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Clear Channel Entertainment Hires John Sykes

Executive John Sykes has been hired as the new president of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, the media company announced Tuesday.

The hire comes days after Clear Channel was rebranded as Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. In this newly created role, Sykes will “develop new businesses for the company across a range of media, including television and live events, as well as create value for Clear Channel advertisers and key partners.” He will report to Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman.

“Clear Channel has a unique relationship with our audiences, who have a deep loyalty to our brands and trust us to bring them innovative and creative media and entertainment experiences,” Sykes said in a statement.

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KTLK Hires Former NBC4 Anchor David Cruz

In what looks like a direct response to the John and Ken controversy from last September, Clear Channel has hired former NBC4 anchor David Cruz to host a daily afternoon talk show on KTLK (1150-AM) from 3-6 p.m.

The David Cruz Show starts Monday and will air at the same time as John and Ken on KFI.

“This is a fresh new look at Southern California through the eyes of a well-known, veteran network television and radio journalist very familiar with the Latino community in the nation’s second-largest market,” Clear Channel Radio Los Angeles president Greg Ashlock said in a statement.

Cruz spent 12 years at NBC4 as a news anchor and reporter, winning both National and Regional Emmy Awards.

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Clear Channel New York Names Colby Hall Digital Program Director

has been hired by Clear Channel to head the New York unit’s digital division. Hall will oversee the strategy and integration of all digital platforms to promote audience and ratings growth.

Colby Hall

Hall will direct Clear Channel New York’s Intergrated Media Programming Department and oversee all social media activity.

He will also be responsible for creating digital product that is unique and exclusive.

“Digital has long been a core component of Clear Channel Radio New York’s industry-leading brands,” says Cadillac Jack, operations manager, Clear Channel Radio New York. “Colby has a track record as an innovator and I’m excited to have him work alongside our program directors to further develop these brands in the digital space. The digital DNA of our brands paired with the explosive growth of iHeartRadio gives Clear Channel Radio New York an ability to connect with consumers that no other media group can match.”

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Insider: Metro Traffic VP/Operations Crys Quimby May Be Shown the Door

You may not have heard the last about layoffs at the former Metro/Shadow Traffic’s New York division, now part of the Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network.

We reported on October 26 and 27 that several staffers, including veteran traffic reporter Lori Blanchard and Metro television president and GM Fred Bennett were cut.

Now, FishbowlNY has learned that the end could be near for Metro VP of Programming and Operations, Crys Quimby.

In April, Clear Channel acquired the Westwood One Metro traffic division, leading to the recent layoffs, and a melding of talent with their Total Traffic unit. Thats apparently happening in upper management as well.

On the morning of the layoffs last month, unbeknownst to them, two Clear Channel employees were overheard near the elevators saying, ‘Why do we need two directors of operations?’” a source with knowledge of the situation tells FishbowlNY.

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More Details on Metro Traffic Layoffs; Bennett and Blanchard Out

Updating a story we reported Wednesday, more names have been added to list of Metro Traffic staffers laid off by Clear Channel this week.

Fred Bennett, a longtime Metro Traffic executive, confirms to FishbowlNY that he has been let go. Veteran traffic reporter Lori Blanchard, FishbowlNY has learned, has also been laid off.

Bennett, spent a combined 17 years with Metro Traffic in two different stints. Bennett, who rejoined Metro in 2006, had been the president and general manager of Metro Television since last year.

Blanchard was a Metro mainstay for 15 years. As her alter ego Carla Quinn, she was the evening traffic reporter on WNYW/Channel 5 newscasts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. since 2002.

Bennett and Blanchard join Brian Duhaime, Kathy Hogan, and Mike Weinstein as layoff victims at the Rutherford, New Jersey offices.

In April, Clear Channel acquired the Metro Traffic division from Westwood One.

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WLTW Hires New Weekend On-Air Talent

Clear Channel’s Top Rated WLTW/Lite FM has hired Dan Blackman for weekend on-air shifts. All Access reports Blackman is still seeking a full-time radio opportunity.

Blackman joins WLTW after a long stint as afternoon host at Philadelphia’s B 101/WBEB.

Clear Channel Powerhouses Z100 and WLTW Begin XM Satellite Simulcast

Beginning this morning, Clear Channel is bringing five of its most popular stations in the country to a national audience—XM Satellite Radio.

Two radio stations in New York–WHTZ/Z100 and WLTW/Lite FM are now simulcast on XM.

WLTW, a perennial top-rated station in the Arbition PPM monthly surveys, can be heard on XM Channel 13. Z100, which is a regular Top 5 performer in the overall ratings, simulcasting on XM Channel 12.

“Clear Channel’s goal is to be wherever our listeners are with the content they want and expect, and that includes offering our top stations and formats on the satellite platform,” says John Hogan, president and CEO of Clear Channel Radio.

The company’s satellite venture replaces current Clear Channel programming on XM, although only one involves a change in format. The simulcasts will not be featured on Sirius Satellite Radio.

In addition to the new channels on XM, listeners can still find their favorite stations on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s digital radio service.

FCC and Z100 Agree to Consent Degree on Airing Phone Calls

Clear Channel’s AMFM Radio Licenses has reached a Consent Degree with the FCC over recording and airing telephone conversations without the other party’s authorization at WHTZ/Z 100.

All Access reports the Commission received two similar complaints on March 27, 2006 and February 21, 2007. 

Clear Channel will make a voluntary contribution of $20,o00 to the U.S. Treasury to settle the matter.

Exclusive: Goumba Johnny ‘Very Surprised’ to Leave WKTU

Goumba Johnny” Sialiano has been a fixture on Clear Channel’s dance station WKTU for 15 years. Today, we learned that Sialiano is no longer with 103.5.

Sialiano is most associated for his time working side by side with Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton in evenings and afternoons. He also several years, with several co-hosts, in morning drive.

“I was very surprised,” Sialiano tells FishbowlNY exclusively. “I was surprised because of my performance and the numbers. …Was it about performance? I don’t think so. Certainly, the numbers don’t add up.”

He points out that his shifts had the highest rating and Cume on the station, attracting over 2 million listeners daily.

“Our show had 40 percent of all ‘KTU listeners listening in the afternoon,” Sialiano says.

The popular jock/sidekick is left scratching his head.

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Goumba Johnny Out at WKTU

Longtime WKTU afternoon co-host “Goumba Johnny” Sialiano has exited the station. All access.com had the story first this morning that an internal memo was sent to staffers alerting them of the change.

His bio was deleted from the station’s website.

Sialiano had co-hosted with Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton since 1996 at the Clear Channel dance station. The duo teamed up for an evening show until moving to afternoons in 2006.

Goumba Johnny’s comments on the dismissal after the jump.

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