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Nielsen Promotes Talton To Chief Diversity Officer

Prior to this new appointment, Talton served as Senior VP, Global Diversity and Inclusion, and she will continue to oversee Nielsen's diversity and inclusion programs including supplier diversity, training and employee engagement. Talton has been with Nielsen since 2007.

Beasley Makes Changes In Eastern NC

Beasley's WMGV is adding “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” at the same time WMGV's morning man Marc Miller will be moving to 107.9 WNCT (Greatest Hits of All Time), to launch “Marc and Donna in the Mornings.” V103.3’s current mid-day Host and Program Director Colleen Jackson will be taking on new PD responsibilities at 107.9. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated WNCT was Country.

Broker Jerry Johnson Passes

George Reed of Media Services Group shared the very sad news that their partner and friend, Jerry Johnson, passed away following a lengthy illness. Johnson managed Media Services Group’s Minneapolis office. Prior to his 30-year station brokerage career, Jerry spent 14 years with WCCO. He was 72.

TV Vet Joins “The Hardline” On ESPN San Antonio

Alpha Media, San Antonio announced that David Chancellor will be joining Ari Temkin on ESPN San Antonio Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. in The Hardline with Ari and Chance.

Gaines Joins WGKX-FM/KIX Memphis

Cumulus Media Memphis announced that Scott Gaines will debut as Afternoon Host of WGKX-FM/KIX 106 Memphis on Tuesday. Gaines takes over for Mark Billingsley who passed away last month. Gaines said, “I can't even begin to explain the job and the shoes I need to fill. Mark Billingsley's radio equity in the city of Memphis is completely unmatched. I can only hope to do half the job that he did and garner a quarter of the respect."

Alpha Moves Cashin to Sports Station

Alpha Media in Palm Springs has named Paul Cashin PD at ESPN 103.9 Ooachella Valley. Cashin has been PD at K-News 94.3 (also owned by Alpha) for the past year. In addition, Alpha has signed affiliate agreements with the L.A. Dodgers and L.A. Lakers.

Dave Ramsey Sells Out in Chicago

Ramsey combined forces with Salem's AM 560 The Answer to promote the Chicago Smart Money event that filled the Willow Creek Community Church.

Joe Shortsleeve Joins WMEX In Quincy

Daly XXL Communications, owners of 1510 WMEX in Quincy, MA, have hired Joe Shortsleeve who'll be joined by strategist Diane McNamara for a live, Monday-Friday show from 10 a.m. – Noon. They’ll begin February 1 and will replace the station’s current offering of Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting."

Cox Adds Live Voice To Atlanta Rocker

CMG Atlanta is adding a live and local voice to WSRV-FM The River. English Nick is the new night host for the station. Nick has been weekend and fill-in host on The River for four years. Prior to joining CMG in 2011, Nick worked at other Atlanta rock stations including WNNX, 99X, and 96 Rock.

Lusk To Middays At KICKS 101.5/WKHX-FM Atlanta

CJ Lusk's weekday show will debut on KICKS 101.5 FM/WKHX-FM this Friday. Lusk was previously morning show host and Social Media Director for Q107.5/WHBQ in Memphis. Lusk replaces Ray Mariner, who has been hosting 10 a.m.-3 p.m. since Jenn Hobby departed.

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