Clear Channel Tucson taps Tidwell

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Tucson has named Lance Tidwell as operations manager, effective May 15.

Tidwell will oversee all operations for Tucson's seven-station cluster.

He is joining the local market from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Hartford/New Haven, where since 2009 he has served as program director for WWYZ. He also supported the re-imaging and programming for WELI, WAVZ, WPOP and WUCS.

Prior to joining Clear Channel, Tidwell was chief operating officer for Southern Star Broadcasting in Memphis, where he oversaw day-to-day business operations with a focus on strategic sales and programming.

His experience in the radio industry also includes previous roles at Jacobs Media and Citadel.

Clear Channel Tucson owns and operates KRQQ-FM, KYWD-FM, KNST-AM, KOHT-FM, KMIY-FM, KTRZ-AM and KXEW-AM.

Smith is court's new info officer

The Pima County Juvenile Court has chosen Kim Smith as its new public information officer.

Smith will act as a liaison between the court and the media, while also keeping members of the general public up to date on programs aimed at helping youths involved in the courts, whether they are going through the dependency or delinquency system.

Smith, a former Arizona Daily Star reporter with more than 20 years of journalism experience, will produce a quarterly communication bulletin, update the court's website and use social media to help get the court's message out.

In 2007, Smith was one of the Star's Employees of the Year, and in 2012, she received an award from the Arizona Press Club for news blog writing.

Arizona Party Rental promotes 2

Arizona Party Rental announced two promotions:

• Paul Lofgreen from operations manager to vice president and general manager.

• Leah Morin from store manager and event specialist to director of showroom operations and senior event specialist.

Before joining the company eight years ago, Lofgreen held positions as warehouse supervisor for Parties Plus, technical support representative for AOL, underground miner for Stillwater Mining Co. and underground development supervisor for BHP Copper Co.

Morin, also an eight-year veteran of Arizona Party Rental, worked in the hospitality, restaurant and resort industry. She was catering manager for Red Sky restaurant, and before that held manager positions at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, Boulders Resort, the Peaks at Telluride and Carefree Resorts.

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