joins Sun & Fun Media following a 22-year run at Westwood One, where he was Senior VP/Affiliate Sales and Broadcast Operations. He's also served as VP/Broadcast Operations and Affiliate Sales for Cumulus Media Networks.

Sun & Fun Media CEO/co-Founder Rob Koblasz said, "Dennis Green is one of the most respected, experienced and trusted affiliate sales executives in the radio industry, and we are thrilled that he is joining Sun & Fun Media as Chief Revenue Officer. With Dennis' considerable expertise in radio operations and network radio sales, we will be able to offer our affiliates more and better solutions exclusively for barter than ever before."

Green added, "I am excited to tackle my next challenge in the media world with Sun & Fun Media. This company has enjoyed a track record of success for 22 years and I look forward to helping lead the charge to expand the company's product offerings and grow its affiliate base. Thanks to Sun & Fun Media Co-Founders Rob Koblasz and Roger Fray for this opportunity. To all our current and soon-to-be affiliates: Prepare to be wowed."

Previously, Green was Head of Multimedia Syndication at Bloomberg in New York, and was also Director of Affiliate Sales and Operations, Illinois & Wisconsin Radio Networks. He holds a Master's degree in Sports Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. degree in Telecommunications/Political Science from Indiana University at Bloomington.

iHeartMedia Tucson Names Nick Wize as Assistant PD

Nick Wize
Nick Wize
Nick Wize is named Assistant Program Director for CHR KRQQ-FM, Rhythmic CHR KOHT-FM and Hot AC KMIY-FM (My 92.9), effective June 11. He'll also take over afternoons on KRQQ from 3-7pm weekdays. Wize was mostly recently with iHM Detroit, where his roles included Assistant Program Director and air talent for WKQI-FM. His background also includes working for stations in New York and Florida. He began his career at iHM/Detroit.

"I'm excited to sell my snow blower and join the amazing team at iHeartMedia Tucson," said Wize. "Special thanks to David Adams, Paul Kelley, D-Wayne Chavez and Mike Saffer for trusting me behind the mic of the legendary 93.7 KRQ."

Additionally, KRQQ and KOHT Program Director D-Wayne Chavez will move to afternoon drive on KOHT and Suzette Rodriguez shifts to the midday slot from 10am-3pm.

"Adding someone of Nick's caliber to the already strong KRQ lineup is like winning the lottery! Nick will be an extremely valuable addition to the team; both on and off the air," said SVP/Programming David Adams. "At the same time, DWayne's return to afternoon drive on KOHT is a game-changer for the station! Born & raised in Tucson, D-Wayne knows his city, his station and the Hot 98.3 audience, which makes him the ideal person for this key role. Finally, moving Suzette to middays brings her star power and charisma to this important daypart as well as enhances our local connection with our listeners."

"I'm looking forward to Nick joining iHeartmedia Tucson, with his knowledge and background he is the perfect fit to help take our team to the next level," said Chavez. "I am also excited to return to afternoons on KOHT for a second time and eager to bring back a live and local show to the station."

Texas A&M Aggies Announce Radio Changes for Metroplex

Texas A&M Athletics and multimedia rights holder, Learfield's Texas A&M Ventures, have announced changes to its radio affiliations in Dallas. Beginning this fall, listeners will be able to catch Aggie game action and related programming on KXEZ-FM (92.1) for the first time. Additionally, the relationship with KKGM-AM (1630) will be extended, and include football coverage in the new term. The multi-year station agreements are with Mortenson Broadcasting, which owns KKGM, and Metro Broadcasters/Texas, which owns KXEZ.

"We are very excited about this partnership and the ability to provide a consistent, reliable broadcast presence in the North Texas market," said Texas A&M Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs Douglas Walker. "Continuing our relationship with KKGM and adding KXEZ provides us with the best of both worlds in the radio marketplace in the Metroplex."

"We've always enjoyed being the home for Texas A&M basketball in DFW, and we are delighted to continue growing our relationship with Learfield and the university over the next three years and certainly look forward to adding Aggie football to KKGM," added Mortenson Broadcasting Owner Jack Mortenson.

Metro Broadcasters/Texas General Manager Joshua Jones said, "KXEZ is thrilled to become a broadcast affiliate for the Texas A&M Aggies. We couldn't be more proud to associate ourselves with such a storied football tradition, and we're also in awe of their incredible success in basketball."

Futuri Media's TopLine Adds Mapping Capabilities

Futuri Media
Futuri Media
Futuri Media has announced that its TopLine system has added the TopLine-MapIt feature, which creates custom maps showing stations' geographic reach relevant to a potential client's business. The new service is now available to display sales research for business categories for TopLine subscribers. TopLine provides resources for sales teams in the field at every step in the sales process, from positioning to presenting and closing.

Earlier this year, TopLine also announced a new Appointment Prep Report feature, which includes Decision-Maker Personality Profiles: Information to help determine the best way to communicate with prospects and key decision makers. The report includes an overview of their personality-type, tips to communicate effectively, and how to set the agenda for the best meeting.

The TopLine-MapIt feature, which is included in all TopLine subscriptions, provides audience and consumer mapping capabilities. These maps overlay the stations' geographic reach with data that's specifically relevant to a client's business. The end goal is to provide buyers with an effective visualization to demonstrate how station audiences geographically relate to a sponsor's brand and business goals.

"Data is a crucial tool for making decisions, but there's just so much of it. We built TopLine on turning that data into insights, and that helped us deliver more than $100 million in revenue to our partners in 2017," said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. "As data-visualization becomes an increasingly important part of the broadcast marketing sales and engagement landscape, we're committed to providing even more tools to develop and close business."

News Radio Audience Jumps Following Hurricane Maria

Nielsen Audio
Nielsen Audio
Radio broadcasters stay attuned to what's happening in their local communities, particularly during times of hardship or natural disaster. Its unique capacity to reach remote areas during times of catastrophe, radio continues to be a lifeline to the most vulnerable in times of crisis. The fall of 2017 was one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, and results from Nielsen Audio showed a 100,000+ gain in Puerto Rico news radio listeners in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

In Puerto Rico, which is a Nielsen radio diary market, the just-released winter 2018 survey reveals the rise in listening to news-formatted radio stations as a result of last year's tumultuous weather. Nielsen's fall 2017 survey was not conducted after measurement operations were suspended following Hurricane Maria's landfall on September 20, 2017. As infrastructure recovery has progressed, however, Nielsen has been able to resume surveying on the island.

As detailed in the chart below, which combines all of the news-formatted radio stations Nielsen measures in Puerto Rico (16 of them carrying the News/Talk format and another five broadcasting Spanish News/Talk), tune-in across Puerto Rico spiked significantly during the winter survey when compared against previous survey periods.

During the Winter 2018 Nielsen audio survey in Puerto Rico, more than 991 thousand listeners each week (aged 12 and older) were tuning to a news-formatted radio station. This marks an increase of more than 100,000 weekly listeners from the most recent survey, Summer 2017.

This mirrors the same patterns we observed in both Texas and Florida with audiences tuning to the radio for news and information following such a disruptive hurricane season. During the September portable people meter (PPM) survey, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas (on Aug. 25th) while just two weeks later Hurricane Irma came ashore in Florida (on Sept. 10). Nine different major markets were affected by these two storms. While each one was unique, there is a common thread of tune-in to local news radio stations increasing dramatically during the week those storms arrived. Regardless of evacuations, flooding, or power outages, the reach of local news radio stations spiked during the specific week those hurricanes rumbled into town.

Changes & Moves
Melissa Forman
Melissa Forman
Melissa Forman returns to WLIT-FM (93.9 Lite FM) Chicago as morning host weekdays from 61-10am, effective May 29.Forman, a Chicago native, hosted mornings on the More

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