Pandora Hires Former BMW Exec

Rob Passaro gets the title of VP of Product Management, Automotive and Consumer Electronics at Pandora. He has 19 years of technology experience, including 13 at BMW where he worked on in-car entertainment solutions

Fletcher & Chop Get Multi-Year Alpha Deal

The afternoon team at Alpha's Portland sports station has been working together for a few months now after doing separate shows. The company has decided to sign them to a new multi-year deal.

Judge Gives Balyo A Break

John Balyo, who is serving 40 years in prison, for sexually abusing a child, had his sentence reduced by two years for turning on a former friend, who also had a perverted sexual interest in children, and cooperating with authorities.

Rosenworcel Glides Through Committee

As expected, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has been confirmed by the Senate Commerce Committee. The vote was unanimous Wednesday. Rosenworcel must still get full Senate confirmation, but she's expected to breeze through the Senate as well.

Radio is Top Priority For Country Music

In a wide-ranging interview with Billboard new SONY Music Nashville Executive Vice President Steve Hodges was asked about radio as a platform for Country music artists. His answer is bulletin board material.

Couch Out at The Drive in Chicago

Director of Creative Services Tom Couch has been let go by the Hubbard station, according to The Chicagoland Radio and Media Blog. The reason was budget cuts.

New Royalty Rates Expected Any Day

Broadcast attorney David Oxenford gives us the detail on when we can expect the new streaming rates which will cover the next fove years. He says the decision is supposed to be out by the 14th.

Kramer Gets CoHost Chair in San Diego

iHeartmedia's Channel 93.3 (KHTS-FM) has hired Steve Kramer to join “Geena the Latina” in the morning slot at the station. The new show will be called “Kramer & Geena.”

Gallenbeck To Lead Reno Media Group

Reno Media Group owns 8 stations and Tricia Gallenbeck will now manage them all as VP and GM. Gallenbeck began her career as an AE for Beasley in Las Vegas.

Alpha Gets More Marketing Help

Valerie Sickles is the new Corporate Marketing Manager reporting to Corporate VP of Marketing Randi P’Pool. Sickles will be focused mainly on the East Coast and centrally located Alpha markets.

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