Zakk Babb in for Nights at 'STAR 94.1' in Atlanta. A new evening personality is named at Entercom's hot AC WSTR, Atlanta "STAR 94.1" as Zakk Babb takes over the 8:0 pm to 12:00 midnight shift. Babb was previously with Cumulus in Indianapolis hosting afternoons at classic hip hop and R&B WRWM "93.9 The Beat." WSTR program director Tony Lorino says, "We're excited to welcome someone with Zakk's engaging personality to 'STAR,' and thrilled to have him bring a new level of energy to our night show." Babb comments, "After talking with Tony about his vision for the station, I quickly realized his passion for success and that's what I'm most excited about being a part of. I can't wait to work alongside the Jeff & Jenn show, Heather Branch, Mike Marino, and the rest of the team at the station that is continually making its mark in Atlanta."
Alex Santa Maria Returns to Rhythmic Oldies 'Mega 104.3' in Camp Verde, Arizona. This will be the third time Alex Santa Maria has served with Sierra H Broadcasting's KAJM, Camp Verde, Arizona "Mega 104.3." He previously hosted the afternoon drive position as well as mornings. On rejoining the station, he comments, "Even though I really enjoyed sleeping past four in the morning every day, I didn't realize how much I would miss the daily interaction with the listeners. After everything I've been through, I am so excited to come back and reconnect with everyone that supported my career through the years."
Colleen Addair Exits WIVK, Knoxville. After a 28-year career with Cumulus Media's country WIVK, Knoxville, Colleen Addair is leaving the station effective this Friday (10/7). Announcing her resignation via Facebook, Addair says, "Last week, I made the decision to hand in my resignation, and I gotta tell you, the reaction was not what I expected. Management was kind and generous and asked me to take a week to make sure it's what I wanted. Which makes it even harder to walk away and hang up my headphones."
WYTE, Wausau-Steven Point Personality Stephanie Ollinger Dies at 31. Co-workers at NRG Media's Wausau-Stevens Point station group are shocked by the sudden death of 31-year-old air staffer Stephanie Ollinger – who went by Stevi on the radio. Ollinger hosted the midday shift on country WYTE and voice-tracked the evening show on sister station adult hits WBCV. The Wausau Daily Herald reports that Ollinger was celebrating her second wedding anniversary with her husband in the Wisconsin Northwoods when she died suddenly. Authorities are awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death. A celebration of her life will be held in Stevens Point Saturday, October 15.
The Amazing Kreskin Is This Week's Guest on Harrison Podcast. One of the world's most prolific performers and established pop cultural icons, The Amazing Kreskin, is interviewed on this week's installment of the award-winning PodcastOne series "Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison." Harrison and Kreskin dive into an in-depth conversation about how the power of persuasion can shape the public's perception. According to Kreskin, there is no such thing as hypnosis, per se – but, rather, people can be made to believe things and take action by a charismatic personality who knows how to engage in psychological manipulation. He points out that the larger the number of people in an audience, crowd, mob or population, the easier it is for them to relinquish individual responsibility for their actions and follow the pack. This is a compelling conversation of significance to anyone involved in talk media – especially during election season. To hear this conversation in its entirety, please click here or click on the "Up Close and Far Out" player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.