iHeartMedia announced today that Scott Hopeck has been named President of its New York City market cluster — including heritage News/Talker and New York Mets’ flagship WOR — effective immediately. A 20-year media veteran, Hopeck (left) has spent the past decade with iHeartMedia, most recently serving as Market President for it’s Phoenix stations. Prior to that he held a variety of management positions with the company including Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia/Atlanta and General Manager of the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. Before joining iHeart, Hopeck held positions with CBS Radio and Viacom. In his new job he’ll report to iHeart’s Executive Vice President of Operations Hartley Adkins who said, “Scott’s unique skills and experience in digital and technology are perfect for the evolution of this market from traditional media to world-class multiplatform media with a tremendous impact on advertisers. Additionally, his sports and MLB experience is ideal for the important and unique opportunities we have in New York.”
Salem Media Group (SMG) launches the previously announced Eric Metaxas Show today on the Salem Radio Network. Salem SVP Spoken Word Phil Boyce reports that Metaxas (right) will debut “on a strong list of both Christian Teaching and Talk and News/Talk affiliates, including AM 970 The Answer (WNYM/New York). Metaxas will air in the 5-7pm weekday slot most recently held by Chicago-based host Joe Walsh, who will continue his daily Windy City local show on SMG News/Talker WIND. Boyce says Metaxas’ new show will kick-off in 9 of the Top 10 markets and 26 of the Top 30. “This is the biggest rollout for Salem Radio Network in 10 years,” said Boyce. “Eric’s show will be different, and a little bit about everything. His personality and sense of humor will shine through.” Metaxas, who is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, is also a nationally known public speaker and TV personality.
Longtime News and Talk radio journalist and programming exec Laurie Cantillo — who stepped down as PD at Hubbard Broadcasting all-newser WTOP/Washington last month — is blasting off in a new career direction with NASA. In a post to her Facebook page over the weekend Cantillo said, “As a longtime space geek, I’m honored to join the Office of Communications at NASA as a contractor with ITI. Among my initial projects: the search for life on exoplanets, next week’s Hubble 25th anniversary, and New Horizons — a Pluto fly-by in mid-July.” Along with her recent three-year run at WTOP, Cantillo held previous radio management stints at WABC/New York, SiriusXM’s Oprah & Friends Radio, KOA/Denver and KFYI/Phoenix. Post your congrats to Laurie on her Facebook page HERE.
Confirming what’s probably been the worst kept secret in Philly radio, Greater Media Sports/Talker 95.7 The Fanatic (WPEN-FM/Philadelphia) debuted a new morning show today (4/20), hosted by 15-year market Sports radio veteran and former crosstown WIP host Anthony Gargano. The show will be co-hosted by Jon Marks and also feature Sports Update anchor Maureen Williams and Producer Jamie Lynch. Concurrently ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Show moves to Beasley Media Group’s crosstown 610 Sports WTEL-AM … Meanwhile, Mike & Mike hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic have launched the Mike & Mike Experience at the ESPYS Sweepstakes, where Grand Prize Winners and their guests will receive a ‘Greeny and Golic’ themed trip to Los Angeles (including airfare and accommodations). Winners will also be treated to a welcome reception at a Los Angeles hotspot, spa visits, a tour of the ESPN/Los Angeles studios and behind-the-scenes access to ESPN’s production. On the day of the ESPYS, the winners will get to walk the red carpet alongside ESPN personalities and some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. See more details HERE.
CONDOLENCES: To the family friends and colleagues of CBS Radio West Coast Regional Direction of Engineering Scott Mason (right) who died over the weekend. No other details were available. A statement released by CBS Radio/Los Angeles President and Market Manager Dan Kearny said, “Scott’s accomplishments were numerous, from being an on-air personality at KROQ and hosting diverse programs like the popular Loveline and the long running public affairs show OpenLine, to overseeing the design and construction of CBS Radio’s state-of-the art L.A. facilities on the Miracle Mile. Our thoughts today are with his family and all those who knew and worked alongside Scott during his amazing life and career. Due to Scott’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. A memorial will be planned in the weeks to come.”
After wrapping up their visit to last week’s 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Beasley Media CTO Mike Cooney and EVP/CFO Caroline Beasley dropped by the company’s new Vegas headquarters, located in the popular Downtown Container Park just off historic Fremont Street. Pictured (L-R) are: Cooney and Beasley, along with Beasley/Las Vegas DOS Cory Cuddeback, VP/Market Manager Tom Humm and Chief Engineer Lamar Smith.
WEEI/Boston morning show co-host John Dennis (right) is taking a leave of absence from the Entercom Sports/Talker to enter inpatient rehab to deal with his addiction to alcohol. In a statement he released that was published by the Boston Herald, Dennis said (in part), “I’ve made the decision to take serious steps to eliminate the role alcohol plays in my life before it impacts my health. To that end, I’ve decided to take some time away from WEEI, tackle this head-on, and set a smart & informed course for a long and healthy life.” Entercom/Boston Market Manager Phil Zachary told the newspaper that Dennis’ decision to enter rehab did not take him by surprise and emphasized that the morning show co-star’s job will be waiting for him upon his return. “WEEI has been built on the Dennis & Callahan Show and we don’t see a future without John Dennis,” he said. Read more on the story, along with the full statement released by Dennis, HERE.
Following yesterday’s news that (now former) Entercom/Sacramento Market Manager Sean Shannon is headed east to replace the retiring Jon Pinch in the same role at Cumulus Media/Atlanta, today we get the other piece of the puzzle as Entercom promotes current Sacramento VP/Sales Lance Richard (left) to VP/Market Manager for the northern California cluster. Prior to joining Entercom in 2009, the 28-year media veteran’s resume included management stints at Emmis Communications, Monster.com and IP2M … Salem Radio Network hires Chris Himes as producer of the soon to launch Eric Metaxas Show. Prior to joining SRN, Himes served as Supervising Digital Producer at NBC, working 7 seasons at Saturday Night Live … AudioHQ has entered into an exclusive ad sales partnership with TuneIn. AudioHQ will act as the TuneIn representative for premium spoken-word content channels, as well as live play-by-play sports broadcasts.
Newsradio 102.9 KARN/Little Rock is looking for a fulltime Producer/Anchor. You’ll be responsible for producing one of our live and local talk shows, as well as write and anchor newscasts for Newsradio 102.9 and the Arkansas Radio Network. Ideal candidates will have a little bit of everything in their resume, including radio news and talk show producing experience. You’ll help us cover the big local stories, including breaking news, weather and traffic events. We’re all about the synergy between our news and talk programming, so this is a great position for radio pros who like to do a little bit of everything. You’ll work closely with one of our live talk show hosts and assist with booking their guests and running a live board. When not working on the talk show, you’ll write news stories, conduct interviews, anchor newscasts and more! Email resume, news writing samples and airchecks to Program Director Adam Thomas HERE. (EOE)
Midwest Communications/Wausau, WI has an immediate opening for an Assistant Brand Manager/Announcer. This person must be highly motivated, outgoing and ready to step into a fast paced position. They must be organized and willing to go that extra mile. No time for egos or people who don’t want to be a team player. We offer a competitive salary and a full benefits package. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required for this position. Send your aircheck and resume to Operations Manager Derek Moran HERE. (EOE)
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NBC Sports Radio is now available to SiriusXM subscribers. The satcaster will air the 24/7 Sports network’s full line-up on Sirius channel 213 and XM channel 202. NBC Sports Radio’s programming airs on a reported 437 broadcast affiliates nationwide … ESPN Radio will begin its 20th season of live, national coverage of the NBA Playoffs with two games this weekend, when Golden State hosts New Orleans on Saturday at 3:30pm (ET), and Boston visits Cleveland on Sunday at 3pm … WYM Media Management’s syndicated Stephanie Miller Show and Doug Stephan’s Good Day both debuted this week on suburban Houston News/Talker AM 1560 KJOZ/Conroe, TX … And finally today, that’s Tom Kraeutler, host of Talk Shows USA’s weekly syndicated The Money Pit home improvement show, pictured with WRKO/Boston Director of Sales Melissa Capuanno during a recent visit to the Entercom News/Talker and show affiliate.
While in DC this week to broadcast from FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” event, KXL/Portland host Lars Larson (right) and show producer Tony King grabbed a photo souvenir standing on the balcony outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) overlooking the U.S. Capitol grounds. Some 45 Talk radio hosts broadcast live from FAIR’s ‘Radio Row’ during the two-day annual event that focuses on U.S. immigration policy.