CBS Radio/Baltimore promotes Tracy Brandys from VP/DOS to Senior Vice President/Market Manager and Director of Sales for the Charm City cluster that includes Sports/Talkers 105.7 The Fan and CBS Sports Radio 1300 (WJZ-FM and AM). Reporting to company COO Scott Herman, Brandys — a long-timer at CBS Radio — takes over the corner office from former Baltimore market manager Bob Philips, who recently stepped up the company ladder to become Chief Revenue Officer. “Tracy’s years of sales and management experience coupled with her intimate knowledge of our Baltimore stations and the overall market made her the natural choice to take on this important role,” said Herman. “Throughout her tenure with CBS Radio Tracy has proven to be a powerhouse salesperson, who has led and grown our revenue and market share in Baltimore, and a trusted leader to our valued employees. We are delighted to reward her accomplishments with this well-deserved promotion.”
After getting pink-slipped due to a budget cut last April, veteran talk show host Greg Knapp returned to KCMO/Kansas City today as the Cumulus Media outlet’s new morning show host. Previously heard in afternoons on the station, Knapp is now handling wake-up hours that were anchored until recently by Rob Carson, who exited KCMO just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Knapp, whose radio resume also includes stints at KLIF/Dallas and a national show syndicated by Radio America, also hosts a daily syndicated radio feature, The Motivation Minute, and is a speaker. life coach and author. “This feeds my love of radio and allows me to continue my speaking, writing, and coaching business as well,” said Knapp in a post on his Facebook page announcing his return.
Following the departure earlier this year of now WBAP/Dallas Program Director Kevin Graham, after a six-month search WEEI/Boston has filled that position by creating a new, three-person “program leadership team.” Current WEEI Assistant Program Director Joe Zarbano has been upped to Program Director, joined by Ben Kichen, who moves up from Senior Producer to Executive Producer. Rounding out the new programming trio is Carlson Mozdiez, who gets promoted from Director of Integrated Marketing Strategies to the new position of Director of Operations for Entercom/Boston, with a special emphasis on the operations of WEEI.com. Commenting on the lengthy search that preceded the announcement of an all in-house solution, Entercom/New England VP and Market Manager Phil Zachary said, “With its massive broadcast reach and associated digital assets, the WEEI brand is arguably among the most influential and complex in all of broadcasting. Many of our outside candidates simply couldn’t get their arms around all of it. As each month passed, it became clear to me that we had the talent right here in Ben, Carlson and Joe. Plus they each have that inimitable DNA of the true Boston sports fan.”
IN OTHER WEEI NEWS: After recently saying good-bye to afternoon co-host Jerry Thornton — who left the Entercom Sports/Talker last month to join Barstool Sports as a senior columnist — newly minted WEEI PD Joe Zorbano reports Rich Keefe (left) is joining Dale Arnold and Michael Holley as the third voice on the station’s weekday Dale & Holley PM drive show (that also airs regionally across New England via the WEEI Sports Network). Keefe comes aboard from CBS Radio’s crosstown Sports/Talker WBZ-FM The Sports Hub, where he’s served in a variety of roles over the past decade. “Rich brings an entertaining, opinionated and fresh outlook on the Boston sports landscape,” said Zarbano. “I have no doubt he’ll be a great addition to the show.”
WISN/Milwaukee goes to their bench, naming Dan O’Donnell as host of a new 9-11am local weekday talk show that debuts January 3rd. A drive-time news anchor, reporter, and regular fill-in host on the iHeartMedia News/Talker since 2013, O’Donnell (right) is well-known for his extensive coverage of the 2007 Steven Avery murder trial in Manitowoc, WI, and the subsequent Rebutting A Murderer podcast following the 2015 Netflix special Making a Murderer … Meanwhile, just a bit farther north in the land of Cheeseheads, WHBY/Appleton-Oshkosh adds an FM translator at 103.5 to expand the footprint of the Woodward Radio Group-owned News/Talker … From our ‘Not Exactly Talk Media News’ Department: Fresh off her recent induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame last month, longtime Premiere Networks syndicated personality Delilah has been named the 2017 inductee into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The single-monikered nightly radio host will be honored during the annual Radio Luncheon at next April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas … Longtime Colorado Springs radio exec (KILO/KXRP) Lou Mellini has announced he’s retiring after a 35-year broadcasting career, with 11-year station sales and management veteran Virginia Swanson named to succeed him in the General Manager’s office. The Colorado Springs Gazzette’s Wayne Heilman has more details HERE.
‘GRACIES’ DEADLINE: The Alliance For Women In Media reminds you that the deadline for ‘Early Bird’ rates for entering the Gracie Awards is fast approaching. Your entries for outstanding programming by, for and about women, plus individual achievement, must be complete and paid in full by no later than 11:59pm (ET) this Thursday December 8th. Find out more and get details on entry requirements HERE.
‘Radio’s Best Friend’ Art Vuolo’s video library, A History of the American Disc Jockey, is set to become a permanent fixture at The National Radio Hall of Fame, located inside the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Spearheaded by industry veterans John Gehron, Lisa Miller and Harv Blain, contributions are now being accepted in order to obtain the video library, curate and create the exhibit and maintain its content. Click HERE to find out how you can support the effort.
Editor’s Note: Along with just about every famous and infamous “DJ” from the past 40+ years of radio, we can also confirm that Art’s video collection includes a who’s-who of News/Talk/Sports radio — many of those recorded at the former R&R Talk Radio Seminar and the NTS MediaOnline Talk Media Conference.
The Washington, DC-based News Media Alliance (NMA) — a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 news organizations and their multi-platform businesses in the United States and Canada — has sent a new ‘white paper’ to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team outlining policy positions on regulations and existing laws that NMA says deter investment and limit growth in the news media industry. “While news organizations are innovating and adapting to a vastly different media landscape, antiquated government regulations and imbalanced policies are unnecessarily hindering investment and growth at news media companies,” said David Chavern, President/CEO of the Alliance. “We encourage the new Administration to revisit these regulations and policies as it charts a new course for our nation’s economic growth.” Read the full contents of the NMA white paper report HERE.
KFI/Los Angeles host Tim Conway Jr., recently touched the life of a young listener, Jack Chavez. The 11-year-old caller — who lost his father three years ago — told Conway he listened to the show because his dad used to listen when he had to go in for his regular dialysis treatments. During their chat Jack also mentioned spending his birthday with his mom in the hospital because of his congenital heart disease. Conway (pictured with the young fan and his mom) decided to set up a GoFundMe page to help send Jack to Disney World for his birthday. Within a week, the page raised over $34,000 to help give Chavez not only the birthday of a lifetime, but also money leftover to help his mom pay off bills and help him go to college — something Jack told Conway his dad always wanted him to do. Read more good deeds being done by local radio stations and hosts all across the country via the NAB’s monthly ‘Licensed To Serve’ round-up HERE.
iHeartRadio partners with Arianna Huffington’s new Thrive Global venture to offer The Thrive Global Podcast with iHeart Radio. The bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Huffington, will debut next month, featuring “interviews with notable leaders, celebrities, athletes and influencers who will discuss how they thrive by prioritizing their well-being.” … In other news from iHeartRadio, the digital radio platform is rolling out a a beta version of the previously announced iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio all access powered by Napster for the iHMRadio app. Read more HERE … Baseball fans can access on-the-go mobile coverage of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings via TuneIn, with live broadcasts from the meetings December 5th-8th. Former Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti will join Holden Kushner to anchor special editions of MLB on TuneIn LIVE from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Cumulus Media/New York ups Glen Tacinelli (pictured) from GSM at News/Talker WABC, to Vice President/Sales, where he’ll now oversee all sales for WABC and clustermates WPLJ, NASH FM 94.7, and Radio 103.9, as well as the cluster’s digital assets … NTS MediaOnline Today sends out ‘get well soon’ wishes to longtime 106.3 WORD/Greenville, SC afternoon host and Ops Manager Emeritus, Bob McClain, who is recovering from recent knee replacement surgery. Bob reports he should be back on his feet and back on the air sometime in the next 3-6 weeks, with an array of guest hosts filling in until his return … Genesis Communications’ SportsTalk 1049 The Team (WHBO/Tampa) has extended its radio rights agreement to carry New York Yankees play-by-play for the upcoming Major League Baseball season. WHBO has been the radio home of Yankees baseball in Tampa Bay since 2009.
ABC News Radio entertainment correspondent David Blaustein recently chatted with actress Katie Holmes about her new movie All We Had. The film that marks Holmes’ directorial debut.