In Brief - February 4, 2013
February 4, 2013

Marc Rivieccio has been promoted to Director of Marketing for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment-New York.  In his new role, he will oversee all marketing and promotions for CCM+E-New York’s six stations and will manage the planning and execution of all major station events including Z100’s Jingle Ball, KTUphoria and 106.7 Lite fm’s Broadway in Bryant Park. Rivieccio will lead the New York cluster’s marketing and promotions team and work closely with the sales department to coordinate third party opportunities to drive sales. Rivieccio has been with Clear Channel New York since 1999 when he started as an intern at WKTU. Since then he has worked his way up holding a variety of positions – most recently Director of Promotions for all of Clear Channel-New York’s events. Rivieccio has led the operations for the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard and Son since its grand opening in 2009 and has been a key member of the planning and on-site execution team for the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Rivieccio will report to Thea Mitchum, VP of Programming for CCM+E-New York.

Cumulus has unveiled the new format for 98.9/Atlanta, as the frequency flips to Christian Country with "98.9 The Walk." In a statement, Cumulus describes "The Walk" as "Targeting those individuals who love a special kind of Country music, people whose family values are strong, and those who are tired of being offended by what they hear on their radio. The Walk is exactly that … a radio station for people who want to hear their favorite songs, without anything that’s inappropriate or embarrassing. We’re perfect to listen to when you want to escape all of the negativity in the world. No silly or inappropriate DJ-Talk and music that’s safe to listen to no matter where you are and no matter when you listen." It can be heard online at 989thewalk.com.

CHR Rhythmic WLLD/Tampa, Meredith Walusek joins for morning co-host duties as part of Orlando & The Freakshow. Walusek had been co-hosting mornings down the hall at Sports WHFS. Also at the station, JJ Paone is named Promotion Director, who joins from his current post where he oversee promotions at Clear Channel-Sarasota.

Night host Chase makes the leap to afternoons at CHR WPOI/Tampa.

Steve Wazz exits nights at CHR KDWB/Minneapolis.

Michael Czarnecki is named PD at CHR KIFS/Medford, OR.
 
Pepper is exiting Wilks Broadcasting-Reno to move to Seattle later this month. She served as APD/MD/afternoon host for Hot AC KMXW and weekender/specialty host of "The New Pollution" for Triple A KTHX.

Entercom Classic Rock KUZX/San Francisco & KUFX/San Jose names Chris Hoffman as PD, effective February 18. He replaces Garner Goin.

Matt Spatz is named PD of Classic Rock WYFM/Youngstown, OH. He segues from across the hall at Cumulus Rock WWIZ.

Ryan Giles, Promotions Director/Webmaster at Modern Rock KMYZ and Classic Hits KTSO/Tulsa, exits to become Director/Marketing and Promotions at Sports KSTP-AM.

Donny Osmond announces he is ending his syndicated daily radio show after three years, at the end of March. He will continue his two daily, syndicated featured segments via USRN.

Patti Taylor has been named General Sales Manager of Greater Media Classic Rocker WCSX/Detroit.

Michael Herring, former VP of Operations for Adobe, joins Pandora as its new CFO.

Allen Kepler, President of Broadcast Architechture/Smooth Jazz Network, takes the wraps off Kepler Consulting, a new consulting firm intended to advise entertainment and media companies, research firms and talent. Kepler Consulting has already inked an exclusive media consulting and business development agreement with technology company Dialsmith, who pioneered continuous, moment-to-moment feedback research methodologies with their Perception Analyzer. You can check out the company profile at www.KeplerConsulting.com.

Disney Interactive and VEVO announce a partnership "to create family-friendly music and video experiences." The partnership will include co-branded complementary destinations. Disney will feature videos from VEVO’s catalog of more than 50,000 music videos on Disney.com, and Disney will curate and program the family-friendly music video experience across VEVO’s online, mobile/tablet and connected TV platforms and on Disney.com. As part of the pact, Disney Interactive will collaborate with VEVO to produce music-focused original programming, including coverage of exclusive events, music video premieres and live music experiences with Disney recording artists, which will feature across both companies’ platforms.

Marketron announces an expanded, multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with Townsquare Media, to deploy Marketron software and services across the company's entire business. "Marketron's open platform delivers on Townsquare's goal to improve efficiencies and increase the revenue potential of all our stations," said Stu Rosenstein, EVP/CFO of Townsquare Media. "By optimizing the backend of our business with Marketron, we will be better able to utilize data-driven business intelligence to run a smarter and more efficient organization." Townsquare will deploy Marketron's software and services across the company's entire business, covering billings, orders, traffic, business intelligence (via Marketron's Insight reporting product) and future services. Townsquare currently owns 243 stations across 51 U.S. media markets, and Marketron will be responsible for handling all data management for the current stations, as well as future stations acquired by Townsquare.

NPR will reportedly begin to move into its new headquarters some time in March, in a different part of Washington, D.C.




 
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