At Rhythmic CHR WTMG/Gainesville, PD/afternoon host Russ Allen exits. APD Amanda Carter is tapped as interim PD.
Cumulus flips Modern Rock KENZ (101.9 The End)/Salt Lake City to Classic Hits as "Classic Hits 101.9." OM Sue Kelley is named PD of the station, as The End PD Tysen Webb remains at Cumulus-SLC for a position to be announced. Morning host Jimmy Chunga exits, and is replaced with the syndicated Bob and Tom Show, starting this Monday. The rest of the airstaff remains in tact.
Florida attorney Yechezekel Rodal has sued SiriusXM, claiming that telemarketers harassed him with regular phone calls to get him to subscribe to the satcaster. Rodal had leased a car with a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM included. According to the suit, Rodal claims SiriusXM was calling him on a consistent basis, even after he wrote to the company asking them to stop. Rodal filed suit this week in U.S. District Court, seeking monetary damages.
Sean Barth is named Director/Strategic Marketing for the T.J. Martell Foundation. Barth, who will oversee the West Coast office, will raise funds and bring awareness to the Foundation’s mission of funding leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.
Veteran Chicago radio and TV columnist Robert Feder announces the launch his new venture, RobertFeder.com. Says Feder, “I'm very happy to tell you that I will be launching my own Chicago media blog, RobertFeder.com, to be licensed and marketed by the Chicago Tribune Media Group. Under our agreement, I will retain sole ownership of the website and its content. The Tribune will be responsible for all advertising and technical support. I see this as a great opportunity to cover Chicago media in all its forms, expanding on the work I've been doing since I started at the Sun-Times in 1980 and later adapted to digital platforms at Vocalo and Time Out Chicago. This new venture with the Tribune guarantees that my blog will be editorially independent. I'm especially pleased to be working with my old friend and colleague, Bill Adee, who's vice president of digital for the Tribune and one of the smartest new media experts in the business. Of all the ideas I considered since I left Time Out last April, Bill's were by far the most creative, exciting and potentially rewarding. I expect to launch RobertFeder.com in early September.”