Ailing WXRK (92.3 NOW)/New York morning host Nick Cannon had been slated to return to the airwaves this morning, with a rare cross-promotional interview with Howard Stern. Cannon and Stern were expected to appear on each other's shows. However, Cannon was not health enough to return to his show and cancelled last minute. According to 923now.com, the Stern interview will be rescheduled when Cannon is healthy enough to return to his show. As reported last week, Cannon was hospitalized with kidney failure over the New Year's holiday weekend while vacationing with his wife Mariah Carey.
Last Friday we told you that Clear Channel CHR WAEB (B104)/Allentown PD Eric Chase was set to exit. Now we can tell you he's heading back to Detroit to join Sports/Talk WDFN-AM (1130 AM The Fan) as PD/Afternoon Host. Chase enjoyed his time in the Motor City when he worked at then-CHR WDRQ. In addition to Chase's current Programming duties at B104 he also served as PD and afternoon host of Sports The Fox 1470 AM. CC/Harrisburg RVP JT Bosch tells FMQB, "Clear Channel-Allentown now has a major opening for a PD/Afternoon Talent for CHR WAEB. Can you continue to build on to an already massive radio station? WAEB currently has a 20 share 25-54P!" Send those airchecks, resumes and programming philosophy ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org. NO calls please
Dale Daniels joins Cumulus Media-Arkansas and will run things for the company's station cluster in Fayetteville and Ft. Smith. Daniels takes over for Sarah Leftwich who is now Market Manager for Clear Channel in Roanoke.
CHR/Rhythmic WHTI/Richmond repositions itself as a Mainstream CHR as Hot 100.9, Today's Hottest Hits.
Billy The Kidd, afternoon host at CHR KHKS/Dallas and syndicated Clear Channel Premium Choice talent, inks a multi-year deal. BTK also adds night duties at CHR KZHT and Hot AC WNIC/Detroit via voice tracking.
Sam Elliot, VP/Operations at Adult CHR KTWN/Minneapolis, adds Station Manager responsibilities.
John Govia exits the PD/afternoon gig at CHR WPIA/Peoria, so says a post on his Facebook page.
Modern Rock WEND/Charlotte promotes Dusti Kempf to Programming Assistant.
Talk WXTL/Syracuse switches to Classic Rock 105.9 The Rebel. Active Rock clusterbuddy WAQX PD Hunter Scott will handle PD duties at The Rebel.
Premiere Networks promotes Don Martin to the newly-created position of SVP of Sports Programming.
A former XM employee has been convicted of embezzling almost $1 million from the satcaster. According to the Washington Examiner, Brenda Jones was an administrator in XM's accounts payable office in 2005 and 2006 and embezzled "large payments" that were supposed to go to XM vendors, but instead went into her personal bank account. Jones had an accomplice, a co-worker who received a portion of the funds Jones was stealing. After Jones left XM, she still received over $690,000 in embezzled funds. The scheme was discovered in 2010, which led to a suit against Jones and her former co-worker Valerie Person.
Spotify is reportedly cutting back the amount of free streaming it offers its U.S. listeners. The digital music service will implement a 10-hours-per-month cap on free listening, with users now only able to listen to a specific track on-demand a total of five times for free. Hypebot.com notes the changes in Spotify's terms of service. The changes are expected to push users to sign up for one of Spotify's paid tiers of usage.
Digital audio advertising network TargetSpot and Livio Radio, developers of Internet Radio devices and accessories, today announced that TargetSpot will be the exclusive third-party advertising provider for Livio Connect, which allows consumers to access digital radio in their vehicles. Through this partnership, TargetSpot’s advertisers will be able to reach an audience of listeners comprised of 65 percent of the automotive Bluetooth market as well as drivers of major auto brands.
Quu, Inc. and Jump2Go, Inc. announced today that Quu has obtained the exclusive license to Jump2Go’s JumpGate RDS and HD Radio solutions. Quu has also become an investor in Jump2Go. Quu and Jump2Go have developed a state of the art messaging system for the Radio industry that enables music, program messages and advertising on Radio Data Systems (RDS) as well as on HD Radio enabled receivers. Quu’s Radio Text (QuuRT) technology allows specialized advertising messages to be presented on the radio displays during music, commercials or jock talk creating a new advertising platform and revenue stream for the radio industry. In addition, Quu’s "Advertiser Experience" adds corresponding images to the advertising text on the ever-increasing graphic HD Radio displays. Beasley Broadcast Group is the first radio company to integrate QuuRT on their FM stations and is currently testing and will be the first to implement the HD Radio "Advertiser Experience." Quu and Jump2Go launched the HD Radio "Artist Experience" on Beasley’s Country WXTU-HD2/Philadelphia and soon to follow on all Beasley HD properties. With HD Radio "Artist Experience," album art and station logos display on HD Radio enabled car stereos and other HD Radio equipped radio devices. Complementing this technology Quu’s implementation of "Advertiser Experience" allows images to accompany corresponding messages on compatible HD Radio receivers and mobile devices.