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Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Tucson Names Steve Earnhart Director of Sales

Tucson, Ariz. - August 25, 2014 - Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Tucson announced today that Steve Earnhart has been named Director of Sales for the seven-station cluster, effective immediately.

Earnhart joins Clear Channel Tucson from Radio Disney in Phoenix, where he was the General Manager and Sales Director. His radio experience includes roles as a Senior Account Executive and Account Executive at CBS radio in Phoenix and Los Angeles.  Earnhart also previously served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Statesman Corporation.

"Steve is a strategic and creative leader with a proven track record of managing high performing teams and successfully growing multi-platform revenue and market share," said Debbie Wagner, Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Tucson.  "He is a perfect fit for our sales mission and I couldn't be more excited to have him onboard."

"I'm honored to join Debbie and the Clear Channel Tucson team. I'm eager to bring my years of digital and media experience in Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles to Clear Channel," said Earnhart. "Tucson has always had a special place in my heart and I'm thrilled I can now call it home."

About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Tucson:

Clear Channel Tucson owns and operates KMIY-FM, KRQQ-FM, KOHT-FM, KNST-AM, KNST-FM, KTZR-AM and KXEW-AM and is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems.  iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 300 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. 

AAF Announces Pizza Hut as 2015 NSAC Sponsor

Washington, D.C - August 15, 2014 - This week, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) announced Pizza Hut as the 2015 sponsor of the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). 

According to Oracle, annual spending power among millennials will have eclipsed that of the boomers by 2018. Their ever-increasing influence, coupled with their extensive first-hand knowledge of social media and usage of mobile technology, has attracted Pizza Hut to sign on as a corporate sponsor for the AAF’s 2015 National Student Advertising Competition. 

Each year, a few thousand students across 150 college campuses compete to solve a marketing challenge for a corporate sponsor through the NSAC, allowing brands like Pizza Hut to get marketing insights directly from students trained in the art and science of advertising. Pizza Hut previously sponsored the NSAC in 1997, and the AAF team is thrilled to partner with the brand once again.   

“Pizza Hut is in position for another wave of tremendous growth and we’re looking forward to partnering with the American Advertising Federation and being the focus assignment of more than 2000 students across 150 college campuses,” states Doug Terfehr, Director, Public Relations, Pizza Hut. “The pizza landscape continues to evolve and Pizza Hut has a track record of leading evolutions like this. We can’t wait to see what ideas and solutions the students come up with to help us better serve our customers in 2015 and beyond.”  

The 2015 NSAC will require AAF college chapter teams to develop a written integrated marketing campaign proposal and a 20-minute presentation in response to a real-world case study, co-authored by Pizza Hut and the AAF Education Services department. Each student team will first compete virtually or in person at the district level in one of the AAF’s 15 districts or the virtual district. Following the semi-finals in May, the top eight teams will advance to the national level where each will pitch their campaign in front of client judges to win the national title during the AAF’s National Conference, ADMERICA!, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 10-13, 2015.  

“Both the advertising landscape and the consumers have changed dramatically over the past 17 years since we last worked with Pizza Hut on the National Student Advertising Competition, and the AAF is equally as excited to see what new innovative ideas the students have in store for this iconic fast food brand,“ said Constance Cannon Frazier, Chief Operating Officer, American Advertising Federation. “I want to thank Pizza Hut for supporting the future of the advertising industry by providing our students with yet another exciting marketing challenge.” 

To learn more about AAF college chapters and how to participate in the NSAC, please visit www.aaf.org/education

PRSA So. AZ Holds PR 101 Workshop

Tucson, AZ - Sept. 4, 2014 - The Southern Arizona chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is holding a back-to-basics workshop to help nonprofits, small businesses and community groups use today's communications tools and tactics to their advantage.

The workshop, PR 101, will be held on 9 a.m. - Noon Friday, Sept. 12, at the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, 2250 E. Broadway Blvd. Registration is $25 per person and is available through noon, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Space is limited to 35 participants.  Please note the registration deadline has been extended to Friday Sept 12 9am (when the workshop begins!)

The workshop offers participants:

  • Why it's so important to have a public relations/communications plan, and what that plan should include.

  • How to protect your organization's reputation by communicating clearly with internal audiences.

  • Social media tips to keep your brand blemish-free and working for you.

  • How to craft a concise, clear message that works across multiple channels.

PRSA’s Southern Arizona Chapter promotes the practice of public relations in Tucson and in cities, towns and unincorporated areas throughout Southern Arizona. Since 1970, members benefit from monthly meetings, professional development seminars, Chapter communications, and an extensive member directory of public relations practitioners in Southern Arizona. For information please visit www.prsatucson.org

Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame Adds 3 New Inductees

American Advertising Federation Tucson (AAFT) has announced that Jim Arnold, Jim Rowley and Steven Meckler will be inducted into the Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame on Thursday, September 11, 2014.  Additionally, Susan Seeley Roe has been selected as the first recipient of the Next Generation Award and will be honored at the same event.

The Hall of Fame event will take place at Vivace, located at 6440 N. Campbell Avenue, from 5:00 to 7:30, and is open to the public.  Reservation information will be available soon at www.aaftucson.org.

The three inductees to the Advertising Hall of Fame each have a long history in Tucson. 

Jim Arnold Jim Arnold, the current V.P./General Manager of KGUN TV & KWBA TV, was known as “Sunny Jim” during the 1970’s as operation’s manager and morning personality at KCUB Radio.  Arnold, a past president of the AAFT, previously received the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Silver Medal Award in 2005, and in 2008 was inducted into the Arizona Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame. 

Jim Rowley Jim Rowley, another past president of AAFT, currently serves as a Partner/Coach with Strongpoint Marketing and was previously VP Marketing and later VP for Audience Development for the Arizona Daily Star.  Jim received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Newspaper Association of America in 2003 and AAF recognized Jim’s contributions to advertising and the Tucson community with the 2004 Silver Medal Award. 

Steven Meckler Steven Meckler, who owns Steven Meckler Photography, has been active with the AAFT Board of Directors since 1998 and was recognized by AAFT in 2006 with the Advertising Professional of the Year Award. 

Susan Seeley Roe Susan Seeley Roe, is the owner and graphic designer of Smart Pop Creative, a graphic design company.  Roe served as the first president of Tucson’s Ad2 chapter for young professionals, and has served on the local Addy® Awards committee since 2005.  She is active with the Literacy Volunteers of Tucson and the Southern Arizona Network of Down Syndrome.

The Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame was founded in 1986 as Tucson’s Advantage, to recognize the meaningful contributions of local professionals to the Tucson advertising community and to preserve the legacy of the past. 

The AAF Tucson Next Generation Award was founded in 2014 to recognize those outstanding advertising individuals age 40 and younger who are making a significant impact on the industry through their leadership, career achievements and personal qualities, which also inspire others to excel.