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Cubs’ voice Pat Hughes named to WGN Radio Walk of Fame - As Cubs baseball nears the end of its historic run on WGN AM 720, veteran play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes is getting big props from the Tribune Broadcasting news/talk station. Robert Feder
 
KFWB switching to all-sports format as AM radio fights for survival - AM radio, the scratchy medium that long ago aired Franklin Delano Roosevelt's fireside chats, soap operas and the day's most popular music, is trying to avoid becoming static. Los Angeles Times
 
Sydney's KIIS FM could face legal action over Jennifer Lawrence pics, says lawyer - Sydney radio station KIIS FM could be liable for breach of confidence or privacy for publishing nude photographs of American actress Jennifer Lawrence. The station pixelated four images when it published them on Monday, but later replaced them with red carpet photographs of the American actress. Sydney Morning Herald
 
Previewing WFAN Host Richard Neer’s Debut Novel - Thirteen years ago, Richard Neer put pen to paper on his first book, called “FM: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio.” After almost 30 years as a disc jockey for WNEW-FM, Neer told the story about how corporate interests destroyed a medium that millions grew up cherishing. CBS New York

 

Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman Channels Dissent and Tents at Burning Man - The intrepid Nellie Bowles, writing for Re/code, visited Pittman at his Burning Man home, a "spider house" or "Dhome" that Pittman had... designed? Bought and constructed? It's not clear. But Pittman's reasons for sleeping in the desert (on a lovingly made queen-sized bed) are quite obvious, according to Bowles' account. Billboard
 
Former Entercom boss Jason Wolfe lands a new radio gig in the Boston market - Roughly one year after he was forced out of his job as vice president of programming and operations at WEEI and WRKO, Jason Wolfe has found another full-time gig in the local radio industry. And this one involves one of his former radio stations. Boston Business Journal
 
Ex-KISW DJ Beau Phillips tells all in ‘I Killed Pink Floyd’s Pig’ - As program director and later general manager of beloved Seattle hard-rock station KISW-FM from 1978 to 1992, Phillips had plenty of tales to tell, most of them funny, some poignant. Seattle Times
 
Ronn Owens of KGO radio has Parkinson's disease - Over nearly 40 years as host of his KGO radio show, Ronn Owens has put such guests asBarack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu on the hot seat without a second thought. By contrast, it's taken him years to put himself there: Monday he is telling his listeners that he has Parkinson's disease. San Francisco Chronicle
 
For satellite radio, content is king as digital threats abound - Even in the doldrums of late summer, the New York City headquarters ofSirius XM Radio Inc., the centre of satellite radio, is a buzzing hive of celebrity activity. Globe and Mail
 
A Country Music Station, NASH FM 94.7, in New York City - For better or worse, country is hot. Nationally, it's the most popular station format. And New York, a city that survived without a country station for 17 years, is now the center of a new effort to take country even more mainstream. WSJ
 
Don Cannon, Philadelphia Radio Legend - Cannon was known as “The Dean of Philadelphia Radio.” He was a voice on morning radio in Philadelphia from 1969 until he retired in 2004. The “Cannon in the Morning” show started on WIBG and has been heard on WIP, WFIL, WIFI, WSNI and WOGL. Philly Mag
 
Radio Caroline Returns, Radio Veronica, Northsea Special Event Set - The renegade Radio Caroline, which entertained rock 'n' roll fans in the UK and Europe from the 1960s until the 1990s from offshore shipboard transmitters and studios, is back on the airwaves from the River Blackwater off England's Essex Coast using a temporary, low-power license. It has plans to obtain a permanent AM broadcasting authorization.  eHam.net
 
DJ Skee Debuts DASH Radio - “A lot of kids think Pandora is radio, but there’s a gross mislabeling that’s happening,” an energized Keeney says on a late July afternoon at the Crosby Hotel in New York. Billboard
 
Don Pardo, iconic TV, radio announcer, dead at 96 - Few recognized the face of Pardo, a handsome man with a strong chin and confident smile. But Pardo's majestic delivery, with its swoops in pitch and pregnant pauses, graced newscasts, game shows and TV programs for more than 60 years.  CBS News
 
Westwood One names George King format VP/Programming - Westwood One announced Townsquare Media vet George King has been hired as VP/Programming, Network Formats.  He’ll oversee the company’s Country 24-hour formats, which air on nearly 700 stations nationwide, including Mainstream Country, Hot Country, Classic Country and Real Country 24-hour radio formats.  RBR
 
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