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Radio Headlines For Friday 06-19-20
In an SEC filing Thursday, the Saga Board of Directors said it was temporarily suspending its quarterly cash dividend due to the COVID-19 crisis. The company also says it is taking steps to save money including reducing capital spending and asking vendors for discounts. [read more]
The FCC previously issued a Notice of Apparent Liability to Gerald Sutton for operating an illegal radio station on 103.1-FM in Alma, Arkansas. Sutton ignored the NAL and now faces a $10,000 fine. The new order does not say whether or not Sutton is still broadcasting. [read more]
After two years of waiting, President Trump's pick to lead the agency that oversees Voice of America, Michael Pack, was finally approved recently. Pack showed up to the office this week and cleaned house. [read more]
Monday, during a Radio Ink Facebook Live event, Radio's Top Ten Program Directors will join us as we count them down during this special LIVE event. These 10 PD's top the list of 50 that will be unveiled in our June 22nd issue. Set yourself a Facebook reminder for our Monday event HERE, which will be hosted by Deborah Parenti and Mike McVay. [read more]
With the challenges that broadcasters are facing regarding employment and management of staff, remaining engaged while working remotely, this year’s survey includes specific questions about how COVID-19 is impacting sales teams at stations across America. [read more]
Everyone wants a piece of the audio action these days. Twitter has just released a new feature where users can add 140 seconds of audio into their tweets. [read more]
(By Yaman Coskun) It is not a new concept. Most radio talent’s “Plan B” strategy to create a safety net by having a home studio has been around a long time. [read more]
Brilliantly Black is an initiative to support local black-owned businesses, restaurants and non-profits in Chicago. Listeners on all six iHeart Chicago stations are encouraged to visit station websites and enter the keyword “brilliant.” [read more]
On Friday, ESPN Radio and The Undefeated – ESPN’s multiplatform content initiative will debut The Intersection at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Radio. The two-hour, weekly show will feature discussions that will continue the conversation around the impact of social justice on sports and society. [read more]
94.7 The Wave (KTWV-FM) in LA will air Justice Now!-Communities 2 Unity Friday. The program will be carried the Entercom station and nationally on RADIO.COM. [read more]
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The National Association of Broadcasters has created a new position of Chief Diversity Officer. Michelle Duke will lead the NAB's internal efforts to further equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization and elevate NAB's external role as a resource to members efforts to increase and promote diversity in the industry. [read more]
On Thursday SummitMedia named Randy Chase SVP of Programming where he'll oversee all of Summit's country stations. Chase replaces Beverly Brannigan who left the company abruptly earlier this week. For the past seven years, Chase was with EMF as VP of Radio. [read more]
Entercom has hired Terry Foxx as Brand Manager for Charlotte sports station WFNZ. Foxx moves to Charlotte from Entercom's sports station WZGC-FM in Atlanta where he was also Brand Manager. [read more]
Hubbard Radio Chicago’s WTMX-FM and The New She 100.3  WSHE have announced a slate of on-air changes. As a result of the changes there will be no jobs lost. Here are the changes. [read more]
John Summers is the new News Director at News Radio KKOB 96.3FM/770AM in Albuquerque, NM. Summers joins Cumulus Media from Saga Communications. [read more]
Radio legends continue to talk with radio veteran Jim "Jimbo" Kovacik. The latest Podcast episode features Walt "Baby" Love. [read more]
The 14th Annual John DeBella Veterans Radiothon is set for Friday on WMGK 102.9, Bala Cynwyd, PA. Proceeds will benefit the Veterans Multi-Service Center in nearby Philadelphia. [read more]
(Hal Slifer) By While many college radio stations have gone silent and many commercial radio stations have had major staff cutbacks, Emerson College’s radio station, WERS, has continued to attract new listeners in the competitive Boston radio market.  [read more]

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