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Audacy Launches ''94.7 The Block'' in New York


Audacy flips Country WNSH-FM/New York to "94.7 The Block," as "New York's new No. 1 for throwbacks." The station will feature a wide collection of Classic Hip-Hop hits and Throwbacks, including music from Jay-Z, Fugees, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, LL Cool J, The Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige, among others. 94.7 The Block is launching with 25,000 throwback songs in a row, commercial-free. Local air talent will be announced in the coming months.

"94.7 The Block will provide a compelling soundtrack for New York's biggest music fans, offering songs and artists that are synonymous with New York's iconic hip-hop culture and that still strongly resonate with listeners today across all generations," said Audacy New York Senior Vice President and Market Manager Chris Oliviero. "This was an opportunity to add a quintessential New York sound to our audio portfolio that has been missing in the area, while at the same time continuing to engage with our New York country audience thru HD and digital platforms."

Listeners can still listen to New York's Country on air at WNSH-FM-HD2.

iHeartMedia Washington DC Names Jen Richer APD

Jen Richer
Jen Richer

iHeartMedia Washington D.C. has named Jen Richer Assistant Program Director, effective November 1. Richer will be responsible for assisting the region Program Directors with their day-to-day programming responsibilities and digital operations for all seven radio stations. She will report to Jeff Kapugi, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Washington, D.C.

Richer returns to the Washington, D.C. Region from WMAL-FM, where she most recently served as the Executive Producer for "The Vince Coglianese Show." Throughout her career she has held several programming roles including stints as Executive Producer for iHeartMedia Washington D.C.'s 104.7 WONK- FM's "Reaction Zone," News Director for iHeartMedia Washington D.C., Co-host and Executive Producer of "The Tommy Show" on WIAD-FM; and Host and Executive Producer of "The Fresh Perspective Show" on WIAD-FM. She began her career at WMAL-FM in 2006 and is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

"We are thrilled to welcome Jen Richer back to the iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. team in this newly created position," said Kapugi. "Jen's passion and dedication to radio and all things Washington, D.C. are an incredible asset - we can't wait to see her back in action."

"I am so excited to rejoin the team at iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. for this incredible new opportunity to work with such a talented team of programmers and talent," said Richer. "There couldn't be a more important time for radio to connect with our listeners as we start transitioning into the 'new normal,' and I am looking forward to helping deliver an awesome experience for the Washington D.C community through these landmark stations."

Deadline Extended for CRHoF Class of 2022 Nominations

Country Radio Hall of Fame
Country Radio Hall of Fame

Nominations for the 2022 Country Radio Hall of Fame are currently being accepted and the deadline to apply has been extended to November 12. Submissions received after the deadline will be placed under consideration for the following year. The Class of 2022 will be revealed at CRS 2022, held February 23-25, 2022.

CRB's Country Radio Hall of Fame Committee Co-Chair Joel Raab commented, "In order to make sure everyone who deserves consideration for the class of 2022 has a chance to be nominated for this prestigious honor, we're extending the deadline to Friday, November 12."

2022 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized during the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony, to be held Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Nashville, at a location to be announced soon.

Founded in 1974, The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.

Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information


Reset Digital Offers Major Digital Ad Buy to NABOB Stations

Reset Digital CEO Charles Cantu has reached out to NABOB to offer member stations an opportunity to receive digital ad buys in a multi-million-dollar campaign. P&G has entered into a historic and transformative strategic alliance and partnership with Reset Digital for its future digital campaigns. The initial campaign will run in November and December. Therefore, it is critical that stations get connected with Reset Digital as soon as possible to be included in the ad buy.

During the Zoom call, Charles Cantu and his team will provide more details about the ad campaign and explain what NABOB member stations need to do to be included in the buy as well as future campaigns.

Jim Winston, NABOB President said, "NABOB has developed a very close relationship with P&G and its Chief Brand Officer, Marc Pritchard, over the past several years. This multi-million-dollar digital ad buy is a result of that close relationship. This campaign is only one of many that P&G is planning, and it is imperative that NABOB member stations get connected now. I hope all NABOB member stations will tune into the Zoom call on Tuesday."

NABOB is hosting a Zoom call with Reset Digital on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 12 noon ET. The Zoom link is HERE.

98 Rock/Sacramento Adds Carlota Gonzalez to Middays

Carlota Gonzalez
Carlota Gonzalez

Audacy welcomes Carlota Gonzalez as midday host for KRXQ-FM (98 Rock)/Sacramento, weekdays from 10am-3pm PT, effective October 25. Prior to joining 98 Rock, Previously, Gonzalez spent over 22 years on-air at KOMP-FM/Las Vegas. She succeeds Pat Martin who, after 33 years in middays on 98 Rock, moved across the hall to host mornings on KSEG-FM (96.9 The Eagle) this past July.

"Carlota is one of the most passionate and dedicated true rock fans in our business," said Audacy Sacramento Regional Vice President and Market Manager Stacey Kauffman. "Her love and enthusiasm for both the music and the lifestyle explodes through the radio and makes that special connection with her audience that is increasingly rare these days. I'm so excited to welcome Carlota to our team."

"After hanging out on the 'beach' for the last year working on my tan, I'm super excited to get back to work and back to Northern California where it all began, when I was a baby DJ in Fresno," added Gonzalez. "98 Rock is a legendary rock station and I'm thrilled to be joining the Audacy family."

Stephen Wilkins Named CPB Senior VP of Human Resources

Dr. Stephen Wilkins
Dr. Stephen Wilkins

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) names Dr. Stephen Wilkins as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), effective December 6. In this new post, he'll be responsible for the development and implementation of a human resources strategy that builds on CPB's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Dr. Wilkins will report directly to CPB President and CEO Patricia Harrison.

"Stephen's long experience in human resources and diversity issues, as well as his experience in the public education sector and military service, make him a great asset to CPB," said Harrison. "He brings the organizational leadership, academic training, and operational skills that will enable him to work with leaders and staff across the organization to advance a culture grounded in CPB's commitment to collaboration, teamwork and DEI."

For the past several years, Dr. Wilkins served as Chief Human Resources Officer and later as Chief of Staff at Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Va. During the pandemic, he served on the senior leadership team that restructured the organization, recruited diverse leaders for schools and departments, and developed the division's five-year strategic plan focused on equity and inclusion.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to join the outstanding team at CPB," added Dr. Wilkins. "I have been so fortunate to work with talented people during my time in the public education sector and military. Now I look forward to using the knowledge and experience in organizational management to help CPB maintain a great workplace for the success of our employees in our public broadcasting mission."

Cirrus Streaming Releases Suite for Podcasters

Cirrus Streaming
Cirrus Streaming

Cirrus Streaming has recently released a hosting, editing, monetization and distribution suite for podcasters. The suite allows content creators to manage all aspects of their podcast through one dashboard, allowing them to simplify and streamline their efforts. Podcasters can easily upload, store and organize unlimited files as well as edit them at any time via Cirrus Streaming's Advanced Podcast Editor.

On the monetization side, Cirrus Streaming provides a full-control ad server at no extra cost. Podcasters are able to bake commercials into their podcasts as well as digitally monetize listeners and impressions with advanced targeting capabilities. This allows podcasters to take advantage of the growing revenue opportunities in the podcasting world. According to the IAB, podcast revenue in the U.S. alone will reach $2 billion by 2023.

Not limited to podcasters, traditional broadcasters -- such as terrestrial and Internet radio stations -- can use Cirrus Streaming's solution to automatically create podcasts from their live stream and take advantage of additional content consumption avenues.

Cirrus Streaming CEO Nick Csakany said, "With the rise in podcasting during the pandemic, it's more important than ever for content creators to take full control of their material, so we've taken this into consideration to provide everything they need in one place. If we can remove even one extra paid service out of the podcasting stack, we're successfully saving podcasters time and money."

KJR, Kraken Audio Network to Debut Broadcast Team

iHeartMedia KJR-AM/Seattle, the flagship station for the Seattle Krakens, and the Kraken Audio Network will debut its complete broadcast team this Saturday, October 23, at the inaugural home game when the Krakens will compete against the Vancouver Canucks.

The team will include Everett Fitzhugh as the network's play-by-play voice, and now joining Everett, hockey broadcaster and retired NHL player Dave Tomlinson as the Broadcast Analyst. Completing the team is the former voice of the Everett Silvertips Mike Benton as the network's Studio Host.


iHeartMedia Reveals Details of New Work Environment


iHeartMedia Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman and President/CFO Rich Bressler have collectively released a memo regarding re-populating its offices as the pandemic begins to wain. According to the memo, some will continue to operate in work from home, while other workers will operate under what the company calls a "new work environment," utilizing the skills and new ways of working learned over the past 18 months that have increased productivity.

Here is the full memo:


Ever since the pandemic hit there has been a great deal of discussion about "Return to Office." We initially thought that, once the worst of the pandemic was over, we'd all be returning to our offices and using them as a "home base" for our work environment in the same way as we always have.

But clearly that construct fails to take into consideration everything we've learned in the last year and a half -- from new skills and new ways of working to maximizing our technology to enable us to communicate, innovate and work together as a team. So we will never "return to the office" as we all knew it; instead, we'll be returning to a "new work environment."

At iHeart we expect this new work environment will enable greater productivity and at the same time be more responsive to how you live your life. It's an important new approach to reinventing the work environment for our company, and we think it will allow us to continue to better innovate and move more quickly than others can. Although we'll start as a hybrid of working from home and some use of the office, we know it will evolve as we learn together. We should all think about the office as a productivity tool, vs. that more rigid "home base" we've been used to - and the office will always be open for your use.

For example, there are some essential jobs for which employees have been in the office every day, and many of those will continue to be in the office. Some people have not been in the office at all over the last year and a half, and we anticipate that a few of those will continue that way. However, overall we think most people will have a hybrid approach, one in which they'll spend a period of time in the office every week, depending on what their team's needs are. And even that schedule may vary week to week, or even month to month, depending on what you are working on.

As we think about the office as a productivity tool, the primary values of productivity are collaboration and innovation -- and many of you are going to return to offices that have been redesigned and rebuilt over the past year to focus on collaboration at their heart. We have all found that if we need private time for task work we can do it from home - but the primary value of being in the office is to be around others, to collaborate and share and build ideas, so we're designing our new spaces to maximize interaction and collaboration.

Of course there will be some hurdles we'll need to address as we move forward, like tracking and measuring productivity, giving you the feedback you need, etc. - but as the number one audio company in America we want to be at the forefront of innovation in the work environment, and the fear of those hurdles should not restrain us from moving forward in any way.

On a practical note, your individual schedule will be developed with your managers, built around the needs and timetables of each location and function, and hopefully tailored to everyone's specific talents and jobs. In this process, the most important thing we can do is protect your wellbeing. To that end, we would encourage you to follow the latest recommendations for both vaccines and office protocols. We'll remain committed to providing you support through all our office and company policies.

We would not be able to implement this new way of working if you hadn't been so successful in executing at such a high level over the last 18+ months in such challenging circumstances, and we're extremely proud of what you all continue to build and accomplish. Our ability to evolve to this new kind of workplace is a testament to all the people who work here and your unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. iHeartMedia is a true one of a kind company that leads, not follows - including envisioning and delivering the New Work Environment built around our core company values, which you'll find attached. We believe those values are more relevant and important than ever before and remain at the foundation of our company - including our new work environment.

Bob and Rich

Florida Sports Network Launches with Miller & Moulton

Mark Miller and David Moulton
Mark Miller and David Moulton

Beasley Media Group launches the Florida Sports Network featuring Miller and Moulton, weekdays from 6-10am on ESPN's Southwest Florida studios (98.1 FM and 770am) in Fort Myers and WHFS-AM (1010) in Tampa. Miller & Moulton, featuring Mark Miller and David Moulton, have produced their show with national guests since 2006. Miller is the former Voice of the Florida Everblades, while Moulton begins his 20th year as the Voice of FGCU sports while moonlighting behind the scenes for FOX and CBS Sports.

"It's great to have Miller & Moulton back where they started," said Beasley Media Group Southwest Florida Vice President and Market Manager AJ Lurie. "Our audience have missed them."

"We have a great relationship with Beasley in Detroit with the Michigan Sports Network and are thrilled to partner with them again in their hometown of Naples and across the state of Florida," said Florida Sports Network President Marty Booher. "We already know that sports fans love the Miller & Moulton brand and we're proud to put them back on the air as we expand their show across the state. Listening to the show is like being in your favorite Florida sports bar for four hours in the morning."

RAB, Xperi to Focus on the Future of the Dashboard

RAB's Business Accelerated
RAB's Business Accelerated

Radio continues to dominate the in-car entertainment choices as HD Radio and other new technologies are continuing to keep radio prominent and relevant in the battle for the dash. As part of RAB's Business Accelerated initiative, Xperi joins RAB to present "The Battle for the Dash: How Radio can Compete Today and Win the Future" at noon CT on Wednesday, November 10.

In this presentation, Joe D'Angelo, senior vice president, global radio and digital audio, Xperi will share the interactivity and measurement capabilities of radio's future in the dash.

Registration for the presentation is free for RAB members. The presentation will also be available for on-demand viewing. To register, click here.

Howard, Roberts to Co-Host ''Hello Heisman'' Podcast

Hello Heisman
Hello Heisman

Learfield has announced the debut episode of "Hello Heisman" -- the first official Heisman Trophy podcast for college football fans, starring 1991 Heisman winner Desmond Howard and Heisman voter Jimmy Roberts. Episode 1, featuring former Florida State quarterback and 1993 Heisman Trophy winner, Charlie Ward, is available to download. "Hello Heisman" will be housed on The Varsity Podcast Network, a portfolio of nearly 115 school and independent podcasts.

"As a former Heisman Trophy winner, I know how coveted the award is. We think Hello Heisman will be a great opportunity to tell college football stories through the lens of the Heisman Trophy," said Howard. "Plus, the chance to work with Jimmy at this point in our careers was extremely exciting. And, he begged me to do it."

Roberts added, "I didn't exactly beg Des to do it, I just texted him 12 times a day until he finally said yes. In all seriousness, as a Heisman Trophy voter, I take my vote-and the award-very seriously. Storytelling in a free-flowing format like a podcast, with someone like Desmond, around college football, well, that was simply a no-brainer."

"Hello Heisman is a terrific addition to our podcast network, and no doubt Desmond and Jimmy will deliver an exciting and entertaining show each week," said Learfield Senior VP and Head of Content Grant Jones. "We're intent on providing fans compelling content they can consume 365 days a year - whenever, whenever and however it's most convenient for them, and The Varsity Network is our conduit for that. At nearly four million downloads in September alone, we're thrilled about what's ahead."


Mo & StyckMan CMA Medium Market Personality of the Year

Mo & StyckMan
Mo & StyckMan

Chattanooga's U.S. 101 afternoon show co-hosts Melissa "Mo" Wagner and Greg "StyckMan" Owens are the recipients of a 2021 CMA Broadcast Award. The duo won the award for CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year in the medium market category. This marks StyckMan's 6th CMA and Mo's 5th CMA total. It's their 2nd win as a team.

"Mo & StyckMan have an authentic relationship with their listeners and they work tirelessly to put their community first, share great country music and be a true companion," said Justin Cole, Brand Manager, U.S. 101. "I witness the drive, dedication and hard work daily; seeing our listeners and industry honor them with this award makes me incredibly proud and thankful."

"I am so fortunate to do a job that involves connecting with others on so many different levels," said Mo. "From smiles to tears, our listeners are simply the best. To win a CMA that acknowledges that connection with our amazing community is such an honor. It's humbling to win such a prestigious award just for doing something that I love."

"We say all the time that ‘U.S. 101 starts with YOU' and it's not just a catch phrase, it's the way we feel," said StyckMan. "The Chattanooga community is always there for us and we always try to be there for them. The folks that listen and play along everyday make this honor possible, and for that, we are eternally grateful."

CNN Audio Premieres New Podcast Hosted by Clarissa Ward

Tug of War
Tug of War

CNN Audio debuted it's first episode of "Tug of War" this week -- a new limited-series podcast hosted by CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward. In this series, Ward travels to some of the most volatile corners of the world to document the greatest power struggles of our time.

The first episode has Ward taking listeners onto the streets of Afghanistan and into the homes of its citizens as they watch the balance of power start to tip - and the Taliban tries to keep order with truncheons and whips. She shares firsthand accounts from Afghan citizens who witness the United States military withdrawal - after two decades of war - escalate into the Taliban swiftly toppling the Afghan government watching their twenty years of hard-earned freedoms crumble.

"Tug of War" is the fifth new original podcast from CNN Audio this year.

Audacy Schedules Q3 Conference Call for November 9

Audacy, Inc. will report its 2021 third quarter financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, November 9. The Company will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast at 10:00 a.m. ET that morning to review the results and recent progress against its strategic initiatives.

To participate in the conference call, please dial 877-407-9208 or 201-493-6784 five minutes prior to the start of the call and provide the following conference name: Audacy, Inc. - Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Call. A webcast of the call will also be made available. Questions will only be taken from participants on the conference call.

A playback of the conference call will be available for one week by dialing (844) 512-2921 or (412) 317-6671 and inputting the following ID: 13723985. A webcast replay of the conference will be available shortly after the call at the above link.

Additional information is available at www.audacyinc.com.

Alpha Media Appoints Zoe Burdine-Fly as Regional President

Zoe Burdine-Fly
Zoe Burdine-Fly

Alpha Media appoints Zoe Burdine-Fly as Regional President, effective Monday, November 1. The 29-year radio vet joins the company from Townsquare Media where she was Market President in Lansing, MI. In her new role, Burdine-Fly will oversee the strategic growth of 13 Alpha Media markets, while supporting the development of the company's digital engagement platform. She will report to COO Larry Bastida.

Previously, Burdine-Fly was Regional VP/Market Manager of Townsquare Media in New Jersey. Prior to that she served as General Sales Manager for CHR WKSC-FM (103.5 Kiss FM) and AC WLIT-FM (93.9 Lite FM). Burdine-Fly has held multiple management posts at Citadel Broadcasting and Regent Communications as a Local Sales Manager, GSM, Director of Sales and Market Manager.

Alpha Media Chairman and CEO Bob Proffitt said, "I am pleased to welcome Zoe as the newest member of Alpha Media's senior leadership team. We conducted a thorough search process, and Zoe stood out as possessing the right leadership experience, sophisticated expertise and deep radio industry knowledge to guide our markets and support our long-term growth strategy. Zoe will help us further expand our digital capabilities across our nationwide platforms so we can continue to deliver excellent results and value in partnership with our advertiser partners. I look forward to all we will accomplish together."

Burdine-Fly added, "Alpha Media continues to deliver incredible programming in all of its communities, and I am thrilled to join the Alpha Media family at a pivotal moment in the company's growth. I am eager to get to work with Alpha Media's team as, together, we continue to strengthen our market presence, serve our advertiser partners and honor the company's legacy of engaging content and relevant local programming."

Liberty Media Exits Radio Selling Entire Stake in iHeartMedia

According to an iHeartMedia Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Liberty Media has exited the broadcast radio industry, selling its entire stake in iHeartMedia. Liberty offloaded its 5.94 million shares of Class A common stock in an open market block trade in a sale worth upwards of $150 million. Between November 2017 and February 2018, the company had purchased $600 million of iHeartMedia debt for a total of $490 million. After iHeartRadio reduced its debt load through a bankruptcy settlement, the bonds were converted into about 6.9 million shares.

An iHeartMedia spokesperson told Variety magazine, "We appreciate Liberty's support for iHeartMedia, originally as a holder of debt which then converted into a meaningful equity stake, and we are delighted that they received a good return on their investment."

Liberty Media continues to hold 78% of satellite broadcaster SiriusXM and 32% of concert promoter Live Nation. The company grouped its three investments, including its previous stake in iHeartMedia, as Liberty SiriusXM Group, a tracking stock that trades on the Nasdaq.


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