Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

Roxanne Steele Joins WYCD

SteeleRoxanne Steele, most recently midday host at CBS Radio’s WDZH-FM (Detroit), has moved down the hall (and down the dial) as midday host for the company’s WYCD-FM.

Steele attended the Academy of Radio Broadcasting and landed her first on-air job at age 19. After stints in Washington, Texas and Arizona, Steele spent 12 years at WBBM-FM in Chicago.

Steele also hosted “Street Beat” for WKBD-TV (Detroit) and worked two years at WDVD-FM (Detroit).

Roberts Named CBS Radio (Detroit) VP of Music Programming

TimRoberts_300CBS Radio (Detroit) has named veteran programmer Tim Roberts to VP of Music Programming for Country WYCD-FM, Classic Hits WOMC-FM and CHR WDZH-FM. Roberts previously held the title of OM/PD for the three stations.

Debbie Kenyon, SVP/Market Manager for the CBS Detroit stations said, “Tim has been instrumental in the success of our cluster. His passion for radio and his winning track record make him perfect for this position.”

Roberts was recently inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame at ceremonies held June 22 in Nashville.

In a release, Roberts said, “It’s truly been a whirlwind experience for me being inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame – an honor that has been beyond amazing – and now to be elevated to this position couldn’t be more thrilling.  Likewise, it’s fantastic to work with the incredible CBS Radio/Detroit brands of WYCD, WOMC and WDZH under the leadership of Debbie Kenyon.”

Greater Media Flips WMGC-FM to Classic Hop-Hop

PrintAt noon on July 1, Greater Media flipped the switch and WMGC-FM unveiled the “All New 105.1 The Bounce, Detroit’s Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B.”  The station is debuting with 10,000 songs in a row.  The format features throwback hip-hop and R&B songs from the 1990s and 2000s, with artists such as 2Pac, Ice Cube, Drake and Rihanna.

The new format replaces the sports format that occupied the frequency for nearly three years.

Detroit VP/Market Manager Steve Chessare said “Greater Media is thrilled to unveil this fun and unique new format in the Motor City.  We look forward to providing a fun, fresh new sound featuring some of the best throwback hip-hop and R&B sounds from the past for our listeners to enjoy!”

Craig Russell Joins WUPS/WTWS

CRusselVeteran programmer and on-air personality Craig Russell has joined Black Diamond Broadcast Group’s WUPS-FM/WTWS-FM (Houghton Lake) as Program Director for the stations.  In addition, Russell will host the morning show on WUPS.

Russell was most recently morning personality at WKHM-FM (Jackson) and also has worked in Grand Rapids and Traverse City.  He told All Access: “I can’t wait to get back to Northern Michigan and make some great radio.  Legendary calls, great local ownership and Houghton Lake; win, win and win!”

National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Class of Inductees

NRHOFVoting results for the 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame’s 24 nominations in six categories are in.  Four of those categories were decided by a voting participant panel comprised of 400 industry professionals. The other two categories, Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality, were voted on by the public.

The 2016 inductees are:

Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), WTMX-FM. Chicago
Active Local/Regional, 10+ years

Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), KYXY, San Diego
Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years

Steve Harvey, The Steve Harvey Morning Show; syndicated by Premiere Networks
Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years

Delilah, syndicated by Premiere Networks
Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years

Bob Kingsley, Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40; syndicated by Westwood One
Music Format On-Air Personality

Michael Savage, The Savage Nation; syndicated by Westwood One
Spoken Word On-Air Personality

Additionally, the National Radio Hall of Fame nominating committee voted to induct four individuals for their contribution to the industry.  Those inductees are:

George G. Beasley, Chairman/CEO/Founder of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.

Kidd Kraddick, the late beloved national air personality and founder of Kidd’s Kids Charity

Tony Roberts, former sportscaster and play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame Football

Neil Rogers, the late legendary southern Florida air personality.

National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “This year’s class of inductees represents the diversity that makes radio so personal, entertaining and impactful.  We all very much appreciate everyone who participated in this process as we welcome the very best in our business into the National Radio Hall of Fame.”

The black-tie optional induction ceremony takes place at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame – the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Tickets are now available here.  A portion of ticket purchases is a tax deductible charitable donation to the Museum.

Kunnath Now Sales Manager at WMGC-FM

Kunnath_300Greater Media has announced that Scott Kunnath has been named sales manager at the company’s new throwback hip hop and R&B station, “105.1 The Bounce,” WMGC-FM (Detroit).

Kunnath was most recently Director of Sales for Radio One in Detroit and has also worked for ABC/Disney in Detroit, Citadel Broadcasting and CBS Radio.

Greater Media VP/Market Manager Steve Chessare said, “His vast experience and leadership will help guide the station to success in the Motor City.”

jācapps Cracks The Connected Car Code For Radio

JacappsMichigan-based mobile developer jācapps announced a major breakthrough for radio stations, podcasters and Internet radio stations – the ability to appear in even more automobile audio entertainment systems via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and the SmartDeviceLink system for Ford and Toyota vehicles.

jācapps President Paul Jacobs noted, “For us, it’s always been about how radio could have a presence on the beachfront property known as smartphones. Today, that valuable real estate includes the car dashboard.”

“Over the past six years, we have focused on the changing in-car entertainment environment, and its impact on the radio industry,” remarked Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. “Today’s entertainment systems provide drivers with myriad options, many of which are accessed from their smartphone. And now, we can get radio broadcasters on the valuable screens of these vehicles to ensure that millions of consumers can enjoy hearing their favorite stations while driving.”

jācapps has created App EverywhereSM, where mobile apps for radio stations can now be coded to appear in automobiles that have Android Auto, SmartDeviceLink and pending approval from Apple, their CarPlay system.

“It’s exciting to be first. Our mobile app team has been dedicated to developing solutions that will ensure that broadcasters have presence in these entertainment systems,” commented jācapps COO Bob Kernen. “It’s a major priority for us. Jacobs Media has invested a lot of time in this space, including the DASH Conference. This is an incredibly important opportunity for broadcasters and we’re extremely pleased that we were able to crack the code.”

jācapps is in the process of releasing a beta app for Apple CarPlay for WMMR, the Greater Media-owned radio station in Philadelphia. The app is awaiting final approval and will be released in the iTunes app store soon as an update to their existing app. Videos showing how radio station apps appear in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available by emailing jācapps at sales@jacapps.com.

For more information about App EverywhereSM and how broadcasters can ensure their mobile applications are available in cars, contact Bob Kernen at bob@jacapps.com or Alex Burnstein at alex@jacapps.com.

Geary Morrill Promoted at Alpha Media

Morrill_300Longtime WSGW-AM/FM, WGER-FM, WCEN-FM and WTLZ-FM (Saginaw) Technical Manager Geary Morrill has been promoted to Midwest Regional Director of Engineering for parent company Alpha Media.

Morrill was one of three engineers nationwide promoted to regional positions on July 1.  Each were cited for their passion for new challenges and demonstrated track record of completing major projects.

Morrill will work with Alpha’s corporate engineer, market chief engineers and regional EVPs to implement Alpha’s major capital projects and signal improvements, as well as dealing with regulatory compliance matters.

The MAB extends its congratulations to Geary!

NRHOF Opens Public Voting

NRHOFThrough 11:59 p.m. on June 30, radio listeners nationwide can vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.   Fans can text 36500 (message and data rates may apply) with their one vote for each HALL OF FAME category accordingly:

Music Format On-Air Personality
For Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, text “HOLLYWOOD” to 36500.
For Tom Kent, text “TOM” to 36500.
For Kevin & Bean, text “KEVIN & BEAN” to 36500.
For Bob Kingsley, “BOB” to 36500.

Spoken Word On-Air Personality
For Sean Hannity, text “HANNITY” to 36500.
For Mike & The Mad Dog, text “MIKE & THE MAD DOG” to 36500.
For Diane Rehm, text “DIANE” to 36500.
For Michael Savage, text “SAVAGE” to 36500.

In addition to the two listener-voting categories, there are four categories being voted on by a panel of 400 industry professionals. Winners in all six categories will be announced July 11. The induction ceremony takes place Nov. 17 at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago.

For a list of nominees or for more information, visit www.radiohof.org.

Mark Libke Joins Jackson Radio Works

Mark Libke_300Jackson Radio Works, Inc., operators of WKHM-AM/FM, ESPN Sports 101.9, and Power Cow 95.9 are pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Libke as Director of Sales.

Sue Goldsen, Owner and Vice-President said, “We are so happy to have Mark on our team. His experience with broadcasters and advertisers from around the state will be a huge asset to our company.”

Mark started his career in 1981 with WJR-AM as a high school news intern. While in college at Eastern Michigan University, Mark worked as announcer, producer, and sports reporter at WQBR, WSDS, and WAAM in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. In 1992, he made the move to radio sales taking an Account Executive position with WPZA-AM/WQKL-FM in Ann Arbor. After four successful years in sales and sports marketing, Libke was promoted to General Sales Manager at WTKA-AM. In 1996, Mark took the position of Managing Director at Premier Tower Insurance Company (Okemos), specializing in comprehensive coverage for group radio and television studios and tower sites. In 1999, Libke joined TBC Sports (Holt) as Sales Manager for the Spartan Sports Network (SSN). Recently, he was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer for the Spartan Sports Network division of TBC Sports.

Mark Libke said, “I am so happy to be working with my colleagues Bruce and Sue Goldsen, and to be back working with local community radio stations. The future is bright and exciting and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!”