Atlanta Hip Hop WRDG Adds 'DJ Scream and Hoodrich Radio' to Evenings. Atlanta's new hip hop outlet – WRDG "The Beat" – is adding "DJ Scream and Hoodrich Radio" for the 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm show, effective December 12. The iHeartMedia-owned stations says, "'The DJ Scream and Hoodrich Radio' show will kick off with special celebrity appearances, custom mixes, and the daily music countdown show, 'The 8 o'clock Beatdown.' The program will feature DJ Scream, a popular on-air personality who is known for connecting listeners with new music from established and rising hip hop and R&B artists. The program will broadcast exclusive interviews with notable names in music, as well as DJ Scream's take on entertainment news and pop culture." Program director Dan Hunt states, "Putting DJ Scream nights on '92.3 & 96.7 The Beat' is a game-changing move in Atlanta radio. 'Hoodrich Radio' now has a home five nights a week locally on 'The Beat' and globally on iHeartRadio!"
Beasley Names McDuff VP of Finance. With the pending rise of current VP of finance Marie Tedesco to chief financial officer for Beasley Media Group (effective in January), the company announces that Janice McDuff is joining the company to assume the VP of finance role. McDuff has served recently as corporate controller at HKS Inc in Dallas and as director of finance at international shipping firm OOCL. Speaking about her successor, Tedesco states, "Janice's background provides an ideal match for this corporate position and Beasley will benefit greatly from her two decades of impressive accomplishments."
More RadioInfo Career Moves. In Reno, Nevada, Shamrock Communications announces the promotion of Chris Payne to program director of the company's rock KZTI "Z105.3"and alternative KRZQ. Payne rises from his APD and music director role at both stations in the wake of the recent departure of Willobee Carlan. Cluster general manager Kara Brown states, "Payne started his 27-year radio career as a part-time employee of KRZQ and, over the years through various ownership, has stayed with the station becoming THE voice and face of the radio station and finally has been named PD. Payne's extensive knowledge of alternative and rock formats along with his overall passion for radio, make him the perfect choice to head these stations."…..Programmer Johnny Vincent is exiting West Virginia Radio's country WKWS, Charleston after December 16 for a gig yet-to-be-announced. He's been with the station since September of this year.
NAB Creates Podcast Addressing Photo Copyright Laws. A new podcast from National Association of Broadcasters is available that is designed to help content creators avoid legal troubles when using photos. The podcast is titled, "Navigating Photo Copyright Law: Protecting Your Station from a Lawsuit," and is available here. NAB says, "The podcast explores strategies on how stations can avoid alleged and real copyright infringement claims. A recent series of copyright infringement lawsuits filed against radio and television stations highlight the importance of broadcasters fully understanding how to legally use photographs and other content on social media and websites. Securing proper permission ahead of time is necessary to protect against potential legal ramifications. Podcast presenters include Bart Stringham, senior vice president and corporate counsel, NAB, and David Ervin, partner, Crowell and Moring."
BFoA's Holiday Giving Campaign Underway. The 2016 Holiday Giving Campaign has been launched by The Broadcasters Foundation of America – the charity that provides aid to broadcasters in acute need. As part of the campaign, an appeal letter was mailed to thousands of broadcasters across the country, encouraging individual donations to the Broadcasters Foundation's Guardian Fund. BFoA chairman Dan Mason states, "Our grant recipients had robust careers as producers, managers, on-air talent, engineers, account executives, and more. Now, through disease, accident, or advanced age, they and their families are in need of our assistance. It is up to us to come together and help them through the Broadcasters Foundation of America." Over the past year, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed more than $800,000 in aid, including nearly $100,000 in one-time emergency grants to broadcasters who were affected by the Louisiana floods. In addition to individual donations to the Guardian Fund, corporate contributions are accepted through the Broadcasters Foundation's Angel Initiative and bequests can be made through the its Legacy Society. For more information, please visit broadcastersfoundation.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-373-8250.