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Rob Babin Promoted To Cox Media Group Regional VP/Radio

Posted: 02 Oct 2017 11:57 AM PDT

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Cox Media Group has promoted Rob Babin to Regional Vice President of Radio
overseeing the companys Houston, Long Island, Miami, San Antonio, and Tampa

Babin has been Market Manager of the companys Miami operations since 2013
and has been with the company since 2001 working as a Sales Manager in
Orlando and Atlanta before serving as Vice President of Sales for Cox
Atlanta from 2010-2013. Prior to joining Cox he served as General Sales
Manager for Styles Broadcastings New Orleans stations.

Concurrent with Babins promotion, Cox has promoted Ray Carter from General
Manager of WPXI-TV Pittsburgh to Regional VP for Television overseeing
stations in Boston, Charlotte, Memphis, and Seattle along with WPXI.

Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Rob Babin, currently CMG Miami Radio’s
VP/General Manager, as CMG’s new Regional VP for Radio, reporting to
Executive VP Bill Hendrich. Babin will oversee CMG’s Houston, Long Island,
San Antonio and Tampa Radio markets, in addition to Miami. Ray Carter,
currently CMG Pittsburgh’s VP/General Manager, is now CMG’s Regional VP for
Television, reporting to EVP Jane Williams and will oversee CMG’s Boston,
Charlotte, Memphis, and Seattle TV markets, in addition to Pittsburgh.

As RVPs, Babin and Carter will leverage their broadened view of our
business to help ensure that their respective markets provide a better
customer experience, meet CMG’s financial and customer targets and engage
and motivate our employees about our CMG goals and objectives. They will
be a business partner, collaborator and contributor to the team’s success
in each market and will assist in solving local business issues, as well as
enable and support a cohesive team driving business results. Additionally,
they have experience in cultivating talent in CMG’s markets, always keeping
an eye out for future leaders who can be developed within the company.

“During his career, Rob has been a strong leader for CMG in Orlando,
Atlanta and Miami,” said Hendrich. “He has grown in leadership roles
through his ability to hire and develop talented team members, create
world-class work environments and deliver results. We are fortunate to
have many talented leaders at CMG to consider for critical roles like
this. Rob’s understanding of the opportunities ahead, his ability to make
positive connections with people and his track record of delivering results
equip him to do a fantastic job as our Regional VP.”

Under Babins leadership as VP/GM, CMG Miami Radio launched top-performing
brand Hits 97.3. In addition, the CMG Miami team was awarded two National
Association of Broadcasters Marconi Awards and two National Association of
Broadcasters Service to America Awards for excellence in community service.
During his 17-year career with CMG, Babin has held General Sales Manager
roles at Orlandos K92FM, Atlantas 97.1 The River and News 95.5 AM 750 WSB.
Prior to his current role, Babin was Director of Sales for CMG Atlanta

I look forward to partnering with our successful Market Managers and
leaders across CMG Radio,” said Babin. “We have incredible brands and
operations in each of our markets, thanks to our talented employees, which
sets CMG apart from our competition.

“Ray has been a leader with our Television division for 20 years,” said
Williams. “He has a successful, proven track record and currently leads
one of the top NBC affiliates in the country. As VP/GM Ray has led
WPXI-TV to historical ratings and revenue heights. Ray’s passion for this
industry is unparalleled, and he is the perfect leader to take advantage of
all the new and exciting opportunities facing the television industry.”

Carter, a 30-year broadcast veteran, joined CMG and WPXI-TV, the
NBC-affiliated station in Pittsburgh, as a General Manager in 2001. Before
becoming a GM, he was the executive in charge of local news in several
different media markets. Throughout his career, Carter also has worked as
the News Director of local news operations in many markets, including Des
Moines, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta.

“CMG has some of the finest television stations in the country,” said
Carter. “To be able to work in concert with the CMG leadership teams in
Boston, Charlotte, Memphis, Pittsburgh and Seattle, is an exciting
proposition. Our industry is undergoing revolutionary change. I look
forward to helping these different stations navigate a course toward
continued and trusted leadership.”

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WEGR Memphis Adds Hooker & Brooke For Mornings; Rebrands As Rock 102.7

Posted: 02 Oct 2017 11:05 AM PDT

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As the station prepared to celebrate its 40th anniversary this month,
iHeartMedia Classic Rock Rock 103 102.7 WEGR Arlington TN/Memphis has
rebranded as Rock 102.7.

The move comes with the addition of the Hooker Brooke morning show from
sister Rock 106.7 KAAZ Salt Lake City. They fill the opening created by the
breakup of the Ditch Jake show over the summer with Ditch moving to
afternoons and Jake exiting. The show will continue to air on KAAZ as well.

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102.7 appeared first on RadioInsight.

KXT Dallas Relaunches As "The Republic Of Music"

Posted: 02 Oct 2017 10:38 AM PDT

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North Texas Public Broadcasting AAA 91.7 KXT KKXT Dallas has relaunched
with a greater emphasis on locally produced content.

Under a new Republic of Music positioning statement, KXT has revamped its
on-air lineup. Assistant Program Director Brad Dolbeer moves from
afternoons to mornings from 5-10am. Program Director Amy Miller moves up an
hour from 11am-3pm to 10am-2pm, and will also host a local music show on
Thursdays from 7-8pm. Dave Emmert slides up from 8-10pm to afternoons from
2-7pm. Former morning host Gini Mascorro will host nights from 7-11pm
including a new music show on Mondays from 7-8pm. The World Cafe moves back
an hour to 11pm-1am, while overnights will be jockless.

KKXT also adds an airing of A Prairie Home Companion on sunday mornings.

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KOSY Cedar Rapids Relaunches As Hot 95.7

Posted: 02 Oct 2017 09:54 AM PDT

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iHeartMedia CHR Y95.7 KOSY-FM Anamosa/Cedar Rapids IA relaunched this
morning as Hot 95.7.

With the new name KOSY-FM has tweaked its on-air lineup. The syndicated
Elvis Duran Show remains in mornings, while On Air with Ryan Seacrest is
added to the lineup for middays. Program Director Sean Strife moves to
afternoons. Prior to joining KOSY-FM in February, Strife served as
Seacrests producer at flagship 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles. 103.5 Kiss-FM
WKSC-FM Chicago afternoon host Brady takes nights.

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99X Atlanta To Reunite The Morning X For 25th Anniversary

Posted: 02 Oct 2017 05:00 AM PDT

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Cumulus Alternative 99X 98.9 W255CJ Atlanta/WWWQ-HD2 is celebrating the
25th anniversary of the launch of the brand on October 26 by bringing back
former The Morning X staffers for the day.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Steve Barnes, Leslie Fram and
Jimmy Baron will reunite for the morning show on the 26th from 6-10am. Fram
served as APD and then Program Director and morning co-host for the entire
run of the original 99X. She then spent time programming AAA 101.9 WRXP New
York and is currently SVP/Music Strategy Talent for CMT. Barnes was part
of the morning show from 1992-2003 and later worked at AAA 92.9 Dave-FM
WZGC. He currently runs a video production company. Baron was part of the
morning show from 1993-2006 and then also spent time at WZGC.

Then CHR Power 99 99.7 WAPW flipped to Alternative 99X at 12pm on September
26, 1992. The station gave way to CHR Q100 WWWQ in January 2008 before
being resurrected twice on translators, the most recent version debuting in
January 2016.

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WNKN Joins Classic Country Simulcast With WNKR

Posted: 02 Oct 2017 03:30 AM PDT

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Grant County Broadcasters has relaunched 105.9 WNKN Middletown OH as a
simulcast of their Classic Country 106.7 WNKR Williamstown KY.

The new Classic Country 105.9 106.7 will focus on Country hits from the
1960s up until 2007. The move brings back the format that was heard on then
Rebel 105.9 WPFB-FM prior to its acquisition by Northern Kentucky
University in 2011. The existing WNKR lineup of Larry B in mornings, Gina
Matthews in middays, and Program Director Peter Z in afternoons remains in
place. Former B105 WUBE Cincinnati Program Director Tim Closson will join
the station for weekends.

WNKN joins a crowded Country battle in both the Cincinnati and Dayton
markets. In Cincinnati the station will compete directly with Hubbards B105
WUBE and 97.3 The Wolf WYGY as well as Cumulus Nash-FM 94.1 WNNF. Dayton
competitors include Alpha Media Classic Country 101.5 Hank-FM WCLI, Cox
Medias market leading Country K99.1 WHKO and iHeartMedias B94.5 WYDB.

Grant County Broadcasters purchased WNKN from Northern Kentucky University
in July for $4 million cash and $1.3 million in advertising. The station
ended its non-commercial AAA format on Thursday.

Grant County Broadcasters, owners of WNKR-FM 106.7 in Dry Ridge, KY, has
launched its second Classic Country radio station in the tri-state.

WNKN-FM 105.9, licensed to Middletown, OH signed on this morning with local
radio legend Larry B. Larry B has been the morning man on WNKR 106.7 for 19
years. He previously worked at the 105.9 frequency when it was playing
country music as “The Rebel”.

The new signal reaches from north of Dayton, OH to south of Florence, KY.

Both stations play Classic Country music from the 60s to 2007, primarily
focused on the 1990s. “Our listeners are people who love pure country
music. “Today’s country music has evolved to include elements of rap and
harder rock music”, says VP of Programming Peter Z. “There’s an audience
for that and there are several radio stations serving that up. Our goal is
to satisfy the pure country listener with the likes of Alan Jackson, George
Strait, The Judds, Reba, Clint Black and more.”

Jeff Ziesmann, owner and CEO of the stations says he’s long believed the
only thing he could do to improve on WNKR is to put it on a bigger signal
where more people could enjoy it. “Between 105.9 and 106.7, we’ve increased
our reach substantially”.

In addition to Larry B in mornings, Gina Matthews will handle the workday
hours and Peter Z will cover the afternoon drive home. Michael Monks,
publisher and editor of The River City News is News Director. Joining
current staffers Jay Anthony and Tomcat Michaels on weekends will be Tim
Closson, a member of the Country Music Broadcasters Hall of Fame, who has
years of success programming country radio in Cincinnati.

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