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Univision Hires Alejandro Nieto Molina As Head Of Radio

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 11:25 AM PST

Univision has hired Alejandro Nieto Molina as Senior Vice President and
General Manager of their radio properties. Nieto Molina will oversee
content strategy and implementation for all of Univisions 67 stations. The
position will be based in Miami where he will report to John W. Eck, the
Chief Local Media officer and Executive Vice President of Technology,
Operations and Engineering for the company. Nieto Molina had a long career
in Latin America starting as an on-air personality in Colombia and
eventually moving up to Director of Programming for Caracol. From 2011 to
2015 he served as CEO for Cadena SER, the most listened to group in Spain.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving
Hispanic America, today announced the appointment of Alejandro Nieto Molina
as senior vice president and general manager, Radio. In this newly created
position, Nieto Molina will be responsible for leading the strategy and
implementation of content efforts across Univision Radio, providing the
creative vision as well as operating leadership. He will be based in Miami
and report to John W. Eck, chief Local Media officer and executive vice
president of Technology, Operations and Engineering. Nieto Molina will
oversee the 67 radio stations in UCI’s Local Media portfolio, working with
all Univision Radio content leads to build on the groups successful
trajectory. “Alejandro has extensive radio industry experience and has a
proven track record in content creation and programming as well as
management and operations,” said Eck. “His passion for radio and deep
knowledge of diverse music genres make him the ideal candidate to lead our
Radio stations.” Nieto Molina started his career combining his professional
studies with his job as host and DJ of musical radio stations. He has
created and directed successful musical radio formats in Colombia (La Mega,
Radioactiva, Besame and Los 40 Principales). He was also host/director of
News and Talk Shows in Caracol Radio Colombia (Hoy x Hoy, Sábado Nuestro,
Noticiero del Mediod*a, Pase la tarde). There, he simultaneously performed
the duties of director of Programming of Caracol. In 2005 he was
transferred by the company to Miami to become vice president of Programming
for all of Prisa Radio in charge of the development and execution of the
programming strategy of the stations in Latin America and the US Hispanic
market, where Prisa has two stations (Miami and Los Angeles) and a
syndicated shows unit (GLR Networks). In 2011, He was hired as CEO by
Cadena SER, Spain´s premier radio network, which is the ratings leader in
music and talk radio formats in that country. During his four years leading
“LA SER,” he transformed the organization in the middle of a deep economic
crisis. Nieto Molina is a journalism and industrial engineering graduate
from Bogotá’s Universidad de Los Andes.

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Garett Michaels Promoted To Director of Rock Programming For SDLocal

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 10:34 AM PST

Just weeks after joining SDLocal as Program Director for 100.7 KFMB-FM San
Diego, Garett Michaels has been promoted to Director of Rock Programming.
The new position will add oversight of Alternative 91X 91.1 XETRA-FM in
addition to his duties at newly launched 100.7 KFM-BFM. Current 91X Program
Director Mike Halloran will report to Michaels. The pair previously worked
together during Michaels ten year stint programming FM 94.9 KBZT San Diego.
SDLocal, operator of five San Diego radio stations including 91X (XTRA-FM),
and 100.7 KFM-BFM has named Garett Michaels as Director of Rock
Programming. He will continue his duties as Program Director of 100.7
KFM-BFM, as well as his afternoon air shift on the station. The move will
allow Michaels to oversee 91X and once again team up with 91X Program
Director Mike Halloran. Given Garetts expertise in many genres and eras of
rock, his personal success in Alternative, and his prior achievements
teamed up with Halloran, he is the optimal person for the job, said SDLocal
VP/GM Gregg Wolfson. Garett along with Joe Lindsay, Director of Operations
and Programming SDLocal, form a dynamic programming team to lead the
SDLocal five-station cluster. Im excited to expand my role with SDLocal,
said Michaels. KFM-BFM is rocking again and 91X is one of the most iconic
Alternative brands in radio. Its an honor to be on the collaborative team
charged with crafting the strategy and vision. Yes, Halloran and I have
unfinished business to do in San Diego, its about time we put the band back
together. Lets rock! SDLocal is a joint operating arrangement with Local
Media San Diego, LLC, operators of radio stations 91X (XTRA-FM), Magic 92.5
(XHRM-FM), and Z90 (XHTZ-FM), and Midwest Television, Inc., licensee of
KFMB radio stations 100.7 KFM-BFM, AM 760 KFMB, and television station CBS

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Tom Schurr Exits Cumulus

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 07:23 AM PST

Cumulus Media Senior VP of Operations Tom Schurr has exited his post.
Schurr joined Cumulus in March of 2015 to oversee multiple markets
including Dallas and Houston. In a restructuring announced by new CEO Mary
Berner last month, Schurr was given oversight of all business aspects of
the programming department underneath Mike McVay. Prior to joining Cumulus,
Schurr spent many years at Clear Channel/iHeartMedia eventually rising to
President of Operations for Major Markets. Cumulus states Schurrs position
will not be replace.

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Abe Promoting Big Change In Springfield

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 07:00 AM PST

Saga Communications Variety Hits 101.1 Abe-FM W266BZ/103.7 WDBR-HD2
Springfield IL is promoting A Big Change for Friday, January 29. While no
domains have been registered yet, word in the market is that Saga is
preparing to flip the station to the Outlaw Classic Country format the
company has recently launched in Asheville and Des Moines. The Abe-FM
format debuted on then 93.9 WABZ in 2005 and then was transferred to the
101.1 translator as part of a three station shuffle in 2013.

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John Jay & Rich Extend Deal With Premiere Radio Networks

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 06:42 AM PST

Premiere Radio Networks has signed the John Jay Rich morning show to a new
deal to keep the program in national syndication to CHR and Hot AC
stations. The show will remain based at iHeartMedias 104.7 Kiss-FM KZZP
Phoenix, which has also renewed its agreement to carry the show. The show
has lost two of its larger market affiliates due to format changes in
Seattle and San Diego in recent weeks but is still heard in seventeen
markets including Albuquerque, New Orleans and Portland. Johnjay Van Es and
Rich Berra began the show in 2001 at 93.7 KRQQ Tucson and moved to KZZP in
2006. The show went in to syndication via Premiere in 2014. Premiere
Networks announced today a renewed long-term agreement with The Johnjay
Rich Show. Premiere will continue to distribute the hit weekday morning
radio show, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this May, to CHR and Hot
AC stations nationwide. Concurrently, iHeartMedia’s 104.7 KISS-FM in
Phoenix announced it has renewed and extended its relationship with The
Johnjay Rich Show.* Ranking No. 1 in Phoenix with Women 18-34, Women
18-49, Women 25-54 and Adults 18-34, the program will continue to originate
from the station and broadcast weekday mornings from 5-10 a.m. MT. (Source:
Nielsen Audio, FA’15, 3 Mo Avg, PPM, MF 5A-10A, AQH Rank) The Johnjay Rich
Show*is a non-stop blend of pop culture, news and events, welcoming a wide
range of music artists, newsmakers and celebrities.* Joined on-air by Kyle,
the show is a special brand of “reality radio,” with listeners engaged and
interacting with the crew via every form of social media Instagram,
Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, email and text messaging.* Their style means
humor comes from any and every direction. “We’re just as shocked as our
parents, who are still waiting for us to finish up our community
collegedegrees and become dental hygienists,” shared Johnjay and Rich. *“We
are so excited about the future ‘badassnicity’ of creating innovative
entertainment with iHeartMedia that we can barely stand it. It’s a great
time to be in the radio business. Salute!” Julie Talbott, President of
Premiere Networks, shared, “This was an easy decision for us. Johnjay and
Rich have a proven track record of delivering entertaining programming, as
well as positive results for our partners. We couldn’t be happier to extend
our relationship with them.” “It’s a pleasure to watch this team work and
set the bar higher each year,” stated iHeartMedia Senior Vice President of
Programming, Steve Geofferies. “Johnjay and Rich not only deliver ratings,
but they also make an impact with their #LoveUp campaign. They are true
difference makers for our business and our state.” The Johnjay Rich Show
first joined 104.7 KISS-FM in 2006, and since then has consistently
demonstrated top rankings in the market. In June 2014, the program joined
Premiere Networks’ national lineup and is also available on
iHeartRadio,*iHeartMedia’s industry-leading digital radio service. 104.7
KISS-FM is a leading media outlet in the Phoenix market and its programming
and content are available across multiple platforms, including its
broadcast station; online via its branded digital site –;
mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio – with
its more than 850 million downloads and 80 million social media followers.

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Piolin Adds New Affiliates In Dallas & Houston

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 06:30 AM PST

Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo expands his syndication footprint with new affiliates
in Dallas and Houston. In Dallas, the show will air in middays from 10am to
2pm on CBS Regional Mexican La Grande 107.5 KMVK. The show will be
localized with inserts by former KMVK night host Pelos Parados. El Bolillo
will move from middays to nights. Latino Broadcasting Corportations La
Mejor 104.5 K283CH/KTBZ-HD2 Houston will add Piolin for mornings airing
live from 8am to 12pm. K283CH launched last September with 99 watts from
downtown Houston. Piolin was previously heard in both markets when employed
by Univision. His current program is distributed by Alliance Radio
Networks. Latino Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), a radio company serving
the Houston Hispanic market, announced today that famous radio personality,
Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, and his national syndicated Spanish language morning
radio show, El Show de Piolin, will join the Monday through Friday on-air
lineup on 104.5FM “La Mejor”, KTBZ HD2. The show will air live from 8:00
a.m. to 12:00 Noon and makes its Houston debut today. Eddie Sotelo known
as “Piolin” is the most widely recognized personality in Spanish radio.
Piol*ns distinctive humor, vibrant energy and entertaining persona engage
and captivate a diverse Hispanic audience of all ages. Playing the best in
Regional Mexican music, this fun-filled, inspiring and informative show
features sports and entertainment stars, political figures, immigration
attorneys, doctors and health specialists, and more. The show covers the
latest news and information of interest to Latinos, and features insight
and opinions on a variety of current issues and trending topics relevant to
Hispanics. “Piolins return to the FM frequency has been eagerly awaited in
the Houston market,” said Omar Romero, Chief Executive Officer of Latino
Broadcasting Corporation. Piolin said, “I’m thrilled to be back on the FM
dial in Houston and on 104.5FM “La Mejor”, Houston’s best new radio
station. It’s so rewarding to be able to reach even more of the wonderful
people in this great city. We’re going to shake up Houston mornings with
great music, conversation and most of all, fun! Let’s get this party
started!” Piol*n, best known for empowering his Latino audience to reach
great heights, has a growing, passionate and loyal following from listeners
of all ages, with huge social media engagement across Facebook at more than
2.4 Million total “Likes”, which places El Show de Piol*n as one of the
most-liked shows in all of U.S. radio and as the #1 most-liked show in
Hispanic radio. Born in Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico, Piolin left home at age
16 to live with relatives in Santa Ana, California. He worked in various
media outlets during high school before pursuing his dream of becoming a
Spanish language radio personality. After hosting his own channel on
SiriusXM, “Piolin Radio”, from 2013-2014, Piolin formed his own production
and syndication company, Alliance Radio Networks. In January, 2015, Piolin
debuted his brand new morning show, El Show de Piolin, across more than 40
U.S. radio stations. The show is now heard on 52 stations from
coast-to-coast. La Mejor 104.5FM, KTBZ HD2, a station with only four months
on air in the Houston market, has been incredibly successful and has shown
high levels of popularity with Latino listeners in Houston.

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KERA Debuts New Branding Across All Platforms

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 05:45 AM PST

North Texas Public Broadcasting has debuted a new aural and visual brand
package for its two radio stations, television station, and online
properties. The logos for Public News/Talk 90.9 KERA-FM, AAA 91.7 KXT KKXT,
KERA-TV, and will all feature a speech bubble
that the stations state exemplifies the civil conversations audiences can
find on KERA every day. The stations will all be branded under the Go
Public moniker. The radio stations will feature a new audio theme. Producer
Nick Seeley created the new KERA-FM mnemonic and themes for KERA News and
ArtSeek performed by local musicians. North Texas Public Broadcasting will
launch a brand awareness campaign consisting of print, digital, outdoor and
train/bus advertising to promote the stations. KERA is excited to unveil a
refreshed brand that reflects the best-in-class content and services it
provides. The new look is part of a rebranding and audience development
campaign KERA has created with Dallas-based creative agency Commerce House.
“This is a bold campaign that will allow KERA to connect with new audiences
like never before, while deepening our relationship with those who already
love what we do,” said Mary Anne Alhadeff, President and CEO of KERA. The
visual representation of each of KERA’s platforms is now more cohesive,
while communicating the unique properties of each. KERA’s family of brands
– including KERA TV, KERA FM, KXT 91.7 and ArtSeek – is unified with a
design treatment that highlights the depth and variety of the station’s
content. The new logo, which resembles a speech bubble, exemplifies the
civil conversations audiences can find on KERA every day, suggesting a
dialogue through which viewers and listeners can connect and engage. KERA’s
audio identity also has been refreshed with a new mnemonic that will be
used to connect programs on KERA FM. Through its partnership with Commerce
House, KERA contracted Dallas-based producer Nick Seeley to create the
mnemonic, as well as new musical themes for KERA News and ArtSeek. Seeley
enlisted local musicians to perform each musical element, including Dallas’
Kaela Sinclair, who composed KERA’s mnemonic. The new tagline, “Go Public,”
is part rallying cry, part call-to-action. For those who tune in, turn on
and type in, it’s a call to tell the world how they “KERA.” For unfamiliar
audiences, it’s an up-close look at undiscovered programming and a call to
join KERA’s community movement. The launch of the refreshed brand will set
in motion a two-year audience development plan that will include
advertising and outreach initiatives spanning KERA’s broadcast footprint.
Recognizing the immense population growth in North Texas in recent years,
KERA is reaching out to communities across the area with the most expansive
awareness campaign in the station’s history. The multi-faceted outreach
strategy includes print, digital, outdoor and cross-channel advertising, as
well as placement on DART trains and buses. For more than 55 years, KERA
has been home to programs that inform, engage and entertain. Serving the
fifth-largest media market in the United States, KERA reaches a weekly
audience of 2 million people through its TV, radio and digital platforms.
The new brand is a culmination of a two-year process of deep audience
research, testing and design, and it comes on the heels of the 10th
anniversary of Ms. Alhadeff. Since joining KERA, Ms. Alhadeff has overseen
the launch of KXT, one of the most-listened-to AAA stations in the country,
added a dedicated arts wing with ArtSeek and significantly expanded KERA
News’ local reporting. With each of these strategic additions to KERA’s
constellation of on-air and online platforms, the station’s national
profile has risen substantially. Since beginning the expansion of KERA News
in September 2012, more than 350 KERA News stories have aired on national
and international programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition and
Marketplace, as well as the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation. In 2015, KERA earned 24 regional and national awards for
outstanding journalism. The honors include the esteemed Peabody Award,
which recognized KERA’s contribution to NPR’s coverage of the Ebola
outbreak. KERA also earned six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including
KERA’s first-ever award for Overall Excellence among large radio stations
in Texas and Oklahoma. Additionally, KERA’s One Crisis Away series won an
inaugural national award from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) and
the National Endowment for Financial Education. KERA understands its
audience seeks to learn and discover more about their community and the
world around them. Throughout its history, the station has provided
programs and stories designed for the curious and thoughtful families and
individuals who rely on its content. KERA’s new brand identity is a
reflection of this commitment to provide intelligent programing that is
appropriate for all ages.

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iHeart Launches Jacksonville Project

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 04:10 AM PST

Following the move on Friday of Active Rock Planet Radio to 97.3 W247CF,
iHeartMedia launched Alternative Project 106.9 on W295AZ Jacksonville
Beach. Debuting at midnight, the new format will pair with Planet to attack
Cox Media Alternative X102.9 WXXJ. DC 101 WWDC Washington DC based Elliot
in the Morning will remain on 106.9.

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Spanish Stations On The Move In Philadelphia

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 03:15 PM PST

The Spanish language competition has gotten a little bit hotter in
Philadelphia this month. El Zol Media, operators of Aztec Capital Partners
Spanish CHR El Zol 1340 WHAT Philadelphia took over the operations of
Priority Radios 97.1 W246AQ Collingswood NJ right after Christmas and began
rebroadcasting their programming on the translator. W246AQ had been
rebroadcasting Quilvio Perdomos Supra 97 programming fed via 97.5 WPEN-HD3
since its launch on April 1, 2015. After a few weeks of being relegated to
that HD3 signal, the Supra brand will return to FM on Broadcast Learning
Centers 95.3 W237EH Pennsauken NJ on February 1. The translator will
operate with 250 watts at 47 meters from atop the Crowne Plaza hotel in
Cherry Hill NJ (Coverage Map). The two Spanish CHRs compete with Davidson
Medias Mega 1310/105.7 WEMG Camden for the Spanish language audience in

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FCC Report 1/24: Way To Increase Power In Dallas

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 02:13 PM PST

FM Changes Way Medias recently acquired 89.7 KAWA Sanger TX seeks to
increase its coverage in Dallas by upgrading from a Class C1 to C0. KAWA
will increase power from 14 to 45 watts from its current 518 meter antenna
(Coverage Map).

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