WKRZ/Wilkes-Barre APD/MD Kelly K exits the Entercom heritage CHR station after nearly eleven years of service due to her position being eliminated. Kelly, who also did a mid-day shift, worked part-time at KRZ in the late nineties prior to her full time arrival in August 2001. Mike "OD" O'Donnell, Director of Operations for Entercom-Wilkes-Barre, exclusively tells FMQB, "I lost the best #2 person I ever had. As my APD/MD, Kelly and I have had five great years together and Iím going to miss her. Together, thereís no doubt weíve taken KRZ to a level it hasnít been at in a very long time. We definitely moved the needle dramatically in the right direction. Sheís a major loss for me, but KRZ will continue to excel. I wish her well." Kelly can be reached at her Kelly Rafuse Facebook page, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by cell phone (570-237-1866).
Mister Ed Lambert exits the OM post at Bend Radio Group-Bend, OR as his position has been eliminated. Meanwhile, Production/Creative Director "Phat" Matt Ganssle is promoted to PD of AC KMGX and Country KSJJ.
Rock WAAF/Boston announces that longtime morning show host Greg Hill has signed a long-term extension that will keep him on-air and in mornings with WAAF through 2017. Hill has been with the station for 26 years, 23 years as host of the "Hill-Man Morning Show," making him one of the longest standing morning show hosts in the country. "Nothing excites me more than getting the opportunity to wake up at 4am every morning for the next five years! There are few true organic radio stations left in America, and Entercom is one of the few companies who values live local talent and still builds great radio brands like WAAF," said Hill. "I grew up listening to WAAF and Iíve been honored to host an amazing morning show for over twenty years. I'm really glad that through some random accounting error, Iíll be here for five more."
Next Wednesday, July 4 marks the 12th anniversary of LA Lloyd's syndicated Rock Countdown. In January, Dearl Tucker, a fan of the countdown and listener to KDJE/Little Rock, asked Lloyd if he could participate in the show. Dearl and his wife Laura have even kept journals of the countdown since 2005! Lloyd tells FMQB, "He wanted to ask me and my producer Holly Davidson questions from a listener and fan's perspective, i.e. favorite guest co-host moments, things that were too racy to air, etc. I thought it was a great idea and after hearing the final mix, it is one of the best shows we have ever produced and will be airing on our 35+ affiliates June 30-July 1."
Triple A WZGC/Atlanta PD Scott Jameson has departed the station after three years.
Veteran Los Angeles programmer Jack Silver exits Cumulus-L.A., where he was PD at Classic Rock KLOS and Talk KABC-AM.
Gina Juliano, Yahoo! Music Director/Programming, has exited due to the elimination of her position. Juliano can be reached at Gjuliano7@yahoo.com.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have extended their deal with Clear Channel-Pittsburgh's WXDX. The Penguins will be heard on 105.9 The X through the 2017-18 season. Penguinsí games have aired on CCME-Pittsburgh radio stations since 1999 and exclusively on 105.9 The X since 2006.
The Buffalo Bills have sued Cumulus Media, claiming the broadcaster owes the NFL team its incentive rights fee from the 2011 season. The Bills are seeking at least $1 million from Cumulus, reports the Buffalo News. The Bills aired on Classic Rock WGRF and Modern Rock WEDG in Buffalo from 1998 until 2011.
Veteran programmer, broadcaster and online content creator Mark Edwards has joined the TeshMedia Group as its Digital Community Manager. In his new role, Edwards will be responsible for cultivating the companyís online community comprised of listeners to Intelligence For Your Life Radio with John Tesh and the popular tesh.com website. Edwards will also be developing new online initiatives, adding online components to The John Tesh Radio Show, the Intelligence For Your Health with Connie Sellecca program, and providing content to tesh.com. Edwards has programmed top rated radio stations for companies including CBS, Viacom, Entercom, Greater Media, and Bonneville in markets like Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Denver, and Kansas City.
Alan Burns & Associates announces the release dates for its third annual study of women and radio. Data will be released in a series of free webinars presented by Triton Digital Thursdays in July and August, starting July 12. Each of the free webinars will start at 3:30pm EDT.
Sources tell Bloomberg that Apple is planning an "overhaul" of the iTunes Music Store later this year, Apple will reportedly offer more integration with its iCloud storage service as well as new features for sharing music.
After a strong finish to 2011, global advertising spend continued to rise in the beginning of 2012: up 3.1 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Nielsenís quarterly Global AdView Pulse report, released today. Overall global ad spend in Q1 2012 grew to $128 billion, with North American ad spending growing 2.1 percent.