Cumulus Media has promoted Holly Paras to Vice President/Market Manager for the company’s Providence, Rhode Island stations. Paras has spent the past decade as Director of Sales for the five-station cluster that includes News/Talker WPRO and Business/Talk WPRV. Prior to that she served as National Sales Manager for crosstown stations WHJY, WSNE and WWBB. Paras’ resume also includes a stint as an Account Executive for Katz Radio Group in New York City. “Holly’s fingerprints are on many of the successes that our cluster in Providence has enjoyed over the years,” said Jeff Brown, Senior Vice President/Cumulus Media. “She’s the first to tell you that those wins are due to our very talented, market-leading team. She’s the leader and the team is fired up to follow her. Off we go!” Paras will replace John Sutherland, who exited the stations in June just a year after replacing Barbara Haynes as VP/Market Manager. “I am excited and humbled to be asked to lead such a talented team of people and the tremendous radio brands at Cumulus/Providence,” said Paras about her latest step up the company ladder.
The Voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Vin Scully (left), tells the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin that he will not, as he has done in previous years, call any Dodgers’ playoff games on radio this year — his 67th and final season as the team’s broadcaster. Scully will call the Dodgers’ final home game against the Colorado Rockies on September 25th, then make a farewell road trip to the Bay Area, where he’ll call the final three games of the regular MLB season as his beloved Dodgers take on longtime rivals the San Francisco Giants in a three game series, September 30th-October 2nd … Media Monitors’ ongoing tracking of presidential campaign spending shows Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson as the only candidate currently showing radio some love. In the most recent 10 day monitoring period (9/2-11), Johnson led all spenders, with 17,499 spots bought by his campaign. The next 1,279 radio spots were bought by pro-Donald Trump PACs Liberty Action Group (1,209 spots), The Great America PAC (67 ads) and Rebuilding America (2 spots). Meanwhile, the Trump campaign bought just one radio ad, while the Hillary Clinton campaign aired no radio ads during the survey period … Syndicated radio and television talk host Glenn Beck has settled a defamation lawsuit filed by Abdulrahman Alharbi, a Saudi Arabian citizen, in conjunction with Beck’s reporting in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Terms of the settlement remain confidential, however the deal will protect confidential sources Beck had been ordered by the court to reveal. Lawnewz.com’s Rachel Stockman has the details HERE.
CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and former colleagues of legendary KKOB/Albuquerque broadcaster Mike Roberts (pictured) who died yesterday (9/13) following a battle with throat cancer. He was 88. Roberts was the University of New Mexico’s football and basketball play-by-play voice on KKOB for 41 years, from 1966-2007. For about 20-years in the 1980’s and 90’s, he also did play-by-play for the Albuquerque Dukes, who were at the time the Triple A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers. Funeral arrangements for Roberts (pictured) are pending.
Entercom/Miami Sports/Talker 790 The Ticket (WAXY) promotes early afternoon co-host Brian “The Beast” London (left) to the new role of Programming Coordinator. “Over recent months, ‘Beast’ has added responsibilities that touch all facets of The Ticket — programming, working with promotions and sales, technical and logistics,” said Program Director Len Weiner in a memo to staffers. “His work and work ethic are impressive, and we’re pleased to give him this new title.” In addition to his new duties, London will continue to co-host weekdays from 1-3pm with Leroy Hoard … CBS Radio/Houston promotes Michael Pettiette from Regional Director/Digital Sales, to Vice President and Director of Sales for the six-station cluster that includes Sports/Talkers KIKK-AM and KILT-AM. Prior to joining CBS/Houston in 2011, Pettiette served in digital sales and sales management roles at the Houston Chronicle … Scripps Radio/Tulsa has named Lisa Guertin Local Sales Manager. A market veteran, with prior stints at crosstown KRAV, KJSR and KWEN, Guertin was most recently an Outside Sales Supervisor with Tulsa World.
Envision Networks debuts Drive By Funny (DBF), a new service that delivers 10 fresh, family-safe comedy cuts weekly, (plus three bonus cuts that are a bit edgier) for stations to use on-air, online and on demand … Smilecom Media launches Parenting Pointers with Dr. Claudia, a new 60-second weekday feature hosted by psychologist and family relations expert Dr. Claudia McCulloch. The new syndicated feature is targeting News/Talk, AC and Country stations … WTNW/Jasper, TN adds GCN’s syndicated Dr. Daliah Show to fill the station’s 7-10pm weeknight slot … USA Radio Networks syndicated Trending Today USA host Rusty Humphries has debuted ‘Ratings Booster Juice’ (pictured), with limited quantities available at the network’s booth on the convention floor at next week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville. Humphries says his newest product “tastes like victory” and will give your station “the boost it needs!” … Salem Media Group pacts with KMG Networks to add Anchor Dashboard — a customizable real-time dashboard that delivers essential information directly to news anchors in the studio — at over 35 of the company’s News/Talk and Christian Teaching & Talk stations. Salem’s customized ‘Dashboard’ will also integrate proprietary SMG content including Tipsheet, Twitchy, Regenery Publishing, and Hot Air. Anchor Dashboard is part of Control Room Pro, a suite of digital production field and studio tools for radio broadcasters offered through KMG.
Following-up on yesterday’s (9/12) NTS MediaOnline Today top story, the National Association of Broadcasters and the Partnership for Drug Free Kids are teaming up to urge broadcasters nationwide to expand coverage and enhance awareness of prescription drug abuse in cities and towns across America. At a press conference held this morning in DC, officials outlined just how dramatically opioid addiction has soared in recent years, particularly among teens and young adults. Statistics report that every day in the U.S., 2,500 teens (12-17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time. To assist in the fight against opioid abuse, the NAB has developed a printed and online toolkit for broadcast stations, including facts and statistics related to the epidemic and ideas for prevention, programming and community outreach. The broadcaster’s group is also distributing new Public Service Announcements in conjunction with NAB’s bi-annual Congressional PSA Campaign. Broadcasters are urged to air the PSA’s and to develop long-form programming and special news reports on the topic, along with holding Town Hall-style meetings and offering critical information online. “As first informers in times of crisis, broadcasters understand the power of the public airwaves to educate Americans about dangers affecting their lives,” said NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith (pictured) at today’s press event. “Today, we are pledging those airwaves and other resources to combating an epidemic that has touched the lives of millions of our citizens. We’re proud to join with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids in finding solutions to opioid addiction, and in making a positive difference for families across America.”
Braggin’ Rights: Congratulations to Dave Ramsey (left) and his team, as the independently syndicated Dave Ramsey Show marks a major milestone, blasting through the 575 affiliates mark this month. Through its broadcast and digital platforms, Ramsey’s show now reaches a reported 12 million listeners weekly … Salem Media Group/Dallas Operations VP/GM John Peroyea has resigned from the cluster. Salem is opening a nationwide search for a successor to Peroyea, who will continue to serve as a consultant to Christian Contemporary KLTY-FM/Dallas, reporting to Salem President of Broadcast Media, David Santrella … Windy City radio scribe Robert Feder reports that Hubbard/Chicago VP/Market Manager John Gallagher has left the building, following a two year run. Read more HERE … Zac Davis is named Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia/Richmond, VA. Davis was most recently PD for two of iHM’s Hartford, CT stations, WKSS and WKCI.
CBS Sports Radio and Westwood One partner to launch an exclusive new weekday podcast featuring CBS Sports Radio host Jim Rome (left). Jim Rome’s Daily Jungle is a round-up of the best of The Jim Rome Show from that particular day, with a new edition posted every weekday on iTunes and the Play.It network … Meanwhile, WW One and Advertiser Perceptions — the business intelligence firm that measures and interprets what advertisers think — have released exclusive new insights about podcast advertising sentiment. The findings of the report, published in Ad Age, shows increasing interest and investment in the platform which is gaining traction with more and more advertisers. Read the full story HERE … In yet another sign of our changing media times, the venerable Newspaper Association of America is dropping the word ‘newspaper’ from its name, and rebranding as The News Media Alliance. Acknowledging the shrinking print newspaper industry, the newly dubbed group will now accept digital-only publications for membership … AdLarge Media signs a deal for exclusive ad sales representation of New Mommy Media, a network of audio podcasts founded by ‘Mommy-In-Charge’ Sunny Gault which currently generates a reported 60,000 downloads monthly.
CBS Radio/Philadelphia, including Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, KYW Newsradio, and SportsRadio 94 WIP — has partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation to promote the 9/11 Heroes Run. The 5K race will be held in six locations around the Greater Philadelphia region starting tomorrow (9/10) and Sunday (9/11), and continuing through September 25th. The annual race was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion. A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Foundation, which offers veterans and families of the fallen “unique opportunities to help them take the next step in their journeys and accomplish their personal and professional goals.” The other portion of the proceeds will remain in the local Delaware Valley community to support various police, fire, and first responder related charities, including the Camden County Heroes Scholarship Fund, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and the Doylestown Fire Company. Now in its seventh year, the 9/11 Heroes Run race series will also be held in more than 50 other locations across the U.S. and abroad.
Emmy Award-winning sportscaster and NBC Sports NFL sideline reporter Michele Tafoya has signed on to co-host morning at Cumulus Media/Minneapolis Classic Rocker KQRS, alongside legendary market personality Tom Barnard. Tafoya (left) launched her broadcast career in the Twin Cities, where she was previously heard on crosstown Sports/Talker KFAN and on CBS Radio News/Talker WCCO … Longtime Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that Tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing) has elected to not renew their licensing agreement with Feder and his website, where he reports on Chicago radio, television and other media. Read more HERE … The 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show (September 21-23 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville) will wrap up with a Friday morning ‘Music And Mimosa’s Sign-Off,’ featuring five-time Grammy Award winner and Country music legend Wynonna Judd in a conversation with Bob Kingsley, longtime host and executive producer of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40. Get more agenda and registration details for this year’s Radio Show HERE.
Alpha Media/Greenville has named Tony Denton Market Manager for the 7-station North Carolina cluster. Denton, who previously spent nine years as Director of Sales for the cluster, most recently served as Market Manager for the Curtis Media Group … Todd Johnson is named Local Sales Manager for Scripps Media/Wichita. Johnson is a market veteran who previously held sales management roles at at crosstown stations KGSO-KQAM and KWCH-KSCW-KDCU, as well as stints with the former Journal Broadcast Group and the Wichita Eagle … Cumulus Media/Montgomery, AL promotes 18-year WXFX veteran Rick Hendrick to Operations Manager for the cluster. Along with his new responsibilities, Hendrick will retain his role as Program Director for WXFX.