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Entercom Rebrands WNSH-FM as ''New York's Country 94-7''


Entercom rebrands of WNSH-FM (NASH FM 94.7)/New York as "New York's Country 94-7," effective immediately. The station will continue to provide the Big Apple with Country hits from artists such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Lady Antebellum, among others.

"New Yorkers have a strong appetite for country music and we're excited to continue to deliver the greatest Country hits with the rebrand of New York's Country 94-7," said Entercom New York Regional President and Market Manager Susan Larkin. "We have a great team and programming in place and look forward to remaining Country's home on the biggest stage in America."

AURN's Inspirational Division Launches Two New Programs

AURN Inspirational
AURN Inspirational

The AURN Inspirational Network is debuting new programming headlined by two celebrity hosts, Inspirational media icons Dr. Bobby Jones and Bishop Hezekiah Walker. Debuting April 1, "The Bobby Jones Radio Show," will launch of his daily one hour show, delivering uplifting music and entertainment. Also included will be a special feature, "Hallelujah Moment" that offers a daily dose of inspiration.

Debuting Saturday April 6, "The Hezekiah Walker Countdown," is a two-hour weekend program highlighting the top twenty most aired and charted gospel songs of the week. Walker's ability to motivate, inspire and empower millions has made him one of the nation's most sought after talents. He's already achieved worldwide acclaim as an Inspirational leader through his music and ministry and now presents the countdown show for listeners.

These programs join AURN Inspirational Network's existing roster of programs which include "Inspirations with Liz Black," "The Hezekiah Walker Show with Neicy Tribbett," "The Marvin Sapp Show" and the faith-based podcast "A Greater Story with Sam Collier." The AURN Inspirational Network is available for streaming on aurninspirational.com, the AURN Inspirational app as well as Amazon's Alexa.

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson Joins Westwood One Podcast Network

Jordan B. Peterson
Jordan B. Peterson

Best-selling author, psychologist, professor and lecturer Dr. Jordan B. Peterson joins the Westwood One Podcast Network. "The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast" returned with new weekly episodes on March 24, with interviews and lectures that change the way people think about their creativity, goals, meaning, and personality. Joined by his daughter and co-host, Mikhaila Peterson, the show will break down the dichotomy of life and explains how individuals and culture are shaped by values, music, religion and beyond.

"I'm very pleased to announce a partnership between The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast and Westwood One, the largest American audio network," said Dr. Peterson. "This professional organization will improve the quality and consistency of my podcast, and bring it to a much larger audience."

"Dr. Peterson is an intellectual phenomenon, YouTube star, and New York Times best-selling author who has become a lifestyle guru for men," added Cumulus Media EVP/Marketing and Westwood One President Suzanne Grimes. "His unique podcast explores new ways of thinking and ideas that give listeners a fresh perspective and a modern understanding of who they are as a person."

Legendary Voiceover Talent Chris Corley Dead at Age 55

Chris Corley
Chris Corley

Sad to report the death of legendary voiceover talent Chris Corley following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 55. Last week, Corely was presented Benztown's first ever Benztown 50 Iconic Voice Award for Lifetime Achievement in Voiceover. Corley was best known for his work as the voice of FOX, MLB, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon and the Broadway show and tour of Book of Mormon. His 36-year audio career includes on-air positions at radio outlets in markets such as Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte, Fort Myers, Nashville, Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Corley's distinctive voice has also been heard on some of the biggest television outlets in the U.S., including stations in New York City, San Francisco, Denver, Washington, DC and his hometown of Fort Myers, FL. He has also voiced numerous commercials and movie trailers for major films including "The Punisher," "Milk," "Ghostbusters" (the recent all-female remake), "Twilight," "Jack and Jill," "Bad Santa (1 and 2)" "Couples Retreat," "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "The Bank Job."

Atlas Talent Agency President Lisa Marber-Rich commented, "After 25+ years together, our hearts are broken at the loss our dear friend and client. The world will be a quieter place without the melodious sounds of Chris Corley."

KTFM/San Antonio Declares Honestly is the Best Policy


According to Alpha Media's KTFM/San Antonio, there are so many branding positions in the industry, "most of which are bombastic, chest-thumping statements that outright lie to audiences." Positioners like "the #1 hit music station" or the "only place to hear your favorite music," are so common that deviating from them seems unconventional. Well, that is precisely what Phil Becker, Ernie Martinez and the team at KTFM (Energy 94.1) have announced they're doing.

Alpha Media's National Director of Digital Content and KTFM PD Ernie Martinez said, "People inherently smell B.S. a mile away. Audiences are smarter than most programmers give them credit for, and because of this, we are taking a radical approach to branding. We are going to tell the truth. Today we launch our new positioning, 'San Antonio's #2 Hit Music Station.' There is one thing that audiences crave today and that is authenticity. We aren't going to brag; we aren't going to boast. What we will do is work harder than everyone else to show audiences that their attention is appreciated."

Alpha Media VP of Content, Phil Becker added, "Our focus is not on being the biggest but on being the best. We want to create the best listening experience for our fans and the best results for our clients. The demographic that Energy 94.1 reaches believes, as we do, that hype-laden positioning statements are unnecessary and a thing of the past. I'm proud of the team in San Antonio for understanding the power of candor and honesty and I'm hopeful our audience appreciates being told the truth and will spend more time with us."

Key Networks to Produce Daily Feature ''The O'Reilly Update''

Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly

Key Networks has announced plans to syndicate a new 15-minute daily radio program, "The O'Reilly Update", with former cable news personality and bestselling author Bill O'Reilly. The show marks a return to broadcast radio for O'Reilly, who hosted the nationally syndicated show, "The Radio Factor", from 2002-2009.

Key Networks delivers "The O'Reilly Update" to stations of all formats and market sizes every weekday beginning at 11:30am EST. All advertising is included, with no additional barter units and 2 minutes of local avails in the feature.

O'Reilly said, "More than ever before, Americans need accurate information and honest news analysis in order to make intelligent decisions. It is all about protecting yourself and your family. The daily O'Reilly Update will arm you with facts, and provide opinion based on those facts. Can't wait to get started."

Rob Koblasz, Chief Executive Officer, Key Networks, said, "Americans need straight talk now more than ever before. We are excited to make this 15-minute daily program available to radio stations across the U.S. The O'Reilly Update is tune-in listening at its best."

"The O'Reilly Update" will debut on Monday, April 29.

Hubbard Radio Names Morris Manager of Corporate Podcasting

Wheeler Morris
Wheeler Morris

Wheeler Morris is named the Manager of Corporate Podcasting Strategy for Hubbard Radio, leading the company's expansion into the podcast space. The company currently produces over 150 unique and on-demand podcasts that reach over 500,000 listeners every month. Morris, a graduate of Denver University, most recently worked with the Hubbard Radio in Minneapolis to develop and execute a local podcast strategy.

Hubbard Radio Senior/VP Programming Greg Strassell commented, "Wheeler has been very involved in original podcast launches over the past few years in the Hubbard Radio Minneapolis-St. Paul studios, and recruitment of new outside opportunities for Hubbard Radio. It is time to recognize his leadership to focus on the growing on-demand focus at a corporate level."

Morris will continue to work closely with PodcastOne, a partner with Hubbard Radio. "Since Hubbard's 2015 investment in PodcastOne the personnel within Hubbard's markets have put a lot of great work into growing within this space," said Morris. "I am very excited to help this initiative continue to grow from both an audience and monetization standpoint, working with all of our markets, PodcastOne and podcasters outside of Hubbard."

Hubbard Radio VP/Corporate Digital Strategy Jeremy Sinon added, "We are so happy to have Wheeler on the team to help elevate Hubbard's podcasting initiatives to the next level. I'm confident that his inherent knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for podcasting will only mean great things for us in this space moving forward."

Envision Networks Names Welpton Business Development Dir.

Peter Welpton
Peter Welpton

Envision Networks introduces its newest team member, Peter Welpton, who takes the role of Director of New Business Development and will head the company's newest office located in Dallas. A 30-year broadcast veteran, Welpton moved into a full-time position in digital product ownership, development and sales in 2010. From there, he started working with major media brands like Oprah, The Dallas Cowboys, NBC, Scripps, NFL and the Game Show Network.

As part of his broadcasting career, Welpton is still very much active in radio with Envision Networks' syndicated technology feature, "The Geekout." He is also the co-host of "The KickAround," a weekend talk show focused on soccer on KTCK (The Ticket) in Dallas.

"I can't tell you how elated I am to be working with Danno again. I've admired he and Laura's success as business owners and the growth they've achieved with Envision," said Welpton. "I look forward to bringing my background in digital products, sales and experiences to their company and opening new lines of business."

"We are thrilled to welcome Peter to our Envision team," added Envision Networks COO Laura Orkin. "His expertise in broadcast and digital media will further our success as a content provider."

Over 200 First Time Exhibitors to Join 2019 NAB Show

2019 NAB Show
2019 NAB Show

More than 200 companies will exhibit for the first time at the 2019 NAB Show, a convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. These companies will offer a first look at new products and technologies through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. NAB Show is held April 6-11 (exhibits April 8-11) in Las Vegas.

The 224 first-time exhibitors will join a wide variety of exhibiting veterans on the nearly one million net square feet of space that make up the NAB Show exhibit floor. Examples of the debuting companies include Red Bee Media, Audi, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Frame.io, StoryMate, Nextologies Limited, The Future Group, Send Bird, Kazuhm, Snappers.tv and Opus Digitas, among others.

"These new exhibitors reflect the unique position of NAB Show at the center of the convergence of media, entertainment and technology," said NAB Executive VP/Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. "These companies, along with specialized exhibit areas and leading brands from around the world, will showcase technologies and innovations that are disrupting how content is created, distributed and consumed."

The 2019 NAB Show exhibition will comprise 1,600+ companies, including 650+ international exhibitors and some of the world's leading brands and companies, including Blackmagic Design, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Cisco, Panasonic, Google, Facebook, IBM, Grass Valley, Microsoft, Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Vimeo, ATOMOS, Avid, and MediaKind.

Westwood One's Michael Savage Celebrates 25 Years in Radio

Dr. Michael Savage
Dr. Michael Savage

Westwood One has announced that legendary broadcaster Dr. Michael Savage is celebrating his 25th anniversary in talk radio this Sunday, March 24. Savage, host of the popular "The Savage Nation" broadcast and podcast is a National Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster and the author of more than 25 books, including several New York Times best-sellers. WWO will honor Savage's silver anniversary with a special program airing on Monday, March 25 featuring clips of highlights over the years, special call-ins and other surprises.

During his radio career, Savage has combined timely political content with real-life issues including health, science, religion and culture, among others. In January, he launched a new hybrid radio show and podcast. The Savage Nation podcast has already been named to Apple's New and Noteworthy podcasts and had one of the most successful podcast debuts in News/Talk.

Reflecting on his accomplishments, Savage said, "This has been my 5th career. Social worker, teacher, medicinal plant explorer, author, talk show host. Where have all the years gone? I only hope I have made the world a better place."

"From broadcast to podcast, Dr. Savage has a unique ability to connect with listeners and engage them in conversation that offers genuine insight and circumspection. His work has made a monumental impact on American culture," said Cumulus Media Executive VP/Marketing Suzanne Grimes and Westwood One President. "We are proud to partner with Dr. Savage and we send a very heartfelt congratulations on this special anniversary."

Over the years, Savage's radio broadcasts evolved from strictly politics to commentary on news and other hot topics. His drive to unearth the truth and his stand for America's families has made him one of the most important figures in the fight for free speech and ideals in America. In 2007, Talkers Magazine awarded Savage with the publication's annual "Freedom of Speech Award."

Media Sales Veteran Kristy Scott Joins Podcast Movement

Kristy Scott
Kristy Scott

Podcast Movement, a conference for podcasters and the podcast industry, appoints media sales veteran Kristy Scott as Head of Sales. She joins Podcast Movement from RTK Media, which published the publication Tom Taylor NOW. Prior to that she worked for Broadcast Dialogue and In3Media, before spending 17 years with the former Radio & Records.

Podcast Movement President Dan Franks said, "Podcast Movement has some exciting new initiatives this year, and Kristy will be playing a very important role in that growth. We can't wait for our new and existing partners to get to know and work with Kristy."

Scott added, "I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to join Dan and the team at Podcast Movement. They have built THE premier event in an industry that is the future of media. I look forward to being a part of their continued growth and taking Podcast Movement to the next level."

Founded in 2014, Podcast Movement will welcome over 3,000 podcasters and industry professionals to the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL, on August 13-16 for the sixth annual Podcast Movement event.

Midwest Acquries WNFZ-FM/Knoxville, Flips to 94.3 JACK FM


Midwest Communications has added another station to its cluster in Knoxville, TN. The company has agreed to acquire 2.94 kW Alternative WNFZ-FM (94.3) from John Pirkle. Following the move, Midwest is returning Adult Hits to the market with the launch of "94.3 JACK FM" at 5pm on Thursday, March 21. The company is operating the station under a LMA until transfer of control is granted by the FCC.

"We're excited to introduce a totally different radio station to East Tennessee," said JACK-FM Brand Manager Randy Chambers. "The radio market and advertiser needs continue to evolve and we're evolving with those needs. JACK-FM is a music-driven, innovative and energetic format that is designed for an adult audience and built around the promises of variety, low repetition, fewer commercials and less clutter."

"94.3 JACK-FM is a response to the ‘I want it all world' in which people can enjoy Aerosmith, Prince, Green Day, Maroon 5 and the Rolling Stones all on the same station," added Chambers. "Hey, we love all that music too so we decided we're just going to play it all."

Midwest Communications, is privately owned by Duke Wright, which also owns and operates Country WDKW-FM, Classic Rock WIMZ-FM and AC WJXB-FM in Knoxville.

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

Entercom Expands ''96.3 The Block'' to Anderson County SC


WFBC-FM-HD2 and W242BX-FM (96.3 The Block)/Greenville-Spartanburg expands to 107.7 FM. The addition of this frequency extends the reach of the Upstate's Urban radio outlet to Anderson County, SC. Entercom launched "96.3 The Block" in 2015 on 96.3 FM in Greenville County and in 2016 on 104.5 FM in Spartanburg County. The "Steve Harvey Morning Show" can be heard on the station weekdays along with top hip-hop and R&B tracks throughout the day.

"96.3 The Block has become the top choice for hip-hop and R&B fans in Greenville and Spartanburg over the past four years," said Entercom Greenville-Spartanburg Senior VP/Market Manager Steve Sinicropi. "We're excited to answer the call-for-service in Anderson County by adding 107.7 FM. The Block is consistently growing and adding Anderson County will allow us to serve more listeners and customers who have previously had very limited choices."

Envision Networks Debuts Michael Knox's ''Knox Country 360''

Shalacy Griffin and Michael Knox
Shalacy Griffin and Michael Knox

Envision Networks adds a new Country show to its lineup and now available for barter. Managed by Michael Knox, a music producer widely known for his work with Jason Aldean, Knox Country 360 provides listeners an enhanced country lifestyle experience they will never forget. Based in Nashville, Knox is joined by co-host/production coordinator Shalacy Griffin and producer Donny Walker.

"You really have to hear Knox Country 360 to appreciate how good it is. You can tell Knox is a producer. His show is highly produced, fast-paced and fun. Current radio shows could learn a thing or two," said KRTY-FM/San Jose Program Director Julie Stevens.

Knox Country 360 offers 10-12 songs per hour, mixing current hits with re-currents and trending music, as well as personal stories from Knox and artist interviews and performances. The show also includes a podcast component.

WPBB (98.7 The Shark)/Tampa Names Jeff Zito APD/Afternoons

Jeff Zito
Jeff Zito

Jeff Zito is named Assistant Program Director and afternoon host of Beasley Broadcast's Classic Rock WPBB-FM (98.7 The Shark)/Tampa. He most recently served as the Program Director and midday talent at co-owned WRXK-FM (96K-Rock)/Fort Myers. He originally oversaw programming duties at the company's WBRN-FM/Tampa Bay back in 2016.

In his new role, Zito will be responsible for assisting Program Director Ted Kamikaze with the day-to-day operations at the station. The Shark recently launched back on December 26 as "Tampa Bay's Next Generation of Classic Rock".

"Jeff brings a wealth of Rock Radio knowledge," said Kamikaze. "Having him join Operations Manager Travis Daily and myself completes my programming dream team for the station/"

"Jeff is a great rock programmer, a creative powerhouse, and an all-around fun guy," added Market Manager Steve Triplett. "I loved working with him during his last tour of duty in Tampa and am thrilled to have him back!"

"I'm excited to join my mentor, Ted Kamikaze, back in Tampa at 98.7 The Shark," said Zito. "I want to thank Justin Chase, Travis Daily, Steve Triplett and the Beasley family for allowing me this incredible opportunity to grow within the company I've had the privilege to work for over the past 20 years. I can't wait to get started, but, will miss my radio family in Fort Myers."

Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon Reaches 400th Affiliate

Jason Smith and Mike Harmon
Jason Smith and Mike Harmon

FOX Sports Radio (FSR) has announced that "The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon" has reached a broadcast milestone of 400 affiliates. Among the show's recent affiliate additions are WBCN-AM & W234BY/Charlotte, WRNW-FM/Milwaukee, WHBQ-AM/Memphis and WLVL-AM & WLVL-X1/Buffalo. Hosted by veteran radio and TV sports personality Jason Smith and co-hosted by Mike Harmon, the program airs weekday evenings from 10pm-2am ET on radio affiliates and iHeartRadio.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome 400 affiliates to the club," said Premiere Networks VP/Sports Programming Scott Shapiro. "The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon has proven time and time again to be the place to go for instant reaction to all of the big games in sports. When major moments happen on the field or court, Jason and Mike have every angle covered."

Prior to joining FOX Sports Radio in 2014, Smith hosted "NFL Fantasy Live" on the NFL Network. He also previously hosted "NFL Fantasy Zone" on DirecTV and various ESPN television and radio programs, including the weekly, syndicated radio program "All-Night."

Harmon has been partnered with Smith since 2014, and he also hosts Sunday mornings on FOX Sports Radio from 9am-1pm ET. From 2006-2014, he served a columnist and analyst for FOX Sports, covering MLB and Fantasy Football for the network. Prior to that, he spent seven years covering fantasy sports for Yahoo! Sports.

Salem Media Group Appointment Heather Grizzle to Board

Salem Media Group
Salem Media Group

Salem Media Group appoints Heather Grizzle to its board of directors, effective March 19. She succeeds Roland Hinz who retired from his position as a board member on December 12, 2018. Grizzle will serve the remainder of Hinz's term, which expires at the company's 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Grizzle will stand for election to serve a full term on the board of directors at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Salem Media Group CEO Edward G. Atsinger III commented, "I am delighted that Heather Grizzle has agreed to serve on Salem's Board of Directors. Any shareholder who will take the time to review Ms. Grizzle's background further, much of which is readily available online, will quickly come to appreciate what a tremendous resource she will be to Salem Media Group as a member of its board of directors."

Grizzle is a founding partner of Causeway Strategies, a boutique consulting firm that helps individuals, organizations and corporations to communicate, connect and advance their objectives more effectively. Her background includes work in the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as corporate communications in New York and charity sector communications in London.

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WXTL-FM/Syracuse: Little Steven, host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated ''Little Steven's Underground Garage,'' stopped by his Syracuse affiliate WXTL-FM (The Rebel 105.9) while he was in town for a speaking engagement at Syracuse University on March 18. In addition to visiting with the staff, Little Steven took over the mic for an hour to play some tracks. L-R: Little Steven with WXTL-FM Program Director Dave Frisina.