Radio Takes Center Stage at Podcast Movement

An entire track, specifically created for radio, will take place today thanks to the folks at Jacobs Media. Five sessions, panels, and keynotes will be part of day two in Anaheim, from 9am to 3pm.

Podcasting Company Raises Big Bucks

Podcast technology company ART19 has closed a $7.5 million Series A round led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments and DCM Ventures. ART19 provides podcast hosting, distribution, and ad serving technology. The company says its client list includes Midroll Media and iHeartMedia.

DC Community Station Robbed

According to News4 We Act Radio, a community station based in Southeast D.C., is off the air after being vandalized and burglarized. A GoFundMe page set up to raise money to get the station back on the air says: "Thousands of dollars’ worth of valuable equipment, including a live streaming laptop, were stolen. The robber also severely damaged the property, including smashing the radio studio window and taking the back door off its hinges."

Kage To Rock Atlanta

Cumulus has appointed Jesse Kage APD and afternoon driver for Rocker WNNX-FM/Rock 100.5. Kage, the longtime PM Drive host for WXTB-FM/98Rock in Tampa, was most recently PM Drive host at WBRN-FM, also in Tampa. Kage will debut on Rock 100.5 on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Amazon Echo’s Alexa Takes Over BEN-FM

Beasley Media Group's BEN FM in Philadelphia has figured out a way to have Amazon's Alexa take over the station this Friday from 2pm to 6pm. It's all part of the launch of the BEN FM skill on the Amazon Echo. During that shift the station will also be giving away Amazon Echo Dots.

AdLarge Media Adds “hey, girl.” Podcast

The hey, girl. podcast was created by author Alex Elle. During each weekly 30-minute episode, Elle sits down with women who inspire her, from friends to family members and anyone else who fascinates her. They share their journeys of struggle and self-discovery. Entering its second successful season, hey, girl. has racked up 180,000 downloads so far.

MIW’s Announce Rising Star Winner

KDEC Station Manager and Morning Show Host Jeni Grouws (left of Erica Farber) has been awarded the 2017 MIW Rising Star. Back in 2016, the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group announced an alliance with Marketron to establish the “MIW Rising Star Award. KDEC is owned by Decorah Broadcasting in Decorah, IA.

New Point Person at The Point

Entercom Norfolk announced that WNVZ-FM PD Natalia Soniak will be taking on PD duties for 94.9 The Point (WPTE-FM). Soniak replaces Barry McKay who's job was eliminated. McKay continues to voicetrack 98.9 The Buzz in Rochester NY and Magic 98.9 in Greenville, SC. McKay is also still the voice for Entercom's news outlet KMBZ in KC.

People Moves at Gen Media Partners

The company has hired Lauren Boyle (left) to lead the Dallas office as VP/D.O.S. And Lauren Welch is promoted to AE, also in Dallas. Boyle has worked at Azteca America TV, ESPN Deportes, Cultura (Dieste), and McCann Erickson. Welch moves into her new role following two years as a Sales Support Coordinator. Prior to that, she was a Sales Assistant at Katz.

DZL Returns To Charlotte

iHeartMedia Charlotte has hired Chuck “DZL” Thompson as PD and afternoon host at Alt. Rocker 106.5 The END. DZL most recently served as Program Director and Midday Host for XL102 in Richmond. It's a trip back to The END for Thompson. He previously served 8 years as APD and Music Director at the station.

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