Y100/Miami gets creative with a unique spin on holiday weekend talent. APD/MD Valentine tells FMQB, "Cool little thing we are doing. Listeners tell us their favorite party songs, and we load them into the Party Pod. Flo Rida had his turn hosting, Elvis Duran hosted, and now Miamiís own Pitbull will take over the latest Y100 Party Pod. The entire Y100 family handed their keys to Pitbull so we all can have time off. It all starts Friday at 3pm, and goes till Monday at 6p. You can check it out on Y100, Y100.com, and through iHeartRadio." Sounds like a trend could be starting here.
CHR KHTT/Tulsa elevates middayer Cristal to morning co-host of its The Morning After show.
Dana Daniels will exit the MD/midday post at AC KEZK/St. Louis on September 5.
As non-comm Triple A WTMD/Baltimore prepares to move into its new facility, it has added two new staff members. Sam Gallant will work on coverage of the local music scene and Lee Geary has joined corporate sponsorships and program underwriting department.
At Classic Rock WRCN/Long Island, on September 4 the station will usher in a new morning show, The Real Radio Show hosted by Frankie Dee with Henry K and A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister. The new show replaces Glen & Friends. The station is also tweaking the music by integrating newer mainstream rock titles to its playlist.
Arbitron announces that Manish Bhatia has joined the company in the newly created position of EVP, New Product Innovation. Bhatia will direct the Arbitron cross-platform initiatives and lead the teams that are developing additional research services outside the company's core radio business. Since 2010, Bhatia had been President and CEO for Symphony Advanced Media, a Silicon Valley-based startup serving advertisers with cross-media insights.
Amy Osler is upped to SVP of Music at CBS Television. Osler will continue to work on the studio's music integrations and serve as the liaison between the network and the music industry.
RealNetworks is expected to cut 160 jobs as part of a plan to reduce the online audio company's expenses. According to multiple reports, this number makes up 14 percent of RealNetworks' total workforce.
Google has allowed Grooveshark's music streaming app to return to the Android store, after removing it for close to a year due to the service's legal battles with the major labels.