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Veteran radio executive Jim Loftus has been named President/CEO of Philadelphia’s most iconic radio station WBEB, 101.1 MORE FM.  In his capacity as President/CEO, Jim will report to the company’s Board of Directors and be responsible for all the day-to-day operations of the station.  Commenting on the hiring of Loftus, WBEB-FM Chairman Jerry Lee said, “I’ve known Jim for over a quarter of a century and I am very excited about the energy and ideas that he will bring to the table.  I am confident he will lead us to new levels of success and I personally could not be more pleased.”

Loftus began in radio as a teenager and over four decades has established an impressive track record of success highlighted by top management positions with Lin Broadcasting, Susquehanna Radio Corporation and nine years with Shamrock (now Times-Shamrock) Communications as Chief Operating Officer.  Most recently Loftus completed a ten year stint as a Vice President at CBS’s radio stations in Philadelphia, where he served as General Manager of WOGL as well as Director of Sales for the cluster.  Loftus is very active in various Philadelphia charitable organizations and currently sits on the Board of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

When asked to comment Loftus stated, “To quote the Pointer Sisters, I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it.    WBEB-FM is an incredible radio station with a rich history.  I believe it is the most successful stand-alone operation in radio today.  It is truly an honor to be offered this position and I’m humbled by the opportunity.  I feel like I have been preparing my whole career for this moment.  I am looking forward to building upon Jerry Lee’s legacy and growing WBEB, 101.1 MORE-FM to new heights.”

Asked about the addition of Loftus, new Director and radio industry veteran Jay Meyers said, “For the station, this is the perfect storm with Jim becoming available.  Jim’s long track record of success wherever he’s been, his impeccable reputation in the Philadelphia business community and his off the charts level of enthusiasm and creativity, combined with the legacy that is WBEB-FM, sets the company up for an incredible future.”

Loftus will assume his position on Monday November 2nd.  Until then, Meyers will handle the day to day duties of running the radio station on behalf of the Board.

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NEW DIGITAL SERVICE OFFERS RADIO STATIONS  A FULL DIGITAL TOOLSET IN ONE SPOT, FOR ONE SPOT

 

LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2015 – Blue Sun Media, a creative digital agency with deep ties to the radio industry, announced that it has launched a new service for radio stations: One Spot Sites (www.onespotsites.com).  One Spot Sites builds custom station websites with all the tools for stations to easily manage their online presence, all in one spot. The sites are available for the cost of One Spot (60 Seconds) a day, M-F 6a-Mid.

 

One Spot Sites is among the most comprehensive web platforms available for media companies and enable stations to spend less time managing their digital presence and save money in the process. Blue Sun is also offering One Spot Apps and One Spot Streams to stations under the same terms

 

Russ Gilbert, Founder and Managing Director of Blue Sun Media, said: “Up until now maintaining a station’s digital presence has been an exercise in frustration. In many cases, every system has its own login and control panel that doesn’t talk to the others. Editing the Website, Contesting, Text Messaging, Email Club and other functions are typically all on their own islands, and that’s before we even start talking about Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. To add insult to injury, radio stations typically pay too much money to too many vendors for these outdated and inefficient systems. It’s very different with One Spot Sites. Everything is built into WordPress, the most popular CMS in the world. All the tools most stations need are there in one system. The best part is that our websites are available for the cost of just one spot per day!”

 

Jay Meyers, President and Chief Executive Officer of BMTllc and Chief Executive Officer of Adelante Media Group, who serves as Blue Sun’s Chairman of the Board, said: “The difference between Blue Sun and the competition is not only innovative thinking and design, but the ability to customize for each individual customer. Blue Sun’s roster of celebrity, media, and other enterprise caliber websites  are prime examples of the quality and creativity that sets brands  apart. Russ Gilbert understands that Radio’s future is tied to the effective blending of broadcast radio and digital and that is where Blue Sun excels above all others.”

 

Blue Sun Founder Russ Gilbert is a second-generation radio professional.  Russ grew up in the radio business was one of the radio industry’s first digital employees in 1998.  Even then he recognized the importance of the Internet and digital to radio’s future. He built and oversaw the architecture for Clear Channel’s online presence at the radio company’s peak ownership period (1212 radio stations plus the venues and email marketing for Clear Channel Entertainment, now Live Nation). In the second half of the last decade, Russ was Vice President of Digital Innovation for Tribune Interactive before founding Blue Sun Media.

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About Blue Sun Media – www.bluesunmedia.com | 866-281-4786

Founded in 2009, Blue Sun Media is a boutique technology agency and consultancy providing creative digital products and services to media companies and ad agencies. Blue Sun minimizes the risk, pain and cost of software and website development by using open source software and the latest in hosting technologies. The company is based in Los Angeles with offices in Denver, Cincinnati, San Diego and New York. The senior staff is composed entirely of proven technology & business professionals. Each of our senior members has held a Director or VP level or higher position at a major media or technology company.

 

Media Contact:

 

Lisa Dollinger

Dollinger Strategic Communication for Blue Sun Media

Lisa@dollcomm.com

512.633.4084

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