Beasley CEO George Beasley on Medical Leave. Filling in for company chief executive officer George Beasley is EVP/CFO Caroline Beasley. According to a statement from Beasley Broadcast Group, she'll be interim CEO during his absence. The notice of medical leave for George Beasley does not go into specifics but says the changes take effect immediately. Caroline Beasley – George Beasley's 53-year-old daughter – has served as the company's executive vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and secretary since 1994 and as a director since 1983. Caroline Beasley comments, "George's passion for radio and his entrepreneurial spirit have made a positive and lasting impact on the industry and in the development and long-term success of Beasley Broadcast Group. On behalf of Company employees, family, friends and business associates, our heartfelt thoughts are with George during his medical leave. Out of respect, we will be honoring his request for privacy and will not be commenting further on his condition at this time."
Jennifer Wilde Takes Over Charlie Tuna Show. Radio personality Jennifer Wilde is being named the host of late radio legend Charlie Tuna's nationally syndicated program. Wilde had been tapped by Tuna to host his program while he was ill, in fact she announced his death on the program. Now, syndicator Talent Farm says Wilde will remain with the show and is available to sign on new stations. Wilde comments, "It was a dream to work with a radio legend like Charlie Tuna. I never imagined he'd ask me to keep his studio seat warm when he needed time off. And I surely never saw myself as the one who'd be on the radio telling the world that he'd passed away. And yet, here I am…missing him with the rest of his fans. And I'm now honored to announce that I will stay on with Charlie Tuna's radio stations in syndication through Talent Farm." Wilde's career includes time serving with Westwood One; KALC, Denver; KQKS, Denver; and KDON, Salinas-Monterey, California. In other news from Talent Farm, Dave "Sky Walker" Skyler steps in and continues hosting the daily "Hollywood Minute." Also, Charlie Tuna's "Best of The '70s" program continues to be available to stations The company says, "Charlie's inimitable personality, voice, humor, and passion for the music, artists, and pop culture of the '70s comes through, surrounded by classic hits of the era."
CMG Miami Names Giselle Andres Morning Host on WFEZ. Handling wake-up duties for Cox Media Group's Miami adult contemporary WFEZ "Easy 93.1 FM," effective March 28, is market radio pro Giselle Andres. CMG notes that Andres is a "multi-talented bilingual radio and television personality" who's worked for the past 25 years in South Florida. She most recently served with Actualidad Media Group's "Exitos 107." Andres comments, "Living in South Florida since the age of eight, my entire career has been based in two languages in a multi-cultural community. To work for the top leader in the radio industry, Cox Media Group, means I am surrounded by excellence. This drives me to wake up early and wish a good morning to listeners who I already consider friends. Just like the 'Easy 93.1' audience, I, too, grew up singing along to Madonna's music and eating pastelitos in Miami. I can't wait to hear other people's stories!"
More RadioInfo Career Moves. In San Diego, Local Media San Diego's urban contemporary XHRM-FM "Magic 92.5" names Sheryl Love producer for the "Jagger & Kristi in the Morning" program. Love has most recently been serving with the company's sister CHR XHTZ "Z90.3" as a part-time and fill-in air talent. She began her radio career as a promotion assistant with the two stations in 2006…..iHeartMedia's CHR WWPW, Altanta "Power 96.1" has a new morning show consisting of current AM drive staffer Riley Couture and new talent PK and (his wife) Denise Kalentzis. The new show is called "PK and Riley." PK and Kalentzis come from their most recent gig with CBS RADIO's CHR KKHH, Houston "Hot 95.7." Couture remained on air after Scotty K's recent departure from the station…..Christine Martindale has exited the midday show at Mt. Wilson Broadcasters-owned country station KKGO, Los Angeles "Go Country."…..Rachel Jones is the new midday personality at Cumulus Media's CHR WWWQ, Atlanta "Q100." She comes from Alpha Media's San Antonio CHR KTFM "Energy 94.1" where she co-hosted the morning show as "Blondie." She takes over for Kevin Quinn who remains with the station for weekends…..Cumulus Media announces Jeff Pezzano is named VP of sales for its Youngstown, Ohio operations, Pezzano will lead sales development and strategy for the eight-station cluster that includes: CHR WHOT "HOT 101," country WQXK "K105 FM," classic rock WYFM "Y103," rock WWIZ "Rock 104," sports talk WBBW "1240 AM ESPN," sports talk WLLF-FM, "Sports Radio 96.7," news/talk WPIC, and talk WSOM.