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DJ E-Man Promoted to Director of Programming and Content at Meruelo Media

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DJ E-Man at LIGHT Nightclub in Las Vegas on June 8, 2019. (Source: Instagram)

Meruelo Media, the owner of Los Angeles’ Power 106, has promoted Emmanuel Coquia, a.k.a. DJ E-Man, to corporate director of programming and content.

E-Man will oversee the programming and music content for Los Angeles’ Power 106, 93.5 KDAY, and the recently launched Latin station, Cali 93.9.

Coquia, who was formally the interim PD for Power 106 and 93.5 KDAY, will continue to report to Meruelo’s President and COO, Otto Padron.

Padron praised Coquia:

“E-Man is Our-man! After an exhaustive nationwide search that attracted some of the most talented PDs in America, the choice was clear. E-Man had a sensible plan and a vision that aligned perfectly with our goals to disrupt the industry with new hyper local L.A. content.”

E-Man commented:

“I’m truly excited to continue to lead the incredible winning teams at our two iconic Hip Hop radio stations in Los Angeles: Power 106 & 93.5 KDAY. I’m also enjoying every minute assembling and developing the new Cali 93.9 team. To be a part of three major radio stations in Los Angeles that play Hip-Hop: Current, Classic, & Latin Hip-Hop/Reggaeton is a very dope feeling, especially as a fan of these music genres.”

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Drake, SiriusXM, and Pandora Announce Partnership

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Drake, one of the world’s biggest stars, and SiriusXM, “the world’s largest audio entertainment company,” have announced an extensive creative partnership.

The partnership, which will start rolling out later this year, will include a dedicated station, curated music, and collaborations with creative talent.

The deal will mark the first major artist collaboration between SiriusXM and Pandora since the companies merged earlier this year. The partnership is also the largest agreement both brands have signed with a major artist to date.

With the addition of Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the US, SiriusXM reaches more than 100 million people with its audio products.

Related Post: SiriusXM Completes Acquisition of Pandora

L.A. Leakers on Banning Kodak Black From Power 106

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L.A. Leakers hosts Justin Credible and DJ Sourmilk with Nipsey Hussle (Source: Instagram)

The L.A. Leakers have spoken on Power 106‘s decision to ban Kodak Black from the station.

The move came in response to Kodak’s comments about Nipsey Hussle‘s fiancee Lauren London following the rapper’s death. The comments were widely condemned, including by rappers like The Game and T.I.

Speaking with the Reflections of a DJ podcast, Leakers members Justin Credible and DJ Sourmilk discussed how the ban came about and how long it will last. They also shared some memories of Nipsey, among other topics.

Watch an excerpt below and listen to the full interview here.

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SiriusXM Completes Acquisition of Pandora

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SiriusXM has completed its $3.5 billion acquisition of music streaming service Pandora. News of the proposed merger was announced last September.

With the deal done, SiriusXM is now the “world’s largest audio entertainment company,” according to the press release.

“This is a tremendous outcome for two organizations with complementary platforms and large audiences, and we could not be more excited to be moving forward as one company,” said SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer. “… SiriusXM now reaches more than 100 million people across its audio products. That is a powerful platform for consumers, content creators and advertisers,” he added.

For now, there will be no immediate changes to the way SiriusXM and Pandora operate. However, the satellite radio company will explore ways to bring together the best of both services.

“Importantly, the premier products that SiriusXM and Pandora listeners have enjoyed for years are not changing. That said, good things come from being together, and we look forward to creating new unique audio packages that combine our strengths and offer an even wider range of content to our listeners,” said Meyer.

SiriusXM currently offers over 175 channels of music, live sports, news, and talk radio. One of its premier stations is Pitbull’s Globalization, which can be heard on channel 13. It features a variety of hit music from around the world and a unique selection of daily DJ mix shows.

Globalization’s mixers includes DJcity staff members Kidd Spin and DJ Santarosa, as well as DJcity contributors and subscribers. DJcity’s President, Edwin “DJ Phenom” Paredes, also serves as the channel’s program director.

Related: SiriusXM Buys Pandora

Watch: French Hip-Hop Station Mouv’ Hosts 60-Hour Mix Marathon

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Dirty Swift, DJ First Mike, and Muxxxa at Mouv’ in Paris

French hip-hop radio station Mouv’ is celebrating its fourth birthday this weekend with a 60-hour, non-stop mix marathon.

More than 60 DJs are participating in the commercial-free broadcast, including DJcity France team members Dirty Swift, DJ Peet, Livoo, Muxxa, Sonny Amerie, and Toni Vegas.

Watch the live stream below.

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93-Year-Old DJ Art Laboe Spins Oldies to Connect Inmates and Family

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Art Laboe in his Palm Springs, California studio. (Credit: AP)

After 75 years on the air, legendary radio DJ Art Laboe still resonates with listeners. The 93-year-old currently hosts a syndicated oldies show on 93.5 KDAY in Los Angeles.

According to NBC Southern California, Laboe “credits one group of listeners for keeping him on the air after 75 years: family members who want to send messages to loved ones in prison.”

Every Sunday on The Art Laboe Connection Show, the Palm Springs-based DJ asks family members to call in to make dedications to inmates in California, Arizona or Nevada.

“I don’t judge,” Laboe told The Associated Press. “I like people.”

Born Arthur Egnoian in Salt Lake City, Laboe grew in an Armenian American family during the Great Depression. He attended Stanford University and served during World War II. Eventually, he got a job as a radio announcer at KSAN in San Francisco.

However, it Laboe’s tenure as a DJ at KXLA in Los Angeles that gained him fame. NBC writes that “Laboe was one of the first DJs to play R&B and rock ‘n’ roll in California and is credited by scholars for helping integrate dance halls among Latinos, blacks, Asian Americans and whites …” His show became the city’s top radio program.

Laboe has maintained a fan base over the decades, especially among Mexican Americans. In the 1990s, he started getting calls from inmates’ family members. Current and former gang members are some of his most loyal listeners.

In 2015, iHeartMedia’s KHHT-FM (92.3) canceled Laboe’s show after the station switched to a hip-hop format, sparking protest. Laboe later returned to the airwaves on KDAY.

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