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iHeartMedia Promotes Senior Programmers To Executive Vice Presidents
Executive Vice President of Programming team will work closely with division Presidents as part of iHeartMedia's new operation structure for its markets. [more]

February 9, 2016

RAB: Radio Increasing Focus On Digital Sales
Study shows digital sales poised to grow revenue 14% in 2016.

107.1 The Brew Is Sacramento's New Home For Rock

In Brief - February 9, 2016
February 8, 2016

"Saturday Night Online" Rebrands As "Most Requested Live With Romeo"
Superadio's syndicated interactive show also welcomes it's 150th affilate.

iHeartMedia Names Travis Moon Director of Country Operations for the Austin-San Antonio Region

Entercom Kansas City Announces Appoints Alan Furst PD Of KMBZ
February 5, 2016

Stu Bergen Named CEO, International & Global Commercial Services For Warner Music Group
Longtime label exec to oversees WMG’s international Recorded Music operations outside the U.S. and UK.

JoJo Turnbeaugh Named SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Las Vegas

In Brief - February 5, 2016
February 4, 2016

John Strazza Joins RECORDS
Barry Weiss' newly-formed partnership with SONGS Music Publishing continues its radio department expansion.

Greater Media Promotes Buzz Knight to SVP of Program Development

MIWs Announce Results from 2015 Gender Analysis
February 3, 2016

Leslie Moonves Named Chairman Of CBS Corporation
He replaces Sumner Redstone who resigns as Executive Chairman and is named Chairman Emeritus.

FADER Label Annouces New Distribution Deal With Caroline

Jeff Hickcox Returns To Beasley SWFL As Promotions & Events Director
February 2, 2016

SiriusXM Reports Major Subscriber Growth, Record Revenue in 2015
The satcaster has announced its Q4 and 2015 fiscal results.

BMG US Promotes Zach Katz To President Of Music Publishing

Bentley Named MD/Afternoon Drive Host at WEDG/Buffalo

SoundExchange Ends Record-Setting Year, $800 Million to Recording Artists and Record Labels
February 1, 2016

Alissa Pollack Named iHeartMedia EVP of Global Music Marketing
Pollack will head iHeart's new initiative, using data to connect brands, artists and labels.

Entercom Atlanta Announces Jeff Dauler to Lead Mornings On STAR 94

John Shomby Named Director Of Programming for NASH Network

In Brief - February 1, 2016
January 29, 2016

This week’s Cover Story focuses on the many achievements of Mike “OD” O’Donnell, who as the OM of Entercom’s Northeast, PA cluster has managed to maintain a rare dual dominance in the market with two of the company’s most vital assets and perennial winners: Heritage Top 40 WKRZ and Country WGGY (Froggy). OD addresses a variety of issues challenging all programmers these days and offers some profound insights. Programming to Win features Pat Welsh as he takes a look around the tech world to give us an update on the latest innovations and how they can be applied to the radio industry. We present career changing moments in Question of The Week, and The History Page takes a look back at Guy Zapoleon, Todd Cavanah, John Boulos, Kevin Weatherly, John Roberts, Fernando Ventura, among others.

Alpha Media Promotes Two Portland Stars to Music Director
Danny Dwyer and Amanda "ICE" Habrowski add MD stripes.

Justin Ragland To Head SummitMedia Birmingham Marketing & Promotions
January 28, 2016

WDRV/Chicago Names Rob Cressman Program Director
Cressman will oversee programming for the NAB Marconi Awards Rock Station of The Year WDRV-FM (The Drive).

Matt O'Grady Named Chief Executive Officer Of Nielsen Catalina Solutions

Frank Arigo Named Senior Vice President Of Marketing For Columbia Records
January 27, 2016

NAB Debuts Podcast Focused on Radio
The bi-weekly podcast will focus on public policy issues, new technologies and proven business strategies for radio broadcasters.

NAB Launches Program To Foster Broadcast Technology Innovation
January 26, 2016

Cumulus Adds Programming Resources To Support Local Programmers and Stations
Platform bolstered by new appointments to programming support team and promotions of key programming professionals.

Mike Easterlin Named President Of Fueled By Ramen & Roadrunner Records

David Walls To Lead Cumulus Birmingham As VP/Market Manager

Ellen K Named Voice Of The 2016 Grammys

Sunday Night Slow Jams Sends Early Valentine to Radio Stations

iHeartMedia SVP of Programming Jeff Hurley Expands His Market Coverage

Heidi Raphael Promoted to Greater Media SVP of Corporate Communication

In Brief - January 26, 2016
January 25, 2016

SDLocal Names Garett Michaels Director Of Rock Programming
Michaels will continue his duties as PD of KFM-BFM while also overseeing 91X.

Johnjay & Rich Show Extend Deal With KZZP/Phoenix & Premiere Radio Networks

Impact Radio Group Hires Booker as New APD of KZMG

In Brief - January 25, 2016
Cumulus Media SVP/Operations Tom Schurr exits
January 22, 2016

Report: Live365 Shutting Down
Longtime Internet radio provider will end its services as of January 31.

Cumulus Brings Shila To New York And NASH FM Middays

Radio Disney's Total Request Now Launches Saturday

Piolin Returns to Dallas-Fort Worth Radio Monday on La GRANDE 107.5fm
January 21, 2016

iHeartRadio Surpasses 80 Million Registered Users
iHeartRadio has been downloaded more than 850 million times, has 80 million social media followers and is now available on more than 80 unique device platforms.

WTMX-FM Chicago To Receive NAB Crystal Heritage Award At NAB Show
January 21, 2016

Cumulus Promotes McCann & Cohen To Lead Washington, D.C. Stations
Jake McCann is upped to Vice President/Market Manager while Beth Cohen is named Vice President/Sales.

Dan Mason To Address Conclave 41

WRIF-FM/Detroit Inks Multi-year Renewal Deal with Dave & Chuck the Freak

Entertainment One Acquires Dualtone Muisc Group

Legendary Rock DJ Ed Sciaky Honored By Asbury Angels Class Of 2016 As A ‘Guardian Angel’

In Brief - January 20, 2016
January 19, 2016

iHeartMedia Seattle Realigns Programming
Top 40 KBKS becomes Hot AC, KUBE moves to a Mainstream CHR, KUBE's Rhythmic brand finds a new home on 104.9.

CBS Radio Phoenix Names Dave Pugh SVP/Market Manager & Director of Sales

Matt Sawin Promoted To SVP/Marketing & Commercial Development For Caroline

Starbucks Announces Deal With Spotify

Beasley Media Group Announces Promotions In Tampa Bay

Cox Media Group Atlanta Radio Taps Tad Lemire for B98.5
January 18, 2016

Apple To Charge For iTunes Radio
iTunes Radio will no longer be free as it becomes part of its subscription service Apple Music.

WXRT Structure Changes

Len Shackelford Returns To Orlando To Program 103.1 The Wolf

In Brief - January 18, 2016
January 15, 2016

This week’s Cover Story spotlight shines on the multi-dimensional and multi-talented Willobee, the current Director of Broadcast Operations and PD for Shamrock's four station cluster in Reno, including ALT outlet KRZQ. While spending most of his career in radio, Willobee’s side ventures of artist management and venue management proved to be valuable experiences to draw from when he returned to radio. In Programming to Win, Robby Bridges has crafted a New Year's Checklist. Bridges gives both programmers and air talent a list of things to think about and ways to stay focused in the months ahead. Question of the Week asks: With the “Awards” season upon us, what qualities do you think the consummate Grammy host should possess and who do you feel would best fit the bill? And Remembering David Bowie: An FMQB Flashback Interview from 1999 with some classic Bowie shots featured on the FMQB History page.

iHeartMusic Festival Announced For September 23 and 24
iHeartMedia's annual event will return to Las Vegas, along with its Daytime Village and Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star contest.

KZZP/Phoenix Names Kaden New Late Afternoon Host
In Brief - January 15, 2015
January 14, 2016

Beasley Promotes Adam Star To OM Of Fort Myers Cluster
Also announced new opportunuties for Chris Beasley and "Stino."

Cox Media Group Radio Names Jodi Rainey Director of National Sales

In Brief - January 14, 2016
January 13, 2016

iHeartMedia Promotes Four Senior Executives To Newly Created Roles
36 new region Presidents, leaders drawn from within iHeartMedia, will manage decision-making and company resources closer to markets.

Universal Music Group and SoundCloud Announce Landmark Partnership

United Stations Acquires Assets of Nineball Radio

MIW Radio Group Mentoring Program Accepting Applications

In Brief - January 13, 2016
January 12, 2016

WHTP (Hot 104.7)/Maine Builds On-Air Lineup
Imports Krissy (Kristina Williamson) from 103.3 Amp Radio in Boston.

CJ Lusk Joins Cumulus Atlanta As Midday Host At WKHX-FM

In Brief - January 12, 2016
John Strazza Set To Exit RCA
January 11, 2016

Capitol Records Names Nate Albert Executive Vice President Of A&R
Creative executive behind signing and development of The Weeknd and others relocates to Hollywood for new position.

iHeartCountry Festival 2016 Announced

Entercom South Florida Taps Kenny Walker For Mornings On WMXJ (102.7 The Beach)

In Brief - January 11, 2016
January 8, 2015

Emmis Announces Third Quarter Earnings
The announcement included news of staff reductions and pay cuts on the heels of disappointing radio growth in 2015.

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Music News

Gwen Stefani Announces New Album, Filming Live Video During Grammys
Stefani will release This Is What The Truth Feels Like on March 18 and perform a live music video during the Grammys. [more]

Taylor Swift Leads Nominees for iHeartRadio Music Awards
The Weeknd, Adele, Drake, and Justin Bieber also earn multiple nods.

Quick Hits: Kanye West, Disturbed & Breaking Benjamin, Lionel Richie tribute, Seether, Lamb of God, Way Home festival, Good Charlotte

Beyoncé Announces "Formation" Stadium Tour, Releases New Single
After her Super Bowl halftime appearance, Beyoncé announced her biggest world tour yet.

Metallica At CBS RADIO’s “THE NIGHT BEFORE” Concert in San Francisco

Rihanna Reaches #1 With Anti
Her new album climbs to the top of the Billboard 200 in its first full week of availability.

Quick Hits: Grammy Awards, Zayn, Adele, Dead & Company, The Monkees, The Neighbourhood

Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White Dead At 74
The co-founder of the influential R&B/funk band passed away on Thursday.

The Entertainment World Remember Maurice White

Quick Hits: Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Future, The Lumineers, Stone Temple Pilots

Justin Bieber, Pitbull and More Added to Grammy Lineup
Eleven new performers have been added to Monday Night's awards show.

Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, Future

Lady Gaga to Honor Bowie at Grammys, Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl
Gaga will perform a special David Bowie tribute for next week's Grammy Awards, as well as "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday.

Quick Hits: Juno Awards, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Grammys, Joe Bunch

Quick Hits: Kanye West, Five Finger Death Punch & Shinedown, Big Boi, Disclosure, The Roots Picnic, Moonstone Festival

RIAA Announces New Certification Methods
A new methodology will incorporate streaming data into Gold and Platinum certifications.

Quick Hits: Adele, Rihanna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fleetwood Mac Fest, Jefferson Airplane, Smashing Pumpkins, Halestorm, Santigold

Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Paul Kantner Passes Away
The guitarist/singer for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship dies at the age of 74.

Quick Hits: Rihanna, Zayn, Kanye West, Coldplay, Shawn Mendes

TIDAL Surprises Fans with New Rihanna Album
Anti is now available for streaming and purchase exclusively via TIDAL for one week.

Coldplay To Tour U.S. Stadiums
The group will visit seven football stadiums throughout the States this summer.

Quick Hits: Rick Ross, J. Cole, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Halsey, Deftones, Sting, Lionel Richie Tribute Concert

Kanye West Changes Album Title, Track List
After saying his new album will be called Swish for months, West renamed it Waves.

Quick Hits: Rihanna, The Grammys, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Vampire Weekend

Kanye West Sets Live Premiere For Swish
The rapper will perform his new album in its entirety at Madison Square Garden on February 11.

Quick Hits: Dave Matthews Band, Brand New & Modest Mouse, Miley Cyrus, Forecastle Festival, The Joy Formidable

Quick Hits: The Grammys, Kanye West, Zayn Malik, Brian Wilson

Panic! at the Disco Top Billboard 200 For The First Time
Death of a Bachelor arrives at #1 on this week's Billboard chart.

Quick Hits: Wiz Khalifa, Adele, Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey, Marilyn Manson

Quick Hits: Josh Homme & Iggy Pop, Radiohead, The Last Shadow Puppets, Pete Yorn

Bonnaroo Lineup Led By Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, LCD Soundsystem
The 15th anniversary edition of the annual festival will take place June 9-12 in Manchester, TN.

Quick Hits: The Grammys, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N' Roses, Timbaland

Glenn Frey of Eagles Mourned Online
Celebrity fans remember the musician, who passed away on Monday.

Pearl Jam Unveils North American Tour Plans
The band will be on the road from April through August.

Quick Hits: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Disturbed & Rob Zombie, Sting & Peter Gabriel, Ice Cube & N.W.A., Black Sabbath, Killswitch Engage, Tower of Power

Eagles' Co-Founder Glenn Frey Passes Away At 67
The singer/songwriter succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.

Blackstar Gives Bowie His First #1 Album
The late music icon's final record dethrones Adele atop the Billboard 200.

Quick Hits: Future, Wiz Khalifa, My Morning Jacket, Blowfly, Mott the Hoople

Weezer Announce "White Album," Summer Tour
The veteran alt-rock band will release their third self-titled album on April 1.

Quick Hits: David Bowie, Adele, Celine Dion, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Adam Lambert

David Bowie's Family Planning Private Funeral
Meanwhile, Bowie set a Vevo record as his catalog drew 51 million views in one day on Monday.

Quick Hits: Lady Gaga / Sam Smith / The Weeknd, Charlie Puth, Janet Jackson, Usher, Run D.M.C.

SiriusXM Brings Back All-Bowie Channel
Meanwhile, Blackstar is expected to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.

Quick Hits: Michael Jackson, Mountain Jam, Imagine Dragons

Musicians Continue to Honor David Bowie
Producer Tony Visconti says: "He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift."

Quick Hits: Adam Lambert, Tinashe, Rocklahoma, Sasquatch!, Bonnaroo, Air + Style Festival

David Bowie Dies At Age 69
The legendary singer just released his 25th album, Blackstar, last week.

The World Mourns David Bowie

David Bowie in Concert
FMQB staff photographer Jim Rinaldi shares some of his photos of the music icon over the years.

Quick Hits: album sales, Golden Globe Awards, Kanye West, Cage the Elephant / Silversun Pickups / Foals, Shaky Knees Festival, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie


FMQB Retro-Active: Ken Sharp Talks to Cherie Currie, and Reviews Live Releases From The Who and The Rolling Stones

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