Sidewalk Merged Into Curb
No one is commenting officially, but the Curb and Sidewalk promotion staffs and rosters have been combined under the direction of Curb VP/Promotion Ryan Dokke. Sidewalk VP/Promotion Lori Hartigan remains with the company in an unspecified role after being promoted last year (CAT 1/27/14). Sidewalk promo staffers JR Hughes, Bethany Priest and Nanette Ballinger have all recently left the label. Remaining Sidewalk regionals Roger Fregoso and Heather Cramsie are expected to remain with Curb. On the Curb staff, the position vacated by Stephanie O'Donnell (CAT 1/5) has remained vacant and no further changes are expected. Sidewalk artists Ruthie Collins and Dylan Scott remain with Curb.
Callaghan Leaves iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia/Northern Colorado SVP/Programming Mark Callaghan has resigned to focus on real estate sales. His last day is Friday (4/3). Callaghan joined as OM of the seven-station cluster, and PD of Country KXBG/Fort Collins, KOLZ/Cheyenne, WY and Classic Country KIIX-AM/Fort Collins a little more than a year ago (CAT 12/2/13). His prior stops include Entercom AC KOSI/Denver and 16 years at Townsquare/Fort Collins. Reach him until Friday here. No word on plans to fill his bathtub.
Read The Scripps
The E.W. Scripps Company has completed the merger of its broadcast assets with those of Journal Communications and the spinoff of their respective newspapers (CAT 7/31). Scripps and Journal simultaneously spun off and merged their newspaper operations to form Journal Media Group and then merged their broadcast operations under Scripps. "Beginning today, the platform for our quality journalism and information products is a diverse group of local media brands – television, radio and digital – and we will reach nearly one in five U.S. television households," says Scripps Chairman/President/CEO Rich Boehne. The company now operates 33 television stations in 24 markets, 34 radio stations in eight markets and buys its tomatoes in supermarkets. More here.