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Jimmy Steele Leaves Program Director Role at News/Talk WXQW

Steele has been at WXQW since 2017 while also serving as the Director of CHR WABD-FM.

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The program director for News/Talk WXQW in Mobile, AL, Jimmy Steele, will be leaving the radio station and heading to Indianapolis to become the Program Director for contemporary hit radio station WZPL-FM, effective Monday, April 18.

Steele has been at WXQW since 2017 while also serving as the Director of CHR WABD-FM. Despite being at a news talk station, Steele has a lot of history working at contemporary hit radio stations.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Cumulus Indianapolis family and to work alongside the highly committed and talented team at 99.5 ZPL,” Steele said in a statement. “Thank you to Boomer, Chuck Fredrick, Doug Hamand, Louie Diaz and John Dimick for the amazing opportunity.”

Before joining the Cumulus media stations, Steele spent time at contemporary hit radio stations Nashville, Buffalo, and Madison. He also served as the Operations Manager posts for iHeartMedia in Ocean City, Columbus, and San Diego.

“There was huge interest in this position, and I spoke with a number of qualified programmers, but Jimmy stood out from the start. His programming portfolio of experience is loaded with wins and a successful history of working with top-tier talent across the country,” Cumulus Indianapolis Operations Manager Christopher “Boomer” Layfield said.

“His reverence for ZPL’s iconic standing in the market, combined with his passion for making great radio and his distinct vision of how to elevate and amplify the ZPL brand on-air, online, in the community, and across social media, make him the ideal choice to become our next Program Director.”

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The DJV Show Wins Gracie Award

hese awards honor the most accomplished women in television, radio, and digital media with a presentation at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on May 24th. 

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The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has announced the 47th Annual Gracie Awards winners, including the radio talk show, The DJV Show, hosted by Doug Stephan and Co-Hosts Jennifer Horn and Victoria Keelan, along with Jai Kershner presenting the What’s Trending Report.

These awards honor the most accomplished women in television, radio, and digital media with a presentation at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on May 24th. 

“The DJV Show is customizable by daypart to fit any station’s needs. Stations can localize the show by including their own content at designated points throughout each hour,” the statement said, which Barrett News Media obtained. 

“It can also be tailored to fit multiple formats, including talk, adult contemporary, classic hits, hot AC, oldies, and more. The Gracies honor the outstanding talent, such as The DJV Show, and content in radio, television, and digital media made by, for, and about women.”

The “DJV Show” is a morning talk-radio show that airs live Monday through Friday from 5 am until 9 am, featuring a fast-paced layout covering various topics. Furthermore, the program has over 325 affiliates nationwide. 

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Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuit by a Former NPR Employee

Zandile Mkwanazi’s suit alleged he was subject to discrimination based on his race and a hostile work environment.

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A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by a former NPR network operation technician who alleged that he faced racial discrimination and unfair treatment while employed at the network.

According to Inside Radio, Zandile Mkwanazi’s suit alleged he was subject to discrimination based on his race and a hostile work environment. His suit alleged that he was subject to discrimination based on his race and a hostile work environment. 

Mkwanazi was fired in October 2019. He sought back pay and damages from NPR and a court order blocking the network from taking any retaliatory actions against him with future employers.

The lawsuit said, Mkwanazi’s supervisor, who was white, introduced him to coworkers as “a new boy working for us” and repeatedly used the term “boy.” Mkwanazi said he found the term racially offensive even though his supervisor referred to all employees as “boys.”

“The parties participated in mediation, and they have reached a resolution in principle,” attorneys said in a statement. Mkwanazi was seeking unspecified damages for lost wages as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

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Dave Ramsey Documentary Wins 2022 Webby Award

“Borrowed Future: How Student Loans Are Killing the American Dream” will be honored during the 2022 Annual Webby Awards.

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A web documentary produced by nationally syndicated radio personality Dave Ramsey has earned recognition from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). 

According to Inside Radio, “Borrowed Future: How Student Loans Are Killing the American Dream” will be honored during the 2022 Annual Webby Awards. The event will take place at the 26th Annual Webby Awards on May 16 in New York. 

“There’s no doubt we stirred up a holy ruckus with this documentary, and I’m so proud of the team that put it together,” Ramsey said in a statement. 

“The student loan industry is downright evil. We definitely can’t bank on student loan forgiveness, and it’s about time America said, ‘I’ve had it!’”

“Borrowed Future” is Directed by David DiCicco. The story follows college graduates who owe between $9,000 and $1 million in student loans, a college graduate who paid cash for college, and a group of high schoolers who haven’t made their choice yet.

For weeks, the film held top spots on multiple streaming platform charts: No. 1 documentary on Google Play, No. 2 documentary on Apple TV, and No. 5 documentary (rent or buy category) on Amazon Prime Video.

“This documentary has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

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