This Saturday, at 9 p.m., Bob Seymour will host his last weekend evening of jazz music for WUSF Public Media in Tampa, ending 35 years behind the mic. Seymour is retiring as Jazz Music Director and host at the station where he first became jazz director in 1981, hosting two hours of jazz each night.
Sportscasting legend and onetime Major League Baseball catcher Joe Garagiola has passed away at 90, reportedly after a long illness. The announcement was made by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization; Garagiola called D-backs games from 1998-2012.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announced Wednesday that Gabriela Gonzalez has been promoted to Vice President, Latin. In her new role, Gonzalez will oversee the ASCAP Latin Membership Department, including membership staff based in offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and Puerto Rico.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced Wednesday that Richard Chernock, chief science officer at Triveni Digital, and Andrew Laird, former vice president and chief technology officer at Journal Broadcast Group, have been named the 2016 recipients of the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards. Additionally, the Digital Leadership Award will be presented to Adam Symson, senior vice president and chief digital officer at The E.W. Scripps Company.
The company creates a new position for Jeff Pezzano, Vice President of Sales. He starts April 1. Pezzano will lead sales for Cumulus' eight stations in Youngstown. Pezzano joins Cumulus from Dix Communications in Kent, OH, where he was VP for Advertising Sales and Marketing. Prior to that, he was Advertising Director for The Blade in Toledo.
101.1 More-FM/WBEB in Philadelphia has filled its vacant Afternoon Drive position with market veteran, Logan. He spent 12 years crosstown at Mix 106 and Q102 and for the past two years he's been PD and morning show host at WNCV in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He starts at 101.1 More-FM April 11th.
Cox Media Group Miami’s WFEZ Easy 93.1 FM welcomes Giselle Andres as its new morning drive host. She begins March 28. Andres is a multi-talented bilingual radio and TV personality with over twenty five years of experience in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market on both Spanish and English language radio and television stations such as, WXDJ, WRMA, WRTO and most recently morning drive co-host on Exitos 107.1.
Rich Davis is returning to the Twin Cities as Director of Contemporary Hit Music Stations for iHeart's Western Great Lakes Region, and as PD for KDWB and KTCZ in Minneapolis. Davis will oversee programming for WZEE FM in Madison, WRNW FM in Milwaukee and WBIZ FM in Eau Claire. He previously served as the Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia Seattle. Davis replaces JB Wilde.
Following the Davis announcement (see previous story) iHeartMedia announced Rich Moore (pictured) as its new Senior VP of Programming for Seattle. Moore will keep his role as PD at KJR-AM. In addition, Kevin Shockey has been named APD at KJR-AM.
Envision Networks is now syndicating Doug Stephan’s Good Day program. Stephan airs live every weekday from 4 to 10 a.m. EST and Saturdays 7 to 9 a.m. EST on over 200 stations. Stephan has been self syndicating for the past several years.