The company has named John Scaggs as its new Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Bob Augsburg, who founded the organization 30 years ago with his wife Felice, is retiring. Augsburg said, "John is perfectly suited to take over the reins of WAY Media. He has served the Ministry so well over many years as a board member as well as a strategic sounding board and prayer support to me. I couldn't be happier with this decision."
Salem Media Group has promoted Sue Garrett to General Manager in Omaha. Garrett has been the GSM for the Omaha sales team for the past seven years. Senior VP for Broadcast Operations Linnae Young said, “Omaha has been a very productive market for Salem. It is gratifying to see someone within our own company be recognized and given this quality opportunity.”
Getting in on the Amazon Echo craze, Beasley Media Group has chosen SonicAi, the partnership between jācapps and Amplifi Media, to power its radio stations on the smart speaker device. Listeners to most of Beasley's 63 radio stations will soon be able to call up their favorite Beasley station with a simple command if they own the Amazon device. They will not only be able to play the station's stream, they will be able to call up specific station features.
Danni Bruns has been elevated to the newly created position of Operations Manager for Cumulus' four-station cluster in Memphis. Bruns will oversee operations for KIX-106/WGKX-FM, 98.1 The Max/WXMX-FM, 103.5 WRBO, and 98.9 The Vibe/WKIM-FM. She'll also continue to serve as PD for 98.1 The Max and co-host The Max’s Afternoon Drive show.
A new agreement is signed between the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and Cumulus, extending the partnership between the two companies through the 2022-2023 season. Cumulus' sports/talk station ESPN 103.3 FM has been the exclusive radio broadcast home for Mavericks coverage since 2001. Chuck Cooperstein will continue as in the play-by-play chair for the games.
Bill Black, the current Operations Manager for Radio One in Cleveland and Cincinnati adds the Columbus market to his duties giving him Ohio regional programming oversight of the markets. And Theodore ‘Big Bink’ Turner (pictured here) moves from Columbus to Indianapolis as Operations Manager.
Jean Amilcar of West Palm Beach and Roger Bailey of North Lauderdale both have ten days to shut down and respond to the FCC for operating pirate radio stations. Amilcar is accused of having an illegal radio station at his home using the frequency 107.3 in West Palm. Bailey is accused of using 101.1-FM as the frequency for his unlicensed radio station. Read the Amilcar letter HERE and the Bailey letter HERE.
Kirk Minihane from Entercom's WEEI-FM in Boston has been added to the previously announced "Radio’s New Strategies and New Platforms" session on Wednesday, September 6 at the 2017 Radio Show. Minihane and Amplifi Media CEO Steven Goldstein will discuss how to capitalize on the podcasting industry. Jacobs Media/Jacapps president Fred Jacobs will explore how radio can optimize the digital dash.
CBS Radio in New York has promoted Jay Dabhi to music director at 92.3 AMP Radio in New York City. Dabhi also hosts the station’s weekday afternoon mix show. Dabhi began at 92.3 AMP in 2015 to launch the station’s first mix show. He began his radio career four years earlier as a guest mix show DJ on WXRK – 92.3 NOW.
Cox Media Group's Bill Hendrich could write a how-to book on what it takes to set goals, work toward them and smash them. In some cases, as he points out in our August 14 cover story, he achieved them too quickly. It all worked out in the end as Hendrich climbed his way to the top of the Cox Media group Radio management ladder and, since July of 2015, he's been CMG's EVP of Radio and CMG Research. Not bad for a guy who was running a travel agency in his 20's.