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Monday, July 2, 2018

Michaels Makes Management Move

Maverick Management and Larry Rudolph formally announced the arrival of industry pro Jay Michaels as the newest member of the Maverick Management team, working directly with Rudolph's Reign-Deer Entertainment.
In his new position Michaels (left) will now report directly to Rudolph, CEO of Reign-Deer Entertainment/Maverick, who remarked, "I'm so excited to have Jay Michaels join the company as a manager. His reputation, knowledge and experience in the radio and record company world makes him a powerful addition to the Maverick team."
Michaels' extensive radio resume includes programming stints with KVIL, KDMX and KDGE/Dallas, as well as KRBE/Houston & KHFI/Austin. He was also an A&R executive with Republic Records from 200-2002. Michaels recently relocated to Los Angeles from Dallas with his husband, Jay Roecker, an Account Exec with iHeartMedia Los Angeles, and their five-year old son, Clark
To start, Michaels will work directly with Haley Reinhart as well as Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix, who he describes as "Two incredibly talented and unique successful singer-songwriters that I absolutely love and respect."
Commenting on this exciting new career chapter, Michaels said, "I've been so fortunate to work for the best radio stations, incredible people and companies in my career, and now I'm working alongside one of today's most respected and innovative managers who has such a diverse roster of artists, from Britney Spears and Pitbull to Aerosmith and many more. I'm truly honored and grateful for this opportunity." He added, "A huge thank you to Larry, Dan Dymtrow, Rebecca Warfield and the entire Maverick team for believing in me. I've always been a music guy and this seemed like the natural transition from radio to management." Your best wishes can be shared with Jay at Jay.Michaels@Maverick.com.

CRS Enhancement Program

Country Radio Seminar announced a major hire and two significant internal promotions. First, please welcome music industry veteran Jean Williams, who joins CRS as Director of Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. Williams most recently worked for Show Dog Records as the Regional Promotions and Marketing Director.
Williams (left) got her start in Country radio at WKIS/Miami as the on-air Music Director before moving over to the label side, doing promotion for Warner Bros/Reprise and BNA Records. She also worked for CMT as Director its Radio Division and as an Affiliate Sales Director for Westwood One. Williams starts her new gig today and can be contacted at 615-327-4487 and/or jean@crb.org.
Concurrent with Ms. Williams' hire, Country Radio Seminar has promoted Brooke Sanders from Director of Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships to Sr. Director of Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, and Darcie Van Etten from Marketing Manager to Director of Marketing.
Sanders can be reached at brooke@crb.org and Van Etten can be contacted at darcie@crb.org.
WB - Warner Brothers

Roxanne Steele: Free Agent

RAMP has confirmed Roxanne Steele's departure from the midday post at Entercom Country WYCD/Detroit. Thursday, June 14 was her last day on the station, according to a lengthy blog post on her website, roxannesteele.com, in which she says she left for vacation that day and was contract subsequently expired.
Ms. Steele was born and raised in Los Angeles and landed her first on-air job at the age of 19. After stints in Washington, Texas and Arizona, she notably spent 12 years with CBS Radio Chicago, rising to afternoons on B96, and later, afternoons on sister WCFS (Fresh 105.9), until 2010, when she relocated to Detroit. After two years of part-time on Cumulus Hot AC WDVD, Steele was hired to do middays on CBS Radio (now Entercom) Top 40 WDZH (98-7 AMP Radio). She left AMP in April 2015 and started working at WYCD in November 2015, moving into middays two months later. She was a 2018 nominee for "On-Air Personality, Major Market" at the 53rd ACM Awards.
In a separate blog post, Steele said, "I'm so thankful to [SVP/Market Manager] Debbie Kenyon and [VP of Programming] Tim Roberts for taking a chance on me and bringing me on board at WYCD. My new radio journey in country was honestly the best three years of my life! I had an absolute blast and now I’m addicted to country! I learned so much from the talented staff, including the late Linda Lee, who in the beginning was a huge asset to my on-air approach in country. I will treasure my time at WYCD and I look forward to my next radio adventure!" Steele says she would prefer to remain in Detroit and can be reached for meaningful conversations at onairroxanne@gmail.com.
• Entercom Detroit VP of Programming Tim Roberts tells us that Sarah Thomas is currently covering middays on WYCD until a replacement is named. The position is now posted on the Entercom Careers portal (Ref#: 30358).
Red Music

Executive Action

WEA, the global artist and label services arm of Warner Music Group (WMG), has hired Scott Cherkin in the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Acquisition and Retention.
Cherkin (left) is a 20-year digital media professional who was most recently Executive Vice President of Product & Business Development at Complex Networks. In his swell new WEA role, Cherkin will be tasked with pioneering an effective global direct-to-consumer strategy, working closely with teams across the company to strengthen and expand CRM efforts, including organizing audiences into effective channels.
Cherkin will be based in New York and report to WEA President, Tony Harlow, who said, "Scott brings a commercial viewpoint which will help us greatly as we continue to focus on acquiring direct relationships with the many fans who want more from our artists, and try to connect them with new music in meaningful ways. I'm excited to welcome him to WMG, and confident that his vast experience in growing and sustaining a media company will benefit our business."
Commenting on the new gig, Cherkin remarked, "I'm delighted to be joining Warner Music Group, where I have the opportunity to marry my personal passion for music with my digital expertise. I've spent my entire career in venture-backed start-ups and thrived, with limited resources, building something from nothing. In this role, I'm excited to build something -- but with great resources and amazing assets to support marketing music and developing new revenue streams across the business."
Stuart Goldberg has joined Crank Media Intelligence, a B2B platform (currently in private beta) that connects the live events industry together and enables all stakeholders to communicate and transact business in a custom engineered and secure digital environment.
Goldberg has worked in all facets of the music industry, including artist development, touring, artist relations, promotion and live events. He previously served as Director, Touring & Artist Development at RCA Records, followed by a stint with A&M Records as a Regional Promotion Rep.
"Stuart Goldberg has deep domain knowledge, extensive contacts and valuable expertise in the industry," said Barry Griffin, Founder of Crank. "Stu has unmatched experience in managing the complex logistics of the multiple stakeholders involved in executing a live event and will bring tremendous value to the team." Goldberg said, "I'm very excited to work with the Crank Media team. Crank does something that hasn't been done before; digitizing the live entertainment ecosystem."

Kelli Cluque Goes Back To School 

After spending 20-plus years over multiple tours of duty at Anaheim Broadcasting's KCAL (96-7 KCAL Rocks!)/San Bernardino, longtime APD/MD and midday personality, Kelli Cluque (left) announced she has accepted the position of Operations Manager for Cal State San Bernardino's online radio station, Coyote Radio. Fortunately, she will continue to be a presence at KCAL via the magic of a weekend shift.
"While I am certainly sad to leave KCAL I'm excited too, to be in the position to lead college students and do it here at home in the Inland Empire," said Cluque, who will also use this opportunity to complete her Master's degree. "I wish nothing but the best of luck to my replacement... KCAL is a wonderful place to work!"
KCAL PD Daryl Norsell remarked, "On a personal note, I can't begin to tell you how happy I am for Kelli. She has been an amazing air talent, friend, and confidant for more years than I can remember. I know she'll be an awesome teacher and mentor to the next generation of radio talent. As a Program Director, I'm now faced with the challenge of trying to replace someone who has been the 'rock' of the station (pun intended) in the midday shift and has been instrumental in the great success we have been seeing over the last year after we shifted the station to a '90s/2000s focus."
The search for Ms. Cluque's worthy successor begins now -- if you believe you've got what it takes to rock "The '90s To Now," please send your best stuff to daryl@kcalfm.com.

Go With The FLO

Max Media's KCFO (FLO 107)/Denver announced it has completed its evolution from Throwback Hip-Hop to current-based Rhythmic Top 40. Please make a note of it.
"Over the past several months, FLO 107.1 has been spinning the top 10 rhythmic charting songs each week," said Jeff Norman, President/General Manager. He added, "Now while listeners will not notice a huge difference musically they will hear even more of what they have been asking for and the overall vibe of the station will certainly move at a faster pace."
Norman continued, "We knew when launching the station as throwback hip-hop in 2015 the music had to evolve over time, and once we added Larry Ulibarri and Kathie J as our new morning team (RAMP, May 22, 2018) the decision was easy to push ahead with more current music."
The newest evolution of FLO 107.1 comes under the guiding hand of veteran rhythm consultant Michael Newman of Houston-based Radio Strategies. Check out the new FLO online at FLO1071.com.
RW - ReelWorld

Pros In Motion

• Sierra H. Broadcasting Phoenix keeps in in the family and promotes part-time on-air personality Viviana Aguilar to Promotions Director for Rhythmic KNRJ (101.1 The Beat) and Rhythmic AC KAJM (Mega 104.3/99.3).
Aguilar (left) joined the company in a promotions position in 2012 and has worked her way up through numerous roles at KNRJ and KAJM.
PD Fred Rico commented, "Viv is a great worker, plus she has real calm about her. It's almost like she pumps cold blood through her veins. I expect her to be a promotions monster for us." Aguilar replaces Abri Monte Negro.
Complete & Utter Chaos -- Chris Chaos has exited the PD post at Southern Stone Communications' WHOG (95.7 The Hog)/Daytona Beach, FL and is now seeking his next opportunity.
Mr. Chaos (left) previously programmed JVC Media Mainstream Rock WBGF (93.5 The Bar)/West Palm Beach and Classic Hits WXJZ (WOW 100.9)/Gainesville-Ocala, FL. He notably spent eight years in the Columbus, GA market programming PMB Broadcasting Active Rock WKCN HD-2 (106.9 Rocks) and WRCG (Classic Rock 105.5), and before that -- he programmed rival WVRK (Rock 103).
Chaos' three-decade radio career has also taken him to Providence, Tampa, Memphis, Ft. Myers and Portland. Chaos is now entertaining all offers and can be reached at chrischaosproductions@gmail.com.
BNZ - Benztown

A Quarter-Mile Of Hits

Big Machine Records has reignited its partnership with John Force Racing (JFR) drivers Brittany Force and Courtney Force throughout the 2018 NHRA season. Brittany (left) is the NHRA's reigning Top Fuel Champion, while sister Courtney (right) is currently leading the 2018 points championship with four victories and seven No. 1 qualifying spots.
You may recall that Big Machine sponsored Courtney's Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car (pictured, below) at the 2017 Auto Club NHRA Finals to promote Taylor Swift's latest album, reputation.
"Teaming up with fastest family in motorsports is a natural for Big Machine," said Scott Borchetta, BMLG President/CEO. "John Force is the biggest star the drag racing world has ever seen and his daughters Brittany and Courtney are real racers and big stars in their own right. Our combined efforts to expose our music and spirits in the NHRA world while bringing more entertainment opportunities and exposure for John, Brittany and Courtney in our world is a true win-win. See you in Victory Lane."
John Force, CEO of John Force Racing and 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion, said, "It's great to have Big Machine Records back on board with John Force Racing. They're a great partner with us and with Advance Auto Parts, so we're happy to have them back." Brittany said, "I'm excited to be teamed back up with Big Machine Records. We had them on our Monster Energy dragster when we won the championship last year and I'm excited to see what we can make happen this year." Courtney commented, "I love that, while working with Big Machine Records, it allows us the opportunity to cross over two different worlds of rock n' roll & drag racing. We look forward to the future possibilities with them and hope to have them back in the winner’s circle with us many more times this season."
WW1 - Westwood One

Remembering Myron Jones

Legendary Erie, PA broadcaster Myron Jones, the retired President, Chairman and CEO of the WJET Broadcasting Company, died Thursday, June 28 in Erie at the age of 92. Jones was the co-founder of WJET-AM/FM and WJET-TV/Erie, PA, as well as WHOT-AM/Youngstown, OH,
Jones was born in Youngstown and began his broadcasting career as an engineer at WERC-AM/Erie and WFMJ-AM/Youngstown. In 1951, Jones and partner Bill Fleckenstein launched WJET-AM and built it into the market's No. 1 Top 40 station. In 1966, Jones launched Erie's new ABC affiliate, Jet TV, and in 1987, launched WJET-FM.
Jones also helped Penn State Behrend secure the license for its commercial radio station -- now in its 29th year, WPSE-AM 1450/FM 107.1 is Erie’s only Business-Talk radio station. In 2014, Jones and his wife, Marlene, established the Myron Jones Fund for Broadcasting to support the station in perpetuity.
A notable paragraph in Jones' obituary reads, "Many successful broadcasters and business executives had received their initial training at Jones' stations. His life and career have been a model of ethics in business to employees, friends, clients, competitors, and the general public. He was a consummate gentleman, a professional and a humble man. He has often been referred to as 'the nice guy who finished first.'"
Myron is survived by his wife, Marlene and two stepdaughters. Calling hours will be observed today from 3-7pm at Brugger Funeral Homes and Crematory in Erie. Services will be held at the funeral home at 9:15am on Tuesday, July 3, with a funeral mass to follow at 10am at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Erie. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in Jones' memory be made to the communications programs of the Erie area’s academic institutions, including Penn State Behrend.
AW - Aware


• We were saddened to hear the news that longtime Charleston, SC radio veteran Richard "Box" Bachschmidt, was found dead last Friday morning of an apparent suicide. According to The Charleston Post and Courier, Box (left), 43, was last seen on Tuesday, June 26 at his home on James Island. He told his roommate he would be right back and then left in his blue Honda Element, family spokeswoman Jessica Munday said. Box's family and friends later became concerned after he uncharacteristically missed several work meetings on Wednesday. Tyler Boone, a friend and local musician, said Bachschmidt had been open about his struggles with depression, but added that this behavior was unlike him.
Bachschmidt was most recently morning co-host on LM Communications' Triple A WCOO (105.5 The Bridge)/Charleston, SC until February of this year, when he resigned and launched a podcast. Bachschmidt previously programmed iHeartMedia News-Talk WSCC-AM/Charleston and was APD of Cumulus News-Talk WWTN (SuperTalk 99.7 WTN)/Nashville.
In a statement, Box's sister, Dawn Bachschmidt Hoskins, said, "Richard was a such an incredible man with an infectious personality and a heart of gold. He will be missed terribly. The outpouring of love, prayers and support from the Charleston community is holding up our family and for that, we are forever grateful."
A Facebook page has been established for Box's friends and colleagues to donate to pay for funeral expenses.
This email was sent to stephanie@revivermusic.com.
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