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Meet One Of The Best Program Directors In America

Leslie Whittles' job for Cumulus in Houston is to grow the KRBE product and brand with a focus on how the station can best serve the community. That, of course, includes all facets of what comes out of the speakers as well as the overall image of the station. The most important part of her responsibility is to make sure her entire team understands and is focused on the goals.

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Smith: The Media Landscape Is Changing

New technologies are bringing AM and FM radio to every device while "we are witnessing the thrilling innovations taking place" in next-gen television. Those are the key takeaways from the 2017 NAB Show now officially underway in Southern Nevada. In his opening remarks, NAB CEO Gordon Smith said, the media landscape "seems to be changing at the blink of an eye, along with the world at large."

Who Are The Most Influential Women In Radio?

Since 1999, Radio Ink's Most Influential Women in Radio list has reflected the significant progress made in the growth and opportunities of and by women in the industry. Hard earned? Absolutely. Enough? In many areas, still no. But what is impressive is that a list of 10 eighteen years ago topped 100 in 2016. YOUR DEADLINE TO NOMINATE IS THIS FRIDAY.

Why is A Yogurt Company Mad at Alex Jones?

Greek yogurt company Chobani has filed a lawsuit against Jones, accusing him of publishing false information about the company. According to Bloomberg, Chobani says Jones posted fabricated stories linking the Yogurt company's owner Hamdi Ulukaya and Chobani to a sexual assault case involving refugee children.

BEA Panel Helps Students Understand Broadcasting

What do students want to know about careers in broadcasting? We have a little clearer vision of what moves millennials and GenZ seeking careers in radio and television, thanks to a Broadcast Education Association session held Monday afternoon alongside the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Cumulus Buffalo Apologizes For Polish Jokes

The reason for the apology was for putting callers on the air who were telling Polish jokes during Dyngus Day, which is very popular in Buffalo. The Dyngus Day website says it's an annual event in Buffalo, "is to celebrate spring, show Polish pride, flirt with pussy willows and listen to the best polka bands in the nation."

Say It Isn’t So JD!

The HANK-FM Indianapolis afternoon host is calling it quits after over 40 years on the air. HANK-FM PD Fritz Moser tells Radio Ink there is no replacement for a guy like JD. "He’s one of the few people you meet in life and you’re an instant friend." Here's our extended interview with the radio vet who's stepping away from the mic soon.

Mattress Firm Jumps Into Top Ten

By running 25,806 commercials on radio stations all across the country, Mattress Firm was radio's sixth-largest advertiser last week according to Media Monitors. GEICO moved back to number one with 42,580 spots aired. The Home Depot (38,316), Lowe's (35,043), Boost Mobile (28,563), and McDonald's (27,006) round out the top five.

AdLarge Media Restructures Digital Team

The changes at AdLarge's digital division include new positions and more responsibility for four people. AdLarge Co-CEO Gary Schonfeld said, “We have been in the digital audio space since we launched in 2011. This is a logical evolution in building out and strengthening AdLarge’s digital audio business." Here are the changes...

 ABC News Airs “Trump’s First 100”

Between Saturday, April 23 and Saturday, April 29, the network is airing a roundup of Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president, which ticked over April 20. In addition to blanket coverage on its major TV news shows and ABC News Digital, ABC News Radio will run a one-hour special titled, The 100 with Brad Mielke.

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Bootleg Kev Joins The Real Team

iHeartMedia's Real 92.3 in Los Angeles has hired Bootleg Kev as co-host of The Real After Party, which airs weeknights from 7 p.m. – midnight. Bootleg Kev has worked in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tampa. The Real After Party will now include Bootleg Kev, DJ Damage and Dre Sinatra.

Gallagher, Others Hang With Trump

On Monday President Trump hosted Salem Radio Network talk host Mike Gallagher and a dozen other members of conservative media organizations at a reception at the White House to discuss the First 100 Days of the Trump administration.

WIBC’s Greg Garrison Retiring

Garrison is ending his weekday show on the Indianapolis News/Talker but the station says he'll write a weekly column on, provide commentary, and serve as a legal expert for WIBC news and programs. Garrison hosts the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. timeslot and his last day will be June 9. PD David Wood said a replacement will be announced at a later date.

Cumulus Snags Former Clear Channel Manager

Nicola Merenda is the new VP/Market Manager for Cumulus' six-station group in Topeka. Merenda joins Cumulus from Pandora in San Antonio where he was also VP of Sales for Clear Channel. He also worked for Entercom as GSM in Mission, KS, and began his radio career in Chicago.

Jules Riley Takes Over The Bull In St. Louis

Riley is the new PD for the iHeartMedia station. She was the Ops Manager for iHeart's KVOO-FM in Tulsa before taking this new position. From 2005 until 2008, Riley was Program Director for WARH-FM and WMVN-FM in St. Louis, where she was named one of Radio Ink’s Best Program Directors in America in 2007.

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Norman Lear To Host New Podcast

The writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms as All In The Family, Good Times, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, and Maude, will debut his show on PodcastOne on May 1. Called All of the Above with Norman Lear it will feature the 95-year-old taking listeners through conversations on such disparate topics as comedy, family, current events, music, and politics. Co-hosting will be Lear’s longtime friend and sidekick Paul Hipp.

NextRadio App Lands In Argentina

The app can now be used by consumers for FM radio smartphone listening in the South American country. This further expansion into Latin America also allows listeners to tune to their favorite FM stations in Colombia, Mexico, Peru. Later this year Brazil will also go live in the Google Play Store

iHeartRadio + SpokenLayer = New SpokenEditions 

Forty new SpokenEditions have been released onto iHeartMedia’s all-in-one digital music, podcasting, and live-streaming radio service. SpokenEditions draws from written content from premium publishers. SpokenEditions provides access to audio versions of some of the top written publications across a number of subjects.

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