Indy Radio Star Laura Steele Returns to Air on Classic Hits WJJK. According to a report in the Indianapolis Star, former rock WFBQ midday personality Laura Steele is returning to the radio biz after a year's absence. Steele is joining Cumulus Media's adult hits WJJK for the evening shift. She tells the paper, "I know WJJK will be a perfect fit because when I listen to the station I turn the volume up as loud as it can go. I have such a love for this music. It truly stands the test of time." Steele exited iHeartMedia's WFBQ in May of 2015 after 15 years there. She's also worked in the market at CHR WZPL and former rock station WNAP (now WIBC-FM).
Joe Breezy to Join Midwest Communications' CHR 'i106.7' Nashville. Nashville CHR WNFN "i106.7" announces the hiring of Joe Breezy as the station's assistant brand manager and afternoon drive personality. Midwest Communications bought the signal from trustee Joule Broadcasting for $3.75 million (Cumulus was required to spin the station off to meet ownership limits). Breezy will move from CBS RADIO's WODS, Boston "103.3 AMP Radio," where he's been APD and PM drive personality, in July. WNFN brand manager Barbara Bridges says, "We received an enormous amount of interest in our search for on-air personalities that would fit the identity of 'i106.7.' The situation that dictated Joe's move to Nashville came along at the perfect time for both of us. After a few conversations with Joe I knew immediately that he was the perfect guy for the job. We look forward to his contributions on the air and in a number of other key areas."
Deirdre Palmer Named GSM for Beasley Las Vegas. Sin City sales pro Deirdre Palmer joins the Beasley Media Group, Inc. cluster there to serve as general sales manager. The company says that Deedy Palmer's experience in the Las Vegas market includes two decades of radio industry experience, along with magazine and custom publishing, and most recently, vice president of sales at Las Vegas-based Kemp Broadcasting (operator of hip hop KVEG and hot AC KVGQ). Beasley Vegas director of sales Mark Sturcken says, "Deedy's professional success and client relationships have secured millions of dollars in business over the years. I've had the pleasure working alongside my colleague Deedy for 10 years as senior account executives and most recently, I competed against her! Her talent, relationships and passion for our business in the Las Vegas market are second to none."
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Dayton programmer and air talent Jeff Stevens is promoted to senior vice president of programming for the iHeartMedia cluster that includes hot AC WMMX "Mix 107.7," country WYDB B94.5," CHR WCHD "Channel 999," alternative WZDA "Alt 103.9," rock WTUE, classic hits WRZX "Big 106.5," sports talk WONE-AM, and classic country WIZE-AM…..Adams Radio names Mike Jensen general sales manager for its Las Cruces station group that includes country KGRT, classic hits KSNM, CHR KHQT, and sports talk KWML. Jenson was most recently with Lamar Outdoor in Las Vegas as an account executive…..At Emmis-owned country outlet WTHI, Terre Haute, Indiana, Jules Dunbar is the new midday personality, taking over for Mandi G, who recently exited the station.
American General Media to Acquire San Luis Obispo Hot AC '101.3 Coast FM.' This sale, upon completion, will transfer the intellectual property of hot AC KSTT, San Luis Obispo from El Dorado Broadcasting to American General Media. El Dorado will continue to own the KSTT signal at 101.3 FM. AGM is expected to announce a new frequency for the station in the near future. This comes a month after AGM agreed to buy El Dorado's news/talk KVEC, San Luis Obispo. AGM president Rogers Brandon says, "We are very excited to add 'KSTT Coast FM' to our group of stations on the Central Coast. El Dorado has done a wonderful job to make 'Coast FM' the gold standard in contemporary music in the market and we are very lucky to add the brand to our outstanding group of stations. We look forward to adding to our group the heritage, the audience share, and the commitment to community service that has long marked the station."