Cumulus Goes Back to Classic Hit on WOMG, Columbia. The company's Columbia, South Carolina signal at 98.5 drops the almost two-year-old NASH Icon format and launches a classic hits station. It brings company personality Benji Norton from sister sports talker WNKT "1075 The Game" over to host the "Breakfast with Benji" morning show. Station operations manager Brent Johnson says, "From 1989 to 2014, the call letters WOMG have been synonymous with classic hit music. In 2016, we are so excited to bring WOMG back and play the music our listeners have been begging us to play. So many of these songs and artists have not been played in Columbia in years." Cumulus Media Columbia VP/market manager Rick Prusator adds, "Benji Norton is a household name in Columbia radio. After nine years of anchoring the morning show on our sports station, "1075 The Game," Benji moves back to the music he played the first time around. And he is thrilled to get to do it again. Also, the return of 'Breakfast With Benji' is proof of the commitment of Cumulus Media in Columbia to live and local radio."
CBS RADIO Promotes Tim Roberts to VP. Rising from his OM/PD role at CBS RADIO's three Detroit music stations country WYCD, classic hits WOMC, and CHR WDZH "98.7 AMP Radio," Tim Roberts is named vice president of music programming. Just two weeks ago, Roberts was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Nashville where he was honored by country stars Big and Rich. CBS Detroit SVP/market manager Debbie Kenyon says, "Tim has been instrumental in the success of our cluster. His passion for radio and his winning track record make him perfect for this position."
Entercom Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary Joins Michael Harrison This Week on 'Up Close and Far Out.' In what Michael Harrison describes as "an amazing conversation" about radio, music, politics, sports, media and the generational divide, he and Entercom Communications VP/Boston market manager Phil Zachary engage in a candid, illuminating dialogue on this week's episode of the PodcastOne award-winning show, "Up Close and Far Out." As market manager of Entercom's Boston properties, Zachary overseas tremendously important and influential properties including legendary rock emporium, WAAF-FM; heritage news/talker WRKO-AM; groundbreaking hyper-local sports talk giant WEEI-FM; ESPN Radio 850 AM; and the Boston Red Sox Radio Network. Harrison says, "I am particularly delighted to have Phil Zachary as my guest on this program. He is a seasoned 43-year veteran of many formats of radio who has served as a programmer, manager and executive with such major operations as CBS, iHeart, Curtis and now Entercom. Phil is clearly one of the smartest people in the business and really has the opportunity to expound deeply on a wide variety of topics within the format of this podcast. This conversation is a 'media freak's delight!" To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the "Up Close and Far Out" player boxes located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.