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Futuri Names Zena Burns Senior VP of Strategic Marketing & Brand Development

Burns will also focus on growing content creation efforts tied to Futuri’s innovation initiatives; conferences and events; corporate messaging and public relations; trade publication relations.

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Futuri has named talented media executive Zena Burns as its Senior Vice President Strategic Marketing and Brand Development. Burns will be tasked with developing high-level special projects designed to drive company growth. 

According to a release obtained by Barrett News Media, Burns will also focus on growing content creation efforts tied to Futuri’s innovation initiatives; conferences and events; corporate messaging and public relations; trade publication relations.

The Ohio-based company specializes in cloud-based audience engagement. 

Burns was credited with developing a study, which identified critical shifts in audience and revenue trends for radio and TV broadcasters and digital publishers. The study titled “Future of Audience and Revenue” is considered a groundbreaking report in the broadcasting industry. 

Burns’ résumé includes SVP, Programming Partnerships, in iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group (NPG) team. She was also Entertainment Director/Music Editor at TEEN PEOPLE Magazine, part of the PEOPLE Magazine Group.

Burns is also a 2-year member of the Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee. She is credited with spearheading Futuri’s role at the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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WBEN’s Tim Wenger Recounts Covering Buffalo Mass Shooting as News Broke

“I received a phone call from a source that I have within the Buffalo Police Department who said he thought it would be a good idea if we had someone at the Tops Market on Jefferson Ave,” Wenger said.

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This past weekend, an alleged White Supremacist went into a Buffalo supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood and killed ten people. 

One of the news media outlets leading the coverage in Buffalo was Audacy “Newsradio 930” WBEN. The radio station jumped in to fill the nation and its residents as to what went on. 

In an interview with Inside Radio, Brand Manager Tim Wenger, talked the website through its coverage as soon as the news broke about the shooting.

“I received a phone call from a source that I have within the Buffalo Police Department who said he thought it would be a good idea if we had someone at the Tops Market on Jefferson Ave,” Wenger said.

“I did a little bit of research while I was on the way and discovered there was an active shooting situation (…) We had heard eight, and then nine and then 10. It just kept escalating over the course of a couple of hours on scene before finally, there was official word from authorities in the form of a press conference.”

Wenger then discussed how the story was developing, keeping the entire station on high alert to what was coming out and why they needed to be on top of the information. 

“This happened in a really close-knit community where people know each other. It’s not a typical urban environment where everybody just kind of goes about their business,” Wenger added. 

“This is a community that fought for that store to be there years ago. And we’re just trying to give everyone a voice and not decide for anybody what needs to happen but listen to everybody and let the community decide what needs to happen.”

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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to Fill In As Morning Host at WLOB

The embattled former politician served federal prison time after being convicted on wire fraud and tax evasion charges.

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A talk radio station in Baltimore has tapped the city’s former mayor to fill in for morning host Larry Young as he recovers from surgery.

According to Radio Ink, Catherine Pugh has been hired to fill the void. The embattled former politician served federal prison time after being convicted on wire fraud and tax evasion charges.

“The defendant’s scheme to cheat the taxpayers of Baltimore was as bold as it was brazen, and today’s sentence shows that the punishment for those actions is swift and severe,” said FBI agent Alfred Watson, in a statement published on the Department of Justice’s website.

WOLB Talk 1010 is owned by Urban One. The station bills itself as “Baltimore’s station for the people, with Larry Young every morning discussing issues that matter to you.”

Pugh has broadcast experience, having worked on the air at WGTW-TV in the Philadelphia area, hosting a weekly public affairs show.

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Two New Radio Stations Will Carry Vox’s “Today Explained”

“Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios.

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Vox Media’s flagship daily news podcast “Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios. The show is expanding, reaching other stations, including one in a marquee market. 

The company announced that “Today Explained” will now be adding two new stations to the roster, KCRW (Los Angeles) and WEKU (Eastern Kentucky). 

“The KCRW audience is curious, connected, and drawn to the most interesting stories – not just the most immediate,” Evan George, content director of news for KCRW, said. 

Today Explained fits our approach to newsy storytelling with heart. We’re also excited for KCRW listeners to hear some public media voices from around the country help tell the big story of the day without being limited to a four-minute segment.”

Los Angeles is the second-largest public radio market in the U.S., and for co-host Sean Rameswaram, an L.A. native, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Furthermore, the show frequently covers the state of California, whether it’s from politicians to policies pushed. 

Here are the radio stations carrying Vox’s daily news podcast:

  • KCRW (Santa Monica, CA)
  • WEKU (Richmond / Lexington, KY)
  • WEVO / New Hampshire Public Radio (Concord, NH)
  • WITF (Harrisburg, PA)
  • WVPS / Vermont Public Radio (Burlington)
  • WVXU / Cincinnati Public Radio (Cincinnati)
  • WHYY (Philadelphia)
  • WRKF (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • WWNO / New Orleans Public Radio (New Orleans)
  • WCBU (Peoria, IL)
  • WGLT (Normal, IL)
  • KOPB / Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland)
  • WUOM / Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
  • WUFT (Gainesville, FL)
  • WLPR / Lakeshore Public Media (Lowell, IN)

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