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Cumulus Media Promotes Conrad Trautmann to Chief Technology Officer

Trautmann joined Westwood One in 2000 as EVP, Technology, and was promoted in February 2016 to SVP, Technology & Operations for Cumulus Media.

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The head of technology and operations for Cumulus Media has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer, the company said in a release.

Conrad Trautmann drew rave reviews from upper-level management recently for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and other severe weather-related events.

Trautmann joined Westwood One in 2000 as EVP, Technology, and was promoted in February 2016 to SVP, Technology & Operations for Cumulus Media.

“He has also been critical to broadening and advancing the technology that drives our growth platforms in digital and podcasting,” said CEO Mary Berner. “This promotion recognizes the vital role that he continues to play in our success.”

Trautmann will report directly to Berrner. He also serves on the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Technology Committee.

“Conrad’s contributions to the company over the past 21 years are countless,” Berner added.

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WBZ NewsRadio Hosts Event to Reveal FEMA Studio Upgrades

FEMA and iHeartMedia Boston are hosting an event as they reveal the “Primary Entry Point” facility next week.

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According to Radio Ink, Boston’s WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will become the 13th radio station in the country to upgrade its studios to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s requirements for an all-hazards upgrade.

Furthermore, FEMA and iHeartMedia Boston are hosting an event as they reveal the “Primary Entry Point” facility next week. They include increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events.

Once opened, the facility will be one of 77 across the country that serves as a National Public Warning System Primary Entry Point station. WBZ will have the ability to participate with FEMA to provide alert and warning information to the public before and during national emergencies.

Speakers for this event will include:

  • Antwane Johnson, Director, Integrated Public Alert, and Warning System, FEMA
  • James (Nick) Russo, Federal Coordinating Officer, FEMA
  • Manny Centeno, IPAWS Program Manager, FEMA
  • U.S. Senator Edward Markey
  • State Senator Patrick O’Connor
  • State Representative Joan Meschino
  • Hull Board of Selectmen Chairwoman, Jennifer Constable
  • Alan Chartrand, Boston Market President, iHeartMedia
  • Jeff Littlejohn, Executive VP Engineering & Systems Integration, iHeartMedia
  • Dan Rea, On-air host, WBZ NewsRadio 1030

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Jason Rantz: Dr. Fauci Can’t Tell Me Not to See Family for Holidays

Rantz pointed out that in Washington State there are upwards of 75% of people vaccinated against COVID. 

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Seattle radio host Jason Rantz is reacting to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s comments regarding holiday gatherings. 

Rantz criticized the much-maligned Fauci during an appearance on the Faulkner Focus on Fox News Monday. 

Fauci told CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday that it was “too soon to tell” if family get-togethers would be acceptable this upcoming holiday season given the rise in COVID cases and the number of unvaccinated Americans. 

“It’s ludicrous. It’s not too soon to know,” said Rantz. “There’s nothing we know right now that says we can’t see friends or family for Christmas or Hanukkah or Thanksgiving or Halloween.”

Rantz pointed out that in Washington State there are upwards of 75% of people vaccinated against COVID. 

“You don’t get to decide whether I’m seeing my family and friends for any holiday,” said Rantz. 

According to the Washington State Department of Health nearly 80% of residents have expressed the desire to get dosed.

“To tell me it is not safe to visit your family for Christmas, to say that in October, indicates this isn’t really about public health at this point. Now we are talking about taking total control. That’s the scary part, here.”

Jason Rantz hosts the afternoon show on 770 KTTH in Seattle

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1490 WOSH Launches New Signal on 93.9 FM

“The proud history of 1490 WOSH continues with the addition of 93.9 on FM,” said program director Steve Edwards.

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A Cumulus-owned Midwest news/talk station is now reaching more listeners thanks to the addition of an FM signal that launched Monday.  

Oshkosh, Wisconsin station WOSH debuted on 93.9 FM, the station is already heard on 1490 AM. This comes at a very exciting time for the station which just launched a live, local morning show hosted by Phil Cianciola.

“This is an exciting day for local radio and for the Oshkosh market,” said market manager John W. Rowe. “We are thrilled to continue the tradition of great local programming now on the FM dial.”

The new News/Talk 93.9 & 1490 WOSH features iconic hosts like Chris Plante, Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Dan Bongino, and Michael Knowles.

“The proud history of 1490 WOSH continues with the addition of 93.9 on FM,” said program director Steve Edwards. “This will expand the reach of WOSH into the homes and business of conservative news/talk consumers.”

To learn more about Oshkosh’s WOSH FM and AM visit the station’s website

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