Clear Channel Radio CEO John Hogan used the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council meeting in Washington, DC on access to capital to announce that his company had donated two more AM stations to MMTC. They will be re-launched with new minority operators and executives.
The latest stations to be donated are KFXN-AM Minneapolis, MN and WTOC-AM Newton, NJ, which is in Sussex County. “By donating these two additional stations, we’re helping to create more opportunities for those who want to excel in the radio industry,” said Hogan.
At the same MMTC conference a year ago Clear channel Radio announced the donation of a transmitter and four AM stations to the organization: WHJA Laurel, MS, KYHN Fort Smith, AK, KYFX Wabasha, MN, and WYNF North Augusta, SC. Now there is word on the re-launch of two of those stations under new operators.
WYNF-AM has been awarded to Shannon Renee deMedicis of Medici Media, Inc., and WHJA-AM was awarded to Jeffrey Hedgemon, CEO of Full Spectrum Broadcasting. The MMTC is now working with Renee deMedicis on WYNF and Jeffrey Hedgemon on WHJA. Pending financing and final diligence, the stations will be operated under LMAs.
“Shannon and Jeffrey have demonstrated exceptional work and decades of experience in media and broadcasting,” said David Honig, President and Executive Director of MMTC. “We’re confident that, with the resources provided by Clear Channel Radio and MMTC’s cooperation with the NAB Education Foundation, we can further support Shannon and Jeffrey so that they can provide a meaningful resource for news and entertainment to their communities. We’re excited to continue our work with Clear Channel to progress diversity in broadcasting,” he added.
Shannon Renee deMedicis is Owner and President of Medici Media, Inc. She brings nearly 25 years of advertising and broadcast experience to her new responsibilities at WHJA-AM. Her past experience includes radio sales for companies like Billboard as well as several local radio stations in Georgia. Shannon also served as the LMA Operator for WNRR 1230 AM in August, GA.
Jeffrey Hedgemon serves as President/CEO of Full Spectrum Broadcasting and has 40 years of experience in broadcasting. He began his broadcasting career in 1970 at WXOK AM in Baton Rouge, LA, as a part-time radio announcer while in high school. During his career, Jeffrey has worked on-air as well as in programming, production and sales and corporate management.
RBR-TVBR observation: This is an area in which Clear Channel Communications deserves a round of applause from the radio industry. Bravo!