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Beasley Same-Station Revenue Increases 7.6%

That $2.1 million increase in Q4 of 2016 was mainly due to an increase in political and double-digit increases in Tampa, Charlotte, and Las Vegas. Beasley Media CEO Caroline Beasley said the Greater Media stations, which the company closed on back in 2016, decreased 6.1% ($2.3 million) in Q4 with about 60% of the decline coming from the Philadelphia market. Beasley said that decline was due to the ownership change and transition.

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Entercom Finds Fisher Replacement

Richard Schmaeling will become the new CFO for Entercom on April 18. Schmaeling will succeed Steve Fisher, who is stepping down on April 30, after 18 years with the company.

NAB Snags 16 More Lawmakers

Fourteen Representatives and two Senators have joined as cosponsors of a resolution the NAB has been pushing that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act now has 156 cosponsors in the House and 17 in the Senate. Here are the latest Washington lawmakers that are now on your side...

Greater Media Transition On Track

Beasley Media CEO Caroline Beasley says the company will recognize a $45 million gain from the Greater Media transaction, based on the value of the assets and the price the company paid. She said the integration of Greater Media is on track and should be completed within the schedule the company set when it closed the deal.

Are You On This List?

The heart and center of Hispanic radio is heading to Fort Lauderdale as the industry’s most forward-thinking companies, researchers, and programmers attend the Hispanic Radio Conference, March 28-29. Record numbers of Hispanic radio broadcasters will be there, discussing revenue and ratings — and how to increase them — and sharing sales strategies, market research, programming tips, and crucial projections about the hottest market in media.

How To Market Yourself For Success

Tim Leary has been in radio since the age of 18. That includes doing weekend overnights for Loren (Loren and Wally) in Boston, tech producing for Steve Dahl, and writing and doing on-air characters for Mancow. He's worked in Boston, Chicago, Sacramento, Reno, Providence, Cleveland, and Savannah/Hilton Head, where he's settled in working for Alpha.

Who Are The Best Program Directors In America?

It's time for you to make your nominations for America's Best Programmers. Last year, SBS's Arturo Sosa, iHeart's Chris Conley and John Ivey, and CBS Radio's Jim Ryan and Kevin Weatherly topped our list. Can they do it again? Make your nomination HERE and check out the full 2016 list HERE.

Republicans Turn To Radio To Twist Arms

The American Action Network, a nonprofit group aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan, is turning up the heat on opponents of the American Health Care Act. The bill will be voted on by the House, Thursday, and according to The Washington Examiner, the non-profit launched a $10 million radio campaign on conservative talk stations in 28 House districts.

NAB Recruiter Registration Now Open

NAB Education Foundation’s Media Sales Institute has opened registration for recruiters. Media Sales Foundation is an intensive 7-day program that trains recent college graduates for careers in media sales. The registration deadline is Friday, March 31.

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Foxx Joins Adams

EJ Foxx has joined Adams Radio of Delmarva as midday host on “Your Country, 107.7 WKHI. A longtime Maryland and Washington DC native, Foxx has over 10 years experience as a PD and has worked at WASH FM in DC and on the air in Baltimore with WMAR TV. Adams owns and operates WKHI FM (Country), WGBG FM (Classic Rock), WZBH FM (Active Rock), and WOCQ FM (CHR) Maryland.

Gottlieb Lands With Fox Sports

It didn't take long to find out where Doug Gottlieb was headed after leaving the CBS Radio Sports Network. On Wednesday, Fox Sports Radio announced Gottlieb would be taking over the afternoon drive slot as of April 24. He replaces the Jay Mohr show which ended back in January.

Dustin Hoffmann Wins Doan Award

No, not the star of Midnight Cowboy and The Graduate. It’s KLGR’s (Redwood Falls, MN) Farm Director. The Doan award is the highest honor from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and recognizes excellence in reporting skill, thoroughness, and attention to audience interest. Hoffmann has been employed at KLGR since February of 2010 and Farm Director since July 2014.

OK Gets Their JJ

J.J. Ryan is headed to Oklahoma City from his current base of Sacramento to take up the role of Program Director for Hits station KJ103, and 96.1 KXY Country. Ryan will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee on-air, digital, and music programming for the radio station brands and their local events.

Former Radio Martí PD Dies at 58

Starting in 1985, Radio Martí broadcast Spanish-language news into communist Cuba. According to The Miami Herald 26-year-old Oscar Barcelo started with the station that year and stayed for 13, including eight as PD. Barcelo then went on to work for Voice of America in Miami for 18 years. He died of cancer March 4. Picture courtesy Miami Herald.

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Triton Expands Into Latin America

Triton Digital announced on Tuesday that the company has expanded its Webcast Metrics’ online audience monthly rankers to Latin America. The first-ever ranker for Latin America was released Tuesday.

Amna Nawaz Ready To Make Listeners Uncomfortable

As our socio-political climate becomes one constant monsoon, ABC Radio is launching a podcast to give voice to the disparate views being shouted through the tumult. ABC News’ Amna Nawaz new podcast is called Uncomfortable and she will be going head-to-head with influential voices in America to tackle some of the country’s most divisive issues.

NextRadio Now Available In Colombia

Colombia joins Mexico and Peru as Latin American countries where consumers can tune to their favorite local FM radio stations using the NextRadio app. Later this year, additional expansion is planned to cover more Latin American countries by offering NextRadio within the Google Play Store in Brazil and Argentina.

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