'Hot 97' New York's 'Nessa On Air' Goes National. WQHT, New York afternoon drive personality Nessa is going into national syndication via Benztown. Her show, "Nessa On Air," starts airing on its first affiliate next week. The five-hour daily show is produced for CHR, rhythmic CHR and urban stations and designed to air in any daypart. CBS RADIO's KMVQ, San Francisco has signed on and CBS RADIO SVP, programming Michael Martin says, "Nessa is such a superstar! The Bay has missed her but now she's back and I couldn't be happier to have her back on 99.7!"
Zaragoza to Afternoons at KBLX, San Francisco. At urban AC KBLX, San Francisco, Entercom moves Victor "Big Daddy" Zaragoza from the morning show cast to host of the afternoon drive daypart. Taking over for Zaragoza on the "Morning Dream Team" is on-air pro Tony Sculfield, who is expected to join the station on June 6. Entercom San Francisco OM/PD Elroy Smith says, "I am excited for Victor Zaragoza's return to afternoon drive. He is electrifying, fun, and engaging. Victor's spirit is contagious to everyone who hears him."
Beasley Names McCurdy VP of Sales. Radio sales pro Bob McCurdy is joining Beasley Media Group, Inc. as vice president of sales. McCurdy, who most recently was president of the sales consultancy firm Upping the Volume, will be based at the company's headquarters in Naples, Florida. McCurdy has held sales and management positions in the radio industry for decades. He became president of Katz Radio in 1990. In 2009, he was named president of Katz Marketing Solutions. McCurdy says, "I've known the Beasley folks for a long time and I am thrilled to be joining their team. They have a terrific lineup of stations around the country, staffed by talented people. It'll be a privilege to be able to work even more closely with their sales and management teams, as we move forward." Beasley interim CEO Caroline Beasley comments, "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Bob to Beasley's corporate office. He is a champion for the radio industry, and well known by both advertisers and agencies."
Bold Gold Media Group CEO Vince Benedetto Interviewed on 'Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.' One of the rising young stars of radio station group ownership, Vince Benedetto, is the guest on this week's installment of the PodcastOne international hit "Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison." Benedetto, who just turned 40, bought his first station at 29. In slightly more than a decade, he has built Bold Gold Media Group into a chain that owns and operates nine radio stations, fifteen broadcast frequencies, and multiple digital media platforms throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. Benedetto is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a former Air Force captain and Air Force OSI special agent, where he worked on counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism and felony level investigative efforts for the Department of Defense. In 2013, Bold Gold was nominated for a Pennsylvania Governor's ImPAct Award for Entrepreneurialism and Vince was recently named by RadioInk magazine as one of the "Top 30 Under 40 Rising Stars in the Radio Industry." Benedetto also established and runs a non-profit foundation providing support for young people entering broadcasting and studying the U.S. Constitution. In the podcast, Harrison and Benedetto discuss the extremely positive aspects of radio ownership that still exist in 2016 and analyze broadcast radio's transition into the digital era. They examine the differences between the Boomer and Millennial generations (as well as Generations X and Y) and Benedetto applies his experience in the US intelligence community to the principles of operating a media business as well as commenting on the nation's present positioning in the struggle against international terrorism. To listen to the entire podcast please click here or click on the "Up Close and Far Out" player box located on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.