Dial Global Upgrades Programming Team
Network Operations Shift From Omaha To Denver
September 14, 2010 at 6:53 AM (PT)
DIAL GLOBAL has promoted six programmers in preparation for a re-launch of 'localized' formats. Concurrently, nine full-timers and some part-timers have been laid-off as Network Operations shift from OMAHA to DENVER.
"Our goal is to redefine the role of network radio." So says DIAL GLOBAL Pres. KIRK STIRLAND. The company, whose 24-hour formats are heard on nearly 2,000 stations nationwide, TODAY (9/14) announced the promotion of six PDs. All are currently employed by DIAL GLOBAL and are taking on new responsibilities. Comments EVP/Programming BEAU PHILLIPS, "We prefer to promote from within whenever possible. It shows our people that we’re committed to rewarding excellence, and these six programmers have really shined."
DIAL GLOBAL’s new programmers will oversee the company’s fastest-growing product line, DG LOCAL. Said STIRLAND, "Our STORQ technology allows stations to sound local, while featuring our major market air talent. Announcing our new programming team is just the beginning."
Effective immediately, DIAL GLOBAL’s new programmers include:
* RICK BRADY, Program Director of AC PURE, and continues as PD of DIAL GLOBAL’s AC format
* JOHN FOWLKES, Program Director of AC ACTIVE
* KRISTOPHER JONES, Program Director of GENUINE CLASSIC ROCK
* CHERI MARQUART, Program Director of OLDIES PLUS & GOOD TIME OLDIES
* MELODY MORGAN, Program Director of COUNTRY TODAY
* SHANNON STONE, Program Director of COUNTRY CLASSICS
"DIAL GLOBAL is planning full upgrades for these formats and will soon re-launch them with improved personalities, music systems, imaging and branding," said PHILLIPS. "Our company remains committed to delivering a quality programming product. We’ve attracted an amazing lineup of air talent in the wake of consolidation. And having great personalities delivering local content gives stations a powerful advantage."
This shift for DIAL GLOBAL, moving its network operations and some staffers from OMAHA -- where it acquired the WAITT RADIO NETWORKS two years ago -- to DENVER, was an operational move. Other jobs will relocate to facilities in DALLAS and in VALENCIA, CA, all wrapping up in JANUARY.
DIAL GLOBAL Pres. KIRK STIRLAND told ALL ACCESS, "This was pre-announced internally and it affects nine fulltime and some part-timers, who will be assisted by DIAL GLOBAL in finding new jobs, retention bonuses, and of course, severance packages, too."