Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Kenny J exits his role as PD of Beasley Media Group urban contemporary “Foxy 99” WZFX and urban AC “107.7 Jamz” WUKS Fayetteville, NC. He joined the stations in October 2018 after serving as PD of Cumulus Media urban AC KMJK Kansas City (107.3). Tee Gentry, VP of Brand Strategies, and Augusta/Fayetteville Regional OM will oversee the stations.  Read moreKenny J

Beasley Media Group Philadelphia names Rachel Pitts Digital PD of the cluster, which includes rock WMMR (93.3), classic rock WMGK (102.9), country WXTU (92.5), sports WPEN (97.5), and adult hits WBEN-FM (95.7). Pitts transfers from the company’s Tampa cluster, where she served in the same role. Read moreRachel Pitts

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Steve Lickteig joins CNN Audio as Executive Producer of podcast and audio content, managing production and strategy. Lickteig is the co-founder of Small Good Thing, a podcast consulting and development company. Prior to that, he was the Executive Producer of Podcasts and Audio for NBC News and MSNBC. He also spent three years running the Slate Podcast Network.  Read moreSteve Lickteig

Longtime Christian radio host Randy Zachary has passed away. Zachary most recently hosted afternoons for Family Radio and also served as a Christian radio fundraiser host for “sharathons” on several radio stations, HisAir reports.  Read moreRandy Zachary

Monday, January 30, 2023

Cheri Pridgen has been named General Manager of Curtis Media Group classic hits “Kix 102” WKIX-FM and CHR “Pulse FM 96.9/103.7/104.7” WPLW Raleigh-Durham. For Pridgen, the new position follows 17 years serving as General Sales Manager of Audacy's radio stations in Norfolk-Virginia Beach. Read moreCheri Pridgen

Jeff Clewett is named Director of Sales for Bonneville Denver. Clewett is currently GSM of the company’s “Arizona Sports 98.7” KMVP and “ESPN 620 AM” KTAR Phoenix. He previously served as LSM and Integrated Marketing Specialist in Phoenix.  Read moreJeff Clewett

Gary Shelton rises to OM for Cumulus Media Savannah, GA. Shelton has been serving as PD of urban contemporary “E93” WEAS and urban AC “Magic 103.9” WTYB, roles he will continue in while adding oversight of country “Kix 96” WJCL and classic rock “I-95” WIXV. Shelton, who also hosts afternoons on “E93” as “DJ Rax,” succeeds Don Brake, who passed away on October 2022.  Read moreGary Shelton

iHeartMedia country “K102” KEEY Minneapolis adds Samantha Sansevere to mornings, succeeding McKaila Poppen, who announced her exit from “Chris Carr & Company” last week after nearly eight years. Sansevere previously spent time at co-owned talk KTLK (1130), where she hosted “Minnesota Community.” In an Instagram post, Sansevere says she is happy to be “on the best show in country music.” Read moreSamantha Sansevere

Danny Stewart, morning host at Townsquare Media AC WFMK Lansing (99.1), will retire on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Stewart has spent 47 years in the Lansing market and has been hosting mornings at WFMK since 1991. He previously worked at Lansing stations WILS (1320), and the former WVIC (94.9).  Read moreDanny Stewart

Friday, January 27, 2023

Rosie Walsh bid farewell to listeners at iHeartMedia “Shenandoah Country Q102” WUSQ Winchester, VA, on Friday, Jan. 27 after 22 years of co-hosting mornings. Walsh plans to focus on treatment for breast cancer, which returned and spread last year after going into remission in 2018. She is now in hospice care, but assured listeners that “everything is fine.” Read moreRosie Walsh

Morning host Ken Bass, a 20-year veteran of Lotus Communications’ adult alternative “94.9 The River” KRVB Boise, exits the station. Bass has been hosting mornings in the market since 1985 working at KCIX, KXLT, and KBOI. He joined “94.9 The River” in 2003. Co-host Melissa Dawn remains in mornings solo. Read moreKen Bass

iHeartMedia country “K102” KEEY Minneapolis morning co-host McKaila Poppen will exit the station next week for an opportunity outside radio. Poppen announced her departure Thursday, Jan. 26 on “Chris Carr & Company.” Tuesday will be her last day. Poppen began with KEEY as an intern in 2013, returning as a promotions assistant the following year. She rose to digital program director in 2015, quickly adding duties as morning show producer and co-host. Read moreMcKaila Poppen

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Rich Renko rises to GM of Krol Communications classic hits WHMI, Howell, MI (93.5). Renko joined the station as GSM in December 2018 and served in the same role at Audacy sports combo WXYT-AM/FM Detroit from 2014-2018. Renko was previously VP/Sales for Cumulus Media, managing the company’s Detroit and Chicago sales offices for the Cumulus Media Network.   Read moreRich Renko

Natalie Winston is named Executive Producer for Booking and Specials at NPR, where she will be the public radio network’s point person on all major interviews and run its day-to-day booking operation. Winston has been serving as Executive Producer for “Weekend All Things Considered” and “Saturday Consider This” for the last five years.  Read moreNatalie Winston

River Radio Ministries contemporary Christian “104.9 The River” WCVO Columbus, OH Development Director Dave Stephens is elevated to COO. Stephens, who has been with the station for 11 years, will oversee development, promotions, and digital. Read moreDave Stephens

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

“Cipha Sounds” aka Luis Diaz joins Audacy classic hip-hop “94.7 The Block” WXBK New York for middays. Diaz, who is well-known in the market for his 17-year run at crosstown rhythmic CHR “Hot 97” WQHT where he hosted mornings and afternoons, succeeds the Skyview Networks-syndicated “Nick Cannon Radio.”     Read moreCipha Sounds aka Luis Diaz

The “Mick & Allen Morning Show,” comprised of Mick Martin and Allen Handy, exit Cumulus Media classic rock KBER Salt Lake City (101.1). Martin and Handy have been with KBER since 2005 and have been hosting mornings since March 2020. The duo previously hosted mornings at the former rock KURR from 1996-2000.  Read moreMick & Allen Morning Show

Morning show host Meghan Lane exits Cox Media Group CHR “The Big Ape” WAPE Jacksonville, FL (95.1) after 10 years with the station. Lane is a Gracie Award-winning personality who previously worked at co-owned modern rock “X106.5” WXXJ. She also hosts the podcast “Babecast.”  Read moreMeghan Lane

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Townsquare Media Grand Rapids Director of Content Ken Evans exits the cluster. Evans, who joined the group in 2021, also served as PD and afternoon host at hot AC “Mix 95.7” WLHT. He previously worked in the market at WVTI, WSNX, and WHTS, where he served as Director of Digital Content and morning co-host.  Read moreKen Evans

Former Auburn University quarterback Jason Campbell is named radio analyst for the Auburn Sports Network. Campbell succeeds Stan White, another former Auburn quarterback, in the role and will work alongside play-by-play announcer Andy Burcham. Campbell has been serving as the pregame and postgame show host since 2016.  Read moreJason Campbell

David Spatz, the longtime midday host at Longport Media news/talk WOND Atlantic City-Cape May, NJ (1400), passed away at the age of 71. Spatz had been involved in local media since the 1970s and is a former entertainment writer for the Press of Atlantic City. He also hosted the local TV series “Curtain Call.” Read moreDavid Spatz

Monday, January 23, 2023

AJ Mansour is elevated to VP of Digital Sales for iHeartMedia Minneapolis. Mansour began his career with the cluster in 2007 at “K-Fan Sports Radio” KFXN. He has served as the regional Digital Content Director and on-air at “K-Fan” and the Minnesota Vikings Radio Network.  Read moreAJ Mansour

Morning hosts Lexi Papadopoulos and Jared “Banks” Danielson exit Cumulus Media country “93.3 The Bull” KUBL Salt Lake City. They had been with the station since March 2018, after hosting mornings at Broadway Media crosstown CHR “Mix 105.1” KUDD for four years. A replacement has not been named. Read moreLexi & Banks

Bill Schonely, the original radio and TV voice of the Portland Trail Blazers, has passed away at the age of 91. Already a radio industry veteran when he joined the team for their debut season in 1970-1971, Schonely is recognized for coining the “Rip City” catchphrase. He called games on radio and TV through 1998 and returned in 2003 as host of the pregame show and a team ambassador until his retirement last year. Read moreBill Schonely

Central Florida native Chris Rhoden returns to Hall Communications’ “97 Country” WPCV Lakeland, FL as the new co-host and producer of “Julie and DJ in the Morning.” He succeeds Jon Dennis, who departed for a role outside of media in Seattle. Rhoden previously worked for the company at “Talk Radio 96.7” WLKF from 2013 to 2021. Read moreChris Rhoden

Friday, January 20, 2023

Sweeny Murti, a 30-year veteran of Audacy sports “The Fan” WFAN-AM/FM New York (660/101.9), exits the station. Since 2001, Murti has been serving as the New York Yankees beat reporter. He previously served as a producer and an update anchor at “The Fan.” Murti also serves as a contributor to both SportsNet New York and MLB Network, roles he is expected to continue in. Read moreSweeny Murti

James Rabe, Brand Manager and morning show host at Townsquare Media soft AC “Y105” KYBA Rochester, MN, exits due to budget cuts. Rabe, who also hosted the Townsquare Media/Compass Media Networks “Night Shift” classic hits program, had been with KYBA since 2015. He previously spent 16 years at co-owned CHR KROC (106.9). Read moreJames Rabe

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Suzanne Cheesman is named night host at Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS Washington, DC (91.9). Throughout her 30-year career, Cheesman co-hosted afternoons at Central Florida Educational Foundation contemporary Christian “Z88.3” WPOZ Orlando and mornings at the University of St. Paul contemporary Christian “Life 96.5” KNWC Sioux Falls, SD. Read moreSuzanne Cheesman

Bonneville’s “Sactown Sports 1140” KHTK Sacramento goes local in middays with the addition of Dave “Deuce” Mason and Morgan Ragan who will host the “Deuce & Mo” show from 11am-2pm, beginning Monday, Jan. 23. The new show replaces FSR’s Colin Cowherd and CBS Sports Radio’s Maggie Gray and Andrew Perloff on the KHTK on-air schedule and the morning show is extended until 11am. Read moreDeuce & Mo

Sarah Weaver rises to PD at Beasley Media Group country WKML Fayetteville, NC (95.7). Weaver joined WKML in 2016 as its midday host. She was named co-host of the “Big Wake Up” morning show in August 2017 and assumed the APD/MD role shortly thereafter. Read moreSarah Weaver

Cumulus Media hot AC “B106.7” WTCB Columbia, SC officially welcomes Kaylin Mozdzen as its new midday host, effective Jan. 26. As reported by Inside Radio, earlier this week Mozdzen announced her exit from Townsquare Media AC “Lite 98.7” WLZW Utica-Rome, NY, where she served as Brand Manager and morning co-host.   Read moreKaylin Mozdzen

Bob Lima, who worked at radio stations in Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi, passed away on Wednesday, Jan 18. Throughout his career, Lima served as an on-air host and programmer for Clear Channel, Pamal, and New South Radio, while working at stations including the former WGMA Silver Springs Shore, FL, the former WMVI Biloxi, MS, and WOAH Hinesville, GA. Lima was diagnosed with cancer in June 2022. Read moreBob Lima

Former New Orleans radio personality and host of the syndicated “Get Down” program George Vinnett has passed away at the age of 79. According to his family, Vinnett, who worked at New Orleans radio stations WBOK and WYLD, died peacefully in his sleep last week at his home in Tulsa, OK, WGNO-TV reports. Read moreGeorge Vinnett

Bonneville’s “Sactown Sports 1140” KHTK Sacramento hires Brian Gebhardt to serve as PD, effective Feb. 6. He succeeds Nick Cattles, who will remain with the station as afternoon co-host. Gebhardt joins KHTK from Audacy sports “92.9 The Game” WZGC, where he served as Executive Producer of the “Andy & Randy” show (11am-2pm). Read moreBrian Gebhardt