Kix Layton has been named Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia Greenville. The cluster includes My 102.5, Real Rock 104.9 – Man Up, WSSL 100.5, 92.5 WESC, and Sports Talk station FOX Sports 1440 Greenville. Layton will be responsible for all on-air and digital content and music programming.
It’s the ESPN Chicago 1000 duo’s 10th anniversary on the air and what better place to celebrate than Mexico? The pair will do two live shows from El Dorado Resort in Riviera Maya on Memorial Day (Monday), and Tuesday May 30, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET.
The Radio Wayne Awards were started by Radio Ink Chairman Eric Rhoads, 25 YEARS AGO, in honor of "Radio Wayne" Cornils, who set a great example for professionalism in radio. The Radio Wayne Awards are presented to the radio superstars whose hard work, dedication, and creativity separate them from the pack. They recognize the people who make the industry work, every single day. The awards will be presented at the 2017 Radio Show in Austin. Make your nominations HERE.
Earlier this year, Shelly Easton was voted Radio Ink's #1 Country PD. In May, she made Radio Ink's Best Program Directors in America list. Next month, she'll be on Radio Ink's Most Influential Women in Radio list. And Thursday, CBS promoted Easton to VP of Music Programming in Philadelphia for WXTU-FM, WTDY-FM and WOGL-FM. She keeps her role as PD at WXTU.
WWCN-FM in Fort Myers is a Beasley sports station that mixes in ESPN with local shows. On Thursday, the company announced Pete Sheppard would take over afternoon drive with co-host Craig Shemon. Sheppard most recently worked at WEEI in Boston as a part-time fill-in host.
Brian Hall has been named Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia Asheville, NC. iHeartMedia’s Ashville presence includes News Radio 570 WWNC, 880 The Revolution, 97.7 The Brew, 99.9 Kiss Country, Star 104.3, and Rock 105.1. Hall will be responsible for spearheading the programming, promotions, and digital strategies for all six stations in the market.
The deal between Artificial Intelligence provider Veritone and CBS Radio gives CBS Radio a license to the Veritone Platform. That enables CBS to leverage artificial intelligence-based cognitive computing to process, transform, and analyze its audio data. CBS will now have near real-time ad and content tracking, comprehensive analytics, faster content extension, and smarter media management for their broadcasts from 117 radio stations in 26 markets.
The announcement was made by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, meaning Michelle M. Carey will continue the work she has been doing as acting chief. Before serving in this role, Ms. Carey served for six years as deputy chief of the bureau she now leads.
(By Georgia Beasley) While I’m sure many general managers may think attracting Millennials is as simple as throwing a few beanbags on the floor and supporting a local non-profit, if our industry is serious about growing and retaining young, talented superstars, then keep reading...
(By Deborah Parenti) Over the years, David Benjamin (pictured here) has launched, operated, and sold two successful radio groups. Today, he presides over Benjamin Media Investments, which is focused on investing in radio deals. What criteria do investors look for in placing their money?