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WWTN Hires Matt Murphy As Its Afternoon Host

Murphy programmed Talk 99.5 WZRR in Birmingham, Alabama. He had served in that capacity since 2007.

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According to Radio Insight, Nashville’s Supertalk 99.7 WWTN has hired Matt Murphy to fill their afternoon timeslot. Meanwhile, Brian Wilson was moved from mornings to replace Phil Valentine.

Murphy programmed Talk 99.5 WZRR in Birmingham, Alabama. He had served in that capacity since 2007.

Recently, WWTN has made several changes, including moving Dan Mandis to morning drive and Brian Wilson to afternoons.

According to 1819News.com, Valerie Vining has been promoted to Program Director and will be joined by a new co-host starting Monday, Dec 13.

Vining has served as News Director for Cumulus’ Birmingham cluster since 2008.

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Doug Stephan Adds 10 New Radio Affiliates

The DJV Show has picked up 10 more affiliates to expand the show’s reach to 325 stations nationwide.

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Starting 2022 in growth mode should have Doug Stephan in good spirits. The DJV Show, which Stephan hosts alongside Jennifer Horn, Victoria Keelan and Jai Kershner has picked up 10 more affiliates to expand the show’s reach to 325 stations nationwide.

Among the stations picking up Stephan’s program include KTLR in Oklahoma City, WCAP in Lowell, MA, KUJ AM and FM in Walla, WA, WKCT AM and FM in Bowling Green, KY, KLID in Poplar Bluff, KY, KDXU in St. George, UT, and WGVA and WAUB in Finger Lakes, NY.

“We are making radio great again,” said Stephan. “It’s exciting to see the show continuing to grow after all these years. We welcome these new stations to a new and different way to start their day.”

Stephan’s show broadcasts live Monday through Friday from 5a-9a ET. The program focuses on a variety of topics, offering a mix of fun and positive and passionate discussions on issues that affect listeners in their daily lives. The show also welcomes a number of contributors, shedding light on pop culture, entertainment, astrology, health, technology, pets, travel, finances, home improvement, and much more.

“Creating the show has been a labor of love and a dream come true! We’ve blended my background of pop culture, fashion, and beauty with Jennifer’s vast knowledge of politics, world events, and her incredible sense of humor under the guidance of our fearless leader Doug, one of the most highly-regarded and versatile radio personalities,” Host Victoria Keelan said. “Together we have created a totally unique listening experience. We cannot wait for the world to hear the fun!”

Stephan stays busy, also hosting the “DJV Health Show,” The Talk Radio Countdown Show, “The American Family Farmer” and “Your Hidden Power. He started his career as a radio deejay in the early 1960s before shifting gears to become a talk radio show host. He now creates his content from his home in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he also operates a dairy farm.

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Skyview Networks Promotes Steve Jones to CEO, President

Jones will take over the position from Ken Thiele

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Some changes are coming to Skyview Networks as the company announced in a press release that Steve Jones, its COO/President, has been elevated to CEO/President.

Jones will take over the position from Ken Thiele, Founder and CEO, who will move to a new post, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board, where he will continue to engage in a high-level advisory role for the company.

“Over the last 25 years, Skyview has evolved into a dynamic solutions leader in network audio, and through our enduring growth, we have always maintained a commitment to innovation and quality,” Thiele said.

“I have had the privilege of working alongside Steve both as a client and as a leader within our company—he embodies these characteristics, which are also matched with an unyielding drive for excellence, keen business sense, and distinguished experience. I am privileged to welcome him to the role of CEO.”

Jones will lead the sales, content, broadcast distribution, and technology company in his new role.

“I am grateful to Ken for trusting me to steward the company he has built-in partnership with longtime EVP, Jeanne-Marie Condo,” said Jones. “During the last three years, despite pandemic challenges, Skyview Networks has become the fastest-growing leader in network audio sales, syndication, and distribution.”

“Our unwavering commitment to customer service and proven financial performance have convinced content creators and influencers to join Skyview while simultaneously providing advertisers effective, efficient and creative campaigns that achieve their marketing goals. At the core of this success is our company culture built on integrity and transparency, resulting in employees committed to one another and to our customers.”

Coming on board to Skyview Networks in 2019 as COO/President, Jones has helped diversify and expand the company’s business portfolio, leading to significant revenue and market share growth.

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Nielsen Braces Clients For Potential Challenges As Covid-19 Surges

“Some delays in recruitment and slight volatility in intab levels could occur over the next month.”

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All Access is reporting that Nielsen has alerted its clients of potential difficulties due to the COVID-19 surge. The measurement company which works with the majority of the radio broadcasting business has also relayed details of how it plans to handle the situation in order to deliver accurate and consistent audience estimates.

In the letter, Nielsen says it will continue executing in-person field work while using its established multi-mode recruitment and remote installation and maintenance procedures. However, the company cautioned that some delays in recruitment and slight volatility in intab levels could occur over the next month.

Nielsen further shared that it expected to have intab levels stabilized and back to current levels by the end of February or early March, depending on Omicron recovery rates. In-tab levels are expected to be closely monitored and field resources will be evaluated and adjusted if necessary.

Being able to rely on accurate radio measurement is important to radio stations and their advertisers. Though Nielsen says it is actively monitoring COVID infection rates in key panel markets, and any possible impact to its PPM inventory due to global supply chain challenges, the admission of potential challenges in executing as expected is likely to give radio executives and sales professionals a few extra headaches. The company says that it is confident that its contingency plans will mitigate risk, allowing it to move swiftly to ensure the accuracy and representativeness of its audience estimates. Whether that holds true or not will be depend on a myriad of factors over the next month.

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