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Brooks Retiring After Career Highlighted By Public Service

After nearly 30 years as president and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters Association, Art Brooks announced Friday that he is stepping down at the end of the year. Brooks led the way helping Arizona broadcasters make the 2008 award-winning documentary Crystal Darkness, one of several initiatives he was involved in to battle drug abuse.

Saga Moves Forgy To HQ

Chris Forgy has been promoted to Senior VP of Operations for Saga. It's a newly created position for Forgy who had been managing Saga's cluster in Columbus. CEO Ed Christian said, "Chris is a world-class broadcaster whose contributions to Saga will be very important and strategic as he joins us in the corporate office."      

iHeart New Orleans Get Their Man In Bordreaux

Mark Boudreaux has been named Market President, iHeartMedia New Orleans, effective June 11. Boudreaux joins the company from South Central AV, where he most recently served as the Business Development Manager.

Lada Added To Saga Board

One day after Saga announced COO Warren Lada would be retiring at the end of June, the company announced Lada would be joining its Board of Directors. And to do that Saga had to increase the size of its board to seven.

Hometown Broadcasting Names New GM

Jeff Adams has been named GM for Hometown Broadcasting's Portsmouth, Ohio, stations WNXT-FM, WNXT-AM, and WZZZ-FM. Adams spent the past seven years with West Virginia Radio as operations manager of their seven-station cluster in Charleston, and most recently, station manager of their threestations in Martinsburg.

Smiley Giving Car To Student With Drive

95.7 Jamz/Birmingham, AL, morning show host, comedian Rickey Smiley, was touched by a viral social media post that showed student Corey Patrick walking to the bus stop in his cap and gown in order to travel to Tarrant High School and graduate.

Another Job Lost Over Bad Behavior

Jack Lessenberry was Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst. That is until he resigned this week after being accused of sexual harassment. According to the Michigan Radio website the resignation comes as more and more women accuse Lessenberry of sexual harassment and other questionable behavior. 

Saga Announces Warren Lada Retiring

Chief Operating Officer Warren Lada will retire from Saga Communications at the end of June. CEO Ed Christian said, "Warren has been an integral part of Saga for the past 27 years and we will deeply miss his contributions to Saga and its radio stations across the U.S."

Young Out In Pittsburgh

Entercom has confirmed Michael Young (pictured) is no longer running its Pittsburgh cluster. Entercom picked up four CBS Radio stations when the two companies merged. Young was the Market Manager for CBS Radio and he was retained by Entercom until this week.

Sweet Promotion For Redberg

iHeartMedia Minneapolis has promoted Michelle Redberg to VP of Sales for the nine-station cluster. iHeart Minneapolis also has partnerships with the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Wild, and University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Sports. Redberg joined iHeart in 2016 as a Senior AE and has 14 years of media experience in broadcast and cable television.

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