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.
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 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.
Chris Berry has been named Senior VP for News, Talk and Sports at iHeartMedia. Berry will oversee all of iHeart's News, Talk and Sports brands and continue to in his role as Senior VP and GM for NBC News Radio and 24/7 News Network.
Regional Manager Dan Seeman announced this week that Jeff Hilborn will take over as the new GM for Hubbard's six-station cluster in Brainerd, MN. In 2015, Hubbard purchased 16 stations in northern Minnesota from Omni Broadcasting. Hilborn replaces retiring GM Mike Boen, who managed the market for 24 years. Hilborn was most recently GSM for Hubbard in Brainerd.
Chris Kroeger will continue to host afternoon drive on Entercom's sports talker WFNZ in Charlotte after signing a new multi-year deal. Market Manager Matt Hanlon said, “Chris Kroeger leads the conversation in all things sports for Charlotte on WFNZ. His depth of knowledge and relationships with everyone in town related to sports makes him an invaluable resource and sports leader."
As of June 12, Jay Philpott will be the new night host on Cumulus' Classic Rocker KQRS in Minnesota. Philpott moves to Minneapolis from Cumulus Rocker WNNX in Atlanta where he was Afternoon Drive. Philpott is also part of the Classic Rock 24/7 format for Westwood One, and will continue with those network duties.