Beasley Broadcast Group — the parent company of the newly dubbed Beasley Media Group – has named Heather Monahan to a new corporate position as Chief Revenue Officer. Most recently EVP/Sales for the company, in her newly created role Monahan (pictured) will oversee all sales of Beasley’s core radio, digital and non-traditional revenue opportunities. Monahan, who has risen through the company ranks over the past several years, first joined Beasley as Director of Sales for the company’s Ft. Myers-Naples, FL cluster in 2003. Prior to that she held radio sales and management positions with stations in Michigan and Massachusetts.
It’s a new name and a new look, as Beasley Broadcast Group merges the various entities that have previously held the company’s portfolio of 53 large and medium market radio stations into one single group, with all now under the new banner of Beasley Media Group, Inc. A company release says the new identity “better reflects the broad and expansive reach of on-air, digital and collateral radio products that are available to Beasley’s listeners and advertisers.” The publicly-traded parent company, founded in 1961 and headquartered in Naples, FL, remains Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. and continues to trade as ‘BBGI’ on NASDAQ.
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is accepting entries for the 2015 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners will be honored at a dinner and awards presentation on June 16th, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Deadline for entries is March 3rd. Get more details HERE … As rumored earlier this week, KFBK/Sacramento morning host Ed Crane has left the building. The Sacramento Bee’s Ed Fletcher has the story HERE … iHeartMedia/Dallas Vice President of Programming Patrick Davis expands his duties to include oversight of the company’s Austin stations. He’s been VP/Programming for iHeart’s Dallas stations since 2011.
Meet The Press moderator and NBC News political director, Chuck Todd, will host the Radio Television News Foundation’s 2015 First Amendment Awards. Among this year’s honorees is recently-retired ABC News Radio White House Correspondent Ann Compton (pictured), who will receive the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award. The 25th annual ceremonies are scheduled to be held on March 11th in Washington, DC … John “Spud” McConnell has left the building at Entercom/New Orleans’ fledgling talker 3WL. NOLA.com reports that McConnell — who has spent the past year and a half on 3WL, following a long run on Entercom sister News/Talker WWL — was let go as part of a budget cutback at the stations … Moody Radio has flipped three AM stations from English to Spanish language programming, including WDLM/East Moline, IL, WFCM/Smyrna, TN and KMBI/Spokane. The company’s Spanish language network can now be heard on six owned-and-operated stations, as well as on two non-owned network affiliates … Greater Media/Detroit Regional Director of Marketing and Promotions Julie Law gets her ticket punched for the restructuring train that recently rolled through the Motor City cluster. Julie is looking for her next challenge and invites friends and colleagues to reach out to her HERE.
News/Talker WABC/New York will team with Cumulus Media R&B sister station Radio 103.9 FM for what is being billed as a historic radio summit and simulcast. Focused on the NYC community in the wake of the Ferguson uproar, the Eric Garner decision and the related protests and ongoing issues between NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department, the broadcast will air tomorrow (1/14) at noon (ET). WABC hosts Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby (pictured), ‘Radio 103.9′ personality D.L. Hughley and Minister Kirsten John Foy, Northeast Regional Director of the Rev. Al Sharpton-founded National Action Network will anchor the program. “Ultimately, our stations are here to serve the community and this historic simulcast demonstrates our commitment to our audiences in an honest, compelling way,” said WABC Program Director Craig Schwalb about the upcoming simulcast that will air “live” on both stations and streamed online at wabcradio.com and Radio103.9NY.com. The entire show will be available as an on-demand podcast following the live broadcast.
Cumulus Media/New York Market Manager Kim Bryant is headed back to the left coast after being promoted to EVP/West Coast Sales, for Cumulus-owned Westwood One, effective immediately. In the newly-created role, Bryant will oversee west coast sales operations for all WW One assets, including network sales, spot sales, platform, digital, and events. Based in Los Angeles, she’ll report to Westwood One President Steve Shaw. The move marks a homecoming for Bryant, whose 25-year radio resume includes a prior stint (2009-2011) as Regional VP/Western Ad Sales for the network. “The opportunity to get back to the west coast and to work with Steve Shaw and Westwood One again is a dream,” said Bryant about her new job. “The New York Cumulus experience — including the people I have worked with over the last few years — has been terrific and a real once-in-a lifetime opportunity. I am thrilled to continue to work for Cumulus in this different capacity and I look forward to having and building success in the West.” An announcement is expected soon on who will replace Bryant as the company’s New York Market Manager.
In last Friday’s edition of NTS MediaOnline Today (1/9), we reported that Salem Radio Network VP/News and Programming Tom Tradup had ‘called out’ the Associated Press for what he called a “double standard” in the AP’s decision to not publish the provocative cartoon images that triggered last week’s terrorist attacks in France. NTS MediaOnline Today subscriber Dimitri Vassilaros emailed to say he thinks AP should be “agnostic about blasphemy” and adds, “AP should practice what it preaches about freedom of information and media access. ‘Gatekeepers’ are a paternalistic old media concept that is irrelevant in our democratized new media world.” Meanwhile, veteran Westwood One talker Jim Bohannon quips, “We’re offended by the Islamists. We’re offended by the cartoons. We’re offended by the AP. We’re offended by Tom’s offense. We’re offended by everything! What this world needs — and fortunately, there seem to be a few of ‘em between jobs right now — is an ‘Offensive Coordinator!'”
Eric Brooks has been promoted to Assistant Program Director at WTMJ/Milwaukee. Most recently Executive Producer for the Journal Broadcast Group News/Talker, Brooks (pictured) joined WTMJ in 2011 as a news anchor and producer … CRN Digital Talk Radio adds best-selling author and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s daily commentaries, was well as talk host/comedian Stephanie Miller’s daily show, to CRN’s programming roster that reaches a reported audience of over 25 million homes … WBAL/Baltimore radio and TV News Director Michelle Butt is named President/GM for sister Hearst station WXII-TV/Greensboro-Winston-Salem. She’ll assume the chair now occupied by Hank Price, who segues to Hearst’s newly acquired WVTM-TV/Birmingham, AL … Condolences: To the family, friends and colleagues of veteran radio and television broadcast owner Bud Paxson who has died at the age of 80 … Sincere sympathies also going out to the family and friends of Nicholas Ferrara (a.k.a. professionally as ‘Nick Bazoo’) who died last Friday night from injuries suffered in an auto accident near his home in Gulfport, MS. He was 59.
As a member of the Associated Press’ Stylebook Review Committee, Salem Radio Network VP/News and Programming, Tom Tradup, raised concerns this week over what he characterized as a “double standard” by AP when it elected to not distribute any Charlie Hebdo cartoons following the terrorist attacks in Paris, citing prior editorial policy. Tradup said, “That all sounded fine until the Washington Examiner discovered that AP’s photo service was selling copies of the highly offensive Andres Serrano ‘artwork’ titled Piss Christ, featuring a crucifix dunked in a vial of Serrrano’s own urine.” Tradup (pictured) fired off a letter to AP management asking why an apparent double standard applies when it comes to images that offend one religion but not to those that offend others. AP issued a reply via its blog saying, “AP Images has an archive of 22 million photos, including AP pictures that predate our current editorial standards and pictures from many other photo partners. Sometimes photos that don’t meet our current editorial standards are found among those millions of pictures. Thus, on Wednesday (1/7) we removed some Charlie Hebdo cartoons that had come from a non-AP source. We also became aware that a 25-year-old image of the controversial Piss Christ photo was among the photos there, and removed it. Of course, every removal is a judgment call, and we took some flak over the decision on Piss Christ.” Read the AP’s full statement, Why AP Didn’t Run The Charlie Hebdo Cartoons, HERE.
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In an interview earlier this week on CNBC’s Squawk Box, former CBS and SiriusXM executive Mel Karmazin says there’s one deal out there that he thinks is attractive and should get done — and it’s one he says he’d even invest his own money in if it were to ever materialize. So what’s the big deal Mel (pictured) would like to see? A merger of Time Warner and CBS. “That is a match that just makes such great logic,” Karmazin told Squawk Box. Asked if he believes ‘old’ media can survive, Karmazin said that he believes it always come down to content. “The content is key,” he said. See more of what the veteran media exec had to say HERE.