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Detroit radio veteran Shay Lewis, better known as “Shay Shay,” has resigned from the midday show on Beasley’s WMGC (105.1 The Bounce), Detroit’s Throwback Hip Hop & R&B. According to Bounce PD/Beasley National Urban Format Captain John Candelaria, Lewis has accepted a position outside of radio and will be announcing it soon. For her part, Lewis announced her departure in a Facebook post.
Lewis was originally teamed up with Evan “BiGG” Rose as co-host of The Morning Bounce with BiGG & Shay Shay, which debuted in March 2017, but she moved to mid-days after Rose left the station last November.

All that being said, 105-1 The Bounce in Detroit now has an immediate opening for a full-time midday talent. If you are creative, love to laugh, appreciate pop-culture, are a social media maven and enjoy engaging and connecting by getting out into community, we need you. We need a fresh, out-of-the-box thinker who can entertain and make people laugh on a daily basis (mastery with phones are a plus).
A strong background in social media, along with an excellent storytelling ability is a MUST! The ideal candidate can deliver fast-paced, topical content on the air and on social media platforms. No “four-and-out-the-door” types need apply. Sound like you? Please rush your package for this EOE position to John Candelaria at John.Candelaria@bbgi.com.

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Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint,” Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual,” Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” soundtrack, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” are among the 25 recordings that will be added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry this year.

The eclectic list also includes Earth, Wind and Fire’s hit single “September,” the original Broadway cast recording of the musical “Hair,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and a box set featuring the music of “Schoolhouse Rock!” The National Recording Registry now boasts 525 recordings that have been deemed “worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.” Read more at Page Six.

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Bonneville Urban AC KBLX/San Franciscocontinues to impact the Bay Area community with an empowerment forum entitled The Men Of KBLX, featuring the male on-air personalities of KBLX — Antoine DavisTony Sco and Armand Carr, hosted by PD Elroy Smith. The subjects covered will be fatherhood, technology/coding and entrepreneurship, featuring a panel of experts, including Dr. Brandon Nicholson, PhD, founder of Hidden Genius Project, news anchor Dave Clark from KTVU-TV/Oakland and acclaimed musician D’Wayne Wiggins from the award-winning trio, Tony! Toni! Tone!
“If there is one thing that we take to heart at KBLX, it is giving our all to the community,” says Smith. “This initiative is designed to create a network for men to motivate each other toward success. In addition, this forum encourages its attendees to strive to live their best life and to be a powerful influence in their community.” The Men of KBLX empowerment forum will be held Saturday, April 20 from 11am-1pm at Merritt College in Oakland. For free registration go to KBLX.com.

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A month after agreeing to sell a majority stake in its TV portfolio, Cox Enterprises Inc. is looking to make a deal for its radio stations.

Sources within the company say Atlanta-based Cox is “exploring options” for all of its radio properties. Employees have been informed. There’s no timeline and any deal would not include the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Like other media businesses, broadcast radio has been rocked in recent years by the explosion in digital advertising opportunities available from web giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter. Atlanta-based Cumulus Media, which owned and operated 446 radio stations broadcasting in 90 U.S. media markets, filed for Chapter 11 in November 2017 and recently completed its reorganization. iHeartRadio, the operator of 850 stations across the United States, filed for bankruptcy in March 2018.

Driven by digital media economics, a wave of consolidation has also reshaped the U.S. TV industry in recent years. On Feb. 15, Cox announced a deal with Apollo Global Management LLC to sell a majority interest in Cox Media Group’s broadcast television stations, including the company’s radio, newspaper and TV properties in Ohio. Cox Enterprises will maintain a minority stake and will join the Apollo Funds in forming a new company to operate these stations, which will be headquartered in Atlanta. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Reuters reported the deal was for roughly $3 billion.

Cox’s radio portfolio currently includes 61 stations in Atlanta and Athens, Ga.; Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Tulsa, Okla. Its Atlanta stations include WSB AM 750, KISS 104.1 FM, B98.5 and 97.1 FM The River.

Cox has owned WSB AM 750, “the South’s first radio station,” since 1939, when company founder James M. Cox bought The Atlanta Journal. The station had been launched in 1922.

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One year after returning to iHeartMedia as PD of Urban WJLB and Urban AC WMXD (Mix 92.3)/DetroitNate Bell has left the company. No replacement had been identified at press time.
Bell joined WJLB and WMXD in March 2018, six months after he exited as OM/PD of Radio One’s crosstown Urban WGPR (Hot 107.5), Urban AC WDMK (105.9 Kiss FM) and Urban Gospel WPZR (Praise 102.7).
Bell’s extensive programming resume also includes stints with Radio One Raleigh and iHeartMedia’s WMIB/MiamiWWPR (Power 105.1)/New YorkWKKV/Milwaukee and WDTJ/Detroit. He also served as Director of Urban Programming for iHeartMedia New Orleans, OM/RVPP for iHeartMedia St. Louis and Director of Urban Programming/RVPP for iHeartMedia Memphis

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93.9_WKYSRadio One has two prime programming opportunities immediately available in Washington, DC and Philadelphia. VP of Programming Colby “Colb” Tyner is looking for talented and gifted professionals.

WKYS is seeking a successor to Joshua “J1” Raiford, who recently left to take another job, creating a giant vacancy for [your name here] to fill. The position is posted at Urban1.com/careers.

WRNB logoAnd in the City of Brotherly Love, Radio One is actively seeking a Program Director to handle the care and feeding of Urban AC WRNB and the company’s three-month-old Urban Oldies outlet, WPPZ (Classix 107.9). That position is also posted at Urban1.com/careers, so don’t delay… apply today! Urban One/Radio One are Equal Opportunity Employer

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