Country Aircheck Weekly (8/24)

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How Nate Deaton handles traffic in app-friendly Silicon Valley

Tune your traffic to reflect app-savvy listeners, says Phil Hunt

What Don Brake does with traffic in the D.C. area

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iHeartMedia Ups Hardin, Zellner and Maynard

iHeartMedia Active Rock/Alternative Brand Mgr. and RVP/Programming Brad Hardin has been upped to EVP/GM of the company's National Programming Platforms; iHM EVP/Programming Jon Zellner has been promoted to EVP/Programming Operations; and Maynard moves from the company's Strategic Review Team to become the NPP's EVP/Programming Strategy. All report to President/National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman. Hardin has been with the company for more than 15 years; Zellner joined in 2009 with prior stops at SiriusXM and CBS Radio. The moves follow the departure of EVP & GM/National Programming Platforms and Country format captain Clay Hunnicutt in June (Breaking News 6/29). Company vet Rod Phillips assumed the role of Country format captain earlier this month (CAT 8/6).


WGTY/York, PA's Paesan Pellegrini Retires

Times & News WGTY/York, PA afternoon host Paesan Pellegrini has retired after more than two decades with the station. "Paesan's dedication, work ethic and drive helped to lay the foundation of what we've become today," says OM/PD Scott Donato. "Though we'll miss him, we're happy that after almost 40 years in radio – 26 of them at WGTY – he'll get a much deserved break." Pellegrini started at 'GTY in 1989 and has also served as PD and morning host. He moved to afternoons in 2004. Succeeding him is current middayer Chase Matthews. Evening and former midday talent Dan Douglas returns to that daypart and weekender Max Stevens moves to evenings. Adds Donato, "While losing Paesan [leaves us with] a huge hole to fill, we feel like we've already got the necessary parts in house to take us into the next phase of WGTY."



Dave Hovel To WICL/Hagerstown, MD

CBS Radio/Baltimore ultility personality Dave Hovel has joined West Virginia Radio's WICL/Hagerstown, MD as PD/morning host, though he'll maintain a weekend airshift in Baltimore on CBS Hot AC WWMX. As 'ICL PD he succeeds Marc Richards, who remains as OM. In mornings Hovel succeeds Danielle, who takes over for Rona in voice-tracked afternoons. Rona will now focus exclusively on mornings at AC clustermate WLTF. Hovel spent 24 years with Delmarva's WXCY/Wilmington in roles including OM, PD and afternoons. He then spent a brief period with Renda's WWGR/Fort Myers (CAT 6/11/13) before joining iHeartMedia's WDSD/Wilmington (CAT 10/21/13). Hovel joined CBS Radio/Baltimore's WLIF-HD2 and FM translator W291BA last year (CAT 5/2/14); those signals recently flipped to Gospel (CAT 4/10). Reach him here.