News Bites: Alissa Pollack, KRFC, ABC Audio, Regional Murrow Awards. | Story

News Bites for May 12…

iHeartMedia Executive VP of Global Music Marketing Alissa Pollack rises to the Chair of the National Board of Directors for Musicians On Call, a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities. She succeeds Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier, who moves to the role of Chair Emeritus. Pollack has served on MOC’s National Board of Directors since 2010. “Alissa has been an incredible force for our mission, introducing countless artists and community supporters to our programs over the years,” Musicians On Call President/CEO Pete Griffin said in a release. “She is the perfect person to take the reins following Mitch’s great work as Chair.”

Public Radio for the Front Range variety KRFC Ft. Collins (88.9) has increased its power from 3,000-watts to 50,000-watts. The new signal will reach north to the Wyoming border, south to Denver, past Greely to the west, and into portions of Boulder County to the south and west, Executive Director Jen Parker told the Coloradoan. “It’s pretty rare for a community radio station to be building its own tower,” Parker explained. The construction of the tower was made possible through the station’s “Power the Tower” fundraising campaign, which raised nearly $500,000 in three-and-a-half years. A free concert to celebrate the new signal is scheduled for May 21 featuring performances from Sweet Virginia and AJ Fullerton.

ABC Audio is offering affiliates three radio specials for use over Memorial Day Weekend. Country artist Jason Aldean will host “Front & Center’s Memorial Day Weekend Special,” which features music from his latest album “Georgia,” details about his summer tour, and a look back at his time on the road. “Memorial Day 40” is hosted by ABC Audio’s Matt Wolf and will highlight the top albums and songs that debuted 40 years ago in 1982. ABC News Radio presents “Honor, Hope and Healing,” hosted by correspondents Aaron Katersky and Alex Stone.

…The 2022 Regional Murrow Awards were revealed by the Radio Television Digital News Association on Tuesday, May 10. Pacific Public Media jazz KNKX Seattle-Tacoma (88.5) won the Radio Large Market Breaking News Coverage award for its report “Three Tacoma Officers Charged with Felonies in the Killing of Manuel Ellis.” The station also won in the Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion category for the “Aberdeen Councilwoman Believed to be First Transgender Elected Official in Washington” report. A full list of awards can be viewed HERE.

…The Salem Media Group-produced “2000 Mules” is the most successful political documentary in a decade, according to the conservative Christian broadcast group. The movie, which is about claims of voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election, has grossed $10 million in revenue and has been seen by one million people. It features five Salem Media talk show hosts – Dennis Prager, Sebastian Gorka, Charlie Kirk, Eric Metaxas, and Larry Elder.

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