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Davis Set to Exit iHeartMedia After 30 Years


Darren Davis, who was named COO of iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group in February, is leaving the company at the end of 2021. He's served as President of iHeartRadio for the past eight years and is an almost 30-year veteran of iHeartMedia. Davis plans to retain an advisory role. He began is career at iHeartMedia (then Clear Channel) in 1992 at WASH-FM/Washington DC More

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WWTN's Phil Valentine Hospitalized in Very Serious Condition
Phil Valentine
Phil Valentine
Cumulus Media's WWTN-FM (99.7 SuperTalk)/Nashville veteran talk host Phil Valentine has been hospitalized in very serious condition with COVID-19 and pneumonia after testing positive on July 11. The following statement was released by his family: "Phil contracted the COVID virus a little over a week ago More

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WLS/Chicago Political Reporter, Host Bill Cameron to Retire
Bill Cameron
Bill Cameron
Chicago political reporter and host of WLS-AM Sunday evening radio show, "Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron," has announced his retirement after a 51-year career. His last day on-air will be Friday, August 20, which, fittingly, is his 21st anniversary at WLS-AM. He will share stories and insights from More

Ten Reps, Four Senators Join LRFA as Co-sponsors
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Ten members of the House of Representatives and four Senators have added their support to a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), which signals members of Congress's opposition to any potential More

NAB Supports Local Journalism Sustainability Act of 2021
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) have introduced the Local Journalism Sustainability Act of 2021. This legislation, supported by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), would help financially support local news organizations through tax credits to More

NABLF Accepting Apps for 2022 Leadership Training Program
National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation
National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Leadership Foundation is accepting applications through August 2 for the 2022 Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT) program. The program is designed to prepare senior-level broadcasters to advance into ownership or executive positions. More

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23% of US Broadband Households Own 3+ Smart Devices
Parks Associates research finds 88% of US households have broadband, with an increasing number of connected devices tapping into high-speed connections to deliver safety, security, convenience, and energy-saving use cases. The firm's latest whitepaper, Smart Products: Building the Modern Home, developed for More

Townsquare Names Peter Van Den Heuvel MP/CRO Cedar Rapids
Peter Van Den Heuvel
Peter Van Den Heuvel
Townsquare Media has announced that former Spectrum Reach Regional Executive Peter Van Den Heuvel has joined the Company as Market President/Chief Revenue Officer for its Cedar Rapids/Waterloo local media cluster. In this role, he will oversee the local media team while driving strategic sales and content More

WGN's Joe Brand to Handle Blackhawks Pre- and Postgame
Joe Brand
Joe Brand
WGN Radio announced that Joe Brand is expanding his role to include hosting Chicago Blackhawks pre- and post-game shows as well as the weekly "Blackhawks Live" show, beginning with the 2021-22 season. "As a kid, I used to get teased for carrying a transistor radio just to listen to Blackhawks games. Now More

Larry Elder Back on California Recall Ballot
Larry Elder
Larry Elder
In another dramatic twist, conservative talk show host Larry Elder has been reinstated in California's gubernatorial recall election after a judge found he complied with ballot requirements and that the state elections chief should never have demanded that candidates provide five years of tax returns. More

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Learfield IMG College Re-brands to Learfield
Learfield
Learfield
Learfield IMG College, a player in college sports multi-media rights, licensing, technology and data, has re-branded to simply Learfield. The new logo and identity system was developed after consultation with university partners, brand clients and employees. It is designed to be More

''The Dan Bongino Show'' Now Heard on 300+ Stations
Cumulus Media's "The Dan Bongino Show" has surpassed the 300-station milestone after just two months on the air. Syndicated by the company's Westwood One unit, the program counts KABC-AM/Los Angeles, WLS-AM/Chicago, WBAP-AM/Dallas, KSFO-AM/San Francisco, KSEV-AM/Houston, WMAL-FM/Washington DC, More

BIA Revises U.S. Local Ad Forecast, Now Expects Revs of $142B
BIA Advisory Services
BIA Advisory Services
BIA Advisory Services has revised its 2021 forecasts for U.S. Local Advertising Revenues to $142.4 billion, up $4.8 billion, or 3.9 percent, from its November 2020 estimates. The projection is split between traditional and digital media but shows that the divide is narrowing, with traditional advertising More

iHM Surges in New Media Monitors Podcast Listener Survey
Media Monitors
Media Monitors
In a normally tight race, iHeartMedia leaps ahead in a new Media Monitors Podcast Listener survey, fielded between June 14-30. Participants ages 18+ were screened on whether they had listened to a podcast in the last 7 days, then asked to list the podcast titles. They were also More

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Phillips Named President of Audacy Networks/Multi-Market Sales
Bob Phillips
Bob Phillips
Audacy has named Bob Philips President of Audacy Networks and Multi-Market Sales. In the newly created role he will focus on growing the network and multi-market sales businesses in line with the company's market growth strategy. As Chief Revenue Officer, Phillips was a catalyst for innovation and More

iHeartRadio Introduces Voice-Enabled Song Requests with Alexa
iHeartRadio has announced an interactive new way to send song requests and dedications with Alexa-enabled devices. Teaming up with Amazon they have built iHeartRadio's new, first-to-market Request a Song feature for Alexa, which allows listeners to better connect with the radio DJs and stations they love. More

CMG Announces Strategic Initiative with Amazon Advertising
Cox Media Group (CMG) Local Solutions today announced a strategic initiative with Amazon Advertising that will enable CMG Local Solutions advertisers to reach local audiences with Amazon Advertising digital offerings. Through this initiative, CMG Local Solutions advertisers across the nation can now More

Stephanie Callihan Named Director of Sales at CMG/Houston
Stephanie Callihan
Stephanie Callihan
Cox Media Group has named Stephanie Callihan Director of Sales for its Houston cluster (KKBQ/KGLK/KTHT). In her new role, Callihan will be responsible for leading and driving the implementation of overarching sales and marketing strategies for CMG Houston brand radio stations. Prior to joining CMG More

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The Joy FM Partners With 24/7 News Source
Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN) has announced an expanded newswire content partnership with The JOY FM. Under the agreement, TTWN will provide news, sports, show-prep and audio content via its 24/7 News Source wire service to The JOY FM's 14 radio stations across Georgia, Florida and Alabama. More

Cliff Cage Joins KKMG-FM/Colorado Springs for Nights
Cliff Cage
Cliff Cage
Cumulus Media appoints veteran Colorado Springs radio personality Cliff Cage to nights on heritage CHR KKMG-FM (98.9 Magic FM). This marks a return to the station for Cage, who hosted overnights on KKMG from 2010-2019. Cage will be behind the mic weekdays from 7pm to midnight. KKMG-FM Program Director More

The iHeartCountry Festival Returns for 2021
iHeartMedia announced today the return of the "iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One" on Saturday, October 30. Now in its eighth year, the 2021 lineup will feature Country music's hottest artists including Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Carly Pearce, Cole More

U.S. House Passes the MEDIA Diversity Act of 2021
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The U.S. House has passed the MEDIA Diversity Act of 2021 (H.R. 1754) and a resolution reaffirming Congress's commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with the private sector to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity (H.Res. 277). In a statement, NAB President More

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Cliff Cage
Cumulus Media appoints veteran Colorado Springs radio personality Cliff Cage to nights on heritage CHR KKMG-FM (98.9 Magic FM). This marks a return More

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