After casting a net far and wide in sarch of a general sales manager, CBS is pleased to announce that Kevin Martinelli will be the new general sales manager of JAMZ 101.5-FM in Phoenix, Arizona. Kevin comes from Belo Inc. Phoenix television station KTVK-TV 3 where he was the digtital sales manager for the past two years. Before his stint at KTVK, Kevin spent 13 years in radio at Infinity Broadcasting and Bonneville International.
Arizona’s top prep school, the Orme School in northern Arizona signed with KB Woods Public Relations today in a long-term marketing and public relations agreement. “Orme School has been a leader in the national boarding school movement for more than 75 years,” said Orme’s development director Stuart Rosebrook. “We have attracted a diverse student body from around the world who attend Orme every year. Even though Arizona’s economy is slow to rebound from the last recession, Orme thinks Arizona families should make up a larger part of the student population. That’s why we have hired KB Woods Public Relations to help guide us with our Arizona and national public relations campaign.”
Keith Woods, president of KB Woods Public Relations, is an alumnus of the Orme School, as was his mother. “As a former student at Orme Keith knows our product. As someone who gets value-added marketing and promotions, along with everything else, we think he can really hit the ground running for us” Rosebrook commented.
For more information about the Orme School go online at www.ormeschool.org
Deseret Management Corporation Enters Into Agreement to Sell 17 Radio Stations to Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.
Deseret Management Corporation (DMC) is a for-profit arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Under the terms of the asset purchase agreement, Hubbard Broadcasting will acquire the radio stations as part of a cash transaction for approximately $505 million. As part of the transaction, Bruce Reese, President and CEO of Bonneville, and Drew Horowitz, Chief Operating Officer of Bonneville, will transition to Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. The sale is expected to be finalized upon FCC approval and other customary closing conditions.
Stations included in the agreement are:
- WXOS (St. Louis)
- WWDV (Chicago)
- WWFD (Washington, D.C.)
“Bonneville has built all its media properties into profitable, well-managed media outlets in lucrative markets, which has made them attractive to many potential buyers through the years,” said Mark Willes, President and CEO of DMC. “Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. is a well-respected business that represents many of the same values Bonneville embraces, which we took into consideration when the company approached us. We felt Hubbard’s long term hold strategy was the right fit for these stations.” DMC will retain its Bonneville stations in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle and Salt Lake City with their accompanying station managers and staff. The company plans to expand the regional and the online presence of these stations while supporting the core radio programming. DMC’s websites in its western markets reach more than 7 million combined unique users with more than 250 million combined page views each month. The sites touch users in eight western states, making them one of the most significant regional networks of digital properties offered by a media company. “It is evident that a strong regional component is vital to the success of combined digital and broadcast marketplaces,” Willes continued. “It makes strategic sense for us to have these western markets continue as part of DMC.”
As part of this transition, Jeff Simpson will now oversee the remaining Bonneville markets. Simpson has been with DMC since 2004 and is currently the COO of KSL Broadcasting.
“We have excellent market managers and staff in each Bonneville location and I look forward to working with them to achieve their market goals,” said Simpson. “We will maintain our commitment to serve the communities we broadcast in and provide the quality sports, news and entertainment our listeners have come to expect.” Bonneville International is a legacy broadcaster dedicated to informing, entertaining and uplifting its audiences. For more information about Bonneville International, please visit www.bonneville.com. For more information about Deseret Management Corporation, visit www.deseretmanagement.com. .
Welcome back Shanna McCoy! She has returned to the Arizona radio community as the market manager for Clear Channel’s Tucson radio stations. Shanna transfers from Clear Channel in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she worked at the DOS. Shanna replaces longtime radio veteran Steve Hoshor who recently departed for Flagstaff to work with a group of radio stations there, and in Prescott.
Former Phoenix Belo executive Marie McCGlynn-Peach has been named VP and GM of Journal Broadcast Group’s operations in Boise, Idaho. Marie goes to Journal Broadcast Group with an extensive sales and management background. Most recently she worked for FOX Television in Orlando/Gainesville, Florida as vice president/director of sales for its WOFL, WRBW, and WOGX television stations. Prior to FOX, she was vice president/director of sales for Belo in Phoenix at KTVK-TV, KASW-TV and azfamily.com.
KPHO-TV sales executive Kristina Lam has annoounced her departure from TV advertising sales to be a full-time mom for her new baby daughter, Savannah. Kristina earned a wonderful reputation in the advertising community, having spent four years at KPHO-TV as a senior Account Manager. Before that she worked at CBS Radio, Fox Sports Net, and Belo Interactive. Kristina will be missed very much by her peers and clients (especailly Polly). Her last day will be Friday, January 28th, 2011. We all wish Kristina and her family all the very best of everything.
93.3 KDKB morning show personality Brian “Sludge” Haddad announced in a interview with concert promoter Danny Zelisko that KDKB would be celebrating 40 years of rock radio this August with a special 93.3 KDKB anniversary concert with the band RUSH. The show will be indoors at US Airways Center.
The valley has changed alot these past forty years, and so has radio. KDKB was on the cutting edge when it was started by the late Bill Compton. One of Compton’s partners, the late Dwight Tindal, was quoted “At noon on Monday, August 23, 1971, I went into what would become the main production studio of KDKB in the old Safeway building (Jim, the engineer, had not yet completed work on our master control room, the “engine room” as we called it.) This was the day appointed for us to unveil the new station in all of its glory. I shut the door to the studio and placed “On The Way Home” on the turntable. I said a little prayer and turned off the ocean sounds. The Buffalo Springfield sang, “When the dream came, I held my breath with my eyes closed. I went insane like a smoke ring ay when the wind blows.” KDKB was born. And I was the luckiest person on the face of the Earth.”
Polly Palmer’s Arizona media blog “Polly’s Pipeline” features an updated banner.
Keith Woods, Polly’s behind the scenes web guy says “we had to update the image to feature Polly’s two favorite luxuries in life, after a hard day sit back with a glass of wine followed up with a nice conversation with friends.” Polly’s Pipeline is an upbeat, positive account of the day-to-day events and news in the media business in Arizona. If you have news or comments please let Polly know at email@example.com. You can also follow Polly’s Pipeline for updates on Facebook, or Twitter
It was announced on January 7th, that Jena Irby has been hired in sales for CBS Radio Phoenix. Good luck!
According to CBS AD Sales Facebook page, Phoenix CBS Radio has made some staffing changes with the addition of Jackie Morales to mid day personality at 101.5.