RAIN Notes: Thursday, January 18

Jottings of note:



Google eliminated 100 jobs in its YouTube division, in its operations and creator management positions, according to an internal email. ““We’ve made the decision to eliminate some roles and say goodbye to some of our teammates,” said YouTube’s chief business officer, Mary Ellen Coe, in an internal memo. The affected people are invited to apply for other roles in Google — no assurance they will land those open positions. YouTube employs over 7,000 individuals, according to the New York Times, and completed a (audio-unrelated) layoff of about 1,000 individuals. Read MORE.



Melbourne-based, AI powered, audio data intelligence company Sonnant has expanded its relationship with Salem Media Group with a new presence in Dallas. Salem says it recognizes the “unparalleled value” Sonnant brings to the table, while Sonnant talks about the “seamless collaboration and undeniable success” achieved in the partnership. Read the press note HERE.




iHeartMedia announces that two executives in its Black Information Network (BIN) have been promoted. Chris Thompson has been elevated to Senior Vice President of News and Programming (formerly VP of Network Operations), and Angela Ingram takes the new role of Senior Vice President of Public Engagement. Ingram joined iHeartMedia’s Chicago station group as Director of Marketing in 1995 after holding marketing and promotions positions for the company’s stations in Louisville, Kentucky and Charlotte. BIN is the country’s only 24×7 Black News service. Contributing to that mandate we see 13 podcasts in development.


January 18, 2024

Brad Hill