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Clear Channel shakes up Cities 97 morning show

Clear Channel executives are shaking up the popular Cities 97 morning show, replacing host Brian Turner after 15 years. The station announced afternoon host Brian Oake will take over the key 6am - 11am slot in mid April. They're still looking for a co-host. Turner will take on sales and host the weekend Acoustic Sunrise show. Cities 97 has slumped against their competition in recent years.
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Brian Oake New Morning Show Host

BT remains at Cities97 in new role

Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN – March 12, 2012 – Cities 97, announced today the Brian Oake has been named the new morning show host, effective mid-April. Oake will host Cities 97’s morning show weekdays from 6a-11a.

Oake, who currently hosts weekday afternoons, will continue to host this summer’s Oake On The Water broadcasts (every Thursday afternoon May 24 – August 30). This is year marks the 10th anniversary of the, Oake On The Water lakeside tour and will feature lots of prizes, live music performances at each stop and a few surprises.

“I feel truly fortunate to have spent my entire radio career, nearly 20 years, in the same community that I grew up in. The past 11 year on Cities 97’s afternoons have been the most rewarding radio home I have ever known,” said Oake. “I am thrilled about this new opportunity and I am looking forward to mornings that are interesting, funny and filled with excellent music.”

Oake replaces Brian “BT” Turner, who has hosted the morning show for more than 15 years. BT will continue on-air as host of the iconic Sunday morning show Acoustic Sunrise but his new role at Cities 97 will be an important addition to the Cities 97’s sales department.

“My work in the Twin Cities business community, both as a broadcaster and as a small business owner, has been increasing every year. I find great enjoyment in building businesses, but also working with the Cities 97 audience”, said BT. “Cities 97 has always been about innovation and evolution, and this new opportunity for me is a shining example of that.”

“I see our recent ratings resurgence continuing with the Brian Oake moving to mornings,” said Mike Crusham, President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Minneapolis/St. Paul. “And BT has always been the consummate sales person on and off the air; I expect significant increases in advertising revenue growth now that BT is joining the Cities 97 Sales Team.”

Cities 97 has already begun a formal search for Oake’s morning drive co-host and is now in search of an afternoon drive personality. Job requirements and how to submit are posted at cities97.com Keyword: JOBS

Fans can listen to Cities 97, on the station’s website, cities97.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel’s best-in-class customizable digital listening experience, offering more than 800 of the nation's most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations, plus user-created Custom Stations which provide listeners more songs, better music intelligence, more user control and deeper social media integration, all combined in one free, fully-integrated service.

About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Minneapolis/St. Paul:

Clear Channel Minneapolis/St. Paul owns and operates KDWB, KTCZ, KEEY, KFAN, KTCN, KQQL and is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. With 238 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 cities through 850 owned radio stations. The company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. 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 and Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at clearchannel.com, clearchanneloutdoor.com and ccmediaholdings.com.

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