Cumulus Media Names Blair Garner Lead Host of WNSH, New York’s Morning Show. Dubbed, “America’s Morning Show,” the program on “Nash FM 94.7” will also feature Terri Clark, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks, and Lee Ann Womack. Blair Garner ha...
Cumulus Media Names Blair Garner Lead Host of WNSH, New York’s Morning Show. Dubbed, “America’s Morning Show,” the program on “Nash FM 94.7” will also feature Terri Clark, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks, and Lee Ann Womack. Blair Garner has been rumored to be headed for this gig for some time and now it’s official. Cumulus says the program “will feature a mix of country hits, in-studio interviews with country music’s biggest stars and news about the country lifestyle – with New York City area traffic, weather and information updated throughout the show. “America’s Morning Show” will originate live from Nashville before a studio audience, with frequent broadcasts from ‘Nash FM 94.7’ studios in New York City.” Cumulus EVP and COO John Dickey says, “The collection of talent assembled for ‘America’s Morning Show’ is without equal. This show will bring the superstars of country to listeners in an authentic, entertaining way not done before.” In a statement, Garner says, “I am thrilled to begin waking up the New York area’s country listeners on ‘Nash FM 94.7’ with an uplifting country start to the day. New Yorkers are embracing Nash FM in an amazing way and I look forward to bringing the country music lifestyle to the Big Apple straight from Nashville.”
Update: Apple Unveils iTunes Radio. Okay, so the press guessed a bit wrong at the name – most (including RadioInfo) had been calling in iRadio. Nonetheless, Apple announced the music streaming service iTunes Radio that will integrate with iTunes and be available in the fall at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this morning. The service appears to be pretty much as the industry had expected it to. It will be free but feature audio and text ads unless the user is an iTunes Match subscriber – then it becomes commercial free. The app will examine the user’s library and create playlists that take the tastes of the person into account. It will recommend artists or songs and will feature a buy button to allow the song to be purchased from iTunes. So far, it appears not to be radically different from any of the other music streaming services and it will remain to be seen if the Apple loyalty factor brings users who already use Pandora, Slacker, Spotify or Google All Access to the service in great numbers.
Saga’s CHR WNRG, Milwaukee Names Cousin Ed Brand Manager. He’s been afternoon drive personality at Saga Communications’ WNRG, Milwaukee “Energy 106.9” since January of 2012, now Jeremy Schulz, a.k.a. Cousin Ed, is promoted to brand manager for the station, taking over for Brandon Rowe who exited that role last month. Schulz’s arrival at WNRG was a return to his native state after working in other locations, most recently at Cox Media Group’s CHR WPOI, Tampa “Hot 101.5” and Clear Channel’s CHR WHQC, Charlotte “Channel 96.1.” Saga EVP Steve Goldstein states, “Jeremy stepped in as acting brand manager and impressed all of us with drive, dedication and ‘Energy.’ He will be a great asset in his new expanded role.”
KYSR, Los Angeles Announces ‘98.7’s Alternative Sunday Nights’; New Personalities. Clear Channel’s alternative KYSR, Los Angeles announces new programming for its “98.7’s Alternative Sunday Nights” that looks like this: “98.7’s New Music Show” from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm; “Close to Home” from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm; “Diplo & Friends” from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm; and “Complete Control Radio” from 11:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. At the same time, joining the station for weekend duties are former KNDD, Seattle “107.7 The End” personality Jordin Silver and Dylan Riggs who also serves as producer at sister hot AC KBIG “104.3 MyFM.”
John Gallagher to Cumulus Toledo for Market Manager Post. Most recently serving as vice president of sales for Cumulus Media’s Kansas City operations, John Gallagher heads East to Toledo where he assumes the vice president and market manager position for the company’s Toledo stations that includes: country WKKO, hot AC WMMM, classic