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CMG/Atlanta Names Emily Boldon Director of Operations


Emily Boldon
Emily Boldon

Cox Media Group names Emily Boldon as Director of Operations for CMG/Atlanta and Director of AC/Hot AC Content for CMG, effective Monday, October 3. In this role, she'll lead the B98.5 and 97.1 The River day-to-day operations, along with programming, promotions and commercial production for CMG Atlanta. Boldon will also direct initiatives of AC and Hot AC stations across Cox Media Group's markets nationally. Previously, Boldon was Vice President of AC Formats and Stratus Music Scheduling for Cumulus.

"Nothing is more important than having top talent in the right role," said CMG Atlanta Vice President/Market Manager Jaleigh Long. "We are thrilled to have Emily's leadership, experience, and energy at CMG Atlanta. She is a pro and will make a great impact on our legendary music stations."

"Emily is one of the most talented programming minds in the industry and I could not be happier to have her at CMG," said CMG Vice President of Audience & Operations Chris Eagan. "Overseeing our Atlanta radio brands and providing guidance to our award-winning AC and Hot AC stations is no small task, but there is no one more ready for the challenge than her."

"Cox Media Group has amazing brands in great markets with incredibly strong programmers leading their success. The Atlanta stations are the crown jewels for CMG. I am ready to take on this new role, and I am invigorated by the energy and innovative leadership at the Atlanta stations lead by Jaleigh Long," said Boldon. "Additionally, taking over as the Director of AC/Hot AC Content allows me to do what I love -- mentor, coach and support local programming to grow ratings and revenue in exciting markets that are new to me, like Tampa, Miami, and San Antonio.."

El Dorado Broadcasters Appoints Jonathan Brewster CEO


Jonathan Brewster
Jonathan Brewster

El Dorado Broadcasters appoints Jonathan Brewster as Chief Executive Officer. He most recently held the same position at Cherry Creek Media, whose sale to Townsquare Media in June was the largest pureplay radio deal in over three years. CCM previously owned stations in Colorado, as well as Washington, Arizona, Montana, North Dakota and Utah.

"Jonathan has a proven track record of success in radio and local media," said El Dorado's parent company Frontier Capital Management President Jason Wolff. "I'm looking forward to seeing where he can take El Dorado."

"The El Dorado Broadcasters team has stayed true to the mission of local media: professionals committed to serving their communities with compelling content and helping local businesses succeed. El Dorado's dominant position in each market is proof that locally focused media still wins," added Brewster. "I'm excited to join the team and will focus on enabling innovation and expansion in this great organization."

Magnum Media Closes on Acquisition of Two in Eau Claire


Magnum Media
Magnum Media

Magnum Media has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 25kW AC WCFW-FM (105.7) and 250W AC W256AE (99.1), both licensed to Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire, WI from Roland L. Bushland, dba Bushland Radio Specialties/WCFW.

Rollie Bushland stated, "Pat and I appreciate the many well wishes we've received from our loyal listeners and business associates since we announced the sale to the Magnums back in June. As I said back then, it takes time for these transactions to wind their way through the FCC, but we got through it without any hiccups."

Pat Bushland said, "Rol is 88, and I'll be 83 later this month. After nearly 54 years, we're both looking forward to being able to sleep through storms without having to worry about equipment getting damaged and taking us off the air. Now it's Dave, Ty, Reid and Chelsey Magnum's turn."

Dave Magnum added, "Rollie & Pat remind me of my parents, grandparents and my late wife Lynn's folks, too. I'd like to think that we're all cut from some of the same cloth. We're honored that the Bushlands chose us to be the next stewards of the radio station they founded and successfully operated for over five decades."

Magnum Group Director of Engineering, Chris "Doc" Tarr, said that Contract Engineer and Eau Claire native, Jon Zecherle, who has performed maintenance on WCFW for over 30 years, will continue in that role after all the new equipment is installed.

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Radio Resources Expands Products and Services Platform


Radio Resources
Radio Resources

Radio Resources has expanded its platform with more products and services for medium to small market radio broadcasters. The newly added products and services include additional programming options, a traffic system, sales training and more. The single-source turnkey platform assists in resource and budget hurdles across radio station operations. The first phase launched in July with programming, a texting platform, workflow solutions, IT and cyber security, 24/7 formats, imaging and production, research, online and digital Integrations and back-office operations.

"We continue to grow our platform to address the critical areas of owning and operating radio stations with top quality products and services that can not only improve overall station operations, but can deliver financial efficiencies, as well," said Director of Products and Services Alex Quintero. "With a more robust platform, we can better serve the specific needs of medium and small market broadcasters in our industry. Radio Resources makes the customer journey more streamlined, cuts costs, and saves time for owners, managers, and their teams, with the added benefit of increasing asset appreciation."

2022 Feeding Families Fund Drive #9 Breaks Records


Cumulus Media's KMJ (NewsTalk 580/105.9) in Fresno recently teamed with local agriculture company Gar Bennett to raise money for the Central California Food Bank through the 2022 Feeding Families Fund Drive. KMJ listeners came through with amazing generosity. Gar Bennett Inc. matched every donation with 50 cents on the dollar for a grand total of $656,000 raised to fight hunger in the Central Valley.

Fellow sponsors Farm Credit and Amazon also pitched in with large donations at the day-long event held on Friday, September 23, at The Market in Northwest Fresno. The funds will help the Central Valley's less fortunate residents by providing more than four million meals.

"We are honored and grateful for the overwhelming outpouring of support for the 2022 Feeding Families Fund Drive," said Gar Bennett Managing Partner Karen Musson. "The generosity of Valley donors through this drive is truly amazing and gives hope to families, seniors and children struggling with food insecurity."

Cumulus Fresno Vice President/Market Manager Patty Hixson commented, "I'm overwhelmed by the support of our community. We can always count on the generosity of our KMJ listeners! A special thanks to Karen and Greg Musson of Gar Bennett, Farm Credit and Amazon for their massive contributions and to our talented on-air team for their hard work on this important effort."

For more information or to donate to the Central California Food Bank, visit: ccfoodbank.org.

Audacy Flips WAXY-AM/Miami to ''Radio Libre''


WAXY-AM/Miami
WAXY-AM/Miami

Audacy flips all-Sports WAXY-AM (790 The Ticket)/Miami to "Radio Libre," effective October 3. The new Spanish Conservative Talk station is in partnership with Americano Media, the nation's first national conservative Hispanic network in Spanish. The station will feature Americano Media's talent, which includes former Radio Mambi hosts Nelson Rubio, Dania Alexandrino and Lourdes Ubieta.

"We're proud to introduce Spanish radio to our South Florida portfolio for the first time ever and empower the voice of so many of our neighbors in this community," said Audacy Regional President and Market Manager Claudia Menegus. "With the launch of this station, we aim to not only serve our listeners but give them a reliable home for the news they seek and the information they rely on every day."

"The joint endeavor with Audacy is a natural fit for Americano," added Americano Media Founder and Chief Executive Ivan Garcia-Hidalgo. "We provide the best Hispanic News/Talk programming in Spanish, with the best hosts covering important current events, and Audacy's audience is demanding that information. This is the first of many terrestrial radio syndication agreements for Americano, and we look forward to a strong partnership with Audacy."

Americano Media produces 18 hours of original programming each week day, with diverse Spanish-speaking hosts from 6am to midnight.

FCC Improves Emergency Alert System (EAS) Messages


Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission

The FCC has updated its Emergency Alert System rules so that alerts delivered over radio and television are more informative and easier to understand by the public, particularly people with disabilities. EAS, which is used by government agencies to send alerts and warnings to the public, is comprised of both a legacy system and an Internet-based system, with the latter offering superior messaging capabilities.

The updated rules require broadcasters, cable systems and other Emergency Alert System participants to transmit the Internet-based version of alerts to the public when available, rather than transmit the legacy version of alerts. The increased use of Internet-based alerts, in Common Alerting Protocol format, will produce higher-quality audio messages, improve the availability of multilingual alerts, and ensure that more of the alerts displayed on television screens contain all of the information provided by the government.

The updated rules will also replace the technical jargon that accompanies certain alerts, including test messages, with plain language terms so that the visual and audio messages are clearer to the public.

As a result, people who are deaf or hard of hearing will have access to alerts in a viewable format that more closely matches the audible versions of these alert messages on television. In addition, people who are blind or visually impaired will have access on their radios to national alerts containing more detailed audio information.

''Up On Game Presents'' Inks Multi-Platform Deal with Brinx.TV


Up On Game Presents
Up On Game Presents

FOX Sports Radio's LaVar Arrington has announced a multi-platform partnership with "Sport Science" creator and host John Brenkus and his sports platform Brinx.TV. As part of the agreement, "The NIL House" will be the first joint property to be distributed by Arrington and FOX Sports Radio's "Up On Game Presents" podcast feed. Launching Monday, October 3, at 3pm ET, "The NIL House" will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka as they break down the latest news in the burgeoning NIL space, while featuring athletes, collectives and celebrity guests who are shaping NIL.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with a pioneer like John Brenkus and Brinx.TV," said Arrington. "This relationship will dramatically expedite our slate of programming and positively impact the sports entertainment industry."

"LaVar Arrington has dominated the world of sports on and off the field," added Brenkus. "By combining Up On Game and Brinx.TV's distribution platforms, there really is no limit to our success."

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Radio Milwaukee Reveals New Branding Ahead of 15th Birthday


Radio Milwaukee
Radio Milwaukee

Non-commercial WYMS-FM/Milwaukee has revealed new branding for Radio Milwaukee, as well as for its original 88Nine broadcast channel, ahead of its 15th birthday celebration taking place Saturday, October 1. Milwaukee Mayor Johnson will also proclaim Radio Milwaukee Day at 4:30pm in celebration marking the station's 15th anniversary.

"The extension of our Radio Milwaukee brand as the umbrella for our three channels represents the next evolution of this media organization," said Executive Director Maxie Jackson. "By elevating the Radio Milwaukee brand to encompass our three channels -- 88Nine, HYFIN and 414Music.FM -- we set each up to grow audience and impact, all with the support of an organization that has 15 years of industry-changing experience behind it."

"In reimagining the Radio Milwaukee brand, we wanted to achieve something that was as adaptable as the organization," added Director of Marketing & Communications Sarah Lahr. "Throughout our 15-year history, we've shaped our programming and content around the needs of our audience, and we needed our new logo system to allow for that flexibility."

The station also revealed new branding and social media accounts for its original 88Nine broadcast channel. Branding will not change for the broadcast, online and HD2 channel HYFIN, which launched earlier this year, and for the online, HD3 channel 414Music.FM, which launched in 2017 during the station's 10th anniversary.

Radio Milwaukee unveiled the new branding ahead of its 15th birthday celebration taking place on October 1, at its Walker's Point studios, located at 220 E Pittsburgh Ave. The free, public celebration runs from 4-8pm. The celebration will feature performances from dark-pop duo You Win!!! at 5pm, hip-hop artist Kia Rap Princess at 6pm and reggaeton brothers Gego y Nony at 7pm.

"We were intentional with the booking of this lineup," said Lahr. "The Milwaukee artists performing reflect the programming on each of our three channels and by booking them on a single lineup are a physical manifestation of Radio Milwaukee's mission and our charge moving forward as a media organization."

FOX Sports Radio Kicks Off 2022 Weekend Football Lineup


FOX Sports Radio
FOX Sports Radio

FOX Sports Radio has announced its weekend lineup for the 2022 football season. FSR's weekend roster features an ensemble of sports entertainment personalities, former players and analysts dedicated to providing around-the-clock coverage, including live game-day reaction, analysis and interviews.

With the transition of Covino & Rich from weekends to FSR's weekday 5-7pm ET timeslot, FSR welcomes back veteran sports talk personality Mark Willard to lead the network's Sunday 8-11pm ET timeslot, beginning October 2. Joined by long-time FSR weekend host and former NFC Champion Ephraim Salaam, the pair will keep listeners updated on the day in games through Sunday night football, featuring the latest post-game interviews and analysis.

Additionally, FSR has launched two new three-hour programs taking football fans right up to game time entitled "FOX Sports Radio's Countdown to Kickoff." The Saturday show airs in the 9am-12pm timeslot as a lead-in to the weekend in college football. The program is led by FSR personality Brian Noe, who is joined by former All-American Penn State Left Guard Rich Ohrnberger and Pickswise Lead Betting Analyst Jared Smith.

The Sunday show, which airs from 10am-1pm, is also led by Noe, and features eight-year NFL veteran Geoff Schwartz, along with sports better from KrackWins.com, Bill "Krack" Krackomberger.

Additionally, radio/podcast personalities Martin Weiss and Veejay Huskey, who have made regular appearances on FSR's weekday program "The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker," have partnered to host a Saturday evening program on FSR. Launching October 1 from 7-10pm, the duo will provide a tour of key games and in-depth analysis.

"As a complement to the best weekday lineup in sports talk, we couldn't be more excited to serve fans with the most entertaining live sports talk 24/7," FOX Sports Radio Vice President of Sports Programming Scott Shapiro. "Whether it's before the games, during them, or directly after, FOX Sports Radio is always live and delivering the content that sports fans crave."

Cumulus Media Introduces All-New ''Hello Ross'' Podcast


''Hello Ross''
''Hello Ross''

Cumulus Media launches "Hello Ross," an all-new, original podcast on the Cumulus Podcast Network. For more than two decades, Mathews has interviewed the world's biggest celebrities on television and red carpets, and now he's bringing those skills to his new podcast. The inaugural episode features an in-depth interview with Chelsea Handler. Upcoming episodes will feature conversations with fascinating people including Guy Fieri, Todrick Hall, Kathy Griffin, Bowen Yang and Martyn Bullard.

A new episode of Hello Ross will drop each Thursday. The Cumulus Podcast Network produces, distributes, markets, and monetizes Hello Ross.

Benztown Releases Audio Tribute to Rapper Coolio


Benztown Audio Tribute to Coolio
Benztown Audio Tribute to Coolio

Benztown has released an audio tribute to Grammy-winning "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper Coolio. Born Artis Leon Ivey, Jr., he died Wednesday, September 28th, in Los Angeles at age 59. Coolio was raised in Compton, CA. His rap career began in the '80s, and he gained fame in the underground scene. "Fantastic Voyage" was his first hit, but his biggest hit, was "Gangsta's Paradise," from the soundtrack to the film "Dangerous Minds," made him a big star. He won a Grammy in 1996 for the song. Coolio sold more than 17 million records during his career.

Listen to the Benztown Audio Tribute to Coolio here.

The audio tribute was written by Thomas Green, voiced by Mike Santos, and produced by Royce Stevenson.

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Jim Diamond to Host Afternoons on KXLY-FM in Spokane


Jim Diamond
Jim Diamond

Morgan Murphy Media hires Jim Diamond to host afternoon drive on KXLY-FM (The Big 99.9 Coyote Country) in Spokane, WA. He previously spent 23 years at Stephens Media Group's crosstown Country KDRK-FM before retiring in 2018. Diamond started his radio career at CHR station in Billings, MT while attending broadcasting school.

"Jim is a true radio entertainer, professional personality and has always wanted to work at The Big 99.9 Coyote Country. I'm looking forward to watching Jim connect with the listening audience of Coyote Country," said VP of Radio Tery Garras.

During his radio career he has been nominated for four Country Music Association Broadcast Personality Awards for Medium Market and two Country Radio Broadcasters Nominations.

ARG Acquired by Adams Radio Acquisition Co. LLC


Adams Radio Group
Adams Radio Group

Adams Radio Group is being acquired by Adams Radio Acquisition Co. LLC. The new entity is controlled by shareholders that were investors in Adams Radio Group when the group was originally formed in 2013. The company will continue operating under the Adams banner. Sharon Bordwell has been retained as the new company's CFO. President and CEO Ron Stone will continue to manage the group until closing.

Stone said, "I am grateful to Steve Adams for the opportunity to build a second Adams Radio Group. I served as Steve's CFO in the original Adams Radio Corporation and had my first opportunity as a GM at KEZK St Louis. The opportunity to work with Steve a second time and build a new group was a dream come true for me. We formed Adams in 2013 and it has been an incredible experience and I have been surrounded by some of the brightest people in the business. I look forward to seeing the company continue to grow and our most dedicated staff prosper under the new ownership and leadership."

The acquisition is expected to be completed by December 31. Adams Radio owns and operates 18 stations in four markets. According to sources close to the new shareholders, plans are to continue to build upon the past ten years and add new markets as opportunities present themselves.

Stone says he expects to be busy for a few months post close wrapping up old company business and plans to take some time to assess new opportunities that will enable him to continue to make contributions to the radio industry, including continuing as President and Executive Director of the Independent Broadcasters Association.

Kalil & Co Inc. was the broker on this transaction representing Adams Radio Group.

Audacy Rebrands KOOL-FM in Phoenix as ''Big 94.5''


KOOL-FM/Phoenix
KOOL-FM/Phoenix

Audacy rebrands KOOL-FM (94.5 KOOL FM) in Phoenix to "Big 94.5." The Classic Hits outlet will continue to deliver favorites from Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Michael Jackson, Billy Idol, Depeche Mode and more. The station will also launch with a new weekday lineup beginning October 10.

"Since KOOL's first broadcast over half a century ago, the station has provided "The Valley" with the very best the classic hits format has to offer and we're thrilled to usher in this next chapter with Big 94.5," said Audacy Phoenix Senior Vice President and Market Manager Dave Pugh. "Big 94.5 will exceed the expectations of our current audience by bringing a more up-tempo delivery and playing the "Big Hits" from the 70s, 80s and the 90s."

The new lineup beginning October 10 includes Lara Scott (10am-2pm PT), Niko (2-7pm) and Kaden (7pm-12am).

Radio Returns to the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show


Jacobs Media
Jacobs Media

Jacobs Media is returning to the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, and is once again hosting custom tours for broadcasters. The tours provide a curated experience, enabling guests to engage with companies that have an impact on radio today, and in the future. Guests also have the ability to "jump" the lines and talk directly with leaders from companies like Google, Amazon Alexa, automakers and mobile manufacturers.

"We began bringing broadcasters to CES because we believed it was essential to understand how radio fits into the world of technology," remarked Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. "This year marks our 14th CES and each year brings new ideas and vision for how radio can continue its transformation into multimedia companies that are relevant and successful."

"CES is about resilience, innovation, and trend-spotting. Our first curated tour in 2017 was geared to CEOs, but now we want everyone in the business to have the chance at this unique experience," added Jacobs Media VP/GM Paul Jacobs. "CES is an amazing way to start the new year, with a fresh perspective on where radio is moving, and the technologies that will help us get there."

This year's Jacobs/CES experience is open to all broadcasters. It includes the following:

  • A 90-minute curated tour of companies relevant to radio, guided by a CTA specialist. At each display, attendees talk to leaders from that company to learn more about their technology and plans for the future.

  • Free registration and credentials for CES that includes access to all of the major exhibits and most presentations.

  • A private dinner featuring a guest speaker from the Consumer Technology Association, and a chance to compare notes with other broadcasters in attendance.

  • Points of interest from Jacobs Media on what else to see at CES, advice on how to navigate the event, and more.

  • Discount hotel rooms blocks are available but subject to availability.

Information and registration information is available here.

SummitMedia Greenville Names Cornish Promotions Director


Anastasia Cornish
Anastasia Cornish

SummitMedia taps Anastasia Cornish to lead the promotions department for its Greenville, SC cluster. Cornish, a Greenville native, comes to SummitMedia from Anderson Mall, where she has served as marketing director since 2020. She has also been a marketing consultant, as well as handled promotions at Entercom. Additionally, she oversaw human resources at Walmart in the Upstate.

"We are excited to welcome Anastasia to the team," said Summit VP of Events and Promotions Justin Ragland. "Her marketing experience will serve us well and her many relationships and passion for the People of the Upstate is unparalleled."

"I grew up with stations like 107.3 JAMZ and Hot 98.1. and am very blessed to have the opportunity to return this industry," added Cornish. "I look forward to being a part of this company's legacy and creating new and exciting opportunities for our stations and community."

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