Radio items from up and down the dial: Bruce Hornsby loves radio; Beasley divides and prospers; Fox News Radio celebrates a birthday; iHeartMedia helps kids; Jayde Donovan also helps kids, and Cumulus transfers a sales exec.
* Bruce Hornsby clearly understands the value of local radio, per an article from Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily. Ten years previously WTYD-FM The Tide Deltaville VA (in the Williamsburg area) helped him launch an album, and he celebrated in concert, praising the station and restating “silly” liners he has done for the station over the years.
* Beasley has made a pair of financial moves: It’s handing out a 4.5 cent per share dividend to shareholders of record as of 6/30/15, payable 7/10/15; and its approved a plan to buy back up to $1M of its own shares on the open market.
* Happy birthday ten-year-old! That will be an appropriate greeting for Fox News Radio, which kicked off 6/1/05 with six reporters and 24 affiliates. It now has ten years under its belt, 11 full time reporters and more than 600 affiliates. Reason to celebrate indeed.
* iHeartMedia pulled in almost $6.5M for the Children’s Miracle Network during 2014, bringing its three year total to $19.5M. The result: The two shared a Sliver Cause Markeitn Halo Award at the 13th Annual Cause Marketing Forum Conference.
* Jayde Donovan, air talent for Cumulus outlet WPLJ New York, is helping kids with cancer via her Apple-a-Day program – the idea is to keep kids battling cancer connected to the world with an iPad. More than 200 kids have been surprised with the gift thus far, and contributions are being solicited to keep the program moving forward.
* John Sutherland is the new VP/Sale for the Cumulus radio cluster in Providence RI. He slides over from a similar position in Worcester MA.