35-year radio veteran John Dimick joins Cumulus Media as Vice President/Programming Operations, reporting to Mike McVay, the company’s Senior Vice President, Content and Programming. Most recently SVP/Programming and Operations for Lincoln Financial Media, over the course of his career, Dimick has programmed stations in markets including: Salt Lake City; Columbus, OH; Seattle; San Diego and New York City. “John Dimick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position. He joins Doug Hamand and Greg Frey as a VPPO. The three of them, along with our format specialists and analysts, will provide even more tools to our managers and PD’s to employ when programming their stations.” Dimick will join Cumulus’ corporate programming team on June 1st.
CBS News Radio announces it has coaxed the network’s former White House Correspondent Peter Maer (right) out of retirement in order to put his 30+ years of expertise to work reporting on this year’s GOP and Democratic party conventions, along with all the twists and turns of this not-exactly-normal presidential election year. The award winning news veteran, who joined CBS Radio in 1998, stepped down from active duty at the end of 2014 … Greater Media names Brian Schneekloth as General Sales Manager of WMJX-FM in Boston. Schneekloth most recently spent the past 12 years as the Vice President and Manager of the Katz Radio Group … FOR THE RECORD: ABC News Radio checks-in to note that multi-platform reporters Jim Avila and Arlette Saenz are on the ground in Japan this week, covering President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima for the network’s affiliates.
Travis Hill (left) has been upped to Director of Marketing and Promotions, and Callie Hoch is promoted to Regional Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia’s Central Texas Region, including Austin and San Antonio. Hoch will oversee the digital strategy for the region’s 15 brands, including their websites, social media, mobile and online presence for on-air personalities, while Hill will now work closely with partners to create and deliver effective opportunities to reach consumers through iHeartMedia’s assets, including on-air, online, social media promotions, personality endorsements and live event integrations. “Callie and Travis are rockstars in their respective positions and we are thrilled to have them focus on their areas of expertise,” said Breeanna Malik, Region President for iHeartMedia/Central Texas. “Together they have over 45 years of experience, and we are looking forward to them leading us to new heights.” In their newly expanded roles both Hoch and Hill will split their time between the two cities.
iHeartMedia/Toledo ups WSPD Program Director and afternoon talk host, Scott Sands, to Senior VP Programming for the Ohio cluster. Sands (left) joined the News/Talker as Program Director in 2013 … Now settled in his new gig as Senior PD at News/Talker CKNW/Vancouver, BC, Larry Gifford checks in to alert friends and colleagues he has a new email address. Congratulate Larry on his new gig HERE … Dayne Damme is named Marketing Director for Entercom’s Austin, Texas station cluster, including News/Talk KJCE. Damme joins the stations from his most recent position at CBS Radio/Sacramento … Westwood One Chief Insights Officer Pierre Bouvard offers his take on the TV industry’s recently held annual ‘Upfront’ event and what it means for radio. Read his ‘insights’ HERE.
In a dispute with angry bondholders who have been threatening to issue notices of default, a Texas judge today sided with iHeartMedia, saying iHM was in full compliance with its financing agreements when it transferred assets within the company. After this morning’s court decision the company released the following statement: “Today, the State District Court in Bexar County, Texas, ruled in our favor when it determined that our contribution of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. stock to our subsidiary Broader Media, LLC was a permitted investment under our financing agreements. The strong performance of our operating business provides us with the flexibility to manage our capital structure in a prudent manner. In full compliance with our financing agreements, we will continue to evaluate opportunities to strengthen our balance sheet. We look forward to constructive discussions with our lenders as we continue to position iHeartMedia for long-term growth.” The San Antonio Express News’ David Hendricks has more details on the case and today’s ruling HERE.
If you can’t make it in person to tonight’s annual Gracie Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, you can still catch the whole event ‘live.’ The Alliance for Women in Media, in conjunction with Cumulus Media, will stream tonight’s festivities on the AWMF website, beginning at 7:30pm (PT) / 10:30pm (ET) … According to a new report from NextRadio — the smartphone app that provides free FM radio listening — broadcasters who offer enhanced in-app content experience three times the tune in as stations that display only a logo or nothing at all. “Stations that leverage the enhanced content options available in NextRadio enjoy a measureable competitive advantage – they are growing audiences and connecting with their listeners in a fresh and personal way,” said Paul Brenner, President, NextRadio Powered by TagStation. “Advertisers have much to gain, too, as enhanced content provides endless possibilities to deliver value for consumers – from coupons to find a store nearby to in-store offers—all with quantifiable results tied in to data attribution reporting.”
The National Radio Hall of Fame has released the names of this year’s nominations for the NRHOF’s Class of 2016. News/Talk/Sports radio personalities included among this year’s nominees are: WWL/New Orleans host Garland Robinette; The Fabulous Sports Babe, Nancy Donnellan; CBS Sports Radio host Jim Rome; nationally syndicated ‘Digital Goddess’ Kim Komando; NPR host Diane Rehm, WFAN/New York Sports/Talker Mike Francesa and his former on-air partner Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo (now with SiriusXM); Westwood One syndicated talker Michael Savage; and Premiere Networks syndicated talk host (and FOX News Channel personality) Sean Hannity. Industry voting by a panel made up of 400 industry professionals begins today, while public voting on the eight nominations for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality commences June 20th. Inductees will be announced July 11th, with this year’s induction ceremony taking place November 17th at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago — home to the National Radio Hall of Fame. “The sheer depth of talent in our industry never seizes to amaze me,” said NRHOF Chairman Kraig Kitchin in announcing this year’s nominees. “After much discussion and deliberation, our nominating committee is very proud of this year’s class of nominees. We’re all looking forward to seeing the voter outcome from our industry peers and listeners nationwide.”
iHeartMedia names Brian Donovan Director of Digital for the company’s Tampa Bay area stations, including heritage News/Talker WFLA and Sports/Talk WDAE. Donovan (left) has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, most recently serving in the same role for iHeartMedia/Hartford … Actress and humanitarian Sharon Stone will receive the 2016 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) for her ongoing commitment to raising awareness and support of AIDS research, prevention and treatment. Stone will receive the honor at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Awards event on June 21st … GET WELL SOON WISHES: To longtime Little Rock talk host Dave Elswick who is now back at home recovering after recent surgery. Friends and colleagues are offering get well wishes to Dave — Program Director and afternoon drive host on Little Rock FM talker 96.5FM The Answer — on his Facebook page HERE … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and many former colleagues of Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Famer and publishing executive Bill Phalen, who has died at age 73. Bill, along with his brother Rick, founded the highly successful Western Cities Broadcasting that operated stations in Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Jose and Sacramento. The Phoenix Business Journal has more on Phalen’s career HERE.
Following this week’s death of Phoenix police officer David Glasser, who was killed in the line of duty, Arizona Sports 98.7’s (KMVP-FM/Phoenix) Bickley & Marotta Show paid tribute to the hometown born and raised husband and father of two, who was also a major Arizona Cardinals fan. Hear the powerful tribute to the slain officer by the midday duo, who were joined by Cardinals’ coach Bruce Arians, HERE … SiriusXM is set to debut Cheddar, a daily millennial-focused business and culture program produced by the video media company of the same name. Co-hosted by Cheddar founder and CEO Jon Steinberg and anchor Kristen Scholer, subscribers can hear the new show on the satcaster’s Insights channel beginning May 23rd … BizTalk Radio’s Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams marks a milestone this weekend, as Abrams (pictured) logs her 3,000th hour of hosting the weekly program during this weekend’s edition of the nationally syndicated travel talk show.
Don Benson (right), who served for over a decade as President/CEO of Lincoln Financial Media, will receive the National Radio Award during the Radio Luncheon at the 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show, September 21st-23rd, in Nashville. Benson also served multiple terms on the Executive Committee of the NAB’s Board of Directors and as Radio Board Chair for three consecutive terms. In addition, he also served as a multi-year member of the Board of Directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau and as Chair of the Arbitron Advisory Council, representing the top 50 continuously rated radio markets. “Don Benson has advanced the radio business with his strategic and thoughtful leadership,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “This recognition is timely and fitting for Don, who is held in the highest regard for his integrity and genuine commitment and service to broadcasting.”