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Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Off To Strong Start

Premiere said the podcast version of the “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” was downloaded 10.3 million times in December.

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Broadcast syndication company Premiere Networks is touting “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” as a success following its launch last year after the death of talk icon Rush Limbaugh. 

According to Inside Radio, the program increased its total Average Quarter Hour (AQH) audience by 40% from June to November in Portable People Markets (PPM) in the key Adults 25-54 demographic. 

AQH metrics calculate the average number of persons listening to a particular station for at least five minutes during a 15-minute period.

The network said Clay & Buck’s program was a catalyst for top rankings at iHeartMedia stations in HoustonSalt Lake CitySan DiegoSacramentoMilwaukee, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Premiere said the podcast version of the “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” was downloaded 10.3 million times in December. The company cited analytics from Megaphone which provides audience data and measurements for brand advertisers. 

Clay Travis and Buck Sexton were selected to replace Rush Limbaugh, who succumbed to advanced-stage lung cancer last February. The duo is heard on more than 400 radio stations across the U.S. 

As a counter to Clay & Buck, Cumulus Media started syndicating a talk show hosted by Dan Bongino, and some Audacy stations partnered with Dana Loesch. Still, some companies used local talent to fill the void. 

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Carlos Medina Joining XTRA 106.3’s The Morning XTRA

Medina, who earned the nickname “Front Office Los” for his expansion knowledge of sports and statistics, has joined the show immediately.

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Carlos Medina, also known as “Front Office ‘Los”, is joining Tug Cowart and Scott “Rhino” Rheinhold on XTRA 106.3’s The Morning XTRA in Atlanta.

“Carlos’ sports and numbers background make him a great addition to our contemporary and dynamic and entertaining morning show, The Morning XTRA, and will provide insight and entertainment not found on any other Atlanta radio station,” Dickey Broadcasting Company General Manager David Dickey said.

Medina, who earned the nickname “Front Office Los” for his expansion knowledge of sports and statistics, has joined the show immediately. He has also worked as a contributor to Dickey Broadcasting’s 680 The Fan since 2004.

The Morning XTRA airs from 6:00 AM-9:00 AM weekday mornings.

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Jimmy Farrell Named Cox Media Jacksonville VP/Market Manager 

One of the stations that Farrell will be managing includes News 104.5 WOKV.

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Cox Media Group has a new Vice President and Market Manager for its Jacksonville, FL stations. Radio Insight relayed the company’s announcement on Friday that Jimmy Farrell would be promoted from the Director of Sales to overseeing all stations in the market.

One of the stations that Farrell will be managing includes News 104.5 WOKV. After joining the Cox Media Group 19 years ago as an Account Executive in Orlando, Farrell is “honored” to be taking over the role.

“CMG has given me the opportunity to work with the best and brightest in the business, and I’m truly honored to be appointed the next Vice President and General Manager of radio in Jacksonville,” said Farrell. “I look forward to these new challenges and the significant opportunities to come.”

Farrell’s career continued to progress after arriving in Orlando, going from Local Sales Manager at WWKA’ K92 FM’ to General Sales Manager, and most recently as Director of Sales.

“This is an exciting time for CMG Radio, and I continue to be energized by our people,” said Rob Babin, EVP, CMG Radio. “Jimmy is an exceptional leader with a passion for the radio business, CMG, and the teams he leads.

“He has a strong track record of leading sales teams and driving revenue at CMG Orlando and Jacksonville. I look forward to his impact in this new role.”

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Salem Media Group Sees Revenue Growth in Second Quarter

Salem Media Group is experiencing revenue growth as the company reported a total income of $68.7 million during the second quarter.

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Salem Media Group is experiencing revenue growth as the company reported a total income of $68.7 million during the second quarter, a 12% growth from a year earlier.

CEO David Santrella stated that traditional spot advertising earnings increased 9.5% in the quarter, led by a 17.4% kick in nationwide billings and a 6.9% boost in local sales from last year.

“While we continue to see growth in advertising revenues, local spot is still not back to its pre-pandemic levels, especially now with concerns over inflation and fears of a recession,” Santrella said.

“For the quarter, we had $1.5 million of political revenue compared to only $400,000 in Q2 of last year. The $1.5 million is more than we had in Q2 of 2020, which was $600,000, and more than we had in Q2 2018, which was $1.1 million.”

The results and prospects sent Salem’s stock price soaring 9% after-hours trading late Thursday.

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