Orlando's Johnny's House Becomes First U.S. Morning Show To Broadcast From Cuba
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– XL106.7 FM, Orlando’s Johnny’s House morning show has become the first-ever U.S. FM morning team to host a show in Cuba. Morning show hosts Johnny Magic, Laura Diaz and Brian Grimes traveled to Havana to explore Cuban culture first-hand and shared their experiences with Orlando residents on Friday morning, July 31, from 6-10 am.
“Now that the doors to Cuba are opening for the first time in over 50 years, it’s radio’s obligation to be a part of history and the education process,” said Johnny Magic. “By using all our assets -- our broadcast, digital and social platforms -- we are able to share our experiences with all our listeners so they can learn as much about Cuban culture as possible.” Photos and blogs from the morning show hosts’ visit are available on the Johnny’s House blog on xl1067.com. PHOTO/Facebook 1
REPORT: Jack Diamond Leaving WLS-FM
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– Insiders tell crm.com that Jack Diamond's morning show stint on WLS-FM has come to an end. Reportedly, his final show was last Friday before returning home to Washington, D.C. for vacation. Diamond, who spent 24 years handling mornings at Cumulus' sister station WRQX-FM Wash. DC, arrived in Chicago to co-host mornings with Brant Miller on WLS-FM on November 3, 2014. In late December, Diamond returned home to Washington, D.C. for a two-week Christmas break but didn't return in January as planned. Rather, Diamond decided over the break to have surgery to help repair a diverticulitis issue which was causing severe pain. Following surgery on January 20th, Diamond took the rest of the winter off to recover and didn't return to WLS-FM until April 6th.
This latest reported move follows the recent announcement of John Records Landecker announcing he would be voluntarily signing off his night slot with the station. crm.com reports that Cumulus Media Chicago management already had meetings with possible new morning show hosts earlier this year -- including with a certain radio duo who previously turned down the job.
iKanye West, Kenny Chesney Among iHeart's Fifth Annual Music Festival Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– iHeartRadio Music Festival returns to Las Vegas September 18 & 19 for its 5th Annual 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival. They'll take over Sin City's MGM Grand Garden Arena for two nights with scheduled guests Kanye West, Sam Smith The Who, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, David Guetta, Kenny Chesney, The Weekend, Tove Lo, Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure Hozier, Jason Derulo, Duran Duran, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, Janet Jackson and Macy's Rising Star Christina Grimmie.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises and Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival. Artists and/or event are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Wise Brother Media Releases First-Ever Social Media Study
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 ––Wise Brother Media has released to the public its first-ever social media study, which they formerly conducted as a service for members of its Studio Think Tank. The study analyzed the fan reach and engagement of over 13,000 Facebook posts published on 40 radio station and morning show pages over a three-month period. "The results were fascinating, and in many ways unexpected," said Wise Brother Media's Vice President of Marketing, Natasha Crain, who led the research. "There's a lot of conventional wisdom tossed around about what works and doesn't work on a Facebook page. Much of what we found flies in the face of that, however.
Among the many take-aways, Crain tells Jockline, "There were many surprising results in the findings. As one example, we found that the difference in fan growth between pages had little to do with how well the pages were reaching and engaging fans. The pages growing most quickly were realizing that growth due to their efforts through other channels (e.g., on-air promotion of their Facebook page). To give you one other example, most page owners believe that they need to post frequently throughout the day to maximize reach in the news feed of their fans. We found that posting more than four times per day does nothing to increase reach and can actually have a strong negative impact on engagement (likes, shares, and comments).
As for mistakes stations often make with their Facebook pages right now, Crain says "I could point to a lot of things, but I'd say the top three are these. First, page managers think it's a big win when they have "viral" posts that are shared with tens of thousands of people. Our study showed those posts do very, very little to actually grow a page. Second, most pages are posting way too frequently and are actually hurting their engagement because of it. Third, page managers are relying too heavily on certain types of posts (e.g., photos). Diversity is key.
Through August 31, 2015, Wise Brother Media is offering the complete report for free to stations that sign up for a Studio Think Tank trial membership. A free trial can be requested at www.StudioThinkTank.com. To schedule an interview with Natasha Crain about the findings, contact Studio Think Tank Manager Danny Vigil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABC Radio Announces Special Programming For Labor Day Weekend
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– ABC Radio will offer three one-hour specials for use over the 2015 Labor Day Holiday weekend. The programs include “The Election Show: 16 Things to Know Before 2016,” “Back to School Survival Guide” and “Streamline and Simplify Your Life.”
With more than a year away from the 2016 Presidential Election, “The Election Show: 16 Things to Know Before 2016” will fill listeners in on everything to know before the race really gets going. Hosted by ABC News Correspondent Cheri Preston and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein.
ABC Radio’s “Back to School Survival Guide," will be hosted by ABC’s Michelle Franzen (shown), and finally, “Streamline and Simplify Your Life,” Hosted by ABC’s Scott Goldberg. This one-hour special will provide tips on how to clear out the clutter in life and start planning for the future.
REPORT: ESPN To Fill Colin Cowherd's Slot With Three Teams
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– Looks like ESPN Radio isn't wasting any time filling a slightly ahead of schedule exit of Colin Cowherd’s former slot. Leaving a week ahead of his planned departure today, July 31st, awfulannouncing.com reports that ESPN Radio intends to fill the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET for the next month with three different teams (Steve Mason and John Ireland from ESPN LA 710 have been subbing in Cowherd’s former spot this week.)
During the first week of August (beginning Aug. 3), Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley (R) will follow Mike & Mike for the late-morning/early-afternoon part of the ESPN Radio day. They currently host an afternoon show in LA on ESPN 710.
For the next two weeks (beginning Aug. 10 and 17), Michelle Beadle (L) will co-host from Los Angeles with Ben Lyons of ESPN LA. Closing out August in the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET slot will be Tom Waddle and Mark Silverman, who host Waddle & Silvy on ESPN 1000 in Chicago from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT.
“ESPN Radio has an extensive pool of talent from our national network, local stations and ESPN television,” said David Roberts, ESPN vice president, network audio content in an official release. “We’re excited to take advantage of this opportunity to give national radio exposure to our local hosts.”
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
OOPS: NOVA 96.9 Gives Away $100,000 After Only 4 Days
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2015 –– Sydney’s $100,000 Secret Sound on Nova 96.9 has been won! Yvonne Kriss won a life-changing $100,000 ($US73,000) when she correctly guessed the secret sound as a Rubik’s Cube!! AFTER JUST FOUR DAYS!
BBC Radio 2 To Host A Beatles And Elvis Weekend - Britain’s most listened to music station, Radio 2, will devote three days of programming to The Beatles and Elvis over the Holiday weekend at the end of August. The date marks the 50th anniversary of a meeting between Elvis Presley and The Beatles, and programmes will include a drama, a series of documentaries, special features and their music. The weekend culminates in a drama, starring Tom Hughes as John Lennon, which is inspired by a secret meeting that took place in Elvis’s Bel Air mansion on August 27th 1965. No cameras, no recording equipment – and only those who were there really know what happened. ‘When Elvis Met The Beatles’ (Monday 31st August, 7pm) recreates that evening, bringing alive the story when they met exactly 50 years ago, inviting listeners to be a fly on the wall. Other programmes across the weekend include: Johnnie Walker Meets Priscilla Presley (Thursday 27th August, 6pm), an in-depth personal conversation in which Priscilla talks about meeting Elvis, his extraordinary music and film career, the ‘68 Comeback Special, the profound effect he had on her life, plus a brand new project involving Elvis recordings backed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Elvis’s Suitcase of 78s (Wednesday 26th August, 10pm), tells the story of Elvis Presley’s personal collection of 78rpm records.
Going to MSBC in Chicago? See you there. Reach me at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
Garth Brooks Tops Forbe's 'Cash Kings' List; Joy Behar Takes A Pass On Return To 'View'
Garth Brooks Tops Forbe's 'Cash Kings' List - [FORBES]
Valerie Harper Rushed To Hospital - [ET]
JANIS IAN: Bill Cosby Tried To Ban Me From TV - [MEDIAITE]
[LISTEN] Joy Behar Takes Pass At Return To 'The View' - [WALKER ON THE RADIO]
Maria Menounos Confirmed As New E! News Anchor - [THE WRAP]
James Woods Suing Twitter User Over 'Cocaine Addict' Message - [THR]
Jon Stewart Does Surprise Stand-Up Routine At Comedy Club - [GAWKER]
Perry, Mariah & Willow Smith In Harpers Bazaar's Icon Feature - [IDOLATOR]
Mariah Carey To Make Directorial Debut On Hallmark Channel - [BILLBOARD]
[WATCH] Johnny Depp As Mobster In 'Black Mass - [GAMESPOT]
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Scott Shannon Inks Multi-Year Extension With WCBS-FM
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– WCBS-FM 101.1 today announced it has signed acclaimed broadcaster Scott Shannon to a new multi-year contract, extending the popular host’s run as the anchor of morning drive. Launched March 2014, “Scott Shannon in the Morning” is broadcast weekdays from 6:00-10:00AM, ET. “Scott has been more than just a great addition to WCBS-FM’s morning line-up – he has had a tremendous impact in elevating the station to its premier position in New York,” said Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS RADIO.
“This is the perfect place for me and the perfect time to be at WCBS-FM,” said Shannon. “I love my morning show team and you couldn’t find better people to work with and for than Scott Herman and Jim Ryan [Program Director].” Shannon’s Hall of Fame radio career has spanned in excess of four decades with nearly 30 of those spent doing mornings in New York. He is credited with developing the Morning Zoo format, which he brought to WHTZ-FM in the early 80’s, and helped make the station No. 1. His next stop in New York was WPLJ-FM where he co-hosted the Scott and Todd in the Morning program FOR 22 years.
Ross Brittain Signing Off At WOGL-FM Philadelphia
Original Member Of Z100 New York's Legendary 'Morning Zoo'
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– Chalk up yet another radio legend who announced this week that he would be leaving his morning post at the highly successful WOGL-GM Philadelphia this Friday. Like John Records Landecker who announced his departure from WLS-FM earlier this week, Ross Brittain echoes Landecker sentiment in saying that the word "retirement" is being tossed around, but after more than 10 years and 40-plus years of doing morning radio --he prefers to think of it as "moving on to other projects."
I began at WOGL the same week as General Manager Jim Loftus,' says Brittain, 'and it appears we are ending our time at this radio station together as well. XI have been blessed with the opportunity to work with the talented air staff at WOGL, which is --if you haven't heard-- the number one-rated CBS radio station in Philadelphia. It's people like Jim and program director Anne Gress at the helm who made the station what it is today. WOGL is the rare radio station without tremendous egos and over-blown personalities -- one composed of people who are kind, thoughtful and you would want to be your friends even if they weren't your co-workers. My wife, the lovely Rasa Kaye, will be continuing at KYW and WPHT here in town and my daughter Aleksandra will be continuing as a "street teamer" before she heads back to her junior year at Rutgers /New Brunswick this fall. Ross will continue producing The Ross Brittain Report. Among Brittain's other numerous accolades, he was part of the original Z100 Morning Zoo along with Scott Shannon, JR Nelson, Claire Stevens and Kevin Smith with Dr Dave Kolin (shown left with Scott Shannon and a very young Cher)
Ross Brittain will be one of the featured guest at this year's 27th annual Morning Show Boot Camp
Speaking of John Landecker, if you missed his announcement this week on WLS-FM - CHECK OUT AUDIO HERE
Thousands Of Dollars Pour In For Injured Spokane Morning Host
As of Wednesday, More Than $35,000 Raised From 700 Donors
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– Following this week's heartbreaking news of KZZU/Spokane's Ken Hopkin's bike accident which left him partially paralyzed, comes word that the community has now raised thousands of dollars for him since Monday. Hopkins is a co-host on KZZU's highly popular "Ken, Dave and Molly" morning show. As of Wednesday evening, krem.com reports the account had raised more than $35,000 from 700 different donors.
"I consider myself very lucky to be surrounded by positive people with support from my family, my radio family and my friends inside and outside of the Spokane area," said Hopkins. As Jockline reported, Hopkins was partially paralyzed in a bicycle accident on July 13 and wrote "As of now, I am left without the use of my legs and I have no feeling from my mid chest down," said Hopkins. He said he hopes to regain some functions once the swelling goes down and damages heal. He also said a return to KZZU is one of his highest priorities.
The money raised is being used to make needed changes to Hopkins' home and for his recovery treatments. KZZU representatives said they are intent on re-configuring the studio for Hopkins' return. To donate you can access Hopkins' GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/3b8zccyrc
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Keith Hotchkiss Named Market President For iHM Charlotte
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced that Keith Hotchkiss has been named Market President of its Charlotte market, effective immediately. The cluster includes flagship stations for The John Boy & Billy Show, The Ace & TJ Show, Woody and Wilcox syndicated shows as well as ACM award winning, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Paul Schadt and Meg in the Mornings.
"This is an exciting time to be in the radio industry and I couldn't be more proud to represent one of the world's most enterprising media companies in one of the nation's greatest cities," said Hotchkiss. Most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Sales, he also previously served as General Sales Manager in Cleveland/Akron, Ohio.
Christopher Johansing On The Rise At Benztown
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– Benztown announced that it has promoted Christopher “Jack” Johansing to Marketing Director, a newly created position. In his new role, Johansing will manage all branding, marketing and web operations for Benztown.
Johansing joined Benztown in 2010 as its first employee and has served the company as Coordinator, Web, Marketing & Affiliate Relations for the past five years. Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes said: “Chris was our first official Benztown employee. When we hired him we didn’t even know if we could afford to pay him. Five years later, it's amazing to look back and see how much he has grown both personally and professionally." Johansing said: “It’s absolutely my honor to be running its most fun department. Thanks to my whole team, and Chachi the President, Andy the CEO, Masa the VP and of course, #GaryTheMascot.”
'Celebrity Wife Swap' Star Wakes-Up For Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– On ABC's 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' Catherine 'Giudici' Lowe was shocked that Jason Mesnick's wife gets up at 4 a.m. every day while juggling a baby and a job. Apparently she didn't know that Molly (Mesnick) does radio for KBKS-106.1 KISS-FM Seattle - one half of the Bender and Molly Show.
According to the pressexaminer.com, You may have caught Bender & Molly on last night's CWS. When it was time for the swap, Molly moved to Dallas and Catherine headed to Seattle where she experienced waking up at 4:00 and joined Bender on his morning show. Catherine also took Jason to a waxing salon in Seattle - OUCH!
Back on July 16th, Molly posted on Facebook: It's officially official....I become Lola & Ellie's mommy and @catherinegiudici becomes Riley's mommy on Celebrity Wife Swap July 29th on #abc! Get a look into our "crazy" lives and find out if we all still like each other after the wild ride'
Celebrity Wife Swap” with Molly aired last night on ABC.
Live 95.5's Brooke & Jubal Donate 500 Concert Tickets For Boys & Girls Club
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media Portland announced that Live 95.5’s Brooke & Jubal have given 500 tickets to tomorrow’s Flo @ The Fair concert to Portland area Boys & Girls Club. The Flo @ The Fair show takes place tomorrow, Thursday, July 30 th at 7pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Artists include; Flo Rida, Tori Kelly, Dillon Francis, Kalin & Myles and Katy Tiz.
Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the donation, “ One of our core values at Live 95.5 is that there are times where making a difference is more important than making a buck. I’m proud of Brooke & Jubal’s donation to an organization for which our station has a great deal of admiration. ”
NETWORKS: Montgomery Gentry And Cody Alan Kick Off 1st-Ever Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour; Envision Introduces Sunrise Sunday; Matt Jones and Kentucky Sports Radio Renew With iHeartMedia Louisville
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2015 –– Members of the military and their families in Oak Grove, KY. were treated to a special, complimentary, live performance by award-winning Country music duo Montgomery Gentry Tuesday night, thanks to the Super 8® hotel chain and Premiere Networks. Held at Valor Hall near the Fort Campbell U.S. Army Base, the event was hosted by CMT After MidNite personality Cody Alan and marked the first stop of the newly launched “Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour.” A second tour stop with another Country artist is expected to be announced later this fall. Current and retired service men and women, as well as their spouses, can receive an exclusive 15 percent discount when they stay with Super 8 by booking with the rate code “SML.” To learn more, visit www.super8.com/military.
Envision Networks® welcomes Sunrise Sunday to its extensive programming line-up. Sunrise Sunday is a three-hour weekly show that features mass-appeal, 100 percent Hall of Fame Classic Rock ‘n Roll. It features comedy flashbacks from legends like George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield and Steven Wright, along with a myriad of pop-culture flashbacks. It’s hosted and produced by Joe Kelly with special guests Kate West and Engineer Bill. “Repackaging Classic Rock songs is critical to keeping the format sounding energized,” said President and CEO of Envision Networks® Danno Wolkoff. For more information on Sunrise Sunday contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
iHeartMedia Louisville announced today that Matt Jones, the voice of Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR), has renewed with his network of stations. Jones, now in his 5th year with the show, will continue to host Kentucky Sports Radio every weekday from 10a.m. – 12 noon ET on TalkRadio 1080 WKJK in Louisville, NewsRadio 630 WLAP in Lexington, and affiliates around the state served by the Kentucky News Network. To see all available platforms and to download the app, visit iHeartRadio.com/apps.
Come Swing With KRBE/Houston
JOB OPPORTUNITY 104.1 KRBE On-Air Personality 104.1 KRBE Houston seeks On-Air Personality for Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station. This position is for a full-time utility personality and Public Affairs Director. Candidates must have at least 3 years of on-air commercial radio experience (preferably CHR format) and have the skills to host shows in ANY daypart.
Versatility is key. You must also have a strong ability to connect with listeners via content, phones, social media and at appearances. It’s necessary that applicants have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekends and holidays. If you entertain through more than just liner cards, we want to talk to you! Send your resume and Mp3 to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Swing Shift On-Air Houston/KRBE
Lion Killer Gets Police Protection; Jose Canseco To Live As Woman For A Week
Lion Killer Gets Police Protection - [TMZ]
UH OH: The Hulk Claims Gawker Leaked Racist Audio; Files Added Lawsuit - [TECH TIMES]
Is Josh Elliot Headed Back To ABC? - [PAGE SIX]
Beyonce In Talks To Join NBC's 'Wiz' Cast - [E ONLINE]
[WATCH] 'Mission Impossible 6' To Begin Production Next Summer - [WEGOTTHISCOVERED]
[WATCH] JOSE CANSECO: Going To Live As A Woman For A Week To Support Caitlyn - [TMZ]
MARK ZUCKERBERG: Virtual Reality The Next Big Thing After Facebook Video - [VARIETY]
[WATCH] Yoko Ono Doing All-Star Remix - 'Yes I'm A Witch Too' - [ROLLING STONE]
Meet 'E's' Hollywood's Teen Medium - [DEADLINE]
[WATCH] Michael Keaton And Rachel McAdams Investigate The Church In 'Spotlight' - [SLASH FILM]
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AT&T To Activate FM Chips In Android Phones
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– Beginning next year, AT&T will include FM chip activation in its smartphone devices. According to washingtonpost.com, the activation is expected for all new Android smartphones released in 2016, with the possibility some phones may be ready by year-end.
The NAB was quick to praise the announcement with NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith saying: today marks a new beginning in mobile technology in the agreement by a global iconic brand, AT&T, to light up the FM receiver chips in all of its future Android smartphones. With this decision, AT&T's customers become the biggest beneficiaries, giving them access to local radio news, entertainment, weather, and failsafe emergency alert connectivity. With access to apps like NextRadio, AT&T's listeners will also enjoy song tagging and interactivity features that have become increasingly popular with younger listeners. "America's broadcasters salute AT&T's decision to serve its customers through collaboration with America's local radio stations. Bravo!" AT&T's announcement today follows a 2013 announcement from Sprint to activate FM chips on select Android and Windows smartphones.
MOTION: Shredd & Ragan Renew At 103.3 The Edge Buffalo
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces it has re-signed long-running Buffalo morning team Ted Shredd and Tom Ragan to 103.3 The Edge/WEDG-FM. The Shredd and Ragan Show is based in Buffalo, NY broadcasting to Western New York and Southern Ontario, heard on 103.3 The Edge weekday mornings.
Shredd said: “It's not just a great time to be in Buffalo. It's a great time to be a part of Buffalo! Over the last 20 years The Edge has evolved into a big part of Western New York life. To be a part of that for the entire time, and into the future, is a great honor.” Ragan said: “We’re fired up to be able to continue to call the Edge home."
NETWORKS: WWO Boosts Sales Team With Two New Hires
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that it has added two veteran sales executive to its burgeoning roster. Angela Codella (shown) has joined the New York office as Director, National Partnerships AND Roman Gwin has joined the LA office, also as Director, National Partnerships.
Before joining Westwood One, Codella was an Account Director for SiriusXM. Prior to that, she was a senior account executive for CBS RADIO/New York’s WWFS Fresh 102.7, WXRK 92.3 K-Rock, and KRock2.com. Before heading to CBS, Codella spent several years as a senior account executive at Greater Media’s WRAT 95.9 in Belmar, NJ.
Gwin, a seasoned radio sales veteran with 17 years under his belt, joined Westwood One from the Los Angeles office of iHeart Media’s Total Traffic and Weather Networks, where he was the National Account Director. He served for many years as a sales manager and account executive at iHeart’s LA stations KOST-FM 103.5, KBIG-FM 104.3, and KIIS-FM 102.7. Gwin also worked as an account executive with CBS RADIO’s K-EARTH 101 in Los Angeles.
The Bert Show's Jeff Dauler Hits The Road On Multi-City Comedy Tour
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– Jeff Dauler, radio host on the nationally syndicated The Bert Show, is taking his stand-up comedy show on the road this fall. Jeff Dauler & Friends 1973 Tour kicks off in Dallas, TX, on Thursday, Sept. 17 followed by stops in Atlanta, Nashville, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Joining Dauler for the very funny tour will be comedians Jamie Bendall, Stephen Donovan (L), Jarrod Harris, Lace Larrabee, Dan Mengini, Last Comic Standing’s Mia Jackson. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now. For more information and tickets go to www.jeffdauler.com/1973tour.
On Friday, July 24, Dauler announced the tour to his mailing list subscribers to give them an early opportunity to purchase tickets. During that presale, both Atlanta shows sold out within 5 hours. Of note, Stephen Donovan is Co-host of The Heather & Steve Show on LiteRock 105.1 in Providence, and the first morning radio partner Jeff ever had ... at Syracuse University's Z89.
FORBES: Radio, The All But Forgotten Medium With The Biggest Reach
'It’s quite clear that we should all be paying more attention to radio'
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– You wouldn’t know it from all the media coverage focused on streaming video and streaming music, but recent Nielsen data shows radio actually has the most reach among American media consumers, writes Forbes' Doug Schoen. 93% of adults listen to the radio each week compared to 87% who watch TV, which Schoen calls a 'substantive difference.' In terms of the American population, this means that 243 million people over the age of 12 are listening to old-fashioned broadcast AM/FM radio every week.
Schoen concludes that with over 35 years of experience, he found this data nothing short of fascinating. "It’s quite clear that we should all be paying more attention to radio, its reach and potential to help our businesses. It’s doing the job with expert efficiency. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
LARRY JOHNSON BLOG: Nielsen Flunks 'Let's Make A Deal'
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– Paragon Media Strategies' Larry Johnson blogs that Nielsen’s webinar on July 21st addressing the Voltair issue was very well done. The lab experiments Nielsen presented establish the ground rules for validly measuring a radio station’s encoded signals in the Portable People Meter (PPM) system. Yet, in the end, Nielsen is playing “Let’s Make a Deal” with radio receiving booby prizes behind all three doors. Behind Door #1: Nielsen said, in essence, “Voltair doesn’t help ratings,” yet “we’re going to provide our own version soon.” It took Voltair to push Nielsen to change its encoding system of the PPM to accurately attribute what can be heard in environments with quite a bit of noise. Indeed, Nielsen’s excellent lab tests define what is audible and what is unintelligible. Behind Door #2, Johnson says Nielsen is allowing radio operators’ continued or new use of Voltair. Nielsen’s “non-position position” looks the other way as some operator may unfairly benefit from Voltair even as Nielsen rolls out its own PPM encoding enhancements in the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2016. And finally, behind Door #3, Johnson adds, Nielsen is openly accepting that ratings distortion is taking place on its watch. Nielsen is sanctioning operators using Voltair to gain listening credit for signals that are truly unintelligible (according to Nielsen). These are signals that Nielsen says should not be credited; i.e., this is how Voltair distorts the process.
Johnson closes by adding, 'The good news for Nielsen is nobody is talking about their anemic sampling anymore. Those issues still exist, by the way, behind Door #4. READ FULL BLOG HERE
[LISTEN] Trump Tells Geraldo That Divorce Allegations Are 'Totally False'
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– GOP candidate Donald Trump spoke to WABC Radio’s Geraldo Rivera on Tuesday morning’s previous divorce allegations and his reaction to Ivana Trump’s statement. Geraldo said to Trump, 'Now they’re drudging up your 1990 divorce with Ivana, they’re talking about the relationship they used the word rape etc. How do you deal with that, what do you say to that?
Donald Trump: First of all it’s totally false. I was really happy to see to this because I heard about it and it never happened, it was total nonsense. They know that. Maybe it was a lawyer tactic or something. I don’t know where the hell it came from, but it certainly didn’t happen. You would’ve heard about that many years ago - Ivana just issued a statement I’ve recently read some comments attributed to me from nearly thirty years ago at a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald. The story is totally without merit. This is from Ivana. ‘Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised three children that we love and we are very proud of. I have nothing but fondness for Donald and wish him the best of luck in his campaign. LISTEN HERE
Radio Talent Institute Wraps Up 4th Event Today At WKU
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2015 –– The National Radio Talent Institute wraps up it 4th summer event today in Bowling Green. This is the ten-day program where college students gather to learn the ins and outs of radio as instructed by numerous, top-level radio executives from throughout the U.S..
Now, some 70 students later, students will begin looking to begin their career in radio. The summer began with the GAB Radio Talent Institute at University of Georgia, followed by the Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University in NC, and earlier this month the Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
The National Radio Talent System was begun by Dan Vallie to create the radio talent farm system for the industry. If you would like be in involved contact Dan at DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com Among the key speakers this year included RAB CEO/President Erica Farber (shown center) posing with some of the students (note: the top shading in the photo was caused by the projector's lighting)
Michael Straham Gives Away Trip By Mistake; Swift Accuses Clothing Firm With Harassment
British Actor Tom Hughes Cast As John Lennon In BBC Drama - [NME]
CBS To Live-Stream Super Bowl Ads - [VARIETY]
Taylor Swift Accuses Clothing Firm With Harassment - [THE DAILY MAIL]
Arizona Cardinals Hire First NFL Female Coach - [POP SUGAR]
[WATCH] Michael Straham Accidentally Gives Away Trip To Puerto Rico - [NYDN]
Are Olsen Twins Joining 'Fuller House?' - [HOLLYWOOD TAKE]
Gwyneth Paltrow Selling Rap Inspired Purses - [DAZED DIGITAL]
Willie Nelson, Neil Young To Headline 30th Annual 'Farm Aid' - [ROLLING STONE]
Tommy Lee Jones To Join Matt Damon In 'Bourne' Sequel - [THR]
Katy Perry Dons Pixie Cut In Vogue Japan - [TOMANDLORENZO]
[WATCH] Seth Rogen In 'The Night Before' - [AVCLUB]
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John Landecker Stepping Down, Brian Thomas To Take Programming Reins At WLS-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– One of radio's most revered personalities, John Records (Yes, Records truly is his middle name) Landecker has announced he is leaving WLS-FM at the end of this week. In a separate announcement, NASH-FM New York's PD, Brian Thomas is set to take over the PD reins at WLS-FM.
According to crm.com, Landecker surprised listeners on-air by saying he would be stepping down from his role as evening personality and exiting WLS-FM. His final day at the station will be Friday. He chose not wish to use the word "retirement," however, he said he is moving on to other projects, most likely not in radio.
Landecker says that the decision to leave the station is his own and that he is not being forced out, nor had anything to do with the recent exit of Program Director Jan Jeffries, who was moved to Cumulus sister station WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C.
Meanwhile, Cumulus is set to announce that Brian Thomas will be moving from New York to Chicago to take over as WLS-FM Program Director. Thomas comes from WNSH-FM/94.7 NASH-FM in New York City. Although leaving WNSH-FM, he will continue in his role as one of Cumulus' Corporate Program Directors. Thomas joined Cumulus in April 2014, coming from CBS Radio where he served as that company's National Vice President of Classic Hits programming (2006-2014), as well as being the Program Director for a Country and Classic Hits station in Tampa.
Bike Accident Leaves Spokane Host In Life-Altering Condition
As of now, left without use of his legs and no feeling from mid-chest down; station begins fund drive
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– Our thoughts and best wishes go out to our longtime friend and Morning Show Boot Camp regular, Ken Hopkins, co-host of the wildly popular Dave, Ken & Molly Show on 92.9 ZZU/Spokane. Two weeks ago, Ken was involved in a bicycle accident that resulted in a life-altering moment.
In Ken's words: "Monday evening on July 13th I went out for a beautiful bike ride in Spokane. I can remember every minute of the ride, with the exception of the last ten seconds. Unfortunately, those last ten seconds resulted in a life-altering moment. As of now, I am left without the use of my legs and have no feeling from my mid-chest down. I do have full use of my arms, hands, and neck muscles. I am hopeful for the return of other functions once the damages heal and the swelling returns to normal. The last two weeks have been filled with every range of emotion, including lots of laughter and tears. I have never before found myself in a position where recovery status is not measured in days and weeks, but by months," said Hopkins. Ken adds that one of his highest priorities is returning to the morning show and the radio station that he's been a part of for the last 30 years.
Brian Paul, VP of Radio Morgan Murphy: "Plans are already in place to reconfigure the studio, so when the time is right, Ken will be in studio with us again for the team and for the listeners ... Ken is the ultimate team player. He has always done whatever the team has needed to succeed." Meanwhile, Brian Paul, VP of Radio Morgan Murphy says the the station is raising money for Ken's transition to being independent and have set up a 'Go Fund Me' site - http://www.gofundme.com/3b8zccyrc
[WATCH] Houston Station Hacked Causing Racial Slurs On Radio Display
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– Radio One's 97.9 The Box/Houston says it was hacked, and the result sent thousands of racial slurs to Houston area radios. It happened Sunday night between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. where a text message was displayed on newer radios that post song titles and artist.
When KPRC TV inquired about the hacking incident, Radio One's Vice President of Communications, Yashima Azilove, wrote the following statement: "On Sunday, July 26th at approximately 9:20 p.m. Radio One identified that our Radio Data System (RDS) was hacked. This violation caused radio car displays to read obscenities on the 97.9 FM The Box frequency. This matter was addressed promptly by our engineers. We thank all of our listeners for sounding off on social media to ensure we knew about this issue. The #NoPlaceForHate hashtag was immediately created as a response to this unfortunate incident. Our mission to inform, inspire and entertain our listeners will not be compromised by haters." WATCH HERE
Cumulus Eyeing 'Idol' Style On-Air Country Music Competition
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– Titled 'Cumulus goes hog wild with country music,' New York Post writer Claire Atkinson reports Cumulus' CEO Lew Dickey is looking to raise a fresh crop of country stars by launching an “American Idol” style music competition, called NASH Next, and signing the winners to his newest record label.
This is the latest of several Cumulus initiatives with a deeper footstep into country music. Cumulus owns 38 NASH formatted stations and another 28 NASH Icon stations. Cumulus also owns Country Weekly magazine and has TV partnerships with Music Choice and concert streamer Qello. “Everybody is getting into everybody’s else’s business,” he tells Atkinson. “You have to create multiple touch points.”
Dickey is also close to reaching a merchandise deal for a new Americana-themed lifestyle brand. His latest country initiative is the launch of a second record label, NASH Next. Atkinson opines that one reason for the plunge into country is that the genre is less affected by the dynamics hitting the rest of the music business. 'While streaming’s growth is eating away at traditional revenue pots including CDs and downloads, the country music market is holding up better. Country music album sales rose 11.8 percent last year, while overall album sales fell more than 11 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan. READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Walsh Rises To Pres., Hornaday To CFO At Emmis
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– Emmis Communications announced the promotion of Patrick Walsh (right) to President/COO, while Ryan Hornaday is named Executive VP/Chief Financial Officer. Emmis founder Jeff Smulyan remains Chairman/CEO. Walsh joined Emmis in 2006 as CFO and most recently served as Executive VP, CFO and COO. Hornaday joined Emmis in 1999 and most recently served as Senior VP/Finance and Treasurer.
Before joining Emmis, Walsh was CFO at iBiquity Digital, the developer and licenser of HD Radio and served as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, plus a variety of finance roles at General Motors and Deloitte LLP. Prior to joining Emmis in 1999, Hornaday spent three years with Arthur Andersen in Indianapolis.
CBS Radio's Mike Francesa Tells Fellow Radio Peeps 'To Bring It On' Following 'Initials' Tiff
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– Mike Francesa is in the news again. This time it involves a couple of his own colleagues, Damon Amendolara and John Kinkaid (inset). According to The New York Post, the tiff began last Friday when Francesa, The Sport's Pope, ripped Amendolara for signing off with his initials 'DA' instead of his name. Fellow host John Kincade then followed by poking fun at the diss by urging all the Sports 'Minuters' to go by their initials.
A caller quickly brought this to Francesa’s attention on Monday, and Mike responded by saying “Bring it on!” he dared. “Here’s what they should do: They should worry about trying to figure out how to get the network going in the right way. When they have a little success, they can talk. Until then, just be quiet." The caller also said that Mike's fellow host, Boomer Esiason, was also joining in to which Francesa joked: “Boomer against me? I’m shocked, boy, oh boy. I’m shocked. I’m really worry about all of them. Bring it all on, I’m ready. Keep using your initials … like somebody knows who they are.” OUCH! WATCH AND LISTEN HERE
Comedy Central Launching First Live Radio Show On SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, JULY 28TH, 2015 –– The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder' debuted this week on SiriusXM and Mondays and Wednesday; thus, becoming its first-ever live weekly radio show.
The Bonfire will invite listeners and friends to come and hang out by the radio bonfire as the blunt and candid duo talk about everything from comedy and entertainment to sports, states a release. According to variety.com, Oakerson and Soder will each film an original lone-hour original standup special on the Viacom-owned cable network. Oakerson has appeared on IFC, BET, HBO and various Comedy Central programs. Soder has made appearances on TBS’ “Conan” and Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” among other programs.This follows news that SiriusXM'ss Key and Peele show would end in September at the end of its current season. The network will also say goodbye to longtime Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Aug. 5.
Another Day, Another Announcement From 'The View'; Hacker Takes Out Cosby Cover
Another Day, Another 'View' Announcement - [DEADLINE]
'Celebrity Family Feud' Scores Big Ratings - [VARIETY]
Comedy Writer Targets Conan O'Brien In Lawsuit Claiming He Lifted Jokes From Twitter - [THR]
Hacker Takes NY Magazine's Cosby Cover Off-Line - [DAILYDOT]
Ed Sheeran Headed To TV Role - [CBS]
Jimmy Fallon And Tom Cruise Compete In Lip-Sync Battle - [ET]
Mark Hamill Returning As The Joker In Animated 'The Killing Joke' - [EW]
Wal-Mart's Oldest Employee Celebrates With Party At 103 - [TODAY]
[WATCH] 'Ferrell Takes The Field' Trailer - [SLASH FILM]
'Empire's' Dawn Of Justice Cover Revealed - [EMPIRE]
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[WATCH] Driver Crashes Into One Of Nation's Oldest Stations
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– A speeding driver lost control and crashed into the KFKA studios Sunday night in Greeley, CO., according to ABC/Denver. Witnesses said the car caught on fire and they had to pull the driver out who was then brought to hospital with life-threatening injuries. It took more than a dozen firefighters to treat the driver and stabilize the building.
KFKA is Colorado’s first commercially licensed radio station and is recognized as the second oldest radio station west of the Mississippi and fifth oldest radio station in the nation, according to its website. KFKA signed on the air in May of 1921. Amazingly, the station returned to the air this morning at 6:00am. WATCH VIDEO HERE
Colin Cowherd Takes Early Exit From ESPN Following Dominican Remarks
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– ESPN announced late Friday that the highly popular Colin Cowherd will no longer be heard on teh network following remarks he made on his show Thursday that appeared to disparage Dominicans. Cowherd's final show was set to end this coming Friday (7/31). According to Newsday, he is reportedly headed to Fox Sports, which plans to give him a show on its cable television network, Fox Sports 1.
The controversy began last Thursday, when Cowherd said, "It's baseball. You don't think a general manager can manage? Like it's impossible? The game is too complex? I've never bought into that, 'Baseball's just too complex.' Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic." He added the country "had not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities."
On Friday, Cowherd said many had unfairly used a truncated version of his comments in criticizing him, and then he played his remarks in full. ESPN.com then posted a transcript of what Cowherd said Friday: "I could've made the point without using one country, and there's all sorts of smart people from the Dominican Republic. I could've said a third of baseball's talent is being furnished from countries with economic hardships, therefore educational hurdles. For the record, I used the Dominican Republic because they've furnished baseball with so many great players. I understand that when you mention a specific country, they get offended. I get it. I do. And for that, I feel bad. I do. ... I get it. Sometimes my tone stink," said Cowerd.
Weighing in with the best line of the weekend comes from Baseball Hall of Fame bound, Pedro Martinez, who commented on Cowherd’s remarks saying: “I’m sorry. He needs to get to my level to answer him,” Pedro said. “I’m in the Hall of Fame.”
Dominic 'Zakk' Zaccagnini Takes Afternoons And APD Posts At Bay Area's 107.7 The Bone; Tampa's Bone Adds Roger & JP To Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Dominic “Zakk” Zaccagnini to Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive personality for KSAN 107.7 The Bone in San Francisco. Zaccagnini moves to KSAN from Cumulus Classic Rocker WLUP in Chicago, where he was an on-air personality and Music Director.
This marks a return to the Bay Area for Zaccagnini, as he was Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive personality at KSJO San Jose in the early 2000’s. He also held various on-air and programming duties at WZGC in Atlanta and at WTPT in Greenville-Spartanburg, in addition to hosting the nationally syndicated “Zakk & Jack Show” on Fox Sports Radio and pre-game/post-game shows for the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears.
Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa is adding talk show Roger & JP to 102.5 The Bone, REAL.RAW.RADIO WHPT-FM. The show will air on The Bone weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. "We've wanted to work in Tampa and at THE BONE for a long time,” said Roger and JP. Prior to joining the Bone lineup, Roger (Luce) and John “JP” Parise have entertained listeners in the morning on WBAB with male-driven, aggressive hot-talk. "We've wanted to work in Tampa and at THE BONE for a long time,”
Cubby's Now A Hubby - Couple Weds In Hot Air Balloon
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– Leave it to a radio guy to take his wedding to Koko Kawaguchi to a new high. WKTU New York Paul “Cubby” Bryant and his wife Koko Kawaguchi tied the knot while floating in a hot air balloon Saturday, according to The Patch.
It took place during this weekend's 33rd Annual Festival in New Jersey. He and his new bride, Koko Kawaguchi, tied the knot while floating in a hot air balloon Saturday. Pilot Michael Blum of Balloons Over Westchester piloted the wedding in the sky; a photographer and two close friends joined them, NJ.com reported. Cubby tells Jockline: "I'm hitched....and couldn't be happier"
2012 Radio Interview Leads To Hulk Hogan's Exit From WWE
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern writes that reports online initially claimed that the reason behind the scrubbing of Hulk Hogan is an audio clip from an interview that's surfaced online. The radio interview occurred back in October 2012, and featured Hogan on DJ Whoo Kid's radio show Whoolywood Shuffle, which aired on Eminem's [SiriusXM] hip-hop channel Shade 45.
During the interview, host DJ Whoo Kid brought up how Hulk Hogan has a history of calling everyone 'brother,' and the conversation then segued into the infamous moment when [wrestler] Booker T called Hulkster a 'n-word' on live TV. ." Hogan is quoted as saying he and black wrestlers used the N-word in talking with each other." He added, 'And everybody down there — Lil Wayne, Birdman — they're all calling me 'n***a,' and then I started sayin' it. And I always said it, but now all of a sudden I get heat when I say it..."
Other sources claim that the controversial racist audio that got Hogan scrubbed is in addition to the radio interview, and comes from a legal deposition in the ongoing Gawker case. The WWE has not yet responded to requests for comment, and has yet to officially confirm the reason for erasing Hogan from their websites. " READ FULL STORY HERE
Keith Urban Joins Bobby Bone's Artist To Artist Campaign For St. Jude
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– Bobby Bones recently launched an #ArtistToArtist campaign benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The campaign started as a joke when Bones decided to auction off a self-portrait he painted, but after raising $3,400 for St. Jude, he decided to invite his Country music friends to paint their self-portraits to benefit the children’s hospital.
Four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban is the first to join the #ArtistToArtist effort. He recently called the show to accept the invitation. Bidding will close next Thursday, July 30, and all proceeds will benefit St. Jude. Urban praised the work of St. Jude.
The Bobby Bones Show raised over $1.5 million dollars for St. Jude last year through on-air fundraisers, radiothons and charity concerts. In addition, Bones’ comedy band The Raging Idiots has performed and visited with patients at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
iHeart's Johnjay Van Es Among 'Top 15 Arizonans On Instagram'
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– The Arizona Republic named Johnjay Van Es of the Premiere Networks-syndicated JohnJay and Rich Show to their list of “Top 15 Arizonans on Instagram.” At #10 on the list, he’s in good company with Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter and actress Jordin Sparks (#4), Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald (#5), and WWE Divas The Bella Twins (#1 and #2).
From sharing behind-the-scenes content from the radio show, to giving fans a glimpse into his personal life, Johnjay constantly engages his fans and listeners via social media. Earlier this year, he turned an auto-correct texting mishap into social media vehicle for helping people and spreading happiness - #LoveUp is a social media campaign encouraging others to pay it forward and spread the love. Fans can also purchase T-shirts here, with all proceeds benefiting The JohnJay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation, which creates uplifting experiences for children and families facing difficult life challenges. To date, approximately 9,000 shirts have been sold, raising $80,000 for the worthy cause. CHECK OUT FULL LIST HERE
NETWORKS: Zac Brown Celebrates Labor Day With Westwood One Special
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– GRAMMY, ACM, and CMA award-winning artist Zac Brown becomes the latest music superstar to front one of Westwood One’s acclaimed holiday music specials.
Brown, leader of Zac Brown Band, will gather some of his A-list Country friends to salute America’s workers in “Workin’ Hard Country,” a four-hour Labor Day special airing on Westwood One. He invites several of his A-list friends--such as Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and more--to join him and share stories about their pre-fame jobs and their current jobs as artists, musicians, and performers.
For more information, contact Donny Walker: email@example.com (615) 727-6987.
Atlanta Morning Show Presents Lesbian Wedding Live - On Air
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2015 –– The Rock 100.5 Morning Show/Atlanta held a lesbian wedding contest after they got the green light to get married legally in every state. Followin weeks or drama, online voting, twists, angry ladies, angry family members, tons of sponsors and some really interesting radio, Jennifer and Robyn won and were married at The Rock-n-Taco in Buckhead, GA last Friday. The ceremony was done live on the air, streamed on the station's website as the show interviewed family members and friends throughout the morning.
The ladies were given wedding rings, a honeymoon on the Monsters of Rock cruise, free pictures and video, teeth whitening and a wedding that they'll never forget. Rock 105 morning show featuress Jason Bailey, Southside Steve, Tim Andrews, Brandi Britain and Nate Hanson
Bobbi Kristina Brown Passes Away At 22; Alleged Cosby Victims Cover New York Mag
Bobbi Kristina Brown Passes Away At 22 - [CNN]
Cosby Alleged Victims Cover New York Magazine - [NYMAG]
Ed Sheeran Admits Once 'Soiling' Pants On Stage - [PEOPLE]
Bill Cosby Got Quaaludes From Gynecologist - [WAPO]
Sheeran Announces 1-Hour NBC TV Special - [GUITAR WORLD]
Sharon Stone Officiates Wedding Of WSJ Publisher - [PAGE SIX]
Naomi Campbell To Play Lady Gaga Nemesis On 'American Horror Story' - [ET]
Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert To Perform In Minny Amid Divorce News - [GOSSIP COP]
Does Madonna Have A New Boy-Toy? - [RUMORFIX]
Ringo's Jacket From 'Help' Goes For $46k At Auction - [ART DAILY]
[WATCH] 'Steve Jobs' The Man In The Machine' - [MASHABLE]
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REPORT: Nielsen Would Have Liked To Have Done More Real World Testing Of Voltair
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– Carl Bialik, head writer for fivethirtyeight.com, says after radio executives finally heard from Nielsen this week on Voltair, he reached out to Matt O’Grady, a Nielsen executive vice president and managing director who hosted the client presentation. O'Grady told Bialik, Nielsen would have liked to do more real-world testing of Voltair.
“The industry is clamoring for more information on this, but very few people cooperated on real-world tests,” O'Malley said (referring to radio executives who didn’t supply data). Bialik asked why Nielsen didn’t release all the test data to the public. “You have got to start with the clients,” O’Grady said. “They deserve to know. They’re paying the bills.”
O'Malley told Bialik that after Nielsen introduces its own new technology later this year, Voltair “will be redundant.” READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
Meanwhile, over at Harker Research, Managing partner Glenda Shrader Bos weighed in on this week's Nielsen call. After hearing what was said, Bos commented, '..We are not lawyers, but it sure sounded like there are problems with the current system. Every station who has a Voltair box knows there are problems with PPM - not a surprise. But the admission is interesting. So the "first" story from Nielsen is that Voltair extends codes and gain – making them audible, but Nielsen is now going to increase the codes and gain, but keep the code inaudible. We need to "trust" that this will happen. We applaud Nielsen for telling us more than the old Arbitron Webinars; however according to our clients who watched the webinar, they saw a presentation that left them with more questions than answers." READ BLOG HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: More Market Moves At CBS Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– Following this week's announcement that Marc Rayfield will be taking over as Senior Vice President/Market Manager for our New York, Scott Herman issued more market changes yesterday in an internal memo.
Among the announcements came word that David Yadgaroff has been appointed its new Senior Vice President/Market Manager in Philadelphia. He previously served as Vice President/General Manager of KYW-AM, WPHT-AM and the former WYSP-FM. David will take on his new role effective Monday, August 3. o
Herman added that 'Regrettably, after 45 years with CBS RADIO, Hartford Senior Vice President/Market Manager Suzanne McDonald has informed us she will be retiring later this summer. Boston Senior Vice President/Market Manager, Mark Hannon has agreed to take on the additional responsibility of overseeing our stations in Hartford following Suzanne’s departure.
Other moves included: Steve Carver headed back to CBS RADIO as Senior Vice President/Market Manger of our Miami and Orlando clusters. Also, Tony Perlongo has been promoted to Senior Vice President/Market Manager and Director of Sales of CBS RADIO Las Vegas.
Riverside Vice President/Director of Sales Mike Valenzuela has been appointed Senior Vice President/Market Manager and Director of Sales for our five station cluster effective immediately.
As part of these changes, Joe Bell (Miami), Dave Robbins (Orlando), and Jerry McKenna (Las Vegas) will be leaving the Division. 1
Radio Exec's, Programmers & Morning Hosts Among Billboard's First-Ever Top 50 Nashville Power Players
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– Billboard has released its first-ever top 50 Nashville power players. Not surprisingly, Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group and man behind discovery of mega pop star Taylor Swift, tops the list at number 1.
Among those following Borchetta, included an impressive number of radio executives, programmers and morning talent.
Coming in at number 5, John Dickey, EVP/Content and Prog. at Cumulus Media. Number. Others included Brian Philips & Leslie Fram/President & Senior VP Music Strategy at CMT; John Marks, Senior Director of Country Programming at SiriusXM; Jeff Kapugi, VP/Country Prog. CBS Radio and PD US99/Chicago; Bobby Bones iHeartMedia and Blair Garner, Host NASH-FM's America's Morning Show. SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE
PHOTO/Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Coran Capshaw, Mike Dungan, Kerri Edwards and Shane McAnally photographed on June 24, 2015 at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm. Austin Hargrave
Johnson & Johnson Headed Back To K-Bull/Salt Lake City
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2105 –– Cumulus Media announces that long-running Salt Lake City morning team Johnson & Johnson is back at Utah’s Country Leader, KBULL 93 (KUBL-FM) with a new morning show that debuts on Monday, July 27. Tommy Johnson and Joe Johnson— known on-air as Johnson & Johnson-- originally came to Salt Lake City in 1997 and spent the following 14 years on KBULL 93 and making Utah their adopted home. During that time, the duo received an ACM nomination for 'Large Market Morning Show Of The Year’, gave away free weddings to hundreds of couples who exchanged vows at McDonald's drive-thru's, haunted houses and on the floor at half-time during a Jazz Game—some of whom are still married! Most recently, Johnson & Johnson headlined the morning show at CBS Radio’s KMPS in Seattle for the last four years.
Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming for Cumulus said: "Johnson & Johnson are amazing talent. Johnson & Johnson said: "We are so excited and thrilled to be going back home to play with all of our Utah family again! We want to thank Cumulus EVP John Dickey and SVP Mike McVay, and in Salt Lake, Market Manager Pat Reedy, Operations Manager Dain Craig and Program Director Shawn Stevens."
MOTION: Colin Cowherd Says Goodbye At ESPN; Gives Shout Out To Then ABC's John McConnell; Doug Steckler Exits Tim Conway Jr. Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 – On his way out the door at ESPN Radio, Colin Cowherd gave major props to the network he’s called home for the past ten years and also gave a shout-out to former ABC Radio Network exec John McConnell during the Wednesday edition of The Herd. Cowherd (right), who replaced Tony Kornheiser on ESPN Radio a decade ago, said he still marvels that out of all the big league hosts in Sports radio the network could have picked for the job, “They chose me — a guy from a small market — nobody had heard of me. A guy flew into Portland, we got a rare snowstorm, and he was stuck there for four days. John McConnell listened to me and he recommended me. And it’s been the best 10 years of my life.” Cowherd is reportedly headed to FOX Sports.
Doug Steckler said in a statement: "I am leaving The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI where I enjoyed sharing Friday evenings with the funniest, nicest guy in radio. We had more fun than should be legal. All good things must come to their finish and it's always better (if still difficult) to get out while you can still hear the laughter. Doug Steckler is a two-time Emmy Award winner and accomplished writer for television and film. He co-hosted the critically acclaimed and highly-rated Conway and Steckler show on KLSX from 1996-2005. Since 2011, Doug has co-hosted Friday evenings on the Tim Conway, Jr. program from 7-10PM on KFI radio in Los Angeles. Doug Steckler can be reached through Jason Insalaco, at Jason@KeltonAgency.com.
HOT 97's Lisa Evers Teams With Brooklyn Borough Head With Push For Peace
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– HOT 97's "STREET SOLDIERS with Lisa Evers" is teaming up with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams to bring a Push 4 Peace Town Hall Show & Community Event. Hip Hop artists, youth groups, local leaders and the community are coming together to focus on "GANGS, GUNS & BROKEN LIVES: Getting Beyond the Violence" and highlight positive solutions.
The pre-show event starts at 1pm and features music by HOT 97's DJ Martian, MC'd by International Battle Rap Champion Murda Mook, celebrity appearances from numerous hip hop stars and more. The Town Hall will be convened by Borough President Eric L. Adams, for the second year in a row. The event is yet another sign of his commitment to improving life in our communities, and offering young people positive alternatives to violence. Members and youth leaders from more than 20 organizations will be on hand to represent their successful programs and offer outreach connections right on the spot.
NAB Radio Show To Tackle Programmatic Buying
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– The 2015 Radio Show will feature a General Session on programmatic advertising on Wednesday, September 30 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. entitled “Unlocking Programmatic’s Potential.” The session will include a three-part discussion, presented by Prohaska Consulting CEO Matt Prohaska, on how radio sellers, buyers and technology companies can best leverage programmatic advertising strategies in today’s marketplace.
Prohaska has been contributing to the growth of online advertising since its commercial inception in the early 1990s. He created the online media practice at BBDO in 1994 and later opened CNET’s New York sales office. Prohaska has managed six regional and national sales teams, consulted for more than 60 companies and founded four others. In April 2013, Prohaska became the first programmatic advertising director for “The New York Times.” Panelists include Carl Fremont, global chief digital officer, MEC, a GroupM Company; Mark Gray, president, Katz Radio Group; Katie Reid, senior director of Revenue, Cox Media Group; and Tiffany Kirk, senior vice president and managing director - West Coast Investments, Horizon Media, Brian Burdick, executive vice president, Digital and Programmatic, Wide Orbit; Mike Dougherty, co-founder and CEO, Jelli; Jeff Haley, president and CEO, Marketron; and Matt O’Grady, executive vice president and managing director, Local Client Service, U.S. Media, Nielsen.
99.7 'DJX Louisville's Ben & Kelly Air Live From Talent Event
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2015 –– On day 5 of this year's National Radio Talent System's KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University, Ben Davis and Kelly, of 99.7 'DJX's Ben And Kelly Show, aired their show directly from the WKU classroom where numerous students from this year's program gathered in the pre-dawn hours for a a close-up look. Among today's featured speakers will be RAB Pres/CEO, Erica Farber.
Grateful Dead Concerts Sets Record; MORE Changes On 'The View'; Fallon Invades U2
As 'The View' Turns: Two More Hosts Coming Says Variety - [VARIETY]
Grateful Dead Concerts Set Record For Biggest PPV Music Event Ever At $52 Million - [THR]
Taylor Swift Offers Apology To Minaj Following Twitter Exchange - [PEOPLE]
Jimmy Fallon Totally Crashes U2 Concert - [USA TODAY]
James Franco Writing Book On Obsession With Lana Del Rey - [VULTURE]
Ladacris Joins Cast of 'Empire' - [STASHED]
Jon Stewart Auctioning Off Worn Daily Show Suits - [MENS JOURNAL]
Jurassic World' Sequel Coming In 2018 - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]
[WATCH] 'The Hunger Games Mockingjay Pt. 2' - [SLASHFILM]
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MOTION: Frankie & Ashlee Team For Mornings At Boston's Jam'n 94.5; Keith Conrad Joins WLS' Big John Howell Show As Executive Producer
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced the debut of "The Jam’n Morning Show with Frankie & Ashlee," beginning Monday, July 27 on Jam'n 94.5. Frankie Vinci will join Ashlee Feldman for "The Jam’n Morning Show with Frankie & Ashlee"
Frankie joins the Jam'n morning show from within iHeartMedia Channel 93.3 in San Diego where he's co-hosted with Geena The Latina since 2010. This marks a homecoming for Frankie who was born in Boston, raised in Framingham, Mass. Ashlee shifts from afternoons to mornings.
But wait you ask, who will Geena now co-host with in San Diego? Well, for the time being, Frankie will continue to handle co-host duties in both San Diego and Boston until a new co-host for Genoa is found. Meet Genoa, Frankie and Ash lee in a couple of weeks at Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago.
Speaking of Chicago, WLS-AM has hired Keith Conrad as executive producer for Big John Howell's morning show. According to crm.com, It is a reunion with Howell, as the two previously worked well together at WIND-AM from July 2009 through March 2014. Most recently, Conrad had served as a producer at crosstown WGN-AM.
Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class
Stan & Sis Kaplan, Charles Ural Among Honorees
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– The Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame will induct its inaugural class on August 21, at noon, during a special luncheon celebration at the Charlotte City Club. Honorees and attendees will gather dcuring the event to hear keynote speaker Bill Whicker (R), correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS, and former reporter for WBTV from 1982 to 1985. The Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame was conceptualized in 2010 by a group of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) staff and community volunteers to honor the many individuals who have played a major role in the region’s distinguished radio and television broadcasting history.
The 2015 class will include radio greats such as Grady Cole (WBT), Stan & Sis Kaplan (shown), owners of the legendary Big Ways, Charles Ural (WBT/CBS): Ural worked both as a writer for the Charlotte News and an announcer for WBT Radio and later serving as first anchor of “CBS News Sunday Morning, Larry Sprinkle (WROQ/WCNC) - the popular TV Weatherman, gained early notoriety as the “sidekick,” impressionist and comedic writer for WROQ’s popular “Murphy in the Morning” show in the 1980s. Today, Charlotte ranks as the nation’s 24th-largest media market. PHOTO/Kaplan's - Courtesy Charlotte Observer
Man Charged In Stealing Thousands Of Dollars Of Event Tickets From Texas Station
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 - A San Antonio man has come up on the losing end after stealing thousands of dollars worth of stolen tickets to various events from a San Antonio radio station.
According to foxsanantonio.com, surveillance cameras at Alpha Media's KTFM and Jack-FM - captured video of a man going into an office after hours where he apparently stole $19,000 worth of tickets have led to an arrest. Court papers identify the suspect as 26-year-old Joseph Villanueva (L). An arrest affidavit goes on to say when he interviewed by investigators, Villanueva confessed to stealing the tickets and then selling them for profit. He is now charged with burglary of a building with intent to steal.
PROGRAMMING: Jordan Lee Named PD At 88Nine Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– Assistant Program Director and morning drive-time host Jordan Lee has been named program director of non-comm 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS 88.9FM). Lee most recently hosted the station’s weekday morning show and since 2009 has also served as assistant program director. He will no longer host a daily show.
Lee said. “I think I can help bring even more listeners to the station, which will help us make an even greater impact in Milwaukee.” Lee began at Radio Milwaukee as morning drive-time host in December 2008.
Radio Milwaukee is an award-winning, nonprofit community-supported public radio station (88.9 WYMS-FM and www.radiomilwaukee.org). Radio Milwaukee champions Milwaukee’s music, arts, culture, neighborhoods and community organizations; celebrates diversity; and encourages community engagement.
NETWORKS: BizTalkRadio Adds BizTalkNews; DUKE FM Debuts In Fargo
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– BizTV and BizTalkRadio announced the addition of a new top of the hour news product that airs daily from 9:00 am to 5:05 pm EST. “We felt there was a void in the marketplace for business news,” said Scott Miller, EVP of BizTV and BizTalkRadio (L). “There are several great resources for news, but our TV and Radio affiliates wanted a news product that follows the stock market and provides business centered news stories,” Miller added. Stations interested in airing BizTalkNews can contact Jamie Rasnick at Jamie@biztal
Envision Networks® and Kroeger Media Inc. have announced that Midwest Communications’ KMJO-FM/Fargo, ND will debut DUKE FM. With KMJO’s recent launch as 104.7 DUKE FM®, the station joins over 200 affiliates on the Envision Country Network.
In addition to the license to use the DUKE name and logo, affiliates have access to a constantly updated music library, creative on-air copy and cutting-edge station imaging including voice, sweeper, promos and jingles. DUKE also offers off-air support with promotional ideas, daily music logs and programming guidance. Stations interested in more information on DUKE FM® can visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com.
First Light's Dirk Van To Retire
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that after 35 years, longtime First Light host and Westwood One News anchor Dirk Van will retire from the network on Thursday, July 30. Van leaves with a legacy of accomplishments and awards, including 26 years as the original and only host of the long-running early weekday morning First Light program. He also hosts The Week in Review news program and has anchored morning drive newscasts throughout his successful career.
Van said, “Radio is all about people, and I’ve had the great fortune to work with the best in the business, following in the footsteps of my father, Lyle Van---a radio legend at NBC and WOR—and others greats like Lou Adler, Nick Verbitsky, Tom O’Brien, Ron Nessen, and Bart Tessler." Van added, "And to think—we started way back when talk radio was ‘new.’
“When you draw up the blueprint for broadcasting excellence, talent, and accomplishment, you get Dirk Van,” said Bart Tessler, Westwood One’s EVP, News & Talk. “In his long tenure at Westwood One, Dirk launched ‘First Light,’ won prestigious awards, and anchored NBC Radio News, Mutual News, Fox News, and Westwood One News morning drive newscasts. How do you top that? By being a great friend and colleague. We thank Dirk for all his contributions and wish him the best as he sails into his next adventure.”
Radio Drive Most Awareness On Amazon Prime Day
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– A new IPSOS study commissioned by Cumulus Media/Westwood One has revealed advertising drove significant awareness for the July 15 Amazon Prime Day sales event.
The online study surveyed 1,005 Americans July 17 to July 20, 2015, via the IPSOS U.S. eNation service. Among those exposed to TV, online, and radio ads, radio did the best job converting awareness into Prime Day purchases.
Key survey findings include: 74% of Americans were aware of Amazon Prime Day. 81% of Americans aware of Amazon Prime said they were exposed to some form of advertising for the event. 1 out of 5 Americans reported making a purchase during Amazon Prime Day because of advertising. Radio advertising was the most effective at converting awareness into Prime Day purchases when compared to TV and online. Of those exposed to radio ads, 52% made a purchase versus TV (39%) and online (48%). 18- to 34-Year Olds Were the Engine of Amazon Prime Day.
Those who purchased at the highest rate during Amazon Prime Day were Millennials, households with children, and the full-time employed. For more detail, CLICK HERE
BREAKING NEWS: [WATCH] Selena Gomez Confirms She's Single And Not A Great Singer
THE MOUTH, JULY 23RD, 2015 –– In yet another case of radio serving as the official confessional for top celebrities, Selena Gomez stopped by Westwood One’s nationally-syndicated Zach Sang and The Gang radio show and CONFIRMED THAT SHE'S SINGLE AND NOT A GREAT SINGER. While this may be a big deal for many, just sit back now and watch the world's media zoom in on this radio scoopage. She also opened up about not being a great singer, how she picks her singles (Taylor Swift is her go-to set of ears), and empowering other women.
Only two days before Selena's visit, Zach Sang & The Gang had the original Disney Channel Queen Hilary Duff in the studio to talk about new music. While hanging The Gang, Hilary talked about how she paved the way for artists like Selena, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus. When The Gang asked Selena to comment, she said it was her dream to be Hilary Duff and confirmed that without Hilary Duff her career would be very different. LISTEN HERE
Piers Morgan Schools Nicki Minaj On Taylor Swift Tiff; First Full-Length 'Bond' Trailer
Piers Morgan Schools Nicki Minaj On Taylor Swift Twitter Fit - [DAILY MAIL]
[WATCH] Lindsey Graham Shows Us How to Destroy A Cellphone - [ENGADGET]
Seth Rogan Throw James Franco A Bar Mitzvah And You're Invited - [MASHABLE]
Bobbi Kristina Brown's Aunt Begins To Clean Out Bobbi's Townhouse - [US MAGAZINE]
CHECK IT OUT: Rhapsody Now Has 3 Million Paying Subscribers - [VARIETY]
[WATCH] First Full-Length Trailer For New Bond Flick - [THE GUARDIAN]
Dr. Dre, Ice Cube Speak Out On Suge - [THR]
[LOOK] Nick Cannon Takes Selfie From Hospital Bed - [THE CELEBRITY AUCTION]
'Knock Knock' Not Such A Knock Out In Season Debut - [DEADLINE]
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Nielsen Addresses Voltair; Plans To Update PPM
Stations Using Voltair Are Free To Continue
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– In Nielsen's much anticipated webinar and conference call yesterday where they addressed the growing controversy surrounding Telos' Voltair, perhaps the biggest take-aways was that Nielsen won't support the product and plans to update its own Portable People Meter. According to mediapost.com, which described yesterday's news as anti-climatic, Erik Sass writes: 'After several months of research and testing with a Voltair unit, Nielsen still isn’t taking a position on this, beyond conceding that Voltair may help in certain cases of extreme audio interference. It has added that in these cases, it isn’t clear whether the exposure represents legitimate listening."
Nielsen also repeated its “non-support” for the device. On the other hand, the ratings firm also isn’t telling radio stations to stop using Voltair, although it did reveal that its own experiments with Voltair showed it can produce audible “artifacts” that disrupt the listening experience,' says Sass. Nielsen did reveal new plans to improve PPM measurement through a number of updates, including an enhanced encoding system that should make it easier for PPM to detect the audio watermarks, due in the fourth quarter of the year. Radio stations that have installed Voltair are free to continue using it. 1
PARAGON: Big Questions Remain For Nielsen
Lab Tests Are Good. Real World Tests Are Better
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Following yesterday's Nielsen announcement, Paragon blogger Larry Johnson wrote: Although this webinar brought us much closer to the promise of reliable measurement with the Portable People Meter (PPM), there are lingering questions that need to be addressed. Through its lab tests, Nielsen acknowledged that there is some listening that Voltair picks up that the current PPM encoding system does not. This “listening” is to low decibel (db) level signals “heard” in environments where the background noise is equal to or louder than the signal.
By extending and amplifying the PPM watermark by which stations are identified, Nielsen contends that–in certain cases–Voltair may be crossing the line in picking up listening that isn’t really listening. Also Nielsen also contends that by picking up such “listening,” the ratings are subject to undue volatility/variability. So Nielsen adamantly does not endorse Voltair; however, the new Nielsen PPM CBET coding enhancement acknowledges and incorporates some of the valid listening that the Voltair systems enhanced and amplified.
Johnson adds, ultimately, only a quantifiable study of known stations with Voltair in use will prove or disprove its validity. Lab tests are good. Real world tests are better. While today was a decent start, Paragon encourages Nielsen to provide amnesty to all stations who are willing to pull back the sheets and allow for a verifiable study of Voltair’s impact. Anything less will keep the guessing game in play, and undermine the reliability of radio ratings..READ BLG HERE
PROGRAMMING: Cumulus Promotes Hayden Green To OM At Florida Cluster
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Cumulus announces that it has promoted radio veteran Hayden Green to Operations Manager for Cumulus Media – Fort Walton Beach/Destin, a newly created position. Green continues as Program Director for Z96/WZNS, a position he has held for the past 15 years..
Green said: “Fort Walton Beach/Destin is my home and it’s a privilege to do what I love in this community. I look forward to working directly with RVP, Pete DeSimone and with Cumulus’ corporate programmers to uphold standards of excellence across all of the brands in our market...”
RESEARCH: Women Make Gains In Newsrooms; Minority Numbers Slide
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– In its ninth in a series of reports developed from RTDNA's annual survey of radio and tv newsrooms across the United States, Bob Papper, Professor Emeritus at Hofstra University, revealed that virtually every number in the radio table (shown) is down from last year: news staffs with minorities, minority news directors, minority percentage of workforce and actual number of minorities. The bigger the market, the more diverse, but all the numbers fell from last year.
In radio, women rose in two of the three categories: News staffs with women rose by more than 5 points, and women as a percentage of the workforce went up by 8.1 to its highest level ever at 39.2%. Women were, again, much less likely to be news directors in the South. SEE FULL REPORT HERE
Beats 1 Misses Beat With VMA Nominees
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Not turning out to be a good week so for Apple. Stock prices aside, Beats 1 Radio and other Apple services were down for its highly anticipated Apple and MTV partnership to announce nominations for MTV's Video Music Awards on Beats 1.
According to cultofmac.com, listeners got a rude awakening as Apple servers crashed right before the artists were to be revealed. Errors such as the one shown popped up on numerous devices. Fortunately, operation was soon restored.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Schumer Tells Dan & Maz She Went All The Way With R2-D2
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Amy Schumer and Bill Hader were on with Dan and Maz on 2DayFM in Sydney Australia said she wished she'd thought up the idea of posing in flagrante delicto with droids R2-D2 and C-3PO in GQ. "I would do it again, right now. And I really did have s** with them," Schumer joked. "Star Wars" fans caused a clamor on social media last week over Schumer's appearance on the cover of the mag's August issue, which depicted her wearing Princess Leia's iconic slave costume from "Return of the Jedi" and sucking on humanoid C-3PO's finger.
Jay-Jay Springs To Dom’s Defense In 'Crotch-Gate' Runner up on New Zealand’s Dancing With The Stars, Chrystal Chenery wants (MSBC regular) Dominic Harvey disciplined. His wife and fellow DWTS contestant, and co-host on The Morning Show on The Edge in New Zealand, Jay-Jay Harvey, is defending him as a "sensitive, caring" man. Dom has been at the centre of a growing spat with Chrystal. She has called for Harvey to be "held accountable" for posting an inappropriate screenshot from Sunday night's live final on social media. The image, which showed Chenery in the midst of performing a split, was posted to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Dom has since deleted the offending post. In a long message in defence of her husband posted on Facebook, Jay-Jay wrote that his "main aim in life is to make people laugh".
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T-Mobile Teams With Piolin Show To Reach Hispanic Americans
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Alliance Radio Networks today announced that T-Mobile has chosen nationally syndicated morning show, El Show de Piolin, as a national partner in reaching and engaging Hispanic Americans through a multi-platform sponsorship across radio, events and social media initiatives. Hosted by one of the most widely recognized Hispanic radio personalities in the U.S., Radio Hall of Famer and author Eddie Sotelo-- known to millions as "Piolin"-- El Show de Piolin currently airs on 44 Alliance Radio Networks station affiliates.
The sponsorship includes T-Mobile on-air endorsements and advertising during Piolin's hour-long morning show each weekday. T-Mobile will also sponsor El Show de Piolin's Listener Call-In Hotline, as well as integrated social posts within Piolin'ssocial media presence which reaches more than 2.2 Million Latinos.
Boston Host Dishes On Rival Show's Changes
THE MOUTH, JULY 22ND, 2015 –– Here's one you don't hear often. 103.3 Amp/Boston's morning host, AJ Taormina decided to weigh-in on the recent exit of long-time producer Kendra Petrone from crosstown's legendary Matt Siegel Show.
Referencing an article in the Boston Herald, TJ sympathized with Petrone who was informed that her position was being eliminated. Then, while driving home she gets an email announcing their new morning show producer. TJ says, reportedly, they hadn’t taken Kendra off the company email list and she got the notice.
As Jockline reported last week, Kendra’s replacement is Medha Gandhi, who arrives from WNCI in Columbus, Ohio, where she was executive producer of the Dave & Jimmy show and their syndication network for eight years. LISTEN HERE
NBC'S Lester Holt On Rating's Roll; Taylor Swift Tops Nominations For VMA Awards
NBC's Lester Holt On A Rating's Roll - [ZAP 2 IT]
Charlize Theron Says She Once Invited Potus To A Strip Club - [BREITBART]
ACT SURPRISED : Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran And Beyonce Lead Video Music Awards Nominations - [E ONLINE]
Nicki Minaj And Taylor Swift Engage In Twitter Exchange Ove VMA Nominations - [RYANSEACREST]
Judge Giving Joan Rivers' Death Suit Special Attention - [PAGE 6]
David Beckham Hopes He'll Be Recognized On Fox's 'Knock Knock' - [THE WRAP]
LOOK: Adam Levine Shaves His Head - [ET]
[WATCH] Donald Trump Gives Out Lindsey Graham's Cell PHone Number During Speech - [HEAVY]
Karlie Kloss Covers 'Self' Magazine's Best Body Issue - [FASHIONISTA]
Elvis Jumpsuit To Be Sold On ebay - [NME]
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'We Are Now One Company' Says Mike McVay About WWO Downsizing
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2015 –– Following recent news of Westwood downsizing, Cumulus EVP/Corporate Programming and Content, Mike McVay, said "We are now one company. It has taken awhile to fully integrate all of our great assets that we have acquired over the last 4 years but we are now there. That means we can now take advantage of the complete talent pool in our company," said McVay. He added "This will improve the quality of the 24/7 products by tapping into market leading talent across our company." He listed three ways this will be accomplished:
More Details Of CBS Radio Leadership Structure Revealed
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2015 –– Following yesterday's news of Scott Herman's promotion to Chief Operating Officer at CBS Radio, further details of it organizational structure for the senior leadership team were released in an inner-office memo from CBS Radio President, Andre Fernandez (R).
Reporting to Scott Herman in his new role, Bob Philips, Market Mgr. of its Baltimore cluster; will assume responsibility as Senior Vice President/Director of Sales. The New York Market Manager position will be filled by Marc Rayfield, who will be leaving his post as Senior Vice President and Market Manager in Philadelphia. A new leader in Philadelphia will be announced in the near future.
Ezra Kucharz, President of Local Digital Media, will now report to Fernandez and Peter Dunn, who runs the CBS Television Stations Group. Ezra will take on the additional responsibility of managing all digital sales across the two local businesses.
Chris Oliviero (far left) retains his primary role as Executive Vice President, Programming and will add oversight of our Research activities to his responsibilities.
Rich Lobel (left)will continue to lead Altitude, our cross-platform sales solutions unit, as the group’s Executive Vice President and CMO. The team’s focus will remain on developing national sales opportunities for clients using CBS’s local media assets. Rich will now report to me. - Stacey Benson will oversee the division’s financial operations in her current role as Senior Vice President, Finance.
Jo Ann Haller, Karen Mateo, and Mark Zulli will continue to lead our efforts in Legal, Communications, and Human Resources, respectively.
Indy Lands 3rd Country Station With Debut Of BIG 98.3
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST 2015 –– iHeartMedia Indianapolis announced the debut of BIG 98.3, Indy’s NEW Hit Country. BIG 98.3 will feature The Bobby Bones Show in mornings beginning August 16th. "Launching BIG 98.3 is the result of the tremendous popularity of country music in Central Indiana. Country fans are looking for an entertaining morning show and a station that better fits their lifestyle. They want a station they can identify with and call their own," said Rick Green, Market President, iHeartMedia Indianapolis.
Garrison Keillor Says He's Retiring, And This Time 'He Means It'
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2015 –– Garrison Keillor, creator and host of "A Prairie Home Companion," said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that he plans to step down after next season. Following four decades of folksy comedy sketches about Lake Wobegon, his mythical Minnesota hometown, he leaving his show heard by 4 million listeners on nearly 700 public radio stations.
Beginning next week, Keillor will take summer bus tours for live shows for a 30-city "America the Beautiful" cross-country tour, billed as his farewell tour. "I have a lot of other things that I want to do. I mean, nobody retires anymore. Writers never retire. But this is my last season. This tour this summer is the farewell tour." Keillor said he tapped musician Chris Thile of the bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek to succeed him full-time as host in September 2016, following guest-hosting spots.
Keillor said he plans to stay on as executive producer, but only "an admirer" and "a gray eminence" of the on-air show, which he said will keep its Midwestern focus. "I'm perfectly willing to do whatever needs to be done. I can certainly come on the show as a guest, you know, I can do the warm-up. I can stand in the wings and wind up microphone cord," Keillor said. He also he would like to make another movie. A movie version of "A Prairie Home Companion" hit theaters in 2006.
Stern Rips Into Fargo Reporter After Jab Over Forbes' Report
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2015 –– A local TV morning show in Fargo has drawn the wrath of SiriusXM's Howard Stern after his shocked reaction to Howard Stern's income as posted in Forbe's top earner's list. "How is Howard Stern making $95 million a year?" the host asked incredulously. Among the Celebrity 100 ranking of the top-earning stars, Stern was rated 5th, making $95 million, making him one of radio's biggest earners.
On yesterday's show, Stern launched into a four-minute tirade against Fargo TV Host Chris Berg, host of "North Dakota Today." "The reason I worked so hard is so I wouldn't have to live in Fargo, North Dakota, honestly. No offense if you live there. I'm pretty sure if you're living there, you're trying to get out ... Gee whiz ... I didn't know Fargo still existed ... Good lord. Well, anyway," Stern said. .. Taking further aim at Berg, Stern said, "Leave Fargo, get a show and work on your comedy chops and work on being interesting."
Ironically, America's Got Talent," airs on the same network of which Berg's station is an affiliate. "Sirius satellite radio is the best thing to happen to Fargo, North Dakota, because they can now get national programming on their radio and not have to be stuck listening to two nitwits who don't understand the business," Stern said. Read more in The Forum.
[WATCH] Seacrest Shares What/Who He'll Miss Most On 'Idol
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2015 –– As next season's American Idols draws to a close, Ryan Seacrest, one of its last remaining original cast members says he's going to miss a lot of things about the show, but there's one person who he'll always miss most. Join Seth Meyers on NBC's 'Late Night on Monday when asked "Who will you miss most? Or, who have you missed most?," Seacrest didn't surprise Meyers by answering, "I'm still missing Simon."
"I was going to say, yeah," said Seth. "I'm still missing Simon. That's the one," said Ryan. "You guys had a very nice chemistry. That's a rare thing that you guys found," said Seth. "It was incredible. It was the sport of just insulting each other back and forth," said Ryan. "Yeah!" said Seth. Seacrest added, "He’s a terrific individual who's one of the sweetest guys that you're ever going to meet in the business. He's got a really big heart, he's generous and he’s been a great friend of mine. That being said, we love to compete." WATCH HERE
[WATCH] Radio Host In Shock After Fiancé Proposes At Airport
THE MOUTH, JULY 21STST, 2015 –– Popular KTFM/San Antonio morning co-host Rachel "Blondie" Jones tells mysanantonio.com she’s still “in shock” after her boyfriend, Staff Sergeant Toby Wescoe of the U.S. Marines, surprised her at the airport with a marriage proposal. Wescoe and Blondie who have dated for two years had the question popped right after she landed in Baltimore, Maryland, on Friday. She had flown there to meet Toby’s family.
He got down on one knee at the airport, produced a ring and asked her to be his wife. After cries of disbelief, she said “yes.” Her KTFM co-host Nugget Johnson announced her engagement on the radio yesterday morning. Toby is stationed in Pittsburgh, the two haven’t had time to set a date, much less plan a wedding. She'll return to the air next Tuesday, but meanwhile, enjoy VIDEO HERE
Westwood One Seeks Content Marketing/Design Manager
THE MOUTH, JULY 21ST, 2015 –– Westwood One is seeking a well-rounded content marketing and design manager to join our content marketing team. We’re looking for someone with a proven track record creating and distributing compelling content marketing pieces that rise above the competition, inspire others to take action, and drive lead generation.
The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, efficient project management skills, pro-active thinking, hustle, and prior experience crafting engaging content marketing campaigns. Read more HERE
Grooveshark Co-Founder Passes Away At 28; Miley Cryus To Host This Year's VMA's
Blake and Miranda Call It Quits - [AP]
Miley Cyrus Hosting This Year's VMA's - [MTV]
Grooveshark Co-Founder Passes Away At 28 - [VARIETY]
Carol Burnett To Receive SAG Lifetime Achievement Award - [LA TIMES]
'Xena: Warrior Princess' Reboot In The Works - [THR]
OUCH: Wash. Nets Blame Taylor Swift For Postponed Game - [NME]
PSY Crashes Rolls Royce - Leaves In A Porsche - [PAGE 6]
Teresa Giudice TV Comeback Coming Sooner Than You Think - [E ONLINE]
Bill Cosby Cut From Black Stuntmen Doc - [DEADLINE]
Nicole Kidman Dazzles On Cover Of Vogue - [RACKED]
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Scott Herman Rises To Chief Operating Officer For CBS
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2015 –– Andre Fernandez, President, CBS Radio, announced today that Scott Herman has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Herman will continue to report to Fernandez and lead local operations across the Division’s 117 major market stations. CBS RADIO’s market managers will now report to Herman. Herman most recently was Executive Vice President, Operations, a position he has held since November 2007, and CBS Radio New York Market Manager for the past year. He works particularly close with the Division’s news and talk stations, and his expertise in this area has allowed CBS RADIO to retain its leadership position in the format. Herman’s first corporate appointment for CBS RADIO was in 2003 when he was named Executive Vice President, Eastern Region. Before that, he was Senior Vice President, Market Manager for the Division’s New York properties, including the venerable AM stations 1010 WINS, WCBS 880 and WFAN. Herman was Vice President and General Manager of 1010 WINS, America’s first All-News radio station, from 1994-2003 and WNEW-FM on two different occasions during the 90s.
MOTION: Krystina Ramey Joins KRBE's Roula And Ryan Show; The Kane Show Invades Peoria
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2015 –– KRBE/Houston's Roula & Ryan Morning Show has announced the addition of Krystina Ramey (inset).
The former KVJ/WRMF intern, most recently hosted a morning show in the Tri-Cities, 98.5 WTFM - TN/VA area. Ramey tells Jockline, "I've traveled from coast to coast to follow my radio dream -- from West Palm Beach to Los Angeles -- and now I'm very happy to call Houston my home. I couldn't ask for a better group to work with than Roula, Ryan, Eric & Special K! I'm very excited to work for such a forward-thinking station as KRBE, and I can't wait to create some great radio!"co-host/Executive Producer Eric Rowe (left center) will be a featured panelists at this year's Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago and lead a special 25th edition of 'Battle of The Bits: 'Radio's Got Talent.
Energy 102.3/WNGY-FM announced today the addition of The Kane Show to the station's weekday morning lineup. The Kane Show is hosted by Kane, along with co-hosts Danni Starr and Intern John, sidekick Rose, and producers Erick and Scott. WNGY Program Director Chris Stewart commented, 'Being from Tampa, I'm extremely familiar with Kane and what The Kane Show brings to this brand.'
PROGRAMMING: Entercom Taps Tony Lorino And Leigh NcNabb For Atlanta & Kansas City Programming Posts
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2015 –– Entercom announced that Tony Lorino has been named Program Director of Hot AC station Star 94 in Atlanta. Lorino has been with Entercom since 2006, most recently serving as Program Director of KZPT in Kansas City. Star 94 will simulcast on WSTR-FM and WQXI-AM beginning in August. In addition to his role in Kansas City, Lorino has served as a Morning Show Producer and Assistant Program Director at Entercom Milwaukee and also worked at KSTZ/KIOA in Des Moines, Iowa. L
With the Lorino move, Entercom announced that 99.7 The Point - KZPT-FM Kansas City adds Leigh McNabb as its the new Program Director. McNabb joins 99.7 The Point from Entercom- Milwaukee's 103.7 KISS FM WXSS where she served as Assistant Program Director, Music Director, and Midday Host under Brian Kelly. Prior to 103.7 KISS FM, McNabb hosted Morning Drive at 97ZOK in Rockford, IL, Middays in Champaign/Urbana, and Promotions in Des Moines, Iowa.
Nielsen To Weigh-In On Voltair During Tomorrow's Client Call
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2015 –– Nielsen's long-awaited comment on the widely discussed Voltair device is scheduled tomorrow during its client call. According to mediapost.com, Nielsen will first discuss its stance on Voltair and PPM with clients in a conference call and Webinar, followed by a public statement afterwards. The product which was developed and manufactured by the Telos Alliance, boost the encoded signal in radio programming that serves as an inaudible “watermark,” allowing PPM to detect the signal when the panelist carrying the device is nearby; thus, giving the station credit for the audio exposure.
Among many questions is whether the PPM can actually detect all the encoded signals included in various types of programming. In order to keep the digital watermark inaudible, Arbitron, which developed PPM before being acquired by Nielsen in 2013, lowered the energy of the encoded signal to a level that PPM could supposedly still pick up without interrupting the listening experience. However, some formats, such as talk, don't always produce enough energy in this range to mask the signal effectively causing the system to lower the signal or stop encoding altogether.
[LISTEN] Toby Keith Invites Bobby Bone's And The Raging Idiots To Open D.C. Concert
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2015 –– Country music star Toby Keith called in to The Bobby Bones Show last week, to officially invite Bobby Bones and his comedy band The Raging Idiots to open for his upcoming “Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour” in Washington, D.C.
Recently signed to Black River Entertainment, The Raging Idiots will join Chris Janson as part of Keith’s opening lineup at Jiffy Lube Live on August 8. Keith told Bones, “We’re just gonna have you come in and open up the ole D.C. show. We’re always looking for new, crazy stuff like that.” Bones, who thought the original invitation by Keith’s team was a joke, accepted the offer saying: “…we would not say no, ever in a million years, so thank you. I thought it was a joke…That’s just crazy, so yes, our answer is yes!” The Raging Idiots have sold out their last 10 shows, with shows this weekend in OKC and Springfield, MOLISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
[WATCH] Ryan Seacrest Explains Breaking Glass Shower Door While Naked To Fallon
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2015 –– Ryan Seacrest was a guest on Friday night's "Tonight Show" and told Jimmy Fallon a story about a recent accident he had while staying at a luxury hotel in Cabo Mexico.
He explained that the luxury outdoor shower at the resort he stayed at was too hard to resist, but he struggled while opening the door afterwards and ended up with a shower of broken glass while he was completely naked. WATCH HERE -
Former AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Back In Court
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2015 –– Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd landed back in court again accused of consuming alcohol in breach of a home detention sentence. According to The BBC, Rudd, who was arrested on Saturday, made no plea and will appear again at the New Zealand court in two weeks.
Earlier this month, Rudd was sentenced to eight months in house detention for drug possession and making threats to kill. Following his first conviction, Rudd didn't take part in AC/DC's current world tour. After his latest arrest, Rudd must undergo drug and alcohol testing when required.
Rudd had been sentenced to house detention just under two weeks ago for threatening to "take out" a former employee and possessing marijuana and methamphetamine.
Radio Creative Director To Make Two Appearances On National TV
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2015 –– Jeffrey D. Wine (R), Alpha Media, Chambersburg, PA / Hagerstown, MD. Creative Services Director, is making two upcoming national TV appearances on AMC and Lifetime Movie Network. In the first, he portrays mob underboss, Willie Moretti, in the AMC 8 - part mini - series "The Making of the Mob: New York.” He made a brief appearance in episode 5 standing alongside the character of Frank Costello. Provided his scenes haven't been cut, Wine says he hopes to appear in future episodes. "I filmed four scenes and had a few lines , including a rather lengthy speech in one of the courtroom scenes. Hopefully all of the scenes - and my lines! - made it into the final cut," says Wine. Regardless, he says it was an incredibly rewarding experience .
He also has a small role of minister/exorcist Bill Bean in the new 6 - part series "I Was Possessed ”, currently airing on Lifetime Movie Network . Wine says his episode will air Saturday, July 25th, at 10PM EST. Wine is no stranger to acting . He has performed in or directed over 100 theatrical productions . In 2007, h e began his foray into the world of TV and film, starting as an extra on the HBO series, "The Wire. ” He has also had roles in several crime re - enactment series .
In eight years, he has amassed over 2 5 national TV and independent film credits, most of which can be viewed on his Internet Movie Database page (www.imdb.com) under J.D. Wine.
3rd Annual Radio Talent Institute Kicks Off Today At Western Kentucky Univ.
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2015 –– The third annual KDA WKU Radio Talent Institute begins today at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green today. Featured speakers will include 35 professional broadcasters including Erica Farber (L), President/CEO of RAB. The KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute is sponsored by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, Forever Communications, The Cromwell Group, Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation, Henson Media, Anderson and Associates and Forcht Broadcasting.
Former students who have completed the Institutes have gotten their first job in radio or a related field and are working for CBS, Commonwealth Broadcasting, iHeart Media, Forever C Communications , Cumulus Media, Beasley Media , Entercom, Greater Media, RFD TV, CNN and others. The National Radio Talent System™ is a system of Radio Talent Institutes™ on college campuses across America; the first program of its kind in the world. The KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute was preceded this summer by the GAB Radio Talent Institute at the University of Georgia in May, the Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University in North Carolina in June, and the Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in early July.
CONDOLENCES: 70's Pioneer Female Host Shana LiVigni Passes Away
THE MOUTH, JULY 20TH, 2015 –– One of radio's ground-breaking female host from the 70's has passed Away. Shana LiVigni, who went only by Shana, had recently relocated back home to Detroit from California, where reportedly during the 70's had become one of the first female hosts on 610 KFRC later moving to KHJ and KLOS and KLSX. Other stints included serving as Talent Coordinator for the syndicated Rockline and an editor at the Album Network.
Most recently she owned and operated Barefoot Entertainment.
Man Found Dead In Demi Moore's Swimming Pool; 'Dating Naked' Billboard Causes Stir
UH OH: Maroon 5 Banned From China Following Dalai Lama Happy Birthday Tweet - [NME]
Bon Jovi & U2 Crash Bachelorette Pary In The Hamptons - [PAGE SIX]
'Dating Naked' Billboard Causing A Stir In LA - [FOX]
[WATCH] Justin Timberlake And Alphonso Ribeiro Do The Carlton During Celebrity Golf Tournament - [YOUTUBE]
[WATCH] Justin Bieber Impersonates Ozzy Osbourne In Lip-Sync Battle - [HERALD RECORDER]
LOOK: Robert Downey Jr. Takes Selfies With Food Truck Workers - [E ONLINE]
Man Found Dead In Demi Moore's Swimming Pool - [TMZ]
[WATCH] 'Some Kind Of Beautiful' With Pierce Brosnan - [SLASH FILM]
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Medha Gandhi Joins 107.9/Boston's Matty Show As Executive Producer
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2015 ––WXKS-FM 107.9 KISS 108, Boston's Number One Hit Music Station, announced that Medha Gandhi will be the new executive producer of the Matty in the Morning Show from 6a.m. to 10a.m.
Medha joins the Matty in the Morning Show from WNCI in Columbus, Ohio where she has served as executive producer of the Dave and Jimmy show and their syndication network for the past eight years.
Medha is the great-great-granddaughter of Gandhi and is very involved with various charitable organizations like the MDA, The Alzheimer's Association, and many others.
Colin Cowherd Exits ESPN Radio; Sources Point To Future With Fox Sports TV
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2015 –– ESPN and Colin Cowherd are apparently parting ways, thus; making him the third high-profile host to exit the network following Bill Simmons and Keith Olbermann.
The Sun Times posted a statement from ESPN's John Skipper saying: "We’ve enjoyed a mutually beneficial run with Colin for over a decade. He came to national prominence on ESPN with his unique perspective on sports and society. Endings also bring new beginnings, for ESPN and Colin, and we thank him and wish him the best.”
Meanwhile, The Big Lead reports that Cowherd is likely to rejoin Jamie Horowitz, the new President of Fox Sports, who produced SportsNation with Cowherd and Beadle. "While no destination is finalized, talks are progressing towards a deal with Fox Sports," reports the outlet.
As for radio, Cowherd recently said on 'About Sports Radio podcast with Zach McCrite:' “In the next 5-10 years, I don’t even think they’ll have radios in cars. I think podcast and digital and Sirius is the future. I think terrestrial — AM especially — is done in five years.”
CBS And Perez Hilton Team For Multi-Platform Initiatives
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2015 –– CBS Radio announced that web/TV/radio personality, Perez Hilton is partnering with them on a variety of content initiatives, including the launch of an exclusive podcast to be featured on Play.it®, as well as content from CBS RADIO and CBS Local Digital Media. Furthermore, “Radio Perez,” Hilton’s daily celebrity news feature, syndicated by C Student Entertainment, will now be heard on 20 CBS RADIO stations nationwide.
Hilton is joined weekly by Chris Booker (R), 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM) afternoon drive host and entertainment personality, along with other surprise celebrity co-hosts, guests and friends in a roundtable discussion. In addition to KAMP-FM (Los Angeles) and WBBM-FM (Chicago), the “Radio Perez” entertainment and gossip update will be added to WBMP-FM (New York), KMVQ-FM (San Francisco), KVIL-FM (Dallas), KKHH-FM (Houston), WIAD-FM (Washington, D.C.), and other CBS RADIO stations.
Chicago Bulls And White Sox Ink Long-Term Deal With WLS 890
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media, Inc., the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox jointly announced today that WLS AM 890 has been named the teams’ new flagship radio station in a multiyear agreement. White Sox games will air on WLS AM 890 beginning in 2016, while Bulls games will move to the station beginning with the 2016-17 NBA season.
The agreement, which runs through 2021 with both teams, includes all Bulls preseason, regular and postseason games and all White Sox regular and postseason games, select spring training and exhibition games, as well as weekly original programming. “Cumulus Media and WLS AM 890 are honored to become the radio home of the Bulls and White Sox, two of Chicago’s very best sports brands,” said Peter Bowen (L), Vice President and Market Manager of Cumulus Media’s Chicago operations. “Adding both teams to our programming schedule allows us to continue to capitalize on the strong growth and success Cumulus is enjoying in the Chicago market. We cannot wait to bring year-round sports to some of the world’s greatest fans.” In addition to WLS AM 890, Chicago stations in the Cumulus family include WLS FM 94.7, WLUP FM 97.9 and WKQX FM 101.1.
WABC's Rita Crosby Lands One-On-One With Trump
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2015 –– Unless you've been stowed away on NASA's spaceship to Pluto, you know that media/real estate mogul Donald Trump has been all over the news lately. Now comes word that WABC/New York's Rita Cosby’s has scooped an interview Trump that will air this Sunday, July 19, at 6:00 a.m. ET or on-demand at www.wabcradio.com.
Among the highlights, Trump calls for a boycott of Mexico in light of its illegal immigration/border issues and the escape of El Chapo and even discusses Bill Cosby saying, “He’s guilty as hell.”
Trump also says he has spoken to the family of Kate Steinle, who was killed in the Bay Area by an illegal immigrant. The full interview will air Sunday on The Rita Cosby Show on 77 WABC New York. For the complete transcript, CLICK HERE
Malcolm Out Loud Inks Network Deal
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2015 –– Malcolm Out Loud, a popular radio news commentator, creator of the popular websites www.OutLoudAmerica.com and www.BrinkThinking.com, is expanding his reach by bringing his insight and commentary to radio three times a day with new daily radio features. His current daily feature The Out Loud Minute has been heard on hundreds of radio stations across the United States. Malcolm is also seen on digital television at www.MalcolmOutLoud.tv. Malcolm Out Loud will produce three new daily features
These three new features are available for radio stations daily Monday through Friday through WYM Media Management. Debbie Greenbaum, Vice-President of Affiliate Sales for WYM Media Management said, “We are excited to launch this new feature from Malcolm Out Loud. His is a unique voice that will resonate strongly with listeners.” WYM Media Management will be handling radio affiliations and advertising sales. Gabe Hobbs, whose media management and consulting company works with Malcolm added, “Malcolm is truly a fresh voice and certainly a unique and entertaining voice. He is part of the ever growing genre of radio anchors, hosts and commentators who won’t yell at you. For DEMO & BIO contact www.wymmediamanagement.com
Alpha Media Closes On Purchase of Adelante Group
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced they have closed the purchase of radio stations from Adelante Media Group. The three radio stations purchased from Adelante Media Group include KTUB(AM ) and KDUT(FM) in Salt Lake City - Ogden - Provo and KBMG(FM) in Evanston, WY. When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to one hundred thirty-five. Chairman of Alpha Media, Larry Wilson commented on the acquisition, “ Mary Lee Robinson and her team will be a great addition to the Alpha Media Family. We look forward to continuing the live and local message throughout the Latino community in Salt Lake City.”
Jay Meyers, CEO of Adelante Media Group, LLC said , “Although I am sad to see the Adelante era end in Salt Lake, I’m very excited that the great things we’ve built will be continued by the special team at Alpha Media. Dealing with Larry Wilson, Bob Proffitt, Donna Heffner and the Alpha Media crew has been a true joy.”
Luke Bryan Talks Jennings Apology With Shawn Parr & Elaina Smith
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2015 –– Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year Luke Bryan paid a visit to the NASH Campus and NASH Nights Live yesterday. Bryan sat down with NNL co-hosts Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith and took listener questions and was candid about his recent Outlaw Country comments, saying that when he learned of Shooter Jennings' response to his apology, he felt like it was the first time he could take a deep breath again.
Shooter Jennings, son of famed artist Waylon Jennings, had extended an olive branch to Bryan, who, says the LA Times, got himself in hot water last week for off-the-cuff remarks about the outlaw country movement including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. PICTURED (L to R): NASH Nights Live co-host Elaina Smith, Luke Bryan, NNL co-host Shawn Parr
Emmy Nominations Announced; Schumer Sends Naughty Note To Couric's Husband
Emmys Nominations Announced -[THR]
Meghan McCain To Contribute To Fox News - [VARIETY]
[WATCH] Amy Schumer Sends X-Rated Text To Katie Couric's Husband - [E ONLINE]
Katy Perry To Become Face Of H&M Holiday Campaign - [IDOLATOR]
Shaq To Spin Records At Tomorrow World 2015 - [BILLBOARD]
Nikki Sixx Plots Post Motley Crue Tour - [ROLLING STONE]
EW Covers 'X-Men: Apocalypse - [EW]
REPORT: Amber Wade Charged With Illegal Dog Smuggling While In Australia - [RUMORFIX]
Paul Walker's Brother Lands First Major Film Role - [NOLA]
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[WATCH] Radio Covers ESPY Awards & Caitlyn Jenner Speech
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2015 –– It's what radio and rest of media were all talking about this morning. Caitlyn Jenner's emotional speech during last night's ESPY Awards. As expected, radio was there in full force. Among them included Westwood One News correspondent Jim Roope (shown) stands in front of the awards center in Los Angeles shortly before Caitlyn Jenner was set to make her first formal public appearance as a woman and to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Also on hand was ABC Radio correspondent Jason Nathanson who took time to speak with Paralympic snowboarder and one-time Dancing with the Stars Runner-up Amy Purdy. Watch Jenner speech HERE - PHOTO/screengrab
PROGRAMMING: Nikki Nite Returns To Austin As VP/Prog. Entercom
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2015 –– Entercom announced that Nikki Nite has been named Vice President of Programming and Operations in Austin, filling the position formerly held by Cat Thomas. Nite has been with Entercom since 2009, programming stations in both the Austin and Sacramento markets. Most recently, Nite has served as Program Director of Entercom Sacramento cluster.
Prior to joining Entercom, Nite worked in programming at CBS AC KVIL and Adult Hits KMVK/DALLAS, Top 40 WFBC, Country/Christian hybrid WGCV/GREENVILLE, SC and Top 40 WWXM/Myrtle Beach, SC. Nite will be starting in Austin on August 3, 2015. Entercom has started a national search to replace Nite in the Sacramento market.
Cox Media Group Announces Senior Leadership Changes
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2015 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) is making major senior leadership changes in its National Ad Platforms, Radio and Digital businesses. The new appointments and promotions include Kim Guthrie (L), as CMG’s Executive VP (EVP) of National Ad Platforms and President of Cox Reps; Bill Hendrich (LC) will succeed Guthrie as EVP of Radio and CMG Research, based in Atlanta; and Marian Pittman (RC), CMG’s new EVP of Digital Strategy, will oversee CMG’s digital strategy, content and sales, also based in Atlanta. “We are fortunate to have proven, talented and inspirational leaders within CMG that we can tap for critical positions throughout the company,” said CMG President Bill Hoffman.
Kim Guthrie, formerly Executive VP of Radio, now will oversee all of CMG’s television advertising platform businesses, including CoxReps, Videa and Gamut. She started her broadcasting career as a TV news reporter and anchor and has always overseen TV markets in her leadership roles, in addition to her radio markets. “Kim’s job driving results in the radio division stands testimony to that, and she has wonderful cross-over skills that apply to any of our Cox businesses,” added Hoffman. Along with the moved, VP and GM of Orlando Radio Susan Larkin is promoted to Regional VP of Jacksonville and Orlando Radio and will also assume responsibility for Jacksonville Radio.
MOTION: Marty Bender Announces Departure From WSHE/103.3 FM Chicago; Longtime KFMB VP/GM Gina Landau San Diego To Retire
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2015 –– WSHE/Chicago PD Marty Bender announced that due to personal reasons he'll be stepping down as soon as his successor is in place. According to crm.com, Bender started as WILV/WSHE in June 2013, replacing Barry "BJ" James, who retired from radio. He is most known for his many as Executive Producer of the nationally syndicated "Bob & Tom Show" and Operations Director for Clear Channel Indianapolis.
In a memo to his staff, he wrote: 'As a few of you may know, the past year... and especially the last six months... have been very challenging for me on a personal/family level. While we all eventually address life-changing events, I've had to deal with almost every conceivable one of them happening in rapid succession. To compound the situation(s), all of these are happening in two cities, away from Chicago. I lost my brother after a long illness and a brutal life-support situation. My parents, while dealing with the loss of their son, are now both advancing into their own life-changing challenges. I wish that was it, but there are additional health and family issues that still need to be resolved."
In San Diego, longtime KFMB Radio VP/GM Gina Landau announces Retirement after a 35 year run in San Diego market. Landau spent her entire radio career in San Diego starting at Lotus Communications (KFSD-FM). From there she moved to the Wise Communications and then to the legendary KKLQ (Q-106), serving as an AE for seven years. In 1995 Landau was named LSM of KFMB-FM when it was Star 100.7 (now 100.7 Jack FM) and in 2007, stepped into her current role of VP/GM of the KFMB Radio Stations. Send her your best wishes at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Devi Dev To Handle Middays & Music For 93.7 The Beat
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Houston announced that Devi Dev has been named Music Director for KQBT-FM 93.7 THE BEAT and also host middays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Devi is among the original air staff at THE BEAT since its launch in December 2013, previously hosting evenings. Prior to joining iHeartMedia Houston, Devi’s radio and music career began in Los Angeles as a personality MD. Five years later, she segued to New York where she hosted MTV’s Hip Hop POV and co-hosted mornings on Sirius/XM’s Shade 45.
"I’m extremely excited to play a bigger role on the BEAT," said Devi. "This is a chance to get even closer to our audience, and create amazing things along the way. iHeartMedia is an extremely innovative and forward-thinking company; to be able to grow my career with them is a huge opportunity. I’m ready to get started!"
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2015 –– The Texas-based Perot family's Petrus Holding Co. has acquired Connoisseur Media, which owns 42 radio stations in 12 markets across the U.S. According to bizjournals.com, Connoisseur’s existing management team will continue to operate the stations with Petrus as their financial partner.
“We are very excited to partner with The Perot Companies to continue our focused and disciplined growth strategy,” said Jeffrey D. Warshaw (L), CEO of Connoisseur Media. “It is important for us to have a partner who shares our values and supports our long-term growth strategy.”
“We believe in the enduring importance of radio, which continues to be the media with the greatest reach among adults,” said Steve Blasnik, President of Petrus Holding Company. “We jumped at the opportunity to invest with the most innovative management team in the business, a team that knows how to win. Connoisseur has done an excellent job establishing a strong geographic presence in a competitive industry, and we look forward to helping them expand that reach.”
Gavin DeGraw To Perform During Marconi Awards
Awards Dinner To Be Hosted By Rickey Smiley
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2015 –– Grammy nominated singer and BMI songwriter Gavin DeGraw will perform at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, sponsored by HD Radio. The event will take place October 1 at the 2015 Radio Show, held September 29-October 2 in Atlanta and produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).
DeGraw is currently on a North American tour with country star Shania Twain and is also the opening act for legendary artist Billy Joel. DeGraw broke onto the charts with his debut album “Chariot” in 2003. The album sold over a million copies and includes three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and “Chariot.” His self-titled second album debuted at number one on the digital sales chart and number seven on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, which earned DeGraw his first Top 10 album.
Winners of this year's Marconi's will be announced during awards dinner which will be hosted by Rickey Smiley.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
BBC Bans Neil Young, The Doors, Bonnie Raitt And Journey
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2015 –– Out of fear of breaching copyright, the BBC has told its producers and hosts not to play music by Neil Young, the Doors, Journey or Bonnie Raitt – or any cover versions of their songs, or tracks sampling them. The BBC’s legal department has emailed staff and independent producers telling them that the four acts have withdrawn from the Music Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). That means the BBC has no means of paying the artists for broadcast of their music, and so it cannot play their music without breaching copyright.
BOB FM News Wins Another Award - The big winners at Britain’s biggest commercial radio awards, the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards were BOB fm who won Gold for their news coverage. BOB added the Arqiva to their long list of awards which includes many IRN Awards.
"If It Doesn't Work I Guess We'll Just Get Fired' - Hamish and Andy are back on the radio in Australia. It's been rumored that their return cost Southern Cross Austereo around A$8million (US$7million). But Hamish Blake and Andy Lee say they are above any pressure in their official return to Today's Hit Network this week. Speaking to Australia’s Sunday Telegraph, 33-year-old Hamish admitted: 'We're just being ourselves.
If it doesn't work, I guess we'll just get fired, 'cause we've got no other guys to be.' The duo's Hamish & Andy drive show's return has been said to be a bid for SCA to bring back the listeners they lost with Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O' Henderson's 2013 departure. In a surprise move, they hit the airwaves a week early last Monday which is the beginning of the ratings sweeps.
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Megan Trainor Performs In The 'Burbs For Y98 St. Louis
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2015 –– Megan Trainor kicked off the first show of her M-Train tour in St. Louis at the Pageant after her vocal hemorrhage and the very next day she played a mini-concert in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood for the winner of the Y98 "RYB" contest.
While she kept her talking to a minimum, she loved the setting, the people, and the experience. Afterward, she granted the 'Phillips and Company' morning show exclusive access to her RV for an "interview"! Guy tells Jockline, "We've all been sworn to secrecy. (1st pic of the morning show at right: Guy, Courtney, Jen (far right), Kevin, and midday personality, Jill Devine.
Now It's Nicole Wallace Leaving 'The View'; Watch Rod Stewart's Carpool Karaoke
LAWYER: Copyright Fight Not Over For Clients Thicke & Pharrell - [CBS]
Now Nicole Wallace Exits 'The View' - [VARIETY]
George Lopez To Replace Trump On 'Celebrity Apprentice' - [GOSSIP COP]
Dan Aykroyd Confirms Cameo In New 'Ghostbusters' - [E ONLINE]
REPORT: Taylor Swift Boycotted Apple Music Without Label's Permission - [NME]
UH OH: Neil Young Pulling Product From Streaming Services - [THE VERGE]
[WATCH] Chris Brown's Home Invaded; Relative Forced Into Closet - [LA TIMES]
EXCELLENT: [WATCH] Rod Stewart With James Corden In Carpool Karaoke - [IDOLATOR]
Check Out This Year's Kennedy Center Honorees - [DEADLINE]
Amy Schumer Goes All Star Wars On Cover Of GQ - [TV GUIDE]
[WATCH] Tina Fey And Amy Poehler In 'Sisters' - [SLASH FILM]
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Jan Jeffries Takes PD Reins In D.C. At WRQX; Rick Gillette Heads To NYC As WPLJ
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that Jan Jeffries, Senior Vice President, Programming for Cumulus and Program Director for WLS-FM in Chicago, will move to Washington, D.C. to oversee programming for WRQX-FM as Program Director. Jeffries replaces Rick Gillette, who will move to New York City as Program Director for WPLJ-FM. John Foxx, who previously held the PD position for WPLJ, will remain with the station as Assistant Program Director. Jeffries will continue in his corporate role as Senior Vice President, Programming for Cumulus, while Gillette will retain his responsibilities as Corporate Program Director/Contemporary for Cumulus. Cumulus is currently conducting a search for WLS-FM Program Director.
Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming for Cumulus said: “These moves maximize the skills of two of the company’s best programmers. They are each perfectly suited for these two specific situations. ” Jeffries said: "The past four years programming WLS FM have been most rewarding, solidifying its heritage with a legendary air staff and signature sound. Now it is an honor to join WRQX and lead the talented programming team in Washington. My deepest appreciation to John Dickey and Mike McVay." Gillette said: “D.C. is a special place. It’s not often you get to rebuild a brand from the ground up, but that’s exactly what we’ve done in the past year.
Entercom Swaps Four Stations In Denver For Bonneville's The Sound Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2015 ––Entercom Communications Corp. announced an agreement with Bonneville International Corporation to exchange four stations in Denver for KSWD-FM (The Sound) in Los Angeles. This will allow Bonneville and Entercom to operate the exchanged stations immediately upon the closing of the Lincoln Financial Media acquisition (“LFM”). Entercom has entered into an exchange agreement with Bonneville under which Entercom will exchange four stations in Denver for Classic Rock station The Sound in Los Angeles and $5 million in additional consideration. The stations Entercom will exchange with Bonneville are: KOSI-FM, KYGO-FM, KKFN-FM and KEPN-AM. Entercom owns KOSI-FM, while the remaining stations are being acquired through the acquisition of LFM. As a result of the Entercom-Bonneville agreement, the Dept. of Justice has agreed to approve Entercom's purchase of LFM.
Commenting on the exchange of four of its Denver's stations , Entercom Pres./CEO David Field said "Frankly, this is a bittersweet event for us ... On the other hand, we are very excited to be entering the Los Angeles market, particularly with The Sound which is the fastest growing station in that market, featuring an outstanding talent lineup led by Mark Thompson, formerly of the Mark & Brian show.
Entercom Makes Management Moves Following Announcement
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2015 –– Following yesterday's announcement, Entercom has named Doug Abernethy as the Vice President/General Manager of Entercom Miami, Mike Fowler as Vice President/General Manager of Entercom Atlanta, Bob Bollinger as Vice President/General Manager of Entercom San Diego and Peter Burton as Vice President /General Manager of Entercom Los Angeles.
Commenting on the announcements, Weezie Kramer (L), Entercom’s Chief Operating Officer, noted “Lincoln Financial Media, Bonneville and their teams have built world-class brands, and we are excited about the opportunities to continue to grow these stations and to provide our listeners and customers with the best compelling local content and dynamic, integrated marketing solutions.” Kramer added “I am excited to welcome Doug, Bob, Mike and Peter to Entercom.
In Denver where Entercom will be adding three new stations to its lineup as a result of the acquisition, Entercom announced that Amy Griesheimer will continue to lead Entercom Denver in her role as Vice President/General Manager. Kramer commented, “Amy has been a tremendous leader for Entercom Denver and we know her experience, leadership and vision will continue to drive ratings, revenue and audience engagement for our stations in Denver.”
NETWORKS: Meghan McCain Named Host Of 'America Now'
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH 2015 –– Premiere Networks has announced that author and political columnist Meghan McCain will join the network as host of "America Now," beginning July 20. Meghan show will debut weekdays from 3-6pm PT on more than 100 affiliates.
"I can't wait to engage listeners across the country as we shine a spotlight on the stories and issues that affect us all," stated McCain. "Creating a dialogue to inform, inspire and entertain people is what's always driven me, and hosting America Now is an exciting opportunity to help drive the national conversation. I'm excited to be joining a network with such an amazing lineup of hosts."
"Meghan is smart, enthusiastic and outspoken, and we're excited to have her join our roster of industry-leading programs reaching diverse audiences across America," added Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott. "As talk radio continues to connect with and engage millions of people across multiple platforms, we're confident Meghan's unique perspective and experience in politics will resonate with America Now's national audience and create powerful marketing opportunities for our partners."
Race Named After The Late Andy Blacksmith Of The Morning Buzz
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2015 –– 'Andy Blacksmith would have been proud to see a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway named after him,' said Greg Kretschmar, host of Greg and the Morning Buzz heard in New Hampshire on WHEB-FM on the Seacoast, and WGIR-FM in Manchester. According to The Union Leader, Blacksmith was one of the Morning Buzz’s co-hosts before his death on June 20. Greg Kretschmar was joined by Blacksmith for 17 years and spent several of them at the speedway at this time each year, when the first of two summer NASCAR races come to area.
“When the speedway contacted us with this honor, we loved the idea — Andy would love it,” said Kretschmar. “Andy was a huge car guy — he was always excited to go to the track, he was an absolute Jeff Gordon fan,” Kretschmar said.
The Andy Blacksmith 100 will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday. It will be featured on NBC Sports Network on July 23 at 3 p.m. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race’s official name is the Andy Blacksmith 100 presented by Donate Life New England. The track has invited Blacksmith’s family, including his mother Barbara, and “his radio family” to serve as grand marshals and in other honorary race capacities. L-R - Andy Blacksmith, NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon, and Morning Buzz host Greg Kretschmar - PHOTO/Greg Kretschmar
Robin Thicke, Tyrese And More Join Steve Harvey's Neighborhood Awards Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2015 –– Award-winning recording artist Robin Thicke has joined the star-studded list of performers during the 2015 Neighborhood Awards Weekend in Atlanta, along with additional entertainment from performer Tyrese Gibson screening his movie Shame, judges David and Tamela Mann joining host Sheryl Underwood to crown the winning singer at the Sing Your Way to the State Farm Freedom Friday Party finale performance, and more!
Thicke will take the stage during the Steve Harvey Morning Show Live Broadcast on Friday August 7th, adding to a sizzling lineup that includes previously-announced headlining performances on Saturday August 8th from award-winning superstars Usher, Tyrese Gibson and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds at the 13th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards, hosted by EMMY-winning Family Feud, talk show and radio star Steve Harvey.
Steve Harvey and television/radio/film producer Rushion McDonald created the one-of-a-kind Neighborhood Awards (formerly the Hoodie Awards) and Neighborhood Awards Weekend to recognize and celebrate men and women nationwide who uplift their neighborhoods through their contributions and excellence as entrepreneurs, religious/community leaders, educators and more.
WOAD Jackson PD/Morning Host Receives Announcer of the Year
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2015 –– WOAD/Jackson, MS Program Director and Morning Show, Percy Davis has received the coveted 2015 Gospel Radio Announcer of the year award at this year’s 37 th Annual Gospel Music Awards held on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Alpha Media Executive Vice President of Programming, Scott Mahlick, stated, “We are truly blessed to have a programmer with Percy’s passion, love and experience with Alpha Media.”
Percy Davis also has two other Gospel Announcer of the year Awards from the Jackson Music Awards, plus one for R&B that he received during his last year broadcasting on WKXI. In addition to the numerous awards from the Jackson Music Awards, Percy has also received the prestigious Frank Williams Memorial award named for the founder of the Mississippi Mass Choir, and the Don Linzy Dixon Award given for outstanding support of the gospel music industry. The Jackson Gospel Music Awards was established in 1974 to recognize the ac complishments and contributions of all outstanding Mississippi recording artists, performers and radio personalities in gospel and rhythm and blues music annually in Jackson Mississippi.
2015 Rising Through The Ranks Scholarship Recipients Selected
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2015 –– 2015 Rising Through the Ranks Scholarship Recipients Selected Scholarship winners for this year’s Rising Through the Ranks Seminar presented by Radio Advertising Bureau, BMI, and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) have been selected. A total of twenty-one recipients will be attending this year’s seminar August 19-20, at the BMI headquarters in Nashville, TN.
Topics of conversation include: the role of today’s radio manager, managing a team, problem solving, budgeting and forecasting, women in the radio workplace, recruiting, hiring and firing, building a personal brand, and other women-in-management topics. Featured speakers include: Beth Neuhoff, President, Neuhoff Media; Weezie Kramer, Regional Vice President, Entercom Communications; Val Maki, Market Manager, Los Angeles, Emmis; Erica Farber, President and CEO, RAB; Lynn Anderson, CEO, Integrated Media Solutions Group; Becky Brenner, Partner, Albright, O’Malley & Brenner; Dan Spears, Vice President, Licensing, BMI; Lindsay Cerajewski, Director of Partnership Marketing, Emmis Communications; Kay Olin; Partner, Olin & Associates among others. Scholarships are courtesy of BMI. For more information log onto http://www.rab.com/public/academy/rttr-2015.cf
PROPS: Cigar Dave Show Hits 20-Yr. Mark
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2015 –– Happy belated birthday to The Syndicated Cigar Dave Show which debuted On July 8, 1995, on 620-AM WSUN in the Cigar City of Tampa, FL. The original show was at 12 Noon and ran for 1-hour. Today the show airs live from 12-2pm ET and is carried on over 130 radio stations, Cigar Dave Mobile Apps and CigarDave.com.
Recent affiliate additions include WMAY AM Springfield, IL -- KTOX AM Needles, CA and KEEL AM Shreveport, LA. The program is syndicated by Talk Shows USA.
Nick Gordon Hit With $10M Lawsuit; Sinead O'Connor Rips Rollin Stone For Kimmy Cover
[WATCH] Whoopi Walks Back Cosby Comments - [MEDIAITE]
[WATCH] Nick Gordon Hit With $10 Million Lawsuit In Behalf Of Bobbi Kristina Brown - [NYDN]
[WATCH] Taylor Swift Has A Stage Malfunction - [JEZEBEL]
Madeleine Albright To Guest On 'Madam Secretary' - [EW]
And The Next Bachelor Chosen Is..... [E ONLINE]
Salma Hayek Drops Top For Allure - [US]
'Oz' Fan Offers $1 Million For Dorothy's Stolen Red Slippers - [MASHABLE]
Facebook Surpasses Google As Fastest Company To Reach $250 Million Market Cap - [THE WRAP]
Jenny McCartney Goes Pink - [PEOPLE]
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MIW Group Names Ellen K For Inaugural 'Airblazer Award'
To Be Received During Upcoming Morning Show Boot Camp In Chicago
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2015 –– The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group announced it has formed an alliance with Talentmaster's Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) to establish the MIW Airblazer Award, which is an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting.The recipient of the inaugural MIW Airblazer Award is iHeart Media's Ellen K, co-host of the top-rated, globally syndicated On Air with Ryan Seacrest on KIIS - FM/Los Angeles. Ellen will receive the award during the 27 th annual Morning Show Boot Camp scheduled for August 6-7, 2015 in Chicago and presented by RAB President/CEO Erica Farber
Don Anthony, founder and host of MSBC commented, “To make MSBC the official home of this new award is indeed an honor and another step forward in recognizing the true star-power and inspiration women such as Ellen K and others bring to our industry."
"The inaugural MIW Airblazer Award,” says MIW Radio Group Spokesperson Kay Olin,“ gives us another avenue with which to build awareness and recognition of all the immensely talented women leading the way as local and syndicated on air personalities."
To learn more about the MIW Radio Group, please visit www.R adio MIW.com. For more info or to register for MSBC, CLICK HERE
Limbaugh Spox Prevails In Lawsuit Against StopRush Campaign Member
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2015 –– A judge has awarded Rush Limbaugh spokesperson Brian Glicklich (shown) nearly $10,000 in legal expenses for what he described as attempts to interfere with his work through “harassing litigation" from a member of the StopRush Campaign.
According to Glicklich, Carol Kernahan Wallin is a leader of a group of activists who contact advertisers of the Premiere-syndicated Rush Limbaugh show in an effort to intimidate them into stop advertising. Glicklich told ntsmediaonline.com, “This judgement represents the truth that #stoprush is an effort at speech suppression through harassment and intimidation." He added, “I’m grateful to the Court, and hope that all of us who value unfettered speech can join together to oppose those who would try to limit it.”
Glicklich has chronicled this story at his website where he reports to have received hundreds of harassing and disgusting tweets. Read more details HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Grows Brand Partnerships Team With Addition Of Specialists; Kevin Legrett Named iHM Market President
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announced that it has expanded its Brand Partnerships team to include two brand integrations and marketing specialists, Leslie Slender, newly named Vice President, Brand Partnerships and Events, and Leslie Caraccilo, Vice President, Brand Partnerships. Slender has served as Cumulus New York’s Corporate Director, Events and Marketing for Cumulus since 2013. Caraccilo was named Interactive Sales Manager for Cumulus’ Atlanta radio cluster in 2010 and was promoted to Senior Director of Digital Monetization for Cumulus in 2013.
iHeartMedia announced today that Kevin LeGrett has been named Market President for Los Angeles, effective August 3, 2015. In addition to LeGrett's appointment the company also announced that Greg Ashlock, President of iHeartMedia Southern California and Executive Vice President of Operations for iHeartMedia, will take on expanded responsibilities in his EVPO role, which will continue to include oversight of the Los Angeles cluster. LeGrett is a 22-year media veteran who joined iHeartMedia in 2010 as Vice President/Market Manager for its Rochester, NY market. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Operations, overseeing more than 220 radio stations and 46 markets of all sizes in the Northeast and Midwest regions.
Da Brat Fills In On The Smiley Morning Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2015 –– Following last week's news that former 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Claudia Jordan had exited the syndicated Rickey Smiley Show after one year, comes word that rapper Da Brat will be filling the seat in the interim. While some have reported that she's replacing Jordan, a source close to the situation tells Jockline a permanent replacement won't happen for several months and that Da Brat is currently serving as a fill-in. Da Brat has been a regular guest on the Smiley show over the past year.
Last year, Jordan followed Ebony Steele who had been with the show for seven years. Smiley’s morning show is heard in more than 60 markets and airs from Atlanta's Hot 107.9.
PRODUCTS: The Fitz Show Adds Eight New Affiliates; Red Cup Country Expands To Canada; ReelWorld Brings New Sound To BBC 1Xtra; Envision's 'Absolute Imaging' Adds KORL/Honolulu
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2015 –– The Sun Broadcast Group announced The Fitz Show has added 8 new stations. The Fitz Show, which originates from Entercom’s 100.7 The Wolf in Seattle, can now be heard on Townsquare Media’s KQCS-FM, Quad Cities and WPKQ-FM Portland, ME; Colonial Radio’s WBYB-FM/WVTT-F4, Eldred, PA; Penelope Inc.’s WANO-AM Pikeville, KY; Cotton Broadcasting’s KOUL-FM Corpus Christi, Ohana Media’s KXLW-FM, Anchorage and Shamrock Communication’s KACP-FM, Las Vegas NV. “I can’t believe how quickly this is taking off! I’m so excited to hear from so many PD’s coast to coast… " For more information on “The Fitz Show” contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., and its production partner, The 29Group, Inc., are proud to announce the weekly weekend party show for Country Radio, RedCup Country, has been growing its reach in syndicated radio and now the show expands internationally with the recent addition of it first Canadian affiliate, CJOK in Alberta. RedCup Country is a five-hour weekly show hosted by radio personality Sean “Coop” Tabler, former night personality on Detroit’s legendary WYCD and now morning host of 98.7 AMP Radio in the Motor City.
ReelWorld’s new sound for 1Xtra has launched this week after the company won their first BBC pitch earlier this year. The new imaging is a joint venture between ReelWorld Europe and long term collaborator Ben Marks of Substance B Media. ReelWorld European Managing Director Anthony Gay added: “This is ReelWorld’s first successful BBC tender so it marks a bit of a landmark in our company’s history. The project has been a huge thrill to work on and we’re very proud to be supporting such an iconic radio station.” LISTEN TO DEMO HERE
Envision Networks® Absolute Imaging™ announced KORL/Honolulu as the newest affiliate of the imaging collection from award-winning radio imaging legend Rick Allen. Absolute Imaging™ is available 24/7 at www.myabsoluteimaging.com and can be accessed on the go with iPhones, iPads, and most smartphones. Stations interested in a FREE two week trial should contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org
[WATCH] Delilah Joins Cheryl Casone On Fox's 'After The Bell'
OS ANGELES, July 13, 2015 – While Premiere Networks host Delilah was in New York hosting one of 106.7 Lite FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park performances on July 9, she stopped by FOX Business’ After The Bell with Cheryl Casone to chat about how she became the most-listened-to woman on radio. Delilah discussed her rags to riches story, including the advice she got from her father at a young age to remain debt-free. When asked why she thinks her radio program is so successful, Delilah credited her show’s ability to provide listeners with comfort and relief from the stresses in their daily lives. WATCH HERE
DFW's Eric Bushman Honored With Second Edward R. Murrow Award
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Dallas-Fort Worth announces that WBAP-AM/KLIF-AM’s award-winning journalist Eric Bushman has been honored with a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio TelSevision Digital News Association (RTDNA) for his reporting on the U.S. Ebola outbreak last year.
Dallas was “Ground Zero” for Bushman’s story, and Bushman was lead reporter from start to finish on the story. This is the second consecutive year for Bushman to receive an Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting. Last year, Bushman received a Murrow Award for his comprehensive coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Tyler Cox, Operations/Program Manager for WBAP-AM said: “Eric’s work represents the type of reporting that is the signature of the WBAP news staff: comprehensive, in-depth, and sticking with the story from start-to-finish.”
PHOTOS: The Bert Show's Jeff Dauler Pops The Question; ABC Radio Entertainment's Jason Nathanson Broadcast From Comcast
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2015 –– Longtime The Bert Show Co-Host and Executive Producer Jeff Dauler popped the question to Callie Riggs (left) this past weekend, and from the look on her face she apparently said 'Yes!!." Callie works for Red Light Artist Management, and represents clients including the band Styx, former Eagle Don Felder, and the music projects of HLN's Robin Meade. Dauler will be one of the featured panelists during this year's Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago.
Shown at right is ABC Radio Entertainment Correspondent Jason Nathanson at Comic-Con with Bryan Cranston and Jillian Bell, who co-star in the new stop-motion animation series "SuperMansion," coming to Crackle.
NBC Sports Radio Looking For Talk Producer In LA Market
THE MOUTH, JULY 14TH, 2015 –– NBC Sports Radio in Culver City, CA is looking for the next great sports talk producer! Are you totally immersed in all things sports? Can you oversee and manage a top-notch daily sports talk show and book compelling guests and newsmakers? Can you handle show/talent/guest prep, organize formats and rundowns, develop content, fact-check and research, and distribute social media and digital content across platforms? Do you have excellent live and studio production skills using multiple software programs, including Adobe Audition and Pro Tools?
If you can do all this and have 3-4 year’s major market or network experience, Send a link to work materials, including resume and audio samples, to Jack Silver, Program Director, at email@example.com. No calls, please.
REPORT: 50 Cent Files For Bankruptcy; ABC Confirms Michelle Collins To Join 'The View'
ABC Confirms Michelle Collins Will Join 'The View' - [THE WRAP]
Compose Yourself: Backstreet Boys And NSYNC Set For New Zombie Movie - [EW]
50 Cent Files For Bankruptcy - [HUFFPO]
Woman Crashes Into Van While Pleasuring Herself - [YAHOO]
Nathan Lane To Play F. Lee Bailey In OJ 'American Crime' Series - [DEADLINE]
[WATCH] Jennifer Aniston Punches Will Forte In 'She's Funny That Way' Trailer - [JUST JARED]
Tracy Morgan Wheels Around New York In Lamborghini - [DAILY MAIL]
Kenny Rogers Set To Release New Christmas Album - [BROADWAY WORLD]
Producers Launch $650,000 Kickstarter Campaign Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” Documentary - [VARIETY]
Kristen Stewart Talks Learning To Let S&%t Go - [MARIE CLAIRE]
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MOTION: Ryan Seacrest Extends With iHeart Media; Michael Grey Returns To Grand Rapids On WBBL
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced today that it has extended and expanded its agreement with Ryan Seacrest, the top rated radio personality, television host and producer. Under the new agreement, Seacrest will increase his responsibilities with iHeartMedia, leveraging his leadership and unique perspective as one of the country's best-known and most trusted curators and influencers.
Seacrest will also continue in his role as one of the core personalities across all iHeartRadio platforms, hosting and producing his market-topping No. 1 Los Angeles morning drive-time show on 102.7 KIIS-FM; the nationally-syndicated " On Air with Ryan Seacrest, "American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest"; and the weekday vignette "Direct from Hollywood," and continue his key role in iHeartMedia's nationally recognized events.
Cumulus Grand Rapids announces that Sports 107.3 WBBL debuts its new morning show, The Michael Grey Show, today, featuring popular Grand Rapids radio personality Michael Grey. The Michael Grey Show will air on 107.3 WBBL weekdays from 6:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Grey will be joined by co-host Ryan Schuiling. The show marks a return to WBBL and Grand Rapids radio for Grey, who hosted The Bakita & Grey Show on WBBL mornings from 2009 - 2011.
MSBC 27/Chicago: Futuri To Present Results Of Comprehensive Study On Social Media
The study is currently in the field - between now and Thursday, July 16, they are asking air talent, digital managers, and social media managers from the radio industry to participate in a short 5 minute questionnaire. Their feedback and the results of this study could forever impact change in our industry and align us all with a more positive future with digitally connected audiences. Please take a moment and contribute to this short survey at http://ftur.io/6ZFSK7
[WATCH] Florida Host Airs Entire Birth Of Baby On Periscope
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2015 –– Leave it to WRMF/West Palm's KVJ Show to post co-host Virginia Siniki's entire birth of her baby on Periscope last Friday. Kevin Rolston tells Jockline, 'I wasn't really sure how it would go, or how many viewers we would get. We are new to Periscope and had only done one broadcast to date. We started with only 441 followers. A lot of on-air drama unfolded on the air during the show and by the time Virginia was deep into labor, we had 1,500 viewers. By the end of the day, we were up to 2,271 followers. I think it is a really exciting time for us. We now have so many cool tools in our arsenal and there are so many ways to make a deeper connection with your audience. Sure, there is a beauty to theatre of the mind, and at times, it is still our best option. But it's also true that a picture is worth 1,000 words. And at times like these, there were images that our audience got to see, where a mere description would not have done it justice. The periscope post has since expired, but check out TV Coverage HERE
El Paso Host Gets Private Audition With 'The Voice'
THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2015 –– Townsquare Media's KISS-FM El Paso's Patty Campos can now stake claim to something few, if any, radio hosts have ever experienced: a private audition, singing in front of producers for the NBC show, "The Voice." She told icsun.com, "I never really had an audition tape. And now I'm having a private audition for 'The Voice.'"
A host for over 10 years, Patty was the was the longtime midday host on Hot 103, morning co-host on KGRT, and has spent the past five years in afternoon drive at Kiss FM.
This isn't Patty's first crack at singing competition auditions. In 2006, she traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, to audition for "American Idol." Campos says she wasn't allowed to choose any songs with a slow tempo, or anything more than 10 years old. "I tried to pick songs that would showcase the different ranges of my voice, and the different ways that I can sing," she said. "I chose Meghan Trainor's 'Lips Are Movin,' Emeli Sandé's 'Next To Me,' Alicia Keys' 'Superwoman' and The Script's 'Breakeven.'"
Brad Dubow, GM of Townsquare Media-El Paso which owns Kiss FM, said he's wishing her well, and that he feels she's got what it takes to connect with an audience.
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