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About Comedy Exchange Association

 

The Comedy Exchange Association is a new performing rights organization that takes the business of being funny, seriously. Just like SoundExchange and the music-oriented associations ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, CXA was formed to collect performance royalties for comedians (who perform their own material) and other comedic writers whose recorded works are used on AM / FM and other terrestrial radio broadcasting. CXA not only provides compensation for the writers, but also to the labels that manufacture and distribute the comedic works.

Over-the-air broadcasters who use comedic works of Comedy Exchange members will obtain a license from CXA, which will pool these payments to be distributed to writers and labels fairly, based on tracking of what’s played in a given cycle. It’s not necessary to be a member to have your works tracked, or to have monies collected on your behalf. But if you want to collect payments you must join – and it’s free. Follow the simple instructions on this website and fill out the on-line forms and you’re in.

Board of Directors

Nina Fisher is General Counsel of a prominent Philadelphia construction firm. She is a graduate of Villanova Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review.  Nina also serves on the Board of the International Institute for Culture.

George Gimarc has over 35 year of hands-on involvement in radio as a programming innovator, including development of the Classic Rock Format and The Edge. His experience includes station development, hosting, music director, and music historian. Gimarc is the owner of Reel George Prod. Inc, an umbrella organization that covers his role as a music historian, writer and producer, and has written three books for St. Martin’s Press  (“Punk Diary 1970-1979,”"Post Punk Diary 1980-’82″ and “Hollywood Hi Fi”). Gimarc does consulting work on video and CD projects like the Time/Life “History Of Rock And Roll” series as well as releasing materials from his own vast archives. His innovative ‘Radio SASS’ (Short Attention Span System) is the first radio programming protocol to be granted a US Patent and will be rolled out in the near future.  In partnership with Bill Bungeroth, he continues to develop new ground-breaking formats, the latest of which is Donkey Comedy Radio, which takes the most powerful elements of talk radio and CHR, and spins through them the welcome sound of laughter.

Daniel J. Keating, III is Chief Executive Officer of Keating Building Company and directs and oversees a multifaceted range of construction and real estate development operations. Keating Building Company is a full-service construction company that is consistently listed as one of the “Top 100″ by Engineering News Record. Founded in 1976, the company has completed a wide variety of commercial and institutional projects valued at well over $8 billion dollars, totaling more than 1000 projects.  In 2009, Dan sold his construction company to Tutor Perini Construction Company. The trademarks of Dan’s leadership for over three decades are attracting a strong and talented group of employees, building and maintaining an exceptional list of clients, and adapting to the ever-changing face of the construction and development marketplace.

Timothy F. Kennedy is a partner at Philadelphia based law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. Tim works with many clients in the entertainment industry on issues relating to employee benefits, tax, and executive compensation. Tim obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, and graduated from the William & Mary School of Law where he served as Executive Director of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.

Daniel Krewson is a Vice President for Valley Green Bank; together with his team he initiated commercial lending for the de nova institution to assist in the expansion plans of the bank.  Previously, Dan was a vice president of commercial lending for National Penn Bank specializing in both for profit and nonprofit lending and financial services. In his nearly seven years at National Penn, Dan was integral in growing the Philadelphia-Main Line Region into one of National Penn’s most profitable divisions. Dan’s nonprofit experience included serving as the Treasurer and Board Member of the Green Home Improvement Corporation, as well as Vice President and Board Member for the Rebecca Davis Dance Company, and spent 2 years as the Treasurer of the Recovery Clubhouse. Dan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance, with a concentration in Accounting, from West Chester University, and recently completed his Masters of Business Administration from Villanova University.

Al McGowan is Chief Executive Officer at Redlasso (www.redlasso.com). Al has spent the past 20 years providing technology-enabled services to the media industry in the US. Prior to joining Redlasso, he was a Founder/Senior Vice President at Traffic.com and the President of Shadow Traffic. Al has served on the Board of the Radio Advertising Bureau.

John Mulrooney is a stand-up comedian with more than twenty-five years of television, stage and radio experience. In addition to an impressive list of TV credits, JM is a three-time recipient of the coveted, New York State Broadcasters award for best on-air radio personality. When not working as a broadcaster, John makes people laugh where ever he can find an open mic and an eager audience – comedy clubs, cruise ships, corporate functions or private parties; you name it, he’s done it! He has even been to Iraq with Armed Forces Entertainment to perform for the troops. This year he is headlining his own tour, as he returns to the war zone, Locked Loaded and Laughing Out Loud – The Incoming Comedy Tour.

William M. Bungeroth has spent the majority of his business career in broadcasting. He previously served as President and Director of Cumulus Media Inc., and President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Broadcasting Inc. He has recently developed for radio syndication The Download with iTunes, Premiere Radio Networks, and The Huckabee Report with former Governor and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Citadel Media Networks. This year he debuts his third radio network program, Donkey Comedy Radio.

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