Entercom Picks Up Crown Jewel Of Philadelphia

WBEB-FM will soon be under the ownership umbrella of CEO David Field's company after a three-way deal was announced Thursday involving Entercom, Beasley Media, and Jerry Lee Radio. The price-tag for the perennial number-one station in Philadelphia was $57.5 million.

Massive Fine For Miami Pirates

In a 14-page forfeiture order, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau imposed a penalty of $144,344 against Fabrice Polynice and Harold and Veronise Sido for operating an unlicensed station on 90.1-FM from the Sidos’ residence in North Miami. The Commission has a long history with these pirates.

Jerry Lee Put WBEB On The Air For $28,500

Along with David Kurtz and Marlin Taylor, Jerry Lee launched WBEB back on May 13, 1963 (the calls were WDVR at the time) for $28,500. On Thursday, Entercom purchased the station for $57.5 million. While he hasn't been involved in the station for the past two-and-a-half years, Jerry Lee's name has always been associated with WBEB in Philadelphia

He Helped WBEB Win For Nearly Four Decades.

How many consultants can say they were with one station for 38 years? We know of at least one...Bill Moyes. He consulted Jerry Lee and his team for nearly four deacdes, including three name changes. Moyes started working with the station in the 1980s when the call letters were still WDVR.

Beasley Now Has 7 In Philly

With the addition of Country powerhouse WXTU, Beasley Media Group now has five FMs and two AMs in Philadelphia, strengthening up its cluster to better compete with Entercom which has six stations  (four FMs and two AMs); iHeartMedia which also has six stations (five FMs and one AM); and Radio One (three FMs). Here's what Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley had to say about the purchase of the station it was once the owner of.


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Westwood: Radio Boosted Amazon Prime Day Sales

It was the fourth year for Amazon Prime Day, which was actually 36 hours this year. Amazon discounts thousands of items with a goal of adding more Prime members, which is a $119 annual fee that includes free shipping, free movies, and an assortment of free music. Westwood One commissioned IPSOS to examine purchasing during the event. Here's what they found out...


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From Manager To Owner. Here’s How He Did It.

WEBL-FM in North Mississippi is being sold by Mighty Media Group to Tom Freeman. Freeman is the current G M of the station. Upon FCC approval, Freeman and his wife Allison will take over ownership of the station they call "The Rebel." Freeman's career includes management positions at 23 stations in Hattiesburg, Jackson, Tupelo, Oklahoma City, Topeka, and Memphis.

He Helped Podcasting Go Mainstream

Dan Franks is the co-founder of Podcast Movement, an annual conference -- or the ultimate gathering spot -- for anyone interested in or involved with podcasting and the podcast industry. The event is now in its fifth year and takes place next week in Philadelphia. Back in 2014, a few hundred people attended the show. Next week there will be thousands -- along with nearly 100 vendors that have something to do with podcasting. We spoke to Dan about the growth of his event, the popularity of podcasting and what attendees can expect next week.

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DiCiero Makes A Vegas Switch After 18 Years

Mark DiCiero is the new weekend midday host for AC station Sunny 106.5 (KSNE-FM/Las Vegas). DiCiero will broadcast Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. He joins iHeartMedia Las Vegas from KMXB-FM.

BMI Gives Flores Her SVP Stripes

Alex Flores has been named Senior Vice President, Creative for BMI. Flores will be based out of BMI’s Los Angeles office and will report to Mike Steinberg, Executive Vice President, Creative & Licensing, beginning August 6.

A New Sales Manager For NRG

NRG Media in Wausau/Stevens Point, WI has hired Rhonda Guenther as the new General Sales Manager for its four-station cluster in that market. Guenther was most recently with Midwest Family Broadcasting in the Eau Claire market.

Zolak & Bertrand Are Ready For Their TV Closeup

Beasley Media Group and NBC Sports Boston will team up to launch the simulcast of WBZ-FM/ 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand midday show beginning Monday, July 23.

Entravision Brings Aristizabal To NYC For SVP Role

Entravision has appointed Liliana Aristizabal as Senior Vice President of Eastern Region Sales. Aristizabal will be based in New York. Prior to joining Entravision, Aristizabal was Vice President, General Sales Manager at LBI Media.

SiriusXM & Kia Sign For Five More Years

SiriusXM and Kia Motors America are extending the relationship between the two companies for five more years, through the 2023 model year. Customers will continue to get a three-month introductory SiriusXM All Access subscription with the purchase or lease of SiriusXM-equipped vehicles.

Netflix Getting Into The Audio Space

Netflix and SiriusXM are teaming up on an all-new, exclusive comedy radio channel. The new channel will include material from the Netflix stand-up catalog. SiriusXM will also broadcast comedy talk shows from Netflix plus additional original programming. This partnership marks the first time Netflix will bring its content to an audio service. The launch is planned for January.

iHeart, Westwood, ESPN to Participate in Podcast Upfronts

The Interactive Advertising Bureau unveiled the roster for the fourth annual IAB Podcast Upfront which will be held in New York City September 6. The full-day event helps brands and media buyers learn about the latest podcast advertising opportunities from content creators. Here's the roster of companies that will attend...

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