In Brief - April 25, 2012
April 25, 2012

Verve Music Group hires Mike Rittberg as its new VP of Artist Development and Promotion. Rittberg was most recently SVP of Promotion for Warner Bros.

Jon Phillips is named Market Manager of Clear Channel's six station Tulsa cluster. "I am looking forward to working with Clear Channel Tulsa’s great stations and people," said Phillips. "Clear Channel’s powerful platform is at the top of the information and entertainment business." "We are excited to have Jon Phillips switch to the Clear Channel-Tulsa team," added Hartley Adkins, EVP of Operations, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. "He is an accomplished sales and marketing leader with tremendous market equity in Tulsa.  He has repeatedly proven his ability to create and lead winning teams dating back to his championship days on the Sooners."

After 27 years, Kelly McCoy is exiting the afternoon shift at AC WSB-FM/Atlanta.
Morning host Dick Ring will do his last show for AC WDUV/Tampa on Friday, April 27 after 32 years with the station. Ann Kelly, from sister AC WWRM, will take over for Ring.
Hot AC KDMX/Dallas and reality TV's Khloe Kardashian Odom have mutually ended the one-hour noontime feature, Mixed Up with Khloe Kardashian Odom after a 12 week run.
Market vet David Cardillo is hired for the 8 a.m.-2 p.m.shift at Rhythmic AC KFBT/Fresno.

OM Craig Stevens adds programming duties at Rock WZZO/Allentown, following the recent exit of Tori Thomas.

Beth Simmons is named afternoon host at Classic Rock KLPX/Tucson. Simmons was most recently working for the Armed Foreces Network in Italy.

Yesterday it was announced that Merlin Media signed an LMA to take over programming and ad sales for WLFM/Chicago, a low power Smooth Jazz FM station heard on 87.7 FM. Time Out Chicago's Robert Feder reports that Merlin plans to flip the station to Modern Rock as of Monday. Of course, Merlin acquired longtime Chicago Modern Rocker WKQX (Q101) and flipped it to News last summer as FM News 101.1, selling the "Q101" intellectual property, which has been kept alive on an Internet station. Feder notes that due to the nature of the low power signal, which is technically a television signal heard on FM, it is unknown if the 87.7 frequency will even exist by 2015, due to digital TV legislation.

The NAB has released figures from its NAB Show in Las Vegas this month, noting that attendance was up slightly from 2011. The 2011 NAB Show attendance was 91,932, while this year's had a registered attendance of 92,112. There were 24,928 international attendees, representing 151 countries.

Steve Dahl confirmed in a blog post that three of his staffers have exited the Chicago radio veteran's podcast network. Technical producer Pete Zimmerman, assistant producer Jim Ruffatto and assistant Stephanie Fallara had all worked with Dahl for over a decade, according to Time Out Chicago's Robert Feder.

Brad Spahr is named VP of Product Development, Global Digital Business for Sony Music Entertainment.

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