GM Out After Brief Stint at WRR in Dallas

In unsurprising news, the Dallas Morning News reports that General Manager Sarah Colmark is out after only 19 months at WRR in Dallas: Colmark, a classically trained pianist who went to work at her dad’s Albuquerque radio station in 2008, came to Dallas in January 2012…  The city said at the time that her pay would be based in part on an “incentive” tied to “specific benchmarks of operating revenue.” But as the Dallas Observer notes today, per a memo sent to the council last month, the city-owned radio station’s expected revenue is down $611,000 … Continue Reading

NY Expands; NM Contracts

Westchester County residents will be able to get WQXR again. From the NY Times (by Elizabeth Jensen): Over-the-air broadcasts of the classical music radio station WQXR are being restored for some Westchester County residents. The station’s parent company, New York Public Radio, on Monday bought the small Ossining radio station WDFH-FM, at 90.3. Residents of the area lost access to the WQXR signal in 2009, when New York Public Radio bought the station from The New York Times Company and moved the programming to a weaker signal on the FM band… New York Public Radio said … Continue Reading

National Search for KHFM PD

From the New Mexico Broadcasters Association: Job Description: AGM-Nevada LLC is currently searching for an experienced Program Director for its KHFM – Classical Format Station. Job duties include: Determine type, length, and time of programs, songs and/or features and does so in keeping with station format; Evaluate programming available from distributors, syndicators, and independent producers to recommend acquisitions for broadcast. Develops and maintains relationships with recording companies and distributors. Establishes work schedules for on-air staff and schedules remote broadcasts in conjunction with client requests and staff availability. Auditions and hires talent in conjunction … Continue Reading

Keep Your Eyes on WRR in Dallas

Thanks to Richard Schumacher for the heads-up that KHFM Albuquerque’s manager Sarah Colmark has been hired as General Manager at WRR in Dallas. Robert Wilonsky at the Dallas Observer has more information, including the contract and the press release from Maria Munoz-Blanco about Colmark’s hiring. Ms Colmark was station manager of Classical KHFM-FM (95.5 and 102.9 FM) in the Albuquerque / Santa Fe region. The station is owned by American General Media and, like WRR, operates as a heritage classical music station. Leading KHFM since 2008, Ms Colmark increased ratings by 50% and lowered the median age of the classical listener in the community by using an upbeat, positive and interactive broadcast style. During her tenure, KHFM completed several technology upgrades including conversion of the station’s … Continue Reading

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