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Jim Graci Named Director of Branding and Programming For 104.5 WOKV News and ESPN 690 in Jacksonville

“Graci’s tour of duty begins immediately.”

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Former KDKA and 93.7 The Fan program director Jim Graci has landed his next opportunity. The longtime Pittsburgh PD has signed on to take the reigns at Cox Media Group’s 104.5 WOKV News and ESPN 690 in Jacksonville.

The company sent out the official release yesterday announcing Graci’s hiring. His official title will be Director of Branding and Programming, and his tour of duty begins immediately. He’ll be charged with overseeing day-to-day programming for the stations along with development and execution of marketing, promotions, and events. 

Graci spent nine years with Audacy/Entercom in Pittsburgh and had previously programmed in the market for ESPN as well. His career stops also inclide Dallas, Seattle and Phoenix.

Cox’s VP of Audience and Operations Chris Eagan said, “Jim’s history of success in news talk speaks for itself. I’m excited to watch him apply all that he knows to our award-winning station in Jacksonville. Welcome, Jim!”

Graci weighed in as well, adding, “I am thrilled to join the CMG Jacksonville cluster and work with the incredible staff at WOKV-FM and ESPN 690, including the programming team led by Jules Riley and News Director Rob Jones. I am grateful for Rob Babin, SVP/Radio, Chris Eagan, Drew Anderssen and Pete Spriggs for allowing me the opportunity to continue the tradition of extraordinary talk radio on these iconic stations.”

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KMOX’s Kevin Wheeler Moving Over to ‘Dave Glover Show’

Beginning Nov. 28, Wheeler will be moving from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where he joins the “Dave Glover Show.”

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Changes are coming to St. Louis’ KMOX News/Talk as shuffling occurs in their weekday lineup. The station’s mid-day program “The Show” will see Kevin Wheeler exit. However, he’s not leaving KMOX nor the show, to some extent.

Beginning Nov. 28, Wheeler will be moving from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where he joins the “Dave Glover Show.”

As for “The Show,” Amy Marxkor and Chris Rongey will remain on the program from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The two will stick around with Wheeler, Glover, Rachel Zimmerman, and Andrew Stolze for their 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. hour.

“Now I get to hang with ALL of my friends!” Wheeler said on Twitter. “The high school friends (DGS) and the college friends (@AmyMarxkors and @ChrisRongey), which is sometimes weird at first, but everyone gets used to it.”

So if any listener is a fan of the current version of “The Show,” they will at least get one hour of the trio being together each day. 

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SiriusXM Wants to Grow Reach With New App Features

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

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If you consume any news media content on SiriusXM on their app, there will be changes as the company shifts its focus to streaming, not only car satellite (h/t Inside Radio). 

The new features on the app are “a clean, colorful, and easy-to-use interface with expanded personalization features, simplified navigation, a richer dark display that puts the focus on content and other enhancements.” 

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

“It’s a different product. It’s a different market where it’s younger, it’s more diverse,” Executive VP/CFO Sean Sullivan said in September. “I think we need to really continue to invest and refine our content strategy to serve a different market of consumers.”

CEO Jennifer Witz teased the upgrades coming to the app earlier this month while reporting the enterprise’s third-quarter earnings.

“While our streaming business is still at an early stage, we are investing in building out the experience and our capabilities in anticipation that it will become a much more significant part of our subscriber mix in the near future,” Witz explained. 

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Buck Sexton: Politics Shouldn’t Influence Celebrating Musical Artists 

In some cases, tickets are reportedly going for $20,000 each.

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Ticketmaster is under fire for an outage that prevented millions of Taylor Swift fans from buying tickets to her upcoming tour. 

Clay Travis and Buck Sexton reacted to the issue during their nationally syndicated show Thursday. In some cases, tickets are reportedly going for $20,000 each. 

“She’s got a catalog of songs and she’s only 30 years old,” said Travis. “She might become the wealthiest musician in the history of music. She writes and controls much of her own catalog.”
Travis stated that Swift’s fans are still very young and they’re going to be watching her in concert for the next 30 years. 

“Almost half of our audience is female,” Sexton said. “What percentage of them like Taylor Swift? When I say like, I mean listen to Taylor Swift, I bet it’s high.” 

Sexton praised Swift for her “catchy” songs but said that he had never been to a Swift concert before. Sexton added that he would not let Swift’s politics, which are notoriously left-leaning, get in the way of enjoying her music. 

“I am willing to celebrate the artistry of somebody. If you’re not going to listen to somebody because of their politics, unfortunately, you’re going to miss out on 95 percent of what’s out there right now.”

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