Former WDRV PD Joins iHeart Sacramento

Curtiss Johnson has been named Senior VP of Programming for iHeart's Sacramento cluster which includes B92.5, 93.7 JACK FM, V101.1, Talk 650 KSTE, NewsRadio KFBK, and 107.1 The Brew. Johnson has 30 years experience under his belt and most recently served as PD for 97.1 The Drive WDRV-FM in Chicago.

NAB Steps Up Security For Vegas

The NAB says it will add additional security to the week-long convention that begins this Saturday in Las Vegas.

Saga CEO ED Christian Compensation Is $860K

An 8K filed with the SEC by Saga, Friday, revealed the salary of Saga CEO Ed Christian to be $860,000. Saga is a public company. Every June the Saga compensation committee will decide on Christian's raise, which will not be less than 4%. Christian is also eligible for bonuses, he gets six weeks paid vacation and the company will pay to have his taxes done.

KOST 103.5’s “Meaningful Makeovers” A Treat For Women With Cancer

KOST 103.5 and morning show personality Ellen announced a partnership, Friday, with Thrive Causemetics, a cosmetics company dedicated to supporting women with cancer. As part of the partnership, KOST 103.5 and Thrive Causemetics will offer female listeners undergoing cancer treatment complimentary makeovers to improve their confidence and self-esteem.

Molly Paige Gets Afternoons On FM News 101 KXL

Molly Paige will co-host afternoon drive on FM News 101 KXL Portland, Oregon. Her start date was April 4, 2016. Paige has experience as an anchor, writer, producer, and on-air personality for nationally syndicated newscasts. She most recently worked in Washington D.C. as an anchor/writer and producer for NBC News Radio and alternate host on America in the Morning.

WGN’s “Walk Of Fame” Class Announced

WGN Radio announced the seven honorees in the 2016 Walk of Fame class during the Steve Cochran Show. On Friday, May 27, voices of agriculture, entertainment, and news, along with behind-the-scenes staff including producers, engineers, and management, will be honored with a ceremony and live broadcast from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Tribune Tower at 435 North Michigan Avenue.

iHeartCountry Festival To Feature Some Of Country’s Biggest Names

iHeartMedia announced Friday the lineup for the Daytime Village at the iHeartCountry Festival on Saturday, April 30 from 3-6 p.m. CT at Frank Erwin Center's North Box Office Plaza. The free daytime event will feature live performances by Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots, Granger Smith, LoCash, Chris Lane, and Maren Morris. Bobby Bones will host the main stage.

AM/FM Listeners Who Drive….

Change stations 22 times every time they commute, according to data from a new study called "Hacking The Commuter Code" from Edison Research. Edison did not detail why listeners change the station so many times but more detail into the research, provided by Pandora, would lead you to believe it could be the number of commercials you play (see previous story).

Jelli Launches Demand Side Programmatic Platform

When programmatic buying was first announced about a year ago, it was mainly being done by advertisers via exchanges. An advertiser would speak to salespeople at an exchange and execute an order. Jelli's new platform, called SpotPlan, is cloud-based technology that gives advertisers and agencies the ability to buy radio advertising in real-time on a self-service, automated basis. In other words, rather than going through an exchange, buyers will now have a self-service portal.

Are You Radio’s Next Messiah?

(by Radio Ink Chairman Eric Rhoads) This is an industry littered with programming stories, but few have had the impact of Top 40, and it has been the basis of the music part of the radio industry for decades now. Todd Storz was taking a giant chance with his father’s radio station. He could have killed the golden goose that paid for his college tuition. Instead the move bolstered Storz Broadcasting.

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