Roy Laughlin joins Magic Broadcasting/Styles as Market Manager/Southern California where he will oversee Urban KDAI & KDAY/Los Angeles and CHR/Rhythmic KWIE/Riverside. Laughlin is the former President/Market Manager of Clearl Channel-Los Angeles.
John Shea is appointed VP/GM of Cox Radio'sLong Island/New York station cluster which includes WBLI-FM, WBAB-FM, WHFM-FM. Shea most recently served as GM of Barnstable Broadcasting-Greenville.
Former KTBZ/Houston PD/morning show host Steve Robison has been named PD at WRAX/Birmingham. He replaces Ken Wall who recently exited the Citadel Modern Rocker for the programming post at KMYZ/Tulsa. Robison will also host afternoon drive. His first day at WRAX will be May 15.
J/Arista Records names Scott Seviour SVP/Marketing and Artist Development. Seviour joined J Records in 2001 as VP/Marketing and Artist Development.
Radio One Urban WCKX (Power 107.5)/Columbus OM JD Kunes hires Nia Noelle from Cumulus Urban AC WHRP/Huntsville for middays.
Clear Channel Top 40 KZZP (104.7 Kiss FM)/Phoenix promotes Special K to nights (6-10pm). She had been co-hosting nights with Chino who recently departed for mornings in San Diego. She will also take on Programming Coordinator duties for the station.
Clear Channel Top 40 KDUK/Eugene, OR night star Tic Tac adds on MD stripes.
WAVF/Charleston names former KFMA/Tucson jock Carly Maddoxx as the station's new Music Director/night host.
AAA Entertainment Top 40/Rhythmic WZPW (Power 92)/Peoria lands Brandon Scott for middays. Scott comes from weekend duty at WNOU/Indianapolis.
Buckley Radio Top 40/Rhythmic KSEQ (Q97)/Fresno Promotions Director/nights Fabian "Fabe Nasty" Esqueda exits.
Lost tapes of legendary WPLR/New Haven rock radio icon Stoneman have been found and will be featured on WPLR.COM. Stoneman, whose real name was Joseph J. DeMaio, was heard from 1971 to 1979. He died in his sleep in 1984 at the age of 39.
A number of Canadian musicians have joined together to form the Canadian Music Creators Coalition. The new organization is speaking out against the industry practices of suing consumers over illegal downloading and digital copy protection on CDs. The coalition includes such artists as Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41 and Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace, among others. More information can be found here: www.musiccreators.ca.
The RIAA and MPAA are teaming up for a new program to fight the abuse of college LAN usage for piracy of music and films. “We are appreciative of our partners in the university community and all they have done in recent years to tackle the problem of digital piracy at campuses across the country,” said RIAA President Cary Sherman. “Despite the progress achieved by our collaborative efforts, this remains an ever-evolving problem. We cannot ignore the growing misuse of campus LAN systems or the toll this means of theft is taking on our industry. As we prioritize our focus on campus LAN piracy in the coming year, we hope administrators will take this opportunity to fully evaluate their systems and take action to stop theft by all means.” The organizations have sent letters to 40 university presidents.