PROGRAMMING MOMENTUM SUMMIT • Thursday, FEBRUARY 8th • 8:30a – 5:00p
With smart technology adding new ways of listening, how can radio remain the #1 way of discovering new music? Where can our format make the greatest impact in the current cultural climate? We’ll dive in to questions like these as we work through developing on-air talent, music strategy, and new media platforms.
Mike McVay is Executive Vice President /Content & Programming for Cumulus Media and Westwood One. He oversees the programming of 450 radio stations and two radio networks. Mike is a 40-year programmer with consulting, management, ownership, sales, programming and on-air experience, as well as having developed and launched several nationally syndicated programs. He has programmed around the world as a consultant with more than 300 stations to his credit. Stations programmed or consulted include those in America, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Grand Cayman and Puerto Rico.
McVay has received numerous awards and acknowledgements. Mike is a recipient of the prestigious Rockwell Award, was ranked #4 among America’s Top-Programmers by Radio Ink magazine, is #14 on the Top-40 Most Powerful Broadcaster list from Radio Ink and he was named one of the Titans of Talk by NTS magazine every year 2012-2016. Mike was recognized as Broadcast Executive of the Year for the now defunct Radio & Records Magazine (2006, 2007 and 2008). He is a member of the Country Radio Broadcasters board of directors, on the board of directors for the Country Music Association (CMA), a board member for the National Radio Hall of Fame & Museum, a Gracie Voter for the Alliance for Women in Media and is chairman of the Radio Show Steering Committee for the 2017 NAB/RAB Convention.
Bob Thornton began his broadcast career on his hometown station at the age of 16. In 1990 he took his first programming job in Christian radio in Oklahoma City and has worked in the format continuously ever since. He has served as the National Programming Manager for Stephens Media Group’s 27 stations since 1998 and serves as local Program Director for KXOJ in Tulsa. In 1996 Thornton founded his online company Radioservers, which serves various needs of the Christian broadcast industry including music research, app development, skills authoring, web development and more. Bob has married to Jackie for 27 years and has 2 children, Joshua and Emily.
A Discussion About Worship Music and Radio
With so much worship music being released and worship songs seeing strong scores, how can stations choose the best ones for airplay to create diversity in their playlist?
Mike Blakemore, The Fish/Atlanta • Ty McFarland, KSBJ/Houston • Brad O’Donnell, Capitol Christian Music Group
Moderated by Randy Chase, K-LOVE & Air1
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