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iHeartMedia Urban KRRL (REAL 92.3)/Los Angeles announced it has acquired The Cruz Show for afternoon drive, starting April 18.

The Cruz Show, anchored by J Cruz, crosses the street from morning drive at Meruelo Media Rhythmic rival KPWR (Power 106). He will be joined by Executive Producer Jeff Garcia, DJ Lechero and DJ Lezlee. Intererstingly, the move reunites Cruz with his Power 106 morning predecessor, REAL 92.3 morning personality Big Boy, pictured here on the right.

“iHeartMedia is all about attracting the very best on-air talent and I’m excited to add J Cruz to the growing list of super talents in our thriving Los Angeles market,” said Doc Wynter, EVP of Urban/Hip Hop Programming Strategy for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group and Program Director for REAL 92.3. “Big Boy in the mornings and J Cruz in the afternoons — I get chills just saying it!”

Cruz said, “I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to join such a great group of legendary radio artists here at iHeartMedia’s REAL 92.3. Hosting L.A.’s first afternoon hip-hop ‘morning show with my incredible team and merging with radio’s biggest family is a game-changer. A special thanks to iHeartMedia for providing me with a fresh new platform to connect with the Los Angeles Urban community.” The Cruz Show is represented by MixAgent, headed by radio veteran DJ Lynnwood.

Meruelo logoMeanwhile Meruelo Media, has entered into an agreement with Cumulus Media Inc. to purchase KLOS/Los Angeles. The heritage Rock station will join Meruelo’s existing Los Angeles portfolio, which includes Rhythmic KPWR (Power 106), Classic Hip Hop 93.5 KDAY & simulcast partner 93.5 KDEY-FM/Riverside, along with television properties KWHY 22 and KBEH 63.

In making the announcement, Alex Meruelo, Chairman and CEO of the Meruelo Group said, “95.5 KLOS is one of the most iconic Rock stations in the world. We are thrilled to add this legendary brand to our Media Division.”
Otto Padron, President of Meruelo Media, added, “KLOS will be a crown piece in our strategically curated, L.A.-focused multimedia portfolio. As we’ve done with all our media properties, we will take full advantage of our deep local resources to grow the globally recognized KLOS heritage rock brand for generations to come.”
Effective Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Meruelo Media will take over programming of KLOS under a Local Marketing Agreement. Mr. Padron expects the transaction to be completed in the third quarter of 2019, after customary regulatory approvals are obtained.

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MOBE-LogoAll roads lead to Newark on April 25-26 for the MOBE Symposium. An acronym for Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment, MOBE has long been recognized as a respected marketing conference for Black professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as those targeting the Black consumer market.

The conference kicks off on Thursday evening, April 25, with a VIP reception for sponsors and registrants at the Grammy Museum Experience at Prudential Center. They will be treated to interactive exhibits simulating the recording process, performing on stage, remixing a song, playing the drums and more.

The symposium officially opens Friday, April 26, with breakfast and welcome remarks from title sponsor Prudential and co-sponsors P&G, AARP and Urban One.  As part of AARP’s presentation, Dr. William Pickard will set the tone for the day sharing his business acumen and experiences growing Black businesses. A multimillionaire and generous philanthropist, he is the founder and chairman of Global Automotive Alliance, one of the country’s leading minority-owned logistics and manufacturing companies.

This one-day immersive event is packed with informative panels that will help provide insights into trends and opportunities for new entrepreneurs and experienced marketers, all under the theme Our Money Matters. “At MOBE, our content is unique in that we provide examples of case study successes, and connect budding and seasoned entrepreneurs with professionals to accelerate business success. Our intent is to leverage our ability to positively tap into our cultural base and creative influence and understand the economic impact of working and growing together,” says MOBE founder Yvette Moyo.

The luncheon keynote will be delivered by Michele Thornton Ghee, EVP of Business Development for Endeavor Global Marketing. She and her team help brands better leverage the cultural relevance of the world around them while creating programs that connect to consumers.

Lyneir Richardson, executive director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers-Newark, has curated a global marketing panel with extensive experience in Africa, Asia and Europe to discuss strategies for making connections and profitable deals in other countries.

Clayton Banks, co-founder and CEO of Silicon Harlem, assembled a group of sports executives to examine the wildly popular e-games, gambling and how technology is transforming the sports experience.

Dorinda Walker, CEO of Cultural Solutions Group, leads the panel of executive women who will review the power of female professionals leading the charge and their forecast for the future. Included on the panel is Aisha Glover, president & CEO of Newark Alliance, an organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of the host city.

Social justice and its influence on consumer/brand engagement will be tackled by activist and filmmaker William Calloway. It was his advocacy for the release of the video of LaQuan McDonald’s murder by a Chicago police officer that sparked a movement. Nike and Colin Kaepernick, Pepsi and Kendall Jenner are contrasting examples of why brands should collaborate with social justice influencers and plan appropriately.

Filmmakers, music creators and visionaries make up the Music, Film and TV panel, Our Voices, Our Stories Matter. They will provide guidance to the attendees on creative ways to finance the stories and earn more from the stories.

A closing cocktail reception will offer attendees an opportunity to further network with the presenters and fellow registrants. Updates are posted @mobesymposium on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Cost of the symposium is $99 for professionals and $25 for college students with valid ID. It includes access to the opening reception, a full breakfast, lunch, all panels and keynote addresses, and the cocktail reception. Interested parties can register at www.mobesymposium.com. Registration is managed by Black-owned ticketing platform Eventnoire.com. Registration ends April 22, and there is no on-site registration. Questions can be directed via email to mobesymposium@gmail.com.

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WMXDiHeartMedia Detroit has a major market programming opportunity available right now for a Director of Urban Programming to take command of Urban WJLB and Urban AC WMXD (Mix 92.3). The perfect candidate will be skilled in music, talent coaching, branding, promotion and digital execution.
While explaining the parameters of the job search, Tony Travatto, Regional SVP of Programming, Detroit Region, told RAMP, “Current market size matters less than potential. And if there’s a really good APD out there somewhere, we want to hear from you. This is a big job, and we really need somebody who is great with music, can think big with promotions and can work with heritage talent.”
This exciting duel PD position is posted on the iHeartMedia Careers portal, and qualified candidates are urged to visit the site, study up on all of the particulars, and, if you believe that your experience and skills are a good match, apply online. Thanks for listening. iHeartMedia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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WDAS, Philadelphia’s Best R&B and Throwbacks, announced today that Adimu Colon has been named the new host of “The Quiet Storm,” effective, immediately. “The Quiet Storm” broadcasts weekday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 12 a.m.

 “The Quiet Storm” features Contemporary R&B performed in a smooth, romantic, jazz influenced style from artists such as Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton. The show is historically one of Philadelphia’s the top rated during its time slot.

 Colon joins the WDAS from Washington, D.C., where he most recently served as an on-air personality for WPGC-FM as well as afternoon drive host and assistant program director/marketing director for WMMJ-FM. His extensive radio background also includes working at WBLS FM in New York City, KKBT FM in Los Angeles, California and WOWI-FM in Norfolk, Virginia. Additionally, Colon served as a television personality on BET Networks and is a graduate of Hampton University.

“Adding a talent likes Adimu to our roster cements WDAS position as the market-leading station for the best in R&B,” said Derrick “DC” Corbett, Director of Urban Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “It’s phenomenal for both the radio station and for the city of Philadelphia as he is the perfect match for our top-rated night show. He joins a group of legendary on-air talent who laid the foundation at WDAS as well as the unmatched tam of on-air personalities who turn the mics on daily in our studios.”

 “I’m extremely humbled and grateful to everyone at iHeartMedia for this opportunity to get to know and connect with WDAS listeners in the city of Brotherly Love,” said Colon. “The WDAS brand is legendary in both Philly and in radio and I’m excited to continue in its rich history of serving the people of Philadelphia.”

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Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., proudly announces that Rick and Sasha, its new Urban AC morning show, has added two Georgia stations to its growing roster of affiliates – Cumulus Atlanta’s OG 97.9 and iHeart’s WBGA-AM/Hallelujah 96.3 in Brunswick.

Both Sasha the Diva and Rick Party return to the airwaves in Atlanta, where they were both perennial ratings and revenue leaders. Sasha most recently held the afternoon post on Cox’s WALR where she was also Cox’s #1 revenue billing talent. Party worked in the market previously at V-103.

“Atlanta’s the most competitive Urban market in the country, so we needed a program with a knock-out punch. Rick and Sasha is layered daily with great content, creativity, and star power,” said Louie Diaz, VP, Top 40/Rhythmic Top 40, CUMULUS MEDIA. “Living and breathing their ‘real people, real radio’ moniker, Rick and Sasha bring OG 97.9 an incomparable mix of informative and authentic entertainment and comedy. No one works harder and performs better than Rick and Sasha.”

Yolanda Neely, PD of Hallelujah 96.3, adds “I am excited about bringing on a real morning show that will engage listeners. Rick Party and Sasha the Diva are regular people who my community in Brunswick, Georgia can relate to. Rick and Sasha are real radio pros who come from humble beginnings and who know their business. They have been doing it their entire lives with excellence, humility, and hard work. This is a recipe for greatness in these times!”

 Rick and Sasha, which launched nationally on January 7, 2019, is taking the broadcast world by storm and is already the fastest launch of an Urban syndicated product in recent history. The program features two of the most popular Urban voices in the country — former Hot 105 FM/Miami personality Rick Party and former Kiss 104.1 FM/Atlanta personality Sasha the Diva. The duo entertains and engages Urban AC listeners looking for great music, hot conversation, a connection to community, and interactive discussions.

The morning radio show, which airs from 6 – 10 am ET/5 – 9 am CT, can be heard on more than 15 stations nationwide with more to come, including KMJK-FM/Kansas City, KMEZ-FM/New Orleans, WDLT-FM/Mobile, WRRX-FM/Pensacola, and WLXC-FM/Columbia, SC.

The program is offered both with and without music and is perfect for any Urban infused format including Urban AC, Classic Hip Hop, or Throwback, Urban Contemporary, or Gospel. For more information on Rick and Sasha, contact Neal Bird, nbird@westwoodone.com or (310) 840-4207, or Gary Bernstein, gary@oceanictradewinds.com or (508) 245-1776.

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Kodak Black is already feeling the backlash over disrespectful comments he made about Nipsey Hussle’s girl, Lauren London.

Kodak Black was called out by a variety of celebs including T.I. and Game, after he went on IG live and said he wanted to be a “shoulder” for Lauren to lean on, just a week after Nipsey was shot and killed in Los Angeles.

KPWR-LA’s Power 106 also took offense to Kodak’s comments about the hometown hero’s family, and they have banned him from the station.

According to on-air personality DJ Justin Credible, Kodak is no longer welcome at one of the most listened to radio stations in the United States.

“We stand with the family of Nipsey Hussle and are appalled by the disrespectful and poor comments made by Kodak Black,” Justin Credible tweeted. “With that, Power 106 will not support Kodak Black’s music. #LongLiveNip

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Grady Champion “Steppin’ In”

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New Music from Grady Champion

Steppin’ In

A Tribute to ZZ Hill

WRBO-Memphis, KOKY-Little Rock,
WTUG-Tuscaloosa, WIMX-Toledo, KMJJ-Shreveport

Impacting R&B Radio Now

See Grady Champion on Tour

April 25th 9pm “CD Release Party” Soiree at Canton, Canton, MS

April 26th 8pm at Duling Hall, Jackson, MS

May 25th 7:30pm Silver City, New Mexico

June 1st 10pm Homecoming Concert at B.B. King’s Club Ebony, Indianola, MS

June 7th 6 pm Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago

September 1st 7pm PM Southfork Ranch, Parker, TX

September 21st 7pm Mississippi Delta Blues Heritage Festival, Greenville, MS

Contacts
Manager – Terry Harvey – The Professional Group, LLC – 918-407-3527
PR – Pati DeVries – Devious Planet Media – 917-751-2532
Radio Marketing – TC Thompkins – 713-377-8777
Malaco Records – Tommy Couch Jr. – 601- 982-4522

Grady Champion Website – HOME

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          “All The Major Labels Should Step Up For Nipsey”

An Open Letter from Stan Sheppard

There comes a time in life where certain tragic events seem to bring people together and make us all sit down for a minute and look at our very existence. On March 31st 2019 one of those horrible events came front and center in all of our lives. An incredible young man by the name of “Mr. Ermias Asghedom” who recorded under the name of “Nipsey Hussle” was murdered by a force of evil that operated through the body and mind of a so-called man who I won’t dignify by mentioning his name in this open letter.

This horrendous act took the life of a young man who was on a mission to bring hope and opportunities to a wide variety of people across the Los Angeles area. His good heart and sharp business mind was a breath of fresh air in a climate of negativity that has seemed to touch most of us for some time now. This young man showed the world how people can change and evolve throughout the years and how positive actions can become a lightening rod for other people and corporations to do the same.

That brings me to the subject of the major recording company that worked closely with “Nipsey Hussle”.  As we all know, historically major record companies use to salivate at the thought of a major recording artist passing away by whatever means and if the artist died from “unusual circumstances” then the cash registers at the major labels started to go into overdrive selling their music in the company vaults. Hopefully, as times have changed, the major labels have become more aware of what “not to do” in situations surrounding the death of an influential artist and the sale of their music and they will act accordingly with such awareness. I’m quite sure the executives at Atlantic/Warner Bros. Records will do the right thing. How can they do the right thing you ask? It’s real simple. Have the accountants at Atlantic/Warner Bros. Records get to their desks and start getting some cash ready to send to whatever organization that will benefit the people in the area that Nipsey Hussle came from and the Los Angeles area as a whole.

Not only should Atlantic/Warner Bros. Records step up to the plate, the other two major labels, Sony Music and Universal Music, should open up their wallets as well and kick in some major dollars! These major labels are flush with cash from the money they receive from streaming services and other avenues of income generated by recording artists so it’s time for the major labels to “put up or shut up”! No more press releases, no more just offering to pay for the artists funeral and no more sending flowers and then disappearing. That will not do in April 2019 under these circumstances. Do the right thing and send a substantial amount of money for this cause and be on the right side of history.

WE WILL BE WATCHING.

GOD BLESS

Stan Sheppard, music executive

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Radio One Philadelphia, an Urban One station, announces industry veteran, Jay Dixon, has been named as the new Program Director of 100.3 WRNB, Praise HD2, and the all new Classix 107.9. Dixon is an important addition to ’s strategy of positioning the cluster WRNB introduced the Quincy Harris Morning Show with K. Foxx in January 2018 and in December 2018, Classix 107.9-FM was launched with Lady B joining in February of this year.

Colby Tyner, Corporate VP of Program, said, “I’m excited to be working with Jay. He’s a seasoned pro who understands the Urban format and has a strong track record of success. We’re glad to have him on the Philly team.”

General Manager of Radio One Philadelphia, Ezio Torres, stated, “Now that the launch of Classix 107.9 is underway, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with someone with such passion and a track record of success in the R&B / Urban AC formats.  We are excited to see the continued growth for 100.3 WRNB, Classix 107.9 and Praise HD2 under his programming leadership.”

Dixon’s start date is Thursday, April 4, 2019. He shared, “ I’m excited to be with the Radio One Philly team and would like to thank the Urban One family for letting me lead these amazing brands in a city with such a rich R&B music heritage.  There’s work ahead but we have the people and resources to move quickly and make an impact. Listeners will notice right away. Look out for big things ahead for WRNB and Classix 1079”

 Dixon began his radio career at the legendary WILD-Boston. Over the course of his career, Dixon has worked in multiple formats including Top 40, Country, Rhythmic and Urban and held various positions with Cox Media as OM/PD of WBHK-Birmingham and WALR-Atlanta. He also worked for Emmis New York at the former WRKS (98.7 Kiss FM), serving as both Production/Creative Services Director and PD during his tenure. Dixon has been consulting for KBLX San Francisco and Emmis New York over the past five years. 

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