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NRG/Omaha Media Appoints Mark Shecterle as Market Manager

Mark Shecterle
Mark Shecterle

NRG Media appoints Mark Shecterle as Market Manager of its seven-station group in Omaha, effective December 10. He joins NRG Media with over 22 years in the radio broadcast industry and previously served as a VP/Sales for United States Traffic Network. Prior to that, Shecterle was General Sales Manager for Radio One's KROI-FM (News 92 FM)/Houston before rising to Director of Sales. He's also worked at Metro Networks as DOS and VP/GM of KRBE-FM Houston under the previous ownership of Susquehanna Radio.

"We are thrilled to have Mark join NRG. He brings extensive experience in management, sales and marketing to the Market. He understands the importance of NRG's mission to provide great local radio," stated NRG Media President/CEO Mary Quass. "We are confident with Mark's leadership, he will continue to develop innovative strategies for the market while providing great local radio."

"I look forward to the opportunity to work with a great team already in place at NRG Media in Omaha. I'm excited about the opportunity work with a very talented group of individuals, a great radio company. I look forward to calling Omaha home," added Shecterle.

Shecterle has served on the board of the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston and as a member of Houston Advertising Federation and the American Women in Radio & TV. He was named AWRT General Manager of the Year 2004 and AWRT VP of Sales, Manager of the Year 2017. He attended University of Wisconsin-Steven Point majoring in Communications.

Triton Digital Releases the August 2018 Top 20 Ranker

Triton Digital
Triton Digital

Triton Digital has released its monthly Top 20 Ranker for August. The Ranker is a listing of the top-performing digital audio stations and networks measured by the Webcast Metrics audience measurement platform, accredited by the MRC. Total listening for clients measured within the U.S. during August grew to 5.86 million Average Active Sessions from 5.65 million weekdays from 6am-8pm, and 5.02 million from 4.8 million AAS during Monday-Sunday 6am-midnight.

Here are few highlights:

  • Midweek listening shows peak AAS occurring at 2pm in August. Over the weekend, listening shows peak AAS at 1pm, before gradually declining throughout the afternoon.
  • When compared to July 2018, the R&B and Urban AC format showed the largest increase at 10.45% in AAS during the Monday through Friday, 6am-7pm daypart.
  • Looking at the Top 15 markets as compared to July 2018, the Phoenix market showed the largest listening increase at 10.04% in AAS during the Monday through Friday 6am to 7pm daypart, followed by Dallas-Forth Worth.
Here are the Top 20 in the U.S. for August, 2018:
  1. Spotify
  2. Pandora
  3. iHeartRadio
  4. NPR Member Stations
  5. Radio.com
  6. Cumulus Streaming Network
  7. Beasley Broadcast
  8. Univision
  9. AccuRadio
  10. EMF Corporate
  11. Hubbard Broadcasting
  12. ESPN Radio
  13. Salem Communications
  14. Urban One
  15. New York Public Radio
  16. Bonneville
  17. Emmis Communications
  18. Prisa Radio
  19. Entravision
  20. Saga Communications

Kasem Subject of ''48 Hours'' Investigation on Saturday

Legendary radio talent Casey Kasem, who died in June, 2014 at the age of 82 from what was called Parkinson's disease, will become the subject of a "48 Hours" investigation on CBS this Saturday night, reports the New York Post. He left behind an estate valued up to $100 million after founding and hosting the internationally syndicated "American Top 40." Following his death, there's been a family feud, which now includes allegations of murder and elder abuse. Jeannie Kasem -- Kasem's second wife -- is battling Kasem's three children (Kerri, Julie and Michael) from his first marriage.

"I have never seen such hatred within a family," said "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant during the upcoming episode. "Both sides tell credible, powerful stories, both proclaim their love for Casey and both blame the other and accuse the other of killing Casey -- and both use the word 'murder.'"

According to the Post, Jeannie claims that Kasem's three grown children conspired in 2007 to convince Kasem into signing over power of attorney, giving them control over his medical decisions. Jeannie then countersued the children for forcing Casey to return to a hospital in Gig Harbor, WA, where he eventually died.

"It was always about the money," she tells Van Sant. They, in turn, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jeannie claiming elder abuse when she moved Casey from a rehab facility in Santa Monica, CA, to a friend's home in Washington state. "Jean killed my father," Kerri Kasem tells Van Sant. "The only thing she ever wanted from my dad is money."

Van Sant, the Post reports, will also break the news on Saturday's "48 Hours" that police in Gig Harbor have opened an investigation into Casey's death, after a private eye hired by Jeannie concluded he was a homicide victim.

Kasem's body now lies rests in an unmarked grave in Oslo, Norway.

101.5 LITE FM/Miami Set For All-Holiday Music Flip


WLYF-FM (101.5 LITE FM) Miami will flip to an all-holiday music format, beginning November 21 at 3pm ET. The Entercom outlet will return to its regular AC format on December 26. Until then, the station will feature holiday classics from artists such as Bing Crosby, Andy Williams and Brenda Lee, along with contemporary artists like Kelly Clarkson, Jon Secada, Mariah Carey and Michael Buble.

"We're excited to share that for the first time ever, 101.5 LITE FM will play continuous sounds of the season as we look to bring joy to our listeners during this special time of year," said Entercom South Florida Senior VP/and Market Manager Keriann Worley. "Our listeners will be able to turn to our station 24/7 throughout the holiday season for a great blend of holiday favorites."

Entercom Launches ''Channel Q'' on KKHH-FM-HD2 Houston

Channel Q
Channel Q

Entercom launches LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network "Channel Q" on KKHH-FM (95.7 The Spot) Houston's HD2 channel. The new outlet will provides the latest in LGBTQ+ news and information, pop culture and new music. The lineup includes: "The Morning Beat" hosted by Jai Rodriguez and Mikalah Gordon (6-10am), "Dumb Gay Politics + Everything Else" hosted by Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard (10am-2pm Monday-Thursday) "Sidebar with John Duran" hosted by John Duran (10am-2pm Fridays), "No Things Considered with Kevin Klein & Ally Johnson" (12-2pm), "Our House" (2-4pm), "Let's Go There" hosted by Shira Lazar and Ryan Mitchell (4-7pm).

"Since its inception in October, 'Channel Q' (formerly known as 'Out Now') has provided a voice for the LGBTQ+ community, and we are very excited to bring that voice to the Houston area," said Entercom Houston Senior VP/Market Manager Sarah Frazier. "We believe this is a perfect fit considering our long-term partnership with Pride Houston. On this day specifically, Transgender Remembrance Day, we are honored to be able to give a voice to 'Channel Q.'"

Houston Christian Broadcasters Acquires KEJS-FM Lubbock

Media Services Group
Media Services Group

Houston Christian Broadcasters has agreed to acquire 50kW Tejano KEJS-FM (104.3)/Lubbock, TX, from Barton Broadcasting Company from $225,000. KEJS, a class C2 FM, is licensed to Brownfield, TX, puts a city grade signal into the Lubbock market. Houston Christian Broadcasters is headed by Bruce Munsterman and operates non-commercial radio stations in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The seller is headed by Manwela Barton and it owns no other broadcast interests.

Bill Whitley of the Dallas office of Media Services Group served as the broker for this transaction.

iHeartMedia to Acquire Programmatic Platform Jelli

iHeartMedia has entered into an agreement to acquire Jelli Inc., a technology company that powers its SoundPoint programmatic platform. As part of the deal, Jelli will continue to operate as a company within iHM led by President/CEO Michael Dougherty and his team. The Jelli division will continue to be based in Silicon Valley and becomes iHM's primary ad technology operation. In addition, "Expressway from Katz," a programmatic buying ad exchange for radio groups, will continue to remain independently run by Katz, powered by Jelli.

"Facebook and Google pioneered a new way for advertisers to interface with media partners to improve targetability, the ease of buying and measurement of results, and our programmatic platform puts us in the position to participate in the modern data driven ecosystem for our broadcast radio audience as well as our digital audiences," said iHeartMedia SmartAudio and Analytics Group President Brian Kaminsky. "We have been excited by the advances we made with Jelli as our partner and the acceptance from our advertising partners."

"At iHeartMedia we believe marketing is both math and magic.t The math is our rich data and insights about our users and how they relate to our partners' products and services -- and the magic is the incredible creative ideas we bring to our partners, such as our iconic music events, award shows, influencers, podcasts, social reach and our unique on air promotions. Jelli allows us to do something no other company can do -- advertisers can now buy and use our broadcast assets, reach and impact just as they use the major digital players. We now offer heavy data and heavy creative innovation all in one place," said iHeartMedia Bob Pittman.

"By pairing iHeartMedia's reach and multiplatform assets with our cloud-based advertising technology, we are positioned to provide a single platform for advertisers to reach all audiences, no matter where they are consuming audio," said Jelli co-founder/CEO Michael Dougherty. "As audio consumption continues to explode, we are thrilled to be joining the iHeartMedia team, accelerating Jelli's mission of transforming audio advertising through technology innovation."

Gail Austin Named Program Director of KSD-FM/St. Louis

Gail Austin
Gail Austin

Gail Austin is named Program Director for iHeartMedia Country KSD-FM (93-7 The Bull)/St. Louis, effective December 3 Austin previously served as Director of Programming for Clear Channel/Jacksonville, FL and PD of WQIK-FM. Before joining the Jacksonville cluster in August, 2001, she was Program Director at WCOL-FM/Columbus, OH, for two years, as well as PD of CC's KBOB-FM/Quad Cities.

"We are thrilled to welcome Gail back to iHeartmedia and excited to watch her take The Bull to new heights," noted Senior VP/Programming Jules Riley. "We spoke with a number of talented programmers, but Gail's competitive drive, creativity and talent development made her our ideal candidate."

"I am thrilled to be joining such a wonderful group of St. Louis broadcasters," addd Austin. "KSD is an amazing station with big talent and great leadership. I can't wait to get there."

Radio's Bobby Bones, Sharna Burgess Win Season 27 of DWTS

Bobby Bones
Bobby Bones

Premiere syndicated Country radio host Bobby Bones and pro Sharna Burgess were crowned the winners of Season 27 of "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday night. The duo beat out competitors model Alexis Ren (with pro Alan Bersten), "Harry Potter" star Evanna Lynch (with pro Keo Motsepe) and Disney Channel star Milo Manheim (with pro Witney Carson). "Thank you to the people and thank you to Sharna, who made all this possible," Bones said to DWTS co-host Tom Bergeron.

Bones, a CMA and ACM Award-winning radio personality, reaches more than 9 million people monthly as host of "The Bobby Bones Show" and "Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones." Originating from WSIX in Nashville, his show airs on more than 100 radio stations, while "Country Top 30" is heard nationwide on more than 160 stations.

WIWF/Charleston Flips to Holiday Music as 96.9 The Wolf

Country WIWF-FM (NASH FM 96.9) Charleston, SC, flipped to "96.9 The Wolf - Charleston's Christmas Choice" at 10am on Monday. 96.9 The Wolf will air the sounds of everyone's holiday favorites, 24/7 through Christmas Day with holiday gifts giveaways, including tickets to the Holiday Festival of Lights, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tickets and $4,000 cash. Gift-wrapping hours are at 12noon and 5pm, when the station will play 96 minutes of uninterrupted non-stop holiday music.

WIWF-FM Program Director Bill West said, "We wanted to treat everyone in South Carolina to a no-cost, guilt-free escape from negative news headlines, political noise, and stress. So we handcrafted the ultimate soundtrack for decorating the tree, baking Christmas treats, or simply to help make your workplace feel like Santa's workshop!"

VP/Market Manager Sherry Dollar added, "We hope listeners enjoy the sounds of the season as much as we love playing it! Happy Holidays from 96.9 the Wolf - Charleston's Christmas Choice."

WXKS' Matty In The Morning Wins Broadcaster of the Year

Matt Siegel
Matt Siegel

Matt Siegel, host of "Matty In The Morning" on iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM (Kiss 108)/Boston received Broadcaster of the Year award at the Massachusetts Broadcasters Sound Bites event. The ceremony took place at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel in Framingham, MA. The award honors a Massachusetts radio or TV broadcaster who has shown an unwavering dedication to the evolution of broadcasting, breathing life into his/her work by being creative, enthusiastic and committed to the community. It's also the MBA's highest honor.

"I am thrilled to receive this honor," said Siegel. "I can't believe I've gotten to wak up the City of Boston for the past 38 years while working alongside some of my closest friends. I am very humbled and appreciative to be recognized with such high honors."

"Matt is an exceptional talent," said added iHM/Boston VP/P and Kiss 108 Program Director Dylan Sprague. "No one is more real or genuine and lays it all out there for the listeners like Matty. All of us at Kiss 108 join the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association in congratulating Matt ... a true Boston radio legend."

ABC Radio Announces Thanksgiving Weekend Programming

ABC Radio
ABC Radio

To kick-off the holiday season, ABC Radio announces a three-hour country music special, "Holiday Season Serenade," hosted by country recording artist Martina McBride, and a three-hour special titled "America Gives Thanks." The two specials will be available over the Thanksgiving weekend.

In "Holiday Season Serenade," McBride will take a look at stars' holiday favorites including food, decorations, traditions, gifts and music. The special will feature Christmas songs by artists such as Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Scotty McCreery and more.

The three-hour special "America Gives Thanks," hosted by ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky, will highlight tales of prosperity, hope and kindness that Americans across the country have experienced. It will feature stories of Americans in diverse situations including survivors of wildfires, students from Africa given a chance to succeed in the United States and recipients of kidney transplants.

Entercom Indianapolis Names Hoffman as SVP/Market Manager

Ben Hoffman
Ben Hoffman

Ben Hoffman, a 25-year industry vet, is named Senior VP/Market Manager for Entercom's cluster in Indianapolis, effective immediately. Hoffman most recently served as VP/Sales for the Indy group. Prior to joining Entercom, he served as Station Manager and Director of Sales for Townsquare Media in Fort Collins, CO. Previously, Hoffman was Corporate Director of Sales for Regent Communications after holding several management roles with iHeartMedia in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

In this new role, Hoffman will oversee WNTR-FM (107.9 The Mix), WZPL-FM (99.5 ZPL) and WXNT-AM (CBS Sports 1430 AM).

"For the past seven years at Entercom Indianapolis, Ben has demonstrated strong leadership qualities, high energy and the ability to be a collaborative team leader with a strong ability to win," said Entercom Regional President Dave Alpert. "This is a well-deserved promotion for Ben to Senior Vice President and Market Manager, and we are looking forward to the great work that Ben will continue to produce."

"I am so privileged to be a part of the Indy team and grateful to Dave and Entercom for this opportunity," added Hoffman. "This company has remarkable vision of the possibilities ahead, from broadcast to live events to digital to RADIO.COM and beyond. For our communities, our audience and our advertising partners, we are poised and ready to continue building on our accomplishments together."

WMGQ/Middlesex-Somerset Flips to NJ's Christmas Station


Beasley Media Group flips AC WMGQ-FM (Magic 98.3) Middlesex-Somerset, NJ, to Jersey's Christmas Station, officially launching Friday at 2pm. WMGQ asked its listeners to vote for the holiday classic they felt should kick off the festivities. The winning song was Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." All-Holiday favorites will continue to air on Magic 98.3 through Christmas Day.

"We are all very happy to be able to continue the annual tradition of becoming Jersey's Christmas Station," said Program Director Debbie Mazella. The station will be playing non-stop holiday music to add to the excitement of the season/"

In addition, Magic 98.3 will present the 3rd Annual "Magic of Christmas Toy Drive" in conjunction with Magyar Bank to make the holidays a little brighter for the kids at Children's Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital. Beginning Monday, November 26 through Monday, December 17, the station will collect new, unwrapped toys to bring some smiles and make a difference in a child's life this holiday season. The MAGIC 98.3 Santa and his elves will bring all toys to the hospital on Wednesday, December 19.

Finally, to wrap up the holiday season, the station will give listeners the change to compete in the first ever "Ugly Christmas Sweater" contest. Beginning on Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 14, listeners will have the opportunity win some extra Christmas Cash this holiday season by submitting photo of their ugliest sweaters exclusively through Instagram.

James Lyke, Jason Corelli Join AIRE Radio Networks

James Lyke
James Lyke

AIRE Radio Networks, a division of Spanish Broadcasting System, adds two veteran executives to its national sales team. James Lyke (pictured) joins the network as Senior Vice President of Network Sales, while Jason Corelli is named Vice President of Network Sales. Both Lyke and Corelli are Spanish-language radio sales veterans and most recently held senior positions at Entravision.

"James and Jason are both proven industry veterans with expertise in Spanish language sales and proven experience executing integrated advertising campaigns for large national brands," said Aire Radio Networks EVP and National Radio Sales Elisa Torres, "We are excited to add two talented senior executives to our sales team and look forward to their contributions as we continue executing our strategy in the Hispanic audio space and developing new and innovative ideas for our current and future advertisers."

James Lyke has over 12 years as a media sales executive in the Hispanic radio industry. He most recently held the post of Executive Vice President of Network Audio at Entravision Communications where he spent over four years. Prior to his tenure at Entravision, Lyke held multiple roles for Cumulus Media including Director of Sales for its Chicago market.

Jason Corelli is a General and Hispanic market leader with 12+ years of experience in audio and digital sales. Throughout his career, he's managed key account relationships and large-scale projects. Corelli spent over six years at Entravision, including most recently as Vice President, National Audio.

Entercom Launches Podcast Hosted by WXYT's Mike Valenti

Mike Valenti
Mike Valenti

Entercom launches the "Always Aggravated" podcast hosted by WXYT-FM (97.1 The Ticket)/Detroit sports broadcaster Mike Valenti. New podcasts will be posted weekly to Radio.com. The podcast is a chance for fans to go behind the scenes with Valenti and his cast of characters from his daily afternoon show airing weekdays from 2-6pm ET on 97.1 The Ticket. The program will be filled with special guests, including talent from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college sports, music and more.

"Mike is an extraordinary talent who is loved by Detroit sports fans," said Entercom Detroit Senior VP/Market Manager Debbie Kenyon. "This podcast will be an extension of his show, giving fans access to an unfiltered Mike Valenti."

"This podcast is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time," said Valenti. "It gives us the chance to go beyond what we are able to discuss in our daily show. Nothing is off limits and I am very excited about the opportunity to appeal to listeners around the country."

October Was Another Record Setting Month for ESPN Podcasts

ESPN Audio
ESPN Audio

For the second straight month and third time in 2018, ESPN Podcasts set a record for any month in its history with 43.6 million IAB compliant downloads in October, as measured by RawVoice. September had seen 39.3 million downloads, the previous high. The October, 2018 figure reflects an increase of 31% over the year-ago period and includes a record 11 titles each driving over a million downloads. for the year to date, ESPN has 344.9 million downloads, more than 2017's total and an increase through October of 55%.

"ESPN Podcasts continues to set new highs," said VP/DIgital Strategy and Marketing Tom Ricks. "This kind of growth in a year comes from new story telling with the 30 for 30 series, the addition of compelling new personalities and from signature voices and shows. We're excited for where ESPN's podcast business is going."

In addition, ESPN Podcasts tallied a total of 6.3 million U.S. Unique Audience, as measured by Podtrac, a new monthly record and an increase of 31% vs. October 2017. Leading the way among original productions, "Fantasy Focus Football" posted 4.2 million total IAB compliant downloads, up 18% over October 2017.

Overall, the list of top performers includes many ESPN Radio and television shows. "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz" led the way with 8.3 million downloads, followed by "Fantasy Focus Football," "538: Politics" at 3.4 million, "First Take" at 3 million and "Pardon the Interruption" at 2.9 million, a new monthly record for the show. Additionally, "Golic and Wingo," "Jalen & Jacoby," "30 for 30," "The Lowe Post," "The Stephen A. Smith Show" and "Baseball Tonight" also each drove over a million October downloads.

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