Nominations are now being accepted for the Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The deadline is December 12, 2016. Applications can be submitted at www.countryradioseminar.com. Inductees will be revealed at Country Radio Seminar 2017, which will take place Feb. 22-24, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville.
The station with commence with the Holiday audio cheer Thursday, November 17 at noon. Listeners will get 24/7 festive music by Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and others. Murphy & Meg in the Morning as well as Eric Paulsen, Hannah, and Dave Michaels will continue to host the station’s programming.
Dustin Fletcher takes the programming reins at iHeartMedia's Alt 104.9, starting December 6. He arrives from Richmond, where he was PD/midday host at iHeart's XL102 and 96.1 The Planet. He's also worked at stations in Boston, Savanna, and Knoxville. Fletcher will report to A.J., SVP/programming for iHeartMedia St. Louis, who said, "It is a privilege to welcome Fletcher to St. Louis for oversight of The New Alt 104.9."
Galaxy Communications has signed a national ad sales deal with independent rep firm Gen Media Partners. Galaxy has 14 central New York stations, headed up by President/CEO Ed Levine.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has taken a step towards the future, unveiling a new logo (pictured at left), redesigning its website, and launching new social media sites. It’s all part of a rebranding campaign to make it easier for broadcasters to find help and give back.
In a memo to staff, CBS News VP/Radio Harvey Nagler said this is the "right time to sign off," and that he will be retiring to move into consulting work. His last day at CBS will be January 6. Nagler writes, "I feel very confident that I am leaving our network in the most capable of hands."
For the second week in a row, the home improvements giant has topped the Media Monitors radio ads list. And its 62,593 spots left a yawning gap to number two iHeartRadio with 40,911, though the radio company did pick up a place in the rankings.
Westwood One COO Charles Steinhauer has created a centralized operational group with the changes effective immediately. The company is integrating the Business Operations and Research Teams and, as part of the restructure, the company has promoted Tim Seymour to SVP, Operations.
And Miami’s CHR Top 40 radio station, WFLC / HITS 97.3 has brought her in to soothe those stressed drivers. Kimmy started her radio career at COX Media’s WEDR/99 JAMZ in 2004. She was promoted to Morning Show Co-Host of the DJ Laz Morning Show in August 2014.
The Portland station (KWEE) is bringing in Promotion Director StarChile, On-Air Talent Sara G., and Producer/Mixer DJ Heat. StarChile is a prominent figure on the Portland Hip Hop scene and joins KWEE after a stint with KXJM. Sarah Gilmore is a master socialite of the Portland scene and was Miss Black Oregon 2015. DJ Heat has spent the last six years with WBLK.