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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Site Updated: Jul 9, 2008 9:17 PM ET

Logan Trades In XM, Picks Up Harpo
As exec. VP he will oversee a slew of divisions, including Harpo Radio
Eric Logan (pictured) is the new executive VP for Harpo, stepping into a newly created post to oversee a slew of the company's different divisions, including Harpo Radio, Harpo Print and Harpo Retail. Logan, who leaves XM's executive VP of programming and broadcast operations post after just under four years, will report to Harpo Productions president Tim Bennett. In addition to talent relations and management, Logan will put the pedal to the metal on Harpo's foray into the digital and mobile arenas and work with Harpo Development on new media.
Updated Jul 9, 2008 9:17 PM ET
Consumer Groups Want FCC To Release Satcasters' Files On Interoperability
A pair of consumer groups who have been against the proposed merger between Sirius and XM since the deal was first announced in February 2007 on Wednesday (July 9) asked the FCC to make public "highly confidential" documents by the satellite radio companies about the design and production of an interoperable radio receiver. The Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America are questioning the FCC about "whether the companies have been forthright with the agency about their 'design' of an interoperable radio as required by the grant of their licenses."

Price Of HD Radio Receivers Drops To Under $100
A little more than a week after the HD Digital Radio Alliance announced its new $57 million mobile marketing campaign and updated the Web site, the developer of the technology, iBiquity Digital Corp., is attempting to boost HD Radio awareness among U.S. consumers by cutting its price. HD Radio devices, manufactured by Coby, iLuv, JVC, Radiosophy and Sony, will now be available for under $100. The new price represents a 30% price reduction from this time last year.

Ad Spending Projections Downgraded
Bob Coen, VP and director of forecasting for Magna, has downgraded his 2008 ad spending projections by 2.7% for national advertising and 4% for local spending, saying that the economy right now is worse than it appeared it would be back in December 2007 when he made his original 2008 projections. Coen is now projecting that national ad spending in 2008 will total $193 billion, $5.5 billion less than he originally projected, while local ad spending will be $92 billion, down from the $95.8 he originally projected.

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Ratings and research conglomerate Arbitron has set July 22 to release its second quarter financial results and has scheduled a public teleconference to discuss the results for 10 a.m. that day. To listen, dial 888-868-9083.
Saga will release its second-quarter results at noon ET on Aug. 5 and conduct a conference call at 2 p.m. ET that day. To listen, dial 877-209-0397.
CBS Corp. will report its second quarter financial results July 31 and conduct a teleconference to discuss them with shareholders and analysts at 8:30 a.m. ET that morning. To listen, dial 888- 228-5312.

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Updated Jul 9, 2008 9:17 PM ET

Forrest In The Morning is leaving, well, mornings, stupid, at RR Broadcasting Hot AC KPSI (Mix 100.5)/Palm Springs, CA -- he's bailing out on Friday after a year in the gig, so PD Connie Breeze is in immediate need of a locally active replacement, and she also needs an afternoon show, if that's not too much trouble.

Even more movement at NRG/Omaha, where Matt Price takes over afternoons on Adult Hits KOOO (The Big O 101.9). Señor Price, who knows his way around town from his time as a jock at Waitt Radio Networks, plugs the gap made when PD/afternoon driver Billy Shears exited back in May.

The unimonikered Jenny will take over middays on NRG Media Hot AC KQKQ (Q98-5)/Omaha on Aug. 4, replacing PD Nevin Dane, "so there's nowhere for the ratings to go but up!" Dane tells ST. You may recall that Dane was given awesome OM responsibilities for NRG's Omaha cluster in May, so he took himself off the air to be able to juggle all of his new duties. Jenny comes in from WXAJ (99.7 Kiss FM)/Springfield, IL, where she co-hosted mornings and then continued into middays.

Michael Chew is new to mornings at WBEB (B101)/Philadelphia, where he'll slide in alongside Tiffany Hill and fill the impending chasm made by Samantha Layne's imminent departure to take a gig closer to her home in Allentown. Chew, who starts on Monday, July 14, was last seen at WRIT/Milwaukee, where he co-hosted mornings for four years.

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