Last week it was reported that Rob Cressman was exiting Saga Communications' Springfield, MA cluster for a new position. Cressman has landed at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment's Indianapolis cluster as its new OM. He will oversee Modern Rock WZRX, Classic Rock WFBQ and Sports WNDE-AM. Cressman's first day on the job will be December 16.
Micki Gamez exits the midday post at CHR WNOW/New York. Weekend talent Niko will handle middays for now.
At CHR/Rhythmic KBLZ-KAZE/Tyler-Longview, night host Dewayne "D Blaq" Black adds APD duties.
The Albany Business Journal reports Dan Austin is exiting the Market Manager post at Townsquare Media-Albany.
According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, ex-Radio One Urban AC WTLC DJ First Lady Khris Raye (real name: Krishna Henderson-Hutchinson) is being accused of payola, according to her former employer. Raye was let go last December and sued for back pay in June, but Radio One now says she violated the company's payola policies. "Henderson-Hutchinson engaged in an intimate personal relationship with a musical artist, whose songs (she) added to Radio One’s playlist and substantially increased on-air play without Radio One’s approval," the broadcaster said in a recent filing.
Emmis Communications has notified the SEC that the company and EVP/CFO/COO Patrick M. Walsh haveagreed to a new contract, which runs to July 31, 2017. Walsh's base salary will be $600,000 with scheduled annual raises of up to 2.5 percent.
Following recent reports that Twitter would be shutting down its Twitter #Music service, Billboard.biz says that it will be merely folded into the social network's main offerings. Sources say the #Music app will be integrated into its main feed, along with news, TV and movie content.
JacobsMedia announces its Techsurvey10 will launch in early 2014. President Fred Jacobs says, "The data from TS9 was spectacular, providing broadcasters with a unique look at their audiences. From the use of digital platforms to the emotional triggers that make broadcast radio unique across different generations, it was a groundbreaking study and helped the industry better understand the major changes taking place in social media, digital audio, mobile, and more. We're hoping to make Techsurvey10 bigger and better." This year for the first time, Techsurvey10 will include format-specific questions driven by participating stations. Jacobs Media is inviting stakeholder stations to submit questions and/or areas of interest to help guide programmers and better satisfy the needs of listeners by format. Broadcasters can sign up online www.jacobsmedia.com/techsurvey10 and/or contact Lisa Riker at Jacobs Media for more information: 248-353-9030 or email@example.com.
Jack Smedile will join the NAB as of November 4 as VP of Government Relations. Smedile will report to NAB EVP of Government Relations Kelly Cole.