Rhythmic AC WBQT (HOT 96.9 FM) has landed the Blaze Man for afternoons. He joins the station Thursday, April 27, and will be heard weekdays 3-7 p.m. Born in Springfield, in Western Massachusetts, Blaze has been on the air in Boston for over 14 years.
At the Broadcasters Foundation Breakfast, Wednesday, in Las Vegas, Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan accepted the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The award is given to a broadcaster whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.
The host of NPR’s All Things Considered steps down in January. Siegel's been part of the public radio network since 1976, after getting his start in radio as a college freshamn. He joined NPR as a newscaster, became an editor, opened NPR's London bureau, and as chief of NPR News ran the newsroom, then took over at All Things Considered in 1987.
As of May 15, Michael Gross will be the new PD and afternoon drive host at WCMF in Rochester. Gross replaces Chris Crowley who took a position with Entercom's Classic Rocker KGON in Portland.
Sun Broadcast Group wants the industry to know that, despite his contract not being renewed by Entercom Seattle, Fitz's three syndicated shows continue. Fitz is heard on over 190 affiliates. The Fitz Morning Show airs on about 20 stations, The Hitlist with Fitz airs weekends on 80 affiliates, and his daily Country news feature, Nashville Minute airs on 94 stations.
iHeartMedia's Real 92.3 in Los Angeles has hired Bootleg Kev as co-host of The Real After Party, which airs weeknights from 7 p.m. – midnight. Bootleg Kev has worked in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tampa. The Real After Party will now include Bootleg Kev, DJ Damage and Dre Sinatra.
On Monday President Trump hosted Salem Radio Network talk host Mike Gallagher and a dozen other members of conservative media organizations at a reception at the White House to discuss the First 100 Days of the Trump administration.
Garrison is ending his weekday show on the Indianapolis News/Talker but the station says he'll write a weekly column on wibc.com, provide commentary, and serve as a legal expert for WIBC news and programs. Garrison hosts the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. timeslot and his last day will be June 9. PD David Wood said a replacement will be announced at a later date.
Nicola Merenda is the new VP/Market Manager for Cumulus' six-station group in Topeka. Merenda joins Cumulus from Pandora in San Antonio where he was also VP of Sales for Clear Channel. He also worked for Entercom as GSM in Mission, KS, and began his radio career in Chicago.
Riley is the new PD for the iHeartMedia station. She was the Ops Manager for iHeart's KVOO-FM in Tulsa before taking this new position. From 2005 until 2008, Riley was Program Director for WARH-FM and WMVN-FM in St. Louis, where she was named one of Radio Ink’s Best Program Directors in America in 2007.