In Brief - May 10, 2013
May 10, 2013

Melanie Heinkel is named MD at Hot AC WSGL/Ft. Myers.

AC KQCS/Davenport middayer Steve Donovan is retiring. Donovan wraps up his 28 year radio career in the Quad Cities effective today.

Non-comm Triple A WTMD/Baltimore MD Tyler LaPorte has resigned from the station, with his last day still to be determined. LaPorte is considering all options and can be reached at or (443) 326-0632.

Dial Global announces the following new on-air line-ups for its Hot Country, Mainstream Country, Hot AC, Adult Contemporary and Rock 2.0 formats. At Hot Country, Ryan Fox joins for mornings to host Now with Ryan Fox from 6-10 a.m. ET, Monday through Saturday. Fox, who previously did mornings at KKGO/Los Angeles and KPLX/Dallas, replaces Jeff Young who segues to nights on the Mainstream Country 24/7 format. At Hot AC, Blake Powers takes afternoon drive on DG's Hot AC Total and Hot AC Local formats. Powers is best know for his time at KIMN/Denver and KTNI/Kansas City. Bernie Mack handles nights. Mack arrives from KLUV/Dallas. At Adult Contemporary, Chuck D joins for morning drive, Cathy Taylor anchors midday, Michael Gifford shits from mornings to afternoons and Debbie Diaz is heard at night. At Rock 2.0, Eddie Barella moves to fulltime midday host. Barella previously spent the past five years as Imaging Director and night talent at KBPI/Denver. All these changes impact immediately.

Outgoing FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Thursday that his last day on the job will be next Friday, May 17. As previously reported, Mignon Clyburn will serve as interim Chair of the Commission until Tom Wheeler is officially confirmed as the new head of the FCC.

Clear Channel has filed a patent application for technology that would allow for the replacement of songs in a stream with a different track. reports the application is for technology to substitute a song or advertisement when networked stations share programming but have other elements aimed at their own, specific audience.

Triton Digital announces that Jean-François Gadoury has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Gadoury will now be responsible for leading the entire company’s technology strategy and vision across all Triton Digital products. For the last six years, he served as the chief technology officer of Triton Digital’s streaming products.

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