In Brief - January 6, 2014
January 6, 2014

Beasley Rhythmic CHR WRDW (Wired 96.5)/Philadelphia PD Dan Hunt exits "Philly’s Party Station" and the search is on for Wired's next great Program Director. An on-air shift is not required but the candidate will need to be an excellent talent/morning show coach and have the ability to work with all departments. Qualified candidates will need to have at least five years of proven success as a Rhythmic CHR programmer, preferably in a major market. Get your best package now to Justin Chase, Vice President of Programming, Beasley Broadcast Group at: programmingjobs@bbgi.com.

At Rhythmic CHR WBQT (HOT 96.6)/Boston, Jackson Blue is named afternoon drive host, starting Wednesday, January 8. Blue most recently spent the past nine years as the evening host at KISS 108 in Boston. "Greater Media Boston remains committed to attracting our industry's 'A' talent," said Cadillac Jack, Director of Programming at Greater Media-Boston. "The addition of a compelling personality like Jackson Blue clearly reaffirms that. When presented with multiple opportunities as to where he wanted to grow his career, I'm thrilled Jackson chose Hot 96.9 and I'm very confident that our listeners will be as well."

Morning host Blake Hayes exits Hot AC KHMX/Houston for morning co-host duties at Hot AC WMGX/Portland, ME. Hayes will be paired with Eva Matteson.

After stunting over the weekend, Cumulus Modern Rock WRKN/New Orleans flips to Country NASH-FM. PD Jason Ginty and APD/MD Stacey Brady exit. Cumulus is looking for an experienced Country format PD and air-talent. Apply to mike.mcvay@cumulus.com.

At CHR/Rhythmic KXHT/Memphis, the station adds the the syndicated Ricky Smiley morning show. As a result, current morning host TK shifts to middays, current middayer Superman will now produce the Ricky Smiley show, and Raxx continues as PD/afternoon talent.

WALR (KISS 104.1 FM)/Atlanta is launching The Monica Pearson Show, featuring Atlanta broadcast legend and award-winning journalist Monica Pearson, beginning January 12. Pearson’s new show will air Sunday’s from noon to 2 p.m. and will feature engaging talk, smooth R&B music from the 70s to today, and information from one of Atlanta’s most-trusted media talents. 

As previously reported on Friday, The Jagger Mafia has reuntied for mornings at Modern Rock KDGE (102.1 The Edge)/Dallas. The Jagger Mafia morning show reunites original members Chris Jagger, Mondo Mike Vasquez and Jasmine Sadry, while Josh Hart will join the show as Producer and former show regular, Dean Lewis, will return for special occasions throughout the year. The Jagger Mafia morning show was last heard on The Edge in 2006. "As much fun as it was to do other formats, The Edge is where I started and it's really exciting to come back," said Jagger. "It will be great to do what I love with the people I care most about at the station that first welcomed me to Dallas." "We are very excited to bring The Jagger Mafia back to The Edge,” said Deidre Richter, President of CCM+E-Dallas. "2014 is going to be a great year and we can't wait to share the show with the Dallas/Ft. Worth area."

MD Eric Holmes exits KSWD/Los Angeles as his postion has been eliminated. Holmes, who will continue to operate his management company/consultancy, Howl, can be reached at Eric@howlnow.com.

Triple A KMTN/Jackson Hole PD Mark “Fish” Fishman has been upped to OM of the Rich Broadcasting Jackson Hole cluster, overseeing all of the Rich stations in the market.

Music Allies Founder Sean O’Connell is now running the Hangout Music Festival, while continuing with Music Allies. In addition, Paul Langton has joined Music Allies leading radio promotion and consulting on festival marketing. O’Connell’s contact info stays the same and Langton can be reached at pwlangton@gmail.com.

Cox Media Group-Tampa promotes Stephanie Sabota to Local Sales Manager for its six-station cluster. Sabota has been with CMG-Tampa as an Account Manager for the last four years.

The Verge reports that ex-FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has joined the Carlyle Group, as a partner and managing director of its U.S. buyouts team.

TagStation has released its newest update on the NextRadio app, which has reached over 110,000 downloads, as more than 6,000 FM stations have been tuned in to via the app. There have also been more than 60,000 hours of listening via the NextRadio app for mobile phones.

Double C Promotions announces the addition of Tyler Treves and Jaison Henderson. "Tyler and Jaison were looking to take the next step in their careers, and I could not pass up the opportunity to work with them," said Anthony ‘ChaChi’ Siscar, owner of Double C Promotions. "They are the perfect guys for Alternative radio promotion: they have radio promo experience and are music-loving musicians who are highly motivated to have an impact on the industry. Both will be starting Double C duties effective immediately. he addition of Tyler and Jaison in the Specialty radio promotion division will also help with the rolling out of Double C, Inc. in Los Angeles. More on that soon…"

FMQB offers condolences to the family and friends of San Diego Padres longtime Hall of Fame Broadcaster, and former New York Yankees second baseman Jerry Coleman who passed away on Sunday (1/5). He was 89.

Saul Zaentz, former head of Fantasy Records and longtime movie producer, passed away over the weekend at the age of 92. Zaentz famously had a long-time feud with John Fogerty over the rights to Creedance Clearwater Revival's music.




 
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