Category: eQB Cover Story

FMQB FACE-OFF: Jonathan Shuford, PD WRVW/107.5 The River, Nashville and Josh Reich, Warner Bros Records VP of Top 40 Promotion & Digital Strategy

by Fred Deane Jonathan Shuford and Josh Reich have natural chemistry as evidenced by the following comfortable exchange of ideas between the two of them. Both have also exhibited a high degree of professionalism throughout their careers, and both have risen to positions of prominence at their respective companies. Shuford began his career in 2003 at WABB in Mobile, the historic secondary station that launched many a programmer’s career. In 2007, it was off to Tulsa to oversee both KTBT and KTGX. In 2012, iHeart shifted Jon to Louisville to take the reins at WNRW and WLGX. His next...

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FMQB FACE-OFF: iHeartMedia RSVPP of Programming Alex Tear and Atlantic Records Group EVP John Boulos

by Fred Deane In this year-end issue of e-QB we thought we bring two venerable veterans together as we re-launch one of FMQB’s most venerable features, FACE-OFF. iHeartMedia RSVPP of Programming Alex Tear and Atlantic Records Group EVP John Boulos are currently celebrating thirty and forty-one years respectively in the business, so what better place to start.  The pensive Alex Tear tosses a few questions to the very seasoned pro Boulos, who has been long-reputed as one of the industry’s most direct and profound label executives.  First a little background on each… John Boulos has experienced a storied label...

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eQB Cover Story: Matt “MJ” Johnson, OM/PD KUDD/Mix 105.1, Salt Lake City

by Fred Deane MJ arrived in Salt Lake City back in February of 2012 and instantly recognized the competitive race he was entering. After all, there were already a host of HAC and AC signals, and a very formidable Top 40 iHeart station in KZHT. Five years later, this competitive market got even hotter with Cumulus’ entry into the Top 40 arena, as Power 94.9 signed on earlier this year.   In March of 2016 the lengthy and arduous process over acquiring a new frequency (105.1) came to fruition giving the station more strength and reach in the market...

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eQB Cover Story: Randi West, PD, WMTX/Tampa

Randi West has distinguished herself in many ways throughout her career and has always been eager to take on that next challenge. Arriving in Tampa six years ago, Randi took charge of WTMX, and she arrived with the mission of making “the halls fun and family-like, treating the staff with respect and cultivating a spirit of team unity and purpose.” Sounds like a winning formula by anyone’s standards.

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Nicki Farag, SVP of Promotion, Def Jam Recordings

Nicki Farag, SVP of Promotion, Def Jam Recordings By Fred Deane Nicki Farag recently celebrated her fifteenth anniversary in the music business which coincidently parallels her 15-year stint with Def Jam Recordings. Yes, one career, one company, only works for highly driven people like Nicki if there’s a positive slope associated with that career curve. Starting in 2002 at Island/Def Jam, Nicki was quickly drawn to the promotion department as an assistant to Pop Promo Head Erik Olesen. She would join a promotion executive staff of seasoned veterans like Erik, Mike Easterlin and Ken Lane who was then the...

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FMQB FACE-OFF: Jonathan Shuford, PD WRVW/107.5 The River, Nashville and Josh Reich, Warner Bros Records VP of Top 40 Promotion & Digital Strategy