Keith Hotchkiss has been named Region President for North Ohio. iHeartMedia North Ohio includes 30 stations in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Lima, Ashland, Mansfield, Marion and Defiance. Hotchkiss joins the region from iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region, where he most recently served as Regional Senior VP of Sales. Hotchkiss replaces Gary Mincer.
On Thursday The board of directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association announced that iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman has been named its “Broadcaster of the Year.” NYSBA President David Donavan said, “Bob Pittman is a true industry leader and perhaps the most creative, visionary and dynamic executive in broadcasting. His views not only shape the radio industry, but the future of all media in this country.” Pittman has been named Radio Ink's Most Powerful Person in Radio for 7 consecutive years.
Miguel “Mijo” Irizarry is joining the air staff at CBS Radio's Power 96 (WPOW-FM) in Miami beginning Monday, August 28. Irizarry will host weeknights from 7:00 PM to Midnight. He replaces Ivy “Unleashed” who was moved to afternoon drive.
The company has named John Scaggs as its new Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Bob Augsburg, who founded the organization 30 years ago with his wife Felice, is retiring. Augsburg said, "John is perfectly suited to take over the reins of WAY Media. He has served the Ministry so well over many years as a board member as well as a strategic sounding board and prayer support to me. I couldn't be happier with this decision."
Salem Media Group has promoted Sue Garrett to General Manager in Omaha. Garrett has been the GSM for the Omaha sales team for the past seven years. Senior VP for Broadcast Operations Linnae Young said, “Omaha has been a very productive market for Salem. It is gratifying to see someone within our own company be recognized and given this quality opportunity.”
Danni Bruns has been elevated to the newly created position of Operations Manager for Cumulus' four-station cluster in Memphis. Bruns will oversee operations for KIX-106/WGKX-FM, 98.1 The Max/WXMX-FM, 103.5 WRBO, and 98.9 The Vibe/WKIM-FM. She'll also continue to serve as PD for 98.1 The Max and co-host The Max’s Afternoon Drive show.
Bill Black, the current Operations Manager for Radio One in Cleveland and Cincinnati adds the Columbus market to his duties giving him Ohio regional programming oversight of the markets. And Theodore ‘Big Bink’ Turner (pictured here) moves from Columbus to Indianapolis as Operations Manager.
Kirk Minihane from Entercom's WEEI-FM in Boston has been added to the previously announced "Radio’s New Strategies and New Platforms" session on Wednesday, September 6 at the 2017 Radio Show. Minihane and Amplifi Media CEO Steven Goldstein will discuss how to capitalize on the podcasting industry. Jacobs Media/Jacapps president Fred Jacobs will explore how radio can optimize the digital dash.
CBS Radio in New York has promoted Jay Dabhi to music director at 92.3 AMP Radio in New York City. Dabhi also hosts the station’s weekday afternoon mix show. Dabhi began at 92.3 AMP in 2015 to launch the station’s first mix show. He began his radio career four years earlier as a guest mix show DJ on WXRK – 92.3 NOW.
CBS Radio Dallas-Fort Worth Senior Vice President and Market Manager Brian Purdy was recently recognized with the Texas Association of Broadcasters’ “Broadcaster of the Year.” Accepting the award, Purdy said, “Every day is a terrific adventure working with our outstanding team, who responsibly inform, entertain, serve and protect Texans throughout the state. I wish they all could be standing up here with me right now.”