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Bubba Claims Cox Threatened Nielsen With Congressional Inquiry

In the back-and-forth battle between Bubba The Love Sponge and Nielsen, Bubba has filed a new counter-claim against the ratings firm over allegations he tampered with ratings. Bubba claims Cox demanded Nielsen pressure Beasley to fire in Tampa. And if Nielsen did not implement the "death penalty" sanction, Cox threatened to file a lawsuit against Nielsen, seek an MRC audit and Congressional inquiry into Nielsen’s PPM data collection adequacy.

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What Entercom Will Pay Their New CFO

Yesterday we reported that Entercom has hired Richard Schmaeling to replace CFO Steve Fisher on April 18. Today we know what the company will pay Schmaeling. His base salary will be $525,000 through April 30, 2018. Schmaeling will receive a monthly car allowance, reimbursement for moving expenses, and lodging of up to six months.

Lew Quits Cumulus Board

At a meeting of the Cumulus Board on Monday Cumulus founder Lew Dickey, who was Vice Chairman of the Board, resigned. The reason given was "to pursue other professional interests." In their 2011 agreement the Dickey family is entitled to designate one member of the Cumulus Board. Lew informed the Board that he was designating his brother John Dickey to replace him.

Millenials Vs. Gen Xers And What They Think About Radio

Next Thursday, at the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Entravision's Angie Balderas will host a panel called "Old School/New School: Bridging the Gap between Gen X Managers and Millennial Sellers." These two groups have different ways of doing things, they are motivated differently, and they have very different ideas about marketing and selling radio. Next Thursday, it will all be on the table for managers to hear and learn.

Storm Ends Station’s Life

Albany, Georgia's first-ever radio station, WGPC-AM, is gone for good. The station went dark on January 2 after a big storm came through town twisting its tower to pieces and depositing three trees in the studio. WALB-TV reports that Cumulus has surrendered the license back to the FCC. WGPC signed on in 1933, and was Albany's only radio station until 1941.

Detroit Politician Fired From Radio Gig

It only took six months for former City Council president Monica Conyers to lose her weekday afternoon hosting job on WDFD-AM in Detroit. The Detroit Free Press reports that Conyers was fired for violation of corporate policy. Conyers disputes what the radio station claims and says she left on her own and did not want to be associated with the station any longer.

NAB Snags 16 More Lawmakers

14 Representatives and 2 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 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...

WBEB-FM Philadelphia Takes Home The Gold

The station won five awards for Excellence in Broadcasting from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. WBEB won for outstanding achievements in radio and television across the state of Pennsylvania. Here's a list of the awards the station took home...

Here Is Your Spanish Broadcast Team

Westwood One will be broadcasting the upcoming NCAA Men’s Final Four in Spanish, the championship’s first-ever Spanish language broadcast on any platform. The event will be produced by Westwood One an ESPN Deportes. The trio of Rafael Hernández Brito, Greivis Vásquez, and Clemson Smith Muñiz will announce all the action.

CRS 2017 Content Now Online

CRS 2017 was a huge success as well as a cornucopia of valuable information. Now available to CRS 2017 registrants, the panel sessions and educational handouts from this year’s event are online for streaming. To access them, registrants should visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com and log in using the username and password they created upon registering.

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Former Joyner Sidekick Joins Steve Harvey

This week, J. Anthony Brown announced that as of April 17 he'll be a permanent member of the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Harvey is syndicated by Premiere, which did not confirm what Brown announced. Brown was part of the Tom Joyner Morning Show for 20 years until November 2016 when it was announced he would no longer be part of the show. In January of 2016, Brown walked off the Joyner show and said he was quitting.

Westwood One Promotes Wildman

Mark Wildman has been promoted to EVP for Strategic Partnerships at Westwood One. Wildman will now lead the company’s new business development initiatives for both the network and spot sales. Wildman joined Westwood last October from William Morris where he was responsible for selling media, sponsorship, and content programs.

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.

OK Gets Their JJ

J.J. Ryan is headed to Oklahoma City from his current base of Sacramento to take up the role of PD for Hits station KJ103, and 96.1 KXY Country. Prior to Sacramento, Ryan also had stops in Tulsa and Fayettville.

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.

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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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