Nashville broadcaster Dominic Mancuso has been named the new vice president and general manager of two Cleveland, Ohio, television stations owned by Raycom Media, reports Cleveland.com. Mancuso is the general manager at three Nashville stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting — Fox affiliate WZTV, MyNet affiliate WUXP and CW affiliate WNAB. He is also the current chairman of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters. In Cleveland, he will replace Bill Applegate, who is retiring as GM of WOIO and WUAB.
"I've been doing as much research and learning as I can long-distance, but I really start learning the day I walk in the door," Mancuso said Tuesday during a telephone interview from his office in Nashville. "That's when I'll really dig in and get to know the people and the operation there. But Cleveland is Raycom's largest market, so it's a complete thrill and honor to be chosen to lead WOIO and WUAB."
Seven-year-old Cell Journalist has been sold to ScribbleLive, a fellow content engagement platform play based in Toronto. Cell Journalist was backed by locally based investment firm Conduit as well as others and counted Nashville's TV stations as well as nearly 20 Media General properties among its 150-plus customers. Kelley Boothe at Southern Alpha has the details and the context.
Executives at ABC will next month unveil their fall lineup of shows. At MusicRow, Jessica Nicholson has done a nice job summing up why fans shouldn't fret about Nashville being renewed for a third season. Among the positive signals are the application of the TV network's marketing muscle behind a broadcast special and the apparent success of a concert tour featuring songs from the show.
BBR Music Group has signed an agreement with Clear Channel to share in the revenues generated by songs broadcast or streamed on the media company's platforms. BBR, which comprises the Broken Bow and Stoney Creek labels and is home to Jason Aldean, Randy Houser and Thompson Square among others, joins a number of other label groups in inking such a deal.
“Radio plays a powerful — and unique — role in breaking country artists. Clear Channel's commitment to being a leader in exposing fans to the best new music is undeniable. They have taken a very proactive role in growing the format, while strengthening the health of both the Radio and Records industries,” said BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba. “Forming closer ties with a partner who wants to 'grow the pie' for all parties involved, while ensuring that country fans can access our music on multiple platforms was a logical move for us.”
Cumulus Media is taking a number of steps to build out the platform for the Nash country music brand it launched last year. It is partnering with Country Weekly to insert a 16-page section in that magazine — word has it that will be followed by the purchase of a 50 percent stake in the pub — and eyeing big expansions into television, satellite radio and the concert business.
A group of investors affiliated with Jumpstart Foundry has taken the lead on a $1.2 million fundraising round for PandoDaily, the Silicon Valley news and event company. Sarah Lacy, the editor of the two-year-old site pictured here, says Jumpstart's role in bringing together the "unconventional group of investors" stemmed from her involvement with the Southland conference, which debuted last June.
$1.2 million is more than we initially set out to raise, and we are still wrapping up a few last conversations, so the final total may tick up to $1.5 million before it’s all done (I’ll update this post and our disclosure page if that happens). We were lucky to raise that money at a healthy valuation, which I won’t disclose, because no entrepreneur ever does if she can help it. The new investment brings our total raised to date to $4.2 million.
HT: Southern Alpha
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