KJR pro to Yakima; Podcast aims at radio product

TownSquare Media/Yakima appoints Nik Krastins as Regional Market President for its Yakima & Tri-Cities stations. Krastins was previously GSM for KJR AM& FM Seattle and starts at TownSquare in mid-SEPTEMBER…Two veteran broadcasters have teamed up to facilitate free media product training via a new podcast, “Brandwidth on Demand”.
Veteran manager and 2nd generation broadcaster David Martin joins recovering radio programmer and manager Kipper McGee to host “Brandwidth on Demand”, a 15-minute weekly podcast exploring the skills and savvy required to succeed in the fast changing mediascape. Subscription is free by texting “REBOOT” to 44222.
Based on McGee’s book, “Brandwidth: How Big Broadcasting is Missing the Mediamorphosis”, this on-demand version is, “dedicated to offering all broadcasters a unique insider’s guide to tips, tools and trade craft secrets from the industry’s top air talent, program directors and the media thought leaders leading innovation in the radio and audio media.”
Initial guests for the 15-minute episodes include Seattle morning leader B.J. SHEA. [allaccess.com]…Seattle SeaHawks and KCPQ FOX 13 have signed a 5-year extension. Looks like Channel 13 will be the exclusive Home of the Hawks for many more seasons!

Media Crime File: Death by Mysterious Circumstances

PUGETSOUND.MEDIA presents another in a series of hard news stories related to what we see as a growing epidemic – a wave of crime sweeping across the broadcasting industry. These gritty tales of the darkside of the media nationwide, and the players behind these despicable acts, will appear as details become available. All details will remain UNCENSORED.

A 57-year-old West Palm Beach, Florida man who died after being found naked in Sebastian Inlet State Park, once worked as a director for WPBF Channel 25 news, a former co-worker said Tuesday.
Peter Robinson was a happy go-lucky man who “was always smiling,” Jim Sitton told the Palm Beach Post. Sitton, now a special project photographer at The Post’s news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5.
“He was a Jamaican man with a beautiful spirit,” said Sitton. “Out of all the people I know, he would have been the last person to go out like this.”

Before detained by Brevard County officers, Robinson fled Indian River County police after running a red light at an intersection and swerving on and off the road, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office’s police report. Officers found him incoherent and naked in the water at the park, along State Road A1A at the border of Indian River and Brevard counties. Robinson died at a hospital on Saturday while in custody with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

A spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office said Robinson seemed to be under the influence of an undetermined substance. His death is still under investigation.

WPBF declined to comment and said they do not make remarks on previous employees.

In fact, the TV station did not acknowledge that Robinson was a former employee of the station, during their on-air reports of the incident.
This is the “criminal” aspect of this story. Despite being under the influence and acting crazy, Robinson had spent 23 years with the company.
If this had been someone at KING 5, a 20-plus year employee, would KING have ignored this fact in reporting the story? I hope not.
KOMO, KIRO, KCPQ – I think any of the stations would have mentioned the fact.
This is LAME!
23 years – Thank you for your service. We now disavow your history with WPBF TV 25. Rest in Peace!

Media Crime File: Bungled Bank Heist by Deceased DJ

PUGETSOUND.MEDIA presents another in a series of hard news stories related to what we see as a growing epidemic – a wave of crime sweeping across the broadcasting industry. These gritty tales of the darkside of the media nationwide, and the players behind these despicable acts, will appear as details become available. All details will remain UNCENSORED.

Lincoln, Nebraska police arrested a man August 16th who they believe tried to rob a U.S. Bank branch last month by passing a note through the drive-through lane. James Fitzsimmons, 57, left without taking anything, but the note he passed a teller July 29 claimed there were gunmen inside and bombs that could be exploded remotely inside the bank. Court documents say he instructed the teller to place money in the bag and to not call police. No weapons or explosives were found, and no one was injured. Fitzsimmons left without money, heading south in an older-model, four-door white vehicle with a sunroof and Ohio plates.
On Aug. 3, officers learned Fitzsimmons’ wife had gone to the bank driving the same car. A search warrant of the couple’s home revealed evidence from the bank, but court documents don’t say what evidence was found. Fitzsimmons was charged with attempted robbery. A Lancaster County Court Judge set his bond to $100,000.

Fitzsimmons is the former program director for Mix 107.7 WMMX in Dayton, Ohio. Fitzsimmons, who was known as Randy James at the time, was the off-the-air program director for Mix 107.7 WMMX from 1991-94.
In March 2013, he was program director for contemporary Christian WAKW (STAR 93 3) in Cincinnati when he announced his resignation to launch his new media company, TRUTH2VALUE.
According to allaccess.com, Fitzsimmons developed WAKW, Christian radio’s first Hot Adult Contemporary/Top 40 hybrid.


Fitzsimmons also is accused of faking his death in 2015.


Word of his presumed demise prompted Jerry Del Colliano, a writer for the “Inside Music Media” blog who described himself as a friend, to post an item in February of that year about Fitzsimmons. The headline reads “Randy James Fitzsimmons, R.I.P.”
“Randy was terminal according to Mayo doctors and left Scottsdale after lunch to drive to Oregon, a state where assisted suicide is legal,” Del Colliano wrote. “But when I went to bed late Tuesday night (early Wednesday morning). I did not yet see his final email to me sent at 3:06 a.m. Arizona time that said ‘Goodbye. You’ve been a good friend Doc. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to say goodbye now, so please tell my story.’ “

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