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“Radio Suffers From A Woeful Lack Of Industry Advocacy”

That statement from Entercom CEO David Field may rub some people the wrong way, but that's one of the reasons he believes radio doesn't get a higher share of ad spending. Field was detailing the new opportunity he says Entercom and the radio industry have with the Entercom-CBS merger.

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Univision, Nielsen Audio Sign Extension

Univision has signed a multi-year extension on their agreement with Nielsen Audio. The renewal covers all of Univision's 64 owned and operated stations in 16 markets, which include the top 10 U.S. Hispanic markets, with an audience reach of more than 16.1 million listeners per week, as well as Univision's national radio network.

Alan Colmes Passes After Brief Illness

Alan Colmes, syndicated radio talk show host, and co-host and liberal half of the popular Fox political-debate show Hannity and Colmes, passed away Thursday morning. He was 66.

Roberts Named VP Country Programming At CBS RADIO 

Big news coming out of CBS RADIO Thursday as the company names veteran country music programmer Tim Roberts to his second VP role. Roberts will also retain his current position of VP of Music Programming for CBS RADIO Detroit, with direct programming oversight of Country station WYCD-FM, Classic Hits WOMC-FM, and Top 40 WDZH-FM.

Field: CBS Was Always Our Optimal Target

During his Q4 earnings call, Entercom CEO David Field said he looked at buying both ABC and Citadel but was discipline enough to pass on those deals due to price, leverage and asset composition issues. "CBS has always represented the best fit, the strongest brands, people and culture and the optimal combined platform for the future."

Entercom Q4 Same Station Revenue up 3%

Overall revenue for the quarter was up 5% and CEO David Field said it was another solid quarter of strong organic growth for the company. October and November were strong months for Entercom, with December being softer. Excluding political, same-station revenue was flat for the quarter. Entercom took in $4.7 million in political in Q4 and $8 million for the year.

From Receptionist To Assistant GM

We love to find radio's superstars and tell you how they made it big and why they are passionate about the industry you all love. Kathy Byerly is a great example of how someone who starts out answering phones and handing out prizes can make it all the way to the corner office.

Smyth Honored With Humanitarian Award

Former Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth was honored with the Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award Wednesday at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. While accepting the award, Smyth quoted a Boston philanthropist who told him, "You will not be judged by what you did or how much you made. You will be judged on what you gave."

Guess Who’s Going Into The Country Hall Of Fame

In the radio category, Tim Closson, Charlie Ochs, and Mel Owens are headed to the Hall. And, in the on-air category, Joe Wade Formicola, Linda Lee, Jim Mantel, and The Good Morning Guys (KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO) receive the honor. The 2017 class was announced Wednesday at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville by Lady Antebellum.

Will Christie Be Getting Francesa’s Chair?

It's been known for a long time that WFAN afternoon superstar Mike Francesa is leaving WFAN at the end of this year. And now there's a report that PD Mark Chernoff would consider filling that seat with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose term as governor expires at the end of this year as well.

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Cadillac Jack Recovering From Heart Attack

The Kicks 101.5 (Atlanta) morning host had surgery to install three stents to clear a blockage to one side of his heart, and is reportedly resting comfortably. The prognosis is good.

Ashley Z Headed To Atlanta

She comes to Q100 from KDND in Sacramento, to take over the 7 p.m. to midnight slot from Adam Bomb, who moves to afternoons. Ashley Z (aka Ashley Elzinga) has also worked with Ryan Seacrest Productions in Los Angeles as part of the digital media team, and was night personality at WKHQ in Traverse City, MI.

Polumbus & Cecil Do NFL The Rocky Mountain Way

Former Denver Bronco Tyler Polumbus and Fan Broncos Insider Cecil Lammey (pictured left) will huddle up for a 9-10 a.m. weekday show on Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan (KKFN-FM). Polumbus is a Denver native and Super Bowl winner, while Lammey is a respected football analyst.

Well Deserved Rewards For Byerly

Neuhoff Communications has promoted Kathy Byerly to D.O.S. and Associate GM in its Decatur market. Byerly has held the GSM position for Neuhoff's five stations in Central Illinois since arriving from Springfield, IL, back in 2014. In Springfield, Byerly was LSM and an AE, after starting with the stations as a temporary receptionist in 2006.

KMLE Searching For The Next Big Star

Bryan Washington is leaving his afternoon slot on Country outlet KMLE in Phoenix. VP of Programming Tim Richards said, “We want to thank B-Dub for his hard work and commitment to KMLE over the past year. We are grateful for his time here and we wish him the best with his new adventure.”

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4 New Podcasts For Westwood One 

Westwood One has announced new podcast partnerships with NBC Sports Radio’s The Leisuremen, personalities Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloff; political website The Daily Wire, featuring two podcasts from Ben Shapiro and Andrew Klavan; and Entrepreneurs En Vogue, featuring Miss New York US, Iman Oubou.

Podcasting Partnership Sees Launch Of The Bill Bennett Show

Advisors to President Trump seem to be in the news constantly – and not necessarily for the best of reasons. But there’s good news for fans of one Trump insider with an impressive background in radio: Bill Bennett. Bennett has entered into a partnership with DGital Media to do The Bill Bennett Show weekly, debuting Thursday.

Podcasters Unite To Raise Listenership

Hundreds of podcast hosts will be combining their powers in March to convert more listeners to the world of podcasts. According to Edison Research, one in five Americans listened to podcasts every month as of early 2016 – a number that has grown by double-digits for five years. But there are still plenty of folks who don’t know how to listen in.

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