Brad Austin Named Corporate PD for Delmarva. This promotion puts Brad Austin in charge of the programming of the company's nine radio stations. Austin is operations manager for Delmarva Broadcasting Company's country WXCY, Wilmington, Delaware – a position he'll continue to hold. But he's now also overseeing Wilmington stations hot AC WSTW, news/talk WDEL-AM/FM, and Gospel WFAI; Milford, Delaware classic hits WNCL, hot AC WAFL, sports talk WYUS, and news/talk WXDE; plus Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland country WKTT, adult hits WICO, and classic hits WAVD. The company says Austin will oversee the programming and promotions efforts on all stations and assist the staffs on a wide variety of issues involving local programming and community service. Austin says, "I appreciate the confidence president Jeff Boden and WXCY general manager Bob Bloom have placed in me with the creation of this position. Making local radio great, compelling and of service to our listeners is priority #1. Oh – and we plan to have a hell of a lot of fun doing it!"
RadioInfo Tidbits. Hastings College is turning in the license for non-commercial alternative rock KFKX, Hastings, Nebraska to the FCC on June 30. The college says it will continue programming the format via a web stream…..Westwood One is presenting "Westwood One Backstage at the Billboard Music Awards" this weekend. On Saturday, WW1 will host a radio row from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm PT from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas featuring 20-plus radio stations from across the country as well as the Adam Bomb show and the Zach Sang show. The event will also feature a performance by the California pop trio Bahari. The awards show takes place Sunday evening at 8:00 pm ET and will air on ABC TV…..CBS RADIO's SPF concert took place at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Sunday evening (5/15) with performances from Iggy Azalea, Alessia Cara, Lukas Graham, Fifth Harmony, Kygo, and Mike Posner. Prior to her set Azalea stopped to chat with CBS RADIO programmers, including SVP programming and music initiative Michael Martin, VP of programming Jeff Sottolano, and VP of music initiatives Chad Fitzsimmons, and they posed for the photo seen here.
Michael Harrison Flies with the Black Eagle, Joe Madison. This week's installment of the PodcastOne international hit "Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison" presents a fascinating conversation between the TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher and SiriusXM Satellite Radio "Urban View" channel morning host Joe Madison. Listed at #8 on the TALKERS 2016 "Heavy Hundred," Joe Madison is the highest-ranked African American news/talk show host in the US radio industry. Michael Harrison describes him as a "political, cultural and inspirational thought leader." The two discuss their 25-year friendship as well as race relations in America, Black Lives Matter, the 2016 presidential election, and the pros and cons of the dizzying advances in communications technology that we are all experiencing. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the "Up Close and Far Out" player box located in the right-hand column of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.