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Veteran broadcast sales exec reportedly departing for iTunes Radio

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 12:15pm

Tom Taylor’s NOW newsletter reports that Mike Pallad, EVP of Sales at Cumulus Media, is leaving Cumulus for iTunes Radio. Taylor’s blurb cites an internal call to Cumulus managers. As of this writing there is no official announcement or press release, but a RAIN source affirms the news.

Mike Pallad is deeply groomed and accomplished in broadcast, and his reported move to Apple, a giant tech company with a music outlet, is an indication of of the substance, seriousness, and scale of the advertising efforts at the major pureplays.

Pallad’s resume tells a story of executive ascension at Cumulus, Citadel Broadcasting before that, the Katz Media Group, and Emmis Communications. He has held positions ranging from sales manager of WQCD-FM (a New York smooth jazz station), to regional sales management, to head of all sales at Cumulus.

Cox and Emmis add stations to iHeartRadio online and mobile platforms

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 12:10pm

iHeartRadioCox Media Group and Emmis Communications will together add more than 100 new station streams to Clear Channel's iHeartRadio platform. Cox will offer 86 stations from 19 markets through iHeartRadio, while Emmis will add 20 stations from 6 markets. Both companies' stations' streams will continue to be available on their websites and apps.

"Our strategy is to serve our listeners on as many digital platforms as possible," said Cox Media Group President Doug Franklin. Emmis chairman/CEO Jeff Smulyan said, "Our team is excited to participate in iHeartRadio's explosive growth."

iHeartRadio also offers streams from Univision, Cumulus, EMF Corporate and a number of public and college radio stations among others.

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