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Staudt Exits iHM as VP/Podcasting, Launches Jam Street Media

Matty Staudt
Matty Staudt

iHeartRadio VP/Podcast Programming Matty Staudt exits to launch Jam Street Media as President. The 30-year radio veteran will be joined at the new company by Jessica Navarro, who served as Executive VP and Head of Production at Mark Wahlberg's Unrealistic Ideas. Previously, Staudt was Digital PD at iHM's cluster in San Francisco cluster before being upped to VP/Podcast Programming in May, 2108. In addition, he also is the host of HeartRadio's popular "Access Podcast."

Staudt said, "I have loved my time at iHeart and getting to be radio's first VP/Podcast Programming was the culmination of 29 years of work in radio, eight years in higher education, and 12 years in podcasting. In the time I have spent with iHeart I have been able to help launch hundreds of podcasts and create podcast networks in every major market in the United States. The talent at iHeart is the best and it's been my pleasure to work with them and help them move forward into the world of podcasting."

Staudt began his career at his hometown station WQZK-FM/Winchester, VA and has since worked as a producer, consultant and mentor at stations across the country. In 2008, he became part of the startup team and first director of content and community for the podcasting app, Stitcher before moving to Premiere Networks as a consulting producer. He's also a teacher at the Academy of Art University where he developed the first podcast production program of its kind in the U.S. and their first branded content course.

Staudt also said he would continue to host "Access Podcast" for iHeartRadio. Find out more about the new company at jamstreetmedia.com.

MacDonald/Saginaw Names Brian Hatfield Operations Director

Brian Hatfield
Brian Hatfield

Veteran radio programmer and Michigan native Brian Hatfield is appointed Operations Director for MacDonald Broadcasting in Saginaw, MI, effective immediately. He also becomes Program Director for Country WKCQ-FM (98-KCQ), while overseeing operations of Adult Hits WMJO-FM (97.3 Joe FM) and AC simulcast partners WSAM-AM and WSAG-FM (The Bay). Hatfield replaces Greg Cole, who held the post since 2011. Most recently, he headed Hatfield Media and was National Sales Director for the Radiomax mobile app.

Hatfield previously served as Assistant PD/MD and afternoon talent at Country KYGO-FM/Denver. Prior to that, Hatfield was Music Director and afternoon host at KCYY-FM/San Antonio. He also spent nine years with Clear Channel's Country WKSF-FM/Asheville, NC. Hatfield has also worked for WKKT and WSOC/Charlotte, WYCD/Detroit, KKAT/Salt Lake City and WTQR/Greensboro.

During his career, Hatfield has won CMA Station of the Year 2009 and Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Aircheck Music Director of the Year 2010 and 2011.

WHMP/Northampton Renames Studio in Honor of Kuschka

Barbara Kuschka
Barbara Kuschka

News/Talk WHMP-AM/Northampton, MA, which also puts a signal into Springfield, has renamed its studio in honor of Traffic Manager Barbara Kuschka, who recently celebrated 50 years at the station, reports the Daily Hampshire Gazette. "We are now, and in the future will be, broadcasting live from the Barbara J. Kuschka WHMP studio," proclaimed host Bill Newman during his show this week.

Since she began work in 1969, Kuschka has been a behind the scenes figure who one person described to the Gazette as "the glue that holds the station together in her work as traffic manager."

"Making sure that the right commercial gets on at the right time," was how Kuschka nonchalantly described her job. "It's like the hub; everything goes through traffic," said MJ Fowler.

Kuschka started working at WHMP, now a part of Saga's Northampton Radio Group, as senior at St. Michael's High School. "I remember listening to the radio when I was like 4," Kuschka said, noting that she used to carry a transistor radio, listening just about everywhere, wrote the Gazette.

Hugh Massey, who arrived as a news reporter at the station in 1972, just three years after Kuschka told the newspaper that Kuschka ran a tight ship. "She was just amazing," he said. "If I had something missing that needed to get done, I'd get a phone call... She will remain a legend."

Looking back on 50 years, Kuschka said it is funny that all these years later, she's still working at the same place, listening to the same songs she did all those years ago when she first started. And she has no plans to quit any time soon.


iHeartMedia Reclaims WHFX-FM (107.7 The Fox)/Brunswick GA

Sun and Snow Station Trust returns Rock WHFX-FM (107.7 The Fox)/Brunswick, GA to iHeartMedia and its AMFM Radio Licenses. Earlier this month, the FCC approved a city of license change for co-owned Urban AC WSOL-FM (V101.5) from the Brunswick, GA market to Yulee, FL in the Jacksonville market.

The station was previously divested when iHM proposed its bankruptcy reorganization plan earlier this year in order to comply with current FCC ownership caps. With the reassignment, the divestiture is no longer needed and iHM keeps its five-station cluster intact there, which also includes Country WYNR (102.5), CHR WQGA (103-Q), News/Talk WGIG-AM (Real Radio 1440) and Gospel WBGA (Hallelujah 96.3).

iHeartMedia Returns to NASDAQ, Stock Opens at $16.45

iHeartMedia returned to the public markets on Thursday, after emerging from bankruptcy earlier this year. The company's Class A shares, listed under the symbol "IHRT" on Nasdaq, opened at $16.45 and were down 1.8% in morning trading.

In an 8K filing with the SEC earlier this week, iHeartMedia revealed preliminary results of operations for the second quarter of 2019 with revenues rising 2.4% to $913 million from $892 million. Operating income (OI) fell to $180 million from $181 million, while Adjusted EBITDA grew 3.1% to $263 million from $255 million.

DAS Issues Guidance for August Mandatory National EAS Test

Digital Alert Systems
Digital Alert Systems

Digital Alert Systems has announced guidance ahead of the next National Periodic Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), scheduled for August 7 at 2:20pm ET. All broadcasters must participate in the test, which is conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

"This year's national EAS test is happening almost two months earlier than last year's, so now is a good time to start preparing if you haven't already. We put together a brief with the necessary steps people must take and recommendations that will help ensure a successful test," said Monroe Electronics and Digital Alert Systems Senior Director of Strategy and Government Affairs Ed Czarnecki. "The FCC issued a report on the outcome of the 2018 test and noted that, for the small percentage of test failures, the main problems were audio quality issues, equipment misconfigurations, out-of-date software, and device failure. Our readiness document can help operators avoid those pitfalls."

An important part of the test procedure is submitting the required forms through the FCC's EAS Test Reporting System site (ETRS). Form One, which covers EAS equipment status, was due by July 3. Form Two, which will track how the system performs on the day of the test, is due on August 7. Finally, Form Three, which will cover additional detail on any test issues or failures, is due by September 23.

In addition to completing the required paperwork, EAS participants should take other steps to prepare for the test. These steps include checking that EAS equipment is powered on and operating and that backup power is functional; ensuring that the equipment's radio monitors are tuned to the appropriate monitoring sources to accept national alerts; and ensuring that the equipment's software is updated.

"The Digital Alert Systems guidance is intended not just for DASDEC and One-Net users, but for any EAS participant. These national tests are most effective when everyone is prepared and the technology is ready to go, so we invite everyone to share the document within your organizations," added Czarnecki.

Digital Alert Systems' preparation document is available to all at www.digitalalertsystems.com/DAS_PDF/DAS%20FSB-7119.pdf.

2019 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the finalists for the 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards are recognizing two new award categories, "Legendary Manager of the Year" and "Best Radio Station Podcast." Additionally, "Best College Radio Station of the Year," has been renamed from "Noncommercial Station of the Year."

Legendary Station of the Year
KCBS-AM, San Francisco, CA
KNX-AM, Los Angeles, CA
KRTH-FM, Los Angeles, CA
WBAL-AM, Baltimore, MD
WBAP-AM, Dallas, TX

Legendary Manager of the Year
Ben Downs, Bryan Broadcasting, College Station, TX
Charlie Morgan, WQHT-FM, WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM, New York, NY
Dan Seeman, Hubbard Twin Cities and Hubbard North, St. Paul, MN
Mark Anderson, WBZZ-FM and WDSY-FM, Pittsburgh, PA
Nick Martin, Big River Broadcasting, Florence, AL

Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year
Bob Lacey & Sheri Lynch, Now Media
Elvis Duran, Premiere Networks
Rickey Smiley, Reach Media, Inc.
Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Networks
Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Networks

Major Market Personality of the Year
Ebro Darden, WQHT-FM, New York, NY
Ellen K, KOST-FM/KBIG-FM, Los Angeles, CA
Felger & Massarotti, WBZ-FM, Boston, MA
Preston & Steve, WMMR-FM, Philadelphia, PA
The Musers, KTCK-AM, Dallas, TX

Large Market Personality of the Year
Crisco, Dez and Ryan, KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN
Jack Harris, WFLA-AM, Tampa, FL
Mercedes Martinez, KMXB-FM, Las Vegas, NV
Mike Calta, WHPT-FM, St. Petersburg, FL
Mojo, WKQI-FM, Detroit, MI

Medium Market Personality of the Year
Brent Lane, WYCT-FM, Pensacola, FL
Buzz Jackson, KIIM-FM, Tucson, AZ
Harlen The Sports Guy and Pigskin Bob, KYKX-FM, Tyler, TX
Jeff and Amanda, WKRZ-FM, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Mike Street, WBTJ-FM, Richmond, VA

Small Market Personality of the Year
Brent Carl Fleshman, WHUB-FM, Cookeville, TN
Chris and Rosie, WUSQ-FM, Winchester, VA
Glenner Anderson, KXLR-FM, Fairbanks, AK
Scotty and Catryna, KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO
Shags & Trevor, KCMG-FM, Columbia, MO

Major Market Station of the Year
KIIS-FM, Los Angeles, CA
WKYS-FM, Washington, D.C.
WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C.
WWPR-FM, New York, NY
WYCD-FM, Detroit, MI

Large Market Station of the Year
KOA-AM, Denver, CO
KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN
KQMV-FM, Bellevue, WA
WMTX-FM, Tampa, FL
WXTB-FM, Tampa, FL

Medium Market Station of the Year
KIPR-FM, Little Rock, AR
KRMG-FM, Tulsa, OK
WHKO-FM, Dayton, OH
WKHK-FM, Richmond, VA
WSSL-FM, Greenville, SC

Small Market Station of the Year
KFGO-AM, Fargo, ND
KROX-AM, Crookston, MN
KWYO-AM, Sheridan, WY
WNDH-FM, North Canton, OH
WXLP-FM, Davenport, IA

Best Radio Podcast of the Year
"Behind the Song," WDRV-FM, Chicago, IL
"Denied Justice Podcast," WCCO-AM, Minneapolis, MN
"Garage Logic," Hubbard Radio, St. Paul, MN
"On the Table," NET, Lincoln, NE
"What Had Happened Was," WHIO-FM, Dayton, OH

AC Station of the Year
KODA-FM, Houston, TX
KRWM-FM, Bellevue, WA
WBZZ-FM, Pittsburgh, PA
WMAG-FM, Greensboro, NC
WSHE-FM, Chicago, IL

CHR Station of the Year
KRBE-FM, Houston, TX
KTXY-FM, Columbia, MO
WKZL-FM, Greensboro, NC
WQHT-FM, New York, NY
WWPW-FM, Atlanta, GA

Classic Hits Station of the Year
WMGK-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WMJI-FM, Cleveland, OH
WMMO-FM, Orlando, FL
WOGL-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WXGL-FM, St. Petersburg, FL

College Radio Station of the Year
WHPC-FM, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY
WMSC-FM, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
WRCC-FM, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
WRHU-FM, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
WSOU-FM, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Country Station of the Year
KILT-FM, Houston, TX
KSCS-FM, Dallas, TX
KUBL-FM, Salt Lake City, UT
KYGO-FM, Denver, CO
WQHK-FM, Fort Wayne, IN

News/Talk Station of the Year
KIRO-FM, Seattle, WA
KTMY-FM, St. Paul, MN
WDBO-FM, Orlando, FL
WINS-AM, New York, NY
WKXW-FM, Trenton, NJ

Religious Station of the Year
KKFS-FM, Sacramento, CA
KKJM-FM, St. Cloud, MN
KNWI-FM, West Des Moines, IA
KPWJ-FM, College Station, TX
WRVL-FM, Lynchburg, VA

Rock Station of the Year
KISS-FM, San Antonio, TX
WCSX-FM, Detroit, MI
WIYY-FM, Baltimore, MD
WPLR-FM, New Haven, CT
WRIF-FM, Detroit, MI

Spanish Station of the Year
KLNZ-FM, Los Angeles, CA
KLOL-FM, Houston, TX
KLZT-FM, Austin, TX
WOJO-FM, San Diego, CA
WYUU-FM, Tampa, FL

Sports Station of the Year
KFXN-FM, Minneapolis, MN
WBZ-FM, Boston, MA
WIP-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WKRK-FM, Cleveland, OH
WXYT-FM, Detroit, MI

Urban Station of the Year
KBLX-FM, San Francisco, CA
WBLS-FM, New York, NY
WGCI-FM, Chicago, IL
WHQT-FM, Hollywood, FL
WPEG-FM, Charlotte, NC

The winners will be announced September 26 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, held during the 2019 Radio Show in Dallas, Texas.

Meruelo Media Flips KXOS-FM/Los Angeles to ''Cali 93.9''


Meruelo Media flips Regional Mexican KXOS-FM/Los Angeles to the all-new "Cali 93.9" with slogan "#1 for Reggaeton and More." The station made the move at 9:39am Thursday with a completely bi-lingual presentation. In addition to the format change, Meruelo Media has started the process of changing the station's call letters from KXOS to KLLI to match the new format.

Interim Program Director DJ E-Man said, "Cali 93.9 features the best uptempo hit music by today's Latin superstars. Cali 93.9 is the new home of superstars like J Balvin, Maluma, Bad Bunny and Cardi B. These artists are mass appeal, from being featured at Coachella to the Grammys, Cali 93.9 is the sound of Southern Cali."

On the sales side, Irma Barrios will add Cali 93.9 in addition to serving as General Manager for Meruelo Media's flagship television station KWHY-TV. Dianna Jason, the current VP of marketing for Meruelo Media, will take over marketing responsibilities for Cali 93.9. Air talent and other department heads will be named shortly.

Meruelo Media President Otto Padron said, "Cali 93.9 will be the most "Caliente" station in Cali! Not just because the music transcends language as it has exploded into mainstream popularity; but because we will place this format on one of the most powerful radio signals in Los Angeles, the new Cali 93.9."


Educational Media Foundation Names Bill Reeves as CEO

Bill Reeves
Bill Reeves

Educational Media Foundation (EMF), parent company of K-Love and Air1, hires Bill Reeves as Chief Executive Officer. He comes to EMF from The WTA Group, a company he founded and served as president. EMF has acquired WTA, which develops production, marketing and distribution strategies. Reeves will relocate to Rocklin, CA, where EMF and most of its 400 employees work. The WTA Group remains based in Nashville.

"God always sends the right person at the right time. Bill's unique skill set and personality are a great match with our current and future needs, and his vast media experience complements radio as we take our first step toward becoming a more diversified media ministry," said Alan Mason, interim CEO and President of EMF.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of this expanded role with EMF," said Reeves. "K-Love and Air1 have tremendous impact on our culture, and I look forward to continuing to grow that impact and reach both through the radio networks and through new media in the future."

Christian Music Broadcasters Executive Director Michelle Younkman commented, "The CMB family is excited for the EMF family. Our prayer is that God continues to use K-Love and Air1 to touch people's lives and make an impact on the Kingdom. Who better than Bill Reeves to lead that charge?"

WWO 24/7 Ups George King to VP/GM, Sundstrom to VP/AS

George King
George King

Cumulus Media's Westwood One elevates two key execs in its 24-Hour Formats division. George King (pictured) rises to VP/General Manager from VP/Programming for Country. He'll oversee all programming and affiliate management for the company's 24-Hour Formats, with a focus on growth in new markets. Additionally, 24-Hour format veteran Eric Sundstrom is named VP/Affiliate Sales moving up from from Regional Affiliate Manager.

"George is both a gifted, experienced programmer and a big strategic thinker, and he'll bring both skills to bear with our customers at 24-Hour Formats," commented Westwood One President of Programming Kirk Stirland.. "Very few people understand the local radio marketplace like Eric, which makes him a smart choice for this leadership role. With George and Eric at the helm, we'll continue to bring high-quality radio to the traditional 24-hour format marketplace, as well make an impact in larger markets that require different features and qualities."

Before joining Westwood One in 2014, King was Regional Operations Manager for Townsquare in Ft. Collins, CO. He also held programming and operations roles for Cox and Clear Channel in San Antonio and at WMZQ/Washington DC. Sundstrom has been in affiliate management at Westwood One for more than 20 years. He also served in program management positions in local radio, including at KRST-FM, KRZY and KKOB-FM in Albuquerque.

KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute Begins Monday in Kentucky

KBAWKU Radio Talent Institute
KBAWKU Radio Talent Institute

Kentucky Broadcasters Association President Chris Winkle will welcome students from five universities as the KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute begins Monday, July 22 on the Western Kentucky University campus. Taking on the opening session is Chris Lytle of Instant Sales Training and the author of "The Accidental Salesperson" and "The Accidental Sales Manager." He'll be followed by a group of radio pros from around the state and region.

Sales and management sessions will be led by NAB Executive VP Steve Newberry, CapCity Communications Kentucky and Seven Mountains Media Pennsylvania CEO Kristin Cantrell, Forever Communications Bowling Green President Christine Hillard, Forcht Broadcasting Somerset KY President/CEO Mike Tarter, Heritage Media Leitchfield KY President/CEO Mark Buckles, Commonwealth Communications Bowling Green COO Dale Thornhill and Commonwealth Communications Chief Revenue Officer Derron Steenbergen, who's also President of Swagger Institute.

Over the ten days they are joined by more broadcasters from iHeartMedia, SummitMedia and others, including a visit to the Cumulus studios in Nashville for a tour and to learn from sports broadcasters, and next Friday, Alpha Media's Ben Davis and Kelly K Show from WDJX/Louisville will be broadcasting live from the Institute with the students as the live studio audience.

The students will be certified as RAB Radio Marketing Professionals by the RAB. Bud Walters, President of the Cromwell Radio Group Nashville, will be doing the closing session.

"We can't stand on the sidelines wondering where the next generation of broadcasters will come from. We have to be proactive and intentional in our efforts to assist students on their journey into broadcasting, culminating with job placement," said Winkle.

This is the 7th annual KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute this summer along with the Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State in North Carolina, the Beasley Radio Talent Institute at Emerson College in Boston, the GAB Radio Talent Institute at University of Georgia, TAB Radio Talent Institute at the University of Tennessee, Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University, and the MBA Radio Talent Institute at Northwest Missouri State University.

CRB Announces Third Installment of CRS360 Webinar Series


Country Radio Broadcasters will hold the next installment of its recently-launched CRS360 webinar series on Thursday, July 25th at 12pm (CDT), with an episode titled "Country Radio 2019: Mid-Year Ratings and State of The Format Report." Panelists for this episode include KILT/Houston PD Chris Huff and KNCI/Sacramento PD Joey Tack. The conversation will be moderated by MCA Nashville SVP/Promotion Katie Dean.

"Our July CRS360 episode takes a look at the format's mid-year ratings report card, examining national shares in key demos, comparing PPM and diary-measured markets, and highlighting success stories in certain markets, and, at specific stations," said CRS Executive Director RJ Curtis. The July session will include a broader "state of the format" discussion, with a goal of identifying potentially strong music trends, emerging artists, and how Country radio can better compete with other platforms exposing Country music."

He continued, "Just like sessions at CRS each year, the purpose of our monthly CRS360 webinar is to provide valuable, timely information and actionable takeaways which help our constituents better serve their respective communities, and broaden the appeal of Country music."

Upcoming CRS360 topics to be covered during 2019 include revisiting continuous measurement in diary markets and a look at podcasting for radio personalities. Viewing CRS360 is free, but slots are limited so those interested should pre-register.


KOA/Denver to Debut the New ''Broncos Country Tonight''


KOA (NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM)/Denver will debut a new show, "Broncos Country Tonight," effective Friday, July 19. The program will air weekday evenings from 4-10pm as KOA celebrates its 50th season as the Denver Broncos flagship station. "Broncos Country Tonight" will feature legendary Denver Broncos play-by-play announcer Dave Logan, Denver Broncos color analyst Rick Lewis as well as popular sports air personalities Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright.

The daily show will give listeners an inside look into the Denver Broncos and will cover all aspects of the team including Denver Broncos Training Camp, NFL Hall of Fame Game and plenty of preseason action.

"'Broncos Country Tonight' solidifies the strong partnership between the Denver Broncos, iHeartMedia's KOA NewsRadio and top sports on-air personalities such as Dave Logan and Rick Lewis," said iHeartMedia Denver Region President Tim Hager. "From the Denver Broncos Training Camp to behind the scenes preseason coverage, this show will attract a huge following and we're excited to welcome it to our heritage station."

New Webinar Available: Radio Demographic Myths Busted

Coffee with Envision
Coffee with Envision

Envision Networks held their latest "Coffee with Envision" webinar event this week and now is available on demand. The webinar, hosted by brand consultant/No Borders Radio "Brandfather" Brian Burns and Radio Consulting Services President/easy fm programmer Jon Holiday, separated facts from radio listening myths of Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomers. The "Demographics for a New Age of Radio" video is available online for free.

In the first part of the webinar Brian Burns tackled common programming misconceptions about Millennial demographics. Brian shared "It's not about the brand anymore, it's about the content."

Jon Holiday followed with common programming myths about Baby Boomer and Gen X demographics. Jon shared "While the Millennials are sharing stuff, Boomers are buying stuff."

iHeartRadio, Pride Media Team to Launch LGBTQ+ Podcasts

iHeartMedia and Pride Media, a LGBTQ+ media company, have announced a partnership to co-produce a slate of LGBTQ+ podcasts in 2019-2020 that will be available on the iHeartRadio app. Pride Media is the home to publications including Out, The Advocate and Pride. The partnership will kick off with the launch of "The Outcast," a new iHeartRadio Original podcast co-produced with Out magazine.

Hosted by Fran Tirado, Deputy Editor of Out magazine, this weekly podcast will explore queer and queer-adjacent topics as they pertain to politics, pop culture, fashion, relationships, money and more. Each episode dives into one theme or story -- some tied to timely news topics, others evergreen -- expanding on Out magazine's brand of coverage using a combination of interviews, reporting and roundtable discussions. The first episode of the series will launch on July 18.

"A podcast by the world's premiere queer media brand is long overdue, and I am more than honored to help it along the way," said Tirado. "Podcasting and audio storytelling, particularly in the LGBTQ+ space, needs more voices in it. I can't wait to help elevate and uplift those voices."

"Pride Media has long been committed to providing relevant and engaging content for the LGBTQ+ community - whether we're creating a podcast on dating and relationships, or sharing accurate, comprehensive health information," added Pride Media interim CEO Orlando Reece. "We've seen the power of podcasting firsthand, and we're looking forward to collaborating with the leading podcast platform to create shows that we know our audience will love. By combining our established brand with iHeart's massive scale, we'll be able to reach even more LGBTQ+ individuals across the country through audio."

iHeartMedia will also welcome "Food 4 Thot," a podcast hosted by four queer men who discuss sex, relationships, race and identity, to the iHeartPodcast Network this month. In addition, iHeartMedia and Pride Media will co-create and launch a slate of new podcasts in 2019-2020 with more to be announced.

"At iHeartMedia, our goal is to connect exceptional content with diverse audiences," said iHeartMedia Podcast Network President Conal Byrne. "Pride Media has been an authentic voice for the LGBTQ+ community for years, and this partnership would not be possible without their unique expertise. We are proud to partner with them to create and distribute exciting new podcasts for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond."

"I'm so thrilled that Fran is blessing us with his unique talents in the podcasting space," said Out Editor-in-Chief Phillip Picardi. "Under his vision and direction, I'm hopeful that the stories we're so proud to tell at Out will be given new dimension and texture."

Meruelo Media Closes on KLOS and KXOS in Los Angeles

Meruelo Media
Meruelo Media

Meruelo Media has closed on its purchase of Rock KLOS-FM (95.5)/Los Angeles from Cumulus Media and Regional Mexican KXOS-FM (93.9) from Grupo Radio Centro. KLOS and KXOS become the sixth and seventh stations in Meruelo Media's Los Angeles cluster, which includes KPWR-FM, KDAY-FM and KDEY-FM, as well as television stations KWHY-TV and KBEH. Meruelo Media plans to relocate KLOS's operations from Culver City to its Burbank facility later this year, while KXOS already operates there.

The company's current executive team is taking the reins of KLOS's operations, with Otto Padron serving as interim Market Manager, Tomas Trujillo overseeing the day-to-day operations, VP of Client Solutions David Criscitelli overseeing sales activities and VP of Marketing Dianna Jason overseeing communication and marketing activities. KLOS PD Keith Cunningham will continue to serve in his role.

Irma Barrios adds KXOS to her existing duties as General Manager of KWHY-TV and Emmanuel "DJ E-Man" Coquia will assume interim music and programming duties for KXOS.

Meruelo Media President Otto Padron said, "Two closes in one day. We are thrilled to add 93.9 KXOS and 95.5 KLOS to the Meruelo Media family. This is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in LA media."

Speaking about KLOS, he continued, "We are absolutely committed to the amazing heritage Rock brand of KLOS. We are electrified to officially close on our purchase of the station and begin a new chapter of this legendary brand together with its amazing cadre of talented employees and iconic personalities. It will give Meruelo Media great scale and access to a highly desirable market sector in addition to giving our clients and partners a newly energized local option."

Padron added, "In turn, we will commit to KLOS our deep hyper-local operational and content resources that will drive significant audience growth for a larger share of advertising dollars." On KXOS, Padron said, "Stand by, exciting news about KXOS coming soon."

NuVoodoo Study Reveals Big Workplace Listening Opportunity

NuVoodoo Media Services has released results from its new Ratings Prospects Study 14. The new study was fielded in June and represents the opinions of over 3,000 respondents ages 14-54 from across all PPM markets.

Findings of the study reveal that a full 60% of likely ratings respondents identified say they listen to radio at work.

In addition, at-work listeners are more likely to listen to terrestrial radio for more hours and more days.

NuVoodoo will present the first installment of the NuVoodoo Fall webinar series, "How To Win The Workplace War in 2019" on Wednesday, July 24, with additional sessions on Wednesday, July 31, and Monday, August 5. Those interested can register here.

"We've chosen to start with a dive into at-work listening because the market for audio entertainment at work has never been bigger (or younger)," said Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Insights, NuVoodoo Media Services. "Fully 60% of the ratings-susceptible respondents we've identified say they listen at work. Savvy operators have been playing to this opportunity for decades, but the competition has never been more fierce."

EVP Mike O'Connor added, "In these new data, 24% say they spend at least an hour a day with terrestrial - but that number jumps to 41% among those who listen at work. 41% say they listen at least 5 days a week - but that jumps to 61% among those who listen at work. That's the potential for significant lift for programmers and marketers who play to this opportunity."

The NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study is conducted twice a year to learn more about those who are most likely to say "yes" to the opportunity to wear a meter or fill out a diary in order to provide NuVoodoo clients with competitive insights and advantages that they can exploit to capture higher ratings. This is the 14th Ratings Prospects Study that NuVoodoo has completed since 2011. The company shares the top-level findings of its studies with its radio broadcasting clients to develop winning next-generation marketing and programming strategies for stations of all formats in PPM markets.

Carolyn Gilbert, President and Chief Executive Officer, NuVoodoo Media Services, noted, "Our Ratings Prospects Study 14 revealed a significant opportunity for stations. Winning the workplace war for listeners should be at the forefront of all programmers' minds, and the devil is always in the details."


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