[WATCH] Another Tragedy In Virginia
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Yesterday, for the second time in a decade, Virginia was home to yet another vicious tragedy. This one involved the cold blooded murder of WDBJ TV's Roanoke reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on live TV. Vester Lee Flanagan, the lone gunman who committed the murders, later died from a self-inflicted wound. Adding to the horror, Flanagan, who was said to be a disgruntled ex-employee of the station, had filmed the shooting, then posted on social media. This tragedy followed The Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007 in which Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks. Cho, like Flanagan, took his own life. That attack became the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history.
Jockline reached out to Danny Myers, co-host of the popular Mornin' Thang with fellow hosts Monica Brookes and Zach Jackson. He told us following the Virginia Tech Massacre, this latest tragedy was especially troubling. "We went with the story non-stop all morning...staying on the air until noon, around the time the shooter was apprehended. It's not a big market so we are very close with the folks at WDBJ 7 so it was hard to cover at times. Plus it was an active shooter situation, so we had the additional role of keeping listeners safe as the police pursued the suspect. As of right now, there are no new restrictions on outside appearances. I haven't heard anything about the TV stations and their live coverage. 1
WDBJ produced a video featuring the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward - WATCH HERE
96.5 The Buzz Uses Kickstarter To Counter 'Homophobic' Billboard'
To Finance Billboard That Says “Be Kind”
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Kansas City's 96.5 The Buzz has employed a Kickstarter campaign to counter what's being called a 'homophobic' billboard off I-70. With a set goal of $7,000, they'll use the money to finance a billboard that simply says “Be kind.”
According to KSHB TV, The group behind the billboard in question wrote in a statement on its websites: “We… simply want to communicate what the Bible says. We do not judge anyone for what they choose to do. On the other hand, God has made clear in the Bible what is right and wrong and it is our desire to warn you if you have chosen sin.”
KSHB says It wasn't clear where the billboard(s) funded by the The Buzz’s #LoveLonger campaign would go up once the fundraising campaign ends.
MOTION: Fee & Ryan Join WARM 106.9 Seattle For Mornings ; Cort Johnson To Handle Mornings And APD Duties At 101.9 KINK Portland; KDWN Introduces “Live In Las Vegas with Dave and Chad!”
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Hubbard Radio has named Allen Fee and Ashley Ryan for mornings on WARM 106.9 FM Seattle starting September 14. For most of the last decade, Fee has hosted mornings on WQAL-FM Q104 Cleveland. Ryan began her career as a parttime promotions assistant at Sports KJR-AM then moved into an on-air role as a traffic reporter for iHeartMedia.
Cort Johnson has been named APD/Morning Co-Host on 101.9 KINK. He will join Sheila Hamilton weekday mornings. He's handled past stints at KENZ as well as KBER and KBEE in Salt Lake City. Cort said “I am honored to be working at such a heritage and legendary station in Portland, Oregon. Thank you to Scott Mahalick, Milt McConnell and Bob Proffitt for the opportunity to be part of the Live and Local Alpha Media Team.
Beasley Media Group's News Talk 720 KDWN has announced its new morning show, "Live in Las Vegas" with Dave and Chad. The show has been running less than one month, but co-hosts Dave Carney and Chad Forster already are calling their new 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. morning radio program “Talk radio, the way it’s supposed to be!” In 2005, Chad’s radio career took a new direction, when he became the Assistant Program Director, writer and station personality “Chad the Intern” of Jack FM. In August of 2010 , Jack FM was flipped to KXNT and Chad became the Operations Manager and morning sports anchor. Regarding his “Live in Las Vegas” opportunity, Chad remarked , “I’m so excited and honored to be a part of a morning show on such a heritage station, and looking forward to bringing Las Vegas a funny, and interesting look into the news.”
PIERRE BOUVARD: Is Radio The Engine Of E-Commerce?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Last month was a busy one for e-commerce. First, Amazon broke records with their first-ever Amazon Prime Day sale on July 15, 2015. Amazon's ad campaign created big awareness and sales. Six days later, Jet.com, a new e-commerce entrant, launched with a blast of PR. The New York Times said Jet.com represents "a frontal assault on Amazon.
Pierre Bouvard, CMO, Cumulus Media/Westwood One, says, 'While these two events were very different - Amazon Prime Day was heavily advertised and Jet.com launched just with PR - there was one surprising common aspect: radio listeners. Jet.com: Radio listeners showed up fastest to the game Two weeks after Jet.com's July 21, 2015, launch, market researcher Ipsos surveyed Americans to get an early look at awareness and usage of the new shopping site. Ipsos compared awareness of Jet.com among heavy/medium media users. The findings? Radio listeners were most aware of the new website! Twenty-one percent of radio listeners were aware of Jet.com followed by TV viewers (14%) and Online users (13%). What about Jet.com site visitation? CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT
REPORT: Internet Radio Set To Make A Comeback
“You look at the reach of radio, the number of people listening to the radio, it’s absolutely held its own for a long period of time” Mark Mulligan
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Wired's Brian Barrett writes: "Based purely on the headlines and the hype, the music world would seemingly belong to on-demand streamers. That’s news to TuneIn," he says, bundler of over 100,000 free, live, streaming radio station broadcasts. 'It doesn’t just believe in the power of radio; it’s got a plan to convince you to pay for it.'
He points out that TuneIn, much like radio, been exclusively free. But now for $8 a month, TuneIn Premium gives users access to 600 commercial-free music stations, over 40,000 audiobooks, and more. He calls it a 'direct assault' on the money pouring into streaming
“They’ve managed to end up with quite a niche proposition,” says Mark Mulligan (L), co-founder of MIDiA Consulting. “In some ways that’s good; it can be easier to monetize that than a mass market… But this could absolutely go either way. In the meantime, many of those on-demand services have begun investing in the power of radio. He adds, Despite the recent—and not so recent—proliferation of alternatives, rumors of radio’s decline have been greatly exaggerated. “It’s managed to hold its own,” says Mulligan. “You look at the reach of radio, the number of people listening to the radio, it’s absolutely held its own for a long period of time.” - READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Sam Smith Plays Gig For BBC Radio; Programmer Admits It Was A Mistake Letting Kyle And Jackie O Go
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2015 –– Sam Smith has announced a special gig for BBC Radio 2 next week. The Grammy Award-winning singer will perform at the BBC Radio Theatre for Jo Whiley's show at 8pm on Thursday, September 3 - and fans also have the chance to apply for tickets. Smith will also be joining Ken Bruce on the day of the concert from 11.05am to perform two exclusive tracks. The gig itself will also be available to watch live online as well as catch-up services.
Content boss Craig Bruce admits letting Kyle & Jackie O go was ‘a mistake’ as he exits SCA. Craig Bruce, one of the best known radio programmers in Australia Craig Bruce has parted ways with Southern Cross Austereo after 27 years. His exit comes as SCA looks to rebuild its Hit Network radio stations after two lackluster years in audience surveys, particularly in Sydney where it has struggled since the defection of Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson to rivals KiisFM from 2DayFM in 2014. In an interview with industry site RadioInfo, Bruce admitted one of his regrets on departure was that “I would like to have left 2Day in a better position than it is right now” and admitted letting Kyle and Jackie leave was “a mistake”.
Sam & Amy Show On GEM 106 Now Simulcast On TV - Notts TV in the East Midlands is now broadcasting Sam & Amy’s Breakfast Show on Gem 106. Amy and Sam scooped the Sony Radio Academy Gold Award for Best Breakfast show, and then in 2014 the duo won the coveted UK Music Radio Personality of the Year Award at the Radio Academy Awards, fending off stiff competition from huge BBC names Chris Evans and Graham Norton.
Great to meet so many radio pros at MSBC in Chicago? Look forward to seeing you again next year! Check out my interview from this year's event HERE Feel free to contact me at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: $10,000 Now Raised For 9-Year Old Boy Battling Brain Cancer
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– As Jockline reported yesterday, 104.1 WMRQ in Connecticut rebranded its station for a day as Anthony FM in honor of a 9-year-old boy named Anthony who's battling brain cancer.
David Fisch, host of Fish in the Morning, came up with the idea to rename station after he received a call from Anthony's mom. "I'm a dad myself and I couldn't imagine going through this with one of my children or one of my sons," Fish said.
Now comes word from nbcconnecticut.com, that over $10,000 has now been received. "From the bottom of my heart, and from everyone here at Radio 104.1, THANK YOU. YOU helped us raise $10,000 for Anthony and the Longley family. ANTHONY FM could not have happened without YOU!," a post the radio station shared with NBC Connecticut says. Anthony has been fighting anaplastic ependymoma, a type of brain cancer, for the past six years, according to a GoFundMe page raising money for his family. He has had five major brain surgeries since 2009 on top of other medical procedures. WATCH: 6-Month-Old Twin Girls Hear for The First Time DJ .
Anthony's mother Kim Longley said 'He's had five surgeries and dozens of therapy sessions, but said the cancer he has is incurable. It's been a battle for him and will be that for quite some time.'
Anthony is going through his second round of radiation treatment through the month, according to the GoFundMe page. As of yesterday, $3,440 of the $10,000 goal has been raised.
WMMR-FM's Preston & Steve Creates Pope Bot
Hopes To Improve Image Following Hitchbot
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– In an effort to improve Philadelphia’s image after the destruction of Hitchbot, the Canadian hitchhiking robot, WMMR’s Preston & Steve have created Pope Bot. In advance of the Papal visit to Philadelphia in September, Pope Bot has been created to show the Pope and the world, that Philadelphians are kind and our city can serve ably as proper host for Pope Francis.
People are encouraged to pick up Pope Bot, spend about two hours with him and post status updates and photos to Twitter using #PopeBotPhilly including drop off location- so the next person can keep the journey going. Pope Bot has its own Twitter account as well - @PopeBotPhilly – so residents can keep track of his adventures.
REPORT: Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Moving In With Biological Mother; 'AHS' Goes Gaga
Alison Sweeney Leaving 'Biggest Loser' - [US]
Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Moving In With Biological Mother - [INSIDE EDITION]
Amy Shumer & Jennifer Lawrence Writing Screenplay - [NY TIMES]
[WATCH] Letterman & Others Make Cameos In New Darlene Love Video - [ROLLING STONE]
Paula Deen & Chaka Khan Joining 'DWTS' - [E ONLINE]
J-Lo Goes Cheek To Cheek With Olivier Rousteing On 'Paper' - [STYLE]
'American Horror Story Goes Gaga - [EW]
Terrence Howard's Role Cut Back Amid Personal Issues - [PAGE SIX]
'Sons Of Anarchy' Spinoff In The Works - [VARIETY]
Ed Sheeran Hits #1 On Billboard's Artist 100 For First Time - [BILLBOARD]
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MOTION: Milwaukee's 94.5 KTI Country Names Dayton Kane Program Mgr./Afternoon Host - Jillene Khan/Nights; Frank Ski Leaving WHUR/Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– Scripps Milwaukee has named Dayton Kane (R) as Program Mgr. and afternoon host and Jillene Khan as its evening host. With the moves, they become the first full-time hosts to join the recently launched country outlet. Kane arrives from KISS-FM (WKSZ-FM Appleton/Oskosh, WI) where he handled programming and mornings.
"Our search has centered greatly on people with local connections, hit music experience and a love of country music. Hiring, Dayton Kane, a Milwaukee native, who's ready to come home and has been working just up the road, is a huge win for KTI Country" said WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM VP/GM Tom Langmyer.
Joining for nights is Jillene Khan (L) who arrives from WLLR-FM/Quad Cities. She began her career in Minneapolis area. Kane and Khan will make their KTI Country debut on September 8.
Frank Ski (L) announced his departure from DC station WHUR-FM after two years as its afternoon host. In a release, he said his final on-air broadcast will be this Friday. According to The AJC's Rodney Ho,
Ski left Atlanta after 14 years on V-103 as morning host in late 2012. At the time, he said he wanted to go national and V-103’s parent company CBS was unable to help him do that. Since joining WHUR, he has commuted between Atlanta and D.C. But over those two years, he was unable to get syndication deals in other markets, including a way back on air in Atlanta. Ski still runs a Buckhead restaurant in Atlanta but changed its named from Frank Ski’s to Klass with Kevin Edwards at the helm.
FORMATICS: WZTI Milwaukee Flips 'The Party' To 'True Oldies'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– Milwaukee's WZTI-AM (1290) and its sister station at 100.3 FM went "True Oldies" as of noon Tuesday. According to jsonline.com, the station is now focusing its playlist on songs from the late 1950s through the late '70s.
"The Party," "wasn't gaining any traction," WZTI promotions director John Schroeder tells jsonline.com. The current No. 1 station in the market is oldies station WRIT-FM (95.7), which had a 10.2 share of the overall radio audience in the July ratings period. Classic rock WKLH-FM (96.5), recently branded as "Hometown Rock," ranked fourth with a 6.4 share. WZTI-AM, by comparison, had a 0.6 share.
Peoria Host Saved By CPR After Suffering Massive Heart Attack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– Markley (R), one half of The Robbins & Markley Show which airs on FM News 101 KXL Weekdays 2p-6p CST 1470 and 100.3 WMBD Peoria, IL, Robbins and Markey Show, posted on Facebook: 'As many times as we've joked on the show about Robbins worst fear of having "a grabber", please know this is no joke or prank or some sort of radio bit. (I wish it were) Scott suffered a massive heart attack early (Tuesday) morning. He went into cardiac arrest and was saved by CPR and needed 3 different shocks to bring him back. He was stabilized in the hospital and was coherent. I (along with his family) was able to talk with him several times throughout the day. An entire team of pros were working on him and brought him back. The staff here said it was pretty much a miracle he made it through last night.
In a morning update, Markley posted: 'After a scan today, the doctors were able to find where Scott's internal bleeding was originating from. They then performed a procedure (they had no choice) to stop the bleeding and the procedure was successful. (If Scott wants to share all of the particulars of that info I'll let him do that later.... Now we're waiting for his condition to steadily improve to go into open heart surgery. I gotta admit, this has been a very scary day. Thanks so much for your prayers and the comments - I can't wait to share all of this with him!
REPORT: 94.7 Fresh FM's Tommy McFly, The Future of Radio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– We reported last week that the Washingtonian (extremely popular magazine in DC) featured CBS 94.7 Fresh FM's Tommy McFly in an article titled 'Tommy McFly' The Future of Radio.' Well, upon finding out at press time we had been given an advance peek and the article still wasn't live, Jockline was left with only a tease. Well, the piece is out, so check it out. Along with show members (and regular Morning Show Boot Camp attendees) Jen Richer (right center) and Kelly Collis (bottom right), writer Andrew Beaujon says "The Tommy Show crew wins its listeners one at a time. If that means deejays giving out their cell numbers to pretty much anyone who wants to connect, that’s fine. McFly’s retail approach seems to be working. The Tommy Show accounts for about a third of the station’s listeners, and more than 320,000 tune in each week.
“There’s no normal anymore,” McFly says about radio in the second decade of the 21st century. “There’s no punching the clock.” At work by 4:30 am, McFly—who lives with his partner, Chrysovalantis Kefalas, a candidate for US Senate in Maryland—is out most nights at “family” events. .. Collis is at Jiffy Lube Live, celebrating her wedding the previous day to Patrick Bauer, a government contractor. The festivities take place on the venue’s party decks, at the rear of the amphitheater. McFly moderated this year's "Branding In A Fractured Marketplace' at MSBC 27 Sponsored by ReelWorld - READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/Dakota Fine
Johnjay & Rich Help Outfit 200 Foster Kids In Phoenix Area
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 20125 –– Last week, Johnjay and Rich - hosts of the Premiere Networks syndicated Johnjay & Rich Show – continued the #LoveUp movement by partnering with Cox Communications to help Phoenix-area foster care children get ready for the new school year.
As part of the special Johnjay & Rich Care for Kids Foundation event, more than 200 children were invited to Lucky Strike for an afternoon of bowling, food and fun, and everyone left with a brand new backpack stuffed with school supplies. In addition to helping hand out the backpacks, Cox Communications also presented the Foundation with a donation of $5,000. Pictured in the attached photo: The JohnJay and Rich Show’s executive producer Bill Ryan, Johnjay, and co-host Kyle, as well as Cox mascot “Digeez,” pose with a group of Phoenix-area foster children at The Johnjay & Rich Care for Kids Foundation #LoveUp event at Lucky Strike. About The Johnjay & Rich Show
EXECUTIVE ACTION: PodcastOne Expand National Sales Team; Sharon Kitroser Joins Gen Media Partners As VP/Integrated Sales; Alpha Media Names Wes Teska Director Interactive Design
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– Following Hubbard Broadcasting’s Recent Investment, PodcastOne announced the company welcomes Lori Spencer and Linda McHugh in Los Angeles, Keith Goldstein in New York, Matt Boretti in Chicago and Joe Laffey in Dallas. Concurrently, Dana Senit has been promoted to West Coast General Sales Manager. Senit joined the PodcastOne sales team in February.
Gen Media Partners has hired radio sales and advertising strategist Sharon Kitroser (L) as Vice President, Integrated Sales, Gen Media Connect, originally Gen Media Complete. Kitroser’s background includes over 25 years of local and national radio and advertising agency experience. She has been Director of Sales for ABC/Disney (Interep), CBS, and Clear Channel, as well as Director of Strategic Alliances for the analytically driven agency, Daniels and Roberts. Most recently, she was Regional Director, Corporate Partnerships, The American Red Cross.
Alpha Media announced that Wes Teska (above right) has been named Director, Interactive Design where he will manage design and the brand presence for all Alpha Media web, mobile, social destinations and live event venues. In 2001, at just 13 years - of - age, Wes began h is radio career at Oasis Radio Group in Fort Wayne, IN. Under his brand guidance the cluster produced several nationally recognized promotions and won the Indiana Broadcasting Association “Best Use of New Media” award in 2008 and 2009. After several years in programming, in 2010, he transitioned to Digital Marketing Director.
NETWORKS: A-List Comedy's Jimmy Failla Tapes First TV Special; Eagle 97.7 New Jersey Inks The Rooster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– A-List Comedy's head writer, Jimmy Failla, taped his first one-hour television comedy special to a sold out crowd at New York's Gotham Comedy Club on August 20th.
Failla, who also makes weekly appearances on The Kennedy Show and Redeye on Fox News, can also be seen on TVLand's The Jim Gaffigan Show. In addition to his current TV projects and writing prep, Failla is a sought-after comedic guest on radio programs around the country, and he will begin to deliver customized call-ins for affiliates this fall. Stations interested in learning more about A-List Comedy service can contact Stacy Horton, email@example.com, 917-261-2641.
Envision Networks welcomes Delmarva Broadcasting’s WAFL-FM/Salisbury-Ocean City, MD as the latest affiliate of The Rooster, a new multi-tasking content resource for morning shows available 24/7 at GotRooster.com. With Eagle 97.7 now using The Rooster every day, they join over 250 affiliates on the Envision Morning Network. For more information contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com.
SPECIAL REPORT: Remembering Katrina 10-Years Later; Living At Station, Broadcasting From Under A Cabana
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2015 –– This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For the occasion, Jockline will be sharing stories of how radio responded to one of our country's, most deadly and destructive storms. Among the many unforgettable memories comes from Wayne Watkins Program Director WQBB-FM/BOB 105.9 Alpha Media. Like many others along the gulf coast, he lost his home and began living at his station (The 105.9 WXRG control room, yes we were on the air!) where he broadcast under a tarp (above right)
Watkins tells Jockline, "New Orleans got a levee break, the Mississippi Gulf Coast got Katrina.' After losing his home (upper left photo of neighborhood) he eventually got a ride to the radio station to let everyone know he was fine, but said 'the only thing I owned was the soiled clothes on my back, full of diesel fuel and seaweed. I decided to live in the radio station lobby for a while, we needed security, the place had lost it’s roof and was totally water-logged. We got one studio live, and simulcasted post-Katrina from under a plastic homemade cabana!. READ FULL STORY HERE
'The View' Brings Back Behar; Fox Host Says Trump's Kelly Bashing 'Out Of Control'
'The View' Brings Back Behar - [TV LINE]
Fox Host: Trump 'Totally Out Of Control' With Megyn Bashing - [THE WRAP]
ESPN Suspends Curt Schilling Following Offensive Meme - [DAILY MAIL]
Check Out Carrie Underwood's Storyteller Cover - [EW]
Justin Bieber Banned From Doing 'Live' Interviews - Tapes For Friday Elvis Duran Show - [PAGE SIX]
Selena Gomez Tired Of The Same Ol' Media Questions - [MTV]
Celine Dion Returns To Caesar's Palace - [USA TODAY]
Ben Higgins Would Love Amy Schumer On 'The Bachelor' - [E ONLINE]
Calvin Harris Tops Forbes' Highest Paid DJ List At $66 Million - [FORBES]
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Mojo In The Morning Renews With Channel 95.5 Detroit
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– Channel 95.5 announced that “Mojo In The Morning” has renewed with the station. Mojo, who marks 15 years with Channel 95.5 this year, along with co-hosts Spike, Shannon (shown above with Mojo) and Producer Rachel, will continue to air each morning from 5-10 a.m. ET.
“Mojo is incredible, and we’re thrilled to extend the partnership on Channel 95.5 for many years,” said Tony Travatto, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit. “I have not met a more driven show – one that refuses to settle for anything less than the best – than Mojo In The Morning.”
“I love the show and I love Detroit,” said Mojo. “Our families love it, and there’s no better place than Detroit to raise our kids. We’re happy to call Channel 95.5 our radio home for many more years."
Shotgun Tom Kelly, K-Earth 101's New Ambassador
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– Shotgun Tom Kelly has been named K-Earth’s Ambassador for the classic hits station following a legendary 22-year run hosting the afternoon drive show. In his new role, Shotgun will be showcased in on-air features, personal appearances, client partnerships, charitable events and special projects.
As one of the most beloved and respected personalities in America, Shotgun has racked up numerous radio awards and TV Emmys throughout his illustrious broadcasting career. In 2013 he was awarded his star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame (L).
“We are grateful to Shotgun as he concludes an incredible career as afternoon host,” said Dan Kearney, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Los Angeles. "...He is the greatest ambassador a station could ever hope for and he’ll be perfect for this new role.”
Shotgun Tom said “I’m so fortunate to not only be able to interact more with K-Earth’s listeners in person, but to explore opportunities being offered to me in television and new media.”
PROGRAMMING: Leslie Scott Adds Programming Duties At The End Seattle
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– Entercom's 107. 7 The End (KNDD) Seattle has named Leslie Scott as Program Director, adding to her current Digital PD role for the group's cluster. Scott came to Seattle in 2011 as APD for sister station KMTT-FM, after successful stints at KBXR and KBBM in Columbia, MO. Prior stints also included WFXH-FM/Savannah and WMAD-FM/Madison. She was also awarded the Edison Research "30 Under 30" award in 2011.
"I obsessed over the ALT stations of my youth - it's the format that brought me to radio," said Scott. "It's been a privilege to work with The End as Digital Program Director, and leading The End into the future as the Program Director is an incredible honor. Thanks to Pat Paxton, Jack Hutchison and Dave Richards for the opportunity. We have a great team in place at The End; I'm excited to do awesome things together." Dave Richards, VP Programming / Operations, added, "This is a new day for The End. I'm excited to hand the leadership of this great radio station to Leslie and watch her take us into our 25th anniversary in Seattle."
Beasley Announces Winners Of Its Annual Operating Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– Beasley Media Group, Inc., held its annual management meeting last week in Naples, FL. Each year during this annual event, the Company’s Operating Awards are bestowed to deserving candidates in several categories, including two new classifications this year in the digital category. The 2015 honorees include: · WIKS-FM – Radio Station of the Year / Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC · Brad Beasley – General Manager of the Year / Fort Myers-Naples, FL · John Candelaria – Program Director of the Year / Las Vegas, NV · Richard Banks – Engineer of the Year / Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC · Lisa Lewis – Business Manager of the Year / Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC · AJ Lurie – Sales Manager of the Year / Fort Myers-Naples, FL · Carolyn Cope - Digital Sales Professional of the Year / Boston, MA · Diana Beasley – Digital Content Professional of the Year / Fort Myers-Naples, FL · Denyse Mesnik
(Left to right, back row): DOS AJ Lurie (SW Florida); VP Market Manager Brad Beasley (SW Florida); EVP Operations Brian Beasley; VP Market Manager Bruce Simel (Eastern NC); President and COO Bruce Beasley; VP Finance Marie Tedesco; VP Market Manager Tom Humm (Las Vegas); VP Digital Product Development Kimberly Sonneborn; VP Engineering and CTO Mike Cooney, VP Programming Justin Chase. (Left to right, front row): EVP and CFO Caroline Beasley; Chairman and CEO George G. Beasley; Digital Content Manager Diana Beasley (SW Florida); Chief Revenue Officer Heather Monahan; VP Corporate Communications Denyse Mesnik.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Joins First Ever 'Beasley Superstar Storytelling Session'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– As mentioned in our previous story, this past week, Beasley Media Group held its annual Corporate Meetings in Naples, FL. Beasley's Justin Chase (shown above in previous story) tells Jockline, 'On Thursday night, George G. Beasley (Founder/CEO) invited all of us to his new home for dinner. After dinner, those in attendance were entertained by WQYK Tampa’s APD/Afternoon personality Cadillac Jack and a couple amazing artists.'
Chase said It all started with an amazing acoustic performance by Striking Matches. Then the evening ending with the first ever “Beasley Superstar Storytelling Session” with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, hosted Cadillac Jack (shown above). Steven told us stories from the road with Aerosmith and he explained why he decided to make a Country album with DOT Records.
Between stories, it appears Tyler decided to give Beasley's new staircase handrail a ride.
The Taz Show: Body Slams & Beyond To Debut On Play.It
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– CBS RADIO announced a new original program, THE TAZ SHOW: BODYSLAMS & BEYOND, a live two-hour daily show featuring pro-wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Taz. Available exclusively for audio and video streaming on the Play.it® podcast network, THE TAZ SHOW launches on Monday, Sept. 14 and will be broadcast live Monday through Friday from 7:00-9:00AM, ET, from CBS RADIO’s New York headquarters.
The live program comes as the result of the success of Taz’s podcast and replaces the weekly show which launched earlier this year on Play.it and was honored with a Communicator Award of Excellence. Seth Neiman serves as co-host and producer/
“The world of sports entertainment is well-known for its colorful characters and no doubt Taz is one of the most opinionated and passionate of all time,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO. “His unique personality along with his fanatical fan base make Taz the perfect personality to help build this new content platform.”
SPECIAL REPORT: Remembering Katrina 10-Years Later; The Forming Of United Radio Of New Orleans (URNO)
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For this occasion, Jockline will be sharing stories of how radio responded to one of our country's, most deadly and destructive storms. No stranger to natural disasters, Katrina dealt radio a particularly unusual wallop. Among the many ways it responded included the formation of URNO (United Radio of New Orleans), the creation of Hobbs Media's Gabe Hobbs, then VP/new, talk/sports for Clear Channel, and Ken Beck, then VP Tech Ops/Entercom Communications.
Hobbs tells Jockline, 'Beck and I decided to join forces so Entercom and Clear Channel could offer continuous coverage that was simulcast on all Entercom and CC stations that were on the air. We offered the feed to anyone that wanted it and at one time we believe we had north of 20 stations carrying the feed we created from our Baton Rouge studios. (Although we had no way to verify as anyone could grab it with an FM tuner as minimal requirement. We had a lot of little stations out in the boondocks running it as well.)"
Hobbs continues, 'We actually housed Entercom's WWL crew in (Clear Channel's) Baton Rouge studios. As a matter of fact, we used a rented helicopter to get their employees and ours out of downtown New Orleans. The last trip out was very scary as we were landing on a pad at the Superdome. The crowd figured out what was going on after a few trips and tried to rush the helicopter. After that we had to find roads to get the remaining employees (Entercom and CC) out of downtown. The whole thing was just one crazy moment after another,' says Hobbs. But we made history by doing something that was never done before and, as far as I know, it has never been done again!! Hell, even the AP, law enforcement and many other agencies were listening to our feed to find out what was going on as they had almost no communications between them. We were treated like first responders!!'
Also, what was then called the RTNDA (Radio Television News Directors Association,) gave Clear Channel & Entercom recognition and a First Amendment Award at their annual RTNDF banquet (Radio Television News Directors Foundation.) (Hobbs shown above lower right with Cokie Roberts at the event)
TOMORROW: The host who lost his home, began living at his station where he broadcast under a tarp.
WMAL's Larry O'Connor & Meredith Dake Exchange 'I Do's'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– Congratulations are in order for WMAL’s morning co-host Larry O’Connor and his new lovely bride Meredith Dake. This follows their recent exchange of wedding vows in Oklahoma. And with an added radio touch, WPHT’s Chris Stigall (above right) served as best man - Shown above are The Weiss Agency's Heather Cohen, Larry, Meredith & Chris Stigall
Trump Bashing Megyn Kelly Again; Stephen Colbert Announces First Week's Lineup
Stephen Colbert Announces 'Late Show's First Week Lineup - [NY TIMES]
Trump Bashing Megyn Kelly Again - [NY POST]
Howard Stern Predicts Donald Trump Will Be GOP Presidential Candidate - [THE HILL]
Kelly Osbourne Open To 'Fashion Police' Return If 'Certain People Weren't There' - [THE WRAP]
REPORT: Ed Sheeran May Take Break From Music To Help Charity Shop - [MASHABLE]
Questions Surround Jared Fogle's Obesity Foundation - [USA TODAY]
One Direction Members To Focus On Solo Projects For A Year - [IDOLATOR]
OH MY: Serena Williams & Drake Photographed Making Out - [NYDN]
Missy Elliott To Serve As Pharrell's Advisor On 'The Voice' - [E ONLINE]
The Judds Reunite For Vegas Digs - [BILLBOARD]
Bindi Irwin First Star Announced For DWTS Season 21 - [EW]
Floyd Mayweather Splurges On New Multi-Million Dollar Car - [RUMORFIX]
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Audio Version Of Joe Martelle's 'Radio Pro' Now Available For Pre-Orders
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 25TH, 2015 –– The 'audio' version of Joe Martelle's best-selling book, Radio Pro-How to be a real air personality; a top-seller in the information section of books at Amazon.com, is now available for pre-orders. The actual release date was Sept. 22nd.
The author and long-time popular air personality recorded the intro and afterword for the book, but his voice wasn't strong enough to endure reading all 600 pages. His long-time pal, and one-time Boston radio competitor, Jordan Rich stepped up to the plate to help out, and does and outstanding job narrating the bulk of Radio Pro.
Entercom Launches 104.3 The Shark In Miami; iHM Brings Alternative 104.5 To The Quad Cities
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2105 –– Last Monday morning in Miami, Entercom launched alternative, 104.3 The Shark, South Florida, leaving it's The Ticket solo on 790 AM. “As the exclusive alternative station in South Florida, 104.3 The Shark will target an audience in the heaviest acquisition years of their lives and our station will be incredibly active in the South Florida community,” said Doug Abernethy, Vice President/Market Manager at Entercom South Florida.
Abernethy also announced that John O’Connell will program 104.3 The Shark. “With a deep history in the South Florida radio and music scene, John brings a wealth of experience and expertise that will enable us to effectively launch and grow 104.3 The Shark,” Abernethy said. “We conducted extensive local research in South Florida and listeners want an active and modern alternative radio station in South Florida,” said O’Connell.
In other format news, , last Friday (8.21) iHM was set to debut ALT 104.5 at 1:04 p.m. According to kwqc.com, SVP Programming, Jim O’Hara says ALT 104.5 will debut with 100% music and no personalities. “We wanted to create a new radio station totally unlike anything else in the Quad Cities, and ALT 104.5 certainly will be, say O'Hara.
Chicago Icon Mike North Joins The Drive For Bears Post Game
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– WDRV-FM “The Drive” & Hubbard Radio Senior Vice President of Programming Greg Solk announced that Chicago legendary sports broadcasting personality Mike North will be joining the station for a Bears post game show tentatively titled The Mike North Sunday Drive. The addition of Mike North to The Drive follows the highly successful launch of the Pete McMurray & Dan McNeil Show on the Morning Drive in March.
North commented on the announcement by saying, “It’s gonna be great to be back on the air in Chicago once again talking Bears! I’m psyched to be back with the listeners and on 97.1 FM The Drive. .. Chicago, get ready for the truth about the Bears!”
[WATCH] Host Comes Clean About Ashley Madison Account; Says He Signed Up As Part Of Radio Bit
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– HOT 93.5/Susquehanna Township, PA's Puff of its 'Morning Madhouse, decided to come clean with his past history with the recently well-publicized cheating website 'Ashley Madison. According to abc27.com, he told his listeners “I got into a little hot water with the fiancé,” he said. “But it wasn’t my fault.” He said, "Yeah, I kinda got caught up in that, but explained that he signed up six years ago as part of a radio bit. “Just to see what it was about, just to see some of the people that were on,” he said. Puff further explained, 'I wasn’t even in a relationship at the time.”
Today is a different story for Puff as he's now engaged. He said when the Ashley Madison story broke, he remembered that he too had an account. Puff admitted letting his fiance know was a bit awkward. “I sat her down and said there’s something I have to tell you…don’t get angry,” he said. “It was for my job. And, [she] was OK after that.” Puff quipped that he understands some may think it’s a lame excuse to blame his job. But, he said because his audience is comprised of mainly ages 18 to 35 in the dating realm, he signs up for most dating websites. “I’m actually on the dating site, Farmers Only,” Puff said. “You can find me there as Pistol Puff.” Puff decided to share his news as a caution to his listeners.
SYNDICATION: Bob & Tom Invade Fredericksburg
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– Beginning today, classic rock WWUZ-FM/ Fredericksburg, Virginia will wake up with the syndicated Bob & Tom Show. PD Jeff Beck says, “It’s a perfect fit with our classic rock format. Additionally with Bob & Tom’s affiliation with the armed forces network and their national footprint, there are thousands of people here in the Fredericksburg market that already know and love Bob & Tom. We are excited to bring them to 96.9 The Rock and make them part of the local Fredericksburg community.” Upon the successful completion of all pending transactions, Alpha Media, headquartered in Portland, Oregon will own 251 radio stations within 54 markets across the United States covering all formats including Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Spanish, Urban, News Talk, Sports, Rock, Country and more.
This Week Marks 5th Anniversary Of KCBQ Monument
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– This Friday, August 28th, will mark the 5th anniversary of the unveiling ceremony of the KCBQ monument. It's located along the north side of Mission Gorge Road in the San Diego suburb of Santee.
The monument features the names of all of the air talents who worked at the station from the 1958 through 1978. The project was spearheaded by several past employees who wanted the former transmitter and studio site of this legendary radio station commemorated. KCBQ blasted out with 50,000 watts on 1170 AM. Pictured is "Shotgun Tom" Kelly along with 97 year old Jack Vincent, former all night air personality (1955-1968) and the oldest living DJ of the top 40 era! The official KCBQ unveiling video (posted by Bobby Ocean) is on YouTube at THIS LINK
SPECIAL REPORT: Radio Remembers Katrina 10 Years Later
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– This Saturday, August 29th, marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest, most destructive storms in our history. All this week, we'll be sharing stories from radio personnel, who lived through the chaos, many whom were off the air for days and weeks; how stations merged their efforts to somehow keep their broadcasts going and how the radio community there has since rebounded.
According to time.com, The southeastern U.S. is still recovering 10 years later. The population of New Orleans dropped drastically after Hurricane Katrina, from 483,633 residents before the storm, down to around 200,000 in 2006. Relief organizations eventually made it possible for the New Orleans population to increase to approximately 378,315 residents.
OUR SPECIAL REPORT BEGINS TOMORROW. Those wishing to contribute their own story, EMAIL US HERE
MONDAY PICS: Listeners Turn Out Huge For WMAL/DC'S Mark Levin Book Signing; Daliah Wachs Joins For Tools For Teacher's Day; ABC Radio's Andrea Dresdale Rocks With '5 Seconds Of Summer
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 24TH, 2015 –– Lots of cool photos in this morning's email mailbox. On top is a shot from the WMAL-sponsored book signing for Mark Levin's "Plunder & Deceit" - Below left, is our favorite radio doctor, Dr. Daliah Wachs, who joined for this weekend's Tools4Teacher's Day, a summer-long school supply drive. It was a hit and the Clark County School District teachers were truly appreciative since many come out of pocket to buy supplies for their classrooms. Broc (dressed in black next to me) help spearhead this campaign. Wachs, an MD Board Certified Family Medicine Radio, also host GCN Network iHeart Radio
Meanwhile, below right is ABC Radio’s Andrea Dresdale who pauses during an interview for a photo with Aussie pop/rockers 5 Seconds of Summer about their new single “She’s Kind of Hot” and current summer tour.
Paul Simon To Join Country HOF Benefit; Not Again! Jimmy Fallon Chips Tooth With Finger
[WATCH] Kobe Bryant Surprises Taylor Swift On Stage In LA - [YAHOO]
[WATCH] Debate Society Produces Shake It Off Mashup With Famous Speakers In Plea For Taylor Swift Visit - [INDEPENDENT]
Paul Simon To Join Country HOF Benefit - [ROLLING STONE]
[WATCH] Andy Samberg With Seven Words That Sound Dirty But Aren't For First Emmy Promo - [VARIETY]
[WATCH] UH OH: Mumford And Sons Throw Equipment In Audience - Hit Woman In Head - [UPROXX]
[WATCH] Slash Talks Axl Rose Reconciliation - [BILLBOARD]
Another Day, Another Injury For Jimmy Fallon - [EXTRA TV]
[WATCH] Khalifa Says He Was Shoved To The Ground By Police At Airport After Not Getting Off Hover Board - [MASHABLE]
HIDE THE CHILDREN: Courtney Stodden Flaunts Duct Tape Lingerie - [RUMORFIX]
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Z100 New York Moves MoBounce To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– iHeartMedia New York announced that MoBounce has been named the new Afternoon Host for Z100, New York - he'll host weekday afternoons from 2-6:00 p.m. ET.
MoBounce debuted on Z100 in September 2009 hosting the station's night show. MoBounce was born and raised in Brooklyn and has a deep and passionate connection with the tri-state area. In addition to his on-air duties at Z100, his show is also heard weekly in Washington, D.C., Portland and nationwide on XM Radio Channel 12 as well as iHeartRadio.
"MoBounce is one of the premiere on air talents in the country," said Mark Medina, Program Director, Z100. "His contributions over the past several years have helped solidify Z100 as a world class brand and we¹re thrilled to have him driving home New York City."
MOTION: Stephanie McMaster To Co-Host Mornings At KLAQ/El Paso; Pat Deluca Exits Mix 94.1 Canton
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– Townsquare Media has announced that Stephanie McMaster (L) will join The Buzz Adams Morning Show as co-host on KLAQ/El Paso, TX. Se follows Lisa Sanchez who moved to afternoons earlier this year. McMaster arrives from Townsquare's Corporate Digital office in New York City.
In other news, Pat DeLuca, morning host on Mix 94.1 Canton, OH is reportedly leaving after a two-year stint. According to cantonrep.com, he was offered a six-month continuance that he chose not to accept, DeLuca said Thursday. DeLuca, an Akron native, DeLuca was hired as a part-timer at Q92 in Alliance in 2002, when he was 20. A year later, he was given the 7 p.m. to midnight show on Q92, which he did until 2006, when he was promoted to hosting the station’s morning show. In 2012, DeLuca left Q92, then launched an online radio station, DSN (DeLuca Show Network). It continued through August 2013, when he was hired at Mix 94.1. 1
REPORT: Dan Le Batard On Verge Of Moving Into Cowherd Slot
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– While no official word from ESPN yet, Dan Le Batard’s is reportedly set to move his radio show from late afternoon to Colin Cowherd’s old slot at 10am-1pm et, say multiple sources. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, who first broke the story, adds that Le Batard and co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner will likely move around mid-September
The Herald's Greg Cote blogs: 'Barring an unexpected last-minute snag, the show will air 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ESPN Radio in the space vacated by departing Colin Cowherd, still with a possibility of adding a local hour from 9 to 10. Currently the show airs 4-7 p.m, with a local-only hour from 3-4. Cote says LeBatard will continue to air locally as well on The Ticket Miami. His local afternoon slot may be filled by Izzy Gutierrez and Ethan Skolnick, although that is not yet official.
Cumulus Renews As Broadcast Partner For U of O Sports
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has signed a new multi-year agreement with the University of Oregon and IMG, the university’s multimedia rights partner, to be the exclusive radio broadcast partner for University of Oregon Sports in the Eugene/Springfield market. University of Oregon Sports will be broadcast on several Cumulus Eugene stations including: 590 KUGN-AM, KUJZ 95.3 THE SCORE, and 96.1 KZEL.
Bruce Gilbert, Senior Vice President, Sports for Cumulus and Westwood One said: “We’re very proud to continue this valued partnership with the University of Oregon athletics. This is one of the many elite programs we have the privilege of working with on our Cumulus stations and Westwood One Sports.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Rob Keegan Rises To GSM AT Greater Media's WMGK/Philadelphia; Jessica Aquilar Joins Alpha's San Antonio Cluster As Marketing Director
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– Greater Media announced that Rob Keegan has been promoted to General Sales Manager of WMGK-FM in Philadelphia. Keegan, who joined the station four and a half years ago, most recently served as the local sales manager. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Beasley Broadcast Group, where he led the non-traditional revenue department for the company. “The culture of Greater Media Philadelphia is second to none and I am excited to further enhance our position in this marketplace,” said Keegan.
In other executive action, Alpha Media San Antonio, TX announced that Jessica Aguilar has joined the cluster as Marketing Director . Jessica will oversee the promotions and marketing efforts of News Talk 550 KTSA and FM 1071, 1250 ESPN San Antonio and 945FM , ESPN Deportes, Top 40 KTFM, Adult Hits 1027 JACK - FM, and Regional Mexican stations KLEY and KSAH. Most recently Jessica ser ved as Marketing Supervisor at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
2015 Radio Show Charts Radio's Economic Future
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– At the upcoming NAB/RAB Radio Show in Atlanta, leading executives from the radio business and investment communities will take a forward-looking view at radio from the financial perspective, and provide insight on how the industry is raising capital to finance acquisitions and operations.
During a session entitled “Pillsbury’s Financing the Future of Radio, panelists will include Beasley Broadcast Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Caroline Beasley (L), Entercom Chief Executive Officer David Field and Connoisseur Chief Executive Officer Jeff Warshaw speaking for the radio business, with the investment and finance community represented by Anish Aswani, senior vice president, Moelis & Company; and U.S. Bank’s Senior Vice President, Media and Communications Division, Garret Komjathy. PHOTO/NAB
WWO'S Jonathon Brandmeier Host Sunset Cruise On First Lady
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– Looks like Westwood One's Jonathon Brandmeier has been promoted to Captain just in time before setting sail on a 3-hour tour with staffers and clients. This past Wednesday, Westwood One and Chicago’s WLS-AM hosted an exclusive sunset cruise on Chicago’s First Lady featuring (the Captain) Jonathon Brandmeier of The Jonathon Brandmeier Show.
Following Nine Sell-Out Shows For Toby Keith, Bone's Raging Idiots To Open For Brad Paisley
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 21ST, 2015 –– Fresh off 9 sell out shows in a row. and opening for Toby Keith is DC recently. The Raging Idiots (Bobby Bones and Eddie from The Bobby Bones Show) have been added to open for Brad Paisley on his COUNTRY NATION COLLEGE TOUR
Bones tells Jockline, "We continue to get lucky and asked to play shows with great artists. We just assume everyone else has the flu"
Trump Mulls Being Paid For CNN Debates; John Duggar Admits To Kinky Desires
JOHN DUGGAR: 'I'm The Biggest Hypocrite Ever' - [CNN]
Gene Simmons LA Home Searched (not involving his family) - [NYDN]
Jennifer Lawrence Tops Forbe's Highest Paid Actresses' List At $52 Million - [FORBES]
The Donald Mulls Being Paid For CNN Presidential Debate - [THE WEEK]
Chris Harrison Returns As 'Miss America' Host - [VARIETY]
[WATCH] KELLY CLARKSON: 'I'm Preggers Again' - [USA TODAY]
Comedy Central Colleagues Follow Stephen Colbert To 'Late Show' - [THR]
MORE Cosby Accusers Come Forward - [THE GUARDIAN]
Carmen Electra To Host Relationship Reality Series - [DEADLINE]
CREEPY? Lady D Photoshopped Into Princess Charlotte Christening Photo - [E ONLINE]
[WATCH] Sneak Peek Of Carrie Underwood's 'Sunday Night Football' Open - [THE BOOT]
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NIELSEN: Small, Medium Markets Bigger Than Ever
Country, N/T, CHR Top Format List
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– Nielsen has released its latest 'State of the Media: Audio Today' Report with a special Focus on Medium and Small Markets which reviewed 215 Nielsen diary markets.
While bigger cities grab most of the headlines, a big and qualified audience uses radio every day in medium and small markets. It reports that more than 86% of consumers (age 12 or older) tune in during the week spending more than 15 hours of their media time with radio, the original mass medium
With regard to age, more than 60% are between the ages of 18 and 54. Radio also reaches across the generations: 86.8% of Boomers (aged 50-74) and a whopping 86.5% of Millennials (12-34) and 89.9% of Gen Xers (35-49) are reached by radio in these markets each week.
Top formats in these markets are Country, 15.9% - News/Talk, 11.1% - CHR, 8.6% - AC, 7.2% - Classic Rock, 5.4% - Classic Hits, 5.4% - Christian CHR, 4.2% - Hot AC, 3.9% - Urban AC, 3.9% - Rhythmic CHR, 3.7% - Urban, 3.7% - Sports, 2.9% - Active Rock, 2.6% - Regional Mexican, 2.1% - Religious, 2.1% - Classical, 1.7% - Adult Hits + 80's Hits, 1.6% - Classic Country, - 1.3% Oldies, 1.2% SEE COMPLETE REPORT HERE
MOTION: Deanna Regalado To Co-Host Mornings With JJ Kincaid On Denver's 95.7 The Party; Jake West Takes Afternoons At 97.1 WASH
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced that Deanna Regalado will join The JJ Kincaid Morning Show on 95.7 The Party as co- host. Regalado arrives from iHeartMedia’s KVUU-FM MY 99.9 in Colorado Springs. Regalado's previous experience also includes 98.5 KYGO and KFMD-FM KISS 95.7 in Denver.
97.1 WASH-FM, Wash. DC announced that Jake West has been named Afternoon Host. West has most recently been on-air across several of iHeartMedia’s DC/Baltimore stations including handling afternoons on WASH. He also spent time producing the syndicated The Bobby Bones Show on WMZQ. Prior to joining iHeartMedia he held Program Director duties in Grand Rapids, MI, and Muncie, IN.
Kim Guthrie Named Recipient Of 7th Annual MIW 'Frances Preston Trailblazer Award'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group has announced that Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Executive Vice President of National Ad Platforms and President of Cox Reps Kim Guthrie will receive the 7th annual MIW Radio Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award on Friday, October 2nd during the “Music & Mimosas” send-off event at the 2015 Radio Show in Atlanta.
The MIW Radio Group Trailblazer Award is presented annually to a woman who, through her leadership and success in the industry, creates opportunities for other women in radio. In 2012, it was renamed the “Frances Preston Trailblazer Award” in honor of Frances Preston, longtime president and CEO of BMI and MIW Group member. Kim Guthrie is a 32-year broadcast veteran with experience and accomplishments in both television and radio. Prior to her June 2015 promotion to Executive Vice President of National Ad Platforms and President of Cox Reps, she served as Executive Vice President of Radio, responsible for all programming, operations and sales for CMG’s 59 radio stations in 11 markets.
Kim Guthrie comments, “I’m truly humbled and touched to receive this incredible honor. What a compliment to be in the same company as the beloved Frances Preston, who truly was one of the first real female trailblazers in music and media — known not just for being a woman but for being a great leader in the industry and an even better human being. May we all uphold those same standards as we continue to pave the way for future generations of women in media."
NASH 94.7 New York's Jesse Addy To Host 3rd Annual 'NASH' Salutes The Troops Concert
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– NASH FM 94.7 will host its Third Annual “NASH Salutes the Troops” Concert at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, next Tuesday, August 24. NASH FM 94.7’s Jesse Addy (below) will host the evening celebrating the members of the U.S. Military with a show by Country duo Dan + Shay (left)
The live concert! Park admission is free that day with Military ID. The NASH Team will be set up outside the Arena starting at 5:00pm with games, prizes, music, and more. Visit www.nashfm947.com for all the details.
Top Wash. Mag Asks 'Is Tommy McFly The Future Of Radio?'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– WHOAAAAAA! check out the upper middle headline on the shown Washingtonian Magazine Cover (read by just about everyone in the city). They asks if Tommy McFly, host of The Tommy Show which also features Kelly (R) and Jen (L) from WIAD Fresh FM's morning show in DC. They garnered a nice two-page spread that details Tommy fast connections with the who's who in Washington (not to mention once being invited by President Obama to a special lunch) among many attributes. He also gets ample praise from VP/Programming - CBS Wash., Steve Davis. We would gladly provide a link, but we're told it's not live yet. We'll update asap at our website. Stay tuned.
[WATCH] The Bert Show's Wake Up Calls To Kids' Goes Viral
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– The Bert Show's wake up calls to kids has apparently attracted the attention of more that just its national audience. Try The Today Show, Good Morning America, Huffington Post Parenting, Fox and Friends, Inside Edition and The Daily Mail - to name a few - even an Australian TV station.
With kids headed back to school, The Bert Show took it upon themselves to help parents get their children back in the swing of things. Parents have been encouraged to call the nationally syndicated morning radio show to help them wake up their kids in extremely unique ways, to guarantee that they’ll have no problems getting out of bed. The show first surprised 10-year-old Sophie of Atlanta (shown), who was said to be impossible to get up in the mornings. Her mom rang up The Bert Show which facilitated a five-piece jazz band to help with the wake-ups.
Since Sophie’s special wake-up call, The Bert Show also surprised Katie with a theater cast singing The Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’ while using her pet guinea pig, Oreo, as Simba. WATCH HERE.
NETWORKS Pitbull And Awolnation's Aaron Bruno To Host WWO Labor Day Specials
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– WWO is presenting two four-hour Labor Day specials--hosted by Pitbull and AWOLNATION Aaron Bruno. Westwood One’s “Endless Summer Fun" and “Summer of Rock,” will look back at the songs and the summer of 2015.
Pitbull's career sales have exceeded 6 million albums and 70 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has scored #1 hits in more than 15 countries, his videos have over 7 billion views, and his social media reach matches audiences of some television networks. After hosting the American Music Awards for the second time, Pitbull released his eighth studio album, Globalization, which includes “Time of Our Lives.”
AWOLNATION released their new album RUN on March 17, 2015. Written, performed and produced by musical architect Aaron Bruno, the album features #1 hit “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” and current Top 10 single “I Am.”
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Aussie Show Outs Woman's Husband On Air As Member Of Ashley Madison Following Hack
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– With the world buzzing over disgraced reality star Josh Duggar's name allegedly among the reported 32 million member leaked among names revealed in the Ashley Madison Hack (see Popline), an Australian radio station tells a woman live on air that her husband has an account on infidelity site - The host on NOVA Radio later admitted regretting the public humiliation, telling listeners 'I don't know if we should have done that.' READ MORE IN THE INDEPENDENT
Fallout Continues Following Polly and Grant Announcing Split - The popular couple host the Polly and Grant breakfast show on New Zealand radio network “The Hits”. Polly and Grant told the New Zealand Herald, "We're happy, loving and the best of friends. We absolutely love working together - even after getting up at 3am for so many years (and there will be many more!) We are still so committed to our family and our listening family." And while they will remain on air together, their real-life split has rocked listeners who have taken to social media to have their say.
Alex Dyke Returns To BBC Radio Solent After Suspension - Alex Dyke is returning to his mid-morning show on BBC Radio Solent. He was suspended last Thursday afternoon following “unacceptable comments” made on-air on. He was discussing breastfeeding in public and said it was unnatural and must be stopped.
Dancing With The Radio Stars BBC Radio 3 afternoon presenter, Katie Derham is the latest celebrity to be added to this year’s Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing With The Stars) line-up. Katie started in television and was the youngest national newsreader on British TV when she joined ITV in 1998 at 27.
Great to meet so many radio pros at MSBC in Chicago? Look forward to seeing you next year! I hope you can listen to my report WPLJ's Todd Pettengill, BJ Shea from KISW, Gene & Julie from WRAL, Jonathon Brandmeier and Tracy Johnson. Listen HERE. Need an international broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Len Burman Leaving 'DWTS'; CBS Developing Comedy Inspired By Facebook
REPORT: Rosie O Donnell's Daughter Found With Convicted Criminal - [ET]
Donald Covers The Hollywood Reporter - [THR]
Josh Duggar's Name Pops Up In Ashley Madison Hack - [NY MAG]
It's Official: Len Burman Leaving DWTS - [ACE SHOWBIZ]
Harry Connick's 19 Yr. Old Daughter Charged With Giving Alcohol To Minors - [DAILY CALLER]
REPORT: CBS Developing Facebook Based Comedy - [THR]
White House Hires First Transgender Staff Member - [CNN]
Lady Gaga Covers CR Fashion Book - [IDOLATOR]
[WATCH] Jessica Alba Covers 'Allure' And Talks With E! News - [E ONLINE]
Morgan Freeman To Make Guest Appearance On 'Madam Secretary' - [EW]
Megan Fox And Brian Austin Call It Quits After 11 Years - [US]
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STUDY: Despite Advertiser Perceptions, AM/FM Radio Easily Tops Streaming - Reaches 93% Of Millennials; Tops TV
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 20TH, 2015 –– New studies by Nielsen, Edison Research and Advertiser Perceptions reveal the audience for AM/FM radio greatly exceeds listening to streaming services, in stark contrast to advertiser estimates. The study was commissioned by leading radio broadcasters including Cumulus, Westwood One, iHeartMedia, Alpha Media, Beasley Media Group, CBS Radio, Cox Media Group, Emmis Communications, Entercom, Greater Media, Hubbard Radio, Radio Advertising Bureau, Radio One, Townsquare Media and Univision Radio, Inc., to compare advertisers’ perceptions of American audio consumption versus actual usage.
Key findings show: - Advertisers estimate that 64% of Americans are reached by AM/FM but the actual Nielsen weekly reach is 93%. - Advertisers and agencies perceive the audience share of Pandora and Spotify to be nearly the same as AM/FM. In reality, AM/FM’s audience share is 9X Pandora and 17X that of Spotify. - Nielsen data also shows that radio reaches 93% of Millennials – 22% more Millennials than TV. TV misses one in four Millennials.
“Advertisers and agencies drastically underestimate the reach of AM/FM radio,” said Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus and Westwood One. “This study is the first conclusive evidence of the major gap in actual and imagined performance of AM/FM and streaming outlets.” SEE REPORT HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Dave Scopinich Named VP/Director Of Sales For CBS Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– Dave Scopinich has been named VP And Director of Sales For CBS Radio Philadelphia - he'll also serve as GSM for KYW Newsradio 1060. Serve As General Sales Manager Of KYW Newsradio
Scopinich had previously been with CBS Radio for more than 10 years, most recently serving as General Sales Manager of 98.1 WOGL and Talk Radio 1210 WPHT. In March 2014, Scopinich was named General Sales Manager at Greater Media’s 102.9 WMGK.
“Dave was a key hire of David’s in 2003 who excelled at every opportunity, and proved to be an innovative and forward-thinking executive,” said Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS RADIO. “He will be a key figure in our future as the team executes David’s vision for CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s sales organization.” 1
MOTION: Josh Marconi Takes Nights At WKQX/101.1 Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that Josh Marconi (known on-air as Marconi) will join 101WKQX in Chicago as on-air personality for Nights. Marconi’s first show will air on Tuesday September 8th from 7pm-12am. Marconi joins Cumulus from his previous on-air post as co-host of Mornings on KINK in Portland, OR. Prior to that, he was on-air at Westwood One’s 24/7 Rock 2.0, following on-air stints in Portland at KNRK and KUFO-FM.
Troy Hanson, Corporate Programming/Rock Formats for Cumulus said: “Marconi’s on-air vibe and social presence hit the mark on exactly what 101WKQX is about. He will compliment an already stellar line-up of personalities and artist experiential moments we strive to put forth every day for our valued audience.” Marconi said: “This station is everything I've ever wanted. WKQX is my home now. No, seriously I'm bringing my sleeping bag.”
More Legal Action Taken Over Pre-1972 Music
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– As expected, another group has filed suit over pre-1972 music royalties. This time it's ABS Entertainment filing suit in a U.S. District Court against Cumulus Media, iHeartMedia and CBS Corp. Using the Turtles case as precedent, they are seeking class action status for "injunctive relief and monetary damages sustained by Plaintiff and the Class because the Defendants have delivered music content through broadcast radio channels, HD radio channels, the Internet and mobile devices without consent of or licenses from the Plaintiff and the Class. As a result of their pernicious, improper and illegal conduct, Defendants have reaped hundreds of millions of dollars that rightfully belong to Plaintiff and the Class."
ABS Entertainment Inc., which owns recordings such Hi Records catalog featuring artists Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Ann Peebles and others, allege the three largest group owners are infringing on ownership rights, misappropriation of ownership and property rights, and conversion, calling the conduct "despicable"; the plaintiffs are seeking over $5 million compensatory damages on each of three counts and "restitution and disgorgement" of unlawful proceeds and revenues, including gross profits, plus punitive and exemplary damages and an injunction against using pre-1972 music.
[WATCH] Bobby Bones Wants $100 Grand For Trump Slogan
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– As Jockline first told you last week, Premiere Networks syndicated Bobby Bones, of the The Bobby Bones Show, recently purchased a trademark for Donald Trump’s campaign mantra, 'Make America Great Again." According to WKRN TV, Bones filed for and received the trademark for the slogan after discovering it was not trademarked for clothing, accessories and swimwear.
Trump owns the trademark for other uses of the slogan, but after receiving the trademark, Bones tweeted to Donald Trump that he would give him the trademark in exchange for a $100,000 donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In one tweet dated Aug. 7, Bones wrote, “Hey @realDonaldTrump, if you donate 100k to @stjude, I will give you your clothing trademark back. thanks! – Bobby” Another tweet from the same day said, “Hey @realDonaldTrump. I don’t even want this trademark. Let’s get this thing done. I want no money. Just for @StJude.” News 2 reached out to the Trump campaign for comment but has not heard if he will make the donation. WATCH HERE
Help 97.1 The Drive's Scott Miller Win National Beard Contest
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– For those who've noticed 97.1 The Drive Chicago's Scott Miller, producer of Pete McMurray's morning show, amazing mustache stylings over the last few years at MSBC/Chicago, here's the back story: He tells Jockline, "3 years ago I started growing this crazy mustache and it has taken me amazing places"....having first made the top 30, now comes word he placed top 10 - CLICK HERE AND HELP HIM TAKE TOP HONORS
PROMOTIONS: 'Burst A Bus' Sets Record For Collection Of Back To School Supplies
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 19TH, 2015 –– The week of August 10th local radio stations KZBD, KDRK and KEY 101 Spokane teamed with the Salvation Army to collect back to school supplies for local children. The final total for back to school supplies will eclipse 2,500 items. They also collected over $1,000 in cash.
There were also a collection points set up around the city and in Northern Idaho. This was the fifth year the back to school supply drive has been held with the Spokane Salvation Army. “I am proud of the staff of the radio stations and the effort they put forth,” said Radio Spokane Operations Manager Greg Tillotson. “We had quite a few people sacrifice personal time to make the week as successful as it was”. Curley added, “The amount of supplies generated for local children before they head back to school was unbelievable!”
Rosie O'Donnell's 17 Yr. Old Daughter Found; Pharrell To Headline Rebranded Apple Fest
Rosie O'Donnell Says She's Found Missing 17 Yr.-Old Daughter - [12NEWS]
'Real Housewives Of Atlanta Cast Transgender Woman - [TORONTO SUN]
Is Jenny McCarthy Headed To RHONY? - [ENSTARZ]
'Vanity Fair's' Special 'Transamerica' Issue - [VANITY FAIR]
Stephen Colbert Sits Down With Howard Stern - [HITFIX]
Queen Latifa - Past, Present & Future - [VARIETY]
Chris Cuomo Saves Man From Drowning - [CNN]
Pharrell To Headline Rebranded Apple Music Festival - [FORTUNE]
Lionel Richie Named Musicares Person Of The Year - [SHOWBIZ411]
[WATCH] Trevor Noah's First TV Promo - [THE VERGE]
Julianne Hough Gets Engaged - [US]
UH OH: Lady Gaga Threatens Suit Over Baby Gaga Breast Milk Ice Cream Flavor - [PAGE SIX]
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Radio One Charlotte Stunts Its Way To 92.7 The Block
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– After stunting as 92.7 Drake FM, playing the Canadian Star Drake's music non-stop, Radio One Charlotte announced late yesterday that 92.7 will now be home to 92.7 The Block, Charlotte’s Non-Stop Hip Hop and R&B station. Along with the move, WPZS (Praise 100.9), will now broadcast exclusively at 100.9, while The Block will takeover 92.7 and keep its calls, WQNC.
Mary K, PD for Radio One Charlotte (shown) commented, "This stunt gave us the opportunity to honor an amazing artist with an equally outstanding body of work, while drawing a lot of attention to the station.. The Block is here and I'm thrilled about our future plans. You haven't seen anything yet!"
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mary Menna Rises To VP/Market Manager For Greater Media Boston
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– Greater Media has promoted Mary Menna to Vice President and Market Manager of Greater Media’s Boston-based properties, including WMJX-FM, WBOS-FM, WROR-FM, WKLB-FM and HOT 96.9 in Boston.
The Boston radio veteran joined Greater Media as General Manager at WMJX-FM in May of 2014. Prior to that, she worked as the Market President of CCM+E Boston, where she spent 25 years serving in a variety of capacities, including Director of Sales, General Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and Account Executive. While in that capacity, she also managed Clear Channel’s Providence market for four years. Menna began her radio career straight out of Boston College at WBCN-FM.
She follows Rob Williams, whose last day will be Friday, August 21, 2015. Williams, who has been commuting from Connecticut to Boston since he joined the company in 2012, has accepted another opportunity closer to his home (see next story).
Townsquare Announces Key Hires In Operations/Sales Posts
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– Townsquare Media announced the appointment of Rob Williams (L) as Senior Vice President, Operations. Williams arrives from Greater Media, where he most recently served as Vice President and Market Manager overseeing its Boston operations. The Company also announced that Todd Lawley (C) has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations. Mr. Lawley has served as a Townsquare Regional Vice President since July 2014. Williams will be based in Greenwich while Mr. Lawley will continue to be based in Dallas.
The Company also announced that Darrin Klayman (R) has joined Townsquare as Vice President, National Client Partnerships. Darrin joins Townsquare from Westwood One, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Network Sales. In addition, Matt Kiger, Vice President of Sales and Training, Todd Moskowitz, Vice President of Sales and Kelly Quinn, Vice President of Sales have been promoted to more senior roles in sales leadership and will work in close coordination with Erik Hellum, Rob Williams and Todd Lawley and the Company’s Regional Vice Presidents. “Rob and Darrin are both great additions to the Townsquare team. I am excited to work with such accomplished professionals that can help us grow our Company and drive revenue,” said Townsquare Executive Vice President Erik Hellum. “
Beats 1 Zane Lowe Radio Show Motivated By Jimmy Iovine Advice
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Apple's new Beats 1 host, Zane Lowe, explains the philosophy behind the station, and shares two motivational quotes he keeps on the wall of his office at Apple. The first quote is something that Lowe came up with himself: "Quality and consistency creates the addiction."
Lowe says that a key part of Beats 1 is convincing people to return and listen again "because it has awakened something in them and they want to hear more." There's another quote that Lowe lives by, and it's a saying from his colleague, record producer and Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine: "Don't be boring." According to businessinsider.com, "Lowe's energetic presenting style is anything but boring. He's known for shouting, singing and using sound effects during his shows." READ INTERVIEW HERE
ED. NOTE: With due respect to Iovine, veteran media executive, Walter Sabo, of Sabo Media may have well first popularized the phrase. Several years ago he was a featured panelist at a Radio & Record's Talk Radio Seminar which offered advice on what it takes to be a successful host. Following others who offered their thoughts and opinions on the topic, when the mic was passed to Sabo he quickly grabbed it and said "Don't be boring." Then, just as quickly, passed the mic to the next panelist. To this day, perhaps the shortest , but most sage advice ever offered at a conference)
Developer Plans 330 Homes On WMAL Towers Site
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– The developer that won the rights to 75 acres of prime Bethesda real estate, NOW HOME TO WMAL/Wash. DC Towers, plans to build up to 330 homes on the property. According to bethesdamagazine.com, John Harris, vice president with Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers, said the company plans a mix of town homes and single-family detached homes.
When the property was put on the market earlier this year, the move raised concerns among nearby residents and government officials that more housing could pose more issues for an already overcrowded public school system and congested local roads. “We share those concerns. They’re real concerns,” Harris said. “Our future residents will be faced with the same issues.” Brokers selling the site said it could go for as much as $75 million. Toll Brothers won’t close its purchase of the site until it has made progress in the county’s approval process. The purchase price of the land, which is owned by broadcasting company Cumulus Media, is confidential until that point.
Cumulus and its broker narrowed down the choices to four leading bids before choosing Toll Brothers, Patterson said. Patterson said Mardirossian offered to donate about half of the site for a new school and a new park, with the rest reserved for a senior housing development. PHOTO/Bethesda Magazine
Radio Garage Door Contest Fuels Neighborhood Squabble
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– If you're planning a garage-door-decorating contest for your station anytime soon, check this out. According to Indy's Star Press, high school student Hannah Brewer, with her mother’s permission, painted the garage door of their residence in an attempt to prove she is the biggest fan of the band 5 Seconds of Summer, aka 5SOS, thus, winning ticket and a backstage visit with the group. Brewer and other followed the station's directive: “Get creative and prove you’re the biggest 5SOS fan on your garage door so the whole neighborhood can see it! ... Just make sure we can see RadioNOW 100.9 somewhere” on the door.
Brewer and a friend painted images and messages for the band members, only to get an anonymous letter titled “A NOTE FROM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD” left in Brewer’s front doo. It said, “At first we all thought you had been a victim of vandalism on your garage, seeing how NOTHING like that has ever happened around here before … In case you haven’t noticed this isn’t LA or Chicago or Mexico and it certainly isn’t south Muncie. “There is discussion of getting up a petition, calling the newspaper and retaining a lawyer in case you don’t do the right thing over the ghetto painting … We are all sorry we have had to do this but nobody has ever treated this neighborhood in a trashy manner!”
Brewer’s mother, Carrie Mote Craig, a Catholic school teacher, called the police, who told her the painting did not violate any city ordinances. An officer agreed to pose for a photograph at the door with a thumbs-up sign. The Star Press emailed Chuck Williams, general manager of Radio One-Indianapolis, a photo of the painted door and asked whether he would find it objectionable if someone had done that in his neighborhood. He called the contest “a chance for fans to show their passion and said “we do not provide solicited commentary on contest submissions until the contest has ended. I am absolutely going to show no bias toward anybody’s entries until the contest is over.”
NETWORKS: The Stars Party with Red Eye Radio At Great American Trucking Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– Red Eye Radio network is turning up the heat for this month's Great American Trucking Show in Dallas with live musical performances from Country artists John Anderson, Waterloo Revival, LOCASH, and Tony Justice and visits by A&E stars Marc Springer from Shipping Wars and Big Smo from Big Smo. The Great American Trucking Show, a trucking convention with over 500,000 feet of exhibit space, will take place August 27-29, 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
Eric Harley and Gary McNamara (shown), hosts of Red Eye Radio, will be on site to introduce attendees to the lineup. Stations interested in Red Eye Radio can contact Stuart Greenblatt at email@example.com or (212) 419-2946.
Q101.9 San Antonio Hosts 'Margaritas With Mario Lopez
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 18TH, 2015 –– On with Mario Lopez iHeartMedia affiliate Q101.9/KQXT-FM in San Antonio, Texas, hosted a “Margaritas with Mario Lopez” event at Viola’s Ventanas restaurant this past weekend.
The Premiere Networks personality participated in a live Q&A with Q101.9 Program Director Chase Murphy, as well as a meet and greet with listeners and fans.
Pictured left to right: J.C. Carpenter, KQXT-FM Account Executive; Rosie Perez, KQXT-FM Vice President of Sales; Mario Lopez; Raven Riojas, KQXT-FM Promotions Director; Chase Murphy, KQXT-FM Program Director; Brittany Spain, KQXT-FM Account Executive; and Robbie Cantu, KQXT-FM Promotions Director. About On with Mario Lopez
Tracy Morgan To Host SNL; Heidi Klum Trumps Trump Over 'No Longer A 10' Diss
[WATCH' Kathie Lee Returns To 'Today' - [TODAY]
[WATCH] Heidi Klum Trumps Trump With Priceless Retort To His 'No Longer A 10' Diss - [TWITTER]
Hilary Clinton, Caitlyn And Human Rights Advocate Malala Yousafzai Help Ellen Kick Off 13th Season - [DIGITAL SPY]
Selena Gomez To Be Advisor To Gwen Stefani On 'The Voice' - [PEOPLE]
Tracy Morgan To Host SNL In October - [NBC]
Jon Stewart To Hot WWE Summerslam - [USA TODAY]
UH OH: Britany Spears May Leave Las Vegas - [E ONLINE]
[WATCH] Johnny Depp, Gene Simmons & More Rock For Teen Charity - [BLABBERMOUTH]
UH OH 2: Zayn Malik & Calvin Harris In Twitter Tussle - [RADIO.COM]
Fox Renews Gordon Ramsey's 'Hotel Hell' For Third Season - [DEADLINE]
REPORT: Ex-Affleck Nanny Trolling For Reality Show - [PAGE SIX]
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98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich To Simulcast On Comcast
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– Comcast SportsNet and CBS RADIO’s 98.5 The Sports Hub announced an agreement to broadcast a live simulcast of the radio station’s popular “Toucher & Rich” morning show on Comcast SportsNet beginning today, Aug. 17. The show will be added to Comcast SportsNet’s line-up of daily programming, which already includes a simulcast of the CBS radio's afternoon “Felger & Mazz” program which has aired on Comcast SportsNet daily from 2PM-6PM since Fall 2011.
Hosted by Fred Toucher and Rich Shertlenlieb, 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show is the No. 1-rated morning drive program in Boston among its target audience demographic. Comcast SportsNet’s simulcast of the Toucher & Rich show will be presented by UNO Pizzeria & Grill.
“Being on TV will hopefully shame me into shaving, taking showers, and figuring out what to do with my hands,” said Shertenlieb. “Although I'm borderline positive that won't happen.” “Being on Comcast SportsNet every morning will be a nice complement to our radio show,” added Toucher.
99.1 The Mix/Milwaukee Rebrands Mornings To Mike & Elizabeth In The Morning As Kidd O'Shea Departs For Wash. DC; Amber Stone Debuts As Fort Wayne's First Female Led Show On Soft Rock 103.9; Dave Coombs Returns To The Air In Mid-State New York
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– After more than 10 years as co-host of the The Morning Mix on WMYX/99.1 The Mix/Milwaukee, Kidd O'Shea bid farewell on last Friday's show as he now heads to Washington, DC as its social media anchor For WJLA-TV. With the move, afternoon host Mike Mason moves into mornings where he'll join with Elizabeth Kay on the all new "Mike & Elizabeth in the morning.
WWFW, “SOFT ROCK 103.9” has announced Amber Stone as the new morning program host. With the move, Adams Radio Group' Rob MacKenzie says she becomes the first female-led morning show in Fort Wayne.
SOFT ROCK 103.9 Brand Manager Rob Mackenzie says, “Morning radio in Fort Wayne has been typically led by a male host, with a female co-host .... I can’t wait for (Amber) to get started (today)!” Amber added, “Having my own morning show has been a huge dream of mine! Thank you so much Rob Mackenzie, Jim Richards, and Chris Monk, for allowing me to wake up Fort Wayne! I'm thrilled to get out in the community, and make an impact on my listeners."
Longtime New York host Dave Coombs is returning to the airwaves today (8.17) in Utica joining "The Talk of the Town" morning show on 100.7 WUTQ FM, his first time back on the air in six months. According to syracuse.com, The Roser Communications-owned station teased the announcement last week on Facebook, and an accompanying TV spot featured local figures saying "He's back." At 7 a.m. He'll co-host the program with Jason Aiello and Samantha LaMarca.
FORMATICS: Minny Has A New Vibe; iHeart Hartford Debuts News Radio 1410 WPOP
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that simulcast radio station WGVX-FM/WRXP-FM/WGVZ-FM in Minneapolis is now the Twin Cities’ all-new Classic Hip Hop station, The Vibe 105. The station, formerly programmed as Sports Talk 105 The Ticket, turned on the Classic Hip Hop format today at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Westwood One will syndicate the Classic Hip Hop programming for The Vibe 105.
Scott Jameson (R), Operations Manager for Cumulus Minneapolis said: "Vibe 105 is a fresh and fun radio station for the Twin Cities. Our music mix appeals to a wide variety of Hip Hop fans and crosses over to consumers of other formats as well.
iHeartMedia Hartford announced today the debut of News Radio 1410 WPOP-AM. The new station's lineup will include: The Vinnie Penn Project 6-10 a.m. The Financial Exchange 10 a.m-12 p.m. Bloomberg 12:00p.m.-3 p.m. Howie Carr 3-6 p.m. Mark Levin 6-9 p.m. America Now 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
“It’s been almost 18-years since the all-news format was heard on WPOP 1410AM," said Steve Honeycomb, Regional Market President, iHeartMedia Connecticut. "We’re excited to bring back News Radio 1410 WPOP, an iconic brand and station focused on News, Traffic and Weather to serve the Hartford community in the iHeartMedia line-up.”
Colin Cowherd To Debut Official 'Blunt & Bitter' Beer In Portland
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– 1080 The FAN (KFXX) Portland, OR. will host a live-audience show and beer tasting, in conjunction with Rogue Ales and Spirits, with national sports radio icon Colin Cowherd. Cowherd, a former FAN host, will return for an exclusive event on Friday, August 28th, at Castaway in Portland’s Pearl District, featuring the launch of Rogue’s “Blunt and Bitter,” the official beer of The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“Portland has given me so much opportunity through the years. I’m thrilled to debut this product that I love in a city that I love,” said Cowherd. “With my move back to the west coast, this will be the first of many trips to Portland.” As the special guest of 1080 The FAN’s afternoon-drive staple Primetime with Isaac and Suke, Cowherd will discuss local and national sports topics, sports media, his move back to the west coast, and more. An audience Q&A will follow. “All of us here at Rogue are thrilled to be working with a fellow rogue and revolutionary in Colin Cowherd,” commented Rogue Beer president Brett Joyce. “We both come from small coastal towns in the Pacific Northwest and, most importantly, share a kindred spirit as we both continue to ‘Dare, Risk, Dream’, and fight the status quo.” “We’re excited to welcome Colin back to Portland for this one-of-a-kind event,” added FAN program director Jeff Austin. “
92.7 Charlotte Airs Non-Stop Drake; Big Announcement Today
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– Over the weekend, WQNC/Charlotte - 92.7FM suddenly flipped to all Drake All The Time. According to thefader.com, WPZS, the gospel station that formerly occupied 92.7, is now broadcasting from 100.9. They also point out, despite rumors, that Drake could not have bought the station, as he is a Canadian citizen.
There's still no news on whether this is stunt, but between songs they encouraged listeners to tune in (this) afternoon for "a special announcement." Mdanwhile, there's an Instagram page and phone number you can call with requests and questions - stay tuned.
National Radio Talent System Graduates Takes Three Of Ten Awards In 'Rising Stars' Competition
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– The National Radio Talent System pointed out that 3 of the 10 “ Rising Stars in Radio ” in the recent ReelWorld competition are former students of the National Radio Talent System. Reel World, in conjunction with Talentmasters Morning Show Boot Camp, accepted nominees from across America to find radio’s rising stars , with ten recipients of the Rising Star Awards being announced on August 7th in Chicago.
There were numerous entries considered and reviewed by a select group of judges. Dan Vallie, President of National Radio Talent System , commented , “To have 30% of the Rising Stars, we couldn’t be more proud. Christian, Brittani and Brendan (shown) are a good representation of the young talent produced through the Radio Talent Institutes of the National Radio Talent System and of the young people who love being in radio today. Compliments to Morning Show Boot Camp and Reel World for bringing attention to the rising stars in radio. ”Christian Morgan, Brittani Fish and Brendan Croghan joined other Rising Stars, Dominique , 103 Jamz/Norfolk ; Miguel Fuller, Hot 101, Tampa; Brian Joyce, WGOW/Chattanooga; Brian Moote, KIRO/Seattle; Pavlina Osta, Genesis Comm./iHeart 360; Shelley Rome, Z100/New Yor; Joanna Ryan , KORN/Franklin, ID.
The ReelWorld Risin g Stars Awards were done in conjunction with Morning Show Boot Camp 27. The National Radio Talent System includes: Kellar Radio Talent Institute, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, Confer Radio Talent Institute, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and GAB Radio Talent Institute, University of Georgia and the KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute, Western Kentucky University. For more info, contact Dan Vallie at 828 - 262 - 1502 or DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com
BBC Host Remains Off Air After 'Librarian-Type Moustached Women' Breastfeeding Remarks
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– BBC Radio Solent host Alex Dyke remains off-air after he said that "librarian-type moustached" women should not breastfeed in public. This led to more than 12,000 people signing a petition calling for him to be taken off the air after he said that it was "unnatural" and a throwback to the Stone Age during his show last Wednesday. A BBC spokeswoman said: "Following unacceptable comments made on air yesterday, Alex Dyke has been suspended pending an investigation, so he will not be on air tomorrow."
Meanwhile, according to The Mirror, a petition to get Dyke back on air has failed to ignite, with just 124 people signing it. Supporters of the petition called Dyke a "legend" who had the right to "express his opinion". Suzanne Barret from Southampton wrote: "Alex is a wind up merchant and male, but I think women's lib has gone the way of health and safety. "It's getting a bit ridiculous. "I don't want to see moments that should be private gems turned into a spectator sport."
One woman posted on Twitter: "Another moron with misogynistic views about breastfeeding on the radio. Get rid of this idiot!" The show is currently unavailable on the BBC iPlayer radio website. READ MORE HERE
[WATCH] Cam Newton Goes Falsetto For Radio's Maney Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– Here's yet another example of how to take your show national with the swoop of video. KISS 95.1 Charlotte morning host, Maney, along with Roy & Ren, had Carolina Panthers QB, Cam Newton drop by for a visit where he was coyly prompted by the the show to offer a rendition of The Weekend's "Earned It." In a matter of viral seconds, the piece was picked up by The Bleacher Report, among many, which pointed out Newton's enthusiasm in pointing at the camera. Brace your ears and WATCH HERE
RADIO SNAPS: WWO's Charlie Rymer & Earl Forcey At Whistling Straits; Paul Shaffer Interviews Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page; ABC's Andrea Dresdale Hangin' With The Band Perry
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 17TH, 2015 –– Westwood One Sports analyst and new PGA member Charlie Rymer (left) had a little fun over the weekend with veteran broadcaster Earl Forcey at the PGA Championship from Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin. The shown photo is the view is from Westwood One’s tower at the 18th hole.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page joined Paul Shaffer for an exclusive interview on Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock. The interview will be available at paulshaffersdayinrock.com today, Aug. 17. In the interview, Page discussed reissues from Led Zeppelin, what went into recording the original albums and what musical direction the band might have gone in if they hadn’t broken up. Visit paulshaffersdayinrock.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or AmberW@envisionradio.com for more information.
Shown left is ABC Radio’s Andrea Dresdale catching up with country superstars The Band Perry after their appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series to debut their new single “Live Forever.”
Elvis' Private Nurse Pens Book; Neil Young Teaches Meryl Streep How To Play Guitar
The Photo Behind 'Straight Outta Compton' - [CNN]
Snoop's Son Quits Football At UCLA To Pursue Film Career - [SFCHRONICLE]
[WATCH] Neil Young Teaches Meryl Streep How To Play Guitar For 'Ricki' Role - [NME]
Ariana Grande Fans Rip Wendy Williams Following Body Shaming Comments - [HOLLYWOD TAKE]
Florida Georgia Line Takes A Break - [COUNTRY FANCAST]
Rosie O'Donnell Says Trump Is A Drivin Force Behind War On Women - [THE WRAP]
Elvis' Private Nurse Pens Book On Life With 'The King' - [USA TODAY]
'Star Wars' Coming To Disney Parks - [SKY]
[WATCH] Tyler The Creator Joins Pharrell On Beats 1 Radio - [APPLE]
Morgan Freeman's Step Grand-daughter Murdered By Ex-Boyfriend In Exorcism Attempt - [IRISH MIRROR]
NICOLE WALLACE: "I Never Heard One Note From Anybody Inside The Entire Organization During The Entire (The View) season," ...It Was Like Being Invisible." - [FOX]
Meredith Vieira Explains Black Eye With Return To 'Today' - [TODAY]
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Taps Joe Russo As PD For Kansas City Combo; Gary Nolan Shifts To Pensacola & Jerry King Returns To Corporate Programming Post
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 15-year radio programming professional Joe Russo as Program Director for KCJK/105.1 JACK-FM and 94.9 KCMO-FM in Kansas City. He replaces Gary Nolan who moves to Cumulus Pensacola as Operations Manager and Program Director for WJTQ. Concurrently, Pensacola Operations Manager/Program Director Jerry King joins the Cumulus corporate programming team. Current KCJK PD Jon Anthony will remain with the company in Kansas City as APD and on-air at KCMO-FM and as Program Director for NASH Icon.
Russo was previously a consultant with SparkNet Communications (syndicators of the JACK format), following nearly a decade in Buffalo. He served as Program Director and Brand Manager for 92.9 JACK-FM/WBUF and later, as Adult Hits Brand Leader for TownSquare Media. Jerry King returns to a corporate role and will work directly with John Dickey and Mike McVay as they develop new projects. Russo said: "I have unbelievable respect for Mike McVay’s work as a consultant, and his vision with Cumulus Media. He’s always been a mentor to me, and influenced me as a consultant." 1
MOTION: Rick & Carly Take Mornings On WOW 104.3/Boise
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– WOW 104.3 Boise has announced that “Rick and Carly,” who previously worked at K-Bull 93 FM in the Salt Lake City, will take over its morning drive slot recently vacated by Randy and Alana. Their first show will debut on Monday, Aug. 17th.
They posted on their Facebook page, 'Getting ready to kick off our 1st show Monday morning. Be-a-u-tiful day in Idaho!”
NETWORKS: Ryen Russillo Inks Multiyear Deal With ESPN, Danny Kanell To Co-Host
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– Ryen Russillo (L), who has spent the last 10 years with ESPN Radio, has signed a multiyear extension with the sports outlet as host of Russillo & Kanell Show, co-hosted by ESPN football analyst Danny Kanell (R). The new three-hour show will debut Monday, Aug. 31, from 1 - 4 p.m. ET. and will be televised on ESPNEWS starting at 1 p.m.
Russillo was named co-host of ESPN Radio's Scott Van Pelt Show in May 2009. Since June 2015, he has hosted The Russillo Show with a group of alternating co-hosts, including Kanell. Previously, Russillo hosted ESPN Radio's College GameDay (noon-7 p.m. Saturdays throughout the football season). Russillo joined ESPN Radio in February 2006, and hosted NBA Sunday, The Baseball Show and the NFL Draft. Prior to joining ESPN, Russillo was a sports voice in Boston, Mass. where he was a CSN studio host and NBA analyst, and a Sporting News Radio host.
Prior to joining ESPN, Kanell was an NFL and college football analyst for WQAM Miami and CBS4 Miami. After playing quarterback at Florida State for four years, Kanell was drafted by the New York Giants in 1996. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos until 2004.
[WATCH] Florida Host Targeted By Car Burglar
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– "It was so eerie I felt sick to my stomach. I was like ‘oh my God ... This guy is breaking into our car..." said Lea Maresca (shown), co-host with Real Radio’s Love Doctors on 94.3 WZZR West Palm Beach, FL. as she watched a surveillance video of someone breaking into her family's car.
According to CBS12 News, there were multiple car burglaries that night last week. Lea's truck was hit around 2:41 A.M. in the morning Friday. "He stole credit cards, a bag of change. He definitely used the credit cards at a couple of gas stations around our house," said Lea.
Lea's was the only home with high-definition cameras and night vision and she wasn' t shy about sharing the story with her on-air partners, Rich Glen and Dano. "He had no idea who he had messed with," Lea laughed. But now she wants the suspect captured by police.. "I’m hoping someone sees this guy and recognizes him!" Lea said. WATCH HERE
[WATCH] WCSX Detroit Rev's Up Charity With Corvette Raffle
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– There are lots of creative ways radio drives money to charity, but this one brings a whole new meaning to the ride. 94.7 WCSX/Detroit's Big Jim O'Brien (inset), with the help of a generous woman in upstate Michigan, was able to reassemble a rare 1971 Corvette Stingray that they'll be raffling off for charity. After sitting in storage for 12 years, O'Brien tells WXYZ TV, a lady donated the car, but it needed a new chassis and engine. Well, being in the motor city it didn't take too long for a number of volunteers to reassemble the auto, complete with a super high-powered Maclaren engine.
For the ninth year in a row, they'll be raffling off the car as part of its Stone Soup project. The project is based on the old fable where everyone throws something into a pot to make a great meal, according to the radio station. This year, proceeds from the raffle will go to Holy Cross Children's Services, which helps children and families in Michigan who are abused, neglected, abandoned or suffer from substance abuse. WATCH HERE
Friends & Family Gather At Memorial Service For Orlando's Scott McKensie
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 14TH, 2015 –– Following this week's news of longtime Orlando host Scott McKenzie's passing, he was remembered yesterday (8.13) during a memorial at Congregation Ohev Shalom synagogue in Maitland, FL. McKenzie died Tuesday at age 59 after a seven-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It was just last Friday, McKenzie announced he was going into hospice
According to mynews13, McKenzie is survived by his wife, Fran, and daughter, Lauren. The family has asked people to consider donating to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Children's Miracle Network, and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.
Among those remembering McKenzie this week is his former on-air partner Big Jim O'Brien (also shown above), now with WXYZ/Detroit. He told Jockline: 'Scott McKenzie was (I hate saying "was" next to his name) the best person I've ever known in radio. My four years with Scott & Erica were pure joy, we laughed every morning - treated each other with respect and did it the right way. Scott didn't mind giving someone else the spotlight (even if he had a better punchline...which he always did). Scott McKenzie was my friend, my mentor and an example of how radio should be done. I loved him. We all did. The world got a little darker on Tuesday..."
Colbert Apologizes For 'Sausagefest' Line; Fallon Extends With 'The Tonight Show'
Rihanna Joins 'The Voice' In Advisor Role - [THE WRAP]
Colbert Apologizes For Late-Nite 'Sausagefest' Line - [MEDIAITE]
Jimmy Fallon Extends With 'Tonight Show' Through 20121 - [REUTERS]
Jay Leno Says 'Jimmy Kimmel' Has A 'Mean Streak' - [THR]
NBC Bringing Back 'The Apprentice' Without Trump - [MEDIAITE]
Beyonce Dazzles On Cover Of Vogues' September Issue - [COMPLEX]
David Oyelowo Is The Voice Of James Bond In New Audio Book - [DIGITAL SPY]
Check It Out: 'Star Wars' Cover Girls - [HUFFPO]
[WATCH] Lady Gaga Trip And Fall After Dinner - [E ONLINE]
'Fresh Prince' Reboot In The Works - Will Smith To Produce - [TV LINE]
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Collin Cowherd Headed To Fox Sports And Premiere Networks
Will Host 3-Hour 'The Herd' Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8 Airing Simultaneously on FOX Sports 1 And FSRN
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– Surprise!!!, Colin Cowherd is joining FOX Sports and Premiere Networks in September as a television, radio and digital personality. The announcement was made today by Jamie Horowitz, President, FOX Sports National Networks and Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Networks.
Cowherd is set to host a three-hour sports talk program titled THE HERD beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8 airing simultaneously on FOX Sports 1 and the FOX Sports Radio Network. FOX Sports Radio is produced and distributed under a long-term agreement between FOX Sports and Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia.
“Colin is the first person I hired for my first daily studio show at ESPN, so it’s fitting that he’s the first one I’m hiring at FS1,” said Horowitz, who chose Cowherd as the original co-host of SportsNation in July 2009.
Cowherd was host of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, airing nationally on weekdays and simulcast on ESPNU. He also hosted Colin’s New Football Show on ESPN2 in 2013 and 2014, in addition to a variety of programs on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Classic. He was the original co-host of SportsNation on ESPN2. Cowherd joined ESPN Radio in 2004. Prior to ESPN Radio, Cowherd hosted a popular three-hour morning drive program, The Herd at KFXX 910-AM in Portland, Ore. In 2013, Cowherd’s first book, You HERD Me! was a New York Times bestseller, (caption above) spending five weeks on the list in hardcover.
Ryan Seacrest Named Late Night Host For NBC Rio Olympics
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– With just under a year to go until the Opening Ceremony, NBC Olympics announced that Ryan Seacrest will serve as host for NBC’s late night coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Seacrest served as a correspondent for NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Games, which was the most-watched television event in U.S. history with more than 217 million viewers.
“Joining the NBC Olympics team at the 2012 London Games was an exhilarating experience,” said Seacrest. "I can’t wait to reunite with the team of broadcasters and producers for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and I look forward to hosting the live late night show.” In addition to his daily morning show on KIIS-FM, nationally-syndicated “On Air with Ryan Seacrest and host of 'American Idol, Seacrest also has an agreement with NBCUniversal that includes on-air broadcasting and producing duties across the NBC and E! Networks, including serving as host and producer of the E! Live from the Red Carpet awards programs. Seacrest also serves as Chairman of The Ryan Seacrest Foundation and Honorary Chair of the Grammy Foundation. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation will have 10 broadcast media centers – Seacrest Studios – in pediatric hospitals in cities across the country by the end of 2015. The Olympics Begin August 5th, 2016 on NBC - PHOTO/(l-r) Ryan Seacrest, Bob Costas, Al Michaels
MOTION: Robbins And Markley Ink Multi-Year Extension With Alpha Peoria/Portland
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– Talk legends, Robbins and Markley have signed a multi-year renewal with WMBD in Peoria, Illinois and KXL in Portland, Oregon for weekdays."Robbins and Markley have made a tremendous showing in Portland and we are thrilled to have them for years to come, ” said Alpha Media Portland SVP/Market Manager, Milt McConnell.
“We are both so pleased to be a part of the Alpha team. We couldn't be happier,” remarked Scott Robbins. "Sometimes I think of radio like the classic reality show "Survivor," said Jamie Markley. “ So this contract means Robbins and I have immunity necklaces and we get to stay on the island for a while, right? Awesome!"
BUSINESS: Benztown And SBG On Inc's Fastest Growing List Again; Laura Gonzo Joins Tom Kent Radio Network; Win Win Week For Alpha Media Columbia, SC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, announced today that Inc. magazine has named the company one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the third consecutive year. Benztown increased sales 305% since the start of 2011, placing it at number 1364 on this year’s list of 5,000 companies. Benztown is ranked as the 23rd Fastest-Growing Private Company in America out of the 59 Inc. 5000 companies in the Media sector.
For the second year in a row Inc. Magazine announced that Sun Broadcast Group has been named one of the fastest growing companies in America. Sun also received recognition as the fastest growing company in the broadcast radio industry and the 11th fastest growing company in all of media. Sun Broadcast Group CEO, Jason Bailey said “Making the list for a second year and being in the top 20% among some of the most incredibly innovative companies in this country is absolutely mind blowing." See complete list here - www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2015.
The Tom Kent Radio Network has placed industry vet Laura Gonzo over its affiliate relations department. Gonzo's resume includes stops at Premiere Radio Networks, DBC Radio Group and Senior Director of Affiliate Marketing for the Bob & Tom Show and most recently Dick Broadcasting's 'Two Guys Named Chris.'
Gonzo said, "In my long career in affiliate marketing, I have been fortunate to work with radio personalities who are talented, who are hard-working, and who are all-around great people. Tom Kent is all of these things and I'm thrilled to be part of his team." Kent added, "After very little debate, Ed Douglas punched me in the face and said "we must hire Gonzo". It's the one time I've actually thanked someone for punching me in the face. Laura Gonzo is the real deal, incredibly talented and fierce."
Nice week for Columbia’s Q93. First they take home three Star Awards at The South Carolina Broadcasters Association and Brendan Croghan flew to Chicago for Morning Show Boot Camp where he grabbed a Rising Star of the Year Award from ReelWorld. Q93. 5 PD Greg Pitt said, “We are so proud of all that Croghan has accomplished, and thrilled that he has been recognized for his talent, work ethic and character. He is the consummate team player and we couldn’t be happier for him.”
'Put Social First' On Reaching Millennials Says Zach Sang
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– According to Nielsen, radio is THE number one mass reach medium for Millennials, reaching 93% of adults 18- to- 34. For strategies on how to reach this coveted demographic, Westwood One turned to its own Millennial rock star, Zach Sang, the 22-year old host of the nationally-syndicated Zach Sang & The Gang. The energetic, social-savvy Sang, whose show airs weeknights on more than 55 stations nationwide.
While broadcasting his FM show, the Gang is pushing out content on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, and via an online stream. According to Sang, in order to effectively reach Millennials, put “social first” and they will follow. In this week’s Westwood One blog, “guest blogger” Sang offers five insightful tips about reaching Millennials through radio. Read more HERE:
Sang will be appearing next at the Radio Show in Atlanta on October 1, as part of the panel “Five Things Programmers and Talent Need to Stop or Start Doing Immediately. For more info on Zach Sang & The Gang can contact Pamela Joaquin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 735-1743.
[LISTEN] 92.3 AMP NYC's Shoboy Plays Full Disclosure With Lawrence Brothers
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– EDM's Disclosure (brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence) sat down with 92.3 AMP Radio morning show hosts Shoboy and Nina of ‘Shoboy Show’ yesterday in New York to talk about working with Sam Smith again on their new single, “Omen,” and hitting the road.
The duo also played a game of “Full Disclosure,” where Howard and Guy were asked a question and had to answer straight up and honestly. Watch the full interview here. CAPTION: Howard Lawrence (far left) and Guy Lawrence (far right) of Disclosure - LISTEN HERE - PHOTO CREDIT: CBS RADIO
Radio's Bill Michaels Goes Full Pyramid With Ski Show Team
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– Bill Michaels, half of 97X Davenport's highly popular “Dwyer and Michaels” show apparently takes his water skiing seriously. Check out the above photo as he and family members, Donna Michaels and their 3 kids – Megan, Mallory and Zachary, perform with the Backwater Gamblers. letsmoveqc.com reports that Bill (shown inset on lower level position - see nifty arrow) and his family are avid water skiers with the QC’s Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show Team, as well as advocates for education regarding scoliosis, a spinal condition that has affected his family.
Michaels told the paper he's had fun watching his kids embrace the sport full-pyramid and surpass him (by a LOT). 'All three of my kids (Mallory, 16; Megan, 15; and Zachary, 11) can barefoot. The girls are currently working on swivel skiing and “around the boat” in addition to conventionals, trios and the ballet line (Jockline's staff are currently looking up all those terms) - Read complete article HERE
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
BBC's Jeremy Vine Will Be 'Dancing With The Stars'
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 13TH, 2015 –– BBC Radio 2 lunchtime presenter Jeremy Vine is the first celebrity contestant to be confirmed for the brand new series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing (the UK version of Dancing With The Stars). He’s not the first radio presenter to be on the TV series – last year Scott Mills from Radio 1 was on the show along with Heart FM presenter Mark Wright. Previously, Jason Donovan and 5 Live football phone-in host Robbie Savage, and Denise Van Outen have been on the show.
Woman Denies Performing (S)ex Act On Boyfriend At BBC Radio 2 Concert - Court Doesn't Agree - A woman has denied performing a (s)ex act on her boyfriend during a BBC Radio 2 concert in London’s Hyde Park. She says she was tugging at his shorts to wake him. 47 year old Lisanne Beck from Swansea, is accused of becoming intimate with 48 year old Simon Murphy in front of shocked music fans, including children, while singer Paloma Faith entertained the London crowd. In spite of her denial, this week they were found guilty and ordered to pay fines and legal costs, but escaped jail time, according to The Daily Mail
Paul O'Grady Breaks Down During BBC Radio 2 Tribute To Friend Cilla Black - Paul seemed overcome with emotion after playing the star's 1966 hit Alfie and was forced to pause, before managing to say "that always does me in that one - completely finishes me off". The last hour of his Sunday night BBC Radio 2 show was dedicated to Cila, his close friend, who died of a stroke after falling and hitting her head at her Spanish villa. O'Grady said an emotional farewell at the end of the hour-long show with the words: "I'd just like to say Cilla, you'll be missed, not just by me but by all of the legions of your fans as well."
Great to meet so many radio pros at MSBC in Chicago? See you next year! I hope you can listen to my report. Hear from WPLJ's Todd Pettengill, BJ Shea from KISW, Gene & Julie from WRAL, Jonathon Brandmeier, Don Anthony and Tracy Johnson. Listen HERE; Connect with Graham at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
New Cosby Accusers Share Graphic Details; Underwood Country's Top Digital Artist
Stephen Colbert Lands Jeb Bush For First Guest Slot - [DAILY DOT]
3 New Bill Cosby Accusers Give Graphic Details - WARNING: EXPLICIT - [THE WRAP]
Carrie Underwood Named Country's Best Selling Digital Artist - [ROLLING STONE]
Billy Joel And Wife Welcome New Daughter - [E ONLINE]
HIDE THE CHILDREN: Christina Aquilera Drops Top For Selfie - [PAGE SIX]
Robert Pattinson & Dane Dehaan In James Dean Biopic: 'Life' - [SLASH FILM]
Kristen Stewart Gets Candid In 'Nylon' - [GOSSIP COP]
Khloe Kardashian Changing Phone Numbers Following Lamar Odom Ambush - [HOLLYWOOD LIFE]
Donny Osmond Vocal Cord Surgery Successful, But He Won't Likely 'Talk' About It For Weeks - [PEOPLE]
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Orlando's Beloved Scott McKenzie Succumbs To Cancer
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– After a seven year battle with Lymphoma Cancer, Orlando's beloved Scott McKenzie, 24-year morning host of Mix 105.1, has died at the age of 59. His death was announced on his Facebook page. McKenzie began in 1991 at Mix 105.1 along with Erica Lee who left in 2010 and was and followed by Dana Taylor and Jay Edwards. According to The Orlando Sentinel, in recent years, he had told listeners about his three battles against non-Hodgkin lymphoma and last Friday revealed he was talking with hospice and planning his goodbyes. McKenzie wrote on last Friday's website, "Your constant love and support has gotten us through so much during this cancer battle. Knowing you've been by our side has been sincerely appreciated by my family on a daily basis. Most of all, thank you for the privilege of waking you up all these years."
Brian Thomas, Corporate PD/Cumulus Media, was the PD who hired Scott from Boston after they switched BJ105 to Mix 105.1. He told Jockline "You know it’s a good hire when he rules the airwaves for over 20 years. Scott and Erica used to call me Dad and it was always a good morning show meeting when they get me laughing so hard I'm spitting up my Diet Pepsi. I am so proud of Scott on and off the air - he's a great man, and probably learned more from him about prep than any other morning show. And last year had the pleasure of playing golf with him' - The teams were Scott McKenzie and Scott Shannon and Dave Robbins and Brian Thomas.
Scott Shannon told Jockline: Scott was one of the finest human beings I've have ever known. He was smart, talented and so humble. He lived his life with class, dignity and passion. His true loves were radio, music and most of all, his wife Fran, and his daughter, Lauren.
Cumulus Launches NASH TV Films With New Documentary On Sugarland's Kristian Bush
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announces the launch of NASH TV Films, a new addition to the NASH Country music and lifestyle brand that will produce and distribute original feature-length films.
The original one-hour documentary film will air over the first two weekends of September across more than 80 markets, reaching 53% of the country through the established platforms of Sinclair Broadcast Group. Walk Tall chronicles the life and career of Country superstar Kristian Bush of the Grammy award winning act Sugarland. The Executive Producers of Walk Tall are Cumulus executives John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming, and Stokes Nielson, Director of Video Content, Strategy & Production. Nielson is also the director of the film. "
Walk Tall represents NASH's expansion of original content into long-form films and documentaries, giving our audience incredible one-of-a-kind access into the lives and legacies of their favorite artists,” said Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus. To view the trailer and see a specific list of airdates and times for Walk Tall, visit: www.nashtv.com. PHOTO/pinterest
Listeners Can Now Vote For National Radio Hall Of Fame
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– For the first time in five years, listeners nationwide get to vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Nov. 5, 2015. The nominees for Music Format On-Air Personality are: Delilah, Elvis Duran, Steve Harvey, and Ryan Seacrest. For Spoken Word On-Air Personality, the nominees are Sean Hannity, Clark Howard, Jim Rome, and Dr. Laura Schlessinger.
Starting today through Aug. 26, fans can text 36500 with their one vote for each Hall of Fame category accordingly: Message and data rates may apply. Music Format On-Air Personality For Delilah, text “DELILAH” to 36500 For Elvis Duran, text “ELVIS” to 36500 For Steve Harvey, text “STEVE” to 36500 For Ryan Seacrest, text “RYAN” to 36500 Spoken Word On-Air Personality For Sean Hannity, text “HANNITY” to 36500 For Clark Howard, text “CLARK” to 36500 For Jim Rome, text “ROME” to 36500 For Dr. Laura Schlessinger, text “DR. LAURA” to 36500.
Chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “These eight personalities are beloved by their listeners. Giving the audience an opportunity to participate in the process of acknowledging their favorite hosts for their contributions over the years just makes sense.” Winners chosen by listeners as Inductees will be announced Aug. 31. Listeners needing more information can visit the host’s Twitter feed, Facebook page, or website, or the National Radio Hall of Fame website: www.radiohof.org. In addition to the two listener-voting categories, there are four categories being voted on by a panel comprised of 400 industry professionals.
REALLY? Greensboro Morning Show Off The Air Following Altercation Says Report
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– At first glance, this story has all the makings of great stuntage, however, WXII12 Greensboro, NC is reporting that two popular morning show members were off the air today (8.12) after being suspended for a "physical altercation."
107.5 WKZL posted on its Facebook page that Jared and Jason Goodman of "Jared and Katie in the Morning" were suspended indefinitely, along with the show's content. "The other morning an unfortunate event occurred between Jared and Jason Goodman," the Facebook post wrote, "where during a segment tempers flared up and a physical altercation took place between the two of them." The statement was written by Dick Harlow, the station's vice president.
Jockline reached out to station for comment. So far, no word. Stay tuned.
MOTION: Jason McCollim Named SVP/Prog. iHM Colorado Springs
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jason McCollim has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for its Colorado Springs and Pueblo markets, effective immediately. McCollim previously worked at iHeartMedia Spokane as Program Director for 98.9 KKZX and NewsRadio 590 KQNT. "I am very excited about working with the fantastic iHeartMedia team in both Colorado Springs and Pueblo," said McCollim. "Thank you to Tony Coles, Dave Ashcraft and Darci Ewell for the opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful parts of our country."
"I am extremely pleased to welcome Jason to the iHeartMedia Colorado Springs-Pueblo family," said Tony Coles, Senior Vice President of Programming – Regional Markets, iHeartMedia. "McCollim is one of our rising stars. He has done an incredible job for us in Spokane – his leadership skills and passion for programming will allow him to ramp up quickly and build immediate relationships with the programming and sales teams."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Paul Kaye Rises To National Director Of Talent Development; Steve Parsons To National Director Of Programming For Newcap
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– Just back from moderating this year's highly lauded 'Radio Roundtable' at MSBC 27/Chicago, Paul Kaye has been appointed National Director of Talent Development for Newcap, the first radio company in Canada to create a position of this scope. Paul will conduct regular monitors and coaching sessions with key on-air talent, coordinate group coaching seminars, develop company-wide strategies and best practices, and maintain the Newcap talent bank to recruit future stars in our company.
Newcap also announced that Steve Parsons will rise to National Director of Programming. Both Steve and Paul will continue to oversee programming in their respective markets. Our Format Captains (Josie Fenech, Dan Youngs, John Roberts) will remain in their current roles. "Congratulations to these very talented programmers! I am excited to welcome their contribution to our product,' says Steve Jones VP/Programming Newcap Radio.
SYNDICATION: Big D & Bubba Now Airing In Four More Markets
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– You can add 92.3 Thunder Country (Savannah GA), Froggy 92.7 102.7 103.7 (Clarksburg WV), Dixie Country 106.7 (Douglas GA), and Now Country 93.5 (Longview WA) to the Compass Media syndicated Big D & Bubba show.
"Big thanks to Lou Cerra, Jim Squires, Nick Gallo and Bruce Pollock! It’s gonna be a fun ride.” says Bubba. To find out more details contact Compass Media Networks at 310-242-8742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. About The Big D & Bubba Show: The Big D & Bubba Show is a nationally syndicated, morning-drive, radio show, airing daily on over 60 FM country stations in the United States and around the world via Armed Forces Radio. The Big D and Bubba Show is based in Nashville. For more info, contact Compass Media Networks at www.compassmedianetworks.com
Rdio Launches Broadcast Radio On Nearly 500 Stations
The new live radio feature also includes profiles of local stations and jocks
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 12TH, 2015 –– Rdio introduces live broadcast radio beginning with nearly 500 stations throughout the United States.
In addition to the new live broadcast stations, all Rdio listeners have access to endless algorithmic stations based on artist, song or genre; expert-curated stations to suit any mood or activity; and You FM™, their own personalized station. “We are committed to providing Rdio customers around the world with easy access to the audio content they want to hear through innovative features that enhance listening,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.
The new live radio feature also includes profiles of local stations and DJs that recommend specific playlists and suggest emerging artists. Popular stations that will be featured include Indianapolis’s 93.9 The Beat, LA’s 95.5 KLOS, Nashville’s 95-5 NASH Icon, New York’s NASH FM 94.7, San Francisco’s KFOG and more. Additional radio stations will launch later this year in the U.S. and in a number of international markets served by Rdio.
Major Record Labels Get 20-Minute Timeslot To Present At Radio Show
WASHINGTON, D.C./NEW YORK -- Representatives from major record labels, including Big Machine Label Group, Columbia Records, Disney Music Group, Epic, Republic and Warner Bros. Entertainment will present their forthcoming records, artists and business initiatives during a special event entitled “Music and Mimosas,” held Friday, October 2 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. during the 2015 Radio Show. The Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), takes place September 30 – October 2 in Atlanta. “We’re thrilled to welcome these top music groups to the Radio Show,” said Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “Not only will attendees get an exclusive first-listen to music that will soon be climbing the charts, but they will also gain perspective on the trends and topics affecting music programming.” Each participating label will have a twenty-minute timeslot to introduce the latest additions to their lineup of performers and music, in addition to sharing with attendees their thoughts on the current state of the radio industry and how to best plan for the future.
WOWO Seeks Interviews With Former Employees For Radio Doc
WOWO LOOKING TO INTERVIEW FORMER BROADCASTERS WOWO Radio in Fort Wayne, Indiana is in the process of gathering interviews from former employees for a radio documentary. If you have a great WOWO memory or were part of the station at some point, we want to hear from you. This year the station is celebrating 90 years in the community. The upcoming radio documentary currently in production will cover 90 years of broadcasting in Fort Wayne, as well as the impact and reach of WOWO during that time. Legendary broadcasters such as Bob Sievers, Jack Underwood, Jay Gould and Bob Chase all made their mark on the industry while working at WOWO, with each telling a story that will be included in this special. The production of a 90 minute special will air on Thursday, November 19th and will include memories from the past 90 years, as well as audio samples of historic and comical moments. If you have a WOWO memory you would like to share and contribute, please e-mail program director Ryan Wrecker at email@example.com to schedule an interview. If you have any WOWO memorabilia that can be displayed during this celebration, we would also request that you send us a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org Anyone that contributes will be sent a special “preview” edition of the special to thank you for the contribution to the project. Feel free to reach Ryan Wrecker with any questions.
Remember Brian Dunkleman? He's Headed Back To TV Special; Fallon Does Trump
Britney Spears To Guest On 'Jane The Virgin' - [VARIETY]
Trucker's Fatigue Likely To Blame In Tracy Morgan Crash - [FOX6]
Remember Brian Dunkleman? He's Headed Back To TV In Serial Killer Spoof - [CINEMA BLEND]
[WATCH] Jimmy Fallon Nails Trump Impersonation - [ET]
'The Notebook' TV Series In The Works - [EW]
Intern Suing Olsen Twins For Overwork & Not Being Paid - [NYDN]
Body In Hudson River ID'd As Boyfriend Of Annie Lennox's Daughter - [PAGE SIX]
WINONA RIDER: 'Beetlejuice' Is Coming Back - [DAILY MAIL]
Kieira Knightly Turns 30, So Does Elle - [ELLE]
[WATCH] Bradley Cooper Plays Master Chef In 'Burnt' - [WGTC]
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Alphabet It? Google To Reorganize Under Company Alphabet
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Google, first formed in 1998, announced it is being re-organized as part of a larger, new company called Alphabet. The announcement was made yesterday by Google chief executive Larry Page who now becomes the head of Alphabet.
"Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren't very related," Page wrote in a blog. "Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. "In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business. We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well. Page added: "We'll also make sure we have a great CEO for each business, and we'll determine their compensation." Page said "We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity's most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! "We also like that it means alpha-bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for! I should add that we are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products - the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands." SOURCE - Digital Spy
[LISTEN] Former Co-Host Calls Into McKenzie Show For Salute
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– MIX 105.1 co-host Jay Edwards said on yesterday's show it was a difficult morning, our first time on the air after Scott’s announcement on Friday that he had begun discussions with hospice care. 'There isn’t a playbook or a plan when something like this happens. But what we wanted to accomplish was to let Scott, Fran and Lauren know we love them and that the community loves them and boy did you ever prove it!' he said.
Dropping regular programming yesterday and opening up the phone lines to longtime fans, among those calling in was none other than Erica Lee, Scott's co-host for nearly twenty years. Last Friday Mckenzie posted at the station's website that final healthcare arrangements have been made, and now he's focusing on his comfort 'as I say my goodbyes.' Lee and McKenzie were a team for 20 years before she lost her job in 2010. According to The Orlando Sentinel, Lee said "It was tough to hold it together .. I told a couple of stories and quoted a little bit of audio from Wolfgang Puck -- 'There's a familiar voice' -- that Scott had extracted from an interview with Puck and replayed over the years. I echoed the sentiments of everyone who was on before me (including former producer Big Jim & Bob Frier) about how much Scott means to me and Central Florida. I'm grateful I was allowed to be on." LISTEN HERE
[LISTEN] Call-In To Tampa Show Leads To Help For Couple Dealing With Domestic Violence And Drug Abuse
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Tampa/102.5 The Bone's afternoon host, Drew Garabo was talking to "Nicole," a woman who called in to discuss a topic. However, according to Fox 13/Tampa, the call turned serious when she mentioned a broken hand. "Can we talk about how you fell and what you fell on, 'cause that more intrigues me than the atheism versus gay thing," he said.
After some nudging, she finally admitted it was caused by her boyfriend. "What happened was I grabbed my boyfriend's phone because he text people he shouldn't be texting, and he grabbed my hand and snapped it," she said. Garabo managed to convince Nicole and her boyfriend to meet at a church, where the boyfriend admitted to drug problems and said he needed help.
"It was one of those things where you're immersed in it, and you really can't get a gauge on what's really happening," Garabo told Fox 13 on Monday. "I just did what I thought was the right thing to do by keeping them on the line, directing them to a place where a Pasco County Sheriff's Deputy could meet them, and both of them could get the help that they needed." "It's really made me reconsider just how we talk to people, and how we get involved in people's lives," he said. LISTEN HERE
MOTION: Longtime Baltimore Host Steve Rouse Returning To Radio On 104.7 The Point; Channing Crowder Tapped For Afternoons On WQAM/Miami
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Longtime Baltimore host Steve Rouse will be returning to radio on Havre de Grace-based 104.7 FM "The Point;" simulcasting on 1330 WHGM AM. According to The Baltimore Sun, The Rouse & Company morning show, whose 17-year run on Baltimore's WQSR ended in 2005 following a format change, will debut his new. The new morning show on Oct. 12. Since leaving radio, he has been busy with his own Rousedale Farm. Rouse expects the new show to be pretty similar to the original Rouse & Company, which aired from 1988 until May 2005 on WQSR 105.7 FM, known today as The Fan (WJZ-FM).
CBS RADIO’s 560 WQAM announced former Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder will join Marc Hochman and Zach Krantz on the station’s weekday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. afternoon show, effective Tuesday, August 11. The new program will be entitled Hochman, Crowder and Krantz. Crowder was most recently co-host of the station’s weekday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. midday program. Crowder started at WQAM as a contributor in 2009, while still a player for the Dolphins. The former All-SEC linebacker at the University of Florida made 74 starts for the Dolphins before embarking on a career in sports broadcasting. “I’m excited to get back behind the mic at WQAM and for the opportunity to work with Hoch and Zach,” said Crowder. “We’re going to bring listeners a different kind of show they won’t be able to find anywhere else.”
NETWORKS: Mike Rogers WWO Show Tops 150 Affiliates Mark; The Fitz Show And More On A Roll At Sun Broadcast Group
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced "Something to Think About with Mike Rogers," featuring former Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, has hit a major radio milestone by affiliating 156 stations just seven months after its debut. The show, which airs in eight of the top 10 markets, boasts a robust station lineup which includes WABC/New York, WLS/Chicago, WIOD/Miami, KDKA, Pittsburgh, KSFO/San Francisco, and many more. Chairman Rogers spent more than a decade at the intersection of the topics and events that shape Americans’ lives, where he's been privy to perspectives available only to a select few in senior levels of government and national security. For more info on “Something to Think About” contact Stuart Greenblatt at email@example.com or (212) 419-2946.
Speaking of growth, our friends at Sun Broadcast Group tells Jockline that The Fitz Show has now added KTZA-FM Albuquerque, NM KRBX-FM Corpus Christi, TX WRJC-AM Madison, WI and its The Hit List with Fitz has picked up KQCS-FM Davenport, IA WPKQ-FM Portland-Auburn, ME KWOZ-FM Little Rock, AR WYOT-FM Rockford, IL KBYB-FM Shreveport, LA KGTW-FM Juneau, AK KTKU-FM Juneau, AK WINQ-FM Boston, MA WRJC-AM Madison, WI Nashville Minute with Fitz WYOT-FM Rockford, IL KXLW-FM Anchorage, AK WPKQ-FM Portland-Auburn, ME WRJC-AM Madison, WI. Meanwhile, The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver is now on at WPGB-FM Pittsburgh, PA and WDKN-AM Nashville - The Marilu Henner Show picks up CKLW-AM Detroit, MI KOHI-AM Portland, OR Yahoo Deportes KLMA-FM Albuquerque, NM WVXX-AM and Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA. Plus, its Accuweather en Espanol adds KLJR-FM Los Angeles, CA KXLM-FM Los Angeles, CA KOXR-AM Los Angeles, CA among others. For more info, contact Ron Rivlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Generations Of WLS Programmers Meet For Rare Pose At MSBC 27
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Among the many photos taken this past weekend at MSBC/Chicago was this rather special grouping of three generations of PD's from WLS. Shown from left to right, radio's iconic programmer, John Gehron (now COO with AccuRadio), Cumulus' Jan Jeffries (center) who, in addition to his SVP/Corporate Programming duties, just relocated to Washington, where he'll oversee WRQX/107.3. Shown right is Brian Thomas, who just transferred to WLS-FM and will remain as Corporate PD of Cumulus Country and Classic Hits.
Transgender Host To Broadcast Live From Pride Parade
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 11TH, 2015 –– Transgender BBC radio host Stephanie Hirst (right) will broadcast live from Manchester during its upcoming Pride parade. She'll broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester on August 29th. Chief Executive of Manchester Pride, Mark Fletcher tells gaytimes.co.uk, "It’s quite a coup to have Stephanie joining us for the parade and to have such a key figure in the transgender community involved in this huge part of the Festival."
Kate Squire, managing editor of BBC Radio Manchester, added: "Stephanie is the perfect DJ to broadcast live from the Manchester Pride Parade. She will be fabulous and we’re going to play some brilliant music." This year’s Manchester Pride theme is devotion. The charity are urging parade attendees to celebrate who and what they are devoted to.
In October 2014, then Simon Hirst announced during an interview BBC Radio 5Live that she was changing her name from Simon to Stephanie and was in the process of gender transitioning
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Kraddick Show Honored With 2nd Annual MSBC Kidd Award
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– Saying Kidd Kraddick's show members not only persevered following the untimely death of its beloved host Kidd Kraddick in 2013 but took its show to new heights, The Bert Show's Jeff Dauler awarded The Kraddick show with this year's second annual Kidd Kraddick award.
'Kelly, Al, Jenna, and J-Si represent everything the Kidd Kraddick Award stands for, and they have done so in the most tragic of circumstances. Kidd would certainly be proud of his team, who have continued to succeed both in Dallas and in all of their markets in the two years since we lost Kidd. They have excelLed in both on and off-air excellence, continued to embrace the communities they serve, and are certainly are an inspiration to others. At first thought, it seemed odd to give the award back to Kidd's show ... but it didn't take us long to realize that there is no group of people more deserving than those four. It was an easy decision, ' said Dauler.
The recipient of each year's Kidd Kraddick Award is selected by the previous year's winner. Last year's recipient was The Bert Show.
ReelWorld/MSBC 'Rising Star Awards' Class Of 2015 Revealed
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– Recipients of ReelWorld's inaugural "Rising Stars Awards' for 2015 were revealed during Friday afternoon's 'Branding' session, sponsored by Reelworld - Being selected from numerous nominees throughout the U.S., from from various markets and formats were Brendan Croghan - WARQ/Columbia, SC (top row, right center) - Dominique 103 Jamz/Norfolk (bottom left) - Brittani Fish WPLW-FM/Raleigh (middle row, left center) - Miguel Fuller Hot 101 Tampa, FL (top row, right center)- Brian Joyce WGOW/Chattanooga - Brian Moote KIRO/Seattle - Christian Morgan Dick Broadcasting/Greensboro (bottom row, center) - Pavlina Osta Genesis Comm./iHeart 360 (top row, left) - Shelley Rome Z100/New York (top right)- Joanna Ryan KORN/Franklin, ID (not shown) - The ReelWorld Risin Stars Awards were done in conjunction with MSBC 27.
[LISTEN] Jonathon Brandmeier Wows 'Em At MSBC 27 Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– We would be hard pressed to find another MSBC with a more exuberant ending than this year's one-on-one between Cumulus Media's Mike McVay and Westwood One's Jonathon Brandmeier. Seated before a spectacular stage setup, courtesy of The Mix Group, McVay began with a line of questions only to have an energetic Brandmeier pop up from his seat and go into a lengthy and thoroughly entertaining speech on his life and times as a radio host. Eventually, he returned to his chair only to pop up again later and head to the audience to engage with a ecstatic crowd. We should soon have video from unforgettable segment in the near future.
In a separate interview with our own international columnist, Graham Mack, Brandmeier spoke frankly about his true secret to success - go to about the 10 min. mark and LISTEN HERE
Meanwhile, Wise Brother Media, sponsor of Brandmeier's MSBC session, have made available a variety of photos (like the one above) from this year's event - Go here to https://wisebro.smugmug.com/Morning-Show-Boot-Camp-2015/
Radio's Scott McKenzie Opens Up On Long Hospital Stay
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2015 –– MIX 105.1/Orlando's Scott McKenzie told his listeners: 'As you may have noticed, I’ve been off the air for over a month lately, while attempting to be accepted into a clinical trial in Philadelphia. The process has been the ultimate roller coaster as one day my blood cells have cooperated, and the next day, they haven’t. It’s literally been day to day, with my last stay extending 30 days during which I became quite sick.
What I haven’t told anybody until this moment, is that the reason I was in the hospital for so long is that this was our final viable attempt. With my body so beaten up by cancer and chemo, it had to work, or we had to face a hard reality.
We returned from Philly on Wednesday, August 5th. Upon our return, my first call was to my doctor, and after a lot of thinking, my 2nd call was to hospice. That evening they were at our door talking about their wonderful services. I just couldn’t believe they were talking to me. Final healthcare arrangements have been made, and now we begin the focus on my comfort as I say my goodbyes. ... "
Scott thanked his listeners for their 20+ years of support: 'Most of all, thank you for the privilege of waking you up all these years. I am so grateful to call you my Orlando family. I’m currently hooked up to an oxygen tank to help me take full breaths, but it’s my dream to be able to make it back in the studio with the other corny goofballs for a brief goodbye, and to hold down that microphone “on” switch one more time. READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
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