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Hulk Headed For Round Two Against Gawker; Names Radio Hosts In Latest Suit
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2016 –– Following last month's $140 million legal victory over the Gawker website, Hulk Hogan is now set for another round against the site for allegedly leaking sealed court documents to the National Enquirer that quoted him making racists remarks.
According to The The New York Post, Hogan says Gawker slipped the transcript, which was filed under seal in the then-pending suit between the two parties over a second (s)ex tape with the same woman, Heather Clem, who at the time was married to Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. Just as the Enquirer posted the transcript online, Gawker CEO Nick Denton (left) wrote a piece on his blog predicting that Hogan’s “real secret” would soon be revealed, the suit says. In this latest lawsuit, Hogan also names The Bone Tampa's Mike “Cowhead” Calta, claiming he sent at least one of his secretly recorded (s)ex tapes to Gawker. It also names Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc. and its talent agent Tony Burton and former Tampa radio host Matt “Spice Boy” Loyd, and their employer Cox Radio, Inc.
Gawker, who is appealing the $140 million jury verdict, said in a statement following Hogan's latest suit, "...As we've said before and are happy to say again: Gawker did not leak the information. It's time for Hulk Hogan to take responsibility for his own words, because the only person who got Hulk Hogan fired from the WWE is Hulk Hogan." A total of nine defendants were named in the lawsuit.
iHeart Media Enters Mediation Effort Ahead Of Court Date
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced on Monday (5/2) that has entered into mediation with certain Holders to try to resolve the dispute and explore possible alternatives to existing terms of it senoir secured indebtedness. It will work until May 16 to resolve disputes. According to docs:, on March 9, 2016, the Company obtained a temporary restraining order from the Texas Court rescinding the Notices of Default until the temporary restraining order expires pursuant to its terms or until further order of the Texas Court, and restraining and enjoining the defendants in the Texas Litigation from issuing additional notices of default on the priority guarantee notes or any other indebtedness of the Company based upon the Contribution.
As a condition to obtaining the temporary restraining order from the Texas Court, the Company agreed not to sell, transfer, encumber, pledge, hypothecate or otherwise dispose of any interest in, or proceeds of, the Shares until such time as a hearing may be held for a temporary injunction. On April 4 and 5, 2016, the Texas Court held a hearing on the Company’s application for a temporary injunction. On April 6, 2016, the Texas Court ordered, on the agreement of the appearing parties, to extend the temporary restraining order until the conclusion of a trial on the merits, which the Texas Court scheduled to begin on May 16, 2016. The mediation is scheduled to end on May 16, 2016 or the earlier resolution of the issues.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Paul Kelly Rises To SVP/Prog. For iHeart's Arizona Region; CBS Radio Appoints Kenetta Bailey SVP Marketing; Beasley Names JoAnn Johnson Business Manager For Las Vegas Cluster
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Paul Kelley has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the Arizona Region. Paul will continue to be the Program Director for KESZ and KYOT in Phoenix and help oversee the programming in Tucson, Arizona. Paul has been a Senior Vice President of Programing for more than 15 years and will be a terrific asset for the Arizona Region," said Steve Geofferies, Executive Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia.
Kenetta Bailey has been named Senior Vice President, Marketing, CBS RADIO, it was announced today by Andre Fernandez, President, CBS RADIO. Bailey most recently led her own consulting firm, KB Consulting where she worked with a variety of start-up businesses on subscriber growth, social media and branding from 2015-16. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Previously, Bailey was Managing Partner and Chief Brand Strategist for GroupM’s Maxus agency (2014-15).
Beasley Media Group has named JoAnn Johnson to serve as Business Manager for the Company’s Las Vegas cluster. Her professional background spans two decades in the Las Vegas Market, serving as Controller, Senior Accountant and Credit Collections Manager, including professional accountant positions in the radio industry. “I am looking forward to working with JoAnn to further develop our internal systems and controls to provide the utmost in client service,” remarked Market Manager Tom Humm. JoAnn Johnson may be congratulated at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROGRAMMING: Brian Demay Takes PD Reins At WRRM Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has named Brian Demay as Program Director of AC-formatted WRRM-FM/Warm 98 in Cincinnati. Demay joins Cumulus Media-Cincinnati from Cumulus Media-Providence, where he programmed AC-formatted WWLI-FM/Lite Rock 105. He was also host of Afternoon Drive on WWLI-FM, and continues as a syndicated Afternoon Personality (Adult Contemporary) for Westwood One.
Prior to WWLI-FM, Demay programmed high performing stations in Wilmington, DE (99.5 FM WJBR), Buffalo, NY (WTSS), and Charlottesville, VA (WUMX-FM). He was also Operations Manager for WBQB/WFVA in Fredericksburg/Greater DC, Cluster Operations Manager for iHeart Media/Clear Channel Radio-Charlottesville, VA, and Operations Manager for WCLR/WZLR/WPTW in Dayton, OH.
ON-AIR: Caroline Craddick Joins Cast Of Kidd Kraddick Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2016 –– Kidd Nation made an announcement recently that Caroline Craddick, daughter of the late Kidd Kraddick, will be joining the Kraddick show cast consisting of Kellie, Big Al, J’Si and Jenna (shown). While not a full-time role, Caroline has been a part of the show quite often, but this will be more consistent than before.
Caroline broke the news herself while the cast was in Las Vegas… "Im so grateful to be in Las Vegas as an OFFICIAL member of @kiddnation. I am ecstatic to announce I will now be on part-time with the show! — Caroline Cradick (@CarolineCradick). The show confirmed the announcement on Twitter: "Congratulations to @CarolineCradick on officially becoming a part-time member of the show! — Kidd Nation (@KiddNation2)
RECORDS: Cabbie Who Videotaped Talk Host's (S)ex Plea 'Quietly' Paid $40,000 By City
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2016 –– According to records, the city of New Orleans quietly paid $40,000 last year to a cab driver who claimed he was jailed on bogus charges based on the word of a local radio host reports The Advocate. Jennifer Gaubert, a former WGSO talk host, was seen in the video pleading with to driver to have (s)ex with her in the front seat of his taxi. According to The Advocate, it was revealed the city cut a check to Hervey Farrell last summer to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit over his August 2013 arrest on voyeurism and extortion counts. The city attorney’s office had earlier refused to turn over the settlement terms, citing ongoing litigation that ended last week when a judge formally dismissed Farrell’s related claims against the radio show host and attorney, Jennifer Gaubert.
Gaubert, 35, had gotten into Farrell’s White Fleet cab early on April 6, 2012 after a night of drinking at Galatoire’s on Bourbon Street for a ride to her Lakeview home. She proceeded to crawl over the seat, lift her skirt while urging the cabbie to engage in (s)exual intercourse. In the video, Farrell repeatedly rebuffs Gaubert’s slurring advances before she exits the cab. He quickly filed a civil claim against Gaubert, whose radio show on WGSO, “Law Out Loud,” ended shortly after the cab ride. Gaubert told New Orleans Police at the time that Farrell was extorting her under threat of releasing the video. This resulted in Farrell sitting in jail for more than 27 hours before making a $21,000 bond. In 2014, Gaubert was convicted in Municipal Court on a simple battery count from the incident.
Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Announces Robin Meade As Host and Ruth B To Entertain For 41st Annual Gracies Luncheon
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2016 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced that Robin Meade, TV host, NY Times best-selling author, singer-songwriter and longtime anchor of HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade” will serve as the host of the 41st Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon. Canadian singer/songwriter Ruth B, known for the viral hit “Lost Boy,” is set to perform.This annual event, which honors the accomplishments of women in media and entertainment at the local, public and student levels, will take place on June 21, 2016 at Cipriani on 42nd in New York City.
“The Gracies Luncheon is a special event that truly captures the comradery and heart of women in media,” said Kristen Welch, AWMF Chair and SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications. “Robin’s commitment to authenticity and originality in her personal and professional life mirrors the work we celebrate at The Gracies. She is a perfect fit as a Gracies Luncheon host and, with Ruth B as entertainment, this will be another incredible celebration of Gracie award winners.”
As previously announced, Joan Hamburg of WABC (Cumulus Media) will be honored with the Gracies Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gracies Luncheon.
NAB Expands 2016 Awards Nomination Window
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2016 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced today that it will accept nominations for the 2016 NAB Marconi Radio Awards until May 31. The Marconi Radio Awards recognize overall excellence and performance in radio. Stations and on-air personalities may nominate themselves in the categories of "Station of the Year by Market Size," "Station of the Year by Format," "Noncommercial Station of the Year," "Personality of the Year by Market Size," and "Legendary Station." Syndicators and affiliates may also submit nominations for the category of "Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year." Nominations must be submitted online. Finalists will be announced in July. On September 22, the winners will be announced during the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau and NAB, held in Nashville (September 21-23).
SYNDICATION/NETWORKS: Ashley Berges Launches 'The Celebrity Perspective'
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2016 –– The Celebrity Perspective is the latest creation from the mind of popular syndicated radio personality, Ashley Berges (shown). The new show will be a weekly exposé of celebrities being real, uncensored, and will reveal unique aspects of the stars we see throughout our favorite films, most watched TV, and perfoming in our most loved bands. Airing on Thursdays during her regularly scheduled #LYTL Live Your True Life Perspectives Hour at 6pm PST across multiple platforms, including iTunes, Spreaker, Radio Monterey, Google Play, Stitcher, KLIF 570AM News (Dallas), the show will additionally air on her own newly acquired iHeartRadio Station. http://www.iheart.com/show/53-LYTL-Perspectives-with-Ashl/
Stone Temple Pilots Shoot Down Stapp Rumors; Stefani To Play 'Carpool Karaoke'
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Luke Bryan & Sam Hunt Win Big At ACC Awards Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2016 –– The 2016 American Country Countdown Awards which aired last night on FOX from The Forum in Inglewood, Ca proved a big night for Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and others. Bryan was named Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist Of The Year, while Hunt received Breakthrough Male Of The Year and Digital Album Of The Year.
Other winners included Kelsea Ballerini (Breakthrough Female Of The Year), Garth Brooks (Touring Artist Of The Year), Florida Georgia Line (Group/Duo Of The Year), Chris Stapleton (Album Of The Year), and Carrie Underwood (Female Artist Of The Year). Three of country music’s leading ladies — Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Cam — kicked off the evening with a performance of McBride’s No. 1 hit anthem “This One’s For the Girls,” while legendary duo Brooks & Dunn performed their 2013 megahit “Red Dirt Road” after receiving the 2016 NASH Icon Award. The award was presented by longtime friend and 2014 NASH Icon recipient Reba McEntire. And Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey introduced Toby Keith’s tribute to his friend Merle Haggard. \SEE COMPLETE LIST OF FINALISTS AND WINNERS HERE
When Will Radio Start Acting Like the 800 Pound Gorilla? Asks Fred Jacobs
THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2016 –– SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer's 800-pound gorilla metaphor last week (JL 4/28) to describe terrestrial radio caught the attention of many, including consultant Fred Jacobs who says 'This isn’t the first time a satellite radio exec has made this exact comparison between AM/FM radio and large simian beasts.
"You get the feeling that in the halls of SiriusXM there are photos of an oversized ape to remind employees precisely what they’re up against in their fight to carve out a larger chunk of the media usage pie – especially in cars," adds Jacobs. "As tech companies do their R&D and discover that consumers want a device and a product “as simple as a radio,” it begs the question why the real thing – the 800 pound gorilla – isn’t doing more to take the lead, improve its time-honored position in the hearts of minds of consumers, and remind the advertising and marketing community that everyone is trying to copy, mimic, and replicate a product that already exists. Radio continues to see itself through a 20th century lens, often missing the point that while consumers have a bevy of options from which to choose, the original innovation called “radio” delivers a product that already meets many needs, from variety to ubiquity to ease of use." READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE
MOTION: Tom Becka Returns To Kansas City Airwaves As KCMO Debuts New Lineup; Jamie Patrick Rises To Asst. OM For Spokane Cluster
THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it will debut a new weekday on-air line-up today on KCMO FM 103.7 and AM 710 in Kansas City. Rob Carson of KCMO’s popular “Carson in the Morning” kicks off the day for talk radio listeners from 6AM-10AM, and tees up KCMO’s new midday show, hosted by veteran talk radio personality Tom Becka. Becka’s new show will air weekdays from 10AM-12PM Noon. KCMO’s Mike Ferguson moves to the 12PM 7Noon-1PM slot, followed by Dave Ramsey Live from 1PM-4PM and Michael Savage from 4PM-6PM. The Mark Levin Show - 6PM-9PM.
-- KDRK-FM/Spokane's The Mountain announced the promotion of long time MD Jamie Patrick to Assistant Operations Manager for the six station cluster owned by Mapleton Communications. Patrick also is one half of the Jamie & Tanya morning show on KDRK and will retain his duties as music director for the country station. He has spent the last 15 years of his career with the stations.
Alpha's Mason City Combo Receives 11 Awards At Iowa Broadcast News Contest
THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Mason City, IA announced that their KGLO and KRIB stations won 11 awards in the Small Market Division of the 2015 Iowa Broadcast News Association contest. The awards were handed out at the group’s annual convention on Saturday, April 23rd.
KGLO News Director, Bob Fisher, picked up nine awards, including four 1st Place awards. Fisher has received a total of 66 awards in the last 12 years, the second most of any individual in the Small Market Division category during that time. He also placed second in the “Overall Excellence” category, the organization’s top yearly award. It’s the 12th straight year that Fisher has led KGLO and/or KRIB to a placement in that category, a streak only equaled in that timeframe by WHO in Des Moines in the Large Market division. KGLO's Tim Fleming placed second in the Sports Play-by-Play category. It’s the 11th straight year that KRIB and/or KGLO has placed in this category. KGLO Farm Director, Jesse Stewart, placed second in the Agriculture category
ABC Radio & Skyview Host Celebrity-Filled Reception At WHCD
THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2016 –– ABC Radio and Skyview Networks hosted a celebrity-filled reception prior to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night. ABC Radio’s guest for the evening was actress Connie Britton, star of ABC’s Nashville. Also at the party were Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, team members from Scandal, Black-ish, The View and other ABC News shows.
The ABC Radio guests included key agency buyers who were treated to a personally-guided tour of the Capitol from Sen. John McCain and a dinner featuring ABC News Political Director Rick Klein who shared political insights. PHOTO ABOVE LEFT: Guests of ABC Radio/Skyview Networks, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ -Center) At right is Actress Connie Britton and Vice President and General Manager of ABC Radio, Steve Jones.
NETWORKS: Mike & Mike Broadcast At NFL Draft In Chicago
THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2016 –– Mike & Mike spent Thursday and Friday at the NFL Draft in Chicago with live broadcasts from Harry Caray’s at Water Town Place. Among the guests hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic welcomed to the shows were: former New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and ESPN NFL analysts Adam Schefter, Louis Riddick and Mel Kiper Jr. Mike & Mike is broadcast 6 – 10 a.m., Monday – Friday and can be heard on ESPN Radio and via ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM Channel 83, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn. The show is also simulcast on ESPN2.
[LISTEN] Did Creed's Lead Singer Scott Stapp Just Leak That He's Replacing Stone Temple Pilot's Late Scott Weiland?
THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2016 –– Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed, was interviewed by Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX's Bailey and Southside on this morning's show about the second leg of his solo tour titled “Proof of Life”. The duo had recently made news by breaking news that Axl Rose was joining AC/DC and now lightning may have struck twice. During this 13 minute interview Stapp tells the hosts that he can “neither confirm or deny” that he will be fronting STP.
Bailey starts off by simply asking “How is life?”, Scott replies “Life is good man...I'm excited to be back out on the road also been working on a new album with a new group of guys. Guys from some pretty well-known rock bands that you guys will know. I can't really share the details about it but there's a lot of good things going on that I can't tell you till later in June when we’ll be making the announcement...This other band I’m jamming with is it’s own band with its own band name.” Bailey then asks “Hold on for a second, did you get the gig for STP?” Stapp replies, “I can’t say man, I can’t say.” Jason then pushes “You got the gig for STP. That’s exactly what you’re talking about.” Stapp states “I can confirm or deny.” Scott also hints that he may be joining Stone Temple Pilots when saying “I will tell you this, there is a 6 degree separation connection between this new project and the band you mentioned.” Bailey asks “Is it the tour bus? Because Weiland actually died on the tour bus you use to tour on.” Surprised, Scott says “Dude you are just on point aren’t you?” LISTEN HERE
[LISTEN] 94.5 KOOL-FM Chad Mitchell Rings Up His Date From 1992 Senior Prom
THE MOUTH, MAY 2ND, 2016 –– Among the many bits and promotions taking place over radio during prom season, 95.5 KOOL-FM's Chad Mitchell's was one that caught our eye. Mitchell, one half of The Maria & Chad morning show, reached out to his prom date back in 1992. He and Lori Judge both went to high school at Princeton High School in Illinois. Mitchell was able to track her down in Savannah, GA where she lives with her husband of 12-years.
Laurie reminded Chad that she only agreed to go on the date because they double-dated with each of their best friends - Ouch! She also recalled the two of them parking later, but Chad kept his lips sealed on that one fearing his wife may be listening. LISTEN HERE
Prince's Vault Drilled Says Report; Huffpo & Fox Reporter Go At It At WHCD After-Party
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Visually Appealing Stations Experience More Listening Shows NextRadio Study
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2016 –– An Analysis of 11 million NextRadio listening hours shows that radio stations that enhance their terrestrial broadcast with visuals and related content average nearly twice the tune-ins and 2 hours more listening, per listener, per month compared to stations which only display their station logo.
“Today consumers are part of an ever evolving app-world, and they expect to see and engage with content on their smartphones. By providing local FM radio listeners a live look at what is airing in their market before they tune-in, NextRadio provides a compelling new listener engagement option,” said Paul Brenner (shown), President of NextRadio.
"Not only does the data show these stations experience more tune-ins and overall listening, but it also shows that the listening gap is widening between those that provide enticing visuals and related content versus those that do not,” said Brenner.
PROGRAMMING: Nathan Reed Named Director Of Branding & Programming At Mix 96 Tulsa
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Tulsa has named Nathan Reed as Director of Branding and Programming for Mix 96 (KRAV - FM). Reed’s first day on the job will be Monday, May 9. Reed has spent 20 years in various programming roles across multiple formats , most recently as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s seven station cluster in Toledo, Ohio . Prior to that, he spent seven years as a Program Director and on - air host for Regent Broadcasting in Flint, Mich .
"Joining KRAV and CMG Tulsa is an exciting career move with the industry's best operator,” said Reed . “ I can't wait to get started with the Mix 96 crew. Many thanks Dan Lawrie, Chris Eagan and Steve Smith.
ON-AIR: Robbins & Markley Show Rebrands As Markley & Van Camp At Alpha Peoria Combo; Denis Prior Joins 98.5 UPS/WUPS Houghton Lake, MI For Mornings, PD Post
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Peoria, IL announced that David Van Camp will permanently join Jamie Markley for the Markley and van Camp Show on 1470-100.3 WMBD in Peoria, IL and FM News 101, KXL in Portland, OR. Markley and van Camp have been partnered together on the Robbins and Markley Show since co-host Scott Robbins was sidelined with health concerns in late August, 2015. Robbins has been unable to return since that time.
-- Denis Prior joins Black Diamond Broadcast Group Classic Hits 98.5 UPS/WUPS Houghton Lake, MI for mornings and Program Director. Prior previously was morning host and Program Director for WGVU-AM in Grand Rapids and Operations Manager for MacDonald-Garber Cadillac MI cluster. Other stops include stations in Kansas City, Nashville and Denver. He also has previously contributed as a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.
[LISTEN] Newspaper Reporter Nods Off During Interview
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2016 - The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel (inset) apparently dozed off during an interview with Mark Davis (shown in studio) who was guest hosting on Thursday for Salem Network's The Hugh Hewitt Show. Fortunately, this had little to do with the conversation, but rather the reporter getting up ar 4:35 am on the west coast with little sleep reports mediaite.com
Davis asked Weigel about something he had retweeted the previous day, but Weigel was caught snoring. “Dave?” Davis asked after a long silence. Weigel awakes slowly. “Hi, did you catch the last question?” Davis asked. “I did, yeah,” responded Weigel, although sounding unsure. “Weigel tried to explain, “I’m in a place where I can’t hear very well.” Later on an Instagram post Weigel passed along a statement to Mediaite apologizing to listeners and explaining that he was doing the interview while on the campaign trail in Oregon, a three-hour difference. "I apologize to the show’s producers and listeners — if I didn’t like the Hugh Hewitt show so much I’d have said “Ugh, 4:35 AM interview, no way!” In my head, I was able to wake up for 5 minutes and do the interview before getting another few hours of sleep. I could tell at the moment that I missed a beat." LISTEN HERE
NETWORKS: Delilah Speaks To Sold-Out Crowd In Nebraska During Women's Power Lunch
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2016 –– Premiere Networks host Delilah spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 1200 people at the 16th annual Women’s Power Lunch presented by The United Way of Siouxland on Wednesday, April 27, at the Marina Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
Delilah, who can be heard locally on KG95/KGLI-FM and KLEM 1410 AM/96.9 FM, was the keynote speaker at the special event and discussed her inspirational journey as a single mother of 13 children, 10 of whom are adopted, as well as the importance of never giving up when life gets tough and the need to build a strong support system.
All proceeds raised from the annual Women's Power Lunch are used to fund a scholarship program in partnership with Women Aware to assist single parents who are working to further their education to improve the lives of their family.
PHOTO/Delilah in studio with Andy Mattson, morning personality at KG95/KGLI-FM in Sioux City, Iowa.
Entercom's WEEI And Red Sox Renew Partnership
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2016 –– Entercom announced that the long-standing broadcast partnership between WEEI and the Boston Red Sox will continue through the 2023 Major League Baseball season. Red Sox broadcasts have been heard on WEEI since 1995. Entercom CEO, David Field, praised the new deal as a win for both organizations and Red Sox fans everywhere.
Field went on to say, “Red Sox fans across the country will continue to hear outstanding Sox play-by-play broadcasts and 24/7 team coverage on WEEI and WEEI.com, the home of Red Sox baseball.” The WEEI Shaw’s Red Sox Radio Network is presently heard throughout New England on 55 AM and FM radio affiliates. Red Sox Hall of Fame announcer Joe Castiglione (shown) is celebrating his 33rd year in the booth and is the lead voice on broadcasts. He is joined this season by New England native and former Pittsburgh Pirates voice, Tim Neverett.
Trump To Guest On Savage Nation Today Following Speech
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2016 –– Republican presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump will follow his first major foreign policy speech with an interview Friday on Michael Savage’s Westwood One's nationally syndicated radio show. Savage said that in Trump’s “desire to reach a wider audience of thinking voters,” he will be a guest on “The Savage Nation” and “further define his foreign policy.” The show airs live from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time today.
[WATCH] Blink Talks New Single With Kevin & Bean Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2016 –– Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Matt Skiba from Blink-182 stopped by KROQ’s “Kevin & Bean Show” in Los Angeles to talk about their forthcoming album California, upcoming tour dates and more. The band was supposed to premiere their new song “Bored To Death” with the hosts Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter this morning, but the lyric video leaked yesterday afternoon and they ended up hand-delivering the track to KROQ afternoon host Stryker to debut for Blink fans around the world. You can watch the full interview with the band HERE
Search Warrant Issued For Prince's Estate; ABC Bringing Back 'Match Game' To TV
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SiriusXM Q1 Revenue Climbs 11% to $1.2 Billion, New Record
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2016 –– SiriusXM has announced it first quarter results and shows revenue climbing 11% to $1.2 Billion, a quarterly record - net Income rises 62% to $171 Million. Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2016 was $441 million, an 11% increase from $399 million in the first quarter of 2015.
"SiriusXM's results exceeded our expectations in the first quarter, and I'm especially pleased we were able to add 465,000 net new subscribers, leading to an 8% increase in subscribers over the prior year. With excellent subscriber growth so early in the year, we are raising our guidance for full year net subscriber additions to 1.6 million. We set first quarter records for revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow, and we are on track to achieve all of our financial goals this year," noted Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, SiriusXM.
Last December, SiriusXM inked a new long-term extension with Howard Stern, part of a 12-year agreement which allows SiriusXM the use of Stern's audio and video content. Stern said at the time, " "I am living a dream here on satellite radio and Jim Meyer is my life partner and the baby we are about to have is our new streaming video app." PHOTO/Sirius SEE REPORT HERE
Blaire Galaton-Kelleher Joins The Jack Diamond Show At MIX 107.3 DC As Executive Producer; Joe Soto Holding Down Afternoons On V-103 Chicago Until Successor Found For Late Doug Banks
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media has named Blaire Galaton-Kelleher as Executive Morning Show Producer of The Jack Diamond Morning Show on MIX 107.3/WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C. Her history includes a four-year run as Executive Producer of the morning show at Jerry Lee's WBEB (101.1 More FM) in Philadelphia. Before that, she spent many years across the street as Executive Producer/On-Air talent for Top 40 WIOQ (Q102) -- half of that time with The Booker Show and the other half with Chio In The Morning. She also was producer and cohost at WNOU Indianapolis' The Billy and Marco Show. Galaton-Kelleher also served as On-Air Traffic Reporter for Westwood One in Philadelphia.
"Until a successor is named for the late Doug Banks, look for Joe Soto to continue filling in as afternoon personality on WVAZ FM 102.7. Soto," write media blogger Robert Feder, Soto moved up from nights following the death of the Doug Banks on April 11. With Soto's move, Chris Michaels is filling in from 7 p.m. to midnight in the interim. A station spox tells Feder, a decision on a permanent replacement is still “a few weeks away.” 1
News Talk 630 AM And 99.7 FM WPRO Providence To Debut New Lineup
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced that News Talk 630 AM and 99.7 FM WPRO in Providence will debut a new live and local on-air line-up on Monday, May 2, 2016,
Veteran talk host Dan Yorke (bottom left) returns to the Afternoon Drive anchor chair at WPRO, the position held by former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci for over seven years until his untimely passing earlier this year. Yorke previously hosted the 12PM Noon-3PM show on WPRO, and also hosts his own daily television show on the local FOX affiliate.
Matt Allen (top right), on air with WPRO since 2000, moves into the 12PM Noon to 3PM slot. Former TV reporter, Buddy Cianci’s producer, and on-air talent Tara Granahan (bottom right), will now host early evenings from 6PM to 9PM on WPRO. The new WPRO line-up kicks off Monday morning with the News with Gene Valicenti in Morning Drive (upper left). Valicenti is also a top-rated anchorman on NBC10 in Providence. Nationally recognized broadcaster John Depetro (top center) continues in his 9AM to 12PM Noon slot.
Jim Rose Rises To Program Director For 1110 KFAB Omaha
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Omaha announced that Jim Rose has been named Program Director for NewsRadio 1110 KFAB, effective May 1, 2016. He takes over programming duties from legendary radio industry veteran and long-time NewsRadio 1110 KFAB on-air host Gary Sadlemyer. Both Sadlemyer and Rose will continue as on-air personalities for the station’s “Gary Sadlemyer and the Good Morning Show.”
“When Gary made the decision to step down as Program Director for KFAB, we knew we had big shoes to fill,” said Erik Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Omaha. “Jim’s tremendous background in news radio and his intimate knowledge of both Omaha and KFAB all make him the perfect candidate to take over for Gary, who will remain an important and integral part of KFAB as he continues to focus on The Good Morning Show.” Rose has served as cohost of “Gary Sadlemyer and the Good Morning Show” since 2001.
Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Assoc. Honors WLS-AM
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced that for the third consecutive year, the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association has named WLS-AM as Best Newscast in the Large Market category. WLS-AM took top honors from a field of Illinois Large Market radio stations, including: WBBM, WBEZ, Rivet Radio and WGN. Winners of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association contest were announced Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Springfield, IL.
Peter Bolger, WLS-AM Program Director/Operations Manager, said: “I’ve been associated with the news business for many years, and I can tell you it is very difficult to win this honor three years in a row – especially in a market as competitive and as rich with talent as Chicago. Although it’s a team effort, our winning entry was anchored by Jennifer Keiper (center) —and this is the second year in a row that she has anchored the award winner.” Bolger continued: “Also, a tip of the green eyeshade to reporter/anchor Nick Gale (right), whose coverage of the Fox Lake shooting earned second place in Best Spot News competition. This is the third year in a row that Nick has won in the Spot or Hard News categories. Shown left is WLS-AM News Director John Dempsey.
SYNDICATION: Connoisseur & Compass Ink Multi-Year Extension With Dr. Laura Berman
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2016 –– Compass Media Networks and Connoisseur Media have extended their partnership with relationship therapist and best selling author, Dr. Laura Berman, who will continue to serve as host of 'Uncovered Radio'.
Celebrating over 540 episodes, Uncovered Radio is a daily, call-in, relationship advice program, broadcast 9pm - Midnight on Adult Contemporary (“AC” and “Hot AC”) radio stations.
“My goal is to help as many people as possible,” said Dr. Laura Berman, renowned relationship therapist and New York Times best-selling author. “I love radio because of its reach and the intimacy with the audience. Our listeners are really engaged and I am humbled to offer them help.”
NETWORKS: Premiere To Provide Exclusive Distribution For UK Based Aiir
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2016 –– Premiere Networks announced it will provide exclusive domestic and international distribution for Aiir. For over 10 years, Aiir has provided stations around the world with the tools to manage and create websites, mobile applications, social networking and direct marketing all in one place. Aiir Co-Founder Ricki Lee stated, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Premiere Networks and look forward to working with Julie and her team in growing our international business.”
“Ricki Lee and the team at Aiir have created a powerful one-stop-shop for stations to manage content across multiple platforms,” shared Julie Talbott, Premiere Networks President. “We look forward to expanding their footprint in the U.S. and internationally, while helping stations create consistent brand messaging, build listener loyalty and generate increased revenue.” For affiliations, please call Premiere Networks at 818-377-5300
[LISTEN] WNOR'S Rod Fitzwell Sings Anthem At 9/11 Memorial
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2016 –– After hearing that a group of middle schoolers was stopped in the middle of singing the National Anthem at the 9/11 memorial in NYC because they didn’t have a $35 performance permit, WNOR Rumble in the Morning sportsguy Rod Fitzwell (far right) was so upset that he volunteered to drive to NYC and finish the song that the kids started.
He left at midnight Tuesday, and was ready when the 9/11 memorial opened on Wednesday morning. His acapella version of the anthem lasted 1:05, and then he jumped back into his car for the 6 hour drive home. #America F-Yeah! To hear Rod’s anthem, click on above banner.
TOPS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Australian Prime Minister Talks 'Fornication' On 97.3 FM
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2016 –– The Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull was in the studio with Robin Terry & Bob at 97.3 talking about a Vicar who refused to help him and Lucy tie the knot in his church. That was until a young Malcolm dropped the line about him and Lucy being “sorely tempted” to fornicate.- Read more and watch the video HERE
More Trouble for Chris Evans - Top Gear host Chris Evans from Radio 2 has been branded 'worse than' his predecessor Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson was fired from the series for punching a producer. According to the Daily Mirror, some believe his replacement is even more difficult to work with. Despite the fact that his first series of hosting the long-running motoring show is yet to air, Chris has allegedly already been lashing out at staff. Most recently, it's reported he lost his temper with a member of the Top Gear crew so viciously that an engineer had to step in and tell him to stop. Industry insiders have claimed that the presenter has been struggling to balance his time between the motoring series and his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show. In addition to reportedly falling out with crew members, Chris is believed to have also clashed with co-star Matt LeBlanc.
Sir Paul McCartney on BBC Radio 4 show ‘Mastertapes’ Paul will talk to host John Wilson about his music career and answer questions from the audience at the BBC's Maida Vale studios on Wednesday May 11. The hour-long special edition of the programme will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 10am on Saturday May 28, and a version will be filmed for BBC iPlayer. The shows are usually broadcast over two consecutive days. Each edition of Mastertapes involves an in-depth interview with the artist, known as the "A-side", questions from the studio audience for the "B-side", and exclusive live performances of songs from the albums under discussion.
DAB, Dead And Buried? More than 20% of all new cars sold in Britain still do not have DAB radio fitted as standard. DAB is the British version of HD radio. It’s been around for 20 years now and was supposed to replace AM and FM. With so few people having access to DAB in cars, an AM/FM switch off is still a long way away.
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Seacrest Inks Extension With ABC's 'New Year Rockin' Eve'; Ferrell To Play Reagan
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Smartphones Are America's Top Device Reports Nielsen
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2016 –– Not surprisingly, according to Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2015 Comparable Metrics Report, smartphones across all adult demographic groups are the most used platform, in terms of days per week among users of each medium, with adults 18+ using their devices nearly every day in the week (5.8 times per week), followed by television (5.5 times per week).
Adult TV viewers watch an average of 5.5 days per week. Tablets are used more often by people ages 35-49 than ages 18-34. Penetration among ages 50 and over is only 19%, but those owners use tablets most often. Smartphone owners within the age range of 35-49 use their phones most often. (This includes app and web usage, not talk, text or email).
“Smartphone penetration is nearly as high as TV set and radio ownership, and consumers carry their phones everywhere. High penetration plus portability and customized functionality have made them a staple of consumers’ media diet,” said Glenn Enoch, SVP of Audience Insights at Nielsen. “Smartphones provide advertisers and marketers with the opportunity to reach consumers with information throughout the day.” As consumers continue to be presented with a proliferation of media devices and services, analyzing media usage with comparable metrics provides an apples-to-apples view of consumption across platforms, as marketers and advertisers continue to plan for the future.
[WATCH] KCBS San Francisco's Doug Sovern And Former Director Honored For 'Unholy Water' Investigative Series
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2016 –– KCBS San Francisco reporter Doug Sovern, along with then-Director of News and Programming, Ed Cavagnaro, have been honored by the National Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) with a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Investigative Reporting, Radio (Top 100 Markets or Network/Syndicated) for “Unholy Water.” KCBS was the only commercial radio station in the country to win a Sigma Delta Chi award this year. The honor will be recognized during a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on June 20th, 2016.
The five-part series exposed the San Francisco Archdiocese’s installation of an illegal plumbing system at St. Mary’s Cathedral, to pour water on homeless people at night to keep them from sleeping in the cathedral doorways, in the middle of the worst drought in California history. Sovern was also honored for this series by the 2016 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, which bestowed a Special Finalist Citation earlier this year. As a result of the station’s reporting, San Francisco officials ordered the system removed, the Bishop in charge issued a public apology and was transferred to another parish, and the archdiocese launched a new initiative to help the City address homelessness. The story made international headlines. WATCH HERE
[WATCH] James Corden's 'Late Late Show' YouTube Channel Surpasses 1 Billion Views; Is Radio Key To This Success?
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2016 –– Both CBS and James Corden must be beaming over this latest milestone. Deadline reports that The Late Late Show with James Corden‘s YouTube channel surpassed 1 billion total views. Contributing mightily are Late Late Show‘s Adele Carpool Karaoke (98M views) and Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke (73M views), which are the top two late-night clips on YouTube, according to data from Tubular labs. Corden’s show now has 100 clips on YouTube with more than 1M views each. Each of his 16 Carpool Karaoke clips to date has surpassed 10M views, and 10 of those have eclipsed 20M views.
Last month, Consultant Fred Jacobs blogged about this very phenomena asking "Why does “Carpool Karaoke” work? Because even the rich, famous, powerful, and egomaniacal do what we all do – sing along in the car with the radio blaring on the way to work or the mall -- In just 12 months, he’s lured everyone from Adele, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John into the front seat of a car to joyously sing their biggest hits (and others) in a hilarious bit that is just pure fun ... And because of his charm and the disarming concept itself, these often egomaniacal celebrities just seem to melt in the front seat and become attractive and often funny. “All I want is our guest to shine.” SEE BLOG HERE
SYNDICATION: KDWN/Las Vegas Inks Three-Year Extension With Hannity
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group has signed a three-year contract with Premier talker Sean Hannity. He will continue on AM 720 KDWN, airing 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. through 2019. Hannity started working with AM 720 KDWN in February, 2015. He brought his show “An Evening with Sean Hannity” to Las Vegas and has broadcast from the KDWN studio several times during the current campaign season.
"I've known Sean for years,” noted Tom Humm. “He is a stand-up guy and an exceptional host. We're glad to know he'll be with us on a long term basis!"
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Glenn Kleiman Named Radio Milwaukee Executive Director
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2016 –– Digital media and broadcast veteran Glenn Kleiman has been named executive director of non - comm 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (88.9 WYMS). Kleiman began his career in broadcast journalism as a reporter and then as managing editor at WTMJ-TV (Channel 4), winning four Emmys and a Peabody. He was founder and CEO of a Milwaukee digital marketing agency, Fullhouse, with clients such as Miller B brewing Company/MillerCoors, GE Healthcare, Kimberly-Clark and Johnson Controls.
For the past 18 months, Kleiman has been working as a digital content consultant for Radio Milwaukee, helping the organization grow its audiences on its website and social media channels.
[WATCH] San Diego Host & Wife's 'Conan' Clip Makes Front Page Of Reddit -- And They Have A Field Day With It!
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2016 –– "My Wife And I Made The Front Page Of Reddit Today, And They Had A Field Day With It..." writes Steve Kramer (shown), co-host of Channel933 San Diego along with co-host Geena. This all happened when Kramer shared a two-year old video online of he and his wife's visit to the TBS' Conan show. He tells Jockline, "My phone starts blowing up at around 8am yesterday. A bunch of my friends start hitting me up saying "Dude, your Conan video is #1 on Reddit right now!!" This refers to his wife Shannon holding up signs from the audience that caught Conan's attention. He said they decided to make a sign that would get his attention, but judging by the reddit post, it got way more than just Conan's attention - READ MORE HERE
PODCAST: Tampa's 'Hoppe Hour' Scoops Interview With Ted Cruz Doppelganger Searcy Hayes - Listen
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2016 –– Searcy Hayes (the media's Ted Cruz Doppelgänger) whose being offered $10,000 to star in a, ahem, 'adult film gave an exclusive interview to Tampa's "Hoppe Hour" podcast, voted as the top podcast by Creative Loafing. Hoppe, who also works in promotions at 102.5 The Bone in Tampa, spoke at length with Hayes on talks came in receiving the offer and who she would make the film with. She ended the interview on Monday by saying she would go ahead and do a short six-minute film for $10,000.
Past guests on Ryan's podcast has featured such guests as Charlamagne tha God, Jim Norton, Nick DiPaolo, DJ Whoo Kid, Danny Bonaduce, BJ Shea, Brother Wease, and 120 others. The show is found in the Google Play and Iphone app shop by searching "Hoppe Radio". Ryan Hoppe can also be contacted @ryanhopperadio on twitter, at his website http://www.ryanhopperadio.com, and at the podcast page http://www.spreaker.com/user/ryanhoppe. LISTEN HERE
UnityPoint Health Red, White, & Boom Prepares for a 4th of July
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Peoria, IL announced the largest 4th of July fireworks celebration in Central Illinois will again take place on the Peoria Riverfront. This will be the 30th year UnityPoint Health Red, White, & Boom has lit up the skies and will be bigger and better than ever! This year the celebration grows with 4 nights of music including the Fusion Night Light Outdoor Dance Party. On the 4th, in addition to the fireworks there will be street performers, a bags tournament, live artists, and a Kid Zone.
This brand new party will include music from live artists Kat Deluna, DJ Luke Nasty, Jason Maek & Zaena, and others. Finally, 104.9 The Wolf will host Spring Creek Station at Festival Park on Monday, July 4th at 6:00pm.
Michael Strahan Leaving 'Live' Ahead Of Schedule; Did Prince Not Have A Will?
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Mystery Donor Shocks KLUC's Chet Buchanan With $100,000 Donation During Charity Event
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2016 –– 98.5 KLUC Las Vegas' morning host Chet Buchanan is well known for his ginormous annual Christmas Bike Drive, but his charitable deeds hardly stop there. During the rest of the year, Chet serves as an auctioneer and host for approximately 40 charity events on the side.
'Last Friday was pretty amazing,' he tells Jockline. 'It was a simple "appeal" at Catholic Charities annual luncheon. No auction, just asking for money. I had hoped to get 25-30k...we got 60...and then a woman (whom he says we would recognize, but wishes to remain anonymous) walked up and said she was so moved that she was donating another ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND dollars. Catholic Charities has wisely asked Chet might return next year. Chet adds, 'Saturday night I hosted and auctioneered The American Heart Association's 26th Annual Las Vegas Heart Ball. Last year was my first with this event, and we beat their previous high by about $50k. We topped that again this year by another $30k, for a total of over $280,000!" Way to go Chet!
PROGRAMMING: JB King Rises To OM Over CBS Vegas Cluster
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2016 –– CBS RADIO Las Vegas has promoted JB King to Operations Manager for its six station cluster which includes 98.5 KLUC, Mix 94.1, X107.5, Q100, NewsTalk 840 AM KXNT and CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM. JB will also continue as Program Director for both 98.5 KLUC and Q100. “
King began his radio career in Sacramento, CA, with stops in San Francisco and Phoenix, before arriving in Las Vegas. While achieving #1 ratings in afternoon drive, King has also won multiple awards. In 2016, King was promoted to Program Director for 98.5 KLUC, and was most recently named Program Director for the all new KXQQ Q100.
ON-AIR: John Moug Moves To Afternoons On KLUC/Vegas; MIX 107.3/Wash. DC Brings Back Kristie McIntyre
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2016 –– In more news from CB Vegas, 98.5 KLUC announced today that John Moug is the new Afternoon Drive host. Concurrent with JB King's new promotion and additional responsibilities, he'll be turning over the reins to John Moug (shown) effective immediately. “Moug” has been a fixture in the Las Vegas radio market for the past 10 years. He began his career at 98.5 KLUC in overnights, then hosted the number one rated night show for over six years.
Cumulus Media announces that it has tapped longtime Washington, D.C. area host Kristie McIntyre for Nights on WRQX MIX 107.3. McIntyre’s show will air weeknights from 7PM-Midnight and will debut on Monday, May 2, 2016. This marks a return to WRQX MIX 107.3 for McIntyre, who was on-air personality for the station from 2005-2010, under previous station ownership.
She has been a popular on-air personality and reporter in the Washington, D.C. area for over 20 years. McIntyre joins Cumulus Media-Washington, D.C. from Hearst Television, where she was a news anchor and reporter for WBAL-AM. Prior to that, McIntyre was Midday Host for CBS Radio-D.C.’s WIAD/94.7 Fresh FM and Entertainment Reporter for All News 99.1 WNEW. She has also been an on-air personality and Operations Manager for CBS Radio-Baltimore’s WQSR (Mornings) and WXYV/B102.7 (Middays).
77 WABC Appoints Noam Laden As News Director
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2016 –– 77 WABC Radio announces that it has appointed Noam Laden as News Director for the famed New York City news talk station.
For nearly a decade, Noam has been the host of The News Hour with Noam Laden that regularly sits within the top 10 shows at 5AM in New York City. Also, he writes and anchors the news for 77 WABC Radio between 10-12PM. He is a frequent analyst for Headline News.
Born and raised in Trenton, NJ, Laden joined WABC after stops in South Carolina and at WOR. He holds a B.S. degree in Communications, Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College.
SALES: Mark Sturcken Rises To Director Of Sales Post For Beasley Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group has appointed Mark Sturcken to Director of Sales for the Company’s Las Vegas cluster. Mark takes his new role after serving in sales positions for Beasley since 2010, most recently as National Sales Manager.
“I am extremely excited to lead the Las Vegas sales efforts for Beasley Media Group, with thanks to Brian Beasley, Heather Monahan, Tom Humm and the entire Beasley family,” Sturcken added. “It‘s an honor to work for a company where on any given day a member of the Beasley family may visit, and knows your name."
NETWORKS: Kelsea Ballerini to Host WWO's Summer Kick Off Special
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2016 –– She’s one of Country’s newest stars, she’s riding high over two consecutive #1, GOLD-certified singles, and she’s hosting Westwood One’s Summer Kick Off music special! Kelsea Ballerini, recently named “New Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music, will host the four-hour Memorial Day weekend special broadcast, available to stations nationwide.
Kelsea Ballerini is the first female solo artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two Country singles, and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. The Black River Entertainment artist has been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl” and selected as one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country.”
The First Time. Ballerini will officially kick off summer with a roster of A-list Country stars. In addition to the festivities, the show will also observe the Memorial Day holiday by honoring America’s fallen heroes. For more information, contact Donny Walker at (615) 727-6987 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Join Lineup For KROQ Weenie Roast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2016 –– KROQ Los Angeles' Weenie Roast returns to Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 14th and will be the final show at the iconic Orange County venue that’s been home to 23 Weenie Roasts since the inaugural show in 1993. This year’s lineup includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Empire of the Sun, Panic! At The Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz & The Tantrums, Miike Snow, Lukas Graham, The Strumbellas and more.
Beginning with the inaugural KROQ Weenie Roast, ticket proceeds have gone to some charities. This year, proceeds from the sale of every ticket go towards helping two amazing organizations: Surfrider Foundation and Heal The Bay.
WBT's Keith Larson's Annual Ride Helps More Kids In Need; Kicks Country's Lori Charles Supports Virginia Tech Remembrance Run
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2016 –– Keith Larson’s Annual Ride Helps More Kids In Need in Charlotte WBT AM/FM Host Keith Larson's 14th Annual Motorcycle Ride to help kids battling life-threatening illnesses and their families is Saturday April 30, 2016.Keith's Ride is escorted by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office Motor Unit and supported by several other law enforcement agencies. The Ride leaves at 10am April 30 and then ends at the News Talk 1110 WBT Studios at 1:30pm. The Ride supports the Club LAMA Kids Fund, a 501c3 started by Keith Larson. After years of rides and working with numerous charities, Larson wanted a way to easily help more of the “Ride Kids” year round and with that his Club LAMA Kids Fund was born. Each ride itself benefits several specific local children who are battling life-threatening illnesses.
--Alpha Media, Bluefield, WV announced that 105.3/107.7 Kicks Country (WHKX) morning show co-host Lori Charles participated in the Remembrance Run at Virginia Tech on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The run took place to remember the 32 victims of the mass shooting that happened 9 years ago on the campus of Virginia Tech. The events started at 9:43 AM with a moment of silence commemorating the time when the horrific shooting began. Over 10,300 people participated in the run.
"It was an honor to broadcast live at Virginia Tech for 106.3/107.7 Kicks Country. We are a proud affiliate of the Hokies and it was truly a great day to stand with 10,300 other runners, fans, graduates and students to respectfully remember the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on campus nine years ago,” said Lori Charles.
Kelly Ripa Quips, 'The Long National Nightmare Is Over!'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2016 –– In a business of numerous male/female morning teams, this story, albeit TV, got the nod for one of our top stories this morning given the number of radio eyes on it this morning. As most of the free world already knows, Kelly was blindsighted by last week's news of Michael Strahan leaving 'Live' to become a permanent member of ABC's Good Morning America. In somewhat of a protest, Kelly remained off the air with rumors swirling in some circles that she wouldn't return until Strahan left the show in September. Since then, ABC has apologized (see Popline Below) and Kelly announced she would be back on today's show.
This morning she told her audience (spoiler alert in case this has yet to air in your city - don't read any further) This morning after an extended standing ovation from the audience (spoiler alert in case this has yet to air in your city - don't read any further) Ripa joked, 'The long national nightmare is over!" Arriving on the set hand in hand with Strahan, she added later, "What transpired started a conversation about communication and respect in the workplace ... I don't consider this just a workplace. I consider this my second home. We are family. Apologies have been made. Our parent company has assured me that Live is a priority." She went on to say she was 'thrilled' for Strahan. PHOTO/ABC
Megyn Kelly Goes One-On-One With Donald Trump; Erin Andrews Settles With Hotel
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STUDY: One In Every Five Minutes Of Total Audio Time Now Spent On A Smartphone
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2016 –– Have you looked at how much audio listening is from Smartphones," asks Amplifi CEO Steve Goldstein. He points to Edison Research CEO Larry Rosin who unveiled some significant data at the recent RAIN Conference that pretty clearly lays out the path for audio consumption over the next few years.
The good news is that audio consumption remains vigorous and strong and is still dominated with just over half (51%) of all listening coming from AM/FM radio. As with many numbers, however, the inverse is also true; just under half (49%) is not from radio. Looking at the devices used for listening to audio reveals a profound path of change. Today, 19% of audio listening is coming from the smartphone and as choices proliferate and the connected car becomes more of a thing, we will likely see this number rise. Today, one in every five minutes of total audio time is spent on a smartphone. Not surprisingly, the 13-34 age demographic has shifted fastest with 35% of audio listening coming from smartphones. There are two other numbers here which should be of concern to anyone in the radio business. 34% of smartphone users are listening to audio on their phones everyday. That number rockets to 68% or two-thirds among those aged 13-34. And not far behind, is the full-family demo of 25-54 at almost 4 out of 10 (38%) listening daily to audio on their smartphone.
The shift to smartphones for audio also reveals a vulnerability for stations that have no real estate presence on smartphones. "If you aren't where the listeners are going ... well .... you pretty much know how that is going to turn out. Goldstein concludes 'One in every five minutes of total audio time is from a smartphone. READ BLOG HERE
'Bring Back Personalities' Blogs Broadcast Professor
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2016 –– With deep roots in radio, Dick Taylor now serves as an Asst. Professor of Journalism and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University in Bowing Green, KY. He's also the 'On Campus Director' for Dan Vallie's Institute for the National Radio Talent System. In his latest blog, he writes when he was reading an article a past article in the NY Times,“Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future” it hit him that this is how history was rhyming when it came to communications. Citing technology change in other times in communications history he points to TV's entrance in the 1950s and the inevitable demise of radio. But three things prevented that expected plight. 1) the transistor radio and the car radio. 2) rock ‘n roll, which he says put radio in the perfect place to ride the baby boomer youth, and 3) TV scarcity; Only two or three television networks and few TV stations.
Taylor adds, "When broadband came along, that scarcity factor went poof. Radio now sees its dominance in the car being challenged by a digital dashboard. The newest radio format to have come into existence – all sports/talk – is now 29 years old. Clearly, innovation in the radio world has stalled. The good news is radio in America has more reach than any other form of mass media. The bad news is it sees annual erosion of its TSL (time spent listening). This can be fixed. To do this, radio needs to address the very factors that are causing its TSL to erode." Among Taylor's top recommendation is to "Bring back personalities." They not only sell the music, they sell your station and through live reads, your advertisers’ products and services. READ BLOG HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Hubbard Elevates Jeremy Sinon To Dir. Of Digital Strategy; Karen Mateo Stepping Down As CBS SVP/Communications
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio EVP/Chief Financial Officer, Dave Bestler,announced that Jeremy Sinon (far left) was named Director of Digital Strategy for Hubbard Radio. Sinon was most recently splitting duties as Corporate Digital Director and local Digital Director for Hubbard Radio’s Minneapolis-Saint Paul radio stations. Hubbard Radio Minneapolis-Saint Paul will replace Sinon with a Digital Director for the Minneapolis- Saint Paul group of radio stations.
After 13 years as CBS Radio's SVP/Communications, it was announced she will stepping down from her post on MAY 6th. Delivered in a joint staff memo from CBS Radio President Andre Fernandez and EVP of Communications Dana McClintock, it stated: "In addition to her many contributions to Radio, Karen has been a valued member of the CBS Communications department since 1992, working at CBS 2 New York, and before that, CBS Sports. As the Company now looks to split off its Radio business, Karen felt it was a natural time to make this change, and we know she'll be successful in whatever she chooses to do next." After May 6, Kristina Quintos will handle press releases and interview requests until Mateo’s replacement is named.
Cumulus Rebrands WRKN New Orleans 'The Gulf South's Country Giant;' Scott Innes Takes Middays
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it will maximize its programming of WRKN-FM, the biggest radio broadcast signal in Louisiana by rebranding the station as “The Gulf South’s Country Giant… New Orleans, Baton Rouge… NASH FM 92.3”. The station was formerly branded as “NASH FM 92.3 New Orleans’ New Country Leader”. WRKN-FM serves the New Orleans, LA, and Baton Rouge, LA, Metro areas and the entire Gulf South, via a mammoth radio tower that is 2,000 feet tall transmitting at 100,000 watts. As the station re-brands, NASH FM 92.3 The Gulf South’s Country Giant will move from a contemporary Country format to its new mass-appeal country format featuring Country Gold programming, paired with today’s best country music.
Popular country radio personality Scott Innes joins the new on-air line-up as Midday Personality, airing weekdays from 10AM-3PM. The weekday line-up now features: 6AM-10AM: America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner 10AM-3PM: Scott Innes 3PM-7PM: Shawn Williams 7PM-Midnight: NASH Nights Live Midnight-5AM: Kix Brooks.
ON-AIR: KNBR/San Francisco Inks Tom Tolbert To Multi-Year Extension
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has re-signed popular KNBR Afternoon Drive Host Tom Tolbert to a multi-year contract. Tolbert joined KNBR in 1996, and Bay Area sports radio fans have listened to him weekday afternoons from 3PM-7PM for the last 20 years.
A standout at the University of Arizona, Tolbert helped lead the Wildcats to a trip to the 1988 Final Four. He was a second round pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA draft, and had stints with the Clippers, Hornets and the Golden State Warriors. Tolbert is also the color announcer for all Warriors home games and has the fun job of interviewing Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr, who was Tolbert’s college teammate at Arizona.
The Bone San Francisco's Lamont Plays Superhero To Co-Worker Being Robbed Outside Station
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2016 –– Cumulus KFOG/San Francisco's “Irish Greg” McQuaid was recently accosted on his way to the station , but fortunately, “Lamont,” morning co-host at 107.7 The Bone, pulled up just in time and rescued him. According to sfgate.com, McQuaid said he parked his car just before 4 a.m. at a lot two blocks away from KFOG. A man who had been hanging out with two friends rushed up asking for a cigarette. “Before I could say no, he took a swing at me,” McQuaid said. “You get the fright of your life.” McQuaid said he dodged the brunt of the robber’s fist, but it glanced the side of his face. He stumbled, fell backward and his bag slipped off in the process. With his things on the ground, McQuaid ran down the street just as Lamont was parking his car. “I was like, ‘I’m being attacked!’ And I jump in his car,” McQuaid said. “It all happened so quickly.” The pair called 911 and started tailing the suspects in Lamont’s car with the brights on in an attempt to blind the thieves.
"That’s when the three suspects split up, with one biking away. “Greg goes, “That’s the one who freaking hit me,’” Lamont said. “And McQuaid was able to recover his bag after police apprehended the suspects. The officers also had some luck: they got to meet one of the voices behind their beloved show, Lamont and Tonelli. “The best part of this story is that when the cops pulled up they were more excited to meet Lamont than arrest these kids,” McQuaid said. Photo - "Irish Greg" McQuaid, Renee Richardson and "No Name" Mike Nelson. Danny Delmore (Irish Greg currently produces KFOG's morning show. No Name was moved to afternoons.
77 WABC'S Curtis Sliwa Announces Run For Local Political Post In 2017
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2016 –– WABC New York host Curtis Sliwa, the ex-partner of current Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and father of her two children, announced last week that he would officially run for her seat as a Republican in 2017, reports qns.com.
Sliwa attended the Juniper Park Civic Association in Middle Village on Thursday night. There he made it clear that he would indeed be running against Katz. Sliwa and Katz were also in a personal relationship until they broke up in November 2014. He told the audience that she was one of the only elected officials in office who was not corrupt. “I know her political bones and where they’re buried,” Sliwa said. “But I can swear to you she’s not corrupt.” Sliwa would have to move from his Brooklyn home to Queens to make the run for office. “I will do what I have to do to make that run for office,” Sliwa said.
Ryan Seacrest To Headline UGA's Spring Commencement Ceremony, Receive Honorary Degree
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2016 –– On May 13th, Ryan Seacrest will return home to Atlanta for the University of Georgia's spring Commencement ceremony. In the process, he'll receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater. According to uga.edu/ctlcable, Other than an earned doctorate, the honorary degree is the highest recognition UGA can bestow and is given to recognize a person who has a sustained record of achievements of lasting significance.
Seacrest is being honored by the university for his commitment to youth-oriented initiatives. Seacrest's philanthropic efforts include his service as chairman of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which has opened eight broadcast media centers—known as Seacrest Studios—in pediatric hospitals across the country. Through these studios, patients have the opportunity to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media and are provided with a variety of programming during their hospital stays. Seacrest began his radio career at Star 94 Atlanta, of note, The 2016 GAB Radio Talent Institute, will take place just days after Seacrest's visit on 5/16 - Wed., 5/25/16.
CBS Radio's Kevin Weatherly Named 'International Music Person Of The Year' By Musexpo
THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2016 –– MUSEXPO Los Angeles hosted its 12th annual event last week in LA. During the event, which features some of the crème de la crème of emerging U.S. and international talent, CBS Radio's Sr. VP of Programming, Kevin Weatherly. was presented its coveted “International Music Person of the Year."
Kevin oversees KROQ as well as JACK-FM (KCBS-FM) and AMP RADIO (KAMP-FM) in Los Angeles. In addition, Kevin received an official proclamation from the Mayor and the City of Los Angeles at MUSEXPO for his incredible contribution to the “City of Angels.”
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Music Genius Prince Passes Away At 57
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2016 –– Prince Rogers Nelson, known simply by Prince, died on Thursday at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, MN. According to a statement, deputies responded to an emergency call at 9:43 a.m. When they and medical personnel arrived they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. Emergency medical workers attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m. Last week, responding to news reports that Prince’s plane had made an emergency landing because of a health scare, it was reported that Prince was “fighting the flu.”
Prince sold more than 100 million records, won seven Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 reports nydailynews.com. He was still a teenager when he was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1978. By the mid-90s, Prince was in open battle with the label, releasing albums as rapidly as he could to finish his contract. In 1993 he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable glyph, only returning to Prince in 1996 after the contract ended. He experimented early with online sales and tried other forms of distribution, like giving his 2007 album “Planet Earth” away with copies of The Daily Mail in Britain. His catalog is not available on the streaming service Spotify, and he took extensive legal measures against users of his music on YouTube and elsewhere.
'A trove of Prince’s recordings remains unreleased in an archive he called the Vault, reports nydailynews.com. Like much of his offstage career, its contents are a closely guarded secret, but it’s likely that there are masterpieces yet to be heard. SEE POPLINE BELOW FOR NUMEROUS OTHER LINKS
[WATCH] Tributes Continue To Pour In Following The Passing Of Prince
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2016 –– Following yesterday's news of Prince's passing, radio stations, coast to coast and worldwide, quickly responded with tributes, billboards (B98.5 Atlanta shown), one-time call-letter changes and more.
SiriusXM, channels were sprinkled with his memories and music. They've since launched their own tribute channel 50. The BBC and numerous other international posted similar tributes. Radio's response wasn't limited to pop stations alone. Country radio chimed in as well. NASH Nights Live featured tributes from Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Keith Urban. This morning, America's Morning Show's Chuck Wicks (left) sang an acoustic version of Prince’s “Purple Rain” (link below).
Radio networks and outlets such as Westwood One and Benztown released special tributes. WWO wrote: As the world mourns the passing of superstar musician Prince, Westwood One dug into its vast archives and retrieved audio coverage from a press conference Prince held during his “Musicology” tour. The presser took place on February 24, 2004 and featured an interview with the artist and a Q&A from the audience. "He wanted to “take care of the people who mean the most to us first.” He said “it was interesting being called ‘Sir’ for so long.” See link below. LISTEN TO BENZTOWN TRIBUTE HERE - 105 THE VIBE'S TRIBUTE - WESTWOOD ONE TRIBUTE - CHUCK WICKS PERFORMS ACCOUSTIC VERSION OF 'PURPLE RAIN
[WATCH] Modesto Host Has To Move Dream Home Off Crumbling Cliff Before It Falls Into Ocean Below
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2016 –– Following a storm surge, Cumulus' KAT Country 103 Modesto's Melissa McConnell's had to choose between moving her dream home off a crumbling cliff, or risk seeing fall onto the beach below. “It was kind of a swooshing, crackling sound. Every time the sound happened we shone the flashlight outside and there were more pavers gone,” Melissa McConnell told KPIX 5. It was in January that a huge El Nino storm surge lopped off the backyard of Melissa McConnell’s Pacifica home. Melissa had to flee the dream house she’d been working on for seven years.
“And then we had to decide what to do. It was move it or lose it,” McConnell said. She chose the former, calling in Wacker and Sons House Movers out of Petaluma. “She sent me pictures and I immediately picked up the phone and said if we can do this we gotta do it now,” Gino Medeiros, co-owner of Wacker and Sons House Movers said. “The goal was to get the house about 4 feet in the air,” Medeiros said. Next, workers will construct a set of tracks and the entire house will be moved about 20 feet forward to the sidewalk. And that’s where it will sit, buying time while Melissa searches for someone with a vacant lot in Pacifica. WATCH
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Names Jay Cruze Director Of Country Prog. For Kentucky/Indiana Region
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Jay Cruze has been named Director of Country Programming for the Kentucky-Indiana region. In addition, Cruze will also oversee WAMZ-FM in Louisville, WBUL-FM in Lexington, and WUBG-FM in Indianapolis.
Cruze has more than 20 years of experience in the radio industry, most recently serving as Senior Vice-President of Programming for iHeartMedia Augusta and Program Director of WLUB-FM. Prior to that, he held a variety of programming positions, including program director at WBUL-FM in Lexington and Senior Vice-President of Programming in Panama City and Chattanooga. Cruze also worked record promotion for Average Joe’s Entertainment and Bigger Picture Music Group.
Dr. Drew Resigns From Loveline
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2016 –– "It’s been such a privilege and such a fascinating journey," Dr. Drew said after hosting the show for 30 years, Dr. Drew Pinksy announced on The Kevin & Bean Show yesterday morning that he’s ready to move on from Loveline and focus his time on his family and other projects. “We’re going to wind down Loveline next Thursday. After nearly 30 plus years, we’re finally going to call it a day,” said Pinksy. “It’s been a great privilege to have been part of this – I’ll keep doing Kevin & Bean, I’ll stay with you guys – but after many, many years we thought it was about time to drop the mic and tap out.”
Mike Catherwood’s recent departure from the show also helped set the wheels in motion for this decision. “The reality is there’s not been a business model for the show for a couple of years. The honest truth is I’ve been doing it for free for a couple of years. It returned to its roots. I originally did it for free as a community service show.” “I really looked at it carefully when Mike left and I thought, ‘Ya know, this is getting silly. I love it and I love being a part of it, but at a certain point – let’s just say I’m not getting any younger and not sleeping every night is beginning to get to me ... I’m not closing the door to the possibility that we’d ever do Loveline again. It might even be on KROQ again. On Thursday, April 28th, Loveline will air its final broadcast with special co-host Adam Carolla. The two will continue on together with the Adam and Dr. Drew Podcast, with more details to be announced.
Entercom Launches New Sunny 98.1
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2016 –– Entercom has introduced Sunny 98.1 in San Diego. “A lot has changed in the past three years and we felt that there was something missing in the current media landscape in San Diego,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming. “We brought the best and brightest in to do research. The research unequivocally showed that young 30-40 year olds and our die-hard 40+ fans want a more current and contemporary music mix.”
The new station has been three years in the making. In 2013, Easy 98.1 launched in San Diego and it soon became a market leader, hitting the #1 spot in total audience shortly after the launch, seeing continued success over the past three years among all audience groups. “Sunny 98.1 is the right station for San Diego…It is fun, upbeat and will feature music that engages listeners by evoking memories and connecting with fans,” said Bob Bolinger, Vice President/Market Manager of Entercom San Diego. Look for the Sunny 98.1 to announce its programming lineup in near future.
CBS Radio's Scott Herman Receives 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2016 –– This past February, The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS Radio, was named a recipient of a 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award.
Herman received his award at a breakfast ceremony during the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Apr. 20. Andre Fernandez, President, CBS RADIO, was there to celebrate along with him. The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to members of the industry who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Pictured (left to right) is Fernandez, Herman’s wife Beth, Herman, and Philip J. Lombardo, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.
NBC Sports Radio Launches The Leisuremen
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2016 –– NBC Sports Radio has announced the debut of a new program to its Sunday evening lineup. The Leisuremen: Pabst & Perloff, kicks off this Sunday, April 24, 2016, and features popular Dan Patrick Show personalities/producers Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloff (inset) on Sundays from 6:00 – 9:00 pm ET.
Paul Pabst has worked on The Dan Patrick Show for 12 years and has had stints at CBS Sports, CBS Radio News, ESPN, and SiriusXM. He has also written for Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. In addition, Pabst teaches a sports media class at Sacred Heart University. Andrew Perloff has been with The Dan Patrick Show since 2007. Prior to that he worked as a writer, editor, and producer for Sports Illustrated, FOXSports.com, NFL, MLB.com, and the YES Network. Jack Silver, NBC Sports Radio Program Director, says “We are really excited to bring Pabst & Perloff to our lineup and in to our family. They are well-known and well-loved by sports fans, who appreciate their brand of humor and follow them on the air and all over social media. The Leisuremen will bring a real element of fun to Sunday nights!”
[WATCH] Actress Rita Wilson Steps Into AMS 'Truth Booth'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2016 –– Actress and singer Rita Wilson (and wife of actor Tom Hanks) stopped by the NASH Campus in Nashville yesterday to sing songs from her new self-titled album for America's Morning Show listeners, but she also stepped in the Truth Booth.
Take a look at her responses to the three Truth Booth questions: SHOWN: Blair Garner and Rita Wilson. Back row: Chuck Wicks and Kelly Ford.
Stars React To Prince's Passing And More; Kelly Ripa Dodging Michael Strahan's Calls
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Facebook: The 'Media Monster' Radio Can't Avoid, Says Fred Jacobs
Now At 1.59 Billion Active Monthly Users, 'To Avoid Facebook Or Just Mail It In Is A Missed Opportunity' For Radio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2016 –– 'The reality of Facebook is that it has totally permeated our culture. It is everywhere, it is where people come to share their lives, and it is increasingly where news is being made and shared, post Fred Jacobs in his latest blog 'Facebook, The Media Monster.' 'This is all the more reason why radio needs to get smarter and more strategic about the way it uses social media.'
Jacobs continues: 'We talk to some stations who still don’t engage much on Facebook, making the argument their audience is more at home on Instagram or Twitter. While every station’s “social footprint” is different, not connecting on Facebook isn’t just a lost opportunity. It is tantamount to missing out on conversations your audience is having – whether you’re in the room or not. It may have become more difficult than ever to be seen on Facebook without paying a tariff for the privilege. But to avoid Facebook or just mail it in is a missed opportunity.
He points out that Facebook barely existed when Jacobs Media introduced their first Techsurvey a dozen years ago (known at that time as Tech Poll). Today, well more than eight in ten respondents have a social media profile. "We didn’t even ask the question back in 2005. Of them, 94% are on Facebook. Imagine a local radio station with a 90%+ cume rating, and you can begin to fathom just how ubiquitous Facebook has become.
"The all-powerful Facebook is no longer just a social network. While we were busy clicking “like” and posting cute old photos on Throwback Thursday, Facebook has become a media monster." READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
'The Amazing Race's Tanner Kloven Joins KVIL-FM Dallas; Rick Daniels Takes Afternoons At NASH 97.9 Boise
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21T, 2016 –– Tanner Kloven, best known as half of #TeamTexas on CBS Television’s Emmy Award-winning series 'The Amazing Race', is 103.7 KVIL’s new midday host. Kloven grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from Texas Tech University. He competed on the 27th season of 'The Amazing Race' with fellow Tech alum Josh Ahern in the fall of 2015. Kloven replaces Sybil Summers, who began co-hosting 103.7 KVIL’s “More Music Mornings” with Kannon on April 1.
--Cumulus Media has appointed Rick Daniels as On-Air Host of Afternoon Drive on NASH FM 97.9 in Boise, ID. Daniels' has a 17-year career in radio broadcasting and was most recently Production Manager for WSCH-FM (Eagle 99.3) in Lawrenceburg, IN, and was an on-air talent for NASH FM 102.5 in Muncie, IN. He was also Program Director and Operations Manager for WQXQ-FM (Q102) in Owensboro, KY, and Program Director of 91.5 WUEV-FM in Evansville, IN.
[LISTEN] 77 WABC's Rita Cosby Scoops 'Exclusive' Interviews With All Five U.S. Presidential Candidates
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2016 –– 77 WABC Radio coverage leading up to the New York Primary culminated this week with a radio special “Election Central with Rita Cosby”. The one-hour special featured Cosby’s exclusive interviews with all five U.S. Presidential frontrunners: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich. In addition to the New York Primary special, 77 WABC’s Curtis Sliwa interviewed Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Friday, April 15, and 77 WABC’s Joan Hamburg’s interviewed former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday, April 16. LISTEN HERE
NAB 2016 Show Attendance Tops 103,000 In Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2016 –– The National Association of Broadcasters announced preliminary registered attendance of 103,012 for the 2016 NAB Show, the world's largest annual convention covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. The exhibition featured 1,874 companies spanning 1,063,380 net square feet of exhibit space.
"NAB Show demonstrated again its power as the preeminent destination to make headlines, launch innovative products and connect with key influencers in media, entertainment and technology," said NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton. "We're thrilled with the tremendous feedback from attendees and exhibitors, and we are delighted that NAB Show continues to be a must-attend event for global content creators and distributors."
Variety.Com Now The Most-Read Entertainment Business News Website
Reaches 12.556 Million Unique Visitors In March
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21T, 2016 –– After pointing out Facebook's ginormous growth in our previous story, it's worth mentioning that variety.com has now topped HollywoodReporter.com as the industry’s most-read entertainment business news website for the first time since Penske Media Corporation bought the company in 2012. According to Variety, they've reached 12.556 million unique visitors in the month of March, according to ComScore’s monthly worldwide multiplatform measurement, edging out HollywoodReporter.com and also surpassing leading websites covering pop culture, including VanityFair.com and TheNewYorker.com.
“The outstanding performance of Variety.com in March is yet another sign of how far this website has come since Penske Media Corporation took the brand out from behind a paywall several years ago,” said Variety co-editors-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein and Claudia Eller. They add that growth has also been fueled by Variety’s robust presence on Facebook and Twitter, where each of its branded accounts have surpassed 1 million followers.
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Host Apologizes For Messing Up Poll; Listeners Get Chance To Steal Prizes From Other Listeners In Heartless Hotline
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2016 –– The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) asked people to come up with an “inspirational” name for their new vessel, an advanced polar research ship. An online poll was held where the public could suggest names for the new ship which is being built on Merseyside. Former BBC Radio Jersey presenter, James Hand (shown), suggested “Boaty McBoatface”. The public overwhelmingly gave its backing to the name in the poll that closed at the weekend. It received more than 120,000 votes, some 90,000 clear of the second favorite, Poppy-Mai. But the science minister, Jo Johnson, has signaled that Boaty McBoatface will not be the final selection. James Hand has since apologized “profusely” to NERC for scuppering the contest.
Key 103 Plays The Heartless Hotline Competition - Key 103 in Manchester England has launched a new type of competition, giving listeners the opportunity to steal prizes from other listeners. Heartless Hotline has started with breakfast hosted Mike Toolan and guest presenter Brooke Vincent. In the first round this morning, a listener told her story about how she wants a wedding ring then the phone lines were open for 30 seconds to see if anyone called in to steal the prize from her.
Rob McCasker: Joins ARN Adelaide - Australia With Survey 2 out and a super tight battle in Adelaide for MIX102.3, comes the news that Rob McCasker is joining the station. Rob will be the new Breakfast Executive Producer/ Anchor for Jodie & Soda. He joins ARN after 14 years with SCA which includes stints in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in Programming and On-Air. Rob was also the first PD of Hot Tomato on the Gold Coast where he worked for 5 years.
Connect with Graham at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
Alpha Watertown Raises $81,073 For Children's Miracle Network
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Watertown, SD announced that their 16th Annual Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon raised $81,073! All Watertown radio stations took part in the two-day radiothon held on April 14th and 15th.
The proceeds from the event benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls. The total raised within the 16 years of our radiothons is right around $850,000!! All for the children!” Direct Contact: Brenda Rorvick 605-886-8444
Famed Long Island Radio Executive, Elton Spitzer Passes Away At 84
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2016 –– Elton Spitzer, the radio executive who built the former WLIR-FM into an internationally known powerhouse and etched the slogan “Dare to be different!” into the consciousness of generations of Long Islanders, died Sunday in Baltimore from complications related to Parkinson’s disease, said his son according to newsday.com.
Spitzer took over WLIR-FM 92.7 in 1973 in the midst of a complicated licensing battle with the FCC. “Elton loved that little 3,000-watt station on Long Island,” said Denis McNamara, the station’s program director at the time. As the album-rock format faced more competition, in 1982 McNamara gave Spitzer two options — a soft-rock, adult contemporary playlist, or one built on the British New Wave movement and the more melodic end of the American punk movement. Spitzer went with the New Wave, telling McNamara, “This sounds like more fun.”
Spitzer is survived by a stepdaughter, Beverly Marchica. He will be buried in a private ceremony on Friday. PHOTO/newsday
Erin Andrews Subs For Kelly Ripa; Harriet Tubman To Replace Jackson On $20 Bill
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[WATCH] Michigan Host Killed By Husband, Say Police
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2016 –– Denise Bohn-Stewart, popular morning co-host of The Denise And Jonny Show On 98.3 the Coast in Benton Harbor, MI., was killed Tuesday morning in what police are calling a murder-suicide. Bohn-Stewart and her husband, Eric Stewart, were found dead in their St. Joseph, Michigan home after one of their children called police reports WIBW-TV. Michigan State Police confirmed yesterday the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide and concluded that Eric was the shooter. Denise was shot multiple times in an upstairs bedroom, and Eric was found in the basement. Police say there are indications that the shooting was planned.
Michigan State Police troopers responded just after 6:30 a.m and found the couple's three children at the front door, ages 8, 9, and 10. In addition to her co-host duties, Bohn-Stewart was also a former reporter and anchor at WSBT-TV for several years. State Rep. Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville) issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon: “Denise Bohn was my friend for 25 years. We covered local meetings at competing radio stations in the early 1990s. She was a great mother, award-winning broadcaster, cancer survivor and one of my best friends. Midwest Family Broadcasting, which owns 98.3 The Coast posted at their website: "April 19th, 2016, our Coast family member Denise passed away tragically. At this time, we are working to move forward in her memory. Please join us in celebrating her life and love by posting a message or photo on our Facebook page. In the attached photo they posted, 'We are and will always be one big Coast family." WATCH HERE
The NAB Announces Its 2016 Crystal Radio Award Recipients
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2016 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced 10 recipients of the 29th Annual Crystal Radio Awards. Those awarded during yesterday's luncheon were KNDE-FM College Station, TX WBAB-FM Long Island, NY* KNX-AM Los Angeles, CA WCCO-AM Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN KPRS-FM Kansas City, MO WJBR-FM Wilmington, DE* KRLC-AM Lewiston, ID WRLT-FM Nashville, TN* KTAR-FM Phoenix, AZ WWJ-AM Detroit, MI NAB Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms.
Among the afternoon's biggest winners was CBS Radio, earning a second Crystal Radio Award for KNX-AM, WWJ-AM and WCCO-AM won previously in 2001, 2014 and 1994. Andre Fernandez, President, CBS RADIO and Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS RADIO (shown 4th and 3rd from right) were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the station. Syndicated host Kim Komando served as the luncheon's emcee. PHOTO/Robb Cohen
Mike & Mike Hosts Greenberg & Golic Inducted Into NABHOF
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2016 –– Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, hosts of ESPN Radio’s weekday morning show Mike & Mike, were inducted yesterday into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Las Vegas with family, friends and radio industry guests in attendance. “It is certainly the greatest honor of my professional life,” said Greenberg of the recognition. “When I see the list of people who have been inducted it is impossible to imagine being included. But I'm thrilled and very grateful to everyone who supported us.” Golic stated, “I’m stunned. When you look at the list of people in this Hall of Fame and think that my name is next to these names, I thought one of two things. We’re in a separate category not associated with these great names or it’s a down year and they had to name somebody. I certainly don’t feel I belong with these great names.”
In March 2015, Mike & Mike celebrated its 15th anniversary with a special show from Walt Disney World in Orlando. In addition to the show, Golic and Greenberg have appeared in two motion pictures (“Valentine’s Day” and “Just Wright”), served as guest emcees at the White House’s Tee Ball on the South Lawn, and received a Sports Emmy for Achievement in Content for Non-Traditional Delivery for their “Off Mikes” animated comedy series. PHOTO/Robb Cohen
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Names Steve Weed SVP/Programming For Central California
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Steve Weed has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for Central California, effective immediately. Weed has been with iHeartMedia since 2010 and will continue to serve as the Senior Vice President of the Fresno market as well. His experience includes past programming roles in New York City, Detroit, Seattle and St. Louis.
"Nothing’s better than getting to do more of what you love. I’m thrilled to be working alongside Jeff Negrete, and the opportunity to work closer with Glynn Alan and Steve Geofferies," said Weed.
SYNDICATION: Westwood One Launches 2 Hours With Matt Pinfield
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2016 –– Westwood One has announced that new KFOG morning host Matt Pinfield will host a new two-hour weeknight show, appropriately called –2Hours with Matt Pinfield. The show will launch the week of May 2.
Matt Pinfield started in radio at the age of 16 at Rutgers-owned WRSU/New Brunswick. He moved on to WHTG-FM/Asbury Park, and by 1995 was hosting 120 Minutes for MTV. His musical knowledge and relatable delivery, MTV research declared he was their most loved VJ. He hosted more than 15 regular shows, 100+ specials, and his style was the template for the original MTV2. Pinfield is also known as the current host of Westwood One’s classic rock-history weekend show, Flashback, and the new morning show at Cumulus’s legendary KFOG-KFFG/San Francisco. He was recently elected to the governing board of the GRAMMYS by the members of NARAS and The Recording Academy. Stations interested in 2Hours with Matt Pinfield can contact Neal Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 840-2811.
ON AIR: The Murphy & Mac Show Re-Up With Bay Area's KNBR 680
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has re-signed morning radio personalities Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey, co-hosts of "The Murph and Mac Show" on KNBR 680 San Francisco. “The Murph and Mac Show” currently airs weekdays on KNBR 680 from 5AM-9AM, but will move to its new weekday broadcast time of 6AM-10AM on April 25, 2016.
Murph”, a North Bay native and former sportswriter for the San Francisco Chronicle, covered every Bay Area sports team during his 15-year writing career and brings an almost encyclopedic memory of sports knowledge, trivia and Bay Area sports history to “The Murph and Mac Show”.
SALES: Cumulus Appoints Kelwynn Napoleon And Rachel Adams LSM's New Orleans
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced the appointment of Rachel Adams and Kelwynn Napoleon as Local Sales Managers for Cumulus New Orleans. This marks a promotion for Napoleon, who joined Cumulus-New Orleans seven years ago as Senior Account Executive, and has over 15 years experience in radio sales. Adams joins Cumulus from Entercom-New Orleans, where she was the National Director of eCommerce and Digital Sales. Adams was formerly Senior Account Manager for iHeart Media-San Diego’s News Talk radio stations and served Entercom’s Portland, OR, six-station cluster as Director of Digital Sales.
Napoleon became a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant in 2000, and received the Top Gun Award from the Radio Advertising Bureau. He has also been recognized as Account Executive of the Month numerous times by Cumulus-New Orleans and by Clear Channel/iHeart Media-New Orleans for his professional achievements, and was named Account Executive of the Month a total of 21 times for On Top Communications, in addition to twice being honored as the company’s Salesperson of the Year.
[WATCH] Jason Aldean Becomes First Guest In 'Truth Booth'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2016 –– Check out the linked video with Jason Aldean, the first guest in the America's Morning Show "Truth Booth"-- "Three Questions. No Lies. Only the truth." During his appearance on the show Monday, he also talked about his life after having won the ACM Entertainer of the Year Award. Oh yeah, 'The one thing his parents still don't know he did is....... WATCH
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'Radio Is What Drivers Want Most,' Says NAB's Gordon Smith
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2016 –– In yesterday's opening keynote at the NAB being held in Las Vegas, NAB chief Gordon Smith said Radio’s future lies in being available on every device and making choices that support its innovations. “Everyone listens to the radio. But not everyone listens in the same way.” Though Boomers, Gen X’ers and Millennials all spend a lot of time listening to radio, a recent Nielsen report notes that “Millennials have the greatest mass of listenership.” Some 66-and a half million of them use the radio each week. Radio’s audience continues to evolve, and we must continue to evolve with them. Broadcasters have worked tirelessly to promote access to radio receivers in smartphones.
As an industry, we are also focused on ensuring radio’s rightful place in the automotive dashboard of the future. A recent study on the connected car reveals that radio is indispensable to drivers – it is the most used and most important audio source by far. And while many drivers desire interactive features, the great majority also want a traditional radio interface. We know that radio is what drivers want most, and we’ll also ensure that Detroit knows it. We must and we will continue to retain our rightful place in the automobile, offering not just the radio everyone knows, loves and expects, but, also providing our interactive experience for those listeners who desire it." READ COMPLETE KEYNOTE HERE
NIELSEN: News/Talk & Urban Contemporary In Drivers' Seat
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2016 –– News/Talk and Urban Contemporary continue to see positive gains in Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) ratings. Adult listeners 18-34 are driving Urban Contemporary gains while the excitement around the U.S. presidential election is driving the audience for News/Talk radio.
At the end of last summer, Urban Radio peaked with a 3.7% share of listening for all persons 6 and older—an all-time high. Six months later, the format has started to surge again, tying last summer’s record. So far this year, Urban Contemporary has gained 0.1% each month in Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) ratings, moving 3.5%-3.6%-3.7% from January to March among all listeners (6+). The format has also been climbing among adults 25-54, growing from 4.2% in January to register an all-time high of 4.4% in March. The biggest change since February occurred among Urban Contemporary’s core audience of adults 18-34, where the share jumped three-tenths of a point to a 6.9% share in March.
The election in 2016 continues to drive the audience of News/Talk radio even higher. At the persons 6+ level, News/Talk now represents a 10% share of all radio listening – a level it hasn’t seen since the last presidential election in 2012. Among adults 18-34 this year, News/Talk rose from a 4.1% share in February to a 4.2% share in March. In News/Talk’s “money demo” of adults 25-54, the format climbed from a 6.9% share in February to a 7.0% share in March. News/Talk March Listening Trends News/Talk Mar 2013 Mar 2014 Mar 2015 Mar 2016 Persons 6+ 9.4% 9.0% 9.1% 10.0% Persons 18-34 3.7% 3.6% 3.9% 4.2% Persons 25-54 7.0% 6.3% 6.3% 7.0% Source: Nielsen 1
Entercom Launches “7x7” Alternative Music Discovery Program
THE MOUTH APRIL 19TH, 2016 –– Entercom announced that their panel of Alternative stations will choose a monthly artist to highlight across all seven stations, for seven days, in unison. Dubbed “7x7,” the following markets / stations will all feature the new music discovery franchise, utilizing various assets on-air and online: Buffalo – WLKK 107.7 / 104.7 FM – Alternative Buffalo Kansas City – KRBZ, 96.5 FM – The Buzz Miami – WSFS, 104.3 FM – The Shark Portland – KNRK, 94.7 FM Sacramento – KKDO, 94.7 FM – Radio 94-7 San Diego -– KBZT, 94.9 FM – FM 94/9 Seattle -– KNDD, 107.7 FM – The End.
Entercom’s President of Programming, Pat Paxton said, “We’re thrilled to launch this program simultaneously across all of our Alternative Stations. Our Program Directors in these markets are the leading taste-makers for alternative new music discovery in the country, and this demonstrates how dedicated Entercom is to working with artists, managers and labels to develop great new artists.”
Shazam For Radio Celebrates 1 Year with Major Milestones
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group Announced today that the Shazam For Radio platform is celebrating 1 year of making radio come to life! The service is now available to over 1,000 stations across multiple groups such as Hubbard Radio, The Cromwell Group, Greater Media and DMR Productions, as well as nationally syndicated shows including The Hit List with Fitz, The House of Hair with Dee Snider, The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver, and The Weather Channel.
Just last year, Sun Broadcast Group introduced the first ever interactive radio service powered by Shazam®. “Shazam For Radio is a more intimate connection with your audience and customers built around the power and reach of radio,” said Jason Bailey, CEO, Sun Broadcast Group. “It allows direct engagement with your audience by giving them real-time access to all your content, personalities, social network campaigns, promotions and advertisers”. For more information on the Shazam For Radio platform for your station, contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
Cumulus Files Counter-Lawsuit Against Former Saginaw Hosts
THE MOUTH, APRILL 19TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media has filed a counter-lawsuit against former WHNN-FM Saginaw, MI. radio personalities Johnny Burke and Blondie reports mlive.com. Attorneys for the Cumulus, which owns the station, also want a federal judge to issue an injunction barring the hosts from hosting their current internet-based radio show. Cumulus attorneys state Burke and Blondie are in violation of non-compete and non-solicitation clauses in their employment agreements that they entered into with Cumulus and/or Citadel Broadcasting, the former owner of WHNN-FM.
The attorneys allege the hosts have "repeatedly and intentionally" violated those agreements since their Jan. 15 firing by using Cumulus' "confidential, proprietary information" as they broadcast "Johnny and Blondie Live" and solicit "Cumulus' sponsors and employees." The hosts, Cumulus alleges, "have recently initiated a course of conduct that can only be interpreted as intentional 'taunting' of Cumulus, underscoring the bad faith and malice behind (their) actions." The counter-complaint and injunction motion comes after age-discrimination lawsuits were filed by Johnny & Blondie, against their former employer. In the counter-claims, Cumulus points to employment agreements signed in June 2012, which establishes that 5 percent of his yearly income is "in exchange for (him) agreeing to be bound by" language related to exclusivity conduct both during his employment and after. His six-month non-compete clause bars him from engaging in "any activity the same or essentially the same as (his job duties) for any competing business" within 50 miles of WHNN's transmitter in Fairgrove. READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
[WATCH] Host Gets In Twitter Feud With Samuel L. Jackson
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2016 ––"If you're going to be told 'F you' on Twitter by anybody, it's awesome if it's done by Samuel L. Jackson," says 100.7 The Wolf Seattle and SBG syndicated host Fitz. It all began this past weekend while in L.A. when Fitz came across popular screen star Samuel L. Jackson and asked if he would join for a photo. Jackson took a pass and Fitz complained on social media. Fitz described "That moment when you meet one of your favorite actors & they are a COMPLETE D--K!!!!!!!!! What an arrogant PUNK! Right @SamuelLJackson ????" Jackson later fired back, ""That moment when you meet one of your favorite actors & they are a COMPLETE D--K!!!!!!!!! What an arrogant PUNK! Right @SamuelLJackson ????" Jackson fired back posting "I refused the photo politely @FollowFITZ then you spazzed out!" he responded Sunday. "Learn to say Please & F--k you! Thanks for the Whitney Snitch!"
This exchange was quickly picked up by numerous news outlets including The New York Daily News, E! and scores of others. With all the buzz, Fitz then created a video which he posted on Facebook further explaining the encounter. Jackson watched and wrote, "You're right @FollowFITZ, I watched. There's a lot of folks that share your experience w/ me & tons of others just the opposite! Still a Fan." Fitz has now offered to raise money for a charity of the star’s choice by selling t-shirts, telling Jackson: “@SamuelLJackson creating "IM A FAN OF ME TOO” t-shirts (a response Fitz says Jackson gave when he told him he was a fan of his). Fitz tells Jockline He hasn't responded just yet., however, you can connect with Fitz at #ImaFanofMeToo WATCH HERE
'Sideshow' Mike Andersen Captures World’s Best Imager Title 2016
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2016 –– Last Friday at the All Access Radio Summit in Hollywood, Mike Andersen took on three-time Iron Imager Champion Dan Kelly, Creative Services Director of WPLJ and NASH-FM New York, in the head-to-head live audio imaging competition presented annually by Benztown. Iron Imager is the first and only competition of its kind. Justin Case, Director of Programming and Imaging for Benztown, awarded the championship belt to Andersen.
Benztown is donating an honorarium to each of the four Iron Imager judges’ charities of choice. Judges for 2016 Iron Imager were: Pat Bohn, President at Bohn & Associates; Charity: Los Angeles Mission · Rick Cummings, President Programming at Emmis Communications; Charity: Butler University General Fund, Sean Galbraith, Imaging Producer at Z1035 Toronto / Energy 106 Winnipeg Evanov Radio Group; Charity: Canadian Red Cross Society and Jeff Berlin, Voice & Creative Services at Greater Media Boston. Shown above is "Sideshow" Mike Andersen, 2016 Iron Imager Champion holding his Iron Imager belt, flanked by Gary, Benztown's mascot, and Justin Case, Benztown's Director of Programming and Imaging.
[WATCH] Hillary Holds 'Saucy' Inteview With Breakfast Club
THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2016 –– Democratic presidential hopeful Sec. Hillary Clinton joined the Premiere Syndicated Breakfast Club on Power 105 yesterday in New York and talked about her lack of rhythm, why she gets in trouble when she dances and a lot more. But what she admitted to always carrying in her bag is what has most of media buzzing about. Clinton revealed to DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God her love for hot sauce, something she carried around wherever she traveled. 'Now, I just want you to know people are going to see this and say "okay, she’s pandering to black people,"'Charlamagne said. Pondering the comment, Clinton then quipped, 'Okay, is it working?' Reportedly, Hillary favors a brand of hot sauce called Ninja Squirrel's Sriracha brand from Whole Foods Market. ' She explained to The Breakfast Club she likes hot sauce 'Because I think it keeps my immune system strong. I think hot sauce is good for you, in moderation.'
The interview was both light and fun yet tackled serious topics as well as her thoughts on GOP contender Donald Trump. Clinton said she's not a friend of his but she knew him, Bill did play golf with him a few times. WATCH HERE
'Everybody Loves Raymond' Star Doris Roberts Passes Away At 90
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JACOBS TECH STUDY 12: 'We're Living In A On-Demand World'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2016 –– In Jacobs Media's new web study of radio listeners, the big story is on-demand media consumption. Starting in television where a cultural change is taking place with video on-demand and binge viewing, podcasting and on-demand audio are experiencing impressive gains. From Boomers to Millennials, different patterns of consumption emerge, Cproviding radio broadcasters with information from which they can map out game plans and strategies. TS12 was conducted from January 19-February 22 of this year. As Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs says this year, we see strong signs that podcasting may emerge as a game-changer for broadcasters. This new survey also includes preferred podcasting categories for each format audience, providing a guide to station content creators. More and more consumers own connected televisions, and their changing video consumption signals similar increases for on-demand audio.
Every broadcaster should be developing a podcasting content strategy." Techsurvey12's Media Usage Pyramid shows the continued rise of mobile, as well as increases for both Smart TV and podcasting." Among numerous takeaways, the reports that more than 90% of respondents spend at least one hour a day with radio and/or television. Plus, the mobile revolution marches on - More than eight in ten respondents (84%) now own a smartphone and two-thirds (66%) now have a tablet.
Jacobs tells Jockline, "The revolution in TV with on-demand viewing is moving over to radio. Podcasting is shaping up to be "the next big thing." Techsurvey12 was powered by NuVoodoo who provided analytical and platform support. DOWNLOAD SLIDE DECK HERE
[LISTEN] Laura Ingraham Accidentally Drops F-Bomb During Technical Issues
‘We’re Gonna Lose Every F*cking Station We Have!’
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2016 –– Syndicated talker Laura Ingraham ran into some technical difficulties on her show last Friday and thinking her audio feed was down, pleaded with her producer Drew Carmichael for help.
“What’s going on? What do I do guys? I can’t hear anything. What do I do? Drew can you hear something in yours? No, right? Are you on “Best of?” Are you on “Best of?” We have dead air? We gotta put a “Best of” on, Drew. We’re gonna lose every F*cking station we have! This is unbelievable. I don’t know what to do. What do I do? ..Everything’s dead in here."
Someone quickly threw on CCR's “Proud Mary." After about two minutes of confusion, Ingraham, without any mention of issues, continues, “By the way, guys, there is yet another development on the trade issue in China.” Ingraham said without mention any of the tech issues. According to her website, Ingraham's show airs in 225 markets across the U.S. LISTEN HERE
PROGRAMMING: Elroy Smith Named OM/PD For Entercom Bay Area Combo
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2016 –– Entercom San Francisco announced on Friday the appointment of Elroy R.C. Smith to a newly created position of Operations Manager and Program Director for KBLX 102.9 FM and KRBQ 102.1 FM. “We are thrilled to welcome Elroy to the Bay Area and to the Entercom family,” said Steve DiNardo, VP/MM of Entercom San Francisco. “He is a career Urban and Rhythmic Programmer who has competed at the highest levels in major markets like Chicago and Philadelphia. His acumen in both programming and operations will be invaluable to our continued success and momentum in the marketplace.”
Smith added, “I could not be more excited and grateful to begin my journey in San Francisco! Entercom is the fastest growing and best performing broadcaster in America, and its San Francisco cluster is poised for continued growth. I look forward to working with a stellar team in super-serving our audience with great music, promotions and events and building listener engagement across all of our brands and platforms.” Smith most recently served as Summit Media’s Operations Director in Greenville, South Carolina.
ON-AIR: Atom Smasher Takes Over Mornings On The Edge Dallas; Jagger To Retire Headphones Says Report
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 20167 –– 102.1 The Edge KDGE-FM announced that long time Texas radio host Atom Smasher will take over mornings on 102.1 The Edge with The Atom Smasher Show, beginning Monday, May 2, 2016. Additional co-hosts will be announced soon. "I've wanted to make the move to rock radio for some time,” said Smasher. “This opportunity is huge and I'm really ready to get going on the Edge and do what I love to do."
Atom began his career in Baton Rouge and New Orleans before making the big jump to KRBE Houston in 1998 where he spent 8 years hosting nights, afternoons and eventually mornings. He then did a 2 year stint at KHKS Dallas, 5 years at WSTO Evansville, IN, and most recently 18 months at KHMX Houston. Atom takes over for Chris Jagger who, according to The Dallas Observer, announced that following his exit he would be retiring from radio.
"[I]t seems like taking off my headphones one last time makes the most sense," Jagger wrote in a Facebook post. He thanked many of the people he worked with in the DFW area, including Julie Fisk, Jasmie Sadry and Richie Witt. "That doesn't mean I may never need them again, but I'm OK if I don't."
SYNDICATION: Big Boy's Neighborhood Expands To Hampton Roads
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Norfolk announced Premiere Networks’ syndicated morning show Big Boy’s Neighborhood will debut today, April 18, 2016, on its Throwback Hip Hop nd R&B station, 92.1 THE BEAT. Big Boy is joined by Natalia Perez, Louie G, Ayyde the Hottay and DJ VickOne.
Big Boy, the second youngest of seven children, started his radio career in Los Angeles 20 years ago and quickly became a West Coast icon known throughout the music industry. He has been named Personality of the Year four times by Radio Music Awards and eight times by Radio and Records magazine, and received three Marconi Awards (2002, 2004 and 2007) from the National Association of Broadcasters. He’s also a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Big Boy has made multiple movie and television appearances, including Adam Sandler’s The Longest Yard, Charlie’s Angels : Full Throttle , Entourage , Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo , The Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Talk and Keeping U p with the Kardashians.
FORMATICS: iHeart Doubles Up The Bull Brand In Augusta
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Augusta announced the return of the iconic Bull to Augusta with the return of its 106.3 Bull Icons, The Country that made Augusta Great. “We’re excited to have the iconic Bull brand return to Augusta giving country fans two great choices with the best new country on 105.7 The Bull and all of your past favorites and classics on Bull Icons at 106.3,” said Brian Michel, Region Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia Augusta.
“We are very excited to expand our footprint within the Country format. We look forward to providing the best content for our listeners, and delivering the best results for our valued partners,” said Ivy Elam, Market President, iHeartMedia Augusta.
PODCAST: CBS Sports Radio Launches Doug Gottlieb Podcast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2016 –– In a further extension of the relationship between CBS Sports Radio and Westwood One, they announced the launch of an exclusive new weekly podcast featuring CBS Sports Radio personality Doug Gottlieb, host of The Doug Gottlieb Show. A new Doug In feature will be available every Friday on iTunes and Play.It.
Westwood One will provide exclusive ad sales representation for the show. Advertisers will have access to endorsements, live reads, pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll advertisements. A former college basketball standout, Gottlieb hosts PM drive on CBS Sports Radio, heard weekdays from 3:00 - 6:00 PM, ET. Gottlieb’s show can also be seen live on CBS Sports Network, where it is simulcast. In addition to contributing to CBS Sports Radio, he is featured on CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network.
WGCI Chicago Presents Community Takeover Townhall Meet
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2016 –– 107.5 WGCI Chicago Morning Takeover Show Hosts Kyle Santillian, Kendra G and Leon Rogers are hosting "The Community Takeover Townhall Meeting today at Chicago State University. This townhall meeting is the first in a series of community conversations t o address the issue of violence, education, and the safety and protection of youth in Chicago. The panelists include: The cast of Black Ink Crew: Panelist Include: -The cast of Black Ink Chicago -Jeannette Samuels – Attorney, Cook County Bar Association -Liz Dozier – Managing Director, Chicago Beyond (Former Principal of Chicago’s Fenger -Academy High School) -Motivational Speaker Delaney Smith -Plus more. The event will be films for national TV.
Teacher Who Used Radio Bit To Teach Math Gets Big Surprise
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2016 –– A second-grade teacher in Hopkinton, New Hampshirre who has been using a radio contest to teach her students about math and geography got a big surprise Friday. WCVB-TV reports that Joan Follansbee has been using WZID's "Pick Your Purse" giveaway to show students how to calculate chances of winning and where the winners live.
Someone at The Harold Martin School contacted the radio station and explained what the teacher was doing and morning hosts Marga Bessette and Neal White dropped in on Follansbee's class Friday and presented her with her own prize. Follansbee said the contest has been a fun teaching tool. "We started with multiplication because we knew there were four weeks and five chances a day for five days a week, so how many chances total?" Follansbee said. "And we would subtract every time they didn't pull my name, so we'd know how many chances were left." The school tipster was also presented with a purse (be warned, you will never see anyone more excited to get a freakin' purse in your life) [WATCH]
Rock Icons To Join Coachella 2016 Lineup; McConaughhey Doppelganger Goes Viral
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PODCAST: David Gregory Launches Podcast; Chicago's 'The Garry Meier Show' Makes Official Debut
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2016 –– After nearly 30 years on TV, including NBC where he served as the network’s chief White House correspondent, a fill-in host on “Today” and as the moderator of “Meet the Press,” Gregory is launching a new podcast reports NBC26. “The David Gregory Show” premieres today, April 15, as part of the Earwolf podcast network. According to a release, the show will not limited to just news and politics.
“People I’ve always wanted to talk to,” is how Gregory described his guestlist in a phone interview this week. “I was in a place where I’d been doing one kind of thing for the past twenty-plus years and I wanted to try something different.” The first episode of “The David Gregory Show” will feature a sit-down with talk show host Andy Cohen. Listeners can stream or download the show free on iTunes or Soundcloud.
Chicago's legendary host, Garry Meier has officially launched of his new podcast, "The Garry Meier Show. "All of the growth in broadcasting appears to be in the digital arena," says Garry Meier. "As that migration happens more and more every day, week, month and year, I'm happy to be riding that wave."
Meier was part part of one of radio most successful teams ever, teamed with Steve Dahl (now heard on WLS/Chicago). Meier and Dahl were partners on Chicago’s WLUP 97.9 FM, WLS 94.7 FM, WLS 890 AM and WLUP 1000 AM. Select episodes of "The Garry Meier Show" are available for free on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, Apple Store and HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Chad Fitzsimmons Rises to VP/Music Initiatives For CBS Radio; iHeart Houston Taps Paul Lambert SVP/Sales For Houston Region
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio's Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming announced today that Chad Fitzsimmons has been promoted to VP/Music Initiatives. Chad will be responsible for the creation and execution of the division’s marquee concert series, including annual flagship properties such as WE CAN SURVIVE and THE NIGHT BEFORE. He has served as Director, Music Initiatives for the division since 2013. Prior to being named Director, Music Initiatives for the division, Fitzsimmons held the Director of Integrated Marketing role for 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM), 93.1 JACK FM (KCBS-FM) and the World Famous KROQ (KROQ-FM) in Los Angeles. Fitzsimmons began his career in radio in 1999 as a promotion assistant at WKQX-FM in his hometown of Chicago.
--iHeartMedia announced that longtime radio veteran Paul Lambert has been named Region Senior Vice President of Sales for the Houston region, effective immediately.Paul Lambert has been in radio sales for 18 years, and a General Sales Manager with iHeartMedia in Houston, for 15 years. “It’s a true privilege to work alongside a team that has consistently demonstrated such an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to adapt and thrive in our ever-changing media universe. Success is in our DNA and I couldn’t be more excited and grateful for this opportunity,” said Lambert.
MOTION: Frank Ski Returning To V-103 Atlanta's Lineup; ABC News Radio Welcomes Veteran Host Mona Rivera As Anchor & Reporter
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2016 –– After nearly four-years, Frank Ski is returning to V-103 Atlanta. Yesterday he posted the photo at right on Instagram and Facebook with the announcement, “The word is out! Atlanta, I’m back!” According The AJC's Rodney Ho, Ski will return April 23 and will cover weekend shifts on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sundays from 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
“We’re excited about bringing Frank on,” said Rick Caffey, SVP/MM for CBS Radio Atlanta. “He’s an addition to an already deep lineup. Where most stations have prime time Monday through Friday, ours is really seven days a week and now we have another pillar of talent on Saturdays and Sundays.” Ski left Atlanta’s CBS affiliate V-103 in late 2012 after 14 years as morning host, most of it spent as No. 1 in the market, to take his show national. He moved to Washington D.C.’s WHUR-FM, where he hosted afternoons for two years. Last September, Ski announced his departure from the station but didn’t indicate his next move. Of course Ryan (Cameron) and Wanda (Smith) now host mornings with Big Tigger in the afternoon.
--ABC News Radio welcomes veteran radio reporter Mona Rivera as an anchor and reporter reports Cision Media. Rivera was previously an anchor and reporter for all-news WINS-AM, New York’s ABC Radio Network affiliate, and will now cover breaking and international news for a wider audience.
NASH Country Weekly Going Digital And Daily
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2016 –– Following Nash Country Weekly's April 22nd edition, the publication will relaunch as NASH Country Daily, with country lifestyle content available exclusively digitally, via Cumulus’ extensive digital footprint, reaching over 1,000,000 country enthusiasts monthly. This obviously far exceeds the magazine’s current 35,000 print circulation and will enable more up-to-the minute distribution of content,” announced NCW Editor-in-Chief, Lisa Konicki (R), who will remain in her role with Nash Country Daily.
Mike McVay, SVP of content and programming, Cumulus Media & Westwood One added, “This is a win-win. While enabling exponentially more country music fans to access NASH content, when and where they choose, it frees significant resources for us to laser-focus and double down on our investment in the properties and platforms of the powerful NASH brand that present the greatest growth potential. We remain deeply committed to NASH, proud of its cultural significance and influence in the country community and optimistic about its future.”
Fun 107.7's Jim & Carrie Celebrate 20 Year Together
Becomes Longest Running Morning Show In Fort Wayne
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2016 –– Fun 101.7 WLDE Ft. Wayne is celebrating the 20th anniversary today of Jim and Carrie in the Morning. Captain Chris Didier, Operations Manager for Fun 101.7 said, “It’s their day to celebrate.” “ Jim and Carrie in the Morning is the longest running morning show in Fort Wayne” said Lee Tobin, Vice President/General Manager. “That’s consistency, Congratulations!”
During the 3 and a half hour show Jim and Carrie will reflect on memorable events that occurred during the time they’ve spent together on the air. They’ll relive some of their more funny bits, entertaining telephone calls and celebrity interviews and they will share their memories with Fun 101.7 listeners. In addition to reliving the memories, special surprise guests will be make an appearance including the Honorable Mayor Tom Henry.
[WATCH] NASH Night's Elaina Smith Duets With Charles Esten
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2016 –– Charles Esten (Deacon on ABC's Nashville) stopped by NASH Nights Live at the NASH Campus in Nashville yesterday to talk about the 2016 "Nashville Tour". While he was visiting with NASH Nights Live Co-Host Elaina Smith, they decided to do a little duet. The song is called "This Town" from the show, originally sang by Nashville characters, Deacon and Scarlett! WATCH HERE
WWLS 98.1 the Sports Animal To Present Bob Barry, Jr. Memorial Golf Classic
Proceeds To Benefit Warriors For Freedom And Folds of Honor
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2016 –– Cumulus' WWLS 98.1 the Sports Animal announced that it will present the Bob Barry, Jr. Inaugural Memorial Golf Classic on Monday, August 8, 2016, at The Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City. The event will honor the late Bob Barry, Jr., the beloved longtime Oklahoma City sportscaster and WWLS morning show personality who passed away last June.
BBJ, as he was known, served as host of Sports Morning on WWLS since 1993, co-hosting the weekday 9AM-noon talk show with former Oklahoma State University football coach Pat Jones. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Warriors for Freedom and Folds of Honor. Gina Barry, wife of Bob Barry, Jr., said: "When the family was approached about creating an event months ago, we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate and honor Bobby. He loved doing his daily show on WWLS, cherished talking sports with his callers, and was always championing our service men and women."
Memorial Services Set For Doug Banks
THE MOUTH, APRIL 15TH, 2016 –– A memorial service will be held for radio legend Doug Banks tomorrow, April 16th at 10 am at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas. Banks passed away on Monday, April 11 from complications of diabetes.
Following news of his death, social lit up with tributes including his longtime cohort and competitor Tom Joyner. "Banks wasn’t just my Turntable Brother, he was my other brother! We did this back when urban radio made itself the best thing on the air — and we made each other better. Chicago, radio and afternoons will never be the same. I miss him and what we shared together.”
Banks began his career broadcasting on his high school’s radio station in Detroit. He went on to host shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and then Chicago, Illinois. He was later hired by the ABC Radio Network for his first nationally syndicated show. Banks was 57.
McCartney Sings Two Beatle Classics Solo; Taylor Swift Like You've Never Seen Her
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'Radio Really Doesn't Fit Where We're Going' Says Moonves
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2016 –– On yesterday's Dan Sileo Show on San Diego's Mighty 1090, CBS chief Leslie Moonves talked sports and then got down the latest news of CBS exploring option on its radio division. He agreed with Sileo that 'CBS was indeed built on radio, but added 'As the world has progressed and as we’ve moved into much more digital and much more streaming, it’s a world for us that is keyed on video. Radio is still a wonderful, wonderful business."
Moonves continued, "So our intent is to spin off radio so it’s its own self-standing company, which will fit better than being part of a big conglomerate like ours which has keyed more on television. By no means do we think radio is not a great business. It’s a slower growth business than the video business is. But we have 117 radio stations and we think it will be a great standalone company. By no means are we deserting the radio business.” LISTEN HERE
iHeart Launches Soft AC 98.1 The Breeze In San Francisco
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia San Francisco has launched soft AC 98.1 The Breeze. The station, formerly rhythmic oldies KISQ/KISS FM, will feature artists such as Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Vanessa Williams and more. The full talent line-up for 98.1 The Breeze will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The Bay Area has tremendous heritage with Adult Contemporary hits, however as various stations evolved over time, almost all of them have vanished from the radio,” said Don Parker, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Francisco. “I’m happy to say that is no longer the case." “98.1 The Breeze is a great addition to our San Francisco iHeartMedia cluster," said Kathryn Wilcox, President, iHeartMedia San Francisco.
PROGRAMMING: Erik Johnson Rises To SVP/Programming; Hoss Michaels Named PD KXKT/KFFF iHeart Omaha
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Omaha announced that Erik Johnson has been named Senior Vice President of Programming. In addition, Hoss Michaels has been named Program Director for KXKT/KFFF – he will continue hosting the midday show on KXKT. Ritch Cassidy also becomes fulltime on KFFF mornings.
Johnson previously served as Program Director for iHeartMedia Omaha's KXKT; KFFF; KISO and will continue as Program Director of KGOR; KISO; KISO-HD2. In addition, Johnson will continue to host the PM Drive on KXKT. "Erik has been very successful as the Program Director for Omaha's brands, and I know he will take all of our brands to new levels as the Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Omaha," said Taylor Walet, Region President, iHeartMedia Omaha.
NETWORKS: MSG To Televise ESPN's 'Hahn & Humpty' Show
MSG Networks (NYSE: MSGN) announced that ESPN Radio’s “Hahn & Humpty” will join MSG’s weeknight summer programing lineup. Every Monday through Thursday, from Monday, May 23 through September 8. MSG Network’s Knicks studio analyst Alan Hahn and former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro will give MSG viewers a look inside their studio with a one-hour highlight show, featuring the duo’s unique New York sports commentary and analysis from 7-8:00 p.m.
“Hahn & Humpty is broadcast weekdays on ESPN98.7 from 12-3:00 p.m. and the MSG telecast will feature highlights from the day’s show. In addition to being telecast on MSG, “Hahn & Humpty” will also be available on “MSG GO.” Alan Hahn joined MSG Networks as a full-time studio analyst in the fall of 2011. Hahn spent 16 years as a writer at Newsday, serving as the paper's Knicks beat writer for five seasons before joining MSG. Prior to writing about the NBA, Hahn covered the New York Islanders and the NHL, which is where he first met DiPietro. Hahn started at Newsday in 1995 on the high school assignment desk.
The Mix Group Breaks 1,000 Station Milestone
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2016 –– In less than a year, The Mix Group has grown its client roster from 625 stations to over 1,000 today. Recent stations to join the Mix family include Boom 107.9 WPHI-FM PPhiladelphia; 95.5 The Mountain KYOT-FM Phoenix; and 99 JAMZ WEDR-FM Miami. Radio partners across the nation like Justin Chase, VP Programming of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.; Mikey Fuentes, PD of KKFR-FM in Phoenix; Jill Strada, Director of Branding and Programming at WEDR-FM and WFLC-FM in Miami; and others sent video messages to President of The Mix Group Jason Garte, which were turned into a short film SHOWN HERE
EVP Programming and Operations at iHeartMedia Jon Zellner comments, “Congratulations to Jason, Juan and the Mix Group crew on reaching the 1,000 affiliate milestone and thank you for the great work you do for so many iHeartMedia stations across the country.” Colby “Colb” Tyner, VP Programming at Radio One says, “Mix Group is my secret weapon. We use you all over the country. Thank you so much for supporting us and congratulations on 1,000 stations.”
Futuri Media Granted Third Patent
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2016 –– Futuri Media has received Patent 9,294,210 for its “System for Providing Interaction between a Broadcast Automation System and System for Generating Audience Interaction with Radio Programming. The third issued patent for Futuri President/CEO Daniel Anstandig and CTO Brian Seeders and first for Futuri Sr. This patent also covers technology that Futuri uses to operate its streaming services, which are augmented by the recent acquisition of Canada-based StreamOn. Futuri’s patented services on station websites and mobile apps connect live playlist data, drive contesting features, and engage audiences through social media. Using mobile devices, listeners vote for their favorite songs and sign up to be automatically notified by text, tweet or email message when those songs are about to play. This patent also further protects the Futuri-powered Takeover platform, where listeners choose every song that plays.
“The driving force behind every product we create is our passion for research and development. We are proud to be recognized for this popular technology, and we have several additional patents pending to help broadcasters increase ratings and revenues. I’m particularly happy for Craig Bowman, a brilliant engineer who’s played a key role here at Futuri for the past six years.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Audioboom Names Thomas Mancusi VP/Sales
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2016 –– AudioBoom has hired Thomas Mancusi to the newly created position of Vice President, Sales and Development to lead the launch of its premium ad sales unit. Mancusi will work with AudioBoom’s podcast content creators and advertisers on bespoke sponsorships, live reads, endorsements, and more.
Mancusi’s experience includes digital sales executive positions with Podcast One and CBS Radio’s Play.it including podcasts from Adam Carolla, Steve Austin, Kathie Lee Gifford, Chris Hardwick, Boomer Esiason & Craig Carton, Carson Daly, and more. Mancusi served as Senior Director, Digital Sales at Katz Media, and held national sales director positions at Katz and Interep.
Petsmart Charities Spotlights 'Pet Rescue Hero' Johnjay Van Es #Lovepup Campaign
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2016 –– PetSmart Charities™, a non-profit animal welfare organization, recently shined a spotlight on Johnjay Van Es of The JohnJay & Rich Show and his work to inspire pet adoption via Instagram and the hashtag “LovePup.” Johnjay spoke with PetSmart Charities™ about how he and his wife Blake, along with their three children (shown), have rescued and found homes for 150 dogs in the Phoenix area, in addition to helping with any medical care tey might need.
Using #LovePup, an extension of The Johnjay & Rich Show’s #LoveUp charity and its mission to spread positivity, Johnjay and his wife help match people with rescue dogs using Instagram. Click here to read the interview. Pictured: Johnjay Van Es and his wife Blake with their three children and three adopted dogs. CLICK HERE
Cox Radio Orlando Joins Search For Missing Swans; Offers $1000 Reward
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group'S Orlando stations are joining the search for six baby swans and is offering a $1,000 reward for their safe return. According to WDBO, CMG radio stations News 96.5 WDBO, Power 95.3, Star 94.5, K92.3 and WMMO 98.9 are urging their listeners to help spread the word on the air and on social media.
Orlando Police said someone stole six cygnets from a swan at Lake Eola. "We're fortunate to have a loud megaphone to shout for 'help'," says CMG-Orlando GM/VP Susan Larkin, "And we have a building full of staff whose hearts are breaking for the mama swan and her newborn babies, so it only seems natural for our radios stations to jump into the effort to help get this swan family back together." Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan said, "Unfortunately, there are bad people in the world. I don't know why anyone would want to steal babies from their mama and hear her scream. I can't imagine anyone that heartless. What a horrible thing for someone to do," said Sheehan. Orlando police said they may have found video of a suspicious van in the area Monday night into Tuesday. Police said they are checking some leads and that the person, or persons, involved in the theft could face felony charges. See more at News 96.5 WDBO
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[WATCH] BBC Host Gets Trapped In Studio
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 14TH, 2016 –– Stephen Nolan got stuck in a BBC studio on Friday. His chair got wedged in the studio door whilst he was inside filming a video update for Facebook Live on his phone after his show on BBC Radio Ulster. He was in there for 35 minutes, and you can see the video in short for yourself HERE
Phoenix Gets An Alternative British Presenter - Hubbard Alternative “93.3 Alt AZ” KDKB Mesa/Phoenix AZ has hired Ian Camfield for mornings. Camfield has spent much of his career in his native United Kingdom at now-defunct Alternative “104.9 Xfm” London hosting afternoons from the station’s launch in 1997 through 2007 and then returning for multiple dayparts from 2009 through its format change to Rock “Radio X” last year. During that one year gap at Xfm, Camfield hosted afternoons at CBS Rock “92.3 K-Rock” WXRK New York.
BBC Radio Merseyside To Commemorate Blitz - Liverpool stars will commemorate the Merseyside Blitz - 75 years after the city was devastated by World War 2. Actor Craig Charles will appear alongside Leanne Best and Eileen O’Brien in a performance with readings from writer Frank Cottrell Boyce and poet Roger McGough at the event in the city’s Anglican Cathedral event. The event ‘Merseyside Blitz - an Unconquered People’, is being organised by BBC Radio Merseyside, and will reflect on the destruction of caused in the city by the bombs dropped by the by the German Luftwaffe Blitz. The evening of music, poetry and drama will take place on the evening of May 3 at the cathedral which narrowly escaped destruction during the bombardment itself. The event will feature a military-style brass band, 140-strong choir, and music from the 1940s as the story of Merseyside’s bombardment, and subsequent recovery, is told through the words of the people who lived through it. After London, Liverpool was the most heavily bombed city in the country. Nearly 4,000 civilians were killed on Merseyside during the heavy bombing which started on August 28, 1940 and continued for seventeen months until January 1942.
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Megyn & Trump Hold Private Meeting; Katy Perry Buying Convent Against Nun's Protests
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JACOBS: Has Pandora Overplayed Its Hand?
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2016 –– Fred Jacobs writes in his latest blog: "We officially have a kerfuffle on our hands. Last week, Pandora stirred it up by publishing a colorful “white paper” that fires off a series of torpedoes aimed right at broadcast radio. It criticized everything from commercials, repetitive music, erosion among newer car owners, and – last but not least – the notion that AM/FM radio listeners are habitual button-punchers, limiting their exposure to commercials.
This is a central issue for radio because the car is the number one location for radio listening, automakers are working hard to change up the dashboard ecosystems in their vehicles, and mobile phones are becoming content gateways for drivers. What was once radio’s domain is now being chipped away by other sources, and that’s precisely the point Pandora is making – and then some. But let’s go back to the beginning.
It started with an Edison Research study, “Hacking the Commuter Code: What Really Happens When Consumers Are Driving (see JL 4/12). Among other things, the study indicates that while commuting, AM/FM radio listeners push buttons an average of 22 times per journey, far higher than when listening to other sources (like streaming radio). So when the Edison study was released, Pandora was quick to jump on this study with a provocative presentation of their own called “The State of In-Car Audio; New Insights on Today’s Commuters.” It liberally quoted the Edison data, including the conclusion that “streaming is the solution for reaching engaged drivers.” Larry Rosin in his company’s blog pointed out some key stats that Pandora conveniently left out, including the fact that nearly three in ten commuters (29%) don’t switch stations when commercials come on. But the damage was done. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
[WATCH] Winnipeg Host Suspended Over Controversial Songs
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2016 –– Dave Wheeler, the host of Winnepeg's 92 CITI FM’s Wheeler in the Morning, has apologized for two controversial songs and been suspended reports cbc.ca. The station posted animated versions of the songs Transcona Girls and North End Boy on their social media accounts. The songs were created two years ago, but reposted as animated videos on Monday. A larger number of protesters organized outside the station on Tuesday saying the videos are derogatory, racist and sexist.
The songs include lines about women and girls from Transcona being "passed around this great big town and they just don't seem to care." Another lyric suggests women who live in Wolseley are lesbians. Girls and women living in the North End "really like to stab you and steal your bike," the song says. On Tuesday, Wheeler's co-host announced he had been suspended from the show and read an apology from him on air. Wheeler also apologized on Facebook and Twitter, saying they went too far in trying to entertain their audience. "We love the city. We live and work here like all of you. We never meant to offend the great people of Winnipeg, and for that, I am truly sorry."WATCH HERE
ON-AIR: Katherine Murphy Joins US99.5's Lisa & Ray Show As Producer
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2016 –– 'I'm baaaack!' she posted on Facebook. "It's official - I'm the new producer of the Lisa & Ray Morning Show!" After past stints with Merlin Media and Harpo Productions, longtime producer Katherine Murphy is returning to the studio as producer for CBS' US99.5 on its award-winning morning show.
Murphy's career began with Dwyer & Michels in 1995-97 on WXLP Quad Cities, Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio in Seattle 97-98 - Back to Dwyer & Michaels in 1998 - Came to Chicago for US 99 in 2002.... Oprah Radio in 2006, FM News 101.1 in Chicago 2011, Back to Oprah in 2013.
BUSINESS: Ken Benson Reactivates P1 Media Following Exit From Sparknet
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2016 –– Ken Benson has left his position as President of SparkNet Research & Consulting to reactivate P1 Research as the P1 Media Group based in Portland, Oregon. Ken’s long-time business partner, Max Dugan, based in Houston, also joins the P1 team. “We are experienced and passionate former DJ’s, programmers and researchers who are out to shape the future of radio, one client, one station at a time. P1 Media Group prides itself on going beyond the ordinary to give their partners the services they need to achieve their goals” said Benson.
Benson is a multi-award winning Programmer and served in senior programming roles with Chancellor/AMFM, Citadel and MTV, before moving into research and consulting in 2002. Dugan’s extensive career includes executive programming roles at Clear Channel and Citadel, Program Director positions in Dallas, Houston and Washington D.C and a over a decade of global media research expertise.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Names Zack Massey Country Content Bureau Chief Nashville; Cumulus Taps Entertainment Marketing Professional Wendy Ellis For Director Post Over L.A. Combo; Gen Media Partners Appoints Jim Brandt SVP/Digital
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia has named Zack Massey as its Country Content Bureau Chief for its Nashville-based iHeartCountry team. "Having the opportunity to return to Nashville and help generate Country content for our entire iHeartRadio network is my dream job," said Massey. "iHeartMedia has the best assets of any media and entertainment company in the game, and I look forward to working with the entire iHeartCountry team." Massey most recently served as a Digital Content Director in the Phoenix market. He joined the company in 2006 as an Online Director and Sales Manager in their Asheville, NC office. Massey has also served as a General Sales Manager and Digital Sales Manager for iHeartMedia¹s Nashville market.
-- Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed entertainment marketing professional Wendy Ellis to the newly created position of Director of Marketing, Strategic and Creative Partnerships for Cumulus Media-Los Angeles. Ellis started her music career in Minneapolis, launching 93X-KXXR as Marketing Director, a position she held for 10 years. She headed west to Los Angeles in 2006, joining music management and production group, The Firm, as Tour Director and working in radio promotions. In 2009, she was named Marketing Director at Goldenvoice, and has worked the last two years in Goldenvoice’s festival division. Ellis said: “I am ecstatic to be back in radio and to be a part of the emerging future for 95.5 KLOS and 790 KABC, two legendary L.A. stations. It is a dream come true to work with this amazing team and to help grow these iconic L.A. brands, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Gen Media Partners has hired Jim Brandt as Senior Vice President, Digital to maximize revenue opportunities across digital platforms from radio, TV, malls, mobile, and streaming, as well as the company’s HRN Network and retargetingplus.com website. Prior to joining Gen Media Partners, Brandt was Senior Vice President, Publisher Sales for Sprinkle and, before that, he held a similar position at NTENT.
Francesa Mulls Life After Radio With The Hollywood Reporter
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2016 –– The Hollywood Reporter reached all the way to the east coast for an in-depth look at WFAN's Mike Francesa, whom they declare 'King of New York Sports Radio.' Writer Scott Feinberg says the $5 million-a-year star has already announced that he's leaving (CBS) when his current contract expires at the end of 2017. Francesa tells Feinberg, "It's the worst-kept secret in America that (CBS President and CEO Leslie) Moonves detests radio — he hates radio as a business" (Moonves recently announced that CBS is exploring sale options for its entire radio division.).
So where does Francesa go from here? Not into retirement. Francesa suggests, he's exploring uncharted territory that might welcome sports talk with a built-in following. "It's becoming a content-driven, multiplatform business," he says. "Soon you won't be able to tell the difference between where a station starts and a podcast ends." He continues, "Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon — they're all gonna be huge content players. They're all gonna be in sports." He claims he's already received overtures from one of the above, but won't engage in negotiations with anyone until his current contract ends. "I will never do Monday to Friday, five and a half hours again," he promises- READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
TV Analyst Calls Radio His Favorite Medium
"There’s Just Something More Organic, Natural, Less Restrained And More Relaxed In Doing Radio Than There Is On Television"
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2016 –– Mediaite's TV Analyst Joe Concha, who recently did six shows on Sirius XM's Insight Channel (121), was asked by an old friend what he enjoyed doing most: Writing or television? He answered "Neither. Instead, the top choice happens to be radio. There’s just something more organic, natural, less restrained and more relaxed in doing radio than there is on television, which tends to oftentimes feel rushed and restrained with a commercial break always seemingly looming. And the best part about an audio-only medium is avoiding the makeup process, hair process, finding suits that don’t need to be pressed or ties that need to be chosen. Most of the time when doing radio spots, the experience here has been to conduct such conversations from the couch… usually sans shoes and sporting one of 167 baseball caps owned.
"Television may be sexier, but radio really is the best if free-flowing discussion is the top priority… He adds, "Writing is the ultimate escape. But radio beats ’em both… READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE - Follow Joe Concha on Twitter @JoeConchaTV
Greater Media And The Cromwell Group Join Shazam For Radio Platform
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced they have added Cromwell Radio Group and Greater Media to the Shazam as its adio platform. Shazam For Radio, the first ever interactive radio service designed for every station’s unique content, will soon be available for use on 28 Cromwell Radio Group stations and Greater Media/Boston WBOS-FM.
“In a world of ever-increasing audio options, Radio 92.9 is excited to partner with the technology of Shazam for Radio. Our goal is to find out more about our listeners to serve them content customized to their likes and dislikes,” said Ken West, Program Director, Radio 92.9/Greater Media - Boston.
“We are so pleased to be working with these creative, forward-thinking radio groups in bringing another level of interactivity to their great radio properties,” said Ron Rivlin, SVP, Programming and Affiliate Relations. “Shazam For Radio will allow them to engage directly with their audience by giving them real-time access to all their content, personalities, promotions and advertisers. We look forward to working with the programming and sales departments of these industry-leading companies. For more information contact Ron Rivlin at RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
Five New York Stations To Carry WWO Democratic Debate
THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2016 –– In an unprecedented distribution arrangement, WABC, WINS, WCBS, WOR and WBBR -- all the News/Talk stations in New York City -- will carry the Westwood One News exclusive broadcast of Thursday night's Democratic debate. They are part of the 100 station Westwood One News lineup for the debate. Westwood One News will exclusively simulcast CNN’s coverage of the highly-anticipated debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, five days before the New York primary.
Both candidates have close ties to the state and the stakes are high. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate the debate, live from the Duggal Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The debate will air live from 9-11 pm ET.
Jury To Decide If Led Zeppelin Copped 'Stairway To Heaven Guitar Riff
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[WATCH] What Really Happens When Commuters Are Driving?
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2016 –– In a further peek at Edison Research's Hacking The Commuter Code' they add that according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, over 90% of households have a car, over 85% of workers travel to work, by car – and the overwhelming majority of them are alone for that ride. In 1982 motorists spent an average of 16 hours a year sitting in traffic. In 2015, the average urban commuter spent about 42 hours a year stuck in traffic jams. This latest study gets down to a more granular level – how often do drivers switch, what’s playing when they switch, and what do they switch to?
In “Hacking the Commuter Code,” we conducted a large national survey of commuters and in addition we developed a new methodology to capture the actual, second by second, in-car audio behaviors of commuters across the country. People switch for a variety of reasons: they switch when they hear commercials, but they also switch while they are listening to a song, looking for a better song. We have never-before-seen data. In the linked video, WATCH actual drivers along with their listening stats.- SEE REPORT HERE
Fans & Friends Pay Tribute To Radio Legend Doug Banks
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2016 –– Following a long battle with diabetes, syndicated host Doug Banks has passed away at 57. Born in Philadelphia, Banks began his radio career on his high school's radio station in Detroit. From 1986 through 1994, he worked at both WVAZ and WGCI. At the latter, he and Tom Joyner were known as 'the Turntable Brothers, with Tom in mornings and Doug in afternoons. Then ABC Radio Network offered Banks the opportunity to do a nationally syndicated show.
No sooner had news broke of his passing, social media lit up with tributes from friends and colleagues: V103 posted on Facebook: "With a heavy heart, we share the news with you that Doug Banks has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time. Rest in peace our good friend, you will be greatly missed." "Doug Banks wasn't just my Turntable Brother, he was my other brother! — Tom Joyner (@TJMShow) April 11, 2016 - RIP to Radio legend Doug Banks!!!!! — Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) –– Dede McQuire: "Today I lost a brother, a friend, a mentor, my teacher, a life changer, a radio legend! I owe much of my success to him! He was the best, most humble, easy working person I have ever come in contact within radio." SEE MORE TRIBUTES HERE - WATCH MORE HERE
Radio Great Pat St. John On The Mend Following Fall
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2016 –– SiriusXM's Pat St. John was in the news last week after falling off a porch. His daughter Tierney wrote yesterday: "Hello Friends and Family, this is Pat's daughter, reporting on his behalf: On Tuesday, dad was carrying his beloved grandson Chase to bed, it was dark and one misstep caused Dad and Chase to fall off of a porch platform. Dad landed on his back, and while Chase was initially shaken up, when he realized grandpa was hurt, he immediately showed compassion, care, and concern for his dear grandpa.
Thankfully Chase was fine, but dad suffered spinal trauma, including shattered and fractured vertebrae. He is still in the hospital, but he has a wonderful attitude and is determined to heal and recover ... I know dad is really looking forward to being back on the air and to continue doing what he loves. I will share your messages of support and encouragement with dad until he can communicate with you all directly. Full of hope and gratitude. Pat's brother Michael Stevens in Houston, TX emailed radio videographer Art Vuolo, "Considering the seriousness of his injuries, so far news has been positive. Pat and I have spoken, and he is his usual forever optimistic self. This will be a one step at a time process. They did not operate immediately, which I'm told is the best scenario. Send you best to Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org 1
Former Cleveland Host Money-Laundering Case Heads To Grand Jury
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2016 –– Joseph Gerard Spooner, known to listeners of 92.3 The Fan as "J.G." Spooner, did not enter a plea Monday morning during his first court appearance since he was arrested Tuesday reports cleveland.com. Spooner is accused of stealing more than $7,000 from a fundraiser he started for a woman suffering from cystic fibrosis. Spooner, 35, allegedly funneled every donation made last year from a GoFundMe campaign to help 35-year-old Allyson Thadeus-Zappe fight the disease to his personal bank account, according to police reports.
Thadeus-Zappe, who was Spooner's childhood friend, died in July 2015. The campaign initially received about $770 in donations. Spooner reached out to Thaddeus-Zappe and her family and offered to help. The family agreed, and Spooner re-launched the campaign using his name. Spooner's efforts brought in about $7,300. Spooner was arrested last Tuesday and released after he posted bond. He was fired by 92.3 The Fan last week, according to a spokesman for the station.
MOTION: ALT 93.3 Phoenix Taps Ian Camfield For Mornings; Matt Pinfield Takes Mornings At KFOG; No-Name Shifts To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio has hired Ian Camfield as Morning Show Host for ALT AZ 93.3 Phoenix. After a wonderful sojourn to the US in 2008 where Ian worked for CBS Radio in New York as K-Rock’s Afternoon Drive Host, he returned to the UK to front the Morning Show on Xfm. Camfield has also hosted shows for VH-1 and MTV2, made various appearances on music documentaries, as well as hosted multiple festivals such as Download, Wireless and Sonisphere.
Cumulus Media announces that legendary San Francisco rock radio station KFOG will welcome critically acclaimed radio and television personality and rock journalist Matt Pinfield as on-air host of KFOG Mornings. Current morning personality, Mike “No Name” Nelson will move to weekday Afternoons on KFOG from 3PM-7PM. KFOG’s new weekday programming schedule will kick off on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, and heralds a new generation of rock radio for the San Francisco institution. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland honored Pinfield in 2008 for his career achievements and contributions to rock music. He is currently a contributing host on SiriusXM’s Lithium channel, where he shares his encyclopedic knowledge of music from the frontlines of 90’s alternative and grunge to SiriusXM’s 30 million subscribers across North America. He is also the host of the long-running nationally syndicated classic rock weekend show, Flashback.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Keith Bratel Named Market President For iHeart Madison; Radio Animal Adds Dan Mason & Kid Kelly As Associate Consultants; iHeart Names Darci Ewell SVP/Sales For San Antonio And Austin Region
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Keith Bratel has been named the Market President for the Madison market, effective immediately. “We are excited that Keith has accepted the opportunity to lead our great team in Madison”, said Jeff Tyler, President of the Western Great Lakes Region. “Keith has previously been with our company and brings a wealth of experience and strong leadership to the position.”
-- Radio Animal Media Strategies President/CEO Dom Theodore announced the additions of Sirius XM VP/Programming Kid Kelly as Associate Consultant for International clients, while adding Creative Soul Coaching CEO Dan Mason as an Associate Consultant. "Kid and Dan are two of the most talented and strategic programming minds in our industry, and I'm thrilled to have both of them in the RadioAnimal brain trust," says Theodore. Mason added, "Over the last six months, I've been blessed to help clients in five countries create massive change and live their best life. But working with RadioAnimal presents a powerful opportunity to leverage my 18 years of programming experience and apply these same principals to help the radio industry reconnect with its purpose."
iHeartMedia announced that Darci Ewell has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for the San Antonio and Austin region. Ewell has more than 20 years of media experience and joined iHeartMedia in Colorado Springs/Pueblo in January 2014 as Vice President of Sales, and most recently served as Market President.
ReelWorld And The Mix Group Team For First-Of Its Kind Imaging Event
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2016 –– – ReelWorld and The Mix Group have joined forces to create a first-of-its-kind imaging event – ReelMIX 2016. The two-day interactive experience takes place Sept. 28-29 at The LOFT on Bayshore Drive in Miami. ReelMIX 2016 will inform and energize participants as they engage in hands-on imaging master classes with producers from both companies, insightful presentations by expert designers on trade software, plugins and hardware, and debates about the current and future state of imaging and production.
ReelWorld Vice President Mike Thomas says, “ReelMIX is about looking to the future of imaging and working together to make sure that the current and next generation of imagers have the tools and the mentors to push the world of imaging forward. We’re so excited to partner with The Mix Group in hosting this one-of-a-kind event.”
The Mix Group President Jason Garte adds, “Creating an opportunity to bring everyone together to entirely focus on this aspect of radio is long overdue. ReelWorld is the ideal partner and we’re looking forward to making this a productive, memorable adventure for everyone!” For registration or more info, visit: www.reelmix2016.com
NETWORKS: USRN Extends 'Quick Snaps' With Costaki Economopoulos
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2016 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. announced that the program distributor will continue to offer the Quick Snaps football comedy content created by Comedian Costaki Economopoulos for the duration of the 2016-2017 NFL season. Quick Snaps is the branded name for Costaki’s exclusive package of comedy inspired by the weekly games of the National Football League. Quick Snaps will be available to stations starting the week of September 5 and will continue through the broadcast week of February 6th following the Super Bowl in February 2017.
In addition, Costaki will be available to affiliates and prospective affiliates of his service on Tuesday, April 26th just ahead of this year’s NFL Draft. The Draft is considered the first benchmark of the upcoming pro football season, and for radio stations wishing to establish Costaki as a regular element of their programming, the NFL Draft week is a logical place to start. Quick Snaps grew after Costaki became a regular on The Bob & Tom Show as well as on WDVE, Pittsburgh and other large market outlets. For more info, contact Andy Denemark at email@example.com
Rush Limbaugh's Annual Cure-A-Thon Tops $3.3 Million In Donations; NASH-FM Flint Raises Thousands To Help Kids
THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2016 –– On Friday, April 8, The Rush Limbaugh Show held its 26th annual on-air Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Cure-A-Thon. Mr. Limbaugh dedicated portions of his three-hour nationally syndicated radio program to encourage listeners to join the effort to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. On-air and online donations increased 15% over last year with the 2016 Cure-A-Thon raising more than $3.3 million dollars. Over the past 26 years, Mr. Limbaugh and his audience have collectively raised more than $47 million dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, helping provide much-needed research and support for individuals and families affected by blood cancer diseases. “Every year I think it's going to be the year that we finally have topped out and we're not going to be able to beat the previous year. And I've never been right,” shared Limbaugh. “I and everybody at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America thank you from the bottom of our sizable beating hearts.” Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show is heard on nearly 600 stations by up to 20 million people each week. It’s the highest rated national radio talk show in America. Please visit www.RushLimbaugh.com for more information.
Flint, Michigan's NASH FM 95.1 (WFBE) hosted a benefit last Thursday, April 7, for Hurley Children’s Hospital and Hurley Children’s Clinic to help kids who have been exposed to lead from the city’s water. Wheelhouse recording artist Granger Smith volunteered his time to perform at the event that brought 850 listeners to the Dort Federal Event Center for a community “eat & greet” and acoustic performances from local artist Tegan Marie and Granger Smith. Through tickets, donations and a silent auction, NASH FM 95.1 raised over $14,000. Please see the attached photo of Country singer/songwriter Granger Smith performing for the appreciative audience of 850! Thanks for your interest in this very special event.
SiriusXM Surpasses 30 Million Subscribers; Finalists Announced For Billboard Awards
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PIERRE BOUVARD: Pandora Is Clueless About In-Car Listening
THE MOUTH, APRILL 11TH, 2016 –– In his most recent blog, Pierre Bouvard, Chief Marketing Officer of Cumulus Media and Westwood One, responds to Pandora’s recent piece on in-car listening noting that AM/FM crushes Pandora in the car. AM/FM has a 72% share of listening in the car, according to Edison Research. AM/FM holds 93% of the lead-in audience during commercials breaks, according to Arbitron/Nielsen and Media Monitors. Plus, 74% of in-car listeners say they mostly keep turned to one station or only occasionally change the station, according to Edison Research.
Bouvard adds, most channel switches Edison observed do not count in Nielsen ratings. Nielsen requires at least five minutes of listening in a fifteen minute period for audience credit. AM/FM is the soundtrack of the American worker. Pandora wishes they were used in the car; but barely anyone listens. Pandora’s bigger issue is YouTube and Spotify and hoping that they don’t become the MySpace of streaming audio. SEE ENTIRE BLOG HERE
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Sacramento Names Curtiss Johnson SVP Programming
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Curtiss Johnson has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for Sacramento, effective immediately. Johnson is a 30-plus-year radio and media veteran who most recently served as Program Director of 97.1 The Drive WDRV-FM in Chicago. He previously spent a combined 20 years in Sacramento serving as Station Manager and Program Director for KSEG, KRXQ and KWOD. Johnson also worked as an on-air personality for KZAP. He began his radio career at KPRI in his hometown of San Diego and served over a decade as Program Director and afternoon drive on-air personality at KUPD in Phoenix.
“I’m excited and honored by the opportunity to become Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia Sacramento,” said Johnson. “iHeartMedia has a tremendous portfolio of legendary media brands and talent in the Sacramento market. The iHeartMedia Sacramento team already feels like family." 1
MOTION: Molly Paige Takes Afternoons On FM News KXL/Portland; Marc Cox Replaces Dana Loesch On KFTK-FM St. Louis; The Doc Show With Jessie Debuts On Froggy 101 Wilkes-Barre
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Portland, OR announced that Molly Paige will co-host on afternoon drive on FM News 101 KXL. She most recently worked in Washington D.C. as an anchor/writer and Producer for NBC News Radio and alternate host on America in the Morning. In addition to radio Molly has also spent time on FOX TV doing live on-camera helicopter and news and traffic reports.
Marc Cox is replacing Dana Loesch on KFTK-FM 97.1. St. Louis reports stltoday.com. Cox, a longtime Channel 4 TV reporter and anchor, will take over the noon-to-3 p.m. weekday shift starting today, 4/11. PD Jeff Allen said the move had nothing to do with any dissatisfaction with Loesch, who now lives in Dallas. He said the change keeps with the station's philosophy to keep its programming "live and local." Cox already has been heard on KFTK, hosting a show on Sunday evenings and also serving as a fill-in for hosts Jamie Allman and Dave Glover.
Froggy 101 Wilkes-Barre announced the debut The Doc Show with Jessie for mornings. Doc returns to Froggy from Philadelphia where for the last six years he's co-hosted The Doc & Andie Show” on 92.5 WXTU-FM. “It was time to come home and wake up next to my love every morning,” as his wife Michele continued to reside in Northeast PA after his move to Philly. Jessie Roberts has spent the past 10 years as midday host on the country outlet also serving as its MD and APD.
Okla. Host Featured On 'Today Show' After Shedding 300 LBS
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2016 –– Ponca City OK's 101 Country morning host Sean Anderson said "I tried losing weight many times in the past, and I spent 20 years near at or above 500 pounds," but that didn't scare him until he realized "I'm probably going to run out of time pretty quick. kfor.com reports that in 2008 he started a blog called 'The Daily Diary of a Winning Loser.' It now has more than a million views. And this morning, he'll have even more views as he's being featured NBC 'Today' show's 'The Joy Fit Club.'
After seven years of hard work, the father of two children and grandfather of one has lost 300 lbs. When he's not on the air, he's writing books, doing standup comedy and being a motivational speaker while maintaining a regular exercise and diet routine. Something that inspires him to continue being healthy. "As long as I can do that every day, and I can continue to live in a healthy way and feeling as great as I feel now, everything else will work out,"
Cooley & Kevin Headline New ESPN 980 Wash. DC Lineup
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2016 –– Red Zebra Broadcasting announced today a new schedule of programming for ESPN 980/Redskins Radio, featuring 17 hours of live daily local sports talk. Launching on Monday, May 2, the new all-day local schedule will showcase the debut of “Cooley and Kevin” in the morning at 7 a.m. plus the return of “The Sports Reporters” at 4 p.m. The new ESPN 980/Redskins Radio lineup will feature the following Monday-Friday shows airing on WTEM 980 AM, WWXT 92.7 FM and WWXX 94.3 FM as well as globally to a worldwide audience on the ESPN 980 and Redskins mobile apps. 5-7 a.m. “The Morning Blitz” with Al Galdi 7-11 a.m. “Cooley and Kevin” with Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Tony Kornheiser Show 1-4 p.m. “Inside the Locker Room” with Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell and Scott Jackson 4-7 p.m. “The Sports Reporters” with Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin 7-10 p.m. “DMV Game Time” with Tim Murray and Nick Ashooh
At 5 a.m., ESPN 980 listeners will wake up to the debut of The Morning Blitz, hosted by Al Galdi (@AlGaldi), to quickly catch up on all the morning’s sports headlines. Morning drive-time’s newest voice is one of the region’s most beloved recent athletes, former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley. In addition to serving as the home of live Redskins programming, the station remains committed to its diverse offering of live game broadcasts. The station is Washington, D.C.’s radio home for the Maryland Terrapins as well as the NBA Finals, World Series, College Football Playoff and NCAA Tournament.
The Ellen K Show Teams With Cosmetics Firm To Provide Makeovers For Women With Cancer
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2016 –– KOST 103.5 and on-air morning show personality Ellen K announced a partnership with Thrive Causemetics, a cosmetics company dedicated to supporting women with Cancer. As part of the partnership, KOST 103.5 and Thrive Causemetics will offer female listeners undergoing cancer treatment complimentary makeovers to improve their confidence and self-esteem.
KOST 103.5’s Makeovers campaign launched with seven-year old Taylor, a Make-A-Wish child from the Orange County and Inland Empire chapter, who is living with Ewing’s sarcoma and wished to become a pop singer. Earlier this month she was surprised by the KOST 103.5 Meaningful Makeover Squad, who provided make-up services and styling for her Parenting OC magazine cover shoot.
“When my mom was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, our worlds were turned upside down. Like many, we searched tirelessly for answers. When I met the people at Thrive Causemetics, I immediately related to the feeling of normalcy and hope they bring to people fighting the cancer battle."
Phlash Phelps Surprised With Billboard For 50th Birthday
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2016 –– SiriusXM '60'S On 6' host Phlash Phelps has apparently endeared himself to listeners in Scranton Pennsylvania as he found his face on area billboards for his 50th birthday reports timesleader.com. Currently, Phelps is on a mission to visit all 50 states in the next year and had passed through Scranton on Sunday. Doreen Yakoski, of Springville, worked for Lamar for 19 years and was the charting manager when she pitched the idea to feature Phelps on a space.
“I was listening to his show as I do every day, and people call in from all across the country,” Yakoski said. After hearing Phelps take a caller from Scranton to discuss the Steamtown National Historical Site and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Yakoski realized he’d spent time in the area. She went to general manager Tom Donohue with a proposition. Donohue, also a fan of Phelps’ show, consented to the idea, and Phelps traveled to Scranton to see the advertisement. “The fact that Lamar right there in Scranton wanted to do that for me is incredible,” Phelps said. A Baltimore native who worked at 16 different radio stations before landing his gig at Sirius, Phelps was bitten by the travel bug in his 20s. “I had 47 states finished by the time I was 29,” Phelps said. “In the last 10 years, I’ve been to all 50, but I’ve never been to all 50 in a calendar year.” Pennsylvania is scheduled as Phelps’ second state. Yakoski said Scranton is essentially kicking off the radio host’s country wide expedition.
British Hosts Remain Off Air After BBC Radio Rocked With Another (S)ex Scandal
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2016 –– Tony and Julie Wadsworth’s absence from BBC Radio Leicester over the last few months has been made public reports radiotoday.com. The married couple and co-hosts have been charged with (s)ex offences against four children in the 1990s.
Tony hosted middays while Julie (on-air name Julie Mayer) joined him for a weekend show. They are due to appear at Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday May 11th. A BBC spokesman said: “We understand the charges do not relate to their conduct or position at the BBC.” Mr and Mrs Wadsworth are accused of offences against boys aged 11 to 15 that are alleged to have taken place between 1996 and 1999. Mr Wadsworth has been charged with five counts of inciting a boy under the age of 16 to commit an act of gross indecency whilst his wife has been charged with seven counts of inciting a boy under the age of 16 to commit an act of gross indecency. They both also face one count of committing an act outraging public decency.
[LISTEN] Comedian Billy Gardell Poses As Listener And Rings Up 'Mike & Molly' Co-Star Melissa McCarthy During Radio Interview
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2016 –– Leave it to Executive Producer Steve Harmon whipping out his hefty celebrity blackbook to pull this one off. While on the phone with BIG 105.9 Miami's Paul & Young Ron Show, former Mike & Molly co-star Melissa McCarthy took a call a listener named William. As it turned out, William was none other than her former TV cohort Billy Gardell
Mellssa was out promoting her new Movie The Boss, which Gardell said he hopes kills 'Batman & Superman' cause that movie blew.' LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
NETWORKS: Premiere's Sal Cirrincione Rocks At 31st RRHOF
THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2016 –– With the 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony taking place in Brooklyn, New York, it was a busy week for Sal Cirrincione, Premiere Networks’ Senior Director of Rock Programming. In addition to setting up interviews for affiliates of Premiere Networks’ The Classic Daily prep service with three of this year’s inductees – Cheap Trick, Chicago and Deep Purple, Cirrincione helped produce the iHeartRadio ICONS show for Cheap Trick in New York; spent face time with Cheap Trick, including former drummer Bun E. Carlos, as well as previous Rock Hall inductees Jeff Beck, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses). Sal was at Barclays Center for the induction ceremony, providing Premiere affiliates with backstage interviews as well as audio from the stage.
Pictured: Sal Cirrincione, Premiere Networks’ Senior Director of Rock Programming, making sure Rick Nielsen’s (Cheap Trick) guitar is in good hands. About Premiere Networks
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EDISON STUDY: Listeners Switch 22 Times Per Commute
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2016 –– Even as in-car audio use continues to evolve, Americans remain “button punchers,” show a new study from Edison Research. Nearly 75% of those who consume audio in the car are likely to switch at least occasionally over the course of their commute. The average user of AM/FM radio switches the station 22 times per commute, while those using other platforms switch an average of 9.3 times per commute. That’s just one of the findings of Edison Research’s “Hacking the Commuter Code,” a first-of-its-kind national survey of those who commute 20 minutes or more daily, alone in a car or truck.
New methodology from Edison allowed them to capture the actual, second-by-second behavior of commuters across the country. “Hacking the Commuter Code” finds that there is a wide variance in behavior among in-car audio users, with results depending on age, the type of content being consumed (e.g., music vs. spoken-word), and access to streaming or satellite radio or integrated multi-media systems. Edison president Larry Rosin (shown) says, “This is an entirely new research design to help answer definitively what has only been speculated about until now. We’re confident that ‘Hacking the Commuter Code’ will take its place alongside Edison’s ‘Share of Ear’ and ‘Infinite Dial’ studies. For the full study, contact firstname.lastname@example.org - READ MORE HERE
Kasper Takes Afternoons At CBS Radio's US99.5 Chicago
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2016 –– CBS Radio Chicago announced that Kasper has been named the afternoon drive personality at WUSN-FM / US99.5, beginning Wednesday, Apr. 20. “I have been a fan of Kasper’s for many years, and I’m very excited to have him join the air staff at US99.5,” said Jeff Kapugi, CBS Radio Vice President, Country Programming and Program Director. Kasper joins a lineup featuring Lisa and Ray in the morning, mid-day host Drew Walker and ‘Jax’ at night.
Kasper comes to US99.5 after hosting afternoons in Richmond, VA for the past three years. Prior to that, he worked at a number of stations in Cleveland, OH and Philadelphia, PA where he held several positions including Music Director, Night Show Host, amongst others. Kasper’s radio career began in Youngstown at the age of 17 when he got an internship with a local station. 1
Kelly Carls Announce Retirement From iHeart Louisville
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Louisville announced that after 18 years with NewsRadio 840 WHAS, Program Director Kelly Carls, will retire in August. Carls joined WHAS in April of 1998 as the Program Director. He then went on to serve iHeartMedia in various capacities, including Operations Manager of the Louisville cluster, Regional Senior Vice-President of Programming and National News/Talk Brand Manager.
“I have been working since the age of 16. Now, I’m ready to relax and have some fun,” said Carls. “I am very grateful to iHeartMedia for their support and thank all the wonderful people I have been privileged to work with over the years.” iHeartMedia Louisville will soon begin an active search for a Carls’ replacement. NewsRadio 840 WHAS continues to rank as one of the most listened-to news/talk radio brands in America.
WABC's Joan Hamburg To Receive 'Gracies' Lifetime Achievement Award
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2016 –– Author and acting great, Alan Alda , will present Joan Hamburg with the award which recognizes exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media. “It is a privilege for the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to recognize the enormous contributions and impact of Joan Hamburg as our 2016 Lifetime Achievement recipient ,” stated Kristen Welch, AWMF Chair and SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery ry Communications. “ Her accomplishments and the personal impact she has made on countless women in radio and in all forms of media has laid the path for generations to come.” Hamburg is a familiar and award - winning voice in New York radio, best known for her years spent as host of “The Joan Hamburg Show.” Known as New York’s “First Lady of Radio,” Hamburg was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 2012 and was named “New Yorker of the Year” by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce due to her dedication in improving the quality of lives for those throughout the New York metropolitan area.
“The significance of a Lifetime Achievement award is unto its elf an amazing achievement,” said Mary Berner, CEO and President of Cumulus Media. “Joan Hamburg is the first lady of New York radio and we at Cumulus, Westwood One and WABC are privileged to work with her.
BUSINESS: Futuri Acquires Alberta-Based StreamOn
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2016 –– Futuri Media has acquired Edmonton, Alberta-based StreamOn, which specializes in serving the radio broadcasting industry with integrated streaming, podcasting and social media technologies. StreamOn’s co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Andrew Snook has assumed the new post of Vice President, Streaming Systems at Futuri. The firm’s HTTP live streaming (HLS) continues to play through internet slowdowns and offers consumers one-click tune-in with no app download required.
“To bring StreamOn’s innovations into the Futuri fold is a perfect match,” said Daniel Anstandig, CEO, Futuri Media. “We are like-minded in providing state-of-the-industry tools to broadcasters, and the StreamOn team has the vision to see where the puck is headed in terms of streaming and social.
Benztown Teams With Enco For New Radio Production Endeavor
--Benztown has partnered with top broadcasting automation technology company ENCO Systems, Inc. to launch the industry’s first radio automation system that is fully integrated with Benztown’s 13 production and imaging libraries. The new system enables seamless, intuitive and quick radio production and imaging that provides radio producers and air talent with immediate access to Benztown’s production library content, including automated customized content updates pushed out to stations per their specifications in real time.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: "This is the first time that production libraries have ever been integrated into an automation system for radio production. Producers save time and hassle with this new ENCO system pre-loaded with great Benztown content that is updated in real time and pushed out to producers per their content specifications, for a dashboard that is truly next-generation: customized, intuitive, quick and easy, with no separate downloading of content. It’s all there at the touch of a button.”
Top Podcaster Adam Carolla To Host Interactive Building Talk Show On Spike
He'll Take On Building Projects With Celebrity Friends
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2016 –– Long before radio, Adam Carolla was into building things. Now, the top rated podcaster is set to air 'Adam Carolla And Friends Build Stuff,' a live 10-episode series from Spike and Talking Dead producers Embassy Row, slated to premiere in 2017.
The Wrap reports Spike TV has officially shuttered Adam Carolla‘s “Catch a Contractor,” but the cable channel’s ordered a new series that combines his comedy and carpentry expertise. “Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff Live” will feature Carolla taking on building projects with celebrity friends in need of his carpentry expertise,
The Viacom network will team up with the producers of “Talking Dead” for the 10-episode 2017 series. Called the “Podcast King” by laying claim to the most downloaded podcast, Carolla (“The Adam Carolla Show”) is a master carpenter and spent much of his young adult life on construction sites.
[WATCH] Charlotte Co-Host Discovers She's Pregnant Live On The Radio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2016 –– Morning radio is known as a place where top show members often reveal their most personal info. Now you can add pregnancy tests results to the list. This week on KISS95.1/Charlotte's The Maney, Roy and LauRen Show," LauRen found out she was pregnant live on the air!
LauRen's road to becoming a mom has been a long one and was a major story line on our show, so this moment was and will continue to be amazing! "The outpouring of support and congratulations has been incredible! I'm happy so and can't wait for 9 week break from Maney and Roy haha!" - LauRen - WATCH HERE
PHOTO OP: USA Radio's Rusty Humphries Goes Blue Collar; WHO's Simon Conway Raises $75,000 For Puppy Jake Foundation
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2016 –– SVP of Programming for USA Radio and host of Trending Today USA, Rusty Humphries hosts Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy at their show in Phoenix, Az. Trending Today USA with Rusty Humphries, debuted Jan 9th and is quickly closing in on 50 affiliates.
--Simon Conway (upper right), afternoon host at WHO/DES MOINES went on the road yesterday and hosted his show from the annual Puppy Jake Foundation fundraiser. More than $75,000 was raised while he was on the air. He's pictured with one of the Service dogs in training - CHRIS KYLE - named for the American Sniper. Puppy Jake Foundation is dedicated to helping military veterans through the assistance of well bred, socialized and professionally trained service dogs and is Conway's chosen charity for his show.
NETWORKS: Country Classic's Rick Jackson Pays Tribute To Merle Haggard; Pulse To Provide Photos From RRHOF Induction
THE MOUTH, APRIL 8TH, 2016 –– The United Stations Radio Networks shifted its programming lineup in order to pay tribute to Merle Haggard on its weekly program “Rick Jackson’s Country Classics.” The music of Merle Haggard, the Country Music legend who passed away this week at the age of 79, is regularly spotlighted on Rick Jackson’s show, and the installment of the series airing the weekend of April 23 and 24 will be a special tribute to the late artist.. The episode will be titled "Sing Me Back Home: A Tribute to Merle Haggard," and the program will be comprised of Merle’s greatest hits along with some high-profile duets and some tribute songs.
Rick Jackson’s Country Classics is programmed, written and hosted by Rick Jackson who also serves its executive producer. His original “Country Hall of Fame” show began airing in 1987 on KYGO. A few stations picked the show up during the 90s and the program went into full national distribution in 2000.
Meanwhile, affiliates of the Pulse of Radio show prep can look forward to more behind-the-scenes coverage of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction than ever before. This year, stations will be able to download exclusive backstage images captured by a United Stations photographer. Additionally, producer Howie Edelson will be attending the event on behalf of Pulse to gather event audio and backstage interviews. The 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at Barclays Center on Friday, April 8. This year’s inductees are Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A. and Steve Miller. For more info, contact Andy Denemark at 212.536.3603 or email@example.com
American Idol Airs Last Show And Winner; Mad Magazine Explains Obama's Gray Hairs
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Ryan Manno Joins The Ellen K Show As Senior Producer On KOST 103.5 L.A.
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2016 –– Looks like Ellen K will be joined by yet another Ryan. KOST 103.5, Los Angeles announced that Ryan Manno has been named the new Senior Producer for The Ellen K Morning Show. Manno will also serve as an on-air contributor for KOST 103.5. Manno previously served as a weekend on-air personality for Los Angeles sister station ALT 98.7 and as midday host for ALT 102.9 in Seattle. Born in Chicago, Manno began his career in the market as an on-air personality and producer. He also hosted NBC Chicago’s JBTV, during which time the show earned two Emmy Award nominations.
“Ryan's morning show experience and warm personality make a great addition to the morning family we are building at KOST 103.5,” said Ellen K, on-air host of The Ellen K Morning Show. “I'm thrilled that he's with us!” “ The Ellen K Morning Show debuted on October 19, 2015 on KOST 103.5.
MOTION: Ryan 'Ryno' Kliesch Takes Over Mornings At KKMJ-FM Austin; Ryan Cameron Extends With V-103 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2016 –– Entercom Austin and Majic 95.5 KKMJ-FM, Austin, TX announced that Ryan “Ryno” Kliesch has been named the new host of mornings on Majic, weekdays from 5:30am-10:00am CST, and will make his debut on Monday, April 11. Ryan heads to Austin from Denver where he hosted mornings on Country KYGO. Prior to that, Kliesch spent 10 years on Top 40 WRVW (107.5 The River) and Country WSIX (The Big 98) Nashville. “I couldn't be more thrilled to be joining Entercom Austin and to be a part of this heritage radio station,” said Kliesch. “It's great to finally get the opportunity to work with PD Nikki Nite and be close to family."
AJC's Rodney Ho reports that Ryan Cameron has inked an extension V-103. Cameron on-air presence in Atlanta dates back to the early 1990s on both V-103 and Hot. He was morning host at Hot from 1995 to 2003 and then moved to V-103 in 2004 to do afternoons from 2003 until 2012 when Frank Ski left. For the past three years, Cameron has led mornings at V-103. He's now joined by Wanda Smith as co-host.
PROGRAMMING: Anthony 'Twitch' Longo Appointed OM And Morning Host For Cumulus' Lexington, KY Cluster
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media had named Anthony “Twitch” Longo to the newly created position of Operations Manager for its five-station cluster in Lexington, KY. Longo has been with WXZZ for the past 12 years as Morning Drive Personality, and his show is heard nationwide each morning through Westwood One.
Longo was promoted to WXZZ Program Director in 2011, and has distinguished himself in the market through ratings success and a yearly food drive that he organizes that has raised $1 million for Lexington food banks.
Ace & TJ Celebrate 18 Years In Charlotte
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2016 –– On Wednesday, 4/6, The Ace & TJ Show celebrated 18 years on morning radio in Charlotte, NC. The show’s first broadcast in Charlotte was April 6th in 1998 and after 13 years at WNKS, they moved to their current radio home, iHeart Media’s Channel 96-1, in January 2012.
“It’s hard to believe that not only are we still employed after 18 years, but we still have great ratings.” – Ace: “I’m so thankful to have been in such a wonderful market long enough for the clothes I wore on the air the first day to have come back in style.” –
Now in its 18th year of syndication, The Ace & TJ Show syndicate to The “South” Eastern seaboard and Panther crazy fans in Charlotte, Columbia (SC), the Greenville’s (North & South Carolina), Winchester (VA), Birmingham (AL) and many more. Syndication information available by emailing Adam Goodman at AGoodman@AceTJ.com.
EXECUTIVE ACTIONS: Chris Kenney Rises To VP/MM Cumulus Wilkes-Barre Cluster; Hiram Lazar Joins Compass Media As CFO
Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted 15-year radio sales executive Chris Kenney to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus’ five-station cluster in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Kenney was previously General Sales Manager for Cumulus in Harrisburg PA, and was Sales Manager for Cumulus-Wilkes-Barre. He has also held media sales positions including: Regional Account Manager for Comcast Spotlight in Harrisburg, Senior Account Manager for Entercom in Wilkes-Barre, and Local Sales Manager for Nextar Broadcasting Group’s WBRE TV. Kenney holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
--Hiram Lazar has joined Compass Media Networks as its Chief Financial Officer. Lazar past stint have included CFO of Dial Global from 2001-2011 and CFO and CAO at Westwood One from 2011-2014. Most recently, Lazar served as CFO for Monroe College. "There are many financial executives that can balance a checkbook but very few who appreciate the fundamentals of running a business," said Compass Media Networks CEO/Founder Peter Kosann.
Former Cleveland Host Facing Money Laundering Charges For Stealing Donations From Fundraiser
Released By 92.3 The Fan Earlier This Week Says Station Spox
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2016 –– A former Cleveland sports radio producer and on-air host is facing criminal charges after police say he stole more than $7,000 from a fundraiser he started for a woman suffering from cystic fibrosis.
cleveland.com reports that Joseph Gerard Spooner, known to listeners of 92.3 The Fan as "J.G. Spooner" funneled donations made last year to the GoFundMe campaign into his personal bank account, according to police reports. He now faces a charge of money laundering.
He was arrested Tuesday and released after he posted bond. Spooner was released by 92.3 The Fan earlier this week, according to a station spox. Police launched an investigation in February after they were tipped off by the family of 35-year-old Allyson Thadeus-Zappe. Thadeus-Zappe, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, died in July 2015. Investigators say on March 24 they obtained statements from Spooner's personal bank account and found 37 deposits that matched the dates and dollar amounts associated with GoFundMe donations. Police called Spooner on March 25 and asked him to come to the police department for an interview. He said he would call back, but they never heard from him. Detectives handed over their investigative materials to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, who recommended that Spooner face criminal charges. Police obtained a warrant for Spooner's arrest April 1. He turned himself in on Tuesday of this week. PHOTO/police
Nominees Revealed For American Country Countdown Awards
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2016 –– Country Weekly reports the final list of nominees for the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards has been revealed, with Luke Bryan snagging seven nominations to lead an all-star field. Luke is nominated for Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, twice for Song of the Year (“Home Alone Tonight” with Karen Fairchild and “Strip It Down”), Album of the Year (Kill the Lights), Digital Song of the Year (“Kick the Dust Up”) and Touring Artist of the Year.
Following closely behind Luke are Sam Hunt with five nominations, Thomas Rhett and Zac Brown Band with four each and Florida Georgia Line with three. Carrie Underwood is featured in two categories (Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for Storyteller), and has also been added as a performer on the show, joining Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and more. Additional nominees include Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and Shania Twain, among others. Interestingly, Chris Stapleton is not nominated in the Male Vocalist of the Year category—and award he has already won twice in the past year—but he is named for Album of the Year.
The American Country Countdown Awards are based on the long-running radio countdown show American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks, and will air live from The Forum in Los Angeles on May 1st at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. The two-hour event will be the first country awards show to air from Los Angeles in more than 10 years, and this year’s host and additional performers will be announced soon.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
'Friends' Matthew Perry To Guest Host On Magic FM
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2016 –– Matthew Perry, who is over in the UK for his new play The End of Longing, is going to join the Magic line up for a couple of Saturdays. He's going to be playing some of his favorite songs and share his favorite stories.
New Zealand Hosts Put Caller To Air That Just Isn’t Cricket Radio Hauraki’s - Matt Heath and Jeremy Wells have got themselves into trouble. On the morning after the West Indies vs England World Cup 20/20 Cricket Final, the mother of (kiwi-born) England cricketer Ben Stokes phoned the show, wanting to make a formal complaint about what she felt was unwarranted criticism of her son’s performance in the match. She asked to make her comments off-air and the hosts told her that the call was not being broadcast; unfortunately the whole conversation was broadcast live on the Hauraki Breakfast show across New Zealand. LISTEN HERE
lKatie Hopkins And Andrew Castle Join LBC In London - Following the end of Olly Mann and Petrie Hosken on LBC, Global has revealed its new weekend schedule for 2016. Katie Hopkins will host Sunday mornings on a permanent basis, following a number of guest appearances, and Andrew Castle, who is leaving Smooth Radio, returns for weekend breakfast 7-10am on Saturday and Sunday.
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Country Legend Merle Haggard Passes Away At 79
Benztown's Justin Case Creates Audio Tribute Below
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2016 –– Country music legend Merle Haggard died Wednesday, on his birthday, at his home in California having just turned 79. Haggard died of complications from pneumonia reports CNN through his agent Lance Roberts.
Haggard recorded more than three dozen No. 1 country hits in a musical career that spanned six decades, from the 1960s into the 2010s. He overcame an early life of crime and a prison term in San Quentin to develop a rugged, outlaw image that helped sell millions of records. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and was awarded with Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.
Justin Case, Director of Programming & Imaging, Benztown created a special audio tribute to Haggard - LISTEN HERE
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iHeart Gets More Time To Press Case To Creditors
THE MOUTH, APRIL 7TH, 2016 –– A creditor group has given iHeart more time to convince creditors and a judge that it was allowed to shift shares worth at least $500 million to a subsidiary beyond the reach of lenders, reports The New York Post.
iHeart now has until May 16 to press its case. Without the extension, the dozen-plus creditors could have been able to issue notices of default that could have made $12 billion-plus of debt payments immediately due.
Creditors, including Providence Equity Partners’ Benefit Street Partners and Paul Singer’s Elliot Management, agreed to the added time. “We are pleased with the outcome and look forward to an expedited trial” on May 16, iHeart said in a statement.
[WATCH] Talk Hosts Play Pivotal Role In Wis. GOP Primary
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2016 –– One of the strongest forces Donald Trump faced in Wisconsin's Republican primary, wasn't just Ted Sen. Ted Cruz, rather, a group of conservative talk radio show hosts reports CNN. Pointing out perhaps the billionaire's most contentious interview since launching his campaign, with WTMJ/Milwaukee's Charlie Sykes (JL 3/29), this was matched with other criticism from hosts such as Jeff Wagner, Mark Belling, Vicki McKenna and Jay Weber.
Predictably, Trump turned his wrath on them for three days in a row. "This morning I was interviewed by a very good radio guy -- not the whack job that interviewed me -- his name is Sykes? ... Oh he is the worst," Trump said at a rally on Saturday. He added, "These crazy talk show hosts who I dealt with. I call them 'Hello. Do you know I'm for anybody but Trump?' I said I didn't know that. Go ahead. What's your question? I don't care." A total of six radio hosts throughout the state criticized Trump on their shows. Green Bay host Jerry Bader told CNN on Tuesday he was motivated by Trump's temperament. He said the group of six shared some concerns but did not coordinate with each other. "We are pragmatic. We are quite frankly sophisticated enough not to buy his crap, and we do it independently." WATCH HERE
SURPRISE: Lawyers Ask For New Trial Against Hulk Hogan
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2016 –– Lawyers for Gawker Media asked for a new trial on Monday after a jury awarded Hulk Hogan $140 million reports businessinsider.com. The jury held Gawker founder Nick Denton and former editor A.J. Daulerio, who posted the tape, personally liable. Hogan was also awarded $25.1 million in punitive damages on top of $115 million in compensatory damages. If a new trial isn't granted, Gawker's lawyers are asking a Florida state court to vacate or dramatically reduce the amount of damages awarded to Hogan.
The case centers around a clip, lasting 1 minute 41 seconds, of Hogan having (s)ex several years earlier with radio's Bubba The Love Sponge Clem's wife. Gawker's lawyers based their request for new trial on four key points including that the jury, based in Florida, where Hogan is from, based its verdict on "passion and prejudice" and, in particular, on its "general distaste for the Defendants [Gawker]," according to the motion. They also say that the jury's verdict went "against the manifest evidence of the case" because Hogan's (s)ex tape was indeed a matter of "public concern," and that Hogan lacked a "reasonable expectation of privacy in his sexual encounters. HULK PHOTO/Shutterstock 1
BLOG: Great Content Missed By 90% Of The Audience
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2016 –– Amplifi's Steve Goldstein most recent blog cites BIA/Kelsey latest data on the highest billing stations in America. Once again WTOP, Washington was deservedly at the top of the heap. Without question, one of the prime architects of WTOP was Jim Farley, now CEO, News Doctor, Inc., who for 17-years served as WTOP's VP of News and Programming. Goldstein writes: "Jim, who remains one of the thought leaders in the talk radio business, came up to me recently at Talk Show Boot Camp in Ft. Lauderdale after a presentation about podcasting I did with Westwood One CMO Pierre Bouvard. What he told me blew me away. Jim said he walked into the room a non-believer about radio's prospects with podcasting and left convinced that radio was missing a golden opportunity to further expose its content.
"So much of the great content created by WTOP is missed by over 90% of the audience," Jim said. "And with podcasting, WTOP and for that matter, all radio stations, now have a method to expose their content to a larger audience. Bingo. One of the pioneers and leading voices in news-talk is on board. Jim talked about the "fitness, foodie, gardening and astronomer features that are low hanging fruit on WTOP." He also talked about the potential of "cross-promoting extended interviews." Jim said; "this is a slam dunk. It dawned on me that this is another distribution channel." His concern prior to the session had been a radio station's ability to create and monetize podcast-only content. While the session may not have alleviated all of those concerns, the ability to time-shift content as radio experiences "new threats and challenges" seems a natural extension. While WTOP does "put some audio on a web page," Farley said, "it needs to be easier to find and consume."
Jim went into the session a skeptic and left an advocate. That made my trip. Jim told me "I started in 1966 and I'm still learning new stuff." Ain't that the truth. Aren't we all. Steve Goldstein is CEO of Amplifi Media.
MOTION: WDRV/97.1 The Drive's McMurray & McNeil Show Add Acclaimed Critic Michael Phillips For Movie Reviews
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2016 –– Pete McMurray tells Jockline, "We love movies (except Batman vs Superman - just garbage), our morning drivers love movies, summer movie season is fast approaching, Michael Phillips is a stud, we work less, it's a no brainer!"
WDRV FM 97.1. PD Rob Cressman tells bloger Robert Feder, “Pete and Dan are both avid motion picture fans and their show often gravitates to what’s new at the movies,” Cressman said. “From the fantastic to the failures, The Morning Drive’s Thursday edition will now feature one of Chicago's most respected film critics. Phillips also appears monthly on “Filmspotting,” the movie-review podcast and radio show hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen at midnight weekends on Chicago Public Media WBEZ FM 91.5. And he just wrapped up “The Film Score,” a series on great music from the movies for classical WFMT FM 98.7.
Phillips joined the Chicago Tribune as theatre critic in 2002 and was named film critic in 2006. A frequent contributor to Turner Classic Movies, he co-hosted the final season of the nationally syndicated movie-review show “At the Movies” with A.O. Scott of the New York Times.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Adams Promotes Sharon Bordwell To Corporate Controller
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2016 –– Sharon Bordwell has been promoted to Corporate Controller for Adams Radio Group . Sharon joined Adams Radio Gro up in October 2014 as a General Accountant. Prior to Adams Sharon served in Public Accounting specializing in audit of financial institutions. Sharon also worked as a private consultant for small to mid - size companies.
Ron Stone, CEO of Adams said, “ Sharon has been an amazing asset for us and my right arm. She is a real team player that not only understands accounting...but truly understands business in general. ” Sharon added “I am fortunate to work alongside a wonderful group of talented people. I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead!"
Midwest Communication's Duke Wright Named Recipient Of 2016 Rockwell Award
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2016 –– The Conclave Learning Conference announced its 2016 Rockwell Award Winner, Duke Wright, President and CEO, Midwest Communications. The Award will be presented during July 14 and 15, at the Crowne Pl aza Hotel, Minneapolis. In making today’s announcement, Conclave Board of Directors Chair Lori Lewis commented, "The Rockwell Award honors individuals who have contributed to the industry as a leader and to the public radio serves. Duke Wright is the heart of radio and my hope is that everyone will show up, just to say, "Well done, Duke."
Duke Wright started his radio career in 1958 as a teenage disk jockey at his family owned station in Wausau, WRIG - AM. From those beginnings, Duke’s broadcasting career w ould span well over 50 years and still going. Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications is a family owned media company with 72 radio properties located in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee Last year's recipients were NRG CEO Mary Quass along with Founder Vallie, Richards, Donovan Consulting and The National Talent System, Dan Vallie.
KISW Seattle And Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation Team For Fundraising Effort
THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2016 –– 99.9 KISW, Seattle continues its partnership with the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation again to help fund the development of the new Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle’s Central District.
The KISW/Jimi Hendrix shirt will be sold exclusively through the Rock Shop at KISW.com. The park will boast many unique features, including the curved shapes of a guitar, an extended shadow wave wall featuring Jimi Hendrix’s image, and a central canopy. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation has already raised an excess of $1.4 million of the estimated $1.8 million dollar budget needed to complete the park’s design and construction phases.
Jimi Hendrix’s music has been crucial to the fabric of KISW since its inception 45 years ago. “Purple Haze” was the first song The Rock played after switching from its previous classical format. The partnership between the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and KISW began in 2012, when Jimi Hendrix would have turned seventy. visit KISW.com for more info.
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