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.

Grammer To Perform At Golden Mike

Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will perform at the 2017 Golden Mike Award, Monday, February 27, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. This year, the Broadcasters Foundation honors Paul Karpowicz, President of Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group, with the Golden Mike Award, and Bill Hoffman, retired President of Cox Media Group (CMG), with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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.

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.

KLLL-FM Raises Big Pot Of Cash For Kids 

The Lubbock, TX, station raised $104,240 during their 19th Annual Children’s Miracle Network 36 Hours of Miracles Radiothon, which took place February 15-16. The KLLL team broadcasted live from the University Medical Center Children’s Hospital Playroom.

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