Lucas Phelan Takes Over Afternoons on KMNB, Minneapolis. Former KDWB, personality Lucas Phelan joins CBS RADIO's country KMNB "BUZ*N @ 102.9" for the PM drive show. Station OM/PD Lauren MacLeash says, "Lucas is an electric talent on and off the air. He loves the listeners, the music, and especially our community. He's a perfect fit for this fun, hardworking radio family. Lucas has an incredible following and we welcome him and his fans to the COUNTRYside!" Phelan began his career in radio in 1998 with stops in Omaha at "Sweet 98" and Kansas City's "Mix 93.3." In 2005, Phelan made the move to Minneapolis as the APD and afternoon drive personality for 11 years at CHR KDWB-FM. He'll also serve KMNB as APD. With his arrival, Tricia "T.J." Jenkins returns to her 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show and is officially named music director.
CBS RADIO Names Remy Maxwell PM Host on Adult Hits '104.1 JACK –FM' in Minneapolis. SVP and market manager Shannon Knoepke says Remy Maxwell will be the adult hits station's first live personality, hosting the 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm show on KZJK "104.1 JACK-FM." Maxwell serves as the station's imaging director and live event personality. Knoepke says, "Remy possesses all of the winning qualities of a great talent and we can't wait for him to open up the mic and connect with the audience."
Kiefer Named GSM for iHeartMedia Charlotte. Radio sales pro Michele Kiefer joins iHeartMedia's Charlotte station group as general sales manager for its five-station cluster that includes CHR WHQC "Channel 96.1," country WKKT "96.9 The Kat," classic rock WRFX, adult hits WLKO "102.9 The Lake," and alternative WEND "106.5 The End." Kiefer, who previously served in the Indianapolis market, will report to SVP of sales Ryan Petrosso.
Cooke: The Value of Social Media to Broadcasters. Media consultant Holland Cooke writes today about how broadcasters are applying their use of social media to their on-air work. Several radio pros Cooke spoke with say that listeners like the ability to connect "personally" with them via social media. He notes that at the recent NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville, Cumulus/Westwood One's Lori Lewis said it reminds people "that they matter." Most of the broadcasters say they learn from their P1s about what kind of show content might interest those P1s that they themselves would never have thought of. And still others use social media to continue "the show" even after it goes off the radio. Read Cooke's entire report here.
WFTL, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami Dynamo Joyce Kaufman Joins Michael Harrison on this Week's 'Up Close and Far Out.' She is one of the most politically provocative news/talkers in the industry and a longtime mainstay of South Florida local radio. Joyce Kaufman – who hosts 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daily show on Alpha Media's WFTL, Ft. Lauderdale – has been outspoken for decades about the full spectrum of conservative issues – from Second Amendment rights to abortion to illegal immigration and much more. She is a true regional mover and shaker – and no stranger to controversy. In a candid conversation on this week's installment of the PodcastOne international hit series, "Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison," Kaufman discusses dealing with the intense negative blowback that accompanies her broadcasting career path and the impact it has had on her life raising children as a single mother. Harrison and Kaufman further delve into the impact social media has on radio hosts as well as society in general. They also discuss the shocking changes we are witnessing in the style of public political discourse marking the current presidential election. Kaufman says, "The genie is out of the bottle, there's no going back." To listen to this fascinating conversation that even includes a look at the role local radio plays in providing vital service to the public during hurricanes, please click here or click on the "Up Close and Far Out" box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.