In Brief - January 9, 2013
January 9, 2013

Cumulus Media announced a number of programming changes across the country today. Among them:

  • Ken Johnson is named OM of Music Stations at Cumulus-Birmingham, overseeing both Urban WUHT and CHR WZZR.
  • Greg Dunkin joins the Topeka cluster as OM/PD for AC KMAJ and Classic Hits KWIC.
  • Sue Kelley and Dain Craig are both named Co-OM for Cumulus-Salt Lake City.
  • Dan Persigehl is named PD of Classic Hits KCMO and AC KCJK/Kansas City.
  • Danny Lyons is upped to OM for AC WEBE & News/Talk WICC-AM in Bridgeport, CT.
  • In Westchester, NY, Jolana Leigh Smith arrives as PD for AC WFAS-FM & News/Talk WFAS-AM.
  • Tom Meredith is named PD of Classic Hits WJEZ/Bloomington, IL.
  • Hillary Gordon joins Triple A KBXR/Columbia, MO as PD.

Jimmy Steele exits Clear Channel-San Diego, where he spent the past seven years. Steele was OM/VP of Programming, as well as PD for Hot AC KMYI and Rhythmic AC KOGO.

Due to budget cuts, Trent Edwards exits the APD/Production Director seat at Hot AC KEXX/Phoenix.
Bill O'Brien exits the PD post for Dial Global's Hot AC Network. O'Brien's duties will reportedly be handled by Dial Global's Denver office. O'Brien joined the company in February 2008.

At KINK/Portland, Archer exits as Production and Image Production Director.

Triton Digital has announced a partnership with data and analytics engine eXelate. The agreement will enable Triton to integrate eXelate data into its advertising solutions to deliver highly targeted in-stream audio ads. Through this partnership, Triton will deliver streaming audio ads based on data and insight on consumers’ online purchase intent, household demographics, and behavioral propensities. This data will enable Triton to further optimize ad targeting leading to increased monetization for music publishers.

iBiquity Digital Corporation has announced expanded support for HD Radio Technology from a wide array of automakers. There are now 29 automotive brands that currently offer or have announced plans to offer HD Radio audio, traffic or data features. Now that most automakers have launched HD Radio Technology for the digital AM & FM audio features, many OEMs, including Toyota, Lexus and Mitsubishi are planning to use the digital broadcasts to receive traffic and data information as well.
     "We are very pleased with the continued rapid roll out of HD Radio Technology in cars as we head into 2013. Seven additional automakers have added HD Radio receivers to dozens of new vehicle models in the last year and Toyota, Lexus and Mitsubishi have announced plans to be the first car manufacturers to use the HD Radio system to bring subscription-free real-time digital traffic information to their drivers," said Bob Struble, iBiquity Digital President/CEO.  "We are excited about the future, as more automakers will soon announce added or expanded HD Radio advanced audio, traffic and data features."

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Jon Zellner
EVP/Programming Operations

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