In Brief - July 9, 2012
July 9, 2012

Cumulus announces the following changes: CHR KZHC/Kansas City OM/PD/afternoon host Maurice Devoe segues to CHR sister KLIF/Dallas for PD/afternoon duties. Also, Hot AC WPLJ/New York, midday maven Jeff Miles moves to the same shift at CHR WWWQ/Atlanta.
     "It is a pleasure for Cumulus to announce these well-deserved promotions," stated Cumulus Corporate SVP of Programming Jan Jeffries.
"Congratulations to Maurice and Jeff as Cumulus continues its commitment to promoting our team within, as well as recruiting programmers with the desire to achieve their best."

Steve Giuttari will step down as Director of Operations at Clear Channel-Poughkeepsie on July 20.

Kevin Begley, MD/afternoon talent at Hot AC WURV/Richmond, is appointed Internet Director for Cox Media Group/Connecticut.

Jim Berry is named PD/morning host at AC KFEZ/Colorado Springs.

At CCME Modern Rock WXSR (X-101.5)/Tallahassee, Creative Services Director/midday DJ AJ Malone adds PD duties.

Rock WAAF/Boston adds the syndicated Loveline weeknights, 9-11 p.m., starting tonight (7/9).

Lenny Diana joins Oasis Radio Group as Content Director for Country WBTU (US 93.3)/Ft. Wayne, IN.

Triple A KLRR/Bend, OR PD Doug Donoho exits due to budget cuts. You can reach Donoho at (541) 419-4735, or at

SiriusXM Radio announced it added 622,042 net subscribers in the second quarter of 2012, up 38 percent from 452,147 net subscribers added Q2 2011. The company has added over one million net subscribers in the first half of 2012. As of June 30, the satcaster had over 22.9 million subscribers. The company also increased its full year 2012 subscriber and revenue guidance. SiriusXM now expects its net new subscriber growth to approach 1.6 million and revenue to approach $3.4 billion in 2012. Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $875 million and free cash flow guidance of $700 million remain unchanged.
     "SiriusXM continues to demonstrate robust growth and strong operating execution despite a challenging economy. Our second quarter subscriber gains mark a record quarter of net additions since the merger of Sirius and XM in July 2008," said CEO Mel Karmazin. "While we continue to be conservative in the face of a weak US economic outlook, customers continue to embrace our unparalleled programming lineup, allowing us to raise subscriber guidance for the second time this year."

Universal Music Group (UMG) has appointed Jens Kessler to Chief Information Officer. Based in Los Angeles, Kessler will be responsible for all aspects of UMG’s Global Information Technology (IT) division, managing the strategy, development and implementation of all country and regional IT systems.

Alan Burns & Associates will launch a series of webinars this Thursday, July 12, on their annual study of women's perceptions and usage of radio and its digital competitors. Each webinar will be held on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET. More information can be found at

Twenty eight broadcast professionals will come to the mountaintop to teach as seventeen students come to learn during the 6th annual Kellar Radio Talent Institute on the campus of Appalachian State University, July 9 through 18. "Most importantly," says Dan Vallie, Founder and Director of the Kellar Radio Talent Institute, "with 7 out of ten of these students to date starting their careers in broadcasting or a related field, we are developing the next generation of broadcasters. The students come with enthusiasm and passion for the business and its very impressive how industry professionals sacrifice their time to come to the campus to teach sessions and give back to the industry."

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