Marty Bender to Program WOFX, Cincinnati. Classic rock programming pro Marty Bender will serve as program director and host the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm show on Cumulus Media's WOFX, Cincinnati "92.5 The Fox," effective Monday (10/10). Although he was most recently programming Hubbard Radio's adult contemporary WSHE, Chicago, Bender has served in the past as VP of programming for Premiere Networks, executive producer for the "Bob & Tom" show, OM for iHeartMedia's WFBQ/WRZX/WNDE in Indianapolis, and PD/morning host at iHeartMedia's rock WFTK, Cincinnati "96 ROCK." Cumulus Media Cincinnati operations manager Keith Mitchell states, "I can't explain how excited we are to bring in a programmer of Marty's caliber to lead 'The Fox.' With years dedicated to the format and working with the 'Bob and Tom' show at WFBQ, it's exciting to see what's in store for 'The Fox' and classic rock listeners in Cincinnati. With the recent addition of Laura Steele and now, with Marty in the PD chair, 'The Fox' is poised for bigger and better things."
Cumulus Brings Selena Robinson Aboard for WLEV, Allentown. Former "Froggy 101" Scranton morning personality Selena Robinson signs on with Cumulus Media to co-host the "Selena and Scott" morning show on adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown with Scott Evans. To make room for Robinson, former morning show co-host Josh Gears moves to afternoon drive and Kelly K hosts middays. Robinson comments, "I'm so excited to be a part of the warm and welcoming Lehigh Valley community and to get real with my new morning work hubby Scott Evans."
WALK, Patchogue Adds Jamie Morris to AM Show. Air personality Jamie Morris is returning to Connoisseur Media's hot AC WALK, Patchogue on Long Island to serve as morning drive co-host with Mark Daniels, effective October 20. Morris takes over for Cindy who is exiting the station after 16 years for personal reasons. Morris has been serving with iHeartMedia's New York City station group as morning drive traffic personality and weekend jock on CHR WKTU and AC WLTW. WALK program director Tommy Conway states, "I am thrilled to have Jamie join us for mornings on WALK. She is talented, energetic and a perfect fit for our audience. She will make an impact right away."
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Morning personality Greg Hewitt inks a multi-year contract extension with CBS RADIO's adult contemporary KEZK, St. Louis. Program director Marty Linck states, "Greg has been a St. Louis radio staple for decades, so it's exciting to know we'll have him on board for many years to come. He's a life-long St. Louisan who really understands what makes this city tick!"…..Victor Giacomelli has been named director of sales for Emmis New York's hip hop WQHT "HOT 97," urban AC WBLS and Gospel WLIB. During his career, Giacomelli has served as general sales manager for Bell Media and vice president of sales for Corus Radio.
PPM Analysis: Urban AC.RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses of the performances of urban-based stations based on Nielsen Audio's September 2016 PPM survey. Yesterday, we published the report on urban contemporary, today the focus is on urban adult contemporary. In looking at how urban AC stations performed in the recent survey compared to the same period a year ago, Kinosian notes, "Eight stations on our panel better their September 2015 6+ numbers by at least one full share, compared to six that decline by at least one full share year-to-year. On the strength of a +1.9 (4.6 – 6.5, 6+, September 2015 – September 2016), Radio One Indianapolis' WTLC-FM "Indy's R&B Leader" jumps from ninth to fourth. A year-to-year +1.5 to 8.5 (6+) meanwhile powers Baltimore sibling WWIN-FM "Magic 95.9" from fourth to first." Entercom's WVKL, Norfolk; iHeartMedia's KJMS, Memphis; and WVAZ, Chicago were the three other urban AC stations to rank #1 in their respective markets in September. See Kinosian's entire report here.