Big-time congrats, much love and a big hug to Alissa Pollack from all of us at FMQB on her recent engagement to her fiancé Robert! Alissa is currently the EVP Integrated Music Marketing & VP/Affiliate Relations at Premiere Radio Networks. Look for the nuptials to take place in New York City this August with the ceremony being performed by her dear friend, business associate and Azoff Music/Front Line Management executive Richard Palmese, who doubles as an ordained Reverend. What wonderful symmetry!
Afternoon host Blaine (a.k.a Pablo Sato) exits CHR/Rhythmic XHTZ/San Diego.
Programming vet Jay Beau Jones joins SiriusXM as the new noon-6 p.m. host on the '70s On 7 channel.
At Modern Rock KITS (LIVE 105)/San Francisco, Brandon Paski is upped to Promotions Director.
Non-comm Triple A WFUV/New York has named Don McGee as the new host of Mixed Bag, the show that was created and hosted by the late Pete Fornatale, who passed away just two months ago. Mixed Bag – with McGee on board as associate producer since the late-’80s – ran on New York radio for almost 30 years, starting at then-AOR WNEW and moving to WFUV in 2000.
Longtime Country WGSQ/Cookeville morning host Styckman is exiting to become the PD at Classic Hits WLND/Chattanooga. Styckman will also take on nights at Country WUSY.
Changes to the Talk radio landscape in Philadelphia: CBS Radio Talk WPHT-AM adds author and Philly native Buzz Bissinger (Friday Night Lights) and market vet Steve Martorano for middays, starting June 25, while Michael Smerconish moves to a live noon - 3 p.m. slot. These changes follow the exit of Rush Limbaugh's syndicated show from 'PHT, as Merlin Media's new Philadelphia talker WWIQ (IQ 106.9) slated to announce the addition of Rush to its own lineup.
The NBC Sports Group and Dial Global announce a partnership to create the NBC Sports Radio Network. Beginning in September, the network will be distributed to radio stations nationwide by Dial Global. The network’s content will include hourly sports news updates, daily features as well as full-length shows. In addition to distribution on terrestrial radio stations, NBC Sports' audio content will be available on a wide variety of digital platforms. Live shows will be streamed on NBCSports.com, DialGlobalSports.com, affiliate stations' websites and other streaming services. On-demand short-form audio content will also be distributed online and through podcasts and other digital applications. Dial Global will be the exclusive ad and affiliate sales representative to the network. "We are thrilled to bring the rich heritage of NBC Sports to listeners across national radio for the first time," said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. "By adding radio to our broadcast, cable, regional, and digital assets, the NBC Sports Radio Network will give sports fans a new way to interact with the NBC Sports Group day in and day out." "Dial Global is excited to partner with NBC Sports Group to expand upon Dial Global’s live play-by-play platform. We are confident that with NBC’s sports assets, we will create a leading full service sports network and bring great sports audio to listeners across America," said Spencer Brown, Co-CEO of Dial Global.
Susan Busch joins Domino Records for A&R duties. Busch spent over a decade at Sub Pop Records, as Director of Radio Promotion and also in A&R.
Pandora announced that Yelawolf is the latest performer for Pandora Presents, the company’s series of live, personalized concerts. The event will be brought to listeners free of charge, courtesy of the Jeep brand, and will take place at The Loft in Atlanta on Thursday, June 14. Through the strategic partnership, Pandora and Jeep are hosting three personalized concerts across the country. The next two will be held in in Los Angeles (July) and Chicago (September).
VEVO will add even more Urban music video programming from independent artists through a new content partnership with EMPIRE Distribution. The deal brings music videos and programming from the catalogues of Fat Joe,Too $hort, TegoCalderon, N.O.R.E., Rocko and many other hip-hop, R&B, soul, gospel and electronic artists to VEVO. VEVO and EMPIRE will also jointly create artist and genre-specific video playlists to showcase the catalogue and offer more personalized experiences for viewers.
Jean-Pierre Blais is named the new Chairman of the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission). He replaces interim Chairman Leonard Katz, who has served in the position since the January exit of Konrad Von Finkelstein.