In Brief - January 9, 2006
January 9, 2006

Emmis Communications reported an eleven percent increase in net revenue in their just released third quarter fiscal report, which ended November 30, 2005. The company reported a net revenue of $100.5 million, an increase from $90.2 million for the same quarter from last year.

Citadel-Spokane ups Country KDRK PD Cary Rolfe to OM of the station as well as the cluster. In his new role, Rolfe will have oversight of Classic Rock KZBD, Classic Hits KBBD, Adult Standards KEYF-AM, Oldies KEYF-FM, Sports KJRB and News/Talk KGA.

Beasley Country WKIS/Miami GM Joe Bell adds additional GM duties at Sports clusterbuddy WQAM. Bell will also handle Market Manager responsibilities for both stations.

Journal Broadcast Group promotes Milwaukee cluster VP/Operations Rick Belcher and Omaha OM Tom Land to the newly created Sr. Group Programmer posts.

Nettwerk Records LLC and The RCA Records Group have agreed on an exclusive distribution relationship for Nettwerk Records in the U.S. Nettwerk Music Group is Canada's leading privately owned record label and artist management company.

KDKB/Phoenix announces the following line-up changes: PD/afternoon host Paul Peterson segues to mornings where he'll team with co-host Scott Torgersen. Peterson replaces Pete Cummings, who stays with cluster in an as yet to be determined role. Dock Ellis returns to the station for afternoons, while MD Matt Spaetzel tacks on APD duties.

Longtime WSTR (Star 94)/Atlanta GSM Dave Kabakoff exits. Contact Kabakoff at (678) 358-4420 or

Todd Pyne exits the PD/MD position at KXFX/Santa Rosa after almost ten years with the station. Pyne can be reached at (707) 479-8851 or

Middayer Tessa Hall is named APD at KDJE/Little Rock.

WKFR/Kalamazoo morning host Noelle Pomeroy will departs on January 13. Pomeroy may be contacted at (269) 744-7875 or

James VanOsdol returns to Emmis Communications' WKQX for overnights. "James is an expert in Alternative music from its roots to today and now with Q101 showcasing Everything Alternative, it only makes sense for him to come back to Q101," commented VP of programming for Emmis Chicago Mike Stern.

Radio One Urban WHHL (Hot 104)/St.Louis programmer/air-personality Craig Black joins sister Rhythmic Top 40 WDHT (Hot 102.9)/Dayton for PD/morning duties.
Nextmedia Mainstream Top 40 WERO/Greenville, NC PD Louie Diaz exits.
Rose Rock, mother of comedian Chris Rock, joins Cumulus Mainstream Top 40 WSEA (Hot 100)/Myrtle Beach to host The Mom Show, 6-8p Sunday nights.
Joe Knight will join WZYP/Huntsville for nights effective February 16. Knight was most recently APD/night host at WNSL/Hattiesburg.

At The TeshMedia Group, Scott Meyers is promoted to VP/Entertainment and Executive Producer of the John Tesh Radio Show. Betsy Chase is upped to VP/Programming for The TeshMedia Group and is appointed Executive Producer of The John Tesh Radio Show. Bill Perry joins The TeshMedia Group as Web/Interactive Producer.

Island Def Jam Music Group elevates Cheryl Braje to Sr. Director/International Promotion. Braje rises from the Director/International Promo post.

The syndicated Tom Leykis Show welcomes four new affiliates: WCKG/Chicago, KIFR/San Francisco, KSCF/San Diego and KZON/Phoenix.

A U.S. District Court Judge has given tentative approval to the proposed settlement of the Sony BMG class action lawsuit over their much-publicized rootkit troubles. The settlement, which compensates consumers with DRM-free copies of albums, still requires a final approval.

WSTW/Wilmington weekender Charlie Maxx joins WRQX/Washington for part-time work.

Chrysler announces that it will offer iPod integration in most of its 2006 model cars, with over three million vehicles offering the option beginning this spring.

Clear Channel Modern Rock WPLA/Jacksonville is teasing a new programming element to be unveiled today at 4 p.m. Insiders say it's the imminent return of syndicated morning stars Lex & Terry. Their noncompete with crosstown Rock Cox Classic Rocker WFYV ends in February.

Modern Rock WKZQ and Classic Rock WYAV/Myrtle Beach PD Mark McKinney is upped to OM of Nextmedia's five-station cluster, which also includes AC WMYB, Talker WRNN and Sports WQJM.

Epic Los Angeles Promotion rep Amanda Walk shifts to similar duties with Columbia replacing Hilary Stafford. Stafford can be reached at (310) 422-205.

WQHT (Hot 97)/New York will kick off fashion week with its third annual Full Frontal Hip-Hop Fashion Show on February 3 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The show will feature performances by Hip-Hop icon Busta Rymes, R&B songstress Keyshia Cole and Ne-Yo. Some of the hottest urban labels in fashion including Akademics, Gilyard, White Boy Clothing and Laque will showcase the latest looks for Spring 2006. HOT 97 morning show personality Miss Jones, will host a VIP Players Lounge with special gifts and prizes all night long. Tickets are $47.50 and $97.50 available online at or by calling 212-307-7171.

Sony BMG Entertainment promotes Anka E. Milin to VP/Compensation and Benefits. Most recently Milin was Director/Human Resources for the company.

Here's a little pro-terrestrial radio message found this morning on WLUP/Chicago's Web site (

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